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  • 05 Oct 2012 10:22 AM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    IWPA Sponsor Presstek has announced they will be showing PearlDry Blue, their next-generation waterless thermal printing plate first shown earlier this year in Germany, at Drupa. IWPA will cover this in greater detail during the show.

    Press Release verbatim:

    Greenwich, CT – October 2, 2012
    – Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, today announced that the company will be exhibiting at Graph Expo 2012, North America’s largest printing trade show scheduled for October 7th through 10th at McCormick Place in Chicago. Presstek will be located in Booth #3417 at the show.

    “We are looking forward to once again bringing a good representation of our portfolio to Graph Expo,” said Joe Demharter, Presstek’s Vice President of Sales. “This will be the first time that many of the products and technologies will be shown in North America, a terrific opportunity for those who were unable to attend the recent drupa trade show in Düsseldorf.”

    Presstek DI digital offset presses will be the centerpiece of Presstek’s presence at Graph Expo. Visitors to the booth will experience the ultra-high quality, automation and small environmental footprint of the 52DI, a 52cm landscape press that images plates on press in precise register going from digital file to printed sheet in 10 minutes. The Presstek 52DI prints 10,000 full size sheets per hour, the equivalent of 333 letter size pages per minute. The booth will also feature a one tower technology demonstration of the breakthrough 75DI press which is available in 4- to 10-color configurations and has the ability to go from digital file to sellable sheet in six minutes. Presstek DI digital offset presses feature waterless printing technology, extreme automation and printing at 300lpi or with stochastic screening. DI certified pre-owned presses are also available from Presstek, and visitors to the booth can learn more about this program. DI certified pre-owned presses offer an affordable way to enter the growing digital offset printing market they include installation by Presstek’s service engineers and a new press warranty.

    “We will also be showcasing Presstek Virtuoso, our innovative inline color management and sheet inspection system for the Presstek 75DI,” Demharter added. “In an environment where automation and elimination of error is critical to business success, Virtuoso saves time and money and delivers a more stable print run by performing a complete inspection of each sheet at full press speed.” The development of Virtuoso was supported by The BIRD Foundation.

    Presstek digital thermal plates on display include:

    • PhD 830, a new negative working pre-heat thermal plate.
    • PearlDry Blue, a next-generation waterless thermal printing plate first shown at drupa 2012. PearlDry Blue extends the benefits of previous generations of Presstek’s waterless plate technology by offering superior on-press performance and enhanced imaging characteristics.
    • Aeon, a high resolution no preheat thermal CTP plate.

    Presstek will also be featuring its broad array of pressroom consumables and supplies available at shop.presstek.com.

  • 01 Oct 2012 12:46 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    (Posting reprinted from a KBA press release, with minor editing)



    User WorkshopOn 19 and 20 September, representatives of European and Dubai newspaper publishing houses that utilize environmentally friendly KBA Cortina waterless web offset presses attended the eighth Cortina user workshop at Rheinisch Bergische Druckerei (RBD) in Düsseldorf. A dampener-free Cortina has been printing the Rheinische Post and other products in an above-average quality here for the past two years.

    In 2005 the workshop was attended by a mere six participants; this time some 70 representatives of newspaper houses and their suppliers from nine countries discussed their experiences and strategies regarding waterless newspaper printing, the substrates used, innovations in press and process technology, and new options such as inline coating to meet the challenges of producing coldset products in a semi-commercial quality. In newspaper production this capability is only possible with the waterless process. Representatives of Al Nisr Publishing in Dubai took part in the workshop for the first time. A few months ago a large Cortina with four hot-air dryers went live at a production plant in the middle of the desert printing the prominent English-language title, the Gulf News, and other titles without consuming water, which in that region is in short supply and therefore valuable.

