Saturday, December 13, 2014

Xeikon enjoys success at Labelexpo South China 2014

Xeikon reports a successful conclusion to its presence at Labelexpo South China that took place early December in Guangzhou. Being the only mainstream manufacturer of high quality, high productivity digital label presses at the show, the company was able to mark a strong presence which showed its full dedication and commitment to the Asian label industry.

“Diversification’ is a word that you often hear nowadays wherever you go and Asia is no exception,” comments Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC). “The Chinese market is experiencing a tremendous boom in the production of all types of short-run labels, but specifically those that require variable data information, such as barcoding, QR coding or other product and brand security features like microprint. We were extremely happy to engage with visitors to Labelexpo South China and show them exactly how the Xeikon digital label presses and solutions are able to meet their digital manufacturing needs.”

Combining superior printing quality with optimal flexibility
On display at Labelexpo South China was the Xeikon 3030, the narrow web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. It is meant for label converters looking to foray into the digital production of labels. In addition to prime label applications, the press is also suitable for producing promotional and transfer applications. With a variable web width ranging from 200 mm (7.9 inches) up to 330 mm (13 inches), it runs at a top speed of 9.6 m/min (31.5 ft/min) and can handle production volumes of up to 190 square meters/hour (294.5 MSI/hour).

With five press models, the 3000 Series is the largest range of digital label press offerings on the market today, ranging from entry level to higher capacity options. All five models deliver the same 1200 DPI imaging quality and are able to print on an unrivalled range of substrates without pre-coating or pre-treatment, including various self-adhesive materials such as co-extruded films, BOPP, PVC and PET, transparent/opaque films as well as paperboards.

The full-rotary printing technology with variable repeat length guarantees that the press speeds are not affected by the label size and/or the number of colors used. Also included is the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front-End which can be integrated into any production environment. Its modular setup allows label and packaging converters to efficiently manage their specific production needs. The X-800 also enables the easy implementation of variable data on labels or packages, even allowing to add variable information after the files have been ripped. The combination of the variable data capabilities and the top-notch printing quality, i.e. the use of micro texts, variable barcodes or numbers, the ability to print guilloches or the use of specific colors and security toners, makes the Xeikon 3000 Series an excellent tool for the brand protection of labels and packages.

Finally, the Xeikon 3000 Series presses also use the QA-I toner, which meets FDA guidelines for direct and indirect food contact.

Sonoco's Waco Flexibles facility receives Gold Sustainability Star Award

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified packaging companies, has named the Company's Waco, Texas, flexible facility a gold Sonoco Sustainability Star Award recipient for the plant's successful efforts to achieve landfill free status. Waco is the first Flexibles facility to achieve this award.

The award marks a milestone in landfill-free efforts that have been underway since 2013. Since then, Waco has diverted 90-100 tons per month away from the landfill in the forms of printed OPP, printed PET, LDPE, mPET, PET and fiber cores. Half (50%) of that waste is recycled and converted to energy.

"After the Company announced its goal of taking 10 percent of its facilities landfill free, we began efforts to eliminate the facility's waste streams," said Bob Puechl, vice president, Global Flexible Packaging. "The Waco team took on this challenge for the flexible division.Waco has proven we can become landfill free even with a very difficult product mix."

Administered by Sonoco Recycling, the Company's recycling business, the Sonoco Sustainability Star Awards program is comprised of three tiers:
  • Gold recognizes facilities that have achieved 99% landfill diversion.
  • Silver is awarded to facilities achieving 95% landfill diversion, and
  • Bronze recognizes facilities that have made significant waste reduction achievements, such as drastically reducing their waste streams or implementing a new composting system. 

A recycling leader with locations and expertise worldwide, Sonoco Recycling annually collects more than 3 million tons of old corrugated containers, various grades of paper, metals and plastics. In addition, the Company has experts who provide secure, reliable and innovative recycling solutions to residential and commercial customers. Currently, Sonoco Recycling operates five material recovery facilities (MRFs) serving more than 125 communities in which curbside-collected residential and commercial materials are processed. The Company also operates recycling programs which identify waste reduction opportunities that reduce operating expenses for many of the largest consumer product companies in the United States.


Esko North America launches an expanded Esko Innovation Center

New customer demo and training center with more equipment and additional dedicated staff is highlight of the facility

Esko has celebrated its renovated Esko Innovation Center in Miamisburg, OH with an open house attended by local township officials and the Esko North America leadership team. Expanded demo and training facility dedicated to customers is the expansion highpoint

Esko North America moved to its current site in Miamisburg in June 2010, to handle the requirements for a staff of approximately 260 in North America and 80 in Miamisburg. The facility houses the company’s software support group, customer training and demo centers, marketing and business development, human resources, and finance and administration. Esko has another office in the US in Ludlow, MA serving mostly of software development.

