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Heidelberg's Gerold Linzbach has returned to work after a period of illness

Heidelberg chairman and chief human resources officer Gerold Linzbach has returned to work after a period of illness.  Linzbach, who took over from long-term chief executive Bernhard Schreier with a turnaround mandate in 2012, had been ill for seven months. In July last year, Heidelberg chief financial officer Dirk Kaliebe stepped in as interim chief executive. In August 2014, he announced a major shake-up of its post-press operations, exiting some markets and cutting hundreds of jobs

Screen to show upgraded printer

Screen Europe will show the latest iteration of its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer publicly for the first time at Fespa Digital in March.  The 85sqm/hr Truepress Jet 3200UV was launched in 2013 and the 150sqm/hr HS model was released the following year. A further upgrade last year added an optional 3.2m-wide roll-to-roll system.

   The new HS2 model, which replaces the HS, further enhances the machine with an additional range of speed and quality boosting features that the firm said will

EFI doubles Productivity Suite

EFI has used its annual Connect user conference to unveil three additions to its Productivity Suite portfolio and a new portal to promote the power of print. Productivity Suite, EFI’s ‘best of suite’ approach to its MIS/ERP offerings where it bundles products suited to specific market applications and then tests and certifies their integration, was launched at Connect last year.

All three have benefited from a number of module enhancements, however, at last week’s EFI Connect user conference

HP plans swift switch to digital in packaging sector

The corrugated packaging sector will go from web offset to digital “very quickly”, according to HP EMEA’s most senior Graphics Solutions Business executive, who plans to start a switch-to-digital domino effect.

EMEA vice-president and general manager for HP’s Graphics Solutions Business Gido Van Praag, said 2016 will be a key year in HP’s thrust into the packaging market.

He said packaging was no doubt the biggest category in terms of print volume and the company was well suited to cater to

Xaar has boosted its 3D printing

Xaar has boosted its 3D printing know-how with the appointment of a new high-profile lead for its nascent business, and plans to set up a specialist “world-class” team for 3D.  Professor Neil Hopkinson will join the inkjet printhead manufacturer in the new role of director of 3D printing in March.He is tasked with building a world-class team to develop his High Speed Sintering (HSS) technology and accelerate its use by Xaar’s OEM partners. Xaar described the technology as “transformational”.

Sun Chemical has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Colmar Inks

Sun Chemical has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets and liabilities of Colmar Inks Corporation based in Ontario, Canada. Colmar’s customer lists, contracts, and finished inventory will be included in the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter in 2016.  The acquisition will allow Sun Chemical to expand its liquid ink customer base in Canada.  Colmar is a manufacturer of liquid inks and coatings for the corrugated and paper

Eyal Manzoor has been appointed as the managing director of Kornit Digital European GmbH

Eyal Manzoor has been appointed as the managing director of Kornit Digital European GmbH. Taking up the position on 1 January, Manzoor will oversee the company’s operations throughout EMEA. He joined Kornit Digital in April 2007, was appointed as managing director at Kornit Digital Asia Pacific in 2012, and has 15 years of experience in the digital and textile areas. Eyal Manzoor will be supported by Kornit Digital Europe’s established management team, namely Roger Albert (sales director

Xerox Color C60 Printer Wins BLI PRO Award

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the leading independent authority in the document imaging industry, has named the Xerox Color C60 Printer the winner of the PRO award in the colour light production category. The award acknowledges the best-in-class devices in BLI’s production field tests, revealing attributes that distinguish the most outstanding performers in a challenging evaluation covering productivity, image quality, media handling, ease of use and more. 

Fred J. Ramsey, global product

Sun Chemical launches new inkjet inks range

Sun Chemical is set to launch new inkjet inks developed specifically for the digital wide- and superwide-format markets at Fespa Digital 2016.

Two SunTex ink ranges will be demonstrated at the show. The first is a dye-sublimation ink for transfer print applications, which combines bright strong colours, dense black and a tough highly resistant ink film.

