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XJet Ltd., the additive manufacturing company, is preparing for a busy Spring 2018 with attendance confirmed at several key global industry shows in April and May. Following the successful launch of the company’s inaugural Carmel AM Production System last year, the Israeli AM company is looking to expand its operations globally in key manufacturing and vertical markets.

Midlands-based large format print and visual communications specialists NEC Graph-fix are joining the approved partnership scheme to manufacture StackaWraps® under license. StackaWraps® has a need to fulfil an ever-growing order book and NEC Graph-Fix will look to differentiate themselves from the marketplace, increase sales through marketing StackaWraps® unique system and fulfil orders placed by StackaWraps® directly. A win for both parties.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of wide format 3D printing solutions for visual communication applications, will use ISA Sign Expo (March 22-24 – booth 629) to demonstrate how print providers and sign & display companies can open the door to new application opportunities and drive growth with its unique large format 3D printing technology.

With GMG CoZone 2.2 you can easily approve content and images via the cloud. Integrated soft and hard proofing and an optimized workflow create a particularly powerful solution. Thanks to its ultra high resolution, users can now also review designs for large-format productions in detail.

Xeikon, an early innovator in the realm of full color digital printing, marks 30 years since its founding with a series of educational blogs chronicling the history of digital printing. The series, dubbed Triple-X, will be authored by industry experts Laurel Brunner and Ed Boogaard and will run between now and November, when Xeikon will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Only 8% of North America’s commercial print sector currently invests in automated workflows.* With the prospect of huge productivity gains and minimal investment in resources, what arguments does the industry have for ignoring the automation revolution? And can operators be persuaded to reconsider?

For businesses looking to make their mark in 2018, Antalis has advised that embracing innovative new printing technologies such as white toner will be key to tapping into the customer demand for ever more creative paper-based communications.

Durst, a manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, has used the CEVISAMA 2018 Ceramic Tile and Machinery Exhibition in Valencia, Spain, to unveil more details on its full digital glaze line currently undergoing industrial field testing.

Throughout history, technology has provided artists with new tools for expression. Where would Andy Warhol have been without silk screen printing and David Hockney without the Polaroid? Digital printing now offers artists new ways to create and sell art. Digitally printed artwork is rapidly increasing in popularity and acceptance—galleries, hotels, offices, restaurants, casinos and other venues are huge markets for giclée prints and other digitally printed fine art. Many photographers and fine artists embrace digital printing of their images as a form of expression, or as an additional way to market their work at reasonable prices.

For the tenth consecutive year, platinum sponsor INX International Ink Co. will be the UV LED go-to source for commercial, packaging and specialty printers looking for expert insight at the Print UV Conference in Las Vegas, February 26-28 at the Encore by Wynn Resort in Las Vegas.

Sign & Digital UK (SDUK) today announces that one of Britain’s biggest names in retail, Mary Portas, will be headlining at the sign and display show taking place on 24 to 26 April, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Visitors to some of the year’s key industry events are being encouraged to utilise Antalis’ expert advice and support through its ‘Challenge Antalis’ initiative, which is being rolled out at the upcoming PrintWeekLive! 2018 and Packaging Innovations exhibitions.

There was a distinctly Scandinavian feel about the finalist selections in this year's ProCarton ECMA Awards, including Finnish skincare and cosmetics firm Lumene’s creation of a new logo called ‘Wheel of Light’ just at the beginning of the year. The packaging concept was developed by international market leading packaging manufacturer Edelmann and a British design team from JDO. The goal was to emphasise the brand story that highlights the exceptional pure nature and yearly light cycle of the Scandinavian landscape with special visual and physical features.

Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services has announced an enticing 2 year Gold warranty on the Mimaki UJF-7151plus production LED UV flatbed printer until the end of March for companies looking to invest in Mimaki’s award-winning technology.

With new research revealing a significant consumer preference for printed communications over digital options, Antalis is reminding printers that paper still prevails in a crowded digital market.

In the digital age, where many have replaced the cinema with Netflix, festivals with Facebook, and galleries with Instagram, Epson is helping professional and artistic photographers celebrate and share the power of truth expressed through the printed image. One such artist is American-born abstract photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Coalson, who will be exhibiting his art – brought to life with his Epson 44” printer – at the 5th annual Oxford International Art Fair on 23-25 February 2018.

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