Successful legal suit filed against Nazdar and its German distributor Zaro, shows that FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems L..
23 April 2019
Successful legal suit filed against Nazdar and its German distributor Zaro, shows that FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Ltd takes the protection of its intellectual property extremely seriously.
Commenting on the ruling handed down by the Regional Court in Düsseldorf, Germany, Rob Fassam, R&D Director at FSIS said: "This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of infringing our intellectual property. We will continue to protect our investment by filing patents that cover our technology and we will take appropriate action against those who infringe.
"I am delighted that the Regional Court in Düsseldorf has ruled in our favour. We invest significant time and resource developing new and exciting technology that benefits the inkjet industry."
In 2017 FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Ltd (FSIS) filed suit against Nazdar Co., US and Nazdar Limited, UK as well as its German distributor Zaro GmbH before the competent Regional Court Düsseldorf (docket nos. 4b O 22/17 and 107/17). FSIS claimed Nazdar had infringed its UV ink patents EP 1 803 784 B3 and EP 2 383 314 B3 in Germany by offering its 702 & 703 Series UV inkjet inks and declaring them to be chemically compatible with the original inks designed for Fujifilm's Acuity range of flatbed UV printers.
The patents on these inks protect specific inkjet ink compositions providing a range of properties including improved flexibility, jetting performance and adhesion.
In reaction to the infringement actions, Nazdar filed nullity actions against the patents in Germany before the German Federal Patents Court and asked the Regional Court Düsseldorf to stay the infringement proceedings. Furthermore, Nazdar contested infringement, but did also, in reaction to FSIS' patent claims, change the chemical composition of its UV inkjet inks. However, despite redesigning the inks, Nazdar continued to market its UV inkjet inks as 702 & 703 Series and failed to indicate to customers the change in chemical composition in a way that FSIS considered necessary to avoid patent infringement.
With its judgements, the Regional Court in Düsseldorf has now confirmed infringement, injuncted Nazdar and Zaro from offering, bringing to market and any further use of patent infringing UV inkjet inks. It has also sentenced them to pay damages and render account. The Court also approved FSIS's position that the change in chemical composition of the 702 & 703 Series is not sufficient to avoid infringement because Nazdar continues to market their UV inkjets inks as 702 & 703 Series without sufficient indication of the product change.
Finally, while without prejudice of the nullity proceedings at the Federal Patents Court in Munich, the Regional Court in Düsseldorf did not follow Nazdar's invalidity arguments and therefore also rejected the stay motion.
Nazdar/Zaro have filed appeals against the judgements. Irrespectively, the judgements remain provisionally enforceable under the condition that FSIS will provide sufficient enforcement security. A date for the appeal hearing has been set for 7th November 2019. A date for a hearing in the nullity proceedings has not yet been set.
FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Limited is the Technology Centre of Excellence for UV curable ink within the FUJIFILM Inkjet Business Division. Its core skills are the development and manufacture of high performance UV curing inks that are used in many of the world's leading printers.
Epson has won its first "Red Dot: Best of the Best" award for its large format printers in the Product Design c..
16 April 2019
Epson has won its first "Red Dot: Best of the Best" award for its large format printers in the Product Design category (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019). In addition, five inkjet printers, one scanner and one projector model received Red Dot Awards. This year marks the third successive year that Epson products have been recognised in the Red Dot Award.
Details of the Epson products recognised with the Best of the Best award
SC-T5450/ SC-T3450/ SC-T3450N/ SC-T3400/ SC-T3400N/ SC-T5400 inkjet printers
These are high-speed, high-resolution large format printers (LFP) for printing drawings in official bureaus and architect studios or PoP printing in retail shops. We redesigned the LFP, conventionally used for special applications, with a UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office. It provides intuitive operation and maintains a clean office atmosphere. The large touch panel, warning LEDs, and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and give guidance for easy use. We also strived to cut assembly time, streamlining work by developing new legs assembled in three steps.
Created in 1955 in Germany, the Red Dot Design Award is organised by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen design centre and is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. A jury of experts evaluates products announced during the past two years and selects the best designs based on nine criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecological compatibility, and durability.
Manabu Kawahara, general manager of the P Design Department in Epson's Printing Solutions Operations Division, says, "I am thrilled. This award is the culmination of a true team effort to achieve product value that exceeds customer expectations. Moving forward, we will continue to provide our customers with designs that delight."
Details of Epson products recognised with the Red Dot Award
ET-M1100/ ET-M1120/ ET-M1108/ ET-M1128 inkjet printers
These are A4-sized monochrome inkjet printer that achieve unprecedented compact size by directly embedding the high-capacity EcoTank in the carriage. The totally new EcoTank design puts a single slit on a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. Low cost, it also lets you print easily as you go about your daily work.
ET-M1140/ ET-M1180/ ET-M2140/ ET-M3140/ ET-M3170 inkjet printers
These are A4-sized monochrome inkjets with a high-capacity EcoTank that enables up to 6,000 sheets on a single ink refill. The new eco tank design puts a single slit through a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. While low cost, it lets you easily perform various printing tasks and reduces downtime and waste.
ET-2710/ ET-4700/ L1110/L3100/ L3110/L3150/ L5190 inkjet printers
These are A4-sized colour inkjets with a high capacity EcoTank that lets you easily perform various printing tasks at low cost. We focused on operability to eliminate hassle and concerns about stains when refilling ink. Not only did we improve front access and the visibility of the remaining ink, we also used a unique shape for the bottle tip and inlet of each colour to prevent filling mistakes. The protruding shape expresses the performance of the high capacity eco tank, and the simple, round design around the tank gives an approachable and familiar feeling.
