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Covering the Printing, Packaging and Publishing Industries across Asia.

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Contents Page

Issue 11 2015




Canon Unveils New Production Printing Excellence

Centre in Singapore


Xeikon signs up St. Jude Consulting & System

Services Inc. to further extend Asia Pacific presence


Fuji Xerox Introduces New Data Center Services

in Singapore


Azura has given us a trouble free run now for over

7 years


70% success rate for Two Sides in tackling Global

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The ‘Mittelstand’ secret to success


Managing without doing


Sustainability and the Printing Industry


Grand opening for KBA (Taiwan) Company Limited


Streamlined and diversified for greater flexibility in

the media shift


Sandhills Publishing chooses Goss again for

efficiency and sustainability


Staying ahead of trends in flexible packaging


HP Inc. reinvents large-format printing with the

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Get your BEST work ready for this year's Asian Print Awards (held in Singapore). It will be the hardest event to win in the Awards 13 year History





The Asian Print Awards Committee would like to thank our Title Sponsor, Pack Print International (PPi), our Platinum and Gold sponsors. Together we recognise the best in print quality Asia has to offer. Platinum Sponsors

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13th Asian Print Awards 2015

The only regional awards of its kind in Asia 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.

Make a note in your diary now! The “Event” for 2015 is the Asian Print Awards night, join us in Singapore If your company wins an award, a representative(s) from your company MUST be present in Singapore to receive the award on stage, we will not send any awards to you if you are absent!

13th Asian Print Awards 2015 Categories Categories 1-12 : Offset Printing Only

Categories 13-21: Digital Printing Only

1. Posters, Showcards and Point-of-sale material – 4 or more colours - any substrate 2. Postcards, Greeting and Invitation Cards – (small items to be display mounted) 3. Calendars – any format 4. Leaflets, Flyers, Folders and Brochures - any number of colours, up to 16 pages (excluding cover) 5. Catalogues, Booklets and Brochures - 4 or more colours more than 16 pages 6. Sheetfed magazines – 4 or more colours 7. Book printing – 2 or 3 colour printing only 8. Book printing – 4 or more colours 9. Limited Editions & Artwork Reproductions (under 2000 print run order). Includes a one-off production and/or a Personalised numbered copy. 10. Web Offset – Coated stock 70gsm and above (Paper specifications must be provided on entry form Section B: Other technical details) to be printed in red ink 11. Web Offset – LWC (light weight coated) stock 65gsm or less (Paper specifications must be provided on entry form Section B: Other technical details) to be printed in red ink* 12. Packaging (Does not include labels) – a package must contain and protect the product, communicate with the end user and be functional for enduse) Any number of colours, on any substrate: will be judged equally on Print quality, Functionality and Design

Will be Judged on – Quality – Production – Appropriate use of technology & Visual impact Provide name of press utilised in “Other technical details” of section B on the entry form* 13. Book Printing – 4 or more colours 14. Leaflets, Flyers, Folders & Brochures – any number of colours up to 16 pages (excluding cover) 15. Catalogues, booklets and brochures – 4 or more colours more than 16 pages 16. Calendars & Individual Self Published photo books – any format 17. Postcards, Greeting and Invitation cards (small items to be displaymounted) 18. Posters, Showcards & Point-of-sale material – 4 or more colours – any substrate 19. Packaging (Does not include labels) – a package must contain and protect the product, communicate with the end user and be functional for end-use) any number of colours on any substrate: will be judged equally on Print Quality – Functionality and Design 20. Digital Outdoor, Large Format and Signage. Entrant must supply an explanation of concept, together with either: a) a full sized print or b) a CD/DVD of theme and a one square metre of the actual production print or c) a proof of the concept and one square metre of the actual production print

Categories 21-25: Specialty Categories

21. Multi–piece productions and Campaigns – Any substrate or print process: Multi–piece Production must be 3 or more items such as folder, leaflets, ringbinders, 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 22. Embellishment – any substrate – any combination – for example: embossing – diecutting – foil stamping – laminating, coating 23. 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 24. Digital Colour Proofing: The Judging Criteria is to assess the best proof to print match. Entries must be from a commercial Production Job (not a test sample) and must supply a proof together with a full copy of the printed job. Magazines entries must provide a proof of eight (8) different pages together with a full copy of the magazine 25. 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 *Paper specifications (gsm) must be provided on ‘Section B’ in the space provided.

Entries will be judged equally on concept, print quality and visual impact

Make sure you CHECK all your entries for any faults, production defects! IT MAY MEAN GOLD.

Free Entry Form

Deadline for Entries Submission: 18th December 2015, 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) Entered by (company name): ____________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _______________ Country: _____________________ Postcode: __________________ Email: ________________________ Title of entry (description): _____________________________________________________________________________________ Printed by (company name): ____________________________________________________________________________________ Client name: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Designer Pre Press House: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Brand of Printing Machine used: __________________________________________________________________________________ Stock supplied by (Merchant’s name): ______________________________________________________________________________ Brand name of stocks Coated Uncoated: ___________________________________________________________________________ Category entered: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 to the back of your entries)

Category entered (Same as above): __________________________________ Entry number (Administration use only) ___________________ Print method: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of printed colours: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Number of press passes: ____________________________________Paper Specifications (gsm):________________________________ Quantity produced (Print run copies): _____________________________________________________________________________ Embellishments: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Other technical details (finishing processes etc): ______________________________________________________________________

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ENTRIES SUBMISSION CLOSES 18 DECEMBER 2015, 5pm Send all entries to: APAM Pte Ltd, 57 Ubi Ave. 1, #03-06 Ubi Centre, Singapore 408936. Tel: (65)6733 5342 Fax: (65) 6733 3586 Email: Additional entry forms can be downloaded at Please note that entries are non-returnable unless a self addressed courier pack is supplied.

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Canon Unveils New Production Printing Excellence Centre in Singapore Located at the Canon Delight Hub, the showroom houses the most comprehensive range of production printing machinery in the world. By Sha Jumari. Canon recently opened doors to its new Production Printing Excellence Centre in Singapore. The state-ofthe-art centre showcases one of the most comprehensive range of Canon’s professional production printing (PPP) systems. “The Production Printing Excellence Centre in Singapore is the only one that houses the fullest range of PPP products in the world. We’re proud to have the entire line of production printing equipment under one roof, including the three high-end printers,

the DreamLabo 5000, ColorStream and Arizona,” said Bob Endert, senior director of regional PPP division, Canon Singapore.

Potential corporate customers will be able to experience first-hand the wide range of professional printing products including large format printers (imagePROGRAF), technical documentation printers (PlotWave), digital production printers (imagePRESS and VarioPrint), continuous feed printers (ColorStream 3500) and production inkjet printer (DreamLabo 5000). “This centre is a multi-purpose hub for our PPP business, supporting our customers in South and Southeast

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Asia. Customers can come by for product demonstrations, testing and even training. In addition, our ondeck service technicians can resolve and troubleshoot any technical issues from this base,” said Endert. The Production Printing Excellence Centre includes the full production printing solution, including software and finishing. Customers are also able to send new substrates to the facility to test suitability and sensitivity without compromising their Canon machines, or disrupting current production lines. The launch of the Production Printing Excellence Centre was held in conjunction with the official opening of the Canon Delight Hub, an integrated customer engagement hub. This hub brings together all of Canon's businesses - from consumer imaging to business solutions, creating a more centralised, holistic customer experience across Canon’s suite of solutions. The new premise is located at Galaxis, One North, where Canon’s wide range of solutions is housed in a single site. Putting the customer at the centre of the new office, Canon has invested SGD$20million to build the hub. The customer-centric investments in Singapore speak to Canon’s ambitions in South and Southeast Asia. Kensaku


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Digital Technology Konishi, president and CEO, Canon Singapore added: “We continually seek to invest in this region to increase our capabilities and footprint in line with the tremendous growth we expect from the South and Southeast Asia region.” The High-Definition Centrepiece: DreamLabo 5000 One of the star products on display is Canon’s latest regional rollout: the DreamLabo 5000. Set to take the high definition photobook industry by storm, the DreamLabo is also one of Canon’s premier production printers. The DreamLabo 5000 is significant to Canon, as it marks the company’s foray into the production photo printing industry. In July 2015, Canon celebrated the first installation of the DreamLabo 5000 in Singapore with FotoHub, allowing high-definition (HD) photobook and photoprint services to now be available in the citystate. “A photobook is an emotional journey. Canon is known for its superior cameras, and now we have the highest quality printers that can bring those images to life. The Canon DreamLabo 5000 is able to achieve true HD quality, and that is our main differentiation point,” said Endert.

The new Production Printing Excellence Centre in Singapore is used as a showroom for potential customers as well as a training ground for customers in the South and Southeast Asia region The HD difference means that the DreamLabo 5000 targets the premier tier of photo book users with the most discerning eye for quality – the professional photographers. Setting a new standard for the production printing of high quality photos and high definition text, the production inkjet printer offers an alternative to silver halide photo processing technology. “Everyone associates Canon with cameras but there’s still a lot of potential for the professional printing industry in South and Southeast Asia –

we have a huge user opportunity here,” Endert continued. “When we show professional photographers photos printed by the DreamLabo 5000, they are amazed that such a high photo quality exists. That is one of our goals moving forward – to create awareness of this HD quality.” The DreamLabo 5000 leverages on Canon’s proprietary inkjet technology that is also used in other professional photo printers such as the PIXMA PRO and imagePROGRAF. Featuring FINE high-density print head technology , it enables a printing of output up to 12 inches wide and delivers high-speed One-Pass Printing. When used with the time-saving automatic double-sided printing function, the printer is capable of producing the contents of a 20-page A4-sized Photo Album in just 72 seconds. The DreamLabo 5000 applications extend beyond photo printing. With its ability to produce premium photo albums, books, calendars and other high-quality print-on-demand items, Canon hopes to revitalise the print industry and open up substantial new business opportunities for its customers.