The second range shown will be a direct print dispersed dye ink for flag and banner applications, which the manufacturer said provides

Entries are open for Fespa’s 2016 Awards

Entries are open for Fespa’s 2016 Awards, with the winners set to be unveiled at next year’s Fespa Digital show in Amsterdam.  The awards, which are open to any printer in the world, will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony at Fespa’s Gala Dinner on 9 March 2016. Fespa head of events Duncan MacOwan said: “This is the 33rd year we have run the competition and expect the calibre of entries to be just as great, if not greater, than in 2015.” The awards will consist of 15 categories covering a

2015 Global Printing Machinery Industry Report

2015 Global Printing Machinery Industry Report is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions of the Printing Machinery industry, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia) and the main countries (United States, Germany, Japan and China). The report firstly introduced the Printing Machinery basics: definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain overview; industry policies and plans; product specifications

Xerox Placed as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant

Xerox Placed as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services.  Xerox has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services Worldwide1 for the eighth consecutive year. In this report, Gartner examines the expanding role of managed print services (MPS) along with managed content services (MCS), which is tightly coupled with MPS and focuses on communications inside of an organization. In

Heidelberg outlines Drupa focus

Heidelberg’s Drupa exhibit will focus on customer demands caused by the industrialisation of printing, under the banner theme of ‘Simply Smart’.

“Our customers have changed from small craftsmen to industrial enterprises,” explained the group’s head of services Harald Weimer. “And these customers demand complete products and services from us.     We are providing simple solutions for a complex business. It’s time to concentrate on what matters,” he stated.

As an example, Weimer highlighted

De La Rue to cut note production

De La Rue has announced plans to reduce its banknote production and invest more in passport work, after completing its manufacturing footprint review.

De La Rue said the restructuring will bring its production capacity in line with current market demand, and “greatly enhance” the efficiency and flexibility of its banknote print business.

The business also said it is seeking to accelerate its growth in the identity and security products markets, where it sees growth opportunities. A

Konica Minolta redesigned their version of its website

Konica Minolta has launched a new, redesigned version of its website, www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us, promoting its hardware and solutions. It highlights content focused on Enterprise Content Management (ECM), document management and automated workflow solutions for the legal, healthcare, education, government and finance sectors.

 

Muller Martini aims to harness the zeitgeist

Muller Martini aims to harness the zeitgeist around the so-called ‘internet of things’ and is promising to showcase ‘Finishing 4.0’ at this year’s Drupa exhibition. The manufacturer has moved halls, from its usual location, next door to strategic partner Heidelberg. Heidelberg and Muller Martini partnered earlier this year, when Heidelberg exited the saddle-stitching and perfect binding markets, and handed service and support of its existing customer base to the Swiss firm.

 

Antalis is moving further into the wallcovering media market

Antalis is moving further into the wallcovering media market with 20 types of wallcovering finishes in stock, 18 of which are from its own Coala brand. Rolls are variously available in 30m or 50m lengths and 1,370mm and 1,060mm widths but not all types are available in both configurations. The weights of the media range from 150gsm to 350gsm. All the finishes are suitable for UV, solvent or latex digital printing.  The company has been selling printed wallpapers to consumers through the high

Former HP and Stratasys heavyweight Chris Morgan is to join the Xaar

Former HP and Stratasys heavyweight Chris Morgan is to join the Xaar board in the new year. Morgan was senior vice-president and chief marketing officer at 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys from November 2014 to June 2015 and before that he spent 25 years at HP where he held a number of senior roles, most recently senior vice-president of HP’s worldwide Graphics Solutions business. Morgan will join the inkjet developer as non-executive director from January. He will also serve as a member of

Hubergroup’s calendar for this year is ‘Markets of the World’

Hubergroup’s calendar for this year is ‘Markets of the World’. Traditional markets from regions in which the printing-ink manufacturer hubergroup has local subsidiaries appear as motifs in this calendar and reflect the multi-coloured diversity of life. Among the motifs are images of a flower market in Kolkata/India, a Dutch cheese market, a Mexican vegetable market and a floating market in Thailand.

 

Dystar and Zimmer at ITMA Milan

Dystar, a solution provider for colorants, auxiliaries and services to the textile industry, launched the digital textile printing ink – Jettex 4.0 in collaboration with Zimmer Austria, a producer of digital printing machines for the textile industry at ITMA Milan 2015, according to a press statement released by Dystar.

The two companies developed Jettex 4.0 as a solution to the growing demand from the digital textile printing industry in terms of stress resistance, robustness, fastness

HP to switch to digital packaging

The corrugated packaging sector will go from web offset to digital “very quickly”, according to HP EMEA’s most senior Graphics Solutions Business executive, who plans to start a switch-to-digital domino effect.

