Heidelberg’s digital press Versafire EP launched

Heidelberg is introducing its new Versafire EP digital press, which the company says is a four-colour press with technology geared towards stable, efficient, and reliable production. It will be available in Europe from June, with other markets to follow soon afterwards.
Heidelberg says the press is based on the Versafire CP and has been systematically enhanced for the needs of customers in the graphics industry. The company says users will see consistent colour stability from the first sheet to

Lintec has unveiled scratch-resistant anti-glare film

Lintec has unveiled a hard-coated, scratch-resistant anti-glare film. Featuring exterior durability and optimum see-through vision, the AR-2200UH film has been designed specifically for premium retail applications and was be displayed on the Lintec Europe stand at FESPA. Andy Voss, managing director of Lintec Europe, says: “An increased awareness of sustainability and the environment is leading companies to re-evaluate their business practices and ensure their products are more eco-friendly

Zuhal Ofset is one of 2017 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award winners

Zuhal Ofset is one of 2017 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award winners. According to company spokesperson, “Zuhal Ofset was selected as a winner because of several factors. First, their use of Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates places them at the leading edge among printers in Turkey who are committed to reducing their environmental footprint. Second, in addition to reducing environmental impact with Sonora Process Free Plates, the company has taken many steps over the past few years to run a more

Avery Dennison announced the launch of three new colours

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced the launch of three new colours, a new finish and a larger width for the Conform Chrome Series of vehicle wrapping film. The new vinyl films, intended for accent wraps, are available in 53” width, and they include violet, rose gold and matte silver. “The Conform Chrome Series allows wrap installers to bring their designs to the next level with sharp, eye-popping chrome accents and details, and the new colours give them even more potential design

Drupa global trends for 2018

According to research and analysis by the drupa team, inkjet is being applied successfully in most markets and all regions globally; the more specialist the market, the higher the growth rate.
The cost of inks remains an issue, but for those investing in inkjet, service support is the key criteria followed by overall cost considerations.
The 5th Global Trends Report, published at the end of April, is well established as a unique annual survey of the state of print in all markets across the world

Agfa has announced immediate plate price rises of up to 10%

Agfa has announced immediate plate price rises of up to 10% due to rocketing aluminium costs. Agfa Graphics, president, Stefaan Vanhooren has described the increases as “exceptional” but said that corresponding uplift in the value of scrap aluminium should help mitigate the move. Aluminium makes up the majority of the costs involved in producing metal printing plates. According to the London Metal Exchange, the price per tonne is currently up by nearly 16%, to $2,265 (£1,700), compared with

Avery Dennison opens coating line

Avery Dennison has inaugurated a new high-speed emulsion and hotmelt coating line at its Kunshan facility in Jiangsu province, China.
The new coating line, C11, incorporates the most advanced process technology as well as emulsion and hotmelt coating functionality. This makes it one of the most automated and most efficient pressure-sensitive adhesive coating lines in the industry. C11 is expected to significantly expand Avery Dennison’s production capacity in China.
And, by optimizing both

Bobst has launched the connected label press

Bobst has launched the connected label press, M1 IoT, as the drive to incorporate the Internet of Things (IOT) technology is high in the industry. The capability to access in real time from remote devices, a constant stream of data relating to the manufacturing process and workflow, brings countless advantages to operational profitability and the quality of the output. Matteo Cardinotti, head of product line narrow and mid-web multi-process and converting Product Line and Managing Director of

Xaar has appointed a former Danaher executive as its new chief customer officer

Xaar has appointed a former Danaher executive as its new chief customer officer. Stephen McLintock has joined the Cambridge-headquartered inkjet developer in what chief executive Doug Edwards described as a “pivotal role” for the company. McLintock began his career as a mechanical engineer at DuPont, before moving to Danaher where he spent nearly 20 years in a variety of increasingly senior roles, culminating in the role of vice president for strategic accounts. Danaher owns a host of

Xerox board appeals court order

Xerox’s board has launched an appeal against the court order that put a temporary bar on its proposed sale to Fujifilm, in a move that has provoked further outrage from shareholders Darwin Deason & Carl Icahn.
In the latest turn of events surrounding the planned deal with Fujifilm, Xerox has now disputed the court ruling that stated that the Xerox board had breached their fiduciary duties when approving the transaction.
“To the contrary, the Xerox board unanimously authorised the transaction

Kodak expands Global Literacy Program

Kodak is creating a volunteer printer network that will produce thousands of children’s books and school supplies in 2018 to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations, using sustainable Kodak printing products, such as Kodak Sonora process free plates.

