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Push to Stop: digitized print production now a reality
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Printpack India 2017 - President’s Message Printpack India 2017 is round the corner and the overwhelming response of the participants and their excitement to showcase their innovations to the global community of graphic arts machinery users in all segments of printing, packaging and converting. We are sure that these innovations would prove a source for creating user delight as well as enhance performance so as to generate greater value for the printer and the print-buyer at large.
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In recent years, European revenue, while other crisis in 2009 overstated that European revenue, while other crisis in 2009 overstated that their products. forecasting project. In recent years, Printing Review 3| 3 Printing | | January-February 2017 Printing Review| January-February January-February2016 2016| 3
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ignificant changes in economic policies of the country has given an assertive and definite boost to most of manufacturing industries including graphics arts industry â€“ there is a constant and continuous demand for the printed products in the form of text books, exercise books, periodicals and newspapers, reason being growth in the literacy in all the regions of India. This significant change in economic policies and steady growth in graphic arts industry has encouraged IPAMA and its members to showcase their new innovations in the fields of pre-press equipments, in-press machines, post-press machines, finishing machines, packaging machines, label printing and digital machines. IPAMA members are continuously upgrading the technology used in the manufacturing of their products. IPAMA has realized the need of the hour and is providing regular exhibition opportunities to the manufacturing members to showcase their latest innovations which can match the ever-increasing demands of printers to provide cost-effective quality print products in short production time. Printpack India 2017 is breaking all its previous records of participation bookings and we have already crossed 13,386 Sq. Mtr. of stall booking and the demand for the stall booking is tremendous. We have been informed by several manufacturers that their new innovations are ready and they are counting days to launch their creations during Printpack India 2017. Because of tremendous demand for stalls â€“ IPAMA is going to open bookings in an additional new hall in India Expo Centre. IPAMA is sure that Printpack India 2017 will provide an ideal opportunity to our manufacturer members for jointventures, trade-talks leading to technology transfer which ultimately will 4 | January-February 2017 | Printing Review
bring great progress and benefits to the Graphic Arts manufacturing industry of India. It has been observed by the industry-watchers that Indian Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers have innate sense of competitive nature which leads them to upgrade and improve the products on continuing basis keeping in mind cost-effectiveness and standards matching any brand of overseas machine for any segment of printing, packaging and converting. IPAMA the organizer of Printpack India 2017 has kept in mind to provide maximum international standard facilities for both exhibitors and visitors. The participants have focused to provide maximum information on their exhibits by display, live-demos, and printed literature on their innovations. Business visitors will have an ample opportunity to watch and participate in technical sessions and live demos conducted by the experts of the industry. Printpack India 2017 will present an array of digital presses, for short to large print-runs in varying sizes and formats. Digital press manufacturers are offering their new innovations which will give cost-effective printing solutions vis-aâ€™-vis offset printing for short as well as large print-runs. Printpack India exhibitions have proven its effect for the entire Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers fraternity of India and of neighbouring countries including Middle-East that this show offers ample choice for all segments of printing, packaging, converting, and signage requirements. For exhibitors, it will not be only a great launch-pad, but the most effective medium to make sales and set up new technology-partnerships etc. besides worthwhile opportunity to demonstrate their ground breaking innovative technologies with live demonstration.
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QUADTECH TO PRESENT NEWEST AUTOMATION AND WORKFLOW TECHNOLOGIES
AT PRINTPACK INDIA 2017
uadTech, Inc. will present its extensive portfolio of print quality and waste saving solutions at PRINTPACK INDIA 2017 (hall 14, stand G43), held 4-8 February at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR. Among the featured solutions are four new technologies introduced at drupa 2016, which promise consistently high color quality, reduced production time, waste reduction, and dramatically lowered consumable costs. Register Guidance with MultiCam® TRIM™ is a highly economical, advanced color-to-color register and cutoff control solution for newspaper printers. Designed for single width, single folder newspaper applications, MultiCam TRIM offers a streamlined set of features for simplified operation, which reliably delivers perfect register for high quality print at a low cost. ColorTrack™ with InkControl™ is a unique new color management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications. The “color
expert in a box” software automates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. By simplifying color management workflow, the software provides direct connection from customer input to ink recipe creation to press-side correction. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack dramatically reduces the number of ink corrections needed to achieve accurate, optimal color. Color Measurement with DeltaCam™ makes advanced, inline spectral measurement affordable to individual Packaging print houses. For about the cost of a color register system, package printers can utilize accurate, automated L*a*b* measurement on film, paper or board—ensuring that all printed product is within their customers’ color specifications. The M1, M0, ISO compliant technology enables printers to reduce time and waste while confidently maintaining color throughout the roll—without the need to wait for a roll change to measure with a handheld device.
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QuadTech’s modernized Inspection System sets a new standard for fast, easy detection of print defects. The advanced 100% inspection technology has been “reimagined from the ground up,” based on user feedback, to create a better process for the detection and disposition of defects. The result is a powerful, remarkably intuitive tool that is built on QuadTech’s popular ICON™ integrated platform. “We are very excited to bring the latest press automation technology to the Indian market,” says Hemant Desai, QuadTech’s General Manager of Operations and Sales in India. “We think the industry is more than ready to embrace these highly economical new solutions to simplify their workflows and achieve new levels of print quality.” Other products in QuadTech’s portfolio include the Autotron™ 2600 with ClearLogic™ register control system, Color Control with AccuCam™, Register Guidance and Ribbon Control with MultiCam, Color Measurement with SpectralCam™, Web Viewing System, and PDF Verification. About QuadTech, Inc. QuadTech, Inc. is the world’s leading innovator of advanced color and inspection technology for the printing industry. Founded in 1979, QuadTech sells its automated auxiliary control systems in more than 100 countries to the packaging and converting markets, web offset newspaper and commercial markets, and publication gravure market. Headquartered in Sussex, WI, USA, QuadTech maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations, and is proud to be registered ISO 9001:2008 DNV.
HP INC. UNVEILS BRAND NEW LATEXPRINTED LOUNGE AT HEIMTEXTIL 2017
t Heimtextil, the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, HP Inc. unveiled its first ever fully Latex-printed Lounge, through a collaboration of two of the most forward-thinking wall decoration companies – New York City’s Flavor Paper and Cape Town’s Robin Sprong Wallpapers. From design to production, HP Latex is reinventing the way small-tomedium sized print service providers (PSPs) can grow their business. “The power of HP Latex printing is its versatility: it goes even where solvent can’t, allowing the widest application adaptability. Customers can now expand their opportunity beyond vinyls and banners to films, papers, textiles, canvas, wall paper, and more. And what’s more, Latex is
perfect for interiors and closed spaces as it’s a green and emissionfree technology!” said Michael Smetana, Head of Marketing, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Europe. HP at Heimtextil 2017 HP will showcase its latest portfolio of solutions at Heimtextil 2017 on the and HP Latex 365 printers as well as the recently introduced HP Latex 1500 printer, which is ideal for high-volume, dedicated application production. The endless possibilities of the HP Latex printing technology will be showcased at the HP booth detailed below; At the HP booth at Heimtextil (Hall 6, stand B10), HP will display its Latex technology wide versatility in all kinds of flexible coated and uncoated materials, including
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applications such as Wallpapers, Canvas, Printed flooring, Textile and Faux-Leather. Print service providers and HP customers Flavor Paper (FP) and Robin Sprong Wallpapers (RSW) represent some of the best surface designers in the décor print industry and their work for HP at Heimtextil is a blend of South African, European, Australian and US influence. Creating a combination of pattern and mural style wallpapers and surfaces, they rely on HP Latex technology to print their work. The lounge bar area, decorated with pink onyx from RSW and florals from FP makes a strong impact, combined with the floor design by Tiphaine Alston, leaning on the popularity of nature-inspired prints. “The HP Latex machine enables quality colour reproduction and print texture. We can print cleanly within the same environment and
have a direct dialogue with the machines to spot colours and errors immediately increasing efficiency and quality. The Latex technology is stable across multiple machines, offering very close colour and textural quality on identical machine models. They are perfect long-term tools for this new type of creative work.” said Robin Sprong, on the advantages of HP Latex technology. More information about HP solutions for wallcoverings is available at www.hp.com/go/latexdecoration and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts and through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter Feed, www.twitter.com/ hpgraphicarts. HP users are invited to showcase their wallcovering installations with the global design community on the HP for Designers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hpdesigners.
MASSIVIT 3D TO DEMONSTRATE HOW 3D PRINTING IS TRANSFORMING RETAIL AND ADVERTISING APPLICATIONS AT EUROSHOP – Hall 3, Stand E72 –
show. Keynote sessions – Wednesday 8th, 11am and Thursday 9th, 12:30pm
assivit 3D Printing Technologies announced that it will use EuroShop (5-9th March – Hall 3, Stand E72) to demonstrate how its 3D printing technology is transforming the way high-level marketing, advertising and themed projects are created. Showcasing a range of eye-catching projects, including illuminated promotional displays vibrant interior decorations and engaging POP displays, visitors will hear how 3D printing is opening the door to new business by elevating retail and advertising applications to a new dimension beyond those achievable with traditional 2D large format printing solutions. With its flexibility, speed and price point, companies can enjoy the many benefits of 3D
printing. These include the huge new creative opportunities that designers and creative teams can utilise, while brands and advertisers can create striking campaigns; all while driving profitable growth with Massivit 3D printing. “As the world’s biggest retail tradeshow, EuroShop is the ideal platform for us to demonstrate how our 3D printing technology is producing attention-grabbing, added-value visual communications that better engage target audiences,” says Lilach Sapir, Vice President Marketing & Business Development, Massivit 3D. “The ability to print larger-than-life campaigns not only enables brand and marketing managers to differentiate their business offering, it also allows them to maximise their budgets with as
much WOW-factor as possible.” Insightful on-stand presentations During EuroShop, Massivit 3D will host a series of informative on-stand daily presentations designed to educate visitors on the revenueenhancing potential of 3D printing and how it can be easily integrated into their existing operations. Insightful customer testimonials that exemplify the real-world opportunities from Massivit 3D printing technology – including the ‘world’s first’ 3D printed pop-up shop and visually-striking retail window displays – will also be available. Visitors to Massivit 3D’s stand can see live up-close demonstrations of the Massivit 1800 3D Printer which will be printing throughout the
As part of EuroShop’s conference programme, Sharon Rothschild, Product Manager at Massivit 3D, will deliver a compelling keynote entitled ‘3D Printing Innovations and Applications for effective Retail Promotion and Exhibitions Design’. Taking place at the POPAI forum in Hall 3 on Wednesday 8th at 11am, and in the Architecture & Design Forum in Hall 10 on Thursday 9th at 12:30pm, these free-to-join presentations will explore how large format 3D printing is producing nextgeneration applications as well as streamlining manufacturing cycles with rapid turnaround times. Attendees will also hear how the technology enables companies to achieve maximum productivity in terms of updating existing and realising new campaigns. With a diverse array of 3D printed applications on display, Massivit 3D will host a social media competition where attendees are invited to submit selfies on Instagram or Twitter (@Massivit3D) and include the #EuroShopMassivit or #Massivit by Thursday 9th March. Entries will be merited on a combination of social media impact and internal Massivit 3D judging. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 15th March via Massivit 3D’s social media platforms and will receive a $1000 off their first 3D printed job. See Massivit 3D at EuroShop in Hall 3, Stand E72, at the Dusseldorf Messe from 5-9th March
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HP INC. DRIVES CONTINUED DIGITAL ADOPTION WITH LABELS AND PACKAGING CONVERTERS WORLDWIDE HP announces commercial availability of HP Indigo Pack Ready Coating and HP Bulk Solvent Ink System HP Inc. announced new worldwide customer installations of the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press. The press boasts an installed base that has more than doubled since drupa 2016 and now stretches across six continents, demonstrating HP’s pivotal role in driving global digital adoption with leading labels and packaging converters. HP also announced commercial availability of innovative packaging solutions unveiled at drupa 2016, HP Indigo Pack Ready Coating and the HP Bulk Solvent Ink System. Helping flexible packaging converters address high-performance packaging applications, such as retort pouches, Pack Ready Coating is the first commercially-available
solution from the HP Indigo Pack Ready ecosystem. Additionally, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can now leverage the HP Bulk Solvent Ink System to develop printers for the coding and marking sector, with the new system offering superior print quality, low cost per copy and minimal user intervention in highvolume production environments. “Steady demand for customized, short-run packaging is driving a paradigm shift in the packaging industry, and converters are seeking solutions to maintain profitability in the face of change,” said Alon BarShany, general manager, Indigo division, HP Inc. “Leading converters worldwide are turning to HP’s proven digital labels and packaging printing portfolio, including the HP Indigo 20000 and end-to-end solutions like Pack Ready Coating and the HP Bulk Solvent Ink System, to not only adapt, but thrive in
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today’s packaging market.” Leading Converters Worldwide Choose the HP Indigo 20000 Alabama-based ColorMasters, an innovative flexible packaging converter serving the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market for 30 years, recently installed an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press. The company is using the press to provide high-quality, high-performance packaging to food and beverage brands, with a focus on meeting the demanding delivery requirements of today’s retail environments. “ColorMasters’ clients now require customized, smaller-
quantity packaging with faster speed-to-market, which is challenging to deliver efficiently and costeffectively with our legacy equipment,” said Mark Pfeiffer, sales director, ColorMasters LLC. “The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press offers increased ease of use with ‘art fileto-print’ capabilities and will allow us to improve margins with reduced waste and makeready, while opening up new high-value application opportunities.” Other recent HP Indigo 20000 customer installations include: • Japan-based Seikou,one of the largest flexible packaging converters
in the region, installed its third HP Indigo 20000. The company is leveraging the press to continue addressing demands for high print quality, competitive pricing, shortruns and fast turnarounds, as well as to expand capabilities and capacity to tackle new market opportunities. • China-based Green Love, a prominent candy manufacturer, installed the country’s first HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, bringing previously outsourced customized candy packaging production inhouse. The company is also looking to use the benefits of digital technology to evolve candy packaging into an advertising opportunity, which represents enormous market potential with its customer base. • Mexico-based Nanogruppe, an international leader in flexible packaging for the food and medical industries, acquired an HP Indigo 20000 to address a range of challenges, including the ability to
quickly test and launch new products, reduce substrate inventory, as well as enhance versioning capabilities such as localization. The company also has its sights set on business expansion into North and South America. • South Africa-based REN-FORM, a 25 year old commercial print house, acquired the first HP Indigo 20000 in Sub Sahara Africa for their REN-FLEX Flexible Packaging Division to expand their offering for specialized labels including in-mold labels, personalized branding and flexible packaging. These customers, among others, are leveraging the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press to produce a wider variety of labels and packaging applications while also shifting production timelines from weeks to days with just-in-time delivery in the exact quantities needed. The press also enables an expanded color gamut, automated color matching, as well as One Shot Technology for consistent, high-quality results.
