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Paperlinx out of Europe’s market

Paperlinx’s unprofitable German operation has gone into administration, marking the Australian company’s final withdrawal from Europe.

This enables the company to continue trading under German law while opportunities to sell or wind up the company are explored. A statement released by Paperlinx recently read: “The paper merchanting operation in Germany has been trading unprofitably. The decision to file for insolvency proceedings was taken by the local director given that attempts to divest

Avery Dennison introduced a proprietary labelling technology at Labelexpo

At Labelexpo Europe 2015, which was held in Brussels, Avery Dennison introduced a proprietary labelling technology that allows clear separation of self-adhesive labels from glass pieces thus facilitating clean glass recycling.  Avery Dennison Glass Recycling materials use a ‘switchable’ adhesive, which is engineered to facilitate easy label removal from the glass bottle surface in the glass recycling stream. This adhesive ‘switches off’ during the glass bottle recycling process, to facilitate

WAN-IFRA joined by the European Rotogravure Association

WAN-IFRA joined by the European Rotogravure Association, Idealliance, and Nordic Offset Printers Association will be bringing out a paper guide - ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ - as a complete guide to best practices across the entire paper supply and process chain. It covers paper for publishing and packaging applications for all major printing processes (offset, flexo, gravure, digital), using rolls and sheets of paper and board. The e-book will be about 180 pages, available at no

Avery Dennison has introduced a new adhesive TrueCut

Avery Dennison has introduced a new adhesive TrueCut, specifically for paper.   According to Avery, TrueCut technology adheres better on both cardboard and during low temperature applications and gaps between labels can be made smaller to generate less waste, and die lifetime is increased thanks to lower-pressure die-cutting.  The adhesive is compliant with European food regulation 1935/2004/EC as well as the German Recommendation (BfR) XIV, and can safely stand in direct contact with dry

Fespa Textile to be held in March

Fespa Textile, formerly Fespa Fabric, will open its doors alongside Fespa Digital 2016, at the RAI Amsterdam from 8-11 March 2016.

Occupying a dedicated hall of 7,342 m2, with textile equipment and applications on display throughout many wider areas of the FESPA Digital show. Visitors will have the opportunity to investigate the most appropriate digital textile solutions for their business.

Roz McGuinness, FESPA divisional director commented: “The results of our Fespa Print Census highlighted

Ipex set to return in 2017 : Informa

Informa has unveiled a new focus and frequency for Ipex, as well as a return to its former home.

The show is to return to the Birmingham NEC as part of a strategy that Informa hopes will breathe new life into the Ipex brand.

As part of the revamp, which is centred on what Hall describes as an “innovative” partnership with Picon and the NEC, the show will move to a three-year cycle, mirroring Drupa, although Informa Exhibitions managing director Peter Hall stressed that the new Ipex would be a

HP slated to be biggest exhibitor at Drupa ‘16

HP will overtake Heidelberg as the largest-single exhibitor at Drupa 2016, and a revamp of the exhibition’s floorplan will see the digital print giant take over an entire hall at the show.  HP’s graphic arts business, which will become part of the new $54.6bn turnover HP Inc organisation next month, will occupy the whole of hall 17 encompassing some 6,200sqm. At the last show in 2012, it had 4,952sqm in hall four.

“This is a big, big investment from our side and the next project for us and

Goss is marking 20 years of press automation technology

Goss is marking 20 years of press automation technology for offset printing. Goss Autoplate automatic plate-changing was first introduced on the M-600 press in 1995, offering the ability to plate up an entire press in less than three minutes due to a simple, precision-engineered sequence. Plates were placed into cassettes on the printing units while the press was running or idle; then, at the push of a button old plates were automatically rotated off the cylinders and replaced by the new

RR Donnelley has announced the closure of its North Yorkshire print site

RR Donnelley has announced the closure of its North Yorkshire print site at the end of this year.  The web offset factory was set up in 2000 to print telephone books including the Yellow Pages and other directory type products for both the UK and foreign markets. In a statement, the company said: “It is with regret that we have announced our proposal to close the Flaxby Moor facility. We propose to cease production by 31 December 2015.  The print giant, which recently celebrated its 150th

Siotec, the 10-year old trade association representing the Italian speciality print community

Siotec, the 10-year old trade association representing the Italian speciality print community, has rebranded as FESPA Italia Associazione (FESPA Italy Association).  The move follows similar decisions by several other FESPA Member Associations in recent years, with members in France, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK now using the ‘FESPA Association’ brand to affirm their link to the international umbrella organisation. The Member Associations using the FESPA brand

Polymer banknote production begins

De La Rue will start the mass production of polymer £5 notes this month, ahead of the new-style banknote’s launch in autumn 2016.

