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Issue: News in Review 2011
Chapter: Headline News August 2011

The Headline News for the second week of August...

News for the period 8 - 12 August 2011

Another busy week with some 50 news items and a couple of new Online Feature articles, as well as the latest news in both the FESPA and Drupa 2012 Newsrooms.

A final reminder that the Drupa 2012 survey will close next Friday, 19 August, 2011. Until that date, everyone can still complete the survey via the Drupa Survey button on the right-hand-side of the Home Page of our Website. The results will then be processed in the course of August and
will be announced and shared with all Drupa media partners by the end of September. A preview will be given during Graph Expo 2011 (11 - 14 September, 2011, in Chicago), so you only have one week to qualify to win two free entry tickets for Drupa 2012 and a free catalogue. As an official Drupa Media Partner, five lucky Graphic Repro On-line readers who take part in the survey will be awarded these valuable prizes!

We will also remind you on behalf of the PrintCity Alliance, that printing has a strong and vibrant future in today's multi-media society. At PrintCity they LovePrint, and they think you do also. Please make them happy by telling them why You love print by taking part in a short survey. You will find the link on the PrintCity Website (via the PrintCity button on our Home Page). You can also follow the LovePrint campaign on Twitter if you really have time to tweet!

Now to the news of the week. There have been a number of interesting developments this week, but firstly a mention of the upcoming Graph Expo announcements from Agfa and the Apogee User Group, and also from Scodix on Monday; and then from Goss International and Heidelberg USA on Friday (today). Graph Expo takes place in Chicago from 11 - 14 September and is the next major event in this year's major exhibitions calendar.

Goss will show a vastly enhanced and expanded product range including its latest Vpak variable sleeve Sunday packaging web press, as well as the latest Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux and Yawa products. It will also concentrate on many of its latest web offset achievements in North America. Heidelberg will use the show for the U.S. launch of the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition high-speed colour digital press, which made its European debut at digi:media in April. It will also demonstrate superwide-format inkjet from EFI Vutek. The Heidelberg stand will include a fully networked print shop running live work for the duration of the show, simulating the digitally controlled production environment that it can help its customers achieve. If you check the news today, you will also find the latest MIS addition to its Prinect print shop workflow with a new MIS born out of the CERM software acquisition.

Financial news this week also came from Heidelberg and led the news on Tuesday. This should not be overlooked as it always provides a very good indication of how the industry is really performing, in what are still difficult times. While on Wednesday a shock for many, as Platinum Equity announced its acquisition of Quark.

On the local front, Antalis South Africa back in the news with Miles 33 and Tera on Tuesday; DigitalView has announced it is now representing FFEI, a manufacturer of leading edge solutions for the graphics arts industry including prepress workflow and CTP systems. FFEI is a former division of Fujifilm which also has its roots in Crosfield Electronics and continues to manufacture systems for Fujifilm, as well as selling its own label products.

I cannot mention much more this week as there is so much really good news which does need to be gone through very carefully, so as not to miss all the important stuff, including numerous superb sales and installations successes of both digital and conventional offset presses and finishing equipment, and numerous CTP successes, not least of which are two out of Antalis South Africa and Kodak in Bloemfontein. There are also several new developments, so please take your time.

The tailender this week also goes to PrintCity which is making its first venture to Istanbul, Turkey, along with Alliance members Manroland, Oce, Sappi, SunChemical, UPM and partner Eltosch to present their shared knowledge. You'll find full details in the headlines on Wednesday.

That's it until next Friday. Do have a great weekend.

With my best regards,

Mike Hilton

Monday 8 August

Xerox ranks high on commitment
Xerox has received a number of awards and accolades highlighting its leadership in sustainability, diversity, governance and ethics…

Xerox has received a number of awards and accolades highlighting its leadership in corporate social responsibility. The recognition, including the FTSE4Good Index Series and Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies, underscores the company’s commitments in the areas of sustainability, diversity, governance and ethics.

Xerox is distributed in 27 African countries by Bytes Document Solutions, headquartered in Johannesburg, and wholly owned by JSE-listed Altron.

Corporate social responsibility
For the fourth consecutive year, Xerox has met the FTSE4Good criteria for corporate responsibility, social and stakeholder engagement, human rights and environmental actions. Created in 2001, the FTSE4Good Index is a series of benchmarks for socially responsible investors who want to measure performance using globally recognised standards.

The Reputation Institute ranked Xerox 38th in its 2011 Global RepTrak 100: The World’s Most Reputable Companies list. The study provides an assessment of companies worldwide that are most liked, trusted, and respected. The ranking is made by more than 48 000 consumers across 15 countries. The Reputation Institute measured the reputations of more than 1000 of the world’s largest companies on criteria such as citizenship, workplace, governance and leadership.

Corporate Responsibility magazine included Xerox on its annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. Criteria for the rankings include climate change, employee relations, environment, financial, governance, human rights and philanthropy.

Xerox was again named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to best practices in corporate social responsibility. This marks Xerox’s fourth consecutive year on the list, which grades companies on criteria such as innovation, contributing to public well-being and executive leadership.

Xerox was named one of the Top 50 Best Global ‘Green’ Brands by Interbrand in its inaugural ranking. Interbrand, the leading brand consultancy, combined public perception of environmental sustainability with a demonstration of performance based on publically available information and data.

Xerox won the Green IT Awards’ Public Sector Project of the Year for 2011. The award recognized Xerox’s sustainable print project in collaboration with the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions, which has significantly reduced the amount of electricity used by the department.

Xerox’s Webster, New York campus was presented with the Environmental Performance Silver Award by the New York Water Environment Association, Genesee Valley Chapter Industrial Issues Committee.

Xerox also received Finning Chile’s Supplier Award 2010 for developing products with a focus on environmental protection, decontamination and energy conservation.

Diversity MBA magazine placed Xerox eighth on its annual list 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers To Work. The list focuses on corporations that offer the best work environments and opportunities for women and people of colour.

The National Association for Female Executives identified Xerox as a Top Company for Executive Women. Xerox once again appears on this list for its commitment to building a workplace that welcomes different people, different thinking, and different perspectives.

Black Enterprise named Xerox to its annual listing of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity for outperforming peers in one or more of four key categories: supplier diversity, senior management, board involvement and employee base.

Xerox achieved a 100 per cent rating on the 2011 Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The rating evaluates businesses that support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Xerox has received a perfect score in four out of four years.

Xerox Spain received the Enterprise Equality award from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The company was cited for consistently managing diversity and equality.

Best place to work
Computerworld included Xerox Corporation in its list of the 100 Best Places To Work in IT 2011. The list was compiled based on a survey of employee benefits and opportunities, as well as workplace diversity.

The Globe and Mail honoured Xerox Canada as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians. Xerox was recognised for its work with various community agencies and support of initiatives that assist new Canadians.

Xerox Greece was listed as the number one company on the Best Workplaces 2011 survey by the Great Place to Work Institute. The annual international survey aims to highlight companies that invest in staff and assess the practices used in their working environment.

‘We have worked unceasingly to emulate Xerox’s commitment to corporate social responsibility,’ said Hennie du Plessis, CEO of Bytes Document Solutions (pictured above). ‘As a consequence, we have been acknowledged as a major contributor in all areas of Bytes Technology Group, a BBEEE company well ahead of the curve, a good environmental citizen, and more. We salute Xerox for what it has done, and will continue to exercise our energies in pursuit of the right actions for the right reasons.’

About Xerox
Xerox Corporation is a $22 billion leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to focus on what they do best: their real business. The 134,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Agfa to host Apogee Users Group at Graph Expo 2011
Tips and tricks, Q&A sessions and a sneak preview of the newest version of Apogee to be focus of Chicago gathering…

Agfa Graphics announced today that the company will be hosting a meeting of the Apogee Users Group at Graph Expo. The user meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12th from 400 to 730 pm in room S106b in the South Building, Level 1 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At the meeting Apogee users will have an opportunity to share their experiences using Agfa's award-winning workflow software suite while mingling over refreshments.

Sessions include the highly popular 'Tips and Tricks' presentation conducted by Agfa's Academy team of prepress experts. Plans also include a demonstration of what's new in the Apogee Network online community.

‘We plan to give users an overview of Apogee 7.1 which is launching at Graph Expo,’ said Mark Gallucci, Agfa Graphics manager of technology marketing, Commercial Software & CTP, North America. ‘Representatives from Agfa's Commercial Software team will be on site to preview the workflow and offer a sneak preview of Apogee Suite 8. Current and future Apogee users should not miss this event,’ Gallucci added.

Apogee 7.1 Workflow includes Apogee Prepress, Agfa's JDF-enabled prepress production hub that provides automation throughout the production environment. Apogee Prepress includes the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine, which significantly enhances rendering performance since PDF files are rendered natively and transparencies are automatically resolved during the rendering process. Apogee Prepress offers multi-part job support allowing users to combine the different parts of a job in one ticket, reducing setup time allowing for easy status tracking, and includes the groundbreaking Apogee Impose automated imposition system.

Registration is required to attend the meeting. To register, please contact Linda Tomza at: Linda.tomza@agfa.com or call 201-373-4185.

To find out more about Agfa Graphics, visit: www.agfagraphics.com, sor simply click on the Agfa button to the left of this page, or its banner or sponsor logo links on our Home page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Scodix Sense brings sensory and tactile dimensions to print
New digital experience delivers sustainable differentiation to print service providers and products at Graph Expo 2011…

Digital enhancement pioneer Scodix is introducing its breakthrough Scodix Sense experience at Graph Expo 2011, bringing to the US a whole new graphic arts concept that engages the senses and adds value to print. Visitors will be able to see and touch the enhanced images made possible with Scodix Sense that offer businesses opportunities for differentiation by creating tactile effects, at Graph Expo, 11 - 14 September, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.

Shown for the first time at a national exhibition in North America, Scodix Sense, created by the Scodix1200 Digital Press using proprietary Scodix clear polymer to produce and value adding effects, uses inkjet technology to enhance a wide range of printed products that deliver more than meets the eye. Digital and conventional print service providers (PSPs) using this technology can move into the high-value, high-margin market of printed promotions.

Production with the Scodix1200 Digital Press requires no plates, moulds, screens or chemicals, and with its digital technology can print variable data effects so that each print can be different and runs of one are possible.

Scodix Sense creates matt or gloss effects applied in thicknesses up to 70 microns to substrates from 150 – 350gsm (50 - 185lb) to business cards, greetings cards, book covers, direct mail, marketing collateral and other commercial, promotional and consumer print to create innovative and distinctive products that attract attention, stay in the memory and prompt responses. A fully digital process, variable data can be used to generate specific and personalised tactile features to differentiate a wide range of printed products.

‘The Scodix1200 gives an unmatched new look and tangible dimension to graphic arts products, using clear polymer in variable gradation to produce raised elements on printed images that create a memorable experience,’ said Ziki Kuly, Scodix VP of marketing. ‘With so much media competing for our attention today, print that you can feel as well as see delivers a tremendous impact, and makes products and materials memorable.’

Scodix Sense is a wholly in-house solution enabling PSPs and their customers to control all aspects of production. An environmentally friendly experience, Scodix Sense produces no VOCs, no waste materials and printed products are recyclable, too!

Scodix clear polymer provides up to 99 gloss units (GU), giving designers a broad scope to create printed products and packaging of exceptional character. Competitive advantages and shelf-presence of goods from cosmetics, health and beauty to pharmaceuticals can be increased though the use of Scodix Sense

Open presentation
Kuly, will be presenting the new Scodix Sense and what they can do for print service providers and their customers in a complimentary presentation, part of the Exhibitors' presentation programme, on Monday, 12 September, from 12:30 to 13:30 in room S403AB, on level 4 of McCormick Place South.

For more information on Scodix, visit: www.scodix.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg, or visit: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

63rd World Newspaper Congress
Newspapers find their place in a multi-media world…

Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO of Norway-based Schibsted, and Eugen Russ, one of the newspaper industry's most innovative publishers, have joined the programme for the 63rd World Newspaper Congress, to be held in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 15 October.

As head of Schibsted, Ryssdal oversees a media company that is known for its digital innovation and has recently become a pioneer on charging for digital content. Russ, the Publisher and CEO of Vorarlberger Medienhaus in Austria, has won numerous awards for innovation and has parlayed the company's central role in community life into numerous lucrative businesses.

The two industry leaders will take part in a Congress session on how the industry responds to rapid and constant change. Other participants in the session include Jeongdo Hong, chief strategy officer of JoongAng Media Network in Korea; Hanzade Dogan Boyner, chairwoman of Dogan Gazetecilik, Turkey's biggest media group; Damian Kudryavtsev the CEO of Kommersant Publishing House in Russia; and Wilfred David Kiboro, group CEO of Nation Media Group in Kenya.

More than 1,200 publishers, CEOs, managing directors, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives are expected in Vienna for the Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo, the global annual summit meetings of the world's press organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Full details, including the programme and registration information, can be found at: tinyurl.com/6x223jy.

The Congress and Editors Forum is being held this year in conjunction with IFRA Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry. The Expo will proceed the Congress and Forum, giving newspaper professionals the opportunity to benefit from a mega 'Newspaper Week' event. Full details on all the events can be found at www.worldnewspaperweek.org.

Other Congress highlights include:

• A session dedicated to new revenue opportunities and business models to preserve the financial sustainability and financial independence of news publishers. The session will include: Juan Luis Cebrián, CEO of Spain's Prisa Group; Gregor Waller, former head of strategy and innovation for Germany's Axel Springer; and other speakers to be announced.

• A session dedicated to digital innovations, featuring one of the most innovative publishers in Asia, the first tablet-only newspaper, and industry 'frenemies' Facebook and Google, to examine trends and success factors in digital, what new business and revenue models are promising and the role of social media. Speakers include Mariam Mammen Mathew, chief operating officer of Manorama Online in India; Rebecca Grossman-Cohen, director of marketing for The Daily; Madhav Chinnappa, strategic partner development manager for Google Books & News; Emma Barnett, digital media editor for the Telegraph Media Group, and others to be announced.

• An examination of new business opportunities, both traditional for newspaper companies and entirely new as well. As the newspaper business is no long based on the simple revenue model of advertising and circulation revenue, many new business and revenue models are emerging. Session speakers include Ravi Dhariwal, CEO of The Times of India; Soheil Dastyari, CEO of Gruner+Jahr corporate editors in Germany; Urs Gossweiler, CEO of Gossweiler Media in Switzerland; and more to be announced.

• The annual presentation of the Innovations in Newspapers World Report, prepared for WAN-IFRA by Innovation Media Consulting, which this year will focus on: how to make pay walls work; how to re-invent narratives and workflows for the mobile news experience; the impact and implications of the iPad; and newspaper engagement with social media. And, as always, the presentation will be illustrated with case studies from around the world.

• An update of World Press Trends, the annual report from WAN-IFRA that is the primary and most authoritative source of data on the newspaper industry worldwide. Covering all 233 countries and territories were newspapers are published, the report and presentation provide vital statistics and analyses of the global industry as well as individual markets.

The events, hosted by the Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ), will be accompanied by a rich social programme, tours, meetings with local and international political, business and cultural leaders, and more.

The full Congress programme, speakers information and more can be found at: tinyurl.com/6x223jy.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Fujifilm Europe announces ink price increases
Fujifilm to implement price increases in Europe, Middle East and Africa for its Sericol and Uvivid ink ranges and chemicals…

Fujifilm Europe has announced that it will implement a price increase in Europe, Middle East, and Africa for its Sericol and Uvivid ink ranges and associated screen emulsions and chemicals with effect from 1 September 2011. The increase will vary by product and by country but will lie within the ranges detailed below:

• Solvent screen inks: prices will be increased by 5 to 15 per cent
• UV screen and flexo inks: prices will be increased by 3 to 8 per cent
• Emulsions and chemicals: prices will be increased by 8 to 15 per cent

Although Fujifilm has been proactively undertaking an intensive programme of structural reforms to reduce fixed costs and improve efficiencies, the cost of many raw materials has risen dramatically recently, significantly affecting the manufacturing cost of ink and pressroom chemicals in particular. With 65 – 70 per cent of the cost of ink made up of raw materials from third parties, this unprecedented volatility (which hasn't been seen for over 30 years), together with an increase in energy costs, has left Fujifilm with no alternative but to raise its prices. A separate price increase for pressroom chemicals for the offset printing process is already underway.

In spite of these difficult business conditions, Fujifilm remains committed to helping its customers compete by providing a range of leading-edge technologies and solutions, and is dedicated to working with the whole supply chain to minimise the effects as much as possible.

For more information, visit: www.fujifilm.co.uk/gs.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Qualvis orders Roland 700 HiPrint Combi press
Leicester-based Qualvis Packaging is the latest UK firm to order a seven-colour with coater Roland 700 HiPrint press…

Leicester-based Qualvis Packaging is the latest UK packaging house to take advantage of Manroland’s Secrets of Printing campaign, with an order for a seven-colour with coater Roland 700 HiPrint press and an option placed on a retrofit in early 2012 of Manroland’s pioneering InlineFoiler Prindor inline cold foiling system.

The 700 press will be installed in the company’s newly-expanded production facility in Thurmaston in September and replaces a six-colour Heidelberg, providing the food and confectionery specialist with a hugely versatile press that will meet its needs for greater production flexibility and capacity.

Said managing director Jason Short, ‘We’ve ordered the Roland 707 and placed an option on the InlineFoiler Prindor cold foiling system for a very simple reason - Manroland offered the best press on the market with the very latest technology, and all at a competitive price. For us, this whole combination made the decision a ‘no-brainer’. It was clear through the whole sales and demonstration cycle that Manroland’s technology is right at the forefront of the industry and well ahead of its competitors.’

