‘Exactly how we want to produce’

Print Solutions Bonacia, which is located in the English city of Woodston, Peterborough and prints all of its products digitally, has optimised its processes for softcover and hardcover production by investing in a Vareo perfect binder and InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer inline duo. The purchase agreement for the two machines was signed at the Muller Martini stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne. ‘Bonacia is the power behind the print!’ – with this motto, the digital printing company, which was founded in 2005, is run by a group of young millennials and employs 95 people and quickly made a name for itself because of its innovative print products. The creative company has won more th

Funkeefish lead the way in creative design with the help of Roland DG

Print Solutions The sign and graphics industry is now more accessible than it has ever been. With a little investment, a workshop and a design software package, almost anyone can become a graphics specialist overnight. However, even with the resources readily available to the new starter, there is one thing they can’t buy in a shop – experience. Mark Chamberlain of Essex based graphics company, Funkeefish, has over 30 years experience in vehicle graphic design and he started out without the convenience of today’s printer/cutters. Along with his long term friend Jon Dawson, Mark learned his craft by designing and cutting graphics by hand, but that is just one of his many talents. In pursuit o

New Fusion speed inserter launched

Print Solutions At the Hunkeler Innovationdays, Böwe Systec announced a new Fusion Speed high performance inserter that is capable of filling up to 30,000 envelopes per hour. After the success of its Fusion Cross inserting system, the company has now announced the Fusion Speed. The new system retains the strengths of the Fusion Cross, but – depending of the application – is capable of higher speeds of up to 30,000 envelopes per hour and can handle a range of formats. It will be shown to the public for the first time at the inserting specialist’s open day in Augsburg on May 14 this year and it should be ready for a commercial launch in 2020. ‘Market feedback gave us the idea for the Fusion

BPIF ‘blaze a trail’ this National Apprenticeship Week

Print Solutions Promoting print to over 6000 students and facilitating a visit to innovative business Bluetree Group for our apprentices, the BPIF is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2019, get involved! On the first day of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Monday 4 March, the BPIF will be kicking things off in style with an inspiring apprentice visit to Bluetree Group in Rotherham. Bluetree Group is an award winning market leader in online print and comprises two customer facing brands: instantprint and Route 1 Print. Bluetree Group excels in selling standardised, cost effective, high quality print products, thanks to an innovative manufacturing facility coupled with pioneering web

Durst configures digital future at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions Durst is presenting the latest stunning samples from its Tau label and speciality packaging printers at Packaging Innovations 2019. On its stand, F40, team members are showing latest samples from across the range of UV inkjet label and specialty packaging printing presses, as well as developments in software and hybrid solutions. Promoting Durst’s ‘Configure Your Digital Future’ theme, they will be meeting customers and prospects over the two days of the show. Samples from the Durst Tau 330 RSC production machines printed at up to 78 linear metres per minute will be shown. Other examples will also include prints from the Durst Tau 330E, a cost effective standalone UV inkj

Axyz International announces a major rebranding initiative

Print Solutions Leading supplier of high performance CNC routing and cutting solutions, Axyz International has announced a major rebranding and restructuring initiative. It embraces a change in company name, a new corporate identity and realigned marketing strategy. Implemented by the parent company in Canada, the rebranding programme follows acquisition of the US based waterjet cutting systems company WardJet in 2018. This signalled Axyz International’s entry into the waterjet cutting sector and precipitated the decision to carry out a total rebranding programme. In consequence, since the beginning of February, the company has been trading as Axyz Automation Group, a name that recalls its i

Spencer Associates celebrates 30 years in print

Print Solutions The Spencer Associates Group is celebrating its 30th anniversary of industry service to the digital colour imaging and print community. Providing product research and analysis, its spencerlab printer test laboratory has earned a premier reputation for its expertise in evaluating digital colour imaging and printing. In the 1990s Spencer & Associates Publishing built a tradition of excellence and provided the community with an Industry Standard Test Suite for evaluating colour print quality, throughput speed, and toner/ink yield. Its test and evaluation division, the spencerlab digital colour laboratory, was created in 1997. Over the years spencerlab has served most of the indu

