Mimaki focuses on futuristic prototypes at exhibition

Mimaki showcased its work-in-progress at this Drupa, following its Fespa launch of its latest model, the 3.2m-wide UJV55-320. The UJV55-320 is equipped with Mimaki’s original automatic NCU. Clogged nozzles are automatically detected and cleaned by the NCU. If the clogging is not resolved by cleaning, the UJV55-320 automatically sets the nozzle recovery function NRS and resumes printing.

Innovations include a ‘robotic print minder’, a new formulation of a security ink that can print in CMYK

New Xerox inkjets find buyers at exhibition

Xerox has revealed the first buyers of its Drupa-launched inkjet presses.

Xerox chairman and chief executive Ursula Burns said: “High-quality colour, especially inkjet, is growing. The technology has generated new ways of collaborating and new ways of working. People want to create things that are unique and personal and they are willing to pay a premium for those things if we can show them the value.”

Meanwhile, Xerox company XMPie, along with Solimar and Muller Martini, is using the show

Fujifilm, Epac create 5D printing for books

Fujifilm has partnered with US-based Epac Technologies to create ‘5D printing’, an automated system for the print industry targeted particularly at high-quality book manufacturing. At Drupa the manufacturer is presenting its plans to bring the Samba heads from its Jet Press 720S to its Jet Press 540W roll-to-roll digital machine. This would allow the 540W to print on offset papers to create an automated book production system.

For book manufacturing this would mean E2 systems, which are

Clickar unveils new concept

Spanish-based Clickar  showed its new Lala print product at Drupa, which it says is the first web-to-print programme with augmented reality.  While it has been working with augmented reality concepts for eight years, the new web-to-print programme allows users to scan images with their phone or iPad and have them sent directly to a print shop for printing and see the finished product before it is printed.

Clickar US partner Jose Marti said: “Lala Print is your standard web-to-print with the

Ultrachem unveils flexible fount solutions for UV, conventional

Coatings and pressroom consumables manufacturer Ultrachem has launched a new range of UV washes and fount solutions that are also suitable for hybrid UV printing. It has built a significant global distribution business and has over 1,500 UK customers and exports to over 100 countries.

Unlike traditional UV fount solutions and washes, the firm said the new products, which are commercially available with immediate effect, are suitable for UV, HUV and conventional inks, so there is no need to

GMG highlights their new colour conversion

On the GMG booth, deliberately kept white, there will be as little as possible to distract from the essential messages. Paul Barnes, product management at the company explained more about its new colour conversion solutions, GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorPlugin. 

With six years of res-earch and development behind it, OpenColor has patented technology enables accurate proof simulation of the overprinting effects of spot colours. It is ideal for those in the packaging sector who need perfect

HP has signed biggest Japanese order, announces alliance

HP has sealed a huge Japanese deal for a new books-on-demand factory at Drupa, and has also announced a collaboration with packaging giant Smurfit Kappa for its upcoming C500 corrugated solution.

Japanese publisher Kadokawa Corporation has ordered multiple HP presses for its new books on-demand production and distribution facility.

It is HP’s biggest-ever order in Japan and includes an HP PageWide Web Press T490M HD high-speed monochrome web and HP Indigo 50000 colour web, alongside

APP key lines at Drupa

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) showcased a range of updated and established product lines for the print and packaging industry at Drupa 2016.

APP’s product showcase will focus on four key product lines for the European market.

SinarKraft is APP’s premier multilayer packaging board range. It is a three-ply product consisting of pure bleached hardwood kraft fibres with an inner unbleached kraft fibre layer.

Extraprint is the company’s European bestselling range of high quality wood free

Agfa Graphics upgrades Apogee software to meet demands

Agfa Graphics has launched a new version of its Apogee workflow software to meet printers’ growing automation and performance demands.

The latest version of the software, Apogee 10, boasts extra features and better performance, according to the company.

The product has a new user interface for unbound work that aims to enable printers to make optimum use of press sheets and press time.

Optimisation is possible for both regular and irregular-shaped print products and takes into account the

Bobst premieres its eight new printing and converting kits

Bobst has used drupa to launch a raft of new print and finishing kit and services, which it claims, will help packaging and label manufacturers take production to another level.

The company unveiled a new die-cutter, the Mastercut 106 PER, and a new folder-gluer, the Masterfold 110 A3.

The new Mastercut 106 PER hosts a brand new systems where each designed to either maximize uptime, speed up production or improve quality, this Mastercut is the fastest, most highly automated and most

Comexi debuts the F1 flexo press at drupa

Spanish press flexo press manufacturer Comexi has launched a new version of its F1 press.

