E-2000 Series LED exposing units from Vastex now feature a more powerful vacuum pump that provides tight screen-to-film ..

    09 February 2021

    E-2000 Series LED exposing units from Vastex now feature a more powerful vacuum pump that provides tight screen-to-film contact in as little as four seconds, producing high resolution half-tones and crisp detail on the most intricate graphics, announced Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Model E2-2536, which can expose screens up to 63 x 91 cm, achieves tight screen-to-film contact in 4 seconds.

    Model E2-5236, which accommodates one screen up to 132 x 91 cm or two screens with outside dimensions up to 63 x 91 cm, achieves tight screen-to-film contact in 6 seconds.  

    “Ultra-fast vacuum times, together with rapid LED exposure times, allow screen printers to achieve superior reproduction quality in less time than ever before possible,” says Vasilantone.

    Both models come standard with LCD touch screen controls that provide accurate, user-friendly settings and up to 10 presets.  

    They are available self-standing, or in tabletop configurations that can be mounted on matching Dri-Vault™ screen drying cabinets, also from the company.

    Vastex manufacture three lines of manual screen printing presses for starting shops to high-volume commercial printers, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.

    For information contact 

  • + Epson Establishes Open Innovation Centre Research Laboratory

    Epson has established its new Open Innovation Centre research laboratory at its AiCT ICT offices in which the company wi..

    09 February 2021

    Epson has established its new Open Innovation Centre research laboratory at its AiCT ICT offices in which the company will work with partners to help find solutions to societal issues. Epson has also started participating in the Aizu Open Innovation (AOI) meeting through which it has begun collaborating with the University of Aizu.

    Using the internet, cloud and other digital networks, Epson aims to seamlessly integrate products such as printers, scanners, and projectors together with services to offer solutions that help solve issues faced by society. Against a background of changing societal requirements due to the pandemic, the company is in particular looking to create new value in more enriched experiences in lifestyles, learning, working and the home.
    Against this background, the city of Aizuwakamatsu has launched its Smart City Aizuwakamatsu program at which it aims to harness ICT to foster the growth of a sustainable and revitalised city that supports fulfilled and comfortable lifestyles.
    Epson established its new research laboratory after noticing significant synergies with the city’s efforts to forge a partnership among the municipality, residents and university to promote a digital transformation. Going forward, the company will proactively participate in initiatives such as Smart City Aizuwakamatsu and the AOI meeting as it seeks to generate new value for society.
    The pursuit of open innovation is an important aspect of the company’s Epson 25 business plan. Epson’s efforts to boost collaborations with partners aimed at finding solutions to societal issues began in May 2020 at WeWork Shibuya Scramble Square in Shibuya, Tokyo, a site at which many startups and other businesses have operations. Going forward, the company aims to further strengthen an environment in which it can combine the technology, ideas and expertise generated from a diverse range of markets and corporate cultures to solve issues in society.

  • + Rob Mesaros Commences as Chief Executive Officer, Currie Group

    Currie Group starts 2021 with a strategic leadership transition; David Currie - Executive Chairman will be stepping down..

    05 February 2021

    Currie Group starts 2021 with a strategic leadership transition; David Currie - Executive Chairman will be stepping down from his Executive role within the business after 51 exceptional years and will remain as Chairman of the Group.

    Currie said, “The company is well positioned with new partnerships and fresh talent coming on board and new products from existing suppliers. I look forward to remaining as active Chairman, whilst also spending more time concentrating on family commitments and other interests. 

    On reflection and after 51 years in the industry, having seen enormous changes in technology and people, there is still confidence that there is a great future. I am proud that my son Will represents part of my legacy as the 3rd generation in the business which was started by my father in 1949.”

    Effective 1st February, 2021, Rob Mesaros commences as Chief Executive Officer, for the continued strength in leadership and transformation of Currie Group, whilst being supported by the existing team of senior executives and directors.  

    Starting with Currie Group in August 2020 as a Strategic Executive Advisor, Mesaros has been exposed to all facets of the business and connected with partners and customers alike. Mesaros will be responsible for leading the end-to-end business operation, with a focus on business strategy and growth. 

    Mesaros comments, “It has been a pleasure getting to know all our key stakeholders and their teams over the past six months. Currie Group has a proud and successful history and strong cornerstone strengths. 

    We have an enviable portfolio of class leading products and solutions, a deep and broad A/NZ service capability, unrivalled coverage, and a rich pedigree of talented industry experts for our customers to lean on. We will continue to look for ways to improve and grow for the benefit of the industry and our customers, and I’m personally very optimistic about the future as we evolve and modernise. These are exciting times!”

  • + Currie Group Becoming Distribution Partner for EFI Display Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand

    Following continued expansion in its customer base for display graphics digital inkjet technologies in Australia and New..

    02 February 2021

    Following continued expansion in its customer base for display graphics digital inkjet technologies in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has established a new distribution partnership for the two countries with Currie Group, the largest, independent, privately owned supplier to the printing industry in ANZ.
    EFI is currently working closely with Currie Group on sales activities planning, with go-to-market commencing in early 2021. Through the partnership, Currie Group will sell the broad portfolio of EFI™ Wide-Format UV LED printers. 
    Rodd Harrison, VP of Sales, Asia-Pacific for EFI said, “This new partnership will allow EFI to reach even more customers as we expand our growth. EFI is very committed to the market in Australia and New Zealand. The synergies to be created with Currie Group’s infrastructure and our leading portfolio are significant as a means to help customers thrive with digital wide-format printing.” 
    The new partnership comes amid a burgeoning expansion in wide-format print among EFI customers: Despite the pandemic, the company recorded nearly 20 new printer installations in ANZ over the course of the year.

