• + Canon Expands Production Inkjet Portfolio with New B2 Sheetfed Press, the varioPRESS iV7

    Canon, a global leader in digital production print, today announces an expansion of its production portfolio and its entry into the B2 sheetfed inkjet market with the varioPRESS iV7, a new inkje...

    May 28 2024

    Canon, a global leader in digital production print, today announces an expansion of its production portfolio and its entry into the B2 sheetfed inkjet market with the varioPRESS iV7, a new inkjet press capable of producing 8,700 B2 4/0 sheets per hour (4,350 B2 4/4 sheets per hour). Printing up to 4.5 million B2 images per month in 24/6 operation, the varioPRESS iV7 aims to set a new standard in the digital B2 segment, delivering an outstanding combination of eye-catching quality, unparalleled productivity and versatile media support. Based on a mix of innovative and proven Canon technologies, and developed as a new platform specifically for the requirements of the B2 market, the varioPRESS iV7 will empower commercial printers to migrate jobs from digital presses and shorter runs from offset. Visitors to the Canon stand in Hall 8a at drupa can discover details of the varioPRESS iV7 in an interactive animation and samples display. The first installations of the press in the EMEA region will be in the second half of 2025.

    The varioPRESS iV7 can produce 8,700 B2 4/0 sheets per hour on coated and uncoated media up to 450gsm.

    Building on the continuing success and the proven technology of the varioPRINT iX3200/2100 B3 digital sheetfed inkjet presses, the new Canon varioPRESS iV7 has been engineered to address the increasing pressures of commercial print service providers (PSPs), online and publishing printers and book producers. Its exceptional print quality, productivity and extensive media support will enable these print businesses to meet tighter deadlines and produce shorter runs and more jobs, including more premium applications. The varioPRESS iV7 will join the new varioPRINT iX1700 and the market-leading varioPRINT iX3200/2100 to create a Canon portfolio of sheetfed inkjet presses that serves a greater number of PSPs and delivers a broader range of print products with monthly volumes from 300,000 A4 images up to 4.5 million B2 images.

    Unparalleled Productivity

    Printing up to 8700 B2 4/0 sheets per hour, regardless of media weight, the varioPRESS iV7 delivers continuous industrial productivity with minimal operator intervention, as printhead and image quality control are automated and ink can be refilled without stopping the print run. Consequently, the varioPRESS iV7 enables customers to easily meet demanding service level agreements and turnaround times, while increasing production capacity, cutting costs and boosting efficiency. Ideal for short-run, just-in-time production, it also allows PSPs to support their customers to reduce overproduction and print inventory.

    Printing up to 4.5 million B2 images per month, the varioPRESS iV7 aims to set a new standard in the digital B2 segment.

    Versatile media range

    With a sheet size of up to 750 x 614 mm, the varioPRESS iV7 offers a B2+ production capability. This enables the profitable production of a diverse range of applications, from magazines, catalogues, books and marketing collateral to direct mail, postcards and business cards. With its air-supported, straight and flat paper path and its innovative two-step fixation process, the press supports a wide range of coated and uncoated media up to 450gsm, including selected paper boards, and can handle heavy media at full rated speed for the smooth, high-speed production of premium applications. In combination with the press’s media handling innovations, its reliable feeding and stacking technology further improves runnability and continuous production. The varioPRESS iV7 also features Canon proven, two-step drying and fixation process, which reduces deformation and increases print robustness.

    With a sheet size of up to 750 x 614 mm, the varioPRESS iV7 offers a B2+ production capability.

    Eye-catching quality

    The varioPRESS iV7 features innovative 1200 dpi printheads and water-based polymer pigment inks that, combined with Canon’s ColorGrip conditioning liquid, reproduce vibrant colours, fine text and precise line detail. In addition, multilevel drop size modulation allows different droplet sizes, producing high print quality and excellent ink efficiency. Customers can therefore print high-quality applications first-time-right at high speed with consistent colour and less waste, increasing their efficiency and reducing overall production costs.

    Jennifer Kolloczek, Senior Director, Marketing & innovation, Production Printing, Canon EMEA, comments, "Canon has led the evolution of production inkjet for over 15 years, helping customers worldwide to manage their business challenges and gaining vast experience in successfully supporting commercial printers to transition to digital. With a large global base of both web-fed and sheetfed inkjet presses installed, we’ve accumulated deep expertise that we have channelled into the development of this B2 sheetfed press, the varioPRESS iV7, to address printers’ production challenges and open up further application opportunities. In particular, we aim to help printers offload the more labour-intensive, short runs – currently printed on offset presses – to the most productive sheetfed inkjet press in the market without the need to change media or bindery set-ups as the B2 format is kept."

    “By introducing the varioPRESS iV7 to join the varioPRINT iX1700 and iX3200, both of which we’re exhibiting at drupa, we’re making sheetfed inkjet printing an attractive proposition for operations with volumes as low as 300,000 A4 images per month all the way up to 4.5 million B2 images per month. And we’re achieving this while delivering an unsurpassed combination of print quality, productivity, reliability and media versatility, together with the digital benefits of variable data and on-demand printing. Commercial printers searching for the ultimate B2 sheetfed factory should take a very close look at the new Canon varioPRESS iV7.”

    To learn more about the varioPRESS iV7, drupa visitors can come to the Commercial Print area at the Canon stand in hall 8a

  • + drupa 24 - Canon and Heidelberg announce global co-operation in sheetfed inkjet printing

    Canon and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (HEIDELBERG), technology leaders in inkjet and sheetfed offset printing respectively, today announce their global sales and service co-oper...

    May 28 2024

    Canon and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (HEIDELBERG), technology leaders in inkjet and sheetfed offset printing respectively, today announce their global sales and service co-operation in inkjet printing, with a joint focus on supporting commercial print businesses striving to establish hybrid offset/digital production to meet changing print buyer needs and increase their capability to handle shorter runs of more diverse jobs. HEIDELBERG will expand its technology portfolio by introducing an own inkjet product family based on the newly announced Canon B2 sheetfed inkjet press and the well established B3 sheetfed inkjet press. Both presses will be integrated into the HEIDELBERG Prinect workflow; Service and Saphira Ink will be delivered through HEIDELBERG.

    Akira Yoshida, President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Canon Production Printing Holding B.V, comments: “Canon has channeled significant energy and investment to develop its leading inkjet technology and give customers in the commercial printing industry a clear vision of their future. HEIDELBERG boasts a unique heritage, an extensive customer base and in-depth knowledge of the needs of commercial print businesses. We are confident that our collaboration with HEIDELBERG will accelerate the move to blended offset/digital production and enable transformative innovation for many more offset print businesses worldwide.”

    Dr. David Schmedding, Head of Sales of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, comments: “We are confident that Canon is the ideal partner for HEIDELBERG to support our customers with best-in-class inkjet press technology, backed by deep expertise in digital applications and business development. Our aim is to offer print shops that operate sheetfed offset and digital presses simultaneously an attractive and integrated service and product portfolio. That’s why we’re excited to be able to offer our customers innovative industrial inkjet presses integrated in our Prinect workflow to gain flexible and cost-effective autonomous production.”

    Currently more than 650 Canon B3 sheetfed inkjet presses have been successfully adopted by customers worldwide, giving them increased flexibility and agility to produce a broad spectrum of shorter-run work efficiently and profitably. Building on this track record, the new Canon B2 sheetfed press promises ideal levels of digital productivity, quality and media versatility for industrial customers when it becomes available.

