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UK debut for new Epson SureColor SC-T printer at Sign & Digital UK

UK debut for new Epson SureColor SC-T printer at Sign & Digital UK

Making good on its promise to launch a slew of wide format products during the next twelve months Epson has announced the launch of a new range of high-speed, four-colour large-format SureColor SC-T printers designed for a variety of graphics,...

HP launch three new third-generation HP Latex 300 series printers

HP launch three new third-generation HP Latex 300 series printers

HP will use Sign & Digital UK 2014 to showcase its new third-generation HP Latex 300 series printers (HP Latex 360, HP Latex 330, and HP Latex 310) designed to encourage eco-solvent users to migrate to water based latex printing...

Super-Wide Super-Warranty to launch at Sign & Digital UK

Super-Wide Super-Warranty to launch at Sign & Digital UK

M Partners Wide is to launch a new “Super-Wide Super-Warranty” package at Sign & Digital UK that will provide customers with a five-year, “unlimited mileage” warranty on its DGI super-wide format printers. The South Korean built DGI Velajet VE 3204D 3.2-meter...

GPT invites visitors to see Mimaki’s new UV flatbed at Sign & Digital UK

GPT invites visitors to see Mimaki’s new UV flatbed at Sign & Digital UK

Following the recent announcement of the availability of the new Mimaki JFX200-2131 flatbed UV printer, Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) is inviting potential customers to be among the first to get a close-up view of the printer. With its official debut...

Esko doubles up production for Sign & Digital UK

 Esko doubles up production for Sign & Digital UK

For the first time, Esko will have two Kongsberg digital cutting tables on display at Sign & Digital UK. The company's highly popular Kongsberg XP24, and Kongsberg system designed to operate 24/7, will be showcased on Esko's stand E36.Investing in...

Hardware

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Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 helps SP Design explore new markets

Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 helps SP Design explore new markets

Specialist POP and prototype developer, SP Design, has installed a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 supplied by Mayday Graphics to take its print performance to the next level and explore new...

Epson UK to double range of “Sure” brand inkjet printers by 2016

Epson UK to double range of “Sure” brand inkjet printers by 2016

Epson UK aims to launch over 10 new inkjet printers for a range of professional print applications over the next 18 months as part of Epson’s strategy to deliver a...

Throw out ye anchor wit Roland at FESPA Digital

Throw out ye anchor wit Roland at FESPA Digital

Roland DG says it be steamin' into FESPA Digital 2014 on 20 May wit' th' motto “Throw out ye Anchor” 'n invites all event visitors to come 'n take their...

Wingate a winner with Roland flatbed investment

Wingate a winner with Roland flatbed investment

Sporting events signage specialist Wingate Signs has introduced a Roland LEJ-640 flatbed UV printer into extended floor space at its Prestwich premises with the help of a £42,000 funding injection...

Roland DGA imagiNATION 2014 event co-located with SGIA Las Vegas

 Roland DGA imagiNATION 2014 event co-located with SGIA Las Vegas

Good news for American Roland users as Roland DGA announces imagiNATION 2014, a one-day event designed to inspire, educate and empower Roland inkjet printer owners and operators in the United...

Wideformat

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Dutch printer welcomes Screen Truepress Jet

Dutch printer welcomes Screen Truepress Jet

Aelen & van Leeuwen, a wide format digital and screen print company based in Hillegom, The Netherlands, has installed a Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV wide format printer. It is the fourth large format UV inkjet printer Aelen & van Leeuwen...

LightBrigade Media helps actor Richard E Grant launch new fragrance

LightBrigade Media helps actor Richard E Grant launch new fragrance

Surrey based LightBrigade Media has printed, produced and installed a series of exclusive custom build retail units in Liberty London to launch and display the first ever unisex fragrance ‘Jack’ from renowned British actor Richard E Grant.Jack has been two...

