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BALDWIN’S VISION SYSTEMS DIVISION OPENS NEW GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS Amsterdam, Gandhinagar, Shanghai and Tokyo. Sales and service teams are strategically located throughout the world, while manufacturing facilities have been consolidated at the Fairfield, Illinois (USA) location.

Former competitors QuadTech, Web Printing Controls, PC Industries combine products, expertise, engineering talent


ALDWIN Vision Systems, a business division of BALDWIN Technology Company Inc., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening

celebration at its new headquarters on Tuesday, July 24. The new office is located at 2900 Swenson Drive, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. The city of Waukesha is located just outside the western suburbs of Milwaukee, with fast access to Mitchell International Airport and the smaller Waukesha County Airport. BALDWIN’s Vision Systems division designs and manufactures advanced control technology for the printing industry, specializing in automated color management and defect management solutions. In December of 2017, BALDWIN Technology Company formed the new business division by acquiring

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the products and expertise of QuadTech, Web Printing Controls, and PC Industries. By combining the three businesses, BALDWIN is able to offer and support the industry’s most comprehensive automation portfolio to printers worldwide. As BALDWIN Vision Systems’ global headquarters, the new Waukesha office houses the division’s administrative, engineering, executive leadership, marketing, sales, and customer support teams—including a 24/7/365 service Help Desk. In addition to the Waukesha headquarters, the new Vision Systems business division has regional offices located in

BALDWIN Technology Company President Brent Becker addressed employees at the event: “It can’t be underestimated how much hard work went into this. QuadTech, PCI, WPC together have been solidified into BALDWIN Vision Systems, and the team has really rallied around that. We were competitors before, now teammates with a common goal and a common message. One team, one focus. To make that switch is not always easy, and I’ve seen this team do it better than I’ve ever seen anyone else do it in my career. The family of BALDWIN is very excited that we’re part of this, and that we have arrived at this day—in this location and at our new manufacturing facility in Fairfield. We’re excited about the future we have together, and we’re well-positioned to move forward with the strategies we’ve been talking about for the last five months.” Karl Fritchen, President of BALDWIN Vision Systems, commented: “By combining engineering talent and expertise, and with the infusion of more financial resources, we are poised to make a significant impact on printers’ bottom lines, and their ability to connect data and workflows to automate their processes. It’s an exciting time for us, our customers, and the wider industry!”

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Join the best in package printing and labelling at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019


ccording to a marketsandmarkets report, the global packaging printing market size is projected to reach USD 574.47 Billion by 2026, with Asia-Pacific to account for the largest share in the packaging printing market by 2021 backed by the rise in manufacturing activities. In particular, the packaging printing market will be driven by strong growth in the demand from the food and pharmaceuticals sectors. The growing pharmaceuti-

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cal industry and its popularity of using convenient packaging alongside growing demand for packaged and branded products in the food and beverage industry are major drivers of the market. Label market segment estimated to have the largest share The packaging printing market, on the basis of packaging type, is classified into labels, flexible packaging, corrugated, folding cartons, and others, which includes

rigid plastic packaging and metal packaging. The labels segment currently accounts for the largest share and is expected to grow further due to its numerous applications such as displaying sequential barcodes and numbering, variable text, titles, or graphics, and adding substantial value to the product. A new study from Smithers Pira – The Future of Printed Labels Market to 2019 – shows that Asia is the largest regional producer of

labels and its share will grow to more than 41% of the world’s value by 2019. Labelling Zone @ PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019 On the back of these market trends, the labelling zone returns as a thematic, targeted setting for those involved in the end-to-end functions of the label market to showcase their latest label technology, new materials, adhesives and manufacturing application methods, together with an exhibit range that will include smart labels, flexo presses, inspection system and RFID. Beyond serving as a launch pad to showcase smart and innovative labelling technologies, the labelling zone will also allow exhibitors to engage with targeted buyers from vertical markets such as consumer goods, food & beverage, cosmetics, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, electronics, retail and logistics. Some past exhibiting names at the last edition of PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL include: Bangsung Technology (Thailand) Co Ltd, Harn Engineering Solutions Public Company Limited, Holographic Label Sdn Bhd, HP PPS Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, IBrain Advance and Technology Co Ltd, K Laser Technology (Thailand) Co Ltd, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Thailand) Co Ltd, Label Source Printing Machine Co Ltd, Perma-Flex Co Ltd, PMC Label Materials Co Ltd, RotoMetrics (SE Asia) Co Ltd, Sanki Machinery Co Ltd, Thai KK Industry Co Ltd, Ritta Speed Label Co Ltd and KURZ (Thailand) Ltd. Commenting on their company’s participation in 2017 is Supreecha Muangsaen, Managing Director of KURZ (Thailand) Ltd who shared that the exhibition has been very good for his brand. “We received a lot of enquiries from customers throughout the exhibition and are very happy to have met with our participation objectives.” Space bookings for PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019 and the labelling zone is now open. To book, visit or email us at PRINTING REVIEW | July-August 2018 | 7

The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA)

VISIT! LABELEXPO INDIA 2018 22 - 25 NOVEMBER 2018, INDIA EXPO CENTRE & MART (GREATER NOIDADELHI NCR) Labelexpo India is the largest event for the label and package printing industry in South Asia. Package printing at the speed of light. Be amazed by the latest technologies from the fastest growing sector of print. See live demonstrations of state-of-the-art presses, as well as smart technology, finishing units, inks, dies and substrates from the leading manufacturers. All this and much more at South Asia’s largest package printing trade show! Don’t get left behind experience it with your own eyes at Labelexpo India 2018.


he Indian Printing Packag ing & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) has been playing a pivotal role for promoting the Graphic Arts Industry globally. The Association has provided number of office bearers and senior functionaries, on a number of occasions, to international Associations. During the meeting of Global Print Meet held in Tokyo on 27th July, 2018 during IGAS 2018, Mr. S. Dayaker Reddy was nominated

as the Vice President of Global Print Meet. It is a moment of joy and pride not only for IPAMA but also for the entire Indian Graphic Arts Industry as also printing fraternity. He is an engineer by profession and highly experienced personality in the field of manufacturing of different types of print related machinery and allied products. He is also a marketing expert. After having a long association with a number of reputed Indian companies, in different capacities, Mr. Reddy established his own manufacturing units in Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana) a few years back. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of M/s Gutenberg Machinery Manufactur-

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ers Pvt Ltd. and Managing Director of M/s Omsri Saivani Secure Print Pvt Ltd. He is also the Director in two more firms of repute. Apart from these assignments, he is also associated with number of educational and social institutions. Mr. Reddy is the present President of Asia Print, President of IPAMA, GC Member of AIFMP, Coordinator for Telangana Offset Printers Association (TOPA), Mentor for Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), Hyderabad, Expert Committee Member for Community Colleges – Government of Telangana and Syllabus Committee Member for Govt. Institute of Printing Technology (GIPT). He is also the President of GIPT Alumni Association.

4 DAYS | 4 HALLS | 250 EXHIBITORS | | LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS | LEADING SUPPLIERS | NEW TECHNOLOGIES TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION Whether you’re choosing machinery or materials, it is vital you feel confident about your decisions. The best way to do this is to see all the options together in one place. Come to Labelexpo India 2018 and hear the noise of the machinery in operation, feel the texture of the substrates and see the print quality for yourself. Magazines, websites and brochures cannot compare. Experience it live and make a better choice.

Package printing at the speed of light

Be amazed by the latest technologies from the fastest growing sector of print. See live demonstrations of state-of-the-art presses, as well as smart technology, finishing units, inks, dies and substrates from the leading manufacturers. All this and much more at South Asia’s largest package printing trade show! Don’t get left behind - experience it with your own eyes at Labelexpo India 2018. 4 DAYS 4 HALLS 250 EXHIBITORS LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS LEADING SUPPLIERS





assivit 3D, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions for visual communication, has unveiled the ‘world’s first’ 3D printed Poe Dameron X-Wing Fighter charity wheelchair costume at Comic-Con International. The costume was the vision of nonprofit organization, Magic Wheelchair, and created for Star Wars fanatic, thirteen-year old Vedant Singhania. Companies who collaborated with Magic Wheelchair to make this project a reality include, Pixologic Inc, responsible for the design and modelling, Dangling Carrot Creative who 3D printed the costume with Massivit 3D donating the printing materials,

and Monster City Studios who completed the assembly and finish.

selected Vedant to receive the extraordinary 3D printed costume.

Utilizing the high print speeds and dual print heads of its Massivit 1800 3D Printer, Dangling Carrot Creative produced 50 individual costume pieces in just over two weeks. The 2.44m-high and 3m-long (8’ x 10’) spaceship provides Vedant with his very own Star Wars X-Wing fighter jet, crafted by some of the original Lucasfilm prop fabricators.

Paul Gaboury, 3D Product Development Manager at Pixologic, explains: “We connected with Magic Wheelchair realizing that our technology and modelling expertise could help them with the amazing work they’re doing for children in wheelchairs. After we designed the costume, Dangling Carrot Creative was the last piece to the puzzle. The company gave us the capability to 3D print life-size parts to help eliminate the need for molds or casting, saving considerable time and money.”

The Project Troopers Magic Wheelchair provides bespoke costumes to kids with wheelchairs at no cost to their families. As part of Comic-Con’s special ‘Star Wars experience’ this year, and its partnership with Pixologic – the supplier of ZBrush digital sculpting software – Magic Wheelchair

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Commenting on Massivit 3D’s involvement in the project, Avner Israeli, CEO at Massivit 3D, says: “Together with our customers like Dangling Carrot, we’re constantly discovering new and exciting

applications achievable with our 3D printing solutions for the entertainment market. “This project has been an extraordinary opportunity to test the true value of our technology and to put young Vedant in the spotlight for the right reasons. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as bringing joy to a child.” The costume was presented to Vedant at the Comic-Con International show on Saturday. He expressed his excitement and appreciation to all involved: “It’s mind-blowing. I didn’t expect the costume to be so big and I’m thrilled that it’s an X-Wing Fighter because I love Star Wars. I was really excited in the parade. I was so happy because all the people were taking pictures of me. It made me feel like a celebrity.”



codix recently sold and installed the Scodix Ultra2 Pro with Foil to Graphic Village LLC, the largest independent print marketing company in Greater Cincinnati. The 90-plus-year-old company is built on a foundation of innovation, and the addition of the Scodix machine will enable the market leader to continue to push the limits of what it can offer its customers. “The groundbreaking Scodix Ultra2 Digital Enhancement Press allows us to add striking digital enhancements and embellishments, such as high-gloss spot applications, textured effects and digitally applied foil,” says Graphic Village president Larry Kuhlman. “We really responded to their motto of ‘the power of touch.”

physical element that can delight the senses is a game-changer for many campaigns. This machine is going to allow us to take that concept further, and truly create one-of-a-kind pieces that will let our customers shine.” Kahn believes the Scodix’s ease of operation and digital capabilities, along with the new opportunities the machine opens up, are all very attractive. He points out that not only does the new system open up projects in the commercial print world, it will allow Graphic Village to expand in some of the other segments it serves. “We have a packaging division that does folding carton work, and we wanted to expand that world as

well,” he says. “This machine will let us do everything — print, packaging and more; it will let us offer truly unique services and products no one else in our market can provide.” Some of the pieces Graphic Village plans to add Scodix applications to include business cards, invitations, annual report covers, marketing materials and more. The new Scodix Ultra2 is now fully operational, and Graphic Village is introducing its new capabilities to its customer base. To promote its new offerings, Graphic Village plans to start by adding Scodix effects to clients’ completed work and then showing those clients what is possible with the creative and campaigns they are already

producing. “That approach is better than a static portfolio piece they can’t relate to,” says Danny Bailey, COO of Graphic Village. “Their own product is being enhanced, and they can see where it makes sense for them. This is literally one-toone marketing.” “We believe the Scodix Ultra2 is going to be a game-changer at Graphic Village,” says Mark Nixon, VP North America, Scodix. “They are a printer that is constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. This machine will help them create even more outstanding, unique pieces — including personalized, variable data foil stamping and embossing — that will in turn help their customers stand out from the crowd.”

