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Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 returns to Munich

Posted on: 05-12-2018

FESPA has launched its visitor campaign for the FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo and the co-located European Sign Expo 2019, which take place from 14 to 17 May 2019 at Messe Munich, Germany. The campaign strapline for both events is ‘Explosion of Possibilities’, celebrating the multitude of commercial and creative opportunities within the screen and digital wide format, textile printing and signage markets. “Our insights from previous events and from this year’s FESPA Print Census affirm that print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers are continually looking at new openings and ways to grow their businesses”, comments Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director at [...] Read more

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EFI Announces New Nozomi Print Capabilities

Posted on: 30-11-2018

was highlighting its complete portfolio of advanced corrugated packaging production technologies at last week's All4Pack tradeshow in Paris, including the launch of new print modes for the EFI Nozomi C18000 - the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet corrugated board press with high-graphic, direct-to-board digital printing. EFI's exhibit highlighted the complete EFI portfolio of print and workflow solutions for advanced, integrated and automated corrugated production. "EFI's new print modes for Nozomi and our new white ink further strengthen our overall portfolio for efficient corrugated production with the industry's best digital print engine and packaging workflow s [...] Read more

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Big completes Building in Stockholm

Posted on: 11-11-2018

Picture: Laurian Ghinitoui The 25,000m2 wooden hillside at the edge of Stockholm’s treasured national park Gärdet celebrates its official opening together with the city’s tallest new structure, OMA’s Norra Tornen. Both buildings were inaugurated recently by BIG Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels, Mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr, City Architect Torleif Falk, CEO of Oscar Properties Oscar Engelbert and OMA Partner Reinier De Graaf. “As far as I know a city has never inaugurated two buildings by two world-famous architects on the same day. Norra Tornen and Residential Hillside 79&PARK are proof that it is possible to change and improve the cityscape of Stock [...] Read more

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Durst with P5, LED and MAPS at SGIA Expo 2018

Posted on: 26-10-2018

Highlights over the three days at SGIA Expo 2018 included Durst unveiling the P5 Series with the flagship P5 250 HS machine as well as the successful Rho 512R production machine with new LED UV curing technology, which offers additional production features and application possibilities, Benefits of the Rho 512R LED include higher adhesion and less odor, but still retaining the same high performance and reliability of a standard configuration. Durst Professional Services (DPS) GmbH, which will provide customers with consulting and integration services, software development, contract management and trainings in the future, was also formally unveiled at the show. The highlight of the DPS [...] Read more

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Battery market in high speed

Posted on: 15-10-2018

The battery market has suddenly become alive again in recent years. On one hand, batteries are moving to new form factors, becoming ultra-thin, flexible, rollable, stretchable, etc. On the other hand, manufacturers are scrambling to offer large batteries aimed at addressing the large-sized electric vehicle, residential and grid applications. IDTechEx have released a new report titled 'Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2019-2029'. This market study is focused on the former. IDTechEx has been tracking the technology development, market progress and player activities of global flexible, thin-film, printed batteries (or batteries with novel form factors) since 2014. P [...] Read more

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Technical Partnership Hexis and Renault Sport Formula One Team

Posted on: 06-10-2018

The Hexis Group have signed a major technical partnership for the supply of self-adhesive vinyls that will support the French racing team in the implementation of their graphic guidelines at racing venues and the company headquarters. This cooperation aims at showcasing technological self-adhesive films, made in France by HEXIS for Renault Sport Formula One Team, the only French car manufacturer involved in the Formula One World Championship. HEXIS will supply their coloured cutting plotter films as well as their digital print series so that Renault Sport Formula One Team, based in Enstone (UK), can efficiently respond to the constant need to update and produce liveries and signage [...] Read more

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Big’s pleated Skyscraper completes In Shenzhen

Posted on: 15-09-2018

The new home for Shenzhen Energy Company looks different because it performs differently: the building skin is developed to maximize the sustainable performance and workplace comfort in the local subtropical climate of China’s tech and innovation hub in Shenzhen. The 96,000m2 office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the cultural, political and business center of Shenzhen, while standing out as a new social and sustainable landmark at the main axis of the city. BIG won the international design competition in the city known as China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ with ARUP and Transsolar in 2009 and started c [...] Read more

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viscom 2019 offers more live experiences for digital printers and sign...

