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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

Gandy Digital launches new UV flatbed and UV ink at Fespa

Wide-format equipment manufacturer Gandy Digital launched its Pred8tor+ high-adhesion UV ink and a new UV flatbed printer at Fespa 2015 exhibition in Cologne.

The manufacturer said the ink will enable increased productivity and the production of a wide range of durable and profitable indoor and outdoor large-format applications.

The ink, which is suitable for flat and rollable signage and graphics printed onto acrylic and corrugated plastic, is said to minimise print cracking caused by

EFI adds new version Enterprise Model in latest DSF release

EFI has unveiled the latest version of its Digital Storefront web-to-print software, which includes a new Enterprise Model to enable printers to better support clients such as franchise owners.

The Enterprise Model allows printers to subdivide a client’s single Digital Storefront licence into different interfaces to serve multiple franchises or subsidiaries within the client’s organisation.

Other new features in version 8 of EFI’s web-to-print software include a marketplace where printers

Soyang Europe launches its first rigid substrate, other products

Soyang Europe has announced two new wide-format substrates, including its first rigid board as well as a latex, solvent and UV printable magnetic wallcovering system.

The company, which recently launched its own range of textiles for wide- and grand-format printing, will launch rigid print and design board Sealwise and printable magnetic wallcovering So-Netic soon.

Sealwise is manufactured in Germany from 100% recyclable uPVC. It is available in 2,440x1,220mm and 3,050x1,500mm sheet sizes

Canon announces the new Océ ColorWave digital printers

Canon has launched two new high-performance wide-format printers recently.

The two new devices, the Océ ColorWave 500 and the Océ ColorWave 700, offer instant-dry and water-resistant prints on roll-based media. They will be available in both printer-only and multi-function versions.

Canon is pitching the ColorWave 500 at companies producing computer-aided design (CAD); architecture, engineering and construction (AEC); and geographical information system (GIS) applications. The system comes

HP unveils High Definition Nozzle Architecture for Inkjet Web Presses

HP has announced new High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology for its Inkjet Web Presses.

The HDNA printhead doubles the native print resolution of current HP inkjet printheads to 1,200dpi, delivered by 2,400 nozzles per inch, up from the 1200 nozzles per inch on HP’s current technology.

HP said the new heads would increase speeds in Performance Mode up to 244m/min or up to 122m/min in the new Quality Mode, with a native resolution of 1,200dpi.

It also claimed that the new

Nilpeter to showcase UV-Flexo at Gulf Print

Nilpeter Middle East plans to talk about latest UV-Flexo presses FB-3 and FA4* at their Gulf Print & Pack stall. Nilpeter ME is the supplier of equipment and solutions to the global label and flexible. 

Talking about the products, Shyam Babu, director of Nilepeter ME, said, “During the event we planned to enlighten the FB-3 and FA4* UV flexo presses from Nilpeter. The FB-3 offers the highest level of servo automation in its class. It has a dual-axis servo transport system to deliver high

Ibis unveils ‘stretched’ Smart-binder X

Ibis Integrated Bindery Systems has launched a “stretched” version of its Smart-binder in-line digital saddle stitcher designed for high-speed production of low pagination A5 booklets and for tabloid-sized products.

Whereas previous Smart-binders were capable of 2up A5 landscape production, they were limited to 1up A5 portrait, which created a bottleneck when trying to run in-line with modern high-speed digital presses.

Ibis has increased the maximum spine length with the SB-X from 320mm to

Agfa expands wide-format range with OEM cutting table

Agfa Graphics has launched its first wide-format cutting table, the Acorta, following an OEM deal with Italian manufacturer Elitron.

    The Acorta adds finishing to Agfa’s existing wide-format product range of Anapurna and Jeti printers, Asanti workflow suite and A-Sign flexible media for solvent and UV-cured inks.

   Dominiek Arnout, vice-president of Agfa Graphics’ Inkjet business, said: “We are developing an all-integrated approach in which our customers can add an extra in-house

Riso releases new two-colour Digital Duplicating System

Riso has released the company’s latest advance in digital duplicating – the ME9450 Digital Duplicator. This newest model is a fully automatic cut-sheet digital duplicator, producing two-colour documents in a single pass at speeds up to 150 pages per minute. This, said Riso, makes it ideal for high-volume one-colour and two-colour printing.

The ME9450 features advanced workflow capabilities to reduce prepress and make-ready times by up to 50% over many traditional two-colour processes

Major revamp undertaken for Kodak’s global operations

Kodak chief Jeff Clarke is implementing a new business structure. Kodak currently has two overarching business units: Digital Printing and Enterprise headed by Doug Edwards; and Entertainment and Commercial Films, lead by Brad Kruchten.

Clarke’s new structure, which is effective from the new year, replaces these units with five “market-focused” divisions.  The new divisions are: Print Systems (incorporating litho plates and platesetters, electrophotographic digital printing, OEM toner and

Lexmark aggresively looking to seize the Middle East potentials

Lexmark Middle East and Africa, highlighted the need for Middle Eastern organizations to optimize the potential in the vast amount of unstructured information that exists in the form of paper at a press release in Dubai.

Talking about the release Mathias Militzer, general manager said, “the importance of Managed Print Services (MPS) an offering that continues to evolve in the marketplace and Lexmark remains a leader at the forefront of this change. For many years our approach has been ‘Print

Masar to invest in high speed inkjet web press from Kodak

Kodak has reached an agreement in principle to install the Prosper 6000C press at Dubai Media Inc (DMI) premises, the first such installation in Europe, Africa and Middle East region. 

DMI, the largest media group in the Middle East, plans to use the Prosper  for its ‘smart printing services initiative’ in the UAE, which will see the introduction
of reader-customized newspapers and other advanced printing services.

Faisal Bin Haider, executive director of printing and distribution sector

Screen has announced enhanced version of its inkjet web press

Eight years after Screen its first high-speed web-fed inkjet press, the Kyoto-based company announced the next generation of inkjet printing with the launch of the Truepress Jet520HD.

The new Truepress Jet520HD is 520mm wide, and can achieve its highest quality output at 50 m/min with a resolution of 1200x1200dpi while the fastest speed is 120 m/min at a resolution of 600x600dpi.  While the initial machines will be launched as four-colour units, the Truepress Jet520HD has a modular structure

Gallus claims quality, cost USPs with new digital label line

Gallus has described its new Digital Converting System for label production as having “game changing” capabilities compared with rival inkjet label presses.

The DCS 340 hybrid conventional/inkjet press was shown running live for the first time at the Gallus Innovation Days customer event at its Swiss HQ this week. The event was set to be attended by more than 600 customers from around the world.

It marries technology from Gallus, Fujifilm and Gallus owner Heidelberg and has involved a rapid

Fujifilm announces commercial availability of its F1600 printer

Fujifilm  announced the commercial launch of the Vybrant F1600 following its preview at FESPA Digital earlier this year. The Vybrant F1600 is a new 1.6m roll-to-roll large format printer targeted at the sign industry, featuring Fujifilm’s patented FUZE hybrid UV Ink technology. The Vybrant F1600 is a four colour machine with a productivity of up to 18 m2/hour, suitable for printing vinyl or any other flexible material to create indoor or outdoor applications where durability and fast