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  • + Intec releases trio of new flatbed cutters

    Intec Printing Solutions has introduced three new flatbed models into its digital flatbed cutter range for mid-volume pr..

    03 August 2020


    Intec Printing Solutions has introduced three new flatbed models into its digital flatbed cutter range for mid-volume producers. The trio of machines are aimed at customers wanting to handle a more diverse range of media for varied applications.

    The three new flatbed models, the FB550, FB750 and FB1150, have been designed to cater to a variety of stocks and sizes ranging from 350 x 520mm up to 740 x 1040mm and can handle paper, boards, synthetic materials, vinyls and kiss cut applications. They cut at speeds up to 600mm per second with an SRA3 taking between 30 – 45 seconds per sheet, depending on job complexity.

    The new machines offer ‘a much improved user experience’ via new touch screen controls and the flagship model, the FB1150, comes with an upgraded registration system to include seventh generation ARMS sensing, for faster job retrieval and 300% faster job registration.

    All three new models make use of either a CCD video camera or optical sensor and can cut mixed sheets, placed together on the cutting table, in a ‘seamless and uninterrupted flow.’ Both creasing and cutting capabilities are generated via a multi-tool holder with interchangeable tools, that can apply up to 1kg of pressure, supporting the immediate finishing of packaging, POS, prototypes and kiss-cut labels.

    Cut jobs are instantly recognised with ColorCut Pro, Intec’s job retrieval software. ColorCut Pro integrates with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW so users have a smooth transition to creating the necessary cut files. When users create their job, ColorCut Pro applies an editable barcode or QR code to each of the designs and saves the cutting file to the ColorCut Pro Job Library which is automatically retrieved when cutting.

    ‘The launch of the new flatbed range of cutters represents an exciting new phase, in terms of the development of our cutters with a significantly improved user experience through the more responsive and immersive touch panel screens,’ said Mark Baker-Homes, director of product development. ‘Additionally the seventh generation Vision3 ARMS sensor provides almost instant job recognition and lightning fast registration and alignment, enabling any user to cut jobs, which places the Intec cutters at the top of their class. We are ensuring users faster set up and production times providing the ability to deliver a more on-demand environment for the promotional and packaging market.’





  • + SAKATA INX Develops Environmentally Friendly UV Inkjet Ink for Corrugated Packaging

    SAKATA INX Corp. has introduced BSR-Bio, a new environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applicati..

    03 August 2020


    SAKATA INX Corp. has introduced BSR-Bio, a new environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applications. The new sustainable ink option is formulated with 20-30% plant-derived materials, allowing brand owners and printers to benefit from reduced regulatory risk and measurable, reportable CO2 savings.

    BSR-Bio is an advancement of the original BSR formulation that has enjoyed much success in North America on Barberán Jetmaster digital printers. The Jetmaster manufactured by Barberán S.A. was developed to bring inkjet advantages to the market for not only corrugated boxes, but point-of-purchase display as well. It is available together with SAKATA INX BSR and BSR-Bio digital ink solutions globally.

    SAKATA’s proprietary advanced technology for Nano-pigment dispersion enables their inkjet inks to have high performance jetting properties at very fast print speed, with high reliability for inkjet print heads. BSR-Bio consists of standard CMYK colours with Orange + Green or Orange + Violet as an option when wider colour gamut is required. It is extremely low odour and has high durability and good flexibility to reduce cracking problems.

    Barberán S.A. has manufactured numerous types of inkjet printers in the market to bring valuable solutions for short-run, on-demand printing. Now they are expanding its digital printing possibility with the BSR-Bio UV ink, which is intended for environmental sustainability.

    Eladio Lerga, who is responsible for the Jetmaster, commented, “We have been a good partner with SAKATA INX for years and have made successful projects together. Corrugated packaging is one of the most suitable applications for the circular economy concept, and I am excited about the environmental impact BSR-Bio brings to the market.”

    Yoshiaki Ueno, Director – CTO, SAKATA INX, said, “BSR-Bio is a marketable product formulated based on SAKATA INX core technologies and long-term experience with a wide variety of materials. The market needs for sustainable product solutions will continue to grow based on societal needs to protect the planet and develop a circular economy. BSR-Bio is a strategic product for a circular economy as is part of our Botanical ink® product line. It meets many environmental requirements including waste and greenhouse gas reductions.

    www.inxinternational.com





  • + Visionary Digital Partner with Graphic Art Supplies in South Australia

    Ian Cleary, National Sales Manager for Visionary Digital, is proud to announce our partnership with Graphic Art Supplies..

    30 July 2020


    Ian Cleary, National Sales Manager for Visionary Digital, is proud to announce our partnership with Graphic Art Supplies in Adelaide effective immediately as distribution  partner for all Visionary Digital and Continental Grafix products for South Australia.
     
    Graphic Arts Supplies is a locally owned and operated business in South Australia that partners with industry leading suppliers to provide customers the best products and solutions available in the market. The business was reborn 3 years ago after the original owners retired, and their focus since then has been on strengthening and growing the business by specialising and having local in-house experts to assist and support customers.

    Michael Clarke and Steve Murphy, directors of Graphic Art Supplies comments “After researching the local market, we continued to notice demand for specialty and high quality offerings across the flooring and wall space but there was limited choice available. We found Visionary Digital have been a market leader for a number of years and ticked the boxes when it comes to their range of specialty and high quality products and through partnering we aim to develop a better market presence for their products in South Australia.”

    Graphic Art Supplies will be building on existing client relationships to showcase these specialty and high quality products which strengthen their range of wide format media currently available.

