INDUSTRY NEWS

Neuefeind starts into the future18.07.2019

Neuefeind GmbH, with headquarters in Ochtendung, was founded in 1993 as a classical printing plate company in Weißenthurm. Over the years, Neuefeind has evolved from a classical pre-press craftsman's business conducting retouching work with its own printing plate production, to a service provider with superior technical expertise.

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Heidelberg expands subscription service18.07.2019

The first print shops to try out the Heidelberg Subscription pay-per-use contract model are now seeing positive results. A significant improvement in the productivity / performance of all customers already benefiting from subscription-based production has led Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to further expand its subscription service. The company is now offering to manage the entire consumables logistics chain for its subscription customers.

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Aniken Graphics continues partnership with COE17.07.2019

Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software, a UK based prepress software company, and Apex International, a global manufacturerer of anilox and metering products, is proud to announce Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH as their latest licensed Bellissima partner.

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DruckArt shows its format17.07.2019

As soon as you enter the foyer of DruckArt in Kaufering in southern Germany, it becomes clear that this is a very special company in the graphic arts industry. The entrance area is designed according to feng shui principles – water, plants and lots of art provide a feel-good factor and create the vibrant centre point between the administration and the pressroom.

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TU Graz and Mondi set up strategic partnership16.07.2019

The Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and Mondi Group have set up a strategic partnership oriented to research and education. At the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering and Biotechnology at TU Graz, Mondi will endow two professorships, one in Pulping and Paper Technology and one in Food Contact Materials. In addition to research, a further focus of the strategic partnership will be future-oriented teaching and the training of young talent in business and science.

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Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra Solution at Labelexpo16.07.2019

This September in Brussels, Miraclon – the new home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions – is ready to welcome visitors for the first time as an independent company at a major international trade fair. At Booth 4B61, designed to reflect the company’s innovative vitality and new-found agility, the Miraclon team will demonstrate their commitment to driving the transformation of flexographic printing forward with continued innovation and collaboration.

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Sixty Percent Is the Magic Figure12.07.2019

Germany’s Kern GmbH wants to increase its softcover production from 2.5 million to 4 million copies within a year. The KM 610 perfect binder will help the Saarland-based company achieve its goal. Although the family company, located in Bexbach near Saarbrücken and founded in 1862, may be traditional, it is also innovative. This was once again demonstrated last December with the commissioning of a new Muller Martini Kolbus-brand KM 610 perfect binder.

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Digital Flex redoubled its production line12.07.2019

Digital Flex announces to have redoubled its production line for Flexo HD Plus® S plates, after a year from the installation of the first plant. There are now, therefore, two systems with the combination - for each one - of the Esko CDI Crystal flex laser system + the XPS exposing unit and the Print Control Wizard software.

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Durst at forefront in textile printing11.07.2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies and “at the forefront of the web-to-print revolution in fabricsö, has affirmed its technological commitment to the dynamic textile industry with prestigious deals in key growth sectors across the world. Leading the web-to-print charge and located at the crossroads of digital textiles and e-commerce is Spoonflower, the US online community that has built its bedding and table home décor business around Durst’s pigment technology on the Alpha platforms. It has chosen to invest in two more Durst Alpha 330 Series 5 with pigment – one for North Carolina, USA, and the other in Berlin, Germany – to support its adoption of eco-friendly digital textile printing technology.

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Walki Group Oy signs agreement to acquire Mondi Belcoat NV and strengthen its position in engineered materials11.07.2019

Walki Group announced that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 100 % of the shares of Mondi Belcoat NV, a Belgian extrusion coating company of Mondi Group. Belcoat produces highly specialised extrusion coated products serving customers across protective clothing, imaging, automotive and other speciality products markets. Belcoat is operating a manufacturing facility in Duffel, Belgium and employs just over 100 people. In 2018, Belcoat was generating a turnover of 37 million euros. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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Durst and Koenig & Bauer appoint Robert Stabler10.07.2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world, have appointed Robert Stabler as Managing Director of the new joint venture effective August 1st. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has been officially established early May following the clearance of antitrust regulations from the relevant authorities.

