INDUSTRY NEWS

Custom conversion by Ferag18.04.2019

Milan-based RCS Group (Rizzoli Corriere della Sera) is one of Italy’s largest media groups and operates several printing centres that supply the country with newspapers such as the Corriere della Sera and the Gazzetta dello Sport sports daily, known for the pale pink paper used for printing. Twelve to fifteen years after installation of the mailroom technology currently in use in Pessano, Padua and Rome, it was now time to adapt the control electronics in particular to today’s state of the art – a major project that took place in 2018.

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Durst opens new headquarters18.04.2019

Durst has opened a futuristic new headquarters and Customer Experience Center in Brixen, northern Italy, that represents a watershed in its transformation into a highly integrated process service provider. Customers, employees and business partners were among 1,000 guests who attended the inauguration ceremony for the state-of-the-art building.

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Imprimerie HLN expects to double revenue17.04.2019

Imprimerie HLN (in French only), a family-owned company specializing in book printing located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, increased their sales by 30 % only six months into operation of the Speedmaster XL 106-5P+L from Heidelberg. The highly automated XL 106 gives Imprimerie HLN the cost-effective solution they need to continue to expand their market share.

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Bankruptcy of Dutch printing companies17.04.2019

After a filing for suspension of payments on Friday April 12 for Roto Smeets BV, the holding company for the Dutch printing activities Roto Smeets Deventer, Roto Smeets Weert and Senefelder Misset in Doetinchem (and the underlying subsidiaries), parent company Circle Media Group has decided today to also file for bankruptcy of the Dutch printing companies. The suspension of payments was intended to examine the possibilities for a reorganisation of the companies, but it soon became clear that this is not feasible anymore.

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Koenig & Bauer acquires All-Print Holding A.B.16.04.2019

With the acquisition of All-Print Holding A.B., which comprises, as a majority shareholder in Svenska Allen A.B. and All-Print i Linköping A.B, two specialists in marking and coding technologies, the German Koenig & Bauer Coding GmbH extends its portfolio by print and apply technologies. At the same time, Koenig & Bauer coding expands its direct sales and service network with this investment to Scandinavia.

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Colour L*A*B* Programme for FESPA 201915.04.2019

FESPA announces the conference programme and expert tour times for its new Colour L*A*B* feature at this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo, designed to help visitors review and improve colour management practices in their print businesses. Located on the show floor (Hall B4, Messe Munich, 14 - 17 May 2019), the initiative is part of FESPA’s Profit for Purpose programme, which invests in delivering technical education and promoting operational best practice for the global speciality print community.

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MPS: Another EF Symjet hybrid press sale12.04.2019

The award-winning Canadian printer ASL Print FX has invested in an MPS EF Symjet hybrid flexo-inkjet press for their manufacturing plant located in California’s famous Napa Valley wine region. Ordered was a hybrid combination of an MPS EF flexo press with an integrated 7-colour Domino N610i digital inkjet unit. The sale marks their first hybrid press investment for fast turnaround printing of wine labels.

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Durst / Koenig & Bauer: Joint venture signed12.04.2019

Durst and Koenig & Bauer signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement in Munich on Wednesday, April 10. The signing of the agreement paves the way for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. The antitrust clearance that is still required from the relevant antitrust authorities before "Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH" can be officially established is expected to be granted in the next few weeks.

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Xeikon Café Europe: Almost 1.000 attendees11.04.2019

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 once again proves to be a leading event in the packaging industry’s calendar. With a creatively crafted conference programme providing a 360° view of the trends, challenges and solutions for today’s packaging industry and an application-driven technical Academy, this multi-vendor, educational and networking event attracted close to 1.000 visitors over the 3 days – this included over 500 label and packaging converters attending from over 55 countries.

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Asahi Photoproducts signs Dis-Trade11.04.2019

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, recently reported that Moscow-based Dis-Trade has signed up as an official distributor of Asahi flexographic plates in Russia. The company, which has five employees, has extensive experience in flexographic printing. The agreement gives Dis-Trade the right to distribute the full range of Asahi plates across the entire country.

