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Why visit CET Color at SGIA 2017?

Why visit CET Color at SGIA 2017?

The time is fast approaching for the 2017 SGIA Expo! We invite you to come out and join CET Color as they demonstrate their award winning UV printers, the K2 and Q5 Series, along with the all new ‘Andes Cutter’. We will be located at the Booth 119 and, along with our product representatives and technicians, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and see our products in action.

This year’s event will be held in New Orleans, LA at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, playing host to hundreds of exhibitors who will be demonstrating all of their latest technology and work. With more than 40 classes and educational opportunities there won’t be a moment where you aren’t able to gain an in-depth understanding of the industry and how best to continue to grow your business.  In addition there will be several competitions which will award the industries highest honors: the SGIA Golden Image Awards for printers, the Tom Frecska Student Award for students and the Product of the Year Award for supplier.

There is still time to register, so join with us and your colleagues to experience the best products and work in the industry. For a free registration, please click here!


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
midstatelitho.net

Three Years Later, the John P. Pow Company Explains How the MGI JETvarnish 3D Changed Their Business Model

Three Years Later, the John P. Pow Company Explains How
the MGI JETvarnish 3D Changed Their Business Model.

3rd Generation Publishing Services Specialist Looks Back on MGI Digital Finishing Investment with New Customers and Business Growth.


MELBOURNE, FL (USA), September 8th, 2015 – Three years ago, the John P. Pow Company and MGI Digital Graphic Technology joined forces to help expand digital finishing options for the book publishing industry. Since then, JP Pow has been building and growing the range of its publishing and printing services portfolio with the MGI JETvarnish 3D Digital Finishing Solution. Together, John P. Pow Co. & MGI are helping publishers sell more books.

A Tradition of American Publishing & Printing Goes Digital
For over 70 years, the John P. Pow Co. has been providing expert lithography & print finishing services to some of the world’s finest publishers – with a nationally recognized specialty in both paperback book covers and hardback dust jackets. “Our original investment in the MGI JETvarnish 3D was designed to provide our clients with the highest quality standards and most flexible design options possible.” said Mr. Mark Finneran, JP Pow’s Vice President.

“MGI’s technology helped launch us towards the digital future.” added Mr. Finneran. “We’ve expanded our trade service business and experienced successful growth in “touch-centric” book cover market categories in publishing like holiday, seasonal, children’s, home décor, cooking and technical works”.

“Now we have more finishing options for all kinds of book covers and other types of commercial printing projects as well. The JETvarnish 3D produces strong, finely detailed textures and a durable enhancement effect that customers love.”

MGI System In-House Leads to Improved Quality & Project Management
“Prior to working with MGI, we outsourced our Spot UV work. Now, by bringing the JETvarnish 3D in-house, we can manage our costs, ensure high quality, offer more customer options and manage our production schedules more effectively. For the last three years, the machine has been in continual production mode – at times going 2 shifts non-stop.”

Profitable Prototyping, Short Runs & POD Services
”Furthermore, the JETvarnish 3D’s ability to quickly prototype new designs and implement short runs has helped us increase our capacity for highly profitable customized projects such as limited editions, private printings and E-Commerce-driven Print-on-Demand (POD) services.”

Improved Competitive Position
“The addition of MGI Digital Finishing Services has helped us establish a better competitive position.”, Finneran continued, “The ability to quickly prototype and implement short runs gives us a sales advantage in our key target markets. The features & functions of the JETvarnish 3D give us something new to sell and show customers. The MGI digital enhancements are a brand new change in the industry and are a sexy & exciting advance towards the future of the print finishing business.”

Increased Quality Enhances Customer Experiences
Mark Finneran summarized JP Pow’s experience with MGI digital finishing technology by saying, “Our relationship with key clients has growth and strengthened with the high quality output, improved job scheduling, more flexible project management and greater customer satisfaction that comes from the MGI JETvarnish 3D Spot UV 2D coats & 3D texture effects.”

“We’re honored to help contribute to the creative skillcraft of such a respected firm as JP Pow. For three generations they have helped publishers produce great books that get noticed, purchased and read.” said Kevin Abergel, MGI Vice President of Marketing & Sales.

