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Fespa 2011 already bigger than 2009 show

80% of floor space is filled for Fespa Digital 2011, meaning it already exceeds the size of 2009 show. Fespa is launching a cross-media campaign, using an urban 'parkour' visual theme and the message of evolution, to promote the upcoming exhibition in Hamburg, Germany (24-27 May 2011).

Pira International bought by the Smithers Group

Pira International has been bought the Smithers Group which integrates science, technology and business expertise and offers testing, consulting, information and compliance services in various defined marketplaces.

Atech introduces the ATP Color DFP fabric printer and inline cutter

The new DFP family of direct-to-fabric digital printers from ATP Color provides a complete solution that enables printing directly onto polyester and other fabric substrates. Available now in the UK and Ireland from Atech, the system features precision media handling and an on-board sublimation unit that together provide rich saturated colours for flags, banners, textiles, and soft signage that maintain their natural drape and texture. Now, with the addition of the inline cutting system, you can also cut the fabric, while keeping it contained within the footprint of a single compact roll-to-roll printer system.

Digitally printed wallpaper stars on TV

Hundreds of potential customers wanting home murals have contacted Landor since its Phototex self-adhesive printable wall fabric featured on The Gadget Show last month in a DIY shootout comparing traditional wallpaper with digitally printed wallpaper.

 

Carbon-neutral PC is launched

Kent-based Adept IT is launching SoftXPand, a carbon-neutral, multiple-user PC solution that allows businesses to run up to eight workstations from one personal computer, each user working on their own screen independently, as if working on a separate PC. 

Mawassii joins ColorGate 

GMG VP sales and business development, Jawdatt Mawassii, has moved to join the team of Rip software specialists at ColorGate Digital Output Solutions as executive VP business development. His main responsibilities will include the OEM and licensing business in close connection with internationally strategic partners. 

Xennia finalises Cametrics acquisition

Industrial inkjet solutions provider Xennia Technology has completed its acquisition of Cametrics, known for its ixPressia digital printing software products. This enhances the integration of Xennia’s XenJet module portfolio, making the benefits of digital inkjet technology – reduced costs, increased productivity and just-in-time customisation – available more quickly and at reduced cost.

Epson printer star of National Portrait Gallery print-on-demand service

The National Portrait Gallery in London now has a dedicated print-on-demand kiosk in its Gallery shop with its Epson Stylus Pro 4880 taking centre stage. The large-format printer will be used to high A4, A3 and A2 prints on satin paper and canvas for the customer to take away within 30 minutes of order.

CMYUK Digital brings Berger’s digital textiles to the UK

A distribution agreement between CMYUK Digital and A Berger will result in the German specialist digital textile manufacturer’s full range of versatile products being available in the UK.

Colortrac opens office in Japan

Wide-format colour scanner company Colortrac has opened an office in Yokohama, Japan as part of its expansion plan. The office will be used to support customers, train engineers and as a demonstration suite

www.colortrac.com 

Upgrade to Switch automation software

Enfocus has introduced Switch 09 Update 2. The release includes a new tool for routing Enfocus Certified PDF files depending on their preflight status. It also adds compatibility with the newest features in PitStop Server 10, which was released in October. PitStop Server 10 users can now create workflows to not only preflight files but also to automate transparency flattening with or without preflighting.

GMG’s remote proofing network goes live

GMG has officially launched www.proofr.com, a network of remote proofing locations. "We are delighted to have been able to recruit numerous professional partners for our proofing network which already covers key locations in Europe, Asia, and the US,” said CEO Paul Willems. “We're permanently seeking and recruiting new partners to improve the network's coverage even further."

Winning with 3M

Paul Smallbone of Style Signs in Taunton has won a two day vehicle wrapping training course, worth £495, in a Rubik’s Cube competition organized by William Smith. Over 250 people entered the competition, in which entrants were asked to solve the cube in just five moves, with the fastest time winning. Five runners up won vehicle wrapping toolkits that included a 3M tool belt, a pair of signgripper magnets and a selection of squeegees. 

Showing applications attracts crowd in Finland

More than 500 printers, print-buyers, students and marketers attended the second Serpa event in Helsinki, Finland, a two-day exhibition and seminar programme exclusively focussing on applications and run by Fespa member association, the Finnish Association of Screen and Special Printing. The theme of 'See, Feel, Touch' encouraged visitors to attend demonstrations, discover innovative print samples and advertising opportunities. “The concept of the show is innovative in itself, with no machinery on display. It was very well received and we've had positive feedback," said Regina Aas, managing director of Serpa.

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