    Ian Cleary of Visionary Digital says “Customer satisfaction is a major focus. With increasingly short lead times and requirement for technical support Visionary Digital want to be able to deliver the best service coupled with our market leading products – this means we need the best people to partner with to make this happen. Steve and Michael of Graphic Art Supplies share our passion for customer service – this makes them the perfect partner in South Australia”
     
    The priority is to keep stock in Graphic Art Supplies Adelaide warehouse for quick dispatch to better serve the local market as well as give customers the chance to see the products on display in their showroom
     
    www.graphicarts.com.au - 08 8363 4466
    www.visionarydigital.com.au – 1300 518 050





  • + LET YOUR PERFORMANCE MATCH YOUR PASSION FOR PRINT WITH THE NEW CANON PROSTREAM 1800

    Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the launch of the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, t..

    29 July 2020


    Canon Production Printing Australia has announced the launch of the new ProStream 1800 continuous feed inkjet printer, the newest model in its ProStream 1000 series. With increased speeds of up to 133m/min, the new printer boasts the highest resolution and print quality of any digital printing press at that speed, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers who want to achieve ultimate performance. 

    Supporting customers’ passion for print, the new ProStream 1800 has been designed to push the boundaries of commercial print to meet changing customer demands. Combining new inkjet innovations with proven offset printing techniques, the press strikes a unique balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility and media versatility. Commercial printers can now expand their offering by migrating higher volume jobs from offset to digital inkjet. Boost production levels, slash turnaround times and increase profit margins across a wide range of applications, including premium and high volume direct mail, books, catalogues and magazines.

    With the higher web speed of 133m/min (66% faster than the ProStream 1000), the ProStream 1800 produces up to 107,500 A4 images or 11,300 B2 sheets 4/4 per hour while maintaining superior print quality, and increased speeds equate to higher throughput, have the confidence to handle higher volumes of work for jobs today or in the future.

    The ProStream 1800 can achieve a very high level of print quality across a huge range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimised papers from 40gsm to 300gsm. Print calendars, posters and point of sale applications with the ability to print up to 556mm wide and 1,524mm long. Eliminate the need to stop production to switch between different format lengths to ensure a seamless changeover – providing additional flexibility and ease-of-use for operators.

    The press’s air floatation drying system dries all jobs evenly, so you can effectively print on a wide range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system protects the print image to ensure an optimal result and to preserve the gloss and paper surface. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure the best quality. Whether you’re printing a fashion look book or a high value mailer, you can be sure that it will impress. The added bonus? It also maintains the optimal web temperature, reducing energy consumption. 

    The ProStream 1800 uses native 1,200dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip to ensure colour consistency. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, also provides automatic print quality assurance, so operators can spend less time on quality control. 

    The successful ProStream 1000 remains available and existing customers can easily upgrade to the ProStream 1800 if more volume is required, allowing them to easily adapt to changing market dynamics while maintaining high quality, speed and supporting a variety of media.

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, comments: “At Canon, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that, as their businesses are having to adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve too. With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed. The new press marks an extension of the successful ProStream technology that was launched in 2017. Building on our strong installed base, we are excited to be offering a new proposition for customers that want ultimate performance.”

    The new ProStream can be seen at the European Customer Experience Centre via virtual demo. 

    For more information on the ProStream 1800 and to request a virtual demo, please visit:  https://anz.cpp.canon/products/prostream1000





  • + Media One Launches 6 Anti-Microbial Fabrics

    Media One is leading the industry by launching a line of antimicrobial fabrics, for dye-sublimation transfer, direct dye..

    27 July 2020


    Media One is leading the industry by launching a line of antimicrobial fabrics, for dye-sublimation transfer, direct dye sub, UV & latex printing. The initial materials with the integrated antimicrobial coatings will be a polyester soft flag material and have been independently lab tested to kill over 98% of bacteria within 24-hours with these coatings, and only adds ¢5/sqft to the cost.

    Our “Imperial” flag is a double-sided viewing flag (TXFM-AM). “Manhattan,” a triple-white product that is a woven suede fabric for dye sub transfer a backlit/display or hanging signage (TX3W-AM). “Doheny” is a 2-way stretch fabric which is ideal for SEG signage (TXSD-AM). “Malibu” is an airtight and watertight product ideal for tents and backlit display for UV/Latex or dye sub (TXIlluminate-AM). “Moonlight,” our most popular backlit/ frontlit product for direct dye sub or transfer (iTex-AM). “Sunset” which is a black-backed block out fabric for SEG (TXJBB-AM).

    “As things begin to open back up for our customers they are looking for solutions to meet the new safety standards, and keep their customers safe in light of these unprecedented times,” said Craig Furst, CEO of AAA Flag & Banner, “I believe the demand for solutions like these will be sustained over
    the next several years.”

    “We’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a way to help our customers with solutions for retail, POP, medical, and event graphics to help prevent the spread of any microbial agents, per our independent lab testing. And while this has not been tested specifically with COVID-19, this coating is anti-bacterial & anti-microbial to 98% effectiveness,” said Jason Bartusick, CEO & Head of Product Development at Media One. “Working with our suppliers, we’ve identified key products that address numerous applications, and our customers have expressed widespread interest in them.”

    These fabrics are available in 126” width, ordered by the yard, & cut to specific lengths for your project. They are also available for same-day shipment for orders received before 2pm Pacific time.

    “We are definitely seeing customers looking for solutions to combat this pandemic, but also its raised awareness of all kinds of antimicrobial applications,” said Scott Powers, Vice President of Sales at D’Andrea Visual Communications, “As more of these solutions become available, we’ll be putting them in front of our customers to help them in this brave new world.”

