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Contents Page 4 Agfa Graphics and EFI Enhance Hybrid Workflows 6 Reducing needed staff in prepress 8 220,000 Unique Posters for the Publication’s 20th Anniversary 10 Kodak celebrates 500th Flexcel NX sale 14 HP Inc. Expands High-speed Inkjet Portfolio with Four New PageWide Web Presses 16 XEIKON 8500’s fifth colour unit makes the difference 18 New entry level digital label press 22 Konica Minolta targets industrial printing with MGI digital finishing solutions 26 Pinnacle quality pays off in Korea 28 Further KBA Rapida 105 for the postcard and greeting card specialist 32 From small businesses to Fortune 500 companies 34 INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINT 2016 hosts record-high visitor numbers 36 Beat Waste and Add Value 38 Packaging Trends from drupa 2016 42 Producing top shelf labels and packaging 46 POLAR Postpress Machinery celebrates its 10th anniversary 48 The art of printmaking 50 News from around the world

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Agfa Graphics and EFI Enhance Hybrid Workflows Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Agfa Graphics have developed an integration between EFI™ Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) and Agfa Graphics’ latest Apogee 10 system to enable joint customers to increase digital printing productivity and profits “With this integration, existing Agfa Apogee users, including users of the latest Apogee 10 system, will be able to take advantage of hybrid offset/digital workflows,” said Andy Grant, Head of Software at Agfa Graphics. “Through certified, industry standard JDF connectivity, Apogee users can select from the wide choice of Fiery Driven digital presses to establish easy and quick ways to direct jobs to the most appropriate print devices for the best production scenario.” While many printing companies use digital presses to cost effectively meet increasing demand for short runs, fast turnaround, and value-added services, many digital presses do not efficiently integrate into offset workflows. Agfa Graphics and EFI deliver one of the most advanced hybrid print workflows available in the commercial market, taking advantage of the strengths of both traditional offset and Fiery Driven™ digital presses. One customer who has streamlined its operations with the Fiery/ Apogee integration, Hakan Walhed, general manager of Malmö, Swedenbased printing company Skånetryck, conducts preparation tasks such as imposition, media selection and color management for Fiery Driven digital presses right from the familiar Apogee user interface, eliminating touchpoints for production.

Agfa Graphics Apogee 10: saving valuable time in prepress Because Apogee acts as a unique hybrid production hub with connections to CtP for plate imaging and to EFI’s Fiery DFE platforms, it centralizes all prepress tasks and saves print service providers valuable time. Apogee 10 features the ability to split parts of a job and send those for digital output, which turns out to be extremely powerful in case of versioning jobs and proofing of (parts of) books with large page counts. EFI Fiery DFEs: Delivering more from digital press investments EFI’s newest Fiery DFE platform, Fiery FS200 Pro, helps printing companies get the most out of their digital press investments in terms of productivity, quality and efficiency. With the Apogee/Fiery workflow integration, users can access the latest Fiery DFE

“We save up to two hours on busy days,” Walhed says of the integration’s benefits. Plus, the consistent prepress workflow between offset and digital presses with Apogee and Fiery integration helps Skånetryck’s operators achieve a close match in color quality with minimum training.”

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PrePress capabilities, including HyperRIP – a key Fiery job acceleration technology offering 55% faster job processing – as well as advanced make-ready and color management tools, right from the familiar Apogee workflow user interface. JDF templates can be used to automate any color, media, layout, or finishing settings available for Fiery Driven digital presses. Users also can leverage awardwinning EFI Fiery color management technology from one consolidated point of control with color profiles and rendering intent managed by Apogee. In addition, Apogee users can access the full Fiery Paper Catalog from the Apogee user interface, with the system dynamically mapping media selection to the Fiery DFE. Users can also map parameters for inline finishing on Fiery Driven digital presses. And, in Fiery/Apogee integrated hybrid workflows, Fiery DFEs report job status data directly to Apogee so both prepress and production operators can monitor job status in real time.

“With this integration, existing Agfa Apogee users, including users of the latest Apogee 10 system, will be able to take advantage of hybrid offset/digital workflows,” said Andy Grant, Head of Software at Agfa Graphics. “Through certified, industry standard JDF connectivity, Apogee users can select from the wide choice of Fiery Driven digital presses to establish easy and quick ways to direct jobs to the most appropriate print devices for the best production scenario.”


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Reducing needed staff in prepress To what extent can the production workflow at a printing company be automated? How can production throughput be increased while at the same time increasing the quality of print data? What measures need to be taken to make printing processes more efficient? choices you can make when setting up a workflow. However, once you get started, it builds upon itself and becomes easier and quicker to create new processes.” Asura, Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance enable virtual preflighting and automated correction of most errors, e.g. the resolution of transparencies, color calibration, formatting alignment, etc. In the case of Ripon Printers, they enabled the company to focus more closely on issues like RIPing, trapping and automatic imposition.

How did the US-based printing company Ripon Printers manage to cut its prepress workforce and yet continue growing as a company? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the best-practice example provided by Ripon Printers, a company whose roots lie in newspaper printing but which has since developed into a major printing company in the US. The history of Ripon Printers began in 1962, when the company printed and published newspapers. Over the years Ripon was able to grow into a commercial printing firm with annual turnover of more than $50 million. From its headquarters in Wisconsin, Ripon Printers uses high-end technologies to provide services for catalog manufacturers and publishers throughout the US. In recent years Ripon Printers has successfully increased the level of automation in its production processes, thereby bringing the company considerable advantages in terms of resource efficiency, print data quality, and cost reduction. More automation at the prepress stage for greater efficiency in production and better print data quality Back in 2005, Ripon Printers decided to automate individual steps in its

production process using OneVision’s Speedflow Check and Speedflow Edit solutions. After a successful implementation phase, the company was determined to increase the level of automation across its entire prepress stage. It therefore added not only the data normalization and preflighting tool Asura but also OneVision’s Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance solutions to its production workflow. “The aim was to profit from an even higher level of automation, setting up and automatically running a series of modules, and therefore increasing our throughput,” explains Ripon Printers Prepress Manager Mike Thorson. One of the main reasons for the investment was for preflight as well as automatic correction of errors in PDF files. “We are currently putting through an average of 5,000 pages per week with a peak of over 11,000 ,” Thorson says. Higher throughput as a key factor in corporate growth Asked how easy it was to integrate OneVision’s products into Ripon Printers’ process and systems environment, the prepress manager described the workflow: “ Asura sits in front of our Prinergy workflow to clean up and preflight incoming PDF files. There are literally hundreds of

The fact that Ripon Printers was already using OneVision products influenced its decision to invest in the additional workflow solutions Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance. Mike Thorson therefore knew OneVisionunderstood what Ripon Printers was looking for. Under the terms of the maintenance contract, Ripon Printers regularly receives new updates for its software licenses and can therefore take advantage of new functions and developments. The US-based printing company also benefits from the support provided by the German software manufacturer. Although Ripon Printers generally needs little support, it occasionally discovers problem files “for which OneVision Support has pretty much always been able to give us a way to work with whatever we have been sent,” Thorson says.“ Asura is fast, effective and powerful,” Thorson summarizes. Asked what he could tell other commercial printers about OneVision products, the prepress manager recalls being challenged by one of his employees about why the company had wasted so much money on a piece of software. Just a year after implementing Speedflow Check and Edit, the same employee told Thorson, “This is the best software we have ever purchased.”