Mimaki ready to impress at FESPA Digital

Mimaki ready to impress at FESPA Digital

Mimaki is ready to present two printing solutions: the JFX200-2513 entry-level UV inkjet flatbed and the Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer for the textile and soft signage industries at FESPA Digital next month.“FESPA Digital 2014 is the place to be for...

High speed UV flatbed from swissQ set for launch at FESPA

High speed UV flatbed from swissQ set for launch at FESPA

swissQprint is announcing a new, highly economical UV flatbed printer to be launched at FESPA Digital in Munich next month. The company claims its new flatbed system also promises quality printing output at speeds never seen before.Versatility is also a...

CWE latex seminar focuses on wall décor

CWE latex seminar focuses on wall décor

City & West End Solutions (CWE) recently held the first in a series of open days showcasing how the HP Latex 3000 3.2m wide printer can enable customers to enter the rapidly growing and lucrative market for digitally produced wall...

Textile Printing

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First textile dye sublimation material from Epson

First textile dye sublimation material from Epson

Epson is to launch DS Transfer Production Paper, its first dye sublimation material. Optimised for use with the Epson range of SureColor SC-F inkjet printers and UltraChrome DS inks, DS Transfer Production Paper is unique to Epson and has been...

Epson announce new SureColor SC-F7100 64” dye sub textile printer

Epson announce new SureColor SC-F7100 64” dye sub textile printer

Epson has announced the SureColor SC-F7100, a flexible 64-inch digital dye sublimation transfer printer. Building on the success of the SC-F7000, Epson has responded to customer feedback for a textile printer engineered for short to medium print runs. Developed and...

Apparel on demand with Kornit’s Avalanche Hexa system

Apparel on demand with Kornit’s Avalanche Hexa system

Kornit Digital has announced the commercial availability throughout Europe of its Avalanche Hexa six-colour textile apparel printing system which features its NeoPigmentTM process that can print direct to multiple fabric types.Bringing a 30% gamut increase as the only system to...

Sun Chemical to showcase textile ink solutions at FESPA Digital

 Sun Chemical to showcase textile ink solutions at FESPA Digital

At this year’s FESPA Digital, Sun Chemical will showcase the latest addition to its Streamline ink range, Streamline TX, the direct print sublimation textile ink for soft signage applications. The textile ink was developed to address growing customer demand for...

Inkjet Forum India - Digital Textile Printing for Fashion and Home Textiles

Inkjet Forum India - Digital Textile Printing for Fashion and Home Textiles

Inkjet Forum India ventured into Delhi with its flagship “Inkjet India” series of conferences. The conference focusing on Digital Textile Printing for Fashion and Home Textiles held on February 26th, 2014 at The Shangri La’s - Eros Hotel, New Delhi...

Materials

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Fujifilm to launch a variety of new UV inkjet inks at FESPA 2014

Fujifilm to launch a variety of new UV inkjet inks at FESPA 2014

Fujifilm will launch of number of new inks at this year's FESPA Digital (20-23 May, Munich) targeted at a variety of applications. The company says this new offering allows print service providers to generate business in new application areas using...

Best Materials to use for Print Design

Best Materials to use for Print Design

Elanders are communications specialists who add value by transforming creative, print and digital communications to become more targeted, relevant and effective. As one of the top printing companies in the UK, with an impressive history spanning over 100 years, the company...

Stafix static cling film now available to UK PSP's

Stafix static cling film now available to UK PSP's

Amari Digital Supplies, a division of Amari Plastics, has introduced Stafix, a printable static cling film that dispenses with the need for any form of adhesive, relying instead on a static charge stored in microscopic bubbles within the film that...

Ships that Past exhibition used Lintec Vitrocolour film

Ships that Past exhibition used Lintec Vitrocolour film

For over 600 years, the River Wear – which runs through the North East of England – was the cornerstone of the country’s enormous shipbuilding industry. Paying homage to this, photographer John Kippin launched the ‘Ships that Past’ project, which...