WF-M5799/WF-C5710/WF-C5790/WF-C5210/WF-C5290/WF-M5299/WF-M5298/WF-C579R/WF-C529R inkjet printers
These are A4-sized office inkjet printers that provide high ink capacity while saving space. Boasting a clean design that fits any office, the high capacity ink pack has been built into the unit to achieve a compact size that fits in narrow spaces. The change from conventional ink cartridges to high-capacity ink packs cuts the number of ink replacements and the environmental impact. We focused on operability and streamlining office work, giving the ink packs a simple connection shape for the handle and tray and including a sturdy ejection tray and a tilt panel with high retention and easy operation.
SC-T5150/ SC-T5150N/ SC-T3150/ SC-T3150N/ SC-T3100/ SC-T3100N/ SC-T5100/ SC-T5100N inkjet printers
These are full-colour large format printers (LFP) among the smallest in the world for use in offices, architect studios, schools, and retail shops. LFPs are conventionally used for special applications, but with UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office, we designed printers that make it easy for customers to buy their first LFP. For schools in particular we prioritised safety, reducing the outlet port to ten mm so that children cannot fit their fingers inside. The large touch panel and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and gives guidance for easy use.
ES-50/ ES-60W scanner
This is an A4-sized sheet-feed scanner. As more companies move away from paper, demand is increasing for mobile scanners that can easily digitalise various documents including photos or receipts both inside and outside the office.
With that in mind, we worked with engineers, improving portability to aim for the lightest weight and smallest size in the class to bring more customers a comfortable experience.
The final product helps prevent operating errors during transport, improves portability for easy use, boasts simple functionality, as well as boasting an attractive design.
EV-100/ EV-105 projectors
These projectors are to be used for lighting or video performances of products or exhibits in shopping centers or museums. To better show off the appeal of the product or exhibit, we focused on a simple design that melts into the surroundings. We removed all holes and wiring from the unit sides, which customers notice, for a clean design. The vents, which any projector requires, were hidden in the design as slits with identical patterns on the unit's front and rear. The cylindrical design, made to resemble a spotlight, enables you to install it on the ceiling without negatively affecting the atmosphere.
Please refer to www.epson.com.au and www.epson.co.nz for details of products and services available in Australia and New Zealand.
Effective immediately, the small business Instant Asset Write-Off for new or used assets has increased to $30,000! ..
16 April 2019
Effective immediately, the small business Instant Asset Write-Off for new or used assets has increased to $30,000!
Businesses with an annual turnover of up to $50 million can now instantly write-off a piece of equipment that costs up to $30,000 excluding GST, if acquired between 2 April 2019 and 30 June 2020.
The Best Time to Purchase a New Roland
If you purchase and install a new Roland DG machine before June 30 2019, you can instantly write it off in your 2018/2019 tax return. This is great news for the recently released TrueVIS VG2-540 and VG2-640 Printer Cutters, that come in under $30,000.
Awarded the 2019 ISA Sign Expo Innovation Award in the "Printer" category, judges were impressed with the technological advancements, comprehensive colour choices, improved machine efficiency and increased print-and-cut accuracy of the VG2 Series.
With Metamark products as instantly recognisable and widely varied as glass films, wall graphics and commercial vehicle ..
16 April 2019
With Metamark products as instantly recognisable and widely varied as glass films, wall graphics and commercial vehicle and even V8 Supercar skins, Metamark is a well trusted name in self-adhesive vinyl that has more recently become something of a global vinyl manufacturer and distribution phenomenon. Our products have been available in Australia since 2004, and we have had high growth in the markets across Asia pacific, Europe and North America. We have products sold in more than 55 countries worldwide.
Head of Metamark’s Asia Pacific region is Melbourne-based Paul Coniglio, who has worked in the signage and display industry for more than 15 years. He says “We offer a huge selection of self-adhesive films. We have a strong focus on high quality polymeric films for faster, trouble-free application of larger areas on flat or slightly curved surfaces, and so much more. And we take great care to work with our customers so they get the best possible product for their application.” Describing our product range as ‘immense’, Coniglio says that the key to the company’s success has been how Metamark and its partners help customers to select the right product for each application. “We always start with the application, for use in commercial fleets, boat signage, wall graphics or window graphics, for retail, events or promotional markets - and so much more.”
Coniglio says he sees a tremendous opportunity in New Zealand for Metamark in partnership with PSP. “As part of our global growth strategy we’ve been keen to find the best partner possible to help us hit the ground running in New Zealand. When Dean Stuart rang me and told me he was joining PSP, I was pretty excited because he has so much experience in the industry. He can help build a modern supply business to suit the changing signage and print market.
“The location of PSP’s facilities, their people and their passion for signage is what really stood out. Having Metamark available all across the country, matched with a detailed training programme, will ensure a new level of choice for New Zealand customers.”
This is backed up by Dean Stuart, who says that the link-up with Metamark takes PSP one step further to offering a complete service across the world of rigid, flexible and vinyl products. “When I joined PSP it was part of a drive to ensure that customers only needed to make one phone call to get the best range of rigid, flexible and vinyl products, save time and realise efficiencies.
“For us, it’s all about bringing the parts together to match and work seamlessly as one, which we do with PSP substrates and Metamark vinyls. Furthermore, we have the machines to ensure that whatever your size requirements, we can meet them to the metre. Our link-up with Metamark is exciting for us because it means our customers get even more benefits. We’re a great match.”
