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SMEs urged to unlock the secrets of the Web through free events

Smaller businesses across the UK are being invited to discover how they can harness the full potential of the internet through a series of free events hosted by the Forum of Private Business. Attendees will be able to hear how they can use search engine optimisation (SEO) to ensure potential customers are drawn to their products and services at various regional networking events, the first of which takes place on 9 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds. The full programme can be found under the ‘Development’ heading on the forum’s website: www.fpb.org 

Hexis launches new vehicle wrap films

Hexis will use the forthcoming Viscom show in Paris to launch a latex digital printing film and gloss laminate destined for vehicle wrapping applications. Both films are PVC-free and do not contain any solvents, plasticisers or heavy metals. The compound is flexible and conformable enough to be suitable for car wraps and in general applications that demand a conformable film. At Viscom Hexis will use an all-electric Tesla roadster to demonstrate the new films and emphasise their environment-friendly qualities.

DPC invests in preparation for upturn

DPC Signs has bought a HP Designjet L65500 latex printer (now the Scitex LX600) and a RollsRoller flatbed applicator from William Smith. “The machines were purchased to replace three older machines, which they have easily done, and to ensure that we are ready for the upturn in the economy,” said DPC director Dave Taylor. “They have given us already the potential to quote on larger volume work.”

Recycling to help breast cancer sufferers

A new recycling scheme for empty toner-ink cartridges (and mobile phones) just been started by Blandford-based print waste management specialist J&G Environmental which will donate all profits from the scheme to Breast Cancer Care.

Mixed messaging on environment shows BAPC survey

Environmental issues continue to get a mixed response when it comes to the level of importance put upon them by printing companies according to the newest BAPC Environmental Survey results which polled 237 companies in August this year.

Signage and commercial print converge at Africa Print

The increasing convergence of signage and commercial printing has prompted the introduction of the Africa Print show which will run alongside Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa 2010 for the first time making it the largest commercial digital print show for the African continent.

Bavarian wide-format start-up installs HP printers as part of ‘green’ service

New large-format company Generation Druck of Wettstetten, Germany, has bought in an HP Designjet Z6100, an HP Designjet L25500 and an HP Scitex LX800 to launch an environmentally aware sign and display printing service.

Ink specialist joins IGS

Ink specialist Shaun Holdom is joining IGS UK as business development manager where he will be concentrating on the demand for compatible formulations used in wide-format printers. 

Drytac expands eco-friendly range with Panda Print

Drytac is offering an eco-friendly canvas-like banner fabric made of natural bamboo fibre. Manufactured in a closed loop process, Panda Print is 99.6% biodegradable and certified to be free of harmful chemicals by the European REACH and Oeko Tex Standard 100 requirements. The bamboo used to make Panda Print is grown on an organically farmed plantation and is not harvested from forests.

New website targets sign makers

Isignstock.com is a new sign maker specific subscription website that aims to provide all sign maker content: providing photography, vinyl ready illustrations, scaled vehicle outlines, vehicle wraps and metallic ready files for the sign industry.

Roland and EFI partner

Roland DG's newest and most popular inkjet printers are now supported by EFI colour management/production software including Print Pack 2 for EFI Colorproof XF and Fiery XF 4.1 Rip.  Roland printers now supported include VersaUV UV-LED printer/cutters, Soljet Pro III XJ and XC, the VersaCamm VP-i and SP-i series, and the VersaArt RS four-colour printers offered as eco-solvent models.

Inca appoints business development manager

Large-format printer manufacturer Inca Digital has appointed Dr Nigel Sherman as its first business development manager. “The sophistication and capabilities of inkjet technology have evolved very quickly and with Dr Sherman on board we are in a strong position to evaluate and take advantage of these new opportunities to further grow the business," said Inca CEO Dr Linda Bell. "He has the right mix of skills and experience to spearhead the company's commercial expansion into new areas.”

 

Business Link sponsors free seminars on website design and social networks

As part of Business Link’s ‘Digital Future: Grow your Business Online’ two free seminars will take place in London during September on taking a creative approach to Web design and using social networks. The event is aimed at business owners with five or more employees who are looking to grow business through an online strategy.

Cestrian takes UK’s first HP TJ8550

Cestrian Imaging has bought the UK’s first HP TJ8550 UV large-format printer to provide VDP for point-of-sale work. Directors Phill Reynolds and Paul Whitehurst and were won over by the supplier’s claim that the new machine, printing at speeds of up to 480 m²/hr, will help consolidate its position as one of the UK’s leading retail specialists. They are convinced that the machine’s use of high-intensity inks to produce vibrant high resolution collateral with selective gloss areas, coupled with its ability to print on a wide range of environmentally friendly substrates (including PP and PE), will tick all the boxes for retailers and provide a competitive edge.

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