Posted on: 28-08-2018

viscom 2019 turns signmaking and digital printing into an experience. Held with the slogan “viscom – go for it!” from 8 to 10 January, the hands-on trade show will offer far more to trade visitors than a chance to try out new technology live: they’ll also be able to experience skilled practitioners in action, get ideas for their businesses and engage in peer-to-peer discussions. The heart of the new live experience for printers, signmakers, textile finishers and promotional products professionals is the “viscom live signmaking workshop”. On each of the three trade show days, experienced digital printers and signmakers will set up a signmaking fan sh [...] Read more

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Esko Identifies Shopper Behaviors in New Packaging Study

Posted on: 05-08-2018

ESKO released a new study, “Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Food & Beverage,” highlighting what primary shoppers want from food and beverage packaging. Brand and marketing managers, design leaders, packaging professionals and tech leaders gain knowledge of shopper’s preferences in packaging within the food and beverage category in this study, along with the how and why they buy.  With this knowledge they can better optimize, evolve and connect packaging through technology platforms that support end-to-end packaging value chain and leverage packaging as an enabler for product innovation. Some statistics from study are highlighted below: [...] Read more

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25 years of PDF – Celebrating with GWG

Posted on: 19-07-2018

The Ghent Workgroup is inviting the global printing, packaging and publishing community to join them in celebrating 25 years of PDF – a quarter of a century of technical research, dedication and collaboration. Invented 25 years ago with office communication in mind, PDF has changed the way the global community handles file processing.  There were many steps along the way and development was slow at times but the key players who have brought PDF to where it is today are rightly proud.  Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup, David Zwang says, "This is a milestone for GWG.  It has been my privilege to be involved with the evolution of PDF from those early days.  It took a lot of developm [...] Read more

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Stora Enso evaluates its Oulu Mill in Finland

Posted on: 03-07-2018

Stora Enso has started a feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible investment in Oulu. The feasibility study and the EIA evaluate a potential conversion of the Oulu paper mill into packaging board production. The feasibility study is expected to be concluded by the end of 2018, and the EIA process is expected to take a minimum of 6 months. Currently, Oulu Mill has a production capacity of 360 000 tons of chemical softwood pulp and 1 080 000 tons of woodfree coated papers on two paper machines. The potential investment would include a new chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) plant, a brown-based cartonboard line with a capacity of 450 000 t/a and a kraft [...] Read more

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Touchpoint Packaging 2020 at drupa

Posted on: 25-06-2018

Drupa recently announced the partners who will contribute to the touchpoint packaging 2020 steering committee. After a successful premiere at drupa 2016, touchpoint packaging will once again be the place to be for converters and brand owners involved within the packaging industry. The representatives cover the full spectrum of packaging: Agfa, BOBST, Danone, ESKO, Heidelberg, HP Indigo, Kurz, Nestlé and Siegwerk. All members of the drupa touchpoint packaging 2020 project, printing and converting industry manufacturers and international brand owners will closely work with packaging designers and students bringing to life the latest possibilities in packaging. The objective of the commi [...] Read more

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Quality paves the way to new opportunities

Posted on: 11-06-2018

For Frederik Möller and wide-format print service provider CCL in Hamburg, Germany, superior quality and perfect execution are what counts. He opted for a Zünd digital cutting system to increase productivity and expand the company's product offering. One of the first things one notices about CCL Hamburg is the enormous product palette. There is almost nothing within the scope of wide-format digital printing the company doesn't handle – from textile to films and vinyls, to wall coverings, canvas and leather, PVC, aluminum, as well as glass, plexi, and wood. As an additional service for its retail and wholesale customers, CCL also contour routes, finishes, and on request, [...] Read more

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Departing to sublimation transfer?

Posted on: 03-06-2018

TTS notices that more and more printer manufacturers are departing from the direction they took several years ago. At that time, they decided to develop only 320-cm machines for the direct printing of textiles for visual communication (soft sign). Now they are reverting to machines that are suitable for sublimation transfer paper. This medium and the machines have been developed to such an extent in recent years that the benefits of printing with transfer paper overshadow those of direct printing. TTS is completely prepared for this development, and is introducing a number of new and suitable papers that have been tested on these fast, new, 320-cm wide transfer printers. The advantages [...] Read more

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TDC set to shine at Vivid Sydney 2018

Posted on: 02-06-2018

Australian entertainment technology company TDC – Technical Direction Company – is providing large scale projection mapping and technology for this year’s Vivid Sydney, which takes place over 23 nights from 25 May – 16 June. This year Vivid Sydney celebrates its tenth anniversary. Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. It takes place annually, and features immersive light installations with performances from local and international artists as well as an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers. “This year, visitors to Vivid Sydney can expect even brighter, clearer, be [...] Read more

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New Southern European Location for Fespa Global Print Expo 2020

Posted on: 21-05-2018

FESPA Global Print Expo will return to Spain in 2020, this time to Madrid, with dates confirmed from 24 - 27 March 2020. The event will be located at Fiera de Madrid and will cover screen, digital and textile printing and will be co-located with European Sign Expo. Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director, FESPA, comments: “After three successive years in Germany, we are looking forward to moving back to a Southern European host city in 2020. Madrid was a clear favourite among exhibitors and visitors when we canvased their opinions on preferred cities for a FESPA event. This enthusiasm for the host city, combined with the success of the FESPA Digital event in Barcelona in 2012, makes [...] Read more