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Resounding success for PrintCity Alliance10.07.2019

PrintCity is more than pleased with the results of its participation in the 9th UV Days event held by Alliance member IST Metz. The seminars on the food safety aspects of premium finishing techniques were particularly well-attended.

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Fifth RotaJET for decor printing09.07.2019

Swiss Krono is investing in a RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer for its production facility in Heiligengrabe in the north of Germany. This is already the fifth press to be sold to a customer active in the growth market of digital decor printing, and Swiss Krono is already the second producer of wood-based materials to invest in Koenig & Bauer’s digital printing solution.

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EBIT considerably below expectations09.07.2019

Significantly weaker-than-expected industrial production negatively impacted volumes and margin development at BASF. At around 1.5% according to current estimates, growth in industrial production in the first half of 2019 was much slower than expected. The downturn in growth in the global automotive industry was particularly strong: Globally, production declined by around 6% in the first half of 2019. In China, the world’s largest automotive market, the decrease was more than twice as high, at around 13%.

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Avery Dennison at Labelexpo Europe 201908.07.2019

To celebrate the 40th year of Labels and Labelling, Avery Dennison is creating their biggest ever trade show presence at the Labelexpo event. Under the theme “Making a Material Difference”, the Avery Dennison team of experts will demonstrate a range of newly launched and significant innovations across four key areas of focus, including sustainable materials and intelligent labels, to name two.

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29th PTS Coating Symposium 201908.07.2019

“Upgraded - smart - organic" is the motto for the 29th PTS Coating Symposium from 03.09. to 04.09.2019 in Munich. This year's programme offers a great deal of potential for knowledge and innovation, with experts and speakers from industry and science reporting on trends and developments in the changing industry.

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Intensified innovation collaboration05.07.2019

The demand for sustainable packaging among consumers and brand owners all over the world is growing at an exponential rate, which in many cases drives a strong need to replace plastic packaging. Strong partnerships are required to bring about the development and innovation needed to meet this demand. A good reason for Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs to intensify their successful collaboration.

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Increasing workflow efficiency05.07.2019

As the industry continues to undergo a major transformation, no printer can afford to ignore opportunities to optimize processes and improve efficiency. Ever shorter runs are the norm today, bigger orders are divided into several smaller jobs with differentiated content and time schedules, while web-to-print portals mostly generate a large number of small jobs and personalized products are on the increase. That all adds up to higher-than-ever requirements and an even heavier workload for your prepress.

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A Lot Is Happening at Landa04.07.2019

“We have had an incredibly busy period at Landa,” says CEO Yishai Amir. “And it has been fantastic. We held an open house at our customer, Edelmann Group in Germany, hosted many groups of leading folding carton converters at our facility in Israel, shipped our first press to China and another to North America, and at the end of June we invited journalists to our first Landa S10P customer site in Rochester, New York, to see the press in production. So much is happening.”

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Taking Advantages of the Hardcover Market04.07.2019

Czech company Tisk Centrum, located in Moravany u Brna, is aiming to further expand its competitive strengths in the hardcover market with two Muller Martini Kolbus brand systems. The company, located south of the city of Brno, made a name for itself with softcover product catalogs. Following its expansion to a full-service operation with pre-press, printing and print finishing services, the investment in an RF 700 backgluing and backlining machine and a BF 513 bookline is intended to solidify the company’s position in the Czech hardcover market.

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Bee-helping packaging winner of PIDA03.07.2019

For the 15th year in a row, the French edition of PIDA - Packaging Impact Design Award, was held in Reims, and this year, sustainability and recycling were in focus. The contesting design students from France and Germany presented creative and fun ideas on how to package clothes, accessories and beauty products in a more environmentally friendly way. And the design that had the best concept according to the jury, was Save the bees, created by students from Hochschule der Medien, in Stuttgart.

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MPS EF Symjet saves costs and labour03.07.2019

Combining the best of both worlds in flexo and digital inkjet printing, the MPS EF Symjet press significantly helped Liepajas Papirs save material and labour costs. The Symjet is a symbiotic combination of the established MPS EF flexo press platform with an integrated Domino N610i inkjet unit. Based in Latvia, Liepajas Papirs is “one of the leading printing companies in the Baltics” with over 120 years of experience and 100+ employees. 50% of their 1000+ monthly orders are exported internationally.

