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Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) has received its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It was presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE QPM at a ceremony last Friday at the company’s HQ.

Esko has acquired Blue Software - a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago - from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions. “This acquisition joins two complementary teams to unlock product packaging development, management and execution efficiencies for brand owners in the consumer packaged goods, life sciences and retail industries and for a variety of suppliers in the packaging value chain,” stated Esko.

Leach has released details of more key personnel moves since appointing James Lavin as MD and Adrian Wray as sales and marketing director following the company’s acquisition in April by the French-owned Chargeurs group.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) reports 559 companies have signed on to exhibit at SGIA Expo 2018 (18-20 October, Las Vegas Convention Centre), with Ford Bowers, the association’s president and CEO claiming it will show “the widest array of technologies that can be seen in printing today.”

Commercial and fleet vehicles graphics/decals specialist Sign Rite Grafix has bought a HP Latex 365 printer to help it meet an increase in enquiries for large-format printing of murals and wall decor.

The British Coatings Federation has welcomed publication of the Government’s White Paper ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’, released on 12 July.

South-Kirby based creative, design and print business UYR has installed a six-colour 2.5m wide Agfa Anapurna H2500i LED-curable printer to run alongside its Anapurna FB2540 flatbed and Anapurna M3200 RTR machine. MD Adam Wood, said: “The wide-format side of our business is flourishing. The importance of having a timely promotional messaging at point of purchase is increasing important for our clients but lead times are usually tight and as we don’t see that changing we have to invest to ensure that our ability to service the client meets their expectations.”

NE Plastics has a new business development manager. Jackie McGowan has taken on the role at the flat sheet plastic supplier and bespoke fabrication specialist acquired by PPB in March.

For the second year running, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) has won Trade Association of the Year at the Trade Association Forum’s (TAF’s) 2018 Best Practice Awards. The BCF also picked up a win for ‘Publication of the Year’ for its Annual Handbook and in the ‘Good Governance’ category.

Archroma has officially inaugurated its Global Competence Centre for Whiteness in Prat, near Barcelona, Spain. Together with the Global Competence Centres for Colourants (Reinach, Switzerland) and for Surface and Coating Technology (Bradford, UK), the new centre forms a network of experts developing products to bring more whiteness and brightness solutions to the specialty paper and packaging markets.

Taylor Bloxham has appointed Jason Cox - former sales director at Greenshires - to the new role of business development director. He said of his new employer, now in its 80th year: “It’s obviously a company that has a long and successful history, but which is continuing to invest and innovate. I’m very much looking forward to playing my part in the company’s growth plans by promoting the group offering of print, direct mail, POS, ecommerce and fulfilment.”

Cloud to Print - UK and Ireland distributor of the Keyline management information system (MIS) - has signed a five year contract with Resolve Business Management to handle sales and installation of the system in the region.

Inkjet printhead developer Xaar and additive manufacturing specialist Stratasys have invested to form Xaar 3D. The new company will leverage the synergies between the two, specifically Xaar’s technology relating to high speed sintering and industrial piezo inkjet printheads, and the commercial and market expertise of Stratasys.

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