Digital Materials Guide from Spandex UK

Digital Materials Guide from Spandex UK

Spandex UK has launched a Digital Materials Guide summarising its ImagePerfect digital media portfolio, aiming to help customers get more out of their digital printer by clearly presenting materials for a wide range of applications.The new 52-page Guide focuses on...

Wrapping World

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Toyota SUV gets ‘Tanked’ and wrapped in Bikini Bottom aquarium theme

Toyota SUV gets ‘Tanked’ and wrapped in Bikini Bottom aquarium theme

Las Vegas-based graphics company, Identity Brand, has teamed up with Wayde King and Brett Raymer, owners of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) and hosts of the popular Animal Planet series “Tanked,” to create a one-of-a-kind wrapped vehicle with a fully functional...

Spandex pound stretcher wrap film competition

Spandex pound stretcher wrap film competition

Spandex is offering its customers exclusive discounts on Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Films and MPI 1950 EA Wrap Film until 30 April 2014.Customers who take advantage of these offers will also be in with the chance of winning an all-expenses...

More PaperlinX/UKSG mobile vehicle wrap courses announced

More PaperlinX/UKSG mobile vehicle wrap courses announced

PaperlinX has announced the dates and venues for the latest wave of UK Sign Group (UKSG) mobile vehicle wrapping courses. These are: Manchester from 18 March, Northampton from 8 April, London from 29 April, Shoreham-by-Sea 13-16 May and Bristol from...

GoforPro wrap winners announced

GoforPro wrap winners announced

Avery Dennison has announced three winning companies in its GoforPro Contest 2013. The contest ran during the last three months of 2013 and iNDi Graphics, Printed Walls and SIGNAL Reklame GmbH have won trips the HP training centre in Barcelona,...

Vehicle wrap makes Mercedes move faster

Vehicle wrap makes Mercedes move faster

Colour change wraps carried out by Clyde Wraps (Glasgow) have helped vehicles sell faster at a local Mercedes-Benz dealership, providing a perfect example of the benefits that can be gained with car wraps.Clyde Wraps’ managing director, Gordon Clyde explains: “We...

Finishing World

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Morgana DigiBook proves PURrrfect for Loughborough University in-plant

Morgana DigiBook proves PURrrfect for Loughborough University in-plant

Design & Print Services Department at Loughborough University has installed a DigiBook 150 PUR perfect binding machine from Morgana Systems.PUR binding is the strongest, most flexible binding adhesive available, offering several additional advantages over other hot-melt adhesives. When inks, coatings or digital print toners are present in the spine area...

Vivid Laminating roll out three new models

Vivid Laminating roll out three new models

Vivid Laminating Technologies is launching three new roll film laminators at IPEX with pneumatic versions of its MX-370 and MX-530 models. Both the MX-370 and MX-530 will continue to be available as standard systems, with the upgraded pneumatic versions now joining Vivid’s Matrix range.Technical manager, Gavin Ward, says: “The Pneumatic...

Summa comes early for GJ Plastics

Summa comes early for GJ Plastics

Manchester-based GJ Plastics has invested in a Summa F1612 cutter from City and West End Solutions. The move into signage by GJ Plastics, a highly regarded designer and manufacturer in acrylics and other plastic materials, follows investment in equipment such as CNC routers, laser cutters, and a HP FB500 flatbed UV...

PS2 Print’s investment in finishing looks set to increase turnover by 30%

PS2 Print’s investment in finishing looks set to increase turnover by 30%

Runcorn commercial printer PS2 Print hopes a triple investment in highly automated bindery solutions from Intelligent Finishing Systems will help it increase turnover more than 30% before the end of 2015.A Horizon SPF/FC-200L, Horizon CRF-362 and Foliant Taurus 530SF laminator replaced existing solutions to improve production efficiency throughout the bindery...

Morgana kit for in-plant print

Morgana kit for in-plant print

Knole Academy, all-ability school based in Sevenoaks, Kent has expanded its reprographics capability with the purchase and installation of a suite of finishing equipment from Morgana Systems.The products include a System 200e booklet maker, a DigiCreaser, and an EBA compact guillotine. The finishing kit sits alongside a Konica Minolta BizHub...

