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900 exhibitors from 45 countries on board for drupa 2024

A year and a half before the start of the drupa trade show, over 100,000 sqm of exhibition space has already been booked by around 900 exhibitors from 45 nations. HP, Canon, Ricoh, Kodak and mantoland sheetfed are yet to commit.

Qld and SA get a taste of Signage at ASGA’s Sign & Graphics courses

ASGA's Sign industry taster courses were held in Queensland and South Australia in October and November. Co-ordinated by ASGA Education Sub-Committee Chair, Damian Nielsen, and ASGA’s industry education liaison managers, AusSIP, the taster courses were over a year in the making from the initial strategy stage to gathering names at career expos across Australia and co-ordinating with various stakeholders to produce and host the content. 

HP to cut up to 6,000 jobs from its global workforce

Posting ‘solid’ fiscal 2022 net revenue of $US63.0 billion - down 0.8% - print giant HP revealed plans to reduce its global headcount by 4,000-6,000 by the end of fiscal 2025 under a new ‘Future Ready Transformation' plan. There's no indication yet whether the plan will affect HP staff numbers in Australia and New Zealand.

Queensland disaster grants extended to March 2023

The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) has alerted members that Queensland has extended its 'Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants – South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding' program until March 2023, with grants of up to $50,000 available for affected small businesses.

Wide format print market “resilient”: Keypoint Intel report

“Wide-format printing is resilient as we continue through post-pandemic recovery and there has been substantial growth in many market segments,” says industry researcher Keypoint Intelligence in its latest report, titled Wide Format Print Forecast 2021-2026, A Look at What’s Ahead.

Epson launches SureLab D560 minilab inkjet photo printer

Epson’s SureLab D560, the latest in its SureLab minilab range, has been designed for a variety of environments including kiosk, studio, retail and events, weighing in at only 7kg with compact size of 299 x 350 x 154 cm.

Visual Connections offers assistance to struggling businessess

Visual Connections, the association representing suppliers to the print, sign and graphics industry, has stepped up to assist businesses affected by natural disasters, Covid, escalating costs, shortage of materials or just the overall current challenges facing industry SMEs in Australia today. By simply registering via Visual Connections' website, you may be eligable for assistance.

Brisbane hackers target goa outdoor digital billboard

A roadside digital billboard on one of Brisbane’s busiest roads was hacked to show pornographic content for three minutes on the weekend. It’s believed the billboard structure may have broken into by the hackers on Sunday morning.

Metamark extends its popular MetaGrab range 

The manufacturer and supplier of self-adhesive sign vinyl and digital media has introduced MetaGrab MDP-UB, which features ultra-tack adhesive for difficult to stick to surfaces.

Xitron celebrates 45th with free customer upgrade

To commemorate the company’s 45th anniversary, software developer Xitron is offering free software upgrades to customers who purchase any version of the Navigator 13 TIFF RIP, workflow and support agreement bundle - worth almost $US1,500.

Epson robot combined with inkjet label printing system

Epson partner Integrated Productivity Systems (IPSi) has created an automated print-and-apply labelling solution that combines Epson’s ColorWorks on-demand colour inkjet label printer and the Epson VT6L 6-Axis robot.

Easy Cut adds support for Mimaki vinyl cutters 

Sign-making and graphics software developer Easy Cut Studio says its vinyl cutting software can now be used with Mimaki vinyl cutters including the newly released CG-AR series and the CG-SRIII series. 

Xaar launches Aquinox printhead for aqueous inkjet printing

Xaar says its 'revolutionary' new printhead delivers exceptional reliability, creativity and sustainability for printing aqueous fluids. "The introduction of the Xaar Aquinox, powered by our ImagineX platform, is our most significant product launch in recent years." (video)

Xerox appoints new President and COO

Xerox Holdings Corporation has announced the appointment of John Bruno as President and Chief Operating Officer. Bruno joins the team following Steven Bandrowczak’s promotion to Chief Executive Officer earlier this year. In this role, John will partner closely with the CEO and leadership team to shape the company's global strategy and will be accountable for operating model advancements to improve company performance.

Agfa installs four Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LEDs at US signage firm

The Bernard Group (TBG), one of North America’s leading visual merchandising companies, has purchased four Agfa Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED systems, citing “print quality, performance sustainability, environmental impact, ink cost and mileage, ink and consumable availability, maintenance, service, device flexibility, and vendor relationship.” Resurgent Agfa this week reported its Digital Print & Chemicals division’s top line grew substantially in the third quarter, “mainly driven by the sign & display business.”

Durst’s new Vanguard Europe HQ targets signage and more

Vanguard Europe, a subsidiary of US manufacturer Vanguard Digital Printing Systems, has opened a new headquarters and demo centre next to its owner Durst Group’s HQ in Brixen, Italy. Target sectors for Vanguard Europe include signage and packaging.