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What might Canon’s takeover of Océ mean for consumers
By Peter Lavelle, from UK

Recently Canon completed a 71.3% takeover of Dutch printer manufacturer Océ. This is the product of negotiations started in November between the two companies, and by 19 March Canon hopes to acquire the remaining Océ shares. Stakeholders that refuse to sell will become minority investors in a Canon-controlled company. Together, Canon and Océ aim to “create the overall No. 1 presence in the printing industry,” according to their 16 November joint press statement.

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Australia's first locally developed roll to roll and flatbed wide format inket machines
By Colleen Bate

If you've been paying attention to our latest industry news, you would have noticed the recent announcement of Product Distribution Australia (PDA)'s involvement in the launch and support of a new range of locally developed Vivex high resolution solvent and UV cured inkjet printers.

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Variable data printing (VDP) available for wide format

Variable data printing (VDP) is well established in small format printing but it's also available for wide format printing.

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Best ever Norman Lindsay art print re-discovered by printer’s grandson and great-grandson
By Andy McCourt 

Unique 1930s art reproduction process developed in Sydney by Hackett Studios is touched by two generations at the Norman Lindsay Gallery.

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MOVE over, the Outdoor Media Industry is flexing its muscles 
By Alison Stieven-Taylor

The outdoor media industry is about to receive a major boost to its credibility as a viable, measurable advertising medium. Alison Stieven-Taylor reports.

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Textiles and Fire 

Textiles can play a significant part in the spread of a fire, which can be particularly dangerous in public buildings occupied by large groups of people.

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The most important points to consider for your next wide format printing investment
By Tudor Morgan, Graphic Marketing Manager at Fujifilm Sericol 

As a 2009 provider of print in a highly competitive visual communications industry, experiencing deep recession but needing to grow your business, now is the time to sit back and take stock. Take a long hard look at your business and above all ask yourselves, what is it that your customers are looking for today?

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Past, Present, and what to expect in the future for Wide-Format Inkjet Printing Technology
Dr Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR Reports

Dr Hellmuth will be visiting the Sign Africa show in South Africa (2-4th September 2009) and will be presenting a paper there. This is a preview of his presentation that should be of interest to all prospective and existing users of wide format technology.

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Research report of China's textile industry in 2009 

The textile industry plays a significant role in China's national economy. On the one hand, the textile industry is a traditional advantageous industry in China and textile products and serves as an important foreign trade goods. On the other hand, development of the textile industry will be a major factor affecting demands, supplies and prices of the costume industry.

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Epson hit hard by recession but will in future focus more on it's printer division

The global financial crisis and the yen's steep appreciation against the dollar and other major currencies have been a double blow to many Japanese manufacturers, particularly those that register substantial shares of their sales in overseas markets.

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Ultraviolet (UV) curable inks, varnishes and lacquers are composed of liquid components which co-polymerize to a plastic solid when exposed to a high intensity UV light source. Less frequently, an electron beam (EB) is used. UV cured inks can effectively be considered solvent free, however solvents are still used for press wash-up. Health, safety and environmental precautions for both UV and EB cured processes are similar.

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Electronic displays, as big as you like and made from a thin plastic sheet could be coming our way.

Such a development could change the shape of the billboard and display industry as we know it.

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