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Xeikon signs up St. Jude Consulting & System Services Inc. to further extend Asia Pacific presence Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is continuing to expand its network of expert partners in the Asia Pacific region by teaming up with Philippines solution provider, St. Jude Consulting & System Services Inc. to serve the document printing market.

This respected printing industry distributor, with a head office in Manila, represents a wide range of products from well-known brands, as well as offers services and consumables for the graphic arts market. Its reputation for long-term customer relationships and its dedication to supplying quality after-sales services to customers in the Philippines fitting well with Xeikon culture and strategy. “Our initial progress in the Philippines label market has been very encouraging,” states Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific. “We are confident that, jointly with St. Jude, we will be able to extend this success further into the document printing market, particularly considering our robust portfolio of solutions that offer an attractive alternative in the high-volume digital market for books, brochures, large format covers and wall decoration. St. Jude’s dedication to customer service and exceptional after-sale support is well-respected in the country and we are looking forward to jointly working

to grow the Xeikon installed base in the Philippines.” “We see huge potential for Xeikon’s solutions in the Philippines,” comments Gynn Flores, Marketing Manager for St. Jude. “Print on demand is a clear trend, and offset printers are quickly adopting a digital strategy to complement their conventional print business. Offset printers are used to investing in high performance equipment, and we see Xeikon presses as a perfect fit for our discerning market, which want fast, affordable digital printing capability with no compromise in quality.” She concludes: “Filipino customers also demand best-in-class after-sales services, and with our infrastructure and excellent support from Xeikon Asia, we are confident that we will be able to provide what is needed when it is needed, surpassing customer expectations.” The Asia Pacific region is an important market for Xeikon, who has deployed

a full contingent of sales and technical support staff there as well as opened two Technology Centres to further support its distribution network. Xeikon presses feature LED array based technology, exceptionally high quality dry toner electrophotographic printing, open workflow software and a growing number of applicationspecific toners that are gaining in popularity around the globe. “With a dedicated presence in the Philippines,” Serritslev adds, “we will be better positioned to create and support digital printing configurations that meet the specific needs of each and every customer.” ABOUT ST JUDE St. Jude Consulting & System Services Inc is head quartered in Manila, the Philippines. The company was incorporated in 2009 by Mr Manny Tongco, President of St Jude, and is well known for distributing printing equipment and supplies. It represents a wide range of Screen CtP products, large format printers and print media consumables.

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Flint Group announces the creation of a new Digital Printing Solutions division and the acquisition of Xeikon Flint Group has today announced the acquisition of Xeikon*, a leading digital solutions provider to the packaging and commercial printing markets. Headquartered in Eede in the Netherlands, with operations in Lier, Ieper and Heultje (Belgium), Xeikon, designs, develops and delivers high-end digital colour presses and consumables for the global commercial, document, label and packaging market segments, distributing its solutions through a worldwide sales and service network. Xeikon’s pioneering products and services will be the foundation of a newly created division to be called Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions. This new division of Flint Group will further broaden the group’s conventional and digital printing solutions, offering a unique proposition of equipment, consumables and services across its global markets. “This acquisition represents an excellent opportunity for Flint Group, propelling the organisation further into the digital solutions market, where we will continue to deliver on our long term strategy of driving growth through product innovation, focus on developing markets and portfolio expansion,” says Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group. “Xeikon have a proven history of delivering exceptional value through highquality, high-productivity, innovative and sustainable solutions for their customers, which fits seamlessly with our own long-term vision for our business.” Mr. Fady continues; “I am also delighted to welcome the customers

and employees of Xeikon to Flint Group and look forward to supporting them and building on their continued success.” Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon, who will become President of Flint Group’s Digital Printing Solutions division, reporting to Antoine Fady, says; “We are very pleased to be joining Flint Group’s global organisation and excited by the opportunities this acquisition presents to accelerate business growth. Xeikon has shown that dedication to the digital label, folding carton, commercial and document printing market segments has paid off in terms of market share, customer satisfaction and financial contribution. This next chapter in our more than 20-year existence opens

many opportunities for Xeikon as a company, as well as for our customers, employees, partners and stakeholders.” Mr. Maes continues ; “Flint Group has developed strong relationships with many leading global organisations within the graphic arts and packaging markets. Our shared goal of delivering exceptional value, unparalleled service, consistent quality and continuous innovation is only enhanced by Flint Group’s reputation, knowledge, infrastructure and support.” The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the competition authorities, and should be completed by end of 2015.


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Fuji Xerox Introduces New Data Center Services in Singapore The introduction of the business services aims to address demands of growing markets in the citystate Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd introduced its latest Data Center Services for businesses in Singapore, which aims to meet the demands of both emerging and high-growth industries. Equipped with tight security surveillance, network monitoring and helpdesk support, Fuji Xerox Singapore’s Data Center Services are customised and comprehensively packaged for businesses of all sizes. Fuji Xerox’s customers are able to fully utilise Tier-3 Data Center facilities, which are designed to meet the emerging need of businesses for industry-specific solutions and cloudbased IT infrastructures. “With the proliferation of new technologies and growing digital economy, we aim to provide companies with market-leading business solutions that are cost-effective and scalable,” said Richard Ong, Head of Integrated Enterprise Solutions and Services,

Fuji Xerox Singapore. “Through Fuji Xerox’s Data Center Services and leveraging the expertise of our existing team of professionals, companies can ensure enhanced business competitiveness, accelerated growth and increased productivity.” The services that are available include Private Cloud Plus, Disaster Recovery Services and Managed Services. Private Cloud Plus Fuji Xerox’s Private Cloud Plus is a solution that provides customers with safe and secure access to the cloud. The solution can be fully integrated into businesses’ existing IT infrastructure or even combined with customised software solutions. The fully dedicated IT infrastructure is built around a highly secure environment and powered by high bandwidth performance with a range of tailored services for companies including Infrastructure as a Service

(IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Disaster Recovery Services With the Disaster Recovery Services, customers are provided with backup and recovery solutions, system replication and high availability solutions. This service can be subscribed as a standalone service or as an add-on to customers’ existing IT infrastructure and system. In addition, certified Business Continuity Management consultants will also provide the relevant expertise to ensure customers are equipped with the right resources, infrastructure and contingency plans. This helps businesses to ensure a continual smooth delivery of their products or services should a disruptive incident occur. Managed Services With Fuji Xerox’s Managed Services, businesses can further reduce their operational and labor costs, further enabling them to control capital expenditure more effectively. Fuji Xerox’s Managed Services includes ongoing project and administration management for businesses’ IT infrastructure with network monitoring and helpdesk support, data migration, server and storage upgrades, database management and consultancy. “The launch of Fuji Xerox’s Data Center Services will provide optimal performance and maximum operational efficiency for businesses, enabling them to scale further and achieve desirable business results in today’s fast-growing market landscape,” added Ong.

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Azura has given us a trouble free run now for over 7 years Spot Productions (Brisbane, Australia) service many local and international clients encompassing many applications including offset digital and wide-format printing. They have been using Azura plates since 2008 and wouldn’t do without. “We changed to Agfa plates early when we moved to our new location in 2008”, says Managing Director Simon Carmody. “Waste was a real issue for us and therefore chemical plates were a disadvantage. We had a Magnus 400 but the other supplier was just too difficult to deal with. We wanted things simple and easy in our pre-press area. We installed an Agfa C95 gumming unit and away we went with Azura. Of all the problems a printing business has, printing plates should not be one of them, and Azura has given us a trouble free run now for over 7 years.” Exceptional stability He continues: “Press time is money time and when you can eliminate press downtime productivity gains will

maximize profits. Azura’s run lengths and press stability are exceptional and suit our application perfectly. Also, the local Agfa staff are always on call

whenever we require them for service or advice, and they never run out of stock.”

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In 2013, Spot Productions invested in an Avalon platesetter. “We were so happy with Agfa Graphics, that it was a fairly easy decision to upgrade from Magnus to the new Avalon, when we went to an A1 format. Another supplier offered a very competitive deal to change, but we decided to stick with Agfa Graphics due to our excellent ongoing partnership, and the quality and productivity benefits we were gaining from the Azura plates. We still see Azura as the plate with the technical edge over other DOP type plates, which the two major competitor companies offer.” Azura’s run lengths and press stability are exceptional 2002: Spot Productions start out as “green grass” site that grew out of the experience and market expertise of the two principals Peter and son Simon Carmody.

2008: The family business moves to its current site. Initially, the company had one two-colour Heidelberg press, but it progressively expanded from taking up one large unit in an industrial complex to five, with three large Ryobi multicolour presses, ranging up to A1, and with digital and bindery sections. Today: Spot Productions employ 59 people. Clients: Spot Productions service many local and international clients encompassing many applications including offset digital and wideformat printing. The business is divided between direct clients (60%), advertising agents and design (35%) and others (5%). Spot Productions also offer print management and print and pack warehousing for larger customers. Agfa Graphics technology: Spot Productions use about 12,000 sq metres of Azura plate through an Avalon N8-20 with a C95 clean-out unit and stacker.

