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Mimaki virtual event on COVID-19 and the print industry

Mimaki Europe is set to host Mimaki Live Series – a free live-stream virtual event held in three parts, to be run in collaboration with its partners to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the print industry and how businesses can reactivate.

The webinar schedule and themes are as follows: Tuesday, 30 June – Sign Graphics; Tuesday, 14 July – Textile and Apparel; Thursday, 27 August – Industrial Products.

These sessions will be live-streamed simultaneously via Mimaki's GoTo Webinar platform

Kodak launches innovations across digital and offset portfolio

Kodak recently announced a new inkjet press and an enhanced portfolio of offset and digital solutions.

Among the new launches is Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press. According to the company, the new press builds on the features of Kodak Prosper 6000 Press and takes inkjet to the next level, delivering offset-like quality at a "consistent production speed of 150 mpm/500 FPM on glossy papers with high ink coverage and variable print — all at the industry’s lowest cost of operation".

"The new press

Speculation over Flint Group sale

Flint Group could be put up for sale by its US owners, according to a Reuters report.

The Luxemburg-headquartered business is the world’s second-largest printing ink manufacturer, after Sun Chemical.

Reuters reported that Flint was in the process of refinancing with an “extend and amend” deal for its €1.7bn (£1.5bn) liabilities.

Like many other industry manufacturers and suppliers, the firm’s sales and profits have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year Flint Group had sale of

Supporting social distancing within organizations and businesses with free media and artwork

A few months ago, we never would have imagined that social distancing would become an essential part of daily life. However, the requirement to keep a safe distance away from others when out in public is now at the forefront of our minds, when we step out of the front door to embark on a daily exercise, make an essential journey or head to the nearest shop to stock up on groceries. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends keeping at least one metre

Konica Minolta ships its 500th AL

Konica Minolta has marked an important milestone by shipping the 500th AccurioLabel series press since its launch four years ago.

“Konica Minolta entered the digital label press market in 2016 and quickly hit the milestone of 500 units sold,” said Toshitaka Uemura, general manager of industrial print business unit, professional print business headquarters at Konica Minolta. “We drove the growth of the overall digital label press market by creating a new mid-range digital label press. Last

Aggressive sales stance to continue

Langley Holdings chairman Tony Langley has instructed the team at Manroland Sheetfed to continue with its “gloves off” sales initiative after the business secured a big jump in incoming orders.

Although sales at the press manufacturing operation fell by 21.7% to €203.5m last year, orders on hand more than doubled – from €27.4m to €61.2m – after Langley gave the business permission to respond in kind to aggressive pricing from competitors. Manroland Sheetfed will unveil “its latest offering to

Gallus open day educates participants about embellishments and other developments

More than 130 visitors came to Gallus Open Day event, which took place on 6th February 2020 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The two printing systems Gallus Labelmaster and Labelfire were demonstrated live at the Print Media Center Label. In the Knowledge Forum printing experts talked about the latest developments regarding low migration as well as digital white applications.

Visitors were able to see the state-of-the-art label production as well as the latest Labelexpo highlights:

• Gallus

EFI CEO Jacobson tells industry to ‘lift itself up’

EFI CEO Jeff Jacobson used his inaugural Connect user conference opening keynote to ask the sector to do more to “lift itself up… because there’s a lot of growth in this great industry”.

He said that his “break from industry” between leaving Xerox in May 2018 and returning, initially as EFI executive chairman and then as CEO, had given him a great perspective and the ability to reflect on the opportunities in print. “It’s what this conference is all about, it’s about connecting, it’s about

International Paper lauded by Fortune

International Paper was again named by Fortune magazine as one of the “worlds most admired companies.”

International Paper has earned this recognition in seventeen of the last eighteen years based on its scores in the categories such as – ability to attract and retain talented people; quality of management; social responsibility to the community and the environment; innovativeness; quality of products or services; wise use of corporate assets; financial soundness; long-term investment value

Tough 3rd quarter hits Heidelberg forecasts

Heidelberg has cut its sales and profit forecasts for the full year for the second time after a “persistently difficult market environment” hit the firm’s Q3 results.

Shares in the manufacturer tumbled from €1.07 to €0.98 on the announcement, but subsequently recovered slightly to €1.02. (52-week high: €2.13, low: €0.84).

The firm said that sales and incoming orders for the first nine months of its financial year were “stable”, but Q3 results – in the period from 1 October to 31 December –

Kodak posts financial revenue of $315 million in third quarter

Kodak in November reported financial results for the third quarter 2019, including a net loss of $5mn on revenues of $315mn and growth in key print and film product areas.

