24 Feb 2019

Queen’s Award presented to UV curing firm

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The trading record of UV light source manufacturer Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) was described as ‘worthy of a Harvard Business School case study’ during the official presentation on Tuesday (July 21st) of the 2009 Queens’s Award for International Trade by Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE.

Founded in 2000, Integration Technology designs and assembles compact, lightweight, modular UV systems for a variety of inkjet and industrial applications. “The record of this company is impressive,” said Mr. Stevenson. “An enormous amount of hard work and effort needs to go into what Integration Technology has achieved and it’s founded on quality, relentless focus on customer service and a determined approach to the international marketplace.”

Mr Stevenson suggested the record of the business over the last six years as “worthy of a Harvard Business School case study”, with the company scoring a compound rate of growth in turnover over the last six years not less than 43% of its net profit compound rate of growth of 58%.

Mr Stevenson took a tour to meet some 40 staff working on the development of UV curing systems at the company’s design and assembly facility at Upper Heyford near Oxford. After presenting the Queen’s Award to ITL managing director Adrian Lockwood at a reception on the company site attended by staff and special guests from local community and global industry, he congratulated the company on its achievement.

“Winning the Queen’s Award is by no means small beer,” said Mr Stevenson. “The award is not given lightly. It’s made on merit and given its prestigious nature, there is very strong competition for it. So this is a wonderful opportunity for Integration Technology to capitalise on its undoubted strengths.”

Guest speaker Tony Baldry, Conservative MP for Banbury said: “Around ninety-eight percent of ITL products are exported and that’s a phenomenal achievement given the competition in the global marketplace.

First UK installation of FUJIFILM Acuity Advance X2 at ReproArts

Acuity Advance X2 

Norfolk based ReproArts has been in business for over 60 years, starting out as a screen printer, and in that time has seen a lot of changes in the industry. Priding itself on keeping up to date with the latest technology, not only did it install the first fully automatic Sericol screen printer in the 1970s, a serious leap into the unknown at the time, but it has recently installed the first Fujifilm Acuity Advance X2 in the UK.

Paul Hill, Production Director at ReproArts, says “We first saw the Acuity X2 in action earlier this year and placed our order at Sign and Digital UK. Although it has been a major investment for the company, we knew when we saw it that it was just what we were looking for in terms of its print area of 3.05m x 2.5 m edge to edge. That really is a massive sheet size.”

“Combined with its incredible accuracy, there was no hesitation in understanding that this machine was what we needed to achieve even better quality work than we had been offering. And the fact that it comes with a white option has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for us. For instance, we are now able to print double sided on Perspex, something that is very important to our customers.”

The Acuity Advance series uses FUJIFILM Sericol Uvijet UV inks, delivering supreme flexibility, particularly when using Uvijet white, which allows users to print a very opaque white under, over or between print layers, as ReproArts is doing, as well as directly onto dark media.

Paul continues, “Our previous roll fed machine simply couldn’t cope with heavy weight flat sheets and for double sided work the Acuity is impressively accurate, printing in exactly the right position for our Zund cutting machine to then cut the outlines.”

ReproArts has enjoyed a long standing relationship with FUJIFILM Sericol, installing the first ever ‘Sericol Sprinter’ automatic screen printing machine in the early 70s. Paul explains, “FUJIFILM Sericol has given us a fantastic level of service over the last 40 years. So, although their digital offering is relatively new, we had no qualms about going to them when we wanted to expand in this area, as we know we can trust them.”

The company has customers that range from some major restaurant chains and shopping outlets throughout the UK, to the car industry, and produces anything from window graphics, banners, in store decorations/displays to tool storage solutions. The large sheet size that the Acuity Advance X2 offers is extremely important, as the majority of the work customers are now looking for needs something capable of printing at this size. In fact, before the machine was installed, work was queuing up waiting. And the white option and the bigger print area has enabled work that couldn’t be done before to be handled.

