Posts tagged: offset

Landa Lifts Curtain Just a Bit: “Nanography” “NanoInks” at drupa 2012

Bob Leahey
 Apr 9, 2012

Analysts predicting the developments at drupa 2012 have fixated on Landa Corporation of Israel, the technology developer headed by Benny Landa, the founder of Indigo. Landa publicized its planned drupa booth back in January, but did not reveal much, except to say the company would have a really new technology on display, ostensibly a jetting method that would rely on specialized inks and be a highly economic and productive method for use in commercial, packaging, and publishing markets. On April 2 the company revealed a bit more, by making the following points: Read more »

A Great Hybrid (Inkjet/Web Offset) Print Sample

Jim Hamilton
 Feb 7, 2012

 

In this video blog I discuss a marvelous print sample that was produced by SPC, Specialty Print Communications. What I find particularly interesting about it is how it combines two technologies: high-speed process color inkjet and web offset lithography. With leading edge technologies such as this, you often need a well-designed print sample to show off your new capabilities. SPC does that very well. So first, here are the specifics. On the web offset side, this was done on a Goss Sunday 2000 press using process colors and a 175 line-per-inch halftone screen. The press is also capable of laying down spot gloss, either UV coating or varnish. On the inkjet side, the images were produced by a Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting system set up to produce process color at 600 dots per inch in two 4.16” bands across the page. SPC notes that you need to leave a 4” space between the inkjet bands, which they refer to as channels. The piece was printed on a 7-pt.NewPage TrueJet gloss cover stock.

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manroland finds a new owner in Possehl

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 19, 2012

… well almost. The Possehl group is only taking over the Augsburg site and the creditors committee can only give a recommendation which buyer and which investor concept to pursue. Although the recommendation is a strong one, the final decision will be made at a forthcoming meeting of the creditors. Still for a company the size of manroland having agreed on a concept in less than two months after declaring insolvency this is quite a fast pace of events.

The concept is to split manroland into three independent units, based on its three separate manufacturing sites. The new investor, Possehl, is only taking over the Augsburg site, which produces the bulk of the web-fed offset presses (and understood to be the most competitive part of manroland). manroland enjoys a very strong market position in web-fed presses and the service business alone should keep the site afloat. Currently 2,200 employees work at the Augsburg site, which will be brought down to 1,500. Read more »

Looking Back on Production Print in 2011

Ralf Schlozer
 Dec 16, 2011

The close of the year end is always a good time to look up from day-to-day business and review the important news that happened during the year.

Overall 2011 proved to be a pretty decent year for digital production printing. Installations of digital production printing equipment were on the rise again, after recovering from a drop in 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis. 2010 installations were already on the rise driven by gains in high end colour placements (see blog). 2011 was set to improve on that, however this time it was not financial markets that were the problem. Instead, nature struck in the early months of the year. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan raised some doubts about whether Japanese suppliers would be able to meet demand. In fact, we did see a decline in installations in device segments with large shares of Japanese manufacturers in the second quarter. However installations in the third quarter were almost up to normal again and we expect that by the fourth quarter almost all of the supply chain disruptions will have been ironed out. Overall the impact on the POD market in 2011 was limited, some product introductions could have been delayed and total sales in 2011 will be somewhat lower. Read more »

manroland enters insolvency

Ralf Schlozer
 Nov 25, 2011

While times have been tough for offset printing equipment suppliers in recent years it still came as a surprise that manroland has filed for insolvency protection (the German equivalent of Chapter 11) on the 25th of November. The announcement came only one day after reports that negotiations with a potential investor failed.

In a statement issued on its website manroland confirmed that it had been forced to initiate insolvency proceedings following a “dramatic downturn in incoming orders” since July. The company has filed a request at the local magistrate for self-administration in order to finalise its on-going restructuring efforts as a “debtor in possession,” a court-appointed lawyer will act as general representative during the time of restructuring, while the company’s situations and options are evaluated.

