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The Solutions Awards 2020: Challenging change into a future of dynamism and sustainability

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions The Solutions Awards 2020 is open for entries. This outstanding year long awards programme will once again highlight the way that printers, designers, brand owners and more are providing creative and innovative solutions for customers. Who are looking for adventurers who will take their print, design, finishing to places that no one had been before. Who are bold and confident and unafraid to be different. If that is you, come and join in with the fun! This year promises to be even more fun, even more interactive and even more valuable to business than ever before, and it is great promotion for all those involved. It will also, of course

Inkcups expands European operations

Print Solutions Inkcups has announced that Hendrik Koemans has joined the company as sales director Europe, strengthening the company’s European operations, together with the additional hiring of several local service technicians. With over 26 years of demonstrated leadership in the European print industry, Hendrik brings his extensive knowledge and experience working in several international management positions within leading promotional product organisations. ‘Hendrik’s wide network and expertise in the promotional market will open up many doors and opportunities for Inkcups in Europe,’ said CEO Benjamin Adner. ‘This move is part of a plan and commitment to build up our presence in Europe

Roland DG reveals super fast T-shirt printing with Texart XT-640S-DTG launch

Print Solutions Roland DG EMEA has announced that it will showcase its new Texart XT-640S-DTG printer at Fespa. This latest addition to Roland's Texart range is a multi-station direct to garment printer which prints full colour graphics directly onto cotton based t-shirts and apparel, quickly and colourfully. The Roland Texart range delivers reliable, high quality output on-demand, enabling mass customisation of textile products. The new Texart XT-640S-DTG enables users to print durable, full colour designs, photos, logos and text directly onto a wide range of cotton, cotton rich and white polyester t-shirts and apparel. CMYK and high density white sublimation inks achieve vibrant effects on

Matthew Emmott joins Go Inspire Group

Print Solutions Matthew Emmott has joined Go Inspire Group as development director specialising in Automated Communications Solutions. Matthew has spent the previous 15 years at ProCo, latterly as sales director, a period during which revenues grew by more than 60%. He has deep experience in the travel, retail and financial services sectors. At Go Inspire Group, Matthew will have special responsibility for real time direct mail solutions, data and insight services, and cut sheet print automation. He will also be developing new lead generation propositions that leverage Go Inspire Group’s integrated multichannel capabilities. Nick Cole, managing director of Go Inspire Solutions, commented: ‘W

Nazdar to reveal latest ink innovations at Fespa

Print Solutions Nazdar Ink Technologies is to exhibit new and established inkjet, screen, and flexo inks, as well as examples of its special effects portfolio, on stand C75 at the forthcoming Fespa 2020 show. The company will be debuting the new Nazdar 2800 series durable graphic screen ink. One of the first dual cure UV/UV-LED inks specifically formulated for the durable decal market, 2800 Series offers excellent adhesion on vinyl and print treated polyesters and boasts four year outdoor durability without an overprint. The 2800 Series exhibits excellent chemical resistance, accepts premask, and thermal die cuts without edge chipping. Five year outdoor durability can be achieved by overprin

SAi earmarks Fespa for new product premier

Print Solutions SA International has announced that Fespa Global Print Expo will provide the platform on which it will premier an innovative new software tool that enables sign and large format print businesses to more easily manage their design to production operations. On its stand (5-D40), the event will also see SAi showcase the latest version of its powerful Flexi signmaking software. Flexi 19 delivers greater power to significantly improve the production capabilities for sign and display users, thanks to a high performance 64-bit RIP engine that provides a speed increase of over 30%. As well as demonstrating the throughput enhancing functionality of its signmaking and printing software

Drytac announces carbon neutral booth for Fespa 2020

Print Solutions Drytac has announced its booth (5-C15) at Fespa will be certified carbon neutral and packed with new products. The stand, designed with construction partner Driscoll Brothers, has been certified carbon neutral thanks to a carbon offset programme that supports ecological projects across the world. These include reforestation initiatives that benefit people and the planet. As well as more applications using the company’s media across the exhibition space, Drytac will be launching several products and debuting new ranges at the show. Visitors will also be able to see and feel ReTac Textures, Polar Chrome, Protac Anti-Scratch Gloss, ViziPrint Illuminate and ViziPrint Deco SR. Eve

