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What’s the buzz with Sign & Digital 2015

What’s the buzz with Sign & Digital 2015

Mark the dates because the UK’s number one trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry is all set for a bumper return to the NEC, Birmingham on 24 to 26 March 2015.Following independent visitor research...

Graphic Station puts new Mimaki flatbed on the slate

Graphic Station puts new Mimaki flatbed on the slate

Essex based Graphic Station has been busy breaking in its new Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV wide-format printer after its installation by i-Sub Digital this month, following its lightning-speed purchase of the first JFX200-2513 in Europe at Sign and Digital UK...

i-Sub supplies Dale Studios with a duo from Mimaki following Sign & Digital

 i-Sub supplies Dale Studios with a duo from Mimaki following Sign & Digital

Dale Studios hasn't taken its new investment lightly: to accommodate its new Mimaki JFX500-2131 grand-format flatbed UV printer from i-Sub Digital, the Leicester design house needed a new unit to house it and a flatbed printing expert to run it....

Logoshack invests in Zünd S3 system after seeing it in action at Sign & Digital

Logoshack invests in Zünd S3 system after seeing it in action at Sign & Digital

Digital graphics specialist Logoshack has installed a new Zünd S3 L-1200 cutting system, tailor-made to meet its present and future needs after seeing the S3 in action at Sign and Digital UK 2014 and recognised its ability to speed up...

Sign & Digital UK visitor survey finds industry in vibrant health

Sign & Digital UK visitor survey finds industry in vibrant health

A new visitor survey report from Faversham House, organiser of Sign & Digital UK, provides key insight into what visitors liked about the 2014 show and what they would like to see more of for future shows. The survey, which...

Hardware

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Introscan unlocks new routes to market with HP Latex 360

Introscan unlocks new routes to market with HP Latex 360

City and West End Solutions has supplied Glasgow-based wide format printer Introscan with an HP Latex 360 with Onyx Rip to enable the company to explore new revenue sectors such...

HP 300 series now available via GPT

HP 300 series now available via GPT

Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has added the HP Latex 300 Printer series as part of its comprehensive portfolio of wide format printing solutions for a range of signage and printing...

Book now for the GPT PrintoberFest

Book now for the GPT PrintoberFest

Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has announced that it is hosting PrintoberFest, the October Festival of Signs, Display and Graphics Applications at its office in Reading.

Wide format printer manufacturers clash for position at Harwood King

Wide format printer manufacturers clash for position at Harwood King

Fine art screen printer, Harwood King Fine Art Studio, has not been afraid to redefine the traditional idea of a print, combining printmaking processes to produce truly collectable limited editions...

Roland all set for Newtech event

Roland all set for Newtech event

Roland DG (UK) will be using its attendance at Newtech Wetherby – the latest in the series of free to attend Wide Format Printing, Displays and Finishing roadshows - to...

Wideformat

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Horizon leads the way with the first Mimaki JV300 in Ireland

Horizon leads the way with the first Mimaki JV300 in Ireland

As the first company in Ireland to install the recently launched Mimaki JV300 solvent digital inkjet printer; Horizon Digital Print is embracing this neat, compact addition to its otherwise sizeable large-format production line and is positive about the surge in...

Imprint Group enhances its wide format flatbed production fleet

Imprint Group enhances its wide format flatbed production fleet

POP and display specialist, Imprint Group, is the first UK based company to invest in both the Inca Onset S50i and Onset R40i wide-format flatbed UV printers supplied by Fujifilm. Increased quality and productivity were cited as the main objectives...

Agfa launch new Anapurna M2500i at SGIA

Agfa launch new Anapurna M2500i at SGIA

Agfa has launched another of its ‘Curry Shop’ Anapurna flatbed printers, this time in the shape of the M2500i with optional automated board feeder (ABF) that the company says is ideal for indoor, outdoor and niche applications such as art...

New York 'Water Above All' project with HP Latex inks

New York 'Water Above All' project with HP Latex inks

More than one billion people in the world do not have access to clean water. Using HP Latex Technology, The Water Tank project is transforming New York City’s iconic water tanks into an awareness campaign, wrapping tanks from Brooklyn to...

swissQprint boosts Impala’s top speed to 180m2 ph

swissQprint boosts Impala’s top speed to 180m2 ph

Swiss wide format printer manufacturer swissQprint has beefed up its 2.5 × 1.6 m Impala flatbed UV printer with the latest generation of print heads that push its top printing speed from 130 to 180m2 per hour.The company says the...

