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Workflow Efficiency: Smart Optimization.14 ImagePRESS 10000VP for Ambica...............22 3rd global conference of Prokom................25 Boosting additive know-how........................26
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Contents FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK..............................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Heidelberg expands cloud-based applications ....................................................................................................................................................................8 PAPEREX 2019 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 10 drupa 2020: It’s time to embrace the future!........................................................................................................................................................................ 12 Intergraf’s Economic Report on the European Graphic Industry ................................................................................................................................. 12 Increase your workflow efficiency through smart optimization................................................................................................................................... 14 Komori adds New Lithrone GX40P Perfector to its lineup of 40-inch Sheetfed Presses...................................................................................... 15 Newspapers upgrade prepress workflow solutions to ProImage NewsWayX......................................................................................................... 16 World’s Press calls on the UK government to address press freedom concerns..................................................................................................... 17 Fernando de Yarza elected President of WAN-IFRA........................................................................................................................................................... 18 Rodi Rotatiedruk to celebrate its 30th anniversary............................................................................................................................................................ 18 Advance Local integrates 180 publications using ppi Media workflow..................................................................................................................... 19 Publishing House Nürnberger Presse commits to AdSelf by ppi Media.................................................................................................................... 19 HP Indigo 8000 installations reinventing sustainable customer engagement....................................................................................................... 20 Canon strengthens its South Indian footprint .................................................................................................................................................................... 22 Online Photo industry sees major reshuffle: Apollo acquires Shutterfly and Snapfish platforms.................................................................... 23 Europe’s 1st Landa S10 sets off commercial production at Edelmann....................................................................................................................... 24 Konica Minolta participates in four successful exhibitions across three South Indian states ........................................................................... 24 3rd global conference of Prokom............................................................................................................................................................................................. 25 Boosting additive know-how for drupa 2020...................................................................................................................................................................... 26 Roberto Speri joins Omet as Product Manager .................................................................................................................................................................. 27 The first Heidelberg Primefire in Japan.................................................................................................................................................................................. 28 BOBST and Mouvent at Labelexpo 2019 .............................................................................................................................................................................. 29 KHS in India: One of the Group’s most sustainable production sites ......................................................................................................................... 30 Asahi Photoproducts to unveil CleanPrint at Labelexpo Europe 2019....................................................................................................................... 32 Boston to be the place2be for the sustained future of packaging............................................................................................................................... 33 INX completes R&D Center expansion................................................................................................................................................................................... 33 JETSCI Colornovo installed at Barcom Industries .............................................................................................................................................................. 34 LMAI Brand Owners Event.......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 34 Source the best of packaging at PackPlus 2019 ................................................................................................................................................................. 35 SPPRING project workshop ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 36 Green Trend: From personal care to home care.................................................................................................................................................................. 37 It’s a Match! ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 38 Miraclon discusses the future of Flexo: Industry meets to discuss ‘What’s Next?’.................................................................................................. 39 Customer service 4.0..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 40 In conversation with Prateek Kaushik..................................................................................................................................................................................... 41 NSIC extends its support to PackPlus..................................................................................................................................................................................... 42 OMET to present a new printing line at Labelexpo Europe 2019................................................................................................................................. 42 Print Matters for the Future 2019: Print Enters a New Era............................................................................................................................................... 43 Kongsberg enables Nancy offer new branding solutions for signage........................................................................................................................ 44 Mikami Tiger-1800B-MkII’s 1st global showing at ITMA 2019........................................................................................................................................ 45 Durst at ITMA 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FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK Dear Readers, PackPlus 2019 has reported a 90% sold out event with still a couple of months to go. “Now after coming under umbrella of Reed Exhibitions, our exhibitors and visitors will experience the rise in overall class and quality of the exhibition,” said Prateek Kaushik, Portfolio Director, Next Events (A member of Reed Exhibitions & a part of RELX Group). Find an interview with Prateek to know more about PackPlus being acquired by Reed Exhibitions. Also, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a GoI Enterprise working to promote, aid and foster the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in the country has extended its support to the event. A record 76 international delegates from 26 countries joined the latest instalment of Intergraf’s annual Print Matters for the Future conference in London. Every year in late spring, Intergraf organises the ‘Print Matters for the Future’ conference, exploring and presenting the most pertinent topics to the European graphic industry. Charles Jarrold, CEO of the host, BPIF explained how “It’s absolute nonsense that print is failing”. Another important event is by Miraclon, the independent home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, assembling key innovators to focus on transforming Flexo together. Customers, industry influencers, channel partners and Miraclon team members from around the world are meeting at a series of Flexo Forums in the Americas, Europe and Asia to ask, “What’s Next?’ and focus on the Future of Flexo. The successful trajectory of the imagePRESS C10000VP installations in the country has added another chapter with Canon India installing another of its top performing machine in Chennai. With this installation at Ambica Print Shop, Canon aims at addressing the increasing demand for digital print solutions. The machine was recently inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Puneet Datta, Senior Director of
Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India. The imagePRESS C10000VP series has yielded over 100+ installations since the launch, attracting the attention of the industry across the country. 60 leading converters and printers from around the world attended an open house at Edelmann’s Heidenheim facility, to see Europe’s first Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press producing commercial jobs at 6,500 B1/41 in. sheets per hour. HP Inc. has announced significant adoption of HP Indigo’s highvolume HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press worldwide, with converters choosing the solution to supply growing global market demand for flexible production of labels and shrink sleeves. Kyoshin Paper and Package decided to choose Heidelberg Primefire 106 as their next digital press to expand their web-to-pack business on top of the traditional packaging business by signing a contract of the first Primefire 106 in Japan in April 2019. The digital printing system will be installed in Kyoshin Paper and Package´s brand-new Kanto plant. Monotech Systems has installed made in India JETSCI Colornovo to Barcom Industries of Mumbai. The latest installation will help Barcom migrate all short-run jobs on Colornovo and free up flexo machine for more long run jobs. Mumbai based signage solutions provider Nancy Graphics adds branding solutions and value for its customers enabled by their latest Esko Kongsberg X24 cutting table driven by Esko’s ArtiosCAD software. Find all this along with our regular industry updates matching your need and interest in this June’19 issue of PRESSIdeas.
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Heidelberg expands cloud-based applications Together with Crispy Mountain, HEI.OS to be developed into a cloud platform for the printing industry. As part of its digital transformation, Heidelberg is systematically expanding its digital business models. With the recently acquired software start-up Crispy Mountain (of Mainz, Germany, which offers Keyline, a cloud-based management platform for print businesses), it aims to expand the “HEI.OS” platform as a new industry platform for the printing industry. Among other things, printing companies will be able to obtain a large number of applications from an App Store. By connecting the existing Heidelberg software solutions around Prinect, the Heidelberg ID and the Heidelberg Assistant, it also aims to expand the customer base. The platform is to be open to all manufacturers in the printing industry. This is intended to give print shops easier access to comprehensive services at the lowest possible administrative burden. Third-party suppliers will be able to create tailor-made offers for printing companies via the platform.
The platform is to be open to all manufacturers in the printing industry. This is intended to give print shops easier access to comprehensive services at the lowest possible administrative burden.
Key Notes : > Heidelberg is systematically expanding its digital business models. > Connecting the existing Heidelberg software solutions around Prinect, the Heidelberg ID and the Heidelberg Assistant. > Obtain a large number of applications from an App Store.
“For Heidelberg, the acquisition of Crispy Mountain is a further step in the rapid expansion of cloud based digital applications that are billed on a usage basis,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board of Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “With Crispy Mountain’s qualified team and innovative solutions, we are accelerating our developments around our new industry platform HEI.OS.”
Keyline has already been launched on the market as a future-oriented management information system (MIS) for the printing industry, designed exclusively for operation in the cloud and for further development towards ecosystems. Using web-based and mobile technologies, the application depicts all stages of the value chain of digital and offset print businesses. This enables printing companies to calculate and produce significantly faster and more reliably, while reducing costs and minimizing errors. The application is now to be expanded with all necessary functions for the three market segments Commercial, Label and Packaging. Heidelberg is already gradually converting the sale of individual software licenses to a usage-oriented subscription offering. The company is thus realigning its traditional software business to cloud technology and its usage-oriented value creation. Jürgen Grimm, Head of Global Software Business at Heidelberg: “This is the first time that Heidelberg has offered its customers all Prinect modules on a subscription basis as Software-as-a-Service since their market launch a year ago and with great success. Crispy Mountain strengthens our team with key competencies in cloud technology and development processes, enabling us not only to deliver an innovative cloud-based and proven MIS application, but also to secure our ambitious business plan on the road to the digital industry platform.”
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PAPEREX 2019 – Setting the pace for manufacturers, traders & buyers of paper & all allied industry. The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest industries in the world. It is projected to remain stable, with profits predicted to expand throughout 2019. World production of paper and paperboard is forecasted to reach 490 million tons by year 2020. Cardboard and packaging paper products will have continued global demand. Packaging Market is also growing all over the world, along with tissue papers, and pulp for hygiene products. The current greatest strength of the industry is the increasing demand for packaging products. As more people around the globe turn to online shopping or ecommerce, the demand for cardboard and other packing materials continues to remain strong. Other factors driving the success of the pulp and paper industry are the demand for hygiene products—like paper towels, toilet paper and disposable makeup wipes—and increased economic participation of the global middle class. The centre of the paper industry is also shifting towards more eco-friendly goods and technology. Overall, the pulp and paper industry is projected to remain healthy. India’s paper and paper board industry thus has unlimited scope. Judging by the investments paper manufacturers have made in modernization and expansion so far, India’s pulp and paper industry is well on its way to a glorious future.
PAPEREX is the series of International exhibitions on the Pulp and Paper Industry and is held biennially in New Delhi, India. It is the only comprehensive forum serving the paper industry has established itself as “Business Festival of the Paper Industry” for joint ventures, investments and technology transfer promoting overall growth of Paper industry.
• Paperex 2019 (held 3-6 December, New Delhi) has already received an overwhelming response from the world and over 90% exhibition space has already been booked in just few months of announcement. The event is ready to repeat the success story with expected presence of 700 + exhibitors from 35 countries. Paperex enjoys an industry support from major trade associations of paper and allied industries and World Paper Forum. Apart from trade visitor from 75 + countries it will feature international group participation from China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, etc. I-50 is a special Invitation program to all leading paper manufacturers & traders of 50 countries. There will be concurrent conference and international business networking program and also a high level Technical Concurrent Conference by “Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association”. Visitors will also experience the handmade paper pavilion and various new launches by exhibitors. The leading exhibitors will offer the Latest Technology, Machinery and Raw Material for Paper & Board Manufacturing: • Papers & Paper Products: - Writing & Printing Paper, Specialty Paper Newsprint, Kraft Paper, Graphic paper, etc • Machinery: - Complete Paper Mill Plant or Machinery, Tissue Converting
Latest Equipment & Accessories: Rolls, Bearings, Blade & Knife, Pumps Valves & System, etc. Raw Materials: - Pulp, Waste Paper, Specialty Chemicals, Mineral & pigments, etc. New Technologies: - Automation & Instrumentations, Quality & Process Control, Surface Coating, etc. Networking with industry: - Through major paper Industry associations.
An enhanced business platform Paperex is well attended by large gathering of paper traders, printers, publishers, converter & paper packaging companies to explore the vast variety of papers at the show. The three collocated events will cater the entire gamut of paper & all allied industries at one business platform: • WORLD OF PAPER a concurrent show for Paper, Printing, Packaging & Publishing industries • CORRUGEX, a concurrent show on Corrugated Box Machinery, Technology & allied Industries • TISSUEEX, a concurrent show highlighting the participation of Tissue, Products, Machinery & Technology.
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drupa 2020: It’s time to embrace the future! The countdown for drupe 2020 is on. In about 12 month’s time from today, drupa 2020 will kick off at Dusseldorf. The no. 1 for printing technologies will once again prove its position as the world’s leading trade fair for the industry, as the current booking status already exceeds figures for the same period in 2016. With 1,800 exhibitors from more than 50 nations, drupa underscores that it is the most relevant and important platform for the global print industry in 2020. The top exhibitor nations are Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Great Britain and the Netherlands. At the 2020 edition, the organisers are expecting 33% of new exhibitors along the entire value chain and various cross-cutting technologies. The motto for the 11-day event reads: embrace the future; a prime event focusing on education, engagement and entertainment in a fascinating and inspiring atmosphere. International key players confirm that they explicitly adapt their technological innovations to the drupa cycle. In a time of continuous change and transformation, drupa 2020 is the industry’s must-attend event: the trade fair provides guidance, provides decisive impetus for sustainable and future-oriented business models and, offers a second-to-none setting for networking and making excellent new
business contacts. drupa 2020 will be accompanied by a high-calibre line-up of renowned, international speakers: special forums include drupa cube, drupa dna, touchpoint packaging and touchpoint 3D fab+print will provide high-quality knowledge transfer and inspiration. Düsseldorf will again become drupacity – together with restaurateurs, hotels and retailers an impressive hospitality concept will be implemented, guaranteed to strike a
Intergraf’s Economic Report on the European Graphic Industry Intergraf recently published 2019 Economic Report on the state and evolution of the European graphic industry today. Intergraf’s Economic Report ‘The Evolution of the European Graphic Industry’ provides extensive economic information about the European graphic industry. It shows historical developments of turnover, as well as the number of companies and employees, and also comparisons between countries. It also provides data on the production of printed products in the European Union and trade with key international trade partners. Furthermore, it gives highlights about the economic
development of sectors which are relevant to the graphic industry, including paper, ink, press, energy and postal markets. In addition, the report features forecasts up to 2023 from Intergraf’s partner research institute Smithers Pira, as well as country reports from Intergraf’s member federations. Interested industry people can access more information and view sample pages of the 2019 edition at Intergraf’s website. The report can be ordered online as well.
perfect balance between high-octane trade show days and downtown entertainment. Commenting on this Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa & Global Head Print Technologies, said: “Messe Düsseldorf looks forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors, to the drupa Spirit, to innovative power and dynamics for the market, to the unique charisma that only drupa – no. 1 for printing technologies – offers. We look forward to a unique, successful and unforgettable experience.” In addition to investing in the positioning of drupe, the organisers have also invested in an updated infrastructure and new services for customers: A new trade fair app, a new matchmaking tool, a new online order system for exhibitors compared to drupa 2016 will provide everyone the opportunity to optimise presence at drupa. For the first time a wayfinding tool to improve navigation on the exhibition grounds will be available. This way both exhibitors and visitors can definitely plan their days at the trade fair more efficiently and comfortably. Stay connected: at www.drupa.de daily updated information on exhibitors and their products, on side events and latest news will be posted. The Ticketshop for drupa 2020 will go online in September.
