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Heidelberg takes the wraps off their inkjet plans

A hybrid label press will be the first fruit of Heidelberg’s partnership with Fujifilm, and more inkjet products are on the way including “industrialised” sheetfed presses that appear likely to take on Benny Landa’s Nanography head-on. And in a move into a completely new area for Heidelberg, a “4D” system for printing onto three-dimensional objects will be delivered to key customer Flyeralarm in Germany later this year.

The manufacturer provided what it described as a “sneak peek” into its

Mimaki to showcase its direct sublimation printer at Fespa ‘14

The Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer for the textile and soft signage industries will be one of two key devices showcased by Mimaki at Fespa Digital 2014, from 20-23 May at Munich Messe.

The Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer offers 1,200dpi resolution and speeds up to 150m2/h on pre-treated polyester fabrics with six on-demand piezo printheads (three staggered) and, according to Mimaki, achieves 150% faster print speed than its conventional models. The device can be specified with

Lumejet to unveil LumeBar single pass printer at InPrint 2014

Lumejet will showcase a high-speed single pass version of its photonic printing technology as a tech demo at next month’s InPrint 2014 show in Hannover, Germany.

Dr Trevor Elworthy, a former Kodak research scientist  devised a way to ‘print’ a 4 micron dot onto light sensitive media. The media is silver halide-based and unlike any other print technology it creates an RGB image (from red, green and blue dyes embedded in the paper) which has a much wider gamut than CMYK.

The result is

Pitney Bowes develops parcel sortation offering

Pitney Bowes has entered into an OEM partnership with a third party to develop bespoke parcel sortation lines for courier firms and postal operators.

The agreement, which is already delivering to clients in the US, involves third party-developed hardware badged as Pitney Bowes who will provide software implementation and sales services for the products.

“We will supply the complete operating system that will drive the sortation lines as well as data capture services so we can provide our

EFI and Konica Minolta launch two DFEs

EFI and Konica Minolta have announced the availability of two new digital front ends (DFEs) - the EFI Fiery IC-308 and IC-415 - designed to drive the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070 and C1070P family of digital presses.

“The new additions to the Fiery line-up for the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS family deliver almost 2.5 times performance improvement over their predecessors,” said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. “This means that print service providers can increase

Montex to launch KBA-built die-cutter later this year

KBA has secured a partnership with German die-cutting kit specialist Montex-Print Ost to develop a dedicated B1 rotary die-cutter based on KBA’s flagship Rapida 105.
The DC-R105 will be available as a single or double unit die-cutting machine that incorporates Montex’s established magnetic cylinder and toolless die technology.
Both options will have a maximum mechanical speed of 14,000sph and maximum production speed of 12,000sph and be capable of handling substrates from 0.03-0.7mm. The machines

Canon expands wide-format range with entry-level

By Darryl Danielli
Canon has expanded its imagePrograf family of large-format printers with two new stripped-down models targeted at inplant and entry-level commercial and franchise print poster applications.
The six-colour machines, the 609.6mm (20in) wide imagePrograf iPF6400SE and the 1,117mm (44in) wide imagePrograf iPF8400SE, are primarily targeted at the corporate, retail and hospitality inplant markets, but according to Canon they would also be suited to commercial and high-street printers

Canon Middle East updates its full Professional Print portfolio

Canon Middle East, has updated its complete portfolio of professional print products. Canon imagePRESS C7011VP & C7011VPS, VarioPRINT 135 series, imagePRESS 1135 series, Oce VarioPrint 6000+, Océ PRISMAprepare version 6.1 all-in-one document make-ready software are updated products covered in new portfolio announced by Canon.
Canon’s complete product portfolio highlights Canon imagePRESS C7011VP and C7011VPS Series, which are new colour production presses of it.  New models feature an

Makerbot unveils 5th generation 3D printer

Makerbot has launched its fifth generation desktop 3D printer range. The latest Makerbot generation includes the Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, the Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, and the manufacturer’s largest 3D printer to date: the Replicator Z18.
The Replicator Z18 - named for its 18in height capacity - has a maximum build volume of 305mm x 305mm x 457mm and will be priced at $6,499. It has been designed to enable 3D printing of “extra-large industrial prototypes, models, and products”

Fujifilm releases new version for job review - XMF Remote 9.5


Fujifilm has announced XMF Remote 9.5, a new version of its online print job submission and approval system.
   The most notable change is that the interface is now based on the HTML5 web platform. This change was made in response to potential security issues with the Java platform, leading some firms to restrict access to Java-based applications such as XMF Remote.
   “Shifting the client-facing side of XMF Remote 9.5 to the HTML5 web interface provides users with a modern, feature rich

