Category: Features

  • News Digest…June 2024

    News Digest…June 2024

    June turned out to be a most entertaining month in Britain, mainly thanks to Rishi Sunak, who is still prime minister, treating the general election campaign as an extended audition for a move into light entertainment.

  • The economic outlook

    The economic outlook

    One of the first things that I did at Drupa was to listen to a keynote presentation at the Drupa Cube by the British economist Vicky Pryce on the state of the world’s finances. I wanted to have a good grounding in the economic realities before spending the rest of the week looking at expensive…

  • Fiery targets industrial printing

    Fiery targets industrial printing

    Fiery is one of the most recognised brand names in the printing industry, having developed RIPs and digital front ends for over 30 years. And yet, Fiery as a company is a new entity, having been part of EFI until January 2023 when it was spun off into a separate company. 

  • News Digest…May 2024

    News Digest…May 2024

    May saw election campaigns in many countries, including India, Taiwan, South Africa and the EU. Britain went one better, having started the month with local and mayoral elections, which the government lost just about as badly as everyone expected.

  • Dimatix announces SkyFire printhead

    Dimatix announces SkyFire printhead

    Dimatix has introduced a brand new SkyFire family of printheads, starting with a new SF600 head, which uses silicon MEMs technology. It’s positioned in the Dimatix portfolio between the StarFire and Samba series of heads and targeted at commercial and packaging print as well as the textile, imprinting, decor and encoding markets.

  • Going big

    Going big

    Archipelago Technology has developed the Powerdrop to jet high viscosity fluids for industrial uses.

  • Brother abandons Roland Acquisition

    Brother abandons Roland Acquisition

    Brother has released its full year figures for the last financial year ending 31 March, showing a large ¥28.2 billion impairment loss for its British Domino subsidiary alongside an announcement that the company has given up on its earlier hostile bid for Roland DG.

  • Fespa pt3: DtF and textile printing

    Fespa pt3: DtF and textile printing

    The Fespa trade show is becoming increasingly synonymous with textile printing, particularly for apparel. This was very apparent at this year’s Fespa show, which also doubled as a preview for some of the trends in textile printing that we are likely to see showcased at this month’s Drupa event.

  • News Digest…April 2024

    News Digest…April 2024

    Phew, Mayday, which means that we’ve all survived April, no mean feat considering the increasingly strident drumbeat towards war. This month’s news digest includes International Paper’s deal to acquire DS Smith, a new AM centre at Wolverhampton University, plus installations and appointments.

  • Monz to leave Heidelberg

    Monz to leave Heidelberg

    Dr Ludwin Monz, who has been CEO of Heidelberg since April 2022, has announced his intention to leave the company at the end of June. He will be replaced by Jürgen Otto (59). But what does this mean for Heidelberg’s future?

  • Digital Textiles in India

    Digital Textiles in India

    One of the most striking things about visiting India is just how colourful everything is, from shopfronts and market stalls through to the clothes that people wear out and about.

  • Fespa pt2: a maturing market

    Fespa pt2: a maturing market

    One of the main takeaways for me from this year’s Fespa show was just how much the market for large format sign and display hardware has matured.