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Bangladesh depot fire made worse due to mislabelled chemicals

Many labels for chemical drum containers are printed on wide format digital printers, due to their oversize capabilities and shorter runs. At Chittagong, Bangladesh 3 days ago, mislabeled Hydrogen Peroxide was doused with water when a container depot caught fire. This caused a further explosion and loss of life - foam should have been used, but firefighters, nine of whom are still missing, were misled by the labels (from BBC/AFP report)

Ball & Doggett celebrates Australian Made week

It's Australian Made week from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June and, according to research by Roy Morgan, 89% of Australians believe more manufacturing should be undertaken in Australia. Print media supplier Ball & Doggett is proud to be associated with local manufactures and recognise that having goods locally produced means we keep jobs in Australia and avoid the supply chain ‘noise’ associated with products sourced overseas.

WOO honours Australians Cook & Moldrich at awards event  

At the World Out of Home Organization’s (WOO) first in-person awards event since 2019, former oOh!media CEO Brendon Cook received a Lifetime Achievement Award and OMA CEO Charmaine Moldrich shared the 2022 Leadership Award. A ‘Should’ve Gone To Specsavers’ billboard won the ‘classic’ category.

Record 478 entries into HP National Sign & Graphics Awards 

An amazing record 478 entries have been received from far and wide – from Townsville to Perth, and even New Zealand - across 22 categories for the HP 2022 National Sign & Graphics Awards - the highest number since the event started in 2008. The awards presentation dinner takes place on Tuesday 28th June during PacPrint in Melbourne.

HP and Canva shut down Russian operations over Ukraine war

HP Inc, posting a jump in Q2 revenue to $16.5bn, said it had begun the process of fully winding down all company operations in Russia over the war in Ukraine. Australian-owned global graphic design software company Canva has blocked access to its platform in Russia after speaking with the Ukrainian government.

FESPA launches Wrap Fest for thriving vehicle wrapping market

FESPA’s two-day Wrap Fest, a new event dedicated to vehicle wrapping, vinyl installation and detailing, will debut in April 2023 at the iconic Silverstone racing circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. “Until now there’s never been a focused event that serves the needs of this specific community.”

Web-to-Print is the now and future, says Vivad's Donaldson

As his company prepares for PacPrint, one of web-to-print’s pioneers, Ewen Donaldson, reflects on the way technology has changed over the years, how the developments of the past are ever-more-quickly being outpaced by today’s sophisticated web-to-print solution - and why the pace of progress makes the Vivad stand at PacPrint a must-see for future-focused businesses looking for easier ways to buy wide and superwide print output.

FESPA - 'Go PVC-Free' says Starleaton & Neschen

PVC-free, recyclable & eco-friendly self-adhesive materials represent the future of media for large format printing, announces Starleaton, Australian distributor for Neschen products who are currently exhibiting at the FESPA, Berlin trade show with a strong 'Go Green' ticket.

Farewell Sue Threlfo - you will be missed - Happy Trails!

One of the digital printing industry's most accomplished players, Sue Threlfo of Konica Minolta, is retiring after 33 years. Always deeply involved in every aspect of the industry as it progressed from 'off the glass' photocopying to today's digital workflow-powered SRA3 and continuous feed full colour printers, Sue is universally respected and will leave a big pair of Manolo Blahniks to fill!

FESPA - Fujifilm enters high-end hybrid market with Ultra & adds Acuity PrimeL

Part of the Acuity Ultra product family, the Acuity Ultra Hybrid LED launched at Fespa in Berlin is a 3.3m printer that offers high quality printing to both rigid and flexible substrates. Fujifilm has also created a new ink range, Uvijet UH, for the new machine. Also new is the Acuity Prime L flatbed adding to the Prime 20 and 30 announced last year.

FESPA - Durst’s new superwide P5 500 prints 5.25m wide

Digital printing manufacturer Durst has introduced its new P5 500 LED printing system at FESPA in Berlin, “opening up the superwide format with a printing width of 5.25 metres.” The P5 500 uses Ricoh print heads.

Adobe’s new PDF Print Engine 6 expands colour horizon 

Adobe says its new Adobe PDF Print Engine 6 announced at FESPA in Berlin is “optimized and updated to take full advantage of the latest system hardware and imaging science. The new colour features in version 6 will accelerate the adoption of spectral colours by brand owners and increase market traction for single-inkset production workflows."

FESPA - swissQprint unveils high-end Kudu UV-LED printer

Kudu is a 3.2 × 2 metre high-end UV LED printer that complements SwissQprint’s existing flatbed range which includes Nyala, Impala and Oryx.  It features high productivity of up to 300 square metres per hour and is the first swissQprint model with ten colour channels.

Epson debuts SureColor T-Series wide-format at Sydney Build

Epson will introduce its new production-class SureColor T7760D dual-roll technical printer for the first time at Sydney Build 2022, Australia's leading construction, architecture and infrastructure expo (ICC, Darling Harbour, 1 - 2 June). The T7760D is set to be released in Australia in July.

Sunshine Coast signage/digital printer is looking for an all-rounder

Steve Hall's multiple-awarded SunPrint, located in the Noosa hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, is seeking a person who can handle admin and also helping out in the workshop. It's a small but very successful team, located in a Garden-of-Eden like place that is under 30 minutes from the coast at Noosa, and a major town which is Gympie. Perfect for both a sea and tree-change!

Mimaki brings latest innovations along with proven solutions to PacPrint

At PacPrint, opening on 28th June 2022, Mimaki will be showcasing its latest innovations alongside their tried and proven print technologies, debuting the JV330 Series and a range of new technologies to improve businesses’ print experience, as well as its well-known UCJV300 LED Print & Cut series.

Ball & Doggett expands its team

Australia's largest distributor of printable materials, Ball & Doggett, has added to its experienced Sign, Display & Digital team with the appointment of James Merhab in Sydney and Marisa Smyrneos in Adelaide. Both have a decade of experience each in the wide format, signage and graphic arts markets.

Kongsberg & OneVision showcase finishing workflow at FESPA

A new partnership between Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (Kongsberg PCS) and OneVision Software will give visitors to this week’s FESPA Global Print Expo the chance to see how end-to-end workflow can maximize efficiency for digital finishing.