Caldera Announces New Software Version

Caldera PrimeCenter V1.1 was created to sit upstream of the RIP to facilitate scaled up production for print and cut workflows. Indeed, PrimeCenter consolidates preflight, bleeding and nesting in one tool, while reducing the level of manual errors and saving time on file preparation.

One of the new features that expands flexibility is that V1.1 is now compatible with more cutters and can generate cut files in layered PDF, the most used format on the market. This means that every element of a PDF, from the design and cut contour to the registration marks, is now contained in different layers. Another flexibility gain is the inclusion of extended cut mark options to provide compliancy with cutter and workflow restrictions. There are added shape choices for registration marks and fully customisable placement options.

When it comes to improving the automation capabilities of PrimeCenter, V1.1 now allows two possibilities for tracking codes. Job processing can be automated by the inclusion of optical marks such as QR codes or barcodes. Changes to the new version mean that standard barcode readers can be used to enable semi-automatic processing.

Output auto naming is another area of improvement. Even though the original version of PrimeCenter already provided dynamic output file naming, V1.1 takes this a step further. Layouts can now be named according to media name, number of copies, date and ganging metadata. The ganging metadata can feature any naming attributes and these changes will ease the identification process in both manual and automatic workflows.

Further changes include automated cropping of images with blank space around them, and automated cut contour generation and crop mark placement. Operators will save time on boring tasks, allowing more focus on adding value. Simple one–click execution for mirroring and orientation will bring extra time savings.

New features will continue to be added without having to apply for full software updates, while CalderaDock provides an extensive Preflight and Fixup library. The new File Manager module allows users to choose how input files are displayed to make finding files easier than ever.

Tel: (+27 11) 789 1222

Intamarket Graphics Provide Complete Solution Offering


Intamarket Graphics continues to expand and innovate with the announcement of new partnerships and products. These, along with Intamarket’s established partnerships with prestigious brands, ensure that the company has an extensive 360 degree solution offering for the signage and graphics industries. The product offering includes: grand format printers and cutters, dye sublimation and heat presses, grand format UV printers, small digital format printers, wide format laminators, print finishing solutions and PVC welders.

‘Intamarket truly values our relationships across the value chain,’ said Managing Director Gavin Turner. ‘We continue to drive growth with our long-term traditonal partners while we evolve our business to include a full range of print equipment, offering our clients choice and a total solution to any of their signage related needs. Along with this, we have strengthened our team to include experts across all of our new product additions.’

New partnerships include:

Blackman & White digital cutting solutions

Blackman & White are excited to announce Intamarket Graphics as the official distributor of graphics finishing devices in South Africa. This coincides with the launch of the Genesis-V Graphics edition designed to assist Intamarket’s customers with routing, kiss cutting, creasing, laser sealing and more. With machines for sample-making to heavy production and high-end production models, there is a solution to fit each budget.

‘Blackman & White are looking forward to working alongside Intamarket to deliver class-leading solutions from our 56-year strong company, which is still family-owned and run,’ said Matthew Tillett, Commercial Sales Manager, Blackman & White.

The Genesis-V CNC machine is a robust and quick conveyorised cutting system with a versatile range of tooling options. It is available in a range of bed sizes to optimise floor space. With a wide range of tools to choose from, Genesis-V can process the ever-growing range of substrates available. Supporting knife, laser and router tooling, the Genesis-V is the most versatile cutting system available on the market today. Watch the video here.

Intec Digital Print Systems

UK based manufacturer Intec has teamed up with Intamarket in an exclusive deal to provide their innovative digital systems to the commercial print, design and graphics market in South Africa.

‘Intamarket are the ideal partner for Intec with their extensive market knowledge and national coverage, but what impressed me the most was their enthusiasm,’ said Kerry Button, Sales Director at Intec. ‘Intamarket play a very important role in our continued global growth and development within the African market.’

