Aug 4, 2016
Today, Cefla Finishing group announced that it had acquired a majority stake (60%) in JetSet Industrial S.r.l., a manufacturer and integrator of inkjet printing systems for a range of applications and industries. JetSet Industrial’s move into inkjet printing started in 2012 in Bergamo, Italy, which is also home of several other inkjet equipment suppliers.
Still a start-up in many ways, JetSet is a bespoke supplier of decorative printing systems for ceramic, glass, textiles, and woodworking materials. JetSet has the skill set to integrated technology as well as develop materials in support of their printing technologies. This makes the company a turn-key supplier to its customers. According to Hoovers.com, the company has eleven employees and generated $2.15 million in revenues in the past year. JetSet has also invested heavily in their core capabilities for inkjet system integration.
JetSet Wave Integrated Color Single-Pass Print Head Module
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Sep 23, 2015
Label Expo, the premier tradeshow for the label industry, will take place September 29 to October 2 in Brussels. Now decades old, this is the show that never seems to fade, and also one where the role of digital printing technologies always seems to grow. InfoTrends will attend and make a detailed report about it to clients but for now we offer a quick preview of what we expect to see:
A huge HP booth: The stand’s core equipment will be HP Indigo WS6800 (labels and other applications) and 20000 (a 30” web, for flexible packaging and for labels also), but there will be many other products. Ones particular to HP Indigo presses will include a white ink specifically for shrink sleeves and new yellow and magenta inks with enhanced lightfastness, also software upgrades, including a VDP tool for Adobe Illustrator, within HP SmartStream Designer prepress. Some exhibits will be from partners to HP Indigo (finishing Read more »
Mar 24, 2014
Today IPEX 2014 opened its doors. IPEX has a four-year cycle and is timed to fall in the period between two drupa trade shows. IPEX made its name as a show where prospects could check the status of new products that had been “pre-announced” at drupa. It has ranked as one of the largest graphic artsÂ trade shows in the world. After many years in Birmingham, 2014 is the show’s first year at the London Excel exhibition grounds. The move to the new location in London was significant, but that fact was overshadowed by the very well-publicized withdrawal of most of the major printing equipment manufacturers. In fact, over the past year there has been much discussion about whether IPEX would even take place at all. Well, it is taking place, but at a much smaller scale.
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Jan 15, 2014
On January 10, Markem Imaje announced it has purchased from Heidelberg that company’s Linoprint L business for an undisclosed price. The news puts an established CMYK label press under the wing of Markem Imaje, a global supplier of coding and marking systems, and a key competitor to companies such as Domino and Videojet. Before discussing strategic upshots, we first offer a few basic details:
- The Linoprint L is the former CSAT iTS600, the Kyocera-based, 600 dpi inkjet web press for labels that Heidelberg bought from CSAT and re-badged in mid-2011.
- CSAT, the German supplier of digital printers to pharma companies, had initially targeted the printer at the drug industry, but Heidelberg expanded its market focus to include label converters.
- After its 2011 purchase of the printer, Heidelberg modified it, renamed it Linoprint L, and handled its marketing to flexo label press manufacturer Gallus (Switzerland), which is 30% owned by Heidelberg.
- Per the most recent deal, while Markem Imaje becomes owner of the Linoprint L business, Gallus will stay as the main distributor for the printer in the label and converting space.
Heidelberg Linoprint L
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Feb 9, 2010
After listening to several vendors so far at the pre-IPEX media briefs I have to admit this has been a slow start. With 100 days still to go before the show, it appears that some vendors felt the time not to be ripe to share too much detail on what will be on display at IPEX. It looks like they wantÂ to save the fanfare for the opening day of IPEX. Here is my response to the vendors: Rest assured, we will even come if we have heard a lot of details about the products to be launched. In fact having the press to write more about upcoming products would even help attract more visitors.
Despite this general reticence, there were some interesting product news. With the announcement by Domino Printing Sciences the array of suppliers of inkjet label printers has been enlarged again. The N600, due to be available from IPEX starting in May, is a continuous fed colour inkjet label printer. It uses Kyocera inkjet heads and has a resolution of 600 dpi at a speed of 50m/min (164 feet/min) with four grey levels per drop. Reducing the grey levels to three will allows evenÂ a faster speed of 75 m/min. The printer uses UV inks and is firmly targeted at label applications. Domino will provide unwind and rewind, with the opportunity to integrate in-line finishing steps, and also supplies its own front-end.
Pitney Bowes was one of the few vendors that spent considerable time on talking about its new product line of high speed continuous feed inkjet colour printers. Although the product was already announced in September last year and covered by an InfoTrends analysis, the interest of the press crowd was considerable. The Intellijet is the fruit of the strategic alliance with HP, in which Pitney Bowes has the exclusivity of the T300 inkjet web press for transactional and direct mail markets. In addition Pitney Bowes features its own DFE capable of processing data streams. At this opportunity Pitney Bowes announced the first sales to an U.S. based healthcare payment company, who is taking three printers at once.
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