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Issue: News in Review 2010
Chapter: Headline News March 2010

The Headline News for the first week of March...

News for the period 1 – 5 March 2010

Late news added last Friday afternoon and also included in our Home Page news on Monday 1 March, came from Manroland, with the announcement that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire WIFAG, the Swiss newspaper press manufacturer. WIFAG had stated last October that it was seeking a partner to help counter the effects of the severe downturn and to ensure its long-term survival, as one of the world's leading newspaper press manufacturers. Punch Graphix also in the news on Monday with its latest financials which reflect sales down by 28 per cent last year.

News from IPEX on Monday, underlining that in spite of the increase in digital printing at this year's show announced a couple of weeks ago, that offset manufacturers will still occupy almost one-third of the overall space at this year's IPEX. There is also a very interesting new monthly column from Andy McCourt, which began on Tuesday and appears as our lead news item which is very much IPEX-related, so please don't miss it.

On matters Ipex you will find numerous announcements throughout the week with more to follow after the weekend, as well as new additions in the Ipex Newsroom. Please don't miss the PDF download of the IPEX 2010 Stand-by-Stand Guide with an introduction by event director Trevor Crawford. You will find a complete A - Z of all the exhibitors together with hyperlinks for information and to the exhibitors' Websites, so it does become an invaluable source of reference. On Friday, Heidelberg's IPEX announcement heads the news following its pre-show press conference held this week. And if you are keeping count, there are just 73 days to go before the show opens its doors at the NEC for the eighth time.

The latest issues of Manroland's expressis verbis magazine and KBA Report were announced this week. You will find more information in the news on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, and also links in our Publications section at the bottom of this weekly update. You can order them in printed form, or download them as a PDF in a choice of languages.

You'll find a number of superb sales and installations successes again this week from Manroland, KBA, Heidelberg UK, Fujifilm, Technique, Presstek, Heidelberg USA and Screen. There are several new developments too, from Epson, Autobond, EFI with Xerox, Axaio, Oce, Madico and Bobst. The one that really caught my eye appears in the news on Friday: the new DirectSmile Card and Gift Shop, which is designed to provide printers who have a digital colour press with a new revenue stream for personalised products. I think this is quite brilliant and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing it at Ipex in a couple of months time. But, there is a lot more in the news if you scroll down carefully.

To round off this week I will draw attention to PrintCity's recent success in Munich with its first environmentally linked workshop. This is hopefully the first of several such Carbon Footprint & Energy Efficiency Workshops that PrintCity might run across Europe during 2010, and ‘Green’ is linked anyway to the Alliance's three Ipex themes of ’ Print: Lean, Green and Seen. According to David Stamp, PrintCity's director of communications, 'We will await market reaction / interest to this type of "open discussion", audience participation, knowledge sharing Workshop before planning more. It is such a complex subject, inter-connected with the whole future of print versus electronic media, that we are trying our best to increase "understanding" of all the issues and opportunities, for the entire printing and packaging industry.'

The tailender this week goes to UPM and Sappi, which have both been forced to close their Finnish paper mills due to the transport workers' and stevedores' strikes which began this week. No doubt Stora-Enso is in the same situation. You will find the news on Wednesday and again as late news added on Thursday afternoon. Just as our paper manufacturers were beginning to see some glimmer of improvement after the worst recession ever, this is all they needed at this particular time.

I shall be away for the next few days, attending yet another pre-Ipex event in Brussels, where Atlantic Zeisser, EskoArtwork, Enfocus, Punch Graphix, Basysprint, Xeikon, and Kodak will announce their plans for the show.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

Friday 5 March

Heidelberg at IPEX 2010
Heidelberg views IPEX as a trend barometer for the industry in 2010. Innovations will boost efficiency and competitiveness…

• New products and services put print shops in an excellent position for when the economy picks up again
• Focus on solutions for new business options
• Heidelberg views IPEX as a trend barometer for the printing industry in 2010
• Initial signs of macroeconomic recovery in parts of the world

At this year's IPEX trade show in Birmingham from 18 to 25 May, 2010, Heidelberg will be showcasing the latest developments in its product and service portfolio. The company's stand in Hall 8 will focus on current market trends such as lean, environmentally friendly production for print shops. ‘Our aim is to ensure that our customers are well positioned to face future challenges, and we will work with them to develop and successfully implement new business options in a changing environment,’ stated Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier.

Heidelberg still offers the best price-performance ratio in the industry thanks to numerous prepress, press, and postpress innovations combined with the integration of all process steps. The successful entry of Heidelberg into the large-format sector in 2008 underlines the fact that innovations and, above all, greater customer benefits are the driving forces behind investments in the industry. ‘For Heidelberg, IPEX is a trend barometer and also an opportunity for the printing industry in 2010,’ said Schreier.

Despite initial positive signs in some parts of the world, it is still too soon to anticipate a significant turnaround in the economy in the near future. ‘Companies who invest in new technologies and new areas of business now, though, will be well positioned for the future,’ stated Schreier. Heidelberg would be using the trade show to continue redefining parts of the market with further innovations, he said. ‘Our customers expect us to boost their competitiveness with the latest technologies and a comprehensive service portfolio. We will definitely meet their expectations at IPEX,’ he stressed.

Heidelberg provides local support for its customers with a wide range of services that pave the way for sustainable business success. ‘We will also optimise and expand our range of products and services,’ stated Schreier. The digital printing was a market segment with excellent prospects that customers would increasingly add to their portfolios and for which Heidelberg was looking for a suitable partner, he explained. ‘We have the ideal service and logistics network for this, which gives us a clear competitive edge,’ Heidelberg's CEO stated. He added that the two technologies were predicted to successfully continue side by side on the future market.

Schreier also underlined that it was vital not to ignore the structural changes in the industry, but to adapt to them. He added that the global print volume of just under EUR 400 billion was an encouraging sign for the development of the market and that, when the economy picked up again, commercial printing would recover too and lead to new investments in this offset market segment. Packaging printing has enjoyed greater stability during the crisis and offers growth potential for Heidelberg. ‘We have systematically geared our range of products and solutions to the requirements of our customers in both market segments and ensured that they represent the state of the art. This makes us confident that both our customers and our companies are extremely well positioned for the recovery to come,’ concluded Schreier.

Heidelberg at IPEX 2010:
The terms HEI Performance and HEI Value reflect the extensive portfolio of state-of-the-art technologies and services from Heidelberg for the economical and environmentally friendly production of print products. At the trade show, the company will be providing practical demonstrations to highlight how media service providers, print shops, and postpress specialists can act on current market trends and adapt their portfolios accordingly. Heidelberg will be demonstrating how to optimise business and production processes across the entire value added chain of sheetfed offset printing, while also minimising their environmental impact.

The numerous practical demonstrations will enable visitors to the event to find out how they can achieve economic success with short-run high-end print applications, stand out from the crowd with creative print applications, and make the Internet an integral part of their business strategy.

There are an additional 14 pre-Ipex articles that were issued by Heidelberg yesterday. These are now in our IPEX 2010 Newsroom and will also appear in our news columns during the coming week.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

DirectSmile launches new Card & Gift Shop package
New DirectSmile Card & Gift Shop provides printers with new revenue stream for personalised products…

2 March 2010. DirectSmile announced the launch of its new DirectSmile Card & Gift Shop package, providing printers with a turnkey e-Commerce solution for online sales of image personalised print products to private customers.

As an integrated package, DirectSmile Card & Gift Shop includes not only an online storefront, but also incorporates award-winning DirectSmile image personalisation and variable data printing capabilities. Because of this, shop-owners are able to prepare documents, create personalised images, generate previews, process orders - including payment - and print the ordered items.

Designed for applications including photo-products, cards, calendars, mugs, T-shirts, mouse mats and other personalised gift items, DirectSmile Card & Gift Shop provides business-owners with a very quick start-up - often within the same day - thanks to easy installation and a pre-stocked shop. Using the new DirectSmile solution, printers can capitalise on a growing and profitable new revenue stream, selling directly to private customers.

To maximise all sales opportunities for their personalisation business, printers can rely on highly efficient workflows from the new DirectSmile system. To achieve this, particular attention has been paid to easy administration of all articles within the shop, and the necessary resources, such as documents and images, for personalisation. Shop-owners are able to create new products simply by combining any document with any personalised image. In addition, the automated generation of product images ensures fast and easy set up of the shop.

With photo gifts becoming increasingly popular in the business-to-consumer market, DirectSmile Card & Gift Shop ensures that shop owners can capitalise on this lucrative market. To create highly individual gifts, customers can upload their own photos and edit them online, utilising tools including effect filters, image cropping and picture frames. Even the combination of customer photos and image personalisation is possible within the DirectSmile solution.

A key principle of DirectSmile's Card & Gift Shop, is to provide customers with complete product assurance. When a shopper processes their order, the DirectSmile system generates an online preview using the same layout that's used to print the final job. This not only means less maintenance for the host business, but that customers also get exactly what they order.

From one single order to using large databases, DirectSmile Card & Gift Shop provides the capability to service both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business (B2B) markets. For B2B customers, the order and production of personalised applications including business cards, or brochures, are both streamlined and hassle-free.

Fully customisable, DirectSmile allows shop owners to brand their Card & Gift Shop in their own livery. Thanks to a built-in editor function, they can quickly refresh colours and styles and change product groups within minutes. In addition, DirectSmile Card &Gift Shop offers the capability to host multiple languages.

For businesses that wish to extend or further target their Card & Gift Shop offering, DirectSmile enables users to create additional sub-shops, with the ability for each sub-shop to feature different branding, messaging and products. The sub-shop capability ensures that DirectSmile users can plan for the future and successfully manage positive business growth.

Axel Marciniak, managing director of DirectSmile commented, ‘We have developed our Card & Gift Shop solution to enable printers to access this lucrative market, quickly and easily - utilising an image personalisation technology that they know and trust. We believe that the opportunity this market presents is significant, and that our solution is ideally suited to exploit its potential.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Successful PrintCity enviro workshop in Munich
Graphic Industry Supply Chain Workshop on the subject Carbon Footprint & Energy Efficiency held in Munich…

The PrintCity Alliance completed a successful first Graphic Industry Supply Chain Workshop on the subject Carbon Footprint & Energy Efficiency during February 2010 in Munich.

The workshop was introduced by John Dangelmaier (pictured right), president of the PrintCity Alliance and was hosted by Nigel Wells, also from the PrintCity team.

The keynote speaker was Gary Marshall from the UK printing group Polestar, an early adopter of a proactive carbon and energy reduction programme. ‘We must look at the whole picture and remember that some of our environmental efforts are often still “work-in-progress”. Polestar seeks solutions to manage its Carbon Footprint creatively and economically, in tandem with our customers and suppliers. The future needs more joined-up thinking that crosses over the full industry supply chain,’ said Marshall.

Over 30 attendees from several countries participated and presentations were made by PrintCity members UPM, Sun Chemical, Manroland plus other guest speakers including: Benoit Moreau, Environment manager for the French Printers Association, James Patterson from Environ and Laurel Brunner of the Verdigris Environmental Initiative / Digital Dots.

The target of this first PrintCity Carbon Footprint and Energy Efficiency workshop was to exchange information about 'best practice' across the whole supply chain and to connect the competence (knowledge) of members and international businesses on this important environmental topic.

Structured PrintCity workshops of this type provide an ideal opportunity for knowledge sharing with industry participants through audience interaction. In this way participants jointly reach conclusions on how we can improve the printing & packaging industry's overall process performance regarding long term environmental opportunities.

Topics discussed at this graphic industry workshop on 17 February included:
The Carbon Dynamic - Nigel Wells
Carbon Footprint - a Printers Perspective - Gary Marshall
Carbon Footprint for Printers and Suppliers - Benoit Moreau
Overview of Standards and Guidelines - Laurel Brunner
Carbon Footprinting & Energy Efficiency Initiatives of Different Industry Sectors - Gabrielle Wende of UPM (paper), Vincent Krafft of Manroland (presses) and Dr. Bertrand Lousteau of Sun Chemical (inks)
Applying Carbon Footprinting and Energy Efficiency - James Patterson

Workshop conclusions
There was a clear consensus that we needed a single, international and integrated approach to Carbon Footprinting across the complete graphic industry value chain. The current sector or national approaches are confusing, costly and complex - in the future we need to be clear, concise and credible. Initiatives by Intergraf and ISO are first steps in this direction, which PrintCity Alliance members fully support.

The most important objective is to use Carbon Footprinting as an evaluation tool to identify where greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage can be reduced. It is an important internal benchmarking tool to identify where to make improvements. A key metric is to measure energy reduction in kWh as well as in Carbon Dioxide equivalent, because the latter can be distorted by variable energy sources.

Laurel Brunner representing the Verdigris project commented, ‘The International Standards Organisation’s specification currently under consideration will unify the industry’s carbon footprinting efforts, and support printers’ and print buyers’ continued investment in sustainable media.’

James Patterson of Environ quoted, ‘Life cycle costs are key to carbon management and energy efficiency. Much more understanding is needed in this area by all parties involved.’

Benoit Moreau of the French Printers Association commented, ‘The Carbon Footprint initiative is not only a measurement tool but also part of a methodology to help reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases. We have to crosslink all parts of the graphic chain to be more efficient.’

Dr. Volkhard Maess from Océ stated how important the theme of this Workshop was, ‘In R&D you have to take into consideration the future - let’s say the next ten years. Therefore we include in our way of thinking during development of future digital production printing systems, not only today’s but tomorrow’s environmental concerns and regulations. My expectations to find some useful and good information were fulfilled today.’

Attendees commented positively on the entire workshop day, confirming that they had never before seen such a good overview about current and proposed environmental standards and specifications. In addition all participants appreciated the good advice and open discussion about applying environmental best practice in their own companies - printers and suppliers.

According to Nigel Wells, PrintCity project manager and workshop initiator, ‘PrintCity Alliance Workshops form part of our ongoing work to share knowledge on complex subjects, through our members 'connection of competence' process capability and expertise. This workshop has been very informative for attendees and presenters alike and has contributed to our special report 'Carbon Footprint & Energy Efficiency' that will be released later this year.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Five HP Scitex inks become Nordic Swan approved
Five HP Scitex inks for sign and display printing have been added to the official Nordic Ecolabel list for print service providers…

Five HP Scitex inks for sign and display printing have been added to the official list of those that meet the chemical requirements of the Nordic Ecolabel (also known as Nordic Swan) for print service providers (PSPs).

PSPs that have been granted Nordic Ecolabel licensing for the production of printed matter have demonstrated that they fulfil a number of environmental requirements that make them some of the least polluting PSPs in the Nordic region printing industry.

The HP Scitex XP222 UV curable ink used by the HP Scitex XP5100, HP Scitex XP2100, HP Scitex XP5300 and the HP Scitex XP2300 Printers when used in standard mode, have been added to the list. In addition, two other UV curable inks - HP Scitex TJ200 and HP Scitex FB221, which are used respectively in the HP Scitex TJ8550 Printer and the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, a high productivity flatbed, machine have been added.

