Bank of England keeps animal fat

The Bank of England will not withdraw the new polymer £5 notes from circulation nor change its production method for the upcoming £10 but will hold a consultation before agreeing production methods for further print runs and for the new £20 note.
In November 2016 the new fiver, which entered circulation in September, was found to contain minute amounts of animal by-product, tallow.
The public backlash from vegans, vegetarians and religious groups, that followed its discovery forced the Bank of

Scientists show rewritable paper

Scientists in the US have developed a light-printable, ink-free rewritable paper that uses nano technology. The Yin Group at the University of California, Dept. of Chemistry is led by Professor Yadong Yin, and specialises in the “synthesis and functionalisation of nanostructured materials”.
Yin’s team has published a research paper detailing their latest findings in the field of high-performance light-printable rewritable paper.
The researchers have developed a new photoreversible colour

Kodak selects eight SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winners

Kodak selects eight SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winners 2016 from across the Globe. The program was first launched in 2014, recognizes customers who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impact through a variety of initiatives and best practices. The 2016 SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award Winners are: Reynolds and Reynolds (US), Informco (Canada), Groupe Estimprim (France), Royalpack (Poland), UVO communication (S.Africa), Ohshaika Printing (Japan), Kava Printing

Dscoop to participate at Ipex

Informa Exhibitions announced that Dscoop, the independent multi-disciplinary community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals, has chosen to participate in IPEX 2017. Rob Fisher, event director of IPEX, said; “We are really excited that Dscoop is on-board with us for 2017. Their broad spectrum approach is complimentary to the vision we have for IPEX; showing print in action; fostering links between creative and print industries, and providing visitors with the opportunity

Kenneth Harry Husler passed away

Kenneth Harry Husler, 95, formerly of West Fairview and Lancaster, PA, passed away of natural causes on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City, PA. Born in West Decatur PA, Kenneth was the son of the late Harry P. Husler and Mary E. (Heberlig) Husler/Railing. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Patricia (Roeser) Husler in January of 2014. Two brothers, Homer V. Husler and Robert B. Husler also preceded him in death. He entered the United States

Polar to offer free gifts on 111th anniversary

Celebrating its 111th anniversary, Polar has recently announced to everyone in a press statment that it will give away various ‘performance-enhancing options’ with new orders booked from February - September 2017. The promotion is limited and applies to deliveries in 2017.
Customers opting for the top-of- the-line model N PRO HD will be given the Compucut software for theirhigh-speed cutters free of charge.  The N PLUS high-speed cutter model has process visualization integrated free-of- charge

Baldwin has acquired Air Motion

Two major players in the UV curing systems industry, Air Motion Systems (AMS) and Baldwin Technology Company are merging their expertise to create the premier provider of UV and LED curing technology across the globe.
Baldwin, a leader in highly reactive UV, LED UV and IR drying systems, has acquired Air Motion Systems leading provider of LED UV curing technology for the graphic arts industry, expanding its position  within the market.  
The new entity of Baldwin, part of the $2 billion

Cimpress has embarked upon a major restructure to decentralise

Cimpress has embarked upon a major restructure to decentralise its operations that will see thousands of jobs devolved into its business units and the departure of a number of senior executives.  The Netherlands-headquartered web-to-print giant announced the changes alongside its Q2 results. Around 3,000 employees that previously worked in central teams will move into its various business units, while some 160 positions – circa 1.6% of the 10,000 workforce worldwide – will go altogether

RadTech has opened a new area on its website

RadTech, The Association for UV&EB Technology, has opened a new area on its website devoted to educating printers about the use of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies. The Radtech UV+EB Resource Guide for Printers is a compilation of more than 50 articles, archived webinars and fact sheets developed by industry experts and specific to the use of UV/EB technology in printing. The guide was developed to better inform new and existing users in the printing

Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with Document Security Systems

Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with Document Security Systems, Inc. (DSS) to cross market and sell one another’s anti-counterfeiting products. The strategic partnership allows Sun Chemical to market and sell DSS’ suite of anti-counterfeiting technologies that include smartphone authentication, hidden images and copy protection. DSS will also market and sell Sun Chemical’s wide range of anti-counterfeiting solutions, including multiple covert taggant-reader systems, special effect

Fespa 2017 to be held in Hamburg

Fespa 2017 campaign message, ‘Dare to Print Different’ strapline is part of the multichannel marketing campaign for the print expo. Slated to be held between 8th to 12th May 2017, at Messe Hamburg, Germany, the show includes three distinct zones devoted to screen, digital wide format and textile printing, encouraging printers and sign-makers to explore the full spectrum of applications including graphics and soft signage, industrial print, garments and promotional items, interior décor, surface

