Industry News

Heidelberg Digital Unit singled out by Capital

For the second time in succession, the Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is being honored with the Capital Award in the “core-business-related innovation” category as one of Germany’s top digital labs.

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“The press has immense potential”

Matthias Herrmann, managing director of the Schmidt & Buchta printing company based in the small town of Helmbrechts in northern Bavaria, paid a visit to Koenig & Bauer Grafitec in July last year to learn more about the Czech factory in which his Rapida 76 was manufactured. This highly automated five-colour press with coater and extended delivery has now been used for routine production for more than six months.

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Spoonflower and Kornit mobilize

In the Spring of 2020, Spoonflower, a North Carolina-based supplier of decorated textiles serving entrepreneurs, graphic designers, and DIY artisans worldwide, installed four new Kornit Presto S systems for roll-to-roll, direct-to-fabric digital decoration. This installation, which effectively doubled Spoonflower’s production capacity, was fast-tracked to answer a considerable increase in topline growth since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions disrupted the industry.

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Agfa to increase inkjet ink production capacity

In order to cope with growing volume demands, Agfa will significantly invest in the expansion of its inkjet ink production capacity. A new manufacturing plant will focus on water-based inkjet inks.

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B&K Offsetdruck invests in two Speedmaster XL 106 presses

B&K Offsetdruck GmbH based in Ottersweier has invested in a complete package from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) consisting of two of the latest 2020 generation of Speedmaster XL 106 presses and a Subscription Smart contract with supplied consignment warehouse. By doing so the company sees itself as well-positioned for the digitization of its processes, and altogether would like to increase its overall equipment efficiency (OEE). B&K has direct access to the various services via the Heidelberg Assistant digital portal.

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Flexo plate innovation from Miraclon improves sustainability, process efficiency and print quality

At U. Günther GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, the Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Solution is rapidly becoming an indispensable option for customers seeking premium flexo plates that combine high quality packaging printing with eco-friendly production. The Miraclon solution unites all of the quality and performance benefits of the well-established Kodak Flexcel solutions with solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based plate processing.

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Rapida 106 X – performance benchmark in industrial printing

With the Rapida 106 X, Koenig & Bauer is unveiling a new high-performance sheetfed offset press for the medium format 740 × 1060mm. It meets every conceivable demand that today’s market makes of a press in terms of automation, digitisation and workflow solutions, thereby making it the latest in a line of trendsetting developments defining the future of industrial offset.

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Zhi Sheng Bookbinding invests in KM 610.A Perfect Binder

Extraordinary situations require extraordinary (sales) measures: Following a successful live video demonstration of a KM 610.A transmitted from the Rahden plant to New Taipei City, Taiwan, located some 9,000 kilometers away, Zhi Sheng Bookbinding decided to purchase the 8,000-cycle perfect binder from Muller Martini.

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A reliable partner for consolidating the production landscape

The Swedish printing group V-TAB is keeping pace with changes in the printing industry across the Scandinavian country. The production sites have had to constantly adapt to market requirements in recent years, which is always linked to changes in production possibilities. V-TAB enjoys an active partnership with Ferag – the preferred partner for mailroom technology.

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Stimulating a fresh start

A virus, lockdown and a roadmap to a new normality: COVID-19 has monopolised world attention for the past few months. It has also had a severe impact on the world of advertising. Many industries have cancelled advertising activities and events have frequently had to be postponed or cancelled, including no less than 2500 trade fairs. Now that some countries are at last tentatively emerging from lockdown, we can cautiously begin to look forward to the future again.

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Heidelberg standardizes company pension scheme

The Management Board and employee representatives of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and the IG Metall trade union today reached agreement on the restructuring of the company pension scheme for the employees in German companies. A collective bargaining agreement brings together the previous pension arrangements of the German Heidelberg Group.

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Impress takes next step in connectivity with second MPS press purchase

Russian printer Impress located in Barnaul, Siberia confirmed an order for their second, fully automated MPS EFA+ 430 presses via Microsoft Teams group video call.

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