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Xeikon reinforces its presence in Asia Pacific10.04.2019

Xeikon has appointed Klaus Nielsen as Director Xeikon Asia Pacific to continue to drive growth in the region and capitalize on expanding market opportunities. In his new role Mr. Nielsen will oversee Xeikon’s ongoing growth in the APAC region (Greater China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand).

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The new home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions10.04.2019

Miraclon is the new company where Kodak Flexcel Solutions are brought to life for the package printing segment. Formed by the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu, a private equity firm, Miraclon is a global company with over 300 employees, an innovative R&D team, manufacturing operations in the US and Japan, and a passion for flexo.

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French train station with 3D comics characters09.04.2019

As part of the International Cartoon Festival of Angoulême, Métropole, a France-based specialist in event management, digital printing, and large-format 3D printing, has produced five life-size characters using its Massivit 3D printer – to the delight of commuters and festival-goers.

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Koenig & Bauer sells a further RotaJet 22509.04.2019

Yet another company is investing in a RotaJet 225 for 4/0 production from Koenig & Bauer. Following the purchase of a second press by Interprint GmbH in Arnsberg, a further user has now opted for digital print.

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Where colour comes alive08.04.2019

With under a year to go until FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 opens its doors in Madrid, Spain (Fiera de Madrid, from 24 to 27 March 2020), the new event website has gone live at www.fespa2020.com, providing exhibitors and visitors with all the information they require about the exhibition, venue and travel to Madrid.

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Drytac announces new appointments05.04.2019

Drytac® is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Regional Sales Managers at Drytac Europe. Ian Farrand and Dave Newbery will oversee Drytac's business development in the north and south of England respectively, with Ian based in West Yorkshire, and Dave in London. The appointments have been made to support Drytac's dealer network, which sees Perfect Colours, Soyang, Granthams, Sabur and CSL Digital join existing sales partner Antalis to significantly expand Drytac's distribution channels.

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Dutch printer gaining success with Heidelberg05.04.2019

"We tailor our services to our customers’ requirements and expectations, regardless of the industry," explains Hermen Nassette, Managing Director of the company Van de Steeg in the Dutch city of Enschede. This is very clear from the company’s history: established in 1931, Van de Steeg started as a service provider for the textile industry. After its decline, the company focused on media printing. Together with the record label Polydor, the printing of album covers became a core business.

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Fit for the Future with a complete Retrofit04.04.2019

El Liberal, one of the most important regional newspapers in Argentina, selects a complete retrofit by manroland Goss web systems. This forms an essential investment by El Liberal for the future and the preservation of the print edition of this newspaper. This investment enhances technical availability and the machine will be upgraded to the state-of-the-art in terms of automation. The measures taken, such as the modernisation of the control system or the installation of new drive regulators, will result in higher efficiency and fewer production interruptions.

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QIPC achieves 'important hit'04.04.2019

Rakesh Dave, managing director of Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), did not shy away from the big words after winning a new order from Times of India. He spoke of "one of the most important hits in India". The Dutch specialist in measuring and control equipment for the printing industry is allowed to automate the manroland Regioman press in Bangalore of the Times of India group again. QIPC also announces new orders from Malayala Manorama and The Printers House.

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3D printing hits home run for Printhpole03.04.2019

Korean fashion brand F&F turned to Printhpole’s 3D printing expertise to produce a stunning POP display for MLB that knocked the competition out of the park. The industrial equipment trading company and total finishing solutions provider created a larger-than-life baseball player on its Massivit 1800 3D printer. The elegant figure, measuring 8.5ft high (2.6m) and weighing 10.5kg, exemplifies how retailers can provide a more entertaining and engaging shopping experience by connecting consumers to their passions. It took just 13 hours to print and was finished in Candy Paint.

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INCA appopints new global CEO02.04.2019

Inca Digital has announced today it has appointed Stephen Tunnicliffe-Wilson as its new CEO, effective immediately. Mr Tunnicliffe-Wilson, who has been with the British inkjet pioneer since it was established 19 years ago, will also continue in his role as CTO, where he has been responsible for leading the Research and Development arm of the business for the last 16 years. Mr Tunnicliffe-Wilson succeeds Inca Digital’s interim CEO, Akira Hayakawa, who has overseen the business for the last six months.

