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Epson wins third EcoVadis Platinum rating for sustainability 

Epson has earned its third successive platinum rating for sustainability from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings, in recognition of the company’s global efforts on the environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

“Appalling”: Big businesses taking four months to pay suppliers

Almost one in four big businesses take more than 120 days to pay their small business suppliers, with the worst offenders operating in the manufacturing, retail trade and construction sectors, according to new data from the Payment Times Reporting Regulator. 

Labelexpo Asia postponed until 2023

Tarsus Group, organizer of the Labelexpo Global Series, has announced that the rescheduled Labelexpo Asia trade show due to take place on 7-10 December 2022 will now be postponed until 2023.

Online auction of Kookaburra Big Picture's wide format equipment

Established 25 years ago as digital wide format was taking off, the owners of Kookaburra Big Picture are retiring and all equipment is being auctioned online by Gollant Auctioneers and Peter Brand of National Auctioneers & Valuers. Equipment can be inspected onsite this Friday and all bidding in online.

LIA VIC's open invitation to Graduate of the Year awards

The LIA Victoria has issued an open invitation to all people in print to attend the association’s final 2022 meeting and Christmas celebration - including the presentation of the 2022 LIA Victoria Graduate of the Year Awards - to be held at Fujifilm Business Innovation in Burnley on Thursday, 1 December.

Kornit Digital looks to cut costs after Q3 loss

Textile print technology company Kornit Digital reported a third quarter GAAP operating loss of $21 million as “macro-related headwinds and other pressures” continued to impact customer purchasing decisions.

Sign & Display business drives Agfa’s print division

Despite continued disruptions caused by supply chain issues, Agfa’s Digital Print & Chemicals division’s top line grew substantially in the third quarter, “mainly driven by the sign & display business,” with the company signing its first contracts for Agfa-branded Onset wide-format machines. The Agfa-Gevaert Group posted a net loss of 17 million Euro.

When car wraps go bad - cautionary tale from Singapore (video)

We all know that car wrapping is a highly skilled craft and must use the right materials. Last week, our friends at The Big Picture magazine USA ran a horror story about an appalling wrap inflicted on an unsuspecting Singapore car owner. It's so bad it went viral on social media and even ran in AsiaOne mainstream media.

Fujifilm 1H revenue up 12% to $A14.4 billion

Fujifilm Group reported ¥1,349.9 billion ($A14.4 billion) in consolidated revenue In the first half of the fiscal year (up 12% year-over-year) - “reflecting sales increases mainly in the medical systems business and the electronic materials business.” In the company’s digital printing business, revenue was driven higher by growth in shipments of production printers as market conditions recovered.

2023 is a Bonanza year for trade shows

Now that trade shows are back in full swing, 2023 will see great Signage and Wide Format events locally, in Europe and the USA. Here’s a digest of what’s happening so you can plan your travel and stays.

Mimaki refreshes its own Sydney HQ building signage

Industry rollfed, flatbed and 3D equipment supplier Mimaki spent last weekend changing the signage on its sleek-looking Rydelmere, Sydney building. It's a case of precise simplicity maketh the brand image - and maybe pleaseth the architect too!

PRO version of Mutoh’s XPJ-1682SR is now available

Now celebrating its 70th year in business – and garnering five ‘Pinnacle’ Awards at Printing United in the USA – Mutoh has completed its ‘Pro’ model line-up of wide format printers with the unveiling of the XpertJet 1682SR Pro in Europe. It’s faster and can use gBL-free inks.

QMS 3DOOH campaigns in high demand

Digital outdoor media company QMS is rolling out more examples of its ‘first-to-market’ 3DOOH product, featuring new animated advertising campaigns from Nike x JD Sports and betting and entertainment company Neds.

Spandex launches new product catalogue

Spandex Asia Pacific's latest version of its product guide includes the introduction of ‘The Big Book - Spandex Products & Materials Catalogue,’ which combines Digital Materials, Signage Materials, Rigid Substrates, and Accessories in one book.

Kyocera reports strong first half despite challenges

Kyocera’s sales revenue for the first half to September 30 was up 15.5% but profit increased only slightly due to price increases in raw materials and a one-time cost of 7 billion yen from a US lawsuit.

AVA and PrintFactory collaborate on colour management

AVA, which specialises in software modules used in printed textile, wallcovering, floor covering and engraving industries, has announced a technology partnership with PrintFactory, a global provider of digital print workflow software.

Celmac recognised by HP as APAC Top Sales Partner for Latex large format

HP recently gathered its APAC channel sales partners together in Singapore, for the first time since the pandemic and for the official release of the new HP Latex 2700. Also on the agenda was the presenting of awards for outstanding achievement. Local reseller Celmac was there and on the receiving end of a high accolade.