Global Graphics Software has licensed the Harlequin Host Renderer to MUTOH, the Japanese manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and sign cutting plotters, in a contract spread over multiple years. The agreement includes licensing Global Graphics’ new Opal Advanced Inkjet Screens to provide high-quality half-tone screening specially developed for inkjet printing.
The three-week free online Printing United Digital Experience kicked off this week with a look at the latest in graphics and wide format technology from manufacturers including HP, Agfa, Canon, Durst, Epson, Fujifilm and Roland DG. Tim Greene of industry researcher IDC presented a session about wide format growth markets which is now available to watch.
RIP specialist Caldera , available from several Australian resellers including Pozitive and Kissel + Wolf, has announced that Caldera Version 14 will be launched in October, bringing a range of new features and enhancements to its award-winning print management and workflow software. The benefits to users will include increased production capacity, decreased downtime, significant time savings, enhanced automation and even better print quality.
French manufacturer Hexis Group has launched THE200EVO, a premium printable polymeric PVC film with the company’s patented TAKE HEAT EASY technology that’s ideal for large format surfaces. Hexis also introduced the V850B laminate with a thickness of 50 μm.
Konica Minolta Australia has released its first Modern Slavery Statement, setting out actions it’s taken to address modern slavery risks in its business and supply chain, including the goods and services it sells such as KM manufactured products and third party products including 3D printers and wide format printers.
Mutoh Australia has picked up on the European-Japan R&D between Mutoh and CGS Oris software to offer a unique proofing solution that faithfully reproduces the look and feel of actual label and other packaging production, on the original substrates thanks to new resin-based flexible inks, that bond into the surface like production inks.
ASX-listed print and marketing business IVE Group signed a long term contract for the printing and distribution of over 170 regional publications currently published and managed by Australian Community Media (ACM).
Leading WA signage business Jason Signmakers continued its recent expansion strategy with the acquisition of Perth’s AD Engineering International to become “a complete solution of static and digital solutions.”
Laser engraver and cutting machines manufacturer Trotec has introduced the open BETA version of Ruby — its new generation of laser workflow software designed to support efficient processing of jobs.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the ACCC’s legal proceedings against printing company Fuji Xerox Australia over allegations of Unfair Contract Terms impacting small business customers. She says the ASBFEO office has also received similar complaints against other print technology suppliers.
Corporate watchdog the ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Fuji Xerox Australia and a related company (together, Fuji) alleging that nine types of Fuji’s standard form small business contracts contain 173 unfair contract terms.
With “some green shoots” beginning to emerge in the economy, business adviser Ascent Partners is conducting a printing industry survey seeking input about the volume of sales printers are expecting over the next six months.
Perhaps the Virtual drupa will serve as a springboard to greater things. It does, however, appear to be more of a 'Preview' of the physical show - and therefore its remaining exhibitors - and still scheduled for April 2021, despite the worsening Covid-19 situation in Europe. And now the penultimate offset exhibitor RMGT has pulled out.