Packaging solutions unveiled at drupa 2016 now commercially available HP is announcing commercial availability of HP Indigo Pack Ready Coating, the first commercially available solution from the HP Indigo Pack Ready ecosystem, which enables HP indigo printed and laminated material to support highperformance flexible packaging applications such as retort pouches. Retort pouches, used to package heat-treated food, are the fastestgrowing application in flexible packaging industry, and are now addressable with digital printing technology for the first time with Pack Ready Coating. “We began evaluating HP Indigo Pack Ready Coating several months ago, and were most interested in how the new technology could help us deliver more innovative high-
performance applications as well as reduce time-to-market for our customers,” said Othmar Wohlhauser, chief technology officer, Wipf AG. “Our customers are already impressed with the performance of the digitally-printed retort pouches, and we truly believe that the new Pack Ready Coating technology – in combination with our existing HP Indigo 20000 – is a true game-changer for the industry.” Also now commercially available, the new HP Bulk Solvent Ink System leverages reliable HP Thermal Inkjet 2.5 Printhead Technology for highvolume industrial coding and marking applications for packaging, providing clear, legible smallcharacter printing. The HP Bulk Solvent Ink System features a new easy-to-use print cartridge and a 400-ml ink cartridge for a maintenance-free, high-uptime production environment with lower total cost of ownership. The modular system, proven components, reference documentation and engineering support, enable HP OEM customers to develop printers for the coding and marking sector with increased design flexibility, shorter time to market and a lower investment. HP collaborated with Inc.jet and HSA Systems to develop the new HP Bulk Solvent Ink System.
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VISIT KIIAN DIGITAL TO DEMONSTRATE AMAZING COLOURFUL EXPERIENCE AT HEIMTEXTIL
iian Digital invites Heimtextil visitors and exhibitors to its stand to witness an amazing experience of the world of colour with spectacular applications produced using its inks (10-13 January 2017 – Hall 6, Stand: D21). The stand is a concept-space where visitors will see the printing results first-hand. These examples have been produced using a selection of Kiian Digital inks specifically developed for the textile market. This amazing experience combines colour together with first-class printing. The stand will demonstrate the extraordinary intensity and unique shades achievable with Kiian Digital ink series.
“During Heimtextil, visitors will discover a diverse array of applications showcasing these key selling points,” says Marco Girola, Marketing Specialist at Kiian Digital.“Continuous improvement of our inks’ performance by our superb R&D team is a key factor to our success.” “The portfolio is designed with sustainability in mind. This is our hallmark and commitment,” says Alessandra Borghi, Kiian Digital Sales Director. “We don’t let our guard down. We work hard, developing products that comply with most textile standards and accredited by external laboratories, including Restricted Substance Lists. This ensures that we offer our customers an impartial evaluation, making their
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sustainability more credible.” All products are fully integrated with customer’s printing systems and ensure high productivity. This includes the series designed for transfer and direct sublimation printing (Digistar K-ONE and Digistar HI-PRO), the ranges tailored for direct printing with pigment and disperse inks (Digistar TEX-R and Digistar K-CHOICE) all of which are fully compatible with leading print head producers including Epson, Kyocera, Ricoh and Panasonic.
‘WORLD’S FIRST’ 3D PRINTED POP-UP RETAIL STORE CREATED FOR LOUIS VUITTON USING MASSIVIT 3D PRINTING
assivit 3D Printing Technolo gies has announced that its customer, OMUS, a specialist 3D print provider in Australia, has constructed what is believed to be the world’s first 3D printed pop-up retail store on behalf of luxury fashion brand, Louis Vuitton. The eye-catching 9m-wide, 10mlong and 2.7m-high (29.5ft x 32.8ft x 8.85ft) structure was created using OMUS’ recently-installed Massivit 1800 3D Printer in just 18 days and is currently capturing the gaze of shoppers at Sydney’s Westfield shopping centre. According to Robert Grosso, coowner of Melbourne-based, OMUS, working with Louis Vuitton’s design agency, Gold Coast Displays, the company was tasked to produce a statement megastructure that would serve as an attention-grabbing platform for the premiere of the brand’s latest menswear collection. Just three weeks remained from the point at which OMUS received the
confirmation to go-ahead until the date of the pop-up store’s grand opening. “Having received the design brief, we essentially needed to produce a visually-stunning, structurally-sound outlet that could endure sustained use in a busy public environment – and in record time,” he explains. “Given the complexity of the design and the short turnaround time, 3D printing was really the only viable production method available to us.” Dual print head capability accelerates production To assist with the magnitude of the print job, OMUS enlisted the help of another Massivit 3D customer, Sydney-based Composite Images. Utilising the Massivit 1800’s unrivalled print speed of up to 35cm / 14’’ per hour, two printers were deployed around the clock, each using dual print heads to produce two hollow panels simultaneously. A total of 30 panels were 3D printed and would serve as the walls of the pop-up
outlet. Once created, OMUS placed solid support ‘ribs’ in each panel to ensure the weight of the huge 243m3 (797ft3) structure could be tolerated. The entire display was then finished in chrome mirror selfadhesive vinyl, adorned with distinctive Louis Vuitton-designed animal prints matching the theme of the menswear collection on display. “Louis Vuitton, and its design agency, were delighted with the finished result; it surpassed their expectations in terms of its striking visual appeal and realised their original vision to radiate the opulence of the company’s safariinspired men’s line,” says Grosso. “Their staff are also happy to explain to visitors how 3D printing was pivotal to the project and how it encapsulates Louis Vuitton’s innovation and fresh-thinking attitude.” Enhancing competitiveness with designs that wow As an early adopter of Massivit 3D’s
technology, OMUS has established itself as a pioneer of large format 3D printing within the retail, staging, events and architectural design arenas. According to Grosso, one of the main factors in integrating 3D printing into the company’s business model was to enhance its competitive edge and differentiate its proposition from other sign and display suppliers. “Our customers are always seeking ways to push the boundaries and create applications with wow factor,” Grosso explains. “Our Massivit 1800 3D Printer is fundamental to achieving this. From a business perspective, the very nature of building from the groundup with little support material, enables us to replicate our customer’s complex designs without the need for costly manufacturing tools, which presents a win-win scenario.” The Louis Vuitton pop-up retail store will be open at Sydney’s Westfield shopping centre until 18th December.
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NEW, MODERN OFFICE SPACE FOR QUADTECH INDIA WILL FACILITATE TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS, LOCAL MANUFACTURING
L-R: Vince Balistrieri, QuadTech Vice President of Operations; Hemant Desai, QuadTech India General Manager of Operations and Sales; Pradeep Shah, Managing Director of Manugraph; Karl Fritchen, President of QuadTech.
uadTech India has relocated to a larger, modern facility located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Steady growth of the print market in India and southeast Asia have sparked increasing interest in QuadTech’s control technology solutions, prompting a need for expanded and more functional facilities.
web offset press manufacturer, Manugraph. “I am sure,” said Mr. Shah, “that through the hard work and dedication of QuadTech management, their presence in India will continue to grow. On behalf of everyone at Manugraph, we wish them all success.”
Hemant Desai, General Manager of Operations and Sales for QuadTech India, comments: “This move and expansion is a large step forward in better serving our customers. By creating a space that is both welcoming and functional, we intend to be better equipped to demonstrate QuadTech print technology solutions. We are also very excited to add local assembly capabilities and a local 24/7 Help Desk team to continue growing and extending our service capabilities.”
Another special guest on-hand at the celebration was Mr. Bharat Shah, Chairman & Managing Director of flexible packaging press manufacturer, Pelican. Mr. Shah commented, “QuadTech has seen great success in India, and I encourage them to keep it up! The team at QuadTech is doing an excellent job, in terms of quality, service, support—every aspect. Of all of our vendors, QuadTech is a most preferred supplier and very easy to deal with. We consider them to be more than just a supplier, but a true partner in meeting our customers’ needs.”
Among the distinguished guests at the office inauguration was Mr. Pradeep Shah, Managing Director of
Karl Fritchen, President of QuadTech, also comments on the event: “It was truly an honor to share this inaugura-
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tion with business associates, employees and their beautiful families! We are truly thankful to everyone and firmly believe our team is well-positioned to serve the needs of our customers, to help them grow their businesses and become more profitable.” New India office contact information: QuadTech, Inc. E-131, G.I.D.C. Electronic Estate Sector – 26, Gandhinagar – 382028 INDIA Phone: +91 79 2328 7041 E-mail: email@example.com
GOSS STRENGTHENS SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH HIRING OF TWO SENIOR EXECUTIVES – STANLEY BLAKNEY AND SVEN DOERGE
oss International announces the addition of two senior executives to its management team, as it continues its restructuring and renewal efforts. Stanley Blakney has been hired as Chief Operating Officer and Durham, New Hampshire, Site Leader and Sven Doerge has been hired as Chief Financial Officer. Blakney has served in his role since August and Doerge joined Goss in June. Blakney joins Goss after having served in senior management positions for several diversified global manufacturing companies. Most recently he completed a twoyear assignment as Vice President of Global Operations at VAG Global, a Rexnord subsidiary. Blakney has notable experience in overseeing and implementing lean business practices globally. “Stan will be responsible for efficiency and driving results,” comments Mohit Uberoi, CEO at Goss. “In his new role as COO, Stan will be key to driving improved
operational and financial performance through continuous process improvement while leveraging his extensive experience in setting business strategies, project management, supply chain organization, and aftermarket services. Stan will work with our management team and employees to continue to build a customerresponsive, financially strong company with great products and services.” Prior to Rexnord Blakney worked at ARCADIS and Waukesha Engine, driving cost-effective improvement processes for over 10 years. Blakney earned a BSE from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He also served as a sergeant in the U.S Marine Corps. Blakney says, “My goal is to drive results by developing and implementing customer focused lean business practices throughout the organization. I look forward to working together with the Goss
team.” Doerge joins Goss after having previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Festo Americas. In that role, Doerge provided financial leadership to nine Festo companies in each of the core Americas regions comprising North, South and Central America. “It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Sven Doerge to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately,” said Mohit Uberoi, CEO of Goss International. “His experience and financial expertise will be key in the continued progression and innovation for this company. Sven’s personal qualities and skills aptly match our company’s work ethos and mission statement and we are sure that he will aid in the realization of our vision for this company’s future.” Doerge has held senior-level management positions in a variety of countries, specializing in reorganiza-
tion, strategic planning and cost reduction management. As of 2014, Doerge has been a Board Member of the German American Chamber of Commerce New York and serves on its Audit & Finance Committee. Doerge said, “This is a wonderful career opportunity and I am excited to join Goss at this integral time in the company’s progression. My aim is to support the goals of the business by identifying opportunities for profitable growth.” Uberoi added, “Since its acquisition by American Industrial Partners in September 2015, Goss has been transformed into a profitable company with a streamlined product line, annual revenues exceeding $200 million, and a renewed commitment to customer satisfaction by strengthening its aftermarket support program. Both Stan and Sven will be force multipliers to our efforts to rebuild Goss into a very customer- focused organization.”
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SAi ANNOUNCES NEW SUBSCRIPTION-BASED ENROUTE SOFTWARE PACKAGES EnRoute Fabrication Specifically designed for plasma, waterjet and laser CNC machines within the metal fabrication industry, EnRoute Fabrication offers a haul of applications including the EnRoute 2D Drawing Tools for the simple creation of manufactured, decorative and graphic parts. The package also includes True Shape Nesting for optimized material usage and applies Kerf Compensation to accmoount for the material lost during the cutting process, allowing companies to enjoy greater financial efficiencies. EnRoute Fabrication is available at $39.95 or $49.95 for annual and monthly subscription, respectively. EnRoute Designer
xpansion of SAi’s subscription model provides more choice for CAD/CAM users, offers improved flexibility and cost efficiencies SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional sign making, wideformat digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced that it has extended its popular subscription-based model to three newly-created EnRoute packages. The feature-rich software solutions – EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer and EnRoute Fabrication – enhance CNC cutting capabilities for CAD/CAM users and have been specifically created to meet the varying requirements and budgets of these customers. Based on the popular subscription model of SAi’s Flexi signmaking software, the new three-tier EnRoute offering ensures greater flexibility and cost control for users by enabling access to the exact productivity and
design tools desired. Customers have the option to pay by either monthly or yearly subscription. Further added-value benefits Subscribing to software also presents additional advantages for users by ensuring instant access to the very latest updates ahead of the full product releases – and without incurring upgrade fees. EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer and EnRoute Fabrication each include on-demand online movies* that provide insightful explanations of the software’s various production attributes; all packages are also available in more than a dozen languages. “The subscription option of our award-winning Flexi software continues to prove popular among users, so extending the multitude of benefits delivered by this model to the EnRoute community is a logical step,” says EJ Nodurft, EnRoute
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Product Director, SAi. “Importantly, this move offers more choice for SAi’s customers and puts them firmly in control of either purchasing EnRoute outright or acquiring it on subscription.” SAi’s new subscription-based EnRoute packages comprise: EnRoute Complete Boasting EnRoute’s full features and capabilities suite, EnRoute Complete is SAi’s most comprehensive package and is priced at $89.95 per month with an annual commitment, or $99.95 a month for a month-tomonth plan. The solution comprises all 2D and 3D CAD/CAM abilities, including 3D Surface Cutting and AutoToolpath of DXF files. Other features include the Component Creator to make notch parts that simply slide together to produce shelves and other objects, as well as the Model Stacker that can slice a mesh in any direction, automatically creating 2D slices for quick nesting and cutting.
