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McGowans Print is taking an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press for its Dublin factory. It’s the second printer of its type to be installed worldwide, and according to McGowans CEO Malcolm McGowan, “it checks all the boxes for point-of-sale applications and it allows us to quickly enter the packaging market as well."

Fespa 2017 is being used by HP to introduce new Latex 3600 and 3200 printers, HP PageWide XL Advanced Suite, flexible signage printing for the HP Scitex 17000 Press, and HP PrintOS for latex and Scitex HDR printers. HP has also announced that commercial availability of its Durable Backlit Fabric - in widths up to 2.95m - will be October this year. Widths of up to 3.2m are expected to be available by the end of 2017.

MTEX has announced three new digital direct-to-textile printers. 

The 1.9m MTEX Dragon roll-to-roll printer has eight heads and is available in either four or eight colours. Aimed at the sign, display graphics and interior décor market, the MTEX Dragon can print up to 137m2/hr with four colours at 720dpi.

The Versa Tech 2 developed by Blackman and White in conjunction with US-based MCT - and which won the SGIA Product of the Year Award for Finishing-Routers/Cutters - is being introduced into Europe at Fespa 2017.

Mimaki is developing a 3D printer – currently known as the 3DUJ-P – based on its UV technology. The machine, which will produce models up to 500 x 500 x300mm, was announced at Fespa 2017 and is expected to be available before the end of 2017. It will cost around 200,000 Euro.

Ricoh is using Fespa 2017 to launch the Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 direct-to-garment printers incorporating its piezo-electric printhead technology. Aimed at those wanting to handle promotional printing on items like T-shirts, cloth bags, hoodies, sweatshirts and socks, the Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 can print on a range of materials. 

A new event designed to show creatives what can be achieved with innovative digitally printed applications will run at the RAI in Amsterdam, 17 - 19 April 2018. It is being organised by FM Brooks - which runs InPrint - and will run alongside Building Holland, a construction exhibition attended by architects, interior design, and production companies.

Agfa is showcasing its new Jeti Tauro H2500 LED UV printer at Fespa 2017 this week. The 2.5m wide hybrid inkjet printer also has an integrated roll-to-roll system for continuous and automated media feeding.

France-based Senfa is introducing its Sublimis range of fabric for transfer and direct sublimation printing at Fespa 2017 as part of the Decoprint offering. It is initially available in 3.1m-wide roll but the product line will be expanded to widths of up to 5m.


Aslan has brought out additions to its WrapTheHouse digitally printable films for the decoration of rough wall surfaces. For application in places where reflections ought to be avoided, users have a choice of two new matt facade films - either white or transparent. These self-adhesive films retain their matt finish even after application and do not require any additional protective laminate. The variants come with a weatherproof adhesive. 

Inca Digital is set to launch a B1 inkjet printer at Fespa 2017 in Hamburg next week. The new machine - built on the same platform as the Onset X and the SpyderX – will be distributed globally by both Inca and parent company Fujifilm. The latter will have it on its Fespa stand.