“Over the last year and a half, we have been making leading-edge investments in both our equipment and our people,” says Eric Kahn, Graphic Village CEO. “This is another chapter in that novel, and we are excited about what comes next.” Kuhlman notes it was the unique features of the Scodix Ultra2 that made it stand out. “The Scodix allows us to turn print into an experience, and that is something we were already striving to accomplish,” he says. “We agree with their philosophy that having a PRINTING REVIEW | July-August 2018 | 11

BALDWIN VISION SYSTEMS LAUNCHES AUTOTRON 3600 AT PACKPLUS 2018 New color sensor combined with leading-edge scanning technology provides greater sensitivity and optimum register control automated light intensity to better manage inspection of challenging substrates, such as metallics. The new scanning technology also enhances performance and enables the operator to react faster to register errors or any changes on the press. These latest developments combined with simplified installation ensure the Autotron 3600 will help our customers deliver even higher quality packaging, and maintain their competitive edge.”


ALDWIN Vision Systems, market leaders in automated color management, register control, and inspection technology today announced the launch of Autotron™ 3600 at PackPlus 2018 in New Delhi, India (July 25-28, stand 12A.35). This next-generation register system builds on the highly-robust, industry-renowned Autotron 2600 with ClearLogic™ and enables packaging converters to offer increased quality with greater sensitivity and control over register

errors. In addition, the Autotron 3600 has been designed as a “plug and play” system, requiring minimal installation time and operator training. The modernized system ensures a seamless transition for printers looking to benefit from the latest in print register technology. Making its industry debut in India, the Autotron 3600 is set to address the demands of BALDWIN Vision Systems’ current and prospective customers in one of the largest and fastest-growing packaging markets in the world. “Many customers in India have installed our Autotron 2600 with ClearLogic. The architecture of this product has

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proven to be extremely reliable and robust, providing the quality, accuracy and waste savings these customers required for over 20 years,” Hemant Desai, General Manager, BALDWIN Vision Systems India, explains. “As such, we will continue to support and sell the Autotron 2600. However, we recognized the need to offer another product tier, and to add a number of developments that would future-proof our customers’ investment. These include higher sensitivity with the new fiber optic color sensor, enabling users to read any type of mark or color variation with increased accuracy, and

As a new business unit formed by BALDWIN Technology Company Inc., BALDWIN Vision Systems strategically combines the businesses and technology of QuadTech, PC Industries, and Web Printing Controls to form the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio available for print process automation, inspection, and related services. With an aim to create a new “print technology powerhouse,” BALDWIN Vision Systems offers complete software and hardware solutions, and the ability to connect data throughout the overall process and workflow with automated tools for pre-press, press, and post-press. Isaam Lutfiyya, BALDWIN Vision Systems’ Director of Global Sales & Marketing, comments, “This combined expertise and collection of resources is unique to BALDWIN Vision Systems and provides an additional benefit to those looking to install the Autotron 3600. The option to tie in data and products from one leading supplier maximizes our customers’ investment and provides a more streamlined, coherent solution to meet demand for accuracy and increased quality control within the shortest possible timeframe.”


Plastic – not so fantastic Pressure is growing over the huge amount of plastic waste generated from packaging materials which simply cannot be ignored. Plastic pollution is damaging our environment including oceans, coast lines and wildlife.


s a PR and marketing agency immersed in the graphic arts industry, the first half of 2018 has shown that we’re on our way to another great year for the packaging industry. This is largely driven by our increasingly fast-paced consumer society and tough competition for brands. Versioning, personalisation and decoration continue to trend but increasing environmental awareness and legislation changes have put sustainability and environmental responsibility at the top of the list for many. With this in mind, we look at some of the environmental

challenges and other trends we see developing over the rest of this year and into 2019. So, in no particular order…

ber to take plastic bags to the supermarket for our shopping? A juice carton – accompanied by a plastic straw? Water – in a plastic bottle?

That’s a latte waste You can’t have missed the #LatteLevy debate on social media, but is a fine the answer? I love a sweet latte to wake me up in the morning but with the knowledge that this disposable cup could pollute our planet for years to come – can I justify it daily? Can you? What are the on-the-go options for those of us who still can’t remem-

What’s the solution? For coffee – a re-usable cup and you’ll need to remember it. There’s an incentive with many of the big chains offering a reduced price on your morning (or any) coffee. Other suggestions include a re-usable straw or plastic alternative water bottle. Find some more useful tips on achieving zero waste from Friends of the Earth here.

Will plastic packaging remain? If so, who’s responsibility is it to limit pollution and waste? The consumer? The brand? The supermarket? The debate goes on but its undeniable that some are making early efforts to combat the issue with supermarket chain Iceland among the first to announce it would stop the sale of plastic packaging on own brand products by 2020. M&S and Waitrose are also committed to cutting down on plastics used in packaging. It’s not only supermarkets that are making efforts to reduce plastic waste, Pret-A-Manger and Costa are both trialling recyclable alternatives to plastic straws. Uniliver, who manages some of the worlds largest brands, has pledged to make its plastic packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Material choices A recent report from Smithers Pira identifies sustainability as one of the main reasons brand owners are switching from traditional materials, like glass, to flexible packaging

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types. The report predicts that flexible packaging sales will grow at an annual rate of 4.3 per cent to reach $282.6 billion by 2022. In the beverage industry, brands are choosing aluminium cans in favour of plastic bottles. The average drinks can is made from 68 percent recycled content – the highest of any beverage container – and the aluminium in cans is infinitely recyclable. In fact, 75 percent of the aluminium ever made is still in productive use today. So we’re likely to see many alternatives to our current plastics in packaging, these include: compostable biodegradable packaging which is growing in popularity in the food sector among others; edible packaging – which again is becoming increasingly popular in foods, no surprise with the potential to eliminate packaging waste entirely; natural materials – as we delve further into plastic alternatives we’ll see the use of more natural materials, they’re renewable and sustainable and usually by-products of other industries thus minimising waste in those industries; and finally biopolymers – aka petroleum plastic substitutes – one to watch with the potential to become the new norm for plastic packaging.

who’s to blame for excess packaging? In this case, I think that the supply chain needs to be reviewed and analysed. Some online retailers offer the option of waiting for your parcel when all items can be delivered together – a quick check that could save a ton of packaging. Something that needs to be reviewed to reduce packaging materials, overall.

the way, printing digitally and directly onto beverage cans and addressing the short-to-medium run requirements that are not possible in the current market.

The Digital Age

In addition to our own predictions, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, Mintel has announced five trends that will impact the global packaging sector in 2018:

Digital print for packaging is by no means new and its growth will continue unabashed according to Smithers Pira, especially in terms of inkjet. As average run lengths continue to fall, and brands continue to offer numerous product variations, additional pack sizes and one-offs, print buyers’ demands will change and digital adoption will increase. Not only will it rise, but it’s likely to happen at an accelerated rate as variations in language, colour, flavour and allergen-free alternatives are commissioned. Companies like Tonejet are leading

The goal is to use materials that will not be sent to landfill for hundreds of years. Recyclable is good but biodegradable even better, and everyone in the supply chain has a part to play. Less is more Who hasn’t experienced an onlineordered parcel that’s included a box inside a bigger box inside a branded shipping box? It seems unnecessary, but when it comes to online retail, 14 | July-August 2018 | PRINTING REVIEW

The supply chain reaction Simplified supply chains mean print for packaging can be produced and delivered at a much quicker rate. Smithers Pira predicts an increase in webto-pack online order portals, reducing admin and prepress costs to a minimum, estimating that by 2020, this type of online ordering may become the preferred method, even for medium length runs.

Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste. Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging to enhance the e-commerce experience. Brands who adopt clear and succinct package messaging will be rewarded as consumers prefer brands that embrace minimalism. Brands will be called to keep marine conservation at the forefront of packaging development and to anchor (no pun intended) the circular economy for future generations. Contemporary packaging formats will see the centre-of-store take centre stage.

SAi SHOWCASES BUSINESS-ENHANCING SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS AT SGIA EXPO more details, visit the SAi booth. Getting to grips with Color Management As part of the SGIA conference schedule, SAi expert, Dean Derhak, will deliver an informative keynote presentation entitled ‘Color for Graphics Production 101’. Taking place in Room N117 on Thursday, October 18 at 12pm, the presentation will see Derhak highlight how businesses can meet the exacting demands of their customers by guaranteeing greater color consistency. “Ensuring precise color management within the sign production workflow can seem like a daunting task, especially to those without prior knowledge,” explains Derhak “These worries become a thing of the past with our Flexi software. Its collection of efficiency-enhancing tools guide users through the profiling process, simplifying things for even the most novice user,” he adds.


A International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, will use SGIA Expo (October 18-20 – booth 932) to demonstrate how large format print providers and sign shops can enhance their operations and increase business opportunities using its extensive software solutions. Visitors to the SAi booth will discover how they can expand their

revenue stream with the company’s recently relaunched Available free to Flexi subscribers, the platform is designed to direct online signage jobs to local print shops. Once registered to the network, North American print shops can compete with large online signage suppliers, enabling them to extend their customer base and boost turnover from new and repeat business.SAi will also showcase additional addedvalue solutions including its timesaving mobile app and cost-

effective subscription packages. Compatible with SAi’s industryacclaimed Flexi solution, the subscription model offers print providers the financial flexibility to match supply to demand. During busy periods, these businesses can purchase additional licenses via a monthly subscription, ensuring business continuity throughout the year. Visitors can take advantage of an exclusive special offer that will be running throughout SGIA Expo. For

Attendees joining the keynote session will discover how they can seamlessly integrate Flexi into their existing workflow thanks to its ICC-compliant media profiles. Other time-saving capabilities include Flexi’s compatibility with print manufacturers’ online media color profile libraries. This eliminates the need for users to manually input the media profiles. Once the media is loaded, Flexi automatically generates the correct media profile from the print manufacturer’s library.

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A International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, will use the forthcoming International Woodworking Fair (August 22 – 25, Atlanta, GA, USA) to highlight the multitude of design workflow benefits accessible with its ‘go-to’ EnRoute CAD/ CAM software.

or purchased outright. Special offer at IWF for new customers

The latest feature-rich version, EnRoute 6, provides CAD/CAM creative design and output solutions for CNC woodworking users, as well as those within the signmaking, millworking, and nested-based manufacturing and fabrication industries.

“Thanks to its user-friendliness, intuitive creative tools and accurate

During IWF, new EnRoute customers can take advantage of an exclusive special offer running throughout the event. This enables first-time users taking out a subscription to EnRoute to buy one month and get two months free*.

At its booth (#4254), SAi EnRoute software experts will explain how IWF visitors can cost-effectively harness a wide-range of capabilities – including 2D cutting, 3D surface and textures, relief editing, rapid textures and true shape nesting – to improve their woodworking operations. Granting customers firm control of their cost management, EnRoute can be accessed via SAi’s popular subscription-based model 16 | July-August 2018 | PRINTING REVIEW

toolpathing, EnRoute packs a hard punch and is now firmly recognized among millworkers, woodworkers and signage manufacturers as the go-to CNC router software solution to meet their carving and engraving requirements,” says EJ Nodurft, Product Director, SAi. “Those looking to enhance their overall design to production workflow and lower costs, just need to stop by our booth and check out EnRoute for themselves. We guarantee it will be time well spent,” he concludes.

