EFI posts strong Q2, announces $180m from Foster City HQ sale

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) more than doubled its second quarter pre-tax profit following strong double-digit growth in both its Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software business units.

The Foster City, California-based business posted a pre-tax profit of $9.1m for the quarter to 30 June, up 117% year-on-year, on group sales that were up 16% at $163.9m.

However, while revenue from Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software (previously referred to as APPS) rose 39% to $79.8m and 33% to

Domino boosts inkjet know-how with Graph-Tech buy

Domino has taken total ownership of Graph-Tech in a deal worth up to £19.1m ($29.8m).

Cambridge-headquartered Domino has worked with Graph-Tech since the 1990s, and took a 19% stake in the Swiss inkjet developer in 1999.

Graph-Tech is known for its innovative work on inkjet systems, including controllers, and manufactures two of Domino's key new product lines: the K-Series overprinting heads and N600i inkjet label press.Domino group managing director Nigel Bond said the PLC's latest

MGI re-engineers JetVarnish platform to offer 3D coating

French digital press manufacturer MGI has boasted that its new JetVarnish 3D spot UV coater eliminates the compromise of speed over coating thickness, handling both "with ease".

The new 3D coater, which is launched at Drupa, can handle production UV coating speeds while offering enhanced coating thicknesses without a detrimental impact on output.

The latest addition to the JetVarnish platform, which is now three times faster than the original machine, offers 3D spot embossing capabilities that

Durst doubles label press width with Tau 330 Drupa launch

Durst has unveiled the latest addition to its UV inkjet range of label presses, the Tau 330, which is targeting the short-run label production market.

Based upon the company's 165mm-wide Tau 150 8C machine, launched in 2010, the new platform is available in two configurations.

Durst's Tau 200 offers a print width of 200mm while the top-end Tau 330 offers print production onto a maximum 330mm web.

Capable of print speeds of up to 48 linear metres per minute, maximum hourly output can reach 950sqm

Al Mithaliyah Printing invests in their fourth Durst printer

Sharjah based screen and digital printer, Al Mithaliyah has invested in their fourth Durst printer.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, marketing manager, Jayaram Kavalloor said: "We have invested in Durst Omega machine to cater to high end and special jobs which requires high quality flat bed direct digital printing. The customers are demanding creative and innovative displays for maximum brand enhancement. Hence we feed our production line with the latest and the best machinery available."

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Memjet looks to broaden its reach heading into Drupa 2012

San Diego-based inkjet manufacturer Memjet is targeting Drupa to showcase the versatility of its core waterfall printheads, which can jet more than 700m drops of ink a second, across a broad range of OEM partners and applications.

Memjet has already gained some initial traction in the office printer and label printing space and has some 3,000 units currently installed through various label printing OEMs, according to Robert Doll, VP of Software and Systems for Memjet's labels division.


Canon & Oce plan their 'largest' stand for first joint Drupa

Canon says it has booked its largest-ever stand at Drupa 2012 as it incorporates Oce equipment for the first time in a bid to inspire printers with ideas for potential growth areas and new business opportunities.

The stand will measure 3,750sqm - 12% bigger than the one it booked for Drupa 2008 and the fourth largest overall at the exhibition; however, this time around it will incorporate Oce, which it acquired in March 2010.

Canon European professional print director David Preskett said the

HP set to be Drupa's second largest stand with 4,952 sqm

HP is to showcase its digital products and applications at Drupa 2012's second largest stand, a 4,952 sqm exhibition space.

While the manufacturer is remaining tight-lipped on whether it be will be demonstrating any new products, it has confirmed that it will be exhibiting a range of presses including Indigo, inkjet, large-format machines along with workflow, finishing, and business development technology.

HP GSB worldwide marketing director Franois Martin said: "We will be one of the largest

Agfa launches Fortuna 6 with improved security features

Agfa Graphics has released version six of its Fortuna security printing software with a range of improvements for increased security and anti-counterfeiting.

The 24-module suite is used on three-quarters of the world's banknotes according to the company, but its target market is increasingly encompassing broader packaging and other security applications.

The new version includes a Rainbow tool and Guilloche wizard (the spirograph-like patterns seen on bank notes), while improvements have been

De-inking inkjet in spotlight after European conferences

De-inking of inkjet print was in the spotlight last week as two separate European summits looked at inkjet's impact on the recycled waste stream.

With the CTP's Technical Conference on Deinking of Digital Prints taking place in Grenoble, followed by IMI's 19th European Ink Jet Printing Conference in Lisbon, experts were privvy to the latest developments in the field.