With access to certain tools and functionality** applicable to EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer offers a comprehensive yet entry-level priced option for users. Keys benefits include an affordable way to add extra licences, this allows multiple employees to use EnRoute Designer at the same time and secure greater time-efficiencies. Key elements include Simulation feature to review textures to rendered surfaces before committing to the design. This enables customers to view final production results prior to routing and to also create rendered views to show customers. The package is available at $29.95 or $39.95 for annual and monthly subscription, respectively. For more information on each of SAi’s subscription-based EnRoute packages, please visit www.enroutesoftware.com. Alternatively, further details and pricing in other currencies is available by calling +1 801.478.1900 (for North America enquiries) or +32 2 725 5295 (for Rest of World enquiries).
DSCOOP OPENS REGISTRATION FOR 2017 EMEA CONFERENCE
egistration is now officially open for the sixth annual Dscoop EMEA conference. Taking place from 7-9 June 2017 in the Centre de Congrès de Lyon, France, this year’s conference is yet again set to exceed previous Dscoop EMEA events in terms of size, attendance figures and the comprehensive speaker programme.
for its gastronomy and historical and architectural landmarks, making it an impressive location for the upcoming conference.
With an even greater emphasis on educational content, attendees can expect a fascinating line-up of seminars delivered by industry experts, developed to inspire and inform delegates looking for new ways to drive business growth and profitability.
It is an unmissable experience for printers who want to stay competitive,” explains Olivier Gravet, Dscoop EMEA 6 Conference Chair. “Previous Dscoop events have provided unrivalled opportunities to network with peers, learn best-practice and acquire new business leads.
Dscoop events have become synonymous with networking opportunities that are second to none and the EMEA 6 conference in Lyon will be no exception, providing the opportunity to network with hundreds of industry peers and Dscoop partners. France’s thirdlargest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is widely known
This, in conjunction with in-depth educational seminars and access to the latest HP and Dscoop partner products and services, is what Dscoop is all about.
We fully expect to hit new heights next year and exceed the incredible turnout in Tel Aviv, enriching the Dscoop experience for our members who always learn a great deal from one another. I am looking forward to connecting with our members again to see what pioneering ideas they bring to the table in Lyon.”
Having this unique platform where likeminded professions can come together, celebrate creativity, and drive their businesses and the wider
Dscoop events also make the very latest HP technology available for attendees to explore. “Dscoop is an invaluable community and it’s truly
“Our annual Dscoop conference is the number one event for digital printers operating in all market sectors to learn about the latest technology, industry trends, and new applications.
industry forward is hugely beneficial for everyone who attends.” Following the success of Dscoop EMEA 5 in Tel Aviv, Dscoop EMEA 6 promises to provide an even greater all-round experience for the hundreds of delegates expected to attend, according to Alonzo Romero Lauro, Director, Dscoop EMEA: “Dscoop EMEA 5 was simply mind-blowing, with 850 delegates from 50 countries all sharing and contributing new ideas and innovations.
inspiring to see our customers get together, demonstrate best practice and showcase their most creative work all under one roof. It also provides a platform for members to understand the new business opportunities available to them with the latest range of cutting-edge HP digital print technology. And more than that, through HP and its partners, they can access end-toend solutions from sending files, to substrates, to finishing, to delivery systems,” says Michael Smetana, Head of Marketing, HP Graphics Solutions Business, EMEA. “With this unique combination of technology demonstrations and expert advice, plus the highstandard seminar programme and networking sessions, this event is sure to make a significant, positive impact on the businesses of Dscoop EMEA members.” To register for Dscoop EMEA 6 or for more information about next year’s event, visit www.dscoopemea.org.
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J-TECK3 TO DEMONSTRATE VERSATILITY OF MARKET-LEADING DIGITAL INKS FOR TEXTILE APPLICATIONS AT HEIMTEXTIL and the capability to produce premium textile products. Developed using the company’s unique Cluster Technology, which involves ink molecules, consolidated into clusters, passing through the piezo print heads without alteration, J Cube enables supreme printability, fast-drying and high quality image definition. It is fully-compatible with printers equipped with Kyocera, Ricoh, Konica Minolta and Panasonic print heads and available for either transfer or direct-to-fabric printing. The company will also display its popular J-Lux series which is specially engineered with extreme sun and light resistance; the ideal ink for certain indoor usage, such as curtains, as well as outdoor textiles and products including umbrellas. Also on display is the J-Cube KP Direct range, specifically designed for Kyocera print heads. As a direct digital ink, the J-Cube KP Direct is the ideal solution for textile applications that endure scrubbing and washing.
his year’s Heimtextil (10-13th January 2017) will see J-Teck3, a global provider of sublimation inks, showcase the extensive textile applications achievable with its vast portfolio of digital inks. Making its European debut is the company’s recently launched JCube PNF series. Comprising four high-density colours – Cyan Extra, Magenta Extra, Yellow Extra and Black Extra – the new inks offer highquality coverage and are specifically engineered for Panasonic print heads. As fast-drying inks tailored
for uncoated and thin sublimation papers, they enable textile printers to increase productivity and reduce production costs. “Digital printing is becoming increasingly important in the textile industry where colour, durability and rapid turnaround times are essential,” says Luca Guggiari, J-Teck3’s Brand R&D Manager. “Heimtextil is a great platform to introduce our next generation ink to the textile market. Our highperformance portfolio offers textile
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printers accelerated time-to-market thanks to its quick-drying capabilities. This is crucial to securing profitable growth and helps textile manufacturers to maintain their competitive edge.”
With the capability to print doublesided onto many fabrics, the company’s patent EPS series allows equal colour penetration into the fabrics in direct-to-textile production and is the company’s most efficient ink.
Also on display will be the company’s best-selling J-Cube range, which comprises a vast gamut of shades including vivid fluorescents and various shades of black.
Showcasing examples from high fashion apparel to heavy-duty interior furnishings, visitors will discover how J-Teck3’s sublimation inks offer guaranteed fast-drying, exacting image definition and vibrant colour concentration for light and heavy polyester fabrics. These include, sofa coverings, curtains and outdoor textiles.
This range equips textile companies with superior colour combinations
See J-Teck3 at Heimtextil in Hall 6, Stand C15 between 10-13 January.
KIIAN DIGITAL TO SHOWCASED DIGISTAR DISPLAY AT FESPA CHINA, THE NEW INK SERIES FOR DIRECT AND TRANSFER PRINTING
iian Digital chose FESPA China (Guangzhou 21-23 November – Hall 1, Stand 1080) to showcased Digistar Display, the new sublimation ink designed for direct and transfer printing intended for all Epson print heads. Digistar Display ensures vivid colours along with excellent printability in both applications. The range consists of 8 colours; 4 process, 2
light colours and 2 spot colours. This enables wide colour gamut reproduction. “Extensive research and development has produce an ink which is exceptionally stable and enables consistent printability even in changing operating conditions,” says Marco Girola, Kiian Digital Marketing Specialist. “Many customers will also have the benefit of being able to use one ink for two
applications, reducing inventory and achieving cost savings.” Alessandra Borghi, Kiian Digital Sales Director remarks; “The textile industry strives for a future without hazardous chemicals. We contribute to this challenge by designing inks with reduced hazardous chemical content which comply with global textile standards for the Restricted Substance Lists (RSL) of global brands. We are working with our
customers to build a better future. An example of this is our bestselling ink series, Digistar HI-PRO that recently passed Nike’s Restricted Substance Lists (RSL) for both apparel and footwear.” Visitors also see a vast gamut of printed textiles produced with Kiian Digital’s extensive textile portfolio of sublimation, pigment and disperse inks. The event will also provide the opportunity to meet members of Kiian Digital’s team.
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MASSIVIT 3D ANNOUNCES DOUBLE-DIGIT SALES OF NEW LARGE FORMAT 3D PRINTER SINCE DRUPA PREMIER “As an early adopter of the technology, we are combining our traditional 2D printing expertise to establish Stylo at the forefront of large-scale 3D printed models,” says Simon Olley, Owner of Stylo Graphics. “Our clients are blownaway with the ability to produce larger-than-life, personalised 3D models. We can now work with them to realise their creative objectives while also propelling our business into exciting new markets.”
assivit 3D Printing Technologies announced that, after being unveiled publicly for the first time at drupa a few short months ago, sales of its new Massivit 1800 3D Printer have surpassed expectations and are now well into double-figures worldwide. Inspiring creatives, as well as offering another dimension to print service providers, the ground-breaking 3D printing solution for large format visual communication applications removes the previous time and cost constraints of manual model making. It helps to drive profitable growth for print providers by enabling the production of eye-catching, 3D
printed sign & display projects – beyond those that can be achieved with 2D printing devices. Following its global premier, the Massivit 1800, which can print models up to 1.8m / 6ft high, has been exhibited with an array of visually-striking models, at six tradeshows in four continents. During that time, the system has been installed by customers in each corner of the globe.
and architectural design.
Among these customers are:
“Our experience coupled with the printer’s capabilities will change the print and display landscape and we’ve only just scratched the surface in terms of the possibilities achievable. What’s more, the support and collaboration we’ve received from Massivit 3D to ensure we realise the printer’s full potential, has been fantastic,” says Robert Grosso, Co-Owner of OMUS.
Australian large format 3D printing company, OMUS, which purchased the Massivit 1800 to meet a growing customer demand for super-size, high-quality visual communications within retail, staging, display, events
UK full-service printing-house, Stylo Graphics, which has deployed the Massivit 1800 to produce eyecatching 3D models for the retail, interior design and hospitality sectors.
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Leading Israeli retail brand development company, Heidia, anticipates it will maintain its competitive edge using its Massivit 1800. “This solution will allow us to elevate our traditional 2D POP displays to new levels and we believe that it will be key to unlocking new business opportunities,” says Ofer Gal, Chairman of the Heidia Group. “As a producer of over 85% of the POS campaigns in Israel, we are continually looking at how to stand out from the crowd and we believe that this investment will support that objective. “The way in which the large format sign and display market has embraced the Massivit 1800, clearly underscores the obvious market opportunity for 3D printed applications,” says Avner Israeli, CEO, Massivit 3D. “Since launching the Massivit 1800 we have doubled the number of our employees and increased our global distributor network, such that there are now more than 20 distributors who are attending to customers worldwide.”
SAi ANNOUNCES SOFTWARE CERTIFICATION FOR LATEST HP LATEX 300 SERIES PRINTERS newest HP Latex drivers and upgraded features. Current users with existing builds of FlexiPRINT 12 HP Edition will be able to upgrade for free. Users will receive a notification with instructions about upgrading when they run their software. “SAi is proud to announce that we are not simply releasing drivers for HP’s latest Latex printers, but importantly, drivers that are fully certified – something that demonstrates the strong and long-standing relationship that we continue to enjoy with HP,” says Sarit Tichon, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, SAi.
Ai also releases new certified software update to support HP’s new firmware with continuous printing support. SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, wideformat digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced that its acclaimed Flexi wide-format printing and signmaking software has been certified by HP for use with the latest additions to its Latex 300 Printer series, which were launched at SGIA in the USA. Both SAi Flexi & SAi FlexiPRINT HP Latex Editions are certified on all models in the new series – the HP Latex 315, 335, 365 and 375 Printers
– and follows the recent certification of all printers in HP’s Latex 500 series portfolio. For users, this provides maximum control over output speed and ensures supreme quality prints, while also supporting accelerated time-to-market and reduced production costs. Providing further convenience to print providers, SAi FlexiPRINT HP Basic Edition is available in the box as standard with the HP Latex 315 and 335 printers. Latest SAi Flexi update now supports continuous printing In addition to launching its latest HP Latex 300 Series Printers, HP has upgraded the firmware for its exiting 300 series and 500 series printers.
To support the new HP firmware, SAi has released a new matching software build, SAi FlexiPRINT 12 Build #2402, which includes HP certified drivers in FlexiPRINT HP Basic, Premium and SIGN-Pro editions. The latest SAi FlexiPRINT HP Edition software delivers a number of new benefits to large format print providers, including better support for printing simultaneously to multiple devices. These users also enjoy support for the new HP Online Media Manager server, ink prediction*, continuous job printing support and easier network device location. All new orders of SAi FlexiPRINT 12 Basic, Premium and SIGN-Pro editions will include the
“SAi is an HP Platinum Level HP Partner, a deserved status that recognizes the quality and compatibility of SAi RIP solutions with specified printers,” she adds. “This means that print providers using HP printers with SAi certified drivers can be assured that their hardware and software will work seamlessly together, which results in a more streamlined workflow and reduced production costs for their businesses.” RIP Software Subscription Option Users of SAi RIPs also have the option of reducing the cost of printer ownership by enrolling in SAi’s monthly subscription program. This enables print providers to benefit from greater cost control, while accessing the latest version of SAi’s aforementioned HP-certified software solutions without major capital investment.
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MBN INSTALLS GOSS M-600 PRESS TO EXTEND CAPACITY AND TARGET NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
BN (Maeil Business Newspaper), South Korea’s primary business newspaper, has installed a16-page Goss M-600 for the high printing quality and productivity that is synonymous with this press. The new M-600 press expands the company’s existing high-quality print capabilities and increases its overall production capacity, enabling MBN to drive new sales opportunities. MBN, owned by Maekyung Media Group, delivers high-quality printed monthly and weekly magazines,
reference books, pictorials and brochures, and newspapers. The company already boasts an impressive range of Goss equipment including 6 Newsliner presses across its four production sites in South Korea. However, the new press, equipped with Omnicon press controls, gives MBN a new competitive edge. Mr. Lee, Vice Chairman, MBN explains, “This latest investment provides existing and new customers with an even higher standard product. The M-600 press is the
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best on the market and ensures that we can deliver the highest quality with the shortest make-readies and as such, we are confident that there will soon be even higher demand for our services. The strong performance and proven durability of our existing Goss equipment and technologies were also key factors in the decision making process for this investment.” MBN held an open house event at its Paju city facility on September 29. The event enabled MBN to
demonstrate the capabilities of the Goss M-600 press to numerous interested customers and prospects. Tim Mercy, managing director, Goss Asia Pacific, comments, “When people saw the M-600 system in action at the open house event, they were able to fully appreciate the quality and productivity achievable with this press. Goss and MBN have an established relationship spanning many years and we are really pleased to be able to support them once again as they take yet another step forward and expand their business.”