Konica Minolta India showcases its wide range of innovative label, packaging, and print enhancement solutions at Pack Plus 2018! experts, corporate print buyers, and packaging and commercial customers for their novelty and applicability in new-age printing requirements. Samples demonstrated at Konica Minolta booth, were prepared by Konica Minolta customers, Printology Xperts and Hora Arts, on their respective Jet Varnish and Label equipment’s. By participating at the event, the brand further strengthened its domain leadership and highlighted how its cutting-edge solutions can help in unlocking better business opportunities for the entire print and printing value chain. About Konica Minolta


emonstrates its superior ity in digital printing technology at the event with AccurioLabel 190 and MGI JETvarnish Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a leading global provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies, further highlighted its technological superiority in the print and printing domain at the recently-concluded Pack Plus 2018. The prestigious event – which took place between July 25 and July 28

at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi – saw Konica Minolta impress the attendees with its wide range of innovative label, packaging, and print enhancement solutions.

precision image processing and formation process capabilities, as well as its minimal paper wastage, low power consumption, and compact design.

Amongst the various solutions showcased at the event by Konica Minolta were the AccurioLabel 190 and MGI Jet Varnish, two of the most cutting-edge industrial printing solutions. Konica Minolta demonstrated how these innovative label printing & embellishment solutions provide for best-in-class printing speeds, performance, productivity, and image stability. The demonstration also underlined the AccurioLabel 190’s high-

Konica Minolta also took the opportunity to showcase the award-winning MGI JETvarnish at Pack Plus 2018. The state-of-theart UV spot coating solution enables increased throughput for flat spot UV jobs and also provides amazing 3D raised effects, making it particularly well-suited for embellishments and print enhancements. All of the solutions showcased by Konica Minolta were appreciated by senior industry

Konica Minolta Business Solutions comes as a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies. The Japan-headquartered company is the global developer, a 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 printheads 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. To know more please visit:

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taly-based print provider, Colorzenith, has 3D printed a life-size replica of the classic Italian car, Lancia B24 for the Don Pasquale opera, performed in Europe’s largest opera house, La Scala in Milan, Italy. The set designers, Davide Livermore together with GIÒ FORMA, required a lightweight car for an iconic scene where soprano, Rosa Feola, descends from the ceiling to the stage while sitting in the car. Reflecting the growing adoption of 3D printing solutions in scenic design, Colorzenith produced the car on its Massivit 1800 3D Printer. The 4.23-m long and 1.3m high (13.88ft x 4.27ft) car was 3D printed in four parts in under four days. Once printed, the car was sanded and strengthened with an internal metal frame to withstand the month-long performance. The team also glued headlights, mudguards and door handles to create a more lifelike appearance and provide a whole new immersive experience for theatre audiences. “Massivit 3D printing was the perfect solution to produce a lightweight replica of the car. Considering the tight production timeframe, it was impossible to realize this with another technology,” says Florian Boje, Founder of GIÒ FORMA.

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ontiweb, a renowned specialist in state-of-the-art web offset press solutions, will use this year’s Labelexpo Americas (Chicago – 2527th September) to demonstrate how packaging and label print providers can secure greater business opportunities and enhance productivity with the integration of the company’s hybrid web offset system, the Contiweb Thallo. Visitors to the Contiweb booth (6464) will discover how the company’s flagship solution allows print businesses to maintain a competitive edge and a healthy margin when producing smaller jobs. Fully compatible with all flexo and rotogravure systems, the modular Thallo platform brings all the inherent benefits of web offset combined with printers and converters’ choice of flexo or gravure, depending on the needs of the business. With the capability to set-up a new job within minutes, the Thallo dramatically slashes time-consuming changeovers. This crucially allows businesses to increase throughput and exceed customer expectations for job turnarounds. Engineered and developed with the experienced team of leading web offset service provider, DG Press, the Thallo prints on a wide range of substrates – including film, foil, paper and cardboard. This allows print businesses to expand their service offering by outputting a wide range of folding carton, flexible packaging, preprint and label applications. Available in a range of web widths, the system caters to print shops of all sizes. This ensures that print businesses can seamlessly integrate the Thallo with minimal workflow disruption, allowing them to maintain uptime. “Following the installation of the Thallo at Lithotype Company earlier this year, Labelexpo Americas is the ideal platform to build on this success,” says Erik Andriessen, Marketing Manager at Contiweb. “As Lithotype Company will attest, the Thallo overcomes common production pain points and enables packaging and label print providers to enhance their operation. “With the capability to print runs of greatly varying length, the Thallo delivers the lowest total cost of ownership for short production runs. Crucially, this ensures that these companies can reduce their costs and stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace,” he adds. Contiweb also invites Labelexpo Americas attendees to participate in a fun and insightful on-booth quiz to discover how their business can benefit with the Contiweb Thallo. For more information, visit Contiweb on booth 6464.

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SCODIX DEMONSTRATES HOW TO ‘ENHANCE YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE’ AT DSCOOP EMEA 2018, VIENNA Scodix customer presentation provides first-hand information on how productivity and profitability have increased through digital enhancement solutions Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, will emphasise the clear advantages of incorporating digital enhancement technology to increase business productivity and profit at Dscoop EMEA 2018. “Dscoop is always an exciting prospect for Scodix. The awareness and use of digital enhancement techniques within printed applications is at an alltime high, with further growth expected. Today, over 300 Scodix systems are installed, serving some of the largest and most demanding blue chip brands in the world. With pressure now growing from these brands and their creative agencies to use more digital enhancement to create stand-out product differentiation, more and more printers and converters are seeing the benefits they can bring to their businesses,” states Eli Grinberg, Scodix Co-Founder and VP EMEA. Scodix customers – Ulrich Schätzl, CEO, Schätzl Druck & Medien GmbH & Co. KG and Venelin Krastev, Managing Partner, J Point Plus, Bulgaria, will deliver a presentation entitled, ‘Digital Enhancement as a Business Differentiator’. In the presentation, they will share their experience from implementing Scodix digital enhancement systems, and the effect it had on their customers, brand owners and the company performance. “Dscoop is such an important event for Scodix. As we grow our influence in Europe, networking remains increasingly important and is something Dscoop provides a great platform for,” says Amit Shvartz, Scodix VP Marketing. “We intend to utilise Dscoop to share our successes and to demonstrate how we work with print service providers (PSPs) to add value to their business and enable them to compete in what is often a crowded and very competitive market.” Throughout the show, visitors to the Scodix stand at Dscoop EMEA 2018 (stand #64) will be shown live demonstrations of the Scodix Ultra2™ Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station, highlighting the productivity and versatility benefits of the Scodix technology. Also on display will be the unparalleled offering of nine digital enhancement effects from one platform. Combined with the largest variety of approved substrates in the sector, Scodix will demonstrate how it makes digital enhancement solutions more accessible for brands and PSPs than ever before. To showcase and celebrate digital enhancement excellence, the worldwide 2017 Scodix Award winning jobs will also be on display at the show. 22 | July-August 2018 | PRINTING REVIEW

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BALDWIN VISION SYSTEMS, COLORCONSULTING TO DEMONSTRATE COLOR AND INSPECTION TECHNOLOGY AT PRINT4ALL IN MILAN LOUIS Company Inc., strategically combining the businesses and technology of PC Industries, QuadTech, and Web Printing Controls to form industry’s most comprehensive portfolio available for print process automation, inspection and related services. “Following the success of expositions with our new dealers around the world, we are excited to welcome visitors in Italy. We are eager to demonstrate the products born from the partnership between BALDWIN Vison systems and ColorConsulting,” says Carlo Carnelli, ColorConsulting’s General Manager. “We have powerful solutions—such as ColorTrack and InkWeigh—to help printers simplify the complexities of color quality management. We are also eager to introduce a new solution for inspection to the European market, built specifically for the label and narrow web industry.”


ALDWIN Vision Systems, in partnership with ColorConsulting, will demonstrate its color management and defect detection technology at Print4All, held May 29-June 1 in Milan, Italy. BALDWIN Vision Systems is a new business unit formed by BALDWIN Technology

ColorTrack™ is a unique color management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications, and a highly adaptive “color expert in a box” solution for packaging printers. With a variety of options for hand-held and inline spectral measurement configurations, the software facilitates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack automates the process of delivering absolute consistency from press-to-press, shift-to-shift and plant-to-plant. The software can also enable press operators to make color corrections

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without ink reformulation, by suggesting process adjustments such as ink strength or anilox changes. Color Measurement with DeltaCam™ makes advanced, inline spectral measurement affordable for individual packaging print houses. For about half the cost of other inline systems, package printers can utilize accurate, 31-channel spectral measurement on film, paper or board—ensuring that all printed product is within their customers’ color specifications. The ISOcompliant technology, supporting M0 and M1 measurement conditions, 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. With InkWeigh, press operators can view and weigh ink recipes received from the formulation software to easily make press-side corrections. InkWeigh’s History Module stores correction information to achieve better color on the first blend the next time the same recipe is needed. Besides more efficient production, the stored data helps to limit liability, and gives printers the ability to organize and re-use leftover ink inventory—significantly reducing ink costs and storage space. Inspection System on ICON™ provides true 100 percent inspection on 100 percent of your print or non-print product—100 percent of the time. Utilizing the most

advanced algorithms in the industry, the Inspection System on ICON can detect and classify a wide variety of defects, such as ink spots, register/color variation, content issues and streaks. Guardian PQV advanced 100 percent inspection system is a feature-rich system that provides true 100 percent print inspection for pharmaceutical, converting, label, flexo, wide, and narrow web applications. At home on any press or slitter/rewinder, the system provides unparalleled power and accuracy through defect detection, OCR/OCV, bar code grading and verification, dimensional gauging and much more. Guardian OLP PDF proofing and off-line inspection system can automatically find and highlight differences in print quality from an approved master image. The Guardian OLP can compare a oneup electronic file or scan to a multiup electronic file or scan. This system will detect printing defects, such as missing or extra print, prepress errors, plate defects and color variations. Graphic-Vision® 500 Series web viewers are easy-to-use systems designed with industrial, highperformance parts. These systems feature long-lasting LED lighting, making them perfect for high-speed applications. The GV-530 offers advanced camera multi, programmed and combination positioning, in addition to automatic lateral and linear scanning.


rafinpack selects Scodix for fast ROI, expecting significant savings on 80 percent of jobs.


enhancement solutions to folding carton converters needing a B1 (1060 x 760mm or 41.7 x 29.9inch) format.

Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the installation of a Scodix E106 Enhancement Press at Grafinpack, an Italian manufacturer of high quality folding cartons.

“The decision to invest in the Scodix E106 press was a natural one for us,” explains Manuel Turini, Managing Director at Grafinpack, “We carried out an ROI study which indicated that the Scodix E106 could deliver significant savings on 80 percent of our jobs in comparison with our existing process of hot-foiling in-house. The business has to be cost effective, but print quality is equally important to us and our customers, Scodix technology opens up new possibilities for improvement in

The order illustrates the market desire for digital enhancement in a larger format, just weeks following first shipments of the press. Previewed at drupa 2016, the Scodix E106 was developed specifically to deliver digital

both facets.” “The Scodix E106 will serve our existing enhancement needs as well as allowing us to take on new work and create new enhancement effects,” Turini comments. “This is an important stage in our company’s evolution and we realised that the time is now to invest in the technology, in order to stay ahead of our competitors.” Scodix Head of Packaging, Nigel Tracey states, “Scodix is on a mission to emulate its success from the commercial digital print sector in the folding carton industry. Having installed over 300 Scodix presses during the last eight years, Scodix now has the right technology and format for folding carton

enhancement, following five years of rigorous development and testing. The result is the Scodix E106 which offers customers totally new applications and an overall more efficient way to produce their existing range of carton enhancements. “Be it foil, spot varnish, or high build UV effects, the Scodix E106 can replace multiple analogue machines, four in one. It’s for these reasons that Grafinpack decided to invest in the Scodix E106 to become one of the first carton makers to benefit from this new technology. Already we are seeing some of the ways they are exploiting the Scodix E106 to enhance their current assortment of work.”

