This month, the Printing Report brings you news about 2017’s Top Product Awards for the printing industry, and details of some of the latest innovations in our industry.

Vote for Your Favorites in the Printing News Top Product Awards

The Printing News Top Product Awards has now closed for submissions – and readers and subscribers are invited to vote for their favorite products online.

These awards recognize the best products in our industry – including pre-press software, hardware, ink, media, finishing and supplies, and output devices. All products were released, commercially available and shipping between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

Products range across more than thirty award categories in four main product types – prepress and premedia, consumables, output devices, and finishing and mailing.

Readers and subscribers now have an opportunity to vote for their favorites until July 25, 2017. The winners will be announced during PRINT17 in Chicago and featured in the September 2017 issues of Printing News magazine.

Canon Europe Expands its Monochrome Print Solutions

Canon Europe launched its latest monochrome print solution earlier this month: the new varioPRINT 140.

This new model offers a printing speed of up to 143 images per minute in simplex and duplex modes, plus new options for in-line finishing options, including stapling, saddle stitching, folding, die punching, inserting, ring binding, and high-capacity stacking.

It delivers double the print volume of the existing model, the varioPRINT 135 – supporting monthly print volumes of up to 800,000 copies.

Peter Wolff, Senior Director Customer Group Commercial Printer and Production CRD at Canon Europe, commented: “The introduction of the new varioPRINT 140 series demonstrates our sustained commitment to innovation in the monochrome print market and gives print service providers and in-house print departments even more choice.

Read more here.


Xerox Versant 180 Now in the UK

Xerox has sold its first Xerox Versant 180 Color Digital Press into the UK – to Kent-based printing firm, Smart Print Services.

The model is able to produce near-litho quality at high speed, and offers a planned jobs function to allows jobs to be run offline. With a rated speed of 80 pages per minute, and a recommended average monthly volume of 80,000 pages per month, the machine can also print on a wide range of materials, including coated and uncoated papers, window decals, durable and synthetic papers, labels, business cards, glossy brochures and polyesters.

Smart Print Services now plans to offer a greater range of digital print services to its wide-ranging customer base, including marketing collateral, magazines and banner prints.

Carl Mitchell, Print Director at Smart Print Services, commented: “We recognized that the Versant 180’s print quality was exactly what we needed to stay competitive in this industry and position ourselves as the leading digital print service provider for the Kent region.

Know more here.


Quick and Small USA Commercial Printers Celebrated

From Lincoln, Nebraska, to Franklin, Tennessee, and from San Diego, California, to New York City, this month Printing News celebrated some of the best independent print firms in the USA by publishing its 2017 list of Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers.

Check the full list here.

JCDecaux Portugal Creates Innovative Solutions at the Estoril Open

The open tennis tournament in Estoril, Portugal, (April 29, 2017 to May 7, 2017) featured some innovative interactive promotional experiences thanks to media partner JCDecaux.

A large “bus shelter” photo booth featuring a giant tennis ball, an entertaining tennis-themed dancing show, and a claw crane machine in which visitors could attempt to win a tennis ball were all part of making the visitor experience more memorable.

The claw crane drew the crowds, with more than 2,000 participants, and more than 400 balls won.

The real star of the show, of course, was the tennis: with the Spanish player Pablo Carreño Busta winning his maiden ATP clay title on the Sunday.

See more of JCDecaux’s innovative solutions here.