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Issue: News in Review 2008
Chapter: Headline News February 2008

The Headline News items which appeared in our Home Page news during the first week of February 2008...

The news for the week 4 - 8 February 2008

This week I promised myself not to start with mention of the 'D-word' for a change and kick off with an 'F-word' instead. F, as in FESPA Digital Printing Europe, and its accompanying first-ever textile conference which is being staged to complement and run alongside the digital show in Geneva at the beginning of April.

Check out all the latest additions to the FESPA Newsroom in both the exhibition section for FESPA Digital 2008, and also in the FESPA News section as well, where you will find the conference programme which lists the complete line-up of high-profile speakers for this inaugural event. Just scroll down - there's lots there I can assure you - some of which is not duplicated in our Headline News. Don't be misled by the word 'textile' - FESPA Digital Printing Europe is all about every possible kind of digital printing application - from signage to textiles and everything else in between - even glass and ceramics, plastics and everyday paper and board. It's a complete digital show with more than 40 of its exhibitors who are not exhibiting in Duesseldorf at the end of May. The complete FESPA Digital Printing 2008 Stand-by-Stand guide is also available for you to download as a PDF from our FESPA Newsroom. Check it out.

The second programme, which heads the news on Monday is from the PMA, announcing its complete line-up of more than 40 seminars, training courses and workshops planned during 2008. I love the title of this year's programme and publication - 'Where Professionals Learn from Professionals'. The various events will provide information on industry expertise, production know-how, sales, marketing and management, and are aimed at print buyers, specialists and management staff throughout the entire print media industry.

Tuesday saw Heidelberg take the lead with its best financial quarter results of its current financial year - as well as returning positive nine-month figures; and also with the latest news from Presstek of its latest reorganisational plans revealed as CEO Jeff Jacobson continues to strengthen and reorganise the company for the future. A brilliant performance from AVT also, in its latest set of financial results announced on Wednesday.

Wednesday also saw Micropress gain a new UK first with Inpress Control on its new Speedmaster XL 105 5-colour press. Inpress Control includes a spectrophotometer fitted inside the press for the ultimate in colour control whist the press is running at full rated speeds. It has already resulted in a reduction of between 10 and 20 per cent in makeready times, according to MD Mike Cross, as well as improved colour consistency. More people on the move within Kodak's GCG as the division continues to reorganise its management.

Techni-fold is onto a sure-fire winner with its latest promotional offer for Drupa - with its 100 per cent money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with its Tri-creaser - with more than 30,000 already sold and installed worldwide and doing a fantastic job. I think inventor Graham Harris should have been a bookmaker - given the odds of failure.

The latest Drupa specialist feature articles (now to the D-word at last) are now in our Drupa Newsroom for you from Prof. Frank Romano of RIT and John Parsons of Seybold. There are still more to follow after next week, along with another truck load of stuff I have no doubt, from members of the PrintCity Alliance out of their pre-Drupa press event which I shall be attending during the coming days, followed immediately by MAN Roland's pre-Drupa conference in Augsburg - both of which should be extremely interesting and informative - as well as enjoyable after hours.

Lots of new software releases and announcements this week - so don't miss them - particularly from EskoArtwork and in the packaging arena, from HP with Esko too, as well as a whole mixed bag to work your way through.

Our apologies to readers who may have experienced occasional difficulty in accessing our Website due to the Escom power crisis in South Africa, which has resulted in unfortunate power cuts in central Johannesburg where our servers are based - and elsewhere, which are causing absolute chaos to trade and industry nationwide and badly affecting businesses in all sectors, as well as the economy of the country. A sad reflection of inefficient and incompetent management within Eskom and the Government, which is impacting everyone at this time, and in turn posing a real threat of fuelling a recession according to the latest news from iafrica.com at the time of writing. Sad indeed!

Mike Hilton

Beware of second-hand press scammers!
Fraud alert! Watch out for used press scammers: Warning from Andy McCourt Print21Online Australia and New Zealand...

Around $9 billion in used printing machinery is traded annually across the globe - more than new equipment sales at $5-$6 billion. Whilst there are many reputable and service-oriented dealers, the sheer size of the pie has attracted an unsavoury element; and Australians have been caught in their scams. In his monthly column for Print 21 (Australia and New Zealand), Andy McCourt reveals all and takes one of the scammers for a ride.

It starts with a press that sounds like great value, advertised on one of the international printing machine trading sites and 'situated in the UK.' You express interest, ask the condition, receive photos and the 'dealer' or 'printer' selling it seems very trustworthy. Maybe you even call him on the UK phone number given that begins +44. You then want to inspect the machine and he says he has another party interested but he will hold it for you if you send a 5 per cent or 10 per cent deposit, and he'll even meet you at Heathrow and take you to see it. All seems okay so you instruct your bank to send the deposit to his company, book a cheap flight to the UK, arrive and look for 'Mr John Smith.'

He doesn't show so you call his mobile number or the UK office number. Nothing. You take a taxi to the address in Deptford where he said he had his business. It's a coffee shop and they've never heard of him. You feel sick. You go to the bank branch where you transferred the money, explain your dilemma to the manager who does a discrete check to find the account, only to discover it has been stripped bare. You've just done your deposit money.

Mike Steele is chairman of the British Used Printing Machinery Suppliers Federation and organiser of the UPEX used printing equipment exhibitions around the world. He confirmed that an unnamed Australian buyer arrived at Heathrow last year, to meet the press vendor to whom he had sent a deposit, but who never turned up. A German company also lost 40,000 pounds sterling deposit last year, believing the dealer he had secured a late model Speedmaster 102 from, was genuine. Even the good old British bobbies couldn't help the poor fellow, such is the international nature of the fraud and the speed with which they cover their tracks.

So here's how it works. The photos and descriptions of the presses are usually 'cloned' from genuine Websites. Everything looks hunky-dory, a dealer name and address at Docklands for example. However, the perpetrator is much more likely to be in Nigeria than Canary Wharf! The +44 phone number is a service number, typically starting 0702 or 0870, that can forward to anywhere in the world. The e-mail address is likely to be a free Web address such as yahoo, hotmail or gmail.

You may have spotted the press of your dreams on a bona-fide ethical site such as pressxchange.com - owned by Haymarket Media, publishers of the leading UK journal Printweek, or graphictrader.com. These fraudsters use the credibility of others to build confidence. Or maybe you have received an e-mail from a dealer offering 'clearance prices' on machinery.

Either way, no matter how good it all sounds never part with money until you or someone you trust has physically inspected the machine. No reputable dealer (and I deal with dozens of them) would ask for a deposit before you have inspected a press.

Me and Mr Harrison
Searching for a 5-colour Speedmaster 74 on behalf of a client, I came across a 1995 SM74-5P3 from a London company calling itself 'Excel Graphic Ltd.' Here's the link Clue #1 - there is a reputable dealer named Exel Graphic Services - look for spelling discrepancies. The e-mail address given is: jhrgraphics@yahoo.com (please feel free to spam the hell out of him). Another clue - would a big dealer use a yahoo or gmail-type email address? Also note the discrepancy between the supposed company and email address.

So I ask John Harrison via email for details on the press and he replies:
>>Machine is readily available and can be seen in operation during inspection.
Will you be coming for inspection or you want machine shipped directly to you?
Machine is been patronse(sic) by other interested customers, so i advise you make haste.
Please furnish me with the details above so i can send you the machine details and photos.

Note the poor English - another clue. We continue our online correspondence until he writes:
>>Hello Mr Andy,
I own this machine and it is located in Deptford,London.Attached below are the photos of the press. Machine is free from damages on cylinders and gears.
Normally,machine requires a 10% refundable secuirity deposit to help secure machine for you or any third party prior to inspection.
J.Harrison TEL:+44 702 409 4530<<

Aha! The tell-tale 0702 service phone number! And would a bloke named 'Harrison' call me 'Mr Andy??' I continue to express interest and he writes:

>> Please advise when you will be coming for inspection so i can help you hold down this machine. Kindly advise your company information so i can send you PROFOMA INVOICE with the preferred wire instructions for the deposit.<<

I advise that we don't pay deposits on presses sight unseen, but that a colleague is in Europe and can inspect it. Mr Harrison conveniently does not reply until after the suggested inspection date and says:

>> Hello Andy,
I told you that this machine is been patronize by other prospective customers. The press is not under option, the machine could have been reserve for you but you refuse advising on the deposit. Regards,

This time he misspells his own name! 'Harriosn.' So I tell him he will receive a CASH deposit if only he will let us arrange inspection of the press. He gets a bit uppity, even panicky, at this stage with this gem:

>> Hello Andy,
I understand your procedure and I respect it. But I also have my procedure of my firm. Deposit has to be made and confirm before any inspection. You wont like coming all the way from australia and you wont be allowed to inspected press. There wont be any re-imbursement from my firm.
Thank you,

So there's an example of how it works. You may say 'I would spot that a mile off' but experienced people are being caught every week.

Be careful out there and deal only with reputable known used machinery dealers (and auction houses like Graysonline of course!) if you are looking to save money on used kit.

You're probably wondering what my last message to 'Mr J. Harrison' was?

Okay, here it is:
'Mr Harrison,
You don't really have a press to inspect, do you? It doesn't exist under your control, does it? Be honest with me. Do you really own this press?'

If ever he replies and it's publishable, I'll let you know.

At Graphic Repro On-line we receive a number of enquiries regarding second hand presses and always refer these to reputable and bona fide local organisations, as well as UPEX in the United Kingdom (see the UPEXchange link in our Links section), and In the case of web press enquiries, we likewise refer these to GWS in The Netherlands – also in our Links section and on the Home Page as one of our sponsors. GWS also has an office in Cape Town managed by former owner and founder of GWS, Frank van Dijk.

We are also grateful to our good friends Patrick Howard (publisher of Print21Online) and Andy McCourt for sharing this information and experience with us, as printers in South Africa are equally at risk, given that we are all in the Southern Hemisphere and a long way from London. Ed

© Andy McCourt, Print21Online, on Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

Recycled lies ruin reputation of Japanese companies
Five major Japanese paper manufacturers have owned up to false claims about the recycled content of their products…

Nippon Paper Group paved the way for confessions when it admitted in January this year that it had falsified a claim about the quantity of recovered fibre in a number of its paper products. Since owning up, disgraced president Masatomo Nakamura has now decided to leave the company.

This admission opened the floodgates and saw Oji Paper, Dajo Paper, Mitsubishi Paper Mills and Hokuetsu Paper Mills make similar statements. Oji Paper admitted to claiming that the amount of recycled paper in its copy and printing paper was 50 per cent, when in fact it was between 5 to 10 per cent.

'We had let the ratio of recycled paper fall amid rising shipments while the amount of recycled paper did not grow,' Oji Paper's president, Kazuhisa Shinoda, said to media.

For some of these companies, the damage done has now posed a threat to any chance of potential business. Fuji Xerox Corp, Canon, Konica Minolta and Ricoh in Japan have already announced that they will no longer sell recycled copy and printing paper from Nippon Paper Group.

© Print21Online on Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

Kodak gains two sustainability awards
Kodak again named to ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations’ list as well as an ‘A+’ enviro sustainability rating…

Eastman Kodak Company has once again been named to the list of ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.’

The list is compiled by Corporate Knights, Inc, with Innovest Value Strategic Advisors as the research analytic data provider. Kodak has been selected for the list in all four years of its existence.

As noted on the Global 100 website, a company that makes the Global 100 is part of a select group - companies whose sustainability performance falls within the top five per cent of their sector, and have been chosen from among 2,000 of the world's largest corporations. These companies have demonstrated through performance and strategic intent a greater ability to successfully manage the ‘triple bottom line’ (society, environment, and economy).

In addition to this latest recognition on the Global 100 list, The Roberts Environmental Center, a research institute associated with Claremont McKenna College, has announced that Kodak has received an ‘A+’ sustainability rating in the Scientific, Photo and Control Equipment sector. The next highest rating in the sector was a ‘B’. The Roberts Center has produced some 800 on-line reports on individual companies as a joint effort among the centre's faculty, research associates, and students in Claremont's five colleges. All analyses are available online at: www.roberts.cmc.edu/.

‘Kodak is very pleased that we continue to be recognized for our commitment to global sustainability,’ said David M Kiser, Kodak's director of Health, Safety, and Environment, and a Kodak vice president. ‘It is especially gratifying to know that these ratings were compiled after detailed analysis of key criteria for leading worldwide companies.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

EskoArtwork introduces ArtiosCAD 7.3
World's most popular structural design software for packaging now provides unique rubber design functions…

EskoArtwork, the global market leader in innovative design, pre-production and collaboration solutions for the packaging and commercial printing industry, announces the introduction of ArtiosCAD 7.3. The latest version of the world's most popular structural design software for packaging provides easier design features, more realistic views of packaging against backgrounds and extensive support for new operating systems and applications.

With dedicated tools specifically designed for packaging professionals for structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing-and with integration capabilities with product design packages such as SolidWorks-ArtiosCAD increases productivity throughout the entire packaging supply chain, a significant reason why nearly 70 per cent of all structural packaging worldwide is designed on ArtiosCAD.

ArtiosCAD is the ideal product for all corrugated, folding cartons and POP displays. Its design and drafting tools include functions that structural designers need to get their job done accurately and efficiently. Complete 3D integration allows for quick prototyping of designs and presentations, eliminating communication errors and reducing design review cycles.