Intamarket will be introducing the Intec flatbed cutting and creasing range together with the foiling and laminating solutions. These systems are ideal for the commercial print market, where customers are looking to enter or expand in the rapidly growing short run packaging and labelling market.

Three new flatbed models: FB550, FB750 and FB1150, cater to a variety of stocks and sizes ranging from 350 x 520mm and up to 740 x 1040mm and can handle paper, boards, synthetic materials, vinyls and kiss cut applications from 0.5mm to 1200 micron, cutting at up to 600mm per second with an SRA3 taking between 30-45 seconds per sheet, depending on job complexity. Cut jobs are instantly recognised with Intec’s unique job retrieval software, ColorCut Pro. ColorCut Pro integrates with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW so users have a smooth transition to creating the necessary cut files. See the FB550 in action here.


Since 1996, StratoJet has built a reputation as a formidable and innovative tech development company that produces its own cutting-edge printers. StratoJet is a boutique manufacturer, creating hand-built large format digital printers designed for clients’ specific needs using the world’s most reliable components and loaded with automated features.

StratoJet’s mission is to build the very best printers that customers will use for years, to make and save money. Focused purely on high performance, large format digital technology, they invest their resources into building robust hardware and continually developing innovative automation instead of big budget advertising. Their inks, materials, research and development and build process are all done with the environment in mind.

Sohil Singh, Vice-President of StratoJet USA, visited South Africa for the first time recently. ‘On my first visit to South Africa, we did a national visit to Intamarket branches and key customers to further understand the needs and concerns of the market. It was understandable that most people were and still are not very familiar with the StratoJet name. They also still need to familiarise themselves with the Piranha range of dye sublimation printers and the performance advantages of our Hawk Clean Ink technology, which is ideal for the vehicle wrapping and other instant dry and immediate film laminating properties with our unique synthetic based printing inks. However, our main range is our Sola UV ink with Shark range of Flatbed Printers and the UV roll-to-roll award-winning StratoJet Falcon XL-3300, as well as the industry-leading range of roll-to-roll, hybrid and new flatbed technology.’

On the partnership with Intamarket he said, ‘We believe that we have the makings of a strong ongoing relationship and that the Intamarket/StratoJet combination will in time become a market leader and household name in the Southern African print and signage industry. Intamarket is a great team, and focuses on providing high-quality solutions for their customers, as well as making sure they get the latest technology in the industry with unmatched support.’ See more here.


‘At Bigzee industrial flatbed cutters, we see South Africa as the major entrance to the African continent and expect Intamarket Graphics to open the market locally and across borders in the region. With the world’s current challenges, it is now more important than ever to have a cost-effective offering in the form of a truly industrial finished cutting solution that has all the functions and tools you need for producing orders,’ said Bigzee’s Business Development Director, Sergey Belokurov.

‘We believe that Intamarket is the ideal partner for us because of their market experience, national and international footprint with a well-established large client base and commitment to high-quality service. We appreciate their very high standard of professionalism and are confident that they will perfectly represent our products in the Southern African market,’ he added.

Bigzee understands the market’s need for print finishing products with reliability and quality but at the same time offers pricing targeted between low-cost low-performance systems and high-end solutions. ‘Among our advantages are our cutter system’s powerful milling module, with the ability to cut many hard materials with a knife in just a single pass. The ultra-precise contour cutting system combines with our manufacturing ability to produce a machine according to customer requirements.’ See the cutter in action here.

FuleiUnion Technology

Intamarket has extended their range of finishing products for the sign and display markets with the introduction of Fulei heat presses. Both the HT-1720P T2B and HT-1732 T2B heat press models are designed for roll-to-roll sublimation and heat transfer use with the main applications being textiles, furnishings, fashion, sportswear and curtains. The HT-1732 T2B is further designed for piece by piece sublimation, making it ideal for producing individual items such as mouse pads and car mats. The constant operating temperature, low voltage power requirement, easy feeding table, and easy access design for felt blanket entry and release make these robust machines efficient and simple to operate.