Convenience and savings "The convenience of low maintenance that the Azura plate offers us is a far superior solution to our previous chemical plate,” says Carmody. “There are significant water, chemical waste disposal, and maintenance time savings, at every point. It takes our operators only minutes to do a small maintenance on the C95 and about an hour every now and again, to keep the system absolutely in top working order. Sometimes the operators, due to production pressures, leave the weekly maintenance and carry on anyway. Even under these conditions, which we know are not recommended, the Azura plate still produces a good plate.” Excellent quality “Azura cleans and rolls up immediately on press and dot loss is minimal even in longer runs with abrasive stocks. Chemical resistance is good, with all our blanket washes being no problems. We use the recommended Agfa plate cleaners when this is occasionally necessary, but oxidation is a rarity. Fountain solutions are also easy as we use a number of these on all presses and the Azura plate works well with all.” We would estimate that maintenance has been reduced by 90% over our previous chemical system. “The image produced on the Azura plates looks strong and consistent, giving our printers confidence that the plate is durable and resilient. The plates can be left beside the presses for hours, in full light, with no visible image discoloration. The printers are very happy with them.”

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70% success rate for Two Sides in tackling Global Greenwash Two Sides, the global initiative to promote the sustainability of print and paper, has reported a 70% success rate in persuading global organisations to remove misleading green claims from their communications as part of its worldwide anti-greenwash campaign. 377 of the world’s leading corporations, including banks, utilities, telecoms and insurance companies have been researched and checked by Two Sides, exposing 240 of those companies to be using misleading greenwash statements in their marketing and communications activities. To date, 168 of those offending companies have removed their misleading greenwash statements as a direct result of ongoing lobbying by the Two Sides initiative. Says Martyn Eustace, Chairman of Two Sides, “We’re really pleased that the ongoing efforts and lobbying of Two Sides is having such a significant effect on some of the world’s largest and most influential organisations. But there is no room for complacency, and

there is still a great deal of work to do tackle the remaining companies that continue to mislead their customers.” Major global corporations are still using inaccurate and misleading environmental claims to encourage consumers to ‘go paperless’ and switch from paper-based to digital communication. This is despite legislation being introduced by the advertising standards authorities in many countries to protect the consumer from being misled. “It’s extremely frustrating and unacceptable,” continues Eustace. “Marketers in some of the world’s most high profile corporations are resorting to unsubstantiated and misleading

Martyn Eustace, Chairman of Two Sides

environmental claims to persuade consumers to switch from paper-based to cheaper electronic communication. Many consumers still have a strong preference for paper but they are being manipulated by a lack of clear and accurate information when in fact paper, based on a natural, renewable and recyclable resource, should be considered as a highly sustainable way to communicate.” The worldwide Two Sides teams have maintained a ruthless determination to tackle greenwash in their respective countries with their ongoing activities paying dividends in the global antigreenwash campaign. North America Phil Riebel, President of Two Sides North America, comments, “Over the past three years our campaign has successfully changed over 50% of the misleading marketing claims we have uncovered, including 32 of the Fortune 100 North American companies, but there is so much more education to do because the majority of corporate marketers are unaware of the life-cycle and many of the sustainable features of print and paper products – they are often marketing based on perception instead of science-based facts.” “In the U.S., the latest statistics from the U.S. Forest Service show that net forest land area has increased by 3% in the past 60 years, and wood volume on timberland (number of trees) has

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Management/General 21 unsubstantiated environmental messages to move their customers to a cheaper electronic communication medium. We are supported by our Advertising Standards Authority who have a very clear code as to the permissible use of environmental advertising. “ Colombia Isabel Riveros, Executive Director, Two Sides in Colombia, comments, “During the first year of the campaign, we were able to make the Government remove any mention of ‘zero paper’ from their National Development Plan for the next four years. However, the big challenge continues. We must contact every company that is using greenwash, and make them understand that the process of paper production is a sustainable one”

increased 58% during the same time period,” adds Riebel.

are not hostile to the environment and add immense value to civilization.”

Australia Kellie Northwood, Executive Director, Two Sides in Australia, adds, “It can be a challenge engaging the right people within an organisation. However, when we highlight the ACCC AntiGreenwash legislation and explain that so-called environmental statements can’t be made without evidence, corporates tend to understand the issue and amend their communications. Of the companies we have contacted 67% have altered their anti-print messaging, and the remaining we continue to engage with.”

South Africa “In South Africa,” says Deon Joubert, Two Sides Country Manager, “we too are making progress in the education of corporates who have been using

Brazil “Fighting against greenwashing is an important mission for Two Sides,” says Fabio Arruda Mortara, Country Manager for Two Sides in Brazil. “It’s all part of our mission to ensure that printed communication is understood to be economically viable, socially fair and environmentally sustainable. Brazil is a good example, as 100% of the paper produced in the Country comes from forest cultivation; preserving native forests and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Everyone in the world has the right to know print and paper

Eustace continues, “Consumers should not be misled and encouraged to go ‘paperless’ through the use of misleading ‘green’ marketing. The true picture of the excellent environmental benefits of paper is being overlooked by these false messages. Paper is a renewable and recyclable product that, if responsibly produced and used, can be a sustainable way to communicate. The forest and paper industries rely on sustainable forests and they are major guardians of this precious and growing resource.”

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The ‘Mittelstand’ secret to success As manroland sheetfed GmbH continues to record profit, the future is bright for the once-struggling corporation. PWA sat down with its CEO, Rafael Peneula Torres, as he reviews the past year and shares his outlook and plans to propel the company into 2016. By Sha Jumari. Financially, the progress and development of manroland sheetfed looks promising. What are the secrets to your success? Yes, we have managed to stay profitable over the last years without exception, and I can already anticipate that 2015 will become another year with a positive result. I strongly believe that the reason for our success started with our new shareholder, Langley Holdings, and with Mr. Langley’s personal involvement in changing our way of doing business. We have a German term called ‘Mittelstand’, and it describes having a very hands-on attitude. This attitude is the most important when running an international organisation such as manroland sheetfed, as we are with direct presence in more than 40 countries worldwide with our own subsidiaries and sales and service partners. ‘Mittelstand’ basically refers to having the focus to do the things we need to do for our customers, and not things that are not really essential for business purposes. For manroland sheetfed, this means developing technology that adds value to customers, instead of developing technology only to please R&D, or to follow all apparent trends set by our competitors. Another important point is that we have adjusted our structure to a clearly reduced market demand quickly, which means that we are lean but very much efficient in terms of productivity. Last but not least, an advantage of having an industrialist as a shareholder it that we get to make decisions very quickly within a flat hierarchy.

Rafael Peneula Torres What is the strategic importance of the Asian region for manroland sheetfed? Asia, compared to what it was 10 years ago, is the largest region for our business. It represents more than a third of our turnover for new machinery, driven very much by China at the moment. Over the last and difficult years, this region still has a major growth potential for print. We believe that once the

investment climate improves, many printers will invest in new technology to stay competitive in their home markets and for export as well. Therefore, we are planning to reinforce our presence in this region and continue supporting our customers with our products. It is not always about new machine and latest technology. In times where investments for new presses are not the best, we can provide our customers with

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Sheetfed Offset different products to make more out of their existing presses. Performance is the right response to face cost-pressure, shrinking margins or even less revenue. In Asia especially, we believe that the demand for those products will grow and we are prepared to deal with it. What is your outlook on the global print industry for the upcoming year? We do believe that the printing industry is and will continue to be in a phase of consolidation after the long crisis we all had to face during the last years. Even countries like China seem to reach some limits of permanent growth. We expect no major changes to the current situation of consolidation for markets in Southeast Asia, or other emerging markets in general. The demand for printed products is nevertheless slightly growing, but with big differences from segment to segment. Packaging is experiencing a much more dynamic development than commercial or publishing print. The structural changes in our industry will continue when it comes to electronic media and changing behaviour of printbuyers. Having said this we believe that

the worst part of the critical times are behind us and our outlook for the years to come remains positive. Packaging continues to experience steady growth. What is manroland sheetfed's role in this growth in terms of print processes and product innovations? It seems to me that many in our industry have recently discovered that packaging is an important segment and needs more attention. Packaging is, in fact, not new to manroland sheetfed. Over the last decades we have been leaders in technological solutions for this segment. We have been supporting packaging printers with our technology

in many aspects, for example, special sizes, Inline-enhancements, substrate variability and print quality. Large size presses, including special and extended sizes such as 3b+ and Ob+ on our Roland 500, Inline enhancement such as coating and double coating, InlineFoiler, UV, has been a part of our portfolio for many years. We will continue developing more options for this segment just as we are doing with our latest press, the Roland 700 Evolution. With this press, we have reduced again the make ready times knowing that even in this segment the length for print-jobs are getting shorter and make ready time is becoming a crucial factor for the total-cost-analysis of our customers. Simultaneous plate changes, pre-setting of many parameters, inline-colourmeasurement, to mention a few, are clear examples for our technology supporting our customers. The Roland 700 Evolution recently won the Red Dot award for Product Design. This marks the first time a sheetfed offset printing press is given the prestigious award. What is the key takeaway for manroland sheetfed after this milestone?

