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PrinIt! makes twinning easier

The Proskills led PrintIt! educational project aimed at encouraging youngsters into a print career has a new website which can be used by print companies as well as students/teachers wanting information on the scheme. The site includes easily digestible details on the PrintIt! Twinning programme that links print companies and schools and key to how the scheme works. If you are interested on becoming a twinning partner to go www.printit.org.uk/employers 

Zund G3 improved for 24/7 production

The Zund G3 flatbed cutting table’s routing module now has a MQL (minimal quantity lubrication) system designed specifically to meet increasing demands for 24/7 production of signs and displays.

William Smith hosts business growth event

On 17 November William Smith is inviting signmakers to take part in a special Open for Business event at its Barnard Castle site – a day designed to help printers identify new opportunities and business directions.

Print waste recyclers target Scotland

J&G Environmental is boosting its presence in Scotland. The print waste company, which has its headquarters at Blandford, Dorset, is leasing a 372m2 premises on the Springkerse Industrial Estate in Stirling where it will set up a waste transfer station serving printers across the whole of Scotland.

Significant investment signals a new era for Northprint

Northprint is being transformed. For the 2011 event, which takes place in Harrogate next May, organiser IIR has committed considerable investment to create new innovations and attractions that go beyond the traditional trade show format. In recognition of the growth in the digital wide-format market, Northprint 2011 will present a dedicated wide-format Applications Lounge, which will showcase the capabilities of this technology and demonstrate the range of innovative applications to printers that are thinking of diversifying and investing into wide-format technology.

Atech takes on Matic soft signage finishing range

Atech has become the sole UK distributor of Matic’s range of large-format finishing equipment for the soft signage and digital textiles sector. The move means Atech can now provide one of the widest ranges of finishing equipment for the digital textile industry in the UK including industrial sewing machines/stitchers, industrial impulse welders and pneumatic eyeleting machines.

Agfa Graphics launches modular Jeti 3020 Titan

The SGIA show in the US has seen Agfa launch the Jeti 3020 Titan, what it is calling “a truly future-proof wide-format print solution which enables display producers to balance their investments, inline with business growth”. The UV-curable flatbed printer has been designed and constructed using a modular format so that, as users' demands increase, the machine’s colour and speed capabilities can be extended.

Enfocus improves PDF preflight and delivery tool

PitStop Connect 09, released in May 2010, has been updated. The package, which makes it easy for creatives to deliver print-ready PDFs, enables printers and publishers to create Connectors containing PDF specifications for preflight and delivery specifications. It can also be used to deliver other document formats - such as JPEGs or TIFFs - automatically via FTP to the receiving site or directly into an Enfocus Switch automated workflow, in that case no preflight is done.

Mactac wins sustainability award

Mactac has won the Prize for Sustainable Development awarded by Viscom-Signal ’ETIQ’ France.

Quarmby helps EFI’s to Vutek GS milestone

EFI is celebrating the sale of its 100th Vutek GS Series grand format printer. The milestone machine was bought by Leeds-based Quarmby Colour which plumped for a GS3200, 3.2m UV-curable flatbed and roll-to-roll hybrid solution. Quarmby, which already owns two Vutek QS2000 machines, opted for eight-colours plus white ink to extend its existing production capabilities.

New inks for EFI Vutek GS5000r

Q4 will see a new ink for EFI’s Vutek GS5000r 5m roll-to-roll printer. With this ink, co-branded with and qualified by 3M, output from the GS5000r on 3M media will meet the requirements of the 3M MCS warranty.

Green banner material from Ultraflex

Ultraflex Systems, a US-based supplier of wide-format printable media, has introduced a PVC free and 100% recyclable smooth, scrimless, block out banner material that is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, UV or latex inkjet printing. In another move the company has also developed a website exclusively for Descor, a textile used primarily for decorative wall and ceiling applications. It can also be mounted into a corresponding track/profile system or hung in traditional methods for hanging textiles. The Descor website includes material descriptions and specifications, galleries of applications and an image library for Descor design purposes etc. 

Fespa Digital 2011 looking good

70% of the show floorspace for Fespa Digital 2011 has already been booked and an impressive line-up of corporate sponsors have pledged support for the show which doesn’t open its doors until May next year. “Looking ahead to 2011, there is a common belief that our industry will have put the economic downturn behind it and be ready to embrace the future with a new generation of digital investment," said Fespa marketing director Marcus Timson.

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