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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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  • 2017-05-23 15:00
    Würzburg, 23.05.2017 – In addition to a presentation by president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann outlining the company’s favourable performance in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 (see press releases of 22 March 2017 and 9 May 2017), details of the growth strategy being pur-sued by the broadly positioned printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) played a key role at the company’s 92nd annual general meeting, which was presided over by supervisory board chairman Dr Martin Hoyos. Further items on the agenda of the annual general meeting held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg included resolu-tions on the discharge of duties with regard to the members of the management and super-visory board, the election of a new member to the supervisory board and the creation of new authorised capital. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-22 13:48
    Regensburg, 19.05.2017 – „Das Thema Print 4.0 trifft den Nerv der Zeit und OneVision scheint sich optimal darauf vorzubereiten. Die Automatisierung wird immer wichtiger bei minimaler bis gar keiner Fehlerentstehung im Bearbeiten der Daten durch Operator bzw. User“, fasst Markus Künne der Westermann Druck GmbH die Open House Veranstaltung, die am 16. Und 17 Mai im Hauptsitz der OneVision Software AG stattfand, zusammen. Der Einladung ins Headquarter des international agierenden Softwareherstellers sind 50 Repräsentanten aus 32 Druckereien, Magazinverlagen, Buchdruckereien und Zeitungsverlagen der gesamten D-A-CH Region gefolgt. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-22 10:36
    Graz and St. Veit/Glan, 17.05.2017 – Styria continues to write – and print – its success story: through till the end of 2018, the internationally active media house is investing a total of 30 million euros in print: in two new printing machines in Graz, a complete renovation of the printing machine in St. Veit and in three new mailroom systems at the two sites, in order to be in a position to steer the cross-mediality of all of its brands and partners successfully into the future. The print portfolio will also be extended, with even more special advertising formats and further features which, going forward, will underline Styria’s reputation as a bold, innovative media business and offer its customers and readers even more: high tech, in print too. The corresponding contracts have now been signed by the two “Styria Print Group” managing directors, Christian Wilms and Alexander Marko, along with representatives of the business partner and supplier, Alexander Wassermann and Markus Bader (Manroland), as well as Jürg Möckli and Enrico Caruso (Ferag). Read more ...
  • 2017-05-18 14:40
    May 18, 2017 – The order from Druck Styria in Graz, Austria, is an investment based on many years of partnership and comprises the delivery of a new Colorman e:line news paper printing press, a retrofit of an existing Colorman, as well as a comprehensive service contract running until 2027. This is, once again, an underlining of manroland web systems’ position as market leader, which was confirmed in 2016 with a market share around the 50% mark. Customers value the clear commitment shown by manroland web systems and their shareholder L. Possehl, to the printing press market. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-17 11:43
    Sassenberg / Münster, 12. Mai 2017 – Die technotrans AG beteiligt ihre Aktionäre auch in diesem Jahr an dem anhaltenden Unternehmenswachstum. Auf der ordentlichen Hauptversammlung am Freitag stimmte die deutliche Mehrheit des anwesenden Kapitals einer Erhöhung der Gewinnbeteiligung um 15 Prozent auf 0,55 Euro je dividendenberechtigter Aktie zu. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-17 10:40
    (UPM, Helsinki, 17 May 2017 at 09:00 EET) – UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) announce a global strategic partnership to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. UPM and FSC signed the partnership agreement on the 16th of May 2017 during the FSC international members meeting in Karkkila, Finland. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-15 14:22
    15th May 2017 – Enabling print operators to control all aspects on single or double width presses, Harland Simon’s new flagship desk combines high end functionality with a robust yet stylish design. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-11 13:45
    Hamburg, 27. April 2017 – Der Hamburger Luftbefeuchtungsspezialist Draabe hat einen neuen Namen: Das Unternehmen, das auf die Direkt-Raumluftbefeuchtung für Industrie- und Büroanwendungen spezialisiert ist, heißt nun Condair Systems. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-10 12:03
    Würzburg, 09.05.2017 – The Supervisory Board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Mr Ralf Sammeck and Mr Christoph Müller to the Executive Board with effect from 1 June 2017. As of today, Ralf Sammeck leads the Sheetfed division, and Christoph Müller the Digital & Web division. Both group management members will represent their segments in the Executive Board. Aiming at expanding new equipment sales, Ralf Sammeck has additionally taken over the coordination of global equipment sales. In order to push global service, Christoph Müller has also taken responsibility for coordinating services initiatives. The planned increase in the revenue share generated by Services to 30% by 2021 is set to achieve greater profit stability. The appointment of Ralf Sammeck and Christoph Müller to the Executive Board aims to support the implementation of the medium-term Group targets announced on 20 February 2017. By 2021, the target is to reach an annual organic growth rate of around 4% and an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% across the Group. Of the targeted €70 million increase in earnings, approximately €20 million in either case is to be generated through service growth and the optimisation of the security printing business. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-10 11:44
    Würzburg, 09.05.2017 – The Koenig & Bauer group commenced on a high note in 2017, the year in which it celebrates its 200th anniversary, with a 20.7% increase in order intake to €321.5m. At €259.1m, group revenue remained at the previous year’s level, while order backlog widened by 6.4% to €619.9m. EBIT came to €5m, substantially exceeding the previous year’s figure of €2.1m. The group net profit of €4.7m (2016: €1.6m) is equivalent to earnings per share of €0.30 (2016: €0.11). Read more ...

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