Swift acquires Utah daily

Swift Communications acquired The Park Record in Park City, Utah from Digital First Media for an undisclosed price. The company, based in Carson City, Nevada owns 27 local and regional publications in five states. The company has experience operating newspapers in mountain resort towns, including the Snowmass Sun, The Aspen Times, the Summit Daily News and the Vail Daily all in Colorado as well as the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Sierra Sun in California.

Publisher of The Park Record, Andy Bernhard and the president and CEO of Swift, Bob Brown are long time friends,

“I have known Andy Bernhard for decades,” Brown said. “Our company has a great affinity for the Park City community and tremendous admiration of The Park Record.

Digital First media will continue to host the paper’s website for some six month and the physical edition will still be printed on Media One’s press in Salt Lake City.

“My immediate priority is to provide a smooth transition for both the Park City community and the dedicated staff at The Record and I am looking forward to an exciting future with Swift Communications,” Brown said.

HP Inc. & KBA Develop Web Press for Corrugated Packaging

Digital printing is the fastest growing segment in packaging with a projected annual growth rate of 17 percent in a market expected to be worth $19 billion by 2019.(1) Digital packaging solutions enable cost-effective short-runs and unlock the ability to make every box different.

DS Smith Packaging plans to install the first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S.

“Converters and brands alike need to create more targeted, effective packaging while reducing costs,” said Eric Wiesner, general manager, PageWide Web Press (PWP) division, HP Inc. “HP Inc. and KBA have combined forces to bring the world’s most productive press to market, (2) offering more value to high-end converters with the efficiencies of pre-print and digital in one press.”

DS Smith Packaging is the first customer to install the 2.8-meter width (110-inch) press, which can deliver significantly higher productivity and production flexibility than traditional analog technology.

“We selected the new HP PageWide Web Press T1100S as the next step in our groundbreaking digital PrePrint program,” noted Stefano Rossi, CEO, DS Smith Packaging Division. “Our co-development with HP has resulted in the first digital machine able to print at the speed and width we need for high-volume corrugated production. It will provide our customers with unprecedented short-run flexibility and quality consistency.”

Reinventing corrugated printing
While current analog printing technology is limited to printing multiple copies of one box design—all boxes look the same and are the same size—the HP PageWide Web Press T1100S, with Multi-lane Print Architecture (MLPA), creates an immense paradigm shift in the production of corrugated board.

HP MLPA splits the web into multiple print lanes, so different jobs, with different box sizes and run lengths, can be printed in the individual lanes. Multiple ultra-short or short runs can be queued and printed together, with no make-ready in between jobs, while a long run is printed in another lane.

HP MLPA, coupled with all the advantages of digital printing, allows cost-effective customization and personalization of corrugated packaging, meeting the demands for shorter print runs without having to create inventory. Corrugated converters can now print only what is needed, when it is needed.

Meeting brand demands for fast, high-quality production
As more brands pursue customized and personalized packaging, converters must accommodate faster turnarounds and shorter run lengths, while producing high-quality printed solutions at lower costs. Printing at speeds up to 183 linear meters (600 linear feet)/min. and 30,600 square meters (330,000 square feet)/hr., the HP PageWide Web Press T1100S helps corrugated converters quickly take on new, complex jobs at speed.

With enhanced priming options, including a combination of HP Bonding Agent, HP Priming Agent and four-color HP A50 aqueous pigmented CMYK inks, customers can print offset-quality on standard uncoated and coated liners from 80-400 grams/square meter (GSM), for greater cost savings, versatility, productivity and quality with high color saturation, dark black optical density and crisp text. In-line and near-line coating solutions for HP Priming Agent and aqueous overprint varnishing also provide outstanding print quality to help meet the highest brand standards.

Optional configuration features such as auto-splice/turret rewind, primer and over-print varnish coating solutions, as well as the KBA PATRAS “Automated Paper Logistics System,” result in even greater efficiency of the overall solution.

DS Smith to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S

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The press, the first to be co-developed with KBA, will be installed at DS Smith’s Featherstone, West Yorkshire site in spring 2016. It follows on from the narrower width HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press, which was installed at the company’s Belper site in March.

The T1100S, which is designed for pre-printing of corrugated top liner, will enable DS Smith to combine many individual jobs together on a roll or across rolls for short, mid-length or long runs.

The press, which can print at speeds of up to 183m/min and produce up to 30,600sqm/hr, will utilise the full corrugator width of up to 2.8m and print in four colours. It can print corrugated liner rolls that can then be placed directly onto existing 2.5m or 2.8m corrugators.

According to HP the machine benefits centralised corrugated box plants serving major retail brands and requiring just-in-time inventory, shorter runs and faster turnaround times.

DS Smith said the investment will enable it to deliver products to market faster and support promotional initiatives with customised batches and great run-length flexibility, without compromising on quality.

DS Smith Packaging Division chief executive Stefano Rossi said: “Our co-development with HP has resulted in the first digital machine able to print at the speed and width we need for high-volume corrugated production.

“It will provide our customers with unprecedented short-run flexibility and quality consistency.

“This is an exciting move towards deploying a high-volume digital pre-print solution to meet the corrugated packaging needs of the FMCG markets into the future.”

While the machine will be initially targeted at packaging applications, it is also likely to pique the interest of major POS players.

While the machine has no official launch date, general availability of the circa €3m-€4m (£2.2m-£2.9m) machine is understood to begin shortly after Drupa next year, although the machine itself will not be on display at the Düsseldorf show. However, During the show HP will take customers to KBA’s facility in Wurzburg, Germany, where it hosted an open-house event this week for potential customers.