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Heidelberg investing in digital postpress operations with takeover of MBO Group

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is taking over the international MBO Group in a bid to further expand its offerings in the growing market of postpress operations for digitally printed products. The move will also see the company gain access to new customers in the pharmaceutical industry and add mailing system offerings to its offset portfolio.
This decision highlights the company’s strategic focus on consistently aligning its portfolio and new business model with the growth segments

Konica Minolta announces the release of Digital Designer’s Guide

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta) has announced the release of its new Extreme Digital Designer’s Guide, to be revealed at Konica Minolta Canada’s cocktail event during this month’s Print18 conference in Chicago, Illinois.

The Guide showcases a range of digital printing applications, including texturized foil and varnish printing, various paper stock and substrate printing applications, embossed labels and invitations, authenticated holographic digital printing

Canon introduces imagePROGRAF TM Series with eight models

Canon has launched the new imagePROGRAF TM Series of large format inkjet printers for customers producing CAD, GIS and poster applications. The new printers address the needs of customers in the corporate, construction and engineering, retail, education and government sectors, enabling them to produce high quality drawings, maps and posters on demand, in-house.
The new printers are built on the proven technology of the large format imagePROGRAF TX Series, which has been very successful in the

Morgana unveils OEM rotary die-cutter

Morgana Systems’ own-branded rotary die-cutter, the Morgana RDC, is now available to market to help digital printers diversify offerings.
Priced around £60,000, depending on configuration, the RDC has been introduced to Morgana’s portfolio to replace the Nagel DFC system the supplier had previously sold in the same market position.
Unveiled initially at the supplier’s Taking Print Further event in March, it was officially launched to market on 22 August as a complement to the Valiani range of

Duplo poised for hat-trick of launches

Duplo will debut at least three new finishing machines next month, including a new cutter-creaser, a binder and an upgrade to the iSaddle stitcher.
Duplo will be exhibiting at The Print Show in September, at which it will officially unveil the new iSaddle X, an upgrade to the iSaddle first introduced at Drupa 2012. The new model expands on its predecessor’s automation and intelligence, with increased versatility across format sizes and additional capabilities for data integrity.
Also new will be

Watkiss launches bookletmaker to target A4 landscape market

Watkiss Automation’s new hand-fed bookletmaker, the PowerSquare 160-WH, has been launched to target the A4 landscape market.
Available as of end- July, the new machine is priced at £25,000 and serves as a lower-cost, mid-range alternative to its higher-volume sibling, the 224, for shorter runs. An inline version is also due for all mid-range colour digital printers in the next couple of months.
First unveiled at Drupa 2016, the PSQ160-WH has automatic setup and carries out all aspects of the

Arrow Systems unveils Eco 300

The Arrow Eco 300 finishing unit is a tabletop blade finisher that can die-cut up to 38.1cm (15 inches) wide. The system features its own cutting software, as well as inline matrix removal.
Shaan Patel of Arrow Systems, Inc said, “We believe this system has a place in the digital market as it fills a need for a low-cost alternative to the blade and laser finishers we offer. The compact design allows it to be used with any roll-to-roll digital printer, and it can also be used for pre-press

Screen introduces new series of eight-page platesetters

Screen has launched a new series of eight-page thermal CTP systems.
Commercially available with immediate effect, the PlateRite 8600NII series platesetters are equipped with high-output fibre laser diode exposure heads, which Screen said enable productivity of up to 32 plates per hour as well as energy savings and “superior cost performance”.
The mid-range models will complement the manufacturer’s flagship PlateRite 8900HDN models, which can image up to 70 plates per hour.
The fibre laser diode

manroland web systems and Goss International complete merger

manroland web systems and Goss International (“Goss”), both long-time web offset printing manufacturers and service providers, announce that they have completed the transaction to combine their businesses. The new company will operate under the brand name “manroland Goss web systems”.

manroland Goss web systems will concentrate on four main business areas: System Solutions, in highly automated press and post-press equipment including pre-owned offerings, press relocations; Engineered

Siegwerk launches webshop for sheet-fed products

Siegwerk has opened a webshop for its Tempo and Sicura color series for sheet-fed offset printing.
The new e-commerce platform is targeted specifically at new customers. Large print shops, and especially customers with low volume requirements, can take advantage of the company’s products and services online.
The new webshop offers customers an uncomplicated and efficient way to order the sheet-fed offset inks and coatings they need from the company around the clock. With a catchy product

