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Issue: News in Review 2007
Chapter: Headline News August 2007

The Headline News items which appeared in our Home Page news during the third week of August...

The week's news for 20 - 24 August 2007

The past week's news began with Sappi taking the lead article, and so it ended as well. The world's leading producer of coated woodfree fine papers introduced yet another new multicoated range on Monday to add to its well-known stable of brands, and on Friday it announced that it has improved yet further, the surface quality and consistency of its premium Magno range. Personally, I wouldn't have thought that possible - since Magno has, in my opinion, always been the absolute 'Roll Royce' among coated fine papers anyway. See the news further down for details.

Monday also saw Michael Nitsche's appointment as the new head of Technology Transfer (Training) for MAN Roland in Offenbach highlighted. I know it was also included in last week's appointment announcement for his successor in Sheetfed Product Marketing - but I think it deserved its own separate mention.

Monday was quite a day for important news if you study the various articles, with possibly the best endorsement anyone could ever wish for from Buxton Press, one of the UK's largest specialist magazine printers, following the announcement of its latest acquisitions for finishing in a three-quarter of a million pounds upgrade from Heidelberg.

New kit from Kodak on both Monday and Tuesday, from Baldwin and HP Indigo on Wednesday, and from Duplo on Thursday and Friday, and the promise of a host of major updates for its software from Artwork Systems at Digital Print World in October, at London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre. This should be a good show, and it is the only remaining digital printing event of 2007. It was extremely successful and popular at its last staging in 2005, from the same organisers as Ipex in Birmingham, IIR Exhibitions. A number of the major manufacturers again last week gave indications as to what you can expect from them at Graph Expo in Chicago, DPW in London, and Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. More are already lined-up for you for the coming week - from a number of the leading technology innovators serving our industry, including Xaar, Objective, Watkiss and Label Traxx.

Thursday saw AVT, which develops and manufactures automatic inspection systems for packaging and label printing and print process control and quality assurance applications, announce that it is to acquire Graphic Microsystems, a leader of pressroom automation equipment. GMI is a supplier of closed loop colour control systems, colour management and reporting software and remote digital ink fountain control systems for commercial and newspaper web offset presses, and also a number of printing press OEMs worldwide. The deal is due to close next month and will be an interesting one to follow in the coming months. AVT has always shown consistent growth and good figures.

After having been rather quiet for some time, Agfa announced on Friday that it has sold its first large-format Anapurna M inkjet system into Germany. It claims ten such systems already installed elsewhere in Europe, bringing to 70 the number of Anapurna inkjet systems installed to date - with more about to follow. The German success took place just four weeks after the Anapurna M made its debut at FESPA 2007 in Berlin at the beginning of June.

Finally, don't miss KBA's latest edition of Report - its corporate customer magazine released last Wednesday. It really is a superb 64-page issue, and the English language version also includes an eight-page Web-to-print supplement as well. You can order copies online free-of-charge in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, or download them from the KBA Website as PDFs. Links are in the article below.

Mike Hilton

The above is an extract from our e-News update for Monday 27 August 2007.

Magno Consistency and Reliability intensified
Consistency is the theme of Sappi's latest promotion for its Magno range of premium woodfree coated…

Consistency, whatever the weight and surface, is the theme of Sappi's latest promotional campaign for its Magno range of premium woodfree coated sheets.

‘We have continued to build on Magno's reputation for consistency and reliability across the grammage range by improving the surface quality of our board weights, so printers, designers and end users only need to use one brand to match text and cover for their uniquely special job,’ says Magno business manager Margaret Baker (pictured). ‘A significant investment at our Maastricht mill has improved the base formation of our boards, so Magno now offers improved visual appearance, runnability and printability from 90gsm through to 400gsm.’

The 'Consistency Intensified' campaign is being spearheaded by a new brochure, which features the two surfaces Magno Star and Magno Satin. For each quality, it compares the three key areas of CIE whiteness, ink setting and surface quality across the grammage range against those of four leading competitive coated woodfree papers. The results clearly indicate that Magno consistently performs at the highest level.

The brochure also contains printed samples, with Magno Star on one side and Magno Satin on the other, in 100, 135, 170, 250 and 350gsm 'waterfalls'. The vibrant, shiny green image of the tropical plant printed on Magno Star highlights the intense colour and crisp detail that can be achieved with this quality, while the silky, soft image on Magno Satin shows this paper's smooth reproduction and texture.

Sappi is distributing the new brochure to leading printers, publishers, graphic designers and advertising agencies, as well as end users, throughout Europe from August.

Further details of the Magno range, as well as a complete range of printed and unprinted samples, are available from local Sappi sales offices or at www.sappi.com/Magno.

The Magno range is distributed exclusively throughout Southern Africa by Antalis Print division, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Visit: www.antalis.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

Duplo launches DuBinder DPB-500
First Duplo fully automatic perfect binder announced as global book production is set to increase…

Duplo International has launched the DuBinder DPB-500, its first high production fully automatic perfect binder which was first shown at Ipex last year. The Duplo DuBinder is a single-clamp system that creates a strong quality bind and sleek, professional finish on a range of applications including books, directories, manuals and magazines. It can successfully handle output from both offset and digital devices at cycling speeds of up to 525 books an hour.

'With the continuing upward trend in the global book production market, we are confident that the DuBinder will be extremely popular in a variety of different print environments, in particular medium volume offset printers, the print-on-demand sector and high volume inplant printers, all of whom are seeking to expand their customer offering and therefore business opportunities,' said Terry Wafer, product marketing manager at Duplo.

He continued, 'The DuBinder has been developed to include all the top of the range components as standard such as waste and fume extraction, however, I believe it is the ability to achieve accuracies within 0.01mm whilst operating within a totally tool-less environment that will really set the DuBinder apart.'

The versatility of the fully automated DuBinder results in a reduction in set-up times and costs, making it perfect for short run and variable print, whilst its high capacity book production speeds make it equally suitable for longer runs. One of the machine’s key attributes is its easy-to-use integrated touch-screen controls, which facilitates a 35 second set-up between programmes, resulting in a book-bound quality finish with minimal operator skills.

The DuBinder can be programmed with up to 20 different programmes automatically to accommodate a range of specifications, including book thickness, side gluing, cover feed, cover press, and crease positions. The four creasing tools automatically move in pairs according to the spine width so that the hinge is always in the correct location on the front and rear covers. A light beam indicates to the operator, that the covers are positioned correctly. Finished books are stacked internally in the machine to a depth of 200mm. When this is full, the machine automatically shuts down until the books are removed.

The system’s range of inbuilt features such as double sheet detector and the book thickness sensor ensures it operates with utmost precision and accuracy at all times, which ultimately reduces wastage.

The DuBinder’s suction belt cover-feed provides a smooth and accurate delivery of the cover to each book every time, whilst cover creasing ensures a professionally presented document. It is capable of binding a wide range of materials with a maximum booklet size of 360 x 320mm and minimum size of 120 x 120mm. Cover sheet sizes range from 360 x 696mm and 120 x 250mm.

The DuBinder is available in the Southern African marketplace from Antalis Graphics division. Visit: www.antalis.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

Hansen installs Germany's first Anapurna M
High resolution, vivid colours and flexibility between print media tipped the scales in favour of Agfa Graphics inkjet…

Germany's first wide-format inkjet system, Anapurna M by Agfa Graphics, was installed mid July at Hansen Werbung's facilities in a business park in Reinbek near Hamburg.

‘With its 14-picoliter print heads and the Agfa-made UV-curable Anapurna ink our new printing system reaches a photorealistic quality with such a high resolution that text remains crisp and sharp down to 4-point font sizes in logotypes for instance. This is a crucial factor in the production of POS displays in particular,’ highlights what managing director Martin Hansen believes is the main benefit of the innovative inkjet print system. ‘Furthermore, our customers are delighted with the luminosity of the colours.’

Hansen Werbung produces all kinds of advertising material primarily for well-known brands in the fashion industry, as well as manufacturers of spectacles. High print quality and an accurate reproduction down to the tiniest detail combined with finest skin tone gradations are an absolute requirement.

‘Another advantage of the Anapurna M is its huge flexibility when it comes to substrates. On the one hand this flexibility opens entirely new possibilities for implementing our ideas in the production of wide-format POS displays. On the other hand, with the Anapurna M, we can print directly on rigid media up to a thickness of 45mm, made of a variety of materials such as wood, metal or glass, which significantly reduces production costs. At the same time, the POS material produced in this way has a much more stylish appearance,’ added Hansen.

Agfa Graphics introduced the Anapurna M for the first time at FESPA 2007 in Berlin. Owing to its hybrid design, the innovative system is capable of processing both flexible roll media and rigid substrates with a printable width of 1580mm and several metres of printing length. The re-adjustment of the machine from roll media to flatbed or vice versa can be achieved within minutes and does not take longer than changing the media without a reset. The Anapurna M features a six-colour system, including a light cyan and a light magenta, with resolutions up to 1440dpi and a high printing speed of up to 15 sq/metres hour.

The innovative wide-format inkjet system was installed and commissioned by Agfa's Hamburg-based distributor, Computer Laser Center Nord (CLC Nord). The installation was complete within two days, giving Hansen Werbung the option to begin production straightaway. ‘Contrary to many other manufacturers, with the Anapurna M, Agfa Graphics launched at FESPA a wide-format inkjet system ready for volume production. This allowed us to welcome Hansen Werbung as a 'pioneering' customer within only four weeks of the launch,’ said CLC Nord managing director, Werner Diekmann.

Meanwhile, more than ten Anapurna M systems have been installed throughout Europe, and further installations will take place in the coming days. Altogether, Agfa Graphics has sold over 70 systems in its Anapurna range, which currently includes the Anapurna L, Anapurna XL, Anapurna XL2 (‘XL square’) and Anapurna M models. All these systems are based on Agfa Graphics' C3 concept. C3 stands for Complete Integration - Complete Benefits - Complete Services.

‘The Anapurna M was developed with the goal of obtaining the best possible print quality that can be achieved on a flatbed printer at the moment. One need only have seen the print quality of the system to understand the huge success of this market launch,’ explained Harry Hoppe who is responsible for industrial inkjet printing systems at Agfa Graphics in Germany.

Founded in 1996 in Reinbek near Hamburg and with a current staff of five employees, the Hansen Werbung company produces POS (Point of Sale) displays for all types of advertising purposes which are commissioned by very demanding customers, those active in the fashion industry in particular. The company gets most of its orders through agencies. Its services range from design to production all the way to logistics. Additional information is available at: www.hansen-werbung.de

About Agfa Graphics C3 strategy
The ‘C to the power of three’ concept represents Agfa's commitment to provide customers with end-to-end services and industrial inkjet solutions. C3 represents
• Complete Integration - the tuning of UV-curable inks, sophisticated print heads, workflow software and the inkjet printer or press
• Complete Services - installation and maintenance by Agfa's worldwide service team, spare parts, customer training and financing tools
• Complete Benefits - vibrant colour, prints with resistant and durable images and printers with increased productivity.