MGI’s JETvarnish 3D digital finishing product supports production printing applications to produce eye-catching, luxurious-feeling 3D foil & embossed textured effects. The JETvarnish 3D streamlines spot UV coating, embossed tactile coating and foiling through a fully digital process that requires no screens or dies and no minimum runs. MGI’s creative enhancement options help graphic artists & printers utilize their craft experience to offer dynamic new digital designs, features and formats.


About the JP Pow Company: Premier Printing & Publishing Specialist
In 1935, John Percy Pow started using a one-color letter press to produce advertising material for Boston businesses. The business grew when John Pow’s son Jack entered the business. In the late 50’s, Jack Pow teamed up with Tom Finneran Sr. and the two became partners. Soon afterwards, the firm moved to offset printing ranging from one to four color technology.

From then on, John P. Pow Co. steadily built a reputation for providing publishers with high-quality book components along with top-notch, personalized customer service. John Pow branched out and is now serving customers both locally and nationally. JP Pow is a strong reliable business with nearly 50 employees working day and night at their South Boston location. Even with this growth, John P. Pow continues to offer the type of personalized customer service a small firm does best. They remain a family-owned business, with the founders’ grandchildren now actively involved in operations.


MGI Media Contact:
Kevin Abergel
Vice President of Marketing & Sales
MGI USA, Inc.
+1 321 751-6755


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd. Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

Kelvyn Press Goes Digital with MGI…

def8ce2c-364d-4e64-b87f-0f1a1c669705Kelvyn Press Goes Digital with MGI’s JETvarnish 3D, iFOIL & Meteor DP8700XL+

81 Year-Old Commercial Printing Leader Expands Services & Revenue Streams with MGI Digital Printing & Finishing Technology

MELBOURNE, FL USA (August 31st, 2015) – Kelvyn Press, Inc. in Broadview, IL, started in a garage across from Kelvyn Park in Chicago many decades ago. It grew and moved into The Donahue Building in ChiTown’s storied “Printer’s Row” neighborhood. In 1968, the Malacina family took over the business and has since expanded nationally by creating a separate firm, called Financial Graphic Service (FGS) with a dedicated focus on government, financial, banking, securities, health care, legal and regulatory projects.

Kelvyn Press & MGI 2015 Print Industry Awards

In 2015, the Printing Industries of America (PIA) recognized the quality of Kelvyn’s work with MGI digital technology with a coveted “Premier Print Award” (popularly known as a “Benny” after Benjamin Franklin, the founding father and leading printer of the American Republic). Additionally, the Binding Industries of America (BIA) awarded them a Product of Excellence (POE) Award. The PIA also recognized the MGI iFOIL product in 2015 with an internationally prestigious “InterTech Technology Award” to match the one earned by the JETvarnish 3D in 2013.

Kelvyn Press & MGI Partnership: Digital Helps the Business Grow

After 80 years in business, Kelvyn Press invested in MGI technology in 2014 to launch a new Digital Print Department with the Meteor DP8700XL+ press and the JETvarnish 3D & iFOIL integrated finishing suite. They also upgraded the JETvarnish 3D with the T2 option – a second row of inkjet heads that can double throughput speed and Spot UV elevations up to 200 microns. Since then, the machines have not stopped running and their business has grown with new work producing brochures, catalogs, invitations, envelopes, business cards, books and many more profitable new enhanced print applications.

Printing Industry Trend: The Move to Digital Technology

Tony Malacina, Kelyvn’s Director of Operations, stated “Digital has been getting bigger each year. The whole industry is going digital. It is an inevitable business transition of technology. The MGI JETvarnish & iFOIL finishing solutions have opened up a whole new doorway to new business opportunities.”

MGI Digital Printing & Finishing Business Impact

“The MGI digital technology sells itself. Customers fall in love with their samples. We prepare “Before & After” samples of client work to highlight the dramatic impact & enhancement of the JETvarnish 3D Spot UV Coater & iFOIL products.”

“Working with the prototyping options of the JETvarnish 3D & iFOIL allows customers to play with ideas and experiment with different choices. The MGI digital technology brings out their creative spirit and helps them appreciate the value of print.”

