26 Oct 2021

EskoArtwork bolsters position in Sign & Display market by appointing Worldwide Business Development Manager

Bryan Stringer

EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) has strengthened its presence in the sign and display market by appointing Bryan Stringer as Worldwide Business Development Manager Sign & Display.

Stringer will be based in the UK and report to Nicolai Gradman, Senior Vice President CAM & Supply Chain. In this new role, Stringer will be responsible for expanding EskoArtwork’s sign and display business by developing relationships with other vendors in the industry and identifying new business opportunities. Stringer will also support more than 30 EskoArtwork sales offices around the world.

Stringer brings to his new role years of expertise and experience in the sign and display market. In the UK, he founded B&P Light Brigade in 1982 and was Managing Director at the company until 2004. Stringer then set up and ran Planet Media Ltd and Planet Digital, acting as UK distributor for Zünd until 2007, and most recently for SwissQprint.

“The role presents an excellent opportunity for me to apply my experience in the sign and display sector, and help EskoArtwork expand its business,” says Stringer. “The company’s software is already a ‘must have’ for packaging and commercial printers. We anticipate that it will soon enjoy the same status in the sign and display market, driving tools for digital finishing in digital print bureaus. Plus EskoArtwork Kongsberg cutting tables have a very strong reputation for digital finishing in this industry.”

Nicolai Gradman comments: “Bryan has a comprehensive understanding of the sign, display and retail sector. His knowledge, global contacts and vision will prove invaluable as he spearheads our growth strategy in this growing market.”

PostScript revolutionaries receive Ipex 2010 'Champions In Print' Award

Dr. John Warnock and Dr. Charles (Chuck) Geschke

Dr. John Warnock and Dr. Charles (Chuck) Geschke, the co-founders of Adobe Systems Incorporated, have been honoured with the global Ipex 2010 ‘Champions in Print’ awards which acknowledge the huge contribution of those who have influenced and shaped the development of the printing industry.

The Ipex Advisory Committee, which represents a broad range of major exhibitors, visitor groups and trade associations, has awarded the accolade in recognition of the roles they played in inventing Adobe® PostScript® technology which revolutionised desktop publishing by providing a radical new approach to printing text and images on paper.

John Warnock says, "We are delighted to accept the Ipex "Champions in Print" award. When Chuck and I founded Adobe in 1982, we hoped our technology would have the potential to make an important contribution to the communication of ideas. But if anyone had told us it would be part of revolutionizing the printing and publishing industry, we would have been sceptical. We were fortunate in that we have always hired bright and creative people at Adobe. I'm proud to say that Adobe has been built on the legacy that has continued to revolutionize how the world engages with ideas and information, whether in print, on the Web and across all manner of devices."

Chuck Geschke says, "We are honoured to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Adobe who has worked with us to advance the future of the print and publishing industry. The revolution that began as desktop publishing in the late 1980s changed the cost, productivity and efficiency of an industry without compromising the 500 years of the traditional aesthetics and quality of the printing trade. The technology and products developed at Adobe since its founding have had a major influence on the evolution of the graphics arts industry. Today, Adobe continues to drive the transformation of print communications from a manual, mechanical process to a fully digital workflow."

Geschke and Warnock met in the late 1970s at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre, where Geschke directed research activities in computer science, graphics, image processing and optics, and Warnock worked as a principal scientist. The pair went on to set up Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1982 and launched PostScript which enabled content from a computer file to be printed exactly as it appeared on screen, with all formatting, graphics and fonts intact.

Building on the success of PostScript technology, their company expanded into desktop publishing software with Adobe® Illustrator® and Adobe® Photoshop®. These applications enabled designers to create and manipulate complex images and graphics for print. Later on, the launch of Adobe® InDesign® redefined page layout for publications, allowing many magazines, newspapers and corporate brands to adopt modern production workflows. The development of Adobe® Acrobat® software, and the Portable Document Format (PDF), helped advance the print industry further by enabling the use of electronic files for high-fidelity printing.

Ipex 2010 Event Director, Trevor Crawford, says, “The sheer number of nominations that both Dr Geschke and Dr Warnock have received since the launch of the Champions in Print awards is testament to the impact they’ve had on our industry. Both had a vision for publishing and graphic arts which has forever changed how people create and engage with information. We’re extremely pleased to recognise their outstanding contribution to the graphic arts world and hope we’ll continue to attract large numbers of nominations for different industry figures.”

