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Successful Sign & Digital UK propels GPT into HP Scitex flatbed arena

Successful Sign & Digital UK propels GPT into HP Scitex flatbed arena

Following a highly successful Sign & Digital UK show, HP has awarded GPT as a key reseller for its new range of flatbed printers, the HP Scitex FB550 and FB750.Shaun...

Change of show date and move to larger halls for Sign & Digital 2016

Change of show date and move to larger halls for Sign & Digital 2016

Due to exceptional demand, Sign & Digital UK has moved location within the NEC to for its 2016 event to halls 17 and 18 to accommodate a significant increase in...

Dowson talks balls, rugby, and the number of leads gained at Sign & Digital UK

Dowson talks balls, rugby, and the number of leads gained at Sign & Digital UK

Nth Degree Imaging is already seeing the benefits of its recent appointment as a Roland DG Dealer, with a successful attendance at Sign & Digital UK and a strong sales...

ATG Spectrum goes large thanks to Mimaki JV5 320S ordered at Sign & Digital UK

ATG Spectrum goes large thanks to Mimaki JV5 320S ordered at Sign & Digital UK

ATG Spectrum can now print graphics up to a massive 3.2m x 20m thanks to its new Mimaki JV5 320S grand format printer from i-Sub Digital, ordered at Sign and...

Raccoon grabs a Zünd G3 at Sign & Digital

Raccoon grabs a Zünd G3 at Sign & Digital

Zünd UK took an official order for a G3 digital cutting system on the first morning of Sign and Digital UK, which took place at Birmingham's NEC last month. Th...

Hardware

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Granthams supplies HP Latex 360 for one hour turnaround wide format work

Granthams supplies HP Latex 360 for one hour turnaround wide format work

Resource Digital Graphics is not your standard wide format print company. Founded by brothers Darren and Lance Britnell in 2011, and backed up by a small team of professionals with...

Roland DG introduces its UV flatbed to Australian printers

Roland DG introduces its UV flatbed to Australian printers

Fans of Roland wide format printers in Australia have something to cheer about today as Roland DG Australia introduces the Aussie market to its VersaUV LEJ-640FT UV-LED flatbed printer, capable...

Hybrid announce summer savings up to £5k cashback on Mimaki CJV300 Series

Hybrid announce summer savings up to £5k cashback on Mimaki CJV300 Series

Hybrid Services has announced that Mimaki’s flagship CJV300 Series integrated printer/cutter now forms an integral part of the company’s summer special – The Great £5k Print & Cut Giveaway.With up...

Personalise your world with Roland DG

Personalise your world with Roland DG

Roland DG will be attending Newtech’s upcoming Wide Format, Screen, Digital & Display Show on the 14th and 15th of July 2015, at the Paintworks, Bristol – just 15 miles...

Refurbished Roland proves bold move for Boldens

Refurbished Roland proves bold move for Boldens

It’s not very often we hear stories of refurbished wide format printers but Essex based Boldens Signage Solutions recently invested in a Roland RS640 to enable them to offer a...

Wideformat

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WAE Group installs UK’s first water-cooled UV LED flatbed printer

WAE Group installs UK’s first water-cooled UV LED flatbed printer

Leeds based WAE Group has installed the UK's first Longier Hunter FP-3750 water-cooled UV LED flatbed printer, supplied by Quality Print Services Ltd.A specialist in signage, WAE Group produces work such as hoardings, health and safety signs and commercial estate...

Hybrid Services offers up to £4,000 cashback on Mimaki UJF LED UV printers

Hybrid Services offers up to £4,000 cashback on Mimaki UJF LED UV printers

There’s never been a better time to invest in the smaller format Mimaki UV range as Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services is offering up to £4,000 cashback with the purchase of a Mimaki UJF flatbed LED UV printer...

Mimaki printer trio puts cut sheet digital PSP on the path to wider success

Mimaki printer trio puts cut sheet digital PSP on the path to wider success

Cut sheet digital printing specialist Print On has invested heavily in Mimaki wide format printers including a JFX200 LED UV flatbed and a pair of high performance JV300 solvent machines. The move has enabled the Cheshire based company to enjoying...

