Soyang Europe launches own-brand textiles

Soyang Europe has launched its own range of textiles for wide- and grand-format printing following parent company Soyang Technologies’ investment in a new 66,000sqm production and storage facility in China.
The So-Tex range comprises 12 product lines, suitable for dye-sublimation, UV and latex printing, all of which are available in rolls of up to 3.2m wide.
Soyang Europe managing director Mark Mashiter said that the launch of the So-Tex range was driven by the trend towards the use of soft signage, particularly in retail point-of-sale, adding that it would not affect Soyang’s distribution deals for the Endutex and Aurich Textilien ranges.
“We have established customers who use the products from our European partners,” said Mashiter. “The So-Tex launch is about giving people more choice because there are certain products that we do that our partners don’t do.”
He cited the example of a So-Tex soft-feel backlit material that has an acrylic coating on the back of the material that acts as a diffuser and prevents any of the LEDs “pinholing through the textile”.
The So-Tex range includes knitted and woven fabrics, which, due to being manufactured in China, are cheaper “for certain types of application”. Soyang Europe holds 1.3m sqm of stock at its European warehouse and distribution hub.

Rapidity refreshes press room with $270k kit spend

Digital print specialist Rapidity Communications has invested around $272,000 in a range of new equipment to boost its capacity and efficiency.
The 500bph BQ280 was chosen to add PUR binding to Rapidity’s in-house service offering

Over the past few months the London-based firm has taken delivery of a Horizon BQ280 PUR single-clamp perfect binder, a second Foliant Gemini 400A laminator and a Horizon HOF digital sheet feeder from Intelligent Finishing Systems as well as a Heidelberg Platen for die-cutting and foil blocking, a Summa cutter, an Easymount laminator and an HP Latex 360 wide-format printer.

“We already have a Horizon BQ470 four-clamp binder and a Horizon StitchLiner book production line,” said director Ben Manning.
“They are strong reliable workhorses and our staff are very comfortable operating them. Being part of the family the BQ280 PUR has a similar touchscreen interface and so we were confident it would easily fit into the workflow.”

The 500bph BQ280 features automatic nipper height control, smoother PUR book delivery, on-screen adjustment height control for glue rollers and spinner as well as adjustable pressure above both scores.
The single-clamp binder was chosen to add PUR binding to Rapidity’s in-house service offering without the need to change glue tanks on the BQ470.
“There is a lot of interest in PUR-bound work and we wanted to offer it as an in-house service rather than sending it out,” said Manning.
“We have a policy of not turning work away and so wanted to be able to deliver this in house so we no longer had the overheads in outsourcing or the time constraints.
“Bringing perfect binding in-house has increased our turnaround times by not having to send work out and allowed us to be more competitive. We like to get the job out of the door as quickly as possible and the BQ280 will enable us to do that.”

The business purchased a second Gemini 400A laminator because of the increased demand it has seen for lamination work recently.
Having a second laminator also allows two types of lamination finishes to be completed at the same time. The 15m/min device has a fast warm-up time and interactive touchscreen.

“We are always looking for ways to produce work quicker. With the second laminator we can have one running matt stock and the other gloss. That way there is no need to keep changing over,” said Manning.

The company also operates two Xerox Nuvera 288 mono printers and two HP Indigo 7600s. Between them the two 7600s have done 52m impressions over the past 12 months.

Rapidity Communications was founded 26 years ago as PrintFlow and rebranded in 2012. The firm, which has 33 staff and a turnover of $9m, produces items including reports, booklets and mailings for a wide range of clients. It operates 24/5, predominantly producing financial print during the night and commercial print during the day.


Kodak to Highlight Digital Print Technologies at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Visitors to Kodak’s booth (PO1 in Hall 2) at the upcoming Hunkeler Innovationdays (HID) will see some of the industry’s most advanced solutions for commercial, book and newspaper printing applications. About 4,000 attendees are expected at the biannual event, being held in Lucerne, Switzerland, from Feb. 23-26.

Solutions being demonstrated or highlighted include:

  • The Kodak Prosper press platform which has been used to print more than 30 billion pages around the world, will be used by Kodak and Hunkeler at HID to produce a full-color 12-page show publication. The publication will be pre-printed on the Kodak Prosper 5000XLi press in both tabloid and broadsheet format, and finished onsite using Hunkeler’s new Advanced Newspaper Solution.
  • Samples made using the Kodak NexPress digital production color press, which offers extensive creative possibilities with options to add coatings, special colors and even embossed effects in-line.
  • Kodak Prosper S-Series imprinting systems, which customers have used to add variable data capability to their web-fed offset presses, but which are increasingly being used by sheet-fed commercial print customers as well.

Throughout the event, Kodak’s team of experts will provide live demonstrations, share samples and technical knowledge and discuss applications. Also, Kodak and several of its customers will participate in roundtable discussions at the Interquest Digital Printing Forum and Doxnet events that happen in conjunction with HID.

“Kodak is committed to bringing our customers innovative, market-leading technology, and are confident that our Hunkeler booth will demonstrate how customers are using that technology to thrive in today’s ever-changing marketplace,” said Philip Cullimore, president of Kodak’s Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division.