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UPM taps Andritz for PM 2 rebuild at Nordland Papier mill

UPM taps Andritz for PM 2 rebuild at Nordland Papier mill in Germany. Andritz has received an order from UPM Nordland Papier in Germany to rebuild PM 2 at the site in Dörpen from uncoated woodfree (UWF) paper to produce release/glassine papers. The rebuild will increase UPM’s release liner capacity by 110,000 tonnes/yr. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for Q4 2019. According to Andritz, its scope of supply includes the actual PM rebuild as well as modifications of the stock

Zero Waste Europe welcomes EP and EU Council’s agreement

Zero Waste Europe welcomes EP and EU Council’s agreement on energy-from-waste related provisions bringing renewable energy into Circular Economy, concern remains on conclusion of transport fuels from solid waste. The revised provisions will require Member States to ensure that their national renewable policies, including support schemes, are designed with due regards to the principles of the waste hierarchy. It also stipulates that Member States should fulfill their separate collection

HP Inc & Siemens expand in 3D print

HP Inc and Siemens have expanded their collaboration to offer more capabilities to print parts designed in Siemens PLM software on HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers.
Siemens and HP will enable users of Siemens’ NX software and Solid Edge software to design and produce full colour 3D-printed parts. HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 300/500 series is the industry’s first 3D printing solution for the production of engineering-grade, functional parts in full colour, black or white - with voxel-level control - in a

Fujifilm boss speaks out on deal

Fujifilm boss Shigetaka Komori has given Xerox’s new management team six months to accept the previously agreed takeover deal, or come up with new terms that are beneficial to both parties.
Speaking to financial journalists at a briefing in Tokyo, Fujifilm’s chairman and chief executive rejected the notion of making an increased, $40 per share offer for the business.
The figure of “at least” $40 per share was the benchmark touted by activist investors Darwin Deason and Carl Icahn, who have

Informa pulls the plug on Ipex after discussion

Ipex is set to close following a period of consultation with the industry.
The most recent edition of the show, Ipex 2017, was organised by Informa and took place at Birmingham’s NEC from 31 October to 3 November last year.
Informa claimed more than 150 brands exhibited at the event but this was well down on the 400 exhibitors at the 2014 show, held at London’s ExCel.
Visitor numbers also dropped sharply to around 7,000, significantly below the 23,000 visitors to the London show three years prior

Print4All attracted 429 exhibitors across globe

Print4All took place between 29 May to 1 June at Fiera Milano to take stock of printing innovation, technologies, and opportunities, including converting, package printing, labelling, commercial and industrial printing. An  event, which gathered 429 exhibitors from 24 countries, representing major Italian and international brands in halls 18 and 20.
For all those who operate in the printing sector, the event will be an opportunity for business networking and taking stock of market developments

Print4All attracted 429 exhibitors across globe

Print4All took place between 29 May to 1 June at Fiera Milano to take stock of printing innovation, technologies, and opportunities, including converting, package printing, labelling, commercial and industrial printing. An  event, which gathered 429 exhibitors from 24 countries, representing major Italian and international brands in halls 18 and 20.
For all those who operate in the printing sector, the event will be an opportunity for business networking and taking stock of market developments

Heidelberg’s digital press Versafire EP launched

Heidelberg is introducing its new Versafire EP digital press, which the company says is a four-colour press with technology geared towards stable, efficient, and reliable production. It will be available in Europe from June, with other markets to follow soon afterwards.
Heidelberg says the press is based on the Versafire CP and has been systematically enhanced for the needs of customers in the graphics industry. The company says users will see consistent colour stability from the first sheet to

Lintec has unveiled scratch-resistant anti-glare film

Lintec has unveiled a hard-coated, scratch-resistant anti-glare film. Featuring exterior durability and optimum see-through vision, the AR-2200UH film has been designed specifically for premium retail applications and was be displayed on the Lintec Europe stand at FESPA. Andy Voss, managing director of Lintec Europe, says: “An increased awareness of sustainability and the environment is leading companies to re-evaluate their business practices and ensure their products are more eco-friendly

Zuhal Ofset is one of 2017 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award winners

Zuhal Ofset is one of 2017 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award winners. According to company spokesperson, “Zuhal Ofset was selected as a winner because of several factors. First, their use of Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates places them at the leading edge among printers in Turkey who are committed to reducing their environmental footprint. Second, in addition to reducing environmental impact with Sonora Process Free Plates, the company has taken many steps over the past few years to run a more

