BUSINESS

Ups and downs of contract printing as ACM hands over WA ops

Ups and downs of contract printing as ACM hands over WA ops

Comparisons are odious but inevitable with publication of Ive Group's and Ovato's half-year results.

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Conference day before DRUPA virtually arrives

Conference day before DRUPA virtually arrives

DRUPA organisers say a conference programme is planned before the digital preview platform makes way for virtual.drupa.

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Heideberg sells PMA, while Gallus deal fails

Heideberg sells PMA, while Gallus deal fails

Press and equipment maker Heidelberg is selling its futuristic Print Media Academy, while its sale of finishing systems subsidiary Gallus appears to have fallen through.

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PRINT PRODUCTION

The complex business of ensuring press capacity is where it's wanted

The complex business of ensuring press capacity is where it's wanted

Print facilities may be closing - often to release the value of city real estate - but a number of new projects give hopoe for the future of printed newspapers.

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Belated auction ends chapter of Dispatch's print innovation

Belated auction ends chapter of Dispatch's print innovation

Everything you need to get a newspaper out, from treadmills and snow-ploughs to world-renowned print technology is up for grabs in an auction next month.

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Flexible new press an upgrade for family-owned publisher

Flexible new press an upgrade for family-owned publisher

While an increasing number of print sites are closing, the Post and Courier Charleston, South Carolina, is installing a new press as an alternative to updating its existing double-width line.

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DIGITAL NEWSPAPER PRINTING

Virtual show turns spotlight on rival digital print technologies

Virtual show turns spotlight on rival digital print technologies

Digital print technologies came under the microscope in the twelfth day of the US Printing United Digital Experience event.

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Intertech awards honour the evolving tech around digital print

Intertech awards honour the evolving tech around digital print

Three companies and four digital print technologies are prominent in this year's InterTech technology awards.

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New Screen inkjet takes print back to black

New Screen inkjet takes print back to black

If there's a digital newspaper printing opportunity that doesn't justify colour, a new monochrome Screen inkjet has it covered.

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INSERT & HEATSET

Auction follows Cenveo's COVID strike

Auction follows Cenveo's COVID strike

A 30-year-old manroland Lithoman heatset press is among plant for sale in Richmond, USA following the closure of the Cadmus printing plant there.

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Latest heatset technology holds its own amid innovations

Latest heatset technology holds its own amid innovations

Delivered mid-March, just as COVID-19 was also arriving in the country, a sophisticated new manroland Goss Lithoman is just in production at Mercury Print Productions.

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Ovato NZ invests to win shuttered magazines business

Ovato NZ invests to win shuttered magazines business

It's the ultimate sales pitch: Magazine printer Ovato NZ wants the business its main competitor has just lost with the closure of Bauer Media NZ last month.

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WORKFLOW & CTP

Software upgrade refines Jagran's print editions

Software upgrade refines Jagran's print editions

Hindi-language giant Dainik Jagran has upgraded image enhancement to take advantage of new software developments.

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Layout app update gets qualified Slimp tick of approval

Layout app update gets qualified Slimp tick of approval

A new version of Serif's Affinity Publisher layout application addresses most of the shortcomings of the V1.8 version about which columnist Kevin Slimp wrote enthusiastically in November.

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Nine improves its image at scale with AI project

Nine improves its image at scale with AI project

Australia's Nine newspapers have harnessed AI including Google's Vision engine in the first phase of a project to automate image enhancement and workflow.

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MAILROOM

Print finishing systems maker finishes with its (corporate) print

Print finishing systems maker finishes with its (corporate) print

The first 2020 issue of Müller Martini's Panorama house magazine is to be the last, chief executive Bruno Müller has announced.

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New camera tech, feeders stand out on Prinova

New camera tech, feeders stand out on Prinova

Müller Martini has launched a new 9000-cph saddle-stitcher in which all of the individual feeders have servo drives.

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News UK's 'plastics pledge' leads to tight upgrade schedule

News UK's 'plastics pledge' leads to tight upgrade schedule

A commitment to eliminate single-use plastic in newspaper products has seen News Corp's Newsprinters operation in Knowsley, Liverpool, package the Sun TV Magazine and inserts with the main paper, rather than shipping separately in polywrapped bundles.

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BRIEFS

Tamedia finds a shopfloor partner for giant data project

After developing its own insert management system over a number of years, Swiss media giant Tamedia has switched to MWM's Print 365 to manage production of more than a billion newspapers a year.

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STEC upgrades to build quality

A surge of new orders has prompted upgrades to the seven-tower Goss press at Italian printer STEC.

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Kodak partners for industry-specific business solutions

Kodak partners for industry-specific business solutions

Kodak has partnered with Microsoft to deliver a range of business solutions in North America and western Europe.

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