More information on C3-Systems can be found at: www.switchtoC3.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

TBC replaces Schneider with Polar
TBC replaces Schneider Senator with Polar 78X as it looks for more reliability, greater speed and a cleaner cut…

TBC Print Services is replacing a Schneider Senator guillotine with a Polar 78X as it looks for more reliability, greater speed and a cleaner cut.

Bill Cheesman, director of the B3 printer, said that he looked at the Polar when the company was purchased in 2000 but it cost more than the rival machine. He has returned in the hope the Polar will be a more robust and reliable machine and he has been swayed by what he has seen at other printers local to his Blandford, Dorset, base.

‘We have seen the Polar and it runs quicker and with a cleaner cut,’ said Cheesman. ‘The knife change impresses me and so does the programmability and automatic eject facility. One of the guys at another printer wouldn’t cut until they got the Polar 78X and now they can’t get him off it. That’s a good recommendation.’

Cheesman will receive two days training when the Polar arrives in early August. This will enhance the work produced which ranges from ‘100 address cards to several thousand full colour brochures’. Most work is generated locally although some is distributed nationwide by the customer.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

Artwork software releases set for DPW
Artwork Systems plans major software launches for Digital Print World, Earls Court, London, in October…

Artwork Systems is planning to use the DPW show in October to launch a series of major updates to software products, with the introduction of Odystar 3.0, Neo 1.2 and WebWay 5.0. Each new version incorporates a host of new and improved features, which the company will be demonstrating on its stand throughout the exhibition.

Odystar is a native PDF 1.7 workflow that provides an extensive range of automatic pre-press production tools. The new Odystar 3.0 is compliant with the latest 7.2 version of PitStop. JDF/JMF connectivity has been significantly improved and this provides huge flexibility in the way in which digital job information held within an MIS system can be utilised easily with the Odystar workflow to improve productivity and reduce errors. Using the new JDF/JMF facility to communicate with an MIS system is straightforward, regardless of whether the MIS software is completely JDF compliant or not. Odystar 3.0 also lets the user work with XMP data in a PDF file.

There is a new ‘Inspector’ facility, the graphical user interface for Odystar, which provides several new functions including a PitStop PDF profile and action list control panel, default location for canvasses and many additions that will greatly enhance performance. Several Odystar modules have been updated, most notably; ‘Receive’, which can now also accept data through FTP or by email, ‘Route’, which can send files to different workflow steps depending on the XMP metadata content of the file, and ‘Trapper’ where options have been greatly extended eg allowing trapping pairs to be changed then re-trapped based on these new pairs.

'Odystar 3.0 represents a major step forward in functionality and we anticipate a very high interest in the new workflow at DPW,' said UK managing director Jan Ruysschaert. 'One of Odystar’s key attractions is its ease-of-use and we have ensured that this latest version is very straightforward to understand and implement, even when a connection with a database or MIS system needs to be created. In addition, if the output device is not PDF 1.7 compliant, Odystar allows users to accept PDF 1.7 data and still drive their older proofing, imaging or platesetting devices, which helps keep investment costs low. Like earlier versions, Odystar 3.0 can be integrated with software and hardware from virtually any other manufacturer or supplier.'

Neo is a standalone native PDF application editing tool that enables users to make last minute changes to PDF files and Artwork Systems will use DPW to launch Neo 1.2. This new version offers a range of additional features. Neo 1.2 is compliant with version 7.2 of PitStop and has greatly improved interactive trapping tools. There are also new viewing features, including ‘rotate view’ and the software will highlight overprints, transparencies, traps, breakouts and ink usage by percentage. A new Document Info Dialog window displays additional information about the file, including prepress data, metadata etc.

'Neo is a flexible and efficient method of handling everyday pre-press editing of multi-page PDF files,' said Ruysschaert. 'By giving the operator high-end editing and correction functionality in a native PDF environment, Neo has proven to be a huge asset in drastically reducing the approval and correction cycles that are unavoidable in today’s demanding environments.'

The third new product on Artwork Systems’ DPW stand will be a significantly updated version of WebWay, which provides a convenient, secure and cost-effective communication solution between the print buyer and production plant or between different departments within one company.

WebWay 5.0 can be used with PC and MacIntel platforms and incorporates a large number of updates including extended colour management facilities, improved file uploads and downloads, Java Web Start support and greater traceability. The new approval chain feature means that work is approved by different groups of people in the correct sequence. WebWay 5.0 also has MicroSoft Vista and IE7 functionality.

Artwork Systems is represented throughout Southern Africa by Beswick Machinery.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

HP Indigo plans major exhibit for Labelexpo
HP's ‘Tower of Production’ to feature a real production environment at Labelexpo Europe in September…

HP will present comprehensive demonstrations of digital label printing at Labelexpo Europe 2007, 26 - 29 September, Brussels. HP's ‘Tower of Production’ will demonstrate a range of real jobs, which will be printed on the stand by Dutch label printer, Eshuis. These will run in two eight-hour shifts, illustrating the ease and versatility of HP Indigo technology.

HP's stand will be spread over two islands with five main on-stand focus areas. These will showcase the HP Indigo press ws4500, built for high-volume, 24/7 manufacturing with fully automated workflow and featuring HP's unique on-press fast ink replacement (OFIR) for virtually zero downtime on ink changeovers. An end-to-end production environment, the stand will feature front-end solutions from Esko; finishing equipment from AB Graphics and SMAG; dedicated areas for labels and flexible packaging; vertical applications (pharmaceutical, wine and cosmetics), and HP's Capture business success tools for business development.

Shown for the first time at the event will be a new VDP (variable data printing) option for the Esko Scope Pack for the HP Indigo press ws4500. This tool works in Adobe Illustrator environments and is focused on industrial VDP needs such as barcodes, sequential numbering and graphical codes.

Other highlights at Labelexpo Europe include:

End-to-end solutions
An end-to-end flexible packaging solution that includes the new HP rewinder and a dedicated narrow web laminator. The rewinder offers greater flexibility and ease of use; it supports a wide variety of flexible packaging films ranging from 12 micron as well as the standard label stock materials with a maximum thickness of 350 micron. The new AB Graphic DigiLam laminator is designed for laminating foils destined for the food industry with speeds of up to 100m/minute.

Vertical market focus
Pharmaceutical, security, cosmetics and wine labels will be produced in an end-to-end production workflow utilising an Esko prepress system, the HP Indigo press ws4500, the AB Graphic Digicon die-cutter with labels inspected by the AB Graphic Flytech inspection system. Luxury labels will also be produced with hot foil embossing by a SMAG Galaxy finishing unit demonstrating how value-adding processes can be used in conjunction with digital printing.

Also on display will be the new Pharma Validation Pack for the HP Indigo press ws4500, with live demonstrations of pharmaceutical labels printed on the press, and finished on an AB Graphic Digicon embedded with the AB Graphic Flytech inspection system.

An extended colour gamut
During the show HP will announce Pantone's approval of seven-colour PANTONE(r) simulation, utilising CMYK plus Orange, Violet and Green, also known as ‘HP IndiChrome Plus’. This is the broadest digital on-press colour gamut system for the production of labels and packaging. HP IndiChrome Plus will be available to all HP Indigo press ws4XXX users. The added benefits of CMYK+OVG include enhanced print quality, closer matching, a broader application range and the ability to transfer more colour jobs from conventional printing to digital production.

HP will also announce the IndiChrome Plus version of the ‘Pantone and HP Indigo Digital Colour Toolbox’. This new version contains a bundle of two swatch books: a swatch book comparing four versus seven colour simulation of Pantone Colours on an HP Indigo press and the original Pantone Colour Bridge swatch book.

An Ink Mixing Station (IMS) will also be showcased to demonstrate the ability to self mix on-site, or alternatively to order Pantone-licensed spot colours to match corporate and Pantone Colours via HP. The IMS will demonstrate latest software version (released in May 2007), which includes for the first time 135 ready-mixed colours for the most frequently used colour combinations, providing a faster way to mix commonly requested colours.

Substrates, security and success
New developments in media and coatings will also feature on the stand. The new Digiprime 5000 coating from HP partner, Michelman, is now available, replacing the Topaz 17 coating.

Klockner Pentaplast is a new media partner supplying PET shrink film and other substrates. Innovia Films, a major producer of films, has expanded its range of products suitable for digital printing. Its OPP films are aimed at the flexible packaging market with white and transparent substrates in thicknesses ranging from 25 to 59 microns.

HP's Global Enterprise Business offers hardware, software and security solutions for international brand owners using a range of smart label technologies. Solutions using HP Indigo press ws4500s include a highly specialised inspection system to verify the quality and readability of serialised 1-D and 2-D barcodes as well as human-readable coding, delivering fully integrated solutions for brand protection.

Business development tools from the HP Indigo Capture business success programme will be demonstrated, with the HP Indigo Label Job Estimator calculating the cost-effectiveness of digital production for industrial printing.

New HP Digital Label Competition
HP has launched a competition for digital label printers to promote excellence and innovation in digital label printing. The competition will present awards in market categories including wines and spirits, cosmetics, household, technical, food and pharmaceutical labels. Judging will be carried out by an independent panel of industry-recognised experts. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Thursday, 27 September. Customers wishing to enter these awards should contact their local HP sales representative for more details.

HP Indigo is represented throughout Southern Africa by Kemtek Imaging Systems, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Visit: www.kemtek.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

Xerox to encourage customer dialogue at Graph Expo
Xerox to highlight Profitable Print Applications, and offer one-on-one expert advice in 'Conversation Stations'…

Xerox Corporation continues to emphasise to graphic communications professionals that they can grow print volume and profits by creating new revenue-generating applications. At Graph Expo 2007, Xerox will focus its efforts on the 'how' – showing visitors digital printing systems and workflow software used to produce a variety of print jobs, and sharing expertise about how to transition current applications to digital printing and, importantly, develop a host of new ones.

'Conversation Stations'
Visitors to Xerox’s Graph Expo stand will be able to explore eight Conversation Stations and engage Xerox experts in discussion about the hottest industry trends, tools and resources, Xerox offers to meet the specific needs of each individual print provider. The stations will highlight the most profitable print jobs that digital print makes possible, including collaterals by request, direct-mail pieces, transactional documents that integrate promotional messages or short-run digital books – including photo books. In addition, Xerox experts will offer advice and identify resources to help print providers plan their digital businesses or unify shops with offset and digital systems.

'Applications are not new to Xerox, we’ve been working with customers on implementing key applications for a long time as part of our New Business of Printing strategy,' said Valerie Blauvelt, vice president of marketing, Xerox Production Systems Group. 'At Graph Expo we aim to show attendees how they can grow their businesses and make money with many new and innovative print jobs.'

