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Zünd rolls out its full range of cutting systems at FESPA

Zünd will present its "full gamut of production scenarios" available to print service providers and advertising professionals at Fespa 2019 in Munich. “Whether digitally printed POP displays made of cardboard, fabric banners, or acrylic signage – Zünd digital cutting technology can handle these materials and many more.”

Blast from the Past - first digital photograph, 1987

Wide Format Online publisher Andy McCourt has been in the industry for longer than he cares to recall and in his archive is this gem from 1987 - the first known reproduction of a digital photograph in print in Australia.

LIA & Fuji Xerox host ‘A Blueprint for Sustainable Practices’

“We as an industry are…being charged with finding better ways and systems to achieve the reduction in consumption of raw materials and the creation of waste,” says the Lithographic Institute of Australia (NSW), announcing its latest Technical Dinner evening, titled A Blueprint for Sustainable Practices.

VR test drives of EFI’s Nozomi at AusPack

Digital print manufacturer EFI has teamed up with packaging giant Orora to offer a virtual reality experience of EFI’s high-speed inkjet packaging printer, the Nozomi C18000, at next week’s AusPack in Melbourne.

Summa eyes textiles with new laser cutter

Belgian manufacturer Summa has released the L1810 laser cutter, an advanced laser technology aimed at sportswear, apparel, swimwear, dye sublimation garments and technical textile markets. “Summa’s cutting solutions…will perfectly serve the textile industry, similar as it has been serving the sign & digital market.”

Inkjet Think Tank – latest tech advances at TheIJC USA

More than 300 industry and academic leaders representing manufacturers including Fujifilm and Agfa, research institutes, print companies, suppliers, developers, engineers, chemists and brand owners are expected at the second US edition of The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) that will showcase latest developments in inkjet technology.

Joining forces at the UK Corrugated and Print Show

FESPA UK Association, representing wide format and screen print service providers, industrial and specialist printers, has partnered with the UK Sheet Plant Association to host the UK Corrugated and Print Show at The Exhibition Centre Liverpool in June 2019. "This is a great initiative and much needed as digital inkjet methods and die-cutting merge into corrugated production," says Wide Format Online's Andy McCourt.

Mimaki set to flex its muscle at FESPA Munich

Mimaki’s largest FESPA booth in Munich, Germany in May this year will showcase its flagship UV LED and eco-solvent roll-to-roll printing systems for sign graphics. The Mimaki booth will encompass four key business areas – Sign Graphics; Industrial Products; Textiles and 3D.

oOh! & Cactus Imaging develop recyclable billboard skins

Wide format specialist Cactus Imaging and its parent company oOh!media have developed ‘world-first’ recyclable billboard skins known as SmartSkins, which have been rolled out in a new advertising campaign for super fund Australian Ethical.

Enfocus releases PitStop Pro 2019 

Software company Enfocus, a global leader in PDF productivity and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry, has announced the upcoming April 2019 release of PitStop Pro 2019, PitStop Server 2019 and PitStop Library SDK 2019, the latest versions of its award-winning PDF Preflight, Editing and Correction applications.

SAi strengthens board with three new appointments

SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has added three new members to its board “to support strategic planning and decision-making.”  Dan Purjes, Edna Purjes and Rudy Baron will work alongside existing board members of the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company.

Sign China 'hits a home run' in first Shenzhen show

More than 24,000 industry professionals were on hand as Sign China launched its annual exhibition series with a successful Signage and LED trade show in Shenzhen. The focus now shifts to the major Sign China exhibition to be held in Shanghai in September. 

PrintNZ slams ‘radical’ government plan for industry training 

PrintNZ, the body that represents New Zealand’s printing, packaging and visual communication industries, says a government proposal to restructure the vocational education and training sector will “likely worsen the skill shortages faced by such key sectors as the print industry.”

Only 60 days to FESPA!

FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 is this year’s largest speciality print exhibition for signage, display, POS, screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and interior décor solutions. 

Xerox restructures to create holding company

US-based Xerox plans to implement "a structure in which the existing company will become a wholly owned unit of a new holding company.”  The move comes after a US judge last month rejected the company's bid to dismiss a $1 billion lawsuit filed by Japan's Fujifilm over their failed merger deal.

Roland’s new VersaUV LEF2-200 UV Flatbed Printer

Roland DG’s 20-inch (50.8cm) LEF2-200 flatbed inherits the VersaUV LEF series’ ability to print full-colour graphics and unique textures onto a vast array of materials and objects up to 3.94 inches (100 mm) thick. 

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