The new Esko Innovation Center has been expanded 16% in size to 33,580 square feet, well more than half the size of a football field. Nearly $1 million has been invested both in office refurbishments as well as investment in a complete complement of demo hardware and software solutions.

The focal point of the facility is the demo and training center, encompassing separate demo areas for both software and for hardware. In the process, three new full-time jobs have been added to support the center- one for the software demo area and two for the hardware center.

The Esko Innovation Center is a hot spot to demonstrate new ideas and solutions, experiment with new processes, and produce samples for packaging, wide format and commercial print. Added to the inventory accessible in the demo room is a complete representation of Kongsberg cutting tables, including the super-wide Kongsberg C. These tables are typically used to produce packaging prototypes as well as short production runs of displays and packaging. Also on site are This is CDI imaging devices used to create digital flexo plates, and software that is used by brand owners and printers to develop a wide range of packaging and display materials.

“Esko on a yearly basis schedules a full calendar of visits from our customers—brand owners, designers, service companies and printers, offering enhanced and updated training, meeting and state-of-the-art demonstration areas. Our facility is complete with all the software and hardware needed to replicate any workflow environment that ‘smartly’ mirrors how our customers’ businesses operate. It allows them to experiment to see how new solutions might improve their productivity and print quality,” explains Jon Giardina, President, Esko Americas. “The process of building our new demo facility took months of careful planning. We are very proud of the result, and how effectively our staff will be able to work with our customers in what we believe is an exceptional showplace for the direction of graphics communication and packaging. I personally invite everyone to visit us.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Siemens showcases micro-automation solutions to promote ‘Make in India’

Siemens India is showcasing its range of micro-automation solutions for manufacturers and machine tool builders focused on improving productivity. Siemens is a co-partner at WIN INDIA 2014, which is powered by Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology where India is the partner country.

Among the feature-rich solutions that Siemens is showcasing are SIMATIC S7-200 SMART, part of the SIMATIC Controller series. Other solutions include the New Logo 8 (Nano PLC), the Powerful S7-1200, SMART Servo Drive V90, SMART AC Drive V20 and the New Basic Line 2nd Generation HMI. Targeted at the Pharmaceutical, Textile, F&B, Packaging and other ancillary industries of the Automotive value chain, these solutions drive customer programs to reduce overall costs and development time. This in turn favorably influences cost competency and helps reduce the time to market for machines and equipment’s.

Sameer Prakash, Head of Industrial Automation, Digital Factory Division, Siemens India, said, “Many of the challenges that our customers face today related to productivity, competitiveness and profitability can be addressed with the right technology. By showcasing the latest solutions with powerful functions, we intend to reassure all end users, OEMs and System Integrators that Siemens is well poised to meet their expectations in terms of price and performance. These solutions are capable of supporting the Make in India ambitions of Indian industry.”

X-Rite announces availability of Pantone certified printer program

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, announced the newly updated Pantone Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards. The Pantone Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of color operations - from preflight, file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and process control in the pressroom. This creates total quality management based on industry best practices and procedures that drive consistent and repeatable color.

“As a trade printer, you must be lean to be competitive,” says Michael Clark President of Cedar Graphics, an EarthColor company and a Pantone Certified Printer. “The more I learned about the Pantone Certified Printer program and how it could help streamline our processes and make them more consistent, the more interested I became.” The outside perspective that X-Rite Pantone brings to the Pantone Certified Printer program enabled Cedar Graphics to ensure consistent operation from department to department and shift to shift, from ink room through prepress and the pressroom.

“Everyone is now speaking the same language, and we are much more efficient as a result,” Clark says. The process begins with a Pantone Certified Printer Audit conducted by an X-Rite specialist. The audit process isolates issues that compromise color accuracy and is the basis for the implementation of Standards-Based Proceduresso that all operators on all shifts can consistently produce the best color the same way.

“The Pantone Certified Printer Program closes the gap that exists between the many other certification programs available today which cover only part of the workflow, or simply a press or a proofer,” explains Mark Gundlach, Training Development Manager at X-Rite. “This program is unique in that it ties all areas of production together, from prepress and ink formulation to the press room with a focus on both process color and spot color reproduction. This applies to digital, flexo, litho and even grand format print production. Good printers can produce great color at a point in time but it may not be consistent over time. This program, which includes a quarterly color check based on a standard set of files, results in more consistent quality with less rework using existing investments and people.”

“If you know you are going to be checked by an expert on a quarterly basis,” Cedar Graphics’ Clark adds, “it’s just another incentive to keep things up to date as opposed to doing it once and forgetting about it. We look forward to our quarterly reviews and what we might learn each time that will help us communicate even better.”

“Industry Standard Operating Procedures reduce variability across shifts and over time, as well as provide faster, more consistent staff training,” Gundlach says. “Surprises cost money, and consistency reduces waste”. Proofing and printing to standards helps print and converting operations set and meet customer expectations. Pantone Certified Printers follow standard operating procedures throughout the production operation when specifying CMYK colors based on their print standards. Pantone colors are specified and formulated using spectral data from the PantoneLIVE digital libraries.