Business

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Ipex is alive and well and living in South Africa

Ipex is alive and well and living in South Africa

The show might be on its last legs but Screen is helping to keep the name alive by the appointment of Ipex Machinery (no relation) as a reseller for Screen’s Truepress Jet 520 continuous inkjet presses, its SX B2 digital...

Why credit checking is a now a must for every modern business

Why credit checking is a now a must for every modern business

How do you make sure clients and suppliers pay up on time? And what do you do if they don’t? These are problems all businesses face – and with £55 billion of outstanding invoices currently owed to British SMEs, experts...

CWE recognised as HP’s top EMEA latex re seller

CWE recognised as HP’s top EMEA latex re seller

HP has awarded City and West End Solutions (CWE) the prestigious award of leading reseller for latex printers sold throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.CWE’s Commercial director, Graham De Kock, says “This award cements CWE’s status as the...

Online print giant Vistaprint set to acquire 97% stake in Pixartprinting

Online print giant Vistaprint set to acquire 97% stake in Pixartprinting

Vistaprint is set to acquire a 97% share of Italian based Pixartprinting during Q4 for approximately €127M, leaving a 3% retained ownership by the founder of Pixartprinting along with a sliding scale earn-out for Pixartprinting valued up to €10M. Vistaprint...

Super soaraway Ipex 2014

Super soaraway Ipex 2014

According to Informa Exhibitions, Ipex 2014 has firmly established the show’s future and new direction at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre. The event, which took place from 24th – 29th March 2014, saw a total attendance of 22,768,...

Technology

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SAi’s FlexiPRINT software bundled with HP Latex 310 and 330 printers

SAi’s FlexiPRINT software bundled with HP Latex 310 and 330 printers

With SAi FlexiPRINT HP Basic Edition software, operators of the new HP Latex 310 and 330 printers have the benefit of automatic downloading of media profiles from the cloud-based HP Media Library. Profiles integrate directly with the printer settings for...

GMG appoints Reprocentre for Irish distribution

GMG appoints Reprocentre for Irish distribution

GMG has appointed Dublin based Reprocentre as a fully-accredited GMG solutions provider in Ireland. Reprocentre acknowledges that GMG has become the ‘gold standard’ of the industry and will introduce GMG’s professional colour management solutions to customers alongside GMG’s proofing software.“Reprocentre...

Ricoh opens European Inkjet Technical Centre in UK

Ricoh opens European Inkjet Technical Centre in UK

Ricoh Europe is expanding its ability to support the growing demand for its industrial inkjet print heads, used in wide format graphics, textile and 3D printing, with the launch of a new European Inkjet Technical Centre based in Telford, UK,...

Seeing is believing as Absolute turns to GMG for colour consistency solution

Seeing is believing as Absolute turns to GMG for colour consistency solution

Absolute Digital Print, a print services company based in Kendal in the North West, has invested in GMG ColorProof and GMG ColorServer to offer a higher quality, consistent print and proofing service across its fleet of digital, B2 litho and...

Xaar launch the All New Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead for UV applications

Xaar launch the All New Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead for UV applications

Xaar has launched the All New Xaar 1002 GS6 printhead for UV applications. The company says this next generation printhead redefines the standard in single-pass printing, delivering exceptional print quality and productivity to manufacturers worldwide.The Xaar 1002 GS6 has been...

Outdoor Display

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Get into digital signage with Roland DGA

Get into digital signage with Roland DGA

Roland DGA is unveiling Roland’s move into the digital signage market at the upcoming ISA International Sign Expo, April 24-26, 2014 in Orlando, Fla with the launch of the Roldand DisplayStudio Digital Sign System, designed especially for sign shops that...

Pepsi Max delivers an Unbelievable Bus Shelter

Pepsi Max delivers an Unbelievable Bus Shelter

Currently going viral all over social media is the Unbelievable Bus Shelter by Pepsi Max where the brand is surprising unwitting commuters with an 'unbelievable' augmented reality experience at a bus shelter on New Oxford Street in London.With over 1.5m...

