• + Brother Enters Wide Format Latex Segment with Latest Launch

    Brother International Corporation announced it will enter the signage market in the industrial garment printing industry with the new WF1-L640 64-inch latex wide-format printer. Th...

    March 26 2024

    Brother International Corporation announced it will enter the signage market in the industrial garment printing industry with the new WF1-L640 64-inch latex wide-format printer. The platform is designed with a wide range of business applications in mind including banners, window-wall-floor graphics, outdoor & display signage, trade show graphics, vehicle wraps, advertising and interior decoration.

    This new latex wide-format printer takes on a new business area for Brother utilizing the company’s ink and printhead technology cultivated through the development of garment printers. The latex ink developed for the WF1-L640 achieves a wide array of colors and rich expressiveness, and in addition to having high weather resistance for outdoor advertisements, is water-based, making it environmentally friendly and safe to use such as in restaurants, educational institutions, and medical institutions.

    Brother’s latex ink formula offers a wider color gamut with CMYK over the industry standard. The WF1 printer has an integrated curing system for the ink with no additional wait time needed for outgassing as with other chemistries.

    “Brother’s industrial printing division continues to grow and innovate when it comes to services and solutions” commented Lawrence Davenport, Vice President of Brother’s Industrial Products Division.

    The printer’s industrial piezo print heads allow variable drop sizes starting at 5 pico liters. Controls are easily accessed via a 7-inch touch screen and professional production RIP software.

  • + Canon Boosts Productivity and Ease of Use of Arizona 2300 Series of Flatbed Printers with Addition of FLXflow Technology

    FLXflow options include new ‘Float’ function, which makes it easier for operators to handle heavy substrates, and ‘Instant Switch’ function to transition quickly between ‘Hold’ and ‘Float’ for e...

    March 26 2024

    FLXflow options include new ‘Float’ function, which makes it easier for operators to handle heavy substrates, and ‘Instant Switch’ function to transition quickly between ‘Hold’ and ‘Float’ for even easier media handling. 

    Canon today announces the Arizona 2300 series with FLXflow technology, which brings new productivity features to the flatbed printer series. Previously known as FLOW technology, the new FLXflow offers not only the original ‘Hold’ functionality, which helps to hold media down on the flatbed table, but also the new optional ‘Float’ and ‘Instant Switch’ functionalities to improve media handling. Further features, such as additional quality modes, image layout controls and improved workflow integration, together with an interface that connects automation systems for continuous loading and unloading media, deliver increased workflow efficiency and productivity. 

    Optimised usability

    Catering to the mid-to-high volume market for large format graphics, the Arizona 2300 FLXflow supports a wide variety of substrates and applications. This enables customers, both in-house or commercial print service providers (PSPs), to continuously adapt to evolving consumer trends, such as the growing demand for personalised and made-to-order applications, while ensuring that customisation remains economically viable, even for samples and one-off orders.

    Offering a unique, patented way not only to hold but also to float the media, FLXflow comes with three functionalities – Hold, Float and Instant Switch – allowing users to move heavier and irregular-sized media faster and more easily around the table. The Hold functionality, a feature of the original FLOW technology, works by keeping the media in place with a patented airflow technique. Using automatic measurement and adjustment of airflow levels to firmly and accurately hold various types of media in place, the functionality results in flexible positioning with far less masking. 


    The new Float functionality is an optional feature that pushes air from the table upwards to create a cushion, enabling the easy positioning of heavy or challenging substrates and reducing the risk of media damage or waste. It also results in the smoother registration of all types of media, with a ‘floating without drifting’ functionality enabling several pieces of media to be precisely positioned at the same time. The Instant Switch feature allows the operator to easily change from Hold to Float by using the foot pedals for simple operability of the printer, making it easy to remove media from the table. 


    Elevated and textured printing for endless creativity

    The latest release 2.1 of PRISMAelevate XL doubles the printing height to 4 mm (0.157”) to help customers create stand-out, tactile artwork for elevated print applications that enhance and expand their product offering. It enables customers to explore new applications, such as high-value, textured, permanent signage, product decoration, awards, décor materials and package prototyping, as well as applications for the visually impaired. PRISMAelevate XL software makes prints durable without the need for additional finishing steps, such as lamination, coating or spray varnishing, and results in less waste and higher production efficiency.


    Maximise Uptime

    Arizona 2300 FLXflow customers can also take advantage of the new Advanced Image Layout Controls, which allow last-minute adjustments at the printer, giving additional flexibility when positioning substrates on the table and reducing waste of expensive materials. Productivity is further enhanced by service support tools such as PRISMAservice, which provides predictive maintenance and facilitates authorised remote assistance by qualified service technicians to maximise uptime.


    In-field upgradability

    Customers of the current Arizona 2300 with FLOW technology can upgrade their printer to the latest version with FLXflow functionalities, including the optional Float and Instant Switch features. Upgrades also include new features like the Advanced Image Layout Controls. Or they can add PRISMA XL Suite workflow software to provide a preview function, which allows users to see what the final product will look like before it’s printed, while allowing them to make any necessary adjustments. Saving time, this makes it possible to preview complex, multi-layered, textured jobs and also to provide cost estimates before printing. 


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing says: “At Canon we’re focused on the continuous development of our flatbed technology by working closely with the market and our customers to evolve our products, from our printer ranges to the software that supports them. With that in mind, we’ve designed our Arizona 2300 FLXflow to be versatile and deliver high-quality, applications with even greater workflow efficiency and productivity, while our service support tools such as PRISMAservice, help to maintain the highest uptime for our customers for maximum productivity. And with the new functionalities of our FLXflow technology, with its added ‘Float’ capability, it’s making life much easier for operators to handle irregular or heavy substrates, opening up opportunities to produce an even wider range of applications. 

    “Combined with our latest release of PRISMAelevate XL, capable of delivering prints at 4 mm (0.157”) elevation, the possibilities have been opened up even further. Customers continuously surprise us with the creative applications they produce, and we can’t wait to see what they create with these new functionalities.”

    Designed with circularity in mind

    Offering reduced waste and lower energy consumption than its predecessors, the Arizona 2300 FLXflow has been designed with the circular economy in mind. FLXflow technology requires less masking and underlays to hold media in place, resulting in less waste. As LED-UV printers, the series also consumes at least 15% less energy compared with its UV-halide predecessors, and offers power-saving features such as first-time-right printing and instant-on functionality. Its inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, which ensures prints are safe for use in sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools and other public places.


    Customers can also take advantage of Canon’s remanufacturing programme, where they can trade in their well-loved, well-used Arizona printers when purchasing a replacement. These older systems are inspected, serviced and prepared for sale as refurbished printers, further extending the lifespan of the Arizona.

    The Arizona 2300 FLXflow will be available from June 2024, and it will have its live debut at ISA, Orlando (FL), USA from April 10-12th, 2024. PRISMAelevate XL 2.1 is available from April 10th via accredited partners as well as Canon’s direct sales organizations. 


  • + Canon Launches ProStream 2000 series of High-speed, Web-Fed Inkjet Printers for the Commercial Print and Business Communications Markets, and Announces flagship ProStream 3160

    New ProStream 2000 series offers customers both high-quality coated and uncoated media applications at an appealing cost/performance ratio, while ProStream 3160 delivers 160m/min p...

