New Zealand Printer April 2024

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New Zealand Printer April 2024 WIDE FORMAT +Plus with 1987-2024 years in print Top 10 Apprentices Countdown to drupa Elitron arrives in NZ Easy2C gets HP Indigo Unlock Profitable Growth Meet us at Hall 17 May 28 - June 7 / 2024 Powe red by I nn ova t i o n Road to Drupa Visit

New HP Indigo launch points the way to print’s future

Latest HP Indigo solutions are bound

for drupa 2024.

At the recent Dscoop Edge Indy event, HP introduced two new generation B2 presses, the HP Indigo 120K Digital Press and the HP Indigo 18K Digital Press, as well as the HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press, and innovations across the intelligent production floor.

Currie Group supplies HP Indigo solutions across New Zealand and Australia. Craig Paul, country manager for Currie Group New Zealand, says, “HP Indigo is relentless in its pursuit of innovation and continuous improvement. This pre-drupa announcement shows a commitment to providing HP Indigo customers with new ways to grow their business with advancements in technology and outside of the box thinking.”

“The HP Indigo 120K Digital Press offers best-in-class productivity, while the HP Indigo 18K Digital Press handles the widest range of print applications ever produced with a single B2 digital press. The HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press shows an innovative approach to digital security printing.

“We look forward to showing you these exciting solutions when you visit the stand at drupa 2024.”

HP is also rolling out the commercial availability of the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press after successful beta site installations.

In addition, HP has expanded its platform for monitoring and managing presses and workflow with enhancements to PrintOS; HP Indigo PQ Maestro; Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and advanced print modes. Haim Levit, senior vice president and division president of HP Industrial Print, says, “We are committed to unlocking profitable and sustainable growth for our customers. Our LEP, LEPx, and inkjet technologies have improved in terms of quality, versatility, productivity, sustainability, and economics and our commitment and significant investment into continuous innovation has enabled over 8,000 printers and converters to expand their businesses and grow sustainably.

“HP has been a digital transformation leader for more than 30 years, and our digital printing technology has established the gold standard in commercial print and labels and packaging production.”

Intelligent factory floors

HP is defining the industry approach to automation through AI and robotics, launching a comprehensive print production automation ecosystem.

Based on internal studies, customers who leverage automated processes achieve 51 per cent higher volume and 80 per cent more jobs per press compared to less automated customers. These customers also grow at an average of 27 per cent

year-over-year which is higher than the industry average. HP’s holistic approach combines effective presses with intelligent features from job submission to delivery.

Specific efficiency innovations include:

PrintOS Production Beat Support –for analogue printing and finishing equipment, to enable customers to monitor their entire production floor, not only HP presses, capturing data in real time from analogue equipment and digitalizing the entire production.

HP Indigo PQ Maestro – offering an intelligent start-of-day wizard that optimizes press performance.

Preflight – an AI-based decision-making tool that automatically predicts the suitability of the best-fit print mode by learning customers preferences.

AAA 2.0 (Auto Alert Agent) advanced – a machine-learning algorithm that increases print productivity with zero human intervention.

As the industry moves towards a more productive production floor, HP has introduced Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) in collaboration with MoviĜo Robotics to automate media transfer, saving up to two hours per day, per press.

Developed in collaboration with printers and converters, HP has launched the HP Sustainability Amplifier programme enabling printers and converters to accelerate their sustainability agenda and offer more sustainable prints. The programme, in collaboration with HP’s Sustainable Impact Strategy, aligns with HP’s commitment to renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

2 April 2024 COVER STORY
delivers high productivity gains
HP Indigo customers will achieve production gains using HP’s comprehensive print production automation ecosystem

HP Indigo 120K Digital Press sets the new standard for high volume digital printing

New press targets productivity with print speeds of up to 6,000 sheets per hour

a new

HP says the HP Indigo 120K Digital Press sets a new standard for high-volume production and automation, while enabling printers to move jobs from analogue to digital more intuitively and economically to meet demanding customer needs.

Optimising production floors by combining analogue and digital technologies, the HP Indigo 120K reduces human touchpoints and enables multi-press operation by a single operator. It delivers print speeds of 6,000 sheets per hour with up to 90 per cent press availability. Designed to deliver tens of thousands of B2 sheets every day, it produces over two million B2 sheets per month.

The ECO print mode reduces the press’s carbon footprint by 11 per cent, supporting sustainability goals. It also reduces click price by intelligently creating a vivid image while using less ink.

HP Indigo 120K Digital Press features:

• Prints at 6,000 sheets per hour 3/02 and 4,500 sheets per hour 4/0.

• Generates over two million B2 sheets per month.

• True digital continuous operation that enables non-stop paper feeding; non-stop colour measurement; and continuous stacking.


• Multiple input and output paper sources allow a seamless and automated switchover process for jobs and paper on-the-fly.

• Reliable and predictable paper transport uses a robust gripper-togripper paper feed technology.

• Designed with durable parts for easy service handling

• Highly automated production with reduced press attendance allows multipress operation by a single operator.

• AI-based technology for image quality troubleshooting and diagnostics.

• High uptime and low service costs with AI-based predictive press care and maintenance capabilities.

• Increase press availability and end-toend line efficiencies and reduce paper waste with advanced and automated AI-based inspection system.

• Reduce labour and turnaround time with Auto-Pallet Replacement (APR) at the delivery.

• Automated colour control system eliminates the need for manual colour tracking.

• Enable quick operator onboarding with intuitive and straightforward user interface innovations.

• The widest range of both coated and uncoated substrates.

• HD Imaging option delivers a smooth and sharp image with high LPI screens.

• Lower cost and environmental impact using the digital printing process to

eliminate aluminium consumption, reduce paper waste, and shorten and makeready time.

• HP Indigo Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) boosts productivity by 33 per cent; reduces operating cost per sheet; and saves 25 per cent of energy consumption per sheet while printing.

• The new ECO four-colour print mode option helps reduce carbon footprint by 11 per cent.

• HP Indigo’s Recycling Imaging Oil (RIO) technology reuses imaging oil and reduces up to 35 per cent of waste.

3 April 2024 COVER STORY
Setting standard high-volume production and automation: the HP Indigo 120K Digital Press The new HP Indigo 120K Digital Press delivers high quality, high volume direct mail, magazine, and book production


HP Indigo 18K Digital Press covers the printing gamut

Versatile, user friendly, and efficient new press delivers the widest range of print applications

The HP Indigo 18K Digital Press takes versatility, efficiency, and user-friendliness to new heights. It handles the widest range of print applications ever produced with a single B2 digital press, accommodating diverse substrates and job types seamlessly.

Advanced AI features like auto recovery and proactive alerts enhance productivity and simplify the entire production process, achieving up to 80 per cent press availability within a single shift. Aligning with HP’s sustainability commitment, the Indigo 18K supports Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), delivering 24 per cent energy savings per sheet6.

HP lists the 18K features:

• The widest application range produced with a single press produces everything from general commercial print applications and high-end photo printing to folding carton applications, secure printing, heat transfer, gaming, and more.

• The new press supports more than 2,000 certified substrates, 75 per cent of which are sustainable media, ranging from 75 to 600 microns.

• Flexibly accommodate different media thicknesses with new exclusive duplex printing on thick substrates (450-600 microns) and smooth handling of light substrates.

• Produce unlimited colour combinations with seven ink stations, featuring 12 specialty ElectroInks and

a countless array of spot colours.

• Advanced AI tools that help produce more jobs in a single shift.

• Enhanced operator experience through clear visualisation and navigation as well as proactive communication and real-time notifications.

• Auto recovery and proactive prediction of potential downtime alerts increase press utilisation by up to five per cent.

• Machine learning algorithms and the PrintOS Productivity Power Pack enable multi-press operation by a single operator.

• Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM) enables printing of 4,600 colour pages per hour, reducing the cost per sheet by 25 per cent as well as gaining a 33 per cent productivity boost and 24 per cent energy saving per sheet.

• AI-powered Auto Alert Agent (AAA 2.0) requires zero human intervention to detect print defects, discard faulty output, and reprints on the fly.

• Print continuously with non-stop feeding technology featuring the digital flexibility of up to five input sources.

• Boost output quality with the HD Imaging option to deliver exceptional smoothness and sharpness.

• Print solid micro-text quality with the fine line RIP option.

• Achieve top-tier photo quality at the touch of a button. The Photo-Pro Mode eliminates the need for a photo specialist by automatically using CMYK+LLK inks on demand.

• AI-based automation for image quality PQ Maestro troubleshooting, and diagnostics.

• Experience consistent, perfect colour reproduction across presses and sites. Monitor colour with the HP PrintOS Quality Power Pack.

• Achieve G7 master5 or FograCert certification using HP Print OS Color Beat.

The HP Indigo 18K Digital Press produces everything from general commercial print applications and high-end photo printing to folding carton applications, secure printing, heat transfer, gaming, and more

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The HP Indigo 18K Digital Press


HP Indigo ushers in a new era for security and narrow web printing

Executing security-focused print jobs in a single pass, the HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press does what no other security printing press does.

Collaborating with Jura JSP, the HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press enables workflows tailor-made for security production lines. It allows print companies to diversify their offerings, cater to a comprehensive range of security needs, and acquire new customers to grow their business.

HP lists the HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press features:

• One pass compared to traditional security solutions that typically require multiple passes through multiple devices. For example, HP Indigo Secure solutions can print secure inks, secure graphical design, and secure serialisation on one press, in one pass.

• HP Indigo security printing solution, including solutions based on HP Indigo LEP technology, HP Indigo inks, and new solutions, based on

alliances, designed specifically for HP Indigo technology.

• On the fly composer creates more efficient workflow for variable page composition with on-the-fly RIP for variable documents. It enables quicker printing and less time spent in prepress.

• Mix Mode gives you the ability to switch easily between secure and non-secure jobs.

• Print within a secure printing environment (Secure DFE) with job auto-delete, encrypted workflow, controlled production, and no reprinting.

• Secure your print process with JURA software and features developed exclusively for HP Indigo secure presses.

• Provides an Original Producer mark that can be embedded into security documents, suitable for lab inspection.

• Print with exclusive security inks restricted to the HP Indigo secure press (invisible red, colour shifting taggants).

• Offer your customers secure variable

data printing for mass customisation of documents.

• Six dedicated ink stations deliver for high quality colour, including spot colours, invisible inks, taggant inks, premium white, and easy release.

• Increase production efficiency with high-performance Secure Composer, which builds secure jobs while printing

HP Indigo V12 Digital Press roll out

Noam Zilbershtain, vice president and general manager for HP Indigo and Scitex, “We are excited to announce that HP will roll out general commercial availability of the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press, the fastest narrow web digital press on the market and first press to utilise the new LEPx technology. Commercial availability comes after successful beta site installations including Brook + Whittle, a leader in sustainable packaging and digital printing in the US.”

HP Indigo V12 Digital Press features:

• Print up to six colours at 120 linear metres per minute, using six inline imaging engines running simultaneously. Produce up to 130,000 linear metres per day with one operator.

• High definition (HD) imaging: HD Imaging System on press offers native to 1600 dpi resolution.

• Up to 12-colours on press. Change inks on the fly and create any combination of colours.

• Print on one of the industry’s largest range of digital label printing range of substrates, from 12 micron film to 450 micron (18pt) board. Support pressuresensitive, sleeves, flexible packaging, tubes, IMLs and more.

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HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press arrives as HP Indigo V12 Digital Press rolls out. The new HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press does what no other security printing press does Beta testing has finished and the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press is now commercially available HP Indigo produces premium labels

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2-5 Currie Group: HP has revealed the latest HP Indigo presses, which will feature on the company’s stand at drupa 2024: the HP Indigo 120K Digital Press; the HP Indigo 18K Digital Press, and the HP Indigo 7K Secure Digital Press. The company will also show a raft of other innovations to drupa, and Currie Group will be there.

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12-13 Helping Hand: Iain MacIntyre profiles Hammerking Rollers as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

14-16 Comment: Ruth Cobb introduces the Top 10 apprentices in the running for the Apprentice of the Year.

Features p18-36

18 Fujifilm Business Innovation: Pure Print has upgraded its digital production to a new Revoria PC1120 Press.

20 Currie Group: Easy2C, our biggest calendar maker, has installed an HP Indigo 15K HD Digital Press.

22 Think Laterally: Mick Rowan says the time has come to tap into the power of collaboration

36 Epson: The new Auto Table for the SD-10 spectrophotometer will make colour management easier and more reliable.

Countdown to drupa p23-35

23-25 Showtime: Excitement is building as drupa prepares to open on May 28 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

26 RMGT: Automation will feature heavily on the RMGT stand with two offset presses in operation.

28 Durst: The new P5 Super Multi Pass (SMP) printer from Durst will launch at the show.

30 Fujifilm: A robotic automation system for the Acuity Hybrid wide format printers will feature on the Fujifilm stand.

21 Heidelberg: The press giant promises an automated packaging workflow as part of its drupa offering.

32 Konica Minolta: A new top-of-theline AccurioJet 60000 will take centre-stage on Konica Minolta’s stand.

34 Kodak: A focus on helping printers increase productivity and profitability has Kodak ready for the show.

35 Xeikon: From flexible labels to automated workflows, Xeikon has something new for everyone this year.

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38 News: All the latest news and trends in wide format.

40-41 Aarque Group: Industry experts shared their knowledge at Aarque’s recent Open House.

42 Durst: Leading manufacturer Durst continues to deliver the solutions the industry needs.

44 Hi-Tec Ink: Coldenhove dye sublimation solutions deliver high quality and productivity improvements.

46 NZSDA: Mikaya Hopkins has all the latest about the NZSDA’s regional meetings and upcoming conference.

47 Currie Group: Elitron cutting systems offers precision Italian finishing, now supplied through Currie Group

48 HP: Wellington-based Sign Foundry’s is making the most of the HP Latex 800W printer’s capabilities.

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KODAK is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the first manufacturer and supplier of process free printing plates. Jim Continenza, executive chair at Kodak, says, “I am proud that we have been able to advance this efficient and sustainable plate technology thanks to the innovation of our research and development teams and our tireless pursuit of excellence. Kodak Sonora XTRA process free plates set the standard in the print marketplace, and we will continue to invest in our process free technology.”

XSYS has announced the introduction of EcoFillX, a software feature developed for ThermoFlexX imagers to reduce washout solvent usage. EcoFillX incorporates imageable structures into the non-printing areas of the flexographic plate. Using image analysis, it populates areas in the LAMS layer with the designated pattern, leveraging the ThermoFlexX optics to expedite imaging. As a result, more polymer material stays on the final imaged plate, reducing the accumulation of solid content in the washout solvent.

ESKO and GlobalVision have launched a new integration solution, bringing next-gen proofreading and inspection capabilities to Esko’s WebCenter packaging workflow solution.

Key Features of the integration include single click file inspection tools for compliance; security and data protection; and artwork management workflow. Esko says operators will save time and maintain compliance by automating proofreading in the artwork management process, adding that the user-friendly workflow streamlines quality inspections.