    RBD managing director Matthias Tietz (left), a keen advocate of the Cortina concept for enhancing quality, ecology and economy in cutting-edge newspaper and commercial production, welcomed the participants and gave a brief profile of the publishing house. Explaining once again his decision in favor of the Cortina, he said: “We wanted two commercial presses that could also print newspapers.” The Düsseldorf-based company has proved that the KBA Cortina is capable of printing high-quality newspapers, supplements, freesheets and special publications on different types of stock even without an energy-intensive dryer. Plant manager Jens Koudmani gave examples when outlining the technology used.

    Along with status reports by 18 Cortina users from the Benelux states, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Dubai, ink, paper, blanket and plate manufacturers showcased the latest innovations in consumables for waterless newspaper printing. Alongside the current plate vendor, Toray, representatives of US plate manufacturer Presstek also took part in the workshop, presenting a new waterless plate specially designed for high-performance web printing and is now being extensively tested in a pressroom environment. The workshop’s agenda included discussions on joint projects, economic issues and how to market waterless printing. An evening spent at a local brewery, Uerige Obergaerige Hausbrauerei, helped to strengthen the international team spirit still further.

  • 18 Sep 2012 8:51 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)
    The International Waterless Printing Association (IWPA) will be on hand at Graph Expo, taking place in Chicago next month, to report on product, company, and technology news as it relates to waterless printing.

    IWPA's Joel Friedman will be there on October 8 and 9 and will search out news of interest to IWPA members and others who follow developments in waterless printing.

    Vendors who would like to make sure their products are covered are invited to contact Joel Friedman by email or by calling the IWPA office at +1-518-557-2981.

  • 23 Aug 2012 3:13 PM | Joel Friedman (Administrator)

    Aug 23, 2012--Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries ("Presstek"), today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which it would be acquired by MAI Holdings, Inc., an entity affiliated with American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV, L.P. ("AIP").

    Under the terms of the agreement and plan of merger, which has been unanimously approved by the Company's Board of Directors, Presstek's shareholders will receive $0.50 in cash for each share of Common Stock. This represents a premium of 16.3% over closing share price of the Common Stock on August 22, 2012. The agreement is subject to the approval of shareholders and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2012. In connection with the transaction, AIP has obtained the agreement of Presstek's largest shareholder, IAT Reinsurance Company, Ltd. and its affiliates, which own 24.5% of the outstanding Common Stock, to vote in favor of the merger at the special shareholders meeting to be called for that purpose, subject to certain conditions.

    In announcing the agreement, Stanley E. Freimuth, Presstek's Chairman, President and CEO, said: "We are excited to combine the financial resources of AIP with the strong product portfolio of Presstek. We believe that this combination will help to fuel the growth of the Company, which has been challenging over the past few years as a result of the worldwide economic downturn. AIP is no stranger to our industry. One of its portfolio companies, Mark Andy, Inc., is the world's leading designer of narrow and mid-web flexographic equipment and aftermarket products serving the label, packaging and specialty printing markets. We look forward to working with Mark Andy in areas where it makes sense for both companies."

    AIP is an operationally focused private equity investment firm that applies a collaborative approach with management in building and improving middle-market companies. In commenting on the transaction, Richard Hoffman of AIP said, "Presstek represents a very attractive portfolio investment for AIP. The company has best-in-class technologies, headlined by its highly efficient and versatile 75DI digital offset printing press, and we look forward to partnering with Presstek's management team to help the company and its product portfolio achieve their full potential."

    GCA Savvian Advisors, LLC has served as financial advisor and McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP has served as legal counsel to Presstek in connection with this transaction. Ropes & Gray, LLP has served as legal counsel to AIP in connection with this transaction.

    About Presstek:
    Presstek, Inc. is a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries. Presstek's DI® digital offset solutions bridge the gap between toner and conventional offset printing, enabling printers to cost effectively meet increasing customer demand for high quality, short run color printing with a fast turnaround time while providing improved profit margins. The Company's CTP portfolio ranges from two-page to eight-page systems, many of which are fully automated. These systems support Presstek's line of chemistry-free plates as well as Aeon, a no preheat thermal plate which offers run lengths up to one million impressions and PhD 830, a high resolution preheat, thermal CTP plate that offers run lengths of one million and more impressions. Presstek also offers a range of workflow solutions, pressroom supplies, and reliable service. Presstek is well positioned to support print environments of any size on a worldwide basis. Visit www.presstek.com or call +1.603.595.7000 for more information. 