Visual Media Conference

Print Solutions The BPIF has announced the 7th Visual Media Conference and Exhibition, to be held on 7 April 2020 at the Rose Bowl Leeds. The VMC is a free to attend one day event providing vivid insights into marketing and digital communications, vital to the printing and creative industries. Organised together with CDI, a special interest group of the BPIF, this year the VMC theme ‘Fake it or make it’, addresses the falseness of news, abuse of data, Google stats, fake followers, greenwashing and importantly the obverse – trustworthiness and authenticity. There is an extremely impressive line up of national and international speakers at this year’s event, from companies such as Coca-Cola on

Accraply announces a new innovation and manufacturing centre in the UK

Packaging Solutions Accraply has announced the creation of a new innovation and manufacturing center in Irlam, Greater Manchester. The new Manchester facility brings together three well respected British brands – Harland, Graham and Sleevit, with their associated self-adhesive and shrink sleeve labelling technologies—in one centre of excellence, enabling shared innovation and manufacturing efficiencies. ‘Accraply’s investment in a larger, modern facility provides a strong foundation from which to grow and serve our expanding global customer base,’ said Séamus Lafferty, president of Accraply. ‘It will provide our team members with a state of the art facility and serve as an excellent location

Parkside celebrates 15 year anniversary

Packaging Solutions Parkside is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The company was established in 2005 to manufacture high quality flexible packaging mainly for the European tobacco and food markets. It has since shifted its tobacco focus into Asia and developed as a leading packaging manufacturer in the UK and Europe for sustainable solutions. Parkside has grown significantly to now offer one of the most diverse ranges of flexible packaging on the market, supplying various market segments including tobacco, snack and chilled foods and confectionery. The Yorkshire based company has in recent years positioned itself as a market leader in compostable packaging, developing its Park2Nat

Clays reflects on versatility of Jet Press 750S

Print Solutions Printer of 160 million books a year, Suffolk based Clays has seen Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S take on a hugely significant role for its short run book cover production since installation in mid 2019. Established over 200 years ago, Clays is recognised as a market leading book production specialist. Its 14 acre Bungay site employs 700 staff and processes an extraordinary 50,000 orders a year from some of the best known publishers in the UK. In July 2019, the company became the second in the UK to invest in Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S to further enhance its digital printing operations. ‘Working with such high profile authors and publishers means we must have equipment that satisfie

Sun Chemical to debut its portfolio of packaging print solutions at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions Sun Chemical is displaying its comprehensive portfolio of packaging print solutions, including special effects products, on stand J49 at Packaging Innovations for the first time. The company will demonstrate a range of products, services and packaging supporting its ongoing commitment to sustainability, which continues to be fundamental to its innovation and product development. It is presenting its SunPak Organic, Diamond and FSP ink ranges, which have been designed for folding carton, work on most sheetfed presses, and address the needs of paper and board printers with high quality and sustainable output. In particular, Sun Chemical's flagship food packaging offset ink

Weerg 3D is red passion

IndPrint Weerg's passion for 3D printing has turned red. The Pantone shade RAL 3000 is in fact the first colour available for the exclusive industrial spray painting service recently presented by the Italian e-business offering CNC machining and online 3D printing. The new colour finish can be applied to all Weerg's 3D printing parts, both with HP Multi Jet Fusion 5210 technology and with 3D Systems’ ProX SLS 6100 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology. Available online since the end of January, and in semi-matt and semi-gloss variants, the spray painting is carried out with a spray gun by qualified personnel inside a professional booth installed at the Weerg headquarters, which guaran

