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

Konica Minolta launches bizhub C71hc

Konica Minolta’s new bizhub Press C71hc digital production printer “promises new printing possibilities with bold, intense and vibrant RGB colours reproduced in print and unrivalled vividness in corporate and marketing collaterals,” said the OEM.

The bizhub Press C71hc uses High Chroma Toner that has the ability to reproduce a wider range of sRGB gamut and offers “magnificent colours as seen on the monitor screen. Colours such as pink, purple, green and blue become significantly brighter and

Brother has launched a 10-needle home embroidery semi-industrial machine

Brother has launched a 10-needle home embroidery semi-industrial machine - the Entrepreneur Pro PR1000e, that can be used to start a small business. The new machine can produce logos, monograms and more on a wide range of items and is available at MRP QAR 42,999 at all Jumbo Electronics outlets in Qatar. Soichi Murakami, Managing Director, Brother International (GULF) FZE said: “This ground breaking new machine comes with a built-in camera that can be very useful for easy and accurate placing

Color-Logic has announced their certification of Masterpiece Graphics MGX 12-Point Board Material

Color-Logic has announced their certification of Masterpiece Graphics MGX 12-Point Board Material for use with the Color-Logic process on HP Indigo cut sheet presses.  Commenting on the certification, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said: “Color-Logic certification tests clearly demonstrate the compatibility of the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System and Masterpiece Graphics MGX 12-Point Silver Board, Rainbow Holographic Board, and Silver Rain Holographic Board

EFI expands inkjet portfolio

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has acquired privately held Matan Digital Printers, a provider of technologies for super-wide-format display graphics and other industrial printing applications. “This acquisition gives EFI an even broader range of products to help our customers capture important opportunities in super-wide-format display graphics printing,” said EFI CEO Guy Gecht. “Matan’s strong R&D capabilities will further accelerate EFI’s inkjet innovation, while filling a key spot in

Xaar celebrates 25 years in digital

Xaar marks 25 years at the forefront of global inkjet technology for Xaar, the world-leader in industrial inkjet printheads. It began life in 1990 as four people in a small office on Cambridge Science Park. Their goal was to develop and commercialise the digital inkjet print technology arising out of work done by Cambridge Consultants.

Over the last 25 years Xaar has proved itself to be an inkjet innovator many times. The company’s Xaar 128 printhead transformed the wide-format printing

German print industry at Riyadh

German manufacturers of machines and systems for the printing and paper converting industry will present their innovations at an upcoming series of conferences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Print Promotion Print Media Conferences provides regional professionals in the printing, paper converting and packing industry the opportunity to gain first-hand information on German manufacturers’ novel printing and paper technology, free of charge.

Organised by Riyadh Exhibition, the event is being held by

Ricoh acquires leading distributor

Ricoh announced the acquisition of Impromat-CZ spol. s.r.o, and Impromat Slov spol. s.r.o., a leading distributor of digital office solutions in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This investment represents Ricoh’s long term vision to further enhance the expertise it offers its clients and to grow its core business in new geographies.

Customers in the two countries will benefit from Ricoh’s acquisition of Impromat by having full access to Ricoh’s broad portfolio of products and services that

Coveris expands into packaging

Global plastic packaging company Coveris has moved into South America with the acquisition of Olefinas.

Olefinas is an agricultural plastics company with operations in Guatemala and Mexico and will support Coveris’ agricultural packaging production. It will be rebranded as Coveris-Olefinas.

The company manufactures a range of plastic products for the banana industry, as well as mulch and fumigation films, insect traps, modified atmospheric packaging and shrink films. It is the second new

EFI upgrades Fiery for KM Bizhubs

EFI has released three upgrades for its digital front-ends (DFEs) for Konica Minolta Bizhub Presses.

EFI said that the new, version 2.0, EFI Fiery IC-415, IC-308 and IC-310 DFEs give inplant and commercial print providers “exceptional colour management capabilities and an expanded range of automated workflow advantages based on EFI’s most advanced digital print technology, the Fiery FS150 Pro platform”.

EFI said the Fiery IC-310 “delivers unique Fiery HyperRIP technology that speeds

Bids in for Tullis Russell brands

Speculation is mounting over the future for Tullis Russell’s valuable brands, as it emerged that the failed papermaker was owed more than $1.575m by Paperlinx when the merchant went into administration.

KPMG, the administrator of Tullis Russell Papermakers, is in the process of auctioning off the firm’s brands and stock through a sealed bids process.

The sealed bids auction closed  on 8th June.

A number of UK and overseas paper merchants and manufacturers are understood to have expressed

X-Rite’s CxF3 now an ISO standard

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone has announced that the ISO TC130 committee that sets global standards for the Graphic Arts has adopted the X-Rite Color Exchange Format version 3 (CxF3) as the new standard for colour data exchange and verification.  X-Rite made its technology available to ISO without any restrictions.

“The CxF3 format is defined in a completely open way so that all aspects of a colour can be communicated, even when the application and the colour communication features

Xeikon’s Cheetah wins accolade

Xeikon’s  Cheetah has received its first industry recognition – the EDP Award for ‘Best Label Printing Solution’, only months after installation at pilot sites around the world.

“We are convinced the Xeikon Cheetah will have a very tangible impact on customers’ businesses through a number of production gains, all at high quality. We are delighted that the EDP Association recognizes this as well,” states Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon.

