Agfa and Fujitex signs agreement for distribution of SYNAPS in Japan

Agfa and Fujitex signs agreement for distribution of SYNAPS in Japan. The agreement covers the distribution of Agfa’s synthetic paper SYNAPS in Japan and adds to Fujitex’ extensive offering to the local promotion and office printing market. It confirms the worldwide growing acceptance of SYNAPS and contributes to the further growth of Agfa’s synthetic paper business. The agreement covers the distribution of SYNAPS Xerographic Matt (XM) in view of the particularly strong position that Fujitex

Neenah announces new changes

Neenah has announced that Sean T. Erwin and John F. McGovern will not stand for re-election when their terms expire in May 2019 and that Tony R. Thene has been appointed to its board of directors as an independent director effective February 1, 2019. Thene will be part of the class of directors whose term of office will expire at the 2019 annual meeting, when he will be nominated for election to a three-year term.
Thene currently serves as chief executive officer of Carpenter Technology

Heidelberg steps up activities

Heidelberg and Masterwork have extended their long-standing sales partnership, with the Chinese manufacturer of die-cutting machines and hot foil embossing machines become a strategic anchor shareholder.
Based in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Masterwork is to obtain around 8.5% of Heidelberg share capital under a cash capital increase from authorized capital excluding shareholder subscription rights. The implementation of such capital measure is subject to approval by Heidelberg’s supervisory

Xerox fleshes out turnaround plan

Xerox has outlined a three-year plan to transform the business, initially focusing on restructuring and improving profitability before focusing on growth in adjacent and new markets, including packaging and 3D printing.

Chief executive and vice-chairman John Visentin provided more details of Project Own It, which aims to streamline the business, strip out costs, flatten the management structure, simplify its supply chain and increase accountability and focus on profitability.

“We had a complex

Heidelberg sales dip in Q3 but order backlog indicates strong Q4

Heidelberg’s revenue dropped by 4% year-on-year in Q3 but the company said its order backlog indicates a strong Q4 and its targets for the full-year are still in sight.

The manufacturer’s net sales for the three-month period ended 31 December 2018 came in at €579m (£509m), down from €603m in the equivalent period a year ago. But the company’s nine-month sales of €1.69m were up around 2% on nine-month sales a year prior of €1.66m.

Its order backlog in Q3 was €804m, up 16% year-on-year from

Mondi CEO to head Austrian government ‘digitalisation’ initiative

Mondi chief executive Peter Oswald has been appointed the first president of a new Austrian national forum to support the country’s digital capability.
Margarete Schramböck, the Austrian federal minister of digital and economic affairs, has announced the new independent non-profit initiative – fit4internet – to support the government’s ambitions to increase the digital capability of Austria’s citizens.

Fit4internet will serve as a hub and platform for improving digital competencies in close

Cron establishes branch in Asia to expand overseas reach

Cron has established a branch in Malaysia as it seeks to expand its reach in overseas markets.

Cron Asia is located in Serdang printing industrial park, Kuala Lumpur. Here, Cron demonstrates its product portfolio, intelligent printing system, and supporting services including pre-sale, sale, after-sales training and technical support.

The CRON EZC intelligent printing system is a digital ink supply control system. Through standardization of file design, pre-press process, intelligent

RRD unveils Cloud Direct

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) (NYSE:RRD), a leading global provider of multichannel solutions for marketing and business communications, today announced the launch of Cloud Direct by RRD, a trigger-based direct marketing application — housed within Salesforce Marketing Cloud — that improves targeting and extends the Marketing Cloud platform by fully integrating digital and direct mail channels. 

Available within Journey Builder, Marketing Cloud’s cross-channel customer engagement

New EFI CEO takes to the stage at 20th Connect

EFI's new CEO Bill Muir opened proceedings at the firm’s Connect user conference with a pledge that the business would keep on innovating under his leadership, and would improve its execution in delivering solutions to customers.

Muir replaced long standing CEO Guy Gecht last October, and was speaking on the eve of his 100th day in the role.

He quipped that after 100 days he “would have to take responsibility for everything that happens” at the company.

Muir said he had been attracted to

Summa to release new 3.2m-wide cutters

Summa is to release two new wide-format flatbed cutters for the textile and board markets: the F3232 and the F3220.

The new printers are larger-format additions to the Summa F Series and expand upon the Belgian manufacturer’s existing portfolio of high-end cutters. The 3.2x3.2m F3232 will begin shipping in February 2019, with the 3.2x2m F3220 following in April.

They are designed for both textile and board applications, such as flags, banners, POS and signage.

