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Epson hit hard by recession but will in future focus more on it's printer division

The global financial crisis and the yen's steep appreciation against the dollar and other major currencies have been a double blow to many Japanese manufacturers, particularly those that register substantial shares of their sales in overseas markets.

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Ultraviolet (UV) curable inks, varnishes and lacquers are composed of liquid components which co-polymerize to a plastic solid when exposed to a high intensity UV light source. Less frequently, an electron beam (EB) is used. UV cured inks can effectively be considered solvent free, however solvents are still used for press wash-up. Health, safety and environmental precautions for both UV and EB cured processes are similar.

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Electronic displays, as big as you like and made from a thin plastic sheet could be coming our way.

Such a development could change the shape of the billboard and display industry as we know it.

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Agfa Graphics further expanding its position in the industrial inkjet printing market

Agfa Graphics is recording sustained growth in industrial inkjet printing. The company was able to report major interest in its comprehensive range of products for large-format inkjet printing at drupa earlier in the year and more recently at the Visual Impact Image Expo (VIIE) show held in Sydney in early November.

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Where's the money?
By Deborah Hutcheson

For printers today, being profitable isn't always about making money.

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3D computer screens are coming
By John Boyd

Though we live in a three-dimensional world, we spend much of our waking time interacting with the two-dimensional worlds displayed on our computers, mobile phones, game consoles, music players, PDAs, and TVs.

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A look at the new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4

Corel seem determined to put more and more into each and every new version of CorelDRAW that emerges from the developers. The reason is simply productivity, time is money in today's creative envoronment. This is never more true than in the Visual Industries, where business is usually extremely competitive. Staying ahead in the creative department can mean winning or retaining clients.

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Swing to offset for some poster and display companies

KBA, a leading manufacturer of offset presses has published a report that details the swing by some large poster companies going to offset to stay competitive. Is their room in our market for such a hungry beast?

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Epson and its many patents
by Nozomu Kawamoto

For several years, Epson has been one of Japan's top five companies in the number of registered patents and has also consistently ranked among the top 20 recipients of US patents. For a company that has grown into a world-class manufacturer on the strength of technologies developed in-house, Epson's emphasis on new inventions may be a matter of course.

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Conversion to digital doesn't end Kodak's challenges
By Matthew Daneman

Scattered across Kodak Park are patches of new landscaping: a walkway here, a roadside border there. Small red rock stone blankets the new features. That stone is the ground-up bones of Eastman Kodak Co.'s past — crushed bricks from the forest of buildings that the company has knocked down or blown up as it tries to transform the massive industrial complex that overlaps Rochester and the town of Greece.

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UV Roll-To-Roll Ink Jet Printers Potential Manufacturer Revenue of $564 Million by 2011
By IT Strategies

Over the last few years, a new type of wide format UV ink jet printer has come on the market: the wide format UV roll-to-roll printer. (Definition of UV ink jet printer: An ink jet printer where the inks are cured by UV light.) The question being asked by many today is: Will UV roll-to-roll printers experience as much success as the UV flatbed or are these printers being pushed into the market because of vendor need rather than user demand? I.T. Strategies expects that UV roll-to-roll printers (does not include hybrids) could grow from an installed base of 199 printers in 2006 to 1,300 by 2011, a CAGR of 46%. Total manufacturer revenue from UV roll-to-roll printers (hardware, ink and media) is forecast to increase from $121 million in 2006 to more than $560 million by 2011, a CAGR of 36%. (NB: Total manufacturer revenue from UV flatbed ink jet printers grew from $58 million in 2003 to $600 million in 2007.)

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Deciding on digital
By Will Eve

Will Eve, Technologies Director at Inca Digital Printers, explains the issues that should be considered when looking at flatbed inkjet technology.

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