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few years ago, it seemed like the giant trade show format was over. Veteran business attendees were predicting that the internet would supplant the need to travel and view products in person, or if we did get together, it would be at much smaller and more intimate events. However, it seems like that prediction was either premature or incorrect, as the current appetite to visit, exhibit and implement PR and marketing campaigns around trade shows would suggest that it’s a sales and networking platform that is very much here to stay. Of course, there has been some event consolidation and many of the more ‘traditional’ exhibitions have come and gone, but others are going from strength to strength as they introduce new formats and features. Some, like Pure Digital, even launched its debut event this year targeting a vertical community untapped by any other graphic arts exhibition before it. Focused on reaching the creative community, the new show put graphic arts manufacturers and suppliers, technology and truly innovative printed applications – from signage to textiles and interior décor – in front of designers from a number of different markets. Like Pure Digital, many trade shows are now dedicated to offering a full programme of keynote presentations, interactive debates and educational workshops as well as showcasing the newest technologies. In this way, they have evolved to provide a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration to the industries they serve. In just a few days, the latest developments in wide format and sign making will be unveiled at FESPA 2018 at the Berlin Messe. This year’s event will be the largest international wide format event, showcasing more than 700 brands, with over 18,000 attendees expected. The exhibition and conference will span multiple printing formats, with a focus on digital, textile and screen printing, while visitors will be able to explore a vast range of applications, encompassing headturning visual communication, POS and signage, textile production, garment customisation, packaging and labels, vehicle wrapping, interior design, fine art and graphics. The theme of FESPA 2018, “Where Print Takes 26 | July-August 2018 | PRINTING REVIEW

Off” originates from the growing trend for technologies that add an extra dimension to elevate traditional sign and displays to new heights. Recent technological developments are driving creativity and allow designers the freedom to push boundaries with unique signage for retail, outdoor displays and exhibitions. For example, Massivit 3D, the only company to offer large format 3D printing for visual communications, will be displaying its ‘Football Billboard’: an impressive model that exemplifies how this technology can produce amazing visual communications that deliver an enormous impact (Hall 1.1, Stand A55). Of course participating in trade shows can be very costly, so it’s crucial to plan your visit to ensure you make the most of your attendance, as we outlined in this earlier blog. But there are many benefits that simply can’t be replicated elsewhere. For most visitors, attending FESPA will provide a vital opportunity to network, have meetings and to experience first-hand the technologies the company is planning to invest in. Companies looking to purchase new solutions or upgrade their existing kit can visit all the suppliers in one place and gather all the information they need through conversations and demos with knowledgeable salespeople. For example, we recommend joining the hands-on demonstrations of SAi’s market-leading software, running throughout the show (Hall 3.2, Stand D40). For exhibitors, the show offers an unmatched sales and marketing environment where they can meet with trade media face-to-face and thus share information about their products with a far wider audience. The opportunity to network and learn from other members of the industry is also key to the continued popularity of tradeshows. Of course, we will be packing our exhibition shoes and heading out to FESPA as always! From supporting our clients’ PR and marketing activities, to finding out the latest trends, seeing new technologies and networking with our industry peers, colleagues and friends – year-onyear – FESPA, and other graphic arts trade shows, still provide great sales and valuable networking platforms.

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ollowing the recent launch of the Highcon Euclid IIIC digital cutting and creasing machine for corrugated board, Highcon and LxBxH in Switzerland hosted a VIP event on April 16th. This unique Highcon Engage event introduced the potential of digital finishing to a wide variety of visitors from 8 countries who came to learn about the real-life experience of LxBxH using the machine. Over 70 people attended the event which included a live demo on the Highcon Euclid IIIC machine, an introduction by Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO and Co-Founder, and a presentation by Silvano Gauch, President of LxBxH, describing his daily work with the technology. Mr. Gauch told the guests: “We took a close look at where the market is going and one important point was that our batch size was actually declining over the years. Also, in our factory, more than a third of our orders are Just-in-Time delivery, which means we produce, keep in stock and wait for the customer to need something. The third trend is towards more complex packaging – more die-cutting, less inline boxes.” He added that: “In order to solve these issues, I wanted to move to Just-in-time production and that was our objective in looking at the machine. The Highcon Euclid solved our problems and met our objectives.” During the event two jobs were run on the machine – a 2up E-Flute wine box and a 1-up B-Flute inner tray in B1 format – demonstrating to what extent the Euclid reduced setup time and aided productivity. Guests were also given a specially designed chocolate box produced on the machine. Aviv Ratzman said: “We were overwhelmed with the response we received to our invitation to this first of a series of Highcon Engage VIP events that we are holding in Europe and the Americas. We believe that there is no better testament to the capabilities of our technology than the praise we have received from customers and we are proud to have them describe the benefits our products have brought to their business.”

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ithotype Company, America’s trusted supplier for high-barrier printed roll stock and stand-up pouches, announced that it has successfully commissioned the first Contiweb Thallo press in North America. Established in 1963, Lithotype

continues to invest in the latest technology to maintain their leadership position in print quality and quick turnaround times. According to Bob Shoreen, Senior Vice President: “Growing SKU counts and increasing graphics demands coupled with shorter lead times are increasingly becoming the norm within the markets we serve. The Thallo will provide our customers with exceptionally high print quality in combination with ultra-fast make-readies by utilizing a cost-effective sleeve-based web offset system. The Thallo now makes it possible for us to set up

jobs in a matter of minutes and the system’s many waste-reducing features deliver an unmatched solution for both short and long run packaging jobs.” The new press is also equipped with environmentally friendly electron beam curing technology which greatly reduces the consumption of natural gas and VOCs used in the production process. EB inks are 100% solid which reduce VOCs to nearly zero. With packaging producers under intensifying pressure to cut costs,

reduce turn-around times and achieve higher print quality, web offset is often a better alternative to the flexo and rotogravure process currently used by many packaging converters. The Contiweb Thallo web offset system is a robust and economic solutions for shorter run lengths, giving packaging manufacturers high flexibility and increased productivity, while maintaining excellent print quality. Contiweb Thallo web offset systems are produced and distributed under a strategic partnership between Contiweb and DG press.

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ince installing Africa’s first Screen Truepress Jet520HD press last summer, Colourtech Printing has reportedly increased productivity by 37% percent and created opportunities for new revenue streams according to CEO and founder Sonja Groenewald. “The boost in capacity has supported the business in the pursuit of new contracts printing educational books, which is our flagship work,” states Groenewald, “Another significant advantage with the Screen Truepress is that colour and black and white prints are charged the same, so we can pursue more colour work outside our usual remit and expand our business.” Colourtech epitomises a business successfully responding to market demand. With a background in South Africa’s Department of Education lecturing on accounting, Groenewald was struggling to get a book published in the early nineties due to the high minimum run-lengths printing companies commanded to cover costs and make a reasonable margin. Groenewald took the unusual decision to buy a small photocopier and print the book herself. This was 1991 and Groenewald had astutely identified a niche market that she would continue to serve over the next 27 years, albeit with continually advancing technology and a growing staff, today standing strong at 170 team members. In the educational book publishing sector frequently changing curriculums, more and more diverse fields of study, constrained budgets, and other pressures make it a challenging market. Conversely, these challenges make it a perfect fit for a short-run digital business model. Groenewald saw the opportunity and over the years switched from a stable of high-volume photocopiers to digital presses. In 2016 Groenewald was a year into the process of researching her next digital press, and at drupa got her first glimpse of the Screen Truepress Jet520HD press. Following a visit to Silhouet Digital Print in Belgium to see the press running live, it took just a day to decide it was the right choice for Colourtech. “It was the exceptional quality of the press that made the decision for me,” attests Groenewald. Colourtech worked with Ipex Machinery to purchase and install the system, “As Africa’s first investors in the press, we wanted confidence in the service levels we were going to receive. Working with Ipex again gave us that assurance,” says Groenewald, “Our conviction was proven right when the three-month installation we were expecting was slashed to just three-weeks.” Since installing the Truepress Jet520HD, Colourtech Printing has experienced impressive reliability and uptime from the press, when combined with a speed of 120mpm, makes it a hugely productive press. According to Groenewald, the press isn’t restricted to short-run work either; large runs are also possible due to the productivity of the press, “Whether publishers need a long first run, or a small number of back issues, we can easily accommodate with the Screen press.”

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PURE DIGITAL EXCEEDS VISITOR TARGETS SHOWCASING INSPIRATIONAL CREATIVE PRINT New Show Successfully Bridges Gap Between Print and Creative Industries Pure Digital, the Digital Print Event for the Creative Industry, (17-19 April at the RAI, Amsterdam, collocated with Building Holland Show) has been hailed a huge success by organisers, exhibitors, partners and visitors. Attracting over 1000 visitors to see its 35 exhibitors, event delegates from a diverse section of the creative community and graphic arts markets, gained the inspiration, knowledge and contacts for the creation of unique and awe-inspiring digitally printed applications. Bridging the gap between the print and creative industries. Pure Digital was used by exhibitors as a platform to demonstrate the innovative potential of digital printing applications for the creative community. Predominantly, visitors attended from the Benelux region, in particular, Dutch visitors made up the largest proportion with 79.6% of visitors. However, 38 countries were represented with the next best represented being Belgium (8.1%), Germany (5.5%) and the UK (2%). Marcus Timson, Co-Founder of Pure Digital comments: “We are delighted with the success of the show. Pure Digital was created to connect the creative industry with the unique potential of digital printing, and in particular, showcase short-run décor and retail applica-

tions. Despite the technical advances in digital printing, surprisingly, digital print still only accounts for 3% of all printing. According to Pure Digital research, the main reason for this is considered to be the disconnection between print and creative industries. “Visitors were asked which industry they were attending from and 52% defined themselves as being part of the creative industry, with 38% from the print industry and 9% ‘other’. A focal point of the event were creative applications, with a mission to bridge the gap – this was considered by visitors as a huge success. Our educational programme was also very well received by the packed audiences who attended sessions throughout the 3 days. Given its success, we look forward to developing, and growing Pure Digital in 2019.” Very deliberately, Pure Digital was launched in Amsterdam as the City is widely considered to be one of the leading European creative hot spots. Amsterdam currently has over 40,000 people employed in the design, advertising agency and creative sectors – with the wider Dutch print and sign industry amongst the most innovative in the world. Exhibitors were supportive and positive about the success of the first edition. Here is a collection of comments and impressions from exhibitors, speakers and visitors from Pure Digital:

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Christoph Gamper, CEO, Durst: “We know our customer community within the large format graphics market very well. At any major graphics show we mainly (90%) see people we already know. I am a believer that we need to meet people outside of our immediate customer base to understand what our ‘customers-customers’ want. The creative people are now the people we need to know and understand. Our decision to participate in Pure Digital, and reduce our appearance at traditional graphic shows reflects this. For a healthy future, digital print must break new boundaries and connect with new communities, only by committing to this will this technology demand continue to grow and develop. Pure Digital as an event and initiative is something that Durst supports, the first show was a good step forward and we look forward to being part of its continued growth, development and success.” Interior designer, Hil Driessen: “The Pure Digital program will enable synergies and crossfertilisation across the different creative and the digital print sectors. And it was also a nice event to meet and discuss with people and to get an idea of possible new applications, and the most recent developments for the interior, retail and hotels sectors. Collaborating with FM Brooks and the Pure Digital team was also an enjoyable experience.” Terry Raghunath of HP explained,