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FESPA: 2020 Awards with four new categories03.07.2019

The FESPA Awards 2020 are now open to print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to highlight their outstanding examples of print. FESPA has added four new categories to the Awards in 2020, including a Printeriors Award to reflect the growth in this market area.

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Boosting Additive Know-How for drupa 202002.07.2019

From 16 to 26 June 2020, Düsseldorf will once again be the epicentre of the global printing, media and packaging industry. More than 250,000 visitors, 1,800 exhibitors and just as many journalists from over 180 countries will flock to drupa, the world's leading trade fair for the printing, media and packaging industry, to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the world of printing and packaging.

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“We’ve invested in security”02.07.2019

It’s an old adage that aeroplanes only earn money while they are up in the air, and something similar may be said about mailroom systems. To keep them at maximum availability, Augsburg-based Pressedruck media group invested in new hardware and software last year. The operation has relied on Ferag technology since the 1950s, making it one of the longest-established users.

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Once Again Playing a Pioneering Role01.07.2019

In 2007, Laballery became one of the first graphic arts companies in Europe to invest in a SigmaLine digital book production system from Muller Martini. Now, the printing house, which is located in Burgundy, is once again playing a pioneering role after opting for a second SigmaLine with a SigmaFolder II, a SigmaCollator, an inline connection to an Alegro digital perfect binder and a Granit three-knife trimmer from Muller Martini.

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A Picture of the European Graphic Industry26.06.2019

Intergraf’s Economic Report ‘The Evolution of the European Graphic Industry’ provides extensive economic information about the European graphic industry. It shows historical developments of turnover, as well as the number of companies and employees, and also comparisons between countries. It also provides data on the production of printed products in the European Union and trade with key international trade partners. Furthermore, it gives highlights about the economic development of sectors which are relevant to the graphic industry, including paper, ink, press, energy and postal markets.

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Personalised medicine26.06.2019

Pharmaceutical companies are currently working hard on research into highly complex biologics and other special medications for personalised medicine. These new treatments are intended to help patients receive individualised treatment and at the same time make the health system more efficient. Personalised medicines are based above all on modern diagnostics and gene therapy. This trend cannot be put into practice without intelligent packaging processes.

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Visitor record at European Sign Expo25.06.2019

European Sign Expo 2019, the dedicated event for non-printed signage and visual communications has continued its year-on-year growth achieving record visitor numbers to its seventh edition, which took place in Munich, Germany from 14 to 17 May. 10,168 visitors attended European Sign Expo 2019, including sign-makers who travelled to the Bavarian capital specifically for the event, as well as those who also attended the co-located FESPA Global Print Expo.

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Where the exceptional is routine24.06.2019

“We’re a boutique printer with an online shop specializing in digital printing and finishing as well as enhancement options for short-to-medium runs,” says Ralph Hadem, Managing Director of Colour Connection GmbH, when prompted to sum up his company in a nutshell. Colour Connection, which employs 21 people at its Frankfurt site, generates 30% of its turnover and practically all new leads through its own website and shop, which was given a complete relaunch in 2018.

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Esko ArtPro+ 18.1 passed critical test24.06.2019

The Ghent Workgroup is happy to announce that Esko ArtPro+ 18.1 has perfectly passed a critical test for determining quality displaying of PDF/X-4 documents and is now fully compliant with the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5. As the packaging print industry increasingly embraces PDF/X-4, Esko is supporting prepress professionals in this transition phase with its ArtPro+ software. The ArtPro+ software has now passed the compliancy test with the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5, processing all 48 test patches without any problems.

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Faster and more diverse production21.06.2019

Thanks to a new Primera MC saddle stitcher, Drukkerij Van der Poorten NV in the Belgian city of Leuven has cut its setup times in half and expanded its product range. The old Prima Tandem is still available if needed, but a new era has begun at Van der Poorten with the new Primera MC. The saddle stitcher, which has eight flat pile feeders, a cover feeder, a Perfetto compensating stacker and an interface for exchanging data between the Primera MC and the Perfetto, is the answer to increasingly smaller print runs.

