Fujifilm’s Illumina retrofitable LED UV curing system to make a debut

Fujifilm’s Illumina retrofitable LED UV curing system will make its European debut at Labelexpo 2017.  Illumina comprises a  new LED UV curing lamp system that incorporates patented and patent pending technology that is designed to operate with a completely new flexo ink system called Fujifilm 300 Series. Combined, Illumina and 300 Series inks bring the benefits of low energy LED UV curing to traditional flexo presses through a  simple conversion process. The compact design of the Illumina unit

Baldwin Technology Company to acquire Ahlbrandt System

Baldwin Technology Company has announced that it will acquire Ahlbrandt System, once it gets German government approval, with a target closing date of September 30, 2017.  “I am very excited that Ahlbrandt is joining the Baldwin team,” said Holger Bätz, MD of Ahlbrandt. “Not only is our expertise in developing and producing top-quality equipment and systems a nice complement to Baldwin’s broad product portfolio, I am confident that Ahlbrandt’s talent and passion for innovation in surface

Smithers Pira forecasts functional print growth

Smithers Pira forecasts functional and Industrial printing market to grow to $114.8 billion by 2022.
Industrial and functional printing applications are all seeing growth with sectors including décor and laminates; ceramics; electronics, including displays and photovoltaics; glass; aerospace and automotive; biomedical; promotional and miscellaneous items; 3D printing; and inkjet printed textiles. All of these are printed by a variety of specialist analogue methods and inkjet. In ‘The Future of

Fespa launches its new website

Print service providers (PSPs) who are not located in one of FESPA’s 37 association countries can now join FESPA as a direct member, with the launch of its new website -Fespa Direct.
So far, PSPs outside an existing FESPA association country have not been able to avail of the benefits of being a member of FESPA. Sean Holt, general secretary, FESPA said: “Over the years we’ve had requests from PSPs, who are not located in FESPA’s existing association countries, to be part of FESPA, so we are

RemaxWorld to attract more visitors

RemaxWorld Expo to attract more first time visitors to their show. The number of visitor pre-registrations to attend RemaxWorld Expo is 33% higher when compared to the same time last year. First-time visitors account for 45.12% percent of the total pre-registrations.
According to the organizer, Recycling Times Media s(RT Media) more than 15,000 visitors are expected to gather for what will again be the largest print consumables trade show in the world on October 12 to 14 in Zhuhai, China.

Global affairs magazine and brand Monocle has launched a new newspaper

Global affairs magazine and brand Monocle has launched a new newspaper, the Monocle Summer Weekly, with the first of four issues hitting newsstands on 10th August. The 48pp Berliner-format newspaper will be available in airports, resorts, global Monocle shops and on newsstands in a number of cities across Europe. Also speaking on Today, The Guardian’s head of media Jane Martinson said the launch didn’t necessarily mark a resurgence for print.

Landa Digital Printing has shipped its first press

Landa Digital Printing has shipped its first press, hailing the event with the words “printing will never be the same again”. The firm’s press is a straight printing B1 format sheetfed S10 Nanographic model, which prints at 6,500sph. A field upgrade to the 13,000sph high-speed version will be a future option. The Landa S10 is the firm’s first digital press. Landa initially launched its Nanographic presses at Drupa 2012 to much fanfare, but a fundamental redesign followed that resulted in the

Quark Software receives award at 32nd annual SIIA CODiE Awards

Quark Software for content automation, announced recently that Quark Enterprise Solutions has been named the best Multi-Channel Publishing Platform or Service of 2017 in the 32nd annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The CODiE Award category for best Multi-Channel Publishing Platform recognizes the best solution for disseminating multiple forms of content (e.g. text, video, data, etc.), through multiple channels (e.g. web, mobile, print, broadcast etc.).  At Quark we power multi-channel publishing with

Heidelberg receives two InterTech Technology Awards

Heidelberg has received 2 InterTech Technology Awards for its Prinect Press Center XL 2 and Gallus Labelfire 340.  “The InterTech Awards are an important acknowledgment underlining Heidelberg’s leading position in both digital printing technology as well as the digitization of the entire print shop operation,” says Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Business and Services. Both products were presented for the first time at last year’s drupa.  According to

