06 Jun 2020

Epson Awarded Silver Class in ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2010’

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Company named Sustainability Leader in computer and office equipment sector

Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”: TSE: 6724) has been named a Sustainability Leader and awarded Silver Class status in the SAM “Sustainability Yearbook 2010”, published on January 26.

The annual Sustainability Yearbook rates the sustainable growth potential of over 1,200 corporations worldwide by assessing them against more than 100 general and industry-specific criteria, covering economic, social, and environmental performance. The world-renowned SRI (Social Responsibility Investment) research company, the SAM Group, evaluates each potential entrant in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Of the 246 companies representing 58 sectors contained in the 2010 Yearbook, 97 were awarded Gold Class, 84 were rated as Silver Class, and 65 were given Bronze Class ratings. Epson is one of seven Sustainability Leaders named in the “Computer Hardware & Electronic Office Equipment” sector, all of which attained Silver Class status.

Epson was first listed in the 2008 Yearbook with a Bronze Class rating, and as a result, was also included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), for which the SAM Group has responsibility for evaluation and admission. Epson’s ongoing commitment to sustainable growth has resulted in this year’s Silver Class status, and boosted by this achievement the Company will continue to develop its CSR program and strengthen its trust-based management initiatives.

To find out more about Epson’s CSR activities, or to view Epson’s Sustainability Report 2009, please visit the Epson & the Community section on the corporate website.




