MGI Digital Graphic Technology of Paris, France, reached an agreement to have Agfa Graphics distribute its technologies throughout the United States.

This is the second major printing player to shine its attention on the growth of MGI products in the United States, following Konica Minolta’s January 2014 purchase of a 10 percent minority interest, valued at €13.7 million ($20.4 million), in the French company. The strategic alliance between the two companies is to focus on “accelerating the innovation and commercialization of next generation digital printing solutions.”

MGI’s North American operation is based in Melbourne, Florida.

In Canada, KBR Graphics continues its 5-year-long distribution agreement with MGI. In November 2009, KBR Graphics, inked an exclusive distribution deal with MGI which accounts for all of Canada except British Columbia. Operating in the Canadian printing industry since 1977, KBR Graphics also carries lines from companies like Standard Horizon, Hamada, Busch, Challenge, Perfecta USA, and Graphic Whizard.

At Graph Expo 2014, MGI showcased its new Meteor DP8700 XL+. The fifth generation of Meteor Series features an increased format size of up to 47 inches long. It has the ability to print substrate thicknesses ranging up to 16 point board and 450 Microns on plastic substrates. The Meteor DP1000 XL was previewed for the first time ever at the MGI’s Graph Expo 2014 booth. This new press, which will be available sometime in 2015, can print 100 A4 pages per minute in thicknesses of up to 16-point board.

MGI, at Graph Expo, also announced the first In-line finishing unit for use on the Meteor Series of digital presses. The DF Pro is an inline finishing unit capable of cutting and trimming, full and strike perforation (allowing for knockouts), as well as up and down creasing. All functions can be performed in-line in one pass on formats up to 1,200 mm (47 inches) long.

MGI also launched its JETvarnish 3D Evolution T Option which allows for either the doubling (T2) or the tripling (T3) of production speeds, giving the JETvarnish 3D the ability to digitally emboss up to 300 microns in one pass on formats up to 52 x 105cm (20 x 40 inches). It provides production for of up to 2,400 B2-size sheets per hour with embossed 3D effects and 3,000 B2s per hour with traditional flat effects.

Kocher + Beck USA L.P. signed an agreement with Lüscher Technologies AG of Germany to sell the Multi DX UV CTP systems within Canada and the United States.

Lüscher is focused on developing devices for the electronic imaging of offset and flexographic plates, in addition to textile and screen-printing technologies. The Germany company has more than 2,400 systems installations in 60 different countries.

Kocher + Beck, focused in the field of rotary-die cutting technology, introduced its Tec Screen silk screen material in 2009, followed by a range of equipment and consumables for processing screen plates.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to partner with Lüscher,” stated David Morris, President of Kocher + Beck USA, “As such we are able to offer the USA and Canadian markets a complete screen solution, and bring a much needed alternative to all screen consumers within the industry.”

Kocher + Beck USA, based in Lenexa, Kansas, plans to concentrate its efforts on the Lüscher MultiDX UV CTP 220 and 240 systems, using UV laser diodes for fast imaging. These CTP systems are developed for label printing and applications in industrial printing.

Canadian Printing Equipment, headquartered in Winnipeg, becomes a distributor for Israel-based Highcon’s Euclid cutting and creasing equipment.

Highcon named five new Euclid distributors, including A to Z Graphic Solutions in Israel, Castiel Group in Mexico, Matset in Turkey, MGraf in Italy and Monotech in India and Canadian Printing Equipment (CPE) in Canada.

Highcon reports clients have pushed the parameters of its unique Euclid system to work with N-flute and 10-point substrates, as well as metallic coated board. The company also points to Euclid’s growth with self-adhesive labels and sticker applications.

Highcon’s Light Editor software tool for the Euclid allows operators make last-minute edits of crease and cut lines, as well as apply partial cutting depth control, angled cut control, and individual box personalization.

Founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, Highcon launched the Euclid at drupa 2012. The system is installed at customer sites in Israel, UK, Belgium, Africa and the United States.

