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Ricoh recently declared Michael Chen of Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida, as the winner of the 15th annual Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA) presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Chen stood out for his sun-powered moisture-extraction device. For his winning invention, “A Novel Method to Alleviate the Water Crisis in Uganda,” he has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship. In its 15th consecutive year, the RSDA continues to encourage innovation from students and demonstrates Ricoh’s global commitment to pursue excellence, improve quality of life and drive sustainability in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of its mission.

Advanced inkjet printbar technologies developed by Fujifilm Dimatix was showcased at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo held in June, 2019 at Boston, Massachusetts. Highlights at the Fujifilm Dimatix booth included the Samba Mini 4300 Series Industrial Inkjet Printbar System for the development, commercial and packaging printing segments. “The Samba Mini 4300 Series Industrial Inkjet Printbar System is a compact printbar system designed to be easily integrated into most existing print equipment or manufacturing process; adding variable inkjet imprinting capabilities with unsurpassed print quality at revolutionary speeds,” stated the press release.

Sun Chemical received a Jury Commendation for the UK Excellence Award for ‘managing with agility’ from the British Quality Foundation, after it received a five star European Foundation for Quality Management rating. Sun Chemical received the Commendation on May 16, after being shortlisted for a UK Excellence Award and Excellence in Collaboration Award. Greg Hayes, group managing director, Northern Europe, Sun Chemical, commented: “Utilizing our business improvement skills in partnership with our customers has added tremendous value to customer relationships. The recognition of this by the British Quality Foundation in being shortlisted through such a rigorous process with other great companies is a great honour and a tremendous credit to the teams involved.”

Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.74 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2019, representing 25% year-over-year growth with Strong Creative, Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud Revenue. “We have been well positioned for the second half of FY19 and beyond,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and CEO.

HP recently announced significant adoption of HP Indigo’s high-volume HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press worldwide, with converters choosing the solution to supply growing global market demand for flexible production of labels and shrink sleeves. “Growing demand for the HP Indigo 8000 is testament to the field-proven capability of this breakthrough solution, redefining high-quality, narrow-web digital label productivity,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo. “Uniquely positioned to ignite the analogue to digital transformation, the HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press is delivering over two million linear square feet per month in narrow-web productivity to label converters using HP Indigo,” he added.

Konica Minolta and MGI, at  this year’s Odyssey Expo held in May at Georgia, demonstrated the latest advances in digital print enhancement and decorative finishing to create high-value print experiences. Their exhibit featured live demonstrations of JETvarnish 3D technology, a portfolio of sheet-fed and web-fed digital solutions for 2D/3D UV dimensional textures and embossed variable data foiling. Foil & Specialty Effects Association executive director Jeff Peterson, stated, “Konica Minolta and MGI are helping to create a landscape of new print finishing business opportunities that can create a powerful ROI for brands, print buyers, agencies and the creative design community.”

Mondi Group, a packaging and paper manufacturer, led Project Proof - a pioneer project facilitated by Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The project has created a proof-of-concept prototype flexible plastic pouch incorporating a minimum of 20% post-consumer plastic waste originating from mixed household waste. The pouch is suitable for packaging household products such as detergent. Project Proof is part of Mondi’s commitment to the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy initiative. It is focused on designing products in line with circular economy principles and has shown that it is possible to use unclean and raw post-consumer recycled content to create new flexible packaging. Mondi will be developing the prototype further to ensure it can be rolled out as a commercially viable product for its multinational FMCG customers.

Former Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK head Keith Dalton, who stepped up to a European role two years ago, has left the business. Fujifilm said: “Following a strategic change in Fujifilm’s European Graphics organisation, resulting in some restructuring, after 16 years of service with Fujifilm, Keith Dalton will be leaving the business having taken redundancy.” Dalton headed Fujifilm’s graphics business in the UK for 14 years before taking on the role of head of service for the business across EMEA in 2017.