The Bank of England has also announced that the £20 note will follow the £5 and £10 in switching to polymer, and a competitive tender for the supply of the polymer substrate for the new £20 should be underway by the end of the year.

Addressing this week’s Follow the Cash conference at the University of the West of England in Bristol, Bank of England chief cashier

Huber group celebrates its 250th anniversary this year

Huber group celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.  In 1765, Mathias Mittermayr received the permit from the electoral court in Munich to sell the inks in Germany and abroad. On October 22, 2015 an  official ceremony will take place at Hofbräukeller in Munich, not far from where it all began. More than 200 international guests are expected to attend, including representatives from politics and business, shareholders and members of the founding family.  In 2006, the company planned a

Xeikon has announced that it has reached an agreement to incorporate Alwan Color Expertise

Xeikon has announced that it has reached an agreement to incorporate Alwan Color Expertise colour calibration products into its Xeikon Color Services (XCS) consulting and software offering. Most notably, Xeikon Color Services will now include a package for G7 certification and other colour matching services that leverage Alwan’s PrintStandardizer and PrintVerifier software.  “Print buyers who are procuring a variety of materials, such as marketing collateral, mailings, signage, packaging

Kodak adds feeder to NexPress

Kodak has incorporated BDT’s TPF–550 Long Sheet Deep Pile Feeder onto it NexPress digital press platform. Presses equipped with the feeder will be available worldwide from November direct from Kodak. According to BDT this is the first time the TPF–550 feeder has been integrated with a digital press.

The TPF-550 Feeder incorporates BDT’s Tornado technology for media separation, lift and transport. Tornado allows for feed parameters to be stored in the job bank and used to automatically

Fespa Digital ‘16 to be biggest yet

Fespa has unveiled the theme for next year’s 10th anniversary Fespa Digital event, which will boast the largest footprint to date.

   The marketing theme for the four-day event, which takes place on 8-11 March 2016, is ‘Become a Digital Print Hero’ and features three superheroes: Digiman; Textilewoman; and ESEman for each of the three zones, Fespa Digital, Fespa Textile and European Sign Expo.

“The revival of the comic book hero is very evident, and we think all printers are heroes in their

HP launches first HDNA-powered inkjet presses

HP has introduced its first two high-speed web inkjet presses powered by High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology and renamed the InkJet Web Press series as the HP PageWide Web Press series.

The two new 42-inch (106cm) inkjet web presses, the HP PageWide Web Press T480 HD and T470 HD, run at maximum speeds of 244m/min and 183/min in performance mode respectively. 

The maximum speed is the key difference between the two models. In quality mode both machines run at a maximum

Roland DG has launched a competition to encourage businesses

Roland DG has launched a competition to encourage businesses to produce short videos explaining how Roland DG has helped them. Customers can submit up to five videos of between six and 60 seconds detailing how Roland DG has improved their business for the chance to win a luxury, seven-night holiday to Japan for two. Five runners-up will win either an Apple iPad Air 2 or a weekend trip to a popular European destination. Companies enter by uploading videos to www.withroland.eu once the

HB Fuller has officially opened its Lüneburg Adhesive Academy in Germany

HB Fuller has officially opened its Lüneburg Adhesive Academy in Germany, which covers 2,300 square meters area, and includes dedicated areas for packaging and converting, hygiene and durable assembly adhesive technologies. It is purpose-designed for related functions, such as conducting experiments, running demonstrations and training customers. It brings together everything necessary to connect customers to innovative adhesive solutions that will give them a competitive edge,” says H.B

Future printers could be robots

There’s good and bad news for printing industry workers in a new study about the likelihood of robots taking over from humans in certain jobs.

The report, The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to automation, was carried out by Michael Osborne and Carl Frey of Oxford University’s Martin School. It followed on from original research into the topic that was carried out in the US. According to the research, some printing industry roles are more vulnerable than others. 

Printers are

Asahi launches its plate processor

Flexographic plate manufacturer Asahi Photoproducts announced the launch of a new flexo plate processor, the AWP 4835 P, designed for mid-sized customers using a plate format of up to 120 x 90 cm (48 x 35 inch) at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels.

“We are looking forward to customer feedback on this exciting new plate processor,” says David Galton, sales director for Asahi Photoproducts.

