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EFI boosts portfolio with first textile software acquisition

EFI has boosted its textile portfolio with the acquisition of 2D/3D fashion design and prototyping software developer Optitex.

EFI said that Optitex’s portfolio of products, which are essentially used to shorten the time from apparel design to manufacture, was a solid fit with Reggiani – the Italian manufacturer of industrial textile printers it bought last year.

Gabriel Matsliach, senior vice-president and general manager from the EFI Productivity Software said: “Optitex technology

Clickar first to launch augmented reality web-to-print

Spanish-based Clickar is showed its new Lala print product at Drupa, which it says is the first web-to-print programme with augmented reality.

While it has been working with augmented reality concepts for eight years, the new web-to-print programme allows users to scan images with their phone or iPad and have them sent directly to a print shop for printing and see the finished product before it is printed.

Clickar US partner Jose Marti said: “Clickar brand has sold 600 licenses worldwide

Kodak, PerfectPattern announce partnership

Kodak and PerfectPattern have announced a partnership to provide ‘advanced workflow capabilities’ for commercial and packaging customers. 

The companies will collaborate to deliver workflow functionality focused on productivity that will streamline operations for Kodak’s Prinergy Workflow customers to any professional printing organization world-wide

One of the first capabilities in joint development is a cloud-based sheet optimization functionality for PSP’s. 

“The Unified Workflow

HP launches three new Latex printers at Drupa this year

HP launches three new HP Latex printers at Drupa, to fill in gaps in its portfolio.

The 1.6m-wide 560 and 570 will be 30%-50% faster than the existing 360 model, while the 3.25m-wide 1500 will have most of the features of the top-of-the-range 3100 and 3500 models but for an entry-level customer.

HP global business director large-format graphics division Joan Perez Pericot said: “What we’re doing is completing the portfolio which some customers request. In the low volume-market we see more

De La Rue looks at joint ventures for its banknote paper business

De La Rue is talking to other papermakers about a potential joint venture for its banknote paper business.

The security printing giant has already turned to partnerships with other specialists to flex its print capacity, and outsourced the production of more than 500m banknotes in its last year. 

Chief executive Martin Sutherland said: “We think there’s more we can do with our paper business to fundamentally improve the prospects of this business going forward. 

“We are in talks with a

Steinemann exhibits new products at show

Steinemann displayed their new varnishing machines for narrower sheet formats at Drupa 2016.   Steinemann  has launched the dmax 76c as an entry-level model for sheet sizes up to 76 x 76 cm and with a capacity of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. By Speed Upgrade, the capacity can later be boosted to  10,000 sheets per hour, as demanded in industrial applications.

Among the options for the larger dmax models are a roller-type unit for full-flood varnishing with standard varnishes, offering

GMG enhances software

GMG has announced the release of its multichannel profiling software GMG OpenColor 2.0.4 that can create separation profiles which can be exported to other applications. Users can benefit from GMG OpenColor ability to predict overprints.

GMG OpenColor has received the PIA InterTech Technology Award, FTA Technical Innovation Award and a Technical Innovation commendation from the European Rotogravure Association.

OpenColor 2.0.4 can be used within GMG Color-Server, Adobe Photo-shop, and

Agfa improves its Tauro output with extra automation

Agfa is launching a new stacker for its 2.5m-wide flatbed Jeti Tauro at Drupa.

The device works with the ABF semi-automatic feeder launched at SGIA in September to create a ¾ automation line-up.

The feeder moves up to four boards to the Jeti Tauro, launched along with the Jeti Mira at Fespa in 2015,  for printing in a measured manner, allowing an operator to go fetch more and the stacker automates the other end of the process.

The stacker can be configured with up to 12 suction cups to

Roland DG adds heavy-duty VersaUV flatbed to range

Roland DG has launched a new heavy-duty addition to its VersaUV flatbed line, the VersaUV LEJ-640FT, which features extra inks.

The six-colour printer- CMYK plus white and gloss  is larger than the VersaUV LEF-300, released in January and can print on flexible or rigid substrates or objects up to 150mm in height, - 50mm more than the LEF-300 - and 100kg in weight, the company said.

The LEJ-640FT has a 1,606x2,490mm print area and is therefore suitable for a range of companies offering printed

Avery launches over laminate films

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions is claiming to be the first company to market a coloured cast overlaminate film designed specifically for vehicle wraps. The new transparent coloured overlaminates for the Conform Chrome series are available in orange, green & purple. The new overlaminates were launched in the UK this month, expanding the range of colours that can be achieved using Conform Chrome from five to 20 colours in total.

Applicators can use unaltered Conform Chrome colours and

World premiere of the ‘Fire’

Heidelberg and Gallus introduce a standardized family name for the entire digital printing portfolio: Gallus DCS 340 becomes Gallus Labelfire 340.

As of drupa 16, Heidelberg will be repeating its approach with the Speedmaster series by presenting its entire digital printing offering under a standardized family name, the “Fire” product line. While the Heidelberg Speedmaster range predominantly stands for maintaining the competitiveness of a print shop’s core business for commercial and

Xerox makes sheetfed inkjet move with Brenva HD press

Xerox has set a competitive price point for its new B3-plus format sheetfed press, the Brenva.

The manufacturer confirmed that the Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press would be launched at Drupa.

It is its first product to combine technology from Xerox’s existing toner-based production printers with know-how from its Impika inkjet subsidiary.

“We refreshed all of our top-end cut-sheet portfolio in past 18 months and we are still very committed to that market space. Winning in cut-sheet is

Durst unveils its first 5m dye-sub printer at Fespa Digital

Durst used Fespa Digital as the launchpad for the world’s first 5m-wide dye-sublimation printer for the seamless production of soft-signage and fabrics.

The 9x3.5m, 7.5-tonne Rhotex 500 is taking centre stage on the Italian manufacturer’s stand at the show, where it will be running a wide-variety of live applications.

The 500 has a maximum speed of 310m2/hr in high speed mode, which reduces to 125m2/hr in two-pass production mode and 100m2/hr in high quality mode. It uses Durst’s Quadro S

Ricoh signals wide-format ambitions

Ricoh has used its Fespa debut to signal its intent to become a serious player in the wide-format sector.

The firm is showing, for the first time, the latest version of its Ricoh Pro L4100 series printers running its new aqueous resin latex inks.

The six-colour plus white, roll-to-roll 4100 is an OEM version of the Mimaki JVX400 LX series, but is now fitted with the Ricoh variable drop piezo printhead technology and a new latex inkset, developed exclusively by Ricoh. The cold-cure inkset

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