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220,000 Unique Posters for the Publication’s 20th Anniversary HP Inc. announced that it has teamed up with Wallpaper* to celebrate the magazine’s 20-year anniversary, with a ground-breaking campaign that reinvents digital poster production. The project used HP Indigo’s award-winning HP SmartStream Mosaic technology to create 220,000 unique commemorative posters, two of which will be distributed with each issue of the publication this September. Based on brand new designs from esteemed studio Spin, the customised posters are set to reach 93 countries worldwide. The designs have been produced in collaboration with print and communication specialist, F.E. Burman, at the company’s state-of-theart production facility in London on an

HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press. “For Wallpaper* magazine’s landmark 20th birthday we wanted to create something special and unique that would impact each of our readers on a personal level,” commented Sarah

Douglas, Creative Director, Wallpaper*. “The idea to collaborate with HP for this project came from a brainstorm with F.E. Burman, who has been our printing partner for many years now. As soon as the Burman’s team presented us with the Mosaic concept

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Digital Technology and its extraordinary possibilities, we connected with it. It’s a designer’s dream to be able to create this many original artworks and to push digital printing as far as we have with HP Mosaic. Working on this project with HP Indigo has been incredibly exciting and has inspired us to totally re-think our attitude and approach to print technology and the printing process.” Tony Brook, a renowned graphic designer through his work with brands such as Nike, Design Museum, Christie’s, and many more, was asked by Wallpaper* to create the exclusive designs for the project. Brook and his team developed 12 original source designs of varying patterns, colours and shapes, enabling each set of posters to honour Wallpaper*’s legacy of design innovation.

“We had to organize two decades’ worth of images and captions to bring together the idea that it was a celebration for the 20 years,” said Brook. “We used HP Mosaic and played with the numbers ‘96’ and ‘16’ as the main features, changing the gradations and colours in the background to keep them moving thoroughout the project. It was important for us that each poster had its own character, but that overall they hung together.”

enables designers to create a rich “visual language” to portray a brand’s identity, whilst the superior print quality of the HP Indigo 10000 enabled the designs to be translated perfectly on to paper.

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“What really impressed us was the quality of the print with HP Indigo. It is remarkable how even flat colours are, particularly light tints, and how smooth vignettes are without feeling mechanical,” added Brook.

Business, HP Inc., the collaborative project was an ideal platform to demonstrate the power of print: “We’re pleased to have been able to share the capabilities of HP Indigo technology, and to have enabled so many people to own their own exclusive, personalised Tony Brook print. The entire project with Wallpaper* epitomises how print can be continually reinvented to be ever more relevant and exciting, and to create entirely new, unprecedented possibilities.”


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Kodak celebrates 500th Flexcel NX sale Along with the milestone-marking sale, Kodak introduces the new Flexcel NX System ’16 and next generation flexo and inkjet printing at drupa. Sha Jumari reports. Kodak marked a significant milestone in the worldwide adoption of its mainstream flexographic plate technology with the 500th order of a Kodak Flexcel NX System. The purchase was made by Polandbased flexographic prepress provider Multidruk. “We just celebrated the sale of the 500th unit of the Flexcel NX System. That’s a significant step forward for the industry. Eight years ago, when we launched what is Flexcel NX today, flexo packaging was considered a low-cost technology. But here we are today with the 500th unit of the Flexcel NX system sold. Quality flexo really is becoming mainstream,” said Chris Payne, general manager and vice president, Kodak. Kodak used drupa 2016 as a launchpad to launch the new Flexcel NX System ’16, which builds on the NX technology. The new Kodak Flexcel NX System ’16 includes Advanced DIGICAP NX Patterning with Kodak patented Advanced Edge Definition technology that is said to dramatically improve ink

transfer in the broadest range of print applications. “With the Flexcel NX technology, there is an an increase in productivity and quality. We’ve been very focused with the interaction of ink at the plate, and further improving that efficiency and quality. The Flexcel NX ’16 system focuses around optimising the print

jobs for better quality,” said Payne. The Flexcel NX ’16 system is able to control ink flow at the edge of objects, to result in cleaner print, increased contrast and greater visual edge definition. Implementation of the system is streamlined with NX tags for the application of multiple patterns on a single plate layout. The new features, combined with Kodak imaging and material technology, enable the Flexcel System ’16 to be able to serve the wide-ranging demands of flexo print applications, including wide web flexibles, narrow web labels and paperboard printing, with a single plate type. This gives prepress operations that switch from competitive technologies the added opportunity to reduce inventory, errors and complexity. The new system can also be utilised by corrugated postprint customers. “The reception from customers has been absolutely fantastic. Some of the companies in the Southeast Asian region are in the food supply chain, so





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they seek ecologically sound solutions,” Payne added.

today, there are people from China and India, Southeast Asia through to Australia. The full portfolio of our technology is available here, from offset plates, to CTP, to packaging, to our digital printing and workflow solutions – and they are all fully available in Asia.” “We’ve had a good mix of customers on the broad spectrum. The Asian customers are not that different today from the rest of the world - the print shops in Asia is the same as a print shop in Latin America and Europe,” Payne continued.

Ultra Sustainability Kodak bolstered this commitment to sustainability by demonstrating a preview of next generation flexo technology, Ultra NX. This technology aims to achieve highest quality, print efficiency while being as environmentally conscious as possible. The Ultra NX will include all of the benefits offered by existing Flexcel NX technology, with an eco friendly plate processing solution.

Kodak Inkjet Update Kodak also used drupa to showcase its next generation inkjet technology termed Ultrastream. The Ultrastream technology was demonstrated in an an 8” configuration on a narrow-web press for labelling and small format printing. This technology claims to be able to produce a high resolution output as a result of smaller ink drop sizes, superior drop placement and substrate interaction.

“This is where we can help, with sustainable technology. We know we can get to that quality with water based inks so that the toxicity of UV and solvent inks in food packaging suddenly becomes less of an issue. Over the next decade you will see a drive in that direction. And we really believe the Ultra NX technology will lead the industry,” added Payne.

“The Prosper portfolio is high speed inkjet. Ultrastream is the next generation of Prosper. Essentially, it’s using electrostatic drop deflection,” said Payne.

When asked on reception from Asia Pacific at drupa 2016: “Asia is a key target for us here. In terms of people wanting to invest in new technology

Payne added that Ultrastream will be an offering that will be deployed mainly through OEM partners and system integrators. Kodak has already secured

Chris Payne, general manager and vice president, Kodak.

Using electrostatic charge plates to deflect ink droplets will allow the ink to be smaller, therefore be able to deliver the high quality.

eight partners to work with the new inkjet technology. Ultrastream is capable of printing 600 x 1800dpi at speeds of up to 150 meters per minute on a wide range of paper and plastic substrates. Its modular printhead can be implemented in varying widths ranging from 8” up to 97”, and will be available with Kodak’s Digital Front End (DFE). The Ultrastream inkjet technology offers a different value proposition from the Stream technology in Proper presses: “Ultrastream is a lower productivity offering, at a different price performance. By definition it has a smaller footprint, so it can be configured to a smaller system. The system is aimed at printers who demand a high image quality to integrate into their application-based production systems,” said Payne. In mid-March 2016, Kodak announced it was in talks to sell the Kodak Prosper inkjet business. The company asserts commitment to completing the sale, reporting that it is ‘on track’. Prosper interest is high, as at the close of drupa, Kodak reported notable sales of the inkjet presses. Japan’s Toppan Forms Co Ltd purchased a Prosper press, making it the largest Kodak Prosper customer worldwide. The company intends to use the new PROSPER 6000C Press for variable textbook and business mail printing. Two other Prosper 1000 Presses have also been sold to customers in the Asia Pacific region.

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HP Inc. Expands Leading Highspeed Inkjet Portfolio with Four New PageWide Web Presses Introduces four new HP PageWide Web Presses, now powered by HP High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology Showcases industry-leading graphics portfolio at Graph Expo, including four 2016 MUST SEE ‘EMS award-winning solutions At Graph Expo 2016, HP Inc. expanded its high-speed inkjet portfolio with four new 30-inch HP PageWide Web Presses, delivering improved image quality, higher productivity and increased application versatility to commercial print service providers (PSPs). Building on a portfolio that was recently named a leader in the IDC MartketScape for high-speed inkjet,(1) the new HP PageWide Web Presses bring High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology to the company's legacy T300 series, enabling customers to pursue new opportunities.