CMYUK set to transform the way we print

CMYUK set to transform the way we print

CMYUK is a specialist UK provider of super-wide digital printing solutions and is the UK dealer for EFI super-wide format VUTEk, Mimaki and Zünd digital production solutions. The company recently opened a new showroom and technical facility in Shrewsbury, Shropshire...

Hybrid helps design students to bring ideas to fruition with Mimaki

Hybrid helps design students to bring ideas to fruition with Mimaki

For the second year running Hybrid Services has played host to graphic design students from South Cheshire College. After a complete showroom rebrand from the students in 2014, this year the 16-18 year olds were given an exclusive free run of...

Textile Printing

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Rocket boosts textile print offering with MTEX direct to textile printer

Rocket boosts textile print offering with MTEX direct to textile printer

Exhibition and event project management specialist Rocket has invested in an MTEX 5032 3.2m wide direct to textile printer. The move increases the firm’s textile printing productivity and improves the overall output of its textile graphics quality (up to 1440dpi).Using...

Roland produce handy how-to guide for dye-sublimation printing

Roland produce handy how-to guide for dye-sublimation printing

For those looking to further their knowledge of dye-sublimation printing, Roland DG UK has produced a Dye Sublimation Guide with Digital Inkjet which provides an insightful guide to the technology and the many business opportunities it presents.Whether a company is...

Printed textiles forecast to reach 29.8 billion square metres by 2020

Printed textiles forecast to reach 29.8 billion square metres by 2020

International Expo-Consults (IEC) is the organiser Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI Dubai) in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region. Its chairman, Mr. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, believes the UAE can capitalise on the fast growing textile printing industry and has...

EFI acquires Italian textile printing solutions manufacturer Reggiani Macchine

EFI acquires Italian textile printing solutions manufacturer Reggiani Macchine

EFI has bought its way into the digital inkjet textile space with the strategic acquisition of Reggiani Macchine. Based in Bergamo, Italy, Reggiani's inkjet technologies, which will be rebranded as EFI Reggiani, address the full scope of advanced textile printing,...

Roland’s dye sub transfer ink tech gains OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I

Roland’s dye sub transfer ink tech gains OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I

Roland DG’s dye sublimation transfer technology has achieved certification of OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I. The certification has been given for inkjet printing on polyester fabric with the company’s Texart ink, which is used for the Texart RT-640, the...

Materials

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Soyang Europe celebrates milestone birthday

Soyang Europe celebrates milestone birthday

Congratulations to Soyang Europe who this month celebrates ten years as a media supplier to the digital printing industry. Established in 2005 by managing director, Mark Mashiter and two other founder directors, Soyang Europe's original team of four UK staff...

Drytac launch SureTac dual coated polyester mounting film

Drytac launch SureTac dual coated polyester mounting film

Drytac Europe has launched SureTac, a 23µ clear polyester mounting film coated on both sides with a pressure-sensitive solvent acrylic adhesive that bonds to a wide variety of substrates.The product, which is available exclusively from Antalis, has been developed as...

Premium diffuser films from ORAFOL

Premium diffuser films from ORAFOL

The typical application for diffuser films is inside light box displays, where they will ensure even distribution of the light, as well as prevent any unwanted external visibility of the internal light sources. They provide an easy means of getting...

Vivid’s new range of Boss vinyl gets 'Big Pete' Colman’s approval

Vivid’s new range of Boss vinyl gets 'Big Pete' Colman’s approval

Mansfield based Classic Print offers a full range of printing services to its customers from outdoor and indoor banners, flags and POS graphics to car wraps, garment personalisation, soft signage, personalised furniture and décor, 3D engraving and promotional products.The company...

Draw attention to the floor

Draw attention to the floor

News America Marketing reports that the use of traditional small-format floor advertising in front of a product can yield a 7 to 16 percent increase in lift rates.Floor graphics have traditionally been used in big-box stores, however, these graphics can...

