12 Dec 2019

Canon receives clearance from European Commission and Taiwanese competition authorities

Canon logo

Reference is made to the joint press releases of Canon Inc. (trading symbol CAJ) ("Canon") and Océ N.V. (trading symbol OCE) ("Océ") of 16 November 2009 announcing that Canon intends to make a fully self-funded, public cash offer for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Océ (the "Ordinary Shares") at an offer price of € 8.60 in cash per Ordinary Share (the "Offer") and 14 December 2009 in respect of the progress being made on the preparations of the Offer.

The European Commission and the Taiwanese competition authorities have granted clearance for Canon's proposed acquisition of Océ, without imposing any conditions. As announced on 21 and 22 December 2009, the anti-trust procedures in respectively the United States and Switzerland are also successfully completed.

With the approval of these competition authorities, an important step in the offer process has been taken.

Deauville Hospital creates a photographic project using HP Latex Technology

Deauville Hospital with HP65500 Print

Challenge: To print pictures to decorate a hospital, while providing an improved patient experience and ensuring a safe environment for employees and patients.

Solution: HP Designjet L65500 Printer and HP Latex technology

Results: Odourless and environmentally responsible printing

Since September 2009, Deauville Hospital has provided employees and patients with the chance to see beyond its simple doors and corridors, by installing large format, decorative graphics that replicate the outside world.

Tanguy de la Bourdonnaye, director of the hospital, worked with architect, Marc Jitiaux, and photographer, Bruno Macé, to create a ‘care' space decorated with images from local land- and townscapes, turning the Deauville Hospital area into a relaxing, attractive environment for both patients and staff.

The team decided to produce the graphics around the concept ‘Inside, Outside', using different colours, materials and supports. In the corridors, the wallpapers imitate grass, sand or rocks giving the impression of walking in a garden or near the sea, while the colourful designs marks on the floors have replaced the old-fashion signage.

The photographer, Bruno Macé, added his personal touch to this project by breaking some of the traditional decoration rules for hospitals. Based on the ‘Inside, Outside' concept, Bruno Macé used a series of pictures he took in the area of Deauville to create trompe l'oeil in waiting rooms and bedrooms. Thus, from their room, patients can look at picturesque houses in Brittany or colourful landscapes, as if they were looking outside.

Deauville Hospital with HP65500 Print


Use of digitally printed wide format graphics in hospitals and other enclosed spaces has not been possible before because of VOCs found in inks. However, HP Latex Inks eliminate the problem and wide format graphics printed uses these inks can be used in indoor environments, including restaurants, food stores and, now, even hospitals. From his previous successful experiences with HP printers, Bruno Macé suggested to print the pictures using the HP Designjet L65500 Printer with HP Latex Ink technology, specially designed for printing with the environment in mind.

"When Bruno presented us with the opportunity to print the graphics on the HP Designjet L65500 Printer using odourless inks, we immediately said ‘yes' knowing this environmentally responsible solution would meet our safety requirements" said Tanguy de la Bourdonnaye.  "Our story is a good example of why it is so important to choose the right printer, even if fine art printing isn't your core business. HP Latex technology provides a key benefit for businesses looking to produce prints for public places, where odours and VOCs are a cause for concern."

Trading in Litho Supplies shares suspended

Litho Supplies logo

Trading in shares of Breaston-based Litho Supplies, who are perhaps best known to LFR readers as the owners of sign and display print systems and consumables supplier Andersons, remained suspended yesterday as the Breaston company sought to clarify its financial position.

The print and graphic design supplies company, which employs 120 people, called in administrators and is now up for sale as a going concern. It blamed a downturn in the printing industry.

In a statement, it said: "Major credit insurers have withdrawn cover from the sector and a number of our suppliers decided it was appropriate to reduce our credit terms, again affecting the cash flow of the business.

"The indications in quarter three of this year that some green shoots were starting to appear did not live up to expectations."

Sales in the half year to the end of June were £18.93m, down from £25.38m leading to a pre-tax loss of £1.31m after re-organisation costs against a pre tax profit of £340,000 in the first half of 2008.

New Westside location will house Epson Print Academy

Epson offices at Westside

After 20 years located on Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, Epson moved to new premises a short distance away in Apsley on 7th December 2009.

The new Westside location will be home to over 250 Epson UK and Epson Europe staff and better suits the needs of the company with a larger demonstration area and improved facilities to run its popular ‘Print Academy’ courses. The distinctive atrium incorporates a staff restaurant giving a light, bright area in which staff can relax.

A number of specially commissioned contemporary art works have been installed around the new offices. These include, in the atrium, ‘The Singing Singing Tree’ by Build, which has been printed on frosted brushed aluminium. The artworks which have been produced by Limited Ltd, an interior design company, are a perfect showcase for Epson’s digital imaging technology and demonstrate the versatility of the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 in the production of high quality decorative art.  Using eco-solvent type ink, the Stylus Pro GS6000 is the only wide format printer on the market that can deliver signage and decorative art to an extremely high quality using a variety of different substrates and applications, from traditional signage through to printed metals, plastics and textiles.

