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  • + Hexis Open Day Brings Out The Best

    Judging by all the wildly wrapped vehicles in the car park and on the street, it was clear that leading applicators and ..

    26 February 2020


    Judging by all the wildly wrapped vehicles in the car park and on the street, it was clear that leading applicators and signage specialists had joined the team at Hexis for their first official Open House. 





    On hand to greet guests were Hexis CEO, Clement Mateu visiting from the company’s international headquarters in Frontingnan, France, Ian Parsonson, Hexis Australia Managing Director and, his team of technical experts. 


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    (Ian on the left, Clement on the right)


    Guests were shown the latest Hexis products spanning a number of categories including vinyl wraps, digital printing media, films for textiles, plotter vinyls, signage accessories and much more. 





    Hexis is well known for their vehicle wrapping vinyl range. It was a point of pride at the open house with particular focus on the Hexis SKINTAC HX 3000 range, a Cast PVC film designed for vehicle customisation as well as other suitable items. The SKINTAC is a multilayered cast vinyl film and a release liner with structured HEX’Press adhesive for easier application. Varieties include gloss, matt, super matt or a structured surface finish. The various chrome finishes look amazing, a point highlighted by a number of the vehicles in the car park that had been wrapped using this product. 





    Hexis also supplies a range of textile decoration films, some examples you could also see in use on a few of the T-shirts worn by guests who use the product. One example is the TEXIS CUTFLEX HFLEX100P. The film is a solvent free textile decoration material designed to flex for cotton, polyester and lycra materials. Because of the results that can be achieved, TEXIS CUTFLEX can be classed as the ultimate textile flex decoration. This 100µm polyurethane flex series features a matt, reflection free surface with excellent unrivalled weeding & stretchability. The option of warm or cold peeling once pressed really makes this series stand above the competition. Other options include Hexis media designed for use with work wear and other more heavy-duty materials.





    Ian took a number of guests on a tour to see the variety of products the company supplies, with many surprised to discover that Hexis produce a range of HEX’Perience decorative films for domestic and corporate interior spaces. The range has wood grain textures, wallpapers and window decoration films, as well as specialised mineral textures for the latest in architectural style.  Ian showed guests how the HEX’Perience range could open up new revenue streams for businesses looking to expand their product and service capabilities. 





    Hexis CEO, Clément Mateu, came over all the way from France especially for the event. Clement noted how well Hexis had done in the two years since officially launching in Australia, crediting their clients innovation and Ian and the team for their work and technical expertise. 





    Ian noted that their on-staff technical experts and customer focus had helped the company to establish strong relationships with print and sign professionals. And that the Hexis range of products and accessories provided a comprehensive suite of solutions, backed by exceptional service and advice. "Our objective is to listen first, and then discuss the projects at hand before advising on product options.”





    The ‘Open House’ not only provided Hexis and their clients with an opportunity to celebrate the fact the company has done well. It showed the industry that they are far more than just a manufacturer of high-performance adhesive vinyls for vehicle graphics applications, and that their significant product range caters to a broad range of industry needs.








    For more information about Hexis Australia, you can visit www.hexis-graphics.com





  • + Profit Through Personalisation Dates Announced for 2020

    After the successful launch of the new Roland DG Academy course, Profit Through Personalisation late last year, we recei..

    26 February 2020


    After the successful launch of the new Roland DG Academy course, Profit Through Personalisation late last year, we received some great feedback and demand from the market. Therefore, we are excited to share the first dates and locations for 2020. 

    Stand Out from the Competition 

    Have you looked into adding a personalisation solution to your business? With a growing demand by shoppers for custom and quality items that they connect with on some level, there is huge potential for print and graphics providers to incorporate instant personalisation into their business. 

    Profit Through Personalisation presents an overview of personalisation and different technologies that can be used to diversify your offering, increase customer loyalty and grow your profits.  

    Course Overview  

    Profit Through Personalisation is primarily hands-on and features demonstrations and practical group activities for each technology. Attendees can create their own personalised samples using Roland DG equipment and materials. 

    The course covers the following main areas:   
    - Personalisation introduction and technology overview  
    - Benchtop UV printing   
    - Direct-to-Garment printing and Heat Transfer  
    - Dye sublimation  
    - Impact Printing and Marking 
    - Laser Foil Decoration 

    Dates and Locations;

    Sydney, NSW
    Tue 31st March

    Melbourne, VIC
    Tue 12th May

    Brisbane, QLD
    Tue 9th June

    Secure Your Place Today!  

    The full day course fee of $129 inc GST includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and light refreshments. Attendees will receive the samples created during the session, as well as workflow guides for each of the technologies presented. 

    With only 10 places available per session, you will need to get in quick to secure your place. To book online, click the link below. To find out more, email training@rolanddg.com.au or call 1800 500 119.  





  • + Contiweb Launches New Fluid Applicator to Advance Digital Print Quality

    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today ..

    26 February 2020


    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today the launch of its Digital Fluid Applicator (DFA), a standalone remoistening applicator for digital web presses, developed to significantly improve the quality of digitally printed products.

