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Pack Print International 2011 delivers record sales and visitors Volatile Thailand and changed mindsets Heidelberg Thailand ends Pack Print International 2011 with Strong Sales Kodak Offers World-Saving Innovation Prinect solutions boost print shops' economic success Improves UV-Setter efficiency Rewarded as the 300th user in Japan Extensive portfolio at Pack Print International 2011 Epson Establishes Textile Printing Center in Kyoto TSELLING DIGITAL PRINTING – Choosing Your Long Term Equipment Partner Quality with the Industry’s Smallest Footprint The PPI Top 100 - most companies in the black Sustainability has arrived at print shops Outstanding potential as a printing press Popular compact platform, new press launch, new finishing options manroland posts order gains in the first half of 2011 Materials that uses biomass polyethylene Sankei Shimbun Printing Co. achieves greater color Automation in Finishing HP phasing out solvent Fujifilm inks first to be approved by the Soil Association Certification ContiTech Presents Four Printing Blanket Highlights Industry news from all over the world Classififed pages Some funny items collected over the last month

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Pack Print International 2011 delivers record sales and visitors

The 3rd edition of Pack Print International closed on 3 September 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, as the most successful regional exhibition for the packaging and printing sectors. The sentiment was unanimous for some 200 exhibitors from 20 countries at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Initial statistics indicate the exhibition attracted 17,000 attendees from more than 50 countries and a fourfold increase in international visitors compared to 2009. The exhibition was noteworthy for the high quality visitors and number of new local visitors across the packaging and printing sectors. Exhibitors commented that the strength of the exhibition was its ability to attract the right audience, that is, trade buyers with real influence in the buying decision. The exhibition ended on an extremely positive note with overwhelming results that saw an increase of about 40% in visitor attendance compared to the 2009 edition. Exhibitors were in good spirits and reported having a steady stream of meetings with high-quality visitors throughout the four days, as well as receiving specific orders. Many exhibitors expect active post-exhibition business and will also continue to use the online business matching service,

which is valid for up to one year after the exhibition. Joint organisers of PPI, Messe Düsseldorf Asia, The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association are extremely satisfied with the highly effective forum for Thailand’s packaging and printing

sectors. Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia, Gernot Ringling comments, “Pack Print International 2011 has hit record sales and international visitorship that has exceeded expectations. There was a real buzz around the show floor throughout the four days

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with trade visitors actively seeking new products and services, and business opportunities. Feedback from exhibitors was that they were very surprised with the volume of actual sales contracted onsite from both local and international visitors.” “In all, the exhibition was a tremendous success and Messe Düsseldorf Asia thanks the exhibitors, visitors, joint organisers, seminar speakers, sponsors and other participants who contributed to Pack Print International 2011 and we look forward to building on the momentum and quality of this year,” he added. Commented Kashem Yaemvathithong, President of The Thai Packaging Association, there was continuous activity on the show floor and a

steady stream of quality exhibitors throughout the exhibition. Pornchai Rattanachaikanont, President of The Thai Printing Association, noted that: “This shows continues to be very attractive and relevant to the industry, and judging by the number of machines sold off on the show floor, it is a key indicator of the value being derived by

both exhibitors and visitors.” Messe Dusseldorf Asia has announced dates for Pack Print International 2013 – 28 to 31 August at BITEC, Bangkok, with a number of key exhibitors already showing strong commitment to return in 2013.


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“We exceeded our sales targets at Pack Print International, and based on this year’s show, we are very confident we will be back in 2013,” said Keith Patten, General Manager, Heidelberg Graphics (Thailand). Other exhibitors had similar sentiments; Qi Xian Yun, managing director of Sanxin Printing Machine Material said: “Pack Print International is an ideal platform for brand building, to increase awareness and gain market presence in Thailand. It is a growing market with much potential, and Sanxin is planning to come back in 2013 with a much bigger booth.” According to sales manager Naruj Rattanaurachai from Bobst Group (Thailand), they exceeded sales targets set and had numerous new customers to their booth, “we are extremely happy with the number and quality of visitors to Minister of Industry, and we have never had so many people visit our booth at a trade exhibition in Southeast Asia before.” The results for the 2011 edition exceeded all pre-exhibition expectations, and attracted visiting delegations from India, Malaysia, Northern Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines, including a visiting delegation from West Africa, on an exchange programme through the Thai Packaging Centre. Thailand’s Minister of Industry, Wannarat Channukul, who opened the exhibition, commented that the show provided an excellent networking forum among international and Thai companies. He added this would assist in jointly creating and enhancing Thailand’s manufacturing standards and practices. The initial results of the visitor survey confirm the impressions of exhibitors. Particularly striking is the exhibition’s internationality, which underlines its standing as the region’s most important trade exhibition in its sector. •


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Volatile Thailand and changed mindsets Thailand is known as a digital printing hub, yet conventional printing attracted substantial visitors to Pack Print International (PPI) 2011. Chaiyos Kongthaisereekul, managing director of Nationwide Co Ltd, distributor for Xingraphics, feels paralleling will occur. He tells Christel Lee of PPPA why. Fruitful partnership with Xingraphics Xingraphics, represented by Nationwide Co Ltd, has been gradually gaining its position as a world-class plate supplier. Since commencing the partnership in late 2008, today Nationwide has clients, which include leading printers, publishers and repro houses, satisfied with Chengdu-based Xingraphics’ products. Kongthaisereekul was quick to point out that initially the market wasn’t ready to accept the newcomer. “Every country has the same prejudice against Chinamade products. Nationwide Co therefore adopted a different approach. Prior to our collaboration, I made a personal visit to Xingraphics in Chengdu with our technical team. “Witnessing for myself that Xingraphics’ plates are manufactured with high quality aluminium from Germany and Japan is an added form of assurance I can extend to customers when I introduce Xingraphics’ products,” he highlights. Nationwide Co Ltd shares a fruitful partnership with Xingraphics as its distributor in Thailand. Kongthaisereekul notes, “Nationwide Co has been in the prepress business for many years. Our customers have faith in us – which helps in shaping the stereotypical mindsets, not to mention that customers are experienced and know when they are sold an inferior product. However, there were some who had reservations and we insisted they give Xingraphics a try. “I believe the key to customers’ faith in both Nationwide Co and Xingraphics is the know-how plus the technical

Vichein Kongthaisereekul, sales manager, and Chaiyos Kongthaisereekul, managing director of Nationwide Co., Ltd. support from both companies which includes training the customers’ operators on handling the plate. Today we have a good market share in Thailand for the CtP business.”

ourselves to inform the customers of such a change in the industry, so they can explore other alternatives. That led us to offer Xingraphics’ products to our customers.”

Conventional and digital printing will eventually be parallel While the number of offset press manufacturers exhibiting at PPI 2011 may have been an earth shaker to some, others felt such a trend is inevitable. Kongthaisereekul, has also noted the heat in the competition. However, he believes both can co-exist to better address the needs of the market.

As much as it seemed to be a natural thing to do, it was not a smooth process. Kongthaisereekul recalls, “Customers were not ready for digital printing two years back when we tried to introduce the concept. Some got hostile towards digital printing then. Today, they are more receptive as they have understood that the emergence of digital is inevitable.”

He said, “The printing market has been getting more competitive lately. It is our duty to provide our customers with the best products accompanied by competitive prices. It’s also our duty to update our customers on the developments in the technologies. In prepress, we have observed rapid changes in technology triggered by drastic price hikes of film for colour separation.

When quizzed if the market in Thailand views both as being competitive in nature, his response reflected that this is no longer the case. “Customers have realised they may lose certain sectors of the business such as short-run jobs, or personalised printing, if they don’t adopt digital printing. They have also grown to be more open and some have also embraced its existence. I personally feel that eventually both conventional and digital printing will be parallel, and a printer has to adopt both methods of printing to sustain the business in a competitive market,” he shares. •

“The cost of making a conventional plate has become more expensive compared to that of a CtP plate. We have, therefore, taken the responsibility upon

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Heidelberg Thailand ends Pack Print International 2011 with strong sales At the Pack Print 2011 exhibition held in Bangkok from 31st August to 3rd September, Heidelberg Thailand displayed Commercial, Short Run, and Digital solutions around 20,000 visitors over the 4 days. Heidelberg Thailand successfully achieved its objective of addressing the needs of medium and small printers. The stand displayed Speedmaster SM 74-4 and Anicolor SM 52-4-L offset presses supported by Polar 115XC cutter, Stahlfolder KH 66, Suprasetter A105 CtP image setter and Prinect workflow. The digital solution demonstrated a Ricoh Pro C901 digital print production press and Polar 66 small format cutter. Heidelberg Services were integrated into the overall booth concept to show Heidelberg’s capability for Service, Spare Parts, Consumables, and Remarketed solutions. Additionally, Heidelberg Thailand promoted its new Online Shop (OLS) to prepare for the launch in early November 2011 which will allow customers to purchase consumables via the internet 24 hours a day. OLS also enables unique shopping lists to be set up so customers can very easily buy consumables matched to the equipment the customer is running. This makes selection and ordering very simple.

The commitment of the Thai Government to the Print Media Industry was clearly demonstrated as the exhibition was official opened by His Excellency Wannarat Channukul, Minister of Industry. Thailand’s strategic location in South East Asia, ensured that of the more than 20,000 visitors attending, about 2,000 came from neighbouring countries such as Laos, Vietnam, and Burma. Staff and customers were especially impressed by the attendance of Mr. Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board, responsible for Heidelberg Equipment along with Lead Market Singapore Head Bent Mortensen and other

support staff from the regional office eager to help make the expo a success. Over the 4 days, the stand was packed with visitors from early morning to late evening and the 6 daily “Total Solution” presentations were filled over flow with customers standing behind the seating to see what was on offer. Customers were inspired by what they saw and during the show orders for equipment and consumables exceeded expectations. Customer’s showed confidence in Heidelberg’s wide range and support capability with commitments on presses, digital printers, CtP devices and finishing equipment. Many sales leads were also generated giving the Heidelberg Thailand team a huge opportunity to close further orders in the coming months. Rene Ludvigsen, Managing Director of Heidelberg Thailand, was over the moon about the success of the show “This show clearly demonstrates the optimism and excitement of the Thai printing industry at present. I am extremely happy with the results, rest assured this will be another successful year for Heidelberg Thailand.” • Mr. Poonlap Veratanabutr from Tanabutr Co., Ltd. (in the middle) signed the first contract for digital print production press at the show