    March 26 2024

    New ProStream 2000 series offers customers both high-quality coated and uncoated media applications at an appealing cost/performance ratio, while ProStream 3160 delivers 160m/min productivity, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers wanting the ultimate in performance.

    Also announced today is the new ProStream 3160, the 160m/min flagship model of the ProStream 3000 series. A new polymer pigment ink set, also included with the ProStream 2000 series, ensures high, consistent offset print quality at rated speed, while extending the media grammage/speed range. Both the ProStream 2000 series and the ProStream 3160 enable ultra-fast production, allowing print businesses to move even higher volumes of work from offset and legacy technologies.

    Printing at up to 133m/min on standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimized media from 28gsm up to 150gsm, the ProStream 2000 series offers a better cost/performance ratio and is 20% shorter than the ProStream 3000. It also consumes 10% less energy[1] than the ProStream 1800. The new series is the ideal inkjet investment choice for general and specialised commercial print service providers, who are predominantly producing high-quality applications on lower weight media or on a wide range of media types and weights and want to migrate high-volume work from offset to digital. Papers up to 300 gsm are supported at reduced speed. The ProStream 2000 series will, however, equally appeal to book printers, who principally produce applications on uncoated media but are looking to diversify into coated media, as well as to business communications companies that want to expand beyond traditional print jobs, such as reports, invoices and statements, to premium direct mail, brochures and newsletters through a cost-efficient and flexible means of production.

    The new series comprises two models – the 80m/262ft per minute ProStream 2080 and the 133m/436ft per minute ProStream 2133 – and can print duplex up to 1,790 four-colour A4 impressions per minute or 11,300 B2 sheets per hour, equating to 62 million US letter/58 million A4 impressions per month, on web widths up to 558mm.


    Optimal print and application quality at all speeds is delivered with native 1200 dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and Canon Smart ColorGrip paper conditioning solution, together with the new polymer pigment ink set for extended color gamut (brighter reds and darker blacks), superior abrasion resistance and gloss varnish applications. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, which checks print quality and automatically makes changes on the fly, also helps to assure consistent quality from the first page to the last. In addition, the ProStream 2000 series incorporates systems that ensure a stable, continuous ink supply, when printing higher ink coverage at high speed, for a constant, uniform print quality. That output quality has also been independently validated by the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies to the highest ‘A’ standard of its FOGRA51 certification.


    Demonstrating Canon’s focus on reducing the environmental footprint of its products and operations, the ProStream 2000 series requires a 29% lower power supply and produces 36% lower exhaust volumes and heat emissions than its predecessor ProStream 1000 series while retaining the same speed/grammage range. As with the ProStream 3000, the system is also highly automated – including automatic splice handling – for minimal waste and ease of use, while the power supply of the 2000 series have also been relocated to improve accessibility for ease and speed of servicing.


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing, comments, “Canon is constantly looking to deliver new technologies that offer our customers maximum value in terms of a return on their investment, and enable them to adapt and succeed in changing market conditions. In the case of ProStream, the advances we’ve introduced in recent years have given print businesses exceptional quality, productivity and cost efficiency for high volumes of on-demand applications on multiple media types and weights. And with the introduction of the 160-metres-per-minute ProStream 3160, we’re improving the breakeven point further to offer customers even greater cost efficiency.


    “We understand that one size doesn’t fit all and, with the launch of the new ProStream 2000 series, we now have a seamless portfolio of inkjet production presses, both sheet- and web-fed, that can meet the individual needs, in terms of applications and volumes, of every general commercial and online printer, book producer, photo product specialist and business communication printer. With its smaller footprint, the ProStream 2000 series offers an economical cost/performance ratio for applications printed on lighter papers, whether coated or uncoated, and makes the benefits of ProStream accessible to a wider commercial print audience. Similarly, the ProStream 2000 series is a viable proposition for business communication companies looking for a flexible solution that will enable them to diversify into more premium products printed on coated stocks or bring in-house such products that they previously had to outsource. ”


    The ProStream 2000 series will make its global debut at drupa (28th May – 7th June 2024), Düsseldorf, Germany), where it will be exhibited in a live production workflow with a broad range of print applications.


    Both the new ProStream 2000 series and the ProStream 3160 are immediately available directly from Canon.


    To find out more about the Canon ProStream 2000 series, go to


    To find out more about the Canon ProStream 3160, go to: 

    [1] Energy consumption test made using UPM FinesseMatt 115gsm paper for a print job with an average ink coverage for the graphic arts-market.

  • + Kammann expands printing ability with Xaar’s Nitrox printheads

    Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers us...

    March 26 2024

    Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers using its K15 and K20 decorative print machine families.

    Utilising the new high viscosity fluids developed by global ink manufacturer Marabu, Kammann’s machines allow both new and current customers to create personalised embossed effects on glass bottles, plastic and metal containers at a build height of up to 3mm. This latest development is entirely backwards compatible, enabling existing machines to jet at greater viscosity and carry a significantly increased pigment load, delivering more colour vibrancy and capturing fine details with up to 50 per cent less ink.

    Thanks to the unique architecture of Xaar’s Nitrox printheads and its Ultra High Viscosity & High Laydown Technologies, Marabu’s inks can be jetted at higher temperatures, improving the ease of application and speed of Kamman’s machines at jetting distances of up to 15mm. Colours no longer need pinning, delivering significant savings in the time required for printing, as well as reductions in energy and material use. Overall, by using these new inks from Marabu, the speed of production can be more than doubled, making inkjet print a greater reality for a wider variety of decorative applications.

    Kammann’s Managing Director, Matthias Graf expressed his delight at the new developments: "This collaboration is not just about advancing technology; it's about reshaping the future of digital printing. Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology and Nitrox printheads have enabled Marabu to develop inks that provide a real leap in innovation and sustainability, opening new possibilities for our decorative printing machines."

    “By combining our technical expertise with Xaar and Marabu we have together been able to deliver higher quality, speed and sustainability in decorative inkjet printing, to both new and existing Kammann customers.”

    Xaar’s Group R&D Director, Karl Forbes, also celebrated the results of the cross-party collaboration: “Our partnership with Kammann and Marabu is a testament to what can be achieved when industry leaders unite. This breakthrough in Marabu’s ink technology, facilitated by Xaar’s high viscosity innovation and Kammann’s machine expertise, is set to revolutionise the market by defining new standards for decorative digital inkjet printing.”

  • + Memjet Announces Just-In-Time Capability for DuraFlex

    Memjet is pleased to announce the addition of the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time print stream synchronization capability to our DuraFlex print engine line.

    March 19 2024

    Memjet is pleased to announce the addition of the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time print stream synchronization capability to our DuraFlex print engine line.

    DuraFlex is our powerful, low-cost, compact single-pass print solution that delivers outstanding full-color A3 prints at up to 46 m/min. It is available in 13” and 25” print width configurations, for simplex or duplex operation with web-fed and sheet-fed devices. The new Just-In-Time capability allows OEMs developing synchronized variable data and personalization applications to integrate DuraFlex more easily with other workflows across their operations. The Memjet software update to enable this feature is currently available for OEM development.

