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Xerox wines and dines HP shareholders as HP’s board is tipped to reject latest takeover offer

Xerox began hosting dinners for HP shareholders this week as it seeks support for its $35 billion bid to buy its larger printing market rival. HP’s board has yet to respond to Xerox’s latest offer – up from $22 to $24 a share – but says next week it will share “additional information about its plan to drive sustainable long-term value for its shareholders." 

Canon opens UVgel ink factory as demand doubles in a year

Canon officially opened a new production facility for UVgel ink at its innovation and development campus in Venlo, The Netherlands, to keep up with growing demand from users of its Colorado roll-to-roll large format printers. Global production volumes of UVgel ink for Colorado printers doubled in the last year.

Roland DG launches new personalisation software

Roland DG has released its new cotodesign on-demand customisation software in Australia. The design and print management software package allows customers to personalise apparel and gift items in-store using photos or artwork from their smartphone or other devices.

ASGA adds fire ratings expert as Risk and Compliance consultant 

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has appointed fire ratings expert Glenn Hain of G Hain & H.S Kim Risk and Compliance Consulting as its new Risk and Compliance consultant. “This is a key and much needed appointment,” says ASGA GM Michael Punch.

Sportswear Pro: the crossover between print and sportswear

A host of international exhibitors are getting ready to showcase their latest technologies in garment production, design and decoration at Sportswear Pro 2020, which is co-located with FESPA 2020 (24 - 27 March 2020, IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, Spain).

Konica Minolta resumes production in China

Konica Minolta has restarted production at its factories in China after closing down earlier this month following a Chinese government-ordered suspension in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The company's primary production facilities in China are located away from Wuhan - where the virus was first identified - in Wuxi, Dongguan, and Dalian. The death toll from the virus in mainland China has now reached 1,770.

Avery Dennison's new printable textile film for wall graphics

Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions has launched the new MPI 8000 Wall series from its Interior Design Collection. “This series will help businesses create inspiration walls and enrich living spaces with beautiful works of art - quickly, easily and without messy paint or primer."

New show for textile printing debuts at drupa 2020

Touchpoint textile will reflect “the increasing importance of digital textile printing and underline its status as a driving force of innovation and growth within the print industry,” say the organisers of drupa 2020 (June 16 – 26, Düsseldorf, Germany).

Latest screen and digital printing solutions at FESPA 2020 

Printers and sign makers will be able to experience the latest innovations in screen and digital printing presses, consumables, workflow, and colour management from over 500 exhibitors at next month’s FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 (IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, 24 – 27 March).

New TR2 Ink Conversion for Roland VG and SG Owners

Roland DG Corporation, has announced plans for the discontinuation of TR ink for TrueVIS VG and SG Series large format inkjet printers by February 2021 due to its replacement by new and improved TR2 ink.

Xerox increases HP offer to $35 billion/ $24 per share

In the latest move of its attempt to take control of its much larger rival, Xerox has raised its offer to buy HP from $22 a share to $24 a share and says it will launch a public takeover bid in March by offering to buy shares directly from HP investors. Analysts say the new offer represents a bid of about $US35 billion, including debt, compared to an earlier $US33.5 billion offer that was rejected last year by HP’s board.

Epson wide format printers win iF Design Awards

Epson’s SureColor SC-P7500 and SureColor SC-P9500 series (SC-P7560 and SC-P9560 in Australia and New Zealand) large-format printers have been named iF Design Award 2020 winners by iF International Forum Design.

Metamark introduces expanded product lines for 2020

UK-based self-adhesive materials manufacturer Metamark has released new product lines and announced extensions to existing ranges for 2020. The company expanded its Australian distribution network in 2018 in response to demand from the local sign and display industry.

Fuji Xerox printers to support coronavirus medical sites

Fujifilm is donating about $A1.5 million in equipment and supplies to support the response to the coronavirus in China, including Fuji Xerox printers that can be used at medical facilities. New data says the coronavirus will cost the Australian economy at least $1 billion.