The F1, of which there are now around 50 units installed, has added automation, including a built-in robot for job changeovers.

Comexi chief executive Jeroen van der Meer said the new F1 offered “an increase in production efficiency of at least 25%” with the robot managing changes automatically. With advanced technical solutions, they allow printing at high speeds, thanks to their robustness and drying

TRESU’s iJet inkjet coater

TRESU Group enhances the flexibility of the digital folding carton printing workflow with the introduction of the TRESU iJet inkjet coater for variable inline application of UV-spot varnishes.

TRESU iJet can be customised to accommodate any number of printheads, between one and 11, along the bar. The printheads can be repositioned in the cross direction, to apply coating anywhere on the package. 

Kim Krintel, VP, TRESU DigitalSolutions, said: “Spot varnishes are an effective way of adding

Fujifilm launches new Superia plate, XMF module and inks

Fujifilm has launched a new Superia plate and XMF module and has announced new pigment inks for water-based inkjet.

The Superia ZD processless plate, which will be available as part of the manufacturer’s Superia portfolio following Drupa, builds on the technologies behind its Superia Pro-T3 processless plate.

The plate is compatible with UV ink and suitable for longer run jobs, but also offers the reliability and stability features of the Pro-T3, Fujifilm said. It incorporates new

Presstek’s ECO-UV Integrated Curing System for DI Presses

Presstek has announced that Presstek DI digital offset press owners and print service providers who are looking for an affordable way to quickly expand their capabilities are showing keen interest in the new ECO-UV Integrated Curing System for DI presses being showcased on the drupa show.

“When commercial, packaging and in-plant printers come into our stand and see the quality and speed with which the Presstek DI ECO-UV press prints on plastic; they are very impressed,” explained Ralph

Air Motion Systems releases ‘Look Book’


Air Motion Systems has announced the release of its first ever UV LED “Look Book,” at drupa 2016. The “Look Book” showcases the capabilities of sheetfed litho cured with UV LED. The cover features both high gloss spot coating and reticulation, which is known as “Drip Off” in Europe and “Strike Through” in North America. Also featured is the print quality and versatility of UV LED sheetfed litho on coated, uncoated clear plastic and white plastic substrates.

The piece was produced at

Konita shows one plate

A new chemistry-free plate that works in both thermal and conventional UV platesetters was shown at Drupa.

Chinese manufacturer Konita  used the show as the launchpad for its NP non-process plate. Their thermal plates are cost-effective where a product with high productivity that can extend the laser life of image-setter.

“They are showing half of a plate imaged on a thermal CTP and the other half on a UV platesetter. Then we take a cup of water to wash off the image,” said Peter Flynn

KBA claims Rapida 145 biggest press at show

KBA claims its six-colour Rapida 145 with coater and new double delivery is the biggest press running at drupa. It has also revealed more details of its joint venture with Xerox for folding cartons.

KBA  also had a flexo press on its 3,000sqm booth for the first time. A double-pile delivery previously only seen on banknote presses has been added to the Rapida 145 for quality-critical applications such as pharma printing. “If there is one bad sheet in a pile for these customers the job

Rowe demonstrates ColorPress series of wide format printers

German manufacturer Rowe is presenting a prototype from its new ColorPress series of wide-format printers.

The toner-based 36in machine can print posters in high quality, even when using plain paper, and all prints are UV resistant, water resistant and completely dry, making the device suitable for inline folding. Printing costs with the ROWE ColorPress Series are also unbeatably low. For example, the system doesn’t need special paper for high quality poster printouts and the print heads

Canon shows its new Arizona 2200 flatbeds for first time

Canon has further extended its Arizona flatbed range by debuting two printers in its newly launched 2200 series at Drupa.

The Océ Arizona 2260 and 2280 Arizona flatbeds will begin shipping after the show.

Peter Wolff, European director of Canon’s Commercial Printing Group, said: “They are designed to expand the product-offering print service providers can make to their customers beyond signage and graphics into high quality applications like fine art.”

The new flatbeds feature Océ VarioDot

Comiflex ties with Uflex

The Italian firm Comiflex SRL has shaken hands with India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company Uflex Limited confirming its intent to manufacture Gearless C.I. Flexo Printing Machines under a Technology Transfer Agreement with the latter. This happened at DRUPA while Uflex was currently exhibiting.

