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PrintMirror         December 20
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Johann Sajdowski
"Der Druckspiegel / PrintMirror"
Dear reader,

we prefer positive thinking to negative headlines for our industry. But the news of Koenig & Bauer, the oldest printing press factory in the world, arrived just in the middle of the peaceful advent season. According the the local newspaper, FAZ, they will shed 1500 jobs. This was to be expected, and the faster they improve their bottom line, the better. Sure it's painful that jobs disappear - but this happens to a lot of companies in a changing economic situation, and is quite normal. Read about this and more in the last newsletter for this year, and have  a peaceful holiday and a happy new year!


KOLBUS NM 100 for luxury packaging

KOLBUS releases a new machine concepts for packaging production, for instance, to manufacture rigid and lay-flat luxury packaging
Management board presents realignment concept for KBA

Between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs affected - Autonomous divisions for sheetfed and web business, manufacturing and special applications --- Revised location concept addressing all activities
Two of three lawsuits against Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) dismissed, at QuadTech's request

At QuadTech’s request, the U.S. District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania) has dismissed charges and counter-charges in two ongoing cases between QuadTech and QIPC. The cases have been in court in the United States since 2009.
Coloursonic Installs HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer to Offer White Ink on Rigid Graphics

HP has announced that Coloursonic, London, has installed an HP Scitex FB500 Industrial Printer to add a white ink capability to its direct-to-rigid substrate printing capacity and accelerate graphics production.
The Label Industry Manages Lifecycle Change

As in every aspect of life, time has not stood still for the self-adhesive label industry. Since its beginnings in the 1930s, it has evolved continuously on every front – in terms of materials, print technologies, dispensing technologies, and, of course, people. Many of the entrepreneurs who, in the 1970s and 1980s, created the extraordinary web of small label printing businesses that formed the backbone of today’s massive global industry are today retirees.
Enfocus Connect Product Family Supports OS X Mavericks

Enfocus has released Connect 11.2, a free of charge product line upgrade bringing full compatibility with OS X Mavericks, Apple’s recently released operating system, to current Connect customers. Enfocus Connect ensures creation of print-ready, top-quality PDFs by design and production professionals, and can automatically deliver completed jobs to printers (and anyone else, as needed).
Gidue has appointed Ali Alhashemi Trading Est new Distributor in Middle East

Ali Alhashemi Trading Est has been appointed as the new certified Gidue distributor for the Middle East area. The Arabian company has been established in 1950 by the President & Founder Mr. Ali Alhashemi and today it represents the largest supplier of equipment for the Labels&Packaging industry in the Middle East Gulf; they are specialised in graphic arts equipment's trading & consumables.
From Russia with Success

Numerous visitors from the printing industry attended the 24th Polygraphinter Russia that took place in Moscow from November 12 to 15, 2013. Together with the local Russian sales and service partner VIP Systems, Manroland Web Systems presented the whole range of printing equipment that is suitable for the Russian market and beyond.
Labelexpo Asia 2013 sets records across the board

Labelexpo Asia 2013 reached new visitor heights as it celebrated its tenth anniversary edition. Held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) during 3 – 6 December, the four day exhibition was attended by a huge number of high quality visitors to see the largest ever floor plan of exhibitors.
Gidue USA secures two flexo press orders

Nuova Gidue S.r.l. is pleased to announce the sale of two flexographic printing presses to be installed in the United States in early 2014.
100 Days to go until Ipex – Xeikon confirms attendance

With its rich educational content programme and wealth of technologies being demonstrated by approx. 500 exhibitors from around the globe, the eclectic event (25-29 March 2014) will provide all the tools required to help printers make sound and informed investments that will galvanise their businesses.
Everything You Wanted To Know About Production Inkjet

In the current issue of ME Printer David Zwang, industry specialist and digital printing guru, takes an incisive look at the state of production inkjet technology and equipment.
Fujifilm raises the bar for web-to-print solutions with the launch of XMF PrintCentre V5

Fujifilm has announces the latest version of its cloud-based web-to-print solution, XMF PrintCentre V5. XMF PrintCentre allows print companies to create multiple e-commerce web stores for selling print, and manages the whole print buying process from online purchasing through to delivering print-ready PDF files into any PDF print production system including Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow.
The Larger Profile builds bigger business with Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV printer

The Larger Profile Ltd (TLP), a display print specialist in Letchworth, UK, has successfully completed beta testing Europe’s first Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed UV inkjet printer.
Successful KBA roadshow in Penang

This year's KBA roadshow for the first time included Penang on its list of venues. The federal state of Penang has developed into the third most important economic centre in Malaysia over the past 25 years, and is also home to numerous representatives of the graphic arts industry.
New Tensor Pressline To Premier Turkish Printer

Tensor International LLC, a U.S. manufacturer of single-width web offset press equipment, is pleased to announce its latest press sale to Turkish book and magazine producer, Tuna Matbaacilik Co. Ltd.
Flint Group Narrow Web UV offset ink range – Lithocure Ancora

In 2010, Flint Group launched Flexocure Ancora, low migration UV flexo inks for food label and packaging applications. Ancora, Italian for "anchor", signifies solidity, firmness, integrity. Flint Group's Ancora brand of products provides the highest print performance while meeting the lowest possible migration limits.
Mimaki to Take PSI Düsseldorf Exhibit to New Levels

Mimaki Engineering Co.,Ltd., a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers, has announced that it will be exhibiting at PSI in Düsseldorf, the leading European promotional products trade show. The show kicks off 2014 for the promotional products industry, running from 8th through 10th January, 2014. Mimaki will be offering attendees a hands-on opportunity to produce their own work on Mimaki printers during the event.
The pop-up book that concentrates messages

“The pop-up book is a medium originally created for children but it also works surprisingly well in communicating to a corporate audience,” says Iain Smyth of Papersmyths in Bristol, England. The company specialises in the design and technical production of pop-up books. This year Papersmyths has produced the pop-up book ‘From the seedling to the board’ for Iggesund Paperboard.
Iropa is Boosting its Environmental Strategy with Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates

Innovation and the environment – these are the two main elements of a successful industrial strategy that has worked well for Normandy-based printer Iropa. The company was an early adopter of Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates, and it is now in a position to take stock – the plates can be imaged 54% faster and they last 25% longer on the press than the previous plates.
GMG announces release of GMG OpenColor 1.1

GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces the release of GMG OpenColor 1.1. New features in GMG OpenColor 1.1 extend its functionality still further and include extended import of measurement data and further adjustment capabilities to the GMG OpenColor profiles.
Hubergroup launches new UV ink series for iron doped UV lamps

As an alternative to printing with oil based inks, more and more printing presses are being equipped with iron doped UV lamp systems for ozone free commercial and packaging UV-printing. The Hubergroup has developed a new UV offset ink series for this particular use, marked with the code HS and KHS.
Flint Group Flexographic Products expands equipment range

Flint Group Flexographic Products has further developed its equipment portfolio with the introduction of the NyloflexDryer FIII and the NyloflexLight Finisher FIII.
Sun Chemical to showcase new products at Security Printers 2013

Sun Chemical is launching a new family of inks and coatings, SunNote, at Security Printers 2013, which opens today until the 6 December 2013 at Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center in Vienna, Austria.