25 Jun 2021

Epson again named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

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Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") has been selected for the second time as a component company of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific), both leading indicators for socially responsible investment (SRI). The international stock indexes, jointly developed by the American company Dow Jones and Switzerland's SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) Group, assess companies around the world based on economic, environmental, and social perspectives, and select those with the best future prospects for achieving sustainability.

A review of the component companies is conducted on a yearly basis. On September 3rd, 317 corporations out of a pool of roughly 2,500 worldwide were designated as leading companies and selected to be included in the DJSI World. Epson was one of six that were selected from the computer hardware and electronic office equipment category of the technology sector.

In addition, Epson retained its position in the DJSI Asia Pacific, which was launched in January this year and is made up of the top 20% in terms of the SAM analysis out of the largest 600 companies in the developed Asia Pacific markets.

"Epson's selection is a reflection of our long-term efforts to earn the trust of our stakeholders in accordance with our management philosophy. In particular, Epson's environmental achievements, corporate citizenship initiatives, and stakeholder involvement were rated highly in this year's assessment," said Toshiyuki Fujimori, General Manager of the Trust-Based Management Department at Seiko Epson Corporation.

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. http://www.epson.co.jp/e/community/

C41s Photo Imaging upgrades to new premises in Ellesmere Port

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A need for expansion has seen C41s Photo Imaging move to new facilities at the Evans Business Centre on North Road in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The move has given proprietor Mark Stephens a larger counter and reception lounge with more display room, and creates a meeting area and social space.

The business traded for twenty years from small shop premises on a high street just outside Chester city centre, before moving to the Ellesmere Port location this year.

Mark Stephens tells us: “Prior to the move the business hadn’t been able to really progress. The reason for that was purely down to space. We didn’t really do much marketing or promotion, because we couldn’t do more work in the space we had. Where we are now is five times bigger. The reception and counter area alone is as big as the shop we’ve just left. So now we can promote and advertise to get more work in.”

The new premises are an industrial unit six miles from Chester. It’s just half a mile from Junction 7 of the M53 motorway and has ample free parking outside.

Fujifilm's Business Imaging Group Senior Inkjet Specialist, Mark Wade, has followed developments at C41s over the years. He said: “I've had the privilege of looking after C41s for Fujifilm for about eight years now, since the days of Fuji Hunt. They've driven their growth through digital inkjet printing. They’re a smashing bunch of people, one of the friendliest labs around and they produce a very high quality range of products. I congratulate Mark and his team. With the new premises, it's onwards and upwards for them!”

C41s operates Fujifilm Epson 7600 and 9800 large format printing solutions. They print onto Fujifilm HD White Cotton Canvas, Fujifilm Matt Bond Paper, Fujifilm Photo Paper Glossy 240gsm, and Fujifilm Pearl Photo Paper 290gsm up to 44 inches wide. C41s also uses Fujifilm Crystal Archive papers for traditional C type printing for both its professional and retail customers.

C41s specialises in the printing, mounting and finishing of large format inkjet enlargements, including canvas prints, Foamex and other foam-board mounts, and various heat seals, offering next-day or day-after delivery. The firm also offers lab prints up to 16 x 12 inch, from digital files or C41 process film. To contact the lab, call 0151 348 8921 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Melville Graphics goes even greener with ALD

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ALD helps take the NEC display services provider to the greener side of the fence

Melville Graphics, part of Melville Exhibition and Event Services who prints and provides display services to the exhibition industry, has taken an important step in underlining its green credentials by deciding to use the services of ALD Industry Ltd for disposal of their PVC banner material – both reinforced and unreinforced.

Nathan Rowe – production manager at Melville Graphics Coventry – explained why this was such a great time to take advantage of the ALD Industry service, it was customer driven and he has photographic evidence to prove it: "The photo is of the guys feeding through the United Business Media (UBM) banners we did for IFSEC 2009. This was the first official show where we were specifically asked to get them recycled as UBM are keen for their contractors to obtain the BS 8901 standard for sustainability in the exhibition and events industry.” BS 8901 is the British Standard that has been developed specifically for the events industry. The standard provides a “framework of good practice and defines the requirements for a sustainable event management system to ensure an enduring and balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress”.

In today's ecologically aware climate it is important that all aspects of an event are sustainable. Event organisers need to consider the social, economic and environmental impacts of organising their event. Every choice, from the venue and travel arrangements, through to the content of the delegate packs needs be designed to be as ecologically responsible as possible, especially when dealing with non-biodegradable display materials.

Melville is an ISO 14001 company and an “Association of Events Organisers (AEO) Excellence 09 Awards” winner and is therefore very keen to fly the green flag not only for its customers and exhibitors at the NEC but also for Birmingham City Council, the partners for the NEC Group in their environmental aspirations. ISO 14001's sole purpose is to specify a clear framework of control for a company's environmental management system and it makes a powerful statement about any organisation's commitment to the environment giving it internationally recognised "green credentials".

