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  • The World Printers Forum Board consists of twelve members, half of them representing publishing and printing companies, the other half representing materials and equipment suppliers. New Board members have been elected in December 2016. The first meeting of the new Board was on 21 February 2017 at dmg in London on invitation of Rick Stunt, Group Paper Director, dmg-media, London, UK.
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World Printers Forum

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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  • 2015-05-19 13:21
    Viby J, Denmark, 19.05.2015 - Based on a growing demand from media companies currently ‘navigating without a compass’, a new group of industry experts has formed the Business Intelligence and Consulting company, visiolab. Read more ...
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    2015-05-19 09:14
    On 19 May 2015, Kasturi Balaji from the Indian publisher of “The Hindu” in Chennai (former Madras) and Chairman of the World Printers Forum, talked about the aim of the organisation. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-15 10:26
    Tokyo, May 14, 2015 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, Ltd. (MHI-PPM), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Mihara in Hiroshima Prefecture, has received an order for two Mitsubishi 4x1 "Diamondspirit" newspaper offset presses from The Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd., a newspaper company based in the city of Fukuoka in southwestern Japan. The two presses on order will replace presses originally delivered by MHI in 1995. The new offset presses are scheduled to go into operation in spring 2016. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-13 13:04
    12.05.2015 - The interplay between a printing press and its users is one of the most critical elements to successful and highly effective print operations. The computer hardware and software components need to be comprised of current technology, use an intuitive interface, and create a dependable production environment in order for the print equipment to reach its highest level of utilization. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-12 11:35
    12.05.2015 - Da Druckdienstleister mehrheitlich kleine bis mittlere Unternehmen sind, gibt es zweifelsohne Risiken, wenn in der Due Diligence- und Integrationsphase von M&A-Aktivitäten nicht die richtigen Schritte unternommen werden. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-12 09:33
    Würzburg, 12.05.2015 - In the words of president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) financial figures for the first quarter of 2015 still paint “a differentiated picture”. Bucking the industry trend, the press manufacturer’s group order intake of €306.7m was 27% up on the previous year and order backlog was around €130m higher than at the beginning of the quarter. In contrast, there is still some catching up to do in terms of sales and earnings. At €177.3m group sales were down 16.9% on the prior-year figure. Given the low sales volume this quarter due to the delivery structure and capacity underutilisation at KBA’s German web press sites which have now been rescaled, group earnings before taxes (EBT) of –€17.7m were also lower than the prior-year figure of –€12.1m. Nevertheless, the company’s management has affirmed its forecast for 2015. Bolza-Schünemann: “KBA will generate far more than 50% of group sales in the second-half of the year with corresponding positive effects on earnings. In light of the solid number of new projects I am confident that we will be able to achieve our group sales target for 2015 of over €1bn with a better EBT than in 2014 and an EBT margin of up to 2% of sales in spite of a weaker Q1 and Q2 this year.” Read more ...
  • 2015-05-11 13:00
    Oosterhout, 11 May 2015 – In 2015 Harmsworth Quays Printing Ltd. shifted its focus to improvements in print quality and the reduction of waste. In an interview, Group Technical Director Martin Hunt tells us how indispensible Q.I. Press Controls’ IDS-3D is in meeting these targets. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-07 13:04
    May 6th, 2015 – With the press towers clearing the overhead by no more than an inch, the first Magnum Compact press system in the United States has been installed snugly and initial tests on its six 2 x 1 units completed. The press is currently undergoing commissioning tests and shadow production before moving into full production this month. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-07 11:49
    Bayreuth, 06.05.2015 -"Es war einfach notwendig, unsere Arbeitsprozesse umzustellen. Denn Print ist ein Auslaufmodell", sagt Joachim Braun. Der Chefredakteur des Nordbayerischen Kuriers in Bayreuth begründet so einen Wandlungsprozess, der jüngst in die wegweisende Entscheidung mündete, fortan aus dem Online-Angebot die Printzeitung zu bestücken. Gefällt wurde diese Entscheidung von einem fünfköpfigen redaktionellen Führungskreis. Dieser machte sich im Dezember auf zu einem Termin bei der "Welt", die den Bayreuthern als Inspiration diente. Read more ...
  • 2015-05-04 11:11
    Oosterhout, 30 April 2015 – It seems that the collaboration between Q.I. Press Controls and EAE is paying dividends. In the space of just over a year following the acquisition of EAE - a period in which the two organisations have continued to develop groundbreaking automation products - the print industry has become increasingly aware that the two companies are operating as a single entity. Joint orders are starting to pour in and Denmark too, is making acquaintance with the QIPC – EAE combination. Having been won over by the commitment shown by both organisations, the Trykkeriet Nordvestsjaelland printing plant has singled out QIPC – EAE for the upgrade of its presses. Read more ...

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    The International Color Quality Club is the only worldwide printing quality competition for newspapers and magazines. Its goal is to improve the quality of reproduction and printing in production, while also increasing competitiveness as well as training and motivating all personnel.
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    The Materials Management Database project was launched as a spinoff of the Newsprint and Newsink Guide. Today it is used by printers, pressroom foremen and technical management as an information source for facts and advice for dealing with the materials used in producing newspapers. Among other informaton you find the specification of the WAN-IFRA Bar Code for paper reels in this online database. Most of the entries in the database originate from the members of the Material Management Committee; some come from outside sources (as marked), after review and approval by the committee. This database is continually being updated and expanded. New entries will be marked with a label in red type.

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  • Using a longitudinal analysis of readership data of 51 US newspapers, the findings of this study, say that assumptions that “print will one day die” and “digital will rule” were woefully off the mark.

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