Packaging converters and printers interested in pursuing this certification to bring additional color consistency, quality and efficiency to their operations not only benefit from the certification process but are also able to use the Pantone Certified Printer logo to add even more credibility to their sales and marketing efforts.

Diadeis acquires Graphic Systems Group

Diadeis, one of the world’s leading design and premedia agencies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Graphic Systems Group (GSG), a creative production agency serving premier brands from around the globe. This is the latest acquisition for Diadeis, giving them a US-based resource that supports the company’s mission to provide brands with superior premedia, packaging design, and production expertise.

Diadeis is already a well-established leader in the international premedia industry, with offices in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The addition of GSG helps secure its reputation as one of the sector’s major players. States Jean-Charles Morisseau, Diadeis’s Chairman, “This acquisition brings two innovative organizations together into a premedia and production powerhouse. Both Diadeis and GSG have a history of innovation that has helped each company evolve to better serve the needs of today’s brands. Together, our strong teams and industry knowledge will strengthen the geographic coverage for all our clients and optimize their campaigns no matter where they take place. We look forward to a successful partnership from our strategic location in New York City.”

Founded in 1980 as high-end retouching and fine art boutique, GSG has grown to become New York’s pre-eminent independent creative production agency, serving the world's leading brands, including L’Oréal, Novartis, Abercrombie & Fitch, Avon, and NBC. GSG’s range of services include multilingual mechanicals, premedia, digital, visual merchandising, and software implementation.

As Bill Hufstader, GSG’s CEO notes, “We joined Diadeis because we share a similar vision of the industry. We provide technical skills as well expert advice, giving our clients added value and helping them to fully optimize their marketing supply chain.”

Rich Paganello, GSG’s Managing Partner adds that, “The top advertisers want global coverage. Being a part of Diadeis helps us to offer that, and gives us a huge potential for growth.”

Process Optimization and Cost Reduction
Both Diadeis and GSG share a focus of providing marketing project optimization directly to brand owners through the process of production decoupling. This processes separates the communication media creation phase from the premedia stages, giving brand owners more control over the production process and saving them time and money. Using this model, both companies have grown to become leaders in providing production services.

“We mainly work for multinational companies who come to us to consolidate all of their marketing communication materials to speed up their time-to-market and cut costs,” notes Jan Stollerman, GSG’s Managing Partner. This acquisition enhances this work, as each company also possesses specific expertise that compliments the other.

GSG has expertise in creating and managing processes and information technology. Ken Madsen, GSG’s President says, “The implementation of specific processes and IT tools is crucial to achieving this faster time to market and reduced cost. We were one of the first to understand the importance of technology in our industry, and we invested heavily in it. We will leverage this focus on process as we consolidate with Diadeis’s software suite that supports the creative lifecycle technologies.”

Diadeis brings an in-depth knowledge of the packaging sector that will compliment the work being done by GSG. Diadeis currently produces packaging design, mechanicals, pre-press and comps on behalf of such high-profile brand owners as Unilever, Nestlé, Mondelez, and LVMH. In addition, Diadeis has over 40 years of experience working with the top printers in the world and developing comprehensive skills in color management that brings to service GSG’s client base.

The acquisition of GSG is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Diadeis. Earlier this year, the company acquired Alia, the leading premedia platform working for the Indian market. With these acquisitions complete, Diadeis now has over 600 employees worldwide and produces over 50,000 packaging projects, 7,000 marketing operations, 200 branding events, and 700,000 pages each year.

Enfocus announces Connect 13 with enhanced job delivery control for printers and improved ease for designers

Enfocus today announces the next major upgrade to its Enfocus Connect product line — Connect 13, available for purchase late February 2015. Connect 13 will focus on expanding file delivery controls, and will deliver an all new Connector that streamlines remote installation, while providing a single point of access for designers to create and verify print quality PDFs and automatically deliver them to their print service provider.

Enfocus Connect – taking the pain out of preparing, submitting and receiving consistent PDFs
Enfocus Connect is a solution to remove technical barriers from consistent PDF creation and total job delivery to remote servers. With Connect, all the settings are encapsulated in a custom application called a Connector, which is easy to access and provides consistency even for novice users. Connect comes in three versions, Connect YOU for individual designers and production artists, and Connect ALL/SEND for print service providers and other graphics organizations who want to distribute Connectors to remote users.

Fabian Prudhomme, Vice President of Enfocus, says: “Print service providers around the world still tell us that up to 50% of the PDFs they receive have serious issues involving colour formats, fonts, bleeds, images and more. This is not a sustainable business model for either printer or designer, and it’s why we brought Enfocus Connect to market in 2013. The solution has been well received, a validation that this approach is needed in the marketplace.”