Realistic background image
EskoArtwork has further enhanced the ArtiosCAD 'background image' feature that lets users place their 3D structural designs in a store 'environment'. New tools in ArtiosCAD 7.3 help the user create even more realistic views with a range of control functions that further enhance the visual model: preparing the proper scale, orientation and perspective, and by providing drop shadows, influenced by the light position. This allows the brand owner to see a very realistic view of how a product will look on the store shelves before time and money is invested in packaging samples.

Rubber design & layout module
ArtiosCAD 7.3 includes a rubber design module for ejection rubber profiles. It is an automatic one-click solution for creating ejection rubber profiles for a cutting die - using a sophisticated set of user configurable rules taking into consideration rule type, location, geometry and other parameters. It even recognises nicks and bolt holes. Parameter sets can be stored for different customer needs and different die types. A full range of editing tools can make adjustments or changes to the automatic solution, providing ultimate flexibility and control over ejection rubber designs. For example, an automatic layout feature can 'nest' the cutting profiles, making efficient use of the rubber sheet, saving time in production, as well as materials costs.

Combined with a Kongsberg table, designs can be sent immediately to the cutting table to automatically create the cutting profiles-using a dry process that allows the profiles to be used for the production of cutting profiles, without delay. A company can save considerable time and money, without the need to cut designs manually. Terry Schroeder, general manager of Schroeder & Bogardus Die Co. based in Anaheim, CA, USA, said, ‘We use the ArtiosCAD 7.3 rubber design module to help create the rubber on a die board used to eject the material from the tooling. The module allows us to quickly and automatically create the rubber geometries for a variety of jobs. The feature is very robust and versatile, lending itself to packaging tooling as well as non-packaging applications. And, the file format is very open-we use it with our laser cutter. Overall, the ArtiosCAD 7.3 rubber design module makes production of our dies much easier.’

Design smarter and faster
ArtiosCAD 7.3 has a number of new design features created to simplify tasks and save time. Some of the major improvements include:
• Rebuildable designs after deleting layers
• The capability to create quarter designs and automatically copy them horizontally or vertically, joining lines of all sections together to produce a symmetric shape.
• Distribution of line dimensions when copying complicated selections and construction lines
• Easier zooming and panning using the middle mouse scroll wheel
• A tool that can preserve, at the user's option, the same angle, radius, arc, or size of a line, when a package is stretched.

Enhancing the 3D experience
ArtiosCAD 7.3 also has expanded functionality in its 3D Designer for viewing and reports. For example, with a simplified process, PDF files of reports can contain a '3D' window in which to place an interactive 3D model.

As an open system, ArtiosCAD 7.3 supports the U3D universal standard for three-dimensional data, exporting the ArtiosCAD A3D format to the new U3D format and exporting data to a PDF file with an embedded U3D model. In addition to Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP64, and SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Express support, ArtiosCAD 7.3 will now run on Apple Macintosh computers driving Windows operating systems within the Parallels desktop. To make the work areas easier-and more accessible-for all users, ArtiosCAD 7.3 has dual monitor support, allowing users to design with views from two monitors. ArtiosCAD's Portable Workstation allows a designer to work on a remote laptop, away from the corporate network. Copies of relevant libraries, tables, and common data are moved to a local folder for easy reference.

‘We have added significant features to ArtiosCAD 7.3,’ explained Richard Deroo, product manager Structural Design, ‘They focus on four general areas: tools to make it even easier to work and navigate within ArtiosCAD; a focus on maintaining open access to Esko ArtiosCAD on a number of operating systems and within environments such as laptop and dual-monitor use; tools that make it even easier to place 3D images onto a background in perspective; and a new module to design ejection rubber profiles.’

ArtiosCAD 7.3 will be released at the end of January. As a fundamental part of the world's most complete set of integrated packaging preproduction software tools, it will be offered in version 7.3 of Esko Software Suite 7.

For more information, visit: www.esko.com. In Southern Africa, Esko Artwork is represented by Kemtek Imaging Systems. Additional information can be found at: www.kemtek.co.za. Former Artwork Systems products are also available from Beswick Machinery.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

Four new HP Indigo Label and Packaging DFE's
New label and packaging digital front-ends for HP Indigo created in collaboration with EskoArtwork…

HP has announced a significant new enhancement in HP Indigo label and packaging production solutions – a series of four dedicated digital front-end (DFE) label and packaging production printing tools – created in collaboration with EskoArtwork. These new solutions give HP Indigo customers enhanced abilities to confidently pursue even more possibilities, create a competitive advantage, and drive profits by increasing shop floor productivity and elevating the prepress capabilities for digital label and packaging production.

'Today’s announcement represents the next important step in the Print 2.0 initiative for HP Indigo, and shows how we are further extending the digital platform in label and packaging production,' said Alon Bar-Shany (pictured right), vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. 'By working with a respected, best-in-class provider like EskoArtwork, we continue to provide customers with quality- and productivity-enhancing solutions that make labels and packaging two of the fastest-growing segments in digital printing.'

Available now for users of all presses HP sells into the label and packaging market, including the HP Indigo presses ws4000, ws4050 and ws4500, the four new solutions include:

• HP Indigo Labels and Packaging Server, powered by EskoArtwork, a DFE server that establishes PDF 1.6 workflows, eliminates time needed to prepare files for raster image processing (RIPing), and enables on-screen soft proofing and ICC colour management. The server also gives operators the ability to reduce waste by creating repeat-length settings in prepress, plus it offers HP Indigo press ws4500 users Pantone-certified conversion tables for four-, six-, and seven-colour printing; “double-hit” separations for more effective use of white ink; and options for high-definition or standard screening.

• HP Indigo Labels and Packaging Colour Kit, powered by EskoArtwork, a high-end colour management solution that gives users the ability to cost-effectively and quickly match Pantone colours, flexography, offset, or other print outputs. This tool, which incorporates EskoArtwork’s Kaleidoscope software, also enables spectral profiling of special colours and individually stores them in a database for consistent quality and repeatability.

• HP Indigo Labels and Packaging VDP Tools, a set of Adobe Illustrator plug-ins offered as a package or stand-alone modules that enable variable-data, barcode, and step and repeat work in digital printing environments.

• HP Indigo Labels and Packaging Connectivity Module, a driver that enables the HP Indigo Labels and Packaging Server to connect to the HP Indigo press, feeding up to four HP Indigo presses in a non-concurrent print mode.

These new solutions replace both the prior on-board DFE, as well as the EskoArtwork solutions HP Indigo sold through a reseller agreement. The new HP Indigo Label and Packaging solutions also represent the next evolution in HP’s successful history of collaboration with EskoArtwork, the world leader in label and packaging prepress systems. These new solutions are designed exclusively for HP Indigo workflows, with HP assuming full ownership of service, customer training and warrantees.

The new label and packaging digital front-end solutions are also compatible with the HP Smart Labels and Authentication Solution, which offers HP Indigo customers the tools to efficiently produce functional, versatile and affordable smart labels and packaging for use in anti-counterfeiting processes and supply-chain management operations, particularly in pharmaceutical electronic pedigree label and packaging environments requiring full serialisation.

'With an estimated 30 – 40 per cent annual growth, digital printing is the fastest growing market segment within package printing. EskoArtwork’s work with HP acknowledges the importance of digital label printing and the powerful capabilities of the HP Indigo product line,' commented Carsten Knudsen, EskoArtwork CEO. 'EskoArtwork’s software and workflow solutions inside the HP Indigo Labels and Packaging tools assure HP customers of exceptional, consistent, colour-managed print production that meets the requirements of consumer product companies and their brand managers.'

HP Indigo is represented throughout Southern Africa by Kemtek Imaging Systems. For additional information please visit: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

Fujifilm launches version 2.0 of XMF Workflow
Fujifilm to debut V2.0 of its advanced cross-media, pre-media workflow, XMF, with Adobe's PDF Print Engine at Drupa…

At the pre-Drupa Media Week in Düsseldorf in January, Fujifilm Corporation announced V2.0 of its advanced pre-media workflow, Fujifilm Workflow XMF, that will bring further benefits to commercial printers operating both traditional analogue and digital print processes. Under the banner ‘Digital Power at Your Control’, Fujifilm will be demonstrating how V2.0 of XMF can bring further control to multi-output print processes through the introduction of Fujifilm's unique intelligent automation and image processing technology.

Based on the PDF Print Engine from Adobe, XMF V2.0 brings better control of quality across different print processes, improved efficiency, better productivity and dramatically improves the communications with print buyers and specifiers.

The major enhancements to V2.0 of XMF are as follows:
Collaborative online proofing and web communication
Fujifilm Workflow XMF V2.0 introduces an enhanced Web-based communications module featuring tools such as XMF Remote (including a unique 3D ‘mock-up’ of the actual imposed job). These tools helps improve communications with print specifiers as they feature comprehensive job submission, approval and online proofing functionality. However, XMF V2.0 takes these features one step further as it incorporates Fujifilm's unique colour management technologies, ‘Dynamic Colour Management’ and ‘Appearance Matching Model’. These technologies can simulate the actual appearance of a print job in the environment in which it will appear, and take into account such variables as the paper type and ink used. This functionality takes the concept of soft proofing one stage further, allowing commercial printers to add further value to their service offering, reducing the amount of re-work and the potential for error.

Dynamic and enhanced hybrid workflow
In V2.0 of XMF, Fujifilm has enhanced the intelligent automation built into the core product, making it possible to switch automatically from one type of media output to another, by enhancing Fujifilm's built-in imposition and colour management functionality. By utilising JDF, Fujifilm has built a true-hybrid workflow where the imposition and colour management of a PDF job can automatically be reworked to suit multiple output devices very quickly and easily, bringing unprecedented flexibility and control to complex print operations.

Intelligent image optimisation with XMF C-Fit
Fujifilm is introducing an image optimisation module into XMF, called XMF C-Fit, to add further value to the services printers offer their customers. Fujifilm's Image Intelligence technologies built into XMF C-Fit automate the process of analysing and improving RGB images that arrive from various sources. XMF C-Fit incorporates a number of Fujifilm image processing algorithms, including Face Recognition and Skin Smoothing, Light Source Recognition, Exposure and White Balance Adjustment, and Sharpness Enhancement, to create an RGB Digital Master.

XMF C-Fit's colour Appearance Matching technology maps the colour gamut of the RGB Digital Master to the maximum gamut potential of the profiled target device. It also allows users to convert RGB files to CMYK without changing or losing the feel of RGB images to ensure the best possible colour conversion from original to printed image. XMF C-Fit is also very easy to use, utilising a Hot Folder based workflow with drag and drop operation. This new module within XMF gives printers the opportunity to offer improved and enhanced services to their existing customers as well as the ability to offer a unique service to attract new business.

The core technology supporting many of the enhancements in XMF is Fujifilm's unique colour image processing technology, Image IntelligenceTM, a technology which originated in Fujifilm's minilab systems and now being utilised in many other Fujifilm products. This core technology includes:
• Appearance Matching technology designed to match the appearance, taking viewing environment and output media into account.
• Dynamic Colour Management technology that actively changes the output target settings (paper, ink, printing format etc.) and simulates the finish.
• Image Intelligence image processing technology into which Fujifilm has channeled its know-how cultivated through the imaging technology development

Further information concerning exhibits and demonstrations of Fujifilm products at Drupa 2008 will continue to be announced in advance, and can be accessed via the Fujifilm Drupa 2008 Website.

These will also appear in Graphic Repro On-line’s dedicated Drupa 2008 Newsroom and in our Headline News when made available. Fujifilm is represented throughout Southern Africa by Printing Products at: www.printprod.co.za. You can also use the animated Fujifilm banner or Fujifilm sponsor logo to take you directly to Printing Products’ Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

More than just facts and figures – 24/7
At www.drupa.de a mouse click takes you to Drupa 2008…

The Drupa service portal is the international print and paper industry’s most important online platform offering users more than just facts and figures relating to the trade fair. This extraordinary Website is dedicated to the entire print and media industry community. At www.drupa.de, the global industry comes together in an interactive environment where they can access relevant information and news, communicate among themselves and network with business partners from around the globe.

With over 1,800 exhibitors spread across a total of some 170,000 square metres of exhibition space in 19 halls set to meet with 400,000 expected visitors, this record-breaking staging of Drupa promises to be the industry highlight of the year. Exhibitors and visitors have the chance to prepare their showcases or tours of the fair in advance on the Drupa Internet portal. To this end, the service portal acts as a helpful source of information as well as offering lots of other useful and interesting functions. Structured around five, easy-to-navigate main menu items, precise planning and preparations for the print media fair, to be staged from 29 May to 11 June 2008, are as much a breeze as casual browsing.

DrupaWorld – where the industry gets up to speed
The complete range of news offerings is located under the DrupaWorld section, where the latest on Drupa 2008, its special presentations as well as top reports from the print and media industry are at your fingertips. On top of that, users can sign up to receive the free newsletter which is customised according to subscribers’ individual interests. 'Specials' contains multimedia features that present information interactively. The 'FlipBook', for one, allows you to turn the virtual 'pages' of the latest issue of Drupa report, while the 'mediacenter' offers entertainment pure and simple. From photos through podcasts to DrupaTV, there are no limits to the multimedia applications harnessed.

Search, find, organise – the best way to prepare for a trade fair visit
Companies & Products is packed with multifaceted options that contribute to the perfect planning of a successful trade fair visit focused on individual interests. With the Drupa search engine, it’s easy to conduct targeted and detailed exhibitor and product research. Selected companies, complete with the relevant hall plan, exhibitor’s exact location and stand number, can be conveniently managed in 'My Organizer'. The automatically created print version can then be used as a navigational aid to guide visitors directly to the exhibitors of their choice. 'My Catalog' assists users in compiling their own personalised catalogue of company profiles, product details and exhibitor contacts – it’s the perfect companion to the official Drupa 2008 trade fair catalogue, which will be published in ten languages.

A new tool making its debut in time for Drupa 2008 will be the 'matchmaking' function. This online feature works much the same way as a digital notice board. As a result, supply and demand are brought together in an uncomplicated fashion. 'matchmaking' has already proved its value on some of Messe Düsseldorf’s other Internet portals and will now be available for Drupa 2008, too.

Visitor Service – book online and save
Visitor Service not only boasts a comprehensive database of facts and figures including opening hours, hotel and city info, contacts and travel tips but also a monetary benefit. Those who book their admission tickets online save more than 30 per cent. Plus, the tickets entitle holders to travel to the fair and back on buses, trams, trains and the underground free of charge within the fare zone of the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Sieg Regional Transport Networks (VRR and VRS).

Services for exhibitors
Every registered exhibitor receives a personal login to the Exhibitor Service. Here, exhibiting companies can take advantage of a wealth of presentation options that help potential customers to get the lowdown on the company and its products in the run-up to the fair. Thanks to the ServiceCompass with its full range of service offerings and functions, it’s possible to organise a participation entirely via the Internet.

Not only is www.drupa.de the most important Internet portal and consequently the virtual meeting point for the whole print and media industry, it caters equally to Drupa 2008 exhibitors, visitors and all of the other companies in the industry plus potential customers. www.drupa.de – more than just facts and figures. Of course, you can also just use the sponsor logo or banner on our Home Page – they will also take you there…

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 February 2008.

Programme for FESPA's first Digital Textile Conference
Conference in association with Digital Textile e-Broadcast at FESPA Digital Printing Europe to feature key industry experts...

FESPA has announced the conference programme for its first-ever Digital Textile Conference (31 March to 1 April 2008). Entitled Digital Printing for Commercial Success, the conference will focus on both commercial and technical topics, examining market opportunities in the sector. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear a number of digital textile printing authorities, including Gerrit Koele, Mike Willis, Patti Williams and Stewart Partridge, examine a variety of issues, providing valuable insight into the sector.

Delivered in partnership with industry publication Digital Textile e-Broadcast, the two-day conference brings together for the first time a significant number of speakers who are practising textile printers. Digital pioneers from each of the main textile market areas, the speakers will discuss their businesses, assess the current stage of the industry’s development including commercial opportunities in this expanding market, as well as discussing future prospects.

FESPA managing director Frazer Chesterman commented, 'FESPA has recently witnessed tremendous interest in wide-format digital printing technology for textile applications among members. So, we feel it’s the right time to support our members in this market with a dedicated conference. We’re pleased to offer renowned experts from each of the key textile industry areas who can share their knowledge and expertise with delegates who may be looking at investing in digital textile printing.'

On the opening day, Gerrit Koele, of the Dutch technical-fabric producer Royal Ten Cate, will give the keynote address, discussing the importance of digital printing to the European textile industry. Gerrit Koele will also discuss the aims of the €12.7 million Digitex project, examining the development of hardware and software for the surface treatment of textile finishing at the nanoscale.

Other subject areas to be explored during the conference include consumer customisation in garment printing, inks for garment printing, technical developments in digital textile machinery and production and sampling for fashion and interiors.

Conference moderator and digital textile expert John Scrimshaw added, 'With the rapid changes and technical advances that we are seeing in the industry, it’s a great advantage that we now have an event dedicated entirely to digital textile printing. It provides printers interested in this sector a real opportunity to learn about the market and identify which technologies would work best for them.'

FESPA Digital Textile Conference speakers include:
• Gerrit Koele, Royal Ten Cate: The importance of digital printing to the European textile industry
• Jos Bastiaans, Print Unlimited: Production printing
• Rob Morskate, Osiris Digital Prints: The new superfast Isis machine
• Stewart Partridge, Nazdar Group: Inks for digital outdoor applications
• Patti Williams, IT Strategies: Market projections for digitally printed fabrics and garments
• Carole Porzycki, Affaire Personnelle: Consumer customisation in garment printing
• Vicky Begg, CAT Digital (Glasgow School of Art): Customised design, classic fabrics from archive designs and fine art
• Mickael Mheidle, Sawgrass Europe: Inks for garment printing
• Peter C Stehr, Kleen-Tex Industries GmbH: Carpet and pile fabric printing
• Martin Thurmer, Shipmate: Flag printing
• John Scrimshaw, Digital Textile: Welcome address
• Mike Willis, Pivotal Resources: Technical developments in digital textile machinery
• Ron Smart, R A Smart Digital Textile Printing Services: Production and sampling for fashion & interiors
• Michael Lazzara, Du Pont Digital Printing: Inks for fashion and interiors
• Ian Ingle, Eyes Wide Digital: From fine art to deckchairs
• Markus Dorer, DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG: Pre-treatment and finishing

Visitors to the Digital Textile Conference 31 March to 1 April, taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, will be able to easily combine this valuable event with a visit to the FESPA Digital Printing Europe 2008 exhibition (1 to 3 April) to be held at the Palexpo exhibition centre, immediately adjacent to the hotel.

The conference delegate rate of €795 for non-members (€695 for members) includes lunch and dinner and one night’s hotel accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Further programme and booking details are available on the FESPA Digital web site at www.fespadigital.com, where delegates can book now.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

Fujifilm increases conventional plate/film prices
Fujifilm announces double-digit price increase for conventional plates and film across Europe and Africa from next month…

Fujifilm today announces that it is to increase the price of conventional plates, film and related chemicals in 2008, across Europe and Africa. In the UK, this increase of between 10 – 20 per cent will be implemented in March.

Keith Dalton, director of Fujifilm UK’s graphic systems division said, 'We’re still facing a great many cost pressures when it comes to our plate manufacturing. The price of aluminium and other raw materials, including crude petroleum, are still at very high levels and we, like the rest of the industry, have experienced a significant drop in the sales volume of conventional plates in recent years. Under these circumstances, the cost of manufacturing conventional plates and related chemicals has risen exponentially and we have had to take the reluctant but necessary decision to increase the price.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

The UK’s first HP Indigo press 3500
Your Print Solution invested in the UK’s first HP Indigo press 3500 at Digital Print World last autumn…

HP has announced that Your Print Solution has invested in the UK’s first HP Indigo press 3500. The press, launched in May 2007 at HP’s Graphic Arts Summit in Rome, was purchased from HP partner The Digital People, at Digital Print World (DPW) in London last year.

Your Print Solution is using its new HP Indigo press to produce a wide range of collateral and commercial materials for print management agencies, as well as direct to businesses; these products were previously produced on an HP Indigo press 1000, also purchased from The Digital People.

'When the time came for us to invest in a new digital press we knew we wanted to stay with HP because of the great print quality,' said Steven Brown, managing director, Your Print Solution. 'The launch of HP Indigo press 3500 was a great opportunity to invest in the latest technology.'

The HP Indigo press 3500 builds upon the success of the HP Indigo press 3050, offering commercial and in-plant printing companies a high-quality digital press at an entry-level price. The press provides an ideal printing solution for small volume marketing collateral, direct mail, books and manuals. Providing simplified operation with the HP Indigo Press Production Manager and state-of-the-art colour management with four and six colour Pantone emulations and ICC profiling, it offers increased production value and productivity, enabling volume-based profit opportunities.

Over the last few months Your Print Solution has seen a significant increase in personalisation and variable data work, which the new press handles efficiently and quickly. All jobs are now printed in-house, making production more cost-effective for Your Print Solution and enabling the company to pass on savings down the supply-chain.

During the first six weeks of production the HP Indigo press 3500 ran from 8am to 4am to cater to demand, printing jobs as varied as personalised Christmas cards to 350 page financial reports.

'The press is so easy to work with, the colours are fantastic, the print quality is great and we have significantly increased our productivity,' said Brown. 'We have had to double our paper supply and make further investments in finishing equipment to ensure we are maximising the press’s capabilities.'

Your Print Solution recently produced 2,000, four-page application forms for nationwide stores of a popular high-street retailer, using its HP Indigo press 3500. The lead times for printing this job lithographically would have been between four and five days, however, using its new digital press the company was able to deliver all 2,000 items the same evening.

The production speed of the new HP Indigo press 3500 – up to 68 pages per minute in four-colours or 136ppm in monochrome – has also enabled the company to take on more print-on-demand work.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

Newspaper total audience is growing says WAN
New global initiatives to provide a more complete picture of newspaper audience through cross-media measurements…

Newspapers around the globe are extending their reach through the Internet and other media, yet print circulation generally remains the standard for measuring newspaper audience. New global initiatives to provide a more complete picture of newspaper audience through cross-media measurements are
the subject of a major session at the upcoming World Newspaper Advertising Conference & Expo.

The World Association of Newspapers conference, to be held on 13 and 14 March in Budapest, Hungary, will examine the latest cross-media audience measurement techniques and include a report from the Media Measurement Integration Task Force, a global alliance dedicated to promoting new cross-media measurement standards: www.wan-press.org/MMITF/home.php.

With online newspaper readership reaching record levels in many markets, newspaper advertising executives are clamouring to have this expanded reach accurately reported and reflected in print and digital advertising packages.

Speakers in the session include: Christian Gartmann, director of media partner relations & marketing for Publicitas; and Jean-Christophe Francet, senior project manager & deputy head of business development for PubliGroupe, the Swiss-based media advertising sales, marketing and management company; Erik Grimm, research director of Cebuco, the marketing arm of the Dutch Newspaper Association; and Chris Boyd, president of the
International Audit Bureaux of Circulation.

Full details of the conference, which will be hosted by the Hungarian Newspaper Publishers Association and opened by Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky can be found at: www.wan-press.org/budapest2008. The theme of the conference is 'Reaching new audiences and building new revenues'.

Other sessions will provide:
• A keynote address on 'how to win more advertising agency business in the multi-media age' by Marcus Wilding, vice president of the Carat Global media agency network.

• Strategic advice from newspaper companies that have built successful multi-media advertising businesses. The session will feature Felipe Goron, director of marketing and sales for the newspaper unit of RBS in Brazil; Robert Stalmach, director of Content Licensing and Mobile at Gazeta.pl in Poland; and Andre McGarrigle, director of Research and Customer Insight at Guardian News and Media in the United Kingdom.

• A 'Shaping the Future of the Newspaper' session that will examine new interactive advertising opportunities in 'advergaming', search, blogs, social networking and more. Three experts - Mikal Rohde, CEO of Schibsted Search in Norway; Dan Ferguson, founder and director of game development for Blockdot in the United States; and Miklos Gaspar, executive director of BlogAds in Hungary; will explain how these new innovations are becoming an essential part of the advertising mix for newspaper companies. www.futureofthenewspaper.com

• A review of the partnerships that are emerging between newspaper companies and pure play digital companies and the long-term impact they will have on the newspaper market.

• Compelling new evidence of the true value of newspaper advertising and its effectiveness. Speakers include Mort Goldstrom, vice president for advertising of the Newspaper Association of America; Robert Ray, marketing director of the Newspaper Society in the United Kingdom; and Maureen Duffy, CEO of the Newspaper Marketing Agency in the United Kingdom.

• A look to the future, and whether newspaper sales people should be trained to be true multi-media experts or be specialists in individual media channels. The session will include examples of both approaches, as well as companies that are outsourcing advertising.

Full details available at: www.wan-press.org/budapest2008/home.php

The conference will be held at the Novotel Budapest Congress and World Trade Centre. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Hungarian, with the possibility for other languages depending on demand. An accompanying persons tour to Budapest landmarks is also planned.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

EFI expands its Jetrion facility
Demonstrates EFI commitment to industrial inkjet market...

EFI has doubled the space dedicated to its Jetrion industrial inkjet research, development and manufacturing operation located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, growing from 3,300 to 6,600 sq/metres.

‘With the recent launch of the Jetrion 4000 full-colour inkjet system and our broadened geographic reach, interest in our Jetrion product line has continued to escalate,’ said Dr. Kenneth Stack, EFI VP and general manager, Jetrion. ‘When we moved into our new facility last year, we were only occupying half of the space, but we anticipated expansion needs and negotiated an option for the other half of the facility. In less than two years, that expansion was needed. At 70,000 square feet (6,600 sq/m), the Jetrion facility is one of the largest inkjet ink and hardware facilities in the world. With this expanded facility, we will be able to foster additional growth in our 3000 and 4000 series business, as well as accommodate the new integration projects we are winning in the marketplace.’

Located just 15 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Jetrion's facility has 6,600 sq/m of floor area, much of it dedicated to the company's major expansion of its inkjet ink manufacturing, printer development and system integration capacity to meet growing demand for its products. Jetrion systems are used for short run and variable printing of barcodes, numbering, text and graphics on labels, tags, tickets, forms, and plastic cards in monochrome and full colour. Key areas within the facility include a state-of-the-art inkjet ink manufacturing area for production of solvent, UV and water-based inkjet ink products, as well as ink and printer system development labs. Jetrion's custom integrated solutions projects are also located in the new facility.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

Hearst Magazines selects GMG ColorProof
Certified colour proofing enables publisher to dial in accurately and consistently to any colour target for its colour proofing…

GMG Americas, the US office of Germany-based GMG, supplier of high-end colour management and proofing solutions, has announced that Hearst Magazines, Manhattan, a unit of Hearst Corporation, has installed GMG's award-winning ColorProof proofing solution to boost the accuracy and consistency of its colour proofing workflow for editorial pages.

