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EFI Announces Wide Format, Textile And Software Solutions At Virtual Conference

EFI has announced its fastest roll-to-roll superwide-format solutions – the 350 and 520 centimetre wide VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers, at EFI Engage, the first-ever worldwide virtual users’ conference for Electronics For Imaging, Inc. customers.

EFI Engage features groundbreaking new innovations that accelerate customers’ ability to profitably and efficiently transition from analogue to digital printing. The 25 January – 5 February event features a virtual exhibition hall, along with demonstrations and presentations on advanced Productivity Suite MIS/ERP, inkjet printing, and Fiery digital front end (DFE) solutions. Advanced superwide-format inkjet technologies at Engage include a new, higher-throughput VUTEk XT hybrid device – one of multiple superwide-format display graphics production solutions launching at the event.

‘EFI Engage features a wealth of content and information to help customers learn about important new opportunities, as well as gain actionable ideas that can propel them into a more efficient and profitable ‘next normal’ phase of business,’ said EFI Chairman and CEO Jeff Jacobson. ‘Attendees will learn about the strengths they can create in the future with leading-edge workflow innovation, along with the important expansion in print’s analogue-to-digital evolution that comes with our newest, most-advanced inkjet solutions.’

New product solutions:

EFI VUTEk Q3r and Q5r UV LED printers

The printers deliver expanded capabilities for a wide range of challenging, high-volume applications, with premium features such as multi-layer white and high-value in-line finishing, collection and auto backlit and blockout options that help users achieve a remarkably low total cost of operation.

EFI is setting new levels of production and efficiency for customers at the higher-volume end of the superwide-format signage and display graphics market. The product line delivers superior quality and a complete system solution with advanced roll-to-roll LED technology. The printers produce a wide range of challenging applications, like the most demanding premium POP with multi-layer white and cosmetics displays that demand the highest print quality to the highest volume campaigns that requires the lowest cost of production.

The 5.2 metre wide VUTEk Q5r printer runs at speeds up to 672 square metres per hour, and the 3.5 metre wide VUTEk Q3r model prints up to 558 square metres per hour. The printers take users further in many aspects including productivity and application reach and more so in their full system solution from file submission to finished print, which is already cut to size and rolled and marked for the designated display location. Users benefit from throughput that can be up to a few times faster than existing models in the market.

The world’s first VUTEk Q5r installation site, Yahav Digital Print, is a large wide format print production company currently with four EFI roll-to-roll printers and many more throughout its history. Zevik Nur, CEO of Yahav Digital Print, found the new capabilities of the Q5r go above and beyond just faster print to also deliver a complete full system solution from file submission to finishing.

‘Our new VUTEk Q5r was installed in October of 2020, and we have been running it in full production ever since,’ Nur said. ‘It has exceeded all our expectations in terms of reliability, production speeds, print quality, ink consumption, media utilisation and ease of use. We can shift a lot of jobs to the new Q5r, and our customers are highly satisfied with our ability to shorten lead time and produce even higher quality prints at faster speeds.’

The new printers feature up to nine ink colours (standard CMYK and optional lc, lm, lk, white and clear coat), enabling exact customisation of each printer to users’ needs and strategies. They also boast EFI UltraDrop™ Technology, featuring native 7-picolitre printheads with multi-drop addressability for high-definition image quality. Users gain outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as precise and sharp 3-point size text with a true resolution of up to 1200 dots per inch. Their UV LED curing ensures not only cost savings but also a more environmentally friendly printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.

The printers also feature EFI’s ‘Power Tool’ options for advanced productivity and capabilities, including in-line quality inspection, in-line slitting and cutting, roll and tape collection, auto-calibration, automated backlit printing, automated blockout printing and much more.

Newly designed mobile operator touch screen stations for the VUTEk Q3r and Q5r printers offer operators maximum convenience. The touch screen stations also direct users to new EFI IQ™ optional cloud-based applications for easy monitoring and analysis of production activity, resulting in actionable data that can help operations be even more efficient and profitable.

Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery proServer Premium digital front end (DFE) with Fiery FAST RIP for accelerated file processing, maximising the printer investment by eliminating idle printer time. The printers’ Fiery DFE systems also include robust options such as Fiery Spot Color, Fiery Color Profiler Suite and Fiery Color Verifier for the ultimate in easy-to-use, proof-grade colour management.

Other new solutions include:

The new version 9 releases in EFI’s Productivity Suite offerings, which provide comprehensive, validated, end-to-end business and production management workflows for display graphics, based on EFI’s industry-leading MIS/ERP platforms, including Monarch, Pace™, Radius®, CTI and Technique software.

EFI’s new super-high-speed VUTEk XT hybrid printer – a breakthrough solution designed to drive a significant reduction in total cost of ownership with superior throughput exceeding 375 boards per hour, innovative ink delivery and the power of EFI’s integrated workflow.   New CP5G ink delivery technology on the printer delivers complete ink circulation, superior dot placement, 5 picolitre drops and greyscale imaging. A robust feature set provides fine text imaging and near-lithographic imaging with a four-colour CMYK ink sets.

A second super-high-speed product: a single-pass for display graphics printer optimised for high-volume production on signage media at speeds up to 1000 sheets per hour.

The newest release of EFI’s Fiery Command WorkStation® management interface, version 6.6, which delivers the company’s most-robust search interface capabilities and powers faster curve and spot-colour editing capabilities, along with access to a host of additional features, such as the EFI IQ™ suite of cloud-based applications to help printing businesses extract value from data to minimise bottlenecks, optimise equipment utilisation and achieve higher print quality.

The latest version of Fiery JobFlow™, a prepress production automation solution that now gives users the power to significantly upscale images with excellent output quality, reorganise PDF pages to make long jobs more manageable, and collect jobs based on time to ensure meeting production deadlines.

The new EFI Fiery Command WorkStation offering – the free, central interface used to direct hundreds of thousands of Fiery Driven™ digital print devices around the world – helps users manage their digital print operations better, even across multiple printers and locations, and produce higher quality print with fewer mistakes.

The newest version of EFI Fiery JobFlow software breaks down the barriers to print automation. With the software, users can efficiently scale images for wide and superwide format applications. A pages module in the software enables operators to easily manage long jobs by splitting up a PDF using a set number of pages, PDF bookmarks, or page ranges. Users can also define job route behaviour in using JobFlow to get jobs printed as fast as possible when a Fiery server is unavailable.

An important production innovation for cut-sheet digital printing – the integration between EFI Fiery Impose software and Duplo DC-618 slitter/cutter/creaser devices – automates job preparation and finisher setup for higher-value custom jobs. The integration cuts the initial setup time of the workflow in half and saves users up to 70% in setup time preparing printing jobs with seamless, automated and two-way communication.

In addition to the latest EFI workflow, Fiery DFE and inkjet display graphics offerings featured in EFI Engage’s exhibit area, this year’s conference also features advanced solutions from participating partners, including 3M™ Commercial Solutions; Aberdeen Fabrics; Duplo®; ISCorp™; Lubrizol®, Progress® Software Corp.; Ricoh®; and Thomson Reuters®.


Georg+Otto Announces Shiny Textile For Signage

Georg+Otto’s Metallic FL 6669FL shiny textile from the Satinette range is available in special chrome and gold colours. The high-quality metallic textile can be used as eye-catching signage.


– Can also be used in colour chrome as a blockout layer between two textiles.
– Printable with sublimation ink (transfer).
– Widths: 303cm.
– Tested according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX, product class 2 (skin contact).


Guyenne Flame Retardant Signage Paper Is Printable On Both Sides

Ignisafe Duo M1 220gms is a high-quality paper designed for indoor signage applications, subject to flame retardancy rules. The fact that it is printable on both sides means this paper reduces the amount of media used. It works for all types of large format indoor visual communication. Its anti-reflective satin surface provides a perfect colour rendering.

