World premiere for NoeCha LFP

NoeCha showed its new UV-LED NoeCha1 wide-format industrial printer in public for the first time at Fespa.

   The Italian manufacturer previewed the initial design of the 3.2m wide press last year, featuring mercury lamps. But these have now been replaced by a cool curing LED system of the firm’s own design.

    The printhead carriage has also been redesigned to make access easier for maintenance, and for higher precision when printing. The flatbed NoeCha1 is printing live on the firm’s

Epson debuts flagship SureColor at Fespa

Epson has premiered a new addition to its SureColor dye-sub range, the SureColor SC-F9200, at Fespa. The device, the firm’s star of the show on its booth, can be used with sublimation papers to produce textiles such as clothing, sportswear and home furnishings, as well as soft signage and flags. The 1.6m-wide machine prints at 720 x 1440dpi at speeds of up to 97sqm/hr in draft mode, 56sqm/hr in production mode and 27sqm/hr in quality mode.

The printer, which has two high-capacity ink supply

Azonprinter exhibits UV printer

Croatian manufacturer Azonprinter showed its latest A3-format flatbed UV printer, the Razor, at Fespa.

   The Razor features a power adjustable LED curing system, which enables the machine to print directly onto PET, polycarbonate, TPU, wood, leathers and other soft materials.

   The recently launched 1,440x5,760dpi device has a maximum print format of 300x800mm and has an adapter for printing onto cylindrical objects. The machine can handle a maximum thickness of 200mm.

   “We are

Bielomatik files for Chapter 11

Bielomatik – which makes Heidelberg’s CutStar among other products – has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to avoid insolvency.

The German manufacturer is still financially solvent and it emphasised that it will continue to trade normally, under the “protective shield” of Chapter 11. “We are able to fulfil all customer orders as planned. Moreover, we can and will pay our orders with suppliers,” stated chairman Alexander Wassermann.

It intends to sell off its paper converting

De La Rue resolves banknote paper issues

De La Rue has finally put a figure on the likely payout to the Bank of India as a result of the paper production issues that have now cost the group more than $61.5m.

The saga dates back to the summer of 2010, when De La Rue admitted to “quality and production irregularities” at its Overton banknote paper mill and launched a major inquiry into what had gone wrong.

The scandal resulted in the departure of then-chief executive James Hussey and involved a huge hit to the security printer’s

Xerox, Fotoba launch new printer

Xerox and Fotoba launched a new production printer - Fotoba FHS42, which they say runs in line with the Xerox wide format IJP 2000 to increase automation and accelerate delivery speeds.

Xerox partnered with Fotoba to customize the cutter to match key specifications of the IJP 2000, including synchronizing speeds at 4,520 square feet (420 square meters) per hour and qualifying the same  range of media. These include matte coated, photogloss, satin, blueback and backlit/stoplight films,


Morgana launches new BM500 bookletmaker

Finishing equipment manufacturer Morgana has introduced the BM500, a new addition to its booklet making range, which is capable of producing booklets of up to 200 pages.

The device is an off-line adaptation of an in-line machine sold via Xerox and Ricoh to produce booklets with the mid-production digital print engines supplied by those companies.

The BM500 can be supplied as a standalone hand-fed unit, or linked with either the recently launched AF602 or other Morgana feeders. Also

Brother’s spring to new markets

It’s 30 years since Domino Printing Sciences floated on the stock market. As it happens, the year of this anniversary will also involve the company being de-listed – assuming all goes to plan with Brother’s $1.5bn recommended bid for the group.

While it doesn’t, yet, have much of a profile in commercial printing Brother’s direct-to-garment devices will be familiar to Fespa visitors. Its other products include domestic and industrial machines. Brother plans to use Domino as a springboard for

Ultrachem’s Fastbond Adhesive

Independent manufacturer and supplier of coatings and pressroom consumables Ultrachem has launched Fastbond clear ultraviolet curing adhesive.

Fastbond Adhesive, which is available with immediate effect, is formulated for use on film-to-board and film-to-film bonding and offers high bond strength when used with suitable boards, and treated or coated films.

The product is free of toxic chemicals, HDDA and benzophenone, which makes it suitable for food packaging. It also forms a barrier for

Canon launches new UV curable ink at Fespa

Canon has launched and demonstrate a new UV-curable ink for its Océ Arizona 300-, 400- and 600-Series printers at Fespa 2015 event in Cologne.

The ink, which is named IJC257 and offers strong adhesion to a wide range of indoor and outdoor rigid and flexible media, will be demonstrated on an Océ Arizona 480GT UV flatbed printer on the firm’s stand.

