Birmingham-based Hollywood Monster has installed an EFI VUTEk Q5r from CMYUK to cope with demand after a record-breaking four months.

The retail industry is an increasingly competitive space as businesses and brands consistently battle to beat rivals on prices, match promotions, offer customers better deals, and grab the most attention in-store. This means suppliers to the retail industry cannot afford not to deliver outstanding quality, meet tight deadlines, and accommodate ambitious projects. As one of the leading producers of POS to the retail industry as well as the largest producer of OOH print, collaborating with customers including B&Q, Waitrose, H&M, M&S, and Tesco, SMP Group in London knows these demands all too well. Peter Darwin, Operations Director at SMP Group, says: “We're constantly challenged by our clients to provide higher quality, quicker turnaround, cheaper prices in reality, and we need to be initiative-taking in finding ways to get that out to the market.”

Fujifilm today (17th May) announces the launch of the Activ Hybrid LED UV curing system, which can be installed on new presses or retrofit to existing equipment by label and packaging converters. The system combines the latest, high power, low heat LED UV curing technologies with Fujifilm's ink expertise to improve label production on narrow web presses. It enables traditional UV or water-based flexo presses to be seamlessly converted to LED UV curing, resulting in significant environmental savings, cost and material savings and increased productivity and quality.

Ahead of their appearance at FESPA, under the banner 'Blueprint Live' Fujifilm's Acuity Prime and Acuity Ultra R2 wide format printers have each won iF Design awards.

With 13 dealer agreements in 7 European countries already agreed, Fujifilm is on the hunt for more partnerships to help boost its Acuity Prime sales even further. To help achieve this, the company has appointed Colm Garvey as its European Dealer Manager for wide format products.

New printers from EFI will be making waves at CMYUK’s forthcoming Printer Production Open House that takes place on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May at its demonstration and training centre in Shrewsbury.

French printing software company Caldera has announced the official support of new swissQprint printers for CalderaRIP. These new swissQprint drivers expand CalderaRIP’s extensive list of supported peripherals for wide-format production.

Roland DGA Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell and distribute the Rotary Rack – a new, affordable, ultra-durable attachment that fits inside VersaUV LEF Series benchtop UV printers and makes printing directly onto cylindrical objects easier than ever.

Diversify in 2022

April 29, 2022

It doesn’t take an entrepreneurial expert to know that the world of business is constantly changing. Consumer habits change, technology improves and both the consumer world, and the business-to-business market, can change rapidly. So how can your business stay steady in this turbulent landscape? Evolve and diversify.

Fujifilm has formed an extensive strategic partnership with MCA Digital, a highly respected print solutions provider in Italy. Fujifilm's new Revoria Press PC1120 is a particular focus of the relationship, with MCA Digital's salesforce and contact network ideally placed to launch this machine into the Italian market.

Mimaki Europe, the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has announced the market-leading technologies, including the JFX600-2513, UJF-MkII e Series, 3DUJ-2207 and CJV330-160 from the 330 Series, that will all be on show at their stand (Stand 2G34) during the Salon C!Print event (10-12 May, Lyon, France). This marks the French debut of Mimaki’s most recently launched printers, all developed with the company’s renowned focus on delivering business-enhancing, high-quality, high-value applications.

French printing software company Caldera has announced the official support of the Fujifilm Acuity Prime, with new drivers for CalderaRIP. These new Fujifilm drivers expand CalderaRIP’s extensive list of supported peripherals for wide-format production.

The migration to, or adoption of, wide format printing by commercial printers is slowing. So says findings from the Business Outlook Survey for WhatTheyThink’s Printing Outlook report.

Creative Design Agency, KGK Genix has taken delivery of an EFI VUTEk h5 from CMYUK. This 3.2m wide, hybrid UV LED model is the tenth VUTEk printer that the company has purchased over a 20-year period. It is both a testament of the trust that it has with the VUTEk brand and a confirmation of the close relationships KGK Genix has with CMYUK and EFI.

Kent-based digital print company, Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions, has over 20 years of experience in sign making, servicing Gravesend and the surrounding area. Formed in 1999, the company has built a reputation for service and quality which has seen it supply major Local Government Authorities as well as leading supermarkets. Late last year, the company was looking for a highly efficient flatbed printer, and upon discovering the Acuity Prime from Fujifilm, they were so impressed that they invested in the new machine in January 2022 through RA Smart – one of Fujifilm UK’s distribution partners.

With a booth themed ‘Think Inkjet. Think Agfa’, inkjet printing solutions provider Agfa will show FESPA visitors in Berlin (31 May-3 June) its latest innovations and all the reasons to opt for them.

Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced it will be hosting a free Demo Day with Graphic Art Mart on the IU-1000F UV-LED High-Productivity Flatbed Printer.

Spandex Switzerland and swissQprint are parting ways, with swissQprint taking over direct sales in Switzerland starting 1 May 2022.

Wiltshire-based Digital 23 has purchased a Mimaki UJV55-320 from CMYUK. The 3.2m-wide UV LED roll-to-roll printer investment has enabled the business to now print all its textile work in-house, and provides a versatile platform from which it can expand into new markets.

Exclusive Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd will give the new Mimaki JFX600-2513 LED-UV large-format flatbed inkjet printer its UK and Ireland debut at Sign & Digital UK later this month. Designed to address the high-volume UV market, the JFX600 will be among the raft of new Mimaki solutions to be shown for the first time at the exhibition in Birmingham. Engineered for high speeds and high productivity, the new flatbed offers print service providers a broader variety of applications thanks to a wider range of ink types and increased media flexibility.

Canon has extended the coverage of its proCARE after-sales service programme for its full Large Format Graphics portfolio and it’s now available for all customers worldwide. Designed for users of the award-winning Arizona flatbed and roll-to-roll Colorado, print service providers and print factories can now benefit from maximised uptime and full cost transparency. By providing on-site support with the fastest response times, and with parts, labour and travel time, preventive maintenance and remote support all included, Canon’s customers benefit from the highest return on investment and continuous production uptime at the highest and most consistent output quality.

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