Xennia Technology Ltd, the world’s leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, today announces the completion of the acquisition of Cametrics – known for its ixPressia digital printing software products. This further enhances the integration of Xennia’s XenJet module portfolio, making the benefits of digital inkjet technology – reduced costs, increased productivity and just-in-time customisation – available more quickly and at reduced cost.
Dr Alan Hudd, Xennia’s Managing Director, comments: “We are pleased to join forces with such a peerless software company and its accomplished team. Print software is pivotal to Xennia’s proposition and this acquisition significantly bolsters our inkjet modules and systems portfolio. The acquisition of Cametrics reinforces our ability to support our OEM customers, making inkjet implementation easier for all.”
Xennia and Cametrics have been working together for a number of years. XenJet Cygnus, Xennia’s print software module, is based around Cametrics’ ixPressia PrintEngine product. XenJet Cygnus provides a ‘printer manager’ capable of running all modules of the printing system, including the print engine, fluid controllers, maintenance station, printhead and/or substrate motion and UV curing. XenJet Cygnus prints image files in any standard image format, with full colour management, and handles variable data, such as barcodes and serial numbers, which change from print to print.
A whole new look is in store for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) thanks to wide-format inkjet printing technology from Roland DGA Corp. A partnership between the two companies, announced today, establishes Roland DGA as the exclusive printer manufacturer for RCR, a legendary performer on the NASCAR racing circuit and home to three of the top 2010 Sprint Cup Series Chase finishers, including Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer.
“We are honoured to partner with Richard Childress Racing,” said Dave Goward, president and CEO of Roland DGA Corp. “Years of prestigious wins have made RCR a NASCAR legend and favorite among racing fans everywhere. We look forward to sharing in the excitement of this amazing organisation.”
The partnership equips RCR’s new state-of-the-art Graphics Centre with Roland’s most advanced wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters including SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT and VersaCAMM VS inkjet printer/cutters featuring Roland’s award-winning Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink. Through the partnership, RCR will open its campus-like facility located in Welcome, North Carolina, to Roland for training classes, dealer meetings, product demonstrations and other events, and will offer additional support to Roland advertising and marketing campaigns.
Since opening the RCR graphics studio, Roland printers have been working around the clock to wrap RCR’s extensive inventory of racing cars and trucks, show cars and delivery vehicles.
“Roland printers provide RCR’s in-house graphics department with quality, speed, reliability and the ability to print and cut graphics in one seamless effort,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Roland printers will give our vehicles a new look and feel, as well as allow us the quality control and quick turnaround we were looking for.”
An important new distribution agreement between CMYUK Digital and A Berger will result in the German specialist digital textile manufacturer’s full range of versatile products being available in the UK. This arrangement covers the Krefeld based company’s entire portfolio of materials, which can now be obtained from a single source supplier in this country for the first time.
Suitable for direct and transfer dye sublimation printers, such as those from Mimaki and Mutoh, A Berger’s materials can also be used with most other ink chemistries, including HP’s latex printing technologies. Similarly, there are many products in the company’s catalogue which are ideal for UV-curable and solvent-based systems, with many of the textiles having a universal capability to bring them added versatility.
For CMYUK Digital, the addition of Berger’s digital textiles to its range of products and services is a logical move for the specialist distributor of wide-format printing solutions as it reflects the increasing interest from printers using all types of machine who want to benefit from these materials. The comprehensive range of media includes typical fabrics used for soft signs, flags and banners and also encompasses the rapid growth in demand from the home furnishing and interior décor markets.
Similarly, for point-of-sale and retail advertising, CMYUK Digital is addressing the move towards polyester-based media not only for its lighter weight and ease of handling but also because of the potential to be recycled. Most of the Berger materials also carry B1/M1 fire ratings, thus making them suitable for interior applications, such as light boxes, back-lits and furnishings.
CMYUK Digital’s Jon Price states: “Everyone is predicting a huge increase in interest for digital textiles in the UK but, until now, it hasn’t been easy to obtain high quality materials from a long-standing manufacturer and converter. By bringing Berger’s products to this country we know we can extend the potential of these fabrics into a wealth of different display and décor arenas.
“For users of dye sublimation printers, both direct and transfer, the Berger portfolio of PES and PP polyester-based textiles will enhance the production opportunities available within the digital printing market,” Price continues. “Additionally we expect to see an increase in textile production from companies that have invested in other ink technologies, including HP’s latex plus aqueous-based, solvent-based and UV-curable systems.”
Because CMYUK Digital has decided to offer the entire catalogue of materials from A Berger this means that a vast range of PVC-free products is now available on the UK market for the first time. The company’s textiles bring more environmentally friendly alternatives to users of wide-format digital printers, with art and stretch canvases, black-out and noise-absorbing acoustic media complementing the more commonly employed options used for banners, flags, inflatables, umbrellas and framed displays.
“Although the potential of Berger materials is huge within the dye sublimation market, moving into digital textile production doesn’t mean having to buy a new printer,” concludes Price. “With such a broad selection of media options now available from the company, every ink formulation can be accommodated with reliable, robust coatings on a choice of high quality polyester-based fabrics.”