Honestly speaking, we never designed the new press with the intention to get such an important award for industrial design. Of course, we feel proud that despite the positive feedback we are getting from the market about the new machine, we apparently could convince with the new design. More than how it looks like, it is important to us that design as such can be combined with ergonomics and functionality of the machine. The award needs to be shared with many customers who actively participated in many aspects of the development of the new press, by telling us where we should to put the focus on when it

comes to develop a new product from a user perspective. For the upcoming drupa, what can we expect from manroland sheetfed? We will for sure put a lot of emphasis on our Evolution press and further continue to expand our product-portfolio with regard to the previously mentioned products to improve productivity and performance. An important part of our presence at drupa will be dedicated to show our customers all the possibilities to improve their performance with all types of our products and programs. Our today’s business is not focused on new technology only, but equally on performance and quality. This is what we feel the market is demanding more and more. The expectation for drupa should not be driven higher than it is. Since for many years most of the exhibitors are not revealing absolute new products at drupa. Most of the exhibitors are already announcing their innovations in different circles such as at predrupa-events and open houses, six to eight months before drupa. We will be doing similarly, though from

today’s perspective it’s still too early to talk about. There is no pleasure like anticipation! Moving forward, where do you see manroland sheetfed in the near future? Our aim is to remain as a supplier and partner to our customers and the print industry for many years. It’s proven that we are able to generate profit as a precondition to anything and at the same time we count on sufficient creativity and resources to further develop products requested in our industry. We still have a lot of ideas on how to serve our customers best.

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Packaging Technology

Sustainability and the Printing Industry

By Laurel Brunner

Economic concerns, technological threat and uncertain futures have contributed to a crisis of confidence in print. Throw in rapidly changing market expectations and media choices, and you have an industry that’s been on the back foot for several years. But a reversal is underway. Print is reinventing itself to be more vibrant than ever, an energetic force in a multichannel communications world. Years of turmoil have forced printers to refine their systems, minimise waste and maximise process automation and efficiency. Streamlined process management and being based on a renewable resource make print a highly sustainable, as well as effective, medium. Rising environmental awareness is encouraging environmentally smart media buyers to refocus on print. Difficult Dynamics The forces shaping today’s print industry and its sustainability are complex and often confusing for printers and their customers. Factors include electronic media, technological innovation, crossmedia business models, environmental regulations, global economics and an increasingly mobile and interactive media audience. InMobi, developers of mobile advertising platforms, estimate that consumers spend an astonishing 37 per cent of their media time with mobile.

Global brands are exploiting this. Mark Fellows of McCann, a global ad agency, has worked with IKEA to print special graphics rather than QR codes in IKEA catalogues, so that “extended content (is) triggered by page scans of special symbols”. These smartphone scans link to IKEA’s websites for additional home decor ideas and upselling. But complex new media options, digital technology implementations and green expectations can breed market uncertainty. For many printers investment decisions in such a climate can be risky so they are cautiously exploring new ways of doing business, embracing digital tools to support changing customer needs. Successful printers are reshaping their businesses to help clients leverage channels and align commercial and environmental goals. Everybody’s Concern Short term novelty responses to overhyped environmental awareness are not enough to make a difference. Sustainability is a global and essentially

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Management/General to build our business on, and working with partners such as Xeikon in particular has enabled us to invest in a platform confident that sustainability is key to both their philosophy and ours,” Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director Mercian Labels. Colour quality communicates brand owners’ values, and their environmental and sustainability messages. Speed drives Fast Moving Consumer Goods packaging and label production. SmileyColor, a US packaging production consulting group, say that every day’s delay getting product to shelf costs a brand $100,000, so process efficiency and control are vital. The balance between the economics of achieving high turnover, and managed environmental impact and waste control is delicate.

economic concern, requiring enormous resources to solve. “Environmental solutions are essentially economic, so it’s a shared problem,” Stephen Fitzgerald, Cofounder Affirmative Investment Management. Affermative Investment Management is the world’s first dedicated green bond management company. The cohort of organisations tackling climate change and reducing environmental impact is growing. From the UNFCCC and ISO to the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership in the US, plus scores of smaller local environmental projects, awareness is rising that environmental management is everyone’s responsibility and the planet’s necessity. Print Everywhere and Anywhere Environmental sustainability is not easily solved but the printing industry can make a difference. It’s sustainable not just because it uses renewable resources. The collapse of traditional print markets forced widespread consolidation and reinvention. Printers automated and streamlined processes, cutting waste and excess emissions. In all sectors and geographies, survival dictated lean and efficient production based on automation and standardisation. Industry standards such as the ISO 12647 series emerged

to support process control and data driven production, resulting in less waste. Automated, standardised production manages colour quality and ink consumption across substrates and for digital output. Thanks to technology, standards and the printer’s skill, media buyers can trust that colours will be accurate in every iteration, from building wraps and banners to product labels and packaging. And such efficiency minimises emissions and waste, improving environmental sustainability as well as commercial. Packaging and Labels in the Lead Packaging and labels are perhaps our most common shared print experience. “Responsible packaging protects the product, extends its shelf life, ensures that the product is safe for the consumer to use,” Ken MacKenzie, Managing Director Amcor. The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment says that “packaging needs to be able to fulfil its enabling role in a circular economy by optimising resource use, minimising waste and extending the value in a product and the economy.” Printers are investing with sustainability in mind. “Sustainability is a key part of our strategic criteria when selecting technology suppliers

What Goes Around Despite the scale and complexity of achieving this subtle balance, the packaging industry is responding. An ambitious example is the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC). Among other activities, this collection of Carlsberg and global suppliers is developing packaging materials optimised for recycling and reuse. The Green Fibre Bottle, biodegradable and biobased, is being developed currently and will consist primarily of sustainably sourced wood fibre. “By using partnerships strategically, we can obtain much bigger scale and scope of our sustainability activities, and we are excited every time a potential partner approaches us about joining the community. Together we can make real lasting impact,” Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Sustainability Director, Carlsberg Group. The Green Fiber Bottle could also represent an opportunity for innovative packaging printers: “We do not currently have any print-related partners in the CCC, however, we are by no means rejecting the inclusion of such partners.” Money and the Law Investment into sustainable alternatives is of growing concern for governments and investors, as well as media buyers. Stephen Fitzgerald is also a member of the board managing Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, set up to ensure full funding of Federal

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Management/General (Calculating the carbon footprint of print) help printers to support customers’ public environmental commitments, which can be ambitious. Kingfisher, a multi-retail sector conglomerate, wants “100% responsibly sourced timber and paper in all our operations by 2020”, according to Jamie Lawrence, Senior Sustainability Advisor. Kingfisher wants compliance with environmental legislation such as the US Lacey Act, the European Union Timber Regulation and Restrictions on Hazardous Substances II, plus other rules as they emerge.

government pension liabilities. He says “governments need to believe that there are things we should be doing to protect the environment (because) it’s a shared problem, but it’s about taking responsibility and actually doing something that makes a difference.” This is tricky but the lights are coming on. According to McKinsey, a consultancy, sustainability is a permanent management fixture for 70% of CEOs. Freddie Woolfe, Associate Director Corporate Engagement for Hermes Investment Management wants “companies to make strong commitments to tackle deforestation, eliminating unsustainable forestry practices from their supply chains.” Fitzgerald says “our mandate is return, but there is an ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) component to what we do.” Control of emissions to air, water and land, and chemical regulations impact all industries including print. The US is tightening green laws in many states and at federal level is targeting energy generators. In China strict environmental legislation is under development, but inconsistency plagues global legislation. Fitzgerald explains, “this is not a driver in Australia, but in Germany and Scandinavia it is”. Markets are also inconsistent. Dr Steele says “sustainability is of varied

interest to our client base: some regard it as an important part of their supplier selection and audit process, some just aren't interested.” He adds that “the market hasn’t driven us to adopt any particular environmental management system, and so we actively manage our awareness of legislation through online resources.” To various degrees in different geographies, regulations restrict the composition of substrates, inks and press consumables, and govern waste management. In the UK companies handling packaging weighing over 50 tonnes per year are required to recover and recycle packaging waste. There and elsewhere printers who use ink chemistries with high Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) must comply with rules of varying stricture to protect health and safety, and avoid pollution. Ink manufacturers must comply with diverse chemical regulations, especially for packaging inks for perishable goods. Low migration inks are critical, but recipes must not compromise the material on which they are printed or the package contents. Standard Practice ISO 17098 Report on substances and materials which may impede recycling is one of many useful tools. Standards such as ISO 14001 (Environmental management systems) and ISO 16759

But nothing changes if customers aren’t on board with sustainability objectives. Brand owners can drive reduced dependence on primary materials, leading to innovation in label substrates and print processes. But the market and economics drive sustainability in print so the biggest challenge for print’s sustainability is the relationship between commercial, practical and sustainability priorities. This dynamic influences all aspects of, and links within, print media supply chains, requiring motivation and resource. Managing print’s environmental impact demands commitment to commercial, practical and sustainability goals, and their clear articulation. How printers balance these interests is subjective. They must be able to produce products within a cohesive environmental framework and be profitable. Development of sustainability policies and production models is a massive challenge for print media supply chains. But it’s one all players in print media supply chains can embrace Environmental Standards are High Priority - drupa 2016 The Messe Dusseldorf has always set the highest standards for the infrastructure of the Exhibition Centre. We operate the latest energy efficient air-conditioning systems and have ISO50001 certification. As a leading host of over twenty international trade fairs we work with a multitude of partners and service providers who comply with our high standards and guarantee an optimum interplay of all energy critical processes

