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Printing Industry News Digest No.102, June 30, 2012

In Printing Industry News on June 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 102, 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.

We have to start this week with British banks. Not as focused as our normal subject matter I know, but no business, and virtually no individual can function without a bank account. How have we allowed British banks, therefore, to become so apparently morally corrupt and incompetent? Even the leader of the Labour party has criticised them! This has been one crazy week. I say one: for two weeks now one major organisation has not been able to sort out an upgrade to its computer systems! Barclays, we are now told, appears to have been making up its own inter-bank interest rates, and yet another mis-selling issue has now come to the fore as well, regarding complex packages for small businesses that have led to excessive interest rate charges. Surely this is all wrong. What about trust and honesty? Much of the above would surely be described as fraud if you or I did it! Something has to be done and quickly!

I am glad not to be banking with Barclays I have to say, and no, I don’t fancy taking on their PR business either! This year alone we have seen the bank paying a £500 million chunk of tax that it had tried to avoid; an increase in the PPI mis-selling bill to £1.3 billion; this week’s £290 million fine for fixing Libor rates; and all of the flack re Mr Diamond’s reported £17 million annual salary. If the Barclays boss does end up leaving – and that, at time of writing, is only an “if” – he is unlikely to be signing on at the job centre me thinks. He will surely be able to struggle through with his multi-million pound fortune! Are you a Barclay banker like Bob?

Meanwhile, back on planet earth, Forbes is posing the question regarding the death of print: not yet is says. There: one bit of good news for the week! One item brushed on by Forbes is the ability of QR codes to link print in with the internet. Mobile Marketing Watch tells us more about making QR codes work for you.

Printed books are certainly still alive and kicking according the Daily Telegraph. It advises that the “Mommy Porn” book Fifty Shades of Grey has become one of the fastest selling adult paperbacks as it moved swiftly past one million printed copies. In the same breath, it has also whacked up a million sales on Kindle too, illustrating that such publications are not chained to one specific format!

Whilst bankers have been fiddling, Google has been busy with a host of announcements at its own I/O event. Headline act: the 7-inch Google Nexus tablet, which will hit the stores very swiftly. UK launch of two products during the next month! It sounds like a good competitor for the Kindle Fire, which of course we still can’t get on this side of the pond. Basics: 8Gb mid-July £159; 16Gb July 27, £199.

In response, Amazon is strongly rumoured to be launching a 10-inch quad-core tablet, with a late-July release date. PR puff? Could be. Watch this space, or even better, watch Tech&Comms for a daily update on this sort of stuff!

Other Google talk: offline editing for Docs and Drive Apps for iOS and Chrome OS; Chrome browser for iOS; Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Mr Murdoch is splitting the New Corp empire into two businesses: entertainment and media in one pot, and print and publishing in a second. Looks like a smart move, say some, in order to keep the modern, future focused business away from the old print and publishing stuff. “This could not be further from the truth,” says Murdoch. He says that the paywalls for his newspapers are working, and that they are going to be pushed even harder.

Manage a digital print business and have the golf bug? Good news, especially if you are in the Bristol area of the UK! Morgana is launching its Pro Series roadshows with an event in this neck of the woods. Morgana Pro finishing products coupled with a bit of tuition from the golf pro at the Bristol Golf Club, July 24 and 25. Sounding good! Sign up now.

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PrintWorks North Grows with Ryobi 525GE

In Offset Presses on June 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

News originally posted here on GenesisNews in February of this year, when the machine was installed, has this week become the subject of a Me & My feature in PrintWeek magazine. The team at PrintWorks North Ltd and their Ryobi 525GE press purchase are presented in the printed magazine this week, and also have the story in focus on the web site.

February, 2012: PrintWorks North Ltd, Wetherby, has announced details of its latest expansion with the installation of a Ryobi 525GE five-unit offset litho press. The purchase was made from the UK’s exclusive distributor for Ryobi presses, Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, and comes just some 26-months since the installation of the company’s first four-colour press.

Commenting on the new spend, Paul Johnson, Managing Director of PrintWorks North, said: “After investing in our first four-colour press – a Ryobi 524GE in 2009 – we have seen a year-on-year shift in the type of work being demanded by our customers. Full-colour print accounted for around 20% of all work in 2009. In 2011 that figure stands at over 60%. We are constantly developing new customer relationships and the introduction of our new website will pave the way for even more full-colour work in 2012.”

Ben Johnson, Sales & Marketing Director at the company, added: “Over the course of the last two years we have witnessed an increased demand from clients for super-fast turnaround print that does not compromise on quality. Our inability to seal inline meant that we often had to pass print jobs through the press up to four times – four process colours plus a sealing run for each side of the sheet. This was putting pressure on turnaround times and limiting the productivity of the business. With tight margins and a volatile price/speed orientated market, we needed to act.”

