27 Feb 2020

Latest on Canon purchase of Oce

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On November 16, 2009 Canon Inc. (trading symbol CAJ) ("Canon") and Océ N.V. (trading symbol OCE) ("Océ") announced that Canon intends to make a fully self-funded, public cash offer for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Océ (the "Ordinary Shares") at an offer price of € 8.60 in cash per Ordinary Share.

Today, Canon has given notice to the AFM (Dutch Authority Financial Markets) that it has acquired through market purchases a number of Ordinary Shares representing approximately 20.0% of Océ's total issued share capital.

These Ordinary Shares were acquired by Canon at an average price of € 8.546 (with € 8.59 as the highest price paid) and represent approximately 25.3% of the total Ordinary Shares.

Five lucky winners of the new Two Sides competition will see sustainable forestry and papermaking in action

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Five lucky winners of the new Two Sides competition will see sustainable forestry and papermaking in action

Two Sides is offering five competition winners the opportunity to visit the forestry and papermaking facilities of  one of Europe's leading paper producers. The competition is part of the Two Sides multifaceted awareness campaign recently launched across the UK to promote the sustainability of print and paper as 'Renewable, Recyclable and Powerful'.

"The prize is a fantastic opportunity to spend time in some of Europe's forests, seeing how trees are harvested and then replanted, and then follow the pulping process through to final paper production," says Two Sides spokesman Martyn Eustace. "Seeing paper being made, and realising how trees are a natural and renewable resource is always a trip that people remember. There are those that believe that our forests are diminishing but in Europe, where more than 90% of our paper comes from, forests have grown by 30% since 1950 and are increasing by 1.5 million football pitches every year."

Hosting the visit for five winners are Stora Enso, UPM Kymmene, Mondi Uncoated Fine Papers, grupo Portucel Soporcel and Sappi. These organisations will look after the winners and their colleagues over two or three days, and ensure that there is time not only for discovering more about the industry but also relaxing and enjoying some of the local hospitality.

It is easy to enter the competition on the Two Sides website (www.twosides.info), where visitors can also find facts and figures plus general information about the sustainable graphic communication supply chain.

Learn About Profitable, Eco-Friendly Large Format in Educational Webinar on WhatTheyThink

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Large Format represents an important strategic element in business diversification for today’s printers

WhatTheyThink.com today announced the opportunity for industry professionals to attend a free printing industry educational webinar. Eco-Friendly Large format Impressions, which will be led by industry expert Barbara A. Pellow, Group Director of Production Services for research firm InfoTrends.  Sponsored by HP, the event will be held Wednesday, December 2nd, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST (7:00PM - 8:00PM UK time).

No-charge registration is available at the webinar registration page.

“Today’s commercial printers need to diversify to survive,” said Pellow.  “While there are lots of options for diversification, large format is an important element of a diversification strategy.  Your customers are likely already buying large format from someone … join us for this session to learn how you can bring those services, and a new revenue stream, in house without a significant impact on your environmental footprint.”

Pellow will be joined by

  • Dr. Ross Allen of HP.  Dr. Allen has in-depth personal knowledge and 28 years of experience in inkjet technology and digital imaging products.  As a Senior Technology Specialist at HP, he has more than 40 US patents to his name.  He will explain HP’s Latex ink technology, where it fits in the market and its environmental importance.
  • Kyle Morrison, Project-Ink.com.  Project Ink is a progressive graphics agency providing organic design, innovative green media products and environmental graphic application/installations.
  • Brett O’Connell, Quantum Digital Imaging.  Quantum Digital Imaging combines the latest in large format digital output technologies with advanced finishing equipmenbt and the highest regard for quality and craftsmanship.


“Our panelists will share how they have expanded their offerings through wide format to leverage the brand assets and creative from the sales and marketing collateral they are already printing to increase both revenue and profit,” said Randy Davidson, President, WhatTheyThink. “We are also pleased to have Dr. Allen explain the new HP Latex inks.  We appreciate the fact that HP is sponsoring this important session, allowing us to make it available at no charge.”

Attendees will be able to participate in a live question and answer session to get the most from the experience and will be able to view and listen to the presentation using a standard Internet browser with audio streamed via computer.

Click here to register for this free webinar.

Two Sides direct mail campaign sends a green message about Print and Paper

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The Two Sides' campaign to raise awareness about Print and Paper's good environmental record and dispel many myths that people may have is gaining momentum. The second postcard pack is due to hit the desks of 21,000 media specifiers and influencers around the UK over the next couple of weeks.

The creative postcard campaign has been designed and coordinated by the 300million agency and integrated communications management firm The Lateral Group. Two Sides is targeting those who have the most influence in the choice of communications media including: agencies and designers, corporates, retailers, government, journalists, politicians and publishers.

