Velox attracts $32 million in investments for its disruptive industrial DTS digital printing technology

Velox (Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel), developer of the world’s only mass-production, direct-to-shape (DTS) digital printing technology, has completed a $32 million funding round that was co-led by JAL Ventures and O.R.T. Technologies, and joined by strategic investors Altana, Evonik and existing investors Michael Ilan Management & Investments, Dr. Shlomo Shamir, and other private investors. With equipment … Read more →

Komori restructures with added focus on service

Komori America (Rolling Meadows, Illinois) has announced the restructuring of its service department to better align its operations with the company’s Vision 20/20 initiative – a mission to meet the needs of a changing print industry with products that drive greater efficiency as well as proactive service that exceeds customer expectations. As part of the … Read more →

Epson adds voice activation to some of its consumer printers

Epson America (Long Beach, California) has announced that its EcoTank, WorkForce and Expression consumer printers with Epson Connect technology are now compatible with Amazon Alexa for voice-activated printing. Built on its existing Epson Connect service, the technology allows Amazon account holders to conveniently deliver voice commands (such as “Alexa, ask Epson printer to print”) to … Read more →

Messagepoint receives financial investment from NewSpring

Messagepoint (Toronto), a leader in developing and delivering software and services within the Customer Communications Management (CCM) market, has announced that private equity group NewSpring has invested in its company. The investment amount, which was not disclosed (along with other details), will be used to expand Messagepoint’s research and development initiatives, as well as to … Read more →

Mimaki unveils Tiger-1800B MkII Wide-Format Inkjet Textile Printer

Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced the availability of the new Tiger-1800B MkII. Developed from its predecessor, the Tiger-1800B, this digital textile printer offers a higher print resolution and several enhancements to improve quality – including reduction of banding and other printing defects. The printer is available … Read more →

Ricoh unveils Pro C7200 sheetfed series with 5th-colour option

Ricoh USA has announced the availability of a highly versatile sheetfed series that makes “unprecedented and unmatched colour printing affordable.” The Ricoh Pro C7200 series, featuring its Graphic Arts Edition and 5th-colour-station models, brings best-in-class price performance and predictability to most demanding production print environments, said the OEM. With inline sensors and calibration, these digital … Read more →

Print Factory free guide reveals the hidden costs of widespread reliance on colour default solutions

New research from leading global digital print software provider PrintFactory (GMG Americas, Hingham, MA), has revealed that a current widespread reliance on default solutions could be costing large-format operations thousands of dollars in avoidable wasted time, ink and media every year. PrintFactory’s new guide to Breaking Color Convention for a More Productive Wide-format Workflow points … Read more →

How a medical device company improved total label production efficiency by 50%

Teklynx International is a world-leading barcode and RFID labeling software developer and solutions provider with locations in several countries and regions around the globe. An industry innovator for over 30 years, it helps companies operate smoothly and efficiently by implementing labeling solutions that streamline operations while staying ahead of industry-specific compliance and emerging regulations. Its … Read more →

Heidelberg SystemService reports substantial productivity boosts and waste reductions

Heidelberg continues to enhance its SystemService portfolio with performance services that improve production processes and make the personnel who operate equipment more efficient. “Customers engaged have seen productivity increases of over 40%, and waste reductions of up to 50% – resulting in savings between $200,000 and $450,000 a year,” said the OEM. “We know that … Read more →

Massivit to premier its new 1800 3D printer at drupa

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies (Lod, Israel) will use drupa 2016 (May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany) for the first public demonstration of its new Massivit 1800 printer with “groundbreaking” technology that produces unique attention-grabbing large-format 3D displays for a wide variety of markets. A fast, large-format 3D printer, the Massivit 1800 is ideal … Read more →

Sappi North America calls for entries for its 2016 Ideas that Matter grant competition by July 15

Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has called for its 2016 Ideas that Matter grant proposals, inviting designers to show the world how design, specifically print, can play an important role in changing our lives for the better. Sappi established the Ideas that Matter grant program 17 … Read more →

GPA launches its 2016 Print & Design Contest

GPA, a U.S.-based market leader in substrate solutions for offset, digital and wide-format printing, has kicked off its 2016 Print & Design Contest. Now in its 11th year, the contest recognizes outstanding printed pieces for their excellence and creativity combined with the use of GPA substrates. Entries will be accepted through to October 31, 2016. … Read more →

RGD announces In-House Design Awards and Creative Earners Survey

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is inviting entries for its first-ever international In-House Design Awards. The competition has been created to acknowledge and honour the work done by ever-growing creative teams that work as internal agencies. A renowned line-up of judges has been confirmed. The early-bird entry deadline is Friday, June 3 and the … Read more →

Quark releases 2018/2019 Sales Enablement Trends Report

Quark Software has released a 50-page 2018/2019 Sales Enablement Trends Report, which details data gathered from a survey of 257 sales enablement, sales operations, sales, and marketing professionals. The new report provides insights into how organizations currently manage their sales content, expected sales enablement budgets in the next 12 months, trends in sales enablement adoption, … Read more →