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Management/General 39 and streamlining production processes in a savagely competitive market has been the route to survival for many printing companies. As a result print is reinvented and well-placed to respond to new opportunities, actively balancing economic and sustainability imperatives.

and energy savings through renewable sources. Furthermore, we actively support exhibitors in the design and planning of their stands to effectively help them reduce their carbon footprint on-site. For all of our trade fairs and drupa in particular, we regard climate protection and resource-saving operations as an integral part of our

corporate philosophy and management responsibility. Executive summary Environmental sustainability is a global concern. The development of sustainability policies and production models is a huge challenge for all industries, including print. The printing industry has been accidentally improving its environmental impact for many years, in response to changing customer expectations. Cutting waste

Author: Laurel Brunner Laurel has been in the graphic arts industry for over 30 years. She started out as an accountant for a printing company in London but got bored and went travelling. She got caught up in the Desktop Publishing revolution working in California for the Seybold organisation, where she was instrumental in the development of the Seybold conferences. Over the years she has worked exclusively in

the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing. She is managing director Digital Dots, which provides international consulting and educational services. Laurel works with several ISO working groups and is the convenor of ISO’s Working Group 11. This group develops standards relating to the environmental impact of graphics technology,

including print media. ISO 16759 for quantifying and calculating the carbon footprint of print media, published in July 2013, provides a framework for carbon calculators for the carbon footprint of print media products. Laurel provides private consulting and editorial services to a wide cross section of publishers, manufacturers and industry associations. Her work regularly appears in publications and on websites around the world. Laurel is a regular speaker at industry events in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Laurel is also a Visiting Professor at Shenzen Technical University in China and one of a small cohort of Women of Distinction selected by US publishers Output Links.

Agfa Graphics has awarded her its Sustainability Award for her work in sustainability and the Indonesian printing industry association, ATGMI, has also recognised her for this work.

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Grand opening for KBA (Taiwan) Company Limited Koenig & Bauer (KBA) opened a new sales and service company in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei, in mid-July. Over 100 print experts, including representatives from the Taiwan Printing & Machinery and Material Industry Associations as well as the Printing Technology Research Institute were also invited to celebrate the grand opening of KBA (Taiwan) Company Limited. Additionally, longstanding KBA customer Joy Printing opened its press room doors enabling the visitors to see a medium-format Rapida live. Press demo of a seven-colour Rapida 105 with coater and UV kit

KBA group’s broad product portfolio which ranges from sheetfed offset, digital, web offset and flexo printing to metal decorating and digital coding technology.

Dietmar Heyduck, sales director at KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, welcomed the guests in fluent Mandarin and presented the latest developments within the KBA group. 2015 is an important year for KBA as the positive effects of the restructuring programme Fit@All which is almost complete are increasingly becoming apparent. Last year the KBA group as the world’s second-largest press manufacturer generated a pre-tax profit (EBT) with sales of €1.1bn, this is expected to substantially increase in 2015. KBA’s positive image in the Chinese market was reinforced with the considerable success achieved at Print China in April in Dongguan, China. Dietmar Heyduck: “Our customer base in Asia

has changed and grown significantly. At the same time competition is tougher. The Taiwan market is extremely important for KBA and has grown considerably.” Akio Pong is the managing director of KBA’s new subsidiary. He has 30 years of experience in the printing industry and offers customers extremely qualified advice on how they can differentiate themselves in the market and operate profitably. Akio Pong, Andreas Friedrich, general manager Web Sales & Service in China, and Sam Sun, business development director at KBA-Metronic Shanghai, gave an in-depth overview of the

Longstanding partnership with Joy Printing Dietmar Heyduck thanked Chen Yong Long, managing director of Joy Printing, for the business partnership spanning decades. For over 20 years the company has produced printed packaging for brand-name articles on KBA presses worldwide. Its customers are active in the cosmetics, electronic, biotechnology and entertainment industries. Chen Yong Long explained that the history of his company has been tied strongly with KBA since it was founded. He has purchased over ten KBA Rapidas during this time. The visiting printing experts were shown two printing jobs on a Rapida 105 with seven printing units, coater and UV kit at Joy Printing. Huang Hung-Ju, sales manager at KBA Taiwan, presented the press, explained the technical processes behind job changing and print production, and gave an overview of the outstanding solutions for washing (CleanTronic), plate changing and drying (VariDry drying systems).

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Streamlined and diversified for greater flexibility in the media shift KBA-Digital & Web Solutions was present as an autonomous company at the World Publishing Expo (WPE) newspaper trade show in Hamburg for the first time after the completion of the Group restructuring. It has been spun-off from the Parent Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Little has changed in the management of this web division responsible for the segment digital and offset printing, but there have been many changes to its structure, range of tasks and company philosophy. Managing director Christoph Müller, who remains a member of the Group executive board, drew attention to this during the company’s press conference on the first day. Christoph Müller: “Higher market shares with losses within the shrinking web press business are not a long-term entrepreneurial option. KBA-Digital & Web has therefore been restructured and has adjusted its capacities. The union of offset and digital printing in the web division enhances strategic flexibility. Furthermore, spinningoff production activities reduces fluctuations in capacity. KBA-Digital & Web Solutions serves shrinking and growing markets. This permits

synergy effects and the continuation of R&D for both fields, which offers our customers greater security.” With this in mind he referred to the KBA Group’s exceptionally broad product spectrum and its significantly lower dependence on the shrunken web offset market compared to competitors. The segment which has been under pressure for many years today only contributes almost 15 per cent to Group annual sales of some €1.1bn.

entry into digital decor printing with the 2.25m-wide (7.38ft) RotaJET VL series and its partnership with Hewlett Packard for the development and production of the 2.80m-wide (9.18ft) high-volume HP T1100 Simplex Color inkjet web press for the growing corrugated packaging market. This giant inkjet press is built in Würzburg and is currently being tested. It will be unveiled to an audience of print experts in early December.

Offset expertise helps with high volume digital printing Müller emphasised KBA’s competence in web offset and publication gravure printing built up over decades with the mastery of sensitive substrates in large web widths. KBA-Digital & Web benefits from this also in the field of digital printing with the development of the widest inkjet web presses on the global market. By way of example the managing director named the successful

Digital and offset under one roof KBA-Digital & Web continues to distribute, develop, engineer, carry out project planning, assemble and install offset web presses in the mid- and highperformance classes for commercial printing (16 to 80 pages), newspaper and semi-commercial production (single, double and triple wide) and high-volume digital printing with the RotaJET 76 and RotaJET L (89 to 130cm/35-51in web width) for book, advertising and publication printers (including magazines and newspapers).

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Management/General 43 This is in addition to the RotaJET VL press series (= Very Large with a web width of up to 2.25m/7.38ft) for decor printing and other industrial applications. There are also new business fields and partners. This includes the alliance with HP for a digital press for the corrugated packaging market. Manufacturing and assembly of web presses is carried out in Würzburg by the subsidiaries KBAIndustrial Solutions and KBA-NotaSys which have also been spun-off from the Parent. The first RotaJET VL with a web width of 1.68m (5.51ft) has been in operation at decor printer Interprint in Arnsberg, Germany, for over six months. Renowned book producer Kösel in Altusried-Krugzell, Germany, also recently fired up a RotaJET 76. Technology leader through fundamental innovations The user-friendly compact press design introduced in 2000 with the waterless KBA Cortina and the wet offset Commander CT in 2007, automatic plate changing and dedicated drive technology delivering benefits in terms of makeready times, print quality, operator ergonomics and economy have established themselves in high-performance web presses. KBA transferred these fundamental innovations to the Commander CL with classic H-type printing units in 2011. With 14 press lines sold it has also proven particularly successful in Europe. Individual automation modules, such as automatic plate changing for the Commander CL, can even be retrofitted based on the various production demands of printing houses. Since 2002

60 double- and triple-wide Cortina, Commander CT and Commander CL press lines have been ordered with a total of 256 printing towers – including ten lines with hot-air dryers. All of the press lines are already in operation, apart from the last four Commander CL orders. Positioning the printed newspaper more actively KBA’s 19 Cortina users in particular make headlines time and again with spectacular, often coated print products. Other customers also take advantage of technical facilities offered as retrofits by KBA-Digital & Web for new products and ad formats. Halfcover, Superpanorama, Zip’n’Buy, NaturalPrint on packing paper, SmartFlap, 12 page Double Gate and 12 page Letterfold are just some of many examples. In Hamburg KBA-Service unveiled panorama formats for Tabloid products as a further world first. It comes with the recommendation to use extraordinary folding variations and formats more in order to position the printed newspaper as a sustainable and versatile advertising medium optically even more actively in the media arena. Digital newspaper printing remains the exception Furthermore, at the show KBA again campaigned for newspaper houses

to look more intensively at new business models associated with highvolume inkjet printing and possibly in combination with offset printing. The press manufacturer, who offers a robust and practical solution for digital newspaper printing with the RotaJET L, sees an opportunity to expand print portfolios for increased reader and customer loyalty, to reach new customer circles as well as a stronger networking of print and online media. Notwithstanding recent investments at Mengis Druck in Wallis, Switzerland, and at KP Services (Jersey) – a joint venture company of Kodak and the Guiton Group on the Channel Island of Jersey – the newspaper industry which is used to high circulations continues to predominantly invest in offset printing due to cost reasons. Expansion of service portfolio In the new press market which has stagnated at a lower level the expansion of its service portfolio has gained in importance for the press manufacturer. Christoph Müller: “The machines in the market are getting older, the demand for service is increasing. Many printing companies are reducing their own technical staff. KBA-Digital & Web has expanded its offerings for own and third-party presses (via the subsidiary PHS) and markets its after-sales services more actively than in the past. Service sales with retrofits, repairs, upgrades, relocations, consulting, training are rising continually. Long-term service and maintenance contracts are on the rise. KBA-Digital & Web and PHS also offer carefree packages with on-site personnel if needed.”

