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Esko offers ‘unparalleled creative freedom' for display and POS

Esko’s innovative new VariAngle tool for its Kongsberg C and XP range of digital finishing tables enables cutting at any angle from 0o and 60o at high speeds - “delivering total freedom in the design of 3D creative displays while also resulting in faster setup times and an uplift in cutting speed," says the global supplier of integrated hardware/software solutions for the packaging and wide format sectors.

5,700 companies take part in PRINTING United Digital

The PRINTING United Digital Experience live event has ended after three weeks with impressive participation from the global industry. Program videos are now available on-demand completely free to those who register until January 31, 2021.

Protect your work with Clearshield Anti-Graffiti Coating

Marabu ClearShield Anti-Graffiti is a two-part, water-based liquid laminate with excellent chemical resistance, abrasion resistance and anti-graffiti properties. It's specifically formulated for severe exterior applications where hardness, flexibility and superior protection are required.

FRAUD ALERT! Do not respond to this email

The pestilence that is email phishers and ID thieves is sometimes worse than Covid! Wideformat Online received a response via our inquiry form that at first seemed legit from UTS university, Sydney. It even used the real name of the procurement officer. Closer inspection and a check with UTS' IT people revealed the con.

Job vacancies in regional Australia's Sign Industry hard to fill

You would think any job vacancies in our industry in the current climate would attract hundreds of applicants. Not so in regional towns so it seems. Cairns and Northern Rivers, NSW sound like idyllic places to live and work but the following three vacancies remain unfilled. Any takers?

Australia's Wagner Labels wins inaugural world Durst Label Masters award

Inkjet's speed, quality and versatility has been amplified by the winning of Durst's inagural RSC Label Masters Award by Sydney's R. Wagner Prestige Labels in the Combination Print category. Durst is a recognised leader in both wide format and label narrow-web inkjet print technologies. The judging panel was a who's who of European Label luminaries.

Insolvency reforms a 'game-changer’ for small businesses 

The Small Business Ombudsman says legislation introduced into Federal Parliament to overhaul the insolvency process for small businesses will ensure that business owners "have the option to turn their businesses around, giving them a fighting chance to survive." An estimated 240,000 small businesses across Australia are at risk of failure because of Covid-19.

Mimaki releases new compact UV inkjet 3D printer

The new Mimaki 3DUJ-2207 3D inkjet printer is capable of accurately reproducing over 10 million colours and will be commercially available from January 2021. ‘The unique combination of full-colour capabilities and water-soluble support materials enables super-fine details to be printed in vibrant colour.”

drupa preview 2nd edition line-up

The second online drupa preview event on 17 November will feature a live Q&A and a Networking Plaza for visitors and exhibitors.  Topics will include inkjet, packaging trends and additive technologies.

Ovato to cut 300 jobs and raise $40m in restructure

Print giant Ovato Limited announced a $40m rights issue and filed for a Scheme of Arrangement in the NSW Supreme Court that will see the restructuring of Ovato Print and lead to 300 redundancies and closure of the Clayton site in Victoria. Creditors will be asked to accept 50 cents in the dollar.

Growing delays in global shipping of raw materials & equipment

Delays in shipping raw materials and equipment around the world could get worse in the months ahead as Covid-19 cases continue to rise globally, says industry association Print NZ.  The total number of Covid cases around the world has passed 50 million, with almost half a million new cases a day.

Mimaki launches new R2R inkjet printers for sign & graphics

Mimaki Engineering released two new models of its roll to roll 100 Series inkjet printers for sign and graphics applications – the JV100-160, compatible with solvent ink, and UJV100-160, compatible with UV ink – described as “well-balanced entry-level models with excellent operational performance, image quality, speed and cost.” The new printers will be available worldwide from December. Mimaki Australia says it will be holding “good stock levels of these new models in April 2021.”

Exhibitors line up for FESPA 2021 in Amsterdam

FESPA Global Print Expo and the European Sign Expo 2021 (9-12 March 2021, RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands) are attracting a growing line-up of exhibitors, “all enthusiastic to engage with customers and prospects face-to-face after a year reliant on digital platforms to communicate and share product news,” say the organisers.

Global release of ONYX 21 from Onyx Graphics

Onyx Graphics has announced the global availability of ONYX 21, the company's newest software release which introduces Swatch Books 2.0 to print, scan, iterate and report on the ideal colour match.

Epson recognised for sustainability achievements

Epson has earned a platinum rating for sustainability from EcoVadis. The platinum rating, which was established in 2020, indicates that Epson was ranked among the top 1% of companies in the industry. Epson had received a gold rating the previous three years. Gold is awarded to companies that score in the top 5% of companies evaluated.

New Fairview owners press on with proof of Vitracore G2's ACM compliance

It's been a long road for Fairview Architectural since the ACM cladding issue first raised its head following fires in London, Dubai and Melbourne. Throughout the process, Fairview has played a straight bat and dealt fairly with strata owners and the law firm behind a class action. To protect jobs and the business, Fairview entered a period of administration. Now, with a restructure and ownership by FVA Group - not to mention all creditors and staff being paid in full - the company is on the reassurance path extolling bonded facade laminate Vitracore G2, and has taken out large press ads to back up the proof.

Two Kornit Avalanche DGT printers installed at QTCo Brisbane

The Queensland T-Shirt Company (QTCo)`, a high-volume manufacturer of digital direct-to-garment (DTG) printed apparel, has installed an additional two Kornit Avalanche HD6 systems at its Brisbane headquarters after a surge in on-demand production. 

Carl Icahn increases stake in Xerox to 14.4%

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in US print giant Xerox Holdings to about 14.4%, several months after he supported the company's failed takeover of HP. Xerox shares have been trading at around USD$19, about half of what Fujifilm offered in its bid package almost 2 years ago.

oOh!, NGA & Google showcase ‘the future of Out of Home’

Outdoor advertiser oOh!media and the National Gallery of Australia have partnered with internet search giant Google to harness Google Lens technology in an exhibition of Australian women artists in locations across the nation.