On the Xerox stand
Xerox's industry-leading digital printing product portfolio and associated supplies, software and support will be on display. On the stand will be the flagship Xerox iGen3 110 digital production press, the new DocuColor 8000AP digital press, Xerox Nuvera 288 digital perfecting system, Xerox Nuvera EA digital production system and Xerox 495 continuous feed duplex printer along with new light production and wide-format product offerings. Also on display will be enhancements to Xerox’ FreeFlow digital workflow collection, which helps print providers improve efficiency and simplify the production process, and the ProfitAccelerator Digital Business Resources portfolio, which help them secure new business opportunities.

Focusing on the How
'Many in the print industry are still uncovering the full potential of digital printing equipment,' said Noel Ward, managing director of OnDemand Publishing and executive editor of OnDemand Journal.com. 'By focusing on the ‘how’ of bringing new applications on line and making it easier to get advice from experts, Xerox can help customers get the most out of their technology investments and even gain an edge on the competition.

Graph Expo 2007, North America’s largest printing show in 2007, runs from 9 - 12 September at McCormick Place South in Chicago. Visit Xerox’s Graph Expo Web page to learn more about how to produce and sell the hottest money-making print applications. Xerox is represented by Bytes Document Solutions in 24 Sub-Saharan African countries, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For additional information, please visit: www.xerox.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 24 August 2007.

AVT to acquire GMI in cash deal
Acquisition of Graphic Microsystems will create a major printing industry pressroom automation technology provider…

Advanced Vision Technology has announced its planned acquisition of Graphic Microsystems (GMI), from Dover Diversified, Inc, a subsidiary of Dover Corporation, for $33 million in cash. GMI is a leading manufacturer of pressroom automation equipment. The acquisition is expected to close, following the completion of due diligence, in September 2007.

AVT develops and manufactures automatic inspection solutions for printing applications, and is a market leader in packaging and labels, print process control and quality assurance applications.

GMI is a supplier of closed loop colour control systems, colour management and reporting software and remote digital ink fountain control systems. The company’s products are sold to commercial, semi-commercial, newspaper and specialty printers in the heat-set and cold-set web printing markets as well as printing press OEMs worldwide.

GMI’s proprietary technology, outstanding value proposition, substantial installed base and innovative product development have enabled it to achieve its leading position in closed loop colour control products, with a significant market share worldwide. GMI’s remote digital ink fountain control and closed loop colour control products can be found at over 3,000 and 700 sites worldwide, respectively. GMI is based in Sunnyvale, California, Rockwall, Texas and Mechelen, Belgium; and maintains a network of sales offices in North America and Europe as well as a worldwide service network. AVT intends to maintain GMI’s offices around the world.

Commenting on the acquisition, Shlomo Amir, president and CEO of Advanced Vision Technology said, 'AVT has been enjoying double digit growth for the last five years. H1 2007 net income was $ 3.5 million on revenue of $15.9 million – and market conditions coupled with healthy cash reserves meant the time was right to seek out a suitable acquisition target.'

'The merger creates a major technology provider for the printing industry and brings AVT into a whole new league. For two years, AVT has been looking into penetrating other markets via acquisition. GMI operates in adjacent print markets to AVT; its colour technology is unique and complements AVT's vision technology. Both companies are leaders in their fields and have developed unique technologies – AVT introduced machine vision to the printing industry and GMI’s proprietary closed loop colour control system is the only solution available based on spectral measurements, a key competitive edge. This synergy provides a strong platform for further expansion, organic and non-organic. As GMI is a profitable company with revenues similar in size to AVT, the acquisition allows us to double in size and accelerate EPS growth.'

'AVT brings unique and exciting strengths to the GMI organisation,' said Gary Wetzel, president of GMI. 'AVT and GMI share a similar dedication to serving the print and packaging markets with leading products and technologies. Together with AVT, GMI will be positioned to provide our customers with continuing product developments and new value-added services, supplied by an even stronger organisation,' Wetzel added.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

First FESPA Workshop a huge success
First FESPA Workshop for textile printers in Tirupur, South India, is hailed as a huge success…

Over 100 of India’s leading textile screen printers attended the first FESPA Workshop in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, on 9 August 2007 to hear about improving profitability and the future of print.

FESPA’s corporate communications director Marcus Timson was joined by Yogita Wadhera, project head at FESPA India organiser Services International; Bhargav Mistry, president of India’s FESPA member association, and TEKPA president Mr TR Srikanth. They presented and discussed the future of printing and how to enhance success. As well as covering technical issues, the presentation also explored the importance of improving communication and marketing skills and how attending FESPA World Expo India (7 - 9 December, Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre, Delhi) is an absolute must for any printer that would like to increase their profits.

Said Timson, 'I would like to thank TEKPA for inviting us to host this important event. The energy and commitment of the TEKPA members is incredible. FESPA came to Tirupur because we can see the need for sharing knowledge, success and thinking to help our colleagues improve their businesses. This is core to FESPA’s philosophy. Of course we are also running a very important exhibition here in December and the show will be building on this vital theme. Everyone knows India’s economy is growing and, while this is positive for India, it presents challenges for printers as demand intensifies and competition increases. We can only combat this by working together, sharing our knowledge and expertise and putting in place plans to succeed in the future.'

Improve your profitability at FESPA World Expo India 2007!
The theme of FESPA World Expo India in 2007 is Improving Profitability and the event will include Free technical workshops and business seminars designed to inspire Indian printers to change their business for the better.

Bhargav Mistry provided delegates with examples of the importance of preparation in screen making and how to maximise the quality, efficiency and performance of any screen printing operation. 'It is like anything in life, if we can get the basics right then we are all setting ourselves on the correct path for future prosperity. I tell all the students that enter the DMI Institute this at the very start. It is easy to slip into bad habits and sometimes in India we have not had the luxury of formal professional training. This is why FESPA is so important, as the show will give free access to this. In screen printing, small process improvements make a massive difference to the finished product, as well as saving consumable costs and enhancing efficiencies. By attending FESPA in December printers can expect to learn more about this and driving their overall operations – our efforts have begun here in Tirupur and I look forward to building on this in Delhi.'

Mr TR Srikanth said, 'The delegation at FESPA World Expo India 2005 found the event extremely beneficial and there will be more of our members attending the show this year. We enjoyed the workshop very much and appreciated FESPA, SPAI and Services International coming to Tirupur to host this event. TEKPA is committed to giving our members access to information, education and support and we look forward to progressing an excellent relationship with FESPA to the mutual benefit of our members.'

Ms Yogita Wadhera concluded, 'Over 15,000 people are expected to attend FESPA World Expo India 2007 to meet with up to 200 exhibitors featuring a range of the best brands that the screen printing and digital imaging sector has to offer. The Tirupur workshop demonstrated FESPA’s unique commitment to India and its unrivalled educational expertise in screen printing and digital imaging, but it was only really the tip of the iceberg. We invite as many printers as possible to take advantage of the high quality, FREE educational opportunities available at FESPA in Delhi in December. Any printer whose business is screen, sign or digital imaging must attend the show to keep up to date with new thinking, products and trends. A visit will help to improve their knowledge and will undoubtedly significantly contribute to the future success of their business.'

For additional information on FESPA World Expo India 7 - 9 December, please visit: www.fespaindia.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

New mid-range Production Colour Finisher
Duplo launches new DC-615 Pro model, extending its range of production colour finishers for digital print…

Duplo International (UK) has extended the range of its successful Production Colour Finishers, with the launch of the new Duplo DC-615 Pro. Developed specifically to meet the increasing demands of shorter run digital colour print, the versatile DC-615 Pro provides a multi-functional finishing solution in one compact, easy to use package. Slitting, cutting and creasing digital printed sheets in one single pass, the DC-615 Pro delivers efficient production output with minimum operator intervention, resulting in a reduction in waste and production costs.

The new DC-615 Pro has been designed to complement the smaller DC-545 model, and the larger DC-645 version which caters for higher volume digital colour production. Capable of handling printed, varnished and laminated stock between 110 to 300gsm, the DC-615 Pro offers an intelligent and intuitively useable solution suited to a range of finishing applications, such as greetings cards, promotional leaflets, postcards and business cards.

Commented Peter Dyson, product marketing manager for Digital Finishing Solutions at Duplo International, 'There has been a significant increase in the number of printers producing medium volume digital colour print and we were aware that they needed a versatile finishing solution to meet their needs. In essence, the DC-615 Pro bridges the gap between our entry model DC-545 and the top of the range DC-645, to offer a compact, multi-functional digital finishing solution that can handle a range of finishing requirements for this growing sector of the market.'

In addition to delivering an accurate, professional finish the DC-615 Pro has a large operator screen which allows the operator to quickly access and review up to 80 memorised jobs at the touch of a button without having to re-enter any information. An option that has proven very popular with users of the DC-645 is the user-friendly graphics based programming interface that runs on PC or Mac, allowing even untrained staff to operate the system.

The DC-615 Pro comes equipped with many features from the existing models including adjustment for image skew and a CCD camera that recognises the true position of the image on the sheet to compensate for paper shrinkage and image shift. The CCD can also recognise the job and upload the correct settings from memory then process the sheet to the intended finish without operator intervention. The six slitting tools, one knife and one creaser are also joined in this model by a new ‘air-knife’ designed to overcome static, improve feeding and reduce image marking on delicate stock. It also includes ultrasonic double feed detection which removes the possibility of two sheets being fed together and reduces waste.

New features incorporated in the DC-615 Pro include a mechanism which is automatically positioned to deliver waste from gutter cuts directly into the bin instead of out on to the delivery tray which helps to reduce paper jams and operator cleaning tasks. The receiving tray is easily adjusted to allow for neat stacking of small items such as business cards or postcards.

Continued Dyson, 'The DC-615 Pro is the ideal machine for printers who don’t have the budget or space for the DC-645. Its compact multi-function design and un-complicated operation means that it’s a perfect solution for printers looking for a versatile finishing system that also allows them to expand the possible applications they can offer to their customers.'

Duplo is represented throughout Southern Africa by Antalis Graphics division, headquartered in Johannesburg. Visit: www.antalis.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

Dsicmm moves to thermal CTP
Peterborough plant switches from ECRM visible light to thermal CTP with Heidelberg Suprasetter A74…

Dsicmm is switching from visible light to thermal CTP and from ECRM to Heidelberg. A new Suprasetter A74 has just been delivered to the Peterborough plant of this major £80m turnover company.

‘We are investing in the Suprasetter A 74 because it is more accurate, has a better dot quality and it doesn’t use chemicals so it’s more environmentally friendly and cleaner,’ said Alastair Maclean, group operations director of dsicmm. ‘It’s a more modern system; the ECRM system was starting to show its age.’

The company, which runs about 400 plates a month, has opted for the Saphira Chem-Free plates from Heidelberg. These plates will run on the company’s B2 and B3 format Speedmaster presses and its envelope presses.