Jet Technologies joins with Asahi for flexo plates

Jet Technologies has announced the availability of AFP-R reduced solvent flexographic plates from Asahi Photoproducts to enhance press efficiency.

The company says the AFP-R plate represents a breakthrough in platemaking technology, boasting a 50 per cent reduction in platemaking time and a 30 per cent reduction in solvent use. It adds that these plates last twice as long on press compared to other solvent wash plates, marking a substantial improvement in operational efficiency and environmental impact.

Jack Malki, director at Jet Technologies, says, “The introduction of Asahi’s AFP-R plates is significant for New Zealand printer s. These plates ensure a dramatic reduction in platemaking time and

solvent use. They support our clients’ goals for sustainability without compromising on quality or productivity.”

Designed for high-quality flexible packaging, label, and paper applications the AFP-R plate forms part of Asahi’s Roadmap to Solvent Zero initiative, featuring reduced environmental impact while enhancing prepress and

Kale Print buys Rosetown

Kale Print’s acquisition of Te Awamutu-based Rosetown Print will broaden clients’ access to a wider range of print offerings according to Peter Lloyd, general manager of Kale Print, the Bay of Plenty’s leading print company.

He says, “We are delighted with the acquisition of Rosetown Print. It marks another significant milestone for Kale Print, enabling us to offer more products and services to Rosetown clients.

“Kale Print has had a long standing relationship with Rosetown Print providing trade services for larger print work. Rosetown Print will continue as a stand-alone business unit as part of Kale Print.”

Rosetown Print’s former owners, David and Trudi Morris will step away from the day-to-day business, allowing more time for travel and connecting with family at home and abroad. David says, “For us, Kale Print is a really nice fit in terms of its family

press productivity. Asahi says the incorporation of Asahi’s CleanPrint technology enables clients to achieve better press efficiency, with plates lasting on average twice as long due to reduced need for press stops for plate cleaning. This technology ensures that all remaining ink transfers to the printed substrate, further reducing makeready time, ink consumption, and delivering consistent quality.

Malki adds, “We expect to see some great outcomes for our customers in their platemaking and printing processes. This technology is expected to double the lifespan of plates by significantly reducing the need for press stops for cleaning. We anticipate that CleanPrint will ensure a more efficient transfer of all remaining ink to the printed substrate, which will not only reduce makeready time and ink consumption but also deliver exceptionally consistent quality.”

ownership, environmental drive, and the overall culture of the business. It has a young team with a real passion for print.

“Many businesses like ours face the challenge of having to look at purchasing new print technology. It is becoming harder to keep reinvesting in plant. Kale Print has been an industry leader in terms of investing in new technology, which can only be good for Te Awamutu and the wider community. Really for our customers, not much will change apart from offering more print capabilities.”

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Jack Malki, director at Jet Technologies

Trimatt repeats awards win with ColourStar AQ

Trimatt Systems has repeated its award win for its ColourStar AQ solutions at the APPMA Awards for Excellence held in Melbourne recently.

The ColourStar AQ won the Australian Manufacturer Machinery Award – SME for the second time after winning in the same category in 2022 for the Cardline 7000.

This time the award went to the Trimatt ColourStar AQ for customising a wide range of sustainable packaging products.

The first ColourStar model, the V, offers a 297mm print width; 100mm height and angle adjustment; and organic, pigment watermarked CMYK inks. Trimatt says it helps packaging

Fujifilm announces world’s first B2 full colour dry toner press

Fujifilm will show the world’s first B2 full colour dry toner digital press at drupa 2024.

The company says its new Revoria Press GC12500 offers high production efficiency, user-friendly operation, and media versatility. It adds that the new press supports the largest size available

Starleaton offers background on its situation

Embattled industry supplier Starleaton has provided further background on its business. In a statement, the company says: “After navigating a challenging 2023, Starleaton, a leading wide-format provider, has successfully avoided liquidation, marking a pivotal moment with the implementation of a DOCA (deed of company arrangement). This achievement signals a profound turnaround for the company,” the company said in a statement published on the Starleaton website.

“Established in 1978, Starleaton faced voluntary administration on 18 January of this year. The approval of the DOCA,

businesses open new markets in short run, on demand markets.

The company recently launched a new version of the machine, the ColourStar AQ BoxPro, the third in the model range. The new ultra-wide single pass box printing machine provides the ability for on-demand CMYK printing up to 891mm wide. Trimatt has designed this box printer for fast turnaround short runs with low maintenance and easy operation.

Mel McFarlane, marketing manager at Trimatt Systems, said, “This award

in the current digital B2 printer market. Printing a 750mm x 662mm sheet means it delivers up to six A4-sizes in a sheet. This equates to 250 pages per minute with A4.

The new press enables small sized applications and large-format applications, such as posters. The company says that consolidating the paper feeder/stacker and machine control panel in one place significantly improves the daily work efficiency and productivity for printing operators.

Fujifilm developed the new press to enable B2 printing on demand without the need for specialised operators. It has improved maintenance capabilities and optimised routine operations to minimise downtime.

achieved by a narrow margin with the administrator’s decisive vote, stands as a significant triumph for the Eaton family and the committed staff. This agreement ensures the fulfilment of all employee entitlements, including unpaid superannuation, albeit over a potential two-year period for full disbursement.

“While unsecured creditors may recover only a portion of their dues, the DOCA presents a more favourable outcome compared to liquidation. Despite initial scepticism, the acceptance of the DOCA was bolstered by an $800,000 contribution from company founders Peter and Leanne Eaton, as well as Starleaton Pty Ltd. Ben Eaton’s commitment to allocate $33,000 per month for 24 months underscores a dedication to revitalising operations.

“The proposed business restructuring, focusing on core consumable sales with a streamlined footprint and workforce

is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Trimatt team in listening to customers’ needs and creating machinery that exceeds expectations.

“We are absolutely elated to have won this award 2 years in a row but know it is a deserving of recognition. We look forward to an exciting year ahead installing the Trimatt ColourStar V into many more packaging companies, printers, ecommerce businesses and coffee roasters throughout Australia and New Zealand, helping them to open new markets and profit more.”

Printing on B2 paper with dry toner has presented challenges, but Fujifilm has incorporated proprietary new technology to overcome these. By developing new mechanisms for the fuser unit and developing unit, the stress on the paper during the printing process is reduced, improving image quality. Fujifilm says that, with this new technology, you can expand the maximum paper size to B2XL while also enabling automatic duplex printing on paper weights ranging from 64gsm to 450 gsm.

The company adds that the Revoria Press GC12500 can produce a broad range of applications when combined with the wide media versatility inherent to dry toner.

reduction, positions us optimally to fulfil our obligations going forward.

“While liquidation might have seemed easier with the FEG scheme covering staff entitlements, it was not an acceptable outcome, as it would have yielded no returns for other creditors. The intent behind entering into the DOCA is to honour the company’s past commitments, particularly in regard to staff entitlements, in their entirety.

“We are actively engaging with individual unsecured parties to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution. The DOCA grants us the opportunity to collaborate with suppliers and make good where we can.

“The restructuring under the DOCA will streamline Starleaton’s operations, focusing solely on consumables and closing all warehouses except the one in Sydney. This positions the company for renewed stability and growth.”

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Matt Johnson, centre holding the trophy, with the Trimatt team at the APPMA Awards

Epson partners with Earth Hour

Epson has become the first ever international corporate partner with Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

Known best for its “lights off” moment, Earth Hour is held every year on the last Saturday of March and engages supporters in more than 190 countries and territories.

As part of the newly announced corporate partnership, both organisations will increase awareness around Earth Hour 2024 and Hour Bank, an online counter of planet-positive activities, and introduce daily energy saving action.

Epson has also implemented various initiatives to Earth Hour’s goal in achieving decarbonisation, such as increasing the efficiency of electricity use and switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity at all Epson group sites.

Epson Australia and New Zealand will also be undertaking key initiatives around and beyond Earth Hour. Craig Heckenberg, managing director for Epson ANZ, says, “Epson is deeply committed to making a meaningful difference in promoting sustainability both in the environment and the communities we serve.

“Earth Hour and the continued local sustainability initiatives we are undertaking are key to and underscore that commitment,” said Heckenberg.

Epson publicly committed to becoming carbon negative and underground resource free in its Environmental Vision 2050.

Earlier this year, Epson announced that, as of December 2023, all electricity used at Epson Group sites around the globe is from renewable sources. This makes Epson the first in the domestic manufacturing industry to complete the

Kissel + Wolf signs MOU

with Highcon

Kissel + Wolf Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Highcon. The agreement aims to explore opportunities for market expansion in the Australia/New Zealand region with the view of Kissel + Wolf Australia becoming a distributor following drupa 2024.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Yavne, Israel, Highcon has developed a proprietary technology for digital die-cutting solutions. Highcon provides of digital die-cutting solutions for the folding carton and corrugated packaging industry.

transition to renewable electricity at all its sites worldwide.

Yasunori Ogawa, global president of Epson, says, “Since our founding, we have upheld the mission of coexistence with local communities as a manufacturing company that coexists with nature and people’s lives.

“While fulfilling our mission as a company, we also believe that the importance for each of us to take action as a member of society eventually makes big differences. Through this partnership, we hope to expand understanding and empathy for environmental activities and provide the opportunity as many people as possible to take action.”

Yves Calmette, senior director, brand, and network communications for International Earth Hour, said the partnership with Epson represents a united front when it comes to this year’s event.

“Together we can unleash the power of collective action, but we need everyone’s involvement to make it the biggest hour for Earth yet,” said Calmette.

Shlomo Nimrodi, chief executive at Highcon, says, “In this drupa year, the time is right for Highcon to explore the market opportunity in the digitally advanced ANZ market.

“Kissel + Wolf Australia looks to be the right partner to help Highcon access the market and bring the opportunity of digital die cutting to ANZ’s folding carton and corrugated converters.”

Bruce Caldwell, sales manager ANZ for fibre-based packaging – sign and display at Kissel + Wolf Australia, says, “I am excited to embark on this journey with Highcon to explore the immense potential of the ANZ market. Highcon’s commitment to innovation and their digital die-cutting solutions perfectly complement our new digital offerings for the fibre-based packaging industry.

“Partnering with the leading, proven, and most technically advanced digital

“We want Earth Hour to be a moment of celebration for our one shared home, our planet. Earth Hour isn’t just about acknowledging the problem; it’s about celebrating the solutions. We want Earth Hour to be a beacon of hope, so that we can build a brighter, more sustainable future for all.”

die-cutting company in the world is genuinely inspiring. We can now offer accurate digital end to end solutions and demonstrate greater efficiencies and long-term environmental benefits in the analogue space. With a forecast of more jobs and shorter runs, the digital solution is a real consideration for many converters.

“The agreement also highlights and enhances Kissel + Wolf’s commitment and reputation within the packaging industry in Australia and New Zealand.”

Jamie Weller, managing director at Kissel + Wolf Australia, adds, “We see tremendous opportunity in partnering with Highcon to bring their innovative digital die-cutting solutions to our customers across Australia and New Zealand. Together, we aim to drive the analogue to digital transformation and deliver enhanced value to our clients.”

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Epson wants to provide as many people as possible with an opportunity to take action to preserve the environment Yasunori Ogawa, global president of Epson

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Hammerking rolls into a new era

For almost half a century, Hammerking Rollers has served the print industry

Approaching its 50th anniversary, Hammerking Rollers has moved into a modern, fit-forpurpose premises heralding increased productivity and fresh drive.

Lindsay Farr started Hammerking Rollers in 2018. The Marston familyowned business Rubber Developments (RDL) acquired Hammerking in 2018. It upgraded to another East Tamaki location in July 2023.

Lester Alimurong, Hammerking division manager, says, “While noting Hammerking’s potential, the Marston Family also observed we were burdened by the previous factory’s unforgiving layout, which caused a vigorous and exhausting process.

“Moving into new premises allows us to cut down lead times and eliminate double handling. I take my hat off to RDL’s managing director Leigh Marston and general manager Josh Marston for giving us the opportunity to relocate and improve our processes to evolve the company.”

He adds that, prior to the RDL acquisition, directors Selwyn Pratt and Mark Slane drove Hammerking’s growth trajectory. He says, “Special mention to Selwyn who was the main driver for the development and growth of Hammerking over 35-plus years, and whom I was very privileged to work next to and now continue the firm’s legacy under the new management of RDL.

“Hammerking has come a long way over the last decade in particular, obtaining key knowledge and processes, and maintaining quality around the precise tolerances required in our products.”

Roller kings

The business has serviced a wide range of industries and products over its history, including print and packaging, forklift

tyres, conveyors, forestry, pulp and timber mills and steel mills. Lester says, “We offer rubber and polyurethane roller refurbishments which involves removing the worn compound and applying a new coating, whether it be polyurethane or rubber. Sometimes rollers don’t always need to be recoated, whereby we offer regrinding services making the roller parallel and concentric again.

“We also manufacture moulded components for various applications, and we export specialised metal coating applicator rolls to various countries such as Indonesia and India. The list goes on – if it has a rubber or polyurethane covering, we can do it.”

“Hammerking’s moulded components go around the world, especially with the components we manufacture for the forestry industry. We were, however, a finalist in the export awards about eight years ago.”

Hammerking offers in-depth know how; flexibility on short lead times; and handles bespoke jobs of all sizes. He says, “We have multiple and ongoing

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IAIN MACINTYRE The Hammerking shop floor team, clockwise from top left: Kristian Jerry, Panda Hsu, Robert Dougan, Steve Haung, Pepa Tulima, Bing Song, Joseph Taimalie, Eric Hao, and Joseph Walters

points of quality, which starts with our trusted suppliers who supply our raw manufacturing materials. For example, RDL supplies our calendeared rubber and has a state-of-the-art laboratory to ensure the physical properties of the compounds are manufactured within specification.

“RDL can further develop rubber compounds based on the customer’s requirements and notified improvements via field testing through feedback on the component’s application. Once the rubber compounds are mixed and milled, they are all tested in their laboratory to ensure our raw materials are within specification.

“Quality does not stop there. It continues through our factory at every stage of our process through quality regimes.

“We also offer leading compound technology for our metal coating rollers. Customers from India and Indonesia send us their rollers to be refurbished.”

Hammerking prioritises the ongoing development of its compounds to ensure optimal performance. He says, “We also deal with a business partner, Techno Roll in Japan, which supplies a specialised compound for the UV print rolls. The compound, Trust B, can handle the aggressive UV inks and solvents, minimising the rubber to swell over time; it provides amazing print quality.

“Trust B is a better alternative to EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber, which is known for its chemical resistance, but also has its limitations, just like any other elastomer, always compromising one physical attribute for another.

“From my experience with elastomer compounds, there is never a compound that can do it all. It is through wise selection and experience from the wide range of elastomer compounds we choose specifically for the roll based on the roller’s application to optimise the best performance where needed. We have the equipment to handle most shapes and sizes.”