"Print service providers continue to search for technology that gives them a competitive edge in a crowded market, seeking the ability to deliver end customers high-value offerings while also increasing profitability," said Mike Salfity, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. "These announcements demonstrate HP's commitment to innovation that leads to immediate impact to our customers' businesses." New HP PageWide Web Presses power high-value opportunities The new HP PageWide Web Press T390 HD, T390M HD, T380 HD and

T370 HD represent the expansion of HDNA technology throughout the HP PageWide Web Press portfolio, enabling enhanced print quality, productivity and versatility as well as "applicationof-one" opportunities. The new T300 HD portfolio also offers customers compelling economics, printing 500 fpm in quality mode with best-inclass print quality for customized publishing applications, such as colour trade books, journals, retail catalogues, brochures and marketing collateral at any run length. Further extending unique, high-value possibilities for HP PageWide Web Presses, HP Link Technology breaks

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down barriers between the digital and physical worlds by embedding Internet-connected codes and invisible watermarks in printed collateral, such as customized text books, magazines or instruction manuals. Most recently, Toronto-based Webcom leveraged HP Link Technology, along with HP One Book workflow solution and its HP PageWide Web Press T360 to produce several hundred individually personalized "books-of-one" of Unsquaring the Wheel, making its debut at Graph Expo 2016. Moreover, HP PageWide Web Press customers are pushing the industry with ever-growing page volumes, recently surpassing 180 billion pages printed since 2009. Customers are now running more than five billion pages per month, up from four billion pages per month in 2015. In fact, an HP PageWide Web Press T360M customer recently broke a worldwide productivity record, producing 7.3 million pages in a day and more than 32 million pages in a week.(2) HP at Graph Expo 2016 HP award-winning technology was highlighted in booth 1825 at Graph Expo 2016, Sept. 25-27, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. HP boasted four Graph Expo 2016 MUST SEE ‘EMS, including:

The HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press for the digital presses category The HP PageWide Web Press T390HD for the digital presses category HP Link Technology for the variable, transactional and multi-channel systems category PrintOS for the management systems category The company also demonstrated its full portfolio of new HP Indigo digital presses for general commercial printing, as well as large-format HP

Latex and PageWide XL printers. Special pavilions, including The House That Print Built, showcased the expanded capabilities of the new HP Latex 300 Printer series and HP Scitex technologies as well as applications they enable including dĂŠcor, textiles, doors, stereo speakers, curtains, window blinds and fabrics. The booth also featured dedicated areas for PrintOS, services, HP SmartStream Mosaic, HP security solutions, as well as dozens of applications from leading customers and brands.

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XEIKON 8500’s fifth colour unit makes the difference ARBURG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines for plastics processing, has again opted for a digital printing system from Xeikon. Its latest acquisition, a Xeikon 8500 digital web press with a five-colour configuration, is being used to produce various corporate communications. It is the company's fourth generation of Xeikon printers. In 1997, ARBURG was one of the first industrial companies to enter the world of digital printing with a system from Xeikon – in those days, the press was sold under the IBM OEM product. For ARBURG, a key decision point was the 8500’s fifth colour station which it has reserved solely for the ARBURG corporate colour, a characteristic mint green. Xeikon produces the special colour as part of its custom toner program. "We print the majority of our marketing and advertising material on demand,” explains Martin Wozny, head of graphics and design at ARBURG. “Other key criteria for digital printing are fast turnaround, flexibility and the use of variable data printing for customised mailings. “We have driven down the number of brochures and

other commercial print jobs held in stock to almost zero because we can now print them as needed. That saves significant money, and we are also able to make sure that everything that is printed is up to date. Another reason we use digital printing is to be able to version materials to accommodate the growing number of languages in which we print our marketing communications. The more language versions needed per brochure, the smaller the print runs." A consolidated online ordering system allows the requirements of branches around the world to be efficiently coordinated so that justin-time production can take place as economically as possible. Another factor influencing ARBURG's decision to continue using Xeikon presses is the deinkability of the printed sheets – an

important factor contributing to the company’s environmental sustainability efforts. ARBURG opted for its first Xeikon system with IBM branding because all of the company's IT logistics had been set up using IBM solutions and the company had always had very positive experiences with them. "Over the years, we have become very familiar with the Xeikon systems,” add Friedemann Seid and Harald Rieger, the two operators of the Xeikon press. ”We didn’t want to start again from scratch with a different manufacturer. The high uptime and

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Very satisfied with the new Xeikon 8500: Martin Wozny, head of graphics and design at ARBURG, and the two operators of the printing system, Friedemann Seid and Harald Rieger (left to right) it is even more brilliant than before. ARBURG typically uses digital printing for static print runs is between 1000 and 2000 units. Personalized materials such as invitations are printed on the Xeikon press in runs of up to 16 000. In addition, in-house digital printing is in line with the company's policy of not sharing customer details with third parties for privacy and security purposes. ARBURG is also pleased that it can use the entire range of standard papers with its Xeikon press, and that Xeikon is continually working to add more special papers to its library of certified substrates, both coloured and structured. "In the future, we hope to tap further into the haptic added value of a greater range of substrates to add even more value to the items we print," Wozny says.

ARBURG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines for plastics processing and only produces at its LoĂ&#x;burg site in the northern Black Forest region of Germany reliability of Xeikon presses also reinforced our decision to stick with them. The Xeikon hotline is always on hand and expertly deals with any issues, which is greatly appreciated.â€? From business cards to posters ARBURG prints everything from 9 x 9 cm cards to 50 x 300 cm posters on its Xeikon digital press. It also uses the press to produce brochures, mailers, flyers, certificates, decorative materials and up to 50 different calendars, which each branch can tailor to its needs with the relevant public holidays, trade fairs and events. Since the mint green bar of the ARBURG logo appears in every item, access to the custom colour is critical. In the past, the corporate colour was produced using four process colours, but now that it can be digitally printed using a separate special colour,


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New entry level digital label press SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions Australia has announced the introduction of an all-new digital label press as an entry level for label printers considering digital production. Following the introduction of Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label printing system in October 2013, over sixty presses have been shipped, with demand growing rapidly. Screen is expanding the range to provide a lower-cost solution, making it affordable for printers who want to enter the short-run label market but could not justify the higher investment of the L350UV. The new Truepress Jet L250AQ, is an inkjet label printing system that delivers lower initial costs together with extremely high resolution at 1600

x 1600dpi and a compact footprint of W 1,500 x D 917 x H 1,591 mm. It can easily be installed in conjunction with the existing production lines, which makes it ideal for companies wishing to expand their use of digital printing. The ease of operation extends to the intuitive, user-friendly touch panel, web-cleaning and self-predictive cleaning of printhead nozzles. Inks are dye-based and aqueous, so are environmentally friendly. Intuitive software even calculates the cost of each label produced. Screen GP Australia Peter Scott

says: “We are very excited about the introduction of this new, affordable but high quality addition to our digital label production line. As with the larger L350UV, we are partnering with Jet Technologies for sales in Australia and also Indonesia. Our demonstration unit is on its way and our service engineers’ technical training is underway. The label samples we have are of outstanding quality on a variety of stocks including metallic.” SCREEN GP Australia and Jet Technologies will be holding a launch event for the new Truepress Jet L250AQ in the last quarter of 2016.

