Five of the seven U.S. members of the 2006 – 2008 International Newspaper Color Quality Club (INCQC) use US Ink’s RealColor, according to US Ink. Only 50 of the world’s newspapers are chosen every two years to be members of INCQC.
The five newspapers are The Boston Globe, Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), News-Leader (Springfield, MO), The New York Times and The Times Herald (Norristown, PA), which is the only first-time member.
“We are proud of our long-term partnership with these quality-conscious publications, and congratulate them on their award-winning print quality,” said Greg Lawson, US Ink’s president.
INCQC officials selected this year’s class from a field of 181 newspapers from 38 countries that participated in the worldwide newspaper printing quality competition organized jointly by Ifra, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
“The best 50 newspaper titles that have achieved membership in the International Club will be honored at a ceremony during IfraExpo Oct. 9-12 in Amsterdam,” noted John Corcoran, vice president of sales for US Ink. “Over the last decade, color capacity has significantly expanded in the newspaper pressroom. Assisting our customers to meet the expectations of today’s advertisers and readers are mutually rewarding.”
Sun Chemical Launches Industrial Inkjet Printer for Optical Disc Decoration
Sun Chemical has launched a new UV inkjet printer designed specifically for the optical disc industry. The printer will enable optical disc decorators to handle short runs more effectively and economically as well as delivering the benefits of variable image capability disc to disc.
Known simply as “Project 37,” the printer is the result of close collaboration between Sun Chemical and Copytrax Technologies, a specialist manufacturer of printing and coating equipment for the professional CD/DVD duplicator market. Operating out of its headquarters in Cambridge, UK, Copytrax Technologies has been able to leverage the worldwide center of inkjet technology excellence in and around Cambridge.
Project 37 is controlled by proprietary software, and incorporates a unique fixed inkjet array using 24 of Xaar’s proven OmniDot 318 piezoelectric, drop-on-demand, multi-pulse greyscale heads, which ensure unrivaled photo-quality resolution. Project 37 runs with an average output of one disc every three seconds using specially formulated UV curing inks, therefore delivering a truly commercial solution.
The possibility to print every disc uniquely creates exciting opportunities for the industry in security and brand protection, promotional editions, mass customizations and novelty applications. Project 37 will be available globally from June.
“Project 37 delivers to the optical disc industry the quality of digital printing on a commercial scale that has long been in demand,” said Richard Martin, corporate vice president, Sun Chemical Screen. “We believe it will transform the economics of short and medium run processing. Just watching discs pass under the print heads and coming out fully cured in seconds, each with a different image, is amazing.”
Steve Woods, managing director, Copytrax Technologies added, “Project 37 represents a significant investment for Copytrax. Through the partnership with Sun Chemical, we are confident we have a winning combination of their leading digital ink technology together with our own market-leading engineering, which has resulted in a printer capable of taking the optical disc world by storm.”