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Epson to invest $ 160m to produce print heads

Seiko Epson Corporation has invested approximately 16 billion yen ($ 160 million) in two new production lines in Japan. The lines have been constructed to manufacture next-generation print heads  for use in business and industrial printing systems to come to market in the latter part of the 2013 fiscal year.  According to information received from the manufacturer, Epson’s new print head is based on a new and original design including development of new materials to be used in the print head’s

HP unveils next gen latex printer

HP has announced a new, industrial speed wide-format latex printer, to be unveiled at Fespa.The HP Latex 3000 is a significant departure from exisiting HP latex machines and those offered by other vendors, according to the manufacturer.
    According to HP, the boosted productivity (77sqm/hr and 120sqm/hr speeds, for indoor and outdoor applications respectively) is due to improved curing technology allowing substrates to move through the machine faster.
The new printer also boasts improved

MPress mothballed by Agfa for new platform

Agfa has ceased to develop its flagship flatbed inkjet press, the M-Press, which was originally developed as a joint venture with screen-print press manufacturer Thieme.
However, it will continue to sell, manufacture and support the range, and expects some existing users will choose to add additional units. Sales will be restricted to territories where it has installed machines. “For M-Press customers nothing changes and future support is guaranteed,” said Agfa public relations manager Paul

Canon pulls out of Ipex 2014 due to return on investment fears

Canon has joined the likes of HP, Kodak and Xerox and announced it will not be exhibiting at Ipex 2014, with Ipex-owner Informa declaring that it “remains absolutely committed to running Ipex in Excel in March next year”.
In a statement, Patrick Chapuis, head of production printing group at Canon Europe said: “After careful consideration of our position, Canon Europe is announcing its withdrawal from IPEX 2014.”
“This has not been an easy decision to make as we have previously had two successful

KBA announces price hike for sheetfed press

KBA has announced a 2.5% price increase for its sheetfed offset presses, effective from 15 April 2013.
The price rise, which is in response to rising materials, energy and other input costs, is intended to help return the group’s sheetfed division to consistent profit, something it has failed to achieve in consecutive years since 2007.
A look at the group’s results since then paints a revealing picture of the declining fortunes of sheetfed offset press manufacturers, which has resulted in

Xeikon in talks with unnamed bidder

Speculation is rife as to who the identity of the mystery bidder pursuing Xeikon after the Belgian digital press manufacturer announced the possible takeover last week.
In a brief statement, the company said: "Xeikon announces that it has engaged in discussions with a party, who has indicated to Xeikon that it may be interested in entering into a potential transaction regarding Xeikon, by way of making a public takeover bid for all shares in the capital of Xeikon. "Further announcements will be

Kodak pulls out of Ipex, will focus on events

Kodak's decision follows Xerox's withdrawal just before Christmas, which its self came after HP decided not to exhibit in the summer.
Following a review of how it interacts with customers across the globe, Kodak has become the latest vendor to withdraw from next year's Ipex exhibition. Kodak director and vice president of commercial marketing Chris Payne said that the move was not simply a cost cutting exercise for the company, which is focused on emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Kodak finishes $525m patent sale to group


Kodak ended months of speculation by announcing it has completed a series of agreements to sell more than 1,000 digital imaging patents to a consortium for $525m.



The consortium includes 12 intellectual property licensees organized by Intellectual Ventures and Rochester, NY-based RPX Corporation, with each licensee receiving rights with respect to the digital imaging patent portfolio and certain other Kodak patents.


The licensees represents a who’s who of global tech giants

Ipex 2014 hit with 2nd major withdrawal

Next year's Ipex exhibition has suffered the withdrawal of a second major digital press manufacturer.
Following last summer's surprise decision by HP - the largest exhibitor at Ipex 2010 - not to attend the 2014 event, Xerox has followed suit in pulling out of the inaugural Excel-based outing of the four-yearly trade show. According to the Ipex 2014 floorplan published following HP's withdrawal in June last year, Xerox was set to be the third largest digital exhibitor, with a floorspace of

Ricoh confirms presence at Ipex’14


Ricoh has given Ipex 2014 a much-needed boost after confirming its attendance at the London event. The digital manufacturer has said it is “committed” to the show, which is moving from its previous Birmingham NEC base to the Excel in London for the 2014 event.


