Spandex, the one-stop supplier of innovative solutions to the sign, graphics and display industries, has appointed Andrew Coulsen to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective from 3rd May 2021. He succeeds Rod Larson, who has served as CEO for 14 years and remains with the business as Executive Chairman.

Leading wide format specialist MacroArt has created an extensive array of impressive signage and graphics at Blenheim Palace, to enhance the visitor experience whilst restoration takes place in one of the Palace State Rooms.

Roland DGA Corporation, a leading provider of large-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters, and other advanced digital devices, has introduced two additional ways for prospective and existing customers to see the company’s latest technologies right from their desktops. Visitors to the Business Builder page at the Roland DGA website can now request a personalized virtual product demonstration or view cutting-edge devices in a 3D showroom with the click of a mouse. These new online options – alongside Roland DGA’s Business Builder roadshow, dealer showrooms, and returning trade shows – create additional opportunities for qualified buyers to see Roland DG products in action, in a personalized and convenient setting.

Innotech Digital has launched its free Printing Cost Calculator. This online tool provides instant, accurate information on the amount of media required for your print job and can help you optimise your purchasing to minimise waste and maximise cost savings.

Todd Zimmerman, a long-time graphic arts executive with a strong track record of growing advanced technology initiatives in print, has joined Electronics For Imaging, Inc. as its new vice president and general manager, Display Graphics.

For most 15 year olds, the prospect of driving their own car is still a distant dream, but for Max Dodds, it’s practically become a full time job. A racing driver since the age of four, Dodds is preparing for his first season in the highly competitive Ginetta Junior Championship – a proven feeder series for GT, Touring Cars, Formula One and other higher echelons of the sport – in a car that’s been wrapped to maximise its aerodynamic performance.

Chroma, a full-service printer located in Theale, near Reading, has taken a significant step into the flatbed printing market with the installation of a Yotta Fr2513-R5 printer and Sinajet DK2513 cutter. Both machines were supplied by SOS (Service Offset Supplies).

Worldwide online printing platform HappyPrinting is proud to announce its partnership with DigiPress Ltd. for the launch of HappyPrinting in the United Kingdom. HappyPrinting UK offers photo gifts, wall art, personalised clothing, textile bags and a wide range of marketing materials.

Catherine Monson, CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc., and Chair of the International Franchising Association (IFA), was recently named to SeoSamba and 1851’s list of Top 100 Franchise Influencers.

PRINTING United Alliance today announces that registration has officially opened for the highly anticipated PRINTING United Expo 2021, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., on October 6-8. New this year is a three-phase Expo experience which further provides access to even more education, new product debuts, and more, for the industry around the globe.

As part of the UK City of Culture celebrations, Coventry University are transforming the former Civic Centre 2 building into a new research and academic facilities hub. The grade II-listed 1950s office block will be converted into a modern six-storey landmark building with over 11,000 m2 of floor space, whilst respecting key aspects of the property’s heritage. The regeneration will create new offices and world-class flexible teaching spaces alongside providing 36 apartments as accommodation for university staff and visiting lecturers. The site will also include public spaces for the wider community as a new cultural centre including a 350-seat ground floor auditorium, café, exhibition & gallery space, and an outdoor realm.

In an ongoing effort to support its resellers, partners, and customers, Epson today announced it is hosting a series of upcoming virtual events for its SureColor® professional wide-format printers. The ongoing interactive events will provide overviews on Epson’s latest technology, insight on applications, and state-of-the-art advancements in printing from Epson’s team of professional imaging experts as the printing industry enters a post-pandemic environment.

Building on its portfolio of 64” UVgel roll-to-roll printers, Canon today announces the launch of the new Colorado 1630, which will give customers access to all the advantages of UVgel technology at a lower investment. In turn this will allow large format companies to expand their business by addressing lower volumes in the market. Engineered for durability, reliability and stability, the Colorado 1630 base model is a smart investment choice. It can be configured according to each user’s unique business needs by adding modular options such as FLXfinish, a second media roll, and easy double-sided printing.

Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced huge savings with their new EOFY specials.

PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive printing and graphic arts association in North America, and event partner Empire Screen Printing, a leading manufacturer of screen-printed products; today announced that event registration for the Partners in Printing 2021 Expo is now open. Partners in Printing celebrates over a decade of hosting the event this year, which takes place July 20-22 at the La Crosse Convention Center in La Crosse, WI with health and safety measures in place. Registration for the three-day event includes a vendor fair with over 100 industry suppliers, Empire Screen Printing plant tours, networking events, concert acts, a charity golf outing, and more.

FLEXcon Company, Inc., an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, announced today the expansion of its FLEXcon® FLEXmark® line of house vinyls designed for wide-format advertising applications. The new products feature an embossed air egress liner which minimizes air entrapment behind the graphics, making installation easier.

After a turbulent year, it seems strange to be thinking about ‘after the pandemic’, but with millions of vaccinations underway, the light at the end of the tunnel is visible. As we turn the corner, choosing technology partners that understand how to proactively respond to changing market needs and support the evolving requirements of print businesses and end customers will be vital. The printers in Mimaki’s ‘100 series’ portfolio, which consists of the high quality, high productivity entry level roll-to-roll inkjet printers – the UJV100-160 UV and the JV100-160 solvent, and the high performance textile printer, the TS100-1600, are a perfect reflection of the way technology requirements are adapting in line with the industry as we look to the future. To demonstrate this, we have identified three post-pandemic technology touchpoints that will help print businesses target success amid uncertainty.

Roland DGA Corporation, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters, and other advanced digital devices, has announced a co-promotional partnership with Skip Barber Racing School, the premier racing and driving school in North America.

PressOn says it has secured several innovative graphics jobs during the uncertain pandemic period - following some spectacular pre-COVID projects - using its HP Latex R Series printer. Installed in April 2019 and updated to the 2020 edition a few months later, the HP Latex printer has enabled PressOn to meet demands for fast turnaround, exceptional quality and sustainability.

FESPA is introducing FIT – FESPA Innovations and Trends, a new series of live virtual events aimed at helping printers plan effectively for their business recovery.

FM Future, organisers of FuturePrint Virtual Events and owners of the FuturePrint platform has announced the launch of the FuturePrint Tech Fest, a forward-looking event focused on the technical development of print technology, taking place 29th-30th June. In an exciting move, the event will feature a combination of sessions delivered on-site at a central London studio as well as sessions produced remotely by partners and speakers worldwide.

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