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Asia Magazine

Printing, Packaging and Publishing Industries across Asia since 1986 Issue 9 - 2019

FULL COVERAGE OF the 2019 Asian Print Awards Winners in this issue.....


22- 25 SEP 2021 BITEC • BANGKOK



National Pavilions and Groups

leading exhibiting companies from

from Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, China and Singapore


countries and regions

International Visiting Delegations

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from the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan and many more, as well as local group visits from Thailand's printing and

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countries, making up a 30% overseas participation Supported by:


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packaging industries

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Winners of Asian Print Awards 2019 Unveiled


2020 Asian Print Awards Entry Form


Canon unveils new OcĂŠ Colorado 1650


HP spotlights Thai customer creations


Pack Print International Concludes


Investment designed to help company diversify

into new markets


The 2019 PIXI Awards is now open for entry


The Future of Barcodes is DotCode


Konica Minolta launches AccurioLabel 230


The Role of Print in a Digital World


Rapida 106 at Tosho Printing with top-class

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Memjet launches DuraFlex at Labelexpo


Heidelberg debuts redesigned

Speedmaster CX 75


Dare to be different.


Screen launches new digital label printer

with CGS technology


The myth of the global print network


Are your documents ready


News from around Asia and the world

Issue 9 2019


Asia Magazine

Published by Asian Print Awards Management Pte Ltd Level 28, Office 28-31 Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place, Singapore 048621 Print Innovation Asia Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Asian Print Awards Packageing Excellence Awards Label and Packaging Conferences Publisher Paul Callaghan paul@printinnovationasia.com Editorial Elizabeth Liew elizabeth@printinnovationasia.com Editor Sha Jumari sha@printinnovationasia.com Packaging Sales Elizabeth Liew elizabeth@printinnovationasia.com

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Winners of Asian Print A Thailand leads the pack with 32 wins, India trails behind with 10 awards, and Singapore comes in third with eight. Sha Jumari reports. On 20 September 2019, at the Grand Ballroom of BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand, winners of the Asian Print Awards 2019 were announced. This year, the event was organised in collaboration with Pack Print International 2019, which ran concurrently from 18 to 21 September. Each year, the awards recognise and celebrate stellar print entries across the Asian region.

On an equally impressive note, India’s Pragati Offset returned to leave with the most awards won by a single company. Pragati took home a total of eight awards, including two golds. The company also snagged the CGS Sponsor Award for Best use of Colour, interestingly enough for their black and white entry. With Pragati’s wins, India was second in the race, taking home 10 awards total.

“Since we started the Asian Print Awards the focus was on improving print quality by awarding companies with a gold, silver and bronze for excellence in print production here in Asia,” said Paul Callaghan, chairman of Asian Print Awards. “I can say that this goal was achieved several years ago. Together with the judges and sponsors, along with the new levels of technology introduced into the industry, the quality levels rose year on year.”

Singapore may be small in size, but big in spirit. The country came close behind India in third place with nine awards. Singapore company, Allegro Print Pte Ltd additionally took home the coveted Special Judges Recognition Award.

Thailand made its host country proud yet again by sweeping the most awards for the night. The nation has consistently swept awards in the competition year on year, and this edition was no different. Thailand took home a total of 32 awards in the Asian Print Awards, eight of which are Gold.

“The 2019 Asian Print Awards has again proved to be one of the hardest in the history of the event. Our panel of dedicated judges worked over three full days in Singapore to go through the thousands of entries and put their reputation on the line to decide who wins what, and why,” Callaghan added. The independent panel of judges for

Other countries that won awards this year include Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

this year’s competition are Major Wong Wing Kwong, Phee Boon Eow, Ben Kwok, Viroon Songsermsawad and Paul Hornsby. As always, the competition aims to award a gold, silver and bronze in each category. However, if the judges deem that no entries fit the award, none will be given. In the same beat, should there be two competing entries that match in all quality levels, the same award may be given to both companies. Winners Roll: Offset Printing Calendars, any format GOLD Sirivatana Interprint Co., Ltd Thailand Silver Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Bronze Grey Matter Co., Ltd Thailand Sheetfed Magazines GOLD CyberPrint Thailand Silver Comform Co., Ltd Thailand Bronze Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Book Printing - more than 4 colours GOLD Ideol Digital Print Co Ltd Thailand SILVER Sirivatana Interprint Co., Ltd Thailand BRONZE Ramya Reprographic Pvt Ltd India Limited Edition & Art Reproductions GOLD Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India

An extremely compact embellishment unit of Steinemann AG is integrated in the Labelfire.

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Awards 2019 Unveiled

Silver Pimdee Co., Ltd Thailand Bronze Sincerely Screen Thailand Web Offset - Coated stock 70gsm and above GOLD Times Printers Pte Ltd Singapore Silver Comform Co., Ltd Thailand Bronze Cyber Print Thailand Web Offset - Coated Stock 65gsm and below GOLD CyberPrint Thailand Silver Siamprint Co. Ltd Thailand Bronze Times Printers Pte Ltd Singapore Catalogue GOLD Ramya Reprographic Pvt Ltd India Silver Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Bronze Percetakan Image Vest Sdn Bhd Malaysia Offset Packaging GOLD Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Silver Printing Solution Co., Ltd Thailand DIGITAL PRINTING Book Printing GOLD Soon Torn Film Co., Ltd Thailand Silver Neo Digital Co., Ltd Thailand Bronze CyberPrint Thailand Calendars GOLD MTID Idea Co Ltd Taiwan Silver DG3 Asia Limited Hong Kong Bronze Generic Print P/L Singapore Personalised Photobooks GOLDPT. Bintang SempurnaIndonesia Silver Soon Torn Film Co., LtdThailand Bronze Minh Tam Prolab Vietnam Posters GOLD Man on the Moon Singapore

Silver Image Quality Lab Co., Ltd Thailand Bronze NEOLT Asia Pte Ltd Singapore Showcards & Point-of-Sale material GOLD Modern Film Center Co., Ltd Thailand Silver Thai Containers Group Co. Ltd Thailand BRONZE GMW Creative Prints Malaysia Gold Silver special colours GOLD DG3 Asia Limited HK Silver PT. Bintang Sempurna Indonesia Bronze Ploy Printing Part. Ltd Thailand Restaurant Menus GOLD TVG THAI Co., Ltd Thailand Silver Samui Aksorn Ltd Thailand Bronze Anaswara Offset Private Limited India Limited Edition GOLD PT. Bintang Sempurna Indonesia Silver Paperista co., Ltd Thailand Silver iStudio8 Co, Ltd Thailand Digital Colour Proofing GOLD Soon Torn Film Co., Ltd Thailand Silver Rung Silp Printing Co., Ltd Thailand

SPECIALTY PRINTING Multi Piece Production and Campaign GOLD Banway Marketing Sdn Bhd Malaysia Silver Trinity Publishing Co Ltd Thailand Bronze Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Embellishment GOLD KPP Packaging Pte Ltd Singapore Silver Sirivatana Interprint Co., Ltd Thailand Bronze Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Innovation/Specialty Printing GOLD NEOLT Asia Pte Singapore


 Singapore Bronze CyberPrint Thailand HEIDELBERG AWARD – BEST IN OFFSET Ideol Digital Print Co Ltd Thailand Book Printing - more than 4 colours FUJI XEROX AWARD – BEST IN DIGITAL PRINT DG3 Asia Limited Hong Kong Gold Silver special colours

Digital Packaging GOLD GMW Creative Prints Malaysia Silver Design Logics(Pvt)Ltd Sri Lanka Bronze CyberPrint Thailand

CGS AWARD – BEST USE OF COLOUR Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Limited Edition & Art Reproductions

Digital Labels GOLD Hoang Ha Labels Corp Vietnam Silver Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd India Bronze Prestige Label Pte Ltd Singapore


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Quality Printer? Then go for GOLD The 2020 Asian Print Awards Awards Dinner Manila Philippines Oct 2020




SINGAPORE - THAILAND - INDIA - MALAYSIA - JAPAN - HONG KONG - CHINA - KOREA - TAIWAN - VIETNAM - INDONESIA - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPINES - CAMBODIA - MYNAMAR The annual Asian Print Awards was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the print and packaging industries across Asia. With more than half the world’s population represented in this fast growing area, communication in the form of printed matter links Asia’s diverse cultures. It is imperative that such print achievements do not go unrecognised, especially among the population base that Asia enjoys. The Awards are judged on a wholly quality-oriented set of criteria to ensure that fair play is enacted at all times. The Independent Judging Panel comprises highly qualified personnel from within Asia and around the world. The independent judging panel has no knowledge of the actual entrants details. ALL ENTRIES ARE NUMBER-CODED. Entries must be commercially produced work. The Asian Print Awards is the only regional print quality competition of its kind in Asia. Supported by leading industry-supply companies, any progressive quality print house should enter and prove that they are the best - by winning the Gold, Silver or Bronze award. Proving pride in quality awareness is what customers love to see. It’s not just empty words, you can prove it.

Categories 1-8 : Offset Printing Only

20. Digital Labels

1. Calendars – any format

21 Digital - Outdoor Billboard

2. Sheetfed Magazines

Categories 22-26 : Specialty Categories

3. Book printing – less than 4 colours

22. Multi–Piece Productions and Campaigns Any substrate or print process: Multi–piece Production must be 3 or more items such as folder, leaflets, ring binders, inserts, envelopes including their contents. Campaigns must be 3 or more items with a consistent theme produced during the year by the same printer for the same client.

4. Book printing – 4 or more colours 5. Limited Editions & Artwork Reproductions (under 1000 print run) 6. Web Offset – Coated stock 70gsm and above 7. Web Offset –LWC (light weight coated) 65gsm or less 8. Offset Packaging products

Categories 9 - 21 : Digital Printing Only 9. Book Printing 10. Calendars 11. Personalised photo books – any format. 12. Posters 13. Showcards & Point-of-Sale material 14. Digital Magazines

23. Embellishment Any substrate – any combination - for example: embossing – diecutting – foil stamping –laminating coating. 24. Innovation / Specialty Printing The entry must exhibit any innovative and/ special application of machinery, process, substrate or finishing. A short description must be provided for the judges, detailing reasons for entry into this category. 25. Company Self Promotion Any item printed to promote a product or company involved in the graphic arts industry. Self promotion cannot be entered into any other Category. 26. Judges Special Award (A job that catches all the Judges’ attention)

15. Gold, Silver and Special colours 16. Restaurant Menus 17. Limited Editions & Artwork reproductions (under 500 print run) 18. Digital Proofing (must supply the digital proof and the prinnted product)

Best in Digital Award

19. Digital Packaging * If your company wins an award, a representative(s) from your company MUST be present in Manila to receive the award on stage, we will not send any awards to you if you are absent!