Wrapping World

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Here come the double deckers

Here come the double deckers

West Midlands based Sign & Graphics Services offers a full range of wide format print services to the retail, exhibition and sign and graphics industries, and in the process has established itself as something of a specialist in out-of-the-ordinary vehicle...

Be a King - Wrap like a King

Be a King - Wrap like a King

Avery Dennison has kicked off its summer ‘Wrap Like a King’ vehicle wrap challenge which runs until 30th September. Vehicle wrap installers from 42 countries around the globe can now submit commercial or colour change wrap projects which will be...

Avery Dennison sponsors Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team

Avery Dennison sponsors Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team

Avery Dennison is to sponsor Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team for the next two seasons. The team has an extensive fleet of team cars, trucks and busses, which all need to be supplied with the team colours and various sponsor logos.The...

ORAFOL launch two-tone shade shifter wrap films

ORAFOL launch two-tone shade shifter wrap films

We think there is going to be a big demand in the UK for this new ‘Mod Look’ ORAFOL line of premium car wrapping films – ORACAL 970 Premium Shift Effect Cast shade shifter films. All the old Mod’s are...

Stig gives Arlon a bash through a Mimaki to create garage wall wraps

Stig gives Arlon a bash through a Mimaki to create garage wall wraps

Here’s something a little bit different. I got a call from a certain David Bartrum (team principal at the quite famous Motorbase team) who wanted me to add a little flair to the walling within the team’s garage at Silverstone....

Finishing World

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Printdesigns adds second Zünd G3 digital cutter

Printdesigns adds second Zünd G3 digital cutter

Wide format digital print company Printdesigns has ordered a second Zünd G3 digital cutter to cope with increasing demand for its expanding range of portable fabric-based display stands.The Staffordshire based company launched its TEXStyle display range in 2013 following the installation of a 3.2m-wide Mimaki JV-5 DS printer and a...

Vivid appoints DataBind as United States distributor

Vivid appoints DataBind as United States distributor

Vivid Laminating Technologies has announced a new distribution partnership with Connecticut-based DataBind Corporation for the distribution of a number of Vivid’s best-selling laminating systems in the United States.DataBind is already the exclusive North American distributor for Renz Punching and Binding Systems, and has over 50 years of experience in the...

Bubble Free Applicator beats buying a flatbed

Bubble Free Applicator beats buying a flatbed

Based on Medway City Estate in Rochester, Kent, Signs & Imaging (South East) is a family run sign making business producing signage for pretty much everything such as shops and warehouses, petrol stations, shopping centres, building sites, temporary signs and mobile events.Keen to avoid the expense of buying a flatbed...

Morgana moves into wide format finishing with Valiani

Morgana moves into wide format finishing with Valiani

Morgana Systems has added the Italian range of Valiani Mat Pro flatbed automated cutting tables to its UK range of post-press finishing products to meet increasing demand from cut-sheet digital printers who also provide wide format and display printing services.Morgana, who has led the way in developing new and innovative...

Kala’s deal with Fastsigns will put a laminator in every new store location

Kala’s deal with Fastsigns will put a laminator in every new store location

Fastsigns International has struck an exclusive laminator deal with Kala following an extensive evaluation of the Kala Mistral and has selected it as the company’s laminator of choice. All new UK Fastsigns locations will have a Kala Mistral 1650 with LED lights and antistatic wire in their starting franchise package,...

Business

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EFI acquires low cost roll-to-roll printer manufacturer Matan

EFI acquires low cost roll-to-roll printer manufacturer Matan

EFI has acquired Israel based Matan Digital Printers to provide a lower acquisition cost line of roll-to-roll production printers focused on signage, banners, billboards and fleet graphics.Based in Rosh Ha'Ayin, Israel, Matan has developed a range of digital printers and...