    A new Read-And-Print solution for the Kirk-Rudy FireJet4c has been developed by Kirk-Rudy and The Solutions Group for applications such as synchronized direct-mail-inserts, utilizing the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time capability. “The Kirk-Rudy team is thrilled to announce that Read-And-Print for DuraFlex is ready for beta testing,” said Kirk-Rudy CEO Caroline Kirk. “We pride ourselves on delivering solutions that truly move the needle for our customers, and this is one of them. We are thrilled to unlock new potential that will empower users to operate the system with more integrity and reliability than ever before.”

    Sam Patel, the President of Arrow Systems Inc. commented that “for the last four years we have developed the Duraflex line of technology from Memjet enabled with variable-data printing. This latest update will allow this technology to be even more productive for our customers in the labeling and flexible packaging industry. The ability to run custom serial numbers and barcodes, and also to now change them on the fly is a game changer.”

    DuraFlex innovation continues to bring remarkable efficiency gains across markets and enable new growth opportunities. Mike Natalizia, CTO of AstroNova Inc. said that “its high-speed capabilities combined with exceptional print quality make it a standout choice for our customers seeking cutting-edge solutions. TrojanLabel T2-Pro, our next-generation inkjet label press, is in final beta testing now, and our customers are looking forward to the commercial launch. It is going to be a great addition to any pressroom with its 13” wide full-color printing, and variable data capabilities enabled by its data pipeline.”

    Memjet continues to support the DuraFlex platform, and this support will remain for years to come in the marketplace including sustained delivery of printheads and ink for the platform.

    Memjet’s plans include ongoing portfolio and technology enhancements to support OEMs and assist them in capitalizing on evolving market opportunities and capturing new growth.

    For more information about the DuraFlex print platform, please visit 

  • + Ricoh to launch RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system at FESPA

    Industrial garment decorators can now meet high volume digital production demands responsively and flexibly with the new RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system.RICOH Pro D160...

    March 19 2024

    Industrial garment decorators can now meet high volume digital production demands responsively and flexibly with the new RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system.

    RICOH Pro D1600 is a market first for the delivery of high volume digital garment decoration capabilities.

    The innovative line is the first to support high volume digital garment production. Incorporating a powder shaker and drying unit, it has been designed to help screen printers and large and medium sized textile printing specialists as they transition from analogue to digital production capabilities.

    Highly responsive to different run lengths and built on state of the art solutions developed in Europe, the Pro D1600 can run at speeds in excess of 20 sqm per hour. High quality production is fully supported with optimised film sourced from Europe.

    The Pro D1600’s specially designed inkjet printhead configuration of three Ricoh printheads supports films up to 1600mm and its newly developed DTF optimised Ricoh Pro™ DTF Ink ensures high speed jetting and high white opacity.

    Ricoh is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard Accreditation programme (GOTS) – a voluntary accreditation programme that requires all raw materials to be certified organic to a recognised international or national standard. It covers processing practices, inputs and requirements for environmental management, social responsibility and safety as well.

    Axel Stuhlreiter, Head of Textile Solutions, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, says: “This latest addition to our portfolio opens up the production of high volume designs that can be printed and shipped for local, on demand application onto garments. Ideally suited to screen printers and industrial garment decorators looking to make their transition to digital or enhance their digital capabilities, the Pro D1600 is responsive and sustainably responsible. It maximises productivity with its inline powder shaker that helps eliminate a traditional bottleneck and media is delivered in jumbo rolls for fewer change overs. We are excited to see how this high volume system will help industrial operations transform their production power.”

    The RICOH Pro D1600 will be launched in Europe at FESPA Global Print Expo 2024, RAI Amsterdam from March 19 to 22, and is available immediately.

    Industrial garment specialists can also put the system through its paces, and explore Ricoh’s other innovative DTG and Direct To Film technologies, at Ricoh’s Textile Competence Centerin Frankfurt.

  • + Roland DG Introduces the VersaOBJECT CO-i Series of UV Flatbed Printers for Superior Versatility

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital devices including wide-format inkjet printers, announced today the addition of five models of new CO-i UV-LED flatbed inkje...

    March 19 2024

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital devices including wide-format inkjet printers, announced today the addition of five models of new CO-i UV-LED flatbed inkjet printers to its VersaOBJECT brand that are capable of printing brilliant colour directly onto a wide variety of three-dimensional objects.

    “Based on their material and application needs, customers can choose the best solution from five different models, including three 64" width models with a choice of three different table sizes with vacuum beds, and two 30" width models, one with a vacuum bed and one entry-level model without.” said Tony Miller, President, Global Sales and Marketing Division.

    The CO-i series is capable of printing detailed graphics onto a wide variety of substrates, including plastic, leather, wood, cloth, etc. It can accommodate objects up to 242 mm in height and 100 kg/m2 in weight and allows printing to be performed on gently curved or uneven surfaces. In addition, Primer ink enables printing on materials that were previously difficult to print on, such as glass and metal, making it ideal for personalisation of a large variety of consumer products as well as the customisation of industrial products and parts, interior decoration, sign graphics, POS displays, packaging, and other high-mix, low-volume production.

    Precision ink firing and powerful LED lamps make curing the ink fast. This combination delivers stunning images and high colour saturation as well as precisely reproducing the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. The CO-i series supports CMYKOrRe and special inks Clear, White, and Primer. The use of Clear ink produces unique finishing effects such as gloss or matte textures and simulated embossing. High-opacity White ink is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark objects while Orange and Red inks enable accurate colour reproduction of brand colours as well as unparalleled rich, vivid colour expression.

    The control panel for operating the printer is integrated into the table, enabling efficient output operations in a limited workspace. Furthermore, the static electricity remover and automatic printhead cleaning function make it easy for anyone to obtain stable print quality.

    CO-i series printers come with VersaWorks 6 software, Roland DG’s powerful and intuitive RIP, which processes PDF, EPS, PS files with precision and high speed and auto-generates White, Gloss and Primer layers with one button to maximise the capabilities of the CO-i series.

    The CO-i series also supports cloud-based services, including Roland DG Connect, for more efficient business operations and growth, including better support in the event of errors, operational visibility, easy profit calculations and more. It also features PrintAutoMate for businesses like e-commerce who handle a wide variety of data, media, and products, and require continuous output in large batches.

    “The diversification and individualisation of consumer needs has led to an increasing demand for timely and flexible responses that are attentive to the needs of each individual customer,” Miller said. “Interest in on-demand printing, which enables speedy production of what is needed, when it is needed, and in the required quantity, are growing year by year. VersaOBJECT’s direct printing solutions bring numerous benefits and competitive advantages to customers’ businesses, including shorter delivery times, reduced costs, flexibility, and reduced environmental impact while enabling the creation of new business opportunities. We will continue to expand the possibilities of on-demand decoration with VersaOBJECT to enhance people’s creativity and grow their businesses.”

    For more information about the VersaOBJECT CO-i Series visit this webpage.