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Kodak offers world-saving innovation Kodak pushes printing technology for environment, presenting the “Flexcel NX” digital printing solution at the Pack Print International event. With advanced technologies, quality printing jobs are created to cut manufacturing costs, save energy, water and chemicals, reduces raw materials use, and pave way for companies to sustainably run their businesses in the AsiaPacific region. Kodak is now ready to penetrate the Thai market, launching clean technologies to support the market growth. Mr. Steve Green, Regional Managing Director . Consumer Digital Group and Graphic Communications Group. Asia Pacific Region Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company, talked about the direction of modern printing business, saying printing industries nowadays pay more attention to environment. This is in lines with Kodak's policies which focus not only on business growth, but also on environment. As a result, Kodak chooses to emphasize the digital system – key to future printing world. The Flexcel NX technology results in quality printing jobs, costs cutting and damage reducing in the printing process. Therefore, Flexcel NX cuts costs well and is

importantly safe for customers. Kodak has been determined to run its business to be an environmentallyfriendly company throughout 15 years. It aims to reduce energy consumption and worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Up to 45 percent of energy and

greenhouse gases have been cut since 2002. Kodak's quality products have been designed and developed to take responsibilities for society. New technologies have been developed, particularly for the printing business group to help reduce the printing process. With digital system, printing jobs become less complicated and more economical in terms of time and costs. Developing printing jobs in the digital system is one of the five main missions in Kodak's five-year plan in which Kodak is so determined to make printing jobs produce less carbon dioxide, waste and chemicals. This will also cover printing industries in China where Kodak's Asia Pacific printing industry hub is located. In Thailand, Kodak has tried to make environmentally-friendly printing technologies become widespread. All Kodak environmentallyfriendly products will be unveiled at the Pack Print International which will take place from August 31 to September 3, 2011. The new technologies are expected to help expand the printing market in Thailand and sustainably develop Thailand's printing industry. •

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Prinect solutions boost print shops' economic success • Combination of Prinect workflow's online functions delivers lasting boost to print shops' business success • Prinect Performance Benchmarking offers print shops objective comparison of productivity based on continuously updated global machine data • Prinect Mobile and Analyze Point enable print shops to access their production status at any time and from anywhere Users of the Prinect print shop workflow from Heidelberg can significantly increase transparency in their print shop thanks to a smart combination of various web-based Prinect functions that delivers fresh impetus for their company's economic success. The new online tool Prinect Performance Benchmarking enables print shops to compare the performance of their Speedmaster presses with other print shops. To do this, Heidelberg automatically records the performance of connected machines, evaluates this information centrally, and makes it available on the Prinect Online Portal for comparison. More than 100 Speedmaster presses are already integrated into this system worldwide. This gives print shops precise information on their own productivity based on continuously updated data from around the world. A print shop requiring a detailed analysis of its own productivity can obtain this with Analyze Point, an option in Prinect Pressroom Manager, a software tool that records and evaluates times, quantities, and events in all areas of a print shop's production operations. Direct access to job and machine processes delivers an instant overview. Production and consumption information can be recorded and evaluated over long periods. This data forms an important basis for identifying potential for improvement and pursuing ongoing optimization. Analyze Point and Prinect Performance Benchmarking convert the productivity of a press into an overall equipment efficiency (OEE) rating, an internationally recognized measure of production equipment efficiency.

Prinect Performance Benchmarking can be combined with Analyze Point. Prinect Performance Benchmarking compares a print shop's own productivity with other companies to determine how it is performing, while Analyze Point enables detailed analysis at the print shop to identify suitable optimization measures. The Prinect Mobile function enables customers to access Analyze Point via an Android smartphone, IPhone, or IPad at any time and from anywhere. Prinect Mobile enables access to Prinect workflow data on the move and provides information on aspects such as job status, machine utilization, and shift progress. Field staff in discussions with print buyers can therefore access information on the progress of their jobs on the move at any time of day. Combined use of these three Prinect functions gives key benefits to users,

particularly top-level management, operational and technical managers, quality control officers, and sales staff, allowing them to get a precise picture of their company's performance at any time. The evaluations help companies deliver ongoing improvements. The data obtained forms an important basis for upcoming organizational changes or investment decisions and adds to the range of advisory services that Heidelberg can offer for analyzing customers' operations. "Not only are mobile Internet platforms revolutionizing print buyers' usage, print shop managers can also benefit from the opportunities on offer. With the Prinect workflow's numerous online functions, Heidelberg has created a means for making all of a print shop's valueenhancing processes transparent and viewable at any time," says Christopher Berti, Head of Prinect and CtP. Positive customer feedback Customers working with these Prinect solutions are impressed with the benefits. One of the first users to combine Analyze Point and Prinect Mobile is the Bauer GmbH print shop in Pfedelbach near Heilbronn. "Each and every month, Analyze Point shows me how the productivity of my presses is progressing," says project manager Matthias Bauer. "This enables me early on to identify if the overall productivity changes and if so, to take appropriate action. Using Prinect Mobile, I look at Analyze Point when I'm on the move to see whether a particular job is already being printed. This means I can make decisions or find a remedy without having to be on-site."

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Improves UV-Setter efficiency basysPrint has drawn on its expertise in operating UV-Setters to develop a 'Touch Setter' that features a completely new graphical user interface (GUI) and state-of-the-art software. The new exposure unit interface ensures fast, highly consistent operation via a simple and intuitive touch screen interface. The operating concept behind the basysPrint exposure unit revolves around ‘touch menus’. Fitted with a touch screen, it can be used for file management, ongoing operations, settings, maintenance and servicing. The UV-Setter can also be controlled from any computer on the network, or even via wireless portable devices.

change priority of jobs or conveniently re-output jobs as a single separation or even a complete color set.

“Today, almost everyone has CtP and systems and devices. But despite significant technological advances there’s still room to improve efficiency," comments Christophe Lievens, Director of Sales and Marketing at basysPrint. "The new exposure unit control of the basysPrint UV-Setter features an ultramodern interface that streamlines the way operators work. Plus operators will enjoy easy maintenance, integrated tools, XML-based data feedback, remote control and status checks, and complete control from Smartphones.”

Furthermore, by touching the screen to enter the service mode, operators are able to control all settings for the exposure unit head - even certain exposure unit movements. To align all parts of the machines correctly, the operator can tap the corresponding symbol in the relevant screen. And thanks to a virtual keyboard, entering absolute values is as precise as using an entry screen. Users can also adjust settings to focus the exposure unit head or align and control the speed of the plate charger. Finally, CSV files providing data on plate consumption and operating times for evaluation, recalculations and internal reports can also easily be exported from the unit.

Highly effective exposure unit control The GUI is brand-new software that controls the exposure unit and provides access to all settings, operating modes, and maintenance and service functions. Even the start-up screen clearly shows what is running on the UV-Setter. The operational screen enables users to easily search by job name, smoothly

Calibration of the UV-Setter - which previously could be a laborious process - is now simplified thanks to the test exposure file integrated in the GUI. Features such as priority control can be used to handle production requests, ensuring that all plates from different orders are exposed one after another.

Smarter UV-Setter The new operating interface can be used remotely, enabling operators to view and control the exposure unit from any location. The number of us-

ers that can access the system is not limited by the manufacturer, and the convenient remote control function does not require the user to purchase any extra licenses, ensuring no extra costs. Because this new UV-Setter operating system is similar to the one used on many Smartphones, the GUI can also be used on these devices. Authorized operators, supervisors or technicians can also control operation of the UV-Setter from a Smartphone. The remote tasks possible from a mobile device include: Searching for specific orders Checking, managing and controlling the order backlog Monitoring the fill level of the plate magazine Available plate sizes Completed jobs Extensive error logging Available since beginning of this year, all basysPrint UV-Setters are being supplied with the new GUI. It can be localized in any language, including all of the common international languages, such as German, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian, as well as Chinese and Korean, plus more. Next to this, basysPrint has taken into account its existing customer base by modernizing the software of the installed UV-Setters accordingly, starting in Brazil, India, Turkey and China.•

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Rewarded as the 300th user in Japan Gotanda Shinagawa, Tokyo. President Hiroyuki Matsuishi) and King Printers, Ltd. (2-10-21 Senshu Nishiyodogawa Osaka, Japan. President Peter Horvath) announced today at the IGAS2011 press conference, the 300th installation of Agfa Graphics’ :Azura TS in Japan at King Printers. "We are very pleased to have the 300th :Azura TS installation in Japan," said Mr. Marc Op de Beeck, Vice President of Agfa Graphics Growth Markets, "King Printers, Inc. is a booming company and a great customer for us, and Japan is the largest single market for our :Azura TS. We are pleased to have this news in time for the international IGAS2011 exhibition. "The argument of 'How to reduce the chemicals and waste in a CtP technology' is obsolete. It's the age of 'Chemistry-free', 'Waste-free', said Mr. Hiroyuki Matsuishi, President of Agfa-Gevaert Japan. ":Azura TS is the world's best selling chemistry-free plate, and it boasts more than 90 percent in our market. Chemistry-free processes reduce hazardous operations in pre-press, hence also the environmental impact. Chemistry-free plate-making is very stable thanks to the elimination of chemical process parameters, which improves overall press quality. This is the reason why King Printers, Inc. have chosen :Azura TS, because they require the highest quality CtP and care about the environmental impact and customers' needs. This 300th installation reward for King Printers, Inc. with Azura TS will create more interest in chemfree plates." After the introduction of the company profile and history, Mr. Takeshi Ueyama, Vice President of King Printers, Inc. said, "We have had a web based print order system from the beginning of our business, and later we have set up the online self service printing site for registered customers. Now, our user base exceeds 40,000, due to our persistent effort trying to be a good busi-

Marc Op de Beeck (right) of Agfa Gaphics congratulated Ueyama of King Printers, Inc. as the 300th user of the :Azura TS in Japan ness partner for our users with the high speed, good price, and the best quality printing. We have used the :Azura TS for a month, and we are satisfied with the sharp halftone dot and good reproduction quality. Because of the elimination of the development processes, it brings us stable color reproduction which is perfect for repeat orders from our satisfied customers. As I heard that our :Azura TS was the 300th installment in Japan, our decision to choose the chemistry- free plate :Azura TS for the improvement in environment and quality printing was definitely right. For the further contribution to society by the use of :Azura TS in our eco-friendly printing service, we are trying to obtain the EP3A's 'Clione Gold' mark. It rewards eco-friendly production activities for the printing industry in Japan. We continue to pursue a good printing quality for our users, hence increase our user base. And not only ordinary print users, we would

like to associate with other printing company as an eco-friendly printing firm, so they can utilize our resources. I hope the chemistry -free means anxiety-free printing to our customers, and help contribute to that goal smoothly." About King Printers, Inc. King printers, Inc. was founded in 1999 as small design firm with less than 10 employees.Our 'free-paper for foreign residents' which have continued from back then was a vital source of information for the foreigners living in Japan, and was a high response media for the foreign shop owners and managers.As our free paper gains a growing reputation, the advertisers sometimes requested the printing of flyers and pamphlets. At the time, we have no print presses or cutting machines. We also lack the manpower to maintain the print presses. But we wanted to respond to the request from our customers, so gradually we were developed into a printing company from design/ publishing firm. •


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Extensive portfolio at Pack Print International 2011 EskoArtwork presented its extensive portfolio of integrated packaging, printing, and sign & display solutions at Pack Print International 2011. Delegates saw live demonstrations of the company’s solutions can help packaging providers to improve efficiency and reduce costs at C.G.S Co Ltd and Maepim Co Ltd’s booths. Both are distributors of EskoArtwork.