    The new HEIDELBERG inkjet portfolio is being shown on the Heidelberg stand in Hall 1 at drupa 2024 (Düsseldorf, Germany, 28 May—7th June). Visitors can see a technology animation of the new B2 sheetfed inkjet press on the Canon stand in Hall 8a, and the press is slated for availability in Q4 2025.

  • + Epson Wins Best of the Best Awards in the Product Design Category at the 2024 Red Dot Design Awards

    For products including an inkjet printer, garment printer and auto colour chart reading portable table Epson's DS-C480W and DS-C420W series of document scanners ...

    May 28 2024

    For products including an inkjet printer, garment printer and auto colour chart reading portable table


    Epson's DS-C480W and DS-C420W series of document scanners became one of a small percentage of entrants to win a Best of the Best award, the highest distinction in the Red Dot: Product Design 2024 awards. This marks the fifth time that Epson has won Best of the Best. Epson also received Red Dot awards for a business inkjet printer, garment printer and an auto colour chart reading portable table.

    Best of the Best award-winning design

    Document Scanners: DS-C480W (DS-C380W in Australia and New Zealand) and DS-C420W (DS-C320W in Australia and New Zealand) Series


     These compact desktop scanners help save space. The U-turn paper feeding vertical layout, frontal operation and flattened back achieve space saving, which helps contribute to an environment where the user can work comfortably and smoothly.


     Red Dot: Product Design winners Business Inkjet Printers: WorkForce Enterprise AM-C4000, 5000 and 6000 

    These high-speed A3 inkjet printers are intended for medium-sized to large offices. These inkjets don't use heat to fire ink*, and therefore consume less power than laser equivalents. Together with a simple structure that saves resources, these printers are designed to minimise environmental impact. The exterior is white, clean, rounded and unimposing.

    WorkForce Enterprise AM-C6000 / 5000 / 4000

     Garment Printers: SureColor SC-F2200 Series (SureColor F2260 in Australia and New Zealand) 

    These garment printers can directly print onto T-shirts and other clothes. The compact design of these printers makes them easy to install, expand and transport. Epson has also changed the design of the operating unit to solve the issue of T-shirts being difficult to attach to the previous model. Productivity has also been improved with the new model being made easier to operate. Epson hopes that the product helps contribute to the digitalisation of the textile printing industry.

    SureColor F2260

     Auto Colour Chart Reading Portable Table (Auto Table for SD-10 spectrophotometer in Australia and New Zealand) spectrophotometer 

    This automatic colour measurement portable table makes it easy to match colours on Epson large-format printers. It works in conjunction with Epson's colour measurement device (SD-10 spectrophotometer) and colour management software (Edge Color Lite) to automatically measure colours so that anyone can match colours accurately and quickly. It can also measure soft materials such as cloth and thick materials.  

    Auto Table for SD-10 spectrophotometer

    Conventional automatic colour measurement tables are large and difficult to carry. Epson solves this problem by using drive technology cultivated in printers to create a small, lightweight, high-precision body. It comes with a carry bag that is easy to carry and store, so you can take it to a site, open the bag, and start measuring colours immediately.  For more on the Red Dot Awards go to: 

  • + HP and Canva Announce Partnership to Democratise Design and Printing

    Collaboration to deliver enhanced capabilities, on-demand services, and seamless design-to-print experiences to millions 

    May 28 2024

    Collaboration to deliver enhanced capabilities, on-demand services, and seamless design-to-print experiences to millions


    • HP and Canva join forces in a groundbreaking collaboration to provide unique design-to- print services and experiences for over Canva’s 185 million monthly users
    • Global multi-year partnership aims to deliver an accessible, scalable, and sustainable printing experience to a larger customer base worldwide with localised printing options
    • Canva will utilise the extensive global network of HP Industrial Print and HP Large Format to drive volume to HP-equipped Print Service Providers
    • HP becomes one of the first Canva Enterprise customers, enabling teams to effortlessly create impactful visual content and enhance internal collaboration at scale


    HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today announced a strategic multi-year global partnership with Canva, the world’s only all-in-one visual communication platform, to empower millions of Canva users worldwide to seamlessly design online, create visual content, and print locally.

    The collaboration between HP and Canva aims to benefit both HP Print Service Providers (PSPs) and the Canva community worldwide, enabling anyone creating visual content on the Canva platform to seamlessly design and print within a fully integrated system. This multi-year deal will enable Canva users to design anything and print anywhere without compromising quality and authenticity.


    “This partnership will deliver huge strategic value and fuel customer growth across both organisations,” said Cliff Obrecht, Canva co-founder and Chief Operating Officer.

    Canva, founded in 2013, has over 185 million monthly users, including 95 percent of the Fortune 500. The launch of Canva Print in 2017 has allowed users to design and print a wide range of products—from business cards, brochures, flyers, stickers, marketing collateral, with customisation options, and even apparel – experiencing exponential growth with millions of orders annually.


    Through this collaboration, the Canva community will gain expanded access to professionally printed products from HP PSPs across the globe. Canva aims to expand its print service to 150 countries by 2026, enabling shorter turnaround times and significantly reducing its carbon footprint through localised operations.


    Canva Extends Reach with HP Automation Software and Global Print Service Provider Network


    HP's market-leading automation software, HP PrintOS Site Flow, will help Canva extend its reach by automating production and shipping processes for PSPs. This end-to-end solution streamlines print jobs with auto-scheduling, delivering color consistency, security, barcode tracking, optimal productivity. Additionally, HP's expansion of its PrintOS Suite with new features will equip the Canva Print Operations team with powerful tools to identify, connect and manage a global SKU catalogue across HP-enabled PSPs.


    Earlier this month, Canva launched Canva Enterprise, a new subscription option to cater to the growing demand from large organisations. With businesses worldwide facing the need to be more efficient and innovative, there has been an increase in demand for visual communication platforms that allow easy collaboration and interoperability. As part of the agreement, HP will implement Canva Enterprise, empowering HP's global marketing and sales teams to securely create, collaborate, and publish visual content.


    “Today's announcement with Canva is a testament to HP's commitment to partnerships of this magnitude. We've been incredibly impressed by the power of Canva Enterprise and look forward to boosting our team's design productivity by removing bottlenecks that stifle creating visual content at scale,” said Haim Levit, Senior Vice President and Division President of HP Industrial Print. “Combined with the latest innovations in HP software, we are leading the industry forward, allowing users to design and print more sustainably.”


    “Canva is leading the way in empowering global teams to collaborate and create high-impact visual content at speed. HP PrintOS will accelerate onboarding and ramp of new print volume to our integrated network of HP Print Service Providers, delivering the widest range of print to Canva users in every corner of the world,” added Chris Knighton, Global Sales Director, HP Industrial Software.


    Localised Production Paves the Way for Sustainable Printing


    The collaboration between HP and Canva also aligns with their shared commitment to sustainability. By promoting localised production, they aim to deliver high-quality design materials while reducing environmental impact.


    To deliver Canva's on-demand print service, Canva's Print Operations team has collaborated with HP's graphics business and HP's Print Service Providers globally, ensuring a consistent and professional print service. HP will support Canva's expanding customer base and order volumes, helping Canva achieve its objective of printing anything, anywhere, at speed. For more information, please visit


    For more information about HP and Canva at drupa 2024, you can visit HP Industrial's official social media hub on LinkedIn at HP Digital Print. You can also see HP's innovation firsthand at drupa 2024 in Hall.