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Konica Minolta targets industrial printing with MGI digital finishing solutions Konica Minolta strengthens presence in Asia’s industrial printing industry with MGI award-winning JetVarnish 3DS & iFoil.

Decorative printing to enhance aesthetic and tactile qualities in labels and packaging is increasing in demand. On top of that, there is the constant need for faster turnaround times and short runs, without compromising quality. One of the more favoured decorative methods is in digital, thanks to its ability to also personalise and customise. It has emerged as a cost-effective alternative to flexo, gravure, and offset for short and medium runs. Konica Minolta hopes to hit this share of the pie with the addition of MGI JetVarnish 3DS and iFoil solution in its portfolio. In June 2016, MGI was the recipient of the Leadership in Innovation Award in the 28th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for its JetVarnish 3DS and iFoil digital decoration process.

“We are excited to offer transformative digital post press solution that will be a driver for revenue. This will add on to our extensive production printing portfolio and make foray into the industrial printing market,” said Jonathan Yeo, general manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia. With the solution, companies can enjoy higher margin print jobs with the offering of spot UV while delivering spectacular effects for printed collaterals from brochure, special launches, invitation cards, and magazine covers to labels. The solution is a core offering into the industrial printing industry targeted for commercial print, labels and packaging and it is available to the Southeast Asian market now. “We are seeing keen interest in the MGI JetVarnish 3DS in Southeast Asia. The digital printing marketplace is poised for growth with growing affluence and adoption of digital technology

Jonathan Yeo, general manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia.

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especially in Singapore, companies are wooing their customers with quality and visually impactful materials. As adoption of digital technology on the rise, I believe there will be more request for decorative embellishments to differentiate among the competition,� said Yeo. The MGI JetVarnish 3DS and iFoil solution aims to help printers expand their services to include new spot UV and 3D tactile varnishing capabilities. The digital spot UV and hot foiling technology offers the ability to produce personalised embossed foil and decorative special effects via variable data and can be produced on runs ranging from one to 100,000 with the same setup. “JetVarnish3DS allows printed materials stand out from the crowd with striking 3D raised effect and provides tactile impact that online communication cannot deliver. Customers can expect high productivity where spot UV can be done with single pass printing and media processing supports wide range of paper weights of up to 450gsm. It can produce personalised and serialised print jobs for effective marketing impact and spot varnish on digital or offset prints,� added Yeo. Requiring no screens and no dies, this innovation gives brand owners the opportunity to cost-effectively add enhanced graphics to labels, cartons, or

even printed collateral in both an ondemand and variable data manner. This technology allows regular 2D spot UV varnish coats, 3D embossed textured effects and variable data embossed foils all to be printed on the same machine in one pass. It represents the next-generation of digital package decoration at a time when most digital print technologies are focused on

general print quality. The JetVarnish 3DS can convert regular printed output into high-margin spot UV printed sheets and even higher margin 3D embossed jobs up to 100 microns of varnish applied to the sheet, which lifts the image from the page and adds a higher level of sheen to colours.

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Further KBA Rapida 105 for the postcard and greeting card specialist They are still to be found in all corners of the country – the hidden champions of the print industry. They are highly specialised, but rarely find themselves in the spotlight. Their names are often a mystery even among branch experts. Nevertheless, they are creating products which we all encounter regularly in our daily lives. One such company is Druckerei Münch in Bayreuth. The family-run business has been producing postcards and greeting cards for more than 60 years and today counts 42 employees. Many of the leading publishing houses in Germany have cards printed here. But it is then the publisher's name which stands on the back of the cards; the printer remains unmentioned. Druckerei Münch has organised its work into gang formes almost from the very beginning. That makes production especially cost-effective. The product spectrum, however, has changed in recent years. The social media boom

has led to a decline in the share of postcards. The market for birthday and greeting cards, on the other hand, has developed positively. Card design seems to know no limits. With expensive materials, high-quality coatings, haptic effects and hand-finished details, a card can often be seen as a gift in itself. Market changes are reflected in press room equipment The shift in interests on the market

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Sheetfed Offset the customer. Druckerei Münch also possesses modern digital printing systems to produce specimens and to handle any short and ultra-short runs. The stores are well filled. Standard papers in grammages matched to the post office weight bands, as well as envelopes in the most varied colours and formats, are always in stock. Around 3 million envelopes can be called up at any given time, and publishing house customers are supplied “on demand” from the finished goods warehouse. Some 200,000 to 250,000 cards are shipped every day.

has also had consequences in the press room. A 3b press specifically for postcard production, with perfecting after the first unit, is no longer necessary; the available half-format capacity is already sufficient. Instead, manager Uwe Böhner decided to purchase a five-colour Rapida 105 with coater and extended delivery at the beginning of the year. The configuration of this press is geared to the production of greeting cards in batches of between 1,000 and 5,000 cards: Fully automatic FAPC plate changers, CleanTronic washing systems, a fully featured coater for dispersion coatings, direct loading of the pre-press data for press presetting. A non-stop roller rack in the delivery, furthermore, establishes the necessary safe conditions for washing parallel to pile changes. Makeready times have been slashed by half compared to the predecessor press installed back in 2005. Waste has also been reduced significantly. And with so many products being printed on highgrade substrates, waste savings translate directly into tangible cost savings. The greater output of the press has enabled expansion of the company's overall production capacity. “There are many features of the highend Rapidas which we simply don't need,” says Uwe Böhner in explanation of the investment decision. Today, he is certain that it was the right decision: “The press just runs and runs, reliably and trouble-free, day after day.” The

VariDryBlue dryers enable further savings by enhancing the efficiency of the energy-intensive drying process. Sophisticated finishing One day's production on the Rapida 105 is enough to keep the post-press department busy for an average of three days. An offline coating machine applies fine UV finishes with high layer thicknesses, haptic details and further special effects, while six platen presses operate side by side for die-cutting, creasing and embossing. Around 50 per cent of the products require individual finishing steps to be performed by hand. The company has had special machines manufactured to insert the cards into film wrappings – in open and closed variants, as demanded by

Medium-format sheetfed offset traditionally from KBA Greeting cards are usually printed with a lead of around six months ahead of the corresponding season or occasion. In other words, summer is the time of the year in which Druckerei Münch takes care of its Christmas and New Year business. Since discontinuing letterpress printing, Druckerei Münch has relied exclusively on equipment from KBA for its offset printing in medium format. Over the years, the company has invested regularly. An SR III – still using the fivecylinder principle – has been followed by three Rapida 104 and three Rapida 105 models in different configurations. The latest of these presses is based on the same technology platform as the makeready world champion Rapida 106.









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From small businesses to Fortune 500 companies Komori America Corporation announced that Worth Higgins & Associates, Virginia’s largest commercial sheetfed printer, hosted an event to launch the Komori Impremia IS29, sheetfed UV inkjet digital printing system.

With over 300 guests in attendance, visitors were treated to an evening of food, music and fun in addition to seeing the Impremia IS29 print live jobs. “We are very appreciative that our partner Worth Higgins & Associates hosted this event to show the capabilities of the Impremia IS29,” said Koshi Miyao, President and COO of Komori America Corporation. Worth Higgins marks the first time that the Impremia IS29 has been demonstrated in a live production environment in North America. “It was extremely gratifying to see the enthusiasm for the high quality print the Impremia IS29 delivered,” said Jacki Hudmon, Sr. Vice-President of New Business Development at Komori America. “Even more exciting was hearing from Worth Higgins & Associates customers who had already had jobs printed on the Impremia IS29, rave about the results. It validates our product development process.”