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Increase your workflow efficiency through smart optimization By Patrick Kerr, WW Product Manager, Kodak Software Division, Eastman Kodak Company. As the industry continues to undergo a major transformation, no printer can afford to ignore opportunities to optimize processes and improve efficiency. Ever shorter runs are the norm today, bigger orders are divided into several smaller jobs with differentiated content and time schedules, while web-to-print portals mostly generate a large number of small jobs and personalized products are on the increase. That all adds up to higher-thanever requirements and an even heavier workload for your prepress. More files have to be processed and more plates and / or digital print jobs delivered to the pressroom in less time, to prevent the presses from standing still. The workflow and its potential for optimization are taking center stage. This is where the key lies to improving the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of your printing operations. Mass optimization represents an attractive option here that can help you raise the efficiency of your workflow sustainably and hence save time and money.
Mass optimization drives efficiency Mass optimization is a strategy for leveraging the known information of all work-in-progress jobs, so that the jobs can be produced in the most efficient manner using the least amount of resources. Various approaches and possibilities exist for implementing mass optimization. Apart from job batching, where groups of jobs are automatically created based on certain criteria, file and sheet optimization also offer tangible benefits here. Automation and the use of intelligent software guarantee the necessary process speed and precision, so that operator intervention is reduced to a minimum. The first step on the journey is file optimization, which ensures that all files and content supplied by the customer can be reproduced without any problems or errors in all printing processes relevant for the job.
PDF preflight is a typical file optimization software, and printers using a KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System are in the envious position of having the most robust automatic preflight technology as an integral element of their workflow. Preflight software automatically checks the files against selected preflight profiles, which can be either based on industry standards or user defined, and reports any nonconformances or errors. Preflight+, which includes the preflight power of callas pdfToolbox, is integrated in KODAK PRINERGY Workflow. Not only does it identify errors and problems; it also corrects the files automatically where possible. And that’s not all – in conjunction with PRINERGY Workflow’s Rules Based Automation feature it can automatically send notifications to the person whose job it is to optimize the files in the event of a serious problem. In addition to this, for instance, Rules Based Automation can also cause the problematic files to be moved to a specific directory. Incidentally, Kodak-style file optimization covers not just production but also customers. Printers who offer customers the option of collaboration via the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal, which docks onto PRINERGY Workflow, can use INSITE to automatically provide them with preflight reports generated by PRINERGY’s Preflight+. Any essential improvements that have to be carried out at the customer’s end can thus be completed quickly and in a targeted way at the lowest possible cost.
The fast and reliable way to optimized press sheets Sheet optimization is all about combining several jobs on one sheet, or splitting jobs between several sheets, in such a way that even the tightest deadlines are met while production costs and material usage are minimized. When it comes to utilizing the resources available to your business as efficiently as possible, sheet optimization is paramount. Optimizing processes and costs by ganging jobs that share common production attributes (such as the delivery date, press, substrate, inks, coating, type
of finishing etc.) is a highly complex affair, especially when the jobs concerned have to be produced within a specific time period. Traditional, manual planning methods are not only very time-consuming; they are also error-prone and inflexible. Fortunately, smart, high performance solutions exist for this purpose today, which even a few years ago would have been considered impossible. KODAK PRINERGY Workflow users can choose Dynamic Print Planning – one of the innovative PRINERGY Cloud Services – as a convenient solution for automated production planning and creation of pressready, cost-efficient layouts. Dynamic Print Planning leverages the computing power of PRINERGY Cloud and artificial intelligence to generate the press layouts along with a manufacturing plan that makes optimum use of the available press capacity in minimal time. In case of last-minute changes to the printing conditions, Dynamic Print Planning can supply an updated plan in next to no time. This advanced, high performance sheet optimization solution is closely integrated with PRINERGY Workflow. Job ganging workflows can thus be configured with different levels of automation, including fully automatic processes based on a pool of jobs received either online or via a MIS system or else created in the traditional way.
Don’t wait any longer! The challenges confronting printers daily are incredibly diverse. Yet one thing is clear: if you’re reluctant to shape the transformation now and in the future, you’ll end up among the losers. Mass optimization is a strategy that can help you actively realize those changes in your organization. What’s more, mass optimization is absolutely within reach today. Kodak has suitable, tried-and-tested tools for this purpose in its portfolio as components of a highly automated workflow that is in tune with tomorrow’s world.
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Komori adds New Lithrone GX40P Perfector to its lineup of 40-inch Sheetfed Presses The GX40P takes innovation one step further with Komori’s unique three double-sized cylinder perfecting mechanism that guarantees high productivity and profitability. Komori Corporation has added the new Lithrone GX40 perfector (GX40P) to its portfolio of Lithrone 40-inch sheetfed presses. Komori’s Lithrone GX40P is considered to be one of the world’s most innovative presses given its ability to handle double-sided, one-pass and straight multicolour printing. The GX40P takes this innovation one step further with Komori’s unique three double-sized cylinder perfecting mechanism that guarantees high productivity and profitability. The impression cylinder, transfer cylinder and perfecting cylinder are each doublesized to avoid stress on the paper. Simplified and highly rigid, use of the new perfecting mechanism ensures high-speed, stable twosided printing at speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour (sph) displaying excellent heavy stock compatibility with both single- and doublesided printing. Additionally, the GX40P delivers environmentally- and workplacefriendly printing that saves energy and space and reduces exhaust heat. Komori’s GX40P offers a variety of options designed to enhance productivity, such as Parallel Makeready to drastically shorten makeready times and Autopilot, for non-stop automation from test printing to production printing. The A-APC (Asynchronous Automatic Plate Changing System), PDCSX (Spectral Print Density Control - SX model) and PQA-S (inline Print Quality Assessment System) can also be added to make additional quality and productivity improvements possible. The Lithrone GX40P is an 8-colour machine which can deliver speeds of up to 18,000 sph.
Newspapers upgrade prepress workflow solutions to ProImage NewsWayX ProImage helps several newspaper publishers streamline their prepress operations and centralize their production. ProImage an AGFA Company is helping several newspaper publishers streamline their prepress operations and centralizing their production by modernizing and upgrading their workflow management systems. Essential in the streamlining processes is ProImage’s new generation of production workflow system NewsWayX. NewsWayX controls and manages production workflow from a variety of frontend systems through to output. Using a web browser and being fully HTML5 compliant, NewsWayX is able to monitor production status from both origination and print sites – regardless of location. It supports ICC profiles, PDF as well as Bitmap workflow, imposition and page pairing. In addition, it easily integrates with editorial and press control systems thus providing a single, costeffective, integrated end-to-end production solution. As a result, many newspaper publishers take advantage of ProImage’s innovation to upgrade their workflows:
The Las Vegas Review Journal, NV One of the largest newspapers in Nevada will be replacing a Print Express workflow solution with NewsWayX to provide further automation and to streamline their production flow to their new Agfa Advantage CTP devices. Operators will have the options to create edition plans or use templates to easily track production. ProImage OnColor ECO will ink optimize their PDF pages to reduce colour ink usage. The PDF pages will also be preflighted using Pitstop Server before being sent to three upgraded Harlequin RIPs that will generate Tiffs. Softproofs of every page are automatically generated for review and NewsWayX will automatically pair pages based on the edition plan and display a softproof of the plate ready Tiffs. Upon plate approval, the paired Tiffs are sent to the CTP devices for output; fan-out values are applied to individual separation to accommodate for web growth.
Buffalo News, NY The Buffalo News recently finished an extensive workflow upgrade project that included installing NewsWayX. ProImage’s Intellitune/OnColor for colour correcting and toning images and OptiInk/ECO for ink optimization has been upgraded as well. These new versions with added features will help improve image quality and save the newspaper additional ink.
Lee Enterprises Lee Enterprises will be upgrading their centralized workflow to NewsWayX to better manage their production to over 25 print sites. Planning files are imported from Layout 8000 to automatically build editions. Two separate workflow hubs share the workflow load, each backing the other up for recovery. Their centralized RIP farms will be upgraded to the latest versions and will be load balanced for efficient throughput. Once pages are paired, they are approved by a centralized prepress team before plate ready Tiffs are sent to the designated print site(s) for output to local CTP devices.
Tribune Publishing, Chicago, IL Tribune Publishing is upgrading their Arkitex workflow to NewsWayX and will be configured in a centralized environment to provide automated workflow for six Tribune production sites. Each site will have its own remote workflow for viewing and approving their own publications. Centralized RIPs will receive PDFs and send plate ready Tiffs to local CTP devices while color locking separations and load balancing across various CTP lines. Ink presets will be sent to various press control systems and ProImage OnColor ECO ink optimization software will reduce ink costs for each print site.
Kingsport Times-News, TN A longtime ProImage client, the Kingsport Times-News in Kingsport Tennessee is upgrading their existing workflow to NewsWayX HTML5 browser based workflow software. The new software will better manage production with an improved user interface and production tracking screens. Kingsport is already using ProImage’s ECO
SaaS ink optimization software which will now be integrated into the workflow. The upgraded Harlequin RIPs and NewsWay software will run on new servers for faster throughput to Agfa CTP devices.
The New York Times, NY The New York Times is upgrading their Arkitex workflow to NewsWayX at their College Point Plant in Flushing NY. The new version will simplify edition planning and manage their additional commercial work as well as local publications. Edition plans will automatically be generated by importing a plan from Courier layout system as well as Goss OmniX press control system to obtain plate location data and page counts needed. NewsWayX will then burn plate information onto the plates as part of the barcode along with all furniture marks for output to five CTP lines which will allow colour locking separations and load balancing all lines. Ink presets as CIP3 values will be sent to Goss press control system and copy of Tiff to calibrated hard proofers. NewsWayX can be fully accessed from any computer platform that supports a browser eliminating complicated hardware installation. Two levels of user security guarantee online safety. NewsWayX Dashboard will give a snapshot of the status of all publications and editions that are being currently produced. ProImage NewsWayX provides an easy-touse interface along with a proven robust system providing time- and cost-savings to publishers and system operators. New ProImage, an Agfa Company, is a leading developer of browser-based automated workflow, ink optimization, press registration, colour image processing and production tracking solutions for the commercial and newspaper printing and publishing industries. Using a standard Internet browser, ProImage’s advanced workflow technologies offer the printing industry flexible and feature-rich end-to-end automated workflow management.
World’s Press calls on the UK government to address press freedom concerns Also passes resolutions calling on global solidarity for media facing extreme challenges in Brazil, Mexico, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Venezuela and Nicaragua. investigation into the murder of six men by suspected loyalist paramilitary gunmen in Northern Ireland in 1994. “The Board is hopeful that the recently opened judicial review will reaffirm legal protections for investigative journalists and their sources,” it said.
The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WANIFRA), meeting in Glasgow, Scotland on 3rd June, 2019 on the occasion of the 71st World News Media Congress, 26th World Editors Forum and 3rd Women in News Summit, has called on the government of the United Kingdom to address a number of critical press freedom challenges that threaten UK media and risk undermining recent international efforts to prioritise media freedom. “We deplore the 18th April killing of journalist Lyra McKee,” said the WAN-IFRA Board in one of six Press Freedom Resolutions to be issued from its annual event. “We urge the Police Service of Northern Ireland to vigorously pursue its investigation until her killer is identified and brought to justice.” The Board encouraged Northern Ireland politicians to work through the current political impasse as a means of prioritising the safety of journalists and to “strongly deter the onset of a climate of impunity for those who attack or murder media professionals.” The Board of WAN-IFRA expressed its deep concern at the 2018 arrest and questioning of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in connection to their work on the acclaimed documentary ‘No Stone Unturned’, an
The WAN-IFRA Board also urged the UK government to make good on its commitment to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Introduced in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry, the Act would force any publisher not signed up to an approved press regulator to pay the claimant’s litigation costs as well as its own, even when the title’s journalism has been vindicated by the court. “We remain seriously concerned that the threat implied by this legislation encourages a climate of selfcensorship and risks silencing investigative journalism,” said the Board. The WAN-IFRA Board gave its support for an exemption for news media publishers from the new legal controls, codes of conduct and regulatory systems proposed by the Online Harms White Paper, which are intended to curb the influence and reach of technology companies. “The UK government must ensure that any extension of the criminal or civil law in respect to online harms, offensive communications, hate speech and harassment does not limit press freedom.” The Board also called for reform of defamation laws in Northern Ireland and Scotland to bring them into line with the 2013 Defamation Act already applicable in England and Wales. Challenges in Brazil, Mexico, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Venezuela and Nicaragua
The Board called on the new leaders and their respective administrations in Brazil and Mexico to take urgent, resolute action to end the cycle of violence that continues to target journalism and make decisive steps in prioritising the safety and security of journalists In Mozambique, the Board condemned a spate of arbitrary arrests and attacks on independent media, notably a systematic campaign by the authorities to muzzle the press by limiting the ability of local and foreign journalists to report on the insurgency in the coastal province of Cabo Delgado. In Rwanda, the Board denounced the government’s stifling of critical voices through a combination of brazen and covert tactics of censorship. In Tanzania, the Board denounced a systematic campaign by the government to attack and intimidate the press as a means of preventing critical and opposition voices, as well as controlling information available to the Tanzanian public. In Venezuela and Nicaragua, the Board called for the authorities to end the cycle of censorship that targets journalism in both countries and commit to guaranteeing the free-flow of information to citizens.
