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Fujifilm promises newcomer for Fespa 2010

Fujifilm is promising to show "a new system designed to standardise screen and inkjet production" at Fespa 2010 in June. The company, which for now is keeping details of the new system under wraps, will showcase its widest ever range of solutions for producing wide- and superwide-format print at the event, including the recently-launched Uvistar superwide-format printer. The Acuity Advance HS will be show for the first time in continental Europe and stand visitors will also get the chance to see the newest model Inca Onset series, the Onset S20.

Five HP Scitex inks become Nordic Swan approved

Five HP Scitex inks for sign and display printing have been added to the official list of those that meet the chemical requirements of the Nordic Ecolabel (also known as Nordic Swan) for print service providers.?

Epson aims to inspire creativity at Fespa Digital

'Inspired creativity' is Epson's theme for Fespa Digital in June 2010 where it will show its micropiezo inkjet technology producing display graphics for the signage, decorative art and interior design markets on a variety of flexible paper, plastic and textile materials.

Inca expands technical support network

Inca Digital is expanding its regional technical support network in Europe. In the first phase, several new engineers will be based in key locations in England, Germany and France, with more to be deployed over the next few months. They will work with Inca's European Customer Centre in the UK and provide first line technical assistance for Inca Onset, Turbo and Spyder digital flatbed printers.

Canon takes control at Oc?

Canon is now effectively in control of Oc? having secured a 71% majority stakeholding in company. The move follows opposition from various shareholders to Canon's takeover bid for the Dutch manufacturer but it has been announced that just over 43% of Oc? shares were tendered under the Canon offer by the time of the acceptance closure period on 1 March. These, together with the shares already held by Canon, give the Japanese company 71.3% of Oc?, which has declared the offer unconditional. Shareholders who have not yet tendered their shares have until 19 March to do so.??


EDP Awards to be presented at Ipex

The annual EDP Awards, which reward digital printer and associated manufacturers for innovation in research and design, will be held at Ipex on the 21 May. An international panel of independent print and print software experts will consider products introduced into the print industry in the 12 months prior to 28 February 2010 with the shortlist of potential winners to be announced on the 1 April. The winners will be announced at a ceremony during Ipex.

Former Service Graphics chief Ben Moss re-enters wide-format industry with McKenzie Clark

Ex-Service Graphics sales director Ben Moss is coming back into the wide-format industry in April after an 18-month absence following the sale of Service Graphics to St Ives. He is joining previous rival, London-based McKenzie Clark, as commercial director.

Figures show small firms losing out on energy deals

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is urging firms to shop around for better energy deals after Government data showed that average electricity prices for small and medium sized firms increased by 15-17% between the third quarter of 2008 and the same period of 2009. However, prices increased by 9-11% for large businesses and by just 5% for the UK's biggest companies.

Oc? does its magic on the Gadget Show

Channel Five's Gadget Show this week treated viewers to a magic trick that relied upon Oc?'s CrystalPoint technology for its success. A stunt, filmed in London's Covent Garden, showed how a card randomly chosen mysteriously turned up giant-sized and with the person's name on it less than a minute later. being pulled along the road by a cyclist!

Drytac launches liquid coatings for Gicl?e/fine art and outdoor applications

Drytac Europe is launching two liquid coatings for a range of finishing applications at Sign and Digital UK. To be used in conjunction with the Drytac range of water-based liquid laminators (or by hand application), the newcomers are part of the EnduraCoat low-VOC coatings range.

B&P Graphics introduces AquaRes resin ink for solvent machines

Sign and Digital UK will see the UK introduction of the water-based Sepiax range of AquaRes resin inks by B&P Graphic Supplies. The company said the inks will run in existing solvent machines using piezo printinghead technology via a simple changeover process and without major machine modification.

Digital cutting made easier with new Zund Cut Center

Zund is poised to introduce its first ever software package - the ?Zund Cut Center - which is tailored specifically for the Zund G3 machine and designed to maximize the productivity of the company's latest generation of multifunctional digital cutting systems.

Management buy-out at Duraweld

Duraweld managers Hannah Senior and husband Mark Yeung have bought the company from Richard Senior. Hannah Senior, Richard's daughter, becomes chief operating officer and Yeung its finance manager. Richard, who has led the company since 1972, will be staying on as a consultant for the next three years.

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Color Confidence relocates

Colour management and digital imaging specialist Color Confidence has relocated its headquarters to Spectrum Point in southwest Birmingham. The move is a major step in the company's five-year expansion plan.

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