SAi to Launch Sign Design Elements

Posted on: 08-03-2019

Reflecting its continued commitment to provide customers with added-value offerings that improve the way they work, SAi has announced the launch of Sign Design Elements, a comprehensive stock library of over six-and-a-half million downloadable assets for the sign industry. Available to customers accessing SAi software on subscription, Sign Design Elements comprises an ever-expanding collection of high-resolution images, logos, fonts, cut-ready vector illustrations, vehicle outlines and wraps, and metallic-ready files. With nearly 23,000 templates alone for global car and truck makes and models, the new portal is expected to prove particularly beneficial to those for whom vehicle wraps [...] Read more


Durst to support unique wallpaper design business

Posted on: 08-03-2019

A new system from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital and production technologies, is the centerpiece of a £1million investment by an entrepreneur who is relocating his unique wallcovering design printing business from Hong Kong into the UK to grow markets across Europe and the United States. David Qian’s high-end, exclusive, wallpaper designs retail on average at £150 sq/m and are customized to meet the demands of major brands that include numerous five-star hotels across the globe. A rapid growth in digital printing and a desire to be closer to US customers led to Mr Qian moving to Nottingham and setting up a production hub to grow business in the UK and expand into Europe [...] Read more


Printeriors for Interior And Exterior Decor Applications at Fespa

Posted on: 08-03-2019

Printeriors 2019 will showcase both interior and exterior décor applications at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich, Germany from 14 to 17 May 2019. Printeriors forms part of the visitor experience at FESPA Global Print Expo, showcasing the many benefits and opportunities of using print for interior décor. Similarly to last year’s feature, Printeriors 2019 will take the form of an interactive visitor experience, located in the East Entrance of Messe Munich, demonstrating a host of interior décor applications, such as wallpaper, lightboxes, soft furnishings including curtains and cushions, table tops and sideboards, window graphics and chairs. New to Printeriors this year [...] Read more


Printeos Group drives digitisation with Tau 330 RSC

Posted on: 08-03-2019

Durst has announced that Printeos Group has invested in a Durst Tau 330 RSC inkjet single-pass press to drive digitisation. The European specialist in adhesive label production chose the system to transform production at Adhesivos del Segura, a company in Murcia, south-east Spain, it acquired three years ago. Founded in 1986, Adhesivos del Segura has enjoyed year-on-year growth mirroring the recent expansion of Murcia's food industry. Today, it employs 154 people and works with leading brands in the food, cosmetics, industry and wellness sectors. Digital printing will play a key role in Printeos Group's medium and long-term strategy for the label market, which is why Adhes [...] Read more


ADF-PCD Shanghai coming soon

Posted on: 08-03-2019

ADF&PCD Shanghai 2019, China’s only event specifically dedicated to the aerosol, dispensing, perfume, cosmetic, packaging & design community, will host more content than ever before, all designed to help brands keep up with rapidly changing consumer demands. The exclusive event, back for its second edition, returns to The Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing, on 27 & 28 March, with more content than ever focused on tackling the biggest consumer frustrations within the marketplace. Paul MacDonald, Global Brand Director of the Easyfairs Packaging Portfolio, comments: “Our data shows that the Chinese cosmetics and personal care markets’ customers [...] Read more


Sign - Digital UK to host HEXIS Battle UK Wrap Contest

Posted on: 11-02-2019

Sign & Digital UK (SDUK) has teamed up with HEXIS to host this year’s Battle UK Wrap Contest. With two heats and a semi-final taking place on the show floor each day, participants will compete in timed, 10-minute heats. The winners from each day will go head-to-head in the grand finale, on SDUK’s closing day - Thursday 4 April. Rudi Blackett, Sign & Digital UK portfolio director said: “The USA, Berlin, Estonia – the HEXIS contest has been all over the world, and this year we’re thrilled to play host, bringing the spectacle to our fantastic Sign & Digital UK visitors. “We can’t wait to see all the skilled wrappers battling for the winner&rsqu [...] Read more


ESMA Ink Design and Integration

Posted on: 11-02-2019

Together with key industry experts ESMA launches a new hands-on training and knowledge building series. We welcome you on 25-28 March 2019 in Edegem, Belgium to follow the route to implementation of inkjet inks in industrial applications. The course provides a detailed view on all factors and challenges in ink development pipeline. Lab testing, ink-media behaviour and drop watching are discussed both in theory and in practical experiments.Industry experts from ChemStream, Inkjet Consulting Christiaens, iTools, K-Flow Consulting, Pall Corporation, Sadechaf and VdW guarantee an experienced and comprehensive look at several market applications. The course welcomes all companies and indiv [...] Read more


Asia Print Expo 2019 confirms Event Features

Posted on: 11-02-2019

Asia Print Expo, the region’s leading exhibition for screen, textile and digital wide format print, is taking place from 21 to 23 February 2019 at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the course of three days, Asia Print Expo 2019 will provide print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers a valuable opportunity to discover the latest products and technologies from leading players in the speciality print market with more than 50 companies exhibiting. For visitors looking to expand their knowledge or investigate new revenue streams for their businesses, there will be free educational and interactive show features, reflecting the latest industry trends and ma [...] Read more


Labmak buys second Tau 330 RSC

Posted on: 11-02-2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced that The Label Makers has invested in a second Tau 330 RSC single-pass label press after a spike in demand from converters and brand owners for Durst’s UV inkjet digital technology. The Durst Tau 330 RSC production machines, which was installed in January, brings another leap in quality and a 60% uplift in production capacity for The Label Makers, known as Labmak, in Bradford, UK, which successfully completed beta testing of the world’s first machine in late autumn. “Yet again it’s unbelievable photographic quality,” said David Webster, Managing Director of Lab [...] Read more


Fespa China returns to Guangzhou in 2019

Posted on: 11-02-2019

FESPA is returning to China this year, with the re-launch of FESPA China 2019. The new event will take place from 8 - 10 November 2019 at the Canton Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China, where it will be co-located with ISLE Autumn (International Signs & LED Exhibition). FESPA previously hosted FESPA China events from 2012 to 2015, alternating location between Shanghai and Guangzhou. The last FESPA China event to take place in Guangzhou was in 2014 and attracted 11,667 individual visitors, with total attendance of 15,166 including re-visits. Delegates travelled from 91 countries, both within Asia and further afield. Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director at FESPA, explains: “We’ [...] Read more


Caldera announces the launch of CalderaDock

Posted on: 01-02-2019

French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced the launch of CalderaDock version 1.2.0, a new toolbox management app for users of its award-winning workflow software. Designed to streamline and simplify maintenance functions, the CalderaDock module is accessible via the main V12 interface and aims to bridge the gap between tools in the Caldera ecosystem and remote resources. Available on Mac, Linux and Windows, not only will the new tool simplify V11 to V12 migration, but it will also auto-update the RIP with new resources and apps. Further capabilities include managing V12 licenses, cleaning the RIP station, managing RIP configuration with one-click save and restore, and enabli [...] Read more


HEXIS: objective is to widen our offer and to support our customer bas...

Posted on: 05-02-2019

In 2019, and next week at C!Print in Lyon, HEXIS will show a relatively new face. “Despite the complexity of its technical processes, Hexis is committed to maintaining a business culture that goes beyond mere technological achievements.” Caroline Mateu, Chair of the Hexis Board, explained: "Our overall objective is to support and retain our customer base." Hexis puts major efforts into providing its customers with a comprehensive package in order to guarantee a professional installation and consistent product quality and performance. The company has received ISO9001:2015 certification for its quality assurance management system at all its sites, which covers design, manufa [...] Read more


Mimaki France celebrates 10 years at Salon C!Print

Posted on: 01-02-2019

With a literal interpretation of its show theme ‘Join the Experience’, Mimaki Europe invites Salon C!Print visitors to participate in its celebrations of Mimaki France’s 10th anniversary throughout the show. Fun activities – including a wind tunnel for the more adventurous – and prize giveaways will take place on the Mimaki stand (2L22) from 5-7 February 2019 at Salon C!Print in Lyon. Mimaki will also showcase the extensive business-enhancing applications possible with its range of sign graphics, industrial products and textiles and apparel printers, and participate, as a partner, in the show’s PLUG&PLAY area. A space dedicated to trends, innovation [...] Read more


EFI with Leading Production Workflow Offering

Posted on: 01-02-2019

At the 20th edition of Connect, the annual Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) users conference, EFI is helping hundreds of print and packaging professionals from around the world achieve more with new technical and business management solutions that can give them a competitive edge in operations efficiency and help drive growth with new market opportunities. The extensive range of innovations featured at the Jan. 22-25 event include enhanced versions of EFI's Productivity Suites, the print and packaging industries' leading end-to-end business and production workflow software offerings. For long-time Connect participants such as Heeter, a Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based [...] Read more


Durst targets converters with Tau 330 RSC E launch

Posted on: 01-02-2019

Durst has launched the Tau 330 RSC E UV inkjet single-pass press to bring affordable digital production to increasing numbers of converters. Specifically targeted at small and medium converters in the mid-tier market, the budget-priced new model – prices start from €350,000 – will be field upgradable to the full Durst Tau RSC high-speed press at full 8 colours and 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min). In line with Durst’s “Configure Your Digital Future” theme, the press is available in 330mm and 244mm print widths, offering 4 colors or 4 colors and white option in full-speed mode. The Tau RSC E benefits from Durst’s state-of-the-art RSC technolog [...] Read more


New EFI Fiery FS350 Pro Software

Posted on: 25-01-2019

EFI revealed its latest digital front end (DFE) technology for advanced, high-end digital print production. New EFI Fiery FS350 Pro software will give graphic arts professionals more power, productivity and versatility in digital printing. The new Fiery offering - which EFI is showing for the first time this week at its annual Connect users conference in Las Vegas - will be available starting this quarter in high-end production DFEs for EFI partners' new, advanced digital printers and presses. "With this new platform release, we are continuing to stay ahead of market requirements, ensuring that customers can be as productive and versatile as possible," said John Henze, vice presi [...] Read more


Icon Graphics acquires Durst Rho 512R LED

Posted on: 25-01-2019

Icon Graphics has invested in Durst technology for the second time in 12 months, now adding a Rho 512R LED printer to its headquarters in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in another UK first for the company. Icon Graphics, which completed installation of the UK’s first Rho P10 250HS PLUS 6C + W inkjet printer in December 2017, now has five-metre wide and dedicated roll-to-roll printing capabilities. The installation of the Rho 512R LED is the first in the UK from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing production technologies. The investment opens up important additional opportunities in markets including events / exhibitions, point of sale and retail sectors, such a [...] Read more


Mimaki launches new metallic UV Ink

Posted on: 25-01-2019

Mimaki Europe announced that it will release a UV-curable metallic ink, named MUH-100-Si, in February 2019. The new ink strengthens Mimaki’s product offering and pushes the boundaries of graphic expression beyond that of ordinary UV flatbed inkjet printers. The ink is compatible with Mimaki’s UJF-7151plus printer, which produces high-quality print for an impressive range of applications, from gifts and novelty items to wide-format boards. The MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink will be demonstrated to the French market for the first time at C!Print 2019 (5-7 February 2019, Lyon, France – Stand 2L22). The new MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink will bring a strong [...] Read more


New Fiery DFE and High-speed LED Inkjet Solutions

Posted on: 25-01-2019

Printing, packaging and industrial manufacturing professionals from across the globe are converging on Wynn Las Vegas, learning new ways to advance their businesses at one of the world's top print conferences, EFI Connect. The 20th annual Electronics For Imaging, Inc. users conference is providing valuable insights as well as news of important digital print technology innovations, including: • a new, highly advanced FS350 platform for EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs), • a new Fiery proServer Premium DFE technology offering significantly faster processing on individual jobs for EFI superwide-format printers, and • EFI's newest high-speed, premium-quality hyb [...] Read more


Reed Exhibitions to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions

Posted on: 18-01-2019

Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions in a move that will add an outstanding line-up of industry-leading brands to its global portfolio.  It also promises access to innovation and new value in both face-to-face and digital formats for the more than 175,000 Mack Brooks customers around the world. Mack Brooks Exhibitions, based in St. Albans, United Kingdom, was established in 1965 and features more than 30 business-to-business events in 14 countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom, serving nine industry sectors. Flagship brands include EuroBLECH (sheet metal working technology); inter airport (ai [...] Read more


Durst strengthens Large Format Printing division

Posted on: 18-01-2019

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is expanding its high-revenue Large Format Printing (LFP) segment with a new leadership. Previously, the segment was divided into the areas of web-fed printing in Brixen and flatbed printing at the Lienz production site. With the introduction of the P5 technology platform and the future development of hybrid printing systems, the historically grown structure will be dissolved in favor of better efficiency in the daily dealings with Durst customers and the business unit will be controlled from the Durst headquarters in Brixen, northern Italy. The new dual leadership will be formed by experienced Durst manager [...] Read more


Mimaki: Business Driving Solutions at PSI and Viscom 2019

Posted on: 07-01-2019

Mimaki Europe today announces that under it’s ‘Join the Experience’ joint show theme, it will exhibit its portfolio of market leading UV flatbed, solvent and sublimation printers at PSI and Viscom 2019 (8-10 January 2019 - Dusseldorf, Germany). Designed to enable profit generating applications across the sign graphics, promotional products, industrial and textile markets, visitors will see a host of print solutions designed to suit a wide range of businesses – but with the flexibility to support their needs today and tomorrow. As one of two specific highlights of the Mimaki booths, visitors to Viscom 2019 will see the white ink capability for the highly popular [...] Read more