Ideally suited to the demands of the packaging sector, the Roland 700 HiPrint prints up to 16,000 sheets per hour for long-run high productivity. It offers a non-stop feeder for fast, consistent delivery and includes Manroland’s APL fully-automated plate changing system and totally integrated on-press automation for seamless print production. Qualvis’s new Roland 700 will be a combination press, specified to accommodate both UV and conventional inks and coatings. To achieve this, the press will be fitted with a range of Manroland’s QuickChange options: QuickChange Wash to increase the speed of ink roller washing; dual wash-up tanks for the use of different washes for UV and conventional inks; and QuickChange Coating, which includes an additional chamber doctor blade system and pipework to avoid cross contamination of coating types and ensure faster change-over.

The press has also been specified to run Qualvis’s broad range of packaging substrates, including G-flute board - which has previously been difficult to run efficiency, with colour quality control managed by Manroland’s InlineColorPilot colour management system. The new Roland will also come with a Select Air Station which includes frequency-controlled inverter pumps. These pumps use less power and require less maintenance than conventional pumps, reducing costs and offering strong environmental savings for Qualvis.

Said Tony Caulfield, Manroland’s sheetfed area sales manager for the Midlands, ‘Qualvis is a company that is recognised for its rigorous attention to detail and the consistent delivery of the highest quality product. The new Roland 700 will provide it with the capacity to expand its business and the flexibility to run both UV and conventional inks as well as print efficiency on an extensive range of carton substrates. The option of a potential retrofit of the inline cold foiler will also provide the company with a peerless foiling technology so it can offer customers truly creative solutions that dramatically enhance their packaging.’

Continues Short, ‘With the new seven-colour Roland we effectively have three machines rolled into one. For example, we can run seven colours and a single varnish; or six with a dual coating or use it in combination with the inline foiling system. This flexibility combined with the high level of automation and on-press QuickChange options, means we have a real USP in the market and a key point of differentiation when going up against our competitors.’

Said Adam Robotham, commercial sales manager, Manroland GB, ‘2011 is turning into a very positive year for Manroland. There are two major milestones for us in this one order – the installation of our first seven-colour Roland 700 into the UK packaging sector in 2011 and an option placed for our first InlineFoiler Prindor in the UK. This is excellent news for Manroland and provides Qualvis with a press and potentially a foiling system that will greatly enhance its offering in a highly competitive market. Our new business chain is continuing to grow and we are confident we will be making more announcements in the coming weeks.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Interak automates workflow and increases efficiency
Unified workflow company turns again to Kodak to streamline operation, enhance output and improve customer satisfaction…

Polish print service provider, Interak, has automated its workflow and enhanced the efficiency and output of its production environment after investing in Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions.

Interak is one of the most technologically advanced printing houses in Poland. It employs more than 300 people, and services national and international customers.

Investing in the latest print technologies and adopting innovative approaches to print are among this printer's core values. After implementing the first CTP system in the Polish market in 1999, Interak set about implementing the most effective workflow system for its print environment, and after comprehensive testing the company invested in Kodak Prinergy Connect workflow.

The Kodak solution was chosen to help Interak accomplish its strategic goals, which included establishing a state-of-the-art prepress workflow. CEO Andrzej Krzewina commented on the investment, ‘We made the right choice. The Prinergy Connect workflow enables us to build stronger, long-term relationships with our customers.

‘Both our employees and customers appreciate the software's user-friendly and intuitive interface. It has helped us automate many areas in the customer-print house process, and has enabled us to focus on improving other processes and delivering professional customer support.’

All Interak's systems are united by a single comprehensive workflow. The Kodak Insite storefront system has helped to create a consistent set-up, offering a number of advantages to the customer, such as security at the files approval stage.

‘The introduction of the Kodak Prinergy Rules-Based Automation software (RBA) has been key to developing our workflow,’ continued Krzewina. ‘Now we can standardise the prepress process, while at the same time offering clients a customised approach.

‘The automation meant we were able to link prepress workflow with our Management Information System (MIS), and within the latter establish automatic production planning. This allows us to monitor the status of particular orders in real-time and automatically make corrections to the prepress schedule without the need for any manual work.’

Kodak Insite Prepress Portal system is a crucial part of Interak's prepress management. ‘After implementing the solution we reduced the processing time at the first stage, which allowed our customers to make last-minute changes,’ added Krzewina. ‘Today, the whole process is reported and every user is automatically notified about when files have been submitted or require approval.’

Almost 99 per cent of Interak's customers use the Insite Prepress Portal system and many of them have emphasised that they would now find it difficult to work without the tool. They value its ease of usage, 24/7 availability, and the fact they don't need any other tools apart from a standard Internet browser.

‘One of the latest solutions we've implemented is Kodak PRESSPROOF Software,’ said Krzewina. ‘The same soft proof is used remotely by an editor, a graphic designer, an in-house technician and a press operator. The whole process takes place automatically, and enables users to set appropriate access rights.

‘The main advantage of the solution is that it eliminates printing, certifying and archiving hardcopy proofs, which unlike soft proofs have limited durability. Our operators have been impressed with how easy the solution is to use, and the fact they can access the full-format proof at any time, ultimately helps confirm the quality of the final product.’

Pressproof software is also valued by Interak's customers. Using the Kodak Matchprint virtual technology - where soft proofs are generated online via the Kodak Insite Prepress Portal - customers can quickly make decisions regarding colour standards. Furthermore, production costs have dropped, and the decision-making process is now much faster.

The success of Interak's implementation of Kodak solutions has helped improve customer satisfaction. A good example is the company's co-operation with a trade journal. Previously the customer submitted files on CD and approvals had to be done using hardcopy proofs - all of which meant a three-working-day cycle from sending production files, to pre-flight to approval of the hardcopy proofs. ‘Kodak Insite Prepress Portal system has shortened the whole process to just a couple of hours,’ explained Krzewina. ‘It means a publishing house can include more up-to-date information in their magazines and extend the amount of time they can sell advertising.’

Interak was the first sheetfed offset printing house in Poland to implement Kodak Prinergy workflow. The company currently uses most of the available Kodak Unified Workflow solutions, such as Kodak Prinergy Connect workflow, Kodak Insite Prepress Portal system, Kodak Insite Storefront system, Kodak Matchprint virtual technology and Kodak Pressproof software. Two years ago, the company also invested in a Kodak NexPress SE3000 digital colour production press. ‘As a Kodak partner and a user of the Prinergy solution, we are one of the most technologically advanced sheetfed offset printers as far as prepress is concerned - both in Poland and worldwide,’ concluded Krzewina.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Quantum Print & Packaging: A UK first with the Diana
The Diana X 115 folder gluer from Heidelberg boosts productivity and flexibility for European packaging printers…

Quantum Print & Packaging installs the first Diana X 115 in the UK and plans growth of 20 per cent
• More than twenty machines sold in Europe
• Benchmark for confectionery and foodstuffs market segments
• High modularity for individually styled cartons

Packaging print shop Quantum Print & Packaging in Willenhall, England, recently became the first company in the UK to take delivery of a Diana X 115 folder gluer.

The first Diana X 115 folder gluer in the UK is in operation at Quantum Print & Packaging. Managing director Chris Holmes intends to use this machine to achieve a leaner production process and boost turnover by 20 per cent.

The Diana X 115 scores highly thanks to its high modularity, which paves the way for bespoke and customised configurations. As a result, the Diana X enables an almost unlimited range of cartons and offers flexibility and opportunities for growth in the future, as individual modules can be retrofitted at any time.

‘This investment helps us optimise the production process and represents a huge step towards our efficiency goals,’ said managing director Chris Holmes and continued, ‘the arrival of the Diana X 115 marks the end of any outplacement of gluing work’. The company hopes that this machine will boost its current GBP 2.3 million turnover (over EUR 2.6 million) by 20 per cent. Quantum Print & Packaging employs 32 staff and produces a wide range of folded cartons in short to medium runs on a five-colour Speedmaster CD 102 with coating unit and a two-colour GTO 52. The company manufactures stock boxes, blister cards and point of sale and display packaging for a broad customer base nationwide.

‘We were particularly impressed with the specification of the Diana X and its excellent reputation. We also know that Heidelberg will provide outstanding service and comprehensive support,’ added Holmes.

‘The Diana X gives us greater flexibility, higher production speeds, simpler setup, shorter makeready times, and the ability to offer more bespoke, individually styled cartons and packaging products,’ confirmed production director Peter Thomas. Quantum Print & Packaging holds quality and environmental certification in the form of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 respectively. The company is also in the process of installing a management information system (MIS). In the future it also intends to utilise the electronic presetting options of the Diana X 115.

Benchmark for confectionery and foodstuffs market segments
The Diana X 115 has proved very successful since its European launch in 2009, with more than 20 machines sold on this market. Packaging printers in Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania and Poland are showing a great readiness to invest at present. In 2010 alone, packaging printers took delivery of seven Diana X 115 folder gluers.

The modular design of the Diana X 115 enables an extremely broad range of applications. The machine plays a key role in two market segments in particular - in the confectionery segment with complex universal machines, some of which are equipped with turning modules. And in the foodstuffs segment with fast, high-performance lines, usually in conjunction with pile turners, feeders, and packers. Heidelberg is now the market leader in Germany in this peak performance class - and the Diana X 115 sets standards here for state-of-the-art equipment thanks to its high productivity, accurate folding quality, and minimum makeready times. On the basis of their market success, production capacity at Heidelberg for folder gluers has recently been doubled.

High modularity for individually styled cartons
The Diana X 115 was developed in close co-operation with leading folding carton manufacturers and launched at Drupa 2008. The machine was taken into series production at the start of 2009. Its high modularity paves the way for bespoke and customised configurations. As a result, the Diana X enables an almost unlimited range of cartons and offers flexibility and opportunities for growth in the future, as individual modules can be retrofitted at any time. Over 200,000 cartons per hour can be processed at speeds of up to 650 metres per minute. What's more, the fully automatic Autoset changeover cuts makeready times dramatically. Further advantages include maintenance-free servo drive technology, a state-of the-art safety concept with light grids, and a roller bar and transportation concept that increases flexibility and accelerates setting processes. The cutting-edge blank removal system ensures that even complex cartons can be ejected reliably at full speed.

To find out more about Heidelberg solutions, click on the Heidelberg button to the left of this page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Allpak/Trojan to add second KBA Rapida 142 press
Exceptional large-format growth, plus quality, consistency, savings, and environmental factors drove decision to KBA…

KBA North America has announced that Allpak/Trojan, an award-winning printing and packaging company located in Seattle, has installed a KBA Rapida 142 1420mm (56-inch) six-colour plus coater sheetfed press in early 2011. This new KBA press complements an existing KBA Rapida 142 eight-colour sheetfed press with coater and hybrid UV capabilities operating with the KBA Qualitronic II inline sheet inspection system installed in July 2005.

Pictured from left to right: Mark Schoeppach, Allpak/Trojan pressroom / prepress manager; Randy Perkins, KBA district sales manager; Brian Funk, Allpak/Trojan second press operator; Sean Logan, Allpak/Trojan press operator; Brian Reynolds, Allpak/Trojan pressroom lead; and Wayne Millage, Allpak/Trojan president, surround the new KBA Rapida 142 56-inch press.

‘Growth from our existing large format work had developed to the point where a second press was required,’ said Wayne Millage, president of Allpak/Trojan. ‘After reviewing our product mix, we decided that a six-colour plus coater would be the right configuration to support this growth. Based on our experience with KBA's service and support, combined with the quality and productivity improvements that we have experienced, it was clear to us that our initial view of KBA as a leader with a proven track record in the large format market was an accurate assessment. In order to be a leader and an innovator you must be partnered with and supported by the best suppliers, which we consider KBA to be.’

Significant increase in production capacity
In order to ensure enough room for the new large-format press, Allpak/Trojan needed to remove two existing 40-inch presses in its pressroom. ‘We've found that our KBA presses are so productive that down-stream equipment needed to be added to handle this new capacity,’ said Millage. ‘Although we removed two presses and replaced it with one press, we have significantly increased capacity while keeping manning at existing levels or even slightly less than before. Our customers will benefit in the increased production capacity now available from us.’

In addition to increasing capacity, Allpak/Trojan is gaining greater savings and quality and providing benefits to its environmental commitment. ‘The savings in paper from a 56-inch sheet compared to a 40-inch sheet surprised even us,’ commented Millage. ‘Technically the 56-inch sheet is twice as big as a 40-inch sheet but we typically get 125 per cent more product on the larger sheet size. Quality is quite important too and what we get from our KBA presses is rock-solid predictable and consistent quality from sheet number one to one million,’ said Millage. ‘The new KBA press allows us to continue the high level quality our customers have come to expect from us. And we can rest assured the quality level will match what they've come to expect form our existing eight-colour KBA.’

Reduced waste equals environmental benefits
Allpak/Trojan's commitment to the environment was maintained with the new press installation. The firm has significantly reduced waste, according to Millage, especially makeready waste with the new Rapida press. The wash-up chemistry and ink waste was brought down considerably with the addition of the automatic ink dispensing as well, he recalled.

‘As a high production facility it was important for us to be comfortable in the knowledge that we could install a new press and get up to full production as quickly as possible,’ said Millage. ‘Ever since our first KBA press was installed, we have been extremely impressed with how quickly and efficiently the KBA installation team works.’

Founded in 1950, Allpak/Trojan provides high-end commercial printing and innovative packaging solutions. Allpak/Trojan also offers in-house graphic and structural design; point-of-purchase displays; pack and assembly services; all under one roof.

For more information, visit: www.kba.com and www.allpaktrojan.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Cartonnages Vaillant expands POS production with HP
French packaging company, Cartonnages Vaillant expands point-of-sale production with a new HP Scitex FB7500 printer…

HP has announced that French packaging company, Cartonnages Vaillant, has purchased a six-colour, 500 sq/m hour, HP Scitex FB7500 printer to increase business in large-format point-of-sale (POS) graphics projects.

The six-colour FB7500 printer, which can image flexible or rigid substrates up to 1650 x 3200mm and 25mm thick, was recently installed at the company's 20,000 sq/m production site in Aire-sur-la-Lys.

Cartonnages Vaillant, whose service offering predominantly comprises traditional wrapping and packaging applications, began undertaking smaller information-based POS work in 1995 using flexo and offset technology. According to one of Cartonnages' directors, Christian Normand, it was the long-held ambition to expand the company's capabilities and explore the area of larger format POS output that lead to the investment in the HP Scitex FB7500 printer.

‘The digital printing industry and the massive opportunities presented by inkjet technology have developed rapidly in recent times and, although keen to invest in this area, we wanted to ensure that the solution met all our needs,’ explained Normand.

The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer uses unique HP Scitex X2 drop-on-demand piezoelectric print heads and UV-curable ink - specifically designed for folded cardboard displays and self-adhesive vinyl.

‘The FB7500 clearly stood out among other printers in its class and is the best for printing onto corrugated cardboard’, he continued. ‘The printer delivers a number of performance-enhancing features, notably its speed and print quality, but we also particularly like the highly efficient vacuum table. This positions the media securely before printing and is a key differentiator to other suppliers' options we considered, some of which still require the use of adhesive tape to achieve this!’

As Normand explained, it was the noticeable increase in smaller orders that prompted both him and co-director, Bruno Delannoy, to diversify their offering and to meet customers' changing needs.

‘We already had a narrow-width offset capability, but to effectively strengthen our foothold in large format POS projects, we needed to complement our line-up,’ he said. ‘The FB7500 allows us to print an entire graphic in one go, whereas our smaller offset equipment required two-piece production.

‘Additionally, thanks to its multi-substrate capabilities and fast-drying UV-curable inks, the FB7500 allows us to produce eye-catching smaller information-based POS jobs onto a host of different rigid media, such as Dibond, Forex and Akylux.’

Cartonnages Vaillant is currently printing test samples on such substrates to promote the company's newly acquired capabilities to its customers, the likes of which include those in the retail, cosmetics and IT sectors, as well as a number of advertising/creative agencies.

‘We fully expect the HP FB7500 to deliver on its full potential and enable us to not only grow business with our existing accounts, but also open doors to new customers in the near future,’ concluded Normand.

Pictured left to right: Denis Vaillant; Bruno Delannoy, production manager; Christian Normand, sales manager.

More information is available at: www.hp.com/go/graphicarts and at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also use the HP banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannsburg at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 8 August 2011.

Tuesday 9 August

Heidelberg publishes its first quarter 2011/2012 results
Financial Year 2011/2012: Heidelberg presents its first-quarter figures with improved operating result and lower financing expenses…

Incoming orders of EUR 665 million in line with expectations
After adjustment for exchange rate effects, sales on a par with last year at EUR 544 million
Order backlog rises to EUR 718 million
Operating result improves to EUR -25 million (previous year: EUR -35 million)
Net financial debt significantly down on previous year at EUR 260 million
Outlook for 2011/2012: Break-even pre-tax result still targeted - impact of debt crisis on global economy and thus investment behavior in the industry are difficult to forecast at present

In the first quarter of financial year 2011/2012 (1 April to 30 June, 2011), after adjusting for exchange rate effects, sales by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) held stable compared to the previous year and the operating result improved.

At EUR 665 million - EUR 690 million after adjusting for exchange rate effects - incoming orders in the first quarter 2011/2012 were in line with the company's expectations. The prior year's higher level (EUR 786 million) was mainly due to additional orders generated at the IPEX and ExpoPrint trade shows that took place in the same period of the previous year. Compared to the previous quarter (EUR 637 million), after adjustment for exchange rate effects, incoming orders grew by 8 per cent. At the end of the first quarter of 2011/2012, the order backlog of the Heidelberg Group amounted to EUR 718 million, up EUR 84 million on the previous quarter.

