06 Aug 2020

EskoArtwork sets up a Software Development Center in the Suzhou Industrial Park


EskoArtwork has signed an agreement with the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) to set up a Software Development Center in the SIP. The official signing of the agreement was well attended by a large number of EskoArtwork’s Chinese customers during the User Club Day at the Belgian Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

"China is an economic powerhouse that emerged from the worldwide financial crisis almost unscathed. It is no longer just a "factory of the world" but evolved to a large, rapidly growing and attractive local market. This represents a great opportunity for EskoArtwork and its customers," says Carsten Knudsen, EskoArtwork’s President & CEO. "To do business in China, it’s important to deliver products that meet the needs of the local market. The Development Center’s first focus will be to develop software that helps Chinese customers improve efficiency and quality, which will lead to improved satisfaction among their customers."

Carsten continues: "Since many years, EskoArtwork holds a strong position in China in the higher end of the market, which produces goods primarily for export. The Software Development Center will develop software targeted at China’s broad but quickly developing market of converters and tradeshops, which look to greatly improve their production capabilities to serve the local market."

"EskoArtwork chose the Suzhou Industrial Park because it offers a great pool of software talent, a well-structured and professional approach, a sound environment for the protection of IP and a set of excellent incentives," says Jean-Pierre De Moor, Vice President Asia Pacific & Japan. "Furthermore, Suzhou is close to our Greater China Headquarters in Shanghai."

"SIP is pleased to welcome EskoArtwork to the Park. We are always excited when world-class companies and market leaders in their field invest in the Park," concludes Mrs. Sun Yanyan, Vice Chairman of SIP. "It is a testimony of the excellent facilities and incentives offered by the Park."

In a further move to strengthen its position in the Chinese market, EskoArtwork will set up an assembly and manufacturing plant in China for its flagship CDI digital imager for flexo and letterpress plates. The company believes that the flexo and letterpress markets will grow significantly in the next five years, especially when the extensive local tradeshops and converter market switches to digital plates.


Granthams first UK reseller to sign up as supplier of Elements green print solutions



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Preston based Granthams is the first UK company to sign up as a reseller for IGS UK’s Elements green series of wide-format printing systems. The long established supplier of solutions for the display industry had been looking for more environmentally friendly options to suit its growing customer base, and the Atom 24 and Atom 44, which incorporate Epson MicroPiezo TFP print-heads, ticked all the boxes for durability, totally safe operation and cost-effective ease of use.

A member of the GDL Colourlink Group, a consortium of independent UK graphics’ specialists, Granthams was founded 114 years ago and is a major supplier of sign-making and display products throughout the country. A policy of only offering the best solutions, for which full support is included, has led the company to gain a high reputation for sales and service with leading brand aqueous- and solvent-based printers, consumables and accessories. The addition of IGS UK’s Elements range now satisfies the demand for an essential green option for users wanting to produce durable displays.

Kirsty Reader, general manager of Granthams, states: “Our growing client list comprises large and small businesses, including many offices and organisations who want to produce their durable display print in-house. Until now this hasn’t been practical because of the odours and hazardous chemicals inherent in most solvent-based printing systems.

“The Elements Atom 24 and Atom 44 printers, combined with H2O inks, matched Krypton Eco-Media and specially configured Chromium RIP, result in a neat, clean and green system which produces high quality output onto a range of materials, including semi-rigids and, even, aluminium composites,” Reader continues. “This turnkey solution also incorporates full support for users, plus minimal maintenance. We believe it is certain to appeal to first-time printer purchasers as well as those who want to incorporate eco-friendly options into their existing range of services.”

With size options of 610 mm (24 inches) and 1117.6 mm (44 inches), the Elements Atom duo is based on industry-proven Epson Stylus Pro printers, modified to facilitate the use of Elements H2O’s proprietary outdoor durable heat-cured water-based resin inks. Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo) technology ensures that precise dot placement is matched with high performance criteria and excellent print-head durability.

