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Leach has been appointed ‘official venue dressing sponsor’ for the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup and 2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships.

Creative design, print and sign company Symbol Display has gone completely digital after 30 years of screenprinting. The Middlesbrough-based company has invested in a new production facility and taken a Mimaki JFX200-2531, Mimaki UCJV300 and Esko Kongsberg X24 Starter from CMYUK.

Leach has appointed a new client services director as it aims for further growth in 2019. Suzanne Pitcher - previously business development manager at Service Graphics - brings more than 15 years of design, print, brand marketing and project management experience to the Huddersfield-based firm.

New exhibitors signed up to Sign and Digital UK this year include ABC Display Industry, GMG Color, Liquid Lens Systems, M3 Online Limited, Protek, Premier Paper Group, Signzworld, Solar Illuminations, Trade Sign Shop, Target Transfers, UK Feather Flags, UK Industrial Tapes, and Viscom LEDs and Frames.

Reed Exhibitions is buying Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the company that owns InPrint and Pure Digital event organiser FM Brooks. The transaction is expected to be finalised during the first half of 2019.

DIS is targeting an extra £500,000 worth of business from architects, interior designers and entertainment venues looking to deaden the sound and echoes in large open spaces on the back of it becoming an official supplier and installer of Pongs printable acoustic fabrics.

Two new media have been added to the Neschen PVC-free Green Wall printable wallpapers range - Wallpaper Lite for (eco) solvent, latex and UV printing, and Wallpaper L-UV for larger-scale latex and UV print jobs.

May will see swissQprint introduce a new large-format dedicated roll-to-roll printer called Karibu. Details are being kept under wraps for now with Reto Eicher, CEO of swissQprint, saying only: "Our aim with this printer is to meet current trends and give users an efficient working tool."

Figures from last week’s repositioned Viscom, running alongside the new PromoTex Expo show - for promotion, sports and workwear - and the promotional products industry event PSI, has proved the trio “a real power pack that represents virtually all the key players across all areas of visual, textile and haptic advertising,” according to Michael Freter, managing director of Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

UK-based digital manufacturing service provider Fluraxis has used its Massivit 1800 3D printer to produce two life-size master figures integral to a recent ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ campaign for pharmaceutical company Janssen. The figures were used by Fluxaxis’ customer Windsor Workshop to create moulds for ten life-size human bodies designed to convey the invisible nature of blood cancer.

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