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Sophie Matthews-Paul investigates this hybrid UV-curable entry-level machine, the Durst Omega 1, in our hands on feature.

It was really only a question of time before Durst made the decision to join the entry-level market with a UV-curable platform, and the company has now achieved this. The result is the 1.6m Omega 1, a compact yet solid hybrid engine which incorporates all of the Austrian manufacturer’s finely honed skills but at a price point which will appeal to those on a limited budget.

Belinda Holden in an independent built environment art consultant who works with architects, interior designers, council departments etc. and acts as an interface between these design and management teams and the print sector to explore the evolving range of graphics possibilities for public locations. The following is her take on the symbiotic relationship that can develop between the creative and print communities.

For the first time Northprint will highlight the potential of wide-format digital print via a special applications showcase. Here’s what to expect.

As wide-format expands its remit its attraction to would-be players is becoming more obvious, and with so many niche products and sectors that should not so much create a problem for those already involved in the market as serve to help educate a wider audience about the potential. To this end, Image Reports is working with Northprint to deliver a Wide-Format Applications Showcase this May.

Do we have an identity crisis?

Is print a manufacturing or a service industry? And does it matter which it is?
If we find it difficult to ‘brand’ ourselves how can we expect the outside world to understand what we’re about?

Digital wide-format printers have the versatility and capability to print directly to non-traditional materials. Melony Rocque-Hewitt looks at how this is creating new niche areas for PSPs.

A sheet of glass worth £90 is not very exciting. However, take the aforementioned sheet, print an image to its underside direct using a digital flatbed printer, and the same sheet of glass not only looks a whole lot more attractive but it’s probably worth somewhere in the region of £300.

Could you be doing something for your country as well as for yourself by sending more print abroad? Susan Haird, acting chief executive of UK Trade and Investment, explains that help is on hand to enable you to do so and offers her top tips.

Practicing what IT preaches

For OTW Imaging sustainability is crucial to ethical business practice. Now it has set up ECOTW, a new eco-friendly division to provide greener print. Here’s why…

Sophie Matthews-Paul provides guidelines on getting the quality you expect.

It’s a bit like like buying a new car; we all want a bargain but most of us also need a quality motor that won’t let us down and will match the claimed running costs and service charges. And, of course, we would like it to hold its value as the years pass to make sure that it’s been a worthwhile purchase. A wide-format inkjet printer is a similar type of investment, but it also needs to be able to return a profit.

We give you the heads up on what you can expect in terms of large-format digital developments at Sign and Digital UK at the NEC, 12 – 14 April.

The regular flow of investment and installation stories coming through since the start of 2011 supports what all the market indicators have suggested – that large-format digital inkjet is still growing apace and that the sector will see continued equipment purchasing through the year. The last Image Reports Widthwise Report (summer 2010), which analysed data from over 200 UK and Ireland printers involved in large-format, showed that 72% were planning to buy new equipment specifically to take them into new niches/markets and indications from the current data being polled is that this continues to be the case. So, it’s a safe assumption that many of you will be looking to see what’s new on the market and therefore be a likely visitor to Sign and Digital UK at the NEC this April.

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