Mimaki Digitally Printed Design Collaborations at Heimtextil 2019

Posted on: 02-01-2019

Mimaki Europe announced its collaboration with over 10 inspirational world-leading designers for Heimtextil 2019 (8-11 January 2019, Frankfurt, Germany - Stand J81, Hall 3.0). Under the theme of ‘The Fusion of Innovation and Design’ and celebrating digital print within all elements of art, interior design and fashion, Mimaki commissioned work from designers including Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos (Studio Roderick Vos), that will be showcased throughout the Mimaki booth and used to demonstrate the power of digital print to increase the creative process. Seeing printed applications on a diverse range of textiles, fabrics and interior materials, visitors will learn how they too c [...] Read more


Durst and Koenig - Bauer enter joint venture

Posted on: 02-01-2019

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for folding carton and cartonboard corrugated industry. Durst bundles this expertise with the market presence and mechanical engineering of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which, with more than 5,700 employees, is one of the world's major suppliers of packaging and banknote printing. In future, fully automated production lines will be developed in the joint venture and distributed worldwide. The digital transformation is also in the packagi [...] Read more


UDS Poland chooses Central Europe's First EFI Nozomi Press

Posted on: 19-12-2018

- UDS Sp. z o. o., one of Poland's leaders in point of sale (POS) signage production, will be Central Europe's first user of the EFITM Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated press from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). With this machine, the Warsaw-based company will be able to provide faster response to customers' changing needs, solve warehousing problems for customers expecting just-in-time deliveries and add more corrugated packaging options to its product offerings. "The Nozomi helps us respond ideally to market trends, including serialisation, frequent changes in promotional campaigns, just-in-time deliveries, and flexible respo [...] Read more


MS Solutions at Heimtextil

Posted on: 19-12-2018

MS (Hall 3.0 – Booth J61) is showcasing both versions of JP4 textile printing machines. • JP4 model – 3200mm printing width – is printing in combination with Digistar Bravo: JK Group's disperse ink. JP4 is an ink and software open system equipped with Kyocera KJ4B-300dpi printheads. Whilst being the “baby” in MS’s fabric product range for direct textile printing it offers Industrial Production Speed: 150 sqm/hour @1500 (double CMYK) and 85 sqm/hour @1500 (8 single colours). JP4 is the joining link between paper and textile printing thanks to its possible double configuration: paper & fabric; revealing-itself a very profitable investment. &b [...] Read more


HP at Heimtextil

Posted on: 19-12-2018

Heimtextil, the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, will be held in Frankfurt from 8-11 January 2019 and, for the 8th consecutive year, HP will have a presence with a curated exhibition space showcasing the benefits of the Latex Technology through a selection of concepts and designs on display. The HP Booth, situated at Hall 3.0, Booth F81, has been designed to showcase an array of applications made possible in interior design with HP’s digital printing technology.  This year’s concept brings a completely different and unexpected experience to the attendees. Renowned design consultant Jennifer Castoldi, who developed the concept and desig [...] Read more


SPGPrints presents digital and rotary screen at Heimtextil

Posted on: 05-12-2018

SPGPrints will showcase its digital and rotary screen printing solutions for home furnishing and interior decor markets at Heimtextil 2019 (Hall 3, Level 1, Stand B17), 8 – 11 January, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. PIKE 700 UV digital inkjet printer  The highlight of SPGPrints’ digital offering – shown by video presentation at the stand - is the PIKE 700 UV-inkjet hybrid printer, for decor laminates and other industrial applications, and based on the company’s Archer® inkjet technology. With the PIKE 700, designers and decorators can have custom or mass-market products quickly and cost-effectively, no matter what the volume. It is a 700mm [...] Read more


Bourgeois Publicité acquires EFI VUTEk LED Hybrid Printer

Posted on: 05-12-2018

Rennes, France-based screen and digital printing company Bourgeois Publicité has installed an EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) to enhance the quality it offers in premium digital print graphics. The 3.2-metre wide VUTEk printer is the newest addition to the Bourgeois Publicité team. After several months of use, CEO and founder Jacques Bourgeois and General Manager Jean Michel Joulain are benefitting from the printer's strengths and versatility - especially its impeccable print quality in four-, six- and eight-pass modes at impressive speeds. "Our first criteria was to look for optimal prin [...] Read more


Inspirations for new business lines at viscom 2019

Posted on: 05-12-2018

From storytelling for interiors to highest-quality car wrapping: sign makers, printers, designers and the like can explore new lines of business at viscom 2019 and discover numerous highlights. These include a live sign making workshop, a Fanshop and an Interior Design Day, to name but a few. They will make a visit to the trade show an informative and interactive experience. For the first time, Europe’s Trade Show for Visual Communication will kick off the new business year right at the beginning of the year from 8 to 10 January. And for the first time, it will be held in parallel with PSI, the International Trade Show for the Promotional Products Industry, and the new PromoTex Expo [...] Read more


Conference Programme for Asia Print Expo 2019

Posted on: 05-12-2018

Asia Print Expo 2019 has confirmed the programme of speakers and seminars for its upcoming event, taking place 21 – 23 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference programme is free to attend for all visitors to the exhibition and will run every day from 11.00am on stand N20. Simultaneous translation in Thai and English will be available for every seminar presented by both local and international speakers. Each day will offer a mix of seminars covering screen, digital and textile printing as well as environmental issues and sustainability. Graeme Richardson-Locke, Technical Support Manager at FESPA, will present a daily seminar on colour management, which will look at [...] Read more


Dunapack in Corrugated Production with EFI Escada

Posted on: 05-12-2018

Dunapack Packaging, a manufacturer of high-quality printed corrugated packaging based in Ujazd, Poland, has recently signed an agreement with Electronics For Imaging to further enhance their corrugated control capabilities with the addition of EFITM Escada Profile, a highly sophisticated closed-loop process control system enabling higher and consistent quality and overall efficiency. "We have been using Escada Syncro 7® wet- and dry-end control on our corrugator for several years, and having consulted with EFI about additional options that could help us in our continuous pursuit of quality, we decided Escada Profile would be the perfect solution for us," said Jakub Wojtko, Production [...] Read more


TTS moves to new, completely energy-neutral premises

Posted on: 30-11-2018

TTS (Texo Trade Services), the specialist in transfer print media and large-format printable textiles, is moving to a new business premises at the end of December. These newly built premises are located on the Gouwe Park business estate in Moordrecht and, with 6,000 m2, is not only much bigger than its current premises, but also completely energy-neutral. Major growth TTS was almost literally bursting at the seams. With a doubling of the workforce, a rapidly expanding circle of international clients and a quadrupling of turnover in ten years, relocation to bigger premises had become unavoidable. In addition, it has the ambition to continue leading in service and innovation, and spac [...] Read more


EFI Introduces Reggiani BOLT Textile Printer

Posted on: 30-11-2018

The brand-new, next-generation, single-pass EFI Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from Electronics For Imaging, made its debut last week during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy. The advanced, ultra-high-speed digital single-pass printer has the potential to revolutionise the textile printing market, providing users with high uptime and reliability, outstanding performance, superior printing uniformity and accuracy, long printhead life and minimal maintenance needs. "The innovative development of our new single-pass printer comes from Reggiani's speed of innovation in digital textile printing, its 70 years of history, and our proprietary knowle [...] Read more


Ricoh to acquire ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH

Posted on: 30-11-2018

Ricoh Company, Ltd. recently announced that the company has reached an agreement to buy ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH (hereafter “ColorGATE”), a leading software provider in the printing industry with a specific competence in color management. This acquisition is designed to strengthen Ricoh’s growing industrial printing business. The transfer of shares is scheduled to complete on November 30, 2018.   Founded in 1997, ColorGATE based in Hannover, Germany, has been supporting the printing industry for over 20 years by providing software for the wide format and industrial printing sectors. With its extensive customer base ColorGATE is the European leader in i [...] Read more


EFI Invites Syncoms for All-new Connect Conference Sessions

Posted on: 30-11-2018

EFI announced that Ali Ridha Jaffar, vice president of Print and Technology for London-based Syncoms Group, will be presenting three all-new Business Builder sessions at the annual EFI™ Connect 2019 conference, January 22-25 at Wynn Las Vegas. Jaffar's sessions will give attendees useful and practical information on how to differentiate their business and win customers with an eCommerce offering. Now in its 20th year, Connect is EFI's popular global users conference featuring educational breakout sessions, networking opportunities and thought-provoking keynotes from industry experts. Syncoms is a multi-national technology corporation specializing in design, print, [...] Read more


Esko appoints Mattias Byström as President

Posted on: 30-11-2018

Esko announced that Mattias Byström has been appointed President, effective January 1, 2019. Byström succeeds Udo Panenka, who is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities. “We thank Udo for his excellent service to Danaher over the past ten years, including leading Esko since 2015,” reflected Joakim Weidemanis, Executive Vice President of Danaher, Esko’s parent company. “Under Udo’s leadership, Esko repositioned the flexo plate production business through innovation and moved to a new site in Itzehoe. Udo also built up Esko’s business serving brand owners, including the acquisitions of MediaBeacon and BLUE, and initiated Esko’s software m [...] Read more


HP Inc. announced design to print portfolio

Posted on: 30-11-2018

Recently, at Autodesk University, HP Inc. announced new hardware and solutions to help change the way architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries design and print. Autodesk users will now experience faster HP PageWide XL printers1, breakthrough simplicity with HP Solutions for Large Format printers, new Z by HP portfolio enhancements, and advances in VR. The new technology made its debut in the HP showcase of new printing hardware and solutions designed to be intuitive and efficient for Autodesk users. Now 25 percent faster at the same price, the upgraded HP PageWide XL 4000 series is the most cost-effective solution in the PageWide XL portfolio for enterprise, pu [...] Read more


Durst and Printronics combine for Labelexpo India

Posted on: 30-11-2018

Durst and Indian partner Printronics presented the successful Tau 330 RSC high speed, UV inkjet label press and the new OMET XJet – powered by Durst – digital-flexo hybrid press recently at Labelexpo India in Delhi. Printers visiting the largest show for labels and package printing in south Asia in 2018 learned how inkjet technology is helping grow new market opportunities. Among the highlights of the Durst Tau 330 RSC were its high printing resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi, unmatched printing speed of 78 linear meters/min (245 ft./min) and 8 colour printing stations for the highest panton color coverage. After the completion of a highly successfully beta test of the Tau [...] Read more


Blippars Ambarish Mitra to Open ISE 2019

Posted on: 11-11-2018

Integrated Systems Europe has announced that Ambarish Mitra, the co-founder and CEO of augmented reality technology company Blippar, will present the ISE Opening Address on 4 February 2019. Blippar’s mission is to enhance everyday life with augmented reality and computer vision – a field of artificial intelligence. Since 2011, Blippar has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in AR. It has helped thousands of brands, retailers and agencies use AR/AI across the consumer journey to deepen customer engagement, drive footfall and increase sales. The company gives access to an AR ecosystem with products and professional services to meet specific business needs &nd [...] Read more


Why larger Measuring Aperture counts

Posted on: 11-11-2018

Barbieri published a white paper ‘Why larger Measuring Aperture counts’. This white paper explains why a larger optical measuring aperture improves significantly accuracy and repeatability of measurements in digital large-format, flatbed and industrial printing. It gives also hints about how to get most accurate measurement results on special materials such as textiles. Summary: Introduction The technical datasheets and specifications of every spectrophotometer, among other technical details, mention the measuring aperture. But why does this matter? It is because, generally said, a larger measuring aperture gives more accurate results and higher repeatability. The measur [...] Read more


Roland Heroes given more time to get involved

Posted on: 11-11-2018

Roland DG has extended the deadline for entries to the Roland Hero Awards 2018, giving incredible Roland users more time to share their fascinating stories. The Roland Heroes mission began in April and has already unearthed amazing people and projects across EMEA, from new start-ups' first steps to major jobs completed by big names. Roland users are invited to nominate themselves as Roland Heroes and shout about their achievements – and to be in with a chance of winning an unforgettable holiday. To allow more Roland Heroes to come forward, the deadline for applications has been extended to 31 December 2018, an additional two months from the original cut-off point. "S [...] Read more


LabCampus and MIT sign cooperation agreement

Posted on: 11-11-2018

Munich Airport and the renowned Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have reached an agreement to work together in the development of the LabCampus Innovation Center at Munich Airport. Plans to launch the LabCampus future project–an innovation lab on the airport campus that will promote cooperation between companies and across industry boundaries–were announced by Munich Airport in March of this year. Starting on November 1, the renowned Senseable City Lab, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be on board to provide conceptual support for the establishment and development of the new innovation campus. Under an ini [...] Read more


Messe Düsseldorf registers impressive booking figures

Posted on: 11-11-2018

drupa will provide decisive stimuli to the global print technology industry from 16 to 26 June 2020. Messe Düsseldorf is experiencing a strong demand for exhibition space. Shortly after the official registration deadline, 96 percent of the planned 160,000 square meter space is already booked. Companies from more than 40 countries have already confirmed their participation, including the large global players as well as many smaller companies and promising start-ups. A current list of exhibitors is available on www.drupa.com. Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, is pleased about the positive booking status. "The companies in the print industry know that ever [...] Read more


Theijc Reveals Plans For 2019

Posted on: 11-11-2018

550 participants coming from 26 countries contributed to a record attendance of the 5th edition of The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC). Technology users and suppliers from all areas of inkjet engineering and inkjet chemistry praised the educational and networking aspects of an intense two-day conference programme. Following excellent attendee feedback, first exhibitors and presenters have already booked their space at the next editions of TheIJC in the USA (22-23 May 2019 in Chicago) and in Europe (29-30 October 2019 in Düsseldorf). In just five years TheIJC has established itself as the meeting point of the inkjet industry. With all the major printhead manufactures present and representa [...] Read more


