Manroland has announced a significant increase in profit

Manroland web systems from Augsburg, Germany, has announced a significant increase in profit and market share in the financial year of 2015. With a profit margin of around 3%, the printing press manufacturer’s result increases to 6.2 million euros. The market share in new press business for web offset systems grew to 45% and the solutions in digital postpress from manroland web systems have established themselves further on the market. Profitability is expected to grow even further in 2016

Condé Nast and Hearst have set up a new joint venture in the US

Condé Nast and Hearst have set up a new joint venture in the US that could have far-reaching implications for magazine production if it sets a trend.  The two media companies are pooling their procurement, production and circulation management operations in a new independent company, PubWorx, which will be owned 50:50 by the duo.It will be headed by Al Perruzza, the former executive vice president of business operations at Reader’s Digest. He becomes president and CEO of PubWorx.  Hearst and

DP Lenticular to exhibit new lens

European company dedicated solely to the promotion and sale of lenticular plastic sheets and rolls for the offset, digital and label markets, DP Lenticular, will be presenting its creative portfolio of solutions, including a world first, at drupa from May 31 to June 10, 2016 at the Messe Düsseldorf.

The manufacturer will exhibit its new 3D 28 LPI UV-MF large format lenses made in Europe.  With a thickness of 2.15 mm and a viewing angle of 37°, it is suitable for three-dimensional lenticular

Xaar introduces new UV printhead

Xaar has launched a new large-droplet UV printhead, targeted at high-build applications in labels and packaging.  The Xaar 1002 GS40 head has a droplet volume from 40 to 160 picolitres, with five greyscales. Xaar said target applications included laying down opaque whites in label printing, as well as spot UV inkjet coating, including high-build effects.

The inkjet head developer claimed the throughput of the new head “surpassed that of any other on the market”.

Other potential uses for the

Xerox confirms split in 2 separate businesses

Xerox has confirmed earlier reports that it plans to split into two separate businesses.

   Ursula Burns, chief executive of the $19.5bn turnover business, said the group was undertaking a strategic review of its operations last autumn.

    Announcing the break-up plan today, Burns said: “Today Xerox is taking further affirmative steps to drive shareholder value by announcing it will separate into two strong, independent, publicly traded companies.”

    The two businesses will be Document

Gandy to show 5m printer : Fespa

Canadian wide-format equipment manufacturer Gandy Digital will unveil its latest machine, the 5m-wide roll-to-roll Fascin8tor, at Fespa Digital in March. The firm said the machine would deliver large-format prints with very low ink consumption, without compromising print quality and regardless of speed.

It is aimed at printers looking to increase their productivity, extend their application portfolio and maximise their job profitability. The device, which prints at 1,200dpi and handles

Mimaki expands sublimation ink

Mimaki is set to add a light black ink to its range of SB410 sublimation ink spot colours.  The light black, which will be commercially available from next month, joins recently released neon yellow and pink fluorescent inks, which are suitable for low-volume, high-quality use in fashion and sportswear and swimwear.

The firm said the latest addition will expand apparel production possibilities for users and increase the versatility of its TS300P-1800 wide-format printer, a dedicated

New whitepaper commissioned by OKI Europe

New whitepaper commissioned by OKI Europe says many companies would like to digitise documents to reduce physical storage space. Just one third of European companies are planning for a digital world with smart MFPs playing a key role in moving away from paper-based processes, a new IDC whitepaper commissioned by OKI Europe Ltd has found. The whitepaper, which was compiled by Jacqui Hendriks, IDC’s Head of European Managed Print Services and Document Solutions research and consulting practice

HP aims to inspire brand owners

HP aims to inspire brand owners about the possibilities of digital printing with a new large-format book, printed by FE Burman.  The A3 portrait book, Digital Print. A Bigger Spectrum, was written by FMCG design expert Silas Amos. It was produced in association with HP, and contains a variety of different case studies showing different ways that brands around the world have found clever and innovative ways to use digital printing techniques. Produced in a limited edition of 600, each copy

Fespa’s 2016 Southern European Print Congress

Fespa’s 2016 Southern European Print Congress, delivered by four of its member associations, will take place from 19-20 April 2016, in Milan, Italy, following the success of the 2015 event held in Barcelona, Spain. The 2016 Congress will be organised by Apigraf (Portugal), FESPA España Asociación, FESPA France Association, and the host country, FESPA Italia Associazione, in collaboration with FESPA as a corporate organisation. The addition of Apigraf will further extend the geographical reach