In the first three months of the current financial year, Heidelberg recorded sales of EUR 544 million, compared to EUR 563 million in the same period of the previous year. Adjusted for exchange rate effects of EUR 19 million, net sales matched the prior-year level, but were slightly below our expectations. This is due in part to sales being shifted into subsequent quarters as a result of the earthquake catastrophe in Japan and delays resulting from the extended liquidity shortage in the Chinese banking system.

The result of operating activities excluding special items (EBIT) for the first quarter improved over the same period of the previous year from EUR -35 million to EUR -25 million. There were no significant special items in the quarter under review. In the same quarter the previous year, the special items had included income of EUR 15 million.

‘In the first quarter, we were able to improve our operating result excluding special items on the previous year while sales remained stable,’ said Heidelberg Group CEO Bernhard Schreier. ‘We are keeping a close eye on current economic developments across the globe, but it is difficult to predict what will happen. However, given the continuing high demand and strong economic growth on the Chinese market, we are assuming that the regional effects on business development at Heidelberg will be only temporary.’

At EUR -22 million, the financial result in the period under review improved over the same period of the previous year (EUR -35 million) due to the lower financing costs resulting from the successful refinancing measures in the first quarter. Income before taxes improved from EUR -56 million in the same quarter the previous year to EUR - 47 million in the first quarter of 2011/2012. Income after taxes was EUR -46 million (previous year: EUR -52 million).

As a result of the successful capital increase in the past financial year and the improved operating result, the net financial debt fell considerably from EUR 629 million in the previous year to EUR 260 million and remained stable in comparison to the previous quarter (EUR 247 million). Supported by consistent cash management, free cash flow in the quarter under review more or less balanced out at EUR -6 million despite one-off refinancing costs.

‘The significantly reduced net financial debt and our refinancing operation concluded in spring are evidence that Heidelberg is on a stable financial footing,’ said Heidelberg CFO Dirk Kaliebe. ‘We will forge ahead with our successful strategy, particularly through consistent cost and asset management.’

The workforce fell by a further 110 in the first quarter of 2011/2012. As at June 30, 2011, the Heidelberg Group thus had a workforce of 15,718 worldwide (previous year: 16,218).

Business results in the divisions
In the Heidelberg Equipment Division, incoming orders in the first quarter amounted to EUR 404 million, up 11 per cent on the previous quarter (EUR 365 million). As expected, the high figure for the same period the previous year (EUR 501 million) achieved as a result of high incoming orders at last year's IPEX and ExpoPrint trade shows could not be repeated. At EUR 300 million, sales matched the level of the same quarter the previous year. After adjustment for exchange rate effects, this is equivalent to a rise of 5 per cent. Although there was almost no change in sales, the result of operating activities excluding special items improved by 19 per cent from EUR -48 million to EUR -39 million.

In the Heidelberg Services Division, incoming orders amounted to EUR 258 million, a drop of 8 per cent compared to the previous year's figure for this period (EUR 280 million). At EUR 241 million, net sales were also down 8 per cent on the same quarter the previous year (EUR 261 million). Despite low sales, the operating result excluding special items amounted to EUR 10 million, matching the positive level of the same period the previous year.

The Heidelberg Financial Services Division once again achieved a positive operating result in the quarter under review. At EUR 4 million, the operating result was up on the same quarter the previous year (EUR 3 million).

Business developments in the regions
In the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, incoming orders of EUR 245 million in the first quarter failed to match the high level of the previous year, mainly due to the IPEX trade show held the previous year in the United Kingdom. Incoming orders in the Eastern Europe region of EUR 73 million were down 13 per cent against the comparable quarter of the previous year. In the North America region, incoming orders - after adjustment for exchange rate effects - increased by 6 per cent over the previous year. In the South America region, incoming orders were 21 per cent below the previous year's figure for this period, mainly due to the ExpoPrint trade show that took place at this time. In the Asia/Pacific region, incoming orders were down 10 per cent, but matched the prior year level after adjustment for exchange rate effects. While net sales for the first quarter after adjustment for exchange rate effects grew slightly in Eastern Europe, North America, and South America, sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia/Pacific were either on a par or below the previous year's levels.

The global economic and market risks are still high and have increased significantly overall in the last few days. The worsening of the debt crisis in some European countries and in the United States, coupled with the recent upheavals on the international financial markets, could slow the pace of macroeconomic growth and have a negative impact on investment behavior. If underlying macroeconomic conditions and the sector as a whole remain stable, Heidelberg nevertheless continues to strive for a break-even pre-tax result in financial year 2011/2012 - based on a higher operating result and lower financing expenses.

The global printing volume remains stable and will require investments in production equipment. Based on this, Heidelberg intends to achieve a medium-term sales target of over € 3 billion annually over the next two to three years. Assuming that the economic environment will continue to be generally stable, Heidelberg expects to gradually approach this target during the current and next financial year. Due to drupa 2012 and the ongoing upswing in the print media industry, sales in the next year should grow more strongly than during the current financial year.

Additional details on the company can be found at: www.heidelberg.com, or simply click on the Heidelberg button to the left of this page.

Other dates:
The figures for the second quarter of financial year 2011/2012 are due to be published on November 8, 2011.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Antalis South Africa jubilant about Miles 33 acquisition
Recently Miles 33 purchased Editorial content management systems manufacturer Tera, Italy, and its UK and US subsidiaries…

Recently Miles 33 purchased Tera Italy and its subsidiaries in the UK and the US. Formed in 1990 Tera is one of the World's leading suppliers of Editorial content management systems to Newspaper publishers with more than 300 customers over five continents.

In the 30 years since it's inception Miles 33 has become a leading supplier of software, support and consultancy services to the publishing, legal and finance sectors. Today Tera offers a suite of Multimedia content management software to a wide audience including global newspapers. AVUSA in South Africa is a major user.

‘Miles 33 is the perfect home for Tera,’ said Keith Solomon, director of Antalis South Africa, the distributor of Tera Software. ‘We are delighted with the move and believe that the combined companies will be the dominant player in the US, Europe and ultimately the rest of the world.’

‘One of the key strategies of Miles 33 is of growth via acquisition and the purchase of Tera plays right into this giving the organisation an ever increasing global customer base and footprint from which to expand. The mix of innovative products, a strong industry focused management team and an impressive distribution network will help Miles 33 to achieve its goal of becoming the worlds largest supplier of Multimedia Content Management and Advertising CRM solutions for the modern media company. All this, in conjunction with our other product offerings and self service solutions, makes Miles 33 a compelling choice for any forward thinking Media or Publishing Company around the world.’ added Michael Moore, CEO of Miles 33.

‘I have been involved with Tera since their inception and, together, we've established them as the major content management system in Southern Africa.’ said Solomon.

‘I have known Miles 33 for decades and, during this time, I've developed enormous respect for their product range. From our perspective this acquisition is fantastic as it broadens the range of software products that we can offer the media companies in Southern Africa.

‘At a recent meeting in the UK that I attended, Miles 33 presented their road map for the extended product line and I was seriously impressed’ concluded Solomon.

For further information visit: www.antalis.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

DigitalView South Africa appointed distributor for FFEI
FFEI manufactures leading edge solutions for the graphics arts industry including prepress workflow and CTP systems…

A division of Fujifilm for almost ten years, FFEI Ltd became a privately owned company after a management buyout in November 2006. FFEI continues to manufacture leading edge solutions to the graphics arts industry including prepress workflow and CTP systems.

DigitalView has been involved in the supply of prepress and colour management systems for the last 14 years. The latest addition to its product portfolio is aimed at adding best in class FFEI products to offer a full service solution to its customer and the market.

‘To offer imaging solutions has been in my blood since my days at Agfa where I helped put Agfa's imagesetting systems into a market leading position in South Africa. We have been involved with CTP products through our involvement with Fujifilm CTP systems, but the deal we have done with FFEI will really allow us to go to the market with solutions that offer an exceptional value proposition,’ said Mark Minter.

FFEI has a long history in this industry. Originally Crosfield Electronics formed in 1947; it pioneered high-end scanning technology and produced scanners that were renowned for innovation. In 1989 Crosfield was bought by a joint venture involving DuPont and Fujifilm. In 1997 Fujifilm bought full control of the company and formed Fujifilm Electronic Imaging as a division of Fujifilm. FFEI produced imagesetters, scanners and CTP system that were sold under the Fujifilm brand. Since 2006 FFEI has run as an independent company after a management buyout from Fujifilm. FFEI continued to manufacture equipment to Fujifilm but also sells similar equipment under the FFEI label.

The Alinte range of CTP systems (pictured above) include both 4-up and 8-up commercial units, as well as a range of units designed exclusively for the newspaper environment. The range includes a host of variants starting with entry-level fully manual machines to systems that allow fully automated unattended operation - all producing printing plates at the highest quality.

Together with these hardware solutions, FFEI manufactures a number of software solutions. RealPro Digital Workflow is a PDF based print production workflow combing the very latest in workflow technology with a powerful production feature set, allowing multiple users to control all aspects of job management from an automated central production solution. Printers are finding value in 3D simulation tools to help them make improvements in their print production processes - saving time and money - RealVue3D makes this possible. This type of soft proofing is now also available to packaging professionals involved in design, client communication and production. Fold complex dielines and artwork into accurate 3D animated prototypes, simulating all aspects of the intended structural printed design directly from Adobe Illustrator or imported dielines - with RealPro 3-D Packager.

Laura Minter added that the expertize within DigitalView, which includes all areas of print production, means that customers will receive excellent support for both the implementation as well as the after sales service of FFEI systems in South Africa.

For additional information, visit: www.digitalview.co.za Telephone: 011 462 4849, or e-mail: mark@digitalview.co.za or laura@digitalview.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Lohmann awarded HD Flexo Vendor Certification
Perfecting HD flexo printing results: EskoArtwork honours the DuploFlex 5 plate mounting tapes with quality seal…

Neuwied-based Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG - a leading manufacturer of adhesion technologies - has received the highly respected HD Flexo Vendor certification from EskoArtwork. The quality seal confirms to Lohmann's customers that the company's plate-mounting tapes in the DuploFlex 5 series deliver outstanding print results when using HD Flexo technology in flexo printing. The certified plate-mounting delivers clean highlights and a high, solid ink density - two key features for a high-quality printed image.

One of EskoArtwork's aims is to co-ordinate all parameters in the HD Flexo printing process and offer users the best possible working materials, all in one package. This means that not only can print service providers obtain HD Flexo certification, but also print accessories suppliers, such as providers of plate mounting tape, screen rollers and inks.

‘Repro houses and print shops can align their printing processes with HD Flexo-certified components to achieve perfect print results straight away,’ explains Dr Thomas Klein, R&D manager for Flexo Business at EskoArtwork.

Tobias Spieß, graphical application engineer at Lohmann, commented on the certification, ‘It's important for HD Flexo users that they can rely on HD Flexo-compatible components, such as our DuploFlex 5 plate-mounting tapes, and can use them without worry.’

Unlike other adhesive foam tapes for flexo printing, plate-mounting tapes in the DuploFlex range feature a flexible double-sided film of high-quality foam. They are soft enough to cushion vibrations in the printing process, preventing uncontrolled dot spreading via compressed sections in finely detailed areas. They also have the requisite hardness to evenly reproduce full-colour areas.

Safety for HD Flexo users
HD Flexo is an imaging technology that combines high-resolution 4000ppi optics and unique screen technology. The technology increases flexo printing quality in terms of the printed image, full-colour density, sharpness and precision, and rivals offset and rotogravure quality.

HD Flexo can be used to increase the screen widths in flexo printing, and at the same time reduce the size of the smallest printable dot. The result is a softer image reproduction and a larger tonal range.

To achieve HD Flexo vendor certification, the supplier must be able to prove that its product can be used to print HD Flexo jobs with excellent results. EskoArtwork has a database that provides information on around 1,000 analyses in connection with HD Flexo plates. This enables the company to check which components work better, and which are less positive.

In the assembly process on a round assembly machine, the plate mounting tape is first affixed to the cleaned print cylinder and the printing plate then fitted on top. In the case of Lohmann, plate-mounting tapes with moderate foam hardness deliver the best results for small, clean printing HD Flexo highlights, in combination with an enclosed colour film in full-colour areas for HD Flexo Microcells screen dots.

To find out more about Lohmann Tapes, visit: www.lohmann-tapes.com. For more about EskoArtwork and HD Flexo, visit: www.esko.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Good on the outside, bad on the inside?
Tested Printcom components for food packaging printing from Manroland are all foodstuffs-compliant, conforming to legal guidelines…

BSE, dioxin or EHEC: Foodstuff scandals alarm and unnerve consumers. More and more they not only ask ‘what is in our food?’ but also ‘what is around our food?’, when talking about the packaging.

Without suitable packaging food cannot be stored, distributed or sold. Regardless of the packaging used, it must not impair the contents and have an adverse effect on colour, effect, taste, odour, shelf life, or other characteristics. The substrate is important, whether it be foil, plastic, paper or carton. Printed packaging on the average consists of more than 97 per cent substrate, and around 0.5 per cent printing ink and up to 1.5 per cent coating. What are the risks when packaging components are unsuitable for the contents? Which materials are suitable for which contents? What can cause unrequested contamination? Vital questions for packaging printing.

Undesirable ingredients
Paper and carton are receptive to volatile substances in the ambient air. They absorb fluids as well as vapours from washing agents or conventional inks in the pressroom. Ecological considerations often lead to recycled waste paper being used for packaging but this can contain a high proportion of mineral oil that comes from inks normally used for newspaper printing and which penetrates the reprocessed paper fibres. Foodstuffs with a relatively large surface area such as flour, semolina, rice, breadcrumbs or breakfast cereals are particularly susceptible to mineral oil contamination. Inner bags or similar barriers are essential for preventing substance migration, or in such cases cartons made from fresh wood fibres should be used.

Printing inks, coatings, or adhesives are important components of the packaging process, but they are hazardous when in the immediate vicinity of the packed food and the packaging has no effective functional barriers. Consequently, the industry has developed ‘low migration printing ink systems and printing aids’. These materials are mostly odour- and taste-neutral and ideal for the production of packaging for sensitive goods. Global migration limits, EU directives or national legislation – they all oblige manufacturers to ensure that ‘no substances in packaging can migrate to the contents in quantities that impair the character or quality of the product, or endanger the health of the consumer.’

How can packaging manufacturers be certain that their production complies to those limits and laws? The prerequisite is checking along the entire production chain under hygiene and quality aspects. If consumable materials from Printcom are used, the printer is on the safe side. They are all foodstuffs-compliant and of course conform to legal guidelines. Through regular tests of semi-finished and finished packaging, the manufacturer clarifies migration tendencies in each specific case. Should these exceed a limit, the option remains to create a functional barrier between packaging and content so that in any case the consumer can enjoy a pure product.

Printcom components comply with international guidelines for foodstuff-compliant packaging printing. | © Manroland, photo: Herbert Gairhos.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Stephens & George: A Heidelberg standards front runner
Stephens & George adds Net Profiler across its four Speedmaster XL 105 long perfectors, iPhone app and ISO 12647-2 status…

One of the front runners for Heidelberg's ISO 12647-2 certification is Stephens & George which has also invested in Prinect Net Profiler. It was the first UK company to trial the software and it has now installed it across its four Speedmaster XL 105 long perfectors.

Net Profiler enables the company to go online and re-calibrate equipment, which it does on a quarterly cycle. This follows on from the three day, £6,000 print colour management programme undertaken to substantiate through certification its ability to work to the highest colour standards. The PCM service took three days to complete with minimal disruption and then sheets were sent to Germany where, after testing, were approved and the Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 certificate issued.

‘All four presses are highly specified, including Inpress Control spectrophotometry on each which automates colour and register control and allows us to attain top quality with minimal waste and minimal deviation throughout a print run and from run to run,’ said Andrew Jones, managing director (pictured above). ‘Now all our customers and their clients, and especially the advertisers in the magazines we print, can have complete confidence in the reproduction of their work. We can even provide read-outs to show how accurate we are on colour quality.’

Each of the Merthyr Tydfil company's three B1 presses and two B2 presses is equipped with the latest software modules to feed back to Pressroom Manager, providing management with real time data, real life data. Now production manager Paul Enoch has added the iPhone App shown in prototype at Ipex last year. It enables him to tap into the pressroom at any time of the day and to view press activity, analysing valuable data collection. It's available 24hours / seven days a week allowing me to make urgent alterations to production schedules simply and at the same time monitor press performance accurately in real time.

‘I use it regularly, too frequently according to my wife,’ said Enoch. ‘It's fantastic. You dial in and can monitor live data remotely, see which operator is on press, what the current running speeds are, the running waste levels of each section, non - productive time etc. It enables us to really make our assets sweat and maximises both productivity and efficiency.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Alpha.f filtratration systems for Stephens & George
Technotrans alpha.f filtration systems have also been added to each of S&G’s four Speedmaster XL 105 long perfectors…

Stephens & George has bought four alpha.f fine filtration systems through its consumables supplier Total Print Supplies (TPS), part of PaperCo and Robert Horne, which recently became an outlet for Technotrans' pressroom products.

Said Paul Enoch, production manager of Stephens & George, ‘We invested in these filtration systems, one for each of our four Speedmaster XL 105 long perfectors, to give consistent, optimum quality dampening water. The usual dampening solution replacement intervals are considerably extended and the cleaning procedures minimised. This results in maximum press operating efficiency, minimal downtime and therefore reduced operating costs. It creates the right conditions for IPA reduced printing and reduces the cost of consumables, such as filters and fount solution.

‘Before installing them the main and reserve tanks would be cleaned out weekly and across the four presses that meant about three or four hours maintenance per press each week.’