    More details about each fabric:
    100% Polyester Double-sided Soft Flag – TXFM-AM “Imperial”
    Weight:115g/sqm 3.24oz/sqyd Width: 61” – 126”
    Application: Flags, Light weight banners
    Features: 100% Polyester, Warp Knitted Fabric, 3 Bar Weave Latex, Dye Sub Transfer and Direct, UV, Latex

    Triple White Woven Suede – TX3W-AM – “Manhattan”
    Weight: 250g/sqm 7.5oz/sq.yd. Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Display System, Soft Signage, Backlit, Backdrop
    Features: 100% Polyester Woven, Matte Finish suitable with Latex, Dye Sub Direct and Transfer printing processes.

    2-Way Stretch Display – TXSD-AM – “Doheney”
    Weight: 240g/sqm 7oz/sqyd Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Geometric, Popup, SEG, Tradeshow
    Features: 85% Polyester, Warp Knitted Fabric, Good Opacity Latex, Dye Sub Transfer and Direct

    100% polyester watertight/airtight display – TXIlluminate-AM – “Malibu”
    Weight: 180g/sqm 5.2oz/sqyd Width: 102” – 126”
    Application: LED light boxes, SEG, pop ups, Awnings & Tents
    Features: 100% polyester bath-coated and one-side coated with resin Dye Sub Transfer and Dye Sub Direct, UV, Solvent

    100% Knitted Matte Polyester Frontlit/Backlit – iTEX-AM – “Moonlight iTEX
    Weight: 260g/sqm 7.6oz/sqyd Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Backlit/SEG Backlit
    Features: 100% polyester knitting fabric, matte surface, Good Opacity Dye Sub Transfer and Dye Sub Direct, UV

    100% Knitted Polyester Warp Black-Backed Blockout – TXJBB-AM – “Sunset”
    Weight: 320g/sqm 9.37oz/sqyd -Width: 63” – 126”
    Application: Indoor displays, booth systems, interior decoration
    Features: Black Back warp Knitted, white surface, resin backed coating Dye Sub Transfer and Dye Sub Direct, UV, Latex

    www.mediaoneusa.com





  • + Fisher Textiles Introduces Disenfectex Printable Fabrics Treated with HeiQ V-block

    Fisher Textiles announces the launch of DisenfectexTM printable fabric enhanced by HeiQ V-block in collaboration wi..

    27 July 2020


    Fisher Textiles announces the launch of DisenfectexTM printable

    fabric enhanced by HeiQ V-block in collaboration with HeiQ. Marketed as HeiQ Viroblock in other countries, HeiQ V-block is an antiviral textile technology for industrial use, specially engineered to work against enveloped viruses, such as influenza viruses and human coronaviruses. Treated fabrics submitted by HeiQ have been tested by the Doherty Institute in Australia to be effective against 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2.

    DisenfectexTM fabrics treated with HeiQ V-block are resistant to microbes and HeiQ V-block inhibits the growth of bacteria on the fabric. The line consists of a face mask fabric, soft knit fabric, sheer fabric and suede fabric available in roll widths 57 inches to 125 inches wide for transfer and direct dye sublimation printing. 

    DisenfectexTM fabrics have many uses for personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and gaiters, sanitation stations, counter-top barriers, desk dividers, table and booth dividers, table throws, room dividers and pop-up screens for retail stores, pharmacies, restaurants, hotels, banks, museums, casinos, professional services, business offices and healthcare facilities. When used in SEG systems as protective barriers, DisenfectexTM fabrics aid in social distancing requirements and act as an acoustic insulator to absorb sound and background noise. All DisenfectexTM fabrics are reusable and washable up to 30 gentle washes.





  • + HP PageWide C500 Digital Corrugated Press Customers Receive New Ink-Saving Printheads

    The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide. HP is ..

    27 July 2020


    The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide.

    HP is rolling out a new printhead design for HP PageWide C500 Press customers, extending performance with ink savings per board to deliver improved economics as well as enhanced print quality. The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide.

    The new colour printheads enable higher performance thanks to an improved nozzle architecture delivering image quality for HP PageWide C500 converters. In addition, the new design delivers ink savings and extends the lifespan of consumables.

    LIC Packaging of Italy, building a high-volume digital business with the HP PageWide C500, is operating the press with the new printheads.

    “Thanks to the HP PageWide C500 technology, we can convert offset jobs while maintaining high quality, equivalent to what our customers are used to receive from our litho-lamination process. We can consistently keep required brand colours, printing direct to board,” said Piero Bertoldo, Director at LIC Packaging.

    “The C500 print quality is always one of our differentiators from our competition. With the new print heads, print is noticeably sharper, and colours are even more vibrant,” said Richard Brown, president The BoxMaker. “Our digital corrugated business based on the C500 is growing in volume with the ability to cost-effectively deliver a large number of jobs daily to our customers.”

    Since its launch in 2018, HP has developed the HP PageWide C500 press platform while supporting worldwide early customers launching digital production.

    “As we strive for our customers’ success at digital production, we are constantly working to implement improvements to boost press performance,” said Niv Ishay, worldwide marketing manager, HP PageWide Industrial Corrugated. “We launched the C500 as a solution to fit mainstream production. Now the rollout of the new printheads will help bring improved economics to digitally printed corrugated packaging.”

    Breakthrough water-based print technology

    The HP PageWide C500 employs thermal inkjet technology, designed for high print quality in demanding production environments, printing at 246 linear ft/min (75m/min) in 1200 npi resolution using one million nozzles. The C500’s unique Corrugated Grip technology delivers precise handling of industry- grade boards for smooth production, while Virtual Belt technology delivers accurate media motion.