It is suitable for any type of use on solvent, eco-solvent, mild-solvent, UV or latex ink plotters. The overall quality and print quality of this paper has been sublimated.


– Colour rendering and intensity have been improved (optimal).
– The matte effect remains the same.
– The paper is even more opaque.
– The paper is even whiter.


– Paper stability.
– Quick-drying.
– High-quality resolution.
– Reduction of the ink quantities used.
– Water-resistant.
– Solvent, eco-solvent, mild-solvent, UV and latex compatible.


– POS (point of sale) advertising and information at the POS.
– Large format communication.
– Banner.
– Roll-up.
– Posting in public spaces.


The Environmental Impact Of Print Versus Electronic Media

Electronic media have some clear advantages over print, namely that they can do so much more, such as get shared almost at the speed of light. Electronic devices are used for phone calls, taking pictures, playing games and internet access. They also have massive commercial impact, providing new platforms for advertising and marketplaces for trade. However, let us not forget about the green aspects of print.

Paper is a sustainable resource and print has a one time carbon footprint. It is recyclable and an independent archive that is easy and convenient to access. Its user interface is simple, its accessibility universal and it is gorgeous. Even if you never read the books you buy, you own them because they declare something of yourself to the world – look at all those carefully curated backdrops on Zoom.

The main argument however, is what happens to these devices over time – a serious problem and one that goes far beyond usefulness. This problem is not really being addressed. The difficulty is the waste management. Paper and board products have supply chains that encourage waste collection and recycling. A similar model is slowly being built for plastics and other waste. For electronics, the picture is less rosy.

Old electronics must be removed from the waste stream and processed for recycling. Apple has a recycling scheme in place, having worked out some time ago that over its entire economic lifespan an iPad Pro generates over 150kg of CO2e or carbon dioxide equivalent. But it all depends on how much the device is used. A television’s carbon footprint is about 0.088kg per viewer hour. For online streaming, it ranges 0.03 to 0.86, depending on the energy used. This isn’t so much, and what matters more is how the end of life process is handled.

The European Union’s (EU) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, in force since 2003, mandates collection schemes to increase WEEE recycling, which currently stands at around 70% in Europe, depending on how you count it. The EU and its members have put considerable resources into building up the WEEE model. Elsewhere, things are much patchier and there is limited coordination of diverse recycling supply chains.

The reality is that as with most environmental impact concerns, changing lifestyle expectations are the only way to really make a difference. Constantly updating our electronic devices is a luxury we should consider in the context of environmental impact. If print is to have a long-term future, its environmental impact and sustainability are central and must be constantly refined and improved. The same applies for electronics.

This article was produced by the Verdigris Project, an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. Verdigris is supported by: Agfa Graphics (, Digital Dots (, EFI (, FESPA (, Fujifilm (, HP (, Kodak (, Practical Publishing (, Ricoh (, Unity Publishing ( and Xeikon (


NEC And BrightSign Partnership Creates Large Format Display Solutions

The new BrightSign, LLC® and NEC Display Solutions combination makes it possible to deliver relevant, targeted digital content to inform, entertain, direct or inspire viewers in retail stores, museums, quick-service restaurants, corporate environments and other public settings. The companies have collaborated to deliver a family of large format displays with integrated digital signage capabilities.

Integrating the media player into the display not only saves on the up-front hardware investment, it also streamlines installation by eliminating the need for additional cables and standalone media players. The full range of NEC MultiSync V Series large format displays are now available with the BrightSign OPS digital signage media player included.

‘As businesses emerge from the pandemic, digital signage plays a key role in welcoming customers and employees back with informative and important digital content,’ said Nils Karsten, Strategic Alliance Manager at NEC Display Solutions. ‘Integrating BrightSign’s OPS media player is the ideal complement to our V Series displays, and we can now jointly deliver an all-in-one, industry-leading and very reliable digital signage solution.’