The filters for each unit cost about £300 but they have a longer life than other filters on the market. This filter replacement is carried out every four to six months, depending on press productivity. The payback on the capital and consumables cost will be extremely quick for Stephens & George who also like the quality benefits and the reduction in waste disposal, an environmental bonus.

It has recently attained Heidelberg ISO 12647 colour certification and having precise process control helps them ensure the ink-water balance is consistent for optimum results. The alpha.f is one of a family of filtration systems manufactured by Technotrans, each product tailored to different print formats, volumes and budgets.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Asiatic captures new markets with Kodak NexPress
Increased ROI in two years and double-digit growth in digital print among benefits of latest Kodak investment for UAE printer…

Diversification is the key to future success and that's why United Arab Emirate operation Asiatic Printing Press chose to invest in a Kodak NexPress SE3000 digital production colour press.

‘A lot of our work is book printing, but the print runs are gradually coming down,’ explained Vipin Ramachandran, general manager of Asiatic Printing Press, which installed the Kodak NexPress press. ‘We wanted to be able to produce shorter runs more cost effectively. With the digital and litho mix we have, we can be very flexible and that means we can help customers achieve whatever their jobs demand. We made a conscious decision for flexibility and quality. We looked at other solutions in the market, but the Kodak NexPress SE3000 offered the most flexibility, which is a key element in our offering. It also very closely matches the colour quality achieved on our KBA presses, which was important for product consistency.’

Extended possibilities and new markets
Since its installation, Vipin has found the press's capabilities extend beyond its earlier capacity, providing Asiatic Printing Press with a more profitable way to address current market demands. ‘With the ability to print up to 350gsm we can produce a wider range of print and are now talking to customers about greetings cards and photobooks, as well as print on demand. Also, being able to produce runs of one or 50 allows our clients to better target their message. For example, we work with a couple of event management companies and they will be able to add value by personalising their brochures. This kind of direct marketing is going to be a dominant trend and we will be able to make the most of it now that we have the Kodak NexPress SE3000. The ability to offer dimensional printing also enables us to offer customers a wider range of products and allows us to move into new markets such as greetings cards.’

Increased ROI in two years
Vipin expects ROI in two years and the digital arm of the company to grow from 15 per cent of the monthly 4.5m UAE Dirham ($1.2 million) turnover, to 30 per cent by the end of 2012. However, it is not only for acquiring new business that the Kodak NexPress SE3000 can help Asiatic Printing Press, stated Vipin, ‘The press is perfect for soft launching new books. We can produce very short runs initially and then when larger orders are placed these are produced on our KBA presses. For our customers, this means greater control over ordering and costs. We can print one copy or a million depending on their needs.’

The dimensional ink capabilities is helping win new business for Asiatic Printing Press, too, said Vipin, ‘The ability to add the dimensional is something our customers are very keen to learn more about. They want to see how it will help their products stand out.’

Vipin concluded, ‘If you want to survive you have to move into new areas and look at different avenues, which is what the Kodak NexPress Press has been helping us do. We are very pleased with the Kodak team in Dubai who have been very supportive in helping us market the potential of this press to our customers, which is vital when trying to win new business. The service support has been unparalleled and outstanding. We feel confident we'll be reaping results shortly!’

Kodak is a global advisor and provider of integrated services to help companies transform and optimise their businesses. Through a network of service professionals in 120+ countries, Kodak provides technical, professional, consulting and managed services to enable customers to focus on growing their businesses, maximize productivity, and more effectively manage risks. All Kodak products and software are backed by Kodak Service and Support. To learn more, visit: www.graphics.kodak.com. In Southern Africa, consult Antalis South Africa’s Graphics division.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Elinir increases productivity with HP Indigo 7500
The Israeli company has installed the HP Indigo 7500 to increase production and enable it to meet growing demand…

Elinir, of Petah Tikva, Israel, has installed an HP Indigo 7500 digital press to increase production volume and enable it to meet growing demand for its digitally-printed products.

After installing an HP Indigo press 5500 in 2008, the family-owned business has grown year-on-year, providing digital printing services to the publishing and design industries, as well as to educational institutions. Elinir also recently launched an e-Commerce service for photobooks and other printed products, prompting the requirement for an additional digital press to meet increased customer demand.

‘We had a digital press from one of HP's competitors, but decided to replace it with a second HP Indigo press as we were so satisfied with the performance and quality of our HP Indigo press 5500. The HP Indigo 7500 digital press enables us to offer high-volume printing at low costs and both presses match offset print quality, which is a crucial requirement for our business,’ said Shahar Mizrachi, manager, Elinir.

Unveiled at Ipex 2010, the HP Indigo 7500 is ideally suited to replace small and midsize analogue offset presses and to handle high-value applications, such as variable-data-driven marketing collateral, photo books and personalised direct mail. Elinir's product offering comprises of brochures, books, business cards, notebooks and event invitations - projects which all require variable data printing capabilities.

With exclusive HP ElectroInk, all HP Indigo presses produce consistent images with a true look and feel of offset. The additional white ink option kit allows print service providers (PSP) to print on a larger variety of specialised substrates, such as transparent, metallic and coloured media, enabling PSPs to deliver a wider range of unique applications.

‘We are currently experimenting with HP ElectroInk White with the view to expand our product offering and differentiate our company from our competitors' with a broader, more versatile product portfolio,’ said Shahar Mizrachi.

The seven-colour press prints 120 A4, four-colour pages per minute, and also offers a faster 240 two-colour or monochrome A4 images per minute.

‘For us, HP is a forward-thinking company. Our clients need superior image quality and we think that the quality HP's presses deliver cannot be compared to those of other manufacturers in the market.

‘In the future, we hope to attract new customers and expand into new industries with the new products our Indigo presses will enable us to offer,’ said Shahar Mizrachi.

Elinir was founded 30 years ago, has 16 employees and also offers its own finishing services.

More information is available at: www.hp.com/go/graphicarts and at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also use the HP banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannsburg at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Plastic Packaging upgrades to EFI Radius MIS/ERP
Long-time EFI customer, Plastic Packaging Technologies, has selected EFI Radius as its new MIS/ERP software…

EFI has announced that long-time customer Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC has selected EFI Radius as its new MIS/ERP software.

Plastic Packaging Technologies (PPT) is a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of flexible packaging products and services, with two Mid-West production facilities and 200 employees. PPT has been an EFI PSI™ Flexo user since 2003, but as the business grew, the company set out to find a more effective enterprise-wide solution.

Deena Stous, chief financial officer of PPT, said, ‘We evaluated available systems and EFI Radius is the right comprehensive package for us. It will enable us to streamline our two different systems into one, bringing enterprise-wide efficiencies from quoting to job costing. In addition to day-to-day improvements, we believe Radius is the absolute right ERP system to support our growth and enable the company to stay ahead.’

‘ERP systems offer a huge opportunity for the packaging industry to become more efficient, profitable, and productive, and PPT has made the smart decision to rely on EFI Radius to take their business to the next level of success,’ said David Taylor, general manager of EFI Radius.

EFI Radius is a powerful ERP software platform designed to enable end-to-end, automated business process management from order inquiry to cash receipt for label, flexible packaging, converting and folding carton businesses. EFI Radius offers a high degree of flexibility to manage the unique requirements of printing and packaging companies to help optimize and automate sales estimating; production planning, scheduling; materials management; shop floor data collection; job costing; time and attendance. It also offers comprehensive and intuitive reporting and business intelligence capabilities.

For more information, visit: www.efi.com. In Southern Africa, consult Cape Town-based Digital Distributors at: www.digitaldistributors.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

KBA Genius 52 UV for Clifton, NJ speciality printer
Accurate Plastic Printers expands into lenticular and other niche markets with KBA Genius 52 UV press…

KBA North America has announced that Accurate Plastic Printers LLC, a custom plastic printer in Clifton, New Jersey, has expanded its usage of its KBA Genius 52 UV press by exploiting new premium markets in high-end lenticular and plastic printing.

Pictured: Rodolfo Zuluaga, Genius press operator (far left); Carlos Agudelo, president of Accurate Plastic Printers; Ed Heffernan, KBA sales manager; and Julian Vega, Genius press operator (far right), are exploiting new premium markets in high-end lenticular and plastic printing with the KBA Genius 52 UV press.

‘Since we installed our KBA Genius 52 UV press in June 2008, it's been running non-stop,’ says Carlos Agudelo, founder and president of Accurate Plastic Printers. ‘We produce a variety of plastic business cards, promotional items, shelf talkers and danglers, signs, tags, door hangers, rulers, and circular calculators. Our customers require very high quality and fast turnaround times. In the past two years we've learned that we can develop new premium markets and applications with the KBA Genius by adding new profitable techniques such as lenticular and other motion-type marketing tools.’

Lenticular is a special technique that involves printing an image on the reverse side of lenticular plastic, allowing the eye to simultaneously view alternating sections of multiple images to give the impression of 3-D, flip, or motion.

Although lenticular takes a little bit more time and diligence, Agudelo emphasised that the end result is phenomenal. His first application was a 14 x 20-inch 3D image of tropical fish swimming. The image was created by his brother, an artist, who designed it.

‘We succeeded right away and couldn't believe how well it turned out,’ he said. ‘That had us hooked. We knew our customers would want lenticular. ‘And we were correct. There's been a growing interest in lenticular and our customers want to see samples of morphing and motion. They are intrigued with what it can do for them,’ said Agudelo.

Since then, Agudelo and his press operators have been producing many different types of lenticular. ‘Customers are very interested in the process and how it can set their product apart,’ said Agudelo. ‘We've been working on offering morphing and motion lenticular products that are proving to be very popular.’

Additionally, the Genius provides Accurate Plastic with the ability to produce these premium products with 10 times faster speeds, much higher resolution, superb print quality, and a larger print area. The Genius boosts the firm's productivity, provides flexibility, and increases its cost efficiency.

‘We're always intrigued with what jobs our customers bring us,’ said Agudelo. ‘Being able to demonstrate new marketing techniques, such as lenticular, has expanded our repertoire and supported our growth commitment. The Genius has certainly raised our profile and allowed us to develop new niches.’

The Genius 52 UV, which received the prestigious PIA InterTech award in 2006, is the world's first waterless UV sheetfed offset press. The maximum sheet size is 356 x 508mm (14 3/16 x 20-inches), and it can operate at 8,000sph. The unique press features keyless inking, waterless technology, extended delivery, and integrated dryers. It is designed to print on a variety of paper, board, and plastics, including lenticular surfaces, PVC, Styrene, Polyethylene, static cling vinyl, low tack vinyl, and others. It features an automatic plate-changing device that guarantees short setup times, reliable reproducibility, and brilliant offset quality. The Genius 52 control console features a touch-screen display that can slide from one end of the press to the other for easy press operator access. The press prints in five colors with UV curing inks that rapidly and completely harden through an efficient integrated drying system, which allows further processing, such as laminating or punching, immediately afterward.

Accurate Plastic Printers was established in 1996 as a purveyor of high-quality custom plastic printing and silk screening services. In its 10,000-square-foot facility, the firm produces plastic business cards, membership cards, ID cards, benefit cards, library cards, promotional items, shelf talkers and danglers, signs, tags, door hangers, rulers, and circular calculators. It offers a range of services, including litho printing, silk screening, die cutting, embossing, foil stamping, laminating, magnetic striping, signature panel application, heat bending, eyeleting, wire-o-binding, UV inks with invisible inks, d.s.i. products, and any other type of plastic printing or finishing service.

KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 194 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), the parent of the KBA group, is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, special presses for books, inserts, banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards; CDs and DVDs plus inkjet and other coding systems.

For more information visit the company's website at: www.kba.com and: www.accuplastic.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 9 August 2011.

Wednesday 10 August

Platinum Equity acquires Quark
Acquisition of Quark, the provider of publishing software for professional designers and enterprise organisations…

Platinum Equity has acquired Quark, a provider of publishing software for professional designers and enterprise organisations.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

‘Quark is a legendary brand that helped create the desktop publishing market and is now helping organisations transform how they publish content both to print and digital media,’ said Brian Wall, partner at Platinum who led the team pursuing the acquisition. ‘Quark is committed to its loyal and dedicated user base and we are enthusiastic about the company’s new products which are gaining traction and generating positive reviews. We believe that with their expertise and innovative software, Quark has the potential to revolutionise publishing again.’

Based in Denver, Colorado., Quark provides a set of software applications targeted at creative professionals and the enterprise dynamic publishing market. These tools are components in a value chain of software products that enable the creation, management, publication, and delivery of content across a variety of media including print, email, web, social media, and the next generation of e-reader, tablet and mobile devices such as the iPad.

‘This transition comes at an exciting time for our company and our customers. In the past few years we have made great strides in helping our customers realise dynamic publishing, have re-invigorated QuarkXPress, and are ready to take an early leadership position in digital publishing,” said Raymond Schiavone, President and CEO at Quark. “Platinum Equity is well-positioned to help us continue to execute our dynamic publishing vision through their market reach, merger and acquisition experience, and operational support. This is the natural next step for Quark’s evolution.’

Wall said that Platinum Equity has already initiated a process focused on transitioning Quark to new ownership. The Platinum operations team is working together with the Quark management team to focus on Quark’s core markets and create an acquisition strategy focused on expanding the breadth and depth of Quark’s product capabilities and geographic coverage.

Platinum Equity is a global firm specialising in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, metals services, manufacturing and distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 115 acquisitions.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

First ever PrintCity Seminar in Istanbul, Turkey
PrintCity Alliance members Manroland, Océ, Sappi, SunChemical, UPM plus partner Eltosch to present their shared knowledge…

PrintCity Alliance members Manroland, Océ, Sappi, SunChemical, UPM plus partner Eltosch will present their shared process knowledge, business model and applications experience across web, digital and sheetfed printing & packaging on 13 September in Istanbul Turkey under the seminar headline: Print: Seen! Lean & Green.

Why You Should Attend
PrintCity seminars offer a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on offset and digital printing best practice, consumables, opportunities and how to achieve real business benefits. All technology providers in the process chain - press, paper, ink, ancillary equipment - freely share their knowledge and answer your questions together.

Seminar Programme
The one day seminar starts at 10.00 with registration and a welcome coffee and ends at 17.00. All presentation sessions are concluded with audience discussions. The seminar languages will be English and Turkish, with simultaneous translation.

Seminar Location
The seminar will take place in an historic location on the Istanbul waterfront:
Feriye Lokantasi, Çiragan Cad. No: 40 Ortaköy, 34347 Istanbul www.feriye.com.

How to Attend
Turkish printers, publishers, converters, brand owners and designers interested in learning the latest print / packaging process techniques can attend at 'no cost' by registering with the above mentioned companies or by replying to your personal e-mail invitation or by contacting:

Funda Basar
UPM-Kymmene Kagit Ürünleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti.
Saniye Ermutlu Sok.Sasmaz Plaza No:4/16 K:8
34742 Kozyatagi Istanbul, Turkiye
Tel: +90 216 464 5364
Fax: +90 216 464 5363
e-mail: funda.basar@upm.com

Emel Hacer Özer
Sun Chemical A.S
Cumhuriyet mah. Istanbul Cad. No:9
Cayirova,Gebze-Kocaeli - Turkey
Tel: 0262 743 43 85 -144
Mobile: 0549 717 30 70
e-mail: emel.hacer@sunchemical.com

In case of registration problems or questions, please contact ilka.grabener@printcity.de or call +49 8142 65233-13.

PrintCity Seminars - Your benefits
Attendees receive latest knowledge on trends for packaging, magazines, newspapers and book production, through process focused presentations by PrintCity Alliance members. They participate in an interactive programme which includes question & answer sessions and break-out opportunities. Direct benefits include access to the shared knowledge of PrintCity members, plus networking with other industry professionals.

More information on future PrintCity events: www.printcity.de/index.php?site_id=361.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

Drupa Report No. 2 wins BCP silver award
Special prize in the ‘Print & Innovation’ category in this year's the ‘Best of Corporate Publishing-Awards held in Europe…

The multiple-award winning drupa report has received a further recognition: in the ‘Best of Corporate Publishing-Awards’ it has won the silver prize in the category ‘Print & Innovation’. The combination of versioned digital and high-quality offset printing, the hallmark of issue No. 2, convinced the high-calibre jury. Commenting on the accolade Manuel Mataré, the Managing Director responsible for drupa at Messe Düsseldorf, said, ‘As organisers of drupa we are, of course, especially pleased with this award as the drupa report impressively reflects the dynamism of a whole industry while representing its innovative strength.’ The prizes of the Forum Corporate Publishing are presented by a high-calibre expert jury every year. This year 633 entries submitted in 32 categories sparkled with even higher quality, innovative design and cross-media content. Acting as a patron for the contest is the German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler.

The drupa report distinguished itself in the category ‘Print & Innovation’ from numerous competitors. The jury especially liked the current focal theme and its implementation: the integration of versioned digital printing and high-quality offset printing with a personalised cover and four pages inside. Each of the 41 editions featured another country-specific landmark on it’s cover allowing drupa to highlight its global reach while demonstrating how offset and digital printing can complement each other. The design of the quality magazine comes care of Holger Giffhorn/Giffhorn Design, Wuppertal. Altogether the print run was 13,000 copies with circulations between 50 and 3,000 copies per country version.

Background Information on ‘Best Of Corporate Publishing’
Boasting 633 submitted publications in 2011, the BCP is one of the most important Corporate Publishing Contests in Europe. Since 2003 the Forum Corporate Publishing (FCP) in partnership with the leading industry journals acquisa, Horizont, W&V and the Swiss Werbewoche has awarded the best corporate publications from the German-speaking region with the BCP Best of Corporate Publishing Award. The highly prestigious trophies are presented in 28 categories and four Special Prize categories.