Ricoh has given Ipex 2014 a much-needed boost after confirming its attendance at the London event. The digital manufacturer has said it is “committed” to the show, which is moving from its previous Birmingham NEC base to the Excel

KBA makes progress with RotaJet

KBA has made "significant progress" in improving print quality on its RotaJet 76 and has added newspaper printing to the potential applications for the inkjet web press.
KBA has made "significant progress" in improving print quality on its RotaJet 76 and has added newspaper printing to the potential applications for the inkjet web press.
The firm reported keen interest from the newspaper sector at this week's Ifra Expo event in Frankfurt.
The next public outing for the RotaJet will be at the

Ipex: ‘Drupa move not in industry’s interests’

Ipex organiser Informa Exhibitions has hit back at Drupa's possible move to a three-year cycle from 2015.

Speaking last week, director of Drupa Manuel Mataré said that he would be recommending that Drupa moved to a three-year cycle from 2015 at a meeting of the Drupa Committee on 2 November, when a final decision will be made on the timing and frequency of the next event.
    Ipex event director Trevor Crawford said that while he appreciated the cycle change was only a proposal at this stage, he

HP details turnaround strategy

At HP’s annual Securities Analyst Meeting held in San Francisco, the company’s leadership mapped out strategic priorities for the future and providing a detailed multiyear roadmap to turn the company around.

During her keynote, HP’s president and chief executive officer Meg Whitman outlined progress made over the past year to stabilize the business and lay the foundation for a multiyear turnaround.

HP has a powerful set of assets, a culture of engineering innovation and a trusted brand,”

Seiko launches new solvent ink

Seiko I Infotech Inc. (SIIT) has launched what it claims are the world's first mild solvent fluorescent inks. The new Neon Yellow and Neon Pink inks are compatible with the Seiko's ColorPainter W-54S and 64S wide-format printers.
The neon inks, which are supplied in 500ml cartridges, can replace the existing light cyan or light magenta inks within the machine setup and output onto substrates such as PVC and banner materials. Neon inks can be printed not only as "spot colours", but also as part

Ipex’s Laminate manufacturer API put up on sale

Specialist foils and packaging materials manufacturer API Group has been put up for sale. The AIM-listed company, which has a market capitalisation of $77m, said the move would best serve shareholder interests


The move comes seven months after shareholder Steel Partners Holdings announced that it wanted to put the Stockport-headquartered group on the market. Then a month later, in March 2012, the board of API said it planned to explore a sale option during the third quarter of this year


Informa Exhibitions managing director Peter Hall said that while the initiative is a first for Ipex, it's a tried and tested model for Informa's other events.

"It's about trying to create a VIP experience for the most senior people and helps increase their ROI of attending," said Hall. "It's proven to be a very successful format in other communities."

One of the goals of the tiered VIP scheme is to not only help increase the total volume of visitors from the 2010 show's 95,000, but also increase

Manroland 'standing on its own'

The former sheetfed division of Manroland, which Langley bought out of administration in February, was said to be financially self-sustaining by chairman Tony Langley.

He said: "Since February we have been supporting the management to re-align the Manroland business to current levels of demand and to adjust from the institutional management style of the former Manroland AG.

"The business is trading within expectations and has generated positive cash flow during these first five months and is

Kodak will appeal ITC patent ruling

Kodak has announced its intention to appeal the unfavourable International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling in its patent infringement claim against Apple and Research in Motion (RIM).

The ITC concluded that while Apple's iPhone 3G and RIM's BlackBerry devices did infringe Kodak's '218 patent, the patent itself was invalid on "grounds of obviousness based on certain prior art".

Kodak has said it will appeal the decision relating to the invalidy of the patent to the US Court of Appeals for the

CEO of Heidelberg will step down by year-end

Heidelberg chief executive Bernhard Schreier will step down at the end of this year after 13 years at the helm of the world's largest press manufacturer.

Schreier, who joined Heidelberg in 1975, will not be extending his current management contract, which is due to expire in mid-2013, and will leave following a handover period in the final quarter.

He will be replaced by Dr Gerold Linzbach, a former chief executive of D+S Europe who is new to the print industry. Dr Linzbach, who has a PhD in

HP confirms it will not exhibit at Ipex 2014

HP has confirmed it will not be exhibiting at Ipex 2014, a decision described as "disappointing" by the show's organiser Informa Group.

The vendor, which exhibited more than 50 digital presses on its 5,000sqm stand at Drupa in May, was the single largest exhibitor at Ipex 2010, taking almost 3,000sqm. Its decision not to participate is a major blow for Ipex, which is permanently relocating to London's Excel in 2014 after decades at the Birmingham NEC.

Market development director of HP EMEA's

Heidelberg adds B2 to Anicolor

Heidelberg has unveiled the much-anticipated, larger-format version of its Anicolor press, adding a B2 model to the range.

A Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor in a five-colour configuration with coater is running in the commercial print solutions and services area of the Heidelberg installation in Hall 1.

Chairman and chief executive Bernhard Schreier said: "This press has been expected for a while, and now it's here. We have found a new formula - 90:50:50 - 90% less paper waste, 50% shorter

KBA posts Q1 results, hails Drupa orders

KBA has posted a return to profit in its first quarter results, transforming last year's loss in both its operating and pre-tax figures into a small surplus, despite sales coming in "below target".

The group published its first quarter report as Drupa was drawing to a close and while he was unwilling to give specific figures - as financing had yet to be finalised in many cases - chief executive Claus Bolza-Schnemann was upbeat about KBA's performance.

Operating profit for the quarter to 31 March

Miyakoshi and Ryobi to launch new B2 press

Offset press manufacturers Miyakoshi and Ryobi have joined forces to develop an 8,000sph B2 digital press, which they are to demonstrate as a prototype at Drupa 2012 (Hall 9, Stand A04).

The two companies have developed the new sheetfed electrophotographic press, which uses LED imaging and liquid toner technology, in an attempt to combine the strengths of both digital and offset printing.

The press, which prints at 1,200dpi, aims to offer high quality-printing that is comparable to offset via the

New inkjet web press by Fujifilm in Drupa

Fujifilm has announced the surprise launch of an inkjet web press, which it will show as a technology demo at this month's Drupa 2012 exhibition (Hall 08b, A25).

The press will offer duplex printing within a single tower design, resulting in "an extremely compact footprint", while retaining a maximum print speed of 127m/min. A closer examination of the photo of the new device appears to show four ink channels, CMYK, in use with what could be another two channels available, perhaps for additional

Komori breaks inkjet market with Konica

Komori is hoping to establish a foothold in the digital print production market after signing a global sales agreement with digital manufacturer Konica Minolta.

The partnership, which will enable Komori to target the digital commercial printing market, is the latest deal to offer a major offset press manufacturer a route into the digital sector.

The two companies will use this May's Drupa tradeshow to showcase a jointly developed prototype inkjet digital printing system.

Komori's new co-operation

H'berg to show mid-range SX press

Heidelberg will show a new press, the Speedmaster SX, pitched between its SM and XL ranges, at Drupa 2012.

Comprising the SX 52, SX 74 and SX 102 (taking them from small format to a 720x1, 040mm sheet), the range is available "after Drupa".

Heidelberg Equipment board member Stephan Plenz promised that Speedmaster SX presses would offer productivity improvements of up to 30% over their SM counterparts, but at a lower price point than their XL cousins.

Meanwhile, Heidelberg's new digital offering

HP unveils 'breakthrough' system

HP has bolstered its burgeoning imprinting business with the addition of a 244m/min print module to take on market leader Kodak's Prosper S5 and S10 printheads.

The thermal inkjet C800 technology was primarily developed to be retro-fitted to conventional web printing lines, for single-pass, hybrid offset-digital print production.

According to HP, the technology is suitable for monochrome or process colour applications and has a print swathe of 108mm, with up to five heads capable of being

Xerox and Presstek names new presidents

Presstek chief executive Jeff Jacobson will join Xerox later this month as president of its Global Graphics Communications division and be succeeded by Fujifilm's former US chief operating officer Stan Freimuth.

Jacobson's new role at Xerox will focus on global strategy, product development, sales and marketing and the support of Xerox's production systems portfolio and related software and workflow products.

The appointment marks the third major print manufacturer that Jacobson has worked for

Bobst reaches 2010 turnover in '11

Manufacturers of packaging materials including corrugated board, Bobst group announced its consolidated sales for the year 2011, which reached USD 1.38 billion (0.8% lower than 2010.)

The company announced that the sales are comparable to previous year despite impact of exchange rates and the net result will be close to breakeven.

Sales of sheet-fed and web-fed products continued to recover from the downturn, reflecting good market share and competitiveness, Bobst announced in a statement,

H'berg to reduce 2,000 positions worldwide

Heidelberg will cut up to 2,000 jobs worldwide in 2012 as the German press manufacturer aims to achieve savings of €180m ($237m) in the 2013/14 financial year.

The measures form part of the company's Focus 2012 efficiency drive that it anticipates will reduce capacity and costs over the next two years.

Heidelberg said it will cut production capacities by around 15 percent while service capacities in respective regions will be tailored in line with the manufacturer's expected medium-term