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Kodak shows new Versamarks

Kodak has said its new series of Versamark high-volume inkjet printers can "co-exist" with the company's Prosper technology after showcasing models from the new range at an event at its La Hulpe facility.

The manufacturer has launched eight new mono and colour machines for transactional, directmailand newspaper printing applications.

ThenewVersamarksystemscomprisetwoentry-level mono engines, the Versamark 100 and the 150, while colour output is available on the 300 and 500 machines.

All four new

KBA on track with its new plant expansion

KBA has held a topping-out ceremony for its new $19.3m foundry in Wrzburg, Germany which the manufacturer claimed would allow it to produce large press parts "much faster and more efficiently".

The manufacturing giant expects the press facility, which brings the group's investment in the area up to $55.1m over the past decade, to be completed by the end of the year.

KBA's new foundry has a crane capacity for up to 55 tonnes and is both taller and wider than the existing hall. According to the

HP launches upgrade for T200 inkjet press

HP has launched a new high-productivity colour option for its T200 colour inkjet web press.

The upgrade for the 20.5in-wide duplex press, which is scheduled to be available early next year, can double the colour printing speed to up to 122m/minute but at a reduced colour density. It is aimed at customers who need a faster printing speed but do not want to upgrade to the T300.

The T200, which was launched in May 2010, is a 61m/minute colour or 120m/minute mono, 502mm-wide (2-up) machine capable of

Heidelberg acquires digital manufacturer

Heidelberg has acquired German digital press manufacturer CSAT as part of plans to expand its offering in the packaging sector.

The German press giant said that the acquisition would grow its digital print portfolio and widen its customer base in the packaging sector. Heidelberg will also gain access to CSAT's drop-on-demand inkjet technology and electrophotography through the deal.

CSAT, which employs 70 staff, specialises in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sales and service of

Fujifim installs 1st Jet Press 720 machine

Fujifilm has set up the first European install of its new Jet Press 720 at the company's demonstration centre in Brussels.

The installation, which was completed last month, follows the completion of a beta trial in Japan earlier this year. The first European beta site is scheduled over the next few months, and the product is due to be available commercially from the last quarter of 2011.

The Jet Press 720 is a four-colour inkjet press capable of printing a B2 sheet in a single-pass, resulting in

Oce hit by the declining construction market

Dutch digital manufacturer Oce has blamed the decline in construction markets coupled with supply chain problems caused by the Japanese earthquake for lower sales in the second quarter of 2011.

Oce's total revenues declined by 4% to €626m ($900m) down €50m on the same period last year, while the group's non-recurring revenues dropping 12% to €162m. Recurring revenues at Oce dipped 1% to €464m.

The manufacturer slipped to an operating loss of €11.2m for the quarter (2010

KBA to cut 700 jobs in manufacturing plants

KBA warned that activity in the web sector remained critically low as it announced a further 700 job cuts across its Frankenthal, Wurzburg and Trennfeld plants.

The company said sales for the five months to 1 June were short of its targets, after shipments of web presses were delayed by a six-week strike at KBA's Frankenthal plant, which has yet to be fully resolved.

Despite missing its targets, KBA recorded a 21% uplift in orders to €600m ($871m) and 27% in sales, to over €420m, backed

Disaster affects H'berg sales during Q1 2011

Heidelberg has cited the Japanese earthquake disaster and the liquidity shortage in China as contributing factors for the manufacturer's sales falling "slightly short" of expectations during the first quarter of its financial year.

Sales came in at €544m ($770m), which were in-line with the previous year's results after €19m of exchange rate effects were taken into account but still fell short of expectations.

The manufacturer said that although the situations in Japan and China, growth

Ipex to quit NEC for London's Excel in 2014 2011-07-01 880

Ipex owner Informa Exhibitions is moving the show to London's Excel exhibition centre, ending its 30-year association with the NEC.

The change of venue also involves an earlier date for the show, which will take place from 26 March to 2 April in 2014, in order to avoid Easter and the May bank holidays.

Exhibition director Trevor Crawford said: "All the time we were at the NEC there had never been another real choice, but the development of phase two at Excel took it up to 100,000sqm of space and

Manroland puts up new web press 2011-07-01 881

Manroland has targeted an increased market share of the 16pp web press market after launching two new versions of its Rotoman web platform.

The manufacturer has introduced two configurations, a HiPrint model for customers with a more limited set of requirements compared to those opting for the new DirectDrive offering.

