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JX Enterprise demonstrating GZC3202SG
printer at Media Expo Mumbai 2019

Chennai-based JX Enterprise, one of the leading suppliers of signage equipments in South India and a sole distributor of Gongzheng printers in the region, is showcasing GZC3202SG printer at Media Expo Mumbai 2019, which is scheduled to be held from February 21-23 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. The Gongzheng printer features the revolutionary Dimatix Starfire 1024 printhead with RediJet technology and is capable to run at the speed of 1200 sq ft/h. The printhead delivers unparalleled saturation and smooth gradient.

GZC3202SG has GZ Negative pressure recirculation system with compensation function playing the advantage of the Dimatix Starfire printhead, assuring steady ink delivery and minimised downtime and maintenance. Smart IR drier with industrial power switches of the printer could synchronously treat the printing evenly and efficiently. One piece IR Drier which can be easily installed and smart synchronisation function could dry the printing efficiently and save electricity.

CNC aluminium beam and silent linear guide of GZC3202SG assure high speed, high-quality prints and long running life. After all, the Panasonic A6 Servo System in the printer has higher torque and lower vibration, assuring more stable and precise carriage moment. GZC3202SG is compatible with a wide range of media including banner, frontlit, backlit, vinyl, film, banner cloth, poster paper and many others.

GCC Rotary Chuck applicable to Spirit series

GCC Rotary Chuck is capable of providing various material diameter choices for object to be engraved and its loading weight is up to 7 kg. It (Rotary Chuck) can hold objects tightly and tilt the materials up to 45 degrees, giving users the benefit to laser mark the inner side of the ring. Diverse applications are made possible by rotary chucks. Now it is applicable for GCC LaserPro Spirit, Spirit LS, Spirit GLS and Spirit GLS Hybrid.

Academy Award-winning design
studio adopts Massivit 3D printer

Massivit 3D has announced that Academy Award-winning design studio and manufacturing facility, Weta Workshop, has installed a Massivit 1800 3D printer at its Wellington, New Zealand-based premises. The studio is known for its fabrication works done for the chartbuster movies like The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Hobbit, King Kong, Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner 2049. The installation of Massivit 1800 was made possible by Massivit 3D’s local Australian and New Zealand distributor, Stick on Signs. Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop Co-founder, CEO and Creative Director, says, “We manufacture super-sized, hyper-realistic human figures, creatures, vehicles, and other huge props for films and television and have always been on the search for technology that can produce large parts at a high speed.”

FUJIFILM India appoints Tanusha Enterprises
as distributor for western and eastern regions

FUJIFILM India has announced the appointment of Mumbai-based Tanusha Enterprises as distributor of Acuity LED 1600R UV LED roll-to-roll printer and Acuity LED 1600 II UV LED hybrid printer. Established in 2012, Tanusha Enterprises is one of the reputed inkjet equipment suppliers in India with excellent after sales service. The company teamed up with JHF in 2012 distributing the company’s high-end digital UV printers. In the company’s product line is also Skycolor printers. Tanusha Enterprises has developed a strong channel through a network of agents across India.

Over the years, the company’s senior management team has always focused on the development of the company’s business strategy, implementation of its management philosophy and nurturing its entrepreneurial culture in order to make themselves enduring and large-scale high-tech company. Addition of the two high-end Acuity LED 1600R UV LED roll-to-roll printer and Acuity LED 1600 II UV LED hybrid printers will make an ever stronger product line for Tanusha Enterprises. Moreover, FUJIFILM India has also appointed Cochin-based Future Technologies for wide-format business in Kerala.

FUJIFILM India showcasing Acuity
LED 3200R at Media Expo Mumbai 2019

Pradipta Chowdhury
Acuity LED 3200R will be the a key product from FUJIFILM India to be showcased at the Media Expo 2019 scheduled to be held from February 21-23 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai. This 10 ft LED cured super-wide format printer is designed to produce high-quality display and exhibition graphics, customised wall graphics, backlit and many other applications. “Acuity LED 3200R is a cost-effective system as LED UV curing and ink chemistry in this printer work in conjunction to give a profitable solution,” mentions Pradipta Chowdhury, Senior Product Manager (WFIJ), FUJIFILM India.

