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Wide-format stars in latest Print21

Friday, 05 April 2019
By Jake Nelson

The new issue of Print21 magazine is out now, featuring a focus on wide-format including a bumper textile section and a preview of what to look out for at Fespa next month.

On the cover is Fujifilm’s new Acuity Ultra grand-format printer, which Print21 saw up close and personal at Sydney’s Cactus Imaging. The Acuity at Cactus is the first to reach Australian shores, and 40 wide-format printers went along to an open house to see it in action.

Fespa is fast approaching, and for printers interested in making the trek out to Munich for the world’s largest wide-format trade show, Wayne Robinson has a five-page look at the latest and greatest on display and what you should look out for on the show floor.

Textile printing is a growing sector, both in wide-format and direct-to-garment, and Jake Nelson takes a look at the technology and trends powering each of these areas – plus Wayne Robinson travels to Hong Kong to see the newest kit from supplier Kornit Digital.

Finishing is a vital part of the wide-format workflow, and Jake Nelson dissects the newest developments in automated flatbed cutting tables, including laser technology.

Outside the wide-format world, heatset web offset is still a gigantic sector in the Australian print market, and Patrick Howard examines the latest developments at the big end of town, including the mega-merger between manroland and Goss and the success of family-owned Spot Press; meanwhile, Wayne Robinson speaks to Ovato CEO Kevin Slaven on what’s next for the company after its transformation from PMP this year.

In print events, Holmesglen TAFE invited industry professionals to a “master class” on digital label printing with the new Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190; Currie Group showed off high-performance print in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland; and Print21 publisher Lindy Hughson flew to fair Verona in Italy, where Kodak laid the scene for its labels and packaging commitment into the future.

All this plus our regular columns, news, installations and more makes the newest issue of Print21 your perfect weekend read. Check out our huge 84-page issue today!

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