INDUSTRY NEWS

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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Meech wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise06.05.2019

For the third time in ten years, Meech International has been awarded the UK’s "most prestigious award for business achievement": the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. As the company states, "this reaffirms Meech’s position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of static control, web cleaning, compressed air technology and surface cleaning products".

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Grand Master produces with five Rapida 10603.05.2019

The print company Grand Master in Masis in Armenia’s Ararat region has modernised its entire machinery base since 2010. Four Rapida 106 presses are already in use at the company – and a fifth is set to join them in May. Production start-up is scheduled for early summer. At that point, the print centre will have been switched fully to sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer.

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New Gallus ECS 340 for Arvanitis03.05.2019

Flexo, screen and cold foil printing processes in one line: The Greek label printing company Arvanitis invests in a new Gallus ECS 340, a 8-colour UV flexo label printing press, in order to achieve a consistent high print quality and to increase the overall productivity.

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Medienmacher accelerates business with Kodak02.05.2019

The desire to clearly differentiate its portfolio of print services from those of its competitors is one of the key reasons cited by Medienmacher AG of Muttenz, near Basel in northwest Switzerland, for the investment in a Kodak Nexpress ZX3900 Digital Press. Another was the transformation from classic "print first" to being a "content first" provider, which makes simultaneous use of multiple media channels for its customers.

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International Prinect Software User Days 201902.05.2019

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), with the steady development of its Prinect workflow, is driving digitization in print shops to meet customers' needs for maximum automation and transparency. At the same time, the company is thus underpinning its "technological leadership in the area of workflow". On the other hand, no one knows the print industry's challenges and how to best meet them with Prinect, rather than the Prinect users themselves. However, it is often not easy for customers to keep a complete picture of the true performance of their workflow system.

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Once again honoured with prestigious award30.04.2019

In 2019, Sappi was selected for an Avery Dennison Supplier Distinction Award for the second consecutive year. In doing so, the awarding authority honoured the paper manufacturer’s sustainable conduct, its high-quality products and being a real global supplier. While its group headquarters is in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sappi’s global packaging and speciality papers business supports eight Avery Dennison plants worldwide with numerous products from multiple facilities.

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MIS/ERP software professionalisation at FESPA30.04.2019

Dataline announces its participation in FESPA 2019, following increased market demand for a thorough automation software for administration and production. MultiPress, the Dataline flagship solution, recently scooped the Audience Prize at the Sign & Print show in the Netherlands for its new features to facilitate mobile project management and browser-based calculation functionalities. Dataline earned its software stripes in the Benelux market, and is currently expanding its European market reach.

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Every job holds a new challenge29.04.2019

For a newspaper publisher to invest in a totally new production plant with two new presses and an extensive mailroom, which is to say investing in growth, was courageous and rather unusual for 2012. So it has to be a minor sensation that five years on, the same publishing house extended its operation with a new building, a third printing press and the largest inserting capacity in Germany at present. Such is the road that Mittelrhein-Verlag in Koblenz has gone down – with evident success.

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ESMA pavilion is the place to be26.04.2019

As industrial and functional printing find their way into new production processes, more than 20 members of ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, are presenting their solutions at FESPA Global Expo, 14-17 May 2019 in Munich. The ESMA pavilion in hall A6, booth A70, features an Industrial Print Showcase and offers expert sessions dedicated to screen and digital inkjet technologies, new market opportunities and print business innovation.

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Finishing 4.0 Award for Print Laser Group26.04.2019

Brazil’s Print Laser Group, which is seeing strong growth in the digital printing segment and whose subsidiary Log & Print in Vinhedo produces softcover book blocks with a SigmaLine, was the first graphic arts company in Latin America to win Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 award.

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Important milestone for ProFile25.04.2019

ProFile Communication GmbH of Vreden (Germany) has just become part of the worldwide community of Kodak Flexcel NX System users who have successfully completed the Kodak certification program for Kodak Flexcel NX Plates. This program, launched in 2013, requires companies to demonstrate that the Flexcel NX Plates they produce are consistently made to a standard Kodak global specification.

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Koenig & Bauer road show on market trends25.04.2019

Following a very successful year in 2018, with several installations of sheetfed offset and flexo presses in Malaysia, Koenig & Bauer (SEA) organised a special road show and seminar for the region’s users and prospective customers last month.

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Xiamen invests in another Heidelberg Intro23.04.2019

To take advantage of the growing market for Aseptic Liquid Packaging, in 2012 Xiamen Yingsheng made a strategic decision to open a green field production facility. With a total investment of almost 40 Mio. Euro and a workshop-area of more than 100.000 sqm., they were able to produce 6 billion packs per year in the first phase.

