Phil Trudgeon joins Devon Consulting

Print Solutions Devon Consulting Ltd, Crown Van Gelder’s UK agent for high speed digital inkjet and graphical papers has announce that Phil Trudgeon has joined the team. Phil has a background in print and paper, with over 30 years’ experience in paper merchanting, at both Howard Smith Paper and Denmaur Independent Papers. Phil will be supplementing the awareness of Crown Van Gelder in the UK and Irish markets in a predominantly sales role, and brings a wide market/technical knowledge. Working closely with CVG’s UK based sales manager, Perce Thrower, the CVG inside sales team and the rest of the Devon Consulting team, Phil will be based from his home in Chippenham. Joint owner of Devon Consul

New Mimaki UCJV launches with enticing trade in offer

Print Solutions Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services, has announced that the recently released UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutter range is to benefit from a special launch trade-in offer of up to £4000. The new 1.6 metre devices launched to great acclaim in early October. ‘Take up of the new Mimaki UCJV300 and UCJV150 printer/cutters has been excellent,’ said Hybrid’s national sales manager, John de la Roche. ‘This offer is designed to make it even easier for owners of existing printers across a range of ink types to enjoy the benefits of the LED UV technology.’ The trade-in is available for any 700 mm or wider solvent, eco solvent, latex or SUV printer, with £3000 offered again

Wallpen colours the world using Xaar technology

Print Solutions An innovative and highly practical solution that uses inkjet technology from Xaar to create wonderful designs on indoor and outdoor walls has been launched in Germany by Wallpen GmbH. The Wallpen printer is a patented, mobile, large format UV printer system for printing pictures and graphics direct to walls and vertical surfaces. It prints in brilliant, durable and high definition colours directly onto a wide variety of substrates including plaster, wallpaper, wood, stone, plastic, tiles, glass, metal and concrete. Following extensive market research, the Wallpen printer was developed over two years and is underpinned by 15 patents, enabling the creation of a unique and high

Creation Link delivers ‘click to plate’ automation

Packaging Solutions UK specialist in packaging artwork, reprographics and plate production, Creation, has further enhanced its sophisticated management information system (MIS) to create CreationLink – a streamlined and automated digital workflow process – to deliver enhanced production efficiency and client satisfaction. Creation has combined its MIS and Esko WebCenter programmes into an increasingly advanced system that fully integrates all business activities – from artwork to plate production – into a single automated process. CreationLink delivers faster workflows, accelerated service for repeat work and 24 hour production, maximising operating capacity with very little additional manpo

Zanders: price increase as of January 2018

Print Solutions Due to a continuing increase in raw material costs, in both pulp and chemicals, Zanders has announced a price increase of five to eight percent for all paper grades. The increase will become effective for all deliveries as from 1 January 2018. Zanders sales managers will be contacting all customers shortly to confirm new pricing details.

Essex Business Machines announces rebrand to EBM Managed Services

Print Solutions Essex Business Machines (EBM Ltd), a specialist in managed print and hardware solutions, has announced its rebranding and name change to EBM Managed Services (EBM), emphasising its new identity as an independent supplier of print and IT managed services. The full range of services now offered includes: Managed print – managed print services, print reduction software, print audits, and maintenance plans Managed IT solutions – outsourced IT department, network infrastructure, UK data backup, and IT health checks. Printers, MFPs and copiers - supply, repair, and servicing of print devices. Mark Bailey, managing director, said: ‘The business has been growing and evolving rapidly

Park Communications expands with new wide format department

Print Solutions In response to customer demand, Park Communications has announced announce that it has internalised large format production. By investing in ‘Park Display’ the company is able to bring more of its work in-house. The experienced team use creativity to add innovation and impact. Quality is guaranteed using the very latest new technology, together with Park’s renowned quality control. Park’s Vutek GS3250LX is able to print in full CMYK, interpreting Pantone references, use white ink and spot varnish, with colour calibrated machines to ensure consistency for customers. It prints using eight colour inks, plus the option of white ink, and can handle media up to 3.2 metres wide and

