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Kodak plans its wide-format return

Kodak has launched a new inkjet printhead that could see it re-enter the wide-format market via an OEM partner.  It described its new Ultrastream continuous inkjet head as its fourth-generation product. It is aiming to sign up OEM partners at Drupa who could use the head in sheetfed inkjet presses or in a wide-format array.

“We turned the attention of our brightest minds in R&D to how we can bring the benefits of inkjet to adjacent markets,” said Kodak president of inkjet enterprise

Ink manufacturer Inx International has launched several new inks at Fespa Digital

Ink manufacturer Inx International has launched several new inks at Fespa Digital. Among them are additions to the firm’s Triangle brand of ‘advanced alternative’ inks are the GSP and GRR UV curable high-performance inks, which are designed for jetting with high consistency while running at high speeds on EFI Vutek GS series hybrid flatbed roll-fed printers, or dedicated roll-to-roll printers. Also, the company’s Prodigy and Evolve product ranges have been expanded to include an extended

Agfa-Gevaert has posted improved results for 2015

Agfa-Gevaert has posted improved results for 2015. Growth in the graphics division was boosted by a double-digit hike in inkjet sales as well as the effects of a weaker euro.  For the full year to December 2015, revenues in Agfa’s graphics section remained stable with a modest 0.2% growth to $1.59bn, reversing the decline of 2014.  The company said that “despite softness in the emerging markets and political instability in certain regions” sales had been helped by a significant increase in

Sun Chemical presented the first worldwide showing of SunTex

Sun Chemical presented the first worldwide showing of SunTex, its newly launched range of water-based inkjet inks developed to deliver optimum performance for digital textile and soft signage print applications at Fespa.  The new products are SunTex Sonata, a series of dye sublimation transfer inks and direct print dispersed inks for polyester and polyester-rich substrates; and SunTex Encore, a range of direct print pigment inks. SunTex Encore is the pigmented inkjet ink offering within the

Stratasys unveils new EMEA headquarters in Germany

Stratasys unveils new EMEA headquarters in Germany. Stratasys says their latest facility features a state-of-the-art showroom, a benchmark center and customer training facilities. The opening of its new 53,000 square foot EMEA headquarters in Rheinmuenster, Germany, marks the creation of a purpose-built site to support the company’s growing capacity requirements and increase customer service capability with it’s customer training and benchmarking facilities. The new, four-story site features

HP PageWide wins design award

HP has won a design award for its PageWide XL portfolio after judges decided it enabled users to maximise efficiency and was easy to use.

The printer range won a 2016 iF Gold ‘Best of Best’ Design Award for industrial design on 26th February at a ceremony in Munich, Germany, for its commercially-available 1,016mm-wide PageWide XL 4000, 4500 and 8000 printers. Additionally, the now award-winning, flagship HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer offers up to 50 percent savings in total production costs

EFI reveals more about Rialco

EFI has revealed more details about how it expects its acquisition of dye and colour products specialist Rialco to help expand its industrial inkjet business.

Stephen Emery, vice-president of EFI’s ink business, told PrintWeek EFI had not been a Rialco customer prior to the acquisition but said the business supplies a lot of ink companies and formulators in industrial markets, including dye-sublimation printing.

“The ink business within EFI is a significant part of the business and a part

Sistrade compete at two international events of the Security Printing and Label sector

Sistrade compete at two international events of the Security Printing and Label sector. High Security Printing Europe conference took place in Bucharest between March 14 and 16, and FINAT Technical Seminar took place in Barcelona between March 16 and 18. Sistrade had a booth at the exhibition to promote the features of Sistrade MIS software for Security Printing. FINAT technical seminar entitled Labelling – The future and beyond organised FINAT (Féderation INternationale des fabricants et

Fespa has announced that its Global Expo, FESPA 2017, will take place over five days

Fespa has announced that its Global Expo, FESPA 2017, will take place over five days from 8 - 12 May 2017 at the Hamburg Messe, Germany. The event will cover 10 halls at the exhibition centre, and as well as being a screen and digital exhibition it will encompass FESPA Textile, European Sign Expo and Printeriors. Roz McGuinness, Divisional Director, FESPA said: “The eighth largest city in Europe, Hamburg is a major transport hub and is easily accessible by plane from all major European and

Greek manufacturer Polyprint has debuted direct-to-garment (DTG) printer

Greek manufacturer Polyprint has debuted a compact direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that can produce 80 white or 28 dark t-shirts per hour.  The TexJet shorTee can print on textiles including cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blends, linen, viscose and leather. The machine, which will cost around $10,228, offers print resolutions of up to 1,440dpi and has a maximum print size of 320x450mm.  It incorporates Epson DX7 printheads in a combination offering eight ink channels with 180 nozzles per