"It’s wonderful to see printers signing up across the globe to participate in Kodak’s Print for Good program," said Richard Rindo, general manager sales, print systems division, vice president, Eastman Kodak. ‘Participating

Sistrade software eases estimation process

A successful estimating depends on a number of important details. It is necessary to take into account the complexity of each production stage before offering the estimation. Sistrade’s label industry software allows you to do it in simple steps.

1 General estimate data

Estimate header includes all the customer data, the corresponding CRM information, product and quantity information and estimate request’s generic details. Once this information is entered, the user can elaborate an estimate

ABN Amro Participaties acquires MPS Group

ABN Amro Participaties (AAP) has reached an agreement to acquire MPS Group, parent company to MPS Systems, from majority shareholder Braver Investments, Oost NL and the founders of MPS.

AAP is the independently managed private equity business of ABN Amro. With a focus on investments in Dutch companies and known for its long-term commitment to investee companies. Funds are fully and solely committed by ABN Amro.

Headquartered in The Netherlands, MPS is a provider of narrow and mid web printing

Mimaki demonstrates complete digital textile printing ecosystem at FESPA 2018

Mimaki, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, demonstrates the Rimslow Series, a complete, end-to-end digital textile and apparel printing ecosystem at FESPA 2018, which is happening between 15 to 18 May in Berlin. Mimaki is located in Stand 1.2-D20/D30 at the show. The ability to acquire a complete system from a single supplier makes it easier for businesses to enter the digital textile and apparel printing market, and for existing textile and apparel businesses to

EFI introduces next generation hybrid at Fespa

EFI is using Fespa for the global launch of a new high-volume roll-to-roll/flatbed hybrid platform that it says is all about “faster, better, cheaper”.

The new Vutek h range consists of the h3, which has three rows of 7pl greyscale printheads and the h5, which has five. The h3 is field upgradable to the h5 configuration.

The 3.2m-wide series, which has been in development for 18 months, joins the established GS and LX3 series of hybrids, which were launched eight years ago and have notched up

HP reveals new Latex and DesignJets at Fespa

HP has debuted new printers for both its Latex and DesignJet families at Fespa.

The 2.5m-wide Latex R2000 hyrid production printer is HP's first hybrid to use Latex technology and will be commercially available from June. It is designed to print at a lower temperature in order to allow for a wider choice of media, and a fluid overcoat has been added to the inks for improved scratch resistance.

The R2000 debuts HP’s Latex White ink, designed as a "true, glossy white" that maintains its colour

Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 on display at FESPA 2018

Epson and its subsidiaries For.Tex. and Fratelli Robustelli, displayed the new Monna Lisa Evo Tre 16 at FESPA 2018, the largest global exhibition for large format printing. It is a further expansion of the Monna Lisa range. This digital printer was designed by the engineering company F.lli Robustelli and boasts the latest innovative and exclusive proprietary printing technology, Epson PrecisionCore which is considered the standard for high-quality digital printing in the industrial textile

Agfa Graphics unveils Hybrid Jeti Tauro H3300 LED at Fespa 2018

For Fespa 2018, Agfa Graphics makes a move with an immersive booth concept that uses virtual reality and interactive sensory experiences to introduce its next-generation inkjet printing solutions. The Agfa Graphics booth will feature a large array of printed samples that illustrate what print service providers can achieve with Agfa Graphics’ technology: Extreme Productivity. Extreme Quality.

At the same time, Agfa Graphics launches its latest UV LED inkjet hybrid workhorse: the Jeti Tauro

Mutoh unveiled its first wide-format flatbed printer at FESPA

Mutoh has unveiled its first wide-format flatbed printer and the latest addition to its range of LED-UV printers at Fespa.

The manufacturer used the show, which took place at Messe Berlin, Germany and hosted the official European launches of both its PerformanceJet 2508UF, a 1.25x2.54m flatbed LED-UV printer, and the ValueJet 1638UR, a 1.62m-wide dual-head, dual-lamp LED-UV roll-to-roll printer.

The PerformanceJet 2508UF features a moving gantry that incorporates two LED-UV lamps and four

ColorJet unveils seven-colour Vulcan roll-to-roll at Fespa

ColorJet India has unveiled its latest machine, the seven-colour Vulcan UV roll-to-roll printer, to the European market at Fespa in Berlin.