    American Industrial Partners is an operationally oriented middle-market private equity firm that makes control investments in North American-based industrial businesses serving domestic and global markets. American Industrial Partners has deep roots in the industrial economy and has been active in private equity investing since 1989. To date, the Firm has completed over 30 transactions and is currently managing more than $1.1 billion in equity capital. American Industrial Partners invests in all forms of corporate divestitures, management buyouts, recapitalizations, and going-private transactions of established businesses with revenues of $100 million to $500 million. For more information about American Industrial Partners, contact Ben DeRosa, Partner at 212-627-2360, extension 200.
  • 25 Jul 2012 3:14 PM | Arthur Lefebvre
    The KBA subsidiary KBA-MePrint already has the small-format Genius 52UV series with a number of new features which are to be available in the future (envelope feeder; rainbow printing).  Recognizing the growth market of flexible packaging KBA MePrint will show new Varius 80 modular, variable-format web offset press.  It implements the same waterless technology as the Genius, with short-train inking units and UV drying.  This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste.  The Toray waterless offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process machine.  The keyless and waterless Varius 80 comes up to full colour after 100 metres – a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses.  As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, that is an advantage which can make all the difference.  And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo no doubt answers the wishes of many print customers.  The environment also benefits, because the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 800mm (31.5 in) and a production speed of 400 metres per minute (1,312fpm), the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm.  The printing length is variable between 21 and 34 inches. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).

  • 12 Jun 2012 3:43 PM | Peter Muller

    Sixteen years ago, if you were browsing a graphic design magazine, you would have found an advertisement with a very original approach to direct selling to designers, printers and print brokers. The ads offered wholesale 300 lpi (120 cm) screen ruling waterless printing with Toray plates, then a relatively new product in the U.S. market. Remarkable was the fact that the advertised products were offered at below market prices for full color printing. This innovative pioneer was Copy Craft printers located in Lubbock, Texas.

    Not only was Copy Craft’s marketing approach unusual but also its location was as remote as you could get from the major industrial areas of the USA. Instead of a reputation as a center for finance or industry, Lubbock is known as the largest cotton-growing region in the world. But few people know that Lubbock is the home of one of the largest waterless printers in the USA.

    Copy Craft’s customers number in the thousands, consisting of small, medium and large firms from across the USA, most of whom have never even visited the firm personally. The Better Business Bureau (BBB), a respected national consumer rating service, cited Copy Craft as an accredited business with an A+ rating, with no consumer complaints registered for the past three years. Another remarkable achievement in view of the volume of business they do nationally.

    In the early to mid-nineties Copy Craft was as a printer whose business depended on print advertising in trade magazines. Since its first waterless Komori press (they now have three) in 1996 Copy Craft has grown to be a rare online printing company because it specializes in waterless offset, digital printing and large-format printing all of which gives their clients the ability to fulfill all their print needs with one company.

    Copy Craft’s offset printing is called HD waterless full color printing and includes spot (Pantone) color printing. They confidently claim their HD waterless printing technology produces the most vibrant colors and highest resolution available in offset printing.

    From business cards and brochures to labels, letterheads and a large selection of envelope sizes; they focus on printing all the items required to keep a business running from day to day. Their range of products also includes postcards, greeting cards and posters to door hangers, table tents and folders, Copy Craft has earned a reputation as an affordable choice for marketing and advertising print demands. They pride themselves in creating a solution for any custom print job, whether in HD waterless, digital or large format printing. Another unique offering is Copy Craft’s easy online quotes plus a FedEx shipping calculator so there are no hidden charges.

