Vinfoil Optima Cold-Foil Module Minimizes Changeover Time on KBA Rapida 105 PRO

A Rapida 105 PRO equipped with the newly developed Vinfoil Optima cold-foil module is somewhat hidden behind a huge Rapida 145 in hall 16 at drupa. The Vinfoil may intrigue print experts who are interested in luxury packaging and are curious to know where the folding carton comes from before it is diecut by the Rapida RDC 106.

In terms of speed, the Optima cold-foil module is hardly any different to comparable systems, but the differences in changeover times are significant. Most systems need 15 to 20 minutes for a foil change with multi-roll technology. With the Optima, this is done in around six minutes with multi foil use, which saves one third of the time. This time can be used productively for printing and foil finishing.

What is more, the new software developed by Vinfoil, together with the Eindhoven University of Technology, saves up to 85% more cold foil. The software recognizes the images and calculates the optimum utilization of the foil surface.

Optima also opens up additional creative potential for finishing: counterfeit protection and 3D options are possible. These features are being presented several times a day by Vinfoil and KBA live on the Vinfoil stand.

Major UK weekly moves to European printer

Following the closure of Polestar’s gravure site in Sheffield, a major publisher has moved its weekly magazine title to Belgium, while others still seek permanent solutions. This week’s issue of Hello! magazine is the first to be printed in Belgium

The last issue of Hello! to be printed at Polestar Sheffield hit the stands last week with the latest issue being printed at Circle Printers in Belgium.

Roger Williams, associate publisher for Hello! magazine said that with no option for gravure left in the UK the title had no choice but to look to Europe. Gravure printer Prinovis UK in Liverpool would have been unlikely to be able to accomodate the title due to the amount of weekly titles it already produces and the fact that it prints rival tile OK!.

“We did look at the option of printing web offset but its hugely expensive because it wastes a lot of paper. We also looked at printing in Spain as our parent title Hola! does, but really we wanted to stay as close to the UK as possible to maintain our delivery and sales schedule, so we went for Circle Printers,” he said.

Polestar UK Print and Polestar Stones-Wheaton went into administration with PricewaterhouseCoopers in April, with Sheffield site closing its doors at the end of May.

Its Chantry operation was rescued by YM Group while the Bicester site has been taken over by Wyndeham Group owner Walstead after it won and bidding war with YM Group.

Hello! has an ABC circulation of 267,299 and was previously printed on a tight schedule over the weekend with 40% of copies on the shelves in and around London on Monday and the remainder distributed across the rest of the country on Tuesday.

Williams said using Circle Printers had allowed them to keep to the same schedule. “We are bringing the copies back through the tunnel and distributing as normal in the UK. As far as the reader is concerned there is no difference, which is great,” he said.

Williams added: “There is of course an additional transport cost from Belgium to the Dunstable hub but we have a good rate because we are using the same carrier as Hola! and we have negotiated a good deal with Circle so we aren’t a million miles away from where we were.”

He said a formal contract had not yet been signed and that talks for a long-term agreement would likely begin in a few weeks. “We’re working on a week-by-week basis at the moment,” Willaims explained.

“It’s important they deliver what we want but equally we need to provide the support the printer needs. We’re very impressed with how the first issue went so we want to get a few more under our belts and then sit down, review it, make any necessary changes and then look at a long-term contract.

Meanwhile, the Guardian said it had moved printing of “some of its weekend supplements” to Roto Smeets in Holland and is in discussion with the printer about longer-term agreements for the printing of Guardian Weekend and Observer Magazine.

Its remaining supplement titles will be brought in-house in July, but are currently being printed by York Mailing. It is unclear whether Roto Smeets is also able to fulfil the Guardian’s insert or poly-bagging requirements.

Trinity Mirror, meanwhile, is remaining tight-lipped regarding the printing of its Mirror weekend supplements, saying that no permanent solution had yet been agreed, although

Drupa 2016 hailed a success

Drupa 2016 exhibitors seem to have summed up the show in two words: “exceeded expectations”. While many launched new technology to great fanfare, just as importantly the majority seem to have smashed through their show sales targets.

While overall visitors numbers will be down on 2012, manufacturers and suppliers were pleased with the quality of the 260,000 unique visitors that are predicted to have attended by the end of the final day, today. 76% of visitors were international, coming from 188 countries.

Heidelberg board member for equipment Stephan Plenz said: “Heidelberg recorded a high demand of over 1,000 orders over the whole value-added chain.” He added that its Primefire 106 B1 industrial inkjet press had received a very positive reaction.

Across the whole show inkjet once again created a massive buzz, but arguably it was corrugated packaging that emerged as a key trend, with a swathe of new inkjet machines targeted at the sector.

HP worldwide marketing leader for digital graphics solutions Francois Martin said many people were already calling the show the ‘corrugated Drupa’.

He added HP experienced its best attendance at any Drupa ever. “Sales surpassed 2012 results by 20% and well exceeded our ambitious 2016 goal by 25% overall.”

Landa chairman Benny Landa though believed drupa 2016 would be remembered as “the inflection point in the industry’s transition from mechanical printing to digital.”

Digital enhancement press manufacturer Scodix sold more than 100 machines. Chief executive Roy Porat reported an experience shared by many other exhibitors: “We reached our target on the third day and since then we’ve been overwhelmed.”