Marketing manager Elice van Es

C&T adds self-adhesive rubber profile to portfolio

C&T Channel Matrix has expanded its Sprintrubba range of rubber profiles with the addition of a new self-adhesive version.

Commercially launched last month following several months of tests, Super Sprint has been designed to speed up the application of rubber profiles to the cutting dies.

C&T said the product maintains all of the characteristics of the original Sprintrubba in terms of longevity and on-press performance, and adds a strong self-adhesive backing.

The new acrylic-based

Fespa 2019 promises 'explosion of possibilities'

The countdown to Fespa 2019 has begun as the global wide-format print expo unveils its latest branding and strapline.

With the promise of an 'Explosion of Possibilities' for visitors, next year’s Fespa show will take place from 14-17 May at Messe Munich, Germany. It marks 20 years since its first appearance in the city in 1999. It has subsequently returned to Munich in 2005, 2010 and 2014, a destination which consistently ranks highly in visitor feedback.

Head of marketing Sarah Farrell said

Konica Minolta enters augmented reality market

Konica Minolta has moved into the augmented reality (AR) market with the launch of a flexible cloud-based tool that can be used to bring printed material to life.
Launched around a month ago, genARate, which requires no coding or previous experience to use, overlays digital content such as video, animations or 3D models onto printed materials.

Targeted users include commercial printers, agencies, central reprographics and marketing departments.

With the genARate Studio augmented reality tool

Full-year and Q4 print revenue up for HP

HP Inc’s revenue increased by 12.3% for the full year and by 10.3% in Q4, with sales in its Printing division up by 11% for the full year and by 9% in Q4.

The manufacturer recorded total sales of $58.5bn (£45.7bn) for the 12-month period ended 31 October 2018, up from $52.1bn a year earlier. For the three-month Q4 period its revenue was up from £13.9bn a year ago to $15.4bn.

Revenue in the firm’s printing division grew from $18.7bn to £20.8bn for the full year, and from $4.86bn to $5.3bn in

ColorJet India associates with Digital HiRes in Spain and Portugal

India’s one of the biggest manufacturer and exporter of wide format inkjet digital printers ColorJet India has appointed Digital HiRes from Spain, as its distributor in Spain and Portugal. Digital Hires, which was set up in 1992, is one of the successful and renowned distributor in Spain, Portugal and the UK, of digital treatment of images and printing systems for the printing industry.

The Spanish company will be marketing all the variants of digital printers from ColorJet like UV, soft

Memjet and MGI Form Strategic Inkjet Technology Partnership

MGI becomes a global OEM partner and integrates Memjet’s DuraLink printing technology into its new B1 Inkjet Printing and Embellishment Press for high-volume print and packaging markets

Memjet has announced that MGI Digital Technology, one of the leading French manufacturer of digital printing presses and finishing solutions, has integrated Memjet’s DuraLink printing technology into its new AlphaJET B1 Inkjet Printing and Embellishment Press. This is the first 40-plus-inch sheet-fed press to

Jeti boost for Agfa in Quarter 3

In the third quarter sales were down 9.6% at €257m, although Agfa said that if discontinued businesses and currency effects were excluded, the decline was 3.8% “markedly better than in previous quarters”.

Sales at its inkjet business were up by 9% in the three months to 30 September after it booked multiple orders for the Jeti Tauro H3300 and H2500 LED wide-format printers launched in June.

Other new product launches included v11 of its Apogee workflow software and Avatar V-ZH, a no-pre-heat

Heidelberg reports H1 loss while anticipating subs payoff

Heidelberg has reported an uptick in its first-half EBITDA boosted by the growth of its new subscription model, although its bottom line suffered from one-off costs.

Planned restructuring at the German manufacturer has racked up costs of €5m (£4.35m) in the first half of 2018/19, five times the spend in H1 2017/18, alongside the acquisition of post-press rival MBO and the partial repayment of a €55m high-yield corporate bond in July led to a dip in overall profit.