For information, please visit www.psp.co.nz
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI), a world leader in customer focused digital printing innovation, today announced tha..
16 April 2019
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI), a world leader in customer focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement (the "Agreement") to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group, LLC ("Siris") in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion. Siris is a leading private equity firm focused on investing and driving value creation in technology companies that provide mission critical solutions and are facing technology transitions.
Under the terms of the Agreement, which has been unanimously approved by EFI's Board of Directors, an affiliate of Siris will acquire all the outstanding common stock of EFI for $37.00 per share in cash. The purchase price represents an approximately 45% premium over EFI's 90 day volume weighted average price ended on April 12, 2019.
EFI may solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties during a "go-shop" period over the next 45 calendar days. EFI will have the right to terminate the Agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement. There is no guarantee that this process will result in a superior proposal, and the Agreement provides Siris with a customary right to attempt to match a superior proposal. EFI does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until it determines such disclosure is appropriate or is otherwise required.
"We believe this transaction delivers superior and immediate value to our shareholders while providing us with a partner that can add strategic and operational expertise to our business," said Bill Muir, Chief Executive Officer of EFI. "We are excited to partner with Siris' highly experienced team on this next phase of growth for EFI."
Commenting on the transaction, Frank Baker, a Siris Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said, "EFI is at the forefront of the digital transition in the imaging and print industry, underpinned by a strong software heritage and culture of innovation. We believe that, by partnering with Siris, EFI will be well positioned to capture this transformational opportunity associated with increased digital inkjet penetration, industrial automation and software enablement. We are eager to partner with management to help the Company achieve its strategic objectives."
Commenting on the transaction, Al Zollar, a Siris Executive Partner, said, "EFI has a 30 year legacy of leadership in the digital imaging market, with strong brand equity and a rich history of pioneering innovative solutions for its customers. The Company's portfolio of mission critical products and services are united by a common thread of impressive technological enablement and software integration. I look forward to supporting EFI's strong team to help the Company anticipate evolving customer needs and drive new opportunities for innovation and growth."
EFI's Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that its shareholders adopt the Agreement with Siris. Subject to the go-shop, a special meeting of EFI's shareholders will be held as soon as practicable following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and subsequent mailing to shareholders.
Subject to the go-shop, the proposed transaction is expected to close by the third quarter of 2019 and is subject to approval by EFI's shareholders, along with the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including antitrust regulatory approvals. The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. Upon completion of the acquisition, EFI will become wholly owned by an affiliate of Siris.
EFI will file its quarterly report on Form 10Q reporting its first quarter financial results but does not intend to host a quarterly earnings call. EFI currently expects Q1 2019 revenue to be between $220 million and $225 million.
Equity financing will be provided by investment funds affiliated with Siris. Siris secured committed debt financing for the transaction from RBC Capital Markets, KKR Capital Markets LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Barclays, Credit Suisse, and Macquarie Capital.
Sidley Austin LLP is serving as corporate counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as financing counsel, and RBC Capital Markets is serving as M&A advisor to Siris in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. and Greenhill & Co., LLC are serving as financial advisors to EFI, and O'Melveny & Myers is serving as its legal counsel.
For further information regarding the terms and conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement, please see EFI's Current Report on Form 8K, which will be filed in connection with this transaction.
At Dscoop Edge 2019, HP Inc. announced the expansion of HP PrintOS Marketplace, opening an ideas store to inspire HP pri..
02 April 2019
At Dscoop Edge 2019, HP Inc. announced the expansion of HP PrintOS Marketplace, opening an ideas store to inspire HP print service providers (PSPs) to collaborate, innovate and grow, while implementing Industry 4.0 for automated printing of thousands of jobs a day.
New apps in the marketplace from HP and solution partners can also help HP print service providers increase productivity, streamline workflow and develop new digital print applications.
“PrintOS Marketplace is an open platform designed to spread innovation and help customers adapt faster to the complexities of the changing print market,” said Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager, HP Indigo, HP Inc. “HP PrintOS is empowering PSPs to be more productive, manage higher print volume, and automate and streamline workflow.” PrintOS gives PSPs control over print operations virtually anywhere at any time, simplifies and automates print production processes, and provides a scalable architecture of production-ready tools to grow digital business. Today, the cloud-based PrintOS has grown to more than 20,000 users since launching at drupa 2016. Users include owners of HP Indigo, HP PageWide and Scitex presses and HP Latex and HP DesignJet printers.
UK-based ProCo is printing thousands of profitable jobs a day with PrintOS. “Marketplace is going to be a game changer in how people are able to produce work in a digital print environment. Access to other print providers' applications means I don't have to reinvent the wheel for every project. And fundamentally, we're going to have access to thousands of partner apps in a cost-effective and quick way,” said Jon Bailey, CEO, Proco.
Projects in a box
Resources in the new PrintOS Marketplace ideas store include projects-in-a-box for labels and packaging, commercial and photo printing.
More than 50 free projects and design tools are now available for download exclusively for HP PSPs using PrintOS. Ready-to-go projects include HP Mosaic and HP Collage packaging templates, seed patterns, sample files, and royalty-free images and icons. PrintOS members are also invited to share or sell their print ideas in the store, with the goal of housing hundreds and even thousands of items by drupa 2020.
New print production apps
An additional PrintOS Marketplace store for Applications features monthly, subscription-based apps from HP and solutions partners. The apps help HP customers win more business, increase press output, automate production, manage higher print volume, better control costs, and expand print offerings. The App store is expanding with new offerings from HP and solutions partners, including:
- Locr – a GEO services batch tool to easily generate personalised maps for adding the value of location to printed communications.
