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Queen's Award for inkjet developer Xennia

Rapid growth in international sales, based on Xennia Technology strategy of using inkjet printing technology to revolutionise industrial markets, has resulted in the Hertfordshire-based firm being presented with a 2010 Queen's Award for International Trade.

3D prototyping solution added to HP Designjet range

The potential of inkjet technology to grow the 3D prototyping market has been boosted with the launch of HPs Designjet 3D printer series. Aimed at the mechanical computer aided design (MCAD) and educational markets but with scope for printers looking to diversify, the system allows users to produce plastic 3D models.

Repositionable film from Neschen

A repositionable, digitally printable display film called solvoprint easy dot 100 has been introduced by Neschen. Available in glossy or matte, the film can be printed with solvent-, eco-solvent- and UV-curing inks. The dot-type adhesive coating, developed within the R&D department of Neschen Technical Coatings Division, provides a channel for air to move ensuring that the films can evenly be applied by inexperienced staff without bubbles or creases. ?After use, the film can then be removed from almost any substrate residue-free. The PE backing paper ensures that the film lies flat in the printer and there is no need for an additional protective film when used indoors.

EFI MIS tool improved for wide-format

EFI used the Connect users' conference in Las Vegas to preview enhancements to its EFI Pace management system including iPad and iPhone applications and tools for the wide-format market aimed at increasing productivity and profitability for print providers. EFI Pace, which provides end-to-end print shop and production management for mid-sized commercial and specialty printers, has also now received JDF certification from the official certification body for CIP4 (the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress).

Ipex+ diary helps you plan your visit

The Ipex 2010 organiser has launched Ipex+, an online diary providing an overview of free educational sessions on offer to visitors at the show. The system allows exhibitors to highlight on-stand seminars, educational debates and live presentations via www.ipex.org/plus so you can maximise your time at the show.

Canon's Business Leap competition now open to entry

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Canon's Business Leap competition, announced in February, is now open to entry. Reflecting Canon's 'Leap' theme for Ipex 2010, the competition aims to inspire printers to consider making a leap in a new business direction, while at the same time providing guidance in the creation of a comprehensive business plan, a crucial requirement for any printer seeking access to finance.

New categories for MACtac Innovative Awards

The MACtac Innovative Awards 2011 is now open to entry and this year has six new categories to refect the changing nature of the market. All visual communication players are eligible to enter the awards which are open for work produced in 2008, 2009 and 2010 using digital print, CAD techniques, offset or silk-screen printing on MACtac MACmark, Imagin, MACscreen  or Permacolor products.

Equality Act guidance may leave small firms confused, Forum warns

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Guidance drawn up to help employers understand the Equality Act may prove baffling to small firms, the Forum of Private Business has warned. The non-statutory guidance on the Act has been drawn up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). It is supposed to be clear and simple enough for all businesses to understand but, with the document stretching to more than 300 pages, and with just six months to go before the Act comes into force in October, the Forum is concerned that many small businesses will struggle to make sense of their new obligations.?

pixart.it invests ?400,000 developing homemade W2P management software

The Web-to-print specialist pixart.it has ploughed ?? 400,000 into developing a management system to streamline its Web-to-print operation. The company, which handles more than 1,500 orders per day, including inkjet large-format jobs, charged its four in-house software engineers to provide an open-source, multiplatform software that manages estimates, orders, workflow and administrative duties.

Reddhart Graphics orders Europe's first Roland VersaCamm VS-640

Reddhart Graphics in Essex has bought Europe's first Roland VersaCamm VS-640. The company has plumped for the eight-colour version of the new machine, giving it white and metallic ink capability.

Oriam Green brings Re-board to UK and Irish markets

New UK company Oriam Green has been appointed by Design Force (part Stora Enso) as a wholesale distributer of its Re-board product portfolio for the UK and Ireland. Nuneaton-based Oriam Green will distribute the full range of Re-board products including all the accessories, tools and fixtures developed to provide easy solutions and creative designs with Re-board.

Strategic partnership aimed at meeting demands for supersize print

Digital Plus and Quality Mounting have formed a strategic partnership to provide supersize graphics jobs for the exhibition, marketing, retail, business, museum and arts sectors. The directors of both operations have worked side-by-side for over 20 years and Chris Stringwell, director Digital Plus, said: "This is a very sensible, cost effective and progressive step for us. Now we can really offer our clients real savings along with supreme service for all their display needs."?

Tecna handles graphics for Image Reports' stand

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Sign and Digital UK saw Tecna UK create a number of displays for Sign and Digital UK, including the Image Reports stand and graphics for the reception area of the exhibition.

GPT becomes reseller for Agfa Anapurna M range

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Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has become a UK reseller to offer the Agfa Anapurna M UV-cure printer range. Stuart Cole, GPT managing director, said: "We have taken our time looking for an industrial strength UV-curable printer to add to our portfolio, and are really delighted to be able to offer the Agfa range. They are an excellent fit with our existing range of products."

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