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Phase one complete of showroom overhaul
at Clevedon headquarters.

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Roland DG has announced that visitors to its new Creative Centre can see first-hand the enormous versatility of Roland’s digital printing, engraving and 3D milling technology in a vast showcase of moneymaking applications. Everything from the centre’s ceiling tiles to the windows has been printed using the companies wide format technology, while the shelves are adorned with examples of high value applications produced with its engraving, printing and milling technologies, from personalised gifts to 3D prototypes, dental crowns and bridges.

Just a glimpse of the Roland Creative Centre and the Roland colour chart ceilingJust a glimpse of the Roland Creative Centre and the Roland colour chart ceilingThe completed overhaul has been designed to show all commercial printers and sign and display businesses where their next big idea might come from. On display in the Creative Centre are high-value applications such as personalised wallpapers, metallic signs, printed roller blinds, personalised sportswear, vehicle wraps, packaging prototypes and precisely engraved trophies, tags and gifts. The diverse range of markets represented includes jewellery, packaging, labelling, textile printing, promotional gift, engraving, dental, funeral and 3D modelling.

One of the features guaranteed to turn heads is the ceiling where every single panel is a different colour taken from the Roland Color System Library.

Joe Wigzell, Roland’s Creative Centre and Roland Academy Manager, said: “The Creative Centre is an inspirational place for the innovative and interesting – as well as the more classic applications our equipment is capable of producing. Visitors may already have a Roland and be seeking their next best-seller, or they may be investigating adding another string to their bow with easy-to-use engraving technology. Whatever they’re looking for, nowhere else in the UK is the massive versatility of digital technology better represented in a single place than the Roland Creative Centre.

“The focus is on applications rather than the technology with the aim that when customers see it, they believe it and - hopefully – are inspired to achieve it. There is a lot of crossover between Roland technologies. It makes sense for sign and display printers, for example, to explore ways to diversify by investing in an engraver – it’s still personalisation and customers looking for corporate branded shirts could also require an engraved award, a sign for the door, or an engraved pen for a thank you gift. Roland believes in the power of sharing ideas. I’m always happy to show people around the Roland Creative Centre and they’re welcome to bring along files for testing or indeed to showcase their own finished masterpieces.”

Roland’s Creative Centre is an on-going project that will be added to as customers share their latest ideas and creations on the Roland Forum (www.rolandforum.co.uk) or through competitions such as the Roland Creative Awards which took place earlier this year. The Roland Creative Awards received over 1,000 entries from around the world from Roland customers sharing their best pieces of work and many UK entries are now featured in the Roland Creative Centre.

If you’d like your work featured in the Creative Centre, with your name and company details proudly displayed alongside, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy4654 + '\'>'+addy_text4654+'<\/a>'; //--> with details and a picture.

Roland DG (UK) Ltd Tel: 0044 (0) 845 230 90 60

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New series of digital printers ahead of sales projections

sales and marketing director Sylvia Muhrsales and marketing director Sylvia MuhrSwiss digital printer manufacturer Polytype has reported that its new Virtu quantum series of digital printers launched at drupa has already meet its annual sales target in the first half of 2012. The company said that three Virtu quantum 35 engines and two Virtu quantum 25 machines have been sold, with two being installed in Switzerland, and a further three going to Germany.

Polytype SA (formerly WP Digital) is a manufacturer of resilient, reliable printing technologies for the production of many different decorative, display and industrial applications.

It added that it’s the unique combination of speed, flexibility, stability and output quality that won the Virtu quantum series plaudits on the show floor at drupa 2012 where it was unveiled to a global audience for the first time. The 2.5m Virtu quantum 25 demonstrated on the stand has ten-picolitre print-heads, which allow for high-definition printing onto a wide variety of common and unusual substrates.


New customer magazine out now

After launching the first edition at drupa EFI has announced the release of the second edition of its EFI Select, the company’s new customer magazine.

The new issue is available at http://w3.efi.com/resources/newsletters

Marc Verbiest, International Public Relations Manager at EFI (Electronics for Imaging) said:

“Let me tell you a little bit about it with the hope that you might find the content of interest.