Kodak to incur charges on restructuring

Kodak has announced the streamlining of costs on its Prosper business, which could incur hefty charges of up to $17m as efforts to sell the inkjet operation continue.
Kodak announced in late 2016 that hopes for selling its Prosper business before the close of the year had faded and that discussions with potential buyers would now continue into 2017.
As a result of this latest restructuring decision, Kodak expects to incur charges of between $12m and $17m.
These will include $5m-$7m relating to

H.B. Fuller acquires Wisdom

H.B. Fuller has acquired the industrial adhesives business of Wisdom, a provider of adhesives for the packaging, paper converting and assembly markets. Founded in 1875, Wisdom has been privately owned and operated by five consecutive generations of the Wisdom family.
The acquisition value of 122 million USD is expected to generate annual run rate synergies of approximately six million USD, starting in 2018, which would make the purchase price multiple equal to approximately seven times Wisdom’s

Kornit Digital (KRNT) has received new system orders at Heimtextil 2017

Kornit Digital (KRNT) has received new system orders at Heimtextil 2017, the world’s leading exhibition for home textile design and manufacturing, which took place in Frankfurt, January 10-13. The Company’s booth showcased a live demonstration of the Allegro, utilizing its unique single step, dry process, which led to high customer interest and system orders. The Allegro, which utilizes Kornit’s proprietary NeoPigment printing process, is the only industrial solution that can print with high

FESPA Eurasia 2016 had 8,232 individual visitors

FESPA Eurasia 2016, which took place from 8-11 December 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey had 8,232 individual visitors, with total attendance across the four days reaching 9,774 visits.  There was an increase in International attendance compared with FESPA Eurasia 2015, claimed the organizers.  The top 10 countries attending outside Turkey include: Iran, Bulgaria, Algeria, Greece, Tunisia, Jordan, Ukraine, Iraq, Lebanon and Germany.  For more information on FESPA and its global exhibitions visit

At Heimtextil 2017, SPGPrints presented its digital inkjet technologies

At Heimtextil 2017, SPGPrints presented its digital inkjet technologies for varied home textile applications including the new 3200mm-wide JAVELIN inkjet printer for bedlinen, curtains and upholstery that debuted at the show, and the 700mm-wide PIKE Decor printer, a digital solution for furniture and panel laminate applications.  The JAVELIN printer operates in scanning mode with an array of 36 Fujifilm Dimatix Samba print heads jetting ink in variable drop sizes (2pL-10pL) at resolutions of up

Zünd unveils new routing system

Zünd has launched the new high-performance RM-L routing system for the sign and graphics market.
    The new router option is designed to handle a more challenging range of materials including MDF, acrylic, PVC, Dibond or aluminium. With the exception of carbides and stone the new tool can route, engrave and polish almost any material, according to the manufacturer.
    A key feature of the new RM-L module, which is available immediately, is its powerful, water-cooled spindle with pneumatic

Lucien De Schamphelaere, the founder of Xeikon has died

Lucien De Schamphelaere, the founder of Belgian digital press manufacturer Xeikon, has died aged 85. De Schamphelaere passed away on 20 January.Born in Gijzenzele, Belgium, in 1931, De Schamphelaere graduated as an engineer in electronics and started working in the same year for NV Gevaert, which merged with Agfa in 1964.  De Schamphelaere founded Agfa’s Electronical Imaging Systems department in 1979 and within three years his team had presented its first digital black-and-white printing

Heidelberg launches development centre project

Heidelberg has launched its new development centre project at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site. The ‘innovation hub”, which opens in 2018, will function as Heidelberg’s main R&D operation, with a major focus on digitisation and automation. By 2018, all Heidelberg operations will have been moved over to Wiesloch-Walldorf and total investment   will be around €50m.
The centre is now in its final planning stage and the one-and-a-half-year long building process will begin soon. It is being jointly

SSale of Madison Paper Industries’ announced

UPM-Kymmene  and Northern SC Paper, a subsidiary of the New York Times Company, announced  the sale of Madison Paper Industries’ mill site located in Maine to a joint venture of New Mill Capital Holdings of NY, Perry Videx of Hainesport, NJ and Infinity Asset Solutions of Toronto. The sale is a continuation of the dissolution of the partnership that was announced in March 2016. The hydro power assets located at the mill site are currently being marketed separate of  the above transaction.

