Consumables-General - Plates
Soaring input costs, particularly relevant to aluminum, energy, and packaging materials, in combination with sharply rising freight rates due to global logistic constraints make price increases unavoidable. Prices of offset plates will increase between 5% and 10%, taking effect April 1.
The new Offset Technical Competence Center features commercial, packaging, newspaper, UV printing applications that also offer sustainable benefits. The facility showcases applications to reduce waste, eliminate chemicals, and lower ink consumption while saving energy.
Agfa Graphics has announced that it will be closing its 250,000-sq.-ft. offset printing plate manufacturing facility in Branchburg, N.J., by the end of this year in order to optimize its global production capacity and supply chain efficiencies. The plant closure will impact 125 workers.
The 10% tariff that the Trump administration has imposed on imported aluminum is now being passed through as a surcharge by major lithographic printing plate manufacturers to their U.S. offset printing customers.
Just days after Presstek was acquired by Mark Andy, Presstek’s waterless division has been spun off into a new company called Verico Technology, which will focus on expanding its market share for waterless plates and coating technologies as well as expanding its offering to new market segments.
Mark Andy announced that it has acquired Presstek. Presstek’s team of over 60 technical professionals will be integrated within Mark Andy’s service infrastructure, making it the largest, regionally-staffed service organization in North America.
VALHALLA, NY—April 28, 2008—Fujifilm Graphic Systems U.S.A., Inc. announced today that Masahiro Ota is the company’s new president and chief executive officer. Ota replaces Hiro Tada, who has taken a new position as president and chief executive officer with Fujifilm’s Medical Imaging Division. “Fujifilm is well-positioned to face this challenging market, thanks not only to our ability to produce quality, reliable plates and prepress equipment, but also our ability to integrate new technologies - such as digital printing and wide format imaging - into our customers’ operations,” said Ota. “I’m looking forward to the taking on the challenges of this new position and working
FROM WORKFLOW tools and variable data software to CTP and proofing technologies, Graph Expo had enough technology to make any in-plant manager’s head spin. Here are some of the latest products we saw at the show. Computer-to-plate Systems Agfa demonstrated its :ThermoFuse plate technology, including the chemistry-free :Azura plate, which eliminates chemical processing. By significantly reducing liquid waste in the plate creating process, it supports a more environmentally friendly solution. Also shown was Agfa’s :Energy Elite, winner of a 2007 InterTech technology award. The newest addition to the Agfa range of thermal plates, :Energy Elite is a true no-bake plate offering run