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Surge in exhibitors ahead of Sign and Digital UK 2011

Sign and Digital UK has seen an unprecedented surge in exhibitor interest for the 2011 show. Almost double the amount of stand space has been booked for the event compared to this time last year for the 2010 show.

Enfocus announces PitStop Pro 10

October will see the first commercial availability of PitStop Pro 10, a major upgrade to Enfocus’s PDF editing and preflighting application. This latest version offers improved colour management and expanded collaborative working tools. Also, for users in a collaborative working environment with multiple copies of PitStop Pro 10, new PitStop Workgroup Manager allows central management and standardisation of preflight settings, Action Lists, Workspaces etc. This is available with Floating Licenses, where copies of PitStop Pro can be installed on any number of terminals within a local area network, but only a certain number can be used simultaneously. 

EskoArtwork adds full automation with its Kongsberg XP Auto cutting solution

A new version of the XP cutting table has been announced by EskoArtwork. Designated the XP Auto, it incorporates automatic loading and unloading and is designed to complement wide-format digital printers, enabling a full digital production workflow for point-of-sale displays and short-run packaging work. First deliveries are scheduled for Q4 2010. Existing XP installations can be upgraded on-site to the new XP Auto configuration.

GTMS unveils new simple and sustainable eco-hoarding

GTMS is launching Visionply eco-hoarding, a 100% recyclable printable plywood product that is weatherproof and can be used for permanent and temporary installations. Hampshire-based GTMS used 200m2 of Visionply for the first ever Goodwood Vintage Festival that took place in August.

Pyramid rebrands consumables range

Pyramid Display Materials has rebranded its entire digital media and ink range under the Simply banner. To help you locate products the company has produced a Simply product guide that is colour coded by technology and uses application icons. 

www.pyramiddisplay.co.uk 

pixart.it benefits from new website

Italian-based Web-to-print company pixart now has a faster, more dynamic and flexible website portal. Matteo Rigamonti, CEO of pixart.it, said: “The creation of our new virtual showcase is the result of a time-consuming project aimed at improving service for our clients. We studied to attain an agile and useable tool that would enable users to move more easily from the choice of the product to the payment phase. We are highly satisfied with the results and will continue to improve on them and enhance them over the upcoming months.”

Adobe CEO to speak at EFI Connect Users’ Conference 2011 

EFI’s 12th annual Connect users’ conference will take place next year from 26 – 29 April at the Wynn Las Vegas. Connect enables print industry leaders from around the world to attend educational sessions, test drive the latest EFI products, voice their opinions at user group meetings, discuss industry trends and network with peers.

SMEs urged to unlock the secrets of the Web through free events

Smaller businesses across the UK are being invited to discover how they can harness the full potential of the internet through a series of free events hosted by the Forum of Private Business. Attendees will be able to hear how they can use search engine optimisation (SEO) to ensure potential customers are drawn to their products and services at various regional networking events, the first of which takes place on 9 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds. The full programme can be found under the ‘Development’ heading on the forum’s website: www.fpb.org 

Hexis launches new vehicle wrap films

Hexis will use the forthcoming Viscom show in Paris to launch a latex digital printing film and gloss laminate destined for vehicle wrapping applications. Both films are PVC-free and do not contain any solvents, plasticisers or heavy metals. The compound is flexible and conformable enough to be suitable for car wraps and in general applications that demand a conformable film. At Viscom Hexis will use an all-electric Tesla roadster to demonstrate the new films and emphasise their environment-friendly qualities.

DPC invests in preparation for upturn

DPC Signs has bought a HP Designjet L65500 latex printer (now the Scitex LX600) and a RollsRoller flatbed applicator from William Smith. “The machines were purchased to replace three older machines, which they have easily done, and to ensure that we are ready for the upturn in the economy,” said DPC director Dave Taylor. “They have given us already the potential to quote on larger volume work.”

Recycling to help breast cancer sufferers

A new recycling scheme for empty toner-ink cartridges (and mobile phones) just been started by Blandford-based print waste management specialist J&G Environmental which will donate all profits from the scheme to Breast Cancer Care.

Mixed messaging on environment shows BAPC survey

Environmental issues continue to get a mixed response when it comes to the level of importance put upon them by printing companies according to the newest BAPC Environmental Survey results which polled 237 companies in August this year.

Signage and commercial print converge at Africa Print

The increasing convergence of signage and commercial printing has prompted the introduction of the Africa Print show which will run alongside Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa 2010 for the first time making it the largest commercial digital print show for the African continent.

Bavarian wide-format start-up installs HP printers as part of ‘green’ service

New large-format company Generation Druck of Wettstetten, Germany, has bought in an HP Designjet Z6100, an HP Designjet L25500 and an HP Scitex LX800 to launch an environmentally aware sign and display printing service.

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