Gandy Digital appoints Filitech for France

Gandy Digital appoints Filitech for France

French inkjet specialist Filitech S.A.S is now responsible for sales of all Gandy Digital products across France, with specific focus placed on developing sales of the Gandy Digital Gladi8tor UV Flatbed inkjet printer and the Gandy Digital Termin8tor roll-to-roll 3.2m...

Is print dead?

Is print dead?

Every now and again somebody makes good use of Xtranormal video animation to amusingly highlight common issues found within our industry, and this Is Print Dead video is certainly a very good example. The animation shows a print salesman calling...

Canon revamps graphic arts business analysis audit tool

Canon revamps graphic arts business analysis audit tool

In the modern economy complacency can kill a business almost overnight, therefore innovation and knowledge are watchwords for growth and future success. This is why Canon is introducing a revamped version of its Business and Innovation Scan for the graphic...

UK companies can secure £500K or more in regional government grants via the UK2China Market Expansion Programme

UK companies can secure £500K or more in regional government grants via the UK2China Market Expansion Programme

The UK2China Market Expansion Programme provides practical assistance to UK companies who are aiming to expand their businesses into China. The pilot programme is focused on Jiangsu province, one of China’s most innovative product manufacturing economies.The programme will help UK...

Technology

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Esko Software Suite 14.1 now shipping

Esko Software Suite 14.1 now shipping

Esko has launched a comprehensive update of its full Suite of software solutions with Esko Software Suite 14.1. The update includes a number of across-the-board enhancements, all developed to maximise ease of use, make implementation faster, improve support and deliver...

Agfa up’s its cloud-based web-to-print workflow system

Agfa up’s its cloud-based web-to-print workflow system

Agfa  has released the latest version of its cloud-based web-to-print workflow system, StoreFront 3.0, designed for the Commercial Printing (Apogee) and Display/Signage (Asanti) markets. Apogee and Asanti StoreFront 3.0 gives print service providers a series of new features to promote...

Canon’s PRISMAprepare 6.2 makes working with customer supplied copy easy

Canon’s PRISMAprepare 6.2 makes working with customer supplied copy easy

Canon is launching PRISMAprepare 6.2, the latest version of its all-in-one, fully integrated document preparation software. The company says this solution streamlines the make-ready process from composition to production to help both in-house and commercial printing professionals shorten production turnaround...

New EFI digital front end to power Xerox iGen 5 Press

New EFI digital front end to power Xerox iGen 5 Press

EFI has partnered with Xerox to deliver the first digital print server featuring the new Fiery FS200 Pro digital front end (DFE) platform to power Xerox's new iGen 5 Press.Designed to drive quality and productivity on the iGen 5, the...

EFI brings a new level of productivity to the market with Fiery FS200 Pro

EFI brings a new level of productivity to the market with Fiery FS200 Pro

EFI has given its Fiery digital front ends (DFE) for digital printing systems a significant boost with the latest EFI Fiery FS200 Pro by giving users what it calls an extremely productive, intuitive platform with expanded colour capability.According to Kaspar...

Outdoor Display

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Tata adds sauce to Heathrow Express fleet with train wrap campaign

Tata adds sauce to Heathrow Express fleet with train wrap campaign

Tata Communications is fronting an OOH campaign that will see the company wrap Heathrow Express’s entire fleet of trains. The designs of the train wraps and advertising executions feature bold, colourful photography and facts and statistics about Tata Communications’ capabilities,...

Outdoor wide format printed art exhibition claims to be largest ever

Outdoor wide format printed art exhibition claims to be largest ever

An art exhibition of 13 images by iconic rock photographer Nick Elliott, measuring a massive eight meters high, has made its first public appearance to create what is believed to be the largest outside art exhibition ever.The exhibition ‘Size Matters’,...

JCDecaux transforms Waterloo station into immersive Jurassic World experience

JCDecaux transforms Waterloo station into immersive Jurassic World experience

Universal Pictures has deployed a world-first outdoor campaign with JCDecaux, transforming London Waterloo into the Jurassic World theme park in the lead-up to the movie’s release. The campaign is dominating every outdoor advertising location in the station and includes a...

