Senfa unveils new substrates

Senfa inkjet division Decoprint has launched two new backlit substrates after installing a multimillion-euro, 5m-wide coating line to capitilise on the growth of superwide, seamless graphics.  

The 0.13mm-thick Pearl and the 0.16mm-thick Black Back Xtra for backlit applications are both now available in 5m-wide rolls, for UV printing on EFI Vutek 5500 and Durst Rho 512R machines. The ultra-thin materials are popularly used for retail, trade shows and airport sign and display.

A 5m-wide

Heidelberg and Fujifilm unveil Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Heidelberg has revealed further details about its new B1 sheetfed inkjet press, developed jointly with Fujifilm, which it will show for the first time at Drupa.

Named Primefire 106, the press is primarily aimed at folding carton printers but is also said to be suitable for applications including posters and calendars and will be suitable for customisation, variable data printing and targeted marketing applications.

Heidelberg and Fujifilm have developed the machine over the past 15 months

IncTec to showcase its first LED UV printer at Fespa Digital

InkTec will publicly unveil its first LED UV Printer at Fespa Digital.

The manufacturer said the Jetrix LX5 press builds on the technology, stability, precision and design of existing Jetrix printers but meets market demand for more environmentally friendly and energy efficient printers.

The machine is said to offer 35% lower electricity consumption than a mercury lamp printer, has no warm-up time, creates less heat and has an extended lamp lifetime of up to 20,000 hours.

It is equipped

Brett Martin unveils new extra strong film

Brett Martin has introduced a new strong adhesion film (SAF) to its range of flat polycarbonate sheets that it said is tough enough to endure frequent heavy fabrication.

The SAF was launched late last year and joins existing products such as Marlon FS and Marlon FSX Longlife, used for high-end engineering and heavy fabrication projects.

With its high-level adhesion and mechanical protective properties, the new film allows the sheets to take fabrication, reducing scratches and abrasions

Roland DG adds larger and faster option to VersaUV series

Roland DG has launched the LEF-300, a new addition to its VersaUV series of UV-LED flatbed inkjet printers.  The machine, which is available with immediate effect for £25,999, is a larger and faster equivalent to the existing Versa UV LEF-12 and LEF-20 printers, which enable printers to customise a range of ordinary items to turn them into profitable gifts.

The device can print on a wide variety of substrates including acrylic, wood, board, plastic, metal and glass plus fabrics and soft

Duplo targets entry-level digital market with Booklet System launch

Duplo has launched the 150Cr Booklet System to meet growing market demands for entry-level digital bookletmakers with full bleed and crease functionality.  The device combines the existing DC-445 DuCreaser and DBM-150/T bookletmaker to offer creasing, slitting, folding and trimming in one pass. Both the DC-445 and DBM-150/T can be used independently and the system can be built retrospectively.

The firm said the 150Cr, which is available with immediate effect for around $36,018, is designed

European Sign Expo to host workshops

European Sign Expo 2016 to be held between 8th-11th March in RAI Amsterdam, The Nether- lands will host seminars, workshops and live demonstrations to provide visitors with insights into industry trends and best practice, as well as emphasise user examples and impart business advice.

Highlights include: Unlocking the Power of Social, presented by Paul Sackmann, Social Marketing & Community Coordinator EMEA at Hootsuite Media Inc. For sign-makers wanting to know more about the use of

Zund to display latest products

Zund has announced that it will exhibit their latest ‘high-performance, versatile’ digital cutting solutions for commercial printers and other print service providers at Fespa Digital 2016.  One of the highlights is the new collaborative robot being shown as part of an S3 M-800 fully automated cutting configuration. 

The integrated robotic off-load system automatically picks up cut parts from the machine and stacks them at predefined locations. The robot is designed to operate autonomously in

Durst launches its new Alpha series textile printers

Durst has launched a new series of multi-pass textile printers, aimed at the digital production of home textiles and fashion.

   The Alpha series is available in two widths; the 1.9m-wide Alpha 190, for fashion applications, and the 3.3m-wide Alpha 330, for decor textile applications.

The machines can be configured with up to eight colours (CMYK plus special colours, dependent on ink type) and 64 Alpha-S printheads that achieve a native resolution of 600dpi and a print speed of 460m/hr

Flint launches introduces Premo Film SXS/2, water-based inks

Flint Group has  introduced VOC-free water-based inks for printing on film - Premo Film SXS/2 for the flexible packaging market in EMEA.

