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Commercial and newspaper printing house ICP-Roto industrie graphique in Réunion, an island and region of France in the Indian Ocean, recently started up its new Cortina from Koenig & Bauer. 
Japan Card Products in Soka, Japan, recently installed a Jetstream XY bi directional finishing system from Rollem International.
A recently purchased EFI VUTEk 5r LED roll-to-roll printer from Electronics For Imaging is driving new business opportunities at Italian digital printing company New Decor System. The system – the company’s fourth 5-metre inkjet device – will be used to expand the printing company’s range of large format prints as it works to grow local and national demand.
A new Rapida 106 has been in operation at PMS Offsetdruck in Wendelstein near Nürnberg, Germany, since the beginning of March. The five-colour coater press is the company’s first machine from Koenig & Bauer. Apart from the usual criteria such as production speed, job changeovers and quality, Koenig & Bauer explains PMS based its purchase decision on the ability of the new press to die-cut complicated forms inline. This requires fast conversion of the coater between die-cutting and coating setups.
Yonart Corp. invested in Taopix photo commerce technology to expand into the personalized photo market. The Seoul business, founded in 1982, is made up of two main divisions; Yon Art Printing, that provides both offset and digital print, and Yon Face that was established five years ago to offer a range of marketing services. The company has a portfolio of clients that includes Samsung, Hyundai and some of the country’s leading banking institutions.
The recent addition of an Onset X2 UV flatbed inkjet printer with full automation has expanded Primary Color’s production capability.
Smurfit Kappa says it has installed a new industrial-scale HP PageWide C500 digital press for corrugated printing to provide greater customization and flexibility for its customers.
Austrian prepress company Glatz Klischee GmbH installed Esko’s new XPS Crystal 5080 system, which delivers main and back exposure in one step for plate manufacturing. Glatz Klischee is a prepress service provider in the city of Bregenz, Austria. It prides itself on its high-quality production of flexography plates by regularly reaching up to 100-line screen.

Established in 1931, Glatz started out in the stamping and engraving field. Sign making and plate making were added later. The third-generation family business has five locations. Since 1999, Glatz Klischee has been an independent company in the Glatz Group. At the Bregenz site, there are 40 employees, specializing in flexible packaging and corrugated cardboard work for clients in Austria, South Germany and Switzerland.

Before its recent investment in the new XPS Crystal 5080 system, Glatz Klischee explains that UV plate exposure was a weak link in its process and that traditional light tube exposure units had reached their quality limits.

Glatz Klischee investigated Esko’s LED exposure as early as 2010. Since then the trade shop has gained experience with several generations of inline UV exposure and worked with prototypes of the XPS Crystal 5080. “In our opinion, UV main and back exposure in one unit represents a milestone in flexographic plate making. It improves plate exposure quality and ensures extremely consistent flexographic plates,” said Manfred Schrattenthaler, Managing Director of Glatz Klischee.

Glatz Klischee has been working with the new XPS Crystal 5080 from Esko since the start of 2017. “Thanks to this technology, we now are able to supply our clients with standard screens [54 and 60-line], up to the absolute premium range with 250 lpi. We can deliver the best possible plate quality with the highest level of consistency and repeatability that we have not experienced to date,” said Schrattenthaler.

Holger Stier, Technical Manager at Glatz Klischee, described the importance of back exposure in producing flexo plates: “We are realizing that, in terms of quality, especially with very fine 250-lpi screens, back exposure is more important [than] previously assumed. Even small print points and delicate screen structures are better placed than before, and the reliefs are extremely consistent.”
One of California’s largest privately held printing companies, with more than 250 employees, Dome, by the end of its 2017 fourth quarter, aimed to complete the consolidation of its five facilities. The company was moving all of its assets into a newly renovated 320,000-square-foot facility in Sacramento’s McClellan Park.

In conjunction with the new facility, Dome began a new partnership with Koenig & Bauer to install two sheetfed presses, including a 41-inch, 10-colour Rapida 106 UV perfector and an 81-inch Rapida 205 large-format offset press.

The company explains its new Koenig & Bauer presses will add creative options for the display designers who are employed by Dome’s retail clients. This includes offering an enlarged litho format of 81 inches and the greater reproduction versatility afforded by a 10-colour press. Dome provides retail in-store media, direct mail and general commercial print, and operates ArrowClick E-Commerce and Custom Fulfillment services.

“With these purchases, Dome is taking a bold step into the world of super-large format and super-speed sheetfed offset printing,” said Misha Pavlov, Dome’s President. “The [Koenig & Bauer] Rapida 205’s XXL sheet size with 5-colour UV printing, on substrates up to 48 points at 9,000 sheets per hour, is the perfect addition to our business.

“This is a game-changer for Northern California, Oregon, Northern Nevada and Washington,” continued Pavlov, “enabling Dome to serve customers and prospects in these markets better than anyone, as this is the only 81-inch press in the area.”

The large-format Rapida 106 is a 10-colour, double coater, full-interdeck UV press. Dome explains the press will bring increased quality, efficiency and greater productivity while offering high-end applications previously not offered in-house. The presses are scheduled to to be up and running by the end of 2017.
Epic Creative Print of the UK has retrofitted UV LED lamps to its 6-colour Mitsubishi press, leveraging Flint Group’s XCURA EVO technology. “Installing UV LED broadens our opportunity to sell creativity,” said Mark Downey, Managing Partner of Epic Creative Print, based in the prehistoric market town of Dorchester in South West England.

In 2013, Epic launched its unique HiLite service to produce special effects and textures, run through its Mitsubishi Diamond 1000 press, and more recent investments, Indigo and a Scodix enhancement press.

“Our customers began asking for larger print runs of some of our most highly creative designs which we were producing on our Scodix and Indigo, but longer print runs doesn’t mean reduced unit cost in this case, so we began investigating the possibilities UV LED might offer,” said Mark Downey. “We use all kinds of substrates, from light uncoated stock, 100 percent recycled boards and specialist substrates, through to silvers like Mirri Pak, our own in-house foil papers and laminated substrates. We thought we may be able to transfer some of the longer run length work to litho with UV LED.”

Flint Group’s technology partner AMS Spectral UV now part of Baldwin Technology Co. were responsible for installing the UV LED lamp, chiller and control unit. They installed it with the option to move the LED array from the end of the press, after the coater unit, to a position after unit two, giving the flexibility to double hit with fluorescent or opaque white for example. The 6 colour with coater Mitsubishi took two days to convert to UV LED once all the rollers had been changed to UV compatible.
Austrian prepress company Glatz Klischee GmbH installed Esko’s new XPS Crystal 5080 system, which delivers main and back exposure in one step in plate manufacturing. Glatz Klischee is a prepress service provider in the city of Bregenz. It prides itself on its high-quality production of flexography plates by regularly reaching up to 100-line screen. In investing in the new XPS Crystal 5080 system, Glatz Klischee explains that UV plate exposure was a weak link in its process and that traditional light tube exposure units have reached their quality limits.

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