“With MGI, there are so many foil, color, texture and substrate options to choose from. Customers love being able to pick and choose which variations of 2D spot coats, 3D enhanced textures and embossed foil coloring they want. We find this helps build good customer relationships, leads to more referrals and ultimately generates more revenue for the firm.”

MGI VDP Personalization & POD Customization Value:

“Clients can change their print selections and enhancement options to adapt to changing business conditions or market cycles. For example, for each season, the output can have a different theme for Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter – or an English or Spanish Version personalized for each recipient.”

Print Samples as Sales Tools:

“We’ve also created a gallery of samples in our visitor area. Customers get inspired to use their imagination for new projects – which leads to new revenue. With MGI digital printing & finishing technology, all we need is a PDF file to print a new brochure or publish a new book.”


MGI Media Contact:
Kevin Abergel
Vice President of Marketing & Sales
MGI USA, Inc.
k.abergel@mgiusa.com
+1 321 751-6755


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Printing Gradients

Perfecting Your Gradients

 


In this day and age customers expect perfection. Whether it’s the color accuracy of a photo or the perfectly straight fold of a brochure, printers are always trying to squeeze the most out of their tools. In this article I want to cover a particularly difficult area of printing; gradients.

A gradient, in regards to printing, is a smooth blend from one color to another. Gradients can come in all shapes and sizes, they can also include more than two colors. Their use has steadily increased in our industry as designers have started taking advantage of the growing number of color printers in the field. Gradients bring a set of challenges to the printer, especially in digital printing.

There are several guidelines you can follow to get the most out of your gradients. The most effective method for improving your final results starts at the design stage by adhering to some basic guidelines. Things like making sure it’s a vector element and dictating values that won’t clash with the natural dot gain from the print engine. There are also some steps you can take at the last minute to improve your results right at the print engine.

Firstly, vector gradients are far superior to raster artwork. In a nutshell, raster artwork is comprised of pixels with a defined resolution. Each individual pixel has its own color designation. A raster gradient could be described as a picture of a gradient. Vector gradients are mathematically defined. A vector gradient is essentially a line with points along its axis with color anchors. This more simple method of creating a gradient is far simpler and more forgiving once it hits the print engine. Vector gradients allow the RIP system in the print engine to do its own calculations of all the colors in between the defined anchor points. In essence it gives the printer a degree of flexibility to smoothly draw the fade based on its own math. A raster gradient comes predefined and the printer simply outputs what it receives, which isn’t always a good fit for the printer (Figure 1).

Second, we’ll talk about color limits and dot gain. This can be a deep topic but there are some simple rules to keep things simple. This part focuses on the color choices and what specific colors are used within the gradient. Simply speaking, you want to avoid having your gradient reach the limits of the color channel. That is to say, your lowest and highest color values should be within the center 80% of the full range of color (Figure 2).

When venturing outside of this safe range you are likely to experience a phenomena when printing where your gradient will have a hard step. This occurs when the color values defined in the artwork cross over the dot gain that happens during printing. Printers have a word for this, it’s called plugging. Basically what’s happening is the artwork is calling for such a high fidelity dot that it falls outside of what’s possible for the printer to reproduce (Figure 3).

Those tips are great if you have the luxury of going back to the source document. Often times, trouble doesn’t arise until crunch time when a job is due. In that situation, options are limited to changes on the output side. There are a couple things you can do to help improve your results.

Calibration is critical for smooth gradients. Calibration, or more specifically linearization, is your first line of defense when having trouble printing a gradient. A proper linearization forces the print engine’s output to be true to dot. When a machine falls out of calibration you can start to see unwanted shifts in small ranges of color. On most printers, the calibration or linearization process is rather user friendly and it’s just good practice to keep the printer calibrated.

If you’re still struggling to print a smooth gradient and your printer is well calibrated you may need to explore running at a lower line screen. Printing at a lower LPI will increase the size of the dots comprising the printed image. This can help to ease the load on the print engine and help it to produce a smoother looking gradient. It can have some adverse effects on other elements in the job but this trade off can help in some situations. If your print engine or RIP system allows, you can also experiment with alternate dot shapes, such as stochastic or a line shaped dot.

