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Epson’s evolution continues - Andy McCourt

The ‘Evolution’ of Epson from a manufacturer of point-of-sale receipt printers to today’s graphic imaging behemoth is a tale of persistence, innovation and smart decisions. While at last week’s ‘Evolution through Innovation’ presentation at ritzy Otto restaurant, Sydney, a lightbulb moment hit me, when I saw the speed and image quality of the scans from the new FF 680W photo scanner. Photo scanners are not new but this one scans a 300dpi image every second in batches of up to 36.

Grandfather inspires ASGA Young Stars winner

Stuart McNaught, the Young Stars gold medallist in this year’s ASGA/SGIAA awards, says his winning entry Tooths KB Lager will be gifted to his grandfather, who helped to inspire the design.

Arizona changes continents, now made in Europe

Canon has announced a major expansion of its manufacturing facility near Munich, Germany as it pushes ahead with plans to transfer the manufacturing of Océ Arizona flatbed printers from Vancouver, Canada. Andy McCourt takes a closer look at the move. 

Fujifilm Dimatix inks printhead software deal with Meteor

Fujifilm Dimatix - the world's leading developer of inkjet printheads for commercial and industrial printing - has signed an agreement with UK-based Meteor Inkjet for the supply of electronics and software to drive new Fujifilm SG600 printheads.

Mimaki’s new TS-55 dye-sub inkjet printer arrives in Australia

Mimaki’s new TS55-1800, a 76.3-inch (193.8cm) dye-sublimation transfer inkjet printer that offers low running costs, high productivity and unattended continuous printing, has arrived in Sydney a couple of weeks after its official launch in Europe.

Roland DG announces Explore Africa contest 

The winner of Roland DG’s global “Discover Roland, Explore Africa” contest will hit the jackpot with an all-expenses paid, luxury African sight-seeing safari for two, including airfares, accommodation, meals and guided tours. 

New PPG/Metamark look for defending champions at Bathurst

Erebus Penrite Racing unveiled a new limited edition livery at Sunday's Bathurst 1000 for its two Holden Commodores - driven by defending champions David Reynolds and Luke Youlden, as well as rookie pairing Anton De Pasquale and Will Brown. Reynolds led for most of the race but suffered fatigue and cramping that allowed eventual winner Craig Lowndes to overtake him - but the TV cameras still loved the beautifully wrapped Erebus Penrite machine!

Bill Muir named new CEO at EFI 

 EFI has appointed William (Bill) D. Muir as its new chief executive officer to replace Guy Gecht, who’s stepping down after 19 years at the head of the US-based digital printing giant.

Welcome to the new look Wide Format Online

 I’m pleased to present the first issue of newsletter with myself as publisher. Retiring publisher Brian Stickland again deserves a huge pat on the back for his service to the industry after thirteen years of continuous news, views, features and promotion in the signage, display, POS, outdoor, exhibition and digital label sectors. Brian is a pioneer in online media for the industry and I intend to build on his legacy as best I can.

CEO John Mills exits Inca Digital

John Mills is stepping down as chief executive of flatbed inkjet printing technology company Inca Digital and plans to set up his own specialist business consultancy.

Spicers sells Asian operation for $15 million to focus on ANZ

Spicers Limited, the leading paper merchant and supplier of hardware, software and consumables to the wide format, signage and display industry, has sold its Asian paper businesses to global giant Japan Pulp & Paper company (JPP) for SGD 15 million ($A15.2m).

More Australians visiting industry sector trade shows

With the growth in trade shows targeting specific sectors of the graphics industry, such as Labelexpos and FESPAs, more Australians and New Zealanders are attending the larger ones in order to learn about trends and technologies directly relevant to their businesses.

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