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Nth Degree to show augmented reality on banners, posters and packaging at Sign & Digital UK

Nth Degree to show augmented reality on banners, posters and packaging at Sign & Digital UK

Nth Degree Imaging will be showing live applications of augmented reality on banners, posters and packaging alongside a vast array of inkjet hardware, colour management and software solutions on its stand at Sign & Digital UK.This ground-breaking technology brings a...

Landor to showcase a wealth of innovations at Sign & Digital UK

Landor to showcase a wealth of innovations at Sign & Digital UK

Digital imaging specialist distributor Landor UK Ltd will be launching several new products at the forthcoming Sign & Digital UK show and will demonstrate the applications to visitors to provide a first-hand insight of their quality and ease of use.Under...

Blackman & White to showcase the best of British cutters at Sign & Digital

Blackman & White to showcase the best of British cutters at Sign & Digital

Finishing specialist Blackman & White will showcase what it describes as the ‘best of British’ at Sign & Digital UK 2015, with the first UK exhibition appearance of its new Versa-Tech cutter.The UK company, which designs and manufactures its own...

See the British Grand Prix with printMAX

See the British Grand Prix with printMAX

printMAX is offering two lucky customers the opportunity to win a VIP trip to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone this summer (4th – 5th July) for all customers choosing to order their next large format Roland or...

SMGG is ready for Sign & Digital UK

SMGG is ready for Sign & Digital UK

Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG), the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group, will return to Sign & Digital UK in 2015 – on stand E24 – with an array of exciting wide-format print solutions in celebration of its 50th...

Hardware

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Perfect Colours puts a photo production printer into PNG

Perfect Colours puts a photo production printer into PNG

Lancashire based PNG Digital has invested in an HP Z6200 Photo Production wide format printer from Perfect Colours. Just over one year old, the Blackpool firm has expanded so fast that it...

Roland DG to attend the Glasgow Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show

Roland DG to attend the Glasgow Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show

Roland DG has confirmed its attendance at The Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show in Glasgow; the next in the series of regional wide format roadshows.The event will be...

Graphic arts distributor Nth Degree Imaging joins the Roland DG UK dealer network

Graphic arts distributor Nth Degree Imaging joins the Roland DG UK dealer network

Colour management, packaging, proofing and design solutions specialist, Nth Degree Imaging, has officially joined the Roland DG UK network of UK Authorised Dealers.The company, formed in 2008 by Northampton Saints...

Tropical Cyclones Marcia & Lam and the Roland DG Support Programme

Tropical Cyclones Marcia & Lam and the Roland DG Support Programme

Roland DG Australia is extending its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the recent tropical cyclones in Queensland and Northern Territory. The company would like...

Roland DG (UK) seeks National Sales manager

Roland DG (UK) seeks National Sales manager

Roland DG (UK) is looking to recruit a National Sales manager to manage its UK Sales operation. The company is seeking a quality, high-calibre, results-driven individual with experience in technical...

Wideformat

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Hybrid Services offers two year warranty on Mimaki desktop flatbed printers

Hybrid Services offers two year warranty on Mimaki desktop flatbed printers

Hybrid Services is offering an attractive two year warranty to companies looking to invest in the Mimaki UJF series of LED UV desktop flatbed printers before the end of May 2015.Included in the offer is the A3-sized Mimaki UJF-3042FX small-format...

Print-Leeds up’s wide format productivity with Screen flatbed

Print-Leeds up’s wide format productivity with Screen flatbed

Multi format PSP Print-Leeds is fast becoming one of the UK’s most technologically advanced printing houses with the arrival of a Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV ST wide format flatbed printer.The new machine replaces a Screen Truepress Jet 1600UV printer that...

Inca Digital launches Onset R40LT scalable mid-range UV flatbed printer

Inca Digital launches Onset R40LT scalable mid-range UV flatbed printer

Inca Digital has launched the Inca Onset R40LT wide-format, flatbed UV printer for companies looking to invest in a standard mid-range machine.The new printer is available immediately from Fujifilm, Inca’s exclusive global distribution partner, and the first units are already...

Best Digital adds Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS

Best Digital adds Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS

Hertfordshire based Best Digital has boosted production capacity by 50% after investing in a Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS wide-format flat-bed printer which was part-funded with a £50,000 grant from the UK’s Regional Growth Fund.The new machine, which features CMYK...

