Xerox acquires Arena Group; expands presence in European SMB market

Print Solutions Xerox has acquired Arena Group, one of the leading providers of office technology, software, solutions and services in the UK. ‘Building on our success in the small and midsize business (SMB) market in the US, we’ ae now expanding our strategy to Europe,’ said Hervé Tessler, president of EMEA Operations, Xerox. ‘With the acquisition of Arena Group, we will be uniquely positioned to offer workplace solutions in one of the fastest growing managed print services segments in Western Europe.’ The acquisition has received government approval. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. ‘There is no better time to join Xerox, a company undergoing a digital first transformation

The VBA/Vareo/InfiniTrim delivers a special experience

Print Solutions By investing in Muller Martini’s new hardcover book block solution with an endsheet feeder, the Vareo perfect binder, and the InfiniTrim three-knife trimmer, Charlesworth Press in Wakefield, is automating production of the product in which it specialise: personalised children’s books in runs of one copy. The company, which was founded in 1928 and employs 50 people, started out as a conventional offset printing plant for books and magazines, but entered the digital segment seven years ago. Charlesworth Press is now one of the world’s leading producers of personalized children’s books – for children worldwide and for big name brands such as Wonderbly. Using its website, childre

Exclusive CGS Oris colour management package for Xerox printing systems

Print Solutions The Xerox Trivor 2400 inkjet printing systems the AlphaStream controller not only ensure maximum flexibility, optimal control options and maximum data control, but the powerful RIP now also offers an exclusively formulated colour management package from CGS Oris. It is a sophisticated system that enables fully automatic colour management, spot colour optimisation and ink saving. ‘The high degree of automation streamlines the production process and minimises errors – but at the same time, of course, there is also the possibility of making individual adjustments manually,’ said Andrew McIntyre, sales director digital print at CGS Oris, describing the advantages that the package

Pitreavie Group invests £3.8 million in new manufacturing site

Packaging Solutions Pitreavie Group, one of Scotland’s leading providers of packaging solutions, has announced its plans to launch a new £3.8 million corrugated box manufacturing facility in Cumbernauld. Once fully commissioned the 57,000 square foot site will bring an additional 35 new skilled jobs to Scotland and will see the company offer a significantly enhanced range of packaging solutions to its client base. The new facility will have the capability to produce more than 30 million boxes per year. Established in 2010, Pitreavie Group, has ambitious plans to expand its reach and services in Scotland. Continued strong organic growth as well as strategic acquisitions of Sorba-Freeze, Ander

Precision Printing first in UK with new Scodix Ultra 101

Print Solutions Precision Printing has become the first company in the UK to invest in a new Scodix Ultra 101 digital enhancement press. Purchased through Friedheim International, the new machine will replace two first generation S74 Scodix models and enable Precision to add digital foiling to its expansive range of services. Chief executive Gary Peeling said that the device is five times faster than the previous models, and this will enable the company to address a rising demand for its services. ‘We have operated two older Scodix machines for over five years, and as enhanced products are popular across all three of our operating sectors, the new machine will offer higher productivity to de

Essentra to showcase latest in tape technology at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Innovations Essentra Tapes is turning the spotlight on two of its recently launched product developments at Packaging Innovations. Re:Close Lite and Rippatape X are set to be key talking points on stand G49 at the show. Re:Close Lite is a lightweight, linerless addition to the range, which has taken the resealability of food packaging to a new level. It helps deliver portion control and maintain freshness, while making sure packaging is kept tidy and cupboard ready. Rippatape X is designed to deliver improved cross tear performance for the easy opening of paper sacks, mailers and large cartons. Providing fast, safe and easy access to a pack’s contents, Rippatape X removes the need