CAMP Marketing Awards calls for entries by July 22

The Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP) Marketing Awards celebrate the best individual achievements in the Canadian marketing community in 12 categories including branding, digital and integration – as well as the ultimate marketer in the worlds of corporate, SME, government/not-for-profit, entrepreneurial and student categories. Four new categories added this year include direct marketing, video, … Read more →

Xeikon appoints Barrett to head marketing in North America

Heather Barrett has joined Xeikon as Director of Marketing to further develop its growing North American presence. Following its successful series of Securing a Successful Future roadshows (where Xeikon partnered with Flint Group Narrow Web, Label Traxx, Mark Andy and ThermoFlexX) to educate label printers and packaging converters about key developments in the North American … Read more →

Rolland realigns its sales and marketing departments and makes key appointments

Rolland Enterprises (St-Jérôme, Quebec), the Canadian-based producer of fine recycled paper, has changed its 2016 sales and marketing structure to maintain its current momentum. The company is the market leader in the production of specialty uncoated fine papers with “the undisputed highest standards for environmental sustainability.” It produces fine papers with biogas energy and up … Read more →

Roland DGA introduces Fluorescent Inks for its Texart Dye-Sub Printers

Roland DGA (Irvine, California), a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, has introduced fluorescent ink specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers. Developed specifically for dye-sublimation transfer printing, Texart printers deliver “outstanding print quality and productivity” for sportswear, fashion, soft signage, decor, promotional merchandise and more. The new … Read more →

Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Mira wins EDP Award

The European Digital Press Association grants the EDP Awards to the best products of the year introduced into the European market. It reviews quality as well as other key benefits such as value to the user, tech support and service. Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Mira earned the award in the category of Best Wide-Format Flatbed/Hybrid Printer … Read more →

The Signage Foundation releases Retail Wayfinding Best Practices Study

Being able to easily navigate today’s retail stores is key to improving customer experiences. Retailers and designers looking for effective strategies can find insights from some of the top retailers in new research from the Signage Foundation. The Signage Foundation (SFI) and its new Retail Wayfinding Best Practices report includes case studies from industry-leading retailers … Read more →

PPC brings together Canadian folding carton manufacturers with bold new initiatives

With the latest meeting of the U.S.-based Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) Canadian Committee during its recent Spring Conference in Miami, Florida, the association has deepened its efforts to address Canadian-specific manufacturing and regulatory issues, build relevant programs and increase the organization’s Canadian membership. Comprised of a number of Canada-based folding carton manufacturers, PPC’s Canadian Committee … Read more →

BHS corrugated and Screen GP partner to develop new corrugated printing solution

BHS Corrugated and Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions (Screen GP) have announced an exclusive partnership to develop the BHS Corrugated Inline Digital Printing Solution for corrugated box plants. A new company, Screen GP IJC Limited was established to develop the print engine technology that will be integrated into the new digital print solution. It’s based … Read more →

Bell and Howell announces new Raptor Series of Labelers

Bell and Howell has unveiled its Raptor series labeling solution. The system’s high throughput and easy label roll changeover can reduce the number of labelers needed and increase the performance of a production line currently limited by traditional labelers. “High-volume distribution centers moving variable-sized packages and parcels often face a bottleneck at the label applicator,” … Read more →

Incredible inkjet: Navigating the present, the future and the opportunities of inkjet printing

With the world’s largest printing industry tradeshow, drupa 2016, set for May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany, we’ll be presenting several helpful “drupa expert” features leading up to this year’s big event. Here, author Sean Smith delves deeply into the current state of inkjet printing, where it’s been and where it’s headed. Smyth … Read more →

A close look at the strategy and product range of the new Manroland Goss Web Systems

Manroland Web Systems (Augsburg, Germany) and Goss International (Durham, New Hampshire), both world-leading long-time web offset printing manufacturers and service providers, announced that they officially completed the transaction to combine their businesses in mid-August of 2018. The new company is now operating under the brand “Manroland Goss Web Systems” and is currently the strongest supplier … Read more →

Taopix to launch world’s first AI-based white-label photo commerce software platform in 2019

Taopix (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England), a world-leading leading provider of photo commerce software, is launching a fully AI-enabled (Artificial-Intelligence-enabled) version of its software platform for the ‘intelligent’ creation of photo books and similar multi-image photo gift products called Taopix.ai. According to the company, the photo book sector suffers from an alarming metric – about 70% … Read more →

Inside Epson’s new Technology Center in California

The new, recently-opened, state-of-the-art Epson Epson Technology Center in Carson, California will showcase unique Epson printing solutions and applications, while providing a comprehensive, hands-on experience for customers and dealers with the full Epson wide-format printing portfolio – including dye-sublimation, signage, photography and direct-to-garment printing solutions. “Whether new to Epson technology or expanding their current offerings, … Read more →