HP to switch to digital packaging

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 GM 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 it with its

HP mulls over sheetfed inkjet opportunity

HP could become the latest supplier to take its inkjet know-how into the sheetfed printing space, as the embryonic market heats up in the approach to Drupa 2016.

HP has already made a 1.06m-wide (42in) printhead array for its T400 PageWide Web Press, and a 2.8m-wide version for the T1100S web, a joint venture with KBA aimed at the corrugated pre-print market.

The alliance with KBA has resulted in speculation that the two manufacturers could extend their relationship from web presses into

De La Rue looks to further savings

De La Rue is to implement a major restructure of its print manufacturing footprint in a bid to save $19.58m a year and reduce excess capacity.

   The restructuring will involve some $12.05m of costs and circa $45.19m of capital investment, with the aim of delivering $19.58m a year of savings from 2019. It was described as a key part of De La Rue’s “optimise and flex” strategy under its new management team.

    De La Rue’s results for the six months to 26 September were hit by a poor

Konica unveils new textile printer

Konica Minolta recently held the worldwide launch of its fastest yet single-pass inkjet textile printer, plus 3 other smaller machines.

The 1.85m-wide Nassenger SP-1 prints at between 1,500 and 6,000 linear metres per hr, depending on resolution. Its 144 1.6m-wide printhead modules use Konica Minolta’s proprietary ink ejection control technology, which allows for small, medium or large drop sizes so that printers can opt for a higher resolution for fine patterns or colour gradients. It uses

Kodak to demonstrate the Prosper 6000 color inkjet presses at the China

Kodak has announced that it will demonstrate the speed, power and quality of its Prosper 6000 color inkjet presses at the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF). During this year’s Graph Expo, Kodak received a 2015 InterTech Technology Award for its Prosper 6000 presses. Kodak is also sponsoring the Golden Pinwheel International Young Illustrators Competition.  All submitted illustrations will be printed on the PROSPER 6000, and will be distributed to CCBF publisher

Canon CEO has been recently recognised as one of the top 100 World’s Best-Performing CEOs

Canon Inc.’s chairman and CEO, Fujio Mitarai, has been recently recognised as one of the top 100 World’s Best-Performing CEOs in 2015 by Harvard Business Review, an esteemed business management publication. Recognizing his enduring success and leadership, Mitarai holds the number 10 spot on this year’s list, making an impressive stride from his number 45 ranking in 2014. In addition to recognizing companies based on financial growth and stability, new to this year’s methodology, Harvard

Smithers Pira predicts global growth for security printing

Smithers Pira predicts global growth for security printing in its new report - The Future of Global Security Printing Markets to 2020. According to the report, the worldwide market for security printing will grow from $20.5 billion in 2010 to $36.6 billion in 2020, at a compound average annual growth rate (CAGR) of six percent for the 10-year period. Two-thirds of the growth can be attributed to two end-use markets. Banknotes, the largest end-use segment, compensated for the declining rate of

KBA back in the black, ups digital R&D spend

KBA’s latest quarterly results show more effects of its wide-ranging restructuring – the group is back in the black and more than 60% of sales now come from the packaging market.  In the nine months to 30th September order intake jumped by 28.5% to €859.6m, with all three business segments: sheetfed solutions, digital and web solutions, and special presses posting double-digit increases.  Sales were down 14% to €679.7m, while order backlog grew from €437.4m to €597.3m.

The group also

Goss unveils Omnicolor II upgrade

Goss has launched an upgrade for the M-600 press with more automated process to support the press operator.  ‘The ability to automate press setting direct from CIP3 data is a key area that reduces a three-stage process down to a single step, resulting in less waiting time and eliminating error potential’ says Goss. 

To help customers evaluate the potential gains from an Omnicolor II upgrade, Goss is using an ROI calculator to provide individualized expected savings.

“Customers can see the

Fujifilm grows in industrial market

Fujifilm has emphasised its commitment to the industrial market and said it is a growing business area for the manufacturer.

