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Small firms pay more than bigger brothers as average earnings

Average earnings across the print sector have declined by 11.5% according to the findings of the BPIF’s Manpower Survey report, reflecting a dramatic reduction in overtime hours and decrease in shift payments. The report also highlighted that average basic wages in companies with less than 25 people are greater than those in companies with 25 or more. According to the survey this suggests that smaller companies need to pay a higher basic rate as they often don't offer as much overtime.

Online trade poster print service from Wirralco

Trade only print company Wirralco has launched an online order system covering all sorts of print, including large-format posters, though it will be the New Year before that part of the site is fully operational.

Zund UK revamped website offers consumables webshop 

Zund has a new website to better reflect the range of industries using its products and to provide an online consumables ordering facility.

Neschen brings out new fabrics

From Neschen come two new printable fabrics to complement the 'VarItex decoframe 250 B1 CA' launched at Fespa.  The new Dyetex flag and Dyetex display are knitted polyester fabrics said to have good print through characteristics which allow them to be printed onto directly using dye-sublimation inks.

Fine art metal on a roll from Metallurgy4.com

Metallurgy4.com (UK) has brought to market metallurgy fine art metal on a roll, a process of printing fine art images directly onto mirror metal using a standard pigmented inkjet machine while holding Giclee quality at 2880dpi.

ITL promotes Dean Terry to sales manager

Ink Technologies (UK) has been promoted to sales manager. Terry will work with the recently expanded customer service department and aims to acquaint a wider audience with the company’s range of options for small-, wide- and large-format production.

Canon establishes Chair in Business Services Innovation

During a recent visit to the Dutch municipality of Venlo, Canon chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai presented the city mayor Hubert Bruls with a gift: the Endowed Canon-Océ Chair in Business Services Innovation. The Endowed Canon-Océ Chair will be established at the Venlo campus of Maastricht University.

Roll laminator for under £4,000

Seal Graphics, the specialist mounting and laminating division within Neschen, has extended its machine range with the launch of the entry-level roll laminator, the Seal 54 EL. This new model, costing £3,958, allows printers and finishing houses new to film mounting and laminating to enter this sector of the finishing market at minimal cost. Equipped with all basic functions, the device is suited to the application of high-quality finishing and protective films, as well as double-sided adhesive films.

PrinIt! makes twinning easier

The Proskills led PrintIt! educational project aimed at encouraging youngsters into a print career has a new website which can be used by print companies as well as students/teachers wanting information on the scheme. The site includes easily digestible details on the PrintIt! Twinning programme that links print companies and schools and key to how the scheme works. If you are interested on becoming a twinning partner to go www.printit.org.uk/employers 

Zund G3 improved for 24/7 production

The Zund G3 flatbed cutting table’s routing module now has a MQL (minimal quantity lubrication) system designed specifically to meet increasing demands for 24/7 production of signs and displays.

William Smith hosts business growth event

On 17 November William Smith is inviting signmakers to take part in a special Open for Business event at its Barnard Castle site – a day designed to help printers identify new opportunities and business directions.

Print waste recyclers target Scotland

J&G Environmental is boosting its presence in Scotland. The print waste company, which has its headquarters at Blandford, Dorset, is leasing a 372m2 premises on the Springkerse Industrial Estate in Stirling where it will set up a waste transfer station serving printers across the whole of Scotland.

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