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Xeikon to introduce innovative wall covering solutions at Heimtextil
At its third Heimtextil Xeikon will showcase highly unique wall paper designs produced using its wall decoration production suite. Xeikon will be located in Hall 6, in Frankfurt, from January 10 to 13 2017, next to the Heimtextil theme park. In addition to the live printing of unique wall coverings, the display will feature printed patterns and murals projected using new video mapping techniques. This will provide visitors with a “virtual reality” like experience and present the creativity of digitally produced wallcoverings.
Matthews International Corporation signs definitive agreements for the purchase of Ungricht and Dornbusch
Matthews International Corporation announced that the Company, through its affiliate, has signed definitive agreements for the purchase of A. + E. Ungricht GmbH + Co KG (hereafter “Ungricht”) and Dornbusch Engraving GmbH (hereafter “Dornbusch”).
SAS Graphics on target for growth with investment in new Fujifilm Acuity Select flatbed machine
Based in Hove, East Sussex, SAS (Special Art Services) Graphics is already seeing significant improvements in productivity and business opportunity following the installation of its latest investment, an Acuity Select X28 flatbed printer from Fujifilm in October this year. Steve White, managing director, SAS Graphics explains: "We originally invested in a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 roll to roll wide format printer in 2014 as the company transitioned to a high end graphics and signage business, following an MBO of the fine art and photographic printing side of the business. This machine has served, and continues to serve us very well. However, we made the decision earlier this year to increase our production capabilities to help meet the demands of a growing customer base.
Cooperation project between Papierfabrik Scheufelen and Stuttgart Media University
Five master’s students from Stuttgart Media University (HdM) are carrying out research for Papierfabrik Scheufelen and helping the company to further develop the “phoenolux” packaging board. Lenningen, 17 November 2016 – As part of their master’s thesis, five students from Stuttgart Media University (HdM) are working closely with Papierfabrik Scheufelen. They are using their packaging, marketing and design knowledge to help Scheufelen to further develop the high-quality “phoenolux” packaging board.
KBA Compacta 618 moving from Portugal to Italy
With its decision in favour of a 48-page Compacta 618, the Italian company Azienda Commerciale Meridionale from Torre Del Greco on the outskirts of Naples has once more invested in a highly automated commercial web press from Koenig & Bauer. KBA-Digital & Web is taking care of the relocation, installation and commissioning. “We are very pleased to be able to continue our successful partnership with ACM,” says Thomas Potzkai, head of service at KBA-Digital & Web. The press is scheduled to enter production at the end of 2016. ACM already operates a 16-page Compacta 215.
ASLAN launch the MirrorEffect AntiScratch
ASLAN, the German manufacturer known as a specialist in self-adhesive films, expands their portfolio of products with the brand new MirrorEffect AntiScratch ASLAN SE 75. This self-adhesive mirror effect, anti-scratch polyester film is characterized by a brilliant mirror-like finish, along with a very high scratch-resistant surface which is unique in the market.
German Print Media Technology Competition selects winner for WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi
Three newly graduated printers put themselves forward for the opportunity to represent Germany at the next WorldSkills in the print media technology discipline, competing in a preliminary selection round entitled “We make world champions” from 23 to 24 November 2016. Florian Kraus from AZ Druck und Datentechnik GmbH in Kempten came away the winner, with Andreas Will from the same company and Jan Jungwirth from Engelhardt Etikett in Nördlingen as runners-up. Florian Kraus will therefore represent Germany next year at the WorldSkills International competition from 14 to 19 October 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Messe Dsseldorf reconstructs southern section
Supervisory Board and the shareholders of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH have approved plans for the complete reconstruction of the South Entrance and, subsequently, Hall 1. Werner M. Dornscheidt, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, is pleased: “We can now implement our Masterplan for the complete modernisation and renewal of the premises at our home base – and indeed, as always, without subsidies.” The investment volume of this southern section is EUR 140 million. In all, Messe Düsseldorf will invest around EUR 636 million until 2030. The work will start in May 2017, after interpack, and should be completed in summer 2019. The design has been created by the Düsseldorf-based architectural company slapa oberholz pszczulny architekten.
Labelexpo India 2016 celebrates biggest-ever edition
Labelexpo India 2016 closed its most successful show to date on 20 November. Held at its new home for the first time, the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida (Delhi NCR), the four-day trade show was its biggest-ever edition and hosted 8,029 visitors. Billed as the largest dedicated label and package printing event for the South Asia region, Labelexpo India amassed the latest technology and solutions available to printers with over 200 exhibitors occupying the show floor. The show was used as a catalyst for many new product launches with announcements from Atul Papers, Avery Dennison, Bobst, DuPont, Flint Group, GEW, HB Fuller, Konica Minolta, manroland, Monotech Systems, Nilpeter, OMET, PGI Technologies, SPGPrints, UPM Raflatac, Webtech and Zonten.