Antalis launches E-Photo papers

Antalis has launched its new E-Photo range of papers, which it says will “revolutionise the vividness and quality of photo-based printed products”. The new high-end range was launched in the first week of August and is intended to take advantage of the growing trend for digitally printed photobooks.
It has been in the main designed for HP Indigo and Xeikon systems and is also compatible with dry toner and laser technologies, with Antalis saying this will provide general commercial printers with

Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 is booked for the next two years

The order book for Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 is full for the next two years, as the first beta machine goes into production.  Delivering the announcement upon publication of its 2017/18 Q1 results, a spokesperson for Heidelberg did not disclose how many orders the firm had received for the Drupa launched B1 sheetfed inkjet press, which was jointly developed with Fujifilm, but said that a number of machines would be in production by the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year.  The spokesperson said

Screen Truepress Jet520HD, SC Inks and 520 NX were awarded

Screen Truepress Jet520HD, SC Inks and 520 NX were awarded ‘Must See ‘Ems’ at PRINT 17. Chosen as two of the 44 selections by a panel of industry experts, Screen’s technologies stand among the  advances in 11 print production categories, winning honours in the category of Pressroom: Digital Presses.  “We are happy to be chosen for our contributions to the printing industry”, said Ken Ingram, Screen’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We strive to be in the forefront of technological

Nilpeter will premier its FA flexo press at LabelExpo

Nilpeter will premier its all new FA flexo press, and one of their newly upgraded digital PANORAMA Hybrid press at LabelExpo Europe 2017.  According to Nilpeter, the new FA allows printers to enhance the performance and capability of their press with Value-Adding Units as well as Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget.  The Danish press manufacturer has also made major enhancements, including a re-design of the PANORAMA’s converting and flexo printing

Shares in EFI crashed

Shares in EFI crashed after the manufacturer announced it was reviewing its internal financial controls and examining the way some sales of wide-format systems had been invoiced. The review means that EFI has postponed the release of its Q2 financial results.  In a statement, EFI said: ”The assessment is related to certain transactions where a customer signed a sales contract for one or more large-format printers and was invoiced, and the printer(s) were stored at a third-party in-transit

Kodak records further fall in Q2 revenue 2017

Kodak has recorded a further fall in revenue for Q2 2017, while reporting an improvement in Prosper annuities and Sonora plate volumes.
In its Q2 results for the year to 30 June 2017, the group recorded an overall sales decline of 10% on the same period last year, from $423m  to $381m, while net profit fell from $8m to $4m.
Operational EBITDA before corporate costs for the quarter fell 18%, from $44m to $36m, while the group ended the quarter with a decreased cash balance of $370m, reflecting

Polar exhibits automated system

Polar has announced that it will showcase its automated LabelSystem DC-11plus die-cutting system for wet-glue label production, with the  capacity of cutting up to 1,440 label packs per hour.  It is the first presentation of POLAR with its cooperation partner Gallus.
According to Polar, the system 1,440 packs can be manufactured with minimum staff in one hour. The operator is supported by a menu-driven setup which reduces the required time and a job changeover is possible within  15 minutes due

Sistrade’s first International Users’ Conference

Sistrade organized the 1st International conference for current partners and users of Sistrade, which took place at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Porto on the 6th of July. This international conference was attended by 135 participants of 18 nationalities.
Sistrade has promoted its first users’ conference aiming to create an interchange of technologies, processes and knowledge between companies. During the conference, Sistrade promoted two exchange formats, one through the presentations, where several

Manroland web store launches Market-X

The Manroland web store   supplies over a thousand web offset customers with spare and wear parts as well as authorized consumables. From this month. the online shop has expanded and become Market-X trading platform.  Numerous suppliers from the printing industry are going to sell their products through the manroland web store.
“We are very happy to welcome considerable players from the printing industry. Together with a range of selected pilot customers we are at the testing phase at the

Kodak to showcase solutions at LabelExpo

At Labelexpo Europe 2017 (September 25 to 28, 2017, Brussels Expo, Belgium), Kodak will present to attendees industry-leading flexo, inkjet and software technologies and solutions for label and packaging printing. Through partnerships and collaboration with forward-looking printers, pre-press providers, brand owners and equipment suppliers, Kodak is well positioned for growth in this segment.
Concurrent with Labelexpo, Kodak will officially open a new Flexo Packaging Technology Center in