    In addition, HP’s water-based inks are odourless and free of UV-reactive chemistries, enabling a wide range of packaging applications, including primary and secondary packaging for sensitive uses such as food and personal care while requiring no additional barriers. The inks can comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestlé guidance and Swiss Ordinance.





  • + Introducing the New RMGT 970

    1. Development background With the offset press market seeing rising global demand for presses offering greater pro..

    27 July 2020


    1. Development background

    With the offset press market seeing rising global demand for presses offering greater productivity and cost performance, there is a trend toward enhancing production capacity by enabling offset presses to handle a wide range of paper sizes. In preparation for drupa 2020, the world's largest printing equipment exhibition, RMGT − now in its 7th year − has been combining the two founding companies' strengths of "energy-saving designs that incorporate new ideas" with "high-precision manufacturing technology and highly durable construction for long-term use."

    The new RMGT 970 has many advanced features based on the 920/940 presses, known for their superior quality and productivity.

    The new 970 model incorporates the latest technologies in addition to many features found on the flagship RMGT 10 series.

    In the face of rising paper and printing supply costs, the RMGT 970 is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of the times by handling the most popular A1-plus paper sizes used around the world.

    2. Key features

    • Greater versatility
    With a maximum paper size of 650 x 965 mm, the RMGT 970 can handle the 640 x 900, 650 x 920, and 650 x 950 paper sizes popular in Europe and Australia; the 635 x 965 mm (25 x 38 inches) paper size popular in North America; and the 636 x 939 mm paper size popular in Japan and Korea. The maximum printing area of 640 x 930 mm (630 x 930 mm for perfecting) provides ample margin space for printing the color bar and PQS-D register adjustment marks. In addition to 8-up printing on A4-size sheets, the new 970 model can also handle a wide range of multi-up printing on non-standard sizes.

    • Exceptional cost performance increases profitability
    Compared to B1-size (40-inch) format presses, the 970 model has significantly lower plate costs and markedly lower power consumption. The compact space-saving design results in a more comfortable work environment and enables efficient utilization of valuable printshop space. (Plate costs are reduced about 20%, power consumption by about 34%, and installation space by about 30%.*)
    *Based on in-house research by RMGT

    • Instant-drying perfecting at up to 15,000 S.P.H.
    Equipped with a double, double- and single-diameter cylinder perfecting device, convertible perfectors enable perfecting at up to 15,000 S.P.H. for higher productivity. Plus, installing LED-UV curing units at the perfecting and delivery sections makes instant-drying perfecting possible, eliminating the need to wait before proceeding to post-press processes and satisfying the demand for shorter lead times.

    • A varied lineup with heavy stock capability
    The RMGT 970 model lineup includes straight printing presses and convertible perfectors ranging from 2 to 10 colors. Coating units can also be installed. Large-capacity feeder and delivery piles as well as the newly designed larger cylinder diameters enhance printing capability on heavy stock.

    • Smart Assist Printing increases press operating rates for continuous printing of short-run work
    With the newly developed Smart Assist Printing functions*, you just touch the operation panel and the whole printing process − from ink presets, blanket cleaning, and plate changing to test printing, register alignment, density adjustment, and production printing − is performed fully automatically. The result is a much higher press operating rate for continuous short-run printing requiring frequent job changeover.
    * Currently under development.

    • PQS-D (I+C+R) printing quality control system (option)
    A CCD camera installed on the press captures images of the printed sheets during printing for inline inspection of printing quality, eliminating the need to take out printed sheets for off-line checking. In addition to reducing paper waste and enhancing quality assurance, the PQS-D also facilitates automation of printing tasks.

    • Automatic plate changers equipped with a benderless plate clamp
    Three systems are available for automatic plate changing: the SPC semiautomatic plate changer (standard equipment), the FPC fully automatic plate changer (optional), and the Smart-FPC fully automatic simultaneous plate changer (optional). All three plate-changing systems feature a benderless plate clamp that eliminates the need to bend the plates.

    • User-friendly feeder and delivery section touchscreen panels
    Various feeder section operations, settings and checks can be performed via a touchscreen panel, including starting a print run, the counter settings, feeder air pre-setting (optional), and the timing checker. Delivery section settings such as adjustment of the back guide and side guide as well as adjustment of the delivery fun volume are also performed using a touchscreen panel, greatly simplifying delivery section tasks. Both operation panels are equipped with error description displays and other monitoring functions to assist the press operator.

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  • + Heidelberg sells Gallus for €120m

    Heidelberg has agreed to sell off label printing wing Gallus as part of its ongoing strategy to focus on its core sheetf..

    27 July 2020


    Heidelberg has agreed to sell off label printing wing Gallus as part of its ongoing strategy to focus on its core sheetfed business.

    The relationship between the two companies stretches back more than twenty years. Heidelberg acquired a 30% stake in Gallus in 1999, and took over full ownership of the Switzerland-headquartered label printing specialist six years ago.

    That deal resulted in Gallus owner Ferdinand Rüesch becoming Heidelberg’s largest single shareholder at the time, after he accepted Heidelberg shares for a large chunk of the business.

    Heidelberg’s share price was €2.57 then, but has since descended to an all-time-low and has been trading at less than €1 since the end of January, falling to €0.48 at one point.

    The deal to sell Gallus to Swiss-headquartered Benpac Holding was announced yesterday evening (22 July) after the close of trading.

    Benpac is a privately-owned group that has grown through a number of acquisitions. Last year it acquired Muller Martini’s manufacturing facility in Stans, Switzerland, where Benpac is headquartered. The group employs around 3,150 people and is “primarily active in the USA and Asia”.