    Based on the popular Contiweb Fluid Applicator for heatset web offset applications, the DFA is an innovative and user-friendly system, which uses tap water and a surfactant to intelligently and very precisely remoisten the paper on digital web presses. Silicone can also be added as an option, decidedly advantageous if inline finishing is being employed.

    “Common quality issues such as loss of signature flatness, growth of cut books, curling and broken folds are overcome with our new DFA system. Furthermore, damage on the printed surface due to friction from inline finishing modules can be overcome by the integrated siliconizer,” explains Rutger Jansen, CEO at Contiweb, adding: “There may be a perception in the market that digital inkjet printing does not require remoistening, however the process generates high temperatures during drying, resulting in significant loss of moisture and diminished quality of the printed matter, a difficulty we’ve been determined to resolve.”

    The Contiweb DFA mixes tap water and a surfactant within the system, which is then continuously circulated, rather than using specially treated deionized water. The amount of remoistening can be adjusted quickly to suit requirements, and due to a sophisticated control system, are steadfastly consistent. The system ensures constant coverage, even with changing press speeds, and can be set differently for each side of the paper if desired. Settings can also be saved, slashing set-up times for repeat jobs.

    “The Contiweb team has developed a Plug and Play system that is compatible with digital web presses from all well-known manufacturers. Using economical, easy-to-access tap water, with high performance pure silicone, the Contiweb DFA will provide a step-change in the quality of digitally printed products. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results for our customers,” concludes Jansen.






  • + TECHKON releases ChromaLT software for small-to-medium size printers

    Colour Graphics Services, the Australian distributor for Techkon colour measuring instruments, is please to announce the..

    26 February 2020


    Colour Graphics Services, the Australian distributor for Techkon colour measuring instruments, is please to announce the availability of Techkon’s ChromaLT – a ‘lite’ version of the Chroma software.

    Designed for small and mid-sized packaging printers who are looking for an affordable solution that is easy to deploy in the pressroom, ChromaLT is the ultimate companion software for press-side spectrophotometers and makes matching colour on press quick and easy. ChromaLT guides operators on how to get a match with either specific ink density adjustments (G7 verified) or by toning the ink when density adjustments need supplementing. 

    Operators will appreciate color matching feedback that is easy to understand, actionable, and with clear Pass/Fail indications. When the job is done, the measurements are saved and a report can be generated for the quality department or the end customer, showing that colours were printed in tolerances and the job was a success. ChromaLT improves print process efficiencies by removing the colour matching guesswork, cutting make-ready times, and ultimately increasing profitability.

    Features include:
    Centralisation for the storage of colour standards by organising into and Libraries
    Adding new colours via measurement, import from file, or text entry
    Searchability for colours by name or by deltaE threshold
    Rationalisation of “clean” colour standards database with the Search by deltaE feature to find duplicates and similar colours
    Picking of colours, setting the deltaE tolerance for each, and either Save or Run the job immediately
    Choosing up to 8 colours per job and set the deltaE tolerances for each
    Measuring colours in any order and ChromaLT automatically identifies the correct colour standard in the job
    Instant PASS/FAIL and colour difference results with easy to understand graphics
    Get actionable feedback with InkCheck technology which provides specific density adjustments to achieve lowest possible deltaE on press
    Creating reports for internal and external stakeholders
    Reduction of trial-and-error with actionable feedback and clear direction for operators


    David Crowther of Colour Graphics Services notes: “Techkon ChromaLT represents excellent value for such an advanced colour management software application and works seamlessly with Techkon SpectroDens. It is available on either a yearly subscription or outright lifetime purchase.”

    www.techkon.com 





  • + SIHL products now available from Ricky!!!

    Poster Paper Pro Available in both 130gsm and 200gsm, SIHL Poster Paper Pro is multi-layered coated, weatherproof a..

    26 February 2020


    Poster Paper Pro

    Available in both 130gsm and 200gsm, SIHL Poster Paper Pro is multi-layered coated, weatherproof and is a high wet strength paper. With a matte finish and good scratch resistance these papers are suitable for printing with solvent, latex and UV-curing inks. SIHL Poster Paper Pro can be used for indoor and outdoor applications.

    Satin wallpaper


    This PVC free pre-pasted wallpaper is ideal for signs, posters and photos. SIHL satin wallpaper is a high-quality non-woven wallpaper for printing with solvent, latex and UV inks and is characterised by high colour brilliance and dimensional stability. Thanks to the water-activated paste on the back, this printed wallpaper can be glued to the wall directly after soaking in water.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + Epson launches new, ultra-efficient, heat-free A3 multi-function printers

    Epson has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable business solutions with the launch of 7 new WorkForce devices..

    26 February 2020


    Epson has further reinforced its commitment to sustainable business solutions with the launch of 7 new WorkForce devices, all powered by its innovative, ultra-efficient PrecisionCore heat-free print technology.





    WorkForce Pro WF-C878R

    The new range starts with the compact WorkForce Pro WF-878R desktop printer, ideal as either the main print device for smaller businesses or as a workgroup device for larger business and culminates with the WorkForce Enterprise
    WF-C21000, an ultra-fast 100 ppm device designed to easily handle large print volumes and tight deadlines.