Long live rock

Long live rock

An outside art exhibition displaying images of some of the world’s most famous musicians taken by iconic rock photographer Nick Elliott, has been digitally printed by Structure-flex Limited to create what is believed to be the largest outside art exhibition...

Marvel creates tiny billboard campaign for Ant Man movie

Marvel creates tiny billboard campaign for Ant Man movie

The Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Queensland have seen the arrival of tiny billboards around town as Marvel kick starts what looks to be a slow burn campaign for its upcoming summer blockbuster movie Ant Man which launches on...

Labels & Packaging

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Mimaki works with ESKO to deliver cost effective short run packaging solution

Mimaki works with ESKO to deliver cost effective short run packaging solution

Mimaki is working with ESKO to simplify digital packaging production for companies that produce packaging samples and mock-ups, as well as small packing runs and personalised packaged goods.Packaging converters, commercial printers and design firms are experiencing a growing demand for...

Cardboard Box Company enters Red Bull Soapbox Race as Lego Batman

Cardboard Box Company enters Red Bull Soapbox Race as Lego Batman

Lego Batman was the theme for The Cardboard Box Company’s entry into the 2015 Red Bull Soapbox Race with a range of themed costumes and a Batmobile produced using two Zünd digital cutting machines.The team competed in the event as...

Zünd release new packaging routing module

Zünd release new packaging routing module

Zünd has released a new RM-120 routing module specifically for packaging manufacturers with a need for routing foam packaging and protective inserts. Packaging producers can now efficiently and economically create complete packaging systems –including protective inserts – on the same...

Mimaki gets set for Labelexpo Europe 2015

Mimaki gets set for Labelexpo Europe 2015

Mimaki says it is set to participate in Labelexpo Europe 2015 this September where the company will display a range of unique new products for the label market that can be created with the Mimaki family of printers.Highlighted at the...

Xeikon launch premium silver metallic colour toners

Xeikon launch premium silver metallic colour toners

Xeikon has launched two new premium silver metallic toner colours, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver, for label and packaging printers and converters using Xeikon’s digital printing technologies.The company says these luxury-look silver metallic toners are the first products in the new Xeikon...

Environment

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Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

A large number of inks within the Fujifilm Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications have been awarded the Nordic Ecolabel certification. The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption...

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

Eurofins - an independent organisation for Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) product emission testing – has awarded Mutoh and Grafityp an Indoor Air Comfort Certificate (IAC) for the Grafityp Ecological non-PVC self-adhesive film (GEF-ES) printed with Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS)...

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Globus is helping companies in the UK and Ireland to protect and preserve the environment for World Environment Day  on 5 June 2015 with a free trial pair of biodegradable nitrile grip gloves.The United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day’ is promoted...

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki has been awarded the Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks thereby making the inks entirely suitable for a wide range of applications, including those in schools, healthcare or similarly sensitive environments.Greenguard Certification requires stringent emissions criteria to be met...

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...

Industrial Printing

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Fender brings rapid prototyping industrial 3d printing in-house

Fender brings rapid prototyping industrial 3d printing in-house

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation designs and manufactures stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars including the world famous Stratocaster and Telecaster. The company also makes acoustic guitars, electric basses, mandolins, banjos and violins, as well as guitar and...

Willow Graphics finds a cool solution for printing onto ice

Willow Graphics finds a cool solution for printing onto ice

London based Willow Graphics is a large format printing company that revels in producing the unusual, the urgent, as well as the unexpected, and when it was asked to produce bespoke menus for the iconic London venue The Icebar, the...

FESPA initiative puts 3D printing into perspective with 3DION

FESPA initiative puts 3D printing into perspective with 3DION

FESPA is partnering with non-profit 3D industry initiative, 3DION, to bring the 2D printing and 3D printing industry together at FESPA 2015, which takes place in Cologne, Germany, from 18 - 22 May 2015.As its slogan '2D Printing meets 3D...

What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

With an outstanding live display Carbon3D took the main stage of the recent TED technology conference by storm with an innovative approach to polymer-based 3D printing that promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing using Continuous...