“The large print size also means that when we are doing smaller jobs we can have one running on one side of the machine and be setting up another next to it. The machine has literally been printing all the time since the day after it was installed, and we are using it across a wide range of substrates up to its maximum depth of 48mm. I can honestly say we have no regrets at all.”

Paul continues, “We are so impressed with the quality of the work coming off the machine and the improvement in turnaround times - and it’s not just us, our customers have also commented - that we’re even thinking about making another investment.”

The Acuity Advance X2 has the same modified print head array as the Acuity Advance and incorporates greyscale print head technology to produce near-photographic quality print - unrivalled in the market today. The print area of the Advance X2 makes it the largest UV inkjet printer currently available, and it prints at a speed of 22m2/hr in production mode and 15m2/hr in high quality mode. Its additional white ink option complements the CMYK colour set.

Fujifilm launches High Speed Thermal Plate for Newspaper

Fujifilm

FUJIFILM Europe, a leading supplier of total solutions for the Graphic Arts industry, today announces the commercial availability of its high speed thermal plate for newspaper applications, Brillia LH-NN2, first announced at Ifra 2008.

Designed specifically for newspaper production with 830 nm laser diode equipped platesetters, the notable features of Brillia LH-NN2 include: high-sensitivity for extended laser life; wide exposure latitude for stability and repeatability; long developer life for economy and minimal environmental impact, and the benefits of Fujifilm's patented MultiGrain™ technology for reduced ink usage and improved ink/water balance. Suitable for up to 300,000 impressions, the commercial availability of Brillia LH-NN2 means Fujifilm now has one of the widest ranges of plate production solutions on the market.

Specifications:
Sensitivity: 70 mJ/cm²
Resolution: 2-98% dot at 1200dpi/150lpi
Run length: 300,000
Developer / Replenisher: LP-DZ / LP-DRZ

Thanks to an unprecedented investment programme in plate R&D and manufacturing, Fujifilm is now able to offer the most complete, high quality, environmentally-friendly range of CTP plate products in the industry. In line with Fujifilm's long term strategy of offering choice, the Brillia range of CTP plates now comprises both violet and thermal versions, with processed, reduced chemistry and processless derivatives. Underpinned by a world-wide support infrastructure and plate manufacturing capability, Fujifilm has developed a solid platform from which to further its position as the number one plate supplier in the market.

Proskills Plea to Printers to ‘Get Involved’ in Shaping the Future Direction of Skills Training for the Industry

 Proskills

Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the Process & Manufacturing sector, which includes the print and paper industries, is making a plea to printers to join forces with them to help shape the future direction of skills provision and training for the printing industry. Richard Moore, the recently appointed Print and Paper Industry Lead at Proskills is heading the campaign to encourage as many printers as possible to provide more representative input into how Proskills can assist employers gain the right training provision, offer the most appropriate industry-specific qualifications and guide businesses through the process of obtaining government funding for skills training.

“We need more printers to work with; their input is critical to our success in ensuring our industry has the right skills and training provision going forward,” says Richard Moore, Print and Paper Industry Lead at Proskills. Companies can either continue to voice their disapproval, disappointment and even disillusionment with the current system, or they can get actively involved and work with us at Proskills to develop skills training solutions and qualifications that fit with the needs of our industry.”

There are two ways print companies can get involved; by joining the Print Industry Board, or as a representative on the Standards and Qualifications Reform Group.

The Print Industry Board helps set the strategic direction for Proskills and plays a direct role in influencing skills development and training provision. To date, it has a membership of just over 20 employers, but in real terms, these companies only represent a small fraction of the industry, which comprises around 16,000 workplaces and 145,000 employees. Supported by representatives from employer bodies, trade unions and training providers, the task of the Print Industry Board is to ensure that the objectives and solutions developed by Proskills and the National Skills Academy for Materials, Production & Supply (NSAMPS), the new directional delivery arm of Proskills, remain fully aligned to the needs of the industry.