KBA continually develops new ad formats for the printed newspaper in close cooperation with creative publishing houses. The necessary technical equipment can often be retrofitted in older presses. As an example the 12 page Double Gate Fold shown here

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Sandhills Publishing chooses Goss again for efficiency and sustainability Eight-unit Sunday 2000 press will boost output and paper savings New Pacesetter 2200 saddlestitcher will maximize productivity gains Ensuring environmental sustainability of operation is central to the decision Sandhills Publishing, headquartered in Lincoln (NE), USA, has decided to re-invest with Goss International to double production output and extend efficiencies at its new highperformance print and bindery facility. A Goss Sunday 2000 press and Pacesetter 2200 saddlestitcher will enable Sandhills to fulfil a greater proportion of its print requirements more cost-effectively and sustainably through the company's own rigorous in-house processes. The eight-unit, two web, 16-page Goss Sunday 2000 press scheduled for delivery in May 2016 is almost identical to one installed in 2007 and, like its counterpart, will be configured in a stacked layout for operational ease. The press line will include a Goss Contiweb FD splicer and an Ecocool dryer with integrated pollution control. Sporting a new 22Âź-inch (545 mm) cut-off, the new press will further enhance paper savings delivered through the extended printable area of gapless blankets and pinless folders. These efficiency features were a key requirement for Sandhills Publishing as the company has a policy of advanced environmental responsibility. Its commitment to this purpose has resulted in a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold rating for its Data Center, which houses Sandhills' servers and was constructed largely from recycled and reclaimed materials. The level of expertise and familiarity with Goss technology among the Sandhills press crews is evidenced through daily performance statistics.

The facility prints 24/7, five days a week, producing an average of 912,000 magazines per week on the existing Sunday 2000 press. Average makeready waste stands at six percent and the average lifespan of each gapless blanket is more than 60 million impressions.

with a diverse range of products and services from well-established trade publications and websites to hosted technology services. The company publishes around twenty different titles in a variety of localized editions, distributed principally in North and Latin America.

Sandhills has also been impressed with performance from its existing Goss Pacesetter 1600 stitcher, resulting in the decision to install another Pacesetter saddlestitcher. Scheduled for delivery in March 2016, the new Pacesetter 2200 is capable of delivering up to 22,000 stitched books per hour. It also allows on-the-fly hopper adjustments and offers advanced selective binding and inkjet personalization. "There's no point installing the best press technology and not matching the capability at output," states Lee.

Built in 2011, Sandhills' LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-rated Data Center utilizes a closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling system, solar power, and motion sensor technologies that improve water and energy efficiencies.

Founded in 1978, Sandhills Publishing serves the trucking, agriculture, construction, heavy machinery, aviation, and technology industries

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THE QUALITY BENCHMARK JUST GOT FASTER The Xeikon digital presses for labels and packaging excel in productivity and high quality printing. With its top speed of 30 m/min (98 ft/min), the Xeikon Cheetah is the fastest top quality five color digital label press. Furthermore, it offers all the other benefits that make Xeikon label presses unique. With the Xeikon Cheetah, the quality benchmark has just become significantly faster! Top quality, true 1200 x 3600 dpi Dry toner electrophotography 98 ft/min (30 m/min) 5 colors Full rotary printing


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Packaging Technology

Staying ahead of trends in flexible packaging Higher quality, economic shorter runs, improved profitability and great customer satisfaction Packaging continues to be a growth market, and within the packaging market, flexible packaging is arguably the fastest growing segment. According to a Smithers Pira report (Future of Global Flexible Packaging to 2020), the global market for flexible packaging is projected to grow by 18% through 2020.

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operators can precisely match the machine to each job at hand. They will also appreciate Primera’s user-friendly controls, which contribute to the system’s fast makeready capabilities.

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Packaging Technology But this growth brings with it new challenges for flexographic printers. Chief among these is the increased diversity of printed packs – smaller lot sizes, a wider variety of products and packaging formats, and a growing desire to regionalize packs as well as vary them seasonally and to support specific events. According to the Smithers Pira report, flexible packaging is the most economical method for packaging, preserving and distributing food and other consumables. Flexible packaging also carries a lower supply chain cost than glass and metal and can deliver more shelf appeal and product protection. So while flexible packaging is on the rise, glass and metal packaging are on the decline in many regions. The lighter weights of flexible packaging reduce material and shipping costs. They also increase consumer convenience, since pouches can be easily stored, and they give the consumer the ability to get a meal on the go, instantly and at any time. Consumer product companies (CPCs) want consumers to be able to prepare a microwavable meal from a pouch as

quickly and conveniently as they can eat a breakfast bar. The diversity of packaged food products using flexible packaging solutions is endless. Traditionally, flexible packaging using flexographic printing technologies has been manufactured in lot sizes averaging about 15,000 metres. In most plants, job change-over times can be an hour and a half or longer, depending

upon the type of equipment, number of colours that must be changed, press modules required, etc. Clearly, as lot sizes decrease, the economics of conventional flexographic printing are challenged. It is for this reason that there has been an increased interest in digital printing solutions for label and flexible packaging production as well. But technologies are now available on the market that will allow

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Image 1: Printed image using CMYK + spots with a dull appearance flexographic printing to strengthen its competitiveness, particularly for short run small-lot jobs, to ensure that flexography remains the printing process of choice for CPCs well into the future. Fixed colour palette printing to opens new market potential Printing with a fixed set of inks is also gaining popularity among both offset and flexographic printers. This approach typically uses CMYK, or CMYK + Orange, Green and Violet or Blue. The latter, often referred to as Extended Colour Gamut (ECG) printing, can completely eliminate the use of spot colours and delivers better quality than CMYK alone. [images 1 and 2] ECG Printing can also match a wider array of spot colours than CMYK alone. Some experts estimate that ECG can match as much as 90% or more of the 1,726 named Pantone spot colours. In addition to elimination of the need to use multiple spot colours, fixed colour palette printing also reduces press make-ready and change-over times. In fact, in many cases, there is no need for wash-ups between jobs since there is a fixed set of inks being used. Simply change the plates and run-up to colour. This significantly improves throughput and brings down the cross-over point between flexo and digital. For label UV flexo, the crossover point can be as low as a 400 metre job length. Using the fixed colour palette printing process, flexographic and offset printers are also able to

Image 2: Fixed ink set printed image using CMYK + OGV showing vivid colour

significantly reduce ink inventories and waste. In addition, it makes it easier to include jobs from multiple clients in the same run, also known as combo printing, co-printing or ganging. All of this saves significant time and cost and better enables the faster time to market demanded by CPCs. While certain colours will still require a spot colour ink, the number of those inks required is vastly reduced. And, as pointed out above, the press is never down for wash-up and make ready between jobs! In Summary Printing with a fixed set of inks opens up exciting new opportunities for flexographic printers. It enables them to better address the low run length, small lot market claimed by digital printing

while at the same time delivering faster time to market for customers. Flexo can stay competitive against emerging digital printing technologies. Now is the time to adopt printing with a fixed ink set in order to eliminate excessive job make-ready times, and to accommodate last-minute changes to facilitate the printing of combo print jobs on the same printing cylinder. The best choice of plate technologies to meet these requirements is technologies that are tailor-made to ensure high printing press consistency over the production run, fast availability of plates to the printing press for last-minute job changes, and perfect dimensional stability for the best possible plate-toplate registration. by Dieter Niederstadt

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HP Inc. reinvents large-format printing with the industry's most compact and affordable Integrated MFP HP Inc. today unveiled five new HP DesignJet technical printers, including the flagship HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer (MFP) and the HP DesignJet T730 Printer, reinventing how architect, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals print, scan and copy. Engineered to withstand tough environments, these new devices make large-format printing faster and easier from the office to construction sites. "Even as AEC and design professionals become increasingly mobile, they prefer making edits and reviewing plans on the printed page," said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing, HP. "HP's innovative new large-format printers and MFPs simplify collaboration with next-level features and mobile printing

capabilities to meet this blended reality and print whatever and wherever AEC professionals need." Large-format printing reinvented for today's mobile construction professionals Ideal for construction professionals, general contractors, and computer-

aided design (CAD) teams, the HP DesignJet T830 MFP is the industry's most affordable, compact and transportable integrated largeformat MFP.(1,2,3) Half the size of competitive large-format MFPs(2) with the same footprint as the HP DesignJet T730 Printer, the MFP offers a damageresistant design able to withstand challenging job sites, a built-in scanner, and a front panel that can be extended and operated from a tablet. "Architectural drawings are at the heart of what we do as contractors, and getting them to the site quickly is key. However, outsourcing our large-

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Wide Format / Proofing Technology An Econofast print mode, saving ink and time spent printing working documents and drafts. A detachable stand, making moving the printer from office to office easier. Wi-Fi Direct, a built-in Wi-Fi network for easy connectivity,(6) allowing the device to create its own Wi-Fi network for direct mobile printing without other infrastructure. An intuitive front panel with a touchscreen, which works like a smartphone.

format printing was causing delays and costing money,"said Neil Geraghty, surveyor, Duke Construction. "With the HP DesignJet T830 MFP, we are able to quickly and affordably produce high-quality, large-format prints inhouse, while HP mobile printing makes choosing, editing and printing files easy to do from any location." Recommended for tough environments where the MFP must endure dust, frequent transportation or potential hits, such as in mobile offices at construction sites, an optional HP DesignJet Rugged Case offers enhanced damage and dust protection. In addition, reinforced wheels and feet on the device's stand make printing at job sites more convenient. A 36-inch wide, integrated scanner enables users to modify, scan and share plans in the office or on construction sites from a mobile device,(4) and its intuitive touchscreen offers realistic print preview and document cropping. Sharing many of the same features of the HP DesignJet T830 MFP, the HP DesignJet T730 Printer provides: Increased ease-of-use and competitive speeds, delivering high-quality A1/Dsize prints in as few as 25 seconds. An automatic sheet feeder, enabling easy printing of half-size drawings up to 13 inches wide, avoiding paper waste and extra labor for cutting the roll output.(5) Off-axis ink delivery, allowing flexible

ink cartridge sizes from 40 - 300 ml that adjust to the actual usage profile of each customer, avoiding big expenses and expiration issues in low-usage environments.