EFI Select covers VUTEk®, EFI Wide-Format and Jetrion®, including controllers, as well as workflow solutions such as Fiery®, and MIS/ERP software products. Its purpose is to inform readers about the newest tools available from EFI, to provide technical assistance and to offer insights from other EFI users.”

Verbiest added:

“This second issue includes information on cloud technology, how to cut processing time by 50 per cent, how to target growth markets, and secrets to printing on speciality materials, as well as other insights and news from EFI.

I hope you find it useful. I'd love your feedback.”

Contact details:

Marc Verbiest

International Public Relations Manager

EFI (Electronics for Imaging)

Tel: +32-2-749-9423

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Industry experts to deliver educational sessions at Print United


Print United, the inaugural Dscoop EMEA conference, has lined up industry experts Nick Devine and Mike Ferrari to deliver educational sessions. Print United will be held on the 7th - 9th of November 2012 at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain. All educational sessions will be presented in English with live translations in Spanish, Italian, French and German. Founded in 2005, Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) is an independent global community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo and Scitex equipment and related solutions.


Mike_Ferrari,-founder_of_Ferrari_Innovation_Solutions,_will_deliver_the_session_“How_to_Talk-to_Brands”Mike_Ferrari,-founder_of_Ferrari_Innovation_Solutions,_will_deliver_the_session_“How_to_Talk-to_Brands”Devine is founder and publisher of The Print Coach, a company helping printers in 15 countries grow sales, increase profits and improve their marketing. He will present a Deep-Dive Seminar, a 1.5 hour in-depth session on "High-Margin Selling: How to Find, Win, Keep and Grow the Most Profitable Customer in Your Market."

Ferrari is a packaging industry veteran who worked for 32-years at Procter & Gamble. He founded Ferrari Innovation Solutions, where he coaches leaders and develops strategic innovation portfolios to guide business growth through packaging. He will deliver the session "How to Talk to Brands."

"The foundation of Print United is based on the successful conferences held in North America for the past seven years, but it covers topics specific to HP Graphic Arts customers in EMEA," said Jon Tolley, conference chairman and managing director at U.K.-based Prime Group. "Delegates will be able to get the most out of their conference experience by choosing whether they would like to hear sessions delivered in English, Spanish, Italian, French or German."

In addition to the educational programming, Print United has expanded to include tours of Dscoop member shops and the HP EMEA Graphic Arts Customer Centre on the 7th of November.

"We are proud to support the community of HP Indigo customers coming together to network and grow their businesses through Dscoop," said Manel Martinez, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, EMEA, HP. "As the No. 1 digital printing association in the world, with more than 7,000 active members, Dscoop is known for its high level of education and support to help HP Graphic Arts customers grow their businesses."

All HP Indigo customers are invited to join Dscoop and register for Print United. The conference is only open to Dscoop members.

Company membership including one conference ticket costs € 895 (exclusive of VAT). Additional conference tickets cost € 295 (exclusive of VAT).

Registration for Print United is open. Visit www.dscoop.org/printunited for updates.

Solutions providers interested in becoming a Dscoop EMEA Partner should contact Peter van Teeseling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy72913 + '\'>'+addy_text72913+'<\/a>'; //--> .

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Company makes investment to help start up special service creating advertising campaigns


Father son, Manuel Carrascosa Parra and Manuel Carrascosa Saavedra with the new HP Indigo WS6600 Digital PressFather son, Manuel Carrascosa Parra and Manuel Carrascosa Saavedra with the new HP Indigo WS6600 Digital PressSpanish-based Gráficas Carrascosa has announced the installation of an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press. The investment was made to support its rapidly growing business and launch a special advertising campaign digital print service.

The company which was established in 1975 primarily prints brochures and labels for its customers. These include manufacturers of wine and spirits, agricultural organisations, and more recently, cosmetics companies. Carrascosa says its business is growing year on year, and prides itself on re-investing the company’s profit back into the business every year. This enables it to purchase new equipment which allows it to keep up-to-date and offer new services to clients and potential new customers. The HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press, its latest investment, is part of this ongoing strategy and is designed to not only enable Carrascosa to offer new applications but enhance existing products as well.