EMEA vice-president and GM for HP’s Graphics Solutions Business Gido Van Praag, said 2016 will be a key year in HP’s thrust into the packaging market. He said packaging was no doubt the biggest category in terms of print volume and the company was well suited to cater to it with its

HP mulls over sheetfed inkjet opportunity

HP could become the latest supplier to take its inkjet know-how into the sheetfed printing space, as the embryonic market heats up in the approach to Drupa 2016.

HP has already made a 1.06m-wide (42in) printhead array for its T400 PageWide Web Press, and a 2.8m-wide version for the T1100S web, a joint venture with KBA aimed at the corrugated pre-print market.

The alliance with KBA has resulted in speculation that the two manufacturers could extend their relationship from web presses into

De La Rue looks to further savings

De La Rue is to implement a major restructure of its print manufacturing footprint in a bid to save $19.58m a year and reduce excess capacity.

   The restructuring will involve some $12.05m of costs and circa $45.19m of capital investment, with the aim of delivering $19.58m a year of savings from 2019. It was described as a key part of De La Rue’s “optimise and flex” strategy under its new management team.

    De La Rue’s results for the six months to 26 September were hit by a poor

Konica unveils new textile printer

Konica Minolta recently held the worldwide launch of its fastest yet single-pass inkjet textile printer, plus 3 other smaller machines.

The 1.85m-wide Nassenger SP-1 prints at between 1,500 and 6,000 linear metres per hr, depending on resolution. Its 144 1.6m-wide printhead modules use Konica Minolta’s proprietary ink ejection control technology, which allows for small, medium or large drop sizes so that printers can opt for a higher resolution for fine patterns or colour gradients. It uses

Kodak to demonstrate the Prosper 6000 color inkjet presses at the China

Kodak has announced that it will demonstrate the speed, power and quality of its Prosper 6000 color inkjet presses at the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF). During this year’s Graph Expo, Kodak received a 2015 InterTech Technology Award for its Prosper 6000 presses. Kodak is also sponsoring the Golden Pinwheel International Young Illustrators Competition.  All submitted illustrations will be printed on the PROSPER 6000, and will be distributed to CCBF publisher

Canon CEO has been recently recognised as one of the top 100 World’s Best-Performing CEOs

Canon Inc.’s chairman and CEO, Fujio Mitarai, has been recently recognised as one of the top 100 World’s Best-Performing CEOs in 2015 by Harvard Business Review, an esteemed business management publication. Recognizing his enduring success and leadership, Mitarai holds the number 10 spot on this year’s list, making an impressive stride from his number 45 ranking in 2014. In addition to recognizing companies based on financial growth and stability, new to this year’s methodology, Harvard

Smithers Pira predicts global growth for security printing

Smithers Pira predicts global growth for security printing in its new report - The Future of Global Security Printing Markets to 2020. According to the report, the worldwide market for security printing will grow from $20.5 billion in 2010 to $36.6 billion in 2020, at a compound average annual growth rate (CAGR) of six percent for the 10-year period. Two-thirds of the growth can be attributed to two end-use markets. Banknotes, the largest end-use segment, compensated for the declining rate of

KBA back in the black, ups digital R&D spend

KBA’s latest quarterly results show more effects of its wide-ranging restructuring – the group is back in the black and more than 60% of sales now come from the packaging market.  In the nine months to 30th September order intake jumped by 28.5% to €859.6m, with all three business segments: sheetfed solutions, digital and web solutions, and special presses posting double-digit increases.  Sales were down 14% to €679.7m, while order backlog grew from €437.4m to €597.3m.

The group also

Goss unveils Omnicolor II upgrade

Goss has launched an upgrade for the M-600 press with more automated process to support the press operator.  ‘The ability to automate press setting direct from CIP3 data is a key area that reduces a three-stage process down to a single step, resulting in less waiting time and eliminating error potential’ says Goss. 

To help customers evaluate the potential gains from an Omnicolor II upgrade, Goss is using an ROI calculator to provide individualized expected savings.

“Customers can see the

Fujifilm grows in industrial market

Fujifilm has emphasised its commitment to the industrial market and said it is a growing business area for the manufacturer.

Fujifilm Europe Graphic Division marketing manager Jon Harper Smith said: “In inkjet we’re quite well known for the wide-format graphics printing systems that we supply but at InPrint we showed the technology that sits inside these systems and other types of digital printers.” He added that the company engaged primarily with three different types of customers