“It is engineered to deliver a sustainable quality output with fast plate access time. Its water processor

Memjet in patent claim against HP

Memjet is taking legal action against HP in the USA, alleging multiple patent infringements across a wide range of inkjet printers – including the T-series inkjet web presses and HP’s latest PageWide printers.

Memjet is claiming infringement of eight of its patents related to its own single-pass page-wide inkjet technology, known as ‘Waterfall’. The firm cited existing HP PageWide printers including office and wide-format models and the T-Series inkjet web presses, as well as future

RR Donnelley decides on a three-way split

Bigger is no longer better for RR Donnelley – the giant printing and communications conglomerate has decided to break itself up into three separate businesses.

The US-headquartered group, which employs 68,000 staff and had sales of $11.6bn last year, has announced a “transformative separation” that will see it split into three standalone businesses that will each be publicly traded entities.

The three new proposed businesses are: CMCo (Customised Multi-Channel Communications Management

Xeikon has announced that it has now opened a second Technology Center

Xeikon has announced that it has now opened a second Technology Center in the Asia Pacific region. The new Center is located in Tokyo. The new Technology Center features Xeikon technology for the production of labels and packaging applications as well as for document and commercial printing applications, including the 3500 digital press, designed for folding carton printing. Visitors will also be able to learn about the new Xeikon CX3 (which will be launched at Labelexpo Europe) with Cheetah

Langley confident of prospects

Manroland Sheetfed’s factory is “fully loaded” into next year following a boost in orders during the first half of the year.

In its interim results for the six months to 30th June, the press manufacturer’s owner Langley Holdings posted a sales increase of 20% to €417.4m. Pre-tax profits grew by 23% to €37.9m.

Chairman Tony Langley said the results for the diverse manufacturing group were in line with expectations. “All of the group’s divisions continue to report satisfactory trading results

Presstek owner to buy Goss International

Presstek’s private equity owner American Industrial Partners (AIP) is poised to buy web offset press manufacturer Goss after securing a definitive agreement with its current owner, Shanghai Electric Corporation (SEC).

The value of the deal was undisclosed, but it is expected to complete in the next two to three months, subject to regulatory approval and other conditions. SEC took a majority 40% stake in Goss in 2009, before buying the firm outright less than a year later.

The sale is

Q1, 2015 sales up at Heidelberg

Heidelberg’s latest acquisition has provided a significant boost to the manufacturer’s Q1 results. It acquired European Printing Systems Group, known as PSG, in March, with the expectation that it would add around $147m  to the top line for the full year.

Group sales in the three months to 30 June jumped 29% to $635m bolstered by PSG’s contribution, positive exchange rate movements and a successful outing at the Print China show in April. Heidelberg said all its regional operations achieved

Kodak results ‘on track’ - says CEO

Adverse currency fluctuations hit Q2 sales figures at Kodak, but the firm reported significant growth in sales of key graphics arts products and also reduced its losses.

Overall sales were down 13% to $458m in the period to 30 June. Kodak said sales were essentially flat, stripping out the currency impact, a one-off intellectual property gain last year, and the effects of the legacy consumer inkjet business. The net loss was reduced to $23m from $62m.

Turnover at its Print Systems division

BW Papersystems, the paper and board sheeting and converting arm

BW Papersystems, the paper and board sheeting and converting arm of US-headquartered equipment manufacturer Barry-Wehmiller, is set to acquire German manufacturer Bielomatik’s paper processing group for an undisclosed sum.  Bielomatik, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year in order to avoid insolvency, is globally known for its paper processing equipment including the CutStar sheeter for Heidelberg presses and other sheeters as well as wrapping, stacking and packing

X-rite announced that its eXact spectrophotometer with Scan Option

X-rite announced that its eXact spectrophotometer with Scan Option was the recipient of the 2015 Printing Industries of America InterTech Technology Award for Innovative Excellence.  “We are honoured to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Ron Voigt, X-Rite’s president. “eXact with Scan Option continues X-Rite’s legacy of innovation and provides printing and packaging firms with much-needed capabilities for improving color accuracy, efficiency, and the ability to more easily comply

Heidelberg chief financial officer Dirk Kaliebe is taking over as chief executive

Heidelberg chief financial officer Dirk Kaliebe is taking over as chief executive of the press manufacturer on a temporary basis, due to the continuing absence of incumbent Gerold Linzbach because of ill health. Linzbach has been off work since the beginning of June, and Heidelberg said his recovery had been delayed. The nature of his illness has not been disclosed. Linzbach joined the group from outside the industry with a turnaround mandate just under three years ago, when he took over from