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Reed Exhibitions has completed its acquisition of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the company that owns InPrint and Pure Digital event organiser FM Brooks. While the new owner will support InPrint in Munich, 12 - 14 November 2019, Pure Digital has been postponed. It had been scheduled to take place in Eindhoven on 23-24 October.

Almost half (49%) of employers considering a pay review over the course of the year are anticipating an increase to basic pay according to the CIPD ‘Labour Market Outlook’ for the first quarter of 2019.

Esko and single pass press developer Barberan have reached an agreement to work together on a solution that will automate the pre-press workflow for the Jetmaster Series digital printer.

PrintFlat - the screening software that mitigates banding in inkjet output - will be unveiled as an online service for press vendors and their customers at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Switzerland later this month.

Logistics company UPM is supporting the academy programme of Plant-for-the-Planet, a charitable foundation set-up to contribute to climate protection. The foundation plants trees and organises children academies to promote sustainable thinking and environmental awareness.

The latest Printing Outlook survey from the BPIF shows 53% of printers increased output levels in the fourth quarter of 2018. 34% held output steady whilst 13% saw a decline. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +40; a significant add-on to the boost that started in Q3 and marginally above the Q4 forecast of +37. However, the BPIF said numerous comments from survey respondents referred to turmoil, uncertainty and unpredictability, and that whilst a number of companies have traded well there are common perceptions that they are “bucking the trend”. Fewer printers are expecting to see their activity levels increase in Q1.

Siegwerk has joined forces with member Stora Enso to improve the deinkability of UV/LED cured prints. Based on investigations Siegwerk has developed a UV/LED offset ink system for coated and uncoated types of paper.

The sixth Visual Media Conference will take place on 16 April in Leeds, and will feature a panel discussion on Brexit. Delegates have a chance to submit a question for the panel - led by BPIF CEO Charles Jarrold - until 31 March.

Feldmuehle has promoted Martin Moenke to sales director. He replaces Eckhard Kallies, who has played a key role in the company's restructuring over recent months.

Onyx Graphics has appointed two new territory sales managers for EMEA - Marc Honer and Tristan Fleury.

90% of the exhibition space for the inaugural Printing United show in Dallas in October has now been booked according to event partners the SGIA and Napco Media. More than 500 companies are now signed up to the event.

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