    WorkForce Pro WF-C879RTC

    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “Business inkjet is expected to account for over 40% of developed business print solutions within the next five years[1]. As a result Epson has taken steps to now to help the market with its requirements in this area, placing particular emphasis on heat-free and energy efficient solutions. These new products perfectly position us and our channel partners for future growth as they provide a sustainable, economical print solutions for organisations that are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprint, while at the same time seeking ways to reduce operating expenses.”
     




    WorkForce Enterprise WF-C21000

    The WorkForce Pro WF-C878R, WF-C878RTC, WF-C879R and WF-C879RTC models deliver enviable price performance. Extraordinarily high ink yields delivering up to 86,000 pages in black and up to 50,000 pages in colour mean minimal staff disruptions to attend any of the devices and, combined with aggressive price points, present a very compelling lower cost of ownership proposition.





    WorkForce Enterprise WF-C21000 with finishing options
     
    Where time and deadlines are important or finishing options are required, the WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20600 (60 ppm), WF-C20750 (75 ppm) and WF-C21000 (100 ppm) models come into their own. Comprehensive finishing options that include offset finishing and stapling, booklet-making and automatic hole-punch complement a total print solution that supports any busy work environment.
     
    Where organisations are looking to reduce their carbon footprint, meet their corporate social responsibility objectives, or just play their part in reducing CO2 emissions, these new Epson devices are the ideal choice to help address all of these goals and more. 
     
    Epson PrecisionCore Heat-Free print technology uses no heat in the printing process and up to 87% less energy to print a page than a comparable laser-based device2. This energy saving translates into reduced CO2 emissions and directly reduces printer-related electricity costs.
     
    Availability and pricing
     
    The new range of Epson WorkForce Pro and Enterprise business print devices will be available to Australian customers from April 2020. Purchase prices start from $4,995 ex. GST. All models are available as part of managed print service plans and flexible finance arrangements through Epson Premium Partners nationally.
     
    For further information on Epson WorkForce Pro solutions go to: https://www.epson.com.au/products/A4_Colour_Printers/





  • + Roland DG Launches cotodesign Software for On-Demand Customisation of Retail Items

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced t..

    26 February 2020


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced the release of “cotodesign” in Australia. cotodesign is a design and print management software package that allows customers to personalise apparel and gift items in-store using photos or artwork from their smartphone or other device.


    cotodesign provides a comprehensive solution for retailers and other businesses using Roland DG inkjet printers and other digital output devices to print customers’ designs on to store merchandise. With the browser-based design software, consumers can quickly create a design using in-store tablets or computer terminals. cotodesign covers all the required processes, from creating a design to full colour printing and managing orders via a simple software interface. 


    “Now anyone can create a treasured keepsake or personalised garment from a favourite photo or artwork in a matter of minutes using this simple and intuitive software,” said Greg Stone, Product and Marketing Manager at Roland DG Australia. 


    Once the customer has selected their design, store staff can then use cotodesign to add the design onto a variety of items, including t-shirts, bags, pens, smartphone cases, stationery and a wide array of giftware even without prior experience in digital printing. 


    Customised gifts, personal accessories and clothing has become enormously popular in recent years. Offering in-store customisation adds value to merchandise and can deliver a rewarding new shopping experience that will attract more customers to the store. cotodesign paired with a Roland DG compatible device offers an ideal solution for business owners looking to differentiate themselves from other stores, or create new business opportunities within the retail market. 


    For further information on cotodesign, including detail on supported Roland DG devices, click here.





  • + Esko unveils industry-first Digital Maturity Model guide to digital transformation strategy

    Launching a new whitepaper and interactive maturity assessment tool for customers, Esko has introduced its latest innova..

    26 February 2020


    Launching a new whitepaper and interactive maturity assessment tool for customers, Esko has introduced its latest innovation to packaging and print suppliers across the globe - a strategic model to guide individual businesses on their entire journey to digital maturity.

    Developed as a result of analysing hundreds of customers’ operations worldwide, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions has launched its Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers (DMM) program to equip businesses to improve productivity, efficiency and overall profitability through a complete digital transformation.





    Mattias Byström, President of Esko, said: “We are delighted to launch the Esko Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers. It is based on work we delivered in 2018 with global consumer-packaged goods companies and addresses leadership concerns and workflow steps across every area of a packaging and print business. Our teams, through continuous dialogue and analysis, are now able to successfully help our customers to develop their own roadmap to digital maturity, which is a really exciting step forward for the entire print and packaging industry.”

    “Business leaders understand that digitalisation is becoming critical to their business success,” stated Jan De Roeck, Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy at Esko, and chief architect of the DMM. “Digital transformation through the introduction of integrated, automated and cloud-connected systems, including inline print quality inspection, serves to streamline processes, remove bottlenecks and improve efficiency across every facet of a business, resulting in tangible bottom-line success and clear competitive differentiation.

    “With businesses around the globe at various different stages of digital development - and in many cases with processes and functions within the same business at different points of automation - we have spent a significant amount of time mapping the dimensions of transformation to bring clarity and enable customers to purposefully drive their own digital transformation, rather than it drive them.”