Team unity

The company has a strong team ethos. Lester says, “We have long-term staff members who have gained considerable experience and know-how, which influences our training and development of systems to keep our quality control practices in order.

“The attitude and persona in my factory are like that of a strong family at times, with the way we have trained and developed each member, no matter their educational background, experience and constraints. We love a good underdog

story – witnessing where they were at as an individual when they first started and where they are now.

“I believe that is why we have such a great workforce and dynamic team. Each member of Hammerking believes in the work they carry out on a day-to-day basis – heavily reliant on teamwork and getting things across the line, together achieving quality control and improving where we can.

“Don’t get me wrong – we still have our issues and constraints from time to time, but who does not experience these problems? It is how we have learnt to work together, adapt, tolerate and overcome whatever the constraint or challenge we may encounter, which I believe is what keeps my team motivated and to do our best, which revolves around our level of quality and continuous improvement: Kaizen.”

Growth opportunities

Hammerking is currently developing a new product with Techno Roll. Lester explains, “We are working on a compound called J Squared for the print industry which we are hoping to launch in upcoming months. This is a specialised rubber compound specifically made for water dampening and pan rollers for the print industry. It is meant to provide excellent hydrophilic properties, abrasion resistance and UV resistance, which also delivers consistent water transfer through lower surface tension.

“The idea behind the compound is to prolong the life expectancy on the damping and pan rollers as they are among the fastest to wear-and-tear on a printing press. Those rolls are traditionally made from a Nitrile rubber compound.

“When RDL purchased the company our knowledge with rubber increased and we have started to handle jobs that we would not have previously, such as expandable air bags where the processing requires out-of-the-box thinking. More-difficult rubber compounds have become easier to process.”

With growth in domestic and international marketplaces, Hammerking continues to evolve and has an exciting future. He says, “We certainly are not the same company I joined 14 years ago. We are always trying to grow our industry, including from the size of rollers we handle. The next goal is to explore new growth opportunities within the Australasian printing rollers market. I believe our reputation as a trusted, quality supplier can be further established around the globe.

“It is all about the service we offer to our customers, trying to exceed their expectations where we can. We find ways to keep on trucking along, no matter what situation may arise.”

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With the growth in domestic and international marketplaces, Hammerking continues to evolve and has an exciting future


Meet our Top 10 apprentices

Excelling in their work, our top apprentices demonstrate the qualities we need in the industry.

rintNZ has confirmed the Top 10 print apprentices who concluded their qualifications last year.

We will present the 2023 BJ Ball Print Apprentice of the Year as part of the Pride In Print Awards at Wellington’s Tākina Events Centre on Friday July 12.

The Top 10 apprentices are:

• Martina Carroll

– Freedom Plus, Palmerston North

• George Cunningham

– Allied Press, Dunedin

• Anna Hodge

– Be My Guest Design, Dunedin

• Levi Lindsey

– MCC Auckland, Auckland

• Ruth Pollock

– Be My Guest Design, Dunedin

• Amit Shankar

– Labelmakers, Hamilton

• Satend Sharma

– Polyprint Packaging, Auckland

• David Smith

– MCC Auckland, Auckland

• Kathryn Wheeler

– Freedom Plus, Palmerston North

• Keanu Wipani

– Opal Packaging Hawke’s Bay, Napier

Martina Carroll

A graphic design graduate, Martina Carroll joined the-then four-year-old Freedom Plus as a digital print operator in 2006. Dan Wheeler, managing director of Freedom Plus, says, “Her eye for detail and quality control that is second to none.

“As the moderator from our office that verified and signed off on her assignments, I was always impressed with the level of research and technical understanding of all her assignment work.

“Her assignment presentation blew me away. She designed these as if they were new work booklets with all her answers written and illustrated, then printed as

a new booklet for presentation to the assessor. I was so impressed.”

George Cunningham

Allied Press day print supervisor Justin Aitken says George Cunningham’s journey from publisher’s assistant to printer is testament to his dedication and steadfast work ethic. Justin says, “George’s focus is sharp and his attention to detail is unmatched, making him an invaluable asset to the team.

“In the press room, laughter mingles with the hum of machinery as work continues

under George’s leadership. Whether tackling a challenging project or simply sharing a light-hearted moment, George’s presence brings consistent results to the work environment, turning colleagues into friends and tasks into triumphs.

“For nine years, George has been more than just a co-worker; he has been a steadfast and trusted teammate, a beacon of positivity in the fast-paced world of Allied Press.”

Anna Hodge

Having joined Be My Guest Design as graphic designer during the initial

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Martina Carroll, Freedom Plus Amit Shankar, Labelmakers George Cunningham, Allied Press Satend Sharma, Polyprint Packaging

pandemic lockdown, Anna Hodge soon demonstrated a methodical and creative approach with a calm and collected demeanour even in stressful situations, according to Amanda Cookson, owner at Be My Guest Design.

Amanda says, “Anna came from the design team at Allied Press, taking great pride in working on the pullout publications. She came to my attention via the volunteer design work that she did for the Mornington Toy Library, a client. All the printing files we received were well designed, tidy, and print-ready, so I shoulder-tapped her to take over the design aspects of my workload.

“I am so proud of Anna’s Top 10 achievement. When I found out, and even when I think about it now, I get tears in my eyes. She didn’t just have her paperwork to complete. Of course she had work, but she also had personal challenges including being mum to two young kids.”

Levi Lindsey

Haydn Mitchell, Auckland technical manager at Multi-Colour Corporation (MCC), formerly Adhesif Labels, says Levi Lindsey’s first role in the print industry was in the post-press cleaning area.

Haydn says, “Having shown a keen interest in printing, Levi progressed to the role of flexo printer’s assistant, and he excelled at this, so we offered him a flexo printing apprenticeship.

“After completing his apprenticeship, he is now employed as a qualified flexo printer. Levi is really proving his worth at MCC Auckland. His proactive approach, combined with consistently delivering top-notch-quality work and keeping that positive attitude, speaks volumes about his dedication and work ethic.

“I was not surprised at all to see Levi do so well in his apprenticeship. With his

commitment and upbeat demeanour, it was pretty much a given.”

Ruth Pollock

Also, from Be My Guest Design, via its Positive Signs + Print division, Ruth Pollock commenced as part-time graphic designer in 2009.

Amanda Cookson says, “Now that Ruth’s daughters have left high school, she is our full-time senior graphic designer for the Positive Signs branch of the business and supports the design team at Be My Guest as required.

“She has experience working with a number of printing processes and equipment and possesses an almost photographic memory of where a file might be stored in backups. Ruth is fast, reliable and efficient. You would struggle to find someone who works harder.

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David Smith, MCC Auckland Anna Hodge, Be My Guest Design Kathryn Wheeler, Freedom Plus Keanu Wipani, Opal Packaging Levi Lindsey, MCC Auckland
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Ruth Pollock, Be My Guest Design


“I could not do what I do without Ruth and Anna, they are an integral part of the businesses. I am so proud of them. And at 40-something, Ruth has finally received recognition for everything she has learned over her career and was even able to learn a bit more.”

Satend Sharma

After walking in the door to enquire about work opportunities in 2018, Satend Sharma began in Polyprint Packaging’s extrusion department on night shift before moving to bag machines, fork hoists and then printing.

David Cornish, managing director at Polyprint, says, “Satend is a quick learner who excels at problem solving and getting the best out of whatever equipment he is operating.

“A team player with a can-do attitude, he has a well-honed set of skills which he uses day-to-day in the print room and across all departments throughout our plant.

“He is a talented, dedicated sort of guy and strives to do his best in whatever task he faces. If someone is struggling in a factory with a machine, he will go over and help them, he is that sort of guy: a great asset to our business and valued member of our team.”

Amit Shankar

Switching from tertiary education to enter the print industry with Labelmakers as a finishing operator in 2018, Amit

Shankar quickly proved to be a reliable, hardworking, and consistent producer of good quality work, says the firm’s business improvement manager, Rachel Wymer.

She adds, “Amit is keen to learn new things and willingly takes on feedback and advice to improve his knowledge and skills. He is a great team player and puts his hand up for extra duties such as health and safety rep for his team.

“A self-motivated individual, Amit worked incredibly hard on his apprenticeship. He always completed his assignments to a high standard, reflecting the learning and understanding he obtained from each unit. He has moved through the apprenticeship as expected, completing assignments on time, and being prepared for assessments where required.

“It is no surprise that Amit has achieved a Top 10 place for his apprenticeship, and we are incredibly proud of him.”

David Smith

A second Top 10 apprentice this year for MCC Auckland, David Smith also joined the business when it was known as Adhesif Labels as an ETI coating machine operator in 2016.

Haydn Mitchell, says, “In no time, David progressed to the flexo printer assistant role where he accepted the offer of a flexo printing apprenticeship. This was David’s first role in the printing industry, having completed his apprenticeship in 2023 he is now employed as a qualified flexo printer.

“David has become an asset to MCC Auckland. His proactive approach to managing and taking ownership of his apprenticeship, coupled with achieving a high level of quality and maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, speaks volumes about his dedication and work ethic.

“David has done so well in his apprenticeship, testament to his commitment and positive attitude.”

Kathryn Wheeler

Freedom Plus’s other Top 10 apprentice Kathryn Wheeler came to the business to work as a print finisher in 2009.

Dan Wheeler says, “Kath has continued to evolve in the role. While she was not involved in the print industry prior to her work at Freedom Pus, she came from a very process driven role with strict standard operating procedures. She also had a keen interest in arts and crafts, making cards and the like, which boded well for dealing with printed work, for example, trimming, creasing, embellishing and so on.

“Kath is another staff member with a keen eye for detail. She can multitask with running various print finishing machines at one time. She is very good at ensuring all deadlines are met – after all our company policy is to ‘Deliver on time, every time or it is free!’”

“Kath puts one hundred per cent effort into everything she does.”

Keanu Wipani

Opal Packaging Hawke’s Bay technical supervisor Bruce Coombe recalls Keanu Wipani joining the business in late 2016 as a trainee operator on the rotary diecutter in the converting department.

Bruce says, “Keanu did not come from the printing industry before joining Opal but has fitted in well to our production environment and has shown an aptitude for operating our equipment.

“Currently, he is a senior machine operator, and his knowledge of the production processes allows him to stand in as a team co-ordinator when required.

“Keanu has a can-do attitude; he is a quick learner and can operate three rotary die-cutters. Having an operator who can operate several machines gives us a lot of flexibility, especially if people are away for any reason.

“He works well with the rest of the team and crew members on the other machines, and this helps to get the most out of any machine he is working on.”

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Pure Print upgrades to a Revoria Press PC1120

New Fujifilm solution expands options for Bay of Plenty print company.

Last year, Tauranga-based Pure Print installed a Revoria Press PC1120, supplied through Fujifilm Business Innovation New Zealand (FBNZ).

Steve Wagstaff, managing director at Pure Print, says, “The Revoria Press PC1120 is an upgrade on our Colour 1000i Digital Production Press. We see innovation as key in the business and the Revoria installation forms part of our strategy to continue innovating.

“It gives us a range of features that we did not have before. For example, the long sheet/banner printing; the improved registration; and duplexing up to 300gsm. The Revoria Press PC1120 prints on heavier media up to 400gsm.

“We can now offer more personalised colour options to those clients who require a more vibrant result that we cannot always achieve with other printers. We use the pink toner to make more vibrant reds and oranges as well as achieving closer matches to PMS colours.

“Colour management is made very easy with calibrations done every couple of weeks with the spectrometer. We are getting a more consistent print in terms of even coverage across the sheet with next to no banding issues.

“The Revoria Press PC1120 produces much cleaner, sharper results in images and smoother gradients than our previous machine.

“Our productivity is definitely higher with the speed of the Revoria Press PC1120, which in no way compromises with quality of print. Having the extra paper bins with the air suction feeder is great for lighter weight stocks and those synthetic stocks that are prone to sticking together.

“Another benefit for us is that we are now able to offer our clients a wider range of personalised corporate marketing material such as gift boxes, greeting cards, transparent labels using unique colour combinations and embellishments opening up a world of possibilities.”

Investment in innovation

Since its inception in 2002, Pure Print has expanded, now offering a comprehensive range of print services to its clients. It covers everything from design to post production, with its own finishing gear.

Steve says, “We started as a small digital shop with a full colour A3 digital printer and a black and white press. Now, 22 years on, we have a staff of 14 employees. We have been a loyal supporter of Fujifilm for over 20 years and we appreciate the relationship, especially when we look at the amazing jobs that we can output with the help of the larger sheet and the choice of metallic, pink and white toner on the Revoria Press PC1120.

“One of the great things about this machine is the similarity with the operating system and layout to our

previous machine. This meant as soon as it was implemented into our premises, there was a seamless cross over regarding how to use the machine. And now almost a year later, we can almost push a button and walk away!

“We find the Revoria Press PC1120 to be very user friendly for our job management, colour control and automation, maximising efficiency and minimising our need for manual intervention with the options of hot folders and auto imposing on the fly. We use Fujifilm’s Revoria Flow RIP and GX Print Server.”

Steve sees the slowing down in the market as a big challenge facing companies in New Zealand. He says, “This puts pressure on buying print but to make a brighter future we have to continue doing the best for our clients, delivering great service and great products.

“Every member of the Pure Print team gets a buzz seeing our great products go out the door. We have a great week when we have smooth operations, positive feedback and customer satisfaction with our finished product and delivery of a quality service.

“Pure Print’s investment in new innovation allows us to stand apart from our competitors. Innovation is important to the Pure Print team; it is leading us into the future through delivery of high-quality work we are proud to put the Pure Print name on. We see a very bright future for Pure Print in the years to come.”

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With the Revoria Press PC1120 at Pure Print, from left: Grant McDonald and Tim Wensor, FBNZ; Sarah Jeffries and Steve Wagstaff, Pure Print; with Johnny Yandall and Jordan Kawhe, FBNZ

Discover the difference

What makes Fujifilm unique is the way we combine both analogue and digital expertise with one goal in mind – to help you grow your business.

Get to know us and you’ll discover our passion for building successful, long-lasting partnerships driven by core values of trust, innovation and sustainability.

Discover the difference at drupa 2024 Hall 8B, Stand A02

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Premium print quality is Easy2C on the company’s brand new HP Indigo 15K HD Digital Press

Currie Group helps improve productivity at the country’s biggest calendar printer.

Anyone who loves printed calendars but fears they might become an endangered species owing to the dominance of all things electronic in this digital age, can breathe a sigh of relief: Easy2C is on the case.

The Kiwi-owned and operated company specialises in calendar production, fulfilling a demand for all kinds of calendars from across New Zealand and Australia.

Steve Walmsley, chief executive officer at Easy2C, says, “We produce a range of printed material, but calendars remain our main business. Our customers are quite demanding; they want customised calendars, and they want the best.”

Recently, Easy2C installed an HP Indigo 15K HD Digital Press, supplied through Currie Group. Steve says, “The HP Indigo 15K replaces two toner machines but it does much more than that. We realised a long time ago that we needed a press that could take bigger sheets and a B2 machine could meet our requirements.