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Color-Logic Certifies HP Latex R2000 Printer02.04.2019

Color-Logic, developer of color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications, has certified the HP Latex R2000 Printer with white ink.

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Color-Logic featured at Heidelberg DPF 201901.04.2019

Color-Logic was one of only six selected Heidelberg partners participating in the Heidelberg Digital Print Forum 2019 in Wiesloch, Germany, on 21 March. At the proprietary exhibition, Color-Logic demonstrated how graphic designers can effectively utilize the white and neon toners now available on the exciting new Heidelberg Versafire EP digital press.

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Preferred partner for web-fed division in US/C01.04.2019

Bobst North America confirms Apex North America as the preferred partner for web-fed division in United States and Canada. The agreement relates to Apex being the preferred anilox manufacturer for the web-fed division (flexible packaging, pre-print and narrow-web presses).

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MPS, Esko and CERM connect solutions29.03.2019

During the first edition of 'Labels Connected', held on February 28 at the MPS headquarters in Arnhem, Netherlands, 60 invitees learned more about the benefits of systems connectivity in the label industry and how to implement this in their business.

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Thought-provoking events around the globe27.03.2019

Kornit Digital, a globally present company in digital textile printing technology, invites all textile printers, garment decorators, Kornit users, prospective customers and anyone who is curious about the latest trends and technology in digital textile printing, to its "Kornit Discover" events.

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OE-A elects new international board of directors27.03.2019

The members of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) appointed Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, during the annual General Assembly in Munich, Germany. Dr. Xioalin Yan, Guangdong JUHUA Printing, is confirmed as Vice Chairman for Asia. Dr. Alain Schumacher, IEE, and Richard Ellinger, American Semiconductor, are elected in their positions as Vice Chairman Europe and North America respectively.

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Evroflex installs their sixth MPS flexo press26.03.2019

Evroflex, one of the largest and leading label printers in Russia, installed their sixth multi-substrate MPS EF 520 printing press. Launched to work in tandem with a previously installed MPS press in a similar configuration, their new 13-colour press increases overall production capacity and significantly reduces time to produce even the most complex labels for demanding customers.

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District Photo purchases third Scodix Press25.03.2019

Scodix, provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, announced that District Photo has purchased a third Scodix digital enhancement press for its web-to-print services. Due to an urgent need for additional capacity, the third machine is planned to be installed in April in Phoenix.

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Goss China press with QIPC colour register25.03.2019

A new press from Goss China, equipped with Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) automation, means that Società Editrice Sud will continue to deliver top quality printing in the future. The collaboration between press manufacturer Goss China and QIPC, the Dutch specialist in measuring and control equipment for the printing industry, is a first in terms of the equipment that will be used.

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Xeikon Partners with Kotkamills22.03.2019

Xeikon is delighted to announce its partnership with Kotkamills Oy. Visitors to this year’s Xeikon Café will have the opportunity to see the first demonstrations of the Xeikon 3500 dry toner digital press printing on Kotkamills ISLA® Duo paper cup stock. This sustainable and plastic-free food packaging solution carries the potential for paper cup converters to create new business opportunities.

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Agfa inspires European printers22.03.2019

On March 19, Agfa welcomed representatives from printing companies across Europe as well as printing industry opinion leaders to an exclusive Value Conference to get inspirational ideas to grow their businesses and improve their profitability. C-level executives from large commercial, packaging and newspaper printing companies from all over Europe gathered for the event centered on how printing companies can benefit from key industry and technology innovations.

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Prima Controls Group launched21.03.2019

After obtaining intellectual property rights to the assets of Harland Simon following the company’s insolvency in October 2018, manroland Goss web systems has announced the launch of the new group focused on controls and drive upgrades and remote support programs for all newspaper press brands, Prima Controls Group.

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Ferag: Winner with postal service providers20.03.2019

Omniva in Tallinn, which until 2014 was known as the Estonian Post (Eesti Post), has opted for Ferag’s precollecting technology. Thus the company is following the footsteps of numerous other postal service providers in Europe and the USA. Starting in summer 2019, Omniva will be using an EasySert/FlyStream system to assemble advertising packages for direct delivery.