Xeikon Cheetah, a five-color digital label press, runs at up to

World premiere for NoeCha LFP

NoeCha showed its new UV-LED NoeCha1 wide-format industrial printer in public for the first time at Fespa.

   The Italian manufacturer previewed the initial design of the 3.2m wide press last year, featuring mercury lamps. But these have now been replaced by a cool curing LED system of the firm’s own design.

    The printhead carriage has also been redesigned to make access easier for maintenance, and for higher precision when printing. The flatbed NoeCha1 is printing live on the firm’s

Epson debuts flagship SureColor at Fespa

Epson has premiered a new addition to its SureColor dye-sub range, the SureColor SC-F9200, at Fespa. The device, the firm’s star of the show on its booth, can be used with sublimation papers to produce textiles such as clothing, sportswear and home furnishings, as well as soft signage and flags. The 1.6m-wide machine prints at 720 x 1440dpi at speeds of up to 97sqm/hr in draft mode, 56sqm/hr in production mode and 27sqm/hr in quality mode.

The printer, which has two high-capacity ink supply

Azonprinter exhibits UV printer

Croatian manufacturer Azonprinter showed its latest A3-format flatbed UV printer, the Razor, at Fespa.

   The Razor features a power adjustable LED curing system, which enables the machine to print directly onto PET, polycarbonate, TPU, wood, leathers and other soft materials.

   The recently launched 1,440x5,760dpi device has a maximum print format of 300x800mm and has an adapter for printing onto cylindrical objects. The machine can handle a maximum thickness of 200mm.

   “We are

Bielomatik files for Chapter 11

Bielomatik – which makes Heidelberg’s CutStar among other products – has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to avoid insolvency.

The German manufacturer is still financially solvent and it emphasised that it will continue to trade normally, under the “protective shield” of Chapter 11. “We are able to fulfil all customer orders as planned. Moreover, we can and will pay our orders with suppliers,” stated chairman Alexander Wassermann.

It intends to sell off its paper converting

De La Rue resolves banknote paper issues

De La Rue has finally put a figure on the likely payout to the Bank of India as a result of the paper production issues that have now cost the group more than $61.5m.

The saga dates back to the summer of 2010, when De La Rue admitted to “quality and production irregularities” at its Overton banknote paper mill and launched a major inquiry into what had gone wrong.

The scandal resulted in the departure of then-chief executive James Hussey and involved a huge hit to the security printer’s

Xerox, Fotoba launch new printer

Xerox and Fotoba launched a new production printer - Fotoba FHS42, which they say runs in line with the Xerox wide format IJP 2000 to increase automation and accelerate delivery speeds.

Xerox partnered with Fotoba to customize the cutter to match key specifications of the IJP 2000, including synchronizing speeds at 4,520 square feet (420 square meters) per hour and qualifying the same  range of media. These include matte coated, photogloss, satin, blueback and backlit/stoplight films,


Morgana launches new BM500 bookletmaker

Finishing equipment manufacturer Morgana has introduced the BM500, a new addition to its booklet making range, which is capable of producing booklets of up to 200 pages.

The device is an off-line adaptation of an in-line machine sold via Xerox and Ricoh to produce booklets with the mid-production digital print engines supplied by those companies.

The BM500 can be supplied as a standalone hand-fed unit, or linked with either the recently launched AF602 or other Morgana feeders. Also

Brother’s spring to new markets

It’s 30 years since Domino Printing Sciences floated on the stock market. As it happens, the year of this anniversary will also involve the company being de-listed – assuming all goes to plan with Brother’s $1.5bn recommended bid for the group.

While it doesn’t, yet, have much of a profile in commercial printing Brother’s direct-to-garment devices will be familiar to Fespa visitors. Its other products include domestic and industrial machines. Brother plans to use Domino as a springboard for

Ultrachem’s Fastbond Adhesive

Independent manufacturer and supplier of coatings and pressroom consumables Ultrachem has launched Fastbond clear ultraviolet curing adhesive.

Fastbond Adhesive, which is available with immediate effect, is formulated for use on film-to-board and film-to-film bonding and offers high bond strength when used with suitable boards, and treated or coated films.

The product is free of toxic chemicals, HDDA and benzophenone, which makes it suitable for food packaging. It also forms a barrier for

Canon launches new UV curable ink at Fespa

Canon has launched and demonstrate a new UV-curable ink for its Océ Arizona 300-, 400- and 600-Series printers at Fespa 2015 event in Cologne.

The ink, which is named IJC257 and offers strong adhesion to a wide range of indoor and outdoor rigid and flexible media, will be demonstrated on an Océ Arizona 480GT UV flatbed printer on the firm’s stand.

“The new IJC257 ink is a ‘best of both worlds’ product - it combines the high adhesion characteristics of our specialist industrial ink with the

KBA sales on target & profits improve

KBA has posted operating profit of $15.356m in its 2014 financial report, although its order intake fell by 5.5%.

The German press manufacturer said initial positive impacts from its group realignment, which began at the start of 2014, are now visible.

Compared with the previous year, when restructuring expenses of over $169m strained its operating result and delivered an operating loss of $142.339m, in 2014 both KBA’s sheetfed offset segment and the web and special press division posted an