  • + Brother Enters Wide Format Latex Segment with Latest Launch

    Brother International Corporation announced it will enter the signage market in the industrial garment printing industry with the new WF1-L640 64-inch latex wide-format printer. Th...

    March 26 2024

    Brother International Corporation announced it will enter the signage market in the industrial garment printing industry with the new WF1-L640 64-inch latex wide-format printer. The platform is designed with a wide range of business applications in mind including banners, window-wall-floor graphics, outdoor & display signage, trade show graphics, vehicle wraps, advertising and interior decoration.

    This new latex wide-format printer takes on a new business area for Brother utilizing the company’s ink and printhead technology cultivated through the development of garment printers. The latex ink developed for the WF1-L640 achieves a wide array of colors and rich expressiveness, and in addition to having high weather resistance for outdoor advertisements, is water-based, making it environmentally friendly and safe to use such as in restaurants, educational institutions, and medical institutions.

    Brother’s latex ink formula offers a wider color gamut with CMYK over the industry standard. The WF1 printer has an integrated curing system for the ink with no additional wait time needed for outgassing as with other chemistries.

    “Brother’s industrial printing division continues to grow and innovate when it comes to services and solutions” commented Lawrence Davenport, Vice President of Brother’s Industrial Products Division.

    The printer’s industrial piezo print heads allow variable drop sizes starting at 5 pico liters. Controls are easily accessed via a 7-inch touch screen and professional production RIP software.

  • + Canon Boosts Productivity and Ease of Use of Arizona 2300 Series of Flatbed Printers with Addition of FLXflow Technology

    FLXflow options include new ‘Float’ function, which makes it easier for operators to handle heavy substrates, and ‘Instant Switch’ function to transition quickly between ‘Hold’ and ‘Float’ for e...

    March 26 2024

    FLXflow options include new ‘Float’ function, which makes it easier for operators to handle heavy substrates, and ‘Instant Switch’ function to transition quickly between ‘Hold’ and ‘Float’ for even easier media handling. 

    Canon today announces the Arizona 2300 series with FLXflow technology, which brings new productivity features to the flatbed printer series. Previously known as FLOW technology, the new FLXflow offers not only the original ‘Hold’ functionality, which helps to hold media down on the flatbed table, but also the new optional ‘Float’ and ‘Instant Switch’ functionalities to improve media handling. Further features, such as additional quality modes, image layout controls and improved workflow integration, together with an interface that connects automation systems for continuous loading and unloading media, deliver increased workflow efficiency and productivity. 

    Optimised usability

    Catering to the mid-to-high volume market for large format graphics, the Arizona 2300 FLXflow supports a wide variety of substrates and applications. This enables customers, both in-house or commercial print service providers (PSPs), to continuously adapt to evolving consumer trends, such as the growing demand for personalised and made-to-order applications, while ensuring that customisation remains economically viable, even for samples and one-off orders.

    Offering a unique, patented way not only to hold but also to float the media, FLXflow comes with three functionalities – Hold, Float and Instant Switch – allowing users to move heavier and irregular-sized media faster and more easily around the table. The Hold functionality, a feature of the original FLOW technology, works by keeping the media in place with a patented airflow technique. Using automatic measurement and adjustment of airflow levels to firmly and accurately hold various types of media in place, the functionality results in flexible positioning with far less masking. 


    The new Float functionality is an optional feature that pushes air from the table upwards to create a cushion, enabling the easy positioning of heavy or challenging substrates and reducing the risk of media damage or waste. It also results in the smoother registration of all types of media, with a ‘floating without drifting’ functionality enabling several pieces of media to be precisely positioned at the same time. The Instant Switch feature allows the operator to easily change from Hold to Float by using the foot pedals for simple operability of the printer, making it easy to remove media from the table. 


    Elevated and textured printing for endless creativity

    The latest release 2.1 of PRISMAelevate XL doubles the printing height to 4 mm (0.157”) to help customers create stand-out, tactile artwork for elevated print applications that enhance and expand their product offering. It enables customers to explore new applications, such as high-value, textured, permanent signage, product decoration, awards, décor materials and package prototyping, as well as applications for the visually impaired. PRISMAelevate XL software makes prints durable without the need for additional finishing steps, such as lamination, coating or spray varnishing, and results in less waste and higher production efficiency.


    Maximise Uptime

    Arizona 2300 FLXflow customers can also take advantage of the new Advanced Image Layout Controls, which allow last-minute adjustments at the printer, giving additional flexibility when positioning substrates on the table and reducing waste of expensive materials. Productivity is further enhanced by service support tools such as PRISMAservice, which provides predictive maintenance and facilitates authorised remote assistance by qualified service technicians to maximise uptime.


    In-field upgradability

    Customers of the current Arizona 2300 with FLOW technology can upgrade their printer to the latest version with FLXflow functionalities, including the optional Float and Instant Switch features. Upgrades also include new features like the Advanced Image Layout Controls. Or they can add PRISMA XL Suite workflow software to provide a preview function, which allows users to see what the final product will look like before it’s printed, while allowing them to make any necessary adjustments. Saving time, this makes it possible to preview complex, multi-layered, textured jobs and also to provide cost estimates before printing. 


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing says: “At Canon we’re focused on the continuous development of our flatbed technology by working closely with the market and our customers to evolve our products, from our printer ranges to the software that supports them. With that in mind, we’ve designed our Arizona 2300 FLXflow to be versatile and deliver high-quality, applications with even greater workflow efficiency and productivity, while our service support tools such as PRISMAservice, help to maintain the highest uptime for our customers for maximum productivity. And with the new functionalities of our FLXflow technology, with its added ‘Float’ capability, it’s making life much easier for operators to handle irregular or heavy substrates, opening up opportunities to produce an even wider range of applications. 

    “Combined with our latest release of PRISMAelevate XL, capable of delivering prints at 4 mm (0.157”) elevation, the possibilities have been opened up even further. Customers continuously surprise us with the creative applications they produce, and we can’t wait to see what they create with these new functionalities.”

    Designed with circularity in mind

    Offering reduced waste and lower energy consumption than its predecessors, the Arizona 2300 FLXflow has been designed with the circular economy in mind. FLXflow technology requires less masking and underlays to hold media in place, resulting in less waste. As LED-UV printers, the series also consumes at least 15% less energy compared with its UV-halide predecessors, and offers power-saving features such as first-time-right printing and instant-on functionality. Its inks are UL GREENGUARD Gold certified, which ensures prints are safe for use in sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools and other public places.


    Customers can also take advantage of Canon’s remanufacturing programme, where they can trade in their well-loved, well-used Arizona printers when purchasing a replacement. These older systems are inspected, serviced and prepared for sale as refurbished printers, further extending the lifespan of the Arizona.

    The Arizona 2300 FLXflow will be available from June 2024, and it will have its live debut at ISA, Orlando (FL), USA from April 10-12th, 2024. PRISMAelevate XL 2.1 is available from April 10th via accredited partners as well as Canon’s direct sales organizations. 


  • + Canon Launches ProStream 2000 series of High-speed, Web-Fed Inkjet Printers for the Commercial Print and Business Communications Markets, and Announces flagship ProStream 3160

    New ProStream 2000 series offers customers both high-quality coated and uncoated media applications at an appealing cost/performance ratio, while ProStream 3160 delivers 160m/min p...

