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Ovato to raise $15.5m after plunge in newspaper volumes

Australia’s biggest printer Ovato, formerly PMP Limited, announced a trading halt in its shares on Monday and launched a $15.5 million equity raising to strengthen its balance sheet and accelerate work on its Warwick Farm ‘Super Site’ in Sydney.

FESPA: upgrade for superwide Fujifilm Acuity Ultra 

The ground-breaking Acuity Ultra from Fujifilm has set new standards for speed and quality in high-end indoor graphics and outdoor signage markets since its launch at FESPA 2018. Fujifilm is using its FESPA 2019 stand to showcase a new dual CMYK ink configuration and high-speed, 1-pass mode.

FESPA: EFI rolls out wide format and signage innovations

EFI’s exhibit features the European premieres of the next-generation EFI VUTEkh5 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll LED printer and the EFI VUTEk 3r+ LED roll-to-roll printer. Plus, the world premiere of a new product in the company’s wide-format line-up of entry-and mid-level production devices – the EFI Pro 30f dedicated flatbed LED printer.

More FESPA highlights: Printers get first look at HP's super wide dye sub Stitch; Durst’s hybrid printers for large format; New metallic colours from Avery Dennison; Adobe unveils Textile Designer Plugin; ONYX 19 showcase; HEXIS celebrates

 The HP Stich S1000, a super wide dye sublimation printer launched at FESPA this week introduces dye sublimation ink into HP’s Thermal Inkjet printing technology to meet demand for polyester-based textiles for fashion, home décor and soft signage.

Epson joins council focused on cutting greenhouse gas

“As the penetration of wind and solar rises, we need to accelerate the development of a large, sophisticated market for energy management that delivers…the kind of demand side flexibility that is crucial in a low carbon, 21st century energy system," says the Energy Efficiency Council.

Thousands arrive in Munich for FESPA 2019

Over 700 exhibitors and 20,000 individual visitors are expected at this week’s FESPA Global Print Expo that will showcase technologies and consumables for digital wide format, screen printing, textile printing and garment decoration and non-printed signage. Europe’s largest exhibition for speciality print and signage runs from Tuesday to Friday (May 14-17) in Munich, Germany.

Late rush of entries for NZ sign and display awards

Judging is underway in the New Zealand Sign and Display Association awards, the flagship event of the annual NZSDA conference (this year titled Passion, Purpose & Power!) that’s being held next month in Tauranga (13-15 June).

Mobile dental clinic wrap wins NZ Best in Inkjet

Admark's winning Pride in Print entry was printed on a 3M Epson SureColor 580600. “With the intensity of colour, the van was very fit for purpose as a mobile clinic that children would enjoy seeing.”

FESPA: Esko's Motorized Roll Feeder for soft signage

Esko says its Motorized Roll Feeder released this week at FESPA is the only solution in the soft signage industry that delivers great cutting results on tensile materials from the first cut through to the end of the roll.

Skills shortage worse than ever: RGI looks overseas for signwriters

Rice Graphic Images (RGI), a 50-year-old national signage and vehicle wrapping business based at Wodonga on the VIC/NSW border, has been forced to advertise internationally for two new staff members because of a 'chronic' shortage of qualified sign writers and vinyl wrap specialists in Australia.

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