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  • + SAi announces availability of SideKick job organization tool to streamline project management for sign and large format print businesses

    Simple to use software designed to deliver improved capacity management, smoother workflow and greater productivity ..

    10 March 2020


    Simple to use software designed to deliver improved capacity management, smoother workflow and greater productivity

    SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM machining industries, has announced the availability of SideKick – a convenient and easy-to-use job organisation tool that helps sign and large format print businesses to effortlessly manage their end-to-end production operations, from quote creation to invoicing.

    Simple to use, SideKick comes pre-loaded with a database of predefined products and finishing options, including average industry costs, to rapidly and accurately configure pricing, while factoring in materials, labor, commissions, discounts and taxes. Users can also tailor pricing for their own business. Via an intuitive quoting system, sign shops and large format print providers can quickly create professional and personalised PDF job quotes to send to customers within just a few minutes, based on size, quantity and finishing of the product.

    Thereafter, SideKick lets users organise account contacts, convert quotes into orders with one-click and track jobs through various production stages. This enables jobs to be rapidly exported into the invoicing process so that payments are made quicker and cashflow is improved.

     “No one likes doing paperwork, but it’s necessary if you’re running a business. Our smaller customers, in particular, frequently tell us that administrative tasks are their least favorite and most time-consuming part of their jobs,” says Annette Plummer, VP Marketing, SAi.

    “SAi SideKick effectively addresses our customers’ wider requirements and ensures hassle-free shop management at a low monthly operating cost,” Plummer adds. “The result is a more streamlined administrative process that ultimately saves business managers time.”

    Accessible via monthly or annual subscription to existing SAi users, SideKick functions as a standalone tool independent of both SAi’s Flexi signmaking and EnRoute CNC CAD/CAM software solutions. Those customers accessing Flexi or EnRoute on a subscription basis can also take advantage of a preferential pricing structure when subscribing to SideKick.

    Pricing is as follows:

    • For current Flexi subscribers: $49.95 / €49.95 a month based on annual commitment, $59.95 / €59.95 for month-to-month.
    • For traditional Flexi licenses: $69.95 / €69.95 a month based on annual commitment, $79.95 / €79.95 for month-to-month.

    SideKick can be purchased directly from SAi by visiting: https://www.thinksai.com/en-eu/products/sidekick. 





  • + Canon to cut ties with HP if Xerox takes over

    by SATOSHI MOROTOMI, Nikkei staff writer Hostile bid would create formidable rival to longtime Japan partner T..

    10 March 2020


    by SATOSHI MOROTOMI, Nikkei staff writer

    Hostile bid would create formidable rival to longtime Japan partner

    TOKYO -- Canon will end its 35-year relationship with HP if Xerox takes over the U.S. office equipment maker, CEO and Chairman Fujio Mitarai told Nikkei.

    Xerox launched a hostile takeover bid Monday for all outstanding HP shares, the latest development in a monthslong push to acquire its rival.

    HP, which buys laser-printer components from Canon, is among the Japanese manufacturer's biggest customers, generating nearly 14% of its sales. But a takeover by Xerox would create a formidable rival to Canon's own office equipment business.

    "The foundation of this partnership is, above all else, built upon a relationship of trust between the top management of both companies," including HP CEO Enrique Lores and Tuan Tran, head of its printing division, Mitarai said in a written interview.

    "At the same time, it also involves a great deal of technological exchange gradually established over the decades-long relationship." Mitarai added that such a relationship "is not something that can be built overnight."

    Sales to HP contributed about 540 billion yen ($5.01 billion at current rates) of Canon's 3.95 trillion yen in 2018 revenue, so the loss from cutting ties would not be small. But Xerox's hostile takeover threatens to create a competitor with roughly double the Japanese company's annual sales. 

    Mitarai's comments appear meant to dissuade Xerox's move. Losing Canon as a supplier would force HP to seek another source for key parts.

    Canon has not disclosed the terms or length of its current supply agreement with HP.

    Mitarai said Canon "intends to partner with and strive to advance collective interests of organizations that have a strong track record of operating with integrity and clearly share our values." 

    Competition is expected to intensify in the shrinking market for copiers, multifunction printers and other office equipment.

    Canon and Japanese peers Ricoh and Konica Minolta each hold a roughly 15% share of the global market for these devices. Xerox and Fuji Xerox, a joint venture between the U.S. company and Fujifilm Holdings, had the scale to rank in the top three, but their partnership agreement limited each company to certain regions.

    Fujifilm acquired Xerox's stake in the venture in November, and the partnership is set to expire next year.

    This was among the factors that drove Xerox's overtures to HP. The customer bases of the two companies have little overlap, with Xerox focusing on businesses and HP on consumers.

    HP turned down an acquisition offer by Xerox in November, leading to Monday's takeover bid. HP is taking steps to keep investors on its side, including announcing plans for $16 billion in shareholder returns, mainly share buybacks.





