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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toyo Ink SC Holdings opens Sales Office in Istanbul

Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd. (President Katsumi Kitagawa) announced today that it established the wholly-owned subsidiary Toyo Ink Turkey Kimya Sanayi A.Ş. in Istanbul, Turkey. The office was officially opened on January 12, 2015 with a paid-in capital of 6.38 million Turkish liras.

Turkey is a land that has flourished from long ago in its historical role as the crossroads of civilizations and as a geographically strategic base straddling both Europe and Asia. Recently, it has also been attracting attention as a commercial hub, including the North African region, due to the growth of emerging nations and changes in the global economic environment.

The Toyo Ink Group expects the region to turn into an industrial center for its core competency markets as commercial printing, food packaging, automobile and electronics. The new subsidiary will begin the import and sales of Toyo Ink Group products in its inaugural fiscal year. In the future, the company plans to evolve the business with the aim of setting up a local manufacturing base as a regional operational hub.

Under its medium-term management plan “SCC-III Evolution Plan,” which started in April 2014, the Toyo Ink Group aims to raise its overseas sales ratio to 50%. Moreover, for the sustainable growth of the Group beyond 2017 and its next long-term vision, the Group will further heighten this targeted value while carefully selecting which overseas ventures to invest in actively.

The Toyo Ink Group first set up a representative office in the country in March 2014 to conduct research on the Turkey market. Having recently achieved some positive results, it then took a step forward with the establishment of the Istanbul office. Toyo Ink Turkey Kimya Sanayi A.Ş. is located on Büyükdere Street, 5th floor in the Büyükdere Plaza, in the Şişli District of Istanbul. Satoru Nakajima serves as president.

Headed by the Tokyo-based holding company Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd., the Toyo Ink Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a variety of chemical products based on its unique color materials, adhesives and resins technologies accumulated over a century of manufacturing expertise in pigments and printing inks. Today, the Group consists of approximately 70 companies and more than 8,000 employees in 24 countries and areas around the world.

Color-Logic rolls out new Mobile-Friendly website

Color-Logic--developer of the Process Metallic Color System--has rolled out a new mobile-friendly website (www.color-logic.com) with many exciting features demonstrating their software.  Announcing the new website, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Research indicates that graphic designers, agency personnel, and brand managers increasingly utilize mobile devices to research technology.  The focus of the new website is to drive demand to our licensed printers around the world.  Accordingly, we have redesigned our site to be much more visual and navigable, and to provide a better user experience when viewing the many samples and demonstration videos we provide.  The new Color-Logic website dramatically shows how our software and just five inks can provide 250 metallic hues plus myriad special effects that brands can use to drive attention to their products on the shelf."

With the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, brand managers, product managers, corporations, and advertising agencies can differentiate themselves and their clients from the competition.  Color-Logic tools simplify design and print production, creating eye-catching decorative effects for use on branded product packaging and associated collateral. The Color-Logic system is compatible with offset, inkjet, flexography, digital presses, screen printing, and gravure.  It is ideal for packaging, pouches, direct mail, point-of-purchase material, signage, postcards, literature, booklets, labels, shrink sleeves, calendars and much more.

Color-Logic develops color communication systems and software tool sets for a variety of special effect printing applications. Color-Logic provides brand owners, product managers, corporations, and their advertising agencies the ability to differentiate themselves and their clients with a simple print production process that yields dramatic results. Color-Logic decorative effects utilize the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding dynamic results without the use of special equipment. Color-Logic supports the value of print and works with designers and printers to enhance their printed media. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

ASPA elects new governing body

New members get leadership roles to help shape a new vision for the Authentication Industry Association
In its first-ever elections since its re-launch last year, Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA) has elected Mr. Umendra Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, Holostik India Limited as its new President. One of the founder full members, Mr. Gupta has also served as the Association’s President during 1998-2006 and then again in 2008-2010. Mr. Gupta is the only Indian holographer to receive the coveted “Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation” from International Hologram Manufacturers Association for his outstanding contribution to the development of the hologram industry.