Libra Board shapes up for Fulfen Primary

Print Solutions Pupils at a Staffordshire primary school have created a collaborative display on British values thanks to a donation of Libra board from Antalis and cutting services from Zund. Each of the 70 jigsaw shaped pieces of Libra board supplied were to be decorated by pupils at Fulfen Primary School in Bruntwood, Staffordshire, to illustrate British values in school and the community, such as inclusion, caring, lifelong learning, aspiration and tolerance. On hearing that the school intended to cut out each of the jigsaw shapes itself, Antalis contacted its partner Zund which was delighted to get involved. Using leading technology in its St Albans showroom, Zund cut all 70 tessellatin

Environmentally friendly transport for DG press field service engineers

Print Solutions Green Solutions DG press has started 2020 with a conscious choice for environmentally friendly transport for its field service engineers. In the coming years, its six technicians will travel with an eco friendly Toyota Corolla. Sustainability is high on the agenda at DG press. When developing new machines, for example, modern techniques are used that ensure less waste, fewer emissions and less use of solvents. In addition, the machines are extremely suitable for printing on biomaterials and environmentally friendly inks are used during the printing process. The choice for the Toyota Corolla hybrid fits perfectly with the company’s objectives. ‘We are delighted with these new

drupa 2020: The new Speedmaster generation is now available!

Print Solutions Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be presenting its full expertise as a market and technology leader in the printing and media industry at drupa 2020, taking place from 16 to 26 June 2020 in Düsseldorf, under the slogan ‘Unfold your Potential’. The main focus will be on the customer and their requirements, as well as optimally developing and exploiting their business potential through the latest technologies, innovative solutions, and new business models. With a view to the key factors such as process optimization and intelligent, operator independent productivity, Heidelberg will be presenting the next stage in a smart printing business – the Smart Print Shop.

C&T to offer quality gripper bars for automated die cutting

Print Solutions C&T Channel Matrix (C&T) has announced that it will be selling gripper bars and associated accessories for die cutter machines with immediate effect. C&T will be working with partner, Conway Machines Inc, which started manufacturing replacement parts for die cutters in 1972, and is now an OEM spec producer of gripper bars, chains and sprockets. C&T will be offering a full range of products suitable for die cutting machines including Bobst, Iberica, Brausse and many more. The gripper bars are of a very high quality and made to OEM specifications. All shells, shafts, end fittings and fingers are perfectly designed to optimise the performance of die cutters. C&T will support UK

New Weerg Wallet – a new way to shop for CNC machining and 3D printing

IndPrint Weerg, the revolutionary Italian e-commerce which offers CNC machining and 3D printing online, has once again confirmed its mission to bring innovation to the world of mechanics by introducing a totally new financial service for the sector. The ‘Wallet’ is comparable to a virtual rechargeable credit card with no expiry date, which Weerg users can easily charge online with cuts from 500 to 15,000 euros. Already widely used in e-commerce, both in business to business portals such as websites selling photographic images, and in business to consumer by giants such as Amazon, this new tool ensures maximum security and allows you to quickly and easily make online payments. In addition, sh

Investments at Kingsmoor Packaging increase workflow efficiencies

Packaging Solutions Somerset based thermoformed packaging firm, Kingsmoor Packaging, has started the year sporting fully refurbished design, pattern and tooling facilities. The move, which is part of an ongoing investment programme by the company to improve workflow and provide increased capacity, also includes the purchase and installation of new machinery. The family business, which has been designing and manufacturing bespoke and off the shelf plastic packaging for the food industry since 1990, has forged an excellent reputation for service and quality by offering a fully integrated in-house design and tooling service, combined with leading edge thermoforming machines. To further increase

Ignazio Capuano starts as the new chairman of CEPI

Print Solutions As of January 2020, the new Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) chairman is Ignazio Capuano, CEO of Italian papermaker Burgo Group Spa and vice president of the Italian paper manufacturers’ association Assocarta. Ignazio has been working for the paper industry since 1991 as general manager of Saffa, CEO of Reno de Medici and since 2016, as CEO of Burgo Group. He has worked in the utility sector as CEO of RWE Italy, in the banking industry with Manufacturers Hanover Trust of New York (now JP Morgan Chase) and in the strategic consulting sector with KPMG. ‘I am proud to take over the presidency of the European paper industry confederation with the recent announcem