Esko takes Packaging Connected to All4Pack

Posted on: 11-11-2018

will showcase its innovative packaging software solutions for brand owners, trade shops and converters, as well as a Kongsberg C24 cutting table (1680x3200) at All4Pack, Paris, November 26 to 29, Hall 6 Stand L141. Esko will show visitors how streamlining and connecting the end-to-end production delivers tangible business benefits, resulting in faster throughput, higher quality, and ‘Right First Time’ production. Eddy Fadel, VP Sales EMEA of Esko, explains: “Visitors to All4Pack will see how Esko’s solutions are connecting job specifications, order information, approval cycles, CAD and graphic data, as well as requirements for manufacturing and logistics in one [...] Read more


Win a 15,000 euro Exclusive Yacht VIP trip with 3M Wrap Films

Posted on: 26-10-2018

From 1st November 2018 through to 28th February 2019, 3M is giving its car wrap customers the opportunity to win a 2 person Exclusive Yacht VIP trip to Monaco (worth €15,000), as part of its ‘Colour Up Your Shop’ promotion. In addition, the company is offering a free colourboard (worth €349, excl. VAT) to every customer who buys a total of 150 linear meters of 3M Wrap Films over the period of the promotion. 3M’s ‘Colour Up Your Shop’ promotion is open to all 3M graphic manufacturer and installer customers who purchase 3M Wrap Film Series 1380, 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 and/or 3M Wrap Overlaminate 8900. Customers purchasing 10 linear meters or mor [...] Read more


ISE to relocate to Barcelona in 2021

Posted on: 26-10-2018

Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition, has announced that its 2021 edition will be held at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex in Spain on 2-5 February. The new venue will become the permanent location for the world’s largest AV and systems integration show. The decision to relocate the ISE exhibition comes after 18 months of research into the viability of remaining at the RAI Amsterdam. With annual growth in ISE exhibitors and attendees approaching 10%, and the international AV market forecast to grow by 5% per annum through to 2021, it was concluded that ISE was outgrowing its popular Amsterdam location. [...] Read more


Embroidery at viscom 2019

Posted on: 26-10-2018

Textile finishing will be made an even more attractive theme at viscom 2019: from 8 to 10 January all renowned suppliers of embroidery machines and materials will be exhibiting their equipment, technologies and consumables at the Düsseldorf trade show. Right next door – and freely accessible for viscom visitors – the new PromoTex Expo show will present innovations in advertising textiles, job fashion and sportswear. This way textile finishers and signmakers have an overview of what is happening on the markets of relevance to them within easy reach.   The main “port of call” is viscom hall 13. Here, for the first time ever, trade visitors can witness how yarns a [...] Read more


Esko at SGIA: automation software and finishing hardware

Posted on: 26-10-2018

There are many challenges facing large format printers, but production can be enhanced and operational efficiency increased with software that delivers faster approval cycles, eliminates file errors, reduces idle time, improves workflow control and simplifies complex manual steps of digital finishing equipment. During SGIA Expo 2018, Esko was focussing on its new QuickStart solutions: Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign and WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated, as well as two Kongsberg tables, showcasing industry-unique end-to-end production workflows. Both Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign and WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated are turnkey solutions that are built with proven [...] Read more


Two industry awards for Durst at SGIA Expo 2018

Posted on: 26-10-2018

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has won two Product of the Year awards at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The accolades for the Delta WT 250 and Rhotex 325 have been announced after Durst successfully demonstrated large-format and software capabilities, including the P5 Series with the flagship P5 250 HS machine. Durst’s Delta WT 250, which captured the RTR/ Hybrid/Flatbed new technology or inkset category, is the flagship for a new generation of printers producing superb litho quality with odorless ink. Durst Water Technology is highly suited for a range of Corrugated Packaging and Display applications. Durst WT inks are completely free o [...] Read more


3M Expands Wrap Film Series 1080 with Four New Dynamic Colours

Posted on: 15-10-2018

For car enthusiasts, the ability to customize their vehicles with unique colours or patterns provides the perfect opportunity to be unique and stand out in a crowd. Whether it’s installing a complete car wrap in Gloss Hot Rod Red or strategically placing racing strips in Matrix Black, there are unending aesthetic and design possibilities for every personality. While the tried and true classic shades never seem to go out of style, developing new colours to stay ahead of – and determine – trends allow 3M to answer industry demands. Expanding the colour palette of the Wrap Film Series 1080 family, 3M is proud to introduce four new shades to the 1080 lineup: • Glo [...] Read more


Esko and B-B International at Viscom Italia 2018

Posted on: 15-10-2018

Esko and its Italian distributor B+B International will co-exhibit at Viscom Italia 2018 (Fiera Milano, October 18 to 20, Hall 8 Stand G19) to demonstrate how a streamlined workflow helps packaging, display and signage specialists to be more flexible and productive. B+B International distributes Esko’s ArtiosCAD software for CAD-CAM applications and the Kongsberg line of cutting tables. At Viscom Italia, they will show a Kongsberg C64 table. The Kongsberg C64 multifunctional digital cutting table for signage and display applications keeps up with today’s faster, wider printers. The versatile system delivers precision and productivity thanks to it’s lightweight carbon [...] Read more


Fespa Awards 2019 Open for Entries

Posted on: 15-10-2018

The 28th edition of the FESPA Awards is now open to print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to highlight their outstanding examples of print. Launched in 1991, the FESPA Awards is the longest running awards in the speciality print industry, with last year’s awards receiving over 200 entries from 30 countries, which were shortlisted and awarded at the FESPA Gala Night in front of over 300 guests. Quentin King, Director of UK company, Harwood King Printmakers, who won the Gold Award in the Serigraphies and Fine Art category and Best in Show at the FESPA Awards 2018, comments on how winning a FESPA Award has benefitted his business: “Since winning a FESPA Award [...] Read more


Caldera releases Version 12 of its RIP software

Posted on: 15-10-2018

Caldera has announced the launch of a new version of its award-winning RIP software. Version 12 has been configured to offer an enhanced user experience by bridging the gap between design and business. The suite also includes Digital Licences and CalderaDock, new tools that allow users quick access to what they need. On the functionality front, faster processing speeds and better colors will enhance productivity, and there is an extended range of user applications. “Caldera 12 is one of the first solutions to integrate PDF Print Engine 5,” said Mark Lewiecki, Senior Product Manager, Adobe. “Caldera 12 customers will be ready for PDF 2.0 jobs, and will deliver efficie [...] Read more


Beflex enthusiast about EFI VUTEk h Printer

Posted on: 15-10-2018

Budapest-based Béflex, a PoC (Point of Communication) print expert company, purchased the groundbreaking new EFI VUTEk h3 hybrid flatbed/roll superwide-format printer from Electronics For Imaging. Béflex will be the first company to install the printer in Europe, allowing the company to further offer its customers innovative products with superior quality. "We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities that allow us to provide our customers with the best products," said Lászlo Bárán, Béflex's CEO. "We are not interested in increasing volume unless we can provide brilliant quality, while maintaining constant production levels." Béflex purchased its new printer at the FES [...] Read more


New clear ink for Mimaki UCJV300 series

Posted on: 06-10-2018

Mimaki announces the availability of new LUS-170 Clear Ink to be used on the UCJV300 Series. The additional LUS-170 clear ink offers a host of new design possibilities and expands business opportunities by creating compelling displays using gloss, matte or textured finish. ”With the availability of this clear ink for UCJV300 series, we have employed our proprietary Mimaki Clear Control (MCC) technology for the first time in a roll-to-roll printer,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA of Mimaki Europe. “This unique feature shortens the time needed for ink curing to prevent dust from sticking, ensuring smoother, cleaner clear effects, such as matte or [...] Read more


EFI Grows its Portfolio of Cretaprint Smart Printers

Posted on: 06-10-2018

Tile manufacturers can achieve efficient, high-end digital decoration for nearly any size configuration or design need using the versatile and proven line of EFI Cretaprint printers from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The company recently developed its 5th generation printer platform, featuring a new EFI e*D5 printhead that optimises printer performance by assuring better alignment and higher throughput speeds. At Tecnargilla, EFI is announcing the upcoming release of two additional 5th generation printers, the new C5 and D5 models. "With the release of the Cretaprint C5 and D5, plus the recently presented M5 printer, EFI is offering the most versatile and reliable range of inkjet pri [...] Read more


New live event for car wrappers at viscom 2019

Posted on: 06-10-2018

Getting close to the action when top wrappers from around the world do battle – that’s one of the hallmarks of viscom. From 8 to 10 January 2019, the hands-on trade fair for signmaking and digital large format printing will host a brand-new car wrapping experience: the Nations Wrap Cup. After ten years of the European Wrap Star, organiser MR Clipart has created a thrilling competition that’s even more international, has even more categories and features an even larger female contingent. Sixteen national teams will get a chance to compete against each other in the Nations Wrap Cup. Each team consists of four people, including at least one female car wrapper. “Th [...] Read more


Caldera to use SportsFactory model for new project management initiati...

Posted on: 06-10-2018

French RIP software expert Caldera has announced its intention to offer project management services based on its recent ‘SportsFactory’ concept collaboration with MS Printing Solutions, JK Group, Monti Antonio and Zund. Caldera will be involved in solutions projects that will show clients how to connect the dots on their E2E digital workflows across digital printing applications. These solutions will comprise the implementation of standardized digital printing set-ups tailored to deliver color management, workflow and bi-directional business data between brands and print-contractors. The SportsFactory Project has been brought into being to meet clients’ needs for mic [...] Read more


Texo Trade Services opens two new stock locations

Posted on: 06-10-2018

Texo Trade Services (TTS), expert in transfer printing media and printable textiles, opens two new stock locations in Europe: in Leicester the United Kingdom and in the French capital Paris. TTS serves a concentration of customers in these regions. With this local, customer-oriented stock TTS increases the service and delivery speed: within 24 hours or even the same day. Customers of TTS can guarantee their own clients even more speed and distinguish themselves herein.             Tailored range close to home The market demands a faster delivery. The answer of TTS translates into new stock locations with a range of quality products that is tailored to the customers in the surroundin [...] Read more


Mimaki launches the Next Step in Textile Printing

Posted on: 15-09-2018

Mimaki announced the launch of the Mimaki TS55-1800, a revolutionary new digital heat transfer sublimation printer, that brings high-end features to the entry and mid-level market. These include high-speed one-pass printing at a high-resolution and high ink-density, unattended printing with the new Mini Jumbo Roll and Mimaki’s Nozzle Check and Recovery System for continuous operation.  With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki delivers on making high-end digital textile printing features available to a much broader market. Now, textile professionals can effortlessly scale their operation with an affordable heat sublimation printer that meets the high quality and fast turnaround [...] Read more


ADAPT shows up with the HP Latex R-Series showroom

Posted on: 15-09-2018

ADAPT, UK specialists in everything connected to print, has unveiled their new showroom dedicated to the HP Latex R-Series. Hardware of this calibre deserves a unique platform to showcase its dynamic capabilities. Situated in the heart of Manchester, the HP Latex R-Series showroom is now open. Currently housing the R2000, this facility allows visitors to test ADAPT’s wide range of products on this innovative technology and explore all the possibilities available. As well as exclusive R2000 demonstrations, the new centre also consists of an application area. With an expansive range of materials in stock at ADAPT, from boards and vinyls to roll media and inks, customers can ta [...] Read more


Esko vision of Packaging Connected during Labelexpo Americas 2018

Posted on: 15-09-2018

The label industry has continued to face the challenges of producing more labels faster—but in shorter runs. This has resulted in lead-time pressure and the growing complexity of workflows supporting the need for greater efficiencies. At the center is the need for supply chain partners to help brand owners build engaging, omnichannel, go-to-market campaigns, with labeled products at the core of the workflow. It requires Esko’s seamless ‘Packaging Connected’ vision, linking Esko’s broad portfolio of label production technologies with a wide range of industry partners to assure ‘best-in-class’ solutions. This is no better exemplified than Esko& [...] Read more


Mimaki to showcase Internet of Things for UV print at Fakuma

Posted on: 15-09-2018

Mimaki will be showcasing creative solutions for printing on plastic at this year’s Fakuma, the international trade show for plastics processing. Mimaki will be exhibiting in Hall A1, Stand 1410. Its focus at the show, which takes place from 16 to 20 October in Friedrichshafen, Germany, will be on integrated workflow solutions for UV-LED printing. These include the compact, state-of-the art UV-LED direct printing system UJF-7151plus; the UJF-3042 MkII for high-performance small-format UV-LED printing; the compact flatbed cutting machine CFL-605RT, the ideal multifunctional solution for the production of samples and short runs; and the innovative features of systems solution Rast [...] Read more


Masserdotti invests in new Zund Cutter

Posted on: 15-09-2018

Italian Masserdotti Group again opts for Zünd digital cutting technology. By investing once more in a Zünd G3 cutter, this specialist in digital printing is able to substantially increase its routing capacity. Equipped with "little technology but all the more imagination and creativity", the company that began as an automotive repair shop 50 years ago has established a reputation in visual communication that reaches far beyond the nation's borders. Now in its 2nd generation, Masserdotti is led by Alberto Masserdotti and has approximately 40 employees. It is located in Castel Mella, a Northern Italian town not far from Brescia. As early as back in the 90s, Masserdotti was known as [...] Read more


Simvol Leverages Mimaki Technology for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Posted on: 28-08-2018

Mimaki reported that Simvol, Russia’s largest producer of flags and state symbolic textile-based signage, relied on Mimaki digital textile printing to produce flags and banners for one of the most important events in the country. Founded in 1996, Simvol is located in Kropotkin, Krasnodar Territory, and has sales offices in all major Russian cities. The company recently added a Mimaki JV300 to its fleet of Mimaki printers to accommodate business growth. “Simvol was one of the first companies in Russia to adopt heat transfer dye sublimation printing technology, says Sergey Babenko, the company’s CEO. “We worked with Smart-T, a reseller to the industry, to determi [...] Read more