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...

Printing World

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Irish first for McGowans with HP Indigo 10000

Irish first for McGowans with HP Indigo 10000

Irish digital print solutions provider McGowans Print has installed an HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, making the company the first to market with this technology in Ireland.The company believes the new press will enable it to produce even shorter run...

Healeys continues to invest in Ricoh cut-sheet digital solutions

Healeys continues to invest in Ricoh cut-sheet digital solutions

Ipswich based Healeys Print Group has invested in a Ricoh Pro C7100 which builds on its current suite of Ricoh cut-sheet digital printing solutions. According to Ricoh, the move has increased the number of creative solutions that Healeys can now...

Callprint continues its investment in Xerox graphic arts cut-sheet printers

Callprint continues its investment in Xerox graphic arts cut-sheet printers

Callprint has announced further investment in its cut sheet digital printing fleet with the purchase of three new Xerox Versant 2100’s, an upgrade to an existing Xerox iGen 4, the installation of a Xerox Colour J75, and RIP upgrades across...

Interprint bolsters its cut sheet digital fleet with a duo from Ricoh

Interprint bolsters its cut sheet digital fleet with a duo from Ricoh

For over 25 years Interprint in Swindon has concentrated on building a detailed understanding of its clients’ print needs, and as such has moved with technology to diversify its plant and production to provide its customers with a one stop...

BBC Dr Who wallpaper license has Blag Dog reaching for the stars

BBC Dr Who wallpaper license has Blag Dog reaching for the stars

Black Dog Digital Print has installed its second Xeikon digital print engine to expand productivity as the Hertfordshire commercial printer looks to broaden its service offering into new markets after gaining a licence for the printing of Dr Who themed...

best pictureI suppose we shouldn’t be shocked when we hear that a major German press manufacturer has filed for administration, given the state of both the European economy and the printing industry, but we are.

The news that Man Roland had filed for the German equivalent of Chapter 11 came out of the blue and brought back memories for me of the same thing happening to Linotype Hell some years ago. They were another one of those giants of the Industry that had been around forever, always had large stands at trade shows, fancy head office facilities and employed thousands of people. Then suddenly, bang and they are gone - or in Linotype-Hell’s case, swallowed up into Heidelberg under pressure from the German government.

At the time we were all gobsmacked and didn’t see it coming. Sure Apple had come along and destroyed the niche market that Linotype, Compugraphic and others had enjoyed for their proprietary front end systems. Postscript from Adobe meant you could use a Mac to produce finished artwork electronically, but you still needed to output film. Or rather you didn’t since you could now go directly to plate. Some manufacturers were able to make the transition from filmsetters to platesetters, notably Dainippon Screen, but Linotype Hell was not quick enough and their shareholders and staff paid the price.

It has got to be hard being a European press manufacturer today. Here you have a large factory, staffed with skilled workers who have spent their working lives making printing presses. The European market for these products is shrinking as lithographic printing transfers to India and China and banks stop lending to their customers in Europe who do want to buy a press. You have a high series of fixed factory costs, employment legislation that makes it difficult and costly to downsize and a recession that makes your bankers reluctant to support you.

It can’t be any easier for the other German press manufacturers, because the conditions are the same for them, so we have to assume they are not gloating over Man Roland’s demise. You can’t suddenly switch to making iPads even if you wanted to, because the Chinese have cornered that market. Even selling presses to the growing Chinese and Indian printing markets is not on, since those countries have now got manufacturers of their own. Remember how many Chinese companies we saw at IPEX 2010?

If the market is tough for the press manufacturers, spare a thought for the plate manufacturers too. The big three – Agfa, Fuji and Kodak are fighting to keep their share of a declining market at the same time that Chinese manufactured plates are being imported into Europe. The same comparisons with press manufacturers can be made with the plate manufacturers, who will also find it very difficult to make something else that customers might want on a redundant plate line. Therefore I don’t think it will be too long before we hear that one of these leading pre press players is exiting the Industry.