Onevision releases new imposition software
At the end of the year the world market leader for prepress software solutions OneVision announces its release of the 5.9 imposition software "PlugAUTOIMPOSEin". The new feature "template editor" makes the imposition of pdf files even easier. The high degree of automation involved in PlugAUTOIMPOSEin means that manual input is greatly reduced, common errors are avoided, and valuable time and money are saved.
Caldera introduces StreamLive production tracking software
Caldera announces the launch of a new cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) package that will enable users to track production and create custom workflows to streamline their print production process. Caldera StreamLive is a standalone, subscription-based program with a variety of options and features full connectivity with RIP and other software while allowing for the automation of various tasks.
Komori America Corporation and Highcon Announce Strategic Partnership
Komori America Corporation and Highcon, a global provider of digital cutting and creasing solutions, have entered into a strategic selling agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Komori America will sell and support the entire Highcon™ product line, including the world’s first production speed digital cutting and creasing machine. The partnership is integral to Komori’s overall strategy to create new value and richer communications through “connected print”—the ability to effectively connect various processes to Komori’s diverse functions with the latest technologies.
Pulse Roll Label Products expands technical sales team
Narrow web ink and varnish specialist Pulse Roll Label Products Ltd has announced the appointment of Kevin Green, Technical Sales Manager, as the company continues to expand and strengthen its technical sales team to support its business growth in both the UK and overseas markets.
Essel Group standardizes prepress workflow globally with Esko technology
Essel Propack is a leader in the laminated tube market with a 35% global market share in this packaging segment. Several years ago, the company adopted Esko's prepress and workflow solutions across its plants in India. The goal was to manage consistency in brand colours for their multinational clients. Recently, the company signed a new agreement with Esko reflecting its intention to modernize and integrate its workflow, prepress and quality practices in all their major plants located in 14 locations globally.
Fespa and ESMA collaborate to launch industrial print in production conference
FESPA and ESMA are working in partnership to launch an all-new conference, aimed at industrial printers, manufacturers and brand owners. The Industrial Print in Production conference (7-9 March 2017, Hamburg, Germany) will explore the innovative use of print and related techniques within the production process. The programme will address multiple market sectors including telecoms, automotive, aeronautics, architecture, white goods, healthcare, printed electronics and sports equipment. Speakers will be drawn from both the manufacturing and printing communities, with the aim of sharing informative and inspirational examples of how print can be used in production processes.
Innovation Management at BST eltromat: Preparing the Future
Innovation Management plays a key role at BST eltromat International. What advantages does the company see in the company-wide coordination of its innovative capacity by a central agency? And how do customers benefit from it? For example, from feasibility studies like the inline monitoring of the curing of printed UV colors, the dynamic profiling of printing machines, or 3D measurement in rubber processing.
Taopix has released the latest version of its photobook and gift platform
The new version is the fourth release of 2016 and will be available to all licensees throughout December. The Taopix photo commerce platform gives users the ability to create and order personalised photo products from a wide range of devices including Smartphone, Tablet and PC and this latest version offers licensees significant scope to customise the Desktop Designer interface to match their brand identity.
Printing Industry 4.0 convention highlights prospects for sectors digital future at Heidelberg event
The Industry 4.0 megatrend has also arrived in the printing sector. “Data is the new raw material for our industry,” stressed Michael Neugart, Chairman of the Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH, at a convention of the print and media associations (VDM) for the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria in Wiesloch. Under the banner “This is the Future! Printing Industry 4.0”, around 150 experts explored the question of how the print media industry can use the digital age to its advantage. “As yet, there’s no conclusive definition of what Industry 4.0 actually means for the printing industry,” explained Alexander Lägeler, Managing Director of the VDM in Baden-Württemberg. He said that companies were still finding this out.
Produce unique photobook quality 24/7 with fastBook Professional from ISAG
Following our Swiss engineering tradition, we at ISAG believe in the outstanding quality of printed photo products, manufactured on reliable and high-performance systems. From that point of view, photo books should usually come in a unique, premium quality. We also believe in our international leading industry customers, producing outstanding quality photo products constantly, at optimum working conditions, keeping effort and production costs low.
Major Corporations in Sight for Two Sides Global Anti-Greenwashing Campaign
At the annual meeting of Two Sides Country Managers in London on the 31st October 2016, representatives from Europe, North America, South America, South Africa and Australia determined to renew efforts to stop organisations using anti-print and paper messages in their marketing. Claims like, ‘go paperless, go green’ and ‘go paperless, save trees’, are commonplace as major corporations promote electronic services and products to reduce costs. However, such claims are not backed up by any analysis, they ignore the unique sustainable features of print and paper, and they do not consider the fact that all communication channels have an environmental impact.
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