CMYUK to open the UK’s first super-wide UV one-stop-shop showroom

CMYUK to open the UK’s first super-wide UV one-stop-shop showroom

CMYUK’s growth as the UK dealer of EFI super-wide format, VUTEk, Mimaki and Zünd solutions has now led to the company to move into new, tailor-made premises in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.With excellent transport and communications’ links to most parts of the...

Textile Printing

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OEKO-TEX accreditation gained by Mimaki for direct skin contact inks

OEKO-TEX accreditation gained by Mimaki for direct skin contact inks

Mimaki has announced it has attained the OEKO-TEX accreditation for direct skin contact for its Sb300 series dye sublimation inks and Sb53 sublimation transfer inks.The OEKO-TEX criteria catalogue provides manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a scientifically based...

Check out Epson at Printwear & Promotion LIVE

Check out Epson at Printwear & Promotion LIVE

As one of the many former editors of Printwear & Promotion magazine over the years I confess to being somewhat nerdy when it comes to anything to do with printing onto textiles and apparel. It’s an occupational hazard I suppose,...

Easy mobile app technology pairs end consumers with PSPs for bespoke wall décor

Easy mobile app technology pairs end consumers with PSPs for bespoke wall décor

HP will be at Heimtextil this week showing off its incredible HP WallArt Solution, a mobile app software technology that pairs end consumers with HP print service providers for the provision of bespoke wall décor. HP plans to show visitors to...

Epson all set to show textile applications at Heimtextil

Epson all set to show textile applications at Heimtextil

Epson is all set for Heimtextil (14-17 January 2015, Messe Frankfurt, Stand F15 Hall 4) as the company teams up with DMI, the German Fashion Institute, to show textile designers and producers how they can create, proof and digitally print...

Gideon Oberson to collaborate with Kornit Digital at Heimtextil

Gideon Oberson to collaborate with Kornit Digital at Heimtextil

The upsurge of interest in digital textile printing across the fabric arena, and marked upward trend for the versatility of ink-jet printing, has confirmed Kornit Digital’s attendance at, the world’s leading exhibition for textile and garment manufacturing, which takes place...

Materials

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Soyang launches two new wide format materials

Soyang launches two new wide format materials

Specialist printable media manufacturer and distributor, Soyang Europe has launched two new products; Sealwise (shown above), a printable rigid substrate incorporating closed-cell technology, and So-Netic, a printable and easily replaceable magnetic wallcovering.So-Netic is a two-part product; encompassing a magnetic lining...

Antalis supply Contra Vision BACKLITE for giant projection screen

Antalis supply Contra Vision BACKLITE for giant projection screen

Multi-service design and production company The Creative Place transformed a working studio building into a purpose-built outdoor stage and cinematic venue using Contra Vision BACKLITE, supplied by Antalis UK, as the backdrop to HONOUR, an emotionally-charged outdoor event to mark...

Save 10% on Intercoat before the end of February

Save 10% on Intercoat before the end of February

Soyang Europe is offering 10% off all orders from its range of Intercoat self-adhesive vinyl until the end of February 2015.Manufactured in Germany, the premium quality Intercoat range includes self-adhesive matte and gloss vinyl which is perfect for a wide...

New prismatic fleet marking film from ORAFOL

New prismatic fleet marking film from ORAFOL

ORAFOL has launched another prismatic fleet marking film - ORALITE 5921M Prismatic Fleet Marking Grade, expanding the company’s range even further.The material is constructed as a single layer metallised film, meaning that there is no risk of any water or...

Soyang Europe responds to increased demand for textiles with new products

Soyang Europe responds to increased demand for textiles with new products

Soyang Europe has responded to market demand by increasing its wide and grand format textile offering by adding new lines to its three core product ranges. Suitable for printing on almost any dye sub, UV or latex printer, the company’s...

Wrapping World

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Richard Childress Racing rolls out Roland printed NASCAR race car wraps

Richard Childress Racing rolls out Roland printed NASCAR race car wraps

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has kicked off the 2015 NASCAR season with new race car wraps and a high level of confidence. Although the new wraps aren’t likely to create wins on the track; the bold, vibrant graphics are certain...

