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Xaar anticipates sales boost in H2 of 2017

Xaar anticipates sales boost in H2 of 2017. Half-year sales at Xaar will be down on 2016, but the group is expecting a more buoyant second half of the year. “As stated in March, revenue will be more second half weighted than usual with growth anticipated from recently introduced new products,” the group said. It also reaffirmed its joint development agreement with Xerox for bulk piezo printheads, first revealed in January. Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards described the partnership as “a

Cost-cutting bears fruit for GMG

After the first stage of its three-year cost-cutting programme the Guardian Media Group (GMG) has driven down losses by a third and seen revenue and membership gains.
In its financial results for the 12 months to 2 April 2017, GMG, publisher of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and theguardian.com, recorded an EBITDA loss of £44.7m, down 35% from a loss of £68.7m in 2015/16.
“Despite the challenging market conditions faced by all news organisations around the world, our three-year strategy

H B Fuller has asked customers to discuss their labelling challenges

Adhesives company H B Fuller has asked brewing and beverage customers to discuss their labelling challenges at Drinktec 2017 – and discover how H.B. Fuller’s technology can help their labelling reuqirements. “With so much global expertise on tap, and with a comprehensive and flexible range, we can offer our customers many adhesive options,” says Crjstians Porcheddu, End-of-Line Packaging and Labeling business manager at H.B. Fuller. “Competition within this industry is fierce, and we believe

The AFPA has released its June 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report

The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the June 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in June compared to June 2016. All four printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in June. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent from May 2017.  Shipments of coated free

Avery Dennison has announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge

Avery Dennison has announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge will run from July 1 through September 15, 2017. This year’s Challenge will feature a new Continent Wrap King title, to be awarded between the announcement of Regional Wrap Kings and the crowning of the “King of the Wrap World.” Due to increasing global interest in 2017, Avery Dennison is adding Mainland China, Japan and South Korea, while dividing Europe into four distinct regions.  Wrap installers from 53

Print4All at Milano to attract visitors

Key players of the printing and communication industries will gather on 12 and 13 September, at Fiera Milano, for Print4All Conference. It will be the community event of national and international importance, where the excellences of the entire industry will come face to face, including brand owners, communication agencies, large scale retail trade, and influencers.
The two-day event in September will examine and focus on the ‘customer journey’, the metaphoric journey from pre-sale and

HP commits $20 m to educate 100 m by 2025

HP has announced that it will commit $20 million in technology, training, R&D and funding contributions to enable better learning outcomes for more than 100 million people between 2015-2025 through programs like HP Life, HP World on Wheels and HP Learning Studios. HP has said that it is working with governments and policymakers to better map learning to employment.  
The announcement was made at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, which falls on the eve of the G20 Summit

Heidelberg's ‘sustainable profitability’ hailed

Heidelberg has announced improved annual results after posting its best Q4 performance for nine years.
The press manufacturer saw slight increases in sales and a larger increase in net profits after tax in a year that saw it bring in a new chief executive and announce a digital revamp.
A spokesman for Heidelberg confirmed that Q4 2016/17 was Heidelberg’s best Q4 performance since 2008 based on revenue and profit, after sales rose just shy of 20% on the same quarter last year, from €710m to €845m

Kodak wins the EDP Award 2017

Kodak wins the EDP Award 2017 for the KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press. Kodak has won the EDP Award 2017 for the best product in the “Cutsheet printer color up to B3 >200,000 A4/month” category with its KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press. This digital production press, which was publicly premiered at drupa 2016, was entered by Kodak in the race for the EDP Awards in the main category ‘Commercial Printing’. The awards were presented by the EDP Association

Aeoon Technologies has launched its new Titan flatbed series

Aeoon Technologies has launched its new Titan flatbed series at Fespa. These machines can be used to print on materials including leathers, woods, plastics, glass or metals. The system is available in four versions – Titan Multi, Titan Multi Duo, Titan Maxi and Titan Maxi Duo – with vacuum tables ranging from 3x1.5m up to 4.2x3.75m. The Titan machines can be used with pigment, UV and hybrid inks and, depending on the ink used, can be equipped with infrared, near-infrared or UV curing devices. A

MS Printing Solutions has launched the new 3.2m-wide Impres 4320 soft signage printer