Best in Offset Award Best Use of Colour Award

The Awards Dinner Presentation will be Friday Oct 9th in Manila, Philippines and held alongside the leading PPP Trade show also in Manila.


Deadline for Entries Submission: 3rd July 2020, 5pm Remember to submit 2 copies of each job! Why? - Just in case one is damaged.

SECTION A (This will not be shown to judges). Please fill the form in capital letters. Entered by (company name): ______________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: ________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone: __________________________________


Category entered __________________________ Title of entry (ie: " Paul's Ice Cream" ): ____________________________________________________________ Printed by (Printers name): ________________________________________________________________________________________ Client name: ________________________________________________________ Designer Pre Press House: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Brand of Printing Machine used: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Stock supplied by (Merchant’s name): ______________________________________________________________________________ Brand name of stocks Coated Uncoated: ____________________________________________________________________________ By signing here you accept the rules and conditions of the Asian Print Awards

Signature over printed name_____________________________ Name_____________________________________________________

SECTION B Production information to be shown to judges

( tape this securely to the back of your entries)

Category entered (Same as above): __________ Entry number (Administrative use only] ____________

Title of entry (ie: " Paul's Ice Cream" )__________________________________________Print method: _______________________

Number of ink colours (4-6-8 etc) ________

Any Embellishment (foil stamping etc) __________________________________

Quantity produced (Print run copies): ___________ Other technical details (finishing processes etc) ________________________


16th Asian Print Awards 2020 ENTRIES SUBMISSION CLOSES 3rd July 2020, 5pm

Send all entries to: APAM Pte Ltd, Level 28, Office 28-31 - Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place, Singapore 048621 Email: paul@printinnovationasia.com Additional entry forms can be downloaded at www.printinnovationasia.com Please note that entries are non-returnable unless a self addressed courier pack is supplied.

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Canon unveils new Océ Colorado 1650 The game changing Océ Colorado 1650 is capable of producing matte or gloss prints without changing inks or media. By Sha Jumari. Canon announced the Southeast Asian launch of the Océ Colorado 1650 printer. The printer made its debut at Pack Print International 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, expanding the range of roll-to-roll large format devices that feature Canon UVgel technology. The Océ Colorado 1650 features two innovations in the form of a new flexible ink, and Océ FLXfinish technology. “We are very excited to introduce the Océ Colorado 1650 in Southeast Asia at Pack Print 2019. The Océ Colorado 1650 was first introduced to Europe and North America at FESPA and this is the opportunity for us to launch in this part of the world,” said Steve Ford, Managing Director, Production Printing Asia, Canon. The Océ Colorado 1650 is aimed at print service providers (PSPs) that are producing high volumes of

large format applications, such as self-adhesive vinyls, wall coverings, canvasses, soft signage and vehicle graphics that require a high degree of flexibility for mounting and framing. “Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing markets in display graphics in point-of-sales (POS), interior décor such as wallpaper and wraparound lamp shades, soft signage, and so on. This is where we see the growth engine fuel the entire region in display graphics market,” said Ford. Ford added that there has been high interest from customers in the region prior to the launch – namely Thailand: “The reason why we launched in Thailand is because we see this country as one of the biggest market opportunities for us in the region. We also see market opportunities in Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore. We foresee Thailand and Indonesia as the

top two areas for the first handfuls of sales.” Soon after the launch, Canon has reportedly sold three units of the Océ Colorado 1650 printer to Thai PSPs. Océ FLXfinish – Game Changing Matte and Gloss Flexibility The Océ Colorado 1650 incorporates Canon’s Océ FLXfinish technology, a new approach to LED curing which allows the user to choose between matte or gloss modes for each individual print. “The key differentiator for the Océ Colorado 1650 is the the FLXfinish technology which allows us to print matte or gloss as the output – without changing inks or paper. This is truly game changing,” said Ford. “Today, if customers want a matte or gloss output, they will have to use different medias or inks. With the Océ Colorado 1650, they can do it all within the one device. It’s a different approach to UV curing that the market has not seen before. The technology is resonating with the market at the moment.” This feature allows PSPs to easily achieve different aesthetic finishes at the push of a button. For graphics producers, this is particularly enticing as they now have opportunities in premium POS and décor with just one printer and without switching media or inks. A gloss finish gives visual impact to applications such as banners and posters, while a matte appearance is particularly appealing for high quality indoor applications viewed in artificial light, such as wall coverings or premium instore POS materials.

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Océ FLXfinish technology also enables printing on porous media, such as uncoated papers, wallpaper as well as soft signage materials such as textiles and silicon-edged graphics. Each ink droplet is ‘fixed’ immediately on jetting, which prevents absorption buy the substrate. Ink Flexibility In addition, the Océ Colorado 1650 works with a new version of Canon UVgel ink. The ink is designed for maximum flexibility by increasing the ‘stretchability’ of each cured ink droplet. This results in output optimal for applications that require cutting, bending, creasing and folding without

risk of cracking, such as in soft signage. At the Canon booth at Pack Print – which held the theme “FUEL EMOTION WITH PRINT” – this feature was demonstrated with a Volkswagen pop-up display. A smooth wraparound was printed across its body, and no cracks were visible due to the flexibility of the ink. The new 64” production printer builds on the productivity, output quality, automation and media versatility of its predecessor, the Océ Colorado 1640. There are over 800 1640 printers worldwide since its release.

The Colorado Series features exact positioning, which allows for near perfect registration. This feature would be useful for double-sided printing and ‘inside out’ printing of media with the printable surface facing in to boosting productivity and versatility. “By delivering consistently great quality, our large format graphics roll-to-roll and workflow solutions are helping print service providers to achieve operational excellence and extend their capabilities to new exciting applications. This allows them to focus their resources and energies on creating value for customers that will translate to sustainable business growth,” said Ford.

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HP spotlights Thai customer creations The Digital Print Pavilion showcased an array of digital print products by HP Indigo users. Sha Jumari reports. At Pack Print International 2019, HP had the largest booth of 250 sqm. The company made full use of its space and showcased new digital printing solutions that open growth opportunities for local customers and accelerate the transformation of the Thailand printing industry. “The main highlight here is to show the variety of applications that HP Indigo is capable of doing. Today, we can print almost everything with our technology, from commercial printing, book and publishing and packaging printing, like shrink sleeves, labels, flexible and label printing. These are the key applications we can offer to the market now,” said Suparat Chotikultanachai, country manager for HP Indigo Thailand. To do this, the company’s booth debuted the HP Indigo Digital Print Pavilion – a showcase of 10 partners who have leveraged on the capabilities of HP machines to unlock opportunities of high digital productivity. Some of the partners include CyberPrint Group, Salee Printing and Thainam. “We invited our customers to showcase their applications using our Indigo technology. Our aim here is to put forth the message that with digital print, anything is possible,” said Suparat. According to Suparat, the products shown here are all commerciallyprinted applications. Amongst those displayed, some of the applications displayed include flexible packaging, shrink sleeves, labels, folding cartons and book printers. Suparat emphasised that HP Indigo is currently the only technology that is able to deliver flexible packaging. Thailand’s printing and packaging industries registered over 300 billion Baht in 2018 of which 40% came from

Suparat Chotikultanachai, country manager for HP Indigo Thailand. the printing industry and 60% from packaging. Three supporting growth industries are driving its growth - Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, and e-Commerce. “When we talk about Thailand, it’s not just Thailand. In terms of location, Thailand is in the middle of IndoChina. Surrounding us we have Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, which are considered emerging countries. When they grow, we also grow. That’s because most of the technology in this region is in Thailand,” said Pavin Vorapruck, managing director for HP Inc. Thailand. At Pack Print, HP presented end-toend web-to-print solutions from its portfolio, moving away from solely focusing on print technology. This includes the entire print ecosystem from pre-press, HP Indigo technology to finishing solutions partners. The HP Indigo 7000 series was introduced to the Thai market for the first at the booth. The HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press is a sheet-fed digital

offset colour press that incorporates the patented HP ElectroInk liquid ink technology. “A key highlight of our booth is the new 7000 series, which we are showing for the first time in Thailand. The machine is able print at double the speed, from 2,000 sheets per hour, to 4,000 sheets per hour. It can support a maximum of seven colours – CMYK plus spot colours,” said Suparat. Another first for Thailand are a showcase of high value-added digital print samples with newly released HP ElectroInk vivid inks, Vivid Green and Vivid Pink. The vivid inks were first specially developed for the Indian photobook market’s need for brighter colours. The launch coincides with the local market’s needs for a wider gamut. HP also unveiled the Stitch S series, a super wide dye sub production printer designed to unleash new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

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Pack Print International Concludes The 7th edition wraps up with a count of over 19,000 trade visitors

Happening from 18 to 21 September at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand was the 7th Pack Print International (PPi). Holding the theme ‘Shaping the future of packaging and printing in Asia’, the event is a tripartite collaboration between Messe Dusseldorf Asia, the Thai Packaging Printing Association and the Thai Printing Association. Also open for visitors are co-exhibitions, T-Plas 2019, wire and Tube Southeast Asia. “We started out as an idea over a decade ago, between Messe Dusseldorf Asia and our two partners, the Thai Printing Association and Thai Packaging Association, to provide an international business platform for the packaging and printing sectors to propel the local industry forward, and to link global companies to Thailand,” said Gernot Ringling, managing director for Messe Dusseldorf Asia. The exhibition was expected to welcome 30,000 trade visitors, with 30% from

outside of Thailand. According to Ringling, they are expecting the show to do even better than its 2017 edition, which was the record year of visitors for PPi. Over 300 companies from 25 countries took part in the Bangkok exhibition, including HP, Heidelberg, Konica Minolta, Riso, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Bobst, KURZ, Zund, Duplo, Sansin, Selic Corp, PMC label materials and more. Groups of companies from Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and China were also present in a pavilion showcase. In 2018, Thailand’s printing and packaging industries registered over 300 billion Baht, of which 40% came from the printing industry and 60% from packaging. Visitors to the exhibition saw innovations in areas such as package printing, corrugated printing and packaging, digital printing large format printing, flexible packaging, amongst others. Guest-of-honour Dheerayut Varnitshang, Thailand’s vice minister for industry graced the opening ceremony with a speech highlighting “Thailand 4.0”, which is growing Thai innovation in the manufacturing sectors.

