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30,000 attend first Printing United show in Dallas

The inaugural Printing United (formerly SGIA Expo) in Dallas, Texas featured more than 680 exhibitors on the sold-out show floor, as well as over 100 educational sessions and industry events.

PVCA releases dates for 2020 state PICAs

Entries for the Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs) will open in January with revised categories - "as a result of member feedback, PVCA board oversight and international judging panel insight,” says the Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA). Five state PICA events will be held in April-May 2020 before the National Print Awards on 31 July.

A great 'spirited' launch night from Epson - Andy McCourt

Few companies do open houses and product launches as well as Epson, combining hands-on equipment experiences with fun and entertainment. This week the Japanese piezo inkjet pioneer held its ‘Productivity and Efficiency’ event at Sydney’s chic The Studio in Rosebery, followed by a tour and tastings at Archie Rose’s boutique gin distillery next door.

Fuji Xerox NZ expands civil case, adds former accountant EY

Fuji Xerox NZ has added accountancy firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) as a defendant in its case against three former executives over an accounting scandal that saw FXNZ and Fuji Xerox Australia (FXA) overstate revenues by about $A450 million.

Entries open soon for ASGA/FESPA awards

Online entries will be open soon for the biennial ASGA/FESPA Australia (formerly SGIAA) Awards of Excellence, to be presented during Visual Impact Gold Coast 2020 in Broadbeach.

Inkjet printer drives US counterfeit operation

A Boston man has been sentenced in US federal court for selling counterfeit $100 bills printed on an inkjet printer. Five inkjet printers, cleaning solution, bleach, counterfeit currency and real currency were found during a search of the man's home.

drupa boosts Australian office ahead of 2020

drupa organiser Messe Düsseldorf GmbH has appointed trade show travel specialists Robert and Roslyn Laing to head up its new office in Sydney as the countdown continues to drupa 2020, the largest print trade show in the world. The Laings most recently ran the German company’s New Zealand office.

Quadrant to buy outdoor advertiser QMS Media

Private equity firm Quadrant is acquiring out of home media company QMS in a deal worth $420 million. The agreement is subject to approval from QMS Media shareholders, the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office (OIO). Meanwhile, The Australian newspaper reported that Quadrant’s plan to buy QMS Media could be "thrown up in the air by rumoured new private equity bids."

ATO seeks to wind up Swift Signs

Just days after Adelaide sign business Swift Signs went into administration, major creditor the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is pushing ahead with an application in the Federal Court to wind up the company.

Epson unveils its first 24" (60.9 cm) desktop dye-sub printer

Epson introduced its first desktop dye sublimation printing solution - the 60.9 cm (24”) SureColor F570 - at last week’s Printing United (formerly SGIA Expo) in Dallas, Tx. It's aimed at small businesses wanting to enter textile printing.

Ricky Richards introduces PVC-free film and recycled display textile

Grafityp printable GEF self-adhesive film is suitable for indoor applications and has an outdoor durability of up to 5 years when used with matching non-PVC laminate. Ricky Richards also launched a new display textile made of 100% recycled yarn obtained from plastic bottles.

HP invests $200 million in water-based inks

HP has committed $200 million over five or more years to develop sustainable ink technologies for printing digitally on textiles and corrugated packaging. The move builds on HP’s existing innovation in water-based ink technology for the sign and display market.

Fuji Xerox to acquire CSG

In what some might see as a defensive move should Fujifilm's desire to take over Xerox not come to fruition, Fuji Xerox today announced its intention to acquire CSG, the $218 million business technology services supplier, who currently has partnerships with Canon and HP. CSG did once offer Fuji Xerox printers and systems and was chaired by former FXA managing director Phil Chambers when it floated in 2007. The company statement follows:

‘Potentially fatal’: Safety alert after winch signs cause injuries 

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has issued a safety alert after several accidents in which winch type (wind up) signs - commonly used in schools - have suddenly dropped, causing serious head injuries and hand lacerations. WHS has recommended the winch signs be lowered and removed from service until they've been upgraded with a new interlock offset handle system. The manufacturer, Spaceage Sign Systems of Caloundra, is in the final stages of designing and testing a safety upgrade to the system after a flood of requests from customers.

Swift Signs Adelaide calls in administrator

Adelaide sign business Swift Signs has gone into administration and the first meeting of creditors will be held next week. The move comes months after the company faced a winding up order application by one of its creditors, Ramair Packaging.

Roland showcases ten new products at Printing United 

The wide format imaging leader is presenting ten new products at his week's Printing United show in Texas that have never been seen before at an SGIA event. Roland DGA (US) will also be hosting an awards ceremony by Keypoint Intelligence and conducting live in-booth vehicle wrap demonstrations.