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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FFEI becomes the No. 1 supplier of commercial CTP systems in India

FFEI Ltd, the global developer of award-winning digital imaging solutions, announces its partnership with Brazilian-based plate manufacturer IBF for the distribution of its full range of commercial CTP solutions. Recognising the high quality and cost benefits provided by FFEI products, IBF will distribute FFEI's market-leading Alinte violet CTP system and RealPro complementary software suite to its Brazilian customer base, further extending FFEI's sales channels into Latin America.

IBF, the world's 4th largest plate manufacturer and market leader in Brazil, exports to more than 70 countries and employs over 1,000 dealers worldwide. According to Andy Cook, FFEI managing director, IBF's extensive sales network and proven track record were key factors in finalising the partnership.

"We are delighted to have reached this agreement with IBF, a leading supplier of graphic arts products in Latin America and a global player, continuing our policy of partnering with market leaders. We believe that IBF's unrivalled local knowledge and large reseller network will help us penetrate the Brazilian market with our complete commercial CTP portfolio, and enable us to achieve further success in other emerging economies."

Through its reseller partners, FUJIFILM, Technova and Founder, FFEI has become the number one supplier of commercial CTP systems in India and China. FFEI's Alinte CTP system contains an award-winning, low cost, internal drum solution designed specifically to meet the requirements of emerging markets, offering all the attributes of FFEI's longstanding product range - high image quality, fast plate production, simple and automated operation - but at a lower investment cost.

IBF will also distribute FFEI's latest RealPro Workflow system, designed specifically to complement FFEI's Alinte CTP range and providing commercial printers a complete end-to-end workflow.

According to Milton Fetter, IBF Commercial Director, FFEI's full range of CTP solutions and its design for quality played an integral part in deciding to partner with the UK-based company:

"In a Brazilian marketplace that is expanding rapidly, print shops expect high quality products and are always looking to keep up-to-date with the latest technology. So we are truly excited to reach this agreement with FFEI because its CTP solutions complement our portfolio, aimed at customers who demand robust build quality and low total cost of ownership. This new addition to our CTP offering will help us address the needs of several market segments."

FFEI CTP solutions now on offer from IBF include:
  • Alinte 8 Range - aimed at commercial printers, the Alinte 8 range offers one of the highest level of automation and productivity options in the market. Delivering up to 70 8 page plates per hour at 1200 dpi and up to 50 8 page plates per hour at 2400 dpi, the Alinte 8 offers maximum productivity with a low cost of ownership, along with a Queen's award winning internal drum for superior image quality and accuracy.
  • Alinte 4 Range - the Alinte 4 range is a B2 prepress series offering a wide choice of automation, quality and productivity options, plus the flexibility of having field-installable upgrades should productivity needs change. Users can also benefit from low cost of ownership, image accuracy, repeatability and registration.
  • RealPro Workflow - a modular, scalable workflow software for commercial, hybrid and packaging printers seeking a fast, modern, upgradeable, easy to use, automated production workflow system. Based on the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.5 technology, RealPro Workflow System is a pure PDF workflow which preserves the original PDF content and offers a host of features that include pre-flighting, automated imposition, archiving, ICC based colour management, 3D proofing and more.

"The number of CTP units now selling into emerging markets continues to exceed our expectations, with the demand for lower cost, high quality systems on the rise," comments Cook. "We are very proud of our achievements in price-sensitive markets against stiff international and domestic competition, providing what we believe is a unique product offering designed to meet the requirements of our customers. Our aim is to continue this success into Latin America with the addition of another world class partner in IBF."

Epson SurePress L-4033A Digital Label Press fuels digital growth at Kent-based print firm

Superfast Labels is an apt name for the family-owned label printer in Sittingbourne, Kent. Although only 6 months since the company installed the UK’s first Epson SurePress L-4033A digital label press, the machine has just printed its 6 millionth label.  Superfast Labels (www.superfast-labels.co.uk) offers high-quality, self-adhesive printed labels with an incredibly fast turnaround time – often in 24 hours. The addition of the SurePress L-4033A has allowed the company, previously solely a flexo house, to broaden its services into digital printing which is an ideal solution for many applications.

