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The BPIF is asking for the whole industry’s help to ensure single standard apprenticeships do not reduce levels of expertise in print. The federation has issued the following open letter in a bid to get PSPs involved.

A graphics/banner kit called ‘Conference in a Case’ has been brought to market by Insite Graphics. It is designed to be carried on aircraft as luggage, rather than transported as freight, with a lightweight wheeled suitcase containing one of Insite’s ‘Galaxy’ backdrops, three roller banners, six window stickers and six floor stickers.

The Q4 seasonal upturn for the UK printing industry was better than expected - trade is forecast to at least hold steady for the majority in Q1 2017.

At Sign and Digital UK Drytac Europe will use the stand of its exclusive UK distributor Antalis for the European debut of its Protac Anti-Bacterial film. This 6mil textured polyester laminating film is said to provide good resistance to abrasion, making it useful for exhibitions and POP displays as well as in areas where hygiene is a key issue. It is resistant to chemicals and many common household cleaners.

New from Aslan is RP 36, a transparent rear projection film that allows multimedia elements to be integrated with POS or shop window designs. Also added to the Aslan range is SE 75, a highly reflective, scratch-resistant mirror effect film.

Alan Rigglesford, former MD of defunct Clicks and made MD of London-based Kingswood iOptus last week, expects to take the latter’s turnover from £5m to £7.5m in the next 12 months. He expects at least £2m of that higher figure to come from Kingswood Display, the large-format arm formed last summer and operating in Swanley, Kent.

Suffolk-based Stylize Display Graphics has installed an Anapurna H3200i LED printer with a dual roll-to-roll option and flatbed capability to replace its Agfa Anapurna M2500i. It is the first Anapurna H3200i LED to be installed in the UK.

The moving printhead carriage of a swissQprint UV printer immediately halts should it come into contact with a person or object thanks to new software. The system also stops instantly if there is a danger of the printhead grazing the substrate, typically where there are undulations or raised edges. Printing is resumed at exactly the same point where the printhead carriage came to rest.

Signs Express (Warrington) has donated £2,500 to Liverpool John Lennon Airport to kick start the team’s fundraising efforts. LJLA has vowed to raise £100,000 over the next 12 months for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, a cause that is also close to Signs Express (Warrington’s) heart.

Cyrus Norton has plans to double Digital Factory’s £2m turnover by 2021 and central to them are new Durst P10 200 and Durst Rho 312 systems. For the managing director of the Farnborough, Hampshire, wide-format specialist, the new printers are the final stage of a £1.7m investment that supports a move to grand format production.

Worcester-based creative communications agency drp has come up with a life-size Formula E race car floor graphic for Jaguar. The objective is to encourage all Jaguar Land Rover staff to get behind the Jaguar Formula E race team by getting them to ‘FanBoost'. The top three drivers with the most FanBoosts are awarded a temporary boost in power in each ePrix - so getting their staff behind it provided multiple benefits!