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This is why static printed billboards are better

Last week we published the results of our survey question examining the threat or opportunity posed by large LED and LCD billboard sites. While there is a place for them, a just-installed example of why quality prints work best has appeared at Sydney’s Chatswood Chase shopping mall – and what a superb piece of grand format out-of-home print it is!

Roland DG’s first IU-1000F large-format UV-LED flatbed printer

Roland DG Corporation has expanded its UV-LED print portfolio with the new IU-1000F - 'a powerful solution for sign and display or print production businesses.' The large-format UV-LED flatbed printer is capable of printing on a wide range of substrates and objects at up to 116 sqm per hour. Sales will start in Europe, North America and Japan from the first quarter of 2020, with other regions to follow shortly after.

OOH facial recognition technology from JCDecaux

An outdoor advertising panel on Sydney’s George Street is using face-tracking technology to assess consumers’ facial reactions before dispensing vouchers for a free yoghurt smoothie in a store nearby.

Ombudsman launches investigation into dodgy insolvency practices

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has announced an inquiry into the insolvency system that will look at the “very low success rate in restructuring Australian businesses under external administration.” The move comes amid industry outrage over alleged phoenixing and abuse of insolvency provisions.

Roland DG and Ricoh win Buyers Lab Wide Format awards

Three Roland DG TrueVIS printers and the Ricoh Pro L5160 have won the wide format categories in Keypoint Intelligence Buyers Lab awards for 2020. The industry researcher noted: “New technologies are introduced and new applications for wide format are discovered, both at a faster rate than ever before. Lines are once again blurring, and the growth potential in this product category can be a thing of beauty.”

“Incredible number of deals” at record Labelexpo Europe 

A total of 693 exhibitors took part in the landmark 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, with major press manufacturers signing "multiple sales on a daily basis" at the largest, most international Labelexpo to date. Sydney sign company Next Printing was among the buyers at the event, entering the label sector with the purchase of an HP Indigo 6900 with ABG Digicon finishing line.

ONYX 19 to debut at the inaugural Printing United 2019

ONYX 19 "embodies the kind of speed and performance print shops have come to expect from ONYX software over the last 30 years," says wide format workflow software manufacturer Onyx Graphics. Printing United attendees will also get an exclusive preview of ONYX Hub 2.0 which is about to be launched globally. 

Konica Minolta hosts LIA QLD International Print Day event 

The Queensland branch of the Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) has announced a free industry event to be held at Konica Minolta in Brisbane on October 23 to celebrate International Print Day. LIA NSW will host a similar event on the same day in Sydney.

Roland DG expands TrueVIS lineup with SG2 Series

Roland DG has added new SG2 64", 54" and 30" wide format eco-solvent printer cutters to its second generation TrueVIS series. “The new SG2 series will appeal to a large number of digital print business owners, including those entering the sign and display graphics market.”

Digital Signage – threat or opportunity? – Andy McCourt

If we were to believe all the hype behind the digital sign industry – LED and LCD screens containing changeable ads – you’d be justified in thinking the conventional sign industry is on its knees. One digital sign news source even headlined an article ‘The Fall of the Sign Industry.’

oOh!media's $1m Out of Home hero awards

OOH market leader oOh!media has announced a new awards program to recognise "individuals in the industry who make significant community contributions," providing them with media to promote their charity of choice across oOh!’s network.

PRINTING United: tech overview of ‘the biggest show of the year’

The countdown is on for PRINTING United - the biggest show in the printing industry this year according to organisers SGIA and NAPCO Media - as word spreads about the newest equipment, software and substrates that will be shown in Dallas this month (October 23-25).

New wide format solvent ink from Nazdar

Nazdar Ink Technologies will showcase its new 204 Series wide format solvent ink at PRINTING United in Dallas TX between 23rd and 25th October 2019. The 204 Series inks offer an alternative for Roland TrueVIS SG and VG Series printers using TrueVIS TR inks.

Economic outlook hits OOH: 3rd quarter 'growth plateau'

The Out of Home (OOH) industry recorded a slight decrease of 0.9% on net media revenue year on year in the third quarter of 2019, posting $218.2 million, down from $220.2 million* for the third quarter in 2018. However, year to date industry revenue increased 3.1% to $665 million.

Ball & Doggett’s first Graphics catalogue

Ball & Doggett has launched its inaugural Graphics catalogue – “the first buyer’s guide of its kind in our industry” - featuring its range of wide format media from global brands including Avery Dennison, Yupo and Masterbond.

LIA technical dinner on digital embellishment 

Currie Group, Konica Minolta and Océ will present latest digital embellishment technologies at this month’s LIA NSW technical dinner titled Digital Embellishment & Value-Added Print. The event takes place on International Print Day, 23 October.