  • + Dr. David Cooke announces resignation from Konica Minolta after almost 15 years, including seven years as Chairman and Managing Director

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced that Dr. David Cooke has resigned from his position as chairman and managing dire..

    10 March 2020


    Konica Minolta Australia has announced that Dr. David Cooke has resigned from his position as chairman and managing director, and that he will remain until mid-July to see out the Japanese financial year and facilitate a smooth transition. 

    Under Dr Cooke’s leadership, Konica Minolta has developed a reputation as a company that cares about its employees, customers and the community, and one that’s deeply committed to ethical leadership and creating societal value. 

    In 2018 Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award for Business by the Australian Human Rights Commission for the work the company has done to promote and support human rights within its business and supply chain. 

    Dr Cooke has been instrumental in leading the company’s transformation and expanding on its core strengths of office and production printing to become an IT and technology business partner, providing innovative products such as 3D printing and robotics, as well as software and services solutions to a growing number of customers. 

    Dr. David Cooke, managing director – Australia, Konica Minolta, said, “As I am sure you can imagine I have very mixed feelings about leaving, with the greatest challenge being leaving behind the friends I have made during my nearly fifteen years at Konica Minolta. The choice of replacement however, gives me considerable confidence with regards to the future success of the company.” 

    Konica Minolta has appointed a new managing director from Japan, Yohei Konaka who is planning to commence on April 1, 2020. Yohei is currently in the office business planning division of Konica Minolta headquarters. He has extensive experience in the business holding roles in both the US and Canada in his 19 year career with the company. 

    David Cooke said, “I’m confident that Yohei will continue to build on the reputation Konica Minolta Australia has as a leader in areas such as human rights and ethical sourcing in line with the company strategy aimed at creating value for business, customers and society and meeting our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and delivering that into the future.” 





  • + cotodesign Personalisation Software Now Available in Australia

    Imagine. Personalise. Create. cotodesign is an innovative design and print management software package that allows..

    10 March 2020


    Imagine. Personalise. Create. 

    cotodesign is an innovative design and print management software package that allows customers to personalise apparel and gift items in-store using photos or artwork from their mobile device. 

    cotodesign provides an intuitive workflow so customers can design, personalise and order. The browser-based software enables customers to easily create original designs using their own photos, images and text on a range of products using the cotodesign web application on a tablet or computer terminal in-store or on-site. 

    Key Features 

    • Easy-to-use and integrate into store environments
    • Works in combination with a selection of Roland DG devices
    • Intuitive interface makes it easy for customers to personalise a wide range of merchandise
    • Customers can connect to the store’s wi-fi network to use photos from their mobile devices
    • Used by leading brands for the mass-customisation of products such as jewellery, cosmetics, packaging and more.
    With cotodesign, retailers can offer their customers a unique on-site experience, increasing business through product personalisation. 

    Find Out More 

    For more information on cotodesign, including detail on supported Roland DG devices, click here.





  • + MACTAC ANNOUNCES GRAPHIC ART MART AS THEIR EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR IN AUSTRALIA

    Mactac, a European leader with over 50 years’ experience delivering consistently outstanding graphic and decorativ..

    10 March 2020


    Mactac, a European leader with over 50 years’ experience delivering consistently outstanding graphic and decorative products to the signage and architectural industry, today announces Graphic Art Mart as its exclusive distributor for Australia.

    “Today’s appointment marks an important milestone in Mactac’s history in Australia,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Australia and New Zealand. “Together with our long-term partner, Graphic Art Mart, Mactac will be able to meet the highest customer needs for quality, service and support throughout Australia.”

    “Mactac is a highly respected brand globally, and we are excited to be the exclusive partner for Mactac in Australia,” said Mark Canavan, Marketing and Vendor Relations Manager for Graphic Art Mart. “With a diverse and creative suite of products, we look forward to providing an even broader range of solutions to our customers.”

    Customers in Australia can enjoy access to the extensive Mactac range of core and speciality print, sign and wrapping solutions optimised to meet the high-quality demands and climatic conditions of Australia & New Zealand. Mactac products are designed for a wide array of applications such as architecture, interior design, advertising and promotion, signage and marking, vehicle and transport, and protection of printed graphics.

    Mactac has manufacturing and research capabilities in Europe and is driven by innovation and customer needs to develop high performance and quality products. Mactac, an Avery Dennison brand, comes backed and warranted by the same established and highly qualified local support.





  • + Konica Minolta AccurioLabel Series hits 500th milestone in total shipments

    Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that the AccurioLabel series marked another important milestone: the 500th unit sh..

    10 March 2020


    Konica Minolta is pleased to announce that the AccurioLabel series marked another important milestone: the 500th unit shipped since launched in 2016. 