“Pack Print is the ideal backdrop to show packaging professionals how our solutions can deliver significant time and cost savings,” says Jean Pierre De Moor, EskoArtwork Vice President Asia Pacific. “Asia is a very important market for us – we want to show customers how they can streamline production and improve how they operate.” At Pack Print EskoArtwork demonstrated the capabilities of its solutions and how they have helped establish the company as a market leader in packaging pre-production. Packaging professionals across the world are using the solutions to benefit from faster time-to-market, increased shelf impact, reduced costs and streamlined communications between all parties in the packaging supply chain. C.G.S is a distributor of EskoArtwork’s packaging software and CDI flexo plate imagers. The company will demonstrate showcased: · Studio, a plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator® – a unique set of tools for 3D packaging design, developed specifically for packaging artwork professionals. · Studio Visualizer – creates realistic digital mock-ups, including print effects

such as embossing, hotfoil, metalized inks and different substrates, which you can share as images or movies. · DeskPack – turns Adobe® Illustrator® and Photoshop® into fullyfledged packaging applications. A set of modules fits any prepress environment, from importing structural design files (CAD data) to creating repetitions of print-ready production files. · PackEdge – a feature-packed packaging preproduction editor, offering tools for resolving major pre-press issues such as CAD / graphics misalignments, trapping, distortion, screening, and barcodes.

· Plato – a powerful tool for creating print-ready layouts for packaging and labels. The solution gives users more control and reduces cost by bringing optimum plate layout in-house. Plato is ideal for narrow web label printers, flexible packaging converters and folding carton offset printers. · Automation Engine 10 – part of Suite 10, the EskoArtwork packaging and print pre-production software. AE10 allows users to pre-set repetitive tasks and make automated decisions within the workflow, reducing the need for manual intervention. The result is greater efficiency and productivity, and fewer errors.

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· CDI – the world’s first digital imager for flexo plates, CDI has established itself as the clear market leader. Today, an estimated 90% of all digital flexo plates worldwide are imaged on Esko CDI equipment, delivering results that previously were only achievable in offset or gravure. “EskoArtwork’s packaging design and pre-production tools enable companies to improve quality and reduce time to market,” says Noppadol Krairksh, Managing Director of CGS. “Visitors to our stand will see how effective 3D packaging design can be. Virtual mockups can be created easily, reducing the need for costly physical prototypes. “EskoArtwork tools help companies implement fast workflows and greater automation, which reduces lead times and the risk of errors, while at the same time ensuring consistently high quality.” While at the booth of EskoArtwork distributor Maepim Co. Ltd, the following were showcased: · ArtiosCAD – the world’s most popular structural design software for packaging and POP design. The solution offers dedicated tools for structural design, product development, virtual

prototyping and manufacturing, and is ideal for corrugated, folding carton and POP display designers. · i-cut Suite – the first workflow offering wide-format printing and digital finishing companies a complete, integrated solution. Modules include i-cut Preflight for efficient PDF preflighting and editing, and i-cut Layout for interactive layout, tiling and nesting of

graphics. Users can easily add supplementary modules, including a structural design module, a graphics preparation module, and a true-shape nesting module. · The Kongsberg i-XP 24 finishing table – the world’s fastest digital finishing system helps turn short-run POP / POS display work into profitable, value-added jobs, and enables sign and display shops to offer on-demand production with just-in-time delivery. With a maximum working area of 87”x126” and a maximum speed of 66” inches per second, the i-XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials. “There is much more to producing signs and folding cartons than just printing,” says Apiwat Sinchai, Managing Director of Maepim. “Sign and display shops also need to focus on the structure – or shape – of a sign. "We will show delegates how EskoArtwork products can help sign and display print providers to increase productivity, using a completely integrated workflow and sophisticated digital finishing system.” •


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Epson Establishes Textile Printing Center in Kyoto Decorated with complex, vivid patterns, strips of smooth silk approximately one meter in width emerge rapidly from the printer. Jointly developed by Epson and Italy's Robustelli, the Monna Lisa inkjet textile printer uses a type of staining technique to print designs onto fabrics. These fabrics are processed into items such as clothing, ties and scarfs by apparel makers, and are sold to customers. Epson regards textiles as a growth business and is bolstering its efforts around its inkjet textile printer. The Monna Lisa inkjet textile printer and apparel created using digital techniques. Among others, the printer is capable of printing directly onto cotton, linen, wool, nylon and polyester. Epson's belief in the potential of textile printing is based around a shift in the industry from analog to digital techniques. While traditional analog printing techniques require plates to be pressed against the fabric, digital techniques mean that fabric can be printed out without the need for expensive plates. This ensures that digital textile

printing can be achieved at lower cost and in shorter times. Epson first entered this market back in 2003 when it jointly developed with

Robustelli, a leading Italian manufacturer of printing machines, a digital textile printer based on Epson's proprietary Micro Piezo inkjet technology The Monna Lisa, which is sold under the Robustelli brand, is now driving the digital textile industry in Italy. According to Epson's research, more than 60% of the items printed on high-productivity textile printers in Italy in 2010 were printed on the Monna Lisa. With the delicate color gradations and vivid reproduction of colors you'd expect from inkjet, the Monna Lisa answers the needs of luxury fashion brands and their strict quality standards. This, combined with exceptional productivity of approximately 100 m2 an hour, has ensured that the textile printer has earned high praise from fashion industry insiders. The Italian textile printing industry has succeeded in reviving itself by concentrating on producing high quality

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items using digital textile printing. On the other hand, Japanese textile printers have suffered as business has gone overseas to China and other countries, with the volume of textiles printed in Japan declining from more than 300 million m2 printed in 2005 to 200 million m2 in 2010. The reluctance of the industry to adopt digital techniques and the lack of a suitable digital business model has meant that digital textile printing only accounts for a small percentage of the market.

As it did in Italy, Epson believes that digital textile printing can contribute to the revival of the textile industry in Japan. The company therefore in July 2011 established the Epson Kyoto Digital Textile Center, which includes a showroom for the Monna Lisa, and sales and customer support functions. Kyoto was selected not simply because it is a traditional center for the textile industry in Japan, but for its ready access to the many related companies in the surrounding regions. Epson has identified three purposes for the Epson

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Choosing Your Long Term Equipment Partner Once was a time when leaders at a commercial printing operation saw a new offset press, liked the new press, bought it and then made money with it. These were the days when the sheeted and web offset printing process didn't require the word "traditional" in front of them. That time is no more. While traditional offset printing remains a cornerstone of today's commercial print world, its more savvy sibling - digital printing, is maturing fast and is already looking to step into some of its older brother's shoes. Today's commercial printer needs support for the successful transition to understanding, selling, marketing and building profit centres around digital printing. Recognising this fundamental requirement, leading digital press providers are working earnestly to help customers embrace new technologies. So, is this new avenue pointing today's printers in the right digital direction? Paul Dimmock, Graphic Communications Strategy Manager at Fuji Xerox believes yes.

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"The role of commercial printers is changing due to the fact that their customers' businesses are changing. This is requiring them to become problem solvers and more marketing and service oriented—as opposed to just producing printed material," Dimmock explains. "These changes provide printers with new opportunities to generate greater revenues and stronger partnerships with their clients. But they have to know how best to leverage digital printing to be successful. The days of just printing a job

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a solution that's right for the business, and provide coaching so that the sales team of a newly digitised printing operation knows how to promote these services. Fuji Xerox understands the needs of digitally minded commercial printers. According to Paul Dimmock "Being an integral part of a commercial printing operation before, during and long after the sale of any digital press is simply the right thing to do," Dimmock states. "If a printing business utilises a digital press and fails, the technology takes the blame, when really it is an issue of business development, marketing and sales understanding, strategising and formulating business plans that transition commercial printing businesses into a true digital business."

for your client are over. Today it's all about understanding, marketing, educating and delivering new opportunities including customised print." The Fuji Xerox Business Development team is one printing industry vehicle working with printers to do all of the above. Helping printers to best leverage new digital printing solutions, includes variable data printing and short-run colour applications, the Fuji Xerox team provide consultation, education, seminars, sales and marketing tool kits, and ongoing support. They assist in creating marketing programs, supporting customer events, and educating their personnel on the benefits and opportunities that digital and variable data printing offer. The team analyses a printer's business and reviews with its executives, formulates a strategy of how to implement

In its efforts to better empower digital customers, notably of late the Color 1000 Press, Fuji Xerox makes itself accessible ongoing to provide education, seminar programs, developing sales and marketing programs and support services, as well as overall business development consulting to its commercial printing customers. Fuji Xerox deploys analysts, which are digital printing workflow specialists, post-sale to monitor and evaluate a company's progress. Dimmock emphasises that it's critical for commercial printers moving into the digital printing market to understand they are entering a new revenue opportunity that requires tools, support and professional advice to be successful. Do commercial printers welcome the efforts being provided like those of Fuji Xerox ? Perhaps the smart ones are more receptive to opening their doors to consultation and advice—encouraging their company, as a whole, to think

differently, change the sales strategy, become more education-centric with their own sales personnel, as well as their customer base. Dimmock stresses the critical nature of vendor support and commitment before any sale is made. Support for printers integrating digital printing into their traditional offset print environments should be a full-tilt resource before the fact—not an emergency quick fix for issues that arise once the technology is in place. "Everybody is talking about solutions—so much so that solutions are sometimes the problem," Dimmock observes. "For years everyone was happy focusing on the machines themselves. Today, that is simply no longer good business." He says that Fuji Xerox initiates sound conversations and educational exercises with printers before, during and after the sale.” "Today's digital printing customers are looking for answers outside of the machines; they want long term business partnership support with their chosen supply partner." If you're like many progressive commercial print shops, visions of digital printing are dancing in your head. If you're considering investing in this arena, heed these words of advice from early adopters: • Work with your chosen digital press supplier closely • Understand exactly what this new technology is capable of • Experiment with it, learn what it can do and what type of work is best suitable • Be proactive in researching technology today. Your local market is already changing due to customer demand • Don't wait for your clients to suggest and develop new services for them. •


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Quality with the industry’s smallest footprint

Kodak, a market leader in web inkjet presses, introduces the next generation Versamark Printing System with the industry’s smallest footprint and innovative single-engine design. The new family of Kodak Versamark Printing Systems is made up of compact, high-speed monochrome and process color web presses that feature a single-engine duplex design and the next generation of Drop on Demand (DOD) printheads from Kodak. With these new systems, customers have the option of starting with monochrome and easily moving up to spot and full color as their production needs change. Designed to address customers’ need for scalability, the new Versamark Printing Systems offer a shorter web path than previous models, which means fewer web breaks and increased productivity, providing higher throughput in peak production periods. Thanks to the singleengine duplex design, the eight new models offer a 40% smaller footprint than competitive systems and represent exciting opportunities for transactional, newsletter, direct mail and newspaper printers, especially where space is at a premium.