The Enfocus Connect evolution continues
Connect 13 will focus on workflow and delivery enhancements for print service providers while delivering a new advanced Connector structure that is easier to install, manage and access for all users. Key new workflow functions include the ability to restrict or allow delivery of files based on file type. With this feature, print service providers can limit what types of files are delivered to their servers and communicate any issues before the file leaves the designer’s workstation. In addition, users will be able to select what type of Enfocus PitStop Report is created and delivered with files, and apply PitStop Action Lists to locally saved PDF files processed by a Connector in order to apply watermarks, reduce image resolution, and more.

“We’re very excited about the direction our customers are driving the Connect product line.” said Michael Reiher, Enfocus Connect Product Manager. “Connect is about making it easy on designers to consistently create high quality PDFs and deliver them to their print service providers in a hassle-free manner. Now our print service provider customers want to take it further and use Connect Connectors as simplified entry points to their existing web to print and workflow systems.”

Connect delivers flexibility when it comes to PDF creation and job delivery. One of the advantages of Connect is that Connectors can be completely customized to meet the needs of an individual user or product workflow. Not only can the settings for each major function of Connect be customized, Connectors can be tailored to perform just one function or several. With more focus on adding workflow features such as the ability for an HTTP server to send custom web page URL or trigger a job file delivery based on preflight results, Connect 13 will be able to be more integrated to existing systems providing user level or product level customized entry points. This can help reduce end user confusion when submitting jobs and ensure what’s sent in meets the production requirements.

The bottom line is that designers can be assured that their intent is communicated accurately, and print service providers can streamline production processes, taking the bulk of the file correction burden off busy prepress personnel.

Price & Availability
Connect 13 will be released late February 2015. At that time, Connect YOU will be available online and through authorized resellers for 149.00 EUR. Connect ALL and Connect SEND will be available through Enfocus authorized resellers for 3,499 EUR and 1,499 EUR respectively.

Customers with a maintenance contract and customers who purchased any Connect 12 product after December 1, 2014 (until release date) will receive the Connect 13 upgrade at no charge. Customers who bought Connect 12 earlier or using older versions of Connect should contact Enfocus or their authorized Enfocus reseller for upgrade pricing.

Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations goes global in 2015

Xeikon announces the 2015 edition of its Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations (www.xeikoncafe.com). Hosted by Xeikon and Xeikon’s Aura partners, the event will take place from Tuesday 10 March through to Thursday 12 March 2015 in Xeikon’s R&D and production site in Lier. It is aimed at helping label and packaging printers as well as converters and print buyers worldwide enhance and transform their digital production into a profitable business.

A great success story
The concept of the Xeikon Café is a proven formula that provides an informal knowledge exchange platform covering the different aspects of digitalizing print production, while cutting through the information overload. The concept exists for some years and kicked off with a series of one-day local events. In 2014, the very successful and highly applauded Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations was organized over a period of three days; participants praised the event and many have already confirmed their attendance for 2015.

Uffe Nielsen, CEO of Grafisk Maskinfabrik comments: “Grafisk Maskinfabrik’s business is all about converting digitally printed media. Therefore, the Xeikon Café that focuses on digital production is the ideal platform to demonstrate our capabilities. Last year’s edition proved to be a great success and generated a good source of new business revenues for our company. We are delighted to be attending the 2015 event with Xeikon, one of the leading companies in the digital label and packaging market.”

Lauri Järvinen, Technical Marketing Manager at Metsä Board, adds: “Our company is Europe’s leading producer of fresh forest fiber carton boards, and the world’s leading manufacturer of coated white-top kraft liners. It offers premium solutions for consumer and retail packaging. Our sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, corrugated packaging manufacturers and merchants. The Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations gives us an excellent opportunity to meet converters who are really interested in producing folding cartons with a digital press and this represents a fantastic growth opportunity for us.”

Peter Dhondt, Head Business Development & Sales at CERM is also delighted to announce his attendance in 2015: “CERM is a provider of Business Management and Automation Software for Narrow Web Printers. The Xeikon Café 2014 was a great platform to enhance the technical partnership we have with Xeikon and represented a great opportunity for us but also for current and potential Xeikon customers and partners. We eagerly look forward to the 2015 edition.”

Digital production at the heart of exciting live demonstrations
At the Xeikon Café, there will be live demonstrations on Xeikon’s large range of digital label presses, including on the brand new Xeikon Cheetah digital color press, the fastest label press of its class. Attending visitors will have the opportunity to witness just how digital production is enhancing and transforming the label and packaging industry and how it is turning short to medium runs into a profitable business.

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging explains why attending is a must: “With the 2014 edition being such a tremendous success, we are very much looking forward to the 2015 edition! For novice or expert label and packaging printers and converters as well as technical print buyers and brand owners, our Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations event is the ideal opportunity to discover the huge potential of digital printing and automated production workflows, and to learn how integrated digital production solutions can drive innovation and help established print producers grow their business even further.”

