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IPEX 2006 shows new newspaper printing technology

the relationship newspaper found in the archives of Strasbourg, France, shows that 2005 is the 400th anniversary of newspaper printing. This high priced newsletter "guanxi" for subscription is the information obtained by Johann Carolus through the paid employment communication network, which was originally published by hand. In 1605, canorus bought a printing factory and began printing the relationship newspaper to increase production. He also calculated that if he printed more newspapers and sold them at a lower price, he could get more benefits from them. In other words, the most basic concept of newspaper publishing has basically not changed in these 400 years

in recent years, whenever there are technological changes, newspaper printing often lags behind other printing fields, which may be related to its business scale and huge investment. However, in the next decade, it will change dramatically. This change has taken place in the design and function of newspapers to cope with the competition of other non print media, such as radio, television and the recent network

innovation is the theme of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) exhibition signed by ipexversalis and Pirelli tire on March 19, 2013 at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham, England, in April 2006. All major suppliers of newspaper printing, including Agfa, Kodak, Ossi, ferag, Martini, gaobao, Manroland, Gauss international, Weifa, XSYS, Michael amber, shengweike, sunchem Companies such as grafitec web, grafitek and universal will gather here to show their latest technologies

of course, the development trend of newspapers varies from continent to continent, even from country to country, but production equipment everywhere should be able to print full-color newspapers and constantly improve the quality of printing. In addition, the newspaper layout is decreasing, which is due to people's increasingly dynamic differentiation. Different readers need some special issues and magazine supplements of higher quality

therefore, we see significant investment changes in production equipment. For example, in the UK alone, the total investment in the last two years has exceeded 1billion pounds. Not all investments are invested in offset printing. Just as KBA expanded the scale of flexographic printing at its Harmsworth quays factory in London, associated press also built a second £ 80million flexographic printing factory in Greenfield to meet its nationwide newspaper full-color printing needs

with the occurrence of these changes, in 2015, people can expect that the CTP system for flexographic printing suitable for newspaper production will accelerate the development, added Professor Andrea C. Ferrari, the scientific and technical staff and chairman of the management group of graphene flagship company, and put it into commercial application. Earlier this year, MacDermid will launch its newly developed automation equipment. However, it is reported that most newspaper printing houses are waiting for the launch of a kind of offset printing plate suitable for newspaper printing without processing. Although Agfa, Kodak and Fuji have launched plates for other printing fields, they consider that this technology should not only be suitable for newspaper printing, but also be resistant to long print runs. It should also be economical and applicable, and it should also be difficult for other manufacturers to do so

the development trend of the global newspaper printing industry is still strong. According to the statistics of the World Press Association, more than 1billion people around the world read newspapers every day, an increase of nearly 5% in the past five years. What is more impressive is that newspaper printing accounts for about 25% of the global printing volume, far more than magazines or books. In fact, globally, every 2.1% increase in print sales is equivalent to an increase of 395million copies, and the variety of products will increase by 2%. This growth comes not only from the progress of developing countries, but also in many mature markets

publishers and equipment manufacturers have realized that newspaper printing is subject to competition from other media, especially the sub media of high-end, fine and high value-added chemical products, so they have many innovative ideas. At IPEX 2006, we will see many new technologies in the printing industry. For example, there will be rethinking of the design of newspaper printing press. Therefore, we can see Gauss' flexible printing Roland DICOweb system, gaobao's Cortina printing machine and Weifa's evolution printing machine. Although these printing machines are different, the most basic idea is that the future newspaper production must change, so the printing machines installed now must be able to adapt to new challenges

for many newspapers, it is more feasible to distribute before printing, rather than the concept of printing before distribution. Moreover, due to the need for newspaper publishing to be strengthened according to different market segments, the number of prints has also decreased correspondingly. Gauss' FPS and gaobao's Cortina are designed with compact models and sliding separate printing towers, which are easier to install in existing buildings and require the least labor

interestingly, Cortina printing machine uses keyless and waterless printing technology, which once again improves the operability and printing quality. Indeed, to meet these requirements, the most difficult part is the development of printing plates and inks. However, in any case, all major conventional cold set ink manufacturers, including XSYS, Michael amber, Suntech and sunchem, are developing suitable products and gradually shifting from laboratory to industrial production

earlier last year, the first Cortina printing machine (installed in the rodirotatidruk factory in the Netherlands) was successfully put into operation, and gaobao received orders for seven more machines. As the Cortina series is produced by assembly line, the sales price is expected to be reduced. It can provide reel type waterless offset printing to adapt to other printing fields

other developments include the application of UV curing technology to achieve better cold fixation and thermosetting printing with the same ink. Now the application of this technology in newspaper printing is no longer limited by speed and high cost as before. It can be used for cold set printing of newspapers coated with glossy coated paper, so that newspapers can show the high printing quality and brighter colors required by advertisers, while delaying the life of newspapers. It can also expand the viability of newspaper printing plants and improve the utilization of printing machines

manufacturers that use ultraviolet light for newspaper printing experiments include Weifa and Manroland. The evolution series technological innovation of the former is also used in CTP technology, and the latter is DICOweb printing machine. This technology has been used in small sheet fed presses for many years, but it has not been used in large web presses, and the newspaper printing industry plays a leading role in this regard

digital printing technology is another key technology of newspaper printing. At present, it is mainly used to make people who leave home see the newspaper a they like, rather than the newspaper B or C. This is an example of hundreds of newspapers printed on reels or digital printers in major cities around the world. For example, through the digital newspaper network of Ossi, or the single sheet newspaper printing service counted by copies provided by newspaperdirect and satellite newspapers

through network transmission and digital printing technology, full-color newspapers can be printed, and the printing speed has gradually reached an acceptable level. For example, Kodak Wanyin now provides an inkjet system that can print more than 1000 40 page full-color newspapers in one hour. In the upcoming IPEX 2006, we can see that more manufacturers will launch similar or higher quality products

there are so many new technologies developed for the newspaper printing industry, so people can see many new things appear on IPEX 2006. Perhaps the concept of newspaper printing has not changed much than that of John canorus at that time, but the printing technology used must have changed, and will be more significantly displayed in the next few years. ※

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