“We also needed more speed and from that perspective, we thought it was either inkjet or HP Indigo but, in the end, the HP Indigo 15K is the right machine for us, especially considering the quality it delivers.

“Nothing else in digital can match the HP Indigo print quality. We have it calibrated to the ISO standard and we have offset presses also calibrated to the same standard. The HP Indigo 15K gives us consistent colour across offset and digital.

It is as close a match to offset print quality as you can get. On some substrates, the HP Indigo surpasses offset. It gives us exceptional results. While it is a big investment for us, we will get the return on our investment.”

Craig Paul, country manager for Currie Group New Zealand, says, “We are excited that Easy2C installed the HP Indigo 15K HD Digital Press, which can handle everything from general commercial print applications and high-end photographic printing to folding cartons and more. It offers the widest substrate range in the industry of 70-600 microns of media for an almost endless range of substrate types including uncoated, black and coloured, synthetics, and metallised.

“The HP Indigo 15K Digital Press gives Easy2C the flexibility to switch between and integrate substrates seamlessly, even within a single job. Its seven ink stations offer virtually unlimited colour combinations, featuring 14 applicationspecific inks and unlimited spot colours.”

Steve adds, “There is also the HD option, which gives us a smaller dot, making it excellent for photographic printing. We are getting higher quality print.

“We also need high productivity. The HP Indigo 15K can print much faster than the technology we had. It also gives us the ability to run it in EPM (enhanced productivity mode), which is 33 per cent faster. Before we got it, we were printing only 50 per cent of our calendars digitally, or we were printing in offset, then

overprinting on digital. But now, we can print everything digitally.

“The installation went very well with everything pretty much on track and withing the time frame. A technician came from Singapore, and we took the opportunity to have four operators trained on the HP Indigo 15K. We still have a toner press, so this gives us the flexibility to move operators from offset to digital to toner.”

Calendar success

With 95 employees across New Zealand and Australia, Easy2C is the region’s premier calendar producer.

In 1932, Roy Allen established the company, printing calendars in a six-bysix shed in his back garden. Later, Roy’s son Ken Allen took over the business and now, while the family still owns the company, Steve Walmsley oversees the business. He began as operations manager 15 years ago, then general manager in New Zealand before taking the role of Australasian chief executive officer seven years ago.

Starting as a wallpaper printer, Steve completed his apprenticeship and worked in several sectors including textiles, flexible packaging, and self-adhesive labels.

He sees postal costs as a huge challenge for the business. He says, “Many customers need to mail the calendars so increased postage impacts our business. Customers order calendars months in advance so it is important to stay one step ahead.

“We have a great team, and we believe in continuously improving quality. In this regard, the HP Indigo 15K is a welcome addition to our business. It is already contributing to our ongoing success.

“Currie Group has supported us for many years with our proofing and now the relationship is stronger. Craig and the team provide great support.

“HP Indigo is absolutely the gold standard in digital print. To be honest, nothing compares with it.”

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Craig Paul (l), country manager for Currie Group New Zealand and Steve Walmsley, chief executive officer at Easy2C, with the HP Indigo 15K HD Digital Press


Silos no more: unleashing collaborative innovation

The time has come to tap into the power of collaboration.

n the dynamic landscape of modern business, small and mediumsized business owners often find themselves in a delicate balancing act, where the demand for innovation is high, but resources and expertise are limited. Here’s where cross-functional collaboration emerges as a potent force, serving as the great accelerator of a company’s innovation engine.

Traditionally, businesses have organised themselves into functional departments, each with tasks, goals, and priorities. However, this siloed approach can act as a barrier to innovation, hindering the free flow of ideas and information across the organisation. By fostering a culture of cross-functional collaboration, business owners can effectively break down these barriers, tapping into the collective intelligence and expertise of diverse teams.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are well positioned to embrace cross-functional collaboration. With smaller teams, greater opportunities exist to create connections between different functions, leading to quicker decisionmaking and a more agile response to market changes.

Cross-functional collaboration has driven transformative change in businesses across various sectors. For instance, software start-ups have found success by integrating their customer service and development teams. By doing so, they can swiftly identify customer pain points and develop solutions at an unprecedented speed. This virtual closeness allows developers to gain a deeper understanding of the real-world applications of their work, leading to products that better meet consumer needs and expectations.

Another compelling example is a manufacturing plant that brought together its production and sustainability teams. This collaboration led to the development

In virtual workplaces, businesses can use collaboration tools and platforms to emulate an interactive environment

of a recycling program for the plant’s waste materials, thereby reducing environmental impact and saving costs on waste management. The innovative solution stemmed from integrating expertise from various functions, showcasing how collaboration can yield impressive results that benefit both the business and the wider community.

Integrating teams from different backgrounds and disciplines broadens the scope of problem-solving. Each function brings a distinctive perspective, skill set, and approach to the table, which can lead to out-of-the-box thinking and breakthrough innovations. By encouraging employees to work across silos, businesses foster an environment where creativity and innovation thrive.

One effective way to promote crossfunctional collaboration is by breaking down physical barriers within the workplace. For companies operating from physical offices, this could involve creating shared spaces where teams can meet for collaborative discussions and brainstorming sessions. In virtual workplaces, collaboration tools and platforms can be utilised to emulate the same interactive environment, fostering spontaneous interactions and ideasharing among team members.

While the benefits of cross-functional collaboration are clear, integrating teams from different departments can come with challenges. Differences in work processes, communication styles, and priorities can create friction and hinder collaboration efforts. Business owners must proactively address these hurdles by setting clear goals, establishing protocols for communication and decision-making, and fostering a culture of openness and mutual respect.

Leadership also plays a crucial role in cultivating a collaborative culture within an organisation. Managers must lead by example, connecting with colleagues across functions. Leaders must champion collaborative projects and provide the necessary resources and support.

Igniting innovation

Cross-functional collaboration is an investment in a business’s future success and sustainability. As companies scale their collaborative efforts, they can consider implementing cross-training programmes and team-building activities to familiarise employees with different functions and foster greater understanding and empathy among team members.

Additionally, establishing crossfunctional project teams to work on innovation initiatives provides a structured framework for collaboration and ensures that diverse perspectives are represented throughout the process.

Measuring the impact of cross-functional collaboration on key performance indicators and business outcomes is crucial. By tracking metrics such as project success rates, time-to-market for new products or services, and employee satisfaction levels, businesses can gauge the effectiveness of their collaboration initiatives and identify improvement areas.

For small and medium-sized businesses, a strategic emphasis on cross-functional collaboration has the potential to ignite innovation and enhance competitive advantage. By dismantling departmental silos, embracing diverse perspectives, and surmounting challenges through adept leadership and open communication, businesses can cultivate an environment where creativity thrives, and the collective wisdom of their teams is fully realised.

Now is the time to seize the moment and tap into the power of collaboration, propelling your business towards a trajectory of perpetual innovation and lasting triumph.

Mick has spent the past decade building printIQ into one of the most recognised software brands in the printing industry, and with over four decades of experience, Mick truly has ink in his veins.

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Excitement builds across the print industry for drupa 2024

The giant print show holds great promise for everyone in the industry.

Organisers report excitement building across the industry for drupa 2024, which starts at the end of next month.

The global printing industry’s premier event runs May 28 to June 7, 2024 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Over a period of 11 days, visitors will see technologies, solutions and learn about industry topics at the show. Special events will focus on digitalisation and sustainability.

On a net area of approximately 140,000 square metres with 18 show halls, 1,427 exhibitors from 50 countries will present the entire spectrum of current trends and ideas within print technology. Production of packaging and printed packaging are two areas which have also significantly gained in importance.

drupa 2024 focus topics

Sustainability has become an essential part of long-term company strategies. Depending on the use of resources, the print and packaging industries are already using manufacturing procedures that save energy and resources today. drupa will cover important facts for sustainable production of print and packaging solutions and trends evolving within the sector in order to achieve the goal of a circular economy.

For digitalisation and artificial intelligence, drupa will show top technologies across the industry’s entire added value chain with a special focus on future and cross-sectional technologies. With this scenario in mind, topics like circular economy, automation, printing/finishing 4.0, artificial intelligence, platform economy and connectivity will be taking centre stage in the conference programme and expert forums.

Special topics

The drupa special forums provide impetus and show best practices in the industry. Together with its partners, drupa relies on its impressive range of competence across the industry and the topics which concern the future of its target groups.

drupa cube

Questions that drupa cube will address include: Why is printing more important than ever in the digital age? Why do customers not always perceive printed products as sustainable? And how do you calculate your carbon footprint?

In more than 50 sessions, the conference offers inspiration and expertise. The programme features five keynotes from international industry specialists and presentations about topics like increasing your business success, circular economy and sustainability, the future of print and packaging as well as sessions and best practice examples regarding new business models and trends.

drupa touchpoint sustainability

Dealing with the role of the printing and paper industries in sustainable transformation, touchpoint sustainability offers an overview of current, mid and long-term developments. Technologies from mechanical and systems engineering are especially important in this context with regard to quality, process safety

during production and sustainability.

Digitalisation and AI play key parts in order to accelerate the transformation process in the print and paper industries and to realise scaling effects. Manufacturers, industry players, brands and users together show how change can become reality in their many exhibits at touchpoint sustainability. Visitors to touchpoint sustainability can also enjoy a broad accompanying programme.

Hall 14/Booth D60

drupa touchpoint packaging

Touchpoint packaging concentrates on visionary, intelligent packaging solutions and brings brand owners together with designers, print service providers and converters. The involvement of students and young talents in partner projects with exhibitors promises unique packaging solutions for folding boxes, labels, flexible packaging and corrugated cardboard. Beyond this, there will be discussion of important questions regarding global megatrends and their impact on packaging production, for example sustainability or e-commerce. The five key topics of touchpoint packaging are neo-ecology, connectivity, glocalisation, consumer mind and future regulations.

drupa dna

drupa has created a special platform: drupa next age (dna). Newcomers, young talents, start-ups and established companies can network on a level playing field, find matching partners for cooperation and exchange innovative business ideas. For some participants, this is the first chance ever to present their businesses to an international audience of experts.

drupa touchpoint textile

The drupa touchpoint textile presents the world’s first digital textile micro factory. This fully connected, integrated process chain covers digital simulation, design, animation, virtual rendering, and production. The industry constantly gains new fields of application. Inkjet technology opens doors to sectors like clothing and fashion, interior design, architecture, automotive, and other vertical markets.

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drupa visitors will welcome the chance for a break as they explore around 140,000 square metres of floorspace Over 11 days, 1,427 exhibitors from 50 countries will show their solutions

COUNTDOWN TO DRUPA drupa Imaging Summit – AI in imaging technology

How important is artificial intelligence for the printing and imaging


At this year’s drupa, Messe Düsseldorf will present the drupa Imaging Summit for the first time as part of the ‘drupa next age’ event series.

Top-class speakers from well-known companies will give 20-minute keynote speeches and panels on the most important topics at the interface between imaging technologies and printing. This includes, in particular, the potential offered by the use of AI.

The imaging industry has come a long way in the last few decades. The shift to digital photography and workflows, and now the new big challenge of AI, are transforming the value creation of creators, companies, and the industry. Along with many challenges, the new tools also create new opportunities and business areas.

At the drupa Imaging Summit, one of the main themes will be the big trend topic of Imaging Artificial Intelligence, to learn about the current status and tools, discuss new product ideas and ways to enhance images for better prints.

All these presentations and many others will take place on the drupa dna stage on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 in Hall 7. The programme is part of the drupa ticket.

Denis Oberfeld

In a presentation called ‘Picture This: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Revolutionizing Image Creation’,

Dennis Oberfeld, Google Cloud/Customer engineer, will show how AI is supercharging the image creation process.

Participants can delve into Google’s powerful AI solutions, demonstrating how they streamline workflows and produce stunning results. You can learn about upscaling, watermarking, and more – practical tools (not only) for print businesses and creatives alike. Dennis Oberfeld is passionate about enabling digital transformation, he works closely with clients to understand their unique needs and implement tailored cloud strategies for optimal business outcomes. Prior to Google Cloud, he spent nearly a decade at SAP driving cloud adoption for enterprise customers.

Andreas Jürgensen

‘Image generation via Artificial Intelligence: Tools & Workflows’ is the title of Andreas Jürgensen’s presentation. Andreas, the founder of AI Imagelab, will give an overview of the current status of AI-generated images. Hi insight includes

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which programmes are currently relevant, and which ones you should keep an eye on; in which processes AI-generated images are currently being used; and in which fields of application, they are becoming relevant.

the presentation will be illustrated with application and image examples. Andreas Jürgensen is a photo engineer and has been working in the photo industry since 1993. His company operates Germany’s largest network of photo communities. At the end of 2022, he started to work with artificial intelligence and its use for image generation. Together with Adrian Rohnfelder he started the AI Imagelab, a news blog about everything related to AI generated images and videos.

Sarah Lefebvre

Director of marketing at EyeQ Imaging, Sarah Lefebvre, will deliver a presentation called AI Unveiled: Navigating Past, Present, and Future in Photo Print Innovation.

The Creators of the leading Imaging Software, Perfectly Clear, show the remarkable advances AI has made in recent years as Sarah connects today’s applications of AI to real-world use cases and their impact on the printing industry. Be prepared to delve into the exciting possibilities of the future as she


unravels the transformative impact of AI on photo printing. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the intersection of innovation and practicality at the forefront of AI technology.

Sarah Lefebvre is on a mission to help businesses achieve optimal photo quality. As Director of Marketing at EyeQ, she focuses the company’s core message on the ROI businesses can achieve with Perfectly Clear, its automated photo and video editing technology.

Adrian Rohnfelder

The founder of AI ImageLab, Adrian Rohnfelder, will deliver a presentation called ‘The influence of Artificial Intelligence on future print products’.

In this highly illustrated and entertaining short presentation, Adrian Rohnfelder will outline possible print products of the future as a result of the new generative AI capabilities:

• Changes through AI support of existing products.

• Key social media drivers such as pets and selfies for a flood of AI-generated images.

• Possible consumer desires for 2D, 3D and 4D printing.

Adrian Rohnfelder studied business administration, worked for a long time as a freelance management consultant, and made photography his profession in 2017. He has already won several awards, published in renowned publishing houses, and appeared as a speaker at well-known events.

At the end of 2022, Adrian Rohnfelder discovered artificial intelligence as a fantastic creative tool. He has published on the subject in magazines and has been working as a trainer since the beginning of 2023. Together with Andreas Jürgensen, he founded the AI Imagelab in mid-2023 as a platform for AI-generated images and videos.

Servi Pieters

In his presentation called ‘Viesus: Prints enhanced in the blink of an AI’, Servi Pieters, chief executive officer of Viesus will try to answer these questions:

How do you deal with thousands or even millions of images daily for printing?

Do you often find these images lacking in quality or pixels?

Are you facing lost time, complaints, and missed opportunities?

