Mon, Jan

A reminder that Zund UK will host open days at its demonstration suite in St Albans this coming Wednesday and Thursday (14/15 November).

Ali Ridha Jaffar, vice president of print and technology for London-based Syncoms Group, will present three business builder sessions at EFI Connect 2019, 22-25 January at Wynn Las Vegas. The focus will be on how delegates can differentiate their business and win customers via ecommerce.

The SGIA is inviting interested parties to a webinar on Thursday 15 November, In which three experts in the digital textile printing arena will offer a sneak-peek at the 2018 Digital Textile Printing Conference 3.0.

The Fawcett Society has announced that Equal Pay Day was on Saturday, 10 November this year. It marks the date when women across the UK received their 'last payslip' of the year and started 'working for free' when compared to male salaries on a like-for-like basis. Equal Pay Day fell on 10 November in both 2016 and 2017, suggesting that the gender pay gap is not closing.

Winners of the 2018 British Sign Awards have been announced at an event in Leicester where the British Sign and graphics Association (BSGA) also officially confirmed a partnership with the US-based International Sign Association (ISA) to form ISA UK.

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Signs Express (Central Lancashire) has worked with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to install a 5:1 replica of the Menin Gate memorial covered in more than 30,000 knitted poppies. Signs Express transformed an MDF structure by applying over 90m of printed vinyl to represent the red bricks, plaques and decorative features.

Innotech Digital is launching an ‘essentials' range of self-adhesive vinyls and laminates for short-term, economy applications. The VistaMax range will include monomeric lamination films, air escape vinyls, matt and gloss white and greyback vinyls.

Drupa 2020 is 96% booked according to organisers. Companies from more than 40 countries have confirmed their participation in the show, which will take up 160,000m2 at Messe Dusseldorf, 16 - 26 June 2020.

The success Echo House has had with a 5m-wide Fujifilm Acuity Ultra since its installation in June 2018 has prompted the company to order a machine still in development. Precise specifications of the new Acuity Ultra are still to be confirmed, but the smaller format model will offer the same print carriage configuration and deliver the same level of quality at comparable speeds as the 5m and 3.2m models currently available. It will be installed at Echo House in January 2019.

International Airlines Group Cargo - which incorporates British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Vueling and Level - has rebranded, with Signbox fulfilling a brief for a new signage scheme across workspaces at London Heathrow and hubs in Dublin and Madrid. The solution incorporated external signage, wayfinding, environmental graphics, manifestation and safety signs.

James Ivison has re-joined Wrights Plastics as senior relationship executive. Trained as a graphic designer he initially joined the company in 2007 and undertook roles in design, IT training and CCTV electrician/sales before leaving in 2015. He said: “Lots of new cutting-edge machinery, a recently acquired business, more clients and a larger workforce,” have lured him back.

HP has joined NextWave Plastics, a consortium of technology and consumer-focused companies aiming to develop supply chains that “turn off the tap” when it comes to plastic entering oceans.

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