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Class action lawsuits launched over flammable ACM panels - Andy McCourt

Class actions against Alucobond supplier Halifax Vogel Group (HVG) and its manufacturer 3A Composites and also Fairview Architectural have been instigated by legal firm IMF Bentham and William Roberts Lawyers on behalf of apartment owners in Sydney buildings. Wide Format Online publisher Andy McCourt has this report.

“Historic first”: Screen's 520HD press as good as offset in US lab testing

Independent industry researcher Image Test Labs (ITL) says it has achieved “a historic first in the printing industry” by configuring Screen’s flagship inkjet press, the Truepress Jet520HD, to deliver the image reproduction quality of a commercial sheetfed offset press over a production run of three miles (4.8km) of paper.

Epson requests exemptions in US/China trade tariff war

Epson has joined hundreds of US, Chinese and Japanese companies in requesting product exemptions from President Donald Trump’s plan to increase tariffs on another $300 billion of products from China - including printers and copiers - in the escalating US/China trade war. Epson has several manufacturing sites in China and, in its submission to the USTR, infers that is reviewing its manufacturing bases but that, since it owns most of its sites, relocation is not always feasible in the near-term.

Older printing equipment dismantled and recycled in Asia

This year’s PrintEx19 will include a sustainability solution from ABC Copier Solutions to deal with the growing problem of older equipment that's no longer required by Australian printing businesses. The service has already been adopted by major franchise groups including Kwik Kopy, Snap, Minuteman Press and Worldwide.

“We want to inspire action”: SGIA on sustainability

US industry group The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) – represented in Australia by the SGIAA – says sustainability will be a focus at this year’s new Printing United trade show - formerly known as the SGIA Expo - in Dallas, Texas (October 23 - 25). 

HP opens massive 3D printing and digital manufacturing centre in Spain

The new 150,000 square feet centre – about the size of three football fields - brings together hundreds of the world’s leading additive manufacturing experts and is aimed at “accelerating the transformation of industries with world-class R&D, engineering, co-development and sustainable innovation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Fuji Xerox NZ ‘For Sale’ before government contract reversal

Fuji Xerox NZ managing director Peter Thomas has confirmed that Japanese parent Fuji Xerox was considering selling its New Zealand subsidiary earlier this year before the government lifted the company's suspension from government printing contracts, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald.

Suppliers providing fire-test data on substrate products: ASGA

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association, which held nationwide meetings to address concerns over new building code legislation relating to ACM cladding, says supplier companies are now providing fire-test results on substrate products to its members.

Ricoh launches voice-activated controls by Amazon’s Alexa

Digital print tech giant Ricoh has announced Ricoh Intelligent Voice Control, the result of a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its Alexa for Business voice-activated virtual assistant. The new platform is already helping visually impaired students to operate Ricoh’s multifunction printers. Ricoh says “future innovation is anticipated.”

Summa to showcase L1810 laser cutter at ITMA 2019

Summa nv, a leading supplier of cutting, finishing and laser cutting solutions, will demonstrate the "exceptional high productivity" of its L1810 laser cutter at the ITMA 2019 textiles printing show in Barcelona, Spain.

Latest inkjet innovations at The Inkjet Conference 2019

Over 60 speakers from the world’s leading industry players and academic centres will present their research on core inkjet technologies during the 6th European edition of the TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference) on 29-30th October 2019 at Crowne Plaza Düsseldorf. 

drupa 2020 to feature 3D printing program

drupa 2020 will once again include a touchpoint 3D fab+print program and, for the first time, the VDMA Additive Manufacturing Association will be responsible for content design and implementation of a ten-day lecture series at the world's leading trade fair for the printing, media and packaging industry.

120,000 expected at textile printing show ITMA 2019

More than 120,000 visitors will join 1,700 exhibitors including manufacturers Mimaki, EFI Reggiani and Kornit Digital at this month’s ITMA, the trendsetting textile and garment technology show that runs 20-26 June in Barcelona, Spain.

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