The newly elected President of ASPA, Mr. UK Gupta, CMD, Holostik India, said, “It is a privilege to be chosen to lead this Association in a new avatar and at the helm of high growth. Since our re-launch few months back, we have added many new members offering diverse authentication technologies and are integrating their valuable suggestions to be more comprehensively representative of the common interests as an industry body. Today, nearly every industry such as pharmaceuticals, FMCG and others faces the menace of dealing with high-tech, sophisticated counterfeiting. Our Government seems proactive on taking a holistic approach to consumer protection and public welfare. ASPA as an industry body is aligned to support them in protecting brands and safeguarding consumer interest and our member companies are fully geared up to help industries meet this challenge.”

On being elected as the Vice-President of ASPA, Mr. Nakul Pasricha, Chief Operating Officer, PharmaSecure, said, “I am thrilled to be a part of such a progressive Association that is young and mature at the same time. As the industry morphs continuously to address the changing needs of brand protection, ASPA took the bold and proactive decision to re-align its focus with a vision of becoming a global voice of the authentication solution providers. And now, it is even more exciting to see the Association offering new members like us an opportunity to take on leadership roles to help shape its vision and future.”

The governing body also includes Mr. Arun Aggarwal, CEO, Kantas Track-Pack, who will serve as the General Secretary and Treasurer of ASPA, Mr. Luv Shriram, Managing Director, Shriram Veritech, and Mr. Deepak Gupta, Director, Shree Lamipack. The elected governing body has also invited Mr. Nityanand S. Shenoy, President and Managing Director, PRS Permacel and Mr.Mukesh Goyal, Director, Gopsons Paper Limited as two additional co-opted members. Immediate Past President Mr. Manoj Kochar, Director, Holoflex Ltd., will continue to be on the governing body as an ex-officio member.

Since its re-launch in October 2014, ASPA’s membership strength has increased by nearly 25%. The Association recently celebrated its 16th Anniversary in December, and aims to become the singular voice of the authentication solution providers in Asia and around the world. ASPA works closely with global authorities such as International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and Interpol, as well as industry bodies in India such as FICCI CASCADE, CII, ASSOCHAM and Indian Institute of Packaging. Recently, two ASPA members were also appointed to represent Asia on the IHMA Board. ASPA Code of Conduct mandates that its members adhere to the highest level of quality and ethical standards.

Flexible label printer Coveris upgrades its Mark Andy 4150 flexo press with a GEW UV curing system

The company replaced its 20-year-old UV lamps with a UV curing system comprising ten E2C lamp heads with their associated Rhino electronic power supply. GEW UV systems are designed specifically for high performance energy-efficient printing presses with applications ranging from narrow web label printing to large format industrial applications working with a wide variety of substrates. The investment was made to support efforts in optimising reliability of production output, increasing uptime and reducing energy consumption.

David Dickinson, group engineer said, ‘With the running cost we had for spare parts and energy, we had come to a point where it was no longer viable to run the old system and we took the decision to upgrade to an alternative and GEW’s RHINO came out at the top.’

‘There was an obvious point in favour of Rhino: it comes with a 5-year parts warranty. Our spend on parts covered the cost of Rhino. On this site we have gone from spending a substantial amount on spare parts down to very little within the next 5 years and it’s all predictable.’

According to Coveris, installing the UV system means it can provide customers with a proven range of labels with better reliability as far as volume and leadtimes are concerned, which they see as key elements in offering clients the best possible quality and service.

Roly Banks, site manager added, ‘We are no longer losing production due to component failure. The new system has improved our productivity massively. The thing we are most comfortable with now is that in the 9 months we have run Rhino here the system has been 100% reliable. We’ve had no failures.’

A major advantage of the new UV system for Coveris is the fast start-up and minimised maintenance time with consequently improved production efficiency and reduced downtime.

Mr Dickinson explained, ‘We are now able to shut the lamps down for a break period which in the past we couldn’t have done. Now over a three shift operation we can save more than an hour and a half per day of running of actual lamp energy.’

Mr Banks added, ‘The short burn-in time has been a big saving for us. We actually shut lamps down for 5 colour, 4 colour, 3-colour jobs, so the energy and time savings are massive.’

In addition, the lower temperature output of the system means less heat and CO2 discharge.