Intamarket also has the Fulei range of laminators available, which include the CII Plus Cold, E Cold and E Warm models for wide format laminating or mounting application use. The BU-1600 CIIPlus cold laminator and applicator with its 1580mm working width is an entry-level package designed for the sign and display market, while the BU-1600 E cold laminator and applicator represents Fulei’s latest offering to the digital display market. The BU-1600 E Warm laminator and applicator also includes a ‘heat assisted’ top roller. The accurate CNC metal cutting programme used in the construction of these models ensures secure and aligned laminating for quality finishing.

On their decision to partner with Intamarket, Jackie Lu, International Sales Manager of Beijing FuleiUnion Technology, commented, ‘We were very impressed with Intamarket’s extensive portfolio of premium products, their proven national footprint and successful track record, and their full sales and service facilities, which bring a new level of fast, flexible and customer-orientated service to the market in South Africa. Some of these products are on display in Intamarket’s show room, which has been developed for demonstration and training purposes and can be experienced in-person as well as virtually in the near future.

Other prestigious brands

Of course, the company has solid and long-term partnerships with many prestigious brands, some of which include: Roland, Avery Dennison, Mactac, 3M, Kemica, 3A Composites, Steinel, Miller Weldmaster, Fujifilm, Fulei and much more.

Intamarket Graphics is not only a distributor that supplies all the materials required for a complete signage solution, but has a strong and experienced team to support customers all the way through the process.

Tel: (+27 11) 444 0404
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Mimaki Highlighting 3D Printing Solutions

Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 3D printer is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 19 microns. Its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off when the object has been produced, saving time and reducing the possibility of damaging the object when support material is removed.

The availability of clear ink adds an extra dimension to printed pieces for an enhanced appearance. Building on Mimaki’s extensive colour expertise, as well as on the company’s core technologies in 2D printing, the 3DUJ-553 enables the production of true full colour, super fine details and smooth surfaces (with options to print in 19, 32 or 42µm layers), achieving consistent and repeatable results.

The new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 is set to revolutionise the way in which large-sized objects are created, enabling a switch from costly and time-consuming conventional handcrafting methods that require significant expertise, to effortless, high-speed production using 3D data.

Facilitating large-scale production up to three times faster than with conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers, the 3DGD-1800 3D connects the company’s 2D printing expertise and 3D technology innovations, providing customers with a cost-effective, total solution for 3D sign and display applications.


Capable of producing objects up to 1.8 metres tall in just seven hours – with its assembly-based design allowing for the creation of even larger designs – the innovative 3D printing system boasts a number of clever time and cost-saving features, including dual-head configuration to enable the simultaneous output of two structures.

The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 also facilitates the production of support-free hollowed structures, further streamlining production whilst allowing for increased portability and the possible addition of interior illuminations. The technology will open up a diverse range of potential applications, from signage, events and creative art through to interior design. Customers can use Mimaki’s extensive portfolio of 2D print solutions to cost-effectively decorate these applications, opening doors to a range of new products that combine creativity and innovation with Mimaki’s tried and tested vibrant, high-quality results. These printers will be showcased at the virtual Formnext Connect trade show, taking place from 10-12 November.

Graphix Supply World
Tel: (+27) (0) 21 511 5340

Global Graphics Announces Mutoh Software Partnership

The Harlequin Host Renderer is a Raster Image Processor, or RIP. A RIP is a tool for converting a page description language such as PostScript or PDF into a format that a printing device can understand. Global Graphics® Software has licenced the Harlequin Host Renderer to Mutoh, the Japanese manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and sign cutting plotters, in a contract spread over multiple years.

The agreement includes licencing Global Graphics’ new Opal Advanced Inkjet Screens™ to provide high-quality half-tone screening specially developed for inkjet printing. The Harlequin Host Renderer is being integrated into VerteLith™, Mutoh’s RIP software, and will be available to Mutoh customers via a download service from the beginning of November this year, initially for the UV machines VJ-1638UR/UH and XPJ-461/661UF and ultimately for all the major models sold, including the eco-solvent machines.

