Swiss dealer appointed for Rollin printing blankets

Trelleborg has strengthened its distribution channels in Switzerland with the appointment of Chromos AG to handle sales and support of the Rollin range of blanket solutions in the sheet-fed, web offset and newspaper markets. The new agreement does not affect sales in Switzerland of Vulcan blankets, which continue to be sold by Manroland.


“The Rollin brand has an excellent reputation throughout Europe and we also heard very good reports from other distributors about the support provided by Trelleborg both to them and end users,” says Daniel Broglie who heads the offset department.  “Rollin is a perfect fit with our existing product portfolio and our strategy of representing leading brands.

An impressive operation

“I was impressed when I visited Trelleborg’s French factory in Cernay, where Rollin blankets are manufactured.  A huge amount of research is involved in bringing a blanket to market and walking around the facilities at Cernay certainly confirmed Trelleborg’s position as a leading global player in the blanket arena.  We are confident that the Rollin range has a very exciting, long term futu ...

BOBST: New developments in the diecutting of corrugated board with the VISIONCUT

The latest BOBST Autoplaten® arrival is a flatbed diecutter designed to deliver quality diecutting for corrugated board, nano & microflute, double wall, and litho-laminate.

A number of features contribute to making the BOBST VISIONCUT the best flat-bed diecutter in its category, not least of which are its highly competitive price and its 4,800 sheets per hour production speed. In terms of job changeovers, the VISIONCUT has carefully thought out ergonomics that ensure a particularly productive workflow, and which makes it possible to change jobs in less than 10 minutes. Especially robust construction ensures maximum uptime and the cherry on the cake is its precise cut-to-print register, which can be further enhanced when equipped with the Power Register system. The design of BOBST corrugated diecutters has been extensively rethought and this new line benefits from developments made when The Next Generation machines were introduced in 2008.  ...

Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG for financial year 2008/2009

Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG for financial year 2008/2009 approved all items on the agenda with clear majority

Around 1,700 shareholders today participated in the Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for financial year 2008/2009, which was held at the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim. Approximately 57 percent of the company's share capital was represented at the meeting.

The Management Board discussed the company's strategy and the balance sheet for the past financial year (April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009).

Approval from the company's shareholders was needed for six of the seven items on the AGM's agenda. Key items included appropriation of the retained earnings and the decision to approve an increase in capital stock. Shareholders also voted on a further four resolutions.

Note for editors:

A recording of the speech given by CEO Bernhard Schreier at the AGM - complete with text and charts - is available on the internet. More ...

Record for the King of Pop with Large-Format Rapida 162a perfector

Butler, Tanner & Dennis in UK Delivers Jackson Tribute

Colour book printing in the UK has been given a huge boost following the decision by major publisher Harper Collins to produce what is set to be one of the year’s best-sellers at Butler, Tanner & Dennis.

The 100,000 initial print run of Michael Jackson Legend Hero Icon: A Tribute to the King of Pop by James Aldis, was produced in less than a week by the Frome operation on its eight-colour large format KBA Rapida 162a.
The heavily inked 192 pp biography of the self-proclaimed King of Pop, whose death on June 25 shocked the world, was printed four-back-four the on the Rapida 162a that has a maximum sheet size of 1,120mm x 1,620mm and a production speed of 9,000 sph in perfecting mode.

6 days production time instead of 2 to 3 weeks
Darran O’Connor, Butler, Tanner & Dennis Clients Services Director, said: “For this sort of run we would normally expect the job to take two to three weeks. To condense it down to less than a week is unusual and being able to perfect on the KBA helped to achieve this”. ...

Saarbrücker Zeitung successfully switches to new ad workflow system

Third production stage with ppi solutions

From July 2009 ppi’s ad workflow will combine all areas of the ad department at the Saarbrücker Zeitung in a single workflow. All processes in the ad management workflow, from ad booking through reservation and production to pagination and verification, are now automated. ppi Media GmbH, a subsidiary of manroland AG, is also responsible for implementing a standard interface to the newly installed SAP Media solution. At IFRA Expo 2008 in Amsterdam the Saarbrücker Zeitung commissioned ppi Media to install its ad solution. Along with modules for edition planning and output management, ppi’s AdPag, AdMan, AdCept and ProPag solutions now optimize the ad management workflow of the highest circulation daily in Saarland. “The joint solution by ppi and SAP offers major savings potential and a transparent, flexible and, above all, secure workflow,” says Dr. Joachim Meinhold, CEO of the Saarbrücker Zeitung, substantiating its decision in favor of ppi’s solution. Unlimited workflow ...