  • + swissQprint now grants 36 months warranty on all machines

    Developed and built in Switzerland, swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their reliability and durability. swissQprint backs this up with a new warranty period that f...

    March 19 2024

    Developed and built in Switzerland, swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their reliability and durability. swissQprint backs this up with a new warranty period that far exceeds the industry standard.

    swissQprint announced at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2024 that customers will now receive a 36-month parts warranty starting from delivery of their large format printer. The industry standard is 12 months. “We make this promise with confidence, because we only ever use high-quality components and our printers are robustly built and very reliable,” emphasises Carmen Eicher, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at swissQprint. “Customers have always appreciated our machines’ high uptime.”

    The new warranty provisions apply with immediate effect to all new machines and for all models, namely the Kudu, Nyala, Impala and Oryx flatbed printers and the Karibu roll to roll printer. The provisions stipulate preventative maintenance intervals. “Preventative machine maintenance has always been a principle of ours to avoid problems arising in operation,” concludes Carmen Eicher.

  • + Ball & Doggett Announces Strategic Partnership with Coldenhove to Revolutionize Dye Sublimation Printing Solutions.

    Ball & Doggett, a leading provider of print material and packaging solutions, and Coldenhove, renowned manufacturer of high-quality paper products for dye sublimation printing, pro...

    March 12 2024

    Ball & Doggett, a leading provider of print material and packaging solutions, and Coldenhove, renowned manufacturer of high-quality paper products for dye sublimation printing, proudly unveil a strategic partnership aimed at ensuring a smooth continuity of supply to existing Coldenhove users.

    This collaboration merges Ball & Doggett’s expertise in materials with Coldenhove’s innovative paper technologies for dye sublimation printing. Together, the two companies aim to redefine printing solutions, offering businesses unmatched quality and performance.

    Dye sublimation printing is recognized for its vibrant colours and versatility across various applications, from textiles to signage and personalized gifts. However, the industry has sought alternatives to traditional dye sublimation papers due to concerns about environmental impact.

    Through this partnership, Ball & Doggett will leverage Coldenhove’s state-of-the-art paper technologies to deliver exceptional print quality while adhering to the highest standards of responsible production.

    Notably, Coldenhove's products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, reflecting their commitment to conservation and responsible forest management worldwide.

    "We are excited to collaborate with Coldenhove to pioneer innovative solutions in the dye sublimation printing industry," said Rob Brussolo GM for Sign Display & Digital at Ball & Doggett. "Ensuring continuity of supply to customers is a focus, and with our extensive converting capabilities in Australia, we can offer custom lengths and sizes to support the sublimation market. By combining our expertise, we aim to provide our customers with superior printing materials that meet their needs and exceed expectations.”

    Coldenhove shares this enthusiasm for the partnership and its potential impact on the industry. "At Coldenhove, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of printing technology. We look forward to working with Ball & Doggett to deliver cutting-edge solutions to their customers ensuring our clients receive their products even faster. It's a testament to our ongoing commitment to improvement and exceeding expectations." said Gert Jan Breukink Senior International Account Manager at Coldenhove.

    With a shared commitment to sustainability and innovation, Ball & Doggett and Coldenhove are poised to drive positive change in the printing industry. The partnership aims to support businesses in their quest for superior printing solutions and adopting environmentally friendly printing practices.


    For more information, please contact Ball & Doggett 1300 713 567 or Coldenhove +31 313 670670

  • + Currie Group and Elitron Announce Exclusive Partnership

    Leading Australian-based graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnersh...

    March 12 2024

    Leading Australian-based graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnership which will see Currie Group supply the Elitron range of cutting systems for digital print, packaging and textiles to print service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

    The Elitron range ideally complements Currie Group’s EFI and Canon Production Printing wide-format printers and once again highlights the company’s commitment to providing end-to-end solutions, while providing Elitron with a reliable and efficient channel partner for distribution and service support in the region. 

    Established more than 30 years ago to serve the TCF industry, Elitron offers an unmatched breadth and depth of innovation expertise, expanding its reach to solutions for the digital print, packaging, fashion, furniture, automotive and industrial sectors.

    In all its solutions, Elitron’s aim is to meet the evolving challenges of each market sector with sophisticated, high-precision cutting, automation and materials handling systems that deliver a ‘stressless’ workflow.

    All are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured in Italy under the watchful eye of Elitron’s highly-qualified engineers and technicians, drawing on the power of AI and the latest robotics and automation technologies, to provide solutions which are versatile, adaptable and, above all, designed to streamline production and minimise operator intervention to save time and money.

    As the number one producer globally of state-of-the-art cutting systems, the Elitron name will already be familiar to many in the ANZ region. In the print and packaging sector, that includes the Kombo SD and SDC series cutting systems – the latter of which will be demonstrated with an Elitron KUMULA stacking system at FESPA next week – which are legendary in the wide-format market. 

    Fast, flexible and versatile, they are designed to handle an exceptionally wide range of materials, from Forex and Dibond, to PVC and plastics, films, fabrics, re-board, paper, cardboards and corrugated, foam products and more. This makes them ideal for retail, merchandising, POP, display and signage products, as well as prototype and short-run packaging solutions.

    Other ranges include the innovative Kombo TH and Kombo THC systems with two cutting heads. Both Kombo models are designed to handle rigid boards, with the THC model with conveyor also ideal for all roll materials used for digital print and packaging applications, and the Kombo TAV-R designed specifically for packaging applications.

    The breadth and diversity of the Elitron range is testament to the company’s ability to transfer acquired technological know-how from sector to sector – a strength which has not only made it the number one global producer of state-of-the-art cutting systems and software in these markets, but has seen it develop numerous patented technologies – and pick up many awards – over the years.

    Paul Whitehead, Currie Group’s Business Unit Manager – Sign & Display, says the partnership with Elitron is an important move in Currie Group’s continual pursuit to provide the best end-to-end solutions for Sign & Display customers across Australia and New Zealand.

    “Currie Group is thrilled to be entering this new exclusive distribution partnership with Elitron, a proven platform built on 30 years of experience, combined with an exciting roadmap of unique cutting-edge technologies,” Paul says.

    “This new partnership will enable our Sign & Display and Packaging customers to maximise the productivity of their printing devices by delivering unparallelled efficiency when it comes to finishing.  And, with an extensive range of table sizes and models including the fully automated KOMBO TAV-R, we will be able to address the diverse requirements of the entire market.

    “Of course, these systems will all be backed by Currie Group’s renowned service and support network, giving customers peace of mind when it comes to maximising uptime and meeting customer deadlines,” he adds.

    Paolo Malatesta, Executive Director of Elitron, says his company is delighted with the new partnership.

    “Both myself, and Team Elitron, are excited and enthusiastic for the start of this important sales and service partnership with Currie Group in Australia and New Zealand, he says.

    “Elitron’s commitment to best serve all customers can only be achieved by working with the most reliable and efficient partners worldwide and, in Currie Group, we have certainly ticked all the boxes.”

    Rob Mesaros, CEO of Currie Group, says the partnership is a strategically important one for both companies, and aligns ‘perfectly’ with Currie Group’s commitment to provide the ANZ market with total solutions across all its market sectors.

