Kall Kwik is offering a helping hand to charities and community groups across the country this month by inviting local fundraisers to take part in its 'Think Big' initiative. Those charities that enter the associated competition will be in with a chance of winning free design, print and promotional activity provided by Kall Kwik. The winning entries will be selected by participating centres and provided with a range of complimentary print and design services including the creation of large-scale promotional material to be displayed in a prominent location with the aim of boosting awareness and raising the charity's profile in the local community.
There is now a global warranty programme for the Avery Graphics-brand self-adhesive signmaking, digital, and screen printing media. The Integrated Component System (ICS) Warranty Programme is offered at two levels - ICS Performance Guarantee and ICS Platinum Warranty - and replaces the Avery Supreme Cover warranty previously used in Europe. The aim is to provide assurance that Avery Graphics products will perform exactly as they should, from production through conversion and application, and for the entire life of the applied graphic.
First UK installation of Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2 at ReproArts
The UK's first Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2 has been bought by Norfolk-based ReproArts. Production Director Paul Hill said: "We first saw the Acuity X2 in action earlier this year and placed our order at Sign and Digital UK. Although it has been a major investment for the company, we knew when we saw it that it was just what we were looking for in terms of its print area of 3.05m x 2.5m edge to edge. That really is a massive sheet size.
Icon Graphics in Bletchley has bought the UK's first EFI Vutek QS3220. Director Neville Tosar said the flexibility of the roll-to-roll/flatbed UV printer, its 3.2m width and high production speed (up to 84m2/hr) make it the right machine for the growing company.
Large-format print will be a core part of the fifth annual PrintIT! competition which targets students undertaking GCSEs in Graphic Products and Product Design. More than 200 schools have pre-registered to take part in the 2009/2010 competition which will challenge students to design a print-based campaign to promote Fairtrade products in supermarkets.
RealVue3D version 3.9 from FFEI provides access to all the latest features and special effects in one package. The software lets designers convert any multi-page PDF document into an interactive 3D visualization that can be rotated and viewed from any angle. The package contains features to depict the creative effects used, from stock selection - textures, gloss, matt, tint - to more sophisticated effects such as embossing, varnishing, foiling and die-cuts.
Advanced job planning and imposition module Metrix SE is now available from Screen for users of its Trueflow SE PDF workflow system. The Screen Edition of Metrix SE is specially adapted version of LithoTechnics' product that features enhanced JDF connectivity with Trueflow SE.
Sun Chemical and its parent company DIC Corporation have created a single, co-ordinated global structure for the inkjet market under the name SunJet. The new structure will fully leverage both organisations' technical expertise in pigments, dispersions, polymers and formulation chemistry.
Hybrid make slash costs of Mimaki's flexible LED UV inks
At a time when there's been industry-wide price increases, in most cases put down to the weakness of the pound, Mimaki's exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, Hybrid Services, announced this week that its has knocked 25% off the price off its flexible UV ink.
The ImagePerfect range of media from Spandex has been expanded to include 100% PVC-free materials specifically designed for large-format digital inkjet printing. The new materials are compatible with all eco-solvent and solvent inks, as well as UV-cured inks and are suitable for use in an extensive range of indoor and outdoor signage applications. The polyolefin products are both plasticiser- and chlorine-free and feature a specially-developed top-coating for vibrant, high quality printability.
The JFX-1631 grand format, flatbed printer tops Mimaki's range of UV printers and boasts a low power consumption, long lasting and low heat emitting LED UV curing system for efficiency. One inherent feature of the LED technology is that it requires no 'warm up' time, so can be switched on and off as required, reducing energy consumption and extending the life of the LEDs to somewhere in the region of 5,000 hours.
Converting textured surfaces into promotional tools
Many textured building surfaces that have proved 'off-limits' for promotional signs and graphics due to the need for a graphic film that could effectively be applied to them could benefit from the new Scotchcal IJ8624/8624ES Graphic Film for Textured Surfaces.