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Heidelberg opens Future Workshop to educate apprentices on digital transformation

Heidelberg has opened Future Workshop, a learning space for apprentices at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site with the aim of introducing them to its corporate digitalization strategy from the beginning.

Digital transformation has been of strategic importance to Heidelberg for a number of years. The printing equipment manufacturer noted how its advancing digital transformation is placing high demand on vocational training at the company. To make it easier to shape technological and social change, the

Zonten, Konica Minolta agree strategic cooperation

Shanghai Zonten has concluded a strategic agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions (China) as part of its growth into digital printing.
Initially, Zonten is to be the agent of Konica Minolta, although the development of digital-flexo hybrid systems is planned.
Zonten general manager Lin Xiaoyu said: "Zonten has been engaged in the label market for 18 years, and has been focusing on the R&D, manufacturing, sales and services supply for conventional label printing facilities. The

Roland DG unveils VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8-colour eco-sol printer

Roland DG have announced the launch of the Roland VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8 colour eco-solvent printer, and states that this device offers the widest colour gamut in its class for outdoor durable graphics.
The RF-640 8 colour is the ideal choice for print service providers looking to stun their clients with jaw-dropping, head-turning, high-impact applications that exceed their clients’ colour expectations. From today the RF-640 8 Colour is available across the EMEA region.
The new VersaEXPRESS RF-640

Ricoh unveils Pro L5130/ L5160 latex roll-to-roll printers

Progressive printers and Sign and Display specialists’ needs for faster short run production, broader job capabilities and enhanced productivity will be met by Ricoh’s two new next generation Ricoh ProTM L5130/L5160 latex roll-to-roll printers. These will be made available throughout Europe in early 2019.
The newest additions to its fast growing Sign and Display print portfolio are unveiled at VISCOM in Milan, October 18 to 20. They print at segment-leading speeds of up to 44sqm per hour in

RRD launches solution to bring digital speed and data-driven accuracy to Direct Mail testing

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) (NYSE:RRD), recently announced the launch of Acuity by RRDTM, a predictive testing program that enables marketers to predict direct mail performance and validate campaigns pre-production, at a fraction of the price and time. As an alternative to traditional in-market direct mail testing, Acuity by RRD provides virtual testing and forecasting to identify the best-performing direct mail concepts. This enables marketers to understand projected response rates

Epson unveils the new SurePress L-6534VW

Epson has announced the Epson SurePress L-6534VW digital label press. Joining the SurePress L-6034VW in the UV digital label press line, the SurePress L-6534VW will offer three print speed modes from 49 feet per minute to 162 feet per minute (fpm). Epson will be demonstrating the new SurePress L-6534VW, as well as the SurePress L-6034VW and L-4533AW and workflow automation solutions with Wasatch RIP, at Labelexpo Americas.
“The SurePress L-6034VW set a higher standard for UV print quality,” said

Heidelberg presents its latest digital solutions in Japan

More than 450 visitors attended an open house at Heidelberg Japan in Tokyo.
Under the motto “Smart Print Shop” with “Push to Stop,” the guests from Japan and Asia saw how an integrated workflow incorporates all processes and optimizes the overall equipment efficiency (OEE). Push to Stop is setting new rules for the game: whereas in the past the operator had to manually initiate a large number of steps in the production process, now he only needs to intervene in the automated process chain as

Duplo and EFI Fiery integrates for digital print machinery workflow

The manufacturers said this new offering, which eliminates the need for manual data entry and setup of finishing information, allows for efficient, automated imposition layout and production from pre-press through the finishing stages, delivering precise throughput faster and saving up to 70% of setup time.
Duplo International product launch leader Peter Dyson said the integration would reduce human setup errors and enable users to quickly verify job designs with a visual preview of finishing

Brother unveils 7 new laser printers for SMBs

Brother has launched a lineup of seven new colour laser printers designed for home offices and small businesses. The new printers integrate access to cloud storage options like Dropbox and Google Drive while mixing in wireless printing and NFC.
The lineup includes 7 new models, from a basic printer to all-in-ones with copy, scan, and fax functions. The list includes the $349 MFC-L3710CW; $399 MFC-L3750CDW and MFC-L3770CDW; the $199 HL-L3210CW; the $249 HL-L3230CDW and HL-L3270CDW; and the $329

Domino expands their presence

Domino Printing Services is set to expand its presence in Brazil by extending its long-lasting partnership with distributor Sunnyvale, to now incorporate Domino’s full range of digital printing equipment including its N610i digital colour inkjet label press.
Just like Domino, Sunnyvale is celebrating its 40th anniversary in business this year. With its 3,000m² head office based in Sao Paulo City, and a 10,000m² manufacturing plant in Itaquaquecetuba where it produces packaging equipment and

Heidelberg's 2018 training year gets underway

Collectively agreed foundation year starts again in March 2019? The training year at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) starts on September 1, 2018. Another 99 young men and women are starting Their dual training or study courses at one of four of the company's sites in Germany."Heidelberg goes digital" is a key focal point for almost all the career paths of the starting off this year, putting the digital transformation at the heart of the industry leader's training portfolio, too.