    “Elitron is an impressive addition to our top-tier technology partnerships, with its demonstrated ability to deliver sophisticated solutions that not only meet today’s requirements, but position businesses to respond to the challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

    “We are delighted to join Elitron’s strong global network, and look forward to working closely with their team across all areas of business, to ensure wide-format and packaging printers in Australia and New Zealand have access to the latest, and best, solutions to support their productivity and profitability…with the strong expertise and service which supports their investment.”

  • + Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Welcomes Michelle Henry to The Team

    Make it Happen Signage Consultancy is delighted to announce a further expansion of their business with the appointment of Michelle Henry as the Make it Happen representative for Australia and Ne...

    March 12 2024

    Make it Happen Signage Consultancy is delighted to announce a further expansion of their business with the appointment of Michelle Henry as the Make it Happen representative for Australia and New Zealand.

    Sam Armstrong, Founder & CEO commented: “Michelle brings with her a wealth of experience in the Sign and Print industry and is the perfect person to represent Make it Happen in this region. I am thrilled to welcome Michelle to the Make it Happen team and excited to work with her in extending the benefits of our Training workshops to clients, colleagues and associates in Australia and New Zealand.”  

    Michelle Henry’s entire career has been in the Sign and Print industry; formally from the UK, Michelle relocated to New Zealand 2 years ago, having fallen in love with the country while on holiday there. Having attended to the Make it Happen bootcamps, she saw an opportunity to raise knowledge and learning benefits to the Sign and Print industry in New Zealand and Australia.

    Michelle commented:  I'm thrilled and excited to collaborate with Sam and the Make It Happen team! Having participated in Sam's courses and having enrolled employees on them, I've experienced first-hand the immense benefits they offer to businesses in our industry. Being a 4th generation signwriter, I absolutely love this trade and I see this as an opportunity to give back to the industry that has given me so much.

    About Make it Happen: 

    Make it Happen are a product and service provider to the Sign and Print industry. Founded by Sam Armstrong, in 2016, the company has become renowned for its commitment to raising industry practices and standards. They achieve this through three Training Workshops: The Signage Bootcamp, a product lead workshop, On the Frontline, a sales workshop and the Sustainability Bootcamp, which focuses on business growth. All three award-winning workshops are exclusive to the Sign and Print industry and are designed to increase knowledge, sales performance and general business growth.

  • + Highcon Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kissel + Wolf Australia to Explore ANZ Market Expansion

    Highcon, a leading provider of digital die-cutting solutions for the Folding Carton and Corrugated Packaging industry, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ...

    March 06 2024

    Highcon, a leading provider of digital die-cutting solutions for the Folding Carton and Corrugated Packaging industry, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kissel + Wolf Australia, a premier supplier within the Print & Packaging Industry across Australia and New Zealand. The agreement aims to explore opportunities for market expansion in the ANZ region, with the view of Kissel + Wolf Australia becoming a distributor following DRUPA 2024.


    Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Yavne, Israel, Highcon has developed a unique and proprietary technology for digital die-cutting solutions, revolutionising post-print processes in the industry.


    In a rapidly evolving landscape shaped by the forces of e-commerce, sustainability, and omni-channel sales and marketing, the packaging industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Highcon, the pioneer in

    digital die-cutting technology, is at the forefront of this change with its patented process.


    Kissel + Wolf Australia, with its established reputation and commitment to excellence, is well-positioned to facilitate Highcon's expansion into the ANZ market. Operating as a premier supplier across Australia and

    New Zealand, Kissel + Wolf Australia offers a diverse range of high-quality products sourced from top suppliers worldwide. With strategically located facilities around Australia and a strong customer base in

    New Zealand, the company operates an efficient distribution network across the ANZ region.


    "In this drupa year, the time is right for Highcon to explore the market opportunity in the digitally advanced ANZ market”, said Shlomo Nimrodi, Highcon CEO. “Kissel + Wolf Australia looks to be the right partner to

    help Highcon to access the market and to bring the opportunity of digital die cutting to ANZ’s folding carton and corrugated converters.”



    Highcon Beam


    "I am excited to embark on this journey with Highcon to explore the immense potential of the ANZ market," said Bruce Caldwell, Sales Manager ANZ for Fibre-Based Packaging – Sign and Display at Kissel +

    Wolf Australia.


    "Highcon’s commitment to innovation and their digital die-cutting solutions perfectly complement our new digital offerings for the fibre-based packaging industry.”


    Caldwell comments that “partnering with the leading, proven and most technically advanced digital die cutting company in the world is genuinely inspiring. We can now offer true digital end to end solutions and

    demonstrate greater efficiencies and the long-term environmental benefits in the analogue space. With the forecasted volume shifts (more jobs-shorter runs) the digital solution is a real consideration for many



    The agreement also highlights and enhances Kissel + Wolf’s commitment and reputation within the packaging industry in Australia and New Zealand.”


    "We see tremendous opportunity in partnering with Highcon to bring their innovative digital die cutting solutions to our customers across Australia and New Zealand," said Jamie Weller, Managing Director at

    Kissel + Wolf Australia. "Together, we aim to drive the analogue to digital transformation and deliver enhanced value to our clients."


    The signing of this MoU marks a significant step forward in Highcon's strategic expansion plans and reinforces Kissel + Wolf Australia's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to its customers.


    For more information about Kissel + Wolf Australia, please contact.


    Bruce Caldwell

    Sales Manager ANZ for Fibre-Based Packaging – Sign and Display

    +61 402 121 043

  • + Victoria revealed as Australia’s $1 Billion fashion manufacturing capital

    Australian Fashion Council reveals ground-breaking research cementing Victoria’s status as the nation’s clothing manufacturing capital with the sector valued at almost $1 billion

    March 06 2024

    Australian Fashion Council reveals ground-breaking research cementing Victoria’s status as the nation’s clothing manufacturing capital with the sector valued at almost $1 billion


    SYDNEY, 5 March 2024 – For the first time, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) in partnership with Epson Australia, commissioned RMIT to quantify the true value of the Victorian textile, clothing & footwear (TCF) manufacturing sector.


    Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director of Epson Australia


    Due for release next month, the full report - ‘Moving the Needle: The State of Play of Victoria’s Textile, Clothing & Footwear Manufacturing Sector’ - revealed Victoria has the industry's most complete supply chain nationally. 


    Announced by the AFC at a PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival panel:

    ● Victoria’s TCF manufacturing industry is valued at $960 million in economic value and employs 10,300 people, more than any other state. (NSW is the second highest employing 9,000 people)  

    ● Victoria’s TCF sector exports are valued at $318 million, $100 million more than its wine exports

    ● Victoria is best positioned to lead Australia’s transition into a circular and sustainable economy due to its most complete clothing ecosystem, including fibre, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, repair and second-hand retail.


    The data also highlights the undervalued significance of the sector to the broader economy and exposing the complex nature of this evolving and transforming industry and how parts of it are hidden due to the current ABS classification system.


    With its eco-system of fibre, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, alongside repair and second-hand retail, Victoria has the most complete clothing supply chain in Australia. 


    Marianne Perkovic, Chair of the AFC, emphasised Victoria's unique opportunity to provide truly sustainable, high-quality products through a ‘farm to front row’ approach. 