“These devices take our proven technology and make it even better with higher image quality, enhanced features, smaller footprint, and a focus on ensuring an easy upgrade path,” said Isidre Rosello, General Manager, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak. “The market called for high-speed color inkjet that delivers higher performance in less space and we responded with smaller, more productive and reliable systems that fit any business and grow with the customer.” The next generation of printheads improves flat field density and reduces the variation in dot size within one module in the printhead, which reduces banding and results in higher print quality. Based on a flexible, powerful digital platform, Versamark Printing Systems are equipped to handle complex variable data print applications, such as transactional documents and direct mail. They help to reduce costs and

turnaround times by streamlining the production process through forms replacement—eliminating the two-step process of printing offset forms or master documents and then imprinting variable data offline. With Versamark Printing Systems, users can produce a complete process color, personalized, two-sided document in one pass. With the Versamark Printing Systems, the security ink feature enables printing of government documents that provide fraud protection with inclusion of high levels of VDP. And the MICR capability can be used for check printing to facilitate automation in check processing while providing a secure feature. “Kodak has the largest installed base of colour roll-fed inkjet systems worldwide, and these new models give customers powerful new tools to expand and grow their businesses,” noted Vince Ferraro, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak. “With more than 40 years of ongoing inkjet innovation, we understand the market and work sideby-side with our customers to ensure they have what they need now, and can capitalize on changes in the market in the future.” The new Versamark Systems are targeted at transactional, direct mail, and short-run newspapers applications, complementing the higher capacity capabilities of the Kodak Prosper Platform in the Kodak portfolio.•


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The PPI Top 100 - most companies in the black Once again, International Paper (IP) heads PPI's Top 100 listing (for fiscal year 2010, based on pulp, paper, converting and merchanting operations), outpacing its closest competitor, Procter & Gamble (P&G), by an almost two-to-one margin, about the same as the 2009 figures. IP had PPCM sales of $24,959 million compared with P&G's $14,736 million. Sales figures for both companies are up slightly over 2009 levels. Of course, if consolidated sales for the same period are looked at, consumer products giant P&G and Japanese behemoth Marubeni far outpace the rest of the Top 100 with total sales of $78,938 million and $102, 705 million respectively. Overall, the listing did not have as much swing as other years. The top 10 remained albeit in slightly different order. Stora Enso moved up to third from fifth. Oji dropped down a spot to fourth. Nippon Paper rounded out the top five, up from sixth a year ago. In order, the rest of the Top 10 were: SCA, UPM, Kimberly-Clark, SmurfitKappa and Mondi. Coming off a severe recession, most companies were able to post earnings figures that were in the black. Two in particular, AbitibiBowater and SmurfitStone (since taken over by RockTenn) showed remarkable turnarounds

although these were helped in no small part by "fresh start accounting" following bankruptcies. As perhaps can be expected, Chinese companies continued their climb up the sales ladder. Nine Dragons led the way moving into No. 31 on the list with PPCM sales of $2,647 million. This is the highest post a Chinese company had held in the listings. It also marks a big climb for Nine Dragons, which was No. 39 on the list in 2010 and 44 in 2009. All showed strong jumps in PPCM sales Chinese companies now occupy three spots in the top 50 with Shandong Chenming coming in at No. 35 and Lee & Man at No, 46. Reflecting the growth of most Asian pulp and paper companies, not just the Chinese, India's BILT moved up 11 spots to 84 on the list, with PPCM

sales of $834.3 million in 2010, up from $566 million in 2009. There are only two newcomers to the Top 100: Shandong Bohui, another going Chinese concern, which came in at 94 after just missing the 2010 list; Portugal's Altri is the other, making its debut at No. 98. Spain's ENCE, which just made the list last year at the 100 spot, jumped all the way to No. 85, showing a 65% increase in PPCM sales. In an encouraging sign compared with the past two years, PPCM sales showed an increase of just less than 10% to almost $304,000 million. Paper and board production also showed an increase in 2010 following two years of decline. Production topped 199 million tonnes in 2010, compared with 187.5 million tonnes in 2009. Market pulp also showed some growth, up by about

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remarkably similar to 2009 figures although Europe did show a large jump in the amount of market pulp produced, up almost three million tonnes. PPI's Million Tonners Club also showed an increase in membership in 2010, up by two to 57 with Billerud

and Shandong Bohui Paper joining the club. There is another new name on the list, Bio PAPPEL, but this is the former Durango. In 2010, the members combined to produce almost 186 million tonnes of paper and board compared with the 2009 figure of 171.5 million tonnes. •

The million tonners´ club (Those companies making more than one million tonnes of paper and board in 2010) Company 2010 Top 100 Rank P&B Output (1,000 tonnes) International Paper 1 11,922 Stora Enso 3 10,812 UPM 7 9,914 Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) 6 8,948 Smurfit Kappa Group 9 7,650 Nippon Paper 5 7,292 Nine Dragons Paper Holdings 31 7,280 Sappi 11 6,900 Oji Paper 4 6,861 Smurfit-Stone Container 13 5,896 Abitibi Bowater 20 5,318 NewPage 23 4,400 Norske Skog 0 3,998 Mondi 10 3,697 Temple-Inland 28 3,660 Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing 46 3,500 Domtar 15 3,482 Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings 35 3,350 Cascades 22 3,330 Siam Cement 51 3,191 M-Real 26 2,565 Burgo Group 33 2,562 Daio Paper 19 2,500 Rengo 17 2,465 Holmen 47 2,280 Shandong Sun Paper Industry 70 2,240 Graphic Packaging 21 2,225 RockTenn 29 2,221 Packaging Corporation of America 34 2,216

MWV 16 2,155 Boise 40 1,984 Marubeni 12 1,926 Palm 60 1,890e Myllykoski 55 1,838 Empresas CMPC 25 1,825 Yuen Foong Yu Paper 50 1,820 1,800 Sonoco Products 27 Bio-PAPPEL 76 1,780 Klabin 44 1,716 Hokuetsu Kishu Paper 37 1,715 DS Smith 38 1,700 Lecta 43 1,643 Verso Paper 52 1,627 Prinzhorn Holding 61 1,600 Mayr-Melnhof Karton 36 1,579 Hansol Paper 59 1,504 Portucel Soporcel 49 1,418 Shandong Huatai Paper 79 1,395 Catalyst Paper 65 1,352 Sequana Capital 14 1,300 Cheng Loong 64 1,184 Clearwater Paper 58 1,171 Suzano Papel e Celulose 32 1,128 KorsnÄs 72 1,125 KapStone Paper & Packaging 88 1,115 Billerud 67 1,009 Shandong Bohui Paper Industry 94 1,001 Total of 57 companies 185,976

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Sustainability has arrived at print shops Environmental protection, like sustainability, is a global issue of ever increasing importance that also affects the print media industry. Heidelberg therefore played host once again to the international Environmental Dialog at the Print Media Academy on the occasion of the presentation of the second Heidelberg ECO Printing Award.

Guests included the award winners and the print shops nominated for the award – in other words, companies that have long been committed to environmental protection. The participants discussed current and future environmental trends with Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment, and the members of the independent panel of judges. The entries submitted for the environmental award show a clear move toward fully integrated sustainability management. As well as print shops' environmental commitment, the importance attached to social factors is increasing all the time. According to the participants, the next step involves saving increasingly scarce resources such as water, utilizing intelligent heat recovery systems in the pressroom, and above all allowing employees and end customers to play a part in the sustainability process. “The idea behind the award and the Environmental Dialog is to motivate print shops throughout the world to strengthen their commitment to environmental protection even further and to offer an international platform for sharing ideas and learning from each other,” explained Plenz, who presided over the Environmental Dialog. According to one participant, New Zealand, for example, is only at the start of the CO2 debate compared to Europe. And yet an increasing number of print shops there are applying for certification, while the demand from

Stephan Plenz (third from right), Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment, chaired the Environmental Dialog and is looking to support print shops worldwide and motivate them to redouble their commitment to environmental protection. customers for climate-neutral print products – first and foremost from large B-2-C companies – is continuing to grow. “We're proud of using climate-neutral printing and being one of New Zealand's most sustainable companies in the printing sector,” said Jenny Carter, Financial Director and Environmental Officer at Soar Printing Co. Ltd. in Auckland. Participants all agreed that a commitment to sustainability pays dividends. A growing number of end customers expect suppliers to employ an environmental production process for print products, while state-of-theart machinery and improved processes

also help cut costs. “We process around 6,000 jobs a year and five percent of these are now produced using climateneutral printing,” explained Rob Nugent from Australian print shop Vega Press, which won the award for the top sustainable innovative solution at the Heidelberg ECO Printing Award. This proportion is set to rise in the next few years, as the Australian government is planning a CO2 tax. Integrating staff and end customers is key “We're passionate about environmental protection and are true believers,” explained Werner Drechsler, Managing Director of the Druckstudio Group in

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questions from a list of 500 and are only granted access if they answer correctly. The family business also donated 600 bikes for climate-neutral travel to work – even the directors cycle to work. “As an additional incentive, we reward our employees for good ideas. This cuts down waste and improves processes. There's an extra bonus for reducing paper waste in printing,” explained technical customer service manager Radoslaw Jedrzejczak. Need for lobbying for print products One extensively discussed topic was people's perception of the CO2 footprint of print versus online. A lot more educational work is necessary in this area to eliminate misconceptions about print and “dispel the myth that printing is harmful to the environment,” as Michael Keene from The John Roberts Company explained. Countless studies show that the Internet is not more eco-friendly. For example, two Google searches equate to the energy required to bring a pot of water to boil. The advantages of print include value retention and high-quality products. “I view print as a form of communication. We're finding that catalog production has increased once again and processing in this sector is of higher quality, featuring surface finishing, scents, and use of a very wide range of materials,” explained Arnfried Sittner from Kessler Druck und Medien

GmbH & Co. KG in Bobingen. “Print also scores highly thanks to its high recycling rate. Customers are increasingly printing to meet actual demand and products such as reference works are switching to the Internet, where they can be updated faster than in a print version,” added Dr. Achim Schorb from the IFEU (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) in Heidelberg. Participants welcomed the commitment by Heidelberg in offering a global platform for environmental protection in the printing industry with the Heidelberg ECO Printing Award. “All the companies taking part, the candidates on the shortlist, and naturally the award winners provide impressive proof that integrated ecofriendly media production is the future and the right way to go about reducing global warming and protecting our environment for future generations. Overall we'd like to see a common network that pools the activities of the various task forces on sustainability (such as the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council – or Media Mundo) but also provides anyone interested from other companies with the positive examples of the award winners,” said Rainer Litty, Head of Print Production at WWF Germany (World Wide Fund For Nature), at the close of the Environmental Dialog. •

