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News from the Organisers

InPrint 2015: Discover the potential of the industrial printing market

The InPrint 2014 in Hannover delivered an inspiring and promising kick-off as a specialised industrial print show. Exhibitors and visitors alike were highly satisfied with the high-quality contacts and the targeted focus of the show. This November, InPrint will continue at a new venue in Munich and the prospects are excellent, since industrial print is booming! Not only does it benefit from increasing automation, but it even opens up new potential for added value within various branches of the manufacturing industry. Many printing procedures are suitable for both small and large quantities, enabling manufacturers to respond quickly to changing markets or customer demands.

InPrint 2015, from 10 to 12 November in Munich, Germany, will show the whole spectrum that this innovative sector of the manufacturing industry has to offer. The specialised show includes a three day technical conference and focuses on speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D printing. The exhibition addresses industry experts who are searching for commonly developed system solutions to generate new possibilities and revenue in industrial print production.

Be part of it and benefit from the various possibilities within this growing market! We are looking forward to a productive dialogue and to commonly shaping the future of industrial print!

From now on, our newsletter will inform you about important news for exhibitors and visitors of InPrint 2015 as well as deliver general news from the fast developing industrial print sector.

We would also like to invite you to join our webinars or visit our blog, which will give you exciting insights into the world of industrial print, and to follow us and get in touch with us via social media (links provided below).

Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson, InPrint founder and co-organisers

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A larger team for a larger show

From 10 to 12 November, around 150 exhibitors at InPrint 2015 will make up a platform for cutting-edge printing technology in the fields of functional, decorative and package printing within industrial manufacturing.

For its second edition, InPrint has grown by 50% exhibition space and has won 50 new exhibitors. The new total space is now, 5 months ahead of the show, already booked by 90% and there is high demand for the limited space still available.

With the event growing larger, so does the team. Who we are: The two InPrint founders Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson (far right and left in the picture, being the contact for sponsors, partners & ambassadors) as well as Nicola Hamann, Managing Director (middle of the picture) are responsible for thought leadership and for the strategic and conceptional development of the show. Anja Weiss, Exhibition Manager and Stefanie Thiele, Exhibition Co-Manager (3rd and 2nd to the right) take care of all organisational aspects regarding the show, from stand booking to visitor registration, and are the contact for exhibitors and visitors. Media and press representatives may refer to the communication department, consisting of Susanne Neuner, PR & Marketing Director and Larissa Lehmann, PR & Marketing Manager (3rd and 2nd to the left).

We are looking forward to seeing you at InPrint 2015!

Contact us:
FM Brooks, part of the Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group
InPrint 2015
Romeland House
Romeland Hill
St Albans
Herts, AL3 4ET
Great Britain
+44 (0)1727 714 400

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InPrint website: New design & improved functionality

The new InPrint 2015 website invites you for a visit. An intuitive menu navigation and a corresponding design makeover allow you to find easily and quickly what you're looking for. Whether in your browser, on your tablet or on your smartphone, the InPrint 2015 website always presents itself in best shape.

Discover the new categories:

The Event – What is InPrint about? A comprehensive show profile and facts & figures tell you all about the unique show, along with information on the conferences, on the InPrint ambassadors and the team behind the show as well as offering the possibility to subscribe to the newsletter.

Focus on Industrial Print – Cutting-edge blogs, webinars and white papers give valuable insights into this exciting and booming printing segment.

Exhibitor List – Browse all the exhibitors of the 2nd InPrint show.

Exhibitors – With this category, as an exhibitor you will have all information about stand space reservation and booking at hand as well as on special services exclusively for exhibitors.

Visitors - What is InPrint, whom to expect and how to organise your time on-site? Find here all relevant details for a successful visit to the show!

Press – As a representative of the press, this category offers you the latest press releases, images and videos for download as well as social media links and further services. Fill out the online form and we will add you to our press distribution list and keep you posted...!

Travel & Hotels – All you need to know in terms of organisational and practical information to facilitate your travel to Munich and your stay on-site.

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InPrint blog: Insight for industrial print technology

News, motivation, opinions and background information come together in the InPrint blog focused on industrial print. Check it out and discover exciting contributions by the InPrint founders and co-organisers Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson and a number of expert guest bloggers.