Andrew Miller, managing director at Superfast Labels couldn’t be happier with his investment. “In just six months since its installation, the SurePress L-4033A has printed 6 million labels for almost 1,000 jobs, with an average run length a shade under 10,000 labels per job. The press is already at 70 per cent utilisation, another milestone reached earlier than we expected.”

The addition of the six-colour SurePress L-4033A has not only added high-quality, affordable digital print to Superfast’s capabilities. It has allowed the company to expand into lucrative new markets such as short-run jobs, and offering high quality, cost-effective print services to local small businesses. As well as being able to print on standard labelling substrates without resorting to pre-treatments or special coatings, the ability for the SurePress L-4033A to print on textured substrates has opened-up new commercial opportunities with small-volume artisanal food and drink producers looking for a quality, bespoke-looking result.

“As jobs continue to become more complex to produce and run lengths reduce, the SurePress L-4033A is the perfect solution to cost-effective, short-run label printing,” says Marc Tinkler, senior business development manager, Industrial Printing at Epson Europe.  “The combination of outstanding print quality, production efficiency and substrate flexibility make it a compelling solution to meet today’s demanding label printing requirements.” 

Dynamic Systems helps Labels West

Labels West has been in business since 1978 and specializes in the production of self adhesive labels used primarily for product packaging.  The industries they serve include food and beverage, wine, and personal care.  They are known for high quality, multi-color labeling.  In a soft economy, they were looking for ways to cut costs without impacting their ability to serve their customers.

There are hundreds of individual jobs processing through the Labels West plant at any one time.  Each job involves several steps, and each step takes place in a unique location with the facility.  Critical documents (drawing and specifications, for example) are housed in a small job folder that travels through the production process.  Their employees were spending hours a week searching for these folders when information needed to be added or modified. 

Labels West began researching job tracking solutions that use barcode technology to track their jobs.  They purchased the CheckMate tracking system to solve their problem and to automate their job tracking process.  They use the unlimited user version of the software running on individual PC’s on the production floor.  A Honeywell Voyager corded scanner is attached to the PC’s for increased accuracy and speed. 

Currently about 25 employees actively use the software.  A barcode is printed on the job  and is scanned as it moves into a new location.  Management is able to quickly locate the job folders using the “search” function of the software.  This simple solution is saving 20 hours per week in labor for the company, which equates to over $15,000 annually.  The software was paid for in less than 3 months.

Besides the labor cost savings, CheckMate’s reporting allows Labels West to manage their job flow – they now know where a job is and how long it’s been there.  It eliminates the need for employees to interrupt each other, thus slowing down production.  And knowing the exact location of a job increases their customers’ satisfaction.  If a customer wants to know the status of a job, the answer is the click of a button away.

“I would highly recommend this solution.  It does exactly what it is supposed to do,” stated John Shanley, owner.  “We are very pleased with CheckMate.  It installed easily, is stable and the technical support is excellent.”

eltromat GmbH continues to expand its international presence

Effective 1 July 2012, Oliver Finkeldey was appointed to represent the eltromat office in Bangkok, Thailand. Oliver, a German national, has 20 years experience in the printing and packaging industry, including 16 years in Asia. The nomination is the next step of the eltromat strategy to increase the market presence in Asia and to expand international sales activities. In this capacity Oliver Finkeldey will be responsible for all sales activities in Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan.

Oliver began his industry career in 1992 as a rotogravure and flexo printer at two mayor printing and packaging converters in Germany. In 1997 he was offered the opportunity to be part of a green field project in Shanghai, China. This involved setting up and establishing the gravure printing section of a global company. In the following years the desire to become a salesman was born and Oliver managed different sales projects in many parts of the world particular in Asia. After almost 20 years of experience he created his own consultancy company in 2011.

Oliver states “I am very pleased to be joining eltromat and look forward to continuing the strong customer focus, innovative tradition and further expanding the global footprint.”