Breaking even in the same

Zanders first to reveal 2019 paper price raise

Zanders has become the first mill to announce paper price increases for 2019.
The German papermaker will increase prices for all deliveries from 1 January. The amount of the price increase will be individually discussed depending on the individual product, the respective market and the customer, the company said.
“Prices for chemicals, energy and pulp have seemingly stabilised, but remain at an historical all-time high,” said Zanders sales director John Tucker.
“The cost explosion that has

Xerox: Iridesse sales up, iGen down for Q3

Xerox chief John Visentin has hailed the new Iridesse digital press for “driving new business” and exceeding expectations at the manufacturer, even though sales of high-end production devices fell in the third quarter.
Visentin replaced Jeff Jacobson as chief executive earlier this year as part of the machinations around the aborted takeover of Xerox by Fujifilm. He described the six-colour Iridesse, which is a Fuji Xerox product, as hitting a “sweet spot” due to its ability to produce gold

Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose technology company Cellutech AB

Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose technology company Cellutech AB. The company specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood-based components. The acquisition of Cellutech supports Stora Enso’s vision of replacing fossil-based materials with renewable ones originating from wood. The acquired company works, among others, in the areas of foams for packaging and hydroponics where the markets are

HP's new push to deliver the next generation of technology solutions for the world’s creative professionals

HP Inc. have recently announced a new push to deliver the next generation of technology solutions for the world’s creative professionals. HP is combining the power of its Z by HP portfolio of high-performance computing systems with its industry-leading print and packaging capabilities to curate the ultimate experiences for creators. “Today’s creatives need specialised tools and solutions to help them stay in the creative zone, increase their productivity, and create whenever and wherever

Sun Chemical has released its Fall 2018 Regulatory Newsletter

Sun Chemical has released its Fall 2018 Regulatory Newsletter for customers and has made it, along with all other regulatory newsletters over the past five years, available online for download at the new webpage. “Sun Chemical is a leader in regulatory and compliance issues and works closely with customers to help them comply with the strict standards required by brand owners and regulations,” said Gary Andrzejewski, corporate VP, environmental affairs, Sun

MagnaColours gets LJ Specialities

Inks supplier MagnaColours has acquired the goodwill and inventory of pigments, dyestuffs and speciality chemicals supplier LJ Specialities. LJ has a manufacturing capability for textiles finishes and dispersing agents, though resale makes up a large proportion of its business. Plastribution had previously announced its intention to cease trading the operation by the end of December 2018, as it looks to exit the textiles segment of its business by the end of March 2019. The company’s other

Fujifilm wins appeal in battle with Xerox

Fujifilm wins appeal in battle with Xerox. Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp has won an appeal in its legal battles with Xerox Corp, with a New York court overturning preliminary injunctions requested by an activist investor that had blocked their planned merger. Xerox in May scrapped a $6.1 billion deal with Fujifilm in a settlement with investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason that also handed control of the U.S. photocopier giant to new management. The ruling by the New York State Appellate Court

EFI establishes Guy Gecht Scholarship with PGSF

EFI establishes Guy Gecht Scholarship with PGSF. Print’s next generation of talent will have added support in reaching their goals, thanks to a new Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) award created in honour of visionary print technology executive and industry leader Guy Gecht. The Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) senior leadership team approved the creation of the PGSF Guy Gecht scholarship to commemorate Gecht’s outstanding legacy of leadership and innovation as EFI’s

Xaar 1201 opens up new graphics markets for Chinese OEMs

The Xaar 1201 printhead is opening up new markets for Chinese OEMs in wide-format graphics – as recently underlined by the printhead’s presence on XuCheng’s stand at SGIA 2018 in Las Vegas.
Used in XuCheng’s PRIMO X3500 flatbed industrial printer, the Xaar 1201 printhead delivers a high level of print quality and performance. Designed for easy integration by printer manufacturers, it features 1280 nozzles that jet variable drop-sizes. These produce high-quality graphics and textiles on a wide

Konica Minolta develops AR glasses for industrial environments

Konica Minolta has developed AIRe Lens, a new wearable augmented reality (AR) technology designed to bring digitalization and AR to the assembly line.

AIRe Lens has been developed specifically for industrial applications. The smart glasses deliver technical information and step-by-step guidance to wearers while maintaining mobility and hands-free production. The technology is designed to guide industry operators step-by-step through work processes, such as assembly, maintenance or quality

Xerox rolls out more ConnectKey apps

Xerox has recently releases a series of new ConnectKey apps and capabilities, including apps that will connect printers directly to popular business platforms like Salesforce and Quickbooks.

Xerox's ConnectKey brand refers to the hardware, software and services that add mobile and cloud capabilities to Xerox's multi-function printers. By bringing integrating digital tools with printers, Xerox aims to expand the boundaries of its market segment.

"There are a number of business processes that

EFI establishes Guy Gecht scholarship with PGSF

Print’s next generation of talent will have added support in reaching their goals, thanks to a new Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) award created in honor of visionary print technology executive and industry leader Guy Gecht. The Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) senior leadership team approved the creation of the PGSF Guy Gecht scholarship to commemorate Gecht’s outstanding legacy of leadership and innovation as EFI’s CEO.

After serving nearly 19 years as the