NEWS UPDATE
INDUSTRY TRENDS
53% of Gen Z want brands to offer personalised or customised products’ – HP Indigo-WARC report

Packaging is becoming one of the most effective channels for advertising, unlocking a demand for digital printing that is, in turn, forming stronger connections between brands and customers. Recent findings from the World Advertising Research Centre (WARC) put this growth opportunity into concrete terms. In association with HP Indigo, WARC carried out an in-depth analysis of successful case studies that used packaging as lead media while bringing important metrics to the fore. . .....more


APPOINTMENTS
Konica Minolta appoints new President and CEO

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced Toshimitsu Taiko to be the new President & CEO, Representative Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2022, with the resolution adopted at the Board of Directors meeting held on February 24, 2022. He succeeds Shoei Yamana, who becomes executive chairman. .....more


DRUPA ESSENTIALS FOR PRINT
Digitization of Packaging – the opportunities of drupa!

Digital Printing is widely used in labels and packaging in 2019, and it will be further ensconced. The figure shows the choice that a converter faces when they decide to make an investment, as well as these there are a range of digital overprinters and sophisticated bespoke integrations, some as a part of manufacturing and filling lines. This shows the high number of players now competing in the wide range of packaging applications, offering new capabilities and functionalities, with steadily increasing productivity and lower costs. .....more


INSTALLATIONS
SPS Enterprise installs Ricoh Pro 5310S

SPS Enterprise, a one-stop solution for color printing, designing, lamination services and novelty items at Patiala has invested in a Ricoh Pro 5310S Digital Production Press installed by Monotech Systems.

Established in 1997, the firm is run by two brothers, Harvinder Singh who looks after marketing and Gurvinder Singh who manages in-house printing and designing.
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INSTALLATIONS
Graphica Digital forays into B2 segment with HP Indigo 12000 HD

Delhi based Graphica Digital has installed HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press to meet the growing demand of innovative B2 size printing.

Sanjay Sharma, Director, Graphica Digital says, “We are extremely pleased with our association with HP for over five years and our relationship has grown stronger as the HP installations enable us to deliver high-quality printing solutions to our customers.
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INSTALLATIONS
Mr Print boosts capacity with Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100

Mr Print, a Delhi based designing and printing unit established in 2017 as a freelancing company, has installed a second Konica Minolta Accurio Press C6100.

The company was initially outsourcing all requirements of their own printing work. When they explored the outside market they decided to create an in-house facility. To be successful and maintain quality and efficient service they felt the need to invest in a new digital press.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS
Scodix adds Insight Print Communications as distribution partner in India

Scodix has entered into a partnership agreement with Insight Print Communications to distribute Scodix solutions in India.

This alliance further strengthens Scodix’s presence in India with an existing representation through Monotech Systems Limited, another established distributor in India.
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INSTALLATIONS
India’s first Ricoh Pro C9200 installed at KCL Imaging

Surat-based digital print specialist, KCL Imaging has invested in India’s first Ricoh Pro C9200 Digital Production Press installed by Monotech Systems Limited.

Established in 2000 by Hiteshbhai Kagathara, KCL Imaging is currently headed by the two women entrepreneurs Mrs Veena Ben Kagathara and her daughter Jahanvi Kagathara. The company has digital printing and colour lab businesses with facilities in Surat, Ahmedabad, and Rajkot, catering to over 250 clients from the textile and the graphic arts industry.
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NEW ON THE BLOCK
Xeikon introduces next generation Label Converting Solutions

Xeikon has launched its new Xeikon LCU series (Label Converting Units), specifically developed and designed for the converting industries in high-end label production and manufacturing.

The new Units are designed with modular and scalable architecture for added flexibility, cloud connection and full integration. They come in two models, the Xeikon LCU350 with its new modular platform for added flexibility and scalability to support business growth – and the Xeikon LCU33, a basic version and entry-level choice.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS
Canon opens new facility to meet growing demand for water-based, polymer inks

Canon has opened a new state-of-the-art production facility for water-based, polymer inks at its site in Venlo, The Netherlands.

With a focus on operational efficiency, the 1500 sq.mtrs factory has been created from the shell of an existing building and fitted with the most up-to-date ink manufacturing equipment and levels of automation optimised to consistently deliver high-quality water-based, polymer CMYK inks and to minimise waste.
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APPOINTMENTS
Dr. Andreas Pleßke, CEO at Koenig & Bauer AG, takes over as new chairman of the drupa Committee

Dr Andreas Pleßke - member of the Koenig & Bauer Executive Board since 2014 and CEO since 2021 - is the new Chairman of the drupa Committee.

Dr. Pleßke comments, “It is a special honour for me to also succeed Mr Bolza-Schünemann in this circle and I would like to thank the Committee members for their trust. I am delighted to pro-actively contribute to shaping the further development and global standing of drupa in my new position with a view to strengthening its unique selling proposal as the world’s leading trade fair.”
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NEW ON THE BLOCK
Xerox Introduces High Capacity XLS Vacuum Feeder

Xerox announced the addition of the Xerox High Capacity XLS Vacuum Feeder allowing customers to advance the core capabilities of their Xerox Iridesse Production Press and Xerox Versant Presses when running every job, even those using longer sheet sizes.

Xerox’s advanced vacuum-feed technology provides improvements in feeding reliability boosting productivity and functionality for extra‐long sheets (XLS).
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INDUSTRY TRENDS
First plant-based ink from Ricoh enhances graphics and packaging print sustainability

Ricoh has launched a plant-based ink, the first of its kind for mainstream graphics and packaging print. This will help brand owners and printer manufacturers further reduce their environmental impact.

The ink is a derivative of the oil-based ink created for the décor printing sector as part of Ricoh’s collaboration with German equipment manufacturer Olbrich. It has been developed to deliver excellent rub resistance and set-off performance for corrugated brown and white boards, as well as carton board.
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NEW ON THE BLOCK
Grafotronic launches high-end embellishing options

Grafotronic, a Swedish-Polish company engaged in the business of producing finishing machines, has developed three new high-end embellishing modules: one high speed flatbed screen-printing module and two different high-accuracy and high-speed hot stamping and embossing modules.

With the Grafotronic Future Safe concept, each module is designed for being easily retrofittable onsite at any time together with the complete portfolio of units and options.
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APPOINTMENTS
X-Rite announces Chris Brooks as President

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announced the appointment of Chris Brooks as president, X-Rite.

With more than 20 years of general management, commercial, engineering and global operations experience, Brooks will lead the company’s innovation strategy into digital color platforms, cloud services, and connected hardware.
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DRUPA UPDATE
drupa 2024: Exhibitor registrations now open

Registrations for exhibitors at drupa 2024 have now been opened online. The in-person mega show is scheduled in in Düsseldorf, Germany from 28 May to 7 June 2024.

Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf says, “drupa is the global meeting place for the industry and stands for innovations and trends. Here we will see what impact the mega trends sustainability and digitalisation will have on processes, products, business models and the future of a constantly evolving industry.”
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