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Mimaki rolls out new 3.2 metre SWJ-320EA solvent printer

Mimaki Europe will showcase its new SWJ-320EA large format solvent printer at several trade shows over the next few weeks, including at The Print Show (NEC Birmingham, UK, 17–19 September) Salon C!Print, (Madrid, Spain, 24–26 September) and at Viscom Italia (Fiera Milano, Italy, 10-12 October).

Design Shop wins Avery Dennison’s $18k Bathurst 1000 prize

Shane Hilton of the Design Shop in Central Otago, New Zealand has won Avery Dennison’s all-expenses-paid Bathurst 1000 Race Experience prize valued at over $18,500. Shane and three friends will enjoy an exclusive experience at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 10-13 October 2019.

Cladding bill tabled in Senate as fake “fire resistant” imports found in Victoria

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick has reintroduced a bill into the Senate that would ban the importation of all flammable cladding into Australia. The move - opposed by the federal government and the Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) - comes days after the discovery in Victoria of counterfeit flammable cladding - said to be imported from China - with stickers attached falsely declaring it to be fire resistant.

Print Head Doctor is back! - resumes inkjet-head cleaning services

Following a sabbatical, Vince Bezzina of the Print Head Doctor is again accepting clogged inkjet printheads for recovery, using his unique equipment, solutions and methodology. With replacement industrial printheads costing between $2,000 and $10,000 each, it’s a welcome return.

Certified Labelling systems could offer promise re flammable ACM cladding issue

The suspended CodeMark identification system was once deployed by Fairview Architectural for Vitrabond


With so much debate and finger-pointing happening as the Bill to ban all imports of PE-cored flammable ACM sheets becomes nearer to Law, our attention is drawn to a now withdrawn simple fix instituted by a leading supplier of ACM/ACP to the building industry, Fairview Architectural. However, there is a glitch; the issuing body, CertMark's accreditation is under suspension for non-compliance, and the labels were withdrawn.

Australian team finishes 8th in international WorldSkills event

A team of 15 talented young Australian ‘Skillaroos’ - including Visual Connections-sponsored Indy Griffiths - has placed 8th in the world after competing in their chosen skills with teams from 65 other countries at the 45th WorldSkills International Championships held in Kazan, Russia.

Landa expands Nano production to meet demand

Landa Digital Printing is expanding its Nanographic press production facilities at Rehovot in Israel to meet “growing customer base and high customer demand.” Six Australian companies – including Blue Star, CMYKhub and Heroprint – are said to have signed up for Benny Landa’s nano technology.

drupa 2020 ticket shop opens as drupa world tour takes off

Tickets are now available for drupa 2020, with 1,800 exhibitors from 50 countries, including at least 400 first-time exhibitors, expected at the world’s largest printing industry trade show that takes place 16-26 June 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Organisers also announced the start of the ‘drupa world tour.’

Challenging year for region’s biggest printer Ovato

Ovato posted a loss of $4.4 million for the 2019 financial year, compared to last year’s profit of $1.1m, with its net loss blowing out to $84.3m after the addition of significant items. Sales of $669m were down $64m on lower revenue from Ovato Australia.

Roland DGA introduces LV Series laser engraving machines

The multi-purpose LV series employs CO2 laser technology to cut-out, engrave or mark on hundreds of different materials - “perfect for anyone seeking to launch a new personalization business or grow their existing business by adding profitable new applications.”

Epson opens new inkjet research lab in Japan

The Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Laboratory will collaborate with research institutes and companies to innovate inkjet production processes and develop new inkjet-compatible materials.

Epic 200km ultra-marathon bush trek for 4ASDKids

Hexis Australia MD Ian Parsonson and a group of like-minded, ultra-marathon athletes have signed up for the 200 kilometre Tracks in the Wilderness charity run through rugged NSW south coast bush to raise funds for 4ASDKids - a charity set up by dual-code international Mat Rogers and wife Chloe to support families with children who have autism spectrum disorder.