The HP DesignJet T730 Printer and T830 MFP help eliminate traditional printing pain points, enabling users to economically deliver prints for meetings, mark up real-time changes, and easily share documents with key stakeholders to streamline workflow. HP DesignJet technical portfolio boosts productivity and enterprise security Also advancing HP's large-format technical portfolio, three other new HP DesignJet printers help AEC

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Wide Format / Proofing Technology professionals reach new levels of quality, ease of use, mobility and collaboration: The HP DesignJet T930 Printer, designed for small- and medium-sized AEC teams. The device boosts team productivity and offers enhanced security protocols to help safeguard information, while providing superior print quality with six HP Original inks, including gray and photo black inks. The HP DesignJet T1530 Printer, a dual-roll 36-inch printer featuring six HP Original inks, an integrated 50page output stacking tray and advanced security protocols, maximizing workgroup productivity and enterprise security in high-volume environments. The HP DesignJet T2530 MFP, an easyto-operate MFP featuring one intuitive control panel for print, scan and copy functions and two rolls. It provides advanced design and engineering workgroups A1/D-size prints in as few as 21 seconds and 2.5 inch-per-second color scanning capabilities to maximize productivity. The device also offers secure printing and is easy to manage

from upgrades to network integration. (7) New mobile printing capabilities enhance collaboration The new HP All-in-One (AiO) Printer Remote is a free mobile application that enables easy, convenient printing and scanning to HP web-enabled printers and MFPs whenever or wherever(8) from both Apple® and Android™ devices.(9) Built-in mobile printing features, including printer discovery through wireless Internet, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC as well as e-mail printing to HP ePrint-enabled printers,(8) make printing in the field as easy as printing in the office. The HP AiO Printer Remote application makes mobile scanning and sharing easier, offering a direct connection to online repositories, such as Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. Availability(10) The HP DesignJet T830 MFP, HP DesignJet T730 Printer, HP DesignJet T930 Printer, HP DesignJet T1530 Printer series, and the HP DesignJet T2530 MFP series are anticipated to be available worldwide beginning on November 30, 2015. Additional information about the advanced HP DesignJet technical portfolio is available in an online press kit at DesignJetFall2015 and at www. Product videos and updates are available on Twitter and on YouTube.

(1) Based on 36-inch Wi-Fi integrated MFPs available in the market as of September, 2015. (2) The HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer is the most compact 36-inch device performing large-format print/scan/ copy functions and is at least half the size (without the legs) based on H x W x L specifications published as of September, 2015. (3) Available for the first time in the industry, the HP DesignJet Rugged Case is compatible with the HP DesignJet T830 MFP and features bigger, reinforced wheels and feet on its stand, making transport for printing at job sites more convenient.

(4) The HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app is available for Apple® iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS v7.0 or later and for Android™ mobile devices running Android™ v4.4 or later. The HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app is available for free from the Apple® App Store for Apple® mobile devices and from the Google Play Store for Android™ mobile devices. (5) Printing on sheets eliminates the extra work and cutting waste of printing on performance equivalent roll-based printers in the market as of September, 2015. For example, printing at half scale (13.5 inches) on a typical (36-inch) roll results in over 50% paper waste and additional labor to cut. (6) Local printing requires mobile device and printer to be on the same network or have a direct wireless connection. Wireless performance is dependent on physical environment and distance from access point. Wireless operations are compatible with 2.4 GHz operations only. Remote printing requires an Internet connection to an HP web-connected printer. Wireless broadband use requires separately purchased service contract for mobile devices. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. See for more details. (7) One integrated print/scan/copy multifunction device compared to separate print, scan, copy devices. (8) Local printing requires mobile device and printer to be on the same network or have a direct wireless connection. Wireless performance is dependent on physical environment and distance from access point. Wireless operations are compatible with 2.4 GHz operations only. Remote printing requires an Internet connection to an HP web-connected printer. Wireless broadband use requires separately purchased service contract for mobile devices. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. See for more details. (9) The HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app is available for Apple® iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOSv7.0 or later and for Android™ mobile devices running Android™ v4.4 or later. The HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app is available for free from the Apple® App Store for Apple® mobile devices and from the Google Play Store for Android™ mobile devices. (10) Availability will be country dependent and subject to change.


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NEWS his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Mohit said, "I'm delighted to join Goss at such a pivotal time and look forward to working with American Industrial Partners, our management team, and employees to build a customer responsive, financially strong company with great products and services." People‘s Daily orders ROTOMAN HiPrint from manroland web systems

Goss International Corporation appoints Mohit Uberoi as new CEO Goss International announced the appointment of Mohit Uberoi as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mohit joins Goss having previously served as President/Chief Executive Officer at B&W MEGTEC. Mohit joined MEGTEC in 1997 and led the business from 2003 to 2015. He has significant experience overseeing the transformation of global industrial mid market companies with multiple product lines and global locations, with both private equity and public shareholders. "It is our pleasure to announce that Mohit Uberoi has joined Goss as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately," said Sparsh Bhargava of AIP. "Under Mohit's leadership we are excited about this next stage in the company's history. As a long-standing industry professional, Mohit is ideally suited to join Goss as its leader. He has a strong appreciation for the strengths of the company, its employees, customers and products. With his printing industry background, Mohit has a deep understanding of the many challenges facing the broader industry. He is a transformational leader, with a proven track record of making businesses successful." Prior to MEGTEC, Mohit worked in research and new business development for W.R. Grace & Co., a diversified industrial conglomerate. Mohit earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, before moving to the United States to pursue

Chinas most influential newspaper now invests again in a commercial press from manroland web systems to further strengthen their market position by investing more in new business fields. The ROTOMAN HiPrint shines with its excellent price-performance ratio. The 16-page printing system was developed for all-round printers in dynamic markets as a cost-effective solution to print magazines and supplements. And this is exactly what one of Chinas biggest newspaper printers was aiming for. With the new ROTOMAN press, the company now can extend its already existing insert- and magazine production in-house. People’s Daily is the most important newspaper in China. The company produces more than 70 different editions with approximately five million broadsheet copies each day, which means 1.825 billion copies a year. A major part of these copies is usually provided with commercial inserts. Besides, the People’s Daily printing centre is also running a growing number of weekly lifestyle-, sports-, TV-, broadcast and advertising magazines. The present production is based on a manroland web systems POLYMAN commercial press that has been already delivered 15 years ago and which cannot solve the growing demands for such a product portfolio anymore. This shall now be extremely pushed forward with

a stronger in-house base. The Director of People’s Daily, Mr. Wang Jinghu, says in his statement during the signing ceremony: “People’s Daily therefore demands a constant high quality with, at the same time, a maximum of flexibility and efficiency. The commercial web offset press ROTOMAN HiPrint from manroland web systems is the ideal press for these demands. Therefore Peoples Daily decided to invest in the new technology for the new printing centre in Beijing. This is also a further step in developing our strategic cooperation with manroland web systems. The contract for the ROTOMAN is already the 7th contract with our reliable partner from Germany.” The 16-Page Wonder The ROTOMAN HiPrint combines high performance with robust design. Its proven printing couples are equipped with automation options, such as automatic plate change PPL or blanket washing for fast changeovers and less maintenance. The manroland web systems Inline Control Systems for ink density, color register and cut-off register ensure a consistent premium quality for commercial products. The PFC pin folder with a multiple motor drive and a quarter fold provides absolute folding precision and a service-friendly design. The ROTOMAN HiPrint will be delivered with the new manroland web systems ControlCenter and its PPM station, which will be connected with the already existing commercial press. The ROTOMAN HiPrint for People’s Daily has a cylinder circumference of 546 mm and a maximum web width of 965 mm with a production speed of 60,000 Cyl.rev./h. The new commercial press will help to continue the impressive success story of manroland web systems installations for People’s Daily in China. Besides the new ROTOMAN Hi Print and the POLYMAN for commercial production, the company runs a GEOMAN and eight UNISET