BCP 2011 Facts


Presenters: 265
Submitted publications: 633


Categories: 28
New: CP-Excellence; Digital Media/Best Application
Special Category Prizes: 4
Print & Innovation: sponsored by Laserline
Green Publishing: sponsored by main sponsor Steinbeis Papier
Cover of the Year: sponsored by Corbis
International Communication: sponsored by LinguaKraft Language Services in cooperation with Transatlantic Translations

Entries in digital categories: over 10 per cent
Increase in annual reports: 23 per cent more entries than in 2010

Jury members: 105
Jury groups: 25
Duration: 3 days / 24 hours

Nominees / Shortlist: 167
Gold award winners: 32

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

Leadership for Newspapers: World Editors Forum
What Skills Do Publishers Need? Traditional leadership and management styles often don't keep pace. 12 to 15 October in Vienna…

The job description of newspaper publishers is changing rapidly, as newspapers have gone from ink-on-paper to multimedia publications. Traditional leadership and management styles often don't keep pace.

How to find and nurture newspaper leaders and provide them with the skills they need are among the most pressing challenges facing the industry, and the subject of a major session at the World Newspaper Congress, to be held from 12 to 15 October in Vienna, Austria.

‘News industry leaders have to understand not only that the story is more important than the distribution channel, but also that they have to lead an even more important paradigm shift,’ said Ulrik Haagerup, a Congress speaker who heads the news division at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and has become a renowned global expert on cross-media publishing leadership.

‘News in the future needs to be more than bad stories angled only on conflicts, drama, crooks and people to feel sorry for… news in the future needs to be about solutions and inspiration to the problems facing our customers, and the societies journalism are meant to cover,’ he said.

Haagerup, a member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism, will be joined in the session on leadership by Tom Cummings, co-author of ‘Leadership Landscapes’ and a founder of the Executive Learning Partnership in the United States, Johnny Hustler, managing director of Archant Regional in the United Kingdom, and more speakers are to be announced.

More than 1,200 publishers, CEOs, managing directors, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives are expected in Vienna for the Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo, the global annual summit meetings of the world's press organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Full details, including the programme and registration information, can be found at: tinyurl.com/6x223jy.

Other Congress highlights include:

• A session focused on how the newspaper industry responds to rapid and constant change, featuring Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO of Norway-based Schibsted; Eugen Russ, CEO of Vorarlberger Medienhaus in Austria; Jeongdo Hong, chief strategy officer of JoongAng Media Network in Korea; Hanzade Dogan Boyner, chairwoman of Dogan Gazetecilik, Turkey's biggest media group; Damian Kudryavtsev, CEO of Kommersant Publishing House in Russia; and Wilfred David Kiboro, group CEO of Nation Media Group in Kenya.

• A session dedicated to new revenue opportunities and business models to preserve the financial sustainability and financial independence of news publishers. The session will include: Juan Luis Cebrián, CEO of Spain's Prisa Group; Gregor Waller, former head of strategy and innovation for Germany's Axel Springer, and other speakers to be announced.

• A session dedicated to digital innovations, featuring one of the most innovative publishers in Asia, the first tablet-only newspaper, and industry 'frenemies' Facebook and Google, to examine trends and success factors in digital, what new business and revenue models are promising and the role of social media. Speakers include Justin Osofsky, director of Strategic Partnerships for Facebook; Mariam Mammen Mathew, chief operating officer of Manorama Online in India; Rebecca Grossman-Cohen, director of marketing for The Daily; and Madhav Chinnappa, strategic partner development manager for Google Books & News.

• An examination of new business opportunities, both traditional for newspaper companies and entirely new as well. As the newspaper business is no long based on the simple revenue model of advertising and circulation revenue, many new business and revenue models are emerging. Session speakers include Ravi Dhariwal, CEO of The Times of India; Soheil Dastyari, CEO of Gruner+Jahr corporate editors in Germany; and Urs Gossweiler, CEO of Gossweiler Media in Switzerland.

• The annual presentation of the Innovations in Newspapers World Report, prepared for WAN-IFRA by Innovation Media Consulting, which this year will focus on: how to make pay walls work; how to re-invent narratives and workflows for the mobile news experience; the impact and implications of the iPad; and newspaper engagement with social media. And, as always, the presentation will be illustrated with case studies from around the world.

• An update of World Press Trends, the annual report from WAN-IFRA that is the primary and most authoritative source of data on the newspaper industry worldwide. Covering all 233 countries and territories were newspapers are published, the report and presentation provide vital statistics and analyses of the global industry as well as individual markets.

The events, hosted by the Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ), will be accompanied by a rich social programme, tours, meetings with local and international political, business and cultural leaders, and more.

The Congress and Editors Forum is being held this year in conjunction with IFRA Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry. The Expo will proceed the Congress and Forum, giving newspaper professionals the opportunity to benefit from a mega 'Newspaper Week' event. Full details on all the events can be found at: www.worldnewspaperweek.org

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

InfoTrends announces colour digital presses forecast
InfoTrends' new forecast for production level colour digital presses for packaging, estimates 10.3 per cent growth globally to 2015…

InfoTrends recently announced the publication of its 2011 forecast for production level colour digital presses used to print labels and packaging. InfoTrends estimates that converters worldwide spent $166 million on this category of colour digital presses in 2010, and that that total will grow at a 10.3 per cent annual rate, 2010 to 2015.

‘2010 was a bigger year for colour electrophotographic presses than we expected, meanwhile inkjet placements were not as robust as we had earlier forecasted,’ said Bob Leahey, the forecast's author and associate director of InfoTrends' Color Digital Label and Package continuous information service. ‘There's good growth, though, on both sides. Converters now often use colour digital presses in tandem with their analogue systems, and some converters operate both electrophotographic and inkjet presses.’

The new report, Color Digital Packaging and Labels Market Forecast: 2010-2015, includes a detailed numerical description the regional markets for costly colour digital presses made by such companies as Agfa, EFI Jetrion, HP Indigo, Xeikon, and Xerox, cut by electrophotographic and inkjet technologies. The report describes the placements, revenues, and installed bases for the collective brands for the forecast period worldwide. The forecast also estimates and forecasts revenues for media, toners, and inks cut by label, folding carton, and flexible packaging applications, and it calculates value of printed output for each.

‘Right now label and packaging converters worldwide bill about $2 billion annually for the output of their colour digital presses,’ Leahey continued. ‘While about 95 per cent of that value is for labels for consumer goods, the young folding carton and flexible packaging applications are themselves growing. Geographically, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and North America (NA) and are the biggest markets for colour digital label and packaging presses. Asia Pacific and Japan (AP/J) and rest of world (ROW) are the smaller and faster-growing regions.’

InfoTrends' Color Digital Packaging and Labels Market Forecast report provides pivot tables for placements, installed base, revenue, volume, and retail value of print. In addition, the report contains a detailed set of slides that distill and describe the forecast data and also the thinking behind it. These slides describe the in-scope presses and applications, recent developments affecting the market, the key forces at work in future markets.

This forecast is available for immediate purchase. For more information, visit the online store at store.infotrendsresearch.com/ or e-mail Robyn Wuori at: robyn_wuori@infotrends.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

EFI teams with Canon on mobile print solution
EFI direct mobile print technology supported by Canon imageRunner Advance multifunction systems…

EFI recently announced it is working with Canon U.S.A. to bring mobile printing to the enterprise print marketplace. As the first step, Canon's imageRunner Advance lineup of colour and black-and-white office systems utilising Fiery-based imagePass and ColorPass controllers now support EFI's direct mobile printing solution.

Residing on the Fiery controller, EFI's direct mobile print technology enables printing directly from Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices, further enhancing the functionality of Canon's award-winning series of imageRunner Advance office systems beyond traditional wired environments.

‘We're excited to extend our long-standing relationship with Canon to the mobile print arena, and we're confident Apple device users will welcome this new printing ability,’ said Toby Weiss, general manager of Fiery and senior vice president, EFI.

‘The combination of Canon's imageRunner Advance technology with EFI's direct mobile print solution creates an easy, intuitive way for Apple device users to automatically discover a Fiery-based printer on their WiFi network and print with the touch of one button,’ said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A.

EFI's direct mobile printing offering works together with Apple's iOS software. With the Fiery-based Canon controller running on the same wireless subnet as the iOS device, Apple users will find a print function automatically enabled on their device and can select a printer on their network to output their documents.

For more information, visit: www.efi.com/printmeconnect.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

QuadTech at WAN-IFRA India Expo 2011
Colour control and inspection technology enable newspaper printers to pursue new sources of revenue, reduce waste and downtime…

Under a theme of ‘the colour and inspection experts... moving you forward,’ the global press control technology leader QuadTech will demonstrate how its colour control, web inspection, register control and data management systems help newspaper printers significantly reduce waste and boost quality at WAN-IFRA Expo India, from 6 - 8 September 2011.

The QuadTech Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam offers colour control along with inline scumming detection and plate verification from the same sensor.

Color control and inspection capabilities
QuadTech's latest technology advancement combines industry-leading colour control and web inspection, all from the same sensor. The QuadTech Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam utilises a proprietary 6-channel spectral sensor for L*a*b*-based colour control - eliminating the need for colour bars or grey bars. The image-based, closed loop system automatically obtains target aim point values from a high-resolution prepress file to maintain accurate colour by automatically adjusting ink keys. The system also automatically controls and optimises the ink ratchet for superb inking performance, creating better colour, reduced waste and minimised operator intervention. All surfaces are inspected and common print faults such as scumming, blanket smashes, incorrect plates, and colour variations are detected.

Increasing potential for profits, positioning for growth
Achieving higher levels of colour quality enables newspaper printers to meet the high expectations of semi-commercial print customers, potentially bringing in new sources of revenue. This allows printers to maximise their capital investment.

Sankei Shimbun's Hokosetsu (Osaka) plant has used AccuCam to achieve high quality colour using a 200 dpi screen on newsprint. On presses with QuadTech equipment, Hokosetsu is meeting the proof to NANZAC standards. The plant is now producing the best colour quality in the Sankei group, and has established the colour standard for all Sankei plants to meet.

Newsprinters, the printing division of News International, recently installed the Color Control and Web Inspection System with AccuCam on five towers at its Knowsley plant near Liverpool, UK, following a successful trial of a single unit.

Proven register control performance
QuadTech's MultiCam has provided accurate colour-to-colour register, cut-off register and ribbon register to commercial web and newspaper printers in over 100 countries. With over 10,000 cameras installed, MultiCam is the world's best selling register camera.

Register Guidance System, which includes the MultiCam camera, has been enhanced with automated features such as fan-out control, anti-embossing, and front-to-back register control. QuadTech's fan-out control software automatically keeps the press in lateral register across the full width of the web, throughout the entire run. Register control cameras mounted on both the gear and operator sides of the web capture tiny shifts in lateral register and instantly make automatic corrections via an interface with the bustle wheels.

Performance reporting: your quality – quantified
QuadTech's Data Central Performance Reporting Module minimises the likelihood of rebates and reruns by documenting and verifying work quality. The Data Central data storage system, monitoring a host of quality and productivity parameters, allows easy analysis of real-time and historic press performance.

Unequaled support
The Performance Proven Guarantee initiative is a pledge that customers will receive guaranteed levels of performance improvement as a result of their investment in QuadTech technology. The Guarantee shows promised annual savings, and calculates a specific ROI schedule.

When an order is placed, QuadTech specialists agree with the customer on the level of performance improvement expected after installation. Performance is then tracked using the reports generated by the QuadTech equipment. Customers who do not experience agreed-upon levels of improvements, after a specified period, are entitled to a full refund of the equipment cost.

Unlike most remote diagnostic services, QuadTech's ‘Proactive Care’ provides around-the-clock health and condition monitoring of QuadTech ICON systems by skilled technicians, proactively identifying equipment issues before they become a problem. The new diagnostic service analyses every alert, makes an educated diagnosis, notifies the press crew and determines the best solution before press performance is compromised.

With a thorough knowledge of QuadTech products, Proactive Care's rapid-response technical staff monitors alert messages, eliminating any potential problems so that presses are kept constantly running.

Karl Fritchen, president of QuadTech, commented, ‘Our broader range of product and service solutions is empowering newspaper printers to protect margins and market share. Printers seek ways of achieving more with their capital equipment, through leaner production methods to reduce waste and overheads and higher quality standards. That is why we are dedicated to keeping our customers at the forefront of print quality and cost, not only through a cutting-edge press control technology, but with first-class technical support, round-the-clock, and performance guarantees, for total peace of mind.’

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

New ad delivery workflow by PPI Media
Rhein Main Publishing Group: Extension for its ad production solution with AdMan and WebLink CI from PPI Media…

The Rhein Main Publishing Group (VRM) has taken an important step towards newspaper production 2.0 by installing a new ad delivery workflow and a Web portal for uploading ads. The software - AdMan and WebLink CI - has been developed by PPI Media, a subsidiary of Manroland.

The new ad delivery workflow has set new standards at VRM. ‘Whereas before, a lot of processes were manual, automated processes are now on the increase,’ said Andreas Bräuer, production coordinator at the Rhein Main Publishing Group and project manager handling the installation of PPI Media's new modules. AdMan, PPI's ad production system, has been enhanced to accommodate the new workflow. AdMan monitors different data input channels, in particular e-mail boxes, round the clock. Incoming e-mails are processed automatically. AdMan assigns data such as the sender, subject, text and attachments either directly to an ad order, or creates a delivery job which the editor can easily assign to the respective ad order by drag & drop. It's even easier with the web portal. In WebLink CI, customers can upload full and partial assignments for their booked ads. When AdMan has checked the files, WebLink CI displays the actual values for the job in the portal together with the preview for the production file, so that the customer can view the status of his jobs.

Process optimisation with Jobreport and PDF assembly
Apart from the ad workflow, the overall newspaper production workflow is also to be improved. The Rhein Main Publishing Group has commissioned PPI Media to install Jobreport, its reporting and analysis system. When production has been completed, this system collects the operative data from the publishing modules PlanPag (production planning), AdPag (classified pagination), ProPag (page assembly) and Printnet OM (output management) for long-term storage in a database. Queries for collecting long, medium or short-term production data as well as data on the utilization of the systems can be performed in a standard or customized process. Automatically generated reports can, for example, be visualized as diagrams or tables in SAP BusinessObjects. An order has also been placed for an end-to-end PDF workflow. Assembly is based on an XML description file and the corresponding input files in EPS or PDF format. Any combination of EPS and PDF elements on a page can be assembled to a PDF printing form.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

Healeys steps up to B2 folding with Horizon
Fully-automated Horizon B2 system from IFS cuts outsourcing costs for Ipswich-based Healeys Printers…

Following the successful introduction of B2 litho printing, Ipswich-based Healeys turned to Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) and a fully-automated Horizon all-buckle AFC566F to meet its new folding needs.

‘After investing in our first B2 press we were completing a lot of the work on our B3 folder and what we couldn’t do was sent out,’ explained Healeys’ managing director, Philip Dodd. ‘We are looking at expanding our B2 press capacity so we wanted a folder that could meet our current needs and those of the future.’

Healeys already has an IFS-supplied StitchLiner and a BQ470 four-clamp perfect binder so Dodd was well aware of the build quality and functionality of Horizon systems. When it came to looking for a B2 folder he went to Ipex and also talked to IFS customer Lavenham Press in Suffolk. ‘The majority of our finishing equipment is from Horizon and one of the great things about the level of automation is the fact that the touchscreen prompting shares a commonality making it very easy for our team members to move around all the equipment,’ he stated.

Installation went very smoothly and Dodd commented, ‘Our operators are used to using Stahl and MBO folders and when it came to Horizon system they were full of praise. And it has made a big difference. We no longer have to send the work out and it is faster, the makereadies are quicker and it just makes everything a lot easier.

‘As for Horizon technology,’ Dodd continued, ‘Each time the company brings out new technology it includes everything we wanted or have asked for.’

The JDF-ready 42,000sph AFC-566Fjdf is equipped with 6 buckles and cross knife, allowing a wide variety of fold patterns. Roller gaps are calculated by the intelligent computer control from the single sample of stock placed in a master caliper. Operation is via a user-friendly, icon-based 10.4-inch colour touchscreen. It can operate in-line with a roll system.

Healeys Printers’ spend also included a Horizon MKU-54 detachable mobile knife unit for Horizon floor model folders that can also be connected with Horizon bookletmakers to endorse fold booklets for mailings.

For additional information, visit: www.ifsl.uk.com

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

TMB Image Center expands with HP Indigo 7500
TMB of Schijndel, The Netherlands, installs an HP Indigo 7500 digital press to meet rising demand and increased sales…

TMB Image Center of Schijndel in The Netherlands has installed an HP Indigo 7500 digital press to increase capacity and speed up production, enabling the company to meet rising demand for its services.

Mark Beekmans, managing director, TMB Image Center.

Established as a copy shop in 1991, TMB Image Center has grown on average 15 per cent each year and today offers a comprehensive range of digitally and conventionally printed products - from indoor and outdoor large format graphics to commercial applications, such as brochures and catalogues. Despite the economic downturn in recent years, TMB Image Center continued its upward trend and demand for its digital print services powered by its previous HP Indigo 3500 grew. As such, the company moved to larger premises in April 2004 and installed an HP Indigo 7500 digital press in April 2011.

‘We enjoyed great success with our previous HP Indigo press 3500, installed in 2007, but we simply needed more capacity,’ said Mark Beekmans, managing director, TMB Image Center. ‘With the installation of our HP Indigo 7500 we can now handle more jobs in less time, and still deliver the same high quality print our customers expect. We're also attracting new business by promoting the capabilities of our new press, such as the wide variety of substrates it can print on.’