The extensive refurbishment of the Westside offices has enabled Epson to adopt further green measures. The lighting is fitted with movement sensors so that it switches off if no-one is using that area and the new office furniture has been produced in the most  environmentally friendly way possible  New heating and air conditioning plant serving the meeting rooms area has been installed to reduce energy usage and improve efficiency and, over the next twelve months, new air conditioning units will be installed in the remainder of the building. All of the energy used in the building will be from renewable sources.

These measures reflect Epson’s Environmental Vision 2050 which was established in 2008 to help guide the company’s environmental activities over the next four decades. The aim of the vision is to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% across the lifecycle of all products and services by the year 2050.

The new address is:
London Road
Hemel Hempstead

All contact details; telephone and email addresses remain the same.

Samsung grows Large Format Digital Signage by 200% across the Middle East for 2009

Samsung Large Format Digital Signage

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a world-leading innovator and manufacturer of professional display products, announced at the launch of its latest Large Format Displays (LFD) that it has seen a 200 percent growth in LFD's in the Middle East for 2009. Samsung unveiled its latest innovative Professional Solutions for Digital Signage yesterday at The Address Hotel in Dubai in front of Samsung customers and partners, including its 65 inch interactive education board.

"With dwindling attention spans and declining sensitivity toward mass advertisements, the effectiveness of traditional mass media as an advertising medium has been steadily on the wane over the years," said Madhav Narayan, General Manager, IT Division, Samsung Gulf Electronics. "Customers today look for increased interactivity and personalised communication channels. Recognising this, marketers are increasingly directing their advertising dollars toward mediums such as the Internet, e-mail, and digital signage, wherein groups are more easily targeted."

"In 2009 we have seen exceptional growth in the professional display segment, with over 200 percent growth for the Middle East region," said Narayan. "We completed a number of installations of professional solutions for digital sigange for various businesses and organisations in the region, including Sharjah Airport, Reel Cinemas and many other outlets across the UAE. Keeping in line with Samsung's vision of "Leading the Digital Convergence Revolution", we are constantly striving to deliver reliable, high performance solutions that serve the growing outdoor signage market, and continue to push the envelope in delivering reliable, high-performing solutions that serve the rigorous requirements of the digital signage media."

New products launched included the Samsung E-board, a 65 inch optical type touch screen display that can be used for interactive learning and classroom management, and 2010 line up will include a 52 inch non glasses type 3D display and the first professional display using LED technology.

Sign & Digital UK Announce New Features - Register Now!

Software Theatre at Sign & Digital UK

NEW show features announced - now even more reason to register now!

With the festive season well and truly upon us, preparations are well underway for Sign & Digital UK 2010.

Along with the new-look website, online registration has also gone live with a number of important names already set to attend – why not join the likes of Waitrose, Ikea, Derbyshire County Council, Signs Express, Hampshire County Council, Crown Paints, NHS Trust, Hawes Signs, Halbro Sportswear, McCann Erickson, Victoria and Albert Museum, C3 imaging, Fast Signs, Alphagraphics, Apollo Screenprint and many more for the UK’s premier sign making and digital printing event - Register for FREE admission now by clicking here, it only takes a minute!

Why register? Apart from the number of unique opportunities that the show provides such as FREE admission, queue jumping, regular updates, meeting the industries top suppliers, seeing the hottest new products & services, expert advice, getting inspiration to get more value from your equipment, ideas for creating new revenue streams and a number of FREE seminars, including the recently announced Software Theatre, Apple and Corel seminars - you will also automatically be entered into our FREE visitor competition. The details will be announced in the New Year but rest assured it will be well worth the wait. In 2009 the 3 winners and their guests were whisked off to the British Grand Prix where they were treated to a weekend of VIP motor racing. Looking for a deal? Then the NEW ‘Special Offers’ page on the website will be of particular interest where you can print out all the  hot show deals that exhibitors will be offering onsite. Register now for FREE admission.

Show Features! With Adobe already confirmed, the team are pleased to announce that Apple will be returning along with Corel who will be presenting their popular seminars in 2010. With a number of new ideas and initiatives planned for 2010 we can reveal one of the new show features will be the Software Theatre. Here you will be able to ‘ask the experts’ about the latest wide range of software available to the industry! Keep your eyes peeled for the next newsletter that will contain more information on the latest new features and further details on the Software Theatre. 

Latest Exhibitor News! With the demand for stand space high and the exhibitor list filling up: Alcan Composities, Axyz Automation, Carmo, Caldera Graphics,Doro Tape, Delcam, Expand International, Fujifilm Sericol, Graphtec, Grafityp,  Granthams Harman Technology, Hexis UK, Hybrid Services / Mimaki, InkTec, Innova Soloutions,  Europe, Mouse, Omnijet, Plex Display, Printmax, Robert Horne Group, Roland DG (UK, ) Signwaves, Spirit Displays, Touch Systems, Triangle Wide Format Inks, Ultima Displays, William Smith and Xpres are just a sample of those exhibiting. In addition the team would like to welcome the following new exhibitors to the show: AgripaFlex, Elements Trade, Eurobond Adhesives, Isik Plastik, Keramikos, Print United, Space Displays, The Allsigns Group, Trade Sign Supplies and Vistech Technical Services.