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Digi Matrix to exhibit bending machine suitable for 3D at SGI

Dubai based distributors Digi Matrix Technologies will be participating at this year's edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) new addition to their product line, the automatic computerised bending machine which is suitable for 3D lettering for the signage industry.

Bilal Al-Hattab, managing director, Digi Matrix said, "This year we will show the Dilli UV-Flatbed, Digi Cam, the CNC Router machine equipped with the digital cutting system and also the new addition to our product line which is

Mutoh extends UV and textile applications

Mutoh has bolstered its range of printers and cutters to broaden the range of flexible substrate and textile applications addressed.

The new flexible ink set for its UV-cured Zephyr printer in addition to the hard ink set already available widens the uses of the machine to include vehicle wrapping and any other job that requires the ink film to deform without cracking including thermoforming.

With an ability to be extended by 200% the new ink opens up applications that were previously the

Agfa throws down gauntlet to large-format litho with Titan

Agfa claims to be taking on large-format litho with the print quality delivered by the latest additions to its range of UV-cured flatbeds.

"Our quality benchmark is litho; screen has been losing out at the top end of the market for several years," said Agfa Graphics inkjet systems vice-president Richard Barham. "We're going after work produced on the KBA 205. Greyscale printing on the M-Press and the Jeti 3020 Titan allow us to do that."

At SGIA in Las Vegas the firm launched the Jeti 3020 Titan

EFI reports revenue surge with strong Q3, results in 3 segments

EFI has posted an almost 30% year-on-year increase in third-quarter revenues, following strong growth across all three of its segments.

The highlight from EFI's inkjet division, which grew 18% year on year, came in UV ink sales, with volumes up 43% year on year, driven by "terrific demand" for the Vutek GS series, which passed the 100th unit sold mark in the quarter.

In addition to the year-on-year increase, year-to-date growth in UV ink sales rose from 35% for the first six months to 41% for the

Mimaki increases speed and flexibility of JFX LED UV flatbed

Mimaki has updated its UV-cured flatbed the JFX, increasing the speed and flexibility and adding a smaller bed size to the range. This series is 80% faster than its existing model JFX-1631 due to a newly implemented post-curing unit.

The JFX-plus machines are available in the original 1.6x3.1m bed size (the 1631) and in a half size 1.6x1.5m model the 1615.

JFX plus series now achieves a maximum print speed of 23.6 sqm/h (300 x 600dpi / 4pass / bidirectional) due to the new standard installation

Canon unveils 3 new production concept presses at Paris event

Canon unveiled three new concept production machines, including an imagePress with clear toner capability, at its Paris Expo event.

The company was keeping details of the new machine, codenamed imagePress Z, under wraps, but it is understood to based on the firm's flagship imagePress C7010. It appears to utilise the clear toner technology of the entry-level imagePress C1+, launched at Drupa 2008, which can produce matt or gloss flood varnish finishes, spot varnish and a pseudo-metallic

Kodak's Prosper prospects hit by Rotomail's switch to HP kit

Kodak has suffered a setback to the launch of its Prosper press range, with Italian firm Rotomail opting for an HP T300 machine instead of Kodak's Prosper 5000XL.

Milan-based Rotomail was to be the European beta site for Kodak's colour machine, which was due to be installed over the summer.

"Rotomail Italia has decided to withdraw as its volume demands were not conducive to being part of a beta programme," said Eric Owen, vice-president of sales, Kodak digital printing solutions. "Instead it has

Durst eyes growing soft signage market with Rhotex 320 launch

Durst has claimed its Fespa-launched Rhotex 320 inkjet wide-format printer has created a new market for the sector.

The company said the 3.2m-wide Rhotex 320 was the first machine for the industrial soft signage market.

It prints directly onto textiles at speeds of up to 70m2 per hour. It's available in six-colours and uses water-based dispersed dye inks. Applications include flags and banners.

According to Durst chief executive Richard Piock, soft signage is the fastest growing segment in the

Agfa reveals DuPont Artistri ink deal for Jeti

Agfa closed a successful Fespa by announcing it had formed a partnership with DuPont to use its Artistri ink in the Jeti AquaJet direct to textile printer, which was the centrepiece of the firm's stand.