Audi Dashboard concept is centrepiece of JCDecaux’s new Waterloo Motion

Audi Dashboard concept is centrepiece of JCDecaux’s new Waterloo Motion

JCDecaux has announced that Audi is the launch partner of Waterloo Motion, the UK’s largest indoor advertising screen, which went live for the very first time at London’s Waterloo railway station on 10 February 2014.Waterloo Motion is a powerful new...

You can’t do this with a digital display!

You can’t do this with a digital display!

Jobisintown.de is a German online recruitment website that is not afraid to tell it like it really is. Over the years the company has been behind many award winning outdoor display ad campaigns that really showcase the power of display...

Multi-format ad campaign puts print into the tube

Multi-format ad campaign puts print into the tube

Budget airline Ryanair has launched a multi-format advertising campaign across the London Underground network this week to promoting the company’s increased accessibility – such as lower fares and an updated website. Managed by Out of Home International, the initiative will...

Labels & Packaging

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HP to showcase game-changing digital printing solutions for Packaging at interpack

HP to showcase game-changing digital printing solutions for Packaging at interpack

HP says it is showcasing a wide range of game-changing packaging printing solutions and demonstrating the benefits of digital printing for packaging converters at interpack 2014, 8th – 14th May, Messe Dusseldorf (Hall 13, stand C77/E94).Brand managers, retailers and packaging...

Springfield springs for a Screen digital label press

Springfield springs for a Screen digital label press

Label and packaging specialist Springfield Solutions Ltd, Hull, UK, has invested in Europe’s first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press to make it one of Europe’s leading all-digital label print firms. The £570,000 investment in the press doubles the...

Label Tec goes digital with Epson

Label Tec goes digital with Epson

Label Tec Scotland has invested in its first inkjet label press – the Epson SurePress L-4033A. Based in Airdrie, Label Tec has been printing labels for the spirits, cosmetics, white goods and pharmaceutical markets for over 19 years.“My mission while...

PPP Digital Imaging pppp… picks GMG colour proofing solutions

PPP Digital Imaging pppp… picks GMG colour proofing solutions

Specialist packaging reprographics and platemaking firm PPP Digital Imaging has elected to standardise on GMG colour management technologies for all proofing requirements, as well as for the company’s new “Fusion Fixed Palette” packaging print service.Established over fifty years ago, the...

Packaging mock-ups in minutes

Packaging mock-ups in minutes

i-Sub Digital is rolling out its Digi-Foil digital foiling system that enables packaging manufacturers to produce colour-accurate mock-ups, short runs and one-offs for proofing in minutes.Using a combination of a Mimaki UJF desktop printer, foil and a heated applicator, and...

Environment

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Earthinks offer “the most natural inks on the market” for flexo and screen print

Earthinks offer “the most natural inks on the market” for flexo and screen print

Solar Inks, specialist supplier of inks for flexographic and screen printing, has launched Earthinks, a range of environmentally friendly water-based flexographic and screen printing inks that it considers to be the most natural solution on the market today. Earthinks offer...

Sustainable printers need ‘sustainably minded’ customers

Sustainable printers need ‘sustainably minded’ customers

We are often reminded that for printers to be able to come out of the recession in good shape they will have needed to have incorporated cut sheet and wide format digital printing into their workflow, but now the final...

Big on bamboo

Big on bamboo

According to Mark Thompson, sales director at Printdesign, a specialist company dealing in wide format digital printing and portable presentation solutions, the trade show industry is the second largest producer of waste on the planet, falling only behind the construction...

Olympic Stadium wrap firm Cooley Group adds ISO 140012004

Olympic Stadium wrap firm Cooley Group adds ISO 140012004

Cooley Group has successfully earned ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard certification from TUV SUD America, the most widely accepted international standard for environmental management systems. Cooley is now among an elite group of companies that hold dual ISO 9001:2008 and ISO...