    The Konica Minolta AccurioLabel series was designed for small to mid-size label converters by offering affordable entry to high-quality digital printing. It was developed to manage and deliver an increasing number of small to medium print jobs in ever-shorter processing times. Contrary to traditional conventional flexo and offset printing, the highly flexible digital presses can process jobs that require variable data printing, numbering or barcode printing easily and efficiently. 

    Toshitaka Uemura, general manager, industrial print business unit, Professional Print Business Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc. said, “Konica Minolta entered the digital label press market in 2016 and has quickly hit the milestone of 500 units sold. We drove the growth of the overall digital label press market by creating a new market of the mid-range digital label press. Last year, we had one of the largest shares of the global market. 

    “This has been achieved by widespread support from customers for the AccurioLabel series as a solution to various issues faced by the label printing industry, including the growing demand for small to medium print jobs with fast delivery. 

    “Many label converters, which used analogue printing alone, have entered digital printing for the first time using AccurioLabel. We will continue to help customers expand their businesses as their partner in the industrial printing business.” 

    Locally, the Australian label market offers huge potential with a number of key players now considering digital. Since launching its first label press to the Australian market at PacPrint in 2016, Konica Minolta has had great success and is looking to build on this with the AccurioLabel 230. 

    Tatjana Ferguson, product marketing manager, industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “As a company, we are always looking at options that can add further value for our clients includingin the label market. We know that label converters are looking for shorter runs and shorter turnaround times and with the AccurioLabel 230 jobs that were difficult to produce efficiently on analogue presses can now be produced quickly and easily.   

    “The AccurioLabel series is also designed to deliver stable printing quality. It is clearly hitting the mark with label converters who want to be able to deliver high quality and consistent results, repeatedly.” 

    Features of the AccurioLabel 230 

    The latest model of AccurioLabel series, AccurioLabel 230 is a highly flexible system for on-demand job needs and runs most tack papers and films at speeds of up to 23.4 mpm. The output is high quality and high precision, with the printing resolution of 1,200x1,200 dpi and 256 gradations. The touch panel monitor enables intuitive operation and is easy to use for operators, eliminating the need for extensive user training. Tasks that were time-consuming on analogue machines can be performed quickly and accurately.





  • + HP to Launch New PageWide T250 HD Inkjet Web Press at drupa 2020

    This week in San Diego, HP previewed the PageWide Web Press T250 HD, which will launch officially at drupa in Düsse..

    07 March 2020


    This week in San Diego, HP previewed the PageWide Web Press T250 HD, which will launch officially at drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany, this June. An upgrade to its popular T240 press, the new version is aimed squarely at capturing more of the commercial print work traditionally run on offset litho presses.

    First, what hasn’t changed: it still runs at 500 colour fpm, and can handle up to 62 million letter-size pages per month. It still has a 22˝ web, and still offers three modes — Performance, Quality, and Performance HDK, which blends the two. It is completely upgradeable from any of the T200 series PageWide presses, and will continue to be supported and upgraded as future innovations are released.





    What has changed — and it’s a big one — is the inks.

    Launching alongside the T250 are the new HP Brilliant inks. The new formulation is specifically designed for commercial markets, with the ability to print directly to both coated and uncoated media without needing an extra step. HP has replaced the primer station that was needed to run multiple stocks on the T240 with a new HP Optimiser that runs in-line with the rest of the printheads.

    The Optimiser is automated, and lays down the exact amount of coating needed, exactly where it is needed on a page to ensure ink adhesion every time, no matter what the surface of the paper actually looks like. HP bills it as a universal laydown to build the perfect surface for the inks every time, virtually eliminating the need to have specially treated papers, or limited options.

    The inks also boast upgraded colour, with 30-50% higher gamut than most industry standards, as well as offering a glossier look and feel, especially when printed on a glossy stock. According to HP, the HP Brilliant inks produce “deep reds and dazzling blues,” and are “designed to meet or exceed the sheet gloss of the paper."

    The press uses the latest HDNA thermal inkjet printhead, also launching at drupa, which is more finely tuned than previous iterations, promising smoother colour transitions, with good shadows and highlights. The press will come with the Colour Vision system as well, which has been upgraded to include colour cameras and a new lighting system, so “what you see is what you get,” allowing operators to see in real time what the press is doing at full speed, and manage any faults or errors on-the-fly, without needing to stop the press.

    Kris Albee, global marketing manager, noted that HP designed the T250 to simplify the process, providing one ink across coated, uncoated, quality, and production on a single press, in-line. “This is one press that does it all,” she said.

    A New Era in Coating

    Launching alongside the HP PageWide Web Press T250 HD is the ExcelCoat ZRW Web Coater from partner Harris & Bruno. This is said to be where the T250 goes from a great production inkjet device to a full-scale commercial printing powerhouse.