Commenting on how the exhibitions play a part in forming sustainable successes on the back of the era of 4.0, Ringling added: “The synergistic colocation of the fairs seek to augment a company’s marketing strategies and enable businesses to connect in a faceto-face environment, in facilitating prospect communication and lead generation that is complemented with live product demonstrations on the show floor.” “Through this, businesses can improve and extend their existing relationships with their client base in Thailand and the ASEAN region. For smaller setups, trade platforms like this provide an opportune opening for them to share their service or products with a wide, yet targeted group of audience,” he said. The next edition of Pack Print International will be held from 22 to 25 September 2021 at BITEC.

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Investment designed to help company diversify into new markets Headquartered in the city of Noida in the Delhi National Capital Region, Hora Arts Centre recently installed a Xeikon 3500 digital label press at its Western India plant in Ranjangaon near Pune. The investment was made to ensure that labels reach customers’ just-intime production lines in the region. Hora Arts is a short-run packaging and label supplier to leading global manufacturers of white goods and electronics who have customers such as Panasonic, LG Samsung, and a large number of original equipment manufacturers. The reasoning behind the investment is not only to ensure that the company meets tight deadlines and offers a 24/7 service, but choosing the Xeikon 3500 also gives Hora Arts creative opportunities to explore new markets. Already familiar with the production capabilities of narrower digital presses in the Noida plant, both Kapoor and Sanjay Hora know that the new digital press is a good investment. “Because of its technical capabilities and its 20inch width, the Xeikon 3500 digital label press is exactly what we need. It will help our assembly lines run 24/7 without a hitch and cater to each client’s specific type of label. We have done our homework, and while we are not keen to say too much before we have worked with the machine in production for a reasonable length of time, we are confident about its reliability,” says Sanjay Hora. New capabilities can bring innovation and creativity Ramneek and Shivam Hora, who recently joined the family business, are equally enthusiastic. They see the new Xeikon installation as an adventure with many opportunities. “The Xeikon 3500’s capability of printing with invisible inks for brand protection and anti-counterfeiting

From left to right: Shailendar Kapoor (Manager of the Hora Arts Centre Noida plant), Shivam Hora & Ramneek Hora, Vikram Saxena (General Manager Sales of Xeikon India), Pradeep Hora (Managing Director Hora Arts Centre) and Sanjay Hora (Director Hora Arts Centre). requirements are important features for our customers,” explains Ramneek Hora. “For us, the new press also opens up an opportunity for learning, discovering and being creative. We can see innovations and new products for our existing customers and the possibility of diversification into new areas as well – for instance wallpapers. As the press is capable of printing with food safety compliant inks, it can be used for short runs, personalized paper cups and other new products too.” Short run and just-in-time The key to the company’s continued success and growth is the immense

trust of its customers, who rely on Hora Arts to deliver specialized pressure sensitive labels several times a day. To deliver short runs of highvalue labels on time and with numerous variants, Hora Arts optimized its processes with many value-added and security features. These allow the production of labels with variable print features such as barcodes and security marks that uniquely identify each product and collateral throughout the manufacturing process, the supply chain and on to the consumer. At both the Noida and Ranjangaon plants, Hora Arts uses offset, flexo,

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20 screen and digital presses to deliver high volumes of labels several times each day and night to its customers. Maximizing its digital capabilities in the region, the first digital press installed at Ranjangaon is the Xeikon 3500 label press, capable of printing at 1200 dpi with variable dot density on pressure sensitive film and paper label stock up to 250gsm at 19.2 meters a minute. With heavier stock such as 350gsm paperboard for mono-cartons, the speed remains at 9.6 meters a minute. Apart from CMYK inks, the fifth print unit of the Xeikon 3500 can be used for coating applications or for special colors, including a flat white. The Xeikon 3500 press is capable of printing heat transfer, water transfer, in-mould labels, and continuous length wallpaper materials. All of these are of interest to Hora Arts, who is looking to explore the capabilities of the new press to diversify its business, especially in the production of continuous lengths of roll-to-roll wallpaper designs. Hora Arts is a structured and professionally run company managed by the second generation of the Hora family, Pradeep and Sanjay Hora. In the past year, the third generation also

joined the business. Shailender Kapoor, Plant Head at Noida, is very clear about why the company purchased the Xeikon press after evaluating it carefully. “Frankly, this decision is based on our customers’ demand, and this was also the reason why we set up the plant in Ranjangaon years ago. We needed to replicate our digital capabilities in that region to help us supply special labels at very short notice, even on a Saturday morning or a Sunday or at any time, and to keep the customers’ assembly lines running.” Hora Arts benefits from its location being in the same industrial park as its major customers.”

Vikram Saxena, General Manager Sales at Xeikon in India, is naturally pleased with the installation of the fourth Xeikon digital press in recent years, and of the first 20-inch wide digital label press in Western India. Saxena says, “We consider Hora Arts an important player in India and we are delighted to partner with their ambitious growth plans. At Xeikon, we are pleased to have a customer who is keen to bring new applications to market and use some of the unique features and capabilities that the 3500 digital press offers.”

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The 2019 PIXI Awards is now open for entry Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte Ltd announced that the 2019 edition of its PIXI Awards is now open for entry submission. This year, PIXI celebrates the 12th year running and all indications are it will be the biggest competition date.

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All entries will be closely examined by an independent panel of expert judges that are not associated with Fuji Xerox. Key judging criteria includes print quality, innovation, the appropriate use of digital technology, business effectiveness, and the overall aesthetics of the entry in selecting each category winners. All winning entries will be automatically entered into the 2020 Asian Print Awards. All physical copies of the Entry Form and applications must be received by Fuji Xerox by 8th November, 2019 at 5pm.

This annual competition recognises innovation and excellence in digitally-printed pieces from users of Fuji Xerox solutions across the region. Each year, the competition receives entries from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. There are a total of 24 categories covering digital print. According to Fuji Xerox, there is no limit to the number of entries digital print providers can submit, and entries can be entered into more than one category.

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The Future of Barcodes is DotCode With the latest update of DotCode, a new and innovative 2D barcode system entered the market that allows barcodes to be applied at a speed of more than 1,000 codes per seconds.

This potentially revolutionary technology, which already proved successful in the European tobacco industry, could be a real win for other industries as well. In times were fraudulent products are more present than ever before, barcodes could potentially provide more safety. This why the latest version of DotCode was released in July 2019. DotCode is an innovative barcode system which is based on a dot symbology. Manufactures in the tobacco industry have already adopted and used this track-and-trace technology with great success. One of the major advantages of the new system is that the code can be applied at a speed of more than 1,000 codes per second. This offers potential to other markets such as the beverage, distribution and e-commerce industry.

DotCode was adopted by the global standards organization GS1 in their latest General Specifications update. The 4.0 update defines expanded symbology-specific assessments for print quality to be conform with the SC31/WG1 international committee work and ISO/IEC 15415, the standard for 2D barcode print quality. The newest update also incorporates an encoding improvement based on an extensive testing of the original encoder algorithm, and experience in printing and reading DotCode in the European tobacco industry over several years.

A Technology for New Markets As DotCode is now established in the GS1 system, other application fields may be ready for the technology, too. Scott Gray, solutions architect at GS1 Global Office, claims: “With the ratification of the revised DotCode specification by AIM and the forthcoming release of updated printing systems, readers and verifiers to support the new standard, GS1 is looking forward to conducting additional empirical testing to determine exactly where DotCode may offer an advantage over other GS1 symbologies.”

An Innovative 2D Barcode The public domain DotCode symbol is a 2D matrix barcode language, designed by Dr. Andy Longacre and was originally published by AIM. One of the most important characteristics of DotCode is the distinct dot pattern which enables high speed printing and other marking applications where common barcodes or connections between dots might be problematic. The Revision 4.0 of DotCode has recently been ratified by AIM Inc., publisher of the most common barcodes and one of the most trusted global authorities when it comes to automatic identification and data capture technologies. Furthermore,

High-Speed Barcode Printing From the outset, DotCode was envisioned and engineered to be printable by high-speed technologies such as continuous inkjet and laser ablation. As bottling lines for highvolume consumer beverages can exceed 1,000 bottles per minute and cigarette manufacturing lines are benchmarked at 1,000+ packs per minute, such a technology has the potential for a revolution. A robust and economical machine-readable barcode data carrier, which encodes a unique, track-and-trace identifier at high speed could be a benefit for many industries. Furthermore, DotCode can help prevent frauds and counterfeits, thanks to its innovative dot system.

Another option would be “large dot” inkjet printing, for example, for serialized shipping container codes (SSCC) directly onto corrugated or other packaging. DotCode isn’t only suitable for GS1 applications, but at least for now it’s optimized for them. The technology comes with numerous benefits for applications outside the GS1 system as well. If made available a public domain technology that’s increasingly used and supported by barcode label designers, barcode printer and scanner manufacturers and software developers, this technology offers a wide range of possibilities for many industries.


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Konica Minolta launches AccurioLabel 230 Konica Minolta has launched AccurioLabel 230, the latest version in its digital toner press portfolio. AccurioLabel 230 builds on the AccurioLabel 190 press and is claimed to bring numerous benefits for customers including productivity, flexibility and stability. It has been built on the established Konica Minolta AccurioPress engine. It is targeted at small- and mid-range segments and is suitable for label printers, print providers, brand owners, packaging companies and commercial printers. Enhancements available with the 4-color Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 include: Increased speed, at 23.4m/min and representing up to a 147 percent increase, with most coated/uncoated papers, PP and PET media now able to be printed at full speed;

Productivity, with continuous highest quality 1200 x 1200 dpi print runs of up to 1000 meters able to be achieved without the need for recalibration; the time taken between jobs has also been eliminated, increasing productivity further; Overprinting, allowing printing of preprinted media, for example overprinting of flexo white pre-printed on clear PP labels; and More accurate print registration, with a built-in speed detector for media feeding also cutting paper wastage. ‘The AccurioLabel 230 has been developed very much with customer interests in mind,’ said Khaled Alakhwas, industrial printing product

manager, Professional Printing Division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. ‘Customers and prospects who are shifting to digital production have welcomed the launch and have been highly impressed by productivity, stability and new features that help shape their thinking for new profitable business applications.​ ‘As one example, it now takes around half the amount of time on the AccurioLabel 230 to print four 300m jobs. We know that smaller label converters have found that up to 60 percent of their existing jobs could be done digitally, so freeing up their conventional press for longer-run work.’ Edoardo Cotichini, industrial printing team manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, said: ‘Whereas the machine might look the same as its predecessor, there are big differences inside. This new model marks the next chapter of an incredible success story when you think how far we have come since entering the label market only four years ago.’ Shipments have already started for the new AccurioLabel 230 digital label press, which has been developed and manufactured in Europe with Danish firm Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM).