Monday, July 23, 2012

Harper announced Two major promotions

Alan Rogers and Juan Bermudez, valued employees at global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America, have been recognized for their professional performance with promotions. As of June 18, 2012, Alan Rogers is the Vice President of Sales for the United States and Canada and Juan Bermudez is the Vice President of Sales for Latin America.

In his new position, Rogers will oversee all Harper sale activity within the United States and Canada. Additionally, he will supervise the Customer Service team and head up corporate relations.

Rogers joined the Harper family on May 24, 2004 as a Technical Account Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech and has worked as a member of management at various organizations since 1987.

Bermudez, in taking on the role of Vice President of Sales for Latin America, will oversee the efforts of agents, sales, and growth within his territory. As such, he will head up the Latin America sales team.

On October 6, 1997, Bermudez joined the Harper family as a Regional Sales Manager for Latin America. Bermudez holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Business Administration in Management and Marketing. Additionally, he has earned FIRST certification as an Implementation Specialist, which allows him to bring a great deal of knowledge and insight into the flexographic industry.

Harper Corporation of America is looking forward to the accomplishments both Rogers and Bermudez will achieve in their new roles and congratulates them on their success.

EskoWorld 2012 exceeds all expectations

Esko, a worldwide leader in packaging solutions, announces that 532 people - 180 more than the previous record-breaking crowd - attended the recently concluded EskoWorld User Conference, held June 17-20 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The overwhelmingly successful program, which brought rave reviews from everyone involved, provided a complete update of all the new Esko products introduced during drupa 2012, as well as a wide variety of industry outlooks, product presentations and future roadmaps - along with workshops for anyone with an interest in packaging, displays, and printing.

There is no limit where an EskoWorld User Conference can take a customer, which is why Esko adopted “No Limits” as its event slogan for 2012. “I’ve attended five or six EskoWorld conferences, but it seems like every year we see something new and impressive,” comments Kevin Corrigan, Senior Designer at Great Northern Company. “I was fascinated with all the new advances, particularly all the 3D products. The 3D Store Visualizer, viewed on a large screen with 3D glasses, was extraordinary. I attended most of the ArtiosCAD roadmap sessions, where we saw all of the 3D developments coming in the future. It was extremely helpful.”

“Response from everyone is that EskoWorld 2012 was the best they had ever attended,” raves Mark Quinlan, President, Esko Americas. “Beyond the complete program that had something for everyone, a track in Spanish for Latin American visitors, and overviews of a wide array of new products, the event was extremely well-planned. The hands-on sessions and presentations helped attendees learn how to make the most of their Esko products — and give them a glimpse into the future. There is no doubt that attendees were able to return home with ideas of how to use their Esko products even better.”

After Simon James, Esko VP Global Marketing, welcomed and officially opened EskoWorld 2012, Bernard Zwaenepoel, Esko Senior VP Software Business, greeted the audience and offered a complete update of Esko products that were introduced at drupa. Jan De Roeck, Esko Director of Solutions Management, provided an overview of the fourteen hectic days of drupa, and offered a perspective of how the most important trends for packaging and labels could influence businesses in the future. In an environment where process and market knowledge is vital to remain competitive, Malcom Keif, Ph.D. of Cal Poly State University delivered a challenging keynote address to the audience, offering people ideas of how to create and sustain knowledge.

EskoWorld sessions: Something for everyone
“I thought that EskoWorld was very helpful. It brought me up to speed in certain product areas. I use ArtiosCAD a lot, and attended many of the 3D Workshops — 3D Designer and other 3D features of ArtiosCAD 12. I had not used them in the past, but now they are much more familiar to me. Now that I have returned, I know I can bounce around from my job to the structural design department to help out,” says Devin Flores, Die Programmer at Royal Paper Box. “I also appreciated the ArtiosCAD Manufacturing roadmap. Two others from our company attended, and they really got a lot out of EskoWorld, too.”

