In June, Screen USA invited a group of industry analysts and trade press editors to its U.S. headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, not far from Chicago, for a briefing that they called “A Closer Look.” The title is apt, because if you are like me, you may not have understood the full breadth of Screen’s graphic arts offerings.
Organised by the Centre Technique du Papier in Grenoble the first Technical Conference on deinking of digital prints took place on the 8th and 9th of November in Grenoble. The attractive mountain panorama of the Alps did not detract from the importance and challenges of deinking in today’s graphic arts industry.
Deinking is not only an environmental factor in the production and use of print (as is the total carbon footprint, health and safety at the workplace, and overall usage of resources), it is also an important economic factor for the operators of deinking plants and mills for paper with recycled fibre content. If graphic arts quality paper is to be produced from recovered fibres, certain quality parameters have to be met. While users’ expectations on paper quality are increasing, data from INGEDE (the International Association of the Deinking Industry) shows that the brightness of recovered fibres has been decreasing over the last six years.
With the projected rise of inkjet volumes and potential problems in deinking inkjet prints, inkjet took the centre stage of discussions at the conference. Based on InfoTrends data for 2010, inkjet contributes about 7% of the digital print volume in document printing, with the majority of that share being produced in home and office environments. The overall inkjet share is expected to increase to 13% of all digital production print by 2015, with production printing growing to just under half of that. Large format and packaging & label printing are not included in this view as these prints usually do not enter the waste paper stream for graphic paper recycling. Read more »
Inkjet developments continue to dominate graphic arts trade shows. Graph Expo, starting this Sunday in Chicago,Â is no exception. Here’s a quick look at some of the inkjet developments I expect to see at the show. Read more »
High speed colour continuous feed inkjet printing is currently by far the most dynamic market in digital printing. Installations have quadrupled in the last three years. Impressions on color inkjet printers are expected to increase by more than 40% year-on-year for the next five years. Unsurprisingly there is a lot of momentum in the vendor community to expand their offerings and gain a piece of the pie.
We expected to see more additions to the market place in the months leading up to drupa 2012. Fuji Xerox has now joined the fray with the launch today in Japan of the 2800 Inkjet Color Continuous Feed Printing System. There was not much fanfare at the launch, merely some press releases and news articles. However the specs provide enough detail to write and speculate about the product.
The 2800 Inkjet Color Continuous Feed Printing System is a continuous feed inkjet color printer. The system uses 600 by 600 dot per inch piezo drop-on-demand inkjet heads with pigmented aqueous inks.
Fuji Xerox 2800 Inkjet Color Continuous Feed Printing System
Earlier this week, the news came out that LinkedIn is worth close to $3 billion dollars under the terms of an initial public offering. After the first trading day, stock soared to a $94 dollar closing price, valuing the company at $8.9 billion.
To put this in perspective, Kodak’s market cap is around one billion dollars. And when Océ was acquired, the company was worth around $1.1 billion.
Kodak and Océ have a long and rich history, and generate multi-billion revenues on a yearly basis. LinkedIn only started in 2002 and last year’s revenues were less than $250 million.
It’s very hard not to think back at the dot-com hype when Internet start-ups were seen as the new gold and stock prices went off the charts. Although it’s likely there will be elements of speculation in the current stock price – the next months will tell – the situation is different this time. Read more »
InfoPrint Solutions, a provider of digital transaction workflow management systems, has announced a Managed ADF Services offering. Based on a hosted version of its ProcessDirector workflow management solution (plus partner products), this solution enables InfoPrint to deploy and manage turnkey workflow solutions for its customers.
The managed ADF services offering is primarily developed for mid-market print businesses that face increasing demands surrounding print integrity, security, and regulatory compliance, but often do not have the necessary print IT expertise or capital to invest in solutions for those areas. The service capitalizes on InfoPrint’s long-standing history and expertise in this area and will be offered through a pay-as-you-go model. Exact pricing details have not been made available at this time. Read more »
What is it about magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) that has made it such a hot topic recently? There have been at least five MICR announcements involving high-speed color inkjet in recent memory:
Océ started the trend with its announcement of MICR capability for JetStream in October of 2008. The JetStream implementation was the first in a high-speed color inkjet device to use a fifth color implementation of a MICR inkjet ink.
In September of 2009 HP announced a technology alliance with R.R. Donnelley that includes joint development around inkjet MICR. This will assure that a MICR option will be available for HP’s T300 Inkjet Web Press.
At Print 09 InfoPrint added MICR inkjet ink capability for the black station of the InfoPrint 5000 (InfoPrint also had other MICR activity at the show with cut-sheet toner products through its partner Rosetta Technologies).
At Print 09 RISO (in partnership with Kirk-Rudy) announced an in-line MICR accessory for the HC5500. This new accessory was announced at the same time as a new envelope feeder.
In October Kodak announced a MICR option for the Versamark VL series that will be available in the first half of 2010 (more on this below).