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Banner material from Sioen Sioline

Two digital print banner materials have been introduced by Sioen Sioline: Sioen Wall and Sioen Paper. The first is composed on PVC and PET and can be papered onto any surface or used as a frontlit. The 280gsm material has a slightly embossed surface and is available in 50m rolls in widths from 130 - 200cm The Paper product is a semi rigid banner that looks like paper but is much stronger.?

DuPont Graphics introduces Imvelo

DuPont Graphics has introduced the Imvelo range of green substrates for UV and screen printing. The range, currently comprising Imvelo 2270G and Imvelo Deco, is made of pure polypropylene and is 100% recyclable.

Mactac launches Eco range

Mactac has launched an Eco-product range comprising Imagin printing media and Permacolor protective films. The Imagin JT 1429 SP is a white matt PP film for inkjet printing, coated with an emulsion semi-permanent acrylic adhesive. The JT 5422 P is a white glossy PP film and JT 5499 R clear glossy PET film with an optically clear removable adhesive for eco-mild-UV- and latex inkjet printing. New Permacolor films include the PG 7494 satin PP film, PG 7498 matt PP film and PG 7499 gloss PP film coated with a permanent emulsion acrylic adhesive. These 100 % chlorine-free self-adhesive films are coated with emulsion acrylic adhesives.

Major move for WP Digital

Wifag Polytype Holding, owner of wide-format inkjet printer company WP Digital, is to take the digital print technology into the packaging and coating/converting markets, as a result of which Polytype Ltd and WP Digital were consolidated on 1 July. The move means WP Digital's site in Wittenbach will be dismantled and all business activities relocated to Fribourg. The relocation should be completed by the end of 2010. WP Digital's products will be produced and developed under the trade name Virtu as an independent business unit. Contacts for the sales and service will remain the same.

ITL appointment to fortify customer focus


Ink Technologies (ITL) has taken on a customer service executive to reinforce the message that customer requirements and opinions are at the forefront of its approach to the development and supply of alternative printing inks. Stephen Wright steps into the role where his remit is to implement a structured approach to improving customer experience by contacting key accounts and assessing and implementing their responses and recommendations.?

Durst strengthens UK sales team

Durst has strengthened its UK sales team by appointing a sales manager to cover the north of the mainland and Northern Ireland. Peter Ashworth will be responsible for sales of all Durst inkjet printing equipment for the region. Ashworth worked as national sales manager for Vivad, a display company in Melbourne, from 2002 up to his move to the UK in 2006 when he became UK north and Ireland territory manager for EFI Vutek.?

Ritrama expands materials portfolio

Self-adhesive materials manufacturer Ritrama has brought out a number of new vinyl, polypropylene and polyester-based products including Floor Talker, Ri-Jet Eco-Digital range, the Air Flow repositionable vehicle wrap series and Ri-View perforated vinyls range.

Latex vehicle wrap film from Hexis

French vinyl manufacturer Hexis has launched a cast latex digital printing film and gloss laminate for vehicle wrapping applications. Both films are PVC-free and do not contain any solvents, plasticisers or heavy metals. At Fespa 2010 Hexis used a US-made Tesla electric roadster to demo the new films and emphasise their environment-friendly qualities.

3M adds to its film range

3M has extended its films range, including new vehicle wrap options, a creative graphic series and an architectural film.

Fespa 2010 attracts digital buyers

More than 21,000 individual visitors from 130 countries visited Fespa 2010 in Munich, Germany, last week (21-26 June), 68% of which highlighted digital technology as a priority interest area. Visitor data showed that 67% of those who attended the show make or influence major purchasing decisions, underlining the event's reputation as a 'must-attend' international wide-format imaging event.

Swiss company unveils the Impala

Swiss-based swissQprint has brought out a UV flatbed that can print in up to nine colours (or add primer and varnish) on a wide range of stock up to 2.5m wide x 4m in length. The Impala printer, which was running at Fespa 2010, will be available from the autumn.

Second M-Press Tiger for StylePrint

StylePrint, an Australian screen printing company, has bought a second Agfa M-Press Tiger five months after installing its first. "Since the acquisition of the first M-Press Tiger our customers like the quality so much that the demand has gone up to the point where we clearly see the need for a second engine," said Andrew Woodhouse, who heads production at Melbourne-based StylePrint. "Our customers do not just ask us for print, they specify 'Tiger prints.' A Tiger print is becoming a new definition in Australia."

Xennia demo's industrial large-format inkjet textile printer

Xennia Technology and Reggiani Macchine have completed work on a full scale demonstration model of a diagonal multi pass digital inkjet textile printing system that enables high-speed, high-quality printing on textiles. This first demonstrator has 16 printheads, giving a throughput of 360m2 per hour. Xennia is now developing a second prototype with double the amount of printheads giving twice the throughput. Reggiani will commercially launch the new production systems onto the market in early 2011.

Inca acknowledges wide-format innovation

Inca, which celebrated its tenth birthday at Fespa 2010, announced the winners of its first Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) during the show. "We were delighted by the number and quality of entries that showed the considerable potential for digital print," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. "The sheer range of applications shows the ingenuity and creativity of our customers." The gongs went to.

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