More than 90 sessions covered the entire range of Esko product areas, including digital flexo, commercial print prepress, packaging prepress, structural design, 3D design, brand management, digital print, and digital finishing. The sessions varied in nature from roadmaps, offering views of a current product and planned development in the future; academies, providing hands-on operator training sessions on Macs and PCs aimed at increasing the practical knowledge of a product; and presentations, sharing industry overviews or product and service information with live demonstrations. While Esko managed most of the sessions, a few industry outsiders also participated, including:

Dr. Andrew Hurley, Clemson University: Boxes, Bags and Biometrics: The Brave New World of Design
Dennis Young, CPP, Michigan State University: Packaging Education in a Path-to-Purchase Environment
Cheryl Johnson, Pantone Digital Business Unit, X-Rite: Brand Color Management with PantoneLIVE
Steve Hosford, Enfocus: Enfocus Switch 11
Aaron Mallory, HP: Solutions for Digital Printing and Converting

Dave Hall (EFI Radius), Willi Welsch (Quick Brown Fox – Aramis), Andy Armitage (SolarSoft), and Mike Rottenborn (Hybrid Software) participated in a business system integration panel.

“This was my first EskoWorld, although I’ve attended similar events. I liked the Roadmap format, particularly for WebCenter, where Esko developers talk about what’s been recently done to their products and where they are going. You get the sense that they are really moving forward. They get the attendees involved — you’re not just listening to a lecture. I’m used to other events where attendees just sit and listen. Esko values our opinions,” explains Michelle Talko, Prairie State Group customer service prepress manager who trains others how to use Esko WebCenter. “We brought back the Studio design package to take a look at it. One of our production persons, a designer by profession, is going to take a look at it. Our lead prepress person really values EskoWorld. If we don’t attend, he fears that we won’t keep up with latest and greatest technology.”

EskoWorld Partner Pavilion gets extra attention
“The EskoWorld experience was an extremely positive and exciting one for Hybrid Software. We were very pleased to participate,” expresses Mike Rottenborn, Hybrid Software President & CEO. “EskoWorld allowed us to meet new people who might have a need for our solutions — as well as reconnect with customers and our key contacts within Esko. We integrate MIS, workflow and ‘web to print’ together, and we spent a good deal of time explaining how we could bridge WebCenter and Automation Engine to MIS systems. We met a number of people who are interested.”

This year’s Partner Pavilion benefited from sharing breakfasts and lunches in the same room. Attendees actively pursued Esko partners to ask questions about shared technologies during session breaks and meals. EskoWorld Partners also delivered presentations about their companies during breakfast. These included Cape Systems, DuPont, EFI, Enfocus, HP, Hybrid Software, MacDermid, The Quick Brown Fox, Solarsoft, Southern Lithograph, TOPS, and X-Rite.

“HP has been supporting EskoWorld since 2006. It’s amazing to see how much it has grown and evolved from a technical event to one with both technical and business tracks to become a ‘must attend’ event for our industry. The Partner Pavilion was outstanding this year with good traffic from the attendees, and the breakfast speaking sessions from each partner was a great way to maximize the exposure of each partner to the largest possible audience,” observes Aaron Mallory, Labels & Packaging Solutions Architect for HP. “Esko is an extremely important partner for HP, and we use this event to showcase our strong partnership and combined solutions for the growing digital print & converting market. We find the event helps us each year in reaching new potential customers and continues to build on our relationships with our existing customers who attend the event.”

We were exceptionally pleased with the fantastic turnout of the Esko community, and their extreme satisfaction with the event,” concludes Quinlan. “We’re already looking toward another rewarding event next year.”

EskoWorld 2013 is planned for May 19-22, 2013 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix.

FlexTech Alliance funded project with Clemson University completed

FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics industry supply chains, announced the completion of a research project with Clemson University for benchmarking printing processes in roll-to-roll manufacturing of printed electronics components. The FlexTech Alliance funded study is an important first step in understanding conductive printed features fabricated using full-scale printing presses as opposed to laboratory scale equipment.