    Currie Group, which has offices and staff in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, delivers technical service and support of the highest possible standard, while also distributing a range of quality equipment and consumables. Founded in 1949, the company has a long tradition in technical training and development and offers the latest best of breed technology available from leading prepress, print and finishing equipment manufacturers to provide a fully integrated print solution.
    David Currie, Executive Chairman for Currie Group said, “Currie Group continues to drive growth in our business and for our customers through digital transformation. Printing companies have many opportunities for growth with wide format, so we are excited to begin this new partnership to provide customers with EFI’s world-class, versatile UV LED solutions. The range of innovations available through EFI’s line-up of roll-to-roll, flatbed and hybrid printers opens up new, creative possibilities for our customers.”
    In anticipation of servicing the ANZ wide format market, Currie Group are thrilled to announce the appointment of Paul Whitehead as the wide format Business Unit Manager. Currie Group and EFI welcome Whitehead into this newly created role with the purpose of creating, managing and growing Currie Group and EFI’s presence in the wide format market. Both companies have confidence in Whitehead’s ability to create effective strategies and build strong relationships with new and existing customers.
    Whitehead has worked in the industry for the past 20 years, now returning home to Melbourne after most recently working abroad in Europe as an international marketing director within the wide-format sector.
    Whitehead commented, “To work for a highly respected Australian company, representing a market leading technology organisation that boasts an exciting product portfolio and equally impressive roadmap, is an amazing opportunity. I cannot wait to bring this strong combination to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”
    Currie Group welcomes all wide format enquiries via For more information about advanced EFI technologies for display graphics production, visit

  • + Epson launches EcoTank ad campaign with Jimeoin

    Epson has partnered with comedy legend Jimeoin, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best-known and most wel..

    02 February 2021

    Epson has partnered with comedy legend Jimeoin, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best-known and most well-loved entertainers, to launch a new nationwide advertising campaign for its EcoTank range of cartridge-free printers. The new campaign kicked off on Sunday, 24 January and incorporates multiple channels including free-to-air and catch-up television, radio, social media and in-store.
    As well as being a comedy staple in Australia and New Zealand for years, beloved for his thoroughly relatable and witty observations, Jimeoin is also a dedicated family man and knows all too well the frustration and expense of traditional cartridge printers. Epson EcoTank printers use easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks instead of cartridges that include enough ink in the box to print thousands of pages, which means less waste and fewer trips to the store. Jimeoin commented, “Cartridges do my head in. In the beginning you buy a cheap printer and then six months later the cartridges run out and they cost more than the printer. And you forget how to change the cartridges as they explained it six months ago, so it’s easier to buy a new printer than try to figure out how to change the cartridges.”

    By using big refillable ink tanks, EcoTank printers can save you thousands of dollars compared to cartridge-based printers. Not using cartridges also saves on plastic, which is the main component of ink cartridges and, because they use heat-free PrecisionCore™ print heads, EcoTank printers consume less energy too, especially compared to power-hungry laser printers. And when an EcoTank eventually does run out of ink, refill bottles start from as low as just $14.99 each for thousands more pages worth of ink and continued hassle-free printing.

    Jimeoin added, “It’s a great printer. It pretty much sells itself. I’m just getting in the way to be honest. But was glad of the gig!”

    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “There are few entertainers in Australia more recognisable and widely loved than Jimeoin and we are delighted to be partnering with him on this EcoTank campaign. Epson’s core mission is to exceed expectations by creating new value for our customers and providing solutions that help make life easier. EcoTank printers do all of that and more as they are a complete shift from what printing used to be. You can now print as much as you like without having to worry about cost or constantly buying ink cartridge refills. Jimeoin’s unique style will help spread the message that EcoTank is simply a better, more cost efficient, more enjoyable, more eco-friendly printing experience for all.”
    To learn more about EcoTank cartridge-free printers go to: and

  • + Jet Technologies & Screen invest in Australian demo centre for high productivity L350UV SAI S

    Jet Technologies is set to welcome the newest model of the highly successful L350UV family to its Australian demo centre..

    26 January 2021

    Jet Technologies is set to welcome the newest model of the highly successful L350UV family to its Australian demo centre later this year. 

    The latest model, known as the L350UV SAI S, brings a new level of productivity to the market, in terms of both full colour as well as high-opacity white print. Productivity has jumped by 20% in colour printing from the past model (regardless of number of colours, repeat or otherwise) and a whopping 67% with their highest opacity white going from 30m/min to 50m/min in all instances. 

    David Reece, Sales Director of Jet Technologies says, “We already have clients printing 20,000 lineal metre runs and with the substantial improvements in productivity experienced with the L350UV SAI S, there is no reason why they cannot aim for even larger print runs that have until recently been the domain of flexo”.  

    The addition of orange and blue to the current configuration, along with CGS colour matching using CxF data, enables printers to achieve an extremely wide range of the colour gamut, with extremely high levels of repeatability. The extra colours also provide a noticeable ink saving. 

    The L350UV SAI S is able to print on an extremely wide range of local and imported materials. The current installations in Australia and New Zealand report uptime in the range of 92-97%, including the oldest installations that are approaching 5 years. Peter Scott, Managing Director of Screen GP says, “Perhaps this is the aspect that we are most proud of. Any press will be reliable when it is new, but to maintain this high level of performance after many years is what Screen is renowned for”. 

