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Blaze Signs and sister company Cygnia Maintenance have joined Gardners and Kesslers as part of the Elaghmore-owned Hexcite group, creating a £60m turnover suite of operations with a customer base of more than 100 retailers and brands worldwide.

Xaar has cut its plastic consumption by 1.2 tonnes per year by introducing new packaging across its printhead portfolio.

Printing United Alliance, producer of the Printing United Digital Experience that replaces this year’s physical Expo, has announced more details about the online event, which now runs 26 October - 12 November. The 14-day event will deliver curated keynotes, educational programming, product launches and demonstrations - at no charge to attendees.

Takahiro Hiraki has replaced Yuji Ikeda as managing director of Mimaki Europe. The company has also appointed Ryosuke Nakayama as executive assistant to Hiraki.

Packaging and label paper maker Feldmuehle has completed the restructuring process that began in 2018, and appointed a new CFO, Bernd Weber.

Canon has brought out a new Arizona 2300 series of LED-UV flatbed printers that it says are more than 20% more productive than the previous generation of Arizona machines.

Caerphilly-based printer CPS group has a new MD - from the beds sector. Paul Little, who has spent the past 14 years as executive sales and marketing director at Relyon and Steinhoff UK Beds, takes over the helm from founder Simon Green.

The BPIF has welcomed news that the Climate Change Agreement scheme will remain open to new entrants until 30 November 2020. It has also welcomed the extension of the agreements to 2025, two years beyond the original 2023 end date.

In the wake of the Government committing £350m to fuel a ‘green recovery’, the Independent Print Industry Association (IPIA) is urging brands and marketers to review print as part of their sustainability strategies.

This year’s Fespa Eurasia has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place 3 - 6 December 2020. The next Fespa Eurasia will now be 2 - 5 December 2021 at the Istanbul Expo Centre in Turkey.

Mimaki Europe has worked BOFA International to introduce an air purifier for the 3.2m-wide SWJ-3220EA solvent printer. The unit, which extracts VOCs emitted during production, is now available from Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services’ reseller partner network alongside the SWJ-320EA.

Banner Box has installed an attention-grabbing eco mesh banner reading ‘proudly sourcing sustainable material’ outside its own Chesterfield premises to support its ‘green-up’ campaign.

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