Wrap Cup Americas competition announced

Wrap Cup Americas competition announced

American vehicle wrappers look set to have a field day come February 2015 when the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) printing trade show presents the Wrap Cup Americas, a vehicle wrap competition where the best of the Americas will be...

Flying home for Christmas in an ORAFOL wrapped Boeing 737

Flying home for Christmas in an ORAFOL wrapped Boeing 737

Air Berlin has unveiled its Christmas themed Boeing 737-800, wrapped in ORAJET Aircraft Graphic Film, to set passengers in the Christmas mood. The 2014 Christmas aircraft continues an Air Berlin tradition that goes back to 2011. A digital Christmas plane on...

Brilliant transporter transformed with Orajet wrapping film supplied by Antalis

Brilliant transporter transformed with Orajet wrapping film supplied by Antalis

Brand and design experts Brilliant Media have wrapped the trailer and cars for the motor-sport division of construction and refurbishment specialists Barley McNaughton. The company used some 1,350 sq ft of Orajet, which was supplied by Antalis, to transform a...

Inside Out at the Paris Panthéon

Inside Out at the Paris Panthéon

Earlier this year, French artist JR called for the creation of a global participatory art project – Inside Out - with the potential to change the world. Inspired by JR’s large format street "pastings", Inside Out gives everyone the opportunity...

Finishing World

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SMGG adds entry level automated flatbed cutting table

SMGG adds entry level automated flatbed cutting table

SMGG has expanded its cutting solutions line with the addition of the £55k Colex Sharpcut machine.According to SMGG’s Steve Guest, the Colex Sharpcut has been designed to serve all markets with a requirement for mechanised cutting, creasing and routing operations. “We’re marketing the machines at a very competitive price-point –...

Speedscreen adds Kongsberg C digital finishing system

Speedscreen adds Kongsberg C digital finishing system

As part of an overall £1m investment strategy, Kent based Speedscreen has added a fully-featured super-wide Kongsberg C digital finishing system to its finishing department.Specialising in posters, POP displays, POS and signage, the company is experiencing year-on-year growth of over 30% during the last 12 months and, according to managing...

Compact flatbed cutting plotter for short run and packaging prototyping

Compact flatbed cutting plotter for short run and packaging prototyping

Mimaki has announced the launch of the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter which offers both creasing and cutting capabilities and enables the creation and delivery of high quality, cost-effective output. The new CFL-605RT is designed with Mimaki’s established technology to support immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes with multiple functions.The...

Bit & Blade offer service and support for Kongsberg consumables

Bit & Blade offer service and support for Kongsberg consumables

Bit & Blade has opened its doors in response to growing UK demand for the fast and efficient supply of consumables, offering support and service for those using Kongsberg digital cutting tables.The operation has been established by Geoff Spicer, owner of Esko reseller Mill Pond Graphics Ltd. Mill Pond is...

Zünd ready for Packaging Innovations

Zünd ready for Packaging Innovations

Zünd UK says it will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations (February 25th and 26th 2015) with an emphasis on user-friendly automation.Taking place at Birmingham's NEC, the company will be showing a Zünd S3 M-800 (1330mm x 800mm) digital cutter with an automatic sheet feeder, enabling automated loading and unloading of...

Business

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Rocket ready for lift off

Rocket ready for lift off

Exhibition and event project management specialist Rocket Graphics has announced its intention to expand its salesforce this year, with the company revealing a 17% growth in turnover for 2014, as it gears up for further expansion and development in the...

Davies pays tribute to outstanding UK team as Roland DG (UK) achieves IIP Silver Standard accreditation

Davies pays tribute to outstanding UK team as Roland DG (UK) achieves IIP Silver Standard accreditation

Roland DG has announced that the company has achieved Investors In People (IIP) Silver Standard status, after passing the accreditation assessment with flying colours late in 2014. This moves the company up the ladder from the Bronze Star status it...

Callprint announces ambitious two year plan to double turnover to £25m

Callprint announces ambitious two year plan to double turnover to £25m

Reprographics and Large format print specialist Callprint has ambitious plans to grow its business through a process of organic acquisitions and recruitment, with the intention to grow sales up to £25m in the next two years through the addition of...

