Commercial

Epson has been named Forbes Japan Number 1 sustainable company, a notable accolade on its journey towards becoming a leading eco-friendly company under its Environmental Vision.

The launch of Ascend digital packaging and POS print system puts Kodak back in the spotlight. Industry insider Laurel Brunner analyses the business, its products, and environmental credentials.

Roland DG is launching the BN-20A, a new, lower-cost addition to its VersaStudio series of desktop inkjet printer cutters, which it says is compact, easy to use, and affordable.

The Hannan and O’Connor family-owned Rathdrum Property has sold the Geebung premises where the Ovato Queensland business is based, to a Sydney fund manager, for $36.2m.

Xeikon says its vision of full digitisation in print manufacturing is becoming a reality, as it launches new areas of innovation in presses, services and workflow, which it says will lead to lights out production.

Discover how the HP Latex R-Series enabled Left Bank Art Group to print on a variety of substrates and expand their business.

Finishing solutions developer Horizon is running its multi-vendor Smart Factory expo in two weeks’ time, this year as a hybrid event with both in-person and online streams.

Quality Press has invested in a new HP Indigo 7K, and a new HP R2000 flatbed wide format printer, as the company – one of the major WA print businesses – ramps up its production power.

Bloomberg is reporting that some 100 million Christmas catalogues will not be printed in the US this year, thanks to the online shopping demand, which is causing papermakers to turn to making the more lucrative boxes, causing a shortage of catalogue grade papers.

Print environmental pioneer Pegasus Print Group has reached almost 95 per cent recyclability from its Blacktown factory, saving 1275 tonnes of waste from landfill in the past year.

Industry supplier Aldus has acquired Scottish-based UV ink and varnish manufacturer Paragon Inks, the deal meaning half of all Aldus sales will now be in Europe.

Offset press giant Heidelberg will run a virtual Innovation Week next week, with a focus on innovations in commercial, packaging, and label segments aimed to boost print shop performance.

Booming online design business Canva, founded by three Melbourne friends nine years ago, is now worth $50bn, which is double its April valuation, and more than Woolworths and Telstra.

HP Inc has introduced a range of DesignJet and PageWide XL Pro devices, to mark the 30 year anniversary of its first DesignJet printer, with sustainability the keyword in the new printers.

Printers looking to minimise their environmental footprint, and boost their eco credentials with clients, should be looking at the new generation of processless plates from Agfa, Fujifilm and Kodak.


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Queensland operation Smartcomm is making its biggest ever investment, spending in excess of $5m on a new smart air-conditioned print and mail centre, and on new equipment to up its production capacity.