‘By making extensive use of the Harlequin Host Renderer features,’ said Mutoh’s Norishige Kakuno, Executive Engineer, ‘VerteLith™ delivers advanced features that conventional RIP software does not offer such as avoiding printing jobs incorrectly by displaying a soft proof and ripped image preview, and ink cost calculation before printing.’

‘Additionally, while conventional RIP software mainly targets roll media, VerteLith™ is the new all-in-one RIP software covering most features required for roll media printing as well as integrating a jig layout tool to improve usability for UV flatbed printers. It saves a lot of time and effort by enabling auto-image positioning of the printing material on the flatbed table or auto-page layout on each individual jig slot. The jig layout tool is just one example of the new features being offered to improve customer’s efficiency and to develop new markets.’

With the Harlequin Host Renderer, Mutoh has experienced significantly improved RIP processing times for both PDF and PostScript® files as well as improved accuracy in printing PDF files with live transparency and spot colours. Features such as soft proof were easy to implement with Harlequin’s in-RIP colour management and the ease of use of the Harlequin core technology shortened the development time of new features and functions.

Mutoh expects VerteLith™ to lead to the development of new markets as well as being made available to existing customers. It will drive the VJ-1638UR/UH and the XPJ-461/661UF initially. The VJ-1638UR/UH printer is designed for in-store promotion prints and deco graphics, floor and window graphics, customised structured wallpapers, event banners and exhibition graphics, whereas the XPJ-461/661UF produces added value personalised prints and bespoke small-lot production of commercial and industrial print applications such as printing on phone covers, promotional items, small signs, and small series production or prototyping of packaging samples, or decorative tiles.


Guandong Announces Vehicle Signage Adhesive

Guandong’s new Nano-Tacar adhesive is easy to take off and reposition, and is usable on any kind of car body. 

New cars are increasingly moving from steel to aluminium or fibre bodies, making magnetic signage application difficult. Nano-Tacar is a glue-free adhesive with micro suction cups that fixes this problem.


– High speed resistance, up to 130 km/h.
– It endures temperature ranges and harsh weather.
– It causes no harm to car bodies.
– It does not leave glue residue.
– It is eco-friendly and PVC-free.
– It is washable and reusable.


Summa Laser Cutter Enhances Sportswear Production

Founded in 2003, Minnesota-based Podiumwear started with two employees, producing only Nordic ski apparel. The business has grown significantly since then, requiring new systems to increase production capacity. They have invested in Summa’s L1810 to help manage their cutting workflow.

For a long time, Podiumwear used another brand of laser cutter to handle its product manufacturing. But from the moment the company started to manufacture soccer gear, they noticed a bottleneck in their existing cutting workflow. They concluded that a faster solution was needed.

Reid Lutter, owner at Podiumwear explained, ‘Soccer apparel is manufactured in much larger quantities than cycling and ski apparel. Consequently, we were confronted with a bottleneck in cutting, preventing us from meeting demands. So, we desperately needed a solution to speed up capacity. When we saw the L1810 in production during a trade show in Dallas, it dawned on us that this piece of fine engineering might just be the solution we were looking for. Now, we can produce vast quantities of soccer gear effortlessly and with incredible speed.’

With Covid-19 on the rise, Podiumwear felt the need to put their new equipment to good use. Summa’s laser division – CadCam Technology – helped Podiumwear to start producing mouth masks with the L1810. By creating a workflow with registrations marks, the system allows a bleed on the masks. This enabled them to do edge-to-edge cutting extremely fast without the need to sew the masks together.

Podiumwear stated that it is thanks to Summa’s L1810 laser cutter that the company now has an increase of about 10% in yield on fabrics. One of the features they find a true perk besides the speed, is the possibility to produce products without the edges fraying. According to Reid, this avoids the creation of hard cut lines that would cut the skin. Instead, the L1810 finishes the edges perfectly and allows a very adjustable and flexible workflow, tailored to the specifications of the job.

