NUR showed off for the first time their new Tango, a solvent-based printer, at the International Sign Expo 2007 earlier this month in Las Vegas.
Roland DG recently released their new VersaCAMM VP Print/Cut Printer Series. This included two models the VP-540 (54 )& VP-300 (30).
Spandex have added six enhancements to boost the performance of the Gerber Solara UV2 hybrid inkjet printer including a Full-Bleed Print Mode, allowing users to print 152 x 304 cm edge-to-edge graphics on rigid materials up to 13 mm thick; and a new Performance Print Mode, designed to increase capacity by way of a two-pass print function. The improvements to the Solara, will allow users to print up to 18 signs at 1.2 m x 2.4 m in size, or 200 signs at 45 cm x 61 cm in size, in a single day and with high-quality results.
The results of the extensive study of the Chinese market indicate rapid adoption of digital print technology. In 2005, the market for digital printing in China was estimated at nearly $376 million in terms of retail value of print and it is forecast to grow to nearly $5 billion by 2010, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of an astounding 66%. The total Chinese printing market is forecast to increase from $60 billion in 2006 to $113 billion in 2010, at a 17% CAGR.
Xaar and Thin Film Electronics ASA (TFE) have announced that they have entered into an agreement to jointly develop industrial inkjet methods and processes that can be used for producing printed memory applications efficiently and in high volumes suitable for commercial applications.
Inca Digital and HumanEyes have been honing their skills and expertise to produce the best lenticular printing results that can be found today.
Fujifilm Corporation's President and CEO, Shigetaka Komori has announced a comprehensive new initiative aimed at providing its customers with the means to produce high quality wide format digital graphics for a variety of applications.
Brisbane's Southbank Institutes signwriting apprentices now have access to the most advanced digital printing and cutting machine on the market.
Mutohs Tension Winder 30 system (T Winder 30) has been specifically developed for sign makers mainly doing short run production jobs and/or frequently printing onto different types of media.
The inaugural FESPA Directors Summit took place in Geneva, 22nd 23rd March 2007, bringing together 70 leaders from Europes print service provider community and 25 top executives from equipment manufacturers, such as Jan Vangeel of Agfa, Chet Pribonic of EFI, Francois Martin of HP, Arthur Vanhoutte of Mutoh, and Elie Keersmaekers of Roland. With the creation of the summit, FESPAs aim is to establish a forum which encourages the sharing of knowledge and the initiation of stimulating discussion, to benefit the wide-format imaging industries in the long term.
Sawgrass Technologies will launch at the ISA show a new, high-productivity sublimation ink, SubliM. The new ink includes a direct print option, best of class colour gamut, outstanding running ability at high speed and faster drying time.
Roland DG Corporation has added two new high-performance models to its best-selling VersaCAMM ECO-SOL MAX inkjet printer/cutter line the 30 VP-300 and 54 VP-540.
Enfocus has launched Neo, a standalone native PDF application editing tool that enables users to make last minute changes to PDF files.
At the Global Ink Jet Printing Conference in Prague, Kia Silverbrook, CEO of Silverbrook Research in Sydney claimed that his new Memjet colour printing technology was the first to combine high speed and quality colour at a price/performance level unheard of until now.
EFI and Kornit Digital, Ltd. have announced a joint partnership to address the growing demands of the printed textile industry as it migrates from analog to digital technologies. As part of the agreement, EFI has made a strategic investment of $3.5 million in Kornit, which develops and sells high-end industrial digital inkjet printers and inks for the textile industry, primarily for the finished garment and apparel printing markets.
Patients and visitors at the new eye unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK are able to find their way around easily and safely, thanks to the innovative floor graphics system from MacDermid Autotype. The FootPrint system is able to guide even those with seriously impaired vision to the correct department, overcoming the signposting difficulties common in large hospitals.
Aslan has added a glass decoration film with sandblasting effects. Called Aslan DFP 300, it is suitable for inrterior and exterior applications and can be printed used all current solvent, eco-solvent and UV-inks.
Sticky Yard now makes it possible for sign shops to save estimating time.
Positive Camtec has seen tremendous growth over the past 5 years. To keep up with supplying the very best customer service and technical support in the industry, we are pleased to announce the appointment of 4 new staff members to our team, which has grown to over 15 members.
World class business tools for the digital print market are now available to the region courtesy of strategic agreement reached between PODi (Print on Demand Initiative), based in the USA and the Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia.
Andy Hannington at Spice Digital Imaging in Western Australia has installed a new Inca Spyder 320 flatbed six colour printer and has high praise for the supplier.