- MindFire - a marketing automation tool to help PSPs promote business with targeted campaigns.
- OneFlow - The AutoFlow solution automates manual prepress operations including artwork fetching, checking, fixing and manipulation.
- HYBRID Software - PACKZilizer is an intuitive and easy-to-use cloud-based application to prepare packaging files for production.
- PrintOS Jobs API: Enables streamlining of production-status and job-costing data such as substrate usage and time invested, from an HP Indigo digital press to a management system (MIS or ERP), to understand the true cost of completed jobs for more accurate quoting.
- PrintOS Composer: Helps printers save time by easily and efficiently composing variable data jobs, including HP Mosaic and Collage, of any size.
- PrintOS OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness): Helps PSPs uncover opportunities for improving operations, reducing overtime, and saving costs, while increasing press utilisation.
- PrintOS Colour Beat cuts colour control time down to minutes per job, helps ensure colour consistency across presses and sites, and track colour performance from anywhere.
- PrintOS Site Flow: Enables to efficiently manage hundreds and thousands of jobs per day, all the way from automated order submission to pre-press, shop-floor management and shipping integration.
PrintOS Marketplace is also now launching a new Licenses Store for easy self-service download and licensing of off-the-shelf software solutions from HP solutions partners integrated with PrintOS. Solutions licenses available for purchase include:
- HP SmartStream Designer: a powerful, easy-to-use variable data printing (VDP) tool for users of HP Indigo, HP Latex, and HP PageWide technologies.
- Esko: DeskPack Essentials and ArtPro+, powerful tools that shorten pre-press of labels and packaging jobs.
- Memador: A photo enhancement solution that optimises and automates photo book creation with algorithms for face grouping, face detection and more.
- Hybrid Software: PACKz, the powerful PDF editor and CloudFlow, Hybrid Software’s prepress workflow solution.
- Tilia Labs: includes a bundle of Phoenix & Imposition AI workflow and imposition tools for labels and packaging, available later this year.
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions strengthens its relationship with Premier Film Distribution as the new distributor in ..
25 March 2019
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions strengthens its relationship with Premier Film Distribution as the new distributor in New South Wales and Queensland for its industry leading range of architecture, solar and safety window films.
The Avery Dennison range of window films for buildings include solar control films that can filter up to 85 percent of solar radiation passing through the glass and reducing energy consumption from air conditioning by up to 20 percent; safety window films for a layer of added security on glass doors or windows to hold shattered glass in place, thereby reducing the threat of injury and design films to help architects and designers transform properties.
“Comfort and security along with energy savings, sun control and privacy are important considerations for building owners and vehicle owners in Australia,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Avery Dennison is responding to our customers’ needs for fast delivery of our high-performance and durable window films with the appointment of Premier Film Distribution in New South Wales and Queensland regions.”
“Our team of experts are familiar with the needs of our growing network of partners,” said Greg Munro, Managing Director, Premier Film Distribution. “Together with our partner network, Premier Film Distribution has the capabilities to distribute innovative, high-performance products from Avery Dennison.”
Premier Film Distribution has been providing wholesale films to the tinting, graphics and printing industry in Australia since 1985. Customers can order stock on the phone at 07 3268 8450, via email at email@example.com or shop online 24/7 at https://premierfilmdistribution.com.au/.
Over the years, Premier Film Distribution has developed a deep understanding of their customers’ businesses and value adding, which led to strong relationships with their customers. Premier Film Distribution are fortunate to call some of Australia’s most successful installation businesses their customers.
There was no hiding the smiles when Nicole and Carey Burt of Zoom Signs went to collect their brand new V8 Race Red 2018..
19 March 2019
There was no hiding the smiles when Nicole and Carey Burt of Zoom Signs went to collect their brand new V8 Race Red 2018 Ford Mustang. The husband and wife team were the very happy winners of the 3M ‘Win a Ford Mustang’ promotion.
The competition was open to anyone who purchased a 3M product from any Australian retailer or regular wholesaler/distributor. Having purchased a number of 3M products from Amari Visual Solutions, Nicole was encouraged by Carey to enter.
“We changed over to 3M products after we were having problems with consistency and reliability of other branded products,’ said Nicole. “We are a small business but we are a busy workshop and don't have time to be repeating jobs when inferior products fail. So, we switched to AVS about a year ago and haven’t looked back. We use the best products first time round, our customers appreciate the quality of our work and we are confident in sending 3M products out.”
Nicole entered a total of four times, but like most competitions gave it little thought after that. That was until she got an email in December last year saying that she was one of the prize winners.
“We thought we had won tickets to the V8 supercar which there were 20 passes given as runners up prizes. We were very excited about that and were busy planning which race we would go to. We honestly didn't even give the major prize a second thought.”
That would all change with a phone call.
“We received a phone call about a month ago telling me that we had actually won the Mustang. I was in total disbelief and thought it was a cruel trick! Apparently all the blood rushed from my face and I just kept saying thanks you! After the call we all danced around the office yelling and cheering. Needless to say not much work happened for the rest of the day.”
(Chris Murphy Warwick Automotive, Carey and Nicole Burt Zooms Signs, Mitch Coleman Amari Visual Solutions, Debbie Amiradaki 3M Corporate Marketing, Mark Langdale 3M Automotive)
Debbie Amiradaki, 3M Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand said, “We are very happy for Nicole and Carey of Zoom Signs. The ‘Win a Mustang Competition’ was a way for 3M “to mark our association with Supercars and to celebrate the 2019 launch of Mustangs into the sport.”
