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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 number of other papermakers about what a potential joint venture might look like to drive improved ` efficiency in our paper business.”

Sutherland described the talks as “complex but also constructive.”

De La Rue made 10,000 tonnes of paper at its

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

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

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

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

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    The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

    3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

    3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to converge on this regional platform to showcase their solutions, analyze the benefits and discuss the opportunities in the Middle East. It also provided the opportunity for a listen- in to first-hand experience from industry leaders, connect solutions for overcoming challenges in the field, and enhance the brand and  business portfolio. 

     Steffan Ritt, VP-head of global marketing and communications, SLM Solutions Group commented:  “Since, this is the first kind of event in this region, it has attracted less number of visitors. However, the visitors and participants were more positive. Overall, the show went fairly well for us but we would have been happier if the organizers promoted the event well in advance.”  SLM Solutions were one among the gold sponsors of the event.

    Most of visitors commented that these kinds of exhibitions and conference should be encouraged to create more awareness about the 3D printing in this region.