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Exhibitor Line Up for Inaugural Digital Corrugated Experience

Posted on: 07-05-2018

FESPA has revealed more details of its Digital Corrugated Experience, which will take place at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 from 15 to 18 May at Messe Berlin in Germany. 17 exhibitors will take part in the feature, which aims to illustrate solutions for digital printing on corrugated packaging, including file management, substrates, inks, printing technologies, varnishes and finishing. Exhibitors include: AstroNova, BCS, Color Alliance, Era Automation, EFI, ESKO, HighCon Systems Ltd., HP, Inca Digital, Kao Chimigraf, Koenig & Bauer, Kiwiplan, Lamina System, Macarbox, Sun Automation, Xante and Zund. Throughout FESPA’s ten halls, there will be over 100 companies exhibiting pro [...] Read more

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DSS Europe 2018 set to change the narrative

Posted on: 24-04-2018

At this year’s Digital Signage Summit Europe, more than 40 experts will explore the most compelling business strategies in the international Digital Signage and Digital out of Home industry. DSS Europe focuses on a conference theme of ‘Digital Storytelling – Changing the Narrative with Digital Signage.’ The two-day event will explore how digital storytelling and digital touchpoints are adding value through improving customer engagement and bridging the online and offline worlds. DSS Europe takes place on 4-5 July, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport, Germany. This will be the first time DSS Europe will be staged in a city other than in its long-te [...] Read more

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5 th drupa Global Trends Report: positive mood in the printing industr...

Posted on: 17-04-2018

Printers and suppliers from the majority of market sectors reported growing confidence in their companies’ economic performance. The opportunity was taken this year to track patterns of performance over the years. Packaging remains the most buoyant market and there has been a steady improvement in confidence over the five years amongst Commercial printers. Functional printers were following a similar positive story but there was a puzzling increase in uncertainty this year for both printers and suppliers to this market. Publishing printers probably face the most challenging strategic changes and there is a decline in assurance this year, despite the reducing threat from E-books. [...] Read more

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Flying drops printing 2000 products per minute

Posted on: 14-04-2018

At Label & Print 2018 in Zürich, Leibinger was recently presenting the flying ink drops: printing 2000 products per minute, or the JET3up industrial inkjet printer. At a bottling plant, a mineral water bottle speeds along a conveyor belt moving at 36 km/h. A few milliseconds later, the best-before date appears as if by magic on the bottleneck. This is made possible by Leibinger’s JET3up industrial inkjet printer, which prints up to 2000 products per minute with flying drops of ink. Information such as best-before date, batch number and data matrix codes have become an integral part of most products. You can find the small letters and graphics on water bottles, milk cartons and [...] Read more

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British bomb under Brexit passport

Posted on: 29-03-2018

The mood is high among the British. Their printing industry is fishing behind the net. The order for the after-Brexit passport goes to a French-Dutch company. Trade unions and a national newspaper are taking action to block this. Those high spirits in Britain are understandable. The island is just heading for independence from the EU, looks forward to reintroducing their own familiar blue passport and then it appears that 'their' printer seizes next to the order. Back to the British; the printer who is most obvious according to the islanders is the British secured-printing producer De La Rue. The order seems to go to, as French company described, Gemalto. It has a Dutch touch, [...] Read more

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Printed Electronics Europe: 11 and 12 April

Posted on: 16-03-2018

An estimated 2,500 people will attend Printed Electronics Europe, part of the world’s largest series of events on printed, flexible and hybrid electronics, which will be held on 11-12 April at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. The unique focus of the event is to speed up the adoption of printed electronics by bringing together end users with suppliers across the value chain. Presentations from end users will cover their progress and use cases involving the technology, with speakers from a variety of global organizations representing different industry verticals including Beko, Johnson & Johnson, Cartamundi, Saati, Panasonic, Huawei, GE Healthcare and many more. Key themes at P [...] Read more

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Graeme Richardson-Locke Head of Technical Support at FESPA

Posted on: 10-03-2018

FESPA announces the appointment of screen and digital printing specialist, Graeme Richardson-Locke, to the newly-formed role of Head of Technical Support. Graeme is a print expert with over 30 years’ experience in the screen and digital print industry, where he has worked in design, production, sales and operational management positions. As Head of Technical Support Graeme will provide technical expertise on all matters relating to screen and digital printing on behalf of FESPA and its stakeholders. This will include managing and developing technical content in the form of workshops, guidance documents and research to support FESPA and its national Associations and their mem [...] Read more

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ISE confirms position as European destination for global AV