    The coater simultaneously runs both aqueous and UV coatings, with changeout between the two done is as little as 10 minutes. It has also been simplified and automated, making it easy for a single operator to handle the entire operation from white paper to coated stock. The gloss level can be adjusted to capture the exact look that the piece requires, from a soft touch to a high gloss, and it is robust enough to withstand the abuses of the traditional mail stream, reportedly making it perfect for capturing direct mail operations.

    Everything from the cylinders to the dryers are modular, making it very easy and quick to change out, without needing tools or equipment. It can also feed directly into existing finishing lines, with the combination of press and coater playing well with all of the major finishing equipment, including winders, cutters, creasers, and more.

    For commercial printers looking to expand into new growth areas without sacrificing applications such as direct mail or transactional jobs, this is a pretty compelling piece of equipment. It solves many of the challenges of earlier inkjet options, while still providing all of the benefits of a fully digital product.





    All in all, this is an exciting step forward for high-speed production inkjet for the commercial space. The press will get its first beta installations in July after drupa wraps, with orders anticipated worldwide.





  • + FESPA Flu ... 2020 Events Postponed

    What was more than likely has now been confirmed, with the postponement FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo..

    05 March 2020


    What was more than likely has now been confirmed, with the postponement FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020.

    A statement from organisers said that, 'In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 in mainland Europe, and in close dialogue with its national Associations and exhibitors, FESPA has today taken the decision to postpone FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020, originally scheduled to take place at IFEMA Madrid from 24 to 27 March 2020.'

    Based on feedback from exhibitors, FESPA will now seek to reschedule the events for a later date, precise timing and venue still to be determined based on venue availability.

    FESPA CEO Neil Felton explains: “Until this week, our actions with regard to COVID-19 – including the pre-emptive action taken in February regarding exhibiting companies from China – have been informed by guidance from the relevant international and national authorities, with the primary objective of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of exhibitors and visitors. However, in light of the recent spread of the virus in specific areas of mainland Europe, we have consulted with our stakeholders and have concluded that it is in the best interests of our community to defer the events to a later date.”

    FESPA will provide an update regarding revised event dates in due course.

    The big question is whether or not drupa 2020 will be affected?

    The good news is that Visual Impact Gold Coast 2020 is still on. Registrations are open and visitors can expect to see a lot of the new release technology that was scheduled for FESPA. 





  • + Rowmark LaserMax Brushed Simulated Metallics named Best New Product - Markable Material by the Awards and Personalisation Association

    LaserMax new Metallics made more than just an impression at the the recent International Awards and Personalization Asso..

    03 March 2020


    LaserMax new Metallics made more than just an impression at the the recent International Awards and Personalization Association Expo held February 19-21, 2020 when the Association presented Rowmark with the award for Best New Product -  Markable Material for their LaserMax Brushed Simulated Metallics product line. 

    Rowmark’s LaserMax Brushed Simulated Metallics offer the look of real brushed metal with outdoor weatherable properties and the ease of laser or rotary engraving that are the hallmarks of the LaserMax product line.

    “Our team is constantly listening to customer feedback to create new materials that fill a need in the market and easy to fabricate,” said Eric Hausserman, Rowmark President.  “We’re lucky to have a great Product Development Team that combines years of manufacturing experience and industry knowledge to produce great new products like the LaserMax Brushed Simulated Metallics.”

    Tom Johns, Rowmark Australia Marketing Manager said “If you are dealing with designers and interior decorators for branding and signage concepts these new colours are set to star! Available in a choice of  4 colours both over white and over black, this simulated metalized look is lightweight, finger print resistant and safe for outdoor applications!

    For more information contact 1300  023 370 or follow this link Click here to request samples of these new LaserMax new external Metallic options.





  • + CorelDRAW Training for Laser Cutting and Laser Engraving

    Last seats available for popular small group workshop with Alfex Laser in Melbourne and Sydney. Get the most out o..

    03 March 2020


    Last seats available for popular small group workshop with Alfex Laser in Melbourne and Sydney.
     
    Get the most out of your laser by learning shortcuts in the design process. Save time, increase productivity, discover new design techniques specifically for laser cutting and laser engraving. Topics include vectorising logos, redrawing graphics, colour mapping and more. Beginner and Intermediate classes available, suitable for any level of experience.
     
    Click this link to reserve your seat today:





  • + SAi earmarks FESPA 2020 for new product premier as subscription-based software milestone is achieved

    Company announces that, as of Q1 2020, over 14,000 global sign & display business now accessing its software via sub..

    03 March 2020


    Company announces that, as of Q1 2020, over 14,000 global sign & display business now accessing its software via subscription.

    SA International (SAi), has announced that FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 (Madrid, Spain: 24-27 March) will provide the platform on which it will premier an innovative new software tool that enables sign and large format print businesses to more easily manage their design to production operations.