Printer’s Parts & Equipment begins to distribute OKI Data’s C9 Series of printing systems, including the 4-colour C911 and C931 devices, and the 5-colour C941.

The C941 is described by the company as the first system in its class to include an LED-based engine platform featuring a 5-plus colour imaging station with CMYK, white or clear capabilities, which, of course, allows users to apply white text and graphics to dark media.

All three models, running at up to 50 pages per minute, handle 360 gsm stocks, including card stock, 14-point polyester, magnetic media, and transparency films, among others.

The C931dn and or C941dn devices are available with an optional EFI Fiery XF Server.

Printers Parts & Equipment plans to highlight the OKI C9 Series for on-demand envelope printing and heavy stocks like banners and magnets.

Tilia Labs of Ottawa, Ontario, entered into a reseller relationship with Workflowz to distribute its flagship packaging and label imposition software, Phoenix, in the UK, Oceania, and South Africa regions.

“It is not always easy to find partners who understand the packaging/label imposition space, but we were immediately impressed by Workflowz understanding of the market as well as Phoenix’s capabilities and potential,” stated Sagen de Jonge, CEO at Tilia Labs, which was founded in 2012 to develop software for the packaging sector.

“We have felt since the beginning that the prepress packaging sector yearns for innovation and, with our similar mindsets,” continued de Jonge, “we feel Workflowz will be a great partner to work together with to provide highly automated, efficient solutions.”

Workflowz is a pre-media software distribution and integration business, providing professional services, training and support in addition to the technology. “The ability to work with CAD files is paramount within this sector,” stated Alan Dixon, CEO at Workflowz. “[Phoenix] is positioned well from a commercial and technical standpoint and is intuitive and quick to use.”

Newtec of Kettleby, Ontario, becomes a Canadian distributor of the IC3D Suite visualization software for the packaging production industry.

Developed by UK-based Creative Edge Software, IC3D is designed to provide a 3D simulation for a range packaging applications from cartons and flexible work to bottles or store visualization. The software can also work with unique materials like refracting glass, metallic effects, holographics, or lenticular effects.

IC3D Suite uses patented Auto Mesh Mapping software that allows labels and artwork to be placed onto complex packaging models without the need for UVW mapping of texture coordinates.

IC3D Suite comes with a direct link into Adobe Illustrator allowing 2D Illustrator artwork to be directly mapped onto 3D models as base artwork or as labels. Users can output high-resolution images of the work, PDF proofs for mark-up or share designs with colleagues and customers using the IC3D Movie exporter, which creates portable compressed movie files.

Finished models can also be 3D printed on commercial 3D printers using its STL file export capability for rapid prototyping. IC3D Suite can import models from major 3D applications with common file interchange standards like Collada, Modo, 3DS Max, Wavefront, Lightwave, and Milkshape 3D. It also includes a library of common packaging models and templates, which can be modified and added to a project via drag-and-drop.

PDS Pressdown is now distributing a new version of the DigiXpress system, which is traditionally regarded as a device for printing envelopes.

The new system, called DigiXpress Hybrid, moves beyond four colour printing with an additional ink channel for applying either white or clear toner, while producing a maximum 1,200 x 1,200-dpi resolution.

DigiXpress Hybrid also has the ability to print on substrates of up to 360 gsm (16 point) and to apply transfer applications like T-shirts. PDS plans to sell three versions of the DigiXpress including Lite, Bold or Hybrid, which collectively allow for printing on envelopes, business cards, heavy magnets, labels, stationary, banners and T-shirts.

Kodak expands its printing plate distribution partnerships with the addition of #1 Network Inc., which is a group of close to 20 member companies. The #1 Network is owned by its dealer members, which sell a range of equipment, supplies and services in the Canadian and United States graphic communications industries.
The #1 Network membership includes: Advantage Litho Supply; A P Graph; Dales & Graphic Systems; Digital Paper Source; Ernest Green & Son; G. E. Richards Graphic Supplies; Great Western Ink/IS&E; Image Control Systems Northwest; Image Depot; JB Enterprises; Mac Papers; Mueller Graphic Supply; The Murphy Company; The Oldham Group; SAS Graphic Supply; Sooner Graphic Supply; The Tripp Company; and Walker Supply Co.