ALD Industry mainly recycles PVC in the UK for ISO 14001 registered companies, and its MD Mike Turner said: “We are delighted to welcome Melville Graphics to our ever growing recycling family and we hope that this move will pave the way for other environmentally concerned exhibition centres and printers to do the same.” Mike's background as the director of The Digital and Screen Printing Association (DSPA now Prism) until the end of 2007 brought him into daily contact with printers who routinely produce display material. As a result he understands industry concerns and has been heavily involved in advising on environmental policy decisions. Mike uses this experience to assist the advertising, display, point of sale and printing industries in formulating environmental policy and can help enable these companies to completely satisfy their customer’s increasingly green requirements.

ALD Industry Ltd is registered with the Environment Agency EAN/953112/CB and can be reached by telephone on: 01483 277387 or 07843 465275. Email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Website: www.aldgroup.co.uk

Océ and Zünd team up for productivity showcase

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Océ and Zünd have teamed up to showcase award-winning technologies and products at open days in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 15-17 September between 9.30am and 5pm.

Océ and Zünd UK Ltd, the UK distributor of Zünd digital flatbed cutters, will provide a series of practical demonstrations. Experts from the two companies will be showing display graphics printers and packaging printers how to streamline their workflow, save labour, reduce waste and increase productivity by combining the leading Océ digital printers and Zünd digital cutting technologies.

The world’s top-selling UV curable flatbed and roll-to-roll inkjet printer, the Océ Arizona® 350 GT, will be on show alongside the Océ CS9160 high quality eco-solvent roll-to-roll inkjet printer, for both media for outdoor and indoor use.

Another top attraction will be the Océ ColorWave600, which uses patented CrystalPoint™ technology, combining all the benefits of toner with the advantages of inkjet technology.

Zünd will show the latest G3 series and how its systems have evolved into full featured, production tools capable of cutting blank and pre-printed vinyl and other roll materials, as well as pre-printed sheets on flexible and rigid substrates. These can be tailored to meet specific requirements of almost any application.

Dominic Fahy, Océ UK’s Business Group Director, Display Graphics, said: “The market remains buoyant. In the world of display graphics the demand for productive direct to substrate printing systems is rapidly growing. Run lengths and delivery times are getting shorter and in almost every graphic production, finishing is now a bottleneck.

“At the demonstrations we will show display graphics printers and packaging companies how to streamline workflows, save labour costs while at the same time reducing waste and increasing productivity. It’s an event not to be missed!”

Fujifilm report 2nd Quarter results

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Fujifilm Holdings Consolidated Financial Results (1st Quarter Fiscal 2010 Earnings)

Revenue
The Company's consolidated revenue declined to ¥502.4billion, or 23.1% below the level in the previous fiscal year.
Revenue in each operating segment decreased owing to the impact of sales drop by yen appreciation as well as the impact of the global recession and associated demand drops. The amount of ¥34.1 billion out of sales reduction of ¥151.3 billion was negatively affected by yen appreciation.

Income
To generate profit amid the current unprecedentedly harsh operating environment and ensure that it can continue to achieve corporate growth, the Fujifilm Group is endeavoring to build a robust corporate constitution and promote the rebuilding of growth strategies regarding emphasized business fields.


The Company is resolutely implementing concentrated structural reforms and thoroughly implementing measures to reduce costs and expenses throughout the entire Group and all businesses without any excluded business fields from the scope of those measures. The implementation of these measures proceeded on schedule during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, and restructuring and other charges during the quarter amounted to ¥10.3 billion.

Operating income before restructuring and other charges amounted to ¥7.6 billion (down 84.1% from the same period of the previous fiscal year), reflecting the impact of the revenue decrease and the negative impact of ¥8.2 billion by yen appreciation, while operating income after restructuring and other charges amounted to a loss of ¥2.7 billion, reflecting the recording of ¥10.3 billion in restructuring and other charges. Income before income taxes was ¥1.2 billion (down 97.9%, from the same period of the previous fiscal year), and the net loss attributable to FUJIFILM Holdings totaled ¥0.7 billion.

Further information including Earnings Presentation Materials are available from the Fujifilm Holdings website.

Global Graphics report 2nd Quarter results

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GLOBAL GRAPHICS SA, developers of the Harlequin and Jaws RIP engines as utilised in a number of leading large format RIP software solutions, announces financial results for the second quarter and the first six months of the year ending 31 December 2009.

Comparisons for the second quarter of 2009 with the second quarter of the previous year include:

- Sales of Euro 2.6 million this quarter (Euro 2.3 million at Q2 2008 exchange rates), as in Q2 2008;

- An operating loss of Euro 0.1 million this quarter compared with an operating loss of Euro 0.3 million in Q2 2008;

- An adjusted operating loss of Euro 0.2 million this quarter as in Q2 2008;

- An adjusted pre-tax loss of Euro 0.4 million this quarter (or a loss of Euro 0.04 per share) compared with an adjusted pre-tax loss of Euro 0.2 million in Q2 2008 (or a loss of Euro 0.02 per share);

- A net loss of Euro 0.5 million this quarter (or a loss of Euro 0.05 per share) as in Q2 2008; and

- An adjusted net loss of Euro 0.6 million this quarter (or a loss of Euro 0.06 per share) compared with an adjusted net loss of Euro 0.5 million in Q2 2008 (or a loss of Euro 0.05 per share).

