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Chairman out at Ovato: Michael Hannan takes over 

Former IPMG chairman Michael Hannan is the new head of the region’s biggest print company Ovato following the sudden resignations of former chairman Matthew Bickford-Smith and director Terry Sinclair.

oOh!media slams report of management buyout

Outdoor advertising company oOh!media has rejected a report in The Australian newspaper that said the company may be the subject of a management buyout and be delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

50th Heimtextil focused on sustainability and new print technology 

The 50th edition of global textiles trade fair Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany) will showcase “more sustainable products than ever before,” say organisers Messe Frankfurt. Around 3000 international exhibitors will present their latest innovations at the show, which will include an extended range of digital print technology for the textile industry.

New Kongsberg cutting table for display, signage & packaging

Esko extended its Kongsberg digital cutting table range with the launch of the new Kongsberg X Edge, a fully upgradeable table design offering “productivity, flexibility and best in class reliability” to display, signage and packaging converters.

Labels giant CCL adds Geelong’s Stuck on You for $8m

Canada’s CCL Industries, which describes itself as the world's largest label maker, has continued its global expansion with the acquisition of Geelong-based on-demand personalised digital print business, Stuck On You.

Snap names Richard Thame as its new CEO

Print and design franchise business Snap Franchising has appointed former Fastways Couriers MD Richard Thame as its new chief executive officer, following the June 2019 resignation of former CEO Peter Sinodinos.

Free fonts for sign designers

Sometimes, our archived stories get searched via the various engines and continue to provide useful information long after first publishing. Such was the case when Emma Barry needed to know more about font licences and found Shane Drew's 2010 column on Typeface licencing.

HEXIS teams with Racing Optics on multi-layer protective films

HEXIS Group, a world leader in the automotive protection market, has announced a strategic collaboration with Racing Optics, a US company that specialises in multi-layer optical films. The companies signed a partnership deal at last week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Outdoor billboards being turned into bee hotels

McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden are replacing roadside billboards with signs that double as ‘bee hotels' - permanent wood installations with drilled holes that provide a safe haven for wild bees. The pilot scheme, run in collaboration with outdoor advertiser JCDecaux, may be rolled out worldwide, says the fast food giant.

FESPA releases "content-rich" Madrid 2020 program

Visitors to FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 (IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, 24 – 27 March, 2020), Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage, will discover “a content-rich event including a program of features designed to inform and inspire in equal measure,” say the organisers. ‘Wrapping’ and ‘Printeriors’ are two new categories added to the FESPA awards.

LIA award winners make travel plans for drupa 2020

LIA Biennial Award winners Jason Turai (2017) and Jonathan Pitt (2019) have received their prize money and are making plans for the ‘trip of a lifetime’ to drupa 2020 in Dusseldorf, thanks to the sponsorship of industry groups the Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA) and Visual Connections.

MetroWrapz retains King of the Wrap World title at SEMA

MetroWrapz of Hollywood in Florida has won the Avery Dennison ‘King of the Wrap World’ title, for the second consecutive year, with its Creature from the Wrap Lagoon wrap, which transformed a 2017 Acura NSX. 

ePac invests further $100M to Buy 24 HP Indigo 20000 Presses

Spotting trends early on can make fortunes and cause disuption to entrenched markets. Established only in 2016 by Jack Knott, ePac spotted the trend towards shorter run, fast-delivery flexible packs, particularly pouches. The business is growing at break-neck speed, primarily based on theHP Indigo 20000 760mm flexible packaging web press with attendant converting.

Are packaging & textiles behind Xerox's offer to buy HP?- Andy McCourt

News fresh out of the USA is that Xerox's offer to acquire HP is valued at USD$33 billion in cash and stock and is backed by Citigroup, with investor Carl Icahn masterminding the deal in the background - but what is the real reason behind this mega-strategy? Could it be largely to supply the global food & beverage packaging and textile markets?