The improved curing efficiency of the new E2C lamp and reflector design meant press operators were more confident in running the press faster with less power.

Whereas older UV systems require regular cleaning to maintain optimum operating efficiency, this procedure is rarely necessary with this system. In addition its high energy efficiency means that reduced lamp power can be used to run the press, resulting in significantly prolonged lamp life cycles. ‘We were used to changing lamps every 1000 hours and are now pushing forward to changing every 3 to 4000 hours,’ confirmed Mr Banks.

Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web launches new webpage for E-News and Social Media

Flint Group is pleased to announce the launch of a new page on their website specifically designed for E-News and Social Media. This new webpage is a central hub where customers can subscribe to one, or all, of Flint Group Packaging and Narrow Web's three newsletters, or link with Flint Group's social media sites.

Customers can now subscribe to the following e-newsletters:
  • InkQuire EMEA - with news from Packaging & Sheetfed EMEA
  • InkQuire N.A. - with news from Packaging & Sheetfed North America
  • Narrow Web Xpress - with news from Narrow Web Global  

The e-newsletters will discuss latest product news, upcoming events, seminar information, sustainability information, printing tips, and key industry topics.

Deanna Klemesrud, Global Marketing Manager Packaging and Narrow Web, had this to say, "Flint Group has been communicating product and event news via electronic formats since the early 2000's - we've now expanded those communications to our packaging and sheetfed business units in North America and EMEA. We welcome printers and converters to join our subscriber lists of over 2000 current readers."

Deanna continues, "E-newsletters are an innovative, modern, and efficient way to reach the growing, global, markets of packaging and narrow web; this is an excellent medium for passing along the latest innovations from Flint Group. It is our goal to compile information that is value-added and current - it is our objective to provide our readers with accessible links to our extensive staff of global experts."

Flint Group is also active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook and calls on their customers to engage with them via these social media outlets.

"Today, more than ever before, people want answers and information right away. Using social media is a great way to find daily news, and also to exchange ideas and information," explains Klemesrud. "Customer feedback is crucial in any form of communication; our presence on social media enables efficient two way exchanges."

To access the new webpage and subscribe to the e-newsletters, or to link with Flint Group's social media sites, readers can use this link - http://bit.ly/1DCXphy.

Xeikon announces further expansion in Asia Pacific with the opening of its first Technology Center

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce its first Technology Center in Asia Pacific. The offices are based in Malaysia and testify of the strategic focus and continuous growth Xeikon is experiencing in this region. The official inauguration earlier this week was well attended by Xeikon customers from the label, folding carton and document & commercial markets, and presided over by Mr. Cheong Kok Wai, the President of the Selangor & Federal Territory Chinese Printing Presses Association, Mr. Dato Koay Hean Beow, President of the Malaysian Printing Association and Mr. Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon.

“We are seeing unprecedented growth in Asia Pacific,” comments Maes. “Xeikon is expanding fast in this region and we find it very important to build and foster close bonds with our customers there. The brand new state-of-the-art 450 sqm facility will help us achieve these goals as it will be addressing the business and educational demands of our customers for more testing, benchmarking and product demonstrations. It will enable us to fully support the growing needs of the local industry.”

The new Technology Center features Xeikon’s extensive portfolio of presses and suites for labels and packaging applications as well as for document and commercial printing applications. On display, is the Xeikon 3050 digital press, its wide web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. The Xeikon 3050 press is designed specifically for label and packaging converters who need a wider web width for the production of their prime label, folding carton, promotional and transfer applications.

“Xeikon is building a strong sales channel network in Asia supported by a long-standing market and industry knowledge. Through a vast array of digital solutions offering flexibility, quality and creativity, Xeikon helps its customers to stay ahead of developing trends. The new Malaysia-based Technology Center will allow us to further improve our service to new and existing customers in the region,” concludes Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC).

Future visitors and customers will also have the chance to view Xeikon’s large set of solution suites developed in collaboration with its global network of Aura partners. The suites respond perfectly to the needs of some of the fastest growing digital printing niches.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

drupa 2016 set for success: The new drupa!