Heidelberg's Gerold Linzbach has returned to work after a period of illness

Heidelberg chairman and chief human resources officer Gerold Linzbach has returned to work after a period of illness.  Linzbach, who took over from long-term chief executive Bernhard Schreier with a turnaround mandate in 2012, had been ill for seven months. In July last year, Heidelberg chief financial officer Dirk Kaliebe stepped in as interim chief executive. In August 2014, he announced a major shake-up of its post-press operations, exiting some markets and cutting hundreds of jobs

Screen to show upgraded printer

Screen Europe will show the latest iteration of its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer publicly for the first time at Fespa Digital in March.  The 85sqm/hr Truepress Jet 3200UV was launched in 2013 and the 150sqm/hr HS model was released the following year. A further upgrade last year added an optional 3.2m-wide roll-to-roll system.

   The new HS2 model, which replaces the HS, further enhances the machine with an additional range of speed and quality boosting features that the firm said will

EFI doubles Productivity Suite

EFI has used its annual Connect user conference to unveil three additions to its Productivity Suite portfolio and a new portal to promote the power of print. Productivity Suite, EFI’s ‘best of suite’ approach to its MIS/ERP offerings where it bundles products suited to specific market applications and then tests and certifies their integration, was launched at Connect last year.

All three have benefited from a number of module enhancements, however, at last week’s EFI Connect user conference

HP plans swift switch to digital in packaging sector

The corrugated packaging sector will go from web offset to digital “very quickly”, according to HP EMEA’s most senior Graphics Solutions Business executive, who plans to start a switch-to-digital domino effect.

EMEA vice-president and general manager for HP’s Graphics Solutions Business Gido Van Praag, said 2016 will be a key year in HP’s thrust into the packaging market.

He said packaging was no doubt the biggest category in terms of print volume and the company was well suited to cater to

Xaar has boosted its 3D printing

Xaar has boosted its 3D printing know-how with the appointment of a new high-profile lead for its nascent business, and plans to set up a specialist “world-class” team for 3D.  Professor Neil Hopkinson will join the inkjet printhead manufacturer in the new role of director of 3D printing in March.He is tasked with building a world-class team to develop his High Speed Sintering (HSS) technology and accelerate its use by Xaar’s OEM partners. Xaar described the technology as “transformational”.

Sun Chemical has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Colmar Inks

Sun Chemical has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets and liabilities of Colmar Inks Corporation based in Ontario, Canada. Colmar’s customer lists, contracts, and finished inventory will be included in the acquisition. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter in 2016.  The acquisition will allow Sun Chemical to expand its liquid ink customer base in Canada.  Colmar is a manufacturer of liquid inks and coatings for the corrugated and paper

Eyal Manzoor has been appointed as the managing director of Kornit Digital European GmbH

Eyal Manzoor has been appointed as the managing director of Kornit Digital European GmbH. Taking up the position on 1 January, Manzoor will oversee the company’s operations throughout EMEA. He joined Kornit Digital in April 2007, was appointed as managing director at Kornit Digital Asia Pacific in 2012, and has 15 years of experience in the digital and textile areas. Eyal Manzoor will be supported by Kornit Digital Europe’s established management team, namely Roger Albert (sales director

Xerox Color C60 Printer Wins BLI PRO Award

Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), the leading independent authority in the document imaging industry, has named the Xerox Color C60 Printer the winner of the PRO award in the colour light production category. The award acknowledges the best-in-class devices in BLI’s production field tests, revealing attributes that distinguish the most outstanding performers in a challenging evaluation covering productivity, image quality, media handling, ease of use and more. 

Fred J. Ramsey, global product

Sun Chemical launches new inkjet inks range

Sun Chemical is set to launch new inkjet inks developed specifically for the digital wide- and superwide-format markets at Fespa Digital 2016.

Two SunTex ink ranges will be demonstrated at the show. The first is a dye-sublimation ink for transfer print applications, which combines bright strong colours, dense black and a tough highly resistant ink film.