    The demo centre will be at Jet Technologies’ headquarters in Sydney, and operational from January 2021.  

    Click here for more information.

  • + Tecnau announce new digital print finishing possibilities

    Tecnau is pleased to announce the launch of Tecnau Germany starting January 1st, 2021. Together with its well-estab..

    18 January 2021

    Tecnau is pleased to announce the launch of Tecnau Germany starting January 1st, 2021.

    Together with its well-established distributors, BÖWE Systec and G. Holzer, “Tecnau Deutschland” provides a new array of digital print finishing possibilities to the market. Stephan Klier, who joined Tecnau at the beginning of the year, has been appointed as Managing Director of Tecnau Germany.

    “Over the last 5 years we experienced continuous steady growth in the market, both in the traditional transactional segment, as well as in commercial print and publishing”, stated Stefano De Marco, Managing Director at Tecnau. “We strongly believe in the potential that digital print can provide, and with a localised team of experts in digital finishing we aim to provide a stronger, closer and faster support to assist our customers from both a sales and service perspective”.

    Tecnau is ready to provide dedicated and tailor-made finishing solutions for the highly demanding, widespread, and diversified German market. The Tecnau portfolio ranges from the cost-effective and space efficient B2+ sheetfed cut and stack finishing solution, Stack 1212, to fully automated and integrated book-on-demand systems, with a special mention of the recently introduced Revolution 50 series of cut & stack solutions for reliable, continuous non-stop production as required in today’s most demanding digital print environments.

    “With a deep focus on customers’ needs and a close cooperation with our partners, we want to ensure a strong presence in the market to support every digital print application. Through a coordinated use of our joint expertise – on site, in engineering or after sales – we will provide valuable input and generate real added value for partners and customers,” concluded Stephan Klier.

    Tecnau is a leading provider of pre- and post-finishing solutions for high performance digital printing systems with production sites in Italy, Sweden, and USA.

  • + Industry Mourns the Passing of Paul Jordan

    It’s with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of industry legend and signage expert, Paul Jordan. ..

    31 December 2020

    It’s with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of industry legend and signage expert, Paul Jordan.

    Paul was known throughout the signage industry as a truly gifted gilder, award winning sign maker, owner of Jordan Signs and, as a true gentlemen. 

    Son of industry legend John Jordan, Paul continued in his father’s footsteps, happily and graciously teaching anyone willing to learn the exquisite art of gilding and more.

    Paul was always present at Letterhead meets and trade shows in Australia and New Zealand, where he willing passed on his knowledge and gladly promoted the industry to the next generation.

    Paul’s funeral was held at Southside Church, Miranda, NSW.
    We at Visual Impact Magazine extend our condolences to Paul’s wife Jayne and his family. 

    Paul’s wife, Jayne, has asked that no flowers or tributes be sent. Rather that a donation be made to either the Cancer Council,, or the Asbestos Disease Research Institute (ADRI).

  • + New energy efficiency report reveals how to significantly reduce energy costs and environmental impacts

    The Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with CitySwitch, has undertaken ground-breaking research detailing how off..

    15 December 2020

    The Energy Efficiency Council, in partnership with CitySwitch, has undertaken ground-breaking research detailing how office-based businesses can significantly reduce their energy costs and environmental impacts, often by making simple choices such as which type of technology and equipment to use.

    Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for office-based businesses is underpinned by new research about where these businesses should and can focus efforts to reduce energy consumption and operational expenditure.
    This ground-breaking research – the first of its kind in Australia – identified energy and cost-saving opportunities for office-based businesses and particularly office tenancies, a sector that often gets less attention in the movement towards more sustainable buildings.

    While servers and printers make up a substantial proportion of office tenants’ energy consumption, these pieces of equipment are not covered under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program or Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). This means that office-based businesses may be wasting energy while operating this type of equipment as they are unaware that some equipment options are much less efficient than others. For example, some inkjet printers use up to 90% less energy and power than comparable laser printers.

    Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said, “Printers and copiers account for the largest power draw of any single device after computers and servers. If a business is looking to reduce its operational expenditure and improve its environmental footprint, then investing in inkjet printers, particularly when they use 90% less electricity than laser printers, makes a lot of sense on every level.”
    The research finds much room for improvement, with lighting still making up the greatest proportion of energy use within office tenancies, but only 60 per cent of the surveyed tenancies having undertaken a LED upgrade, making it a significant opportunity to reduce electricity bills.
    Similarly, while other substantial energy-using equipment – like air-conditioning and computers – are covered under the E3 and MEPS programs, many offices would benefit from undertaking targeted equipment procurement programs that preference six-star plus purchases or leases.
    “IT equipment accounts for almost half the energy consumption in an office tenancy, yet printers and servers don’t have energy performance labelling, making it much harder for  consumers to make the energy efficient choice at time of purchase,” said Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Efficiency Council.
    Navigating a dynamic energy landscape: a briefing for office-based businesses will be launched online today at 11am with leading Australian businesses highlighting how they’ve adopted smart energy management to reduce costs and improve environmental performance.

  • + CMYKhub installed Asia Pacific’s first HP Indigo 100K Digital Press

    HP Australia and Currie Group have today announced that leading trade printer, CMYKhub, is the first customer to install..