Posted on: 20-02-2018

The largest and busiest Integrated Systems Europe in its 15-year history drew record numbers of exhibitors and attendees from around the world for four days of business, education and networking at the RAI Amsterdam between 6-9 February. Throughout 15 halls, visitors experienced a vibrant showcase of the latest AV and systems integration technologies, products and solutions as ISE confirmed its position as the international destination of choice for AV professionals. The number of exhibitors totalled 1,296, of which 294 were exhibiting at ISE for the first time. Combined, they filled 53,000sqm of exhibition floor space. Floor space already confirmed for ISE 2019 currently stands a [...] Read more

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ISE Tech Tour to visit Amsterdam ArenA

Posted on: 06-02-2018

An ISE 2018 Tech Tour will take place at the hi-tech Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday 7 February between 18:00 and 20:00. ISE Tech Tours take participants on technology-focused tours to local buildings and places of interest. The specially curated trips reveal the details behind unique AV and integration projects, including why, how and where technology is used and the core design principles involved. The tour of the Amsterdam ArenA will be presented by Huib Pasman, a technology expert at Amsterdam ArenA Innovation Centre. He commented: “Anyone and everyone involved in IoT will be able to find out more about mobility, sustainability, fan experience, security and urban farming us [...] Read more

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Stretchable and conformable electronics to reach 600M dollar by 2027

Posted on: 05-02-2018

Stretchable and conformable electronics (SCE) is already commercial. Interestingly, the commercialized parts are often not fancy or high-end. Instead, they are down-to-earth elements performing a simple yet useful function in a hybrid system. The IDTechEx Research report 'Stretchable and Conformal Electronics 2017-2027' finds that the market, across all its diverse components and applications, will continue its growth, reaching $600M by 2027.   In this article, we will provide high-level descriptions of the activity taking place for various stretchable and conformable components. To learn more we refer you to the IDTechEx report on 'Stretchable and Conformal Electronics 2017-2 [...] Read more

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E-Textiles 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Players

Posted on: 28-01-2018

We are in contact with textiles for up to 90% of our lives, and they are starting to become intelligent. The basis of this new functionality is the integration of textiles and electronics. From clothing to bandages, bed linen to industrial fabrics, new products integrating e-textiles are being created. The market has been slow to start due to many challenges, but with large companies investing heavily and releasing early products, this industry is poised to change very quickly as soon as the right conditions are achieved. In their purest form according to the definition, e-textiles based on the integration of inherently electrically or electronically active fibres have begun to see in [...] Read more

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Stora Enso to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets

Posted on: 23-01-2018

The renewable materials company Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain. The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. “For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy-intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “As a company operating in a bioeconomy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2and other greenhouse g [...] Read more

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installed base Kornit Digital in China has exceeded 125 systems

Posted on: 11-01-2018

Kornit Digital has announced that its installed base in China has exceeded 125 systems. Kornit’s customer base in China includes renowned brands such as JNBY, Lilianz, JoeOne and Seven Brand. Many Chinese Kornit users produce high-margin fashion pieces digitally, either for their own distribution or for leading brands around the globe, benefitting from the current trends affecting the textile supply chain: mass customization, direct-to-consumer sales models, drastically reduced delivery times, and a strong influence of social media on buying decisions. Typical products produced with the help of Kornit’s industrial-grade technology are jeans, pants, socks, stockings, footwear [...] Read more

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IDTechEx Show combines different emerging technologies

Posted on: 07-01-2018

The IDTechEx Show, from 11-12 April 2018 in Berlin, tries to combine new, emerging technologies from different aspects in our market in one, big event, in fact more special events but co-located because there’s a strong overlap across the topics. IDTechEx provides market research, business intelligence and events on these emerging technologies. Each of the events (as listed below) are full two-day executive conferences, co-located with a common exhibition at the Estrel Berlin Hotel and Convention Center Sonnenallee 225 12057 Berlin. Attendees at the conference will gain a comprehensive understanding of the state-of-the-art in the following segments: 3D Printing, including [...] Read more

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East Austin District unites the Best of Austin under One Roof

Posted on: 21-12-2017

The new East Austin District created by Austin Sports & Entertainment and designed by award-winning architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is an entirely new sports and entertainment neighborhood tailored to celebrate world-class sports and cultural experiences under one checkered roofscape. Austin Sports & Entertainment today announced plans to launch East Austin District, the city’s first and only sports, culture and entertainment destination located east of downtown Austin. Designed by New York and Copenhagen-based architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, known for 2 World Trade Center in Manhattan and Google Headquarters in Mountain View, in partnership with Austin-based architects S [...] Read more

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Caldera - Oschatz: printing productivity squared