According to Thomas Strohe, commercial product director for the Flexible Packaging EMEA, commented, “Premo Film SXS/2 is a prime example of the continuous improvement    of our wide product range. Thanks to the close   cooperation with our customers and raw material suppliers, important aspects of            the product could be       

Epson to introduce new LFP’s at SGI 2016

Epson will launch its new Large Format Printers (LFP) in signage and dye sublimation series at SGI 2016 in Dubai.

Speaking about the Epson participation, Walid Abdulmoti, marketing manager, Epson Europe B.V., said, “We are very excited about our participation at SGI. During the show, we will be launching our new of LFP’s in signage and dye sublimation series. The new printers can improve productivity, streamline workflow and reduce costs with the new series. Now available in the GCC markets

Inca Digital launches modular Onset X series

Inca Digital has launched the new Inca Onset X series of wide-format flatbed UV inkjet printers. The Onset X series comprises three models: the X1, X2 and X3.

Each Onset X series printer is based on a new common scalable architecture platform that features a larger 25-zone vacuum table and UV control system, to eliminate masking, as well as a carriage that can incorporate up to 14 ink channels.

Inca said this enables printers to configure their Onset X for the combination of productivity

Azonprinter reveals A1 machine for thick materials

Azonprinter has launched what it calls an “evolutionary” new-generation A1 UV LED machine that can print on materials up to 100mm thick.  The Mason has a maximum printing area of 590x700mm with specially designed bulk ink tanks with ink monitoring sensor to increase printing capacity.

    Azonprinter said that each of the six bulk ink tanks holds 500ml and is easy to handle, and that out-of-box installation provides safety and the ability to refill tanks from ink bottles to reduce running

EFI launches four new machines

EFI will launch its first EFI Reggiani printer after revealing three new Vutek machines at a show recently. The company said the ReNoir Next is a more affordable version of Reggiani’s ReNoir, aimed at entry-level buyers.

It uses the same ink as the flagship machine and has a 1.8m-wide beltless digital printing system with a speed of up to 200sqm per hour.

EFI vice-president of sales, EMEA operations Paul Cripps said the new machine would retail at less than €200,000, adding that it was “a

Kodak reports $21m Q3 net loss and revenue decline

Eastman Kodak Company reported a net loss of $21m  and a decline in overall sales in Q3, but remains positive after seeing significant growth in a number of key product lines.

Overall sales were down 21% to $446m in the period to 30th September. Kodak said the decline was in large part due to the adverse impact of currency exchange, as well as expected declines in revenues from legacy consumer inkjet printer cartridge sales.

Also noted was a one-time gain of $52m from patent licenses in Q3

Sign Istanbul event ended with big hope for the next edition

SIGN Istanbul, Eurasia’s biggest advertising and digital printing technologies trade fair set new records for levels of industry participation. Taking place from 10-13 September 2015, this 17th edition of SIGN Istanbul attracted 438 exhibiting companies coming from 30 countries other than Turkey in the fields of Digital Printing, Textile Printing, Sign Technology, Visual Communication, LED Technologies, Industrial and 3D Printing and was attended by 21,009 local and foreign sector

Spandex ups vehicle wrapping range

Spandex, the signmaking and digital display supplier, has extended its product portfolio to include a new “shade-shifting” car wrap.

Oracal 970 Premium Shift Effect Cast film boasts what the company calls a “unique shade-shifting effect” where the colour changes depending on the viewing angle.

The Oracal 970 Premium Shift Effect cast is a multi-layered, high-performance cast PVC film  developed for complete car wraps. It cost under $30.8 per linear meter, said Watson.

Suitable for use on

Canon releases its 1st, 100 ppm colour printer - C10000VP

Canon has added a new top-of-the-range model to its imagePress cut-sheet colour digital printer family that prints at 100ppm.

The imagePress C10000VP ships from October and was seen for the first time in Europe at Canon Expo in Paris.

It is the firm’s first 100ppm colour print engine. The fastest imagePress in the range up until now printed at 80ppm.

The C10000VP is targeted at commercial printers and inplant printing departments. It prints in CMYK at full rated speed on uncoated stock

Pitney Bowes targets short-run printers with AcceleJet

Pitney Bowes has launched the AcceleJet, a new roll to cut-sheet print and finishing colour inkjet system aimed at transactional printers handling short to medium-length runs.

The manufacturer said print and mail firms that generate 4 million to 10 million transactional or direct-mail printing impressions per month can use AcceleJet to form part of an end-to-end white paper factory operation.

The machine enables users to start every job from rolls of white paper, which eliminates the need

HP to showcase new printers at Gitex

HP has announced that they will be unveiling new range of IA printers for home and small businesses during Gitex Shopper taking place between 3rd-10th October at the Dubai World Trade Center.

