Magic Touch appoints two new distributors in Oman, Tanzania

Heat transfer technology specialists Magic Touch Advertising has appointed 2 new distributors - one for Oman (Abu Mutaz Al Subhi Trading, Ruwi) and the other for Tanzania (Darcity Promotion), at this year’s SGI show.

Explains Adrian Vangunster, MD-Magic Touch -(regional distributor): “We have around 27 dealers in MEA region and had appointed two dealers to our territory this year. More talks are around the table for final closure for dealers in this region”.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary

Screen debuts its next-gen Truepress at Innovationdays

Screen’s next-generation Truepress, the Jet520HD, will have its show debut at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland from February 23 to 26, 2015, the Hunkeler Innovationdays will be held for the 11th time at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility.

The Truepress Jet520HD, which was launched in September 2014, will be running live print jobs for a variety of applications at the show, alongside its predecessor the Truepress Jet520.

These will include high-quality cookery books, which

Bobst launches new folder gluer in different sizes and variants

Bobst premiered a new folder-gluer for corrugated and litho-laminated box making at its open house event. 

Available in two sizes - Expertfold 145 and 165 - and  in several variants, the machine has been designed to suit the needs of both sheet plant and integrated manufacturers of fluted boxes in mind. 

Emilio Corti, head of sales BU sheet-fed, said, “We conceived the Expertfold 145 and 165 to reflect what customers told us they need from a folder-gluer. One feature they asked for was

Pixartprinting unveils ready-made POS service range

Pixartprinting has added a range of themed point-of-sale (POS) products, Pixartprinting Projects, to its web-to-print store.

The range, which includes vinyl canvases, 3D profiles made from honeycomb cardboard panels, display cubes, window stickers and hanging displays, comes with preset graphics based on specific themes.

For the launch these include a winter theme, Land of Ice, and a woodland-inspired theme, Forest Walk; Pixartprinting also plans to add the Yuletide themed Christmas Carol

EFI launches mid-volume Vutek H2000 Pro with UltraDrop

EFI has continued its UltraDrop roll-out with the launch of a new mid-volume printer, the Vutek H2000 Pro, featuring the Fespa-launched technology.

EFI’s UltraDrop technology features a native 7pl drop size, four grayscale levels and two ink density levels and is said to enable smooth shadows, gradients and transitions as well as “superb text quality” down to four-point text in both standard and knockout.

It was launched at Fespa and was initially available for EFI’s high-volume Vutek GS

Gandy Digital unveils its new ‘Softjet’ soft signage printer

Wide-format equipment manufacturer Gandy Digital has launched a new dye-sublimation printer, the Gandy Digital Softjet.

The soft signage, high-resolution machine, which became available on 1 October for around $250,000 is designed for textile and large-format printers that are looking to explore new revenue streams.

The Canadian manufacturer said that with its print, curing (sublimation heaters) and cutting capabilities, the Softjet can enable new print suppliers to enter the soft signage

Kodak to offer NexPress upgrades as standard from 2015

Kodak has announced four enhancements to its NexPress range that will become standard on all presses from the beginning of next year.

These include an enhanced long-sheet capability, new coating and HD Dry Ink options for the fifth imaging unit and an automated imaging cylinder cleaning system.

The enhanced long-sheet capability extends the current maximum sheet size from 356x914mm to 356x1,000mm and the maximum printable area from 342x898mm to 342x984mm and is aimed at POS, signage

Zünd launches re-engineered G3 digital flatbed cutter

Zünd has re-engineered its G3 digital flatbed cutter, doubling the beam height on certain models to enable them to handle thicker substrates.

The Swiss manufacturer has doubled the beam height on the 1,800 x 3,200mm G3 L-3200 and 2,270 x 3,200mm G3 XL-3200 to 120mm, enabling them to cut substrates up to 110mm thick.

Zünd said that this would allow users to handle a wider range of substrates, including corrugated cardboard, solid cardboard, foam, sandwich material and corrugated

Xeikon launches inline varnishing module for its digital presses

Xeikon has expanded the inline finishing options for its digital presses with the development of the Web Varnishing Module that can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a range of substrates. These substrates include self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. This new and compact unit will have its worldwide launch at Labelexpo Americas 2014 and will be commercially available from early 2015.

“The label and folding carton industries employ a

Canon launches Océ PlotWave 500 for technical documents

Canon has launched the Océ PlotWave 500, a monochrome wide-format printer with integrated colour scanner designed for the mid-volume technical document market.

The machine costs around $33,442 for a 4-roll multi-functional configuration with colour scanner.

It is part of the firm’s Radiant Fusing technology line-up and offers a mid-point between the low volume Océ PlotWave 340 and 360 series and Océ PlotWave 750 production systems. A Canon spokesperson said: “We are launching this product

MBO book finishing lines to be used with Canon web presses

Sign making and display industry trade supplier Spandex has extended its POS display systems portfolio to include a new range of more than 40 products.