    Former Heidelberg chief technology officer Stephan Plenz, who officially left the press manufacturer on 30 June, joined Benpac Holding’s board of directors on 1 July.

    Heidelberg is selling the Gallus business for €120m and expects to make a gain of “mid two-digit million-euro” on the deal, which should be finalised by the end of the year.

    One label industry expert commented: “It was a big shock for me, I always thought Gallus was one of the bright parts of Heidelberg. It really seems that they are focusing right down on core business, which is probably what they should be doing in tough times. It looks like a good price.”

    Heidelberg will continue to supply the digital printing unit and consumables for the Labelfire digital press.

    Chief executive Rainer Hundsdörfer said Heidelberg would still be active in label printing via its sheetfed offset offering.

    “We are selling our narrow-web rotary and rotary flexographic printing activities to focus more closely on innovative solutions for the entire printed sheet value chain. We will be retaining our in-house digital expertise and, by collaborating with Benpac on the Gallus Labelfire, we will also be making further progress with the digitization of conventional presses,” he stated.

    The deal incorporates related businesses across five sites, employing around 430 staff: Gallus Holding and Gallus Ferd. Rüesch in St Gallen Switzerland, and German operations Gallus Druckmaschinen in Langgöns, Heidelberg Web Carton Converting in Weiden in der Oberpfalz, and Menschick Trockensysteme in Renningen.

    The sale is subject to approval and the meeting of certain conditions.

    Heidelberg’s CERM narrow web MIS business is not part of the deal, but the disposal of Gallus has raised a question mark over its future within the group if Heidelberg continues to dispose of non-core businesses.

    Heidelberg said that Ferdinand Rüesch would remain with the Gallus business and was still the second biggest shareholder of Heidelberg (behind Masterwork Group) and a member of its supervisory board. “He is supporting this transaction,” a spokesman said.

    Heidelberg posted a huge net loss of €343m on sales down 5.7% at just under €2.35bn in the year to 31 March, and CFO Marcus Wassenberg said the deal would be “a big help” in improving the group’s financial position.

    “Our aim is to ensure the long-term financial stability of Heidelberg, and all the measures since our transformation started in March this year have been geared toward this objective,” he said.

    “Selling the Gallus Group is another key part of our realignment and follows on from the successes we have achieved so far during the transformation process. This further major boost to our liquidity and group equity will be a big help, especially during the coronavirus crisis.”

    Heidelberg held its AGM today. Shares rose by nearly 7% to €0.68 following the Gallus news.

    At the AGM, Hundsdörfer said: “We are pressing ahead with the realignment and making great strides: reducing net financial debt, strengthening equity, streamlining the organisation and focusing on profitable core activities.”





  • + COMPACT DTG-CAPABLE DRYER NOW IN 137 CM WIDTH

    A new LittleRed X1D Dryer designed to cure DTG-printed and/or screen-printed garments is equipped with a 137 cm wide con..

    27 July 2020


    A new LittleRed X1D Dryer designed to cure DTG-printed and/or screen-printed garments is equipped with a 137 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater capacity and flexibility for smaller shops, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Equipped with a 122 cm wide heater, the new dryer can cure up to 46 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink at 3 minutes dwell time, 162 garments per hour screen-printed with water-based ink or discharge, and 324 garments per hour screen-printed with plastisol inks.  

    The LittleRed X1D conveyor dryer is also suitable for curing of DTG pretreatment, and offers greater production capacity with less operator attention while eliminating the flattened, ironed-on appearance of heat pressed images.

    It is equipped as standard with features found on the company's larger DTG-capable dryers including: belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items; a 168 cm long X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt; and dual digital controls—the first to rapidly attain optimum curing temperature, and the second to safely maintain the ink and garment at that temperature to finalise the curing process. 

    This model also has a newly redesigned air mapping system that pulls fumes and moisture away from the immediate environment while providing air flow to cool the skin of the heating chamber for operator safety.

    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.

    Fully expandable, the X1D-54 can accommodate additional heating chambers and belt extensions, allowing capacity/belt speed to be doubled or tripled as needs grow. 
    The company also offer DTG-capable conveyor dryers in widths up to 198 cm with capacities of up to 231 DTG-printed garments per hour, up to 555 per hour screen-printed with water-based ink and discharge, and up to 1080 per hour screen-printed with plastisol ink.

    Vastex also manufacture heavy-, medium- and light-duty presses, athletic numbering systems, flash cure units, screen coaters, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, pin registration systems, washout booths and complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops. 

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, www.vastex.com





  • + CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING AUSTRALIA SETS A NEW BENCHMARK IN BUSINESS SUPPORT

    Industry leading production print solution provider, Canon Production Printing Australia, has set a new benchmark in pri..

    23 July 2020


    Industry leading production print solution provider, Canon Production Printing Australia, has set a new benchmark in print industry support during the Coronavirus pandemic, with the introduction of an initiative designed to assist Australian printers adapting to new market trends by evolving their wide-format application set and productivity. 

    The campaign titled “Kick Start”, bundles up to $40,000.00 of additional software and upgrades including Touchstone, which enables graphic producers to easily create printed effects that mimic textured and raised surfaces and lettering, as well as a complimentary two-ink-channel upgrade to increase flexibility of colour gamut, quality, and open the doors to potential increased production speed, with the purchase of the award -winning Arizona flatbed printer. 

    With over 6,000 installations worldwide, Canon’s Arizona series has been recognised by customers across the globe as the best solution for a large variety of wide-format applications. 

