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New Epson resin/latex R2R printer impresses Starleaton

At last week's Japanese-themed Epson event, launching several new technologies; Starleaton directors Ben and Josh Eaton nominated the SureColor R5000 as the most interesting product. The R5000 is Epson's first foray into the 'latex-type ink' market currently dominated by HP. The R stands for 'Resin' to differentiate what is essentially a similar aqueous fluid with strong environmental credentials.

Konica Minolta expands APAC presence with direct operation in New Zealand 

The new Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited (Konica Minolta New Zealand) will be led by managing director Eric Holtsmark, a former general manager at Konica Minolta Australia for strategy, transformation and technology. Konica Minolta Australia will also provide resources to support the expansion. 

Printing United Digital to showcase wide format technology

The free three-week online Printing United Digital Experience kicks off on October 26, highlighting the latest in graphics and wide format technology from leading manufacturers including HP, Agfa, Canon, Durst, Epson, Fujifilm and Roland DG.

IVE offloads telemarketing business for $16.5m

Print and marketing group IVE (ASX:IGL) has signed a binding agreement to divest its IVE Telefundraising business Pareto to an entity associated with Merchant Place, a private investment company with offices in Sydney and Brisbane.

Ilan Elad to lead Kornit Digital expansion in Asia-Pacific

Kornit Digital, a global market leader in digital textile printing technology, has hired former Daimler executive Ilan Elad as incoming president of the company’s Asia-Pacific (KDAP) division, to push “Kornit’s commitment to growth and industry leadership in Asia-Pacific territories.” 

Vivad banners achieve NCC fire performance compliance

“With recent testing of Vivad's long term frontlit and backlit banner vinyl, we have learned that without any modification these products already successfully achieve a Group 1 classification,” says Vivad MD Ewen Donaldson. 

Melbourne’s Sculpt Neon Signs eyes US & UK markets

Sculpt Neon Signs is launching in the United States and the United Kingdom, with customers able to choose a customized sign or select from an extensive online catalogue and shipping available worldwide. 

Neenah expands wide format portfolio for safety signage

US paper manufacturer Neenah, distributed by Spicers, says its new sustainable wide format solutions conVerd Board Wipe Clean and DigiScape FootPrint address significant market demand for safe signage solutions. 

Epson's grand launch and new distribution centre sets path to Covid recovery

Epson never does things by halves. In a stellar launch event at its new Yennora, NSW demo and distribution centre, the global President, Mr Yasunori Ogawa, who took over from Mr Usui (now Chairman) in April; addressed delegates via video call during the launch of new products for high volume dye-sublimation, a new resin 'latex-type' roll printer and Epson's first true flatbed UV printer. Also previewed was a new industrial-level DTG printer with dual printheads.

NZ enlists oOh!media networks for the general election

Outdoor advertiser oOh!media and ad agency FCB NZ are helping New Zealand voters exercise their democratic rights in this Saturday’s (Oct 17) general election, via a localised Out of Home campaign for the New Zealand Electoral Commission.

$2.5 million in counterfeit HP ink and toner seized in Asia

 HP says its Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) program has helped to confiscate US$2.5 million in counterfeit supplies and delisted over 12,800 online sites in the past seven months across Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. For over 20 years, HP has partnered with local law enforcement across South East Asia to arrest counterfeit resellers. 

With 'cautious optimism', FESPA launches 2021 Expo campaign

“By the time we open the doors on FESPA next [northern] spring, many businesses will have been in a state of suspended animation for more than 12 months, closed off to real-world connections and experiences,” says FESPA CEO Neil Felton.

PVCA’s Print 2 Parliament to livestream on Facebook

The Print & Visual Communication Association’s (PVCA) annual Print 2 Parliament! event will stream live on its Facebook page on Wednesday 21 October. Guests include Communications and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher and Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers.

Mutoh scoops SIX best product awards at US Printing United Alliance

Printing United is the peak industry body in the USA and the result of merging the PIA with the SGIA. In October at Phoenix, Arizona, no fewer than six Product of the Year Awards went to Mutoh wide format and benchtop UV technologies, in respect of ability to reproduce images and colour totally accurately, in particular in the Adobe RGB colour space.

FESPA Australia online colour management training

FESPA Australia says its new online colour management sessions will be presented by certified instructors from Celmac, Fujifilm and Colourhead who’ve completed a workshop led by US colour guru Ray Weiss.

EFI introduces two high-end printers for soft signage

EFI’s two new printers for the high-end, high productivity soft signage market – the COLORS 340 and POWER 340 – can print with higher quality on a wider range of materials, with 100% penetration on both sides.

Konica Minolta withdraws from drupa 2021

Konica Minolta has joined digital print giants Xerox and Fujifilm in withdrawing from rescheduled global print expo drupa 2021 over health concerns and says it will instead use digital and hybrid formats to engage with customers. Canon and Ricoh also bailed out of drupa this week, following the earlier exits of HP, Xerox, Fujifilm, Kodak, Komori, EFI, Screen and Heidelberg, amongst others.