Most of Hearst's 19 US magazines (including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, O, House Beautiful, Town & Country and others) have their own production departments, as well as a digital imaging specialist who performs colour corrections and scanning. Page layouts and internal proofs are also performed by these magazines. Completed pages are sent to Hearst's central prepress department, where they are trapped, preflighted, double-checked, reproofed using GMG ColorProof, and sent to the printer.

GMG ColorProof colour management software system, provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing engines to produce digital contract colour proofs, precisely matched to the printing press. It contains a variety of professional tools and output modules for a wide range of output devices and can be calibrated against all standard colour charts using a spectrophotometer. GMG ColorProof supports all currently available spot colour systems, including the recent Pantone Goe, and is compatible with standard ICC profiles, which can be combined with GMG device link profiles.

Internal consistency, reduced cycle time
The need for consistency was the primary reason Hearst sought a new colour management and proofing solution. Because the company operates no less than 26 individual proofing systems, 'Trying to get everyone on the same page was important,' said Michael Patrissi, Colour & Quality Assurance analyst, who reports that the magazines are happier with what they're getting on the proof because they now have the reasonable expectation of a good match when they go to press. 'Since we have implemented GMG ColorProof, the magazines have the confidence that when they send us a file, it will look the same when we're finished with it. The proofs we produce have the same colour match as the proofs they have produced using their own GMG ColorProof systems.'

External consistency
Like most publishers, Hearst agrees with its printers to set up to one particular colour standard - normally SWOP - in order to ensure a good match between proof and press. With GMG ColorProof, Hearst is consistently able to prove how accurately it can supply proofs to that standard. Affirms Patrissi, ‘As long as the printer does the same, we end up with good results.’

Armed with an accurate SWOP proof, Hearst's multi-plant printers can now work more efficiently and accurately on press with a minimum of tweaking. Prior to the installation, said Patrissi, 'Feedback from our printers was that although our proof-to-press accuracy was good, in certain areas of the colour gamut it could have been better.' Post-installation, he confirmed, 'Our printers have commented how they can achieve a closer match to our proofs, resulting in faster makereadies. We can stand behind what we send out now because GMG ColorProof is able to verify a closer match to any particular colour target.'

Out of the box accuracy, a stock question
The goal of any colour proofing system is to achieve a perfect match between proof and press. In reality, however, that perfection is elusive, and users of most systems typically expect to perform fine colour adjustments to compensate for a less-than-accurate match. With that expectation in mind, Hearst was pleasantly surprised to find that GMG ColorProof demonstrated an ability to achieve most basic Pantone colours 'straight out of the box'. Commented Patrissi, 'We didn't anticipate that when we brought it in. We expected to do a little tweaking, then found we didn't have to.' Hearst's move to GMG ColorProof also has enabled the company to profile and output on different types of stocks, expanding their in-house capabilities with newsprint, poster and photographic media.

Hearst's knowledgeable prepress team installed the GMG ColorProof software itself, and then trained the imaging specialists to calibrate the systems. With standard profiles, users of GMG ColorProof need run only a single printer calibration process, while the redesigned user interface makes navigating in GMG ColorProof more intuitive, enabling users to get up to speed more quickly. Patrissi added, 'The interface makes it fast and convenient to administer and calibrate our machines. Once the target is achieved, only a routine calibration is necessary.'

Hearst's experience demonstrates that GMG ColorProof meets all contract proofing requirements, including colour accuracy and repeatability, even in the most demanding environments. 'Of the systems we evaluated, GMG ColorProof was one of the best solutions for achieving a very accurate match to any target,' said Patrissi, 'It's customisable in the sense that you can take SWOP or GRACoL or anything else and match to it. If you're looking for day-to-day repeatability, GMG ColorProof is an excellent tool.'

For more information visit: www.gmgcolour.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

Xerox increases portfolio in wide-format inkjet
Xerox adds colour and black-and-white printers to its wide-format inkjet portfolio for CAD and GIS markets…

Xerox has increased the size of its portfolio of wide-format printers with the release of the 7142 colour wide-format printer that delivers high-speed and cost-effective printing, and the 6050A wide-format black-and-white printer for producing construction plans and engineering renderings.

Specifically designed for the computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS) markets, the Xerox 7142 colour wide-format printer is a high-speed, cost-effective option for the engineering, architectural and construction sectors.

'The 7142 allows customers to further explore all the applications that CAD wide-format printing can offer,' said Alewyn van Staden, wide-format product manager at Bytes Document Solutions, authorised distributor of Xerox products and solutions to 24 sub-Saharan countries. 'This is strong evidence of Xerox's continuing commitment to grow its wide-format range in areas requested by customers.'

The Xerox 7142 has printing resolutions from 360 to 2880dpi and a maximum print speed of 40 sq/metres hour, making it a standout in the industry.

The device uses the latest inkjet printing-head technology that allows control over each individual droplet size, giving finer lines and contours even at lower resolutions. The variable droplet technology allows low-cost uncoated media to be used for check plots at lower resolutions and at higher resolutions with coated media it produces high-quality output for presentation and artist impression applications.

In addition, the inkjet heads are permanent, so they never need replacing and improve reliability and drive down running costs.

'Image quality is constantly cited as the factor printing companies consider first when making a wide-format equipment purchase decision, with operating costs always a close second,' said Van Staden. The Xerox 6050A wide-format printer is a mid-volume, black-and-white system for operations that require more speed and have higher print volumes than can be met with an entry-level product.

Printing up to nine 594mm x 841mm (A1) images per minute and equipped with the Xerox FreeFlow Accxes Print Server, the new system enables users to keep up with the growing demand for printed architectural and engineering renderings, electrical diagrams, GIS/mapping and construction plans and drawings.

The 6050A printer offers 600 x 1200dpi print resolution and is available in four configurations - a two- or four-roll printer only, or a two- or four-roll multifunction device with an optional wide-format colour scan system.

The Xerox 6050A easily fits into existing customer workflows. The standard integrated Xerox FreeFlow Accxes Print Server offers advanced software features and functionality. The print server supports Design Web Format for sharing engineering designs. A Raster Feature Key enables direct printing of BMP, GIF, PNG and JPEG 200 file formats commonly found in the AEC environment, so users do not need to open files in an editing or viewing application before printing.

For additional information, contact Alewyn van Staden at Bytes Document Solutions, formerly Xerox South Africa, headquartered in Johannesburg. BDSOL distributes Xerox products and solutions in 24 sub-Saharan African countries. E-mail: Alewyn.vanstaden@bdsol.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 7 February 2008.

AVT's first consolidated figures to include GMI
AVT reports record revenues for 2007 with a massive 40 per cent year on year growth in sales reaching $40 million…

• First consolidated figures including GMI, acquired in October 2007, contributed $7.5 million to AVT’s Q4 income
• 23 per increase in net income, (excluding GMI)
• 145 per cent increase in consolidated order back log reaching $23 million
• AVT R&D (excluding GMI) up 29 per cent in advance of Drupa 2008

Advanced Vision Technology completed a successful 2007 with 40 per cent increase in revenues to US $39.9 million compared with US $28.5 million in 2006.

The sharp increase in revenues is partially attributed to the consolidation of GMI’s results in Q4 of 2007. GMI was acquired in October 2007 for US $33.5 million and contributed US $7.5 million to AVT’s Q4 revenues. AVT’s revenues for the year (excluding GMI) were up 13.7 per cent over 2006 to US $32.4 million. The increase in revenues is attributed to the good market conditions, allowing the company to expand its activities in the labels and packaging markets.

The acquisition of Graphics Microsystems Inc (GMI) was closed on 1 October, 2007. GMI is a supplier of closed loop colour control (CLC) systems, colour management reporting software and remote digital ink fountain control systems to leading commercial printers and press manufacturers worldwide.

This acquisition signifies the continuing growth of AVT and its ability to move into new markets, with GMI products largely targeted in the commercial, semi-commercial, newspaper and specialty printing markets.

Consolidated revenues from maintenance, service and training increased to US $4.1 million in 2007. AVT’s service revenues (excluding GMI) increased to US $2.5 million, an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year.

Gross profit increased to US $23 million up from US $17.6 million in 2006, up 30 per cent.

AVT’s net profit for the year (excluding GMI) totalled US $6.7 million, up 23 per cent over 2006. GMI’s loss in Q4 2007 totalled US $1.8 million (mostly attributable to US $2.23 million amortisation of acquired intangibles) leading to a net profit of US $4.82 million compared with US $5.4 million in 2006. Proforma net profit excluding amortization of intangibles increased to $7.05 million, up 30.6 per cent over 2006.

As of 31 December, the company had an order backlog of US $23 million, an increase of 145 per cent over 2006. Order back log (excluding GMI) was US $10.94 million, up 16.5 per cent compared to 2006.

AVT’s strategic commitment to investment in R&D is based on the continuous dialogue with industry leaders and press manufacturers to understand their needs. Research and development expenses (excluding GMI) increased to US $4.5 million in 2007, up 29 per cent over 2006 results (US $3.5 million). This increase in investment is owed largely to R&D activities as we move towards the industry’s most important print trade show, Drupa 2008, in May.

‘The continued growth and success of AVT in 2007 is a reflection of our sustained market focus, extensive R&D, business development activities and acquisitions,’ said Shlomo Amir, president and CEO. ‘We can take encouragement from the complementary technological and marketing strengths delivered by the acquisition of GMI last year. We intend to make every effort to build on technological synergies and to grasp the opportunity to enter new market segments.’

‘It is thus clear to envision the many new channels of opportunity the GMI acquisition represents: new capabilities for our label and packaging automatic inspection platforms, and an open road to new market segments,’ continued Shlomo Amir.

‘China continues to be a developing market for AVT with distribution agreements signed with Chinese partners. These relationships will support our healthy growth in this market, particularly the label and narrow web segments.’

‘In 2008 we look forward to a number of key international trade shows with stands at both Interpack in April and Drupa in May. Drupa will witness the first combined appearance of both AVT and GMI, and we anticipate a busy and successful show,’ concluded Amir.

For additional information visit: www.avt-inc.com and www.gmicolor.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 6 February 2008.

Micropress scores UK first with Inpress Control
Micropress specified this device for its new Speedmaster XL 105-5 which is now in and running alcohol-free…

Micropress in Halesworth, Suffolk, is the first company in the UK to install Inpress Control, a spectrophotometer fitted inside the press. It specified this device for its new Speedmaster XL 105-5 which is now in and running alcohol-free.

Just weeks into production the company has already seen a 10 – 20 per cent reduction in makeready times, varying according to the complexity of the job, with a comparable reduction in waste sheets at start up.

‘Inpress Control means once you have set up a job the machine does it all and you don’t waste time or reduce speed by pulling sheets,’ said managing director Mike Cross (pictured above). ‘Even at this early stage it has made a significant impact on our productivity. With magazine work in particular it is fantastic and we have improved colour consistency so there’s a quality benefit, too. We automate wherever we can because labour and waste is so expensive.’

Heidelberg data shows that Inpress Control saves an estimated ten minutes per makeready over an ImageControl spectrophotometer and 20 minutes over a handheld spectrophotometer with the AxisControl option somewhere between those two. It is the ideal solution for short runs. The measuring head is designed to prevent contamination from ink and dust and can be accessed for cleaning.

Micropress handles a mix of magazine and commercial work drawn from nationwide. Its own publishing arm produces various publications including Anglia Farmer and Van User. It also handles contract publications for third party organisations and corporates.

By investing in the XL 105 the company hopes to win work from the mini web and long perfector players. The new press is in addition to a four-colour SM 102 and a SM74-5. The XL 105 was selected particularly for its higher speed (18,000sph) and the fifth unit to meet increasing market demand for seals.

It was also the customer focus that determined the company’s move to alcohol free on this press and after a period of adaptation the operators now have the skills to run this way at top speeds. The retained SM 102 will also reduce its alcohol levels over the coming weeks.

The company operates treble shifts on weekdays and 12.5 hour days at the weekend.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 6 February 2008.

New Kodak GCG appointment for Björn Wesström
Björn Wesström has been appointed managing director for the International Clusters business at Kodak’s GCG…

Björn Wesström has been appointed Managing Director for the International Clusters business at Kodak's Graphic Communications Group (GCG). The territory includes Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa as well as a number of countries in Southern Europe where the GCG has an indirect sales channel and works with sales and service partners.

Wesström takes over from Gérard Cardinet, GCG vice president sales EAMER (Europe, Middle East and Africa Region), who had been overseeing International Clusters on an interim basis. Wesström has a 30-year track record at Kodak involving a wide variety of management and business development roles. A native of Sweden, he has worked across a number of EAMER countries during his career. Since 2005 he has been managing director for the GCG in Nordics.

