Fri, Apr

Fespa has started its second global Print Census, with the first data collected at the recent Fespa Asia show in Bangkok. The Census will close for entries on 31 December this year.

Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has appointed Adam Booth as its new national hardware sales manager. The move follows on from the recent appointment of Dave Moore as media sales manager.

Signs Express has opened a new centre in Watford, with new franchisee David Halliday at the helm. The centre, based in the Empire Centre, is home to a HP Latex 335 printer plus other print, design and finishing systems to handle signage, displays, vehicle graphics, banners etc.

Antalis is to create an American diner inspired stand for Sign and Digital UK, where everything - from the walls through to light shades - will constructed from materials from its range visual communications media. In addition, the business will be launching new hardware partnerships at the show.

John Herrera has been voted Britain’s Top Designer with the haute couture collection he designed and printed using Epson digital printers (see http://www.imagereportsmag.co.uk/news/7796-epson-partnerships-help-push-the-boundaries-of-digital-print)

Fespa’s biennial international exhibition for digital wide-format, screen and textile print will become an annual event from this year. Following the trade show in Hamburg on 8 - 12 May 2017, the next iterations will take place in Berlin and Munich in May 2018 and 2019 respectively. Fespa Digital, which has focused specifically on digital wide-format technologies, will be replaced by the wider reaching event.

InkTec will introduce its new Jetrix LXi8 LED-UV flatbed printer at Sign and Digital UK. The 3.2m wide LXi8 can run at up to 206m2/hr and uses InkTec's latest generation LED-UV ink. It is fitted with the latest generation Konica Minolta printheads and has a top print resolution of 1,080 x 720dpi. It can handle media up to 100mm thick.

Martyn Young, MD of First 2 Print t/a Precision Printing North, has been killed in an accident at the Sunderland facility. He died on Friday 17 February in an incident involving a forklift truck. No other members of staff were involved.

Lincoln-based Your Print Partner (YPP) is now up and running in its new1950m2 headquarters, where it has taken delivery of Mimaki JFX200 flatbed and UJV55-320 3.2m roll fed UV printers from reseller RA Smart.

Graphtec GB will demonstrate its new FCX2000 series of flatbed plotter/cutters at Sign and Digital UK. They are available in three sizes (920 x 610, 920 x 1,200 and 920 x 1,800mm) and a choice of either a vacuum suction or electrostatic material hold-down facility. The plotter/cutters have a maximum cutting force of 9.8N and a maximum cutting speed of 400mm/sec.

Fespa has launched its Wrap Masters Design Competition, inviting contestants to create a striking design for a Formula 4S speed boat that will be used by the Haugaard Racing Team in the 2017 World Formula 4 UIM Powerboat Championship.

Blackman and White will showcase a number of new technical developments on the Versa-Tech laser/router/knife cutter at Sign and Digital UK. These include: a new electric high oscillating speed knife unit; improved changeover from knife to laser; and a 60mm diameter creasing wheel, enabling users to crease all media board types, including corrugated material.

The BPIF is asking for the whole industry’s help to ensure single standard apprenticeships do not reduce levels of expertise in print. The federation has issued the following open letter in a bid to get PSPs involved.