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Morgana Pro Tour Hits Southampton!

In Finishing on August 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Morgana Systems, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced details of the latest post-Drupa road show event, which will take place at Hockley Golf Club between Winchester and Southampton on the 2nd and 3rd of October.

Morgana are taking the latest versions of their Pro range of creasers and folders shown at Drupa 2012 on a series of road show events over the next few months. Visitors will be able to see and try out a wide range of Morgana products including the DigiFold Pro creasing and folding machine and the DocuMaster Pro booklet making system. There will also be a range of multifunction finishing devices including the recently launched AeroCut Quatro device – a compact finishing solution that can cut, crease and slit in one pass.

Commenting on the events, UK Sales Manager Ray Hillhouse said: “Although we have a fully equipped showroom in Milton Keynes, customers are under a lot of time pressure these days. Regional events like this give us a great opportunity to take the product to the customer, and let print businesses try them out with their own work, at a location close to them. Over 30 companies came to our recent Bristol event where we had a great couple of days.”

“We will also be showing our entry level DigiBook 150 PUR binding machine – a machine that we recently launched at Drupa. We’ve had a high level of interest in PUR binding since the launch of our DigiBook range”.

At the end of both days the golf club pro has been booked at the club driving range to give some pointers to those visitors who would like to improve their handicap!

See www.morgana.co.uk/protour to register for the event.

Venue details for 2nd and 3rd October: Hockley Gold Club, Twyford, Winchester, SO21 1PL

About Morgana Systems Limited

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000 Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. UK-manufactured Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders, such as the DocuFold and Morgana Major, which offer new levels of automation and ease of use.

Morgana provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units up to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Latest products from Morgana also incorporate JDF readiness and the ability to handle variable data input.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 85% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

For further information on Morgana see http://www.morgana.co.uk

ENDS

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Benson Box Short-listed for Top Manufacturing Award

In Packaging on August 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, is delighted to announce that its Benson Box, Bardon, Leciestershire, operation has been has been nominated by Cranfield School of Management for the 2012 Best Factory Awards, which celebrate manufacturing excellence in the UK.

The nomination focuses on Benson Box’s implementation of Lean Sigma, a structured programme incorporating both Lean Manufacturing techniques and Six Sigma, in order to provide a range of operational improvements. The programme is managed at Bardon by David Midgley, Operations Manager at the plant.

The Best Factory Awards, now in their 21st year, are run by Cranfield School of Management with the magazine Works Management and sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, IOSH, Schaeffler, Zurich, EAL and Epicor.  The eventual award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London on September 28th, 2012.

Dr Marek Szwejczewski, Director of the Best Factory Awards commented: “All of the finalists are beacons of excellence, driven by the desire to improve and excel and are growing despite the flat British economy. Our awards aim to recognise their achievements and highlight systems and processes that others can learn from.  The best factories in Britain are focused on delivering value to their customers, ensuring their employees are engaged and well trained, while also continually investing in their production facilities.”

Commenting on the success of Benson Box in making the awards short-list, David Midgley, Operations Manager at the Bardon site, said: “It is a huge honour for Benson Box to be recognised by such a world-leading organization as Cranfield School of Management. A team from the college visited our Bardon site to gain a deeper understanding of our interpretation of Lean Sigma, and to see the business in action.

“We see Lean Sigma as an essential collection of tools that help us to consistently improve on the many and varied production tasks undertaken here – tasks that result in our Bardon team producing 20,000,000 cartons every week. I am personally delighted that Cranfield were sufficiently impressed to short-list us for an award.”

As an example of the “real-world” effects of the programme, in the first year of Lean Sigma Benson Box enjoyed double-digit growth in print production at the Bardon site.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and pharmaceutical industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and pharmaceutical packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.

ENDS

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Printing Industry News Digest No.110, August 25, 2012

In Printing Industry News on August 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 110, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.

Kodak takes the late-comers top spot this week following yesterday’s revelations regarding the bits of the business it wants to offload in the great sell off. Following the less than successful patents sale, the company now wants rid of film and its “personalised imaging” and “document imaging” businesses – which are not the print-focused bits, even though it sounds very much like it! It seems to comprise in-store photo printing kiosks and those annoying picture-taking systems at theme parks that snap you eyes-tight-shut and open-mouthed as you round the last corner of the ride of death. Read the links; more will surely follow.

Elsewhere the web printing part of the Alderson Brothers Print Group appears to have fallen on hard times, or is banking with the wrong bankers, depending on which version of the story you wish to believe. We hope it’s the bankers fault; we like Pete and Ron.

In the world of publishing the HarperCollins Chief Exec has been using the description “multimedia content providers” to describe the business. Needs further investigation!

Further to last week’s rumours, iPad Mini appears to have gotten itself a release date, if you believe everything you read. Our concerns about the probable size of this “mini” (5.3 inches width [or 134.7 mm] = too big for my inside jacket pocket) still remain. Just to confirm this: iPad Mini would appear to measure up as a 7.8 inch tab. This is a corner-to-corner measurement of the visible screen. The actual width of the product (which dictates what size of pocket it will fit in!) is expected to be 5.3 inches (134.73 mm). Nexus 7 width is 4.65 inches (118 mm), and does fit in the standard inside pocket of a suit jacket. I think that’s quite important. Do you?

Also further to our extensive Tablet Talk last week, we have noted a general trimming of Android tablet prices in all areas of the market. A visit to the local HMV store was followed by a stroll through the pages of Amazon. These views confirmed our thoughts that the arrival of the Google Nexus 7 has set new pricing levels for Android product right across the board. Seven, eight, nine and ten-inch Android tablets are now being heavily discounted to bring them into the same price arena as the Nexus, many dropping below the £200 mark, and closer to £150, in order to remain competitive.

Samsung might generally still be expecting higher returns, but then they have big bills to pay right now too! If you are going the wrong side of £300 for a ten-inch tablet you need very good reason not to be going the whole hog and buying an iPad, in our opinion.

These are virtually all Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich / ICS) based too, which really is the final nail in the coffin for earlier versions: retailers might as well give them away! You, being an avid reader of PIND and other tech info, would not be seen dead with one for sure, unless there was an obvious and immediate upgrade path.

For those of you that have also invested your pocket money in Google Nexus 7, here are a couple of web based forums that you might like to stick your name on. Generally quite good info, and answers to the questions that you didn’t know you had.

Keep your finger on the pulse: grab an RSS feed of PIND (copy this link into your feed reader); click here for the GenesisNews #Print Daily to get the latest daily stories; or click here for regular Tech & Comms updates in blog or RSS form. You can also connect to a free subscription of the Print Daily for an update on print, publishing, packaging and associated technology delivered straight to your in-box every day! For details on Genesis Marketing – publishers of PIND – click here.

PIND110   

Missed Issue 109, including Heidelberg IPEX exit? Then simply click here!

Issue 108: Kodak Patents

Issue 107: Olympic Print

Issue 106: Mountain Lion Launch

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