"The HP Indigo WS6600 opens new possibilities to us and will allow us to imagine even more elaborate products and designs," said Manuel Carrascosa, CEO, Gráficas Carrascosa. "We will focus on using the HP Indigo WS6600 for these new projects. Through utilising the great features of the press, including the special inks and substrate flexibility, we can continue to create great advertising materials and ensure we differentiate ourselves from competitors."

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http://www.graficascarrascosa.com/

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Company forced to curtail production, close mills and lay off workers.


HELSINKI based paper maker Stora Enso Oyj has revealed that its net profit was down nearly 50 per cent to €69.5 million in the second quarter primarily as a result of lower selling prices for paper and pulp.


The Groups net profit in the same quarter last year came in at €136.0 million. The company said the drop profit would have been even higher except for a one-time accounting gain of €56 million.

Stora Enso also reported that revenue had fallen slightly in the period, from €2.82 billion a year ago to €2.72 billion this quarter.

As a result, shares in the Finnish-Swedish company fell 7 percent to €4.82 on the announcement of the results in Helsinki.

CEO Jouko Karvinen is quoted a saying that the company's weaker than expected result was partly due to Europe's debt crisis, which was beginning to show "material impact" on key markets.

"We must and will continue to adjust our manufacturing capacity to the market demand," he said.

As a result the company has already started cutting production at its mills in an effort to reduce inventories of paper, board and sawnwood products.

In line with many other forest products companies, Stora Enso has struggled with overcapacity in the European market due to falling prices and low customer demand. Like other companies faced with this situation it has been forced to curtail production, close mills and lay off workers.

The company forecast that operating profit for the third quarter would be roughly the same as the second quarter with revenue also at the same level.

Stora Enso is one of the world's largest forest product companies making magazine paper, newsprint, fine paper, pulp and packaging boards. It employs some 30,000 worldwide.

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Independent Swiss research laboratory vote of confidence in specialist film


Orimia, a leading Swiss label manufacturer, has chosen a highly chemically resistant polyester film from UK-based Lintec Graphics Films for use in a specialist project at an independent, market-leading Swiss research laboratory.


The company which produces a wide range of customised labels for companies operating in the food, pharma and construction industries has used Lintec Graphic Films products for a number of applications in the past. This collaboration and Lintec’s extensive portfolio of labelling products brought the two companies together to provide a solution for Orimia’s client.

Hans Keller, Managing Director at Orimia explained: “Due to the nature of the work carried out by the research laboratory, the required label stock for identifying medical bottles had to offer superior chemical resistance as the labels would be exposed to a variety of harsh chemicals including Acetone”, he said.  “Following discussions with Lintec’s Swiss supplier, Alpha Papier, they suggested a trial of Lintec’s’ Durafol label product which has been specifically designed for this type of application.”

The laboratory organised a trial period to test the performance of label stocks from different manufacturers to ensure the final product would meet the required adhesion strength.

“The Durafol product won the laboratory’s vote of confidence as it excelled under extreme conditions due to its superb high performance coating with outstanding resistance to chemicals, humidity, elevated temperatures and UV,” continued Keller. “We’ve now been asked to supply 100,000 labels to the laboratory which will be printed with their thermal transfer printer in-house.”

Andy Voss, Managing Director at Lintec Graphic Films added: “Durafol is thermal transfer printable polyester which enables the production of on-demand high performance variably printed labels. The extremely tough product is ideal for use in scientific research and medical facilities as it can resist repeated harsh chemical exposure without compromising adhesion, topcoating or print.”

Durafol polyester is available in matt white, matt silver and matt clear.

http://www.orimia.ch/

http://www.lintecgraphicfilms.com/

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Italian specialist in large format digital print to extend its product offering


The Italian print company DB Ingegneria dell'Immagine SRL has decided to move into the commercial digital print sector with the installation of an HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press.


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The company which was founded in 1971 as a screen printing business moved to large-format digital print services in the 1990s. Today, DB Ingegneria dell'Immagine, which has four plants in Rome and Milan, has extensively updated its production facilities in order to increase productivity, improve environmental quality and diversify its product portfolio.