For a glimpse of the most recent blogs:
- The exceptional development of the DPS Innovations company from a SUN Innovations branch-off to a globally operating developer and supplier of control electronics and UV LED ink curing units to printer manufacturers and integrators.
- How solvent-based and UV-curable glass ink producer Marabu is benefiting from the boom of touch-based digital devices by offering solvent-based and UV-curable glass inks.
- How the traditional screen printing company ESC (Europa Siebdruckmaschinen Centrum) has impressively managed to merge the company's tradition with the demands of modern digitalism.

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InPrint co-located with productronica at new show venue Munich Trade Fair Centre

InPrint 2015 will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, for the first time this year, co-located with productronica, the world's leading trade fair for electronics development and production.

The productronica show will cover the entire value chain for electronics production and addresses the international investment decision-makers and experts of the industry. Exhibitors from all over the world present at productronica innovative and comprehensive solutions and products for electronics production.

During the show, InPrint exhibitors and visitors will therefore benefit from another free insight into a manufacturing sector that is of crucial importance for the development of industrial print. Electronics production offers numerous opportunities for industrial print, particularly for functional printing, such as functional print that enables an electronic product or device.

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Next stop Munich: Top accessibility meets Bavarian charm

The new InPrint venue offers ideal accessibility for visitors from within Germany as well as from abroad. Furthermore, the Bavarian metropolis is worth an extension of your visit to the show, thanks to its cultural and historical richness combined with international flair.

The Munich Trade Fair Centre is situated east of Munich, directly connected to the motorway A94 and easily reachable from the airport and Munich's main train station. A regular shuttle bus service to and from Munich Airport will run during the exhibition days (approx. 45 minutes one-way). Visitors arriving by car can take the motorway exit 'Feldkirchen-West' (exit no 6) and follow the venue’s traffic control system to the nearest parking areas. For arrival by train & public transport, the U2 subway (U-Bahn) offers a direct connection from the city centre to the venue's station 'Messestadt Ost' (last stop).

On the InPrint website, you will find a free hotel reservation service that gives you access to the best rates at hotels near the showgrounds or in the city centre.

Information on visa services will be available online from early summer 2015.

Munich has various sights to offer as well as culinary specialities and lots of opportunities to spend your leisure time. Furthermore, it is the home of the 'Oktoberfest', the world's largest folk festival. Inspiration for an extension of your stay in Munich can also be found on the InPrint website.

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News for Exhibitors

New opening hours for InPrint 2015: From 9am to 5pm daily

All exhibitors are kindly asked to note the new opening hours for InPrint 2015:

The show will open its doors from Tuesday, 10 to Thursday, 12 November at 9am each morning and will run until 5pm.

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Step into the light: Great Innovations Award

This year's InPrint will provide you with an additional opportunity to set yourself apart from your competitors by joining the 'Great Innovations Award' session.

In the afternoon of Wednesday, 11 November 2015, you may present a technological innovation in a short 5 minute pitch in front of an expert jury who will decide on the winner and award the 'Best Industrial Innovation of InPrint 2015' title.

More detailed information about the award and about the participation will be available shortly here in the newsletter and on the InPrint website.

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News for Visitors

Find all InPrint exhibitors in the updated online overview

You can view all the companies that have booked stand space for InPrint 2015 in the online exhibitor list on the InPrint website. The list is sorted alphabetically and is updated regularly.

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The whole spectrum of InPrint: Exhibition, conferences, Great Innovations Session and access to productronica

Visitors at InPrint 2015 are offered many options to make the most out of their visit to the show: Apart from the cutting-edge technologies in the exhibition and the free access to co-located productronica, visitors may also visit the 'Great Innovations Session' for free. Here, exhibitors present a technological innovation in a short 5 minute pitch. A jury will decide on the winner and award the 'Best Industrial Innovation of InPrint 2015' title.

Besides, as an InPrint visitor, you are granted free entrance to a series of high-quality conferences, discussions and showcases held alongside the show and designed around these three focal topics:

Function & Future
A look at the latest developments in screen, speciality, digital, inkjet or 3D printing, including exciting new applications and the utilisation of ‘Smart’ screen functional printing to achieve improved production capacity both for now and into the future.

