Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the ColorPainter Series printers have been integrated into the company’s offerings. This follows the January 2020 announcement from Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. (Japan) concluding an exclusive international sales agreement for the distribution of OKI Data’s ColorPainter™ printers, consumables, and maintenance parts.

Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF1850 Rebound® Ultra Lite, a lightweight version of its popular GF2000 Rebound® printable carpet, to its Grand Format lineup for dye sublimation printing.

Contra Vision has launched a brand-new website making it the most comprehensive site in the world for product information, technical know-how and inspirational ideas for the world of one-way vision graphics.

After a rigorous selection process, Erdal Printing & Label, a leading Turkish label printing company, selected Screen's Truepress Jet L350UV+ printer to meet its customers’ demand for high-durability labels. The L350UV+ allows Erdal to print industrial labels that are resistant to chemicals, bad weather, temperature swings, and other extreme conditions. This is crucial for its customers in the automotive, defence and other industries where durability of labels is paramount.

The 7th drupa Global Trends Report will be published in April 2020. The results, from a survey conducted before the outbreak of the corona virus and the postponement of drupa to April 2021, show a global industry that remained positive but reflected more challenging global economic conditions. Packaging and Functional market sectors are better placed than Publishing and Commercial. North America remains buoyant but confidence has slipped in Europe and across all other regions. Developing regions are held back by concerns about political instability and corruption, while developed regions are nervous of an inevitable cyclical economic downturn. There is constant pressure on margins but increasingly the better companies counter this by continual innovation. Investment plans remain strong, as printers and suppliers all recognise the need to remain competitive.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions, has announced its global contribution to the combat against the COVID-19 pandemic. By dedicating its resources and mobilizing its network of over 100 customers and distributors worldwide, high quality, ergonomic PPE Face Shields have been conceived and produced to address the urgent demand by medical teams caring for the victims of the pandemic. Massivit 3D’s unique, high-speed additive manufacturing technology allows for the supply of hundreds of face shields off each machine, every day.

HP Inc.’s print service providers (PSPs) are mobilizing industrial facilities worldwide to deliver print products and help in the global effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Many PSPs are working with limited staff to adhere to health regulations, while retooling production lines to support the effort.

Warwick Printing has installed a huge storefront wall graphic using Drytac ReTac, building excitement for a new beauty store.

FESPA today announces that its flagship Latin American event, FESPA Brasil, will return to Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo from 23 - 25 September 2020. The event, which was due to take place from 18 - 21 March 2020, had to be postponed due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Organisers of the inaugural UK Graphic Awards, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 15th September, have issued a statement filled with positivity and encouragement for the UK graphics industry, whilst encouraging those with some downtime to use it in a positive and productive way whilst bringing their teams together - virtually, of course!

Tectonics is a brand-new application from HYBRID Software which saves Flexo plate material and optimizes the use of your Flexo CTP devices. The software allows Flexo customers to automatically optimize the layout of their jobs, reduce waste and optimize CTP usage. As a result, the software has a typical return-on-investment within the first six months.

After a comprehensive investigation of the label market, Label Products has invested in a Tau 330 RSC E inkjet press from Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Wifac to continue organic expansion. “With our spread of markets and a strong commercial presence in Belgium, the Netherlands and France we are going to benefit from that growth,” says Matthias Dhondt, Production Manager at the company based in Waregem, Belgium. “Our investment in the Tau 330 RSC E plays a key role.”

Print Media Centr is opening up its LinkedIn community to provide the print industry with a unique online learning opportunity by creating the largest online classroom in print history, offering the global audience a much-needed outlet for information gathering and sharing, interaction with key players, and a space to create new partnerships.

Xeikon, with more than 30 years of innovation and experience in digital printing, today reported it is launching a new digital label press based on next-generation Cheetah 2.0 technology. As demand grows for mass customization, shorter lead times and more product diversification, the new Xeikon CX300 digital label press is an innovation solution that keeps both label converters and their brand owner customers at the forefront of a rapidly evolving industry.

swissQprint presents new options to broaden the already wide range of applications for its large format printers: orange to expand the colour gamut and varnish for the Karibu roll to roll printer.

In response to the current crisis the world is experiencing, FM Future announces the first FuturePrint Virtual Summit (2-4 June 2020).

Xitron, a subsidiary of Global Graphics PLC and the developer of the Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow products for commercial, flexo, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing, has approved a plan to assist printing companies affected by shutdowns due to the worldwide pandemic. The program allows printers to purchase necessary RIP and workflow software with little cash outlay and interest-free payments, enabling them to direct resources to employee retention and consumables.

Completion of the process aimed at putting in place a new shareholding structure for Antalis with the signing of a binding put option agreement by Kokusai Pulp and Paper for the purchase of all the shares held by Sequana, Antalis’ majority shareholder, a share purchase agreement for the purchase of all the shares held by Bpifrance Participations, as well as a restructuring agreement with Antalis and the lenders of its existing syndicated credit facility. Upon completion of the announced transactions, Kokusai Pulp and Paper will launch a simplified cash tender offer on all remaining shares of Antalis.

Even in these days of sheltering-in-place, print communication remains a viable and vital medium. From workbooks distributed to recently home-bound students to the printed guidelines displayed at each daily briefing from the White House, print is employed more and more thanks to its universality. While most people do not realize Xante’s global reach, one longtime customer, Coquette Printing of Algiers, Algeria, recently found a way to send a message of responsibility and safety through print as they also deal with the global pandemic. Using his tried-and-true Xante’ Ilumina digital press, he printed a sign reminding everyone of the importance of staying isolated when not feeling healthy.

In such a time as this, where we need to show the excellence of the Italian industry even more than ever, Acimga has decided to put its efforts for rotogravure in the creation of an online webinar, open and accessible to an international audience. Following the creation of The Italian Rotogravure Group in 2019, the association which gathers manufacturers of printing, converting and packaging machines has transformed the physical event scheduled in Florence, with a wider concept in mind.

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