Textile Printing

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Printed Interior Decoration conference to explore new frontiers for retail

Printed Interior Decoration conference to explore new frontiers for retail

Printing for interior décor is fast becoming what ESMA calls ‘a new frontier of design for custom-made on-demand products’ with an endless choice of materials such as glass, textile, ceramics, wood, laminated floors, wallpapers, and carpets.Therefore if you are in...

Roland announce 64” Texart dye sub textile printer

Roland announce 64” Texart dye sub textile printer

Roland DG has announced a 64-inch dye sublimation transfer printer in a choice of either four- or eight-colour ink configurations featuring innovative print control technology and a choice of powerful RIP software. The news is not surprising given the vast...

Gandy launches Gandy Softjet, soft signage solution at SGIA

Gandy launches Gandy Softjet, soft signage solution at SGIA

Gandy Digital has launched the Gandy Digital Softjet, soft signage, high resolution, digital dye sublimation printer designed for textile printers and large format print houses looking to increase print quality and productivity, explore new revenue streams and drive profitable growth.Providing...

FESPA Digital Textile Conference speakers announced

FESPA Digital Textile Conference speakers announced

FESPA has announced further speakers for its Digital Textile Conference (2 October 2014, Grand Hotel Villa Torretta, Milan), to encourage printers interested in digital textile printing to explore new trends and techniques, as well as market growth areas for new...

Hollanders reports unprecedented boost in orders for its ColorBooster 250

Hollanders reports unprecedented boost in orders for its ColorBooster 250

Good news from digital textile printer manufacturer Hollanders who say that following the introduction of the ColorBooster 250 fully modular digital textile printer into Europe at FESPA Digital earlier in the year, the company has reported an unprecedented number of...

Materials

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New Mimaki clear ink for JFX200 LED UV flatbed

New Mimaki clear ink for JFX200 LED UV flatbed

Hybrid Services has announced the release of a clear ink for the Mimaki JFX200-2513 flatbed LED UV printer to complement existing LUS -150 and LH-100 LED UV curable inksets.The company says this new clear ink delivers an effect close to...

Understanding the true potential for self-adhesive vinyl applications

Understanding the true potential for self-adhesive vinyl applications

It’s probably fair to say that with the advent of exciting new innovations in wide format media, good old ‘sticky-backed plastic’ is hardly considered to be the sexiest product out there. One person who certainly doesn’t hold that belief is...

Guandong launch digital textile materials collection

Guandong launch digital textile materials collection

Italian digital materials specialist Guandong has launched a new range of textile materials – the Guandong Textile Collection - designed to work in conjunction with HP’s latest 300 series latex printers.The company is currently launching a wide range of products...

ICL Imaging utilises FLEXcon film for outdoor displays at Boston airport

ICL Imaging utilises FLEXcon film for outdoor displays at Boston airport

 Boston based wide format display print specialist ICL Imaging is utilising FLEXcon’s Seethru-Sign film to print advertisements for major brands at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The graphics are used in terminals and walkways to display brand promotional advertising — providing...

VION from William Smith

VION from William Smith

Providing an even wider choice of high quality options, VION is the latest product range to be added to the William Smith materials portfolio.“In today’s markets there is increasing pressure on signmakers for fast turnaround to meet tight deadlines, which...

Wrapping World

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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...

Cipher Graphics Fuchs vehicle wrap job for UK leg of Tour de France

Cipher Graphics Fuchs vehicle wrap job for UK leg of Tour de France

Fuchs Lubricants’ new van, featuring Silkolene cycling branding, was seen by an audience of some 2.5million people when the vehicle took part in the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France. The vehicle wrap, fitted by Cipher Graphics of Stoke,...

‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ winner is Joyce Design

‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ winner is Joyce Design

Kate and Russell Joyce, partners in Chelmsford, Essex-based Joyce Design were this year’s lucky winners of the 3M Commercial Graphics ‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ promotion. The main prize, in what has now become a major feature of the UK...

Kiss Lajos is FESPA World Wrap Master 2014

Kiss Lajos is FESPA World Wrap Master 2014

After a four-day wrapping Battle Royale, Kiss Lajos from Hungary triumphed to claim the title of World Wrap Master at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich. The first of the losers was Colin Sciberras from Malta, and Robert Davidson of Ireland...

