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By Rob van den Braak | News and longreads for printing, design and communication professionals

Apple on schedule to stop the use of mined minerals and metals

Apple is aspiring to become the first big computer manufacturer to only used recycled source materials in future. To fulfill Steve Jobs´ wishes the …

Sustainability

Laurel Brunner Blog: How to calculate energy use for a digital press

Laurel Brunner writes about a rather unknown problem in her Verdigris blog. Energy calculation for digital presses. She explains that it starts with …

Design

Vistaprint opens printshop in Canada

<i>Vistaprint Studio in Toronto</i><p>Internet printer Vistaprint is opening a real shop in Toronto. The new in-store offerings include the ability to touch …

Canada

Beatus Cartons UK´s first packaging printer with KBA´s Qualitronic PDF system

Beatus Cartons, located in Port, UK, will be the first packaging printer with a KBA Rapida 106 equipped with a QualiTronic PDF system. The system …

Public Relations

Apple ProMotion: stutterfree moving images and image manipulation

Just like the Apple retina screens have set the norm for screen resolution ProMotion will bring the benchmark for moving images to great heights. …

Apple

Sticker King expands his realm

In Veldhoven, The Netherlands, Stickerkoning (Sticker King), aka print producer of anything that sticks, recently invested in new facilities. Founder …

Innovation

Xaar 5501: a new printhead for water-based inks

Manufacturers of production inkjet systems will be able to use the new Xaar 5501 printhead to enable water-based inks for their systems.<br>The new …

Xerox

EP for lowering VAT for e-books

The European Parliament (EP) has agreed last week to allow a reduction in VAT for ebooks to match printed books. This means a reduction from 21% to …

Publishing

34,000 unique covers Festival of Cannes

There was something special about the cover of the programme of the 70th edition of the prestigious film festival in Cannes. All 34,000 offset …

Inkjet Printers

Waste and Guilt

Guilt is a powerful driver for improving environmental impacts and recycling in particular. The paper industry has done a great job in teaching …

Robots will take over millions of jobs, but also create millions of jobs

An unstoppable trend is the use of robots for work that is now being done by humans. According to research, such as by Forrester, this will impact …

Robots

200 years of KBA: the history of our industry

This year KBA will celebrate that fact that Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer started their first print press manufacturing plant in 1817.<p>The …

Manufacturing

Biggest Apple news located under the hood

The new iMac Pro and the Homepod may be stealing the show, but the biggest Apple news is located under the hood.<p>Things that are relatively simple …

Heidelberg takes over DOCUFY and becomes full supplier of digital and printed documentation

Just like Agfa Graphics with its Eversify for magazines and newspapers, Heidelberg sees an opportunity in offering complete solutions for vertical …

Industry 4.0

New Technology to triple resolution screens

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have published research about a new method of tripling the resolution of current TVs, VR headsets or …

Tablets

A cheat sheet for all social media image sizes

If you need to make an image for social media publishing you will find that each platform has its own preferences for image sizes. Thanks to …

Avery Dennison appoints Noel Kasmi senior director sales for Label and Packaging Materials Europe

Avery Dennison announced the appointment of Noel Kasmi as senior director, sales for Label and Packaging Materials Europe. In this role he will be …

Business Planning

Apple WWDC 2017 and my 10,000$ Christmas wishlist

Dear Santa Claus,<br>This year it will be very easy for you to get all my presents (you can pay with Apple Pay in the new Apple store). Below is my …

Apple

Lindlund: finally a ruler for paper and screen

Sometimes you see an invention of which you wonder why it has taken so long. Lindlund Rulers is one of those. A ruler which you can use to measure …

Graphic Design

Two new Eversify Kiosk apps customize user experience for better reader experience

Eversify has responded to customer feedback with the development of two new Kiosk apps enabling publishers to choose how readers receive their …

Publishing

Agfa Graphics Arziro 3.0: dedicated end-to-end security printing ecosystem

Agfa Graphics has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market. Arziro Design 3.0 …

Graphics

platform for print and paper

A new European print portal is now available: metapaper.io. It is an online platform where agencies and designers can find the best printer and the …

Recycling

Paper manufacturer UPM and Forest Stewardship Council join in strategic partnership

To stimulate the use of FSC certified paper and to achieve UPM´s strict sustainability goals both parties have decided to join forces. The parties …

Sustainability

Five year after the installation of a 12 colour offset press Saint-Paul invests in a modern MIS

It looks like a cart before the horse scenario, the decision by print shop Saint-Paul to acquire a modern MIS. The French/Swiss printer, the first in …

France

American packaging printer chooses a seven colour Roland 700 Evolution with coater

The short make-ready times and quality guarantee of the Manroland Inline ColorPilot & System Brunner´s Instrument Flight systems were the most …

West Coast

Heidelberg complements its finishing portfolio with Steinemann Technology portfolio

To boost its portfolio for finishing of digitally and traditionally printed work, Heidelberg has signed a marketing cooperation agreement with …

Manufacturing

Lauren Brunner: Printing Plates Progress

The development of quick to produce and environmentally friendly offset plates is progressing fast. In her Verdigris blog Laurel gives the example of …

Sustainability

3D printing with a normal 2D printer

Is it possible to produce a 3D model with a normal printer? According to researchers of the North Carolina State Unversity it is. How? Simple, …

3D Printing

Emma Watch lets people with Parkinson´s write again

Emma Lawton, graphic arts designer, heard she had Parkinson´s when she was 29. It is unacceptable for a designer to not be able to write even your …