‘After many enjoyable and fulfilling years in Nordics I am proud and delighted to be selected for this new international role, which will involve working in a large and diverse territory that presents many exciting challenges and opportunities for development,’ Wesström said. ‘International Clusters includes a lot of dynamic and growing economies as well as important emerging markets where our customers and potential customers are keen to embrace the leading edge solutions provided by Kodak. My ambition is for Kodak to support our customers and partners in these countries so they can be competitive as their businesses grow and develop in future.’

Wesström's replacement as managing director Nordics is Philippe Berte. Both appointments were effective 1 January 2008. Wesström's position as managing director of Kodak AB, the overall Kodak holding company for Nordics, is unaffected and he continues in that position going forward.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 6 February 2008.

New managing director for Kodak’s GCG Nordic Region
Philippe Berte has been appointed managing director for Kodak's Graphic Communications Group in Nordics…

Philippe Berte (pictured on the left) has been appointed managing director for Kodak's Graphic Communications Group (GCG) in Nordics. He replaces Björn Wesström (right), who has been promoted to a new international role within the business. Wesström's position as managing director of Kodak AB, the overall Kodak holding company for Nordics, is unaffected and he continues in that position going forward. Both appointments were effective 1 January 2008.

Berte has worked in the graphic arts industry for more than 20 years and joined Kodak in 1998. His experience spans a variety of country and international business unit management positions in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will work closely with the Nordics sales directors - Ulf Malm in Sweden, Jens Cronval in Denmark, Erkki Talvitie in Finland and Roar Ellingsen in Norway and Iceland, who remain the day-to-day contacts for customers in each country. Berte retains his existing role as managing director GCG Benelux.

Said Wesström, ‘I've enjoyed my time at GCG Nordics enormously, and while I'm sad to leave I'm delighted that a manager of Philippe's calibre will be taking over from me, and I wish him and the team every success in the future.’

Berte commented, ‘I would like to thank Björn for the great job he has done for the GCG in Nordics. It's exciting to have the opportunity to work across the Nordic countries and to learn from the experience we have built up with our customers and employees there. I'm looking forward to meeting our customers and partners in the region and am confident we will continue to help our customers take their businesses forward in a changing market.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 6 February 2008.

Baldwin gives BGP the brush off
BGP improves press efficiency with new Baldwin Protech HS blanket cleaning technology on its MAN Lithoman presses…

One of the UK’s most dynamic web offset houses, BGP, has endorsed the brush cleaning technology of Baldwin’s ProTech HS equipment with an order for two systems, following the successful retrofit of a ProTech HS on a 72-page MAN Lithoman press. The five-year old press had been moved to the Bicester factory from the group’s Colchester site. BGP has ordered ProTech HS systems for two new 72-page MAN Lithoman presses, which are due for delivery in this month and also in April.

‘Since the Lithoman was commissioned here at Bicester we have run it around the clock, seven days a week, and the ProTech HS system has provided a first class clean of all blankets with total reliability,’ said operations manager Ken Barton (pictured above). ‘We handle runs on this press from 10,000 to 700,000, using stock between 42 – 115gsm, so blanket cleaning would be a major task if we didn’t have such an efficient system.’

Baldwin’s brush cleaning technology is one of the most established automatic blanket cleaning technologies in the world and offers huge advantages over manual cleaning, including reductions in blanket wash solution usage, paper waste and makeready times, in additional to ensuring a thorough, even clean of the blanket, plus important health and safety improvements.

ProTech HS is Baldwin’s most recent blanket brush cleaning model and incorporates an innovative injection system that ensures constant, uniform application of the washing agent on to the brush roller. This results in several benefits including significantly shorter wash cycle times and a reduction in blanket wash solution consumption of up to 25 per cent. The new spraying technology incorporated into the system eliminates the risk of blocked nozzles and one of the many key advantages of this is that the new system requires very little maintenance.

‘Retrofitting the Baldwin equipment was straightforward. We normally carry out a clean after every 45,000 copies or during every second full makeready and the ProTech HS has proved to be very easy to operate, while providing our press operators with good access for servicing the press. The ProTech HS equipment gives us the flexibility to automatically clean blankets off and on-impression and in both cases the system provides a trouble-free, thorough clean with minimal paper waste,’ said Barton.

© Graphic Repro On-line 6 February 2008.

Domus Technology adds two Muller Martini Boleros
Wide range of products and widely varying circulations - a case for the new Muller Martini Bolero at Domus…

Within four months, Domus Technology, based in Limbiate near Milan, commissioned two new Muller Martini Bolero perfect binding lines. One of the machines produces only magazines, while the other manufactures book blocks for hardcover books.

A look into the machine room of Domus Technology, established in 2004, will give an idea of how industrious this company is. Besides eight thread sewing machines and two hardcover lines, no less than nine perfect binding lines are in use in a two-shift operation. Eight out of nine perfect binders are Muller Martini products - and two out of these eight are new Boleros commissioned in May and September 2007.

The first Bolero line, equipped with a 24-station gathering machine, Asir 3, end sheet feeder, gate folding station, Merit S three-knife trimmer and CB-16 book counter stacker, replaced an old Normbinder. The second Bolero line, equipped with a 27-station gathering machine, Asir 3, Zenith S three-knife trimmer and a CB-16 book counter stacker, was installed in place of a Corona. Domus Technology was still satisfied with its Corona, ‘but the high-performance perfect binding line no longer fits our job requirements,’ explained Stefano Lonati, general manager of Domus Technology. ‘Our jobs are becoming increasingly diversified. This is the reason why we looked for a machine with shorter changeover times and quick size change.’

Domus Technology, specialises in print finishing and usually processes orders with large circulations, such as the two million catalogues for an English department store. Recently, the range of books, catalogues and brochures has increased in both circulation and size. ‘The two Boleros are the best solution for the production of the wide range of perfect-bound products with widely varying circulations,’ said Lonati.

Thick books as a specialty
Domus Technology often produces extra-thick soft cover books. For instance, some weeks ago the company had produced a catalogue with 1,960 pages (62 signatures) resulting in a book thickness of six centimetres. The Italian edition of a high-gloss women's magazine regularly consists of 700 pages and measures two and a half centimetres in thickness.

High-quality products are one of Domus Technology's domains. ‘This is the reason why we need first-class machines,’ continued Lonati. ‘We have had good experiences with regard to quality, reliability and set-up of the Bolero. After a short in-house training session, our machine operators were quickly familiar with the new Muller Martini models.’

Book blocks for book lines
While one of the Boleros produces only magazines, the other manufactures book blocks for hardcover books. This is the reason why Domus Technology has built up a reputation as a specialist in the production of large-size books. Stefano Lonati proudly shows two sets of encyclopaedias - one comprised of 62 volumes and the other of 100 volumes.

For first-class soft cover and hardcover products, Domus often acts as a general contractor. Lonati concluded, ‘We support our customers from layout to print-finishing and have the books printed at partner companies.’

Pictured above: (left to right) Luciano Lonati, his son Stefano, co-directors of the family business; and Fabio Casale, Muller Martini Italy product manager.

For additional information, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za for more details.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 6 February 2008.

Turkish refrigeration firm adds its second HP Scitex
Klimasan installs in-house large-format HP Scitex inkjet technology to reduce production turnaround time…

Klimasan Klima Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, an industrial refrigeration specialist, has installed an HP Scitex TJ8300 to produce short-run, large-format collateral in-house.

The company, founded in 1969 is based in Turkey and was established to produce industrial chillers and freezers and currently employs 700 people. Klimasan first invested in an HP Scitex press in 2006, to produce branded refrigeration units for well-known, international food and beverage companies. By bringing its printing requirements in-house Klimasan aimed to provide a better service to its customers by cutting production costs and shortening turnaround times.

Klimasan needed a press that was versatile and could produce high-quality print on a wide variety of substrates including paper, self-adhesive vinyl, backlit and other untreated, delicate materials. The press has the ability to print at speeds up to 400sqm/hr, increasing productivity and profitability by enabling Klimasan to meet its customers’ deadlines without compromising upon high print quality. Since the installation of its press the company has produced 211,000 sq/m of print, seen a 30 per cent increase in sales of its printed products and benefited from greater customer loyalty.

'Before we installed our HP Scitex TJ8300, short-run jobs were always a problem, but HP has provided us with a solution,' said Mustafa Kurt, production manager, Klimasan. 'Our press allows us to produce multiple, high-quality, short-run jobs, cost-effectively with a minimum turnaround time. The speed and efficiency of the press is vital and ensures that the products reach our customers on time, it needs minimal operator intervention, freeing staff to apply the print and work on other essential jobs.'

Klimasan used its HP Scitex TJ8300 to undertake a job for the Efes Beverage Group, an international beverage company, with a turnaround time of just a few hours. The work involved applying 2,000 2000 x 600mm prints to Visicoolers using a delicate vinyl substrate. Due to the time constraints placed upon the project, the customer edited and approved the contract proofs on-site, saving time. The printed Visicoolers provided consistent and eye-catching branding for the product and were displayed in supermarkets, bars and restaurants across Turkey.

'This particular job was a good test of our HP Scitex TJ8300,' said Kurt. ‘Our customers required us to produce highly branded collateral on a difficult substrate with an extremely short turnaround time of just six hours. The ability of the press to consistently maintain the highest print quality and to accurately reproduce brand colours was crucial. We exceeded our customers’ expectations and managed to fulfil their requirements within just half the allotted time. Our customers were very satisfied with the final result.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 6 February 2008.

Heidelberg’s strongest quarter yet
Heidelberg presents figures for third quarter and first nine months of its 2007/2008 financial year…

• Q3 strongest quarter for orders in current financial year
• Sales after nine months at same high level as last year at 2.568 billion Euro
• Operating result of 177 million Euro equivalent to a return on sales of around seven per cent
• Net profit for 2007/2008 to increase to between 4.5 and 5.0 per cent of sales

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is publishing its financial statements for the first nine months (1 April to 31 December, 2007) of financial year 2007/2008. At 2.568 billion Euro, Heidelberg Group sales during the period under review almost matched last year's high level (previous year: 2.589 billion Euro). After adjustments for exchange rate movements, sales were two per cent up. Incoming orders after nine months amounted to 2.824 billion Euro (previous year: 2.913 billion Euro). The success of the traditional Open House events held in October and November at various sales locations in Germany helped the Heidelberg Group achieve incoming orders totalling 958 million Euro in the third quarter alone. In terms of incoming orders, this made the third quarter the strongest so far of the current financial year and represented a four per cent improvement over last year's figure. As a result of the volume of incoming orders in the third quarter, the order backlog at December 31, 2007 was slightly up on the previous quarter's level at 1.196 billion Euro (previous quarter: 1.184 billion Euro).

‘As a result of the way business has gone over the past few months and in spite of recent developments in the US, we expect to match the previous year's sales of around 3.8 billion Euro in the current financial year and to attain a result of operating activities in excess of last year's adjusted figure of around 300 million Euro,’ said Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier.

The Heidelberg Group recorded an operating result of 177 million Euro in the period under review (previous year: 202 million Euro). This corresponds to an operating return on sales of around seven per cent. The previous year's figure of 202 million Euro included a positive one-time effect amounting to around 25 million Euro from the sale of Linotype GmbH. The net profit was 87 million Euro (previous year: 180 million Euro). In the third quarter last year, Heidelberg posted tax revenue of 73 million Euro from a corporation tax credit.

‘In the third quarter alone, we achieved a sound operating return on sales of 8.7 per cent,’ said Heidelberg CFO Dirk Kaliebe (pictured above). ‘For the fourth quarter of financial year 2007/2008, we are currently expecting sales well above the one billion Euro mark, which means we will match the previous year's figure. We are predicting an increase in the previous year's adjusted net profit of 3.8 per cent to between 4.5 and 5.0 per cent of sales,’ he added.

At 31 December, 2007, the Heidelberg Group had a workforce of 19,508 worldwide (19,171 at 31 March, 2007). Overall, the workforce increased by 337 during the financial year. Adjusted by the number of trainees, the increase is 187, primarily employed in production.

Results in the divisions and regions
In the Press Division (offset printing), sales stood at a level of 2.238 billion Euro in the period under review (previous year: 2.251 billion Euro). Incoming orders amounted to 2.484 billion Euro (previous year: 2.551 billion Euro). The operating result after nine months was 150 million Euro (previous year: 157 million Euro including one-time effects).

In the Postpress Division (finishing), sales after three quarters amounted to 307 million Euro (previous year: 309 million Euro). Incoming orders totalled 317 million Euro (previous year: 333 million Euro). In the period under review, an operating result of minus two million Euro was recorded (previous year: seven million Euro).

In the Financial Services Division, we have once again been able to lower the capital commitment compared to previous quarters through the consistent support of global, regional and local financing partners. An operating profit of 29 million Euro was recorded in the period under review (previous year: 38 million Euro).

Sales and incoming orders after nine months were slightly below the previous year's high level in the EMEA, North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific regions.

There are three main reasons for the North America region being down on the previous year's incoming order figures for the third quarter. Firstly, the Graph Expo trade show took place during this quarter last year. Secondly, the continuing weakness of the US dollar is making German suppliers less competitive on this market in particular. Thirdly, the difficulties on the real-estate market and the associated speculation regarding a possible recession have also affected the North American print media industry's readiness to invest.

In the Asia/Pacific region, incoming orders for the third quarter were significantly up on the previous year's figures on the Chinese market. At our site in Qingpu, near Shanghai, we have made a start on our plans for the third stage of expansion. Sales in the entire region remained below the previous year's third-quarter and cumulative nine-monthly figures only due to less favourable exchange rates.