The HP Scitex WB300 water-based ink used by the HP Scitex FB6700 Printer has also been approved. The HP Scitex PT10 and PT20 pre-treatments for this printer have also been accepted as meeting the chemical requirements or the Nordic Ecolabel for PSPs.

Furthermore, a solvent ink, HP Scitex TJ100 has also been added to the approved list. It is used with the HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer.

These inks join a range of HP Designjet-branded inks used for sign and display printing already listed by Nordic Ecolabel. These include HP786 and HP789 water-based HP Latex Inks, used respectively by the HP Designjet L65500 Printer and HP Designjet L25500 Printer, as well as HP91 water-based inks used by the HP Designjet Z6100 Printer.

HP is leading the greening of sign and display printing, with a wide range of innovations including technologies and products developed under the stringent HP Design for Environment programme, including digital signage printing solutions that can replace less efficient screen printers, inks with an improved environmental profile versus the alternatives, recyclable signage media and a growing range of take-back and recycling programmes that now include hardware and selected consumables and media in a growing number of countries.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Screen PlateRite: A flexo CTP first for Ticketmedia
The Screen PlateRite FX870 opens up new opportunities at Ticketmedia for the UK’s bus and underground / tube tickets…

Ticketmedia, the company responsible for supplying and printing the advertisements on the back of the nation's bus and tube tickets, has struck a first with the installation of a Screen PlateRite FX870 flexo platesetter to become the only paper convertor in the UK to have in-house computer-to-plate technology.

Based in Hove, East Sussex, Ticketmedia is a printing company with a difference. It offers transport companies a rebate on the cost of printing their ticket rolls by selling the valuable advertising space on the reverse. It is a unique concept with a proven success rate: to date it has launched more than 20,000 successful ticket campaigns, issuing over 22 billion ticket advertisements across the nation.

The installation of the PlateRite FX870, with its superior halftone dot reproduction, will fulfil the dual aims of increasing both productivity and quality. Ticketmedia managing director Jeremy Burbidge said, ‘The PlateRite FX870 is a very sophisticated piece of equipment. Using Trueflow workflow, it laser images the artwork straight onto the plate and provides us with a real proof to work from, thereby saving us valuable time and resources. The hours we spent setting tickets are a thing of the past and our creative prepress department is now free to spend longer on the artwork instead.’

As well as improved print quality, the PlateRite FX870 reduces labour by 50 per cent, minimises human error and creates a greener working environment as it is chemistry-free. The platesetter joins an impressive range of print machinery, specially customised and tailored for optimum performance by Burbidge, a former engineer, and will allow Ticketmedia to progress and diversify into other areas, such as offering its services as a repro house to external companies. With Trueflow workflow in place, Ticketmedia is positioned for further growth, with the ability to offer both digital and traditional print options to its clients.

‘Ticketmedia is a very exciting and forward-thinking company from a marketing and promotional point of view,’ said Screen UK managing director Brian Filler. ‘It has the vision of the marketing of the future and has the technology in place to make that vision a reality.’

Founded in the late 1980s out of a paper roll manufacturing company producing plain bus tickets and till rolls. Ticketmedia is today the leading authority on ticket advertising on all transport tickets and paper roll products. With its rare combination of specialist print technology and media expertise, it has the ability and flexibility to carry out any advertising campaign on a national to regional level, from short bursts to sustained promotions.

One of the few remaining independent UK media companies, Ticketmedia works with transport companies, media agencies and advertising clients on both standalone campaigns and as part of an integrated marketing strategy. Its impressive client list extends from the retail sector to fast food, the NHS to local councils, and education and recruitment to telecommunications. Ticketmedia has reported a 50 per cent year on year growth.

To find your local supplier of Screen technology and detailed information on all Screen products visit: www.screeneurope.com, or just click on the Screen banner or sponsor logo button on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems.

© Graphic Repro On-line 5 March 2010.

Diamond adds custom-configured Speedmaster XL 105 UV
State-of-the-art, UV-capable, 8-colour Heidelberg XL 105 in special double coating configuration for Diamond Packaging…

Diamond Packaging, a high-end printing and packaging company based in Rochester, NY recently installed a state-of-the-art, UV-capable, 8-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 in a special double coating configuration with initial flexo dispersion coater and three modular deliveries. The company acquired the new press in order to service existing customers, attract new business, and grow revenues and employment. The new machine joins a pressroom lineup that already boasts a 7-colour Speedmaster CD 102 UV press and a 6-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 UV press with double coater.

‘Packaging is a very capital intensive business. Our customers are continually demanding new technology, faster turnaround, increased service, and greater flexibility and capability,’ said Diamond Packaging CEO, Karla Fichter. ‘Investing in new technology is a long-standing tradition at Diamond and allows us to satisfy the demands of our customers and grow organically.’

‘This acquisition is exciting in that it represents the state-of-the-art in package printing technology,’ said Diamond Packaging President, Kirsten Werner. ‘Our new press will provide Diamond with an unprecedented combination of cost innovation and sustainability.’

Diamond financed the acquisition with an award from the Upstate (NY) Regional Blueprint Fund, along with a combination of SBA 504 funds approved through the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation, bank financing, and cash equity. Commencing with the installation of the new Speedmaster XL 105, Diamond Packaging further advances its reputation for outstanding customer service, based on the XL 105’s game-changing technology.

The custom arrangement of coating and drying units on the new Speedmaster XL 105 grants the multi-award-winning company an ability to produce high-gloss applications with dispersion or other coatings, in addition to gold, silver or other special effects increasingly in demand from Diamond’s discerning customers in the cosmetic, health and personal care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and food and confectionery industries. From the high-performance Prinect Press Center control station to the Prinect Inpress Control inline colour and register control system, to the optimized Preset Plus feeder and extended delivery, the Peak Performance Speedmaster XL 105 enables users to meet most exacting customer requirements for quality and productivity at speeds to 18,000sph in UV or conventional modes.

‘Diamond Packaging continues to entrust its reputation for innovation and excellent customer service to Heidelberg technology,’ said Clarence Penge, vice president of sheetfed product management, Heidelberg USA. ‘We’re confident the Speedmaster XL 105 will very quickly become a cornerstone of the company’s continued success.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Insert capacity doubled at Main-Echo
New Muller Martini Mailroom solution at Main-Echo, Germany, can now simultaneously insert twice as many inserts as previously…

Main-Echo, based in Aschaffenburg, Germany, can now simultaneously insert twice as many inserts as previously, thanks to a new mailroom solution from Muller Martini, which includes a ProLiner inserting system and a FlexiRoll buffer system.

Based in the Bavarian town of Aschaffenburg, Main-Echo GmbH & Co. KG is a printing house specializing in commercial work and is already a loyal customer of Muller Martini, placing its trust in three finishing branches with a press delivery system featuring the Avanti log stacker and Exacto rotary trimmer, a new Bolero perfect binder and two Prima Amrys and BravoPlus saddle stitchers. And recently, the company also became the proud owners of a Muller Martini ProLiner solution for its production in the newspaper printing plant. According to Reinhard Golembiewski, there were two main reasons for adopting the newspaper inserting system, which has over eight feeders and is combined with the Mailroom Production Control system: ‘The first benefit for us is that we now have a clear supplier structure for all our finishing solutions, and the second is that the ProLiner offers a number of production benefits.’

Advantageous modular design
The managing director was quick to point out the good accessibility, which allows operators to work ergonomically. Golembiewski also highlighted that the modular design of the ProLiner means that it is simple to expand in the event of changing economic conditions. ‘We are envisaging expanding at a later date, as fine zoning is continuing to gain in importance. This will allow us, for example, to win insert orders for smaller distribution areas with minimal distribution losses.’

The ProLiner is not Main-Echo's only Muller Martini investment; it also owns NewsGrip-A conveyors, FlexiRoll buffers, four NewsStack stackers and four TABA-I top sheet applicators with inkjet. The buffer system featuring nine FlexiRoll docking stations and 50 FlexiRoll bases offers the newspaper printing house considerably greater flexibility, as everything was inserted online prior to the new investment. Not only was the number of inserts restricted to four; the finishing on a Main-Echo run of 90,000 copies was also labor intensive. ‘This is why the FlexiRoll buffer system is so impressive,’ stressed Golembiewski, ‘and thanks to the ProLiner, we now have the capacity to feed eight inserts at the same time.’

Along with top shop, the weekly paper published in-house with a run of 235,000 copies, commercial work of up to 125g in weight and produced in part by the Main-Echo printing house situated opposite is also inserted in the Main-Echo. Moreover, pre-printed sections for the eight part editions can be printed during the day, rolled up and then added to the main jacket by the ProLiner overnight.

Pictured above: Both managing directors, Ulrich Eymann (left) and Reinhard Golembiewski (centre) - in front of the new ProLiner inserting system at the Main-Echo. Right: Reinhold Achtner, branch manager of Muller Martini Germany.

For additional information on all Muller Martini solutions, please visit: www.mullermartini.com. In Southern Africa, Muller Martini is represented by Thunderbolt Solutions at: www.thunderbolt.co.za, or just click on the Thunderbolt sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Pitney Bowes to showcase unique ability to Integrate
Solutions set provides customers with ‘One-Stop-Shop’ for end-to-end print and mail processing power and integrity at IPEX…

Pitney Bowes will exhibit at Ipex 2010 with the ‘missing piece’ from its product portfolio impressively filled and with its stand branded to display a critical message for all high volume print and mailers – ‘1ntegrate’.

The Pitney Bowes showcase will demonstrate how the company’s proven pre- and post-print software and hardware portfolio has been boosted with the addition of the IntelliJet Printing System – the result of Pitney Bowes’ strategic alliance with HP (pictured).

With the addition of the IntelliJet Printing System, Pitney Bowes takes a significant foothold in the production print market and becomes the one vendor able to demonstrate a truly integrated end-to-end print and mail offering.

The Pitney Bowes stand will provide a clear vision of the business benefits that are driven by integration. Hardware and software presentations will demonstrate how integrating these functions can improve operational performance, help to build stronger customer relationships and provide the scope to produce more timely, personalised and relevant customer communications.

Software driven integration
The full range of Pitney Bowes Production Intelligence software solutions will be demonstrated - effectively the brain-power behind print and mail integration. Experts will be on hand to show how this intuitive software can improve the control and efficiency of document workflows across an enterprise, from robust Output Management solutions, Automated Document Factory (ADF) management solutions to Multi-Channel and Hybrid Mail enabling solutions.

Launch! Three new inserters
The Pitney Bowes exhibit will showcase three new inserters, adding further choice and flexibility to the industry’s leading portfolio. The new systems are tailored at specific industry needs – one aimed squarely at the transaction mail market, another designed to work alongside production insertion technology to finish reprints and small jobs without compromising productivity or integrity levels, and the final new addition serving as a flexible companion to the proven DPS range. Full details will be announced at the show.

Ronald van Hees, marketing director, Pitney Bowes, commented, ‘Ipex 2010 will demonstrate that the Pitney Bowes portfolio boasts solutions that cover every aspect of the mail and messaging process – from data-quality and integrity, to printing, inserting and sorting.

‘We expect to create a real buzz with our new solutions and with the sheer breadth of our capabilities. There will be no other stand at Ipex that delivers the end-to-end processing story in such a convincing and demonstrable fashion, or that offers dedicated solutions for the particular transactional and direct marketing markets as well as the fast-moving world of TransPromo.’

IntelliJet Printing System
A giant-screen video will convey the power of the new IntelliJet Printing System – detailing how the system has been designed to operate consistently at 400 feet per minute with a 762mm (30-inch) wide-format and 1200 x 600dpi colour quality. Outputs from the IntelliJet will be used within on-stand demonstrations to explain how the Pitney Bowes mail creation, insertion and finishing portfolio dovetails seamlessly with this new colour print powerhouse – creating synergies that help to reduce costs and improve the quality of customer communications.

The Pitney Bowes stand will also showcase the latest developments to two established industry-favourite inserters.

Mailstream Productivity Series 26 (MPS 26)
The latest addition to the MPS family enables high-volume production mailers to achieve the highest throughput with the greatest degree of flexibility, running up to 26,000 mailpieces per hour. The MPS 26 has been designed to harness the power of the IntelliJet print engine with its ability to seamlessly process the IntelliJet’s 3-up output. The MPS will also connect to the new Pitney Bowes Envelope Finishing System (EFS), an on-envelope colour printer that enables 1-to-1 variable TransPromo messaging – further enhancing the ‘openability’ of customer communications.

FPS Split Drive Inserting System
Mailers running applications in DL, C5 and C4 envelopes can see a new level of ease and simplicity on the FPS Split Drive Inserting System. The name says it all – the FPS Split Drive system allows the inserter to separate document collation assembly and the envelope insertion function processes to maximise productivity. With the largest installed base worldwide, this industry workhorse can increase uptime with its new changeover capabilities, which enables the FPS system to go from a DL, C5 to C4 envelopes format, quickly and easily.

These are just some of the highlights of Pitney Bowes’ Ipex 2010 showcase. Further details will be released as showtime approaches. The Ipex stand represents Pitney Bowes’ biggest ever exhibition space – an impressive space dedicated to a powerful message: ‘Integrate’.

For more about Pitney Bowes, visit: www.pb.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Just Ask is the Ricoh theme for Ipex in Hall 12
Ricoh Europe brings commercial and corporate production printing environments a fresh approach to profitability at Ipex…

The Ricoh 'Just Ask' experience at Ipex 2010 will take visitors on the full journey of the production printing process from capture to output to finishing. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the latest portfolio from Ricoh and InfoPrint solutions. They can also speak to experts about how their products and services can add value and support their business productivity and profitability into the future.

Organising its presence to reflect the stages of the document lifecycle, the Ricoh visitor's journey flows through four key zones: Capture, Prepare, Manage and Output. Each zone provides the opportunity to learn more about the offerings from Ricoh, how they can be integrated into workflows and customised to drive business productivity and profitability. Ricoh is also inviting its visitors to the stand to learn more about Ricoh's world-class service capabilities, partner network and consulting services. Through live demonstrations, Ricoh and InfoPrint Solutions will be showing print service providers how to add value through efficient, productive and flexible hardware and software applications.

Graham Moore, director, Ricoh Production Printing Business group (pictured), said, ‘Our intention at Ipex 2010 is to learn as much as we can about the requirements of each individual visitor to the stand, allowing us to personalise their visit and experience with relevant ideas about how to develop their businesses with Ricoh and InfoPrint Solutions' products and services. By coupling this consultative approach with decades of experience in print innovation, we provide flexibility and scalability to print businesses that want to position themselves for growth. In addition, all Ricoh products are supported by our own extensive local service infrastructure, and backed by global strength in 150 countries to ensure that an investment in Ricoh becomes a profitable addition to any production printing operation.’