Defined as a Silver Reseller of Kodak technologies, the #1 Network will provide a portfolio of Kodak’s digital plates, including Sonora XP and Sonora News process-free plates, as well as Sword Excel thermal plates. “Adding the line of Kodak digital plates to our product portfolio enables us to tap excellent technologies for offset, packaging, and newspaper printing,” stated Mike O’Neal, President, #1 Network.

Huge Paper of Aurora, Ontario, reached a partnership deal to distribute papers produced by Chicago-based GPA. Huge Paper specializes in the distribution of what are commonly referred to as digital papers in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario.

“For many years, our customers in the Greater Toronto Area have asked us to broaden access to resources in their local market,” stated Mike McConville, GPA’s Vice President for the Eastern Region of the U.S. McConville, who also oversees paper supply in Canadian regions, continues to state this new partnership with Huge Paper will open up more opportunities for printers to use GPA’s Ultra Digital line of substrates.

Huge Paper is to carry a range of GPA’s Ultra Digital substrates, including: Coated & uncoated papers, specialty fine papers, C1S and C2S boards, pre-converted substrates, pressure-sensitive papers and synthetic substrates.
GPA supplies specialty substrates for dry and liquid toner printing, as well as offset production. GPA is an HP Indigo Preferred Partner and a Diamond Partner of Dscoop.

manroland Web Systems of Augsburg, Germany, signed a deal to become a worldwide reseller of Kodak’s Prosper inkjet heads, which is predominantly aimed at the newspaper sector.

The agreement focuses on integrating Kodak’s Prosper S20 and S30 imprinting systems into manroland’s web press lines, enabling variable-data production for newspaper publishers.

“We appreciate the technology and engineering experience that manroland web systems brings to this partnership,” stated Eric Owen, VP of WW Sales & Business Development for Kodak’s Digital Printing & Enterprise Business. “They understand how to mount print heads, control speed and micro-movements and make appropriate adjustments, resulting in a head that is positioned at the right location for printing.”

manroland, established more than 170 years ago, remains as one of the leading press suppliers to the newspaper and publishing industries on a global basis. In fact, the integration of manroland web presses and Kodak Prosper S-series is already underway with a couple of printers in the market, including Germany’s Axel Springer running Prosper S30 heads at multiple print sites.

“Personalized advertising, micro-zoning, logistics, codes and gaming customization are just a few applications which are enabled through the use of variable print,” stated Dieter Betzmeier, Executive VP, Technology & Project Execution, manroland web systems. “Our engineering expertise has allowed us to offer sophisticated integration kits to our web press customers.”

Ernest Green & Son has been appointed as a new Canadian distribution partner of swissQprint inkjet printing systems, which have been sold in the United States through wifag//polytype for the past five years.

With its range of large-format inkjet systems falling under the Oryx, Impala and Nyala model brands, swissQprint reports that 22 of its systems have been sold in the United States and Mexico. Two of swissQprint printing systems have been delivered to Canada, including Ernest Green’s demonstration machine in Toronto, an Impala, and one Oryx system that was installed with a customer in Montreal back in January.

swissQprint’s entry-level Oryx system features a 2.5 x 1.5-metre bed and eight colour channels using print-heads with 512 nozzles. The Oryx is rated for a maximum speed of 70 m2 per hour.

The high performance Impala and Nyala machines both feature nine colour channels and 1,024 nozzles per print-head. The 2.5 × 1.6-metre Impala reaches a top speed of 190 m2 per hour and the 3.2 × 1.6-metre Nyala reaches a top speed of 200 m2 per hour.

Founded more than 50 years ago, Ernest Green continues to hold a distribution presence across the country, focusing on a range of printing hardware and software. Over the past five years, Ernest Green, has also focused on building its knowledge and portfolio of large-format inkjet systems.