    Marianne Perkovic, Chair of the AFC


    “Victoria can be a global leader in advanced, sustainable manufacturing, while boosting jobs and developing skills in an industry that generates a huge $960 million. And this is only the beginning of what this industry can transform into, not only economically but environmentally, accelerating our just-transformation into a circular economy by 2030 and net zero by 2050,” Perkovic said.


    Despite a sharp decline in Australian manufacturing, generally this initial research shows employment, exports, imports and revenue in the TCF sector have stabilised. 


    The AFC is now calling for hidden parts of the industry to be reclassified and for the ABS to provide true data that ultimately support further education, training and upskilling in the sector. 


    “By taking into account every phase of the life cycle of clothing changes how we understand the industry, from being linear to circular, the jobs and skills of the future, and how we can better support diverse career pathways for women across the sector,” Dr Jenny Underwood, Associate Dean of Fashion and Textiles Technology at RMIT, explains.


    Another recommendation of the report will be to optimise microfactories, a testament to the sector's adaptability but also a beacon for the future of sustainable production. Microfactory technology has allowed small, on-demand and quick-to-market merchandise offerings to inject newfound vitality into the industry.


    “By embracing the latest digital printing technology with localised, demand-driven manufacturing, these nimble entities significantly reduce waste and enhance efficiency, aligning perfectly with the principles of the circular economy while delivering speed to market,” Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director of Epson Australia, said.


    The AFC concurs, with Perkovic adding, “We call upon policymakers to provide targeted funding and support that can be a catalyst for the growth of our industry through activities such as microfactories, bolstering the circular economy and securing a prosperous, sustainable future for this vital sector. We are excited to release the final report in April and reveal how this overlooked and undervalued sector can deliver even more than $960 million.”


    Craig Heckenberg concluded, “Our partnership with the AFC has allowed us to reveal game-changing data that will be an important tool to advance and futureproof an industry with huge potential, both economically and environmentally. Epson Australia is fully committed to supporting and helping grow the fashion and textile industry by using all of our local expertise and resources. We are excited at the prospect and promise these first insights show and for Epson Australia to play a significant part in this journey.” 

    The initial report findings are available from from 5 March 2024.

  • + Roland DG strengthens its Service and Support for WA customers

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters today announced the appointment of Andy Fung of Printpro Solution Pty Ltd as an Autho...

    February 21 2024

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters today announced the appointment of Andy Fung of Printpro Solution Pty Ltd as an Authorised Service Agent in Western Australia. Andy’s appointment reflects the steadfast commitment Roland DG gives to serving customers through its Roland DG Care initiatives in the state.  With a strong passion for technology, Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has worked in the printing industry, with specific focus on Roland DG machines, for over 17 years.

     As an Authorised Service Agent, Andy has broad experience with various models of equipment and places emphasis on delivering outcomes that exceed customer expectations.  

    "Andy’s attention to detail and strong work ethic means he is focused on keeping Roland DG machines running to their high standard through Preventative Maintenance schedules and responding to any customer requests for machine repairs in a timely manner." says Roland DG Australia Service Manager, Brett Humphreys.  

    Brett commented further saying "We are excited to have Andy’s skills and experience to complement the Roland DG Care Program and look forward to the value he will give our Western Australia customers."  For more information on Roland DG Care and to contact the Service and Support Team, visit

  • + Roland DG unveil first-ever compact UV Flatbed printer

    Exciting news! We’re unveiling our first-ever compact UV Flatbed printer to complement our easy-to-use and...

    February 13 2024

    Exciting news! We’re unveiling our first-ever compact UV Flatbed printer to complement our easy-to-use and affordable desktop products in the VersaSTUDIO range. We present the new VersaSTUDIO BD-8, designed for anyone — even those with no prior experience — to print vibrant and detailed graphics on a wide range of objects.

    The BD-8 fits on your desktop, making it ideal for use in home businesses, small offices, retail spaces and classroom settings to add value to items like phone covers, cosmetic cases, fashion accessories, sports memorabilia, gifts, bottles and more.

    Key Features:

    • Customise 3D objects up to 102mm high, or print on round surfaces up to 2” in diameter with the optional rotary accessory.

    • Versatile - print on a wide variety of materials, including plastics, paper, leather and wood — even glass and metal with the onboard primer ink.

    • Professional Grade - advanced UV printing technology, including a high-definition printhead.

    • Easy to use - engineered with a simple design and bundled with the feature-filled, user-friendly FlexiDESIGNER VersaSTUDIO Edition design and output software.

    • Compact size to fit on virtually any desktop.

    • High safety standards featuring a built-in fume extractor and full-cover design.

    • Affordable - priced for startups and small businesses.

    • Comprehensive manufacturer’s warranties.

    The BD-8 is a powerhouse in a compact frame and this isn’t even the complete list of its advantages…

    Find out More

    To discover more about the BD-8 desktop UV flatbed printer contact us or speak to your Dealer.

  • + Roland DG Introduces Two New VersaSTUDIO Series Products; Compact UV and Direct-To-Film Printers for Increased Creativity and Profitability

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced two new products in the VersaSTUDIO series. The BD-8, th...

    February 06 2024

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced two new products in the VersaSTUDIO series. The BD-8, the first flatbed UV printer in the VersaSTUDIO series, and the BY-20 with Roland DG's Direct-To-Film (DTF transfer) ink technology, used by a wide range of customers in the apparel goods market.

    “Our compact, easy-to-use, and affordable desktop products are marketed under the brand name VersaSTUDIO and include a broad range of popular desktop solutions, such as inkjet printers, cutters, engravers, metal printers, and foil transfer laser decorators.” said Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division. “With the addition of these two new products to the VersaSTUDIO series, we are further strengthening our product lineup.” 

    The BD-8 is a UV printer capable of high-definition direct printing on a variety of shapes and materials. It supports items up to A5 size and 102mm in height. The machine can also print on cylindrical objects such as bottles and lipsticks using the optional rotary axis. The EUV5 ink is compatible with numerous materials, from soft textures like fabric and leather to hard textures like wood and plastics. The primer ink enables improved adhesion for printing on glass and metal. With the BD-8, you can easily produce profitable items such as smartphone cases, stationery, cosmetic items and much more.

    The BY-20 is a water-based printer using the DTF transfer method to improve the design and efficiency of apparel goods production. After printing on a special film, hot-melt powder is applied and thermally melted, and then the film is simply layered on fabric and heat-pressed to create original T-shirts, sportswear, etc. This method makes it easy to transfer even complex designs onto both light and dark fabrics, including not only cotton but also polyester, cotton polyester, denim, nylon, and rayon, among others to produce a vast array of garments. This compact machine combines excellent print quality and productivity to produce highly designed apparel goods beautifully and quickly. 

    Both the BD-8 and BY-20 are equipped with the same print head as our high-end inkjet models and offer multiple print modes ideal for different applications, making it easy for anyone to achieve professional printing results. According to Miller, these machines were designed to offer excellent usability. Following the installation, you can immediately begin production. The printers have a simple design with only a power button. All other functions are easily performed with the included Utility software which supports convenient operation through easy-to-understand icons with high visibility and intuitive, quick access to the menu items you want to use. The printers also come standard with the software FlexiDESIGNER VersaSTUDIO Edition which can be used for everything from design creation to output with simple operations. Even those who have never used design software before can easily create the design you want. 