Live demonstrations include:

• Integrated Solutions - Ricoh is dedicated to helping print service providers understand how new and emerging applications and solutions can help them boost their bottom line. Ricoh will be demonstrating a wide array of unique applications and solutions. These include Unity Book Publishing's Print Production Handbook, TransPromo communications and transactional printing, personalised calendars, paperback book printing illustrated manuals, and direct mail. All applications will be shown end-to-end, including finishing.

Printing Solutions:

• New light production full-colour digital presses, the Ricoh Pro C720 and Pro C720S, are designed for lower volume commercial and corporate printing environments that are moving into digital printing. They are available in both printer and copier versions. Printing at 72 full-colour pages per minute, the Pro C720 includes a standard EFI server. The robust digital press is the ideal product for print service providers seeking to add the flexibility of digital printing to their production portfolio.

• For high productivity full colour printing, the Ricoh Pro C900 and C900S offer print speeds up to 90 pages per minute in full-colour, even when printing on heavy stock. It also includes the latest Ricoh image processing technology combined with the EFI Fiery RIP or Creo C-80 controller for high image quality and productive workflow integration Flexible media options support large format up to SRA3 size and heavy stock up to 300gsm. An extended range of inline finishing devices includes: ring binder, perfect binder, Plockmatic booklet maker and GBC punch unit.

• Ricoh Pro 1357 - This newly launched production print device has been designed to suit the needs of the Data Centre market, offering genuine IPDS printing. It is highly productive (1.9 million impressions per month) and robust whilst providing professional output quality. The Pro 1357 can aso be equipped with a range of versatile finishing options

• Ricoh Pro 1357EX - The market leading Ricoh Pro1357EX is a highly specified production printing device built to accelerate the production workflow at an optimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). It produces 135 black and white pages per minute.

• Ricoh's monochrome Pro range, which also includes the Ricoh Pro 1107 (110 pages per minute) and Ricoh Pro 907 (90 pages per minute), are fast, reliable and durable production systems with high quality professional imaging and the most complete portfolio of inline finishing options on the market.

• Kodak Digimaster EX-300 - The heavy duty, production class black-and-white digital press prints 300 A4 duplex images per minute with a duty cycle of eight million images per month.

• Kodak NexPress SE2500 delivers exceptional digital colour production for high volume commercial, photo and enterprise printers. The NexPress SE2500 has a fifth imaging unit which can be used to broaden the colour gamut, for intelligent glossing or unique coating applications such as Dimensional Printing, which gives selected images and text a raised, 3D effect.

The following standalone solutions are compatible with all hardware devices on display in the Ricoh stand:

• Ready4Print for Colour Management - The scalable system delivers consistent colour output to a defined standard. It can manage colour across multiple devices in multiple locations.

• NowPrint for Web-to-Print. NowPrint and NowPrint ASAP are hosted Software-as-a-Service platforms built to serve a range of print service provider needs, from a small print on demand outlet with two orders per day to the largest print service providers who may be receiving two orders per second, with no need for an on-site server or a large IT team. The options are scalable and available on a try before you buy basis through the Ricoh business development programme - Ricoh Business Driver.

• Colour Controller C-80, Powered by Creo Colour Server Technology. Meeting the needs of print service providers in the commercial print and professional print markets, the advanced Colour Controller C-80 enables Ricoh customers to increase the productivity of their systems. Its powerful built-in variable data printing (VDP) capabilities make it easy to profit from the fast growing VDP market, and to consistently produce high quality colour output through professional colour management and colour matching tools.

‘Ipex 2010 is an important meeting point for commercial and other production printers from across Europe and around the world,’ continued Moore. ‘The Ricoh stand will be an important destination during the Ipex journey for any business owner or manager looking to experience the most innovative ways to grow and prosper in today's challenging printing marketplace.’

To find out more about Ricoh at Ipex or to book a seminar at the event visit: www.ricoh-europe.com/ipex.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 5 March 2010.

Thursday 4 March

Finnish stevedores' strike closes UPM's paper mills
UPM has been forced to close its Rauma paper mill due to the Finnish stevedores' strike which started today…

UPM has been forced to close its Rauma paper mill due to the Finnish stevedores' strike which started today on 4 March 2010 at 6 am Finnish time. All of the mill's four magazine paper machines are closed. Production work at paper machines ends today affecting about 450 employees.

In other UPM paper mills in Finland, preparation for machine line shut downs is ongoing. Major part of UPM's paper machines in Finland are forced to be closed by the end of this week. The last paper machine closures will take place at the beginning of next week. The company tries to operate its Finnish pulp mills until the end of next week.

When all paper machines are in standstill the financial impact of the strike on UPM's result is estimated to exceed EUR 3 million a day.

‘In recent years our paper mills have worked hard to improve their competitiveness. This strike destroys the good results of that work,’ said UPM's senior vice president for paper manufacturing Arto Lampinen.

UPM's Finnish paper mills employ altogether about 4,300 persons. If all of UPM paper machines in Finland will be closed due to the strike it would mean that production work at paper machines would end impacting about 3,000 persons. In line with the Finnish Contracts of Employment Act UPM will suspend salary payment 7 days after the end of paper machine production work.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Sappi forced to halt production at Kirkniemi mill
Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s paper mill at Kirkniemi in Finland is also affected by the strike and has had to stop production…

At 6.00 am today, 4 March, Finnish port stevedores commenced a strike. It is expected that 80 per cent of inbound and outbound foreign trade will be stopped whilst the strike lasts.

Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s paper mill at Kirkniemi is affected by the strike and is unable to distribute its products. As a result the company has no choice but to stop production at the mill from 3.00 pm today, local time, until transport can be resumed. Natural work for production departments in the mill have been evaluated to stop by 5 March at 6.00 o’clock.

Regrettably, in line with the Finnish Contracts of Employments Act, Sappi will cease salary payments 7 days after natural work stops if the stevedores strike is not resolved by then and production at the mill is able to restart.

Meanwhile Sappi will serve its customers from facilities outside Finland.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Goss International confirms commitment to Graph Expo
Emphasis on ownership structure, web press, finishing and expanding products that now include Akiyama sheetfed presses…

Goss International will participate in the 2010 Graph Expo Show in Chicago where the company will emphasis e its ownership structure, innovative web press and finishing technology, and expanding product range in North America that now includes Akiyama sheetfed presses.

‘The annual show in Chicago should remain an essential forum for suppliers and printers to meet, reaffirm their commitment to the future, and generate enthusiasm for new technologies and new ideas,’ according to Jacques Navarre, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Goss International. ‘We participate because we believe the unique show environment delivers value for our customers and for our industry.’

Goss International will highlight technologies for commercial, newspaper and combined operations at Graph Expo, along with aftermarket Goss Lifetime Support options designed to extend the competitive lifespan of existing equipment. The show will also be the first major North American event for the company following the ownership investment by Shanghai Electric. The investment by a strong, industrial group with a long-term commitment to the print sector creates opportunities for an expanded product portfolio, such as the integration of the Akiyama products and team, according to Navarre.

Commercial and newspaper sectors covered
Graham Trevett, vice president of commercial web sales for Goss International in North America, says his organisation supports the idea of a single North American show covering both the commercial and newspaper sectors. ‘Production requirements and business models continue to converge, and printers and publishers will appreciate having one event where they can evaluate the full range of technologies and ideas available from suppliers,’ he added.

Goss International also represents Ferag products in North America and will present integrated Goss-Ferag finishing solutions for newspaper and commercial production at the show.

Akiyama sheetfed and Goss packaging presses added
Goss International assumed responsibility for sales and support of Akiyama products in the United States and Canada in January, and integrated the Akiyama USA organisation. ‘Our products, particularly the Jprint press, offer a very compelling alternative for high-quality sheetfed perfecting applications,’ according to Keith Huang, sheetfed operations director. ‘New and existing Akiyama customers will also benefit from the expanded parts, service and support resources of the Goss International organisation.’

Goss International has also launched new web offset press models specifically designed for packaging applications, using proven concepts from its Sunday presses. ‘These variable-repeat presses will deliver unique productivity, efficiency and print quality advantages for flexible packaging, folding carton and label applications,’ explains Trevett. ‘We look forward to talking to packaging printers that are interested in exploring new web offset options.’

Pictured above: Goss International will present commercial and newspaper production solutions at the 2010 Graph Expo show, affirming the company's belief that the unique show environment delivers value for customers and generates enthusiasm for new technologies and new ideas.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

IPEX 2010 Stand-by-Stand Guide PDF download
Highlights of new products to be seen at the show, with A – Z exhibitor information, contact information and Website links...

IPEX 2010 Highlights of new products to be seen at the show, with A – Z exhibitor information, contact information and Website links, with introduction by event director Trevor Crawford, can be downloaded in PDF format from our IPEX 2010 Newsroom.

Just follow this link: Click Here and then click on the Adobe download button at the foot of the page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Bobst provides ultraprecise hologram application
Bobst has launched a version of its Visionfoil press, specifically dedicated to security hologram application…

As more and more industries look for solutions to protect the authenticity of their products, holographic materials offer an ideal solution, helping its brand owners make a clear difference between originals and forgeries, protecting their valuable assets, and deterring counterfeiters.

However reproducing holograms, and placing them accurately on the product, require specialised equipment. Until 2010, the reference machine for flat-to-flat hologram application on paper, labels, or board has been the Bobst SP 76-BM Foilmaster, a B2 size press (equivalent to a packaging format of 0b).

Now Bobst has introduced the Visionfoil 104 H to deliver hologram application of accuracy previously unavailable to the B1 print sector or the format 3B packaging market.

The Visionfoil 104 H uses Bobst's patented, high precision Registron cameras to bring each hologram on the sheet into perfect register, be they 2-D, 2-D/2-D, 3-D, 2-D/3-D, or multiplexed. The same cameras perfectly process diffraction foils, skipping the unusable shim line areas. All current sizes of holograms can be processed using the Visionfoil 104 H. In addition the press handles holograms substantially larger or smaller than current industry standards - offering designers and users the opportunity to include special size holograms in their designs or portfolio of products.

The smooth foil path created by the specially designed internal foil unwind module, enables high precision foil handling and better productivity. The cameras are auto-setting, reducing make-ready time. Up to six independently driven advance shafts, increase flexibility and cut down on foil waste. The platen entry easily handles light materials which make up the majority of security print jobs.

Alongside its hologram application capabilities, the Visionfoil 104 H is highly flexible, being able to apply conventional as well as holographic foil. The press shares with the rest of the Visionfoil 104 range a maximum running speed of 7,500 sheets per hour, along with the ability to run paper and labels down to 80gsm, carton board to 2000gsm, and corrugated sheets up to 4mm in thickness. The maximum sheet size the Visionfoil 104 H can handle is 1040 x 740 mm and the press features 12 individually controllable heating zones.

The Visionfoil 104 H is ideal for banknote printers applying holograms and/or metal stripes; software packaging manufacturers applying seals to CD/DVD cases; ticket printers producing concert, event and sporting event tickets, tobacco industry suppliers and other industries trying to protect their products or brands.

For more information please contact Marco Lideo at Bobst, Switzerland: marco.lideo@bobstgroup.com

Or visit the Bobst Website at: www.bobstgroup.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Another raft of installations from Heidelberg USA
New Heidelberg USA installations from prepress to press and post press help customers stay strong and competitive…

Heidelberg USA announces the following new product installations:

If you build it, they will come: Harper College installs Speedmaster SM 52
The Graphic Arts and Technology Department at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. has just added a Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 4-colour press to help attract, educate and train its students by introducing them to the newest print capabilities. According to Patricia Bruner, Graphic Arts Co-ordinator, this simple strategy already has yielded an ‘incredible’ 40 per cent increase in enrolment for the current semester.

‘We’re not teaching pressmen here,’ Bruner said. Rather, the Graphic Arts and Technology programme at Harper is targeted to creative design, photography, prepress and production, and sales and marketing students who will need to understand the best practices associated with print manufacturing in order to be effective in their jobs after graduation.

‘We could have bought a cheaper, 2-colour press, but opted for the Speedmaster SM 52 because we wanted to be able to demonstrate the versatility and force of 4-colour process work,’ Bruner said. ‘The Speedmaster 52 gives us the flexibility in a compact platform that suits our needs perfectly.’ As a bonus, the Graphic Arts Department recently began taking on some jobs for the college, which previously outsourced its 4-colour work. These days, however, ‘We can print most 8.5 x 11-inch brochure work on the Speedmaster SM 52,’ Bruner said, saving time and money for the institution.

As for the Department’s choice of a Heidelberg press, ‘We need only one press and we need it to last a long, long time,’ said Bruner, ‘Heidelberg is the king of press manufacturing, a great staple of the industry, and is well known for its unwavering support of industry education. Why would we choose anything else?’

Established in 2005, the Graphic Arts and Technology Department at Harper College serves a current enrolment of 531 students taught by two full-time and 10 adjunct instructors.

The customised concept for all your requirements: Follow this link: Speedmaster SM 52.

FP Horak advances print resource management with new Speedmaster XL 75
FP Horak Company is a $30 million, full-service print provider located in Bay City, Mich. The company recently installed a 6-colour Speedmaster XL 75 high-performance press with aqueous coater and extended delivery to improve productivity and speed turnaround times. The new press replaces an ageing 5-colour press, and the difference is like night from day.

According to company president Tim Dust, the XL 75’s 18,000sph running speed and significantly faster makereadies ‘permit us to pound out the work more quickly. As a result, we have reduced pricing in some product categories and improved delivery in all categories.’ Since the new press was installed, the company also has noted a bigger crossover with its digital capabilities, such that the all-Heidelberg sheetfed division is steadily picking up a greater range of short-run sizes.

Compared with the older press it replaced, the Speedmaster XL 75’s extensive automation has been, ‘a revelation,’ Dust said. From the high-performance Prinect Press Center with Intellistart to the AutoPlate plate changer, to the Prinect Axis Control colour measuring system, the capabilities of the XL 75 dovetail perfectly with FP Horak’s stated mission to provide comprehensive print and marketing solutions that build long-term, value-driven relationships. ‘We have made a proactive business decision to use our technologies to help marketers get a better return on their dollar spend,’ Dust explained.

The company’s sheetfed division also operates a 6-colour Speedmaster SM 102, a 2-colour Heidelberg SORKZ, a pair of Printmaster QM 46 2-colour presses, in addition to two programmable Polar 115 paper cutters with Transomat and Speedbander, Stahl B20 and B26 folders, and a Heidelberg ST 270 saddlestitcher. Personnel not only received on-site post-installation training on the XL 75, but the company also sent two pressmen and a foreman for additional training at Heidelberg’s Print Media Demonstration Center in Kennesaw, Ga. ‘Service and support after the sale have been outstanding,’ Dust confirmed, ‘especially the three-year Systemservice 36plus extended warranty package with Remote Service.’

A longtime Heidelberg customer, FP Horak embarked on a programme to ‘reinvent’ itself in the early 1990s, after establishing its reputation as a business forms printer since 1946. Shortly thereafter, the company expanded into the digital printing, mailing and fulfilment. ‘About 70 per cent of our total revenue is tied to promotional spending rather than transactional print,’ Dust said. The company currently employs 200 in two Bay City locations.