New Integration with Duplo Finishers and EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends

Posted on: 28-08-2018

EFI and Duplo Corporation have announced a new, timesaving integration between EFI's Fiery production workflow for digital print devices and Duplo's Slitter/Cutter/Creasers. This new offering allows for efficient, automated imposition layout and production from prepress through the finishing stages delivering precise throughput faster and saving up to 70% of setup time. "EFI and Duplo customers will definitely save time by eliminating the need for manual data entry and setup of finishing information in Fiery digital printing workflows," said Peter Dyson, product launch leader at Duplo International Ltd. "Our collaborative efforts for this automated solution will also reduce h [...] Read more


GSW Brings Mimaki Experience to FESPA Africa 2018

Posted on: 28-08-2018

Mimaki announced its participation in FESPA Africa 2018, where the brand will be represented by their exclusive distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW). In line with FESPA’s theme ‘Where Print Takes Off’, the stand aims to inspire visitors and get them on board with Mimaki. FESPA Africa will take place between 12 -14 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mimaki’s flagship digital print solutions will be displayed on stand D20-D21 in hall 3. “We created a one-of-a-kind Mimaki airport experience on our stand at FESPA Berlin back in May,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Euro [...] Read more


Hadera Paper acquires EFI Nozomi Corrugated Press

Posted on: 28-08-2018

Continuing its evolution as Israel's top corrugated display and packaging innovators, Caesarea-based Carmel Frenkel (a subsidiary of Hadera Paper) has purchased an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated packaging press from Electronics for Imaging. Carmel Frenkel will be one of the first companies worldwide to have the complete EFI ecosystem for corrugated production with the Nozomi press, the EFI Fiery® NZ-1000 digital front end (DFE), the EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system (MES) business and production management workflow and EFI Escada corrugator control software. Carmel Frenkel chose the EFI Nozomi press - the first to [...] Read more


FESPA Eurasia 2018 returns to Istanbul from 6-9 December 2018

Posted on: 28-08-2018

2018 will be the sixth edition of the exhibition, growing its visitor audience by 25% since the first event in 2013. The last FESPA Eurasia, which took place in 2017 attracted 8,761 unique visitors. Visitor data from FESPA Eurasia 2017 demonstrates the quality of visitors the event attracts; 93% of visitors to the event are decision makers or are involved in the decision making process. The data also shows that the average budget per visitor was €134,678, with 80% confirming they had plans to buy at the exhibition or within 12 months. This year’s event will take place at a new venue, Istanbul Expo Centre (İFM), occupying two halls – 9 and 10. The exhibition cen [...] Read more


Print in Progress - The Creative Industries Showroom

Posted on: 05-08-2018

Print in Progress - The Creative Industries Showroom returns on October 10th and 11th at Paris Event Center (Porte de la Villette). With more than 80 leading exhibitors on their market, 4 trends hubs and a cross-disciplinary conferences program, the trade show continues this year its mission of deciphering the major trends in print and digital, from the Retail, Decoration, Communication and Packaging sectors. Discover, today, the first speakers of the trade show. More information on http://printinprogress.fr/en/   Read more


ESKO acquires BLUE Software

Posted on: 05-08-2018

has announced its acquisition of BLUE Software, LLC, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions. This acquisition joins two complementary teams to unlock product packaging development, management and execution efficiencies for brand owners in the consumer packaged goods, life sciences and retail industries and for a variety of suppliers in the packaging value chain. “We are relentlessly seeking to reduce time to market, cost and quality risk in the end-to-end packaging value chain. The acquisition of BLUE enhances Esko’s unique set of tools to enable brand owners and their partners to im [...] Read more


New features and major improvements in new Apogee v11

Posted on: 05-08-2018

Apogee v11 offers a mechanism to combine print jobs in an intelligent way in order to optimize press time, while also keeping track of the actual order. With this new feature, it caters to the needs of printers faced with shortening run lengths and looking for ways to keep their presses running as efficiently as possible to maintain sustainable margins. The challenge of combining orders on a single press sheet does not lie in the actual placement of the various orders, but in keeping track of the separate orders and allowing for proper finishing. With Apogee v11, collation marks, signature barcodes and all other marks remain in place and refer to the original order. In addition, Apo [...] Read more


Esko demonstrates Packaging Connected at Labelexpo Americas

Posted on: 05-08-2018

The challenges facing label converters today center around producing high volumes of short run jobs with quicker deadlines and better quality. This situation can easily be handled with optimized workflows that link all supply chain partners.  At Labelexpo Americas 2018, 25-27 September, visitors to the Esko booth (#5202) will learn how integrated and automated solutions, such as color specification, 3D pack shots and design reviews, can link brand owners, designers, premedia and the pressroom into a highly productive and efficient workflow. The result – Packaging Connected – drives faster throughput, higher quality, and ‘Right First Time’ production. From Des [...] Read more


EFI Reports Record Second Quarter Revenue For Q2 2018

Posted on: 05-08-2018

Electronics for Imaging, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced its results for the second quarter of 2018. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company reported record second quarter revenue of $261.1 million, up 6% compared to second quarter 2017 revenue of $247.0 million. GAAP net income was $3.8 million compared to GAAP net income of $2.8 million for the same period in 2017 or $0.08 per diluted share compared to $0.06 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. Non-GAAP net income was $22.6 million, down 11% compared to non-GAAP net income of $25.5 million for the same period in 2017 or $0.50 per diluted share, down 7% compared to $0 [...] Read more


What viscom 2019 has to offer to signmakers and digital printers

Posted on: 19-07-2018

From 8 to 10 January Europe’s trade show for visual communication in Düsseldorf will come up with fresh ideas for the sector right at the beginning of the year. Home to digital printers and signmakers, the trade show brings together manufacturers and end-users from large format digital printing, signmaking, textile finishing as well as out-of-home advertising.  Personalisation continues to be a top trend As a trade show for business practitioners viscom bridges the gap between technical possibilities and practical implementation. And it’s already clear that personalization and customization continue to be the hot topics in signmaking and printing. “Realizing variou [...] Read more


Firstan streamlines with Esko-to-EFI integration

Posted on: 19-07-2018

Firstan Limited, Cambridge, UK, has successfully piloted a newly developed interface between Esko’s Automation Engine Connect and EFI’s Radius software applications. The pilot at the leading independent pharmaceutical packaging and food packaging manufacturer comes two years after Firstan’s £7m investment in two Komori 18,000sph presses – a six-colour Lithrone GLX640 and a multi-unit Lithrone GLX40RP, and a Bobst Expertcut die cutting blanking machine. Established in 1976, Firstan employs 140 and has a turnover of £24m. The company produces one billion cartons a year and has two main divisions – Firstan Pharmaceutical, which develops and manufactures phar [...] Read more


HP Expands HP Latex R Printer Series Portfolio

Posted on: 19-07-2018

HP Inc. expanded its hybrid HP Latex R Printer Series with the R1000 Printer for rigid and flexible printing. Designed for a variety of hybrid applications including signage and displays, the growing portfolio offers choice, value, and versatility while featuring innovative technologies including HP Latex Rigid Printing Technology and HP Latex White Ink. “Print service providers are looking at new ways to increase production and expand applications by investing in innovative print technologies such as rigid and white ink to embrace all the possibilities of print,” said Joan Pérez Pericot, General Manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc. “The new introduct [...] Read more


Caldera RIP successfully certified for HP Latex R-series

Posted on: 19-07-2018

Software company Caldera can confirm that it’s market-leading RIP, Caldera Version 11.2, has qualified for full certification for driving the HP Latex R series of printers. The HP RIP certification is awarded to differentiate RIP partners who reach a specific and superior level of integration, compatibility and performance with the HP device in question. Only third-party companies that can demonstrate conformity across a range of criteria are awarded HP Latex certified status. The certification recognizes that Version 11.2 can fully support HP Latex R series printers for functionalities including printing performance, media management, printer reporting, job generation, job manageme [...] Read more


VPK - Peterson installs 2 Kombo TAV-R

Posted on: 19-07-2018

NORWAY VPK acquired Peterson in 2016. An extensive investment plan was rolled out and today, it is co-owned by VPK and Klingele. With six facilities in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, it continues to be run as an empowered business unit under the Peterson name. Thanks to this shared ownership between VPK and Klingele, Peterson has a solid position in the European alliance Blue Box Partners. Display & Short Run As well as being a leader in the production of packaging in the territory, Peterson also has a keen eye on the POS display market. Peterson’s Display plant in Sarpsborg, Norway, has recently been the focus of significant investment, having installed an HP Scitex 15500 Industrial P [...] Read more


HP Inspired FESPA Attendees to Say Yes

Posted on: 04-07-2018

At the FESPA Global Print Expo, HP Inc. invited attendees to experience the latest technology innovations that empower print services providers (PSPs) to “Say Yes” to any print job that can be imagined. “Innovative large format technologies are unlocking the magic of print to inspire creativity and deliver unlimited possibilities,” said Simon Ewington, General Manager, GSB EMEA, HP, Inc. “HP’s latest solutions, showcased at FESPA, give PSPs the tools to be fearless and reimagine printing.” At FESPA, HP was debuting:  • HP Latex R2000 Printer, the first hybrid solution for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device. T [...] Read more


Open House Esko Automation Solutions at Data Image UK

Posted on: 04-07-2018

Esko UK team hosted a successful Open House in Leicester earlier this month, with partners Data Image, Clarity Software and reseller CMYUK. With over 80 customers attending, the event was staged to showcase the latest Esko C66 digital cutting table with the new Robotic Material Handler, as well as Esko’s fully Automated workflow solutions. The high attendance was a clear indication that companies are increasingly aware of the benefits of having a fully automated large format digital production and guests were able to see examples of how to address shorter lead times and to handle the problems of waste. The Open House also looked at the market’s demand for equipment to h [...] Read more


Sakae Sagane, Chairman of Mimaki Europe, has retired

Posted on: 03-07-2018

announced that its Chairman, Sakae Sagane, who also served as Executive Vice President for Mimaki Engineering Company, has retired effective 28 June 2018, after leading Mimaki Europe since 2005. Sagane grew Mimaki Europe from a small Mimaki subsidiary to the business unit contributing the most revenue compared to other Mimaki subsidiaries. Under his leadership, Mimaki Europe grew its network of dealers and distributors across the region, completed the acquisition of Mimaki-nbn GmbH in 2008 (now Mimaki Deutschland), and established Mimaki Eurasia in Turkey to more specifically address the needs within that region. In addition, Mimaki Europe positioned itself as a major industry player unde [...] Read more


FLYERALARM buys 1st European EFI VUTEk HS125 F4 Inkjet Press

Posted on: 03-07-2018

announces the first European installation of the EFITM VUTEk® HS125 F4 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll inkjet press at FLYERALARM GmbH in Würzburg, Germany. The press will give the print service provider more flexibility in responding to customer requests. FLYERALARM, one of the largest online printing companies in Europe, is expanding its already extensive product portfolio with the new hybrid press and is increasing its productivity in the large-format printing (LFP) sector. "Thanks to the great flexibility of the machine with regard to the range of materials, we will now be able to offer our customers additional and even more personalised products," said Igor Zanovskiy, managing direct [...] Read more


Agfa Graphics releases InkTune and PressTune

Posted on: 03-07-2018

Agfa Graphics announces the release of InkTune and PressTune software to reduce the production costs. These intelligent tools are part of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ offering and give print houses complete control over all printing elements, from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards, while reducing production costs. Real-time data insights into print quality drive these capabilities, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer. InkTune and PressTune are crucial elements of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ program. In designing and creating solutions based on hardware, software and consumables, Agfa Graphics focuses on ecology, economy, and extra conven [...] Read more


3M aims to slash rail operator costs with new anti-graffiti products

Posted on: 25-06-2018

3M has launched its two most versatile anti-graffiti wrap overlaminates yet, bringing the potential for huge cost and time savings to the rail industry. 3M aims to slash rail operator costs with new anti-graffiti products. The science-based technology company’s Anti-Graffiti Wrap Gloss Overlaminate 8588G and Matte Overlaminate 8590M by 3M are not only easily cleanable but also highly conformable and durable. This makes them suitable for curved surfaces, marking a breakthrough for train operators. On train exteriors, the products can be used to wrap and protect all surfaces, including parts such as railcar noses, while for interiors they can be applied to everything from text [...] Read more


Enseignes et Neons shortens production cycles with Automation Engines

Posted on: 25-06-2018

Automation Engine was chosen by French signage specialist Enseignes & Néons to better manage a fast-growing workload. Enseignes & Néons, based in Istres on the Mediterranean coast near Marseille, was founded by Gaylor Herold and Christian, his father, as a sign company (letters, figures and logos painted by hand, later cut from wood or plastic and made out of neon tubes, LEDs, etc.). Today, it has a much broader scope following the addition of digital wide format printing. The company operates three HP Latex wide format printing systems and aims to be as eco-friendly as possible. Following considerable growth in the region and the acquisition of many new customers, Enseignes & Néons [...] Read more


Efficient pallet display for Alexander Nut Group

Posted on: 25-06-2018

Sofakrimi, Tagträumer, Geistesblitzer, Coffee Break and Prachtstück are the snack mixes currently being promoted in the new pallet display. Thimm developed and produced the efficient display for the joint presentation of all five snack types from the Alexander Nut Group. Alexander Nut Group Holding GmbH is a sister company of the European snack producer Lorenz Snack-World. Commenting on the product launch of the new Nuts & Fruits mixes, Michael Weber, Corporate Marketing Manager at Thimm said of the secondary placement: “With this new pallet display we have ensured that all the different snack types can be seen and picked up from the same display. By building two product levels [...] Read more