Jacky’s will showcase the new Latex 570 wide format printer at SGI

Jacky’s Business Solutions will showcase the new Latex 570 wide format printer at Sign & Graphics Imaging (SGI) 2017.  The water-based latex 570 printer is EPEAT Bronze registered—a designation for reduced environmental impact.11’.  Among the features of the new printer are its ability to load rolls in one minute or less with the spindle less pivot table and automatic skew adjustment, run unattended—print 100-m (328-ft) length SAV rolls with heavy roll support up to 55 kgs (121 lbs), and

Seiko Epson hosted a ceremony

Seiko Epson hosted a ceremony to launch the construction of a new factory at its Hirooka Office in Shiojiri, Japan. The new factory, which is scheduled to begin operations in the first half of the 2018 fiscal year, is part of the company’s mid- to long range strategic plans for its printing solutions (inkjet printer) business. The plant will produce PrecisionCore printheads, the core devices in Epson’s inkjet printers.  Epson will conduct R&D and drive advances in production engineering and

The Supervisory Board of Heidelberg is reorganizing the company’

The Supervisory Board of Heidelberg is reorganizing the company’s management board with the appointment of Rainer Hundsdörfer (59) as the new CEO. “We sincerely thank Gerold Linzbach for successfully turning around the company. Heidelberg is well on track,” says Dr. Siegfried Jaschinski, chairman of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board. “We are delighted to have gained an internationally experienced leadership personality in Rainer Hundsdörfer to drive forward the reorientation of the company. Mr

Fiver firm Innovia now acquired

Innovia Films, the producer of substrate for the controversial polymer £5 note, has been acquired by CCL Industries, in a deal worth around CAN$1.13bn .
Innovia chief executive Mark Robertshaw said: “CCL will be an excellent long-term owner for the employees and customers of Innovia. CCL recognises and values Innovia’s world-leading technology, R&D and differentiation in films and security and sees a high degree of complementarity with CCL’s own capabilities and markets.”
Innovia makes the

Komori chief shares aspirations

Komori president Satoshi Mochida has shares company aspirations for 2017 in a new letter.
Mochida said: “As the outlook of the global economy gets murkier, there is a growing sense of future uncertainty in the business environment surrounding the Company. In this economic and industrial climate, Komori Corporation will nevertheless push forward with its initiatives aimed at achieving transformation, promoting the PESP business approach, expanding the range of its marketing and securing a

Xerox completes separation of Conduent

Xerox has completed the separation of Conduent Incorporated and is now officially divided between two standalone publicly traded companies.
The announcement was made with the ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on 4 January by the company’s executive leadership team.
Xerox, which has sales of around $11bn, will solely handle document technology, while $7bn-turnover Conduent will handle Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Newly appointed Xerox chief executive Jeff Jacobson

Agfa prints temple doors on LFP

Agfa Graphics has announced that it has printed world heritage Japanese temple doors on Anapurna wide-format printer. 
The Byodo-in is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto, Japan, which is registered as Japanese National Treasure and World Heritage Site. It appears on the backside of the Japanese 10 yen coin. Agfa Graphics experts tried to match the expected colours using in-house printing techniques. An Anapurna 2050i wide-format inkjet printer was used to print on the 400-year cold Japanese cypress

Xaar set for $1.2m 3D spend in 2017

Alongside its latest trading update inkjet technology developer Xaar has detailed plans for a major new 3D unit.  The Xaar 3D Centre building, which is currently under refurbishment, will open this month and house a team of around six experts who will develop 3D printing equipment and services for OEM partners, materials suppliers and end-users.
Xaar already manufactures printheads for the 3D space and this new venture is an extension of that work. The team will be headed by former Nottingham

SwissQprint has launched 2 new large format, flatbed printers

SwissQprint  has launched 2 new large format, flatbed printers: the 4×4 models of the Nyala 2 and Impala 2 series that come configured with quadruple CMYK.  Both the Nyala 2 (3.2×2 m flatbed) and the Impala 2 (2.5×2 m flatbed) are now also available as 4×4 models, meaning that each comes configured with four CMYK print heads. The colour configuration can be supplemented with an optional white or varnish channel to offer numerous possibilities: printing of background or multilayer white, or

SAi has launched new subscription-based EnRoute software packages

SA International (SAi) has launched new subscription-based EnRoute software packages - EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer and EnRoute Fabrication.  Customers have the option to pay by either monthly or yearly subscription. All packages are also available in more than a dozen languages.  En Route Complete comprises all 2D and 3D CAD/CAM abilities, including 3D Surface Cutting and AutoToolpath of DXF files. Other features include the Component Creator to make notch parts that slide together to