Gradients can be difficult, in many ways, they are one of the toughest elements to print. With a bit of planning ahead you can circumvent many problems by just changing some properties of the gradient. In a pinch you can also experiment with the output settings of the engine and get out of trouble.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

Variable Data Printing

Variable Data Printing

Variable Data Printing
by Steven Barrett

Direct and targeted marketing has become the mainstay of print publishing in recent times. Creating a specific message for each individual recipient has profound results on the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. Gone are the days of mass marketing with long runs of static messages which blanket an audience. The future of marketing is individualized. We live in a time where in your mailbox, you might find a postcard from your local auto dealer highlighting just the right car for your demographic. Your soccer mom neighbor could receive an ad for a minivan whereas the lumberjack across the street’s ad shows a heavy duty truck. This form of targeted marketing has proven far more effective, efficient and exciting.

Variable Data Printing is a term used to describe the coming together of the printed piece with a database of information. Digital print engines have opened new doors in the VDP arena that bring some astounding capabilities to the table.  It requires marketing brain power to come up with thoughtful and creative ways to use the available data to make a judgement as to what message is most appropriate for the reader.

VDP comes in all shapes and sizes. The most basic of which is simple text such as a recipients first name at the top of a mailer or the printing of an address block for mailed pieces. More complex VDP can selectively print images or document layers based on certain fields in a database. An example of this might be the picture of a truck for male recipients and a minivan for women.

Modern digital printing equipment can print variable without a hitch. The real task lies in creating the VDP job. The largest requirement is to have a database of recipients, the more data in the database – the more complex the VDP can be. There are a wide variety of software packages that specialize in working with variable data. This has really become an industry unto itself with a full scope of software from the very basic to the extremely powerful. Robust software can select individual layers from PDF based on rules applied to the database (e.x . If gender is male then truck is selected)

The ultimate form of variable data printing is slowly emerging in the large retail world. Based on buying habits big box stores can deduce, for example, when a woman is pregnant and then swarm her inbox with coupons for diapers and baby food. Marketing on this scale requires vast databases and complex computing power to make determinations based on the data.

Brought to you by VDP

At this time, most all print manufacturers should be offering at least basic variable data printing to their customers. The market demand for targeted messages is steadily growing and the tools to create them are getting better every day.

Keep an eye on this exciting segment of our industry because it won’t be long before it’s all we do.


Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
www.midstatelitho.net

How Do Colors Affect Purchase?

How Do Colors Affect Purchase? For retailers, selling is the art of persuasion. There are many factors that influence how and what consumers buy. A large part of every decision is based on visual cues, and the strongest and most persuasive is color.

Color and Marketing

When marketing new products, it is crucial to consider that consumers place visual appearance and color above other factors when shopping.

  • 1% Sound/Smell
  • 6% Texture
  • 93% Visual Appearance

NOTE: 85% of shoppers place color as a primary reason for why they buy a particular product; 15% other.

Color and Branding

Color increases brand recognition by 80%. Brand recognition directly links to consumer confidence.

Color and North American Consumers

Color is one of the most powerful methods of design. However, it is not entirely universal. Colors that entice in North America are often different from those that entice in India. Below are colors that affect North American online shoppers. Below are colors that affect North American online shoppers.

  • Yellow
    • Optimistic and Youthful
    • Often used to grab attention of window shoppers
  • Red
    • Energy
    • Increases heart rate
    • Creates urgency
    • Often seen in clearance sales
  • Blue
    • Creates the sensation of trust and security
    • Often seen with banks and businesses
  • Green
    • Associated with wealth
    • The easiest color for the eyes to process
    • Used in stores to relax
  • Orange
    • Aggressive
    • Creates a call to action
    • Subscribe, buy, or sell
  • Pink
    • Romantic and feminine
    • Used to market products to women and young girls
  • Black
    • Powerful and sleek
    • Used to market luxury products
  • Purple
    • Used to soothe and calm
    • Often seen in beauty or anti-aging products

 How Do Colors Affect Purchase? Colors and Types of Consumers

Color also has the unique ability to attract specific types of shoppers and change shopping behavior.

  • Impulse Shoppers – Fast Food, Outlet Malls, Clearance Sales

    • Red
    • Orange
    • Black
    • Royal Blue
  • Shoppers on a Budget – Banks, Larger Department Stores
    • Navy Blue
    • Teal
  • Traditional Buyers – Clothing Stores
    • Pink
    • Sky Blue
    • Rose

Other Influences

Color is not the only item that influences consumer behavior. For online shoppers, design, buzz words and convenience affect their need to shop.

