January 2006

An untidy desk is not always a sign of a disorganised mind
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A messy desk is not necessarily a sign of disorganisation, explains Tim Taylor. "Do you have a messy desk? As hard as I try to keep mine organised, I always fail. When I can no longer see the desk I am sitting at I might occasionally have a purge and clear everything away but it is a painful process. However, there is scientific research to support the fact that a messy desk could just be a sign that you have a complex job rather than a disorganised mind - a viewpoint I strongly support."

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IPEX: Free entry for all pre-registered visitors
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For the first time, entry to Ipex 2006 is free to all pre-registered visitors. Admission on the door costs 30. Visitors can pre-register online at www.ipex.org to save time and money and receive regular show updates by email.


Did you know...?
• The cost of a gigabyte of storage has dropped from $1,000 in 1994 to $1 in 2004 - and will drop to under 8 cents by 2008
Source: IDC in Forbes magazine

• A new survey conducted by AP Information Services shows that marketeers still favor traditional print over digital technology, with bosses looking to allocate more marketing spend to the printing of corporate literature, product literature, direct mail, and presentation material over digital marketing methods such as direct response TV and SMS text messaging.
Source: AP Information Servic

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Are large format presses such as MAN Roland's 900XXL or KBA's 205 the future?
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With the announcement that Heidelberg also plans to bring a VLF press to market, we wanted to take a look at some of the reasons for the rise in popularity of very large format presses.

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Screen France welcomes new non-exclusive distributors for France, Tunisia and Africa
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Screen France is pleased to announce the appointment of four new distributors; Fuji Graphic Systems France, Solag, Fuji Tunisia and 2N Graphic. Fuji Graphic Systems France will serve France on a national basis whilst Solag will look after the Rhone Alpes (Lyon) area. Fujifilm, through their representative Sawarby Tunisia, is Screen's new distributor for this country and 2N Graphic will supply the West African French-speaking countries with Screen equipment. Each distributor will sell and support the full range of Screen solutions.

Click here for images of Fuji Graphic Systems France; (France Screen Fuji contract) Solag; (France new dealer Solag) Fujifilm Tunisia (Sawarby Tunisia); (France Fuji Tunisia) 2N Graphic (France 2N graphic dealer Africa).

Screen presents IPEX plans to global media in January
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Over 80 editors representing 140+ industry titles will converge in London on January 26th to hear about Screen's plans for IPEX. The event will ensure that Screen is high on their IPEX preview agendas.

Screen brings best of both worlds to screening technology
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Screen's 2nd generation of hybrid screening, Spekta 2, enables printers to experience the photorealistic quality of FM screening combined with the printability of a conventional screen. The result is photorealistic images on the same page as nice smooth flat colours. For more information, please contact your sales manager.

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Triple plate cassette boosts productivity of PlateRite Ultima 16000 series
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Screen Europe has increased the flexibility and productivity of its PlateRite Ultima 16000 CTP series with the introduction of a new multi-cassette autoloader that enables the large format platesetter to operate for more than 9 hours, automatically and without operator intervention.

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European printers think big with Screen's large format 32-page Ultima
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The world's fastest platesetter has gone into production at one of the most modern printers in Southern Germany; W. Kohlhammer Druckerei GmbH & Co. Alongside Verenigde Offsetbedrijven (VOB), prepress and printing house based in Hardenberg, Netherlands, both companies have boosted plate production with Screen's new large-format 32-page PlateRite Ultima CTP system. To win the order, Screen demonstrated that their machine could image 46 B1 plates an hour, a figure that rivals were unable to match.

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