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Atlantic Zeiser forms alliance with Adobe partner SOFHA GmbH

Mar 11, 2010 12:00 AM

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A new alliance plans to develop new solutions and PDF/VT enhancements for industrial digital printing, aimed at creating significant cost reductions in the packaging, label and security printing industries

Atlantic Zeiser (Emmingen, Germany) signed a strategic partnership agreement with Berlin based SOFHA GmbH, a leading software solutions provider to high-speed digital printing machine OEMs. As part of the agreement, Atlantic Zeiser will invest into SOFHA.

SOFHA is an Adobe co-development partner with access to the company’s source codes, enabling SOFHA to integrate and adapt those for industry specific needs. The cooperation is targeted at developing highly efficient digital printing solutions based on Adobe’s PDF portfolio of standards, and creating a future PDF/VT enhancement as a new standard for variable data processing.

“Together with our broad portfolio of high-speed digital printing solutions this step perfectly complements our promise to help industrial producers to increase operating profits – by solving the issue of frequently changing print content on their products, packages and labels”, says Oliver C. Mehler, CEO of Atlantic Zeiser. The first results of the software alliance is planned to be presented in May at the IPEX Show in Birmingham.

Enhancing the variable data capabilities for PDF/VT means minimizing data streams, eliminating bottlenecks for the raster image processor (RIP), and shortening the printing process. This way Atlantic Zeiser wants to enable producers to shift variable print content to later production stages, as this is often more cost effective. At the same time customers can continue using the PDF/JDF format and workflow.