Essential Free Business Advice and Knowledge at IPEX 2010

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With the launch of the Printers’ Profit Zone, The Great Print Debates and the Knowledge Centre, the Ipex 2010 organisers are offering a comprehensive and interactive learning programme which will equip printers with practical business solutions and free expert advice on topics such as increasing sales and profit, raising capital, finance, education, marketing, print buying and the environment.
Other educational highlights at Ipex 2010 include a special Print Automation Pavilion organised by CIP4 to highlight advances in print automation technology and some educational conference sessions presented by Xplor UK & Ireland, in conjunction with the BAPC.
Comments Nick Craig Waller, Ipex 2010 Marketing Director: “Whilst our exhibitors will take centre stage at the exhibition, visitors can also benefit from our thought provoking educational programme designed to spark lively discussions and debates, stimulate minds and evoke positive change. Whether or not visitors are ready to invest in new technologies, a visit to Ipex 2010 can provide them with valuable tips to boost their businesses. Every company faces different challenges so we’ve tried to cater for as many printers as possible by teaming up with some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the industry.”
Printers’ Profit Zone – Hall 9
For the first time ever, visitors to Ipex will be able to take advantage of a new, free of charge seminar programme at the event designed to tackle the issues that keep many printers awake at night.
Designed to accommodate up to 60 people, the Printers’ Profit Zone will offer dynamic and interactive Master Class sessions. Launched as a result of the findings of the comprehensive Ipex Global Print Survey, each session will offer practical advice such as growing sales, increasing profit margins and improving cashflow. The sessions are being run by Nick Devine, the founder of www.theprintcoach.com
There will be four Master Classes a day on hot topics such as ‘Lead Generation for Printers’, ‘Compensating your Sales Team’, ‘Value Based Selling’, ‘Wealth Protection’, ‘Raising Finance’, ‘Profitable Marketing’ and ‘Attracting Ideal Clients’.
The seminars are all free, but spaces are limited, so visitors are advised to reserve their place by registering in advance. Simply visit www.ipex.org/ppz
The Great Print Debates – Hall 9
A series of free of charge expert panel debates at Ipex 2010 will tackle some of the most critical issues facing the print industry today. Produced by Pira International in association with Ipex, The Great Print Debates will take place every day from 13:00 – 14.00 and are located in the Printers’ Profit Zone.
Four important questions will be considered:
  • More than ink on paper: how should printers be selling print?
  • What will the printer of the future look like?
  • Will an Ipod for publishing kill printed media?
  • Green print: is it worth it?
With full audience interaction, The Great Print Debates will take expert commentary, lively debate and audience participation to a completely new level unseen at a major trade show before.
Joining Sean Smyth and Frank Romano as debate chairs will be Neil Falconer, Senior Consultant, Pira International and Laurel Brunner, Digital Dots. For a full list of panellists see www.ipex.org/greatprintdebates Visitors can attend The Pira/Ipex Great Print Debates free of charge, but places are available on a strictly first-come first-served basis.
Knowledge Centre – Hall 11
Designed to heighten the visitor experience and maximise time at the event, the Knowledge Centre provides an easily accessible information hub at the heart of Ipex where visitors can seek advice from approximately 30 not-for-profit organisations about memberships, pensions, industry accreditation, best industry practice, print buying as well as educational matters.
Leading trade bodies already confirmed on the floor plan include: the Asian Flexographic Technical Association; Association for Print and Communications Managers (APCOM); the Forest Stewardship Counsel (FSC); the Ghent Workgroup; the Independent Print Industries Associations (IPIA); the International Print Purchasing Standards Association (iPPSA); the London College of Communication; the National Association of Paper Merchants (NAPM); Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry (PAPGAI) the Printers Charitable Corporation; Printing Industries Association of Australia; The Printing Industries Federation of South Africa (PIFSA); the Printing Industry Pension Scheme (PIPS); Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC); Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP); UNITE, the Welsh Centre of Printing & Coating.
Attached to the feature will be a seminar theatre in which participating organisations can book presentation slots on a first come first serve basis. These sessions will last 30 minutes and are free of charge for visitors to attend. To maximise the schedule certain topics will be available on certain days so the topics for example will range from the Environment to Business and Training. Check out the latest programme at www.ipex.org/knowledge
CIP4 Print Automation Pavilion – Hall 7
The Ipex organisers and the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organisation have teamed up to highlight advancements in print automation. The print automation programs will include a special Print Automation Pavilion for exhibitors to demonstrate top-of-the-line automation technology, distribution of a Print Automation Roadmap to attendees, and “Print Automation Live”, a new Ipex show feature. The Print Automation Pavilion has room for 15 to 20 companies to demonstrate print automation technologies in a cloistered area. Located in Hall 7, booth 7E460, every company in the Print Automation Pavilion will be networked together, allowing printers to learn about individual systems and software and to see first hand how systems from different vendors can be networked and integrated together.
Xplor/BAPC Conference Session – Gallery Suite 1
Xplor UK & Ireland, in conjunction with BAPC, will host educational conference sessions during Ipex 2010 to bring together industry experts, leading-edge users, analysts and vendors to share information, experiences, and solutions on the latest technologies, strategies and thought leadership for the digital document industry. Two sessions will be held each morning and afternoon from Saturday, 22nd May — Monday, 24th May, featuring a keynote speaker, end-users and industry vendors who will challenge participants’ thoughts on the latest topics of interest including:
  • New approaches to customer communications through social networking
  • Future trends discovering the value of augmented reality
  • QR matrix codes
  • Digital migration
  • TransPromo - the current state of affairs
This event is open to all attendees at Ipex 2010 on a complimentary basis.
Enhancing the visitor experience
In addition to the extensive learning programme, visitors will also benefit from other valuable Ipex initiatives to ensure their visit is ideally structured and as efficient as possible.
International Days
With 159 countries visiting Ipex in 2006, part of the line up at Ipex is the International Days programme to make the show as enjoyable and effective as possible for international attendees. The programme will include welcome receptions, exhibition briefings in several languages and an international lounge (Hall 12), providing an attractive driver for visitors and an excellent internal communications device for exhibitors.
The following days will have a particular focus and theme on a country/region:
Tuesday 18 May: Middle East & Africa
Wednesday 19 May: China
Thursday 20 May: India
Friday 21 May: Germany
Saturday 22 May: Scandinavia
Sunday 23 May: Eastern Europe
Monday 24 May: North America
Tuesday 25 May: Europe
Ipex Guided Tours
For greater insight into the various thematic areas at Ipex, visitors can join one of the daily Guided Tours in association with the Proskills Academy. Ideal for visitors who want to investigate a particular product or service area in more detail, these tours take visitors by the hand and lead them to the expert partners at relevant stands. Areas covered:
  • Pre-media / pre-press / digital solutions
  • Printing / output and ancillary services
  • Post press and finishing
Visit www.ipex.org/guidedtours to book a space as they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
My Ipex Event Planner
My Ipex is an interactive planning and navigation tool which creates personalised plans for visitors so that they can maximise their time at the event. My Ipex - www.myipex.org - allows visitors to:
  • Explore an interactive plan of the NEC and individual halls
  • Search for exhibitors by name, hall or product type
  • Link to exhibitor information and product details
  • Create, save, email and print your own personal event plan
  • Get information on facilities, travel and accommodation
  • It will also be linking to all the educational event content on Ipex+
With more than 1,000 exhibitors at Ipex, there is something happening on someone’s stand every minute of the day. Ipex+ brings all the exhibitors’ educational contents and product demonstrations plus Ipex-related events together in an easy to use online diary: www.ipex.org/plus
Ipex TV
Also new is IpexTV, a new section on the Ipex website offering regular ‘video-blogs’ to communicate news about Ipex 2010 initiatives, visitor and exhibitor updates as well as short interviews with key industry figures. Take a look at www.ipex.org/ipextv
Product Trails
Dedicated product trial finders are being produced to provide visitors to Ipex 2010 with a sector specific route map around the exhibition and to make their visit as effective as possible. The route guides will be available in the registration area and cover the following themes:
  • Green print
  • Finishing/ post-press systems
  • Offset
  • Digital/ inkjet processes
  • Workflow/ MIS
  • Newspapers
  • Packaging
  • Wide format
Ipex Daily
Once again, the Ipex Daily newspaper is published by Haymarket Publishing and will provide visitors to Ipex 2010 with the latest news from the exhibition floor. Ipex is the only major international print event to publish a daily newspaper on-site.
Additionally, with the growing popularity of social media sites, the Ipex organisers have set up dedicated industry groups on websites such as Twitter and LinkedIn to keep visitors and exhibitors up-to-date about developments but also to reach potential new visitor groups. These sites will also be used to offer exclusive Ipex content to visitors.