Worth Higgins & Associates chose to be the early adopter for the Impremia IS29 to expand its ability to economically produce the variable short-run high quality color printing not feasible on a traditional press. The company serves a diverse customer base that ranges from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The Impremia IS29 allows Worth Higgins to meet the varying demands of these customers with its ability to accommodate short run applications where size is a factor, like customized posters, variable data book printing and pocket folders on heavy stock. Additionally, as an advanced digital printing system, it successfully handles other complex variable print requirements while making it possible to get to market fast with reduced setup costs and color output that rivals offset. “One of our favorite expressions at Worth Higgins is that we are not only good at what we do, we also celebrate

others who are good at what they do. Komori is a company that continues to demonstrate this excellence to us, and we jumped at the chance to be the beta site for this exciting product,” said Rick LaReau, CEO for Worth Higgins. “We see the Impremia IS29 as the future of technology. While you are limited on size with traditional digital, you aren’t with the Impremia IS29. And there are so many other competitive advantages beyond the 29-inch sheet size. You don’t need special paper, so we can use any paper on our shelves. From a standpoint of economy, we can be more competitive in the digital market. Fewer sheets needed yields more cost-effective products that we can produce and pass this savings on to our customers.” The Komori Impremia IS29 runs a 23x29 inch sheet, ideal for six-up print production with full variable print applications that can come right off the machine to finishing and out the door quickly. The Impremia IS29 operates in perfecting or straight mode, it does not require pre-coated paper and runs at speeds of 3,000 sheets per hour in straight mode. “Our open house was a great event and allowed us to show our customers our new print capabilities and showcase our partnership with Komori. We are looking forward to where this technology can take our business,” said LaReau. About Worth Higgins & Associates Worth Higgins & Associates is Virginia’s largest sheet-fed commercial printer. Since 1970, the company has served the printing and communication needs of businesses and organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic. Today, as an employee-owned company, Worth Higgins & Associates offers conventional, digital, wide-format, letterpress and promotional printing. The Company’s multi-channel solutions offer on-demand, web-to-print systems, custom finishing, fulfillment, warehousing, and mailing options.

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INDOPLAS, INDOPACK hosts record-high visit

Synergistic exhibitions INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINT 2016 closed on a high note as it logs over 22,000 visitors from 34 countries. Sha Jumari reports. Indonesia’s leading 3-in-1 exhibition for the plastics, packaging and printing sectors closed on a high note earlier this month, bringing together 22,479 trade visitors and industry professionals from 34 countries.

biggest line-up to date. It’s quite an international show, even though a high percentage of exhibitors are coming from Indonesia, they are displaying international brands,” said Gernot Ringling, managing director, Messe Dusseldorf Asia.

This year’s edition of the biennial INDOPLAS, INDOPACK (incorporating INDOPROCESS) and INDOPRINT hosted new and improved technologies and solutions across all of its three signature showcases for the plastics, packaging and printing industries.

Over four days from 7 to 10 September at Jakarta International Expo, the synergistic tri-sector exhibitions featured new technology, innovative equipment and solutions across the three sectors of plastics, packaging and printing.

“We have 372 exhibiting companies from 20 countries and economic regions, which is the exhibition’s

From raw materials to semi-finished components, multi-function machines and equipment, customised solutions

through to integrated processing methods, trade visitors were treated to an extensive spectrum of expertise. Heidelberg is the largest exhibitor for this year’s edition. Other global leading manufacturers and brands include BSW Machinery Handels, Kraiburg TPE, Maguire Products Asia, Beijing Daheng Image Vision, Honda Logistics, Chemko S.C., Contitech Print Service, Epson, Garant Maschinenhandel, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, Macchi, Mimaki, Mosca, NGR, Piovan, Sweet Industries India, Windmoeller & Hoelscher. Jointly organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia and partner PT. Wahana Kemalaniaga Makmur (WAKENI), the exhibition is shaped after three globally trade fairs in plastics, packaging and printing: K, interpack and drupa, organised by Messe Düsseldorf, Germany.

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and INDOPRINT 2016 tor numbers “The strong showing in participation signifies the growing opportunities in Indonesia and the region. We manage to pull off roughly the same markets as the last show I think is great considering the circumstances. We have K coming up, and drupa was just three months ago. So I think we did very well,” Ringling continued. International suppliers make up more than half of the exhibitors and occupied close to 50% of the show floor. A show highlight were national pavilions and groups from China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. “This is a testament to the exhibition’s growing international dimension, and the continued business interest and growth potential of Indonesia and the region,” said Ringling. “Indonesia is an emerging market. The food industry is growing quite dramatically, and the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries are growing leaps and bounds here. There are opportunities here so there is a promising market which has the potential to eventually grow to be as developed as Thailand’s print industry with time.” On the domestic front, local exhibitor participation has also seen a positive

increase, as home-grown brands such as Bilplast Grapindo, Eka Maju Mesinindo and Samafitro made appearances. The exhibitions are a unique platform for global companies to boost activities in the Indonesian market and to gain special insight into the emerging growth sectors in Indonesia and surrounding markets. Korea’s Lee Sunwoo, Chemko S.C., said: “We have many visitors showing plenty of interest in our products. We just concluded a business discussion with one of the suppliers here and we are looking forward to more business opportunities that we have gathered from this exhibition.” “We figured that INDOPACK will offer us the quickest and easiest way to get into Indonesia’s packaging market. The exhibition is certainly better than what we have expected, and we are now in the concluding stages of finalising a couple of deals,” added Bhavesh Yadava, managing director of Sweet Industries India – a first time exhibitor at the exhibition. More than 22,000 trade visitors packed the halls during the exhibition as they were treated to scores of product demonstrations from new and improved

Gernot Ringling, managing director, Messe Dusseldorf Asia.

machineries on display. Majority of the demonstrations managed to draw interests from relevant visiting groups and delegations searching for the latest technology. One of the common merging themes at this year’s edition is in digital packaging and printing, as topics covered include food safety packaging, digital printing for labels and packaging, and smart packaging solutions. The synergistic exhibition is a good lead up to the upcoming Pack Print International 2017, to be held in Thailand. 6th edition of the international exhibition will have a renewed focus on the packaging sector. The next edition of INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINTwill return in 2018 at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran. The exhibition is expected to take place from 19 to 22 September.

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Web Offset Technology

Beat Waste and Add Value As part of its ongoing strategy to establish industry partnerships that can deliver value-added solutions for customers, Goss International has announced a new collaboration with Elettra Srl, leading manufacturer of automatic blanket washing systems.

using our expertise to vet their methods and technologies, we can ensure a good fit with our own systems while giving a helping hand to customers in improving their competitive edge." Two easy-retrofit Elettra automatic blanket wash systems offer productivity benefits for new and existing Goss commercial presses. FastWash - installed inside the print units. The FastWash blanket washer maintains a uniform mechanical and chemical action across the web width to guarantee consistent cleaning action. A full FastWash cleaning cycle takes up to 12 seconds when performed while the press is in production or at the end of the job; at a crawling press speed it takes up to 80 seconds. CombiWash - applies cleaning solution across the entire web at the paper infeed stage. The patented design of the CombiWash system is engineered to give the lowest number of wasted copies through a high-quality wash performed while the press is running in less than nine seconds. Waste figures average at less than 300 copies for a double-circumference heatset press and less than 600 revolutions on the Goss Sunday 3000 and 2000 presses.

The association between Goss and Elettra is designed to provide new benefits for commercial press users, by providing dramatic waste reductions that deliver a rapid return on investment. Goss also now becomes the exclusive dealer for Elettra commercial web products in the Americas. With continuous design development at the core of its approach, Elettra has built up a portfolio of VOC-free automatic blanket washer systems featuring cloth technology that offer a

pathway to more sustainable production across a range of print processes. According to Graham Trevett, Vice President of Sales, Goss Americas, the agreement with Elettra was driven by ongoing efforts aimed at delivering new leaner production solutions. "At Goss we have been systematically working through our product portfolio looking for ways to enhance our service to customers, with a particular focus on waste," he explains. "By investigating other suppliers in the industry and

"At Goss, we only deal with suppliers of the highest caliber for all our thirdparty press ancillaries and components," explains Trevett. "Through in-depth discussions with our customers, we work with them to establish the best solution for their needs, so that our press systems are always equipped with the leading technology in its class. The partnership with Elettra allows us to utilize their strengths to the benefit of our customers by offering enhanced quality, productivity and efficiency."