Leading technology for your business success. Follow this link: Speedmaster XL 75.

Winchester Printers removes prepress bottlenecks with Suprasetter 105
Winchester Printers, Inc, Winchester, Va., recently installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter 105 SCL with Prepress Manager workflow, replacing a Heidelberg Prosetter, to take advantage of the efficiencies made possible by the automated features of the new thermal platesetting system.

The management team of Winchester Printers said, ‘This automation has enabled us to eliminate the bottlenecks that use to impede our production. The daylight load Suprasetter with its Saphira Chemfree thermal plates and automatic plate stacker enables the unit to run virtually unattended, which has lowered our operating costs.’

Winchester Printers, Inc. is a family owned and operated full-service commercial printer having served the needs of businesses, universities, organisations, and associations throughout northern Virginia and parts of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than half a century. In addition to its Prinect-based prepress workflow, the company also operates a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 2-colour perfector, a 6-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 perfecting press with in-line coating tower, a 4-colour SM 74 perfecting press and a pair of Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 2-colour machines, as well as a Heidelberg Windmill letterpress. The bindery hosts a Polar 45’ programmable guillotine cutter with paper handling capabilities, and a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 100 8-pocket plus cover feeder saddlestitcher with Rima stacker. Given its robust capabilities and commitment to superior customer service, it’s no wonder Winchester Printers prides itself on exemplifying ‘Old Fashioned Values with Today’s Technologies’.

‘In our experience, it is easy to partner with Heidelberg,’ Hottle said. ‘Heidelberg has always supported us with fast, efficient service and high quality equipment. We do not see a reason to go anywhere else.’

High performance for medium formats: To find out more, just follow this link: Suprasetter 105.

Operators applaud as Senate Print Shop selects cutting solution from Polar
The Printing, Graphics and Direct Mail Department of the US Senate in Washington, DC recently took delivery of a Polar 92X high-speed programmable paper cutter with jogger and scale to shoulder the cutting load previously handled by a 15-year-old competitive cutter.

As a former independent electrical contractor with experience installing and servicing all kind of printing equipment, Buddy Pritchett — like his colleagues in the Bindery department — not only considered Polar cutters to be top-of-the-line, but also had enough field experience to confirm that Polar cutters seldom broke down and had minimal service requirements. The Polar 92X is also equipped with OptiKnife knife-changing system, automatic graphic programming, and the major functions for an automated working sequence.

‘In terms of the production work we do on paper and card stock materials, the new Polar is every bit as capable as any of our other production cutters—and then some,’ said Pritchett, who cites the new cutter’s superior mechanical strength as a big plus for the heavier work it will be called upon to perform. ‘With this particular application,’ Pritchett said, ‘Strength and cycling were major issues. Given the Polar’s mechanical drive, we knew we wouldn’t have to deal with jams when handling heavier stocks like chipboard. It’s just more capable.’ He gets no argument from his operators, all of whom are ‘glad we chose Polar.’ The print shop bindery also operates three hardworking Stahlfolders.

With a staff of 40, the Senate print shop produces a wide variety of printed materials for United States Senators and their committees.

Programmable, efficient cutting in medium-sized formats: Follow this link to find out more about the: Polar 92X.

Ry-Gan Printing Opts for Green Automation with Suprasetter 75
Ry-Gan Printing, Inc., a self-described custom trade printer in Rochester, NY, boasts an all-Heidelberg lineup of software and equipment from its Prinect-based prepress workflow to its pressroom and bindery. The company recently replaced its Heidelberg Prosetter violet platesetter with a thermal Suprasetter 75 CTP system with automatic plate-loading to take advantage of the opportunity to ‘get greener’ by using less chemistry and fewer consumables, as well as to manage its personnel more effectively.

‘Don’t get me wrong, we loved our Prosetter,’ said Craig Schinsing, the company’s president, ‘but it made good sense for us to upgrade from a manual to an automated system that would free the operator for other tasks. We also realise significant savings in terms of our chemistry and consumables usage, as well as in employee time management.’

The company produces between 500 and 600 plates each month for its four hardworking presses, which include 2- and 4-colour Speedmaster SM 52s, and a Speedmaster SM 74 4-colour press with high-pile delivery, dryer and coater.

The company’s long-term relationship with Heidelberg guarantees access to ‘service when we need it,’ Schinsing said. ‘We do our own maintenance, but Heidelberg technicians are always available to keep us running day in and day out, when necessary. That’s the kind of assurance that makes Heidelberg technology worth the extra price in the long run.’

Founded in 1996 and with annual sales revenue of $2 million, Ry-Gan Printing’s staff of 10 produces newsletters, envelopes, postcards, posters, brochures, pocket folders, mailers, and static-cling, foil, plastic and vinyl printed products for a primarily regional clientele.

Outstanding performance with a compact, space-saving footprint: Suprasetter A75.

Print Harmony installs Printmaster QM 46: ‘Automation is where the money is’
Jason Gabay, manager of Print Harmony LLC, a trade printer in Clearwater, Fla, reports the installation of a Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 2-colour press to answer customer demand for fast, high-quality 1- and 2-colour printing, primarily business forms, letterheads and envelopes.

‘We are the first trade-only printer in the US to offer quick printing to the trade,’ Gabay said. ‘Most trade printers do strictly 4-colour work and are gang-run operations. We did our market research and turned up a niche, which the small-format QM 46-2 enables us to serve.’

Gabay praises the many automated features of the new press, including AutoPlate, electronic sheet monitoring and arrival control, on-the-fly register adjustment, and rapid-response inking unit for superior print quality.

‘Thanks to the automation on the QM 46, we can makeready in less than five minutes,’ he said, ‘and keep our promise to deliver everything in 24 hours at no additional charge. You can buy a cheaper machine, but the quality and productivity just aren’t there. Automation is where the money is. With the Printmaster QM 46, we can produce jobs even more quickly and cheaply than our customers can!’

Established in 2002, Print Harmony also operates Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 74 presses, as well as multiple Polar cutters and Stahlfolders. From a service standpoint, said Gabay, support from Heidelberg has been invaluable in keeping his equipment up and running for the benefit of his customers. ‘We specialise in fast turnaround and have smaller printers depending on us,’ he said. ‘Heidelberg understands that we can’t afford the downtime, and they’ve been there for us every step of the way.’

Good things come in small packages: Printmaster QM 46.

Martino-White Printing chooses Polar for speed and durability
Martino-White Printing of Hapeville, Ga. recently installed a Polar 92X guillotine paper cutter from Heidelberg to increase the speed and productivity of its cutting operation, as well as to take advantage of Polar’s ‘built for the ages’ reliability and durability. The new cutter replaces a competitive model and is chiefly deployed to cut large parent sheets to printable size—an operation previously performed by the paper company but brought in-house by Martino-White as a time- and cost-saving measure.

‘We wanted a heavier-duty cutter than we had,’ said company general manager and vice president Dennis Martino, a past chairman of the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia, also citing the Polar machine’s high-speed, frequency-controlled backgauge, hydraulic clutch, and advance speed of 20 cm/sec. ‘Based on its performance thus far and because the Polar 92X is built so well, it should be the last cutter we buy in my lifetime,’ Martino said.

Elsewhere in the shop Martino-White operates three Printmaster QM 46 2-colour presses and a Heidelberg die cutter. To help maintain its Heidelberg presses, the company uses a selection of Heidelberg Saphira consumables, including blankets, press wash and fountain solution.

Established in 1973, Martino-White Printing is a medium–sized commercial print shop and WBENC-Certified Woman-Owned Business serving a variety of local, regional, national clients, primarily in the hospitality and travel industries. The company employs a staff of 24.

State-of-the art technology for precise, efficient cutting: Polar 92X.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Océ unveils its show details for Ipex 2010
Production and software systems will demonstrate technology leadership across complete workflow chain…

Océ unveiled its first details for Ipex at the Media Summit held in London in February, with the official worldwide introduction of its award-winning Océ Arizona 550 GT system (see also separate announcement).

Demonstrating technology leadership in colour toner and inkjet printing, Océ will have production systems and software demonstrations covering the complete workflow value chain. These will be focused on digital newspaper, book on demand, direct mail, retail and TransPromo, office environments, as well as wide format and display graphics applications including its imaging supplies business.

Increasing return on investment and growing business
At Ipex, Océ will demonstrate how its customers can increase the return on investment on their production devices and grow their business. Quality, service, innovation and sustainability will all be key themes.

Highlights will include leading-edge technology demonstrations covering:
• Developing monochrome transaction documents to colourful TransPromo
• From offset pre-printed shells to targeted full colour premium direct mail
• From long offset runs to short-run on-demand books and Day A colour newspapers

Helping customers get back to growth
‘Get back to growth’ will be the strap line for Océ on its 1,050 sq/metre stand in Hall 12 at Ipex, taking place at the NEC Birmingham, from 18 - 25 May 2010.

Award-winning systems will be on show
The production printing systems making their debut at Ipex will include:

Océ Arizona 550 GT: This display graphics printer extends the world's best-selling UV flatbed printers to high capacity print providers. It is capable of POP-quality prints at 40 square metres per hour and is the next generation model in the multi award-winning Océ Arizona series. It uses UV curable inks and Océ VariaDot imaging technology and can print on a wide variety of rigid substrates up to 1.25 by 2.5 metres (see separate announcement with illustration).

Océ JetStream 1000: A full-colour web press in the 1000ppm class for transaction, direct mail, books and TransPromo applications. It is the first continuous feed inkjet printer offering full width single engine perfecting press capabilities, printing both sides of the paper with one engine.

Océ VarioPrint 6320 Ultra: Based on Océ Gemini Instant Duplex technology, this 306ppm environmentally-friendly digital perfecting system is the world's fastest and most productive mono cut sheet printer. It is the flagship model in the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Ultra Line.

Océ ColorWave 600: Launched as a new printing technology, called Océ CrystalPoint, the Océ ColorWave 600 was the first product of a system combining toner and inkjet production. The Océ CrystalPoint process converts colour Océ TonerPearls toner into a gel. This tonergel is then jetted and crystallised onto any type of paper, producing crisp, waterfast high quality images.

Océ will highlight continuous innovation at Ipex
Said Jan Hol, senior vice-president (pictured above), Océ NV, ‘There is a genuine mood of optimism going forward as we continue to develop innovative products and software that are being welcomed in a growth sector in what has been a difficult marketplace. In 2009, approximately 80 per cent of our product sales have been derived from printing systems introduced in the last 15 months. This demonstrates the power and importance of continuous innovation, which Océ will highlight during Ipex 2010.’

Bron Curley, managing director at Océ UK, said, ‘Our stand in Hall 12 at Ipex will be an important showcase to demonstrate our leadership technology in the graphics art market. These will include the latest digital printing systems in the market such as the Océ JetStream 1000 and our award-winning Océ Arizona 550 GT system, which we have officially launched to the world today.’

For more information on Océ, visit: www.oce.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Océ reveals Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer
The new Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer extends Océ’s best-selling UV flatbed printers to high capacity print providers…

Océ announced the new Océ Arizona 550 GT flatbed printer, the highest capacity Océ Arizona model released to date, at the Ipex Media Summit held in London in February. This new printer is capable of POP-quality prints at 40 square metres hour and claims to offer much better value than other UV flatbed models currently available in the market.

The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer is the next generation model in the award-winning Océ Arizona Series. It uses UV curable inks and Océ VariaDot imaging technology to deliver near-photographic image quality for nearly any application. Designed as a true flatbed system it can print on a wide variety of rigid substrates up to 1.25 by 2.5 metres. It also offers a Roll Media Option for printing onto flexible media up to 2.2 metres wide.

Production print speeds
The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer features a Production print mode of up to 40.2 square metres per hour on rigid media without sacrificing any of the award-winning print quality for which the Océ Arizona Series is famous. This enables users to print nearly one hundred boards (1250 x 2500mm) in a single eight-hour shift. With this productivity, print providers can confidently take on peak demand and rush jobs. It reduces the risk for businesses wanting to make the transition from analog to digital printing by providing all the print quality they need at production speeds. An Express print mode is also available with print speeds of up to 67 square metres per hour, nearly three times higher than the fastest print speed available on the previously-released Océ Arizona 350 GT display graphics printer.

Costs a third less than comparable systems
Like all Océ Arizona printers, the Océ Arizona 550 GT model was designed using an efficient cost engineering approach that makes it much more affordable than comparable systems. According to Océ, print providers can own this high quality, high capacity Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer for about 30 to 40 per cent less than comparable, competitive UV flatbed systems. That reduces capital outlay for small- and medium-sized businesses, and enables them to acquire the best-in-class print quality and application versatility.

Opens the door to applications that command premium prices
With the Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer, print providers can offer premium priced services and achieve more competitive prices for their work. The Océ Arizona 550 GT can print on irregularly shaped or non-square items, heavy substrates such as glass, or materials that have an uneven surface such as wood. This is an important advantage over competitive rigid-capable printers that use belt or friction-based media feed systems, as they can only print on square-cornered, lightweight materials of uniform thickness. The true flatbed architecture enables printing on anything that is reasonably flat up to 48mm thick – from a hockey puck to a DVD to a door or a piece of painted aluminium.

A Roll Media Option is available, giving print providers the ability to print onto flexible media including vinyl, self-adhesive vinyl, scrim banner, paper and blue backed paper without compromising the rigid printing workflow. Print providers can use this system to expand into more exotic applications that command premium prices, from parts templates for manufacturing; CD covers and wallpaper to fast food menus and fabric; and anything needed for sign and display.

Océ VariaDot imaging technology is productive and uses significantly less ink
The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer uses Océ VariaDot imaging technology that enables a printhead to produce ink droplets of variable size resulting in variable sized dots on the printed media. The ability to jet small droplets produces sharp images with smoother gradients and quartertones. The ability to jet larger droplets produces dense, uniform solids. The result is near-photographic image quality with sharpness only before seen at resolutions of 1440dpi or higher. In addition to superior image quality, Océ VariaDot imaging technology requires only four colour inks to achieve the best image quality in the industry. The use of only four colours and of variable-sized droplets results in significantly lower ink consumption than six colour printers with fixed droplet inkjet technology. On average, all Océ Arizona Series printers consume less than 8ml of ink per square metre total, including all maintenance.

White ink expands capabilities
The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer includes a White Ink Option that enables under-printing for non-white media or objects, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media and/or printing white as a spot colour. Under-printing white ink provides a base for non-white surfaces upon which colour can be added, giving print providers the ability to expand their range of offerings to include specialty applications. Overprinting white ink provides a diffusion layer for backlit applications that will be viewed from the unprinted side, enabling print providers to produce high quality backlit images for point-of-purchase applications. The ability to also print white ink as a spot colour enables white features of images to be highlighted for greater effect.

Expanding the premier UV flatbed product family
The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer joins the market-leading Océ Arizona family of UV flatbed printers at the top of the range. Other Océ Arizona Series models include the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer (2.5 x 3m table, up to 23 sq/m hr print speed), the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer (1.25 x 2.5m table, up to 22.2 sq/m hr print speed) and the Océ Arizona 300 GT printer (1.25 x 2.5m table, up to 12.3 sq/m hr print speed). All share the same award-winning image quality and robust architecture, offering the Océ values of quality, reliability, productivity and user-friendliness.

