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So the show season is upon us. In this issue alone we are previewing two exhibitions, Sign and Digital UK and Fespa Digital Europe. In today's internet dominated world, it's fascinating to see how trade magazines and exhibitions have held their own. Magazines thanks to their proactive nature, delivering new ideas to readers' desks in a way an internet search never can. Likewise, shows provide the hands-on, face-to-face environment that builds confidence between suppliers and buyers.
One of the main reasons why screen printing is under pressure is that waste has become part of the culture. Waste can be defined as rejects, both on-line and off-line, unused materials, inefficient use of materials and consumables, wasted manpower, machine downtime and excessive set up time. Any reduction in waste goes straight to profits.
Neschen is one company which has worked hard to ensure its substrate range keeps up with customers' green requirements. Head of marketing and communications, Frank Seemann, says the company consistently uses green production processes and materials as the Pro Nature product line demonstrates.
Meeting with peers and colleagues to discuss the issues everyone is currently facing ensures you are not alone in these uncertain times. The Prism AGM, which is running at Robert Horne in Northampton on 7 May, also provides the opportunity to improve your company's performance with advice from industry specialists.
Ink that was previously sold under the Uniform ActivaSol and Uniform Citrosol brand names will now be available from specialist large format distributor, Digidist. Users of Uniform Activasol will now purchase Colorific Elite, while users of Uniform Citrosol will purchase Colorific Fresh.
In association with the CarbonNeutral Company, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) has launched what is claimed to be the first carbon calculator focused exclusively on the print and packaging industry and aligned with the principles of BSI PAS2050.
Label printer, Baker Self Adhesive Labels, has increased its digital printing and converting capability with a Roland Soljet XC-540 ink jet printer/cutter. The 1,371mm wide-format installation will be used to print a range of products from posters, signs and point of purchase displays, to banners and decals on paper, films and plastics.
Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, sent his congratulations to all the winners of PrintIT! 2008/9 as they gathered with industry to celebrate the fourth PrintIT! competition. Gordon Brown also praised PrintIT! for its engagement of young people and industry.
Printers and end users are benefiting from enhanced quality and faster turnrounds from Coatings Direct as a result of its investment in an SPS Vitessa XP1 UV screen printing line from Thieme KPX. The equipment plays a vital role in Coatings Direct's work, which includes spot UV varnishing on book covers, jackets and promotional material as well as lamination and cutting and creasing.
Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has worked with Amari Digital Supplies to deliver an Apollo 2216WW flatbed printer to UK graphic display specialist, Key2 Group. The £90,000 installation marks one of the first joint implementations arising from the GPT and Amari Digital partnership, with GPT delivering hardware and Amari Digital providing printing consumables.
To mark the launch of his latest book, Equus, photographer, Tim Flach, has teamed up with Epson to produce a 60in print of one of the images now available in the collectors' carbro edition of his work. The print will be mounted on aluminium and hung in the New Bond Street outlet of Asprey's store to highlight the fine leather case designed and made by Asprey specifically to house the 300 page special edition of Equus.
A new one day finishing course has been added to the Roland DG Academy portfolio of digital print courses. The new module, Basic Application Finishing, is designed to provide sign makers and printers with skills in the basic preparation, application and finishing of a range of vinyl, digital and lamination media.
Users of direct to product inkjet printing equipment will be interested to learn that Impression Technology Europe (ITE), the main distributor of DTG printing machines, has established a new website to support its portfolio.
Graphic vinyl specialist, Hexis, has released a new DVD on vehicle wrapping. The film features the latest techniques with a full vehicle wrap demonstration, from tool preparation to the finishing touches. In just over 30 minutes viewers will learn which points need particular care, with valuable advice on the latest advances, tips and tricks to achieve high-quality wrap projects.