    March 26 2024

    New ProStream 2000 series offers customers both high-quality coated and uncoated media applications at an appealing cost/performance ratio, while ProStream 3160 delivers 160m/min productivity, making it the ideal solution for commercial printers wanting the ultimate in performance.

    Also announced today is the new ProStream 3160, the 160m/min flagship model of the ProStream 3000 series. A new polymer pigment ink set, also included with the ProStream 2000 series, ensures high, consistent offset print quality at rated speed, while extending the media grammage/speed range. Both the ProStream 2000 series and the ProStream 3160 enable ultra-fast production, allowing print businesses to move even higher volumes of work from offset and legacy technologies.

    Printing at up to 133m/min on standard offset coated, uncoated and inkjet optimized media from 28gsm up to 150gsm, the ProStream 2000 series offers a better cost/performance ratio and is 20% shorter than the ProStream 3000. It also consumes 10% less energy[1] than the ProStream 1800. The new series is the ideal inkjet investment choice for general and specialised commercial print service providers, who are predominantly producing high-quality applications on lower weight media or on a wide range of media types and weights and want to migrate high-volume work from offset to digital. Papers up to 300 gsm are supported at reduced speed. The ProStream 2000 series will, however, equally appeal to book printers, who principally produce applications on uncoated media but are looking to diversify into coated media, as well as to business communications companies that want to expand beyond traditional print jobs, such as reports, invoices and statements, to premium direct mail, brochures and newsletters through a cost-efficient and flexible means of production.

    The new series comprises two models – the 80m/262ft per minute ProStream 2080 and the 133m/436ft per minute ProStream 2133 – and can print duplex up to 1,790 four-colour A4 impressions per minute or 11,300 B2 sheets per hour, equating to 62 million US letter/58 million A4 impressions per month, on web widths up to 558mm.


    Optimal print and application quality at all speeds is delivered with native 1200 dpi piezo drop-on-demand print heads and Canon Smart ColorGrip paper conditioning solution, together with the new polymer pigment ink set for extended color gamut (brighter reds and darker blacks), superior abrasion resistance and gloss varnish applications. Canon’s Inline Quality Control, a high-performance camera system, which checks print quality and automatically makes changes on the fly, also helps to assure consistent quality from the first page to the last. In addition, the ProStream 2000 series incorporates systems that ensure a stable, continuous ink supply, when printing higher ink coverage at high speed, for a constant, uniform print quality. That output quality has also been independently validated by the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies to the highest ‘A’ standard of its FOGRA51 certification.


    Demonstrating Canon’s focus on reducing the environmental footprint of its products and operations, the ProStream 2000 series requires a 29% lower power supply and produces 36% lower exhaust volumes and heat emissions than its predecessor ProStream 1000 series while retaining the same speed/grammage range. As with the ProStream 3000, the system is also highly automated – including automatic splice handling – for minimal waste and ease of use, while the power supply of the 2000 series have also been relocated to improve accessibility for ease and speed of servicing.


    Peter Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Canon Production Printing, comments, “Canon is constantly looking to deliver new technologies that offer our customers maximum value in terms of a return on their investment, and enable them to adapt and succeed in changing market conditions. In the case of ProStream, the advances we’ve introduced in recent years have given print businesses exceptional quality, productivity and cost efficiency for high volumes of on-demand applications on multiple media types and weights. And with the introduction of the 160-metres-per-minute ProStream 3160, we’re improving the breakeven point further to offer customers even greater cost efficiency.


    “We understand that one size doesn’t fit all and, with the launch of the new ProStream 2000 series, we now have a seamless portfolio of inkjet production presses, both sheet- and web-fed, that can meet the individual needs, in terms of applications and volumes, of every general commercial and online printer, book producer, photo product specialist and business communication printer. With its smaller footprint, the ProStream 2000 series offers an economical cost/performance ratio for applications printed on lighter papers, whether coated or uncoated, and makes the benefits of ProStream accessible to a wider commercial print audience. Similarly, the ProStream 2000 series is a viable proposition for business communication companies looking for a flexible solution that will enable them to diversify into more premium products printed on coated stocks or bring in-house such products that they previously had to outsource. ”


    The ProStream 2000 series will make its global debut at drupa (28th May – 7th June 2024), Düsseldorf, Germany), where it will be exhibited in a live production workflow with a broad range of print applications.


    Both the new ProStream 2000 series and the ProStream 3160 are immediately available directly from Canon.


    To find out more about the Canon ProStream 2000 series, go to


    To find out more about the Canon ProStream 3160, go to: 

    [1] Energy consumption test made using UPM FinesseMatt 115gsm paper for a print job with an average ink coverage for the graphic arts-market.

  • + Kammann expands printing ability with Xaar’s Nitrox printheads

    Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers us...

    March 26 2024

    Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology is enabling Koenig & Bauer Kammann (Kammann) to drive its latest innovations by enhancing quality, speed, and sustainability for customers using its K15 and K20 decorative print machine families.

    Utilising the new high viscosity fluids developed by global ink manufacturer Marabu, Kammann’s machines allow both new and current customers to create personalised embossed effects on glass bottles, plastic and metal containers at a build height of up to 3mm. This latest development is entirely backwards compatible, enabling existing machines to jet at greater viscosity and carry a significantly increased pigment load, delivering more colour vibrancy and capturing fine details with up to 50 per cent less ink.

    Thanks to the unique architecture of Xaar’s Nitrox printheads and its Ultra High Viscosity & High Laydown Technologies, Marabu’s inks can be jetted at higher temperatures, improving the ease of application and speed of Kamman’s machines at jetting distances of up to 15mm. Colours no longer need pinning, delivering significant savings in the time required for printing, as well as reductions in energy and material use. Overall, by using these new inks from Marabu, the speed of production can be more than doubled, making inkjet print a greater reality for a wider variety of decorative applications.

    Kammann’s Managing Director, Matthias Graf expressed his delight at the new developments: "This collaboration is not just about advancing technology; it's about reshaping the future of digital printing. Xaar’s Ultra High Viscosity Technology and Nitrox printheads have enabled Marabu to develop inks that provide a real leap in innovation and sustainability, opening new possibilities for our decorative printing machines."

    “By combining our technical expertise with Xaar and Marabu we have together been able to deliver higher quality, speed and sustainability in decorative inkjet printing, to both new and existing Kammann customers.”

    Xaar’s Group R&D Director, Karl Forbes, also celebrated the results of the cross-party collaboration: “Our partnership with Kammann and Marabu is a testament to what can be achieved when industry leaders unite. This breakthrough in Marabu’s ink technology, facilitated by Xaar’s high viscosity innovation and Kammann’s machine expertise, is set to revolutionise the market by defining new standards for decorative digital inkjet printing.”

  • + Memjet Announces Just-In-Time Capability for DuraFlex

    Memjet is pleased to announce the addition of the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time print stream synchronization capability to our DuraFlex print engine line.

    March 19 2024

    Memjet is pleased to announce the addition of the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time print stream synchronization capability to our DuraFlex print engine line.

    DuraFlex is our powerful, low-cost, compact single-pass print solution that delivers outstanding full-color A3 prints at up to 46 m/min. It is available in 13” and 25” print width configurations, for simplex or duplex operation with web-fed and sheet-fed devices. The new Just-In-Time capability allows OEMs developing synchronized variable data and personalization applications to integrate DuraFlex more easily with other workflows across their operations. The Memjet software update to enable this feature is currently available for OEM development.