Discover the behind the scenes algorithms used by leading names in the photo printing industry to minimise suboptimal prints. This talk reveals how AI algorithms improve image print production, delivering quality without the need for manual intervention.

As chief executive officer, Servi Pieters leads Viesus in further developing AI and making it available on various platforms. In October 2022, he founded MyPrint. ai AG, driven by innovation with the application of generative AI technology in a webapp to print personalised and specific AI generated artworks.

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RMGT celebrates 10 years and automates for drupa 2024

Packaging printing and commercial printing set to benefit from RMGT innovations.

Recently, Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) Limited hosted a 10th Anniversary Open house at the company’s Head Office and Showroom Factory. Mr. Hirokawa, president of RMGT gave a welcome speech to 154 guests from 24 countries before RMGT senior managers and leaders delivered presentations on the company’s solutions.

Mr. Taguchi, general manager of International Sales at RMGT, delivered a presentation on RMGT’s recent business situation, successful products, a start of operation of new No.3 factory and RMGT presentation at drupa 2024.

The company also gave a demonstration of the new RMGT features and technologies under the theme of “Assist Your Potential”. Showcasing three kinds of presses at its showroom, RMGT highlighted solutions for labour saving, autonomous printing, and quality assurance.

Mr. Matsuoka, group leader of International Sales, made a brief presentation of the recent success of RMGT 10 series in the packaging segment. He pointed out that 52 per cent of B1 sales went to packaging customers in 2023. Sales volume of packaging presses keeps growing year by year.

The company demonstrated micro flute (G flute) printing with a chemical embossing effect by LED-UV. Automated features included the automatic non-stop feeder,

retractable coating unit, anilox changer, delivery shutter and double delivery in combination with PQS-D inspection.

Mr. Yamada, assistant manager of International Sales, introduced the 970 model’s flexibility from commercial printing to light packaging printing and recently, the 970’s successful installation at packaging customers all over the world. Its demonstration used 350gsm paper for packaging images with chemical embossing by LED-UV. The company also demonstrated a density tracking function by PQS-D, showing how the press automatically adjusted colour against the density of the OK sheet registered by PDS-E Spectrodrive.

The RMGT 9 series convertible perfector, RMGT’s best-selling model, counted for more than 40 per cent of RMGT total sales in 2023. The perfector press models include the 790PF, 920PF, 970PF and 1060TP.

Mr. Ishibashi, Group leader of the International Sales spoke about the history of the 9 series since 2005. RMGT global 9 series installations exceed 1,800 presses. He also explained the ability of 970 models to meet worldwide paper sizes. During the 970 demonstrations, RMGT also showed two printing jobs (from A4 8up to full size poster) by continuous operation on RMGT 970PF-8 with PQS-D Smart Assist printing function.

The company also introduced a connection between 1060LX-6+CC+2LD

RMGT says its 1060LX significantly boosts productivity for packaging printing.

and AGV (Auto Guided Vehicle) through RMGT Press Information Edge during the demonstration. At the end of printing, AGV received a signal from the press and came to a delivery section automatically. After a paper pile was lowered, following the operator’s instruction, AGV moved inside the delivery area and picked up the paper pile before returning to its designated position.

In the evening, RMGT hosted a dinner party get-together at New Castle Hotel in Fukuyama. At the event, Mr. Urakami, president and chief executive of Ryobi; Mr. Hirokawa, president of RMGT; and Mr. Murashige, vice president of RMGT Sales and Service, gave speeches to show the companies’ deep appreciation to all guests.

drupa showcase

With a focus on automation, RMGT looks forward to showing its solutions at drupa 2024 under its theme ‘Assist Your Potential with Technological Expertise and Constant Innovation’. Its exhibits and demonstrations will focus on two major concepts:

• Further automation for package printing.

• Increased productivity for commercial printing through autonomous operation.

At drupa, presses on display will include the RMGT 1060LX-6+CC+LD wide stock range 1,060mm format offset

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press for the package printing market and the RMGT 970PF-8 A1-plus size convertible perfector for the commercial printing market, showing how advanced automation and labour saving technologies in the new RMGT presses herald a new era for packaging printing and commercial printing.

Packaging printing production

The upgraded RMGT 1060LX offers improved paper feed and delivery performance and a much shorter makeready time during job changeover. RMGT says this significantly boosts productivity for packaging printing. At drupa 2024, it will demonstrate continuous operation and speedy job changeover using two printing images with special colours and coating varnish.

The RMGT 1060LX-6+CC+LD features:

• Continuous operation using an automatic nonstop feeder and delivery shutter.

• Automatic non-stop feeder with resin pallet with legs.

• Delivery shutter for non-stop operation.

• A high-speed heavy stock packaging printing option at 17,100 sheets per hour with enhanced feeder-andregistration section functions using front-lay swing paper guide, a side lay push-pull mechanism and improved delivery section by using the polygon type vacuum wheel

The latest RMGT 970 press comes equipped with an array of advanced automation functions

• Simulchanger fully automatic simultaneous plate changer for fast job changeover, and a retractable coating unit (with a semi-automatic plate changer) that enables preparation for varnish coating to be performed while printing.


• LITHEC made “LITHOFRASH” colour control.

• Instant-drying printing using an LED-UV curing unit, capable of high value-added printing such as chemical embossed printing.

• GEW made “LEO LED-UV system” at interdeck and long delivery.

• Maximun paper size is 1,060mm x 750mm.

• Paper thickness is from 0.04mm to 1.0 mm with a skeleton type double diameter transfer cylinder.

• RMGT blanket washer.

• RMGT Impression washer.

• Remote controlled ink oscillating rollers dead point positioning. Delta Dampener (slip ratio can be adjustable up to 91 per cent).

• Press Information Edge and Press Information cloud for real-time productivity monitoring.

• 450mm raised kit to increase the feeder and delivery pile height.

Commercial printing innovations

Capable of handling the world’s most popular A1-plus size paper, the RMGT

The RMGT theme for drupa 2024 is ‘Assist Your Potential with Technological Expertise and Constant Innovation’

970PF-8 A1-plus size eight-colour convertible perfector offers major cost advantages, according to RMGT. This next-generation A1-plus size press comes equipped with an array of advanced automation functions for assisting the operator, including Smart Assist Printing for automatic continuous printing of multiple jobs.

Demonstrations at drupa 2024 will include continuous printing of two jobs using Smart Assist Printing, highlighting the higher operating rate for commercial printing as well as operation by entry level operators made possible by the 970F-8’s automation functions.

The RMGT 970PF-8 key features:

• A perfecting device ensures stable paper transport and reversing even during high-speed printing, and an LED-UV curing unit enables one-pass instant-drying perfecting.

• PQS-D(I+C+R) with Smart Assist Printing function.

• A PQS-D(I+C+R) printing quality control system checks the quality of every printed sheet.

• Automatic continuous printing of multiple jobs is made possible using Smart Assist Printing in combination with the PQS-D printing quality control system.

• A Smart-FPC fully automatic simultaneous plate changer with benderless plate clamp for quick job changes, and a predictive control system quickly achieves the target density.

• PDS-E Spectrodrive.

• Tape inserter for PQS-D to mark the start of production once makeready is completed.

• Maximum paper size is 965 mm x 650 mm.

• Paper thickness is from 0.04 mm to 0.5 mm.

• Machine speed at 15,000sph.

• Automatic feeder pile lateral alignment function with pile carrier plate.

• Pneumatic pull side guide.

• Feeder air preset.

• Blanket washer.

• R-Matic D remote.

• GEW made “LEO LED-UV system” at perfecting unit and swan-neck.

• Press Information Edge and Press Information cloud for real-time productivity monitoring.

Smart factory proposals

The RMGT booth at drupa 2024 will also include smart factory proposals for optimising production by network connection of the printing processes, as well as the latest drying technology and other solutions.

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Durst to launch P5 SMP at drupa

Durst has confirmed it will launch the new P5 Super Multi Pass (SMP) at drupa 2024.

The P5 SMP unveiled at the Global Pre-drupa Press Conference at Messe Düsseldorf in March, was conducted by Durst CEO and co-owner Christoph Gamper, Durst vice president – sales, Christian Harder, and Durst sales director for labels and flexible packaging Thomas Macina.

The 3.5 metre P5 SMP high-volume hybrid production LED UV printer delivers up to 2000 square metres per hour or five million square metres per year.

Production of the P5 SMP is not expected to commence until September in Europe.

Harder described the P5 SMP as the “pinnacle of efficiency, speed and quality in graphics, displays, corrugated and industrial decoration”.

“We successfully introduced the P5 platform back in 2019, and today, we now offer a complete product portfolio comprising hybrid as well as dedicated roll-to-roll printing with UV printing inks in various widths and various speeds.

“This year at drupa, we proudly introduce a further enhancement to the P5 series –the P5 SMP, which stands for Super MultiPass. The Super Multi Pass delivers a new peak in productivity with the versatility of the P5 platform and productivity of up to five million square metres per year or 2,000 square metres per hour.

“This is tailor-made for the sign and display and corrugated display printing

market. The press will be available in the various levels of automation empowered by our software solutions for further automating the production processes.”

The P5 SMP machine will feature Ricoh Gen 5 printheads, the same print heads used on other Durst P5 printers, but an entirely different printhead configuration is expected to deliver the speed of the new machine.

“So far, we haven’t seen any major advantages with the Ricoh Gen 6 printheads, and we have had an extremely good experience with the Gen 5 printheads since 2018 so we have decided not to change printheads at this stage,” Harder said.

The P5 SMP will also feature LED drying and new UV ink formulations.

“With this machine, we will be using UV ink since we want to be versatile and also our customers want to print on a wide

range of different substrates such as rigid, carton and various banner materials.”

Durst to launch P5 350 HS PACK

Durst Group has launched the P5 350 HS PACK, a highly automated solution for digital corrugated and display printing.

According to the company, the P5 350 HS PACK combines the versatility of a P5 hybrid printing system with the ability to print on a wide range of materials used in the POP/POS and retail markets.

Andrea Riccardi head of product management – graphics at Durst, said the P5 350 HS PACK is the result of Durst’s customer-oriented approach.

“The modular design of the P5 technology platform enables us to develop new products for a wide range of applications. We identify market requirements and incorporate them into our development process,” said Riccardi.

Matt Ashman, managing director of Durst Oceania, said further innovations from the team at Durst HQ are exciting, and the P5 350 HS PACK does not disappoint.

“The new P5 PACK series is tailored to the needs of a corrugated packaging environment with new automation, new inks, and more software integration. What is particularly exciting is that this will be available to Durst Oceania customers from Q3 this year,” said Ashman.

The P5 PACK series is equipped with all the functions that enable efficient print production of corrugated boards. The width and height are set automatically by simply selecting the media channel in the software, which significantly reduces set-up time. In addition, P5 350 HS PACK vacuum system increases the suction power on the print belt by up to 40 per cent compared to the conventional systems.

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Sabine Geldermann (drupa) with the Durst team – Christoph Gamper, Christian Harder, and Thomas Macina


At Drupa 2024, we will unveil the next level of P5 and set a new standard for efficiency, quality, and versatility in the digital printing industry.

DRUPA 2024, MAY 28—JUNE 7, DÜSSELDORF Hall 16, Booth A41-1 & A41-2

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Fujifilm announces a robotic automation system for high-end Acuity Hybrid wide format printer

Fujifilm will take visitors into the future with demonstrations of its robotic automation system for its high-end Acuity Hybrid wide format machines.

The announcement from Fujifilm came during its pre-drupa press conference at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany.

The company says the new automation system is designed to give Acuity Hybrid customers the option to upgrade their high-end, wide format machines with a full solution.

The robotics unit allows a single operator to run the machine and facilitates a palletto-pallet process for rigid substrates.

The system, designed to support and speed up production lines, comprises a loading option to feed rigid substrates onto the printer and an unloading system to unload material from printer to pallet. It can be set to deliver full or half automation.

Using four lanes, the system allows simultaneous printing of four rows of material. Each lane has two suction arms to pick up materials and a vacuum that operators can adjust to carry a variety of substrates and surfaces with different weights. An optional ionisation unit removes unwanted static from substrates that are typically challenging to print on.

The automation system’s userfriendly graphic user interface (GUI) communicates with the printer while allowing the operator to continuously monitor the materials the machine is handling. The automation unit includes a specially designed latching system, patented by Fujifilm, which enables it to quickly connect to the printer.

In addition, for use with a hybrid printer such as the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED, it has a feature on each side of the doors allowing easy access to the roll system. This feature facilitates an efficient changeover when using a hybrid printer – from roll fed to flatbed, for example – making the most of its functionality and versatility.

The company says that it strives to ensure the longevity of its partnerships. With this in mind, Fujifilm designed the automation system to support the growth of its customers’ printing businesses and is compatible with current and upcoming technologies in the Acuity Ultra Hybrid range.

Fujifilm’ will host visitors at Stand A02 in Hall 8B of drupa where it says it will demonstrate the latest technology, including the unloader function on a brand-new machine. Visitors will see the system in action while Fujifilm takes the opportunity to highlight to the market how adding this technology to daily production lines can increase uptime, streamline processes, and generate more business.

World’s first B2 full colour dry toner digital press

Recently, Fujifilm launched the Revoria Press GC12500 with B2XL capability for six A4-sized prints that the company will display at the show. The GC12500 supports the largest size available in the current digital B2 printer market, B2XL size (750mm x 662mm) paper. It can print up to six A4-sized prints in a sheet, delivering high productivity of 250 ppm with A4.

The company launched the GC12500 at the pre-drupa press conference at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany.

Fujifilm says the press can print on small-sized applications and large format applications, such as posters. The company adds that consolidating the paper feeder/stacker and machine control panel in one place significantly improves the daily work efficiency and productivity of printing operators.

Developed to enable B2 printing on demand without the need for specialised operators, the new press also delivers improved maintenance capabilities and optimised routine operations to minimise downtime.

Printing on B2 paper with dry toner has its challenges, but Fujifilm has incorporated proprietary new technology to overcome this. By developing new mechanisms for the fuser unit and developing unit, the stress on the paper during the printing process is reduced, improving image quality.

With this new technology, the maximum paper size can be expanded to B2XL while also enabling automatic duplex printing on paper weights ranging from 64gsm to 450gsm. Combined with the wide media versatility inherent to dry toner, a broad range of applications can be produced.

Fujifilm Group has sold over 300 of its Jet Press B2 sheet-fed digital presses. The company says the Jet Press 750S boasts industry-leading image quality and printing speeds.

Adding the Revoria Press GC12500 to Fujifilm’s range of printing innovations gives print company’s a dry toner B2 size printing option in addition to the current A3 solutions.

The company adds that the new press delivers high production efficiency, user friendly operation, and media versatility, which visitors can see in action for the first time in the commercial print area of the Fujifilm stand.

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Heidelberg to unveil new Speedmaster XL 106 at drupa

At drupa, Heidelberg will showcase an end-to-end, highly automated packaging workflow for the diverse requirements of industrial packaging production.