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Movers & Shakers

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Penny turns from paper to print with Roland DG UK

Penny turns from paper to print with Roland DG UK

Roland DG UK has appointed Darren Penny as head of Sales for the UK and Ireland.Prior to his appointment with Roland, Penny has been a key figure in the paper merchanting sector since 1997 with both The Paper Company and...

Allan Cooke joins Roland DG Australia as service engineer for Queensland

Allan Cooke joins Roland DG Australia as service engineer for Queensland

Roland DG Australia is supporting its customer base in Queensland with the appointment of a new service engineer, Allan Cooke. Based on the Sunshine Coast, he will be responsible for all aspects of servicing, installation and support of Roland’s product...

Andy Middleton promoted to President of Stratasys EMEA

Andy Middleton promoted to President of Stratasys EMEA

Stratasys has appointed Andy Middleton to President of Stratasys EMEA following his previous role as Senior VP and General Manager. Middleton will assume responsibility for Stratasys' EMEA team along with overall responsibility for driving the expansion and development of the...

Significant increase in enquiries prompts key sales appointment at Zünd UK

Significant increase in enquiries prompts key sales appointment at Zünd UK

Zünd UK has expanded its sales team with the appointment of a new Sales account manager in Greg Heather who joins the company from Esko. The appointment follows what the company describes as ‘a significant increase’ in enquiries following Sign...

Spandex appoints Camiel Bosma as Group VP and general manager Netherlands

Spandex appoints Camiel Bosma as Group VP and general manager Netherlands

Spandex has appointed Camiel Bosma to the dual roles of Group vice president, and general manager, Netherlands, with immediate effect. He will be based from the Spandex Netherlands offices in Veenendaal.Bosma brings over 30 years' experience in the signage and...

The Thompson Report

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Leadership - Who is driving your business?

Leadership - Who is driving your business?

Leadership is about painting a current picture of the future in the form of a vision. The common thing in all of the great leadership stories of the world is the ability to create that vision and then be able...

How to be a better leader

How to be a better leader

The following is a series of handy hints to becoming a more effective leader. Some you will already be using, while others are perhaps not so obvious.Be generous with praise. Everyone wants it and it's one of the easiest things...

Be a motivational leader

Be a motivational leader

As a leader, your job is to be excellent at what you do, to be the best in your chosen field of endeavour. Your job is to have high standards in serving people. You not only exemplify excellence in your...

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...

Peter Davidson

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Misplacements

Misplacements

I recently attended a “planning for business growth” seminar organised by our bank. It was full of the usual sound bites and acronyms however it did give me the opportunity to speak to other likeminded SMEs.One of the early questions...

Fespa Cologne – something current, new and surreal for everyone

Fespa Cologne – something current, new and surreal for everyone

This year’s FESPA 2015 show in Cologne proved to be most refreshing. Upon arrival at the airport I boarded the free transfer bus to the Messe, and when we arrived I was pleasantly surprised to be given a very comprehensive...

The future for wide format printer reseller channels is looking bleak

The future for wide format printer reseller channels is looking bleak

I cut my fledgling sales teeth, and almost lost a few, on direct hardware sales in to the litho market. An initiation by fire under the guidance of two tremendous professionals and owners of a little company at the time,...

Finding a cure for exhibition fatigue

Finding a cure for exhibition fatigue

Exhibitions, in my opinion, are not a great thing to work at. This year I was given some “exhibition retribution” for my opinions by arriving home on the last day of the Sign & Digital exhibition with a nasty virus...

Looking at exhibitions through beer tinted glasses

Looking at exhibitions through beer tinted glasses

It’s not that I try to be grumpy old man but I fell out of love with exhibitions quite a few years ago. I guess it must be the amount of shows I have done in Europe over the years,...

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Harvey & Me

Harvey & Me

A couple of months ago I took the plunge and rescued a dog from the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. His name is Harvey and he is a seven month old high energy mutt who will do practically anything for a biscuit. It’s funny, but I justified the reason for...

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