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Turn waste plastic into 3D filament, says Australian inventor

The UNSW professor who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from landfill says her new Microfactory technology creates a circular economy where materials are kept in use for as long as possible and can help local manufacturers create new products.

Mimaki focuses on ‘new frontiers’ for 3D applications

Mimaki's 3DUJ-553 printer can address several market segments ranging from scaled models, mock-ups and prototyping to 3D art, tools and equipment, figurines, and medical and educational applications. “Colour-powerful 3D printing technology is set to enhance the way those industries envision creativity and improve the overall production process.”

45,000 expected at Sign China

Organisers of Sign China 2019 in Shanghai next month say 45,000 visitors are expected to view the latest signage solutions from a record 1250 exhibitors during the three-day event.

Visualcom takes Large Format gold at National Print Awards

Adelaide print and signage business Visualcom won the Large Format gold medal for its Adelaide Fringe City Banner at the 36thannual National Print Awards (NPA) held during PrintEx. Chapel Press won a total of four gold medals while Rawson Print took home three golds. Spicers won the Promotion (Design) category gold for its entry Digitac – An Evolution in Grip.

Roland DG offers upgrade for LEF-20 and LEF-200 users

Roland DG says owners of VersaUV LEF-20 and LEF-200 UV flatbed printers can now upgrade their devices to gain the latest enhanced reliability, efficiency and output functions of the recently launched LEF2-200.

A Stitch in time looks fine for HP

HP’s recent move into dye sublimation surprised many but when you look at the forecasted growth rates for Printwear, fabrics and soft signage it is entirely understandable.

First look at new Mutoh XpertJet at PrintEx

PrintEx visitors could get a first look at Mutoh’s new XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR 64” printers with new MS41 wide-gamut eco-solvent ink. The adoption of the ‘XpertJet’ branding maks a significant departure from the well-established ‘ValueJet’ name but this is far more than badge engineering.

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.