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Spandex adds Rose Gold finishes to its ImagePerfect 6500 Metallised Series

Print Solutions Spandex has introduced Rose Gold vinyls in both mirror and brushed finishes to its ImagePerfect 6500 Metallised Series. The addition of the sought after colour complements the existing range of mirror and brushed effects in gold and silver. The new Rose Gold vinyl creates a contemporary, high end design, which makes it ideal for restaurants and other lifestyle business locations, as well as retail spaces and other commercial environments. Both of the new films are 122 cm wide and offer a three year outdoor durability for flat or slightly curved surfaces. They are available now from Spandex to purchase by the metre. Leon Watson, general manager at Spandex UK, commented: ‘Rose

Wallpaper Ink doubles Roland VersaExpress capacity to offer wall to wall service

Print Solutions Wallpaper Ink has installed a second Roland VersaExpress RF-640 printer, running it ‘around the clock’ to cater for the ever increasing demand for bespoke wall murals. ‘The buzz around murals has been growing for over six years,’ explained Scott Evans, managing director of specialist wall mural manufacturer Wallpaper Ink. ‘There is a kick-on effect; when people see one they want one of their own. ‘Wallpaper is back in fashion generally and that combined with a demand for personalisation means a thriving market. People want their homes and businesses to be unique.’ Based in Pontypridd but serving customers entirely online, Wallpaper Ink runs its two Roland VersaExpress RF-640

Funding boost for Nottingham based commercial printer

Print Solutions A Nottingham based commercial printing company has secured a £250,000 facility from an invoice finance specialist to re-invest in the business as it plans to offer a wider range of services. Sherwood Universal Ltd, a family owned printing business, revealed its plans to expand its design and printing offering, which currently includes logo design and company branding, and digital, litho and large format printing. The business, which prides itself on offering a first class service, sought finance from Manchester based invoice finance provider, Positive Cashflow Finance, to invest in the production of a wider range of printed products, and further improve its quality and variet

Farewells at Humidity Solutions

Print Solutions John Barker, managing director of Humidity Solutions has announced the retirement of two valued employees. Roger Palamarczuk is a senior sales engineer who has been with the company since 2012. Roger has had a long and distinguished career in the HVAC sector working with Eaton Williams and Worsley to mention a couple, and a spell working abroad in South Africa gaining a wealth of experience in the industry, which has been much appreciated whilst working with Humidity Solutions. Recent projects that he has been particularly successful working with are offshore oil rigs providing humidity for the accommodation blocks on sites in Canada and Azerbaijan plus, more recently, the f

New digital appointments at Dantex

Packaging Solutions Dantex has recently appointed two new digital service engineers. Anthony Lye’s key responsibility will be to support Dantex’s ever growing digital team and provide an interface with the firm’s Pico customers. He will be based at the Bradford office. Paul Read will also be supporting the digital team and Pico customers. He will be based at Dantex’s advanced digital engineering site in Kettering. Both are bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles.

Zanders: price increase as of January 1 2019

Print Solutions Zanders will increase the prices for all deliveries from 1 January 2019. The amount of the price increase will be individually discussed depending on the individual product, the respective market and customer. Zanders sales director John Tucker said, ‘Prices for chemicals, energy and pulp have seemingly stabilised, but remain at an historical all time high. The cost explosion that has happened over the past one and a half years was not fully covered by previous price increases, and the buying market is still in a very tight situation for certain critical ingredients. As we near the conclusion of the investor process, the price increase is also part of the strategic considerat

Adam equipment introduces Latitude scales for weighing and counting tasks

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Adam Equipment has announced that its new Latitude bench scales are shipping. Latitude compact bench scales deliver an excellent value for production, warehouse or field use, in industries such as manufacturing, food processing, and packaging. Featuring a sleek, compact design, Latitude fits readily on a small desk or in work areas with limited space. Its solid construction includes sturdy ABS plastic housing that is lightweight, so Latitude is portable yet durable enough for industrial use. A large, grade 304 stainless steel pan removes easily for cleaning. The scale is simple to use, as it contains just five keys that are colour coded to highlight the m