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Bobst announced as Bellissima DMS Partner 23.04.2019

Bobst has been chosen as the first Bellissima DMS Press Manufacturer Partner (PMP). Bobst will demonstrate the incredible results which are possible when using Bellissima on their presses. They will also support the Bellissima Technology and Trade Shop Partners by engaging in collaborative marketing activities to increase awareness of this multi-award-winning technology.

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Ricoh Pro 7200 certified at Virginia Printer GAM22.04.2019

GAM (Graphics and Marketing) - a full service design, print, and communication company in Northern Virginia - is the first certified Color-Logic printer in North America using a Ricoh Pro 7200 Series printer. It was recently certified by Color-Logic.

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Label Center opts for Durst Tau 330 E22.04.2019

An investment in a Durst Tau 330 E single-pass digital inkjet press has proved the best decision ever made by start-up business Label Center that is on a sustainable growth curve where employee numbers are expected to triple within five years.

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Drytac to shine new light on retail graphics19.04.2019

Drytac® will be delivering a "must-see presentation" on retail graphics media at the forthcoming ISA International Sign Expo, demonstrating its position as an "authority" in this sector. Drytac is an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, making it a perfect fit for the ISA International Sign Expo. Taking place in Las Vegas, USA from April 24th to 26th 2019, over 20,000 professionals from the sign, graphics and visual communications industry are expected to attend.

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Custom conversion by Ferag18.04.2019

Milan-based RCS Group (Rizzoli Corriere della Sera) is one of Italy’s largest media groups and operates several printing centres that supply the country with newspapers such as the Corriere della Sera and the Gazzetta dello Sport sports daily, known for the pale pink paper used for printing. Twelve to fifteen years after installation of the mailroom technology currently in use in Pessano, Padua and Rome, it was now time to adapt the control electronics in particular to today’s state of the art – a major project that took place in 2018.

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Durst opens new headquarters18.04.2019

Durst has opened a futuristic new headquarters and Customer Experience Center in Brixen, northern Italy, that represents a watershed in its transformation into a highly integrated process service provider. Customers, employees and business partners were among 1,000 guests who attended the inauguration ceremony for the state-of-the-art building.

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Imprimerie HLN expects to double revenue17.04.2019

Imprimerie HLN (in French only), a family-owned company specializing in book printing located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, increased their sales by 30 % only six months into operation of the Speedmaster XL 106-5P+L from Heidelberg. The highly automated XL 106 gives Imprimerie HLN the cost-effective solution they need to continue to expand their market share.

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Bankruptcy of Dutch printing companies17.04.2019

After a filing for suspension of payments on Friday April 12 for Roto Smeets BV, the holding company for the Dutch printing activities Roto Smeets Deventer, Roto Smeets Weert and Senefelder Misset in Doetinchem (and the underlying subsidiaries), parent company Circle Media Group has decided today to also file for bankruptcy of the Dutch printing companies. The suspension of payments was intended to examine the possibilities for a reorganisation of the companies, but it soon became clear that this is not feasible anymore.

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Koenig & Bauer acquires All-Print Holding A.B.16.04.2019

With the acquisition of All-Print Holding A.B., which comprises, as a majority shareholder in Svenska Allen A.B. and All-Print i Linköping A.B, two specialists in marking and coding technologies, the German Koenig & Bauer Coding GmbH extends its portfolio by print and apply technologies. At the same time, Koenig & Bauer coding expands its direct sales and service network with this investment to Scandinavia.

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Colour L*A*B* Programme for FESPA 201915.04.2019

FESPA announces the conference programme and expert tour times for its new Colour L*A*B* feature at this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo, designed to help visitors review and improve colour management practices in their print businesses. Located on the show floor (Hall B4, Messe Munich, 14 - 17 May 2019), the initiative is part of FESPA’s Profit for Purpose programme, which invests in delivering technical education and promoting operational best practice for the global speciality print community.

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MPS: Another EF Symjet hybrid press sale12.04.2019

The award-winning Canadian printer ASL Print FX has invested in an MPS EF Symjet hybrid flexo-inkjet press for their manufacturing plant located in California’s famous Napa Valley wine region. Ordered was a hybrid combination of an MPS EF flexo press with an integrated 7-colour Domino N610i digital inkjet unit. The sale marks their first hybrid press investment for fast turnaround printing of wine labels.