The range, which was launched in June, includes LED and illuminated signs, which are completely new to Spandex’s portfolio, roll-up and pop-up systems, pavement signs, poster cases, banner systems, free-standing menu boards, menu and brochure stands, sign fixings and paper, canvas and textile frames.

“The new range was partly due to demand

Spandex extends POS portfolio with new product range

Sign making and display industry trade supplier Spandex has extended its POS display systems portfolio to include a new range of more than 40 products.

The range, which was launched in June, includes LED and illuminated signs, which are completely new to Spandex’s portfolio, roll-up and pop-up systems, pavement signs, poster cases, banner systems, free-standing menu boards, menu and brochure stands, sign fixings and paper, canvas and textile frames.

“The new range was partly due to demand

1st Canon imagePRESS C6010 sold by agent DigiPro in Egypt

DigiPro sells first Canon imagePRESS C6010 to Engineering Consultants Group (ECG), in Egypt.
“We have been using another major brand for all our printing needs for the last eight years,” said Khaled Aziz. IT director, Engineering Consultants Group. “However, we felt there was ample opportunity to streamline our in-house print infrastructure. After seeing the Canon imagePRESS C6010 and its qualities such as sharpness and the broad range of different media the system can handle, it was clear

Masterwork launches platen automatic diecutters

Masterwork Graphic Equipment has launched an automatic platen die cutting machine with stripping and blanking facilities.
According to Masterwork, the MK1060ERS incorporates five processes - feeding, die cutting, stripping, blanking and waste conveying - allowing one operator to turn printed sheets into finished products in a single pass. Optional devices include pre-stacking and stripping preparation stands.
The MK1060ERS can handle sheets from 400 x 350 mm to 1,060 x 760 mm, and offers a die

Elitron brings the world first to this edition of Fespa Digital

Automatic cutting machine
specialist Elitron is premiering
a new high-performance
system at Fespa Digital, and
also has a new automated
handling system for industrial
printers on its booth.
The Italian manufacturer
is showing the Kombo SD2
cutter plotter for the first
time. It can cut through
materials up to 120mm thick,
and the gantry has two independent
axes – one with a
high-power 50,000rpm milling
module, the other with
traditional cutting tools. It
also features an automatic
tool changer.
The Kombo SD2

Mimaki launches eco-solvent LFP inkjet family of printers at Fespa

Manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, Mimaki has launched the JV300-130/160 family of eco-solvent inkjet wide format printers.
According to Mimaki, the JV300-130/160 is compatible with solvent and water-based sublimation inks, and provides a range of applications including outdoor signage, posters, interior decorating and vehicle wrapping. Shown for the first time at FESPA Digital 2014, these printers are

Argos sets affordability as the target with new inkjet coater

A new entry-level inkjet spot UV coater is set to hit the market this summer.
A prototype of the MK3 from Belgian manufacturer Argos Solutions was shown at Ipex. The firm said it would be available in eight weeks.
The device can apply up to 10 layers of coating to create effects up to 1.8mm thick. It has an adjustable feed table and can handle items up to 1cm in depth. “We are trying to build a system that is affordable for small companies that can’t afford a Scodix or MGI system. We wanted to

Epson launches new SureColor range

Epson has unveiled a new family of four-colour SureColor large-format modular printers, which includes models with built-in scanners aimed at commercial printers and copyshops.

The range is made up of three models, the 44in SureColor SC-T7200, 36in SC-T5200 and 24in SC-T3200. However, the larger T7200 and T5200 are available in standard configuration, or ‘D’ models with a dual-roll option or ‘MFP’ with an optional 36in-wide colour scanner.

The dual-roll option features auto-paper loading and

Morgana unveils new DigiBook 200 during Ipex

Morgana has found space for a last-minute arrival on its Ipex booth – a new addition to its PUR perfect binder range.

The new DigiBook 200 sits above the entry-level 150 model in the firm’s PUR line-up, and has more automation than the basic version.  “We have added book block measuring to it, which sets up the heads automatically so users can go between different book sizes very quickly,” said sales and marketing director Ray Hillhouse.  The binder has touchscreen operation and a hermetically

Xerox launches wide format inkjet for demand in Middle East

Xerox Emirates, a joint venture between Xerox Corporation and Mohamed Hareb Al Otaiba, recently launched the wide format IJP 2000 enabling Xerox Emirates to keep up with the growing demand for large posters, signs, point-of-purchase graphics and banners in the UAE. 

“The growing economy in the Middle East has fueled the printing market to a great extent. The launch of the IJP 2000 is a platform for Xerox Emirates to reenter the large format print arena and set new benchmarks in quality, speed

Roland DG announces launch of its first flatbed printer

Roland DG has hailed the commercial launch of its first dedicated flatbed printer, the six-colour VersaUV LEJ-640F, as a “true milestone” in the company’s evolution.