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The Role of Print in

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum Future x Smart discussed the challenges and trends for print in an omni-channel marketing world. Sha Jumari reports. Fuji Xerox Singapore held its second Innovation Re:Mix Forum Future x Smart 2019, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event brought together industry leaders and senior executives to share research insights and practices in enabling a future ‘smarter’ workplace. The full-day conference featured a lineup of business and thought leaders participating in keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops categorised into three themes: enterprise, small and medium business, and graphics communications marketing. On the graphics communications end, omni-channel marketing where content is distributed across multiple platforms was the theme du jour. Against the

backdrop of a diverse and fragmented media landscape, the forum discussed the role of printed products in today’s marketing landscape. “Ten years ago, you get a lot of print communication, and it became a less trusted medium. Then digital came up, and everyone thought it was going to replace print. But today we see a lot of the digital communications that we get, are being ignored or deleted,” said Tim Howard, associate director, graphic communications marketing, Fuji Xerox Singapore. “Print has come full circle to become a trusted piece again, because you just don't see it as often. A lot of people say print is dead, but it has been around for centuries and will continue to exist. It is truly evolving.”

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n a Digital World

“What you can do with print is amazing and this is where perceptions need to change. Before you see a four-colour product with a little of personalisation. Today, there’s a whole spectrum of things you can do with hyperpersonalisation and combined with the tactile feel of a printed product – print has in turn become high quality, trusted, and a piece that someone is going to hold on to. That is the potential of print today,” Howard asserted. Howard added on that print and digital solutions as complements of each other: “Print is not just a media or a substrate, it’s a medium that takes you on a journey. It can take you to a digital journey. Print has expanded in terms of how it can be used as a communication platform.” One of the trends highlighted was that a lot of printers are turning into or looking to be one-stop services. Outside of simply printing, print companies want to be a go-to shop for a creative campaign.

“Before, the challenge was taking that first step to invest in a print platform. Today, the challenge for a lot of printers, be it offset, or digital or hybrid, is to be able to expand services beyond print, to become communications specialists. The print provider will still exist, but it’s the communication specialist that will be more successful,” said Howard. “Omni-channel marketing is where the industry is headed. It’s a lot easier now, especially with the technology today, how information is happening so quickly, and the off-the-shelf solutions available now. It’s become a lot easier to make that transition today,” Howard advised. “For printers, understand what your capabilities and limitations are, and where you want to go.” The forum also touched on creating effective marketing campaigns, tapping on new analytics tools, and learning from successful marketing campaigns. Print Showcase A showcase of printed works by Fuji Xerox presses further emphasise print’s expanded capabilities. With the theme

“A Cut Above The Rest”, the exhibit featured a holographic backdrop and 3D paper gemstone jewellery printed using Fuji Xerox’s Iridesse Production Press, PrimeLink and B9 series. Three sets of jewellery were created and intricately designed to feature the different presses. Iridesse was the clear highlight of the bunch, as its metallic finish mimicked the shiny effect of actual gemstones. A holographic tower printed by the Iridesse stood prominently in the middle of the showcase floor, to further highlight the capabilities of the press. Delegates left the conference with a customised tea blend, packages in a diamond-shaped, printed yet again, by the Iridesse. According to Fuji Xerox, the showcase demonstrated “how print can be reimagined in striking, new ways while it underscored the integration of Machine, Digital and Human Intelligence, encapsulating Fuji Xerox’s core value propositions in digital transformation as well.”


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Rapida 106 at Tosho Printing with top-class performance • 130 jobs with an average of 270 sheets each in 11.5 hours • Special commendation from Koenig & Bauer • Extraordinarily efficient means of production Tosho Printing in Kawagoe near Tokyo has been the proud owner of two Rapida 106 presses for four years now. One of those presses, a five-colour configuration with LEDUV drying, recently set a new record for the number of job changes in a single shift. Over the course of 11.5 hours, 130 jobs were printed with an average run length of 270 sheets. That is equivalent to over 11 jobs per hour. This outstanding achievement earned a special commendation for the company’s press operators from Koenig & Bauer. The Rapida 106 is currently the most important sheetfed offset

press in the Tosho print centre. The company management likes to refer to it as their ‘moneymaker’: “With its production output and the speed of job changeovers, the press achieves an excellent level of economic efficiency.” And that naturally leaves everyone at Tosho very happy. Tosho Printing is one of the oldest and most respected printing companies in Japan. It produces high-quality books as well as other commercial products. Indeed, one of the country’s wellknown authors has commented: “Japan is fortunate to have the printers at Tosho. Because they produce books with passion.”

Alongside the five-colour Rapida 106, the company operates another press of the same type in a four-colour version. Both are equipped with DriveTronic SPC for simultaneous plate changing, camera systems for production monitoring, QualiTronic ColorControl inline colour measurement, integration with the LogoTronic Professional management system, and many more cutting-edge automation features.

Jorg Winkler (centre), service manager from Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, congratulates the printers at Tosho Printing on their recordbreaking achievement of 130 job changes in 11.5 hours


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Memjet launches Dur Recognizing the expanding role digital printing is playing in the label and package printing markets, Memjet and its OEM partners were at Labelexpo Europe to highlight the latest developments in inkjet production. At Labelexpo, Memjet showcased the features of its third-generation printing technology, DuraFlex. In addition, Memjet OEM partners demonstrated an expanded range of Memjet-powered printing solutions that enable the fast, easy production of high-quality labels and packaging.

DuraFlex is a modular single-pass print solution that combines Memjet’s signature features of speed, simplicity and affordability with new attributes such as enhanced durability, A4 and A3+ widths in a four-colour printhead, a high-speed data path and modules that control all printhead functions.

“The market opportunity for inkjet label and package printers has never been stronger,” said Kim Beswick, general manager of Memjet’s benchtop and minipress division. “Localized food and beverage trends, combined with e-commerce business models, demand for mass versioning, and customization of marketing content means there is no end to the growth in demand for digital color labels and packaging. To capitalize on this key labeling and packaging trend—and tap into this growing market—OEMs are researching how to either make the move to inkjet or to expand the number or capabilities of their current line of inkjet printers.” DuraFlex — Creating a New Breed of Printing Solutions

The features aim to give OEMs the resources to create affordable benchtop, mini-press and entry-level presses capable of quality and speed previously not available in these types of solutions.

DuraFlex Printheads A3-A4

For the first time in public, visitors to the Memjet booth saw demonstrations of DuraFlex technology and heard discussions on OEM partner launches scheduled for 2020. Memjet OEM partner AstroNova showcased a DuraFlex-based technology demonstration unit of its own in their booth. “At AstroNova, we are keenly aware of the growing opportunities in digital label and package production,” said

Mike Natalizia, chief technology officer at AstroNova. “We’re excited about the potential of the DuraFlex technology to further expand our leadership position in the onsite digital label printing market. This new

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raFlex at Labelexpo scratch resistant. DuraFlex inks have been developed for use in indirect food contact applications and are compatible across a broad range of porous, uncoated offset, inkjet treated and inkjet coated media. This broadly compatible ink set enables OEM partners to use DuraFlex to create a wide variety of solutions across several market segments and applications, including labels, mailing and addressing, robust office and light production printers, packaging and wide-format graphics. These solutions open up new business opportunities for manufacturers, brands and commercial print customers.

technology offers a highly durable ink formulation combined with a wider A3+ printing width that will help us achieve that goal.” According to Memjet, the flexibility and affordability of DuraFlex provides OEMs and their print customers with a low-risk way to make the move to inkjet or expand their existing product lines

by adding new solutions. DuraFlex is based on a modular architecture that significantly reduces development costs and time and gets OEMs’ products to market faster.

The cost benefits of DuraFlex also extend to the end user. DuraFlexpowered printing solutions are less expensive to buy and operate. DuraFlex’s new long-life, four-colour printhead minimizes intervention rates, resulting in higher productivity and profitability for print providers. With 1600 x 1600 dpi and built-in nozzle redundancy, DuraFlex produces market-leading print quality at print speeds up to 46 m/min. DuraFlex modules and printheads will come in both A4 and A3 plus formats and can be stitched up to 1.2 meters wide. DuraFlex comes with a powerful, embedded RIP datapath and supports external RIP digital front ends for enhanced performance and datapath control. DuraFlex uses aqueous pigment inks that are lightfast, water durable and

The Versatility of Memjet Technology Building on its work with VersaPass and DuraLink technologies, Colordyne recently announced its partnership with Memjet to develop a new print engine using DuraFlex technology. At Labelexpo Europe, the range of solutions Colordyne has created using Memjet technology was showcased in the stands of Kao APS, Bitek Technologies, Inkjet Solutions and MPS Systems. “We have a long and productive history with Memjet and its printing technology,” said Andy Matter, president of Colordyne Technologies. “The addition of DuraFlex builds on that success and supports us as we expand our partnerships and our product line. At Labelexpo, we will highlight the value these developments bring to digital label production.” Other Memjet OEM partners were showcasing an expanded range of label and packaging printing solutions and capabilities. These Memjet-powered solutions keep pace with demand for fast, affordable production of quality labels and packaging.


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Heidelberg debuts redesigned Speedmaster CX 75 Pack Print International was the launchpad for the world premiere for the new ergonomic design of the Speedmaster CX 75. Sha Jumari reports. At Pack Print International 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, Heidelberg demonstrated the new ergonomicallydesigned Speedmaster CX 75 for the first time. Under the headline of ‘Smart Packaging’, a four colour Speedmaster CX 75 was showcased with an MK Easymatrix 106 CS die cutter, an MK Diana Easy 115 folder gluer and the Prinect workflow. “The CX 75 is a flexible printing press for small- and medium-sized printing companies. It is flexible with regards to whatever substrates it can print on. Due to the fact that it’s made for the smaller operations, it’s also quite spacesaving, so the footprint is much smaller than the existing XL 75 model,” said Thomas Frank, managing director for Heidelberg Asia Pacific.

