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Epson Australia enters new era and adds major new products

With a new Managing Director at the helm in Craig Heckenberg and more new product releases at one show than ever before, Epson Australia showed new technologies covering dye-sublimation, bulk ink-feed solvent and technical printers and high-speed digital inkjet at PrintEx.

PrintEx opens - Spandex ambushes - Andy McCourt

It's four years since the last PrintEx in Sydney and so much has changed in our industry since then. After the official opening, early visitors were treated to a feast of vibrancy, colour, technology and imagery staged by over 120 exhibitors inside the Dome and halls 2 and 3 at the showgrounds, Olympic Park, Sydney. What a pity some suppliers resort to dirty tactics to undermine it.

Sign Essentials presents new flatbed cutters, laser router and applicator

“Sign Essentials has on show the iECHO BK3 model with three cutting heads, print/cut registration, conveyor table, and a host of tooling options,” says Sean Strange, general manager of Sign Essentials. “If you have a flatbed printer and need to be able to cut, crease or route the materials coming off it, this is the product for you. iECHO has a huge range of sizes up to 5.5 metres. We can tailor a machine to suit your needs.  The BK3 is ideal for many applications including print and signage, display, packaging, textile cutting, plastics cutting, insulation plus more.  Live demonstrations are running on the stand.”

Jeff Jacobson named CEO of EFI

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has appointed former Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson, a 30-year veteran of the digital imaging and industrial technology sector, as its new chief executive, succeeding Bill Muir, who is stepping down for personal reasons.

Wilenco's Rollover applicators a hit at PrintEx

Among the first stands you walk into at PrintEx is the Wilenco one, with three huge applicator tables made in Norway by Wilenco on display, including a giant 6 metre Classic model. Rollover's VP Svein Ove Martensen is again on the stand to help out with enquiries.

QMS signs $32m deal for sports talent & marketing agencies

QMS Sport, a subsidiary of ASX-listed outdoor advertiser QMS Media, has signed a $32.7 million agreement to buy two leading sports talent agents and marketing groups, TLA and Stride Sports Management. High-profile TLA clients range from Australian test cricketers Aaron Finch and Matthew Wade to Olympic swimmers Mack Horton and Cate Campbell.

Konica Minolta Australia to sell EFI software

California-based Electronics For Imaging (EFI) and Konica Minolta Australia have signed an agreement to bring EFI MarketDirect software to the Australian market, with the launch taking place this week at PrintEx. 

David Crowther gains G7 'Expert' status from USA course

David Crowther, the Colour Doctor of Colour Graphic Services has attained G7 Expert status having recently attended the G7 Professional Training course held at Heidelberg USA’s Kennesaw, Georgia headquarters and organised by the Idealliance and hosted by industry colour legend Don Hutcheson.

VisCon-sponsored graphic designer to compete in Russia

Graphic designer Indy Griffiths has been chosen as one of 15 young ‘Skillaroos’ to showcase their skills on the world stage this month at the 54th WorldSkills International Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Epson launches new wide format printers at PrintEx 

Epson Australia will launch "the largest number of new large format printers in the company’s history" at PrintEx, under the theme, We do Print. You do Business. There will also be a world-first showing of a new dye-sublimation printer.

Konica Minolta extends HP reseller agreement on eve of PrintEx

Konica Minolta Australia is extending its existing partnership with HP to include reselling its wide format printer range, the HP Latex Production Printers and Print and Cut solution up to 1.63 metre roll widths, in the Australian market.

PIAA confirms name change to PVCA

The Printing Industries Association of Australia is changing its name to the Print & Visual Communications Association (PVCA) to reflect the changing nature of the print industry.

Graphic Art Mart to distribute Avery Dennison window films

In an extension of their long-standing relationship, Graphic Art Mart will distribute Avery Dennison’s range of window films, including architectural solar and safety films and design films for interior and exterior commercial and residential applications.

BJ Ball’s Aarque Group buys wide format supplier Jenrite NZ

Latest industry consolidation move sees Jenrite NZ acquired by Aarque Group, a subsidiary of the BJ Ball organisation, which is a unit of Ball & Doggett Group – the A/NZ paper company and wide format supply business that was bought in 2017 by global paper giant Japan Pulp & Paper (JP). Jenrite MD Steven Kemp announced he’s retiring in September.