Avery Dennison announced the launch of three new colours

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced the launch of three new colours, a new finish and a larger width for the Conform Chrome Series of vehicle wrapping film. The new vinyl films, intended for accent wraps, are available in 53” width, and they include violet, rose gold and matte silver. “The Conform Chrome Series allows wrap installers to bring their designs to the next level with sharp, eye-popping chrome accents and details, and the new colours give them even more potential design

Drupa global trends for 2018

According to research and analysis by the drupa team, inkjet is being applied successfully in most markets and all regions globally; the more specialist the market, the higher the growth rate.
The cost of inks remains an issue, but for those investing in inkjet, service support is the key criteria followed by overall cost considerations.
The 5th Global Trends Report, published at the end of April, is well established as a unique annual survey of the state of print in all markets across the world

Agfa has announced immediate plate price rises of up to 10%

Agfa has announced immediate plate price rises of up to 10% due to rocketing aluminium costs. Agfa Graphics, president, Stefaan Vanhooren has described the increases as “exceptional” but said that corresponding uplift in the value of scrap aluminium should help mitigate the move. Aluminium makes up the majority of the costs involved in producing metal printing plates. According to the London Metal Exchange, the price per tonne is currently up by nearly 16%, to $2,265 (£1,700), compared with

Avery Dennison opens coating line

Avery Dennison has inaugurated a new high-speed emulsion and hotmelt coating line at its Kunshan facility in Jiangsu province, China.
The new coating line, C11, incorporates the most advanced process technology as well as emulsion and hotmelt coating functionality. This makes it one of the most automated and most efficient pressure-sensitive adhesive coating lines in the industry. C11 is expected to significantly expand Avery Dennison’s production capacity in China.
And, by optimizing both

Bobst has launched the connected label press

Bobst has launched the connected label press, M1 IoT, as the drive to incorporate the Internet of Things (IOT) technology is high in the industry. The capability to access in real time from remote devices, a constant stream of data relating to the manufacturing process and workflow, brings countless advantages to operational profitability and the quality of the output. Matteo Cardinotti, head of product line narrow and mid-web multi-process and converting Product Line and Managing Director of

Xaar has appointed a former Danaher executive as its new chief customer officer

Xaar has appointed a former Danaher executive as its new chief customer officer. Stephen McLintock has joined the Cambridge-headquartered inkjet developer in what chief executive Doug Edwards described as a “pivotal role” for the company. McLintock began his career as a mechanical engineer at DuPont, before moving to Danaher where he spent nearly 20 years in a variety of increasingly senior roles, culminating in the role of vice president for strategic accounts. Danaher owns a host of

Xerox board appeals court order

Xerox’s board has launched an appeal against the court order that put a temporary bar on its proposed sale to Fujifilm, in a move that has provoked further outrage from shareholders Darwin Deason & Carl Icahn.
In the latest turn of events surrounding the planned deal with Fujifilm, Xerox has now disputed the court ruling that stated that the Xerox board had breached their fiduciary duties when approving the transaction.
“To the contrary, the Xerox board unanimously authorised the transaction

Kodak expands Global Literacy Program

Kodak is creating a volunteer printer network that will produce thousands of children’s books and school supplies in 2018 to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations, using sustainable Kodak printing products, such as Kodak Sonora process free plates.

"It’s wonderful to see printers signing up across the globe to participate in Kodak’s Print for Good program," said Richard Rindo, general manager sales, print systems division, vice president, Eastman Kodak. ‘Participating

Sistrade software eases estimation process

A successful estimating depends on a number of important details. It is necessary to take into account the complexity of each production stage before offering the estimation. Sistrade’s label industry software allows you to do it in simple steps.

1 General estimate data

Estimate header includes all the customer data, the corresponding CRM information, product and quantity information and estimate request’s generic details. Once this information is entered, the user can elaborate an estimate

ABN Amro Participaties acquires MPS Group

ABN Amro Participaties (AAP) has reached an agreement to acquire MPS Group, parent company to MPS Systems, from majority shareholder Braver Investments, Oost NL and the founders of MPS.

AAP is the independently managed private equity business of ABN Amro. With a focus on investments in Dutch companies and known for its long-term commitment to investee companies. Funds are fully and solely committed by ABN Amro.

