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Colourgen becomes Mutoh master reseller

Colourgen has become a master reseller for Mutoh's range of printers and sign cutting plotters and as such will be supporting Mutoh as it makes its first appearance at Sign and Digital UK.

Print Research International set up to help printers adapt

Former St Ives technical director John Charnock has founded Print Research International, a knowledge centre with access to a network of experts and offering business management and consultancy to help businesses adapt to the changing landscape.

The Print Coach and Ipex join forces

How can printers win more business without slashing prices? What's the best way to improve cashflow? How can print companies grow in a recession? These are just some of the questions 'The Print Coach' Nick Devine will ask a panel of experts from both inside and outside the print industry in a series of audio programmes in the run-up to Ipex and called 'Ask the Print Experts'.

Graphic Tech proves to be more than a Californian dreamer

California-based full services printing firm Graphic Tech has converted screen jobs to digital, cut turnaround time and reduced ink consumption having upgraded two HP Scitex TJ8500 to HP Scitex TJ8550 printers.

Oc? Arizona 550 GT to show at Sign and Digital UK

The new Oc? Arizona 550 GT UV flatbed printer will be the centrepiece of the company's stand at Sign and Digital UK in April. It is the highest-capacity model yet to be released, producing prints up to 40m2/hr which is twice as fast as any previous model in the series. It will have pride of place alongside the Oc? Arizona 350 GT UV curable flatbed printer, both powered by Onyx ?ProductionHouse Oc? Edition Rip software

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.

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