As Beekman noted, a key feature of the HP Indigo 7500 which attracted TMB Image Center to it was its ability to support an extensive range of substrates including coated, uncoated, specialty media, and even thick substrates such as folding cartons (via the optional thick substrate kit). In addition, the HP Indigo white ink option kit enables the printing of high-value pages on specialised substrates, including transparent, metallic and coloured media.

‘With HP and our new HP Indigo press, the flexibility and productivity benefits we have gained positions us well for the future,’ said Beekmans. ‘In fact, the print quality from our new press is so good that we've already won a new customer that wasn't content with the quality other print service providers could offer - it virtually sells itself.’

With exclusive HP ElectroInk and a unique printing process, all HP Indigo presses produce consistent images with a true look and feel of offset. Advanced control systems embedded in the HP Indigo 7500 enable high colour consistency and with the widest and most accurate digital colour gamut on the market, HP Indigo 7500 offers up to 7 ink stations, allowing 4-, 6-, and 7-colour Pantone emulation, and off-press mixing, matching up to 97 per cent of Pantone colours.

Beekmans concluded, ‘Being able to provide something that others can't not only gives us a great competitive advantage in the eyes of the print buyers, but also means that we can generate revenue by offering our services to those printers that don't have digital print capabilities. These companies rely on us to supply their regular customers with high-quality, variable data print, and doing so accounts for about 25 percent of our core business.’

More information is available at: www.hp.com/go/graphicarts and at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also use the HP banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannsburg at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 10 August 2011.

Thursday 11 August

Heidelberg Canada to sell and support EFI Vutek printers
Latest move further extends EFI’s reach with superwide digital printing into the commercial print marketplace…

EFI and Heidelberg Canada announce a new agreement under which Heidelberg will distribute the Vutek GS series of superwide-format digital printers throughout Canada. Under the agreement, Heidelberg Canada will distribute EFI’s Vutek GS2000, GS3200 and GS5000r printers, as well as the inks (under the Saphira brand name), parts, consumables, accessories and upgrades related to these printers. Heidelberg will also provide customer and technical support for the Vutek GS series of printers, including installation and training.

EFI is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial, screen, packaging, in-plant and specialty printers worldwide. Heidelberg is the world's leading solutions provider for the print media industry. The company manufactures sheetfed press systems, as well as prepress and postpress components, software and consumables for all printing applications.

Heidelberg is the most widely recognised brand in the Canadian printing industry, and a market leader providing the industry with the finest and most technologically advanced prepress, printing and bindery / finishing equipment in the world. Heidelberg Canada employs 160 people working across the country. The company maintains extensive customer support staff in parts, service and consumables. It serves the marketplace with more than 25 equipment and consumables sales representatives and three regional sales vice presidents.

Heidelberg has a full-spectrum solution for multi-process colour management including Prinect Color Toolbox, a suite of tools for device calibration, ICC profile generation, and proof / print analysis. The company will use these tools to integrate and colour-manage Vutek output for optimal results.

EFI will train and support the Heidelberg Canada team enabling Heidelberg to sell, train and service customers independently.

‘Wide and superwide format printing are of considerable interest to the Canadian print market, and Heidelberg has the right workflow, colour management, service and consumables expertise needed to integrate these technologies into a print production environment,’ said Ken Freek, vice president product management, Heidelberg Canada. ‘Both EFI and Heidelberg are leaders in their respective markets. Together we can bring a best-in-class portfolio to our customers.’

The Vutek GS series of high-end printers can be integrated into a complete Prinect workflow and can be colour managed by Heidelberg’s Prinect Color Toolbox, which was recently awarded the IDEAlliance G7 System Certification. Customers will benefit from a single workflow that drives a digital device and an offset press, resulting in superior colour matching output from both devices.

‘Few companies are better respected in the industry than Heidelberg. Adding Heidelberg Canada as a reseller for EFI fits with our mission to offer customers the best combination of products to achieve diversity and profitability,’ said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. ‘With Heidelberg, customers benefit from having a single point of contact for all their printing needs.’

‘Commercial printers are looking for ways to distinguish themselves and offer their clients more diversified products and services. Now, the Heidelberg network of customers will benefit from having access to EFI’s industry-leading Vutek superwide format printers,’ added Mallozzi.

Vutek superwide inkjet solutions
Vutek digital superwide printers range from 2- to 5-metres wide in roll-to-roll and flatbed formats. These versatile printers and inks deliver High-Definition Print (HDP) quality and exceptional production level speeds. They enable greater profitability with localized messaging, direct-to-substrate printing, increased capacity, and reduced labour, waste and makeready costs. They allow businesses to enter new high-margin markets.

For additional information on both companies, visit their respective Websites by using the sponsor logo button links or banners on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

South African book printing industry set for growth
Figures from research companies, vendors, analysts agree: Digital book publishing is taking off, despite the recession…

Paul Haglich, marketing and product manager of the production systems group in the Xerox division at Bytes Document Solutions in Johannesburg, South Africa shares his observations (pictured).

You can quote figures from various research companies, vendors, analysts – wherever you get them, they tell the same story: digital book publishing is taking off, despite the recession.

The reasons are straightforward: it’s best-fit digital production print technology that drives down costs, it opens opportunities for new lines of business, it allows for far greater self-publishing opportunities, grows digital print profit, lets printers do shorter runs for the same price as longer runs, cuts down time to print, and eliminates the need for stock. And stock is a major headache for book publishers - European analyst Sean Smyth’s research indicates that up to 30 per cent of books aren’t sold and are repulped.

But what do the benefits mean for you, the printers?
For little up-front investment and a rapid process from buying the machine to charging customers for the first books, you can offer a raft of new services around book printing and that means more revenue. This is not just for the big boys – the actual devices that can make all of this possible range from smaller machines suitable for a mom-and-pop print shop all the way up to the big shops.

At the entry level you have affordable 60 - to 70 page-per-minute machines, and the market in South Africa is growing and following the international trend, particularly now with the introduction of inkjet and gel ink printers, and the flash fusing technology in the higher spec toner-based machines, which is especially good for lay-flat printing and binding.

Flash fusing technology takes care of a big headache with normal laser printers that curl the paper as they print it. And the phrase flash fusing technology may sound like an episode of Star Wars, but it’s simple for users because you don’t have to deal with it – it just works.

And to really boost productivity, efficiency and customer service, an automated prepress workflow system should be integrated with the book production workflow – for instance, job files can be checked once to ensure file matches order and are not touched again until book blocks are loaded for binding. The other area to focus on is making it easier for clients to do business with your company by enabling a Web ordering system – to quote the CEO of LaserTryk, Denmark, ‘We make buying print as easy as buying pens and light bulbs.’

We’ve all heard the stories that in the US and Europe the digital book printing market is already big, but even there the market is largely untapped. Caslon estimates digital will account for 13 per cent of overall book print volumes by 2015. Research firm Interquest believes digital book printing print volume will grow at 15 to 20 per cent in the next five years.

It’s the same here in South Africa said Haglich. There is a huge and promising market for local printers, because in the publishing industry here a good run on a popular paperback book is in the region of 3 000 to 4 000 books. That’s ideal for the machines that are already available and being put to good use. And that’s just in the publishing industry.

A sub-section of that is the self-publishing industry. Many people write books and publishers won’t necessarily take them on, suggesting that it may not be economical to do so. But digital publishing changes that dynamic – people can print a few copies, see how they sell, and print more as needed. Or they can keep them as specialist subject matter books, printed on demand as buyers arise. That’s a big market in education at the moment and also in government, not just in South Africa but many of our neighbouring countries too.

People can also personalise special copies for promotional activities or as special corporate gifts to a select audience. The flexibility that digital book printing enables means that printers are only limited by their imaginations – although it may be dangerous to say that. Printers in South Africa can be a pretty imaginative bunch.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Enfocus reveals 'The Truth About Automation'
Enfocus dispels automation myths and misconceptions in a new white paper entitled: The Truth About Automation…

Developer of fast-growing Enfocus Switch automation platform eliminates misconceptions about automation cost and complexity.

Enfocus Software vice president Fabian Prudhomme and Enfocus' international team want the industry to know that automation in 2011 is a much different, more feasible enterprise than it was just a few years ago. So says Prudhomme in his opening letter to professionals in the company's just-released white paper, The Truth About Automation. What's inside the white paper:

The 2011 Economy
The Truth About Automation briefly but importantly sets the stage for the conversation about automation with an honest examination of the current worldwide economy - and specifically, its impact on the job market. The reality of this job market provides the context for the rest of the white paper.

How to determine who does what
The Paper then delves into the differences between machine and human capabilities; helping the reader to understand that properly applied automation allows businesses to maximize the capabilities of people and systems; thereby increasing employee morale and streamlining processes for maximum profit. These points are illustrated in this excerpt:

These graphic arts operations are doing what they always did, but doing it faster and better, with automated quality control and processing that needs human beings to add value everywhere the machines cannot. For example, designers are doing design - what they love - instead of preparing files over and over again for proper processing through a workflow, and taking countless calls from the press room, the client, and everyone else regarding changes, version problems, setting permissions, and the inevitable expectation to do IT on their own systems.

The bonus is that re-allocating talent can simultaneously help fulfil the need for printing and production organizations to expand their services and/or form deeper business and marketing partnerships with clients.

From The Truth About Automation, p. 4:

Automation in Practice: what you need to know regarding automation types, relevant ramp-up times and costs
In the second part of the Paper, the Enfocus authors discuss how to find and implement automation opportunities; even in workflows that professionals believe are already streamlined as much as possible.

And because there are so many in the industry who have had varying types of experiences and levels of success with automation in the past, Enfocus covers automation's history in our industry, and the substantial and meaningful changes it has undergone over the years.

One of the most significant automation topics covered in this section is open and closed system architectures. Choices made about openness and modularity affect integration, scalability, cost and ease of use.

The benefits of the Enfocus Switch modular automation platform
Popular sentiment is promoting the view that the future of automation looks, feels, and is just likely to be Enfocus Switch. The whitepaper discusses the key reasons why the Enfocus Switch fan base is growing at such a rapid pace; from modularity and scalability though price, ease of use, investment protection via integration with existing assets, and robust functionality, security and reliability.

The Truth About Automation then covers Crossroads, an online community where Switch application partners (www.crossroads-world.com/) and customers meet, provide guidance to one another, and share Switch installation and implementation techniques as well as the ‘flows’, themselves.

The paper concludes with practical information on how to get started, and includes links to numerous, relevant resources.

For additional information, visit: www.enfocus.com. In Southern Africa, consult Cape Town-based Digital Distributors which has banner and a sponsor logo button links on our Home Page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Italian print pros visit KBA in Radebeul
Goodbye pit stops! Formula One run in medium-format litho…

On 12 July, 50 Italian print professionals gathered at KBA’s customer showroom in Radebeul for an update on the latest advances in sheetfed offset automation and quality control, with demos on the Rapida 106, the world makeready champion. As well as longstanding KBA customers like Mondadori Printing and G Canale, print enterprises working with non-KBA presses were also represented.

Pictured top right: The press demos on a ten-colour Rapida 106 (pictured here) and a six-colour coater press were hosted by Graziano Mion for his fellow Italians

Immediate right: Flying job changes on the Rapida 106 make pit stops superfluous, but visitors were still happy to accept freshly printed sheets from Michaela, Eurospeedway Lausitz’ Miss Quarter-Mile.

Following an opening address by KBA executive vice-president for sheetfed sales, Ralf Sammeck, and a brief introduction the first press to be fired up was a ten-colour Rapida 106 with DriveTronic SPC dedicated plate-cylinder drives which printed four challenging jobs in five-backing-five perfecting mode using a total of eight formes. The first job was a cookbook printed on 135gsm matt art paper, with simultaneous high-speed plate changing, washing and makeready for the different signatures. For the next jobs the press operators also changed the substrate and format, printing on 70, 80 and 400gsm art paper.

The demo concluded with flying job changes entailing four different language versions for a four-colour catalogue. The plates for each language plus black were changed in alternately disengaged units 4 and 5, and the relevant unit re-engaged electronically. In keeping with the Formula One event theme the sheets were displayed by Eurospeedway Lausitz’ Miss Quarter-Mile. Attendees also had the chance to test their own skills – with or without a pit stop – on a go-cart track outside the hall.

The six-colour Rapida 106 was used to demonstrate inline finishing. First of all it printed package leaflets on 60gsm offset (16lb bond) paper from an RS106 reel-to-sheet feeder. After conversion to sheet production matt-gloss effects were created with a partial application of oil-based varnish and subsequent high-gloss aqueous coating. There followed a surprise run with gloss-coated images taken at the event, pus shots of Dresden and Radebeul. To finish up a run of packaging for Stollen (German Christmas cake) was printed on GT1 cartonboard. The event closed with a tour of Dresden, whereby a trip to Lingnerschloss, a castle bequeathed to the city by Karl-August Lingner, the inventor of Odol mouthwash, ‘for the benefit of the people of Dresden and surroundings’, was not to be missed. The Italian delegation returned home after two days with a host of new impressions.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Roland 700: Printing greener and saving costs
Using waste heat at Druckerei Hesse in Fuldabrück, Germany, considerably increases its cost efficiency…

Druckerei Hesse in Fuldabrück, Germany, remains loyal to the Manroland brand, which not only enables this printer to provide premium print quality but also save on heating costs in the future.

The new five-colour Roland 700 will replace the company’s old Manroland press. ‘Our customers are very demanding, and the new press with a dispersion coating module is capable of meeting the highest requirements,’ reported Petra Kaiser, owner of Druckerei Hesse. She and her team appreciate the efficient link between the press and the prepress operations. ‘Now the first proof has almost end-product quality and long makeready times are a thing of the past,’ said Petra Kaiser. Druckerei Hesse prints brochures, catalogues, posters, presentation folders, flyers, business stationery, and much more besides. The range of substrates to be printed is correspondingly wide: the new press processes everything from 0.04 mm lightweight paper up to carton 1 mm thick. The heat generated by the press is fed into the new ventilation system and helps to reduce heating costs.

The QuickChange options for the Roland 700 make life easier for the printers. QuickChange Surface ensures fast ink changes and saves on washing agents. QuickChange Color enables the ink flow to be changed from the control console for fewer waste sheets. QuickChange Job provides fast job change-over fully automatically. QuickChange Wash cuts the time needed for washing up the inking units by half. With QuickChange Air, all relevant settings for repeat jobs are stored, which reduces makeready times and increases average production speed. The APL automatic plate changing system is of course a part of the package.

Taken all together, the QuickChange options increase printing capacity by up to 30 per cent. Furthermore, inking units not used can be disengaged which minimizes roller wear. Dampening solution cooling and inking unit temperature control reduce annual energy consumption in this area by around 25 per cent.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Prati to show eight machines at Labelexpo 2011
Prati's finishing solutions hit the international stage at Labelexpo 2011 in Brussels between 28 September and 1 October…

Prati is to showcase a raft of its innovative finishing machines at the biennial trade show, Labelexpo 2011. Visitors to the company's stand will discover the latest finishing technologies shaping the label market. Labelexpo is the world's largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry. This year's show takes place in Brussels between September 28 and October 1. Prati can be found in Hall 5 at Stand C60 with the largest booth demonstrating finishing machines.

Eight Prati machines that have proved very popular and successful in the pharmaceutical and booklet market will be on display at the event: four slitter rewinder inspection machines, two VEGAplus converting platforms, the Pharmacheck (pictured) and the VEGAplus Booklet Maker.

In addition, three other slitter rewinder machines (Type Saturn), equipped with digital inspection cameras, will be demonstrated at the booths of the camera manufacturers AVT, NIKKA and BST. NIKKA and BST will be showcasing Prati finishing machines exclusively.

‘We've been present at Labelexpo since 1993, so we can't miss out this year on what's set to be the largest ever show,’ said Chiara Prati, sales manager at Prati, Italy. ‘The exhibition is an excellent forum for meeting with customers and prospects to get a better understanding of the challenges they face.

‘And, of course, it's the ideal platform to introduce our portfolio of machines and related services to a larger, worldwide audience. Visitors to our stand will see innovative systems and applications that can help them generate new revenue.’

Prati will also use Labelexpo to highlight its response to demand for more sustainable solutions. ‘The Saturn Linerless, for example, is just one of our environmental friendly machines, producing zero liner waste,’ Prati continues.

Earlier this year Prati opened its new plant to handle increased international demand for its solutions. ‘We've witnessed a strong economic recovery in the industry and feel confident about the future,’ concluded Prati. ‘We're proud to have top companies and large multinational groups investing in our finishing solutions.’

To find out more about Prati, visit: www.praticompany.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Jadan Press improves its physical and digital workflow
The Heidelberg customer has moved larger freehold premises and upgraded to a Suprasetter A75 ATL thermal CTP device…

Jadan Press has moved one street away to 50 per cent larger premises in Hull, from a rented site to a freehold property where it can benefit from an improved physical workflow.

At the same time it has taken the opportunity to enhance its digital workflow by investing in Pressroom Manager for fast and accurate set up of its two perfecting presses, a five- and two-colour Speedmaster SM 74.

Completing the improvements it has replaced a six year old Topsetter with a Suprasetter A75 ATL thermal imaging CTP device.

‘The lasers were ageing and moving the existing machine could have created unnecessary problems and downtime. At the new site we had a purpose built design studio with a blank footprint so it seemed like a good time to change and re-invest. Now we can be confident of the reliability, because this system is much more automated. We can programme it and plates will be output automatically without the guys having to work evenings and come in at the weekend,’ said managing director Pam Wainman.

Training is complete and Wainman describes the first days of production on the Suprasetter as ‘fantastic’. The CTP device operates flexible days at the new 868 sq/m site.