“What I liked most about Pure Digital is the collaborative spirit that it engenders. What the organizers did very well, is to bring a very diverse, and yet, like-minded people together who are all pitching in to develop a new Print Community. The networking opportunities at the show were excellent. I gained valuable contacts with architects, designers print companies, press reporters, and also print media manufacturers. The nicest way to meet interesting people with relevant knowledge is when you have time to talk and the surroundings that stimulate good conversation. Well done, and thank you, Pure Digital!” Mathew Faulkner, Canon Europe: “I very much believe in the approach to ‘bridge the gap’ between the print service provider and creative communities. When we can inspire creatives from sectors as broad as architect, décor, retail and packaging about the possibilities of print, it is clearly a way to ensure continued growth and development of the use of these print applications. By bringing together people who might not regularly have the opportunity to network, it uncovers the full potential of both existing and new markets. Pure Digital was a success as it committed to this clear mission, and will undoubtedly develop into an event that is widely recognised as the place to go for creative inspiration for digital print. We look forward to contributing to its future development, and building on the foundations of the event and

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its community.” Dennis Hoogendoorn, Canon Netherlands: “At Canon, we fully believe in the endless possibilities of print for interior décor, retail and packaging. So from the start, we supported the vision of Marcus and Frazer to bridge the gap between the print and creative industry. Even though Pure Digital didn’t reach the initial amount of standholders and visitors, we see this as a starting point of an industry-wide approach to inspire and bring the industries together. To create an Eco-system, where the print industry can unleash the power of print, while educating the creative industry of the endless possibilities that print can provide to their business. I would like to congratulate FM Brooks on realizing the first milestone in this journey!” Muriël Knippers, Antalis Benelux: “Antalis looks back on a successful first edition of Pure Digital, the digital print event for the creative industry. As a European specialist in materials for visual communication and media for Large and Small format printing, this was a unique opportunity to show our new generation of materials. In our popup store, visitors were able to gain inspiration and experience the creative freedom with our product range for interior design. With this event, the Pure Digital organization has achieved “bridging the gap” between creatives and the print industry. We look forward to the next edition of Pure Digital and in the meantime: Print your creativity!” Sabrina Slagman of Probo: “Probo chose to take part in the Pure Digital Show because as an

innovative organisation we support new and innovative initiatives regarding print. The aim of Pure Digital was to bring people together to learn and connect in new ways and to showcase creativity instead of machines or materials. This aligns with our vision of inspiring (potential) clients with surprising ideas on how to use the products and helping them in growing their business together with us. The dynamics of our networking café next to the educational sessions created a positive vibe. We look back upon a refreshing event of which the organisation wasn’t afraid to approach the traditional printing exhibitions in a different manner.”

on IIJ’s development of a full speed industrial wallpaper-production capability using digital technology developed in collaboration with our partner Konica Minolta. The solution competes with conventional printing methods on productivity, print width, speed, ink performance and cost-per roll and gives designers the freedom they just don’t get from traditional analogue wallpaper printing technology. Visitors have been taken aback by just how good it all looks, these are perfect examples of how the digital technology has progressed and we have been delighted at the response from visitors to our stand.”

Frank Seemann, Erfurt: “Myself, Erfurt and Juicy Walls were delighted to be a founder exhibitor and wallcoverings ambassador for the launch of Pure Digital. We truly believe the mission of bridging the gap between the creative and print sectors must be done for the future positivity of digital printing technology.

Johan Bonner, Director at Squid: “Innovation is all about doing new things, not just thinking of them. With interior design as the next potential growth market, Pure Digital is the first show that spotted the niche and put the focus on content to bring interior designers, architects and printers closer together. The conference program provided different angles on the challenges and opportunities this market faces, and delivered great insights on how to put this content to good use in any market approach. An excellent platform to

The first show connected us with some really interesting people, whilst the conference which was nearly always full provided a really useful platform for sharing new developments and ideas with a creative audience. We are keen to be part of its continued development and look forward to the next edition of the Pure Digital Show.” John Corrall, IIJ: “IIJ joined Pure Digital Show as a founder exhibitor as our technology offers a unique freedom to designers and creatives for outstanding digitally printed wallcoverings. This event, despite not being large offered us a very targeted way of meeting new people interested in the potential of our technology. Visitors were updated

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not only build the future of interior design, but also access the print solutions you need to realize it. Pure Digital wasn’t a show, it was a schooling in innovation.” David Radtke, Sihl: “Pure Digital offered Sihl a really good opportunity to connect with designers, understand their needs and show the endless opportunities using digital printing in combination with Sihl media particularly focused on digital decor. We were happy to be a founder exhibitor and look forward to how Pure Digital develops into the future.” Ron van Rijssel, SI’BON: “Working together with Pure Digital perfectly aligned with the kind of vision and thinking we endorse for the future. Our members and we believe we must connect the sign industry with the creative industry more effectively in order for us all to benefit into the future. The show itself proved a really effective method for networking, for profiling our award, and for meeting new people we would not have previously met. We look forward to SI’BON continuing to be a key partner for Pure Digital and contributing to building success and growth.”



ecently acquired QuadTech and PC Industries to showcase automated print quality solutions for flexible packaging BALDWIN Vision Systems, a new business segment of BALDWIN Technology Company Inc., demonstrateD its color management and defect detection technology at INFOFLEX 2018, held May 7 to 8 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Karl Fritchen, President of BALDWIN Vision Systems, comments: “The flexible packaging industry faces ever-growing demands for color perfection and defect-free production—from brand owners and printers alike. We are eager to demonstrate our automated workflow solutions at INFOFLEX! Our aim is to simplify workflows and help printers easily manage increasingly complex requirements.

At the same time, our technology provides a fast return on investment and will make a major impact on printers’ bottom lines.” In late 2017, both QuadTech and PC Industries were acquired by BALDWIN Technology Company Inc., a leading global manufacturer and supplier of process-automation equipment and related consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments. Mr. Fritchen adds: “Being part of a larger organization means more diverse technical capabilities under one company umbrella. As a new print technology powerhouse, we can offer higher volume and a wider variety of options that fit our customers’ processes and budgets. Our product offerings are now stronger and more complete, and by being available to more markets, through more offices, agents, and service operations, we

have already won new business with our combined portfolio.” ColorTrack™ is a unique color management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications, and a highly adaptive “color expert in a box” solution for packaging printers. With a variety of options for handheld and inline spectral measurement configurations, the software facilitates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack automates the process of delivering absolute consistency from press-topress, shift-to-shift and plant-toplant. The software can also enable press operators to make color corrections without ink reformulation, by suggesting process adjustments such as ink strength or anilox changes. Color Measurement with DeltaCam™ makes advanced, inline spectral measurement affordable for individual packaging print houses. For about half the cost of other inline systems, package printers can utilize accurate, 31-channel spectral measurement on film, paper or board—ensuring that all printed product is within their customers’ color specifications. The ISO-compliant technology, supporting M0 and M1 measurement conditions, 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 hand-held device. Inspection System on ICON™ provides true 100 percent inspection on 100 percent of your print or non-print product—100 percent of the time. Utilizing the most advanced algorithms in the industry, the Inspection System on ICON can detect and classify a wide variety of defects, such as ink spots, register/color variation, content issues and streaks. Guardian PQV advanced 100 percent inspection system is a feature-rich system that provides true 100 percent print inspection for pharmaceutical, converting, label, flexo, wide, and narrow web applications. At home on any press or slitter/rewinder, the system provides unparalleled power and accuracy through defect detection, OCR/OCV, bar code grading and verification, dimensional gauging and much more. Guardian OLP PDF proofing and off-line inspection system can automatically find and highlight differences in print quality from an approved master image. The Guardian OLP can compare a oneup electronic file or scan to a multiup electronic file or scan. This system will detect printing defects, such as missing or extra print, prepress errors, plate defects and color variations. Graphic-Vision® 500 Series web viewers are easy-to-use systems designed with industrial, highperformance parts. These systems feature long-lasting LED lighting, making them perfect for high-speed applications. The GV-530 offers advanced camera multi, programmed and combination positioning, in addition to automatic lateral and linear scanning.

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SEAMLESS ‘BOOK OF ONE’ PRODUCTION AS SCREEN TRUEPRESS JET520HD GOES LIVE AT PRINTONDEMAND-WORLDWIDE install the Screen Truepress Jet520HD and have it up and running. According to Cork it was the SC inks and consistent quality without constantly cleaning heads that led to the investment: “As we drive our manufacturing facility towards being world class using Industry 4.0 methods, the Trust software built into the Screen device truly supports our technological vision of ‘connect, analyse and optimise’ particularly in the area of predictive maintenance – a must with such demanding SLAs.”


creen Truepress Jet520HD is the world’s first inkjet printer using specially developed SC inks to print on litho paper As part of its continual pursuit for highly automated, seamless book production, PrintOnDemandWorldwide (PODWW) has gone live with a Screen Truepress Jet520HD press. Used in conjunction with Screen’s unique SC inks, the HD press provides the consistent quality and flexible production PrintOnDemand-Worldwide requires to serve the trade, academic, STMs, journals, photobook, training and self-publishing sectors. “PrintOnDemand-Worldwide focuses on a ‘book of one’ approach. Shareholders want to

hold content, not stock. Customers want books on-demand, they don’t want to wait,” explains PODWW Owner and Managing Director Andy Cork, “The ‘book of one’ is about producing books as they’re needed, instead of having warehouses full of stock which may or may not be bought, whilst incurring cost and tying up much needed cash. “The Screen Truepress Jet520HD press contributes to that vision with its consistent high quality and outstanding productivity. Screen is the industry’s biggest secret! Whether it’s a litho first-print or a POD reprint, there’s minimal difference in quality. The speed and the impressive uptime of the press means we can produce in excess of 4000 books in a shift, even with our average run-length of 1.75 books,

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with a focus to deliver them sameday/next day depending on the product line.” The Screen Truepress Jet520HD is a high-definition inkjet web press with precision droplet size control and a true print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, achieving the colours, textures, details and solid ink areas expected for high-end publication work. Running at speeds up to 150 meters per minute, the press is highly productive, requiring negligible downtime for maintenance. Cork adds, “The Screen press is very user friendly. My rule of thumb when it comes to purchasing new technology is that if my grandma can’t operate it, I don’t buy it.” With installation starting in January, it took just three weeks to

“The HD press combined with the SC inks was the turning point in getting PODWW to shift from a toner-first to an inkjet-first company. The ability to print directly onto offset coated paper, without the need for pre-treatment or expensive bonding agents means we can meet our customer’s quality expectations whilst making a margin.” The 150 metre-per-minute (equivalent to over 10,000 B2 Duplex sheets per hour) Screen Truepress Jet520HD is equipped with Screen SC inks to maximise the already exceptional quality of the press. SC inks are compatible with a wide range of paper stocks including standard offset coated papers, without the need for pretreatment. Bui Burke, Senior Vice President Sales at Screen Europe, comments, “PrintOnDemand-Worldwide is forging a new path when it comes to streamlined book production. We know Screen technology and workflow can support that vision, so we’re delighted to see where they’ll take it.”

TRUEPRESS JET L350UV SERIES SURPASSES RECORD OF 100 UNITS SHIPPED development strategy. This will enable the company to offer a total printing solution to the label and packaging industry. Comments by Tsuneo Baba, President of SCREEN Graphic Solutions “While we released the Truepress Jet L350UV digital label printing system at the end of 2013, the actual start of worldwide sales activities was around the spring of 2014, following the release of our white ink. I believe achieving shipments of 100 units in 3.5 years represents a good and stable pace, compared with our existing competitors.