    A new Read-And-Print solution for the Kirk-Rudy FireJet4c has been developed by Kirk-Rudy and The Solutions Group for applications such as synchronized direct-mail-inserts, utilizing the new DuraFlex Just-In-Time capability. “The Kirk-Rudy team is thrilled to announce that Read-And-Print for DuraFlex is ready for beta testing,” said Kirk-Rudy CEO Caroline Kirk. “We pride ourselves on delivering solutions that truly move the needle for our customers, and this is one of them. We are thrilled to unlock new potential that will empower users to operate the system with more integrity and reliability than ever before.”

    Sam Patel, the President of Arrow Systems Inc. commented that “for the last four years we have developed the Duraflex line of technology from Memjet enabled with variable-data printing. This latest update will allow this technology to be even more productive for our customers in the labeling and flexible packaging industry. The ability to run custom serial numbers and barcodes, and also to now change them on the fly is a game changer.”

    DuraFlex innovation continues to bring remarkable efficiency gains across markets and enable new growth opportunities. Mike Natalizia, CTO of AstroNova Inc. said that “its high-speed capabilities combined with exceptional print quality make it a standout choice for our customers seeking cutting-edge solutions. TrojanLabel T2-Pro, our next-generation inkjet label press, is in final beta testing now, and our customers are looking forward to the commercial launch. It is going to be a great addition to any pressroom with its 13” wide full-color printing, and variable data capabilities enabled by its data pipeline.”

    Memjet continues to support the DuraFlex platform, and this support will remain for years to come in the marketplace including sustained delivery of printheads and ink for the platform.

    Memjet’s plans include ongoing portfolio and technology enhancements to support OEMs and assist them in capitalizing on evolving market opportunities and capturing new growth.

    For more information about the DuraFlex print platform, please visit 

  • + Ricoh to launch RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system at FESPA

    Industrial garment decorators can now meet high volume digital production demands responsively and flexibly with the new RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system.RICOH Pro D160...

    March 19 2024

    Industrial garment decorators can now meet high volume digital production demands responsively and flexibly with the new RICOH Pro D1600 Direct to Film system.

    RICOH Pro D1600 is a market first for the delivery of high volume digital garment decoration capabilities.

    The innovative line is the first to support high volume digital garment production. Incorporating a powder shaker and drying unit, it has been designed to help screen printers and large and medium sized textile printing specialists as they transition from analogue to digital production capabilities.

    Highly responsive to different run lengths and built on state of the art solutions developed in Europe, the Pro D1600 can run at speeds in excess of 20 sqm per hour. High quality production is fully supported with optimised film sourced from Europe.

    The Pro D1600’s specially designed inkjet printhead configuration of three Ricoh printheads supports films up to 1600mm and its newly developed DTF optimised Ricoh Pro™ DTF Ink ensures high speed jetting and high white opacity.

    Ricoh is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard Accreditation programme (GOTS) – a voluntary accreditation programme that requires all raw materials to be certified organic to a recognised international or national standard. It covers processing practices, inputs and requirements for environmental management, social responsibility and safety as well.

    Axel Stuhlreiter, Head of Textile Solutions, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe, says: “This latest addition to our portfolio opens up the production of high volume designs that can be printed and shipped for local, on demand application onto garments. Ideally suited to screen printers and industrial garment decorators looking to make their transition to digital or enhance their digital capabilities, the Pro D1600 is responsive and sustainably responsible. It maximises productivity with its inline powder shaker that helps eliminate a traditional bottleneck and media is delivered in jumbo rolls for fewer change overs. We are excited to see how this high volume system will help industrial operations transform their production power.”

    The RICOH Pro D1600 will be launched in Europe at FESPA Global Print Expo 2024, RAI Amsterdam from March 19 to 22, and is available immediately.

    Industrial garment specialists can also put the system through its paces, and explore Ricoh’s other innovative DTG and Direct To Film technologies, at Ricoh’s Textile Competence Centerin Frankfurt.

  • + Roland DG Introduces the VersaOBJECT CO-i Series of UV Flatbed Printers for Superior Versatility

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital devices including wide-format inkjet printers, announced today the addition of five models of new CO-i UV-LED flatbed inkje...

    March 19 2024

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital devices including wide-format inkjet printers, announced today the addition of five models of new CO-i UV-LED flatbed inkjet printers to its VersaOBJECT brand that are capable of printing brilliant colour directly onto a wide variety of three-dimensional objects.

    “Based on their material and application needs, customers can choose the best solution from five different models, including three 64" width models with a choice of three different table sizes with vacuum beds, and two 30" width models, one with a vacuum bed and one entry-level model without.” said Tony Miller, President, Global Sales and Marketing Division.

    The CO-i series is capable of printing detailed graphics onto a wide variety of substrates, including plastic, leather, wood, cloth, etc. It can accommodate objects up to 242 mm in height and 100 kg/m2 in weight and allows printing to be performed on gently curved or uneven surfaces. In addition, Primer ink enables printing on materials that were previously difficult to print on, such as glass and metal, making it ideal for personalisation of a large variety of consumer products as well as the customisation of industrial products and parts, interior decoration, sign graphics, POS displays, packaging, and other high-mix, low-volume production.

    Precision ink firing and powerful LED lamps make curing the ink fast. This combination delivers stunning images and high colour saturation as well as precisely reproducing the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. The CO-i series supports CMYKOrRe and special inks Clear, White, and Primer. The use of Clear ink produces unique finishing effects such as gloss or matte textures and simulated embossing. High-opacity White ink is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark objects while Orange and Red inks enable accurate colour reproduction of brand colours as well as unparalleled rich, vivid colour expression.

    The control panel for operating the printer is integrated into the table, enabling efficient output operations in a limited workspace. Furthermore, the static electricity remover and automatic printhead cleaning function make it easy for anyone to obtain stable print quality.

    CO-i series printers come with VersaWorks 6 software, Roland DG’s powerful and intuitive RIP, which processes PDF, EPS, PS files with precision and high speed and auto-generates White, Gloss and Primer layers with one button to maximise the capabilities of the CO-i series.

    The CO-i series also supports cloud-based services, including Roland DG Connect, for more efficient business operations and growth, including better support in the event of errors, operational visibility, easy profit calculations and more. It also features PrintAutoMate for businesses like e-commerce who handle a wide variety of data, media, and products, and require continuous output in large batches.

    “The diversification and individualisation of consumer needs has led to an increasing demand for timely and flexible responses that are attentive to the needs of each individual customer,” Miller said. “Interest in on-demand printing, which enables speedy production of what is needed, when it is needed, and in the required quantity, are growing year by year. VersaOBJECT’s direct printing solutions bring numerous benefits and competitive advantages to customers’ businesses, including shorter delivery times, reduced costs, flexibility, and reduced environmental impact while enabling the creation of new business opportunities. We will continue to expand the possibilities of on-demand decoration with VersaOBJECT to enhance people’s creativity and grow their businesses.”

    For more information about the VersaOBJECT CO-i Series visit this webpage.

  • + swissQprint now grants 36 months warranty on all machines

    Developed and built in Switzerland, swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their reliability and durability. swissQprint backs this up with a new warranty period that f...

    March 19 2024

    Developed and built in Switzerland, swissQprint large format printers are renowned for their reliability and durability. swissQprint backs this up with a new warranty period that far exceeds the industry standard.

    swissQprint announced at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2024 that customers will now receive a 36-month parts warranty starting from delivery of their large format printer. The industry standard is 12 months. “We make this promise with confidence, because we only ever use high-quality components and our printers are robustly built and very reliable,” emphasises Carmen Eicher, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at swissQprint. “Customers have always appreciated our machines’ high uptime.”