Italian manufacturer MS Printing Solutions has launched the new 3.2m-wide Impres 4320 soft signage printer at Fespa, with two 1.8m-wide machines also due to be part of the Impres family.  All three units (the 4320, 4180 and 3180) will begin shipping in the coming months. The 4320 runs at a top speed, in high speed mode, of 289sqm/hr, with the 4180 at 202sqm/hr and 3180 at 124sqm/hr in the same mode. The machines’ dye-sublimation JK Group inks are uniquely formulated for their Kyocera print

Epson’s ‘breadth of applications’

Epson is using its Fespa stand to showcase its machines for both the signage and textile markets. The company is not using the show to launch any new machines, but choosing to consolidate its existing portfolio, it is also discussing a number of its recent collaborations and promoting the machines to potential new customers.
“The ethos of the show this year is to take the opportunity when we’re not launching to actually show the breadth of applications that we have at our disposal,” said Epson

Ricoh enters DTG market, bags sale

Ricoh has launched two new direct-to-garment (DTG) printers at Fespa and secured its first sale. The two new machines, the Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000, are based on the Anajet mPower series, but with a number of enhancements. They will be commercially available from Q3 of this year, with price yet to be set.
AnaJet international technical support specialist Marica Mody highlighted a variety of improvements on the previous AnaJet series, including an upgraded ink circulation system for white

Océ Colorado is Canon’s first UVgel LFP

The first of Canon Europe’s new range of wide-format printers to incorporate the new Canon UVgel technology was unveiled at Fespa in May.
Aimed at businesses that produce indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, banners, signage, POS, billboards, window graphics, and decals, the Océ Colorado 1640 is a 64in (1.6m) roll-to-roll wide-format printer built around Canon’s patented UVgel curable ink system.
It boasts a top speed of 159sqm/hr for billboards or outdoor banners – faster, Canon

Mactac has launched its new self-healing vehicle wrapping films

Mactac has launched its new self-healing vehicle wrapping films along with a host of other new products at Fespa. There are four products in the self-healing range, a black film, Ever Shine, and three clear films. The new wrapping films contain a formulation that enables light scratches to be removed through the application of heat, either from sunlight or gentle abrasion. Mactac is also launching its new MacBlock film for window graphics, a high opacity range intended for double-sided graphics

Armor has launched a new dye-sublimation ink at Fespa

Armor has launched a new dye-sublimation ink at Fespa that will enable flag printers to print directly without the need to wash post-print. Its ARSub D701 ink works with Epson printheads, and does not bleed after calendering. “Usually people have to print, calender and wash. There is no need to wash with this ink,” explained business development director Frank de Jonge. “The flag printers we’ve seen have all been excited about it.” Armor is now looking to develop it for Ricoh and Kyocera

Kodak profit status in the first quarter

Kodak posted a net profit in the first quarter of 2017 of $7m, but sales were down 5%. Revenues fell by $20m to $357m compared to $377m in Q1 2016 while operational Ebitda was down $19m to $8m, which the company said was ‘consistent with expectations’. Kodak cited pricing pressures in its pre-press plates business as well as the continued decline in its consumer inkjet cartridge sales for the drop in sales although the impact was partially offset, it said, by strong growth in key product lines

SAi products get European debut

Software company SA International (SAi) is showing a number of new products and discussing new partnerships with its European audience for the first time at Fespa.
The RIP software developer is showcasing its new SAI + EnRoute solution for routers in the signmaking industry, along with launching its HP software partnership with HP’s new Latex Print and Cut units, plus an upgrade on its MyFlexi mobile app.
The router solution along with the app were given their global launches at last month’s ISA

KBA had a positive Q1 in Europe

KBA Group posted 20% more orders in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period last year with a “substantial increase” in orders for medium-format sheetfed presses, particularly in southern Europe.
The German press manufacturer maintained revenue over the period at a similar level to the first quarter of 2016 - €259.1m compared with €258.8m - but higher raw material costs meant gross profit dipped from €77m to €73.5m.
However, because last year’s figures included expenses of €6m caused by

Canon’s first UVgel wide-format printer

Océ Colorado is Canon’s first UVgel wide-format printer.  Aimed at businesses that produce indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, banners, signage, POS, billboards, window graphics, and decals, the Océ Colorado 1640 is a 64in (1.6m) roll-to-roll wide-format printer built around Canon’s patented UVgel curable ink system.
It boasts a top speed of 159sqm/hr for billboards or outdoor banners – faster, Canon claims, than any other printer in this market segment – and a top speed for