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Packaging Trends from drupa 2016 by Sean Smyth, Pira International

Drupa in 2016 was fascinating, highlighting the technology developments of the global printing sector. The importance of packaging going forward was a key theme, with many established equipment suppliers looking to enter packaging sectors. Digital grabbed many headlines, but it is worth looking behind the slick presentations of the high-tech new presses designed for cartons and flexibles at what is really happening. Smithers Pira sizes the global packaging market at some $410 billion in 2015 (actually approaching $750 billion if non-printed packaging is included), and there is steady growth forecast over the next five years. There are many reasons for the growth, with more households containing fewer people demanding greater convenience and choice. We are seeing a great increase in brand fragmentation with more varieties/flavours/colours/sizes/ languages being launched by brands and own-labels from retailers. While digital technology grabs much of the attention, the great majority of printed packaging is flexo, gravure and litho. Digital accounts for under 0.8% of the total print volume, less if labels are excluded. It remains a tiny proportion of a vast global market. Unlike the graphics and publication sectors print quality is not the most

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important characteristic of packaging. Printing fits in with the mechanical and physical performance of the pack – strength, barrier properties, weight, recyclability, etc. – which is why the converting part of print is so important. It is interesting to look at the higher proportion of gravure and flexo in packaging than in commercial printing. It is primarily because of the relative ease of converting printed webs, with substrates as diverse as paper, carton board, corrugated liner, pressure sensitive label stock down to 20µ unsupported films. Gravure is popular in Asia (years ago flexo struggled to reproduce fine Kanji-alphabet characters over long runs and reprints), flexo in North America with a closer distribution in Europe. But web offset litho remains a minority process, despite the very high print quality and low cost, quick and flexible prepress stages in comparison to gravure and flexo. A medium width gravure cylinder can cost over $1,000, flexo plates well over $100 per square metre while a press-ready litho plate can be just $10. Many converters buy in flexoplates or gravure cylinders from specialist trade suppliers, while inhouse litho platemaking is affordable and ubiquitous in most litho printers. Sheetfed litho dominates in cartons and metal sheet printing, where the quality and flexibility are important. Litho modules are a common feature in narrow web unit label presses, and litho web is used in wet glued and wrap around labels, cartons and some flexibles, particularly paper bags and sacks.

These applications are successful when the final product fits the cut off of the press, but this is rarer in film based flexible packaging which is a huge market. Gravure and flexo dominate, with plates and cylinders re-used many time to amortise the cost. While this is fine with popular lines that do not change, it means there is a high price for a new design to launch a product with many of the small “Upstart” brands unable to use the minimum order quantities demanded by established packaging suppliers. This is a driver for digital, but is also pushing some converters to re-appraise web offset litho. They should look closely at the new capability of sleeve technology that enables variable cut off printing on medium and wide webs. These developments are enabling fast

changeovers, enabling the benefits flexibility and quality of litho to be used in more packaging. The decision by Goss International to partner with DG Press will extend the reach of the variable cut off technology into new markets across the world. As the experiences of the first customers are publicised (such as the first installation in Russia who are looking at seed packs there will be more interest from converters looking for a way to differentiate their offerings to a market demanding high quality and design flexibility. Web offset offers advantages of speed and consistency alongside the quality and prepress benefits. The paste inks do not have the VOC emissions of flexo or gravure which boosts the sustainability of the process. There is also no storage of standing plates or cylinders increasing the design options for customers. When you look closely, Thallo can provide a lot of benefits for flexible packaging converters.

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POLAR Postpress Machinery celebrates its 10th anniversary In 2006, POLAR took the leap into China opening a subsidiary enterprise called POLAR Postpress Machinery. The plant now manufactures cutting machines and peripheral equipment customized for China and the neighboring markets.

Consequently, PPM’s company policy states: One POLAR standard, one POLAR quality – at every production site.

The company celebrated this anniversary with a Family Day for employees and their families who proudly looked back on what they have achieved over these past 10 years. POLAR Postpress Machinery (PPM) is characterized by a very close and friendly team spirit. Consequently, the staff are extremely loyal to their employer. This is also reflected in a very low turnover of personnel.

Production standard meets German level This is one of the reasons why the quality of the delivered machines is of the same high level as in POLAR Germany. In addition, the whole production is geared to German standards and closely aligned to operations in the Hofheim headquarters. All high-quality and safety-relevant key components are still supplied from our site in Germany.

The product portfolio offered by POLAR Postpress Machinery The PPM premises are located right behind the Heidelberg factory in Quinpu, a Shanghai suburb. Initially, PPM produced the XC cutting machine, a model customized to the Chinese market. Since then, it has developed into the PF model which is still being produced with cutting widths of 115 and 137. Over time, further peripheral units have been added to the line of products. The company is currently producing stack lifts, a specialized aligning table for preparing material, as well as Transomat unloading units. A decision in favor of China Until 2008, the Chinese economy grew more than 10% every year. Besides, with a population of almost 1.4 billion, China is one of the biggest countries in the world. In order to protect its local guillotine cutter manufacturers, the country levies customs duties of about 20% on imported cutting machines. In 2006, POLAR decided to found its own subsidiary in order to participate in the growing market and avoid the adverse effects of the customs requirements. At that time, a change in the law allowed foreign investors to found new companies for the first time without the need of having a local partner. Consequently, PPM is a wholly owned subsidiary of POLAR and no Chinese partner is involved.

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The art of printm

Singapore-based printmaker James Tan gives PIA a glimpse into the world of fine art and James Tan is one of the very few in Asia who is a certified printmaker under the Master Photographers Association (MPA). The MPA is an accredited organisation in the UK for the professional wedding, portrait and commercial photographers. Led by master photographers, the organisation body imposes the strictest qualifications to recognise leading professional photographers. Tan has worked with New York galleries and the likes of National Geographic photographers to bring their work to life. Most recently, he was a judge on MPA's International Photography Competition.

positive file. I make sure that I print the photograph to the best of its potential. That is printmaking in a gist, below it is the understanding of the technique, science and the craft. “How did you get started in printmaking? Before joining the MPA, I was a professional photographer specialising in architecture. As a photographer, having just digital photos are not enough; the end print is important as well.

“PIA: What exactly is a printmaker? James Tan: Printmaking is still a very niche industry. The term itself is generic. It applies to a small group of people who actually do different types of print. Some are fine arts printmakers, who do whatever it takes to produce an art piece. For me, I focus more on colour management and reproducibility of a photograph.

I became interested in printmaking once I started to print my own photos. It was only then that I began noticing all these flaws in my photographs. In terms of crafts and skills, you need to learn to print in order to become a better photographer. When you learn to print, you will begin comparing what makes one photo better than all the rest. The next time you go out to shoot, you’ll be more conscious of all the elements that make a great photo.

There’s an actual science and technique behind it, and we aim to master these skills in order to be able to produce predictable good prints each time. When the prints are consistent, it maximises the potential of what is given to me – be it a negative or

Most of the great photographers out there print their own photos. The most famous perhaps is Adam Burton, who is well-known for his beautifully intense landscape photo prints. He is a great photographer, and he’s an even better printmaker.