    Jan confirmed that the newly-launched DMM program will be showcased at DRUPA 2020, the world’s largest printing equipment expo held at Düsseldorf Messe, Germany in June. “Working with this industry-first tool and the experts at Esko, customers can identify and integrate only those solutions that will contribute to ultimate efficiency and business performance, addressing everything from leadership values and environmental sustainability challenges through to individual workflow steps and processes. In addition to our activities with customers now, DRUPA 2020 will be a great opportunity to explain the model face-to-face and start visitors to our stand on their journey.”

    “The launch of our DMM program is a significant evolution for packaging and print suppliers,” Jan concluded. “We are incredibly excited to reveal the results of our considerable efforts and to support so many of our customers, colleagues and peers through this period of digital transformation.”

    To find out more about the Esko Digital Maturity Model for Packaging Suppliers, visit esko.com/packaging-maturity





  • + Melbourne Design Week 2020 keynotes and exhibitions announced

    In 2020, Australia's leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, presents its largest program to d..

    26 February 2020


    In 2020, Australia's leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, presents its largest program to date, with more than 300 events over 11 days. Programmed around the theme ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’, the festival comprises 85 exhibitions, 94 talks, 15 films, 22 tours and 16 workshops celebrating the best of local, national and international design. The expanding, state-wide festival is an initiative of the Victorian Government presented by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria.
     
    Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, said: ‘Melbourne has a well-deserved reputation for leading Australian design and innovation. The way Melbourne Design Week has grown is a testament to the way the city fosters its designers. This is a celebration of a growing industry and an opportunity for practitioners and design enthusiasts to discover and discuss the best of Australian and global design practice.’
     
    The Melbourne Design Week 2020 theme poses the question ‘How can design shape life?’ This theme will be explored through a program of exhibitions, workshops, programs and events under five thematic pillars:
    - Healthy Cities examines the effects of increasing urbanisation and how we can foster healthy cities in future 
    - Design Cultures looks at how design can champion diverse cultural perspectives and inclusive practices
    - Waterfront explores Victoria’s waterways and Melbourne’s relationship with our rivers, bays and oceans
    - Waste continues to be a focus, specifically how design can alleviate the problem of e-waste
    - Design Evolution focuses on the new wave of design thinking through innovative supply chains and ground-breaking materials
     
    Keynotes announced
     
    Keynotes will be presented by internationally-renowned architect Francis Kéré; design polymath and host of the podcast Design Matters, Debbie Millman; Fairphone founder Bas van Abel and award winning Australian architecture studio NMBW.
     
    Comedian and design nerd Tim Ross premieres his new live show Designing a Legacy that takes audiences on an architectural adventure into some of Australia’s most significant modernist houses. 
     
    Kéré will present a keynote on 17 March that reveals how architecture has shaped his life and shares his vision for how the discipline will contribute to a positive and dynamic future for Africa. Millman will discuss how she has designed her life to fit her personal definition of success as part of a series of events with Creative Women’s Circle on 15 March. Sustainability crusader Bas van Abel will deliver a keynote on how design-led business can transform the environment and economy on 18 March.
     
    Abel will also join ABC TV presenter Craig Reucassel on the jury of The E-Waste Challenge for the Victorian Design Challenge 2020. NMBW Directors Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean and Nigel Bertram will deliver the annual Robin Boyd Lecture drawing on over two decades of practice to consider how architectural processes can enrich the culture of the everyday on 18 March.
      
    Amsterdam-based artists, filmmakers, and designers Metahaven will present a keynote lecture at the NGV on 12 March. Their work occupies the intersection of poetry and storytelling, and engages propaganda, interface and geography. Metahaven Field Report is their first solo exhibition in Australia and is Presented by RMIT Design Hub Gallery and Melbourne Design Week / Melbourne Art Book Fair.
     
    Exhibition highlights
     
    Tolarno Galleries, premieres A&A: Exquisite Corpse/Cadavre Exquis, a collaboration between designer Adam Goodrum and straw marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur from 12–22 March. Sophie Gannon Gallery presents Designwork 04, a solo exhibition of new works by Melbourne based designer Danielle Brustman encompassing interior, furniture, lighting and object design from 12–22 March. Gallery Sally Dan–Cuthbert travels from Sydney to exhibit Partu (Skin), the latest collaboration between remote cattle-station saddler Johnny Nargoodah and conceptual object designer Trent Jansen at Arc One, Flinders Lane from 12–21 March.
     
    In 2020 Melbourne Design Week will partner with Stylecraft to present the Australian Furniture Design Award 2020 (AFDA). The AFDA is one of Australia’s most significant furniture design awards. The winning designer will be selected from shortlisted designs exhibited at Stylecraft from 12–20 March. The winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize, an invitation to develop the winning prototype with Stylecraft and a two-week residency at JamFactory, Adelaide. 
     