    Roland DG Connect, a cloud-based service, is also included. This service provides proactive support in the event of errors and visualisation of the printer's operating status, allowing you to use the printer with peace of mind. 

    Even though they come standard with various productivity features and the necessary design and output software, the BD-8 and BY-20 are priced to make it easy for first-time users, which includes a comprehensive manufacturer's warranty.

    “With the addition of the BD-8 and BY-20 to the VersaSTUDIO lineup, which has the brand message “Get Started,” we are confident that these new products will further expand the creative and business possibilities for our customers in diverse settings, including the production and sale of original goods, in-store decoration services, and STEM education,” Miller said. “We will continue to expand the VersaSTUDIO series to meet diversifying needs and encourage new challenges around the world.” 

    For more information about the VersaSTUDIO BD-8 visit the webpage.

    For more information about the VersaSTUDIO BY-20 visit this webpage.

  • + DCS Announces VIBRAHue Line of UV Printers

    Direct Color Systems is happy to introduce a new line of printers to its current portfolio. The new product line, named VIBRAHUE, is a collaboration between Direct Color Systems an...

    January 30 2024

    Direct Color Systems is happy to introduce a new line of printers to its current portfolio. The new product line, named VIBRAHUE, is a collaboration between Direct Color Systems and Team EPS. Direct Color Systems, well known for its innovative products for Braille and Textured printing, is adding the VIBRAHUE product line to meet the needs of traditional UV printing. Team EPS is a 30-year-old service company to the printing industry and is very well known for providing exceptional technical service and support.

    The VIBRAHUE line of UV printers are a fast, reliable, and competitively priced lineup of printers with Flatbed, Roll-to-Roll, and Hybrid formats. They are available in a variety of sizes and a choice of printheads. Direct Color Systems will be handling the Sales and Marketing for the product line, while Team EPS will be managing the Installation, Training, Technical Support and Service.

    The VIBRAHUE series of printers is a testament to the synergy between Direct Color Systems’ innovative spirit and TeamEPS’ commitment to high quality service. Steve Mills, Global VP of Sales and Marketing at Direct Color Systems, comments on the strategic integration of VIBRAHUE with their existing product line, “The VIBRAHUE product line compliments our Direct Jet line of printers. We are not just expanding our product range; we’re enhancing the capabilities of our clients. Customers involved in traditional Point of Purchase printing can now enjoy a more comprehensive offering, right alongside our Direct Jet products.”

    The TeamEPS and Direct Color Systems collaboration is more than a partnership; It is a fusion of expertise and excellence. This cooperation allows the two partners to make the most of their expertise in service and utilize an established sales and marketing network.

    This strategic move is part of Direct Color Systems’ broader vision to strengthen its market presence while bringing new product possibilities to its customer base. Tom Kaplinski, Direct Color Systems, President elaborates, “The launch of VIBRAHUE aligns perfectly with our strategy to continuously evolve and provide superior technical products. It is not just about adding new printers; it is about new possibilities like roll-to-roll printing, an area we are excited to explore. Our collaboration with TeamEPS and their world-class service organization marks a new chapter in our journey.”

  • + Canon Wins Pacesetter Award from Keypoint Intelligence in Wide Format Sustainability for Product Innovation Across its Portfolio

    Canon is proud to announce that Keypoint intelligence has awarded Canon the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2024-2025 Pacesetter award in Wide Format Sustainability: Product Innovation. This pres...

    January 23 2024

    Canon is proud to announce that Keypoint intelligence has awarded Canon the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2024-2025 Pacesetter award in Wide Format Sustainability: Product Innovation. This prestigious accolade acknowledges Canon as the leading company supporting environmental improvements and initiatives in the wide format printing systems market through product innovation, across its complete portfolio.


    In its extensive research of the global wide format printing systems market, Keypoint Intelligence identified Canon's outstanding commitment to sustainability through innovative features across its wide format print devices. 


    As part of the assessment, Keypoint Intelligence invited all leading document imaging companies to complete an exhaustive questionnaire detailing their environmental efforts and programs in a range of sustainability areas, including business operations, products, recycling, and goal tracking. Participating companies were also asked to make key personnel available for in-depth interviews with the Keypoint Intelligence analyst team to give a complete picture of their sustainability strategies. After gathering this data, analysts used a proprietary rating scale to determine the Pacesetter Award winners.


    Canon's commitment to innovation in sustainable wide format printing technology is evident not only in its extensive portfolio, featuring the Colorado, Arizona, PlotWave and ColorWave lines of printers, but also in its award-winning CrystalPoint and UVgel ink technology. 


    Through innovation, Canon actively strives to minimize the overall impact of its products throughout the complete product lifecycle. This starts with R&D and development – being engineered into the design and use – and continues all the way to end of life and the reuse, refurbishment and remanufacturing of products and parts. 


    Furthermore, Canon is consistently adopting energy-efficient LED curing technologies throughout its portfolio and with Canon’s award-winning, proprietary UVgel ink technology, customers can benefit from up to 40% less ink consumption compared with competitive technologies. UVgel technology also operates and produces output with zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions or hazardous air pollutants.


    Canon designs its products with the circular economy in mind to contribute to a waste-less society. By innovatively designing its printers and products to be modular and for greater longevity, they are upgradable, enabling them to stay operational for longer, rather than being seen as disposable devices with a limited lifetime. 


    Martijn van Hoorn, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Canon Production Printing, comments: “Being awarded the Wide Format Sustainability Award for Product Innovation by Keypoint Intelligence acknowledges the innovative developments we’ve made in designing our wide format printing systems portfolio to be a sustainable solution our customers can rely on. At Canon, we operate according to the philosophy of Kyosei – a Japanese word that means ‘living and working together for the common good’. This philosophy is deeply ingrained in the way we design and develop our products.   Product innovation is key in any R&D centre around the world, and we have actively defined sustainability and environmental impact as a key requirement for our future portfolio. This has led to numerous small and significant innovations that you see in every new product we release, most recently with the launch of our Colorado M-series with its modular design and in-field upgradability.


    “We passionately believe this long-term strategy will change the way large format graphics and other applications are being produced for the better, and will benefit our customers and the wider society.”


    Eric Zimmerman, Principal Analyst and Director Wide Format Printing at Keypoint Intelligence, emphasizes the significance of partnering with environmentally conscious manufacturers like Canon Production Printing, "Businesses have seen the results of becoming more eco-friendly, and by partnering with manufacturers like Canon, which are dedicated to environmental friendliness and place that central in their innovation, you are that much closer to achieving better sustainability."


    For more information about Canon's sustainability initiatives and its wide format printing portfolio, please visit and

  • + First Nations Fashion Designers see their creations become reality with Epson digital printing solutions

    Since Epson signed their landmark technology and sustainability agreement to support First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD), each of the designers who participated in the inaugural...