Finishing World

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Esko launches i-cut Production Console front end for digital Kongsberg tables

Esko launches i-cut Production Console front end for digital Kongsberg tables

Esko has launched its latest front end system – the i-cut Production Console (iPC) - for Kongsberg digital cutting tables. The company says this newly developed front-end operating system is set to become the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems in the future.Esko says iPC drives all functionality...

Zünd announce G3 with increased beam height for packaging and converting

Zünd announce G3 with increased beam height for packaging and converting

Zünd has re-engineered a version of its G3 digital cutting system to double the beam height to 120 mm to enable greater flexibility and productivity when accommodating thicker materials up to 110 mm, enabling packaging printers to achieve new levels of productivity and performance.Corrugated cardboard, solid cardboard, foam, sandwich material...

Shop online for Zünd consumables

Shop online for Zünd consumables

Good news if you’re a Zünd user. The company has opened a new web shop offering customers the option to order consumables directly from Zünd, 24 hours a day, for 48-hour delivery anywhere in the EU.The Zünd web shop is the result of close cooperation with end users, who emphasise...

CWE seals a laminator deal with Quadrant2Design

CWE seals a laminator deal with Quadrant2Design

Dorset-based Quadrant2Design has just invested in a new Seal 62 Pro D laminator from City and West End Solutions to support its ongoing growth in the exhibition marketplace.Quadrant2Design designs and builds exhibition stands using the Prestige Events System, with panoramic graphics that extend from one end of the stand to...

Zünd UK hosts two day open house event with Canon

Zünd UK hosts two day open house event with Canon

Zünd UK is opening the doors to a newly refurbished demonstration centre for an open house event in partnership with Canon on September 24th and 25th 2014. The two-day event will provide a chance for PSPs to evaluate the equipment from both brands and see wide format printing and finishing up...

Business

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IPIA’s meet the buyer/supplier event proves a success

IPIA’s meet the buyer/supplier event proves a success

Industry trade association, the Independent Print Industries Association (IPIA), recently held its ‘Meet the Trade Buyer’, ‘Meet the Trade Supplier’ event at the FA’s new prestigious headquarters at St. George’s Park in Burton on Trent.The event was held on 16th...

ESMA’s Inkjet Conference a resounding success

ESMA’s Inkjet Conference a resounding success

ESMA’s inaugural The Inkjet Conference has been hailed a resounding success. The two-day, multi-subject educational conference brought together industry and academic leaders in their fields who spoke about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print.The event also included...

Roland DG opens the doors to new UK HQ and Creative Centre

Roland DG opens the doors to new UK HQ and Creative Centre

Roland DG (UK) Ltd has officially opened its new head office and Creative Centre in Clevedon, near Bristol in a ceremony officiated by the global president of Roland DG Corporation, Mr Tomioka. Also present at the event were members of...

Hooray for Hollywood

Hooray for Hollywood

Hollywood Monster reports the company is enjoying a sustained period of growth and is creating new jobs following a major investment in new dye sublimation technology. The ambitious Birmingham-based company is winning business in new sectors and has increased its...

Canon launch subscription-based online business hub for PSPs

Canon launch subscription-based online business hub for PSPs

Canon, in the spirit of its declaration to ‘get closer’ to the market, has announced the UK launch of Digital Dimensions - a subscription-based online hub designed to help print service providers manage and grow their businesses through access to...

Technology

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How SAi Flexi and Flexi Design Subscriptions put Ocean Graphics & Signs on the Crest of a wave

How SAi Flexi and Flexi Design Subscriptions put Ocean Graphics & Signs on the Crest of a wave

Ocean Graphics & Signs, of East Hampton, New York, is a small company with great abilities and an even bigger potential. Established in 1989, the company came into new ownership early in 2014 when Will McLear bought the company after...

DINAX Mirage software now optimised for Canon wide format printers

DINAX Mirage software now optimised for Canon wide format printers

Canon has partnered with software developer DINAX GmbH to introduce dedicated versions of its Mirage professional printing software optimised for Canon's imagePROGRAF range of large format printers.This collaboration between Canon and DINAX sees the introduction of two Mirage Editions for...

Onyx release 11.1 software

Onyx release 11.1 software

Onyx Graphics has released ONYX 11.1 software. This new release adds six new features to the 21 enhancements of ONYX 11.0 software to further streamline wide format workflow for professional print service providers.The company says it designed ONYX 11.1 software...

Clarity adds ‘best fit’ nested layouts to quoting process

Clarity adds ‘best fit’ nested layouts to quoting process

MIS and CRM software provider Clarity Software has brought a new edge to the market by integrating ‘best fit’ nested layouts directly into the quoting process.By combining tailored estimating and optimised nesting into one joined up procedure, PSPs can now...