    15 December 2020

    HP Australia and Currie Group have today announced that leading trade printer, CMYKhub, is the first customer to install the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press in the Asia Pacific region. The installation continues CMYKhub’s longstanding partnership with HP and Currie Group and cements HP Indigo at the forefront of print innovation in the region.
    “The HP Indigo 100K is our most productive digital B2 solution yet. It was engineered with offset users in mind, with striking print quality that matches offset look-and-feel while offering significantly higher productivity with up to 6000 sheets per hour. At HP, we’re incredibly proud to see the first HP Indigo 100K in Asia Pacific installed here in Australia at CMYKhub. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at CMYKhub, and through our partner Currie Group, in supporting their business growth”, said Craig Walmsley, Country Manager HP Personalisation & Industrial Business South Pacific.
    For CMYKhub, the installation of the HP Indigo 100K is a significant milestone in their business restructure aimed at bringing their business closer to their customers and production of high value applications. The new digital press will also help deliver orders faster to customer and open new profit-making opportunities for business.
    “At CMYKhub, we value our strong relationship with HP and Currie Group. Starting when Bernie Robinson from Currie Group first suggested this machine through to the installation, it’s been a quick and smooth transition for our team. The HP Indigo 100K was a no-brainer for us because of the increased productivity and superior quality, and we’re excited to share more details about the HP Indigo 100K with our resellers and customers in the near future,” said Dayne Nankervis, chief operating officer at CMYKhub.
    “The strength in the relationship and leadership in technology has delivered a strong and sustainable business model, and we look forward to seeing this next phase for CMYKhub with the 100K at the forefront,” said Bernie Robinson, Managing Director at Currie Group.
    “Since we first saw the 100K in development, we were genuinely very impressed with the advances HP Indigo had made in automation and productivity, and how this would translate into real benefits. We are excited that CMYKhub will be enabling the 100K to deliver these benefits to their business and their customers,” added Phillip Rennell, Sales and Marketing Director at Currie Group.
    Designed to rewrite the rules of profitability
    The first HP Indigo Series 5 Digital Press from the HP Personalisation and Industrialisation Business, the HP Indigo 100K is designed for offset players to transition more work to digital and boost sustainability with on-demand printing. The commercial sheetfed press can do nonstop printing of tens of thousands of B2 duplex sheets every day.
    Designed to fit into the circular economy, the HP Indigo 100K Digital Press delivers low environmental impact printing with maximum productivity, and offers advanced paper handling and offset-like gripper-to-gripper design for precision registration, as well as unique HP Indigo digital advantages, including colour automation, calibration, fast switchover between jobs and media and five-input source feeder.
    Delivering up to 6000 sheets per hour, the HP Indigo 100K four-colour digital press boosts margins on short-run digital production and introduces new calculations that confirm a lower total cost of ownership.
    The new digital press from HP also uses HP Indigo ElectroInks that bring the widest on-press colour gamut, giving CMYKhub the opportunity to meet exacting customer requirements and achieve profitable growth.
    Made for the sustainable way you work
    Through workflow solutions like HP PrintOS, a print production operating system with web and mobile apps, CMYKhub will also be able to easily manage customers’ jobs from submission to shipment while simplifying and automating production.
    As part of the HP Indigo ecosystem, CMYKhub will also be able to increase productivity and streamline production flow with finishing partners’ solutions to produce high-value applications such as personalised marketing collateral, photobooks, and sophisticated direct mail.
    With their new HP digital press, CMYKhub can solve customers’ needs with the industry’s widest range of certified media compatibility, delivering new opportunities to print on dark, transparent and recycled paper, as well as other environmentally accredited substrates, synthetics and paperboard.
    About HP
    HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at

  • + Konica Minolta named worldwide leader by IDC MarketScape for Print Transformation

    Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transform..

    07 December 2020

    Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment for print transformation in recognition of its strong portfolio that will support customers in growing their digital maturity. 

    The report states: “While Konica Minolta is typically perceived as an MFP/printer vendor, the company has made considerable progress in repositioning itself as a managed services company that delivers workplace solutions. Thus, Konica Minolta's product evolution involves a continuum of products and services including hardware, managed services, and business process automation integrated into an Intelligent Connected Workplace.” 

    Yohei Konaka, chairman and managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “COVID-19 and the events that have occurred throughout 2020 have accelerated digital requirements and opportunities for customers as the world stumbled through the biggest work-from-home experiment ever seen, with a focus on business continuity and resilience. The distributed workforce is here to stay, and a more connected and digital workforce will be required into the future. Konica Minolta has a role to play in helping customers realise an Intelligent Connected Workplace to better serve their own employees so they in-turn can serve their customers.” 

    The report also states that Konica Minolta: “…considers not only technology trends but also a broader view of both generational workforce and overarching sociological shifts. The company believes that technology needs to be human centered, so understanding the motivations, wants, and needs of the worker is essential. The company will focus on the ‘why’ when implementing new technology and not just the ‘how’. As part of this strategy, Konica Minolta is pursuing a host of nonprint-related offerings, some of which are based on partner-delivered solutions and others that are based on homegrown technologies.” 

    These solutions enable the Intelligent Connected Workplace of Konica Minolta’s customers, and include robotics, cloud and mobility. 

  • + ABG install 2000th Vectra rewinder

    A B Graphic International (ABG) has reached an impressive milestone in the global supply of their market leading finishi..

