Heidelberg shows Omnifire industrial uses at show

Heidelberg is demonstrating the ways its Omnifire 4D printing system can be used by the automotive industry at the IAA 2017 motor show in Frankfurt.
The manufacturer is presenting as a technology partner at the event and showing how objects, such as instrument bezels, ventilation nozzles and alloy rims can be custom decorated or embellished using the Omnifire.
The overall design, which can be immediately viewed on a tablet or in virtual reality, is then optimised for colour printing. Haptic effects can also be added to the surfaces of the components.
Heidelberg said visitors can see trim components being printed live and learn about how the company’s 4D printing technology can provide a quick and easy way to realise individual designs in

Xerox positive on outlook

Xerox is “on track” to deliver on its objectives for 2017 after taking a number of measures to strengthen its financial position. Announcing the group’s third-quarter results, chief executive Jeff Jacobson said: “These are sound results that position us for continued improvement in Q4 and into 2018.”
The rate of revenue decline “modestly improved”, said chief financial officer Bill Osbourn. “Currency has been a headwind for some time, but we are beginning to see some improvement,” he added.

De la Rue has scored something of a coup

De la Rue has scored something of a coup after securing a share of the polymer supply deal for the Bank of England’s new £20 note. The Bank of England will require more than 5bn polymer £20 notes to be printed over the next decade.  De La Rue chief executive Martin Sutherland said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the Bank of England to supply polymer substrate for the new £20 notes in addition to our existing work designing and printing the notes. “This new contract is an important

‘Printed electronics opportunity’

Kodak’s Brad Kruchten has described printed electronics as the “the next frontier for print” and believes commercial printers should be able to move into this evolving market.
Kruchten is president of Kodak’s Print Systems division, its largest operation encompassing printing plates, CTP systems, NexPress and Digimaster electrophotographic digital printing, and equipment service. He said that while printing businesses have traditionally been engaged in printing for “visual purposes” – such as

Konica Minolta revealed solid Q2 trading as its software business readies for launch

Konica Minolta revealed solid Q2 trading as its software business readies for launch. For the three months ended 30 September, it reported sales of ¥488.1 billion ($4.28 billion), an increase of 5.7%. Pre-tax profit rose 9% on last year to ¥19 billion. By segment, sales in its Office arm rose 4% year on year to ¥146.5 billion. In Europe, its strategy for recovery paid off with both A3 colour models and total A3 sales volumes exceeding last year. Trading of A3 color models remained solid in the