Acuity LED 3200R has a full LED lamp curing system which is precisely tuned to cure Uvijet ink in a two-stage process. Small, low-dose LED pinning lamps close to the printhead freeze the dot, while the main LED curing lamps fully cure the print which is ready to use right away. This super-wide format printer offers print service providers added opportunities any conventional printers couldn’t do. It runs with instant print performance without a warm-up delay with minimal daily maintenance and nominal printhead replacement. Emitting little odour, Acuity LED 3200R is suitable for most working environments without dedicated extraction.

FUJIFILM backs new climate change initiative

Aclimate initiative backed by FUJIFILM announces that businesses need to identify climate-related risks and opportunities in order to reduce threats posed by global warming that could ‘destabilise’ financial markets. President Kenji Sukeno announces that Fujifilm has adopted recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), a think tank established by global banking group the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

The TCFD last year urged companies to analyse climate-related business risks and business opportunities in the mid- to long-term and reflect findings to and disclose financial information in order to mitigate risks that could destabilise financial markets. FUJIFILM’s new Sustainable Value Plan 2030 (SVP2030) aims at reducing group CO2 emissions by 30 percent by March 2031, compared to 2014, and contributing to a 50 million ton reduction in society’s overall CO2 emissions by encouraging wider use of the company’s low-emission products and services.

SGIA opens registration for second FP3 Conference

SGIA has opened registration for this year’s FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products, which is scheduled from May 5–7, 2019 at Itasca, Illinois. SGIA’s Industrial Applications and Printed Electronics Committee designed FP3 for business leaders who want to learn more about the scope of the functional printing marketplace, grasp the latest industry and business trends — and understand how to capitalise on them. Registration includes a welcome reception with exhibits, all general sessions and breaks, breakfast and lunch. Add-on events for the 2019 FP3 conference include the ‘Executive Leadership Workshop: Persuasion and Storytelling,’ led by featured speaker Colby B Jubenville. Registration for FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products is available online at:

KIIAN Digital releases reactive ink

JK Group attended Heimtextil 2019, which was held from January 8 – 11, 2019 at Frankfurt am Main, debuting Kiian Digital’s reactive inks designed for direct printing onto cotton and the other cellulosic fibers. Visitors were privileged to ‘touch and feel’ the printing results achievable by using Digistar Bellagio which is the natural complement of the Kiian Digital’s current textile product portfolio. Digistar Bellagio was born from the synergy of highly specialised teams in digital textile printing, MS & JKG, to go beyond the limits of product and process. In addition to the new reactive ink, Digistar Bellagio, JK Group also showcased its Digistar Bravo disperse ink compatible with Kyocera printheads for direct printing onto polyester. Digistar Bravo is recognised for the excellent light fastness, high penetration into the fibres, an extremely deep intensity of the blacks from which stands out the BLACK HLF for its high light fastness.

EPSON named one of Top 100 Global Innovators

EPSON has again been recognised as one of the 2018-19 Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators, one of only 35 organisations to have been recognised for the eighth year in a row since the inception of the programme in 2011. The company exhibits consistently strong performance in successfully obtaining rights to their innovation, seeking wide protection and global markets for potential products and services based on that innovation. Clarivate Analytics cited the fact that EPSON regularly files high volumes of patent applications and had good success this year in converting these to granted patent rights. EPSON holds many patents globally and is working with patent agencies in 20 countries or more at any given time. Clarivate Analytics analyses intellectual property and patent trends based on proprietary data to determine the world’s most innovative corporations and institutions. The analysis covers four main criteria: patent volume, success, globalisation and influence.