Hollanders has upgraded its ColorWash XL washing system


Hollanders Printing Systems has upgraded its ColorWash XL washing machines to reduce energy consumption and boost cleaning efficiency.
The digital textile equipment manufacturer has added a series of improvements to its 3.2m-wide ColorWash XL, which is designed to accompany the firm’s textile printers.
The most significant improvement is a new suction method of drying that has been developed to suck water out of the fabrics instead of blow-drying them. The result, according to the manufacturer

Mimaki adds to digital textile range with with Tx500-1800B

Mimaki has announced the launch of the TX500-1800B direct-to-fabric digital textile printer.  Like its predecessor, the TX400-1800D, Mimaki’s TX500-1800B can print reactive dye, sublimation dye, acid dye and pigment inks, making it compatible with a range of pre-treated fabrics, including: cotton; silk, nylon and wool; polyester or transfer paper. All inks come in two litre ink bottles. The machine’s have similar print widths with the TX500 marginally narrower at 1,820mm to the TX400’s 1,850mm

Roland DG upgrade to its VersaCAMM print /cut series

Roland DG has announced an upgrade to its VersaCAMM print and cut series, the VS-i, which is cheaper than its predecessor (at launch) despite being faster and having more colour options.
The new VS-i series is available in three widths, including the 762mm VS-300i, the 1,371mm VS-540i and the 1,625mm VS-640i, and is equipped with Roland’s latest Eco-Sol MAX2 inks, which were previously only available on the SolJet Pro4.
Users can choose from nine available colours (CMYK, Lc, Lm, Lk, white

New company Kodak Alaris to strengthen its ME presence

As part of its pre-chapter 11 emergence strategy, Eastman Kodak company has spun off two divisions - namely, its Document Imaging (DI) and Personal Imaging (PI) divisions, to the UK Kodak Pension Plan (KPP). Both divisions are now part of an independent company called Kodak Alaris. The transaction will affect about 4,700 employees, who will now be employed by Kodak Alaris.
Eastman Kodak will now cater to the graphic imaging, commercial printing and packaging industries.  While Kodak Alaris will

Raidy Printing Group adopts augumented reality

Lebanon and Dubai-based Raidy Printing Group has adopted a new technology called Augmented Reality.
 Says its creative director MarieJoe Raidy, “I wouldn’t call it our application as much as a technology that we adopted, same as any new technology that we consider can add value to the experience of our customers and their target audience. This specific new technology allows companies and brands to make their printed jobs clickable, by adding videos to their printed pages, or an e-mail contact

HP’s new Designjet ePrinters are ‘Ergonomically designed‘

The new Designjet T920 and Designjet T1500 web-connected ePrinter are ergonomically design for user convenience. Physical re-arrangement and features like augmented reality is used to make  the process more user friendly.
“The innovation of HP Designjet ePrinters is an outcome of HP’s commitment to listening to customers and meeting their expectations,” said Zeina Ahmed, large format design business manager, HP Middle East. “Our customers from the design, architecture, engineering and

Brother (Gulf) appoints new resellers, plans expansions

Manufacturers of laser and inkjet printing devices, Brother (International) has announced that it is expanding its market stronghold in the UAE as the company kicked off its Brother Premium Partner Program 2013 during a ceremony at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai.
Brother further revealed that it will conduct more market visits and strengthen marketing support to partners, while intensifying its collaboration with UAE authorities to crack down on illegal resellers and counterfeit

MACtac and Al Shabak celebrates 15 years

Al Shabak Trading based in Dubai and Belgium-based MACtac celebrated their 15 years of union in the Middle East on 21st March at Le Méridien, Dubai.
“As distributors of MACtac in the UAE, we have earned respect in the marketplace as a solution provider and have introduced many innovative products from MACtac specially for digital printing. In keeping with our policy to offer high quality products we feel really happy that this partnership has been successful and we look forward for the years to

Kodak displays new upgrades and technology at exhibition

Kodak featured enhancements and new technology at the recently concluded Hunkeler Innovationdays 2013  exhibition held in Lucerne recently.
 The Prosper 5000XLi press, upgraded from 5000XL was featured, along with the Prosper 1000 inkjet web press, which can produce black and white trade and educational books. The Prosper S-Series Imprinting System using hybrid technology inkjet printing inline with offset printing was showcased, along with the upgraded NeXpress Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions

Xerox launches 2 digital presses for commercial printing jobs

Xerox has announced two new digital print engines aimed at in-plants, high street and commercial printers producing jobs ranging from photobooks and brochures to DM and catalogues.
The Xerox Color J75 and C75 combine duplex printing, copying and scanning with a range of finishing options with worldwide availability slated for 1st March 2013.
Xerox said the Color C75 was aimed at those looking to start or expand a digital print business, while the J75, which will be shown at Graphics of the

Fujifilm launches corrugated onslaught with enhanced ink

 

Fujifilm plans to drive the digitisation of corrugated board print market by improving the productivity and cost effectiveness of digital print for higher volume work with new ink and hardware

Fujifilm recently unveiled a prototype corrugated board handling kit for the Inca Onset S40i, a productivity enhancement package for the flatbed printer called Accelerator, and Uvijet OC, a new ink for paperboard printing. The new products are the culmination of a two-year project.

