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Call for default retirement age to stay

The Forum of Private Business is calling for the default retirement age to be retained at 65 to protect small firms. It proposes that if the Government is successful in its proposed abolition of this default retirement age, businesses would be forced to keep on employees over the age of 65 indefinitely, threatening the future of SMEs and leading to a raft of painful and costly legal disputes.?

Tech8 breakdown cover extended

Tech8's breakdown cover and preventative maintenance schemes have been extended to cater for more printer and ink combinations. The only precondition is that the machine must be a working model and fully operational.

Spectro LFP Tex targets textile print

A dedicated spectrophotometer for the textile print market has been introduced by Barbieri. The Spectro LFP Tex has a large measuring aperture of 8mm which allows the textured surfaces of textiles and fabrics to be optically averaged and, therefore, the right colour impression to be determined.

Support print, support the Two Sides campaign

Two Sides, the UK initiative designed to rid the public of its misconceptions about print and encourage its use as an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium, is asking more printers to get behind the campaign.

Amari introduces plywood for direct flatbed printing

Amari Plastics has added to its DTS range with a plywood sheet for direct digital flatbed printing. The new Multiply Digital is targeted at the hoarding, advertising and general sign markets. Because it can be printed directly it does away with the need to print onto vinyls or ACM and then mount on to standard plywood. It can also be more easily and economically recycled.

Colorific develops biodegradable ink for Uniform machines

Colorific's Bio-U is now available for both the Uniform Cadet and the Uniform Grenadier. The Bio-U formula has been developed to colour match the Uniform ActivaSol/Colorific Elite formula, allowing existing colour profiles to be used.

Sign up for Sign & Digital UK 2010 and win VIP package

With less than ten weeks to Sign & Digital UK 2010 the organiser wants to remind would-be visitors to pre-register online for free entry to the show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, 13 - 15 April.?On the website there is a chance to enter a Hybrid Services sponsored competition whereby you and a guest could win VIP tickets to a match at Old Trafford. As part of the package you will receive overnight accommodation, food and refreshments, entertainment, the chance to meet a famous face and utilise on-site parking.

Epson aims to stimulate investment?

A buy-back scheme has been launched for Epson customers. The scheme, which includes de-installation of out-dated technology to the installation of new Epson models, sees Epson taking responsibility for recycling in accordance with WEEE regulations.

Daelprinting slashes lead times with Inca Onset S20

Belgium-based Daelprinting has expanded its service offering and slashed lead times via the installation of an Inca Onset S20 with added Ultratone colour option. Arjan D'haene, commercial director, said: "Up to now, our business has comprised 50% screenprinting and 50% digital services. But, as most of our customers require materials to be printed in two, three or sometimes four different languages with print runs never exceeding 500 sheets, we were keen to invest in a high performance digital printer to offer them a better service with shorter turnaround times and high quality print.

Brett Newman becomes Roland DG UK technical director?

Brett Newman has been appointed to the Roland DG UK board of directors where he becomes technical director, responsible for dealer and customer relations in the sign and graphics market, all technical services (including RolandCare maintenance support) and product management and development.

Darwin Chair highlights inkjet evolution

When graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister wanted to find a high-quality, durable printing solution that would allow him to realise his vision for the Darwin Chair with a cushion made of hundreds of sheets of printed paper that could be ripped off to reveal a new graphic beneath, he plumped for HP Designjet L65500 using latex inks on HP DuPont Tyvek Banner.

PrintIt! Scotland goes live

PrintIt! has teamed up with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Graphic Enterprise Scotland (GES) to launch PrintIt! Scotland, which has the potential to get print careers in front of children in more than 300 secondary schools. This extension of PrintIt! comes on the back of the 100,000th student having registered for the programme since it was first launched in England September 2005.

Oc? clinches wide-format awards

Oc? has received two Bertl Best designations. The Oc? Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer was named 'Best Innovative Technology for Wide Format' and the Oc? PlotWave 300 system was named 'Best Eco-Friendly Wide Format Printer'.

BPIF anticipates employment law developments for 2010

The BPIF's legal team has outlined what is likely to come in terms of employment law for 2010. The most significant piece of legislation is likely to be the passing of the Equality Bill, announced last April, and expected to be given royal assent in April this year. If the bill is approved, expect it to bring dramatic changes.

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