The installation of a laser cutting machine remains a challenge due to the highly specific configurations adapted to the customer needs. ‘Summa America, as well as CadCam Technology, kept in touch the entire time and never let go until the L1810 was all set up and ready to perform and create astonishing products. Of course, there is a learning curve in any new situation. This is good because then you find out what the machine is truly capable of. But especially when dealing with minor issues, continued customer service – as we experienced with Summa America and CCT – is of great importance.’


Free Webinar: How To Thrive During Covid-19

The past year has brought into sharp focus that health – both physical and mental – is essential to prosperity. Printing SA felt it necessary to highlight this by partnering with Agility and Health Squared to bring you a session filled with insights as to how you can harness these underplayed areas of your and your employees’ well-being.

What many business owners, especially in the SMME sector, have quickly come to appreciate is that their greatest asset is their health, as well as that of their employees. In this enlightening webinar session, Steve Thobela, former Printing SA CEO and Chairman of Spectramed prior to the merger with Resolution Health to form Health Squared, will share his experience with the scheme and illustrate some of the major benefits that have been tailor-made to suit the printing industry.

In addition, Bianca Viljoen, Spokesperson for Health Squared Medical Scheme, and Marcia Le Roux, Head Sales Executive at Agility Channel, will be sharing their invaluable insights on the importance of providing quality employee benefits. The Agility team will also share some of the real stories that have led to various organisations realising that the overall wellbeing of their employees is paramount.

Elri van Zyl, Printing SA Regional Manager for the Central Chamber, has a wealth of experience in the Human Resources arena and she will be highlighting how during the pandemic Printing SA was able to assist members with disciplinary hearings in relation to health-related issues.

Key take-outs from 2020:
– We need to prepare for the unexpected in order to prevail.
– How we treat our people today, will determine our success in the future.
– An attitude of resilience, agility and positivity will ensure we all continue to flourish.

Webinar details:

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020.
Time: 11am-12pm SAST.

Register here for the webinar.

Host: Meggan McCarthy, Editor of Africa Print.

Panellist overview:

Bianca Viljoen, Spokesperson for Health Squared Medical Scheme

A graduate from the University of the Free State (Integrated Marketing Communication) and Milpark Business School (Master of Business Administration), Viljoen has immersed herself in the healthcare industry in a career spanning more than a decade, concentrating on industry analyses, healthcare and medical insurance distribution aspects. Viljoen focuses her executive responsibilities at Agility on product and benefit design, distribution team management and strategic planning.

Marcia Le Roux, Head Sales Executive at Agility Channel

Le Roux graduated from RAU with a BA in Communications, and is also a qualified life coach. With a career spanning, 16 years in the financial services industry, Le Roux is an effective and spirited professional with extensive experience in managing, developing and building strong business relationships with clients and global teams at all organisational levels. As the head Sales Executive at Agility, Le Roux possesses both the experience and affinity to deliver service excellence across all our value chains.

Elri van Zyl, Printing SA Regional Manager, Central Chamber

With 14 years’ experience in human resources and labour relations in various industries, van Zyl has worked in the agriculture and non-profit space as Human Resource Manager before joining the federation in 2018. She graduated from the University of the Free State with a B Soc (Hons) Industrial Psychology in 2006 and has a keen interest in everything labour with a strong passion for people. Currently, van Zyl is studying towards a Life Coaching qualification.

Steve Thobela, Novus Print Executive: South

Thobela has a vast knowledge of the print industry, having started his career in 1989 as an apprentice typographer, and earning an award for being one of the best apprentices in the country at that time. Thobela further honed his skills when he worked in the print production departments of the Pretoria News, Perskor, the Sowetan and The Newspaper Printing Company before becoming Operations Manager of Independent Newspapers in the Western Cape. Thobela has also served as CEO of industry body Printing SA, affording him a macro view of the print industry and its challenges and opportunities.