A host of Suites in action
Participants will also see the full range of Xeikon’s label and packaging application suites in action, i.e. the Folding Carton Suite, the Self-Adhesive Label Suite, the Heat Transfer Label Suite and the In-Mold Label Suite, featuring live job preparation, production and finishing of real-life and purpose-built applications. In addition, a variety of applications will be on display, illustrating what digital production can achieve.

Aura Partners involved in the development of the label and packaging application suites will describe their contributions in detail during several technical seminars. Xeikon customers will also share their experience of using their application suites and talk about how this has helped secure new business sales and growth. And finally, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, exchange ideas on digital production and engage with Aura Partners, Xeikon staff and peers. Dedicated information about each of the label and packaging application suites on show will be released shortly, so stay tuned.

A network of fantastic partners
The 2015 Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations will be hosted in collaboration with the following Xeikon Aura Partners, who will all attend the event: AB Graphic International, ACTEGA Terra, BOGRAMA, CERM, Esko, Grafisk Maskinfabrik, HYBRID Software, KURZ, Label Traxx, Meech International, Metsä Board, Michelman, OneVision Software, Taghleef, Rietstack, Shobertechnologies, Spartanics, Stora Enso, Treofan Group, Tronics and Zünd.

The Xeikon Aura Partner Network is a robust and fully encompassing partner network. This group brings together information about Xeikon partners and their integrated solutions in a centralized location and as a professional networking source. The Xeikon Aura Partner Network is based upon non-exclusive relationships with industry-leading partners, in the areas of print media, equipment, software and consumables.

Sign up Today
The Xeikon Café will take place at Xeikon’s production site in Belgium, March 10-12, 2015 with basically the same program each day, so participants can choose the date that best suits them. Attendance is free but registration is required online at www.xeikoncafe.com.

The Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations is a platform offered by Xeikon and its Aura partners, offering the opportunity to understand, evaluate and experience digital production, and enabling printers and converters to consciously make a business decision. Through demonstrations, presentations, workshops and discussions, participants receive first-hand actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends. More info on www.xeikoncafe.com

For a review of the 2014 edition, watch the video here:


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mercian Labels and AC Labels announce merger..

Mercian Labels announced that it will be merging its wholly owned subsidiary AC Labels Ltd into its main business. Since its purchase by Mercian Labels in 2010, AC Labels’ reputation for producing high integrity variable data and barcodes has resulted in them being awarded the prestigious IPIA Trade Printer of the Year award twice in two years. In October 2012, AC Labels also received accolades for producing the world’s longest barcode label – an impressive 40 meters long!

From 2010, AC Labels’ growth has been exponential, providing excellent barcode solutions to blue chip companies and institutions, mainly via the Print Trade, in industry setting lead times with award winning service.

Mercian Labels itself provides many millions of labels annually to both the Print Trade and end users, using a combination of digital, flexographic and hotfoil presses to ensure a bespoke labelling solution that spans all industries. Mercian Labels services over 10,000 business and prides itself in setting the industry standards for fast turnaround, the vast majority of its orders being produced in just 3 days from artwork approval.

Millions of pounds have been invested over the last 4 years on a new generation of presses and building infrastructure, so that AC Labels and Mercian Labels are primed to move forward together into the powerhouse of print providers. With this in mind, the businesses have made the decision to pool all of their resources to form a new Mercian Labels, which will allow complete access to each others’ facilities; from materials, through pre press, to a wide range of finished goods, all delivered in the customary speed and all provided with the best service in the industry.

With this in mind, with effect from 31 December 2014, AC Labels Ltd (company number 04226935) will cease to trade, and all of its assets and business will merge with those of the existing Mercian Labels Ltd (company number 00951963).

Mercian Labels Ltd was formed in 1969, and its principal business is manufacturing self adhesive labels in medium and short runs for UK businesses, using a variety of methods including flexographic, hotfoil and the latest digital printing technology.

AC Labels in Derby were acquired in 2010, adding long run variable data and barcode label capabilities to the product portfolio, and have recently added the latest generation of fast flexographic presses to their range of equipment.

Benny Landa selected “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young Israel

Benny Landa has been selected Entrepreneur of the Year in Israel. Inventor and pioneer of commercial digital printing, and founder of Indigo (acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2002), Benny transformed the print industry in 1993 when he revealed the world’s first digital color printing press, earning him the title of father of commercial digital printing.

Today at Landa, Benny continues his visionary pathway - pioneering futuristic nanotechnology applications in the fields of imaging, energy and health. His vision for the future also includes investment in promising Israeli technologies, and philanthropic activities that enable bright Israeli youth of “privileged minds and underprivileged means” to achieve higher education.

Benny is considered the printing industry and Israel's most prolific inventor. Recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the imaging industry's prestigious Edwin H. Land medal, he has also been awarded numerous lifetime achievement awards and honorary doctorates. He continues to add to his portfolio of over 800 patents worldwide, that provide the companies he founded with a solid intellectual property base.