DuPont's Artistri technology extends the colour gamut, increases throughput and the lowers ink consumption of the AquaJet Pro inks. Availability will be from the third-quarter of this year, with AquaJet users able to switch to these latest disperse dyes ink.

"AquaJet Pro inks offer staggering

Mutoh launches traffic sign printer, Zephyr TS

Wide format inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh has introduced a new 65" (1651 mm) wide roll-to-roll digital UV inkjet printer, named Zephyr TS, for production of road traffic signs and information signs.

The Zephyr TS will print directly onto retroreflective sheeting, using specially formulated UV inks. The combination of printer, UV inks, retroreflective sheeting and UV protection overlay film fulfills the European standard for fixed vertical road traffic signs (EN 12899-1:2007) it was

Screen launches Truepress Jet SX aimed at B3 dominated market

Screen has launched its long- awaited Truepress Jet SX sheetfed inkjet press at Ipex after taking its message of 'Your Wish is our Print on Demand' to the show.

The manufacturer is exhibiting the B2 press, which was shown as a prototype at Drupa in 2008, as well as new mono and colour additions to the Truepress platform.

According to Screen, the SX offers fast turnaround, duplex printing with variable data capability for short-run jobs and is being targeted at conventional printers and digital

Canon launches 3 large format printers in ME

Canon has launched three large format printers in the Middle East market - 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, and the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and iPF6300 - for professional photographic, proofing and graphic arts markets. The new imagePROGRAF models will be available across Middle East through accredited Canon partners from 1st May 2010.

Vishal Gohel, product manager, Canon Middle East said: "Key findings in Canon's own insight research reports over the past two years have pinpointed large

Riso to release 'world's fastest cut-sheet inkjet' at Ipex 2010

Riso's latest cost-effective colour inkjet device, the ComColor, will be launched to the European market at Ipex in May.

Riso said the machine's maximum speed of 150 A4ppm, made it the "world's fastest cut-sheet inkjet printer" and said the ComColor range is designed to fill a gap between high-end production devices and multi-function office-type printers not currently being met by other manufacturers.

UK product manager Mike Murphy said units were already being field-tested here. "We've had

HP signs deal with Stratasys to add 3D printing to press range.

Under the terms of the deal, Stratasys will manufacture an HP branded 3D printer. Initially, HP will sell the product in five European countries including the UK, before rolling out the products worldwide.

The HP-branded machines are expected to be similar to Stratasys' Dimension uPrint 'personal' 3D printers.

The 3D machines, which will go on sale in the middle of this year, will be handled by HP's Graphic Services business unit, the division that includes its Scitex and Designjet

EFI claims superwide capability at wide-format price with QS220

EFI Vutek has added a lower cost UV flatbed printer to its range, which pitches it against mid-market machines such as the Oc Arizona, Fujifilm Sericol Acuity, Mimaki JFX and Screen Truepress Jet1600UV-F.

The QS220 fills a gap between the bottom of the previous Vutek line up and sister firm Rasteks products. It is a 2m-wide machine capable of up to 70m2/hour output and a maximum resolution of 1,080dpi.

"More and more businesses are exploring out-of-home advertising as a way to reach

Digitally printed textiles market to grow tenfold, report predicts

The market for digitally printed textiles is to grow in value by nearly tenfold to just under 1bn euro ($1.43bn) over the next five years, according to a new study.

The Pira International report, published in association with Fespa, has forecast the market to increase significantly from the €114.6m ($164.5m) value in 2009.

According to The Future of Digital Print for Textiles: Market Forecasts to 2014, growth in the sector will be driven, in part, by the display and signage market.

It

Patent signals digital move for Manroland

Manroland could be set to move into the digital wide-format print market after being granted its 709th patent for ‘inkjet printing apparatus’.

The manufacturer filed for the patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and it marks the 709th patent the company has received.

According to industry experts, the print apparatus covers a simplified printhead array for single-pass printing that would be compatible with current and future piezo inkjet heads.