In his current role at Novus, Thobela heads up the group’s flagship printing facility in Cape Town and oversees the Southern entities for the print division, while playing a key strategic role in driving the print division. In addition to his continued contribution to the print industry, Thobela also gives of his time to serve others including: serving on the board of Health Squared, serving at the University of South Africa as the Director of Print Production from January 2009 to May 2013, and serving for four and half years as the Founding General Manager of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation – one of three of Nelson Mandela’s official charity organisations, based in Cape Town.

For more information on Agility, please visit or call (+27 21) 918 6210.

Tel: +27112871160

Printing SA Announces Air Quality Act Status And Service Development 

Printing SA has outlined its response to the Air Quality Act and its proposed actions, as well as a new development in its training programme.

Declaring the print industry a controlled emitter 

Over the last several months, Printing SA has sent numerous communications to its members regarding Section 23 of the Air Quality Act of 2004. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) is engaging with Printing SA regarding the recently published notice for comment on 7 August 2020. The notice intends to regulate the Printing Industry and have it declared a Controlled Emitter in terms of Section 23 of the Air Quality Act 2004. The deadline for comment was 7 September and Printing SA requested an extension to be able to solicit a more comprehensive response. The department gave an extension until 22 September 2020.

What does a Declared Controlled Emitter mean?

According to Section 23 (1) of the Act, the minister is granted the authority to declare an appliance or activity which results in atmospheric emissions that present a threat to health or the environment or which the minister reasonably believes poses such a threat as a Controlled Emitter. Such a declaration must be accompanied by Emission Standards setting the permissible amount, volume, emission rate or concentration of any specified substance or mixture of substances that may be emitted.

The proposed declaration on the printing industry in Section 23 places a requirement on the company to control emissions to the atmosphere through capital investment in abatement technologies. Failure of a Controlled Emitter to comply with the set emission standards is an offence under the Act, which may, on first conviction result in a fine of up to R5 million,  or five-years’ imprisonment, or both.

Summary of why Printing SA strongly objects to the notice:

– The proposed Section 23 draft regulation will impose excessive economic impacts on the printing industry, without achieving significant improvements in air quality, human health and well-being.

– The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has not provided any evidence that the printing sector is causing a measurable deterioration in air quality.

– Based on the Draft Regulations’ VOC limits, it appears that the only solution to reach these limits is to use thermal oxidation (cost of which at October 2016 was R3 million) and implementing the technology generates zero return on capital and operational investment. In addition, for facilities with VOC concentrations less than 2000mg/Nm3, supplementary fuel would need to be provided to the system to allow optimum oxidation conditions to be maintained. This would mean the installation of an LPG tank and a continuous supply of LPG.

– Thermal oxidisers also produce Carbon Dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas (climate change and carbon tax implications).

– The costs of abatement technology will most likely be excessive for small to medium size operators. Closure of small to medium size facilities as a result of the costs of abatement does not offer any benefit to the environment (shown by technical studies undertaken by WKC Group in 2012).

– The draft regulations apply to installations with organic solvent consumption threshold equal to or more than 25 tonnes, however, based on technical studies it appears that small facilities (who would probably meet the 25-tonne threshold) with small VOC emissions have a negligible environmental impact. Based on technical studies it was submitted that the solvent consumption level could be amended to 100 tonnes per annum without generating any significant impact on the environment, human health and well-being.

What is Printing SA doing about the proposed Notice?

Printing SA, in fulfilling its commitment to promote the sustainable development of the printing industry, is initiating a thorough response to the department through the engagement of environmental lawyers Norton Rose Fulbright.

What are the costs for the mitigation techniques/equipment?

a) Carbon adsorption: an effective technology for VOC capture with a relatively low CAPEX and high (90%+ recovery performance).

– Normally applied at the smaller end of VOC control due to high cost.

– Purchase and disposal of carbon are around R20,000 per tonne.

– For a small facility from 25 tonnes to 100 tonnes VOC emissions per year, replacing carbon will cost R2 million to R6 million.

b) Thermal oxidisers: thermal efficiencies of the system are very high.

