06 Jun 2020

Flag firm backs ‘Forces Sweetheart’ charity calendar


Hampshire Flag Sweetheart

Hampshire Flag Company has helped fundraising get off to a flying start in 2010 by supporting a charity calendar for the men and women of the Armed Forces.

The ‘Wickedelic Sweethearts’ calendar, which raises money for Help For Heroes and sister charity Combat Stress, features an array of Hampshire Flag donated Union flags used as a backdrop for lingerie models in a military context.

The leading flag manufacturing firm supplied five Union flags of various sizes for the photo shoots featuring models wearing Wickedlic Lingerie.

David Hildrew, Managing Director of Wickedelic Lingerie and former Royal Marine, said, “Hampshire Flag’s support has been invaluable and we would not have been able to complete this project to such a high production value without them. The flags gave the whole project a consistent theme and, as a result, the shots look great.”

This is the first Wickedelic Lingerie calendar for Help For Heroes and was the brainchild of David Hildrew as he wanted to show support for the charity. All profits from the calendar, which is still available from www.wickedeliclingerie.co.uk, go to Help For Heroes and Combat Stress.

“Hampshire Flag has shown itself to be genuine supporters of the brave men and women of the British Armed Forces and we are delighted with how the flags look in the shots,” David added.

Graham Wilkinson, Managing Director of the multi-award winning firm said, “It is an honour to be able to help so directly in raising both awareness and funds for such an important charity. The Union flag always creates a sense of patriotism and pride and was the perfect prop for the photo shoots.”

Hampshire Flag’s team of 21 produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners. The Waterlooville firm also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.

Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. Hampshire Flag supports various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans, Gumboots and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.


Printers branch out with funding to ‘Go Green!’


With the UK’s printing industry spending over £67 million a year on energy bills, which equates to the usage of approximately two million tonnes of carbon emissions according to the Carbon Trust, printers are encouraged to take a proactive approach to seeking expert support available to them for the implementation of certifiable environmental management systems such as ISO 14001.

Fortunately for those printing firms based in the East of England, the ISO 14001 environmental standard can be implemented with the financial aid available, subsequently reducing a significant amount of the cost of implementation.

Beyond implementing standards, Blackmores will take companies through the stages of their funding application as part of an initiative to more quickly promote carbon savings within the UK at the same time as enabling organisations cost savings during a period of economic downturn.

By implementing ISO 14001, printing firms are able to adopt an expert approach to managing the efficiency of their energy usage which can then meet  increasing demands from clients and the government to ‘go green’.

A renowned UK based printing company Lamport Gilbert, have achieved savings of £40,000 a year through successful implementation of ISO 14001.

Blackmores, a consultancy with leading environmental experts from the print industry offer free advice on funding that is available to the print industry.

Melanie Blackmore, Managing Director of Blackmores quoted, “It has been tough for many print companies in the UK however 2010 brings many opportunities to support the print industry to reduce energy, waste and costs. It’s a competitive market, but we are delighted that there is financial support to give those organisations without ISO 14001 the competitive edge.  Funding varies from region to region across the UK, and ranges from £1,000 - £5,000 in matched funding.”

We are finding that the vast majority of our clients are eligible for funding so we can hold their hand from the funding process through to implementation, training and successful certification.

For further information contact Nicolette Fletcher at 01462 450591 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brett Newman Earns Promotion to the Board of Roland DG UK


Brett Newman

Roland DG UK is pleased to announce that Brett Newman has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will hold the role of Technical Director. Brett assumes his new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for dealer and customer relations in the sign and graphics market, all technical services including RolandCare maintenance support, and product management and development.

Roland DG’s Managing Director, Jerry Davies said, “Brett has been instrumental in Roland DG's success and his knowledge, enthusiasm and ability is widely known and respected within the Company and the industry. This promotion not only recognises Brett’s past achievements, but that he outwardly represents Roland’s values, and has skills that the business requires to maintain its continued growth.”

Brett made his first impact on the industry almost fifteen years ago when a Roland Dealership relocated to the village where Brett lived at the time. He joined Roland in 2001 and progressed quickly from his role as an Engineer to Print Product Manager. More recently his role has been Head of Product Management.

Brett said, “I am absolutely delighted to be promoted to the Board. Roland has always been a reflection of its people, its products and its passion for the markets and customers it serves. I feel very proud and privileged to have been part of Roland’s growth, and I look forward to making my contribution to its future and its continuing success in my new Role."


Kodak Q4 Revenues Increase and Profits Surge


Kodak Logo

Eastman Kodak Company today reported fourth-quarter 2009 earnings from continuing operations of $430 million, or $1.36 per share, on sales of $2.582 billion, reflecting the emergence of a company able to deliver improved profitability especially as the economy recovers.

