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Mutoh Belgium has a new MD. Kenji Yasuhara takes over the responsibilities of Akio Kotake who has been leading the operation for the past three years and has now been appointed general manager, sales operation department of Mutoh’s international business headquarters (IBH) in Tokyo.

EFI has reported record second quarter revenue of $247m for the period ending 30 June this year - a 1% rise on the same quarter in 2016. GAAP net income was $2.8m, down 47% compared to $5.2m for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income was $25.5m, down 4% compared to the same 2016 period. Cashflow from operating activities was $24.1m, up 5% compared to $22.9m during second quarter, 2016.

Mimaki is bringing out two new roll-to-roll LED UV print-and-cut solutions - the UCJV300-160 and UCJV150-160. The former is is a four-colour machine while the latter can accommodate up to seven colours. UK distributor Hybrid Services will host the UK and Irish debut of the machine at The Print Show in October, and both will be available in the last quarter of the year.

Canon has updated its imagePrograf range of large-format inkjet printers with the new iP TX-2000 (24in), TX-3000 (36in) and TX-4000 (44in). The series also includes MFPs - the TX-3000MFP T36 and TX-4000MFP T36, both with scanning capability. The TX machines use newly developed Lucia TD pigment ink and include updates to the ink system, printhead and mechanical platform.

Frank Moran, visual communications strategic development director for Antalis, has become a member of the BSGA (British Sign and Graphics Association) council.

Hexis has committed 17m Euro to support its ongoing five-year strategic plan up to 2020. The investments simultaneously covers the acquisition of lands - including a plot next to the head office in Frontignan - the modernisation of production tools and the addition of a new manufacturing line.

Now available from Zund is a PCD polishing bit for finishing acrylics. The new P201 has a 16mm long polycrystalline diamond cutting edge and is suitable for polishing any kind of routed edges and grooves upwards of 6mm wide.

This month will see Leeds-based WAE Group installing a second Longier grand format printer, two years after installing the first. The new RU 3200 3.2m roll-to-roll printer follows a Longier Hunter FP-3750 LED flatbed, both sourced through QPS. The latest machine has been adapted to include a unit that lifts fabric from the bed, a necessity that has grown since the first Longier was installed in 2015.

Fespa UK is hosting an industry forum at the Ritz hotel in London on 12 September, 2 - 10pm. The intention is to provide practical recommendations and assistance to help drive PSPs' profitability, and will cover initiatives can attract 50% government funding.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based Your Print Specialists (YPS) has become an approved dealer for Roland DG in the north of England, with a focus on sales of the TrueVis VG and SG machines. It will hold an open day at its offices on Wednesday 8 November to demonstrate Roland’s print and cut technology.

Zund has introduced a laser module for the sign and display market - the LM 100W - which cuts polyester fabrics and seals the edges at the same time. The company said it takes one operator a matter of minutes to convert a Zund cutter to a full-blown laser-cutting system with the module, and that it’s just as easy to reconfigure the cutter for the next application.

Preston-based family PSP Palmer Publicity Services (PPS) has taken on two new starters to grow the business and expand its services. Katie Palmer returns to the company as sales director and Jamie Naylor has joined as a website designer.

Signs Express has opened a centre in Scarborough, a franchise territory in which the company has never before been represented. The new centre, based on the Eastfield Industrial Estate, is owned and operated by Edith and David Lloyd. It is home to wide-format kit and has a purpose-built, temperature controlled vehicle bay.

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