That spurred me to want to understand and ‘master’ this technique. I decided to dedicate 10 years of my life to learn the art of printmaking. Now I’m at my 9th year, so I’d like think we’re on track to get there before my beard turns grey. “How important is the machine is the art of printmaking?” The machine takes up two aspects. The first is the printing resolution, the second is the colour gamut. The type of ink that you have in the machine governs the colour gamut. If you have a wide range of inks, you will have broader colour gamut and better gradation. This means a smooth transition from one colour to the next. With a good machine you can achieve both of that.

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d fine photography printmaking. By Sha Jumari.

machine first, you will commit suicide! That's what we did, and we wasted a lot of money on the ink, on fine art paper – which is not cheap. One paper goes in, two papers come out. We had those sort of issues before. “Besides ease-of-use, what else do you appreciate about the Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-500?” The Canon has good paper handling. It is also compatible with a lot of papers, be it matte or lustre finishes. I can also use it with media from other paper manufacturers, not just from Canon, as long as it meets standards for the imagePROGRAF Pro-500. Paper handling is another crucial factor; some machines will chew the paper. The Canon printhead has been known to not clog in this itself saves a lot of money. Having a printhead that does not clog saves a lot of paper as you don't want to be printing half way and then you see these lines. You’ll just waste ink and paper. This also has built-in wifi which means I can dump it anywhere in the office and start printing immediately. With other printers I typically have to lay down USB and LAN cables. Having no cable in the office, especially mine with not much space to spare, is very liberating.

“What machines do you have?” In the world of fine art printmaking, there are really two main players: Epson and Canon. I started out with the Epson large format printers, which I still have in my studio, and is useful for larger 64-inch prints. About two years ago, I purchased the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-500, a photo printer which prints in A2 format. Even though I’m accustomed to using the Epson printers, I tend to gravitate towards the Canon. “Why the preference?” One simple reason: ease-of-use. The Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-500 is so easy to use. If anyone were to start to

learn to print, no questions asked - go for the Canon. If you're learning to drive a car, would you learn on a rally car on a track? No. A rally car would kill you. You would do much better learning in an automatic car, where you just have to press an accelerator and the car moves. It gets you from point A to point B, it moves and it is safe. It’s the easiest way to learn. The Canon is the embodiment of the automatic car. It takes care of everything that you don’t have grasp of yet, and it will slowly ease you into being able to control more of the printer. If you try to learn printing on an Epson

“What advice do you have for newbie printmakers?” Some of the questions I get asked a lot are things like how much does the printer, ink, paper cost? And within that short conversation I would then ask them what is the cost of their camera equipment. With just the cost of one lens, you can buy a printer with change to get a few papers too. You’ve already invested so much, yet when it comes to the final printing stage for the star product, you’re asking about price. There’s a preconception that print is expensive. It is not. In the grand scheme of the entire photography process, printing is not the most expensive portion. Yet it is one of the most important elements in producing great photography prints. Please, please, invest in a good printer that will produce a good print.


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NEWS label printing and finishing. Its many uses range from supporting new clients establishing their services to web2print stores.” Pankaboard launches new cartonboard for luxury packaging Following recent investment at the mill in Finland, and as a result of extensive product development, Pankaboard is delighted to introduce a new Folding Boxboard to the product portfolio.

CREATIVE SELF-ADHESIVE LABEL CONVERTING NEEDS COVERED Xeikon has made self-adhesive label conversion affordable with the Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit (LDU). Laser diecutting has been in the industry for some time but the process is increasing in popularity as it can help meet the demand for shorter runs, faster turnaround times and greater variations. This demand has driven the development of more flexible and affordable solutions such as the Xeikon LDU. It is designed to match the 31.5 ft/min speed of the Xeikon 3030 and has the flexibility to be upgraded onsite to a higher power laser. Its inline configuration with the Xeikon 3030 enables tool and hassle free white sheet production. It also is a oneman operation increasing productivity while decreasing human touchpoints. Operations that have no production investment in this area can easily add the capabilities and offer these business winning services. Developed to work with Xeikon’s press portfolio, it has a web width of up to 330mm and can handle materials from conventional or other digital presses including PP, Silver PP and PET. The Xeikon LDU applies varnish, laser die-cuts, slits and rewinds labels, enabling job changeovers with limited or no setup time. The laser station can kiss cut and perforate. Integration with the Xeikon Front-End via the Vectorizor module ensures smooth and automated label production. The system covers most of the converting needs for the short-run

self-adhesive label market and can run off-line or in-line with the Xeikon 3000 Series. Demonstrated at Labelexpo Americas inline with Xeikon 3030, the LDU will show how it delivers the perfect combination of versatility, quality and productivity. It will also demonstrate how it can easily adapt to work seamlessly with Xeikon printing presses. Its ability to handle a broad range of substrates opens up a world of production possibilities while peace of mind is assured with servicing by dedicated Xeikon engineers. Jeroen van Bauwel, Xeikon’s Director Product Management, says: “This unit, in combination with the Xeikon 3030 and Xeikon vectorizor, is the most perfect and flexible all-in-one solution for digital

PANKALUX, is a new GC1 Folding Boxboard that has been engineered with the demands of the luxury packaging market in mind, and the luxury beverage sector in particular. The result of the development can be seen as outstanding printing quality, an improved surface for lamination, and improved runnability on high speed packaging lines. Makings of PANKALUX are immediately available in the substance range of 285 to 560 gsm. The new product will be officially introduced to the market at the FachPack exhibition in Germany, where Pankaboard will be present. Pankaboard is a global leading producer of special cartonboards with a capacity of 110,000 t/a. The product portfolio consists of high thickness FBB as well as various uncoated speciality boards. The company serves globally a wide range of end uses, including luxury beverage and food packaging, picture framing, capseals and visual communication.

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NEWS BOBST to focus on functional substrate excellence at K 2016. Solution Masters will support converters live. New K5 EXPERT metallizer to be presented The BOBST stand at K 2016 will be dedicated to providing inspiration to plastic film converters on how to achieve excellence in process performance and substrate functionality. The benefits of doing so include better product quality, new substrate functions to offer clients, and improvements in the economics of plastic substrate production. BOBST Solution Masters will be live on the stand to advise visitors about their options. The show will also see details presented of the new K5 EXPERT metallizer. Solution Masters With a view to displaying functional excellence alongside equipment performance excellence, it is the process specialist teams from BOBST’s four Competence Centers dedicated to flexible materials technology who will take center stage at K. With their know-how and experience, these Solution Masters are the perfect guides to take visitors through their options for achieving process performance excellence, whether it be in vacuum coating & metallizing, coating, extrusion coating and printing & laminating. New K5 EXPERT For vacuum metallizing applications, the K 2016 exhibition will coincide with the launch of the new BOBST K5 EXPERT metallizer.

Capable of running at speeds of up to 1'200 m/min, this machine will be the most productive vacuum metallizer in the world. Information about the K5 EXPERT will be available on the stand, whilst the actual machine will be premiered during an Open House at the BOBST Competence Center in Manchester, UK, on the 18th October 2016. This live demonstration of the new machine will also allow visitors to see the full advantages of the new AluBond® process - the latest BOBST breakthrough in advanced metal adhesion technology. Details of the AluBond® process will also be presented on the BOBST stand at K 2016.

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BOBST technical and commercial specialists will bring visitors to the K show up to date with the latest customized configurations and industry segment applications in extrusion coating and laminating. They will also be on hand to discuss coating solutions for aluminium lacquering, hotmelt, film coating, labelstock and release liners, adhesive tapes and pre/post metallization.

A 24-hour celebration without borders, International Print Day (IPD) will throw open its virtual doors to the global community on Wednesday, October 19th – and everyone is invited. IPD’s organizers encourage anyone with an interest in the original communication delivery device better to join the planet’s largest conversation about print in all its forms, hosted by regional advocates with the aim of creating greater visibility for this fast-moving technology space. The collaborative event will begin at 6pm ET on October 18th (11pm GMT, 9am AEST) and finish 24 hours later.