    Victorian Design Challenge
     
    The E-Waste Challenge highlights the capacity and responsibility of designers to contribute to shifting behaviour, raising awareness, redesigning products and devising end-of-use solutions that reduce the negative impacts of e-waste. A $20,000 major prize will be awarded to the best design idea in the professional category and $5000 in the Tertiary category, addressing one of Australia’s fastest growing waste problems – e-waste. The E-Waste Challenge is open to professional design practitioners Australia-wide as well as Victorian primary, secondary and tertiary school students. This year’s jury is chaired by ABC TV War on Waste crusader Craig Reucassel with jurors Fairphone founder and former CEO, Bas van Abel, EWaste Watch co-founder Rose Read, NGV Hugh Williamson Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture Ewan McEoin and Breville Group Design and Innovation Director Richard Hoare. The E-Waste Challenge culminates in a ‘live pitch’ grand finale on 18 March at the NGV International.
     
    MDW Film Festival
     
    MDW Film Festival returns with 11 films curated by Richard Sowada including Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, the final instalment of directors Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s epic environmental trilogy; and a complex reflection on Hong Kong’s relationship between landscape, nature, urbanisation and society in Many Undulating Things, directed by Bo Wang and Pan Lu. Screenings across Lido Cinema in Hawthorn, Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, a free matinee program at NGV Australia and a public urban screen program at Federation Square.
     
    Melbourne Art Book Fair 
     
    The annual Melbourne Art Book Fair will return for its sixth year in 2020. From 13-15 March the fair assembles publishers, artists, designers and writers from around the globe for over forty events including lectures, workshops, launches and performances. Pirate Radio will broadcast live from the NGV’s St Kilda Road Forecourt, featuring talks, performances, interviews and a ‘tell-a-thon’ by Melbourne’s own Field Theory and The Good Copy. The Australian Zine Showcase by Sticky Institute returns and for the first time NGV International will host a dedicated children’s publishing workshop space run by Kids Own Publishing.
     
    As part of Melbourne Art Book Fair, the NGV invites entries for The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing from publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organisations around the world whose publishing practice explores art, design, architecture and contemporary culture. Now in its third year, this NGV initiative will award AUD 15,000 for the winning book, with additional AUD 1,000 prizes for up to four finalists. The winner will be announced at Melbourne Art Book Fair 2020. The NGV gratefully acknowledges the Cornish family for their support of The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.


    A key highlight of the Fair is The New Normal: Design in the Age of Global Computation, a half-day symposium on 12 March curated by Olga Tenisheva and Nicolay Boyadjiev at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, which gathers international speakers including speculative architect and film director Liam Young. The day culminates in an Australian-debut lecture by Amsterdam-based artists, filmmakers, and designers Metahaven.


    Melbourne Design Week
    12-22 March 2020
    www.designweek.melbourne





  • + Epson Give Sneak Peak at Latest Tech at Productivity and Efficiency Showcase

    There’s no company in the print and signage industry that has such a diverse portfolio of market leading products,..

    24 February 2020


    There’s no company in the print and signage industry that has such a diverse portfolio of market leading products, as Epson. 





    From print solutions for wide format graphics, textiles and fashion, home and office print technology, labels and packaging, monochrome printing and image projection technology, Epson has developed market leaders in each category. Which is why events such as the ‘Productivity and Efficiency Showcase’ are well worth attending, especially for industry professionals looking to the future. 


    For those working with textiles, Epson displayed several machines including the newly released Epson SureColor F3060. The printer features dual printhead technology and a bulk ink system, providing low ink cost and minimised waste compared to cartridge systems. At the showcase, the Epson team noted that the F3060 is designed to provide low total cost of ownership, as well as reliability for exceptional performance and savings in high-production print shop environments.





    The new printer can produce a full-sized shirt in about a minute, allowing for hundreds of shirts per day, and is being pitched at mid-to-large size garment printers looking for a high-production and cost-effective solution. It can print in full colour plus white on cotton, linen, rayon, and a variety of other fabric types, using a new dual 2.6-inch PrecisionCore printhead for one-pass printing at production speeds, and can house 1.5 litres per colour and three litres of white ink for less frequent filling, lower operating costs, and less waste. 


    The Showcase also highlighted the capabilities of the SureColor F9460H, the company’s fourth generation dye-sub system that combines a fast and reliable roll-to-roll production engine with a reduced running cost and fluorescent ink capability. The SC-F9460H combines Epson Precision Dot Technology, with advanced media management and UltraChrome DS HDk ink to enable outstanding image quality at high speed. 





    For wide-format specialists, Epson was showing the SureColor S80660L high-quality signage production system. The printer is designed to produce durable images with maximum impact and format flexibility, quickly, easily, and at minimum cost. It suits operation with a medium to high production volume and a structured workflow. Printed work dries quickly for same-day job turnaround, while the high capacity media and ink supply systems enable efficient roll-to-roll production with remote status monitoring and reporting.