    On its stand (5-D40), the event will also see SAi showcase the latest version of its powerful Flexi signmaking software. Flexi 19 delivers greater power to significantly improve the production capabilities for sign & display users, thanks to a high-performance 64-bit RIP engine that provides a speed increase of over 30%.

    Subscription-based offering a hit among customers

    As well as demonstrating the throughput-enhancing functionality of its signmaking and printing software solutions, SAi will highlight the way in which it continues to revolutionise the accessibility of those packages via its popular subscription-based purchasing model.

    As of Q1 2020, SAi reached the milestone figure of registering over 14,000 large format print providers and sign & display businesses worldwide who benefit from new levels of flexibility and cost management via this purchasing method. Visitors to SAi’s stand can learn more about the benefits of accessing both Flexi signmaking and printing software and EnRoute CAD/CAM software through monthly subscription and cloud-based downloads.

    Hear directly from SAi within the FESPA Trends Theatre

    FESPA will also see Eyal Friedman, SAi’s Vice-President, Technical Services, partake in an interactive panel discussion as part of the event’s official conference programme. Entitled, “A Big Step for Mankind: What are the Next Technology Leaps in Digital Printing?”, this insightful session will take place in the Trends Theatre on the show floor on Thursday 26 March from 13.00h-14.00h.

    “As a key event in our trade show calendar, we encourage visitors to visit our stand at FESPA, meet our team of software experts and see our latest innovations that have been engineered specifically to make life easier for sign and large format print providers,” says Annette Plummer, VP Marketing, SAi.

    “On top of that, we’re thrilled that we’ll be heading to FESPA as we celebrate another milestone with our pioneering subscription-based software – now the most complete design, RIP, vinyl cut, and print & cut package in the industry,” she concludes.





  • + Xeikon develops new ‘smart label’ solution

    Developed with UPM Raflatac and Magic Add, this cloud-based application enables track-and-trace capability for labels. ..

    03 March 2020


    Developed with UPM Raflatac and Magic Add, this cloud-based application enables track-and-trace capability for labels.

    Xeikon presented its latest advancements at Labelexpo Europe, and among them was a new "smart label" solution developed and created in partnership with UPM Raflatac and Magic Add. Demonstrations are being held at Xeikon and UPM Raflatac’s stands at the show.

    The cloud-based application enables track-and-trace capability for labels. It is designed to help brand owners wanting to bring labels and packaging online, they are now better able to measure the success of their campaigns or to control the supply chain. This product is designed to achieve consumer trust and confidence in the brands, and bring added value to the end user.

    Jeroen Van Bauwel, director of product management at Xeikon, explains, “More and more brands want to say ‘we are providing the authentic product.’ In creating this smart label solution for brand owners, we have worked with UPM Raflatac and Magic Add to put the ‘smart’ part into label design. Many industries are integrating technology into their product lines and producing ‘smart’ products to meet current trends. Xeikon continues to utilise the constant advancements in technology for the benefit of the label community. This smart label solution incorporates technology that extends the functionality of labels and packaging beyond traditional print methods. What’s exciting is the technology behind the action.”

    Every package is made with an image, text, a number or a code, and it is ready to be scanned with standard applications. There are a number of options, such as QR codes, that give consumers the ability to track their product throughout its complete life cycle. End users can trace the place of origin of their product and every step from there through to the consumer. They can check storage conditions during transport and track the journey of the product from supplier to retailer. Knowing that their product is authentic gives the consumer confidence to trust the brand. 

    Engaging with the consumer through smart labels offers creative possibilities. Information can include recipes, wine recommendations, details and advice on food calories, health and dietary information. Importantly for the pharmaceutical sector, an extra layer of information can be added to communicate on vital guidelines and safety warnings. In the food sector, brands can use the smart label to show the origin and composition of their product. This is a good example of one of the key benefits of Xeikon’s smart label solution. Because the smart label makes the product uniquely traceable, each end user can be sure that every single unit they buy has been tracked through its whole production cycle and meets legislation requirements for purity and health and safety compliance. 

    Xeikon’s smart label solution works in a number of ways. The end user benefits from the engagement and the experience of access to added value information and advice, while the brand owner and the product supplier can gather data, which helps them research into consumer preferences and the most popular products. Converters can widen their application range and offer new functionality to their customers, and marketers can plan more meaningful and targeted campaigns.

    Through Xeikon’s smart label solution, brand owners searching for new ways to maximise their brands can see who is buying their product and build a buyer’s profile that adds to the market intelligence, which helps them meet consumer demand. 

    Xeikon has been demonstrating examples of its smart label solution at Labelexpo. Using three bags of coffee with three different label designs, the experiment has shown the brand owners which out of the three is the "best seller" in the market. The example reveals live data showing the tracing of the coffee to a specific farmer, and the tracking of the product through its journey to the store and to the end user. 