In all, Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers have accumulated 16 industry awards to date from organizations throughout the world. These awards validate the quality and innovation built into every Océ Arizona Series printer, now the most popular printer in its class.

For more information on Océ, visit: www.oce.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Technotrans IPEX 2010 preview
This will be the Efficiency Ipex. Every printer is having to look closely at costs to maintain profitability says Technotrans...

‘This will be the Efficiency Ipex. Every printer is having to look closely at costs to maintain profitability and is investing to ensure they have the right quality, cost and environmental credentials to win and keep business,’ said Peter Benton, managing director of Technotrans in the UK (pictured).

‘Our customers have strongly influenced the look and feel of our Ipex 2010 stand. Findings from our UK pressroom survey indicated a strong interest in Health & Safety and press maintenance issues and that, coupled with the keen interest shown in our filtration, inking and alcohol reduction ancillaries has helped determine our equipment line up.

‘Functionality and reliability edged ahead of speed and cost in the survey feedback on criteria used to select equipment and so at the exhibition we plan to show just how strong we are in these areas. We have sophisticated and robust products with responsive expert support at local level.

Among the offers on the Technotrans stand is the opportunity to consider remote control via the Internet when any printer takes out a service agreement. Service agreements enable printers to have regular preventative maintenance and repair work done to known and predictable costs. This prevents downtime but also ensures equipment runs to maximum efficiency, quality and productivity. It also ensures that operating staff are fully trained to operate the equipment, a key part of any employer's Health & Safety requirement.

‘At Ipex we meet and update with our OEMs, all the main press suppliers, but we need to talk increasingly to printers looking to enhance their presses with ancillaries that enable them to improve their production and quality control, to cut their consumables and disposal costs, to be more environmental and more productive. At Ipex printers looking at our press solutions will find they are able to find relatively low cost, smart pressroom fixes without breaking the bank.’

The products on show include:
• beta.c.eco is the energy efficient version of the beta.c, a combination unit which handles dampening solution circulation and temperature control in a single cabinet housed alongside a press. In addition to significantly reducing power consumption when cooling inking rollers this unit also cuts back on the amount of water, IPA, additives and filter material required. It cuts consumables and disposal costs.

• alpha.d, a dampening solution circulation system with digital temperature control. It includes options for alcohol stabilisation, automatic dampening solution dosing and the measurement of conductivity and pH levels. Its plug and play functionality means it is easy to install and upgrade.

• alpha.r for reverse osmosis, ensures a consistent water pH and conductivity in the dampening solution, predictability that is an asset for all printers but a prerequisite for any businesses serious about reducing or eliminating alcohol.

• basic.fc is one of a family of fine filtration systems that enable printers to eliminate ink particles paper coating, powder, paper dust and other unwanted debris from the dampening solution. It is an economical, mobile unit. To go alcohol free having stringent control over processes is critical to good results.

• contex.lb is a brush-based cleaning system for single-width newspaper, semi-commercial and heatset printing applications. This plug and play device fitted onto the printing unit will accurately measure the amount of washing agent used and automatically extract washing sludge.

• contex.c is a cloth-based cleaning system for blanket and impression cylinder wash ups on offset presses. The cloths are quick and easy to replace and washing agent consumption is low but without compromise to results.

An ink pumping demonstration model will highlight the advantages this technology can provide companies with more than one press. ‘The ROI on a bulk inking system depends on the volume of ink used but is economical from quite a small number of press units,’ said Benton. ‘It means the user can buy in bulk at competitive prices and, for those looking to reduce manning costs, it also takes one further function away from the press. The ink just keeps on flowing and intermittently the barrels are refilled or replaced.’

The 154 sq/m Technotrans stand in Hall 6 welcomes visitors and in addition to the best products and best support packages, it also claims to be serving the best coffee at the show.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Madico aids security labelling
Tamper-evident film PVC film with lay-flat sheet liner designed for security labelling applications available from stock…

Madico Graphic Films, a leading UK supplier of specialist pressure sensitive, coated film products for durable label applications, has extended its range of tamper evident substrates for security marking requirements with the addition of a satin white destructible PVC film backed with a lay-flat sheet liner. Once applied, the destructible PVC offers excellent destructibility and instant tamper evidence on a broad range of substrates, even when applied to low energy surfaces. Upon tampering or attempted removal, the material fractures easily, thereby preventing subsequent re-application elsewhere. As such, the film enables printers to effectively serve the automotive, electronic and consumer goods sectors with a deterrent against warranty thefts, false insurance claims and counterfeiting. This makes the new film perfect for an array of applications, such as electronic security seals, fixed information/warning labels and asset tracking stickers.

Delivering consistent satin gloss level and excellent printability via conventional inks, Madico's 50 micron destructible PVC film is available directly from stock for immediate delivery and can be supplied in sheets for use by screen printers, as well as rolls for label printers using eco-solvent printing and plotter die cutting.

Madico's new destructible PVC label stock also boasts excellent dimensional stability and offers superior UV, humidity and chemical resistance, as well as five year outdoor durability in temperature ranges from -40°C up to +85°C. The film also offers further security measures thanks to a coating of PAT1 high performance acrylic adhesive. Offering good adhesion on a broad range of surfaces, the automotive approved PATI exhibits low adhesive ooze combined with very good chemical and elevated temperature shear resistance.

‘Madico firmly recognises the need for printers to sharpen their edge with innovative substrates that meet specific customer requirements and our latest security marking film is another advanced solution for those seeking to extend their capabilities and increase margins,’ said Gary Dixon, international business manager at Madico Graphic Films. ‘Furthermore, this film is available directly from stock, enabling us to ensure rapid delivery to customers.’

Madico's new satin white destructible PVC film is available from stock in 100 sheet packs 1000mm x 700mm and 1000mm x 50M rolls, but can also be supplied in custom roll and sheet sizes. The release liner is a 130gsm blue polycoated kraft liner, selected for its lay flat and die-cutting properties.

For more information e-mail: info@madico.co.uk.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 4 March 2010.

Wednesday 3 March

UPM Finnish mills forced to close due to strike action
The Finnish Transport Workers' Union strike which began on 2 March will close UPM's Finnish paper mills within a week…

The Finnish Transport Workers' Union strike which started on Tuesday, 2 March 2010, will stop transportation of raw materials to UPM's Finnish mills and seriously impede the transportation of products from mills to its customers. The strike will have an immediate impact on the operations of all UPM mills in Finland. If the strike will expand to cover the stevedores of the Finnish ports, this will in effect shut down all of UPM's paper machines in Finland within a few days. The financial impact of the strike in UPM's result is estimated to exceed EUR 3 million a day.

UPM will commence paper mill shut downs in Finland as soon as operations are no longer possible due to the lack of raw material and paper storage. In line with the Finnish Contracts of Employment Act UPM will suspend salary payment 7 days after the end of paper machine production work.

UPM aims to deliver its customer orders from its mills located in other countries. Nearly half of UPM's paper production capacity is located in Finland.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

Presstek 52DI-AC bridges production gap for Potts
First European install of the Presstek 52DI-AC digital offset press at Potts Printing and Packaging provides numerous benefits…

Potts Printing and Packaging, a UK commercial printer based in Northumberland, has installed a Presstek 52DI-AC digital offset press with an inline aqueous coater. This £9.6 million firm has added the 52DI-AC press to its portfolio of conventional offset presses to better address the growing demand for shorter runs that were inefficient to produce on its existing larger format presses. As a result, the company has not only filled that gap, but has been able to make its existing conventional presses more efficient.

‘With two large-format six-colour offset presses and a small format two-colour press,’ said Shaun Johnson, managing director Potts, ‘It was obvious that we were in need of a device that would allow us to bridge our short-run colour capabilities. A market investigation revealed that the Presstek 52DI-AC was the best fit for our needs, especially in runs of 10,000 or below. It delivers the quality our customers demand but introduces a new level of cost-efficiency for these shorter runs. In addition, we were very excited to learn that with the DI press, we can print very high quality on thicker stocks than toner-based digital presses allow. This opens up many new opportunities for us, including short-run packaging. We are also thrilled with the fact that once the sheet exits the press and in-line aqueous coater, we can take the work directly to the bindery without wait-time associated with drying.’

The Presstek 52DI-AC supports both flood (full sheet) and spot aqueous coating. Spot aqueous coating, when applied to specific areas such as individual images and / or text, produces a dramatic effect with those items appearing to literally pop off of the page. Its on-press plate imaging and automated systems make it ideal for producing runs of 500 to 20,000 with minimal makeready time and waste. And its environmental footprint is small, with no chemistry and a waterless printing process.

‘We had been producing a great deal of business card, short-run leaflet flyer work and booklet covers on our Heidelberg CD 74 6-colour press with a coater,’ added Dan Tobin business development director at Potts. ‘What the 52DI-AC has allowed us to do is migrate most of that work to the DI and release the Heidelberg machine for work that is more suited to its capabilities, making both presses more profitable. It has brought an important balance to our print room, now that we are able to put the right job on the right press. We feel confident that the addition of the Presstek 52DI-AC will help us pick up new business, both with existing clients and new ones, helping to ensure that our business continues to grow.’

‘The addition of the Presstek 52DI-AC to Potts has given them much more flexibility,’ said Peter Swann, UK national sales manager for Presstek. ‘Potts is a large printer running multiple shifts, and the 52DI-AC now allows them to efficiently meet the market demand for short-run colour while at the same time making their conventional offset presses more profitable by offloading this shorter run work to the DI. We are excited to be working with them as they investigate the new opportunities the DI press opens up for them and for their customers.’

Pictured above: From left to right are: Dan Tobin, business development director; and Shaun Johnson, managing director of Potts Printing & Packaging.

For more information visit: www.presstek.com, or just click on the Presstek banner or sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

KBA Report no. 36 out now
Innovation demands investment. This latest issue of Report calls for entrepreneurial courage as a way out of the recession…

The latest issue of KBA’s corporate magazine, KBA Report, calls for entrepreneurial courage as a way out of the recession. ‘Farsighted printers and media players are making the most of the current widespread paralysis in order to reposition themselves in readiness for the upturn, whenever that may occur. In pursuit of this strategy they are developing new business models or enhancing existing ones, more often than not in conjunction with judicious investment in advanced technology. The ultimate benefits are enjoyed by all, because in the long run the supply industry can only drive innovation if the customers targeted are willing to invest,’ writes KBA marketing director Klaus Schmidt on the title page.

Many of the features in the 52pp publication demonstrate that, even though the recession has not yet passed, there are still some printers out there who are willing to innovate and invest. User reports from diverse sectors and countries, and technical contributions on energy efficiency, green printing, plastic printing and large-format productivity, provide an insight into the broader industry picture and offer printshop managers some useful ideas for implementing their own recession-beating strategies. Alongside litho KBA Report covers commercial and newspaper web press technology and niche applications.

Available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, KBA Report can be obtained free of charge from KBA dealers or the KBA marketing department (tel: +49 931 909-4518; fax: +49 931 909-6015; e-mail: marketing@kba.com), or downloaded as a PDF file from KBA’s Website by following this link: www.kba.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

Global launch for the Epson Digital Label Press
Epson to highlight inkjet solutions for professional packaging, prepress, photographic and display graphics at IPEX 2010…

At Ipex 2010 in Hall 10, Epson will showcase its range of production-level inkjet printers that combine quality, flexibility and productivity to deliver innovative products for commercial packaging, proofing and display graphics applications.

Solutions for the packaging and labelling sectors feature strongly in Epson's newest innovations, and the company will launch its Digital Label Press at the show. Featuring Epson's acclaimed Micro Piezo inkjet technology, the press is aimed at companies wishing to produce short runs of high quality labels cost effectively. It delivers smooth gradations and superb colour quality on a wide range of versatile media, including standard semi-gloss, film and matte label stock up to 320 microns in thickness and rolls from 80 - 330mm wide. The Digital Label Press prints at production speeds of up to 5 metres per minute, and uses Epson's enhanced 6-colour pigment ink system to reproduce colours with remarkable accuracy.

Also on show will be the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 inkjet printer, demonstrating contract packaging proofs and accurate sample production. The Stylus Pro WT7900 offers sophisticated colour management and precision printing on a variety of flexible film, paper and metallic media. Using the Epson UltraChrome HDR-White inkset, it produces the wide colour gamut and accurate spot colours required by the packaging industry. A key feature is its ability to deliver high density white tints and accurate overlays using a world-first, water-based white ink developed specifically by Epson for this printer.

Reinforcing its leading position in the large-format market for exterior and interior graphics, Epson will also demonstrate the Stylus Pro GS6000 eco-solvent type printer. This 1625mm (64-inch0 large-format printer with UltraChrome GS inkset offers a very wide colour gamut in a printer designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. The inkset allows the production of high-impact, high quality durable prints, enabling printers, copy shops and sign shops to extend their business into higher quality and more demanding applications such as airport and exhibition graphics.

Finally, the company's range of award-winning Epson Stylus Pro inkjet printers will be in action demonstrating large format photographic, fine art, poster and proofing applications in association with leading software partners.

Additional infirmation can be found at: www.epson.co.uk

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

Rollem to add value at IPEX 2010
Sheffield, UK manufacturer Rollem, will be demonstrating an array of new equipment on its Ipex stand in Hall 18…

Equipment that enables companies to add value to the work they produce will be high on the agenda of many visitors to Ipex 2010 and there is no doubt that the area of post press provides the greatest opportunity to increase the value of printed material. One of the world's leaders in producing bespoke finishing systems is Sheffield manufacturer Rollem, which will be demonstrating an array of new equipment on its Ipex stand in Hall 18.

‘With eighty years experience in designing, building and commissioning bespoke finishing systems, Rollem today provides options to cover virtually every gamut of finishing requirements,’ said managing director Stuart Murphy, who acquired the company in 2006 with fellow director Colin Pears. ‘Our solutions range from feeding, numbering, perforating, trimming and scoring to sophisticated lines that may require extremely accurate slitting, gluing, folding and wrapping.

‘In addition to the new models on the stand, we will be launching SpeedSet Tooling. This will enable users to perform much faster changeovers on both new and existing Rollem models, and enable even higher levels of slitting, trimming, perforating and micro-perforating to be achieved than ever before. SpeedSet Tooling produces the ultimate quality in scoring of stock printed digitally.’

New Rollem JetStream
Rollem will show two updated JetStream models at Ipex. JetStream is aimed at the digital market and at Ipex it will be demonstrating its ability to minimise waste by slitting business cards printed 25-to-view on an SRA3 sheet. The additional gutter space required when using a conventional guillotine would normally give a maximum of only 20 cards on a sheet of this size.

The JetStream system also slits the cards more quickly and with less handling, allowing one operator to perform all tasks from printed sheet to dispatch-ready jobs. Features include a deep pile feeder and automatic collator, while the new JetSlit blades ensure the highest cut quality possible.