The Speedmaster is a multi-unit simplex sheetfed offset press in a 50 x 70cm format. First launched in 2017, the CX 75 is based on the flagship XL 75, and both models have over 19,000

units installed worldwide. Both the CX 75 and XL 75 share the same core functionalities. The machines are able to run at four- to six-colour plus coater with 15,000sph maximum speed for the CX 75. Due to the demand, Heidelberg has upgraded the platform with the modern, ergonomic design to enhance its user-friendliness. The new design

Thailand Country Manager Jochen Bender with Managing Director Asia Pacific Thomas Frank

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has a “modernized gallery concept” with generous spacing between the printing units, meant to ease operator tasks such as staging printing plates, adding ink, changing washup cloths and rubber blankets, or doing maintenance. Delivery of the redesigned Speedmaster CX 75 and XL 75 is set to begin in September 2019. According to Heidelberg, a redesigned CX 75 has already been sold to a Thai printer. Shorter print runs, variety of jobs To have the first showcase of the redesigned Speedmaster CX 75 in Thailand is significant, as it aligns with the needs of the region. The CX 75 is designed to be optimally tailored to the needs of smaller printing companies in one- and two-shift operation. It is ideal for commercial customers who require a flexible press with a much smaller footprint combined with high substrate flexibility. With the CX 75, new markets

like packaging can also be explored. “In my opinion, the CX 75 is the ideal press for customers in markets in Southeast Asia. It’s very versatile, and very robust, with proven XL 75 technology,” said Frank. “This is not for the highly industrialised businesses, but more for the ones that are familybusinesses. This does not run at 18,000 sheets/hour, because the CX 75 is more a machine for smaller print runs – which is what we are seeing more of in the region.” “Print runs are getting shorter and shorter, but the variety of different jobs you have to print is getting bigger and bigger. Therefore, you need a press that is compact, which has all the automation for fast makeready, and of course, knowing how the climate is like in Southeast Asia, you need a robust machine,” Frank continued.

Small and medium-sized print companies in Southeast Asia are thriving in particular. Frank attributes this to better customer service and quick decision-making. “One of the reasons why family businesses in Asia have a real chance is they are service oriented, they are available around the clock for their customers, and this is what the customers, of course, appreciate,” said Frank. “They are pragmatic which means they make fast decisions. With larger companies, their decision-making process involves multiple levels, which can take longer. The family businesses in Asia tend to be flexible and are very responsive to market needs. This is where their strength lies.”

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Dare to be different. The impression is dead. Long live the impression! Long live printing that is integrated alongside other communication channels. This is the way forward and to get it right, you need to make two changes: throw away the old baggage you’ve carried for so long and embrace a change of mentality. You must swap the old habits of traditional printing for digital ones! “I am optimistic for the years to come,” says Mr. Coquard, head of Industria, a Parisian print service provider with a passion for all things ‘tailor-made’ and right now on the verge of switching completely to digital printing. “There are fewer and fewer print experts within the customers we engage with. Our contacts are coming more often from higher up in their organizations, in marketing or communications, and they are facing broader challenges. They do not have a pure print problem but more a communications challenge. And those with a print problem alone often don’t know how to manage it. So, if a print service provider can offer relevant communication proposals, ensuring top quality within the required delivery schedule and with a positive communication result (outcome), then there is definitely business to be made!” Printing has not changed as rapidly as it could have, as new technologies based on toner and inkjet have worked alongside the older ones

(offset, rotogravure, screen printing, flexography). It certainly has benefited from all the advantages brought by IT and software, whether in traditional or digital printing and finishing equipment (small and large formats), in process management or in marketing with multichannel or cross media communications. We shouldn’t forget the numerous embellishments now available for all technologies and in all markets. In short, the print impression has been transformed, re-muscled, adapted and developed, while meeting a fundamental, necessary trend for reduced environmental impact (control

of rejects, less waste, better inks, sustainable papers, etc…) Some traditional printers, albeit too few of them, go ahead and develop full digital departments or replace offset presses with digital models. But that‘s not enough, digital printing requires a change of mind: towards flexibility of operation, responsiveness, different management schedules, and real tailormade service. It is no coincidence that major players in digital printing are often derived from smaller reprographic structures that already have a ‘service culture’.

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all areas and internet printing (web-toprint) is booming. It is now possible to respond to customer-demands that could not have been met before, such as the printing of a single copy of a book, very short print-runs for brochures or documents as well as packaging and fully customized labels. The demand for long-tail solutions can now be met with digital printing offers from Canon, Domino, Fujifilm, Heidelberg, HP, Koenig & Bauer, Komori, Ricoh, Riso, Xeikon, Xerox, etc.

The search for the best price is giving way to the search for the most profitable service for the customer. ‘Print only’ is being replaced by ‘a universe with print in it’. From order to delivery, without sacrificing creativity, quality and overall print profitability. The key question becomes “what is the ROI (return on investment) of a print?” Printed documents that can be dematerialized (into the non-physical) will continue to be de-materialized, so there’s only one way to remain in business profitably: by providing added-value and the related services.

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A period of transformation Today’s commercial printing industry is characterized by the rise of digital printing, including inkjet printing, combined with significant modernization of traditional printing technologies. Offset is surviving thanks to technical advances: automation of calibration processes, reduction of waste, higher speed (20,000 sheets/ hour), offset-digital hybrid workflow, offset-digital combinations in commercial, labels, packaging, binding with finishing equipment (as in digital). Workflow developments are seen in

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Customers no longer want to be told how it works, but what it does in terms of results (impact) and in this regard print must contribute (i.e. communicate effectively) when integrated within a mix of media channels. The return of print Consumers are saturated with digital information. They can however be positively sensitive (receptive) to different communications that engage them in a distinctive, personal way: invitations, brochures, books, photos, greeting cards, personalized documents using some of the advances in 21st century print: special colours (gold,

silver, fluorescent, etc.), varnish, relief, new shapes, form-factors. “We see a return of print, ten years ago it was cheesy, especially for young people, now you have to know how to mix print with other modes of communication,” adds Mr. Coquard. “We are rediscovering that a welltargeted print communication allows us to weave a link to customers”. This is echoed in other industries where there is also a return to ‘the physical’ e.g. Polaroid images in photo and the Vinyl album in music. We are heading towards more automation of the printproduction process – from

receiving the order, managing the files to the shipping of the final print job. Customers want human proximity and fast turnaround time. These two requests are becoming more and more the key criteria for selecting service providers. But how to provide such capabilities when the client is miles away? Equipment wise and in order to deliver the latest services, more and more service providers are starting to use digital printing and embellishments systems (e.g. MGI/KonicaMinolta) or large-format flatbed printing systems (e.g. SwissQprint) with associated cutting (e.g. Zünd).

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46 production lines – printing and finishing/converting and have very specific capabilities. They typically address national and international clients and markets. - Printing factories, generally located near communication centres (airports, etc.), who can efficiently handle commodity print jobs with their optimized processes - Online printers, with fully integrated workflows across printing and finishing for efficient shipping and delivery across countries and borders. Users themselves need to upload the relevant content and select from among defined formats and substrates.

The digital transformation is in small and large format as well. Signage, posters, POS/POs, interior decoration, even textile or car-wrapping are now fully digital. Last but not least, environmental concerns are, for example, driving LED dryers to replace infrared dryers in all production printing systems. New substrates are changing the market landscape enabling new applications and reducing environmental impact. Online printing factories with offset printing fleets, small and large format digital printers (e.g. Onlineprinters, Pixartprinting) will remain and will further grow, having conquered the various sectors of commodity printing. They will retain this, supported by customers who are also print service providers using them under the socalled white label. The consequence of all these recent developments: a new market segmentation is looming in printing. We can distinguish six segments that sometimes overlap each other (a bit like in the food, home equipment, or business supply industries): - Multiservice printing companies expecting customers to walk through the door anytime, often described as small convenient (corner) copyshops. - Print providers located in metropolitan centres providing quality and fast turnaround time, serving key accounts

to whom they have access and to whom they provide different print services. - Print providers that are well equipped across multiple technologies, able to take on small and large orders. They have the necessary space being located on the outskirts of cities, however they suffer the disadvantageof depending on logistics and delivery times. - The specialists (books, magazines, packaging, etc.). They have optimized

So the new mantra of the printing game is to define where you want to play and to do it right. The winners are the ones providing real services and addressing new segments and markets, moving away from commodity printing. In the not so distant future, Amazon and Google, to name just two, are waiting on the weaknesses of today’s print players to then place their own pawns in the game, so as to expand their capabilities building on their proven networks and process expertise. Amazon has in fact already started.

Inkjet Printing Technology – smaller, faster and less moving parts

Diversification of inkjet printing. Inkjet printing technologies are shared between thermal (HP), piezo (Epson), continuous (Kodak). The inks can be aqueous (dyes, pigments); solvent (better strength); UV polymerization; sublimation (fabric). And the printheads may be in a row and / or staggered, mobile or stationary (also called multi-pass versus single-pass). Competition is fierce among the various suppliers of the inkjet market. Memjet (Duralink head with Waterfall technology) has chosen to sign agreements with Canon, MGI, Konica Minolta, Gallus, Rigoli (etc.). Fujifilm seems to be on the same track with its Samba heads found in the Motion Cluster (BOBST/Mouvent/ Radex). Xaar (many heads including the last quad 5601) signed an agreement with Seiko and Chinese manufacturers. HP relies on PageWide technology, from desktop printers to the graphics industry, from small format to large format. HP as well has unique Indigo technology which celebrated 25 years in 2018. Epson is developing a fixed printhead for the label industry. Canon launched a similar approach at first for the office. Since the end of 2017, Landa has been offering presses based on its exclusive Nanography technology aiming at reinventing printing. Kodak has continuous inkjet printing in the form of independent heads in systems aiming at the high productivity markets (Prosper, Versamark and UltraStream).