– CAPEX for small printing facility, 100 tonnes VOC per year: R3 million.

– Large printing facility, 1,000 tonnes per annum VOCs: R12 million.

Submission to DEFF

The Department has never disputed the findings of the WKC Group or provided scientific evidence to refute the findings of the technical study. Results of technical studies undertaken in a number of Test Case Facilities found that organic solvents detected in vents were not considered to be toxic and the air dispersion modelling indicated a negligible health risk to communities (due to the low toxicity of solvents used). Despite this scientific evidence, DEFF appears intent on regulating a sector without evidence that it causes harm or presents a threat to the environment or health.

Printing SA proposed that:

– The Printing Sector should not be regulated in terms of Section 23 (or Section 21).

– The sector will make a commitment to use alternative printing materials as these become more affordable and the transition will be conducted over a period which does not place an excessive economic burden on operators.

– The department could investigate a tax on organic solvent usage (for certain printing processes) and the tax should be used to offset the additional cost of alternative printing material to encourage change.

Operators will commit to transitioning to alternative printing materials as the printing equipment reaches the end of its operating lifetime.

You can view and download the following:

Section 23 Explained


Printing SA submission to DEFF 2020

Request for proposal: graphic design training provider 

Printing SA’s has expanded its reach to include members from the visual communications industry. With the industry now under its wing, it is time for Printing SA to begin developing the services offerings which allow them to give new members the value that they expect and deserve.

To get the ball rolling, Printing SA is looking to partner with training providers within the visual communications sector, and it welcomes them to submit their proposals for the development of an Adobe Creative Suite e-learning course.

This course will form part of the new Printing SA Electronic Prepress Technician Curriculum, with the aim of further developing this material into blended eLearning courses. The second phase of the project will involve presenting the blended e-learning course in partnership with Printing SA on an ongoing basis.

Project goals:

– Develop an e-learning course that is geared to the printing, packaging and signage industries.

– Develop practical activities, online contact sessions and assessment instruments that ensure the Electronic Prepress Technician Curriculum assessment specifications are met.

– Development of an implementation strategy and rollout, which meets the demands of the industry.

Modes of learning:

– Approximately 8 hours of e-learning per course.

– Online contact session (Zoom or MS Teams).

– Video tutorials.

– PDF manuals.

– Learning briefs and assignments.

– Formative and summative assessments (practical and theoretical).

E-learning course development:

– Adobe Photoshop CC Essentials.

– Adobe Photoshop CC Intermediate.

– Adobe Photoshop CC Advanced.

– Adobe InDesign CC Essentials.

– Adobe InDesign CC Intermediate.

– Adobe InDesign CC Advanced.

– Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials.

– Adobe Illustrator CC Intermediate.

– Adobe Illustrator CC Advanced.

– Adobe Acrobat XI for Print and Prepress.

– Retouching and Colour Correction.

– Packaging Design Fundamentals.

Roll-out strategy:

– Blended e-learning course development timelines.

– Blended e-learning course development costs.

– A 2021 timetable indicating course presentation dates and locations.

– Blended e-learning course presentation costs.

Evaluation metrics:

– Accreditation as an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC).

– SETA accredited training provider.

– Qualified and registered ETD staff.

– Previous experience and/or past performance history.

– Samples and/or case studies from previous projects.

– Projected costs.

– Industry-relevant experience and technical expertise in the printing, packaging, signage and visual communications industries.

The deadline for submission for all proposals is 20 November 2020.

For more information please see the following documentation:

Request for Proposal: Training Provider(s) able to develop and offer Adobe Creative Suite Blended eLearning in Partnership with Printing SA

Occupational Certificate: Electronic Prepress Flexographic Technician

Occupational Certificate: Electronic Prepress Gravure Technician

Occupational Certificate: Electronic Prepress Lithographic Technician

Occupational Certificate: Electronic Prepress Screen Technician

Tel: +27112871160

Epson Earns Platinum Rating For Sustainability

Epson has earned a platinum rating for sustainability from EcoVadis. France-based EcoVadis provides an independent, trusted and common platform for evaluating and rating more than 65,000 groups and companies across 200 industries in 160 countries.

