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Zund Plotting Systems (UK) has become a subsidiary of Zund Systemtechnik. Tim Taylor, founder and commercial director of the St Albans-based operation - which has been an official distribution and service partner of Zund Systemtechnik since 1993 - will remain with the company, heading up UK sales. Newly appointed managing director, Stuart Cole, will oversee daily operations.

PM Theresa May has visited Octink in Brentford, the second visit by a Prime Minster to the company in under six years - David Cameron visited in 2011. Brexit, apprenticeships and the importance of family owned businesses to the economy were discussed at the latest meeting. May sat in on a round table event before undertaking a factory tour and a Q&A with staff.

Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) has doubled its production facilities. The Cambridge-based company - which has been in inkjet development for a decade - has moved its production department to Edinburgh House in St John’s Innovation Park, where it also has test space and capacity for further expansion. The whole company will make the move in the summer.

The new BPIF ‘Printing Outlook’ survey shows 45% of printers increased output levels in the first quarter of 2017. A further 37% held output steady whilst 18% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +27 - only marginally down from +29 in Q4. The latest Q1 balance compares very favourably to last year’s equivalent Q1 balance of -1, and is the most positive Q1 report for three years. 

Independent print systems supplier CMYUK has appointed Nick Reed as its Esko business manager. The move follows news in April that the distributor was taking over responsibility for all new mainland UK sales of Esko hardware and software to the sign and digital market. 

The European Digital Press (EDP) Association has presented its 11th annual EDP Awards at Fespa 2017. From more than 150 entries, 31 products were awarded with a trophy. The winners were:

Christian Duyckaerts has been inaugurated as the new president of Fespa. He becomes the 17th president of the global federation of associations for the wide-format printing community, and will be supported during his two-year tenure by vice-president Christophe Aussenac.

The winners of Fespa’s 2017 Awards have been revealed at its annual Gala Dinner, which took place at the show in Hamburg last week. The winners of the application categories were: