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The World Printers Forum (WPF) is an organisation of newspaper printers and suppliers within WAN-IFRA. Its objective is to encourage innovation and productivity as well as product development that can be instrumental for publishers to exploit future oriented news media products. It promotes the power of print and the sustainability of print production.

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  • 2017-04-10 13:45
    Siegburg, Deutschland, 07. April 2017 – Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, einer der weltweit führenden Lieferanten von Druckfarben für Verpackungsanwendungen, geht einen Schritt weiter bei seiner globalen Verpflichtung für Produktsicherheit. Die Einführung des neuen Ink Safety Portals und des Trans-parency Labels stehen für die Verpflichtung zur kompromisslosen, proaktiven Transparenz und zur ge-meinsamen Verantwortung entlang der Wertschöpfungskette sowie für die Herstellung und Vermarktung sicherer Druckfarben. Beide Initiativen, das Ink Safety Portal und das Transparency Label, sind auf einer Linie mit Siegwerks oberstem Ziel – der Unterstützung seiner Kunden, damit diese sichere und konforme Produkte drucken können. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-10 12:55
    Oosterhout, 7 April 2017 – A large order to refit and automate colour control on a 21-year-old newspaper press on “the other side of the world” is a special one for Q.I. Press Controls for two reasons. For one thing, it’s the classic scenario of the grand old press installed when print was king – and primarily to print a single flagship title – turned in a post-consolidation industry to produce a variety of publications with greater demands and shorter runs. And secondly, there’s a personal cachet for QIPC director Menno Jansen in delivering a much better system than the one in which – as it happens – he was involved before establishing the Netherlands-based company he now leads with Erik van Holten. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-04 14:04
    Wake Forest, N.C., 31.03.2017 – Southern Lithoplate, Inc. (SLP), one of the leading offset lithographic printing plate manufacturers serving printers in the US and worldwide, announced it has recently completed a significant expansion of production capacity at its North Carolina headquarters campus. Read more ...
  • 2017-03-28 12:49
    Nashua, NH USA, March 27th, 2017 – Presstek, LLC, the leading provider of eco-friendly printing solutions, today announces that Community Impact Printing, Texas’ fastest-growing news organization, has successfully installed a Certified Pre-Owned Presstek 75DI digital offset sheetfed press at their state-of-the-art printing and mailing facility in Pflugerville, Texas. The Presstek 75DI is being used to print high quality advertising inserts, direct mail and detached marketing labels for Community Impact’s portfolio of hyper-local newspapers. Read more ...
  • 2017-03-28 12:40
    Durham, N.H. March 27, 2017 – As part of its ongoing strategy to establish industry partnerships that deliver value-added solutions for its customers, Goss International today announced the acquisition of Graphic Automation Controls, Inc. (GAC) in an asset transaction. Read more ...
  • 2017-03-24 13:00
    Oosterhout, 24 March 2017 – Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) and Koenig & Bauer (KBA) can look back on a successful partnership which has meanwhile endured for a whole two decades. QIPC’s cooperation with the world’s oldest and second-largest press manufacturer began back in 1997, just one year after the company was first established. The young start-up was offered the chance to integrate its newly developed register scanning heads into KBA’s web offset presses for trial purposes. Read more ...
  • 2017-03-22 13:42
    Würzburg, 22.03.2017 – Backed by a significant increase in revenue and profit, the Koenig & Bauer group largely achieved or even exceeded the medium-term targets that it had issued at the beginning of 2015 with unprecedently high margins in 2016. “The profitable growth was generated in existing and new packaging markets, from industrial applications in digital web printing and the continued expansion of service business – despite the absence of any macroeconomic support,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “With all segments operating profitably, we were able to achieve a further goal,” added CFO Dr Mathias Dähn. “After a decade of declining revenue and unsatisfactory margins, we want our shareholders to receive a fair portion of this success. Accordingly, the management board and the supervisory board will be asking the shareholders to approve a dividend of €0.50 per share at the annual general meeting on 23 May 2017.” Read more ...
  • 2017-03-21 14:01
    Rochester, New York, March 27, 2017 – Kodak announced today that the Kodak Sonora UV Process Free Plate, the latest addition to the company’s process-free technology portfolio, is now available in many regions of the world. Read more ...
  • 2017-03-20 15:27
    Oosterhout, 17 March 2017 – Mediaprint, Austria’s biggest newspaper printing company, has placed large-scale orders with Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC) and EAE Engineering Automation Electronics. QIPC and EAE will equip several Mediaprint presses with new automation and control systems aimed at maximising production efficiency, quality and reliability while cutting waste and costs. Read more ...
  • 2017-03-16 15:39
    Regensburg, 08.03.2017 – The German software publisher, OneVision Software, will shortly be launching a new release of its prepress workflow software Asura. With the launch of this new version, Asura Family 17.1, OneVision Software will offer its customers the option of expanding their prepress workflows with a trapping module. Two different trapping options have been developed for newspaper publishers as well as offset and digital printers that enable printing without unsightly white spaces. With PDF trapping, the Asura plugin PlugCOMMERCIAL-PRINTin is used to generate an additional layer to the original file, which allows the customer to validate the trapping result as needed and, if required, to make manual adjustments. With In-RIP Trapping, trapping takes place during halftone printing, which is performed using the Asura plugin PlugRASTER-HDin and is thus incorporated into the prepress workflow. Read more ...

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