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NEWS newspaper presslines from manroland web systems to print their daily. The new ROTOMAN HiPrint will be installed in the second half of 2016. Giant Chinese Printer Trusts in Proven Technology From the German Market Leader for Commercial Web-Offset Presses What is appreciated most by the customer, one of Chinas biggest printing companies, is the proven manroland web systems technology of the ROTOMAN series. manroland web systems as the market leader in commercial press manufacturing has the perfect knowhow and technology to serve the demands of the giant Chinese printer. The ROTOMAN is manufactured in Germany according to the most stringent quality standards. Purchase the remaining shares og Gordon Ltd Bobst Group, owner of 65% of Gordon Ltd since 2011 will exercise its option to purchase the remaining shares and Gary Tseng, former owner, remains Managing Director Bobst Group announces that it will exercise before the end of the year its option to purchase from Gary Tseng the remaining 35% of the Gordon Ltd shares, the Hong Kong based holding company of Shanghai Eternal Machinery Co. Ltd. Gary Tseng will remain Managing Director in charge of the operations as before. Both parties have agreed not to disclose any information concerning the conditions of the transaction. Philippe Milliet, Head of BOBST Business Unit Sheet-fed and Member of the Group Executive Committee,

said: "We are very happy with the development of Gordon during the past 5 years. Gordon has developed new products and reinforced his market position under the strong leadership and vision of Gary Tseng. We are looking forward continuing to take advantage, under an adapted governance due to change in shareholding, of the huge experience of Gary." On selling the balance of his stake, Gary Tseng, commented: "I am very happy with my decision of joining Bobst”, during the cooperation with BOBST along the last 5 years, Gordon has made significant improvements in product range and market presence. There are still great development possibilities ahead of us and I will be more than happy to contribute as Managing Director as before and for the coming years. At the same time, this cleared situation will give me more time and energy to concentrate on the further development of the Eterna and Brausse products and markets." The BOBST and Eterna product ranges have a high degree of complementarity, and the two companies will each continue to develop technologically advanced products and services that answer the business needs of their respective customers. The brand identities, management teams, sales and service organizations of both companies will remain separate, thus ensuring continuity in the relationships between customer, BOBST and Eterna. World's first 3D pritned UAV Leading provider of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles leverages the power of 3D printing to reduce design and build time by 50 percent 3m wingspan UAV is 80% 3D printed, with

lightweight Stratasys materials key to breaking speeds of 150mph Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced that it has teamed with Aurora Flight Sciences to deliver, what is believed to be, the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ever produced. Unveiled for the first time at this week’s Dubai Airshow (Stand 206), the high-speed aircraft is built using lightweight Stratasys materials to achieve speeds in excess of 150mph. To realize the joint goal to design and develop an advanced 3D printed demonstration aircraft, the final UAV – which has a 3m (9ft.) wingspan and weighs only 15kg (33lb.) – leveraged 3D printing for 80 percent of its design and manufacture and is built on the expertise of Aurora Flight Sciences’ aerospace and Stratasys’ additive manufacturing. According to Dan Campbell, Aerospace Research Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, the project achieved various targets. “A primary goal for us was to show the aerospace industry just how quickly you can go from designing to building to flying a 3D printed jet-powered aircraft. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed UAV ever produced.” “This is a perfect demonstration of the unique capabilities that additive manufacturing can bring to aerospace,” says Scott Sevcik, Aerospace & Defense Senior. Business Development Manager, Vertical Solutions at Stratasys. “This meant using different 3D printing materials and technologies together on one aircraft to maximize the benefits of additive manufacturing and 3D print both lightweight and capable structural components.” For Aurora, Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions provided the design-optimization to produce a stiff, lightweight structure without the common restrictions of traditional manufacturing methods. This also enabled the costeffective development of a customized – or mission-specific vehicle – without the cost constraints of low-volume production. Design and build time cut by 50 percent with Stratasys 3D printing solutions


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NEWS As the paint on the original west doors to the Hoo-do was fading, Monsho Kamii, chief priest of the temple, had a special team investigate them and collect remaining small amounts of paint in order to simulate the colors and the image, using the latest digital techniques. This painstaking effort cost the team about ten years. The chief priest then contacted Agfa Graphics Japan with the simulated image file and the request to reconstruct the doors.

“Stratasys 3D printing technology easily supports rapid design iterations that led to a dramatically shortened timeline from the initial concept to the first successful flight,” adds Campbell. “Overall, the technology saw us cut the design and build time of the aircraft by 50 percent.” According to Sevcik, the project exemplifies the power of Stratasys’ flagship Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology.

“Whether by air, water or on land, lightweight vehicles use less fuel. This enables companies to lower operational costs, as well as reduce environmental impact. In addition, using only the exact material needed for production is expected to reduce acquisition cost by eliminating waste and reducing scrap and recycling costs,” he concludes.

“Aurora’s UAV is a clear evidence of FDM’s ability to build a completely enclosed, hollow structure which, unlike other manufacturing methods, allows large – yet less dense – objects to be produced,” he explains. “In addition to leveraging FDM materials for all large and structural elements, we utilized the diverse production capability of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to produce components better suited to other technologies. We elected to laser sinter the nylon fuel tank, and our thrust vectoring exhaust nozzle was 3D printed in metal to withstand the extreme heat at the engine nozzle,” Sevcik adds. “Because Stratasys is able to produce parts that meet the flame, smoke, and toxicity requirements set by the FAA, ULTEM™ has become the 3D printing material of choice for many of our aerospace customers for final production applications,” he continues. For Sevcik, this particular collaborative project with Aurora achieves one of the foremost overall goals among aerospace manufacturers, as well as those in other industries, which is the need to constantly reduce weight.

Agfa Graphics prints World Heritage Japanese temple doors on Anapurna wide-format printer When the printing experts at Agfa Graphics Japan got the request to recreate the doors of an ancient Buddhist temple, they embarked on a fascinating journey which required extensive printing, substrate and color management expertise. The Byodo-in is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto, Japan, which is registered as Japanese National Treasure and World Heritage Site. It appears on the backside of the Japanese 10 yen coin. Its most famous part, and the only remaining original building, is the Phoenix Hall (Hoo--do), constructed in 1053.

The choice for Agfa Graphics was no coincidence. As a 150 year old graphics company which has grown its business steadily, the temple team was confident that we would have the printing and color management expertise and knowhow that was required. Ecology, health and safety were additional determining factors in the choice for Agfa Graphics. The chief priest felt comfortable by the fact that we develop and manufacture our UV-inkjet inks inhouse.

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NEWS Agfa Graphics experts tried to match the expected colors as accurately as possible using in-house color management technology and printing techniques. An Anapurna 2050i wide-format inkjet printer was used to print on the 400year cold Japanese cypress wood that the two new doors are made of. It wasn’t a straightforward job though. As the 1.2m by 2.5m doors weren’t flat, a special technique was developed to print on the curved surface of the frames with the help of a special tool that was created with a 3D printer. In addition, a particular kind of white ink was used to imitate the original white parts of the door. When the doors were ready, the Agfa Graphics team received high praise from the temple’s chief priest for the result they had achieved. Until the 6th of December, the reconstructed doors will be exhibited at the museum of the Byodoin Temple, with explanations about the underlying efforts and processes of the restoration, including the investigation of the material, its structure, and the reproduction techniques. After that date, the doors will be mounted in their new hinges in the temple, where they will stay for an indeterminate period of time. Xeikon 3020 digital label press at Labelexpo Asia Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, will launch the Xeikon 3020 digital label press at Labelexpo Asia. The Xeikon 3020 is specifically designed to address the Chinese 10-inch market for self-adhesive labels. Labelexpo Asia will take place from December 1 to 4, 2015, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Xeikon will be located in Hall E2, Booth G6 at the show and is the largest exhibitor at the show with digital printing offerings with 170 square meters of exhibit space. “Xeikon is totally committed to the Chinese market,” states Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC): “We believe that the Chinese market for label printers is ready to adopt the top printing quality delivered by the Xeikon 3000 Series. We are looking forward to our discussions with visitors to our booth, learning more about their

businesses and how Xeikon solutions can help them drive growth, adding new applications and revenue streams enabled by the digital label printing model.” Over the past six months, Xeikon has demonstrated its commitment to the Chinese label market by increasing resources in both direct sales and an expanded sales network with United Printing in the West and North, Che Fung in the South, Sevenace in Taiwan (cfr. Shin Yu. Read more about the press release of Shin Yu) and a direct presence in Hong Kong. The Xeikon 3020, the latest addition to Xeikon’s fast-growing portfolio, is an extension of the well-established 3000 series of Xeikon label presses. It delivers unmatched quality and productivity, and businesses can field upgrade their presses to faster speeds and larger sizes as their businesses grow and their needs change. At Labelexpo Asia, the Xeikon 3020 will be running high quality health and beauty labels as well as food labels using CMYK + white toners. “We believe this press will be very well-received at the show,” Serritslev adds. “And to make it

even more attractive, we will be offering a special promotional price for presses purchased during the show.” Xeikon will also be showcasing ThermoFlexX digital plate imagers for flexographic production of tags, labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated packaging. “We are proud to be bringing this full range of solutions to the show,” he continues. “We’ll have something for everyone and we encourage all show attendees to stop by our booth.” Also during the show, Jackie Chen, Sales GM for Greater China, will present a paper on digital print production. He states, “The launch of the Xeikon 3020 signifies our understanding of the unique requirement in the Chinese market. It offers most letterpress and label operations an affordable digital entry point.” Serritslev concludes, “The Labelexpo platform is a great way for us to meet existing and new customers and demonstrate to them our dedicated focus on the label converting industry in the region and around the globe.”

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