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PROKOM production printing community

announced by Konica Minolta.

European launch Newly-elected PROKOM chairman Andy Barber (left), of imail, UK Mail, joins Ken Osuga, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, at the official launch of the new user group community European launch Newly-elected PROKOM chairman Andy Barber (left), of imail, UK Mail, joins Ken Osuga, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, at the official launch of the new user group community Konica Minolta has announced that it has founded and launched an independent European user group in February called PROKOM, as part of its ongoing commitment and support to the print industry.

Companies across Europe are being invited to join this production printing community of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS users. The aim of PROKOM will be to help members share, develop and grow efficient digital communication services, as well as become a platform for members to express their "voice of customer".


Formal approval received for use in

Xaar recirculating inkjet printheads.

Ceramic tiles printed with Xennia’s digital inksCeramic tiles printed with Xennia’s digital inksXennia Technology has announced that its XenInx Zircon range of digital ceramic inkjet inks has been awarded formal approval for use in all models of the Xaar 1001 recirculating printheads. The company’s digital inks have been used in ceramic tile production environments in key markets for several years. Xennia said the inks provide ceramic tile manufacturers with the ability to create high colour intensity prints which deliver excellent print quality for both wall and floor tiles.


Logistics & Marketing activities to be

centralized at Mutoh Belgium.

Mutoh BelgiumMutoh BelgiumMutoh has announced what it terms as an organizational realignment across its EMEA business units. The company explained that the purpose was to strengthen its ‘go-to-market model’, optimize efficiency and performance in its logistics structures and to drive profitable growth.


New large format printer series

now available in Europe.

Ricoh Pro L4100 Large Format Printer SeriesRicoh Pro L4100 Large Format Printer SeriesRicoh has confirmed the European availability of its new Ricoh Pro L4100 latex large format printer series. The new roll-to-roll printer, officially available in the Irish market from March 2014, comes in 130cm (53 inch) or 160cm (63 inch) widths and supports up to seven colours in various configurations.  In addition to CMYK, orange, green and white inks are also available. The Ricoh ProTM L4160 and L4130 have been developed to deliver high print productivity and quality as a result of technological innovations which include the Ricoh piezo electric print heads. As befits a company which has a strong commitment to sustainability in business and life, the new series also meets the market need for products that reduce environmental impacts printing through its use of aqueous latex ink and ability to operate with low power consumption.


Company continues to see upward trend

in investment in superwide and

wide format polyester fabrics.

Aurich Textiles’ Impact Prime that Soyang Europe supplies is fast becoming the back-light fabric of choice for many of the UK’s leading print houses.Aurich Textiles’ Impact Prime that Soyang Europe supplies is fast becoming the back-light fabric of choice for many of the UK’s leading print houses.UK based Soyang Europe, a leading supplier of European manufactured fabrics, is seeing a continued upward trend in customers investing in superwide and wide format polyester fabrics for use in soft signage, POS and exhibition installations. The company has reported a substantial year-on-year increase in sales, and one of the most popular products is the German-made Impact Prime backlit material.


RMC Digital opts for the benefits of

green LED curing in latest investment.

EFI VUTEk® GS3250LXEFI VUTEk® GS3250LXUK display specialist RMC Digital has taken delivery of its third printer in three years from EFI™. The company has just installed an EFI VUTEk® GS3250LX 3.2m flatbed and roll-fed machine that incorporates 'cool cure' LED curing. This latest investment follows on from its original decision to invest in a VUTEk printer when the company was first formed in 2010.

Devices aim to help users working on projects with other parties via online portals or cloud computing.

Oce PlotWave 360Oce PlotWave 360Canon has released details about the launch of the Océ PlotWave 340 and Océ PlotWave 360 printers. The devices are aimed at helping technical users working on projects with other parties via online portals, or the cloud, and who require more flexibility from their multifunctional printing system.


Design ensures stable feeding of

elastic materials, eco-conscious short run

production fabric manufacturing.

New Mimaki Tx500-1800B production textile printerNew Mimaki Tx500-1800B production textile printerMimaki has released details of a new addition to its family of digital textile inkjet printers, the Tx500-1800B. The company said it delivers high speed, high quality digital printing on a wide range of textiles, including cotton, silk, hemp and rayon and now joins a stable of machines such as the TS500-1800 and TS34-1800A to round out the Mimaki’s broad textile printing portfolio.


New Smart-binder Plus will provide a

30% increase in productivity.

Smart-binder SB-3 ‘Plus’ systemSmart-binder SB-3 ‘Plus’ systemUK based print finishing solutions company IBIS has provided an innovative solution for R+V; one of Germany’s largest insurance companies, in the form of a Smart-binder SB-3 fitted with the unique and patented Individual Sheet Gluing (ISG) system.

R+V produce more than a million highly-personalised insurance policy booklets at its headquarters in Wiesbaden. The company choose the ISG binding technique because of its ability to produce booklets up to 10mm thick, which lay flat for envelope inserting, and for the additional page security which this gluing process provides.

R+V have been using the original IBIS Smart-binder SB-3, with maintenance and support from IBIS reseller partner Kern GmbH, and have now ordered a new Smart-binder SB-3 ‘Plus’ system via Kern. This will be fed from a new high-speed Kern roll unwinder and web cutter. This new Smart-binder Plus will provide a 30% increase in productivity while continuing to produce high quality personalised digitally printed policy documents containing between four and 180 pages, with a separately fed cover.

Christoph Hees, Head of the Print Centre for R + V, said: “We first took an IBIS in 2005 as part of a major rebranding exercise. This included improving the face of documents and policies to bring more worth and value for our customers. There were a lot of steps to reach this goal and the IBIS (Smart-binder SB-3) has been an important component. It provides integrity and security through individual sheet gluing, which also looks much better than wire stapling. We are now able to produce good looking policies for our customers at high speed and with high value.

“The new IBIS will enable us to increase productivity by 30%, and further improve our ability to personalise insurance policy documents. The IBIS has been working extremely well for the last seven years, so we know we are taking no risk with a further investment in this world-leading technology, which also interfaces effectively with other machinery.”

John Cracknell, Managing Director of IBIS, added: “We specialise in providing highly customised solutions, including integrating modules from different suppliers, which give tangible returns on investments for companies across the globe.  Our Smart-binder system creates flat policy documents that can be easily ‘inserted’ by using our unique ISG cold gluing system. The number of pages in the booklets is constantly varied without pausing the binding process. The Smart-binder at R + V produces policies containing from four A4 sheets right up to 180 pages (approx 9 – 10mm thick).  No other system in the world can do this.

“IBIS has built its reputation on providing unique solutions for a diverse range of companies including larger insurance companies such as R+V.  We are delighted to receive R+V’s endorsement of the Smart-binder’s success in the form of the new SB-3 ‘Plus’ machine order.”

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