Research body InfoTrends said it believed inkjet currently contributes around 7% of digital print volume in document printing, but

Agfa boosts Anapurna range with M2540 FB

Agfa is targeting printers wanting to move into wide-format production with the latest addition to its Anapurna range, the M2540 FB.

The entry-level flatbed machine, which offers six-colour output, is also being pitched at businesses taking on UV wide-format technology.

The M2540 FB can print at a top speed of 42m2 an hour on a bed size of 2,540 x 1,540mm. It can handle substrates up to 450mm thick and to a maximum weight of 80kg.

Agfa has designed the new machine with 11 retractable register

Inkjet tech could play a role in 'smart skin' development

Hi-res inkjet could hold the key to commercial production of a new epidermal electronic system that is being developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois.

Dubbed smart skin, the technology's current incarnation uses a transfer printing fabrication system to create flexible devices with minute circuitry that can be applied to the skin and retain integrity even when bent, twisted or otherwise deformed. And because of the scale of the electronics involved, they do not need

Xerox launches DocuColor 8080 digital press with offset quality

Xerox has unveiled the latest addition to its DocuColor family of digital production printers with the launch of the DocuColor 8080.

The 80ppm digital press is designed to cater for a range of jobs that include direct mail, booklet production, marketing collateral and calendars.

The printer, which can output onto substrates up to 300gsm, features a low gloss dry ink that Xerox claims offers a smooth matt-like finish to marketing materials, helping to mirror offset print quality.

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Durst unveils "genuine alternative" to screen

Durst has unveiled its latest inkjet digital printer for the textiles sector, the Kappa 180, which the manufacturer claims offers a "genuine alternative to flat bed screen printing".

The eight-colour printer, which can print at speeds of up to 600sqm an hour, offers print resolutions to a maximum 1056 x 600dpi.

Durst's new system has been built on company's QuadroZ print-head technology and prints using water-based inks developed for piezo inkjet multi-pass printing.

Featuring a maximum printing

Ricoh announces job cuts of 10,000 to boost profitability

Shares in Japanese office equipment giant Ricoh rose yesterday on the news it is to shed 10,000 jobs in a bid to boost profitability.

The cuts programme, which will prune back almost 10% of the workforce, will take place over the next three years to March 2014 and is expected to cost the company 60bn yen (£450m).

Ricoh has seen sales dip over the past few years, hobbled by the strong yen as well as, more recently, difficulties following the huge earthquake that struck Japan in March - the

Océ unveils JetStream 1400 and 3000 at Poing summit

The JetStream 1400 and JetStream 3000 are the latest additions to the digital manufacturer's compact series and dual series, respectively.
With a printing speed of 200 metres per minute (mpm), which translates to 2,700 A4 images per minute, the Océ JetStream 3000 is the new top model in the dual series.

The 100mpm (1,350 A4 images) Océ JetStream 1400 is now the high-speed model in the compact series, which offers full-colour two-up duplex productivity in a single

Heidelberg hints at 'new fancy ideas' after tie-up for Drupa 12

Heidelberg and Ricoh, following the unveiling of their digital partnership in February, have hinted that the Drupa 2012 exhibition next May could be the backdrop for the launch of a number of jointly developed products.

At a joint press conference at Digi: media show in Düsseldorf, Heidelberg chief executive Bernhard Schreier said that the companies had formed a "joint innovation council", with a view to develop and integrate new products as part of the partnership.


HP unveils its T400 inkjet web press with 1067mm width

HP has unveiled the latest addition to its inkjet web press portfolio, the T400, which features a 1067mm web width and print speeds up to 600fpm.

The new machine was launched in Los Angeles and according to HP, couples the highest productivity with the highest quality in its class.

The manufacturer is pitching the T400 at customers in the book printing, transactional and direct mail environments. HP also intends to explore its use in the commercial print space too, where it claims it would have

Ricoh adds Creo print server to Pro C901

Ricoh has added the Creo C-81 print server as an option to power its Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition increasing its focus on more demanding graphics arts applications.

The machine is already available with EFI's Fiery E-41 print server as an entry-level option for corporate and commercial work, with the option to upgrade to the E-81 for demanding graphics environments.

The C-81 presents a different upgrade path for users with full support for Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 2, support for Pantone's

Canon unveils its production printer for photo applications

Canon has made its foray into the production photo printing market after unveiling the DreamLabo 5000, an inkjet printer it claims will "revitalise" the photo printing market.

The launch forms part of Canon's strategy to claim the top spot in the digital photography sector and the manufacturer is confident that inkjet can offer a viable alternative to silver halide technology.

The launch forms part of Canon's strategy to claim the top spot in the digital photography sector and the manufacturer is

Xerox unveils inkjet production system at Innovation days

Xerox has unveiled its foray into the production print inkjet market at the Hunkeler Innovation days show in Switzerland.