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Durst / Koenig & Bauer: Joint venture signed12.04.2019

Durst and Koenig & Bauer signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement in Munich on Wednesday, April 10. The signing of the agreement paves the way for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. The antitrust clearance that is still required from the relevant antitrust authorities before "Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH" can be officially established is expected to be granted in the next few weeks.

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Xeikon Café Europe: Almost 1.000 attendees11.04.2019

Xeikon Café Europe 2019 once again proves to be a leading event in the packaging industry’s calendar. With a creatively crafted conference programme providing a 360° view of the trends, challenges and solutions for today’s packaging industry and an application-driven technical Academy, this multi-vendor, educational and networking event attracted close to 1.000 visitors over the 3 days – this included over 500 label and packaging converters attending from over 55 countries.

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Asahi Photoproducts signs Dis-Trade11.04.2019

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, recently reported that Moscow-based Dis-Trade has signed up as an official distributor of Asahi flexographic plates in Russia. The company, which has five employees, has extensive experience in flexographic printing. The agreement gives Dis-Trade the right to distribute the full range of Asahi plates across the entire country.

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Xeikon reinforces its presence in Asia Pacific10.04.2019

Xeikon has appointed Klaus Nielsen as Director Xeikon Asia Pacific to continue to drive growth in the region and capitalize on expanding market opportunities. In his new role Mr. Nielsen will oversee Xeikon’s ongoing growth in the APAC region (Greater China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand).

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The new home of Kodak Flexcel Solutions10.04.2019

Miraclon is the new company where Kodak Flexcel Solutions are brought to life for the package printing segment. Formed by the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu, a private equity firm, Miraclon is a global company with over 300 employees, an innovative R&D team, manufacturing operations in the US and Japan, and a passion for flexo.

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French train station with 3D comics characters09.04.2019

As part of the International Cartoon Festival of Angoulême, Métropole, a France-based specialist in event management, digital printing, and large-format 3D printing, has produced five life-size characters using its Massivit 3D printer – to the delight of commuters and festival-goers.

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Koenig & Bauer sells a further RotaJet 22509.04.2019

Yet another company is investing in a RotaJet 225 for 4/0 production from Koenig & Bauer. Following the purchase of a second press by Interprint GmbH in Arnsberg, a further user has now opted for digital print.

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Where colour comes alive08.04.2019

With under a year to go until FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 opens its doors in Madrid, Spain (Fiera de Madrid, from 24 to 27 March 2020), the new event website has gone live at www.fespa2020.com, providing exhibitors and visitors with all the information they require about the exhibition, venue and travel to Madrid.

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Drytac announces new appointments05.04.2019

Drytac® is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Regional Sales Managers at Drytac Europe. Ian Farrand and Dave Newbery will oversee Drytac's business development in the north and south of England respectively, with Ian based in West Yorkshire, and Dave in London. The appointments have been made to support Drytac's dealer network, which sees Perfect Colours, Soyang, Granthams, Sabur and CSL Digital join existing sales partner Antalis to significantly expand Drytac's distribution channels.

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Dutch printer gaining success with Heidelberg05.04.2019

"We tailor our services to our customers’ requirements and expectations, regardless of the industry," explains Hermen Nassette, Managing Director of the company Van de Steeg in the Dutch city of Enschede. This is very clear from the company’s history: established in 1931, Van de Steeg started as a service provider for the textile industry. After its decline, the company focused on media printing. Together with the record label Polydor, the printing of album covers became a core business.

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Fit for the Future with a complete Retrofit04.04.2019

El Liberal, one of the most important regional newspapers in Argentina, selects a complete retrofit by manroland Goss web systems. This forms an essential investment by El Liberal for the future and the preservation of the print edition of this newspaper. This investment enhances technical availability and the machine will be upgraded to the state-of-the-art in terms of automation. The measures taken, such as the modernisation of the control system or the installation of new drive regulators, will result in higher efficiency and fewer production interruptions.

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QIPC achieves 'important hit'04.04.2019

Rakesh Dave, managing director of Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), did not shy away from the big words after winning a new order from Times of India. He spoke of "one of the most important hits in India". The Dutch specialist in measuring and control equipment for the printing industry is allowed to automate the manroland Regioman press in Bangalore of the Times of India group again. QIPC also announces new orders from Malayala Manorama and The Printers House.

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3D printing hits home run for Printhpole03.04.2019

Korean fashion brand F&F turned to Printhpole’s 3D printing expertise to produce a stunning POP display for MLB that knocked the competition out of the park. The industrial equipment trading company and total finishing solutions provider created a larger-than-life baseball player on its Massivit 1800 3D printer. The elegant figure, measuring 8.5ft high (2.6m) and weighing 10.5kg, exemplifies how retailers can provide a more entertaining and engaging shopping experience by connecting consumers to their passions. It took just 13 hours to print and was finished in Candy Paint.

