The results of Fespa's first stakeholder Economy Survey suggest that wide-format printers and their suppliers worldwide are broadly optimistic about the chances of business recovering to pre-recession levels within the next 12 months.
Just months after opening up shop with an Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Barnsley-based Vivid Display is planning on buying two more printers as it anticipates doubling the size of the operation within the next year. The company, which started trading in February, already deals with about 16 shopping centres across the UK, producing POS materials, window graphics and floor vinyls.
As official partner of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships, Berlin 2009, Epson (in co-operation with the non-profit organisation Kulturprojekte Berlin) will be transforming Berlin's finest street 'Unter den Linden' into a huge open-air photo exhibition. Over 60 sports-based photos, each almost 2m high, will accompany the World Championship spectators.
Kall Kwik is offering a helping hand to charities and community groups across the country this month by inviting local fundraisers to take part in its 'Think Big' initiative. Those charities that enter the associated competition will be in with a chance of winning free design, print and promotional activity provided by Kall Kwik. The winning entries will be selected by participating centres and provided with a range of complimentary print and design services including the creation of large-scale promotional material to be displayed in a prominent location with the aim of boosting awareness and raising the charity's profile in the local community.
There is now a global warranty programme for the Avery Graphics-brand self-adhesive signmaking, digital, and screen printing media. The Integrated Component System (ICS) Warranty Programme is offered at two levels - ICS Performance Guarantee and ICS Platinum Warranty - and replaces the Avery Supreme Cover warranty previously used in Europe. The aim is to provide assurance that Avery Graphics products will perform exactly as they should, from production through conversion and application, and for the entire life of the applied graphic.
First UK installation of Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2 at ReproArts
The UK's first Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2 has been bought by Norfolk-based ReproArts. Production Director Paul Hill said: "We first saw the Acuity X2 in action earlier this year and placed our order at Sign and Digital UK. Although it has been a major investment for the company, we knew when we saw it that it was just what we were looking for in terms of its print area of 3.05m x 2.5m edge to edge. That really is a massive sheet size.
Icon Graphics in Bletchley has bought the UK's first EFI Vutek QS3220. Director Neville Tosar said the flexibility of the roll-to-roll/flatbed UV printer, its 3.2m width and high production speed (up to 84m2/hr) make it the right machine for the growing company.
Large-format print will be a core part of the fifth annual PrintIT! competition which targets students undertaking GCSEs in Graphic Products and Product Design. More than 200 schools have pre-registered to take part in the 2009/2010 competition which will challenge students to design a print-based campaign to promote Fairtrade products in supermarkets.
RealVue3D version 3.9 from FFEI provides access to all the latest features and special effects in one package. The software lets designers convert any multi-page PDF document into an interactive 3D visualization that can be rotated and viewed from any angle. The package contains features to depict the creative effects used, from stock selection - textures, gloss, matt, tint - to more sophisticated effects such as embossing, varnishing, foiling and die-cuts.
Advanced job planning and imposition module Metrix SE is now available from Screen for users of its Trueflow SE PDF workflow system. The Screen Edition of Metrix SE is specially adapted version of LithoTechnics' product that features enhanced JDF connectivity with Trueflow SE.
Sun Chemical and its parent company DIC Corporation have created a single, co-ordinated global structure for the inkjet market under the name SunJet. The new structure will fully leverage both organisations' technical expertise in pigments, dispersions, polymers and formulation chemistry.