Fujifilm Holdings and Xerox announce agreement to combine Fuji Xerox joint venture with Xerox

Print Solutions Fujifilm Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine Xerox and their longstanding Fuji Xerox joint venture. The combined company will be a global leader in innovative print technologies and intelligent work solutions with annual revenues of $18 billion and leadership positions in key geographic regions. This proposed combination provides Xerox shareholders with significant cash at closing, as well as a substantial interest in the significantly enhanced combined company. Under the terms of the agreement, Xerox shareholders will receive a $2.5 billion special cash dividend, or approximately $9.80 per sh

Kodak adds violet ink and expands proofer connectivity to its Proofing Software

Print Solutions Kodak has announced upgrades to its Proofing Software, making it easier for printers to spend less time planning and more time printing consistent colour results. New with the upgrade, Proofing Software now allows users to proof spot colours with more accuracy with new support for violet ink proofers from the Epson SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 family. The new upgrade also meets print buyer expectations by achieving standard targets based on ISO 12647, Gracol, and Swop with certified proofing for colour confirmation. While the Kodak Proofing Software gives you better management of colours, it also pairs perfectly with some of the impressive features already in the software including

Bluetree Group named ‘ones to watch’

Print Solutions Bluetree Group was named one of 12 national winners from 196 businesses representing the ‘ones to watch’ in the United Kingdom at an exclusive event held at the London Stock Exchange for The European Business Awards. Bluetree Group was chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in the country in the category of ‘The Business of the Year Award with turnover of €26 to 150 million’, and the company will now go on to represent the UK in the final stage of the competition. Bluetree Group, established in 1989 in Templeborough, originally supplied printed point of sale and marketing materials to major high street

Skymark purchases Universal X6 laser perforator

Packaging Solutions Since forming in 1987, Skymark Packaging has been an innovator in the competitive world of flexible packaging. To further this ethos, the company has recently announced an investment in a Universal X6 Laser perforation slitter rewinder. The Universal X6 laser perforation slitter rewinder gives Skymark the capacity to process a wide range of flexible packaging films. During the slitting process films can be either perforated to modify the atmosphere within the package or scored to make packing easier to open for the consumer. The laser scoring technology on the universal X6 enables packaging films to be perforated to a high level of accuracy at speeds of 350 metres per

Metsä Board launches innovative eco barrier paperboard

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Metsä Board is launching a new eco barrier paperboard. This innovative paperboard is bio based, recyclable and biodegradable, and developed especially for food service use. On top of the sustainability benefits, it also offers efficiencies in printing and converting. There is a clear market need to develop paperboards with bio based barriers as alternatives to fossil based barriers. The new eco barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1, has a bio based and biodegradable special barrier treatment that is fluorochemicals free. The new eco barrier paperboard can be used with foods requiring grease resistance up to KIT level 5, and the barrier properties can

BPIF launch improved colour quality management certification scheme

Print Solutions Version three of the BPIF Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme has been launched. The new scheme has been simplified to enable more companies to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in colour management. The scheme now takes ISO 9001 and adds requirements specific to pre-press and printing processes, as well as the colour values and tolerances defined in the ISO 12647 series of standards, or any other accepted standards. As a result, the certified scheme can now be applied to any printing production method and process, including outsourced printing, pre-press and proofing. There are now two levels to the scheme ‘Professional’ and ‘Elite’ which are intended to

Konica Minolta achieves 30 worldwide installations for AccurioJet KM-1

Print Solutions Konica Minolta has revealed important market updates for its AccurioJet KM-1 inkjet digital press, which was commercially launched at drupa in 2016. More than 30 worldwide installations have been achieved, including new ones in Europe for January and February this year. The first installation in Poland has gone live and an announcement on a significant agreement in France is due to be made in early February. New business partnerships and branding for patented technology have also been announced as Konica Minolta continues to expand and grow market share in industrial and commercial print markets. Dot Freeze Technology is the name for a special process for the AccurioJet KM-1