Perfect Colours launches new printer rental initiative

Print Solutions Perfect Colours is set to offer clients an alternative to buying or leasing their print equipment with a straightforward rental initiative. The difference between the new rental package and the company’s traditional leasing offer is that customers can simply rent a new printer for a fixed monthly fee without the option to buy the equipment at the end of the three year agreement. Sales director Jon Telling said, ‘This new rental agreement means that clients are able to take on the technology they want rather than the technology they can afford, without feeling tied into a long term commitment that might turn into a purchase. The package also includes a warranty that runs for t

Dean Packaging to focus on growth following funding from Santander

Packaging Solutions Dean Packaging has secured £973,000 in funding from Santander Business Banking to help it invest for growth and attract new clients. The funding will also help to create more jobs within the business and help carry it through seasonal changes in demand which can impact cashflow. Dean Packaging has over 20 years of experience as a leading supplier of packaging materials to the food and industrial sectors. The cost effective nature of the company’s products means it has cemented an excellent reputation in the UK packaging industry, with an established base of regional clients. The business operates from premises in Cwmbran, Mamhilad and Hereford and is looking to further im

UPM Paper ENA plans to reduce graphic paper capacity

Print Solutions In light of the global market situation for graphic papers, and to sustain its competitiveness in the market, UPM Paper ENA plans to optimise operations at its UPM Nordland Papier and UPM NorService units in Dörpen, Germany. Streamlining internal processes and investing in automation will enable a sustainable improvement of the fixed cost structure. It also to permanently close papermachine 5 at UPM Blandin in Minnesota, United States, reducing the annual capacity by approximately 128,000 tonnes of coated magazine paper in response to over capacities in the North American paper market. The closure is expected to be completed by end of Q1 2018 at the latest. Paper production r

Graphic Packaging to create $6 billion integrated packaging company

Packaging Solutions Graphic Packaging Holding Company is to create a $6 billion paper based packaging company by forming a new partnership comprised of Graphic Packaging's existing businesses and International Paper's North America Consumer Packaging business. Graphic Packaging Holding Company will own 79.5% of the partnership and will be the sole operator. International Paper will own 20.5% of the partnership, equivalent to a $1.14 billion value. The partnership will assume $660 million of International Paper debt. There will be no change to Graphic Packaging's current board of directors or leadership team. International Paper's North America Consumer Packaging business is a $1.6 billion re

Wipak UK awarded AA grade following BRC audit

Packaging Solutions Leading supplier of high barrier flexible packaging solutions, Wipak UK, has been awarded an ‘AA’ grade following an annual BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials accreditation visit to its Welshpool site. First published in 2001 and now in its fidth issue, the Standard was designed to protect the consumer by providing a common basis for the certification of companies. It assists packaging manufacturers in the production of safe packaging materials, ensuring they manage product quality to meet their customers’ requirements. ‘As a trusted supplier to a wide range of food manufacturers across the UK and Europe, we are delighted to have been recognised for

Enveco expands book exports with Horizon BQ-270V

Print Solutions Enveco has chosen to support its expanding book export service with an Horizon BQ-270V from Intelligent Finishing Systems. The greetings cards envelope specialist’s rapidly growing book production business exports to countries as far and wide as the US, Canada and Australia. Managing director of the Milton Keynes operation Piyush Shah commented: ‘We started offering books with design led covers 12 months ago and that business has steadily grown which is why we needed the new binder.’ He continued, ‘A year ago we invested in a smart finishing system, an Horizon StitchLiner 6000 with HSF-30s high speed sheet feeder and CF-30 cover feeder. So, when we decided we needed a perfect

PrintReleaf Plants 500,000th standard tree

Green Solutions PrintReleaf has announced that more than 500,000 standard trees have been planted as part of its certified reforestation programme. Discussing the milestone, CEO and founder Jordan Darragh commented: ‘We are pleased to have planted more than a half million standard trees on behalf of our printing industry partners and their clients. A standard tree is equal to 8333 sheets of standard 8.5 x 11 inch US letter paper. ‘The actual number of trees planted varies from reforestation site to reforestation site depending on climate, soil conditions, tree mortality after planting, and the time necessary to grow a tree to maturity. The PrintReleaf reforestation programme – now active aro