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Outstanding potential as a printing press Yiwu Wansheng Color Printing Co. Ltd. is located in Yiwu City in Zhejiang Province, China. Boasting a facility of 15,000 square meters, Yiwu Wansheng is one of the few printing companies certified for printing publications in Yiwu City. With a perfect workflow of design, platemaking, printing, and postpress, the printer creates various high-end items such as commercial packaging, illustrated books and other publications as well as paper bags and business cards, using stock from 65 to 400 gsm (mainly art book paper). Clients include many renowned cosmetics manufacturers and publishing companies. Yiwu Wansheng Color Printing was founded in 2002 and started its journey with approximately 30 employees and one second-hand Manroland press and one Beiren press. As the head of the company, General Manager Zhao Pinhui skillfully obtained business opportunities in the market with his

remarkable talent and vision. Although there was a huge need for commercial printing in the Yiwu printing market, in 2002 there was no printing company that operated exclusively for commercial printing in Yiwu City. Mr. Zhao made well-timed decisions with the goal of improving print quality by introducing a new press to focus on commercial printing and also to start package printing. Purchasing a Komori press: an astute decision In the second half of 2002, Yiwu Wansheng learned about the Komori brand through another printing company. To make the best investment decision, the printer meticulously

compared various printing press manufacturers, including Komori and other makers. After careful consideration, Yiwu Wansheng Color Printing decided to purchase the Komori four-color Lithrone 28. Mr. Zhao describes the company’s journey: “Looking back now, I truly believe we made the best decision. After introducing the Komori fourcolor sheetfed offset printing press, we established a position of superiority in the market, continued to expand our business scale in commercial printing, and grew to become the number one high-end printing company in Zhejiang.” With tremendous support from Shanghai AFA Printing Machinery Co. Ltd, the Komori representative in China, Yiwu Wansheng purchased one LS-540, three LS-440s, and one LS429 sheetfed offset printing presses —

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one after the other during the next eight years. In addition, multiple pieces of postpress equipment have also been added. The facility is powerfully equipped with the Komori machines as its dominant presses, and the number of employees has now risen to more than 200. The speed of Yiwu Wansheng’s growth has been exceptionally fast in the Yiwu printing market.

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The arrival of the Komori E-429 In December 2010, the company introduced a new printing press, the Enthrone 29, Komori’s new sheetfed offset printing press. The Komori press is equipped with Semi-APC (semiautomatic plate-changing system), uses a benderless clamping system to eliminate the plate-bending process and shorten the plate-changing time even further. The new press is also equipped with an automatic cleaning system that not only shortens the blanket-cleaning time by using presoaked microencapsulated cloth but also decreases consumption of cloth to offer even greater environmental protection. Mr. Zhao describes the newest Komori four-color Enthrone 29: “The Komori press offers stable printing quality, extremely high productivity, and very few printing issues. We are very impressed. The new Enthrone has outstanding potential as a printing press — covering almost all of the numerous functions and advantages of the LS-429, featuring the Komori KHS system and integrating smoothly with the CTP system. Our work structure consists of two 12-hour shifts, and we are creating a large quantity of printed materials using the Komori E-429.”

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Looking into the future In the past eight years, Yiwu Wansheng Color Printing has grown rapidly and has been purchasing almost one Komori press every year. In 2011, the company aims to further improve its corporate management, work structure, and production. The company is expecting Komori to develop equipment with even higher efficiency, quality and stability. In 2012, it plans to introduce a Komori eight-color perfector for its 10th anniversary and hopes to share the joy of the occasion with Komori. •

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Popular compact platform, new press launch, new finishing options At this year’s IFRA Expo in Vienna, KBA on stand B810 will focus on its popular compact platform comprising the Commander CT and Cortina, two popular models which are selling particularly well in Germany, Scandinavia and Italy.

KBA is expanding this platform with the modular, mid-range Commander CL, a conventional four-high tower press available with a choice of automation levels. A further focus will be inline coating in waterless coldset with the KBA Cortina. Once again KBA will be sharing its stand with its Indian partner The Printers House (TPH), whose single-width Orient presses target printers in threshold economies. KBA’s compact philosophy defines the trend As the market leader KBA continues to set the pace in innovative newspaper press technology. There has been brisk demand among European newspaper publishers for the KBA Commander CT, with its unique features, easy handling and impressive flexibility. This is evidenced by the fact that 22 doubleand triple-width press lines with a total of 106 towers have been sold to date. Alongside German and Swedish newspaper houses a longstanding KBA user in Italy has opted for a customised Commander CT with heatset capability. A hybrid heatset/coldset version of its waterless counterpart, the KBA Cortina, of which 18 4/1, 4/2 and 6/2 press lines comprising 84 towers have been sold so far, went live a few months ago in Sweden. The biggest Cortina hybrid press to date – consisting of twelve 4/1 towers and four thermal dryers – will soon launch into action at Gulf News in the Dubai desert. Singlewidth four-high tower presses like the KBA Comet primarily target printers in high-growth markets such as China and Africa. For example, Société de Presse et d’Editions du Cameroun in Jaunde is taking delivery of a Comet to print books and newspapers.

Broad service portfolio KBA’s extensive after-sales services will be a further focus at this year’s IFRA Expo, with the group offering console retrofits, press overhauls with new controls and drives, and reconfigurations for four-overfour. Other options for enhancing production flexibility and supporting innovative forms of advertising include

wider webs plus upgrades with a skip slitter, quarterfold, Zip’n’Buy capability, glued ploughfold, section stitcher and ribbon stitcher. •

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manroland posts order gains in the first half of 2011 manroland is benefiting from the economic recovery and continuing strong demand in the growth regions. In the first half of 2011, manroland recorded a rise in orders for both the sheetfed and webfed sector. Compared with the same period in the previous year, incoming orders rose by 13% to total 520 million euros. The already good volume of orders in the sheetfed sector increased slightly once again (+2%). Last year the webfed sector was not yet able to benefit from the recovery but in the period under review tracked the positive development of the sheetfed sector and recorded considerable gains in orders (+33%). manroland achieved an operating result (EBIT) of -25 million euros and thus reduced the losses incurred in the previous year by almost half. The product innovations developed in response to demand were significant drivers behind the success in recent months. One pleasing aspect is the annual growth of more than 4% in the services business that is to be expanded: spare parts and maintenance concepts (printservices), along with consumable materials (printcom). With 435 million euros, total sales were around 7% higher than in the previous year. The main drivers of growth were the BRIC countries. Here, manroland benefited especially from the strong demand in China. Due to the importance

of growth markets for manroland’s business, the company decided to take over control of the sales and service networks in South America, southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand in 2009. This market organization has been able to achieve great success in the meantime. As in the past, the export ratio remained stable at around 80%.

With a gain in orders and increased sales, manroland achieved a pleasing result for the first half of 2011,” reports manroland CEO Gerd Finkbeiner. “The strategic alliance with Océ in the digital printing sector will further strengthen manroland’s leading position in the future. With technical innovations like product safety in packaging printing, automation features with robot technology for newspaper presses, and new developments in high-volume commercial web offset printing, we are showing that print has a bright future.” This positive development has also had an effect on the employment situation: short-time work at the Offenbach factory, which has become necessary due to the economic crisis, ended in June. On group level, the job cuts already announced due to long-

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term capacity alignment are running according to plan. By the end of 2012, the number of employees is scheduled for reduction to under 6,000. Not including external personnel and trainees, as of June 30, 2011, manroland had a total staff of 6,630 worldwide, with approximately 84% in Germany. This represents a decrease of roughly 11% from the previous year. Outlook Despite the positive development, manroland does not expect a return to the boom level of 2007. “We are assuming 75% of the pre-crisis volume in the sheetfed sector and around 60% in the webfed sector. Measured against the boom year, our sheetfed results at present are at approximately 60%, and webfed almost 50%,” says Finkbeiner. For the full year 2011, manroland targets sales of more than one billion euros. The product innovations for commercial and sheetfed printing presented in the first half of 2011 were greeted enthusiastically by international customers and are bound to stimulate sales in the second half of 2011. The partnership with Océ and the resulting opportunities for combining both offset and digital printing have also generated strong interest amongst customers. The IFRA Expo fair in Vienna in October will bring further impetus to newspaper printing. A slight decline in demand is nevertheless expected, particularly in China.

The new manroland Industrial Services business sector was established on January 1, 2011 and now has around 100 employees. In the medium term, this number is expected to increase to about 300. manroland offers the services of highly qualified personnel for the engineering sector and thus responds to the growing demand for specialized skilled staff. Another growth area is the new business sector manroland Mechatronic Systems in Plauen, which supports customers through expanding their development and production capacity. On request, manroland takes over the complete realization of

projects, as well as manufacturing and assembly of individual components – from large assemblies right up to plant and equipment that works in tolerances measured in micrometers. The two new business sectors that were established in the course of the strategic realignment announced in fall 2010 are expected to already make a positive contribution to the company’s earnings in the second half of 2011. They show how manroland’s core expertise can also be successfully utilized beyond the company’s core business.•


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materials using biomass plastics. In addition, Toppan Printing developed biomass packaging using polylactate in 2000 and it was adopted for the outer packaging for home electrical appliances. Since then, it has been used widely in sectors such as the food and clothing industries.

While using a raw material derived from plants, the film retains the same performance as existing films in terms of properties such as shock resistance and ease of tearing. This product is being used for standing refill pouches for items such as hair care products.

Polyethylene is a material that is the base for many types of flexible packaging. With the development of this biomass polyethylene film, it has become possible for the first time in Japan to provide biomass packaging materials in all areas of flexible packaging.

Profile Biomass plastic is a renewable resource that uses plant-based raw materials and can be used sustainably. It can contribute to the creation of a sustainable society as it enables a reduction in the use of fossil resources such as oil. In addition, since it is considered that the volume of CO2 generated during incineration and the volume absorbed during the growth of the plant cancel each other out, it is receiving attention as an environmentally friendly material that can reduce CO2 emissions in comparison with oil-based plastics.

Overview of the product This product achieves a reduction in the use of oil by replacing oil-based linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) with a film that partially uses LLDPE derived from sugar cane. For example, in the case of a standing refill pouch that uses the new film, by replacing part of the oil-based LLDPE that accounts for around 75% of the total material with LLDPE derived from sugar cane, it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions during incineration by up to 40%(*).

As an initiative to mitigate global warming and reduce the use of oil, since 1991 Toppan Printing has been engaged in the development and commercialization of packaging

The film retains the same properties and suitability for processing as existing PE film and is ideal for packaging for everyday items such as shampoo and food products such as seasonings.

