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Heidelberg: New CEO, New Digital Strategy

Ralf Schlozer
 Apr 4, 2014

Heidelberg is the undisputed heavyweight champion of offset press manufacturing. Yet even a market leader has to acknowledge that offset press revenues are declining. Naturally, companies look for growing or new markets where they can create additional revenue streams, which is one big reason why all offset press manufacturers are exploring the possibilities of digital print.

On the 2nd of April, Heidelberg invited trade press and analysts to a “Digital Sneak Peek” event to talk about strategy and upcoming products for the newly constituted “Business Area Digital.” A new digital approach for Heidelberg is significant, since it echoes earlier Heidelberg initiatives such as Quickmaster DI, NexPress, and (most recently) Linoprint L, which was sold to Markem Imaje.

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Xeikon Certifies Yupo Film; Note on Certification Protocol

Bob Leahey
 Dec 14, 2010

Xeikon, whose headlines this year have mostly focused on its new 3000 series of color label presses and their new toners, had some media news recently. Briefly, the company announced this month that it has tested and qualified polypropylene substrates from Yupo Corporation of America for use in the new printer series. The new facestocks are available in translucent and white versions, and are fully recyclable. While Yupo is not as well known to clients as Xeikon is, the company, which is the U.S. offshoot of a Japanese parent, is a top supplier of synthetic paper, for both digital and analog printing. The Yupo products are technically film but have a paper-like feel and are tear resistant and water-resistant. In conventional printing they are used for sales collateral, restaurant menus, maps, and other applications, as well as in-mold labels and other labels printed on narrow analog webs. In digital, the Yupo substrates are well known facestocks for industrial thermal transfer labels. Meanwhile, the “YupoBlue” synthetic paper product is certified for use in the HP Indigo label presses. Read more »

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