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Manroland Goss: First joint press relocation20.06.2019

Modern Arab Establishment for Printing and Publishing with its headquarters in Cairo opted for a used Rotoman press that is now going to be moved from Bechtle Druck, Germany, all the way to Egypt. For the relocation and implementation, the Egyptian printer chose GWS Printing Systems (GWS) and manroland Goss as their preferred partners.

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First Heidelberg Primefire 106 in Japan19.06.2019

Kyoshin Paper and Package decided to choose Heidelberg Primefire 106 as their next digital press to expand their web-to-pack business on top of the traditional packaging business by signing a contract of the first Primefire 106 in Japan in April 2019. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will install the digital printing system in Kyoshin Paper and Package´s brand-new Kanto plant in summer this year.

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Specialists at SPPRING project workshop18.06.2019

70 delegates gathered in Graz, Austria, on 6 June for a workshop tackling the pressing skills and recruitment challenges in the paper value chain. In three breakout sessions, representatives of printing companies, schools and universities, trade associations and recruitment specialists shared their experiences and contributed ideas to the forthcoming skills and recruitment strategy for the sector.

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Largest contract for two decades17.06.2019

They still exist – large contracts in the print industry, which bring about a significant gain in capacity and productivity through full new installations. At the Brazilian online printer Printi in Sao Paulo, three new Speedmaster XL 106 presses and a fully automatic Suprasetter 106 CtP system have been in operation since March of this year. The complete package was supplied by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). Twelve Heidelberg technicians installed the machines within eight weeks. Once that had been done, twelve Printi employees received one month of intensive training in how to get the most from the systems.

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Proven Ferag technology in Western Switzerland14.06.2019

Last year, the Rhône Media group from Western Switzerland built a new printing centre in Monthey (canton of Valais). The daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste and other titles from ESH Médias, such as L'ArcInfo and La Côte, are now being produced here. Ferag played an active role in helping Rhône Media relocate the mailroom technology to Monthey from Mulhouse and Woippy in France.

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Kodak Prosper Press Pigment Inkjet Inks13.06.2019

What if you could ... achieve wider color gamut, offer a broader range of substrates for inkjet printing, and have state-of-the art ink development which is environmentally friendly using water-based inks ... all delivered at a reasonable cost?

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FachPack: Extensive supporting programme13.06.2019

FachPack, the European trade fair for packaging, processes and technology, will open its doors on 24 September 2019. About 1,600 exhibitors will be on hand in 12 exhibition halls to show their innovations to an expected 45,000 trade visitors. But this anniversary event “40 years of FachPack” will have a lot more to offer in addition: complementing the products and services at the trade fair itself will be an extensive supporting programme with many product presentations, special shows and award presentations.

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Modular Controls System Upgrade12.06.2019

GFR Media, Puerto Rico’s leading communications company, selects a “Front End” retrofit, a closed loop inline Register Control System Soft Proof upgrade, and Controls Retrofit of their Goss Colorliner and Headliner Presses by manroland Goss web systems.

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Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica expands12.06.2019

In response to the ever-increasing demand for flexible packaging in Asia, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has further expanded its sales capacities. Industrial solution provider, Rieckermann, will in future be assuming responsibility for sales activities in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Most extensive educational schedule to date12.06.2019

Visitors to the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe, the world’s “biggest label and package printing industry trade show”, will be able to deepen their technical knowledge of flexible packaging and self-adhesive labels with the introduction of dedicated expert-led master classes and a workshop. These bring the number of in-depth technical learning programs to four - the show’s most extensive educational schedule to date.

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Print Matters for the Future 201911.06.2019

A record 76 international delegates from 26 countries joined the latest instalment of Intergraf’s annual Print Matters for the Future conference in London at the end of May, supported this year by the WPCF (World Print & Communication Forum) and BPIF (British Printing Industries Federation).

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Glassprint: Conference programme announced11.06.2019

The eighth edition of GlassPrint, Europe’s only dedicated event for the decoration of glass, returns to Düsseldorf, Germany on 27-28 November 2019. Attracting an international audience of glassmakers, decorators, end users, suppliers and brand owners, the recently announced conference programme is now available at www.glassprint.org.

