The Schiele Group’s motto is “Print Smarter,” but with its recent acquisition of an EFI™ VUTEk® h5 superwide-format inkjet solution from Electronics For Imaging, Inc., it could easily become “Print Faster.” Founded in 1948 by Henry Schiele and now headed by second-generation family member John Schiele, the Chicago-based company prints nearly a billion pieces of printed materials each year using multiple formats, including sheetfed, large- and small-format digital printing, as well as sheetfed and web offset.

French printing software company Caldera has announced the support of the new Roland IU-1000F printer for CalderaRIP Version 14. This new driver expands the award-winning software’s long list of supported peripherals for wide-format production.

Marabu Group has acquired ICON Inks, increasing its international footprint. The move will extend Marabu’s product portfolio and further strengthen customer service and centricity.

Global printing industry leader Inkcups announces that the company’s flagship Helix®digital cylinder printers can now print on a wide variety of small diameter vessels.

Ricoh USA, Inc. today announced a new subscription pricing model for its Avanti Slingshot® Print management information system (MIS) and business workflow management platform. The new model provides customers with a lower cost of entry, providing immediate access to the platform at a significantly lower price and serves as a flexible alternative to traditional financing or leasing. At a time in the market when decisions continue to be accelerated, this subscription option helps businesses grow at a pace that works most effectively for their customers' needs.

The print and paper advocacy group, Two Sides, is excited to announce its newest member, one of the UK’s leading printers, Go Inspire Group.

Agfa opened their new 3,500 sq ft Inkjet Competence Centre in Rugby last week with a sizzling BBQ in the sunshine. It was an event that was timed to perfection with customers and suppliers in abundance enjoying one of the first face-to-face gatherings the industry has seen for some time.

PRINTING United User Experience (PRINTING United UX) today announces that Xeikon’s popular Xeikon Café will be part of this fully developed event experience which takes place Oct. 4-6, leading up to PRINTING United Expo 2021. PRINTING United UX was created to provide a customized setting for any industry OEM, group, and association, regardless of size, to reconnect and offer training, product updates, and general meetings.

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., have announced the launch of its new ProCare after-sales service program, designed for users of the Canon Colorado roll-to-roll wide format printer series powered by UVgel technology. This new program enables Colorado 1650 owners to benefit from maximizing uptime through access to highly trained technicians and nationwide coverage, for increased productivity from minimal downtime.

Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today launched Roland DG Connect, an app that allows users to gain a detailed understanding of their overall print operations and access essential data for keeping their devices running at their optimum performance. Free to new and existing Roland DG owners, the new app is currently available for use with all TrueVIS™ series printers and printer cutters.

JCDecaux Nurture, the programme designed to help start-ups scale up by giving them a voice in the real world, building brand awareness and brand trust through Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising, has launched in the US, bringing the programme to a third continent alongside Europe and Australia.

Springfield Solutions, a 100% digital UK label specialist, has expanded its capacity with a new SCREEN L350+ LM – its fifth SCREEN machine. The company needs the extra capacity to serve growing demand from customers during and after the pandemic.

HP has refined its Latex technology over the last decade to meet the demands of Print Service Providers (PSPs) which, according to a great deal of research with both existing HP users and other non-HP customers, boils down to turning around sellable, consistent output quickly. This doesn't just mean fast printer speeds with no failures on standard substrates; it also means producing everything the end-user market wants. Environmental consciousness and material diversity are the boxes being ticked by print buyers more and more often - which is where HP Latex comes in. But what is it, how does it work and what are the benefits for wide-format print and signage businesses?

Xaar officially opened its new global headquarters in Cambridgeshire with a ceremony presided over by Chairman Andrew Herbert, CEO John Mills, CFO Ian Tichias and General Manager of the printhead business unit Graham Tweedale, alongside members of the team.

FESPA today (22nd July) announces that the flagship Global Print Expo will return to Berlin, Germany in 2022, together with its co-located event for non-printed signage, European Sign Expo. The events will be taking place at the Messe Berlin from Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June 2022.

Piccadilly Lights, the most famous advertising board in the world, is celebrating the city reopening by giving Londoners the chance to see their own photographs of the capital illuminated on the iconic screen.

Markzware, Inc., the leader in software publishing solutions for document previewing, data conversion, and print quality control, is offering a hot summer special on their Desktop Publishing Workflow applications, PDFMarkz® and IDMarkz®.

The BPIF launches the Display & POS 2 Recycling Scheme with Prismm Environmental. With support from the *BPIF sector interest group, it was scoped the requirements companies need to abide by to exhibit high recycling standards for this sector.

From 26 – 27 May and 9 – 10 June 2021, FESPA hosted its first FESPA Innovations and Trends (FIT) live virtual events, which highlighted the latest technologies and developments in the wide format and apparel markets.

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") will add two new printheads to its lineup in the second half of the 2021 fiscal year ending March 2022. The new products will strengthen the lineup for applications such as signage and easily allow printers to deliver high print quality at high speed.

PRINTING United Alliance, the most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the U.S., today announces the recipients of its 2021 Student Scholarship Program. The annual scholarship program, supported by generous donations from endowment investors and industry leaders through the PRINTING United Alliance Foundation, provides financial support to students planning a future in the printing and graphic arts industry.

3D printing of fiber-reinforced polymers is rapidly approaching a commercial tipping point. This is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and impactful areas of 3D printing; over the next decade the market will grow to $2 billion, the installed base and applications will expand, and technology will continue to mature. This growth will not be without challenges; there are barriers to adoption to be overcome in multiple sectors, supply chains & digital infrastructures to be established, and an inevitable consolidation in the number of manufacturers.

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