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Optimization through Investments20.03.2019

With the commissioning of a Primera MC, Groupe Morault, located in Compiègne, France, increased its saddle stitching productivity by more than 10%. The printing company now relies on four Muller Martini systems for print finishing at this one production location alone. The economic environment is forcing companies to make investments to remain competitive.

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Steinhauser purchases first MPS flexo press19.03.2019

American printing company Steinhauser purchased and installed an MPS EF 530 flexo press. The new press marks the first MPS press for the fourth generation Kentucky-based woman-owned business.

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Edward Enterprises: Higher production volume19.03.2019

Edward Enterprises Inc., an employee-owned company in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently installed three digital presses - two Versafire CMs and a Versafire EP - of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) as an affordable solution to expand the company’s capacity.

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A further Commander CL for DuMont18.03.2019

DuMont and Koenig & Bauer are set to continue a successful partnership which has already lasted for more than 180 years. Halle-based subsidiary MZ Druckereigesellschaft mbH is purchasing a further Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer. It is a little over two years ago that the company’s last investment, likewise a Commander CL, came on stream.

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Circle Media Group to sell Helprint15.03.2019

In a private transaction with undisclosed terms, Circle Media Group (CMG), a European printing and media group, announces today that it is selling its rotogravure printing company Helprint Oy to Finnish company Printers Group Oy. Printers Group has a clear strategy, whereby the acquisition of Helprint should begin a consolidation of the printing sector in the Nordic region. Circle Media Group recognises the need for Helprint for further development in the region, while it is not a geographically core region for the group.

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Highly automated for greater productivity15.03.2019

Acorn Web Offset Ltd. is a medium sized printing company in Normanton, UK, that is mainly producing magazines, brochures and catalogs and very much specialized in A4 and A5 printing. Acorn Web and manroland Goss web systems have been partners for over 20 years now. The new Lithoman is the third manroland Goss press and will replace one of two existing Rotoman 16-page commercial presses. Equipped with a high automation package, the new press offers great productivity and flexibility for commercial production at highest quality and with lowest waste rates.

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New webinar series from the Ghent Workgroup14.03.2019

Following up on the success of last year’s webinar series, the Ghent Workgroup is organizing seven new webinars. The series kicks off on April 11th, with an introduction to PDF and the PDF/X standards and will cover both introductory and more advanced topics. All webinars are presented by industry experts connected to the GWG with many years of experience in their respective fields.

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Eluding the rising cost of silicone14.03.2019

These days, the word 'silicone' frequently comes with a sign of exasperation as thoughts turn to how hard the bottom line is going to be as prices for the material continue to rocket. Silicone is a base material used to facilitate the production of everyday items across a vast range of industries including, medical, household electrical and many more. The rising cost of electricity in China, a major global provider, plus the price of crude oil, means silicone suppliers are finding that their profit margins are being squeezed. This, along with increasing pressure to meet growing global demand, has seen the price of silicone soar by over 50%.

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The Fifth FlexLiner in Four Years13.03.2019

Due to the unchecked growth of its leaflet business, Prospekt Versand Service GmbH (P.V.S.) is putting its fifth FlexLiner into operation. Starting in March, its facility in the Hungarian city of Sopron will have no fewer than eleven Muller Martini inserting systems in operation.

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Color-Logic Launched with Xerox Mexico13.03.2019

Xerox Mexico included the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System in their #BeBrilliant launch at Expo Grafica last week in Mexico City. Discussing the successful Expo Grafica event, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "This was the first showing of Color-Logic at a major show in Mexico, and the software was received with acclaim."

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5th Additive Manufacturing Symposium12.03.2019

The 5th Additive Manufacturing Symposium provides the latest developments in industrial additive manufacturing and examples of their use. The industry meeting is part of the Digital Factory trade fair and is aimed at manufacturing companies. Under the motto "Possibilities and benefits of additive manufacturing for mechanical engineering", the focus is on practical application.