    Craig Nethercott, Managing Director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says, “The Coronavirus pandemic has provided arguably the most challenging and demanding period that Australian business has faced within the last decade. As the forerunner in the print industry, it’s up to us to help it thrive.”

    “Kick Start is designed to help those looking to evolve their businesses by taking on a new and wider range of wide-format applications that suit the current demands of consumers and industry.

    “We’ve listened closely to the feedback of our customers and have carefully considered this option to assist the evolution and success of the print industry as a whole. We’re continually encouraged and inspired by the forward-thinking businesses of the industry, and together we must continue to work towards a prosperous and bright future. So, we’ve decided to put our money where our mouth is to make this happen, despite taking a cut to our own bottom line.” he says.





    In addition to the Kick Start initiative, the company have released a Flatbed Buyers Guide, to assist businesses already considering the addition of a Flatbed printer. The Flatbed Buyers Guide, the company says, helps makes sense of the myriad of complexities and considerations in selecting the appropriate Flatbed printing technology.

    For businesses after a roll-to-roll solution, Kick Start also features 16 litres of free ink, with the purchase of the Colorado, which boasts the ability to print matte or gloss via a single substrate and ground-breaking UVGel ink set. 






  • + Vivad to commence manufacturing Reusable Masks

    In response to the Victorian governments mandate that everyone is to wear masks outside the home, Vivad have partnered w..

    23 July 2020


    In response to the Victorian governments mandate that everyone is to wear masks outside the home, Vivad have partnered with printer manufacturer Durst, to start manufacturing printed reusable "Community-Masks".
     
    The "Community-Masks" have a certified filter membrane (type N95) with hydrophobic properties and microporous structure. Despite the high filtration efficiency of up to 95%, they are particularly breathable and suitable for long wearing. The masks are not sold as medical grade.

    Customers will be able to apply their own branding, or choose an existing design. The masks will be available for purchase through Vivad’s web-to-print portal at www.vivad.com.au in the coming days, but stocks will be limited until production can be increased to meet the demand. 





  • + SAKATA INX Group and Global Inkjet Systems to Collaborate on Inkjet Projects Worldwide

    SAKATA INX Group (SAKATA INX Corp., INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital EMEA) and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) anno..

    20 July 2020


    SAKATA INX Group (SAKATA INX Corp., INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital EMEA) and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) announced today their plans to collaborate on industrial inkjet projects worldwide.

    SAKATA INX and GIS will work together on specific projects, leveraging SAKATA INX’s ink expertise and access to large end users and major OEMs, and GIS’s expertise in providing complete workflow solutions for industrial inkjet applications.

    SAKATA INX and GIS believe that working closely together at the early stages of large strategic projects will be beneficial to the customer. Both companies have close links with printhead manufacturers, and printhead and ink selection are critical factors during the development phase – particularly for applications such as packaging, which have very demanding print requirements and regulatory conditions.

    Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, GIS said, “At the start of any new project, we discuss whether a suitable ink has been identified for the application and substrate. It is often an afterthought and yet is so critical to the success of a project. So, when SAKATA INX approached GIS last year to discuss a more integrated collaboration on some key projects, we were happy to agree. Together, we can offer a powerful proposition to finding solutions to complex and demanding projects – helping companies transition from analog to digital printing.”

    Hiroshi Morita, Senior Executive Officer, General Manager, Digital & Specialty Products Div. SAKATA INX said, “SAKATA INX is uniquely positioned to assist its customers with the right digital inks, consultation and service for a wide variety of applications employing an even wider array of digital printers and substrates. We selected GIS as a key partner to provide complete workflow solutions for industrial digital printing. GIS and SAKATA INX see opportunities to collaborate in several sectors and engage on projects with potential customers.”





  • + Caldera Launches Caldera WebShop

    French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced the launch of Caldera WebShop. This is a new e-commerce offering th..

    20 July 2020


    French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced the launch of Caldera WebShop. This is a new e-commerce offering that will enable its customers to go digital by creating a bespoke storefront, which can be integrated into a streamlined web-to-print solution. WebShop has been created in response to a digital transformation trend that has been accelerated and intensified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Available now, the solution on offer is a low-cost bundled services product to enable digital printing, short runs and reshoring as businesses move to a new way of working.

    The driving force behind the WebShop initiative is to enable Caldera users to run their businesses with a reduced level of social interaction. Lockdown and social distancing has resulted in a surge in demand for online services, and being able to fulfil this demand will be critical for businesses to thrive, particularly for textile and direct-to-garment printers.

    According to Caldera’s VP Marketing, Operations and IT, Sébastien Hanssens, “Our intention is to help our customers with their digital transformation by enabling them to build effective storefronts for web-to-print operations. Our web-to-print services team will guide them through setting up the components they need, including storefronts, prepress, production and logistics.”

    The tangible benefit of Caldera WebShop is that it provides an e-commerce platform that has been specifically developed for wide-format printing businesses. It’s a comprehensive solution that allows users to build their storefront, take and fulfil orders and build their online business via one integrated package. “We felt it was important for printers to be able to deliver a user-friendly buyer experience,” says Hanssens. “The costly upfront processes of providing clear product information and dealing with pricing and quotes have been streamlined. WebShop makes it easy to respond to high volumes of smaller orders by automating the path between storefront and production.”

    The package includes a wide range of complementary features that allows users to shape their digital transformation in a way that suits their business. Key among these are the customisable online product catalogues, graphic templates and premium themes for personalised storefronts. Users can further tailor the WebShop to their needs by creating their own categories within the customer database management suite, as well as within the sales portal, from where orders, invoices and shipping are managed. WebShop comes with an advanced dashboard that allow the sales and production teams to track orders and jobs as they happen, as well as a range of reporting options which can include user-specified customer information.