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INCA appopints new global CEO02.04.2019

Inca Digital has announced today it has appointed Stephen Tunnicliffe-Wilson as its new CEO, effective immediately. Mr Tunnicliffe-Wilson, who has been with the British inkjet pioneer since it was established 19 years ago, will also continue in his role as CTO, where he has been responsible for leading the Research and Development arm of the business for the last 16 years. Mr Tunnicliffe-Wilson succeeds Inca Digital’s interim CEO, Akira Hayakawa, who has overseen the business for the last six months.

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Color-Logic Certifies HP Latex R2000 Printer02.04.2019

Color-Logic, developer of color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications, has certified the HP Latex R2000 Printer with white ink.

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Color-Logic featured at Heidelberg DPF 201901.04.2019

Color-Logic was one of only six selected Heidelberg partners participating in the Heidelberg Digital Print Forum 2019 in Wiesloch, Germany, on 21 March. At the proprietary exhibition, Color-Logic demonstrated how graphic designers can effectively utilize the white and neon toners now available on the exciting new Heidelberg Versafire EP digital press.

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Preferred partner for web-fed division in US/C01.04.2019

Bobst North America confirms Apex North America as the preferred partner for web-fed division in United States and Canada. The agreement relates to Apex being the preferred anilox manufacturer for the web-fed division (flexible packaging, pre-print and narrow-web presses).

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MPS, Esko and CERM connect solutions29.03.2019

During the first edition of 'Labels Connected', held on February 28 at the MPS headquarters in Arnhem, Netherlands, 60 invitees learned more about the benefits of systems connectivity in the label industry and how to implement this in their business.

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Thought-provoking events around the globe27.03.2019

Kornit Digital, a globally present company in digital textile printing technology, invites all textile printers, garment decorators, Kornit users, prospective customers and anyone who is curious about the latest trends and technology in digital textile printing, to its "Kornit Discover" events.

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OE-A elects new international board of directors27.03.2019

The members of the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) appointed Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, during the annual General Assembly in Munich, Germany. Dr. Xioalin Yan, Guangdong JUHUA Printing, is confirmed as Vice Chairman for Asia. Dr. Alain Schumacher, IEE, and Richard Ellinger, American Semiconductor, are elected in their positions as Vice Chairman Europe and North America respectively.

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Evroflex installs their sixth MPS flexo press26.03.2019

Evroflex, one of the largest and leading label printers in Russia, installed their sixth multi-substrate MPS EF 520 printing press. Launched to work in tandem with a previously installed MPS press in a similar configuration, their new 13-colour press increases overall production capacity and significantly reduces time to produce even the most complex labels for demanding customers.

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District Photo purchases third Scodix Press25.03.2019

Scodix, provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, announced that District Photo has purchased a third Scodix digital enhancement press for its web-to-print services. Due to an urgent need for additional capacity, the third machine is planned to be installed in April in Phoenix.

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Goss China press with QIPC colour register25.03.2019

A new press from Goss China, equipped with Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) automation, means that Società Editrice Sud will continue to deliver top quality printing in the future. The collaboration between press manufacturer Goss China and QIPC, the Dutch specialist in measuring and control equipment for the printing industry, is a first in terms of the equipment that will be used.

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Xeikon Partners with Kotkamills22.03.2019

Xeikon is delighted to announce its partnership with Kotkamills Oy. Visitors to this year’s Xeikon Café will have the opportunity to see the first demonstrations of the Xeikon 3500 dry toner digital press printing on Kotkamills ISLA® Duo paper cup stock. This sustainable and plastic-free food packaging solution carries the potential for paper cup converters to create new business opportunities.

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Agfa inspires European printers22.03.2019

On March 19, Agfa welcomed representatives from printing companies across Europe as well as printing industry opinion leaders to an exclusive Value Conference to get inspirational ideas to grow their businesses and improve their profitability. C-level executives from large commercial, packaging and newspaper printing companies from all over Europe gathered for the event centered on how printing companies can benefit from key industry and technology innovations.

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Prima Controls Group launched21.03.2019

After obtaining intellectual property rights to the assets of Harland Simon following the company’s insolvency in October 2018, manroland Goss web systems has announced the launch of the new group focused on controls and drive upgrades and remote support programs for all newspaper press brands, Prima Controls Group.