The second JetStream machine on the stand will be set up to demonstrate the enormous productivity and flexibility offered by Rollem equipment, and in particular the extremely fast changeover times that can be achieved. A range of typical digital on-demand products can be seen running, including postcards, greetings cards, photo album, POS brochures and mailing products.

One job, postcards, printed eight-to-view, laminated and varnished, will be used to show how the system can slit, score and perforate as required. Jetstream will handle stock up to 700 gsm and with a top speed of 8,000sph it is cost effective on low and high volumes. This model will be shown with a shingle conveyor.

New Rollem Revolution
Rollem is teaming up with Heidelberg and Sappi to produce 32,000 packs of playing cards during Ipex. Heidelberg will use a Speedmaster XL 105-10-P to print the cards on 285gsm Sappi Algro Design Card, and during the show Rollem will use its latest version of Revolution to demonstrate how one operator can transform the job seamlessly from printed sheets to fully wrapped decks.

Revolution is arguably the most productive, accurate and versatile system in the world for turning printed sheets into playing cards of casino quality. Functions include slitting, collating, counting and punching, while the twin autolay facility ensures perfect registration to print, with a slit accuracy of +/- 0.05mm. The level of automation built into Revolution means that one operator can perform six different tasks. Rollem will demonstrate the equipment at Ipex on-line to a Marden Edwards overwrapping machine, which will wrap individual packs.

Rollem Advantage
The upgraded Advantage is the ideal system for finishing work printed on digital presses. For a low investment, the easy to use Advantage enables high quality scoring of digitally printed work and incorporates automated collating to enable highly efficient and cost effective post press handling of a variety of work.

New Rollem SetStream
Rollem's SetStream is a new, cost effective alternative to stapling or stitching books and raffle tickets. The simple to use system offers in-line multi numbering, perforating and edge gluing. A typical job would be to produce raffle tickets three-to-view on an A4 sheet, which could be glued in sets, numbered and perforated, ready to be guillotined - an extremely effective and quick option for a wide range of similar work.

New Rollem Champion
Rollem will show two Champion systems on its Ipex stand, one of which will be a new version offering fast and efficient semi slitting (kiss-cutting) of stock such as pressure sensitive labels. The depth of slit can be controlled accurately and one set of tooling can be used to handle a variety of jobs. The system can quickly be reset for labels of different sizes and can even be used to semi slit, for example, greetings cards prior to folding. The Champion Original continues to be a highly popular model, particularly in situations where basic perforating, slitting and scoring need to be carried out, without the use of a skilled operator.

Pictured above: Rollem directors Colin Pears (left) and Stuart Murphy will be unveiling a range of new post press systems at Ipex 2010 on the Rollem stand in Hall 18.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

EFI and Xerox deliver high-quality colour
Fiery Technology and Xerox WorkCentre Series ideal for office users demanding speed, ease-of-use and out-of-the-box colour…

EFI and Xerox Corporation has started to ship the Fiery Network Controller for the Xerox WorkCentre 7700 Series of colour multifunction printers (MFPs) to meet the demanding requirements of office environments where maximum productivity, ease of use, and high-quality colour are essential. The WorkCentre 7700 Series MFPs are one of the first to support Fiery VUE, the desktop application that makes publishing of professional-looking finished documents fast and simple for all office workers.

With speeds up to 50 pages per minute (ppm) in colour and up to 75ppm in black-and-white, the WorkCentre 7700 Series handle everything from general office documents to high-volume colour print jobs. These MFPs also manage multiple printing, copying, scanning and faxing tasks simultaneously without interruption for quick turnarounds.

‘EFI Fiery controllers drive Xerox engines across our product line, ensuring customers ranging in size from the small office to the high-volume commercial printer can quickly and painlessly produce vibrant-looking documents,’ said Leah Quesada, vice president of office marketing, Xerox Corporation. ‘The WorkCentre 7700 Series with the Fiery controller delivers a unique combination of increased productivity and easy to use colour management tools to the office. It is like achieving expert results without being an expert.’

‘Our latest Fiery controller paired with the advanced features of the WorkCentre 7700 Series ensure that office workers of any skill level can easily produce eye-catching documents,’ said John Henze, vice president of marketing, Fiery division, EFI. ‘While there are many new capabilities to enhance productivity and colour quality, we're excited to offer WorkCentre 7700 Series users the game changing Fiery VUE application, which takes all the complexity out of producing professional documents.’

Today, businesses are moving from black and white to colour printing, and keeping more print jobs in-house to control costs and security. Targeted at enterprise customers across all departments, the recently launched Fiery VUE desktop application allows users to interact with a document on-screen in 3D to sculpt and then preview exactly how the finished document will look when printed. This creates better looking documents, reduces waste and lowers overall cost.

For enterprises demanding colour control and maximum image quality, there is the optional Fiery Colour Profiler Suite with integrated colour management tools that ensure total colour quality control in the print workflow. Office users looking for high-quality ‘out-of the-box’ colour can rely on Fiery ColorWise colour management tools, while the Spot-On option ensures the best match of Pantone colours and streamlines workflow with standardized corporate colour palettes.

Besides colour quality, Fiery controllers are synonymous with high performance. The Fiery controller's Smart RIP technology significantly improves performance by allowing one page to be printed while subsequent pages are being processed, enabling more pages to be printed per hour. To speed up printing processes users have the option to let Fiery Hot Folders and Virtual Printers automate the print submission process, saving time when printing repetitive types of jobs.

Fiery controllers are easily deployed in Windows and Macintosh environments and support all industry standard networking protocols.

EFI is a Xerox Business Partner. More information on EFI solutions is available at: www.efi.com, or just click on the EFI banner or sponsor logo button on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

Axaio announces new multi-channel formats
Axaio MadeToPrint now supports IDML, Flash CS4, SWF and INX formats and InDesign’s Live Preflight…

Axaio Software, developer of PDF creation, printing and content correction workflow solutions for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress environments, has added support for IDML, Flash CS4, SWF and INX formats, as well as easy integration with InDesign Live Preflight, to its MadeToPrint product line.

As a result, MadeToPrint users will enjoy even tighter quality control, more automation and streamlined collaboration and processing of multi-channel publishing jobs, which are increasingly using these formats and the Live Preflight solution.

Automated Processing of Multiple Publishing Formats for Multiple Publishing Channels
MadeToPrint CS4 Standard through the Server version now offers support for the following, increasingly popular, formats:
• IDML, or InDesign Markup Language, for publishing content across various systems and output media
• Flash CS4, a XFL for further editing the exported file in Adobe Flash Professional
• SWF to output a file ready for playback in a Flash Player
• INX for backwards compatibility with previous versions of InDesign (also available in MadeToPrint version CS3)

Now Supporting InDesign Live Preflight
In addition to its existing, built-in preflight; MadeToPrint now also interacts seamlessly with InDesign’s Live Preflight. Preflight profiles generated in InDesign are now automatically executed in MadeToPrint, providing additional controls such as:
• colour space (CMYK or RGB)
• image resolution
• font size minimums, and more.

These additional controls enable even more consistent file output, and eliminate the need to maintain different quality specification files for different applications.

Axaio Software will demonstrate MadeToPrint at this year’s Publishing Business Conference & Expo, 8 - 9 March, in New York City, an event facing issues of book and magazine publishing industries of today.

More information can be found at: www.axaio.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

Worksop printer bolsters saddle-stitching capacity
The Bayliss Printing Company has made a move into section saddle-stitching with a Stitchmaster ST 400 from Heidelberg…

The Bayliss Printing Company has made a move into section saddle-stitching with a Stitchmaster ST 400 supplied by Heidelberg.

The company has used a Thiessen + Bonitz flat sheet stitcher but wanted to extend its in-house service cutting out an outwork cost but, more importantly, shaving time off each job and eliminating the logistics organisation.

It took a year of research before the Worksop company made a final decision on the make and model.

‘We looked extensively but came down in favour of the ST 400 because of the amount of usable automation, the fact it could be operated by existing staff and because Heidelberg service is superior to that of any other supplier we deal with,’ said director Alan Johnson. ‘Their spare parts arrive almost invariably next day and they have such a spread of service engineers they respond very quickly. With other companies it’s not unusual to wait a week for spares and two days for an engineer - and downtime is expensive.’

One customer has already committed to having 1 million saddle stitched books a year and is flexible about when these are delivered, giving Bayliss Printing ideal flexibility. It is confident this saddle-stitching service will bring in new work and only this week it handled a 27,000 run 12pp A4 saddle-stitched product. This is typical of its work although runs can extend to 40,000 or 50,000.

Initially the saddle stitcher will run single day shifts but will eventually marry up with the extended days that the pressroom runs. The configuration – five feeders plus cover – was determined by the factory capacity. The company moved to a 7,500 sq ft plant five years ago and already production space is tight.

Bayliss Printing is a 57 year old company which offers general commercial print and short run magazines. The printing side has a turnover of close to £1m. With a managed wire binding company adjacent to the print production unit, it employs a total of 22 staff whom Johnson describes as ‘dedicated and flexible’.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 3 March 2010.

Tuesday 2 March

Over 71 per cent of Océ shares tendered to Canon
Decision by Canon to be announced on 4 March 2010 at latest…

1 March 2010. Reference is made to the announcement of 28 January 2010, in which Canon Inc. and its subsidiary Canon Finance Netherlands BV (together Canon) and Océ NV (Océ) jointly announced that Canon is making a fully self-funded public cash offer (Offer) for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Océ (the Shares) at an offer price of EUR 8.60 per Share.

Canon announced that by the close of the acceptance period on 1 March 2010, over 71 per cent of the Shares were acquired by or tendered to Canon, which includes the 28.3 per cent of the Shares (24,018,597 Shares) already held by Canon.

Canon will announce on or before 4 March 2010 its decision whether the Offer is i) declared unconditional, ii) extended or iii) terminated as a result of the offer conditions not having been fulfilled (paragraph 6.2 of the Offer Memorandum). If Canon declares the Offer unconditional, Canon intends to announce a post-acceptance period (na-aanmeldingstermijn) of up to two weeks.

Additional information can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Oce Website.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

IPEX – Has the worm turned for Drupa?
Has something crept under Drupa’s radar that the masters at the Messe might have missed? Welcome to the first ‘McCourt’s Eye’…

Let me start by saying there is no denying the magnificence, scale, organisation and importance of the great Düsseldorf trade exhibition, Drupa. I’ve been to six and every one has been a winner. But in 2010, has something crept under Drupa’s radar that signals such massive change in the way graphic media trade events are structured, that the masters at the Messe might have missed?

I refer to two recent announcements: 1) IPEX, the UK show to be staged in May, has more floor space booked by digital vendors than for traditional process exhibitors. 2) The organisers of Drupa, Messe Düsseldorf, have just announced a new digital print / publishing event called digi:media with the first annual show due in April 2011.

Let’s look at the implications of the first announcement. IPEX is the show that launched digital printing to the world in 1993, when an unknown Israeli company named Indigo, and an equally obscure Belgian firm named Xeikon stunned the print media community with digital colour presses that needed no plates and could potentially vary the content with every page. It could be argued that Print ’91 in Chicago should claim the digital laurels, but at that show Heidelberg showed the now defunct GTO-DI, a direct-imaging press that still used plates. There was a lot of scepticism amongst the offset vendors at the time but, seventeen years later, 38 per cent of IPEX has been booked by digital press vendors, and only close to 30 per cent by traditional print process vendors. The rest is post-press, converting and ‘other.’

IPEX’s largest exhibitor is a 100 per cent digital supplier – HP – whose stand is more than one-third larger than at the last IPEX in 2006. If you look at the ‘top ten’ exhibitors, the stats are even more intriguing; 80 per cent are digital and 10 per cent are offset and post-press.

Conclusion? IPEX is already a digital media event.

Of course, at more than 30 per cent of floorspace, there is still a massive display of offset and other technologies but the point is, visitors who have feet in both camps will have their needs totally fulfilled, visitors who are not yet in digital will experience the world’s best-ever presentation of technologies that will help them survive and prosper and all-digital visitors will be in technology Nirvana – and ironically they might even invest in offset for those longer print runs.

Now let’s look at digi:media, the Drupa-organisers’ approach. The first event is slated for April 2011 and it is then planned to be annual, with the 2012 event a subset of Drupa. Its slogan is ‘Content meets Technology, meets Business.’ What are they thinking? That this does not apply to Drupa, IPEX, IGAS, Print, GraphExpo, PacPrint, PrintEx etc? For over a decade, these trade events have striven to bring everything that digi:media aims for to their audiences. Cross-media, multi-purposing of information, non-print re-purposing to mobile and online media – all have been extensively explored, analysed, promoted and sold at print media shows.

The global printing industry attends trade shows expecting to see everything that comprises the world of print media production – plus any new trends. Does it need a separate event, treating digital media as if it is some newfangled ‘discovery?’ The customers who flock to these shows have businesses that are homogenous, combining digital and non-digital output. Trade events need to reflect the reality found in customers’ businesses.

And for exhibitors who spend staggering amounts on major trade events; do their budgets need the additional burden of another annual event targeting markets they already reach at the big print shows?

Conclusion? The thinking behind digi:media is flawed. All graphic media shows are, or should be, digital media events, as well as traditional.

Here in Australia, we can be proud that next year’s PrintEx and the quadrennial PacPrint events deliver the homogeneity that treats print media as print media – irrespective of output method. The pre-media side is a given thing – it’s been digital for ages.

IPEX has also ‘caught the Pearl’ of what is going on and is charging ahead with a show that promises to be quite sensational – for both digital and non-digital media - and may be remembered as the ‘Tipping-Point’ year where our industry ceased to resist digital and plunged headlong into the future.

If Drupa and Messe Düsseldorf remain intent on protecting fading hegemonies by continuing to treat digital as something separate and subservient to offset et al; we may even see a re-articulation of print power influence, in favour of IPEX.

Welcome to the first ‘McCourt’s Eye’. (a Print21online monthly column). Feel free to disagree, argue, rant or even support by e-mailing: mccourtseye@print21.com.au.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

»expressis verbis« edition 2010 available now
What will the future hold for print? The current issue of expressis verbis is Manroland’s contribution to those seeking answers…

What will the future hold for print? In view of the dramatically changing basic conditions, how will print products change accordingly? Which markets, concepts, and business models will be viable in the future? Those seeking answers to that need a good basis of solid information. The current issue of expressis verbis is the contribution of Manroland to this.

expressis verbis edition 2010 intensively examines the outlook for newspapers and magazines, commercial printing and for books. It describes the changes in the packaging market and how sustainability can become a success factor.

The extensive data material regarding the development of print media has been compiled by Manroland in co-operation with the Stuttgart Media University.

To find out more, or to order this latest 68pp issue online, or to download as a PDF, visit the Manroland Website. Just click on the Manroland banner or sponsor logo button on our Home Page, or go to: www.manroland.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

Goss International promotion for Latin America
Goss International has appointed experienced web specialist Chuck Irons, as director of commercial sales in Latin America…

Goss International has promoted Chuck Irons to the position of director of sales for commercial web, print finishing and Goss Lifetime Support aftermarket products in Latin America.