“It’s always fun to run promotions such as this and great to see positive engagement with our customers. We would like to congratulate all the winners and thank them for their continued support”.
“We are so grateful to 3M for the win,” said Nicole. “We are just a normal hard working family that didn't ever expect to be driving a car like this.”
For more information about 3M graphics and signage products, please visit www.3m.com.au/3M/en_AU/graphics-signage-au/
For more information about Amari Visual Solutions, please visit www.amarivisual.com.au
Sign Essentials Pty Ltd, Australian distributor of Impact CNC Routers and Lasers, is pleased to announce that they have ..
14 March 2019
Sign Essentials Pty Ltd, Australian distributor of Impact CNC Routers and Lasers, is pleased to announce that they have appointed Bi-Wize Signage Supplies, based in Thomastown VIC, as their Victorian dealer.
Impact CNC was launched in Australia in mid-2011 and has quickly established an enviable reputation - offering an excellent mix of quality and affordability. Sign Essentials has placed multiple installations in the sign, aluminium fabrication, wood-working and educational sectors. There are now well over 150 Impact CNC machines around Australia. “Our clients love the fact that they can purchase a fully-featured router or laser at a great price with expert training, service and support” said Sean Strange, General Manager of Sign Essentials. “We felt the next step was to partner with an established company in Victoria to help grow Impact CNC in that market. When an opportunity came up with Bi-Wize it quickly became apparent that they were a great fit for our brand. They have 50 years’ experience in the sign and print industries and more than 20 years equipment experience. We know they will provide the experience and expertise purchasers will require.”
“Bi-Wize is pleased to be appointed as the Victorian dealer for Impact CNC Routers and Lasers and greatly appreciates the opportunity to work in partnership with such a well known, experienced and respected brand” said Steven Pollock, Managing Director of Bi-Wize. “Machinery is now a vital component of the signage industry and through our partnership with Impact CNC we hope to extend our product range and services to continue serving the current and future needs of our customers. We are proud to be associated with a company that not only provides excellent quality and affordability in their products but who is remarkably professional and supportive.”
“We have introduced Impact CNC products to many different businesses over the last 8 years” tells John Williams, CNC Specialist from Sign Essentials. “They are producing some amazing work and cutting a huge range of materials. We have proven Impact CNC offers the right mix of features, quality and price. We look forward to working with Bi-Wize and their customers in Victoria.”
All industries will surely be impressed by the feature-packed Tornado model which Bi-Wize selected as their demo machine. It has just been installed in Melbourne and customers are invited to book a personal demonstration of the Impact CNC router today.
Alternatively check out the range of machines at www.impactcnc.com.au
Bi-Wize Signage Supplies can be contacted on 03 9465 1233 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Impact CNC enquiries in other states can contact Sign Essentials on 07 3865 2294 or by email at email@example.com
It is no secret that Ricky is a proud supporter of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). For three years Ricky has sponsor..
12 March 2019
It is no secret that Ricky is a proud supporter of Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). For three years Ricky has sponsored a research fellow at the institute by donating a percentage of sales from the purchase of our extensive range of shade fabrics. This year, Ricky has decided to not only sponsor a research fellow, but to also become principal partner for the MIA’s biggest fund-raising initiative, Melanoma March. This includes Jay’s Longest Melanoma March, which sees Jay, a melanoma survivor, walking from Adelaide to Sydney via Melbourne over the course of 50 days.
Melanoma March is now in its eighth year. At each location around Australia, the Melanoma March events bring together the whole ‘melanoma community’. Not only is it to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research, it’s an opportunity to inspire others and remember loved ones.
Ricky Head of Marketing, Greg McKinley, wanted to extend the support Ricky offered to MIA. “When we learned that there was an opportunity to further support MIA & their biggest fundraising initiative, we were obviously very interested.”
Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) and kills more young Australians (20-39 year olds) than any other type of cancer.
Last year over 7,000 people from every state and territory in Australia supported their local Melanoma March events and we invite you to join us in 2019.
Check out all the details and register at: https://melanomamarch.org.au/
To find out more about Jay’s Longest Melanoma March go to: https://tourdecure.com.au/events/jays-longest-melanoma-march-2019/
Ricky and MIA are taking the steps together to end melanoma. Jump on board and join us.
A new robotic system to make aircraft painting quicker, cheaper and more environmentally friendly has just made its debu..
04 March 2019
A new robotic system to make aircraft painting quicker, cheaper and more environmentally friendly has just made its debut at ZAL Innovation Days.
Dutch robotics specialist Xyrec, which has developed the Automated Paint Robot (APR) in collaboration with Airbus and Southwest Research Institute, gave a live demonstration of the system that it says can reduce time in the paint shop from 16 days to 5 days.
The APR is able to print any aircraft livery design on an aircraft fuselage by automatically orienting itself during the painting process. According to Xyrec, the end-to-end painting process can sand the fuselage, clean it after paint has been stripped, spray primer and clear coatings, dry clear coatings in a mere two hours (compared to the 14 hours it currently takes) and then direct print a new design. Xyrec says the cleaning process can also be used for cleaning of aircraft during A and B checks.
Due to the APR’s ability to significantly reduce overall painting time, Xyrec says the robot can reduce labor costs by 80% while also saving up to 30% of paint, which provides environmental benefits. In addition, the company says the robot ensures higher predictability and paint quality.
During the demonstration at ZAL Innovation Days, Xyrec showed off the APR’s newest feature, which uses inkjet technology for digital printing rather than paint. The technology was illustrated by printing a large digital image on an Airbus A320 fuselage. According to the company, the printer technology enables airlines to be more creative with livery designs because it allows intricate decoration of a full aircraft faster and more efficiently than via manual masking and spray guns.
