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A Preview of the upcoming VI Sydney show.
Prepared and written for Wide Format Online by Colleen Bate

The Sydney Showground has reached capacity for the coming Visual Impact expo and industry suppliers are putting the final touches to their plans for the September show which is geared up to be one of the most comprehensive and diverse yet seen.

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Wide format's reach widens
By Andy McCourt
“Wider, yet and wider, Shall thy bounds be set” so goes the song Land of Hope and Glory. When it comes to wide-format digital printing, while the width boundary seems set at 5 metres max – the scope for market growth appears almost limitless. But what exactly is ‘wide format printing’?

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Eco-Friendly and Heavily Pigmented Eco-Solvents
By Marc Bartolome for Jetmark

The printing industry is a big consumer of energy. Unfortunately, the industry also has a negative impact on the environment. Many types of printer ink have a chemical composition that has a negative impact on water, air and soil quality.

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The value of knowing your business value
By Colleen Bate
Do you know the value of your business and if not, why not? Perhaps you may believe that it is unimportant if you have no plans to sell in the immediate future. But is this a misconception?

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The ASGA/SGIAA Awards - act now, make a real difference

“It was big project - a real opportunity for us. We made a great presentation to the client, submitted a compelling proposal, but the competition was fierce and the client said the prices were the same. We won that project and we found out later that our previous sign and print Awards made a difference - when everything else was the same, the recognition of our professional excellence from the leading industry bodies gave our client the confidence to go with us”

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The Future Of Barcodes

In a white paper recently released by Markem-Imaje, consideration is given to whether GS1-128 barcodes are on track to become the most adopted global standard for retail grocery and foodservice packaging.

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Océ Australia after 5 months of independence
By Colleen Bate

Just over five months ago Océ Australia made its debut as Canon Australia transitioned their professional printing business to a separate, dedicated Canon Group entity. Establishing a head office in Clayton, Melbourne, with offices around Australia and a network of dealers across New Zealand, customers still deal with the same team members who have the same suite of products and services, just now under the Océ brand.

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Plastics and the SGP program
By Colleen Bate

The use of plastics goes back to around a century ago but only gained interest after World War One when plastic proved to be a highly economical alternative to metal, wood and glass. Now as environmental concerns (particularly around the perils of plastic) have become prominent, recycling has become more important. And so it should. Virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

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HR Updates for the Wide Format Printing Industry from Printing Industries

• Unfair Dismissal & Adverse Action trends and protection
• When does a casual employee become permanent?
• Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll?

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Printing terminology explained

James Cryer took a playful wander through the terminological minefield that we walk through each day – unarmed and unharmed.

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Sublimation - The true cost and setting your prices for profit

When many sublimators look at the cost of making their products, they only consider how much they spend on ink, paper, substrate and shipping. This approach impacts their businesses negatively, as overhead and labour are not factored into the equation – and this is where the bulk of the real cost of production lies.

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Robots – Do they have a role to play in the future of the Printing Industry?
 
Epson has commercialised a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot named the WorkSense W-01 that will expand the scope of automated production. Whilst initially focussed on manufacturing, do robots have a role to play in the Printing Industry?

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