Posted on: 06-12-2017

When you first meet Daniel and Joel Oschatz, the two printing brothers, as they call themselves, of Oschatz Visuelle Medien GmbH, the first impression is that they are really embracing their roles of CEOs of the company. Daniel is in charge of sales, while Joel heads up technical. The company was founded by their father as a photolab in 1983, and together, the two brothers have successfully brought it into the digital market. In 1992, they had just one digital printer; today they are internationally recognized as a market leader in cosmetic branding, museums and exhibitions – and the company handles more than 100 000 jobs per year from their base in Niedernhausen, near Frankfurt [...] Read more

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EFI Connect 2018 also for In-Plant Printing Professionals

Posted on: 28-11-2017

EFI Connect 2018 to Feature Dedicated Educational Track for In-Plant Printing Professionals. EFI recently announced a new element to its annual Connect users' group conference: a dedicated educational track for in-plant printing professionals. This new education track at Connect 2018 (Jan. 23-26 at Wynn Las Vegas) is designed for supervisors and managers in prepress, production, and colour management at corporate, education, financial, and government in-plants, CRDs, and print centres. "In-plant printing departments represent a large portion of EFI's Fiery digital front end user base and we approached the educational program of next year's conference with a deliberate emphas [...] Read more

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when 1 - 1 = 3: Marcus Timson on InPrint Show

Posted on: 16-11-2017

News Any industrial change that affects a manufacturing process requires a lot of expertise, planning and testing. As requirements become more specific and involve complex technologies, partnering with a number of experts is key.  This also applies to the integration of print in a production flow. “Partnering is about sharing knowledge and experience needed to integrate printing into any given manufacturing process – whatever products are manufactured, whichever materials are being used.  At InPrint, Agfa Graphics promotes partnerships to support the integration of print in the manufacturing workflow. Our high-performance inkjet inks and fluids can add func [...] Read more

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Thinking inside of the box: go for all-digital printing

Posted on: 13-11-2017

At the start of the InPrint Show, Marc Graindourze, Business Development Manager Industrial Inks of Agfa made a statement on Thinking inside of the box. Well-designed packaging aims to stand out on the shelves, to better target customers, and ultimately to generate more sales. The demand for digital printing systems is clearly on the rise in the packaging industry. The advantages they bring and availability of specific inks for various digital printing applications answer the need for shorter and more targeted print runs. Moreover, the ability to print directly on objects offers potential additional value as it allows for personalization or mass customization and can even add traceabi [...] Read more

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Plan your layout with augmented reality on your Tablet

Posted on: 03-11-2017

Developped by Faire Valoir this augmented reality solution considerably helps in customer management.  With just a few clicks you can literally see how your signage will look like once fitted. Over the past year the Faire Valoir group, an innovative french manufacturing group, has planned their clients' projects with this tool. Frédéric Roux, CEO of the Faire Valoir Group explains: We are aware that this way of working is the future for several activities therefore we have added many functionalities in order to suit various fields. This application is now available for download to your Smartphone and tablet. The App automatically generates reports, that can be linked directly to y [...] Read more

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Interactive game takes Ping Pong to the next level

Posted on: 20-10-2017

The Wonderball system developed by Projection Artworks and social entertainment brand Bounce turns a standard Ping Pong table into an interactive game, using projection mapping. Projection Artworks, specialists in digital experiences, and the social entertainment brand Bounce have launched Wonderball – the first digital evolution of the game Ping Pong. The bespoke system has been rolled out across two London locations, turning a standard Ping Pong table into an interactive game using projection mapping – revolutionising Ping Pong for London gamers. Projection Artworks created a variety of games and interactive effects. Players can pick and choose the game they want to [...] Read more

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CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters breaks ground in Shanghai

Posted on: 28-09-2017

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects design for the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters in Shanghai has broken ground on Monday 18th September. Developed by government backed CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park, the project is aimed as CaoHeJing's platform for innovation. The new Centre will support and nurture high-tech firms, and connect local and overseas university graduates and enterprises and act as an accelerator for new technology in China.  The project sits on the edge of Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park, a state level economic and technological development zone covering an area of 14.5 km2 east of downtown Shanghai, and home to some 1200 domestic and overseas hi-tech companies. [...] Read more

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Matchmaking Services at viscom Duesseldorf

Posted on: 12-09-2017

Finding the right business partners from the outset will now become even easier at viscom. Europe’s Trade Fair for Visual Communication, staged from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Düsseldorf, will facilitate business networking online. The new matchmaking service will bring together exhibitors and trade visitors – creating perfect matches even before the start of the exhibition. “Viscom 2017 comes under the heading ‘We Connect’ and we take this idea very seriously,” stated viscom director Petra Lassahn. The new platform makes it possible to explore all trade fair participants applying your own filters such as country, theme or trade fair nomenclature. [...] Read more

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Hexis Group: Investment Plan of 17 Million over next 3 Years