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Screen launches new digital label printer with CGS technology Launched at Labelexpo, Screen’s new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI inkjet utilises press proprietary colour management technologies developed in collaboration with CGS. At Labelexpo, SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) launched its new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI digital label printing machine. The inkjet printer is equipped with additional slots for mounting inkjet printheads. It has seven ink slots, making it possible to work alongside CMYK with white, orange and blue to effectively expand the colour space. In order to make the best possible use of the extended colour space and the ink sets, SCREEN relies on the colour management know-how of CGS Publishing Technologies. The Truepress Jet L350UV SAI has been equipped with a specially developed technology based on the core concept of the latest, fully automated colour management software ORIS x

Gamut. The proprietary technology enables the accurate reproduction of spot colours in an easy and reliable way with an extended fixed colour palette. “Print quality has always been a key factor for the Truepress series. I am proud to announce the new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI with CGS technology built in. The enhancement will be especially noticeable when orange and blue inks are added,” said Yukiyoshi Tanaka, Global Division Head, Label Inkjet. With the right software, multi-channel printing brings numerous benefits to printers and brand owners alike: Starting with lower colour procurement costs, including more efficient and flexible production processes, and even better utilisation of the machines used.

“Obviously we are extremely excited and proud about this co-operation. With the CGS ORIS colour management embedded in the RIP, we helped Screen get their device onto a whole different level, emphasizing their leading position in the label market,” said Christoph Thommessen, managing director, CGS. As the colour management tool can not only convert and optimise spot colours, but also process RGB data at the same time and visibly improves the colour saturation of images, it is often used in packaging as well as photo printing. The new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI standard model (S) will be available worldwide n February 2020, followed by an entry-level model (E) with reduced installation costs, flagship model (Z), and suitable model for food packaging labels (LM). The flagship Z model allows a print speed of up to 80 meters per minute. Each of the four systems can be upgraded on-site with additional colours.

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I travel to many events as your self-appointed Intergalactic Ambassador! I have started to discern a pattern in the talktracks regarding the formation of an independent global print network, based on the foundation that all members are owners of the same print technology. In theory, this idea is not impossible to achieve. All you need is a group of printers with the same printing technology who could collectively execute client work across countries and continents. There are already very successful printing networks out in the world who do this every day. Cimpress, who owns VistaPrint, might be the best known, but they are not alone. Gelato, Cloudprinter, HappyPrinting and others also have networks of printers who fulfil work around the world. In theory, those printers who band together to create a network can offer their clients more services in more locations. They could help their clients in unique ways on local levels – have you ever tried to have an anecdote or expression translated? It doesn’t always work out. Neither does cost-effective shipping across oceans. Between shipping interruptions and the havoc caused by customs-delays, delivering worldwide can be angst-ridden and heart-breaking. Not to mention profit-

destroying. A network that transfers files and prints locally could be a solution. In theory, such a network of printers is a fine-tuned colour-management machine. Upon colour approval, the network can disseminate the ink settings so that what you see in Denver is what you see in Denmark… every time. In theory, the client’s choice of paper/

substrate (or coffee mug or t-shirt) is available to everyone in the network, anytime they need it. The same goes for finishing options: cutters, perforators, folding and inserters are all identical. The problem with this theory is that it is based on plausibility and possibility and we all know that there is gap between theory and reality. If all the parts that need to fall into place are delivered then

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52 it works. The problem with this theory is the risk in trusting that all of those parts will fall into place every time. And, it has to be every time. The risk to a business and its reputation extends across all borders. So, what is a girl who prints to do? Well, the global network idea isn’t crazy… and you shouldn’t dismiss it. If your goal is to expand your business, you should be looking at network options. But you may have to look at it from 30,000 feet to see where the opportunity is for your business. Taking into consideration that the pool of print customers you have access to is more likely to be shrinking or stagnant, then looking beyond your geographical borders for business and new technology partners is a logical expansion. Those borders can surround your country or surround your neighbourhood, but regardless of the boundaries without the proper relationships you cannot achieve your expansion goals. Manufacturers, business organizations and user groups all want to be the central point for the network creation relationship, but their vested interest

in selling this concept is directly tied to selling the products, services and organization memberships needed to accomplish the goal. With all the mergers and acquisitions, as well as manufacturers playing musical partner chairs, it seems quite risky to leave relationship development in someone else’s hands. Another thing to consider, from a competition standpoint, is why a printer would want to cooperate and collaborate with many printers who have the same technology? Do they all bid on the same jobs? How does one printer get chosen over another in the same city or country? Does such

cooperation become another breeding ground for bidding wars and the further commoditization of print? I just don’t see it going that way. The more printers can stand out with unique services and opportunities for their customers, the better chance they have at winning jobs and avoiding consistent price wars with identical technology users. Enter… drupa! If the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, the shortest distance between you and a viable global print network is from where you are now to Messe Dusseldorf


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Vietnam's industrial production rose by 10.0 percent year-on-year in May 2019, accelerating from a 9.3 percent growth in the previous month. Output increased further for manufacturing (11.6 percent vs 10 percent in April); and water supply and waste treatment (8.4 percent vs 7.9 percent). On the other hand, production of electricity supply and distribution went up at a softer pace (11.0 percent vs 12.4 percent) and mining and quarrying output declined (-1.5 percent vs 2.4 percent). Considering the first five months of the year, industrial output grew by 9.4 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. Industrial Production in Vietnam averaged 9.15 percent from 2009 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 28.40 percent in January of 2010 and a record low of -10.10 percent in February of 2013.




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54 If you are one of these innovators, click www.drupa.com/dna-en to apply for a space before they are all gone. And last but not least, if you’re looking for a place to meet new people from around the world, I hereby invite you to join my global network! The Printerverse is coming to drupa 2020 and will present 11 days of free education, events and panel-discussions. We have some very cool programming planned that will illustrate the power of partnership, innovation and yes… a global print network! Until next time… Print Long and Prosper! June 16-26, 2020. It is here that you can find new opportunities for your business through partners, products and services not available in your community. Opportunities to bring new printing possibilities home and win new business with technology no one else has or doesn’t have yet. drupa is the epicentre of now, next and future. Walking through all the 17 halls at the show in 2016 changed my entire perspective on the printing industry. I had no idea how much technology was out there and more importantly that it was rapidly coming onto the marketplace. drupa is focused on the future of print. Print is the future of drupa. And because of that industrywide spotlight every four years, companies often plan their product development to ensure a launch during drupa. You can read a press release from home, or you can be there to see it, talk to the product managers, and grab the opportunity before your competition does. drupa is a living embodiment of global networking. There are presentations and speakers to learn from every minute of the day in every hall. There are like-minded people attending the same educational opportunities that are relevant to you. Partnerships and friendships are born at drupa. In 2020 drupa dna - drupa next age will launch. This space will be filled with start-ups and innovators who will present new ideas and technologies to the print world.

"dip!" becomes "dna - drupa next age" Something new is produced by genetic reshuffling. This basic principle of evolution also holds true of technology as an unconventional synthesis of existing approaches leading to innovation. Things become particularly productive when great minds that otherwise have little in common swap ideas. A world-leading trade fair such as drupa is the perfect meeting place - from 16 June 2020, the crème de la crème of the print and packaging industry will come together in Düsseldorf. To bring the right experts together, we are setting up a new special area: dna - drupa next age. The special area dna focuses on topics of the future and stimulates the productive exchange between global players and start-ups. Building on the start-up area of the drupa innovation park (dip!) and embedded in a new hall concept, dna provides innovators from the start-up scene the opportunity to present new product ideas, services and approaches in the field of relevant cross-sectional technologies - whether in the form of best practices or business cases. . About author Deborah Corn has 25+ years of experience working in advertising as a Print Producer. She currently provides printspiration and resources to print and marketing professionals through Print Media Centr, and works behind the scenes with printers, suppliers and industry organizations helping them create meaningful relationships with customers and achieve success with their social media and content marketing endeavours.

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Are your documents ready Congratulations – you have made the decision to make your next career move or better still you already have started the process and you receive an invitation to interview or even better still again you have completed the interview process and now have been sent an offer for you to sign and return with all your documentation ready for onboarding formalities to be completed and your dream job awaits you Then you hit a wall, due to either not having the right paperwork immediately available or worst still it doesn’t even exist, and you can’t put it together in

time before the offer expires and is withdrawn!

6. Health check/certificates 7. Families inoculations up to date?

So, what can you do to avoid this situation? The list below is set out to provide a guide and some countries/employers might have some more specific requests compared to others, however these will provide a good reminder at the very least to be prepared when your recruiter/future employer asks for your professional certification in order to process Visa’s/Work Permits and general HR approvals; 1. CV – Latest up to date in WORD in hard and soft copy form. 2. Passports – Are Yours and your families passports within date (at least 6 months before expiry) Certified and/or attested. Does your passport have any conflicting Visa’s stamped inside? 3. Certificates – Birth and Marriage certificates – Copied/certified or attested 4.Masters/Degree/School Qualifications – Copied/certified or attested 5. References – The professionals you have chosen, have you spoken to them recently? Are they aware of your intentions/have they given their permission/do you have their correct telephone/email details?

