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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

Manroland ppi Media seeking new investors

Manroland subsidiary ppi Media, which develops smart editorial, planning and production software for the print and publishing industries, is seeking new investors following Manroland's insolvency.

Norbert Ohl, chief executive of ppi Media, stressed that the company was solvent and stable and said that he was already in initial talks with potential investors on the instruction of the court-appointed administrator of Manroland.

Ohl told PrintWeek: "Yes, Manroland filed for insolvency here in

KBA readies its inkjet web for Drupa 2012

KBA is on track to unveil its new digital web press at Drupa 2012 coming May. KBA explained that details of the press were under wraps for the time being, but it would be a high-speed inkjet web device with "a special focus on integrated workflow".

The new machine will incorporate RR Donnelley's Apollo inkjet technology, following the partnership deal agreed between the two companies earlier this year.

KBA has maintained the same location and 3,500 sqm stand size as it had at the last Drupa in

Manroland files for its insolvency protection

Manroland has today filed for insolvency protection with the German district court in Augsburg after negotiations with a potential investor "failed on the home stretch".

In a statement issued, the German printing press manufacturer confirmed that it had been forced to initiate insolvency proceedings following a "dramatic downturn in incoming orders" since mid-July.

The company has filed a request for self-administration in order to finalise its on-going restructuring efforts as a "debtor in

Kodak shows new Versamarks

Kodak has said its new series of Versamark high-volume inkjet printers can "co-exist" with the company's Prosper technology after showcasing models from the new range at an event at its La Hulpe facility.

The manufacturer has launched eight new mono and colour machines for transactional, directmailand newspaper printing applications.

ThenewVersamarksystemscomprisetwoentry-level mono engines, the Versamark 100 and the 150, while colour output is available on the 300 and 500 machines.

All four new

KBA on track with its new plant expansion

KBA has held a topping-out ceremony for its new $19.3m foundry in Wrzburg, Germany which the manufacturer claimed would allow it to produce large press parts "much faster and more efficiently".

The manufacturing giant expects the press facility, which brings the group's investment in the area up to $55.1m over the past decade, to be completed by the end of the year.

KBA's new foundry has a crane capacity for up to 55 tonnes and is both taller and wider than the existing hall. According to the

HP launches upgrade for T200 inkjet press

HP has launched a new high-productivity colour option for its T200 colour inkjet web press.

The upgrade for the 20.5in-wide duplex press, which is scheduled to be available early next year, can double the colour printing speed to up to 122m/minute but at a reduced colour density. It is aimed at customers who need a faster printing speed but do not want to upgrade to the T300.

The T200, which was launched in May 2010, is a 61m/minute colour or 120m/minute mono, 502mm-wide (2-up) machine capable of

Heidelberg acquires digital manufacturer

Heidelberg has acquired German digital press manufacturer CSAT as part of plans to expand its offering in the packaging sector.

The German press giant said that the acquisition would grow its digital print portfolio and widen its customer base in the packaging sector. Heidelberg will also gain access to CSAT's drop-on-demand inkjet technology and electrophotography through the deal.

CSAT, which employs 70 staff, specialises in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sales and service of

Fujifim installs 1st Jet Press 720 machine

Fujifilm has set up the first European install of its new Jet Press 720 at the company's demonstration centre in Brussels.

The installation, which was completed last month, follows the completion of a beta trial in Japan earlier this year. The first European beta site is scheduled over the next few months, and the product is due to be available commercially from the last quarter of 2011.

The Jet Press 720 is a four-colour inkjet press capable of printing a B2 sheet in a single-pass, resulting in

Oce hit by the declining construction market

Dutch digital manufacturer Oce has blamed the decline in construction markets coupled with supply chain problems caused by the Japanese earthquake for lower sales in the second quarter of 2011.

Oce's total revenues declined by 4% to €626m ($900m) down €50m on the same period last year, while the group's non-recurring revenues dropping 12% to €162m. Recurring revenues at Oce dipped 1% to €464m.

The manufacturer slipped to an operating loss of €11.2m for the quarter (2010

KBA to cut 700 jobs in manufacturing plants

KBA warned that activity in the web sector remained critically low as it announced a further 700 job cuts across its Frankenthal, Wurzburg and Trennfeld plants.

The company said sales for the five months to 1 June were short of its targets, after shipments of web presses were delayed by a six-week strike at KBA's Frankenthal plant, which has yet to be fully resolved.

Despite missing its targets, KBA recorded a 21% uplift in orders to €600m ($871m) and 27% in sales, to over €420m, backed