GOSS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ELETTRA TO BEAT WASTE AND ADD VALUE
s part of its ongoing strategy to establish industry partnerships that can deliver value-added solutions for customers, Goss International has announced a new collaboration with Elettra Srl, leading manufacturer of automatic blanket washing systems. The association between Goss and Elettra is designed to provide new benefits for commercial press users, by providing dramatic waste reductions that deliver a rapid return on investment. Goss also now becomes the exclusive dealer for Elettra commercial web products in the Americas. With continuous design development at the core of its approach, Elettra has built up a portfolio of VOC-free automatic blanket washer systems featuring cloth technology that offer a pathway to more sustainable production across a range of print processes. According to Graham Trevett, Vice President of Sales, Goss Americas, the agreement with Elettra was
driven by ongoing efforts aimed at delivering new leaner production solutions. “At Goss we have been systematically working through our product portfolio looking for ways to enhance our service to customers, with a particular focus on waste,” he explains. “By investigating other suppliers in the industry and using our expertise to vet their methods and technologies, we can ensure a good fit with our own systems while giving a helping hand to customers in improving their competitive edge.”
CombiWash – applies cleaning solution across the entire web at the paper infeed stage. The patented design of the CombiWash system is engineered to give the lowest number of wasted copies through a high-quality wash performed while the press is running in less than nine seconds. Waste figures average at less than 300 copies for a double-circumference heatset press and less than 600 revolutions on the Goss Sunday 3000 and 2000 presses. “At Goss, we only deal with suppliers of the highest caliber for all our thirdparty press ancillaries and components,” explains Trevett. “Through in-depth discussions with our customers, we work with them to establish the best solution for their needs, so that our press systems are always equipped with the leading technology in its class. The partnership with Elettra allows us to utilize their strengths to the benefit of our customers by offering enhanced quality, productivity and efficiency.”
Two easy-retrofit Elettra automatic blanket wash systems offer productivity benefits for new and existing Goss commercial presses. FastWash – installed inside the print units. The FastWash blanket washer maintains a uniform mechanical and chemical action across the web width to guarantee consistent cleaning action. A full FastWash cleaning cycle takes up to 12 seconds when performed while the press is in production or at the end of the job; at a crawling press speed it takes up to 80 seconds. PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 25
SAi AWARDED SOFTWARE CERTIFICATION FOR HP LATEX 560 AND HP LATEX 570 PRINTERS
A International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced full certification of its software solutions by HP for use with the newly-launched HP Latex 500 series. Verified by HP as compliant with its rigorous performance requirements, the full certification applies to SAi FlexiSIGN & PRINT, FlexiPRINT, FlexiPRINT SE, FlexiPRINT HP Edition Premium and FlexiPRINT HP Edition Pro software. SAi’s long relationship with HP and the quality and compatibility of its software with specified printers is recognized by its status as an HP Platinum Level HP Partner. The latest accreditation
follows earlier certifications of SAi’s software for three HP Designjet Zseries printers as well as the HP Latex 300-series printers. The Latex 500 series portfolio, which comprises the HP Latex 560 and HP Latex 570 Printers, delivers vivid output quality with production speeds optimized for workflow and cost efficiencies, and is targeted towards wide format print providers – one of SAi’s key audiences. Certification streamlines workflow and expenditure Fully-certified SAi RIPS now have HP media profiles built-in as standard. This means that those print providers running SAi RIPs with HP’s Latex 500 series large format printers enjoy simplified job set-up, together with
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the assurance that their hardware and software will work seamlessly together. This arms these users with maximum control over output speed and supreme quality prints and helps deliver accelerated timeto-market and reduced production costs. Certified for HP WallArt In addition to printer performance, HP also awarded SAi RIP software full certification with the HP WallArt web-to-print solution on the HP Latex 500 series. This ensures print providers using the HP WallArt Suite have a secure PDF, fully integrated and automated web-to-print production workflow through the SAi RIP software to their HP Latex 500 series. RIP Software Subscription Option. Users of SAi RIPs also have
the option of reducing the cost of printer ownership by enrolling in SAi’s monthly subscription program. This enables print providers to benefit from greater cost control, while accessing the latest version of SAi’s aforementioned HP-certified software solutions without major capital investment. “This latest full certification of our Flexi software on HP large format printers is further endorsement of the advanced performance capabilities of SAi RIP solutions,” says Sarit Tichon, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, SAi. “We’re delighted that, following previous certification of our software RIPS on other HP large format printers, SAi’s position as one of the foremost and innovative wide format/sign software providers has once again been underscored,” concludes Tichon.
SCODIX ANNOUNCES THE LARGEST CUSTOMER DEAL IN SCODIX HISTORY
greement includes purchase of 10 Scodix Ultra Pro presses to be placed in Avery Dennison RBIS facilities around the world. Scodix, the leader in digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, announced it has entered into a strategic global partnership agreement with Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS), a division of Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY). Under the terms of the agreement, Avery Dennison RBIS, a global leader in apparel and footwear branding, packaging, labeling, and RFID solutions, will acquire ten Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement presses. Representing the most substantial deal in Scodix history, the companies will work closely together to implement the ten finishing systems – with the full range of Scodix enhancements –
strategically across Avery Dennison RBIS’ key production facilities worldwide. The Scodix presses will be used primarily to enhance customer tags and brand labels that not only inspire greater sensory appeal and customer response, but brand awareness and loyalty. Avery Dennison RBIS has employed two Scodix Ultra Pro systems in their production facilities since 2015 and has received rave reviews from production personnel and brand managers alike. “Avery Dennison RBIS is a worldwide leader in branding solutions serving the most inspired brands in the apparel and footwear industry.” notes Charlie Brown, Head of Global Innovation, Avery Dennison RBIS. “Clothing and footwear manufacturers are constantly seeking new solutions that elevate their brands,
especially at point-of-purchase. Using Scodix, we service their evolving demands for greater branding differentiation and personalization, helping them to display their offerings as a more premium product. One of the first customers to preview and adopt our Scodix enhancement option was outdoor apparel leader, The North Face. When we show customers Scodix for the first time, you can feel their energy shift, creating a wow factor.” To learn more about the impact of Scodix on the apparel industry, watch this video featuring Charlie Brown, Head of Global Innovation, Avery Dennison RBIS. Since 2009, Scodix has become the established innovator and leader of digital enhancement of printed products. By replacing the cumbersome, time-consuming and expensive elements of traditional analog practices with more efficient and effective digital solutions, Scodix has made finishing techniques such as embossing, foiling, silk screening more feasible and attractive to both service providers and consumers. Currently, Scodix offers nine different enhancement applications. “Avery Dennison RBIS is recognized worldwide as the leader in labeling, branding and packaging solutions and we are honored to be their production partner,” notes Mr. Jason Rollo, Director of Global Strategic Accounts. “Yet, it’s an honor that has been earned in the manufacturing trenches of their facilities. We started to work with Avery Dennison RBIS in early 2015, and have gained their trust with consistent reliability and quality productivity. The expanded adoption of Scodix in their global operations is further evidence of the acceptance of the digital printed enhancement category we pioneered and have nurtured to prominence.”
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SUN CHEMICAL PARTNERS WITH DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS TO CROSS MARKET AND SELL BRAND PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY
un Chemical Partners with Document Security Systems to Cross Market and Sell Brand Protection Technology Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with Document Security Systems, Inc. (DSS) to cross market and sell one another’s anticounterfeiting products. The strategic partnership allows Sun Chemical to market and sell DSS’ suite of anti-counterfeiting technologies that include smartphone authentication, hidden images and copy protection.
and counterfeiting. The company’s innovative anti-counterfeiting solution, AuthentiGuardTM, enables consumers or supply chain personnel to validate product authenticity with a smartphone.
AuthentiGuard and this partnership with Sun Chemical, one of the most respected companies in the market, helps to validate our strategy.”
“We’re pleased to have the Sun Chemical name associated with Document Security Systems,” said Mike Tobin, Vice President of Marketing at DSS. “We have made significant investments in brand protection solutions like
To learn more about Sun Chemical’s brand protection offerings and to download the company’s white paper, Anti-counterfeiting Technologies for Packaging visit
DSS will also market and sell Sun Chemical’s wide range of anticounterfeiting solutions, including multiple covert taggant-reader systems, special effect inks and smart sensor technology. “As leaders in anti-counterfeiting, we are always looking for cutting-edge solutions that our customers can use to protect themselves,” said Jim Reiman, Director of Brand Protection for Sun Chemical. “This partnership with DSS offers even more anticounterfeiting options for our customers to choose from. We’re particularly excited by DSS’ advanced smartphone authentication capabilities and how they complement our own product portfolio.” DSS’ brand protection solutions include a portfolio of products which help businesses and governments protect against fraud 28 | January-February 2017| PRINTING REVIEW
Sun Chemical’s anti-counterfeiting portfolio is extensive and consists of multiple taggant-reader systems, special effect security inks and other unique proprietary technologies.
FESPA EURASIA 2016 ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE OF INVESTMENT-READY BUYERS
ESPA Eurasia 2016, which took place from 8-11 December 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, welcomed 8,232 individual visitors, with total attendance across the four days reaching 9,774 visits, demonstrating the value visitors placed on attending for more than one day. The exhibition was very successful in terms of buying behaviour: 44% of visitors were final decision makers and 81% of attendees were involved in the decision-making process, highlighting that FESPA Eurasia is a strong ‘buying’ show. Murat Öztürk, Partner of Summa Istanbul, commented on the quality of visitors: “FESPA Eurasia is always a very professional show.The visitors to the exhibition include professional buyers and professional companies, and so for us FESPA Eurasia is always the number one.” There was an increase in International attendance compared with FESPA Eurasia 2015, further illustrating the importance of FESPA Eurasia within the region. The top 10 countries attending outside Turkey include: Iran, Bulgaria, Algeria, Greece, Tunisia, Jordan, Ukraine, Iraq, Lebanon and Germany.
won FESPA’s live World Wrap Masters competition, sponsored by Hexis. Ivan comments: “I am very honoured to have won the Wrap Masters at FESPA Eurasia 2016 and to be recognised for my skills and for doing something that I enjoy. The Wrap Masters 2016 was very impressive, there were many local contestants who were very good, so I can say that I competed against the best. I am now looking forward to competing at the World Wrap Masters Final at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg.”
“FESPA Eurasia 2016 has once again confirmed the value of FESPA’s event content to rapidly developing markets, with positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. This exhibition continues to serve the Turkish print community, as well as visitors and exhibitors from the wider region.I was delighted with the positive feedback from our exhibitors with many commenting on the volume of sales directly at the show.International suppliers such as Aleph, Mimaki, EFI and Canon were just a few of the global brands to introduce new products at the show.
FESPA’s Turkish member Association, ARED, hosted the second edition of its Signage Awards, celebrating creative and innovative examples of signage production in Turkey. The winner, who was voted for by visitors onsite, was Alper Tensi, Rekmar Reklam, who received 45% of the votes and will now go on to compete in FESPA’s global Awards programme at FESPA 2017 (8-12 May 2017).
Alessandro Manes, Managing Director at Aleph SRL comments: “This is the first time we’ve exhibited at FESPA Eurasia and we’ve had a great show and sold four machines.” Ender Yilmaz, MertDijital comments: “2016 was our first experience of the FESPA Eurasia event and we had a very successful show with strong interest from visitors to our stand. We see FESPA Eurasia as an effective platform for showcasing the latest technology and attracting the right target audience.”
Michael Ryan, Group Exhibition Manager at FESPA, comments:
Nurten Ergün, Owner of BTC, noted: “At FESPA Eurasia 2016 we presented our new technologies, which attracted a great deal of interest from our customers. FESPA Eurasia 2016 was a great show.”
“Feedback from our visitors highlights that 68% believe that FESPA Eurasia is the region’s most important wide format exhibition, confirming the demand for an event of this calibre and focus.” Exhibitors commented on the success of FESPA Eurasia 2016:
Ismet Özdemir,Marketing Manager at Canon B2B products commented: “I can sincerely say that FESPA Eurasia 2016 really exceeded our expectations and we confirmed a number of sales! We are very happy with our participation at FESPA Eurasia 2016.”