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A&R Carton expands its cold foil capabilities07.06.2019

Finely detailed metallic effects and excellent image quality has never been easier at A&R Carton Frankfurt, a member of AR Packaging. The newly invested offset printing line is extended with cold foil capabilities to answer to the demand of brilliant, repulpable premium packaging.

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Heidelberg expands cloud-based applications06.06.2019

As part of its digital transformation, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is systematically expanding its digital business models. As part of this strategy, the company has now acquired software start-up Crispy Mountain GmbH of Mainz, Germany, which offers Keyline, a cloud-based management platform for print businesses. The aim is to work with Crispy Mountain to expand the Heidelberg "HEI.OS" platform as a new industry platform for the printing industry.

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First Geoman e:line in operation06.06.2019

The Siegener Zeitung – founded in 1823 – is the first publishing house to start production with the new GEOMAN e:line. The press was designed to the individual needs and economics of the newspaper house. With numerous configurations available, the Geoman e:line can be upgraded and retrofitted at a later stage. This allows manroland Goss to offer its customers long-term, flexible and future-proof solutions.

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New Divisional Director05.06.2019

David Ellen, President of Domino Digital Printing North America, has been promoted to the global position of Divisional Director of Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions division. This follows the recent announcement that Robert Pulford, previously Managing Director of the division, has now taken over as CEO of Domino Printing Sciences.

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Ten Years of Making Metallics Manageable05.06.2019

In early 2009, into the teeth of the most severe recession ever suffered by the printing industry, Color-Logic introduced its Process Metallic Color System - the “only graphic design software package that simplifies and standardizes metallic print production”, creating foil printing using white ink/toner or silver ink / toner.

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New markets opened up04.06.2019

Located in Aarau in Northwestern Switzerland, Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG operates one of Switzerland’s most efficient coldset printing sites. As the portfolio not only includes daily and weekly newspapers but also high-circulation customer magazines for trade and industry, the technical possibilities in postpress processing were significantly expanded in 2018. With the help of Ferag, the company also wants to make the individualization of insert collections possible in future.

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Digital transformation and connected services04.06.2019

On 16th and 17th May, Koenig & Bauer invited print professionals from all over the world to an open house spotlighting the potential for digital transformation and data-driven services in commercial printing under the motto “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 – Commercial Printing & Connected Services”.

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Paperazzo Haptik 2019: New Deadline!03.06.2019

The competition for the Paperazzo Haptik Award is open until 1st July, 2019. The award honors high-quality paper and print products with a focus on tactile experiences.

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Heidelberg Stahlfolder: 70th anniversary31.05.2019

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is celebrating 70 years of expertise in the development, assembly, production, and application of Stahlfolder folding machines from the Ludwigsburg site under the motto “Feel the Experience”. During this time there has been consistent progress in postpress – from the handcrafted folding machine of the past to today’s highly automated and digitally integrated folding machine.

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Value-added ‘Return on Experience’31.05.2019

FESPA Global Print Expo’s status as the leading international exhibition for speciality print and signage remains unchallenged, as the May 2019 event welcomed 20,780 individual visitors from 137 countries over the course of four days (Messe München, 14 – 17 May 2019).

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Management change put into effect29.05.2019

About one year after the business combination of manroland web systems and Goss International the newly formed company successfully completes its Post-Merger-Integration phase. The manroland Goss Group has been strategically positioned to be the “leading solutions partner for all webfed printers around the world, be it Parts Solutions, Service Solutions, Engineered Solutions or System Solutions”.

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Personnel change in the Management Board28.05.2019

In its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has consented to the amicable termination of the board position of the company's long-time CFO, Mr. Dirk Kaliebe, as of 30 September 2019. Kaliebe had informed the Supervisory Board that he was not seeking to renew his current contract, which expires in the calendar year 2021.

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New Primera MC for the Möller Media Group27.05.2019

The Möller Media Group, which employs 150 staff, currently produces catalogs and magazines on their saddle stitchers in print runs of between 5,000 and 200,000 copies. In order to ensure they can continue to offer the complete portfolio of a full-service operation with pre-press, printing and print finishing services in future, the long-serving Prima S and PrimaPlus saddle stitchers are now being replaced by a new Primera MC from Muller Martini. The Primera C140 saddle stitcher, which has been in use since 2013, will remain in operation.

