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Ricoh has added the Ri 1000 to its direct-to-garment printer range.   Appearing at Fespa in May, the new CMYK plus white machine is faster than the Ri 3000 it replaces, and has an enhanced resolution of 1200 x 1200dpi. Users can switch between multiple styles of platens up to 406.4mm x 508mm - anmagnetic mechanism enables the platens to easily snap on and off without the need for additional tools.   A new pre-treatment liquid means the Ri 1000’s is suitable for 100% light polyester and polycotton blends.   For maintenance tasks that aren’t automated, the device’s 7in touchscreen display provides smart alerts notifying operators when to perform manual maintenance tasks.

Roland DG has launched the TrueVis VG2 series 64in and 54in wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters that will de demonstrated at Sign and Digital UK 2019 next month.

In keeping with its 2019 show theme ‘The Face of Innovation’, Sign and Digital UK has secured entrepreneur and Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi OBE to deliver the keynote address in the Main Stage Theatre at 11am on 2 April.

Andrew Critchlow, technical director at DSales (UK), will take part in the London Marathon on 28 April in aid of the company's corporate charity Joining Jack, which raises funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), an incurable muscle wasting disease that affects one in 3,500 boys.

Showcard has raised £2,200 for charity Garden House Hospice Care by getting involved in Muddy Mayhem, a sponsored a 5k obstacle course. The company also designed and produced the ‘photo booth’ that was a focal point at the finish line.

The UK and US have come out as the top two nations ranking employee morale as a problem at work in a new report from Slack - ‘International Work Perceptions’.

Distributor Quality Print Services (QPS) has installed a Roland RT-640 dye-sublimation transfer printer at Magic Textiles' custom-built facilities in Leek, Staffordshire, allowing the company to offer new products.

Fespa UK Association and the Sheet Plant Association (SPA) are joining forces to host a new Corrugated and Print Show at The Convention Centre in Liverpool on 24-25 June, in recognition of the need to unify emerging digital print technologies and corrugated packaging communities.

AXYZ International has been rebranded at the behest of its parent company in Canada. The company is now trading as AXYZ Automation Group, a name that recalls its inception in the 1990s when it was known as AXYZ Automation.

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