‘NEC Display Solutions has been a great partner over the years, and we’re especially pleased with our latest collaboration,’ said Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. ‘Adding our OPS media player gives their customers a great option for any display format, particularly for deployments where minimising external cabling with integrated hardware is a priority.’

NEC has integrated the BrightSign OPS media player into the company’s full range of MultiSync V Series models, all of which offer the combination of a brightness output of 500cd/sqm and an anti-glare surface to deliver advanced visibility under common lighting conditions. The slim and modern design is the perfect fit for integration into any application and environment.

Integration of BrightSign’s HO523 OPS digital signage media player eliminates the need for additional cables, and provides full integration into the BrightSign infrastructure, which includes access to 20+ CMS vendors via BrightSign’s Control Cloud. The media player’s updated BrightSign 8.0 operating system and powerful video engine enable H.265/H.264, provide hardware-accelerated HTML support and enable 4K upscaling.



Printing SA Announces Labour And National Small Enterprise Act Updates And More

Printing SA has announced labour as well as National Small Enterprise act updates, postponed extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations, an International Trade Administration Commission’s customs duty increase and more.

Directive in respect to the access to the labour in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, many institutions have not been able to operate as normal, and one such institution is the Labour Court. The court is an essential service but it is still required to operate in a manner that safeguards all staff and members of the public who are part of hearings and court proceedings.

In light of these requirements, the office of the Judge President of the Labour Courts has published directive number I/2021: Directive in Respect to the Access to the Labour Court in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which came into effect on 18 January 2021.

The focus of the directive is to minimise physical contact within the courts while making provision for alternative methods for hearings to take place. To ensure that all activities can run as smoothly as possible, the directive also makes provision for submission of evidence, the removal of matters from the roll and applications for individuals who are found to be in contempt of court.

The provisions set out by Directive I/2021 will remain in place for the duration of the lockdown and may be revised in light of changing risk parameters. Follow this link for a complete transcript of the directive.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations postponed

The implementation of the EPR regulations has been postponed to 5 May 2021. This follows a meeting with the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), Barbara Creecy, in December 2020. The industries expressed concerns as some issues in the regulations required amendments for some sectors to comply.

The extension will allow existing producers, and producer responsibility organisations, to register with the department before 5 November 2021. The regulations give effect to Sections 18 and 69 of the Waste Act and apply to the paper, packaging (including electrical and electronic equipment, lighting sectors) and some single-use product sectors.

The regulations aim to hold producers responsible for their products and packaging to the end-of-life stage of their life cycle by collecting, sorting, refurbishing, reusing, recycling and/or sustainably disposing of materials. Read more about the Extended Producer Responsibility and Government Gazette Notice G44078 published on 15/01/2021.

Hulamin operations granted a duty increase from 0 to 15% ad valorem

The International Trade Administration Commission (IITAC) has recommended an increase in the general rate of customs duty on aluminium rolled sheets, plates, strips, can stock and foil products. These products, classifiable under tariff headings 76.06 and 76.07, will move from Free of Duty to the WTO bound rate of 15% ad valorem.

The Commission further recommended:

The creation of Schedule 4 rebate provisions to cater for product ranges not manufactured domestically. You can view the tariff subheading catered for by the rebate in the final report.

The proposed duty on the subject products will be reviewed after a minimum of one year following the introduction of tariff support (unless determined otherwise by the Commission) to monitor the performance of the Domestic Industry.

IITAC has published the notice brought in by Hulamin in March 2019 for an increase in the general duty. The subject products are used predominantly in the packaging, transport (road, marine and rail), automotive, marine, construction, general engineering, electronics, energy and white goods industries. Printing SA members were against the increase. View the Commission’s Final Report and Guidelines Relating to the Rebate Provision for the Importation of Rolled Aluminium Products.