The APR began development three years ago and Xyrec says it will be available commercially in 2020, with a direct print feature coming in 2021.
There's always something new in the printing world. In the US, Overnight Prints introduced cookie printing. The online p..
04 March 2019
There's always something new in the printing world. In the US, Overnight Prints introduced cookie printing. The online print provider will be serving an assortment of ready-to-eat custom printed cookie products as part of its print marketing materials and services. Adding the baked treat to its menu provides a sweet edible option for gift giving, event catering, party favors and promotional giveaways just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day.
“Custom printed cookies make any event even more meaningful and memorable, especially a once-in-a-lifetime occasion like a first birthday or 50th wedding anniversary,” said Janell Awong, brand manager, Overnight Prints. “What makes everyone’s favorite sweet treat even better is adding that personal touch like a unique photo or special message.”
Home baked style cookies can be personalized with edible images, photos, logos and short messages in full color. Each gourmet vanilla-flavored sugar cookie is hand-decorated with royal icing. Cookies are individually wrapped and delivered fresh from the bakery in quantities of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96 or 120.
Custom printed cookies are offered in 16 assorted shapes and sizes. Ranging from 3˝ to 8˝, circle and square shapes can be ordered in 3-inch, 3.5-inch, 4-inch and 8-inch sizes. Rectangle-shaped portrait cookies are available in 3-by-4, 3-by-5, 4-by-6, 5-by-7 and 8-by-10-inch sizes. Heart-shaped cookies come in either 3-inch, 3.5-inch or 4-inch sizes.
The personalised pastries cater to food menus at personal and professional functions, such as family gatherings and celebrations, holiday parties and for corporate gifting. Cookie printing is also ideal for promotional events like conferences, meetings and trade shows, and as party favours at weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, baptisms and retirement parties, etc.
Screen today announces that Campaign, a Bertelsmann Printing Group subsidiary, specialising in one2one customer communic..
04 March 2019
Screen today announces that Campaign, a Bertelsmann Printing Group subsidiary, specialising in one2one customer communications, has invested in a second Truepress Jet520HD press to support the growth of its direct mail services. The investment brings the total number of Screen high-speed inkjet systems to three following earlier installations of the Truepress Jet520ZZ and its first Truepress Jet520HD.
Headquartered in Gütersloh, Germany, Campaign believes that this latest investment will create new business opportunities and strengthen its competitive position. With the help of the Truepress Jet520HD, Campaign is able to send high-quality personalised mail to its customers. In combination with shorter turnaround times, a significant increase in conversion rates has been achieved per campaign.
Engineered for short print runs, the Truepress Jet520HD is designed with personalisation in mind. The press is fully integrated with Screen’s workflow software, EQUIOS, boasting a vast gallery of preloaded templates. This, along with the system’s rapid start time, enables Campaign to optimise uptime, maximise throughput and increase profit margins.
According to Nik Bockmann, Managing Director at Campaign, this efficiency-enhancing capability was an integral factor in deciding to invest in the systems.
He explains: “As a print provider, we need the flexibility to react to diverse customer demands the very same day. The Screen presses offer us this and so much more. For example, we have the versatility to print on a wide range of substrates. This opens the door to a vast gamut of different applications.
“In regard to direct mail, we can produce highly customised, premium prints, cost-effectively and extremely quickly. When our customers can transform an idea into a flawless printed product in their customer’s hand in very little time, there’s a significant positive impact on their conversion rates, which in turn helps us secure repeat business.”
Bockmann explains: “Screen’s presses allow us to achieve near-offset quality and production costs while delivering the inherit benefits of digital printing. Our latest additions further cement our position as a leading innovator and expert in direct mail and one-to-one communications.”
Bui Burke, Screen Europe Senior Vice President Sales, concludes: “We are delighted that Campaign has invested in its second and third Screen presses. The company’s continued adoption of our solutions demonstrates how our presses are empowering print providers to realise their business objectives. Offering enhanced production, high-quality prints and consistent productivity, we are seeing more and more companies successfully integrating our solutions within their businesses.”
Leading distribution companies Australian Visual Solutions (AVS), Amari Plastics and Chief Media have joined forces to o..
04 March 2019
Leading distribution companies Australian Visual Solutions (AVS), Amari Plastics and Chief Media have joined forces to offer their customers an expanded range of options following a strategic merger this week.
International parent company MM Plastics announced the merger today, with General Manager Steve Baker saying the resulting entity, Amari Visual Solutions, will bring the best of all worlds to its customers through an expanded product range and wider distribution network.
“We’ve been laying the groundwork for this since mid-2018, following the acquisition of Chief Media in 2015 and AVS in 2017,” he says.
“With our customers needing access to a more diverse range of media and substrates to meet the demands of a dynamic market, it simply makes sense to offer our whole product range through every outlet.
“Also, while operating independently, the three companies have always shared a similar commitment to delivering a total solution to customers; quality products, responsive and knowledgeable support and excellent value for money. So, it’s a great fit.”
The combined product portfolio will give customers of all three original companies a single source of supply for a wide selection of high-quality substrates, signage media, printers, inks and accessories.
“AVS customers will now have access to an extensive range of quality substrates including Aluminium Composite Panels, PVC, Acrylic, Polycarbonate and Flute” Steve explains.
“Amari Plastics and Chief Media customers, in turn, will benefit from access to the huge range of wide format media, cut graphics and display media, as well as hardware, tools, accessories, inks and finishing solutions which were previously only available through AVS.”