Mutoh launches ValueJet 1604X

Mutoh has added a new budget option to its ValueJet X roll-to-roll sign and display printer series.  The new single-head 1.62m ValueJet 1604X, which is available with immediate effect through Mutoh’s reseller network, features high print quality and precision, productivity, simple operation and a standard configuration including a motorised take-up system for rolls up to 30kg. The device is targeted at entry-level signmakers as well as companies looking for a wider machine that need extra

Xerox has announced that it will be participating at drupa

Xerox has announced that it will be participating at drupa at the Hall 8B, Messe Dusseldorf May 31 – June 10, 2016.  Xerox will be exhibiting production print devices, workflow solutions, business development resources and high-value applications segments – such as direct mail, catalogues, books, transactional marketing, photos and packaging at their booth.

Fujifilm exhibits new products

Fujifilm unveiled 3 new products at Fespa in Amsterdam - the FabricWall II, the mobile solution for textile graphics; FabricCounter, the mobile folding counter for textile graphics and Backlit PhotoPaper Standard, bright colour reproduction, with and without backlit.  

According to Fujifilm, with the FabricWall II system the print is always flat and straight.  Accessories allow creating a full exhibition stand by connecting several FabricWall II systems to build a wall or connect them in a

Canon showcases new Arizona UV flatbeds

Canon Europe launched three recently-released Océ Arizona UV flatbed printers at Fespa Digital and previewed a new range of large-format professional inkjet printers.

The Océ Arizona 1240, 1260 and 1280 models, launched in January, are aimed at the sign and display, specialty print, reprographics and photo lab sectors and print at up to 35m2/hr in express mode.

The new Arizonas borrow features from the 6100 series launched at Fespa last year. There are two bed sizes – 1.25x2.5m and

Manroland Sheetfed now ‘efficient business’

Manroland Sheetfed has seen improved results for the fourth consecutive year after owner Langley Holdings transformed it from a “lumbering leviathan” into an “efficient business”.

In the calendar year 2015, it recorded sales of $321m  up from $316.8 m in 2014. Orders on hand were worth $87.4m, against $53m in 2014.

The division contributed around 10% towards the group result, helping to generate a group pre-tax profit of $117.m. Chairman Tony Langley expressed satisfaction with its

GMG has announced that to conduct colour management training event

Suppliers of colour management and workflow software solutions GMG has announced that its colour management experts will be conducting a hands-on colour management training event, GMG Academy, concurrent with drupa, from June 9-11 at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany. The event lets those interested in colour management combine two educational opportunities: the industry’s most comprehensive exhibition, with a colour management seminar. Topics will include lighting, the difference between

Avery Dennison’s new EU headquarters and Research & Development center in Oegstgeest

Avery Dennison’s new EU headquarters and Research & Development center in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands has been awarded the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certificate for building’s design and construction.  A range of sustainability features have been brought together to merit the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. The headquarters has energy efficient ground-storage heating and cooling, heat-reflective glass, elevators that recover energy, motion-controlled lighting, FSC-certified timber, and more than 100

The owner of the Independent has confirmed that the newspaper is to ditch its print editions

The owner of the Independent has confirmed that the newspaper is to ditch its print editions and go online only, making it the first national daily to cease publication since Today in 1995.  The Independent newspaper would have celebrated its 30th anniversary later this year. Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev acquired it in 2010.  The Independent titles will cease print production this month.

Drytac to showcase new products

Self-adhesive materials manufacturer Drytac Europe will show a range of new products at Fespa Digital 2016, as it seeks new resale and distribution partners.

The company will publicly debut ViziPrint illuminate film, a new product for vibrant backlit graphics, and also highlight a new floor graphics application for its Polar HiGrab vinyl. ViziPrint Illuminate is a 100 micron translucent matt PET film, which the company has developed for backlit window graphics and vibrant backlit displays for

Sun Chemical unveils its new ink

Sun Chemical has expanded its Streamline range of eco-solvent alternative inkjet inks with the introduction of a new low odour ink, Streamline Ultima HPQ LO developed for use in the Mimaki JV300 and JV150 high-speed wide format printers.

