Royle Printing’s $6M Invests in New Goss Sunday 2000 Web Press, Polywrapper

Royle Printing is investing over $6 million to strengthen and expand its printing operations in Wisconsin. The company, headquartered here, combines high quality and efficient print manufacturing with mailing and distribution services to the publishing and catalog markets.

The $6 million investment includes a new Goss Sunday 2000 web press, configured in a 38″ wide-format with gapless technology, five units and in-line UV coating. The press utilizes the latest technical advancements available in the industry, providing Royle with a number of key production enhancements. It will also help the company in fulfilling its commitment to the environment, minimizing waste and energy consumption. In addition to the press, Royle has added a new, late model Polywrapper. This machine features 12 pockets with in-line ink jet imaging and Cheshire labeling. It also has the capacity to onsert multiple types of onserts, including product samples, cosmetic samples and various print components.

“This latest investment is a continuation of our on-going commitment to provide our customers with a modern and feature-rich operating platform,” said Chris Carpenter, owner and president of Royle Printing. “The new press will help us serve our publication and catalog customers with efficient page counts, a variety of formats, and various productivity enhancements to remain highly competitive in a fragmented market.”

RR Donnelley Receives 2015 Services Quality Supplier of the Year Award by FCA US

RR Donnelley & Sons announced today that it has been named the 2015 Services Quality Supplier of the Year by FCA US LLC. As FCA’s print management supplier, RR Donnelley provides complete premedia, sourcing, project management, mail logistics and production services for all print projects across the FCA organization.

FCA US LLC is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) family of companies. FCA is an international automotive group and the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales. FCA US LLC designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the MOPAR performance group.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Dan Knotts, RR Donnelley’s COO. “As an enterprise account, we leverage the entire suite of RR Donnelley’s products and solutions to support FCA in achieving its objectives. In this case, our expertise in the automotive vertical market allows us to employ solutions that streamline prospect, customer retention and dealership communications; manage complex projects; and utilize a broad supplier and asset base to dramatically reduce end-to-end print and communication costs across the enterprise.”

Now in its fifth year, the award recognizes suppliers that have shown extraordinary commitment to quality, customer service, continuous improvement, and demonstrate strong corporate values with leadership in areas such as diversity, innovation and sustainability. RR Donnelley is one of only 17 suppliers honored with an award this year.

“We appreciate the very strong relationship and trust we’ve established with FCA over the past three years,” commented George Zengo, RR Donnelley’s chief sales officer. “Our print management team has worked extremely hard to deliver excellent service while exceeding cost savings targets. This recognition will set the bar as we continue to pursue similar programs across the automotive vertical market.”

Fespa and 3Dion to partner in Cologne

Visitors to Fespa 2015 will have the chance to learn more about advances in 3D printing at The 3D Print Showcase, a joint collaboration between Fespa and non-profit 3D industry initiative 3Dion. 3Dion member companies including Stratasys, 3D Systems, Makerbot and Roland DG will show a wide range of products and services on the booth, Hall 8, Stand A72.

Fespa divisional director Roz McGuinness said: “You will see the leading purveyors of 3D print armed with examples and samples to show how the technology has moved forward. It’s also supported by a ‘lunch and learn’ session for those that really want to drill down a bit deeper into what’s happening with 3D.”

Visitors will be able to explore the business opportunities of adding 3D to an established print service offering. There will also be live scanning and printing demonstrations as well as regular presentations.

Antonius Koester will demonstrate three different scanning systems that address different applications such as art, fashion and textile printing while will present a workflow with scanning system and graphics tablet.

3Dion will also feature Adobe, Artec, Botspot, Canto, the Dream Maker Overlord, Voxeljet and its strategic 2D partner Epson.

3Dion was launched to help the continuously growing number of people coming from many different industries to understand the vision of 3D printing.

It serves manufacturers, service providers, dealers and users by offering education and training free of charge, consulting services in B2B and B2C and also on 3DION’s website and social media platforms.

Sheldon Nazaré of 3Dion said: “The Fespa 3D Print Showcase should be a ‘must-see’ for every visitor at Fespa 2015, whether it’s a printer seriously considering to expand the company’s service offering, or someone merely curious about 3D printing and the opportunities it represents.

“The interest in 3D printing we’ve seen in the print community over the past year has been incredible, particularly for the automotive, architecture, medicine and prototyping sectors.”

Thomas Meurers of 3Dion added: “Any print service provider concerned with the future of their business should therefore ensure that they’re up to date with 3D printing and what it potentially offers – especially when it comes to prototyping. They will find all of this information on the stand.” Fespa 2015 will take place in Cologne, Germany from 18-22

Sappi Europe to raise paper prices, citing “unsustainable” margins

Sappi has said its European business is “unsustainable at current price levels” and is set to raise prices to combat a long period of low prices, tight margins and the high cost of wood pulp.

Like other non-integrated suppliers, who do not produce their own pulp, Sappi Europe has been suffering from the weak euro, as it has to buy wood pulp on the open market in US dollars.

The Belgian-headquartered operation said in a statement released on Friday: “Continuously rising input costs and consequently declining profit margins make corrective pricing measures inevitable as Sappi Europe’s business is unsustainable at current price levels.

“Our customers will be personally informed by our sales managers who will provide them with any information they may ‎require.”

It adds that a price rise for coated fine paper will be announced separately.

Iwan Le Moine of paper industry analysts EMGE & Co said: “Every so often the paper mills try and push up the prices and they get nowhere. But they struggle due to overcapacity. Market pulp prices have been really high for over a year now.

“I think you will probably see other suppliers following suit in the coming days. The suppliers are in quite a good place because the industry has closed a lot of capacity in recent times. There have been quite a lot of outages in supply in the past 12-18 months.

“They will try it and they need to get something, although it won’t be at all welcome to customers. They have got their backs to the walls as well.”

Some printers have pointed out that the currency markets also benefit Sappi, which is paid in pounds for stock bought here. The pound saw a strong jump against the euro following the Conservative election victory on Friday.

Others can rely on setting prices over the life of a contract.

One publisher said: “They haven’t got much chance at putting their prices up by that much in this market. It’s fairly quiet.”

Andrew Moss of AM:PM print management added: “Over my 30 years in printing, paper has gone up and down and you keep getting these letters through and you tend to ignore them. The question is will it stick. They are saying they will put it up by 8% but maybe they will get 4%. In the past nine years I have never had to go back to my customers and say prices have to go up because of paper.”

Sappi Europe, a division of the South African-headquartered global business Sappi Limited, produces Magno, Quatro, Vantage, Royal, Galeri, GaleriArt and Jaz in its graphic paper brands and Algro, Fusion, Leine and Parade are aimed at speciality labeling, topliner, packaging papers and boards.

Europe accounted for 51% of worldwide sales of $6.06bn (£3.93bn) in Sappi’s results for 2014. In the group’s “seasonally slower” first quarter, to 31 December 2014, its European business made an operating profit of $12m on sales of $547m (2013: operating profit $3m, sales $581m).

At the time, Sappi said the division’s performance had improved thanks to higher average prices for coated woodfree paper and lower fixed costs, although it warned coated mechanical prices and volumes remained “under pressure”.

Its financial year runs from the beginning of October to the end of September. It will announce its Q2 results on 14 May.

A drop in demand for its papers, low margins, the high cost of pulp and the strong pound were all reasons given for the recent collapse of Tullis Russell Papermakers in Fife, which called in administrator KPMG on 27 April.