OKI Europe Ltd has announced its presence at FESPA 2017

OKI Europe Ltd has announced its presence at FESPA 2017 (Stand B5-A52), where it will be exhibiting a comprehensive range of revenue-generating innovations for graphic arts professionals, producing everything from business cards to billboards. A Gold Partner of this major event, OKI Europe will be showcasing products including its recent addition to the renowned ColorPainter range, the E-64s. OKI Europe will also be taking the opportunity at FESPA to unveil an exciting new white toner printer

ASLAN highlights innovative self-adhesive solutions for special applications at Fespa

ASLAN highlights innovative self-adhesive solutions for special applications at Fespa. Visitors will be able to experience first-hand MirrorEffect AntiScratch ASLAN SE 75, a highly reflective, scratch-resistant mirror effect film. In addition, the film expert will be introducing, within the ASLAN FerroSoft range, three new, easy-to-apply self-adhesive solutions for the creation of magneticallyreceptive surfaces – one for printing, one for combining with other self-adhesive films and one

Asia Pulp & Paper Group welcomes FSC annoucement

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) welcomes the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) announcement on the conditional approval of the Roadmap to end disassociation with APP. The FSC Board of Directors had given their conditional approval for the Roadmap at their 74th meeting in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, last February 2017. “We are pleased to receive the conditional approval for the Roadmap to end our disassociation with FSC. APP looks forward  to working with FSC and other stakeholders to develop the

De La Rue concludes Thallo deal

Contiweb announced that De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial printer of banknotes and identity documents, have confirmed an order for a Thallo printing press. The purchase is part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills for De La Rue’s Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta.
“The Thallo press is designed to provide printers with the optimum flexibility without sacrificing on print quality. Security printing for product

KBA to invest €16m in new centre

KBA is set to build a new digital and flexo press demo centre at its main Wurzburg plant in Germany.  The €16m project will include building and infrastructure costs of around €6m, with the remainder spent on the three demo presses.
The building is due for completion in autumn this year, when KBA will be formally celebrating its 200th anniversary, the centre will house a RotaJet digital printing press, a flexo rotary press and a newly-developed sheetfed flexo press. Its main purpose will be

Wartime escape map printer book

The story of a man who printed escape maps during the Second World War after using shower tiles to construct a lithographic press is to be published in book form.
    The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers project was launched around three years ago by stonemason and sculptor Mark Evans, whose father Philip Radcliffe-Evans constructed a lithographic press during a period in a POW camp in Germany during the war out of shower tiles and printed hundreds of escape maps.
    Radcliffe-Evans, who died

Banknote press manufacturer KBA-NotaSys has been fined

Banknote press manufacturer KBA-NotaSys has been fined one symbolic Swiss franc following a corruption scandal, but will also pay a multimillion euro settlement.  The Swiss manufacturer of specialist presses for security printers is a subsidiary of Germany-headquartered press manufacturer KBA. KBA-NotaSys reported itself to the Swiss public prosecutor in 2015 after it uncovered evidence that bribery had taken place between 2005-2015 in a number of countries it operates in. The fact that the

Masqualero is the latest typeface to be released by Monotype

Masqualero is the latest typeface to be released by Monotype and is inspired by a jazz recording of the same name.  Designed by Jim Ford from the Monotype Studio, the Masqualero typeface was conceived while listening to the Miles Davis jazz composition Masqualero.  The typeface is a dual-natured serif design with six weights and italics as well as stencil and groove display weights, according to Monotype, and will lend itself particularly well to applications such as product packaging

Fespa has announced its educational seminar programme

Fespa has announced its educational seminar programme, delivering insights and market knowledge across the sign-making, digital, screen, industrial, textile and interior printing industries for FESPA 2017, taking place at Messe Hamburg from 8 to 12 May 2017.  The seminar programme, which visitors can attend free of charge with a valid FESPA 2017 entry ticket, covers a range of topics, focusing on the use of digital, screen and textile print technology in a variety of scenarios. Duncan MacOwan

EFI outlines Fespa plans in May ‘17

EFI has revealed that its plans for Fespa in May include the European debut of its new textile printers.  EFI vice president of corporate marketing Frank Tueckmantel said the company plans to bring the Vutek 5r and Vutek FabriVU 520 printers to the show, which will take place at the Hamburg Messe from 8-12 May.
Both of these machines were announced alongside the Vutek 3r at the manufacturer’s annual user conference, EFI connect, in January.
The 5.2m-wide FabriVU 520, which incorporates Reggiani