Mohawk Expands Wide Format Inkjet Portfolio with New Line of Printable Textiles and Canvas, Engineered by Aurora

To meet the needs of the growing display graphics market, Mohawk announces the expansion of its wide format inkjet portfolio with the launch of a new line of Mohawk Printable Textiles and Canvas, Engineered by Aurora, for the latex, UV, and Solvent printers. The items within the new line are manufactured in the United States by Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, a North American-based, global leader in the manufacturing of high quality textile substrates for printing. Mohawk and Aurora Specialty Textiles Group share longstanding histories of manufacturing excellence, best-in-class products made in the USA, comprehensive expertise in research and development, deep traditions of innovation and a strong commitment to customer service. click Read More below for additional detail
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Euro-Graph Statistics of the European Graphic Papers Industry – December 2016

Total European shipments of Graphic Papers in December 2016 were down 5.9% vs. December 2015 and were down 4.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Newsprint in December 2016 were down 5.9% vs. December 2015 and were down 3.5% year-to-date. Total European shipments of SC-Magazine in December 2016 were UP 1.2% vs. December 2015 and were UP 2.8% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Mechanical Reels in December 2016 were down 12.5% vs. December 2015 and were down 8.6% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Mechanical (improved & others) in December 2016 were UP 1.8% vs. December 2015 and were down 4.6% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Coated Woodfree in December 2016 were down 7.4% vs. December 2015 and were down 6.9% year-to-date. Total European shipments of Uncoated Woodfree in December 2016 were down 5.5% vs. December 2015 and were down 5.6% year-to-date. click Read More below for additional detail
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Sandy Alexander Installs First EFI VUTEk 5r Roll-to-Roll LED Printer in U.S.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced that Sandy Alexander, Inc. is the first U.S. customer to purchase and install EFI’s new high-volume, 5-meter EFI VUTEk 5r LED roll-to-roll printer. The Clifton, N.J.-based integrated multi-channel communication solutions provider chose the superwide-format printer to add greater production capacity and redundancy in its growing Wide Format division. According to Michael Graff, president and CEO of Sandy Alexander, the new addition reflects the company’s commitment to building even stronger relationships with clients by addressing their evolving needs. “Every year, customers’ expectations ratchet up as shorter time to market and lower costs are part of the narrative for businesses everywhere,” Graff says. “As our customers are pressed to meet tight deadlines and contain costs, we focus on researching and investing in state-of-the-art technology, and keeping a watchful eye on how best to tighten-up our workflow to drive efficiency. Being better, faster, and more efficient is what gives us our edge.” click Read More below for additional detail
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Five Printers Discuss Benefits of Idealliance G7 Master Printer Qualification

Remember the beginning of “The Wizard of Oz”? In the 1939 Hollywood film, Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, survives a tornado only to find her house has been displaced from where it stood in Kansas. When she opens her shadowy, sepia-toned front door, she sees a magical land … filled with color. “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy tells her faithful Cairn terrier, Toto. Indeed, seeing in color can take your breath away. When cyan, magenta, yellow and black are applied correctly to paper, each turn of the page feels like entering a new world. But how do we get there? Sans the tornado, preferably. click Read More below for more of the story
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Target Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Earnings

Fourth quarter comparable sales decreased 1.5 percent, compared to the guidance range of (1.5%) to (1.0%)1. Fourth quarter comparable digital channel sales increased 34 percent, contributing 1.8 percentage points of comparable sales growth. Fourth quarter comparable sales growth in Signature Categories outpaced total comparable sales by nearly 3 percentage points. Fourth quarter comparable traffic increased 0.2 percent. click Read More below for additional detail
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RR Donnelley Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Net sales in the quarter were $1.88 billion, up $67.0 million or 3.7% from the fourth quarter of 2015. This increase was primarily due to $80.4 million in net sales previously recognized by reporting units that are now part of LSC and Donnelley Financial and $14.0 million from the previously announced acquisition of Precision Dialogue, partially offset by a negative $16.1 million impact from changes in foreign exchange rates, a $6.3 million reduction related to dispositions completed earlier in the year and a consolidated net organic sales decline of 0.4%. The decline in net organic sales was primarily driven by increased volume in the International and Strategic Services segments which was more than offset by lower postage pass through sales in Strategic Services, price declines across all three segments and lower volume in the Variable Print segment. Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $363.7 million or 19.4% of net sales versus $373.6 million or 20.6% of net sales in the 2015 quarter. Continued cost reductions were more than offset by modest price pressure in most product categories, unfavorable product mix and a one-time charge in the logistics reporting unit within the Strategic Services segment. click Read More below for additional detail
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Cerberus Capital Management Completes Acquisition of Staples’ European Operations

Staples, Inc. and Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. announced the completion of the sale of a controlling interest in Staples' European operations to a Cerberus affiliate. Staples, Inc. will retain a 15 percent equity interest in the business, which has been separated into a privately-held company operating under the name Staples Solutions B.V. ("Staples Solutions"). Staples' European business consists of retail, contract, and online businesses in 17 countries generating aggregate annual sales of approximately €1.7 billion. With the close of this deal, Staples' global customers with a European presence will have their business needs met through the comprehensive services Staples Solutions will offer, while we will be able to fully devote our resources to growing our business in North America," said Shira Goodman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Staples, Inc. click Read More below for additional detail
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Oil prices dip, rising U.S. output offsets OPEC cuts

Global oil prices dipped on Tuesday but continued to trade in a tight range with the OPEC-led output cuts offset by increasing crude production from the United States. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has so far surprised the market by showing record compliance with oil-output curbs, and could improve in coming months as the biggest laggards - the United Arab Emirates and Iraq - pledge to catch up quickly with their targets. click Read More below for additional detail
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Etihad Airways and Ink team up for travel media

We are very excited to announce that Etihad Airways, known as the “World’s Leading Airline” for eight consecutive years, has signed a deal with Ink for its new inflight media. Ink is teaming up with the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates in March 2017 to launch the new 5 star inflight magazine Atlas and once again enhance the onboard experience for its loyal customers. Atlas will be modern in its outlook, global in its perspective. An ideal companion to one of 21st century’s most innovative airlines. click Read More below for more of the story
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Neenah to Exhibit at Dscoop 2017

Neenah will exhibit at Dscoop 2017, with a heavy focus on its newly expanded Neenah Digital Papers portfolio. The addition of 70 new items rounds out this line of 22 brands, 19 textures, 60+ colors and multiple packaging and label options. Visit Neenah in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 200 on Thursday, March 2nd and Friday March 3rd to see the refreshed line along with Neenah’s collection of products for various digital printing markets including wide format and digital packaging. “Participating in Dscoop gives Neenah the opportunity to connect with like-minded printers, partners, and industry thought leaders. It’s a privilege to be part of a community that is continually seeking new innovations and new solutions for the digital print market. We are looking forward to debuting the new Neenah Digital Papers portfolio — the largest expansion to date of this line — at Dscoop,” said Greg Maze, Sales & Marketing Manager – Digital & Wide Format, Neenah. click Read More below for additional detail
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