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After already presenting great pioneers of printing such as Johannes Gutenberg and Alois Senefelder in former blog posts, our series continues with another excellent inventor of our industry: Tolbert Lanston, who developed the Monotype Machine.

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Confidential documents or security papers normally need a special, and mostly expensive, technique in order to ensure authenticity and safety. Still might change in the future with the invention of Ajay Nahata, professor of electrical and computer engineering from the University of Utah and his team. The engineers developed a method, which uses standard inkjet printers and readily available ink to print hidden images that are visible only when using a specific illumination.

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How time flies! With the year coming to an end, it is time to recap 2016. Our highlight was drupa 2016, no question! Its atmosphere was inspiring. This could not only be noticed on our fairgrounds, but also all over Düsseldorf and on the internet. More than 260.000 visitors from 188 countries and around 1.900 journalists from 74 countries crowded our halls during the eleven days of the show. They came to learn about technology innovations, further developments and new business lines and, of course, to discuss and network with 1.837 exhibitors from 54 countries.

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In the recent past, we have experienced a mass of innovations coming from the printing industry: 3D printed houses, food or even bones. The printing of OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) displays with an inkjet printer might be another leap in functional printing and next-generation TVs.

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Thanks to printing pioneers such as Johannes Gutenberg our industry has developed to a thriving field. Alois Senefelder is another visionary thinker in our series of printing pioneers. In this article we take you on a journey through the life of Alois Senefelder, whose invention of lithography serves as a basis for today’s reproduction technologies and offset printing.

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New developments in printing technologies and materials enter almost every part of our lives. In the past, these have also affected a very important one: our money. With the rise of money, laundering techniques, new ideas and concepts for keeping our money safe and resistant are needed. Security printing constantly evolves and comes up with innovative ways to keep paper bank notes from being copied.

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As drupa 2016 impressively demonstrated: Printing makes the world more beautiful and enriches many parts of our daily life. Besides art, posters and sculptures, new printing technologies even allow creating couture. At this year’s show various exhibitors such as Highcon Systems, and students from the Media Design School Düsseldorf presented extraordinary dresses made out of paper, and the trend to print clothes made from different materials keeps increasing, as shown by Fujifilm’s latest collaboration.

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Digitalization has an impact on many areas of our society. Even the newspaper market is affected, but not only in a negative, but also in a positive way. New digital printing presses and processes offer publishers a more efficient and flexible workflow. This development has been getting the publishers of the Pacific Daily News to rethink their production processes. In the past, this newspaper was produced with an old offset printing press built in 1968, but this has changed recently.

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The development of new technologies and inks in printing is key to getting better results in efficiency and sustainability. Just recently Canon has announced the launch of a new kind of ink and its new print head technology for roll-to-roll printers. The use of both is said to reduce printing costs by up to 40 per percent.

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In October drupa had the honor to support The Inkjet Conference 2016 organized by the European Screen Printing Association. drupa is more than happy to see the success of the the event: 400 international attendees came to Swissôtel Düsseldorf for TheIJC. The participants took the opportunity for professional exchange at 66 tabletops in the TheIJC’s networking area and listened to 52 keynotes.

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