With prices starting at £85,000, the machine comes in three models - the 3.2m entry-level 3201 with seven Kyocera printheads, the 3.2m high-end 3202 with 14 printheads and the 5m 5002. Its Electro Static Absorber System (ESAS) absorbs static electricity from media, and is designed to improve productivity.

Having already registered interest from some

Heidelberg to offer best training for winners

As part of the global alliance WorldSkills International, one of the central tasks of WorldSkills Germany is to hold national professional competitions and to provide the best possible training for the winners for the “World Championships of Professions”. With this in mind, there are 20 state and federal performance centers for the different professional fields throughout Germany. The new center in Wiesloch-Walldorf is the only one in Germany for the field of print media technology. With its

Avery Dennison recognized eight pressure-sensitive industry suppliers

Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials recognized eight pressure-sensitive industry suppliers during the company’s fifth annual supplier recognition ceremony, held on March 12-13 in Oegstgeest, Netherlands. Winners were selected based on their performance in areas such as sustainability, innovation, service, and quality. “Our suppliers play a key role in our mission to deliver value to our customers,” said Roland Simon, global V.P. procurement & corporate sustainability, label and

Memjet and Canon have entered into partnership

Memjet and Canon have entered into a long-term, global agreement to cross-license their patents around key segments and applications.  Terms of the agreement remain confidential. “We are excited and pleased with our agreement with Canon, which validates the value of our technology,” said Len Lauer, CEO of Memjet. “This agreement showcases the breadth and strength of our intellectual property portfolio of patents.  We will continue to focus on our leadership position in the single pass digital

James Cropper showcased its packaging expertise in Luxe Pack Shanghai

James Cropper showcased its packaging expertise to the Chinese market at this year’s Luxe Pack Shanghai, which took place on 11 and 12 April 2018. In addition to its paper ranges, James Cropper showcased its CupCycling technology, which takes used disposable cups and gives them another lease of life, transforming them into fine papers. Maurice Tsang, regional manager for Asia at James Cropper, said: “Luxe Pack Shanghai presents the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate the crucial role of

Esko released WebCenter 18

Esko as released WebCenter 18, described as a major new release of its packaging management system that streamlines and speeds up the packaging development workflow by delivering extra features that give brand owners and converters more control and visibility of their packaging pre-production specification, approval and project life cycle. Esko noted that when CMO Council asked packaging professionals how long it takes to make a packaging change. They reported that changes take an average of

Sun Chemical to unveil new inks

Sun Chemical will debut new products in its graphics, industrial and digital textiles portfolios when it returns to Fespa next month.
Streamline UML, Sun Chemical’s latest ink series for wide-format, will be demonstrated live on a Mutoh printer, while Sonata DTR500, an ink developed for Ricoh Gen 5 printheads, and SunMotion, which the company said is “a viable alternative to backlit signage and LCD displays”, will also be presented on the company’s stand.
“As one of the world’s leading suppliers

Sign China expects more visitors

SIGN CHINA will again be staged at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China during 19 to 21 September, 2018. SIGN CHINA has been attracting overseas buyers as well as local buyers from over 110 countries/regions for 12 consecutive years.
Sign China spokesperson, commented, “As demand for booth space at this year’s show has been spectacular, most of the industry’s leading companies have confirmed to attend the show. The 3-day exhibition will expect around 1,200 exhibitors to attend this

Xeikon Café continues year on year growth

Xeikon Café continues year on year growth. A record number of 830 unique visitors attended the four-day event, which had an international scope with attendees from 40 different countries – mainly Europe, Asia and Australia as American packaging and label printers are invited to the Xeikon Café North America that takes place between May 15-17 in Itasca, Illinois. The organization also announced that next year’s Xeikon Café event has been confirmed and will run again in Belgium from March 26

KBA's “Ready for the next step!”

Koenig & Bauer under the motto “Ready for the next step!”, invited trade professionals to its Radebeul facility in the second half of March to learn more about the benefits of rotary die-cutting on the Rapida RDC 106 in packaging, label and commercial production. During the course of each one-day workshop, up to 20 participants were able to test the claims made about the innovative rotary die-cutter for themselves and gained a first-hand impression of its performance capabilities. During

TheMagicTouch to supply printer

TheMagicTouch will supply Ricoh’s new RI 100 direct-to-garment printer in the UK, with commercial availability starting at the end of April.  The entry-level system is said to be suitable for creative entrepreneurs starting a garment printing business or those wanting to add a new profitable product line to their existing offering.
     The Ri 100 enables users to print on demand promotional and personalised items including t-shirts, cloth bags, cushion covers and sweatshirts. The device can