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The world’s leading provider of photo commerce software, Taopix, has appointed Nigel Lee as Executive Chairman. Lee will head up the executive team taking direct responsibility for all commercial and financial aspects of the business.

PrintPro Digital & Offset Printing has acquired the first Xerox Iridesse™ Production Press in Canada to help achieve the double-digit annual revenue growth the company has maintained since 2012. PrintPro plans to take advantage of the press’s range of metallic hues by entering the packaging market and building a higher profile in Winnipeg and its neighboring provinces.

Leonhard Kurz has developed refinement products with novel translucent effects. The Lumafin series will be presented for the first time at Fachpack 2018 in Nuremberg from 25 to 29 September. It is designed to give brand owners new opportunities to differentiate their products and add value to them. For packaging designers and graphic designers Kurz wants to expand the creative scope with the new embossing foils. "With Lumafin, creatives can achieve diverse and surprising design effects. Our new product line is the perfect way to give brands a memorable appearance and make them unique, "explains Holger Habekus, product manager for the graphics industry at Kurz.

Kodak announced today it has begun a process to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division. The company has engaged UBS Investment Bank as its financial adviser for the transaction.

Sheridan’s Pennsylvania print facility is adding two new HP presses to the production floor: an HP PageWide T240HD Color Print Inkjet system equipped with a Duplex Primer system and a Magnum InLine FlexBook Finisher, and an HP Indigo 12000 B2-format digital press.

The largest single video screen in the world is getting a next-generation reboot, and Watchfire Signs of Danville, Ill. has been selected to imagine and manufacture it. Watchfire was selected from among 15 digital screen manufacturers from around the world to completely rebuild the canopy that is part of Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. The $30 million project will be completed in 2019.

Satisfying consumer demands for rapid fulfilment and customisation, a new study commissioned by Ricoh Europe reveals the vital role retail business leaders see new printing technologies playing in driving their competitive advantage. 73% of those surveyed believe investments in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, directly lead to greater customer satisfaction.

ColorJet India Ltd, India's largest manufacturer of digital printing technologies will be launching and showcasing live demonstrations of direct to fabric printers at GARTEX which runs from August 18-20, 2018, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi in hall no. 11, booth no. B-4. This year ColorJet is showcasing the METRO and VASTRAJET at the show.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to offer customers the latest technology to help their businesses move forward. For General Marketing Solutions (GMS), an integrated marketing services company, it was time to switch to inkjet technology to better support and deliver its commercial printing jobs.

With the end of the summer months set to kick off the Christmas retail period, Antalis is encouraging office dealers to make the most of the seasonal peak to unlock new opportunities in packaging.

Exclusive UK and Irish Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd is to offer a free Mimaki UCJV150-160 wide format LED UV printer/cutter when customers invest in the popular 8’ x 4’ flatbed LED UV JFX200-2513 model for a limited time.

PrintBig, a design and print business, based in Headcorn near Ashford, has become the latest advocate of the Agfa brand. Early July it installed its first ever Agfa engine, a new Anapurna H3200i LED press run by the Agfa Asanti workflow solution. The new engine has effectively replaced three machines for the business allowing them to print wider and faster according to PrintBig’s MD Paul Smith.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) unveiled plans to host its first-ever Wrap Team Challenge at the 2018 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas; October 18–20). The event, which gives installers the chance to test their wrapping speed and skills against their peers, takes place each day of the show in the PDAA booth (Booth 4118).

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announced its participation in FESPA Africa 2018, where the brand will be represented by their exclusive distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW). In line with FESPA’s theme ‘Where Print Takes Off’, the stand aims to inspire visitors and get them on board with Mimaki. FESPA Africa will take place between 12 -14 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mimaki’s flagship digital print solutions will be displayed on stand D20-D21 in hall 3.

Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper today announces the immediate availability Hop-Syn GO, a new grade specifically designed for all models of the HP Indigo digital press. Environmentally-friendly and 100% recyclable, the Hop-Syn GO grade is a surface-treated, clay-coated, calendered polypropylene substrate. Its unique composition offers superb ink adhesion and high-quality graphic imaging unlike any other synthetic paper for the HP Indigo press.

In a land rich with ancient culture and history, the Israeli printing industry has always been a leading force for adopting new advanced technology. That trend was recently confirmed when a trio of the country’s foremost service providers implemented three different new MGI JETvarnish 3D digital embellishment presses in the packaging, label, commercial print and trade finishing market sectors.

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