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The 65th Signs Express outlet has opened in the UK. The new Swindon operation is under the ownership of husband and wife team Chris and Kelly Seston.

CMYUK has made yet more new appointments, including Damien Clarke as key account manager within the digital printing materials division, and Sarah Neate as digital marketing manager.

At Fespa 2017 in May Folex will introduce water resistant, nanoporous substrates. New will be a white, high gloss, permanent adhesive vinyl with a water resistant layer for high print speed throughput and fast ink absorption.

Avery Dennison has completed the acquisition of Hanita Coatings - a pressure-sensitive materials manufacturer of specialty films and laminates - from Kibbutz Hanita and Tene Investment Funds.

swissQprint has issued statement saying that due to business irregularities, Lukio Co - its Japanese distribution partner - has unexpectedly ceased its operational activities. swissQprint has established a Japanese subsidiary - swissQprint Japan KK - in order to continue operating in this market. It is based in the Greater Tokyo area and has taken over all the services provided by the former partner.

Signage and vehicle branding company DeSigns has recently handled a contract to cover several sun-damaged panels at South Hunsley School. Its long-standing consumables supplier William Smith suggested Avery Dennison Facade Film for the project, which used White Aluminium Gloss FF RAL 9006, and was finished within 16 hours.

Fespa has put more meat on the bones of Printeriors at Fespa 2017 as it ramps up marketing for interior design showcase. Again presented in the style of hotel, it will incorporate room sets created using not just digital print - as in 2016 - but with screenprinting too, to highlight possibilities in the fields of printed flooring, wallpaper, soft furnishings (including bed linen and curtains), ceramics, glass, mirrored surfaces, furniture and decorative textiles.

Mexican eatery Barburrito has unveiled a new look in its Union Square restaurant in Aberdeen thanks to Leach.

Nazdar Ink Technologies has released the 730 Series of UV inkjet inks. It is suitable for acrylics, Lexan, reinforced vinyl banner, pressure-sensitive vinyl, window cling, styrene, Sintra, rigid polyethylene, fluted polypropylene, foam board, polycarbonate, Teslin synthetic paper and Dibond.

Signs Express has helped launch a brand refresh for planning and development consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP), which has changed its name to Lichfields.

Jim Brotton, Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) co-founder and director, has passed away aged 69. As as technical director he founded the company with MD Nick Geddes in November 2006. 

In the fourth Drupa Global Trends report – which harnesses data from almost 850 printers and 300+ suppliers in the survey run by Printfuture - 42% of printers described their business as in a ‘good’ economic condition in 2016, with just 11% reporting it as ‘poor’, a net balance of +31%, the highest recorded global result of the report series. Prospects for 2017 are better with a net balance of +46%.