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Xaar company Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS) will open a new office in California in September to meet the demands of new and prospective customers on the west coast of the US.

The global market for inkjet printing will grow at a rate of 9.4% year-on-year and will be worth $109bn in 2023 according to ‘The Future of Inkjet Printing to 2023’, a new market report from Smithers Pira. This contrasts with the general outlook for the print industry where growth is occurring at 0.8% annually.

6 in 10 working people fear that greater workplace surveillance through technology will fuel distrust (65%) and discrimination (66%), according to research for ‘I’ll Be Watching You’, a TUC report published 17 August.

A new range of Vion window films from William Smith boasts various patterns for privacy glass applications. The polymeric films have a new five-year durability guarantee and come in 40 patterns, with a scratch-resist matt finish.

Xaar is inviting tile manufacturers to its stand at Tecnargilla (24-28 September 2018 in Rimini, Italy) to see its 2001+ printhead family with High Laydown (HL) Technology. On the Xaar stand will be tile samples provided by Indian company Scientifica Tiles to demonstrate how the 720dpi printhead family can replicate small features, such as rock veins and grains of sand.

The Speciality Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is to hold its first-ever wrap challenge at the SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, 18-20 October). The Wrap Team Challenge - which gives installers the chance to test their wrapping speed and skills against their peers - will take place each day of the show on the PDAA stand. Two-person teams will wrap the side of a car in 20 minutes or less, and PDAA Master Certified installers will evaluate the job based on the speed and quality of their work. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top ranked participants, with the first-place team receiving $2,000; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500. The competition begins on Thursday 18 October, with 24 teams competing. The lot will be narrowed to 12 teams on Friday, and then six teams will compete for the championship on the closing Saturday. Each day of the competition will use vinyl provided by the day’s sponsoring manufacturer: Arlon Graphics (day one), Ritrama (day two) and 3M (day three). Attendees can watch the competition from the booth’s Orafol sponsored WrapQuest area, where they can also test substrates on a variety of surfaces and get tips from experts. Registration for the Wrap Team Challenge is $150 per two-person team.

Digitally printable synthetic substrates company Kernow has appointed a new VP of sales and marketing for Kernow North America to support aggressive growth plans there. John Danio has taken up the newly created position to support Kernow commercialise its products - such as the new FloorSharK and the MetaliK line - in the region.

Media manufacturer Brett Martin is now getting a quarter of its energy from renewable sources. The Northern Ireland-based company has started supplementing energy supplied by its own onsite wind turbine with electricity from a solar installation funded and developed by Lightsource BP.

Trade distributor ArtSystems will use The Print Show next month to show the Summa F1612 flatbed cutter as part of a live print finishing demonstration driven by the new Onyx 18 print management and Rip software. It will be the first UK showing of Onyx 18, introduced in May.

In a survey conducted in association with Atomik Research, Instantprint has discovered that four out of ten (43%) people believe online ads are the most intrusive form of marketing.

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