    07 December 2020

    A B Graphic International (ABG) has reached an impressive milestone in the global supply of their market leading finishing solutions, by recently installing their 2000th Vectra turret rewinder. The machine, a Vectra ECTR, was purchased by Cleveland, Ohio-based OMNI Systems, the largest, privately owned label converter in the US.

    Having begun manufacturing turret rewinders in 1995, the entry level ECTR 4 in 330mm, 430mm or 530mm web widths, has become the rewinder of choice for many self-adhesive label manufacturers. 

    Perfect for increasing production speed and workflow efficiencies, the ECTR is also fully upgradable with a wide range of options, including automatic core loading, finished roll closure with print and apply label application, and ABG’s own fleyeVision 100% camera inspection system. Able to work in-line, or off-line as a stand-alone solution with a separate unwind module, Vectra turret rewinders offer shorter lead times, reduce inventory and cut waste.

    As a long standing customer of ABG, OMNI was initially looking for a turret rewinder that had the capability of running wound-in rolls along with eliminating tail tie gluing. They had seen the quality of the finished rolls from ABG’s rewinder equipment and have not looked back since. The company made their first order in March 2013 and currently own 16 Vectra ECTR rewinders, 2 that were ordered in July 2019, but only installed recently due to COVID-19.

    Dave Lawson, director of ABG’s Middleton-on-the-Wolds turret rewinder production site, said: “Reaching 2,000 Vectra orders is a significant achievement in 25 years. The landmark reflects our global reach and the excellent professional relationships we have developed with key customers, and without our loyal and dedicated team at ABG we would not be celebrating this milestone.

    “We now look forward to innovating and updating the designs so we can provide our customers with increased efficiencies for the future. We are particular proud that OMNI was our 2000th order, which was especially fitting given our long association.”

    About A B Graphic

    Established in 1954, ABG is a market leader in digital finishing equipment. The company has nearly 400 employees worldwide, with more than 200 employed in the UK. During the course of their 66 years of business, ABG has installed over 11,000 machines worldwide for 2,500 customers.

    With each site being a centre for excellence for a specific range of products, ABG has manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany and Spain. Sales and service offices are located in the UK, Germany, USA, France, Holland and Spain, and with a worldwide network of distribution partners, ABG is well placed to provide comprehensive support to businesses globally. 

    Constantly innovating and seeking opportunities to improve efficiencies and workflow for their customers, ABG’s recent acquisition of Girona-based Enprom Solutions, has added a wide range of flexible packaging products to their expanding portfolio.

    For further information about Vectra technology, contact Currie Group

  • + HP and Computaleta announce new Channel Partnership in New Zealand.

    Auckland: HP has signed a new channel partner agreement with stalwart Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, to su..

    30 November 2020

    Auckland:  HP has signed a new channel partner agreement with stalwart Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, to supply HP wide-format hardware, ink and consumables to the New Zealand market.

    Computaleta will stock ink and consumables specifically at their Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch branches from December, with hardware demonstration showrooms to be established at their new premises in Onehunga, and Christchurch, in early 2021.

    With almost 40 years’ experience within the signage industry, Director at Computaleta, Arlette Farland (pictured with Wayne Shaw, Business Manager for HP Large Format Print), says that providing equipment hardware has been a desire for some time and she is delighted to be doing that with HP.

    “I am always looking for new opportunities to expand our range, so the inclusion of this range of equipment really brings us full circle.

    “Hardware has been the missing link in our portfolio since the mid-1990s and this closes that loop.”

    Arlette says they will be gearing up to give HP the specialist attention it requires.  This includes appointing two-three further staff to address aspects of this market and provide technical support in the near-term.

    “We are looking forward to working with the HP team to offer HP Latex Equipment through our national network of distribution centres, and I know that our customers and the marketplace in general, will be pleased to see us do it.”  

  • + Kornit Digital Establishing Global Biz Line Dedicated to Digital On-Demand Production Management

    Kornit Digital announced the appointment of Guy Avidan as president of its newly formed business line focused on acceler..

    24 November 2020

    Kornit Digital announced the appointment of Guy Avidan as president of its newly formed business line focused on accelerating the digital transformation of the textile industry to on-demand sustainable production. 
    The company also announced the appointment of Alon Rozner as its next CFO, effective Dec. 1, 2020.
    The inflection point in the textile industry and the massive shift to e-commerce continues to accelerate the need to digitally transform the supply chain and adopt on-demand sustainable textile production. 
    The newly formed business line will focus on enabling brands, retailers, and marketplaces to realise the benefits of digitisation by connecting to the most suitable on-demand production and logistics operations while ensuring consistency, quality and brand integrity.
    “Interest in adopting our cloud workflow platform and network for on-demand sustainable production is extremely strong. We believe there is a huge opportunity here for Kornit to build a significant incremental business and leverage the success of the Custom Gateway acquisition, which serves as the foundation for this strategic initiative,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital’s CEO. “I am confident that Guy will lead this strategic initiative to great success and would like to thank him for his contribution to Kornit’s success in his years of service as our CFO.”
    “Kornit is on an amazing journey and I am honoured to have had the privilege of taking the company public as CFO and am now excited to take on this next opportunity to lead the continued execution of Kornit’s vision. This new business line will play an integral part in Kornit’s evolution as the leader in digital transformation of the textile industry,” Avidan said.
    Rozner served as the CFO of Orbotech, a global supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry.
    “I am excited to join Kornit as it continues to transform the textile industry and scale profitably,” said Rozner. “Kornit is extremely well-positioned to capture the massive opportunity and I look forward to working with the team to achieve our goals and create value for all our stakeholders.”