Fujifilm Europe Graphic Division marketing manager Jon Harper Smith said: “In inkjet we’re quite well known for the wide-format graphics printing systems that we supply but at InPrint we showed the technology that sits inside these systems and other types of digital printers.” He added that the company engaged primarily with three different types of customers

Mimaki is this year’s winner of the Viscom Best of Awards for Textile Refinement

Mimaki is this year’s winner of the Viscom Best of Awards for Textile Refinement, an award given to its TS300P-1800 inkjet printer.  “The digital textile print market is one of the most innovative and fast developing sectors. This Viscom Best of Award serves as a recognition that our solutions are perfectly designed to help operations capitalise on the emerging opportunities,” said Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe, “Not only does the TS300P-1800 deliver speed

The first results of the 2nd drupa Global Insights Report

The first results of the 2nd drupa Global Insights Report “Touch the future – Applications that can create growth” are out now. The 2nd drupa Global Insights report will show that good management practice in planning, integration and marketing delivers on average an additional $175,000 of annual turnover and $63,000 of additional profit compared with those with poor management habits. The report spells out what that good management practice should be and gives case studies to demonstrate the

Fespa Asia is set to return to Bangkok in 2017

Fespa Asia is set to return to Bangkok in 2017. Fespa’s divisional director, Roz McGuinness commented: “Our annual exhibition in China is now well established, so it is time for FESPA to return to the pan-Asia region with FESPA Asia, and our natural choice for host country was Thailand. Our objective - to build demand for print by reinvesting in the print community - is matched by the enthusiasm of our regional associations, with whom we will be working closely.”


Canon claims fastest LFP with new Océ release

Canon Europe has launched two machines billed as the fastest digital 1.06m (42in) wide-format colour printers on the market.  The Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 succeed the ColorWave 900, launched at Fespa in 2013, and run at up to 1,000sqm per hour regardless of image complexity, ink coverage or media type, the company said.

These latest ColorWave printers had been refined and upgraded with the needs of in-house printers and PSPs in mind, said marketing director Pierre-Olivier Esteban.The new

Mimaki launches its digital printer

Increasing demand for the rapid roll-out of high-mix and low-volume printing has led Mimaki to launch a direct-to-shape industrial small-format LED UV inkjet flatbed printer.

The UJF-7151plus on-demand, industrial, small-format system for screen printers aims to improve accuracy, consistency and reliability by modifying the mechanical structure of the print table. The digital kit, with a maximum printable area of 710x510mm, boasts fine lines, edges and small text and enables users to

Paperlinx out of Europe’s market

Paperlinx’s unprofitable German operation has gone into administration, marking the Australian company’s final withdrawal from Europe.

This enables the company to continue trading under German law while opportunities to sell or wind up the company are explored. A statement released by Paperlinx recently read: “The paper merchanting operation in Germany has been trading unprofitably. The decision to file for insolvency proceedings was taken by the local director given that attempts to divest

Avery Dennison introduced a proprietary labelling technology at Labelexpo

At Labelexpo Europe 2015, which was held in Brussels, Avery Dennison introduced a proprietary labelling technology that allows clear separation of self-adhesive labels from glass pieces thus facilitating clean glass recycling.  Avery Dennison Glass Recycling materials use a ‘switchable’ adhesive, which is engineered to facilitate easy label removal from the glass bottle surface in the glass recycling stream. This adhesive ‘switches off’ during the glass bottle recycling process, to facilitate

WAN-IFRA joined by the European Rotogravure Association

WAN-IFRA joined by the European Rotogravure Association, Idealliance, and Nordic Offset Printers Association will be bringing out a paper guide - ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ - as a complete guide to best practices across the entire paper supply and process chain. It covers paper for publishing and packaging applications for all major printing processes (offset, flexo, gravure, digital), using rolls and sheets of paper and board. The e-book will be about 180 pages, available at no

Avery Dennison has introduced a new adhesive TrueCut

Avery Dennison has introduced a new adhesive TrueCut, specifically for paper.   According to Avery, TrueCut technology adheres better on both cardboard and during low temperature applications and gaps between labels can be made smaller to generate less waste, and die lifetime is increased thanks to lower-pressure die-cutting.  The adhesive is compliant with European food regulation 1935/2004/EC as well as the German Recommendation (BfR) XIV, and can safely stand in direct contact with dry

Fespa Textile to be held in March

Fespa Textile, formerly Fespa Fabric, will open its doors alongside Fespa Digital 2016, at the RAI Amsterdam from 8-11 March 2016.

Occupying a dedicated hall of 7,342 m2, with textile equipment and applications on display throughout many wider areas of the FESPA Digital show. Visitors will have the opportunity to investigate the most appropriate digital textile solutions for their business.

Roz McGuinness, FESPA divisional director commented: “The results of our Fespa Print Census highlighted

Ipex set to return in 2017 : Informa

Informa has unveiled a new focus and frequency for Ipex, as well as a return to its former home.