Marco Biancavilla, technical director at DB Ingegneria dell'Immagine explained:

"The HP Indigo 7500 will help us to avoid outsourcing work to third parties and will allow us to create a useful synergy for attracting new clients looking for both large and small format production," he said. "Our current client base includes large companies in several sectors such as large scale retailing, advertising, manufacturing, energy and telecoms. We are hoping to bring new work to large format via our offering in the small format market and vice versa. The product range will be similar to the traditional offset market: catalogues, books, brochures, cards, leaflets with the option of relying on support from our screen printing colleagues for product enhancement if required."

DB Ingegneria dell'Immagine has chosen a four colour configuration for the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, with the added bonus that it can upgrade for spot colour and white in the future if there is sufficient customer demand.

"As a company we are very focused on differentiation and this has also influenced our expansion," continued Biancavilla. "Our large format clients expect complete, full-service consultancy support from us, initially coming up with solutions and a range of product offerings, then delivery and installation throughout Italy, all within very short lead times."

Part of the company's new strategy was to set itself apart from the competition and also to respond more quickly and efficiently to the increasing demands of its clients. As a consequence it decided to introduce a new, independent department fully dedicated to ’small format‘ printing and finishing. The company hopes the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press will guarantee the same level of quality, contained production costs and high production capacity that distinguishes the company's large format production.

"Small format is very different to large format in terms of production, products and materials used (paper rather than plastics)," Biancavilla said. "So we had to carry out thorough research before entering this new market in order to understand how to organise the business. With HP, we have chosen a supplier that can help us ensure we maintain the same high standards for which we are already recognised in the large format sector.. The HP Indigo 7500 was the perfect press for our needs.'"

http://www.dbweb.it

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The German publishing company, GGP Media has invested in an HP T410 Inkjet Web Press to meet the increasing demand for short run books.



L - R Mark Malekpour of HP, Uwe Schulz GGP Media, Christof Ludwig GGP Media and Wolfgang Kochan of HPL - R Mark Malekpour of HP, Uwe Schulz GGP Media, Christof Ludwig GGP Media and Wolfgang Kochan of HP

The installation of the press is scheduled for this month at the company's facility in Oppurg, near its main Pössneck operation and marks GGP Media’s first step into high-volume digital printing. It will complement the existing 14 conventional web presses and five sheet-fed presses that currently print some 225 million hard-cover and paperback books each year.

Uwe Schulz, production/technology manager, GGP Media said:

"Our main reasons for moving to digital production now include the growing demands for short-run jobs as well as all the advantages that the new press brings to our company, such as increasing flexibility and cost-efficiency. The book printing industry has undergone some changes in the last years, and we can see a trend to digitally printed products. Nowadays, end users are more impulsive in their decisions about which book to buy, and high-number production runs are decreasing.”

GGP Media said that already a large number of its orders are runs under 3000 copies which are simply not economical for the business. The new investment is designed to address this difficulty and will allow the company to satisfy special customer needs. An added bonus is that the need to store stock will be greatly reduced.

Schulz added:

"We decided to invest in the HP Web Press because we are sure that our company will benefit from the press's short set-up times and the fast coordination between jobs. It will make us more flexible which in turn means that we will be able to offer our clients a much better service."

Part of the Bertelsmann Group, GGP Media employs 1000 people and has more than 100 years of production experience. The HP T410, which has a production speed up to 244 m/min (800ft/min) and up to 1060.45 mm (41.75in) print width, will be used for the production of paperback and hardcover books with run lengths up to 3000 copies.

Schulz noted that it was extremely important for GGP Media to maintain its high performance in quality and delivery time and to ensure that existing substrates can be used on the HP T410 as well as on other machines. The press can print on a wide range of media, enabling it to match the specifications of longer run books produced on conventional presses. HP recently announced the availability of coated papers from ColorPRO Technology for its inkjet presses, further expanding opportunities for publication printers.

"We aim to invest in other HP technology in the near future, as we are planning to replace some of our existing web presses and sheet-fed presses to focus more on the digital side of the business," Schultz concluded.

http://www.ggp-media.de

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