Avant Imaging & Integrated Media installs Manroland R706PLV HiPrint Press

AIIM’s decade-long partnership with Manroland Sheetfed continues to spur growth and attract new business.

In 1990, Mario and Frank Giorgio (in partnership) founded Avant Imaging & Information Management, Inc. (“AIIM”). Today, AIIM has diversified its offset and digital commercial printing into an Integrated Media Company called Avant Imaging & Integrated Media, Inc. (also known as The AIIM Group). It operates within a 100,000-sq.-ft. campus in Aurora, Ontario with 90 full-time employees and a bank of part-time and temporary help to draw from when required. AIIM has a number of different technologies available within its campus to satisfy the many print, imaging, ordering, fulfillment and mailing needs of its customers.

The company is an industry leader in providing offset printing and data-driven digital print communications, and has been extremely successful in continuously delivering high-value products. It recognized the need to consolidate various print technologies by blending conventional print, the web, data services, high-speed inkjet and digital print with full variable-data capabilities to produce the most relevant and creative print communications programs. While AIIM’s core strength is still commercial printing, the company has develop ...

KBA-Sheetfed keeps its firm hold on pole position in large formats

1500 installations since 1995

KBA-Sheetfed Solutions has been the acknowledged market leader for large-format sheetfed offset printing presses for many decades. That applies especially – but by no means exclusively – in packaging printing. Since the initial market launch of a wholly redesigned Rapida large-format generation in 1995, a total of 1,500 large-format presses have left the Koenig & Bauer factory in Radebeul. That equates to well over 6,000 printing units for the format classes 910 x 1300 to 1510 x 2050 mm since the turn of the century.

Large-format sheetfed offset presses in unit design had already been manufactured at the Radebeul factory since 1968. It was then drupa 1995 which marked the transition from the dependable workhorses of the previous Varimat series to the extensively automated, high-performance Rapidas. Newly engineered from the ground up, the large-format Rapida series immediately claimed pole position in this format class. From the mid-1990s onwards, they successively displaced presses based on the out-dated five-cylinder system with their fast makeready times, superior substrate flexibility and application-specific configurations. The availability of high ...

New Management Team for manroland Australasia

Dennis Wickham and Andreas Schwoepfinger take the lead for sales and service

Each having more than 20 years of experience in the printing industry in Australia and Germany, the new management team for manroland Australasia is perfectly prepared for taking the leading roles. Wickham and Schwoepfinger replace Steve Dunwell and Graham Wickham in their positions, who have recently retired.

In his role as Managing Director, Dennis Wickham is responsible for manroland Australasia with a major focus on sales of manroland web systems web offset presses as well as digital finishing solutions and automation features, along with selling sheetfed presses for manroland sheetfed and project management are part of his new position. Andreas Schwoepfinger, as Technical Director Service, is responsible for all services and products regarding the manroland web systems customized Solutions, Support and Store, along with service support for sheetfed customers.

“Both, Dennis Wickham and Andreas Schwoepfinger, have been working for manroland web systems for a long time and understand the unique needs of each customer through the development of strong relationships. They are well aware of the Australian market requirements and bring a lot of enthusiasm ...

Green light for the German Packaging Award 2017

Under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, the German Packaging Institute (dvi) is now on the lookout for the best solutions and innovations in packaging. Companies, institutions and individuals from home and abroad have until 30 June 2017 to submit their best products in 10 categories. The winners’ gala will take place on 26 September 2017 in the Humboldt Box in front of the Berlin City Palace.

The submission phase for the German Packaging Award 2017 runs from 1 March to 30 June. An independent jury will be awarding the best innovations in the packaging supply chain in this cross-material showcase. The German Packaging Award is directed at designers, developers, manufacturers and users. Trainees and students can participate free of charge in their own dedicated category. In addition to the German Packaging Award, the Gold Award has also been awarded since 2016.



“By winning the German Packaging Award, enterprises show their outstanding innovative power and make a strong statement. The trophy, certificate and winner's seal are convincing arguments when communicating with customers, consumers, partners, and for your own team,” says Dr. Bettina Horenburg, dvi Board Member and person in charge of the German Packaging Award, explaining the attractiveness of the competition.


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Heidelberg drives digitization for customer benefit

  • Heidelberg Primefire 106 digital printing system and Prinect Press Center XL 2 machine control station win iF Design Award 2017
  • Cleanly structured design of the digital unit and press platform of the Primefire 106 – for easy operation of all functions
  • Ergonomic design of the Prinect Press Center XL 2 machine control station for uniform operator guidance for all digital and offset printing systems

Digitization in the print media industry is also making an impact on the machine design of a variety of systems. With industrial-scale and therefore especially high performance production systems in particular, it is important that the operator can constantly monitor every function and can keep an eye on all the relevant processes. Another key factor is easy access to all the operating controls. They must be designed to ensure that they require as little physical effort as possible, while guaranteeing maximum safety. Furthermore, modern machine workstations should enable the user to exploit the potential of a machine to the full and reduce operating errors – while at the same time, the systems also need to be eye ...

