The latest Printing Outlook survey from the BPIF reveals the UK printing sector experienced a marginally better than expected fourth quarter. Following a subdued forecast for the period both output and orders just outperformed expectations, as the industry experienced a very slight upturn, aided by some election-related activity. Orders and output are now expected to recover further in Q1.
Epson has given bursaries to two fashion students at the University of Westminster in a bid to help educate the fashion industry about on-demand dye-sublimation printing as a means of reducing the industry’s high carbon footprint.
Canon has opened a new central ink production facility for UVgel ink after production volumes of the ink for its roll-to-roll Colorado printer family doubled over the last year. Canon has confirmed that the new facility - based on its innovation and development campus in Venlo, Netherlands - became fully operational on 1 December.
Paragon Group - which recently rebranded its Service Point UK business to become Service Graphics - has appointed Sean Shine as CEO. He replaces Patrick Crean, Paragon’s principal shareholder, who will now take on the role of executive chairman.
Birmingham-based Aurora Graphics has bought a Durst Rho LED 512R six-colour with white printer and taken on another nearby production unit as part of an expansion programme expected to grow turnover by 20% in 2020.
This Drupa will see the trade fair’s first feature focused specifically on digitally printed textiles. Touchpoint Textile (hall 4) has been designed for cross-industry collaboration, with a micro-factory demonstrating product and manufacturing ideas. Show organisers say the special feature is an indicator of how Drupa is gaining ground in new markets, which apart from textile printing include large-format printing, packaging, industrial and functional printing.