Headquartered in The Netherlands, MPS is a provider of narrow and mid web printing

Mimaki demonstrates complete digital textile printing ecosystem at FESPA 2018

Mimaki, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, demonstrates the Rimslow Series, a complete, end-to-end digital textile and apparel printing ecosystem at FESPA 2018, which is happening between 15 to 18 May in Berlin. Mimaki is located in Stand 1.2-D20/D30 at the show. The ability to acquire a complete system from a single supplier makes it easier for businesses to enter the digital textile and apparel printing market, and for existing textile and apparel businesses to

EFI introduces next generation hybrid at Fespa

EFI is using Fespa for the global launch of a new high-volume roll-to-roll/flatbed hybrid platform that it says is all about “faster, better, cheaper”.

The new Vutek h range consists of the h3, which has three rows of 7pl greyscale printheads and the h5, which has five. The h3 is field upgradable to the h5 configuration.

The 3.2m-wide series, which has been in development for 18 months, joins the established GS and LX3 series of hybrids, which were launched eight years ago and have notched up

HP reveals new Latex and DesignJets at Fespa

HP has debuted new printers for both its Latex and DesignJet families at Fespa.

The 2.5m-wide Latex R2000 hyrid production printer is HP's first hybrid to use Latex technology and will be commercially available from June. It is designed to print at a lower temperature in order to allow for a wider choice of media, and a fluid overcoat has been added to the inks for improved scratch resistance.

The R2000 debuts HP’s Latex White ink, designed as a "true, glossy white" that maintains its colour

Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 on display at FESPA 2018

Epson and its subsidiaries For.Tex. and Fratelli Robustelli, displayed the new Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 at FESPA 2018, the largest global exhibition for large format printing. It is a further expansion of the Monna Lisa range. This digital printer was designed by the engineering company F.lli Robustelli and boasts the latest innovative and exclusive proprietary printing technology, Epson PrecisionCore which is considered the standard for high-quality digital printing in the industrial textile

Agfa Graphics unveils Hybrid Jeti Tauro H3300 LED at Fespa 2018

For Fespa 2018, Agfa Graphics makes a move with an immersive booth concept that uses virtual reality and interactive sensory experiences to introduce its next-generation inkjet printing solutions. The Agfa Graphics booth will feature a large array of printed samples that illustrate what print service providers can achieve with Agfa Graphics’ technology: Extreme Productivity. Extreme Quality.

At the same time, Agfa Graphics launches its latest UV LED inkjet hybrid workhorse: the Jeti Tauro

Mutoh unveiled its first wide-format flatbed printer at FESPA

Mutoh has unveiled its first wide-format flatbed printer and the latest addition to its range of LED-UV printers at Fespa.

The manufacturer used the show, which took place at Messe Berlin, Germany and hosted the official European launches of both its PerformanceJet 2508UF, a 1.25x2.54m flatbed LED-UV printer, and the ValueJet 1638UR, a 1.62m-wide dual-head, dual-lamp LED-UV roll-to-roll printer.

The PerformanceJet 2508UF features a moving gantry that incorporates two LED-UV lamps and four

ColorJet unveils seven-colour Vulcan roll-to-roll at Fespa

ColorJet India has unveiled its latest machine, the seven-colour Vulcan UV roll-to-roll printer, to the European market at Fespa in Berlin.

With prices starting at £85,000, the machine comes in three models - the 3.2m entry-level 3201 with seven Kyocera printheads, the 3.2m high-end 3202 with 14 printheads and the 5m 5002. Its Electro Static Absorber System (ESAS) absorbs static electricity from media, and is designed to improve productivity.

Having already registered interest from some

Heidelberg to offer best training for winners

As part of the global alliance WorldSkills International, one of the central tasks of WorldSkills Germany is to hold national professional competitions and to provide the best possible training for the winners for the “World Championships of Professions”. With this in mind, there are 20 state and federal performance centers for the different professional fields throughout Germany. The new center in Wiesloch-Walldorf is the only one in Germany for the field of print media technology. With its

Avery Dennison recognized eight pressure-sensitive industry suppliers

Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials recognized eight pressure-sensitive industry suppliers during the company’s fifth annual supplier recognition ceremony, held on March 12-13 in Oegstgeest, Netherlands. Winners were selected based on their performance in areas such as sustainability, innovation, service, and quality. “Our suppliers play a key role in our mission to deliver value to our customers,” said Roland Simon, global V.P. procurement & corporate sustainability, label and

Memjet and Canon have entered into partnership

Memjet and Canon have entered into a long-term, global agreement to cross-license their patents around key segments and applications.  Terms of the agreement remain confidential. “We are excited and pleased with our agreement with Canon, which validates the value of our technology,” said Len Lauer, CEO of Memjet. “This agreement showcases the breadth and strength of our intellectual property portfolio of patents.  We will continue to focus on our leadership position in the single pass digital