The device can handle a maximum sheet size of 1,600x2,500mm and substrates up to 200kg in weight and 150mm in height.

Print speeds range from 12.4sqm/hr in high speed mode to 5.5sqm/hr in standard mode and 4.1sqm/hr in high quality mode; maximum print resolution is 1,440x1,440dpi.

The printer uses Roland DG’s Eco-UV ink and is

Agfa expands portfolio by launching Jeti Titan S and HS

Agfa has expanded its Jeti Titan range of UV-curable wide-format printers with a new flatbed UV inkjet device, the Jeti Titan S and HS.

Both the S (speed) and the HS (high speed) models are fitted with the 1,280-nozzle Ricoh Gen 5 inkjet printheads. The S model incorporates one row as standard and is field-upgradeable to two rows to create the HS model, doubling productivity.

According to Agfa, the portfolio expansion, which deliver a 7-picolitre droplet-size, sets a new standard for print

Mimaki announces an upgrade in its JV33

Mimaki has announced an update to its JV33 wide-format inkjet printer, allowing faster printing without any compromise on quality.

It is available free to all current JV33 owners and will be included as standard with new installs for no added cost.

The firmware upgrade, complemented by downloadable software, consists of Mimaki’s Advanced Pass System (MAPS) technology, which alters the way ink is laid down.

This technology allows a 10%-plus speed increase, said a spokesperson for Mimaki, and

Colorific has launched solvent UV hybrid print and cut machine

Colorific announces the launch of its first wide-format print-and-cut machine, the UV640PC. The 1.6m printer combines the benefits of solvent and UV-curable chemistries to provide a ‘viable, cost-effective alternative to latex while offering the photo-realistic print quality critical to many applications at this market level’,  said the manufacturer in a statement released to the press.
“Solvent, eco-solvent and latex have been a mainstay for wide-format houses producing print-and-cut

Thieme unveils first wide-format digital device

Screen-print press manufacturer Thieme has announced the upcoming launch of the Thieme 3000 D, its first digital device to have been developed completely in-house.
The 3000 D, which will be launched at Fespa next year, is a highly-customisable, multi-pass UV inkjet, wide-format printer based on a combination of Thieme’s screen printing technology and Konica Minolta’s KM1024 printheads.
Thieme has designed the press as a modular system that can operate as a standalone digital press or be

IFS to debut flagship Horizon trimmer at Ipex

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) is to use next March’s Ipex as the springboard for the “zero makeready” Horizon HT-1000V variable three-knife trimmer, which it said was suitable for “runs of one to runs of thousands”.
According to IFS, the HT-1000V was developed chiefly to go inline with perfect binding lines, either from Horizon or the likes of Muller Martini and Kolbus.
The Horizon pXnet JDF-enabled HT-1000V features a barcode recognition system that automatically sets the trimmer

Intec’s low-cost colour printer packs 400 gsm punch

Intec Printing Solutions has begun shipping its latest CP3000 range, with demand for the low-cost colour printer outstripping expectations.
Print speed for A4 is 45ppm in colour, or 50ppm in black-and-white. Print resolution is 1,200dpi x 1,200dpi.
The firm claims it has the lowest cost-per-copy in its class.
Intec business development director Mark Baker-Homes said demand was coming from in-house marketing departments and inplants, as well as from SME printing companies.
“Overall demand has been

Inca Digital, Fujifilm launch ‘Scaleable Architecture’

Inca Digital announced the launch of a new-generation ‘Scaleable Architecture’ platform for the Inca Onset Series of large-format, flatbed UV printers, which are sold globally by Fujifilm.
Onset Scaleable Architecture uses a modular design, developed by Inca, that gives Onset users the power to evolve the productivity/colour specifications of their printers – on-site – to match their budget and changing business needs. “Onset Scaleable Architecture is a dynamic ‘future-proof’ technology that

Fujifilm launches ‘class beating’ white Onset

Fujifilm has launched a white ink version of the Inca Onset S40i, which it claimed is the fastest white printing wide-format press in its class. The Inca Digital-built flatbed, which was launched at Fespa Eurasia, is understood to be the first in a series of white ink-enabled Onsets.
The CMYK+WW machine features two white ink channels, and Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems marketing manager, high end, Tudor Morgan hinted that more white-enabled Onsets could be launched in the near future, perhaps

HP launches first-of-its-kind large-format printer

HP is targeting copy shops with what it claims is the industry’s first multi-roll, large-format ePrinter, which is an expansion of its Designjet Z-series.
The Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter is aimed at copy shops that want to increase their print offering, without a large capital investment.
The 44” (1.11m) device is suitable for large-format applications with high image quality such as posters, photos, canvases, backlit prints, indoor signs, point-of-sale posters, line drawings and maps.