Smurfit Kappa’s Paper for digital printing

Smurfit Kappa, the Irish based company, has announced that it will develop a new range of multi-purpose paper.
The launch of the new paper is planned for later this year and follows on from Smurfit Kappa’s investment in state-of-the-art printing machines. The new paper will be suitable for both digital and flexographic printers, providing a unique and sustainable solution for all printing technologies.
It added that the new papers will also be suitable for both UV and water-based digital print as

Ricoh to expand its Pro VC range with 70000 model

Ricoh has announced its new Pro VC70000 high-speed inkjet printer with the intent to set a “new benchmark” in quality on offset-coated papers.
The Pro VC700000 has been introduced as the new flagship of the Pro VC range and advances on technology in its 120m/min 60000 sibling. A 70000 is to be delivered to an undisclosed “early adopter” in Europe by October, while general release is earmarked for the end of the calendar year.
A headline advancement for Ricoh is the increased drying capacity

HP introduces its 1.6m entry-level Latex R hybrid printer

HP has launched the Latex R1000, the latest addition to its Latex R series of hybrid printers, as an entry-level sibling to the R2000.  Unveiled to the UK market in  July, the R1000 is a 1.64m-wide machine designed for printing signage and displays on both rigid and flexible media. It is a smaller version of the R2000, a 2.5m-wide machine unveiled at Fespa in May. Both machines make use of HP’s redesigned Latex inks to deliver vibrant colour and high-quality images, according to HP. The R1000

Xaar to present at Dantex event

Xaar will give a presentation on its Xaar 1003 printhead at an upcoming open house event held by Dantex Group. The aim of the event is to demonstrate why digital label press technologies are the future of the labeling industry.
Held at Dantex’s demonstration facility, the open day will showcase the company’s PicoColour UV inkjet label press, which uses Xaar 1003 printheads.
PicoColour combines fast and easy label production with superb printed results. A range of inline options means finished

HP introduces digital corrugated workflow ecosystem

HP has introduced the HP One Package workflow suite to enhance the capabilities of PageWide Industrial corrugated presses.
The workflow suite serves as an ecosystem for digital corrugated printing and offers access to software and solutions from HP.
The new HP’s One Package can also be used to enable converters to maximise the flexibility of digital production.
It is designed to streamline submission and preparation of orders, enabling converters to leverage digital value-added possibilities, such

KM opens Specialised Print Awards entries

Konica Minolta has opened entries for the 2018 National Specialised Print Awards, celebrating exceptional craftsmanship in digital printing.
Launched in 2016, the National Specialised Print Awards are now in their third year and, according to Sue Threlfo, general manager for production and industrial print at Konica Minolta, are going from strength to strength. “They’re a great opportunity for our customers to showcase their extraordinary print work. These awards are our way of saying thank you

New films for digital printers

Jet Technologies has released a new range of thermal laminating films for the digital printing industry.
Thermal lamination is the process of bonding film to paper using heat and pressure. The process adds value by providing aesthetic enhancement and protection from creasing, fading, scuff marks, water damage, wrinkles, stains, smudges, abrasions or marks from grease or fingerprints.
“We’re very excited to be launching a new range of innovative thermal laminating films for digital printers,” says

Prinect User Days 2018—Focus on Digital Business Models

The Prinect User Days at the Print Media Academy of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) once again demonstrated their credentials as a communication platform organized by users for users. Some 300 Prinect workflow users attended the event over a total of four days, taking the opportunity to discuss the latest software trends in the industry with experts and each other. The presentations and subsequent discussions focused on new digital business models such as subscription contracts and

Ricoh unveils the new Pro C9200 series graphic arts edition

Ricoh has introduced their new Ricoh Pro C9200 Series of digital sheet fed colour presses. Building on the highly successful Ricoh ProTM C9100 technology platform, the Pro C9200 Series offers increased image quality with registration.
Expanded media capability is delivered with enhanced long sheet capability of up to 1,030mm auto duplex 1,260mm simplex and increased media support up to 450gsm.
“There is no other digital colour sheet fed press that matches the value performance package of the