The report highlighted – GAAP net loss of $5mn for the quarter ending in September 2019, compared to GAAP net earnings of $19mn for the quarter ending in September 2018; revenues for Q3 2019 of $315mn compared to revenues for Q3 2018 of $329mn; and, operational EBITDA for the quarter of $14mn compared to operational EBITDA

Heidelberg set to revamp its CX 75 and XL 75 speedmasters - PrintWeek MEA

Heidelberg is relaunching its B2 range of speedmasters with an ergonomic redesign engineered for user-friendliness and reduced operator workloads.

According to the company’s statement, the CX 75 and the industrial-level XL 75 will both be relaunched in this month, with a new ‘gallery concept’ carried over from the Speedmaster XL 106, allowing operators to move more efficiently across the presses’ gantries and eliminate fatigue, taking advantage of the larger working space between

Heidelberg gets new CFO: Marcus A. Wassenberg

The supervisory board of Heidelberg has appointed Marcus A. Wassenberg (52) as ordinary member of the management board and chief financial officer.

Wassenberg succeeds Dirk Kaliebe, who, as previously announced, will leave the company at his own request at the end of September and will be available for an orderly transition.

"We are very pleased to have gained Marcus Wassenberg as a leader with many years of leadership competence in the financial sector. With his experience in the mechanical

Kodak to partner with China's HuaGuang

Kodak recently announced that it reached an agreement with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics Co. Ltd to establish a strategic relationship in China, including Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan. With this partnership, Kodak seeks to increase the adoption of its Sonora plates in China.

"The Kodak/HuaGuang relationship will comprise an agreement for Kodak to sell its offset printing plates facility in Xiamen, China to HuaGuang. Under this supply agreement, HuaGuang will help Kodak fulfill its existing

Study: Printed signage market value is $43bn

Smithers Pira’s latest market report ‘The Future of Printed Signage in an Electronic World to 2024’ shows a nip to $43.30 billion in 2019 in constant price terms.

The global market for printed signage in 2018 was valued at $43.34bn.  The printed signage market slightly declined by 0.3% year-on-year since 2014.

It is now forecast to recover value in the next five years when growth of 0.2% CAGR will see the market reach a value of $43.73bn in 2024.

There are number of key trends covered in this

Green award for Avery Dennison

An innovation from Avery Dennison that enables closed-loop PET recycling has won this year’s Finat Recycling and Sustainability award.

The CleanFlake portfolio enables production of high-quality recycled PET (rPET) from post-consumer bottles while maintaining visual impact and food contact approval. The portfolio is further reducing environmental impact by using recycled PET liner material.

Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager EMEA, said: “Finat is an important organization

Heidelberg makes its subs option modular

Heidelberg is now offering a more modular way for customers to use its subscription package and expects its “digital eco system” for printing industry services to eventually outstrip traditional machinery sales.

‘Johnny’ Gutenberg.Heidelberg CEO says: “There is no alternative to the ‘Heidelberg goes digital!’ strategy.”

At a recent analyst and investor conference, Heidelberg reaffirmed its financial performance in 2018/19 and cautious outlook for 2019/20, due to headwinds such as trade disputes

News in brief

Ricoh recently declared Michael Chen of Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida, as the winner of the 15th annual Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA) presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Chen stood out for his sun-powered moisture-extraction device. For his winning invention, “A Novel Method to Alleviate the Water Crisis in Uganda,” he has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship. In its 15th consecutive year, the RSDA continues to encourage innovation from

Stora Enso to convert mill to packaging plant

Stora Enso is investing around €350 million to convert its Oulu paper mill in Finland to packaging production.

The investment includes converting paper machine 7 into virgin-fiber-based kraftliner production, and the closure of paper machine 6 and sheeting plant. Production on the converted machine is estimated to start by the end of 2020.

“The conversion this mill will enable Stora Enso to improve its position in the growing packaging business and take a major step forward in its transformation

News in brief

Fespa Global Print Expo will return to Munich in 2021 following next year’s Spanish sojourn. Set to take over Messe Munich from 18-21 May 2021, the exhibition will be returning to the Bavarian capital only two years after this year’s edition. Fespa 2020 is set to take place in Madrid from 24-27 March, relocated from Germany and brought forward in the calendar to avoid a clash with Drupa, which will take place in June next year.