"Despite a difficult economic environment, we delivered in 2009," said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. "Our momentum is returning and our strategy is paying off. During 2009, we generated significant traction with our key digital businesses, we achieved sustainable operational improvements across the company, our earnings improved substantially, and we ended the year with more than $2.0 billion in cash on our balance sheet."

The company's fourth-quarter results demonstrate the success of the focused investments that Kodak is making in new products and growth businesses, including consumer and commercial inkjet and digital plates; the successful conclusion of intellectual property licensing agreements; improved profit margins; and a lean cost structure.

Fourth-quarter sales were $2.582 billion, a sequential increase of 45% from the third quarter of 2009 and a 6% increase from the year-ago quarter, including 4% of favorable foreign exchange impact. Revenue from digital businesses totaled $1.991 billion, a 12% increase from $1.779 billion in the prior-year quarter, resulting from the combination of an increase in non- recurring intellectual property licensing revenue and increased demand for consumer inkjet printer systems, kiosk media and digital plates. Revenue from the company's traditional business decreased 10% to $589 million for the fourth quarter. This revenue decline rate was significantly reduced compared to the first three quarters of 2009, reflecting sequentially improved demand across all traditional businesses, particularly Entertainment Imaging.

On the basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company reported fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $430 million, or $1.36 per share, compared with a loss on the same basis of $914 million, or $3.40 per share, in the year-ago period. Items of net benefit that impacted comparability in the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled $90 million after tax, or $0.28 per share, primarily related to benefits from asset sales and tax-related items, partially offset by restructuring charges and other miscellaneous items. Items of net expense that impacted comparability in the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled $893 million after tax, or $3.32 per share, primarily related to a goodwill impairment charge, restructuring charges, a legal contingency, and tax-related items. (Please refer to the attached Items of Comparability table for more information.)

For full-year 2009, the company reported a loss from continuing operations of $232 million, or $0.87 per share. This compares to a loss of $727 million, or $2.58 per share, in 2008. Full-year revenue totaled $7.606 billion, a 19% decline from 2008. Full-year digital revenue totaled $5.345 billion, a 17% decline from 2008, and traditional revenue totaled $2.257billion, a 24% decline. These results reflect the recession's impact on demand, especially in the first half of 2009. The company expects that customer demand for its digital products will continue to grow, as the economy recovers.


Other 2009 details:


  • In the fourth quarter of 2009, Gross Profit margin was 34.4% of sales, an increase from 20.4% in the year-ago period. Approximately six percentage points of this increase was driven by productivity improvements and higher demand for digital plates and kiosk media, productivity gains for digital cameras and devices, consumer inkjet, electrophotographic printing and traditional photofinishing, and favorable foreign exchange. The balance of the increase was driven by non-recurring intellectual property licensing agreements.
  • Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses, on a GAAP basis, were $347 million in the fourth quarter, down 15%, or $61 million, from $408 million in the year-ago quarter, as a result of company-wide efficiency gains.
  • Research and Development expenses, on a GAAP basis, were $86 million in the fourth quarter, down 25%, or $28 million, from $114 million in the year-ago quarter, reflecting the continued focusing of resources to core growth businesses, which require lower research and development investment versus a year ago.
  • Fourth-quarter cash generation, before restructuring payments, was $909 million, compared with $508 million in the year-ago quarter. This corresponds to net cash provided by continuing operations from operating activities of $822 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $520 million for the year-ago period. For full-year 2009, cash generation, before restructuring payments, was $45 million, compared with cash usage on the same basis of $147 million for 2008. This corresponds to net cash used in continuing operations from operating activities of $136 million for 2009, compared with a net cash usage of $128 million for 2008.
  • Kodak held $2.024 billion in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2009, up from $1.147 billion on September 30, 2009.
  • The carrying value of the company's debt, on a GAAP basis, stood at $1.191 billion as of December 31, 2009.



Segment sales and earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, and other income and charges (segment earnings from operations), are as follows:


  • Consumer Digital Imaging Group fourth-quarter sales were $1.212 billion, a 27% increase from the prior-year quarter. Fourth-quarter earnings from operations for the segment were $380 million, compared with a loss of $41 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year improvement was driven by a combination of higher non-recurring intellectual property licensing revenue; improved profitability in consumer inkjet systems, including an 81% revenue increase in consumer inkjet printer hardware and ink; improved operating performance in Digital Capture & Devices and Retail Systems Solutions; and reduced SG&A expenses across the segment. Excluding the impact of non-recurring intellectual property royalties, segment earnings improved by more than $100 million.
  • Graphic Communications Group fourth-quarter 2009 sales were $779 million, a 5% decline from the fourth quarter of 2008. Fourth-quarter earnings from operations for the segment were $36 million, a $40 million improvement over the year-ago quarter. This earnings increase was primarily driven by operational improvements across all product lines, increased demand for digital plates and enterprise workflow products, and lower raw material costs.
  • Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group fourth-quarter sales were $589 million, a 10% decline from the year-ago quarter. Fourth-quarter earnings from operations for the segment were $53 million, compared with earnings of $39 million in the year-ago period. The increase in earnings was driven by significant operational improvements in Traditional Photofinishing, cost reductions across the segment, favorable foreign exchange, and improvement in raw material costs, partially offset by industry-related volume declines in Film Capture, and negative price/mix.