They do this by using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment criteria that are based on the sustainability standards of thousands of external sources such as NGOs, labour unions, international organisations, local governments and auditing organisations. The platinum rating, which was established in 2020, indicates that Epson was ranked among the top 1% of companies in the industry. Epson had received a gold rating the previous three years. Gold is awarded to companies that score in the top 5% of companies evaluated.

The platinum rating was awarded in recognition of Epson’s global CSR initiatives. The EcoVadis assessment focuses on four themes: the environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Epson received an ‘Outstanding’ (the highest score) for the environment, as well as high scores for sustainable procurement, labour and human rights, and ethics, putting it in the top 1% in the computer and peripherals manufacturing industry.

‘Sustainability is a core management strategy for Epson, so the fact that we received a Platinum rating after three consecutive years of Gold ratings is an honour and has tremendous value. As stated in the Epson Group’s Management Philosophy, our goal is to make Epson an indispensable company for our customers and society. We believe that actions that demonstrate good governance and social responsibility across our supply chain are essential elements for achieving this goal. The whole group will work together to further advance the technologies that will make our products and services more efficient, compact and precise so that we may contribute to solutions to societal issues across Epson’s value chain and help to realise a sustainable world,’ said Epson President Yasunori Ogawa.

Epson has identified six materialities, including ‘advancing the frontiers of industry’ and ‘achieving sustainability in a circular economy,’ and is currently working to deliver products and services that contribute to social sustainability. The company is leveraging its efficient, compact and precision technologies to drive innovations in four areas, including inkjet. Epson believes that its technology can help to shrink environmental impacts, increase productivity, and play a major role in solving societal issues and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.


Drytac Graphics Transform City Space

Ollywood used Drytac Polar Street FX to create a new floor graphic in Birmingham’s busy Brindleyplace, a project that required durability and safety on wet surfaces.

A popular meeting point in an area of the city packed with offices and corporate spaces, Brindleyplace is undergoing a campaign to encourage people to ‘#RediscoverBrindley’ following Covid-19 restrictions. Avison Young, a global real estate advisor managing the project, commissioned Newport-based Ollywood to print and install the floor display. As well as grabbing attention, the 35m long floor graphic serves to direct pedestrians to nearby restaurants and attractions including the Ikon Gallery and Sea Life aquarium.

In addition to requiring the durability to withstand heavy foot traffic including high heels, the floor graphic had to be securely installed between two water features. Ollywood, which has worked with Avison Young on several other projects across the UK, sought advice from its media supplier Soyang to find a material that could do the job.

‘Soyang recommended Drytac Polar Street FX for its slip rating and for its durability on surfaces that get wet,’ commented Oliver Williams, Managing Director, Ollywood. ‘Floor graphics are quite common at the moment to promote social distancing, but I’ve noticed many that are peeling, they’re not made for long-term outdoor use.

‘Polar Street FX is priced slightly higher than other floor media but it is better – it does the job it’s meant to. Because it’s aluminium-based it’s more durable than vinyl and Drytac is stricter than other brands about slip ratings.’

Drytac Polar Street FX is a 250µ (10 mil) textured printable white matte aluminium film, coated on one side with a high-tack adhesive for safety and security in public environments. It has been designed to be non-slip and scuff-resistant without the need for lamination, making it perfect for fast-turnaround outdoor floor graphics jobs.

The installation in Birmingham took place in October – just eight weeks after the initial site visit and concept discussions – but the Ollywood team overcame the difficult conditions. ‘The application of floor graphics is always tricky on cold, wet days,’ said Williams, ‘but the Polar Street FX went down perfectly, even alongside the water features. We take care over our preparation but it’s worth taking the time.’

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