Canon launches pan-European ‘Business Leap’ Competition with €100,000 Prize Pool

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  • Canon is launching a competition that involves the submission of a formal business plan via its Ipex 2010 microsite
  • Total prize value will exceed 100,000 Euros with the first prize being a fully configured, light production Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO digital press
  • Canon is setting out to support digital print companies as they look to achieve long-term financial security through innovation and robust forward planning


Further demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the professional print industry, Canon Europe, world leader in digital imaging solutions, today announces the launch of its pan-European ‘Business Leap’ Competition.

With Canon’s third Insight report today (Please see relevant press release dated 9 February 2010) revealing that many print service providers would not have survived the downturn without a digital printing capability, it is hoped that the competition will both stimulate printers to consider new ways to develop their businesses (or start new ones) and provide guidance in the creation of a comprehensive business plan, a key requirement when seeking access to finance.

Open to anyone aged over 18 and resident in Western Europe*, the competition invites all printers, together with entrepreneurs seeking an opportunity to join the industry, to submit a formal business plan for a commercial venture that involves digital printing. The plans will be scrutinised and reduced to a shortlist of finalists, who will then be individually interviewed by a panel of independent business consultants and a winner and two runners-up selected.

The first prize will be a fully configured, light production Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO digital press, which the winner will be able to retain for three years. The second prize will be a 44 inch Canon imagePROGRAF large format solution, which again the winner will be able to retain for three years. The third prize comes in the form of bespoke business consultancy, which the first two prize winners will also receive. The total value of the prizes will be in excess of 100,000 Euros. The competition will run from the end of March to the end of July 2010 and the winners will be presented with their prizes at an awards ceremony in Paris in October 2010.

David Preskett, Director of Professional Print, Canon Europe, explains the rationale behind the competition: “With most of the key territories in Europe still enduring the recession, it’s clear that, to secure their long-term commercial future, printers need to think about their businesses in a new way and take a more entrepreneurial approach towards customers and customer needs. The industry has changed and we are encouraging our customer to adapt to this change – to make a leap into the future of print. We’re therefore launching the Canon ‘Business Leap’ Competition to offer guidance in the preparation of a creative and comprehensive business case. At the same time, we’re giving entrants the opportunity to win a top-of-the-range light production digital press, a Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C9070 PRO, together with practical business consultancy from independent experts.

