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Summa buys flatbed cutter competitor Valiani

Cutting equipment manufacturer Summa has acquired Italy-based Valiani - a developer and manufacturer of small to medium sized flatbed cutters and framing matt cutters - to strengthen its position as “a leading manufacturer in print finishing equipment.”

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HP and Currie Group reveal PacPrint highlights

HP, together with HP Indigo dealer Currie Group, will have the largest collective presence at this year’s PacPrint event in Melbourne. Across large format and industrial printing, HP’s voice in the print industry will be hard to miss. HP says its mission is customer-centric – innovating with purpose to empower businesses with bold ambitions and big imaginations. From greater efficiency and more cost-effective production to more premium quality outputs.

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EFI buys Spanish software developer Inèdit 

Electronics For Imaging has acquired Inèdit Software, a developer of raster image processors (RIPs) and related software for digital industrial textile printing. Inèdit will be integrated into the EFI’s Reggiani textile business. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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EFI launches Fiery Impress digital front end 

With the launch of Impress, a brand-new, turnkey EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE), digital printing equipment manufacturers can expand the capabilities of their inkjet presses while significantly reducing development cycle time, said EFI.

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‘Barney’ to entertain NPA guests at PacPrint

In keeping with a night of competition and celebration, Andrew Barnett – a familiar face to Fox Sports viewers – has been confirmed as the entertainment for the 39th National Print Awards Presentation Dinner on Thursday 30 June in Melbourne.

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Bangladesh depot fire made worse due to mislabelled chemicals

Many labels for chemical drum containers are printed on wide format digital printers, due to their oversize capabilities and shorter runs. At Chittagong, Bangladesh 3 days ago, mislabeled Hydrogen Peroxide was doused with water when a container depot caught fire. This caused a further explosion and loss of life - foam should have been used, but firefighters, nine of whom are still missing, were misled by the labels (from BBC/AFP report)

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Ball & Doggett celebrates Australian Made week

It's Australian Made week from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June and, according to research by Roy Morgan, 89% of Australians believe more manufacturing should be undertaken in Australia. Print media supplier Ball & Doggett is proud to be associated with local manufactures and recognise that having goods locally produced means we keep jobs in Australia and avoid the supply chain ‘noise’ associated with products sourced overseas.

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WOO honours Australians Cook & Moldrich at awards event  

At the World Out of Home Organization’s (WOO) first in-person awards event since 2019, former oOh!media CEO Brendon Cook received a Lifetime Achievement Award and OMA CEO Charmaine Moldrich shared the 2022 Leadership Award. A ‘Should’ve Gone To Specsavers’ billboard won the ‘classic’ category.

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Record 478 entries into HP National Sign & Graphics Awards 

An amazing record 478 entries have been received from far and wide – from Townsville to Perth, and even New Zealand - across 22 categories for the HP 2022 National Sign & Graphics Awards - the highest number since the event started in 2008. The awards presentation dinner takes place on Tuesday 28th June during PacPrint in Melbourne.

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HP and Canva shut down Russian operations over Ukraine war

HP Inc, posting a jump in Q2 revenue to $16.5bn, said it had begun the process of fully winding down all company operations in Russia over the war in Ukraine. Australian-owned global graphic design software company Canva has blocked access to its platform in Russia after speaking with the Ukrainian government.

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FESPA launches Wrap Fest for thriving vehicle wrapping market

FESPA’s two-day Wrap Fest, a new event dedicated to vehicle wrapping, vinyl installation and detailing, will debut in April 2023 at the iconic Silverstone racing circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. “Until now there’s never been a focused event that serves the needs of this specific community.”

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