The German printing ink manufacturers Epple Druckfarben AG and Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG are collaborating with immediate effect in the field of UV ink technology. The first result of this partnership is a jointly developed UV LED ink for the sheetfed offset sector. The products are being developed for different areas of application and will be marketed worldwide by Epple under the "LightStar" brand.

Today, 20 April 2021, drupa opened its virtual doors. Around 17,000 registered visitors from 155 nations have already benefited from 660 minutes of inspiring, cutting-edge topics in the Conference Area and 930 minutes of Live Web Sessions and networked with 212 exhibitors from 45 countries in the Exhibition Space and Matchmaking Plaza. The international print & packaging community will meet at virtual.drupa and participate in top-class Key Notes, Panel Discussions and Live Web Sessions until 23 April 2021. Valuable insights, industry trends and technological innovations will provide impetus for the development of business potential.

Amsterdam, April 20, 2021 – Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announced the release of two new LED-UV large-format flatbed inkjet printers, the JFX600-2513 and the JFX550-2513. Available after summer 2021, these new models are engineered for high speeds and high productivity, and offer print service providers a broader range of applications thanks to a wider range of ink types and increased media flexibility.

 

Gerhardshofen, April 19th 2021 – As part of its long-standing PrintCity activities, WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, an international manufacturer of coatings, flexo inks and adhesives, based in Gerhardshofen, Franconia, will be exhibiting at virtual.drupa 2021 from April 20th to 23rd.

Xeikon announces an eco-friendly, cost-effective digital answer to today’s wallpaper production challenges. As a key part of Xeikon’s Wall Deco Suite and with Xeikon’s bespoke and environmentally friendly dry toner technology with extended colour gamut, the new Xeikon CX50 is introduced. The Xeikon Wall Deco Suite is an all-in-one streamlined solution including inline finishing – all developed to cost effectively produce creative wall decorations including custom illustrations and photomurals in short runs.

The Optima Group closed the 2020 financial year with record figures. The consolidated revenue stood at over €420 million. The workforce increased to over 2,650 last year – also a record figure. To allow the Optima Group to continue to grow, construction work is scheduled for 2021 at the headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. The workforce is also expected to grow even larger.

After a three-month transition period with his predecessor Herbert Forker, Dr. Nicolas Wiedmann has assumed full responsibility as Siegwerk's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He joined Siegwerk on January 1, 2021 and has been intensively involved with the company since then.

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of all parts of the packaging supply chain and introduced new challenges for manufacturers, suppliers and printing companies. As the scale of the crisis became clear, many had to re-evaluate their business structure and find new ways to support customers.

Xeikon has brought to market its brand new XCS Pro 2.0. The fully automated suite of colour management tools is based in the cloud and delivers every advantage of quality colour control – predictability, repeatability and profitability.

Duma Druck GmbH becomes first installation of the brand-new Xeikon SX30000 digital printing press in Germany, marking the offset printer’s entry into the digital arena.