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The Printing Charity helped 1,737 people in 2018, an increase of 34% on the previous year. The figure was announced by the charity’s chairman Jon Wright at its 192nd Annual General Meeting.

Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 attracted 20,780 individual visitors from 137 countries over the four day show in May at Messe Munchen. Total attendance including repeat visits reached 34,104, with almost two thirds of all visitors committing two or more days to the show.

Barberan, in collaboration with ZeeTree, has developed a digital printing technology to deliver embossed materials effects for the furniture and flooring industry.  

New from Perspex Distribution is Palboard, a multi-layered PVC sheet with a recycled foam PVC core. The manufacturer, Palram, has produced CNC templates - including trays, birdhouses and tables - to inspire users to get creative with the material.

Swanline Group has become the main sponsor of the first Corrugated and Print Show, running at The Convention Centre in Liverpool on 24-25 June, and organised by Fespa UK Association and the Sheet Plant Association (SPA) in recognition of the need to unify emerging digital print technologies and corrugated packaging communities.

Mimaki will use ITMA 2019 (20-26 June, Fira de Barcelona, Spain) for the first global showing of a digital textile printer featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities. It will also provide a sneak preview of its upcoming TA Job Controller software, specifically designed for textile production environments.

The new Arete Combo - capable of printing on both transfer paper and directly onto fabric - has been launched by Korea-based d.gen.

Trade association Print Scotland has honoured five print industry apprentices in its fourth annual Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year awards. The winners are:

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