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Author: Val Hirst

3A Composites’ parent company acquires Athlone Extrusions

3A Composites has announced the successful acquisition of Athlone Extrusions by its parent company, Schweiter Technologies. Athlone Extrusions is based in Athlone, Ireland and is one of the leading manufacturers of coloured opaque multilayer plastic sheeting in Europe. The plastic sheets are primarily used by thermoformers who manufacture parts for the automotive industry, the sanitary ware industry, plus the office equipment, point of sale and furniture sectors. Athlone has highly developed expertise in the manufacture of complex multilayer sheets in customer specific colours, which combine the advantages of consistent embedded colour, surface finish, ease of thermoforming, light weight and...

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Fujifilm introduces the Acuity 15 flatbed printer

Fujifilm has released a new machine in its Acuity series, the Acuity 15, which is an introductory model that matches the renowned high quality produced by Fujifilm’s Acuity Select 20 and 30 series, but at a lower price point. Designed for light production, the Acuity 15 flatbed printer offers near-photographic image quality and print speeds of up to 23 square metres per hour. Much like the Acuity 20 and 30 series, it boasts a robust platform that can print on to both rigid and flexible media up to 50.8mm thick. The vacuum system also reduces the need for masking,...

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PrintStudio uses Roland printers to expand its offering

Inspired by a trip to Roland DG’s Creative Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University’s PrintStudio has purchased a Roland DG machine of its own, in order to increase its offering and grow the commercial side of its business.  Following a history of high quality printing with Roland DG technology, the team at PrintStudio, Cardiff Metropolitan University’s print service, has added the VersaUV LEF-20 desktop printer to its hardware portfolio. The machine, which is a predecessor to the LEF-200, instantly impressed PrintStudio supervisor, Richard Ashdown. He explained: “When we were first shown the LEF-20 I couldn’t believe that it could print directly...

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Two hosts and famous ‘guests’ to take the stage at Sign Awards

Win one of the fifteen awards on offer at this year’s British Sign Awards and you could receive your trophy from one of the famous ‘guests’ who will make an appearance at the event. It could be anyone – from Janet Street-Porter or Kim Kardashian to Boris Johnson or Jeremy Clarkson! Dual hosts for this year’s awards are Francine Lewis and Darren Altman, both of whom made big impressions when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT). Impressionist and comedienne Francine was a huge hit on BGT, with online clips of her performances going viral and watched by millions...

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Perspex Distribution’s new LED light sheet is thin and flexible

Perspex Distribution is now offering a 3mm thick illumination panel, its thinnest ever LED light sheet, which is manufactured by its supply partners Addlux. Using advanced LED technology, the diodes are embedded into the ultra-thin acrylic sheet and offer the additional advantage that the sheet can be shaped by hand and fixed into position whilst retaining its even brightness. Thinner than the old one-pound coin, the panels are ideal for use in the production of signage, displays and POS. They offer the benefits of OLED technology, but at a fraction of the cost and with a higher level of...

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