Agfa rethinks offset, plus Bluecrest, 6K and Avery Dennison

Kicking off this week’s round up of shorter news items, Agfa has announced its intention to separate out its Offset Solutions activities into a stand-alone legal entity structure and organization within the Agfa-Gevaert Group. 

Agfa’s Adamas chemistry-free printing plate is compatible with most 830nm thermal platesetters.

This decision has come as Agfa is looking at ways to “improve profitability and to address the significant decline in market demand” with the company looking to simplify its organisation to cut down on its product portfolio. The Agfa-Gevaert Group currently consists of four divisions: Radiology Solutions, HealthCare IT, Digital Print & Chemicals and Offset Solutions. 

Bluecrest has announced a new inkjet production printer, the EvoluJet, which is actually a rebadged Task Alfa 15000c from Kyocera Document Systems, which was first launched back in 2019.

Kevin Marks, vice president of Global Production Print for Bluecrest, commented: “The EvoluJet provides significant value for lower volume or short-run production applications. With the addition of the EvoluJet to our proven line of production print solutions, including the IntelliJet and AcceleJet printing systems, BlueCrest provides our clients with the industry’s most comprehensive range of high quality, high reliability inkjet printing systems.”

6K, which develops advanced materials for various uses such as 3D printing, has appointed Dr. Joe Felter to its advisory board. Felter was formerly a senior Department of Defense official under then Secretary of Defense James Mattis. 6K is hoping that he will help the company work with the US Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. Felter commented: “The recent pandemic has shown the need to strengthen control of supply chains and create domestic sourcing. 6K can do this across numerous important areas including batteries for energy independence and critical alloys for aircraft and weapons platforms. I am extremely enthusiastic to join 6K’s advisory board and help the company to advance its efforts both in Washington and with strategic suppliers.”

Avery Dennison has unveiled a new range of uncoated direct thermal paper labels, called rDT, which it claims are the first to contain recycled post-consumer waste. It’s free of BPA and certified by the FSC and said to have similar performance to standard DT paper, in terms of visual appearance, conversion, printability, and barcode readability.

Vincenzo Palumbo, product manager for direct thermal Paper at Avery Dennison, says there’s been a sharp rise in demand for this type of sustainable solution, adding: “That such a widely used material didn’t have a recycled option available showed a big gap in the market, and we’re excited to introduce rDT to meet the clear demand for sustainable labels as well as push the labelling industry towards more regenerative practices.”

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