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PrintMirror         May 31
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Andreas Tietz
Der Druckspiegel / PrintMirror
Dear reader,

it is a commitment that the organizers of Ipex had hoped to secure from other large and important companies for 2014: After a string of cancellations of many global players in the printing industry, it is now the digital printing manufacturer Konica Minolta, who has committed their fair appearance with an extensive investment due to the realignment of Ipex. This shows two things: first, that this realignment was necessary and secondly, that this change may have come too late, at least for Ipex 2014. The European trade fair landscape is undergoing a structural change in the printing and media landscape. Other interesting topics are summarized in our news selection below.


China Print 2013 confirms leading role of Chinese market for Heidelberg

With over 180,000 visitors, the China Print trade show, held from May 14 to 18, 2013, in Beijing, has firmly established itself as Asia's biggest event for the print media industry. In addition to healthy interest from Chinese companies, the number of visitors from outside China rose significantly. China Print welcomed above all, print shops from other countries in Asia, such as Taiwan, the Philippines, and India, but also visitors from Central and South America and Russia. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presented its products and services, including a large number of innovations, on the growing Asian market, under the banner Discover HEI.
Akon appointed as dealer of top-line BasysPrint UV-Setters in Poland

BasysPrint announces its commitment to fully serve its Polish customers through its partnership with Warsaw-based dealer, Akon. Highly experienced and well-known in the local printing industry, Akon is offering BasysPrint's next-generation UV-Setter Series 460x and 860x as well as the VLF (Very Large Formats) Series.
First “New Generation” Expertcut Units for Benson Group

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced details regarding an order for the first “new generation” Bobst Expertcut 106 PER die-cutters to be installed in the UK.
Finat Technical Seminar 2014: ‘Redesigning the Label’: Call for Papers

Finat, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, is calling for papers for its 2014 Technical Seminar. The organization’s last three seminars proved a major success, attracting around 200 delegates each time. Next year’s event runs from March 5 – 7, and will again be staged at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
Burda Druck: Advantage UniDrum

By investing in a UniDrum 2-350 for its Offenburg facility, Burda Druck has changed over to Ferag’s state-of-the-art gatherer-stitcher technology. With facilities in Offenburg, Nuremberg and Vieux-Thann in France, the company is one of the most efficient rotogravure printers in Europe.
Successful Packaging Inspiration Forum of the PrintCity Alliance

The visitors to the two-day Packaging Inspiration Forum were highly satisfied with the way the event went. The exchange of experience and information on the industry's "hot topics" between brand owners, creative workers, folding-carton manufacturers and suppliers will be continued in further events.
A lesson for printers in Europe

How to meet the challenge of a difficult economic climate is testing the mettle of print bosses across Europe. But one firm in the Netherlands believe they’ve got the answer – invest in Manroland technology. Scholma Druk B.V are one of the biggest commercial printers in the northern part of the Netherlands, producing magazines, catalogues, brochures, leaflets and books etc.
Two KBA Rapidas to mark triple anniversary

2013 is a very special year for Vimer Industrie Grafiche Italiane in San Giustino, Central Italy. The family business founded by Luigi Merendelli in 1973, which today is one of the most renowned European printers for packaging and store design, has three anniversaries to celebrate: 40 years Vimer Italy, 20 years Vimer France and 10 years Vimer UK.
New Headquarters for Rotocontrol

Rotocontrol, a manufacturer of leading-edge slitter/rewinder inspection machines, has announced the upcoming move of its current German headquarters in Ahrensburg to nearby Trittau at the end of this month.
Chili Publish to showcase the power of Chili Publisher at Graphitec 2013

Visitors to Graphitec 2013, taking place June 11-14 in Paris (France), can discover how to streamline their workflows and production processes by visiting stand #4 B 016 of Chili Publish.
Guardian is “The Best of the Best”

