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Agfa marketing manager Steve Collins has joined authorised partner Josero as director of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for the new equipment sales division (via direct and indirect channels) as well as taking the lead on all promotional activity, including marketing management.

The Print Trailblazer Consortium has submitted the assessment plan for the print trailblazer employer-defined standard for apprenticeship programmes to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), part of the Department for Education - the final stage in securing approval from Government to start the delivery of the new programmes.

Drytac has added ReTac WipeErase and WipeErase White to its range of films that can be written on with standard dry-erase markers as well as branded/decorated using UV inkjet print.

Inkjet printing technology developer Memjet has a new director, Sunil Gupta. He joins the board having for the past four decades held leadership positions in large enterprises, including Fuji Xerox Australia, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, and Xerox International Partners.

Onlineprinters subsidiary Solopress has a new MD. Simon Cooper - who has held long-term executive roles at Cimpress subsidiaries Tradeprint and Exaprint - takes on the mantle as founders Aron Priest and Andy Smith move on. Priest will continue to act as an advisor, while Smith leaves to concentrate on new entrepreneurial projects.

Ricoh UK will use Sign and Digital UK 2019 (2-4 April, NEC Birmingham) to showcase its new Ricoh Pro L5130/5160 latex printers, new Ricoh Pro TF6250 UV flatbed, and new Ricoh Ri 1000 mid-range direct-to-garment printer.

As exclusive UK and Irish Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services will show a new clear option for the UCJV300 Series LED UV printer/cutters at Sign and Digital UK (2-4 April, NEC Birmingham). The event will also see the UK debut of the Mimaki TS55 1.9m wide dye-sub printer, and the recently announced metallic LED UV ink will be on show for the first time on a Mimaki UJF-7151plus.

IMI Europe has announced new events for 2019 and the return to the “home of inkjet” - Cambridge - for its Summer School.

Craig Tiley, director of Signs Express (Stoke) has won the Signs Express Franchisee of the Year award for 2018, making it a hat trick for the operation, which also won Best Interior Sign and Best Sign Project.

Hidetoshi Shinada has been appointed chairperson of photonic printing solutions company DataLase, to drive collaboration and integration with the Sato Group, his previous company. Shinada is well known in the print sector, having held a number of roles within Fujifilm for more than 30 years.

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