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Simpson Group has spent £250,000 on a new MIS system from Tharstern. The MIS is the second significant investment for Simpsons since its management buyout in February this year - in the summer it installed an Inca Onset X3 flatbed printer. Together the purchases have cost over £1.25m.

EFI has debuted its single-pass Reggiani Bolt textile digital printer during an open house at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy.

Global Graphics company Meteor Inkjet - which works with inkjet printhead manufacturers like Fujifilm Dimatix, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Ricoh, Seiko Instruments, Toshiba TEC and Xaar - has launched a new family of DropWatcher turnkey systems for evaluating and optimising printhead and ink combinations.

Mattias Bystrom will replace Udo Panenka as president of Esko on 1 January 2019. The latter is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.

After more than 14 years as centre manager at the Signs Express (Taunton) franchise, Richard Frayling has taken ownership of the business following Maurice Firman’s decision to sell up, and has plans to extend the operation.

Print industry newcomer Paul Glover is the new owner of Signs Express (Nottingham). Glover, who bought the business from founders Jane and Adam Bailey, has previously run businesses in waste management and recycling.

At the recent Two Sides annual meeting of country managers, representatives from Europe, North America, South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand determined to continue efforts to stop organisations making misleading anti-print and paper messages in their customer communications.

Ricoh is buying ColorGate. Acquisition of the print software firm is scheduled for completion on 30 November. The move continues the ‘Ricoh Ignite’ growth plan set out in February this year and designed to expand the company’s printing technology portfolio. This acquisition is designed to strengthen Ricoh’s growing industrial printing business and comes on the back of Ricoh’s recent acquisition of LAC Corporation, a company with inkjet technology that supports printing on 3D surfaces.

Metamark (UK) has appointed Shaun Hobson to the newly created role of vice president international sales. He will report to CEO Paul French, and will spearhead investment in Metamark’s international business. 

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