    Their HP Indigo digital printing service is an excellent choice for companies seeking and on-demand print solution, and is perfect for customers needing short run and/or variable data printing. Large-format printing services allow them to handle custom banners, large format posters and signage projects. Copy Craft also maintains an award winning graphic design department along with an in-house mailing department that has made the firm one the largest bulk mailers in the Southwestern United States.

    Their design department can do everything from logo design and branding to layout and design for any kind of printed piece. Projects can be taken from concept to completion or any part of a project or they can simply assist with the completion of a job already in progress. A routine part of their customer service is to assist clients in preparing files for accurate print production. Customers can view online videos at Copy Craft’s support center that show how to set up a file properly. A full set of project templates are available for download and help get projects started on the right foot.

    Direct mail services are complete. From custom mailing lists built to target an exact demographic, to inserting, sealing and bulk mailing. Users can calculate the cost of their mailing piece online with their standard direct mail service fees and postage estimates. Copy Craft even shows product-specific regulations and mailing information via the drop down menu on their web site.

    Copy Craft can not only provide the printed project, it can also convert the piece to just about any digital format. They know that with so many options on how to create and publish digital content, the customer finds it tedious and gets confused on how to find the best way to go in order to make their pieces available in a digital format.

    Copy Craft clients enjoy one-on-one service via their team of knowledgeable sales representatives and support staff. Customers are assured that each and every print order is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    With over 100 people on staff, some working around the clock, Copy Craft can deliver a wider variety of products than most commercial printing houses in the nation. The sales department helps customers with fast quotes, short turnaround times, and the highest quality available.

    We extend our congratulations to Copy Craft for having become one of the nation’s most experienced, high quality waterless printers. They stuck to the process even though its difficult days in the mid 90s. Kudos are also due for Copy Craft’s record of satisfied customers and its outstanding rating by the Better Business Bureau.

  • 07 Jun 2012 12:13 PM | Arthur Lefebvre

    Over the last 14 years, Seacourt has gone from a standard dirty printer to become the first closed loop, zero wastefirm in our industry” says Gareth Dinnage, Managing Director of Environmental firm, who walks us through his company’s journey.

    Seacourt is now known for its radical approach to the environment, they were one of the very first printing firms to achieve EMAS certification in 1999, an accreditation renowned for its high standards and stringent demands.  They have been recognized as “one of the top three leading environmental printers in the world” by a worldwide printing association, and we have gone on to win the coveted Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

    Since then the drive has been to reduce, reuse and recycle, which has all resulted in zero waste to landfill.  But what does this mean exactly?  At Seacourt there are no waste bins. Throughout the whole of the printing process,  there is not one waste stream which is not being re-used or recycled in some way.  Given the sheer volume of resources used by the company, for example 273 tonnes of annual paper usage, evidence that it’s no mean feat.

    Jim Dinnage, Chairman of Seacout says they have worked towards zero-waste for years now, not believing that it was actually achievable.  Each year, they were able to make some kind of progress until about 6 months ago when they seemed to hit a brick wall.

    The brick wall Jim refers to consisted of silver foil-backed paper and staff canteen waste.  But when a company was found who would take on the silver foil-backed paper to burn (partly fuelled by the burning of the paper) to produce aluminium powder used in the metal castings industry, the matter of the canteen waste was sorted in the purchase of 4 wormeries, and the deal was done!

    A family-owned company, Seacourt has embraced environmental challenges and they are all passionate about what they do.  Although the company will soon be celebrating its 65th birthday, our environmental journey began 14 years ago when Jim heard about new waterless printing technology, together with the facts and figures about the print industry, how it was the fifth largest and the 6th worst polluting worldwide.  This led to a complete turn-around in their strategy and a new waterless lithographic printing press was ordered.

