Sign & Display

Mimaki Australia has appointed Kohei Kobayashi as its new managing director, effective immediately. Kobayashi joins from Mimaki Europe, and has risen to the role after 15 years with Mimaki.

Avery Dennison is launching the Wrap Like Royalty 2024 Competition. Building on the Wrap Like a King challenge, the competition returns with an expanded format, and grander prizes.

Entries are already coming in for the upcoming Currie Group Sign & Graphics Awards, and with early birds able to avoid a last-minute scramble, organisers say they are hoping more printers will enter now.

Epson is launching a new 64-inch P-Series printer, the P20560, which it says is the most advanced P-Series large format printer to date. It will be showcased on the Epson stand at Visual Impact in July.

Ball & Doggett is expanding its strategic partnership agreement with Lamination System, specialist in laminating machines, laminating film supplies, and lamination services.

Some 95 per cent of the show’s floorspace at the first Visual Impact show in Brisbane for six years is booked, with organisers expecting the remaining space to go soon, creating a sold-out expo.

Stricken wide-format supplier Starleaton has narrowly escaped liquidation, securing a DOCA to start again, but unsecured creditors are still facing losing almost all their money.

The country’s biggest printable materials supplier Ball & Doggett is taking its regional roadshow to Bendigo, with the event running over two days next week, and focusing on its wide-format solutions.

Ben Eaton, managing director of stricken wide-format supplies business Starleaton, is aiming to pull the business out of the grave, with a proposal for a Deed of Company Arrangement.

Holler Print, a new online large format printing and signage solutions company, backed by CV Media & Signs, has launched onto the market, offering a web-to-sign service.

Expanding on the continued success of the Colorado M Series, Smartech Business Systems has been appointed an official Canon Production Printing Colorado Partner.

Agfa has made Smartech Business Solutions its exclusive distributor for its growing portfolio of wide format print solutions in Australia, New Zealand, and the Oceania region, effective from today.

Allprint Graphics has installed Australia’s first swissQprint Kudu, the flatbed 300sqm an hour print system which it ordered at Fespa last year, as the company transitions away from screen printing.

EFI is launching two new super-wide printers, the EFI Vutek h3+ and Vutek h5+ hybrid flatbed/roll-fed LED printer series, which it says come with enhanced printing and media handling capabilities.

The spend on outdoor print dropped by $65m, or 17 per cent, last year, compared with the previous year, while digital outdoor surged to new heights. Print now accounts for just a quarter of the market.


Outdoor giant, and Cactus Imaging owner, oOh! Media, lifted revenue 7 per cent to $633.9m in the year to December, buoyed by a vigorous outdoor media market in Australia.