During its meeting in Glasgow, the Board of WAN-IFRA also passed Press Freedom Resolutions calling on global solidarity for media facing extreme challenges in Brazil, Mexico, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Fernando de Yarza elected President of WAN-IFRA. WAN-IFRA also appoints a new President and a new Vice President of the World Editors Forum. During the 71st WAN-IFRA’s annual Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, President of Henneo in Spain, was elected President of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers. WAN-IFRA also appointed a new President and a new Vice President of the World Editors Forum. Fourteen executives from leading news media companies were also elected to new terms on the Board of WAN-IFRA. Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo was elected by WAN-IFRA members at the World News Media Congress, World Editors Forum and Women in News Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. 600 publishers, editors, journalists, and other senior news executives from around the world attended the events. Fernando de Yarza succeeds Michael Golden, President of WAN-IFRA since 2017. Together with Stig Ørskov (CEO, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark) who was elected Vice President of the organisation at the same meeting, Lisa MacLeod (Tiso Blackstar, South Africa), Paul Verwilt (Mediahuis, Belgium), Gerald Grünberger (VÖZ, Austria), Phillip Crawley (The Globe and Mail, Canada), Karin Pettersson (Schibsted, Sweden), Marcelo Rech (RBS, Brazil), and Warren Fernandez (The Straits Times, Singapore), they will form the new Executive Board of WAN-IFRA for the two coming years. The Executive Board will work alongside and will report to the larger Supervisory Board of the organisation representing the country members of WANIFRA. At the same meeting, 14 executives from leading news media companies were elected to new terms on the Supervisory Board of WAN-IFRA. “I would like to dedicate my election to all the journalists and publishers who are under threat around the world, and to my grandmother who commemorated a month ago the assassination of her father, killed, 80 years ago on the steps of his newspaper, defending press freedom,” said Fernando de Yarza. “She was then just 24 years old and had to lead the newspaper under the dictatorship, helping to bring democracy back to Spain with many other brave journalists in the country. I would like to
Michael Golden (left) with Fernando de Yarza in Glasgow, 3 June 2019 (photo: Healdo)
dedicate this to her and to all the women journalists who defend press freedom around the world.” Fernando de Yarza is the President of Henneo, a news media group that includes 20 minutes and Heraldo de Aragon (Saragossa, Spain). Fernando de Yarza is member of the board and the executive committee of Vocento, the leading general interest news publisher in Spain (ABC, and eleven regional newspapers including El Correo). He is Chairman of Taller de Editores, Spanish largest magazine publisher; President of the Association of European Publishers News Media Europe (NME) and a Vice-President at the Spanish Asociacón de Medios de Información (AMI)
Toyosi Ogunseye (left) and Warren Fernandez at the World News media Congress 2019 in Glasgow
Editors from Singapore and Nigeria take the helm of the World Editors Forum (WEF) Warren Fernandez, Editor in Chief of the Straits Times and SPH’s English, Malay and Tamil publications in Singapore, was elected as the new President of the World Editors Forum at the annual board meeting on 1 June. Nigerian-based Toyosi Ogunseye, who heads language services for BBC World Service, West Africa, was elected as Vice President. They replace President Dave Callaway, formerly editor of USA Today and CEO of TheStreet.com., and Marcelo Rech, Vice President of Journalism, Groupo RBS, Brazil.
Rodi Rotatiedruk to celebrate its 30th anniversary A long-time Toray partner, the company is the only “green” newspaper printer in The Netherlands. Today, Rodi Rotatiedruk produces 29 weekly and two daily newspapers, as well as printing newspapers for other publishers. In 2003, the company was the first in the world to acquire a Koenig & Bauer Cortina press using Toray waterless offset plates. Rodi is currently using Toray IMPRIMA WA waterless offset plates and a Toray TWP-1250 plate processor, which it was also the first in the world to acquire! As environmental regulations in Europe have gotten stricter, Ranzijn notes the company is ahead of the game with the reduced environmental footprint offered by waterless offset printing, adding, “The only way newspapers can be green is with waterless
offset printing, and we’re the only green newspaper printer in all of the Netherlands. Waterless printing is an alternative printing system that runs on standard offset presses. The key to waterless printing is a plate that uses an ink-resistant silicone coating to eliminate the need for dampening solution. Waterless offset printing also delivers better quality than conventional offset and eliminates the constant adjustments required to maintain ink/water balance on a conventional press.
Advance Local integrates 180 publications using ppi Media workflow - workflow consolidation for 14 printing locations to plan and produce more than 180 US-publications from one central technology stack.
Media group Advance Local, one of the largest media companies in the United States, has made a company-wide switch to a workflow based on the ppi Media solutions PlanPag, OM-ProofStation, and JobEntry. Advance Local was able to move forward considerably with its workflow consolidation by implementing a central solution for their 14 printing locations to plan and produce more than 180 US-publications from one central technology stack. Advance Local has been using the planning solution PlanPag and the output management system OM by ppi Media since 2003 in their Michigan print site in Walker, producing papers including the daily paper The Grand Rapids Press. The seamless integration of the Digital Assembly Line’s various software components and the ease with which the resulting hands-off workflow for the entire production process is handled were among the reasons why the company decided to implement PlanPag, OM, and OM Job Entry for the entire enterprise. The
consolidated centralized solution has made the complete US wide management of page and plate production easier. The system has gone live for all 14 company-owned and 3rd party printing sites. While the papers are planned with PlanPag, JobEntry is used to plan and integrate advertising material and external printing orders into the production process. The Output Management System OM combines the information from both planning modules to manage a FNFO (First Needed First Out) hands-off workflow for all 14 print sites. All software components for Advance Local were installed using Amazon Web Services to create a central data management hub for all print sites. “Our successful and ongoing cooperation with ppi Media since 2003 laid the perfect groundwork for the decision to further expand this collaboration. Since all of ppi’s software components work together using concepts of the Industry 4.0 Initiative, our entire workflow now offers incredibly quick response time when it comes to last minute changes or adjustments. In addition, the
fact that all data is managed centrally offers complete synchronization of all production components involved. Thanks to the ppi Media workflow we were able to increase production efficiency. For us, the ppi Media system compares to none when it comes to being a true end-to-end workflow,” says Matt Fleming, Enterprise Director of Creative Production and Prepress at Advance Local. ppi Media, founded in 1984, is a workflow specialist for automated newspaper production. 80% of all daily newspapers on the German market are produced using products developed by ppi Media. Media companies in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US use the company’s solutions in their daily work for the planning, production and editorial workflows of digital and print pressinfo products.
Publishing House Nürnberger Presse commits to AdSelf by ppi Media AdSelf, a modern self-service-portal, allows advertisers to book ads in daily publications simply and comfortably. Starting now, the publishing house Nürnberger Presse is among those using the solution from Northern Germany in order to improve internal efficiency while increasing revenue. Hereby, the company becomes part of the AdSelf success story, first introduced in 2018. AdSelf, an HTML5-based white-label-solution, was developed for optimal application on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. Easy to handle models and an effectively designed interface guarantee a high-quality user experience – every time. Open interfaces with commercial ad order entry systems, user management, and payment solutions ensure quick integration into the existing environment. If desired by the provider, private as well as commercial
customers using the portal to implement their clients’ orders can use AdSelf. With the introduction of this modern and responsive portal, the Northern Bavarian company is looking to improve the user experience of their advertising clients. At the same time the integrated alfa Stylo editor for editing ads, is meant to completely replace the existing internal editors. Nürnberger Presse is taking on the set up and implementation of the AdSelf themselves, thus making sure that the company can react quickly and independently in making system adjustments for new market conditions in the future. In addition, the new portal allows the publishing house the technology upgrade to Windows 10. “We expect the new selfservice-portal to offer us significantly more efficient processing for small ads. Another important change for us is the improvement
of the user experience for our readers as well as ad clients,” says Torsten Wiethe, Head of Commercial Systems and Processes Advertising Marketing. The progressive implementation of AdSelf at Nürnberger Presse is planned for the summer of 2019. The publishing house already introduced Content-X by Digital Collections and ppi Media for the creation of special topics and magazines in 2018.
HP Indigo 8000 installations reinventing sustainable customer engagement Global demand driving HP Indigo digital label print production. HP Inc. has announced significant adoption of HP Indigo’s high-volume HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press worldwide, with converters choosing the solution to supply growing global market demand for flexible production of labels and shrink sleeves. In 2019 the global market for printed labels and sleeves will be $41.0 billion, expected to grow annually by a rate of 4 percent through 2024 to $49.9 billion, according to Smithers Pira. Digital label production is experiencing faster growth from $12.1 billion in 2019 to $16.5 billion in 2024 in real terms, with print volume rising at 9.6% CAGR to reach 14.7 billion square metres, by 2024. Using data-driven, cloud-enabled HP Indigo digital printing innovation, brands are getting to market faster, more efficiently and securely, while reinventing customer engagement.
HP Indigo’s labels and packaging solutions are among the leading solutions with more than 2000 presses operating worldwide.
Key Notes : > Growing demand for the HP Indigo 8000 – redefining high-quality, narrowweb digital label productivity. > HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press – uniquely positioned to ignite the analogue to digital transformation. > ILS, Dion Label Printing, Nosco and Info Label among US; many from Europe, Latin America and Asia are new customers.
“Growing demand for the HP Indigo 8000 is testament to the field-proven capability of this breakthrough solution, redefining high-quality, narrow-web digital label productivity,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo, HP Inc. “Uniquely positioned to ignite the analog to digital transformation, the HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press is delivering over two million linear square feet per
month in narrow-web productivity to label converters using HP Indigo,” he added.
Converters transforming business with HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press New purchases by US label and packaging converters include Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS), Dion Label Printing, Nosco, Info Label, Quality Tape and Label, and Natural State Label. Converters in Europe, Latin America and Asia are also operating the press. Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS) has now added a second HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press to boost digital productivity at its site. “The productivity of the HP Indigo 8000 will help scale digital production and provide the high-quality products with fast turnarounds required by brands, also benefitting from the versatility of substrates and applications,” said Jay Dollries, President and CEO of ILS. Imprimerie de l’Eperon of France is also growing its digital label business with the addition of an HP Indigo 8000. “We continue to push the boundaries of digital printing. When the HP Indigo 8000 came with the capability to run 80 meters a minute, immediately we understood this productivity would drive our business growth,” said Christophe Vavassori,
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president. “Our brand customers embrace the benefits of digital printing including personalization for unique campaigns and fast speed to market.” Nosco, a packaging solutions provider headquartered in Illinois, is installing an HP Indigo 8000 press on its production line to boost volume for security printing using HP Indigo’s unique invisible inks. “The use of covert print enables us to help our customers combat the growing threat of product diversion,” said Craig Curran, President of Nosco. Dion Label Printing, based in Westfield, MA, added the press to work alongside two HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses. “The increased productivity with faster print speeds on the HP Indigo 8000 makes highquality digital output affordable for much longer print jobs. This allows our HP Indigo WS6800s to focus on quicker turnarounds or the short runs,” said Rich Butcher, production manager at Dion, printing runs of 5,000 to 60,000 linear feet. Info Label of New York chose the HP Indigo 8000 to complement its production in HP Indigo WS6000 series presses, as it expands in the health and beauty sector and opens new markets in digitally printed shrink sleeves. “Our aim is to provide the highest quality label at the price and turnaround time required by clients,” said Jordan Sherman, director of operations, Info Label. “The HP Indigo 8000 press is designed exactly to increase production without compromising on quality, allowing us to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.”
Reinventing mainstream production with digital The HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press prints at up to 262 linear feet (80 m/min), enabling label converters to move toward an all-digital production floor by printing any run length
Breakthrough productivity for narro packaging printing or any application with an HP Indigo fleet. In this way, converters can reinvent business and move toward more sustainable digital production while benefitting from faster turnaround times, increased SKU flexibility, and unlimited versioning. HP Indigo ElectroInks can be used for food-packaging applications and are free of UV-reactive chemistries. Operating alongside HP Indigo 6000 series presses the HP Indigo 8000 can also help streamline operations, saving on operator training, supplies management, and enabling load balancing among jobs of different run sizes. Key benefits and features include:
High print quality: HP Indigo’s liquid electrophotography (LEP), using HP Indigo ElectroInk with minute ink particles, delivers crisp linework, attractive images and smooth vignettes with a very thin ink layer that gives uniform gloss between the ink and substrate.
compliance with stringent global food safety regulations, such as the Nestle guidance and the Swiss Ordinance. HP Indigo ElectroInks are free of UV-reactive chemistries and contain no photoinitiators.
Converting solutions: A full range of inline and offline label converting solutions includes a fast die cutting station by AB Graphics International.4 HP PrintOS: The cloud-based platform enables control over print operations virtually anywhere at any time, simplifies and automates print production processes, and provides a scalable architecture of production-ready tools to grow digital business. Solutions include advanced color matching tools, and automated composition of variable data jobs (including HP Mosaic and Collage) of any size.
Application versatility: Support for a wide range of narrow-web applications with easy and quick changeovers, including pressure-sensitive labels and shrink sleeves using 7 ink stations. Prints on substrates from 0.5 pt. to 18 pt including off-the shelf substrates with in-line priming. HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White delivers high opacity white in a one-pass process, opening new digital opportunities.
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Canon strengthens its South Indian footprint - installs its flagship machine imagePRESS C10000VP in Chennai. The successful trajectory of the imagePRESS C10000VP installations in the country has added another chapter with Canon India installing another of its top performing machine at in Chennai. With this installation at Ambica Print Shop, Canon aims at addressing the increasing demand for digital print solutions. The machine was recently inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Puneet Datta, Senior Director of Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India. The imagePRESS C10000VP series has yielded over 100+ installations since the launch, attracting the attention of the industry across the country. Rated at speeds of up to 100 prints per minute, the machine combines exceptional quality, productivity and versatility to deliver truly outstanding results across a vast variety of applications, taking digital colour printing to the next level. Along with C10000VP, Ambica Prints is also a proud user of Canon imagePRESS C850. Expressing his views on the increasing market demand for the machine, Mr. Puneet Datta, Senior Director, Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India said, “The professional printing segment has been amongst the fastest growing verticals for Canon in India ever since our inception. We have seen the industry grow by leaps and bounds in the era of connected world, where consumer needs are driven by time constraints, convenience and services when desired. In line with these evolving requirements, we are proud to house state of the art machines like imagePRESS C10000VP to cater to varied segments while strengthening and further consolidating our presence pan India. As pioneers in the printing industry, we are proud to have played an instrumental role in revolutionizing the digital printing space.” Speaking about the installation at Ambica Print Shop, he further added, “Chennai being one of the emerging hubs for small businesses, it becomes a prominent market for the digital print industry. Today, we are proud to fortify our reach in Chennai through Ambica Prints, a name well known in the region for its exceptional services. Through
our product, we look forward to contributing to their business growth and further strengthen our deep-rooted relationship.” Ambica Print Shop has been one of the pioneers in the imaging industry in Chennai, equipped with advanced technology and latest machineries. They specialize in all kind of printing requirements like colour laser printing on texture cards, photo album printing, business cards, brochures, leaflets, etc. Speaking on the occasion of the installation, R Ranjith Kumar, Proprietor, Ambica Print Shop said, “Canon is well-recognized in the professional printing industry to offer products that are known for delivering superior quality and efficiency par excellence. With the imagePRESS C850, we have had a great experience so far which has translated in sales growth for us. As we complete 25 years in the imaging industry, we are proud to foray into the digital printing by adding imagePRESS C10000 VP to our portfolio, marking a new milestone to our professional services. The machine is equipped to meet the evolving requirements of customers, enabling higher production volumes without compromising on quality. The installation is in line with our vision to expand our services and cater to a larger client base, strengthening our foothold in the region.”
