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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?

“We received a proposal”: HP addresses speculation over Xerox mega deal

HP has released a statement from its headquarters in California over increasing speculation that Xerox is considering a cash-and-stock bid for HP, and that the Xerox board discussed the idea on Tuesday. HP said: “We’ve had conversations with Xerox from time to time… most recently, we received a proposal transmitted yesterday.” 

BREAKING - Wall St awash with 'Xerox to buy HP' rumours

In a bizarre twist to the Xerox/Fuji Xerox/Fujifilm 'menage', Several financial media in the USA are reporting that Xerox may make a 'minnow-vs-whale' tilt at HP, and not the other way around as we reported recently.

Carbon8 adds digital fizz to site visit by 3 associations

Yesterday saw digital print house Carbon8, recently moved into the former Blake & Hargreaves Marrickville, NSW premises, open its doors to delegates from no less than three industry associations: the ‘Society of Old Friends’ now in its 110th year; the Press Gang and members of the LIA.

Xerox exits Fuji Xerox in $2.3 billion deal with Fujifilm

US-based Xerox will sell its 25% stake in Fuji Xerox - its joint venture with Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings - for $2.3 billion, after billionaire Xerox investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason last year blocked a proposed $6 billion merger deal between the two companies. As part of the new agreement, Fujifilm has agreed to drop its $1 billion lawsuit against Xerox over the failed merger.

WFOL tips Melbourne Cup Winner!

If you acted upon our Tuesday newsletter's 2 Melbourne cup tips, you'd be well up financially! We tipped two horses for each-way wagers, one didn't come in the places but the other 'Vow & Declare" took out the line honours and paid handsomely!

Roland’s DGSHAPE launches new laser decorator

The LD-300 Laser Decorator goes beyond foil decoration on soft plastics to include larger three-dimensional items, says DGSHAPE Corporation, a subsidiary of Roland DG and a leading provider of digital fabrication tools.

New B-Free window films from Mactac

Mactac has introduced the second generation of its popular B-Free Window Films. Innovations include a stiffer facestock that offers improved panel-to-panel alignment and a new adhesive pattern designed for easy installation.

Océ Australia rolls out Colorado 1650 

The new Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll production printer is rolling out across the country, with new stock on the water and technical training underway to meet demand generated at PrintEx19 in Sydney.