The show is to return to the Birmingham NEC as part of a strategy that Informa hopes will breathe new life into the Ipex brand.

As part of the revamp, which is centred on what Hall describes as an “innovative” partnership with Picon and the NEC, the show will move to a three-year cycle, mirroring Drupa, although Informa Exhibitions managing director Peter Hall stressed that the new Ipex would be a

HP slated to be biggest exhibitor at Drupa ‘16

HP will overtake Heidelberg as the largest-single exhibitor at Drupa 2016, and a revamp of the exhibition’s floorplan will see the digital print giant take over an entire hall at the show.  HP’s graphic arts business, which will become part of the new $54.6bn turnover HP Inc organisation next month, will occupy the whole of hall 17 encompassing some 6,200sqm. At the last show in 2012, it had 4,952sqm in hall four.

“This is a big, big investment from our side and the next project for us and

Goss is marking 20 years of press automation technology

Goss is marking 20 years of press automation technology for offset printing. Goss Autoplate automatic plate-changing was first introduced on the M-600 press in 1995, offering the ability to plate up an entire press in less than three minutes due to a simple, precision-engineered sequence. Plates were placed into cassettes on the printing units while the press was running or idle; then, at the push of a button old plates were automatically rotated off the cylinders and replaced by the new

RR Donnelley has announced the closure of its North Yorkshire print site

RR Donnelley has announced the closure of its North Yorkshire print site at the end of this year.  The web offset factory was set up in 2000 to print telephone books including the Yellow Pages and other directory type products for both the UK and foreign markets. In a statement, the company said: “It is with regret that we have announced our proposal to close the Flaxby Moor facility. We propose to cease production by 31 December 2015.  The print giant, which recently celebrated its 150th

Siotec, the 10-year old trade association representing the Italian speciality print community

Siotec, the 10-year old trade association representing the Italian speciality print community, has rebranded as FESPA Italia Associazione (FESPA Italy Association).  The move follows similar decisions by several other FESPA Member Associations in recent years, with members in France, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK now using the ‘FESPA Association’ brand to affirm their link to the international umbrella organisation. The Member Associations using the FESPA brand

Polymer banknote production begins

De La Rue will start the mass production of polymer £5 notes this month, ahead of the new-style banknote’s launch in autumn 2016.

The Bank of England has also announced that the £20 note will follow the £5 and £10 in switching to polymer, and a competitive tender for the supply of the polymer substrate for the new £20 should be underway by the end of the year.

Addressing this week’s Follow the Cash conference at the University of the West of England in Bristol, Bank of England chief cashier

Huber group celebrates its 250th anniversary this year

Huber group celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.  In 1765, Mathias Mittermayr received the permit from the electoral court in Munich to sell the inks in Germany and abroad. On October 22, 2015 an  official ceremony will take place at Hofbräukeller in Munich, not far from where it all began. More than 200 international guests are expected to attend, including representatives from politics and business, shareholders and members of the founding family.  In 2006, the company planned a

Xeikon has announced that it has reached an agreement to incorporate Alwan Color Expertise

Xeikon has announced that it has reached an agreement to incorporate Alwan Color Expertise colour calibration products into its Xeikon Color Services (XCS) consulting and software offering. Most notably, Xeikon Color Services will now include a package for G7 certification and other colour matching services that leverage Alwan’s PrintStandardizer and PrintVerifier software.  “Print buyers who are procuring a variety of materials, such as marketing collateral, mailings, signage, packaging

Kodak adds feeder to NexPress

Kodak has incorporated BDT’s TPF–550 Long Sheet Deep Pile Feeder onto it NexPress digital press platform. Presses equipped with the feeder will be available worldwide from November direct from Kodak. According to BDT this is the first time the TPF–550 feeder has been integrated with a digital press.

The TPF-550 Feeder incorporates BDT’s Tornado technology for media separation, lift and transport. Tornado allows for feed parameters to be stored in the job bank and used to automatically

Fespa Digital ‘16 to be biggest yet

Fespa has unveiled the theme for next year’s 10th anniversary Fespa Digital event, which will boast the largest footprint to date.

   The marketing theme for the four-day event, which takes place on 8-11 March 2016, is ‘Become a Digital Print Hero’ and features three superheroes: Digiman; Textilewoman; and ESEman for each of the three zones, Fespa Digital, Fespa Textile and European Sign Expo.

“The revival of the comic book hero is very evident, and we think all printers are heroes in their