Since its launch, Canon imagePRESS C10000VP has been recognized as a differentiator in the digital press segment, addressing the evolving demands of the professional printing space. Built to deliver production printing excellence and meet the increasing demands of its users, the printer is especially designed to meet higher production volumes for both commercial and in-house print service providers without compromising on quality. The printer features a new multi density adjustment technology that allows users an automatic real-time density correction, as well as an in-line spectroscopic sensor that enables daily colour calibration for a stable output during long runs. The imagePRESS C10000VP comes with 2400 x 2440 dpi resolution, a choice of new front-end controllers based on EFI Fiery FS200 Pro Platform enables the product to streamline the workflow and media handling capabilities from 60 gsm to 350 gsm. It has garnered major attention amongst commercial printers, in-plants, production hubs, direct mail and transaction print service providers to produce a broader range of applications in shorter turnaround times. imagePRESS C10000VP colour digital press is a landmark product in the Professional Print segment which features intuitive operation and can help maximize uptime with automated calibration.
Online Photo industry sees major reshuffle: Apollo acquires Shutterfly and Snapfish platforms Acquires Shutterfly in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.7 billion; separately enter into a definitive agreement to acquire Snapfish. In a major Photo Industry overhaul, global alternative investment manager Apollo has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Shutterfly, one of the leading retailer and manufacturing platforms of printed photographic products. The acquisition for $51.00 per share in cash, or enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion, the company announced. Simultaneously, Apollo announced that the Apollo Funds entered into a definitive agreement to combine Snapfish, the internetbased retailer of photography products, with Shutterfly. Upon the closing of the Snapfish transaction, the Snapfish owners will become significant minority owners in the combined Shutterfly and Snapfish business. The Shutterfly Board of Directors unanimously approved the agreement with the Apollo Funds and recommends that Shutterfly stockholders vote in favour of the transaction. Upon completion of the Shutterfly transaction, Shutterfly will become a privately held company, and its shares will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. “We are extremely excited for our funds to acquire Shutterfly,” said David Sambur, Senior Partner at Apollo. “At a time when billions of photos are taken every day, Shutterfly has led the charge as a pioneer of personalized photo products and school photography, helping consumers capture, preserve and share life’s most important moments. We look forward to working with Shutterfly’s talented employees and supporting further investments in technology to drive the continued growth and success of the business.”
Funds. The Apollo Funds bring substantial financial resources as we continue to invest in innovation, as well as valuable strategic perspectives to drive growth over the coming years. We are committed to supporting the company and continuing our relationship as a fulfillment partner.” “We are thrilled to partner with two pioneers of the photo personalization industry in these innovative transactions,” said David Sambur, Senior Partner at Apollo. “We are confident that this transaction will create an opportunity for innovation and continued growth in the photo and personalized photo products industry. We are excited to work with Neil and the Snapfish team in this transaction, and to benefit from their market expertise after three generations in the photo product business. We believe that both companies will be better positioned to operate in a competitive marketplace through their enhanced ability to invest in product innovation to deliver the best consumer experience.” The online Photo industry was waiting for something big like this for years with quite a few online vendors shutting down, being absorbed by other players and retailers scaling down in-store photo operations. David Haueter, in his article points out, “The latest announcement is possibly the most dramatic yet, as longtime competitors Shutterfly and Snapfish have both been acquired and will be combined into one company. This is kind of like Ford merging
with Chevy, which ironically has also been predicted by some automotive analysts.” Market reports show that Shutterfly has gained popularity over various categories like prints, photo books, cards, and wall décor, while Snapfish’s popularity has fell over the last few years. In InfoTrends 2018 US Photo Merchandise Survey, only 3% of consumers said they placed their last photo card order with Snapfish, which put them 11th on the list. Shutterfly was second with 18%. In photo books, Snapfish was 9th with 4%, while Shutterfly was first with nearly 34%. David Haueter opines, “Short term, we may see Shutterfly positioned more as a premium provider of photo products and prints, with Snapfish positioned as a lowercost alternative for more budget-minded consumers.” “Long term, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Shutterfly and Snapfish merge completely, with one company name (Shutterfly) and one website. It should be an interesting ride,” he adds.
The Shutterfly transaction is expected to close by early fourth quarter 2019. The Snapfish transaction is expected to close simultaneously with the Shutterfly acquisition. Neil Cohen, Chairman of Snapfish and CEO of District Photo, Inc., commented, “We look forward to working with the Apollo
Europe’s 1st Landa S10 sets off commercial production at Edelmann Edelmann’s Heidenheim facility holds open house showcasing the 1st Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press producing commercial jobs live. 60 leading converters and printers from around the world attended an open house at Edelmann’s Heidenheim facility, to see Europe’s first Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press producing commercial jobs at 6,500 B1/41 in. sheets per hour. Visitors heard how the Landa S10 perfectly complements Edelmann’s offset technology, and how its brand customers now request its new Nanographic Printing capability because of the freedom it offers – to order what they want, when they want it – all with high and consistent print quality. “In the print and packaging world, everyone is clamoring to know if our Landa S10 is
running as expected. We repeatedly get asked if print quality is good and if we’re running seven colors. They also ask if we’re achieving 6,500 B1/41 in. sheets per hour and if we’re able to produce commercial jobs,” comments Oliver Bruns, CEO, Edelmann Group. “The simple answer to all of that is, yes of course. The Landa S10 is built to be a full production machine, 24/7. The colours are brilliant and vibrant - so intense and lively. I haven’t seen any other technology that comes close.” “Before installing the Landa S10, we were limited in the solutions we could offer our customers. B1/41 in. digital printing with seven colours and at 6,500 sheets per hour has eliminated these previous constraints. The S10 installation has been a great success, and we now expect to be out of beta in a matter of weeks,” confirmed Bruns. Specializing in packaging solutions for health care, beauty care and consumer brands, the Edelmann Group has operations in nine countries, spanning Europe, Asia, North and South America. Employing more than 3,000 people and with sales of over 300 million
euros, Edelmann produces over 5.6 billion packages and leaflets per year. In meeting the environmental demands of some of the world’s most exacting blue-chip brands, sustainability initiatives are also a top priority for the company. Speaking at the open house, Oliver Bruns also confirmed that partnering with Landa was the best decision for their business. “This is not just a supplier-customer relationship, it’s far more. I love the color from our S10, but crucially, the Landa technology allows us to get a good ROI and that’s just as essential. High speed and great efficiency enable us to earn money with the press.” said Bruns. Yishai Amir, CEO, Landa Digital Printing, comments: “We are obviously thrilled with the success of the Landa S10 at Edelmann, and we are looking forward to moving them out of beta within weeks. This success echoes our own business progress, on all fronts. With a continued ramp-up of production and goto-market operations, we will have presses installed and printing across three continents by the end of 2019.”
Konica Minolta participates in four successful exhibitions across three South Indian states Showcases several innovative digital printing solutions to print/printing businesses and end-consumers to highlight its domain leadership position. Konica Minolta Business Solutions, successfully participated in four exhibitions across the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana in the month of April. As part of its on-ground market outreach, Konica Minolta attended exhibitions in Coimbatore (Photo Today), Hyderabad (Photofina Expo), Sivakasi (Sivakasi Expo), and Bangalore (Print Fair) throughout April 2019. During the event series, Konica Minolta featured print jobs completed through several of its machines. These included cutting-edge digital presses from the AccurioPress series such as the C73/83hc (with IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimiser), the C6100, the 6120,
and the C3080/C3070P. Konica Minolta also displayed the bizhubPRO 1100 – a compact, high-speed black and white production printer designed for superlative accuracy and productivity. Speaking on the event series, Spokesperson – Konica Minolta Business Solutions, said, “As the market leader in its domain, Konica Minolta has established its reputation for enabling the best-in-class productivity, image quality, efficiency, and profitability. With the demand for new-age printing solutions in key regional markets growing at a rapid pace, we wanted to highlight the differentiation that our products can deliver to stakeholders
across the print and printing value chain. We are delighted with the reception that we have received at these exhibitions and will look to forward to participating in more such events to showcase our state-of-the-art offerings.” All events received a stellar response in their respective target markets, registering heavy audience turnouts.
3rd global conference of Prokom - extends network into China and Australia. Prokom, the Konica Minolta production print user community, has unveiled further expansion plans as its members attended the recent third global Prokom conference in Valencia, Spain on June 5-6, 2019. More than 200 delegates from across the world convened at the Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort in Valencia to network and learnt from each other, as Konica Minolta continues to accelerate its growth path within the industrial and commercial print markets. Latest trends that are shaping the global print industry, blueprints for the future, business diversification, growth and transformation, growth drivers and interactive Q and A sessions featured at Prokom Valencia 2019. The keynote speaker, industry consultant Peter Muir of FranklinCovey, addressed “The importance of facts and learning in a changing world”. The conference rounded off with an evening celebration dinner and the Prokom Innovation Awards ceremony. This year’s conference was booked to capacity, but Konica Minolta production users worldwide were invited to “attend by proxy” with videos, articles, conference highlights and key learning that were posted to the global Prokom website as the conference proceeded. Earlier, Prokom hosted a kick-off event and dinner for more
than 500 delegates in China, launched at Gulf Print in Dubai, and is soon launching in Australia. Membership of Prokom is open to any Konica Minolta user of production printing equipment and now includes over 1,300 member companies worldwide. New Konica Minolta production solution users can learn more at Prokom website, featuring e-learning courses, self-help videos and tools, forums, expert content, market research as well as webinars, newsletters and local events. Toshitaka Uemura, General Manager, Konica Minolta Inc, is one of a team of Konica Minolta senior executives who are
focused on ensuring their production print clients carry the keys to success through superior technology, world-class solutions and service, and the rewards of Prokom membership. “Our commitment has always been to give shape to our customers’ ideas. We want to help them to transform their approaches and to capitalize on the many new market opportunities in a connected, online world, where print is very much a strong and valued part of the marketing mix. This annual conference has become an important part of the Prokom user group community as we continue to expand across the world.
Boosting additive know-how for drupa 2020 The VDMA Additive Manufacturing Association organises conference programme for world’s leading trade fair in Düsseldorf. From 16 to 26 June 2020, Düsseldorf will once again be the epicentre of the global printing, media and packaging industry. More than 250,000 visitors, 1,800 exhibitors and just as many journalists from over 180 countries will flock to drupa, the world’s leading trade fair for the printing, media and packaging industry, to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the world of printing and packaging. Since drupa 2016, 3D printing has been one of the six highlights in the trade show program. In addition to its own exhibition area, drupa 2020 will once again dedicate a touchpoint 3D fab+print to this future technology. For the first time, the VDMA Additive Manufacturing Association will be responsible for the content design and implementation of the ten-day lecture programme. A total of 80 specialist lectures are planned, which will be spread over two two-hour blocks every day.
For the first time, the VDMA Additive Manufacturing Association will be responsible for the content design and implementation of the ten-day lecture programme comprising 80 specialist lectures.
Key Notes : > drupa 2020 will once again dedicate a touchpoint 3D fab+print to this future technology. > drupa touchpoint AM with around 80 presentations on ten days. > Focus on applications for the print and media industry and additive process chains.
Additive Manufacturing at the interface to printing and paper technology With a view to the trade fair’s target group, the focus will be on applications in printing and paper machine construction as well as applications for media and packaging. The spectrum will range from additivemanufactured machine components to prototyping
or on-demand spare parts supply for printing presses to the use of additive processes to manufacture individual advertising products and unusual packaging solutions. “Since our trade fair appearance at drupa 2016 met with a very positive response, it made sense to expand our commitment at drupa 2020 and contribute our know-how,” explains Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the VDMA Additive Manufacturing Association and also the VDMA Printing and Paper Technology Association. In the five years of its existence, the working group has grown to around 150 members. These include leading suppliers of AM production technology for
Thanks to its broad membership spectrum, which includes traditional drupe exhibitors, users from many other industries and leading international researchers, the working group is able to offer the highest thematic diversity under its own steam. Gebhardt is also inviting drupa exhibitors to address the working group with their own lecture topics. “We are open to suggestions and will find opportunities in the ten-day program to provide a forum for AM applications from the traditional print and packaging industry,” he emphasizes. A broad mix of topics is important to him so that the journey to Düsseldorf is worthwhile both for experts and for all those who are just beginning to get an idea of the potential of 3D printing in the printing and media industry.
processing metals and plastics, suppliers of components, software, automation technology and materials as well as industrial users from various industries and leading research institutes. “Many of our members have been pioneers in industrial 3D printing for many years. They bring with them concentrated practical and theoretical know-how that we want to show visitors at touchpoint 3D fab+print,” says Heering.
Variety of applications from press construction to packaging
working group and will be responsible for the content planning of the conference. “It is important for us to pick up the drupa visitors where they are in additive manufacturing,” he says. For this reason, both introductory lectures on technical processes within additive process chains and insights into current and future applications in the printing, packaging and media industries are planned. “Additive design and manufacturing create scope for creativity in many industries. From this point of view, the technology also fits in perfectly with the drupa,” stresses Gebhardt.
About 150 companies and research institutes collaborate under the roof of the VDMA in the Additive Manufacturing Association. System manufacturers, suppliers of components and materials, industrial users from the metals and plastics sectors, services providers for software, manufacturing, and finishing as well as researchers all have a common goal: the industrialization of additive manufacturing technologies.
Rainer Gebhardt is the project leader of the
Roberto Speri joins Omet as Product Manager Robert joins Omet team as the new Product Manager for its Label Division. Label and packaging industry veteran, Roberto Speri has joined OMET team as Label Division Product Manager from June 3, 2019. Marco Calcagni, OMET Sales & Marketing Director announced Roberto’s appointment. Roberto Speri, electrical engineer, started his career as assembler and tester of screen printing machines at Franchini & Speri and got experience in all the label printing sectors: hot foil, roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet die cutting. Tester for Iwasaki printing and ABG letterpress machines, founding partner of DMR Elettromeccanica srl, from 1997 to 2007 he was the Production Manager and
Technical Sales Manager for Etipol A/S, the semi-rotary letterpress and waterless offset sector player. In 2017 he joined Nilpeter Italia (also distributor of the ABG Int. brand since 2015) as Head of Customer Service, and then he took over the management of all After Sales activities. He managed technical assistance, spare parts and service contracts for the approximately 400 plants (Nilpeter + ABG) in Italy. “A choice moved by the desire of new incentives in a growing market and in a sparkling company,” said Roberto Speri.
The first Heidelberg Primefire in Japan Kyoshin Paper and Package chooses Heidelberg Primefire 106.
Kyoshin Paper and Package decided to choose Heidelberg Primefire 106 as their next digital press to expand their web-to-pack business on top of the traditional packaging business by signing a contract of the first Primefire 106 in Japan in April 2019. Heidelberg will install the digital printing system in Kyoshin Paper and Package´s brand-new Kanto plant in summer this year. Kyoshin Paper and Package was founded in Kobe, Japan in summer of 1948. Since then, their “challenging spirit” is their beating heat of the company as a successful packaging service provider and currently 290 employees are working with the company.