EIB outlines guidelines to support investment in renewable energy

EIB outlines guidelines to support investment in renewable energy

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has adopted new guidelines to reinforce support for investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy grids.Over the last 10 months the EU Bank has undertaken a comprehensive review to ensure that its energy lending...

Industrial Printing

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UK 3D service bureau IPF goes colour with Stratasys

UK 3D service bureau IPF goes colour with Stratasys

Stratasys has announced that UK service bureau, IPF, has installed a PolyJet-based Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer through Stratasys reseller, Tri-Tech 3D. IPF has also invested in its second FDM-based Fortus 400mc 3D Printer to support demanding applications in...

Fujifilm launches new thermo forming ink for light industrial applications

Fujifilm launches new thermo forming ink for light industrial applications

Fujifilm has launched a brand new thermo forming UV-cured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV, aimed at light industrial applications for use with the company's mid-range flatbed printers, the Acuity Advance Select and Acuity Advance Select HS.Once the printing of a flat...

UK Prime Minister David Cameron presents Stratasys 3D printed gift to Israeli President Shimon Peres

 UK Prime Minister David Cameron presents Stratasys 3D printed gift to Israeli President Shimon Peres

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has presented a 3D printed diplomatic gift, produced using Stratasys' Connex technology, to the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, in recognition of pioneering research between the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centre and the University of...

Designer unveils amazing Garden of Eden 3D colour printed fashion collection

Designer unveils amazing Garden of Eden 3D colour printed fashion collection

South African designer and engineer, Michaella Janse van Vuuren, has created a unique collection of colour, multi-material 3D printed fashion pieces using Stratasys' new Objet500 Connex3 colour 3D Printer. Van Vuuren's Garden of Eden collection features a "Stained Glass" corset, "Classic...

Take a closer look at industrial and 3D printing at InPrint

Take a closer look at industrial and 3D printing at InPrint

For those seeking new directions and possible new markets to explore a visit to the Exhibition for Industrial Print Technology which takes place on 8 -10 April 2014 at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds might prove useful.According to industry experts’ consultancy...

Printing World

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Azo gets down to business with Ricoh

Azo gets down to business with Ricoh

Central London digital print specialist, Azo Print, has recently invested a new Ricoh Pro C651EX digital colour press. Installed early January 2014, the new machine has already given them the capability to transform their business with managing director, David Defrates...

Ricoh comes out on top for Passion Print

Ricoh comes out on top for Passion Print

London large and small format digital print specialist, Passion Print, has recently transformed its busy West-end digital print production house, following the installation of two Ricoh digital presses. The two machines, a Ricoh Pro C901S and Ricoh Pro 5100S, were...

London City Print partners with Ricoh for cut sheet digital colour

London City Print partners with Ricoh for cut sheet digital colour

Holborn-based London City Print has recently invested in a Ricoh Pro C5100S digital colour cut sheet press to help it keep up with a rapidly-expanding customer base and transform its print production capabilities to provide it with a solid production...

RDI invests in Screen to boost personalised digital print

RDI invests in Screen to boost personalised digital print

REAL Digital International (RDI) has invested in two high-speed 128m/min Screen Truepress Jet520 colour inkjet lines to service its expanding personalised digital print business. Both presses have been installed in a newly fitted out production hall at its Croydon facility...

The Print Futures Awards Scheme continues to grow

The Print Futures Awards Scheme continues to grow

The Print Futures Awards Scheme, now in its eleventh year, is set to grow again in 2014 with an increased number of cash grants of up to £1,500 available for young people, thanks to the continued generosity of The Printing...

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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New Chief Technical Officer for Xaar

New Chief Technical Officer for Xaar

Xaar has appointed Edmund Creutzmann as Chief Technical Officer as part of Xaar’s major investment in R&D and manufacturing. The company has invested over £40m in R&D alone over the last five years; in 2013 Xaar grew its R&D headcount...