For Heidelberg, the major focus at drupa will be the launch of the new Speedmaster XL 106 and its production speed of 21,000 sheets per hour. As an alternative to offset printing, Heidelberg is also presenting the new Boardmaster in combination with Intellimatch: a real game changer for high volume packaging printing. Commercial and publishing printers can also look forward to an integrated end-to-end workflow with Prinect. With automation from plate imaging to plate feeding with Plate to Unit, and the new generation of CutStar, Push to Stop end-to-end at the new Speedmaster XL 106 will become the new standard in offset. Supplemented by collaborative robotics in postpress with StackStar C, production is more efficient and economical than ever.

The printing sector faces a combination of three challenges – ever-increasing cost pressures, a shortage of skilled workers, and growing sustainability requirements. In response to these megatrends, Heidelberg will present numerous innovations under the motto ‘Unfold Your Potential’ at this year’s drupa

trade show. The focus will be on customers and the need for their print shops to optimise the development and leveraging of business potential using state-of-the-art technologies and services. Thanks to the innovations being unveiled at drupa, such as the new-generation Speedmaster XL 106, Heidelberg can support its customers with a holistic concept that delivers up to 20 per cent higher productivity than the previous solutions. Dr Ludwin Monz, chief executive officer at Heidelberg, says, “Heidelberg has been an industry pioneer in the digitalisation of printing for20 years. Our main goal is to optimise our customers’ entire value chain.

“To this end, we have almost fully digitalised and integrated print shop processes, and our solutions at drupa offer our commercial and packaging printing customers maximum efficiency in industrial print production.”

The companys a shortage of labour and skilled workers is becoming more acute in the printing industry. With this in mind, Heidelberg offers customers solutions for automating products and processes,

including training for print shop staff. Fully automated plate to unit plate logistics on the Speedmaster XL 106 and the new robotics solutions for postpress operations are two examples of this in commercial printing. The new generation Speedmaster XL 106 also supports cluster production, whereby a single operator controls an entire machine . In the future, Heidelberg will make autonomous printing possible for standardised applications in packaging printing. The company will also help operators with more complex print jobs by providing navigated user guidance.

Sustainability in print production is one of the biggest trends worldwide and, at the same time, a major challenge for the sector. Modern print shops aim to become even more sustainable by reducing their consumption of energy and resources. Print products are also changing, though, moving away from plastic and toward more paper. Heidelberg offers sustainable print solutions, helping its customers save on energy and raw materials. If you compare a Speedmaster from 1990 with the current version, the energy consumption per 1,000 sheets has reduced by up to 40 per cent. At this year’s drupa, Heidelberg will present its latest generation of presses, which have a maximum speed of up to 21,000 sheets per hour. This increased production speed will help customers further lower their energy consumption per sheet. The use of artificial intelligence and new assistance systems will also result in savings by reducing the amount of paper waste.

Digitalisation in the printing industry enables end-to-end integration of the production process – from receiving the digital customer order, preparing the print data, planning and carrying out the print job, and passing on the print product to post press, all the way through to delivery and billing. In this context, Heidelberg will exhibit end-toend autonomous printing for commercial and packaging customers at drupa.

With its new customer portal, the company is taking digitalisation to the next level and further expanding press management, including aspects such as capacity utilisation, maintenance, and upkeep.

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All set for drupa – the world premiere of the new Peak Performance generation of the Speedmaster XL 106 with production speed of 21,000 sheets per hour and up to 20 per cent more productivity compared to the previous generation.


Konica Minolta to unveil new AccurioJet 60000 at drupa

Konica Minolta will unveil a new top-of-the-line AccurioJet 60000, which will be positioned above the KM-1 and KM-1e machines.

Speaking to global journalists at the Pre-drupa Global Press Conference at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany, Konica Minolta’s head of marketing for Konica Minolta Business Systems Europe, Olaf Lorenz, confirmed for the first time that the world will be able to see the new top-of-the-line model AccurioJet 60000 at drupa. It will remain under wraps until then.

He said, “The AccurioJet 60000 further enhances the quality and functionality of the AccurioJet KM-1 and KM-1e, which have been used around the world since the release in 2016 for various printing applications such as various printing papers and PVC plastics.

“The AccurioJet 60000 maximises throughput with high productivity of 6,000 sheets/hour and improves automation and labour-saving. Using HS-UV (High-definition, Single-pass UV) ink, it maintains high image quality and gloss reproducibility that approaches offset printing, while a high level of colour stability is achieved with easy operation.”

Lorenz also provided an overview of the major products to be shown on the 2500 square metre Konica Minolta stand from 28 May to 7 June under the theme ‘See the Potential in the Future of Print’.

With a particular focus on labels, packaging and embellishment, Konica Minolta and MGI will demonstrate the most efficient use of digital print automation and end-to-end production workflows, as well as worldclass software solutions.

For the first time, Konica Minolta will also provide a live demonstration at drupa of the AlphaJET integrated system incorporating printing and finishing equipment.

Loerenz said, “To create a sense of luxury and meet customers’ diverse needs, embellish printing is performed using spot varnish to create a relief effect, foil stamping, etc. for packaging. Since many companies and departments are involved in plate creation and each process, redundant printing and time consumption are issues in the industry.

“AlphaJET, provided by Konica Minolta together with its France-based partner MGI Digital Technology, performs all processes necessary for package printing, from inkjet printing to embellish printing and post-processing, all in one step. It significantly shortens process time, reduces installation floor space and waste, and provides a clean working environment,” Lorenz said.

“Under the main message of ‘See the Potential in the Future of Print’, Konica

Minolta will propose a future vision for printing companies by making full use of its unique technology and knowhow, which the company has cultivated over many years of working closely with partners committed to printing.

“Konica Minolta’s top priority is to automate and provide assistance technologies for the printing process and maximise throughput. By reducing the routine work time required to prepare for printing, the productivity of the entire printing process will be improved, and operator stress will be reduced. At the same time, by focusing on the professional quality that printing companies require, Konica Minolta increases customer satisfaction and trust in the printing company. In addition, by providing a variety of support functions that enable even less skilled and inexperienced operators to work comfortably and achieve high performance, Konica Minolta contributes to improving the working environment of printing companies, reducing environmental impact, and improving business continuity.”

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The new Konica Minolta AccurioJet 60000 will remain under wraps until drupa in May. Konica Minolta will also provide a live demonstration of the AlphaJET printing and finishing system for the first time at drupa.



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Kodak at drupa 2024: groundbreaking solutions for inkjet and traditional offset

Kodak will showcase its digital technology and traditional print solutions, all designed to help printers increase productivity and profitability, at drupa 2024 from May 28 to June 7, 2024.

The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 Press, powered by Kodak Ultrastream continuous inkjet technology, will take centre stage at Kodak’s booth A02-2 in Hall 5. Driven by the Kodak 900 print manager and integrated with the Kodak Prinergy workflow platform, the high speed press will run at the show with the newly launched versatile Kodak manufactured pre and post finishing solutions. During drupa, the Prosper Ultra 520 Press, which uses Kodachrome inks, will print various high quality applications at full production speeds of up to 152 metres per minute on a range of substrates live every day, highlighting new business opportunities printers can pursue with Kodak continuous inkjet.

The powerful new wide-width Kodak Prosper imprinting solutions for hybrid packaging and commercial print applications will make their debut at drupa 2024. This inkjet innovation can be integrated into offset, flexo and gravure presses as well as postpress and converting systems for highly flexible, high-quality digital imprinting of custom packaging, security, and commercial print applications. Kodak says its high performance imprinting technology enables printers to enhance their existing analogue equipment with flexible digital capabilities and offer value-added services to their customers.

Kodak Prinergy platform

The Kodak Prinergy platform will play an important role at Kodak’s booth as it provides a single, integrated and future proof workflow solution that consolidates production across digital and analog printing processes.

The Prinergy platform is compatible with virtually all third-party software and equipment and connects with the broadest range of digital presses. It can act as the central hub of a smart print factory enabling centralised management of jobs using an intuitive interface to create, submit, manage and quality

control jobs. Show attendees can learn more about the new Prinergy version 11.0, which has just been announced.

Visitors to Kodak’s booth can also experience Kodak Prinergy business solutions, a fully integrated MIS/ERP, e-commerce and collaboration software solution that is compatible with any workflow solution, according to Kodak. Powered by Prinergy and backed by Microsoft Azure, Kodak has combined print-specific software applications into a single integrated solution.

Additionally, the Kodak team will showcase the cloud-based Kodak Prinergy access content management solution which combines Prinergy’s high performance automation and customer portal tools with the versatility of connectivity to any digital press and any on-premise workflow.

Innovating traditional offset

Kodak is also committed to driving continued innovation in offset printing. This year, the company is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its industry-leading line of Kodak Sonora process free plates. Sonora plates can reduce costs in both prepress and the pressroom and improve sustainability without compromising quality or productivity.

Industry partner Koenig & Bauer (Hall 16/A31-1 – A31-5) will use Kodak Sonora process free plates for printing a wide

range of applications on its Rapida presses during the show. At Koenig & Bauer, a Kodak Magnus Q800 platesetter with T-Speed Plus (up to 84 B1 plates per hour) and a multi-pallet loader will image Sonora plates. Prinergy workflow software will drive the Magnus Q800, the industry’s fastest 8-up CTP system

Komori Corporation (Hall 15/E02) and Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT, Hall 16/E11) will also run live print demonstrations on sheetfed offset presses with Sonora plates. In addition, Kodak will unveil further product innovations in offset solution categories at the show.

Jim Continenza, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Kodak, says, “With our presence at drupa 2024, we will demonstrate our commitment to innovation across our complete portfolio of both traditional and digital solutions. At the Kodak booth, printers will learn how Kodak can help make their business more efficient and profitable in today’s ‘and’ era of print.

“For being able to serve their customers comprehensively and be successful in the market, printers today need both innovative digital technology and modern, highly automated solutions for traditional offset. That’s exactly what Kodak offers them from a single source.”

For further information about Kodak at drupa 2024, please visit:

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Kodak will showcase its digital technology and traditional print solutions at drupa 2024


Unlocking the future with Xeikon

Xeikon gears up to unveil its latest innovations and state-of-the-art solutions at drupa 2024.

Adivision of Luxembourg based Flint Group, Xeikon is a leading provider of digital print production solutions catering to the packaging and graphic arts sectors.

The company emphasises that its presence at the print industry’s most renowned event underscores Xeikon’s dedication to providing customers with cutting edge technology that meets the evolving needs of the printing and packaging industry. Danny Mertens, marketing manager at Xeikon, says that,

like many other commercial sectors, the print industry has weathered a turbulent period, which has expedited its move towards digitisation.

He says, “This shift is in response to emerging trends that demand greater agility, and a commitment to sustainable solutions and heightened efficiency.”

Sabine Geldermann, director at drupa, says she feels proud to have Xeikon at the show and called the company, “a pioneer in digital printing that has been present

at drupa since its inception”. She adds, “Xeikon continues to deliver cutting-edge solutions that are strongly valued by the market. Their participation reaffirms the significance of drupa as a platform and milestone event for the printing industry, attracting industry leaders like Xeikon who recognize the unique value and opportunities the event has to offer.”

During drupa, Xeikon will spotlight its offerings in the following areas across key markets:

Flexible Packaging

Xeikon’s Titon solution guarantees food safety even on paper-based flexible packaging, meeting requirements for temperature, chemical, and mechanical resistance.

Corrugated Packaging

Xeikon’s Idera technology delivers a food-safe solution within the postprint corrugated environment.

Graphic Arts

Xeikon Sirius offers cost-effective technology for medium-run commercial print, ensuring quality and efficiency.

Label Printing

Panther (UV Inkjet) and Lion (dry toner) technologies deliver sustainable benefits and speed and quality.

Sabine Geldermann continues, “drupa has consistently served as the pulse of our industry, providing an ideal platform for industry players to embrace current and future innovations. With eight years having passed since the last edition, numerous innovations have come to light and can now leverage the drupa platform.

“This event will showcase the incredible journey Xeikon has undertaken, expanding its offerings into diverse new markets.”

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Xeikon’s Titon solution guarantees food safety even on paper-based flexible packaging

Epson launches a genuine colour management solution

Epson has announced its Auto Table for the SD-10 spectrophotometer, designed to make colour management easier and more reliable.

The company says the Auto Table for the SD-10 spectrophotometer addresses and rebuffs the common perception that colour management is time consuming and requires high technical knowledge and skills.

Epson describes the SD-10 as an easy to use, full-featured colour measuring device that combines with the new Auto Table and Epson Edge Color Lite colour management software to offer a genuine colour management solution that addresses most colour management requirements and maximises print output quality.

Key features:

• Gamut viewer: users can visually check and compare the specified gamut of profiles.

position and thickness automatically through the optical sensors with auto measurement taking five minutes for an A3 colour chart.

The new solution delivers quick auto measurement, enabling operators to create an ICC profile by measuring only 379 patches (1 x A3 sheet) and quick verification by measuring the chart with just 80 patches.

An optional silicon cover for the SD-10 spectrophotometer helps improve scratch resistance, and a new optional SD-10 alignment guide makes it easier to adjust the SD-10 colour measurement point.

The new Auto Table boasts easy storage and portability, thanks to its compact design (550 × 395 × 128 mm) and the fact that it only weighs 3.4kg - excluding its bundled carrycase and an SD-10.

• High quality gradation: Epson Edge Color Lite can produce smooth gradation without significant gamut downsizing.

• Fluorescent media profile: Epson Edge Color Lite allow users to create optimised fluorescent colour media profiles for fluorescent capable Epson printers such as the SC-F6460H and SC-F10060H.

Colour matching

• Easy and simple operation: fully automated chart reading operation and all functions of Epson Edge Color Lite are integrated in Epson Edge Print PRO and can be operated simply and intuitively without any technical knowledge or skills.

The Auto Table also helps solve colour matching problems in a range of print and design-related work, such as those commonly found in the sign and display and textile industries. It enables you to create media profiles easily and quickly without any technical knowledge or skills. You can also verify and unify output colour among multiple Epson printers and calibrate and maintain stable output colour for long periods on the same printer.

For enhanced usability, the new Auto Table supports colour chart media sizes up to 331mm high, 13mm thick and virtually any length. It detects media

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New Auto Table combines with SD-10 spectrophotometer. Epson’s new Auto Table offers automatic media position detection Handy: the SD-10 Auto Table with its carrycase The SD-10 spectrophotometer has an optional silicon cover
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Durst Oceania launches Vanguard

Durst Oceania has confirmed it will launch the entire range of Vanguard products in Australia and New Zealand.

Matt Ashman, Durst Oceania managing director, says Vanguard’s full range of roll to roll, flatbed and hybrid products will launch following Fespa 2024 in Amsterdam.

He says, “I am pleased to confirm that Dan Mantel has come on board to develop the Vanguard business sector as business development manager, and we will be reaching out to work with potential partners as well as customers in the near future.