Benny Landa is Israel’s candidate for the title of World Entrepreneur of the Year to be announced in June 2015 in Monaco. With representatives from fifty different countries, the Entrepreneur of the Year contest, run by the accounting firm Ernst & Young, is considered a major competition in the international business sector. It has been taking place for over thirty years and is considered a good predictor of business success. 50 of the 100 leading NASDAQ companies have won this competition. The jury that selects the country winner is independent and comprises senior figures in the Israeli economy and business sector. The committee reviews all local candidates and selects a winner to attend the world finals in Monaco.

The independent committee of judges included: Yair Seroussi, Committee Chairman and Chairman of Bank Hapoalim; Dr. Shimon Eckhouse, Founder and Chairman of Syneron; Dr. Orna Berry, CEO of EMC Center of Excellence Israel; Shlomo Dovrat, Co-Founder Carmel Ventures; Eyal Waldman, President and CEO Mellanox Technologies, Dr. Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist , Israel Ministry of Economy; Yuval Cohen, CEO Fortissimo; Mia Likornik, co-founder Meitar Liquornik Leshem Tal Geva; Dov Moran, Founder and CEO Komigo; Haim Shani, Partner, Israel Growth Partners.

The international selection criteria for Entrepreneur of the Year were: leadership, financial strength, management capabilities and strategic thinking, organizational culture, innovation, crisis management and global impact.

As Entrepreneur of the Year, Israel, Benny Landa will represent his country at the international competition in Monaco in June 2015.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PRINTPACK INDIA 2015 - One of the Biggest Show on Graphic Art Industry


Harper Corporation of America introduces Anilox Surface Cleaner

Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America prides itself on providing exceptional products and services to its customers and staying on the cutting-edge of innovation in the flexographic industry. To ensure anilox equipment is producing optimal results, Harper Corporation is pleased to introduce Anilox Surface Cleaner to its lineup of HarperScientific products.

This specially formulated cleaner is ready-to-use and designed to remove surface stains and residue blemishes from the surface of ceramic anilox rolls. The proprietary emulsifier helps to break down and loosen surface stains including water and ink marks, surface line blemishes, and coating residue. It is especially effective on coatings containing silicone. In addition to cleaning anilox rolls, this concentrated cleaner can also be used on press components and accessories.

To use in the most effective manner, simply spray a liberal amount of the Anilox Surface Cleaner (ASC) onto a HarperScientific X-Cel Pad. Then, using a circular motion, work the ASC into the stained area keeping it wet for two to three minutes. Wipe the area clean using the combination of a cloth or X-Cel Pad with an alcohol-based solvent. Rinse and dry the surface and the stain will be gone. Regular cleaning and maintenance can prolong the life of equipment and provide higher quality, consistent results.

Enfocus releases Switch 12 Update 3

Enfocus today announced the latest release of its leading automation solution, Enfocus Switch 12 update 3. Included in this release are new flow documentation and improved communication features that enable users to share knowledge on flows, work with greater efficiency and improve file sharing. Support for Apple’s latest operating system is also included in this release. Together, these features build on the position of the Enfocus Switch solution as a critical automation resource for businesses of all types, sizes, markets and budgets.

Businesses use Enfocus Switch to automate the way documents are managed in their organizations. Switch seamlessly integrates with a company’s existing systems, connecting the different applications and steps needed to process files. The release of Switch 12 update 3 gives these users flow documentation and improved file sharing capabilities that further enhance the way these files get distributed.

In addition, Enfocus Switch 12 update 3 will support OS X 10.10, the Apple operating system known as Yosemite.

Antje Grüger, Product Manager at Enfocus, says “Enfocus Switch has the power to transform a business. Switch integrates files and documents and connects third-party applications, linking everything together into a customized production workflow. Switch 12 update 3 builds on that powerful offering, and provides users new tools that better support how flows are created and shared. We are proud of this release, and look forward to hearing how these new features improve the flow of documents for Switch users around the world.”

Flow Documentation - one click documents an entire flow
This brand new feature gives users the tools to document why, when, and how Switch flows were built. This capability means users can share knowledge and capture the actual status of a flow, making it easier to work with Switch, and giving new employees the ability to get started with Switch faster and easier than before.

With one click, users can easily generate an HTML page which includes all information about their flow, including flow name, description, and creation date; the flow image as shown on the canvas; and the properties of all elements in the flow.

This documentation feature has received positive feedback from beta testers who report that the new feature has saved them time and aggravation.

Tester Thomas Züger, Project Leader IT at Compendio Bildungsmedien AG, reports: "A big advantage in Switch 12 update 3 is the documentation feature. I made a spelling error in the name of a dataset. A few days ago, I found the error and, thanks to the documentation feature, I found all existing instances of the error using the find method in the browser. Well done! I'm very happy with the way this feature prevented a small mistake from becoming a big problem."