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Ferag: Winner with postal service providers20.03.2019

Omniva in Tallinn, which until 2014 was known as the Estonian Post (Eesti Post), has opted for Ferag’s precollecting technology. Thus the company is following the footsteps of numerous other postal service providers in Europe and the USA. Starting in summer 2019, Omniva will be using an EasySert/FlyStream system to assemble advertising packages for direct delivery.

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Optimization through Investments20.03.2019

With the commissioning of a Primera MC, Groupe Morault, located in Compiègne, France, increased its saddle stitching productivity by more than 10%. The printing company now relies on four Muller Martini systems for print finishing at this one production location alone. The economic environment is forcing companies to make investments to remain competitive.

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Steinhauser purchases first MPS flexo press19.03.2019

American printing company Steinhauser purchased and installed an MPS EF 530 flexo press. The new press marks the first MPS press for the fourth generation Kentucky-based woman-owned business.

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Edward Enterprises: Higher production volume19.03.2019

Edward Enterprises Inc., an employee-owned company in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently installed three digital presses - two Versafire CMs and a Versafire EP - of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) as an affordable solution to expand the company’s capacity.

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A further Commander CL for DuMont18.03.2019

DuMont and Koenig & Bauer are set to continue a successful partnership which has already lasted for more than 180 years. Halle-based subsidiary MZ Druckereigesellschaft mbH is purchasing a further Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer. It is a little over two years ago that the company’s last investment, likewise a Commander CL, came on stream.

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Circle Media Group to sell Helprint15.03.2019

In a private transaction with undisclosed terms, Circle Media Group (CMG), a European printing and media group, announces today that it is selling its rotogravure printing company Helprint Oy to Finnish company Printers Group Oy. Printers Group has a clear strategy, whereby the acquisition of Helprint should begin a consolidation of the printing sector in the Nordic region. Circle Media Group recognises the need for Helprint for further development in the region, while it is not a geographically core region for the group.

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Highly automated for greater productivity15.03.2019

Acorn Web Offset Ltd. is a medium sized printing company in Normanton, UK, that is mainly producing magazines, brochures and catalogs and very much specialized in A4 and A5 printing. Acorn Web and manroland Goss web systems have been partners for over 20 years now. The new Lithoman is the third manroland Goss press and will replace one of two existing Rotoman 16-page commercial presses. Equipped with a high automation package, the new press offers great productivity and flexibility for commercial production at highest quality and with lowest waste rates.

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New webinar series from the Ghent Workgroup14.03.2019

Following up on the success of last year’s webinar series, the Ghent Workgroup is organizing seven new webinars. The series kicks off on April 11th, with an introduction to PDF and the PDF/X standards and will cover both introductory and more advanced topics. All webinars are presented by industry experts connected to the GWG with many years of experience in their respective fields.

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Eluding the rising cost of silicone14.03.2019

These days, the word 'silicone' frequently comes with a sign of exasperation as thoughts turn to how hard the bottom line is going to be as prices for the material continue to rocket. Silicone is a base material used to facilitate the production of everyday items across a vast range of industries including, medical, household electrical and many more. The rising cost of electricity in China, a major global provider, plus the price of crude oil, means silicone suppliers are finding that their profit margins are being squeezed. This, along with increasing pressure to meet growing global demand, has seen the price of silicone soar by over 50%.

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The Fifth FlexLiner in Four Years13.03.2019

Due to the unchecked growth of its leaflet business, Prospekt Versand Service GmbH (P.V.S.) is putting its fifth FlexLiner into operation. Starting in March, its facility in the Hungarian city of Sopron will have no fewer than eleven Muller Martini inserting systems in operation.

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Color-Logic Launched with Xerox Mexico13.03.2019

Xerox Mexico included the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System in their #BeBrilliant launch at Expo Grafica last week in Mexico City. Discussing the successful Expo Grafica event, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "This was the first showing of Color-Logic at a major show in Mexico, and the software was received with acclaim."

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5th Additive Manufacturing Symposium12.03.2019

The 5th Additive Manufacturing Symposium provides the latest developments in industrial additive manufacturing and examples of their use. The industry meeting is part of the Digital Factory trade fair and is aimed at manufacturing companies. Under the motto "Possibilities and benefits of additive manufacturing for mechanical engineering", the focus is on practical application.

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A reliable solution providing more uptime12.03.2019

One of the early adopters of the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System, Label Tech Inc. of Somersworth, New Hampshire, was intrigued with the synergistic approach taken by Flint Group in the development of its thermal plate processor. Label Tech had been experiencing difficulties with its current platemaking system and needed a more reliable solution for the production of its premium quality, pressure sensitive labels.

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