Sales target Toppan Printing is targeting sales of ÂĽ12 billion in fiscal 2015 for its biomass plastic product business as a whole. Future developments Using the know-how acquired in the development of this product, Toppan Printing will aim to expand the use of biomass PE as a packaging material for other products and proactively advance the development of packaging using biomass plastics such as biomass high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polylactate, and biomass PET. * When 1 kg of this product with a typical structure is incinerated, 2.95 kg of CO2 derived from plastic is generated. If the percentage of biomass in the product is 40%, the volume of biomass-derived CO2 released is 1.25 kg. Because the CO2 derived from biomass is not counted, there is a 42.4% reduction (1.25/2.95=42.4%). If the CO2 derived from ink and adhesives is included, the final CO2 reduction is around 40%.

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Sankei Shimbun Printing Co. achieves greater colour Sankei Shimbun Printing Co., the Japanese newspaper publisher, is set to deliver precision print quality after installing QuadTech's color control and register control technology at its Hokusetsu (Osaka) plant. Sankei Shimbun enhanced four of its Goss International Newsliner presses with QuadTech's Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam, Register Guidance System with MultiCam® and ICONTM integrated communication platform. Mr. Toru Uesaka, Director of the Production Bureau at Sankei Shimbun, comments: "QuadTech worked very closely with us to meet extremely high standards of colour quality, meeting the proof to NSAC standards. With the AccuCam, we are confident that we can provide a high quality paper that satisfies both readers and advertisers." Mr. Kentaro Kanoya, of Sankei Shimbun's Production Bureau Engineering Department, added that the plant where AccuCam is installed now produces the best colour quality in the Sankei group, and has established the colour standard for all Sankei plants to meet. "I'm convinced," said QuadTech President Karl Fritchen, "that the success we're having with AccuCam performance is a direct result of working with development partners who demanded nothing but excellence from us." A crucial factor persuading Sankei Shimbun to invest was the AccuCam's ability to ensure accuracy and consistency in color reproduction. The system provides fully automatic closedloop colour control by automatically controlling the ink-key settings. An image-based system, AccuCam uses pre-press image files to create L*a*b* target aim point values. Its six-channel sensor measures the printed web and calculates the L*a*b* values of the

entire image, then brings the printed image to the specified L*a*b* target values and automatically maintains the color values throughout the production run. The key to defect reductions is AccuCam's high sensitivity to colour deviations, and the speed with which it carries out remedial action. The system typically begins measuring and controlling colour within the first 150 copies. AccuCam controls all process colours equally and with consistency throughout the production shift, completing an ink-key analysis cycle every 19 seconds. In comparison, human effectiveness fluctuates wildly throughout a shift, due to dips in concentration and fatigue. Sankei Shimbun conducted tests, comparing manual adjustment to AccuCam automatic control. The results showed variation to the printing standard was 4.54 ∆E in manual,

and 2.61 ∆E in AccuCam automatic control-exceeding Sankei's expectation of 3.00 ∆E. The tests also showed better-than-expected color consistency from press to press, with very small variation of 1.00 ∆E. QuadTech's Register Guidance System with MultiCam identifies register marks as small as 0.36 mm (0.014 in) at speeds up to 17.8 M/sec (3,500 ft/min). All control equipment is run from QuadTech's communication platform, ICON, for easy recall of set-up data, while Data Central has also been included to for improved monitoring of press and process performance. The Sankei Shimbun, published by the group and founded 1933, is Japan's sixth best-selling daily newspaper, with a circulation of nearly 2.2 million copies. The publisher is also responsible for a number of popular consumer newspapers, including the million-selling daily, Sankei Sports. •

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Finishing Technology

Automation in Finishing In order to increase competitiveness and strengthen their market position, producers of magazines, reviews and advertising brochures have to recognise that the attractiveness of products and productivity are of fundamental importance.








Within companies, binderies generally have the reputation of being time personell and cost intensive. “Wrongfully,” underlines Felix Stirnimann, Marketing Manager in Zofingen/CH. He emphatically points out that this greatly depends on the choice of system. Furthermore, automated saddle stitcher systems from Muller Martini have significantly helped improve productivity in finishing across the world. Publishers’ binderies are regularly coming under fire for occupying too many people on the finishing machines in comparison with other sections of the printing house. “This may be true, but the accusation is not justified,” insists Felix Stirnimann. “The number of workers required to complete a brochure or magazine primarily depends on which buffer variant one chooses. It stands to reason that feeding a system by hand requires considerably more personnel than feeding with logs or via PrintRoll.” Factors for Increase in Productivity

Therefore Stirnimann advocates – at least in the mid to high performance sectors – consistent automation in finishing: “This applies predominately to feeding and palletizing.” The requirements for modern saddle stitcher systems are therefore heading in three directions: 1. High Net Output In order to produce the required quantities cost-effectively, the machines – particularly in the mid to high-performance range – have to run at near maximum performance for long periods of time. In addition to speed, operational comfort and system reliability are important factors for success. Stirnimann says: “Here our sophisticated quality controls have made our saddle stitchers the safest and most reliable on the market.” 2. Fast Setup As job and format changes are continually increasing, an intelligent control system is becoming increasingly important. Amrys (Automatic Make Ready System) can reduce the setup times for

Muller Martini machines by up to 50%. This can be particular advantageous for continually changing job structures. “In addition, all new Muller Martini saddle stitcher models can be integrated into digital workflow according to the CIP4 standard,” emphasises Stirnimann. “The trend towards digital workflow was already clear at Drupa 2004, and at the coming Drupa it will most definitely be the main focus for many exhibitors.” 3. Automated Feeding and Palletising “There is little use in having the fastest saddle stitcher, if signatures cannot be quickly fed and the finished products quickly delivered,” insists Stirnimann. Feeding with streamfeeders, logs and rolls means Muller Martini is automating the processes as it is doing with bundle building and delivery systems which palletize and deliver the products at the end of every print finishing operation. How much automation would you like to see? The saddle stitcher system feeders


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Finishing Technology which could be damaged by straps.” For this reason, Muller Martini recommends the Vivo and AvantiPlus log stackers for perfect log building. Nowadays, short logs (800 mm) are still widely used. Stirnimann suggests that this log length could be prohibitive in terms of performance. “One achieves considerably higher loading performance per person with logs of 1200 mm length. Furthermore, short logs require 50% more end board.” As the “Buffer Systems” diagram shows, Muller Martini presumes that when using logs, one person is required per four to five feeders – a considerable reduction in manpower in binderies.

can be loaded either manually, or with logs or rolls. Which variant is the most worthwhile and economical must be decided case by case. It is clear that hand feeding offers the highest level of flexibility in production but is also the most personnel-intensive way. For a saddle stitching system with eight feeders operating with a medium production speed of 14 000 copies, it is assumed that five to six operators are required. (Compare diagram). Automating Feeding with Streamfeeders This is why Muller Martini already offers automation for the hand feeding of its mid-performance range saddle stitchers via short streamfeeders. They are compactly built and can be changed from hand feeding to automatic log feeding in a matter of minutes. The advantages of the streamfeeders are clear: In the first stage, the logs are reformed into thick shingles which are transported to the feeder. In the second stage, the signatures are separated with an accelerating belt and protectively placed in the hopper. This means that no extra care is required in order to bring the products into the hopper. In addition, the entire mechanism, which measures the log height in the hopper, is controlled via a sensor. This guarantees the same requirements for the separation process every time, which has a significant effect on the system’s net output. Streamfeeders are therefore the ideal

loading device for signatures and covers. Setup and changeover time is saved thanks to motorised adjustments. In just a matter of minutes, the attachable log feeding module turns the hand-fed streamfeeders into an automatic log feeding system for variable size logs. Log Feeding is State of the Art The finishing of signature logs in middle and large print runs has established itself in the production of saddle stitched print products due to its profitability. The continual material flow significantly increases the saddle stitchers’ net output and guarantees that machines are constantly running. “A main point about log feeding is the log quality,” underlines Felix Stirnimann. “The logs must have neatly jogged signatures without any protruding signature parts

The logs can be ergonomically fed with a crane system. The stream feeders can be easily relocated thanks to transport rolls and then freely used at any station. Maximum Automation with Roll Feeding “Automation with rolls may be a big investment but it offers the highest level of automation for saddle stitcher feeding,” explains Stirnimann. “Even for multiple production lines, feeding by PrintRoll only requires one person who brings all the rolls to the saddle stitcher and the empty rolls back into the store.” Roll feeding guarantees continuous and highly efficient workflow. This can be further optimised with a fully-automatic logistics system – as has already been done on numerous occasions by Muller Martini. •



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HP phasing out solvent July has been a month of bold moves for HP. In Shanghai, China, the company has announced an expanded range of new digital printing solutions. A bold statement was made: “… we feel solvent won’t be around…” Christel Lee reports. Renowned in the industry for its 75% water-based latex inks, HP has executed initial steps that will strengthen PSPs’ (print service providers) value proposition to their customers – allowing them to capture a larger share of the fastgrowing signage industry in Asia Pacific. Unveiled in Shanghai, in conjunction with the recent 19th Shanghai International Advertising & Sign Technology & Equipment Exhibition, the HP 126-inch Scitex LX850 printer is the latest addition to the HP Scitex fleet. Also showcased was the HP Scitex FB7500 printer. The republic is known for its intensive solvent-based printing for outdoor advertising. Gido Van Praag, vice president of graphics solutions business, imaging and print group for Asia Pacific and Japan, commented on the difference between printing in the republic versus other parts of the world.

“China is growing faster than anywhere else in the world of digital printing. We compete with at least 50-60 other players in China alone, in comparison to other parts of the world. To remain competitive involves more than providing good products – we need to be reachable to customers who need assistance. We work with direct sales, so it’s imperative that we prudently select the channels that have the capabilities to boost our links with the customers in the country,” Van Praag highlights. Yariv Avisar, vice president and general manager, large-format printing industrial solutions, imaging and printing group, commented on industry response to the new presses. “We will soon be installing some 100 units of the HP Scitex FB7500 printer globally. The installations of HP Scitex FB7500 printers in Asia Pacific and Japan are in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Philippines. HP also has orders from Indonesia and China and these are going to be installed this quarter. We hope to install some 20 units of HP Scitex LX850 printer before the end of this year,” he said. Designed for fast-paced, industrial printing environments, the HP Scitex FB7500 printer is a versatile UV flatbed printer that is an ideal solution for closeview high-quality point-of-purchase/ point-of-sale applications, exhibition graphics, signage, backit displays and posters. It boasts speeds up to 500m2/ hr (5380sqft/hr) and three-quarter automated loading to reduce idle time between sheets by up to 85%.