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A reliable solution providing more uptime12.03.2019

One of the early adopters of the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System, Label Tech Inc. of Somersworth, New Hampshire, was intrigued with the synergistic approach taken by Flint Group in the development of its thermal plate processor. Label Tech had been experiencing difficulties with its current platemaking system and needed a more reliable solution for the production of its premium quality, pressure sensitive labels.

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Saxoprint investing in new large-format press08.03.2019

The online print shop Saxoprint based in Dresden has recorded double-digit sales growth in recent years, and last year generated sales of over EUR 100 million in the area of commercial online printing as part of the CEWE Group. Its product range has undergone a significant change in this time. Standard commercial printed matter such as flyers, posters, catalogs, and brochures are still the main focus and account for 80 percent of its business, however packaging and finishing represent a large growth market.

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7th Rapida 106 at TCPL Packaging08.03.2019

In January, TCPL Packaging threw the switch on a new Rapida 106 at its plant in Goa in Western India. The seven-colour press with coater and extended delivery is already the seventh Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer to be installed at the company’s various production locations since 2011. Like all the other Rapidas operated by the packaging specialist, it is configured to enable both conventional and UV printing.

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New specification for digital print07.03.2019

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) released a new specification to cater to the growing small format digital print segment. The new specification provides standardized guidelines for PDF file creation and quality control for the segment and has already been adopted by leading preflight vendors to enable rapid acceptance in today’s workflows.

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The Paperazzo Haptik Award is Back06.03.2019

The Haptik Award competition by the trade magazine Paperazzo is back for 2019. The award honors high-quality paper and print products with a focus on tactile experiences.

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First CorruJET installed at Kolb06.03.2019

Its focus on growth markets such as digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy. With the installation of the first CorruJET press at the Kolb company group in Memmingen, it has now taken the next step along this fruitful path.

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Major orders for manroland Goss Group06.03.2019

After the successful merger of the two printing press producers, manroland web systems and Goss International, the newly formed company can look back on a successful financial year 2018. With a combined turnover of EUR 293 million and order intake of EUR 327 million, the company has solidified its market position in web offset. The latest major orders at the turn of the year to the value of EUR 50 million, raised the order backlog to EUR 200 million in the project business. Thereby, the company is currently at a very good capacity level, stretching into the second quarter of 2020.

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Pronexos and Apex join forces05.03.2019

Pronexos and Apex combine their know-how and capacities in the field of advanced carbon fibre rollers. A cooperation contract was signed at the Apex headquarters in Hapert, The Netherlands. By teaming up both companies will put themselves in an even stronger position to jointly support their customers in the printing and packaging industries.

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Werosys announces company name change05.03.2019

Denmark based machine manufacturer, Werosys ApS, is changing course and announcing the company name change to Refine Finishing. The new brand name will be rolled out across all platforms from March 1, 2019.

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Smurfit Kappa supports wine contest04.03.2019

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® and Vitop, the experts in comprehensive Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions, are official partners of the International Wine in Box Competition once again this year. Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box® has had a strategic partnership with this wine contest since it began five years ago. It has become a benchmark for consumers from all over the world, bringing together over 100 producers from different countries.

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Vareo/InfiniTrim: The Ultimate Solution01.03.2019

In order to produce (ultra) short runs in the softcover area more efficiently, Clays, located in Bungay (England), will install the Vareo/InfiniTrim "dream team" this spring. The purchase agreement for the perfect binder and the three-knife trimmer was signed at the Muller Martini stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne.

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First pressed board tray concept for MAP28.02.2019

AR Packaging is "first on the market" to present a gas tight pressed board tray packaging for chilled foods as a replacement of plastic trays. The Group’s combined expertise in barrier materials and pressed board tray production has enabled an efficient solution well suited for giving a shelf life of at least 18 days.

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The first Barberán Jetmaster to Germany28.02.2019

Company Brohl Wellpappe, based out of Mayen, will become the first company in Germany to add a Barberán Jetmaster single pass high speed digital press to their existing print technologies. Brohl Wellpappe, a family owned business with 4 production sites in western Germany and having a long history in the industry, confirmed the purchase at the beginning of 2019. Brohl is a manufacturer of high-quality packaging and displays using flexography, pre- and post-print, offset and litho laminating.