Among the new products to be launched are - Deskjet Ink Advantage 4535 all in one printer for web connected mobile printing from smartphones and tablets; the DeskJet Ink Advantage 5575 for printing photos; the Deskjet Ink Advantage 3635 e-all-in-one printer for photo and document wireless printing

Nilpeter to launch DP-3 UV, a new integrated digital inkjet press

Nilpeter will launch a new integrated digital inkjet label press at Labelexpo 2015 in September, designed for fast makereadies and quick turnarounds.

The firm’s Panorama product line, including the five-colour DP-3 UV inkjet unit, uses UV inkjet and workflow technology developed by Screen and a Nilpeter integrated finishing line.

Nilpeter said the DP-3 UV is “highly productive” and produces a variety of label jobs in short-to-medium run lengths with minimum wastage.

The manufacturer has

Agfa upbeat about Q2 results, sales boosted

Sales at Agfa’s Graphics division have been boosted by the new wide-format inkjet products launched earlier this year.

In the three months to 30 June sales at the group’s Graphics wing grew by 2.9% to $394m.

Agfa said that its new inkjet products launched at Fespa in May, including the Jeti Mira and Jeti Tauro wide-format printers and Acorta cutting table, had helped lift sales.

However, the firm also said that stiff competition in the CTP plates market coupled with raw material price

HP shows new laser printers

HP recently announced the launch of a new series of LaserJet printers with their new toner cartridges. According to HP, the  LaserJets use up to 53% less energy, take up to 40% less space and wake up, print and duplex in a fraction of the time.

“Business customers are looking for smart, affordable solutions that seamlessly integrate into today’s smaller, more communal work spaces” said Mathew Thomas, GM of HP Middle East’s Printing and Personal Systems. “We started with the customer and

Xerox launches first five colour iGen5 with expanded features

Xerox has launched its latest digital production colour cutsheet press, the iGen5, which features an expanded colour gamut with an optional fifth colour.

The machine is the first in the iGen range to offer a fifth colour option alongside CMYK. The optional fifth colours are orange, green or blue dry ink.

Xerox iGen worldwide product marketing manager Paul Miller said: “These dramatically increase our ability to match a variety of Pantone stock colours. This helps with brand consistency and

Heidelberg new Digital Portfolio at Open House

Heidelberg displayed its new and expanded digital portfolio at a recent open house held at its North American Print and Packaging Technology Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. The themed open house was the latest in a series of marketing events aimed at creating more opportunities for 1:1 engagement with customers.

Those in attendance walked through equipment and workflow demonstrations, attended guided technology overviews, and participated in a lively and informative Q&A focused on

Flint launches low migration UV inks for food packaging

Flint Group has announced the launch of Flexocure Ancora 50 – low migration UV flexo inks for food labels and certain flexible packaging applications.

Guillaume Clement - vice president Global Narrow Web for Flint Group said: “With the introduction of Flexocure Ancora 50, we are expanding our portfolio of dedicated inks to suit the growing world of short run label and packaging applications. This ink series is specially designed to support converters who print labels for the food segment

Mimaki doubles its production and targets 3D market

As it celebrates 40 years in business Mimaki is doubling production with a new 84,000sqm factory in Japan.

“We will be able to produce your products even if you order twice as much as you do now. We commit to invest over 7% of our annual turnover,” he said at the Mimaki birthday party earlier this week. 

Mimaki Japan chairman Akira Ikeda said Mimaki already had a UV desktop printer, the UJF-3042, that could print in 3D using additive technology and the company plans to test the market over

New ‘batch’ technique to speed up colour measurement

A new colour measurement device could dramatically reduce the time taken to check output and create profiles.  The Rapid Spectro Cube is a joint development between German RIP and colour management specialist ColorGate and Spanish colour consultancy ColorInLab. It was shown as a prototype at  Fespa show in Cologne.

Instead of measuring colour patches on a square-by-square basis, it captures an entire colour chart “in seconds”.

“The big difference is it can measure batches. It takes the same

Mutoh introduces 3 new printers - the ValueJet series at Fespa

Wide-format machinery manufacturer Mutoh will unveil three new printers at next month’s Fespa 2015 exhibition.

The ValueJet 405GT, a desktop direct-to-garment printer, the ValueJet 1628X, a 1.6m-wide eight-channel Eco Ultra printer with white and metallic inks, and the ValueJet 1938WX, a 1.9m-wide dye-sublimation printer debuted at the event.

The ValueJet 405GT is the manufacturer’s first desktop direct-to-garment printer. The five-colour (CMYK and white) engine has been specifically

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