17 Jun 2021

ArtSystems Xativa Large Format Proofing Media Awarded FOGRA Certification

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Xativa Large Format Media Gains New Award with FOGRA Certification

Xativa the large format media brand of ArtSystems Ltd has passed another milestone this month en route to becoming one of the channels highest quality media ranges. The FOGRA certification is for the Xativa X-Press range of proofing media; specifically Xativa X-Press Gloss and Satin Proofing Paper in 17”, 24” and 42” widths.

"The FOGRA standard is globally acknowledged and ensures that users can have total trust in the performance of the media. Proofing with digital inkjet is a demanding application and it’s vital that the user can reduce the variables in the process to a minimum. Using a FOGRA certified media is  crucial to getting the consistency needed". says Paul Tarry Consumables Sales Division Manager, ArtSystems Ltd.

The Xativa X-Press Proofing Paper is now available to Xativa Resellers and is already winning new business in this demanding sector.

"Many of our resellers service this sector but have not had a competitive product that has the needed quality certification. With Xativa X-Press they can now satisfy that demand."

ArtSystems' green portfolio grows with the launch another new range from Xativa.

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Large format specialist distributor ArtSystems has today launched the Xativa 'Sustain' range of media.  It meets the demands of today's end-users for fully FSC and PEFC certified and fully sustainable media head on, and addresses even the most demanding applications.  
The range was named as a direct reflection of its ethical values to maintain the provision of environmental solutions and products within the large format signage industry and is another addition to the ever growing Xativa portfolio of environmental media.  
Xativa Sustain, specifically developed for digital inkjet printing, includes a variety of media including satin, gloss, matt, uncoated and coated, high resolution, thermal photo, water resistant, instant dry and ultra white paper.  Media width includes A4 up to 60" 1524mm and media thickness up to 300gsm.
All Xativa Sustain products will be in stock and available to purchase through all channels including online from July 2009.
Dave Thomas, Managing Director of ArtSystems explains "This new range not only delivers on output quality and value for money to our customers, but is also part of our new EMS (Environmental Management System) to provide products and services that offer quantifiable environmental benefits.   In our aim to develop and promote more green products we are, in turn, helping more of our channel partners to make the correct environmental choice."

Sun Chemical's Maurice Carruthers Honored by NPIRI


The National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI), the research arm of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), honored Maurice Carruthers of Sun Chemical Performance Pigments  and Rodney Balmer of Flint Group with major industry awards.

Mr. Carruthers received the Technical Associate Member (TAM) Service Award, which honors outstanding individuals who, as suppliers, have played a significant role in the progress of printing ink technology or have contributed outstanding service to NAPIM and the printing ink industry. Mr. Carruthers has been involved with the ink industry for more than 40 years, starting at Ciba Geigy in the early 1970s as a dry color technician. He joined Sun Chemical in 1978 as dispersion manager, rising to director of manufacturing and his current position as vice president and general manager.

Mr. Balmer, Flint Group’s technical director for sheetfed inks, received NAPIM’s Technical Achievement Award (TAA), which honors a printing ink scientist who has contributed to the ink industry.

After receiving a degree in printing ink technology and also in chemistry from the University of Manchester Mr. Balmer joined Sun Chemical. In 2000, he joined Flint Ink as technical director paste ink and is a leader in the company’s energy cure and sheetfed ink research efforts.

In addition, Gary Deeter of BASF Resins received first place honors in the NPIRI Lecture Series, sponsored by Hexion Specialty Chemicals, while Don Henderson of Sun Chemical earned second-place honors.

Rich Czarnecki of Superior Printing Ink, Bemly Randeniya of Arizona State University, and Jeanine Snyder of Air Products & Chemicals each received honorariums from Lubrizol Advanced Materials, which sponsors the Best of Show Poster Boards awards.

Seiko Introduces Value-Priced Inks for ColorPainter V-64s

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Seiko I Infotech Inc. (SIIT) announced today that it will add a new value priced “EG-Outdoor LX” mild solvent ink set to its “EG-Outdoor “ink series.