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"Exactly How We Want to Produce"27.02.2019

Bonacia, which is located in the English city of Woodston, Peterborough and prints all of its products digitally, has optimized its processes for softcover and hardcover production by investing in a Vareo perfect binder and InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer inline duo. The purchase agreement for the two machines was signed at the Muller Martini stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne.

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AxiDoc: Color-Logic Certified Dealer in France27.02.2019

Color-Logic has named AxiDoc the first certified dealer for Color-Logic in France. As Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "AxiDoc is a dealer in Southern France for Xerox digital presses and Epson inkjet engines - both of which are compatible with the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System. AxiDoc has a highly respected sales and marketing team, and actively promotes the manufacturers they represent. They also provide clients with access to skilled application specialists who can fully demonstrate Color-Logic tools with Adobe CC/CS and who are certified in working with the EFI Fiery RIPs."

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Young talent for the print industry of tomorrow26.02.2019

High accolades for gifted engineering students: On 22nd February 2019, the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation honoured this year’s recipients of its advancement award for outstanding contributions to the engineering sciences. The award, which is endowed with a total of €8,500, was shared by three graduates from the University of Wuppertal and the Technical University of Munich. The foundation is named after the two great-grandsons of industry pioneer Friedrich Koenig, who designed and built the first mechanical printing press in 1814.

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Avery Dennison named to Barron’s 10025.02.2019

Avery Dennison Corporation was recently recognized on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies List, moving up a rank since the index was first launched in February 2018. The list acknowledges leading U.S. companies, assessed for environmental, social, and corporate governance factors.

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Hackdays Rhein-Neckar 201925.02.2019

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and its teams participated successfully in Hackdays Rhein-Neckar, held in Mannheim from 14 to 17 February. Hackdays or hackathons – a portmanteau of "hack" and "marathon" – are a collaborative software development event. The company was a challenge setter, with an exercise related to big data and process mining.

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Color-Logic Certifies Durst Tau 330 RSC22.02.2019

Color-Logic has announced the certification of the Durst Tau 330 RSC UV label and package printer. Discussing the certification, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "The Durst Tau 330 RSC recently passed all Color-Logic certification criteria, and buyers may be assured the printer can accurately reproduce all Color-Logic special effects and metallic embellishments on their labels and packages."

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Esko and Barberán announce agreement21.02.2019

Barberán, a "leader in the design and development of digital Single Pass presses", and Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, label and wide format sectors, have reached an agreement to work together on a solution that will automate the pre-press workflow for the Jetmaster Series digital printer.

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BASF’s investment into Alchemist Accelerator promotes digital innovations in the chemical industry20.02.2019

BASF Venture Capital is investing $2 million into Alchemist Accelerator’s fund, allocating at least half towards investments in 3D printing, agtech, material informatics, nutrition, and technology game-changers. This investment supports BASF’s strategy to leverage digital technologies to drive business growth.

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Further RotaJet for decor printer20.02.2019

Interprint GmbH from Arnsberg, Germany, has confirmed the success of its 2014 investment decision with the purchase of a second RotaJet from Koenig & Bauer. The new digital press will be entering production at the end of 2019. "Back in 2014, we were the first decor printer to invest in wide-format single-pass inkjet technology. That was an expression of our unbridled pioneering spirit, and we have continued to contribute to further improvements together with Koenig & Bauer over the past years. For us, it was clear that we would eventually purchase another RotaJET," says Robert Bierfreund, managing director of Interprint GmbH.

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Reed closes acquisition of Mack Brooks19.02.2019

Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX, has completed its acquisition of Mack Brooks Exhibitions. Mack Brooks‘ flagship brands include EuroBlech (sheet metal working technology); inter airport (airport infrastructure and technology); Fastener Fair (fastener and fixing technology); Chemspec (fine and speciality chemicals); Railtex (rail infrastructure and technology); ICE Europe (paper, film and foil converting); CCE (manufacturing and converting corrugated and cartonboard) and InPrint (print technology for industrial manufacturing).