Win an exclusive super yacht VIP package in Monaco with Spandex and 3M

Print Solutions Spandex is offering its customers the chance to win a two person VIP trip on an exclusive super yacht in Monaco to watch the world famous race as part of 3M’s ‘Colour Up Your Shop’ competition. The opportunity is open to graphic producers and installers who buy 10 or more linear metres of the Wrap Film Series 1380, Wrap Film Series 1080 and/or Wrap Overlaminate 8900 between 1 November 2018 and 28 February 2019. All films are available from Spandex. To enter, customers must simply register their purchase at www.3M.eu/colourboard. They will then receive one ticket that automatically enters them into the prize draw, which will take place in March 2019. Customers are eligible to

Mondi joins forces with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN to eliminate plastic waste and polluti

Green Solutions Mondi has become one of the first signatories of The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment which will work towards eliminating plastic pollution and creating 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. Mondi has pledged to increase investment in research and development, and drive deeper collaboration throughout its supply chain to move away from non renewable and non recyclable plastic. It will use its expertise in paper based and flexible plastic packaging to enhance its product design and thereby achieve 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025. Through the Global Commitment, Mondi has said it will boost the use of recycl

SC Johnson signs groundbreaking commitment to tackle plastic pollution crisis

Green Solutions SC Johnson has announced that it is joining a worldwide coalition of leading businesses and governments to tackle the growing global crisis of plastic pollution. Together with Dame Ellen MacArthur, Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Continuing the SC Johnson's bold legacy of protecting people and the planet, this commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, will address the root causes of plastic pollution and will help keep plastic out of our oceans. ‘We measure our success not by the financial report of the next quarter

Cosmo Films launches metalized velvet lamination film

Packaging Solutions Cosmo Films has launched a metalised velvet lamination film for luxury packaging segment. The newly developed film has been engineered to offer intense silver colour along with rich velvet touch to the laminated paper/paperboard or package. Silver colour is not easy to handle especially when used as a background during printing. It takes longer to dry and also has a risk of ink set off during print stacking. Due to these challenges, printers usually avoid using silver as a background colour. However, graphic art designers prefer silver background as it allows them to make attractive artworks facilitating use of many other shades and the impact it generates with gold foil

C&T’s Reverse Bend Matrix revs up another gear

Print Solutions C&T Channel Matrix is pleased to announce recent improvements to its Reverse Bend Matrix which now features an improved and flexible locator with additional sizes. Designed to fulfil the increase in demand for a reverse bend matrix, this product is ideal for converting board, corrugated and fluted materials across all types of packaging or point of sale applications. Unlike traditional products, C&T’s Reverse Bend prevents cracking problems associated with full ink coverage by creasing from the unprinted side of the sheet. The design also means that concertina folds are now possible in one pass, avoiding the need for two separate passes. This improves registration of the c

Color-Logic certifies EFI Fiery DFE for Xerox Iridesse press

Print Solutions Color-Logic has certified the Xerox EX-P 6 Print Server Powered by Fiery for the Xerox Iridesse. Discussing the certification, Color-Logic director of sales and marketing Mark Geeves said: ‘The latest Xerox product enhancements, and the new Xerox Iridesse press, enable graphic designers using the Color-Logic Process Metallic System to differentiate their products in ways previously unseen in print. The latest Xerox developments, combined with the Fiery DFE, provide printers with a platform that can truly differentiate digital print from conventional. Not only is the new Xerox Iridesse press a superb example of workflow automation in print, it enables graphic designers using t

