Category: Production

Changing the Landscape of Décor Print Industry: Toppan’s Acquisition of Interprint

Ron Gilboa
Jul 2, 2019

Observers of the global print industry recently got more evidence of the power Japan-based Toppan’s drive to expand its industrial print operations and marketing. On June 24, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., announced it has acquired 100% of Interprint GmbH (Germany), a global printer of décor materials such as wallpaper and laminates. Dubbing Toppan as just a printing company does not do justice to this giant organization, which has been an innovator in print and related activities for over a century. Today, it is a leading supplier of print, equipment, and services to a wide range of segments, including décor, packaging, and other industrial applications. On June 27th, 2019 Toppan also announced a new president, Mr. Hideharu Maro. As part of the announcment, Toppan stated “Mr. Maro takes over at a time when digital transformation and changing market dynamics are creating new openings and opportunities for the printing industry. Toppan has identified packaging, décor materials, and security solutions as its main growth engines globally and is strengthening the well-established international network of its electronics business.”

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Xerox Announces Launch of Baltoro HF Inkjet Press

German Sacristan
Jun 26, 2019

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Xerox announced the launch of its new Baltoro HF Inkjet Press. This fully Xerox engineered cut-sheet production press uses what is basically an iGen platform, and it enables clients to print high-volume transactional work and direct mail/catalogs on a single press. A new High Fusion (13.76 inches) print engine with Xerox W-Series inkjet heads provides true high definition 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. This enables the creation of a range of applications on a variety of offset coated media types like matte, silk, and satin with High Fusion ink.

The Baltoro HF features Xerox High Fusion ink that is similar to what is used in the Trivor HF Press, so there is no need for paper priming or pretreating. Elimination of the priming solution reduces press size, power consumption, and total cost of ownership. The device offers a 4.5 picoliter drop size and infrared drying systems. It is capable of producing 300 ipm in duplex mode, accommodates a maximum sheet size of 14.33” x 20.5” (364 mm x 520 mm), and outputs up to 18,000 images per hour. It also has a unique option to cap cyan, magenta, and yellow heads when printing in black & white. Powered by Automated Intelligence to optimize and maintain color and image quality and also self-correct in real time, production on the Baltoro HF press is simplified with the FreeFlow Print Server’s Cost Quality Optimization (CQO) tools.

Xerox will begin taking orders for its new Baltoro HF press today. Because the Baltoro device is capable of handling everything that the Xerox Brenva machine can produce and more, the company will stop taking orders for Brenva devices effective immediately. Of course, Xerox will continue to provide service and supplies for Brenva devices.

Although details are spotty at this time, Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends will provide updated information as it unfolds. To view a demonstration of the Baltoro HF press, click here. For additional product information, click here.

Western Europe: Applications in Digital On Demand Printing

German Sacristan

Extracted from a recent InfoTrends Market Report on Print Applications:

Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends (InfoTrends) recently questioned respondents in the United States and Western Europe about the digital and analog print applications they offered for sale. The responses for both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are outlined in the charts below.

Respondents in the United States as well as Western Europe cited an array of printed marketing applications, including business cards, brochures/flyers, catalogs, and direct mail. Although the top two applications for U.S. and Western European respondents were business cards and brochures, there were some differences as well. For example, whereas respondents in the United States were more focused on direct mail, those in Western Europe were Read more »

Pickin’ Up Momentum at EskoWorld 2019

Ryan McAbee
Jun 24, 2019

Music City USA, or the more commonly known Nashville, TN, was the locale for the 28th EskoWorld – a gathering of brands, premedia, and producers of all things packaging. The annual event continues to grow, along with Esko and the digitization of packaging, setting a record attendance of 550 attendees with a little over 20% now representing brands. Last year’s theme of Packaging Connected was repeated this year with a slight emphasis on the desire to interconnect the supply chain through Esko’s technology.