“All our Streamline OEM-compatible inks are highly engineered to replicate the colour and physical properties of original inks and are rigorously tested to ensure optimum performance. As a result they present cost-effective, operationally efficient alternative

Heidelberg announces ‘good progress’

Heidelberg’s burgeoning services division accounted for almost half of the firm’s sales in its latest quarterly results.

The world’s largest printing press manufacturer posted sales up 15% to $703m in the three months to 31 December, and up 16% to $1.979bn for the first nine months of its financial year, including a $102.2m gain due to exchange rates.

Its services business, boosted by last year’s acquisition of PSG, accounted for $316.6m of Q3 sales and $952m for the nine-month period. The

Belgium-based Idempapers has announced a price increase for its carbonless products

Belgium-based Idempapers has announced a price increase for its carbonless products — up to 7% on reels and 5% on sheets — effective for all deliveries from April 4, 2016. In a press release, Idempapers said, “For over a year now, raw material costs — principally pulp and chemicals — have increased significantly, largely due to the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations, and despite the price increases already implemented during the last twelve months, this escalation in costs has only been

Manroland has announced a significant increase in profit

Manroland web systems from Augsburg, Germany, has announced a significant increase in profit and market share in the financial year of 2015. With a profit margin of around 3%, the printing press manufacturer’s result increases to 6.2 million euros. The market share in new press business for web offset systems grew to 45% and the solutions in digital postpress from manroland web systems have established themselves further on the market. Profitability is expected to grow even further in 2016

Condé Nast and Hearst have set up a new joint venture in the US

Condé Nast and Hearst have set up a new joint venture in the US that could have far-reaching implications for magazine production if it sets a trend.  The two media companies are pooling their procurement, production and circulation management operations in a new independent company, PubWorx, which will be owned 50:50 by the duo.It will be headed by Al Perruzza, the former executive vice president of business operations at Reader’s Digest. He becomes president and CEO of PubWorx.  Hearst and

DP Lenticular to exhibit new lens

European company dedicated solely to the promotion and sale of lenticular plastic sheets and rolls for the offset, digital and label markets, DP Lenticular, will be presenting its creative portfolio of solutions, including a world first, at drupa from May 31 to June 10, 2016 at the Messe Düsseldorf.

The manufacturer will exhibit its new 3D 28 LPI UV-MF large format lenses made in Europe.  With a thickness of 2.15 mm and a viewing angle of 37°, it is suitable for three-dimensional lenticular

Xaar introduces new UV printhead

Xaar has launched a new large-droplet UV printhead, targeted at high-build applications in labels and packaging.  The Xaar 1002 GS40 head has a droplet volume from 40 to 160 picolitres, with five greyscales. Xaar said target applications included laying down opaque whites in label printing, as well as spot UV inkjet coating, including high-build effects.

The inkjet head developer claimed the throughput of the new head “surpassed that of any other on the market”.

Other potential uses for the

Xerox confirms split in 2 separate businesses

Xerox has confirmed earlier reports that it plans to split into two separate businesses.

   Ursula Burns, chief executive of the $19.5bn turnover business, said the group was undertaking a strategic review of its operations last autumn.

    Announcing the break-up plan today, Burns said: “Today Xerox is taking further affirmative steps to drive shareholder value by announcing it will separate into two strong, independent, publicly traded companies.”

    The two businesses will be Document

Gandy to show 5m printer : Fespa

Canadian wide-format equipment manufacturer Gandy Digital will unveil its latest machine, the 5m-wide roll-to-roll Fascin8tor, at Fespa Digital in March. The firm said the machine would deliver large-format prints with very low ink consumption, without compromising print quality and regardless of speed.

It is aimed at printers looking to increase their productivity, extend their application portfolio and maximise their job profitability. The device, which prints at 1,200dpi and handles

Mimaki expands sublimation ink

Mimaki is set to add a light black ink to its range of SB410 sublimation ink spot colours.  The light black, which will be commercially available from next month, joins recently released neon yellow and pink fluorescent inks, which are suitable for low-volume, high-quality use in fashion and sportswear and swimwear.

The firm said the latest addition will expand apparel production possibilities for users and increase the versatility of its TS300P-1800 wide-format printer, a dedicated

New whitepaper commissioned by OKI Europe

New whitepaper commissioned by OKI Europe says many companies would like to digitise documents to reduce physical storage space. Just one third of European companies are planning for a digital world with smart MFPs playing a key role in moving away from paper-based processes, a new IDC whitepaper commissioned by OKI Europe Ltd has found. The whitepaper, which was compiled by Jacqui Hendriks, IDC’s Head of European Managed Print Services and Document Solutions research and consulting practice