In addition to chairing Adobe Systems Incorporated, both men serve on the boards of the various educational, arts, technology and other non-profit organisations. Geschke serves on the boards of the San Francisco Symphony, the Commonwealth Club of California, as well as being a board trustee at the University of San Francisco and an advisory board member for computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University. Warnock is active on or has served on the boards of the Sundance Institute, the American Film Institute and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

The Ipex 2010 ‘Champions in Print’ Awards were launched to honour individuals who have influenced and shaped the printing industry across the world. There will be ten ‘Champions’ in the run-up to Ipex 2010, which will take place from 18th - 25th May at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The first three winners were Indigo founder and industry pioneer Benny Landa, J.K Rowling, author of the top-selling Harry Potter novels, and Professor Frank Romano at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

To nominate a living person for the next ‘Champions in Print’ award, complete a nomination form on-line by visiting www.ipex.org/cip. If a nominee hasn’t yet been selected as a winner, he or she can be nominated again. Entries must be supported by a brief summary of the nominee's achievements.

Two Sides launches awareness campaign to promote print and paper's great environmental story

 A Tom Jennings illustration

Today Two Sides launches a multifaceted awareness campaign across the UK to promote the sustainability of print and paper as 'Renewable, Recyclable and Powerful'. The Two Sides (www.twosides.info) initiative involves almost 100 companies and associations spanning the Graphic Communications Supply Chain whose goal is to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper.

Over the next 12 months more than 20,000 media specifiers and influencers will receive information about Print and Paper's good environmental record and dispel many of the myths that people may have. Integrated communications management firm Lateral Group has collaborated with 300million on branding and design, RA Creative on web design and Haymarket Publications to develop and produce the promotional campaign.  It includes direct mail, a series of online and print advertisements in PrintWeek, Marketing, Campaign and Brand Republic, a competition to visit European forests and a fact-filled website.

"Our aim is to start to change perceptions about the production and use of print and paper", explains Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director. "We're determined to see that print and paper remains an essential part of today's media mix. The initiative is designed to wake people up to the fact that print and paper is a powerful and sustainable medium and encourage them to visit the Two Sides web site to discover even more so they can make informed decisions about the best medium for their communication programmes. We are starting in the UK and plans are already underway to spread the initiative across the rest of Europe."

Two Sides is targeting those who have the most influence in the choice of communications media including: agencies and designers, corporates, retailers, government, journalists, politicians and publishers.  The program of activity kicks off with a direct mail pack of six postcards (printed on Zen Pure White donated by GF Smith) that each highlight key myths and misunderstandings about paper and print, along with enlightening facts. Each card is illustrated by Tom Jennings, a former designer who has moved into illustration full-time. The style of Tom's pen and ink illustrations perfectly reflect the creative properties of paper. A different artist will be chosen for the next three direct mail packs issued over the next eight months.

Lateral Group is handling media planning and the data processing, printing and distribution of the direct mail items. The company has heavily supported the Two Sides' initiative from its inception and has donated the services of a project manager to oversee the roll out. "Paper and print have for some time been the 'un-green' medium in the marketing world," says Nick Dixon, Lateral Group CEO. "Two Sides demonstrates and accurately details that paper and print is still a powerful communication in today's world, as well being a sustainable resource, successfully dispelling any myths about its non-green credentials. At Lateral Group, we promote and champion our mantra of Integrated Communications Management. Only by knowing your audience can you know how to market to them. Print is still very much a part of today's complex and multi channel world".

Six different ads reflect and complement the direct mail campaign, delivering simple statements designed to surprise, educate and explain how the print and paper industry is producing sustainable and effective material.  Two Sides highlights facts such as:

- Bread from wheat, milk from cows, paper from trees: What's more natural than Print & Paper

- 1.5 million football pitches of new trees. Every year: More trees are planted every year than harvested and forests have grown by more than 30% since 1950

- The original wireless communication: Producing a reading a traditional newspaper can consume 20% less energy than reading news online for more than 30 minutes

- What a great sustainable idea: Half the UK's energy requirement is predicted to be needed to drive PCs in the next 10 years. Print and Paper, based on natural and renewable material, can be the sustainable way to communicate.

Martin Lawless, creative director at 300million says: 'Our approach from the start was to bring fairness to the complex emotions and issues that surround the use of paper and print. With balance comes a more rational, objective and improved understanding of what the best thing to do is when it comes to considering the commission of offline communications. This balance is expressed in the name as well as the measured yet forthright logo, brand identity and engaging messaging that get people  to reconsider and rethink print and paper.'

Finally, a competition launched today gives ten people the opportunity to see sustainable forestry and paper making in action at first hand in a choice of forests around Europe. To enter go to www.twosides.info.

Epson again named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Epson logo

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

C41s Photo Imaging

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

Melville Graphics and ALD

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