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Digital Displacing Flexo: HP Indigo 8000 Update

Bob Leahey
Jun 12, 2019

HP Indigo recently made public six new US installations of the HP Indigo 8000: Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS), Dion Label Printing, Nosco, Info Label, Quality Tape and Label, as well as Natural State Label. If you’re not familiar with HP Indigo 8000, it is essentially a double version of the company’s flagship label web, HP Indigo 6900. Following a single in-line priming unit and driven by a single digital front end (DFE), the 8000 joins two HP Indigo 6900s in sequence; the first prints images 1 and 3, the second prints 2 and 4. This allows the HP Indigo 8000 to reach 80 Read more »

HP and Xerox – Interesting Bedfellows and Implications to Traditional Relationships

Randy Dazo
Jun 5, 2019

What I love about this industry is that it never gets boring. This week, HP Inc. and Xerox Corporation have announced an expansion of the companies’ existing business relationship. Xerox will now source from HP certain A4 and entry-level A3 products with the majority running on Xerox’s ConnectKey controller software platform, in addition Xerox will supply toner to HP for these and other products. The sourced printers will be based primarily on the laser printing technology HP acquired from Samsung in 2017. Furthermore, the companies have agreed to partner in the Device as a Service (DaaS) market. Xerox will become a DaaS specialist in HP’s Partner First program in the U.S. Xerox’s service capabilities and customer reach in the small to midsize business market, combined with HP’s award-winning DaaS PC offerings, will allow both companies to meet a wider range of customer needs. Xerox will be authorized to sell HP PCs, displays and accessories to its commercial customers through DaaS. HP will also make Xerox’s cloud-based content management platform DocuShare Flex available on its commercial PCs distributed in the U.S.

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The Digital Heidelberg

Ryan McAbee

Today Heidelberg announced its acquisition of Crispy Mountain, a small company not known far outside its base in Mainz, Germany. For those in the U.S. who are unfamiliar with the company, they do not make mountains of light and fluffy doughnuts. Instead, Crispy Mountain develops a light print MIS solution, called Keyline MIS, that is cloud-delivered and mainly sold in Germany with a reseller agreement also in the United Kingdom.

Source: Crispy Mountain

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LIGNA 2019 – Surface Decoration Going Digital

Ron Gilboa
Jun 3, 2019

From May 27th to the 31st over 90,000 visitors from 100 countries descended on the Hannover Messe in Germany to experience firsthand the products and innovations that impact our lives daily. From harvesting forest (timber) products using larger than life equipment to anthropomorphic robot arms manipulating the smallest of parts during construction, LIGNA 2019 had a varied array of displays. Innovation at every stage was present, from ideas to final packed and ready-to-ship products. In the closing press release Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Dr. Andreas Gruchow noted “A total of 1,500 exhibitors from 50 nations presented their impressive solutions for the future, making innovations tangible and easy to grasp for users from every sector of the industry, on a scale unrivaled throughout the world. By focusing on digitization, automation, robotics and revolutionary surface technology applications, LIGNA’s exhibitors played a major role in driving technological advancement. Technologies considered to be visionary at the previous LIGNA have now become reality,”

LIGNA 2019

LIGNA 2019

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Landa moving towards commercialisation

Ralf Schlozer
May 23, 2019

No other company captured the attention and imagination of drupa 2012 and 2016 like Landa Digital Printing. Some time later there was a launch event in September 2017 for the first Landa press installed at Graphica Bezalel in Israel including announcements of more presses to be shipped soon.

Since then, news about Landa has been pretty quiet, and even the more patient observers have wondered where the company is heading. That is until the 22nd of June, when Landa invited press and prospective customers to Edelmann, a folding carton printer in Germany, to have a look at the second S10 installed.

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EFI Strengthens Textile Ink Production with Acquisition of BDR

Ron Gilboa
May 6, 2019

On May 2nd, Electronics for Imaging (EFI) announced it had reached a deal to acquire privately-owned Turkish company BDR Boya Kimya (BDR). BDR is a worldwide supplier of textile inks and will be incorporated into EFI Reggiani, expanding the company’s digital textile solutions. EFI has stated that BDR’s Turkish operations will remain as they are, with all BDR employees joining the EFI team and continuing product support and development.

“We are excited to have the BDR team on board and to fully support their industry-leading customers,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “The synergies arising with BDR and the world-class portfolio of EFI Reggiani textile printers will be a key point of emphasis for us to continue providing high-quality products and innovation. EFI Reggiani is also significantly strengthening its presence in Turkey with this acquisition, which brings us to the heart of an important and growing textile hub.”

EFI Reactive Textile Inks

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