The

HP claims Designjet L25500 will redefine wide-format sector

HP has said it hopes to redefine the wide-format market with the launch of its latest latex ink machine, the Designjet L25500.

The company claimed the machine’s ease-of-use, ability to print on a wide range of substrates and environmental credentials would open up a raft of new applications that would drive the machine to dominate the market currently served by eco-solvent machines from the likes of Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland DG.

“We believe this is going to be a turning

imageRunner Advance series aims to cash on low-volume market

Canon has responded to a low-volume print-on-demand (PoD) market that is “evolving rapidly” with the launch of its new series of imageRunner Advance presses.

The new platform, which was showcased at Canon’s Barcelona event on 16 September, spans a 30ppm office model in the C5000 series, up to a 70ppm device in the imageRunner Advance Pro range.

Canon is pitching the new machines at customers with lower-volume requirements than its imagePress models – ranging from

New digital presses designed for printers, direct applications

Xerox has launched a brace of digital colour presses, the 7002 and 8002, designed for printers, producing direct marketing, photo and promotional applications.

The presses are capable of 70ppm and 80ppm respectively. They also feature a new low-gloss toner that the firm claimed can produce a smooth matte finish. Both machines can print onto stocks of up to 300gsm. The 7002 and 8002 are also built with an in-line spectrophotometer that provides press performance data to the Xerox Automated

New printhead aims at wide format, packaging and labels

Fujifilm Dimatix has added the Polaris PQ-512/15 printhead to its Spectra range.

The new printhead is aimed at the wide format, packaging and label printing markets.

It utilises the binary operating capability of Dimatix’s VersaDropTM jetting technology and Q-Clss hybrid construction to deliver drop sizes of between 15 and 30 picolitres through 512 individually addressable inkjet nozzles at frequencies up to 45kHz and fired at a speed of 8m/s.

It can handle a broad range of inks

Canon receives special award for its imagePROGRAF IPF820

The 44in Canon imagePROGRAF iPF820 has been awarded an accolade by the Buyers Laboratory Inc (BLI) for its multi-purpose printing capabilities.

The accolade was awarded to Canon as part of BLI’s latest ‘Pick’ selection.

Last year, Canon’s 24in image PROGRAF iPF6100 was also awarded the Spring BLI 2008 ‘Pick’ award.

According to Canon, the PROGRAF iPF820 received the award due to its ability to meet the needs of both the technical and graphic arts markets

Océ defies expectations with a first-quarter profit of $20.5m

Strong sales of colour presses have boosted Océ as it reported bullish results for the first quarter of this year, despite the group warning that further cost cutting would be required to meet the “turbulent economic conditions”.

The Dutch manufacturer posted a €15.3m ($20.3m) profit for the three months to the end of February, defying market expectations of a loss of around €8m.

Chief executive Rokus van Iperen described the performance as

Seventh Spectrum makes new investment due to expansion

Qatar-based Seventh Spectrum Control P in Doha has invested in a new HP Scitex XL 1500 large format printer from Izumi Solutions.

Acccording to Izumi Solutions, the HP Scitex XL1500 is a full solution to meet most super-wide format needs.

Managing director Mahmoud Darwish said they had purchased the machine at the recent Sign and Graphic Imaging expo because the company was expanding. They were particularly keen to explore fabric printing in terms of banners and flags, despite the market

Digital printer walks off with MACtac award

Dubai-based Color Mix is one of a select group of international companies to have won an award at the recent MACtac Worldwide Award ceremony in Dubai, UAE.
The company won in the Vehicle Graphics category.

“I am happy with the award,” said Color Mix owner, Nabeel Ali. “The recognition helps a lot in terms of the market at the moment. It is good to be recognised as one of the best.”

He said he was proud of their winning entry - an image of bottles printed onto the

Dubai airport ad company to utilise digital print industry 2009-02-01 20

As part of a plan to see the Dubai airport “more engaging” and “interactive”, JCDecaux - the company that has been awarded  the 10-year ad contract - is to work closely with local digital printers.
“The digital printing market is booming in the region,” said the company’s Middle East and Africa’s managing director, Alexandre Roubaud.
“There are many digital printing companies just here in Dubai alone.
“As one of the key