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Chromagene merges with Screenprint Productions

Chromagene of Leeds has merged with Screenprint Productions based in Brighouse, Yorkshire. Chromagene has sold its site and moved its print equipment and existing staff to Screenprint which will now act as the production arm for both operations.

The Sign Shop benefits from Europe’s first Agfa Anapurna M2050

Field trials of the Agfa Anapurna M2050 UV-curable printer have gone so well at Barnstaple-based The Sign Shop that managing director Bruce Isaac has said there is no way he’s letting the machine go at the imminent end of the test period. The 2.05m wide flatbed and roll-fed printer, the first of its type to be installed in Europe, has been running at The Sign Shop since October during which time it has allowed the company to expand into new applications areas and attract a number of major new customers. 

Roland DG and Sabur Ink Systems combine technologies in fluorescent dye system

Working in conjunction with Roland DG (UK), Sabur Ink Systems has introduced what it believes to be the world’s first fluorescent wide-format inkjet printer which incorporates dye sublimation inks. Designated the Roland 4+2 Flo, the solution is based on the technology of the established 1.37m SolJet Pro III XC-540MT printer’s dual pump and recirculation system and incorporates Manoukian’s standard CMYK ink range plus a fluorescent yellow and red.

Xaar appoints new marketing communications manager

Inkjet printhead developer Xaar has appointed Charlotte Baile marketing communications manager. She moves from industrial inkjet manufacturer Linx Printing Technologies. 

Forum calls for better local bank services for SMEs

The Forum of Private Business is joining the Campaign for Community Banking Services (CCBS) and calling on banks to restore local services - including powers to make commercial lending decisions - in order to help small firms access affordable finance.

Graphic Alliance delivers inspirational graphics to Q3 Academy

Graphic Alliance has completed a series of very large and challenging graphics for the new Q3 Academy in Great Barr, Birmingham. Freelance project manager Stewart Hills sourced the company after searching the Web for a print provider that had the creativity and flexibility to provide graphics, including an 8m x 2.8m print overlooking a large dining area, which would act as an inspiration to the students of the Academy.

Imagefactory plumps for HP FB7500 printer

Imagefactory has bought an HP FB7500 printer, due for installation next month. Tim Boore, the company’s head of digital technologies, said: “The investment was made to allow us to be more competitive on price, increase our capacity and improve response times given average run lengths have reduced significantly and turnaround can be a next day requirement.”

First Fespa Nordic Congress announced

Following the success of the inaugural European Congress in Brussels in November, Fespa will host its first Nordic Congress on 7-8 April 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden with the support of its member associations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The event is sponsored by HP, Mimaki and Signcom and EskoArtwork.

Drytac appointment follows promotion

Graham Smith has joined Drytac Europe as northern area sales manager following the promotion of Steve Broad to sales director. Smith will cover sales for the north of England, Scotland and Ireland, operating from his base in Warrington, Cheshire.

BAPC highlights trends for 2011

The BAPC has highlighted four likely trends for 2011 having contacted various gurus from within and outside our industry: the evolvement of social media into lead generation, development of vertical marketing strategies, focus on new business generation and on branding. 

CWE Solutions brings new HP Designjet Printers to Focus on Imaging

Reseller CWE Solutions will feature the latest HP and Epson digital print technology on at the Focus on Imaging photographic show in March. The new HP Designjet Z6200, Z3200 and Epson Stylus Pro 9900 wide-format printers will take centre stage, as they make their first UK trade show debut this year.

Printing Outlook cites autumn improvement but with poorer prospects ahead

Print in general benefited from a further expansion in trade during the autumn but trade is expected to weaken during the winter period, according to the latest Printing Outlook report published by the BPIF this week. The latest industry trading trends survey results cover the three-month period ending 30 November. It was carried out online during the period 1-17 December 2010, and consists of 98 companies employing 11,917 people with a turnover of £1.3 billion.

Light Air images used on the slopes

French large-format print specialist Light Air has just finalised a massive print job on behalf of mountain-sports equipment manufacturer Rossignol. The Lyon-based company has produced a series of wide-format graphics for the high-focus Rossignol Demo Tour, a multi-country, multi-resort alpine roadshow comprising events that allow skiers and snowboarders to test the company’s latest equipment ranges.

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