The second range shown will be a direct print dispersed dye ink for flag and banner applications, which the manufacturer said provides

Entries are open for Fespa’s 2016 Awards

Entries are open for Fespa’s 2016 Awards, with the winners set to be unveiled at next year’s Fespa Digital show in Amsterdam.  The awards, which are open to any printer in the world, will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony at Fespa’s Gala Dinner on 9 March 2016. Fespa head of events Duncan MacOwan said: “This is the 33rd year we have run the competition and expect the calibre of entries to be just as great, if not greater, than in 2015.” The awards will consist of 15 categories covering a

2015 Global Printing Machinery Industry Report

2015 Global Printing Machinery Industry Report is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions of the Printing Machinery industry, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia) and the main countries (United States, Germany, Japan and China). The report firstly introduced the Printing Machinery basics: definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain overview; industry policies and plans; product specifications

Xerox Placed as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant

Xerox Placed as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services.  Xerox has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services Worldwide1 for the eighth consecutive year. In this report, Gartner examines the expanding role of managed print services (MPS) along with managed content services (MCS), which is tightly coupled with MPS and focuses on communications inside of an organization. In

Heidelberg outlines Drupa focus

Heidelberg’s Drupa exhibit will focus on customer demands caused by the industrialisation of printing, under the banner theme of ‘Simply Smart’.

“Our customers have changed from small craftsmen to industrial enterprises,” explained the group’s head of services Harald Weimer. “And these customers demand complete products and services from us.     We are providing simple solutions for a complex business. It’s time to concentrate on what matters,” he stated.

As an example, Weimer highlighted

De La Rue to cut note production

De La Rue has announced plans to reduce its banknote production and invest more in passport work, after completing its manufacturing footprint review.

De La Rue said the restructuring will bring its production capacity in line with current market demand, and “greatly enhance” the efficiency and flexibility of its banknote print business.

The business also said it is seeking to accelerate its growth in the identity and security products markets, where it sees growth opportunities. A

Konica Minolta redesigned their version of its website

Konica Minolta has launched a new, redesigned version of its website,, promoting its hardware and solutions. It highlights content focused on Enterprise Content Management (ECM), document management and automated workflow solutions for the legal, healthcare, education, government and finance sectors.


Muller Martini aims to harness the zeitgeist

Muller Martini aims to harness the zeitgeist around the so-called ‘internet of things’ and is promising to showcase ‘Finishing 4.0’ at this year’s Drupa exhibition. The manufacturer has moved halls, from its usual location, next door to strategic partner Heidelberg. Heidelberg and Muller Martini partnered earlier this year, when Heidelberg exited the saddle-stitching and perfect binding markets, and handed service and support of its existing customer base to the Swiss firm.


Antalis is moving further into the wallcovering media market

Antalis is moving further into the wallcovering media market with 20 types of wallcovering finishes in stock, 18 of which are from its own Coala brand. Rolls are variously available in 30m or 50m lengths and 1,370mm and 1,060mm widths but not all types are available in both configurations. The weights of the media range from 150gsm to 350gsm. All the finishes are suitable for UV, solvent or latex digital printing.  The company has been selling printed wallpapers to consumers through the high

Former HP and Stratasys heavyweight Chris Morgan is to join the Xaar

Former HP and Stratasys heavyweight Chris Morgan is to join the Xaar board in the new year. Morgan was senior vice-president and chief marketing officer at 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys from November 2014 to June 2015 and before that he spent 25 years at HP where he held a number of senior roles, most recently senior vice-president of HP’s worldwide Graphics Solutions business. Morgan will join the inkjet developer as non-executive director from January. He will also serve as a member of

Hubergroup’s calendar for this year is ‘Markets of the World’

Hubergroup’s calendar for this year is ‘Markets of the World’. Traditional markets from regions in which the printing-ink manufacturer hubergroup has local subsidiaries appear as motifs in this calendar and reflect the multi-coloured diversity of life. Among the motifs are images of a flower market in Kolkata/India, a Dutch cheese market, a Mexican vegetable market and a floating market in Thailand.


Dystar and Zimmer at ITMA Milan

Dystar, a solution provider for colorants, auxiliaries and services to the textile industry, launched the digital textile printing ink – Jettex 4.0 in collaboration with Zimmer Austria, a producer of digital printing machines for the textile industry at ITMA Milan 2015, according to a press statement released by Dystar.

The two companies developed Jettex 4.0 as a solution to the growing demand from the digital textile printing industry in terms of stress resistance, robustness, fastness