LaManna Alliance, led by strategy consultant Rock LaManna, has announced a partnership with Sunbelt Business Brokers that will guide print industry business owners through the decision and process of selling or merging their companies. LaManna is a 35-year veteran of the printing industry, having grown and sold two print companies before becoming a consultant in 2001. Sunbelt represents business owners seeking liquidity around the world.
Direct printing on glass presents unique challenges. Glass bottles for beverages and specialty foods bring additional considerations. Besides the substrate, there are safety and environmental concerns as well as governmental regulations to take into account. During his 17 years in printing equipment manufacturing, Steve Gilbertson developed an understanding of these issues, as well as an appreciation of the need for environmentally sustainable decorating that eliminates lead, cadmium, and harmful VOCs from the process.
OKI Data Corporation has announced an agreement with Seiko Instruments to acquire its wide-format printer divisions, Seiko I Infotech. Driven by a heightened market for on-demand printing, particularly in the retail and distribution industries, the acquisition spans the company’s subsidiaries in Japan, Europe, and the US, and is due to be completed on October 1, 2015. The transaction will reportedly not affect current products and services.
RR Donnelley & Sons has announced that, after a series of strategic acquisitions over the past decade, it will split into three independent, publicly traded companies. One business, FinancialCo, will focus on financial communications and data services; the second, PRSCo, will center on publishing and retail-centric print services, and the third, CMCo, will house customized multichannel communications management.
Workhorse Products has released the SD-10 screen drying cabinet with features designed to process screens faster and at higher quality. Featuring an industrial filter, a 222-CFM output blower, and adjustable pressurized or circular airflow, the cabinet is designed to prevent pinholes caused by contaminates, inconsistent drying times, and other troubleshooting issues. The SD-10 holds up to 10 screens from 20 x 24 in. to 25 x 36 in. (outder dimension), with adjustable rack space.
Graph Expo 15 will feature a two-part management workshop September 15-16. Themed “UnSquaring the Wheel,” the event will be led by sales and marketing strategist Wayne Peterson of Black Canyon Consulting Group, Professor Chris Bondy of RIT, and Dr.
Fujifilm has launched Uvijet OW, a set of UV inks for use with the Inca Onset printer series. Available in 7 colors, the inks are designed with improved adhesion for use on a wider range of rigid and flexbile plastic substrates. The high-gloss inks are also intended to provide higher resistance to post-press processes such as cutting, creasing, and routing.
ESMA, an association of European print equipment manufacturers, has announced the details for its tech conference, Direct Container Print 2015, this November 23-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event programming is designed to introduce printers, packaging manufacturers, and brand owners to direct-to-container decoration on plastic.
Mutoh (www.mutoh.com) has introduced its 74-in. ValueJet 1938WX, designed for long-run dye-sublimation applications such as scarves, blankets, shower curtains, tradeshow graphics, flags, banners, interior décor, performance apparel, and more. The 1440-dpi printer, compatible with dual-CMYK or 8-color configurations, features a rear media feed lever, take-up system, automatic sheet-cutting capability, mobile app for remote printer monitoring, and control panel. With dual staggered printheads, the machine images up to 1327 sq ft/hr, according to the company.
Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has added UV-Curable Clear Display Film, a transparent inkjet media for backlit applications such as high-traffic P-O-P displays. The film is designed with high ink adhesion for photo-quality graphics displayed on illuminators with built-in diffusers. Available in up to 72.5-in. widths.