BUSINESS

ACM cedes control to News with new print agreements

ACM cedes control to News with new print agreements

With the closure of three more ACM print sites, News Corp will have rival publishers in a vice grip while talking up the concept of "competing on journalism not printing".

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Merry men move in after Kodak wins A$1bn drug production loan

Merry men move in after Kodak wins A$1bn drug production loan

Bloomberg has reported a 2441 per cent surge in Kodak's shares after it won a US$7865 million (A$1093.32 million) government loan to help make ingredients for generic medicines for the COVID-19 fight.

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Now 'most sleep-deprived' news printers look to a long rest

Now 'most sleep-deprived' news printers look to a long rest

Not just an endangered species, but newspaper printers are sleep-deprived into the bargain, according to a US survey.

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PRINT PRODUCTION

Page Packs Metro a first for integrated rego/density

Page Packs Metro a first for integrated rego/density

A Goss Metro with no four-highs is being upgraded with closed-loop registration and colour density in a new US project.

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Greenfield press project powers ahead despite pandemic

Greenfield press project powers ahead despite pandemic

While print sites are shutting in other parts of the world because of COVID-19, a significant press project is pushing ahead in Spokane in the US Northwest.

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Single-width expansion includes closed-loop colour

Single-width expansion includes closed-loop colour

A three-stage press installation at Stuart Web in Florida has transformed the commercial printer's single-width press, virtually without upsetting production.

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DIGITAL NEWSPAPER PRINTING

No longer a choice between speed or quality as cheaper inks hit

No longer a choice between speed or quality as cheaper inks hit

Kodak's new lower-cost Ultrastream inkjet technology has emerged in a new mid-market press for which speeds of 150 metres/minute is claimed.

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New dry toner tech expands concepts for digital web

New dry toner tech expands concepts for digital web

Xeikon says digital web presses using its new Sirius technology will run at up to 30 metres per minute.

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Digital print goes grand-large in Japanese 'first'

Digital print goes grand-large in Japanese 'first'

Technology from HP and Koenig & Bauer comes together in what is being billed as the biggest digital inkjet web press in the world.

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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

New custom plate robot takes over the heavy lifting

New custom plate robot takes over the heavy lifting

Agfa reckons its new plate loading robot could save employees from up to 230 tonnes of heavy lifting a year.

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Agfa develops Sublima for 'striking', faster printing

Agfa develops Sublima for 'striking', faster printing

Agfa has launched a new "spiral-shaped" screening technology for newspapers it says will hold a 1-99 per cent dot.

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Process-free plates perform for insert printer

Process-free plates perform for insert printer

Kodak says US catalogue printer Inserts East is saving time and money with its process-free plates.

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MAILROOM

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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Satisfaction is mutual with Ferag's first Bartaman order

Satisfaction is mutual with Ferag's first Bartaman order

Swiss mailroom vendor Ferag is celebrating the installation of a packaging line at Bartaman in Kolkata, its first order from the young Indian publisher.

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Five-month control project gives Gazzetta a sporting chance

Five-month control project gives Gazzetta a sporting chance

Control electronics and other mailroom components have been updated in a major project at RCS Group in Milan.

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BRIEFS

Community press for Manila book printer

A six-unit Goss Community SSC press has been installed at a book printer in the Philippines.

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Advanced book press installation is back on track

Installation of the first Wisprint WS-D625 has started again following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Heidelberg out of Gallus again after six years

German press maker Heidelberg has agreed to sell its Gallus narrow web operation to Swiss asset manager Benpac.

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