The company will have Prinect Prepress Interface to digitally link prepress to press which will speed up makeready and reduce waste.

‘Being able to send CIP 4 files directly to the presses is quite a timesaver, as is the facility for having plates punched when they are imaged,’ said Maclean.

Dsicmm produces a wide range of products including investor, shareholder and employee communications and marketing material for financial and commercial sectors including retail, local government, health and publishing. It also offers a Digital Asset Management service.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

WRH gets Xtrawin endorsement from Mortons
Mortons Print is equipping its six-tower MAN Uniset with an additional folder and adding new Ferag equipment…

WRH Marketing UK Ltd has received a major endorsement from Mortons Print for its XtraWin business initiative, which is designed to help newspaper printers enter new sectors and make better use of reserve press capacity. Mortons Print, a division of Mortons of Horncastle in Lincolnshire, is equipping its six-tower MAN Uniset press with an additional MAN folder and the new Ferag equipment will provide total flexibility in the way that the press, folder and mailroom facilities are used together.

'A newspaper press represents a huge investment but its full potential capacity is often never achieved because of limitations within the post-press area,' said Ian Fisher, managing director of Mortons Print. 'At present, if a job does not require all six towers, then those not used are effectively wasted for the duration of that work. We already operate off-line stitching facilities and have mailroom systems from WRH Marketing UK, including a Ferag RollSert inserting unit (pictured above), plus stacking, conveying and trimming systems. These have proved to be highly efficient, enabling the production of tabloid and quarter fold work incorporating a wide range of inserts.

'With the additional Ferag equipment we will have huge press flexibility, which will enable us to utilise the majority of towers for most of the time. For example, we could print a job requiring four towers, then quarter fold and stitch it on-line using the new StreamStitch facility, while at the same time producing a completely different job on the remaining two towers, with the output from these being handled off-line by the existing equipment. The tower combinations could be one and five or three and three, while the stock, run lengths and finishing could be totally different for each job.'

Mortons Print uses its coldset MAN Uniset virtually entirely for contract printing, producing more than 200 newspapers and lifestyle publications for customers throughout the UK. This latest investment will allow it to handle semi-commercial work as well as newspapers within the current Lincolnshire factory.

'For a relatively low cost we will create what is effectively a second comprehensive mailroom facility without having to duplicate the equipment we already have, and we will achieve this within the present factory space,' said Fisher. 'The versatility of the existing RollSert system means it can be used for either on-line or off-line inserting, while the significantly higher throughput, which can be achieved with on-line inserting, stitching and trimming, will enable us to handle longer print runs more efficiently and take us into new markets. It’s a very exciting venture.'

Mortons Print has brought forward by nearly two years the planned investment in the Ferag equipment because of an excellent start to 2007, which has seen it win several new orders. The publishing business of Mortons of Horncastle has also expanded, with several new launches during the last six months. The company publishes around 20 titles, many of them for niche markets.

This latest order for Ferag equipment from WRH Marketing UK includes StreamStitch equipment, two MultiStack bundle stackers, accumulation bundle conveyors and a SmartStrap unit, plus pick-up stations for tabloid and quarter fold products. WRH Marketing UK is also providing an Affeldt bundle polywrap machine. Installation will begin in February 2008 to coincide with commissioning of the new MAN folder.

The ease with which Ferag equipment can be integrated with existing lines has made WRH Marketing UK’s XtraWin business initiative increasingly popular, as newspapers seek greater flexibility from their presses in order to move into the semi-commercial sector.

'The Mortons Print scenario is a perfect example of how the XtraWin business initiative can enable newspaper printers to put capacity reserves to better use and potentially enter new sectors,' said Marcus Evans, managing director of WRH Marketing UK. 'The modularity of the Ferag technology has been vital to enabling this flexibility, which lets companies expand functionality to meet changing needs. With systems such as MemoStick and MemoFlag, the production options can be extended even further.'

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

Kodak at Graph Expo 2007
Kodak to showcase new products, solutions and opportunities for customers at Graph Expo in Chicago…

At Graph Expo, Kodak will engage printers in conversations about new applications and strategies for building stronger relationships with their customers. Visitors to Kodak's stand will learn how the company’s solutions enable new services and efficiencies that can help them advance their business. Graph Expo takes place 9 - 12 September at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Numerous product introductions and proven solutions in workflow, digital printing, inkjet printing, thermal computer to plate (CTP), and colour proofing technologies will be highlighted on Kodak's stand. The company will feature innovative new solutions in commercial print, packaging, direct mail and TransPromo.

‘At Graph Expo, we'll illustrate how the various applications and technologies from throughout the booth can work together to provide unique and tangible business results for our customers,’ said Kevin Joyce, managing director, United States and Canada Region, Kodak’s GCG. ‘Print is changing how marketers and other end users communicate. This transformation presents an opportunity for our customers and we look forward to meeting with them in Chicago to discuss how Kodak's technologies, products and solutions can be a part of their business growth.’

NexPress S3000 press debut at Graph Expo
The Kodak NexPress S3000 digital production colour press is the new high end production press in the NexPress platform. Kodak will demonstrate the NexPress S3000 at Graph Expo - see the launch announcement in the news for Thursday 16 August for more details.

New Bulk Plate Loading Option for Magnus VLF platesetter
The new Kodak Automatic Pallet Loader was announced on Wednesday 22 August – see the announcement further down on our Home Page for full information.

CIJ Turns 40
Kodak will kick off a series of special events and activities at Graph Expo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kodak's continuous inkjet technology – announced in the news last Friday – 17 August.

Enhancing packaging printing
Kodak elevates flexographic print quality with a new computer-to-plate (CTP) print solution for package printing. The Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System provides previously unachievable, near offset print quality on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, flexible film, foil, and label stock. See the news on Monday 20 August for full details.

Digital cutting and creasing
To assist customers in producing three dimensional mockups, Kodak now offers Digital Cutting and Creasing Tables designed to offer fast, accurate cutting and creasing of substrates used in the mockup / comping and prepress production stages of packaging design. Kodak cutting and creasing tables can handle a full range of packaging substrates including folding carton, corrugated, and flexible materials. Colour-accurate proofs can be generated by the Kodak Approval NX digital colour imaging system onto a package's actual substrate and cut and folded into a realistic mockup, replicating the final printed package. Kodak Cutting and Creasing Tables are complemented by EngView CAD software. The EngView CAD software includes a CAM module that drives the cutting tables to produce fast, accurate cut and scores. With its pin registration system, the cutting table can emboss board stock to bring mockups and comps to a new level of predictability of the final printed package.

Colour proofing solutions
Kodak establishes a new level of collaboration and quality control for monitor proofing with the introduction of the Kodak Smart Review System. The patented system streams data intelligently and produces highly accurate previews, all while allowing monitor proofing, imaging and collaboration in an integrated fashion through third party proofing solutions.

The Smart Review System brings together a powerful set of professional image inspection and collaboration tools, including an easy to use navigation window, measurement tools, on the fly panning and zooming, image rotation and mirroring capabilities, file statistics, annotation tools and approval. The system also has a sophisticated interactive densitometer that reads colour values from the original file and allows for low and high resolution colour printing.

Kodak announces major enhancements to the Kodak Matchprint inkjet proofing solution, including support for the new Epson printers, a new version of Kodak Proofing Software, and a new line of Kodak Matchprint inkjet media to support new industry specifications including GRACoL, Fogra and SWOP.

The Matchprint Inkjet Proofing Solution now supports the new Epson Stylus Pro series of printers in 2-up, 4-up and 8-up formats. This includes the Epson Stylus Pro 4880, Epson Stylus Pro 7880 and the Epson Stylus Pro 9880 printers, as well as full support for the new Epson UltraChrome K3 inks with Vivid Magenta technology.

Kodak Proofing Software is now supported across all of Kodak's hard copy proofing systems: Matchprint Inkjet Proofing Solution, Kodak Veris proofing solution and the Kodak Approval digital colour proofing system. For customers with multiple proofing solutions from Kodak, Kodak Proofing Software provides a common interface and user experience, making training and system maintenance easier.

For the Matchprint inkjet proofing solution, the latest proofing software enhancements include halftone emulation, one dimensional colour curve adjustment, 1-bit TIFF file acceptance, and fine line emulation to better predict the press job. The software also supports the new Adobe PDF Print Engine RIP.

Direct mail and Transpromo
Now commercially available, the Kodak Darwin VI Authoring Tool for Adobe InDesign CS3 software features several new variable data print capabilities, including personalised URL (PURLs) creation, that create dynamic, cross media communications that cut through the clutter and drive results.

The Darwin VI Authoring Tool now supports the use of PURLs, a method gaining favour with marketers to drive customers and prospects to a Website. Used with InDesign CS3 software, the Darwin VI Authoring Tool incorporates PURLs into print communications by automating the process of retrieving and saving a respondent's data from the PURL. Kodak works with two partners in this automatic acquisition of PURLs, MindFireInc (www.mindfireinc.com) and EasyPurl (www.easypurl.com).

The Windows edition of the Darwin VI Authoring Tool also now supports Photoshop Actions to create graphically rich images for high impact variable data print (VDP) jobs. With the Darwin VI Authoring Tool, users can employ Photoshop Actions to inject creative and sophisticated images in direct mail pieces. Photoshop Actions expands the creative possibilities for users while automating the creation process to improve quality while reducing user involvement, which saves time.

Additional products on display include the Kodak Versamark VX5000e printing system. The high resolution system delivers a valuable combination of high quality full colour print, high productivity, and an affordable cost per page, while supporting a variety of print formats.

The Versamark VX5000e printing system builds on the proven Versamark VX5000. It adds enhanced resolution of 300 x 1200dpi for improved colour quality, clearer images and text, plus sharper barcodes.

The Versamark VX5000e can produce a wide variety of high volume applications, including transactional documents, TransPromo documents, direct mail, books, and a variety of print on demand outputs. With a web speed of 100mpm, the Versamark VX5000e produces high volume output quickly, accurately and cost effectively.

‘Print is...’
Anchoring the Kodak stand will be the ‘Print is...’ centre, which will promote the power and vitality of print while illustrating how each Kodak solution can be used to provide unique and tangible business results. The ‘Print is...’ centre will focus on four aspects of how print affects its users: ‘Print is powerful’, ‘Print is personal’, ‘Print is profitable’, and ‘Print is transforming’.

Kodak Staccato screening technology will be demonstrated in the ‘Print is powerful’ section. Staccato screening provides consistent, high fidelity imaging while maintaining a stable and efficient production process. Kodak SquareSpot imaging technology enables the fine dot structure of Staccato screening to be a reliable and practical solution for printers. Kodak will also demonstrate its Colorflow technology.

‘Print is personal’ will house Kodak's digital print solutions and applications such as variable data print and TransPromo. Kodak's professional services and Kodak Security Solutions portfolio will populate the ‘Print is profitable’ section, while the Kodak Marketmover Network and business development services can be found in the ‘Print is transforming’ area.