Irons brings to his new role an extensive expertise in commercial web applications, production enhancement and production optimisation models. He has worked in the commercial web industry for 30 years, most recently as director of the Eastern US commercial web sales team for Goss International.

Latin America is a growing and dynamic market that provides significant opportunities for innovative print production platforms, according to Irons. He says the Goss portfolio, including M-500, M-600, M-800 and Sunday web presses as well as Pacesetter saddlestitchers are well suited for the requirements of the market and have been proven throughout Latin America.

‘The diverse range of printers and publishers in Central and South America seem to share a passion for innovation, enterprise and self-determination, and this fits perfectly with the Goss International philosophy captured in the phrase “New Ways for Print”,’ said Irons. ‘I am inspired by our company-wide aim to guide customers in identifying new opportunities for their businesses and I look forward to applying that approach in this exciting market.’

Irons will report to Ernesto Oliveira, vice president of sales for Goss International in Latin America, who stated, ‘Chuck is a very welcome addition to the Latin American team. He has been instrumental in supporting commercial printers in North America over the past 15 years and his vast knowledge and expertise will further enhance our service to customers in this region.’

Visitors to Graphics of the Americas 2010 can discuss Goss International's full range of web offset press and aftermarket equipment with Irons, who will be present on the Goss International stand. (#1043).

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

Epson launches Stylus Pro WT7900 for package proofing
Features world’s first water-based white ink to achieve widest colour gamut and integral SpectroProofer for consistent results…

Epson has announced the launch of its latest large-format printer, specifically aimed at the packaging market - the 610mm (24-inch) Stylus Pro WT7900 printer that features the world’s first white aqueous ink for packaging proofing and sample production.

Designed specifically for packaging proof applications, the Stylus Pro WT7900 is the latest addition to Epson’s large-format Stylus Pro range of inkjet printers and reinforces Epson’s commitment to the packaging industry. It features sophisticated colour management and control, wide gamut reproduction and precision printing on a variety of flexible film, paper and metallic media to deliver the quality results important for contract packaging proofs and accurate sample production.

The printer uses a 9-colour Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink set to produce a wide colour gamut and accurate spot colours. To deliver the high density white tints and accurate overlays important for packaging proof applications Epson has developed a water-based white ink specifically for this printer.

The integral Epson SpectroProofer gives Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 users automatic and precise colour management and control for reliable and consistent proof verification, colour calibration, colour certification, profile creation, spot colour matching, colour shift tracking and target measurement.

Furthermore, a colour certification label, such as the Fogra wedge, can be printed to support the certification process. The colour management features enables users to integrate the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 into their production workflows very easily, onsite and over a network of remote locations if required.

Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo) print head delivers perfectly spherical dots with high precision dot placement and can deliver resolutions up to 2880 dpi. Throughput is resulting in a maximum speed of up to 40m2/hr at the highest image quality important for packaging proofing applications where quality is of paramount importance.

In addition, the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 features a raft of technologies to ensure the printer is ideal for production and contract proofing applications, including an integral automatic media rotary knife cutting system; a spindleless roll holder mechanism; an automatic paper set/release mechanism and Epson’s automatic nozzle check technology.

‘The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 is the latest addition to our professional graphics range and has been designed specifically for the high-end packaging market,’ said Kelvin Reynolds, general manager, Epson SA.

‘We have implemented technologies and features to address the specific requirements of the market, backed by Epson quality, speed and reliability. Beta-test feedback has been extremely good and at Labelexpo we will demonstrate its ability to produce cost-effective, highly accurate proofs and a range of package mock-ups.’

Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 key features summary:
• Advanced Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head
• 9-colour Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set plus 2 cleaning cartridges
• Optional Epson SpectroProofer It is available with or without a UV-cut filter as well as changeable black or white backing.
• Epson’s new LUT technology optimises colour reproduction by auto RGB-CMYK translation
• High capacity pressurised ink cartridges
• Prints on roll or cut-sheet media from 203 x 254mm up to 610mm wide and 1.5mm thickness with media barcode reading / printing for extra control
• New flange-type roll holder for fast and easy media change-over
• Built-in rotary media cutter enables fast, automatic, accurate media cutting
• Large 2.5-inch LCD control panel makes it easy to check printer information

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.

Autobond to break new ground at IPEX 2010
UK manufacturer Autobond is planning a technology demonstration that could have implications far beyond the laminating process…

UK manufacturer Autobond is planning a technology demonstration at Ipex 2010 that could have implications far beyond the laminating process, an area in which it is now a world leader. Autobond hopes to show a Mini sheet-fed laminator with the ability to inkjet print a spot UV, LED curable varnish in-line on top of matt film, as managing director John Gilmore explains.

‘The worldwide market for UV spot varnish over matt film is significant and around 95 per cent of all spot UV varnish that is applied in the industry goes on top of matt film. However, this is normally carried out on traditional screen printing presses, which means it is generally too expensive and slow for short run jobs.

‘The new Mini 36 TPM-SUV will provide, for the first time, the ability to apply variable spot UV varnish over matt film cost effectively, on jobs as low as two or three copies. All the operator has to do is upload a single bit TIFF file into the machine. Makeready between jobs will be virtually eliminated and the running speed will be up to 30 metres a minute. The LED curable lamps, which do not produce ozone, use around 20 per cent of the power required by equivalent UV lamps, and last about twelve times as long. They also run cold, so there is a reduced risk of fire.’

The new Mini 36 TPM-SUV will handle sheets up to 360 x 570mm but Autobond says that in future it could incorporate inkjet printed LED curable spot UV varnish within any of its standard models – 520mm, 760mm, and 1050mm - and the system is designed to retrofit behind existing laminators. The Mini 36 TPM-SUV will be able to apply thermal film one or both sides of the sheet and magnet lamination, as well as spot varnish, in one pass.

‘At Ipex we will be showing a new range of Mini laminators that have a much reduced footprint and the new Mini 36 TPM-SUV will only be two metres in length, making it extremely compact,’ said Gilmore. ‘Autobond laminators can laminate successfully digital print, and so digitally printed book covers, for example, can have spot UV varnish applied to the matt film in one pass. The Mini 36 TPM-SUV represents a huge revolution in terms of what an ordinary sheet-fed printer or finishing house could achieve in terms of post press, added value, processes.’

Autobond will have three other new models on its Ipex stand, including a completely redesigned entry level laminator that will enable companies to bring high quality laminating in-house at a level of investment that has not been available before. The Mini 52 MF offers all of the industry-leading quality of standard Autobond laminators but with reduced automation. The manual-fed laminator will have a top speed of 10 metres per minute.

The other two new laminators will be the Mini 76 TPH - a thermal perfector equipped with a Heidelberg Speedmaster feed head - and a Mini 76 TP thermal perfector. Both models will have several new features to improve efficiency and make operation even easier.

During the last three years Autobond has pioneered the concept of incorporating other finishing processes within its laminators, and options now range from encapsulation and embossing to the application of a magnetic material, used in the creation of printed material such as fridge magnets.

Pictured above: The new Mark II, Mini 76 TPH is one of four new sheetfed laminators that will be launched by Autobond at Ipex 2010.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

Classic goes ‘green’ with low chemistry Fujifilm plates
Classic Printers in Peterborough, UK, stays clean and green with Fujifilm Brillia low chemistry HD PRO-V plates…

One of the largest commercial printers in Peterborough, Classic Printers has spent the last year ensuring that its offering gives customers one of the 'greenest' experiences possible, with its most recent investment being low chemistry Brillia HD PRO-V plates from Fujifilm.

John Taylor, managing director at Classic Printers, commented, ‘We feel it is our responsibility to make sure that wherever possible we are producing high quality and environmentally friendly print for our customers, and so have always kept abreast of the latest technology trends. In the last 12 months we've changed from using oil based ink to vegetable based ink, and have also gone completely alcohol free on our presses.

‘When we found out the environmental savings that could be made in terms of chemistry and water usage associated with Fuji's PRO-V plate, it was a natural step for us to switch to this lo-chem solution. With our previous plates we had to dispose of the developer we used to process them, and were also using a lot of water.

‘In the 30 plus years we have been in business we have seen many advances in technology, one of which was the change to CTP. At the time, we studied a variety of the systems on the market, opting for a Fuji product, and have been extremely satisfied with the quality and service that Fuji has given us ever since. The high quality we have come to expect also applies to the PRO-V plate. Before we committed to the switch we made sure that we would be getting the same dot gain on press, and I would say that with the PRO-V plate we are seeing a slightly sharper dot.’

Brillia HD PRO-V is the latest Fujifilm plate designed to simplify the pre-press process, as it uses less chemistry, requires less maintenance of the finishing unit and produces less waste than its processed alternatives. In addition, the replenisher normally required to control the pH or conductivity of the bath is no longer needed. Thanks to Fujifilm's 'high sensitivity polymerisation' technology, Brillia HD PRO-V also brings unmatched quality, consistency and productivity to plate production, being capable of 1 – 99 per cent resolutions (with a Fujifilm ‘HD capable’ platesetter), and able to print FM screens.

Classic Printers recently held an open house for its customers in order to demonstrate first hand all of the technology changes it has made in the last year. The PRO-V plate was one of the star attractions.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

Corelio Printing partners with Technique MIS
One of the largest printing and publishing groups in Belgium chooses Technique as a partner to provide full MIS solutions…

Technique Group, a leading worldwide provider of Print MIS solutions to the graphic communications industry, today announced that one of the largest printing print groups in Belgium, Corelio Printing (Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium) has chosen Technique as a partner to provide full MIS solutions including Shop Floor Data Collection across the entire print organisation.

The applications from Technique will cover the full commercial and production life cycle within each plant and provide a single multilingual system for the operation and management of these plants. Out of the box, Technique allows all business functions (such as estimating and scheduling) to be centralized and entire jobs, or parts of jobs, to be seamlessly distributed, tracked and costed at an unlimited number of sites.

‘It has been our aim for some time to take advantage of superior technology to improve our business efficiencies and improve the level of service we provide to our customers. In Technique, we found a partner who could provide a system which met our functional requirements and a good team of people that we look forward to working with.’ Said Jan Lynen, Corelio Group corporate director operations.

Technique CEO, Paul Cooper commented, ‘We are delighted to have been selected by Corelio to provide a complete solution for their companies. In the current economic climate we provide real solutions and absolute efficiencies that will help Corelio enormously. Our proven track record in Heatset, Coldset and Sheetfed processes with mature, feature-rich software will rapidly deliver tangible benefits.’

About Corelio Printing
Corelio Printing supplies high-quality printed matter at competitive prices and with the shortest possible turnaround times. Our printing plants have a solid reputation, and are stable and reliable partners.

Corelio Printing operates three printing works in Belgium dedicated to particular activities: heatset, coldset and sheetfed. The heatset in Erpe-Mere specialises in printing periodicals. The printing plant in Anderlecht - Corelio Nevada Printing - specialises in both heatset and sheetfed and particularly aims at the French and Dutch markets. The coldset works in Groot-Bijgaarden prints 50,000 tons of newspaper per annum. Approximately half of this is used to print its own newspapers.

Corelio Printing is part of Corelio, an integrated Belgian media group. As a multiregional and multimedia player, Corelio touches about half of the Belgian population.

The most important divisions in the Corelio group comprise:
• print and online newsmedia (De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, L'Avenir, Le Jour, Le Courrier, Actu24)
• advertising (Corelio Connect, Jobat, Corelio Classifieds, Jobspotter)
• free regional press (Passe-Partout, Pas-Uit, Keskispas)
• printing (Corelio Printing, Corelio Nevada Printing)
• audiovisual productions (Woestijnvis, Caviar, Radio Nostalgie, ROB-TV)
• magazines (Clickx, PC-magazine, Windows Vista, The Bulletin)
• private equity (Corelio Business Development, Arkafund).

More information can be found at: www.corelio.be.

About Technique
Technique offers the industry leading Print MIS solutions through a complete set of modular applications that can be implemented stand alone or as an integrated suite to meet business requirements. Technique modules encompasses everything from Web-based sales enquires and ordering to production scheduling and shop-floor data collection with sophisticated DMI, coupled with advanced JDF integration to prepress, press and postpress systems providing dramatic improvements in efficiency. Technique has customers in over 16 countries

For additional information and a list of its key publishing, magazine, sheetfed, gravure and web offset customers, visit: www.technique-group.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 2 March 2010.

Monday 1 March

Offset remains strong at IPEX with top names in line-up
Almost 150 global lithographic technology companies will take over one third of the 60,000 sq/m net floor space at Ipex 2010…

Almost 150 lithographic technology companies from across the globe will take over one third of the 60,000 sq/m of Ipex 2010 net floor space when the international exhibition opens at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from 18 – 25 May, 2010. All major offset manufacturers will have a major presence at the show, including Goss, Heidelberg, KBA, Komori, Manroland, Mitsubishi, Presstek, Sakurai, Ryobi, Shinohara, UPGroup and Shanghai Electric.

Amidst the current economic climate, Ipex 2010 has remained a popular platform for offset companies to showcase their machinery and newest technologies. Of all lithographic press manufacturers situated across the four halls 6, 7, 8, 17 and 20, Heidelberg, KBA, Goss, Manroland and Komori will have the largest stands at the show.

Said Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 event director, ‘Close on 30 per cent of the show’s floor space will be devoted to offset, proving that despite tough competition from other printing technologies, it continues to play a highly important role in print production. Feedback from exhibitors indicates that visitors can expect innovative new equipment at the show with a strong focus on automation, productivity and added value options to help printers stay competitive and create new business opportunities in this tough market.’

Said George Clarke, managing director of Heidelberg UK and President of IPEX (pictured above), ‘Ipex 2010 is a venue for innovation and in today’s demanding market printers should be looking at press developments that allow them to be more productive, flexible and effective.

‘Lean manufacturing, environmental solutions and colour control will be key issues at this show. The printers’ customers care much more about quality and sustainability than ever before. Certification, accreditations and proven control mechanisms are expected and often need to be specified in tender documents.

‘At the same time printers are competing not only against each other but against rival media so they need solutions that allow them to be responsive and extremely cost-competitive. We live in a world of much more bespoke presses with many more inline options so that printers can still find niche which allow them to stand out from the crowd.

‘At Ipex Heidelberg will replicate a typical print shop with presses of various formats, handling a range of stocks, paper types, inks and jobs and switching over quickly and efficiently to continuously produce first rate print. More and more artificial intelligence and automation is built into the latest generation presses and this trend coupled with developments in paper and materials flow will be seen in Hall 8.’

Philip Dunn, European marketing manager at Komori added, ‘We’ve always enjoyed great success at Ipex; the show presents the ideal opportunity to talk with our existing customers and meet printers who are not familiar with Komori technology, from across the world. We receive very positive feedback from visitors to Ipex: for example, our distributors find it a manageable show to visit, thanks to the exhibition layout. Visitors to the Komori stand 06-B520 will be able to see live demonstrations of our new technologies and will be able to witness the production of the official Ipex Daily publication on our stand.’