Color-Logic certifies Sooner Than Late

Print Solutions Color-Logic has certified Sooner Than Later – a digital printing, data processing, and mailing operation in Dublin, Ireland. Speaking about the certification, Color-Logic co-founder and director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said: ‘Sooner Than Later is the first Irish printer to take advantage of the Color-Logic/Xerox Iridesse combination to offer their customers special effects and metallic printing unlike that available elsewhere. With Color-Logic and its Xerox Iridesse press, Sooner Than Later can effortlessly produce striking mail pieces.’ Sooner Than Later is owned and managed by two brothers – Andrew and Mark Finney – and employs 25 people in an around the clock op

Revised standards approved by the PEFC General Assembly

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Three standards that further strengthen PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks and assist in safeguarding forests globally have been approved by the PEFC General Assembly. The revised standards, which govern chain of custody certification, trademark use, and conformity assessment, will enter into force on 14 February 2020. Most notable are changes to the chain of custody standard, specifically the expansion of the definition of controversial sources. Chain of custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest based material from sustainable sources to the final product. The Chain of Custody standard lays out the require

Sustainability takes centre stage at Packaging Innovations 2020

Packaging Solutions Packaging Innovations has announced the full line up for the Big Carbon Debate, including a sustainability focused show floor and seminar programme, and other green focused features. Coca-Cola, Aveda, and Britvic are just some of the global brands set to put sustainability firmly in the spotlight when they join the Ecopack Stage as part of Packaging Innovations 2020. Consumers are more concerned than ever about the environment, with record numbers of protests taking place across the globe during 2019. Great strides have been taken in the packaging industry to make the sector more eco friendly, but there is still work to be done. Packaging Innovations 2020 will tackle the

Better with Less – Design Challenge finalists feature creative alternatives to plastic packaging

Packaging Solutions The international packaging design competition Better with Less – Design Challenge 2019 to 2020, organised by Metsä Board, challenged designers to create more environmentally friendly solutions for some of the most frequently used consumer packaging. The competition received 146 entrants from 28 countries. Ten finalists have now been selected to compete for the winning entries of the competition and its main prizes: Elisabeth Wittauer, Austria – Onlineworld epack Jasper Chou, China – Preject FF Magdalena Schmitz, Germany – Disposable razor packaging Hamzeh Za’balawi, Germany – Reload Alessandro Grossi, Italy – Twist pop and host Pricila Rios Salas, Mexico – Cosmos Silvana

New category for Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards

Print Solutions The Stationer’s Company has introduced a new category for start ups in this year’s Innovation Excellence Awards that celebrate the important role that the communications and content industries play in the UK economy. The new category is in addition to the existing six categories of business process, communications (including marketing), customer experience, product design, product performance, and service development. All category winners are automatically entered for the overall Innovator of the Year Award. Jill Jones, chair of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards, said: ‘We have introduced the new category to help start ups raise their profiles. Across all c

The future of UPM Chapelle in doubt

Print Solutions In September 2019, UPM announced the intention to sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. It was communicated at the same time, that a process for the potential closure of the mill would be opened in case no credible offer would be received until mid January 2020. UPM started the sales process in September and has been in continuous and substantial discussions with interested parties. While these discussions are still ongoing, the company has not received binding offers by potential buyers of the mill to date. Consequently, UPM has informed employee representatives of its intention to start the employee consultation processes for the potential closure of t

Winners of the Creative Challenge

Print Solutions In the second half of 2019, swissQprint challenged customers worldwide to a creative competition. The company has now announced the winners. The diversity of entries underscores the versatility of the printing systems used in their creation. ‘We are seeking the most original, most complex, most amazing, most compelling printed products ever produced with a swissQprint machine,’ was the message in the call for submissions that went out to all customers. The Creative Challenge was on! Out of 65 qualifying entries, six winners have emerged. All the entries are on display in an online gallery at www.swissqprint.com. Top place goes to ‘3D-Kopf’ from Haas Werbetechnik, Austria, a p

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