    “Caldera has always put the user experience at the heart of new business developments,” explains Hanssens. “With this latest innovation, we’re now focusing on helping our customers prioritise the user experience of their own customers, as they respond to the demands that are emerging in the post-COVID business world. Caldera WebShop takes web-to-print functionality to a new level, in keeping with this changed way of working.”

    www.caldera.com





  • + Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint OÜ

    Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint O&U..

    20 July 2020


    Durst has announced the official start of beta testing of its new Tau RSCi label press at label converter LabelPrint OÜ.

    The new single-pass UV inkjet label press, which was announced at Labelexpo Brussels last year, was installed at its headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia, in July 2020.

    LabelPrint OÜ became a Durst Tau 330 customer already 5 years ago. Since then, they actively developed digital print services to its client base and a trustful relation has been built between Durst and LabelPrint OÜ during the past years. Therefore it was a logical step that Durst approached LabelPrint OÜ as the first-choice beta test candidate. After initial trials in late 2019, Sten Sarap, owner of LabelPrint OÜ, committed to be the beta test site for the new and revolutionary RSCi press. This was postponed for three months due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

    The new Tau RSCi features print widths of 330, 420 or 508mm (13, 16.5 or 20 ins) and a higher printing speed of up to 100 linear m/min. New features for the RSC portfolio include a high opacity white print mode for an increased screen-like opacity and a high speed white mode that allows high speed printing at 80 lin. m/min of all colours, including white.

    "This new press will mainly be used to transfer longer run flexo jobs onto a digital platform," said Mr. Sarap. "It is too early to make big statements. However, we are very confident that this new press with its revolutionary print quality and high printing speed will help us to reduce production cost and improve lead times. And thanks to its amazing print quality it will help to innovate our business and make us more competitive."

    He added: "As a company that provides high quality sticker and print labels, the new Tau RSCi label press will be crucial in our mission to offer the shortest possible deadlines and competitive prices to meet customers' individual requirements and needs."

    LabelPrint OÜs customer base includes beverage manufacturers, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as sectors. Formed almost 20 years ago, the company also has a sales office and warehouse at Tartu in the south of Estonia.

    Helmuth Munter, Durst's Segment Manager, Labels and Flexible Packaging, said: "We're delighted to announce LabelPrint OÜ as the beta test site and wish them ongoing success. Labels continues to be a significant growth business for Durst, not least because increasing numbers of converters are recognising the benefits of transferring more volume from flexo to our digital platform. The introduction of the Tau RSCi has generated a large amount of interest in the marketplace since it was launched in September."





  • + New Laser Materials From Trotec

    Trotec consumables range has just expanded to include TroGlass XT and PETG. TroGlass XT is the product that model m..

    20 July 2020


    Trotec consumables range has just expanded to include TroGlass XT and PETG.

    TroGlass XT is the product that model makers, designers, and signage and display manufacturers have been waiting for. This extruded acrylic glass is available in 6 colours and produces an excellent result when laser cut. 

    PETG is a clear 0.25mm sheet which is UV stable and tear resistant. This material is suitable for very fine laser cutting and in demand for PPE face shields as well as a stencil material. 

    For more information email sales@troteclaser.com.au





  • + Kwik Kopy recognised at 2020 National Print Awards

    Kwik Kopy has been recognised at the 37th National Print Awards for the third year running. The National Print Awa..

    20 July 2020


    Kwik Kopy has been recognised at the 37th National Print Awards for the third year running. 

    The National Print Awards showcase the very best print businesses in the country and are judged by a panel of leading international experts in the industry. 

    Kwik Kopy Circular Quay in Sydney won a Bronze award in the Printer of the Year – Large Format category for their work on Chi-X 3D model decals and Kwik Kopy Norwood in Adelaide was a finalist in the Self-Promotion category for their work on the Kwik Kopy ‘Win a Trip’ competition.

    The news follows both franchises picking up several awards at the state-based 2020 Printing Industry Creativity Awards. Kwik Kopy Circular Quay received a Gold and Silver award in the Printer of the Year - Large Format category and a Silver award in the Booklets/Catalogues/Magazines category. Kwik Kopy Norwood received a Gold award in the Self-Promotion category, a Silver award in the Booklets/Catalogues/Magazines category and a Bronze award in the 123 Print! category. Kwik Kopy Geebung in Brisbane also picked up two Bronze awards in the Branding & Identity and Multi Piece Promotions and Campaigns categories. 

    Commenting on the award win, Nick Tuit, Owner at Kwik Kopy Circular Quay said, “Being recognised for this award is a testament to the fantastic work of our team. Their dedication, creativity and innovation are the keys to our success.”

    Commenting on being a finalist in the awards, Owners at Kwik Kopy Norwood, Phil Smith and Shane Skinner, said, “It is terrific to be recognised within the national print industry. Kwik Kopy Norwood has been operating now for over 27 years; awards like this are directly a result of our experienced and dedicated team and also the fantastic relationships that we build with our customers that drive us to achieve excellence.”

    www.kwikkopy.com.au 





  • + drupa starts in 2021 with shortened runtime: April 20-28

    drupa, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the duration of the trade fair fr..

    17 July 2020


    drupa, the world's leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the duration of the trade fair from eleven to nine days for 2021. By doing so, it is responding to the wishes of the partner association VDMA (Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association) and many exhibitors to make the trade fair presentation more efficient and to concentrate the volume of visitors in a targeted manner. This is also in reaction to any continuing travel activities and restrictions.