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HP’s Scitex LX850 printer allows PSPs to differentiate, win new business and generate increased profits. It enables PSPs to expand the variety of environmentally-conscious outdoor and indoor applications they can offer while also improving their overall printing atmosphere. It is capable of printing on soft fabrics and textiles. Five units to date have been sold in Asia, the first to Australia and a few in China. While many players in the industry are dishing out teaser products in preparation for the next drupa, Avisar remains tightlipped when quizzed about possible breakthroughs for inks after its generation of latex ink technology. •

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FUJIFILM inks first to be approved by the Soil Association Certification FUJIFILM announces that over 50 products from three of its Sericol screen printing textile ink ranges have been approved by the Soil Association Certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for use in organic textile processing. FUJIFILM is the first company to have products approved under the Soil Association Certification’s new ‘Approved Inputs for Textiles Scheme’. This new scheme will help organic textile and garment manufacturers to source low-impact textile processing chemicals. Georgina Thomas, Soil Association Certification textile specialist, said: “We are excited to announce that FUJIFILM is the first company to offer Soil Association approved inputs for organic textiles. These inks meet strict criteria on toxicity and biodegradability according to GOTS, the international gold standard

for organic textile processing. Look out for our Approved symbol on products.” Jon Harper-Smith, marketing manager, FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Europe comments: “We are delighted to have achieved this approval from the Soil Association Certification that demonstrates FUJIFILM’s commitment to sustainability. We are thrilled that it is now even easier for our customers to print certified organic textiles. With this comprehensive range of Soil Association approved screen printing inks there is virtually no limit to the range of colours and effects that can now be printed onto organic certified textiles.”

FUJIFILM has undertaken an extensive research and development programme focused on developing inks with performance characteristics that meet the Soil Association Certification guidelines. The research involved carefully balancing print performance characteristics with the toxicological and ecological requirements that were necessary to meet the approval criteria. The products approved are from three of the Sericol screen printing textile ink ranges: Texiscreen Aqua AJ – a water based ink for direct printing Texcharge TC – a water based discharge ink for printing dark garments Pioneer Ultra YC – an opaque PVC-free and phthalate-free plastisol ink for printing line and process colours together with a range of special effects including high build, puff and suede The Soil Association has been working in organic textiles for over 10 years, and played a leading role in the development of GOTS, a standard which the Soil Association Certification now certifies to. The Soil Association textile licensees saw 35% sales growth in 2010. Francis Blake,Soil Association policy advisor and member of the GOTS International Working Group, said: “The increasing range of approved chemical inputs available to almost 3000 GOTS certified textile and garment businesses worldwide demonstrates that certified organic textiles represent an exciting and buoyant market sector. It is increasingly clear that it is possible to produce modern, fashionable textiles in a way that is kinder, cleaner and better for people and the planet.”


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ContiTech presents four printing blanket highlights New metal printing blanket for waterless offset printing • First newspaper printing blanket from PHOENIX Xtra BLANKETS • 100th anniversary of printing blanket production

ContiTech Elastomer Coatings is presenting four high-tech printing blankets at the IFRA Expo 2011. The blankets make for better printing results that are more economical and eco friendly. The CONTI-AIR STEEL CTZ 71 printing blanket is the advanced, climate-friendly solution for waterless offset printing, the CONTIAIR ENTROPIA-TR 2 newspaper printing blanket with Air2 technology stands for stable production conditions, and the tried-and-tested CONTI-AIR Evolution-TR blanket ensures top ink transfer combined with neutral paper feed. The very first newspaper printing blanket of the PHOENIX Xtra BLANKETS brand, the Phoenix Journal, was developed especially for high-speed rotary newspaper presses. With its two brands, ContiTech demonstrates its wide-ranging competence in the field of newspaper printing. CONTI-AIR® STEEL CTZ 71: ideal for waterless offset printing The new CONTI-AIR STEEL CTZ 71 metal printing blanket – based on the earlier type CE 51/71 – is a well-engineered and climate-friendly solution for waterless newspaper offset printing. It impresses with its excellent ink transfer, maximum precision and high printing quality. In addition, this blan-ket displays a slight negative transport behavior, which provides for a good paper web tension and thus lower temperatures on the plate and the print-ing blanket surface. “Thanks to these properties, the ink buildup is less compared to the earlier type CE51/71, and the Drives of the Press are running more neutrally as well, particularly

in waterless offset printing,” says Markus Gnass, head of Application Engineering and Sales at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings. “This shortens the washing intervals and reduces the consumption of washing agents and energy for the machine drives.” The CONTI-AIR metal printing blanket also stands out due to its uniform thick-ness (plane parallelism), which guarantees uniform printing results over the entire length and width. For waterless offset printing applications, ContiTech is offering the CONTI-AIR STEEL series, advanced metal printing blankets that are also certified as climate-friendly by the renowned Ostwestfalen-Lippe University. CONTI-AIR ENTROPIA-TR 2: Newspaper printing blanket with

Air2 technology ENTROPIA-TR 2, a blanket based on what is referred to as Air2 technology and equipped with an additional compressible layer beneath the cover, also enjoys wide recognition among customers in the newspaper printing sector. “The ENTROPIA-TR 2 blanket ensures uniform engine power consumption and guarantees stable production conditions,” explains Jan Jungmann, head of Printing Blanket Development at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings. Thanks chiefly to its defined low-sink characteristics, the ENTROPIA-TR 2’s unique design with the two compressible layers allows it to exhibit a very high degree of stability on four-high units. Further special properties are a slight negative paper feed characteristic and a dampened temperature build-up during printing.

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CONTI-AIR® Evolution-TR: top ink transfer The tried-and-tested CONTI-AIR® EVOLUTION-TR newspaper printing blanket is characterized by its excellent ink transfer, neutral feed characteristics and good paper release. It is thus ideal for use on four-high units in particular. “Gapping - the term used when adjacent blankets stray from one another - is prevented by using a special fabric construction,” says Jungmann. Throughout the life of the printing blanket, the printer can rely on uniformly good register accuracy. The construction consisting of a compressible layer and a special cover also provides for superb smash resistance and excellent printing results on all grades of paper. Phoenix Journal: Innovation for high-speed rotary newspaper presses Phoenix Journal, the first newspaper printing blanket from PHOENIX Xtra BLANKETS, is ideal for nonshaft satellite newspaper printing machines as well as for the four-high towers. Equipped with two low-stretch, hydropho-bized carcass fabrics and a highly resistant, specially roughground sur-face, the printing blanket ensures stable and reliable production conditions and a significant reduction in

paper dust buildup. Its slightly negative paper feed characteristics ensure smooth paper flow and uniformly low power input to the motors in the case of independent drives. With the Phoenix Journal, ContiTech Elastomer Coatings offers an innovative and stable product that is ideally suited to the needs of offset customers in the news-print sector. 100 years of printing blankets from ContiTech With trail-blazing processes and a research and development ever geared


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to the future, ContiTech has shaped the printing blanket branch for a century. Whether with the development of the first rubber printing blanket in 1911, the trail-blazing expansion process for compressible printing blankets (registered for a patent in 1961), the debut of the CONTI-AIR® brand in 1969 or the world’s first ever climateneutral printing blankets in 2010 – printing blankets from ContiTech have continually and sustainably established themselves on the world market. •


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News Lavergne Group’s expansion in Vietnam provides additional capacity for HP to continue year-on-year increases in the volume of closed loop recycled plastic used in manufacturing Original HP ink cartridges.

Xingraphics to host Authorised Distributor Meeting in Beijing Xingraphics has announced that it would host the Authorised Distributor Meeting on 19 – 21 October 2011 in Beijing. The leading company known for its quality CtP systems has revealed that it has been organising technical workshops for the past four years. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the company’s success, resulting in the decision to have something more elaborate for its valued partners. Up to 100 partners from some 40 locations globally will be invited to attend the one day event which including brainstorming of possible strategies to take on the challenges in the market. Safwen Hijazi, corporate vice-president, of Xingraphics, commented: “In the past workshops, we have been involving our professional technical team and overseas product managers. This year, to commemorate our fifth year in the industry, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued partners for their support. “That is why we have decided do something different – hosting it in Beijing. We are looking forward to have a fruitful session. We would like to tell our valued partners that we appreciate their support and we are in this together!”

a truly significant milestone, with 1 billion Original HP Ink cartridges manufactured using the closed loop recycling process. We are excited to grow our collaboration with Lavergne in closed loop ink cartridge recycling, which will help our customers who are using Original HP Ink reduce their impact on the environment.” HP says that the Lavergne Group’s new plant in Vietnam will facilitate regional qualification efforts, enabling future growth in the volume of Original HP Ink cartridges that it can manufacture using the closed loop recycling process. The facility sits closer to the manufacturing sites for HP Original Ink cartridges in Asia Pacific and local sources of recycled materials, which HP says will provide an estimated six per cent reduction in the plastic carbon footprint when the facility is fully operational.” The company adds that the growing collaboration with the Lavergne Group marks the culmination of a twelveyear relationship focused on developing closed loop plastic resin solutions that meet the quality standards required for Original HP ink cartridges. The

Jean-Luc Lavergne, president, Lavergne Group, says, “We are proud to continue to work closely with HP, who demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment through continued recycling innovation that enables users of Original HP Ink to reduce their environmental impact.” HP says it introduced the industry’s first closed loop ink cartridge recycling process, combining plastic from postconsumer recycled Original HP Ink cartridges and other sources, such as recycled water and soda bottles, in the manufacturing of new Original HP Ink cartridges. It manufactured more than one billion Original HP ink cartridges from closed loop RPET plastic, since the programme’s first cartridge appeared in 2005.

StreamFold stirs the print markets

Newspaper printers want to carve out the biggest possible slice of the quarterfold market. With StreamFold, they have found a solution that, with a relatively small investment, will enable them to obtain access to those coveted printing jobs. Locating the quarterfold process in the postpress sector instead of the press leads to cheaper and far more flexible production.

HP and recycling partner expand with Vietnam plant

HP has announced a further collaboration with recycling partner, the Lavergne Group, which has a new plant in Vietnam, following HP’s manufacture of one billion ink cartridges that incorporate recycled plastic from the company’s closed loop ink cartridge recycling programme. Annukka Dickens, head of environmental management, Asia Pacific and Japan, HP, says, “This year, HP has achieved


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News Polaris Trykk Trondheim and Polaris Trykk Harstad, too, have put themselves in a strong position – thanks to StreamFold. Since commissioning in December 2010, the lines have been kept very busy with circulations between 10,000 and half a million, and a further boost to orders is on the cards. Advertising customers have evidently recognized that quality and a fast service can be obtained from newspaper printers at favourable conditions. The two Polaris Trykk printing houses work with Ferag technology on the conventional newspaper-production side as well. Trondheim was among the first Scandinavian users of MSD inserting technology, while a RollSertDrum with an SNT-U trimming drum and StreamStitch stitching component went into operation in Harstad four years ago. The two StreamFold lines have a daily 15 hours of spare commercial production capacity at production speeds up to 60,000 copies per hour. Newspaper processing is routed independently through the Ferag inserting systems and is not affected by the quarterfold process.