The memorandum of understanding has already been signed between Gianfranco Nespoli, owner of Comiflex SRL and Ajay Tandon, president & CEO, Engineering Business, Uflex

Fujifilm and Heidelberg’s strategic partnership for advancement

Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division has developed strategic partnership with Heidelberg Druck-maschinen AG (Heidelberg), to further advance growth of the digital printing market. 

At drupa 2016, Heidelberg launched the Primefire 106, powered by Fujifilm Inkjet Technology. This new generation B1 digital inkjet press is the first commercial offering resulting from this collaboration, and addresses demand for higher flexibility and productivity options within the

Durst introduces single pass printers for corrugated, labels

Durst  has unveiled its new development for corrugated packaging and display printing, which features single- and multi-pass technologies.

The industrial inkjet specialist is showing the new Rho 130 SPC, which has a print speed of up to 9,350sqm/hr. Durst said the press offers the industrial productivity required to transform the packaging sector towards digital technology.

Alongside the more cost-efficient production of shelving and sales packaging in short and medium-length runs, the Rho

Komori sells first IS29 inkjet

At Drupa, Komori has sold its first B2 inkjet Impremia IS29 to India, to Ludhiana-based digital specialist Dulari Digital.

   Komori said it had sold another nine offset presses in the first six days of Drupa to India, including six Enthrones.

    The “litho quality” IS29 is Komori’s version of the Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 – the jointly developed UV digital press that is capable of of 3,000sph simplex and 1,500sph duplex. It can print at a resolution of 1,200dpi on a maximum sheet size

Caldera celebrates its 25th with v11 RIP

Software developer Caldera has launched version 11 of its eponymous RIP suite at Drupa. It is also showcasing a number of other new products on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.  Caldera has been increasing its partnerships—HP is one of the latest—and has also been staking claims in other specialty printing markets. TextilePro is designed for large-scale digital textile production, while Nexio is a software connector for workflow automation.

Caldera vice-president of marketing Sebastien

HP unveils the C500 Press and prototype label line at Drupa

HP is targeting the corrugated market with the announcement of the PageWide C500 Press at Drupa.  The highly automated sheetfed, single-pass C500 Press was not shown at Drupa, but HP discussed the direct to corrugated machine under NDA at the show. The press, which is understood to designed to handle standard corrugated board sizes of around 1.8x3m, will go into beta next year, and begin commercial shipping in 2018.

HP large-format printing vice-president Xavier Garcia said: “This is the

Highcon announces the shape 3D machine, shows portfolio

Under the slogan “Unleashing the Power of Paper” at drupa, Highcon revealed an entire world of applications that can be achieved by its digital finishing customers. From traditional print applications, such as folders and packages to paper fashion, large-format display items, and all the way to 3D models made of paper.

Even before reaching the company’s booth, in the North entrance and in the drupa cube in Hall 6, visitors can see the amazing results made possible with Highcon’s technology

Tech-ni-Fold signs up new business partners

Retro-fit creasing manufacturer’s Tech-ni-Fold, have succeeded in signing up 2 new business partners at Drupa, with several more in the pipe line, using a new business model that has a similar structure to franchise operations.

The UK solutions provider is targeting print-finishing specialists who are looking to develop their careers selling world-class products, such as their globally sold Tri-Creaser and Micro-perforator devices which retro-fit folding machines and other print finishing

Dalim releases new software

Dalim has launched a new high-end PDF file optimization product for tablets and smart phones - PDFLight.

    “Every day, we all produce a number of PDF files from various applications, for many purposes,” comments Bertin Sorgenfrey, Dalim Software head of international marketing. “But when it comes to sharing those PDF files with others, we either start filling up our desktop or cloud storage, use up our precious mobile data volume, or jam Internet connections. We even receive obscure email

Konica Minolta reveals B1 UV inkjet and launches KM-1

Konica Minolta  showed a prototype of a new B1 UV inkjet digital press and has commercially launched its B2-plus UV inkjet press, the KM-1, under its new Accurio branding.

The new B1 inkjet press, KM-C, is targeted at the commercial print and packaging sectors and is the first printing system Konica Minolta has developed from top to bottom.

The machine uses technology from the KM-1, giving it 1,200dpi resolution as well as strong colour stability, inline sensor and image correction and the

OKI reveals next generation wide format technology

OKI Europe has presented its Next Generation wide-format printing technology for the first time at Drupa.

The technology, which has been in development for the past two years and should become commercially available in 2017, uses water-based pigmented ink and prints on a varied range of materials.

Frank Jänschke, OKI wide-format general marketing manager, said: “What we are showing here is that OKI is now really focusing on new innovations in the large-format industry, to respond to the