Commenting on performance, Gary Fry, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our performance in the second quarter of 2009 is in line with our expectations. Although we made a small operating loss in the quarter, our cash position is unchanged at Euro 4.5 million at 30 June 2009 with that of 1 January 2009 and we have made a conscious decision to continue driving future product developments in both our print and eDoc segments.

“We launched our first business application, gDoc Fusion, on 18 May as a soft launch to gain market knowledge and customer feedback. We have been very encouraged by the independent verification from multiple sources that gDoc Fusion has unique value to our customers and fits a current market need.

“Our printing partners continue to have a challenging time with the current economic conditions, but remain optimistic and are working closely with us on future developments. We delivered the latest release of our Harlequin RIP, 8.1, during the second quarter. This has been very well received by our partners and their customers.

“I was also very pleased to announce in early July our strategic partnership with a leading embedded chip manufacturer, Conexant, which will enable us to gain greater access into the office printing market with our Harlequin embedded printing solution.”

Second quarter 2009 performance
Sales for the second quarter 2009 amounted to Euro 2.6 million compared with Euro 2.6 million in the second quarter 2008, or a sequential increase of 3.4% at current exchange rates.

Total operating expenses amounted to Euro 2.6 million this quarter compared with Euro 2.7 million in the same period of 2008 (which included non-recurring expenses of Euro 0.3 million), as well as in Q1 2009.

The Company reported an operating loss of Euro 0.1 million for this quarter (or 2.6% of Q2 2009 sales), compared with an operating loss of Euro 0.3 million in Q2 2008 (or 10.1% of Q2 2008 sales).

The Company reported an adjusted operating loss (as defined in the accompanying table) of Euro 0.2 million for this quarter (or 8.1% of Q2 2009 sales), as in Q2 2008 when such adjusted operating loss represented 8.9% of Q2 2008 sales.

The Company reported an adjusted pre-tax loss (as defined in the accompanying table) of Euro 0.4 million for this quarter, compared with an adjusted pre-tax loss of Euro 0.2 million in Q2 2008, pursuant to the recognition of net exchange losses of Euro 0.2 million in Q2 2009. Accordingly adjusted pre-tax EPS was a loss of Euro 0.04 this quarter compared with a loss of Euro 0.02 in Q2 2008.

The Company reported a net loss of Euro 0.5 million for this quarter (or a loss of Euro 0.05 per share), as in Q2 2008.

The Company reported an adjusted net loss (as defined in the accompanying table) of Euro 0.6 million for this quarter, compared with an adjusted net loss of Euro 0.5 million in Q2 2008. Accordingly, adjusted net EPS was a loss of Euro 0.06 this quarter, compared with a loss of Euro 0.05 per share in Q2 2008.

First six months performance
Sales for the first six months of 2009 amounted to Euro 5.3 million compared with Euro 5.6 million for the same period of 2008, or a sequential decrease of 4.5% at current exchange rates.

Total operating expenses amounted to Euro 5.3 million for the first six months of 2009, compared with Euro 5.5 million for the same period of 2008, the latter figure including non-recurring expenses of Euro 0.5 million, notably relating to costs incurred with regards to the change in the Chief Executive Officer position which occurred in late June 2008.

The Company reported an operating loss of Euro 0.2 million for the first six months of 2009 (or 3.7% of the period’s sales), compared with an operating loss of Euro 0.1 million for the same period of 2008 (or 2.1% of that period’s sales).

The Company reported an adjusted operating loss (as defined in the accompanying table) of Euro 0.5 million for the first six months of 2009 (or 8.7% of the period’s sales), compared with a nominal adjusted operating loss for the same period of 2008 (or 0.6% of that period’s sales).

The Company reported an adjusted pre-tax loss (as defined in the accompanying table) of Euro 0.6 million for the first six months of 2009 (or a loss of Euro 0.06 per share), compared with an adjusted pre-tax profit of Euro 0.2 million for the same period of 2008 (or a profit of Euro 0.02 per share).

The Company reported a net loss of Euro 0.6 million for the first six months of 2009 (or a loss of Euro 0.06 per share), compared with a net loss of Euro 0.3 million for the same period of 2008 (or a loss of Euro 0.03 per share).

The Company reported an adjusted net loss (defined in the accompanying table) of Euro 0.8 million for the first six months of 2009, compared with an adjusted net loss of Euro 0.2 million for the same period of 2008. Accordingly, adjusted net EPS was a loss of Euro 0.08 per share for the first six months of 2009, compared with a loss of Euro 0.02 per share for the same period of 2008.

2009 outlook
Gary Fry continued: "Our strategy of continued investment in our printing and gDoc solutions will continue in the second half of 2009. With the market insight and direct customer feedback we have had we will be refining our gDoc Fusion application and plan an aggressive sales and marketing drive shortly. This will set us up well for both gDoc Fusion and future planned gDoc applications.

Clearly 2009 has been and continues to be a challenging year for most companies in our industry. Though we currently have limited visibility on our revenues for the second half of this year, we remain confident that our past and current commercial and technology investments will deliver sustained, long-term growth for Global Graphics.”