8. Is your travel insurance up to date? 9. Do you have an up to date ‘Good Standing Certificate’? 10. Driving License 11. Police report You may need to find an organisation that can formally accredit your documents in reediness for your intended move. If you haven’t completed this process before, seek some advice from a Solicitor or Lawyer. You will require a complete file so be prepared and be ahead of the curve with your paperwork/documents which are always required. Link to our latest vacancies https:// www.moodgroup.co.uk/vacancies.aspx About the Author: Emma Doo is a Managing Partner in Mood Group – Recruiters to the Print, Packaging & Processing sectors. Connect with Emma here: https:// www.linkedin.com/in/emmadoo/ You can read more sector specific Blogs here https://www.moodgroup. co.uk/blog.aspx

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Océ to officially rename as Canon Production Printing Canon Inc. and Océ Holding B.V. today announced the official corporate name (trade name) change of Canon Group company Océ to Canon Production Printing. After joining the Canon Group in 2010, Océ continued to develop and manufacture its printing products under the Océ brand. By renaming Océ to Canon Production Printing and integrating the Océ products under the Canon brand, the company hopes to “create brand unity across all areas of our printing business, improve synergies across our portfolio and establish a clear end-to-end, go-tomarket approach”. The change of the company name comes into effect as of January 1, 2020. Since its establishment in 1877, Océ has introduced a number of unique copying and printing technologies. Through further integration with the Canon Group, Océ will continue to develop its core technologies and grow its market share as Canon Production Printing, in order to accelerate the growth of the Canon Group’s commercial printing business worldwide. EFI announces new CFO Grant Fitz Hired as EFI’s new Chief Financial Officer, Marc Olin to assume Chief Operating Officer Role EFI has named veteran tech finance executive Grant Fitz as its new chief financial officer. Fitz replaces longtime EFI executive Marc Olin, who will assume the COO role at EFI. Fitz, who assumes his new CFO duties today, brings nearly 30 years of financial and operational experience overseeing accounting, business support, and financial planning and analysis in

“Having worked with Grant at Xerox, I know him to be a thoughtful and insightful executive and a dynamic, resourceful CFO,” said EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. “I am excited to have him join our team to establish new financial strategies that give us the ability to drive deeper engagement and even stronger innovation in our customer offerings. “I also wish to express my appreciation to Marc – one of the longestserving members of EFI’s senior leadership team,” Jacobson continued. “He steered the company’s finances and helped shape strategy through an extended growth period. I look forward to working closely with Marc into the future in his COO role.” Fitz has a proven track record as a talented and strategic finance leader. He comes to EFI from Valassis, a leading print and digital marketing technology and consumer engagement company, where he also served as the CFO. Prior to that, he was the corporate vice president and CFO at Xerox® Technology. Fitz also held a number of senior leadership positions at General Motors, both in Europe and the United States, and served as GM’s first chief risk officer. He also worked as the senior vice president and CFO of Nexteer Automotive, a global automotive steering systems company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Fitz also serves as a board member for Blink Charging.

HP Announces CEO Succession Dion Weisler to step down, Enrique Lores appointed CEO effective 1 November 2019. HP Inc. announced that its board of directors has unanimously appointed Enrique Lores, currently President of HP’s Imaging, Printing and Solutions business, to succeed Dion Weisler as the company’s President and CEO, effective November 1. Weisler’s decision to step down at this time is due to a family health matter and he will be returning home to Australia. He will work with Lores to ensure a seamless transition and will remain at the company through January 2020. Following this, Weisler will continue to serve on HP’s board of directors until the next annual meeting of stockholders. Weisler joined HP in 2012 and has served as President and CEO since 2015. HP has added approximately $7 billion in annual revenue, generated over $13 billion in free cash flow, and has met or exceeded its non-GAAP EPS guidance for 15 consecutive quarters since separation. “Serving as CEO of HP is the highlight of my career, and I want to thank the entire HP team for the support they have shown me. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved and equally confident in where we are heading as a company,” said Weisler. “Enrique has been a tremendous partner whose leadership has been instrumental in setting this company up for success and delivering on our strategy.

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60 He is one of the smartest people I know, and I have great confidence in his ability to lead and inspire the next chapter of HP’s transformation and growth.” “On behalf of the board, we respect Dion’s decision to support the needs of his family,” said Chip Bergh, chair of HP’s board of directors. “We thank him for leading HP post-separation, building a strong team and restoring the company to drive strong shareholder value creation over the last four years.” Bergh added: “Enrique is an inspiring and proven business leader and is the right person to lead HP into the future. Since the time of separation, the board has had an ongoing and diligent succession planning process that included vetting and benchmarking internal and external candidates. Through this rigorous process, Enrique emerged as the board’s unanimous choice as successor and we are confident he will build on the company’s progress and capitalize on new opportunities.” Lores is one of HP’s most accomplished and multi-faceted leaders. He began his HP career 30 years ago as an engineering intern and has risen to increasingly prominent leadership positions across the company’s Print, Personal Systems and Services businesses. From his technical roots, he has developed broad leadership expertise and relationships working at the country, region and worldwide level. Throughout his career, Lores has been known for his relentless focus on serving customers and partners and his passion for driving innovation. During the separation of HewlettPackard Company in 2015, Lores was a key architect of one of the largest and most complex corporate separations in business history and successfully led the Separation Management Office. He was instrumental in transforming HP’s cost structure while simplifying the organization and creating the capacity to invest in innovation to drive profitable top and bottom-line growth. Since 2015, Lores has served as President of HP’s Imaging, Printing and

Solutions business, which had revenues of over $20 billion for fiscal 2018 and has consistently outperformed the company’s printing peer set. He continues to reinvent HP’s Print business with a focus on differentiated innovation, business model transformation and strategic M&A – including HP’s acquisition of Samsung’s printer business in 2017 – while fostering important ecosystem partnerships and demonstrating an industry-leading commitment to sustainable impact and the environment. Over the past year, Lores has been working with the HP board on a comprehensive global review of the company’s strategy and business operations, with a focus on simplifying its operating model, evolving its business models and driving significant improvement in its cost structure while making the company more digitally enabled and customer-centric. Lores will provide more details on this work and his vision for the company on October 3 during HP’s investor update. “Thirty years ago, I was drawn to HP by the company’s unique ability to bring out the best of humanity through the power of technology,” said Lores. “The opportunities ahead are vast and the need for us to keep reinventing is more important than ever. I continue to be inspired by our customers, partners and employees, who are turning bold ideas into meaningful innovations. This is where we will set our sights for the future.”

Flexible Packaging Market in Asia Pacific Expanding at 6.5% CAGR up to 2024 According to a report by GMI, the global flexible packaging market will achieve 5% CAGR to cross $250bn up to 2024. Dominated by China and India, the Asia Pacific flexible packaging market has contributed noticeably towards the overall share with USD 35 billion in 2015, and is projected to grow at more than 6% CAGR up to 2024. Emerging economics along with expanding processed food and pharmaceutical industry are the major factors driving the regional demand. The flexible packaging market will grow lucratively over the coming seven years owing to the surging demand from various end-use sectors such as food and beverage, healthcare, personal care, and industrial. Shifting trends toward convenient packing are influencing the manufacturers to adopt the flexible packaging techniques, driven by its lightweight characteristic. In terms of products, the flexible packaging industry is segmented into standup pouches, pillow pouches, and four side seal pouches. Stand-up pouch is the most preferred product, owing to its versatility in various enduse applications. Stand-up pouches market size is estimated to account for a revenue share of USD 75 billion by 2024 owing to its attributing features such as high barrier properties against oxygen and

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62 the lab, Epson will develop new applications and discover new needs for inkjet technology, create new markets for inkjet printing, and accelerate the use of its inkjet printheads in industry. One of Epson's strategies under its current three-year plan is to accelerate growth by taking advantage of its assets and engage in collaboration and open innovation. In inkjet, Epson is seeking more open innovation opportunities and is expanding external sales of inkjet printheads that incorporate PrecisionCore technology. moisture, low material consumption, and reasonable costs. Pillow pouch packaging market is also linearly growing with the rising consumption of the product from diary and processed food &beverage industry. It is projected to register an annual growth rate of more than 4% over 2016-2024. Food and beverage is one of the most prominent sector partaking in the flexible packaging market. It accounted for more than 50% of the total volume in 2015 and is projected to exhibit a substantial growth in the years to come. Upgraded living standards along with shifting consumer preference toward hygiene and food safety are positively influencing the flexible packaging industry share in this sector. Driven by the increase in disposable incomes fueled by various supporting government regulations, health care application is poised to witness the highest growth over the coming seven years. Key industry players will expand their product portfolio and regional presence through strategic collaborations and joint ventures. Amcor Limited, Sonoco Products Company, Constantia Flexibles Group, Sonoco Products Company, Bemis Company, and Huhtamaki Group are some of the major giants in flexible packaging market. Epson opens inkjet lab in Fujimi plant Seiko Epson Corporation is opening a new collaborative inkjet laboratory at its Fujimi Plant in Nagano Prefecture,

Japan. The facility is called Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab, and will begin operations in October. Epson will use the Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab to conduct joint research with research institutes and companies that are looking to apply inkjet technology in industrial processes. With

The Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab is one of the strategies for this. The lab is equipped with an inkjet printing machine and inkjet evaluation unit that uses Epson inkjet printheads, as well as other equipment that can be used for the trial fabrication and evaluation of electronic devices. Lab users can draw on Epson's expertise as they explore the potential for inkjet technol-



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64 ogy in all kinds of applications. The use of printing systems in the production of touch sensors, OLED panels, and innumerable other devices is expected to grow. Epson will expand the scope of inkjet applications by using the lab as a center primarily for collaborating with research institutes and companies that are innovating inkjet production processes or developing new inkjet-compatible materials. Epson will accumulate knowledge and insights through the work performed at the lab and will drive further advances in its inkjet printheads for industrial use. "Our goal is to pioneer new printing and production processes for customers by providing solutions based on Epson's inkjet printheads," said Seiko Epson executive officer Satoshi Hosono, who serves as the deputy general administrative manager of the company's Technology Development Division. "Our printheads boast numerous advantages, including outstanding printing performance, environmental performance, and ink compatibility.

We see the Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab as the first step toward expanding the number of locations for forging partnerships with those who share our aspirations and for collaborating to drive innovation." EFI annouced new version of Fiery Technology

features to intelligently boost colour and adjust shadow detail levels. Fiery Edge profiles are available for selected new cut-sheet digital printers, as well as for many wide- and superwide-format printers that use EFI Fiery DFEs.

EFI announced the availability of important advancements in its latest version of Fiery® Color Profiler Suite. The integrated colour management software gives digital print producers more power than ever before to get colour right every time.

Expanded output controls Users benefit from an increased array of advanced user controls. For example, a key element of the new Fiery Edge technology is the ability to control or manually select a black point that best matches the intent of the item being printed. This maximizes the dynamic range of a print when the darkest printable colour is not a neutral black. Users can also control shadow detail levels to best represent a product’s or a subject’s characteristics.

Next generation EFI™ Fiery Edge™ colour profiling technology launching in the suite delivers out-of-the-box print quality and colour improvements in new Fiery digital front ends (DFEs). Plus, a host of new controls within Fiery Color Profiler Suite tune colour to meet customer preferences, such as

Fiery Edge also gives print professionals the ability to define colour-to-black transitions for reduced image peppering, graininess, and smoother transitions, all of which is especially useful in colour-critical market segments such as photobook printing.

The next-generation of EFI Fiery Technology delivers higher print color quality plus controls for boosted colour saturation.