The Eastern Europe region's figures after three quarters were significantly up on the previous year. Heidelberg is enjoying particular success on the region's two main markets - Russia and Poland.

Germany succeeded in increasing its sales and is on course for a record year.

Heidelberg strengthened its position in the EMEA region in the third quarter by taking over the sales activities of consumables supplier Stielund & Taekker in Denmark and Sweden, together with around 35 employees. This put Heidelberg in a position to establish itself as the company with the highest sales of consumables in the print media industry in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Heidelberg has also combined all global business with consumables under the name ‘Saphira’. The company now offers a wide-ranging portfolio for standard print jobs and special applications and covers the full gamut of production requirements in prepress, press and postpress.

Outlook for full financial year 2007/2008
Heidelberg is currently projecting fourth-quarter sales substantially in excess of one billion Euro for financial year 2007/2008 so that, despite the economic uncertainties in the US and the impact of a strong euro, particularly in the US and the Asia/Pacific region, the company will achieve sales of around 3.8 billion Euro for the year as a whole.

Worsening exchange rate structures, higher personnel expenses and higher outlays in the raw material and energy sectors have had a particularly negative effect on the result and will continue to do so in the future. Heidelberg has successfully countered this through its efficiency-boosting and cost-reduction measures in all areas, which have compensated for these burdens. As a result, the company is on course to exceed the previous year's adjusted operating profit of around 300 million Euro in the current financial year.

As things stand at present, the financial result will be down on the previous year due, among other things, to changed capital market conditions. Favoured by developments such as the tax reform and internal optimisation measures regarding the tax rate, the company intends to boost net profit from an adjusted 3.8 per cent of sales last year to between 4.5 and 5.0 per cent for the current financial year. Heidelberg is also looking for free cash flow to again account for four per cent of sales during the current financial year.

The situation in the coming financial years will largely depend on the further development of the global economy and the course of the two-week Drupa 2008 trade show, which gets under way on 29 May. Heidelberg will continue to focus on its strategic approach of further actively expanding services and placing priority on package printing. The complete report for the third quarter of 2007/2008 will be available online at www.heidelberg.com.

The scheduled publication date for the preliminary figures for financial year 2007/2008 is 7 May, 2008.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

Presstek establishes new Business Unit structure
Structure and leadership alignment designed to sharpen focus on key areas and strengthen customer relationships…

Presstek has announced the formation of three strategic business units designed to increase organizational focus on key business areas. Each strategic business unit is led by a group product director. New strategic business units include:
• Digital Printing Business Unit, which includes digital presses, consumables and workflow
• CTP Business Unit, responsible for digital platemaking systems, consumables and workflow
• Traditional Business Unit, consists of polyester CTP platemaking and pressroom supplies

‘As Presstek's new management team looks at the addressability of our solutions to the worldwide print market, it became clear that we could benefit by aligning our resources into three strategic business units,’ said Jeff Jacobson, Presstek president and chief executive officer. ‘Presstek has long focused its efforts on bringing our DI digital offset press and CTP solutions to the small commercial and in-plant markets. This new structure will enable us to continue that focus, while expanding the range of products we can bring to print markets around the world. In addition, this structure positions us to more effectively address the needs of larger printers as we expand our market reach.’

Klaus Schleicher to lead Digital Printing Business Unit
Schleicher (pictured above), recently appointed as group product director of the Digital Printing Business Unit, joined Presstek in 2006 as director of international business development, and in March 2007 became Presstek's director of product management and marketing. He has extensive experience in strategic business and product development, including prior positions of vice president of technical sales and engineering for a software consulting firm where he was responsible for strategic business and product development including sales, marketing and customer support operations, and director of product management at a technology company, where he successfully led a $120 million global division in finding new markets and applications for existing and future technologies. Schleicher has also held various senior marketing and product management positions at Bayer, Agfa Gevaert and Honeywell.

Vytas Barsauskas heads Traditional Business Unit
Barsauskas, recently appointed as group product director of the Traditional Business Unit, brings to Presstek over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the graphic arts and printing businesses. Most recently, he was senior vice president sales and marketing for IBF Corporation, a privately held manufacturer of aluminum offset printing plates. Other experience includes director of marketing at GraphLine Inc., Product director at International Paper's Imaging Products division, and other various management positions at Anitec and GAF Corporation. Barsauskas has postgraduate education in organometallic chemistry and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Toronto. His technical, operational and extensive sales and marketing experience will be instrumental in the success of the Traditional Business Unit.

‘These business unit leaders will report to Presstek's chief marketing officer, a position for which we are currently conducting a search, along with the CTP business unit leader,’ added Jacobson. ‘The strategic business unit structure positions Presstek for the future as we broaden our market focus to include larger printers and an expanded geography. This will further enable the Presstek goal of becoming a leading global provider of print business solutions for the worldwide graphic communications market.’

For more information visit: www.presstek.com. You can also use the banner or sponsor logo on our Home Page to take you to Presstek’s Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

Drupacube: Spotlight on innovative printed products
Drupacube – A programme tailored to print buyers with theme days dedicated to individual product groups…

‘Marketing managers and publishing executives have little interest in which technology was used to produce a printed product. For them, what matters is the new communicative or commercial benefit that can be attained with the technology. And this is precisely the information that we're offering at the Drupacube.’

With these words, Ralph Scholz who is responsible for the Drupacube introduced his project at the international Media Conference last month. Set to premiere at the upcoming print media fair, the Drupacube will serve as an infotainment centre for print buyers. During the day, the cube-shaped construction erected at the Rhine embankment in the CCD. South parking lot will be the site of workshops and symposia while from 6pm in the evenings it will turn into a stylish venue for events.

‘Through the Drupacube, Messe Düsseldorf is pursuing a number of marketing objectives,’ said Drupa project director Manuel Mataré, explaining strategic motivations behind the two-storey construction. ‘Our aim is to persuade those print buyers to visit Drupa who are less interested in technology and whose primary focus is on identifying new marketing approaches. At the same time, we want to drive home that print-based communications are a cutting-edge, entertaining, creative and efficient way of conveying information. If our information offerings also result in a boost in demand, you can be sure that's more than just a fortunate side effect.’

The diversity of the print buyer target group will be matched by the multifaceted offerings in the Drupacube. Symposia and workshops will tackle the most varied topics. Each day, including the party after hours, will be dedicated to a specific motto. In this way, specific sub-groups can be reached with targeted information. The following focal themes for individual days are planned (subject to change):

29 May 2008: Direct advertising/freesheet day
30 May 2008: Newspaper day
2 June 2008: Magazine day
3 June 2008: Corporate publishing day
4 June 2008: Dialogue marketing day
5 June 2008: Catalogue day
6 June 2008: Media production day
9 June 2008: Packaging/brand protection day
10 June 2008: Large-format print day

‘The half-day symposia won't concentrate exclusively on new technological options for print production. Instead, this information will be provided in the afternoons on the Drupa walkabouts. Mornings in the Drupacube will be the time when print buyers can find answers to the questions that come up again and again in their daily work,’ said Ralph Scholz, clarifying the thematic focus of the symposia. ‘To keep the topics as practically oriented as possible, we spoke to a large number of industry representatives in the run-up to the fair and ascertained the thinking particular to the relevant print buyer groups and what information they require to make decisions.’

For example, newspaper day will address the following issues:
• In what form can printed daily newspapers look forward to a future?
• In printed products, what form and contents can respond to changes in the media consumption behaviour of the younger generation?
• What special advertising formats need to be offered in order to preserve/reveal the attractiveness of daily newspapers as an advertising medium?

Based on these issues, the focal aspects of the talk are being developed for each print category. In the case of newspaper day, the following focal themes are planned:
• Potential new forms of special advertising (finishing technologies)
• Converting technologies (eg Zip'n'Buy)
• Fulfilment technologies/split runs
• Digitally printed daily newspapers
• New paper qualities/new formats

The latest information on the Drupacube and its programme of events is always a click away at www.Drupacube.com. The focal themes for the other Drupacube symposia will be available for download from 21 January.

Key Drupacube facts and figures:
Admission excl. symposium: Drupa admission ticket
One-day ticket: between EUR 95 and EUR 195
(incl. symposium participation, admission to Drupa, VIP ticket to evening event)
Gross floor space: 1,300 square metres
Venue: CCD. South parking lot
Venue capacity: 800 people
Symposium rooms: up to 150 people
Bar capacity: up to 400 people
Club capacity: up to 650 people
Opening hours: 9am to 3am (from 8.30am for symposium participants)

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

RGL turns green with alcohol-free Komori
Redmond Graphics adds alcohol-free five-colour Komori Lithrone S40 + Coater and gains FSC/PEFC accreditation…

Redmond Graphics has replaced two Heidelbergs with a five-colour Komori Lithrone S40 + Coater after being dazzled by its performance during a rigorous testing procedure. Managing director Maurice Champion arranged demonstrations with a number of press manufacturers as part of a £2 million investment programme in the latest press, repro and finishing equipment, following an 18 month planning process to ensure that all new kit generates the optimum results.

Said Champion, 'We needed a press that could make ready and print consistently from one image to the next and achieve the exact colours our customers need each and every time. We insisted on demonstrations which replicated work conditions and gave a number of manufacturers the same demanding jobs; seven different high quality posters using the same reflex blue. By lunchtime Komori had done all seven jobs and the spectrophotometer had got the ink to the right blue within 30 sheets. The press does exactly what Komori says it does, during the testing it didn’t mark or track and the smoothness was perfect. This, accompanied with our FSC and PEFC accreditations, ensures we are responding proactively to our customers’ needs and increasingly high Corporate Social Responsibility standards.'

RGL Print Group incorporates several print companies. Husband and wife team Maurice and Cathy Champion have achieved expansion year on year, enjoying significant growth over the past five years. The group turned over £3 million last year and owns an impressive portfolio of 600 customers including Nottingham Forest football club, Office Depot, Vision Express and Derbyshire Building Society. Work ranges from short run luxury brochures to stationery, business cards, direct mail and reward cards, and specialist finishing including gluing and die-cutting.

The team of thirty staff at RGL knows all about working to tight deadlines and fast turnaround. They print all Nottingham Forest’s football programmes; the artwork comes in on Thursday and is turned around ready for the match on Saturday. They are also suppliers to Derbyshire Building Society and act as a stock control and distribution service as well as printing their brochures and POS material. A few years ago the lead time on one of these jobs would have been a week but today Redmonds receives the file on a Tuesday and the printed material is in branches all over the country before the weekend.

Champion continued, 'Our press operators love the spectrophotometer which has changed the way we make ready. For a small family run business it is morale boosting to be using state of the art technology. We upgraded the Komori six colour B2 press to KMS4 to improve makeready and ensure compatibility. The plates are automatically punched, it takes ten minutes to amend plates from repro, and they’re back on the press in another ten minutes. Ad hoc improvements can be made easily now we have this level of automation. Our new plant list has been chosen after thorough research to reduce handling and manpower. The new press runs alcohol-free, heats part of the direct mail room through special vents, and will greatly increase productivity and remove finishing bottlenecks. Now that we are FSC and PFEC accredited the whole process is very appealing to customers required to produce print with the environment best protected at an affordable cost.'

Champion concluded, 'The Komori buying process ran very smoothly; the installation plans drawn up were achievable and worked fantastically, and the finance process was flexible and seamless. Everyone representing Komori has been helpful and full of facts.'

Alongside the new B1 press, RGL has invested in a new guillotine, folders and stitching line and spent £200K on pre-press and repro. The company specialises in specialist finishing and offers a design service, variable data personalisation and complete direct mail operation.

Steve Turner, Komori general sales manager (North) commented, 'I think that when Maurice first showed us the print tests he wanted to see on the LS40 he was fairly sure that none of the presses under consideration would be capable of reaching the exact colour match quickly and efficiently. The Komori KHS pre-inking and de-inking system performed just as we had described it would, achieving colour in a few sheets, job after job. KHS proves time and again, both in demonstrations and in numerous production situations, that makeready waste can be reduced to the absolute minimum, a pre-requisite for improving margins and reducing the environmental impact of the printing process.'

If you would like to visit the Komori Website for additional information, please use the animated banner or sponsor logo links on our Home Page. Komori is represented by Kemtek Imaging Systems in Southern Africa, also with banner and a sponsor logo link to its Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

Darwin software now with added functionality
A new generation of Kodak Darwin software with expanded VDP capabilities to address high end applications…

The newest version of Kodak Darwin software is even more compatible with today's variable data print (VDP) capabilities and the growing opportunities for Web-to-print connectivity. The Darwin Version 3.0 software includes robust features to streamline the process of creative content development while giving higher productivity to users with advanced and professional VDP requirements.

The Darwin software line includes new functionality, with the added benefits of a new graphical user interface and scripted rules options, as well as cross media capability, such as personalised HTMLs for high end VDP campaigns. Darwin software also includes enhancements to existing capabilities like an expanded barcode library and personalised images on the Macintosh computer version, as well as enriched and improved charts.

Darwin software will also serve as the content creation tool and collaboration platform with Kodak Insite variable data print software Version 4.0. This integration with a Kodak Web-to-print solution allows users to both create and share VDP jobs by leveraging the Kodak Insite Creative Workflow system and the Kodak Insite Asset Library to further streamline their entire creative workflow. Consistent with Kodak's Unified Workflow strategy, these solutions, previously used for offset printing and static digital print jobs, now support VDP job processing.