National Small Enterprise (draft amendment bill 2020)

The Department of Small Business Development published the National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill in December 2020. The bill aims to increase regulation of the country’s small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMME). The bill will also make provision for the establishment of a Small Enterprise Ombud Service. This will act as a support function to the minister.

The bill will give the minister and ombudsman powers to further regulate small businesses in South Africa, focusing on the issue of unfair trading practices. The minister may also introduce regulations requiring specified enterprises to provide information about their contracting and payment practices, and policies relating to small enterprises. View the notice here.

National energy act (buildings)

On 8 December 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy published regulations for the mandatory display and submission of Energy Performance Certificates for buildings, with a two-year transitional measure for compliance, for affected entities.

These regulations apply to both government and private building owners, or if you are responsible for a building with a total net floor area of over 1000sqm. Owners or managers of these buildings must display a certificate ‘Energy Performance’ at the building’s main entrance. The Energy Performance refers to the net-energy consumed in kilowatt-hours per square metre per year. The Energy Performance includes heating, hot water heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting. The Energy Performance certificate must also be submitted to the South African National Energy Development Institute. View the notice here.

Inkish learn with US programme

Inkish has released the dates of their week-long 2021 Learn With Us (Again) Programme, supported by Printing SA. Their programme kicks off from 15 February 2021 with classes taking place daily from 10am-4pm CET, and registration is already open.

The schedule for the Learn With Us (Again) Programme is as follows:

– Monday 15 February: dryers, controllers and printhead technology.
– Tuesday 16 February: label packaging.
– Wednesday 17 February: commercial print.
– Thursday 18 February: substrate application workflow business.
– Friday 19 February: enhancement finishing.

Check out their promotional video and visit the Inkish website for more information.

Please contact Printing SA for more information.

Printing SA welcomes new recruit

The management of Printing SA is proud to welcome Matshidiso Pitsoe to its Johannesburg Chamber. Pitsoe completed her high school education at St. Catherine’s Convent before spending time at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently in her third year at Unisa, where she is studying BCom Accounting Science and after graduating, she plans on completing her Honours as well. Pitsoe is passionate about anything finance and accounting related. She joins Printing SA on a fixed-term contract and given her abilities, the organisation knows that she will excel in her role.

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Intamarket Graphics Appointed Exclusive Distributor Of TouchShield Protective Film In South Africa

TouchShield™ is a protective film that features protection against 93.41% of viruses and 99% of bacteria, and is certified to ISO 22196 and ISO 21702. Intamarket Graphics has secured exclusive rights to distribute the film in South Africa.

‘We had been inundated with requests for antimicrobial films during the first wave of the Covid-19 infections in South Africa,’ commented Gavin Turner, Managing Director of Intamarket Graphics. ‘Despite much research, I was only able to find antibacterial products in the global market. Where we would consider these products, customers always asked if they eliminated viruses, which of course they did not. Large hospitals, pharmaceutical chains and many of our direct customers urged us to continue looking for a product that also had certified antiviral properties.’

Touchshield™ has recently been awarded up to 93.41% protection against viruses in accordance with international standard ISO 21702. The UK media manufacturer had been working toward the significant milestone since announcing the development in May 2020, refining the unique formulation to meet the esteemed ISO standard.

ISO 21702 measures antiviral activity on plastics and other non-porous surfaces of antiviral treated products. TouchShield™ measured an outstanding proficiency in excess of 93% against an enveloped viral strain. With Covid-19 also being identified as an envelope virus, the high efficacy results are an astounding result for the UK firm.

‘The moment I came across the G-Tec Touchshield, I knew I had found what I was looking for,’ Turner continued. ‘We now have an agreement for Intamarket Graphics to represent them in Southern Africa. G-Tec are a highly professional company who has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. We can’t wait for our first stock to arrive in early February and to start delivering these solutions to the market.’

With contacts in the medical space via their sister company and large corporate accounts through their conversion network, Intamarket Graphics is perfectly suited to bring Touchshield™ to market quickly, providing an extra layer of protection against bacteria and viruses throughout the continent.

