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EDP names awards winners at Fespa 2013

The EDP (European Digital Press association – of which Image Reports is the UK member) has presented its 2013 awards at Fespa. Full details are available on the EDP website and will be in the July issue of Image Reports, but the winners include:


Durst ups its printer offering

Durst has added a number of printers to its large-format stable including the Rhotex 322 soft signage printer, P10 160 UV flatbed and Rho 512R superwide roll-to-roll printer.


Debenhams print department buys Durst machines as part of £800,000 investment

Magenta Print and Display, Debenhams’ in-house print operation, has bought a Durst P10 320R and Rho 320HS as part of a £800,000 investment programme. The move coincides with a major rebranding across the Debenhams chain, including a £30m revamp of its Oxford Street store in London, and an ongoing plan to increase the 168 UK/Ireland Debenhams stores to 220.

Chris Tester, Magenta’s director of print operations, and Lee Hutchinson, production manager, signed for the two new Dursts on stand at Fespa 2013, where they confirmed that the new machines will replace a roll-fed Nur machine, and together with new finishing kit (including a Fotoba slitter, Seal laminator, sewing machine) and workflow automation software, will increase wide-format production capacity by three times.

Magenta, based in Taunton, has a staff of 90 and handles all Debenhams’ print requirements. Tester explained that investment in the in-house print operation, which acts as a profit centre within the parent company, means Debenhams can “react to market conditions more quickly, be more cost effective, and benefit from more integrated system” than if the print was outsourced.

The Durst machines will be installed within the next three weeks and are expected to be fully operational by the end of July. It is anticipated that they will be used to significantly increase the amount of textile printing undertaken by Magenta in line with the understanding that larger size fabric print will be easier to get in stores, and that the migration will reduce costs

Other new Durst signing include the Rho 1030 for McGowan, and a Rho 1012 for Speedscreen and another for Image Data.

GiraffePress takes Roland VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter

GiraffePress held a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Lambeth mayor Mark Bennett on Friday to celebrate the installation of its Roland VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter.

Axaio designs in compatibility

Axaio software has announced the immediate compatibility of its InDesign plug-in MadeToTag with the new InDesign CC (Creative Cloud).

Eastsigns shows 5m wide seamless banner material

Eastsign’s new 5m wide seamless PE banner will make its European debut at Fespa 2013. The substrate is Corona treated for UV and latex printing and 100% recyclable.

Lightbar UV print conversion solution launches

Colorific Solutions will officially launch its Lightbar UV print conversion solution at Fespa 2013. It enables printers with wide-format solvent machines that use Epson Piezo DX4 and DX5 printheads to turn them into UV systems.

Students join Mimaki at Fespa 2013 to show off design skills

Mimaki’s stand at Fespa 2013 will feature a special aquarium-themed area dedicated to displaying student-designed images created during the show and produced on Mimaki printers.

Signlex awarded whole of UK contract by Swiss firm

Further to last year’s contract win with European signage giant Westiform, Headrow-based signage consultant Signlex, has been given the whole contract as part of a multi-million pound roll-out here in the UK.

Cross Media 2013 gathers momentum

Cross Media 2013 (23 - 24 October 2013, Business Design Centre, Islington) is gathering momentum. The latest exhibitors include Adestra, Circdata, Data IQ, Headley Brothers, Imprint, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Layar, LimeTree, Outbrain, Paperhat Consorcio, Papermule, Pensord, Premier Paper, Semaphore Partnership, Shuttleworth, Sitecore, St Ives Group, Translate Media, Waggener Edstrom, Woodwing, Workflowz and Xeikon.

Fujifilm launches Acuity Advance Select HS printer

The high speed Acuity Advance Select HS from Fujifilm will be shown for the first time globally at Fespa 2013 next week. The machine specification shows a top speed of 49.7m2/hr in Production Squared mode.

Canon brings out new series Océ Arizona UV flatbed printers

Fespa 2013 will see the global launch of the Océ Arizona 600 series UV flatbed printers. There are four models in the range – the 640 GT, 640 XT, 660 GT and 660 XT – which replace the Océ Arizona 550 Series. The new series has six independent ink channels, allowing for two to run additional cyan and magenta inks (known as CM²) or cater for varnish or white ink. A Production-Squared print mode can be used to print at 46m2/hr, nearly 25% faster than ‘Production’ mode.

Mosaic Group launches POP division

Point of purchase specialists Ian Carnazza and Lisa Williams have joined the Mosaic Group to launch and run Mosaic POP. The new division links together York-based Mosaic’s related disciplines of marketing strategy and creative, print management and fulfilment.