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PrintEx potpourri – a pictorial wrap

The show may be over but the follow-up lingers on. Most exhibitors reported good business and lead generation, showing that the industry is still investing in technology, which is good.

Clear Skies/Skope Manufacturing Svcs - debt blows out to $2.2 million, ATO owed over $800k

In his report to Creditors ahead of the second meeting on Tuesday 27th August, the Administrator of Clear Skies Corp Pty Ltd, trading as Skope Group Services Manufacturing, Scream Visual Wholesale Manufacturing and FM Engineering & Wholesale Sign Manufacturing – Mr Simon Thorn of PKF states that the Company may have traded insolvently since 2017. Sign company Skope Group has put in an offer to buy Clear Skies for $100K and guarantee the 22 jobs, plus most entitlements.

NCC-2019 fire ratings guide – what you need to know

After receiving a rush of inquiries from signage companies about the new national construction code (NCC-2019), a fire ratings expert has compiled a helpful guide that outlines how to comply with the new regulations.

Canon executive GM Gavin Gomes exits for CSG

Gavin Gomes, the former executive general manager at Canon Australia, has been named the new executive GM at ASX-listed managed print business CSG, where he’ll be responsible for Print and Technology operations in Australia.

Epson introduces new 44-inch dye-sub inkjet printer

Epson continues the expansion of its popular SureColor F-Series line of printers with the new F6370 that features faster print speeds and high-quality images for promotional products, soft signage and more.

Drytac adds thousands of ICC profiles to revamped website

Working in tandem with manufacturers including Mimaki, Roland, Epson and Ricoh, wide format media supplier Drytac has created thousands of ICC profiles based on popular printer models, inks, RIPs and Drytac media to enable customers to take advantage of high-quality plug and print capabilities.

Turn waste plastic into 3D filament, says Australian inventor

The UNSW professor who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from landfill says her new Microfactory technology creates a circular economy where materials are kept in use for as long as possible and can help local manufacturers create new products.

Mimaki focuses on ‘new frontiers’ for 3D applications

Mimaki's 3DUJ-553 printer can address several market segments ranging from scaled models, mock-ups and prototyping to 3D art, tools and equipment, figurines, and medical and educational applications. “Colour-powerful 3D printing technology is set to enhance the way those industries envision creativity and improve the overall production process.”

45,000 expected at Sign China

Organisers of Sign China 2019 in Shanghai next month say 45,000 visitors are expected to view the latest signage solutions from a record 1250 exhibitors during the three-day event.

Visualcom takes Large Format gold at National Print Awards

Adelaide print and signage business Visualcom won the Large Format gold medal for its Adelaide Fringe City Banner at the 36thannual National Print Awards (NPA) held during PrintEx. Chapel Press won a total of four gold medals while Rawson Print took home three golds. Spicers won the Promotion (Design) category gold for its entry Digitac – An Evolution in Grip.

Roland DG offers upgrade for LEF-20 and LEF-200 users

Roland DG says owners of VersaUV LEF-20 and LEF-200 UV flatbed printers can now upgrade their devices to gain the latest enhanced reliability, efficiency and output functions of the recently launched LEF2-200.

A Stitch in time looks fine for HP

HP’s recent move into dye sublimation surprised many but when you look at the forecasted growth rates for Printwear, fabrics and soft signage it is entirely understandable.

First look at new Mutoh XpertJet at PrintEx

PrintEx visitors could get a first look at Mutoh’s new XpertJet 1682SR/1641SR 64” printers with new MS41 wide-gamut eco-solvent ink. The adoption of the ‘XpertJet’ branding maks a significant departure from the well-established ‘ValueJet’ name but this is far more than badge engineering.

Epson Australia enters new era and adds major new products

With a new Managing Director at the helm in Craig Heckenberg and more new product releases at one show than ever before, Epson Australia showed new technologies covering dye-sublimation, bulk ink-feed solvent and technical printers and high-speed digital inkjet at PrintEx.

PrintEx opens - Spandex ambushes - Andy McCourt

It's four years since the last PrintEx in Sydney and so much has changed in our industry since then. After the official opening, early visitors were treated to a feast of vibrancy, colour, technology and imagery staged by over 120 exhibitors inside the Dome and halls 2 and 3 at the showgrounds, Olympic Park, Sydney. What a pity some suppliers resort to dirty tactics to undermine it.

Sign Essentials presents new flatbed cutters, laser router and applicator

“Sign Essentials has on show the iECHO BK3 model with three cutting heads, print/cut registration, conveyor table, and a host of tooling options,” says Sean Strange, general manager of Sign Essentials. “If you have a flatbed printer and need to be able to cut, crease or route the materials coming off it, this is the product for you. iECHO has a huge range of sizes up to 5.5 metres. We can tailor a machine to suit your needs.  The BK3 is ideal for many applications including print and signage, display, packaging, textile cutting, plastics cutting, insulation plus more.  Live demonstrations are running on the stand.”

Jeff Jacobson named CEO of EFI

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has appointed former Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson, a 30-year veteran of the digital imaging and industrial technology sector, as its new chief executive, succeeding Bill Muir, who is stepping down for personal reasons.