"In the second half of 2009 we began to see some improvement in the economy, and that helped to highlight the true strength of our digital portfolio," said Perez. "During 2009, we doubled the installed base for our consumer inkjet printers while maintaining our price premium. In the fourth quarter, we grew sales of commercial inkjet products, including a 33% increase in sales of our VL2000 printing system and enjoyed continued strong customer orders for our PROSPER product line. We delivered positive cash performance before restructuring for the past two quarters and for all of 2009, and our cost structure is providing us with significant operating leverage as the economic recovery continues. We enter the new year with the most competitive digital portfolio ever, strong presence in key markets, and a significant amount of positive momentum. All of this positions us well for improved performance in 2010."


Sign & Digital UK 2010 – Register for chance to win an Old Trafford VIP Package


Old Trafford

While the main priority for visitors attending the UK’s premier trade event for the visual communications industry is to do business, there are a plethora of other reasons why attendance at Sign & Digital UK 2010 is essential. This years show aims to provide the visitor with the best experience yet.

As well as the usual feast of exhibitors and networking opportunities on the show floor, there are some other exciting benefits to be taken advantage of. As usual, entrance to the event is FREE, all you need to do is simply register online.

Sign & Digital UK brings you the best visitor competitions, and this year is no different. We are offering the opportunity for you and a guest to win VIP tickets to a match at Old Trafford. As part of the package, which is being sponsored by Hybrid Services, you will receive over night accommodation, food and refreshments, entertainment, the chance to meet a famous face and utilise on-site parking.

To register for FREE entrance into the 2010 Sign & Digital UK show, and for further information and to enter the visitor VIP competition visit www.signanddigitaluk.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The exhibitor list keeps on growing, and some of the latest to book stands include; agripaflex Ltd, Autobanner, CNC World, Eurostand Display Ltd, Fattorini, Isik Plastik, Polychromal b.v , Profile Tension Systems, The Magic Touch and Taylor Signs

In addition to some of the new exhibitors, some of the biggest names from industry have signed up including Hexis, William Smith, Roland DG, Oce, Hybrid Services/Mimaki, Grafityp and Fujifilm Sericol and many more.

Another fantastic seminar programme is on the cards, with Terry Steeley from Iridius giving demonstrations, tips and creative solutions on Adobe Creative Suite 4, including Photoshop, Bridge, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and Snow Leopard. Also part of the seminar programme will be Corel, who will be demonstrating their latest technology. There will also be more information coming soon on the NEW Software Theatre so keep your eyes peeled!

Following the success of FREE internet access last year at the Sign Makers Bar, this popular feature area returns to the 2010 floor plan. Take a break from the show, it’s a great place to meet industry movers and shakers, network with your peers, pick up your emails and recharge your batteries.


6th HP Digital Production Forum and “Digital Printing Meets Finishing” Open House in Hamburg

Hp 300

"Pure digital print" is the theme of the four-day digital printing event, from 24-27 February, in Quickborn, near Hamburg.

The event, which HP is organising with finishing partner Horizon at Horizon's new German headquarters, comprises the 6th HP digital production forum as well as the "Digital Printing Meets Finishing" open house.

The event is aimed primarily at print service providers and marketing decision-makers who want to get into digital colour printing or who want to expand their digital print service.

The central approach of HP is partnership with customers to help them build their business capabilities and grasp new opportunities.

At the 6th HP DP Forum, which takes place in the first two days, there are two principle themes on the agenda:

"From web-to-print to web-to-business" shows the benefits, applications and earning potential of web-to-print solutions. HP Indigo customer Claus-Peter Scorsch, of novaconcept Schorsch, will give a practical insight into the day-to-day workings of web-to-print applications as tailored solutions for customers and sales channels.

Stefan Hase, owner of consultancy "Wirkung Plus" and of the first German sales academy "Eins Plus"Sales, will speak on strategy and business expansion in the printing sector.

The "Digital printing meets Finishing" open house is a Horizon GmbH. Event and will explore comprehensive end-to-end digital print solutions as well as the high value results possible with the HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press and Horizon finishing systems.

The 6th HP Digital Production Forum takes place on 24 - 25 Feb 2010 from 9.30 -12.30. To register for this event, please visit: www.hp.com/de/dp-forum

The Digital Printing Meets Finishing" open house form HP and Horizon takes place 24 - 26 February 10.00 -18.00 and on the 27th from 10.00 - 16.00.