“The print quality such as green and orange were outstanding and we felt that the quality of print by Primefire 106 was the most beautiful we have ever seen.” - Kazuhiro Kajikawa, upon testing the Primefire 106 with their challenging images.
In 2013 the company expanded their packaging business launching web-to-pack service called “Hacoplay” focusing on the demand of small size and small quantity with digital presses. They receive an order even from one box in three days as their shortest delivery time. Currently the maximum size they can print on their digital press is B2 as maximum, but in order to further expand their web-topack business, they were looking for B1 digital press that could meet their demanding customer needs. The first time they saw Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 was at drupa 2016 and they were impressed enough to ask Heidelberg to do print test with their challenging images. According to Mr. Kazuhiro Kajikawa,
executive managing director of Hacoplay division, “The result of the print test was excellent. The print quality such as green and orange were outstanding and we felt that the quality of print by Primefire 106 was the most beautiful we have ever seen. The consistency of quality between first and 500th sheets was also amazingly stable that surprised even our offset press operator who was with me for the test. Other interesting feature of Primefire 106 for us is to be able to cover 95 % of Pantone colour because we as packaging printer have to use a lot of special colours for package printing. By enlarging the size from A3 to B2, we were able to expand our business and we are expecting more by going for B1 size with Primefire 106.” The Primefire 106 is the first available industrial digital printing press for packaging in B1 format. “Japan is for us a very important market as it is among the top countries for folding carton production and it has probably the highest standards of image quality in the world,” explains Montserrat Peidró-Insa, Head of Digital Print Business at Heidelberg. “The success of Primefire customers is what drives our entire team. We are proud to have such a renowned company like Kyoshin Paper and Package selecting Primefire 106 to accelerate their company growth. With this new installation, Primefire is expanding its global presence even further and consolidating itself as a business growth enabler in packaging.”
Key Notes : > Japanese web-topack printer decision based on outstanding technologies of Primefire 106. > Expanding web-topack business to the next level. > Heidelberg Primefire 106 enables new business opportunities.
The Primefire 106 is the first industrial digital printing press for packaging in B1 format.
BOBST and Mouvent at Labelexpo 2019 - to unveil a complete product portfolio - deliver productivity, connectivity and sustainability; a pioneering world premiere. BOBST, along with its digital printing competence center Mouvent, is set to reveal a portfolio of innovations at the world’s largest label event, Labelexpo Europe. Visitors at the event, which takes place 24 to 27 September 2019 in Brussels, will be able to see four complete digitalized production processes across a digital native press, equipped with water-based inks, a new world premiere UV/Flexo hybrid printing machine and a DigiFlexo press. “We have recently revealed several truly ground-breaking innovations that will set new standards helping converters and brand owners improve time-to-market, guarantee colour consistency and food packaging safety,” said Federico D’Annunzio, BOBST Program Manager Hybrid Printing. “It’s really exciting to bring these latest innovations together in one place, so attendees will be able to see for themselves the difference these innovations make, and the impact they could have on their own businesses.” The latest innovations include Ink-onDemand (IoD), Highly Automated Liquid (HAL) and DigiColor. The IoD inking system replaces conventional inking reservoirs with a single rubber pipe that dispenses 30 grams of ink to the print unit. The system eliminates ink trays and chambered doctor blades and performs fully automated washing of the print unit in less than one minute.
Technology Inside”, which is the best combination of digital and DigiFlexo printing, and will be unveiled for the first time at Labelexpo. The hybrid is associated with total flexibility in high added value labels, with extremely short job setup and fast return on investment. It will be the most digitally automated press in the labels market, with the highest print quality and productivity. It opens a new era in the production of selfadhesive labels with totally new standards of productivity and profitability. Other machines on display include: M5 IoD/ DigiColor, LB702-WB digital label printer from Mouvent (using only 100% water-based VOC-free Mouvent Inks) and M1X inline UV flexo press. Meanwhile, the BOBST M6 press will be the star attraction at Bobst booth. M6 press is a combination of in-line UV Flexo, REVO Digital Flexo and the new revolutionary V-Flower print unit, allowing for job changeovers in one minute, “on-the-fly” without stopping the press, and with up to 95% press up-time. It is an extremely productive press for producing short to mid-size runs economically. The M6 will feature the DigiMount fully automated flexo plate mounting system, which features advanced electronics for improved speed and accuracy of plate mounting.
Visitors to Labelexpo can hear all about BOBST Services. The Helpline Plus service allows customers to connect with BOBST experts immediately as the need arises, meaning that around 80% of all technical issues are resolved remotely within two hours. Helpline Plus AR (Augmented Reality) and the Smart Headset take it to the next level, allowing customers to wear a special digital headset and the BOBST technician to virtually look through the eyes of the customer’s machine operators and provide them with precise instructions on what must be done. “This really is the complete package,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of BOBST. “The new solutions on display at Labelexpo set completely new standards to help converters and brand owners improve time-to-market, guarantee colour consistency and food packaging safety. At BOBST, we never stop innovating, and this year’s event will be a very clear reflection of that philosophy. We look forward to seeing everyone in Brussels!” Visitors can see live demos and talk with experts at Booth 3A59+58 in Hall 3, and see the BOBST M6 press in action in the Flexible Packaging Arena, Booth 11A50 in Hall 11.
To complement the IoD system, HAL is an off-line ink mixing station for producing Pantone colours from 14 basic inks, and contains only one pump performing a pipette-style action to measure out the very small amounts of colour needed. DigiColor is the first ever inline “closed loop” colour system that enables digital colour adjustment to the target Delta E values during printing, at any speed, on any substrate, with any operator. It is a major step towards full colour digitization. These innovations have paved the way for a new hybrid Flexo with “Mouvent Digital
KHS in India: One of the Group’s most sustainable production sites A Green Factory Building in the making – the company sets an example with its extensive sustainability programme. The protection of the environment may not be the first thing people think of in general. However, for KHS India it’s an altogether different case. The company has become a prime example in the past few years by instigating an extensive sustainability program. India’s share of renewable energies in the energy mix is to amount to at least 40% in 2030. By 2026 the government wants to shut down all of its coal power stations – a goal that seems realistic as solar energy is now the least expensive source of electricity.
Switch to ‘green’ energy
“By making our machines gentler on resources, by saving on energy and materials and through our system of waste management we’re creating added value for our customers.” - Ajay Shah, VP - Operations & KHS India’s Sustainability Officer
KHS Machinery is an Engineering company that was founded in 1997 in Ahmedabad, the fifthlargest city in the country. The KHS subsidiary is headed by Managing Director Yatindra Sharma, who commenting on its sustainability commitment, says, “Up until now coal country India was one of the most cost-intensive countries in the world regarding energy costs. It’s thus worth companies switching over to less expensive green energy and cutting their electricity consumption for economic reasons alone.” “Our success regarding the issue of sustainability has given us a competitive edge both regionally and globally and boosted our market image,” says Sharma. “Through our commitment as a company we’re making a contribution to both our society and our country. And we’re also profiting from this. Sustainable products and processes help us to gain
new customers and employees and make it easier to adhere to legal provisions.” In this context KHS India is in close contact with its group parent in Germany. Expertise is exchanged and knowledge is passed on from one enterprise to another and benefits are being drawn from the best practices.
International standards As far back as in 2011 KHS India had its energy management system certified according to ISO 50001. In 2015 the company gained certification according to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001. This places an emphasis on instigating a continuous improvement process regarding the environmental performance of a company. “By making our machines gentler on resources, by saving on energy and materials and through our system of waste management we’re creating added value for our customers,” claims Ajay Shah, vicepresident of Operations and KHS India’s sustainability officer. “And we’re not resting on our laurels; instead, we understand energy management to be a process which we can continuously optimize.” Specific measures introduced to this end over the past few years include the installation of presence sensors in conference rooms which automatically switch off all devices which require power when there’s no one in the room. LED bulbs are now used in office, street
Key Notes : > KHS in India follows an extensive sustainability program, which sets a right example for other industry players. > Profits from boosted market image, gaining new customers and employees. > Sensitizing and motivating personnel to save energy is also part of the process.
Numerous further training courses are held by the KHS Academy at KHS India’s training center, of which this lecture hall is also part.
and factory lighting and old air conditioning units have been replaced by energy-saving models.
Motivated employees Sensitizing and motivating personnel to save energy is also part of the process. This is done with the help of specific means of communication, training courses, the certification of team members and by honouring kaizen ideas which result in an increase in efficiency. The practical yields of these and many other activities are recorded and reviewed with the help of an online smart energy monitoring system. Despite all this attention being paid to the ecological aspects of sustainability, KHS India has not lost sight of the various economic and social aspects of the issue. “Our efforts in lean management and industrial engineering are making our processes more streamlined and more robust and helping us to eliminate activities which don’t contribute to the creation of value,” confirms Shah. “We’re helped in this by our global, in-house production system KHSps which covers all aspects of operations management from process optimization through product quality, cost reduction and occupational health and safety to customer satisfaction.” The effort is worth it: for years the KHS subsidiary has constantly won awards and prizes of renown from a number of state and private economic institutions. In 2018, for example, KHS Machinery won the Times Network Strategy Award in recognition of its formative role in its branch of industry and was awarded gold by the Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI) for its 5S method of workplace organization. The social aspect of sustainability also plays a major role at KHS: the company has implemented lots of measures for their employees. The company has set up a Young Engineers Club for university graduates, for instance. Here, the technical, non-technical and social skills of the next generation of engineers are developed and applied in projects and group work. Middle management has its own KHS Champions Club where executives can exchange views and experience. Numerous sports and cultural activities and a bus shuttle for commuter colleagues round off the range of
services offered. The reward for these and many other ways of committing employees to KHS in India is a very low personnel fluctuation rate of under 5%. This high degree of loyalty is also expressed in the choice of place of residence: 80% of the KHS workforce lives within five kilometres of the factory.
Personnel loyalty The encouragement of young talent ranks very high at KHS India: in the region the company is famous for giving talented applicants from socially deprived families the chance to learn, contribute and grow. KHS Machinery uses diverse tools to win personnel loyalty, such as fast-track promotions, awards for individuals and teams and shows of recognition in open forums and at yearly events. Employees receive annual feedback from their superiors who take this opportunity to also determine a person’s individual training and development requirements. Technical training courses are run by the KHS Academy, which is also available to customers, and at the KHS sites worldwide. In the area of occupational health and safety, besides its own health and safety officer, KHS also has an interdisciplinary safety committee with 33 members. “In all of our business processes and practices we’re constantly avoiding or minimizing risks to the health and safety of our employees,” Shah emphasizes. The company’s low accident and injury rate proves this. KHS India not only looks after its employees but also their environment, as demonstrated by a good number of campaigns dedicated to corporate social responsibility. These include a commitment to the education, hygiene and health of underprivileged children, such as providing support for science lessons and setting up medical camps in rural schools. The company’s charitable actions of course also include providing help in an emergency, such as to the victims of flood and other natural disasters.
has earned the reputation of being one of the most sustainable production sites within the KHS Group. “Our customers can rely on their products being safe, reliable and of very good quality. It’s this which has ultimately made KHS India a profitable organization. This is a huge motivation for us to continue to strive for operative excellence,” says Yatindra. He already has the next objective in sight: “By 2026 we want to be certified as a Green Factory Building by the Indian Green Building Council.” Until then, however, there are a number of challenges to be met – from the collection and use of rainwater to the application of renewable energies on site, to name but two. And we are sure that his organization will overcome these hurdles as smoothly as ever. KHS in India manufacturers filling and packaging systems for the beverage industry with customers in more than 25 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia. With a capacity of about 150 machines per year, it has an installed base of over 1,500 systems. Besides Ahmedabad, with an assembly area of 18,000 m2, it has other offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Over 400 employees work for KHS.
Ambitious plans Yatindra Sharma is especially proud of the many successes reaped by his company’s activities, numerous certificates and the sense of responsibility shown by his employees. Because of this, the Indian plant
Asahi Photoproducts to unveil CleanPrint at Labelexpo Europe 2019
Asahi Photoproducts, exhibiting (Stand 5a34) at Labelexpo Europe (24 to 27 September, Brussels), will be displaying its full array of flexographic plates. Featured at the show will be Asahi’s CleanPrint™, a benchmark clean flexographic printing technology which. “Since Asahi first brought to market its innovative flexographic plate technology, which enabled complete release of ink onto the substrate for a cleaner image and fewer press stops for plate cleaning, our thoughts about the value of the technology have evolved,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi’s Technical Marketing Manager. “Not only do we continue to improve our plate quality and performance, but we have also learned from our customers that the value of the technology goes way beyond the quality and productivity benefits it enables. Not only does it eliminate the need for volatile solvents in the platemaking process, speed up the process to consume less energy and deliver the same high quality and press productivity (OEE) our customers have come to expect, but the technology reduces makeready times and waste as well as the amount of time
the press needs to run. All of these benefits add up to a much cleaner platemaking and flexographic printing process than can be achieved with any other plates on the market.” At Labelexpo, Asahi will be featuring its popular AWP-DEW water-washable plates, the first to use CleanPrint technology. “Our plan is to migrate this technology to other plates in our portfolio over time,” Niederstadt adds, “to ensure our customers can print CLEAN on the widest array of substrates in the market.”
Benefits of Asahi CleanPrint Asahi CleanPrint is designed to facilitate kiss touch printing pressure. Lighter printing pressure ensures constant repeatability of printing quality during the production run as well as longer plate life. This characteristic is achieved with unique Asahi-engineered photopolymer chemistry that reduces the surface energy of the printing plate and enables better ink transfer to the substrate during printing. CleanPrint has the beneficial effect of reducing ink filling-in the mid-tone area during the printing run, leading to fewer
cleaning intervals and less press downtime for a highly sustainable flexographic printing process. Niederstadt notes, “Our customers are ecstatic about the quality of print they can deliver while also achieving as much as 50% less makeready time and 30% or more improvement in OEE.”
Boston to be the place2be for the sustained future of packaging One City, two interrelated unique packaging events on two consecutive days (10-11 July 2019).
Boston MA USA is the place to go for all who care about the sustained future of packaging worldwide.
Future skills development for the packaging workforce July 10th, 2019 focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for the packagingrelated workforce in food, non-food, design, e-commerce and the manufacturing of packaging materials. This is elaborated intensively in the 5th international annual FBEP Conference on HRM and Skills Development in Packaging. Topics include the future skills needed for packaging designers in the pharma industry (by GSK Healthcare), novel ways to acquire knowledge through Live Online Learning worldwide without the need to travel but with full interaction (by NVC Education), how to recruit and retain packaging talent in today’s manufacturing (by PMMI/IoPP) and the future of packaging work in an automated world (by Omron Automation).
