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GAMAA announces scholarship recipients for 2007

Now in its fifth year, the GAMAA Leadership Programme welcomes four new scholars to the scholarship intake for 2007; David Constable - Fresh Design, Nathan Kable - Rawson Graphics, Stephen McRobert - NSW Department of Lands and Jacob Galea - BP Australia.

Call for entries to the FESPA 2007 awards

Entry to the FESPA 2007 Premier Awards Competition, which recognises excellence in screen printing and wide-format digital imaging, is now open. All printers who are members of national screen printing associations affiliated to FESPA (the SGIAA) or are FESPA Individual Members can enter, with some industrial categories also being open to non-members.

Agfa launch high speed inkjet colour at 900dpi

Agfa Graphics have announced the :Dotrix TransColor, an inkjet colour printer that adds high-quality colour to high-speed printing. A powerful IPDS (Intelligent Printer Data Stream) controller combines with single-pass printing engines, high-resolution inkjet technology (900dpi), 650mm width and UV curable inks and print both side simultaneously. Not for the traditional wide format market, just yet.

Adobe to release PDF specs

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced that it intends to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Autobond Builds Largest And Fastest Ever Laminator

The largest laminator ever constructed by UK manufacturer Autobond is due to leave the company’s Derbyshire factory at the beginning of February to begin a journey across the seas to Texas trade laminator The Lamination Center.

Auckland's sign controversy

It seems city councils around the world are tightening up on the signage by-laws and Auckland is the latest city to fire broadsides at the sign industry with threats of reducing and/or eliminating city signage.

Letterheads in QLD in October

Letterheads Oz, the Australian letterheads events, are held in a different state each year, the last one being at Burrawang in the NSW Highlands in October 2006, hosted by Bob Harper's Vogue Signs.
In 2002, the event was hosted by the late John Jordan, at Jordan Signs, Caringbah, Sydney, but it has been a while since any were held in Queensland: 1999- a great event at Hervey Bay when Darren Watson of Fraser Coast Signs took the reins, and in 2003 when Pete and Suzy Bedggood of Newton Signs in Cairns put on a great meet.

Caldera releases the new version 7.20 of its RIP

Caldera Graphics is launching the new version 7.20 of its successful RIP that includes many new features and devices.
Caldera supports both Intel and Mac based front ends as well as the Mandriva 2007 which has been added in order to solve some missing driver situation that can occur with Mandriva 2005, all Caldera solutions have been successfully tested on Mandriva 2007 platform.

Billboards are out, but Google wants in

Deanna Singhal, research associate at the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, a driving safety group in Ottawa, believes that not only do digital billboards keep drivers' eyes away from the road more, but that they are also more "cognitively demanding." A study commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration has recommended more research into whether the signs present risks to drivers, and the federal government has also allotted $150,000 for a study of digital signage.

FESPA 2007 - Specialist hotel reservation company appointed

A dedicated accommodation booking service is now available for exhibitors and visitors planning to make the trip to FESPA 2007, the world’s largest exhibition for the screen and large format digital printing industries, taking place in Berlin, Germany, 5th – 9th June 2007.

Arlon announces new media

Arlon extends its banner film range by adding 10,12,13, and 14oz. to its digital line of products.

Correction re Dupont's Cromaprint 18UV

We placed a story earlier regarding the new Dupont Cromaprint 18UV that was launched at the SGIA show in the US and we credited this to Anitech. Please note that Anitech do not distribute this product . Our apologies go to Anitech and anybody else inconvenienced by this error.

Direct Advantage Direct to Garment Solution

Sawgrass has announced that it is launching a direct to garment inkjet printing system, the Direct Advantage with the best output quality and washability in the industry. The printer will be unveiled January 19 at the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach, California.

New cast vinyl for vehicle wraps

Hexis have announced a new cast vinyl film with HEX’PRESS adhesive technology for vehicle wraps and fleet graphics. This will be launched at ISA in Las Vegas.

KFC visible from space (Update)

In the last issue it was claimed that the KFC sign in the US was the first to be visible from space. According to a UK web site, KFC were not the first, in fact a local sign was the first. Thanks to Shane Drew who pointed this out to us. He pointed us to:




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