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PrintFactory gets HP JDF certification

Four Pees, exclusive world-wide distributor of the PrintFactory software suite for banner, sign and superwide-format printing, has become a certified partner of HP. The latter, which now chairs the Wide Format Workgroup of The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization (CIP4), is rolling out a new certification program that allows partner workflow solutions to be ‘HP Certified for Wide Format Printing JDF Exchange’. PrintFactory, which extensively supports JDF for standards-based integrated production automation, is one of the first solutions to achieve HP certification under this new programme.

SME forum calls for tax review

In his New Year statement, Forum of Private Business chief executive Phil Orford has warned that the Government must fulfil its pledges to cut red tape in the workplace if it wants smaller businesses to replace the jobs set to be lost in the public sector, adding that a long-overdue simplification of the tax system would also encourage more companies to expand.

Neschen gets Fogra certification on LFP CA materials

Following Fogra tests on the solvoprint nolite 175 CA media Neschen has achieved a Validation Print Standard in Large Format Printing. Under controlled conditions, the PET composite film showed itself to be comparable to offset prints according to the Fogra 39 process standard.

New sales director at Drytac

Steve Broad is the new sales director at laminating film and machinery manufacturer Drytac Europe. Previously UK sales manager, Broad’s role will be to direct and manage the sales and marketing activities across Europe, Asia and Australasia - not only for the Drytac brand but also Hot Press and the recently acquired Teneka brand.

QuarkXPress 8.5 now available as free update

QuarkXPress 8.5, a free update to Quark’s graphic design and page layout software, is now available to all QuarkXPress 8 users. The updates include support for Microsoft Word DOCX for the first time, updated and new Pantone colour libraries, an automatic software updater, and a number of resolved issues.

Avery Dennison appoints global services manager

Avery Dennison has appointed Guido de Jong to the strategic new post of global services manager for its graphics and reflective products division. Based in Hazerswoude, The Netherlands, Guido de Jong is briefed to develop a global platform of value-added services for converters, end users, brand owners and designers that will enhance their understanding of the possibilities of self-adhesive graphics, initiate creative thinking, and help to establish an ongoing dialogue on topics of common interest. 

Orders up but profits down at smaller firms finds new research

While many small businesses have experienced a rise in orders and turnover in recent months, new research has discovered that rising energy bills, fuel prices and raw material costs have hit margins.

Xaar sponsors PrintIt!

Given inkjet is the fastest growing print technology printhead manufacturer Xaar is for a third year helping raise careers awareness by providing gold sponsorship of the PrintIt! schools initiative, a major industry-backed programme designed to teach Year 9 and Year 10 pupils about the world of printing and related industries. 

New cast vehicle wrapping films from 3M

For short- to long-term vehicle graphics applications two new films have been introduced by 3M: Controltac Graphic Film with Comply Version 3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3-10 and 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply Version 3 Adhesive IJ170Cv3-10.

SME’s urged firms to prepare for January VAT rise

The Forum of Private Business is warning firms that the January VAT rise could leave them with a new year headache if they fail to prepare properly. All VAT registered traders will be affected by the increase, which will see VAT rise from its current 17.5% rate to 20% at midnight on 4 January. In theory, the change is relatively simple. However, the FPB is warning smaller firms that things can easily get complicated when put into practice.

Icon:MEI brings Aviva’s Big Picture campaign to life

Icon:MEI, the event production arm of branding specialist Icon, has been instrumental in the design and implementation of Aviva’s ‘The Big Picture’ campaign which involves wrapping and projecting a selection of customers’ images onto major buildings in cities around the world.

Service Graphics set for relocation to Chessington

St Ives Group’s large-format print division Service Graphics will relocate to a 46,000 sq ft site in Chessington in January to service London and the south of England. It will also offer support to the other Service Graphics sites in Glasgow, Skelmersdale, Nottingham, Kent and Salisbury, as well as the other St Ives divisions. In the future, the enhancement of the large-format graphics services may also be offered across the entire St Ives client base.

Pyramid Visuals helps break World Record

Pyramid Visuals has produced a World Record breaking 22m x 22m banner for Greenpeace. The digital print of a 3D anamorphic artwork by renowned American artist Kurt Wenner was unfurled outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels this month to help focus attention on an EU-wide objection towards genetically modified crops.

Tech 8 brings music to your ears

Tech 8 is giving away a free iPod Shuffle 2GB, which will automatically be added to your shopping basket when the value of your spare part order goes over £150. The company is also giving away an iPod Touch 8GB with orders of selected items made by Thursday 23 December.

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