International Paper has announced that its xpedx business will merge with Unisource Worldwide under the terms of an agreement that will then result in the creation of a new publicly traded company. The merger is expected to be completed in mid-2014.
Mary Laschinger, president of xpedx and senior vice president at International Paper, will become CEO of the new company and chairman of its board of directors. Allan Dragone, currently president and CEO of Unisource Worldwide, will serve as a director of the new company and will advise on integration activities.
Crest Dutch Machinery has introduced the RSC 3200 Ci Roll Sheet Cutter, a 126-in.-wide X-Y cutter. Developed for cutting textiles (slitting and cross cutting), the cutter can also handle other media including paper, foil, PVC, and polyester. It can be operated in manual, semi-automatic, or automatic mode. A skew function for alignment adjustment is standard; an optional hot-cutting system is available. The cutter is also available in 60- and 93.5-in. models.
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The die-hard Seahawks fans at FastSigns of Kirkland, Washington, have begun prepping for the upcoming Super Bowl by creating and printing “12th-man” banner signs for fans to show their support.
EFI has launched its new 3.2-meter EFI Vutek GS3250LXr Pro, a dedicated UV LED roll-to-roll printer. The 6-color GS3250LXr Pro can print on a range of flexible substrates and offers variable-drop grayscale printhead technology; 600-dpi resolution; and a top speed of 1200 sq ft/hr. Other features include: multi-roll (up to 60 in. each roll) and double-sided printing capabilities. We’ll have more info once full specs become available.
Polytype America has introduced the NQ32 grand-format UV printer, a 3.2-meter combination flatbed/roll-to-roll machine. Featuring Dimatix Q-Class printheads, the machine offers grayscale capability (10- to 30-pL drop size), supports up to nine color channels (CMYKcm and additional colors, plus optional white), and boasts a top Production speed of 1500 sq ft/hr (3000 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode; faster speeds are available with the Warp Engine). Top visual resolution is 2400 dpi. The NQ32’s table measures 50 x 128 in.
Colter & Peterson has debuted its new 45-in. Saber X15 cutter. The heavy-duty precision paper cutter offers a max. cutting depth of 45 in., automatic knife adjustment, a new hydraulic system, Microcut 15-in. touchscreen controls, and more. The X15 is also available in 37-, 54-, and 62-in. sizes; the Saber XXL is available in sizes up to 126-in.
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LumeJet previewed its Digital PrintHead technology, which comprises a multi-LED exposure head and fiber optics to “spray” light onto photosensitive silver-halide paper, producing a contone print. The LumeJet S200 is the company’s first product – a reel-fed printer that has a 12-in. print width and a 3.2-ft repeat length. Print speed is 131 ft/hr; its 400-dpi exposure produces an equivalent halftone resolution of 8000 dpi, the company reports.
American Ultraviolet has introduced its AUV XL line of coaters, specifically geared to the flatbed market. Available in 60- and 80-in. standard and custom sizes, they can coat rigid and flexible substrates up to 3-in. thick and offer a speed range from 30 to 110 ft/minute; coating thickness is adjustable from .03 to .08 mil. The coaters feature a built-in triple liquid system that can hold two different coatings and a cleaning solvent (a fourth white coat tank is optional).
Konica Minolta, Inc. has acquired a 10-percent stake in MGI Digital Graphic Technology (MGI), the French producer of digital print and finishing solutions. MGI will maintain its independence and will remain autonomous in defining its industry strategy, the companies report.
“This investment will be dedicated to drive future growth, and is part of a common long-term vision to establish a stronger presence in the professional digital printing market,” the companies announced in a press release.
EFI has announced that it has acquired SmartLinc Inc., the Milwaukee-based developer of shipping software. SmartLinc employees, including former SmartLinc co-owners Greg Billinghurst and Scott Kwiatkowski, have joined EFI