‘Creating a VDP job can be a long and complex process involving marketers, designers, IT, legal and production managers. The process also potentially yields many graphic resources that need to be managed,’ said Gershon Alon, director, On-demand Applications group, Kodak GCG. ‘The integration between Darwin software and Kodak's creative workflow products helps ensure a shorter, more efficient and controlled process.’

The new Darwin software also offers better tools to handle production, including advanced job ticket programming, JDF-based job submission and imposition. When working with Darwin software and Insite VDP software, the VDP job production can be further automated using Kodak Prinergy workflow software.

Kodak Darwin software converts documents created in many popular design platforms into variable information documents in which all elements-text, graphics, photos, colours, layout, charts, backgrounds and even entire pages-can be dynamic. Using rules-based logic to simplify the process for virtually any user, Darwin software enables creation of complex print campaigns for large databases of recipients and those that include many changes in variable elements, without the need for scripting or programming. For more advanced and professional users, the software also allows custom scripting and programming. The new Darwin software supports cross media programs by enabling creation of personalised URLs and e-mails. Like its predecessors, Darwin software Version 3.0 is compatible with both Macintosh and PC environments with the added advantage of web-to-print connectivity.

To visit the Kodak GCG Website, please use the animated button to the left of this page, or the banner or sponsor logo on our Home Page. Kodak GCG is represented by Antalis Graphics division throughout Southern Africa. Visit: www.antalis.co.za for additional information.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

More value per square metre with Masterline
With customers’ productivity in mind, Bobst introduces complete ‘mirror’ lines for corrugated packaging…

Anxious to provide its customers with solutions that let them achieve their productivity goals, Bobst has launched a Masterline production line (pictured), redesigned as a mirror image of a standard configuration.

Jonathan Abbis, responsible at Bobst for the SPO-Flexo product line - corrugated packaging converting - said of the new line that, ‘In the world of corrugated paperboard, the trend among our customers is, as far as possible, to industrialise the manufacture and transformation of this material. They are constantly looking for solutions which can help them achieve their objectives of producing quality products, in increasing volumes, taking less time, and optimizing, wherever possible, productivity from a given surface area. The solutions which we have developed answer these needs and, in an optimal implementation, these Masterline configurations can realize more than 5,000 square metres per hour of printed, die-cut and palletised packaging.’

Abbis continued, ‘In a study of the needs of our customers, their desire to maximize both production per square meter and machine uptime was clear. We have met this requirement by providing customers with the possibility of laying out a pair of Masterline as mirror images, creating a central working area from which the operators can intervene quickly on either machine. In other words, we can create a new solution for the integration of production equipment into the plant, providing more flexibility and more modularity.’

For Mauro Chiari, responsible for mechanical R&D, this is an important development, ‘Until now, the operation of Bobst machines has always been from the same side so, to create this mirror version, we had to undertake significant modifications to the whole line. During the redesign, all of the components required considerable attention.

‘For example, on the Mastercut die-cutting platen we had to reverse all the controls, the sector, the double cams and the worm gear among other components. The heart of the mirror line is now on the left,’ said Chiari.

Despite having just been launched, the mirror line has already confirmed Bobst's expectations, with several sales already agreed and the first complete Masterline mirror line due to start in production at the beginning of 2008.

For further technical information, please contact Jean-Gaël Pahud: jean-gael.pahud@bobstgroup.com.

Additional information can also be found on the Bobst Website at: www.bobstgroup.com. In Southern Africa, Bobst is represented by Beswick Machinery at: www.beswick.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2007.

Kingfisher swoops on Stitchmaster ST 350
Kingfisher Print in Totnes will take delivery of a Stitchmaster ST350 saddle-stitcher this month as it puts bindery first…

Kingfisher Print in Totnes will take delivery of a Stitchmaster ST350 saddle-stitcher this month. The company’s turnover has risen by £1m to £2.75m in the five years since it bought its last stitcher, a Muller Martini Presto.

‘We needed to increase throughput and efficiency,’ said Ross Bellotti, managing director of Kingfisher Print. ‘The ST 350 is a very fast machine and with the skills shortage we are always looking for equipment that can help us produce more effectively. The operator who will run this machine was impressed that you need only one tool for most adjustments and the demonstration showed that the saddle-stitcher could run very comfortably at high speeds.’

The ST 350 is specified with six stations and a cover feeder as well as stacker. It will run ten hours a day on national accounts held by Kingfisher Print. These include high end estate agency brochures, monthly and bi-monthly magazines and general commercial work.

‘A lot of printing companies base their whole business around the press but I think the bindery is one of the most important departments,’ said Bellotti. ‘There is no leeway there. If work is late, it’s late. So you have to be really efficient with no margin for error and we present work to finishing as they want it to help them achieve that responsiveness.’

In addition to the saddle-stitcher the company has added ImageControl spectrophotometry to its Heidelberg pressroom and a Stahlfolder Ti 52 buckle model with a continuous feeder which is ideal for longer runs and a six plate first unit.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

WE-Druck’s 8.3 million newspaper inserts per week
‘With fine zoning of inserts, advertising customers save money twice’ with Muller Martini Newsliners at Weser-Ems-Druck…

With an average of 8.3 million newspaper inserts per week, which corresponds to a total of 430 million inserting processes per year, the insert business of WE-Druck GmbH & Co. KG, a printing house based in Oldenburg, Germany, has gained significantly in importance during the last few years. Four NewsLiner-A inserting systems in combination with Muller Martini's Mailroom Production Control system (MPC), ensure that newspapers are delivered to the reader complete and on time.

‘I had the nose for it,’ says Peter Rosdorff, managing director at Weser-Ems-Druck, with typical North German understatement. Rosdorff is referring to the fine zoning of inserts in newspapers which has been gaining in popularity. ‘Fine zoning has gained significantly in importance over the last few years since advertising customers can save money twice. Firstly, they are able to print less inserts in advance, and, secondly, they pay less for inserting because they don't have to print them for the whole newspaper circulation.’

Seven years ago, after an accurate examination of the different inserting systems offered on the market, the project team of WE-Druck opted unanimously for the current solution. Previously, they had purchased three four-colour Wifag rotary presses. ‘Despite, at that time, the beginning of a recession period, the appraisal of a market with increasingly demanding customers turned out to be correct,’ stressed Rosdorff.

While WE-Druck's inserting processes in 2000 were only 200 million, in 2006 they rose to 430 million (including pre-inserting), corresponding to an increase of 115 per cent - in just six years!

According to Rosdorff, besides fine zoning, several additional features spoke in favour of Muller Martini's solution:
• the smooth signature transport in the inserting process.
• the option of two-up production (the record at WE-Druck is 98,000 copies per hour!).
• the pre-inserting option.
• nine inserting options into a main product.
• the control system with control console.

‘Additionally, we were impressed with the double-belt solution in the FlexiRoll buffering system. On one hand, it reduces the probability of tearing; on the other hand, it is more appropriate for the ink laydown in delicate products, due to its reduced pressure on the roll.’

High net output on the loading dock
Each rotary press is equipped with a NewsLiner-A line with nine feeders. Additionally, WE-Druck works with a fourth, slightly stripped NewsLiner-A line version with six inserting units. Behind the four lines, the ‘Dream Team’, including a NewsStack compensating Stacker and a TABA route address sheet applicator, provides quick mailing toward the loading dock. ‘We achieve loading dock net outputs of 29,000 copies, clearly exceeding the average of other newspaper producers,’ said Rosdorff proudly.

Three business areas
WE-Druck separated from the Nordwest-Zeitung in 1982. Since then it has been an independent company, employing over 200 people. It operates in the following three major business areas:
• Newspapers (weekly circulation: 1.3 million copies) and Sunday newspapers (total circulation: 560,000 copies).
• Weekly advertising newspapers (total circulation: 620,000 copies).
• Advertising printed products (3 million copies a week).

Out of the three daily newspapers, the Nordwest Zeitung (9 regional editions with a total circulation of 125,000 copies) is affiliated with the Nordwest Medien Holding, the parent company. The Ostfriesen Zeitung (4 regional editions with a total circulation of 45,000 copies) and the General-Anzeiger (1 title with a circulation of 10,500 copies) are produced for third parties. Six weekly newspapers are produced for the Nordwest Medien Holding as well as for third customers - like the five Sunday papers in ten different editions. ‘This makes WE-Druck Germany's largest producer of Sunday advertising papers,’ said Rosdorff.

70 zones per newspaper
But not only is the number of newspaper titles impressive, the large number of inserts is extraordinary. Every week, on average, 8.3 million inserts are added to newspapers. On peak days, up to 4 million inserting processes are performed in one night shift. As standard, 70 zones per newspaper have been considered for a long time and minimum quantities of up to 100 copies are very frequent.

WE-Druck prints 20 per cent of the advertising inserts in-house. According to Rosdorff, this fact offers advertising customers two major benefits: ‘Firstly, compared to heatset printers, we can offer our customers a more rapid and cost-effective production as well as full, four-colour quality. Secondly, we have a shorter pre-run than heatset printers, which allows us to respond quicker to the customers' needs. This is the case, for example, if they want to update prices in their brochures.’ The majority of the advertising inserts, however, are delivered to their destination. On weekends, these inserts can reach amounts of up to 600 skids for the Sunday newspapers.

Technology and human beings
In light of such impressive numbers, it appears clear that machines gain more and more in importance. "The technical opportunities helped boost the insert business and it is only due to the advent of modern technology that we are able to cope with such a large number of products."

But even the best systems only work, if they are correctly operated. According to Rosdorff, it is to the credit of the late Günter Ehmen, that team work was optimised at WE-Druck."

User-friendly MPC
WE-Druck relies on team work even in Muller Martini's Mailroom Production Control system (MPC), which was commissioned this year instead of a GCS control system. ‘Due to the option of customised MPC solutions, we changed our MPC philosophy a little bit,’ said Rosdorff smiling, ‘We opted for these changes, because we don't have just one person, who is responsible for delegating jobs. At WE-Druck, we decentralised the administration and delegated the responsibility to different teams.’

According to Rosdorff, the machine operators, who have many years of experience in operating the production line, know best how production has to be efficiently and correctly performed, ‘The MPC system contains master data. During running production the operators agree upon how to proceed, preventing the different inserting processes from affecting each other. In moving inserting jobs from one line to another, the user-friendly MPC offers significant benefits, because it eases the quick distribution of the jobs as well as the fine zoning.’

Pictured above: (left to right) Roland Prieske of Muller Martini Germany; Peter Rosdorff, managing director of WE-Druck (right): ‘The user-friendly Mailroom Production Control system MPC offers significant benefits.’

For additional information, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za for more details.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 February 2008.

The PMA Seminar Programme for 2008 is out now
Print Media Academy presents its annual seminar programme for 2008 'Where Professionals Learn from Professionals'…

The Print Media Academy (PMA) in Heidelberg is presenting its annual programme for 2008 under the title 'Where Professionals Learn from Professionals'. The range of courses on offer for the print media industry includes more than 40 seminars, training courses and workshops. The various events provide information on industry expertise, production know-how, sales, marketing and management. They aim at print buyers, specialists and management staff throughout the print media industry.

'The print media industry is in a constant state of flux. We must play an active role in shaping and coping with these changes. Professional training activities provide the necessary support,' explained Bernd Schopp, head of the Print Media Academy. 'Just as machines need regular maintenance and software solutions require upgrades, so managers and employees must be given ongoing training. Education is becoming an increasingly important factor for print shops as they strive to offer their customers top quality and services.'

The Print Media Academy offers training courses on Heidelberg products, technological innovations, business management, sales, and international management, as well as an advanced course on 'Print Media Management'.

The Print Media Academy in Heidelberg is the hub of a global network currently extending across 18 locations in 15 countries. The Academy has four sites in Germany alone - in Heidelberg, Ludwigsburg, Mönchengladbach, and Leipzig. All sites communicate on a regular basis and share information on the latest trends in the print media industry. In 2007, the Print Media Academy opened its new 'Educ@te Centre' in Eppelheim near Heidelberg. With around 140 approved and experienced trainers and the latest Heidelberg technology on an area covering 8,500 square metres, this training centre is unique in the printing industry worldwide and provides an ideal place for Heidelberg to hold its professional product training courses. Each year, around 17,000 participants attend training courses held by the Print Media Academy network.

The current seminar programme is available free of charge from:
e-mail: pma-seminare@heidelberg.com.
Website: www.print-media-academy.com.
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 11 Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 49 29

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.

Is newsroom integration really working?
Editors at four of the world's most prestigious newspapers will examine this question at the 15th World Editors Forum…

Is newsroom integration really working? Editors at four of the world's most prestigious newspapers will examine this question at the 15th World Editors Forum, to be held in Sweden in June, the Forum announced on Tuesday.

Javier Moreno, editor-in-chief of El Pais in Spain, Bruno Patino, president of Le Monde Interactif in France, Jim Roberts, editor of Digital News for the New York Times, and Almar Latour, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal's wsj.com, will be featured in a session devoted to the successes and failures experienced by newspapers that are in the process of merging their print and online newsrooms.

Given the importance of the question, this year's Forum, to be held from 1 to 4 June alongside the 61st World Newspaper Congress, is devoted to the theme, 'Newsroom Integration: Why, How and When'.