 

Ever since the

Fujifilm Dimatix targets textile market with StarFire printhead

Fujifilm Dimatix has unveiled the StarFire SG-1024/M-A printhead, which it claims offers textile printers superior ink-jetting performance.
The SG-1024/M-A is the latest addition to Dimatix's 1024-channel family of StarFire printerheads.
It features a robust and repairable construction with a high nozzle density in a compact package suited for demanding scanning and single-pass applications. Its construction is designed to withstand the harsh environment of industrial textile production.
The

Canon Middle East launches design focused PIXMA printers

Canon Middle East has announced three new design focused printers in the premium range. The new PIXMA iP7240, PIXMA MG5440 and PIXMA MG6340 can print at photo-lab quality at home.

Canon Middle East has announced three new design focused printers in the premium range. The new PIXMA iP7240, PIXMA MG5440 and PIXMA MG6340 can print at photo-lab quality at home.

Canon's All-in-One Photo printer range are the MG5440 and MG6340, two high-performance PIXMA devices which feature the option of cost-saving

Quark launches publishing platform for customer


The software giant has unveiled Quark Publishing Platform for businesses to deliver published communication online, in print and on mobile devices.

Quark Publishing Platform for enterprise, is aimed at large organisations, such as financial services institutions, manufacturing companies, security and government bodies or large publishing firms, that need to produce a broad range of published materials across multiple media channels for employees, partners or end consumers.

The predominantly

‘Services-led’ Xerox focus on MEA after 30 deal signing from Drupa



Xerox ME hosted a press conference in Dubai on 17th September 2012 discussing the future strategies of Xerox in the MEA region.

 

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, head of integrated marketing for the Middle East and Africa region of Xerox’s developing markets operations, Dan Smith said: “Middle East was the best performing region from within Xerox’s emerging markets organization. We hosted over 200 customers from this region and had nearly 30 deal signings. During the two-week show in Dusseldorf

EFI lets slip early 2013 launch for next-gen digital presses

Speaking on the firm's Q2 conference call, EFI chief executive Guy Gecht told analysts that the 10% year-on-year fall in second quarter Fiery revenues was due to the cyclical nature of the business.

"What drives the demand in this business is the upgrade cycle to new machines at better quality, better prices and better speed," he explained. "We knew all along that this year - at least until Q4 - was going to be pretty slow.

"You saw yourself at Drupa there were not a lot of new production engines

EFI posts strong Q2, announces $180m from Foster City HQ sale

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) more than doubled its second quarter pre-tax profit following strong double-digit growth in both its Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software business units.

The Foster City, California-based business posted a pre-tax profit of $9.1m for the quarter to 30 June, up 117% year-on-year, on group sales that were up 16% at $163.9m.

However, while revenue from Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software (previously referred to as APPS) rose 39% to $79.8m and 33% to

Domino boosts inkjet know-how with Graph-Tech buy

Domino has taken total ownership of Graph-Tech in a deal worth up to £19.1m ($29.8m).

Cambridge-headquartered Domino has worked with Graph-Tech since the 1990s, and took a 19% stake in the Swiss inkjet developer in 1999.

Graph-Tech is known for its innovative work on inkjet systems, including controllers, and manufactures two of Domino's key new product lines: the K-Series overprinting heads and N600i inkjet label press.Domino group managing director Nigel Bond said the PLC's latest

MGI re-engineers JetVarnish platform to offer 3D coating

French digital press manufacturer MGI has boasted that its new JetVarnish 3D spot UV coater eliminates the compromise of speed over coating thickness, handling both "with ease".

The new 3D coater, which is launched at Drupa, can handle production UV coating speeds while offering enhanced coating thicknesses without a detrimental impact on output.

The latest addition to the JetVarnish platform, which is now three times faster than the original machine, offers 3D spot embossing capabilities that

Durst doubles label press width with Tau 330 Drupa launch

Durst has unveiled the latest addition to its UV inkjet range of label presses, the Tau 330, which is targeting the short-run label production market.

Based upon the company's 165mm-wide Tau 150 8C machine, launched in 2010, the new platform is available in two configurations.

Durst's Tau 200 offers a print width of 200mm while the top-end Tau 330 offers print production onto a maximum 330mm web.

Capable of print speeds of up to 48 linear metres per minute, maximum hourly output can reach 950sqm