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Sneak preview of Mutoh's new XpertJet 1341SR Pro printer

Wide format Online was treated to a sneak preview of the first XpertJet 1341SR Pro 54" (1325mm) printer to land in Australia. A full review will appear next week but we can say with confidence that, for a low-cost 54" eco-solvent printer, the results are outstanding thanks to new printhead, screening, ripping and drop placement technologies. It's also considerably faster than the previous generation.

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Graphic Art Mart increases prices from Jan 31st

Along with several other suppliers, Graphic Art Mart has no option but to raise prices, faced with skyrocketing PVS and freight costs. The Graphic Art Mart team would like to thank customers for continued support through 2021 which was challenging on many fronts. 

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EFI Connect highlights display graphics inkjet printers & software

The 22nd annual EFI Connect conference in Las Vegas this week showcased the newly launched 126-inch-wide EFI Pro 30h UV LED printer and EFI’s advanced class of superwide-format inkjet printers. Connect also featured the first live demonstration of the new EFI Fiery FS500 Pro digital front end and the debut of EFI Fiery Prep-it software - an innovative prepress product for display graphics businesses.

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FESPA Berlin show is back in May-June

FESPA has launched the promotional campaign for its FESPA Global Print Expo 2022 and European Sign Expo 2022 events, scheduled to take place from 31 May – 3 June 2022 at Messe Berlin, Germany. The campaign strapline ‘Experience Print in Motion’ highlights how, despite the challenges of the past two years, the speciality print market and the technology that supports it continue to evolve and progress.

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Epson announces new desktop colour label printer - ColorWorks C4000

For Sign & Display printers familiar with inkjet technology, offering full-colour labels is a natural path to new markets and profits. Of course, many already do this with print & cut wide format printers but, as the niche short-run label market grows, there may be the need to add a dedicated label printer to the network. Enter Epson with its all-new ColorWorks C4000. The compact ColorWorks C4000 offers expanded connectivity and compatibility, improved image quality, remote management tools, and increased ink capacity.

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AMWU threatens strike action over 'unsafe' workplaces

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has called on employers to upgrade masks, improve ventilation and provide free rapid antigen tests (RATs) in response to what it calls “the government’s failure to keep working people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Heimtextil rescheduled as Summer Special show in June

Global printed textiles trade show Heimtextil – cancelled last month due to a spike in Covid cases in Germany – has been rescheduled as a ‘Summer Special’ physical trade show in June. Elsewhere, Brussels Expo has invested in a new air filtration and recirculation system to host Labelexpo Europe in April, and the US-based International Sign Association opened registrations for the ISA Sign Expo due to take place in Atlanta in May.

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Entries open for 2022 state PICAs – and a call for judges

Entries are now open for this year’s state Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs), hosted by the Print & Visual Communications Association (PVCA). The state PICAs will run across the country in March and April, with winners competing in the 39th National Print Awards to be held during PacPrint at the end of June.

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