‘Our objective with “Print is...” is to show the world that Print is Alive, has a brilliant future ahead and plays a unique role in the marketing mix that other media can't duplicate,’ said Jeffrey Hayzlett, chief marketing officer, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

Autobond laminators in live production at DPW
Autobond to shows industry-leading Mini Digital 36 TP at Digital Print World at Earls Court, London, in October…

Autobond’s Mini Digital 36 TP has become the UK and Ireland’s leading sheetfed laminator for the digital print market, where printers increasingly want to improve the image quality and durability of the final printed product. Visitors to Autobond’s stand at DPW in October will be able to see the Mini Digital 36 TP running throughout the exhibition and hear about the wide range of other laminators available from the Derbyshire manufacturer.

Laminating digitally printed stock successfully has previously been difficult. Print coming out of most digital presses is low in moisture and high in static, making sheets difficult to separate and feed. In addition, some toners, particularly oil-based toners, are extremely difficult to get film to adhere to unless the adhesive is heated to a high temperature and there is a substantial amount of pressure in the laminator’s nip rollers.

The Mini Digital 36 TP creates nine tonnes of pressure in the nip rollers and, combined with the ability to heat the adhesive to 140 deg Celsius, overcomes the traditional problems associated with laminating digital print, ensuring good adhesion between the film and the sheet. This level of quality lamination has made the Mini Digital 36 TP popular with printers operating a host of different digital output technologies, including equipment from Canon, Xerox and HP Indigo.

This easy-to-operate machine can be made ready in five minutes using only two or three sheets. Stock can be laminated one or two sides in one pass, at up to 360 x 570mm in size and speeds of 30 metres per minute, which equates to 4,500 SRA3 sheets an hour. The footprint is only 2.2 x 1.1 metres, yet the Mini Digital 36 TP benefits from all of the features of the larger Autobond machines, such as the 30mm thick steel side plates and 250mm diameter laminating rollers.

Autobond’s range includes B3, B2 and B1 laminators, which are available as single-sided or perfecting machines in both landscape and portrait formats. Water-based and thermal film versions are available. The extensive design and engineering facilities at Autobond’s Heanor, Derbyshire, factory enable it to tailor models to suit individual requirements. Autobond supplies a wide selection of different feeders, joggers, sheeters and ancillary items and is also a major manufacturer of encapsulating equipment.

Autobond is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sheetfed film laminators, both thermal and water-based, and is a major supplier of thermal and water-based films and manufacturer of adhesives, which can be used on most makes of laminator. The company has customers in more than 145 countries.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 23 August 2007.

Economic, ecological and socially responsible governance
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG publishes its Sustainability Report for the 2006/2007 Financial Year…

All the corporate activities of Heidelberg are committed to the principle of sustainability. This principle places equal emphasis on responsible management in the areas of economics, ecology and social commitment. Specifically, sustainability at Heidelberg means - satisfying the needs of today's generation without jeopardising the resources of future generations.

The recently published Sustainability Report for the 2006/2007 financial year documents how the company puts these principles into practice. 'During this period, we have made improvements in all relevant areas of our company,' emphasised Bernhard Schreier, chief executive officer of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. The report covers around 30 pages and includes details of key indicators.

In terms of economics, the company will improve its financial base considerably in the long term by moving into the very large-format sector. At the Wiesloch-Walldorf site - the largest and most state-of-the-art printing press factory in the world - the company invested 45 million Euro to build an assembly hall covering 35,000 square metres. Offering solutions for the very large-format sector will enable Heidelberg to strengthen its position in the packaging and label printing sector. This growth sector is relatively immune to economic cycles.

When it comes to ecology, one aspect of the Sustainability Report shows how Heidelberg is using its 'Star system' in a number of different ways to minimise the resources used by the peripherals of sheetfed offset presses. The Anicolor short inking unit, developed by Heidelberg, also saves a considerable amount of paper. It also reveals how the Ludwigsburg site of the company's postpress operations has been turned into a model of environmental soundness.

As market requirements are increasing all the time and the retirement age is being raised, Heidelberg employees have to cope with greater physical and mental demands in the long term. Heidelberg is showing them how to do this with a specially developed FIT programme. Elements of this programme include healthier food, more exercise, lifelong learning and ergonomic workplaces.

The new Sustainability Report can be ordered by e-mailing: environment@heidelberg.com or faxing +49 (0)6221 92 50 69. The publication can also be accessed on the Internet

Environmental data, contacts, and general information on the company's production and development sites are also available in Heidelberg's Website Download Center.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

FESPA World Expo India 2007
Fespa World Expo India 2007 adds extra hall to meet demand, with exhibition now two-thirds sold…

Building on the outstanding success of the first FESPA India held in 2005, FESPA has added another hall to the floor plans for FESPA India 2007, taking place at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, 7 – 9 December. The exhibition is now 65 per cent sold, and will be 30 per cent bigger than FESPA India 2005.

Colorjet, the digital inkjet printer supplier, is the Platinum Sponsor for FESPA India 2007, joined by Dishti, producer of high quality screen printing materials, as a Corporate Sponsor. The exhibitor line-up includes a number of internationally-renowned brands such as DuPont, EFI, Esko, Fujifilm Sericol, and HP, to name just a few.

Rackesh Langer, chief technical officer at Colorjet India Limited, commented, 'An event like this, on an international platform, is sure to give a boost to the digital print market in India. As leaders in the Indian market, it is our responsibility to showcase the progress the Indian industry has made, setting new benchmarks in excellence. There is going to be a tremendous response from both the international and domestic markets and FESPA India is the ideal event at which to showcase the role Indian companies are going to play in the international digital print market in the future.'

Ganesh Krishnan, general manager sales & marketing for Fujifilm Sericol India added, 'FESPA India 2005 was the first time we had an international stature screen printing exhibition in India. Small and medium-sized screen printers in India, who couldn't afford or weren't inclined to travel abroad, had an opportunity to see a high quality exhibition that had participation from most of the leading international and local screen printing vendors. In India, the general perception of screen printing has been of a cottage industry. FESPA India 2005, hopefully, would have changed this perception. Fujifilm Sericol India is very focused on both screen and digital businesses. FESPA India 2007 is the ideal platform for us to show case our screen + digital offer to our existing and prospective customers in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. FESPA Berlin 2007 was a phenomenal success for Fujifilm Sericol globally and we are confident that FESPA India 2007 will prove to be successful for us, and to better the previous Indian FESPA event.’

Frazer Chesterman, managing director of FESPA Events, commented, 'As a not-for-profit organisation, FESPA reinvests exhibition profits into local markets. The results of FESPA India 2005 significantly helped in funding the establishment of the Indian Screen Printing Academy in New Delhi, which now provides practical workshops and seminars that are in huge demand. We look forward to even greater success with FESPA 2007, and will continue to look at ways to further support the local industry.'

Reinforcing the exhibition’s position at the forefront of the Indian sub-continental screen and wide format digital printing markets, a number of internationally-recognised experts will deliver educational seminars as part of the free conference programme running alongside FESPA India 2007. Among the many speakers will be: esteemed screen printing expert Michel Caza, who will talk about the latest developments in screen special effects; FESPA President Anders Nilsson, who will discuss his personal experience of evolving his business as a screen and digital printing company; and Charlie Taublieb, who will impart his specialist knowledge of screen printing on textiles.

Chesterman continued, 'The inaugural FESPA India two years ago was a great success, and the fantastic response we have had to the second show underlines the clear need for an exhibition of this kind to support the region’s thriving printing industry. Not only will FESPA India 2007 give print service providers the opportunity to experience live machine demonstrations from the world’s leading manufacturers, it will provide learning opportunities which we feel are some of the most valuable elements that FESPA - in its unique position as exhibition organiser and federation of trade associations - can deliver.'

Highlighting FESPA’s mission to support print service providers around the world, the recently launched FESPA Sensations book will be available at FESPA India 2007. Part of FESPA’s campaign to highlight screen printing and its unique benefits and ability to create stunning, startling, attention-grabbing print that other printing processes cannot match, the Sensations book includes examples of over 30 screen-printed special effects. Its aim is to help screen printing companies promote their capabilities to print buyers and specifiers, and it is already a huge hit with over 500 copies distributed. The book will be available on the FESPA stand at FESPA India 2007 (see also the separate announcement in the news below).

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

KBA Report 30 out now
KBA celebrates 190th jubilee and the many facets of print, as well as business models from around the world…

Issue 30 of KBA’s corporate magazine, KBA Report, has followed hot on the heels of the group’s 190th jubilee on 9 August 2007. As ever, the magazine’s 64 pages are packed with information on print in all its facets, founded on KBA’s unparalleled expertise as the world’s first press manufacturer and the most extensive product range in the industry. The group's commitment to society and the print media industry, born of its long history, is clearly affirmed by KBA president and CEO Albrecht Bolza-Schünemann in his editorial, in which he calls on printers to address environmental issues, ‘Why not seize the initiative and do everything technically possible – and economically feasible – to protect both the environment and employees? It can pay to go green!’

The latest issue of KBA Report contains a raft of ideas for protecting the environment, from the Cortina waterless web offset press and sophisticated printing peripherals to enhance energy efficiency to advances in chemistry- and process-free CTP plates.

Unit-type large-format sheetfed presses are another key topic. KBA’s Radebeul plant entered this challenging market 40 years ago and is the acknowledged global market leader. Four early pioneers of press engineering and prototyping look back on the origins of large-format presses from Radebeul in the late 1960s in an interview that is well worth reading. Current user reports on the use of long Rapida press lines at European book, display and packaging printers reveal the current state of the art. KBA Report 30 also examines trends, solutions and successful business models in commercial, directory and newspaper printing.

Available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, KBA Report can be obtained free of charge from KBA dealers or the KBA marketing department, Friedrich-Koenig-Str. 4, 97080 Würzburg, Germany (tel: +49 931 909-4518; fax: +49 931 909-6015; e-mail: marketing@kba-print.de), or downloaded as a PDF file from KBA’s website: www.kba-print.com.

The English edition contains an eight-page supplement on Web to Print.

Pictured above: KBA Report 30: innovations, trends, philosophies and successful business models in printing from around the world.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

Agfa gains PIA/GATF Award for CTP
Agfa Graphics named InterTech Technology Award 2007 recipient for its Energy Elite no-bake CTP plate…

Patented technology, capable of 500,000 impressions without baking, recognised by PIA/GATF for innovation and performance.

Agfa Graphics announced last week that its Energy Elite no-bake plate has received an InterTech Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) for technical innovation.

Energy Elite is a high speed, high quality aluminium thermal plate designed for long press runs without baking. The plate can provide up to 500,000 impressions without baking (up to a million with post-baking), using an advanced, patented emulsion technology that tolerates variations in exposure and processing. It has excellent chemical resistance and delivers superb press performance with a wide variety of inks, including UV and hybrid.

