International Paper announced its membership in the HP AllianceOne Partner Program

International Paper announced its membership in the HP AllianceOne Partner Program, joining an exclusive group of paper manufacturers as an AllianceOne Select Member. This partnership adds to an existing relationship with HP spanning back 20 years. As a large global manufacturer of paper, packaging goods and pulp, International Paper will be able to enhance collaboration and innovation with HP.

R. R. Donnelley announced a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers

R. R. Donnelley  announced a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers which renews the relationship with HarperCollins, a customer of the RR Donnelley company for decades. Under the terms of this new agreement, RR Donnelley will provide print, fulfillment and distribution services across HarperCollins global book platform. HarperCollins will have the ability to order, track, and receive books through a common system; saving time and money while minimizing freight costs; and

The Sun has launched a new, free monthly magazine Popcorn

The Sun has launched a new, free monthly magazine Popcorn, touted to be the biggest film magazine in the UK. The new 28pp magazine will have a circulation of 2.4 million and will be distributed nationwide with the Sun on Saturday.  The title will also have an online presence on the Sun’s website. It is sponsored by Sky Cinema - the newly rebranded Sky Movies. Prinovis in Liverpool will print the new title on 52gsm improved newsprint on its KBA gravure presses. The magazine will also feature a

Avery Dennison has completed the acquisition of the European business of Mactac

Avery Dennison has completed the acquisition of the European business of Mactac from Platinum Equity for the purchase price of 200 million euro including assumed debt.Mactac’s manufacturing facility in Belgium, along with sales offices and warehouses in Europe and Asia, are now part of Avery Dennison’s global footprint. Export sales will continue to serve customers in South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and North Africa. The transaction excludes the Mactac business in the US

Drupa scraps three-year frequency plan

Drupa organiser Messe Dusseldorf has scrapped plans to change the show to a three-year cycle, and will stick with a four-year rotation. 

Explaining the decision to stick with the familiar four-year cycle, Werner Dornscheidt, president and chief executive officer of Messe Düsseldorf, said the show’s USP was the fact that so much equipment is running at the show.

The amount of equipment running live could have been seriously scaled back if exhibitors had been forced to stretch their marketing

Graphtec launches new diecutter

Flatbed plotter and cutter supplier Graphtec GB has upgraded its CE6000-40 die-cutter with the addition of an automatic sheet-loader.

Launched at beginning of May, the revamped sheetfed device, based on the manufacturer’s original CE6000-40 model, uses Graphtec’s i-Mark software to enable it to feed and cut up to 120 sheets of material in any one job.

The desktop device is aimed at printers working in the short-run label, print and packaging market. It can handle sheets up to 330x483mm on a

Glimpse in world of note printing

The Bank of England and De La Rue have released a YouTube video that provides a glimpse into the production methods behind the new polymer £5 note.

The new banknote, which is smaller than the current £5 note, has been named ‘The New Fiver’ by the Bank.

It is the first time the Bank of England or De La Rue have released a video like this into the public domain. 

“In the past, we have had B roll footage that we’ve given out on request, but I believe this is the first time that we’ve produced a

Konica Minolta has sold its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV B2 digital presses at Drupa

Konica Minolta has sold its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV B2 digital presses, to two US companies at Drupa. The machine had its commercial launch at the show.  Chief technology officer J Chris Bowen added: “What gets us engaged out of the gate is there’s no pre-coating of the sheets. At the plant we can have one workflow for offset or digital.” Konica Minolta senior manager production printing international marketing division Michael Mølbaek said: “We’ve sold about 75 machines at the show. It’s been

Kodak has exceeded its Drupa target for Prosper inkjet press sales

Kodak has exceeded its Drupa target for Prosper inkjet press sales, with six deals sealed at the show.  “We had a show goal of three Prosper presses and we’ve exceeded that, and we’re just about to exceed our target for printheads as well,” said Eric Owen, vice-president worldwide sales and marketing at Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet System division.

Xaar has announced the acquisition of Engineered Printing Solutions (“EPS”)

Xaar has announced the acquisition of Engineered Printing Solutions (“EPS”), a  provider of product printing equipment, including promotional, packaging, medical, automotive, apparel, appliances, sports equipment and toys in North America. The acquisition, which was completed on 1st July 2016, is Xaar’s first as part of the company’s  vision to achieve £220m of annual sales by 2020.   In 2015 EPS generated $14m of revenue and employs 60 staff members.