Visual Print and Design wins prestigious Customer Service Award

Visual Print and Design wins prestigious Customer Service Award

Lincolnshire based print, design and display company, Visual Print and Design was awarded the prestigious Customer Service Award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards, held at the Showground in Lincoln.Visual Print is a full service PSP based in the heart of...

LumeJet seeks investors

LumeJet seeks investors

LumeJet, the British print technology innovator, aims to be the first crowd funded digital printing machine and print head manufacturer. The company has launched on the Crowdbnk platform and is looking for an investment of £2m which will give the...

Technology

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Apogee 9 eliminates bottlenecks in the print production process

Apogee 9 eliminates bottlenecks in the print production process

Agfa Graphics says commercial printers and hybrid print service providers who produce both commercial print and wide-format signs and displays, are now using the company’s latest software, Apogee 9 that serves as the production hub for their graphic reproduction to...

ProCo cuts ink costs and production times with GMG solutions

ProCo cuts ink costs and production times with GMG solutions

Sheffield-based integrated marketing communications provider ProCo has invested in GMG proofing and colour management software solutions to provide a higher quality, consistent print service across its digital and litho print devices, reduce ink costs and cut production times.The company boasts...

Color-Logic introduces Image-FX Photoshop plug-in for metallics

Color-Logic introduces Image-FX Photoshop plug-in for metallics

A new Photoshop plug-in is available from Color-Logic for Adobe Creative Cloud users that automatically creates a metallic ink separation for conventional printing or a white ink separation for use with metallic substrate. The company says its Image-FX software plug-in...

Stop getting cross about cross-media with this handy Canon guide

Stop getting cross about cross-media with this handy Canon guide

Cross-media has long been seen as the next big opportunity for printers. However, according to research undertaken by Canon, many PSPs have struggled to grasp exactly what it is, whether it's right for their business and how they can get...

Color-Logic file format supported by CGS

Color-Logic file format supported by CGS

Color-Logic says the file format necessary to print its widely used Process Metallic Color System is now supported through a collaboration with CGS 3D visualisation software, and that brand managers and their designers using the CGS system can see the...

Outdoor Display

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Fortress England gets ready for 2015 World Cup with KAPAtech from Antalis

Fortress England gets ready for 2015 World Cup with KAPAtech from Antalis

With Great Britain hosting the Rugby World Cup later this year, Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby will become the focal point for the world’s media and a mecca for rugby fans from around the globe. Being such a...

Mini strip retail display solution for the digital retail world

Mini strip retail display solution for the digital retail world

Display Solution AG has announced the 2nd generation of its ShelfVision E-Shelf mini strip retail display solution.ShelfVision works by visually attracting passers-by with colourful eye-catching moving promotions or videos, and the content of the display can be easily updated in...

Doddle transforms 27 UK rail stations in first major outdoor campaign

Doddle transforms 27 UK rail stations in first major outdoor campaign

Doddle, the new parcel collection, returning and sending service located in and around train stations across Britain, kicked off the festive season with a major nationwide outdoor campaign using digital, wraps and banners to create an immersive experience for time-pressed...

New Content division for JCDecaux

New Content division for JCDecaux

JCDecaux has appointed Janet Guest as Editorial director and Russell Gower as Creative Content director, setting up a new Content division that is set to deliver the first editorial schedules across digital screens nationwide.The Content team will liaise with the...

Portable backlit LED pavement sign by Display Wizard

Portable backlit LED pavement sign by Display Wizard

Here is an extremely cool bit of portable street advertising furniture that is exclusively owned in the UK by Display Wizard Ltd. The LED pavement sign is a backlit sign that houses changeable marketing messages and is secure enough to...

Labels & Packaging

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Bramwell steps up to digital label production with HP Indigo

Bramwell steps up to digital label production with HP Indigo

Due to a seeing a steady decline in the wet glue label market, The Bramwell Label Company has gone digital, adding an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press alongside an A B Graphic Digicon Series 2 seven-colour narrow web digital press...

CS Labels reveals new peel and reveal labels

CS Labels reveals new peel and reveal labels

CS Labels has revealed its latest ‘alternative’ label product – the wraparound peel and reveal label.According to Production director Adam James, peel and reveal labels offer clients the ability to fit extra information on to their products or offer a...

