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Reeve Calendars has been awarded for its interactive calendars

Calendar mixes tradition with tech

Reeve Calendars has been presented with a gold award for ‘Most Original Wall Calendar’ in the 2017 World Calendar Awards held in America. The title was also awarded ‘Best Corporate Stock Contemporary/Innovative Calendar’ at the 2017 National Calendar Awards.

Its 360interactive calendars display QR codes which can be used to access content related to the panoramic images. Virtual reality functionality is included for 2018, with branded VR headsets available as an extra.

National sales manager of Reeve Calendars, Gerry Brooke-Bennett, says 360interactive has the potential to enable trade partners to grow their corporate calendar business, adding: “Interest in ‘360interactive’ has been extremely high. It is a marriage of a traditional paper product with technology to attract a new generation of calendar buyers. I’m delighted to see the title’s innovation now recognised on an international level.”

Ink manufacturer gets all clear

The certification is for InkTec’s Sublinova Hi-Lite dye-sublimation inks

The Eco Passport certification from Oeko-Tex has been achieved by Oxfordshire ink manufacturer InkTec. The certification is for its Sublinova Hi-Lite dye-sublimation inks for all stages of production. Oeko-Tex is a worldwide organisation that tests all chemicals used in textile production to ensure safety and standards.

InkTec explains in a statement: “Designed specifically for plotters equipped with Epson DX5 and DX7 print heads, this globally recognised certification enhances the already significant attributes this ink delivers. Its high black and colour density ink formula, means it can be printed onto any uncoated and coated lightweight transfer papers while delivering efficiencies and low production costs.”

Designed specifically for plotters equipped with Epson DX5 and DX7 print heads, this globally recognised certification enhances the already significant attributes this ink delivers

Managing director of InkTec Europe, Joey Kim, says: “Understandably, we are really very proud to have received this important certification for our SubliNova HI-LITE ink, particularly as this is a completely independent accreditation. Our SubliNova HI-LITE ink is one of our key sublimation ink ranges, so we are particularly pleased to have reached these high standards.”

Amari expands graphics portfolio

Kernow Jet Interiors is a wallcovering solution now supplied by Amari Sign Displays and Graphics

Amari Sign Displays and Graphics is now supplying an innovative wallcovering solution, developed by Kernow Coatings, partnering with Amari Digital Supplies (ADS). Kernow Jet Interiors enables the creation of wall art murals for installation in a range of environments including corporate, retail, and educational sectors.

The product is a white embossed non-woven substrate with a Bio-Pruf treated top coat, which inhibits the growth of micro-organisms. It is also HP Latex inks-certified and can be printed on eco-solvent, latex, and UV wide-format inkjet printers. After printing, the wallcovering can be washed using a mild detergent.

The Kernow Jet Interiors 500 and 620 series are available with three standard and eight on-demand embossed patterns. They are supplied in roll lengths of 30.5 and 50m.

Irish juggernaut installs Nozomi

McGowans have invested in a Nozomi C18000, pictured here at Drupa

The largest print firm in Ireland has announced that is installing a new EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press in its Dublin plant.
McGowans Print is a major European player and is keen to expand further into the single market economy with opportunities in its short-run corrugated packaging and display production.

Malcolm McGowan says: “We researched all the single-pass technology available for large-format printing, and the EFI Nozomi press was the best in class by far for our applications. The press checks all the boxes for point-of-sale applications and it allows us to quickly enter the packaging market as well. It takes us to much longer runs and new markets that we cannot reach today with our existing digital printers.”

Forest themed competition underway

The photography competition set up by the PEFC has a forest theme

Photographers have been given the chance to enter a competition with a theme of experiencing forests. It is being organised by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and the closing date was June 5th. Entrants could send in their images via Instagram, Facebook, and the PEFC microsite using the hashtag #PEFCUKIRE together with their contact details.

The organisers say the aim of the contest is to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management and forest certification. Entries should show how people use the forests for commercial reasons or fun, and how wildlife such as birds, animals, and insects may use them for food and shelter.

There are cash prizes for the first three winners with their names to be announced by the end of June. The winning photos will then be entered into an international competition to find a worldwide winner and the chance to win a further prize.

Bookings open for Power of Print

Stationers’ Hall in London is the venue for the seminar

Bookings are open for the annual Power of Print seminar, which this year is on October 24th and is staged at London’s Stationers’ Hall.

Speakers are being lined up by the event organised in partnership by partnership with the BPIF, Canon, Fedrigoni and the Stationers’ Livery Company. The day seminar explores the challenges and changing role for print within the marketing mix and, essentially, why print works. It is most relevant for top-level personnel from the media, print, paper and allied industries.