    Epson also leads the way with its desktop label printers, and making its debut was the ColorWorks C6010/ C6510 4’ and 8” commercial desktop label printers. The unit on displayed had only just arrived in the country. These systems have been designed for short-run print jobs and provide excellent usability for a range of applications. They are perfect for businesses that require speed, quality and reliability. The CW-C6010 can support media widths of 25.4mm to 112 mm and the CW-C6510 from 25.4mm to 215.9mm. They can print anything from tiny labels for eyedropper bottles, to large durable labels suitable for chemical drums. This media flexibility and on-demand digital four colour print (even with small label sizes) will make life easier for time-sensitive businesses with many SKUs to manage.








    Other label printers on display included the ColorWorks C3500 and the ColorWorks C7500 that is aimed at customers who want durable prints and who primarily want to print onto matte media, the C7500 is the ultimate in short-run colour label printing. Manufacturers can now reliably and cost-effectively meet their in-house labelling needs with outstanding speed and quality. 
     




    There was plenty more to see from Epson, this includes their amazing projectors that deliver video quality that do (excuse the pun) have to be seen, to be believed. 

    There’s more to come from Epson. With Visual Impact Gold Coast coming up, the company has plenty to show and offer industry professionals looking for a competitive edge. 






  • + Amari Visual Solution To Celebrate First Birthday

    Amari Visual Solution is planning to hold celebrations around the country to mark their first birthday. Held on th..

    23 February 2020


    Amari Visual Solution is planning to hold celebrations around the country to mark their first birthday. 

    Held on the first week of March, the Amari team will be holding a BBQ lunch for their customers between 10am to 2pm, at their four different locations. 

    South Australia - Tuesday 3rd March
    Queensland - Tuesday 3rd March
    Victoria - Wednesday 4th March
    New South Wales - Friday 6th March

    Whilst you are there you can also take a tour of their facilities, chat with staff and maybe pick up a special offer or prizes. 

    For more information, you can visit www.amarivisual.com.au/News





  • + Avery Dennison Introduces Graphic Solutions For Interior Designs

    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses..

    18 February 2020


    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses to create inspiration walls and enrich living spaces with beautiful works of art quickly, easily and without messy paint or primer.
     
    The new MPI® 8000 Wall series from the Avery Dennison® Interior  Design Collection enhances the existing MPI 2600 series wall film portfolio and printable textile film. The MPI 8826 which offers a textile finish and the MPI 8520 which offers a wallpaper finish are well-suited for printed wall graphics for retail decoration and branding, hospitality and commercial interiors, exhibitions and retail promotions and other interior decoration applications.

    “Today’s launch of new products in the Avery Dennison Interior Design Collection broadens our range of offerings to designers and building owners for high quality printed solutions,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Made for even the most challenging indoor applications where there are hard-to-stick walls and walls with different surfaces, installation of these films is quick, easy and clean yet adheres well. The MPI 8000 Wall Film series will make transforming any indoor space easy and more visually rewarding than ever before.”

    Available through all authorised Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions distributors throughout Australia and New Zealand, the new MPI 8000 Wall series films can be applied without the need for primer, and excellent opacity ensures that the underlying wall is completely concealed.





  • + Announcing New TR2 Ink Conversion for Roland VG and SG Owners

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced plans ..

    18 February 2020


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced plans for the discontinuation of TR ink for TrueVIS VG and SG Series large format inkjet printers by February 2021* due to its replacement by new and improved TR2 ink. 

    Roland DG encourages VG and SG owners to switch to new TR2 inks, that offer increased performance and cost savings.**

    The ink conversion process must be performed together with firmware and RIP software upgrades that will enable a host of advantages and new features for VG and SG Series owners: 

    • New TR2 inks perform better in scratch resistance, alcohol resistance, and washability over TR inks.
    • The new "True Rich Colour" preset maximises the capabilities of the VG and SG series with new TR2 ink to produce stunning graphics.
    • The VG Series with TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results by the 3MTM MCSTM Warranty, providing shop owners and their clients with assurance of the quality and reliability of their graphics.
    • The VG and SG Series with new TR2 ink is also certified by the Avery Dennison ICS Performance Guarantee.
    • **Ink consumption is greatly reduced due to an automated maintenance sequence.
    • VG and SG Series owners obtain a host of new features to improve Print & Cut accuracy and usability, including crop mark options for more stable cutting performance when cutting laminated printed materials, and a PerfCut mode for printing, cutting and die cutting in one seamless operation.
    • The Roland DG Mobile Panel 2 lets you perform control panel functions, including test printing and cleaning from your smartphone or tablet using a Bluetooth connection.
    • The VG and SG Series support the latest TU-4 take-up unit (sold separately), enabling various media to be taken up with increased accuracy and stability.

    In the unlikely event of a blocked nozzle, the "Nozzle Mask Function" lets users specify which section of the printhead to use, allowing production to continue with minimum impact. 

    VG and SG Series owners can switch ink and upgrade their devices by downloading the specified firmware and the latest version of VersaWorks 6 software RIP. For more information or to download the firmware and software, go to: www.rolanddg.com.au/trinkconversion. 





  • + Seeking Sign Writer - Full Time Position in Tasmania

    Escape the city for relaxed country lifestyle with no traffic jams, great schools and reasonably priced housing. To..

    18 February 2020


    Escape the city for relaxed country lifestyle with no traffic jams, great schools and reasonably priced housing.