Printwize goes new for old with guillotine purchase

Print Solutions Essex based Printwize has replaced its 10 year old Wohlenberg guillotine with a new 115 Baumann-Wohlenberg from Friedheim International to allow the company to enhance its cutting for more complex and demanding jobs. The new guillotine, with its touch screen and CIP data module, offers menu guided programming and covers a variety of cutting jobs, for example, single cut, program cut, repeat cut, clamping without cut, and automatic actual value transfer – to name but a few. The 115 guillotine also has quick knife exchange and a low maintenance electromagnetic clutch as well as an electronic hand wheel for the back gauge positioning. Roger Wacey, chairman at Printwize, said: ‘W

Muller Martini and Kolbus set the strategic course for their future

Print Solutions Muller Martini is taking over the perfect binding and book line business from Kolbus. This includes the service and spare parts business for all Kolbus bookbinding systems installed worldwide. Kolbus is placing its focus on the packaging and case making business, parts manufacturing and the foundry business. ‘Structural change has changed the graphic arts industry in recent years and our market has become much smaller and versatile at once,’ said Bruno Müller, CEO of Muller Martini. ‘Customers need innovations on a regular basis, which have to be financed with lower sales quantities. Above all, our customers benefit from the efficiency gains bringing together the bookbinding

Metsä Board’s Better with Less collaborates with Pro Carton’s Young Designers award

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Metsä Board launched the Better with Less – Design Challenge last November. This international packaging design competition aims to find new more environmentally friendly and functional packaging solutions for some of the world’s most frequently used and fastest growing types of consumer packages, including takeaway meals, e-commerce, wellness, cosmetics and dry food. The competition has now joined forces with the Pro Carton Young Designers Award, which will provide the benefit that all student participants will have two chances to win with one great idea. Pro Carton is the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard Manufacturers who through its compe

New Herma self-adhesive material for wine labels

Packaging Solutions In response to growing demand for pure white labels with a clear design, the Hermaexquisite product range has been extended with two new products. The new products from Herma are Hermafelt white and Hermafelt high white. Both are wet strength, uncoated, textured papers with an exciting tactile feel. On top of that, Hermafelt high white provides excellent wet opacity: even after a long time in an ice bucket, labels made from this material show no unsightly wet stains, maintaining their clean appearance until the last drop of the bottle. Hermafelt high white requires no special barrier coating – this reduces costs for printers. Both materials offer great versatility in the

Vision Paper & Board appointed exclusive stockists of Accurate Top Strong

Packaging Solutions Vision Paper and Board has been appointed exclusive UK stockists of Accurate Top Strong, strengthening its range of packaging boards and further developing its partnership with specialist board manufacturer MM Karton. Produced in Europe, Accurate Top Strong is a tough new GC2 cream back folding boxboard, suitable for all packaging applications including confectionary and chocolates as well as pharmaceutical uses. Dan Brown, group board manager for Vision Paper and Board, said: ‘Following on from our success with Topliner and SilvaFreeze, we are delighted that MM Karton has appointed us as the exclusive UK stockist of Accurate Top Strong. With bulk and stiffness figures am

Imprint Digital enhances book production with Horizon system

Print Solutions Horizon HT1000V three knife trimmer and BQ470 four clamp perfect binder chosen to support flexible operation Imprint Digital has invested in an IFS supplied Horizon HT1000V variable three knife trimmer and BQ470 four clamp perfect binder to support demand for fast turnaround, flexible and efficient book and journal production. The Exeter print production arm of publisher Imprint Academic specialises in soft and hardback publications in a range of subjects including philosophy, history, politics, psychology and consciousness studies. It also completes work for external and self publishers. Adam Roppert, production director, explains the reason for the investment: ‘We had a Hor