The role of the Standards and Qualifications Reform Group is to develop and review new and existing standards and qualifications to meet the increasing demands of business, and as such, play a key role in ensuring the right training provision is in place to support investment in skills.

Richard Moore added, “Too often, we hear the criticism that the current government’s skills and funding system doesn’t deliver against the disparate needs of the printing industry – the wrong sort of training provision or delivery solution and the complex funding rules and processes that seem to preclude rather than include, all of which are frequently cited as the reason for not training staff. But is this viable in today’s economic climate, where advanced skills can drive business growth and aid survival during these difficult times?.”

“To ensure a more complete coverage and ever more influential input, we need more printers to get involved with the work we do and join the membership of both our Print and Paper Industry Boards as well as join our Standards and Qualifications Reform Group.”

For more information, or anyone interesting in joining should contact Richard Moore on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07910 247734.

printMAX acquire Planet Media Ltd

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On the 1st July printMAX successfully completed its acquisition of the consumables business of Planet Media Ltd. This represents a major step forward for printMAX in the consumables arena.

Michael Bolton, MD of printMAX commented, “I am excited to be announcing what is a significant boost to printMAX's capability in terms of products and expertise in consumables. Planet Media has an excellent reputation in the industry and printMAX is very proud to be continuing this commitment to quality and service under the printMAX banner”.

Brian Stringer, MD of Planet Media: “When I was looking at potential candidates to take on our consumables division. I knew I only wanted to offer it to a company of high standards of integrity and service to maintain what we had already built up. With Mike Bolton at the reins of printMAX, they have consistently fulfilled these criteria, and I am very happy to entrust the well-oiled machine that is Planet Media to Mike’s capable hands”.

As part of the acquisition, printMAX will be taking on Nigel Reineck, Planet Media’s Senior Sales Manager. Nigel brings an intimate knowledge of Planet Media and 25 years experience of the consumables business to printMAX, which has been a leader in large format print itself for 20 years. This combined wealth of knowledge and experience will bolster printMAX’s position at the forefront of the large format print, finishing and consumables industry.

This extends printMAX’s capabilities significantly in terms of available portfolio of products, the range of media and inks on offer and the wealth of knowledge, service and backup available for printMAX customers.

"This is a tremendous addition to printMAX, one that will show tangible benefit to our customers. This expansion will consolidate printMAX’s position as an industry leader in products, service, and customer focused know-how”. Michael Bolton, MD, printMAX.

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Web: www.printmax.co.uk

 

Robert Horne POS Board - Beautifully Green

Robert Horne Group

Décor, POS and display panels are essential to create the ambience, style and sophistication of in-store presentation associated with the leading retail names. More ‘environmentally conscious’ retailers aim is
to reduce their impact on the environment across the whole of their operations.  This philosophy if often relected in their choice of substrates including display boards which increasingly have to be FSC certiied
whilst providing all the traditional beneits of stunning print associated with promotional displays. Enter Beautiful Board, created to exacting speciications especially for this purpose by Robert Horne and their
manufacturer and printed by SP Group for one of their clients, a leading UK retailer.

Louise Howard, Account Director for SP Group in Redditch explained why the production of Beautiful Board  was nothing short of a “minor miracle” ensuring SP Group was able to meet the demands of their client.

“The request from our exclusive client was short but speciic; they required a POS display board that was both high quality but also FSC certiied. In this case they had a promotional deadline which required the sourcing, trialing and printing of this new material in six weeks!  Robert Horne ensured that this could be done, speeding up the timescales involved and developing this new product from scratch in a matter of weeks. Beautiful Board provided exactly what they were looking for and ensured that SP Group was able to provide the environmental credentials, quality and impact required within the times scales expectations of our client.

To complete the whole chain of custody procedure, Robert Horne was paramount to SP Print gaining FSC, with their help and guidance we were able to push through our certiication. The success of this project has ensured that SP Group will continue to provide quality POS work for our clients, especially those who require FSC certiied options in the future.”