New developments, techniques and technologies for decorative surface imaging onto glass, wood, metallic, ceramics, plastics, leather and textiles, fuelled by an increasing need for mass customised production.

New developments and the many trends and opportunities for printing in primary and secondary packaging, adding to the forecasted growth of the largest segment within industrial print.

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News from the Industry

InPrint Industrial Print Forum on 24 June 2015 in Munich

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, InPrint will present an Industrial Print Forum at angelo Hotel Munich Westpark in Germany, sponsored by Xaar and as part of the IMI Industrial Inkjet Showcase.

The forum, running from 9:00 - 13:00 hrs, will feature overviews, success stories and requirements of the fast-growing industrial digital print sector, hosted by InPrint founders and organisers Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson.

During session 1, three experts from UK's packaging industry will give insights into trends and developments in Packaging, Brand & Retail. Session 2 will focus on Design and Décor, with designer Markus Benesch from Munich identifying creative applications, Giorgio Macor, Founder & CTO of Kuei, Italy presenting digital speciality inks and Frank Seemann, Division Manager - Digital Print & Direct Business of Erfurt & Sohn, Germany speaking about digitally printing onto wallpaper.

The third session, hosted by Dr Tim Phillips, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Xennia Technology, UK will focus on inkjet as a future technology.

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) confirm participation at InPrint 2015

The recent signing of HP rounds off the list of global players exhibiting at this year’s event. HP will be showcasing a range of technologies, products and services targeted at industrial printing, including 3D, digital print for packaging and latex printing for interior design.

InPrint provides HP with the appropriate platform to feature their innovations and know-how in printing technologies within the manufacturing process as Ronen Zioni, Marketing Director Graphic Solutions Business, EMEA, Imaging and Printing Group, Hewlett-Packard Company, explains: “HP is an established global leader in digital printing in a number of industries, so it makes perfect sense to be a part of the InPrint show. The interest in HP’s new 3D printing technology is high, but we also have established technologies for digital print for packaging as well as latex printing for interior decoration that suit InPrint’s profile for industrial print for manufacturing. We look forward to being part of the InPrint show and showcasing our leading technology on our booth as well as delivering presentations as part of InPrint Conference Programme.”

For more details on HP's participation and the comprehensive exhibitor list, please see below:

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Xaar printheads bring new ceramic tile design trends to life

Digital printing is opening up the boundaries of creativity: Due to exciting developments in the ceramic tile design world, Xaar expects to see an increase in the combinations of Xaar printheads, used to produce fusions of modern and natural designs, in more innovative ways in the future.

Although the demand for tiles produced with a natural material effect such as wood, marble and stone is set to continue, there is a stunning new trend for creating even more amazing textures which combine these natural looks with modern over-patterns.
Tile manufacturers continue to embrace digital printing technology and are now no longer producing tiles with only one type of printhead; they are combining different types of printheads such as the Xaar 1002 GS12 with the Xaar 001, or Xaar 1002 GS40 and Xaar 001 to achieve a far more creative design using optical or texture effects.

There are numerous benefits to this enhanced level of creativity: manufacturers are able to produce high value ceramic tiles, and the flexibility of the technology means they can produce tiles to follow local trends and fashion without wasting stock. This technology is helping them to differentiate themselves from their competitors. ​ ​

Many of Xaar's ink partners – Colorobbia, Ferro, Fritta, Smalticeram and Wanxing – show how their inks and glazes using the Xaar printheads are able to produce tiles with a variety of remarkable patterns. The effects include metallic gold and silver, white and yellow, as well as gloss, matt, sinking and glazing effects. ​

Some of the types of tile designs that are produced using Xaar printheads are:

Natural material effects: Tiles produced with the Xaar 1002 GS12 show recreated natural effects like stone that are indistinguishable from the real thing. Also, natural wood effects can be more faithfully reproduced when combining the Xaar 1002 GS12 and Xaar 1002 GS40 printheads.

Reproduction of a photograph: Digital inkjet can be used to reproduce large scale photographs on ceramic tiles, e.g. using the Xaar 1002 GS12.

