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.” ...

TRADING UPDATE IN RESPECT OF DEBT REFINANCING AND BOND ISSUE

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 ...

Natural balance - environmental protection and sustainability at WEILBURGER Graphics

Gerhardshofen, June 22nd 2009 – The bigger you get, the more responsibility you have to take on! Currently consisting of 11 companies both at home and abroad, the GREBE Group is among the leading providers of special varnishes worldwide. With a total of over 750 employees and an overall production volume of 34,000 tonnes of lacquers and coatings per year, the Group as a whole takes environmental protection very seriously.

Since the very beginning, environmentally sound production and the ongoing conservation of resources have been matters of great importance to WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH. In view of the growing shortage of raw materials resources and the increases in the prices of raw materials and energy connected with that shortage, varnish systems based on raw materials which are independent of mineral oil are becoming more and more important.

Now, with the help of its own in-house research and development department and in a direct dialogue with the suppliers, WEILBURGER Graphics has succeeded in developing water-based overprint varnish systems and making them ready for th ...

PrintCity Alliance Shows Benefits for Magazines from Value Added Printing

Gröbenzell, Germany, June 30, 2009 – Market research completed by the PPA (the UK Periodical Publishers Association) after the recent 37th FIPP World Magazine Congress in London, has shown that the Value Added Printing techniques demonstrated by PrintCity Alliance members within the innovative & interactive FIPP09 printed Congress programme had created a noticeable impact:
  • Over 70% of respondents said that Value Added Printing (VAP) technologies can help magazines to attract & retain advertisers ‘very much’ or ‘quite a lot’, and 46% felt that VAP can help magazines increase circulation & readership ‘quite a lot’
     
  • Regarding the better future linking of printed magazines and digital media, 71% felt that VAP techniques would help attract & retain advertisers &lsqu ...

PrintCity Alliance Enhanced Mission Statement

Gröbenzell, Germany, May 18, 2009 – The PrintCity Alliance has enhanced its Mission Statement to better reflect its members' synergies. In existence now for over 10 years, the alliance continues to focus on its members ‘connection of competence’ in terms of knowledge and activity sharing, to benefit all customers and end-users.
 
The enhanced Mission Statement focuses on the key benefits of PrintCity alliance membership – both for customers in terms of access to members shared knowledge and for members, to show the increasing synergies they can achieve. It will be seen frequently in its new form in all PrintCity materials, publications and events from mid-2009 onwards:
 
PrintCity is recognized as the 'connection of competence' strategic alliance across the entire printing, packaging & publishing value chain, promoting the value of print & packaging. ...