Esko and China-based finishing equipment manufacturer JWEI have signed a strategic partnership. The announcement was made at the All In Print China Expo held recently in Shanghai and comes fast on the heels of CMYUK signing a distribution deal with latter to sell its JCUT digital cutting tables in the UK and Ireland, describing the company as a ‘vanguard of innovative disruption’.

The latest Printing Outlook survey from the BPIF reveals that one-third (33%) of printers managed to increase their output levels in the third quarter of 2023, whilst another third was able to hold output steady. The Q3 results extends the flatlining period in output growth to four quarters.

A newly published ‘policy direction’ by Defra for UK Reach has been received with cautious optimism by the British Coatings Federation.

InkTec Europe has taken on a new senior business development specialist to drive consumable sales across the UK and Europe. Gary Walker has joined the senior management team to focus on inks and media, particularly the OEM inks and the latest DTF and UV DTF solutions.  

Roland DG is extending the Level Up Lab educational workshop recently debuted at its creative centre in Barcelona to help creatives grow their businesses. The move comes on the back of Roland’s introduction of the VersaStudio series of desktop printers dedicated to enabling hobbyists to turn their passion projects into full-time careers.

A key index monitoring invoices from over a thousand large businesses across Europe and North America, shows the year-on-year value of sales fell in three of four bellwether sectors in Q3 this year, including paper and packaging.

Registration is now open for Sign and Digital UK 2024 which, following its acquisition by Datateam last year, will for the first time will run alongside Printwear and Promotion Live at the NEC, Birmingham, on 25-27 February.

Antalis has brought out Xanita aspect, a paper-based board designed specifically for the wide-format printing sector. It comes in two types: aspect Print, with a white liner made from over 90% post-consumer paper; and aspect Kraft, with a brown liner and made from 100% post-consumer paper.

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