Amari Visual Solutions will operate out of seven sites in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, servicing clients including sign, display and POS companies, digital wide-format printers, screen and offset printers, commercial shop fitters, truck and trailer builders, industrial and manufacturing companies and acrylic fabricators.
“This combined network gives us an excellent supply base for customers around the country, providing not only fast and efficient local delivery, but access to the technical expertise and support of local product specialists.”
While the merger officially comes into effect on the 4th of March, Steve says the transition will be staged to avoid any disruption to customers. Rebranding of buildings and delivery vehicles will take place over the coming months.
“In the meantime, though, all local reps will be able to help with products from across the entire portfolio and, in the next few months, we’ll be releasing a new, combined product catalogue and launching our new website, www.amarivisual.com.au,”
“We are really encouraged by the enthusiastic response to this merge by our customers and look forward to providing a great portfolio of quality products accompanied by fast and reliable service to the market that has been so supportive of our activities in the past.”
E Ink, innovator of electronic ink technology, announced its Advanced Colour ePaper (ACeP) has been used by TOPPAN Print..
25 February 2019
E Ink, innovator of electronic ink technology, announced its Advanced Colour ePaper (ACeP) has been used by TOPPAN Printing Co. Ltd. and Isetan Mitsukoshi to develop the world’s first digital point-of-purchase (POP) sign using a full-colour Electronic Paper Display (EPD).
E Ink’s first generation ACeP display is capable of displaying more than 32,000 colours, making the solution an attractive and sustainable alternative to paper POP.
E Ink’s ACeP display achieves a full colour gamut, including all eight primary colours, using a proprietary four pigment microencapsulated electronic ink containing cyan, magenta, yellow and white. Rich colour is achieved by having all the coloured pigments in every pixel as opposed to the side-by-side pixel colours achieved with a colour filter array (CFA). Like other E Ink ePaper technology, ACeP is low-power with paper-like readability under virtually all lighting conditions.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd., which has been promoting initiatives for the reform of working practices and from ESG, or Environment, Social, and Governance, perspectives, worked with TOPPAN to develop POP signage to reduce paper waste from in-store promotions, and to enhance worker efficiencies. Isetan Mitsukoshi will install a prototype in the Isetan Shinjuku store for their “HANABANASAI” campaign that launches on February 20, 2019.
The POP product developed by TOPPAN and Isetan Mitsukoshi enables a simple content update process through a PC or smartphone for greater operating efficiency and reduced environmental waste. The signage does not require any power at the location of installation for easy mobility around stores when layout changes are needed. The addition of E Ink’s ACeP display brings an enhanced visual appeal to the in-store promotions, with the ability to update information wirelessly.
“E Ink appreciates TOPPAN’s initiative to drive the ACeP POP business at a top tier Japanese department store. As technology guides our world in becoming increasingly connected, it’s imperative that we find sustainable solutions that help our workers and the environment,” says Naoki Sumita, GM of E Ink Japan. “We look forward to working together with TOPPAN to continue efforts to expand ACeP in the POP market and in other potential markets.”
“We are pleased to jointly test the potential of full-colour ACeP from E Ink, and look forward to the collaboration toward a digital POP product that contributes to solving the efficiency & waste challenges in the retail sector,” says Heeday Danjo, GM, TOPPAN Printing Co., Ltd.
A pilot of the solution is scheduled to be on display at the Front Entrance of Isetan Shinjuku Main Store in Tokyo, Japan, from Wednesday, February 20 to Tuesday, March 26.
Four of Epson’s inkjet printer designs and two of its 3LCD projector designs have been named iF Design Award 2019 ..
21 February 2019
Four of Epson’s inkjet printer designs and two of its 3LCD projector designs have been named iF Design Award 2019 winners by iF International Forum Design.
Created in 1953, the iF Design Award is recognised around the world as one of the most prestigious awards for innovative industrial product design excellence. Products are evaluated based on a wide range of criteria, including factors such as practicability, workmanship, consideration of environmental standards, degree of elaboration and innovation, functionality, usability, safety, aesthetics, and universal design. This year's winners were selected from more than 6,375 entries from 52 countries by a 67-member jury comprised of experts from around the world.
EV-100/ EV-105 projectors
A projector to be used for lighting or video performances of products or exhibits in shopping centers or museums. To better show off the appeal of the product or exhibit, we focused on a simple design that melts into the surroundings. We removed all holes and wiring from the unit sides, which customers notice, for a clean design. The vents, which any projector requires, were hidden in the design as slits with identical patterns on the unit's front and rear. The cylindrical design, made to resemble a spotlight, enables you to install it on the ceiling without negatively affecting the atmosphere.
ET-M1140/ ET-M1180/ ET-M2140/ ET-M3140/ ET-M3170 inkjet printers
A4-sized monochrome inkjet machine with a high capacity eco tank that enables up to 6,000 sheets on a single ink refill. The new eco tank design puts a single slit through a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops, giving you comfort and reassurance. While low cost, it lets you easily perform various printing and reduces downtime and waste to support your daily work.
ET-2710/ ET-4700/ L1110/ L3100/ L3110/ L3150/ L5190 inkjet printers
A4-sized colour inkjet machine with a high capacity eco tank that lets you easily perform various printing at low cost. We focused on operability to eliminate hassle and concerns about stains when refilling ink. Not only did we improve front access and the visibility of the remaining ink, we also used a unique shape for the bottle tip and inlet of each colour to prevent filling mistakes for unprecedented comfort and reassurance. The protruding shape expresses the performance of the high capacity eco tank, and the simple, round design around the tank gives an approachable and familiar feeling.
