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The Westcoast Group has bought Colourgen. The wide-format print distributor will continue to trade operate as an autonomous business from its offices in Maidenhead and will carry on offering the same portfolio of products and services with the same staff. Jeff Biggs, who founded Colourgen in 1987, is retiring. Managing director Mark Lambert will continue in a management role at Colourgen alongside members of the Westcoast management team.

Fespa is launching a new exhibition dedicated to sportswear manufacturing. The first ‘Sportswear Pro’ show will run alongside next year’s Fespa Global event at IFEMA in Madrid (24-27 March).

Epson has delivered on its spring promise to unveil two new large-format printers at Fespa Global - the 64in SureColor SC-S60600L and SCS80600L.

HP has put the meat on the bones in regards to the HP Stitch S1000 3.2m wide dye-sub printer announced earlier in the year and debuted at Fespa Global.

Digital textile printing technology provider Kornit Digital Europe has a new MD. Former Xerox man Chris Govier has taken on he role with a remit to scale up business.

EFI is using Fespa Global for the European premiere its Fiery ProServer Premium with GPU hardware acceleration combined with Fiery DFE software, together said to deliver up to twice the speed of EFI’s superwide-format printers.

PressOn has supplied the graphics for all walls, floors, lifts and stairs for a 218m2 pop-up shop in London set up to raise funds for the NSPCC. The PSP branded two floors of retail space in Marylebone with a flower-garden concept designed by Harrods for the Fashion Re-Told feature, which is open until 2 June.

swissQprint has launched Karibu, its first roll-to-roll printer. The 3.4m wide UV inkjet machine, which has made its public debut at Fespa Global, will be available from this September.

Canon UK has launched the Oce Colorado 1650 printer, extending its roll-to-roll large-format offering based on its UVgel technology. The 64in-wide Océ Colorado 1650 introduces a new flexible ink and Oce FLXfinish – a new approach to LED curing that allows the user to choose between matte or gloss modes for each individual print.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies has a new CEO - Erez Zimerman, former VP sales. He replaces Avner Israeli who is retiring.

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