Towards the end of packaging as an environmental issue worldwide July 11th, 2019 addresses the uniquely inspiring cross-industrial PUMA project that aims to make an end to packaging as an environmental issue worldwide by the next decade. The Workshop Packaging and Environment across the Atlantic shares the global status quo in packaging but also features a memorable ‘flash-back’ to the 1972 Limits to Growth report to the Club of Rome by Donella Meadows, Dennis
Meadows et.al. from MIT Boston. The film made in 1972, showing the basic research and the conclusions of the report, has been digitised this year and will be shown at the Boston event as a tribute to Donella Meadows and her co-scientists. The workshop aims to draw lessons from the film as a source of inspiration for the decades to come. Thought-leaders in packaging will share their views and the key-issues to be solved will be debated in dedicated round table discussions for all participants to join.
INX completes R&D Center expansion The new construction project has nearly doubled the amount of space bringing capacity to nearly 70,000 sqft. INX International Ink Co. recently completed expansion of its Research & Development complex in West Chicago, Illinois. The new construction project, which began in Fall 2017, has nearly doubled the amount of space and resulted in the hiring of more employees.
needs and benefit all customers.
The new addition to the facility, which first opened in 1996, brings capacity to nearly 70,000 square-feet. Approximately 20 additional chemists and support staff have been added, raising the total to 80 employees now servicing the INX customer base. Mark Hill, Vice President, Research & Development Director for INX International Ink Co., explains the significant improvements that have been made will address market
Hill indicated that more space was created for digital solutions, as well as for other growing market segments.
“The expansion effort focused on growing specific markets such as energy curable inks and coatings and inkjet ink technologies of all types. Overall, this is a win-win situation that benefits all ink users.”
capabilities,” said Hill. “We also devoted more space to our EHS/Regulatory department and equipment capabilities in our analytics department. The additional staff gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers regarding ever-increasing regulatory issues and other critical concerns, such as migration and troubleshooting issues.”
West Chicago Facility Lab “With increasing demand for our products, we added 5,000 square-feet to our digital print applications lab. It now houses several types of inkjet printers, printhead makers and delivery systems for more complete ink testing
JETSCI Colornovo installed at Barcom Industries The latest installation to help Barcom migrate all short-run jobs on Colornovo and free up flexo machine for more long run jobs. Monotech Systems has installed made in India JETSCI Colornovo to Barcom Industries Limited Mumbai. Mr.Prasanna, Chairman & Mr.Uday, Director of Barcom Industries says, “We chose JETSCI Colornovo after an extensive research on quality, reliability and productivity it offers. Being a UV Inkjet technology, we found it to be the most flexible and costeffective solutions available and most importantly backed by the trustworthy support of Monotech Systems. We have planned to migrate our all short-run jobs on Colornovo and free up flexo machine for more long run jobs. With this we hope to deliver the jobs in shortest term around time with value added features.” Mr Dinesh Thakur, DGM Sales-IPS, Monotech Systems adds, “We proudly announce the 8th installation of Colornovo UV Inkjet Label Production Press. Six Machines are already installed overseas and one machine to be installed in Italy in the month of July. We are overwhelmed with the global response to our made in India full colour digital label production press- JETSCI Colornovo. It is the one of the first machine configured with all necessary requirements of digital label production like UV inkjet CMYK+W, flexo finishing unit and die cut, so finished job in
one pass at shortest turnaround time.” JETSCI Colornovo has been completely conceptualised, researched and developed in India at Monotech Systems’ dedicated R&D-cum-demo centre based in Gurugram. The Center of Excellence has state-of-theart facilities with expert team meeting all international standards. “We have many innovative projects under development and we are committed to bring cutting edge technology solutions to the label printing industry. Being first and only manufacture of these systems in India
and competing across the globe, we feel immensely proud in taking make in India project in the global market – Future is Inkjet,” concludes Dinesh.
Barcom Industries has 15 years of pure converting experience by serving regulated and semi-regulated markets across the globe. With tailor made products as per customer’s requirement, together with their labels expertise, they have served customers with best-in-class solutions as well as their brand objectives.
LMAI Brand Owners Event - Registrations for the Kochi conference in July are open. The 3rd edition of brand owner’s event titled “Future-Next; Brand Owners’ Perspective of Label” was held on 29th June 2019, 6.00 pm onwards followed by cocktails and dinner at The Park, New Delhi. LMAI (The Label Manufacturers Association of India) organised the meet attended by industry people, including label converters, printing material suppliers, printing ink suppliers, machines manufacturers and others. A panel discussion moderated by Weldon Celloplast’s Harveer Sahni was the key
attraction of the event. Prominent brands were represented by presentation from their experts. The presentations focused the future of labels and what brands are looking at in terms of efficiency and innovations. The speakers included Pavankumar Chougule (Dr. Reddys); Santanu Chowdhary (Sun Pharma); Naveen Stuart (Reckitt Benckiser); Tamal Ghosh (Dabur); Soumyanath Mishra (Mankind Research Centre); Somnath Chatterjee (Pernod Ricard); and Barun Banerjee (Nestle).
At the event, Manish Desai, chairman, LMAI, announced that the next edition of the LMAI Conference will take place in Kochi, from 25 to 28 July 2019. Desai said this year 156 companies have registered to attend the event, along with 35 sponsors and 514 delegates. The registration is open to all Printer Members of LMAI only and Sponsors of forthcoming LMAI conference at KOCHI, Kerala on “firstcome-first” basis. Non members can become LMAI members and register.
Source the best of packaging at PackPlus 2019 With still a couple of months ahead of opening in New Delhi, The total packaging, converting, supply chain event is 90% sold out already!
The market size of India’s packaging industry is expected to touch $ 72.6 billion by FY2020 on account of rising population and income levels. The growth is driven primarily by pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages. About 45% of the packaging machinery and materials produced is absorbed by the food processing sector alone, 25% by the pharmaceuticals sector, and 10% each by the personal products, tea and coffee, and industrial products industries. These optimistic figures open up various new opportunities for the industry. Amid this scenario, PackPlus is setting up a business and networking platform for the industry and all set make a new benchmark, once again in 2019. “The industry has recognised and appreciated PackPlus over last several years. Today PackPlus is the biggest Show in its category and is growing with each edition. Now after coming under umbrella of Reed Exhibitions, our exhibitors and visitors will experience the rise in overall class and quality of the exhibition,” said Prateek Kaushik, Portfolio Director, Next Events (A member of Reed Exhibitions & a part of RELX Group). The exhibitors span across three major segments – primary packaging & automation, supply chain & material handling and flexible
packaging, converting and corrugation. With 325+ exhibitors having already signed up for the show, PackPlus is expected to showcase a wide range of products and services related to packaging machines, materials & equipment, coding & marking solutions. Key solutions on display include flexo, gravure, offset & screen printing presses, label printing equipment, corrugated box making machinery, paper, film, foil, inks & other consumables, food production & processing equipment, barcodes & RFID, rigid & flexible packaging, flexible intermediate container, woven, sacks & other bulk packaging solutions, end-of- line packaging solutions, supply chain, logistics & material handling and much more. Spread over 15,000 sqm across 11 halls, PackPlus with its each edition has been receiving more international participation. This year, trade visitors will witness exhibits from USA, Canada, Germany, China and Taiwan. Renowned players from the industry including Nilkamal – BubbleGUARD, Pepperl+Fuchs, AKR Machinery, A V Engineers, Sahil Graphics, Zhongke India, B & R Industrial Automation, Gandhi Automations, Spheretech Packaging India, Maxcess India Automation and Bostik India
have already signed up for the show. Some of the leading global companies include Koch Pac-Systeme GmbH (Germany), Stewart’s of America (USA), R N Mark (Canada), Transpak & Frondoso Industry from Taiwan, Guangzhou Hengrui Nonwoven Co, Dongguan City Guanli Adhesive, Dongguan Jintian Paper Co from China among many others. Decision makers and specifiers from top and middle management from various industries including pharmaceutical & chemical; food & beverage, dairy & meat; engineering; garments & textiles; personal care products and logistics will be attending the show. Printers, converters, packaging professionals and packaging end-users as well as the providers of materials, equipment and services will also visit in large numbers. If you are a printer, converter, packaging professional or packaging materials, equipment and services provider then you must be present to offer or witness the latest developments and innovations and also to business and network! Co-located with CartonTech, SupplyPlus, PackSol and India Converting Show, PackPlus will be held from 28-31 August 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
SPPRING project workshop Print and paper specialists develop solutions to skills and recruitment challenges. 70 delegates gathered in Graz, Austria, on 6 June for a workshop tackling the pressing skills and recruitment challenges in the paper value chain. In three breakout sessions, representatives of printing companies, schools and universities, trade associations and recruitment specialists shared their experiences and contributed ideas to the forthcoming skills and recruitment strategy for the sector. Intergraf and CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, brought together key stakeholders in the print and paper industries to exchange views on current and future training and recruitment needs. The workshop in Graz was part of the SPPRING project (Skills for the Paper and Printing Industries’ Next Generations), which will develop a skills and recruitment strategy for the printing industry. Georg Konetzky, Head of Department for National Market Strategies at the Austrian Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, opened the day by setting out some of the challenges which many industries in Europe face, such as an ageing population, the development of artificial intelligence, and a mismatch between the supply and demand of skills. He then gave an overview of how officials in Austria are trying to meet these challenges, such as through better targeted apprenticeship schemes. European Commission representative Constanze Veeh then gave a presentation on how the changing reality of trade, climate change, and global power balances are
impacting European job markets. She highlighted the specific challenge of needing to prepare young people for jobs that may not yet exist. Constanze Veeh quoted American writer and businessman Alvin Toffler “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”. Intergraf organised three sessions throughout the day for the 40 delegates representing the print industry: firstly on current skills and education, training and recruitment needs in the print sector; secondly on future skills, education, training and recruitment needs; and thirdly on ‘Making it happen’, with delegates setting out their priority action steps to address the problems identified. Each breakout session for the print industry began with an opening presentation from a print specialist, and Mike Hopkins, Hilltop Consulting (UK), and Fiona Narburgh, 3F Consulting (UK), moderated the discussions. In parallel, the paper delegates also had targeted discussions. A number of issues were highlighted by the print delegates. It was raised that the industry suffers from a negative image of being perceived as old-fashioned; that there are not enough engineers applying for advertised jobs; and that training methods are not keeping up to date with the demands of modern students. Nevertheless, there was no shortage of ideas to address these problems, and the day concluded with delegates commenting on the positive, inspirational mood and renewed motivation to solve current and future problems. Intergraf Secretary General Beatrice Klose said that: “Following the crucial discussions at this workshop, SPPRING will continue to examine the current and future skills and
recruitment challenges our sector faces in order to develop best practice guidance for printers. This will ensure that employers in the print sector can find skilled workers – for the benefit and longevity of our sector”. Bernard de Galembert, CEPI’s Innovation and Bioeconomy Director said: “Those working in our industries are the best ambassadors. We want to promote the reality that our industries are modern, green, and high tech. Today has proven that there is a wealth of initiatives already in existence by which to do this”. Speakers • Georg Konetzky, Head of Department for National Market Strategies, Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria • Constanze Veeh, European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Print Industry Specialists: • Luc Bouters, International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts, Technology and Management, Artevelde Hogeschool, Belgium • Marcel Lemain, GOC advice and training centre, Netherlands • Mike Hopkins, Hilltop Consulting, UK Paper Industry Specialists: • Wolfgang Bauer, IPZ-Institute Graz, University of Technology, Austria • Gerald Kreuzer, PRO.GE (Industriall), Austria • Wolfgang Bliem, ibw Austria - Research & Development in VET, Austria.
Green Trend: From personal care to home care The green trend in the personal care industry is permeating to the home care & cleaning products industry.
Ecovia Intelligence sees a number of important initiatives introduced by home care brands and ingredient firms this year. Most developments are occurring in green packaging. Growing consumer awareness of plastic pollution is leading personal care and home care brands to experiment with new packaging materials. In June 2017, P&G was the first to use ‘beach plastic’ in its Head & Shoulders shampoo packaging; the recycled beach plastic was then utilised in its Fairy liquid bottles. Henkel, Unilever, Ecover and SC Johnson have all since started using beach plastic in product packaging. A number of personal care and home care brands have partnered with TerraCycle to launch the Loop platform. The circular shopping platform aims to make single-use packaging a thing of the past. Personal care and home care products, as well as food products, are delivered to consumer households and the waste packaging collected so it can be re-used. Loop has been launched in the US and France this year, and will be introduced in the UK and Canada. As will be shown at the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit, green ingredients are gaining currency in detergents and home care products. The personal care industry is already using an array of natural and sustainable materials in product formulations. Detergent and home care companies are looking at renewable feedstock to make green surfactants. Sustainable palm oil and coconut oil have been used for many years, however new sources are emerging. Croda recently launched its ECO range of biobased surfactants. The surfactants are made from biomass and certified according to the USDA BioPreferred program.
standards like Ecocert and NPA are highly established, as are environmentally-friendly schemes like Green Seal and Nordic Swan. A new development is that new labels are being introduced to represent products not containing contentious ingredients. In 2018, the Environmental Working Group extended its EWG Certified label to home care products. The Made Safe label has also recently been extended to home care products. • Large consumer good companies are responding by developing greener lines. Last month, SC Johnson expanded its line of concentrated cleaning products. P&G has been a pioneer with its laundry detergents for cold water washes. Unilever has gone further by launching a dedicated brand of green home care products. The Love, Home and Planet was introduced a few months ago; the range of laundry, dish and surface cleaning products are made using plant-based ingredients and packaged in recycled plastic. Ecovia Intelligence believes the green trend will continue to permeate the home care industry, influencing raw materials, formulations, packaging, as well as marketing of finished products. The question is whether brands should ‘green’ existing home care product lines, or start again and develop dedicated sustainable brands. An update on green trends in the personal care and home care industries will be given at the following events… • Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit North America (11-12 July, New York)
Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Europe (4-6 November, Paris) Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit Europe (6-7 November, Paris)
The Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit aims to advance sustainability in the cleaning products industry by debating key issues in a high-level forum. The North American edition of this international series will be hosted at the Park Central New York on 11-12th July 2019. The next European edition will take place in Paris on 6-7th November 2019. The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit has been covering sustainability issues in the cosmetic & personal care industry. The international series of summits now takes place in the major geographic regions of the world. The 11th European edition will take place in Paris on 4-6th November 2019. Ecovia Intelligence (formerly known as Organic Monitor) is a specialist research, consulting & training company that focuses on global ethical product industries.
