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Mutoh launches dual head dye sub printer - here next month

Mutoh has released the XpertJet 1682WR, a 162cm-wide, 8 channel piezo drop-on-demand roll-fed dye sublimation inkjet printer - the successor to Mutoh’s award winning ValueJet 1638WX dye sub printer. It's due to arrive in Australia in May and Mutoh Australia is now accepting pre-orders.

Metal 3D printers to produce ‘warfighters’ and weapons barrels

ASTRO America will manage a new U.S. Army initiative to build the world’s largest metal 3D printer to produce combat ground vehicle hulls. The announcement comes two weeks after Australian 3D printer manufacturer Titomic signed a deal with a Turkish company for the manufacture of weapons system barrels.

Guten celebrates Googleberg

Pardon the spoonerism in the title, but it seemed appropriate. This week, the mighty Google is celebrating the achievements of Johannes Gutenberg, with its customary snappy illustration when you open the search engine, linking to a search result page about him. Gutenberg started the whole print revolution, around 1440 AD.

Who’s who of printing on board for virtual.drupa

More than 200 exhibitors from 33 countries have confirmed for next week’s virtual.drupa (20 to 23 April 2021). “We are very pleased about the recent registrations of outstanding exhibitors and important global players such as HP Inc. and Israel-based Landa Digital Printing,” says Sabine Geldermann, project director print technologies at organiser Messe Düsseldorf.

Epson EcoTank printers win Red Dot for product design

Epson’s popular EcoTank printers – featured in comedian Jimeoin’s ‘No Cartridges’ TV ads - have won a prestigious Red Dot: Best of the Best of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 - awarded to only a small fraction of approximately 7,800 entries. The company’s document scanners and professional photo printers have also been recognised.

Less than a month to enter 2021 PICAs

Large Format is one of 32 categories in this year’s Print Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs), which run in each state with the winners going on to compete in the National Print Awards, to be presented this year during PacPrint 2021 in Melbourne on Thursday 30 September.

Mimaki to unveil new wide format printers at virtual.drupa

Mimaki will introduce two new printers at the first virtual.drupa (20-23 April), designed to "open new application opportunities in the large format and fashion industries.” No further details have yet been released. The company’s interactive booth at virtual drupa will also feature its new 100 series.

April is 3D Printing month for Jetmark & Tractus

The Tractus range of 3D printers from The Netherlands is considered right at the top for industrial and signage use. Represented here by Jetmark, they are well supported with branches in every state, territory and in New Zealand and cover a huge range of sizes all the way up to 2.1 metres in height.

OMA's 'Best of Outdoor' highlights women’s rights and safety

The Outdoor Media Association (OMA) has released a special 'Best of Outdoor' International edition for March that features campaigns about International Women’s Day and a ‘Good Guys Guide’ designed to raise awareness of situations in which women feel unsafe.

Total Image Supplies is Canon's Partner of the Year for 3rd time

Growing Melbourne-headquartered Total Image Supplies has been named large format Business Partner of the Year by Canon Australia, with Sales Manager Ben Luke citing highest growth rates in the Large Format category. This is the third consecutive year that Total Image has won the award.

 SAi introduces new EnRoute 7 CAD/CAM software

SA International (SAi), developer of software for global signmaking, wide-format printing and CAD/CAM industries, has released EnRoute 7, the newest version of its popular EnRoute program.

Industrial printer shipments down 35% in 2020 - IDC report

According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker, industrial printer products in Australia and New Zealand unit shipments fell 35% YoY in 2020. Market Analyst Faris Latief has researched shipment in Graphics, CAD, Industrial Textile, Direct-to-Shape, Direct-to-Garment and Labels & Packaging. The good news is that shipments and installations are on the rise again.

Big changes at Fujifilm

Hot on the heels of the name change of its subsidiary from Fuji Xerox to Fujifilm Business Innovation Corp., FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation is establishing new organisations for the Healthcare, Imaging and Graphic fields, to accelerate the generation of further synergies and new businesses in each sector.

Lifting of NZ travel restrictions good news for PacPrint

The PacPrint floorplan is looking great, with six months still to go before the show opens. News of the NZ-Aus 'travel bubble' is perfect as, usually, 300-400 of our Kiwi cousins hop over the Tasman to 'have a squizz' at what's on offer at the Melbourne trade event. April 18th is the blessed day. Andy McCourt commentary.

Register now (free) for this week’s ISA Sign Expo 2021 Virtual

More than 70 companies including HP, Agfa, 3M, Avery Dennison, Canon, Epson, Kongsberg, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland DGA, Samsung, swissQprint and Zund will be showcasing their latest products at this week’s ISA International Sign Expo 2021 – VIRTUAL (April 7-9).

Out of Home on the road to recovery

The Outdoor Media Association sees “green shoots and improvement” for the Out of Home (OOH) industry despite a 24% fall in revenue to $158.1m for Q1 2021, compared to $207.8m for the same period last year.

Trade-only Flatbed printing service launches

Many roll-to-roll wide format printers don't have room for a flatbed machine, or just prefer to farm flatbed work out. The good news is that flatbedprinting.com.au (a division of Display 1, Strathfield South, NSW), is now open for business online and ready to print high-quality flatbed work, on all materials, at great Trade Only prices.