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Mimaki’s new 3D desktop printer for signage and display

The Mimaki 3DFF-222 printer, which uses a plant-derived eco-plastic made from corn and potato starch, can produce jigs and three-dimensional signage when used in combination with Mimaki’s range of LED UV flatbed printers.

Wizardry Imaging & Signs calls in administrators

Wizardry Imaging & Signs, which employs about 48 staff in Sydney, has a branch in Victoria and staff in WA and QLD, has gone into administration and called a first meeting of creditors.

Iconic SA sign & engraving business ESC to be sold

The unfortunate news from Adelaide is that the state’s and possibly the country’s foremost manufacturer of etched, engraved and printed metal signs has to be sold due to the illness of long-time owner, Peter Vasic. 

PSP launches flexible signage & graphic supplies business

New Zealand architectural and signage supplies group PSP has established a new Signage & Graphic Supplies division, headed by high-profile former Total Supply owner, Dean Stuart: “They’re the country’s biggest substrate provider so adding self-adhesive films and print media is a natural progression.”

Blast from the Past - first digital photograph, 1987

Wide Format Online publisher Andy McCourt has been in the industry for longer than he cares to recall and in his archive is this gem from 1987 - the first known reproduction of a digital photograph in print in Australia.

Zünd rolls out its full range of cutting systems at FESPA

Zünd will present its "full gamut of production scenarios" available to print service providers and advertising professionals at Fespa 2019 in Munich. “Whether digitally printed POP displays made of cardboard, fabric banners, or acrylic signage – Zünd digital cutting technology can handle these materials and many more.”

LIA & Fuji Xerox host ‘A Blueprint for Sustainable Practices’

“We as an industry are…being charged with finding better ways and systems to achieve the reduction in consumption of raw materials and the creation of waste,” says the Lithographic Institute of Australia (NSW), announcing its latest Technical Dinner evening, titled A Blueprint for Sustainable Practices.

VR test drives of EFI’s Nozomi at AusPack

EFI has teamed up with packaging giant Orora to offer a virtual reality experience of its high-speed inkjet packaging printer, the Nozomi C18000, at next week’s AusPack in Melbourne.

Inkjet Think Tank – latest tech advances at TheIJC USA

More than 300 industry and academic leaders representing manufacturers including Fujifilm and Agfa, research institutes, print companies, suppliers, developers, engineers, chemists and brand owners are expected at the second US edition of The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) that will showcase latest developments in inkjet technology.

Mimaki set to flex its muscle at FESPA Munich

Mimaki’s largest FESPA booth in Munich, Germany in May this year will showcase its flagship UV LED and eco-solvent roll-to-roll printing systems for sign graphics. The Mimaki booth will encompass four key business areas – Sign Graphics; Industrial Products; Textiles and 3D.

Joining forces at the UK Corrugated and Print Show

FESPA UK Association, representing wide format and screen print service providers, industrial and specialist printers, has partnered with the UK Sheet Plant Association to host the UK Corrugated and Print Show at The Exhibition Centre Liverpool in June 2019. "This is a great initiative and much needed as digital inkjet methods and die-cutting merge into corrugated production," says Wide Format Online's Andy McCourt.

Summa eyes textiles with new laser cutter

Summa has released the L1810 laser cutter, advanced laser technology aimed at sportswear, apparel, swimwear, dye sublimation garments and technical textile markets. “Summa’s cutting solutions…will perfectly serve the textile industry, similar as it has been serving the sign & digital market.”

oOh! & Cactus Imaging develop recyclable billboard skins

Wide format specialist Cactus Imaging and its parent company oOh!media have developed ‘world-first’ recyclable billboard skins known as SmartSkins, which have been rolled out in a new advertising campaign for super fund Australian Ethical.

Enfocus releases PitStop Pro 2019 

Software company Enfocus, a global leader in PDF productivity and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry, has announced the upcoming April 2019 release of PitStop Pro 2019, PitStop Server 2019 and PitStop Library SDK 2019, the latest versions of its award-winning PDF Preflight, Editing and Correction applications.

SAi strengthens board with three new appointments

SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has added three new members to its board “to support strategic planning and decision-making.”  Dan Purjes, Edna Purjes and Rudy Baron will work alongside existing board members of the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company.

Sign China 'hits a home run' in first Shenzhen show

More than 24,000 industry professionals were on hand as Sign China launched its annual exhibition series with a successful Signage and LED trade show in Shenzhen. The focus now shifts to the major Sign China exhibition to be held in Shanghai in September. 

PrintNZ slams ‘radical’ government plan for industry training 

PrintNZ, the body that represents New Zealand’s printing, packaging and visual communication industries, says a government proposal to restructure the vocational education and training sector will “likely worsen the skill shortages faced by such key sectors as the print industry.”

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