The events, the global summit of the world's press, are expected to draw more than 1,500 newspaper publishers, chief editors, and other senior newspaper executives to Göteborg, Sweden. Full details are available at www.wansweden2008.com.

The Forum, for senior newsroom executives, is held concurrently with the Congress, which will focus on multimedia growth, and Info Services Expo 2008, an exhibition of the latest products and services for newspaper companies. The events, organised by the World Association of Newspapers, are expected to build on the record-setting attendance of the past two years: 1,600 from 108 countries last year in Cape Town, South Africa, and 1,700 from 112 countries in Moscow, Russia.

Participants at the World Editors Forum will have the opportunity to examine a wide variety of integration experiences as well as hearing from editors who have decided that separate newsrooms are a viable alternative.

The conference will also look at such topics as newsroom design, new media training, user-generated content, mobile news, trends in hyper-local information and ethical dilemmas arising from user-generated information, copyright and other issues.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Rafat Ali, editor-in-chief of paidContent.org and MocoNews.net in the United States, who will speak in a session entitled, 'is mobile news the new gold mine?'

• Reetta Merilaïnen, editor-in-chief of Helsingin Sanomat in Finland, who will address the hyper-local news model.

• David Dunkley Gyimah, senior lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, who will offer new media training for the new newsroom.

• Edward Greenspon, editor-in-chief of the Globe & Mail in Canada, will speak about the growing importance of weekend editions.

• Ignacio Escolar, editor-in-chief of Publico, Spain, will examine ethical dilemmas arising for newspapers and proposals for their resolution.

• Jim Kennedy, vice president and director of strategic planning for The Associated Press, who will present an international consumer study on the new consumption model for news.

• Chris Lloyd, assistant managing editor of the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, who will address new media training for journalists.

Plus more speakers to be announced. For the evolving conference programme, go to: www.wansweden2008.com/en/Conference/EditorsForum/

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.

Records set by two Goss C700is on same shift
Pro Line reaches record-breaking output on Goss C700i presses with over two million impressions in single shift…

US insert printer Pro Line Printing Incorporated has set a record for productivity on Goss C700i insert presses. In one 12-hour shift, the company produced over two million impressions on two presses.

Both Goss C700i presses are configured with the award-winning Goss DigiRail digital inking system, a highly precise technology which replaces traditional ‘open fountain’ ink delivery, reducing start-up waste while delivering consistently high print quality. Steven Haire, vice president and general manager of the Pro Line Reno, Nevada Division, commented, 'The technology that Goss International has introduced to Pro Line has helped us to be even more efficient, provide better quality to our customers, and has instilled pride in our employees knowing that they are producing top quality products time and again.'

Sitting side-by-side, one C700i press at Pro Line averaged 84,775iph – a total of 1,017,300 impressions over the course of the shift – while the second press produced 1,003,332 impressions, including a version change, averaging a speed of 83,611iph.

Haire commented on the achievement, 'To print over one million impressions on two presses on the same shift takes a high level of teamwork, not just from the press crews but from everyone involved. From accurate plates in prepress to the paper handlers and the packaging crews – it comes down to co-operation, training and determination to reach this level of efficiency.'

Pro Line was the first printer in the world to equip a Goss insert press with DigiRail inking technology. Haire said that Pro Line’s low makeready waste levels are due largely to the accuracy of the DigiRail presets. 'The presets are unbelievable – there is virtually zero fluctuation in the ink densities once they are set,' he explained.

Haire confirmed, 'Production speed is one of the few things that can differentiate printers from the competition. In this market, it is not only quality, service and on-time delivery, but how quickly you can turn a job around that makes you stand out from the crowd.'

Pro Line currently operates 19 Goss presses, including 12 C700i presses, and specializes in producing newspaper inserts for major retailers in the USA, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Pro Line Printing has three other sites across the United States in Pineville, North Carolina; Arlington, Texas and Avon, Connecticut.

Tom Reardon, senior sales manager for Goss International, commented, 'Pro Line strives to achieve the very best quality and service for its customers by embracing new technologies and delivering on its promises. Its pioneering spirit has enabled it to maintain and reach its ambitious growth targets by constantly pushing forward for greater efficiencies. Pro Line is now reaping the benefits of their past investments with this latest achievement. We look forward to our continued collaboration into the future and are confident about their continued success.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.

Meadows releases Designmerge for Adobe Indesign CS
DesignMerge Pro suite of plug-in modules allows users to create variable data output from Adobe InDesign CS3 documents…

Meadows Publishing Solutions today announced the release of DesignMerge Pro for Adobe InDesign CS3, supporting both Apple and Windows-based platforms. DesignMerge Pro will provide Adobe InDesign users with sophisticated variable data printing and data publishing features. The modules work within the application, enabling professional mail-merge, variable data printing, and document assembly features. The entire process is database-driven, completely flexible, and very easy to use.

All of the features of Adobe InDesign are available when using DesignMerge software. DesignMerge also supports the most popular VDP output formats including PostScript and PPML, and is fully compatible with systems offered by Canon, Xerox, HP, EFI, and Konica-Minolta, among others. For more information about DesignMerge technology, please visit www.designmerge.com/aboutplugins.

'DesignMerge offer consumers several advantages over its competition,' noted Meadows president, John Kriho. 'First introduced in 1998, DesignMerge has matured to become one of the most established VDP offerings in the market. With thousands of professional customers worldwide, the software offers superior stability through extensive field application. And as a plug-in, it offers the professional designer an elegant tool that only enhances the Adobe InDesign workflow and does not impede its capabilities. Finally, it enables users to keep files native to the application and workflow, eliminating time-costly conversion and data loss.'

For more information, please visit: www.meadowsps.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.

New release for SoftCare K4 publishing system
SoftCare K4 update 5.9: New release simplifies publishing processes with 'Layout-in-Layout' functionality…

Incorporating Adobe InDesign documents as complete layouts within other InDesign documents was one of the great product innovations of Adobe's Creative Suite 3 last year. Now, this new feature is also supported by SoftCare K4: With its new 'Layout-in-Layout' functionality, update 5.9 of the popular K4 publishing system sets a new standard in the publishing industry right at the beginning of the year.

Designers are now able to place InDesign documents from K4 in other InDesign documents as often as they like. This innovation will benefit newspapers in particular, as they can use this new feature to produce regional and complete editions at the same time. SoftCare is probably the first provider who fully supports this Adobe CS3 function. Release 5.9 is available worldwide via SoftCare system integrators.

'Layout-in-Layout from K4 5.9 synchronises self-contained and hence mutually independent production processes before the copy deadline,' explained Christian Hollstein, product manager for SoftCare. Therefore, the regional and overall editorial board of a newspaper can produce their pages in Adobe InDesign at the same time and even continue to edit them with K4 after the layouts have been merged. This function is also especially useful for the production and placement of advertisements: Once the ad layout is complete, they can be placed in several positions in the paper using K4.

K4 5.9 also comes with a new InDesign plug-in: SoftCare Content Activator. This new feature reactivates the contents of locked frames for further processing — for example, by freelancers or external printing service providers. SoftCare Content Activator is also available as a free download at: www.softcare.de/index.php?id=375.

'To make K4 even more user-friendly, we incorporated a lot of suggestions for improvement from our users in version 5.9,' Hollstein added.

Several items, such as pictures, Word files or Excel spreadsheets can now be checked in and out at the same time using K4 File Manager. In addition to the issue-based mode, K4 Admin now enables users to export items, such as layouts, articles or pictures based on a query. A particularly interesting feature for new users: the K4 Client's help commands offer direct access to the K4 Quick Reference Cards, making it easy for K4 users to call up the symbol overview at any time.

To read more about K4 5.9's new features visit: www.softcare.de.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.

Colourstream Litho adds second HP Indigo press
Colourstream Litho has installed an HP Indigo press 5500 to continue to expand its digital print services…

Colourstream, based in Derby, has been an HP customer for four years and specialises in producing a range of collateral including brochures, leaflets, business cards and books for its clients. To complement its two ten-colour lithographic presses, the company chose to re-invest in HP Indigo technology, to provide offset quality print enabling the migration of work from litho to digital, without forsaking quality. The HP Indigo press 5500 utilises HP ElectroInk liquid ink technology and special and spot colour capabilities to produce consistently high-quality print.

Colourstream has seen an increasing demand for shorter turnaround times within its business card printing services. The HP Indigo press 5500 is capable of printing 4,000 four-colour 8.5 x 11.5-inch images per hour ensuring that Colourstream can fulfil business card orders in less than 48 hours.

'We initially decided to purchase an HP Indigo press because we perceived its print quality to be highest on the digital market,' said John Greene, managing director, Colourstream. 'We have been so pleased with the performance of our existing press, that when were looking to upgrade we decided to install another HP Indigo press. Our HP Indigo press 5500 ensures that we can continue to offer our customers the best service. We are able to produce short-run, personalised applications cost-efficiently and quickly.'

Colourstream plans to use its new press to operate a Web-to-print service in the near future. In addition, the ability of HP Indigo technology to produce a wide variety of applications has recently allowed the company to expand into the digital book market producing proof-copies, personalised books and short-run books for publishers.

'The digital side of our company is becoming more important and has enabled us to offer new services to attract new and retain existing customers. The digital book service is a great example of the diversity of digital print,' said Greene. 'The print quality provided by the HP Indigo press 5500 is outstanding and it is impossible to tell the difference between books printed on our new press or those produced lithographically. Our customers have been very happy with their digitally printed books and we are expecting to see this service grow.'

In order to sustain their expansion into these new markets, representatives from Colourstream attended HP’s Market Maximiser course in 2006 and have plans to attend the Maximising the Digital Opportunity and Digital Selling Skills courses – launched under the Capture business success programme in the coming months.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.

MultiCopy chooses Fiery for its second Canon image
EFI achieves further landmark as 500,000th EFI Fiery in Europe goes to MultiCopy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands…

EFI has announced that MultiCopy, a printing and document management company based in Amsterdam, has purchased the 500,000th EFI Fiery shipped to a European customer. More than one-and-a-half-million Fierys have been sold worldwide. Owned by Franchise Services, Inc, MultiCopy has 80 centres in The Netherlands and is linked, via a digital network, to Sir Speedy and PIP centres around the globe. Offering innovative print services to over 40,000 small- and medium-sized businesses, MultiCopy has chosen a Canon imagePress A3000 server, a Fiery that delivers the optimal speed, quality, and reliability for its new Canon imagePress C7000VP (up to 70 pages per minute) digital press.

The powerful Fiery server delivers precision colour, consistent high quality output, powerful variable data printing capabilities, seamless integration with EFI's web-to-print, proofing, workflow and Print MIS solutions, and connectivity to all popular pre-press applications - to meet MultiCopy's growing production requirements, which are being fuelled by customers' increased demand for colour printing. The Canon imagePress C7000VP is the seventh such machine to be added to MultiCopy's portfolio of Xerox, Konica-Minolta, Océ and Canon printers in the past nine months; the first was the first Canon imagePress C7000VP to be installed in the Netherlands, in May 2007.

Gerald Slot, managing director MultiCopy Netherlands, said, ‘We're delighted to be the recipients of this milestone Fiery in Europe. For each of the last four years, we've achieved double digit growth by exploiting the increased demand for colour printing and by supplying outstanding quality product and customer service. We were so impressed with the combined performance of our first imagePress C7000VP and Fiery server for colour applications, including large web-to-print European literature projects, that, when we came to consider the purchase of another colour production system, the decision to go with a further Fiery-driven imagePress C7000VP was an easy one.

‘The Fiery servers ensure that the Canon imagePress C7000VP digital presses run as efficiently as possible and that the overall quality and consistency of output remain at optimal levels. Fitting perfectly into our production environment, the Fiery servers also make the Canon imagePress C7000VP a high-performance VDP solution, allowing us to take advantage of potentially lucrative personalized printing business opportunities.’

‘When customers choose a Fiery server, they are assured of industry-leading colour management, consistent high quality output and workflow innovation, and it's clear that MultiCopy is maximising these EFI benefits to print to win,’ said Paul Cripps, vice president EMEA of EFI. ‘The combination of Fiery power, its seamless integration with EFI Print MIS solutions and on demand workflow, and connectivity to prepress applications will continue to help MultiCopy to raise their productivity and profitability.’

The Fiery offers the industry's most open, powerful variable data printing (VDP) workflow capability, including support of VDP languages Fiery FreeForm(tm), industry standard PPML, and a host of legacy proprietary languages and collaborations with the leading VDP software vendors.

Designed expressly to drive the Canon imagePress C7000VP digital press, the Canon imagePress A3000 server is based on EFI's highest server class, the Fiery Q Series, and comes standard with EFI's most advanced production tools to provide consistently precise colour, high quality, sophisticated workflow and advanced connectivity and to eliminate labour-intensive activities. Offering WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) job composition and imposition tools, the Fiery server also includes Fiery Smart RIP, a software architecture that combines intelligent processing with the efficient utilisation of the Canon imagePress C7000VP. Fiery Smart RIP significantly accelerates RIPping performance, enabling the fastest possible processing speeds on the Canon imagePress C7000VP.

The Fiery server also features full compliance with PDF-X3, a specification for reliable prepress data interchange that enables designers to provide digital content files that can be printed predictably and correctly by MultiCopy, and the recently added support of the new colour specification, Pantone Goe System to EFI's already impressive list of Pantone colour libraries.

Additional information can be found at: www.multicopy.com or at www.efi.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 February 2008.