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Ghent Workgroup creates dedicated Commercial Print landing page

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) announced a new Commercial Print landing page on the gwg.org web site. This area consolidates all relevant information for creatives, publishers and printers dealing with advertisements and commercial print work.

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Next level Push to Stop: Systematically unlocking OEE potential with intelligent digitization

In a global survey of over 1,000 customers, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) identified four key areas that sum up the challenges in the print industry: increasing complexity, skills shortages, competitive pressure, and the expansion of the value chain to include digital platforms. Heidelberg has comprehensive responses for all of these areas. In the area of printing presses, Heidelberg will be presenting the most intelligent and most highly automated Speedmaster yet with the new Speedmaster generation – a smart product that integrates seamlessly into a digitized smart print shop and even into a smart organized printing industry.

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Flint Group confirms business continuity during COVID-19 pandemic

Steve Dryden, COO Flint Group Packaging & CEO Flint CPS has confirmed that Flint Group has taken significant steps to ensure that all its sites, products and services are safe.

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Kornit Digital introduces NeoPigment™ Robusto Softener solution

Kornit Digital, a worldwide actor in digital textile printing technology, announced the release of its new NeoPigment™ Robusto Softener solution for Presto, the company’s system for digital, pigment-based direct-to-fabric decoration. Reflecting Kornit’s commitment to expanding sustainable, on-demand (i.e. waste-free) decoration capabilities to all corners of the textile industry, this solution eliminates a key barrier between digital, pigment-based impressions and the fashion industry - namely, a softer handfeel.

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Zeller+Gmelin joins forces with the PrintCity Alliance

After years of collaboration, Zeller+Gmelin has now become an official member of the PrintCity Alliance. “In this increasingly complex world, our customers expect suppliers to cooperate closely and coordinate activities with one another,” says Marcus Ruckstädter, Head of Sales at Zeller+Gmelin, explaining the decision. “The PrintCity Alliance gives us the ideal platform for meeting this requirement. Furthermore, Zeller+Gmelin’s corporate values are right in line with the Alliance’s philosophy: reliability and credibility, receptiveness and creativity, solution competence and customer orientation, responsibility and sustainability.”

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FESPA 2020 events to return to Madrid in October 2020

FESPA announced that its flagship event, Global Print Expo, will return to IFEMA – Feria de Madrid from 6 – 8 October 2020, along with its co-located events, European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro. The three exhibitions, which were originally scheduled to take place from 24 – 27 March, had to be postponed due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in mainland Europe.

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DSM and JuggerBot 3D advance fused granulate fabrication

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, is expanding its additive manufacturing innovations in fused granulate fabrication (FGF). The company is partnering with Juggerbot 3D, an additive manufacturing machine builder who recently developed a printer equipped with extrusion technology, to explore the untapped potential of FGF printing. Together, the two companies will develop high-performance pellet printers and materials for industrial additive manufacturing.

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How to avoid the finishing bottleneck

At Labelexpo Europe 2019, Domino Digital Printing Solutions gave everyone a sneak preview of its next generation digital embellishment technology prior to its official launch in April 2020. In the video link below, watch Jim Orford, Domino’s K600i Product Manager, walk you through a demonstration of this newly developed digital cold foil and spot varnish application using Domino’s market leading UV ink jet K600i printers installed on an AB Graphic’s Digicon 3 finishing line.

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Abbey Labels doubles die-cutting speed with MPS and AB Graphics

Abbey Labels recently installed an automated MPS EFS 340 flexo press, equipped with an integrated AB Graphics Fast Track semi-rotary die cutting system. The innovation, a world first, is part of Abbey Labels’ ambitious operation optimization program.

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Actega Metal Print announces Kolbe-Coloco as first EcoLeaf™ beta customer

Actega Metal Print GmbH today announces the German print specialist, Kolbe-Coloco Spezialdruck GmbH, as the world’s first beta customer for its revolutionary, sustainable and cost-effective metallization technology, EcoLeaf™. Focusing on high-end applications, the company will use the new solution to print profit driving metallization embellishments onto self-adhesive labels for a broad variety of markets. The company cites the eradication of foil and its sustainability advantages as a key decision.

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Heidelberg: Action package to increase profitability / Reduction in force by up to 2,000 jobs

The Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) on Tuesday adopted a wide-ranging action package, as announced last year, for a short-term reduction in structural costs and long-term improvements in the Company’s profitability. Focus on the profitable core business and systematic streamlining of the cost base are geared to delivering a €100 million improvement in EBITDA, excluding the restructuring result. At the same time, a return transfer of liquidity reserves from the trust fund will almost completely eliminate net debt, thereby significantly improving Heidelberg’s financial stability.

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Enfocus PDF Review Module achieves compliancy with the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5

The Ghent Workgroup is happy to announce that the Enfocus PDF Review Module, a powerful and cost-effective solution to review and approve native PDF files, has passed the critical test for determining quality displaying of PDF/X-4 documents and is now fully compliant with the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.

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