“Durst acquired Vanguard back in 2019 and the Covid pandemic prevented us from launching it earlier into the local market. The benefit of waiting to launch has meant that the brand is now assimilated into the Durst business as well as the hardware

Supplier support at maximum for Visual Impact

All stands for the Visual Impact Expo at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in July have sold out. Show organiser Visual Connections expects the industry to come out in force to take advantage of the first Brisbane show in more than six years.

Charly Blades, event manager at Visual Connections, says, “Attendance numbers for our exhibitions have been strong in the past couple of years, with people keen to take any available opportunities to acquaint themselves with the very latest solutions.

Updated Fiery platform streamlines workflow

Fiery has announced the next generation of its SignLab sign making and graphic production software: SignLab 11.

The new release combines vector and bitmap design, as well as editing tools, to simplify the production of banners, signs, decals, décor, and more. From one platform, sign businesses can design and produce vibrant and unique digitally printed, vinyl cut, and print/cut signs and graphics.

and software ecosystem and this is fully backed by the Durst service network.

“There are now over 1000 Vanguard installations globally and the brand continues to grow in the established market of North America as well as exponentially in the European market.

“Printers have been telling us that they are looking for an alternative to the other players in the market. There have been a number of manufacturers that have delivered some great innovation, but unfortunately this was a number of years

“Visual Impact will showcase a diverse range of solutions covering signage and displays; wide-format printing; textile printing; LED and illumination; fabrication; routing; engraving and laser cutting; software; and workflows.

“The floorplan is looking like a really good balance between the larger suppliers with multiple solutions and product lines, and the smaller local and international exhibitors who always bring a range of resources, affiliations, solutions and options which are invaluable to industry businesses and ideally complement the offerings of the bigger names.”

The show’s programme of ‘Connections Sessions’ will take the form of short, sharp, and focused mini-seminars centred around connecting industry businesses with people, and ideas. She adds, “We

John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing for Fiery, says, “This new release of SignLab builds on Fiery’s legacy of innovation and automation to offer customers a modern, all-in-one platform.

“SignLab streamlines workflows, improves productivity, and accelerates profitability of their sign or wide format business.

“With Fiery SignLab, customers can easily design and produce from one platform. There is no need for multiple applications for production. Unlike general design platforms, SignLab is purpose-built for the production environment.

“Offering greater control of design elements and support for the most popular print, cut, and hybrid devices, SignLab makes processes easier.

ago. Now Vanguard is here delivering what Durst is famous for – innovation on a constant rolling basis. We will continue to be focused on what customers need and what customers want.

“Vanguard can deliver amazing quality at incredible speeds, while also providing a very commercially attractive proposition. Vanguard sits within the Durst range as a more accessible entry point for the aspiring print business and we look forward to welcoming new customers to the ever-growing Durst family.”

know how pressed for time industry businesses are and how difficult it can be to get away from the office. That puts the onus on us to deliver as much value as we can in the limited time people can make available to attend,” says Blades.

“We are doing that with this educational element by offering shorter, more focused sessions in a comfortable, conversational environment. As well as giving visitors the chance to gather a lot of information, insights, and ideas in a short space of time, the sessions are also designed to start conversations by connecting industry decision-makers with the experts who can help them build their business success.”

Visual Impact Brisbane will run from July 17-19 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

“The new vectorisation controls, weed features, pdf cut tools, effects catalogue, and fit to shape features that are not typically found in general design applications and require third party applications.

“Combining these tools with the widest direct support for output devices, SignLab provides printers with a comprehensive and feature-rich production platform that includes integrated design, layout, and production workflow software for sign making, large format graphics, and print/ cut applications.

“With over 1300 drivers available from the most popular print, cut and hybrid devices, SignLab helps shops of all sizes and production volumes maximise their production devices, automate common tasks and reduce rework.”

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Matt Ashman (l), Durst Oceania managing director with business development manager Dan Mantel



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Aarque Open House delivers expert insights and solutions

Leading industry supplier lends its showroom for industry professionals to learn about the latest solutions from the experts.

Leading industry supplier Aarque Group hosted an Open House last month featuring equipment demonstrations with industry experts.

Steve Wilton-Jones, national equipment sales consultant at Aarque, says, “As a major industry supplier, Aarque works to deliver a wide range of solutions across the print, signage, labels and packaging sectors. The Open House gave us a chance to discuss solutions with our customers.”

The team covered solutions at the Open House, which included:

• The Epson SureColor F2160 Direct to Garment printer

• Durst UV printers

• Canon flatbed and UV printers

• HP, Roland DG, and Epson 54″ and 64″ printers

• 3M and Avery Dennison media Steve adds, “Open House visitors had the chance to learn about the latest trends from Aarque Group’s team of experts and

special guests: Vivian Kooyman from Canon; Avinash Patel from Epson; Wayne Shaw from HP; and Shane Adams from Roland DG.

“We also took the chance to fire up the Aarque barbecue for lunch and liquid refreshments, which gave everyone a chance to enjoy each other’s company as well.

“We look forward to hosting another successful Open House soon.”

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From left: A customer with Steve Wilton-Jones, Aarque Group; and Wayne Shaw, HP Printing t-shirts, from left: Keyz Mareko and Parth Patel, Auckland Copy Shop with Avinash Patel from Epson The Epson SureColor F2160 Direct to Garment printer
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The HP Latex 630 printer Avinash Patel (l), Epson with Paul Missen, Aarque Group From left: Avinash Patel, Epson with Dean Dewitt and Jason Bult, Aarque Group From left: Rashid Ben, Aarque Group; Lance Cooper, Specialist Restoration Supplies; and Vivian Kooyman, Canon Burger King: Darrin Weir, from Aarque, with something he prepared earlier Talking wide format, from left: Dean Dewitt (l), Aarque Group; with Miju Sasikumar and Pavan Kolli from Omnigraphics Madison Boggs (l), Aarque Group shares a laugh with Jeremy Griffiths Madison Boggs (R), Aarque Group, discusses textile printing with a customer

Adopting a growth mindset

Durst continues to play a leading role in the industry with innovations and out of the box thinking.
Matt Ashman, Managing Director, Durst Oceania

2023 was a huge year in the large format market and our business grew exponentially. Once again, we achieved triple digit growth year on year which clearly shows that Durst is continuing to listen to the market and deliver equipment, software, and solutions that the industry needs and wants.

Durst is committed to manufacturing and will continue to invest heavily into research and development driving innovation for years to come providing reassurance for our existing and future customers as we not only focus on our strengths with new products, while also supporting existing products. We are not a company that seeks to divest our products or outsource research and development to other businesses as we seek to grow our proprietary technology. We never seek to dilute our product offering or dispose of technological platforms.

This point was proven at the recent Durst open house where a local business was operating not one, but two brand new Durst products featuring our latest technology alongside a 13 year-old Durst machine – that still produces print every day. We will continue to support these products, regardless of age, for the foreseeable future and I am very proud to be able to support our long-standing customers.

In 2024, businesses are purchasing products based on who they can trust and who will be able to support them, rather than the old paradigm of speeds and feeds. Over the last 12 months within the Australasian market, there have been some unfortunate business casualties which are always disappointing to see. The good news is that the vast majority of printing companies are showing strong growth and sharing plans with us for their reinvestment in digital equipment. These companies are exploiting the opportunities presented to them by the rationalisation in the market and they are guaranteeing their growth for years to come.

This industry relies on competition and when there is consolidation from suppliers – this can only be negative for end users. For customers – it is always better to have more choice – less choice is never good, and it would be a shame to see fewer options in the space for printers to choose from.

Printers are continuing to face pressure to deliver shorter run lengths and faster turnaround for customers. Durst customers are already well-placed to meet this challenge with on-demand digital inkjet printing delivering short runs and long runs with unattended operation and

a lower barrier to entry which means such equipment has never been more attractive.

For Durst, Drupa will be a packaging show. We will demonstrate a number of solutions for printers to safely enter the packaging category with confidence, whether that be primary or secondary packaging, as digitally delivered packaging is now the current global trend.

Globally, we are observing the breakdown of category demarcation, and all businesses are now looking to new areas to grow their business and harness new opportunities – and become the ‘onestop-shop’. Large format printers are adopting flexible packaging and label converters are adopting folding carton printing. This will manifest itself into many exciting solutions – and Durst is perfectly placed to deliver these solutions to the market.

Software continues to be a booming business within the Durst portfolio as we continue to innovate and see huge success with our software solutions globally as well as in the Australian market. We were late-comers to the software area – but that has enabled us to create cutting edge software that is completely agnostic using the latest technology to deliver solutions that make a real difference to businesses in the printing space from RIPs to workflow solutions and online technology through to full business management, ERP and MIS solutions. These software solutions are backed by the Durst Group and its world class support as well as considerable ongoing investment into research and development.

With our acquisition of Aleph, textiles continues to be an area of growth. Durst has always been strong in soft signage, high end apparel and home furnishings, but now having the cutting-edge technology developed by Aleph, we have solutions to fill the mid-range tier. The latest report from the Australian Fashion Council supports this showing that domestic fashion and textiles is a growth industry within Australia.

We look forward to seeing many existing friends and future friends at Drupa. We will be showing exciting solutions that have to be seen to be believed. Join us for an espresso or macchiato in the morning and a beer or aperitivo in the evening – you can always be assured of a warm welcome at Durst.

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Hi-Tec Ink makes dye-sub easy with Coldenhove and Klieverik

Coldenhove and Klieverik solutions answer industry needs for sublimation printing.

Industry supplier Hi-Teck Ink has a reputation for bringing innovative and sustainable solutions to the local wide format market.

Les King, general manager at Hi-Teck Ink, says, “We continually look for innovations that our customers can use to add value to their businesses. Our Coldenhove and Klieverik dye sublimation solutions do exactly that.”

Recently, Coldenhove and Hi-Tec Ink announced a strategic alliance that will give local companies access to Coldenhove’s premium paper products designed for dye sublimation printing.

Les says, “We are thrilled to unveil this partnership with Coldenhove. Our collaboration will offer businesses in New Zealand, and beyond, innovative, ecoconscious solutions. With our deep-rooted understanding of the local market and Coldenhove’s technologies, we are excited to deliver unmatched value to our customers.

“This alliance brings together Hi-Tec Ink’s wealth of expertise with Coldenhove’s paper technologies, promising unparalleled quality and performance in printing solutions. Dye sublimation printing stands out for its vivid colours and versatile applications across textiles, signage, and bespoke gifts. Now, with the combined strengths of Hi-Tec Ink and Coldenhove, businesses can expect

a new standard of excellence in their large format sublimation printing needs.

“In response to mounting environmental concerns surrounding traditional dye sublimation papers, Hi-Tec Ink commits to leveraging Coldenhove’s state of the art paper technologies. Its advancements deliver exceptional print quality and adhere to the highest standards of responsible production. Noteworthy is Coldenhove’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, a testament to its global dedication to conservation and sustainable forest management.”

Gert-Jan Breukink, senior sales executive at Coldenhove, says Coldenhove is equally eager about the joint venture. He adds, “Together, we are committed to driving innovation and sustainability, as well as ensuring our clients receive their products even faster, as we strive to exceed expectations.

“Aligned in our commitment to sustainability and innovation, Hi-Tec Ink and Coldenhove are primed to lead positive change in the printing industry. This strategic partnership aims to empower businesses with superior sublimation printing solutions while embracing eco-friendly printing practices.”

Les adds, “Coldenhove is the paper standard throughout the dye sublimation industry. Coldenhove’s Jetcol is a coated

sublimation paper with an extremely high transfer yield of up to 97 per cent. Jetcol enables you to achieve a wide and bright colour range, fine detail printing, and consistent quality. Achieving repeatable results with every print job brings more predictability into your production workflow. Available in printer rolls of up to 3.2m in width, these papers offer a high transfer yield for a diverse product range.”

Coldenhove’s ‘Original’ Jetcol dye sublimation paper assortment handles ink quantities without cockling. Working in close cooperation with leading printer and ink producers Coldenhove developed its Jetcol Industrial paper assortment for high-speed production and higher glycol inks.

Coldenhove has also developed the Jetcol Special paper assortment to take on a variety of printing challenges such as the need for faster drying paper or textile and paper to stick during the sublimation process; sublimating on a very closely knitted/stretchy textile; sublimating on rigid materials; or having to use a lot of ink to reach the required colours.

Klieverik sublimation

Hi-Tec Ink is also the New Zealand agency for Klieverik sublimation transfer presses.

Les says, “Klieverik GTC belt calenders can be used for roll-to-roll dye sublimation transfer printing (paper to textile) as well as for dye fixation of direct printed dispersed dyes or pigments. They handle a range of materials and deliver sharp edge definition, high processing speeds, less waste and fewer re-prints. For example, the GTC81-1850 roll-to-roll dye sublimation and dye fixation calender has pneumatically adjustable brakes and a touchscreen with recipe operation, cooling down and start up timer.

Klieverik GTC features include low tension textile winding for stretch sensitive materials; a textile tensioning device; a universal unwind shaft for textile rolls for any core diameter; wind and unwinding shafts for transfer and protection paper; a contact winder for textiles; scraper blades to prevent paper or textile from wrapping around the drum; and an air pressure operated paper tension setting.

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Coldenhove has achieved FSC certification across its production


Regional meetings feature in NZSDA industry support

It has been a busy start to the year for the NZSDA as we have been working hard to increase the value of our membership. Our new board is passionate about supporting the industry as best we can, and we have some exciting opportunities and partnerships underway that we haven’t offered in the past. These new membership offerings include health and safety advice, HR support, industry mentorships, wider regional meetings, online webinars and so much more.

One of our big projects for the year is a refresh of our website. The platform we currently use is no longer receiving updates and we decided a new platform and new membership management system was in order.

The new system will make it easier for members to register for events and makes it possible for payments to be taken online. It also allows members more control over their profiles, and an easy and streamlined process for members to list jobs or

classifieds themselves. We hope to launch this within the next few months.

This year, we committed to holding regional meetings in more towns than we have before. The most recent being held in Nelson. This was an awesome evening, and we were thrilled to have a large turnout of local Nelson sign makers, as well as several who travelled a good few hours from out of town so they could join us.

Another initiative for 2024 sees NZSDA showing appreciation to our members of 10 plus years and presenting certificates of recognition. It was great to be able to award these to our long-term Nelson members.


We have released the programme for our 59th Sign Makers Conference, and you can register for this on our website.

Napier, our nation’s art deco capital, will host the conference from June 13-15. It

will feature several days of learning and activities focused on the theme, ‘Engage to Empower’.

We will begin the conference with the NZSDA Annual General Meeting and follow it with the Welcome Event, a progressive dinner experience through the main city centre.

The conference will also feature a panel of sign experts speaking on various hot topics; a tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s first urban winery; and a special guest speaker who will share stories of empowering others. To conclude the day, our sponsors will host a speed networking afternoon.

Saturday will feature a morning tour and talk of Steve Trott’s ‘Not Just Signs Retro & Vintage Collections’.

Following the conference, on the Saturday evening, we will host the 2024 NZ Sign Display Awards. This prestigious national event recognises and acknowledges outstanding design and craftmanship across a broad range of sign making methods and technologies.