EFI to introduce Next-generation Hybrid Inkjet Platform

Posted on: 11-06-2018

EFI introduced new technologies at this year's FESPA Global Expo in Berlin. EFI unveiled its next-generation hybrid flatbed/roll platform technology - the EFI VUTEk h series printers built from the ground up to offer higher quality, more capabilities and better productivity up to 109 boards per hour. EFI's exhibit also features the launch of a breakthrough industrial textile pigment ink technology for direct-to-textile production. The new EFI Reggiani pigment ink technology gives users a faster, environmentally friendly production process with inline polymerisation that requires less water, less energy and less processing time, with no washing or steaming needed. In addition, [...] Read more


Mimaki enhances digital textile printing capabilities

Posted on: 12-06-2018

Mimaki announced that its production-class Tiger 1800B digital textile printer family has been enhanced with new features and capabilities as the company continues to drive higher quality in digital textile printing. The Tiger 1800B MkII, which made its debut at FESPA 2018, offers an additional high-quality mode at 1200 dpi and several enhancements to improve quality, including reduction of banding and other printing defects. “The conventional-to-digital transformation continues to heat up in textiles and apparel, and Mimaki, an early mover in this space, is dedicated to bringing affordable, industry-leading solutions to this segment,” said Bert Benckhuysen, Product Manage [...] Read more


Take Off with Esko for Improved Productivity

Posted on: 12-06-2018

At FESPA 2018, visitors to Esko Stands were invited to “Take the Fastlane” for their businesses by collecting their suitcases on the Esko stand to begin an exciting journey to improved productivity. In addition to Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign and WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated converters, the company was introducing a brand-new Flip-Side Camera for Kongsberg cutting tables equipped with a Feeder and Stacker. This truly unique solution saves the 20 to 30 minutes of manual set-up time typically required to ensure accurate cutting of corrugated board for in-store displays as well as other applications. When using the Kongsberg Feeder and Stacker, the camera scans th [...] Read more


Smurfit Kappa buys Ultra-high-speed EFI Nozomi

Posted on: 11-06-2018

Dublin, Ireland-based Smurfit Kappa Group (LSE:SKG) - Europe's leading corrugated packaging company - is partnering with Electronics For Imaging, Inc. to establish an efficient, robust digital corrugated packaging production offering with the installation of an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press. As a result of this partnership, Smurfit Kappa, one of the top innovators in packaging, and main driving force of digital print technology in Europe,will establish leaner and more-effective processes to deliver ready-to-sell high quality print packaging that will provide its customers maximum brand benefit in the retail store. "This digital printing partn [...] Read more


Launch of the new NoeCha ROLL2

Posted on: 11-06-2018

NoeCha was playing again a leading role at Fespa  with the brand new NoeCha ROLL2 for the textile market and the well-established wide format industrial digital press NoeCha ONE. Visitors to the show were able to see live demonstrations on both printing systems and obtained detailed information about all versions available. NoeCha ROLL2 Sublimation is a wide format roll-to-roll inkjet system dedicated to printing on paper for sublimation transfer, for the fashion and textile industry and particularly for sportswear. Combining great quality and a high level of productivity, the machine allows printing on rolls of paper of up to 1,8m width at a linear speed up to 850 linear m/h. The new R [...] Read more


Mimaki Europe forms a strategic partnership with 3M

Posted on: 03-06-2018

Mimaki Europe, manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announced that the company’s UCJV Series with LUS-200 inks will carry the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, the most comprehensive finished graphics warranty in the industry. The warranty will be available in Europe, mid-summer 2018. The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty provides full, non-prorated protection for the intended life of each graphic, including fading, cracking, peeling and other aspects of the graphic performance. 3M offers this level of assurance based on its expertise in weathering technology and rigorous testing of ink and printer combinations. The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty covers up to eight y [...] Read more


Durst wins prestigious EDP award for P5

Posted on: 03-06-2018

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has been awarded the prestigious European Digital Press Association (EDP) Award for “Best flatbed/hybrid printer > 250m/h”. The award was given for the new P5 platform with the new Durst P5 250 HS printing system, which was presented at the end of January at the Durst premises in Lienz, and attracted so much attention that even Austria 's Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was informed about the innovation during a visit. For Durst, the circle is now completed including introduction, field test, first installations and positive market response, as the EDP jury consists of 21 member magazines f [...] Read more


Two prestigious EDP Awards for Mimaki

Posted on: 03-06-2018

Mimaki reported that the European Digital Press Association (EDP) has honoured the company with two prestigious EDP awards. Europe’s 21 leading trade magazines with an editorial focus on digital print processes come together each year to honour the best technological developments among products and other developments announced or presented within the previous 12 months. “We are honoured to again be a recipient of these prestigious awards, receiving best-in-class awards for our UCJV300-160 roll-to-roll printer and our unique 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer,” said Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “We appreciate the time and effort the editors [...] Read more


EFI Extends Fiery Command WorkStation to Inkjet Printers

Posted on: 03-06-2018

EFI introduced two milestone digital print workflow solutions at FESPA 2018 in Berlin: a new version of Fiery Command WorkStation and Fiery XF 7, an updated digital front end (DFE) for EFI wide and superwide format inkjet printers. Fiery Command WorkStation is one of the world's most popular interfaces for the management, layout, and editing of production digital print jobs. Print operations using EFI Fiery XF and Fiery proServer digital front end (DFE) print servers - including sheetfed, high-speed inkjet, wide format and superwide format printers - can now manage multiple printers across all environments from a single, easy-to-use, and familiar Command WorkStation interface. In [...] Read more


New products from TTS at Fespa

Posted on: 03-06-2018

New flock-film for sublimation printing and plotter cutting Subli-Flock is a 400 micron heat transfer flock-film for sublimation printing and plotter cutting. Subli-Flock is a 100% polyester micro-flock that is light, stretchable and has superb print results. The material is Oeko-tex Class I certified, and has due to the sublimation pint an excellent washing fastness (up to 60˚C). Images are printed in mirror-mode on the sublimation transfer paper, then the image can be transferred onto the flock side of the Subli-Flock. The contour of the images can be cut with a plotter cutter and the image can be taken of the backing paper with an application tape and is ready to transfer on [...] Read more


Zund showed three innovations at Fespa

Posted on: 03-06-2018

With a trifecta of highlights consisting of the LM 100W Cut & Seal Laser Module, dual-beam D3 cutter, and RM-L routing system, Zünd attracted a lot of attention. The LM 100W Laser Module impressed with its efficiency in simultaneously cutting and sealing polyester fabrics. Exceptional productivity and high-level material-handling automation were in focus on the dual-beam D3 cutter with Board Handling system BHS. And on the G3, Zünd showed off the RM-L system's high-performance, fully automated routing capabilities with jobs processing wood and acrylics, illustrating some of the many new opportunities the powerful 3.6 kW spindle provides for routing rigid materials. At the Zünd booth [...] Read more


Ivan Tenchev World Wrap Master 2018

Posted on: 02-06-2018

Ivan Tenchev from Bulgaria has been announced the winner of FESPA’s World Wrap Masters Series at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Second and third prizes went to Casper Madsen and Jan Edelgaard, both from Denmark. All three winners received cash prizes. The FESPA World Wrap Masters Series is sponsored by Hexis and ran throughout the year, concluding with two events at FESPA 2018 between 15 and 18 May.  The competition began on 15th and 16th May with the last regional qualifying competition, the World Wrap Masters Europe. 42 international competitors, including entrants from Japan and Australia, battled it out in a series of timed tasks, including wrapping vehicle [...] Read more


Elitron launched new Custom Cutting technology

Posted on: 21-05-2018

Elitron’s cutting system, Kombo TH, reaches new heights in productivity, flexibility and smart workflow management. It is now possible to work using 1 working area (3100 x 2000 mm) or divide the 3100mm width into 2 separate customized working areas, each with an independent gantry and cutting head. The automatic 40-sector vacuum system proportionally divides the sectors between the 2 customized working areas, to ensure the perfect hold of all media in both areas. This new technology dramatically increases productivity as 1 single cutting system is essentially turned into 2 independent cutting systems which can both carry out different jobs and different applications simultaneously [...] Read more


CoverUp Orders Worlds First EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i

Posted on: 21-05-2018

The world's first EFITM VUTEk® FabriVU® 340i soft signage printer, which coincidentally is also the 100th VUTEk FabriVU aqueous soft-signage printer to be sold, has been ordered by CoverUp in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Delivery is scheduled for the end of May, two weeks after the printer's debut at the FESPA exhibition in Berlin, Germany. CoverUp's new printer is an advanced, 3.4-metre wide aqueous dispersed dye ink printer that builds on the original 340 model with the addition of a heated platen and vapour extractor for inline fixation of direct-printed textiles. It offers high printing speed at all quality levels, while using less floor space than would be required w [...] Read more


LIC Packaging chooses HP PageWide C500 Press

Posted on: 21-05-2018

LIC Packaging, an Italian industrial packaging solutions provider, is installing the new HP PageWide C500 post-print digital press to meet increasing demand from brands for short runs, shorter turnaround times and creative marketing campaigns. The addition of the press, to be installed next month in LIC’s plant in Northern Italy, follows a recent installation of the HP Scitex 15500 for high-value display production. “LIC is bringing the groundbreaking HP PageWide C500 press to Italy to offer our customers new possibilities including brand marketing campaigns,” says Piero Bertoldo, Director at LIC Packaging. “Thanks to its water-based inks, the HP PageWide C500 [...] Read more


The Delta Group Adding Game Changing EFI Nozomi

Posted on: 21-05-2018

The Delta Group Adding Game Changing EFI Nozomi The Delta Group, a London-based global visual communications provider, made an important investment in digital technology at the FESPA Global tradeshow in Berlin, purchasing an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated packaging press from Electronics for Imaging, Inc. The Delta Group made the investment to meet customer needs, including increased demand for faster turnaround times and lower costs. "The Delta Group have been following the progress of 'single pass' printing keenly over the past 12 months.We can see how this is going to be a game changer for many sectors, not only ours," said Martin [...] Read more


HEXIS presenting market positioning of paint protection film BODYFENCE

Posted on: 21-05-2018

In May 2018 HEXIS was presenting the new market positioning of their paint protection film “BODYFENCE” at two major exhibitions, Automechanika Dubai and FESPA Global Print Expo (Berlin). “After three years of marketing and very positive responses from the automotive market, HEXIS are proud to continue the commercial and technical development of our Paint Protection Film (PPF)”, says Éric Sandor, Director of Production Compounds and Coating Techniques. “BODYFENCE”, the jewel in the technological developments of the HEXIS Group, will soon join the new production unit CAST4 (see the September 2017 news on the company’s website), guaranteeing opti [...] Read more


Mimaki showed complete digital textile printing ecosystem

Posted on: 21-05-2018

At Fespa 2018 in Berlin, Mimaki showed textile printing from a single source with pre-treatment, printing, steaming, washing and production management. It was demonstrating the Rimslow Series, a complete, end-to-end digital textile and apparel printing ecosystem. The ability to acquire a complete system from a single supplier makes it easier for businesses to enter the digital textile and apparel printing market, and for existing textile and apparel businesses to add digital printing to the mix to complement conventional textile printing processes. “Currently, businesses wishing to participate in the digital textile printing revolution must purchase printers and pre- and post-tr [...] Read more


Innovative products from Texo Trade Services (TTS) at FESPA

Posted on: 07-05-2018

Once again this year, the expert in transfer print media and printable textiles will be showing which products fit the bill at the FESPA trade fair in Berlin from 15 to 18 May 2018. Display Stretch 240: ultra soft, 100% crease-free and with minimum transparency This new, very densely knitted display textile of 240 gsm with 5% stretch is the new solution par excellence for pop-up (spider) walls and textile tensioning frames; the material can be hung on the frame straight from the box.  Lightbox Venus and Polaris: the top textiles in visual communication Polaris is a woven textile with a flexible and highly crease-resistant PU coating. Using sublimation, one can transfer directl [...] Read more


Center of Excellence

Posted on: 07-05-2018

Dover Digital Printing and MS Printing Solutions have recently opened a new Center of Excellence at Guanzate in the Province of Como, Lombardy. The 3,000-square-meter, high-tech digital printing facility will serve as an academy and technical training school for the digital printing industry, with a remit to train future machine operators, print technicians and designers. Equipped with the latest printers from MS Printing Solutions, the center will also showcase products from other Dover Digital Printing companies such as French RIP software specialists Caldera and ink manufacturers JK Group. As specialists in producing printers for the textile industry, the new center was designed t [...] Read more


Esko Text Recognition makes text changes fast, safe and simple

Posted on: 07-05-2018

has extended its portfolio of innovative solutions with Text Recognition, a new plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator® that makes last-minute copy changes to outlined text fast, safe and simple. The Esko-unique OCR plug-in for Adobe Illustrator helps packaging professionals to produce packaging in an optimal way. It eliminates work-arounds that were cumbersome when even the tiniest of copy changes was required. Text Recognition is the only OCR tool on the market that converts outlined text in artwork to live, editable text directly in Illustrator. This way the designer is able to make copy changes in just seconds within Illustrator. The Text Recognition plug-in for Adobe Illustrator is avail [...] Read more


JK Group doubles its efforts at Fespa

Posted on: 07-05-2018

JK Group will be present at the next Fespa (Berlin 15-18 May – Hall 2.2 Stand C13) with many news for its premium brands Kiian Digital and J-Teck, and it will be one of the major players at the SportsFactory stand, where attendees will be able to see the live production process of sports jersey: from the design stage up to wearing the finished product!   JK Group has always believed in the need for a sustainable approach. For this reason, it has chosen to develop a structured programme based on criteria of cohesion and conformity with certification programmes and the most authoritative standards of the markets where it operates, investing in the best available techniques in the [...] Read more