The Manroland HiPrint can print at speeds of up to 55,000sph. The more automated DirectDrive configuration, which features the company's autoprint production system, can print at

Ipex to quit NEC for London's Excel in 2014

The change of venue also involves an earlier date for the show, which will take place from 26 March to 2 April in 2014, in order to avoid Easter and the May bank holidays.
Exhibition director Trevor Crawford said: "All the time we were at the NEC there had never been another real choice, but the development of phase two at Excel took it up to 100,000sqm of space and made it a genuine alternative for us to look at."
Ipex will take over the whole of Excel, and Crawford

Management changes in Bobst

From 2nd May this year CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst will directly look after BU sheet-fed division, which until now as headed by Hakan Pfeiffer, who will be leaving the company.

In another realignment move, Attilio Tissi, head of Bobst SA, will take over the position of the Group CFO ad interim, in place of CFO Christian Budry who will also be leaving the company.

The difficult market and currency situation has forced the company to trim its Swiss-based activities.

While Bobst posted a growth of

KBA posts positive quarter

KBA has announced its first quarter results, wiping out operating and pretax losses.

The company generated €253.3m ($357.3m) in sales, up more than a fifth year-on-year, with the sheetfed segment accounting for more than half€126m, up 46.9%. Lower orders for web and special presses saw an incremental rise of 2.7% in sales for the quarter.

Cost-savings and operational efficiencies derived from its restructuring created a more profitable company, helping reduce pretax losses to

Agfa posts improved performance for 2010

Pre-press giant Agfa posted positive results for 2010, with its graphics division outperforming the group.

The company posted a 46% upswing in EBIT to €266m on a 7% increase in revenues to €2.95bn, although the graphics division jumped 12.2% (16.7% including the effects of currency exchange) to €1.56bn.

Regionally, Agfa said that strong performance at trade shows, particularly in the US, boosted revenues, and noted strong growth in emerging countries, although Europe continued to

Heidelberg buys Cerm to sets Drupa MIS goal

Heidelberg has targeted next year's Drupa for the launch of a "fully integrated MIS solution with central data management" following its acquisition of Belgian software developer Cerm.

Cerm, which employs 26 staff and specialises in commercial and label printing MIS, was present on Heidelberg's stand at last year's Ipex as part of the German press manufacturer's MIS partner programme.

Heidelberg stressed that existing customers of its Prinect Prinance MIS would continue to be supported, although

KBA posts pre-tax profit of $15.3m

KBA has published its 2010 full-year results posting a pre-tax profit of EUR 15.3m ($22.3m), up from EUR 2.9m in 2009.

The company said orders for the year jumped a massive 45.4% to EUR 1.3bn split fairly evenly between sheetfed presses, which increased a third, and web and special presses, which increased nearly 60% year-on-year.

Express Newspapers' mammoth press order is included in the order backlog numbers, although will only be included in sales figures for 2011.

Sales for the year came in at

Manroland expects profitability in 2011

Manroland has said it expects a return to profit this year following an increase in orders for 2010.

The company's full-year results showed a 15% upswing in orders for 2010 at €976m ($1.36bn), although sales for the year were down 15% at €942m.

The increase in orders was particularly strong in the BRIC countries, which grew 50% pushing the company's export ratio to 80%.

However, the company expects sales growth to remain moderate, but with a return to operational profitability this year

Komori powers on again its plants

Komori has said that supply of machinery and parts has been unaffected after it temporarily ceased production when the massive earthquake hobbled some production partners in Japan.

The company said in a statement that production could have continued at its Tsukuba plant and Komori Machinery, based near Tokyo, following damage and safety assessments, but that partner companies, particularly in the Tohoku area, had been badly affected.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the north eastern

H'berg names Ricoh as global digital partner

Heidelberg has named Ricoh as its digital partner, entering a global distribution contract to sell and support the Japanese company's Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition machine and PxP Chemical toner.

The deal, which includes service and support, will roll out initially in Germany and the UK, with a global agreement due to be in place for Drupa 2012. Heidelberg's agreement with Konica Minolta in Australia will remain in place for the time being.

The first public demonstration of the companies'

KBA unveils its digital press plan

KBA has tied with RR Donnelley to develop a digital press that will debut at next year's Drupa, forming a partnership both parties expect to "reinvigorate" the industry.

The companies have signed an agreement to develop, manufacturer and sell piezoelectric-based digital inkjet machines for the commercial, newspaper, packaging and security sectors.