“The new IJC257 ink is a ‘best of both worlds’ product - it combines the high adhesion characteristics of our specialist industrial ink with the

KBA sales on target & profits improve

KBA has posted operating profit of $15.356m in its 2014 financial report, although its order intake fell by 5.5%.

The German press manufacturer said initial positive impacts from its group realignment, which began at the start of 2014, are now visible.

Compared with the previous year, when restructuring expenses of over $169m strained its operating result and delivered an operating loss of $142.339m, in 2014 both KBA’s sheetfed offset segment and the web and special press division posted an

Xaar sees potential in sheetfed

New Xaar chief executive Doug Edwards is aiming to expand the use of the firm’s technology in commercial print, and has inkjet replacements for today’s mid-range electrophotographic digital presses in his sights as a potential market. Edwards joined the business in January, and has now completed the handover process. 

Following an annus horribilis, where a slowdown in the Chinese ceramic printing industry that made up two-thirds of the firm’s sales hit the company’s results and resulted in

Canon launches Océ ColorStream

Canon Europe has launched the Océ ColorStream 3000 Z, a high-speed commercial inkjet printing system, at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Canon said the 3000 Z series, which is designed in parallel to the existing Océ ColorStream 3000 range, is suitable for companies requiring a smaller footprint or support for stacked paper.

The series features a modified design of the ColorStream 3000 range and is suitable for smaller print environments that might not be suitable for

Heidelberg boosts its services with PSG buy

Heidelberg signed an  agreement to acquire European Printing Systems Group (PSG), for an undisclosed sum. 

Heidelberg said the acquisition will significantly expand its services and consumables business. The firm’s medium-term goal is for services and consumables to account for over 50% of its total sales. The figure currently stands at around 40%.

PSG, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, consists of a number of subsidiaries based around Europe; Plantin and Grafimat in Belgium

Drupa switches to 3-year cycle

Just over two years after it scrubbed a mooted change in frequency following negative feedback from exhibitors, Drupa is to switch from a four-year cycle to a three-year cycle after next year’s show.

The decision was approved at a meeting of the Drupa committee on 10th February.

According to Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the Drupa advisory board and KBA president, the decision reflects radical changes in print production driven by the internet and digital technologies.However

Heidelberg sets ambitious consumables target following BluePrint acquisition

Heidelberg has said its purchase of Belgian consumables business BluePrint Products is just the start of a “more ambitious phase” of acquisition-led expansion.

The German press manufacturer plans to grow its 5% share of the $9.023bn global graphic arts consumables market through acquisition and exclusive partnerships.

Harald Weimer, board member responsible for sales and Heidelberg Services, said: “It is six years since we bought Hi-Tech Coatings in the UK but it may not be so long before

Manroland Sheetfed cuts production hours on dip in China orders

Manroland Sheetfed has imposed short-time working on approximately 800 staff at its manufacturing facility in Offenbach, according to German media reports.

All areas of the company are said to be affected by the short-time working, except those that carry a legal exception such as trainees and their trainers.

The reduction in working hours is a result of a drop in orders from China, according to newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, which said that short-time working had been registered until

CET Color launches Q5, UV presses

CET Color has introduced the Q5 series, a line of UV flatbed and hybrid printing presses, Big Picture reported.

   The series includes Ricoh Gen5 printheads, which feature grayscale printing with 600 dpi resolution, and an automatic height detection system that calibrates printhead distance for dot placement and image quality for varying media heights.

An optional static suppression kit is available. Colour configurations offered include CMYK + White and CMYKx2 + White. Max. print speeds

‘New’ 700 is the logical launch for Manroland

Manroland Sheetfed passed perhaps the last significant milestone in its reinvention post its 2012 insolvency and acquisition by Langley Holdings: it launched a new press. Quite how ‘new’ a press is debatable given that this is the latest incarnation of the Roland 700 series, which had its debut way back at Drupa 1990.

What is known about the Evolution is that it replaces the 700 HiPrint HS and the 700 Direct Drive, thereby consolidating the 700 series down to two models: the Evolution and

KBA posts results for Q3 2014

KBA has posted significant increases in sales, operating profit and pre-tax earnings in its results for the nine months to 30 September 2014.

     Group sales increased 8.5% to $982m, while the press manufacturer’s operating and pre-tax results both moved into the black, coming in at $8.7m and $1.5m respectively, compared with losses of $13.2m and $20.2m in the same period last year.