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Kodak wins EDP Award 201927.05.2019

This year, Kodak has once again been chosen as an EDP Award winner. The company received this coveted industry award in the “Inks & Toners” category for its new Custom Color solution, which is available for the Kodak Nexfinity and Kodak Nexpress Digital Presses. This is the third year running that Kodak has won an EDP Award for its sheetfed digital press platform.

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Automation with Beil: A case study24.05.2019

As in many areas of the printing industry, the run lengths of label printers are decreasing as the number of different jobs increases. Label printing machines are also getting faster. The consequence: the printing plate demand gets higher and higher. Engelhardt Druck is Germany´s “largest wet label printer” with three locations. Together with BEIL-Registersysteme GmbH (Abensberg), Engelhardt has adapted its plate production to the current requirements.

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New supervisory board chairman24.05.2019

On May 22nd, the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG elected Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner as its new chairman. He takes over from Dr. Martin Hoyos, who is stepping down for age reasons. P Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner (54) has assumed his new role with immediate effect.

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Sawgrass expands partnership with Ricoh23.05.2019

Sawgrass Technologies announces the expansion of its partnership with Ricoh to continue its highly successful 5-year relationship for desktop dye sublimation systems. With this extension Sawgrass remains the only partner for Ricoh in the desktop sublimation market.

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Launch of the digital platform “Label Experts”22.05.2019

Labels give products their unique identity and influence the impulse to buy at the point of sale. Accounting for around five percent of the global print volume of approximately EUR 400 billion, today the label market has the greatest growth potential in the printing industry, and has evolved from a niche segment to a sizable industry over the last few decades.

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“We’d do it this way again”22.05.2019

No longer able to deal with an increased volume of inserts for freesheets in particular, the printing plant at Aschendorff Medien GmbH & Co. KG in Münster has invested in new Ferag mailroom technology. In addition to a higher net output, the overall situation in the department has also improved considerably.

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Koenig & Bauer spreads the word21.05.2019

Digital innovation for printers all over the world: Between 16th and 21st May, Koenig & Bauer presents a raft of new customer-centric offers based on digital transformation, as well as new and further developed data-driven services, during a series of four open house events at its facility in Radebeul. While the first two days were devoted specifically to the needs and wishes of commercial printers, their counterparts in the packaging sector becomes the centre of attention after the weekend.

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BASF and Paxis collaborate21.05.2019

BASF 3D Printing Solutions is to provide innovative additive manufacturing materials to Paxis LLC for their new WAV™ technology. This is currently in development and is designed to meet the needs of additive manufacturing users, advanced manufacturing as well as traditional manufacturing markets. The WAV™ (Wave Applied Voxel) process was created with the end-user firmly in mind in an effort to solve trapped volume issues of within current liquid resin-based technologies.

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First Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8+L20.05.2019

Ultimate Paperbox, located in City of Industry, California, will expand market share with their Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8+L , which will give them the ability to consistently produce high-end products at 18,000 sheets an hour. After picking up several high-end cosmetic accounts, Ultimate Paperbox looked to the eight-color Speedmaster XL 106 with coater, Prinect Inpress Control 2 and integrated Drystar UV to satisfy their clients’ needs for high quality packaging with a gloss-matte finish.

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FESPA returns to Munich in 202117.05.2019

FESPA today announces that the flagship Global Print Expo will return to Munich, Germany, in 2021, together with its co-located event for non-printed signage, European Sign Expo. The events will run for four days, from 18 to 21 May 2021. This will be the event’s sixth return to the Bavarian capital.

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Plastics around the world: the numbers17.05.2019

Global production of plastic is constantly growing and does not look set to decrease. From 15 million tonnes in 1964, production increased to about 400 million tonnes in 2016. These figures give us an opportunity to reflect: in 1989, 100 million tonnes were produced, in 2000 around 200, and in 2009 as many as 250. In 1990, production exceeded that of steel and today plastic is the third most widespread human material on Earth after steel and cement. The virgin plastics produced since 2000 equal all the plastics produced in the previous 50 years.