Hybrid Software sells 1500th Packz

Packaging Solutions Hybrid Software achieved a major milestone at Labelexpo Europe with the sale of the 1500th license of Packz, its professional native PDF editor for labels and packaging. The order was placed by French digital printer MR Cartonnage Numérique. ‘We were looking for an efficient and quick method of handling PDF files sent by customers and which would also be compliant with our HP digital presses,’ said Jonathan Mihy of MR Cartonnage Numérique. ‘After an intense testing period, we chose Packz without any hesitation. The product matches our needs perfectly, while Hybrid Software’s team of technicians and developers really offer a listening ear for all our needs.’ Guido Van der

IIJ highlighting high speed wallpaper applications at IJC

IndPrint Latest developments in digital inkjet wallpaper production will be explained by Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ) at the Inkjet Conference (IJC) in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 24 to 25 October 2017. Dr Veena Sarojiniamma, IIJ’s head of ink technology, will give a presentation entitled, ‘Inkjet For High Speed Wallpaper Applications’, at 12.15 on the first day of the event. Her presentation will cover an overview of the current market, challenges, requirements and the future of digital printing for wallpaper applications. ‘The European wallpaper market has been contracting slowly since 2006,’ said John Corrall, IIJ founder and managing director. ‘Recent developments in single pass digital pri

Last call for the Print & Digital Innovations Summit

Print Solutions Delegate places are now extremely limited for the upcoming Print & Digital Innovations Summit, which is taking place on November 23 at the Intercontinental London – The O2. Each complimentary VIP delegate place includes pre-arranged meetings with trusted print providers, in areas including digital print, direct mail, creative and design, 3D print, banners and posters, brochure printing, integrated marketing solutions, packaging and labels, point of sale, print management plus many more. The Print & Digital Innovations Summit is designed to make the process of finding new print and marketing solutions as stress free as possible. It is an opportunity for marketing executives to

GEW goes green with fleet of hybrid cars

Green Solutions GEW (EC) Limited, based in Crawley, West Sussex, has invested in a fleet of eight new Toyota Auris hybrid cars for its team of service engineers to provide more efficient and environment friendly transportation. The leading manufacturer of UV curing equipment for the printing and coating industries has a total fleet of over 20 vehicles, and with a high annual mileage to manage, the benefits of changing to hybrid vehicles are significant. For the company the switch from diesel to hybrid power is expected to yield savings in fuel and reduce costs associated with the London congestion charge and driving restrictions in city centres in France and Germany. From an environmental st

Screen and Inca Digital to demonstrate the power of partnership at InPrint 2017

IndPrint Screen GA and Inca Digital have announced they will be co-exhibiting at InPrint 2017 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, 14 to 16 November 2017 (hall 6, stand 364). Both companies will feature an extensive range of products and solutions on the stand that aims to show the strength of their leadership in the field of industrial inkjet printing. In June 2016, Screen announced an exclusive partnership with BHS Corrugated Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH to develop a 2.8 metre width single pass in line digital print solution for BHS Corrugated. At InPrint 2017, Screen and Inca will showcase the print engine, incorporating Fujifilm Dimatix’s Samba printheads, as well as print samples and an on

MPS success at Labelexpo

Packaging Solutions MPS accomplished a successful Labelexpo Europe with the launch of its innovative 'talk to me' connectivity platform and two signed orders for the hybrid EF Symjet. Crowds of visitors on the stand received live demonstrations of the 'talk to me' connectivity concept on the EF automated multi-substrate flexo press and the hybrid flexo/digital EF Symjet press developed with Domino. A second fully equipped MPS EF press was also demonstrated live at the debut of Automation Arena, that featured two automated press lines for digital and conventional label production, from job creation through to pre-press, printing, finishing and invoicing. Wim van den Bosch, CEO of MPS, said: ‘

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