    January 23 2024

    Since Epson signed their landmark technology and sustainability agreement to support First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD), each of the designers who participated in the inaugural FNFD x THE ICONIC Incubator training program have now completed the unique course. Throughout and now at the end of the Incubator program, the designers had their unique designs digitised and printed by Epson via Epson digital printing solutions.

    Epson’s applications and training specialist Derek Mobbs working with The Incubator program participants to help digitise and print their designs

     FNFD founder and chairperson, Grace Lillian Lee, explained, “We were so lucky to have Epson’s Derek Mobbs come out and scan the artists’ paintings and digitise the files. This was done on the Epson Expression 11000XL A3 scanner, a high-resolution A3 scanner designed to meet the most demanding graphic arts applications, that Derek bought to our hub at the Powerhouse Museum. Derek then spent time knitting the images together to make a repeat print that could be printed at length on the amazing Epson ML-8000 textile printer. There was a lot of care taken by the team at Epson to respectfully adjust the prints in order for them to become textile designs, with Derek consulting with each designer to make sure that he wasn't changing the story of their artworks. First Nations artists and designers use their works as a form of storytelling and the integrity of these stories were very important to Derek and his process.”

    The Epson Monna Lisa ML-8000 direct-to-fabric printer

    Epson Australia MD, Craig Heckenberg said, “It is very exciting to see the work and dreams of these amazing First Nations designers become reality. We at Epson are delighted to be able to help tell their unique stories by using Epson digital printing technologies.”

    FNFD x THE ICONIC Incubator Program participants watching the Epson ML-8000 print out their designs at the Epson Experience Centre in Yennora 

    Clearly the team at FNFD are very grateful for all the support and time provided by Epson to the winning designers who took part in The Incubator program.

    FNFD’s founder and chairperson, Grace Lillian Lee and Epson Australia MD, Craig Heckenberg

    Lee added, “There has been so much respect and care taken by the Epson team to make sure that the fabric is the correct format, sizing and configuration. The gifted fabric allowed the designers to play with scale and placement of their prints without price being a barrier. It also enabled them access to a large quantity of great quality fabrics for the sampling of their ranges so that they could meet quicker than usual deadlines for production and photoshoots.”


    With Epson’s help the designers were able to skip the toile stage of their sampling - usually done on a plain calico to save money - to doing it immediately, in the moment and with the fabric they eventually intended to use in final production. 


    Grace Lee concluded, “Epson’s help, support and printing expertise has been truly invaluable. The designers were so happy with their fabrics that they ordered bigger quantities for their manufacturing component of the program. Selected pieces and designs will be stocked on THE ICONIC website from 31 January and will be showcased at the upcoming FNFD X THE ICONIC event at the China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills on the same date.”


    For more on the Epson ML-8000 digital textile printer go to:


    For more on FNFD go to:

  • + SCREEN notches up 20,000 CtP installs, revamps 4-page and 8-page PlateRite setters

    Computer-to-plate might be a mature market but it is far from a ‘sunset’ one.   Market leader SCREEN continues to upgrade its PlateRite range of 4pp, 8pp and VLF devices and h...

    January 23 2024

    Computer-to-plate might be a mature market but it is far from a ‘sunset’ one.   Market leader SCREEN continues to upgrade its PlateRite range of 4pp, 8pp and VLF devices and has recently passed the 20,000-mark in CtP units shipped worldwide, which includes OEM models.


    Sydney January 10th 2024 - Screen GP Australia Managing Director Peter Scott notes: “The tail-end of 2023 saw a marked upsurge in our PlateRite CtP sales and requests for replacements in 2024. These were mostly via our plate-supplier partners Fujifilm and Ferag Australia. CtP today is mostly a replacement market and printers are looking for reliable, well service-backed platesetters – something we at Screen Australia pride ourselves in.”

     Peter Scott: Managing Director of Screen GP Australia

    Computer-to-Plate turned 30 years old in 2023 and today is virtually all-thermal since the exit of major plate manufacturers from UV violet plates – apart from newspaper CtP and a few legacy devices. 


    “Processless and chemistry-free plates are now the norm in the commercial CtP sector,” says Scott, “the shift to sustainable, low-emission platemaking is almost complete.”


    Supporting offset printers’ platemaking since 1995

    Since releasing its first CtP setter – the PlateRite 1080 in 1995 – Screen built on its fine reputation for reliable film imagesetters and replicated this with 4, 8, 16 and larger page devices. Several plate suppliers, notably Fujifilm and Agfa, turned to Screen for OEM versions of its Kyoto, Japan-made devices. In passing the 20,000 total CtP units shipped, Screen has also announced upgrades to its 4 and 8-page PlateRite machines.


    The upgraded Screen PlateRite HD 8900N II uses much less power

    Scott says: “ Litho offset is still the strongest print method and presses have become phenomenally automated. Packaging offset is streaking ahead for folding carton work, as printers balance the decline in commercial offset with the increase in packaged goods. This means more plate changes, more multi-colour work, more short runs. The importance of reliable, well-backed, automated and precise CtP has become all the more important – CtP becomes the heartbeat of busy offset print shops. With this in mind, Screen has upgraded its PlateRite range once again.”


    The 8-page (B1) PlateRite HD 8900N series is now known as the HD 8900N II and is available in ‘E, S and Z’ versions for delivering 36, 48 or 70 plates per hour respectively. All models use GLV (Grating Light Valve) optics for uniform light distribution and ultra-high quality dot placement.   Leveraging Screen’s market-leading position in photolithography for silicon wafer production, a high-precision autofocus mechanism enables the use of precision screenings such as Screen’s proprietary Spekta-2 and Randot-X FM methods.


    Automatic plate loading and unloading adds to efficiency, especially in multi-press environments, with Screen’s AT-M8100N units capable of discharging plates in up to 5 directions for fully automated platemaking and delivery.

    Sustainability applies in CtP too

    In line with its ‘Innovation for a sustainable World’ philosophy, Screen has also managed to greatly reduce energy consumption on the new PlateRite HD 8900N II series. Taking the ‘Z’ model as an example, power consumption is reduced by 43% in operation and a massive 93% while the system is idle.


    Scott adds: “Screen is totally committed to CtP and workflow, which is far from a ‘sunset’ market. We continue to invest in R&D and work with our plate partners to refine and automate plate production to an extent that it can even become a ‘hands-free’ prepress operation when auto-loaded with up to 600 B1 plates. As always, we back this up with factory-trained technicians, some with 28 years of experience, right here in the Australia-New Zealand and Pacific Islands region.


    “As the new year dawns, we have experienced an unprecedented demand for CtP across all formats: four, eight and VLF page sizes up to 48-pages. New Zealand is particularly strong through our partnership with Fujifilm. Of course, Screen also has a leading position in digital printing, particularly in labels and soon to be in flexible packaging too but Offset is still the dominant print technology by both value and volume, according to a report from the Smithers group.


    “This is gratifying, as Screen’s origins were in Lithography and we progressed into Offset Litho when it emerged in the early 1900s. A modern, automated offset shop is unrecognisable to those early ones and CtP production is the heartbeat of the workflow as jobs progress from design to completion. Screen GP Australia is proud to be an important part of this progress.”