‘With Energy Elite plates, we have increased our quality, and our customers can see the difference. One of our magazine clients even thought we had started to run their magazine on our sheetfed press,’ commented Timothy Adorno, plant manager of William George Printing in Fayetteville, North Carolina. ‘Nothing is more important for us than a satisfied customer, and Agfa's Energy Elite plates play a major role in our success.’

‘We are very pleased, especially as Agfa was the only company awarded for a CTP product,’ said Richard Hill, Agfa's worldwide marketing manager. ‘Energy Elite takes thermal plate technology to new levels of performance. The plate market is highly competitive, which makes this honour particularly satisfying. The real winners here are the printers who can now combine ultimate plate quality with ultimate press durability and performance.’

Eleven print technologies were singled out to receive InterTech Technology Awards. They will be presented during the PIA/GATF Autumn Administrative Meetings being held from 8 - 11 November in Chicago.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

New HP Indigo Digital Colour Toolbox
HP and Pantone develop new HP Indigo Digital Colour Toolbox to take guesswork out of spot-colour matching…

HP has announced the availability of a Digital Colour Toolbox developed by HP and Pantone to further enable accurate reproduction of Pantone colours with HP Indigo digital colour presses. This latest product offering is the next step in a history of close cooperation between HP and Pantone, continuing a collaboration that has already yielded the broadest range of Pantone-licensed solutions in the digital printing world.

The Pantone and HP Indigo Digital Colour Toolbox includes the Pantone Color Bridge swatch book, as well as the CMYK and HP IndiChrome on-press colour guide. Together, the two swatch books offer a convenient way to compare solid Pantone colours with their simulations in offset four-colour, HP Indigo four-colour, and HP IndiChrome on-press six-colour processes.

'HP Indigo technology represents the top tier in digital colour quality and fidelity, so it is only natural that we show how industry standard Pantone colours can be printed on our presses,' said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. 'The co-development of this toolbox expands the positive, successful relationship HP has with Pantone, the worldwide authority in colour.'”

The Pantone Color Bridge (formerly the Pantone solid to process guide) enables users to determine how a Pantone colour will appear when reproduced on an offset press in CMYK. In its latest version, it includes updated CMYK screen tint percentages, an increased colour area and whiter, more durable paper.

The new CMYK and HP IndiChrome colour guide is divided into four- and six-colour Pantone-licensed simulations to help users select the best colour process for a particular print job. With this tool, print service providers and their customers can evaluate the trade-off between an economical CMYK solution and the more accurate simulation and broader colour gamut of the six-colour (CMYKOV) HP IndiChrome on-press process.

'HP has been a Pantone licensee for many years, and we have collaborated closely with the company to provide the best possible representation of Pantone colours on HP Indigo systems,' said Andy Hatkoff, vice president of Advanced Colour Technology, Pantone, Inc. 'We are pleased to make available our products for HP Indigo customers.'

The release of the Pantone and HP Indigo Digital Colour Toolbox continues a strong relationship between the two companies devoted to ensuring the efficient and accurate colour matching in HP Indigo printing environments. HP Indigo presses’ existing Pantone-licensed solutions include:

• CMYK on-press Pantone simulation — A four-colour (CMYK) Pantone emulation for simulating Pantone colours

• HP Professional Pantone technology — An enhanced on-press four-colour emulation for the HP Indigo presses 5000, 3500 and 5500 to simulate Pantone colours with higher accuracy using custom-built ICC profiles

• HP IndiChrome on-press — A six-colour (CMYKOV) emulation to simulate Pantone colours

• HP IndiChrome off-press — An 11-colour mixing system for solid spot-colour ink creation.

The HP Indigo Pantone-licensed solutions are also supporting elements of HP DreamColor, a system approach to making it easy to produce accurate, predictable and consistent colour across a series of digital devices, including displays, printers and technologies.

The Pantone and HP Indigo Digital Colour Toolbox has a list price of US $246 for a North American version or 246 Euro for an EMEA version. It is available now through Pantone’s Website or through the My HP Indigo Web portal for HP Indigo users.

Pantone, Inc. has been the world’s colour authority for 45 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colourful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for colour inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers.

More information on Pantone is available at: www.pantone.com.

HP Indigo is represented by Kemtek Imaging Systems throughout Southern Africa. More information can be found at: www.kemtek.co.za

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

Baldwin launches the Webcatcher S14
Baldwin extends its range of highly successful WebCatcher series for entry-level 16-, 24- and 32pp presses…

Baldwin Technology has extended the range of its highly successful WebCatcher series with the launch of the WebCatcher S14, which provides a catch rate of 90 per cent or more. Over 330 WebCatchers have been sold to commercial web offset and newspaper printers around the world, including more than 115 of the high-speed WebCatcher S18 model, which is suitable for web speeds up to 18 metres per second.

Baldwin has developed the WebCatcher S14 to provide an affordable solution to the problem of web breaks to printers with less stringent web protection requirements, typically those running 16-page presses, as well as some 24-page and 32-page models. The new WebCatcher S14 is extremely compact and supports web speeds of 13 metres per second and web widths up to 1,500mm. The WebCatcher equipment prevents damage to the blanket, plate cylinders or ink rollers in the event of a web break, allowing normal production to be resumed after minimal downtime.

'The new WebCatcher S14 expands our web catcher family of products to create a comprehensive range that satisfies all performance and budgetary requirements within the web offset market,' said Ernst Engelhardt, head of the Web / Consumables Product Unit at Baldwin Germany. 'The WebCatcher S14 has been positioned as a low-priced, entry-level model that can be enhanced with various options according to each customer’s unique needs. With its attractive package of features and characteristics, it makes a perfect retrofit for existing web presses that lack adequate protection against web breaks.'

On a heatset web offset line the WebCatcher equipment is installed between the last printing unit and the hot air dryer. An integrated, motorized, remote controlled sensor monitors the web continuously during production. The laser diode technology incorporated within the sensor ensures a short overall response time. If the sensor detects a web break, the WebCatcher acts immediately (ideally in partnership with Baldwin ProTect web severers). A pneumatically operated trolley crossbar in the WebCatcher pushes the trailing web, which is stabilised by an air knife, on to a spinning catcher roller. The WebCatcher guides the retained paper to the floor in front of the dryer, from where it can be removed easily after restarting the press.

Additional facilities available with the new WebCatcher S14 include the DSA-2 (dynamic sensor adjustment) system. If the web moves slightly to one side during production, the laser scanner within the DSA-2 system ensures optimal web break monitoring by automatically correcting the position of the web break sensor in relation to the web edge.

Another optional feature that can be retrofitted to a WebCatcher unit is Baldwin’s DSWP (dynamic side wrap protection) system. This detects the very narrow wrap-ups that occasionally occur at web edges and can result in serious press damage or downtime. The problem can be caused by damage to the web in transit, small tears in the side of the web, or defects during paper manufacturing. By using two sensors, a WebCatcher with the DSWP facility is able to keep effective control over all critical areas of the web.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

QuadTech systems for Diario de Noticias
Spanish newspaper adds Register Guidance and QuadTech Ribbon Control systems with MultiCam on ICON platform…

In May 2007 Diario de Noticias, which produces a self-titled tabloid newspaper, ordered a QuadTech Register Guidance System with MultiCam and QuadTech Ribbon Control System with MultiCam, both on the ICON platform, for it’s plant based in Pamplona in Northern Spain, upgrading an existing MAN Uniset 65 newspaper press.

The company won awards for both the best local newspaper category at the Sixth European Newspaper and best design in a European newspaper in recent years. In purchasing the most up-to-date technology in register control they hope to see reduced waste copies and a stabilised web during production.

Jon Barriola, general manager at Diario de Noticias commented, 'We’ve known QuadTech for a very long time and it’s products have a good reputation throughout Europe. MAN Roland has supported the idea of adding these QuadTech products to our system to increase reliability and cost-effectiveness.

'We are a relatively young and dynamic company and you are only as good as the technology that you have on hand. The MultiCam camera is low maintenance, without needing bulb replacements and reduced cleaning cycles. It will stay locked onto marks during tension upsets such as start-ups and splices. This will save us a significant reduction in start-up times and save on waste copies,' he added.

Kiko Maneru, technical manager for Diario de Noticias added, 'We have built a reputation in newspaper printing for innovation and our customers rely on a layout that remains consistent in terms of quality image printing. We also want to save money on material costs and continually improve productivity and with the Register Guidance System and Ribbon Control System, we are confident we can achieve this.'

Diario de Noticias, established in 1994, has a daily circulation of 30,000 and is published by Zeroa Multimedia, which also publishes the daily newspaper DEIA. Diario de Noticias is the main distribution in the Basque country.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 22 August 2007.

Digital Print World 2007 - the latest
Digital Print World 2007 attracts many of the top digital presses and digital imaging offset presses…

The UK's leading digital print suppliers are out in force at Digital Print World, Earls Court, 16 - 18 October, demonstrating creative variable data and fast turnaround high quality printing, driven by the latest powerful MIS and Web-to-print front end solutions.

Visitors will see the HP3500 Digital Offset Press for the first time when it makes its UK debut at the show. Unveiled by digital print specialists The Digital People, the HP3500 7-colour digital press has been designed for the most demanding production environments. For commercial printers or marketing agencies looking to start offering digital print services, however, the entry-level HP r1000 6-colour press will be of particular interest.

Xeretec will be showing Xerox's new digital production press, the DocuColour 8000AP. The DC8000AP is ideally suited for commercial print, data centres, in plant and CRD operations and quick franchises. It supports a wide range of high-value applications environments and easily accommodates production requirements and has a USP of top rated speed at all weights.

Konica Minolta are to launch a new colour digital print system as an entry-level addition to the bizhub PRO range of production print systems. Current models in the Konica Minolta bizhub PRO line-up will be demonstrated including the bizhub PRO C6500e colour digital system.

Once again, Canon will have a major presence at the show in order to demonstrate its complete portfolio of professional print products. The highlight of the Canon stand is its 'next generation' imagePress C7000VP digital colour press which incorporates industry-first innovations for outstanding image quality, consistency and stability at 70 prints per minute on a variety of substrates up to 300gsm.

To demonstrate the impressive productivity of the four-colour Truepress 344 digital offset press, Screen will hold the 'Truepress Challenge' at DPW '07. The challenge is to produce a litho-quality 500-sheet job from start to finish in less than 15 minutes, with a swift five-minute makeready between jobs.

Danwood Group, Oce, Ricoh will also unveil their latest colour digital print solutions at the show to give visitors the best opportunity to see the broadest range of profitable print solutions this year.

Digital Print World 2007 promises the biggest display of digital print hardware and software, plus a whole range of topical tutorials and seminars under one roof. 'Digital Print World has always tracked the fast evolving digital print market and the rapid growth in affordable and profitable digital print technologies is reflected in this year's top line up of equipment and software,' said Richard Gayle, DPW event director.