Jet Press 720 demonstration machine in Europe

FUJIFILM today announces that it has installed the first Jet Press 720 in Europe in the company’s demonstration centre in Brussels. The installation was completed in late June 2011, with the company now carrying out final preparations for customer demonstrations which are due to start very soon. This follows the completion of a successful beta trial in Japan earlier this summer. The first European beta site is scheduled over the next few months, with full commercial availability in Europe planned for Q4 2011. “The commercial availability of the Jet Press 720 marks the start of a new era

for sheet-fed digital printing. We are very proud that FUJIFILM is at the forefront of this revolution.” comments Ryuta Masui, Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM Europe GmbH. “Since the technology announcement at Drupa 2008 and its live demonstration at Ipex 2010, FUJIFILM has been perfecting the technologies within this groundbreaking new press as we want to make sure that the Jet Press 720 will make a difference to a printer’s business right from day one. As a result, we are confident that the Jet Press 720 is going to create new opportunities for both traditional commercial printers and the new breed of digital-only printers who are both looking for cost effective short run print of exceptional quality.” The Jet Press 720 is a four colour digital press capable of printing a B2 sheet in a single-pass, resulting in production speeds of up to 2,700 B2 sheets an hour. It makes use of SAMBATM printhead technology to achieve resolutions of 1,200dpi x 1,200dpi with four variable dot sizes, and is set to raise the bar in terms of the quality that can be achieved with a digital printing system. Significantly, by applying a primer to the printed sheet prior to imaging, the Jet Press can print onto standard offset coated and specified uncoated papers. Once imaged, the B2 sheet can be treated like an offset sheet, dropping into existing finishing equipment, with many special finishes possible. As a result, in terms of finishing flexibility, digital print can be treated more like offset print than ever before.

the benefits the Jet Press 720 can bring.”

drupa has a new president

The chairman of the management board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Bernhard Schreier, is the new president & chairman of the exhibitors’ advisory board of the leading global trade fair drupa. He takes over this role from Martin Weickenmeier, Managing Director Sales, Marketing and Service of Körber PaperLink GmbH. Weickenmeier is no longer available for the tasks of the drupa president as a result of the strategic reorientation of the Körber Group’s Paper Division and, therefore, resigned his office. Weickenmeier (56) had been the head of the executive committee of drupa since the last trade fair in 2008. “I am delighted to accept the role of drupa President at this particularly exciting and important time for our industry. drupa 2012 is a really crucial initiator for the print media industry, and I will contribute significantly to the successful planning and organization of it, “ said Schreier (57) who has been head of the world-wide largest printing press manufacturer since 1999. The next drupa global trade fair for print and paper will take place in Düsseldorf from 3 to 16 May 2012.

“The interest in this press at Ipex was unbelievable, and the conversations we have been having with many printers across Europe since then have only reinforced this,” concludes Masui. “We are looking forward to talking further with interested parties and demonstrating

Druckerei Gebhard meets short-run demand with Presstek

Germany’s Druckerei H. Gebhard GmbH & Co is servicing growing demand for small and medium-sized print runs with digital offset system from Presstek The installation of the DI digital

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offset printing machine will enable the traditional commercial printer to profitably deliver small and mediumsized runs, which are becoming increasingly common. Specialist Presstek partner, Heinrich Baumann Grafisches Centrum, played a key role in ensuring the installation went smoothly. Print runs are getting smaller,” says Anja Gebhard, Managing Director at Druckerei Gebhard. “We needed to respond to this trend and at the same time meet our customers’ requirements, being a total printing solutions provider, and have found the ideal solution in the Presstek DI. The system will help us close the gap between offset and digital printing.” Previously the company was handling requirements for multiple sizes on a 70x100 offset printing system. However, the set-up would not prove profitable in the long term, as customers would have to wait a long time for their print products. Coater and environmental protection Another important factor in Druckerei Gebhard’s decision-making process was the integrated coater. digital waterless offset printing technology had already won us over at drupa 2004, but the integrated coater option was also key in our investment decision,” continues Gebhard. Applying a fast-drying coating inline not only shortens turnaround times, it also increases the visual appeal and extends the service life of the printed products. The Presstek 52DIAC can apply aqueous coating across entire surfaces or partially for spotcoated effects. Virtually every Presstek application is finished with dispersion coating at Druckerei Gebhard. These include print runs of up to 5,000 sheets that are used to produce letterheads, postcards,

dispensers, promotional flyers and brochure covers. The company is more than happy with the printed image: get excellent results with the FM screens we frequently use and with 175lpi screens on uncoated papers e.g. for commercial printed goods.” Registration problems are virtually eliminated with the Presstek DI. makeready times are extremely short and colour is reproduced quickly,” adds Gebhard. “ We never need to worry about registration accuracy. As the plates are imaged on press without the use of chemistry. Our reject rate on the DI press is considerably lower compared with standard offset printing systems." The reduced waste and elimination of dampening solutions and alcohol, thanks to the waterless offset printing process, fits perfectly with the FSC-certified, climate-neutral company’s sustainability ethos. The DI product range Presstek DI digital offset printing machines are available in three basic versions: Presstek 75DI, Presstek 52DI and Presstek 34DI. All three models are environmentally-friendly, highly automated and offer 300 lpi as well as FM screen quality. The Presstek 52DI is a digital landscape printing machine offering speeds of up to 10,000 sheets per hour and a maximum sheet size of 520 x 375 mm. The 52DI is available with either an inline aqueous coater or a UV print unit. It supports a wide range of media up to a thickness of 0.5 mm.

New addition in the Acuity Series

FUJIFILM Corporation has developed Acuity LED 1600, a printer that supports UV-curable ink and features a long-life and low-power-consumption LED light source. It will join a lineup of wide-format inkjet printers for producing largesize posters, in-store POP and window displays. Acuity LED 1600 achieves the best-in-class productivity of 20sqm per

In recent years, large-size posters, in-store POP and window displays are produced increasingly in a smaller print runs, with short delivery time and with increased graphical designs. This has promoted the use of digital printing, with the printing service market based on wide-format inkjet printers expanding at the annual rate of 7%. The market is particularly embracing the use of wide-format inkjet printers that support UV-curable ink, which is environmentally friendly with no volatile organic compounds (VOC), fast-drying and suitable for printing on a wide range of materials including PET, acrylic, and polycarbonate substrates. The market segment continues to enjoy double-digit annual growth. The new Acuity LED 1600 is a highperformance wide-format inkjet printer featuring a proprietary-design LED light source, high precision and high speed printhead, and fast curing UV-LED ink. Fujifilm's proprietary Fast Accurate Marking technology enables best-in-class productivity of 20 square meters per hour to address customers' needs for short delivery time. The printer comes standard with eight color inks, namely cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, white and clear. When combined with the Intelligent Curing Control technology for controlling ink curing profile on printing substrates for improved ink-substrate affinity, the printer achieves wide color reproduction and smooth gradation. Enhanced ink adhesion also expands the range of substrates that can be used. Furthermore, the combined use of color ink and clear ink can produce highgloss output for premium finish. The ability to apply color and clear inks

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News in a single pass, which is difficult in conventional printers, can dramatically improve output efficiency. The printer also comes with Spot Color Matching software, which can automatically generate a color comparison chart against the desired output color. This simplifies the process of matching spot colors, e.g. those used in a logo, to reduce the workload of print producers. For many years, FUJIFILM has globally handled the development, production and marketing of a diverse range of pre-press products, such as PS/CTP plates for offset printing, workflow software and plate setters, as the leading company for printing and plate-making equipment. The company is committed to continuing to develop and provide epoch-making products in the evergrowing digital printing field, thereby contributing to the development of the printing industry around the world. The Acuity LED1600 will be showcased at GRAPHEXPO 2011, as well as the international printing equipment exhibition IGAS 2011, in Japan.

“Shift to Value Creation” at IGAS 2011

The Media and Precision Technology Company of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. participated in the International Graphic Arts Show 2011 (IGAS 2011) held at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan, from 16 – 21 September 16 2011. With its booth theme “Shift to Value Creation”, Screen introduced new business promotions by presenting case studies and printed samples offered by real major clients. In recent years, more and more promotion clients and print buyers have been looking for more flexible promotion methods including segmented or personalized marketing, in addition to traditional mass market campaigns. To satisfy these demands, printing companies are required to invest in new printing methods as well as to establish systems for efficient segmented and personalized promotion. Against this current background, at IGAS2011, Screen introduced case studies of various successful, realworld sales promotions by major clients

using Screen Print On Demand (POD) equipment. The company also showcased an optimal comprehensive workflow including Screen thermal CtP, Truepress Jet520, and Truepress JetSX units, as well as POD equipment manufactured by other companies. Screen also introduced various solutions enabling processing from order receipt through to final delivery based on collaborations with EQUIOSNET partners. These concepts will also push forward the adoption of new business promotions by printing companies. Exhibited digital on-demand printing systems and workflows: Truepress JetSX The Truepress JetSX is a full-colour B2 sheet-fed inkjet printing system. In addition to providing high quality approaching offset printing, the system can print directly onto offset printing paper without pre-coating. Thanks to this, it is possible to achieve finishes that accentuate the texture (surface variation, luster) of the paper, facilitating the creation of materials with a very high level appearance. Truepress Jet520EX Monochrome More than 300 units of Truepress Jet520 series full-colour variable inkjet printing systems have already been shipped, and Screen will display a dedicated monochrome type unit from the series. The demonstration will be performed using an SED (single engine duplex) configuration, which is capable of duplex printing on sheet widths of up to 250 mm (9.84") on one unit. It will provide an opportunity to observe practical applications of monochrome type POD such as statements produced using variable printing and small lot books. EQUIOS It is a universal workflow that integrates the printing and prepress technology and know-how accumulated by Screen over many years plus cutting-edge inkjet printing technology. Regardless of an operator’s own experience, EQUIOS provides easy to use high-speed processing enabled by the latest RIP core, a practical and easy-to-use professional color management tool linked with paper information, and useful imposition schemes reflecting Screen’s accumulated prepress know-how.

Trueflow SE Ver.7 The new EQUIOS-Pre4m job workflow is equipped with a CIP4-compliant fold catalog and is thus able to respond flexibly to the automation/alteration of imposition designs. It also promotes automation through linkage of pre- and post-printing processes using JDF. This cutting-edge version is newly equipped with features including a section function that brings real power to the creation of books. EQUIOS Online EQUIOS Online is a remote desktop system that connects client and design/ printing companies. In addition to online data upload, proofing, and approval functions linked to EQUIOS PT-R and Trueflow SE, EQUIOS Online is able to handle HTML5 output. This HTML5 output function supports page flip display on an iPad, providing a way to both deliver a new service for customers and expand business into the online publishing and digital catalog fields. Thermal CtP PlateRite HD 8900Z PlateRite thermal CtP systems hold the top share in the world market. The PlateRite HD 8900Z will make its debut as a flagship model offering the highest productivity of all Environmental solutions Screen provides the printing industry with solutions that deliver optimum environmental improvements. This involves the elimination of indirect electricity wastage in air conditioning systems, etc., promotion of operational efficiency and energy saving in production facilities, and preparation for carbon footprint-related systems, all based on an approach of “visualizing energy flows”.


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