Expanding the range to recreate traditional designs: Tiles featuring glazes and vibrant colours can be produced using the Xaar 1002 GS40, because it can lay down a wide range of high pigment, large particle inks and fluids, e.g. recreating very traditional tiles that look like mosaics.

Layered natural & over-patterns: Stone effects can be produced using the Xaar 1002 GS40. A glaze effect is applied to create the natural features of a worn stone's surface, with the white glaze bringing out the detail. This produces a 'shabby chic' effect, blending natural looks with over-gloss to produce a fusion of designs.

Metallic effect: Using Xaar 1002 GS40, a beautiful combination of gold and silver metallic effect on a ceramic tile can be achieved. The intense gold stands out at the darker end of the tile, and towards the lighter end you can see how shiny the silver becomes when light reflects over the tile.

Adding relief: A glaze pattern with smooth curves and contours is layered on top of a natural stone pattern with Xaar 001, producing a wonderful optical effect when the light reflects from different areas of the pattern.

Designers, manufacturers and wholesalers are offered increased possibilities for creativity when combining the Xaar 1002 GS6, GS12 and GS40 printheads to add special effects such as glossy, matt, and lustre to enhance the colour decoration.

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Ricoh expands UK footprint with acquisition of Ridgian

Ricoh, a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services, today announced its acquisition of Ridgian, a leading information management consultancy. This investment represents Ricoh’s long term vision to grow its core business, expand its services and further enhance the expertise it offers its clients.

Ricoh’s acquisition of Ridgian underpins its central focus: to increase the service it provides to its clients by optimising their business critical document processes; increasing productivity; and improving client responsiveness and knowledge-sharing in business areas that include managed document services; outsourcing; and IT services. It will also create new and mutually beneficial opportunities for Ricoh and Ridgian employees to become part of a larger network within the region and globally.

Ridgian will remain a separate company controlled by Ricoh, but both companies will work together on the development of commercial synergies.

Ricoh’s acquisition of Ridgian was completed on May 1, 2015. The company comprises 50 employees who are highly specialised in IT Services and are based at their office in Birmingham. This acquisition is a part of Ricoh’s global strengthening of its business service infrastructure, providing businesses around the world with the tools and expertise to optimise business critical document processes and IT Services. It builds on the recent acquisitions of ICT services providers, Npo Sistemi in Italy in 2014 and Aventia in Spain in 2013 and supports Ricoh’s focus to expand its portfolio to meet the evolving needs of its customers.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

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Agfa Graphics Releases Fortuna 9 High-End Security Printing Design Software

Agfa presents the new Fortuna 9 design software for high-end security printing from Graphics, with updated tools and new security modules. The tools included in the new release focus on productivity and ease-of-use for those who require high-security printing designs for passports, ID documents, high-security cards, tax stamps, security documents, lottery tickets and more.

The new Fortuna 9 is an advanced security design software with integrated security features, which offers a highly secure file format. Fortuna 9 takes a modular approach, meaning that customers can choose various security features out of several that fit the needs of the security designer or printer. Fortuna 9 also employs new methods to create security designs in a more automated way helping security designers and printers achieve time savings and added quality. These new methods focus on outputting high-quality and complex images to help deter and stop counterfeiters.

“All of these elements are important to our customers and potential customers as there is a need to create security designs more quickly than ever before. It is critically important for security design tools to stay ahead of the counterfeiters that are out there," said Andy Grant, Global Head of Software, Agfa Graphics. "Agfa continues to research new security design tools to reduce threats to security and at the same time adapt the software to increase the design productivity. We are currently also developing very particular software and features for the high-security market and for the general security applications," Grant added.

Fortuna 9 is based on more than 20 years’ experience in high-security design. It's "Geometrics module" is a completely new tool that simply and quickly generates space-filling curves. Fortuna 9 also includes a completely new font management tool with support for Open Type fonts and TrueType fonts. Fortuna 9’s “smart selection” option now allows specific objects to be selected more easily and the software adds improved handling for high-resolution images and raw text.

Fortuna 9 will be available at the end of the second quarter of 2015.

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