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FESPA Awards 2019 Winners announced17.05.2019

The winners of this year’s FESPA Awards were announced at FESPA’s annual Gala Dinner, which took place on Wednesday 15 May at Löwenbräukeller in Munich, Germany, during FESPA Global Print Expo 2019.

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Chris Govier joins Kornit Digital16.05.2019

Kornit Digital announced that Chris Govier has been named Managing Director at Kornit Digital Europe GmbH. Govier is a proven leader who brings broad experience of supporting customers with industrial digital transformation, a proven record of driving growth, and solid experience building and managing world class teams. In his new role, Govier will oversee Kornit Digital’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and will be instrumental in scaling up Kornit’s business.

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Process free works better than ever16.05.2019

Offset printing with process free plates is nothing new at offset5020 Druckerei und Verlag GesmbH. What is new is the use of the Kodak Sonora X Process Free Plate at this full-service commercial print shop in Wals-Siezenheim, near Salzburg (Austria). The family owned firm, with Managing Partner Gerald Watzal at the helm, employs 85 people and specializes in offset and digital printing. The portfolio ranges from business cards through flyers, brochures and mailshots (including lettershop services) to posters and books.

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VDMB visits Everett Graphics, USA15.05.2019

A group of nearly 20 representatives from the German printing organization known as VDMB (Verband Druck- und Medien Bayern), which has been on a week-long trip traveling to the Silicon Valley of California visiting progressive firms both in and outside the print industry, spent half a day on Thursday May 9 at Everett Graphics, a leading northern California folding carton printer headquartered in Oakland, CA.

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Print quality monitored down to the finest detail13.05.2019

A new eight-colour Rapida 106 with twin coaters has been in production at Bernholz Packaging in the North German town of Bad Salzuflen since November. It is the second press in this configuration at the company.

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Ohtomi purchases first MPS flexo press13.05.2019

A ten-colour EF 430 multi-substrate flexo press with the APC (Automated Print Control) package was purchased and installed by Indonesian printer Ohtomi, and marks their first MPS investment and fourth flexo press. Previously as an exclusive user of letterpress technology, Ohtomi made the initial switch to flexo ten years ago.

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Modern controls for Geoman Press10.05.2019

In Nordhorn, Germany, a PECOM control console has been virtualized for the first time. In the near future, print jobs at the Grafschafter Nachrichten will be controlled via the intuitive ControlCenter from manroland Goss web systems (MGWS). The biggest benefits attained are the user-friendly operator interface combined with additional gains of production relevant information.

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Koenig & Bauer (US) receives 2019 FTA Award10.05.2019

At the Flexographic Technical Association’s premier trade show InfoFlex 2019, held from May 6-7 in New Orleans, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has received the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award for its Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support. This award recognizes the most innovative and impactful technologies for the ever-evolving package printing and converting industry. Representatives from Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica were honored at the Awards Banquet during Forum in New Orleans.

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Tim Schoenbeck becomes Drytac Manager09.05.2019

Drytac® announces the appointment of Tim Schoenbeck to the position of Midwest Territory Manager in the USA. Tim joins Drytac with over 20 years' of experience in the large format graphics arena, with particular expertise in digital printable media. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Tim will be responsible for Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, South Dakota and North Dakota.

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Artificial Intelligence Research Project07.05.2019

SAi, provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced that it is partnering with Oxford University in the UK, to undertake a three-year research project that will explore the possibility of developing an artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted software solution. If the project is successful, this would be the first AI-tool of its kind within the sign industry.

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Federal Cartel Office blocks planned takeover07.05.2019

The German Federal Cartel Office today announced its decision to block the planned takeover of the MBO Group by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). Due to this decision, the takeover will not go ahead. “We take note of the decision with regret and moving on, even though we see the future market position of the combined company's differently,” commented Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

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Autumn Graphics signs as Bellissima DMS partner07.05.2019

Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software, a UK based prepress software company, and Apex International, announces Autumn Graphics as a contracted trade shop partner for Bellissima DMS in the Canadian and United States flexographic printing market.

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