The Sick OL1 delivers precise detection in the Micrometer range

Print Solutions The Sick OL1 Optical Micrometer is a highly accurate, miniature and rugged addition to the company’s portfolio of displacement technologies for thread, material thickness and edge measurements in continuous, sheet feeding and winding machines. The OL1 Optical Micrometer is a rugged instrument for integration into small spaces. With a miniature sender and receiver placed up to 300 mm apart, it uses light curtain measurement technology, based on a multipixel, linear CMOS sensor, for high precision, high repeatability measurement and process control in the micrometer range. The OL1 is teamed with the Sick AOD1 Mini displacement evaluation unit for improved stability and consiste

Software as the driving force

Print Solutions Böwe Systec has signed an agreement to take a majority stake in Red Ledge, a software company based in the UK. Red Ledge was founded in 1996 and is based in Yorkshire. As an established software company, it has specialised in Auto-ID solutions and its barcode, RFID, voice and sensor technologies are used successfully around the world in post and parcel sorting centres, warehouses and production facilities. Its core expertise includes competitive software platforms such as Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Warehouse Control Systems (WCS) and serialisation solutions. The acquisition of Red Ledge is an important milestone for Böwe Systec as a leading supplier of smart automati

C&T Matrix launches Duroprint – the durable fibre based matrix

Print Solutions C&T Channel Matrix has launched ‘Duroprint Matrix’, a new concept in fibre based creasing matrix. Following a request from Mito SRL, (C&T’s Italian subsidiary), for a fibre based matrix to sell into the Italian market, C&T developed this new product which it is now launching in the UK. Unlike traditional pressboard products, Duroprint Matrix is manufactured using a vulcanised fibre based material which makes the matrix more durable and less likely to wear or delaminate. This gives the customer huge benefits in terms of matrix durability and stability and makes Duroprint ideal for medium to long run applications. Also, because it is fibre based, it is very easy to chamfer by h

Dantex to highlight Pico range at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions Following its success in the UV digital press market, Dantex is looking forward to promoting further advancements to the Pico range with its latest innovation – the PicoJet Digital UV inkjet press – at Packaging Innovations on 27 to 28 February. Demonstrating all key features and benefits, Dantex will be showcasing the PicoJet via video, whilst its PicoColour press will be running on stand. Ideally placed for high quality, long run lengths, PicoJet is a seven colour printing system, which can be custom configured to offer wide colour gamut printing. Operating at 350 mm width, at 75 metres per minute and offering 600 x 600 dpi resolution at 2.5 pl dot size, the press inclu

BCMPA unveils new identity to underline widening capabilities of its membership

Packaging Solutions The British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association (BCMPA) is launching a new corporate identity and strapline to more accurately reflect the breadth of services offered by its membership. A new look logo will be unveiled at this year’s Contract Pack and Packaging Innovations exhibition at the NEC at the end of February, where the Association’s hospitality stand will highlight the BCMPA’s ability to find outsourcing solutions for brand owners, manufacturers, retailers and e-commerce companies. The BCMPA says that over the past 18 months it has seen a significant increase in enquiries for a complete end to end service. At the same time, many of its more than 150 me

Antalis appoints new commercial manager

Packaging Solutions Stepping up ambitious growth plans for its packaging division, Antalis has announced Lesley Mercer as its new commercial manager. With a career spanning more than 25 years, Lesley brings with her an impressive track record of supply chain management and product purchasing. Applying her experience working for market leaders including MacFarlane and Woodway, Lesley will provide focus and expertise to ensure the packaging offering to customers remains as competitive and cutting edge as possible. Her role will include the purchasing and deployment of bespoke packaging products and services – a significant growth area for the business. Most recently, Lesley worked as a commerc