Posted on: 07-09-2017

The HEXIS Group unveiled its investment plan for the next 3 year. A commitment of €17 million supports the company's five-year strategic plan up to 2020. These investments simultaneously involve acquisition of lands, the modernization of production tools and the addition of a new manufacturing line. This plan will enable the HEXIS Group to own 2 fully autonomous production sites, which is crucial for the sustainability and the deployment of the HEXIS Group over 2020. This enlarged production capacity will also allow the HEXIS Group to become a major player in the field of high-tech products. LAND ACQUISITIONS The acquisition in September 2017 of a plot next to the head [...] Read more

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Out-Of-Home works best for online activities

Posted on: 21-08-2017

In March 2017, Nielsen conducted 1,089 online surveys with a representative sample of U.S. residents aged 18 or older. These questions were included as part of an ongoing weekly survey. The questions were asked for two weeks, beginning March 20, 2017 and ending March 30, 2017. This study revisits a group of “Online Activation” questions that were asked in a similar project in 2013. Data for this project was collected from an online national survey of U.S. adults to measure the level of search, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram activity being spurred by offline media including television, radio, print (newspaper and magazines), movie theater and out of home (billboards, bu [...] Read more

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Zytronic to serve pizza to French consumers

Posted on: 24-07-2017

Zytronic, developer of durable, high performance Projected Capacitive Technology touch sensors announced that its touch sensors are being used in the ADIAL PIZZADOOR, a self-service vending machine retailing high quality pizzas for the notoriously discerning French palate. ADIAL has manufactured pizza vending machines since 2002, and its original design used mechanical selection buttons alongside a colour LCD screen to present appealing images of the product inside. However, Vincent Le Gouic, President of ADIAL, noticed that users were increasingly trying to touch the screens when choosing a pizza. He says, “Pizza is the best-selling fast food in France. As a nation, we cons [...] Read more

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Adalberto Estampados expands with PIKE digital textile printer

Posted on: 08-07-2017

Textile printer and supplier Adalberto Estampados, of Rebordões, Portugal, has installed a PIKE digital textile printer from SPGPrints to offer new standards of quality and production efficiency to its international customer base. Among the benefits delivered by the company’s PIKE digital printer are reductions of lead-times by up to 50 per cent, reduced stockholding costs, faster time-to-market, and improved print quality, including the ability to print micro patterns, broadening the scope for new designs. Installed in late 2016, the PIKE digital printer complements Adalberto Estampados’ four existing screen printers. Ideal for volumes of more than two million linear [...] Read more

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TDC laser projection new industry standard

Posted on: 29-06-2017

Technical Direction Company deploys Barco’s UDX 4K32 in a world-first large-scale laser projection at Vivid Sydney 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art for ‘Organic Vibrations’ a collaboration between Julia Gorman, an Australian, and Paris-based creative and artistic collective, Danny Rose. TDC are also the first to take delivery of the UDX-4K32, 31,000 lumens Barco projectors in the APAC region. Unbelievable next-generation projection “When Barco previewed the technology at the ISE 2017 trade show, I knew that this was the way forward for the future of large-format video projection. Laser phosphor technology is the first significant change that we&rsqu [...] Read more

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Retail and inkjet to drive innovation

Posted on: 19-06-2017

Innovative technologies will become increasingly important as the world printed signage market evolves across the next five years, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira. Its new report – The Future of Printed Signage in an Electronic World to 2022 [http://www.smitherspira.com/industry-market-reports/printing/the-future-of-printed-signage-in-an-electronic-wor] – analyses the key drivers shaping this segment. This shows that the global market for printed signage is worth $42.00 billion in 2017, and overall market value will increase only marginally, 0.1% CAGR for the five-year forecast period, to reach $42.13 billion in 2022 at constant prices. The to [...] Read more

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Schumacher Packaging Turns to Durst Single-Pass Technology

Posted on: 27-05-2017

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, is successfully continuing the roadmap set for its business segment Durst Corrugated Packaging & Display Printing, which it established in 2016. Following successful installation of its Delta WT 250 multi-pass printing system with Durst Water Technology for a number of customers at the beginning of the year, Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130. The printing system was showcased as a concept at Drupa 2016 and is based on the latest generation of single-pass printing technologies that Durst already deploys in its Label Printing and Ceramics Printing segments. With a print speed of up to 9350 m2/h, [...] Read more

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Esko awarded for technological innovation

Posted on: 24-05-2017

Esko’s industry leading technology and its positive impact on today’s demanding print production environment has been recognized with two EDP awards. Both were presented to Bruno Vermeulen, EMEA Marketing Director at Esko, at the EDP Award Ceremony held at FESPA, Hamburg. Two Esko solutions: Esko’s ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance were awarded among 31 winners chosen from more than 150 entries. The EDP Association aims to better assist the technology-appliers to find the right solution for their applications. As explains Klaus-Peter Nicolay, EDP President: “The awards honor the best developments in print production tools, software developments [...] Read more