    The new warranty provisions apply with immediate effect to all new machines and for all models, namely the Kudu, Nyala, Impala and Oryx flatbed printers and the Karibu roll to roll printer. The provisions stipulate preventative maintenance intervals. “Preventative machine maintenance has always been a principle of ours to avoid problems arising in operation,” concludes Carmen Eicher.

  • + Ball & Doggett Announces Strategic Partnership with Coldenhove to Revolutionize Dye Sublimation Printing Solutions.

    Ball & Doggett, a leading provider of print material and packaging solutions, and Coldenhove, renowned manufacturer of high-quality paper products for dye sublimation printing, pro...

    March 12 2024

    Ball & Doggett, a leading provider of print material and packaging solutions, and Coldenhove, renowned manufacturer of high-quality paper products for dye sublimation printing, proudly unveil a strategic partnership aimed at ensuring a smooth continuity of supply to existing Coldenhove users.

    This collaboration merges Ball & Doggett’s expertise in materials with Coldenhove’s innovative paper technologies for dye sublimation printing. Together, the two companies aim to redefine printing solutions, offering businesses unmatched quality and performance.

    Dye sublimation printing is recognized for its vibrant colours and versatility across various applications, from textiles to signage and personalized gifts. However, the industry has sought alternatives to traditional dye sublimation papers due to concerns about environmental impact.

    Through this partnership, Ball & Doggett will leverage Coldenhove’s state-of-the-art paper technologies to deliver exceptional print quality while adhering to the highest standards of responsible production.

    Notably, Coldenhove's products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, reflecting their commitment to conservation and responsible forest management worldwide.

    "We are excited to collaborate with Coldenhove to pioneer innovative solutions in the dye sublimation printing industry," said Rob Brussolo GM for Sign Display & Digital at Ball & Doggett. "Ensuring continuity of supply to customers is a focus, and with our extensive converting capabilities in Australia, we can offer custom lengths and sizes to support the sublimation market. By combining our expertise, we aim to provide our customers with superior printing materials that meet their needs and exceed expectations.”

    Coldenhove shares this enthusiasm for the partnership and its potential impact on the industry. "At Coldenhove, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of printing technology. We look forward to working with Ball & Doggett to deliver cutting-edge solutions to their customers ensuring our clients receive their products even faster. It's a testament to our ongoing commitment to improvement and exceeding expectations." said Gert Jan Breukink Senior International Account Manager at Coldenhove.

    With a shared commitment to sustainability and innovation, Ball & Doggett and Coldenhove are poised to drive positive change in the printing industry. The partnership aims to support businesses in their quest for superior printing solutions and adopting environmentally friendly printing practices.


    For more information, please contact Ball & Doggett 1300 713 567 or Coldenhove +31 313 670670

  • + Currie Group and Elitron Announce Exclusive Partnership

    Leading Australian-based graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnersh...

    March 12 2024

    Leading Australian-based graphic arts solutions provider Currie Group and Italian robotic cutting and automation specialists, Elitron, have announced an exclusive channel partnership which will see Currie Group supply the Elitron range of cutting systems for digital print, packaging and textiles to print service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

    The Elitron range ideally complements Currie Group’s EFI and Canon Production Printing wide-format printers and once again highlights the company’s commitment to providing end-to-end solutions, while providing Elitron with a reliable and efficient channel partner for distribution and service support in the region. 

    Established more than 30 years ago to serve the TCF industry, Elitron offers an unmatched breadth and depth of innovation expertise, expanding its reach to solutions for the digital print, packaging, fashion, furniture, automotive and industrial sectors.

    In all its solutions, Elitron’s aim is to meet the evolving challenges of each market sector with sophisticated, high-precision cutting, automation and materials handling systems that deliver a ‘stressless’ workflow.

    All are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured in Italy under the watchful eye of Elitron’s highly-qualified engineers and technicians, drawing on the power of AI and the latest robotics and automation technologies, to provide solutions which are versatile, adaptable and, above all, designed to streamline production and minimise operator intervention to save time and money.

    As the number one producer globally of state-of-the-art cutting systems, the Elitron name will already be familiar to many in the ANZ region. In the print and packaging sector, that includes the Kombo SD and SDC series cutting systems – the latter of which will be demonstrated with an Elitron KUMULA stacking system at FESPA next week – which are legendary in the wide-format market. 

    Fast, flexible and versatile, they are designed to handle an exceptionally wide range of materials, from Forex and Dibond, to PVC and plastics, films, fabrics, re-board, paper, cardboards and corrugated, foam products and more. This makes them ideal for retail, merchandising, POP, display and signage products, as well as prototype and short-run packaging solutions.

    Other ranges include the innovative Kombo TH and Kombo THC systems with two cutting heads. Both Kombo models are designed to handle rigid boards, with the THC model with conveyor also ideal for all roll materials used for digital print and packaging applications, and the Kombo TAV-R designed specifically for packaging applications.

    The breadth and diversity of the Elitron range is testament to the company’s ability to transfer acquired technological know-how from sector to sector – a strength which has not only made it the number one global producer of state-of-the-art cutting systems and software in these markets, but has seen it develop numerous patented technologies – and pick up many awards – over the years.

    Paul Whitehead, Currie Group’s Business Unit Manager – Sign & Display, says the partnership with Elitron is an important move in Currie Group’s continual pursuit to provide the best end-to-end solutions for Sign & Display customers across Australia and New Zealand.

    “Currie Group is thrilled to be entering this new exclusive distribution partnership with Elitron, a proven platform built on 30 years of experience, combined with an exciting roadmap of unique cutting-edge technologies,” Paul says.

    “This new partnership will enable our Sign & Display and Packaging customers to maximise the productivity of their printing devices by delivering unparallelled efficiency when it comes to finishing.  And, with an extensive range of table sizes and models including the fully automated KOMBO TAV-R, we will be able to address the diverse requirements of the entire market.

    “Of course, these systems will all be backed by Currie Group’s renowned service and support network, giving customers peace of mind when it comes to maximising uptime and meeting customer deadlines,” he adds.

    Paolo Malatesta, Executive Director of Elitron, says his company is delighted with the new partnership.

    “Both myself, and Team Elitron, are excited and enthusiastic for the start of this important sales and service partnership with Currie Group in Australia and New Zealand, he says.

    “Elitron’s commitment to best serve all customers can only be achieved by working with the most reliable and efficient partners worldwide and, in Currie Group, we have certainly ticked all the boxes.”

    Rob Mesaros, CEO of Currie Group, says the partnership is a strategically important one for both companies, and aligns ‘perfectly’ with Currie Group’s commitment to provide the ANZ market with total solutions across all its market sectors.

    “Elitron is an impressive addition to our top-tier technology partnerships, with its demonstrated ability to deliver sophisticated solutions that not only meet today’s requirements, but position businesses to respond to the challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

    “We are delighted to join Elitron’s strong global network, and look forward to working closely with their team across all areas of business, to ensure wide-format and packaging printers in Australia and New Zealand have access to the latest, and best, solutions to support their productivity and profitability…with the strong expertise and service which supports their investment.”

  • + Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Welcomes Michelle Henry to The Team

    Make it Happen Signage Consultancy is delighted to announce a further expansion of their business with the appointment of Michelle Henry as the Make it Happen representative for Australia and Ne...