The study, performed at the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University, yielded a number of insights into the performance of flexographically printed conductive features. A variety of factors were investigated including plate type and preparation conditions, plate tint and patterning, press speed, substrate type, printed feature size, press orientation, and line and gap width. The printed traces were evaluated by electrical and optical measurements. Over 45,000 resistances were measured, and nearly 1,000 three-dimensional optical profiles were obtained.

“The biggest roadblock in completing all of the press trials was obtaining the volume of conductive inks required to conduct the benchmarking,” commented Charles Tonkin, director of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University. “However, we made tremendous progress in understanding the variables of anilox cell volume and its impact on conductivity, the printed feature performance of different substrate materials, the impact of orientation of the printed features relative to the press direction, and the inconsistencies between plate type and associated factors.”

“The benchmarks established by the Clemson University study significantly moves us along the path to commercialization,” said Michael Ciesinski, CEO of the FlexTech Alliance. “The study provides knowledge of critical factors influencing process variability for printed, flexible electronics. We’re now evaluating next steps to further the work Clemson has initiated.”

Full results of the study were made available to FlexTech Alliance members.

Clemson dedicated the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics in March 2009. It is the only university program in the country that brings together packaging science, graphic communication, and the materials, environmental science, manufacturing, marketing and psychology disciplines to study packaging methods.

Bernhard Schreier set to leave Heidelberg : Wont b extending his management contract

Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), will not be extending his management contract when it expires midyear 2013 and will be leaving the company at the end of 2012. He is handing over the company's chairmanship after almost 13 years in charge. Over recent months, key steps have been taken to set the company's new strategic course and a start has been made on putting this into practice to return Heidelberg to sustained profitable growth. What's more, the industry trade show drupa has led to the highest quarterly incoming orders in four years for the first quarter of financial year 2012/2013. The Supervisory Board and Schreier himself feel now is the right time to make the change in order to create new impetus at the very top of the company. The Supervisory Board unanimously appointed Dr. Gerold Linzbach (56) as Heidelberg CEO with effect from September 1, 2012. Schreier will ensure the transition goes smoothly and will accompany the handover process up till the end of the year.

"I would like to thank Bernhard Schreier for his achievements as Heidelberg CEO. In a career spanning a total of 37 years, 13 of them as CEO, he has truly made his mark on the company and has succeeded in guiding it through two major global economic crises and structural upheaval in the printing industry. Particularly in very difficult recent times, he has helped transform Heidelberg from a traditional press manufacturer into a solution and service provider in the print media industry," said Robert J. Koehler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. "Heidelberg is a global market leader and is renowned worldwide for its cutting-edge technology and customer proximity. In Dr. Gerold Linzbach, we are delighted to have found a successor with international experience to press ahead with the company's strategic reorientation and ensure its return to profitability. Dr. Linzbach has many years of management and capital market expertise, which will help pave the way for a successful future at Heidelberg," he added.

Dr. Gerold Linzbach (born in 1956) obtained a degree in chemistry and added a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Dortmund in 1985. Having started his career as the head of a research group at the DECHEMA Institute in Frankfurt, he joined McKinsey in 1988 where he was in charge of a variety of projects, primarily in the process industry. In 1991, Dr. Linzbach became a member of Hoechst AG's corporate planning team and subsequently took charge of this department. During this period, he was part of the "Aufbruch 94" team that laid the foundations for Hoechst AG's new corporate structure. Four years later, he assumed the position of global CEO of a business unit responsible for the company's fibers operations (Trevira GmbH). In 1999, Dr. Linzbach played a leading role in founding Aventis and went on to become global CEO and President of the Celanese Acetate Group based in the United States until 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was responsible for the textile fibers division INVISTA, also in the United States.

On March 1, 2005, Dr. Linzbach was appointed Chairman and CEO of Symrise AG in Holzminden, Germany. He successfully led it onto the stock market at the end of 2006 and onto the MDAX in March 2007. Dr. Linzbach left the company for personal reasons at the end of June 2009. He was subsequently appointed CEO and Member of the Management Board of D+S Europe and its successor companies in Hamburg.