    In KBA’s sheetfed presses segment sales rose 6.5% to $503.8m, although this was outstripped by growth in

‘New’ Kodak sees first profit since Chapter 11

“Solid growth” in its printing plates and CTP business has helped propel Kodak to its first profit since emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, although the results were also boosted by a one-off gain from its intellectual property (IP). Sales in the three months to 30 September nudged up by $1m to $564m compared with the previous year.

The group posted net earnings of $19m for the period. In 2013 it was in the red in Q3 prior to a $2.21bn exceptional gain due to its reorganisation

EFI acquires Polymeric Imaging’s business

EFI has acquired key intellectual property assets for digital inkjet printing of thermoformed products from Polymeric Imaging, a specialist provider of UV and LED inks for industrial and graphic arts applications. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the deal is not expected to be material to EFI’s Q4 or full-year 2014 financial results.

“This acquisition continues EFI’s momentum in inkjet graphics printing following a highly successful SGIA Expo highlighting our

KBA launches wide web digital and partners HP


KBA has launched the widest full-colour digital web press yet, the RotaJet L-Series.

It will be available in 89cm-1.3m-wide variants in monochrome or four-colour and as all the machines are based on the same mechanical base users will be able to upgrade if needed to the full width and full-colour.

The chassis is also designed to enable the print heads to be retrofitted to enable users to benefit from the advances in this technology without having to invest in totally new mechanical

LE-UV showdown at H’berg event this year

Heidelberg will pit conventional drying technology versus low-energy UV (LE-UV) drying at its Hei Tech Challenge open house in November this year.

The centrepiece of the event will be two Speedmaster B2 presses running different drying technologies - an SX 74 featuring LE-UV drying and an XL 75 running conventional oil-based inks with IR drying - to give printers an insight into the benefits of each.

Both presses will run jobs side-by-side on a range of different stocks to allow the colour

KBA acts to right-size web ops

KBA has agreed measures to dramatically downsize two manufacturing facilities related to its web offset press business.

The press manufacturer has concluded negotiations over the cuts with unions and worker representatives at its Albert-Frankenthal and KBA-FT Engineering sites, which are both located in Frankenthal. The move had been on the cards as part of KBA’s Fit@All restructuring programme. At the half-year KBA flagged that the high costs of idle facilities due to a dearth of web press

KBA adds UV LED option to press portfolio

KBA has become the latest press manufacturer to offer UV LED curing after securing a deal with US-based curing kit manufacturer Air Motion Systems (AMS).

AMS will supply LED curing systems to KBA in Germany as a factory-fitted option on the manufacturer’s range of presses from the small-format anilox Genius all the way up to its super large-format Rapida 205.

The two firms have developed an LED curing system specifically for KBA’s VariDry system, which fully integrates with the press’s

Drupa releases its first Global Insights report

Messe Düsseldorf will publish the first of four Global Insights reports on the print industry next month as part of the build-up to Drupa 2016. The impact of the internet on print - The digital flood will focus on the challenges and opportunities arising from the transition to online communications.

It is said to illustrate how print buyers, printers and their suppliers are being compelled to deal with new challenges and opportunities such as web-to-print, VDP, augmented reality, QR codes

De La Rue finally finds new chief

De La Rue has ended its six-month search for a new chief executive and appointed a BAE Systems cyber security chief.

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence managing director Martin Sutherland will take the reins at the £513m ($852m)-turnover banknote and security printer “no later than 13 October”. His appointment follows the resignation of Tom Cobbold, who left the business after three years to head up international media and events business UBM in March. In a statement, De La Rue said

’Muted’ start to year for Heidelberg, sales drop

Heidelberg has reported a sharp drop in sales in Q1, but almost halved its operating losses in the period.

Sales at the press manufacturer, which is part-way through a major reshaping of its operations, fell 14% to $571.2m in the three months to 30 June. Incoming orders fell 8.6% to $772.4m.

Equipment sales fell 16.7% to $294.2m, and services revenue was down 10.3% at $274.5m although that division’s share of group sales grew to 48%. Heidelberg said the “muted” start to its financial year

New business streams paying off for KBA

First-half sales are up at KBA, which came close to breaking even in the period. Sales in the six months to 30 June were up 3.1% to $680.2m, and the press manufacturer posted an operating profit of $5m compared with last year’s $6.44m operating loss.

Sales grew at both its divisions. Sheetfed offset presses increased 4.3% to $338.1m, and the web and special presses operation was up 2% to $342.1m. Sheetfed returned to the black with a $2m operating profit, a big turnaround from 2013’s $12.34m