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Kongsberg XP tables prove good earner for EskoArtwork

EskoArtwork financials for the first half of 2010 show its on the right track. Consolidated revenues for the period amounted to 84.9m Euro, an increase of 25% over the first half year of 2009 and an increase of seven percent over the same period in 2008. Earnings (before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the first half year of 2010 ended at 17m Euro, a 149% improvement over the same period of 2009 and 42% higher than the first half year of 2008.

Winners and losers during economic slowdown

334 companies in the UK print industry are worth a third less than they were a year ago. However, 331 companies have actually increased in value. The findings are from the latest Plimsoll Analysis which values the top 982 companies and looks at how that is impacting on the shape of the market.


More reasons to attend the BAPC Conference

Thanks to the support of a high number of sponsors and partners the BAPC is able to offer a number of offers to those attending its upcoming annual Conference. The event is open to everyone in the industry and takes place over the weekend of 5-6 November.  The delegate cost is £120 per person but registering printers are now entitled to register a second delegate for free. In addition, the first 100 people to reserve their place will receive a free signed copy of speaker Jeff Hayzlett’s best selling book ‘The Mirror Test’. Those who book before 14 October will also be entered into a draw to win two free tickets for the ATP tennis tournament being held at the O2 Arena in December.

Digital Plus on to a winner

Inspired by Lord Coe’s joke about recruiting 5,000 Morris dancers for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Whitby artist David Owen put together an exhibition entitled ‘5000 Morris dancers’ at London’s Southbank Centre. To help publicise the event Leeds-based large-format printer Digital Plus collaborated with the artist and graphic artist company Playpen to produce and print 36 giant window graphics, 15 suspended cored graphics, ten large removable prints, wallpapers to wrap around the trees on the Thames’ frontage and 12 massive wrappings for columns.

Colour accuracy/high productivity combo from Epson

The new 24in Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and the 44in Epson Stylus Pro 9890 offer a combination of accurate colour reproduction with unbeatable productivity according to their maker.

HP launches Designjet Z6200 printer

HP has used Photokina to launch the HP Designjet Z6200 printer series which use HP Vivid photo inks to deliver 2,4000dpi images at speeds up to 140m2/hr, which is 50% faster than the predecessor, the Z6100. The range, which will be available as of 1 November, will cost from £8,300 for the 42in model to £14,000 for the 60in version.

DCP acquisition by CWE Solutions creates one of the UK’s biggest resellers

Large-format reseller CWE Solutions has taken-over the business of Sheffield-based reseller DCP Systems to form DCP Solutions, which now trades as a fully owned subsidiary. The acquisition means that CWE Solutions is now one of the UK’s largest independent resellers of large-format products. London-based CWE Solutions is currently the biggest HP reseller in Europe and together with DCP now has a portfolio of wide-format hardware and consumables that includes products from Epson, Cannon and Mutoh too.

Expanded multimedia capability with CorelDraw Premium Suite X5

CorelDraw Premium Suite X5 brings with it expanded multimedia capability including requisite tools for vector-illustration, website creation, image editing, advanced Flash animation and video editing.

Ultima adds to display systems offering

As part of its Linear aluminium frame display system Ultima has launched Linear Vector, a lightweight modular frame system suitable for fabric and rigid substrate graphics. Ultima has also introduced a Vector range of wall-mounted graphic frames that allows you to create seamless graphic displays. These are front-loading, so that even if the display or wall frame is in-situ, graphics can be changed very easily.

Spandex Open House set to deliver practical advice on growing business 

Spandex will host an Open House at its premises in Bristol on 4-5 November. Following the company's theme of 'Learn, Discover and Benefit', the event will comprise interactive learning sessions and practical expert advice to help attendees grow business. Spandex will also show ways to take advantage of the growing textile and soft signage market by maximising the potential of new and existing technology.

Productivity soars at Colouration thanks to Arizona 550 GTs

Colouration has taken its second Arizona 550 GT UV flatbed printer from Océ. The company, which was the first in the UK to install an Arizona 550 when it took its initial machine back in March, said investment in the second printer was necessary because new business won on the back of the first exceeded expectation. It has been operating on a 24/7 basis in order to cope with demand.

Time to visit design village at Packaging Innovations? 

If diversification into print for packaging is in your thoughts then maybe a trip to Packaging Innovations London on 7- 8 October should be in your diary. The trade event will host a new 'Design Village' that will bring together specifically design and branding agencies and demonstrate what is now achievable in packaging. 

Power points for Digital Plus

Leeds-based large format display company Digital Plus is near completing the task of printing and fitting internal graphics and signage for npower’s new office in the north east. The contract, which started in January this year and is now close to completion, rolls out new branding marking the energy company’s tenth anniversary. Digital Plus’ Océ Arizona 350 GT flatbed was used to print most of the work, supported by the company’s Roland six-colour solvent roll printer.

Canon print sample service extended

Sample Print, Canon’s Web-based large-format print sample service, now includes new images from commercial and landscape photographer  Keith Cooper, of Northlight Images. Rob Andrews of Sample Print said: “We were looking for some strong architectural images as well as some interesting black and whites which Keith has been able to provide for us.”

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