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Fujifilm debuts ‘world’s fastest’ automated OnsetX3 flatbed

Fujifilm’s advanced new OnsetX3 HS with ¾ automation makes its global trade show debut at this week’s Printing United in Dallas, Texas. The high speed flatbed printer with robotic handling systems is part of a showcase of new Fujifilm inkjet solutions.

Global digital print market to hit $225 billion by 2029

Industry researcher Smithers says the digital print market will reach $225 billion by 2029 as digital (inkjet and electrophotography) systems become increasingly important across the global print marketplace through the 2020s. The new research also identified several challenges facing digital print.

Two new BDMs for Hexis Queensland

Hexis Australia has appointed two new Business Development Managers in Qld. MD Ian Parsonson comments: “It is really pleasing to have two very experienced new members join the Hexis Team, they will certainly value add to the level of product knowledge here and I look forward to working with them both”.

Mutoh appoints Total Image Supplies as new dealer

Mutoh Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Melbourne based Total Image Supplies as a new dealer across the full range of Mutoh printers. Mutoh General Manager, Russell Cavenagh, commented “Total Image Supplies have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and commitment to their customers and the broader industry."

Self-adhesives manufacturer Aslan bought by Poli-Tape Group

In the latest round of industry consolidation, Aslan, a leading manufacturer of self-adhesive films for sign making and digital printing, has been acquired by competitor Poli-Tape Group, with the deal due to take effect in a couple of weeks. The Aslan brand, distributed on the local market by suppliers including Starleaton and Graphic Art Mart, will continue.

Agfa’s ‘quantum leap’ in inkjet-printed laminate flooring

Inkjet ink expert Agfa has teamed up with laminate manufacturer UNILIN to deliver “a breakthrough for digital production printing of laminate flooring and furniture.” The new technology will be presented at the upcoming InPrint 2019 show in Munich.

This is why static printed billboards are better

Last week we published the results of our survey question examining the threat or opportunity posed by large LED and LCD billboard sites. While there is a place for them, a just-installed example of why quality prints work best has appeared at Sydney’s Chatswood Chase shopping mall – and what a superb piece of grand format out-of-home print it is!

Roland DG’s first IU-1000F large-format UV-LED flatbed printer

Roland DG Corporation has expanded its UV-LED print portfolio with the new IU-1000F - 'a powerful solution for sign and display or print production businesses.' The large-format UV-LED flatbed printer is capable of printing on a wide range of substrates and objects at up to 116 sqm per hour. Sales will start in Europe, North America and Japan from the first quarter of 2020, with other regions to follow shortly after.

OOH facial recognition technology from JCDecaux

An outdoor advertising panel on Sydney’s George Street is using face-tracking technology to assess consumers’ facial reactions before dispensing vouchers for a free yoghurt smoothie in a store nearby.

Ombudsman launches investigation into dodgy insolvency practices

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has announced an inquiry into the insolvency system that will look at the “very low success rate in restructuring Australian businesses under external administration.” The move comes amid industry outrage over alleged phoenixing and abuse of insolvency provisions.

Roland DG and Ricoh win Buyers Lab Wide Format awards

Three Roland DG TrueVIS printers and the Ricoh Pro L5160 have won the wide format categories in Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Lab awards for 2020. The industry researcher noted: “New technologies are introduced and new applications for wide format are discovered, both at a faster rate than ever before. Lines are once again blurring, and the growth potential in this product category can be a thing of beauty.”

“Incredible number of deals” at record Labelexpo Europe 

A total of 693 exhibitors took part in the landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, with major press manufacturers signing "multiple sales on a daily basis" at the largest, most international Labelexpo to date. Sydney sign company Next Printing was among the buyers at the event, entering the label sector with the purchase of an HP Indigo 6900 with ABG Digicon finishing line.

ONYX 19 to debut at the inaugural Printing United 2019

ONYX 19 "embodies the kind of speed and performance print shops have come to expect from ONYX software over the last 30 years," says wide format workflow software manufacturer Onyx Graphics. Printing United attendees will also get an exclusive preview of ONYX Hub 2.0 which is about to be launched globally. 

Konica Minolta hosts LIA QLD International Print Day event 

The Queensland branch of the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) has announced a free industry event to be held at Konica Minolta in Brisbane on October 23 to celebrate International Print Day. LIA NSW will host a similar event on the same day in Sydney.

Roland DG expands TrueVIS lineup with SG2 Series

Roland DG has added new SG2 64", 54" and 30" wide format eco-solvent printer cutters to its second generation TrueVIS series. “The new SG2 series will appeal to a large number of digital print business owners, including those entering the sign and display graphics market.”

Digital Signage – threat or opportunity? – Andy McCourt

If we were to believe all the hype behind the digital sign industry – LED and LCD screens containing changeable ads – you’d be justified in thinking the conventional sign industry is on its knees. One digital sign news source even headlined an article ‘The Fall of the Sign Industry.’