Unparalleled Colour Results with New Reggiani Textile Printer

Posted on: 24-04-2018

Groundbreaking new EFI Reggiani COLORS digital printer which Electronics For Imaging, Inc. recently launched at the 14-17 April ITM Exhibition in Istanbul. EFI also highlighted important advances in traditional manufacturing, with new EFI Mezzera technology for more environmentally sustainable dyeing on denim garments. The EFI Ecosystem of technologies leverages EFI Reggiani's 70 years as a leader in textile industry innovation with digital and conventional processes. EFI Reggiani products, along with some of the industry's most advanced software innovations, simplify the transition from conventional to digital production. At ITM, EFI experts will highlight the company's c [...] Read more


Probo invests in four Durst P5 systems

Posted on: 24-04-2018

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has announced first sales successes for the recently launched P5 Series. Dutch print and fulfilment provider Probo is investing in four Durst P5 printing systems. The installations at the production site in Dokkum will take place over the next few weeks and Probo will be presenting its portfolio expansion to its customers at an open house event on June 15. Erwin Postma, owner of the Europe-wide operating company with more than 200 employees, was already impressed by the performance of the new P5 platform at the P5 launch in Lienz. The combination of high productivity, print quality, workflow efficiency and [...] Read more


Mimaki Bompan Textile: Total Solutions Approach

Posted on: 24-04-2018

Mimaki Europe has established a joint venture with BOMPAN S.r.l., a leading distributor in Italy that has longstanding experience in the textile industry and has had a trusted business relationship with Mimaki Europe for more than two decades. Mimaki Europe retains a 51% ownership of the joint venture, known as Mimaki Bompan Textile S.r.l., and the majority of directors, including the CEO, Hirokazu Hayashi. Massimo Bompan is serving as Chairman of the joint venture company. “This joint venture is a critical element of our strategic approach to the textiles and apparel market,” Hayashi said. “Mimaki Bompan will be responsible for marketing the entire Mimaki portfolio fo [...] Read more


Printed Interior Decoration conference 5-6 June 2018

Posted on: 24-04-2018

18 presentations on the technical track and 10 more on the creative track provide for an intense learning and networking agenda during the second edition of the Printed Interior Decoration (PID) conference which takes place on 5-6 June 2018 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Düsseldorf. Participants will witness the latest printing technologies for home textiles, wallpapers, laminated floorings, wooden panels, carpets, building and mobile interiors. “Large format printing and industrial inkjet in general have been increasingly stimulating the trend of develo- ping printed products for interior decoration, as well as personalisation of design items. The trend has expan- ded i [...] Read more


Esko presents Packaging Connected at EskoWorld 2018

Posted on: 24-04-2018

Esko announces that EskoWorld 2018 will be held on June 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas. EskoWorld 2018 is the 27th annual conference for Esko users. More than ever before, its mission is to create a platform that connects the entire packaging supply chain. Leading brands, graphic and structural designers, flexo trade shops, sign makers and packaging and label converters will share ideas, gain product knowledge business expertise and exchange best practices. A full agenda of valuable learning experiences The three-day event includes nearly 100 educational sessions developed to help attendees enhance their knowledge of Esko solutions and [...] Read more


Fespa to Showcase Applications for Screen and Digital Printing

Posted on: 24-04-2018

With just three weeks to go until FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, screen and digital printing manufacturers are getting ready to showcase their latest technologies and applications for the global specialty print market. Print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers from across the globe will gather at FESPA 2018 to see the latest technology, equipment, consumables and materials from both leading brands and smaller businesses. Visitors to previous FESPA shows know that FESPA exhibitions have been the platform for a number of significant product launches and with over 650 exhibitors across ten halls at Messe Berlin, FESPA 2018 is sure to follow suit. There will be a host of exhibitor [...] Read more


Elitron at FESPA 2018: innovation never stops

Posted on: 17-04-2018

In an ecosystem where innovation undergoes continuous changes, Elitron will showcase the upgrades of its digital cutting solutions designed, one for finishing on both large format media and roll materials for POP or sign & display, and the other for maximum finishing performances and top tier flexibility. True innovation is what makes adopting smarter and more effective production methods come true. Elitron’s main product upgrade which will be presented at FESPA 2018 will involve the Kombo TH. Featured by a double independent beam, an established Elitron technology, it ensures a reduction in overall throughput thanks to Twin Cut software which automatically balances the worklo [...] Read more


Serbian NS Plakat acquired three Zund cutters in two years

Posted on: 17-04-2018

Zünd's current flagship, the D3 L-3200 (cutting width 1800mm/71in) complete with Board Handling System BHS, has been in operation at NS Plakat since mid-2017. The decision makers were particularly impressed with the exceptional modularity and, above all, the productivity of Zünd's latest cutting solution. The D3 is equipped with two beams that can each accommodate up to three different tools. Depending on the specifics of the cutting job, the dual-beam system is capable of delivering up to twice the production speed and throughput. With up to 20 orders per day requiring change-overs because of different material and processing requirements, the perfect combination of outstandi [...] Read more


Dover Digital Printing to sponsor The SportsFactory at FESPA

Posted on: 17-04-2018

Delegates to this year’s FESPA Berlin, 15 to 18 May, will get the chance to experience an innovative new workflow demonstration, courtesy of the new SportsFactory booth. Over an area of 250 m2, a group of market-leading print businesses will be demonstrating a full production workflow for the creation of customized football jerseys – with perfect timing to capture World Cup fever. The production facility will showcase products from Caldera, MS Printing Solutions, JK Group, Monti Antonio and Zund. In keeping with the sporting theme, Dover Digital Printing is acting as sponsor to the initiative. “The idea is to allow visitors to experience the entire production process [...] Read more


Mimaki brings inspiration for creatives to Pure Digital

Posted on: 16-04-2018

Mimaki announced it will be bringing inspirational samples and the printers that created them to Pure Digital, scheduled for 17 to 19 April in Amsterdam. Mimaki will be located on Stand 12.107, occupying 48 square meters. Mimaki is a Gold Partner at this important event, designed to help the creative community better understand the possibilities digital printing opens for them. This first edition of Pure Digital is co-located with Building Holland. “It is always enlightening and rewarding to interact with the creative community,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “They always take what we imagine much farther than we ever could. All w [...] Read more


European Sign Expo comes to Berlin

Posted on: 16-04-2018

European Sign Expo 2018 – dedicated to non-printed signage - which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 alongside FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 at Messe Berlin, is sold out, following record exhibitor demand to participate. This year’s event has seen a 42% increase in exhibitor numbers and a 58% increase in stand space, compared with 2017 figures, making this the biggest European Sign Expo in the show’s six-year history. Sponsored by EFKA, renowned manufacturer of store display systems, European Sign Expo 2018 will see 28 first time exhibitors join brands with an established presence at the ever-expanding show. These include not only companies from Europe, such as B [...] Read more


New and innovative products from Texo Trade Services at FESPA

Posted on: 14-04-2018

In a constantly changing international market, innovation is the key. Texo Trade Services (TTS) not only brings what is needed now, but also what will become necessary tomorrow. Once again this year, the expert in transfer print media and printable textiles will be showing which products fit the bill at the FESPA trade fair in Berlin from 15 to 18 May 2018. Display Stretch 240: ultra soft, 100% crease-free and with minimum transparency This new, very densely knitted display textile of 240 gsm with 5% stretch is the new solution par excellence for pop-up (spider) walls and textile tensioning frames; the material can be hung on the frame straight from the box. It is also ideal for pr [...] Read more


Alliance Packaging starts with EFI Nozomi

Posted on: 14-04-2018

Alliance Packaging is adopting high-end, direct-to-board digital printing with the purchase of an EFI™ Nozomi C18000 single-pass corrugated packaging press from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). The ultra-high-speed press is a groundbreaking offering in the digital corrugated packaging space because of its high production capacity and its complete integrated system. Alliance Packaging – the Northwestern U.S.’s largest independent corrugated box manufacturer – is installing the breakthrough digital production press at its Seattle headquarters facility to provide its customers with new capabilities that will reduce waste, cost and turnaround time. The [...] Read more


Hexis offers More than just Vehicle Wraps

Posted on: 14-04-2018

The French company is known for its high-quality cast films for vehicle wraps (SKINTAC HX45000/HX30000/HX20000), its plotter vinyl for signs and signage (SUPTAC, ECOTAC, MICROTAC) and its range of films for wide-format printing (SKINTAC HX190, HX200, V3000...), along with related laminates. But HEXIS also offer a wide range of decoration products, including films for glass, floors and interior and exterior walls, to support your industrial and architectural projects. We continually strive to enhance the services we offer our customers. To this end, HEXIS have developed HEX'Perience · http://www.hexis-graphics.com/en/hexperience/ · a unique concept designed to help you to: > Select the [...] Read more


HP provides Print-to-Order Book Manufacturing Services

Posted on: 14-04-2018

HP Inc. at the London Book Fair recently introduced HP Piazza, a pioneering set of independent and interlocking cloud-based services that enable  publishers to make book manufacturing and distribution more time- and cost-efficient. Now, publishers can build a virtual warehouse for the management, automation, distribution, print, and direct fulfillment of book orders, while holding zero inventory.  “Pearson is undergoing a digital transformation to become a simpler, more efficient business and our UK book supply chain is a key part of this,” said Stephen Jones, Pearson Director of Global Direct Procurement. “We are moving from a ‘print to warehouse’ to [...] Read more


World Wrap Masters at Fespa 2018

Posted on: 14-04-2018

The World Wrap Masters Europe and Series Final will once again take place at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 at Messe Berlin in Germany. Starting proceedings in hall 6.2, stand E50 on Tuesday 15 May will be the Wrap Masters Europe, with 36 wrappers battling it out in a series of timed wrapping competitions. The winner and two runners up of the European Series will then go on to compete in the World Wrap Masters Final on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May. The World Wrap Masters Final will see the three finalists from the European competition compete against winners from Russia, South Africa, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey, who have al [...] Read more


Esko: focus on Automation at FESPA

Posted on: 30-03-2018

The analog-to-digital transformation is sweeping through the sign, display and corrugated markets as sign providers and corrugated converters look beyond their production equipment to find an automated end-to-end workflow that ensures faster time to market, fewer errors and improved profitability. Waste can be created everywhere; via complex manual steps, equipment idle time, incorrect material handling or lack of workflow control. Many providers are seeking to eliminate waste and streamline the process from a design request coming in to shipping out a product. At FESPA 2018, they will find the path to this improved productivity and profitability at Esko Stands 3.2-C48 and 5.2-D30 during [...] Read more


Mimaki pulls out all the stops at FESPA 2018

Posted on: 30-03-2018

Mimaki announced its participation in FESPA 2018, Europe’s largest exhibition for the wide format print industry. The brand’s full line of products will be showcased from 15 – 18 May at the Berlin event, including innovative solutions for the Sign Graphics, Industrial, Textile, and the rapidly developing 3D markets. Mimaki will also be a key participant in several of FESPA’s special exhibits, such as the World Wrap Masters competition, Printeriors, and the new textile feature Print Make Wear. Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe: “FESPA provides a platform for Mimaki to show its wide range of capabilities in a variety of industry s [...] Read more


New Main Stage Theatre line-up at Sign and Digital UK

Posted on: 30-03-2018

Sign & Digital UK announced its main stage theatre schedule and speaker line-up headlined by celebrity retail expert, Mary Portas. The country’s leading trade exhibition for the sign making, display and digital printing industry returns to the NEC Birmingham from 24 to 26 April 2018. In keeping with this year’s theme – Creativity Bought to Life – the main stage theatre will double-up as a TV studio, capturing content and also using the studio as a base to film the many demos, workshops and exhibition stands across the show floor. To celebrate the show’s opening, visitors will be able to hear from celebrity retail and business champion Mary Portas, w [...] Read more


HP connects 3D scanning technology with Ultimaker

Posted on: 29-03-2018

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker announces the integration of HP scanning software with its Ultimaker Cura. This integration significantly simplifies the workflow to 3D print scans from HP’s Sprout and 3D Structured Light Scanner Pro S3. The integration is another example in the growing list of Ultimaker Cura-supported 3D applications. Ultimaker has already created integrations with, among others, Siemens NX and SolidWorks, to ensure seamless 3D Printing workflows from CAD and PLM systems. HP is also working with software vendors to integrate solutions for end-to-end production of 3D printed parts, from design to production. Frans Rintjema, Managing Director Immersi [...] Read more


Fespa Conference for Digital Corrugated Experience

Posted on: 29-03-2018

FESPA has confirmed the lineup of expert speakers for the Digital Corrugated Experience conference, which will take place at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 from 15 to 18 May at the Messe Berlin, Germany. The conference will educate both print service providers (PSPs) and packaging converters about the production of digitally printed packaging and point of sale (POS). The sessions will highlight the technology innovations changing the landscape of printing for corrugated and how digital technology is making production more flexible and dynamic. The seminar sessions will take place in the Digital Corrugated Experience, located in hall 5.2 stand C40 at FESPA 2018. The speakers in the c [...] Read more


HEXIS opens new subsidiary in Australia

Posted on: 16-03-2018

HEXIS announces the opening of a new subsidiary in Brisbane (Queensland), Australia. The launch of this subsidiary will reinforce the distribution of the HEXIS products, marketing and service on the Australian market. HEXIS products have been available in Australia for the last 16 years, thanks to their Melbourne-based distributor, Stickittome Australia Pty Ltd. The opening of this subsidiary is in line with the HEXIS strategy to expand their worldwilde distribution network. "HEXIS have been experiencing a consistent growth on the Australian market”, says Clément Mateu, HEXIS CEO. “We are convinced that the Australian market represents a substantial growth potential for our co [...] Read more