Prior to using Fiery Edge, Himanshu Pandey, owner of New Delhi-based Avantika Printers Pvt. Ltd., was unable to compete in that segment with his current printers. “The colours were not vibrant enough and the tonal values were not stable enough,” said Pandey. “The colour control provided by Fiery Edge technology allowed us to use our printers to print photobooks containing various images of people and places. Fiery Edge literally opened the photo segment for us!” Out-of-the-box enhancements Users of Fiery Edge colour profiles will notice much smoother colour transitions and blends right out of the box. They will also see more image detail, clarity, and depth. Plus, superior rendering of RGB reds and blues in Fiery Edge technology gives users a more-faithful rendering of RGB images. “Fiery Edge colour profiling technology brings all the excellent results and controls to my Fiery

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65 cut-sheet printer customers that I’ve been relying on for several years to keep my Fiery wide-format inkjet customers happy,” said Rob Cawston, owner of Colour Consultancy Ltd. in Nottingham, England. “The smoothness of blends and extra image detail are the things that stood out as benefits of Fiery Edge just by using the default profiles and settings. “I particularly like the new rendering intent option,” he added. “No more lengthy profile tweaking for customers that want more pop. Having all this control for toner now too is very welcome.” “Getting the best colour and quality from any printer should be the goal for all print producers,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “Whether it is taking advantage of the maximum gamut of a printer to give prints more colour, getting the most detail available to show a product at its best, or producing the smoothest colour transitions for photo-realistic images, these new capabilities will help print producers achieve the best results their print devices are capable of, therefore getting the most from their colour investments.” Boosted colour to attract attention Users can produce more colorful, vivid and dynamic-looking output in signage, point of sale, display and other applications because Fiery Edge technology brings the ability to boost colour with Fiery Intensify™ – a new rendering intent innovation that can increase colour and saturation while maintaining neutral grays and realistic skin tones. The new feature, which is part of Fiery Color Profiler Suite version 5.2, improves colour while at the same time maintaining balanced visual results – a difficult goal to achieve with other rendering solutions available on the market. Not only does this enable precise control of chroma, lightness and contrast levels, it also allows users to select the correct source profile for the best possible use of an output device’s gamut and dynamic range. Fiery Edge technology also supports up to eight colour channels (CMYK+

4 extra colors) further enhancing Color Profiler Suite’s ability to get the best possible colour out of any supported Fiery Driven™ printer, including those with gamut-expanding colorants such as orange, violet, blue, and green inks or toners. The newest version of EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite featuring Fiery Edge is available now from EFI and authorized EFI resellers. Jet Press 750S awarded FOGRA certification for contract proofing Accreditation makes Fujifilm’s third generation B2 inkjet press both the world’s fastest contract proofing device and the world’s only production press certified for contract proofing

Fujifilm announces that its highly regarded third generation B2 inkjet press has been awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing, including FOGRASl and FOGRA52 accreditation for premium coated and uncoated wood-free substrates respectively. This follows tests carried out at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels, using Fujifilm’s own proprietary XM F ColorPath colour management software. The exhaustive testing process assessed and approved the Jet Press for: PDF/X conformance Proofing substrate colour, gloss and fluorescence Colour accuracy [gamut] Uniformity, permanence and light fastness Fading [drift] Long and short term repeatability Rub resistance Colorimetric tone value transfer Tone value reproduction limits Image register and resolving power Margin information With tests carried out on coated and

uncoated offset stocks, coated inkjet paper, canvas and synthetic paper, the Jet Press consistently met or exceeded the required standards. “We were very impressed with the consistency and quality of results produced by the Jet Press 7505,” says Yuan Li from the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies. “Only printing systems with the highest level of performance could pass tests like these.” Mark Stephenson, Digital Printing and Press Systems Product Manager, Fujifilm Graphic Systems EMEA, says that Fujifilm is delighted, but not surprised, by the results. “For some time now,” he explains, “especially in the Japanese market, the Jet Press

has enjoyed considerable success as a proofing device. It is a lot more than that of course- but we have seen it replacing the wet proofing process in Japan, in particular, as offset printers there have been quick to recognise its potential to create rapid and very high quality proofs for long run offset jobs. The Fogra certification confirms the very high standard of color consistency and accuracy the Jet Press can achieve and we’re delighted to see it get this official stamp of approval. We believe this certification gives the Jet Press 750S a strong claim to be both the world’s fastest contract proofing device and the world’s only production press certified for contract proofing.” Backing up the colour accuracy claims of the Jet Press 750S still further, it has also been awarded Digital Press Certification and the ISO/PAS 15339 Master Elite Certification from the US-based graphic arts think tank ldealliance. No other four colour digital device (other than Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720S) has both of these accreditations.

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66 Tonejet Cylone direct-to-pack digital printer moves to new manufacturing facility Guru Labels in Australia has installed a second Xeikon 3300 digital label press with inline finishing to further expand its capabilities and drive new business plans. Based in Lisarow, a developing suburb of the Central Coastal region of New South Wales located 90 km from Sydney, the company provides labels of all different types, shapes and sizes to multiple sectors across the whole of Australia. Established in 2001, the family owned business is now regarded as a Xeikon house and one of the most dynamic digital label printers in Australia. Guru Labels has recently purchased and refurbished a 36,000 sq. ft print factory, gaining four times more space and the opportunity to design a purpose-built manufacturing plant with a full IT team on site.

Direct food contact inks a vailable globally Sun Chemical today announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with the innovative German printing inks manufacturer Epple Druckfarben to combine their resources to make Epple’s class-leading series of sheetfed offset inks for direct food contact, BoFood® Organic, available to a global audience. BoFood Organic is a worldwide patented sheetfed offset ink for printing on the inside of folding carton food packaging, also allowing direct food contact. All the raw materials used in the manufacture of the ink have been approved for use in foodstuffs. Under the agreement, ownership of the intellectual property in BoFood Organic remains with Epple, which has granted Sun Chemical a licence to market BoFood Organic under the name of SunPak® Organic, reflecting the ink’s food-safe qualities. The two companies have also agreed to work together to further develop the platform technology for other potential applications.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Carl Epple, Member of the Management Board, Epple Druckfarben, says: “We see ourselves as pioneers in the development of sustainable sheetfed offset printing inks and are particularly proud of having created a worldwide patented offset ink that has been approved for printing on the inside of food packaging. It’s therefore gratifying that Sun Chemical, the world’s largest manufacturer of printing inks, has recognised the quality of our technology and we look forward to cooperating with them around the marketing and potential future development of the inkset for the benefit of common customers and printer.” Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member at Sun Chemical, comments: “Having carried out the necessary due diligence to ensure that, as with all the products we offer, Epple’s food-safe ink technology conforms to the high standards our customers expect from Sun Chemical, we are delighted to be collaborating with Epple to market the technology under the SunPak® Organic name and look forward to a fruitful relationship for both parties.”

Nick Lowe, Owner and Sales Director, says, “At Guru Labels, we have an opportunistic mindset and are constantly evolving. We continue to invest in the most advanced systems and in the latest print technology to continually meet our customers’ ever-growing needs and expectations. Our relationship with Xeikon is now fundamental to our business. We have invested in a second Xeikon 3300 digital label press with dry toner technology, as it is without doubt the best machine out there to help us differentiate ourselves. We have huge plans to push forward and move into new markets. The creative capability of the Xeikon equipment and technology enables us to explore and find exciting and unique opportunities.” Six years after their first installation, Guru Labels has invested again in dry toner technology. Not only because of the successful performance of the Xeikon 3300, but also because they see the creative potential this machine can give them going forward, with its ability for multiple applications and a diversity of solutions. “We also stuck to this technology because it works perfectly and gives us the technical results we need,” explains Lowe. “With both 3300s printing CMYK with white at 1200dpi and speeds of 19.2mpm, we can have the confidence to grow

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67 our business even further. For Guru, the advantages of Xeikon’s dry toner technology are compliance with food safety legislation, security hidden in the graphics, and exceptional colour and finish – so sharp and accurate every time”. Guru started by outsourcing to a range of print partners, but since bringing every process and procedure in-house, the company has been able to create a business model that is forward thinking and customer centric. Now they are all about manufacturing and delivering the best products and service. Guru has set up what they call the ‘Portal’ side of their business, as they see this as fundamental to their offering. They set up an IT department dedicated to building multiple and individual web portals that each customer can access to take control of their job. Customers can track their jobs, from ordering through production to dispatch. For a large business with a daily schedule of multiple small jobs, it is beneficial to be able to simply and easily log in and enter data into Guru’s system at any time and from any device. Guru has a mission to help customers ‘find the fastest possible pathway with the minimum of red tape’. Handling hundreds of jobs online, Guru deals with many small, medium and large businesses and is now known for ‘spreading the love of labels’ across the whole of Australia. Guru Labels supplies a lot of their labels to the trade – other key markets across the board are industrial, commercial, craft and artisan, retail and mechanical manufacturing. The company has built up strong relationships with

many of its customers. Lowe explains, “We regard trust as a key element of the customer/supplier relationship. The Xeikon machines give us the ability to pass on perfect products to our customers, and this in turn contributes to their success with their own customers. Trust impacts us all and gives us all stability. We read in the national trade press how Australian printers trust Guru Labels and Xeikon has contributed to that. I have to mention the great staff we have at Guru. We call them ‘the dream team’. They are a special and dedicated team of professionals and we feel most fortunate to have the loyalty of such a great bunch of people.” Trevor Crowley, Sales General Manager for Packaging in Australia and New Zealand emphasises that partnerships are important: “For Xeikon it’s about building strong, long term relationships with our customers. We know that the best results are achieved when the supplier supports the customer and the customer supports the supplier. This is what we have at Guru Labels. Nick and his team are great supporters of the

Xeikon brand and we have worked and will continue to work together with Guru Labels as well as all of our existing and potential customers to ensure that their digital transformation and ongoing journey is a positive one.” Lowe concludes, “We are proud to be known as a Xeikon house. When we were deciding on which supplier to go with, they came out ahead because they had something unique – they had a vision. It is very easy to go with the crowd but we wanted to define ourselves. Printing with Xeikon’s exceptional technology and equipment gives us an edge. They are sensational people to work with. We see them as a bulldog – they continue to turn up and do all the little things right – it’s all in the detail. The Xeikon brand gets recognized on our website. We are now the company that customers go to, and you have to have the right machinery to achieve that. Our customers absolutely love the labels that come off the Xeikon machines. Xeikon is our perfect partner and hits the mark for Guru Labels every time.”


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