The number of ethical labelling schemes for home care products is also rising. Natural
It’s a Match! - how Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing can work together. Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing are technologies that are still developing and getting more important every day. Our article demonstrates how these two can work together.
considerably reduce time and material waste. Also, AI could be used after the printing process to detect problems directly, and to improve the quality control of the 3D printed models.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t rocket science anymore, it’s already part of our daily life and as the technology is still growing, it’ll definitely be a bigger part of our future.
AI Build, a company based in London, already developed an automated AI-based 3D printing technology, with a smart extruder, allowing to detect problems: Their “AiMaker” is a high precision robotic end-effector that attaches to industrial robotic arms and is able to 3D print large objects at high speed with great accuracy. Combining advanced AI algorithms with real-time manufacturing data from its sensors and cameras, it detects any problems and makes autonomous decisions on the fly for achieving the best possible print quality.
The same development can be witnessed with 3D printing which is becoming more important every day and it’s still growing fast. Just think of, for example, constructing medical implants made of biomaterial with an ability to self-heal and regenerate, or building bridges with a new synthetic material fabricated with a unique blend of protein molecules similar to the ones used to produce spider web silk. That’s where AI could help. Wouldn’t it be really great if you could bring both technologies together?
Precision and Reproducibility
AI could also be a solution for one of the biggest challenges in additive manufacturing: The need for greater precision and reproducibility in 3D-printed parts.
For instance, when it comes to defect detection, AI could be included in 3D modelling programs via CAD software. Using AI in 3D printing could further optimize the printing process and help avoiding errors: The joint force of these technology could develop tools that are able to find defects that could make the model non-printable in a 3D model. A real-time control by the AI could
Supported by the National Science Foundation, a team from the College of Science in Purdue developed a new model-building algorithm and computer application for geometric accuracy control that could potentially improve part printing. This technology quickly corrects computeraided design models and produces parts
with improved geometric accuracy. It ensures that the printed parts conform more closely to the design and remain within necessary tolerances. This method also leads to improved consistency, assuring that the part will perform the same way even if it’s printed on a different machine. It’s also able to create complex designs that would not be possible with traditional manufacturing processes.
Designs and New Materials On top of the designs, AI is playing a key role in the process of inventing new materials with superior functions. This new development in engineering is enabling scientists and engineers to design a new class of materials that are stronger, lighter, more flexible, and less expensive to manufacture and thereby addresses the key challenges the industry has to tackle. Machine learning, and predictive modelling, a powerful subset of AI, are being used to accelerate the discovery of these new materials. Designers simply enter the desired properties into a program and algorithms predict which chemical building blocks can be combined at a micro level to create a structure with the desired functions and properties.
A Perfect Match? AI as a Part of 3D Modelling Programs 3D printing is a complex process, and AI could improve it considerably and make it even more efficient. The combination of Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing could lead to new applications of the additive manufacturing technology and more. As you can see, the future of AI in advanced materials, design, and engineering seems quite promising. Experts agree it will serve as a cornerstone to future innovation in almost every industry. We’re pretty sure that AI and 3D printing have a great future together and are curious about what’s coming next. We might see it at drupa 2020!
Miraclon discusses the future of Flexo: Industry meets to discuss ‘What’s Next?’ Miraclon, the independent home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, assembles key innovators to focus on transforming Flexo together. Miraclon, the new independent home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, is only a few weeks old, but the company is moving quickly with its strategy for continuing to drive innovation in the flexo package printing sector. Customers, industry influencers, channel partners and Miraclon team members from around the world are meeting at a series of Flexo Forums in the Americas, Europe and Asia to ask, “What’s Next?’ and focus on the Future of Flexo. With an agenda that covers topics ranging from sustainability requirements to print production efficiency and automation, and the technical innovations that will continue to drive the transformation of flexo into a modern, standardized manufacturing process, the three-day events are designed to harness the views of the full packaging value chain and facilitate ways to work more closely together to achieve a common goal. Among the guest speakers to date, Philippe Roulet, of Pack &Mat Consult and former Head of Packaging Materials and Training at Nestle, has provided insight into the Brand perspective on innovation with a particular focus on flexible packaging materials and environmental considerations, while Markus Bauschulte, Technical Sales
Director at Windmöller & Hölscher shared the company’s views on Industry 4.0 and the future of flexo in the flexible packaging sector. A lively discussion on the needs of Global Brands and how Service Providers can best meet their needs benefitted from Christopher Horton’s and Tim Hirsch’s extensive experience growing service provider companies like SGS and Pacificolor. Leader in packaging innovation Sanjay Patel, formerly with Coca Cola, leveraged his wealth of knowledge to facilitate workshops designed to foster creativity, agility and collaboration.
Awards show reality of transformation The Forums held in the Dominican Republic and Istanbul brought together winners of the inaugural Kodak Global Flexo Innovation Awards. Representatives of the companies responsible for the twelve winning entries, a blend of prepress specialists, printerconverters and consumer goods print buyers, received their coveted awards in a gala celebration and shared their unique stories in a series of interviews and panel discussions that focused on the value their innovations are bringing to print production operations and brand clients alike. With diverse areas of market focus from flexibles to carton and corrugated box production
the innovators truly embody the theme of transformation. Clear proof that the flexo process is firmly establishing itself as the process of choice for packaging is shown by the fact that 11 of the 12 winners had proved to clients that not only can flexo equal the quality of offset and gravure printing but outperform the other processes in workflow efficiency and sustainability. All winning entries were printed with KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates. “Miraclon may be a new name,” says Miraclon CEO Chris Payne, “but we are already a force to be reckoned with. We have a decade of achievement to build on and a global footprint, and most importantly, a forward-thinking team of more than 300 people that are focused on, and passionate about, flexo. The 2008 introduction of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System has helped to revolutionize flexo and ignited a constant stream of innovation since then from our R&D teams, our customers and our industry partners that has effectively created a brand-new industry in which flexo is a genuine alternative to offset and gravure. Underpinned by our KODAK FLEXCEL technology, today’s most capable flexo production offers an unrivalled combination of quality, consistency and printability that more and more brands want in their supply chains – and I’m excited that, collectively, we are not standing still. There is so much more that the flexo process can do and we’re honoured to lead the charge.”
Customer service 4.0 - reliability and value for the customer. The world of customer service has taken a major breakthrough. The era of long waits and expensive trips is definitely giving way to rapid, specific and remote interventions, made possible by new technologies based on “virtual” presence and the Internet of Things. OMET has been following this path long since: diagnostics, increasingly precise, and production chain, now on the way of complete digitalization, are opening the door to an interactive, real-time customer service, with big time and money savings for customers. The cornerstone of the OMET “Customer First” service is remote diagnostics. Appropriate software allows OMET technicians to remotely monitor any OMET line, wherever is it installed in the world, through a secure Internet connection. They can investigate any customer needs, interactively acting with local staff using chat, video or images. OMET customer service can remotely check real time parameters, trends and alerts, and perform remote tests, checkups as well as technical interventions. “A new remote connection system has been activated since 2012 and installed by default on every OMET machine since 2016 - explains Antonio Muraca, OMET Technical Assistance & Spare Parts Department -. On demand, it can be installed on previous lines. The software scans the machine, checking how devices and actuators are responding and producing diagrams and graphs that show the engines performances, allowing to identify immediately the cause of any alert. Trouble-shooting at a software level can be solved directly online, and mechanical interventions can be managed by on-site staff, virtually driven by OMET’s specialists that knows the machine in detail. If spare parts are needed, the involved parts can be excluded from processes to allow continuing the production”. OMET customer service goes beyond on-call interventions. Data detected by the software allow the customer service keeping track of stops or malfunctions. The analysis of these trends over time make it possible to verify critical issues and take actions to solve
problems and to increase the efficiency of the line with targeted interventions. Moreover, the analysis of deviations from the standard parameters allows to program maintenance, avoiding wear problems. This allows customers to have scheduled downtimes, with significant time savings and loss limitations. “Statistics show that remote assistance allows to avoid up to 400 on-site interventions per year, solving customers’ needs in a few hours - says Muraca -. Recent web surveys report great satisfaction among customers for this kind of assistance, which allows to reduce significantly the loss of time and money associated with production downtimes”. “Reliability is a value that has always made OMET standing out on the market: one of
the cornerstones of our reputation,” explains Marco Calcagni, OMET Sales & Marketing Director. “We are investing in the customer service because market satisfaction is our priority: we work constantly to make our machines and services bring efficiency, productivity and profit to the customers. Investment in 4.0 technologies is the key to the future that will see also our commitment in augmented reality.” OMET provides 24x7 assistance through its service centers located in North America (USA), Europe (Italy), Asia (China). The offer is divided in two packages designed to allow customers having the best economic and time saving: Active (active technical support, by call and remote) and ProActive (technical assistance and preventive maintenance).
In conversation with Prateek Kaushik Portfolio Director – Next Events Private Limited (A member of Reed Exhibitions & a part of RELX Group). Congratulations on PackPlus being acquired by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest event organizer. How do you plan to take the events to newer heights? Prateek Kaushik: Thank you! The industry has been appreciating PackPlus over the past several years, establishing it as the leading marketplace for packaging and converting industries. The global footprint and network of Reed Exhibitions and synergies of PackPlus with other events in Reed’s product portfolio will enable PackPlus to grow further. At Reed Exhibitions, we work closely with industry stakeholders to offer maximum value to our customers – visitors, exhibitors and other key groups. I’m pleased to inform that the show has once again received tremendous response and we are all set to put together a bigger, better and bolder edition of PackPlus this August. The show will take place at Pragati Maidan from 28-31 August 2019 and will be open to all trade visitors from across industries.
What features can we expect visitors and exhibitors to experience at PackPlus shows? Prateek Kaushik: Our USP has always been the quality of buyers at the show. Over the years, we have been trying to improve the experience our customers by offering a variety of facilities and tools to make sure that they make the most of their visit. In the past edition, we introduced online matchmaking platform which was really well received! This year, visitors and exhibitors can will experience ‘GoConnect’ our online matchmaking tool which will allow them to fix their meetings prior to the show. With Reed Exhibitions on board, we have plans to offer enhanced experience to our customers and make sure that relevancy remains the key. Expect to witness hundreds of live product demonstrations, machinery-in-action, specialised packaging, automation technologies and innovative packaging solutions – offering a complete value chain under one roof. Attendees can expect to source end-to-end solutions for their factories, plant, warehousing and retail facilities.
What are the major highlights of upcoming PackPlus Delhi edition? Prateek Kaushik: Innovative packaging technology at its core, today PackPlus is the biggest event in its segment with 400+ exhibiting companies and growing. Trade visitors can source new solutions to enhance their product portfolio offerings, build a robust network and enter new markets. Solutions such as flexible packaging, non-woven bag, paper bag, paper cup, paper straw, rigid box making, and finished packaging solutions will be some of the highlights at the show. There are several global product launches lined up along with showcase of latest innovations in both packaging and machine automation.
Which solutions and technologies can we expect at PackPlus? Can you share a bit about the exhibiting companies? Prateek Kaushik: PackPlus offers a large gamut of solutions including print, converting, carton, corrugation, primary packaging automation, secondary packaging, material handling, supply chain along with an exclusive zone on finished packaging. Renowned players from the industry including UFLEX Limited, Nilkamal Ltd–BubbleGUARD, Pepperl+Fuchs, AKR Machinery, A V Engineers, Sahil Graphics, Zhongke India, B & R Industrial Automation, Gandhi Automations, Spheretech Packaging India , DIA Automation, NBG Printrographic
Machinery, Bostik India among many others are on board to showcase their solutions at the show. Some of the leading global companies include Koch Pac-Systeme GmbH (Germany), Stewart’s of America INC. (USA), R N Mark Inc.(Canada), Transpak & Frondoso Industry Inc. (Taiwan), Guangzhou Hengrui Non-woven Co, Dongguan City Guanli Advesive, Dongguan Jintian Paper Co from China and many more confirmed their participation at PackPlus 2019.
Moving forward, how would you like to project PackPlus? What are your future plans? Prateek Kaushik: PackPlus has always been the first choice for domestic exhibitors and agents representing several foreign companies. Now with Reed Exhibitions, we will expand our reach globally, making it the only global packaging destination in India for global and domestic players alike. As we continue to add more features to the show, we are also exploring to widen our visitor base from neighbouring countries and regions including Middle-East, South-Africa, China, Sri-Lanka to name a few. PackPlus 2019 will take place in New Delhi from Pragati Maidan from 28-31 August 2019 along with PackSol and CartonTech.
NSIC extends its support to PackPlus PackPlus, the total Packaging, Converting and Supply Chain event, is coming to PragatiMaidan, New Delhi in the month of August. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), A Government of India Enterprise which is working to promote, aid and foster the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in the country has extended its support to the event. NSIC is an ISO 9001-2015 certified Government of India Enterprise under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). To showcase the competencies of Indian SSIs and to capture market opportunities, NSIC participates in selective exhibitions and trade fairs every year. It facilitates the participation of the small enterprises by providing concessions in rental etc.
and finished packaging solutions will be the major attraction at the show. There are several global product launches lined up along with showcase of latest innovations in both packaging and machine automation. Many exhibitors at PackPlus are from the MSME sector and offering solutions to the Pharmaceutical & Chemical; Food & Beverage, Dairy & Meat; Engineering; Garments & Textiles; Personal Care Products and Logistics sector. As NSIC has extended its support to PackPlus, the companies participating through NSIC will be getting some rebate in participation cost and thus exposing these enterprises to international practices and enhances their business prowess. The organisers of PackPlus has urged all the
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises from packaging and allied industries to grab this opportunity and participate at the show and get benefitted. PackPlus 2019 will take place in New Delhi from PragatiMaidan from 28-31 August 2019 along with PackSol and CartonTech.
With over 400 exhibitors and spread across 11 halls, PackPlus is the biggest event in the packaging sector. There will be many opportunities available for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to source new solutions, enhance product portfolio offerings, build a robust network and enter new markets. Solutions such as flexible packaging, non-woven bag, paper bag, paper cup, paper straw, rigid box making,
OMET to present a new printing line at Labelexpo Europe 2019 To be present with a central stand in the Hall 6 (C49-C53) and live demos on 3 machines. OMET will be one of the key players at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels (24-27 September 2019). OMET will be presenting a new machine of XFlex line. Three machines will be on display at the OMET Labelexpo stand. Beyond the new line, there will be an iFLEX and XJet powered by Durst, the hybrid digital + flexo machine. XJet powered by Durst offers a wide range of in-line multi-process technologies for
finishing requirements (cold foil, hot foil, embossing, varnishing, peel & seal, delamrelam…) as well as efficient converting solutions as OMET Monotwin-Cut variable size die-cut, OMET Twist easy-change die and OMET Rock’n’Roll matrix stripping. Hybrid XJet is a great solution for short run with versioning and personalisation, variable data printing and fast set up. Featuring high speed performances (78 m/min), the low ink laydown and the cost analysis and personalisation, it could be ideal also for medium runs. It prints in high quality with 1200x1200 dpi, offset-like quality and sharp precision in details and vignette, with addingvalue features, all-in-one production and combination printing.