    Since then Seacourt has come a long way.  Run on 100% renewable energy and completely carbon neutral to boot.  Jim offers advice for other companies wanting to follow a similar route, “It’s about being passionate and believing in what you do than simply ticking boxes.  Sustainability should be seen as a cornerstone, providing the foundation of all decision-making”

  • 07 Jun 2012 11:54 AM | Arthur Lefebvre
    Presstek, Inc., has announced that it is now possible to order a Presstek 75DI press with integrated inkjet heads, enabling the inline application of variable data.  “Using inkjet technology to add variable information to DI printed sheets in one pass opens the door to many new applications for DI printers,” said Joe Demharter, Presstek’s Vice President of Sales. “This hybrid printing system combines two digital technologies to create one optimized system for addressing, numbering, bar coding, targeted promotional information and other variable data applications while still maintaining the ultra high quality and extreme automation that are signature DI press capabilities.”
    Presstek 75DI presses with variable data capability will be custom ordered and specially configured for each client’s needs and can be configured with a number of inkjet heads. An inkjet configured 75DI will support stock from 0.04 to 0.3mm at speeds of up to 10,000 sheets per hour. Currently each inkjet head has a printable width of 106 mm and a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi.
    The Presstek 75DI is a highly automated 29” (B2+) digital offset press that is available with a full range of productivity enhancing options, including an inline aqueous coater. The 75DI features support for 300 lpi and FM screening, 6-minutes from digital file to sellable sheet and a small environmental footprint. The press prints up to 16,000 six-up sheets per hour.
    “By adding variable data functionality to the Presstek 75DI we have expanded the range of capabilities that commercial printers can realize from the low cost per page and the high quality of DI waterless printing to now include the flexibility of adding unique personalized information to each sheet,” adds Demharter.

  • 07 Jun 2012 11:52 AM | Arthur Lefebvre
    Toray Industries Inc. will meet higher global demand for its pioneering waterless plates with a new printing plate factory in the Czech Republic.  The Japanese specialist expects the facility to be operational in early 2014.

    Encompassing both coating and converting capabilities, the new Czech production facility will meet the needs of printers across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

    The project to establish European manufacturing capacity for waterless plates is proceeding on schedule and the engineering phase is now substantially completed.  Site preparation in Prostejov is in the final stages and the erection of the building that will house the new production line for Toray waterless CTP plates will begin this summer states Mr. Matsumoto, General Manager, Graphics Division, Toray Industries Inc., Japan.

    Toray is investing more than 50 million USD to respond to the growing demand for waterless plates.  Toray affirms that their new plant send a clear signal to the newspaper industry in particular and encourages further investment in the best available technology for newspaper and semi commercial production.

    The move will improve technical support to customers as well as reduce costs through a simplified process flow and logistics.  Matsumoto adds: “The European manufacturing site will also let us offer an attractive price level for waterless plates in the future.”

    Field testing of the products from the new plant is expected to begin in late 2013 and commercial sales to the local market will commence in January 2014.

    This latest investment follows the 2003 development of a modern coating facility in Toray’s Okazaki, Japan plant, where both letterpress and waterless offset plates are currently produced.

  • 07 Jun 2012 11:50 AM | Arthur Lefebvre
    PearlDry Blue is a true chemistry-free plate that can be imaged on 830nm thermal CTP systems from a range of manufacturers.  Its fast and efficient imaging allows qualified thermal CTP systems to operate at maximum speed.  PearlDry Blue provides daylight handling and operation for up to 8 hours.  The non-ablative plate requires only a simple water wash after imaging.  No chemistry, baking or gum is required.  It outputs resolution of 1% to 99% dots at 200 lpi (80 l/cm), and stochastic (FM) screening is easily handled.  The plate is rated for run lengths up to 100,000 impressions and is ideal for both web and sheetfed applications.
    This enhanced plate is designed to appeal to printers currently utilizing waterless printing technology.  PearlDry Blue offers users the opportunity to realize the benefits of waterless printing and at the same time utilize a true chemistry-free platemaking system.  Successful testing has been completed on KBA Cortina web fed newspaper presses at several European sites in conjunction with their partner Illies Graphik.”

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