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Colourgen is to distribute PrintFactory workflow software in the UK and Ireland. The intention is for Colourgen - newly acquired by the massive Westcoast Group - to help the Netherlands-based software producer develop its reseller channels, working in tandem with PrintFactory's HP and Jetrix distribution-base.

Dublin-based Horizon has ordered a third Durst production system as it continues its expansion programme. The company - which is about to open an extension to its head office on the Navan Road where it has been located for the last 26 years - signed up at Fespa Global for a Durst Rho 1312, fully automated with a Smart4 speed advancement tool that improves speed and productivity by 40%. It is also taking new finishing machinery on board.

Soyang Europe is becoming the UK distributor for creative wallcoverings manufacturer Desardi as it looks to expand its portfolio to meet demand for high-end, bespoke interior decor products.

Manchester-based Astra Signs has printed the graphics for Barcelona FC’s team bus used for the recent UEFA Champions League matches. Covering the entire team bus including the windows, the vehicle wrap was printed onto PVC material from Drytac's Polar range using an HP Latex 570 printer.

Nazdar has introduced its 204 Series digital inks, previewed at Sign and Digital UK by QPS, and designed specifically for use in Roland TrueVis SG and VG Series digital printers.

Fespa Global Print Expo will return to Munich, Germany in 2021, together with its co-located event for non-printed signage, European Sign Expo. The events will run for four days, from 18 to 21 May 2021.

The Westcoast Group has bought Colourgen. The wide-format print distributor will continue to trade operate as an autonomous business from its offices in Maidenhead and will carry on offering the same portfolio of products and services with the same staff. Jeff Biggs, who founded Colourgen in 1987, is retiring. Managing director Mark Lambert will continue in a management role at Colourgen alongside members of the Westcoast management team.

Fespa is launching a new exhibition dedicated to sportswear manufacturing. The first ‘Sportswear Pro’ show will run alongside next year’s Fespa Global event at IFEMA in Madrid (24-27 March).

Epson has delivered on its spring promise to unveil two new large-format printers at Fespa Global - the 64in SureColor SC-S60600L and SCS80600L.

HP has put the meat on the bones in regards to the HP Stitch S1000 3.2m wide dye-sub printer announced earlier in the year and debuted at Fespa Global.

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