FESPA reveals Awards Shortlist

Posted on: 16-03-2018

FESPA has announced the shortlisted entries for its FESPA Awards 2018. The entries, which are displayed online now, will be showcased at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Hundreds of entries have been received and a shortlist of 68 selected, spanning 14 categories. All the shortlisted entries can be viewed here: www.fespaawards.com/2018-shortlist  FESPA Awards Judge and Head of Technical Support at FESPA, Graeme Richardson-Locke comments: “This year’s award entries were, as always, wide ranging and innovative. From industrial graphics to textiles and stadium branding, the judging remains challenging as it spans a [...] Read more


IMI Europe: Inkjet Development Conference technical programme

Posted on: 16-03-2018

IMI Europe announces the full invited speaker and panel session programme for its technical Inkjet Development Conference event. The event will be held at the Mövenpick Frankfurt City Hotel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 17-18 April 2018. Inkjet Development Conference 2018 17-18 April 2018 IMI Europe's spring technical conference moves to Germany for 2018, after two previous events in Lausanne. The Inkjet Development Conference consists of invited and submitted technical talks from industry and academic experts, as well as panel sessions on key topics. The programme has been set by the conference Technical Advisory Board, comprising Prof Reinhard Baumann, Technische Universitä [...] Read more


Zund at Fespa 2018: More efficient, more versatile

Posted on: 16-03-2018

From the "Digital Corrugated Experience" and "Print Make Wear", to "Printeriors", soft signage and a full gamut of printed POP, the focus of Fespa 2018 is extremely broad. As the premiere show for wide-format printing, it sets the perfect stage for Zünd (Booth B50, Hall 1.2) to show off the countless applications of its digital cutting systems and workflow solutions. With the latest version of Zünd Cut Center ZCC software, Zünd is pushing the productivity envelope further than ever. The new Over Cutter Camera OCC, for example, provides fully automated registration that adjusts for position, stretch, or distortion in mere seconds. With a single shot, the OCC captures all register marks v [...] Read more


Siegwerk and Agfa Graphics start strategic alliance

Posted on: 16-03-2018

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co.KGaA, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, and Agfa Graphics, a leading supplier in prepress offset and inkjet print, have entered into an important strategic alliance for digital packaging inks. The contract signed between the two companies includes a business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk of a selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry. ‘’This strategic alliance is a perfect fit for both of us,’’ says Tom Cloots, Director In [...] Read more


Esko with breakthrough automation at SDUK

Posted on: 16-03-2018

Esko will attend Sign & Digital UK 2018 (24 – 26 April 2018) to showcase its complete solutions from order, design and finish through to shipping products. At Sign & Digital 2018, Esko will share stands with UK distributor CMYK – Stands J10 and J20 On display will be two cutting tables - the Esko Kongsberg C64 and Kongsberg X24. The Kongsberg C64 is a multifunctional super wide digital cutting table for signage and display applications. The Kongsberg X24 cutting table comes with a wide range of specialty tools. These tools offer speed, power and flexibility to handle a wide variety of materials, such as corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, wood an [...] Read more


Zund puts optical registration in high gear

Posted on: 10-03-2018

Equipped with the new Over Cutter Camera OCC, Zünd cutting systems process printed substrates faster than ever. The fully automated OCC takes a single shot to capture all register marks at once, in a matter of seconds. Sequentially capturing register marks to determine position and possible distortions of printed graphics is time consuming, particularly in applications that require a lot of them. With the Over Cutter Camera OCC, Zünd is offering an innovative expansion to the traditional method of sequential register-mark capture with the ICC camera. The OCC system is powered by Zünd Cut Center ZCC and takes one image to register all marks visible in the working area. ZCC subsequently [...] Read more


EFI Strengthens Leadership Team

Posted on: 10-03-2018

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) has completed three additions to its Silicon Valley-based senior leadership team. Gene Zamiska (on picture), the former senior vice president of finance, corporate controller and chief accountant for Verifone, is joining EFI this month as the company’s new chief accounting officer (CAO). Another veteran accounting executive, Mark Allred, has joined EFI as the company’s new vice president of corporate accounting. EFI has also hired Jill Norris, a long-time mobile industry tech leader, as its new chief information officer (CIO). Zamiska, who is a licensed CPA, comes to the CAO position with a long record of successful tech sector [...] Read more


St Ives has sold its 106.3m pound turnover wide-format printing busine...

Posted on: 10-03-2018

The group confirmed that it had sold wide-format printing operations SP Group in Redditch and Service Graphics in Chessington, together with sister field marketing firms Tactical Solutions and Flare.  The purchaser is SelmerBridge, a holding company incorporated eleven months ago by French national Landry Kouakou. He is also the managing director of investment company The Martland Holdings, which owned Aylesford Newsprint before it was shut down in 2015.  St Ives said the sale price of £6m was "paid in full in cash at the time of completion", although it is subject to a cash and working capital adjustment. It will use the proceeds to reduce its debt. At the end of last year St Ives ch [...] Read more


Agfa launches foldable SYNAPS OM90F

Posted on: 10-03-2018

Agfa announced the market launch of SYNAPS OM90F as the latest addition to its SYNAPS synthetic papers portfolio. The launch fits Agfa’s strategy to continuously develop the SYNAPS range of products to keep pace with customer needs in view of new application requirements and evolving print technologies. The use of SYNAPS as synthetic print media is mainly driven by its water and tear resistance properties. The thin gauge and folding capabilities of OM90F, short for Offset Matt 90 g/m² Foldable, now allow the use of SYNAPS for additional application areas. Kaisu Soudant, Global Sales Manager SYNAPS, comments: “As a complement to our existing portfolio, SYNAPS OM90F answer [...] Read more


Dover Digital Printing Corporate Partner for FESPA Global Print Expo 2...

Posted on: 10-03-2018

FESPA is pleased to announce Dover Digital Printing as its new Corporate Partner for FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, which takes place from 15 to 18 May in Berlin, Germany. Dover Digital Printing is the newly formed operating company within Dover that brings together complimentary digital textile, graphics and signage solutions from Caldera, MS Printing Solutions and JK Group. This new entity covers printing equipment, inks and software to create a specific digital printing subsidiary to address the growing digital printing industry, especially in the textile market. Sébastien Hanssens, Vice President for Marketing at Dover Digital Printing commented: “FESPA is the premiere sh [...] Read more


Introducing the HP PageWide XL Start Right Packs

Posted on: 20-02-2018

Pick your pack – GRAPHICS or TECHNICAL We are now moving one step forward! Are your HP PageWide XL customers interested in exploring new markets? Help your customers boost sales by expanding their product portfolio! Get one PACK OF MEDIA for your HP PageWide XL Printer, FREE OF CHARGE, for either Graphics or Technical applications. Graphics Start Right Pack: HP Premium Bond Paper, 3-in Core HP Universal Heavyweight Coated Paper, 3-in Core HP Production Matte Poster Paper, 3-in Core HP Production Satin Poster Paper, 3-in Core HP Production Matte Polypropylene, 3-in Core HP Production Adhesive Vinyl, 3-in Core HP Universal Blueback Paper, 3-in Core Technical [...] Read more


EFI Launches New VUTEk HS Presses

Posted on: 20-02-2018

During the recent EFI Connect users' conference in Las Vegas, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced the addition of the EFI VUTEk HS125 F4 and HS100 F4 inkjet presses for "Fast Graphics" out-of-home applications to its industry leading lineup of hybrid flatbed/roll superwide-format products. The two new printers reconfigure the eight ink channels of the VUTEk HS series platform in a CMYK x 2 setup, efficiently addressing the need for cost-effective production on banners, billboards, building wraps and similar applications. The new press models offer a significant speed increase, printing up to 225 boards per hour on the HS125 F4 and up to 190 boards per hour on the HS100 F4. Th [...] Read more


Agfa Graphics Raises the Bar with Fortuna 11

Posted on: 20-02-2018

Agfa Graphics released Fortuna 11 – the latest update of its design and assembly software for high-security printing. Providing a way to skillfully safeguard counterfeit-sensitive documents, this version focuses on enhanced user-friendliness, productivity and creative freedom. “It’s the first step towards a completely revised user experience,” reveals Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa Graphics. Like all preceding versions of the software, Fortuna 11 takes a modular approach to high-security design and printing: users can choose from different modules and features to assemble their product to match their needs. In creating unique designs to protect the [...] Read more


Fespa Asia 2018 Key Event for the Asean WFPrinting Community

Posted on: 20-02-2018

FESPA is bringing together the ASEAN region’s screen, digital and textile printing and signage communities for FESPA Asia 2018, at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22 to 24 February 2018. Over the course of three days, the exhibition will provide print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers an invaluable opportunity to discover the latest products and technological innovations that the speciality print industry has to offer. Among the 160 brands with a presence at the show, FESPA Asia 2018 will welcome a host of first-time exhibitors, such as Stahls, Inkcups, Chemica, INktech and Monti Antonio. The Bangkok location also means this will be an important eve [...] Read more


Win a -20,000 euro HP Latex Printer with 3M Print Wrap Films

Posted on: 06-02-2018

From February 1st to 31st May 2018, 3M is offering graphic manufacturers across Europe the chance to win an HP Latex 365 Printer worth €20,000, as well as thousands of Instant Win prizes - from Bluetooth Earplugs and Alexa Speakers to Activity Trackers and Samsung TVs. 3M’s ‘Let’s Print & Wrap’ competition is open to all 3M customers who purchase rolls of 3M Print Wrap Films that feature contest labels on the packaging. Entering is straightforward. On opening the contest-labeled box, customers will find a sticker on the inside, which peels back to reveal a unique PIN code. Enter the PIN code online at www.3M.eu/letsprintandwrap and, by answering a short s [...] Read more


Caldera releases new RIP version V11.2 at C!Print Lyon

Posted on: 05-02-2018

Caldera has announced the release of the latest upgrade of its market-leading RIP software.  V11.2 will be demonstrated at C!Print, which runs in Lyon from 6th to 8th February. Three new features have been introduced in response to customer requests: HelpLinks, ContourNesting 180º and MultiLayer. At the same time, support was announced for a new OEM device: TotalColor qb, the Barbieri platform for spectrophotometers. With a track record of more than 25 years behind it, Caldera’s award-winning RIP V11 has been further enhanced in order to offer Caldera clients a comprehensive RIP software that continues to develop in line with their needs. According to Product Manager Arnaud Fabr [...] Read more


TTS presents five new products on exhibition C!Print

Posted on: 05-02-2018

Texo Trade Services (TTS) will again make its appearance at the exhibition C!Print which takes place on 6, 7 and 8 February in Lyon. The expert in transfer print media and printable textiles will introduce five new products. Textile for light boxes • Lightbox Supreme: a very dense knitted 310 g/m2 textile with beautiful results for backlit. The material is nearly crease free and can be folded. Suitable for dye-sub direct and transfer printing and available in roll widths of 160, 252 and 320 cm. Euroclass FR certified. • Lightbox Venus: renewed and improved! This woven textile with PU-coating is more supple and less crease sensitive after some adjustments. Printable with [...] Read more


EFI Reports Record Revenue for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017

Posted on: 05-02-2018

EFI recently announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company reported record fourth quarter revenue of $269.2 million, up 1% compared to fourth quarter 2016 revenue of $266.7 million. GAAP net loss was $25.4 million compared to GAAP net income of $19.9 million for the same period in 2016 or $(0.55) per diluted share compared to $0.42 per diluted share for the same period in 2016. Non-GAAP net income was $24.0 million, down 33% compared to non-GAAP net income of $35.7 million for the same period in 2016 or $0.52 per diluted share, down 31% compared to $0.75 per diluted share for the same period in 2016 [...] Read more


HP Launches Large Format Printers for GIS mapping

Posted on: 05-02-2018

HP Inc. introduced HP DesignJet T1700 printers, next-generation 44-inch solutions for CAD and geographic information system (GIS) workgroups to produce highly accurate documents and maps with powerful processing and a new level of security. New added features on the HP DesignJet T1700 make it the most secure large format workgroup printer available today1. The improved security is designed to help enterprises print CAD and GIS applications while protecting printers and data from unauthorized or malicious access in infrastructure construction, urban planning as well as utilities industries such as oil, water, gas, and electricity. “Security is a top concern in enterprises tod [...] Read more

SPGPrints presented decorative applications at Heimtextil 2018

Posted on: 28-01-2018

Supporting the growth of the home furnishings and interior decor markets, SPGPrints was presenting its digital and rotary screen solutions for a wide range of applications from textiles and laminates printing to wall coverings at Heimtextil 2018. A digital solution for laminates The latest platform utilising SPGPrints’ unique Archer inkjet technology is the PIKE 700 UV-inkjet hybrid press for laminates (decor) and other industrial applications. Using the power of digital printing in the home decor market means that designers and decorators can have custom or mass-market products quickly and cost-effectively, no matter what the volume. At the SPGPrints stand, there will b [...] Read more


Kornit Digital launches new HD printing technology for Avalanche

Posted on: 28-01-2018

Kornit has announced the introduction of a new HD printing technology for its Avalanche platform of direct-to-garment printing systems. The Avalanche HD6, the successor of the Avalanche Hexa, is equipped with Kornit’s HD print engine and NeoPigmentTM Rapid ink, which leads to significant reductions in ink consumption – and therefore cost per print – in comparison to the company’s existing Avalanche systems. The HD6 will reduce the ink consumption by up to 30% compared to the current “R-Series” version and up to 46% compared to the previous Non R-Series versions of the Avalanche Hexa. In addition, Kornit is launching an HD version of the Avalanche 10 [...] Read more


Cartoneo chooses Esko solutions for continuous small series POS produc...