Bhups bounces back to labels sector

Bhups bounces back to labels sector

Digital imaging solutions developer FFEI Ltd has appointed Bhupinder Bharat as Graphium Product Specialist responsible for providing applications and technical sales support to channel partners for the company’s Graphium inkjet printers and software-related products."We are on a mission to transform...

Lars Woltermann appointed head of Corporate Marketing at Neschen

 Lars Woltermann appointed head of Corporate Marketing at Neschen

Neschen AG has appointed Lars Woltermann (39) as head of Corporate Marketing. board.Woltermann started his career as an advertising manager at GRAMM in Düsseldorf, part of the renowned American advertising network GREY. Having graduated in Communication Studies and Political Science...

Highcon North America appoints Paul Chandonnet

Highcon North America appoints Paul Chandonnet

Following recent purchases of the Highcon Euclid production speed digital cutting and creasing machine by customers in the United States, Highcon has appointed Paul Chandonnet to the role of sales manager, Highcon North America.Chandonnet is a highly experienced sales manager...

Johannes Diener appointed by Drytac as European sales manager

Johannes Diener appointed by Drytac as European sales manager

Drytac Europe has appointed Johannes Diener to the role of European sales manager with responsibility for building sales across Germany, the Benelux region, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.The company says Diener’s key objectives will be to build Drytac...

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Strategies for successful negotiation

Strategies for successful negotiation

When doing business we do not have a choice as to whether or not we negotiate. The only choice we have is how well we negotiate. We all go through some sort of negotiation each day. We promote products, services,...

Start thinking about the New Year now

Start thinking about the New Year now

With the New Year fast approaching let’s take a look at how you can easily set a series of personal goals that will help move you closer to attaining any goal that you can imagine for yourself.The starting point of...

Successful entrepreneurship comes with sweat equity

Successful entrepreneurship comes with sweat equity

Entrepreneurship is the art of finding profitable solutions to issues/problems. Every successful entrepreneur, every successful businessperson has been a person who has been able to identify an issue/problem and come up with a solution to it before somebody else did....

Is an acquisition right for you?

Is an acquisition right for you?

These days, it seems, everybody wants to make a deal. Mergers, acquisitions and rollups are taking place at a record level. But just because deals seem to be going down on every corner does not mean that everyone should pursue...

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Get big with Bigcommerce Next

Get big with Bigcommerce Next

For those looking to build an online trading platform, online build it yourself commerce platform Bigcommerce has launched Bigcommerce Next.The release adds over 20 new features to the current Bigcommerce platform, including single click apps - an app store integrated...

Canon adds entry level courses for PSPs looking to add cross-media services

Canon adds entry level courses for PSPs looking to add cross-media services

Canon has expanded its Essential Business Builder Program with the addition of a new, entry-level workshop for print service providers considering the adoption of cross-media services. This one day workshop assumes no prior marketing background or experience and is intended...

Up the LinkedIn-junction

Up the LinkedIn-junction

Oxley & Coward Solicitors LLP is advising businesses using social networking sites such as LinkedIn to forge business contacts, to take steps to secure their data against potential misuse. Few realise the implications for confidential data when employees move on,...

Social media Get in the game, or get left behind

Social media Get in the game, or get left behind

Mark Thompson is sales director at Printdesign, a specialist company dealing in wide format digital printing and portable presentation solutions. Here he talks about how to use social media to promote events and trade shows.The message is clear for businesses...

Don’t just rely on the phone book for business

Don’t just rely on the phone book for business

Dean Derhak is the product director at SAi in Salt Lake City. As part of his job, Dean visits sign shops and large-format print businesses to learn what processes they've employed to increase their profits. Here, Dean gives more details...

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Counting down to Sign & Digital UK 2014

Counting down to Sign & Digital UK 2014

There is just a week to go until the UK’s premiere graphic arts trade show opens its doors at the NEC to showcase all that is great and good in the world of digital inkjet printing.The show really is a must attend affair for any entrepreneurial print service provider looking...

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