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On 15 May Sun Chemical will increase the price of all inks and coatings containing acrylic derivatives. The company said disruption in the production of certain building blocks used in the making of inks and coatings, such as styrene and acrylic acid, will cause price increases of up to 8% in the cost of all water-based and UV/EB inks and coatings depending on the amount of raw material used and geographical region amongst other factors. Other product lines may also be affected depending on the evolution of important raw materials such as nitrocellulose, distillates, solvents and soya oils among others. 

EFI has recorded revenue slightly down for the first quarter of 2017 set against the same period last year. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, it reported revenue of $228.7m, down 2% ($234.1m) on the 2016 period. GAAP net income was $5.5m, up 160% compared to $2.1m for the same period in 2016. Non-GAAP net income was $25.8m, down 2% compared to non-GAAP net income of $26.3m for the same period in 2016. Cashflow from operating activities was $14.9m, up 66% compared to $9m . during the same period in 2016.

Fespa has announced the line-up for the 2017 Printeriors Conference aimed at showing designers just what is possible when using print for interior decor. The programme, which will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 during Fespa 2017, will comprise three main sessions: The interior trends you'll be loving in 2017/18; Inspiration hour, stand out from the crowd; and Design beyond your eyes.

Innotech will showcase eight new roller banner ranges at Fespa 2017. “Our new roller banners - from the contemporary, cylindrical Compass to the wave-shaped Valiant and the superwide Panorama - suit every taste and budget,” said Gavin Dallow, international sales manager.

William Smith has added 17 more colours and finishes to its stock. They include eight new satin colours, seven new ColorFlow colours, one addition in the Diamond series and two European gloss colours. The new colours are available to order in 1.52 x 25m roll size.

DP Lenticular has brought out the first large-format Motion lens lenticular sheet to be designed and extruded in Europe. Motion 20 LPI UV-LF, which has a viewing angle of 54 degrees and a thickness of 1.95mm, is suitable for the production of animation lenticular images on digital printers and flatbed printers direct to the lens or via lamination. It can be finished on an automatic cutting table, manual cutting machine or a flatbed laser plotter.

HP has used ISA Sign Expo HP to introduce 54in HP Latex 315 and 64in HP Latex 335 print and cut solutions. The company also extended the media offering for its Latex printers with a new series of textiles for soft signage applications. 

A new line of LED curing UV large-format printers will be shown by swissQprint at at Fespa 2017- with two different flatbed sizes and two productivity levels. The Swiss manufacturer states that they have refined the mechanical basis of its existing printers for greater precision, but it is keeping other detail under wraps until the event next month.

New from SAi is +EnRoute for Flexi - an add-on to Flexi version 11 and 12 - for faster and easier output of Flexi-designed 2D signage to CNC machines.

At Fespa 2017 Mutoh will première a new flex LED UV inkset (CMYK, white and varnish) that has been developed to extend the application capabilities of its ValueJet hybrid LED UV printers. The company will also show new printers, including the recently announced 64in-wide ValueJet 1604WX dye-sublimation printer, and a 75in-wide ValueJet 1948WX high-speed sublimation printer. The new ValueJet VJ-626UF six-colour A2-size flatbed LED UV printer will also be shown. 

Industry stalwarts Ben Moss and Rob Kelly have invested in StackaWraps – a Stockport-based company that provides large-scale 3D versions of products for marketing purposes.

Among new products and services being introduced by Durst at Fespa 2017 will be a standalone kiosk system equipped with 120 degree camera technology, that at the show will be integrated into a textile workflow process in order to demonstrate new design and product variations. Details are being kept under wraps until the event, where the company will also show new machine analytics, service options and developments to the P10 series of printers with the Rho P10 250 HS Plus, alongside the new Rho 512R Plus, 3.2m Rhotex 325 for soft signage, and Rho WT 250 flatbed incorporating Durst’s Water Technology. 

Hybrid Software is joining The Ghent Workgroup thereby committing to supporting and incorporating the GWG specifications into its offerings.