Posts tagged: paper

Putting the HOW in Design

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 Jun 12, 2012

The 2012 HOW Design Live, an event sponsored by HOW magazine held this year in Boston from June 21-25th, is an event that service providers should consider attending. It’s one of the largest gatherings of designers, freelancers, creative team managers, and other creative professionals in the country. The creative community, according to the 48th Annual Print Survey conducted by Graphic Design USA, remains central to the process of buying print and specifying paper. In addition, these professionals play a pivotal role in shaping cross media campaigns. As more and more service providers bring to market solutions that integrate print and online media channels, connecting with the design community should be a priority.

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A White Paper Storm

Jim Hamilton
 May 22, 2012

In the days leading up to drupa I was awash in a storm of writing activity that resulted in four white papers that were published either right before or during the show:

Each of these is available as a free download from InfoTrends, just click the link above. All of these white papers relate to one or more key trends from drupa 2012, including high-speed color inkjet systems, hybrid inkjet configurations with offset or other processes, substrates for inkjet that open up new application opportunities, and the move to B2 format digital. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jim_hamilton@infotrends.com.

The Dscoop7 Book of Possibilities

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 19, 2012



In this video blog I discuss a print sample called the “Book of Possibilities” that was handed out at the recent Dscoop7 user conference. Created using HP Indigo technology, the sample book highlights a range of interesting special effects (such as white ink and raised printing) and substrates (including watercolor paper, pearlescents, and metallics). The piece was designed by Cipher Creative Group and paper was provided by GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions, Mohawk Fine Papers, NewPage, Finch, Sappi, and Neenah Paper.

Prediction: The Top drupa 2012 Stories

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 18, 2012

I could be wrong. After all, the show doesn’t start for two weeks, but I think these will be the top stories at drupa:

  1. Benny Landa — Whether Landa Labs shows market-ready products or early tech demos doesn’t really matter. This will be a drupa remembered for the show that Benny Landa put on. Is it ready for prime time? We won’t know until May. One mystery that should be solved by then is why their press releases refer to “ink ejectors” rather than inkjet heads (like every other inkjet system vendor does). Could it be that they are doing something different than using inkjet heads to apply ink to paper? Wait and see. Read more »

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 Two-Pronged Approach: Kodak’s Inkjet Substrate Strategy

Jim Hamilton
 Feb 10, 2012

I’ve just completed a white paper on Kodak’s production inkjet substrate strategy. This is an important topic because the success of the new class of high-speed production color inkjet printers is closely tied to the availability of substrates that can produce good results on these devices. At the same time, the prices of those stocks have to fit the business model of high-volume printers. To achieve their substrate strategy, Kodak has taken a two-pronged approach. This includes working with paper mills to create affordable inkjet-treated stocks while, at the same time, developing an in-line inkjet treatment solution (called IOS – Image Optimizer Station) that allows users to have the greater flexibility to use a stock of their own choice.

Kodak Prosper 5000XL with IOS

Kodak Prosper 5000XL with IOS (the IOS is the second unit from the left)

In the white paper, we look at how Kodak has built its strategy on a foundation of knowledge in substrates, inks, color, and image quality. This white paper is the first of a two-part series. The second white paper will explore substrate strategies for achieving high-quality output on inkjet systems, and particularly how substrates can be leveraged in ways that may go against conventional wisdom. The first white paper is called “A Two-Pronged Approach: Kodak’s Inkjet Substrate Strategy” and it is available on the InfoTrends web site as a free download. I’ll post a follow-up blog as soon as the second white paper becomes available.

Deinking of inkjet at centre stage

Ralf Schlozer
 Nov 11, 2011

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 »

Screen-savvy teens actually prefer paper

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 Nov 10, 2011

As the chill of winter started to bite this week, it was delightful to receive news to warm the cockles of anyone in the print industry. According to consumer research carried out on behalf of print advocacy groups Print Power and Two Sides, print is preferred as a medium for reading from by the majority of those surveyed. Read more »

M-real to shut down Alizay – Buyers not found

Catherine Cresswell
 Oct 26, 2011

On October 18th 2011, M-real announced that the ailing Alizay paper mill in France will be shut down. The mill is running currently at EUR 3million (US$ 4.2 million) a month losses even after major efforts to turn this around. Satisfactory offers for the mill have also not been found despite the mill approaching more than 80 potential companies over the past four months and eighteen showing some interest. Two companies, reputedly Thailand’s Double A and the French turnaround company in’active, put forward offers, but these have been declined as they do not fulfil M-real’s criteria to ensure that the mill would continue to run rather than ultimately be shut down. M-real’s concern was to ensure that any buyer would be able to take responsibility for its 330 employees and the business risks. However, as a result the company now begins the consultation process for the shut down. Employees are reported to have reacted angrily and taken action to immediately halt production. Read more »

From Textbooks to Tablets: South Korea’s Education System Goes Digital by 2015

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 Jul 6, 2011

Students in South Korea will have a much lighter backpack in the next four years. According to a South Korean online news site, all of South Korea’s educational materials will be delivered via electronic devices by 2015. The South Korean government aims to convert all paper textbooks into digital versions, and increase online classes so students can continue their studies outside of school. South Korea’s Education Ministry plans to use smart phones, tablet PCs, and smart televisions to deliver the entire school curriculum though a cloud-based system, which will allow students to download textbooks on their tablets. Read more »

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