“In running the competition,” continues Preskett, “Canon is setting out to help printers develop profitable businesses for the longer term, while giving entrants the chance to turn their business ideas into a commercial reality. I’d therefore urge any printer who is looking to move into digital printing or any entrepreneur looking to break into this industry to submit an entry!”

Any qualifying person who wishes to enter the Canon Business Leap Competition must register their details on the Canon Ipex 2010 microsite at www.canon-europe.com/ipex, which will be live from 31 March 2010. They will then be able to download an entry form, which should be completed and emailed, together with any supporting documentation the entrant believes will strengthen their case, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The terms and conditions of the competition and a guide to completing the entry form will also be available via the Canon Ipex 2010 microsite and any entrant requiring clarification on a point may also email their question to Canon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The decision of the judges is final and Canon will not enter into any correspondence with any entrant over the outcome of the competition.

Océ and Canon proposed merger

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On 16 November 2009 Canon and Océ announced that they had reached conditional agreement to combine their printing activities through a fully self-funded, public cash offer by Canon for all the outstanding ordinary shares of Océ.

The offer price of €8.60 per outstanding ordinary share of Océ represents a premium of 70% over the closing price of Friday 13 November 2009 and 137% to the average closing price of Océ’s shares over the 12 months prior to 16 November 2009. Canon and Océ will be able to build upon each other’s strong history and proven track record of innovation and customer servicing and will create a strong joint enterprise capable of long term success.

The combination will capitalize on an excellent complementary fit in product mix, channel mix, R&D and business lines resulting in an outstanding client offer spanning the entire printing industry. Océ remains a separate legal entity as a Canon division, headquartered in Venlo (The Netherlands); within this division the Océ brand name is to be maintained and applied in all relevant markets. Océ continues to lead its R&D and manufacturing.

The Management Board and key management will remain in place. Employees will become part of the industry leader. Océ and Canon do not see any material negative consequences as a result of the recommended offer for the existing employment level of Océ, excluding already announced personnel reductions. The Management and Supervisory Boards of Océ fully and unanimously support and recommend the intended offer.

Holders of the depository receipts for Océ’s cumulative preference shares (approximately 19% of the total share capital) agreed to sell their interests to Canon; large shareholder Bestinver Gestion, SGIIC S.A. (approximately 9.5% of the outstanding ordinary shares) has provided an irrevocable undertaking to tender. Canon has acquired 28.05% of the outstanding ordinary shares since 16 November 2009 and received approval from all relevant anti-trust authorities.

Innovations in Garment Decoration at New FESPA Fabric Event


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FESPA 2010 (22 – 26 June, Messe Munich) heralds the launch of FESPA Fabric, a comprehensive ‘show within a show’ focussing exclusively on garment decoration.

Occupying a whole hall at the exhibition, FESPA Fabric has been conceived to give textile print professionals, garment producers, fashion technicians, retailers and apparel brand owners access to the latest sector news and developments, and a chance to see the innovative techniques, technologies and consumables that will help them differentiate and add value to their products while optimising productivity and profitability.

At around 8000m2, FESPA Fabric will be more than 30 per cent bigger than previous garment decoration zones within FESPA shows. The event features a world-class line-up of the leading innovators and solution providers in the garment decoration community, including event sponsors Falk & Ross, Gildan, Kornit Digital, as well as other leading industry names such as Heinz Walz, Polyone Wilflex, Quaglia, San Roque and Sawgrass.

FESPA Sales & Marketing Director Marcus Timson comments: “Garment decoration is heavily dominated by the screen printing process, which still offers unique flexibility, creativity and productivity for garment producers. In that respect FESPA, with its deep screen heritage, is the natural home for an event focused on garment decoration, and our show has always attracted a sizeable global audience from this market.