Jet L350UV series at the end of 2013, SCREEN GA was able to ship more than 100 systems by the end of February 2018.


CREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) announced that cumulative shipments of its Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label printing systems have now passed the 100 unit mark worldwide. While SCREEN GA was late in entering the label printing market, the company has differentiated itself from its competitors thanks to both superior and consistent print quality, uptime and productivity, and support for a variety of substrates. These advantages led to success in developing customer loyalty and a strong reputation in the market. As a result, following the initial release of its Truepress

The Truepress Jet L350UV was first shown as a prototype at drupa, the printing industry’s largest trade show, in Germany in 2012, and was commercially released as a CMYK model at the end of 2013. In the spring of 2014, white ink was additionally released for the series and in the following autumn, the JetConverter L350 digital label finishing line was also added to create a total solution for the label printing market. Following successful promotions in Japan, Europe and North America, SCREEN GA strengthened its showroom displays to create regular demonstrations in East Asian

locations such as Singapore, Shanghai and Taiwan. These efforts have effectively contributed to a continuous increase in the number of installations throughout the East Asian region. In the autumn of 2017, SCREEN GA also released the Truepress Jet L350UV+, featuring enhanced productivity, thin substrate support and new orange ink, as well as the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM, which is compatible with newly developed low migration inks for the food packaging industry. These cuttingedge systems opened the door for a range of new applications. SCREEN GA will continue to develop further applications and business models through product development that utilizes its unique technology and partnership

The Truepress Jet L350UV was a late entry to the digital printing field. However, we have successfully differentiated ourselves in the market thanks to our well established prepress core technologies such as colour matching and detailed reproduction of text and fine lines, as well as our product reliability and user-friendly designs promoted through the integration of software and hardware development. Our efforts have resulted in high customer satisfaction, leading to strong repeat orders and customerdriven referral marketing. SCREEN GA will continue to develop products, sales/marketing programs and support networks that quickly respond to market needs. We will also continue to listen to our customers’ opinions and build trusting relationships with these customers as a first priority.”

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assivit 1500 Printing Solution to increase accessibility into growing large format 3D printing market Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions for visual communication applications, has today announced the expansion of its product portfolio with the Massivit 1500 Exploration 3D Printer. This new businessenhancing solution is being debuted at ISA Sign Expo (booth 629) and is designed to enable print businesses of all sizes to target new revenue opportunities. Available immediately, the Massivit 1500 delivers an affordable, print shop friendly solution to enter the world of large format 3D printing.

By incorporating 3D printed models or enhancements to existing 2D applications, print providers can expand their product portfolio to offer innovative, head-turning applications. These include, audience-engaging POP / POS displays, illuminated signage and props as well as high-endurance molds for cost-effective thermoforming for the retail, advertising, entertainment, events and interior design markets. Based on the company’s unique proprietary Gel Dispensing Printing technology, the Massivit 1500 can quickly produce lightweight, hollow pieces up to 1.45m / 4.8ft high which can be joined together to make any size model or display. Commenting on the launch, Avner

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Israeli, CEO of Massivit 3D, said: “The Massivit 1500 builds on the incredible global success of our flagship Massivit 1800 and further cements our position as a frontrunner of innovative solutions for next generation visual communication.” Cost-effective customization Beyond integrating perfectly within an industrial or print shop environment, the Massivit 1800 and 1500 address a growing demand for greater customization in traditional signage and displays. This includes attention-grabbing channel lettering along with unique soft signage structures. Traditional manufacturing methods often require a lengthy turnaround

time, mostly dedicated to manual labor, to produce metal applications and, should iterations be required, this could often escalate the manufacturing costs. With Massivit 3D’s solutions offering geometric freedom, sign businesses can transform standard channel lettering or soft signage into complex structures in a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional methods. Avner Israeli concludes: “ISA Sign Expo has proven to be very successful for us and we’re extremely excited to return with the landmark launch of the Massivit 1500. We expect that the market’s reaction will be very positive as we expand the accessibility of our trailblazing technology to a wider audience.”



ighcon announced the launch of the latest in the Highcon Euclid series, the Highcon Euclid IIIC. This latest machine extends the range of the 3rd generation Highcon Euclid cutting and creasing machines into the world of corrugated and fluted substrates from 1 mm up to 3mm/ 40-120pt. The Highcon Euclid machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since the end of 2015 and is now being made commercially available in the

market. According to Silvano Gauch, President of LxBxH “We have been using the Highcon digital cutting and creasing technology to produce high quality short run packaging on demand for our customers. The ability to produce small to medium size batches justin-time with low entry cost, allows our customers to order what they actually want”

comparing the digitally produced boxes with conventional ones have proven that boxes produced with the same substrate on the Euclid are stronger than those produced on conventional machines. This creates an opportunity to attain the same strength with reduced material usage and as a result, reduced costs. The potential of adding lamination and high quality print to the flutes also opens up a world of packaging that is both visually and structurally effective.”

Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO and Co-founder, added: ”We realized the potential of the corrugated market in B1 and B2 (42? and 28”) formats and have been encouraged by the success that LxBxH have had in this market. Box Compression Tests that have been performed by

The Highcon Euclid IIIC not only saves on the production and storage of die cutting forms but also adds the flexibility of digital technology which enables JIT production, short runs, customized perforations with cleaner edges and easier opening, and variable data etching for customization or personalization down to the level of serial numbers.

The integration between the digital cutting and creasing and online ordering dovetails into the trend in the industry towards optimizing packaging size to reduce overpackaging and shipping costs.

The Euclid IIIC will handle single wall, laminated, N F G E and B-flute from 1mm to 3mm/ 40-120 points.

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BALDWIN VISION SYSTEMS (FORMERLY QUADTECH) SPONSORS FOGRA GATHERING OF COLOR MANAGEMENT EXPERTS IN MUNICH ColorTrack™ software facilitates fast, accurate, press-side correction of ink formulations. This complete “color expert in a box” delivers absolute color consistency. DeltaCam™ provides affordable inline spectral color measurement using a true 31-channel spectrophotometer. The system spots problems early, reducing 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.

Color Management Symposium 2018 will also celebrate 25 years of the International Color Consortium (ICC)


ALDWIN Vision Systems announced that it will be one of the sponsors of the Fogra Color Management Symposium, held February 28 through March 1 at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre in Munich, Germany.

Advertisers, brand owners, suppliers, media, and print service providers will gather to hear leading experts (in German and English) on current trends and future solutions for color quality management. One of the highlights of the Symposium will be an evening celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Color Consortium (ICC). Two BALDWIN Vision Systems partners are among the experts presenting at the Symposium. Carlo Carnelli (ColorConsulting S.r.l.) will present “Packaging Printing with Expanded Color Gamut vs. Spot Inks: Opportunities and Challenges.” Elie Khoury (Alwan Color Expertise LLC) will present “Qualifying Multi-Color and HSI Printing Workflows: Standardiza-

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tion and Certification Requirements.” According to Karl Fritchen, President of BALDWIN Vision Systems, “For those who can adopt complete, simplified workflow solutions, there is an enormous opportunity to increase press productivity, significantly reduce color make-ready and setup time, and reduce ink inventory and storage needs. We are excited to share our knowledge and technology to help solve brand owners’ very costly color quality and consistency issues.” ColorConsulting Srl, a worldwide distributor of BALDWIN Vision Systems software, will be among the Symposium’s exhibitors and will feature three advancements for technology-driven workflows:

InkWeigh™ software modules allow you to eliminate trial and error by weighing and tracking ink corrections at the press for each client, each job. You can also optimize and reduce leftover storage, and ensure full traceability. The Fogra Color Management Symposium is the first industry event sponsorship for BALDWIN Vision Systems—a new printing technology powerhouse resulting from Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. combining QuadTech, PC Industries, and Web Printing controls into a larger global entity. For more information about the Symposium, visit About Fogra The objective of Fogra Forschungsinstitut für Medientechnologien e.V. (Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies) is to promote print engineering and its future-oriented technologies in the fields of research and development, and to enable the printing industry to utilize the results of this activity. To this end the association maintains its own institute, with about 50 staff members including engineers, chemists and physicists.

SAi LAUNCHES NEW FLEXI-POWERED TRAFFIC SIGNAGE SOFTWARE IN COLLABORATION WITH 3M™ New Flexi-powered software features six ASTM* spot colors to ensure signage meets rigorous global regulations Solution improves workflow efficiency and extends applications offering for large format print providers

signage colors**. Enabling the output of signage that complies with rigorous global regulations, FlexiPRINT Authorized 3M™ Traffic Edition allows print businesses to increase revenues and enhance their competitive edge by adding traffic compliant signage to their application offering.


A International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, in collaboration with technology-giant, 3M™ has launched FlexiPRINT Authorized 3M™ Traffic Edition, a design-to-output traffic signage software, powered by SAi’s acclaimed Flexi software. The new solution is compatible with HP 300 and 500 Serie Printers and combines Flexi’s feature-rich capabilities with six ASTM traffic

“Traffic signage must comply with stringent global color requirements, which can make production of these types of applications a daunting task,” says Steve Ball, Director of Strategic Business Development at SAi. “With pre-set 3M™ Traffic spot colors, FlexiPRINT Authorized 3M™ Traffic Edition enables users to meet these specifications. Additionally, the comprehensive yet easy-to-use solution simplifies the overall production process by eliminating the guess-work and time-consuming bottleneck of manually programming CMYK into third-party software. This allows users to improve workflow

efficiencies and accelerate their time-to-market.” Time-saving and cost-reduction capabilities FlexiPRINT Authorized 3M™ Traffic Edition guarantees traffic color output on selected 3M™ substrates*** and HP Latex large format printers. With the ability to automate common job preparation processes, users can streamline production operations to enhance their overall workflow. The software also includes Interactive Tiling and Automated and Manual Nesting, which enables businesses to reduce costs by optimizing material usage and minimizing waste. Other capabilities include the option to simultaneously drive two wide-format printers, ensuring maximum throughput. With a minimal investment required

compared to competing software, FlexiPRINT Authorized 3M™ Traffic Edition makes traffic signage accessible to all print business regardless of their size. Available now, FlexiPRINT Authorized 3M™ Traffic Edition installs on Windows Versions 7, 8 and 10 and can be purchased from SAi resellers worldwide. For a full list of dealers, please email or call +32 2 725 52 95. ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Colors include, Traffic Black, Traffic Blue, Traffic Green, Traffic Red, Traffic Brown and Traffic Purple. Substrates include 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG3 Reflective Sheeting Series 4000 and 3M™ High Intensity Prismatic Reflective Sheeting Series 3930.

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ith the sale confirmed at FESPA 2018, the machine was installed and began operation at Echo House’s premises in Surbiton, Surrey in June. “We are a design-led business aiming to push the boundaries for our clients,” says Peter Onyskiw, Technical Director at Echo House. “Specialising in every aspect of the creative production process, from

design through to fulfilment and installation, our extensive knowledge and experience within the Luxury Goods Retail Market, world renowned Museums, and the Exhibitions sector, allows us to achieve the highest standards, no matter what the challenge. “We have always invested in stateof-the-art technologies to operate alongside our creative design and experienced project management teams. We offer the complete spectrum of in-house production facilities, from the finest large format print to stunning multimedia fabrication and cutting-edge, large and small format 3D printing. “We see the Fujifilm Acuity Ultra

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as the perfect new cutting edge addition to Echo House,” Onyskiw concludes. “It will sit alongside our current specialist print technology to continue offering our clients the finest quality production.” Available in either 3.2 or 5m widths, and capable of delivering exceptional quality, the Acuity Ultra makes the production of high-end graphics much more profitable than ever previously possible. With a 3.5pl drop size ensuring the highest possible quality – comparable with litho and leading water-based ink systems – the machine is ideal for the high-end, indoor display market, especially for luxury brands. Furthermore, the format size, multiroll potential and impressive speed

give it the ability to print these high-value applications quickly and efficiently. Says Kevin Rhodes, Marketing Applications Manager, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems: “Echo House has been a valued customer of Fujifilm for a number of years and we’re delighted now to be providing them with a solution to take their large format graphics production up yet another level. With the ability to print at production speeds in excess of 200m2 per hour at a 3.5pl drop size, the Acuity Ultra is set to revolutionise the large format, highend interior graphics marketplace and we’re delighted that Echo House has been the first to recognise its tremendous potential.”

COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO THE UK’S LEADING PROCESSING & PACKAGING MACHINERY EVENT question and answer sessions and panel debate covering key topical issues and industry trends. The keynote address will be delivered by Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for Trade and Investment who will bring his years of experience as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership to the podium.


players already confirmed include Schneider Electric, Ishida Europe, Bosch, ABB and Omron Electronics UK, creating an unrivalled platform to connect, engage and network with suppliers and industry peers.


Commenting on the forthcoming show, Dr. Andrew Mint, Chief Executive Officer, PPMA Group of Associations said, “Our 30th anniversary show comes at a time when UK manufacturing is enjoying its longest period of expansion since 1968 and these positive signs will undoubtedly boost confidence throughout our sector. Against this future optimism, the PPMA Show 2018 looks set to be one of the biggest and best to date, where visitors can benefit from an unsurpassed skill set of experience, expertise and industry knowledge and witness the latest processing and packaging technologies in realtime demonstrations.”

elebrating its 30th anniver sary this year, the PPMA Show will return to the NEC Birmingham from 25-27 September 2018 to showcase the latest innovations in smart manufacturing, processing technology and packaging machinery, aimed to increase production line efficiencies and enhance business performance and profitability. New to the show this year will be the Enterprise Zone, which will offer visitors a focal point for learning, networking, discovery and live debate. Presenting the biggest and most comprehensive line-up of production technologies and solutions for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, toiletries and FMCG sectors, visitors to the show will see 350 exhibitors representing 1,500 brands, all under one roof. Leading

The Enterprise Zone The Enterprise Zone will include a series of educational features including live workshops, presentations, interactive discussions,

The morning of day two will focus on ‘The Future of Food Manufacturing’ hosted by Craig Leadley of scientific, technical and advisory services organisation Campden BRI. With presentations from the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NFCM), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Campden BRI, the session will cover robotics and automation, augmented reality and the virtual factory, as well as preservation technologies, food safety management and culture, and conclude with an interactive discussion. There will be a full speaker programme running throughout the show, delivered by a line-up of high profile and respected industry experts. Presentations and case studies will offer real examples of manufacturing best practice and excellence in processing and packaging production aimed to motivate and inspire visitors to increase efficiencies, explore new opportunities and take their businesses forward. Networking will also be a highlight of the Enterprise Zone, with dedicated meeting areas and organised activities to facilitate engagement and connection with industry peers. The Enterprise Zone will also feature a helpdesk and a free advice

service for small start-up ventures and entrepreneurs as part of the PPMA’s new Start-up Ambassador Programme. Visitors will be matched and introduced to specialist knowledge experts according to specific requirements, who will be available during the show to offer advice, guidance and assistance. Also present in the zone will be the British Plastics Federation (BPF) to discuss its latest developments in materials and handling technology. PPMA Group Industry Awards 2018 Celebrating industry excellence and recognising innovation and smart manufacturing, the prestigious PPMA Group Industry Awards ceremony and three-course gala dinner will move to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel at the NEC. This year, the event, which will take place on the evening of the 25 September, the first day of the PPMA Show 2018, will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Brian Conley and include two new award categories; ‘Customer Service’ and ‘PPMA Best’. For further information and to enter, visit: https:// ppma-group-industry-awards Dr. Mint continues, “Having consulted with exhibitors and show visitors, we know that there is still a tremendous appetite to seek out new innovations, technologies and solutions and to discover the unexpected. We therefore look forward to opening the doors of the PPMA Show 2018 and celebrate its milestone anniversary with some of the biggest and brightest manufacturing leaders.”

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MEECH LAUNCHES NEW HYPERION SMARTCONTROL DEVICE AT PLAST 2018 including that of gravure printing, film extrusion and coating applications. The recently launched IonWashTM also makes its first public appearance at PLAST. Meech’s IonWashTM cleaning system incorporates extremely powerful ionisation, as well as blow and vacuum airflows to achieve reliable and effective contamination removal from complicated 3D components across a variety of sectors, including automotive, aerospace and electronics.


eech International is using PLAST 2018 (Rho Fiera Milano Fairground 15, C07) to launch The Hyperion SmartControl, a brand new remote monitoring and performance adjusting controller for the company’s popular range of Hyperion anti-static bars. Meech is also giving an exhibition debut to the IonWashTM, a solution for the fast and consistent removal of contamination from 3D plastic components, and to the 924EX, as well as showcasing its comprehensive range of static control and web cleaning products. “PLAST provides the perfect platform for Meech to highlight its applications for the plastics industry,” explains Adam Battrick, Sales Director at Meech Interna-

tional. “By displaying our varied and flexible range of ionising and surface cleaning systems, we are giving visitors and potential customers an insight into the importance of tackling static control and cleanliness issues which appear in plastic applications.” Meech’s Hyperion SmartControl offers ease of communication between connected devices through LAN or WAN networks, allowing for continuous observation and alteration to static bar performance. The control system, which has been designed for use with Meech’s Hyperion static control equipment, allows for quick remote adjustment through a single interface, reducing the need for onsite monitoring. “Using the Hyperion SmartControl,

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operators of Hyperion static control equipment can access their static bar performance information on a remote device and adjust the operating settings to achieve maximum productivity and quality output” says Battrick. Designed to eliminate static electric charges for short range applications in hazardous environments, Meech’s 924EX joins SmartControl on the stand. With the same outstanding levels of performance, reliability, and ease of maintenance as Meech’s pulsed DC technology, the 924EX is robust and built for the most arduous of settings,

“As with all of our products, those on show at PLAST have been designed following extensive research and feedback from our customer base,” concludes Battrick. “Our customers are fundamental to the development of our new products and help us devise new ideas to counter static control and surface contamination issues on production lines. “We are exhibiting at Plast with our Italian distributor Airex and are pleased to say that we’ve enjoyed a busy start to the show, and we’re looking forward to continuing to welcome visitors. Experts are on hand from both Meech and Airex to explain how our products can work for a variety of businesses and help them improve productivity and reduce wastage on their production lines.”

HT Media, India, are equipping an obsolete Interbus Loop with a modern system than previously. Thankfully it would appear that this does not affect the mechanical components, which have been designed for decades of continuous load. In order that their customers can further benefit from these durable materials, manroland web systems have developed retrofit packages, especially for these requirements. Recently, HT Media, which produces the Hindustan Times, one of the biggest English language daily Newspapers, replaced the Interbus Loop on their COLORMAN press. It involved a complete exchange of the now obsolete and no longer contemporary system. The spare parts, which were left over, were not scrapped but rather can be stored for usage on other printing presses in the plant. The new software and electronics provide even more features than the future availability of coordinated components; for example a more detailed error description, which enables faster and more precise


he ravages of time take their toll, even on the electronics of a 12-year-old COLORMAN press at HT Media in New Delhi, one of the largest newspaper printers in India. A necessary investment in contemporary technology is the basic precondition required to ensure at least 7-10 more years of secure production, at a fraction of the costs of a new acquisition.

troubleshooting. The benefits provided by these ever more complex sensors and automation innovations are unbeatable for the everyday tight production slots of a daily Newspaper. The new system links all sensors and actuators directly with one computer. Possible faults (e.g. a faulty component) can therefore be precisely located and exchanged without major production delays. Additionally, this improves the diagnosis possibilities for manroland web systems’ remote diagnostics tool TSC (TeleSupportCenter). In close coordination with the customer, the complete retrofit was completed within two weeks and that without any interference with the nightly productions. “The new technology was installed by manroland parallel to the existing system, then tested and after approval by the customer, commissioned,” according to Popp.

“Retrofits of the controls and operating elements are particularly popular currently among users of manroland web systems’ newspaper presses; this also applies to our long term partners in India” explains Daniel Popp, Service Manager India at manroland web systems. The electronics and the connected sensors and software or operating elements, are currently subject to much faster technological change PRINTING REVIEW | July-August 2018 | 47

Get to know the newly developed ICCd smar smartt


system now has been adapted to the market demands for easy, economic and fast upgrades for existing presses. The result: ICCd smart. ICCd smart is a variety of the standard ICCd, where an existing camera at the folder superstructure is used, instead of an additional camera at the folder infeed. Hereby a highly dynamic control by adjusting the folder drive offset is enabled, what leads to a significantly lower tolerance of the cut-off register at the folding knife.

InlineCutoff Control dynamic (ICCd) is one of the fastest cut-off register control systems that is available on the market. The proven

Therewith a dynamic control of the entire cut-off register tolerances at the folding knife is possible. For the customer this means improved printing quality and immense waste reductions when changing the speed, after blanket washing and reel changes – those can be up to 100%. Therewith costs are saved and quality is increased, what furthermore leads to new customers in a highly competitive market

anroland web systems offers a wide range of service upgrade solutions to give its customers the possibility to reduce costs and increase quality – both important aspects at the highly competitive market for commercial printers. Part of those solutions is the newly developed ICCd smart – a compact version of the proven highly dynamic cut-off register control for reducing waste.

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environment. Besides, ICCd smart offers a complete integration into PECOM-X and an operation at the folder HMI. It is also connected to the worldwide online remote support of the TeleSupportCenter. An upgrade with ICCd smart is possible for ROTOMAN, LITHOMAN and EUROMAN presslines that already use a manroland-ICC cut-off register control. ICCd runs at several ROTOMAN presslines Several customers have already reacted to the requirements of the competitive market and invested in the highly dynamic cut-off register control from manroland web systems. That has been installed at numerous ROTOMAN printing systems and is running already – further retrofits are in progress.