Epson SureColor SC-S80600 set in Motion

Print Solutions Motion in Leicester has installed its first Epson printer, a SureColor SC-S80600. ‘The accuracy is bang on, the quality is outstanding and it has not only allowed us to supply existing customers with almost photographic quality print results but it has won us new business in the backlit and stickers markets,’ said managing director Phil Highton. He turned to Darren Walker at Perfect Colours, a company that supplies large format print solutions, for advice when Motion was finding issues with substrate and image distortion. Perfect Colours invited him to view the Epson SC-S80600. ‘I had never seen such quality on a roll to roll machine, irrespective of whether it was printing o

Mondi relaunches IQ as ‘The intelligent Paper Brand’

Print Solutions Mondi is giving its office and professional printing paper IQ a new look. The IQ brand concept revolves around ‘Intelligence’ and what it means to be an intelligent paper solution, offering the right answer for all needs, from offset to digital printing. IQ combines this versatility with a 99.99% trouble free runnability. Since its launch in 2001, IQ has built up its strong brand recognition and is ranking today number two in brand awareness for all of Europe in the 2016 EMGE cut size survey. Mondi is building up on that high level of brand awareness with the rejuvenated image for IQ. This includes a new logo, freshly designed ream wrappers, and new sales and marketing tools.

Bishops adds a Stahlfolder TH 82 bringing its tally to 15 working folders

Print Solutions Bishops Printers is taking another Stahlfolder, this time a TH 82. When it is delivered to the Portsmouth plant next month there will be 15 folders in the company’s plant portfolio. ‘The automated models do give reduced make ready times and are right for many companies but at Bishops we prefer to run 15 workhorse folders, each one dedicated to a specific format which means zero set up. We have about 12 folding operators per shift (we run a 2x12 hour Continental pattern) who work across all machines, taking work to whichever is set up for the product being finished,’ said Gareth Roberts, managing director. This battery of Stahlfolders handle a very wide range of print from the

Keeping it real: Apex, IFS and others team up for open house event

Print Solutions Apex Digital Graphics and Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) have announced the return of their ‘Real Print and Finish’ open house event on April 17, 18 and 19, 2018 at Apex’s premises in Hemel Hempstead. Visitors can see an array of equipment including an SRA1 RMGT (Ryobi) press with live demonstrations of LED-UV drying during the event. Apex managing director Bob Usher said, ‘ Ryobi was a pioneer of LED-UV litho technology, and maintains the leading position both globally and in the UK, where we have installed more LED-UV machines than any rival. It is a must see for any litho printer interested in the application of LED technology.’ Apex will also show newly launched CTP

Caldera launches CalderaDesk

Print Solutions RIP software specialists Caldera has launched CalderaDesk, a new customer support portal and online documentation centre. The new portal will give customers and partners access to a wide range of tools, including tutorial videos and information about Caldera training, an interactive community forum and a library of support documentation. The portal has been designed to give Caldera software users all the resources they need for getting the most out of the company’s products. According to vice president marketing and communications, Sebastien Hanssens: ‘CalderaDesk is an undertaking that allows us to bring the customer experience to the forefront of all we do. Not only will it

Prepress UK Launches PressReporter

Print Solutions Prepress UK has announced the introduction of PressReporter, a software based solution to maximise productivity by providing a view of what is happening across all of a users Heidelberg presses in real time, without the need to stand in the print room, or keep popping in to see what is happening. Press Reporter continually shows the current press status of each machine: what job is on the press, how long it has been on the press, how many sheets have been run, how many times the press has stopped, why the press has stopped, and how much waste there has been. It also provides an easy to view timeline of press productivity and events, and this is all achieved automatically, wit

Feldmuehle restructure after insolvency filing

Print Solutions The Schleswig-Holstein paper mill, Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH filed for insolvency at the Pinneberg district court on January 24, 2018. The court has appointed Reimer Rechtsanwälte as a preliminary insolvency administrator. Founded in 1904, the company has approximately 420 employees and produces around 250,000 tonnes of paper a year at its paper mill just west of Hamburg. Its products are used worldwide, mainly for the production of classic print products and in the packaging industry. ‘Business operations will continue unimpeded. This goes for production as well as purchasing, sales, marketing and logistics,’ said Tjark Thies. Heiner Kayser, managing director of Feldmuehle

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