    Van Bauwel concludes, “Every new development comes under our commitment to ‘Transform’ the world of labels. Xeikon has the experience, the expertise, the tools and the technology available to make smart label solutions a reality. We are recognised as a technology agnostic supplier and a trusted advisor to the label community. Every product we bring to market is designed and created for tomorrow’s challenges. Our mission is to provide added-value solutions and automate label production. We are excited about these new 'smart' developments and can see many opportunities for brand owners and converters to benefit. We are delighted to have presented our smart label solution at Labelexpo 2019 in its 40th Anniversary Year."





  • + Trotec Open House Events in March

    During March Trotec is hosting 7 open house and roadshow events across Australia. Book a personalised demonstration tail..

    03 March 2020


    During March Trotec is hosting 7 open house and roadshow events across Australia. Book a personalised demonstration tailored to your needs. Whether that is acrylic cutting, understanding how you can speed up production, methods for efficient metal marking or even if you're not sure where to start your laser buying journey, our laser experts will share their knowledge with you.

    • Melbourne - Wednesday 4 March
    • Sydney - Tuesday 10 March
    • Adelaide - Tuesday 10 March
    • Perth - Wednesday 18 March
    • Newcastle - Wednesday 18 March
    • Brisbane - Thursday 19 March
    • Canberra - Wednesday 25 March

    To book please email info@troteclaser.com.au or call 1300 876 832. You can also click on this link





  • + Konica Minolta reveals the MGI JetVarnish 3D One digital print embellishment press

    Konica Minolta Australia has announced it will release the MGI JV 3D One press, an entry-level MGI UV Varnish solution, ..

    03 March 2020


    Konica Minolta Australia has announced it will release the MGI JV 3D One press, an entry-level MGI UV Varnish solution, in April this year. The new press offers commercial printers an accessible and affordable option for 2D and 3D varnish effects that will add more value to what printers can offer their customers. 

    The MGI JV 3D One digital embellishment press was first introduced to the market at PRINTING United in October, 2019. The new press is a part of MGI’s JETVarnish range available from Konica Minolta and was designed to be complimentary with its AccurioPress and AccurioPrint digital print systems or as a standalone embellishment system. 

    The MGI JV 3D One press can be used for a variety of applications, including packaging, books, magazines, business cards, menus, photobooks and greeting cards. It is simple to use, compact, and has a smaller operational footprint than previous MGI models. It is highly efficient and can process up to 3500 A4 sheets per hour on a range of sheet sizes up to of 364 x 750mm. 

    Sue Threlfo, general manager, production and industrial print, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “The MGI JV 3D One will give all commercial printers access to an embellishment press regardless of their size, offering them a way to differentiate themselves and stand out from competitors. Rather than outsourcing embellishment printing, commercial printers can leverage the MGI JV 3DOne to do embellishment in-house. Digital embellishment offers printers the opportunity to add value to the printed page and subsequently achieve margins. 

    The MGI JV 3DOne press features include: 
    •        digital print embellishment with UV coating and embossing 
    •        spot varnish editor for job modification 
    •        varying varnish thickness, between 21 and 116 micron in one pass 
    •        AIS SmartScanner registration technology which will minimise crop marks, waste and set-up time 
    •        a job cost calculator with job management tool 
    •        both 2D and 3D tactile effects.   

    Sue Threlfo said, “Konica Minolta and MGI work very closely to meet the needs of customers with the right solutions and products for the right applications. For Konica Minolta, service and support are paramount, so customers can rest assured their presses will be reliable and, when maintenance is required, they’ll be up and running again with minimal disruption.” 

    The MGI JV 3DOne digital press is expected to be released in April, 2020.





  • + Roland MDX-50 Helps ACT School Win 13 Awards in Global Competition

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new Roland Use..

    03 March 2020


    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has released a new Roland User Story. The latest user story features team Velocity SFX from St Francis Xavier College in ACT, who used a Roland MODELA MDX-50 Benchtop Milling Machine to make the winning cars for the State Final of the F1 in Schools competition, a global program that educates students in a range of STEM engineering concepts.





    The Velocity SFX Team designed their F1 cars using CAD software that is sent to the MDX-50 to shape a rectangular balsa bloc. Once the cars are ready to go, they are raced around a track, powered by a small CO2 cylinder at the rear of the car.

    Judges of F1 in Schools were very impressed with the smooth finish of the F1 cars Velocity SFX milled from the MDX-50, and the team scored 84.1% of the total marks, taking home an impressive 13 awards and winning the State Final of the global competition. Russell Cooper, Director of TechSoft Creative Technology, a Roland supplier to the education market, commented: "The F1 in Schools program has had an incredible impact in schools here, and has been pivotal in promoting engineering careers for so many young people".