Investment pays out in just one year “The highest benefits are the reduced waste rates. Due to cost savings, the investment has paid back in just one year”, Josef Ellenrieder, Product Manager Upgrades & Retrofits manroland web systems. “InlineCutoff Control dynamic smart enables an absolute precise folding and therewith highest product quality. With the “smart”-version, it is now possible for us to upgrade the system at ROTOMAN presslines, what enabled many customers to benefit from the immense advantages.” The customer benefits are obvious: a reduction of the cut-off register waste up to 100%, at a reel change 30%-60% and after blanket washing 100%. This saves costs and brings new customers – not only by costper-copy but also by the increased quality.

manroland web systems presents the new press for flexible packaging printing within a customer event


ARIOMAN is the name given to the newly conceived packaging printing press from manroland web systems. VARIOMAN means that manroland web systems has created a technology platform, which combines the benefits of varied technologies and processes while specifically avoiding the weak points inherent in other technologies and simultaneously providing top customer benefits. The pilot press is an offset gravure hybrid press, which prints films and provides mature design, system integration and comprehensive service and maintenance packages. This new packaging printing press, the VARIOMAN f:line, has been presented to numerous customers and interested parties from around the globe at the Technology Forum VARIOMAN from 27th of February until 1st of March in Augsburg. Alexander Wassermann, CEO at manroland web systems, could welcome many international customers to this event. After the official greeting, the event started with directly switching into the topic: a new dimension for flexible packaging printing according to the motto „Boost Quality – Cut Costs“. Andreas Wecker and Wolfgang Hiesinger, Product Managers at manroland web systems, gave an overview on the recent market situation as well as on innovative and extraordinary solutions from manroland web systems at the field of offset printing. Following the first conceptual introduction of the VARIOMAN, the new packaging printing press has been demonstrated to the guests in operation. Within the live demonstration, the guests could convince themselves from the performance of the VARIOMAN and could gaze highquality print samples. At the second day of the event, the visitors could join several specialist presentations. Peter Höringer, together with the manroland web systems partners Kodak, Jänecke & Schneemann und ESI, gave a deeper insight to technology aspects of the printing industry. Furthermore, the issues automation, service and the VARIOMAN technology in detail have been examined more deeply. A factory tour at the manroland web systems facility has also caught the attention of the guests. “We are happy about the keen interest for the new VARIOMAN. The event was a great success. We are moving on with the important and considerable discussions that came up at the event. We will use this for constantly meeting the market demands and the demands of our customers to be and stay the high performing business partner for the printing industry even in the future.” Wassermann confidently speaks about the event. PRINTING REVIEW | July-August 2018 | 49

Shaping the future through targeted consolidation of two strong companies

Business combination for global market presence, broad product range and comprehensive longterm stable customer support in the web printing market


anroland web systems and Goss International’s printing press business (“Goss”), both manufacturers and service providers of web offset printing systems for newspapers, commercial products and packaging, are planning to combine their complementary businesses. The combined company will benefit from the companies’ complementary geographic footprints, create extensive synergies, ensure longterm viability, and provide valueoriented solutions, especially in the area of aftermarket services. In the future, the new entity will be a strong business partner to all international web printers. Subject to regulatory approval, the merger is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018. The Contiweb business of Goss International is not included in this transaction. Shaping the future through targeted consolidation of two strong companies Alexander Wasserman, CEO of manroland: “manroland is on the path for continued success. We want to continue to develop this path by creating synergies, fostering the further development of our

R&D activities and strengthening our innovation focus. Our customers will be able to choose from a wider portfolio of products and services.” Mohit Uberoi, CEO of Goss stated: “This combination will enable us to achieve extensive synergies that will help us optimally serve our customers into the future. The combination will strive to provide a best-in-class product offering and customer service.” The current shareholders of manroland, Possehl Group (Lübeck), and of Goss, American Industrial Partners, will continue to co-own the combined company. Combination of innovative product and solution offerings The new company will rely on the combined expertise of its employees and will further continue its activities in the fields of innovative web printing systems, services, consumables and system components for the newspaper, commercial, packaging and digital printing markets. In addition to the new machinery and service business, the expansion of the business with retrofits and upgrades, and the

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systematic expansion of e-commerce activities will be major areas of focus. Implementation of the merger planned by mid-2018 The new, combined company with its broad product range will seek to be a strong business partner for all web-fed printers. The common goal is to support the excellent performance of its customers with the best-of-best approach of both manroland web systems and Goss Printing. The combination will not impact any current business of both companies. The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Multi-year future pact for Augsburg The management of manroland web systems and the shareholder L. Possehl have jointly informed the works council and IG Metall about the planned combination. Representatives of all parties are now entering into discussions about the concrete design of this forward-looking project and its effects on the employees. Shareholder L. Possehl and the management are aiming to conclude a multi-year future pact for the Augsburg location at the end of an open dialogue with the works council, employees and trade union.

manroland web systems presents the new press for flexible packaging printing within the framework of a customer event


ARIOMAN is the name given to the newly conceived packaging printing press from manroland web systems. VARIOMAN means that manroland web systems has created a technology platform which combines the benefits of varied technologies and processes while specifically avoiding the weak points inherent in other technologies and simultaneously providing top customer benefits. The pilot press is an offset gravure hybrid press, which prints foils and provides the proven core competences of the Augsburg printing system like mature design, system integration and service and maintenance packages. This new packaging printing press, the VARIOMAN f:line, will be presented before numerous customers and interested parties from around the globe from 27th of February until 1st of March in Augsburg. What customer benefits does the new technology bring? manroland web systems has based the VARIOMAN f:line on its decades of experience in offset printing and has connected this with the most modern automation. The strongly performing business partner and total solutions provider for the print industry has created a technology, which specifically avoids the weak points inherent in other processes: the mixture of

offset and gravure here, provides particularly short make ready and changeover times with reduced start-up waste rates, achieved through high levels of automation and format flexibility. manroland web systems’ VARIOMAN f:line is ideal for printing flexible foils for Shrink-Sleeve applications as well as for a further array of substrates, like foils, paper and aluminium foils.

and opaque white, are important factors for the packaging printing of today and the differentiation that a modern printing house requires from its offerings. A comprehensive, all-round, worry-free service package is a further assurance of the presses availability throughout its entire service lifetime. From 27th of February until 1st of March, customers from all over the world can convince themselves of the performance and benefits of the VARIOMAN, live. Within the framework of the three day event, the system, its’ technical equipment and technological superiority will not merely be discussed but demonstrated as well, in a live printing demo.

The VARIOMAN hereby fits perfectly in the production gap of medium sized print runs with excellent offset printing technology and the cost benefits inherent in this technology. The special offset printing units have been developed with the cooperation partner Goebel GmbH. This translates to the highest levels of flexibility for the customer; very important in modern packaging printing, which must meet the present day demands of numerous job changeovers, short runs with many sub-jobs and a plethora of “on demand” print runs. Time is saved and costs are minimised thanks to the highest degree of modern automation in printing, direct from the house of manroland web systems. At the same time, the combination of technologies like the degree of variability and particularly the quality of the printed product from the offset side, with the benefits provided by gravure printing e.g. in the areas of varnishing, adhesives PRINTING REVIEW | July-August 2018 | 51

Breakthrough in India – the success stories of 2017 continue The CROMOMAN 4-1 – a press made for India The CROMOMAN 4-1 has especially been designed for the requirements of the Indian market. It is a reliable, high speed, modular double width press that can cater to average run length between 250,000 – 400,000 copies per night, power fluctuations tolerance, fit into existing buildings, runs smoothly on Indian newsprint with no web severance. Requires no air conditioning and offers web width variability with ease of use and operation. The CROMOMAN 4-1 for Bartaman

At the contract signing (from left - Abhijeet Bhattacharjee, MD Bartaman, Amal Roy, Sr.Mgr Maintenance, Amit Roy, Finance Director, Subhojit Kr. Datta, AGM &CS, Subir Paul, GM Sales, manroland India, Sudeep Bhattacharjee, MD, manroland India.

The CROMOMAN is a 3-tower 41 press. The press is capable of versatile printing possibilities such as 24-pages or 16-pages plus 8 pages. The press is also equipped with several automation systems. The PECOM-X control system offers the best possible technology for easy operation and short makeready and changeover times. On top in India


artaman orders a CROMOMAN 4-1 from manroland web systems In line with the success stories of manroland web systems in the year 2017, there has been yet another breakthrough. The latest one being in Kolkata, India where manroland sold a three tower CROMOMAN 4-1 press to Bartaman, one of the leading Bengali language newspapers coming out of the eastern part of the country. The press has been sold with a Service Level Agreement and is the second CROMOMAN 41 to be installed in eastern India. Founded in 1984, Bartaman Patrika is the second-most widely

circulated Bengali newspaper in India. It is a Bengali daily published from Kolkata, West Bengal. Apart from the Kolkata edition, the newspaper has three other simultaneous editions, published daily from three major towns of West Bengal – Siliguri, Burdwan and Midnapore. The CROMOMAN 4-1 deal for Bartaman Speaking on the success, Sudeep Bhattacharjee, MD, manroland India stated: “This deal is very important for manroland web systems as it signals the entry of the Augsburg based behemoth into

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the flourishing Indian language newspaper market. This helps assuage the feeling that manroland web systems is an expensive piece of machinery, not suitable for the regional newspaper market in India”. He goes on to add: “The Indian language newspaper market is growing at a CAGR of more than 8%. Today 9 out of 10 top dailies in India are players in the regional space”. manroland web systems is proud to be associated with Bartaman and wants to be its partner in success for the times to come.

manroland web systems already shows a great installed base in India. Altogether there are 28 web offset press systems that have been installed during the last years – 27 high speed newspaper presses and one commercial press. manroland web systems technology can perfectly reach the high requirements of the fast growing Indian market, which is marked by numerous high circulation print products.

This can be perfectly realized due to an own manroland web systems market organization in India with different locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

manroland web systems offers a flexible portfolio of solutions


anroland web systems has successfully expanded its applied expertise in the digital print market. Using its own know-how, the company has developed digital print finishing modules such as the pin folder FoldLine und the FormerLine. Individual print volumes for books are steadily decreasing, which causes considerable pressure to cut costs for web offset book production systems and sheetfed presses used in book printing. For short runs, digital printing can easily hold its own in terms of costs – and even generate significant savings potentials. Flexible digital print finishing modules Paired with the finishing components FoldLine and FormerLine from manroland web systems, a modern digital printing system can produce complete book blocks in an end-to-end process. Even auxiliary gluing can be integrated as required. This leads to a substantial reduction in costs involved in conventional book production. Overall systems with flexible solutions such as offline/nearline or complete inline concepts can also be offered and integrated. With short and very short runs, digital printing enables production “on demand”, which eliminates costs for logistics, warehousing, and overproduction. Digital printing is thus a flexible and extremely fast method of book production, which manages to unite books and readers more quickly. “Ready for dispatch in two days!” Digital printing makes good on this promise. Digitally printed books provide all the basic requirements to successfully compete with conventional book production and digital book editions. PRINTING REVIEW | July-August 2018 | 53


France-based out of home (OHH) print provider creates ultra-realistic 3m-tall prehistoric creature to promote new palaeontology exhibition

the museum’s exhibition, the visually-striking dinosaur was brought to life using METROPOLE’s Massivit 1800 3D Printer in just two days. Measuring a gigantic 1.8m-wide, 2.33m-long and 3m-high (5.9ft x 7.6ft x 9.8ft), the reptile is currently grazing on vegetation at the Gare d’Austerlitz railway station, adjacent to the museum.


“When it comes to producing giant attention-grabbing models that truly turn heads and capture people’s attention, our Massivit 1800 is the solution of choice,” says Denise Zanet, Executive Partner at METROPOLE.

assivit 3D, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions for visual communication applications, today announced that its customer, METROPOLE has created an ultrarealistic, full-size triceratops to promote a new palaeontology exhibition at Paris’ Musée national d’Histoire naturelle. With the objective to drive visitor footfall to

Bringing History to Life

Using the Massivit 1800’s unrivalled print speed of up to 35cm / 14’’ per hour and dual print

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heads, METROPOLE was able to meet the museum’s stringent deadline by producing the triceratops in just eight components. Once assembled, the company strengthened the construction with ballast to guarantee the dinosaur’s longevity during sustained interaction within a public environment. To ensure even greater lifelikeness, Metropole’s cinematic artistic team then covered the dinosaur with a textured surface to achieve its natural-looking skin, while also producing realistic eyes to enhance its authentic appearance. “The Musée national d’Histoire naturelle was completely blown away by how astonishingly lifelike our 3D printed triceratops looks,” says Zanet. “It’s already generating huge buzz at the train station with many passers-by asking how it was created and where they can find out

more.” Securing Repeat Business According to Zanet, France’s leading transport company, SNCF Gares & Connexions approached METROPOLE following its close collaboration and success of last year’s Corto Maltese campaign. This saw the company produce a life-size replica of the Italian comic book adventurer in celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary. She explains: “Gares & Connexions were so overwhelmed by the incredible success and interaction that the 3D printed replica generated, that they recommended us for this campaign. This is a testament to the strong customer engagement and brand awareness attainable with our Massivit 1800.”

Printing Review July-August 2018  

Printing Review is a bimonthly business magazine.

Printing Review July-August 2018  

Printing Review is a bimonthly business magazine.