Tradeprint’s departing business development manager and former owner

News in brief

Color-Logic has certified swissQprint UV inkjet printers with white for use with the Color-Logic metallic process. Discussing the printer certification, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves, said: “The certification samples submitted by swissQprint accurately demonstrated all of the Color-Logic decorative effects and embellishments. swissQprint printers also have the ability to add a varnish to prints, thus greatly increasing the value to clients. The Color-Logic colour

Fuji Xerox eyes sales expansion

Fuji Xerox has partnered with two Myanmar agents to expand sales of printers and multi-function copy machines as well as provide consulting and solutions in the country.

The Japanese company said that it has agreed on the local distribution of its products and services with Dagon Win Win Co, a firm under diversified business group Dagon Group of Companies, and Direct Channel Distribution Co, under major information and communication technology group KMD.

Dagon Win Win, a trader in a wide range of

HP reinvents dye-sub by launching HP Stitch

HP will make its first-ever moves into the textiles printing market by launching two machines in its new Stitch S series of dye-sublimation printers, with a third on the way for Fespa.

The 1.6m-wide Stitch S300 and S500 printers will be available from June after being debuted at the ISA 2019 convention in Las Vegas, US, from 24 April.
HP said the Stitch S300 had been designed for ease-of-use and is intended for entry-level or minimal-use markets. It comes with HP’s Ergosoft RIP, HP transfer paper

Sequana refutes illicit movements

Sequana has denied allegations made by lawyers representing employees at Arjowiggins’ Papiers Couchés and Le Bourray operations that accused the group of moving around €20m (£17.3m) illicitly.

A number of French news outlets have reported on the contents of the letter sent by the lawyers to Sequana chief executive Pascal Lebard on 8 April.
It called into question the management of the Arjowiggins case, which on 29 March resulted in the liquidation of the Papiers Couchés site in Bessé-sur-Braye

Canon adds new imagePress family

Canon is preparing its new imagePress C910 series of light production digital printers for market after unveiling them at an event in the Netherlands.

The new series succeeds the C850 family and has been developed for print service providers looking to provide extended applications with reliable media handling at higher productivity. They were first shown to attendees at the Cutting Edge showcase in Venlo, Holland, on 9-11 April.

The family consists of three models differentiated by their speed

EFI eyes next stage of evolution after sale

EFI is poised to be acquired by a US private equity firm in a deal that values the wide-format kit manufacturer and productivity software developer at $1.7bn.

The proposed all-cash purchase by an acquisition vehicle of Siris Capital Group was confirmed on 15 April and once completed EFI will delist from Nasdaq.

Speaking to PrintWeek, EFI chief executive Bill Muir said: “In many different ways it’s an endorsement of the great company that has been built through the years and the potential it

Screen appoints new president

Screen Europe is pleased to announce the appointment of Akihiro Fujii as its new president, taking over from Takanori Kakita who has been promoted to the position of president of the Graphic Arts Company and will now be based at the head office in Kyoto, Japan.

Takanori Kakita has been at the helm in Amstelveen, Netherlands for the last four years and under his stewardship Screen Europe has gone from strength-to-strength. During that time the company has experienced growth in all areas of its

HP makes first moves into textiles with dye-sub launch

HP will make its first-ever moves into the textiles printing market by launching two machines in its new Stitch S series of dye-sublimation printers, with a third on the way for Fespa.The 1.6m-wide Stitch S300 and S500 printers will be available from June after being debuted at the ISA 2019 convention in Las Vegas, US, from today (24 April).

HP said the Stitch S300 had been designed for ease-of-use and is intended for entry-level or minimal-use markets. It comes with HP’s Ergosoft RIP, HP

OKI Europe launches new C800 Series of ultra-compact A3 colour printers

OKI Europe has announced the launch of its new C800 Series of ultra-compact A3 colour printers that produces professional results in-house for every type of business. With a focus on delivering value for organisations that typically outsource print jobs, the C800 Series has been developed to handle any print job large or small, quickly and cost effectively.

Featuring OKI’s pioneering digital LED technology, the C800 Series can handle an unrivalled range of media in HD colour, from pre-cut

Koenig & Bauer now sets €1.5bn sales goal

Koenig & Bauer has said that orders for new presses have “largely shrugged off the effects of recent political and economical developments”, as the group posted its highest EBIT figure in more than 200 years of trading.
The Germany headquartered press manufacturer had been held back by issues around the availability of parts last year, particularly at its largest unit the Sheetfed division, where sales slipped by 2% to €647.4m, but despite this also having a dampening effect on new business