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike / Strong plans for capital investment with Finishing the No.1 priority and Sheetfed offset leading press investment plans

Following the successful drupa in Spring 2016, this 4th annual Global Trends report gives the detailed evidence to support the thesis that globally Print is recovering well from the double challenge of the 2007/8 economic crisis and the strategic shift towards digital communications.

Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa, Messe Duesseldorf, said, “Last year’s drupa showcased a global print industry that has regained its confidence in the future, with lots of fresh technology and applications demonstrated to enthuse both printers and their customers alike. This report shows that whilst levels of confidence vary between regions and markets, overall the print industry is on the up and will invest strongly to secure a prosperous future.”

Recruited from senior managers who visited drupa last year, almost 850 printers and over 300 suppliers representing all regions and markets participated in the survey run by Printfuture, the specialist print consultancy and market research company. “All printers, whatever market or region they are based in, know that if they are to succeed in the long term, they must continue to adapt to the ever cha ...

drupa 2020 Dates Brought Forward by 1 Week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will be held from 16 to 26 June 2020

The dates of the world’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will be brought forward by one week: drupa is to take place now from Tuesday, 16 June, to Friday, 26 June 2020. This was agreed by the drupa Committee and Messe Düsseldorf at their meeting on 15 February 2017. The key argument for this decision was the fact that in some European countries as well as German states the summer holidays would have already started during the initially planned dates (23 June to 3 July 2020). By changing the dates Messe Düsseldorf is responding to requests voiced by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

Explaining the move Werner Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: “When we decided to stick to the 4-year cycle of drupa in consultation with the leading representatives of the industry during drupa 2016, the majority of holiday dates had not been published yet.” He went on to say: “Now we are really pleased that we can offer this solution although there is hardly any room for manoeuvre in the packed trade fair year of 2020. The fact that we agreed on a more compact stand construction period also contributes to h ...

Successful 4th Packaging Inspiration Forum of PrintCity

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH can look back on a successful  4th Packaging Inspiration Forum in Hamburg together with the PrintCity and their members. The companies invited to introduce new trends, procedures, materials as well as viability of the current and future packaging industry and to study and discuss together with 100 attendees of the forum for the fourth time already from November 09 – 10.


In addition to various presentations on the subject, the event is characterized by individual breakout-sessions, these are different workshops about packaging-specific topics, as well as extended networking breaks.


The detailed program of this year:




Werner T. Fuchs, marketing and advertising expert

Packaging is more than a matter of taste
Neuroscientific view to the impact of outwardness


Christian Klemenz, Founder & Managing Director, St. ERHARD
Authenticity, consumption, excellency
How the packaging convey the values of a Craft Beer startup


Renewed fair success for WEILBURGER Graphics in China

WEILBURGER Graphics was represented together with its long-time Chinese partner Leading Technologies Co., Ltd. (LEADINGTECH) also this year at the All in Print China in Shanghai from 18. – 22. Oktober.


The All in Print which takes place every two years since 2003 is hosted by a fair cooperation of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Beijing Keyin Media & Culture Co., Ltd. . This year, at its sixth performance with more than 90,000 m², over 700 exhibitors could be achieved.


Günter Korbacher, Managing Director of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, who attended the exhibition to support Managing Director William Huang and his team LEADINGTECH on-site, comments on the successful exhibition appearance as follows: “It is no longer a secret that the Asian market is booming and that also the packaging sector grows exponentially year by year. This year the All In Print was able to count more than 76,000 visitors in 5 days which means a renewed growth of 25 % compared to the last exhibition in 2014.” Günter Korbacher continues: “Simply due to the language barrier and the different mental ...

New distribution partner of WEILBURGER Graphics for Vietnam

This year, WEILBURGER Graphics, a Franconian specialist for lacquer, inks and adhesives, was able to win a new distribution partner for the graphics industry in Vietnam. In its region, Toàn Ấn Co., Ltd. (TAC Total Print) is reckoned as established and high-graded retailer and importer for the graphics industry and covers almost all sectors of the printing industry in this connection. As first common project, the both companies exhibited from 5th to 8th October 2016 at the Vietnam PrintPack in Ho-Chi-Minh-City (Saigon).


Günter Korbacher, Managing Director of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, who took part in the trade fair about the common appearance: “The PrintPack in Vietnam at which we were presented for the first time together with TAC this year was very successful with almost 15,000 visitors on only three trade fair days.” Günter Korbacher continued: “A successful exhibition participation or even a distribution would not be impossible but quite more difficult without the help of Ms. Le Thi My Huong and Mr. Ngo Quoc Khoa (both owner and Managing Directors of Toàn An co., Ltd.) in this region. Especially printers a ...