CS Labels to install Xeikon Cheetah digital label press

CS Labels to install Xeikon Cheetah digital label press

CS Labels is set to become the UK beta site for the latest Xeikon Cheetah digital label press. The arrival of the Cheetah will provide much needed extra capacity, increasing it by another third. The company can now boast five...

Add the ‘wow’ factor to packaging with extra depth and quality

Add the ‘wow’ factor to packaging with extra depth and quality

A collaboration project involving Innovia Films and API Foils has been helping to showcase the possibilities of cold foil applications for label converters. The printed swatch booklet, Breaking the Boundaries of Cold Foil, contains a variety of decorative images, and perfectly...

Global first for Mercian Labels with Xeikon Cheetah

Global first for Mercian Labels with Xeikon Cheetah

Mercian Labels has become the world’s first pilot site of the recently announced Xeikon Cheetah high speed labels press on the back of the company’s above-average growth in the digital part of its business.Xeikon claims its Cheetah is the most...

Environment

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Nordic Swan environmental recognition for Seiko SX wide format ink

Nordic Swan environmental recognition for Seiko SX wide format ink

Seiko Instruments has had its SX ink -used primarily with its ColorPainter M-64s printer - accepted into the list of materials that meet the chemical requirements of Nordic Eco label certification for printing companies.The Nordic Eco label, also known as...

Save money and reduce carbon footprint with ‘plug-in’ hybrid vehicles

Save money and reduce carbon footprint with ‘plug-in’ hybrid vehicles

GDW’s printing company of the year for 2014, Hollywood Monster, has made a commitment to lowering its carbon footprint by taking delivery of two plug-in hybrid company cars. The Birmingham-based company says it will make significant savings and reduce its...

Hats off to Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Hats off to Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Limited (FSIS), the manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide format ink based in Broadstairs, UK recently won the 2014 ‘Sustainable Innovation’ and ‘Manufacturing Champions’ awards.Now in its fifth year, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) ‘Sustainable...

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Paper merchant Antalis is set to prove its commitment to setting the standard in social and environmental responsibility with its Myrmex supplier platform. The platform aims to strengthen traceability of the entire Antalis supply chain by gathering together exhaustive information...

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The European Environment Agency (EEA) says Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.'Resource-efficient green economy and EU...

Industrial Printing

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Free seminars to show how 3D printing can help your business

Free seminars to show how 3D printing can help your business

If you want to know how 3D printing might improve your print business then this short series of breakfast seminars might be worth a look. The events are run by CADSPEC, part of the Stanford Marsh Group, and are designed...

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a printable light emitting film using Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology.Users can create patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces on advertising displays, info signs and lighting fixtures, for example. The method also...

Why the industrial print sector is booming

Why the industrial print sector is booming

The successful launch and establishment of the InPrint Show proves that industrial print is key growth sector for the development and integration of print technology for manufacturing. But why is the timing right for industrial printing? What trends are assisting...

MakerBot signs European distribution deal with Datech

MakerBot signs European distribution deal with Datech

MakerBot Europe, a subsidiary of Stratasys, and Datech, Tech Data Europe's specialist brand for the value-added distribution of Autodesk design software, will work together in distributing MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products in the European countries of Austria, Belgium, Czech...

HP has grand designs on the 3D printing market

HP has grand designs on the 3D printing market

HP looks set to attempt to take the 3D printing market by storm with its HP Multi Jet Fusion technology which the company claims is ten times faster than any currently available 3D print technology today. To help achieve such...

Printing World

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Drupa moves to three-year cycle due to Internet and digital technologies

Drupa moves to three-year cycle due to Internet and digital technologies

Drupa has announced it will now switch to a three-year cycle after 2016, when it runs from 31 May to 10 June, and has also been shortened from its usual 14 day cycle to just 11 days.“The entire print process...

Callprint set to move into new central print hub

Callprint set to move into new central print hub

Birmingham based print and visual communications specialist Callprint is set to move into a new 12,000sq ft. city centre location, double the size of its current base.The Birmingham facility, currently situated in Smallbrook Queensway, will move to a site near...

Canon reports high level of demand for C800 Series printers throughout EMEA

Canon reports high level of demand for C800 Series printers throughout EMEA

Canon is reporting a remarkably high level of demand for its new colour production cutsheet imagePRESS C800 Series since its launch at the 'Canon For Business 2014' event in Germany in May last year. Orders in Europe, the Middle East...