High quality samples and details of the latest additions to the BOBST range of CI flexo printing, gravure printing and laminating machines - presented in demonstration at drupa earlier this year - will also be available, alongside those of the unique BOBST Digital Flexo process. This provides for fully digitized press operation and non-stop production on BOBST inline UV flexo presses equipped with the system and

Finally, BOBST equipment service packages will also be represented on the K stand to show customers how their installed equipment can always provide extraordinary levels of performance. BOBST can be found on stand #A39 in hall 4 of the 2016 edition of the K exhibition, which will take place in Düsseldorf from the 19th to 26th October. International Print Day aims to trend worldwide on October 19th

From students and artists to printers and their supply chain, IPD offers the opportunity for any interested party to share their work, their favorite print or simply share a moment with fellow enthusiasts. At its simplest, anybody with a Twitter account can join the hashtag #IPD16, interacting with interested parties around the world to share their printed work, their favourite piece of print or information about their activities in the print world. Last year, this hashtag alone generated an impressive 27-million timeline deliveries in just under 24 hours. IPD’s theme is born from the community and this year it’s ‘#PrintSmart’, providing another way for stakeholders to interact. “Print is a fascinating technology with a proud history and a vibrant future,” says Deborah Corn, Principal at Print Media Centr and the driving force behind the day. “Print Smart reflects our confident, creative industry’s desire to solve problems using print and share our ways of doing so. We’re expecting to see printers but also designers, marketers and entrepreneurs connecting throughout

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NEWS sectors; from developing new products and technology to creating packaging that protects food for a longer shelf life to digital printing’s economic and speedto-market advantages for mainstream package decoration.

the day sharing samples and stories of great print – plus ideas, suggestions and opportunities to collaborate.” One such collaboration is via the established #PrintChat, taking place at 5pm ET (9pm GMT) on October 19th. This community endeavor attracts influencers from across the sector, discussing products and services, multichannel marketing and dreams for a future of print. On this occasion it will represent the pinnacle of a visionary day of smart, print-related sharing. Corn sees IPD as a way for individual print houses, too, to engage with their local community. “There are no limits to what can happen on International Print Day,” she states, noting that there are advocates guiding the chat in Australia, Europe and the Americas to create a non-stop activity that is tipped to trend globally. “If you’ve been thinking of inviting customers or local students in to see your shop, why not do it? It’s the perfect excuse to blend fun with being informative and there are no boundaries as to what you can do.” Anyone can host a Print Hotspot, with whatever degree of formality they choose. A Hotspot can be registered with so that the organizing team can help promote it as an official activity. However, Corn encourages those with creative ideas to put their thinking caps on. “In the past, a printer convinced their local mayor to declare the day International Print Day, while last year, the United States Capitol Building recognized it by sharing pictures of their printed admission tickets,” she recalls. “Just like with print itself, the creativity is endless. So, be as inventive as possible and let’s get print and its possibilities trending around the world.”

For more information, please visit, where additional details about the format and content of the day can be found. Novice social media users can also find links to introductory videos by Print Media Centr ahead of time to shore up their knowledge. About International Print Day International Print Day’s official website can be found at http://ipd. To register a Hotspot or for more information about how to collaborate and participate, contact Packaging and Printing for the Future As Thailand’s leading packaging and printing trade fair for the industry, by the industry, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL, The International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia, returns for its 6th instalment with a renewed focus on the packaging sector. The exhibition will present the entire value chain that is, from ideation to creation bringing to the forefront the full spectrum of the printing and packaging

Reflecting key global trends in the market which sees the increasing synergy between packaging and printing, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 will echo these developments and reflect all the participatory links within the value chain of a printed pack from hatch to despatch. The 4- day exhibition will zoom into areas such as corrugated printing and packaging, labelling, digital printing, electronic printing, and flexible packaging. As well as presenting a broader exhibit range of technology, machinery, products and services to serve the entire packaging and printing value chain. The exhibition will also extend its reach to a more comprehensive breadth of industries including automotive, electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, drinks, and other fast moving consumer goods. All of which require good packaging, customisation, labelling and packaging printing – to create attractive, cost-efficient and sustainable products in an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace. With a dynamic line-up keenly curated to current and upcoming industry developments, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 presents a unique draw as a one-stop platform to the latest packaging and printing innovations, critical trade insights and network opportunities with the best in the industries.


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NEWS Printing: Indonesia’s print market is forecast to grow to US$9.1 billion in 2017, and growth rate will register at 11.2% through to 2017 Malaysia Packaging: Top users of plastic packaging are the food and beverages and pharmaceutical industries. Malaysia’s food consumption projected to reach US$20 billion in 2017 and pharmaceutical sales to register US$5 billion by 2023 Printing: The printing industry is one of Malaysia’s five pillar industries, with an output value of over US$3 billion since 2014. In recent years, packaging printing, in particular, has seen the most significant growth momentum

A tripartite collaboration between Messe Düsseldorf Asia, The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is modelled after No.1 global trade fairs in their Thailand from 20 – 23 September Positive Global Market Opportunities for Packaging and Printing According to Smithers Pira, the global packaging market will reach US$ 975 billion by 2018, developing at an annual growth rate of 4%. Asia, in particular, is predicted to represent over 40% of global demand for packaging, driven by growing urbanisation, investment in housing and construction, development of retail chains and the burgeoning healthcare and cosmetics sectors. Printing on the other hand will see an annual growth of 2% per year from now to 2020 due to continued growth in emerging economies, and added-value opportunities associated with digital print. Based on a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit, package printing will register a 4.2% CAGR through to 2017, accounting for 43% of the printing market. Demand for packaged goods will keep corrugated print in control of the global print market, whereas flexible packaging, labels and tags will be in greater demand due to growing diversification in print products. Asia-

Pacific: Bright Outlook for the Packaging and Printing Sectors Asia-Pacific dominated the packaging printing market with a share of 37% in 2014, according to marketsandmarkets. com. Brought by rising competition, consumer awareness and spending, as well as demand for aesthetically appealing packaging and sustainable printing, Asia- Pacific’s market share will grow at the highest CAGR from 2015 to 2020, in terms of volume, to become the fastest-growing market for packaging printing. Thailand Packaging: Thailand’s packaging industry is expected to grow at a CAGR 6.41% to reach a value of US$11.1 billion at the end of 2016 – held by growing food exports and the entry of major industry competitors into its domestic marke Printing: Overall printing industry will grow in line with national economic growth, estimated at between 3.5% 4.5%. Thailand is the largest printing hub in Southeast Asia, with its offset and digital printing machinery fully imported Indonesia Packaging: Packaging, which will grow at 13.2% between 2012 and 2017, will be the second-fastest-growing print products sector and have the secondlargest market size at US$2.7 billion, in 2017

Vietnam Packaging: Average annual growth of the packaging sector was 15% - 20% due to high population and a rapid development of the packaging sector for consumer goods Printing and packaging industries grew by 15% - 20% in output in 2015. Industrial packaging and label printing accounted for 80% of its total domestic output Concurrent Event Co-locating with PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 is T-PLAS 2017 – the International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries. Strategically positioned in Southeast Asia’s largest plastics processing industry, T-PLAS enhances its regional focus and provides an international outlook of the abundant strategic opportunities available for participating companies to springboard into the region’s plastics and rubber markets. Average annual growth of the packaging sector was 15% - 20% due to high population and a rapid development of the packaging sector for consumer goods Printing and packaging industries grew by 15% - 20% in output in 2015. Industrial packaging and label printing accounted for 80% of its total domestic output For more information on PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2017 and T-PLAS 2017, please visit: /

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