    Todd Rogers Signs in Burnie Tasmania is currently seeking a full time sign writer.

    The company is looking for an experienced sign writer with experience in all aspects of signage.
     
    The successful applicant must have a current drivers licence, have good attention to detail and be able to work in a team environment.
     
    Applications can be emailed to admin@toddrogerssigns.com.au or you can call 0400 334 333 for more information.





  • + Exciting Plans for Hexis Open House

    It’s been an exciting couple of years for Hexis Australia, and now the company is set to celebrate its growth and ..

    18 February 2020


    It’s been an exciting couple of years for Hexis Australia, and now the company is set to celebrate its growth and expansion, and the visit of its international CEO, with its first-ever Open House event later this month at its Queensland headquarters in Yatala.

    The facility, which comprising a direct subsidiary warehouse and distribution centre, was opened just two years ago and, since then, the company has achieved strong brand recognition in the digital print and vinyl supplies markets in Australia.

    A growing sales force with broad industry knowledge has allowed the company to establish strong relationships with print and sign service providers, providing a comprehensive suite of product solutions and advice.

    “Hexis has a consultative mission statement,” says Ian Parsonson, Managing Director of Hexis Australia. “Our objective is to listen first, and then discuss the projects at hand before advising on product options, whether that be sign vinyls and wrapping films, other digital print media, protective laminates or textile films. It’s all driven by our customer’s requirements.”

    This month, with CEO Clement Mateu visiting from the company’s international headquarters in Frontingnan, France, Parsonson says it’s the ideal time to throw open the doors and invite the industry’s decision-makers to see the very latest options first-hand.

    “Last year, Hexis celebrated 30 years in the industry and Clement is keen to celebrate that milestone here, and to meet with our Australian partners and discuss local industry trends,” he says. 

    “We’ll be launching a brand new product at the Open House, running live production demos showing how HEX’Perience decoration can help build profitable new revenue streams and showcasing Flex Customise for textile demos, and much more,” he says, adding that Hexis Australia’s team of trainers and product experts will be on hand to discuss all the options with visitors.

    “We’ll also be putting on plenty plenty of food and drinks, including our own Hexis Energy Drink,” he adds.

    Parsonson says all are welcome to the event, which promises to be a relaxed afternoon to catch up with the Hexis team, discuss business requirements, have a tour of the Hexis Australia facilities and, of course, meet Mateu. 

    The Hexis Australia Open House will be held from 1pm – 5pm on Tuesday 25 February at the company’s offices at 2/25 Aliciajay Circult, Yatala, Queensland. The company will also be exhibiting at Visual Impact at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from 30 April – 2 May.





  • + Intec Printing Solutions UK appoints G2PSD as Authorised Distributor for their range of digital printers, foilers and cutters.

    G2PSD has recently been appointed the authorised distributor for the range of Intec digital printers, foiling and cuttin..

    18 February 2020


    G2PSD has recently been appointed the authorised distributor for the range of Intec digital printers, foiling and cutting equipment produced by the UK manufacturer. 

    Just back from an intensive week long training and product familiarisation course in the UK G2PSD director Bernie Hockings was impressed by the new products being released by the UK manufacturer. 

    The flagship product moving forward is sure to be the version 2 FB8000 Pro which is an automated digital cutting system, that fulfils the needs of higher volume production users where unattended operation is the key. The complete production run of the version 1 machines has sold out and the new version 2 model is shipping now, its upgraded features include an intuitive LCD operator control panel and improved heavy sheet handling on the auto-feeder.

    The ability to cut, perforate, score in one unit with suction auto-feeder and camera controlled high-speed operation means this unit is extremely versatile.
    https://intecprinters.com/products/digital-cutting-devices-for-print-work/automated-flatbed-cutters/

    Intec also offers a range of manual feed cutter models that range in size to suit all users. 
    The other standout product is the Colorflare CF1200 semi-automatic foiler and laminator which offers that extra specialty finishing for the digital markets. It features greater pneumatic pressure than many other machines and a specially developed foiling roller to ensure that the foil is dead flat when applied to the media. 

    https://intecprinters.com/products/foiling-lamination-holographics/professional-model/

    Kerry Button (Sales Director) for Intec Printing Solutions UK had this to say about the new appointment.

    "We are delighted to have G2 on board as our authorised dealer for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea." 

    "With their local knowledge and experience we are very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead and have no doubt that both parties will enjoy a great deal of success. 

    Our new products are creating a lot of interest in the market and by working closely with Bernie and his team we expect to see substantial growth in the Australasian market."


    About Intec
    Intec Printing Solutions is a UK based company that develops unique and innovative printing and finishing solutions for the printing industry. This includes digital printers, foiling and lamination machines as well as automatic and manual cutting solutions in sizes to suit all businesses. visit us at https://intecprinters.com/






  • + Trotec Introduce U Series

    Designed for entry level laser marking tasks, the U-series feature maintenance free fiber lasers and are the perfect com..

    18 February 2020


    Designed for entry level laser marking tasks, the U-series feature maintenance free fiber lasers and are the perfect companion for marking components and products without the need for additional sprays or pastes.