HP launches digital presses

HP Inc., announced two new six-colour PageWide ultra high-volume inkjet web presses for pre-print corrugated packaging, the HP PageWide T1190 and HP PageWide T1170, offering higher productivity and quality for productive digital packaging presses.
The new flagship PageWide T1190 Press offers 67% more throughput productivity compared with the current PageWide T1100S, delivering up to 1000 linear feet per minute in 6 colours at full press speed. The addition of six-colour printing (CMYKOV) also

Agfa 1st quarter results hit by strong euro

Agfa has reported declines in both its revenue and gross profit in the first quarter of 2018.  The Belgian manufacturer recorded sales of €549m  in the period, down 6.7% on Q1 2017, while its gross profit dropped by 7.5% to €178m. The groups gross profit margin dipped slightly to 32.4%, from 32.7% in Q1 2017.
Group recurring EBITDA was down by 3.5% to €37m but represented 6.8% of revenue, up from 6.6% in Q1 2017.
Agfa attributed its top-line decrease to the strength of the euro versus other

Newest EFI Fiery upgrade added to Konica Minolta AccurioPress

EFI Fiery FS300 Pro – the newest Fiery digital front end (DFE) platform to date – is now available for the Konica Minolta AccurioPress line of digital presses, including new AccurioPress C3080 and C3070 series products.
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. jointly announced updated EFI Fiery DFEs offering a range of improvements that help users maximize productivity, minimize touch points and achieve superior colour and output quality.
In addition to

EFI unveils digital textile printer with enhanced configurations

EFI has launched a new textile printer which offers up to 12 colours that can be printed in a row.
Reggiani Colors gives users the ability to print nearly any configuration of inks in 1.8m, 2.4m and 3.4m widths – including using special inks, inks of different chemistry types, and chemistry for special treatments such as for higher-penetration printing, all at the same time, EFI said.
“This unparalleled new digital printer brings new creativity to the industry with an explosion of colour,” said

Mouvent makes live demonstrations

The TX801 – Mouvent’s new digital textile printer was one of the attractions at this year’s ITM, in Istanbul, Turkey. The TX801 is an 8-colour multi-pass digital textile printer producing highest print quality on textiles with up to 2,000 DPI optical resolution at high printing speeds. With four live demonstrations a day, plus an international press conference, the Mouvent booth was a constant center of activity at the congress, as attendees gathered to witness the new technology in action.

ERA to host 2nd digital forum

The European Rotogravure Association (ERA) is to host its second Digital Forum event, focusing on the status of digital printing technology in packaging and decorative printing, and its industrial use in these segments.
The conference program will include presentations from HP, Océ Printing Systems, DLH Printing Ink Technology, Adphos Digital Printing, Fogra and printer Immer Digital. On the second day, a visit to the Immer digital printing plant in Ventspils, is planned. The two-day event

Xerox debuts Iridesse Digital Production Press

Xerox debuted a high speed, six station colour press that combines four-colour printing with up to two specialty dry inks in one printing pass. The Xerox Iridesse Production Press is the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and clear dry ink in a single pass.

“Iridesse can do things no other digital production press can do, but it’s what it can do for our customers that’s most important,” said Ragni Mehta, vice president and general manager, Cut Sheet

Heidelberg presents its new digital press Versafire EV

Heidelberg has enhanced it’s new Versafire digital printing generation which is fully focused on the customer’s benefit and the market requirements. The JD Druck GmbH in Lauterbach, Hesse is the first company for field testing the new Versafire EV.
“The Versafire EV gives our customers a flexible production system that is specially designed to ideally meet the requirements in the graphic arts industry and that they can be used to further enhance their digital business model as a result of

Kodak unfolds flagship sheetfed digital press: Nexfinity

Kodak is laying claim to “the most versatile sheetfed digital press on the market” with the launch of Nexfinity – the next evolution of the NexPress platform.
Kodak said the $885,000 press is designed for lower running costs, higher speed and higher imaging quality. It is targeted at high-volume printers that focus on direct mail, marketing collateral, short-run publishing, short-run labels and tags, retail signage and POS.
“Nexfinity extends Kodak’s portfolio of digital printing technology,”

UPM Raflatac launches digital printer tool

UPM Raflatac has launched digital printer recommendation tool, which offers a comprehensive database of paper and film materials so customers can find a material that’s suitable for a variety of digital printing technologies. This new tool provides up-to-date and accurate product information about UPM Raflatac’s digital label stock materials as well as ratings for how they will perform on various digital printers, ranging from small desktop models to industrial-scale digital presses.
“At UPM