Jacques Navarre, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Goss International commented, ‘Ipex 2010 provides the perfect opportunity to present the latest updates on key Goss technology developments first presented at Drupa 2008, which are now successfully installed and fulfilling expectations. We participate because we believe the unique show environment delivers value for our customers and for our industry, generating enthusiasm for new technologies and ideas.

‘It is also the first major event for Goss International following the ownership investment by Shanghai Electric Corporation and, as such, is an ideal platform for presenting the strengthened structure, our innovative press and finishing technology and an expanding product range. In exhibiting jointly with Shanghai Electric – a large and financially strong organisation with an industrial focus, an international outlook and a long-term commitment to the print sector – we will be sending a strong signal about our continued ability to innovate, execute and deliver value through a worldwide manufacturing and support platform.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.

Manroland in negotiations to purchase WIFAG
Letter of intent signed with deal to be agreed this Spring…

Augsburg 26 February 2010. Manroland AG is negotiating the purchase of WIFAG AG, the Bern specialist for high-quality newspaper printing solutions. The corresponding letter of intent was signed. Negotiations should be finalised in the Spring.

By integrating the press and service business, Manroland AG rounds its product and service portfolio and sustainably strengthens its position in newspaper printing, and its regional presence. ‘Our industry is marked by an ongoing and necessary consolidation.
The current situation allows us to actively grasp the opportunities in the market to strengthen our business,’ said Gerd Finkbeiner, CEO of Manroland (pictured above).

For customers and business partners, WIFAG AG stands for quality, sustainability, and innovation. WIFAG’s outstanding reputation is of great importance for the joined business development. The existing brand, continuity of the company philosophy, and customer relations would be preserved in case of a merger.

Last Autumn, WIFAG AG announced the reduction of 300 jobs and the search for a strategic business partner. With the sale to Manroland, the company responds to the increasing consolidation pressure in the industry.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 26 February and 1 March 2010.

Punch Graphix announces its 2009 results
Cautious sales recovery in second half of year; one-off costs put pressure on 2009 results; market remains challenging…

26 February 2010. Punch Graphix nv announced its 2009 results. In comparison with 2008, sales dropped from 163.4 million EUR to 118.4 million EUR. Net losses amounted to 15.9 million EUR against net profits of 15.9 million EUR in 2008. The global economic crisis and one-off costs exerted pressure on the results.

Key points
Sales declined by 28 per cent over the 2009 financial year as a result of a drop in equipment sales. Significant one-off costs amounting to 22.9 million EUR exerted pressure on the operating result. These one-off costs relate to the restructuring programme announced in May and impairment of inventory and amounts receivable.

The Punch Graphix Prepress Germany GmbH company was sold to Nipson International nv on 2 March 2009. All CTP activities have now been centralised within Punch Graphix Prepress Belgium nv in Ypres.

The group introduced a cost savings plan during the first quarter of 2009 to bring cost levels into line with the current activity level. Operational costs will reduce by at least 10 million EUR on an annual basis. The full effects of these measures will be expressed in the results from the second quarter of 2010.

The collaborative agreement with Agfa Graphics nv was renewed for a period of four years.

The printing presses and platesetters Punch Graphix launched during Drupa 2008 were rolled out successfully during 2009. Both Xeikon and basysPrint continued to invest in R&D with a view to future product launches. At Xeikon the focus was on further improvement of printing quality and productivity, integration in various workflows and ecology.

Operating income was 125.8 million EUR in comparison to 177.2 million EUR in 2008. Overall operating income was 7.4 million EUR and consisted mainly of subsidies and passed-on R&D costs. The 14 million EUR other operating income for 2008 included non-recurring income amounting to around 5 million EUR from the sale of buildings and patents.

Punch Graphix expects the market to remain challenging in 2010. It is, therefore, not possible to provide concrete forecasts.

Punch Graphix nv's annual report will be available on 30 April 2010. It will include the auditor's report.

The full announcement is available on the Punch Graphix Website at: www.punchgraphix.com. Unfortunately we cannot display tabular charts in our news columns.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.

FEDUSA, SATU and Paarl Print meet in Paarl
Representatives of the Federation of Unions of South Africa, the South African Typographical Union and Paarl Media meet…

Representatives of the Federation of Unions of South Africa, the South African Typographical Union and Paarl Media Group met on 24 February 2010 in Paarl to discuss the findings of the specialists who investigated the fire that occurred at Paarl Print on 17 April 2009, the subsequent payments to the families of those affected by the fire and the rebuilding of Paarl Print as a viable, long-term business.

Specialist findings
Paarl Print has publicly committed to determine the origin, cause and spread of the fire with the primary aim to of preventing a reoccurrence. Through the expertise of independent specialists, the origin, cause and spread of the fire have been determined. Paarl Print accepts the findings of these specialists, namely that the fire originated in the canteen on the mezzanine floor of the bindery, that it was caused, in all probability, by the auto-ignition of cooking oil in an oil fryer and that the reason for the extremely rapid, uncontrollable and unique spread of the fire through the facility was as a result of the ignition of the thermal under-roof insulation material.

Paarl Print is committed to participation in the inquiry held by the Department of Labour, as announced last week, which commences on 1 March 2010 in Paarl. The relevant specialists involved in the investigation will be available to testify at the inquiry as and when required by the Presiding Officer. This will facilitate a transparent process and enable the Paarl Media Group and other employers to take appropriate action to prevent a reoccurrence.

Compensation to the affected families
FEDUSA and SATU thanked Paarl Print and its shareholders for the financial support afforded to the injured and the families of the persons who lost their lives in the fire. Paarl Print reacted immediately to assist families by making a payment of R10 000 to each family and by contributing a further R10 000 to each of the deceased’s families to carry funeral costs.

A Third Party Fund was also immediately established after the fire to allow members of the public to contribute financially to assist the affected families and the individuals injured in the fire. The Third Party Fund of approximately R1.4 million has already been paid out in full in the form of payments to the families of the deceased as well as employees that were hospitalised.

FEDUSA and SATU express their gratitude to the shareholders of Paarl Print who contributed further amounts to a fund for the support of the dependants of the affected personnel. The purpose of these shareholders funds is to ensure long term financial stability for the families of the deceased and for the continual provision towards medical costs incurred for those injured and hospitalised. An independent actuary was appointed to attend to the fair distribution of funds. The extent of payments to each dependant was finalised, in consultation with each of the affected families, by end September 2009. A total amount of approximately R5.8 million has been paid out to the affected individuals as ex gratia payments.

Persons affected by the fire also received payments and benefits from other sources as follows:
• Paarl Media offers the 24-hour Accident Cover as a standard benefit to all employees. A claim was submitted directly after the fire on behalf of the next of kin and a benefit equal to that of one year’s remuneration has been paid out to next of kin during the first week of June 2009.
• The deceased persons were members of the Pension and/or Provident funds and funeral and death benefits have been paid out to the beneficiaries under these funds.
• Benefits under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act. Paarl Print assisted the employees and their families to expedite payment of these funds.

The restructuring of Paarl Print as a result of the fire
The total plant facility of Paarl Print was destroyed in the fire, which meant that no work was available to the employees of Paarl Print. For three months after the fire, Paarl Print guaranteed the payment of gross salaries and wages of all employees. This guarantee was affected in full with all Paarl Print personnel receiving the payments in question. It then became clear that another 12 months would be necessary to rebuild Paarl Print as a business. Notwithstanding the fact that there would be no functioning business in this period of time, a decision was made to secure the core skills required for the business on its re-establishment. This resulted in 191 employees being retained in the business on full gross remuneration until commencement of full operations.

A formal process in terms of section 189 of the Labour Relations Act was followed with regards to the restructuring of the operations of Paarl Print after the fire. The representative forum (comprising of SATU, CEPPWAWU and non-unionised representation) formed to consult with the employees in respect of the proposed restructuring, agreed on the following criteria:

1. Skills
2. Last in first out (in terms of date of employment)
3. Preference to BEE candidates

These criteria were consistently applied to place employees in the positions, and the representative forum was fully involved with this process. Consensus was achieved in the consultation process by the representative forum. Through the representative forum Paarl Print agreed to pay twice the statutory requirement for every completed year of service.

Re-establishing Paarl Print as Paarl Media Paarl
The Paarl Media Group announced on 24 June 2009 that Paarl Print would be re-established on the premises of Paarl Web in Paarl, thereby reducing the re-establishment time from 24 months to 12 months.

Paarl Print should be fully operational again in July 2010 under its new name, Paarl Media Paarl. Paarl Media, FEDUSA and SATU have agreed to approach the CCMA jointly to participate in the CCMA Training Layoff Programme for retraining of employees not currently participating in the daily operation of the plant. This provides an opportunity to train employees and to allow for optimal re-absorption of employees into the organisation once fully operational again.

In supporting the Paarl community further, Paarl Print is sponsoring job creation and skills development, as well as contributing to the wider economy of the region through the successful implementation of the Paarl Mountain Project. To date 48 individuals have been successfully employed in this venture.

Committed to well-being of employees
Paarl Print reconfirmed its commitment to cooperate fully with FEDUSA and SATU in the interests of the well-being and safety of its employees and other stakeholders. In return FEDUSA and SATU pledged their support to Paarl Print for the upcoming public inquiry and the rebuilding of this historic business in Paarl.

Released on behalf of the Federation of the Unions of South Africa by:
Dennis George, General Secretary, FEDUSA
Tel + 011 279 1800/1/2
Cell + 084 805 1529
e-mail: dennis@fedusa.org.za

Released on behalf of the South African Typographical Union by:
Loretta Rudolph, General Secretary Organiser, SATU
Tel + 012 338 2071
Cell +082 566 4773
e-mail: admin@satu.co.za

Released on behalf of the Paarl Media Group by:
Nelia Burger, Media Liaison, Paarl Media Group
Tel +27 21 870 3800
e-mail: nelia.burger@paarlmedia.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.

UPP in Abu Dhabi banks on Rotoman
First Manroland printing system for United Printing & Publishing up and running in UPP’s new Printing Centre…

One of largest printing houses in the Gulf region, United Printing & Publishing (UPP) in Abu Dhabi, has now installed its first Rotoman from Manroland. The investment by this innovative printing company is to boost their production of high-quality magazines and catalogues.

The contract was signed in June 2009 and in August the Manroland project team started the installation of the press in the new UPP Printing Centre. Since early November, United Printing & Publishing has been producing magazines, catalogues and schoolbooks on the Rotoman. As Peter Kuisle, executive vice president for Webfed Printing System Sales at Manroland, noted, ‘UPP was convinced above all by Manroland’s professional project management.’ Important factors behind the decision in favour of Manroland and not for a competitor system were the reputation that Rotoman presses enjoy in the Gulf region, the short delivery and installation times, and local support from Manroland’s service hub in Dubai.

Inline finishing opens up new possibilities
‘The new UPP management wanted to make changes to make the company fit for the future. We were in the right place with the right product at the right time,’ commented Kuisle in response to gaining a new business partner in the Gulf region.

United Printing & Publishing emerged from Emirates Media Inc. which was founded in the early 1970s and was established as a subsidiary company of today’s Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), a leading media concern in the region. The rapid growth is due to a company policy that relies on further development, quality and service. The Rotoman provides UPP with new possibilities for succeeding in a fiercely contested market for high-quality magazines and catalogues. At present UPP mainly produces print products for its parent company ADMC but is expanding its capacity with a view to gaining jobs from national and international customers as well.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.

Another KBA Comet web press sale in China
Henan Daily orders its third KBA Comet web press and the second Chinese order in recent months. On stream this Autumn…

Early last month the Henan Daily Newspaper Group in Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s most densely populated province, Henan, reaffirmed its successful association with Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) by signing a contract for a third Comet press line. The order follows the installation in 2001 and 2005 of two Comet press lines with a total of eight towers and four folders.

Said Henan Daily plant manager Chen Guo Sheng, ‘The two single-width Comet presses demonstrate their high output, reliability and superior print quality day in and day out. Thanks to their flexibility and ease of operation, we can switch from one of our many in-house and contract titles to another in a minimum of time.’ Henan Daily general manager Zhang Jian is equally impressed. ‘We have always been 100 per cent satisfied with the support KBA has provided, from the initial concept right through to after-sales service. So it’s a pleasure to be working with KBA and the Comet once again as part of our expansion project.’

Following a recent order for a Comet from Beijing Daily Group KBA sales director Stefan Segger was delighted to receive a second order from China for this popular press type within just a few months. ‘The new press line will make Henan Daily the biggest Comet user to date in China. This latest contract reflects the esteem in which our newspaper press technology is held among Chinese media houses.’

High level of productivity, flexibility and quality
The new 75,000cph Comet press for Zhengzhou will come on stream this autumn. In addition to high-circulation titles such as the Henan Daily, Dahe Daily and Henan Commercial Daily the Zhengzhou plant contract prints a large number of other publications. These include several in English – China Daily, China Youth Daily, Workers Daily and Peoples Daily. The four-high press with a cylinder circumference of 1092mm and a web width variable between 630 and 870mm will comprise four Pastoline reelstands, three towers with fan-out compensation and colour register controls, and a KF3 jaw folder. The contract also includes three KBA consoles with colour preset and diagnostics PC for remote maintenance.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.

The Color Co moves from polyester to metal plates
The Color Co in Cheltenham, UK is replacing a Polysetter with a Suprasetter and Saphira Chem-Free plates from Heidelberg…

The Color Co (Cheltenham) is replacing a Polysetter with a Suprasetter from Heidelberg to enable it to handle higher runs and higher quality work.

‘Our Speedmaster SM 52-5 has attracted higher run lengths and the market demand is for higher quality so we decided it was time to invest in a metal-based system,’ said Ashley Wainwright, managing director. ‘We looked at other suppliers but were willing to pay a premium for the Heidelberg machine because we felt the Suprasetter was the best on the market and that Heidelberg’s back up and support is unmatched by any other supplier. It gives us a platform for networked production and closed loop colour in future.’

Although purchased outright rather than through a consumables deal, The Color Co has decided to take the Saphira Chem-Free plates which marry up with the company’s environmental policies as it works towards ISO 14001 accreditation and FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody.

‘We reviewed prices and were surprised and pleased to find that Heidelberg’s consumables prices were currently among the best on offer,’ said Wainwright.

The Suprasetter is fitted with a Single Cassette Loader which enables the company, which handles a volume of high pagination work, the ability to output 50 or even 100 plates without manual intervention. It will run 6am to 6pm but can even be set to output plates into the night ready for production next morning.

The company’s MetaDimension is being upgraded to Prepress Manager with Signastation imposition software which its operators are familiar with and like. Heidelberg will train the operators when the CTP device is installed at its 6,000 sq ft premises in the next fortnight.

The Color Co has both litho and digital facilities and services many blue chip accounts throughout the UK Midlands.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 1 March 2010.