ONYX Graphics celebrates 30 years of innovation

ONYX Graphics has marked the 30 years of developing revolutionary products for the wide-format digital inkjet print industry. Since creating the first wide-format specific RIP software in 1989, the company’s award-winning software solutions continue to be at the forefront of innovation. In 1989, the teams at ONYX Graphics united in a vision to provide fast, efficient print solutions with outstanding colour, which has always been at the company’s core. Since then, ONYX solutions have become the industry standard for entire print environments, known for outstanding colour, automated workflows and superior output that can be proven to print buyers. Unique offerings from ONYX Graphics include the ONYX Color Engine with unmatched colour output built specifically for wide-format print; ONYX Thrive, the company’s network licence RIP and print workflow solution that grows with the business; ONYX Hub, the only business intelligence tool with actual costs to improve print shop profitability; award-winning ONYX 18.5, released December 17, 2018 as the first solution with Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 (APPE).

Hexis accelerates with advanced R&D lab

French vinyl manufacturer Hexis has committed 2.5 percent of its expected 100 million+ global turnover this year to its groundbreaking R&D laboratory. The Hexis lab, led by director Christophe Baudrion, who manages a team of 24 chemists and specialist technical staff, has delivered a range of innovations in recent years including multi-layered cast film, patented anti-microbial film and a series of specialist adhesive variants to suit a range of application conditions and substrates, including flat, structured, tinted and reinforced adhesives. The year 2019 will be the company’s 30th year in business, churning out 25 million sq m of film with an expected turnover well in excess of 100 million and a workforce of more than 400 people worldwide. Hexis has expanded considerably over the years beyond its core business of vinyl film for signage applications.

Roland RF-640 8C bundled with
ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 SPECIAL PLUS RIP

ErgoSoft has announced a further milestone in the cooperation with Roland DG. In addition to the successful bundle with the Roland Texart series, the new Roland RF-640 8C printer is now including the ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 SPECIAL PLUS RIP as a package offer tailored to the specialised applications of this multi-colour solvent printer. The package is now made for EMEA Region. Since October 16, 2018, the Roland VersaEXPRESS RF-640 8C is available across the EMEA and India. The printer features CMYK plus Light Black, Red, Green and Orange ink to deliver impressive quality prints and accurate colour matching capabilities, and is ideal for both outdoor and indoor applications. The dedicated ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 SPECIAL PLUS RIP software ensures consistent quality output, improves colour accuracy and provides an intuitive interface as well as an intelligent workflow for highest level of productivity.

Inkjet technologies in the spotlight at drupa 2020

Hundreds of companies from more than 40 countries have already booked out 96 percent of the 1.7 million square feet of exhibition space for drupa 2020 to be organised from June 16-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The growth potential of inkjet will be one of the major focuses at the world’s biggest print show. Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa and global head print technologies of Messe Düsseldorf, said that it has become very clear that the fascination of print products increases with the constant development of technical possibilities. Future and cross-sectional technologies and in particular global megatrends have a major influence on the industry: applications for organic and printed electronics, nanotechnology and all further developments resulting from ‘industry 4.0‘ which will affect a large number of processes. In 2020, in addition to printing and converting processes, the focus at drupa will be on package printing, industrial and functional printing and additive manufacturing. Especially the growth potential of inkjet and expansion into new areas drives fast changing innovation. The drupa 2020 exhibitors’ list contains all of the key players in the global wide format market, including: AGFA Graphics, Canon, Durst, EFI, EPSON, FUJIFILM, HP, Konica Minolta, Mimaki, Mutoh, OKI, RICOH, Roland DG and Xerox.

FESPA 2019 Strapline underlines boundless opportunities

FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo’s visitor campaign strapline is ‘Explosion of Possibilities’, celebrating the multitude of commercial and creative opportunities within the screen and digital wide-format, textile printing and signage markets. The global expo will be take place from May 14-17, 2019 at the Messe Munich in Germany. The Explosion of Possibilities theme for the 2019 global events underlines the boundless opportunity there is within the industry, powered by technology and media innovations, and an irrepressible entrepreneurial appetite to experiment with new applications and enter new markets. Munich has previously hosted FESPA events in 1999, 2005, 2010 and 2014, and the exhibition and visitor facilities make the city a FESPA community favourite. FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 will cover six halls at Messe Munich, with more than 700 exhibitors expected to showcase the latest technology and applications for screen and digital wide format, textile and garment print, printed interior décor, vehicle wrapping, packaging and non-printed signage. Following its success at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, FESPA will once again dedicate an entire hall to substrates.