While several offset press vendors have exited the market in the last decade (InfoTrends not long ago reported on the state of the offset press manufacturing industry), the insolvency of manroland gives the decline in offset press manufacturing a new dimension. To put these proceedings into perspective: the insolvency of manroland is the biggest insolvency of any kind in Germany for the last two years, despite many companies having been hit by the financial crisis. It is affecting a company, which has been in business for more than 160 years and survived two world wars and the transition from letterpress to offset. Read more »

Gilson Graphics to Get First Fujifilm J Press 720 in the United States

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 12, 2011

At a press event for a dozen trade journalists and industry analysts in Chicago this week, Fujifilm showed off the J Press 720 and announced that Gilson Graphics in Grand Rapids, Michigan would be receiving the first one in the United States this fall.

About the J Press 720

The J Press 720 is a B2 format production color inkjet printer that was first unveiled at drupa 2008. The J Press 720’s road to market included stops last year at IPEX and Graph Expo, with one arriving at Fujifilm’s U.S. demo center in mid-May. Gilson Graphics will receive its J Press 720 this fall, probably in October. By that point there will be three beta sites in Japan.

Fujifilm J Press 720

Fujifilm J Press 720

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Digi:media – a new trade show on print-media integration

Ralf Schlozer
 Apr 11, 2011

There are countless tradeshows addressing the whole or parts of the graphic arts industry and apart from half a dozen global flagship trade shows most receive only regional attention. However when the organisers of drupa, the mother of all graphic arts trade shows, come up with a new event, it is worth having a look.

Digi:media is billed as an addition to drupa, not only to bridge the three years between the drupas. Digi:media has been set up to cover the entire digital process chain for digital media. Print is covered from content creation and creative stage to the finished product with special focus on print’s integration with other media. The exhibition is flanked by numerous conferences and special events. Read more »

The first sizeable offset press manufacturer files for bankruptcy

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 17, 2011

The downturn in offset press sales has claimed its most prominent victim so far. While several finishing and press component suppliers have folded in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Shinohara is the most prominent press manufacturer to file for bankruptcy protection so far.

With debts of over €70 million and revenues down to €20 million in the 2010 business year, Shinohara Co. Ltd. filed for bankruptcy protection last week on January 11th. This Japanese civil law filing is similar to a U.S. Chapter 11th. Shinohara’s sales dropped drastically in their past fiscal year from €45 million (5 billion Yen) in 2009 to €20 million (2.2 billion Yen) in 2010.

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Big Offset Press Manufacturer Moves Back into Digital – Océ and manroland Announce Worldwide Partnership

Ralf Schlozer
 Dec 1, 2010

It was expected and it happened… but it was not Heidelberg who came out first announcing a return into digital. On the 1st of December 2010, Océ and manroland issued a press release announcing that they will be entering into a worldwide strategic alliance. Particularly the alliance will focus on inkjet-based digital printing solutions for the graphic arts industry. This alliance will come into effect at the beginning of 2011.

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Kodak’s Prosper S10 Imprinting System Now Capable of Process Color

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 11, 2010

When Kodak first launched the S10 Imprinting System, the users were only printing monochrome or spot color with it. Process color printing was the next logical step. Today Kodak announced the first customer to run process color with an S10 Imprinting System. It’s a U.S.-based direct marketing company called Lehigh Direct. This type of “hybrid” on-press use of inkjet in conjunction with web-fed offset presses is a fascinating opportunity. So interesting, in fact, that InfoTrends recently wrote a white paper on this topic and used a Prosper S10 Imprinting System customer, Wilen Direct, as an example of this developing trend. The white paper (entitled “Opportunities for High-Speed Monochrome and Color Inkjet Mounted on Offset Web Presses”) is available for free through Kodak on the Prosper page of the Kodak web site. I recommend that you have a look at this document because it describes and defines key aspects of the use of inkjet and offset in hybrid combinations. I also believe that Kodak is in a very good competitive position to lead this developing market, which is another reason to pay attention to this announcement. When InfoTrends finished its white paper in March, Kodak had not yet specified a release date for on-press process color capability with the S10 Imprinting system. Here we are now in August and it’s arrived, which is very good news for Kodak and for those users who want to take advantage of the best that offset and inkjet have to offer together.

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