Onyx Graphics has released a new “business intelligence” product,

Software developer Onyx Graphics has released a new “business intelligence” product, the newest addition to the Onyx SiteSolutions family.  Onyx Hub software is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses with multiple sites and/or multiple fleets and enables business owners and production managers to gather detailed information about how their businesses are working. The product, which can be installed on any mobile, laptop or desktop device can access historic, real-time and trend data from all

Domino has announced the release of a new digital printer

Domino Digital Printing Solutions has announced the release of a new digital printer incorporating a white ink module. The K600i White, which only prints white ink, is available for purchase now but will be launched at Labelexpo, Brussels, taking place from 25 to 28 September, along with updates to its DFEv2.0 workflow solution. Domino said it is targeted at printers looking for a digital alternative to screen printing, and that it offers instantaneous job change, minimum maintenance and

Xaar anticipates sales boost in H2 of 2017

Xaar anticipates sales boost in H2 of 2017. Half-year sales at Xaar will be down on 2016, but the group is expecting a more buoyant second half of the year. “As stated in March, revenue will be more second half weighted than usual with growth anticipated from recently introduced new products,” the group said. It also reaffirmed its joint development agreement with Xerox for bulk piezo printheads, first revealed in January. Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards described the partnership as “a

Cost-cutting bears fruit for GMG

After the first stage of its three-year cost-cutting programme the Guardian Media Group (GMG) has driven down losses by a third and seen revenue and membership gains.
In its financial results for the 12 months to 2 April 2017, GMG, publisher of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and, recorded an EBITDA loss of £44.7m, down 35% from a loss of £68.7m in 2015/16.
“Despite the challenging market conditions faced by all news organisations around the world, our three-year strategy

H B Fuller has asked customers to discuss their labelling challenges

Adhesives company H B Fuller has asked brewing and beverage customers to discuss their labelling challenges at Drinktec 2017 – and discover how H.B. Fuller’s technology can help their labelling reuqirements. “With so much global expertise on tap, and with a comprehensive and flexible range, we can offer our customers many adhesive options,” says Crjstians Porcheddu, End-of-Line Packaging and Labeling business manager at H.B. Fuller. “Competition within this industry is fierce, and we believe

The AFPA has released its June 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report

The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the June 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in June compared to June 2016. All four printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in June. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent from May 2017.  Shipments of coated free

Avery Dennison has announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge

Avery Dennison has announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge will run from July 1 through September 15, 2017. This year’s Challenge will feature a new Continent Wrap King title, to be awarded between the announcement of Regional Wrap Kings and the crowning of the “King of the Wrap World.” Due to increasing global interest in 2017, Avery Dennison is adding Mainland China, Japan and South Korea, while dividing Europe into four distinct regions.  Wrap installers from 53

Print4All at Milano to attract visitors

Key players of the printing and communication industries will gather on 12 and 13 September, at Fiera Milano, for Print4All Conference. It will be the community event of national and international importance, where the excellences of the entire industry will come face to face, including brand owners, communication agencies, large scale retail trade, and influencers.
The two-day event in September will examine and focus on the ‘customer journey’, the metaphoric journey from pre-sale and

HP commits $20 m to educate 100 m by 2025

HP has announced that it will commit $20 million in technology, training, R&D and funding contributions to enable better learning outcomes for more than 100 million people between 2015-2025 through programs like HP Life, HP World on Wheels and HP Learning Studios. HP has said that it is working with governments and policymakers to better map learning to employment.  
The announcement was made at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, which falls on the eve of the G20 Summit

Heidelberg's ‘sustainable profitability’ hailed

Heidelberg has announced improved annual results after posting its best Q4 performance for nine years.
The press manufacturer saw slight increases in sales and a larger increase in net profits after tax in a year that saw it bring in a new chief executive and announce a digital revamp.
A spokesman for Heidelberg confirmed that Q4 2016/17 was Heidelberg’s best Q4 performance since 2008 based on revenue and profit, after sales rose just shy of 20% on the same quarter last year, from €710m to €845m

Kodak wins the EDP Award 2017

Kodak wins the EDP Award 2017 for the KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press. Kodak has won the EDP Award 2017 for the best product in the “Cutsheet printer color up to B3 >200,000 A4/month” category with its KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press. This digital production press, which was publicly premiered at drupa 2016, was entered by Kodak in the race for the EDP Awards in the main category ‘Commercial Printing’. The awards were presented by the EDP Association