Ipex 2014 aims for ‘event’ status

Ipex has been boosted by fresh commitments from Goss International and Screen, with almost 80% of the available space at the re-energised show now sold. Goss is a new name on the floorplan, and is taking a 63sqm space focused on hospitality and customer engagement. Jean Segura, vice president of sales for Goss EMEA, described it as “a clear message of commitment to the markets served by the show.”
    At the Ipex 2014 Open Day held this week, event director Trevor Crawford said that 45% of

Ipex 2014 ‘happy with’ return of manufacturer

Informa Exhibitions has announced the return of a significant offset litho press manufacturer to Ipex 2014.
Komori Corporation, which pulled out of Ipex 2014 in November 2012, has returned to the floorplan as sponsor of the new 450sqm ‘Eco Zone’ in the South Hall, located near the World Print Summit area.
Informa stressed that Komori was not an “exhibitor” and said that the Eco Zone was an Ipex Feature, sponsored by Komori. However, Komori personnel will be present in the Eco Zone. As the

Epson enters direct-to-garment market

Epson has announced the launch of the SureColor SC-F2000, its first direct-to-garment t-shirt printer.
The latest in its portfolio of textile devices, the SC-F2000 incorporates the manufacturer’s own Garment Creator software, TFP printheads, chassis and Ultrachrome DG inks, marking its first fully designed and manufactured textile printer.
The €20,800 device can print on a range of items, such as t-shirts, caps and fabric bags up to 25mm, and offers resolutions up to 1400dpi. The system, for

Canon exhibits Océ ColorWave 900

Canon has unveiled the Océ ColorWave 900, targeted at the graphic arts, construction, architecture and CAD markets during Fespa.
Co-developed with Memjet and originally presented as a concept (Project Velocity) at Drupa 2012, the device has since been fine-tuned, according to Canon, which claimed it “closes the gap between digital inkjet and offset technology”.
The ColorWave 900 uses Memjet printheads and has a print resolution of 1600dpi. It is able to deliver 3.4bn 1.2picolitre ink droplets

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