Complementing FESPA’s line-up of international and local exhibitors, FESPA Eurasia included a host of free visitor features. Participation in the educational conference remained strong throughout, underlining demand for sector specific education in the Eurasian region with sessions including: Digital Pigment Printing, Screen Printing, Garment Design, 3D Printing for Garments, Nano Applications for textile and many more. Elsewhere at the event, Ivan Tenchev PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 29
DOMINO DIGITAL PRINTING SOLUTIONS TO EXHIBIT VIBRANT RANGE OF DIGITALLY TEXTURED LABELS AT LABEL & PRINT 2017
extures by Domino’, a vibrant range of digitally textured labels, will take centre stage on the Domino stand at Label & Print 2017 (K13, NEC Birmingham, 1st – 2nd March). Showcasing a set of eye-catching designs, colours and samples, Domino Digital Printing Solutions will show stand visitors the wide variety of effects that can be created with ink jet, with lower costs than by using textured papers. Stephen Hancock, UK Sales Manager for Digital Colour at Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions division, explains: “At Domino, we’re always pushing ourselves to discover new ways in which digital print can add value. This unique ink jet capability is achieved by using the high opacity white ink on Domino’s N610i digital colour label press, which eliminates the need to
invest in expensive textured substrates. It is an innovative solution that not only allows the creation of tactile and sensational designs, but also helps reduce costs.” The innovative ink jet capabilities of the N610i digital press has attracted numerous UK label printers over the past few years. Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) Bristol, an awardwinning supplier of self-adhesive labels to a wide range of market sectors, was the first company in the UK to invest in a 7 colour N610i, not just for its vibrant and extensive colour gamut, but also due to its high productivity and print quality. Derbyshire-based Charapak, one of the UK’s market leaders in the design and manufacture of specialist corrugated packaging, recently diversified into the labelling sector
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with their investment in a Domino N610i down to the productivity, quality and durability of the labels it produces. Meanwhile, Lancashire-based Reel Appeal, Domino’s first UK customer to purchase a 4 colour N600i, doubled its company’s turnover and increased its digital print volume from just 2-3% to 98% over the 18month period following its installation. The company has continued to experience growth and has recently invested in a second digital label press, a 5-colour N610i, to cope with an increased demand for more creative label printing projects. The Label & Print Show also provides an opportunity to promote the labelling applications that can be
achieved with the Domino K600i monochrome printer. “Domino has developed an advanced digital cold foiling solution using the K600i, which enables conventional metallic foils to be digitally applied to label substrates, including features such as variable text, security marks and graphics,” says Stephen. “It is yet another innovation that Domino has specifically developed for the label sector.” He concludes: “The Label & Print Show, which is co-located with Packaging Innovations and Empack, provides Domino with the perfect opportunity to communicate and share our customer successes with other label and packaging print professionals looking to adopt digital ink jet technology.”
FUJIFILM AND USS GRAPHICS: A SOUTH AFRICAN SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES FULL-SERVICE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMERCIAL PRINTER STRENGTHENS FUJIFILM PARTNERSHIP WITH INVESTMENT IN SECOND INCA DIGITAL ONSET PLATFORM IN TWO YEARS
ack in 2015, Cape Town-based USS Graphics Group became the first company in Africa to invest in a high-performance Inca Digital flatbed press from Fujifilm. Now, determined to bolster its national presence, it has installed a second Onset flatbed, capable of printing at speeds up to 640m2/h, at Print Shop Denver, one of its associated companies based in Johannesburg. One of South Africa’s leading commercial printers, USS Graphics has a strong focus on what it terms “campaignability” – its ability to produce all elements of an integrated marketing campaign in one location. USS Graphics offers customers a complete, 24/7 service from pre-press through to distribution, across a huge range of substrates, including corrugated board, vinyl, flexible materials and textiles. Its portfolio of printing technologies includes litho, screen and digital presses in Cape Town and in Johannesburg. Quality at speed “We wanted to make sure we had the same extensive capabilities across all our sites in both cities – giving us more flexibility in where we send customers’ jobs,” says Louis Burger, Managing Director, USS Graphics. “The Onset R40i we installed in Cape Town back in 2015 has proven to be a hugely valuable investment. We’re using it predominantly for printing corrugated POS and POP display materials, which in the past we had to litho print to get the necessary quality, and then mount onto board. The Onset, with its ability to print ultra-high quality directly to rigid substrates, has truly revolutionised that side of our
business.” As an example, Mr Burger cites the recent delivery of three major national campaigns for high-profile retailers, which had to be completed simultaneously, in the space of less than a week. “Without the Onset we could never have delivered jobs of that magnitude to such a tight deadline,” says Mr Burger. “But now we can, and we do. It’s hard to overstate how valuable that is to our business, both in terms of the new market opportunities it opens up and the sheer volume of work we can now get through.” But the Onset is about more than just speed. “The quality is incredible,” Mr Burger continues. “Our sales reps are now insisting that all their samples are printed on it. And the flexibility to be able to print such varied short runs, at a consistently high level of quality is invaluable.” Leading the market
above and beyond anything else on the market. We’re now delighted to be bringing that same revolutionary potential to our Johannesburg operation. This way we can cut our delivery times even further – by printing at whichever site is closest to the client, whatever the specifics of the job.” A partnership for the future Mr Burger is also clear on the benefits of working with Fujifilm. “It’s very much a partnership rather than a one way customer-supplier relationship,” he explains. “We’ve dealt with them a great deal over the years. Long before we started investing in their inkjet products we were buying plates from them – and we continue to do so. We’ve always felt that they have been investing in our success, and the support that they offer to help us to get the very best out of their products is substantial.” As well as the Onset R40i at its Cape Town headquarters, USS Graphics also has a Fujifilm Uvistar Pro8 3 metre roll-to-roll printer. “The standards of quality, flexibility and reliability across all Fujifilm inkjet technology products are exceptional.” Mr Burger adds. Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, Mr Burger sees USS Graphics’ partnership with Fujifilm as a vital component of its strategy to stay ahead of market trends: “The print market in South Africa, as with the rest of the world, is trending steadily towards shorter runs with faster turnaround times, so we are going to see digital print playing an increasingly significant role. With our Fujifilm partnership, and the access that gives us to the latest in high-end inkjet print technologies, we’re confident that USS Graphics is well placed to keep pace with all these market trends and to meet rapidly changing customer expectations.”
USS Graphics has never been afraid to pioneer new technologies. “Back when we installed the Onset in 2015, we were the first in Africa to do so,” Says Mr Burger. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being different from our competition, so though the Onset was untested in the South African market, we knew what it was capable of, and were confident that it would give us a positive point of difference and an advantage over our competitors. We held talks with multiple suppliers and ran tests on all the rival platforms. After all of that, we had no doubt at all that this unique combination of Inca Digital hardware, and Fujifilm printheads, inks and service support, offered us something PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 31
MICROSOFT UK REFRESH BRAND WITH SIGNBOX ARCHITECTURAL SIGNAGE
hames Valley Park, Reading is home to some of the world's highest profile companies, including IT giant, Microsoft’s UK headquarters campus. In the summer of 2016, Signbox was appointed to undertake a full signage audit across this 200 acre business park. Engaged initially by commercial property consultants CBRE, Signbox was tasked with redesigning more than two hundred signs with a brand refresh issued by Microsoft’s corporate communication team in the USA. The brief
included external high-level signage, numerous wayfinding totems, internal reception branding, and an LED illuminated 8 x 2 metre monument sign. All had to meet intelligent detailing that demanded vibrancy with functionality, and precise on-brand consistency. To keep disruption on this busy campus to an absolute minimum, all work was carried out over evenings and weekends over a three month period. “Working for a global brand as wellknown and widely respected as
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Microsoft, we had to ensure a high level of attention to detail prior to manufacture, accurately reflecting the company’s brand identity,” says Signbox Director Matthew Wilkins. “In order to achieve this, we worked closely with Microsoft’s global HQ, alongside business consultants CBRE. This was a substantial project and given the global prominence of the brand, as well the relative significance of this particular Microsoft location – it was vital that we got it right.” Says Clodagh Cashman (CBRE): “We have worked with Signbox before, and have found them to be an excellent and reliable partner. We knew we could depend on them to manage this whole project from start to finish, with no inconvenience to us, or to Microsoft. Their professionalism and their attention to detail gave us this confidence, and it proved to be wellfounded as they ultimately delivered a finished product that met all of the client’s expectations.”
MEECH TO ADDRESS CONVERTING INDUSTRY’S STATIC CONTROL AND WEB CLEANING NEEDS AT ICE EUROPE 2017
eech International plans to use ICE Europe (21-23 March, Hall A6 - Stand 233) as a platform for demonstrating the fundamental role that web cleaning and static control systems play in the converting industry. The stand will feature Meech’s popular range of Hyperion ionising bars, as well as its comprehensive array of web cleaning technologies. “Meech International routinely incorporates customer feedback when designing systems for static control and web cleaning applications. This means our customers in the converting industry can rest assured that our products will answer their specific needs,” explains Area Manager, Ralph Simon. “Whether it’s developing our static bars for specific OEMs or designing
web cleaners that incorporate fluid dynamic principles to achieve higher levels of cleanliness, we are constantly improving the overall quality of our products and services.” Ralph reveals that Meech has its eye on the future and that ICE Europe represents an ideal opportunity to discuss some of the latest trends that are shaping the converting industry. “One of the areas we’re looking into is Industry 4.0, and more specifically interoperability,” he explains. “The ability to have machines, devices and operators that connect and communicate with one another via the web is extremely valuable. We recognise the opportunities this brings and we are currently exploring the ways this technology can be harnessed for
static control systems.” Visitors to the stand will be invited to view first-hand the complete range of Hyperion™ static control systems, which comprises the popular 971IPS, 924IPS and 929IPS pulsed DC ionising bars. The Hyperion range provides industry leading static elimination, with the bars’ default settings allowing quick and easy installation for use on converting lines. Also on display at the show will be Meech’s complete range of web cleaning systems, which includes the TakClean™ and CyClean™. The TakClean™ is a contact web cleaner featuring specifically formulated TransTak elastomer contact cleaning rollers and perforated adhesive rolls. The CyClean™ is a compact non-
contact system, with an optimised cleaning efficiency that allows the removal of contamination to below 1 micron. The web cleaner can handle virtually any substrate. “The need to minimise wastage and achieve higher levels of productivity is a key priority for converters,” explains Ralph. “This goal can only be achieved if one capitalises on the strengths of highly efficient contact and non-contact web-cleaning systems.” He concludes: “We look forward not only to highlighting the features and benefits of our products to stand visitors, but also to discussing the latest trends and innovations in the converting industry and how these apply to static control and web cleaning.”
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DOMINO TO PRESENT BOOK BLOCK AND BOOKLET PRINTING SOLUTIONS AT HUNKELER INNOVATIONDAYS 2017
he 12th edition of Hunkeler Innovationdays (Messe Lucerne, 20th – 23rd February, 2017) will see Domino Digital Printing Solutions partner with Hunkeler and IBIS to showcase a modular solution comprising Domino’s K630i high speed compact single-engine duplex ink jet press, producing both book blocks and multi-page booklets. “The book market represents a high growth opportunity for Domino, which means Hunkeler Innovationdays is the ideal event to demonstrate the added value we bring to this sector,” explains Bryan Palphreyman, Product Manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions. “There is a demand for flexible technologies that not only facilitate high production output and are geared for rapid job change, but also minimise manning requirements and material waste. The modular solutions that Domino is putting forward answer these requirements.” Highlighting real production efficiency, the Domino K630i monochrome printing press combined with Hunkeler’s double plow folder and high-performance cutting module will be converting paper rolls into two different sized book blocks at Hunkeler Innovationdays. When required, paper can be diverted from the
cutter into an IBIS Smart Binder to produce variable multi-page saddle stitched booklets. This highly efficient production system can produce book blocks or booklets on demand. The compact size and small footprint of the Domino K630i press give it the required flexibility to be integrated into a modular solution, while its variable production speeds of up to 150m/min allow the high productivity required for printing in the book sector. Bryan explains what can be achieved from the combination of these two technologies: “For a 3-up imposition, 210mm long page book, in combination with the Hunkeler line, we can produce up to 1.4bn pages per annum, which for an average 300 page book equates to 4.6m books per annum. It is an exceptional level of productivity that will no doubt appeal to both book printers and publishers.” Gosport based Ashford Colour Press Ltd were so impressed with this solution that they became the first UK based book printer to place an order for a Domino K630i. Since approximately a third of Ashford’s digital print volume is monochrome, they wanted to invest in a system that would allow them to print this work more cost-effectively. As it turned out, the K630i ticked all the important boxes: quality of output, running speed, ease of operation
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and compact footprint. The modular solution’s ‘24/7’ rated production process is also ideal for booklet printing and when diverting to the IBIS binder, can produce saddle stitched booklets of up to 200 pages, at the rate of up to 7,000 per hour. “We are delighted that this solution has become part of the Domino product offering and have high expectations for the reception it will get at Hunkeler Innovationdays,” concludes Bryan.
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REDUCING THE USE OF PAPER USE MAY INCREASE THE UK GOVERNMENT’S CARBON FOOTPRINT – AND REDUCE SECURITY!
n an open letter to the Rt Hon Mrs Andrea Leadsom, UK Government Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (Defra), Two Sides, a global organisation which promotes the attractiveness and sustainability of print and paper, challenges the government to explain how its planned paper reduction program will assist carbon reduction targets. In its recently published “Greening Government Commitments 2016-2020” Defra reveals a commitment to reducing paper consumption by 50%. However, this report does not consider what communications medium will replace this reduced paper use or that alternatives, most likely digital, will themselves have substantial environmental impacts. Martyn Eustace, Director of Two Sides, comments, “Two Sides promotes the attractiveness and sustainability of print and paper as an environmentally friendly communications medium. We work closely with major organisations across Europe and further afield to ensure that paper reduction initiatives are not made on the basis of spurious environmental claims. Defra’s own code of conduct states: “A green claim should be truthful, accurate and able to be substantiated”. Therefore, in order to claim that a reduction of paper use by 50% would assist the government to reduce its carbon impact, there needs to be a clear life cycle analysis behind the claim. This must also
include the impact of the associated increase in electronic communications which would presumably arise.” “Alternative electronic communications are not environmentally ‘free of charge’”, says Eustace, “businesses and individuals are now dependent on large servers and ‘cloud’ services. Mega datacentres store almost everything we do online; including our web searches, our social media posts and our online statements. Based on the estimates contained in the SMARTer 2020 analysis, the aggregate electricity demand of the Cloud, (including data centres and networks, but not devices), in 2011 was 684 billion kWh. If compared with the electricity demand of countries in the same year, the Cloud would rank 6th in the world, with demand expected to increase 63% by 2020. “The environmental impact of our ever-increasing digital world cannot be ignored. The ICT industry accounts for approximately 2% of global emissions, on par with the emissions from the global aviation sector. Each year, the electronic industry – one of the world’s largest and fastest growing – generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste from goods such as computers and smart phones. “So, when considering carbon
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reduction, just consider that paper is a renewable and recyclable product that, if responsibly produced and consumed, is an environmentally sustainable media. In Europe, where 93% of the UK’s paper comes from, recycling rates are 72% and forests have grown by an area the size of Switzerland in the past 10 years. That’s about 1,500 football pitches every day! “Sustainably managed and growing forests are essential to ensure the availability of paper and many other products and are fundamental to global carbon capture. "It must surely also be a consideration that in a world where data leaks and
hacking of digital information is becoming commonplace, the Government should be particularly careful to recognise that paper records and communications can often offer a greater level of security. “Whilst we clearly see the efficiency of electronic communications and encourage the reduction of unnecessary waste, the potential damage to the print and paper industry, by suggesting that print media is environmentally unfriendly, requires our strongest response. “The paper and print industry account for 122,000 jobs and £13.5 billion in value to the UK economy. Making false environmental statements threatens jobs and the economy.”
