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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

Disaster affects H'berg sales during Q1 2011

Heidelberg has cited the Japanese earthquake disaster and the liquidity shortage in China as contributing factors for the manufacturer's sales falling "slightly short" of expectations during the first quarter of its financial year.

Sales came in at €544m ($770m), which were in-line with the previous year's results after €19m of exchange rate effects were taken into account but still fell short of expectations.

The manufacturer said that although the situations in Japan and China, growth

Ipex to quit NEC for London's Excel in 2014 2011-07-01 880

Ipex owner Informa Exhibitions is moving the show to London's Excel exhibition centre, ending its 30-year association with the NEC.

The change of venue also involves an earlier date for the show, which will take place from 26 March to 2 April in 2014, in order to avoid Easter and the May bank holidays.

Exhibition director Trevor Crawford said: "All the time we were at the NEC there had never been another real choice, but the development of phase two at Excel took it up to 100,000sqm of space and

Manroland puts up new web press 2011-07-01 881

Manroland has targeted an increased market share of the 16pp web press market after launching two new versions of its Rotoman web platform.

The manufacturer has introduced two configurations, a HiPrint model for customers with a more limited set of requirements compared to those opting for the new DirectDrive offering.

The Manroland HiPrint can print at speeds of up to 55,000sph. The more automated DirectDrive configuration, which features the company's autoprint production system, can print at

Ipex to quit NEC for London's Excel in 2014

The change of venue also involves an earlier date for the show, which will take place from 26 March to 2 April in 2014, in order to avoid Easter and the May bank holidays.
Exhibition director Trevor Crawford said: "All the time we were at the NEC there had never been another real choice, but the development of phase two at Excel took it up to 100,000sqm of space and made it a genuine alternative for us to look at."
Ipex will take over the whole of Excel, and Crawford

Management changes in Bobst

From 2nd May this year CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst will directly look after BU sheet-fed division, which until now as headed by Hakan Pfeiffer, who will be leaving the company.

In another realignment move, Attilio Tissi, head of Bobst SA, will take over the position of the Group CFO ad interim, in place of CFO Christian Budry who will also be leaving the company.

The difficult market and currency situation has forced the company to trim its Swiss-based activities.

While Bobst posted a growth of

KBA posts positive quarter

KBA has announced its first quarter results, wiping out operating and pretax losses.

The company generated €253.3m ($357.3m) in sales, up more than a fifth year-on-year, with the sheetfed segment accounting for more than half€126m, up 46.9%. Lower orders for web and special presses saw an incremental rise of 2.7% in sales for the quarter.

Cost-savings and operational efficiencies derived from its restructuring created a more profitable company, helping reduce pretax losses to

Agfa posts improved performance for 2010

Pre-press giant Agfa posted positive results for 2010, with its graphics division outperforming the group.

The company posted a 46% upswing in EBIT to €266m on a 7% increase in revenues to €2.95bn, although the graphics division jumped 12.2% (16.7% including the effects of currency exchange) to €1.56bn.

Regionally, Agfa said that strong performance at trade shows, particularly in the US, boosted revenues, and noted strong growth in emerging countries, although Europe continued to

Heidelberg buys Cerm to sets Drupa MIS goal

Heidelberg has targeted next year's Drupa for the launch of a "fully integrated MIS solution with central data management" following its acquisition of Belgian software developer Cerm.

Cerm, which employs 26 staff and specialises in commercial and label printing MIS, was present on Heidelberg's stand at last year's Ipex as part of the German press manufacturer's MIS partner programme.

Heidelberg stressed that existing customers of its Prinect Prinance MIS would continue to be supported, although

KBA posts pre-tax profit of $15.3m

KBA has published its 2010 full-year results posting a pre-tax profit of EUR 15.3m ($22.3m), up from EUR 2.9m in 2009.

The company said orders for the year jumped a massive 45.4% to EUR 1.3bn split fairly evenly between sheetfed presses, which increased a third, and web and special presses, which increased nearly 60% year-on-year.

Express Newspapers' mammoth press order is included in the order backlog numbers, although will only be included in sales figures for 2011.

Sales for the year came in at

Manroland expects profitability in 2011

Manroland has said it expects a return to profit this year following an increase in orders for 2010.

The company's full-year results showed a 15% upswing in orders for 2010 at €976m ($1.36bn), although sales for the year were down 15% at €942m.

The increase in orders was particularly strong in the BRIC countries, which grew 50% pushing the company's export ratio to 80%.

However, the company expects sales growth to remain moderate, but with a return to operational profitability this year

Komori powers on again its plants

Komori has said that supply of machinery and parts has been unaffected after it temporarily ceased production when the massive earthquake hobbled some production partners in Japan.

The company said in a statement that production could have continued at its Tsukuba plant and Komori Machinery, based near Tokyo, following damage and safety assessments, but that partner companies, particularly in the Tohoku area, had been badly affected.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the north eastern

H'berg names Ricoh as global digital partner

Heidelberg has named Ricoh as its digital partner, entering a global distribution contract to sell and support the Japanese company's Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition machine and PxP Chemical toner.

The deal, which includes service and support, will roll out initially in Germany and the UK, with a global agreement due to be in place for Drupa 2012. Heidelberg's agreement with Konica Minolta in Australia will remain in place for the time being.

The first public demonstration of the companies'

KBA unveils its digital press plan

KBA has tied with RR Donnelley to develop a digital press that will debut at next year's Drupa, forming a partnership both parties expect to "reinvigorate" the industry.

The companies have signed an agreement to develop, manufacturer and sell piezoelectric-based digital inkjet machines for the commercial, newspaper, packaging and security sectors.

Through the partnership, KBA has licensed RR Donnelley's Apollo digital technology to use in its own presses. The culmination of this operation will

Heidelberg: digital venture will render rival presses irrelevant

The German press giant has revealed that its new solution will involve a digital device costing circa €100,000 (£84,000), with a speed of 80-90ppm. This will run in combination with its Anicolor sheetfed press and be integrated into the Prinect workflow, with a 'job gate' to route jobs to the most efficient output option.

What it is yet to confirm is the identity of its digital partner, although Konica Minolta is thought to be the frontrunner. Canon and Ricoh have also been