Overall Design

For many online shoppers, poor website navigability and poor overall designs are the reasons they choose not to purchase from a particular website.

  • 42% of shoppers base their opinion of a website on overall design alone
  • 52% of shoppers that did not return because of overall aesthetics

The Element of Time

Speed, efficiency and convenience are some of the many reasons shoppers are turning to internet retailers. Having a website that runs even five seconds slower than your competitors could mean a huge economic loss.

  • 64% of online shoppers that did not purchase items because the website was too slow
  • Amazon found that with every 100MS of load time there was a 1% decrease in sales

Power Words

Retailers rely on the ability of words to evoke emotions in consumers. The right “power” word could prompt a consumer to purchase an item at one retail shop over an identical item at another shop.

  • 52% of consumers are more likely to enter a store if there is a sale sign in the window
  • 60% of consumers feel at ease and are more likely to purchase a product that has the word “guaranteed” associated with it

Sources: dirjournal.com, colormatters.com, “The Effects of Store Environment On Shopping Behaviors: A Critical Review” by Shun Yin Lam, “The Profit of Color” by Color Marketing Group, “The Psychology of Color in Marketing” by June Campbell, “The Psychology of Web Performance”; KISSmetrics

Colordyne Production Class Printing System

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 Prime Label & Tag Printing

Colordyne Production Class Printing System

sprint_shadowThe CDT- 1600 PC Sprint is a Production Class printing system that performs continuous web printing on pressure-sensitive labels, narrow web packaging, retail tags, professional documents, and pre-die cut labels at 32 inches per second (160 feet per minute), powered by Memjet technology. With five printheads containing over 350,000 nozzles, the Production Class printing system releases 3.5 billion drops of ink per second while printing in full process color (CMYK + 1 spot) at affordable costs. The CDT-1600 PC’s five color interchangeable ink delivery system has a 10 liter ink tank capacity.

Colordyne’s Production Class printing system is the world’s first roll to roll digital printing system. Delivering 1600 x 1200 dpi, the CDT-1600 PC is a high speed roll to roll color digital printing system. The web handling system is manufactured by Aztech Converting Systems and is proven to be reliable in the global printing industry.

Combining Aztech’s Servo web control for critical constant web speed along with the remarkably fast Memjet powered print system, the CDT-1600 PC maintains web print speeds of 32 inches per second. Colordyne’s high speed Production Class printing system is designed for manufacturing floors and distribution centers allowing customers to print what they want, when they want it. With a compact system footprint, the CDT-1600 PC requires minimal user intervention and on-site maintenance, along with no expensive power systems.

Ask about our in-line finishing system! For more information, contact our sales team at
1-800-343-4231 or at sales@midstatelitho.net

Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

cdt1600c

Eliminate Label Inventories with Digital Print

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Eliminate label inventories with digital print.

With the CDT 1600 C, print on demand has never been easier. Using digital print allows you to eliminate pre-printed label inventories and reduce costs. In one step, add color to your tags and labels, integrate variable data, and print what you need, when you need it.
Designed for secondary and logistics labeling, as well as private labeling and branding, the CDT 1600 C is the fastest digital color tag and label printer in its class. Powered by Memjet technology, the CDT 1600 C prints at 12 inches per second, with print quality up to 1600 x 1600 dpi.
Print full digital color at the same cost as thermal transfer.
Capable of printing full digital color at the same cost as thermal transfer, the Colordyne family of printers provides a custom solution for your business. Printing labels and tags in full color offers endless possibilities for branding and messaging. The CDT 1600 C allows you to print today for tomorrow’s production.
Add value by printing labels in full color.
Meeting and exceeding the needs of the tag and label print industry, the CDT 1600 C presents an affordable and scalable solution for a variety of industries and applications. The CDT 1600 C prints rich colors at full-bleed and excels in printing readable small fonts and sharp barcodes.Colordyne adds value to your business by providing digital printing, variable data, and color management solutions.
Use the CDT 1600 C for high volume, full color industrial solutions.
  • Print labels and tags on demand and eliminate pre-printed label inventory
  • Reduce supply chain errors by using color to increase picking accuracy
  • Add more control over your labeling operations by moving your production in house
  • Tap into new branding opportunities by printing your shipping label in color to build brand awareness
  • Increase your profitability by offering private labeling
  • Increase effectiveness of retail shelf tags through the use of color labels