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SUN CHEMICAL TO PRESENT ITS METAL DECORATING INK SOLUTIONS AT THE AEROSOL & DISPENSING FORUM 2017
un Chemical will showcase its portfolio of inks for monobloc, tube and aerosol cans during the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum (ADF) 2017, which takes place from 18 – 19 January at the Porte de Versailles, Paris. Sun Chemical’s metal decoration inks specialist Herbert Naef will also be presenting at the conference on Thursday 19 January at 14h45 during the Session JE3 The Metal Cans and Bottle Packaging Forum – MCB. Naef will provide his expert insight on the importance of colour management for metal deco applications and advise on how to achieve an optimised digital workflow to increase production efficiencies. Sun Chemical will present its SunAltec and SunTrio product families on its stand G56 and
demonstrate its expertise, knowledge and capabilities in metal decoration through its specialised ink solutions, including special effects, brand protection, brand colour management and print standardisation. Sun Chemical’s SunAltec series of inks for metal decoration on aluminum collapsible tubes and monobloc aerosol cans offer outstanding performance, superior quality, high productivity and strong chemical resistance properties. The MB Plus Series, part of the SunAltec product family, will also be on display. The versatile series has been specifically designed for the application on monobloc aerosols and uses an ink system, which has been adapted for optimum performance on new generation
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production lines utilising today’s basecoat technology. The SunTrio range for sheetfed printing has excellent press performance and good adhesion between layers and to the substrate. SunTrio, both in UV and conventional, is suitable for most types of metal packaging including food and general line cans, closures and aerosols. Spot colours are easy to handle for both product families. Any shade can be produced directly onsite with the help of SunMatch™, Sun Chemical’s web based colour matching tool. This gives printers the highest possible flexibility and allows a very quick reaction to any specific customer colour request. Sun Chemical offers a complete range of solutions for metal decoration to help make packaging appealing as well as functional. Its special effects portfolio, which includes tactile effects, colour change inks, interactive solutions and sensory packaging ensures metal aerosol packaging has maximum visual impact on the shelf. Its broad range of brand protection solutions also helps to protect brands against counterfeiting and making products much more difficult to copy. Visit the Sun Chemical stand G56 during the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum 2017 or go to Sun Chemical’s webpage for more information about its metal decoration ink range.
FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES FIRST ONSET X INSTALLATION IN THE BALKANS
Fujifilm ProDigital From left to right Denis Cigir CEO Davor Ziljak and Michel Ljubic
ujifilm is pleased to announce that Croatian corrugated board printer ProDigital has become the first business in the Balkans to invest in a scalable Inca Digital Onset X platform from Fujifilm. As an important supplier of POS display and corrugated packaging for a range of high-profile clients across Europe, including many major global brands, ProDigital, based in Zagreb, Croatia, is always on the lookout for ways to boost production speeds and trim delivery times to meet evertightening deadlines. “We wanted to be sure we had the fastest machine on the market,” says CEO Denis Cigir. “But we were not prepared to compromise on quality to get there.” Having spent more than a year exploring options – including
upgrading the company’s existing digital press – Mr Cigir came to the conclusion that the production speed and capabilities of the Onset X platform could not be matched by anything else currently on the market. He made the investment, and the Onset X1 was installed in mid-November 2016. “We had seen Onset models in action at various points over the last year or two, so we were well aware of the capabilities of the range,” Mr Cigir continues. “We viewed the Onset R40LT at FESPA in 2015 and then arranged a special visit to the Fujifilm Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels to see the Onset X Series in action earlier this year. We also visited the Fujifilm Speciality Ink
Systems headquarters in Broadstairs, UK last winter to attend its series of Corrugated Summits. These experiences, and our corresponding conversations with other press manufacturers and suppliers, convinced us that for ultra-high speed at reliably high quality, the Onset X platform has no equal.” Mr Cigir also highlights the advantages the Onset X series’ scalable platform provides. “We’ve invested in an Onset X1,” he notes, “but we know that when we do reach a stage at which we need to increase our production speed again, we can do so very easily and cost-effectively by scaling up our existing platform to an X2 or even an X3, which gives us the potential to achieve production speeds of up to 900m2/hr. With our new Onset X, we have invested for the long-term, and have the security of knowing we can easily step our production up to even greater levels when necessary in the future.” Says Jamie Shears, Business Manager, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems: “The Onset X platform has enjoyed considerable success throughout Europe in 2016 and it’s fitting that we are capping off an excellent year with a first installation in the Balkans. ProDigital, already a market leader in its field, has now given itself an even greater edge over its competitors, and secured this advantage for the long-term.” PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 39
LANDMARK WEST LONDON OFFICE BLOCK, VANTAGE LONDON, CATCHES THE EYE OF COMMUTERS WITH HIGH IMPACT EXTERIOR SIGNAGE FROM SIGNBOX ‘bump stops’ to prevent the banner making contact with, and damaging the paint finish to refinished cladding. The complexity and very high cost of re-accessing elevated signage meant that Signbox also designed and installed a complete secondary LED circuit with all control switchgear sited remotely within the building, ensuring that most future issues can be simply and immediately addressed without the need to access the exterior signage. In addition to the primary exterior signage, Signbox has also removed and replaced all car park wayfinding with stainless steel effect dibond, with printed detail as part of the project.
owering above the elevated section of the M4 in Chiswick, Vantage London is a building seen by tens of thousands of motorists every day as they make their way between Heathrow airport and Central London. Offering the largest office space in West London, the building occupies a prominent location facing Kew Gardens and sits a mere five minute walk from Chiswick Park tube station. The building has undergone a major refurbishment over this year, and key to re-launching this landmark building was a range of exterior signage that would powerfully reflect the outstandingly modern and vibrant interior. Architectural signage specialist, Signbox’s proven ability to deliver
quality high-elevation signage on this scale meant it was the natural partner for this complex and high profile job. The company was first approached by the contracted architects, Spratley Studios, in late 2014 to provide initial technical assistance to resolve issues relating to the location of large, high-level signs to both of the existing curtainwalled glazing and cladding systems. Signbox was then invited to competitively tender for the works in November 2015 and was awarded the external signage, which was then delivered between January and May of this year. The first step in the project was to update the building’s existing gantry sign. All decorative tubular steel was removed and the entire gantry re-
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dressed with aluminium cladding over a new, bespoke structural steel framework with large illuminated lettering. Further external works required the designing of a specialist bracket system to attach a reinforced flex-faced box to a Schuco curtain wall at the 13th floor level, directly above the elevated section of the M4. Bespoke large fabricated letters, located flush to the cladding, were also designed and installed to ensure the fixings took all of the weight load back to the building structure. A 16 x 6 metre mesh lettings banner, digitally printed in full colour, was located on engineered fixings that can be removed if required at a later date with recourse to remove the cladding panels. It also featured
Workman LLP, the management company for the building are delighted with the quality of the work delivered by Signbox and have subsequently ordered additional internal signage – including directories, reception works, tenant signage and wall graphics – all of which have now been completed. Signbox Senior Project Manager Andrew O’Hara concludes: “Signbox was delighted to have the opportunity to work on such a high profile and architecturally challenging project – the delivery of highelevation signage that is seen by tens of thousands of London motorists on a daily basis. The project required strict adherence to deadlines and close cooperation with multiple contractors. We were ultimately able to deliver a highquality finish befitting this landmark building, and the success of the job immediately led to further project work for this client.”
MAJOR CORPORATIONS IN SIGHT FOR TWO SIDES’ GLOBAL ANTI-GREENWASHING CAMPAIGN
t the annual meeting of Two Sides Country Managers in London on the 31st October 2016, representatives from Europe, North America, South America, South Africa and Australia determined to renew efforts to stop organisations using anti-print and paper messages in their marketing. Claims like, ‘go paperless, go green’ and ‘go paperless, save trees’, are commonplace as major corporations promote electronic services and products to reduce costs.
However, such claims are not backed up by any analysis, they ignore the unique sustainable features of print and paper, and they do not consider the fact that all communication channels have an environmental impact. In a joint statement, Two Sides Country Managers stated: “Our global anti-greenwash campaign, targeted at major banks, utilities, telecoms and other Fortune
500 companies, has investigated nearly 500 organisations worldwide. Of these, 63% have been found to be using greenwash in their marketing, usually in breach of local regulations, and after being challenged by Two Sides, 70% have voluntarily amended their messaging – a great success story!” “We intend to carry on this important work, which, if left unchallenged, would leave millions of consumers believing that the use of paper is
environmentally unfriendly. The reality is that paper is produced by a highly responsible industry which manages forests for the benefit of future generations.” Two Sides is supported by leading companies and associations worldwide, spanning the graphic communications value chain and covering industry associations, inks and chemicals, envelopes and mail, merchants, print equipment, printers, converters, and pulp and paper producers.
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Telangana Headquartered Photo Printing Firm Expands Business Processes With Konica Minolta’s Industrial Printing Solutions offer. Furthermore the embedded Automatic Registration Camera (ARC) system in the machine sports two built in cameras for rectifying coating registration.
he company with the gradual deployment of Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C70hc, C8000, C71hc and JET Varnish 3D, inaugurated a new branch as business demands increased significantly With printing companies in India witnessing the inevitable demand of higher and more customised printing outputs, the challenge to deploy the most efficient industrial printing solutions is at an all time high, primarily among Small and Medium Printing Businesses with limited know-how and budgets.
High Chroma technology which produces RGB colour gamut with enhanced efficiency; a die-cast laser unit and one-ship, eight-beam laser system offering maximum accuracy as well as Simitri® HD+ toner which fuses at lower temperatures for higher speeds without compromising with the image quality. To further meet the ballooning demands from customers, the company deployed bizhub PRESS C8000 Digital Press in 2013 and subsequently started it’s another branch with Konica Minolta’s KM C71hc in the year 2015.
Telangana based Pooja Digitals which incepted its operations in 2009 faced a similar situation, owing to changing customer demands in the printing segment before they installed Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C70hc in 2012 which concluded in a sales boom for their Photo Book printing business.
Highly impressed with the performance and user friendly features of Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS industrial printing solutions, the company in December 2016 further installed the industry leading MGI Jet Varnish 3DS solution, which offers extremely precise spot coating handling digital or offset originals.
bizhub PRESS C70hc incorporates cutting edge features including an impressive production print output of 70 pages per minute (ppm) in both colour and B&Q print outputs;
The MGI Jet Varnish 3DS machine also harnesses high gloss coating formula, delivering a gloss level of 99 percent (G.U.), far beyond what traditional analogue technology can
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KM Printers are user friendly in operation, with high Chroma C71hc Colours & Print Quality are superb,’’ commented Mr. P Rajesh Reddy owner of Pooja Digitals’We noticed sharpness of emboss is much better in MGI 3DS. AIS Smart Scanner made process easy and time saving by eliminated registration marks. The machine also geared up our existed Photo Book business and opened doors for new vertical commercial print enhancement,’’ added Mr. Reddy With an output speed of up to 3,000 sheets per hour in 30micron coating thickness, printing businesses utilising MGI Jet Varnish 3DS garner a strategic advantage over their competitors in high volume quality industrial printing outputs. The eco friendly operations of the solution enhance coverage and eradicate the release of impulsive solvents and ozone, minimizing power consumption and machine sound. The company also compliments Konica Minolta for its state of the art
industrial printing solutions crafted to meet the next generation, end to end requirements of printing businesses. Thanks a lot, KM Products & Service Team played a key role in our business growth,’’ said Mr. Reddy About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Business Solutions comes as a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies. The Japan headquartered company is the global developer, manufacturer of multi-functional peripherals (MFPs), printers, equipment for production print systems and graphic arts, equipment for healthcare systems, measuring instruments for industrial and healthcare applications, inkjet print heads and textile printers for industrial use, and related consumables and solution services. The company with its high quality printing solutions, particularly for SMBs, offers unmatched customer service in India. With ‘Digital Printing’ being the next big thing in the country’s printing space, the company is committed to fetch help businesses transit smoothly from conventional printing to digital printing.
AVT Announces Agreement with X-Rite for Certification of Its SpectraLab II Color Measurement System SpectraLab II, AVT's Latest In-line Spectral Measurement Solution Certified as Meeting X-Rite’s Exclusive XRGA Standard
VT, a world leader in print inspection, print process control, and quality assurance, is proud to announce a licensing agreement with color technology specialist X-Rite. The new partnership certifies that AVT’s SpectraLab II Color Measurement System, a world leading inline solution with tens of installations worldwide, is compliant with XRite’s XRGA Standard. Forward going, AVT will be offering an XRGA certification for its SpectraLab solutions. Developed as an ISO-compliant metrology standard for the graphic arts industry, the XRGA standard utilizes both advances in color science and new international standards to reduce color measurement discrepancies, and to optimize color measurement across multivendor color networks. Working in a production environment with multiple departments or different sites, the problem of color inconsistency is well known. Often, this inconsistency is a direct result of using different devices to monitor color. SpectraLab II, which was introduced at DRUPA 2016 for the first time, is AVT’s latest generation of in-line spectral measurement for nearly any application – including various label substrates, paper, cartons, and transparent flexible packaging. The solution’s standardized design is widely compatible with typical industry devices, including X-Rite’s handheld monitoring instruments. SpectraLab II offers in-line continuous color measurements at high
speeds, and shows color results and trends throughout runs. Providing advanced color workflow management and exemplary inlineto-offline measurement correlation, SpectraLab II features enhanced color reporting capabilities including real-time alerts to third-party reporting systems when colors shift out of tolerance. The system allows for seamless connectivity to existing workflows and color databases, and eliminates the need for press stops and manual measurements.
world, X-Rite Pantone is the global leader in color trends, science and technology. Its end-to-end solutions are designed for all things color – specification, communication, formulation, measurement, management, tracking and reporting for raw materials, paper-based products, ink, photography, video, metal, glass, textiles, plastics, and wood. Its solutions help customers ensure that consistent, accurate, and reliable color is formulated and produced throughout the production cycle and across the supply chain. For more information, visit www.xrite.com.