Having formed a close relationship with Apex Digital Graphics over a number of years the father and son team of Paul and Ben Johnson looked to them for assistance and the Ryobi 525GE was the obvious solution. “We had been extremely happy with the versatility of the 524. It coped extremely well everything we threw at it, especially the constant changes between spot and CMYK. However, the move to the Ryobi 525GE also provided us with a number of new features that would further shorten make readies and increase the speed at which our printers could operate without compromising quality,” confirmed Ben Johnson.

The press was installed at the end of December and by the end of the first week in January 2012 PrintWorks North were up and running and seeing the expected benefits straight away. The first job was nice and simple: 1,000 A4 leaflets. “We were turning the job almost immediately and within half an hour of printing the leaflets they were dry and ready for cutting and folding,” said Paul Johnson.

“As always Apex have been fantastic during the whole installation. Minor teething problems are inevitable during installations, but these are always dealt with immediately by the Apex engineers. Their friendly professional approach ensured that the press was installed quickly and with minimal downtime, and their aftercare service in our experience has been second to none. If all goes well with our new website we will definitely be utilizing the services of Apex Digital Graphics again in the near future!”

Ryobi 525GE

The Ryobi 525GE B3-format offset press, released in the UK in November 2009, is a compact yet highly automated five-colour press that offers a 40% saving on space taken when compared to other leading five unit B3 configurations. It also claims the lowest power consumption in its class.

The 525GE is equipped with low pile delivery – another space saving feature. The press can also be fitted with a swing-away numbering unit (NP option) – the first time that this option has been made available for a five-colour Ryobi press. The NP unit can also be retrofitted. As standard the machine is fitted with Ryobi’s PCS-JX printing control system, incorporating an LCD touch-screen display and on-board PC.

Combining function and style in an attractive new design the Ryobi 520GE Series includes many features for reducing make-ready times. These include semi-automatic plate changing as standard, as well as automated cleaning for ink rollers and blankets, and Ink Volume Setter software for the efficient, networked transfer of ink profile information from the pre-press department. The PCS-JX incorporates Ryobi Program Inking to automatically supply ink to the ink rollers to match the image from the very start of printing.

About Apex Digital Graphics

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the Apex web site.


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Victoria Litho Adds UV Drying to DPM Supplied KBA

In Offset Presses on June 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Benford UV from Holmer Green, Bucks, manufacturer of energy efficient, cost effective UV and IR drying systems, has announced that it has retro-fitted an interdeck and end-of-press UV drying solution to a KBA 162A sheet-fed press installed at large format specialist Victoria Litho, Hayes, Middlesex.

The KBA machine was supplied to Victoria Litho by Westerham based press supplier DPM, with the installation beginning in March 2012.

Andy Wilson, Operations Director at Victoria Litho, said: “Bringing the UV capability in-house on the KBA has ensured that delivery and quality are now directly under our control. Prints can move swifly into post-press production, and speedily shipped to the customer. This provides great benefits for our existing customers and will also be key to us securing new business this year.

“The Benford UV purchase provided a cost effective solution, and the installation was smooth with the minimum of disruption to production. Any minor adjustments and teething problems given top priority by their excellent engineering team.”

Benford UV have been operating in the field of UV and IR drying and curing systems since 1988. The company manufacture energy efficient, cost effective, UV and IR drying systems for customers throughout the world. Benford UV also offer service, spare parts, and replacement lamps for all makes of UV and IR dryer systems.

Commenting on behalf of press supplier DPM, Tim Pawley, Sales Manager for the company, added: “This is exactly the type of enhancement that can make a used machine an even more cost-effective purchase. The KBA at Victoria Litho is an excellent 1999 model four-colour machine. Adding to an already high specification with the Benford UV-drying capability creates a press capable of an even wider range of large format print work.”

Well known for producing high quality, large sized map work, the 1200 x 1620mm sheet size of the KBA 162A means that Victoria Litho is able to produce a whole host of other large format work including posters, point-of-sale material, FSDU’s, dump bins, showcards and shelf strips.

About DPM

DPM’s company philosophy is based on quality, integrity and, above all, honesty. As a business DPM doesn’t believe in false economy when buying or selling: it will pay a fair price for equipment, and expect a fair price when selling, no more, no less.

DPM was not established for the short term. The aim of the company is to be recognised as the best and this can only be achieved by conducting successful, honest business over a long period of time.

The company’s experienced sales team have close contact with a great many businesses worldwide meaning that they are often the first to hear of equipment when it becomes available. DPM use a purpose-built computer system developed to search and locate equipment within minutes of receiving a press enquiry. This system is updated hourly with new equipment for sale and currently has over 20,000 items available worldwide.

Best known for buying, selling and installing used sheetfed offset-litho printing presses, DPM is currently expanding the business to encompass the handling of pre-owned digital printing equipment, as well as the distribution of new post-press equipment, with the UK agency for GW guillotines.

With a set of international contacts envied by other used equipment suppliers, and strong relationships with all major printing press suppliers, DPM has built a truly worldwide business that continues to expand.

For further information on the full range of product from DPM visit the web site, or call 01959 56 99 00.

See other KBA presses currently available from DPM: call for latest updates.


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