MPS develops training courses for engineers

MPS has developed new training courses exclusively for operators and engineers. They’re developed to improve flexo operating skills, share current developments in the printing industry, and increase press productivity. The 3-day programs for operators and 5-day programs for engineers will be held at the MPS Technology & Expertise Centre in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Marc-Jan Goossink, manager after sales, commented: “Ongoing training and education of operators and engineers is a crucial

Epson’s new Hirooka factory

Seiko Epson Corporation has completed construction work on a new factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri, Japan, that started in the autumn of 2016.
The new factory will be used to produce PrecisionCore print chips, a core component of Epson’s most advanced PrecisionCore inkjet printheads. The new factory, which will begin operations in the 2018 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2019), will triple current PrecisionCore print chip production capacity.
Under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, Epson is

Mimaki unveils Tiger-1800B MkII in two models

Mimaki USA has announced the availability of the new Tiger-1800B MkII. Developed from its predecessor, the Tiger-1800B, this digital textile printer offers a higher print resolution and several enhancements to improve quality, including reduction of banding and other printing defects.
The Tiger-1800B MkII printer is available in two models: The direct-to-textile model and the transfer sublimation model. With a maximum print speed of 4,144 SqFt/Hr for both models, this printer can cover a wide

Ricoh launches digital postcard tool

Ricoh has launched an innovative digital postcard tool to help those affected by dementia, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, stay connected through personalised images.
The tool, which makes use of Ricoh’s proprietary technology and production workflow expertise, sits at the heart of the company’s Printed Memories programme in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research, Europe’s leading dementia research charity.
Javier Diez-Aguirre, vice president, corporate marketing, CSR &

Mimaki expands its UCJV300 series of wide-format Inkjet printers

Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced the availability of its newly developed UCJV300-75, UCJV300-107 and UCJV300-130 wide-format inkjet printers – smaller footprint models with the same operational features of the OEM’s larger UCJV300-160. The new UCJV300 printers deliver a huge range of applications and versatility with four-layer and five-layer printing capabilities. Their integrated cut functionality enables volume production of

Mark Andy gets Brandtjen

Mark Andy acquired Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of print finishing equipment for foil stamping, diecutting, folding and gluing, and UV coating.
The acquisition builds on the Mark Andy corporate vision of driving profitability in pressrooms worldwide through a strategy to be the Total Solutions Partner. Kluge provides customers a full life cycle solution for offline finishing with OEM parts and consumables, high quality services, and innovative equipment.
With a rich history

Bobst holds open house with focus on e-commerce & digital

Bobst has held an open house at its HQ in Switzerland, showcasing its technologies in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. Solutions to issues such as the need for shorter runs, greater versatility, e-commerce were addressed.
Bobst recently entered into digital printing where some companies are established since years. “The reality of digital is that it will grow in printing and Bobst is looking at new ways to conceive digital printing solutions challenging the

Flint Group introduces VIVO ColourPortal & VIVO ColourCloud

VIVO ColourPortal provides a fast, structured, and professional communication interface between the customer and the Flint Group Global Colour Centre (GCC). The GCC delivers a centralised colour service supporting a comprehensive range of colour related requests. Services range from individual colour matching and DigiSwatch creation, to group wide, multi-site, colour mapping and private colour cloud management projects. VIVO ColourPortal is how 21st century customers communicate with colour

KBA partners with huber

Koenig & Bauer and hubergroup have formed a strategic global partnership to offer joint users conventional sheet-fed offset inks bearing the ‘Recommended by Koenig & Bauer’ quality seal. These are made available from the hubergroup sales network.
Rapida users applying hubergroup inks will benefit from Koenig & Bauer’s experience with these inks. Both partners will continue to evaluate and optimize this package to meet changing market requirements and process standardization.
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HP unveils large format photo printers

HP Inc., unveiled its new DesignJet Z Printer series at FESPA Global Print Expo to showcase innovative large-format technologies offering amazing image quality and fast, simple output for print service providers (PSPs), retailers and creators to deliver beautiful photos, impactful graphics and technical applications.
“The new DesignJet Z Printer series radically enhances the customer experience and reinvents printing possibilities for both professional photo and signage to ignite business growth

OKI Europe launches Pro9 Envelope Print System

OKI Europe Ltd unveils Pro9 Envelope Print System which is expected to enable print shops and print houses to take advantage of evolving trends in direct marketing.