Galloways invests in GMG proofing solution to standardise colour across all formats

Galloways invests in GMG proofing solution to standardise colour across all formats

Cheshire based commercial printer Galloways has invested in GMG ColorProof software to drive its two 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9890 SpectroProofers for the production of high accuracy digital proofs.Used alongside GMG ColorServer it provides the solution for a standardised and...

Double Ricoh investment bumps cost effective productivity

Double Ricoh investment bumps cost effective productivity

Sussex-based targeted marketing solutions provider, Kingsline, has invested in a Ricoh Pro C751 and Ricoh Pro 8120S, installed in April 2014. The installation has since enabled a new level of efficiency and improved workflow processes, ensuring Kingsline can deliver high...

X-Rite inc PantoneLIVE logoX-Rite and Pantone have announced PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based colour service that provides instant access to essential brand colour standards.

In a recent survey conducted by the Pantone Color Institute, more than 70 percent of creatives noted that brand colour definitions, accuracy and consistency in creating products or packaging are important to their business, while 42 percent indicated that colour-related challenges have a negative impact on their company.

Globally consistent colour standards are essential to brand identity. With supply chains made up of hundreds of different facilities scattered around the world, corporations can often struggle to control and maintain colour consistency.

PantoneLIVE provides a dynamic ecosystem, open to all supply chain participants, which delivers consistent colour across the entire packaging workflow – from design concept to retail store shelves.

Brand colour standards are the principal component of PantoneLIVE and are derived from real ink on real substrates using real printing processes. This allows brand owners to predict how corporate spot colours will reproduce on a wide variety of substrates including brown corrugated, clear film and white polypropylene. A brand’s colour assets, analogous to a brand’s colour DNA, are managed and maintained in a secure cloud-based data repository to ensure accurate colour communication – to any supplier, around the world.

One of the first major food brands to recognise a significant difference was Heinz. “The benefits of using PantoneLIVE are clear,” says Nigel Dickie, director of corporate and government affairs for Heinz. “The digital tools gave us unprecedented control and consistency from different print processes and materials. Across all of our packaging formats we saw a reduction in colour variance of 50 percent and saved time by establishing one colour target that can be applied to all our Heinz Beanz designs. The results with our Beanz packaging have been so remarkable that we plan to extend PantoneLIVE to additional product lines, including Heinz soups and Spaghetti Hoops.”

While accurate colour is important to the brand identity of consumer packaged goods, protecting brand integrity in the pharmaceutical industry is crucial as counterfeit drugs put the health of consumers at risk. Chesapeake, a global producer of consumer packaging for many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, turned to PantoneLIVE to increase consistency in its customers’ packaging. When it comes to pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications, even the slightest variation in packaging colour can make a product suspect and the brand vulnerable to counterfeiting.

On one job, for example, Chesapeake was able to reduce colour variation by 84 percent and improve process controls, which led to zero rejections from the print run and 100 percent client approval. PantoneLIVE is creating another positive impact on Chesapeake’s business. The company previously stocked as many as 3,000 different inks in its Leicester, UK plant and now stores only 537 without reducing colour choices.

PantoneLIVE is connected to a large portfolio of software, containing real-world colour data for hundreds of thousands of colours, and is supported by the latest colour measurement technology. This is combined with professional services including workflow and colour rationalisation audits, and customised operating procedures from Pantone and X-Rite. Custom and bespoke spectral data, as well as metadata, are used to digitise brand colours. Digitised palettes are then expanded to create independent colour standards to allow for accurate colour reproduction on a variety of substrates.

Brand colour data, equivalent to a digital colour swatch, is stored in a secure, cloud-based portal that lets brand owners and other approved members of the supply chain manage digital rights and facilitate colour communication across all materials in the production process. This centralised colour communication process promotes consistency and helps achieve speed to market efficiencies from initial design to final production. The portal also provides direction to suppliers to meet brand requirements related to colour quality.

While users of any manufacturer’s ink will be able to take advantage of PantoneLIVE, Sun Chemical is the preferred ink partner. Esko is also a preferred partner supporting PantoneLIVE. Both companies worked closely with Pantone and X-Rite to develop PantoneLIVE. Sun Chemical’s technology and colour data are the foundations for PantoneLIVE, and this technology is integrated into Esko’s solutions.

