Sat, Dec

ArtSystems' green portfolio grows with new range from Xativa

Large-format specialist distributor ArtSystems has introduced the Xativa Sustain range of media to meet demands from end-users for fully FSC and PEFC certified and fully sustainable substrates.

Autosigns in safe hands

Autosigns, well known for its point-of-sale (POS) products for the automotive market, has been brought by former employee Steve Ball two months after it went into administration. Ball, who is also managing director of Leicestershire-based POS design and manufacturing services company Proaction i-d, has bought the Autosigns name and assets. Having joined Autosigns as an apprentice in 1987, Ball has already re-employed some of the key members of the staff who were responsible for its former success.

Archer to head up Pureprint digital developments

Aaron Archer has been appointed Pureprint Group technical director to head up the development of new digital services for the company's corporate client base.

Yorkshire school gets super-sized graphics walls

School has just got a lot more colourful for students at Pudsey Grangefield School, Leeds, where the interior walls have been given a high impact new look with the help of super-sized graphic wall coverings. Inspirational images have been used to create the full-colour wall murals produced by large-format printer Digital Plus.

QuarkXPress improves PDF capabilities

The QuarkXPress 8.1 updater, which is now available for free download from the Quark website to existing QuarkXPress 8 users, significantly improves PDF output capabilities. It introduces a 'Native Transparency' mode for creating PDFs which can offer designers faster and more flexible PDF output support and provide greater control over their workflow process.

Epson cuts printer prices

Epson has cut the price of its 64in Stylus Pro 11880 and Stylus Pro GS6000 printers. The new RRP for the Stylus Pro 11880 is ?8,995 (was ?9,995) and the Stylus Pro GS6000 is now ?18,995 (was ?22,995). Up until 31 December Epson is also offering a half price warranty on the Stylus Pro GS6000. The offer extends the standard one-year warranty to three years for ?3,600. As well as receiving a set of printheads per year, users will benefit from an annual health check, where an engineer will visit the site to check over the machine and make any relevant adjustments and perform any necessary maintenance.

HP to make major launch at Viscom in October

HP has confirmed that it will launch a large-format printer "that will drive change in the industry and allow PSPs to differentiate themselves" at Viscom in Dusseldorf. The company would not disclose further information, but the machine will be on its stand at the show, which runs from 1 - 3 October.

Epson ups its environmental challenge

In it's Sustainability Report 2009 Epson shows that it has made a significant reduction in the impact it's making on the environment during its financial year to March 2009.

Softproofing online made easy with Dialogue ES

Dalim Software's new Dialogue ES automated professional production workflow software is the first application to utilise the 'ES' architecture that makes the tools accessible using a standard web browser. Integrating with any third-party workflow this makes it a useful online softproofing and approval package.

Roland DG Academy's two-for-one course offer detonates potential

Sign-makers are being offered the opportunity to explore the full profit potential of their software and equipment with a two-for-one deal at the Roland DG Academy. The Academy's hands-on SignLab and Adobe Photoshop courses are on offer as two-day training sessions and are focused on profit generation and cost reduction. While time permits, companies can take advantage of putting two employees on the programme, covering knowledge gaps and ensuring that all staff are trained.

Vision Signs push creative boundaries to limit

Vision Signs, based in Walkinstown, Dublin 20, is a sign company making a name in the marketplace recently for building custom bespoke promotional items to create a 'wow' factor for clients at a low cost. Its latest venture, a giant beer jug, has caused bemused motorists to rub their eyes in disbelief as they drive pass it on the Walkinstown roundabout.

Trimwel signs reseller agreement with Josero UK

Trimwel, a leading supplier of consumables to the sign trade in Ireland has been appointed a distributer of Triangle's complete range of inkjet products. The agreement, reached with Josero (the inkjet consumable specialist and master distributor in the UK and Ireland for Triangle inks) is designed to strengthen Trimwel's product offering to the Irish market. The company, formed in 1985 is based in Sandyford, Dublin 18, and supplies many well know brands such as Metamark, Graphtec, 3M, and Sandex to the sign industry.

Crystalblue solvent acrylic adhesive from Hexis UK

A new generation of solvent acrylic adhesives called Crystalblue is available from Hexis UK. It has been developed to help improve the images and graphics printed on vinyls when using solvent, eco-solvent and UV-curable inkjet printers.

Colorific launches Bio ink

Colorific has a new range of environmentally conscious third-party inks. The Colorific Bio range, which is 90% biodegradable and ISO9001 compliant, is available in CMYK, plus light cyan, light magenta or orange and green, and combines biodegradable food-grade solvents and high quality pigments for use in the sign and display industry. The ink is classified non-flammable, non-toxic and non-hazardous and doesn't require any extraction of fumes for compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

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