From meat to feet

News Digest: Week Commencing 3rd May 2021 – a quick run through of all the stories from this week that didn’t merit a post in their own right, which this week is mostly new press installations.

Alon Bar-Shany, former VP and General Manager of HP Indigo, has joined Redefine Meat as Executive Chairman as the company seeks to expand worldwide. The company has a range of Alt-Meat products, from minced-meat foods to whole cuts such as steak. Bar-Shany commented: “Sustainability has always been a big passion of mine, so being part of Redefine Meat allows me to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems by replacing the role of the cow with technology. It has become clear that if we are not accountable for the consequences of our actions today, future generations may not be able to consume meat at all.”

From left, Paul McGuigan and Jonathan Smith, directors at Pyramid Press with their existing Mitsubishi V3000 press.

Pyramid Press, based in Nottingham, UK, has bought a new RMGT 1050 six-colour B1 offset litho press, complete with Smart Assist Printing, RMGT’s automated printing system to replace a Heidelberg CD102, in a roughly £2milion deal. The new press order also includes chamber coater and long delivery as well as RMGT’s Smart FPC simultaneous plate change, which provides for a full on/off plate change in just 75 seconds.

It should be installed in November this year, and will sit alongside the existing Mitsubishi V3000 and Heidelberg XL75 machines. Pyramid prints highly colour-critical work for luxury brands in the motoring sector, as well as fabric and interior design work for prestige clients. The company also prints work for the food sector, including convenience store promotional work, point-of-sale, as well as some packaging. Pyramid also produces regular work for rail industry and educational sectors.

The Spanish converter, Jiménez Godoy, which specialises in the printing of labels, magazines, catalogues, brochures, and flexible packaging, has ordered a second Comexi Offset CI8 to be installed at its facilities in Murcia. Francisco Jiménez, managing director of Jiménez Godoy, explains: “In recent years we have experienced significant growth, partly due to the purchase of our first Comexi Offset CI8. The acquisition of a second offset press will allow us to increase production volume and offer our clients productive security, which will simultaneously attract other companies.”

Cimpress has signed a strategic agreement with HP Indigo to install a fleet of new HP Indigo digital presses over the next two years, primarily the B2-format HP Indigo 100K, more than half of which will be installed later this year. This follows successful testing of automated, high-volume production during the 2020 holiday season at Cimpress’ manufacturing facilities in Europe. Cimpress uses the HP technology to deliver personalized print products such as holiday cards, photo specialty items, gifts, calendars, and marketing materials. Robert Keane, Cimpress’ founder and CEO, commented: “More print customers have migrated during the pandemic from offline to online where Cimpress is the clear leader. We believe most of these customers will stay online post pandemic and we will keep driving efficiencies, continue investing to serve customers better.”

Halstan UK, which is part of an international family run printing group, has opted for a Canon VarioPrint iX3200 to help its plans to grow further. Rupert Smith, CEO of Halstan, explained: “There are constant demands from the market for shorter print runs and quicker turnarounds. This purchase, combined with new investments in our bindery, mean that we will be able to produce the highest quality colour perfect bound, thread-sewn, ota-bound and saddle-wired products in short runs.  This will all be driven by automated workflow solutions, which can be linked through to our client’s own ordering systems. This is not only helping them to de-stock, but also to generate efficiencies through the automation of print purchasing operations”.

Flexi Labels, based in Peterborough in the UK, says that it has expanded its short run label supply business from labels on sheets to now offering labels on a roll following the installation of a HP Indigo 6900 digital press.

Grandville Printing, based in the American midwest, will become the first company in North America to install a Xeikon SX30000, which will be used for applications such as retail shelf strips & tags, newspaper inserts and other traditional commercial printing jobs. The company already operates eight Xeikon presses.

Online Printers has switched to Kodak Sonora Xtra process-free plates together with Kodak’s Magnus Q800 platesetter at its production site in Neustadt an der Aisch. The company has said it is now planning to equip the production facilities of its subsidiaries in the UK, Denmark, Poland and Spain with the new technology. 

Roland Keppler, CEO of Online Printers, explained: “The process-free plates are more eco-friendly which is an important concern for many of our customers. At the same time, the new technology enables us to deliver our products more quickly. The process-free plate technology speeds up plate making by eliminating the traditional plate processing step and the new imaging technology is also faster than standard procedures.”

The chocolate company Mars Inc, which also makes pet food and other products, has implemented Esko’s web-based packaging management solution, WebCenter, to improve the way it manages its artwork across its international supply chain. The main benefits to Mars are less email traffic and phone calls because progress can be monitored through the dashboard in real-time. 

N3 Display Graphics has printed these floor graphics using Drytac Polar Street FX aluminium media.

Finally, N3 Display Graphics, a large format printer based in Bristol in the UK, produced a range of outdoor floor graphics to promote social distancing across the city of Bristol. The Council specified aluminium-backed material with a slip rating to be safe for use in busy areas that could be exposed to wet weather, including high streets and other retail settings. The graphics, a series measuring 2m x 1.1m, were printed on Drytac Polar Street FX aluminium print media using two HP Latex 360 printers and then cut into the curved footprint shape with a Zünd cutter with double-edged tungsten blades. N3 Display Graphics Director Nigel Walker explains: “After a month out on the streets, the graphics are all standing up well and are helping people to return to shopping safely.”

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