New Xaar 501 printhead built for productivity

New Xaar 501 printhead built for productivity

Xaar has announced the launch of its 501 GS8 high-performance graphics printhead designed to deliver exceptional print quality, industrial-level reliability and high production up-time. The new printhead incorporates PrecisionPlus, a brand new architecture from Xaar designed to enable indoor and...

Outdoor Display

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Big savings as Domino’s Pizza optimise 3M LED film technology

Big savings as Domino’s Pizza optimise 3M LED film technology

Pizza franchise giant Domino’s has made huge savings in the running costs at its U.S. franchisor outlets following the use of 3M Envision Translucent Films that optimise LED technology and allows sign and graphics producers to achieve maximum brightness while...

Print company’s high-profile promotional graphics campaign boosts business

Print company’s high-profile promotional graphics campaign boosts business

UK stockist and distributor of MACtac graphics materials, Amari Digital Supplies (ADS) and London-based large-format print specialist Onward Display collaborated in a high-profile exterior graphics promotion using the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil as its central theme.The design,...

Commonwealth Games stars feature in new JCDecaux OOH campaign

Commonwealth Games stars feature in new JCDecaux OOH campaign

Up-and-coming sports stars are set to be the face of a new Out-of-Home advertising campaign for SSE, the Official Energy Partner of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.With the strapline: “proud to support our athletes of today”, SSE’s nationwide campaign reaches audiences...

Meet The Red Arrows today in person at London’s Victoria Station

Meet The Red Arrows today in person at London’s Victoria Station

If you are passing through London’s Victoria Station today (17th June), BAE Systems is inviting commuters to celebrate with the Red Arrows on their 50th anniversary with an experiential and digital out-of-Home campaign with JCDecauxLive.Commuters will be treated with the...

JCDecaux secures premium London based 6 sheet poster sites

 JCDecaux secures premium London based 6 sheet poster sites

JCDecaux is to strengthen its London portfolio with 18 6-sheet locations in Kensington & Chelsea, reaching audiences at some of the most sought-after addresses in the Royal Borough from early May.These prime new locations will include: Sloane Square, Kensington High...

Labels & Packaging

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Connect accelerates packaging design process with HP Scitex FB7600

Connect accelerates packaging design process with HP Scitex FB7600

Connect Packaging, of Benfleet, Essex, has installed an HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press for cost-effective short-runs and limited edition production, as well as to accelerate the packaging design process.Connect Packaging, part of the CBS Packaging Group, the printer to provide...

DS Smith moves with fully loaded Fujifilm corrugated solution

DS Smith moves with fully loaded Fujifilm corrugated solution

Packaging giant DS Smith has made a significant new investment in a flatbed digital printing system that will deliver further improvements in quality for its customers, as well as ensure greater production efficiency.The supply cycle specialist has chosen Fujifilm‘s corrugated...

Canon printer to provide colour accurate proofs for Xeikon label presses

Canon printer to provide colour accurate proofs for Xeikon label presses

CS Labels, Willenhall, West Midlands has acquired a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 6450 large format printer to provide colour accurate proofs for the company’s suite of Xeikon label printing presses. The printer was purchased from and installed by Canon reseller M...

IC3D packaging simulation suite brings 3D into the packaging production lifecycle

IC3D packaging simulation suite brings 3D into the packaging production lifecycle

Hybrid Software have licensed the IC3D Suite of 3D packaging simulation and design applications from Creative Edge Software to bring 3D into the packaging production lifecycle.“3D modelling and visualisation have been important in the packaging design process for years, but...

GMG show contract-level proofs for complex packaging applications at Packaging Innovations

GMG show contract-level proofs for complex packaging applications at Packaging Innovations

If you are going along to the London Packaging Innovations show you would do well to pay GMG Color a visit. The company is teaming up with Epson and specialist packaging design graphics studio Studio404 to show the importance and...

Environment

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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...

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...

Industrial Printing

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How the InPrint Show broke new ground with industrial printing

How the InPrint Show broke new ground with industrial printing

Following the recent InPrint Show the organisers conducted research to 350 visitor’s and exhibitors who were onsite in Hannover, revealing key insight into where demand is taking technology into the future. The show itself was seen as a glimpse into...