  • + Computaleta Expand in Auckland

    Auckland: New Zealand Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, have purchased a brand new high spec industrial build..

    10 November 2020

    Auckland:  New Zealand Sign and Graphics distributor, Computaleta, have purchased a brand new high spec industrial building in Onehunga, Auckland, that will more than double their warehousing capacity in the city.
    The company currently has two branches in Auckland, with their main warehouse in Albany and a small service hub in Newton, in the CBD.  It is this Newton branch that will relocate to the larger premises in January 2021.
    The move to Onehunga, 15 minutes to the South, is part of a longer-term plan to better support their customers across the upper North Island. 

    Director, Arlette Farland (pictured) says the new purchase executes their growth strategy for a region that is also set to grow.

    “Of the $129 billion flagged for infrastructure in the next ten years, $100 billion is earmarked for the Golden Triangle, that is the Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga regions.”

    She says this area, along with Northland, is going to represent almost 50% of the New Zealand economy by 2025. 

    “Because Auckland city is divided by the harbour bridge, it has been our strategy since 2003 to have a location on both sides.  This move more than doubles our space, and it positions us better to service South, East and West Auckland and support the Waikato and Tauranga regions.”
    Over the last two years, Arlette says they have outgrown their North Shore location, and their city branch was equally too small.  
    “The new warehouse is strategically positioned close to SH1 and SH20 and we will be able to stock every product in our portfolio south of the bridge.”

    She says this will also relieve the pressure on their Albany branch to better service their important customers on the North Shore and into Northland.

    “We always invest in our country, our company and our people.  What it comes down to is that our customers expect Amazon-like service, and with this new facility, we aim to give it to them,” Arlette says.
    The new building is in the new Woollen Mills commercial development, 273 Neilson Street, Onehunga. Computaleta’s City branch in Newton will be relocate in mid-December.  It will be fully operational from January 11, and customers are welcome to visit the new facility then.

    “We are a planning an open day and launch party in early 2021, and we’d love all our customers in Auckland to join us,” Arlette says.

    The company’s key Albany Branch north of the city will remain in place.

    About Computaleta:  We are the distributor to the sign and graphics industry and have been doing so for almost four decades. We introduced computer-cut technology to New Zealand in 1981, hence our name, Computa Leta. Today we are still innovating and are the only New Zealand owned distributor with a national reach. Through our five branches nationwide we support all regions around the country with a local presence /

  • + Massivit 3D and Biesse Group Sign Milestone Technology Partnership as Part of Italian Foreign Minister’s Visit to Israel

    Agreement facilitates new, advanced hybrid manufacturing technologies for the automotive, marine, composite materials, f..

    03 November 2020

    Agreement facilitates new, advanced hybrid manufacturing technologies for the automotive, marine, composite materials, furniture, construction and aerospace arenas

    Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, the leading provider of large-volume 3D printing solutions, today signed a technological and commercial partnership with multinational manufacturer, Biesse Group, as part of a visit to Israel by Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio.

    Biesse Group ‒ lead by CEO, Roberto Selci, is a global manufacturer of technology for wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal processing ‒ sought a new technology partner to diversify its manufacturing solutions. The two companies aim to co-develop a new product line of hybrid manufacturing technologies that leverage Massivit 3D’s advanced, large-volume additive manufacturing technologies and Biesse’s broadly adopted subtractive manufacturing technologies.

    By leveraging Biesse Group’s established commercial networks across multiple verticals, this mega distribution deal will enable Massivit 3D to markedly expand its market reach. Biesse Group operates through 39 branches with a thriving customer installed base in 120 countries. It is publicly listed on the Italian Stock Exchange with a turnover of €706 million in 2019.

    The collaboration will also empower Biesse Group to partake in the 3D printing revolution that is escalating across a range of manufacturing industries.

    The agreement between Biesse Group and Massivit 3D emerged as part of Biesse Group's Open-I project – a dynamic Innovation Lab established to cultivate connections with other companies, universities, research centers, accelerators, and venture capital firms in order to leverage digital transformation and Industry 4.0 advancements.

    The partnership was initiated by AdlerInlight’s CEO, Roberta Anati, who identified technological and commercial synergies between the two leading technology providers. Biesse Group and Massivit 3D have a combined IP portfolio of 257 registered patents.

    Massivit 3D’s CEO, Erez Zimerman, commented about the partnership, “Massivit 3D collaborates with leading Italy-based vendors. Biesse Group has a strong foothold in Massivit 3D’s existing markets, serving some of the most prestigious Italian and international brands. This partnership will enable us to deepen our penetration into new strategic markets owing to Biesse’s strong position in these arenas. It heralds in a new era for manufacturing by combining the best of additive and subtractive technologies to provide cost-effective, high-speed solutions for large-volume production.”

    Roberto Selci, CEO of Biesse Group, stated: “Today is the first step towards a new, profitable path towards innovation. Fundamentally, we aim to broaden our company’s boundaries and also our mental horizons. This opportunity has been brought to fruition by our internal expertise but also by our ability to look outwards and enable opportunities and solutions to flow freely via a two-way principle which forms the foundation of our Group Innovation Lab, Open-I.”

    Roberta Anati, CEO of AdlerInlight, stated “This agreement, between two key players in the manufacturing arena, marks another milestone for AdlerInlight in fostering valuable cross-continental partnerships towards technological innovation and commercial growth. At the core of our projects is our vision to bridge between existing industry demand and new innovations. We identified a crucial market gap here and are delighted to have sparked fresh global economic opportunities.”