Access to the PantoneLIVE database starts at $99 USD (£63 GBP, €76 EUR) annually for a designer, $1,150 USD (£730 GBP, €885 EUR) annually for preproduction and from $2,000 USD (£1,275 GBP, €1,540 EUR) to $2,650 USD (£1,690 GBP, €2,040 EUR) annually for production. A colour audit for a brand owner starts at $4,500 USD (£2,870 GBP, €3,460 EUR). Additional fees apply depending on services and scope required.

PantoneLIVE solutions will be available June 15.

www.pantone.com/live

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Movers & Shakers

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YPS gets behind project-based learning school Studio West

YPS gets behind project-based learning school Studio West

Your Print Specialists (YPS) has been appointed as a learning partner at Studio West Newcastle after installing a laser-engraver and wide-format inkjet printer into the ‘project-based learning’ school.The brand new school, which had its first intake of students in September...

Martin Cole moves to printMAX

Martin Cole moves to printMAX

Wide format re seller printMAX has appointed Martin Cole as a technical consultant. Cole joins the company from GPT where he gained valuable working knowledge of Mimaki products. At printMAX he will be responsible for both Roland and Mimaki solutions.“We’ve...

Callprint adds Phillips to Jupiter program

Callprint adds Phillips to Jupiter program

Print and visual communications specialist Callprint has announced the recruitment of Andy Phillips, who will join the new team at Jupiter Visual Communications, part of the Callprint group, where he will take on the role of regional account director.This latest...

Xaar appoints new CEO

Xaar appoints new CEO

Cambridge based inkjet printing technology group Xaar has appointed Dr Doug Edwards as CEO following the retirement of Ian Dinwoodie who has served as CEO since 2003.Edwards joins the company from Kodak where most recently he was president, Digital Printing...

Monster support for future cycling star Lucy

Monster support for future cycling star Lucy

Support for women’s sport has stepped up another gear at signs and graphics giant Hollywood Monster after it announced its sponsorship of the UK pro-cycling team that includes Olympians Laura Trott and Elinor Barker.The Birmingham-based company’s commitment to Matrix Fitness...

The Thompson Report

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The 22 step plan for survival in business

The 22 step plan for survival in business

Times are generally tough for most print businesses, and the reasons for the demise of so many print companies during the recent economic downtown was probably weak management, lack of management accountancy information, lack of adequate response to change, over...

Keeping yourself positive will bring success in 2015

Keeping yourself positive will bring success in 2015

The most important thing you do for your success is to take control of the suggestive elements in your environment. Be sure that what you are seeing and listening to is consistent with the goals you want to achieve.Listen your...

Do you measure up?

Do you measure up?

Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they’re coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. However, take heart: You can...

Invest in leadership success

Invest in leadership success

Most of the companies I work with dedicate some percentage of their revenue toward developing the leaders in their business. One of the discussions we often have up front is the difference between spending money to train leaders and investing...

Global training crisis in the printing industry

Global training crisis in the printing industry

The printing industry turns its back on training people because of costs they say they cannot afford, but they can invest in their people if they plan for their future with the right strategy?`A skills time bomb is what the...

Peter Davidson

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Acquisition trends

Acquisition trends

Large businesses or corporations seem to have an unquenchable thirst to “buy into” new business by way of acquiring other smaller companies and integrating them into their structures. It is clear that by doing this it is meant to bring...

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

We have look to have lost some exhibitions recently, and I am also hearing noises of new shows to come, but for what it’s worth I think that both organisers and exhibitors should spend a little more time considering as...

Think before you ink

Think before you ink

When it comes to holidays I love to go to Gran Canaria, and it always amazes me when I go to the tourist eating areas just how green the burgers look on the signage at the entrance to the restaurants....

The small world of print

The small world of print

One thing I have learnt during the many years I have been in the print and graphics market is that it is a small world; a very small world.My print ‘career’ started as an apprentice at a large print company...

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Buyer beware

Buyer beware

One of the things that never fails to amaze me in the wide format sector is how much choice you have as a buyer these days. Printer manufacturers are launching new hardware at an alarming rate of knots, and are practically falling over themselves to bring something new to market...

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