Stratasys set to wow the crowds at the London 3D Printing Show

 Stratasys set to wow the crowds at the London 3D Printing Show

3D printing technology within the world of motor racing will spearhead Stratasys’ extensive and diverse array of applications on display at this year's 3D Printing Show in London this week.The company says the event will feature a plethora of eye-catching...

Roland DG unveils its first 3D printer

Roland DG unveils its first 3D printer

Roland DG Corporation has today announced today the release of the monoFab series, including the company's first 3D additive rapid prototyping machine, the ARM-10, and a new 3D subtractive prototyping and manufacturing machine, the SRM-20.“The monoFab series desktop fabrication solutions...

French printer produces personalised light industrial applications with Fujifilm

French printer produces personalised light industrial applications with Fujifilm

Following a year's beta testing of Fuijfilm's thermo forming UV-cured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV, French sign and display printer BMA can now produce personalised light industrial applications with its Fujifilm Acuity Advance Select UV flatbed printer.The thermoforming process sees a...

Stratasys 3D technology goes to the movies

Stratasys 3D technology goes to the movies

Stratasys 3D printing technology has played a leading role in the production of the iconic RoboCop suit created by Legacy Effects for the main character in this year’s blockbuster movie. Tasked with realising the 3D designs from the Robocop production...

Printing World

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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...

Hendrix posters get 3d print effect makeover

Hendrix posters get 3d print effect makeover

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, a cultural touchstone that influenced generations, Tom Zotos - a pioneer in what has come to be known as the Interpretive Licensed Art Movement and the artist, publisher, and prolific creator of popular...

PaperlinX opens its doors to printers in the South

PaperlinX opens its doors to printers in the South

International merchant group PaperlinX is promoting new opportunities to drive increased revenues for its southern based customers, during a two-day event at its Shoreham branch on September 3 and 4.The first event of its kind since the merchant moved to...

Acculith sees digital and wide format represent 40% of turnover in just two years

Acculith sees digital and wide format represent 40% of turnover in just two years

North London based Acculith Repro has invested in a new Ricoh Pro C901 digital press with the intention of providing a wider range of services, improving output quality and delivering faster turnaround times in line with customer demand.Some years ago...

Technique arrives late for the digital party but leaves with Konica Minolta

Technique arrives late for the digital party but leaves with Konica Minolta

Litho print company Technique Print Group, Banbury, Oxfordshire, has moved into digital print production with the addition of a new Konica Minolta C6000 digital printing solution supplied by Apex Digital Graphics.Technique Print is unusual in that has held off taking...

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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New sales role for Bob Stevenson

New sales role for Bob Stevenson

SMGG has appointed Bob Stevenson to boost the sales of graphics consumables, inks, and media within London and the South East of England.Stevenson joins the company from Spandex where he was focused on selling wide format media and signage products....

Key role for Lake at PressOn

Key role for Lake at PressOn

PressOn, the large format digital printing company based in Rochester in Kent, has appointed Nick Lake as Key project manager to help meet the demands of a rapidly growing customer base and to explore new business opportunities.Lake will be responsible...

Big Pete celebrates 30 years as a Roland user

Big Pete celebrates 30 years as a Roland user

This month, Mansfield-based ‘Big Pete’ Colman (top right) is celebrating 30 successful years in the sign and graphics industry.Big Pete, founder and managing director of Classic Lines Plus Signs which recently rebranded to Classic Print, has been a loyal Roland...

Akio Kotake takes the helm at Mutoh Belgium

Akio Kotake takes the helm at Mutoh Belgium

Mutoh Belgium has a new managing director in Akio Kotake who takes over the responsibilities of industry veteran Arthur Vanhoutte who has led Mutoh’s Belgian operation for the past 24 years. Vanhoutte makes way to become a senior consultant for...

Remembering Maurice Hoare

Remembering Maurice Hoare

We were saddened here at GDW by the recent passing of Maurice Hoare, who up until his retirement in 2010 was the advertising manager at Sign Directions magazine and known to many throughout our industry. Although he was already well...

The Thompson Report

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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...

50 Signs of an unhealthy organisation

50 Signs of an unhealthy organisation

These are the tell-tale signs that your organisation may be in need of a health check. Any organisation will have its own specific indicators of ill-health. Future organisational success, in my view, will depend as much on the efforts made...

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...

Peter Davidson

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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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When I was a young lad I learned a lot about the world, mostly through the bottom of a glass, from an old mucker I used to work with called Peter Davidson. Peter is well known to many throughout the UK print and graphics industry, and I am pleased to...

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