Posted on: 28-01-2018

By investing in the Esko robotic cutting table, the largest on the market, the company is confirming its ambition to become a major player in the manufacture of POS materials. Gand (Belgium), January 16, 2018 – Cartonéo is a French company based in the Jura Mountains that specialises in the manufacture of point of sale (POS) and point of information (POI) materials from flat and corrugated cardboard. Its customers come from sectors such as the food, automobile, cosmetics, wine and spirits and pharmaceutical industries. The group’s plan is to further develop its POS business. To achieve this ambition, Cartonéo has invested in Esko production workflow automation and a Kongsb [...] Read more


New EFI MarketDirect Customer Engagement Platform

Posted on: 28-01-2018

Printing companies, agencies, marketing service providers, educational institutions and small to medium corporations have a new tool to drive integrated customer engagement with EFI™ MarketDirect from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). The new software is making its debut this week during EFI Connect, the company's annual users' conference being held at Wynn Las Vegas. MarketDirect's robust Customer Engagement Platform gives users the ability to develop, distribute and track customer communications for loyalty programs, offers, newsletters, surveys and communications rapidly and with ease. The software includes the next-generation of cross-media/multi-chan [...] Read more


Mimaki launches new website with focus on endless application possibil...

Posted on: 28-01-2018

Just before C!Print, Mimaki announced the launch of a brand-new Mimaki Europe website. The new site is designed to provide visitors with a more interactive and intuitive user experience, inspiring them with the endless application possibilities enabled by Mimaki’s broad array of digital printing and cutting solutions. “Websites should never be static; they need to be frequently refreshed,” said Danna Drion, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “With the launch of this totally redesigned site, Mimaki Europe has taken this to heart by researching the most current and effective web design trends, gathering visitor feedback and more to create what we bel [...] Read more


FINAL call for Entries for the FESPA AWARDS 2018

Posted on: 24-01-2018

Print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to showcase their best projects in the FESPA Awards 2018 have just under two weeks left to enter. The FESPA Awards celebrates innovative and exceptional work from PSPs and sign-makers worldwide, recognising the creative potential of the global speciality print community. Whether PSPs specialise in point of purchase, fine art, special effects, printing on 3D products or non-printed signage, there are 14 categories to be entered directly to showcase their skills and to be in with a chance of winning and therefore gaining global recognition. Each category is open to four production processes: digital printing only, screen printing on [...] Read more


SDUK launches online information initiative

Posted on: 24-01-2018

The Sign & Digital UK team at Faversham House have announced the launch of 'Sign & Digital Explains', an area on the show website which hosts downloadable practical articles on topics of interest to visitors from across the sign and display sectors. The first two articles to be made available cover “Dye Sublimation & Heat Transfer Printing: From start-up to specialisation” and “A guide to wide format digital textile printing” and set the standard for a series of scheduled reports and news throughout the year. In the run up to the show 'Sign & Digital Explains' will also look at ‘Getting into wide format’, ‘Wall Décor&rsquo [...] Read more


Mimaki to feature innovation, fun, new ideas at C!Print 2018

Posted on: 24-01-2018

announced that it will be exhibiting at C!Print 2018 in Lyon, France. Mimaki will be located in Stand 2K14 at the show. The interactive stand will be configured with a variety of application displays enabled by Mimaki’s industry-leading digital printing capabilities, ideal for creating unique, personalized items. In addition, Mimaki will once again be participating in the show’s PLUG & PLAY area, also with a focus on personalization. “Our goal is to make a visit to the Mimaki stand fun, interactive and educational,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “We want visitors to be inspired by the possibilities and to understan [...] Read more


EFI Launches Fiery Textile Bundle to streamline Reggiani Textile Print...

Posted on: 24-01-2018

Businesses looking to grow with digital industrial textile production for apparel and décor can advance their operations with the new EFI™ Fiery® Textile Bundle - a set of design and production workflow innovations from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). The bundle - used with EFI Reggiani digital inkjet printers - includes new Fiery DesignPro Adobe® Illustrator® and Photoshop® plug-ins to create professional textile designs efficiently, and the newest Fiery proServer digital front end (DFE) for high quality textile production. With the launch of Fiery DesignPro, EFI provides the ability to accurately match colours to the printed result, share colour palettes across t [...] Read more


Success Stories at EFI Connect

Posted on: 24-01-2018

EFI has expanded the speaker lineup for its users' conference, EFI Connect 2018 (Jan. 23-26 at Wynn Las Vegas). On January 23, EFI CEO Guy Gecht will moderate a pair of fireside chat keynotes with two innovative print and packaging industry executives: Eric Bacourt, CEO of Hinojosa Packaging Solutions and Mal McGowan, CEO of McGowans Print. The executives are the very first users of EFI's groundbreaking single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board digital press, the EFI Nozomi C18000. Hinojosa: The power of packaging with digital corrugated Bacourt's company, Xàtiva, Spain-based Hinojosa, is a leading Spanish packaging group and one of the world's most progressive us [...] Read more


HP showcases digital décor printing at Heimtextil

Posted on: 11-01-2018

At Heimtextil, HP Inc. unveiled a new collection of digitally printed interiors in designer curated rooms, each serving a specific purpose, as HP continues to grow digital décor printing opportunities for print service providers and creative possibilities for designers. HP also introduced HP Indigo Wallpaper, an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press solution for wallpaper manufacturers to transition from analog production to a digital colour printing process with gravure quality, and benefit from on-demand printing, faster time-to-market, and reduced waste. In collaboration with a team of designers led by Jennifer Castoldi, each concept room at HP’s Heimtextil booth tells a story t [...] Read more


HP delivers first HP PageWide C500 Press

Posted on: 07-01-2018

HP Inc. recently announced the first delivery of an HP PageWide C500 Press for digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing to a customer site, as the press moves toward commercial availability. Carmel-Frenkel will serve as the customer testing site for the HP PageWide C500 Press, announced at drupa 2016. The Caesarea, Israel-based converter supplies innovative packaging for leading brands, including in the food and beverage industry. “This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging,” said Eric Wiesner, general manager, HP PageWide Industri [...] Read more


Daan Roosegaarde to Headline TIDE Conference at ISE 2018

Posted on: 07-01-2018

AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is pleased to announce that Daan Roosegaarde, an internationally acclaimed creative thinker and founder of Studio Roosegaarde, which develops projects that explore the relationship between people, technology, and space, will keynote the TIDE conference at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018. Set for Feb. 5 at Hotel Okura Amsterdam, the day before the ISE show floor opens, TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) explores the creative forces shaping the AV industry and how AV businesses can benefit from these concepts. The Amsterdam conference will focus on design thinking, bringing together designers, brand marke [...] Read more


Strategic partnership: Felix Schoeller Digital Media and DATAPLOT

Posted on: 07-01-2018

Two companies - the Felix Schoeller Group and DATAPLOT GmbH - have agreed a strategic partnership that combines the strengths of the two partners. With immediate effect, Felix Schoeller Digital Media’s STYLine brand - digitally printable non-woven wallpaper - will be marketed in 40 countries throughout Europe by DATAPLOT and its sales network. Conversely, the Felix Schoeller Group will take care of the development and production side of things, and manufacture both partners’ non-woven wallpapers that have been specially developed for digital printing. Customers can now choose between two strong brands: DATAPLOT’s EMBLEM based on Felix Schoeller brand and Felix Schoeller [...] Read more


Mutoh to Showcase Direct to Object Printing at Psi 2018

Posted on: 07-01-2018

Wide format printer manufacturer Mutoh will be exhibiting for the first time at the PSI 2018 show in Düsseldorf, the leading European trade show for the Promotional Product Industry, from 9-11 January 2018.  At its booth - Hall 12.1 – B32 – Mutoh will be exhibiting its solutions for direct printing onto a wide array of 2D and 3D promotional items as well as circular objects, and the money making flexibility these solutions can offer to distributors, suppliers and converters of promotional items. Mutoh will showcase its ValueJet 426UF A3-size LED UV printer, the new  ValueJet 626UF A2 size 6-colour direct-to-object flatbed LED UV printer and the ValueJet 1638UH, a dual head [...] Read more


Get ready for the Pentawards 2018!

Posted on: 07-01-2018

As 2018 has already begun, we thought it would be a great idea to remind you why YOU should enter the 2018 competition. The 2018 gala ceremony will be held in New York, the place where dreams are made of. This is your chance to recieve recieve a prestigious Pentaward in the Big Apple, a city soaked in art and culture. Becoming a Pentaward winner gives you the opportunity to recieve tangible recognition in the form of a famous Pentawards trophy and certificate. Have your design featured in The Package Design Book. This series of books published bi-anually by Taschen, are world famous and contain all of the previous Pentawards winners. The book is distributed all over the world and is u [...] Read more


Blair Labeling installs Esko Automation Engine QuickStart

Posted on: 21-12-2017

Installing an effective workflow does not have to be complicated. Within a week, Denver-based Blair Labeling, Inc. (www.blairlabeling.com), installed Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels, and was able to reduce its manual prepress workload by more than 30%, feeding its five flexo presses and new digital press. Blair Labeling, Inc. (Blair), a 100% woman-owned and minority-owned business, has been providing multicolored, prime, promotional and industrial pressure sensitive labels—as well as decals, tamper evident constructions, thermals, patterns, tags, hangers and card products—since 1986. In addition to working on the presses, their staff of twenty performs die cutti [...] Read more


Winter: new website Prismaflex is coming ....

Posted on: 21-12-2017

We are pleased to tell you that our new website is onlne! You will find lots of information and pictures about our products and group. Discover a more modern design and user-friendly interface on: http://www.prismaflex.com Prismaflex International has become a market leader in the design and manufacture of advertising supports and wide format digital printing solutions by continually innovating and anticipating customer needs. In just 30 years, Prismaflex has become a major international group with over 300 employees and 10 international subsidiaries. Our fully integrated internal design and production process is our key competitive advantage and your guarantee: &ld [...] Read more


Mimaki to present beauty of digital textile printing at Heimtextil 201...

Posted on: 21-12-2017

Mimaki announced that it will be exhibiting at Heimtextil 2018 and will present the beauty of digital textile printing. Stand will feature a large walk-in application area based on new emerging trends in home textiles and interior decorations. The show takes place from 9 to 12 January 2018 in Frankfurt. The company, a pioneer with a longstanding heritage in digital textile printing, will be showcasing both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer printers as well as displaying a wide range of printed textiles in Hall 6.0, Stand D10 at the show. “Heimtextil is an important show for Mimaki,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “We [...] Read more


Kai Klabunde strengthens Texo Trade Services to expand German market

Posted on: 21-12-2017

Texo Trade Services (TTS), the expert in transfer print media and printable textiles, has recruited German Sales Manager Kai Klabunde (49) to serve the German-speaking market. Klabunde’s extensive experience in the field of (technical) textiles, digital print media and self-adhesive foils makes him a great asset to TTS. He gained this experience and knowledge during his work for former employers such as AMS AG Division Intercoat, Junkers & Müller GmbH and A. Berger GmbH & Co KG. He is fully equipped to provide the German speaking customer of TTS with the best possible service on the one hand and to expand the market of TTS in Germany on the other. Kai Klabunde works from Germany [...] Read more


EFI Continues Innovation with Newest Dedicated Flatbed Printer

Posted on: 21-12-2017

EFII) has announced commercial availability of its newest launched printer, the EFI™ Pro 24f. First exhibited at the recent SGIA Expo, it is the only dedicated flatbed wide-format printer featuring EFI's proven LED and variable drop greyscale head technologies. It provides precision imaging, fine detail and outstanding image quality for a broad range of applications. U.S. customer Superior Signs & Engraving in Wichita, Kansas, is the very first user for the printer. The printer's premium quality imaging capabilities, with white ink included, and the high versatility and productivity of EFI's "cool cure" LED technology, have vastly improved throughput and quality at the [...] Read more


Two Days To Go Until Fespa Eurasia 2017

Posted on: 06-12-2017

With just a few days to go until FESPA Eurasia 2017, which takes place from 7 to 10 December at the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey, exhibitors are getting ready to showcase their latest technology, equipment and applications to the region’s print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers. Visitors to FESPA Eurasia 2017 will have access to over 150 exhibitors showcasing products and solutions across screen, digital and textile printing and signage that can help them take their business further. Filling two halls at CNR Expo, print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers will be able to network and learn from both international and local suppliers and manufacturers about many di [...] Read more


Ovimex expands business with HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press

Posted on: 06-12-2017

Ovimex B.V. will boost the digital production of folding carton and  synthetics as the first user of an HP Indigo 30000 in the Netherlands. Ovimex, who is already a familiar player in the digital commercial and publishing printing market, is set to launch smart business-to-business and business-to-consumer solutions for a broad range of short run or personalized products made from carton and synthetics. Located in Deventer, this move will support the company’s strategy to further merge its roles as a digital printer and a cross-media specialist. The new HP Indigo 30000 will be installed in February 2018 to further develop the company’s folding carton and synthetics product [...] Read more


Cooperation between drupa and Federazione Carta e Grafica

Posted on: 06-12-2017

The new Italian paper and graphics umbrella organisation Federazione Carta e Grafica established in June 2017 and drupa, the No. 1 for printing technologies, agreed on an extensive cooperation in November.  The primary goal is to recruit Italian exhibitors for participation in trade fairs in the global drupa portfolio, thereby paving the way for them to develop international markets. Forming part of this federation ACIMGA, the Italian manufacturers’ association of machinery for the graphic, converting and paper industry, plays a key role in this agreement: as a partner it will be actively involved in trade fair participations and will take care of their operative implementation. [...] Read more

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