Worldwide industry and its global players support this leading international trade fair to present their latest print and crossmedia solutions
drupa 2016, the leading international trade fair for print and crossmedia solutions, is already set for success: Worldwide industry and its global players are giving their clear support for the next drupa, and many have booked larger exhibition space than for the previous show. Even now – 17 months before the start of the show on 31st May 2016 – 80 percent of the exhibition space is confirmed as booked. If this trend continues, drupa 2016 will once again, as throughout its 60 year history, be sold out and will cover the entire marketplace relating to print and crossmedia. International global players and market leaders will be at drupa 2016 alongside upcoming and innovative companies from around the world. Werner M. Dornscheidt, Chairman of the Board at Messe Düsseldorf gives his initial assessment, "In the light of the challenging environment, this is a more than outstanding result. No other industry event worldwide – neither the small, regional niche events nor national trade shows – can offer what we can. This result clearly confirms that our strategic realignment with its focus on future-oriented and highlight topics is correct. "

"touch the future": Future technologies and markets in sight
Under the motto of "touch the future" drupa 2016 will focus more heavily on future-oriented technologies such as printed electronics, 3D printing and inkjet printing with its industrial applications. These innovative technologies are driving the market forward and are opening up significant opportunities and growth potential worldwide, primarily in the field of packaging, functional and industrial printing. According to Smithers Pira (UK), sales in the packaging print sector will rise annually by four percentage points to US$ 970 billion by 2018. There are also indications of growth in the industrial and functional printing sector. Since 2008 this market, that includes printing processes for the production of decorative and laminated surfaces, ceramics, vehicle parts, promotional items or electronic products, has risen annually by 13.4 percent and in 2013 achieved a volume of US$ 43.7 billion. Experts from InfoTrends (USA/UK) currently value the market at US$ 100 billion. "We recognised the growth potential of these markets very early on and successfully set in motion the special "PEPSO" (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) exhibition at drupa 2012, for example", explains Werner M. Dornscheidt. "At drupa 2016 we will cover this topic with additional events in the specialised programme and in the form of special shows, known as "touch points"."

The market for 3D printing is developing even more dynamically. The global market volume is currently estimated at around US$ 2.2 billion. The Association of German Machine and System Engineers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) that recently founded the company Additive Manufacturing, is anticipating an annual growth rates of 25 percent. "We have therefore developed the "3D fab+print" brand specifically for this market segment,” says Werner M. Dornscheidt. “At drupa and other relevant Düsseldorf trade fairs, we are joining forces with other exhibitors in 3D printing technology and bringing greater focus to the entire topic of 3D".

The response from the industry to this strategic realignment at drupa is clearly positive, as confirmed by the level of registrations. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of the drupa exhibitor advisory board and Executive President of Koenig & Bauer AG, welcomes the "new" drupa. "In the online age there has been much discussion in our sector about the usefulness of trade shows. However, the internet simply cannot replace direct contact with people and ideas in the global print and media marketplace, or indeed direct experience of the latest technologies and solutions for this enormously varied market. At drupa 2016 we are again expecting lively interaction for both tried & trusted and the very latest ideas in all areas of print and crossmedia. The slogan "touch the future" clearly highlights the focus on innovation and new concepts. New topics such as functional printing, printed electronics or 3D printing will be reflecting the capacity for change and the need for innovative printed matter in our industry far beyond the confines of the trade show halls. KBA will certainly be there once again!"

The relevance of drupa for the entire sector is also underlined by Kodak: Chief Marketing Officer Steven Overman says, "Kodak looks forward to being at drupa 2016. drupa's new focus on future technologies suits Kodak perfectly. It's the ultimate venue to show our integrated print solutions to customers and partners – publishers, printers, advertisers, manufacturers, consumer electronics suppliers and other tech companies". You'll see Kodak's process free plates that reduce environmental impact, systems that make smart packaging more eye-catching, the world's fastest and highest quality inkjet presses, and micro 3D printing processes to mass produce touch sensors."