Through the partnership, KBA has licensed RR Donnelley's Apollo digital technology to use in its own presses. The culmination of this operation will

Heidelberg: digital venture will render rival presses irrelevant

The German press giant has revealed that its new solution will involve a digital device costing circa €100,000 (£84,000), with a speed of 80-90ppm. This will run in combination with its Anicolor sheetfed press and be integrated into the Prinect workflow, with a 'job gate' to route jobs to the most efficient output option.

What it is yet to confirm is the identity of its digital partner, although Konica Minolta is thought to be the frontrunner. Canon and Ricoh have also been

GOSS International to cut 300 jobs in 2011

Goss International in agreement with the works council at its facility in Montataire, France will reduce the work force there by approximately 300 people in 2011.

"We regret the impact on our employees, but this is an essential, proactive step in our plan to rationalise and integrate Goss resources in Europe to deliver the highest level of value to our customers," according to Goss International president and CEO Jochen Meissner.

Meissner emphasises that Goss International maintains a global

Heidelberg reaffirms digital deal

Heidelberg has said it will unveil its much-anticipated digital print partner before the end of March 2011 in a deal that will "change the industry".

In itsfirst public statement on itshunt for a digital partner since a proposed tie-up was announced in January, Heidelberg attempted to clarify its position.

Stephan Plenz, Heidelberg board member responsible for equipment, said: "Our in-depth discussions started at Ipex and we have talked to lots of potential partners.

"We are still in negotiations

Komori conducts open house at its Europe HQ

Komori hosted its Technology 2010 Open House at its Utrecht European headquarters in November.

The Japanese press manufacturer showcased the likes of the new five-colour B2 Enthrone 29, the Lithrone SX640 and the Lithrone S840P with its H-UV drying system alongside equipment from a range of partners including Kodak, Horizon and PrintVis MIS.

The S840P was on show at Ipex turning out copies of the PrintWeek IpexDaily newspaper and the same model will be the centrepiece of its workflow

Heidelberg prunes loss after stronger Q2 2010

Heidelberg's first half pre-tax loss has narrowed significantly on the back of strong sales and lower costsfollowing its successful restructuring.

The world's largest press manufacturer recorded net sales of €1.2bn for the six months to 30 September, up 18% on the first six months of 2009, while its pre-tax loss of €106.1m was down 44% on last year's €188m H1 loss.

Sales were particularly strong in the second quarter, improving 27% versus the previous year to €633m and growing

KBA says no to merger as industry regroups

Press manufacturer KBA has said that consolidation in the press market is crucial for manufacturers to start making money again, but has insisted that it will not be part of any merger.

Speaking at a press conference at newspaper trade show Ifra, KBA deputy president Claus Bolza-Schunemann said that the worldwide newspaper press sales market had contracted to around half the size of 2007.

However, the company has claimed that its share of the market, which is now estimated to be at around

Data is the 'new oil' for print: Pira

Printers must ensure they understand the 'connected world' if they are to profit from the future media landscape, according to Pira International.

Speaking at the research and consulting firm's Global Print Markets conference this week, Pira print strategy consultant Neil Falconer described data as "the new oil". "Printers have a great opportunity in managing data and content. There are major opportunities ahead in leveraging the power of communities," he stated.

However, in order to do so

Manroland to shed 500 jobs thru restructure

Manroland has revealed it is to shed 500 jobs as part of a strategy the press manufacturer claimed would enable it to position it for "future growth".

The company said the move came at a time where press sales within the business are dropping in established industrial countries but dynamic growth is taking place in emerging markets.

Manroland confirmed that the basic structure of the business would remain unchanged, with its Augsburg and Offenbach facilities maintaining the production of press

Agfa Graphics gets its revenues up by 8.7%

Agfa Graphic's pre-tax result rebounded strongly in the first half of the year as it reaped the benefits of the cost-cutting exercise it undertook through 2009.

Recurring EBIT for the first six months leapt more than 427%, from €13.4m ($18.5m) to €70.7m, on revenues of €736m, up 14.8% from €641m in the first half of 2009.

This put the company's EBIT to revenue ratio at 9.6%, up from 2.1% in the same period last year and well above its medium-term target of 7%.

In its interim

KBA claims bumper 1st six months of 2010

German press manufacturer KBA has experienced a bumper first six months of the year, with buoyant orders putting an end to 18 months of short-time working at its Radebeul plant.

The company said a 39% year-on-year upswing in orders, which was concentrated in China, but also apparent in other regions, affected both its sheetfed and web and special presses divisions, mostly in the second quarter of 2010.

Business in the UK, Spain and Scandinavia remained relatively weak with more activity in the B2