    Dominic Ferraris from Velocity SFX commented: "The MDX-50 was extremely easy-to-use... [it] was reliable and could produce the same car every time we milled… which made for a positive experience for the team." An automated 3D milling machine, the MDX-50 is an ideal solution for short-runs and prototypes. Users of all abilities can mill functional parts with incredible quality on a wide range of materials. Dominic agrees: "The MDX-50 is a diverse machine and has many different uses besides just machining F1 in Schools cars. The school has experimented with milling Balsa, Carbon Fibre and other types of wood." 





    Due to the team’s high score, they will be attending the national final at the Australian Grand Prix in March 2020. At this event, the team will attempt to qualify for the world finals in Abu Dhabi in 2020. Roland DG and TechSoft Creative Technology wish Velocity SFX the best of luck!

    The Roland MDX-50 can be purchased in a package with TechSoft equipment, software, installation and training, and is on the NSW State Govt. Machine Tools Contract, for all NSW schools. To find out more about the MDX-50, go to our website.




  • + Registrations Now Open for Visual Impact Gold Coast

    (https://rpg.infosalons.com.au/VISUAL20GC/)..

    03 March 2020






  • + Hexis Open Day Brings Out The Best

    Judging by all the wildly wrapped vehicles in the car park and on the street, it was clear that leading applicators and ..

    26 February 2020


    Judging by all the wildly wrapped vehicles in the car park and on the street, it was clear that leading applicators and signage specialists had joined the team at Hexis for their first official Open House. 





    On hand to greet guests were Hexis CEO, Clement Mateu visiting from the company’s international headquarters in Frontingnan, France, Ian Parsonson, Hexis Australia Managing Director and, his team of technical experts. 


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    (Ian on the left, Clement on the right)


    Guests were shown the latest Hexis products spanning a number of categories including vinyl wraps, digital printing media, films for textiles, plotter vinyls, signage accessories and much more. 





    Hexis is well known for their vehicle wrapping vinyl range. It was a point of pride at the open house with particular focus on the Hexis SKINTAC HX 3000 range, a Cast PVC film designed for vehicle customisation as well as other suitable items. The SKINTAC is a multilayered cast vinyl film and a release liner with structured HEX’Press adhesive for easier application. Varieties include gloss, matt, super matt or a structured surface finish. The various chrome finishes look amazing, a point highlighted by a number of the vehicles in the car park that had been wrapped using this product. 





    Hexis also supplies a range of textile decoration films, some examples you could also see in use on a few of the T-shirts worn by guests who use the product. One example is the TEXIS CUTFLEX HFLEX100P. The film is a solvent free textile decoration material designed to flex for cotton, polyester and lycra materials. Because of the results that can be achieved, TEXIS CUTFLEX can be classed as the ultimate textile flex decoration. This 100µm polyurethane flex series features a matt, reflection free surface with excellent unrivalled weeding & stretchability. The option of warm or cold peeling once pressed really makes this series stand above the competition. Other options include Hexis media designed for use with work wear and other more heavy-duty materials.





    Ian took a number of guests on a tour to see the variety of products the company supplies, with many surprised to discover that Hexis produce a range of HEX’Perience decorative films for domestic and corporate interior spaces. The range has wood grain textures, wallpapers and window decoration films, as well as specialised mineral textures for the latest in architectural style.  Ian showed guests how the HEX’Perience range could open up new revenue streams for businesses looking to expand their product and service capabilities. 





    Hexis CEO, Clément Mateu, came over all the way from France especially for the event. Clement noted how well Hexis had done in the two years since officially launching in Australia, crediting their clients innovation and Ian and the team for their work and technical expertise. 





    Ian noted that their on-staff technical experts and customer focus had helped the company to establish strong relationships with print and sign professionals. And that the Hexis range of products and accessories provided a comprehensive suite of solutions, backed by exceptional service and advice. "Our objective is to listen first, and then discuss the projects at hand before advising on product options.”





    The ‘Open House’ not only provided Hexis and their clients with an opportunity to celebrate the fact the company has done well. It showed the industry that they are far more than just a manufacturer of high-performance adhesive vinyls for vehicle graphics applications, and that their significant product range caters to a broad range of industry needs.








    For more information about Hexis Australia, you can visit www.hexis-graphics.com





  • + Profit Through Personalisation Dates Announced for 2020

    After the successful launch of the new Roland DG Academy course, Profit Through Personalisation late last year, we recei..

    26 February 2020


    After the successful launch of the new Roland DG Academy course, Profit Through Personalisation late last year, we received some great feedback and demand from the market. Therefore, we are excited to share the first dates and locations for 2020. 

    Stand Out from the Competition 

    Have you looked into adding a personalisation solution to your business? With a growing demand by shoppers for custom and quality items that they connect with on some level, there is huge potential for print and graphics providers to incorporate instant personalisation into their business. 

    Profit Through Personalisation presents an overview of personalisation and different technologies that can be used to diversify your offering, increase customer loyalty and grow your profits.  