Free registration is open now at www.digitalprintworld.co.uk/register

© Graphic Repro On-line 21 August 2007.

New Automatic Pallet Loader for VLF plates
Kodak Automatic Pallet Loader for the Magnus VLF platesetter increases automation and efficiency…

The new Kodak Automatic Pallet Loader increases the automation and manufacturing efficiency of the Kodak Magnus VLF platesetter by loading up to 3,600 plates without manual handling. Optimised for easy and efficient bulk loading, the Automatic Pallet Loader can handle a large number of plates on pallets for faster plate loading, reduced manual plate handling, and longer unattended operation.

'By enabling simple loading of plates to the device (on pallets), the Automatic Pallet Loader follows the principles of lean manufacturing and helps commercial printers streamline their production operations,' said Jamie Lyall, product manager, VLF, Kodak. 'As the market leader in VLF computer to plate solutions, we understand the needs of printers in this segment and continue to maximise efficiency for our customers with bulk plate loading.'

The streamlined platemaking process begins with Kodak plates on pallets shipped directly to the customer from the factory. The Kodak Automatic Pallet Loader can be loaded with up to six pallets, each with as many as 600 plates, for fully automatic, online loading to the Magnus VLF platesetter. The system allows for efficient end to end platemaking, including fully automatic unloading to the processing line. It features a large capacity slipsheet storage system that allows for easy disposal or reuse of slipsheet paper.

Available in multiple configurations to meet the specific needs of any operation, the Automatic Pallet Loader features one, two or three segments. Each segment can be customised to contain up to two stacks of plates. For maximum flexibility to meet current and future needs, the segments are field upgradeable.

The new Automatic Pallet Loader has been adapted to Cox Target Media’s new Valpak Manufacturing Centre in St Petersburg, Florida, in the United States, scheduled to open in January 2008. The facility is a premier print and distribution centre showcasing the latest automated materials handling systems. Once completed, the facility will more than double Valpak’s production capacity. A key feature of the facility is the Kodak Magnus VLF platesetter with Automatic Pallet Loader system.

'After reviewing several options, we decided that a dramatic change was necessary to keep up with our continued growth,' according to David Fox, vice president of Manufacturing for Cox Target Media. 'Kodak was able to provide a unique solution to our enhanced manufacturing process.'

All Magnus VLF platesetters with ContinuousLoad or Multi-Cassette Unit automation options are upgradeable to the Automatic Pallet Loader.

Kodak GCG is represented throughout Southern Africa by Antalis Graphics division, headquartered in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

Colour differences between proof and print?
First MAN Roland PraxisDialog held in Augsburg, together with Fujifilm Deutschland, dealt with process technology...

Many printing companies have difficulty meeting the quality requirements of their customers. The first of the PraxisDialog Augsburg series of events was dedicated to finding solutions: MAN Roland and Fujifilm Deutschland invited guests to the MAN Roland Training Centre, and the Fujifilm Technology Centre in Augsburg.

The programme featured speakers from manufacturers, suppliers and printing companies who dealt with the subject ‘Process Technology’. One particularly interesting talk was given by Karl-Heinz Spiegelberger, Myllykoski Sales GmbH, on the specification of paper categories. Besides this, the guests had a first-time opportunity to learn about the new Adobe Print Engine technology. The participants were management personnel from prepress, printing and quality management departments in printing companies all over Germany. They showed great interest in the event and there was a lively exchange of tips and experience.

Said Peter Schopen of Fujifilm Deutschland, ‘I found the reports from printing companies about their experiences with implementing Process Standard Offset (PSO) very interesting. What impressed me above all were the different ways taken to reach the goal.’
As event moderator Markus Sicker of MAN Roland emphasised, ‘When we can manage to get participants talking openly with one another, then we've achieved a great deal. After all, a dialogue is the only way to achieve success. Departmental managers in prepress and printing should cooperate more closely.’

Pictured above: Markus Sicker of MAN Roland (second from the right) with the participants of the first PraxisDialog Augsburg series of events, seen here in front of the format XXL Colorman at MAN Roland in Augsburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

Burbridge adds latest press technology to gain an edge
Maidenhead printer Michael Burbridge has invested in a five-colour B3 press and a CTP system from Heidelberg…

Maidenhead printer Michael Burbridge has invested in a five-colour B3 press and a CTP system to enable it to retain a quality and productivity edge.

Managing director George Burbridge said, ‘We bought the Speedmaster SM 52-5 and Prosetter 74 CTP device because we wanted to further improve our quality and output. It is also a part of our programme of investing in efficiencies throughout our operation.’

The decision to go with Heidelberg was not a given and the evaluation and print tests between two makes of press was thorough.

‘The performance of the Speedmaster and the support that Heidelberg gives is convincing,’ said Burbridge.

George Burbridge renamed his company Michael Burbridge in memory of his late brother Michael who passed away 12 years ago. Michael had joined and inspired the family-run company which was established in 1985. Michael’s legacy continues in the running of this strong, honest and profitable business.

The press operators – who Burbridge describes as ‘good, knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – like the press and found it very easy to adapt to. It is the first five-unit press at the company and the fifth unit is used to seal all work which doesn’t have a special ink application.

The Prosetter visible light CTP device (running Heidelberg supplied plates) is connected to the press via Prinect Prepress Interface which speeds up press makeready and reduces waste start up sheets.

Michael Burbridge has five ‘heavyweight’ designers on its team of 23, a facility which the company believes has been critical to its success. Although the Berkshire/Buckinghamshire base provides its core business it has generated work from Manchester, Leeds, Cornwall and even France. With no sales force, most work comes in by word of mouth recommendation and it has a high loyalty record.

‘Our ethos is to look after our clients and to do so we need the right equipment. That’s why we have bought the SM 52,’ said Burbridge.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

Fuji PRO-T performance just right for Inc
Inc chooses Fuji for processless output on its Screen Platerite 8300E computer-to-plate system…

Inc Limited, a B1 printer based in Hertfordshire, UK, has chosen its Brillia HD PRO-T plate for processless CTP.

The company prints a range of report and accounts, brochures, folders, posters and leaflets for a mixture of clients that range from creative design agencies, marketing agencies, print management firms and local businesses.

Said Roy Dawkins, managing director of Inc Limited, 'We wanted to move to processless for speed and environmental reasons and we looked at all the plates available on the market. Although we weren’t previously a Fuji customer, the PRO-T plate offered us the best productivity, environmental performance and quality.'

Inc has been particularly impressed with the sharpness and quality of the dot on the plate and the robustness of the plate in general. Dawkins added, 'Compared to the setup we previously had with CTF, the speed and productivity is incredible. We have literally doubled the amount we can output in the same timeframe as before.'

The Brillia HD PRO-T plate has enabled the company to streamline its entire repro department and the company is noticing real differences in repeat jobs. For example, a brochure that it produces on a quarterly basis that used to take two days to complete, is now finished in just four hours. Inc has also noticed that its press makeready times have been reduced by about 50 per cent.

The installation of the Brillia HD PRO-T plate for processless CTP is just the first stage in a number of upgrades that will be taking place within Inc this year, the second being the installation of another Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 CD 6-colour press.

The Fuji Brillia HD PRO-T plate is being supplied by Service Offset Supplies Loughton and is being output on a Screen Platerite 8300E. Inc was established in 2003 and employs 20 people. The Fuji Brillia HD PRO-T plate is available from Printing Products throughout the Southern African marketplace.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

TA-Druckhaus adds new ProLiner inserter
WAZ Media Group adds new ProLiner mailroom technology for production facilities upgrade in Thuringia…

The WAZ Media Group, with its headquarters in Essen, Germany, has opted for Muller Martini's new ProLiner inserting technology in the upgrade of its production facilities in Thuringia. With a total circulation of over 300,000 copies and in a time frame of only three hours, TA-Druckhaus, based in Erfurt, produces 22 local editions of the Thüringer Allgemeinen and the Thüringischen Landeszeitung each day. Evaluating different suppliers, WAZ was particularly impressed by the Proliner's high degree of flexibility. The inserting system meets the high, sophisticated demands placed on the mailroom to complete and distribute large quantities of newspapers and free papers.

The first inserting line will be installed this coming Autumn.

Pictured above: The new ProLiner inserting system from Muller Martini stands for efficiency, simple set-up and high process safety.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

Sixth Goss M-600 web press for PunaMusta Oy
New M-600 dual-web press chosen by leading Finnish printer for flexibility, speed and rapid makereadies…

One of the largest graphic industry corporations in Finland, PunaMusta Oy, has invested in a new 70,000-impressions-per-hour Goss M-600 dual-web press to increase printing capacity at the company’s facility in Joensuu in the eastern part of Finland. PunaMusta Oy specialises in the production of both commercial and newspaper products that include high-quality magazines, newspapers, advertising publications, brochures and direct marketing products. The new press, the sixth M-600 system at the company, is due to be installed in the last quarter of 2007.

PunaMusta Oy took delivery of the world’s first M-600 heatset press with the Autoplate fully automatic plate changing system in 1996 and since then has invested continually in the market-leading technology.

Jari Avellan, managing director, commented, 'We were looking for a solution to support and complement our existing presses and at the same time increase our competitiveness in the market. Our existing presses are currently running at high capacity. The new M-600 system, with the ability to print up to 32 pages, will give us flexibility and the additional capacity required to react to future changes in the market.'

The new Goss M-600 press at PunaMusta Oy will include nine units in a stacked configuration with a JF-70 folder and Goss Ecocool dryer. The dual-web press will also operate as two separate 16-page presses and will be equipped with the Autoplate fully automatic plate changing system. Multidrive, Omnicon controls and the Goss Web Center workflow modules will provide makeready speed and waste reduction benefits.

'Flexibility and quality are key to this latest investment,' emphasised Avellan. 'Our customers have come to expect the highest print quality from us, and this will continue to be our primary focus.'

According to Avellan, the new press is part of a €15 million investment in new equipment and facilities at the plant and will also necessitate new employment for the company.

Avellan continued, 'A press constructed in this way with a dual-web is the best possible solution for us at this time to allow us to satisfy customer demands. Our first M-600 press was, at that time, a market reference for quality and technology. Over the years, the M-600 technology has been enhanced and developed to maintain its position as the world’s leading 16-page press equipped for today’s publishing challenges.'

The Goss M-600 is the world market leader in the 16-page web press sector and is designed for a wide range of commercial and publication applications. Since its introduction in 1992, more than 2,000 M-600 printing units have been installed in a wide range of configurations capable of printing at 45,000 to 70,000 impressions per hour.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

Sappi introduces Quatro
Quatro, a new multicoated woodfree brand, provides the perfect match for your everyday print job…

Sappi is introducing Quatro, a multicoated woodfree brand providing a straightforward selection of papers for regular day-to-day print applications. The new brand, which supports Sappi's existing coated fine paper range, is available in sheets and in reels for sheeting, both in gloss and silk surfaces. Basis weights are from 115 – 250gsm for Quatro Gloss and from 90 – 250gsm for Quatro Silk.