We will also name the 2024 Apprentice of the Year, who will receive both nationwide recognition and a $3,000 Computaleta Resource Grant.

We look forward to seeing you all at conference and can’t wait to celebrate with you at the awards ceremony later this year.

Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangatia te angitu

Feel the fear and do it anyway

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Mikayla Hopkins attends the NZSDA regional meetings. NZSDA conference delegates will visit an urban winery in Napier Mikayla Hopkins A large turn out of Nelson sign makers enjoyed the recent regional meeting

Currie Group and Elitron partner for precision cutting systems

Leading graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnership that will see Currie Group supply the Elitron range of cutting systems for digital print, packaging, and textiles to print service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

The Elitron range complements Currie Group’s EFI wide format printers and highlights Currie Group’s commitment to providing end-to-end solutions, while providing Elitron with a reliable and efficient channel partner for distribution and service support in the region.

Established more than 30 years ago to serve the textiles, clothing, and footwear industry, Elitron supplies solutions for the digital print, packaging, fashion, furniture, automotive and industrial sectors. It designs, develops, engineers, and manufactures all its solutions in Italy and has developed numerous patented technologies, and picked up many awards.

In March, the company showed its Kombo SD and SDC series cutting systems with the Elitron Kumula stacking system at Fespa. Fast, flexible, and versatile, they handle a wide range of materials, from Forex and Dibond, to PVC and plastics, films, fabrics, re-board, paper, cardboards and corrugated, foam products and more. This makes them ideal for retail, merchandising, POP, display, and signage products, as well as prototype and shortrun packaging solutions.

Other ranges include the Kombo TH and Kombo THC systems with two cutting heads. Both Kombo models handle rigid boards. The THC model with conveyor is ideal for all roll materials used for digital print and packaging applications, while the Kombo TAV-R is designed specifically for packaging applications.

Paul Whitehead, Currie Group business unit manager—Sign & Display, says, “This partnership enables our Sign & Display and Packaging customers to maximise their printing devices’ productivity by delivering unparallelled efficiency when it comes to finishing. With an extensive range of table sizes and models, including the fully automated Kombo TAV-R, we can address the diverse requirements of the entire market.

“Of course, we will back up these systems with Currie Group’s renowned service and support network, giving our customers peace of mind when it comes to maximising uptime and meeting customer deadlines.”

Paolo Malatesta, executive director of Elitron, says “We are excited and enthusiastic for the start of this important sales and service partnership with Currie Group in Australia and New Zealand.

“Elitron’s commitment to best serve all customers can only be achieved by working with the most reliable and efficient partners worldwide and, in Currie Group, we have certainly ticked all the boxes.”

Rob Mesaros, chief executive officer of Currie Group, says, “Elitron is an impressive addition to our top tier technology partnerships, with its demonstrated ability to deliver sophisticated solutions that not only meet today’s requirements, but position businesses to respond to the challenges of tomorrow.

“We are delighted to join Elitron’s strong global network and look forward to working closely with its team across all areas of business, to ensure wide format and packaging printers in Australia and New Zealand have access to the latest, and best, solutions to support their productivity and profitability with strong expertise and service.”

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Italian finishing joins with Currie Group customer commitment. The Elitron Kombo SDC+ with the Kumula stacking system Rob Mesaros, chief executive officer of Currie Group Paolo Malatesta, executive director of Elitron Paul Whitehead, business unit manager – Sign & Display at Currie Group

HP Latex 800W printer moulds magic at Sign Foundry

Innovative company adds value for its clients with HP Latex technology.

From its Wellington base, Sign Foundry has established a reputation for innovation and dedication to quality. The company operates out of purpose-designed facilities, crafting exceptional pieces for its clients, who include small businesses, large corporations, and government agencies.

In 2022, Sign Foundry installed an HP Latex 800W printer, supplied through HP channel partner Computaleta. Duncan Rourke, founder and managing director of Sign Foundry says this technology has allowed Sign Foundry to transform brand spaces and deliver top-quality signage solutions to clients.

He says, “Integrating the HP Latex 800W printer into our workflow has enabled us to develop compelling branding solutions for clients. We can create vivid, eyecatching graphics with exceptional finish.

“It is not our first HP Latex solution; we purchased an HP Latex 360 in 2018, so we already understood the effectiveness of HP Latex printing. Of course, the HP Latex 800W printer has taken things to a new level.

“For example, the white ink capability has allowed our team to explore new applications and methods, such as sandwich printing, multi-layer printing, illuminated signage, and vehicle wraps.

“A major benefit of the HP Latex 800W printer is its colour consistency. This

enables us to ensure brand accuracy and colour consistency across multiple touchpoints, making our signage solutions even more impactful.

“In addition, the printer’s efficiency and automatic maintenance has also given us the ability to offer same-day turnaround to cater to urgent requests. The speed is fantastic and so is the print quality. Its capabilities have opened the door to new business.”

Impressive results

The partnership between Sign Foundry and HP has already produced impressive results. Recently, Sign Foundry completed an extensive indoor and outdoor signage job at the new Tākina Wellington Conventions & Exhibition Centre.

Using the HP Latex 800W printer, the team at Sign Foundry crafted a signage aesthetic that blended transparent and translucent finishes on a double 2000 Clear laminate. Using the White Ink, they achieved the right balance between transparency and opacity to ensure privacy, without compromising the flow of light.

Duncan says, “The White Ink technology helps us blend different printing techniques like glazing, block out, translucent finishing, and more. These capabilities enabled our team to bring the client’s vision to reality, surpassing industry standards.”

Good health matters

While Sign Foundry values performance and efficiency in its technology, the company also works toward delivering a lower environmental impact. The HP Latex 800W printer provides odourless prints with minimal emissions, helping to give Sign Foundry an edge in the market, where so many clients demand more sustainable print options.

Oliver Hill, managing director at HP New Zealand, says, “We love hearing stories of how our products help Kiwi businesses create higher quality client solutions and grow their operations. The HP Latex 800W suite of features enables print service providers to be more agile, tackle ambitious projects and take on the highest value work, whilst also delivering fast workflows.”

Sign Foundry takes Health & Safety seriously, winning the ACC Injury Prevention Award for Wellington in 2022. Duncan adds, “It is crucial that our people can work in a healthy environment and using the odourless printer plays a part in that. We want everyone to get home safely.”

Duncan plans to add another HP Latex printer to Sign Foundry’s arsenal. He says, “We have worked with Computaleta since day one and we appreciate its ongoing support as well as the support we receive from HP.

“We have to think outside the box as our clients demand more than a cookie-cutter approach for the work we do. With the HP Latex 800W, we can add value to all their jobs, producing consistently high quality work.”

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Duncan Rourke on the Sign Foundry shop floor The new Takina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre benefited from Sign Foundry’s innovative approach, using the HP Latex 800W printer

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March, 2023 | Auckland

Foodtech Packtech

The country’s largest food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology trade show brings industry professionals and decision makers together providing a forum for education, discussion, as well as sharing knowledge and expertise.

Auspack has transitioned into APPEX, the Australasian Processing and Packaging Expo. Organisers aim to truly represent all sectors of the industry: machinery, ancillary equipment, materials and packaging, food processing, and industry services. It will provide a comprehensive range of all processing and packaging equipment and services under one roof.

September 20-22, 2022

September 20-22, 2022



Wayzgoose 2022

Apart from the latest technology and solutions, Labelexpo Americas this year features a full two-day conference programme and two masterclasses organised by the Label Academy on digital embellishment and self-adhesive materials.

NZ Sign Display Awards

June 15, 2024 | War Memorial, Napier

Fespa Global Print Expo

March 19-22, 2024 | Amsterdam

The country’s largest food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology trade show brings industry professionals and decision makers together providing a forum for education, discussion, as well as sharing knowledge and expertise.

The country’s largest food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology trade show brings industry professionals and decision makers together providing a forum for education, discussion, as well as sharing knowledge and expertise.

All in Print China

All in Print China

September 17, 2022




Nominations will soon open for the People in Print Awards and Rising Stars of Print Awards. Do know someone who is consistently achieving excellence in their work in this industry? Of course you do, so when the time comes, put their name forward for these awards so they can receive recognition for their efforts.

More than 1300 exhibitors will demonstrate their solutions across the 120,000 square metres of show space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Organisers expect more than 160,000 visitors from all over the globe as they open the “Oriental Window of the World Printing Industry”.

The world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies has attracted more than 1400 exhibitors, who are in the last stages of preparing their equipment and solutions for the big event. Visitors to drupa can stay on trend with all the latest technology and seminars featuring topics from sustainability to digitisation.

The climax of NZSDA’s big conference weekend, the Awards of Excellence recognise the craft and work that goes into making the country’s best signage. On the night, we will also find out the NZSDA Apprentice of the Year as well as the Mana Influencer, Keith Langstone Highflyer, and Innovation Champion Awards.


October 21-23, 2022

October 11-15, 2022

October 11-15, 2022

Pride In Print Awards




Covering digital printing, screen printing, textile printing, garment decoration and signage, Fespa Global Print Expo will mix all the latest technology and solutions with events like the World Wrap Masters and Fespa Party Night alongside features such as its Sustainability Spotlight; Personalisation Experience, and Sportswear Pro.

May 3-5, 2024 | Corbans Estate, Henderson

Printing United

The Association of Handcraft Printers has a full day programme including visits to Imprimo in Havelock North and Neighbour’s Press in Hastings; a swap meet; as well as a barbecue dinner at the Napier RSA. This is a must attend event for all interested in letterpress and the craft.

Sign Foundry, Welling

The Association of Handcraft Printers has a full day programme including visits to Imprimo in Havelock North and Neighbour’s Press in Hastings; a swap meet; as well as a barbecue dinner at the Napier RSA. This is a must attend event for all interested in letterpress and the craft.

July 12, 2024 | Takina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wellington

Foodtech Packtech

Foodtech Packtech

Craig Paul 027 655 4267

Paul 027 655 4267

September 20-22, 2022


Now into its third year, the Printopia Festival of Original Print promises a fun, inspiring, print-filled weekend of artist talks, demos, workshops, live printing and of course our print fair. International artist Jenny Robinson will give the keynote presentation on May 4 and a masterclass the following day.

September 10-12, 2024 | Las Vegas, USA

More than 1300 exhibitors will demonstrate their solutions across the 120,000 square metres of show space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Organisers expect more than 160,000 visitors from all over the globe as they open the “Oriental Window of the World Printing Industry”.


More than 1300 exhibitors will demonstrate their solutions across the 120,000 square metres of show space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Organisers expect more than 160,000 visitors from all over the globe as they open the “Oriental Window of the World Printing Industry”.

May 28-June 7, 2024 | Dusseldorf, Germany

The call has gone out for all signees to grab their brushes and head to Lower Hutt for the annual Letterheads event. This year’s theme is ‘Red and Blue’. Your hosts this year are Lydia Reeve and Duncan Rourke.

Get your tickets now for the print industry’s big night of the year where we will celebrate the best of the best in New Zealand print. The evening will also see the Apprentice of the Year, Trainer of the Year and Company Trainer of the Year Awards as well as the Business Awards


May 4-10, 2023

Düsseldorf, Germany

The country’s largest food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology trade show brings industry professionals and decision makers together providing a forum for education, discussion, as well as sharing knowledge and expertise.



Showcasing the latest innovations and applications in specialised printing, the event attracts thousands of visitors from across the printing industry, serving as an exhibition and as a knowledge hub, where experts share their expertise and stimulate discussions about the future of the industry.

• Consulting and Machine Recommendations Sourcing

October 21-23, 2022

October 21-23, 2022

All in Print China

• Export/Import Sales

Sign Foundry, Welling

Sign Foundry, Welling

Labelexpo Americas 2024

The world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies has opened registrations to again welcome the industry’s main players, and quite a few minor ones. All will show their latest solutions. Visitors can stay on trend with the technology and seminars featuring topics from sustainability to digitisation.

September 10-12, 2024 | Chicago

Visual Impact Brisbane Expo

July 17-19, 2023 | Brisbane

October 11-15, 2022

• Machinery Inspections & Valuations


• Plant Relocation OFFICE: 09 8367577, ALEX MOB. 021 975 477

The global packaging industry will meet in Düsseldorf with a focus on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors.

The call has gone out for all signees to grab their brushes and head to Lower Hutt for the annual Letterheads event. This year’s theme is ‘Red and Blue’. Your hosts this year are Lydia Reeve and Duncan Rourke.

The call has gone out for all signees to grab their brushes and head to Lower Hutt for the annual Letterheads event. This year’s theme is ‘Red and Blue’. Your hosts this year are Lydia Reeve and Duncan Rourke.

Going head-to-head with Printing United, America’s biggest label show promises something for everyone interested in labels including printers and label converters; flexible packaging and folding carton producers; brand owners; label and packaging designers; as well as industry suppliers.

Visual Connections Australia will host visitors and exhibitors at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Exhibition hopes to attract over 2,500 visitors interested in the signage, print, graphic and engraving industries and featuring digital printing, personalisation, signage, sublimation, design, routing, display solutions, and vinyl applications.



May 4-10, 2023

May 4-10, 2023

Printing United

More than 1300 exhibitors will demonstrate their solutions across the 120,000 square metres of show space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Organisers expect more than 160,000 visitors from all over the globe as they open the “Oriental Window of the World Printing Industry”.

Düsseldorf, Germany

Düsseldorf, Germany

Las Vegas, USA | September 10-12, 2024


October 21-23, 2022

Sign Foundry, Welling

Showcasing the latest innovations and applications in specialised printing, the event attracts thousands of visitors from across the printing industry, serving as an exhibition and as a knowledge hub, where experts share their expertise and stimulate discussions about the future of the industry.

The global packaging industry will meet in Düsseldorf with a focus on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors.

The global packaging industry will meet in Düsseldorf with a focus on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors.

Craig Paul 027 655 4267

The call has gone out for all signees to grab their brushes and head to Lower Hutt for the annual Letterheads event. This year’s theme is ‘Red and Blue’. Your hosts this year are Lydia Reeve and Duncan Rourke.


May 4-10, 2023

Düsseldorf, Germany

The global packaging industry will meet in Düsseldorf with a focus on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors.
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People In Print Awards

celebrating the Kiwis who drive our industry

Don't miss the 2025 Awards; nominate your colleagues (or yourself) early

Presented by New Zealand Printer magazine in association with PrintNZ 1987-2024 years in print

Eamar is a leading producer of customised PVC and polypropylene packaging and stationery products.

Awards and Editorial enquiries: Bruce Craig | | 021 631 559

Sponsorship and Advertising enquiries: Brian Moore | | +61 410 578 876

We have more than 30 years experience tailoring our products to the specific needs of our customers. Our skilled staff and 'can do' attitude mean you are limited only by your imagination.

If we do not already manufacture the product you seek, we will find a way to do so. With our sister company, Tabbing Services, we provide a complete solution for all your packaging and stationery requirements.

So come and see us first!

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Stay tuned.

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