    "Since we are currently assuming that fewer visitors from overseas will be able to travel to drupa 2021, we consider a reduction from eleven to nine days to be sensible in order to direct visitor flows more efficiently. At the same time, the duration of nine days ensures that running machines can still be shown, which is a unique selling point of drupa," explains drupa President Claus Bolza-Schünemann.

    Despite some corona-related cancellations, the current booking status remains at a high level with over 1,500 exhibitors and a net hall space of more than 140,000 sqm. This once again underlines the industry's confidence in the international appeal of the event and the need for face-to-face meetings, acquisition of new customers or live presentation of running machines still exists. "Many of our customers also see it as their own responsibility to strengthen the industry and provide important impulses personally on site," says drupa Director Sabine Geldermann.

    In order to guarantee a professional and safe trade fair as usual, drupa not only adapted the general conditions but also relies on a hygiene and infection protection concept that is continuously adapted to the latest corona protection regulations and official requirements. Sabine Geldermann points out: "The character of drupa in 2021, due to the pandemic and hygiene regulations, will certainly be different from what we are used to, but it will continue to make a very important contribution to the economic recovery.”
    Additional information on Messe Düsseldorf's hygiene and infection protection concept can be found at www.drupa.com.





  • + Epson takes Premium Partner Program to new levels with significant business creation opportunities and rewards for all members

    Under new MD Craig Heckenberg’s stewardship during these recent challenging times, Epson has made serious moves to..

    14 July 2020


    Under new MD Craig Heckenberg’s stewardship during these recent challenging times, Epson has made serious moves to strengthen and expand its business in Australia. The latest of these is the launch of Epson Australia’s new Premium Partner Program, designed specifically to offer significant benefits to current partners, attract new partners and critically, to create business and growth opportunities for all members.

    He added, “Our new Premium Partner Program is something we see that will be at the core of our business moving forward. The principles that underpin the program are simple – we are building serious, long-term relationships with all of our partners. As a result, each partner will achieve a status tier within the program and the appropriate rewards that come with that status. At the end of the day our Premium Partner Program creates opportunities for Epson and our partners to mutually grow our businesses.”
     
    As a business-building exercise, special attention has been given to the structure and rewards that come with being a part of the new Premium Partner Program.
     
    Most notably are the sales, marketing and financial benefits which include marketing support that is commensurate with their status tier and invitations to Epson events both locally and overseas.




     
    Heckenberg continued, “At Epson we believe in nurturing our key partnerships with the ethos being, if our partners’ businesses grow, we grow with them. That’s the true essence of a partnership and indeed of our partner program. The benefit of the new Premium Partner Program is that the opportunity to join and be part of it is now open to all partners and potential partners across all areas of our business, including in our ultra-growth area of B2B enterprise solutions.”
     
    As a member of Epson’s new Premium Partner Program the tangible benefits are many and varied.
     
    There are financial incentives including special project support that enable partners to win more business.
     
    The further sales benefits include access to dedicated Epson sales and pre-sales support, access to exclusive promotions, access to and generous discounts on demonstration equipment and premium sales lead referrals.
     
    Marketing benefits include shared marketing funds, access to in-depth product and sales training material, complimentary Epson merchandise, access to the comprehensive Channel Epson website, being highlighted on the where-to-buy listing on Epson’s main website and eligibility to participate in key Epson events.
     
    Then there’s service and support. As a member of the new Premium Partner Program companies have direct access to a dedicated technical support team with bespoke service and support training programs, service manuals, spare parts and service tools.
     
    The Premium Partner Program is an initiative that Craig Heckenberg is not only proud of but one he truly believes will work to significantly grow Epson Australia’s business and the businesses of its valued partners.
     
    He concluded, “We now have a Premium Partner Program that truly has something to offer to all of our partners. Epson is expanding. Our product portfolio is growing. We now have more products and more solutions in more market areas and segments than ever before. The Premium Partner Program is our way of sharing the investment we make in our business every day with our partners so they can grow their business with us in the very best way possible – as a partnership.”
     
    Epson’s new Premium Partner Program has three status tiers, Epson Premium Partner, Premium Partner Program Gold and Premium Partner Program Platinum.
     
    To sign up for or get more information on Epson Australia’s new Premium Partner Program go to: https://www.epson.com.au/partner-program/





  • + Print on a Larger Range of Sizes and Shapes with the New VersaUV LEF2-300D

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced a new ..

    14 July 2020


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced a new addition to its popular VersaUV LEF2 series benchtop UV flatbed printers. The LEF2-300D features an expanded workspace that supports a height of up to 200 mm, 100mm more than the standard model*.

    The LEF2 series employs UV-LED lamps to instantly cure ink, and is capable of printing directly onto plastics, leather, wood, fabrics and numerous other materials, allowing users to add ultra-realistic graphics and simulated embossing to a broad range of items like smartphone cases, awards, souvenirs, giftware, leather goods, electronic devices and much more. With the added height, the LEF2-300D’s workspace is effectively doubled, which expands the potential of printing onto not only thicker materials, but also a wider variety of shapes by accommodating diverse sizes and types of jigs.

    According to Hisashi Bito, President of Roland DG's Digital Printing Business Division, the LEF2-300D was developed in response to customer feedback. “The LEF2 series meets the growing demand for personalised, one-of-a-kind items and high-mix, small-lot runs. With its larger print space, the LEF2-300D further boosts customer creativity, and expands the scope of profitable business opportunities.”

    The VersaUV LEF2-300D joins the extremely popular LEF2-200, LEF2-300 and LEF-12i models, further expanding options for customers to ensure they can choose the right printer to suit their needs. Click here to find out more.