The company handles a range of commercial work for companies UK and even European-wide, including a niche in jotters and Wire-O-bind products. It is ISO 9001 quality accredited.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Budd Printers Bloemfontein adds Kodak Trendsetter 800
Antalis South Africa going the distance with Bloemfontein-based Budd Printers as it adds the latest Kodak CTP system…

‘Hailing from a family of high achievers it was no wonder that Quintus Budd, owner and founder of Budd Printers, re-established the family business in 1999 and continues to make an outstanding success of it. The latest installation we did with them is no exception.’ said Mel Ellis, national sales manager for Antalis.

‘The Kodak Trendsetter 800 Platesetter will surely leverage this local hero to iconic status! In partnership with Budd Printers we chose to install this equipment because of its ability to delivery outstanding image quality, stability and maximum efficiency with advanced automation and unmatched productivity.’

Based in Bloemfontein, Budd Printers provides a wide variety of commercial print jobs for local customers and those as far afield as Cape Town and Johannesburg. Run by Quintus Budd, brother of Zola Budd the former Olympic track and field competitor and former world-record holder in women's long distance running, his wife Ria and their increasing staff complement the business that was originally established in the 1930's.

Antalis has been working with the team for more than six years and relishes the company's pursuit of knowledge not to mention a commitment to achieving and excelling on their exemplary standards. ‘Quintus is such a character and is often seen around the shop with his pet parrot perched on his shoulder, like Bloemfontein's version of 'Long John Silver'! continued Ellis.

‘I am very impressed with the hallmark features of good value, reliability, flexibility and outstanding quality that the Kodak Trendsetter 800 is producing. The advanced automation and unmatched productivity has made a significant impact in the short time since we installed the equipment,’ said Budd.

‘We have an excellent working relationship with Antalis, who have assisted with all the installations since we took over the family business. I feel confident in their knowledge and support, knowing that their passion and knowledge of the industry can only benefit our on-going success,’ he added.

‘To meet the company's exacting requirements we felt that a Kodak computer-to-plate system, which are modular and have a wide choice of upgrade options, would be best suited. Thankfully, the installation process was quick, seamless and easy to perform, helped as usual by excellent customer support and a budding relationship with our valued client,’ concluded Ellis.

For further information please go to: www.antalis.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Barcelona company installs new HP Indigo WS6000
Satergraf, of Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain improves business opportunities with its second HP Indigo digital press (Eng/Esp)…

HP has announced that Satergraf, of Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain, has added a new HP Indigo WS6000 digital press to supplement its existing HP Indigo press ws4500 to improve its production capabilities and increase opportunities.

Left to right: Jordi Bayo , Lluis Busquets , Salvador Bayo, Bartomeu Bayo of Satergraf.

The launch of the HP Indigo WS6000 digital press with twice the print speed of the HP Indigo press ws4000 made clear to Bertomeu Bayo, CEO and owner of Satergraf, that there was an opportunity to improve processes and costs.

‘When got the news about the HP Indigo WS6000 my eyes opened wide as this press allows us to be competitive on longer runs. This, together with the fact that our HP Indigo press ws4000 press was already reaching overcapacity was what made me decide to buy it,’ said Bayo.

Satergraf mejora oportunidades de negocio con una segunda prensa digital HP Indigo

Satergraf, empresa sita en Terrassa, Barcelona (España), dispone de una nueva prensa digital HP Indigo WS6000, que se suma a la ya existente HP Indigo WS4500, para mejorar sus capacidades de producción e incrementar su capacidad abriendo nuevas oportunidades de negocio.

Satergraf se fundó en 1992 y se dedica a la fabricación de etiquetas autoadhesivas. Cuenta con 18 empleados y equipamiento de producción en banda estrecha tanto tradicional, tipografía, serigrafía y flexografía, como de impresión digital.
Su mercado se centraba hasta ahora en la zona de Cataluña y están ampliando al resto de España.

Los clientes de Satergraf responden a un perfil muy amplio con una concentración importante de los sectores de alimentación, cosmética y laboratorios de farmacia y parafarmacia. ‘la exigencia de nuestros clientes en cuanto a calidad y procesos es muy elevada’, comentó Bartomeu Bayo, director general y propietario de Satergraf. ‘Por eso la producción precisa de la tecnología más avanzada que pueda garantizar esos resultados’.

La empresa cuenta con un equipo de producción que su propietario calificó como futurista. Dispone de un completo equipo de preimpresión flexo, así como con prensas de banda estrecha y sistemas de acabado, que incluyen una unidad de proceso offline Digicon para atender la producción de las dos prensas HP Indigo. ‘La mejora que supone contar con equipamiento avanzado nos permite fabricar con mejores tiempos de entrega y mucha mejor organización de personal’, comentó Bartomeu Bayo.

La primera prensa digital de banda estrecha HP Indigo WS4500 llego a Satergraf hace ya cuatro años. ‘La principal razón para escoger la prensa HP Indigo fue la gran calidad de producción que tiene. Hay otros equipos en el mercado que quizá tengan un coste menor, pero no llegan ni de lejos a la perfección con la que imprime la HP Indigo’, indicó Bartomeu Bayo.

La llegada de los nuevos modelos con el doble de velocidad de impresión convenció a Bertomeu Bayo de la oportunidad de mejora de procesos y costes que aporta la nueva prensa HP Indigo WS6000: ‘Cuando salio esta HP Indigo WS6000 se me abrieron los ojos ya que podía ser competitiva en tirajes mas largos. Esto, unido que la prensa HP Indigo WS4000 ya estaba muy cargada de trabajo fue lo que me decidió a adquirirla’, comentó Bartomeu Bayo.

Las capacidades de impresión digital que aportan las dos prensas HP Indigo están siendo claves en la buena evolución del negocio de Satergraf en un entorno de crisis económica.

‘Disponer de tecnología digital nos esta permitiendo capear la crisis gracias a que estamos cogiendo mercados nuevos porque estamos consiguiendo clientes importantes en farmacia o cosmética que utilizan etiquetas complejas’, explicó Bartomeu Bayo. ‘A estos clientes les ofrecemos gran calidad, rapidez en entrega del pedido sin costes de grabado. En tirajes pequeños y medianos, de alrededor de mil metros lineales o entre 5.000 y 20.000 etiquetas, el coste de grabado de las planchas de flexografía es una parte relevante’.

‘La impresión digital es el futuro y empezar ahora con equipos, como las prensas HP Indigo, que ofrezcan la mejor calidad y versatilidad permite captar mejor a los clientes y conseguir experiencia y conocimiento para adelantarnos a los competidores y abrir nuevos mercados’, concluye Bartomeu Bayo.

More information is available at: www.hp.com/go/graphicarts and at www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts. You can also use the HP banner and sponsor logo links on our Home Page. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannsburg at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Colorworld improves quality with Duplo creaser-cutter
Colorworld Imaging in North Shields, UK, has become the latest company to invest in a Duplo DC-615 creaser-cutter…

Colorworld Imaging in North Shields has become the latest company to invest in a Duplo DC-615 creaser-cutter to enhance the productivity of its growing digital print business. Primarily a Pro Lab company, offering professional photographers high quality image enhancement and print services, the company has diversified in recent years to offer a range of additional print products.

Five years ago the company began offering fully bound wedding albums to its professional clientele - the foundation of the business today. Mike Brydon, Business Development Director quickly saw a natural progression into photobooks and the investment in a new Konica Minolta proved to be a seminal moment for Colorworld. As planned, it facilitated their entry into the photobooks market but a secondary benefit was that it gave the company a route into the market for a far wider selection of products like brochures and greetings cards. The only problem was that the company's finishing equipment was simply not good enough to do the print justice.

Mike Brydon explained, ‘we were doing everything manually. If we had a greetings card job we'd have to guillotine it down and then crease it manually - accuracy was a big problem and the quality was way off. It just wasn't good enough. We were even turning away certain jobs such as business cards because it was too expensive and labour intensive to get right.’

To help solve their finishing problem the company approached local dealer Glendale Presentation and Graphics. Mark Wilson of Glendale was quick to identify the DC-615 as the solution to their finishing problems. Wilson noted, ‘the major problem they faced was how to make short-run, fiddly jobs profitable - they were spending too much time finishing and too often getting it wrong. They needed a product that could automate their most common finishing tasks - cutting and creasing - without compromising on the standard of finish. They were blown away when they saw the DC-615.’

The DC-615 is a pre-programmable digital finisher that cuts and creases SRA3 sheets down to finished products. According to the literature, it can produce 1200 greetings cards or 6000 business cards per hour with no manual intervention.

Brydon has been more than happy with the investment and added, ‘Not only has the Duplo improved the productivity, it has dramatically increased the quality of what we are producing. We use the registration mark function so when we are creasing cards or tri-fold leaflets we know that even if the image has moved slightly the crease is always in exactly the right place.’

The DC-615 uses a vacuum and conveyor system to feed sheets from the top. There are individual controls on the fan and the separator but Brydon has found adjustments unnecessary; ‘We tend to use 170gsm for leaflets and 300gsm for everything else and no matter what we load onto it, it just feeds, we don't have to change anything’.

Mark Wilson of Glendale concluded, ‘we've been a Duplo dealer for a number of years but this machine is quickly becoming the star of the range. It makes it so easy for a customer to produce high quality work they can make their investment back in a matter of months.’

For additional information, visit: www.duplo-international.com. In Southern Africa, consult Kemtek Imaging Systems in Johannesburg, South Africa at: www.kemtek.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 11 August 2011.

Friday 12 August

Goss International at Graph Expo with expanded portfolio
Goss to emphasise recent North American web activity and expanded product range of Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux and Yawa products…

Goss technology advantages driving replacement of older systems
• Akiyama, Ferag, Purlux and Yawa products expand Goss press, finishing and aftermarket options

Goss International will use this year's Graph Expo show to highlight recent web press projects in North America, where commercial printers selecting Goss presses to replace older technology or enter new markets have given the company a near-unanimous market position through 2010 and 2011.

The Goss stand will present unique options for commercial and newspaper printing, print finishing and aftermarket support as well as the new Sunday Vpak packaging presses and an expanded portfolio of Ferag, Akiyama, Purlux and Yawa products.

‘The benefit of Graph Expo is the chance to step away from immediate, day-to-day challenges and to explore new possibilities and new opportunities,’ comments Graham Trevett, vice president of sales for Goss International.

Large and small printers in North America have chosen Goss Sunday web presses recently for commercial and publication printing as well as a growing array of specialised applications including direct mail, retail inserts and playing cards. The list includes sheetfed printers adding web capacity to differentiate and offer their customers a more complete one-stop-shop.

Goss also remains active in the newspaper sector, with a full portfolio of press systems, unique finishing options utilising Goss and Ferag components, and specialised experience in supporting hybrid and contract printing operations.

Trevett said lower waste, faster makereadies, and more overall output and uptime are common factors driving investments in web presses, finishing systems and enhancements. Environmental advantages including lower paper and energy consumption and reduced emissions extend the competitive advantages of newer presses. ‘We look forward to discussing why Omnicon automation packages, on-the-fly Automatic Transfer job changes, DigiRail digital inking and many other advanced Goss features make it very sensible to consider a new press to replace older, less efficient capacity,’ Trevett explained.

In the direct mail sector, Sunday 2000 presses are increasingly being utilised with new or existing in-line finishing systems to produce high-quality targeted products at lower costs. New Sunday 2000 direct mail presses have been recently installed at Japs-Olson, Vertis, Quad/Graphics and other U.S. sites. Several feature Automatic Transfer technology, allowing on-the-fly version or job changes without stopping the press, and 'digital hybrid' configurations with integrated digital printing.

Additional highlights of the Goss International booth at Graph Expo will include the new Sunday Vpak variable sleeve packaging presses. Vpak presses are available in web widths up to 1905mm (75-inches) and represent a new web offset alternative to sheetfed, gravure and flexo presses for folding carton, film and label applications.

The Goss Lifetime Support team will also present parts, service and enhancement programs designed to extend the competitive lifespan of press and finishing systems. Goss International will again offer a Graph Expo parts discount promotion to emphasise the advantages and competitiveness of its large-scale OEM parts operation.

Trevett said the extensive Goss presence at Graph Expo will reflect confidence in and support for the industry and an enthusiasm for collaborating with printers. ‘The show brings printers and suppliers together in a unique environment that is conducive to collaborating, discussing challenges and generating ideas,’ he added.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

Heidelberg US to debut Ricoh and Vutek at Graph Expo
Heidelberg will also showcase full network integration, as well as cross-platform colour management at Graph Expo 2011…

Heidelberg will demonstrate ‘HEI Flexibility’ in Booth 1200 at Graph Expo 2011. ‘HEI Flexibility’ refers to an intelligent combination of offset and digital printing, as well as Web-to-print offerings, designed to produce top-quality print products in the most profitable way possible, regardless of run length or variable content.

Graph Expo 2011 is the first North American show at which Heidelberg will present both its new digital and conventional production equipment alongside its Speedmaster presses. Accordingly, Graph Expo will see the U.S. launch of the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition high-speed colour digital press. Running at up to 90ppm, this high-output press is the offset printer’s answer to short runs, variable data printing, and fast turnaround on a wide range of substrates. Heidelberg also will launch its own Web-to-print solution, giving commercial print shops the chance to enter this market in an affordable way. The company will also exhibit for the first time the Vutek GS3200 grand-format UV inkjet printer, a hybrid UV device for rigid and roll-to-roll printing.

‘As a supplier of all the technologies and support services that define graphic production today, attendees can see these systems in action as they could be in their own plants,’ said Jim Dunn, president of Heidelberg USA. ‘We also want them to know that optimised production comes not just from acquiring the right solutions, but from making them work together at the highest level of performance. Graph Expo, which will attract tens of thousands of visitors over four days, provides the ideal opportunity for us to show attendees how this can work in their shops.’

As visitors approach Booth 1200, they immediately will see a bright red 18-wheeler forming almost one entire wall of the booth. The big rig is courtesy of Unisource, Heidelberg’s partner in Printers Advantage, a new national partnership that makes it easy for printers to obtain all the paper and consumable supplies they need together with world-class technical support, all from a single team dedicated to their success.

Digital Production
In its entirety, the Heidelberg stand will be a fully networked print shop running live work for the duration of the show, simulating the digitally controlled production environment that Heidelberg can help its customers achieve. It will offer examples of everything a printing company needs to optimise its production and grow its business—not in the form of static equipment displays, but in one seamless example of automated print manufacturing at its most efficient.

In live demonstrations, Heidelberg will exhibit its colour management solutions, where attendees can experience colour matching across all platforms. The Vutek GS3200, the Ricoh Pro C901, and the Speedmasters all will be linked in a live, colour-managed workflow as they print a variety of materials for a simulated advertising campaign, showcasing Heidelberg’s cross-platform expertise in integrated production and colour consistency.

Visitors to the stand will learn that getting harmonious results from all three processes can be a major competitive advantage for printers who know how to make cross-platform colour management part of their everyday production routines. Prinect workflow technology will drive colour management and all other integrated functions from a bank of workstations at the centre of the stand. Prinect brings ‘HEI Flexibility’ to every phase of print manufacturing by routing jobs quickly and efficiently to production equipment for optimised throughput and higher profitability.

Offset lithography and prepress
Representing conventional production will be a pair of Speedmaster presses: a five-colour plus coater Speedmaster SM 74 featuring Prinect Axis Control and the 40-inch Wallscreen display; and a five-colour-plus-coater Speedmaster SM 52 with Anicolor zoneless inking system for minimal makeready waste. A Suprasetter A75 thermal CTP unit and inkjet proofers from Epson and HP will support the presses.

In of the finishing area of the booth are Heidelberg solutions for flexible, automated commercial and package printing postpress: the KAMA ProCut 74 multi-function automatic die-cutter; a KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluer; a Polar 92 XT high-speed cutter with Compucut job programming software; and a Stahlfolder TH 56 folder with accessories for extra productivity.

Workflow solutions
Visitors will learn how to ‘Get Prinected’ from order intake to job completion as they view Prinect solutions for integrated production, colour management, MIS, and Web-to-print in live action in Booth 1200. Among showings of special interest will be the preview of the new Prinect Business Manager professional print management system; the next-generation version of Prinect Image Control, an advanced spectrophotometric colour management system; and Heidelberg's new Web-to-print solution, a fully functional electronic storefront that provides better brand control, business growth opportunities, and the ability to streamline internal processes.

Paper and consumables
The big red truck will be a vivid reminder that among the many benefits offered by the Printers Advantage program are simplified ordering, consolidated delivery, improved inventory management and world-class technical support from a single team. An overview of the program can be seen in ‘The Search for Happiness,’ a video at: www.youtube.com/HeidelGuy.

Service, Training, and Consulting
For Heidelberg, managing a post-sale relationship means not just honouring the terms of the warranty, but taking an active interest in the customer’s progress on all fronts—a theme that will keynote its presentation of business support services at Graph Expo. In Systemservice, Heidelberg provides the industry’s most comprehensive and flexible support program for new equipment. Heidelberg’s Print Media Academy offers customised training for continuous improvement in every area of graphic production. And through its expanding portfolio of Business Consulting services, Heidelberg also is opening new paths to profitability for its customers in colour management, process optimisation, sustainable production, and other opportunities for growth.

More customer education will be offered in a series of brief presentations by Heidelberg technology experts in the stand. In these briefings, visitors will learn how consultation with Heidelberg can help them put their capabilities to the best use in every job, for every customer.