The as-yet unnamed inkjet web press incorporates waterless technology and can print at speeds of up to 152.4 metres per minute.

The four-colour printer will be available in both simplex and duplex configurations and features a printing width of 52cm.

Eric Armour, president of Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group, said the production inkjet machine cut through the

Dimensional printing gets lift from Kodak with Nexpress

Kodak's dimensional ink capability is helping its customer's print truly stand out from the competition.

Through the application of a clear, dry toner from the fifth imaging unit on the Kodak Nexpress digital production press, the process can create all sorts of effects often mimicking the images underneath.

Precise ink control enables users to define intricate elements within the printed image to create a distinctive look and feel as well as different textures. The ink can be raised to varying

Digi Matrix to exhibit bending machine suitable for 3D at SGI

Dubai based distributors Digi Matrix Technologies will be participating at this year's edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) new addition to their product line, the automatic computerised bending machine which is suitable for 3D lettering for the signage industry.

Bilal Al-Hattab, managing director, Digi Matrix said, "This year we will show the Dilli UV-Flatbed, Digi Cam, the CNC Router machine equipped with the digital cutting system and also the new addition to our product line which is

Mutoh extends UV and textile applications

Mutoh has bolstered its range of printers and cutters to broaden the range of flexible substrate and textile applications addressed.

The new flexible ink set for its UV-cured Zephyr printer in addition to the hard ink set already available widens the uses of the machine to include vehicle wrapping and any other job that requires the ink film to deform without cracking including thermoforming.

With an ability to be extended by 200% the new ink opens up applications that were previously the

Agfa throws down gauntlet to large-format litho with Titan

Agfa claims to be taking on large-format litho with the print quality delivered by the latest additions to its range of UV-cured flatbeds.

"Our quality benchmark is litho; screen has been losing out at the top end of the market for several years," said Agfa Graphics inkjet systems vice-president Richard Barham. "We're going after work produced on the KBA 205. Greyscale printing on the M-Press and the Jeti 3020 Titan allow us to do that."

At SGIA in Las Vegas the firm launched the Jeti 3020 Titan

EFI reports revenue surge with strong Q3, results in 3 segments

EFI has posted an almost 30% year-on-year increase in third-quarter revenues, following strong growth across all three of its segments.

The highlight from EFI's inkjet division, which grew 18% year on year, came in UV ink sales, with volumes up 43% year on year, driven by "terrific demand" for the Vutek GS series, which passed the 100th unit sold mark in the quarter.

In addition to the year-on-year increase, year-to-date growth in UV ink sales rose from 35% for the first six months to 41% for the

Mimaki increases speed and flexibility of JFX LED UV flatbed

Mimaki has updated its UV-cured flatbed the JFX, increasing the speed and flexibility and adding a smaller bed size to the range. This series is 80% faster than its existing model JFX-1631 due to a newly implemented post-curing unit.

The JFX-plus machines are available in the original 1.6x3.1m bed size (the 1631) and in a half size 1.6x1.5m model the 1615.

JFX plus series now achieves a maximum print speed of 23.6 sqm/h (300 x 600dpi / 4pass / bidirectional) due to the new standard installation

Canon unveils 3 new production concept presses at Paris event

Canon unveiled three new concept production machines, including an imagePress with clear toner capability, at its Paris Expo event.

The company was keeping details of the new machine, codenamed imagePress Z, under wraps, but it is understood to based on the firm's flagship imagePress C7010. It appears to utilise the clear toner technology of the entry-level imagePress C1+, launched at Drupa 2008, which can produce matt or gloss flood varnish finishes, spot varnish and a pseudo-metallic

Kodak's Prosper prospects hit by Rotomail's switch to HP kit

Kodak has suffered a setback to the launch of its Prosper press range, with Italian firm Rotomail opting for an HP T300 machine instead of Kodak's Prosper 5000XL.

Milan-based Rotomail was to be the European beta site for Kodak's colour machine, which was due to be installed over the summer.

"Rotomail Italia has decided to withdraw as its volume demands were not conducive to being part of a beta programme," said Eric Owen, vice-president of sales, Kodak digital printing solutions. "Instead it has

Durst eyes growing soft signage market with Rhotex 320 launch

Durst has claimed its Fespa-launched Rhotex 320 inkjet wide-format printer has created a new market for the sector.

The company said the 3.2m-wide Rhotex 320 was the first machine for the industrial soft signage market.

It prints directly onto textiles at speeds of up to 70m2 per hour. It's available in six-colours and uses water-based dispersed dye inks. Applications include flags and banners.

According to Durst chief executive Richard Piock, soft signage is the fastest growing segment in the