With a long history in the production of textiles, going back to the late 19th century, in 1977 the original company Schüssler took over its customer A Berger whose primary activities today concentrate on the development of textiles for digital printing. The growing, comprehensive portfolio of materials is designed to cater for all ink technologies and every type of application where polyesters and mixes can be used to replace conventional display products.
CMYUK Digital is the UK authorised distributor for EFI VUTEk UV-curable wide-format printers and Mutoh’s Viper TX 1.6 and 2.2 m direct-to-textile system, designed for the soft sign and display markets. The company also supplies the Zünd G3 contour cutting solution, as well as a selection of OEM inks for a variety of manufacturers.
Epson has signed a global sponsorship agreement to become Official Office Equipment Partner to Manchester United, one of the world’s most famous football clubs.
The agreement, which starts immediately, sees Epson, one of the leading manufacturers of printers, projectors and scanners worldwide, supply Manchester United with its equipment throughout Old Trafford. The deal will see Epson align its brand with the world-class club and raise its profile in Europe and globally where the club is followed.
The partnership is launched at Old Trafford today, ahead of Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, chief executive David Gill and the entire first team squad in attendance.
Speaking at the launch event Epson’s Global President, Mr Minoru Usui, said: “The partnership with Manchester United aligns Epson with an exciting and globally recognised brand, bringing us closer to our customers worldwide. Leading the way through constant creativity and innovation both brands share a commitment to achieving the highest standards. Our vision to excite and inspire customers is represented by Manchester United’s success on the pitch and the unique printer and projector technologies for which Epson is renowned.”
Epson expects the agreement to allow the brand to get closer to its customers and their passions. Epson believes in giving something back to the communities in which it operates and there are strong synergies with Manchester United, who also has a strong community spirit and is well-known for its local community programmes.
Manchester United’s chief executive David Gill said: “We are obviously delighted to have Epson as one of our commercial partners with immediate effect and are looking forward to developing an exciting communications programme that helps us both achieve our business goals. Epson is a superb global brand, that sits perfectly alongside our existing partners.”
The agreement will be announced to fans at half time during the game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, 27 November.
Large Format Review (LFR) today announced it has achieved massive growth in its readership figures. October 2010 was the first month ever where the site recorded over 500,000 hits.
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Abi Ricketts, the recently appointed editor of LFR, comments, “These readership figures back up the fact that LFR is the large format digital printing industry’s fastest-growing online news portal. Visitors to the site are able to find out what is newsworthy in the large format digital printing industry in a format that clearly suits them.”
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Designed to provide an exciting yet practical demonstration suite for new and existing customers, Roland DG (UK) has opened its innovative Creative Centre as its UK head-quarters in Somerset. Located just minutes off the M5 at Clevedon, this new facility has been planned to show all of the company's solutions in a walk-through lay-out, with its families of machines complemented by comprehensive production examples from each system.
The Roland Creative Centre is rich in the types and varieties of application which can be produced using its equipment, including full-colour wide-format printers, high quality vinyl cutting, routing and engraving. These examples of output show how the company's systems can generate productive and unusual solutions, demonstrating how even modest investments can be used to create profitable, eye-catching work on all types of material.
The layout of the new Creative Centre enables visitors to view the production processes, from start to finish, showing initial designs being processed before being passed to the output device. Full-colour jobs can be seen generated with Roland's VersaWorks RIP before being sent to one of the company's printers, and the same artwork can be used to demonstrate how the different ink technologies can be used for high quality and unusual results.
Unlike most showrooms, the purpose of the Creative Centre is to emulate a true production environment so that visitors can see how Roland's machines work in day-to-day situations. Visitors can also compare solutions to assess which suits them best with experts always on-hand to discuss creative opportunities and how they can be generated using the best combinations of machine and material.
"Roland's existing and potential customers come from all walks of life, and various different areas of commerce and industry; because we know every requirement is different, we understand the importance of not categorising our solutions or our users," states Jerry Davies, managing director of Roland DG (UK). "The concept of digital production means that it can be used by everyone, from start-ups through to established organisations wanting to enter into new markets. The comprehensive suite of systems displayed in our Creative Centre shows new avenues of flexibility and versatility for a vast range of business opportunities."
The Creative Centre takes visitors through all the different processes on offer from Roland, and how results can be created quickly and easily. The solutions demonstrated include photo impact engravers and production options for rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, precision milling and engraving. These are complemented by the company's renowned families of vinyl cutters, and the latest generation of wide-format ink-jet systems including print-and-cut automation, featuring solvent-based metallic and white inks and UV-curable options, again with white ink, plus clear varnish.
Davies concludes: "Our Creative Centre offers far more than a demonstration suite, enabling users to stretch their creativity and gain ideas about how to generate more profitability. All of our production solutions are backed up by our comprehensive RolandCare support, and specialist courses at the Roland Academy are available for users wanting to move into new business opportunities which we can help them unleash."
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