    Vastex has introduced a prepress system for screen printing shops comprised of performance-matched components that signi..

    27 October 2020

    Vastex has introduced a prepress system for screen printing shops comprised of performance-matched components that significantly reduce prepress time and increase registration accuracy.

    The package includes a Washout Booth to clean, inspect and develop screens; a Semi-Automatic Screen Coater to precisely apply emulsion; a Drying Cabinet to cure the emulsion; an LED exposing unit to expose the emulsion; and a Pin Registration System to preregister screens as well as accurately register screens onto the press.

    The stainless steel Washout Booth, model VWB-3627, comes with a frosted acrylic back panel and backlight to aid in visual inspection of the screen and frame during cleaning, inspection and final development.  

    Foot-pedal operation of the wall-mounted C-1000 Semi-Automatic Screen Coater lowers the screen at a constant rate, allowing application of the emulsion with greater uniformity than possible using manual methods.

    Variable heat and filtered airflow of the Dri-Vault Model VDC-253610 Screen Drying Cabinet cure coated screens in as little as 20 minutes.

    The E2-5236 LED Exposing Unit, with 0.37 kW vacuum generator, exposes one 130 x 90 cm screen or two 60 x 90 cm screens in as little as 20 seconds, and achieves tight screen-to-glass contact in as little as 6 seconds for sharp reproduction of fine detail.

    The VRS Pin Registration System allows an operator to align film positives on all screens in register prior to exposing them, and to clamp each screen to the press in register in approximately three minutes per screen, greatly increasing press time, output and profit.

    Prepress package components are also offered separately by the company, along with other screen printing and DTG printing equipment including Infrared Conveyor Dryers, manual and automatic Screen Printing Presses, Flash Cure Units and complete Screen Printing Shop Packages geared for beginners up to high-volume commercial printers.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702,

  • + Mutoh scoops SIX best product awards at US Printing United Alliance

    Mutoh America, Inc. was recently honoured with six Printing United Alliance Product of the Year awards, making 2020 the ..

    20 October 2020

    Mutoh America, Inc. was recently honoured with six Printing United Alliance Product of the Year awards, making 2020 the ninth consecutive year of Mutoh winning one or more awards. Open to all PRINTING United Alliance supplier members, the Product of the Year competition evaluates products that are, or will be, available for sale in 2020. A highly qualified panel of judges from across the printing industry evaluated the annual contest’s 200+ entries in more than 85 categories spanning analog, digital, output and non-output technologies.

    A delighted Mutoh Australia managing director Russell Cavenagh comments. “Winning six of the key Sign and Display categories is very pleasing and proof of Mutoh’s dedication to colour and engineering excellence. Our new XpertJet range has been very well received and we are looking forward to the continued expansion of the range. Mutoh printers are still proudly designed and manufactured under XPJ 1641SRhighest precision conditions in Japan, with the company's roots going back to 1952.  It is this kind of dedication to engineering and colour intellectual property development that has delivered this record Printing United Awards haul.”

    The six 2020 output categories won by Mutoh are:

    •     XpertJet 1641SR 64in Eco-Solvent Printer – Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (under 80 in.)
    •     ValueJet 2638X 104 in Eco-Solvent Printer – Roll-to-Roll Solvent/Latex (over 80 in.)
    •     XpertJet 661UF 23x19 UV/LED Flatbed Printer – Tabletop Flatbed (Industrial/Small Item Decoration)
    •     ValueJet 1638UR 64” Roll to Roll UV/LED Printer – Roll-to-Roll UV (under 80 in.)
    •     ValueJet 1638UH 64” Hybrid UV/LED Printer – UV/Latex Hybrid (under $100K*)
    •     XpertJet 1682WR 64” Dye-Sublimation Printer – Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile (under $50K*)
    [* US $]

    Output devices are judged based on reports generated by measuring colour charts and then comparing to industry XPJ 1682WRspecifications. “This is the only competition I know of that reports on the percentage of Adobe RGB a printer can hit,” says Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, Printing United Alliance. “Some of the categories were decided by tenths of a point so fierce was the competition this year.”

    Cavenagh's counterpart across the Pacific, Brian Phipps, President and general manager of Mutoh America enthuses: “I couldn’t be prouder of our best-in-class printers that are still made in Japan. Mutoh continues to demonstrate its commitment to the highest quality standards in the industry.  Winning six more awards this year is just icing on the cake for us and our partners.”

    To learn more about all of Mutoh’s award winners and other products visit

  • + Konica Minolta expands APAC presence with direct operation in New Zealand

    Konica Minolta is expanding its presence with a new direct operation in New Zealand. Konica Minolta Business Solut..

    20 October 2020

    Konica Minolta is expanding its presence with a new direct operation in New Zealand. 

    Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited (Konica Minolta New Zealand) will be led by Managing Director Eric Holtsmark, a former general manager at Konica Minolta Australia for strategy, transformation and technology. Holtsmark brings with him a wealth of experience in technology, production print and establishing new businesses. In establishing a direct presence in the region, he is focused on delivering customer value with innovative solutions and services that can help New Zealand businesses drive digital transformation.   