Olga Tobreluts won the the 2016 Artistic Lenticular Award

Contemporary Russian artist Olga Tobreluts won the the 2016 Artistic Lenticular Award at the third edition of  Lenstar Lenticular Print Awards.  Her work, Heart was transformed from 2D to 3D by Egor Korotkov and printed by MagicVision.RU. Daniel Pierret, managing director of DP Lenticular says: “In 2012, 11,123 visitors voted during the 14 days of drupa. In 2016, drupa was reduced to 11 days but we are very pleased that a total of 16,662  votes were recorded. This is an outstanding number and

Jeff Jacobson has been announced as the new CEO of Xerox Corporation

Jeff Jacobson has been announced as the new chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation following the company’s planned separation into two publicly traded companies. “Jeff is a great leader with a passion for our business and employees, deep customer relationships and a clear strategic vision to capitalize on the opportunities ahead,” said Ursula Burns, chairman, Xerox Document Technology.  On January 29, 2016, Xerox announced its plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded

Konica Minolta trials MEMS printheads

Konica Minolta has annou-nced that new printheads being developed leveraging its proprietary MEMS technologies have been successfully trialled for the first time at drupa.

On its booth at drupa, alongside Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ), experts demonstrated the capabilities of the MEMS printheads in a first public showing. These are being developed to better serve commercial printing, label printing, and various other industrial printing purposes with their well-balanced designed to meet a

Stora Enso starts mill in China

Stora Enso has inaugurated its new consumer board mill in China at a significant investment of EUR 800 million, PaperAge reported. 

The mill started in May, is expected to reach full production within 18 to 24 months. 

“We are delighted to announce the official opening of the Stora Enso consumer board mill in China. This is a very important milestone for us”, says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sund-ström. “China is a market with high potential and the start-up of our consumer board mill is

Enviro Wipes back to production

Enviro Wipes, which provides environmentally friendly rag cleaning products for printers, has recovered to full production just days after a fire at its premises. The blaze, which started Sunday morning (19 June) around 7.30am, was dealt with by 40 firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire Service. The fire was largely restricted to Enviro Wipes’ finishing department, although smoke spread to other parts of the building.

Enviro Wipes’ finance director Phil Walker said the company was back in work

Presstek has launched a range of products at Drupa

Presstek has launched a range of products at Drupa, including platesetters and plates. The new products include the Eco-UV Integrated Curing System for DI presses, the Dimension Pro2 Thermal CTP System and the chemistry-free develop-on-press GemPlate. The Eco-UV system is said to boost printers’ competitiveness through energy savings. EAMER sales director Ian Pollock said: “We give them the ability to add higher margin products to their portfolio.” The new Dimension Pro2 CTP is being shown

Komori has secured nine letters of intent for its B1 Impremia NS40

Komori has secured nine letters of intent for its B1 Impremia NS40 sheetfed digital press. The NS40 is Komori’s version of the Landa S10; both machines use a Komori chassis and transport system with Landa’s Nanographic imaging system. Robert Holscher, Komori Europe director of digital sales, said: “Extending our ‘print on anything’ philosophy to our digital portfolio has proven to be exactly right.  “Both the B2-format IS29 inkjet press and the NS40 have received huge interest.”  The Impremia

Xeikon has launched a STAR training program

Xeikon has launched a STAR training program. Developed for all Xeikon press operators, the certified program enables customer trainees to fully optimize the performance of their Xeikon solution in all aspects of their business. Frederik Vervenne, Xeikon’s vice president services said: “The Xeikon STAR Program will improve customer productivity and performance. And all those positive enhancements translate into increasing revenue for the customers. It will also offer a more focused approach to

Durst and 3M announces new co-branded premium UV Ink Series

Durst and 3M announces new co-branded premium UV Ink Series. The Durst Rho Roll 3M™ Premium UV Ink Series – for the award-winning Durst Rho 512R and Rho 312R large-format UV inkjet digital roll printers. By employing these premium UV inks, Durst users will be able to offer 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Certified graphics upon completion of the certification process.  The 3M™MCS™ Warranty is the most highly regarded finished graphic warranty in the industry. The new Durst Rho Roll 3M™ Premium UV Ink

Kurz sells first B2 foiling machine along with other deals

Foiling specialist Kurz  has sold two of its DM-Liner toner transfer foiling machines launched at Drupa, which it believes is the biggest such device in the world.

The B2 (530x750mm) sheetfed device can take paper from 70-350gsm and runs at up to 2400sph B2 and 3600sph SRA3.

Foil from rolls sticks to monochrome print as the paper passes through. Then four colours can be overprinted digitally. The DM-Liner works with any toner-based printer.

A Malaysian company has signed for the device and

Neschen acquired by Blue Cap

After a successful restructuring process, struggling       specialist substrate manufacturer Neschen has been taken over by German investment group Blue Cap.

The wide format print media specialist filed for self-administered insolvency in April last year after negotiations with its main creditor Sandton, for a €23m refinancing deal, failed.

The company, along with its subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, Benelux, France and Austria, has continued to trade through insolvency whilst working to

Xaar ties with Ricoh at Drupa

Xaar, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, and Ricoh announce a strategic partnership to maximise the benefits from each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development.  The collaboration between Xaar and Ricoh will deliver superior technology and a broader range of printheads which will provide substantial benefits to the customers of both Xaar and Ricoh.

The announcement comes at an exciting time for Xaar, whose Bulk piezo inkjet technology is already at the

Zünd’s digital cutter doubles productivity

Digital cutter manufacturer Zünd has used Drupa to show and launch its new D3 digital cutter, marking an improvement on its S3 cutter, according to Zünd product manager Roman Hasler.

Hasler said that the cutter will improve production by around 100%, mainly due to two newly-installed beams, which allow for smoother loading and unloading between jobs. The cutter is also available in four different sizes.

“For us it is the combination of the loading and unloading that is the major upgrade,”

Several Drupa launches for Flint Group and announcements

Flint Group has launched two new offset inks, four LED and low-energy curing inks and two food-grade UV curing inks for food packaging printing on board and synthetics.

Commercial director sheetfed Steven Haig commented his stand  one of three at Drupa, had seen a very high throughput of visitors, particularly from emerging markets, with LED UV especially popular.

“It seems to be the buzz word this drupa. We’ve had people coming from pretty much everywhere.”

Flint Group’s flexo and

Xeikon launches new printer and cutter at Drupa

Xeikon has revealed a new one-pass-duplex web-fed system, the Xeikon 9600, a flatbed die-cutter and brought its long-awaited Trillium One for its first public outing at Drupa.

The 9600 replaces the Xeikon 8600 and is priced at €395,000. The Belgium-based manufacturer said it can run at up to 195ppm speed and 1200dpi resolution with variable dot density. It integrates the Xeikon X-800 front-end’s variable data capabilities and has a fifth colour station for spot colour reproduction and

HP partners with Henkel

HP partners with adhesive supplier Henkel  for digitally produced flexible packaging.   In another development, HP announced that three of its products have been honoured with European Digital Press Association (EDP) Awards.

From over 100 product entries submitted for the 2015/2016 awards, HP SmartStream Mosaic,  HP PrintOS and HP DesignJet T830 were each named the best product in their category.  HP’s PrintOS received the award for best workflow and management solution while HP’s DesignJet

KBA show sales exceed $112m, 60 presses sold in 6 continents

KBA’s sales at Drupa have broken the $112m mark. The manufacturer has sold more than 60 presses to customers from more than 30 countries and on six continents in the first nine days. The German press giant, which has switched its focus from publishing presses to packaging presses over the past decade, said it had been especially pleased with the volume of German and Indian deals signed at the Messe.

“This was the most successful Drupa for us since 2000,” said senior vice-president for

Buoyant sales for 1.1 m new Epson SureColor photoprinter

Epson has launched its new 1.1m-wide SureColor SC-P10000 printer at Drupa, a smaller version of the 1.6m wide SC-P20000.

It has been available for purchase since the start of May and retails at €7,295.

Epson European product manager Marc Boehmer said sales had been successful at Drupa, with around 10 being sold, including four to France-based Picto, who also put in an order for four SC-P20000s.

Boehmer said: “The SC-P10000 is the little brother of the 20000. It has just earned the EDP

Konica Minolta wins EDP award

Konica Minolta’s newly launched AccurioJet KM-1 sheet-fed B2+ UV inkjet digital press, and the bizhub PRESS C71hc light production press have been recognised by the European Digital Press (EDP) Association.

Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 has been named “Best cut sheet colour B2+ printer” in the 2016 EDP Awards, while the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71hc has won the “Best cut sheet colour light production” category. The Awards were presented to the company at the official EDP Award

EFI launches new product

Electronics For Imaging announced the release of Fiery Navigator, a new cloud-based product that gives print service providers insight into their production data to optimize resource allocation, ensure compliance with operating procedures, and take equipment decisions.

“Running a successful print operation requires the right equipment and tools. But print service providers also need business intelligence to stay competitive and increase profitability. We are excited to provide that with Fiery