    Course Overview  

    Profit Through Personalisation is primarily hands-on and features demonstrations and practical group activities for each technology. Attendees can create their own personalised samples using Roland DG equipment and materials. 

    The course covers the following main areas:   
    - Personalisation introduction and technology overview  
    - Benchtop UV printing   
    - Direct-to-Garment printing and Heat Transfer  
    - Dye sublimation  
    - Impact Printing and Marking 
    - Laser Foil Decoration 

    Dates and Locations;

    Sydney, NSW
    Tue 31st March

    Melbourne, VIC
    Tue 12th May

    Brisbane, QLD
    Tue 9th June

    Secure Your Place Today!  

    The full day course fee of $129 inc GST includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and light refreshments. Attendees will receive the samples created during the session, as well as workflow guides for each of the technologies presented. 

    With only 10 places available per session, you will need to get in quick to secure your place. To book online, click the link below. To find out more, email training@rolanddg.com.au or call 1800 500 119.  





  • + Contiweb Launches New Fluid Applicator to Advance Digital Print Quality

    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today ..

    26 February 2020


    Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announces today the launch of its Digital Fluid Applicator (DFA), a standalone remoistening applicator for digital web presses, developed to significantly improve the quality of digitally printed products.

    Based on the popular Contiweb Fluid Applicator for heatset web offset applications, the DFA is an innovative and user-friendly system, which uses tap water and a surfactant to intelligently and very precisely remoisten the paper on digital web presses. Silicone can also be added as an option, decidedly advantageous if inline finishing is being employed.

    “Common quality issues such as loss of signature flatness, growth of cut books, curling and broken folds are overcome with our new DFA system. Furthermore, damage on the printed surface due to friction from inline finishing modules can be overcome by the integrated siliconizer,” explains Rutger Jansen, CEO at Contiweb, adding: “There may be a perception in the market that digital inkjet printing does not require remoistening, however the process generates high temperatures during drying, resulting in significant loss of moisture and diminished quality of the printed matter, a difficulty we’ve been determined to resolve.”

    The Contiweb DFA mixes tap water and a surfactant within the system, which is then continuously circulated, rather than using specially treated deionized water. The amount of remoistening can be adjusted quickly to suit requirements, and due to a sophisticated control system, are steadfastly consistent. The system ensures constant coverage, even with changing press speeds, and can be set differently for each side of the paper if desired. Settings can also be saved, slashing set-up times for repeat jobs.

    “The Contiweb team has developed a Plug and Play system that is compatible with digital web presses from all well-known manufacturers. Using economical, easy-to-access tap water, with high performance pure silicone, the Contiweb DFA will provide a step-change in the quality of digitally printed products. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results for our customers,” concludes Jansen.






  • + TECHKON releases ChromaLT software for small-to-medium size printers

    Colour Graphics Services, the Australian distributor for Techkon colour measuring instruments, is please to announce the..

    26 February 2020


    Colour Graphics Services, the Australian distributor for Techkon colour measuring instruments, is please to announce the availability of Techkon’s ChromaLT – a ‘lite’ version of the Chroma software.

    Designed for small and mid-sized packaging printers who are looking for an affordable solution that is easy to deploy in the pressroom, ChromaLT is the ultimate companion software for press-side spectrophotometers and makes matching colour on press quick and easy. ChromaLT guides operators on how to get a match with either specific ink density adjustments (G7 verified) or by toning the ink when density adjustments need supplementing. 

    Operators will appreciate color matching feedback that is easy to understand, actionable, and with clear Pass/Fail indications. When the job is done, the measurements are saved and a report can be generated for the quality department or the end customer, showing that colours were printed in tolerances and the job was a success. ChromaLT improves print process efficiencies by removing the colour matching guesswork, cutting make-ready times, and ultimately increasing profitability.

    Features include:
    Centralisation for the storage of colour standards by organising into and Libraries
    Adding new colours via measurement, import from file, or text entry
    Searchability for colours by name or by deltaE threshold
    Rationalisation of “clean” colour standards database with the Search by deltaE feature to find duplicates and similar colours
    Picking of colours, setting the deltaE tolerance for each, and either Save or Run the job immediately
    Choosing up to 8 colours per job and set the deltaE tolerances for each
    Measuring colours in any order and ChromaLT automatically identifies the correct colour standard in the job
    Instant PASS/FAIL and colour difference results with easy to understand graphics
    Get actionable feedback with InkCheck technology which provides specific density adjustments to achieve lowest possible deltaE on press
    Creating reports for internal and external stakeholders
    Reduction of trial-and-error with actionable feedback and clear direction for operators


    David Crowther of Colour Graphics Services notes: “Techkon ChromaLT represents excellent value for such an advanced colour management software application and works seamlessly with Techkon SpectroDens. It is available on either a yearly subscription or outright lifetime purchase.”

    www.techkon.com