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Xeikon Café Europe presents Academy program18.02.2019

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 (www.xeikoncafe.com), scheduled for 26 to 28 March in Antwerp, Belgium, brings back its educational Academy. Providing a thorough look at revenue-generating opportunities from both a business as well as a technology perspective, the Academy program comprises a series of parallel sessions.

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UPM supports Plant-for-the-Planet16.02.2019

UPM supports the academy program of Plant-for-the-Planet, a charitable foundation that wants to contribute to climate protection. The foundation plants trees and organises children academies to promote sustainable thinking and environmental awareness.

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DG press to deliver high tech web offset press15.02.2019

DG press, a "highly regarded and well respected engineering, installation, servicing and maintenance company", based in the Netherlands, who manufacture a wide range of offset printing presses, is preparing to deliver a brand new Vision® web offset press to the Portuguese security printing specialist, Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda (INCM) in Lisbon in September of this year.

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Uteco Group and Kodak Extend Partnership15.02.2019

Uteco Converting S.p.A. has signed an agreement with Kodak to purchase Kodak’s latest inkjet printing systems featuring Ultrastream Technology. Kodak Ultrastream Technology first debuted as a conceptual demonstration at drupa 2016 with development plans for availability to OEM partners in 2019.

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A Shorter Workflow with the KM 610A14.02.2019

At AS Printon in Estonia, the new Muller Martini Kolbus-brand KM 610A perfect binder has made a substantial contribution toward reducing the number of production steps involved in the digital production of books from seven to three. A new digital printing press at the company, which is located in Tallinn, rang in a new printing era at the start of the year. The new perfect binder with endsheet feeder and HD 143.P three-knife trimmer has accelerated processes significantly and thus reduced costs.

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Hubergroup strengthens sales and support13.02.2019

Hubergroup is building on its long tradition and extensive expertise in web offset inks and coatings with a new sales and support infrastructure dedicated to helping web offset businesses in Europe operate more efficiently and profitably. The new organization includes talented professionals with long tenure in the industry and with a strong focus on quality and service.

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Feldmuehle appoints new Sales Director12.02.2019

Feldmuehle GmbH, manufacturer of label and flexible packaging papers, has appointed Mr. Martin Moenke to Sales Director with effect from February 1, 2019. Martin Moenke has been working in various positions in the company for more than 20 years and, through his sales successes, has a personally high share in the strong positioning of Feldmuehle GmbH in the field of wet strength labels.

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26th Commander CL goes to Münster12.02.2019

The Aschendorff Group is the "leading media supplier in Münster, Germany, and the surrounding region". With another investment in a Commander CL newspaper press from Koenig & Bauer, the company is continuing its successful growth course, having already fired up its first Commander CL two years ago.

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FESPA China returns to Guangzhou in 201910.02.2019

FESPA is returning to China this year, with the re-launch of FESPA China 2019. The new event will take place from 8 - 10 November 2019 at the Canton Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China, where it will be co-located with ISLE Autumn (International Signs & LED Exhibition).

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Avery Dennison: New vice president R&D EMEA09.02.2019

Avery Dennison Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam O’Keefe as vice president of research and development (R&D) for its Label and Graphic Materials group in Europe (LGM-EU), effective immediately. She will be based at Oegstgeest, reporting to Pascale Wautelet, vice president of global R&D. She will become part of the European leadership team of LGM and have a dotted reporting line to Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager of LGM-EU.

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Rapida 75 PRO soon on its way to IPC Mauritius08.02.2019

It is set to commence its journey at the end of March – the first Rapida 75 PRO for a printing company on the island of Mauritius. IPC Imprimerie & Papeterie in Cassis, a suburb of the capital Port Louis, has opted for a four-colour model. The production start is scheduled for the middle of the year.

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A Pantera Rounds out the Offering07.02.2019

Thanks to a Pantera, the company’s first perfect binder in its 15-year history, PieReg Druckcenter Berlin GmbH is optimally prepared for new challenges. Over the past 15 years, the company has been operating in the German capital with one drawback: The softcover production of books and brochures had to be outsourced to one of its partners. The acquisition of the perfect binder from Muller Martini closed this substantial gap at PieReg.

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