The Schiele Group’s motto is “Print Smarter,” but with its recent acquisition of an EFI™ VUTEk® h5 superwide-format inkjet solution from Electronics For Imaging, Inc., it could easily become “Print Faster.” Founded in 1948 by Henry Schiele and now headed by second-generation family member John Schiele, the Chicago-based company prints nearly a billion pieces of printed materials each year using multiple formats, including sheetfed, large- and small-format digital printing, as well as sheetfed and web offset.

French printing software company Caldera has announced the support of the new Roland IU-1000F printer for CalderaRIP Version 14. This new driver expands the award-winning software’s long list of supported peripherals for wide-format production.

Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces that the company’s flagship Helix®digital cylinder printers can now print on a wide variety of small diameter vessels.

Agfa opened their new 3,500 sq ft Inkjet Competence Centre in Rugby last week with a sizzling BBQ in the sunshine. It was an event that was timed to perfection with customers and suppliers in abundance enjoying one of the first face-to-face gatherings the industry has seen for some time.

One of Poland's largest producers of comprehensive branding solutions is expanding its product portfolio with the industry's leading platform for high quality, high productivity large format print.

GSP, a leading provider of high-impact visual solutions for the retail market, is expanding their production capabilities with the addition of the first Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED system in the U.S. The company delivers in-store marketing programs to more than 70,000 nationwide retail locations from its four G7-certified print facilities.

Quality Print Services (QPS), the one-stop shop for the wide-format print market, has been announced as the official UK distributor for ColorJet's leading range of UV flatbed and soft signage printers.

French printing software company Caldera has announced the support of the new Durst Rho 2500 printer for CalderaRIP Version 14. This new driver expands the award-winning software’s long list of supported peripherals for wide-format production.

Simpson Print of Bloomingdale, Canada, have installed their third swissQprint Nyala flatbed printer. They expect the retail market to take off again soon and are ready to meet the increased demand as well as new customer requirements. Key is a holistic concept.

Sound Control Services in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire has installed an EFI VUTEk Pro 32r from CMYUK.

The Jeti Tauro H3300 from Agfa enabled mixed offset and inkjet large-format printing company Beyaert Printing to expand the offering to its customers.

Canon today (29th June) announces the launch of the new Arizona 135 GT flatbed printer, offering sign makers, print service providers and offset and screen printers, among others, a smart technology investment to fulfil new business opportunities. Whether you are starting out in the rigid applications, large format graphics industry or are looking to further diversify into new applications, the Arizona 135 GT delivers the proven benefits of the award-winning Arizona series – high image quality, impressive productivity and reliability, application versatility and excellent total cost of ownership – at a smart investment level. Manufactured in Poing, Germany, with the same industrial-build quality and heritage as all other Arizona models, the Arizona 135 GT further demonstrates its value by being able to create impressive applications across an extensive range of not only rigid media but, with its field upgradable Roll Media Option, of flexible media too.

DME Visual is a premier grand format printing and design company offering various visual products and services that elevate brands and make lasting impressions. From large-scale branded environments, portable, retail, and trade show displays, signs and banners, custom graphics, and POP/POS, DME Visual is known for approaching projects with an “out of the box” mentality. Based in Daytona Beach, FL, DME Visual is a subsidiary of DME Delivers, a nationwide business solutions provider of superior direct marketing campaigns.

Haletra is a company based in the town of Houthalen, Belgium. For the first time in their history, they are taking the step towards large-format printing. And they are doing this in style right away with the installation of an Anapurna H2500i LED hybrid printer. Haletra Managing Director Koen Braem explains: “This investment is actually the first step in setting up a totally new department within Haletra, which will expand our customer base as well as our service offering.”

Mimaki held its global Innovation Days event (2-4 June 2021) to great success. The event brought together printers, journalists and experts from Mimaki Japan, USA and Europe, to nurture innovation in the sign graphics, industrial, textile and 3D markets and drive success within the industry. The global event also introduced the market to Mimaki’s recent product releases, the JFX550, JFX600 and SUJV-160.

A leader in custom printing, specializing in wide- and grand-format graphics, Olympus Group has provided branding solutions for over 125 years. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, Olympus Group conducts business with recognizable high-profile clients, providing custom print solutions, as well as custom mascot characters, across a variety of markets including tradeshows & events, sports teams, entertainment, and branded environments.

Following several years of successful Acuity Ultra installations since its launch in 2018, and as part of Fujifilm’s strategy to create the new blueprint for wide format, Fujifilm today (9th June) announces the launch of the Acuity Ultra R2.

Fujifilm’s stylishly designed new Acuity Prime flatbed prints at exceptionally high quality to a range of rigid and flexible media.

Ben Ashdown, Managing Director at Magna Signs in Nuneaton, sums up the extraordinary impact of the wide-format hybrid 3.2m Agfa Anapurna H3200i, purchased through Josero. The main challenge facing Magna Signs was volume; there was too much demand for the business to meet in-house, particularly as the volume from a large contract with one of their key clients was increasing.

Hungarian poster printing company R+R Ltd has significantly sped up its production process and drastically reduced delivery times to customers since it began using Nazdar LWU770 UV LED inks on a new printer.

In light of numerous market changes affecting costs for materials, components, chemicals, global freight and logistics, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. will be implementing price increases for its inkjet inks, parts and supplies. EFI™ will be implementing the price changes – which will apply to inks, supplies and printer parts across EFI’s VUTEk®, Wide-Format, Reggiani, Cretaprint®, Nozomi and Cubik product lines – as of July 1, 2021.

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