Prisco, one of North America’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of pressroom chemistry and process control equipment, has been licensed to market and sell large-format HP Scitex inkjet printing systems to the Canadian market. The technologies will be sold through the New Jersey-based company’s PriscoDigital Canada division.

“With our large and well-established following of commercial printing companies, and our reputation for offering superior support with a proven track-record of supplying expertise to our customers in many aspects of their day-to-day operations, we are confident the HP Scitex product range will be a perfect fit,” stated Steve Zunde, President of PriscoDigital. “We now will have one of the most technologically-advanced product portfolios to offer our customers in Canada, backed by superior sales and service support.”

PriscoDigital is to primarily focus on the sale of HP large-format industrial printers, while also offering products from colour management to finishing equipment and consumables. The equipment range will include all flexible and flatbed sysetms in the HP Scitex portfolio.

Komori America Corp. reached an agreement with INX International to become the sole United States dealer of the NW140 inkjet UV narrow web press. As a result, K-North Services, an established Komori deal, is to distribute the NW140 in Canada.

Built in collaboration between Spartanics and INX, the NW140 – with a 140-mm wide printing format – is described as a unique press based on its ability to produce UV-LED cured single-pass output up to 80 feet per minute on a range of label stocks. The press is powered by the JetINX print-head drive and ink recirculation system. The sheets are then converted by a Spartanics X140 laser die-cutting station.

“This agreement is the culmination of an extensive review of the NW140 by Komori America Corporation,” stated Angelo Possemato, National Accounts Director for INX International. “This decision is an excellent opportunity for all three companies and we believe Komori’s sales and marketing network capabilities will greatly expand the NW140’s presence in the marketplace.”

Both Komori and Spartanics are located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and about five miles from INX International’s corporate offices in Schaumburg.

The NW140 press was designed by INX International’s division in Huntsville, Alabama. It employs 12 print heads with six ink channels, a water-cooled UV LED curing system, and an air-cooled UV LED pinning system. The LED curing lamps are used for the white layer base and varnish to hold the inkjet drops in position before a full cure is added by another LED lamp. The press supports media on 3-inch cores up to two feet in diameter and will use KomoriKare K-Supply UV ink.

Anderson & Vreeland has been appointed by Belgium-based Xeikon NV as a distributor of ThermoFlexX imagers that are designed for flexography and letterpress platemaking.

ThermoFlexX models are available in a range of sizes designed for tag, label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated packaging. The imaging technology allows users to produce digital plates at resolutions from 2,540 to 5,080 dpi.

According to Anderson & Vreeland, benefits of the ThermoFlexX design include ergonomic plate mounting, a hybrid drum (with vacuum or magnetics); a clamping design to mount plates directly to the drum; and uniquely designed vacuum sliders that offer the flexibility to use plates of any width.

 “A&V’s strong sales and service organization in the United States and Canada, combined with its extensive knowledge of flexographic printing, are important strengths that will help expand our business in North America,” stated Rick Mix, Xeikon’s Channel Manager for ThermoFlexX solutions in North America.

Canadian Printing Equipment (CPE) has been named as a full-line distributor of Presstek printing technologies in Canada, which adds to the company’s existing footprint in the sales and services of CTP, digital and offset products, as well as bindery equipment – both new and used.

“Seamless production without the burden of a CTP device is very appealing for the next generation printer,” stated Wes McCallum, Technical Specialist for Canadian Printing Equipment, in relation to the new distribution deal. “Presstek's waterless DI series is a critical production solution that needs to be seriously considered before acquiring a new toner box or traditional press.”

Under its new agreement with Presstek, CPE, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be able to sell the recently released Presstek 75DI press with an image format of 23 x 29 inches, available with inline aqueous or UV coating. In addition to the 75DI, Presstek also smaller-format DI presses, CTP systems, plates and associated workflow software. Presstek is based in Hudson, New Hampshire.

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