For more information please visit Heidelberg’s Graph Expo microsite: sso.us.heidelberg.com/graphexpo.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

World Editors Forum 2011: The latest update
Der Standard editor-in-chief to tout the power of print…

While the World Editors Forum is focusing much of its attention on digital innovations, its annual conference in Vienna in October does not neglect the successful editorial strategies designed specifically for what remains the heart of all newspapers – print.

It is fitting that this year’s Editors Forum is taking place in Austria, where the dynamic publishing market has done well compared to other hard-hit Western countries.

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, editor-in-chief of the Austrian daily Der Standard, has joined the programme of the WEF, to be held alongside the World Newspaper Congress and Info Services Expo in Vienna from 12 to 15 October. Ms Föderl-Schmid will participate in a session on ‘What content should print newspapers focus on to survive and thrive?’

‘The function of daily newspapers has changed because the ways of sharing breaking news have multiplied,’ said Föderl-Schmid. ‘As a consequence, printed newspapers have become more important as a medium for explaining the news: background, analysis, critique and artwork are becoming more and more crucial. It’s the news behind the news.’

Der Standard has introduced ‘Main Focus Editions’, a successful strategy exclusively for print in which one theme is used throughout the paper and all sections feature articles about it. ‘The advantage compared to a supplement is that readers are carried through the whole paper and keep encountering articles relating to the same central theme,’ said Föderl-Schmid.

‘From readers’ reactions we know that this new form of journalism, which consciously prioritises a central focus, is well received,’ she said. ‘The central themes come from anniversaries, from incidents arising from current events like the Schengen borders being opened, or the World Climate Summit, or from timeless themes like happiness or food production.’

The full interview with Ms Föderl-Schmid can be found at: tinyurl.com/3wd4q6y

More than 1,200 chief editors, publishers, managing directors, CEOs and other senior newspaper executives are expected at the Editors Forum, Congress and Info Services Expo 2011, the annual global summit meetings of the world's press. For the evolving programme, registration and other information, please consult: www.worldnewspaperweek.org/event/18th-world-editors-forum

Other WEF sessions include:

After WikiLeaks: the next step for newspapers, featuring Mathias Müller von Blumencron, editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, founder of OpenLeaks, and other speakers to be announced.

How to build a community around your newspaper, an examination of how newspapers are using social media featuring Jim Brady, head of Project Thunderdome at the Journal Register Company in the United States, Matthew Eltringham, editor of the BBC College of Journalism Website in the UK, and Anette Novak, editor-in-chief of Norran, Sweden.

Paywalls, from the newsroom perspective, which will include Jim Roberts, Assistant Managing editor at The New York Times, Matús Kostoln, editor-in-chief of SME in Slovakia, and other speakers to be announced.

Rethinking newsroom integration: the latest experiments in a multi-platform age, a debate between pro-integration and pro-separate newsrooms featuring John Hillkirk, editor of USA Today and Christian Ortner, editor-in-chief of Vorarlberger Nachrichten in Austria.

The steps towards a successful tablet application, with Mario Garcia, CEO and founder of Garcia Media, Peter Hossli, editor-in-chief of the Collection from Ringier, and other speakers to be announced.

Looking beyond the article, a session dedicated to new storytelling techniques and featuring Scott Klein, editor of News Applications at ProPublica, Bill Adair, founder and editor of Politifact, Justin Peters, managing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review online, and Marcelo Rech, eirector general for Product at RBS in Brazil.

What content should print newspapers focus on to survive and thrive?, followed by a session on How editorial initiatives can contribute to print success. Speakers include Föderl-Schmid, Simon Kelner, editor-in-chief of the UK’s The Independent, Shyam Parekh, editor of DNA in India, and Tom Kent, standards editor and deputy managing editor at The Associated Press.

• Plus much more, including special sessions focused on the Arab Spring, ethics and quality journalism in the wake of the UK phone hacking scandal, the Innovations in Newspapers World Report, and the annual World Press Trends report.

The events, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and hosted by the Austrian Newspaper Association (VÖZ), will be accompanied by a rich social programme, tours, meetings with local and international political, business and cultural leaders, and more.

The evolving conference programmes and other details can be found at: www.worldnewspaperweek.org/

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

Heidelberg launches Prinect Business Manager MIS
Significantly enhanced functions for the Prinect print shop workflow with new MIS born out of CERM software acquisition…

For the further development of the Prinect print shop workflow, Heidelberg is focusing on four growth segments in the print media industry - MIS solutions and Web-to-print as well as digital and packaging printing.

New MIS from acquisition of software manufacturer CERM launched as Prinect Business Manager
• Enhancements in growth segments MIS, Web-to-print, and digital and packaging printing

Four areas in particular have been driving business in the print media industry in recent times - management information systems (MIS), Web-to-print solutions, and digital and packaging printing. These developments have prompted Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to extend the functions of its Prinect print shop workflow in these areas in particular.

In future, Prinect will be the only workflow solution in the industry to offer a fully integrated MIS (management information system). This system is based on the MIS technology developed by software manufacturer CERM, which Heidelberg acquired at the start of the year. The solution is gradually being introduced worldwide under the name Prinect Business Manager. The Business Manager has a broad application spectrum and a modular design, which makes it ideal for various sizes of print shop.

Full workflow integration of management processes with the Prinect Business Manager
The now introduced integration of Prinect Business Manager into the Prinect production workflow based on JDF/JMF is a technology market leading development that ensures intensive process automation, improves transparency considerably, and simplifies data handling. This helps print shops significantly improve their competitive edge in a tough market environment.

In the next development stages, which are already under way, the Prinect Business Manager from Heidelberg will provide a dedicated solution that accesses the same database as the production workflow. As a result, job planning and production data will be available in the same system as, for example, job processing and materials management data. This will give rise to a print shop workflow with an unprecedented level of integration that covers all areas of a print media company and thus offers the highest level of process automation available in the print media industry to date.

‘Thanks to the integration of MIS and the production workflow, Prinect will deliver even greater transparency and automation in future. This means, for example, that changes made to jobs at short notice will be implemented automatically in Prinect in terms of both machine selection and materials management,’ explained Christopher Berti, head of Prinect and CTP at Heidelberg. ‘We are driving forward the merger of two system environments that have thus far remained separate in many areas despite JDF integration.’

Support will still be provided for the Prinect Prinance MIS solution previously offered by Heidelberg. Connection of third-party MIS to Prinect and partner programs will continue.

Web-to-print business models still offer excellent potential for the industry
The market potential of Web-to-print solutions (W2P) continues to rise - both for print shops and industry suppliers. In future, the extended Prinect functions for W2P will offer Heidelberg customers the opportunity to move into this market segment with a highly automated solution. Upcoming Prinect versions will offer a Webshop interface and a W2P workflow, enabling users to automate processes such as creating mixed forms or selecting the most suitable production technology. The W2P functions also have direct access to the central Prinect database and thus the MIS and production workflow. In this way, print buyers can place orders or issue print approvals online via customised W2P portals. All the relevant information is automatically available to the job management and bookkeeping departments as well as prepress, press, and postpress.

The Partner Program from Heidelberg for connecting W2P solutions from RedTie, EFI Digital Storefront, PageFlex, BrandMaker, Neo7even, and MS-Visucom will remain in place.

Digital printing: Full workflow integration is key to improving efficiency
The Prinect Digital Print Manager, which is used to connect digital presses of various manufacturers, is being expanded and enhanced with new functions in cooperation with Ricoh. In future, a single workflow for digital and offset printing will make it possible to automate the processes of creating and costing a job, selecting the most suitable production technology or hybrid production, and performing inline finishing in an imposition layout. To achieve this, for instance, colour management will be optimised in the workflow so that a particular colour in the digital print will match the corresponding colour in offset as closely as possible. What's more, it will still be possible to connect digital presses from HP, Canon, Xerox, and Kodak via the Prinect Digital Print Manager.

Integration solutions for packaging printing
Due to the highly industrialised nature of folding carton and label production, the complete integration of all print shop operations is even more important for these applications than for commercial printing. Here, too, Prinect offers comprehensive functions for cost-effective production and sustainable data management. First and foremost, Prinect focuses on optimising makeready times for presses and for die cutters and gluers in postpress with the aim of cutting production costs.

Material savings, reliability in production, and optimum repeatability are further factors that play a key role in the further development of the workflow for the packaging sector. In this way, the Prinect Package Designer - the highly productive CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing) software that integrates the structural design in Prinect - will provide graphic designers with contours, 3D images, and dimensions via a special Illustrator plug-in. This enables them to use Adobe Illustrator to create the graphic design directly using the contour data and to run the 3D check straight away.

Sheet assembly functions are also being constantly expanded to meet customer demands in this area. Furthermore, production managers particularly appreciate the clearly structured and precise production information that is used to approve and reliably execute the planning, costing, and workflow optimisation processes.

Further information can be found at: www.heidelberg.com, or simply click on the Heidelberg button to the left of this page.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

Color-Logic announces Version 2.0
Color-Logic Version 2.0 of its Process Metallic Color System Design Suite is now available from the Color-Logic Website…

Color-Logic, developer of the Process Metallic Color System, has announced the immediate availability of Version 2.0 of its Process Metallic Color System Design Suite.

Discussing the new software, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves commented, ‘Color-Logic has significantly expanded the capability of its Design Suite. New features available to graphic designers include the ability to output separation files specifically tailored for printing on offset, flexographic, digital (HP Indigo, Xeikon, and EFI Jetrion), and certain wide format presses. Graphic designers can now prepare cross-media metallic separations for execution using any process desired by their clients. Version 2.0 of the Process Metallic Color System Design Suite is available directly from the Color-Logic Website or from a licensed Color-Logic printer.’

The Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System enables printers to produce dramatic metallic special effects on their presses. Printers are encouraged to produce their own proprietary metallic swatch books on the substrates their customers most often utilize. These swatch books dramatically demonstrate the 250 metallic hues available using only five colours on press. With the Color-Logic system, printers can reliably and consistently achieve metallic effects without expensive postpress finishing.

For additional information, visit: www.color-logic.com.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

GMG ColorProof supports the HP Designjet Z6200
GMG now supports the new HP Designjet Z6200 heavy-duty photo printer with its ColorProof proofing solution…

The new line of printers from HP offers convincingly higher productivity and was specifically developed for photo labs, digital printshops, advertising agencies, design offices and commercial printers. It copes with record printing speeds of up to 140 square metres per hour without sacrificing quality. Photo-quality prints with a resolution of 2400dpi can be produced in this way. The wide range of possible indoor applications extends from line art and photo printing, all the way to signage. In addition, many workflows can be automated thanks to the integrated measuring instrument. The new HP Vivid Photo Inks moreover offer top-class photo quality, are extremely light-fast, and have a wider colour spectrum that makes them suitable for difficult photo printing tasks.

GMG ColorProof in combination with the HP Z6200 printer series provides a particularly fast, flexible and efficient solution, e.g. for printing posters and POS material, and is also suitable for absolutely top-quality proofing applications, of course. GMG printer control guarantees maximum consistency and reproducibility in production in compliance with the familiar, demanding quality standards of GMG.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

Antalis SA continues to set the trend with Dupla
Dupla Printers, one of Bloemfontein's most successful commercial printers has installed a Kodak Trendsetter 400 platesetter…

‘Kodak's computer-to-plate systems are designed to meet the business needs of commercial printers, Dupla Printers in Bloemfontein are a perfect example. It was with this in mind as well as the fact that, the longer we work with the Kodak brand the more we become convinced of the unwavering ability of all their products, that we recommended the installation of the Kodak Trendsetter 400 platesetter.’ commented Mel Ellis, national sales manager for Antalis.

‘Kodak equipment, especially the Platesetter, is a solid business investment that guarantees superb quality and reliability with flexibility. The Kodak Trendsetter 400 Platesetters are also well known for their easy maintenance and the flexibility to image 2-page to 6-page plate sizes and fast throughput.

‘The choice of this installation was due to the equipments ability to deliver outstanding image quality, stability and maximum efficiency with advanced automation and unmatched productivity.’ continued Ellis.

Dupla Printers is one of Bloemfontein's most successful commercial printers. The Free State's provincial capital Bloemfontein, which means 'Fountain of flowers' in Dutch has a population of more than 370,000 people making the city one of South Africa's biggest. Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as 'the city of roses' owing to the abundance of these flowers, as well as the annual rose festival held there.

‘We are thrilled to have partnered with Kodak, installing their state-of-the-art equipment throughout the country, and we relish our strengthening relationship with the iconic organisation. Without hesitation I know that by choosing to install the Kodak Trendsetter Dupla Printers will see their productivity and business success go from strength to strength.’ concluded Keith Solomon, director, Antalis.

For further information please go to: www.antalis.co.za.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

KBA Route 75 moves on to South America
Great interest in small-format KBA Rapidas in Brazil and Peru, while Lisegraff Gráfica e Editora orders Rapida 75E…

After highly successful presentations of the half-format press Rapida 75 in Germany, the KBA roadshow under the banner ‘Route 75’ recently moved on to South America. The latest tour began at the end of June with a visit to packaging printers Grafijor Embalagens in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. A four-colour Rapida 75 coater has already been in production there for four months.

Sebastião J Freitas, proprietor of Grafijor Embalagens and Artes Gráficas Ltda, first gave the 90 guests an overview of the history of his company and explained the reasons for choosing a Rapida 75. Robson Pádua from Global Sistemas Gráficos, the Brazilian sales agency for Rapida small-format presses, then outlined the services provided in the individual regions of the country by his team of over 20 sales representatives and technicians. Following a summary of technical information on the new Rapida 75E, KBA print instructor Benjamin Nelles printed three jobs on different substrates from lightweight paper to board. The outstanding print quality and fast makeready of the Rapida 75 left the audience visibly impressed. Wolfram Zehnle, head of the KBA customer centre in Radebeul, provided a commentary during the demonstrations and drew particular attention to the possibilities for inline coating effects.

Following the two-day event in Sao Paulo, a further open house was held at Ordem Rosa Cruz in Curitiba, where important production is entrusted to a four-colour Rapida 66. More than 50 print professionals from 20 companies in the region gathered to gain first-hand insights into print production on the smallest press of the Rapida family (format 485 x 660mm). Here again, it was Benjamin Nelles and Wolfram Zehnle who took the stage, this time demonstrating the performance potential of the Rapida 66 and explaining some of the technical highlights of the Rapida 75E. The fantastic atmosphere persuaded many of the guests to remain long after the official close of the event to discuss current topics affecting the print industry with the specialists from KBA and Global Sistemas Gráficos.

The last stop on the tour was made at the print company Forma e Imagen in the Peruvian capital Lima. Some 20 guests from leading print providers in and around Lima were treated to a professionally prepared presentation on a five-colour Rapida 75 with inline coating. Key benefits of the press, for example the user-oriented automation, space-saving design and exemplary energy efficiency, were demonstrated admirably in both theory and practice.

Pictured above: Before the open house at Rosa Cruz, Marcos and Cesar Lise (centre) from Lisegraff Gráfica e Editora in Curitiba signed the contracts for a four-colour Rapida 75E in a configuration for 2/2 perfecting

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.

France Affiches invests in HP Scitex XP5100
Company also upgrades its existing HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer to TJ8600 specifications to extend its services…

France Affiches, of Antony, south of Paris, France, has invested in a 5m HP Scitex XP5100 printer as part of an investment programme that included upgrading its HP Scitex TJ8550 to the HP TJ8600 printer.

Part of the France Affiches group that includes a production facility in Spain (Iberia Print), and a sales office in Portugal (France Affiches Portugal), the company is extending its services to leading corporations, institutions and enterprises with a €6-million programme that includes upgrades to its prepress department as well as the investment in the HP Scitex printers.

Specialising in large format graphics, France Affiches' clients include the best known advertising and marketing agencies with high-end customers looking for superior-quality displays for large format posters, back-lits and other graphics for innovative regional, national and pan-European campaigns.

The company moved into digital wide format printing in 2009 with the installation of an HP Scitex TJ8500 Printer and an HP Scitex XL1500 Printer to supplement its conventional offset capabilities.

‘When we decided to upgrade our capabilities, we looked at the different printers on the market,’ explained Angelina Fontana, CEO, France Affiches. ‘We had experience of HP, and felt that the HP Scitex XP5100 printer not only suited our requirements, but that the HP after-sales service is excellent. As part of the same programme, we also upgraded our HP Scitex TJ8550 printer to the HP Scitex TJ8600.’

The HP XP5100 printer is an eight-colour, roll-to-roll system using piezoelectric technology and UV-curable ink. With a maximum production speed of 1600 sq/m hour, and a ‘cruising speed’ of 105 sq/m hour and handle materials up to 5m or three simultaneous rolls of 1.6m.

‘Our customers are increasingly asking for a broader range of projects,’ said Angelina Fontana. ‘So, the printer's capability of handling a wide range of materials for indoor and outdoor use made it particularly suitable for us.’

The HP Scitex XP5100 printer is designed for 24/7 use, which suits France Affiches' three-shift operation, while the substrates it can image include paper, PE, mesh, vinyl, textile, blueback paper, self-adhesive vinyl, synthetics, DuPont Tyvek, YUPO and more. This makes the XP5100 printer suitable for simple graphics, back-lits, vehicle graphics, billboards and building wraps.

‘The speed of the HP Scitex XP5100 printer increases our capacity, while its versatility enables us to extend our applications offering to customers seeking a broader service from one supplier,’ Fontana concluded.

France Affiches was established in 1984 as an offset printer and continues to offer conventional printing, as well as digital. The group employs about 30 people, of which 24 are at the French facility.

More information is available at: HP’s Website via its banner or sponsor logo links on our Home Page, or at: www.hp.com/go/gaphicarts or on www.youtube.com/hpgraphicarts or follow HP on www.twitter.com/hpgraphicarts.

© Graphic Repro On-line, 12 August 2011.