According to company spokesperson, "The Envelope System provides users of OKI’s Pro9 series Graphic Arts printers with the scope to differentiate their business on two counts. First it enables short runs of variable data envelope printing in less time than it takes to produce printing plates and ink up a press and without any

Fujifilm launches super-wide Acuity Ultra platform

Fujifilm announces the European launch of a new super-wide format platform called the Acuity Ultra, with its first showcase being held at Fujifilm stand D50, Hall 2.2 at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin in May. Representing the culmination of an extensive market research to understand the needs of super-wide format producers today and the challenges they will face tomorrow. This latest addition to the Fujifilm Acuity range is unlike anything currently available on the market. It forms

Roland DG to present eco solvent print & cut solutions live at Fespa

Roland DG Corporation will present live ‘print & cut without compromise’ demonstrations on its award-winning TrueVIS eco-solvent printer/cutter range at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 on booth B20, hall 2.2.
Paul Willems, head of business development and product management, at Roland DG EMEA states: “TrueVIS is the culmination of Roland’s expertise in integrated print and cut, delivering ‘real life’ benefits to users in terms of cost-efficiency, quality, versatility and productivity. Our goal

Baldwin buys QuadTech

Baldwin Technology has signed a deal to buy the intellectual property rights to Quad/Graphics’ advanced Digital Ink System.
Baldwin Vision Systems already owns the rights to the Digital Ink System technology used in newspaper and commercial printing markets. The new agreement gives Baldwin ownership of new developments underway for future applications of the technology.
“We are very enthusiastic about the possibilities this new agreement can bring to us, and our customers,” said Brent Becker

Gold sponsor OKI Europe to share its large format printing expertise at FESPA 2018

OKI Europe Ltd will be exhibiting its award winning Large Format printers at FESPA 2018, stand 3.1 - A22. The supplier of printers and printing solutions for ‘print for profit’ businesses will be showcasing a range of diverse indoor and outdoor applications at the event taking place in Berlin, 15-18th May.

Visitors to the show can experience for themselves the ColorPainter M-64s which was recently awarded the Outstanding "Enhanced" CMYK Eco-solvent/Latex 54"/64" Printer Pick Award 2018 by

OKI Europe to showcase Envelope Print System at FESPA 2018

OKI Europe Ltd announced that it will place a primary focus on the creative potential that can be achieved with its innovative printing technologies at FESPA 2018. Held in Berlin, Germany, between the 15th and 18th of May, the FESPA Global Print Expo will see OKI showcase its new Pro9000 Series Envelope Print System, which makes short-run envelope printing both viable and profitable.
“Direct Marketing Association research has revealed that consumers find direct mail more personal and trustworthy

Mutoh unveils UV-LED flatbed printer ‘PerformanceJet 2508UF’

Mutoh Industries Ltd. recently announced the new “PerformanceJet 2508UF”, Mutoh’s first true 4’x8’ UV-LED flatbed printer, will soon be released to the industrial printing market. Prior to the formal launch, the “PJ-2508UF” will be exhibited at the ISA (International Sign Association) Sign Expo 2018.
The company spokesperson, commented, “The PJ-2508UF is the latest performance model in flatbed printing with field upgradable head configurations of up to 8 sets. 4 sets of staggered print heads are

Duplo Corporation buys European operation in a deal

Japanese post-press equipment manufacturer Duplo Corporation has bought Duplo International, parent of Duplo UK and Duplo France and master distributor for the Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia region. The deal was completed on 28 February.
Duplo International chairman and chief executive chairman Robin Greenhalgh said the deal came about largely because his two older brothers and fellow shareholders Philip and Alan Greenhalgh were looking to retire. As a result, the Greenhalgh family

Roland DGA unveils the Laser Foil Decorator

Roland DGA announced the launch of the world’s first laser foil decorator – the DGSHAPE LD-80.
“The personalization market in the Middle East has been in the surge for the past few years. The LD-80 is in line with our drive to expand the personalization market for our customers and this product will set new trends in the Middle East personalization market. The METAZA series have for a long time addressed this segment and the LD-80 is a natural expansion of this range,” Karthik Murugesan from

swissQprint at ISA Sign Expo

At the ISA Sign Expo 2018, swissQprint demonstrated that the possibilities of UV digital printing exceed common expectations. swissQprint large-format printers cover a variety of applications in flatbed and roll to roll printing. Visitors at ISA Sign Expo 2018 were shown that a single swissQprint device has the capacity of an entire machinery pool.
Among other features, swissQprint offers the so-called tandem print mode. It enables non-stop printing of larger series by alternately working on the