    Eric Holtsmark, Managing Director, Konica Minolta New Zealand, said, “There is a huge opportunity in New Zealand made possible by a long history of success of the Konica Minolta brand in the region. This was largely driven by channel partners and customers that are dedicated users of Konica Minolta technology. Opening a direct operation will provide a way for existing, loyal users to directly access Konica Minolta’s range of technology and solutions. It will also strengthen our strategic alliance with our distributor for the A3 office range of multifunction printers, Brother International (NZ) Limited, so we are very excited about that.” 

    Konica Minolta New Zealand will offer a broad range of products and services locally, initially focusing on its core business in office and production print. It will also be working with several strategic partners to provide software and solutions including print and document management and data migration. 

    Over the past few months Konica Minolta New Zealand has been building a local, highly experienced team, hiring technicians and salespeople to ensure that it is ready to service customers from day one. Konica Minolta Australia will also provide resources to support the expansion. 

    Yohei Konaka, Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta has many loyal customers in New Zealand and we’re very happy to now see a direct presence in this country. Konica Minolta is one of the world’s most sustainable companies with a strong commitment to creating value for customers and society, and the communities in which we operate. Having a local operation in New Zealand marks a new era for Konica Minolta and its customers and we’re looking forward to bringing Konica Minolta’s products, people, ideas and innovation directly to the New Zealand market. 

    Konica Minolta New Zealand will also be active in corporate social responsibility, in line with the company’s global philosophy around adding value to the communities in which it operates. 

    About Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited 

    Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited (Konica Minolta New Zealand) is a market-leading provider of proven print technology and solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, commercial print and manufacturing. It is committed to the Konica Minolta global philosophy of delivering customer value and driving digital transformation. 

    Konica Minolta New Zealand helps organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today. Konica Minolta New Zealand offers a broad range of office and production print products and services with efficient client support and service. It also has a number of strategic relationships to deliver software and solutions which include print and document management and data migration.   

    Konica Minolta New Zealand is part of one of the world’s most sustainable companies with a strong commitment to creating value for customers and society, and the communities in which it operates.   

    For more information visit: 

  • + Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System - Quality of Life for the New Normality

    Durst, leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is responding to the COVID pandemi..

    12 October 2020

    Durst, leading manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is responding to the COVID pandemic with another initiative. As early as April, during the lockdown, Durst had started the production of community masks as a first preventive measure, now Durst is stepping up its efforts and presenting an innovative solution for reducing the viral load in indoor environments, the Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System.

    The new normality that shapes our private and professional life is determined by masks, distance rules and disinfectants. This situation will not change in the short or medium term. Even if there will be a vaccine against COVID-19, new types of viruses and mutations will most likely occur. Therefore, over the last few months, Durst has put its expertise in the laboratories, in production, in UV technology, in flow simulations and in the safety guidelines together, to bring a piece of quality of life back to the new normality, with the Durst UVC-R Air Disinfection System.

    In the Durst Labs, the main transmission paths and descent rates of droplets and aerosols that transport virus-containing liquid particles were analysed, as well as the effectiveness of countermeasures with continuous air exchange and UV irradiation. The solution: Durst UVC-R combines both air exchange and UV irradiation in one system, effectively reducing infectious aerosols, viruses and germs in indoor environments. Through an antiviral membrane, the room air is led into a closed system and irradiated with UV-C light. 

    The disinfected air is continuously released back into the room through an air outlet.

    Special features of the Durst UVC-R

    • Closed, radiation-protected chambers with high-performance UV-C modules in airflow-optimised and mirrored channels.

    • Generation of ozone-free UV-C radiation with a wavelength of 254 nanometers.

    • Suction nozzles over the entire surface on both sides of the system at the level of the aerosol origin

    • Antiviral coating of the membrane surface.

    • Whisper-quiet with a typical noise level of 25 dB (A).

    "We checked the efficiency of the UV-C sources in our laboratories and analysed the ideal exposure time and volumetric flow". says Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of the Durst Group. “An external laboratory for medical technology and disinfectants in Germany is currently in the process of verifying our results. At the same time, the efficiency of the Durst UVC-R is tested in real mode with "pseudo-viruses" or so-called bacteriophages.

    Efficiency Durst UVC-R

    The Durst UVC-R’s centre disinfection zone measures 4 x 4 x 2.5 meters. However, Durst points out that no specific statements about square meters or volume size can be given as a general answer in terms of efficiency, as the efficiency depends on many factors such as temperature, air flows in the room, ceiling height, number of people, etc.

    Therefore Durst gives the following example for the efficiency: 4 people sit at a table and are surrounded by a volume of 8 m³. Each person inhales and exhales about 0.5 m³ of air per hour, a total of 2 m³. Durst UVC-R disinfects 12.5 times this volume or 25 m³ in 15 minutes and 50 times the breathing volume of 4 people or 100 m³ in one hour.

    If the UVC-R is placed in a larger room, a constant mixing of the room air around the disinfection centre is taking place, which means that by the permanent release of purified air the viral load is reduced even outside the central zone.

    "We see in Durst UVC-R not only a preventive measure to reduce the viral loads," Christoph Gamper. “Together with the South Tyrolean industrial designer Christian Zanzotti we have developed portfolio, that can harmoniously be integrated into many interior concepts. Furthermore, the anti-viral coated membrane can be personalised with our digital printing systems."

    Durst offers the 1st series of the UVC-R as a Limited Edition for pre-order on Within the next weeks the entire UVC-R portfolio will be available in a web-shop. Start of delivery of the 1st series is planned for early December. The UVC-R systems can be viewed at the Durst headquarters in Brixen, South Tyrol/Italy. To make an appointment, please send an email to: