Konica Minolta’s first label press

Konica Minolta has launched its first label press, the bizhub PRESS C70RLC, at Ipex. The press has been designed to fill the gap between those entry-level and higher end label printing presses currently available, according to the manufacturer.

The C70RLC is based on a prototype shown at LabelExpo, Brussels last year, and runs at 18m/min, where configured as a roll-to-roll printer, and 9m/min as a roll-to-laser die cut configuration. The roll-to-roll configuration has been launched first, with

New CEO takes helm at Kodak

Kodak’s new chief executive has pledged to be “open, accountable and collaborative” in the role. The group announced the appointment of Jeff Clarke to the top job.

Clarke’s background encompasses technology, corporate finance and business sale and flotation activities.   He was chief financial officer at Compaq prior to its merger with HP, and subsequently became HP’s executive vice president of global operations. He worked at HP from 2002-2003.

Kodak chairman James Continenza said Clarke’s

H’berg’s B2 Anicolor in production

Heidelberg’s Drupa-launched B2 Anicolor press has completed its beta testing and entered series production, with Heidelberg “very confident” of securing the first UK sales soon.
The Anicolor version of the 18,000sph press was unveiled at Drupa 2012, and shortly afterwards machines were installed at commercial and packaging beta sites in mainland Europe.
However, the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor will only initially be available in straight configurations, targeted predominantly at packaging

Duplo to launch multi-finisher at Ipex

Duplo is to use Ipex as the launchpad for its latest multi-finishing device, which the company says increases the range of finishes offered by its established DC-645i “at least tenfold”.
The DC-646Pro sits between the DC-645i and the flagship DC-745. It has top speed of 30 sheets/min and can handle sheets from 370x999mm down to 210x210mm, with a minimum finished product size of 48x28mm. It has a stock range of 110-350gsm. Features also include a barcode scanner for automatic set-ups. According

Manroland Sheetfed owner forsees upswing

Manroland Sheetfed will roll out ‘the next evolution’ of its presses in 2015, with its owner predicting ‘something of a recovery’ in press sales.
   The press manufacturer’s UK parent group Langley Holdings has just filed its 2013 accounts, with the Manroland Sheetfed business – Langley’s largest division – fully incorporated for the first time since its acquisition in March 2012.
   Sales at Manroland Sheetfed fell 9% to $426.3m, while orders on hand increased from $55.8m to $65.2m. The business

Konica Minolta takes stake in MGI

Konica Minolta has entered into a strategic alliance with MGI Digital Graphic Technology and taken a 10% stake in the French manufacturer, which makes a range of digital print and finishing equipment.
Konica Minolta’s stake in MGI is valued at $18.7m with the investment taking the form of a reserved capital increase the funds from which will be used to drive future growth.
In a joint statement the two companies said that their new alliance would include co-development and co-marketing of

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