Connecting to the web
Switch 12 update 3 includes a new communication tool that enables users to communicate with an HTTP or an HTTPS server in both directions. This feature means Switch users can connect with even more third-party applications, such as Dropbox. In addition, users can download and upload files, and retrieve or update information from a website.

New features for improved communication
Enfocus Switch 12 update 3 includes new features that enhance communications and improve file sharing. These features include:

Enhancements to the mail server and mail receive tool
User can now connect Switch to their mail server using the TLS (Transport Layer Security)protocol. In addition, the “Mail Receive” tool has been improved and is now called "Convert to plain text". This option allows users to save the email message either as HTML or as text.

Better support for sorting output files
This release includes an extra property “width” for send, archive hierarchy and output folders. This lets users specify the length of the version number of duplicate output files. Leading zeros are added as required.

New authentication method for SFTP
A new authentication method for logging on to an (S)FTP server through FTP send and FTP receive has been implemented in this release. Users can now use either user name and password or a "public key" to log on to the server.

Switch 12 update 3 also includes two new variables for use in the Switch Job group: Job.UserFullName and Job.UserEmail. In addition, the Hold Job properties "Unit" and "Delay" have been renamed to "Retry After" and "Retry Unit" to avoid confusion. Finally, the logging preferences have also been improved, giving users the option to have log messages stored in CSV files, instead of comma-separated text files. Users can also indicate which delimiter to use and where to store the files.

3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental to give closing ‘Fireside Chat’ keynote at 2015 EFI Connect Conference

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems, will participate in a "fireside chat" keynote with EFI CEO Guy Gecht to close out the 15th annual EFI Connect Users Conference, being held from January 20-23, 2015 at The Wynn Las Vegas.

Reichental’s company is a leading innovator in the 3D printing space. The Rock Hill, S.C.-based business invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989. 3D Systems has more than 1,200 patents, and its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing for aerospace, automotive, patient-specific medical device uses, as well as for a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.

At Connect 2015, Reichental will join EFI CEO Guy Gecht for their keynote discussion 8 a.m. on Friday, January 23, at The Wynn. During the session, attendees will gain insights from an industry leader on the 3D printing market and where it is heading. The fireside chat will also cover the near- and long-term opportunities 3D printing presents to the broader printing industry.

“3D printing has captured the public’s imagination, and Avi Reichental is a true visionary in the fast-growing 3D printing industry,” said Guy Gecht, EFI’s CEO. “I’m excited to have this unique opportunity for Connect attendees to hear Avi’s views on where 3D is today, where it is going and what the opportunities are for the graphic arts industry.”

Reichental, who has been the president and CEO of 3D Systems since September 2003, was named as one of Fortune magazine’s Top 50 business leaders last year. Under his leadership, 3D Systems has emerged as a global 3D content-to-print leader that is redefining and shaping how we design, produce, consume and live our lives. Through his passion to democratize the design-to-production process, the company has evolved and expanded its business model from a supplier of 3D printers to a provider of end-to-end solutions. Reichental is a recipient of the regional 2011 E&Y entrepreneur of the year award, two Innovator Awards, and holds 25 U.S. patents.

His fireside chat will conclude an eventful and educational conference at one of the printing industry’s most successful users group gatherings. EFI Connect 2015 will bring hundreds of executives from many of the world’s leading graphic communications companies. Next year’s conference features expanded content designed to drive businesses in commercial printing, publishing, packaging or digital print and/or marketing services toward better productivity and higher profits.

EFI Connect 2015 will have more than 200 education and breakout sessions, including an additional keynote session on January 21 featuring Andrew Paparozzi, chief economist of printing association AMSP/NAPL/NAQP. And, for the first time, the conference will be co-located with the 2015 AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Executive Leadership Summit.

EFI Connect will be the printing industry's best venue for open dialogue and idea exchange in 2015. Every year, global business leaders gather at Connect to participate in educational sessions, receive hands-on experience, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions, and learn from others.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ParamERP appoints Printers Supply Company as sales partner for Eastern India

Vinod Nawab with Amitabh Luthra
Indore-based ParamERP solutions are on an expansion mode. They have recently appointed Printers Supply Company as their sales partner for the eastern and north eastern states of India. Taking another key step in their expansion plans with this appointment, Printers Supply Co. will take care of West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura & Jharkhand.

Headed by Amitabh Luthra, Printers Supply Co. is based out of Kolkata and is one of the leading suppliers of print and allied products. Printers Supply Co. are the exclusive agents of UK based flexo press manufacturers, Edale machines.

According to Vinod Nawab, director of ParamERP solutions, “Our partner will now handle the eastern and north eastern states of India and we wish him great success. We are also in the process of appointing more sales partners and we are equally excited about the prospect of our solution reaching to more printers.”

Canadean’s top trends for 2015

As the end of 2014 draws near, Canadean forecasts the top trends which will influence consumer behaviour in 2015, and provides an insight into how manufacturers and marketers can target these evolving consumer needs to drive sales over the next year.