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Mid-State Litho, Inc.
5459 Fenton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Toll Free: 1-800-343-4231
www.midstatelitho.net

MGI Announces Acquisition of CERADROP

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MGI Announces Acquisition of CERADROP, French leader in 3D-printed electronics

NEWS RELEASE: Ivry-Sur-Seine, France (September 24, 2013)

MGI Digital Graphic Technology has announced the acquisition of 100% stake in CERADROP, a company specializing in the design and manufacturing of high-end professional inkjet printing systems for the printed electronics industry. With this operation, MGI Digital Graphic Technology positions itself in a new high growth market, where it will deploy the same innovation that has led to its current international success in the graphic arts industry.

A French leader

CERADROP is a cutting-edge French company based in Limoges, France, founded in 2006, by members of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) the world-renowned laboratory, and in under just seven years has become the French leader in inkjet equipment for printed electronics market and the printing of 3D components.

A unique technology coupled with very specific inks, CERADROP has developed advanced equipment for printing both 2D and 3D-ceramic and organic electronic components with high added-value, such as antennas, Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display screens, electronic chip cards, solar cells, RFID tags, printed batteries, and biomedical sensors.

These components can be printed onto a wide variety of materials such as glass, metals, polymers, plastics, paper and others to open up a wealth of applications that outperforms many conventional manufacturing processes.

CERADROP’s product lineup is capable of adapting to itself to print very complex component designs and overcome constraints linked to the type of materials being deposited via inkjet with an exclusive patented software suite. Ceradrop currently counts among their customers advanced scientific laboratories such as the CEA and Centre National d’ Etudes Spatiales in Fraunhofer Germany, industrial groups such as Gemalto, DisaSolar and Thales, as well as American universities such as Northwestern.

Another important high growth market includes printed OLED displays for the industrial and third generation printed solar panels.
The equipment manufactured and marketed by CERADROP has been developed from applied research in the field of nanotechnology. CERADROP solutions are able to print from 50μ wide conductive track to multilayer ceramic components such as 3D-printing.

CERADROP counts on a team of 15 Doctors, engineers and technicians and integrates the entire value chain at the Limoges site in France.

The company is currently involved in several major research programs, illustrating its recognized technological expertise:

 

  • SPrinTronics to equip Europeans players in the electronics and solar industry disruptive technology in areas such as medical, aerospace, digital security and electric vehicles;
  • ASTRIJE managed by CEA on the implementation of printed fuel cells using inkjet printing;
  • CerMJet developed with the DGA in the field of printed ceramic magnetic components;

A market forecasted more than 40 billion dollars in 2020

The manufacturing of electronic components using printing processes has been forecasted to grow exponentially in the coming years. These new processes are intended for sectors as diverse as energy, aerospace, defense, transportation and health and require large volumes of production.

The advantages of printed electronics over traditional methods are numerous: lower investments, mass customization, performance, integration of components on substrates of any size and complexity.

These benefits are at the heart of the projected market boom in printed electronics. According to IDTechEx market research, the market for printed electronics was estimated at $9.4 billion in 2012, and is forecasted to grow to more than $40 billion in 2020 and $300 billion by 2030.

Strategic moves for MGI

In the 90’s, digital printing technologies shook the world of conventional offset printing processes in the graphic arts industry. A new revolution is now underway in the world of electronics with the launch of printed electronics and 3D printing.

The fusion of CERADROP’s advanced technologies and MGI’s hardware and software expertise will provide multi-material, high precision and scalable equipment to fit the needs of a new industry that is primed for massive growth. The technological expertise and know- how around inkjet printing housed at CERADROP will also have an immediate impact on MGI’s enhanced future product line.

From a manufacturing standpoint, CERADROP will benefit from significant purchasing synergies and industry expertise acquired by MGI over the years, especially when coupled with the 2011 acquisition of KÖRA-PACKMAT, German automation specialist, which reinforced MGI’s expertise in the fabrication of precision mechanical systems.