The relevance of new markets and target groups was recognised early on by drupa 2016 exhibitor Mimaki and as a result the company is giving the show its full backing: "drupa 2016 will be the number one show to spot trends in print & crossmedia solutions, so that is where Mimaki will be", emphasises Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing, Mimaki Europe. "Our expanded portfolio consists of a myriad of printing solutions for any print service provider. Be it large volumes, personalised printing on particular substrates or peculiar objects, Mimaki can deliver the right solution to get the job done. This diversity in our customer base challenges us to select the right show for the right audience. But drupa delivers a heterogeneous attendee crowd and offers exhibitors and visitors alike the chance to get inspired to touch and print the future - we have to be there."
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is also giving its full backing to drupa. "drupa 2016 will be an interesting milestone for us to present our integrated offset and digital technologies with the corresponding services and consumables - in a new dimension. In line with present market requirements we will be demonstrating innovative solutions alongside our partners in Düsseldorf", says Harald Weimer, Executive Board Member at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and member of the drupa committee.

Crossmedia and multichannel: Printing in the time of the internet, big data, web-to-print & variable data printing
The internet and digital communication overall has changed print in a fundamental way. This is emphasized by the current "drupa Global Insights" report entitled, "The effects of the internet on printing – the digital flood". Interaction is the name of the game. Big data, web-to-print, variable data printing and internet-supported tools such as augmented reality and QR codes characterise and impact the entire cosmos of printed products and the complete workflow. Here drupa is pulling out all the stops with its highlighted topic of multichannel printing. Hewlett-Packard, an active member of the drupa committee since 2013 and a top ten exhibitor at drupa, confirms the new direction: "Communication between people is evolving just as quickly as technology,” reflects Francois Martin, Worldwide Marketing Director at HP Graphics Solutions Business. “The new crossmedia strategy at drupa with the integration of digital and analogue printing as well as print and online will show that the printed product continues to play a key role in communications. Change in an industry requires courage and firm decisions. The realignment does exactly that and I hope that everyone realises that a new journey is beginning. The new drupa stands for effective and sustainable communication in a social, mobile and cloud-based world."

EFI, a company that has also very recently become an active member of the drupa committee and top ten exhibitor at drupa 2016, also believes that drupa is taking the right path: "In a world where the "future" quickly becomes "now," drupa 2016's realigned aim to "touch the future" perfectly describes what visitors would like to see,” says Guy Gecht, CEO EFI. “In a fast-changing world working in an often challenging industry, customers deserve to have the opportunity to explore and compare future investment options. No other event allows for that better than drupa. The show truly reflects the direction of our industry for the four years following each show. The best way for EFI to honor drupa's 60+ year legacy is to make the 2016 event a world-class showcase of future technology and innovation that allows printing companies to take the lead in an ever-evolving, opportunity-filled industry."

Another company offering definite support for this strategic realignment is another top ten exhibitor at drupa 2016 – Konica Minolta. General Manager, Toshitaka Uemura, CP Business Division/Sales Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc explains: "With drupa's strategic realignment and particular focus on print & crossmedia solutions, package printing and highlighting the industry's innovative strength, Konica Minolta is the perfect match for drupa 2016: We are constantly delivering new business opportunities by virtue of our deep understanding of the production printing market and our customers' needs combined with our high-end technology. It is the right time for innovative approaches and optimized workflows for a successful future for the commercial printing and graphic arts industry and we are well positioned to prepare our customers’ businesses for the new digital era."

Also giving their backing to the digitisation of the sector and the repositioning of drupa is Landa Nanographic Printing: "drupa plays an important role in the printing industry's evolution into a 21st century communications medium. Our choice of drupa 2012 as the launch platform for Landa Nanographic Printing was the start of an incredible journey, both for us and for the industry. We expect that drupa 2016, at which we will almost double our stand space to some 2,600 square meters, will be another historic milestone on the road to the digitization of the printing industry", states Ila Bialystok, VP of Marketing, Landa Digital Printing.

After analysing all the registrations, the 19 trade fair halls will be structured according to the individual industry areas and topics starting at the end of 2014. The specialised programme – such as the drupa innovation park, the drupa cube or the "touch points" theme parks – will be designed accordingly. The exhibitor admission process will begin in September 2015. An initial exhibitor list will also published online in September 2015.