    March 12 2024

    Make it Happen Signage Consultancy is delighted to announce a further expansion of their business with the appointment of Michelle Henry as the Make it Happen representative for Australia and New Zealand.

    Sam Armstrong, Founder & CEO commented: “Michelle brings with her a wealth of experience in the Sign and Print industry and is the perfect person to represent Make it Happen in this region. I am thrilled to welcome Michelle to the Make it Happen team and excited to work with her in extending the benefits of our Training workshops to clients, colleagues and associates in Australia and New Zealand.”  

    Michelle Henry’s entire career has been in the Sign and Print industry; formally from the UK, Michelle relocated to New Zealand 2 years ago, having fallen in love with the country while on holiday there. Having attended to the Make it Happen bootcamps, she saw an opportunity to raise knowledge and learning benefits to the Sign and Print industry in New Zealand and Australia.

    Michelle commented:  I'm thrilled and excited to collaborate with Sam and the Make It Happen team! Having participated in Sam's courses and having enrolled employees on them, I've experienced first-hand the immense benefits they offer to businesses in our industry. Being a 4th generation signwriter, I absolutely love this trade and I see this as an opportunity to give back to the industry that has given me so much.

    About Make it Happen: 

    Make it Happen are a product and service provider to the Sign and Print industry. Founded by Sam Armstrong, in 2016, the company has become renowned for its commitment to raising industry practices and standards. They achieve this through three Training Workshops: The Signage Bootcamp, a product lead workshop, On the Frontline, a sales workshop and the Sustainability Bootcamp, which focuses on business growth. All three award-winning workshops are exclusive to the Sign and Print industry and are designed to increase knowledge, sales performance and general business growth.

  • + Highcon Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kissel + Wolf Australia to Explore ANZ Market Expansion

    Highcon, a leading provider of digital die-cutting solutions for the Folding Carton and Corrugated Packaging industry, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding ...

    March 06 2024

    Highcon, a leading provider of digital die-cutting solutions for the Folding Carton and Corrugated Packaging industry, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kissel + Wolf Australia, a premier supplier within the Print & Packaging Industry across Australia and New Zealand. The agreement aims to explore opportunities for market expansion in the ANZ region, with the view of Kissel + Wolf Australia becoming a distributor following DRUPA 2024.


    Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Yavne, Israel, Highcon has developed a unique and proprietary technology for digital die-cutting solutions, revolutionising post-print processes in the industry.


    In a rapidly evolving landscape shaped by the forces of e-commerce, sustainability, and omni-channel sales and marketing, the packaging industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Highcon, the pioneer in

    digital die-cutting technology, is at the forefront of this change with its patented process.


    Kissel + Wolf Australia, with its established reputation and commitment to excellence, is well-positioned to facilitate Highcon's expansion into the ANZ market. Operating as a premier supplier across Australia and

    New Zealand, Kissel + Wolf Australia offers a diverse range of high-quality products sourced from top suppliers worldwide. With strategically located facilities around Australia and a strong customer base in

    New Zealand, the company operates an efficient distribution network across the ANZ region.


    "In this drupa year, the time is right for Highcon to explore the market opportunity in the digitally advanced ANZ market”, said Shlomo Nimrodi, Highcon CEO. “Kissel + Wolf Australia looks to be the right partner to

    help Highcon to access the market and to bring the opportunity of digital die cutting to ANZ’s folding carton and corrugated converters.”



    Highcon Beam


    "I am excited to embark on this journey with Highcon to explore the immense potential of the ANZ market," said Bruce Caldwell, Sales Manager ANZ for Fibre-Based Packaging – Sign and Display at Kissel +

    Wolf Australia.


    "Highcon’s commitment to innovation and their digital die-cutting solutions perfectly complement our new digital offerings for the fibre-based packaging industry.”


    Caldwell comments that “partnering with the leading, proven and most technically advanced digital die cutting company in the world is genuinely inspiring. We can now offer true digital end to end solutions and

    demonstrate greater efficiencies and the long-term environmental benefits in the analogue space. With the forecasted volume shifts (more jobs-shorter runs) the digital solution is a real consideration for many



    The agreement also highlights and enhances Kissel + Wolf’s commitment and reputation within the packaging industry in Australia and New Zealand.”


    "We see tremendous opportunity in partnering with Highcon to bring their innovative digital die cutting solutions to our customers across Australia and New Zealand," said Jamie Weller, Managing Director at

    Kissel + Wolf Australia. "Together, we aim to drive the analogue to digital transformation and deliver enhanced value to our clients."


    The signing of this MoU marks a significant step forward in Highcon's strategic expansion plans and reinforces Kissel + Wolf Australia's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to its customers.


    For more information about Kissel + Wolf Australia, please contact.


    Bruce Caldwell

    Sales Manager ANZ for Fibre-Based Packaging – Sign and Display

    +61 402 121 043

  • + Victoria revealed as Australia’s $1 Billion fashion manufacturing capital

    Australian Fashion Council reveals ground-breaking research cementing Victoria’s status as the nation’s clothing manufacturing capital with the sector valued at almost $1 billion

    March 06 2024

    Australian Fashion Council reveals ground-breaking research cementing Victoria’s status as the nation’s clothing manufacturing capital with the sector valued at almost $1 billion


    SYDNEY, 5 March 2024 – For the first time, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) in partnership with Epson Australia, commissioned RMIT to quantify the true value of the Victorian textile, clothing & footwear (TCF) manufacturing sector.


    Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director of Epson Australia


    Due for release next month, the full report - ‘Moving the Needle: The State of Play of Victoria’s Textile, Clothing & Footwear Manufacturing Sector’ - revealed Victoria has the industry's most complete supply chain nationally. 


    Announced by the AFC at a PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival panel:

    ● Victoria’s TCF manufacturing industry is valued at $960 million in economic value and employs 10,300 people, more than any other state. (NSW is the second highest employing 9,000 people)  

    ● Victoria’s TCF sector exports are valued at $318 million, $100 million more than its wine exports

    ● Victoria is best positioned to lead Australia’s transition into a circular and sustainable economy due to its most complete clothing ecosystem, including fibre, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, repair and second-hand retail.


    The data also highlights the undervalued significance of the sector to the broader economy and exposing the complex nature of this evolving and transforming industry and how parts of it are hidden due to the current ABS classification system.


    With its eco-system of fibre, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, alongside repair and second-hand retail, Victoria has the most complete clothing supply chain in Australia. 


    Marianne Perkovic, Chair of the AFC, emphasised Victoria's unique opportunity to provide truly sustainable, high-quality products through a ‘farm to front row’ approach. 


    Marianne Perkovic, Chair of the AFC


    “Victoria can be a global leader in advanced, sustainable manufacturing, while boosting jobs and developing skills in an industry that generates a huge $960 million. And this is only the beginning of what this industry can transform into, not only economically but environmentally, accelerating our just-transformation into a circular economy by 2030 and net zero by 2050,” Perkovic said.


    Despite a sharp decline in Australian manufacturing, generally this initial research shows employment, exports, imports and revenue in the TCF sector have stabilised. 


    The AFC is now calling for hidden parts of the industry to be reclassified and for the ABS to provide true data that ultimately support further education, training and upskilling in the sector. 


    “By taking into account every phase of the life cycle of clothing changes how we understand the industry, from being linear to circular, the jobs and skills of the future, and how we can better support diverse career pathways for women across the sector,” Dr Jenny Underwood, Associate Dean of Fashion and Textiles Technology at RMIT, explains.


