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Agfa Graphics has released StoreFront 4.0. The Cloud-based Web-to-print software now features responsive stores, a ‘save for quote’ functionality and packaging algorithms for cost-effective shipping. A new packaging type has been introduced for posters, banners and alike types of signage - these products can now be combined on a single packaging roll.

At Sign and Digital UK Roland DG showed – for the first time in Europe – a product from its subsidiary from InClix called Creative Media Maker 

Lampe Textiles owned Squid will make its Fespa debut in May with a window film of the same name. Already known among interior designers and architects in an unprinted format, the self-adhesive, transparent, woven fabric can be applied directly on to windows or walls and it can be printed by various methods.

At Fespa 2017 com2C will present caleidoscop branded media for backlit projects, including the new speciality textile BacklitTex 195 OVESS SM W RF. The satin-gloss backlit polyester is being marketed kink-free substrate that prevents ink cracks and white showing through after folding, and that is almost predestined for folded shipping and use in aluminium frame systems.

Canon UK has opened its new showroom, The Centre, in Birmingham. The facility will provide demonstrations of a least 14 of Canon’s top print devices as well its software. Devices include the Arizona 1280GT UV flatbed printer. Third third-party finishing devices are also at the centre.

Feldmuehle has added high basis weights to its VivaCardrange of high-white, matt SBS boards. VivaCard C1S, which was previously available in 220 - 330gsm, is now also available in basis weights of 350 and 380gsm. The VivaCard C2Srange, previously available in 200 – 330gsm, has been expanded with three new basis weights - 360, 380 and 410gsm. 

Mactac will show various new media at Fespa 2017, including a chrome wrap with a matt surface. The new TF 900 FlexChrome BF series is available in ten chrome-finish colours, and delivers an effect Mactac said can best be described as “where liquid meets metal.”

‘Self healing’ films, which eliminate small scratches, will also debut.

For those of you interested in hearing more on the impact of digital signage, note that the first Global Digital Signage Conference will take place Thursday, 11 May as part of London Digital Signage Week. 

CMYUK has signed an agreement with Esko whereby it will take responsibility for new mainland UK sales of Esko hardware and software into the sign and digital market. Esko will continue to service its key account and legacy customer base, and its own engineering and support teams will continue to supply aftersales service and support for all Esko system sales.

Octink has introduced Print Guardian, an in-house developed bespoke Web-to-print system that allows customers to place signage orders online from smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as from a desktop computer. Orders can be placed 24/7 for standard signage or a customised design. “With its customisable tools and proofing features, Print Guardian is particularly effective at ensuring branding is consistent from design to completion,” added Octink MD Mike Freely.

FESPA has announced Patrick Charrier of Bazoom Studio, France, as the winner of its World Wrap Masters Design Competition.