    From data matrix codes to serial numbers and fine fonts, the U series is the ideal companion for your business, capable of marking even the hard to reach areas of components. This is possible thanks to the simple and intuitive U-mark software.

    The U300 - Class 2 features a marking area of up to 190 x 190mm and is developed to produce small markings on plastics and metals in the quickest time.

    Product highlights:
    - Process dynamic data quickly
    - Save time with border marking
    - Suitable for a range of plastics and metals
    - Marking of dynamic content
    - Compatible with Windows PCs
    - Laser safety class 2

    U50 - Class 4 laser marking

    Product highlights:
    Alongside the same great benefits as the U300, the U50 offers:
    - Workspace of either 120 x 120mm or 190 x 190mm
    - Easily mark large or bulky components
    - Capable of marking same applications as the U300

    Contact Trotec to find out more and to book your demonstration. U300 product demonstrations are available in our Sydney and Brisbane showrooms.






  • + Registration is Now open for Recognition WA 2020

    Recognition WA Expo 2020 Recognition Expo WA returns to the Cannington Showgrounds in Perth on the 25th and 26th of..

    11 February 2020


    Recognition WA Expo 2020

    Recognition Expo WA returns to the Cannington Showgrounds in Perth on the 25th and 26th of February for companies in the awards, signs, engraving, digital graphics and apparel decoration markets. 

    Presenting the latest equipment, consumables, solutions and conversations, this industry event will provide great opportunities to connect with a range of complimentary key suppliers, networking, and a range of educational seminars in a professional, friendly and relaxed environment.  

    Recognition WA provides great training opportunities for both you and your staff to brush up on your CorelDraw knowledge. Seminars are being presented by Cory Bourne, CEO of Rowmark  Australia and Jordan Buhagiar the LaserCoach from Alfex laser, with all sessions allowing for Q&A. 

    Find out about “Oki white toner Transfer” with Colin Johnson from Magic Touch,  and “Enhancing you sublimation skills” with William Nasato from Nova Sublimation. Chat to Tom Johns from Rowmark Australia for details on the changes to the Australian Building code, now known as NCC-2019 and the ramifications for signmakers.

    Registrations are now open, to see further details on seminars and to register for Recognition WA 2020 Expo follow the link






  • + New Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII textile printer

    Tx300P-1800 from Mimaki splendidly reproduces rich colour gradation and delicate sophisticated lines in textile printing..

    11 February 2020


    Tx300P-1800 from Mimaki splendidly reproduces rich colour gradation and delicate sophisticated lines in textile printing. In Tx300P-1800 MkII, these capabilities have been taken to a new level, and long-awaited print on paper is now available with the "hybrid ink capability" which is another unique feature of this series. 

    As Dye sublimation ink (transfer) for printing on transfer paper has been added, you can now select from 3 types of ink sets; "Dye sublimation ink (transfer) + Textile pigment ink", "Direct sublimation ink + Textile pigment ink", "Dye sublimation ink (transfer) + Direct sublimation ink".*1,*2
    Enabling print on paper will expand the possibilities of new materials and applications drastically.

    • Switchable conveyance units supporting both paper and textile
    Service engineers are no longer needed! You can easily replace platens manually.

    • A variety of ink types capable of responding to print materials and hybrid ink supply system
    One way and Hybrid are available.

    • Ultimate design for usability ensuring high-quality production
    New printhead, Reliable textile feeding mechanism

    • Mimaki’s print technologies for achieving beautiful printing
    - Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) reduces banding.
    - Superior inkjet technology

    • Uninterrupted printing solutions
    - Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically detects and cleans clogged nozzles.
    - Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) uses only good nozzles as substitutes, when the clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning.
    - Mimaki Bulk Ink System 3 (MBIS3) for long-time continuous printing.

    • High-performance RIP software TxLink4 Lite*
    The TxLink4 Lite offers simple RGB and CMYK colour replacement on raster and vector data, as well as the ability to produce different colour patterns. Moreover, various colour replacement functions can represent desired colours.
    * TxLink4 Lite or RasterLink6Plus is bundled according to a user' s choice.

    The feature of digital textile printing

    Substantial time savings and production time reduction from design to market enables fast response to clients orders.
    No restriction in numbers of colours, smooth gradations and high quality printing.
    Ecologically viable printing as only the required ink quantity is used for production. No excess water usage.





  • + Fisher Textiles Now Offers No-Bleed Black Liner Fabrics

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bl..

    11 February 2020


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bleed yarns that are 100% colorfast and do not bleed or fade when washed.

    GF1707 Soft Knit Black is 100% Polyester, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 5.1 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has a tight structure and high opacity with excellent durability. Recommended for double sided banner liner or exhibit graphics, the no-bleed yarns used to manufacture this fabric ensure that it can be washed without fading or bleeding.

    GF4608 Power Stretch Black is 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 7.3 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has 20% stretch in the width, 40% in the length making it a great liner for geometric/stretch or tension displays. It is a matte, colorfast fabric made with no-bleed yarns and has no crocking.

    www.fishertextiles.com