Business cards and flyers that can grow into a mini garden

Green Solutions An inventive vegan printer has just added a new paper option to its product range – one that can literally grow into a mini garden when buried. This innovative material is called seeded paper and can be used for business cards and flyers. Seeds are added during the making process of this handcrafted paper, which means it is more than recyclable - it is plantable. Gary Toomey, managing director and founder of Hatch, said: ‘We are always on the lookout for products that are harmless to the planet. Since I started Hatch, driving us to be an environmentally friendly business has always been a priority. We have been adding unconventional options to our range, allowing customers to

IFS supplied system supports fast and efficient print on-demand service

Print Solutions Precision Printing has enhanced its responsive book production capabilities with a Horizon StitchLiner Mark III and 2 VAC-600 collators from Intelligent Finishing Systems. The reinvestment in Horizon StitchLiner technology supports the London operation’s increased focus on providing a fast and efficient print on demand service. Precision first invested in StitchLiner technology ten years ago when it installed a StitchLiner 5500 with 2 VAC-600 towers. In 2016 it invested in a straight like for like replacement. Chris Pinborough production director, explained: ‘We needed a system that could deliver high quality, fast turnaround, short runs. In 2016 we went from running four to

Atlantic expands HP and Mimaki service and support

Print Solutions Atlantic has expanded national support for both HP and Mimaki solvent and latex wide format printers with the recent recruitment of Stuart McBride and Graham Harvey from Hybrid Services. Stuart McBride, an experienced manufacturer trained HP engineer, has joined the company to head up the newly formed HP service division. Stuart has many years’ experience with all the HP Latex and FB range of printers, having previously worked for many years with Art Systems. Atlantic will offer HP printer users both time and materials support and annual service contract support nationally. Graham Harvey who also joined the company a few months ago, will be specifically focused on the develop

Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose technology company

Green Solutions Stora Enso has increased its ownership up to 100% in the Sweden based company Cellutech AB. The company specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood based components. The acquisition of Cellutech supports Stora Enso’s vision of replacing fossil based materials with renewable ones originating from wood. The acquired company works, among others, in the areas of foams for packaging and hydroponics where the markets are continuously growing. Cellulosic foams can, for example, be used in packaging to replace polystyrenes which are the most widely used plastics. ‘The acquisition of Cellutech

Faerch UK launches new 100% recycled material into the food to go market

Packaging Solutions Faerch Plast UK has announced its launch of a 100% recycled PET material into its food to go product range. From 1 January 2019, Faerch will be able to offer a material which is made from 100% recycled PET, thereby reducing the need to use virgin materials. This combined with its recently announced acquisition of the 4PET Group, means that Faerch has succeeded in closing the loop on PET trays. The company has become an integrated recycler of post consumer food trays, which is great news for customers, consumers and society as a whole. Mark Tollman, sales director of Faerch Plast UK & Ireland, added: ‘We see this as a great innovation for our customers and the environment,

Ricoh to acquire LAC Corporation

IndPrint Ricoh has announced that it has reached an agreement to buy LAC Corporation, a company with innovative inkjet technology that supports printing on three-dimensional surfaces eg on the sides of cars, trucks, aircraft and even tyres and glass bottles. This acquisition is aimed at strengthening Ricoh’s industrial printing business, which is one of its three growth strategies. The transfer of the shares is scheduled to complete on October 31, 2018. Founded in 1983, LAC has technology that can discharge high viscosity ink from a maximum of 100 mm, enabling printing directly onto three-dimensional objects. Using its technology, LAC develops, manufactures, sells, and supports industrial pr

Vote Now! The Solutions Awards 2018

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions The Solutions Awards is a dazzling celebration of print, paper, design, service and the environment. The entrants are all leading creative companies who show exactly why print is so dynamic and exciting. You can show your support to these companies, and see some wonderful examples of print based projects, by voting for the nominees here There is also a People’s Choice section at the end, where young university students who have taken part in the Brief Cases initiative have produced some brilliant work, so give them a bit of support too – and show them just how friendly the graphic arts is.

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