New high speed Apollo wicketer available globally

Packaging Solutions Hudson-Sharp has announced that its innovative high speed Apollo wicketer is now available globally. A leader in the making of bag converting equipment, Hudson-Sharp officially launched the Apollo in Europe in October 2019 at the K2019 show, with live demonstrations showcasing its quick changeover features, advanced automation, enhanced ergonomics and user interface, and high speed capabilities. Since then, four customers in Europe already have purchased this new machine. Additional benefits for Apollo customers include reduced scrap rates and the ability to collect improvement metrics for production decisions, along with industry 4.0 smart features, such as remote real t

RarUK Automation at Packaging Innovations

Packaging Solutions Visitors to Packaging Innovations 2020 will enjoy seeing two new products going through their paces on the RarUK Automation stand, situated in the new Cobot Demo area (CB1, halls: 9/10). The EasyPalletizer platform from EasyRobotics will be equipped with a Universal Robots UR10e arm fitted with the Robotiq e-pick vacuum gripper. This will be alongside the Smartshift robotic tool changer system on a Universal Robots UR5e, which makes automated tool changing simple on virtually any type of robot. Available in the UK through this specialist supplier of automation systems, a unique and bespoke system can be attained with the products, expertise and back up supplied by RarUK A

Würth partners with NiceLabel to transform supplier labelling

Packaging Solutions Würth IT has selected NiceLabel to help it create a new web based standardised supplier labelling process. To achieve this, Würth IT decided to replace its existing custom built labelling solution with NiceLabel’s flexible web based printing solution, the NiceLabel Label Management System. Simon Koch, project lead/manager at Würth, said: ‘We wanted a system that would be available round the clock, offer a centralised database we could provide our suppliers without installation and deal with various printer brands and models. The NiceLabel Label Management System fitted the bill.’ Würth IT has now implemented the system for its supplier labelling globally. Today, approxim

Calling all designers: Desall asks creatives to design new packaging

Packaging Solutions Desall is inviting creatives to design a new line of packaging solutions, to serve as gifts for a special occasion, be it Christmas or other celebration. The contest is looking for a new collection of gift box packaging solutions dedicated to the products of a famous premium coffee brand. The packaging solutions shall be purposely designed to represent the perfect gift for our family or for our loved ones, suggesting cardboard solutions or durable packages, that may be used repeatedly over time with different functions. For more information, please see https://bit.ly/PremiumCoffeeContest Contest timeline Upload phase ends 27 March 2020 Winner announcement by the end o

Scan Dimension opens EU Store for SOL 3D scanner

IndPrint Scan Dimension, developer of 3D scanning, imaging, and realisation technology, has announced the opening of its European storefront, scandimension.eu. The dedicated storefront streamlines the purchasing of the Sol 3D scanner for visitors in the EU, and offers special promotions for the Sol 3D scanner and accessories. European customers purchasing from the EU store qualify for free shipping within the EU. The purchase of a Sol 3D scanner also includes storage space for about 30 scans on P3D.IN, a cloud based 3D model and scan sharing service that is integrated into the Sol software. International customers from outside the EU should continue to visit the US store. The scanner

The Printing Charity’s 2020 Print Futures Awards is open for entries

Print Solutions The Printing Charity has launched its 2020 Print Futures Awards giving people aged 18 to 30 the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £1500 to support their personal and workplace development to progress in their careers in the UK printing, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sector. The Printing Charity wants to hear from people working in UK print related organisations looking to develop their practical and personal workplace skills, studying for sector specific qualifications or those with clear plans in place to take their first step into the sector. Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive, said: ‘This year we would like to hear from people, who

Kolbus Autobox launches BoxPrint BP500

Packaging Solutions Renowned since 1979 for short run, quick set box makers, Kolbus Autobox has now launched the BoxPrint BP500, a flatbed, off line, full colour digital printer to fully complement its existing flexo and in line single colour digital print options. Print resolution of 800 and 1600 dpi are achievable with water based inks that are fitted with two litre capacity CMYK ink tanks. An onboard high powered PC enables users to install variable data software and alternative RIP solutions for optimum flexibility. Individual sheets can now be full colour printed prior to the subsequent box making process. Maximum sheet width is 1200 mm by unlimited length, with board grades from micro

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