“X-Rite’s highly respected XRGA standard provides an invaluable third-party endorsement to printers considering AVT’s SpectraLab II advanced color measurement system,” said Alan Then, General Manager, Color Solutions. “Solutions that meet X-Rite’s rigorous requirements are rewarded with the prestige its XRGA Standard instantly communicates to customers.” “As a market’s leading and most comprehensive color management solutions provider, X-Rite is pleased to add AVT’s outstanding SpectraLab II solution to our recommended technology offerings,” said Chris Winczewski, VP Product Marketing for X-Rite. About AVT AVT is the global leader in print process control, quality assurance, and press control for the packaging, labels, and commercial print industries. Backed by state-of-theart technology and field-proven solutions, more than 7,000 AVT systems are installed at customer sites worldwide. AVT is headquartered in Hod-Hasharon, Israel with sales, marketing, and support offices in the United States, Europe and China. For more information, visit www.avt-inc.com. About X-Rite Pantone Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan with locations around the PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 43
Chinese first for Xeikon 3020 Xiamen Yu Long expands capabilities with 10 inch five color digital label press
ede, the Netherlands, 24 January 2017 – Xeikon has installed China’s first Xeikon 3020 five color label press at Xiamen Yu Long Printing Co. Xiamen Yu Long Printing Co was founded in 2004. The label and folding carton operation’s portfolio of products includes leaflets, posters, brochures and packing boxes. Its key customers are from the garment, health and beauty sectors. The Xeikon 3020 joins Xiamen Yu Long’s sheetfed, rotary letter press and offset web presses. Mr. Li Yin Long, Director of Xiamen Yu Long says, “Our maximum width of converting lines for coating, foiling and die cutting is 10 inches, which is why the 3020 format is a perfect fit. The ability to print variety of substrates, including PP, PET, PE, paper and metalized paper, was also important in our decision to buy. It fits the size and speed of our finishing equipment, and the Xeikon ICE toner allows us to work successfully with heat-sensitive material.” The Xeikon 3020 was specifically designed to address the Chinese 10-inch market for self-adhesive labels. This extension of the wellestablished 3000 series of Xeikon label presses delivers unmatched quality and productivity. Businesses can field upgrade their presses to faster speeds and larger sizes as their businesses grow and their needs change. Lee adds, “We also liked having the flexibility of upgrading both speed and size later without a huge investment. We have been pleasantly surprised with the press’s output and quality. In the first month using a
single shift, we produced more than 50,000 meters of print, and we are planning to start a second shift soon. The installation and training process went well. I can guarantee you that this will not be the last Xeikon to be installed at Xiamen!” “Xeikon’s installed base in China is growing fast, and there are many more opportunities for growth in the label sector,” comments Jackie Chen of Xeikon Greater China. “Xeikon is totally committed to providing best-in-class service with a local service presence to support our growing customer base.” He adds, “As part of the Flint Group, we already have a strong presence in the narrow web label market and stand ready to support our customers as they add digital printing capabilities to their businesses.” ABOUT XEIKON Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. Grounded in the principles of quality, flexibility and sustainability, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilise LED-array-based electrophotography, open workflow software and applicationspecific toners. As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems
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under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide highresolution plate exposure combined with unique plate handling, flexibility and unmatched productivity In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new “Digital Printing Solutions” division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information about Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com and for Flint Group, visit www.flintgrp.com or contact: Xeikon Corporate Communications Manager Danny Mertens Brieversstraat 70 - 4529 GZ Eede, The Netherlands T: +32 (0)3 443 13 11 – M: +32 (0)494 50 00 57 Danny.Mertens@xeikon.com – www.xeikon.com PR agency Xeikon duomedia Dorien Cooreman Barastraat 175 - 1070 Brussels - Belgium T: +32 (0)2 560 21 50 – M: +32 (0)478 98 60 58 Dorien.firstname.lastname@example.org – www.duomedia.com Follow Xeikon on: Twitter.com/Xeikon | Linkedin.com/Xeikon | Youtube.com/user/Xeikon | Facebook.com/Xeikon
Achieve Business Efficiency With Konica Minolta’s e-bizVAULT Cloud DMS Users of e-bizVAULT are also furnished with the option of creating a document version along with a checkout feature to lock the confidential documents. Furthermore an organisation can control access to cabinets; offer permission to specific folders as well as moderate access to files to certain individuals.
he web based DMS deployed on cloud offers a scalable yet affordable solution accessible across platforms –be it PC browsers or mobile devices ensuring maximum mobility for true anytime, anywhere access to critical business information Setting yet another milestone in the enterprise document solutions segment, Konica Minolta’s recently launched ‘e-bizVAULT’, a cloud based web DMS (Document Management System) solution helps enterprises ease up their operations, featuring all the benefits a DMS without the need of any in house IT infrastructure. e-bizVAULT ensures protection for an organisation against data loss, system failure as well as unapproved system access. Employees can also access the cloud based platform on a mobile device (Smartphone, Tablet) connected to the organisations network over the web, enhancing their productivity as well as gross output of the business.
servers, e-bizVAULT reduces the CAPEX requirement of SME’s significantly. It also eliminates their need to deploy large IT frameworks and business applications in their premises as well as hire skilled IT administrators. Furthermore organisations that are distributed geographically with remote offices and limited WAN connectivity can leverage ebizVAULT for smooth business operations across their scattered branches. Salient Features of e-bizVAULT e-bizVAULT offers an extremely refined and intuitive interface. A user can access all their business documents on the cloud based platform via a unified user friendly interface, accessible on the go, over a smart-phone or any other mobile device connected to the web. The solutions also offers many productivity enhancing features such as full text search, search by file parameters, keyword searches as well as an option of saving frequent searches as templates.
Konica Minolta has also integrated the solution with their award winning bizhub MFPs for a direct scan-toDMS experience that obviates operator intervention and costly PC operations for time consuming indexing operations. The solution also includes a personalisation feature enabling the users to create and access favourite documents easily. The benefits of deploying ebizVAULT for an enterprise doesn’t just end here as it also offers the ability to generate dynamic reports as well as administer rights to report creation. Konica Minolta has added ebizVAULT Cloud DMS to its portfolio of cloud services in India that has a Web-2-Print Solution for Commercial Printers and educo ERP for educa-
tional institutions. Konica Minolta is also looking forward for a multi fold growth in commercial and industrial printing products in the coming years. About Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt. Ltd: Konica Minolta Business Solutions is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies from the desktop to the print shop. Konica Minolta is the global developer, manufacturer of multi-functional peripherals (MFPs), printers, equipment for production print systems and graphic arts, equipment for healthcare systems, measuring instruments for industrial and healthcare applications, inkjet print heads and textile printers for industrial use, and related consumables and solution services. It is also engaged in the development, manufacturing and sale of electronic materials (including TAC films), lighting source panels, functional films (including heat insulation films), and optical products (including lens units). To know more please visithttp:// www.konicaminolta.in
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Uniflex Adopts Asahi Photoproducts FLEXOGRAPHIC PLATES FOR HIGHER QUALITY, IMPROVED EFFICIENCY Belarus firm leads the way in implementation of fixed colour palette printing
bout eight years ago, Belarus-based Uniflex began its journey to enhance quality and competitive advantage through the use of fixed colour palette printing (also called Extended Colour Gamut printing), using a fixed set of inks to replace most, if not all, requirements for spot colour inks. Uniflex is one of the largest flexographic printing companies in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe. The company offers a wide range of high quality flexible packaging such as vacuum bags, pouches, sachets, roll packaging, and self-adhesive labels in up to 10 colours and using a variety of materials. “We saw fixed colour palette printing as the next milestone in quality and efficiency for flexographic printing,” said Eugen Lungin, Production Manager of Uniflex. “We worked to assemble a suite of industry-leading solutions to position us at the forefront of modern printing techniques to better serve our existing customer base and to expand our global footprint. Our partnership with Asahi Photoproducts was essential to our success in achieving these goals.” Uniflex chose to use Asahi’s AFPTMTOP and AWPTM flexographic plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, finding them to be the ideal plate choices for Full HD Flexo production. “Our customers have strict requirements relative to the quality of their printing,” added Eugen Lungin. “We are always striving to take advantage of the latest innovations in flexography in order
to meet and exceed customer expectations, and fixed colour palette printing is definitely one of those innovations. High quality, eyecatching, yet functional packaging is what our brand owners are looking for, and plates from Asahi Photoproducts are a vital enabler for us to achieve that and more.” Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer is a unique plate technology specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate due to the photopolymer plates having a lower surface energy than other plates on the market. It is an ideal technology for fixed colour palette printing. Not only does this deliver stunning graphical quality, but it also improves overall production efficiencies due to reduced makeready waste and fewer press washups. In fact, independent testing reflects that Asahi plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer deliver at least a 26% improvement in Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
sustainability, and their heritage of innovation in the flexographic printing process, sets them apart and bodes well for their future success. We look forward to an ongoing relationship that is mutually beneficial.” “With the implementation of fixed colour palette printing and our use of Asahi AWPTM and AFPTM-TOP plates,” Eugen Lungin concluded, “we not only have the cost and productivity benefits of fixed colour palette printing, but we also are able to achieve higher line screens and extremely brilliant colours without any compromise in colour stability. Homogenous ink transfer makes it nearly impossible to distinguish our fixed colour palette flexo printing from the highest quality gravure. We are now technically able to provide high-end printing quality that meets the expectations of even the most demanding customers while benefiting from improved OEE!” For more information about solutions from Asahi Photoproducts, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com.
“We began our fixed colour palette printing journey with Asahi’s AFPTMTOP plates after a thorough market review, and found they had the best and most consistent ink transfer from start to finish during production runs. We subsequently added AWPTM water-washable plates to take advantage of their precise plateto-plate register, fast platemaking time and environmental benefits to round out our plate portfolio, for the best of all worlds in fixed colour palette flexographic printing.” “Uniflex is a delight to work with,” said Martin Wohlschlegel, Sales Manager Key Accounts and Emerging Markets at Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “Their dedication to quality and environmental
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from left to right: Martin Wohlschlegel Sales Manager Key Accounts and Emerging Markets (Asahi), Sergey Kostin (Manager Pre Press Uniflex), Eugen Lungin (Production Manager Uniflex), Juri Sterzer (Export Sales Manager, ITRACO International Trading + Consulting GmbH)
Prime Minister Haseloff starts up the new KBA Commander CL MODERN NEWSPAPER PRESS TECHNOLOGY AT MITTELDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG IN HALLE
Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (l) and Bernd Preuße, managing director DuMont Druck, press the start button to bring the new Commander CL on stream larly discerning, competent, objective and critical,” he continued.
“Every morning, I fetch the newspaper from the letterbox and lay it on the breakfast table for my wife” – it was with those words that Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, initiated the official start-up of a new KBA Commander CL newspaper press at Halle-based Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, a member of the DuMont media group. “Long-term studies have shown that people view daily newspapers as the most credible of all media. They are seen as particu-
Branch VIPs gather in Halle More than 100 prominent guests attended the inauguration ceremony at the MZ print centre, among them Christian DuMont Schütte, chairman of the supervisory board of the DuMont media group in Cologne, his deputy Isabella Neven DuMont, CEO Dr. Christoph Bauer, CFO Stefan Hütwohl and COO Otto Christian Lindemann. In his address, Stefan Hütwohl emphasised that the investment in the new press from Koenig & Bauer was for DuMont not
only a commitment to the group's Halle location, but at the same time a demonstration of faith in the future of the printed newspaper. Longstanding partnership It was almost a year ago to the day that contracts were signed for the new Commander CL, continuing a partnership which has thrived for more than 180 years between DuMont and Koenig & Bauer. “I would like to give special mention to the exceptional cooperation with Koenig & Bauer. The past months have shown us that our investment in the Commander CL was very
definitely the right decision,” said Bernd Preuße, managing director of the print division DuMont Druck. Modern newspaper press technology The new four-high Commander CL is engineered to print up to 45,000 full-colour newspapers per hour, either with 32 pages in Rhine format or 64 pages tabloid. Almost 200,000 copies of the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung and a further 1.3 million copies of the advertisers Wochenspiegel and Super Sonntag will now be produced on the new Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer.
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Notwithstanding the additional focus on growth markets KBA remains no. 1 in high-performance newspaper printing
ver the course of the past few years, KBA Digital & Web has adjusted successfully to the drastically shrinking market for new newspaper presses and in the meantime places an additional focus on growing market segments such as service or digital, functional and packaging printing. Even so, the role of the world's leading supplier of newspaper press lines for the upper and highest performance classes remains undisputed, and the modern portfolio presented by the manufacturer of the first ever rotary newspaper press is evidence that
KBA has no intention of surrendering this position. The last 12 months have seen orders received from Mittelrhein Verlag in Koblenz for a further Commander CT 6/2, from Mitteldeutsche Zeitung in Halle and Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen for two Commander CL presses, and from CPI on the island of La Réunion for a waterless KBA Cortina. In addition Coldset Printing Partners in Paal-Beringen, Belgium, placed an order for two doublewidth Cortina presses in midDecember 2016. Stefan Segger, new sales director at KBA Digital & Web: “Against the background of the market develop-
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ments in newspaper printing, we are quite satisfied with the orders received. Further projects are in the pipeline and decisions are expected soon. When it comes to new investments, customers are currently most interested in flexible presses with practice-oriented automation, and we have built up an excellent reputation for precisely that with our trio of Commander CL, Commander CT and Cortina. All three presses are new developments launched since the turn of the century, and we are already counting more than 60 installations in Europe, America and Asia.” This year, a Commander CL went on stream at Aschendorff in Münster, and a second press of this type will be starting production at Oppermann Druck und Verlags-GmbH in Rodenberg during December 2016.