From mass-produced to personalised
Canadean predicts that the desire for craft offerings will become increasingly influential. Consumers want their products to be produced and manufactured on a smaller scale to ensure quality and to feel a closer connection to the brands they choose. By emphasising the exclusivity of a product and the care with which it was formulated, brands will encourage sales among a growing number of consumers who want to move away from mass-produced items across the FMCG market.

‘Better-for-you’ ingredients
According to Canadean, consumers will be increasingly concerned about unhealthy ingredients such as sugar. 2014 saw the introduction of stevia into many popular products including Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Over the coming year, a greater number of ‘better-for-you’ offerings will emerge with healthier and more natural alternatives. One of the main challenges will be to overcome the negative taste perceptions of these new products through innovation and reformulation as consumers still put indulgence first.

All things hot and spicy
The growing desire for hotter and spicier food is set to continue in 2015, as manufacturers will replicate popular heat trends from the catering industry to satisfy growing consumer needs. Brands will innovate in formulation by including spicier ingredients in meat, dairy, and snacks, as products infused with chillies become more popular. After the Indian and Mexican food trend, manufacturers should prepare for the next emerging spice cuisines from across South-East Asia and the Middle East.

Mix-and-match your favourite flavours
Canadean predicts that consumers will look for new and exciting products which mix their favourite foods and flavours together. Fusion products such as amaretto cider and chocolate flavoured wine will become even more popular. The increase in demand for these experiential offerings means manufacturers must continue to innovate with ingredients and positioning to encourage sales among consumers who want more than just traditional products.

Packaging drives sensory experience
The large number of products available on supermarket shelves means that many brands are in danger of fading into the background. Innovative packaging that draws consumer attention will be vital for retaining market share and for brands attempting to enter the market. The use of haptics –  including tactile packs, bright colours and reflective surfaces – will help to enhance the sensory experience, while matt finishing and the feel of a product can denote quality and superiority, encouraging trading-up and higher levels of spending.

Label converter Suzhou Advance Printing goes digital with first installation of Xeikon 3030 plus press

Suzhou Advance Printing (Yali) Co., a well-known label converter in China has recently successfully installed its first Xeikon 3030Plus Digital Label Press with the help of long-term partner United Printing Co.

The Xeikon 3030Plus Digital Press is the narrow web “higher capacity” entry-level press and a member of the Xeikon 3000 Series presses. With five press models, the 3000 Series is the largest range of digital label press offerings on the market today, ranging from entry level to higher capacity options. All five models deliver the same 1200 DPI imaging quality and are able to print on an unrivalled range of substrates without pre-coating or pre-treatment, including various self-adhesive materials such as co-extruded films, BOPP, PVC and PET, transparent/opaque films as well as paperboards.

The 3000 Series presses are divided into two maximum web widths (516mm/20.3 inches and 330 mm/13 inches) and three top running speeds (63 FPM, 49.2 FPM and 31.5 FPM). Entry-level versions are also designed to be field-upgraded to the wider and/or faster specifications as the business needs increase.

The full-rotary printing technology with variable repeat length guarantees that the press speeds are not affected by the label size and/or the number of colors used. Also included is the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front End. Based on years of R&D and the pursuit of the best industry standards in terms of digital industrial workflows, the X-800 can be integrated into any production environment and its modular setup allows label and packaging converters to efficiently manage their specific production needs. The X-800 also enables the easy implementation of variable data on labels or packages, even allowing to add variable information after the files have been ripped. The combination of the variable data capabilities and the top-notch printing quality, i.e. the use of micro texts, variable barcodes or numbers, the ability to print guilloches or the use of specific colors and security toners, makes the Xeikon 3000 Series an excellent tool for the brand protection of labels and packages.

Finally, the Xeikon 3000 Series presses also use the new QA-I toner, which meets all the applicable FDA guidelines for indirect food contact under room temperature and less severe conditions as well as direct food contact for dry food substances containing no surface oil or fat under the same conditions.

Mr. Zhong Xiaochun, General Manager of Suzhou Advance Co, comments: “We have been very impressed by the stability of the Xeikon 3030Plus Press and by its wide range of applications that have fully responded to the needs of our end-users. We cannot praise enough the many unique benefits we have been able to find with the Xeikon Press. Our company will be doing further marketing research into the additional applications Xeikon can offer in the very near future. “

Recently appointed Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC), Bent Serritslev concludes: “The Asia Pacific printing industry is seeing unprecedented growth and the installation at Suzhou Advance Printing (Yali) Co reflects this. This success story is also a great testimony that our digital solutions are truly offering the flexibility, quality and creativity customers in this region are looking for and are really helping their businesses stay ahead of the competition.”

Xeikon exhibited at Labelexpo South China that took place in Pazhou Exhibition Center, Guangzhou from 3 to 5 December (stand D15).