‘In our everyday lives we are all surrounded by perfectly matching items and the same way Quatro offers you the perfect match for your everyday print job,’ said brand manager Sari Mattila. ‘We developed Quatro to offer our customers an attractive value proposition. The product has been well received in several continents and we are now rolling out the brand also in Europe.’

Quatro is being supported by a multi-lingual folder containing full product details for both surfaces, as well as practical printed samples for the major grammages. The four colour, A4 samples unfold to A2 format and depict close-up images of everyday matching items such as coffee in a coffee cup, salt and pepper mills, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. The printed samples, produced under normal commercial print conditions, reveal the essence of the brand - reliable print and press performance for day-to-day applications.

Sappi is the world's leading producer of coated fine paper. Its brands include Magno, HannoArt, Quatro and Royal graphic papers, as well as Algro, Leine and Parade speciality labelling and packaging papers and boards. Customers in more than 100 countries worldwide specify these for the highest quality publishing, promotional and packaging applications. The papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EMAS certification and Sappi is the first paper company in Europe to hold chain-of-custody certification for its entire European operations under both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 20 August 2007.

Michael Nitsche heads Technology Transfer
New management for Technology Transfer and Product Marketing Sheetfed at MAN Roland in Offenbach…

Michael Nitsche (51) who had been in charge of Product Marketing Sheetfed for the past twelve years has now moved to the new centre for training and further education – the Sales Competence Centre – in Offenbach as senior manager of Technology Transfer.

In his new position, Nitsche is responsible for training contents and the conducting of seminars for the international MAN Roland sales teams, with focus on sheetfed presses and system products. Key topics are technical functionality, efficiency argumentation, and consultancy on applications.

Nitsche has been succeeded by Dr. Gerald Schobesberger, who has headed the Product Marketing activities in the Sheetfed Presses Business Sector at the MAN Roland Offenbach site since 1 June. (See the announcement on Friday 17 August for additional information on Dr. Schobesberger).

© Graphic Repro On-line, 20 August 2007.

Kodak's new Flexcel NX digital CTP for flexo
Kodak helps packaging printers improve speed and quality with new digital flexographic CTP system…

Kodak elevates flexographic print quality with a new computer-to-plate (CTP) print solution for packaging printing. The Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System provides previously unachievable near offset print quality on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, flexible film, foil, and label stock.

'Increasing competition in the package printing market is placing pressure on printers to deliver high quality print on a growing list of substrates,' said Vic Stalam, director of market segments and vice president, Packaging Products, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. 'The Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System provides a competitive advantage through higher resolution and a more productive process.'

The integrated Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System includes the Kodak Flexcel NX 830 Thermal Imaging Layer, a choice of Kodak Trendsetter NX Narrow or Mid imager, Kodak Flexcel NX Laminator, Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic Plates, and the Kodak Prinergy Workflow for packaging.

The Flexcel NX thermal imaging layer is imaged using Kodak SquareSpot imaging technology to provide exceptionally high resolution images with highlight dots considerably smaller than those possible with existing digital flexo technology. The Flexcel NX system can reproduce dots as small as 10 microns, resulting in flexo printing comparable to offset. The improved resolution allows flexographic printers to reproduce on press subtle gradations in highlights and use all levels of grey. Imaging on the Trendsetter NX imager occurs at up to 9.5 square metres per hour, with imaging taking only about half the time as other digital flexo plates.

To further boost efficiency, the Trendsetter NX imagers include the TIFF front end suite of software utilities that allow an operator to check files for accuracy before imaging and optimise media usage for both plate imaging and proofing applications.

Post imaging, the Flexcel thermal imaging layer is laminated to a Flexcel NX digital flexographic plate. The lamination ensures intimate contact between the layer and the plate, eliminating all oxygen and allowing full amplitude, flat top highlight dots to form during UV exposure. Dot gain is extremely consistent even with over impression. In addition, plates resist plugging with ink, decreasing costly downtime for cleaning, which often destroys highlight dots.

Green Bay Engraving, a trade shop that specialises in solutions for the flexographic package printing market and is a leading adopter of innovative technology, provides a full range of prepress products and services to printers, converters and end users. The company, which has been using Flexcel NX for six months, appreciates the resolution capabilities of the system.

The Flexcel NX system complements Kodak’s existing digital flexo solution, which includes the Kodak Thermoflex platesetter and digital flexo plates manufactured by MacDermid Printing Solutions.

Kodak provides market leading technologies, products, services, and solutions for packaging printers, converters and trade shops of all sizes. Kodak packaging solutions help customers deliver high impact packaging and accurate brand colours across all substrates, through any print process, anywhere in the world. Customers can access an integrated suite of Kodak products, including workflow software, digital colour proofing systems, digital plate imaging and printing plates.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 20 August 2007.

Going Green with Fuji thermal processless plates
University of Southampton goes green with Fuji’s Brillia HD PRO-T processless on a Heidelberg Topsetter74…

The University of Southampton Print Centre in the United Kingdom, has chosen Fuji’s Brillia HD PRO-T thermal processless plate as part of a drive to reduce its carbon footprint. The plates are being output on a Heidelberg Topsetter74.

Ian Wilcox, Print Centre and Bindery manager (pictured), said, 'The Print Centre has set very high standards to decrease its chemical impact and reduce its carbon footprint, in line with the overall environmental aims of the University.'

'As part of our selection process, we explored the use of plates that generated little or no waste, which would also minimise the use of hazardous chemicals. We found Fuji Brillia HD PRO-T plates to be the best solution out of all the plates we tested as they use no chemicals at all, eliminating waste material completely.

'The quality of the print finish is excellent and we have had no issues with drying times or run lengths.'

The Print Centre was established as part of the University in the 1970s and currently employs 19 staff. It provides a comprehensive range of design, print, photocopying and binding services to the University of Southampton schools, departments and the local community.

The centre has three Heidelberg presses which produce high quality printed materials from single to four colour work, offering a range of printing services including promotional lithographic colour print, variable data digital printing, large format display and exhibition stands, as well as offering case binding for thesis and journals.

Wilcox continued, 'The whole installation process ran extremely smoothly, without any problems, from start to finish. The customer service and back-up from both Fuji and Fuji’s dealer, the Art Centre, have been excellent, resulting in a straightforward and hassle free switch.'

Compatible with most thermal (830nm) platesetters and approved for 1 per cent – 99 per cent at 200lpi conventional, 300lpi hybrid and FM screening, Brillia PRO-T is a non-ablative plate that carries a latent image with distinct contrast allowing visual inspection after imaging. Brillia PRO-T only needs an imaging power very close to Fuji’s existing, market leading, thermal processed plate at 120mJ/cm2, resulting in the same production speeds. Supporting run lengths up to 100,000 impressions, it will comfortably meet the demands of most commercial printers, and can be handled under daylight conditions.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 20 August 2007.

Buxton endorses Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450
Buxton Press converts to Heidelberg in £750,000 saddle-stitcher and multiple combination folders buying spree…

Derbyshire-based periodical specialised printer Buxton Press is converting its finishing equipment to an all Heidelberg house and will take delivery of the latest Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450 multi station saddle-stitcher plus three additional KH78 combination folders to add to its existing fleet of six Stahl folders.

The £750,000 buying decision involved Buxton's machine operators who undertook customer site visits and found the ST 450 stitcher impressively fast and very operator-friendly. The automation and quick set up proving a real asset in their response-conscious market.

The environmental award-winning magazine printer with in excess of 350 titles to service operating 24/7 Buxton said it needed robust proven and reliable equipment to cope with the continually increasing volume of work and were impressed with Heidelberg's overall comprehensive package for equipment, services and training.

‘With this latest saddle-stitcher Heidelberg has taken a giant step forward,’ says Kirk Galloway (pictured), operations director. ‘We evaluated carefully, undertaking machine tests and company visits and as a result have come down solidly in favour of the Stitchmaster.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 21 August 2007.

Success for Graphic Web Systems in North America
The Netherlands-based Graphic Web Systems has experienced growth in its market share in North America…

Graphic Web Systems BV, located in The Netherlands, has experienced growth in its market share in the North American market.

Although the Euro has become more expensive, Graphic Web Systems has recently gained some large successes with the delivery of two substantial projects.

At the end of last year, Colorweb, located in New Jersey, ordered a KBA 213 semi-commercial 16-page press with a 578mm cut-off. Meanwhile, Graphic Web Systems has delivered, installed and successfully commissioned this press.

Hartley Press, located in Jacksonville, Florida, ordered a MAN Rotoman M 16 page press with a 630mm cut-off, which deviates from the ordinary cut-off in North America. Hartley Press delivers very high-quality print work for a selective group of customers in North America. By installing the MAN Rotoman M Hartley Press anticipates to extend its market share in an exclusive market segment.

According to the management of Graphic Web Systems North America will remain an important market also in the future and by opening a second sales office Graphic Web Systems expects to extend its activities in the newspaper industry. Especially reconfiguring, modernising and extending existing printing presses will be part of the core activities.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 20 August 2007.

Goss to rebuild five Metroliners
The Virginian-Pilot selects Goss International for Metroliner press rebuild and RTP upgrade to digital…

After an exhaustive and competitive evaluation, the Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia has chosen Goss International to rebuild its five Goss Metroliner presses and to convert 30 pasters to Goss Digital Paster Systems. The units and folder rebuild will be completed in early 2009, while the RTP upgrade will be finished in 2008.

Al Byrd, press operations manager at the Virginian-Pilot, stated, 'The press was nearly thirty years old and was worn out. After a thorough discussion about whether to rebuild or replace the press, we decided that rebuilding was the best decision for us.' Byrd sought a comprehensive press audit by Goss International, which he says helped to determine the precise scope of the project.

The Virginian-Pilot solicited bids on the units and folder project before finally awarding the contract to Goss International. 'We chose them because of their price, overall strategy, and because they knew the press the best,' Byrd added. 'The press rebuild is already underway and on schedule. They have done an excellent job of preparing us for each step in the process, so there have been no surprises.'

In selecting a supplier to upgrade its RTPs, the Virginian-Pilot took a different approach and asked Goss International and another vendor to each rebuild a single RTP unit. 'After three months of testing,' Byrd explained, 'Goss International was the clear winner based on the performance of the RTP.'

'Winning a one-to-one comparison is the best way to demonstrate why we should be the first and best choice when publishers think of rebuilding and enhancing their Goss press lines,' according to Greg Blue, senior vice president for Goss International. 'In addition, the experience of the Virginian-Pilot confirms our conviction that the first step before doing any major rebuild is to conduct a complete and thorough press audit. As the company with the original documentation and the most experience with Goss presses, we are the best qualified to perform such an audit."

The Virginian-Pilot has a daily circulation of over 200,000 newspapers.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 20 August 2007.