SC-T5150/ SC-T5150N/ SC-T3150/ SC-T3150N/ SC-T3100/ SC-T3100N/ SC-T5100/ SC-T5100N inkjet printers
Full-colour large format printer (LFP) among the smallest in the world for use in offices, architect studios, schools, and retail shops. LFPs are conventionally used for special applications, but with UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office, we designed printers that make it easy for customers to buy their first LFP. For schools in particular we prioritised safety, reducing the outlet port to ten mm so that children cannot fit their fingers inside. The large touch panel and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and give guidance for easy use.
SC-T5450/ SC-T3450/ SC-T3450N/ SC-T3400/ SC-T3400N/ SC-T5400 inkjet printers
High-speed, high-resolution large format printer (LFP) for printing drawings in official bureaus and architect studios or PoP printing in retail shops. We redesigned the LFP, conventionally used for special applications, with UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office. It provides intuitive operation and maintains a clean office atmosphere.
The large touch panel, warning LEDs, and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and give guidance for easy use. We also strived to cut assembly time, streamlining work by developing new legs assembled in three steps.
EB-L610U/ EB-L615U projectors
A projector to be installed in classrooms and lecture halls or offices for meetings and presentations. A new laser light source allows for a very compact size while achieving a bright screen up to 6,000 lm and eliminating the need for maintenance. The exterior design consists of vertical and horizontal elements in order to blend into the interior space, and the vents use a louver shape to hide the noisy internal parts. The emphasised thinness and the rounded corners give off a simple and clean feel when looked at from any angle, allowing you to install the product naturally on desktops or ceilings.
Barberán, a leader in the design and development of digital Single Pass presses, and Esko, a global supplier of i..
19 February 2019
Barberán, a leader in the design and development of digital Single Pass presses, and Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, label and wide format sectors, have reached an agreement to work together on a solution that will automate the pre-press workflow for the Jetmaster Series digital printer.
The relationship was consolidated during the recent Barberán Open House where, according to Chris Rogers, Esko Solutions Marketing Manager, Barberán demonstrated leading edge technology to a highly receptive audience of corrugated converters. This collaboration will combine the expertise of both companies and exploit the synergy between their respective product portfolios.
Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the recent flooding in Qu..
18 February 2019
Roland DG would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to those who have been affected by the recent flooding in Queensland. Roland DG would like to offer assistance and provide the following information on how to best handle your electronic and production equipment in this situation to customers affected.
Water exposure can make equipment dangerous to inspect, test and operate so please use extreme caution in doing so.
Neopost Australia, a state-of-the art graphics solutions enterprise offering wide-format print technology, equipment, an..
18 February 2019
Neopost Australia, a state-of-the art graphics solutions enterprise offering wide-format print technology, equipment, and consumables to the graphics industry and Arlon Graphics, a leading cast vinyl manufacturer offering innovative product solutions with unparalleled customer support to the sign and graphics industry, announce a new distribution partnership for the Australia region.
Arlon and Neopost are both committed to providing exceptional customer support, technical expertise, and a diverse product portfolio to the Australian market. Neopost will bring their experience and energy to give greater accessibility to Arlon products.
“Neopost is delighted to be announced as distributor for the Arlon product range in Australia. This partnership cements Neopost’s resolve to continue with our strategy to become THE leading partner to the sign & display industry, providing the widest range of media and print solutions to our customers that offer the highest quality, every single time,” says Stuart Macdonald, Managing Director, Neopost Australian. “We are excited to move forward as a key supplier of the Arlon range, which will no doubt help Neopost grow our product range in the sign & display space and allow us to expand our offering to our customers across the widest range of product.”
Neopost is a leading partner to the Australian Print Industry, working with the world’s leading manufacturers of print technology to deliver the very latest innovation to our customers. We deliver market leading technology through an extensive network of dedicated account managers and service representatives to deliver world class solutions to the Australian print sector. We have been supporting the Australian Print Sector for over 60 years and continue to innovate and partner with leading brands to offer the very best in equipment, media and support solutions to help Australian print businesses achieve growth.
About Arlon Graphics
Arlon Graphics, LLC is a cast vinyl manufacturing company in the business of creating innovative material for visual expression. Founded in 1958, Arlon Graphics manufactures and markets high-quality pressure-sensitive materials for the fleet, architectural, digital imaging, and signage markets. Through more than 180 distribution partners across the globe, a growing number of strategically-positioned sales offices and warehouses, and customer-centric operations, Arlon is recognized as a global leader in graphic films. Join the Arlon Graphics conversation and follow us at @arlongraphics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. For more information, visit www.arlon.com.
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of..
11 February 2019
Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, today announced the launch of a new $5,000 cash back Trade-In program for the TrueVIS VG Series Printer Cutters.
Recently, the TrueVIS VG Series was awarded the BLI Buyers Lab top choice for image quality and productivity through its unparalleled colour output, reliability and integrated print and cut versatility. To celebrate this honour Roland DG are offering customers the opportunity to upgrade to the latest TrueVIS VG Series Printer Cutter, and receive $5,000 cash back when trading in their old wide format printer.
To qualify for the $5,000 cash back offer, purchase a TrueVIS VG-540 or VG-640 wide format printer cutter before March 8th 2019, then register the old printer for trade-in, it’s that easy. Roland DG will verify and arrange for the collection of the old printer and provide the cash back*.
For more details and to register your trade-in, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/vgtrade-in, or contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119.