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Retail sector show worth a look

If you produce print for the retail sector it may be worth attending, or even exhibiting at easyFairs Interiors Fit-Out and Retail 2010 which takes place at London's ExCeL on 5 - 6 May.

Spandex to sell new Mutoh Kona series of cutting plotters

Spandex is selling all three models of the new Mutoh Kona range of multi-purpose vinyl cutting plotters. The models, which handle media up to 1mm in thickness, are: the Kona SCL-760, with a maximum sheet/roll media width of 1000mm; the Kona SCL-1400 with maximum sheet/roll media width of 1640mm; and the Kona SCL-1650, with a maximum sheet/roll media width of 1890mm.

Icon expands via event company acquisition

In a move designed to strengthen its event and brand services portfolio Icon has bought event production company MEI.?John Francis, managing director of Icon, said: "There is an obvious synergy between our two businesses and there is no doubt that this new arrangement will bring real benefit to both existing and new customers in terms of the depth of experience and breadth of knowledge we are now able to offer."?

Precision Printing diversifies further with DirectSmile Cross Media

Precision Printing has installed DirectSmile Cross Media software to provide customers with highly targeted, integrated marketing campaigns and visibility of results. The company, which has been supplying printed marketing materials for over 40 years, and moved into digital wide-format only four months ago, is now extending its offering to include marketing services across the digital media communication channels (URL, SMS and email).

Pixart.it plans major initiatives for 2010?

Italian-based Web-to-print giant Pixart.it, which expects to end the 2009 financial year showing growth of around 30 percent, has big plans for further growth in 2010.

Go direct-to-textile with Mimaki Tx400-1800D?

The first shipments of the Mimaki Tx400-1800D dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile inkjet printer will start in February 2010.

HP brings versioning to wide-format

1 February 2010 will see the introduction of a variable data print (VDP) workflow option from HP for the wide-format market. SmartStream Designer, which has been available to HP Indigo users for some time and is now being brought to HP's wide-format printer users, is part of HP's strategy to spend more time focusing on workflow tools to help printers develop a better ROI on their investment in wide-format.

Sign and Digital UK 2010

The Sign and Digital UK show website has been redeveloped to give potential visitors better access to information about the event's features, like the new demo/software theatre and details of the free seminar programme. A 'special offers' page has also been added to help show visitors get the best deals, and an improved 'plan your day' section is now up and running. Show entry is free if you preregister online.?www.signanddigitaluk.com?

IpexTV switched on?

In a bid to engage with visitors and exhibitors in a more creative way, the Ipex 2010 organisers have added an IpexTV section on the show's wesbite. The intention is for the Ipex team to upload regular 'video-blogs' to communicate news about Ipex 2010 initiatives, visitor and exhibitor updates as well as broadcast short interviews with prominent industry figures.

Colourgen bullish about drop in sales?

Colourgen is being bullish about an eight percent drop in revenue for the year ending June 2009. Jeff Biggs, managing director of Colourgen, whose revenue fell to ?11m, said: "In a year which has seen the overall large-format print market shrink by more than 20%, our eight percent revenue drop represents a significant achievement. We have retained profitability despite the global recession and the weak pound, while maintaining a healthy balance sheet and strong lines of credit. We also took full ownership of our AmBer Centre premises in Maidenhead, which puts us on an excellent financial footing for the future."

PaperlinX merges two UK arms?

PaperlinX UK is merging Europoint and Robert Horne Sign and Display to form the UK's largest supplier in the sign and display market. The business will operate under the Robert Horne Group banner.?

Demand for a freeze on new small business laws until General Election

The Forum of Private Businesses (FPB) is calling for a freeze in new business legislation to allow the Government to re-assess the burden of red tape. The proposed moratorium would last until the General Election.

Paul French takes over at Robert Horne

The new managing director of Robert Horne is Paul French who has been the divisional director of the Sign & Display division for the last three years. Previous roles within the industry include the managing directorship of Spandex UK.

Durst becomes Innovation Partner for Fespa 2010

Durst has become the first Innovation Partner for the Fespa 2010, the theme of which is 'Catch the New Wave of Innovation'.

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