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IDTechEx Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics Report

Posted on: 11-05-2017

This Report on Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2017-2027 provides the most comprehensive view of the topic, giving detailed ten year forecasts by device type. The market is analyzed by territory, printed vs non printed, rigid vs flexible, inorganic vs organic, cost of materials vs process cost and much more. Activities of over 1,000 leading companies are given, as is assessment of the winners and losers to come. In the report IDTechEx appraises each enabling technology component by virtue of its market need - not technology push. We draw on ten years of knowledge tracking this sector and provide detailed, refined forecasts, strategic posi [...] Read more

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Market for printing textiles reverts to transfer paper?

Posted on: 03-05-2017

Texo Trade Services (TTS), the expert in transfer print media and printable textiles, notices that more and more printer manufacturers are departing from the direction they took several years ago. At that time, they decided to develop only 320-cm machines for the direct printing of textiles for visual communication (soft sign). Now they are reverting to machines that are suitable for sublimation transfer paper. This medium and the machines have been developed to such an extent in recent years that the benefits of printing with transfer paper overshadow those of direct printing. TTS is completely prepared for this development, and is introducing a number of new and suitable papers that hav [...] Read more

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Print for Interior Decor at Printeriors Conference

Posted on: 26-04-2017

FESPA has announced the line-up for the 2017 Printeriors Conference, which will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 during FESPA 2017. Drawing on their experience, speakers will explore the benefits of using print as a medium for interior design and will offer real-life examples of how it can transform interiors, whether residential or commercial. Delivered in three main sessions - The interior trends you'll be loving in 2017/18; Inspiration hour, stand out from the crowd; and Design beyond your eyes - led by seven industry experts, the Printeriors Conference will focus on topics key to the industry, providing valuable insight into the intricacies and suitability of print in in [...] Read more

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Design for State Library Victoria Vision 2020 in Melbourne

Posted on: 18-04-2017

   On 30th March 2017, the State Library Victoria in Melbourne unveiled the designs for its forthcoming $88.1 million redevelopment plan, Vision 2020.  The plan will return 40% more space to public use, transforming the library to meet current and future needs.      Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and local partners Architectus and Andronas Conservation Architects have created the new contemporary design that aims to unlock possibilities, create connections and act as a framework for the Library's ongoing and future evolution. As the oldest and busiest public library in Australia, attracting 1.9 million visitors and more than  4 million online users each year, Sta [...] Read more

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Dover acquires Caldera Graphics: consequences?

Posted on: 08-04-2017

Dover (NYSE: DOV) announced  that it has acquired Caldera Graphics SAS (“Caldera”) for total consideration of approximately EUR 35 million, including an amount related to achieving certain performance metrics. Based in Strasbourg, France, Caldera is a software company with 25 years of experience in developing, marketing and supporting high-quality technical software for the digital printing industry, with a commitment to increasing productivity, cost-efficiency and color output. Caldera’s unique capabilities and solutions around image processing, color management and workflow serve the global textile and graphics markets. Caldera will operate within Dover’s Printin [...] Read more

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James Matthews-Paul appointed IPEX 2017 Content Curator

Posted on: 02-04-2017

Delivering on its promise to present a new vision and format at IPEX 17, Informa Exhibitions recently confirmed the appointment of James Matthews-Paul as Content Curator. Responsible for programming and hosting an exciting and inspiring schedule at IPEX’s Centre Stage, James is also helping the Informa Exhibitions team shape a truly diverse feature programme that will set IPEX 17 as a landmark in global print exhibitions. With a full speaker line-up to be confirmed in due course, IPEX and James are already delighted to announce a collaboration with London College of Fashion as part of the show’s PRINT IN ACTION motif. This is believed to be the first such project linking t [...] Read more

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Xfair in Vienna, the festival for print, the second

Posted on: 26-03-2017

The international print and crossmedia show with trade fair and Congress in Vienna, Marx-Halle, from 4 to 6 April 2017 The Unkangener, who thought that print no longer had a future, have long since been silent. Although the conditions of classic printed news media actually shrink, the new, mostly digital technologies have created immeasurable new applications for print and print service providers. The industry from April 4 to 6 in the Marxhalle in Vienna can see what new technologies and applications are. For the second time after 2015, the Xfair, the international trade fair and congress for all print and crossmedia sectors, will take place there. The ambitions of the organi [...] Read more

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Increasing regulations on nutritional labeling

