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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.

Roland DG wins three SGIA 2019 Product of the Year awards

Roland’s TrueVIS VG2 series printer/cutters, the Roland Texart RT-640M multifunction dye-sublimation printer and the company’s TR2 ink have won prestigious 2019 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Product of the Year Awards. Other major winners include Mimaki, Epson, Mutoh, EFI, Canon, HP, Agfa, Kornit Digital, Summa, Durst, Drytac and DGI.

New 3M 2080 wrapping film has protective layer, 7 yr warranty

Not all vehicle wrapping film needs to be printed. The market for 'paint replacement' and 'custom colours' is growing fast and a major contributor to the outstanding CAGR of 22.5% predicted up to 2025 by Grandview Research. Currently the global wrapping film market is estimated to be USD$ 2.87 billion per annum for 2019. 3M has introduced a new range of films that have a protective layer.

Durst Oceania launches in Melbourne 

Large format technology manufacturer Durst has acquired its former Australian distributor Photo Electric Services (PES), following the tragic passing of founder Paul Taylor last December, and officially launched a new Durst Oceania operation in Melbourne, with former PES sales manager Matt Ashman named as managing director.

Over 1,000 T-shirts per hour with new Aeoon Kyo from Sew Simple

The week following PrintEx, there was another trade show at Sydney Showgrounds – Convex 2019 staged by the Australian Promotional Products Association. This is the main event for anything to do with corporate branding of items, T-shirts, Printwear, umbrellas, totes, pens, mugs – you name it. It was the place to discover all about the new Aeoon Kyo direct-to-garment high speed printers.

Clear Skies/Skope Manufacturing DOCA gets go-ahead

At the second meeting of creditors on Tuesday 27th August, the Deed of Company Arrangement put forward by administrator Simon Thorn of PKF was passed and will come into force. The deciding factor was when the ATO said they would support it in light of the 30 cents in the dollar eventual return, whereas a liquidation scenario would likely return zero.

Bill to ban flammable cladding to return to Senate 

The Centre Alliance party will reintroduce a Senate bill in the next sitting week to ban the importation of flammable cladding, a move that one Coalition senator has warned could "destroy thousands of small businesses, particularly those in the signage industry.” 

Register now for SGIA Colour Bootcamp in Melbourne

There are still limited spaces available for next week’s SGIA Colour Management Bootcamp at Starleaton in Melbourne (3-5 Sept), an intensive three-day course led by experts David Crowther (The Colour Doctor) and Peter Way (Starleaton) that will focus on colour management for wide format printers.

$37m in profit: another year of solid growth for IVE Group

Print and marketing business IVE Group delivered another year of substantial growth, with revenue up 4.1% to $724 million in the 12 months ended June 2019 and net profit after tax rising by 4.4% to $37.5 million – despite what it calls “softer trading conditions” in the second half.