manroland latina looks after South America

manroland establishes Market Organization headquartered in Mexico

Since May 2009 manroland latina, a subsidiary of manroland AG, has been responsible for the Mexican market as well as the markets in Bolivia, Ecuador, the Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. manroland has a large installed base of sheetfed as well as commercial and newspaper web presses in Latin America. Brazil and Mexico are the largest markets in the region which is why the two central Competence Centers are located in these countries. Stefan Deuster, Managing Director of manroland latina, reports that: “We now offer the entire manroland portfolio of products and services across the whole region. With manroland USA and my colleagues at manroland do Brasil we have established what we call a Transamerican Supply Chain to provide the entire continent with spare parts and service.” Besides printing systems, the manroland portfolio includes a comprehensive range of services (printservices, printcom, printnet, printadvice). In addition to selling new printing systems and consumable materials, manroland will be supporting its customers in Latin America to acquire pre-owned and reconditioned presses. ...

manroland establishes a new Market Organization for Brazil

Latin America: manroland now directly active locally

Since May 2009 manroland do Brasil, a subsidiary company of manroland AG, has been responsible for sales of the entire manroland product range in Brazil and will very soon also be responsible for service of the range in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Franz von Fürstenberg, Managing Director of manroland do Brasil, is optimistic: “manroland has always been regarded in Latin America as a very powerful brand that stands for high-tech and the highest quality. Every day at the moment, and particularly in Brazil, customers welcome us and are very relieved. Therefore we are now building on the positive aspects of the past and offer products, services and consultancy which have already made manroland users successful in other markets. Various customers that have products from our competitors want to be looked after by manroland for both webfed and sheetfed presses which is a clear indication that our profile in the marketplace has been much too low in recent times. We are about to rapidly and noticeably change this and will be placing special emphasis on service.” ...


This notice does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities

Sappi is issuing this trading update in connection with the capital markets transaction that it announced today and the ongoing syndication of a new secured revolving credit facility and a new secured OeKB term loan facility. Market conditions remained weak in the quarter in all our major markets. Sales volumes for the group were similar to the prior quarter. Prices realised were under pressure in most regions. For the quarter ended June 2009 we expect to report improved operating results, excluding special items, compared to the quarter ended March 2009 for our European business, which we expect to return to profitability and for our North American business, as a result of synergy achievements in Europe, and cost and input price reductions. In addition the North American business expects to report the benefit of alternative fuel credits in the range of US$30 – US$40 million. Our Southern African business was impacted by the strengthening of the Rand relative to the US Dollar, weak domestic demand and low pulp prices, which we expect will result in a loss before special items for the quarter for the region. ...

PrintersLounge - inauguration of new on-line network for global printing and media industry

PrintersLounge starts public beta version

Dillingen/Saar, Germany, July 20 2009 –  For a few days now, in the form of the PrintersLounge, a new, comprehensive, globally oriented on-line portal for the printing and media sector has been under way. The PrintersLounge was developed by D&S – Dort und Schmitt – of Dillingen in the Federal German state of Saarland. Alexander Dort of D&S on the PrintersLounge: "The idea of providing a portal of this kind for the entire printing and media industry was conceived as far back as three years ago. At that time, there were only a few minor portals worldwide which were oriented towards this particular branch of industry, and it had been clear for a long time that the printing industry, the mother of mass communication, was not managing to stay a step ahead of the other communication media going into the twenty-first century. As we see it, the reasons for this were that the companies in the sector had been focusing much too much on their own medium and were much too afraid of – and to some extent perhaps lacked interest in – the new media which were, in the meantime, ...

Key patent for the LOTUS SF laminating machine from Steinemann Technology also confirmed in the opposition proceedings

Patented rear-edge detection rules out inaccurate cutting

A few days ago, the European Patent Office rejected in its entirety the opposition filed by a German company against a patent of Steinemann Technology AG, St. Gallen/Switzerland, thereby underlining the technologically leading role of the Swiss manufacturer in the laminating sector. As a result, the patent entitled 'Method and device for cutting a laminate' - granted to Steinemann Technology AG by the European Patent Office on 22 September 2004 (Patent Bulletin 2004/39) - continues to remain in unrestricted force.

The patent essentially includes the claim that "the cutting points are continuously and precisely detected, before lamination, by an edge sensor at the top, rear edge of the sheets, and the cutting function for the film is performed on the basis of the precisely detected edge signals" (excerpt from Claim 1, EP 1 282 510 B1). In view of this patent, Steinemann Technology alone has the right to offer a rear-edge sensor for detecting the cutting points in a shingle stream of consecutive sheets before the laminating operation. In its letter, the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office also expressed 'major doubts' regarding the 'pri ...