November has been another busy month in the print world. As we enter into award season, we report winners in Print Innovation and the Book of the Year – plus news about high-tech launches and global literacy.

HP introduces new Page Wide XL 5100 printer

HP has launched a new ageWide XL printers aimed at architects, engineers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps and POS poster applications.
“The debut of new HP PageWide XL printers is another giant leap on the HP journey to offer continued innovation in large-format printing for the designers of the future,” said Guayente Sanmartín, General Manager and Global Head of HP Large Format Design Printing. “The breakthrough PageWide XL platform with even faster printing speeds will also help our customers move the needle for business with immediate monochrome and color prints delivered from one unique printer.
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InPrint 2017 Innovation Awards

Now in its third year, the InPrint Germany exhibition attracts more than 150 exhibitors from around the world – showcasing the latest in industrial print and manufacturing. This year, it ran 14 – 16 November 2017 in Munich.
For the first time, the exhibition included an award ceremony celebrating the “extraordinary products” and “innovative partnerships” on display.
All exhibitors were invited to submit their solutions in these two categories in advance of the show, which were then voted for online.
Nicola Hamann, Managing Director at the organizers of InPrint, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, explains:

By introducing the InPrint Innovation Awards, we would like to recognize excellence in industrial print and put the spotlight on technologies and partnerships that help optimize fabrication processes and allow on-demand production with better design possibilities,

This year’s awards were sponsored by Ricoh. Graham Kennedy, Head of Commercial Ink Jet Business at Ricoh, commented, “Ricoh is delighted to be the first headline sponsor for the InPrint Innovation Awards.”
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Magna launches new UV ink

Water-based ink manufacturer Magna Colours has launched a new range of MagnaPrint UV-reactive invisible ink range. The first launch features a dark blue ink, 6 months in the making. The manufacturer plans to follow up the initial launch with a pale blue and a strong red, blue, purple and yellow to its photochromic UV range for outdoor use.

Blacklight is being used more and more in retailing and people are looking for different effects that are responsive to different lights,” said Helen Parry, MD of the UK manufacturer. “PVC-based inks use plasticisers, which are very carcinogenic, it plasticises the PVC and makes it softer, so there is a massive drive now from customers wanting a greener solution.
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Digitally printed art book wins Book of the Year

The top prize at the British Book Design & Production Awards was announced on 16 November at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, central London. The overall winner was Havana, featuring illustrations of the Cuban city by artist Leslie Gerry.
Unusually, it was printed by Gerry on his own Epson Stylus Pro 7880 wide-format printer. The 60pp 470x350mm format book was printed onto Somerset mold-made cotton paper from St Cuthberts Mill and Hahnemuhle Photo paper, and bound by Ludlow Bookbinders, won the Book of the Year prize after scooping top prize in the Photographic Books, Art & Architecture category.
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Kodak’s “Print for Good” Campaign impacts global literacy

Kodak has announced how its Print for Good campaign has been supporting communities to increase literacy. This is the program’s first full year of activity and it has placed approximately 30,000 books and school materials in the hands of thousands of children in communities throughout Europe, United States, Asia, and the Middle East.
Brad Kruchten, President, Print Systems Division, Kodak, said,

“Literacy not only enriches an individual’s life, but it creates opportunities for people to develop skills that will help them provide for themselves and their families, while also enhancing the economic vitality of the communities around them. We’re proud to be able to play a part in helping to improve literacy outcomes around the world.”

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