‘We are elated to have Intamarket on board,’ enthused G-Tec Paper and Film Managing Director Will Duggins. ‘Their business portfolio proves to be a perfect match. We have some fantastic plans underway to help promote this unique solution throughout Africa with this highly professional and accomplished partner.’

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Texo Trade Services Introduces Canvas Products

Poly Canvas and Cotton Canvas are ideal to use for interior decoration, and suitable for eco-solvent, latex and UV inks.

Cotton Canvas

The canvas is made of 100% cotton. The combination of the material and the canvas structure gives the product a characteristically natural look. Prints and colours will reflect beautifully on the matte canvas. Cotton Canvas has a weight of 260g/sqm and is available with a roll width of 152cm and a length of 50m.

Poly Canvas

Poly Canvas is the economic alternative of the Cotton Canvas and is made of 100% polyester. This woven textile with coating has a matte finish and is crease-free. The material weighs 260g/sqm and is also available on roll, with a width of 152cm and length of 50m.


Metamark Wall Covering Used In Burger Restaurant Project

Metamark’s MD-WA Wall-Artmedia decor wall covering was used for an installation at restaurant Beefy Boys, which tasked Hereford-based Signs and Labels to produce and install the work of corporate art.

The restaurant’s story is creatively summarised in a very colourful mural that both informs and does much in terms of its contribution to the place’s ambience. The poppy, advertiser’s colours and general look of the mural can be traced to the expert print job that the Signs and Labels team delivered, and to the Metamark MD-WA Wall-Artmedia that they used.

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Roland DG Corporation Launch New Wide Format Printer/Cutter Range

The LEC2 series of wide format printers/cutters offer unmatched production capabilities, including creating unique special 3D effects using UV ink and contour cutting printed images on demand.

‘We believe that the LEC2-640/330, with its superior versatility, is a powerful solution to support our customers in the immediate realisation of their creative ideas. With their value-added printing and cutting, incredibly diverse range of media support, and ease of use for even first-time users, the LEC2 series is ideal for a broad range of printing businesses for countless applications, including adhesive decals, labels and stickers, signs, POP, backlit panels, packaging prototypes and interior decor,’ said Kevin Shigenoya, Vice President, Digital Printing Business Division.

The LEC2-640/330 162.56cm (64”) and 76.2cm (30”) models are the latest in a series expanding the UV product line and providing significant improvements in printing expression and functionality. Newly developed EUV5 ink supports CMYK as well as Clear, White and Primer and expands the colour gamut while producing vivid full-colour prints with special effects like simulated embossing and gloss or matte finishes.

A True Rich Colour print setting is designed to maximise the imaging capabilities of the LEC2-640/330 with the new inks for vibrant colour graphics with neutral greys, smooth gradations and natural skin tones. The new White ink, which is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark paper, achieves high opacity while the Primer ink makes it possible to print on media that was previously difficult or impossible.

The latest print head and LED lamps enable an even higher level of print quality and high colour saturation. The print head has been optimised for precision ink firing and control, while the LED lamps are more powerful to make curing the ink even faster. This combination delivers stunning images down to the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations.

The new LEC2-640 adds support for large signage, displays and interior decor while new media feed options for the LEC2-330 expand its capabilities for use in the fast-growing packaging industry. The optional TB-30 is capable of feeding film as thin as 30 microns for flexible packaging, and the ET-30 can handle a wide variety of paper stocks and aluminium metallised papers for folding carton packaging, including design comps, prototyping, and colour proofing for food, beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and more.

‘In order for customers in the printing business to remain competitive,’ Shigenoya said, ‘it is critical to be flexible and to continue developing new business by adapting new applications in response to market trends and client needs. Roland DG will continue to provide new value to our customers’ businesses and contribute to the development of the digital printing industry through unique, creative products and solutions.’

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