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Streamline Cartons brings printing in-house with a KBA Rapida 105
t is set to arrive in January, and production will be starting by the end of February – the KBA Rapida 105 with six printing units, inline coating tower and full equipment for UV production will be the first sheetfed offset press to be installed by packaging producer Streamline Cartons from Adelaide in Australia. In the past, Streamline Cartons concentrated on the carton design, pre-press and conversion stages, while the actual printing was outsourced to local partners. As demand for finishing and product refinements increased, however, it seemed only logical to bring the printing in-house, not least because that would also enable much quicker turnarounds. Tailored to customer requirements
Operations manager Joshua Harris: “We were finding that we also needed access to UV print and finishing. In this respect, the configuration of the Rapida 105 we ordered is tailored specifically to the needs of our customers.” This included raising the press onto a 450 mm plinth to accommodate higher piles, an enlarged sheet format of 78 x 105 cm, maximised substrate flexibility and facilities for inline quality control with QualiTronic ColorControl. “KBA is renowned as the world's leading packaging press manufacturer. Rapida presses have a reputation for quality, robustness and the highest production standards,” Harris continues with obvious delight. “The experts from
Germany and Dave Lewis from KBA Australasia have been more than helpful in assisting our implementation of in-house print production. They have shown that they understand our background and what we want to achieve. After meeting the KBA team at drupa, we already signed a letter of intent at the show.”
microflute board up to 1.6 mm, for example, and that has certainly caught their interest. In the past, this was simply not possible and we had to laminate instead.” To create space for the new press, Streamline Cartons has built additional high-rack storage for 160 pallets. In the meantime, the company is also looking at further finishing options.
… and flexible in terms of substrates For Streamline Cartons, which was founded by managing director Kym Harris 20 years ago, the decision to install a press of its own was a big step. But as his son Joshua explains, it will benefit both the company and its customers: “We have informed our customers that we will in future be able to offer direct printing onto
Continued growth is recognised as important, because standing still can be viewed as a first step backwards. But with a clear understanding of the market, confidence in its own capabilities and a commitment to new technologies, Streamline Cartons is definitely moving forwards.
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Modern machining centres handle the precision machining of large cast parts for KBA printing presses and external customers at the Würzburg factory
Focus on quality, energy efficiency, labour safety and environment protection KBA-Industrial Solutions certified to DIN EN ISO 9001 and 14001
s one of the pioneers of German engineering, and at the same time a globally successful printing press manufacturer, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) can be counted among the top addresses in this flagship industry. Modern, networked production processes which place a particular focus on product and delivery quality, energy efficiency, labour safety and environment protection underpin this claim. They are verified by external auditors and confirmed by way of the relevant certificates. Since restructuring of the parent
company Koenig & Bauer AG at the beginning of 2015, the strict standards have also been effective for the newly formed subsidiary KBA-Industrial Solutions AG & Co. KG.
14001:2015. These important quality and environmental management certificates complement the certification to BS OHSAS 18001:2007 regarding occupational health and safety.
With a total of around 1,000 employees at the KBA sites in Würzburg and Radebeul, KBAIndustrial Solutions assumes the role of manufacturing service provider for the other companies of the KBA Group, as well as for external customers.
In tandem with KBA-Gießerei GmbH, KBA-Industrial Solutions also offers access to its enormous production resources, with well over 100 CNC machine tools and machining centres, many of them of the latest generation, its exceptionally qualified workforce and its broad know-how in fields such as hand moulding, the precision machining of large workpieces or surface coatings to other machine and plant manufacturers – and that with acknowledged success.
Recently, the new subsidiary successfully completed the prescribed audit processes leading to certification under DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 and DIN EN ISO
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In November 2016, KBA-Industrial Solutions successfully completed the process for certification to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 for its locations Würzburg and Radebeul (1)
PACKAGING PRINTER ACHIEVES HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL EFFICIENCY AND SAVES COSTS WITH TECHNOLOGY FROM HEIDELBERG
he ceremony for the “100 Betriebe für Ressourceneffizienz” (100 Companies for Resource Efficiency) took place in October of this year under the auspices of Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. Among the companies were packaging manufacturer August Faller GmbH & Co. KG. based in Waldkirch and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), which together developed an environmentally friendly offset printing application for folding cartons. The “Allianz für Ressourceneffizienz” (Alliance for Resource Efficiency) was established in 2014 in BadenWürttemberg by the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the leading trade associations as well as the state Chambers of Industry and Commerce. A key initiative of this alliance is “100 Companies for Resource Efficiency”. Its purpose is to showcase how resource efficiency can be successfully implemented and the kinds of economic and ecological successes that can be achieved, using 100 companies as examples. August Faller GmbH & Co. KG manufactures folding cartons for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and was one of the first packaging print shops to recognize the potential of the Anicolor technology in 50 x 70 format from Heidelberg.
The company was looking for a cost-effective process to address the increasing trend towards short runs, while also taking into consideration the constantly changing spot colors specifically required for folding cartons.
used in packaging print shops. An enhancement of the Anicolor press, Anicolor 2, was presented at drupa 2016 with an even wider range of applications and new uses, particularly in packaging printing. Examples are 7-color printing with Multicolor technology and UV printing for achieving an even glossier result. The Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor 2 with the new design has been in production since November of this year, and is supplied with all the other drupa innovations.
The Anicolor unit is a zoneless inking unit that needs just two rollers rather than the up to 17 rollers required in conventional offset printing. Faller worked closely with the specialists from Heidelberg to pilot the adaptation of the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor for the production of folding cartons. Up to then, the press was mainly used for commercial printing in 35 x 50 cm format. Paper waste, costs, and impact on the environment all reduced The pilot phase ran from the start of 2014 until the middle of 2015, with impressive results: the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor enabled paper waste to be reduced by 71.5 percent compared with conventional offset printing, which is equivalent to a saving of 163 metric tons of cardboard and around EUR 155,000 per year. The environment also benefited, with savings of around 37 metric tons of CO2 and around 80,000 kilowatt hours per year. All of these technical adaptations have now been incorporated into the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor, and 40 percent of all Anicolor presses supplied are now being PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 51
Series production of digital press gets off to successful start in the growing label market - Considerable customer interest in joint development by Heidelberg and Gallus - Well-known U.S. label print shops order further presses - Heidelberg site in Wiesloch-Walldorf becomes production center for digital presses
he label market is one of the printing industry’s biggest growth segments. The dynamic growth in demand for digitally printed labels in particular continues unabated. Following the global market launch of the Gallus Labelfire 340 digital label press – a joint development by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Gallus based on leading inkjet technology from Fujifilm –, series production is now getting off to a successful start at the WieslochWalldorf site. Initial customers of the new series presses include several companies from the United States. Heidelberg produces the digital inkjet print engine of the Labelfire in Wiesloch-Walldorf. The company’s entire digital printing portfolio will also be manufactured here in the future. The base unit of the new press is made by Swiss subsidiary Gallus at its German production site in Langgöns. The system is designed to meet growing demand for the cost-effective production of short, medium, and versioned label runs. “The requirements related to quality, flexibility, and speed are getting even more demanding in label production,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. “With the Gallus Labelfire, we’re leading our customers into the digital future with
the growing label market. The considerable interest confirms we’ve adopted the right approach,” he adds. Following numerous orders from Europe and Australia, Heidelberg and Gallus are now also enjoying success in the key American market. Info Label from Clifton Park in New York is getting the first Gallus Labelfire 340 supplied to a label print shop in the United States. The company’s President Mark Dufort took a look at the first demonstration press at the Digital Label Forum in Heidelberg and then at Gallus in St. Gallen. “By investing in the Gallus Labelfire 340, we’re offering our customers outstanding quality combined with shorter delivery times at lower costs,” he explains. Another U.S. customer – Hub Labels from Hagerstown in Maryland – has also signed up for the new Gallus Labelfire 340 digital label press. Its first glimpse of the machine was at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels and the scheduled delivery date is fast approaching. Thomas Dahbura, President of Hub Labels, has the following to say about the press: “This is the first digital press I’ve seen that can do exactly what I expect it to. It integrates all steps from the reel to the finished label in a single production pass – whether digital or flexographic printing, cold-foil printing or die cutting. I was
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impressed by how much effort Gallus and Heidelberg put into ensuring this system was a success. Although we’ve already seen other presses with an excellent resolution of 600 x 600 dpi, this one is simply unbeatable with its resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.” The new Gallus Labelfire 340 digital printing system has been designed for the self-adhesive labels market. The global print volume for these labels is growing by about 4 percent a year. Although nearly 5 percent of this volume is printed digitally, this figure is rising rapidly with up to double-digit growth rates. Indeed, digital printing is driving change in this highly promising market segment. It is anticipated that, in the medium term, just under half of the presses sold in this sector will be digital. By launching this new technology, Heidelberg and Gallus
are actively shaping change in the business models used in this segment and offering users a versatile and cost-effective solution. The entire digital printing portfolio, together with the offset systems from Heidelberg, can be integrated into a print shop’s overall workflow using the new Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE). Web-to-print applications and multi-channel publishing business models are also supported. In this way, Heidelberg is making the smart print shop a reality, enabling users to largely automate their offset and digital printing processes and control these in a standardized, transparent way. The medium-term goal is for digital business to account for around 10 percent of Heidelberg Group sales.
Push to Stop: digitized print production now a reality
hat do Lokay in Reinheim near Darmstadt, Pruskil in Gaimersheim near Ingolstadt, and Aumüller in Regensburg have in common? All three print shops have wholeheartedly embraced digitization, and are using state-of-the-art Speedmaster technology from the new drupa generation and the latest version of the print shop workflow Prinect 2017 . All three are also unique in implementing the new Push to Stop philosophy, and are impressive proof that the “smart print shop” described at drupa is already a reality. This is how Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is further promoting digitization in the industry. Push to Stop is not a product; it is a philosophy that rethinks the workflows in a print shop. It offers a significant increase in productivity by
intelligently linking different software solutions across all processes in the press room, combined with the right consumables and services. Under the Push to Stop philosophy, processes start autonomously instead of being started actively, and the operator only interrupts if necessary. This is achieved through comprehensive digitization and automation in combination with a well-thought-out human machine interface, the new Prinect Press Center XL 2.
Thomas Fleckenstein, authorized signatory at Lokay Druck. This is also corroborated by Thomas Kerndl, Technical Manager at Druck Pruskil: “The new Speedmaster XL 106 and autonomous printing will enable us to make inroads into the types of jobs where we could not compete on price six months ago.” Aumüller Druck has been field testing a Speedmaster XL 106 from the drupa generation in its press room for the past year. Expectations have been greatly exceeded, with a permanent increase in productivity of over 20 percent compared with the previous Speedmaster XL 106. Two further presses were ordered at drupa, and will be installed next year.
The benefits of the digitally integrated print shop consist of significantly improved business and production processes. “Our new Speedmaster CX 102 and Prinect 2017 have allowed us to reach an entirely new level of profitability, particularly with short runs, that would not have been possible with the old technology”, confirms PRINTING REVIEW | January-February 2017 | 53
GERMAN PRINT MEDIA TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION SELECTS WINNER FOR WORLDSKILLS 2017 IN ABU DHABI PRELIMINARY SELECTION ROUND IN THE PRINT MEDIA CENTER IN WIESLOCH-WALLDORF
WorldSkills taking place in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 19 October 2017
hree newly graduated printers put themselves forward for the opportunity to represent Germany at the next WorldSkills in the print media technology discipline, competing in a preliminary selection round entitled “We make world champions” from 23 to 24 November 2016. Florian Kraus from AZ Druck und Datentechnik GmbH in Kempten came away the winner, with Andreas Will from the same company and Jan Jungwirth from Engelhardt Etikett in Nördlingen as runners-up. Florian Kraus will therefore represent Germany next year at the WorldSkills International competition from 14 to 19 October 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The German competition was held in the Print Media Center of
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The participants were given two hours to produce a print job revealed to them during the competition. The jury – Harry Belz from Bundesverband Druck und Medien, Dietmar Meier, Head of Training from Mohn Media, and Josef Schmid from the public Berufsschule I in Kempten– scored the participants on their approach to color blending, the total time needed, and the quality of the printed product. The jobs were printed on a Speedmaster SX 52 five-color press with coating unit. Enn Kerner, Managing Director of Grafitek in Tallinn (Estonia), and Roman Silkin from the Technical College for Printing and IT Technology in Novosibirsk (Russia) were invited to observe the proceedings. Both gained valuable experience from the national competition and got an opportunity to exchange information and ideas with the
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printing experts. They will be able to put this valuable know-how to use in 2019 when the WorldSkills competition is held in Kazan for the first time. Heidelberg is a founding member of WorldSkills Germany e.V. and is sponsoring the national Print Media Technology Competition for the seventh time. Heidelberg will also be providing the equipment for the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi in 2017: three Speedmaster SX 52 presses – two four-color presses and one two-color press – as well as a Versafire CV digital printing system and a Polar cutting machine. “Heidelberg is committed to the industry, and training is an important part of this,” explains Bernhard Nahm, Head of Vocational Training for Media Professions, who is reprising his role as juror and trainer for WorldSkills for the fourth time. The WorldSkills competition
requires participants to complete exercises in offset and digital printing. To prepare the German participant, he will receive special additional training in digital printing from Heidelberg before the competition. The increasing digitization in the industry is regarded as an opportunity, one that Heidelberg is consistently promoting. “The WorldSkills competition for industrial and craft occupations center on the Olympic ideal, an understanding among nations, and a test of ability of the best from all the nations. It evaluates the discipline of printing technology and demonstrates the attractiveness of the print media technology as a career path,” asserts Bernhard Nahm. 15 nations will be competing in the print media technology discipline in Abu Dhabi. Participating for the first time will be Russia, Thailand, and Zambia. Over 76 nations in total will complete in 50 disciplines.
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