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Fespa 2010 attracts digital buyers

More than 21,000 individual visitors from 130 countries visited Fespa 2010 in Munich, Germany, last week (21-26 June), 68% of which highlighted digital technology as a priority interest area. Visitor data showed that 67% of those who attended the show make or influence major purchasing decisions, underlining the event's reputation as a 'must-attend' international wide-format imaging event.

Swiss company unveils the Impala

Swiss-based swissQprint has brought out a UV flatbed that can print in up to nine colours (or add primer and varnish) on a wide range of stock up to 2.5m wide x 4m in length. The Impala printer, which was running at Fespa 2010, will be available from the autumn.

Second M-Press Tiger for StylePrint

StylePrint, an Australian screen printing company, has bought a second Agfa M-Press Tiger five months after installing its first. "Since the acquisition of the first M-Press Tiger our customers like the quality so much that the demand has gone up to the point where we clearly see the need for a second engine," said Andrew Woodhouse, who heads production at Melbourne-based StylePrint. "Our customers do not just ask us for print, they specify 'Tiger prints.' A Tiger print is becoming a new definition in Australia."

Xennia demo's industrial large-format inkjet textile printer

Xennia Technology and Reggiani Macchine have completed work on a full scale demonstration model of a diagonal multi pass digital inkjet textile printing system that enables high-speed, high-quality printing on textiles. This first demonstrator has 16 printheads, giving a throughput of 360m2 per hour. Xennia is now developing a second prototype with double the amount of printheads giving twice the throughput. Reggiani will commercially launch the new production systems onto the market in early 2011.

Inca acknowledges wide-format innovation

Inca, which celebrated its tenth birthday at Fespa 2010, announced the winners of its first Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) during the show. "We were delighted by the number and quality of entries that showed the considerable potential for digital print," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. "The sheer range of applications shows the ingenuity and creativity of our customers." The gongs went to.

Durst launches soft signage print workhorse at Fespa

Durst used Fespa 2010 to launch the Rhotex 320 industrial textile printer for soft signage. The Rhotex has been designed for 24/7 operation and uses MEMS technology long-life piezo inkjet printheads to print up to 70 m?/hr at 600dpi in six colours. The unit uses water-based dispersed dye inks which are both environmentally friendly and flame-retardant. They also comply with the Blue Wool scale 7 and can therefore be used in an outdoor application for up to two years and printing does not affect the textile's inherent feel.

Fujifilm increases productivity with Fespa introductions 

Visitors to the Fujifilm stand at Fespa 2010 saw the new high-speed Acuity Advance HS X2 UV inkjet printer, a material handling system for the Inca Onset family of flatbed inkjet printers that increases output to 275m2/hour, the newly launched Pro-File
process independent colour control system - and saw new additions to the euromedia substrates range.

Fespa looks beyond Munich

Gyorgy Kovacs has been inaugurated as Fespa president. He takes over from Anders Nilsson who has held the position since Fespa 2007. The handover came on penultimate day of Fespa 2010 in Munich which had 700 exhibitors covering a floorspace of over 30,000m2. On the opening day, Tuesday 22 June, Fespa said the show attracted a record 6002 visitors, six percent up on the 2007 event in Berlin.

Oc? brings out higher speed Arizona

Fespa 2010 has seen the introduction of the high-speed Oc? Arizona 550 XT flatbed printer which builds on the success of the Arizona 550 GT system introduced in February. The XT version can run at over 40m2/hr, or print more than 100 125 x 250cm boards per eight-hour shift.

d.gen improves textile printer offering

New versions of d.gen's Telios and Artrix digital textile printers were introduced at Fespa 2010. The Telios GT and Artrix GT are faster versions than the existing platforms and have been designed with the environment in mind, featuring no phenols or solvents and using VOC-free inks.

Esko and HP strengthen partnership to market workflow solutions

EskoArtwork's partnership with the HP graphics solutions business has been extended to the HP Scitex large format division so that both will market integrated workflow solutions specifically tailored for the sign and display market. These solutions include the complete EskoArtwork i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production design-to-finish software to streamline the entire production workflow.

Gemini unveiled by Grapo

Grapo Technologies used Fespa 2010 to debut the Gemini flatbed UV printer. With speeds of up to 90m2/hr the newcomer offers double the speed of previous generation Manta printers. Gemini features CMYK and white ink and is being targeted at screen printers seeking to move to digital as well as at digital sign printers wanting to migrate from solvent printing. The Gemini has 10 Xaar 1001 printheads and variable drop sizes from 6 to 42 picolitres for grayscale printing.

Ultima Displays achieves ISO14001

The environmental standard of ISO14001 has been attained by Ultima Displays. ISO 14001 specifies the elements required for an EMS and forces organisations to review the day-to-day business activities which impact upon the environment.

3D POP display board from Hexacomb

Hexacomb will be launching a new structural alternative for point-of-purchase displays at Fespa 2010. Falconboard Build is a paper-based graphic display board which has been structurally engineered for 3D, point-of-purchase applications requiring heavier/bulkier product display fabrication that can span several metres.


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