Posted on: 13-03-2017

ESKO recently outlined details of a comprehensive strategy for regulations on nutritional labeling. “We are seeing a wave of new legislation being introduced as governments all over the world seek to educate consumers via product packaging,” said Philippe Adam, Vice President of Global Marketing at Esko. “For the food and beverage industry, as well as many pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies, this means keeping on top of all the various regulations and adapting their packaging and business processes accordingly. With our new tailored solutions and smart software capabilities, we can help.” The announcement from Esko follows the US Food and Drug Adminis [...] Read more

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Dare to Design Different by Checking in to the Printeriors 2017 Hotel

Posted on: 07-03-2017

From 8 to 12 May 2017 at Messe Hamburg, Germany, the global print community is invited to visit Printeriors 2017, an interior design showcase, illustrating how print can be used to create stand-out interior design applications. This unique event, presented in the style of a hotel, will show print service providers, sign-makers, interior designers and architects how they can realise the potential of print and develop new business opportunities by producing striking, cost-effective, bespoke interior décor applications. Through room sets created using a combination of screen, digital and textile print technology, visitors to Printeriors 2017 will be presented with endless opportunities i [...] Read more

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4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

Posted on: 25-02-2017

Following the successful drupa in Spring 2016, this 4th annual Global Trends report gives the detailed evidence to support the thesis that globally Print is recovering well from the double challenge of the 2007/8 economic crisis and the strategic shift towards digital communications.  Globally 42% of printers described their business as in a ‘good’ economic condition in 2016, with just 11% reporting it as ‘poor’, a net balance of +31%, the highest recorded global result of the report series. Prospects for 2017 are better with a net balance of +46%. However market variances and regional variances are growing. Packaging at +39% net balance and Functional (Ind [...] Read more

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Solutions replace technology as the focus at ISE 2017

Posted on: 09-02-2017

For a show as huge and diverse as ISE has become, it might seem like a fruitless exercise to try to discern the emergence of any single major theme, writes Ian McMurray. However, both Brad Grimes, director of communications for InfoComm, and Dave Pedigo, VP of emerging technologies at CEDIA, believe that two have emerged. “I’ve had a number of conversations with our exhibitors, and an important shift in our industry is becoming increasingly clear,” says Grimes. “We’re starting to go beyond the technology, and pivot towards the solution. What does this achieve? What outcome will the customer get from this?” He cites as an example some remarka [...] Read more

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Conductive inks in 2017: report by IDTecheX

Posted on: 04-02-2017

The conductive ink industry is still in search of the next big thing. Adverse competitive pressures in core volume markets has led most suppliers to seek new nascent opportunities. The prevalent strategy is now to have as broad a product portfolio as possible, seeding multiple nascent markets, garnering as much customer feedback as possible, and establishing value networks early on.   Suppliers also now intensely watch one another, rapidly launching comparable products which results in an erosion of differentiation. This puts suppliers in a bind: one the one hand, they want to keep technologies secret for long to perfect them in-house, but, on the other hand, they must take it to the [...] Read more

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The potential application of HTML and CSS for print

Posted on: 25-01-2017

Each year, students of Graphic and Digital Media complete their training at the Arteveldehogeschool with a bachelor thesis.  Ken Wittebrood received high marks for his bachelor thesis "Exploration of the potential application of pdfChip for crossmedia production". Alumnus Ken Wittebrood investigated whether HTML, CSS and JavaScript could be used to generate files that are suitable for a graphic workflow. In my opinion that's very worthfull, while I experience a lot of troubles in that area as a journalist producing a website and a printed trade magazine as well. In his bachelor thesis, Ken was able to combine two of his passions: the graphic sector and web technologies. "When [...] Read more

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New realities at ISE in the Immersive Technology Zone

Posted on: 19-01-2017

Integrated Systems Europe 2017 will see the premiere of a new Immersive Technology Zone and attendees will get the chance to experience virtual, augmented and mixed reality technology at first hand throughout the show. The new show feature will be produced and managed by UK-based company Holovis, developer of sensory experience design in the entertainment, industrial, and retail sectors. The ISE Immersive Technology Zone powered by Holovis will be a dedicated area located in the Park Foyer at the rear of Hall 8. The space will feature four virtual environments. These will allow visitors to explore the various immersive options available, from VR (virtual reality) to AR (augmented [...] Read more

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Some wishes for the New Year 2017

Posted on: 13-01-2017

Dear Readers,  We from SignPro Europe wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2017. It's a challenging time to get the right information for our readers: production companies all over Europe working in the Sign and Wide Format Print business.  Sometimes it's hard to find out what companies providing inks, media and/or equipment wish to communicate to those production companies, because the information is hidden behind a curtain of promotion and advertising. Especially some PR agencies and Marketing Departments are specialists to tell our readers what's the best for them, and they do that most of the times in too many words, with a lot of redundant opinions. So we ho [...] Read more

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