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2017 FESPA Award Winners Announced

Awards for special effects printing, best in show, and more.

FESPA announced the winners of its 2017 Awards at the annual Gala Dinner hosted in Hamburg, Germany last week. The Young Star Award, which honors an exceptional printer between the ages of 15 and 25, was awarded to Sandra Zomer from the Netherlands. The online FESPA community voted Australia’s OMUS the 2017 People’s Choice of the Year for its 3D printed Louis Vuitton pop-up store. The Best in Show Award went to Switzerland’s Atelier für Siebdruck for its entry in the Special Effects category.

The winners of the application categories include:


Xaar 1003 AMx Launched at Display Week 2017

Xaar, world leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce the launch of its new printhead, the Xaar 1003 AMx for precise and controlled small drop (6-42 pL) functional fluid deposition. Perfect for the production of fine features, patterns and coatings, this new printhead is of interest to sectors such as advanced manufacturing, flat panel display, PCB, semiconductors and photovoltaics.

Agfa Adds Account Manager for Western Canada

Agfa Inc., North America’s leading provider of wide-format inkjet and commercial printing solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Brent Holmes as Account Manager for western Canada. Holmes is responsible for Agfa Graphics’ wide-format equipment product portfolio.

Mimaki Inks Receive Sustainable Certification

Dye sublimation inks deemed Oeko-Tex Eco Passport-certified.

Mimaki’s Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 dye sublimation inks have been named Eco Passport-certified by Oeko-Tex, a union of independent textile research and test institutes. Oeko-Tex certifications are designed to encourage manufacturers to reduce their overall environmental impact.


Ryonet Offers Sgreen Distribution System

Compatible with up to four pumps.

Ryonet has launched the Sgreen Distribution System, designed to give higher volume shops the ability to eliminate the need for individual containers for their screen chemicals. The system can utilize up to four pumps to dispense a degreaser, ink remover, screen opener, and an emulsion remover. Reclaiming agents are stored in plastic containers, each of which includes a pump, chemical line, quick fastener, spray gun with a wide pattern, and threaded probe.


Lawson, Multi-Tech Introduce Thinner DT

Restores old plastisol ink.

Lawson and Multi-Tech have partnered to release Thinner DT/Reducer #4, an ink thinner designed to revive old plastisol ink that has been sitting on shelves for too long. Lawson reports the thinner restores ink that has become thick or stiff with age into a usable, creamy plastisol ink for manual and automatic printing.


New Designs from Great Dane Graphics

Baseball, children’s collections added.

Great Dane Graphics has added a variety of new designs to its stock art portfolio. A new children’s collection for decorators specializing in birthday parties, day care centers, schools, and more features sports, animals, teddy bears, balloons, toys, and other popular children’s interests.


GIS Invests in the Future: Doubles Production Facilities in Cambridge

Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) has doubled its production facilities following the company’s continued strong growth, building on 10 years of successful inkjet innovation.
Staying as part of the enterprising Cambridge inkjet community, GIS has moved its production department to larger premises at Edinburgh House in St John’s Innovation Park, increasing production and test space with capacity for further expansion.

Institute for Printing Expands Premises

Specialist in digital printing (inkjet), the Institute for printing (iPrint) announces the expansion to new premises. In its second move in two years, the iPrint Institute has outgrown the incubation space at blueFACTORY and has moved into 1200 m2 of lab space at the Marly Innovation Center.

Ryonet Offers Video on Creating Soft-Hand Prints with Plastisol Ink

A new video from Ryonet shows how to create a fashion print with the feel of waterbase ink using plastisol by using Wilflex Epic Fashion Soft Base and Curable Reducer with Lava Plastisol to allow printing through a fine mesh for a light deposit.