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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:

Esko, which acquired MediaBeacon two years ago, is releasing an integrated packaging and marketing process and digital asset management solution to help brands and marketers deliver consistent content across digital, social and packaging consumer touchpoints. It aims to streamline complex creation, approval and deployment processes across multiple teams and locations. 

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.