The latest mailing features six postcards (printed on Freelife Cento and Vellum donated by Fedrigoni) that educate and enlighten.  Each card is illustrated by Holly Sims a London-based, freelance illustrator creating exciting, colourful and bold illustrations for companies including, most recently, Orange. Combining the textured look of printed and stencil shapes, with clever compositions and ideas, Holly's illustrations perfectly reflect the creative properties of paper.

"It's important to correct many common misperceptions about the production and use of print and paper", explains Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director. "It is an essential part of today's media mix and we are working hard to wake people up to the fact that print media is powerful and sustainable."

HP Announce Success at Fachpack 2009 Packaging Event

HP at Fachpack 2009

2009 was HP's first year exhibiting at FachPack and the event was a great success.

HP presented innovative packaging solutions from HP Scitex, HP Speciality Printing Systems (HP SPS) and its partners at the show.

Visitors were fascinated by the solutions that demonstrated the flexibility of digital printing in POP industry and were keen to find out more about HP Indigo digital presses for labels, flexible packaging, shrink sleeve and folding carton applications. For instance, the new HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press has an enhanced thick substrate capability and can handle materials from 12 - 450 microns, making folding carton production on final substrates, for short-runs or trialling, cost-effective.

End-to-end rigid substrate production


The HP Scitex FB6700 Printer with inline laminator was in operation at FachPack. This six-colour printer uses standard format artwork files to print a range of rigid applications including POP/POS displays, samples, short-run packaging and exhibition graphics. Using water-based inks, the HP Scitex FB6700 Printer produces up to 29 1.6 x 3.2m (5.2 x 10.5 feet) sheets per hour. Inline lamination takes advantage of the printer's full automation capabilities. A Kongsberg XP 24 digital cutting table, from EskoArtwork was also on the stand to demonstrate the versatility and productivity of a fully digital production line.

Teams from two HP Scitex FB6700 Printer owners, Pankarte PLV, of Strasbourg, France, and STI Group (STI - Gustav Stabernack GmbH), of Hessen, Germany, printed six real jobs from customers in a "Tower of Production" demonstration on the stand. This provided a powerful illustration of the quality and production capabilities of the printer.

Thermal inkjet solutions for packaging

HP SPS OEM partners were exhibiting with HP at FachPack, demonstrating solutions for 2-D barcode printing using HP thermal inkjet (TIJ) technology.

Weber Marking Systems and Mark-O-Print (both part of the Bluhm Weber Group) were printing on non-porous substrates using UV-curable ink from Triton Ltd.

Wolke Inks & Printers GmbH was demonstrating its solution for printing on primary packaging using HP Universal Black ink.

HS Automatic ApS presented its solution for printing on secondary corrugated packaging.

Ipex 2010 : Wide Format to Make a Big Impact at Ipex 2010

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Visitors to Ipex 2010 can expect to discover an impressive line up of new wide format products with a number of wide format suppliers already committed to launching new technology at the show. Wide format companies already confirmed on the floor plan include Agfa, Canon, Durst, EFI, Epson, Fotoba, Fujifilm, HP, Kodak, Mimaki Engineering, Océ, Roland, Screen, Vivid Laminating and Xerox.

The growing number of wide format technologies on display at Ipex 2010 clearly reflects the exciting and buoyant nature of the sector and highlights the importance that these suppliers place on Ipex as the number one international graphic arts exhibition in 2010.

Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Event Director says that, “Over a quarter of the commercial printers that visited Ipex 06 were in the business of printing posters and billboards and we would expect that number to grow significantly in 2010. In a climate where market conditions are tougher than ever, the wide format sector has continued to exceed expectations so we foresee much interest from a broad spectrum of visitors who will use the event to explore the technical advances and stunning applications achievable with wide format technology.”

He continues: “The current climate is providing a massive opportunity for printers to diversify, with a world of options awaiting them in the wide format sector. With the high proportion of major large format vendors committed to Ipex this makes the event unmissable for businesses looking for growth.”

Tim Taylor, marketing manager, Screen Europe comments: "Large format printers are an important element of Screen's full range of digital 'print on demand' solutions that will be demonstrated at Ipex. Commercial printers are increasingly investing in large format printers and many of them who are familiar with Screen quality and reliability trust us to provide the right products. In turn, display graphics specialists are looking to invest in more general digital printing products, such as our B2 Truepress SX digital colour press coming to market in 2010 which allows fast, quality printing onto substrates up to 400 gsm. Ipex is the ideal opportunity to show a broad range of equipment to a broad audience - which is the special nature of the event.”

Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., one of the leading manufacturers of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign/graphics, industrial and textile/apparel markets has increased its stand space by 35% compared to 2006. Gert Jan van Hilten, manager marketing communications at Mimaki Europe explains that, “Ipex is a key highlight in the 2010 calendar and will provide an excellent international stage to show Mimaki’s fast growing digital printing and cutting solutions, especially for industrial printing markets.”

A dedicated wide format trail finder is being produced to provide visitors to Ipex 2010 with a sector specific route map around the exhibition and to make their visit as effective as possible.