Managing director of IGS UK, Nick Wintle, adds: “Although we’ve only recently launched our Elements family of products, the interest has been exceptionally high from resellers eager to adopt a water-based green wide-format print solution. Granthams was first past the post and we’re pleased to be working with such a high profile, well established specialist.”

Based in Maidenhead, IGS UK is an international distributor of high quality wide-format solutions, all of which are sourced from reputable manufacturers renowned for high standards and reliability. The company’s ethos is to champion moves to greener working practices by bringing environmentally aware products and services to the display industry.

For further information, or to arrange a demonstration, Granthams can be contacted on Tel: 0845 230 5520, you can also visit their website at www.graphicdiscount.co.uk



Roland DG report hardware 'slump' but look ahead to increased sales and income


Business overview and consolidated financial results for the 2010 fiscal year April 1 2009 to March 31 2010, as presented by Masahiro Tomioka, President of Roland DG Corporation

  • Net sales for the 2010 fiscal year decreased to 28,403 million yen (down 27.3% year on year).
  • Operating costs percentage increased due to the adjustments in production volume, the increased cost of supplies, the strong yen and other factors.
  • As a result, operating income was 708 million yen (down 85.2% year on year).
  • With increased income taxes due to the partial reversal of subsidiaries’ deferred tax assets and the like, Roland DG ended the fiscal year with a net loss of 82 million yen (versus a net income of 2,892 million yen in the previous year).

Presidents comments:

"During the latter half of this year, the global economy gradually recovered from its plummet following the financial shock precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. However, consumer spending and corporate sentiment toward capital investment remained weak throughout the year.

Roland DG Group responded to this severe economic climate by reducing expenses and streamlining operations to focus on strategic areas of our business. Identifying these major changes in the global economic climate as a historic turning point, we also began working to reform our corporate structure to better facilitate medium and long-term growth.

In the first half of the year, we responded to the changing economy by making strategic adjustments to production and shipping, reduced inventory throughout our supply-chain and increased our ability to rapidly respond to market conditions. In the second half of the year, we were able to bring new products to market. Thanks to these immediate actions and other factors, our profitability began to recover in the second half of the year.

By business segment, net sales of printers, 3D products, and other non-supply products slumped due to a decreasing corporate interest in capital investment and the increased difficulty of our customers to obtain financing. However, net sales gradually recovered in the second half of the year, led mainly by supplies. By region, net sales in North America and Europe hit bottom in the first half of the year with a gradual recovery thereafter, but the level of recovery was weak overall. Coupled with the adverse impact of the strong yen, the result was a large year-on-year sales decline. Meanwhile, sales in Japan were strong as we made progress in cultivating markets for our UV printers while in Asia, particularly China, our active sales efforts succeeded in limiting the size of the drop in net sales.

As a result of the above, net sales for the 2010 fiscal year decreased to 28,403 million yen (down 27.3% year on year). Our operating costs percentage increased due to the adjustments in our production volume, the increased cost of supplies, the strong yen and other factors. As a result, operating income was 708 million yen (down 85.2% year on year). With increased income taxes due to the partial reversal of subsidiaries’ deferred tax assets and the like, we ended the fiscal year with a net loss of 82 million yen (versus a net income of 2,892 million yen in the previous year).

While elements of the global economy remain uncertain, we expect to achieve increased sales and income for the 2011 fiscal year through aggressive sales activities with a focus on new products, continued maintenance of appropriate inventory levels, and a commitment to streamlining our operations by improving production efficiency and lowering costs.

Roland DG Group continues to uphold our corporate vision of using digital technology to transform imagination into reality. Professionals worldwide rely on Roland solutions everyday in the sign, grand-format, sublimation, UV inkjet, digital graphics, vehicle graphics, fine art, photography, packaging, label, engraving and 3D modeling industries. Going forward, we will continue to explore profitable new markets for our innovative engineering expertise, such as the dental prostheses industry.