One machine, three pack styles

Packaging Solutions Ulma Packaging UK has announced the expansion of its compact thermoformer range with the launch of the TFS 200 MSV, which is designed to provide manufacturers with the capability to produce three pack styles: MAP, Skin, and Vacuum; using a single machine. Perfect for use with 422 mm wide film, which is widely available, the TFS 200 MSV avoids the need for manufacturers to purchase new packaging materials, while also being configurable with a range of formats to suit individual or bulk packs. Furthermore, the TFS 200 MSV is suited to a diverse range of food produce industries. For example, the machine is appropriate for packing a full range of frozen and fresh food product

Ryan Miles named as new managing director of Heidelberg UK

Print Solutions Ryan Miles will be the new managing director of Heidelberg UK and head of Cluster Northern Europe, a region which includes the UK, South Africa, Sweden and Denmark. Ryan is currently managing director of South Africa and will relocate to the UK with his family and is due to take up the post from 1 April 2019. Ryan succeeds Gerard Heanue, having reported to him for the past five years, and has the greatest respect for him. ‘Gerard is a true gentleman and can be very proud of his achievements,’ he said. ‘He has an ability to create and steer true growth and the past five years have been the most fulfilling of my career.’ That career has included roles as finance director of Kod

CADlink Technology announces significant new update to Digital Factory v10 OKI Edition

Print Solutions Digital Factory OKI Edition RIP software users now have even greater advantages when using the RIP software to manage their print production workflows. The latest build of the software includes newly engineered custom printer drivers along with modified colour profiles. It also now supports a wider variety of printers than ever before. The new driver architecture optimises RIP and print speeds that can reduce job processing times by up to two to three times and also provides incredibly vibrant colours that also include rich black reproduction. Printer support has also been extended and now includes support for all of the following OKI printers: C3xx Series, C6xx, C7xx, C8xx S

Fujifilm demonstrates business growth opportunities of the new Jet Press 750S

Print Solutions To allow printers to experience the quality, colour capability and productivity of the new Jet Press 750S, Fujifilm is encouraging printers to get under the hood of the new press at its forthcoming showcase event and learn how it can help them diversify and expand their business. On 9 and 10 April 2019, Fujifilm is welcoming printers from across Europe to its Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels to see the new Jet Press 750S in action – the first opportunity to do so since its launch. Producing 3600 B2 sheets per hour, and with improvements to its already impressive uptime (above 90% often quoted), versatility, colour capability and print quality, the Jet Press 750S m

Signs Express (Leeds) named as best signage company in city

Print Solutions Signs Express (Leeds) has recently been named as one of the top three signage companies in Leeds by independent ratings company, Three Best Rated. Of the top three, Signs Express (Leeds) came out on top, scoring at least 9 out of 10 for every scoring category. The Best Rated employees handpick the top three local business per industry in different areas after extensive research into company reviews, reputation, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost, general excellence and much more. The Three Best Rated review states, ‘It is equipped with cutting edge technology and staffed with highly skilled personnel, able to tackle the most demanding jobs effectively and efficiently, offerin

Mail makers’ board produced almost half of all letters delivered in 2018

Print Solutions A recent audit of the 14 board members of the Strategic Mailing Partnership (SMP) revealed that in 2018 they produced 7.1 billion mailpacks – just under half of all mail delivered last year – and 581 million door to door pieces. Board members’ combined turnovers reached £2322 million and, collectively, the companies employed more than 20,000 staff. On average this was a turnover of £165 million with 1497 employees. Far from being made up of large businesses, the board itself comprises a range of different sized companies, from those employing nine people up to 10,000, and with turnovers ranging from £2 million to £700 million. What is more, less than one third (28%) of the bo

Kotkamills’ plastic free next generation barrier board solutions

Packaging Solutions Fifty years ago, plastic was hailed as the miracle material that would change packaging forever. Today, we are more aware than ever of how plastic – for all its advantages – poses a threat to our environment and well being. Kotkamills offers more responsible alternatives to disposables that contain plastic. In the UK alone, 99.75% of single use cups end up in landfills, that is more than 2.5 billion cups per year. Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured globally each year. The vast majority of these cups contain polyethylene plastic making recycling difficult and composting virtually impossible. Kotkamills is tackling the global cup challenge head on with barrier

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