The seminar’s organisers said that this year their speakers from John Brown Media, Development Hell, Lidl UK, 7Stars Agency, Open For Ideas, Friends of the Earth, Lumen Research and Royal Mail Market Reach. In the evening there is a drinks and dinner reception with Kevin Beatty of DMG Media speaking at the prestigious event.

Printwize wins MPL’s top gong

Roger Wacey, Printwize’s founder and chairman, with the awards

Essex-based Printwize has been presented with Productivity Print awards for its two Mitsubishi B1 presses, which were presented by RMGT Mitsubishi UK distributor, MPL. The Silver and Platinum Productivity Print awards recognise the reliability of Mitsubishi presses and salute the productivity of the people who use them.

The six-colour has served us very well for some thirteen years now without a significant problem. Yes, we have kept it serviced regularly, but that’s about it: it simply doesn’t breakdown

Roger Wacey, founder and chairman of Printwize, says: “The six-colour has served us very well for some thirteen years now without a significant problem. Yes, we have kept it serviced regularly, but that’s about it: it simply doesn’t breakdown.”
Renz and YPS bond over web-to-print binding

The two companies say that www.printedbindingcovers.co.uk offers a host of options for customised cover designs

Taking print finishing into the digital age, Renz and Your Print Solution (YPS) have joined forces, launching a new web-to-print service for customised binding covers.

The new site offers a range of options for customised cover designs, as Paul Simpson, Renz sales manager, explains: “We wanted to be able to offer a web to print service whereby anyone could use it regardless of design skill level. Traditionally, in order to produce bespoke covers, you would need to be proficient in InDesign for example. Now the creative possibilities are virtually endless and it’s not limited to graphic design savvy personnel.”

Your Print Solutions purchased a Renz AP 300 automatic punching machine at last year’s Drupa. Simpson adds: “We have a great relationship with YPS and it seemed a perfect fit to partner with them in this unique and innovative service.”

Baker Goodchild is another company that has chosen Renz, with the purchase of its AP360 heavy duty punching system.

Route 1 offers free training

The firm says the digital marketing course is idea for printers wishing to expand their business online
A printing outfit in Yorkshire has set up a free online digital marketing course aimed at printers. Route 1 Print say they will send by e-mail to subscribers every week with information.

The trade printer say they have launched the course to enable local printers to take advantage of the opportunities for their businesses online. They say the course will cover increasing visibility on search engines, building relationships through social media, providing useful resources online and optimising websites to become more customer-friendly.

Jack Wilmott of the company says: “As we are fundamentally a web-print business, sharing techniques local printers can take advantage of is the next step in our mission to help our customers grow. This course will show local printers the importance of utilising both online and offline marketing methods harmoniously to attract and retain customers.”

Young Stationers prize opens

(L to R) Past winners Angela Clarke, Ella Kahn, and Bryony Woods

The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers has called on the print industry to recognise outstanding talent and achievement among those under in its annual awards scheme.

This prize is about recognising the achievements and potential of young professionals within our industries, while opening up the benefits of membership of the Company to young people early on in their careers

“This prize is about recognising the achievements and potential of young professionals within our industries, while opening up the benefits of membership of the Company to young people early on in their careers. This is why I’m so keen to see entries from far and wide, enabling us to recognise those doing great things, whether in the media, publishing, printing, or the new digital professions,” explains Dominic Graham, chairman of the Young Stationers. Nominations, CVs, and supporting work should be sent to ys@stationers.org

Stora Enso boasts ink savings

Prima Press is a lightweight uncoated mechanical paper with lightweight coated properties

Stora Enso has teamed up with Missing Horse Consultancy to design a bespoke colour profile for its Prima Press paper, available to all Prima Press clients.

Charlie Pett, Stora Enso UK’s technical support manager, says: “As it is based on the Fogra 46 data, the standard ISO 12647/2 printing conditions, understood by most web offset printers in Europe, remain unchanged. However, with its lower TAC and high GCR it will be more stable on press, dry better with less paper deformation and result in up to 10 percent in ink savings over the standard profile.”

Victor Watson Trophy nominations open

Victor Watson CBE DL was past-president of the BPIF, The Printing Charity, and Print Yorkshire

Nicked named the ‘Monopoly Man’ for the part he played in choosing the place names for the original London board and popularising it worldwide, Victor Watson’s much wider legacy continues to live on through his award scheme for a Young Person of Outstanding Achievement.

Running for its second year, the Victor Watson Trophy is open to any young person under the age of 31 and employed in the printing industry.

The recipient will be encouraged to apply for a Printing Charity bursary of £1,500. The trophy will be presented on July 4th at a ceremony in London. It is supported by the BPIF, The Printing Charity, and The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards.

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