X-Rite appoints Dr. Iris Mangelschots as President for APAC Region

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X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced that it has appointed Dr Iris Mangelschots, President for the Asia Pacific Region. In her new position, Dr. Mangelschots will be responsible for all aspects of the company's activities in Japan, Greater China, India, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

"After many years of running our Imaging and Media business unit and our global sales and marketing organization, Iris has developed unique qualifications necessary to establish a cross functional organization in the APAC region to ensure that X-Rite/Pantone sales and profit performances are commensurate with the significant opportunities we see going forward," commented Tom Vacchiano, X-Rite's CEO.

Most recently, Dr. Mangelschots served as Senior Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing for X-Rite.  Prior to that assignment, Dr. Mangelschots served as Vice President of X-Rite's Imaging and Media business unit, having joined X-Rite as part of the Gretag-Macbeth (Amazys Holding AG) acquisition, in July 2006.  During her tenure at Gretag-Macbeth, she was Vice President and General Manager for the Digital Imaging Business Unit.

Before joining Gretag-Macbeth, Dr. Mangelschots held key positions at Rockwell Automation AG, a worldwide market leader in industrial automation and at Cerberus Corporation, a worldwide market leader in electronic safety management systems.

"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to take on this new challenge in one of the fastest growing markets in the world. We see a tremendous opportunity for X-Rite's broad range of color solutions to enable customers across the Asia Pacific region to experience color consistency across their workflows and supply chains in multiple vertical markets," commented Dr. Mangelschots.

A native of Belgium, Dr. Mangelschots holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and a Master of Sciences degree in Physics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

EFI closes acquisition of Radius Solutions


Electronics For Imaging, Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that it closed its previously announced acquisition of Radius Solutions, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions for the packaging industry.

Also as previously indicated, Radius Solutions will become part of the Advanced Professional Print Software (APPS) division of EFI. EFI intends to integrate a number of its award winning products including Fiery, VUTEk, Jetrion, Digital StoreFront, PrintFlow and Auto-Count, with the Radius product line. The Radius acquisition further strengthens EFI's growing product portfolio of software tools, UV Inkjet digital presses and inks, and MIS solutions for the packaging market.

Graphic Printing Technologies is Acquired by Amari Plastics plc

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After just over two years of trading, which have already seen it become one of the UK’s leading wide format printing solutions providers, Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has announced its acquisition by Amari Plastics plc. The move gives GPT the commercial backing it needs to meet the next key phase of its business strategy, allowing it to expand its physical presence and market coverage.

Plans are already in place for GPT to move into a new and larger building, which will offer increased office and warehouse space, as well as boasting one of the UK’s largest and most advanced product showroom and demonstration facilities. GPT will also benefit from working with Amari Plastics’ established business management and administration systems.

Stuart Cole, General Manager of GPT, comments, “The key message to our customers, suppliers and the market in general is that this acquisition will allow us to not only maintain, but improve on the core principles of our business. GPT will still be in control of its own destiny and we will continue to provide the unrivalled service and support that has helped us grow to the position that made us attractive to Amari. The only real difference is that we now have the backing of a multi-national corporation, which means we will have much greater influence in the industry, particularly in terms of financial strength and business security.”

Robin Howard, Chief Finance Officer of Amari Plastics plc, comments, “GPT is an excellent acquisition for Amari Plastics and one that sits very neatly within our company portfolio. In a very short period, the company has grown to become a key player in the industry and have demonstrated exactly the sort of business acumen and approach we want to bring into our corporation. We will support GPT in its ongoing business objectives and fully expect the relationship to be hugely beneficial both in terms of profitability and market presence.”

The acquisition took place on Friday 2nd July and is effective immediately. Graphic Printing Technologies will trade under the same name, but as part of Amari Plastics plc, not as a limited company. Until the move to new premises, all phone numbers, contacts and emails will remain the same.

Stuart Cole concludes, “It was always our intention to build a business that would catch the attention of acquisitive organisations like Amari Plastics. My only real surprise is that it has come as soon as it has. However, this is very much due to the better than expected performance we have achieved in the market, despite operating through one of the worst recession in living memory. We have all worked really hard to achieve what we have so far and are very much looking forward to taking GPT on to the brand new levels that it was simply not possible to achieve on our own.”