The “EG-Outdoor LX” inks are designed for the “ColorPainter V-64s”, 64-inch mild-solvent inkjet printer, and they offer following features:

• Value price
• 6 colours (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan and Light Magenta)
• Large 500ml ink cartridge
• Full-speed printing performance
• Excellent outdoor durability
• High lightfastness
• Outstanding colour density
• Weekly Maintenance

The “EG-Outdoor LX” inks will be sold through SIIT channel partners worldwide and will be scheduled to start shipping in October 2009.

The “EG-Outdoor EX” inks, another genuine ink set for the ColorPainter V-64s, offers low-odor, superior outdoor durability and even better image quality will be sold simultaneously, therefore the ColorPainter V-64s users will have choice of ink for different use.

SIIT is committed to offering a comprehensive portfolio of professional graphic printers to its worldwide customer base.

MACtac Application Nation Wizard Builder Tool Offers Immediate Application Solutions

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New and improved tool instantly pairs products with project criteria

Choosing the right product solution for an application can be a challenging process, but with MACtac® Graphic Products’ newly enhanced Application Nation Wizard Builder tool, the process is simplified.

Hosted on MACtac’s Application Nation Web site, recent updates and changes to Wizard Builder functionality now make the product-solution search tool robust and easy-to-use. MACtac customers simply select their application criteria – from application type, market, color, facestock, adhesive, print method and more – and they are then presented with a list of recommended application-specific product solutions.

Building on MACtac’s philosophy to offer customers more than product recommendations, Wizard Builder will populate application solutions, even when the project or job is lacking specific details. The user simply needs to choose the application type or category and Wizard Builder instantly recommends the MACtac solutions ideal for that application.

“Not only does the new and improved Wizard Builder deliver product options and application solutions to its users, it also offers instant access to helpful resources, like performance guides, sales literature and samples,” said Jason Yard, marketing application specialist, MACtac Graphic Products. “MACtac is continually updating the Application Nation Web site to make it one of the most educational and beneficial sites for the graphics industry – whether you are a seasoned professional, a novice installer or just someone with a curiosity about the industry.”

In addition to the newly enhanced Wizard Builder, www.TheApplicationNation.com features a number of key functionalities, including quick navigation to MACtac distributors worldwide, an “Ask the Expert” section, an open forum for industry networking, the latest graphic installation news, a project portfolio gallery for uploading and sharing jobs and projects with other members, information, trends, ideas and more.

Sawgrass Expands with New Business Units

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Sawgrass Technologies Inc. has announced its division into two new business units; Sawgrass Consumer Division and Sawgrass Industrial Division. Sawgrass' division is in response to increased demand and global synergies which have developed within each the Consumer and Industrial market segments. "This realignment of resources enables the individual business units to globally serve each market's unique customer needs. Sawgrass' Consumer Division will focus on turn-key solutions for digitally printing consumer products, while the Industrial Division will focus on commercializing new technologies to for mass customization a wide variety of surfaces," said Nathan Hale, CEO of Sawgrass Technologies.

Darcy Mauro has been promoted from vice president of sales and marketing of Sawgrass Technologies to president of the Sawgrass Technologies Consumer Division. With locations in Mt. Pleasant SC, and Sheffield, England, Sawgrass' new Consumer Division services the global consumer product-decorating industry.

According to Mauro, "Sawgrass' Consumer Division is a based on a high-touch, customer intimacy model serviced by our worldwide dealer channel. Throughout the world, we help our customers create high-quality, high-value consumer products and profitably grow their businesses with our reliable, and easy to use, turn-key digital decorating solutions."

Dr. Mickael Mheidle has been appointed as the president and CEO of Sawgrass Technologies Industrial Division. Sawgrass' Industrial Division has locations in Basel Switzerland and Mt. Pleasant, SC.

"Sawgrass' Industrial Division is based on an innovation model. We emphasize productivity and profitability through the commercialization of new digital printing technologies for mass customization of a wide variety of surfaces. With the introduction of M Technology inks, we are delivering entirely new categories of inks to the marketplace," said Mheidle.