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PrintMirror         December 05
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Johann Sajdowski
"Der Druckspiegel / PrintMirror"
Dear reader,

remember: through desktop publishing everyone would be their own Gutenberg. Well, now thanks to "3D printing" everyone can become their own engineering company. (I put the term in quotes because it is actually not printing, but more of a coating technique.) Nevertheless: The 3D revolution is going around the world - at least according to the Fair Dusseldorf and the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), at the initiation of their brand "3D fab + print". And the Association is giving a symposium on Jan. 22 here in Frankfurt, Germany "Additive manufacturing processes and aspects of value", which promises to give a good overview of the current landscape of industrial "3D Printing". The euromold trade show currently being held here was very well visited and had almost a third of the exhibitors focused 3D printing.

What "else" the printing industry expects from the new year you can find in our current issue. Below please find our selection of recent news.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,

Your Printmirror | Druckspiegel team

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Thank you!

Implementing standards will improve profits

Less waste, better quality, happier customers and bigger margins; the Holy Grail of all printers, but like the Grail seen by many as unattainable. Not so argues, industry consultants, Digital Dots, all this and more is very achievable by implementing ISO 12647-2, and the consultancy has produced a series of four, easy-to-understand guides – Standardised Print Production (SPP) – that simplify the process.
Dalim Software releases ES4 marketing media production automation platform

The new Dalim Software ES4 marketing media production automation platform supports all types of media formats, seamlessly integrating with MIS and ERP, while providing versatile collaboration features for all partners in the print, packaging, publishing or media supply chains.
Longstanding KBA customer opts for eco-friendly waterless press

The 35-year-long successful business relationship between Polaris Trykk AS in Trondheim, Norway, and KBA has entered a new phase with the decision for a highly automated 48pp Cortina with dryer.
Esko supports Allkopi in establishing Norway’s largest print production site

When Allkopi decided to establish Norway’s largest print production site, it opted for Esko solutions to drive and streamline the entire production line up. Officially opened on November 7th, Allkopi's new 5.500sqm site underlines the company's goal to be Norway's 'first choice' full service print provider for a broad array of applications.
Future skills in the graphical industry project kicks off

Together Intergraf and UNI Europa Graphical in partnership with the European Graphic/Media Industry Network (EGIN) have been awarded funding from the European Commission to undertake a project entitled Future Skills in the Graphical Industry: Identifying and promoting best practices in Europe.
KBA Japan on the road to success with high-tech sheetfed offset

The employees of KBA Japan moved into their new Tokyo office in September 2012 making it the first subsidiary in the 200-year-long history of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) to be based in the Land of the Rising Sun. The team in Tokyo is being led by Kenneth Hansen, managing director of KBA Korea in Seoul.
Fespa Expands Leadership Team with Two Senior Appointments

Fespa is expanding its leadership team, with the addition of two experienced senior executives. Neil Felton now assumes the role of CEO, making him responsible for the overall direction of all the organisation’s activities, including the global exhibitions and events portfolio, interaction with Fespa’s 37 national associations, and direction of Fespa’s Profit for Purpose mission.
Interprint invests on Gidue M1 Digital Flexo

The Spanish converter Interprint has recently invested again on Gidue technology, by purchasing the new M1 Digital Flexo exhibited at Gidue booth during Labelexpo Europe 2013.
Kiian Digital launch in China hailed a great success

At last week’s Fespa China show in Shanghai, Kiian Digital successfully continued the businesses development into new regions of its innovative range of high-end digital sublimation textile ink solutions.
Deluxe calendar to raise funds for species conservation

Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design Duo has been selected for the Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar 2014. Following on from two previously successful calendars and produced to a luxury standard on Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design Duo, the 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar is a feast for the eye.
High Performance in Enterprise Print Production

The provider for enterprise marketing management software solutions, Contentserv, has developed a tool for the highly efficient production of web-based catalogs and advertising material, even for large amounts of product and image data in the enterprise environment: the Whiteboard Editor. It has been particularly designed for trade and e-commerce.
Inca launches Inca Vision

Inca Digital announces the launch of Inca Vision, a customer support service unique to Inca Digital flatbed UV inkjet printers. Inca Vision lets Inca remotely and regularly monitor and diagnose a machine, and in many cases, catch issues before the customers decide to call for engineer service.
Q.I. Press Controls: 41 scanners to upgrade Fairfax Media presses

Q.I. Press Controls, developer of innovative automated press control technologies, has announced that it has signed a contract with Fairfax Media in Australia to provide colour register, cut-off and closed loop colour control for all of Fairfax Media’s North Richmond (NSW) print facilities.
Fleksmedia Brings Efi’s Innovation Power to Sign Istanbul with the Vutek GS3250LX

At the forthcoming Sign Istanbul, Turkey, Efi is to be represented at the stand of their dealer Fleksmedia, who is demonstrating the industry-leading Vutek GS3250LX LED hybrid printer. This 3.2m wide-format printer will be shown printing direct to rigid substrates and roll-fed materials, including sensitive media that cannot be used with machines running mercury arc lamps.
Successful Ipex Open Day reinforces return in confidence in print industry

Ipex 2014’s Open Day – which took place on Wednesday 20th November at the exhibition’s new home at the ExCeL London – has been hailed by attendees as a resounding success. Over 250 delegates, including prospective and current exhibitors, media and other key players from across the industry, were presented with a comprehensive overview of Ipex 2014 (24-29 March 2014) and the role the event can play in boosting their businesses.
GMG announces the integration of OpenColor and ColorProof with PantoneLive

GMG GmbH & Co KG announces a cooperative agreement with X-Rite Incorporated that allows GMG customers to access the PantoneLive ecosystem and color libraries, through its award-winning GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof platforms.
Functional and barrier coatings for paper and board to reach $5.1 billion by 2018

The global market for functional and barrier coatings used in paper and board applications was worth an estimated $4.2 billion in 2012, and is expected to increase by almost 420,000 tonnes by 2018 according to a new market report by Smithers Pira.
Visual Impact Chooses Efi Vutek LED printer

Efi announced that Visual Impact, a Casablanca, Morocco-based printing company chose the Efi Vutek GS2000LX to differentiate itself and provide added value in the digital printing markets.