The final combination of these three different areas of expertise gives rise to a group which has all the necessary know-how needed to take full advantage of the announced revolution in printed electronics and 3D-printing.

Edmond Abergel, president of MGI Digital Graphic Technology, said: “With the acquisition of CERADROP, a new promising area of growth emerges for the MGI Group. Twenty years ago, we were pioneers in the world of digital printing for professionals in the graphic arts industry. Through our innovation and setting our sights since the very beginning on the international markets, we have become a recognized player in this market.

Today, with the explosion of printed electronics and 3D-printing, new opportunities are available to us.

Our technological advantages allow us to be a leader in this new business segment. With the team from CERADROP at our side, we can establish a center of excellence with exceptional and global expertise the field of inkjet. Integrating CERADROP will thus enable us not only to accelerate innovation in our current markets but also to position ourselves in these new markets for printed electronics and 3D-printing, which has been widely forecasted to become mass market in the next five years.”

About the MGI Group

The MGI Group is composed of MGI Digital Graphic Technology, headquartered in Paris (Ivry-sur-Seine), France, KÖRA-PACKMAT, located in Villingendorf, Germany, and CERADROP, located in Limoges, France.

Founded in 1982, MGI Digital Graphic Technology designs, manufactures and markets a full and innovative range of award-winning digital presses and a complete line of versatile finishing solutions. MGI has a portfolio comprised of several thousand customers in a wide range of sectors, including graphic industry professionals, Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, plastic card manufacturers, silk screeners and photo labs.

A leader in the professional graphic equipment market, MGI is registered on the Euronext Paris Alternext stock exchange (ALMDG). They received the prestigious OSEO “Innovative Company” & “OSEO Excellence” labels respectively in 2009 & 2012 in recognition of their expertise and innovation in the graphics & finishing
industry. In addition, MGI has won thirteen international product awards from 2008-2012 related to technological innovation, including the 2010 Siemens Innovation Grand Prix and the 2011 Engineering Prize for their color inkjet technology and the InterTech Technology Award from PIA in 2013. MGI USA, based in Melbourne, Florida, is MGI’s fully-owned subsidiary that services the North and South American, Caribbean and Asia-Pacific markets.

KÖRA-PACKMAT is an industrial manufacturing company which specializes in the development of offset subsystems. With four business units that cover feeding systems, paper transport systems, film wrapping machines & ultrasonic sealing systems, KÖRA-PACKMAT has a worldwide presence that is represented through
a network of distributors and a subsidiary based in Singapore.

 

Mitsubishi – Computer-to-Plate

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Mitsubishi Imaging’s Graphic Arts Materials division provides commercial and in-plant printers with high quality imaging products, technical expertise and the latest offset and digital solutions in CTP, Proofing, Digital Printing and Workflow.

Computer-to-Plate Mitsubishi Imaging offers the industry’s most innovative, affordable and Eco-Friendly Computer-to-Plate technology, including our processless and chemistry-free Thermal DigiPlate System and our SDP-Eco1630IIIR automated platesetter.

As the premier manufacturer in polyester plate technology, we offer our benchmark SilverMaster® and Silver DigiPlate™ plate materials plus the sustainable green technology of our processless Thermal DigiPlate system.

Proofing Small and medium-sized commercial printers need high quality,consistent color proofing. With high quality Mitsubishi Diamond Proof papers designed specifically for proofing, customer achieve accurate color proofing with products from the leading supplier of inkjet proofing media.

Digital Printing Our expansive portfolio of Mitsubishi branded Diamond Jet and Diamond Proof inkjet substrates provide high-performance proofing and a full range of digital printing applications. With over 30 years experience in inkjet development and 100 years in paper manufacturing, our papers will rival the best in the industry and perform consistently, delivering results you can count on.

Workflow Mitsubishi offers SDP Smart Tools workflow solutions and other right-sized proofing solutions to help customers achieve fast, consistent output to their proofers and platesetters. SDP Smart Tools integrates and automates prepress tasks to cut down on mistakes, save time and reduce costs – which helps customers meet their efficiency and quality goals.

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