    Another recommendation of the report will be to optimise microfactories, a testament to the sector's adaptability but also a beacon for the future of sustainable production. Microfactory technology has allowed small, on-demand and quick-to-market merchandise offerings to inject newfound vitality into the industry.


    “By embracing the latest digital printing technology with localised, demand-driven manufacturing, these nimble entities significantly reduce waste and enhance efficiency, aligning perfectly with the principles of the circular economy while delivering speed to market,” Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director of Epson Australia, said.


    The AFC concurs, with Perkovic adding, “We call upon policymakers to provide targeted funding and support that can be a catalyst for the growth of our industry through activities such as microfactories, bolstering the circular economy and securing a prosperous, sustainable future for this vital sector. We are excited to release the final report in April and reveal how this overlooked and undervalued sector can deliver even more than $960 million.”


    Craig Heckenberg concluded, “Our partnership with the AFC has allowed us to reveal game-changing data that will be an important tool to advance and futureproof an industry with huge potential, both economically and environmentally. Epson Australia is fully committed to supporting and helping grow the fashion and textile industry by using all of our local expertise and resources. We are excited at the prospect and promise these first insights show and for Epson Australia to play a significant part in this journey.” 

    The initial report findings are available from from 5 March 2024.

  • + Roland DG strengthens its Service and Support for WA customers

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters today announced the appointment of Andy Fung of Printpro Solution Pty Ltd as an Autho...

    February 21 2024

    Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters today announced the appointment of Andy Fung of Printpro Solution Pty Ltd as an Authorised Service Agent in Western Australia. Andy’s appointment reflects the steadfast commitment Roland DG gives to serving customers through its Roland DG Care initiatives in the state.  With a strong passion for technology, Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and has worked in the printing industry, with specific focus on Roland DG machines, for over 17 years.

     As an Authorised Service Agent, Andy has broad experience with various models of equipment and places emphasis on delivering outcomes that exceed customer expectations.  

    "Andy’s attention to detail and strong work ethic means he is focused on keeping Roland DG machines running to their high standard through Preventative Maintenance schedules and responding to any customer requests for machine repairs in a timely manner." says Roland DG Australia Service Manager, Brett Humphreys.  

    Brett commented further saying "We are excited to have Andy’s skills and experience to complement the Roland DG Care Program and look forward to the value he will give our Western Australia customers."  For more information on Roland DG Care and to contact the Service and Support Team, visit

  • + Roland DG unveil first-ever compact UV Flatbed printer

    Exciting news! We’re unveiling our first-ever compact UV Flatbed printer to complement our easy-to-use and...

    February 13 2024

    Exciting news! We’re unveiling our first-ever compact UV Flatbed printer to complement our easy-to-use and affordable desktop products in the VersaSTUDIO range. We present the new VersaSTUDIO BD-8, designed for anyone — even those with no prior experience — to print vibrant and detailed graphics on a wide range of objects.

    The BD-8 fits on your desktop, making it ideal for use in home businesses, small offices, retail spaces and classroom settings to add value to items like phone covers, cosmetic cases, fashion accessories, sports memorabilia, gifts, bottles and more.

    Key Features:

    • Customise 3D objects up to 102mm high, or print on round surfaces up to 2” in diameter with the optional rotary accessory.

    • Versatile - print on a wide variety of materials, including plastics, paper, leather and wood — even glass and metal with the onboard primer ink.

    • Professional Grade - advanced UV printing technology, including a high-definition printhead.

    • Easy to use - engineered with a simple design and bundled with the feature-filled, user-friendly FlexiDESIGNER VersaSTUDIO Edition design and output software.

    • Compact size to fit on virtually any desktop.

    • High safety standards featuring a built-in fume extractor and full-cover design.

    • Affordable - priced for startups and small businesses.

    • Comprehensive manufacturer’s warranties.

    The BD-8 is a powerhouse in a compact frame and this isn’t even the complete list of its advantages…

    Find out More

    To discover more about the BD-8 desktop UV flatbed printer contact us or speak to your Dealer.

  • + Roland DG Introduces Two New VersaSTUDIO Series Products; Compact UV and Direct-To-Film Printers for Increased Creativity and Profitability

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced two new products in the VersaSTUDIO series. The BD-8, th...

    February 06 2024

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced two new products in the VersaSTUDIO series. The BD-8, the first flatbed UV printer in the VersaSTUDIO series, and the BY-20 with Roland DG's Direct-To-Film (DTF transfer) ink technology, used by a wide range of customers in the apparel goods market.

    “Our compact, easy-to-use, and affordable desktop products are marketed under the brand name VersaSTUDIO and include a broad range of popular desktop solutions, such as inkjet printers, cutters, engravers, metal printers, and foil transfer laser decorators.” said Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division. “With the addition of these two new products to the VersaSTUDIO series, we are further strengthening our product lineup.” 

    The BD-8 is a UV printer capable of high-definition direct printing on a variety of shapes and materials. It supports items up to A5 size and 102mm in height. The machine can also print on cylindrical objects such as bottles and lipsticks using the optional rotary axis. The EUV5 ink is compatible with numerous materials, from soft textures like fabric and leather to hard textures like wood and plastics. The primer ink enables improved adhesion for printing on glass and metal. With the BD-8, you can easily produce profitable items such as smartphone cases, stationery, cosmetic items and much more.

    The BY-20 is a water-based printer using the DTF transfer method to improve the design and efficiency of apparel goods production. After printing on a special film, hot-melt powder is applied and thermally melted, and then the film is simply layered on fabric and heat-pressed to create original T-shirts, sportswear, etc. This method makes it easy to transfer even complex designs onto both light and dark fabrics, including not only cotton but also polyester, cotton polyester, denim, nylon, and rayon, among others to produce a vast array of garments. This compact machine combines excellent print quality and productivity to produce highly designed apparel goods beautifully and quickly. 

    Both the BD-8 and BY-20 are equipped with the same print head as our high-end inkjet models and offer multiple print modes ideal for different applications, making it easy for anyone to achieve professional printing results. According to Miller, these machines were designed to offer excellent usability. Following the installation, you can immediately begin production. The printers have a simple design with only a power button. All other functions are easily performed with the included Utility software which supports convenient operation through easy-to-understand icons with high visibility and intuitive, quick access to the menu items you want to use. The printers also come standard with the software FlexiDESIGNER VersaSTUDIO Edition which can be used for everything from design creation to output with simple operations. Even those who have never used design software before can easily create the design you want. 

    Roland DG Connect, a cloud-based service, is also included. This service provides proactive support in the event of errors and visualisation of the printer's operating status, allowing you to use the printer with peace of mind. 

    Even though they come standard with various productivity features and the necessary design and output software, the BD-8 and BY-20 are priced to make it easy for first-time users, which includes a comprehensive manufacturer's warranty.

    “With the addition of the BD-8 and BY-20 to the VersaSTUDIO lineup, which has the brand message “Get Started,” we are confident that these new products will further expand the creative and business possibilities for our customers in diverse settings, including the production and sale of original goods, in-store decoration services, and STEM education,” Miller said. “We will continue to expand the VersaSTUDIO series to meet diversifying needs and encourage new challenges around the world.” 

    For more information about the VersaSTUDIO BD-8 visit the webpage.

    For more information about the VersaSTUDIO BY-20 visit this webpage.