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Equality Act guidance may leave small firms confused, Forum warns

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Guidance drawn up to help employers understand the Equality Act may prove baffling to small firms, the Forum of Private Business has warned. The non-statutory guidance on the Act has been drawn up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). It is supposed to be clear and simple enough for all businesses to understand but, with the document stretching to more than 300 pages, and with just six months to go before the Act comes into force in October, the Forum is concerned that many small businesses will struggle to make sense of their new obligations.?

pixart.it invests ?400,000 developing homemade W2P management software

The Web-to-print specialist pixart.it has ploughed ?? 400,000 into developing a management system to streamline its Web-to-print operation. The company, which handles more than 1,500 orders per day, including inkjet large-format jobs, charged its four in-house software engineers to provide an open-source, multiplatform software that manages estimates, orders, workflow and administrative duties.

Reddhart Graphics orders Europe's first Roland VersaCamm VS-640

Reddhart Graphics in Essex has bought Europe's first Roland VersaCamm VS-640. The company has plumped for the eight-colour version of the new machine, giving it white and metallic ink capability.

Oriam Green brings Re-board to UK and Irish markets

New UK company Oriam Green has been appointed by Design Force (part Stora Enso) as a wholesale distributer of its Re-board product portfolio for the UK and Ireland. Nuneaton-based Oriam Green will distribute the full range of Re-board products including all the accessories, tools and fixtures developed to provide easy solutions and creative designs with Re-board.

Strategic partnership aimed at meeting demands for supersize print

Digital Plus and Quality Mounting have formed a strategic partnership to provide supersize graphics jobs for the exhibition, marketing, retail, business, museum and arts sectors. The directors of both operations have worked side-by-side for over 20 years and Chris Stringwell, director Digital Plus, said: "This is a very sensible, cost effective and progressive step for us. Now we can really offer our clients real savings along with supreme service for all their display needs."?

Tecna handles graphics for Image Reports' stand

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Sign and Digital UK saw Tecna UK create a number of displays for Sign and Digital UK, including the Image Reports stand and graphics for the reception area of the exhibition.

GPT becomes reseller for Agfa Anapurna M range

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Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has become a UK reseller to offer the Agfa Anapurna M UV-cure printer range. Stuart Cole, GPT managing director, said: "We have taken our time looking for an industrial strength UV-curable printer to add to our portfolio, and are really delighted to be able to offer the Agfa range. They are an excellent fit with our existing range of products."

Action Screen invests in the future with Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2

Action Screen in Corby has bought an Acuity Advance X2 UV flatbed printer to sit alongside its roll-to-roll machines as it expands its digital wide-format services offering. "We realised the need to invest in a UV flatbed printer to stay competitive and up-to-date," said technical sales director Vince Meeks.

Roland Academy to run interiors course

The Roland Academy is launching an interior d?cor course for printers looking to diversify their wide-format offering into this lucrative and growing market. At Sign and Digital UK, where Roland was highlighting a number of interiors print applications within its 'Creative Centre' on its stand, Academy manager Marc Jenkin said: "There is huge potential for creative interior print and we aim to show printers just what can be achieved by introducing a course that will focus directly on that sector."

Agfa Graphics launches Jeti 1224 UV HDC inkjet printer

Agfa Graphics has brought out its first Jeti inkjet printer since acquiring the business from Gandi. At the ISA show in Orlando, US, Agfa Graphics launched the Jeti 1224 UV HDC inkjet printer said to produce photo realistic quality, grayscale output at up to 110m2/hr. First customer shipments will start on 1 June.?

:Apogee 7 to function as a wide-format inkjet printing hub

At Ipex Agfa Graphics will release :Apogee 7 which will allow printers who operate a variety of wide-format inkjet solutions (or use wide-format solutions next to their traditional CTP) to have a central production management hub.

Service Graphics appoints exhibition guru

Diversifying Service Graphics has appointed Michael Steward as a senior account manager within the events and exhibitions division. Steward previously headed up UK sales for Octanorm and has been involved in the sector for 39 years.

HP expands large-format portfolio for signage market

HP has introduced a 2.6m (104in) Dual Roll Kit for its Designjet L65500 latex printer, allowing users to produce single jobs faster with two side-by-side rolls or two different jobs at the same time. Beta customers have reported that they can reach the same level of productivity with two 1.2m (48in) prints with the Dual Roll Kit as with one 2.6m (104in) print.

Optimism reigns in wide-format shows Fespa survey

Opportunities arising from the shift to digital production are keeping printers optimistic according to Fespa's third Worldwide Survey. All of the 582 respondents to the survey, which was undertaken in Europe, Asia and North and Latin-America in February and March 2010, affirmed that the percentage of their revenue coming from digital projects will increase in the next two years, rising to close to 50% of income for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

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