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3M to spend $1 billion to accelerate climate goals

3M will invest about $1 billion over the next 20 years to accelerate the company’s new environmental goals, which include carbon neutrality by 2050 and reducing water use by 25% at its facilities.

Siegwerk warns of price pressure on raw materials 

Printing ink manufacturer Siegwerk says “already in 2021 we are seeing a combination of several factors which are interlinked with the COVID-19 crisis which has severely impacted the overall raw material supply chain.”

Global inkjet market to reach $A63 billion in 5 years

The global inkjet printing market was valued at $US40.79bn in 2020 and is expected to reach $US49.20bn [$A63.47bn], growing at an annual rate of 3.11% over the period 2021 – 2026, according to new research.

Jet Technologies & Screen Open House with new L350SAI label press

March 19th is the day Jet Technologies and Screen will host a 'Digital Innovations' Open House at Jet's Roseberry, Sydney HQ, presenting Screen's latest Truepress Jet L350UV SAI digital label press and other solutions. It's a fully-specc'd working press with CMYK+W and the extra blue and orange inks. Registration for the event is open now.

oOh! posts $35m loss for 2020 with ‘significant recovery’ in Q4

Outdoor advertiser oOh!media says unprecedented restrictions caused by Covid-19 led to a 34% decline in its revenue to $426.5m for 2020, with an underlying loss of $8m compared to a profit of $52.4m in 2019, and a Net Loss after Tax of $35.7m. "The company experienced a strong recovery in revenue across key formats in the final quarter of 2020 which has continued into 2021.”

Outdoor audiences back to highest levels since March

Australians are getting back to business according to JCDecaux, with latest national audience mobility data hitting its highest levels since March last year. “As Melbourne came out of its snap lockdown, Out-of-Home advertisers can take comfort that audiences across Australia are bouncing back,” the global outdoor advertiser said.

Phil Rennell leaves Currie Group in company restructure 

“After playing a key role in many landmark moments across twenty years of dedicated service, sales and marketing director, Phillip Rennell and Currie Group, have agreed the time is right to part ways,” said a company press release.

Spicers and 3M host online presentation of 7300 Series

With the launch of the new 3M Advanced Flexible Engineer Grade Reflective Sheeting Series 7300, supplier Spicers and manufacturer 3M are hosting a presentation event followed by a Q&A on Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 14:00pm – 15:00pm (AEDT time).

Australian-born Marie Myers named chief financial officer at HP

HP Inc. has appointed Marie Myers as its new chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately. "Marie’s strategic acuity, operational discipline and purpose-driven leadership will serve us well." Myers had been acting CFO since October 2020 following the resignation of former CFO Steve Fieler after two years in the job.

25 years since the greatest PacPrint of all - roll on September

25 years ago, the finishing touches were being applied to Melbourne's new Southbank Exhibition Centre, readying it for its first major exhibition in May of that year - PakPrint 96, whick took up all 30,000 square metres of what became known as 'Jeff's Shed' after then Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett. In Just 8 months, PacPrint 2021 (with a 'c') will open its doors.

Ace job: Vivad covers empty seats at the Australian Open

Two teams worked 12-hour shifts at wide format printer Vivad’s Melbourne facility on the weekend to print 4,600 sqm of polyester fabric needed to cover empty seats at the Australian Open, after crowds were kept away during Victoria’s latest Covid lockdown. "We had the team and we had the capability with our Durst Rhotex printing technology."

EFI launches its fastest single-pass printer for display graphics 

The ground-breaking new Nozomi printer operates up to 3-4 times faster than the most productive shuttle-based printers, says EFI. “High-volume sign and graphics businesses can achieve a new, higher level of productivity with the first single-pass inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. dedicated to display graphics.” 

Durst develops AI predictive maintenance for printers

Durst has joined an EU-funded project to develop software that enables predictive maintenance in print production facilities. "We are calculating appropriate algorithms that make predictions about maintenance requirements."

Kornit Digital posts record results for 4th quarter 2020

Textile printing technology manufacturer says its fourth quarter revenue grew 49% year-over-year to $72.3 million. Full-year 2020 revenue was $193.3 million compared to $179.9 million previously, with a net loss for full-year 2020 of $4.8 million.

DTG in motion - new video from Ricoh on Ri2000

As DTG continues to blossom, Ricoh has set the studio up and released a new video offering an insight into the core benefits and key features of the Ricoh Ri 2000 Direct to Garment (DTG) Printer.

Winners announced in ASGA & FESPA HP 2020 Awards

ASGA has announced the winners in the postponed ASGA/FESPA HP 2020 national signage awards. The winning companies will find out which awards and how many they may have won at the Awards for Excellence dinner in September.

PVCA and Visual Connections upgrade partnership on shows, events

A new joint venture agreement between Visual Connections and the Print & Visual Communication Association (PVCA) provides certainty for the future of the industry’s flagship events, and cements the two associations’ longstanding partnership which dates back more than 50 years.

HP targets climate change in ambitious global program

Australia will join 18 countries in the initial roll-out of HP’s first-of-its-kind Sustainable Impact Program aimed at helping customers and partners to deal with issues including climate change, social justice and ‘the digital divide’. “A commitment to Sustainable Impact isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business,” HP said. 

Bright Print MD Debbie Burgess named Women in Print NSW Patron

Industry group Women in Print says Debbie Burgess from Bright Print Group will become its NSW Patron for 2021, replacing Natalie Taylor who stepped down from the role last year. “The search for a replacement was critical to maintaining a strong NSW Breakfast Series and Women in Print program for the year ahead," it said.