For growth oriented printed enterpreneurs who are seeking for a high performance flexo press at an affordable price, iFLEX is an ideal solution that provides high quality output with low cost of production. Besides, the iFlex comes with newly designed and highly sophisticated features which help printers in reducing set-up waste, production waste, changeover times and overall cost of maintenance.
Print Matters for the Future 2019: Print Enters a New Era A record 76 international delegates from 26 countries joined the latest instalment of Intergraf’s annual Print Matters for the Future conference in London. agencies already understand that “Print has an impact because it stays around for longer […] – it has a lot of longevity”. She highlighted the effectiveness of print in marketing campaigns and its particular importance for creatives, who must be able to deliver their desired message in a singlepage print ad, or it does not work. Every year in late spring, Intergraf organises the ‘Print Matters for the Future’ conference, exploring and presenting the most pertinent topics to the European graphic industry. At the event in Syon Park, London last month, 8 expert speakers presented their views on the sector to a participatory, international audience. The event was moderated by Cees Verweij, President of Intergraf and Chairman of KVGO (NL), and Michael Makin, President of the WPCF and President & CEO of Printing Industries of America (North America). The conference began with a presentation from Charles Jarrold, CEO of our host, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF). He informed participants about the state of the graphic industry in the UK, highlighting that “Overall, there are lots of dynamic, interesting things going on in our industry”. Charles went on to explain how “It’s absolute nonsense that print is failing”, pointing out how amazing print is at “providing engagement and depth of experience.” He also clarified that the UK’s economy continues to do OK, despite continued Brexit uncertainty. Charles was followed by Faye Hawkins, Managing Director of First Base Unlimited for Print Power, who explained that creative
Next, Professor Adriaan van der Weel presented the results of the COST Action E-READ project, which shows clearly that “People do tend to read more shallowly from screens”. Reading on paper “yields better comprehension outcomes” – even for younger people (sometimes described as ‘digital natives’). In fact, “Screen inferiority effects compared to paper have increased rather than decreased over time, regardless of age group”, proving that the notion of ‘digital natives’ when it comes to reading does not exist. These conclusions are particularly important for elementary schools, which could lose up to 2/3 of their yearly increase in reading comprehension by using digital reading materials over paper. In his presentation about the latest developments in paper technology, including paper made from vinegar, professor Rodrigo Martins from the New University of Lisbon asked “Can we transform science fiction into reality?” concluding that “We’re very close to this”. Professor Martins made clear that printers have to “change our paradigm to meet the challenges of the future”. Further speakers at Print Matters for the Future included Alejandro Mata Lopez from Fastmarkets RISI, who discussed the details of recent developments in paper
and pulp prices, stating that “The European graphic paper market was clearly paper producer driven until 2018, but conditions are rapidly changing in favour of buyers”. Garry Mellor from the BPIF presented the details of an ongoing project which produces industry best practice guides to make operational improvements in printing companies. According to Garry, “Everyone does something well. The trick is to identify this best practice and systematically share it throughout the organisation.” In the final presentations of the day, delegates heard the insights of Luke Lloyd, Market Research Manager at the International Post Corporation. Luke demonstrated that “Print is seen more positively than email or online ads”, contrary to popular belief. Bernd Zipper, Founder & CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH, closed the conference with his views on online print and the wider industry, stating that “print won’t die; and it will not become worthless; but worthless printers will die”. He explained that the industry is experiencing a “Zeitenwende” (“turn of an era”), in which “Transforming companies have to change to survive in the competitive arena.” In a conclusion which adequately sums up the whole conference, Bernd Zipper affirmed that “Print is transforming and printers need to get on board.”
Kongsberg enables Nancy offer new branding solutions for signage Mumbai based signage solutions provider Nancy Graphics adds branding solutions and value for its customers enabled by their latest Esko Kongsberg. Mumbai-based Nancy Graphics offers Point of Presence (POP) branding solutions for signage to corporate as well as retail clients. Operating in Mumbai’s printing hub in Lower Parel for over a decade, Nancy Graphics has a comprehensive array of solvent, eco-solvent, and Latex inkjet printers. The recent addition of an Esko Kongsberg X24 cutting table driven by Esko ArtiosCAD software has helped the company to add signage branding solutions and value for its customers. Bringing the new industrial strength solution for cutting and creasing in-house has resulted in added volumes and improved revenues for Nancy Graphics.
“We now offer a lot of value-added branding solutions for signage to our customers apart from our regular signage and branding products. The customer response has been amazing.” – J. Christopher, Nancy Graphics
“With margins in the regular signage and branding segment under pressure due to severe competition, we decided to go for the Esko Kongsberg X24 cutting table. This solution helped us in handling the widest range of material from corrugated, duplex and Kappa boards to rigid material like ACP, MDF and acrylic. We now offer a lot of value-added branding solutions for signage to our customers apart from our regular signage and branding products,” said Mr J Christopher, owner of Nancy Graphics.
Intuitive i-cut Production Console 2.0
Key Notes : > The recent addition – Esko Kongsberg X24 cutting table driven by Esko ArtiosCAD software. > Bringing industrial strength solution for cutting and creasing in-house results in added volumes and improved revenues. > The X24 cuts and creases the widest range of substrates – V grooving on Kappa, sun board and ACP etc; also get diamond polishing texture on acrylics.
The Kongsberg X24 sign starter (1680 mm x 3200 mm) is the latest model with the i-cut Production Console 2.0 intuitive icon-based user interface console. The machine is capable of cutting and creasing the widest range of substrates with capabilities like V grooving on Kappa, sun board and ACP. It can also give a diamond polishing texture on acrylics.
For designing packaging structures, more people use Esko ArtiosCAD than any other structural design software in the world. With dedicated tools specifically designed for packaging and signage professionals for product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing, it increases productivity throughout the production workflow. Ideal for all corrugated, folding carton and POP, POS, and FSDU display designers, it is unrivalled in structural packaging design. Since the installation of the Kongsberg X24, Nancy Graphics has produced a great variety of prototypes and products including large cartons, puzzles, acrylic table calendars and sunpack bags. For cutting this wide variety of materials, the company used to approach third parties to get the job done, which was very time consuming. Christopher explains: “With the Kongsberg installed we can handle these materials in-house and the whole process is under our control. We were planning to get a cutting table for some time and had considered going for a much cheaper option, but we decided to go for Kongsberg X24 because of the high precision cutting that it offers. Also, machines like this are meant to last.” The Kongsberg X24 table has helped Nancy Graphics offer new solutions and get more orders. “The response that we have got from our customers for our new offerings has been amazing,” he said.
The i-cut Production Console 2.0 has greatly reduced the learning curve. A new operator can quickly learn to operate and get the best out of the Kongsberg X24 table. The set-up time is minimal for material changes. The machine tooling can be preconfigured according to the materials available or likely to be used.
J Christopher, owner of Nancy Graphics
Mikami Tiger-1800B-MkII’s 1st global showing at ITMA 2019 Mimaki has its first global showing of a brand-new hybrid digital textile printer at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain from 20-26 June. Mimaki Engineering showcased its broad portfolio of cutting-edge digital print technologies at ITMA 2019 (20-26 June 2019, Fira de Barcelona, Spain). This included the first global showing of its brand-new hybrid digital textile printer, uniquely featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities. Crucially, these features enable textile and garment manufacturers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased business growth. To facilitate these benefits, the new Mimaki printer also allows multiple sets of inks to be loaded simultaneously, supporting increased fabric range versatility and maximum product variety. As the future of textile printing and for further production benefits, Mimaki also gave a sneak preview of its new and upcoming TA Job Controller software, specifically designed for textile production environments. For use on Mimaki’s successful EDP-awarded Tiger Pro Series and Rimslow TR Series – and all Mimaki textile printers – TA Job Controller enables users to connect one-on-one to the RIP and other devices, for an automated workflow from design to pre-print, print and post-print processes. Featuring pioneering inkjet printing equipment, advanced workflow software and top-performance inks, Mimaki demonstrated how its long-term commitment to the textile arena and extensive investment in R&D can help textile print service providers boost their business. It also showed them how they can cut their production costs and diversify their offering to maintain competitiveness. The key highlight on the Mimaki booth (H3B110) was the company’s flagship industrial digital textile printer, the Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII – in dye-sublimation configuration. Combining Mimaki’s Japanese expertise in electronics with La Meccanica’s knowhow in building solid and robust belt printer bodies with ‘made-in-Italy’ design, the Tiger-1800B MkII – the latest model of Tiger1800B Series – enables users to produce extremely high-quality products (up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution) at up to 385m2/h print
speed, without the need to compromise on production and throughput. The Tiger-1800B MkII features a number of pioneering Mimaki core technologies, including MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). MAPS prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. This feature, alongside NRS, enables the printer to replace damaged nozzles without stopping production – enhancing the printer’s performance and boosting productivity and print quality for the user. From its advanced TR series, Mimaki also showed the TR300-1850C coating machine and the TR300-1850S steaming machine, and the benefits of a total solution for textile print production. Providing the equipment needed to operate the entire digital textile workflow, Mimaki’s all-in-one solution ensures complete technology compatibility, as well as increased productivity, print quality and reduced production costs. “As a pioneer in textile printing, this industry has always been in our company’s DNA and we are excited to show our extensive textile portfolio at ITMA 2019,” comments Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe. “The potential of digital printing in textiles is clearly evident, and we aim to provide the technology to enable our customers to take full advantage of it and grow profitably.” Mimaki also used ITMA 2019 to showcase its wide range of flagship solutions addressing different textile market segments. These include:
Mimaki TS55-1800: A dye-sublimation business-enhancing printer, the TS55-1800 addresses the entry and mid-level markets offering continuous operation and an unprecedented price-quality ratio. Equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies, the printer achieves high productivity and high-quality print with vibrant colours and vivid imagery and is suitable for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel and soft signage. Mimaki UCJV300-160: A roll-to-roll UV LED inkjet integrated printer/cutter, featuring a white ink capability. A versatile printing system, the UCJV300-160 uniquely enables four-layer printing for transformative backlit applications, and five-layer printing, allowing different designs to be viewed on both sides of a substrate simultaneously. Visitors at ITMA 2019 saw the UCJV300-160 printing wallpapers live. At ITMA 2019, the company also demonstrated its cooperation with worldrenowned designers who are driving innovation with cutting-edge and inspirational printed textile applications. As part of this approach, Dutch retail fashion designer, Tessa Koops, used the show to demonstrate the power of Mimaki digital print technology for increased creativity, personalisation and profitability within the fashion industry.
Durst at ITMA 2019 - showcases new fifth generation Alpha technology with SuperMultipass. Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, showcased its Alpha comprehensive technology platform on Booth A210, Hall 3 at ITMA in Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via, Spain, from 20-26 June. Headlining was the fifth generation Alpha printing systems delivered with Durst’s new software to meet increased demands of textile digital printing. The new Alpha Series 5 190 and 330 printing systems unveiled at ITMA feature improvements in material handling, efficiency and material diversity. The technology platform offers a sustainable, flexible and scalable solutions for every application, even enabling waterless onestep production with the new Durst Advanced Digital Pigment ink. The Alpha Series 5 printers, including dual roll, are all equipped with the new Durst Workflow Print and the monitoring tool Durst Analytics to become a production unit from day one. To integrate e-commerce businesses, Durst offers a scalable solution with Durst Smart Shop. Backed by consultancy and seamless integration provided through Durst Professional Services, the new workflow software gives users access to key functions in production such as color management and RIP. Expansion modules are integrated with the printing system to create a production process “from pixel to output”. The new Alpha 190 / 330 Series 5 with SuperMultipass is claimed to provide 30% better performance than comparable systems. This next generation of high performance printing systems integrate new technologies in the printheads, inks, drying units, and in the interaction of software. The Alpha Series 5 can also have a patented SwiftJet Pretreatment System positioned upstream of the Alpha printer. Digital pretreatment is particularly valuable for shortrun and fast-turnaround jobs. For the Alpha Series 5, Durst offers environmentally friendly water-, acid- and reactive-based ink systems. Its Advanced Digital Pigment is the world’s first ink system
that enables a one-step process with soft touch and brilliant colours. Universally used in textile applications, it also has excellent light fastness and wet rub fastness and can be used on all types of fabric. In addition, the ink family includes Durst Disperse HD, which is a first choice for polyester applications and also regularly used in home textiles, apparel, fashion, flags, banners, outdoor signage and other POP applications; and Durst Reactive HD where common applications are home textiles, apparel and fashion. All these inks are Oekotex 100 and GOTS 5.0 compliant. Martin Winkler, Durst Group’s Segment Manager, Textile Printing, said: “ITMA is
another important platform to demonstrate our proven Alpha technology and advanced software. The fabrics, soft signage and textile markets support fast turnaround short runs and sustainability using digital technology. Our growing number of customers makes savings in colouring inks and water consumption, as well as in production costs and delivery times. They are backed by world-class support from skilled consultants and integrators provided through Durst Professional Services, as well as comprehensive training in our Customer Experience Center at our head office in Brixen.”
Kornit Digital launches KornitKonnect - a great cloud software analytics connectivity platform that maximizes business results and productivity.
Kornit Digital, a global provider of digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new cloud-based, mobile workflow software platform that enables businesses to maximize productivity of their digital printing solutions. This is the first phase in Kornit’s implementation of its industry vision of textile design, decoration and production being fueled by data-driven insights and performance metrics. In its first phase, the Kornit Konnect enables businesses to monitor production, analyse insights and manage their fleet, in order to eliminate blind spots. It includes a fleet management dashboard, data driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job, making it easy for businesses to learn more, react faster and perform better. Future phases and releases of the Kornit Konnect will enable deeper insights and actions as it comes to optimizing production management and enabling a seamless software workflow environment for businesses of all sizes.
“While businesses need to deliver highquality faster than ever to maintain customer loyalty, they are also challenged to maximize their efficiency and productivity,” said Omer Kulka, VP Marketing at Kornit Digital. “Konnect empowers these businesses to make better-informed production decisions and act on them, with greater visibility and
control over their operations. We have a revolutionary vision for this cloud-based platform and have plans to frequently add new modules and features that customers can leverage for long-term business success.
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