“Building on this track record, we were keen to add more value for these visitors, by giving this part of the FESPA show its own clear identity, and channelling more effort into making it a holistic event experience, with features and educational activities specifically tailored to the interests of this specialist audience.”

Visitors to FESPA Fabric will have the opportunity to see the latest advances in manual and automatic screen printing, digital direct-to-garment technology, drying and heat transfer technology, laser cutting and design software. They will also be able to network with screen printing machine manufacturers, ink innovators, garment producers, and embroidery and flocking specialists to inspire them to take their businesses forward.

Timson continues: “Like all service providers, today’s ultra competitive environment means that garment producers need to stay abreast of technical developments and look at opportunities to achieve greater production efficiencies or speed up time to market. More importantly, in the ultra fast-moving fashion sector, innovation equals differentiation. Garment producers, whether small craft-based businesses or larger volume producers, need to open their minds to new techniques, processes and value-adding applications that can help their customers to create garments that respond more quickly to changing trends, meet consumer demand and gain competitive advantage.”

Fabric Live! is a daily fashion show at FESPA Fabric, featuring show sponsors Falk & Ross and Gildan. A live commentary will provide expert insights into the textiles, inks and processes involved, and the audience will have a chance to network with industry insiders at the Fabric Bar within the Fabric Live! area.

Charlie’s Hub is the place for visitors to find world renowned garment printing expert Charlie Taublieb. He will provide practical demonstrations and valuable insight to help printers hone their techniques and get the most out of their equipment to produce high quality printed fabric products. Garment guru and owner of T-Shirt Biz International, Scott Fresener will be delivering garment decoration master classes every day from 10:00h to 14:00h. Both experts will be on hand to discuss key trends, processes and technologies and answer questions.

Event supporters IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) and WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) will also provide input to ensure that FESPA Fabric visitors can access the latest information about issues such as environmentally sustainable garment production and compliance.

To find out more about FESPA Fabric visit the show microsite at www.fespafabric.com

For general information about FESPA’s flagship global 2010 event, visit the main event web site at www.fespa2010.com

Fespa Fabric Show


Epson to Highlight Inkjet Solutions at IPEX

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The global launch of the Epson Digital Label Press

At Ipex 2010, Epson (Hall 10 Stand C260, NEC, Birmingham) will showcase its range of production-level inkjet printers that combine quality, flexibility and productivity to deliver innovative products for commercial packaging, proofing and display graphics applications.

Solutions for the packaging and labelling sectors feature strongly in Epson's newest innovations, and the company will launch its Digital Label Press at the show. Featuring Epson's acclaimed Micro Piezo inkjet technology, the press is aimed at companies wishing to produce short runs of high quality labels cost effectively. It delivers smooth gradations and superb colour quality on a wide range of versatile media, including standard semi-gloss, film and matte label stock up to 320 microns in thickness and rolls from 80-330mm wide. The Digital Label Press prints at production speeds of up to 5 metres per minute, and uses Epson's enhanced 6-colour pigment ink system to reproduce colours with remarkable accuracy.

Also on show will be the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 inkjet printer, demonstrating contract packaging proofs and accurate sample production. The Stylus Pro WT7900 offers sophisticated colour management and precision printing on a variety of flexible film, paper and metallic media. Using the Epson UltraChrome HDR-White inkset, it produces the wide colour gamut and accurate spot colours required by the packaging industry. A key feature is its ability to deliver high density white tints and accurate overlays using a world-first, water-based white ink developed specifically by Epson for this printer.

Reinforcing its leading position in the large format market for exterior and interior graphics, Epson will also demonstrate the Stylus Pro GS6000 eco-solvent type printer. This 64" large format printer with UltraChrome GS inkset offers a very wide colour gamut in a printer designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. The inkset allows the production of high-impact, high quality durable prints, enabling printers, copy shops and sign shops to extend their business into higher quality and more demanding applications such as airport and exhibition graphics.

Finally, the company's range of award-winning Epson Stylus Pro inkjet printers will be in action demonstrating large format photographic, fine art, poster and proofing applications in association with leading software partners.

IPEX takes place from 18-22 May 2010.