Companies that print on newspaper presses from Manroland Web Systems had a good chance of a successful evening in London on April 24, 2013. As part of the 2013 Newspaper Awards, the Guardian won the Grand Prix award. The company's concept and its implementation with a Colorman proved a winning combination.
Stade reaffirms its trust in Q.I. Press Controls

Never change a winning team: in the framework of an extensive modernization project centred around its coldset web offset press, Pressehaus Stade Zeitungsdruck-GmbH is renewing its trust in automatic in-line press control systems from Q.I. Press Controls.
Wausau Paper Announces Definitive Agreement to Divest Specialty Paper Business

Wausau Paper has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its specialty paper business to a new company sponsored by KPS Capital Partners L.P. ("KPS"), a New York-based private equity firm with significant experience in the paper industry. The new company will be known as Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC ("Expera").
Avery Dennison at Fespa: Exploring the Future of Graphics Solutions

Standing still is not an option for Avery Dennison. As visitors can see for themselves, exploring a creative commercial future for converters of self-adhesive graphics and top-quality end results for their customers are paramount in the company’s portfolio of innovations on show at Fespa 2013, Stand A44S, themed ‘Supreme Performance’.
INX Digital to emphasize brands at Fespa London

INX Digital is experiencing highly favorable demand for its branded line of digital products in markets throughout the world. When a global audience arrives next month in London for Fespa 2013, INX Digital (Stand C5S) will feature its Prodigy, Evolve Advanced Digital Solutions and Triangle brand lines, including the launch of the new MSS eco-solvent inkjet inks and SMF true solvent inks. The show runs from June 25-29 at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre.
Robert Howard, Print Industry Inventor, Turns 90

Robert Howard, the genius behind the dot matrix printer and the direct imaging press, among many other technologies, celebrated his 90th birthday recently. Chairman Bob, as he is called, was surrounded by his wife Kit, family and friends during a festive evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mimaki Sb300 Inks Receive Product Class II ECO-passport Certification

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has reported that an ECO-passport certification has been issued by Centexbel for its Sb300 series dye sublimation inks. This certification is highly important for producers of textiles, especially those creating products that are destined to come in contact with human skin.
Toray Waterless Technology Gives Newspapers an Edge

‘A fresh look with high quality story telling illustrations’ was the way judges of Europe’s National Newspaper of the Year Awards of Excellence described winners Trouw and De Tijd.
Esko introduces Suite 12.1 and announces worldwide availability of ArtiosCAD Enterprise

Esko has announced the release of Esko Suite 12.1 at EskoWorld, its annual user meeting being held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 19-22. In addition, the company has announced the worldwide availability of ArtiosCAD Enterprise, the latest release of the popular structural packaging design software.
Calendriers Alexandre installs Fujifilm’s first Jet Press 720 in France

Fujifilm has announced that Calendriers Alexandre, a printer and publisher of high quality calendars and wall planners for both the French national and global markets, has invested in a Jet Press 720. Led by a management team with roots in publishing and marketing, the investment has been based on the company’s strategy of looking for tools which can help to increase or diversify its business offering.
Alwan Color Expertise and Compose Systems Launch LinkProfiler Plugin

Alwan Color Expertise, a worldwide leader in color management and standardization software, have made its leading DeviceLink technology available to Harlqequin RIP users thanks to Compose Systems' LinkProfiler plugin.
Holmen: Capacity cuts to take place in September

Holmen Paper’s previously announced closures of PM 3 at Hallsta Paper Mill and PM 51 at Braviken Paper Mill will take place towards the end of September. Capacity will thus be permanently reduced by 140 000 tonnes of SC paper annually, and by 200 000 tonnes of newsprint.
Drupa 2016 is a joint venture partner of the 5th Media Mundo Convention in Düsseldorf

Drupa continues its long-standing cooperation with the industry initiative Media Mundo. This year's fifth Media Mundo Convention will take the form of an environmental conference and will be conducted jointly by Antalis, Messe Düsseldorf and the Media Mundo initiative. The conference will be supported by WWF as an NGO partner.