OPINION: As I was taking pictures of my children playing in the snow over the recent festive period I found myself asking, 'Why is snow white?' and, come to think of it, if I print the photos, 'What is white ink?' So first of all I asked my children about the snow, as it seemed the most obvious thing to do.
NEWS: Ricoh has announced that its Pro L4100 latex wide-format machine series is commercially available throughout the European market.
NEWS: The Larger Profile has completed a beta testing programme for the Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV flat-bed printer.
NEWS: A German intellectual property court has found parts of Durst's white ink patent at the centre of the case 'invalid'.
NEWS: The flat-bed Inca Onset S40i, sold globally in an exclusive agreement through Fujifilm, can now be supplied with two white channels for the production of back-lit and double-sided display work.
NEWS: Fujifilm has unveiled the latest additions to its Acuity Advance Select family, promising higher productivity and application versatility, launching at FESPA.
NEWS: Screen Europe has announced the commercial launch of its Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press, first shown at drupa 2012.
NEWS: The new Océ Arizona 600 series of UV-curable flat-bed printers will make their world-wide début at FESPA 2013 next week, Canon has announced.
NEWS: Carrick Signs says its investment in two HP Scitex FB500 printers has helped it increase throughput by 150 percent, as well as boosting its revenue.
NEWS: Mimaki has announced a further addition to its line-up of launches at FESPA 2013, in the shape of the UJV500-160 UV-LED machine.
NEWS: Agfa Graphics is set to showcase a new model in the :Jeti Titan series of UV-curable printers with the launch of the 3.1 x 2m :Jeti TitanX at FESPA 2013.
NEWS: Your Print Specialists (YPS) reports that it has taken out its largest show presence to date with a stand exceeding 70sq m at next week's North Print and Pack.
NEWS: FESPA 2013 will provide the stage for the unveiling of three new wide-format printers and a 'new generation' of cutting plotters from Mutoh.
NEWS: GPT has launched a new interactive website, designed to be a 'one-stop shop' for wide-format print houses.
NEWS: Mimaki has announced the release of its 'much anticipated' white ink for the JV400-130LX and JV400-160LX latex printers.
NEWS: Display Signs has upgraded from an older UV-curable wide-format printer to the 2.5m flat-bed HP Scitex FB700 via City and West End Solutions.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul reflects on the year just passed and looks ahead to 2013, debating what platforms could be of interest to wide-format print houses looking to invest this year.
NEWS: Fujifilm has added four new models to the recently-launched Acuity Advance Select series with four, six or eight independent ink channels in two flat-bed sizes.
NEWS: West Country litho print house Wincanton Print has invested in an Agfa :Anapurna M2050 in an effort to 'broaden the appeal of the company'.
NEWS: Roland has added white and metallic silver inks to its Eco-Sol Max2 range for use with its 'flagship' SolJet Pro4 XR-640, which will begin shipping immediately.
NEWS: Chippenham-based Image Factory has invested in a Scitex FB7600 flat-bed from HP to move more graphics jobs across from screen printing processes.
NEWS: Following its début at the Packaging Innovations show last month, the ORIS Flex Pack // Web contract proofing solution has been officially launched by CGS Publishing Technologies.
NEWS: Fujifilm has launched the latest addition to its Acuity family of wide-format UV-curable printers at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas.
NEWS: Hull printer SignsDisplay.com has become to first UK PSP to take delivery of an Agfa :Jeti Titan UV-curable printer.
NEWS: Roland DG has announced the launch of the 64" (1.7m) SolJet Pro4 XR-640, which it claims is the 'most advanced' print-and-cut machine in the industry.
NEWS: Mimaki has announced it will bring to market a new grand-format UV-curable printer this autumn, the Mimaki JFX500-2131.
FEATURE: Océ's Jeff Edwards explains why it's important to understand white ink's potential despite its limitations.
NEWS: Roland dealer printMax is to host three Discovery Days in partnership with the manufacturer.
NEWS: EFI has confirmed it signed a deal for a Jetrion 4900 UV ink-jet press to Czech Republic-based label convertor KZK at drupa.
NEWS: Two machines from Screen have made their international debut at drupa: the wide-format Truepress Jet W1632UV, and the Truepress Jet L350UV UV ink-jet label printing system.
NEWS: Mimaki will demonstrate its latest printer developments and applications at drupa next month, including the new Mimaki JFX500-2131 UV-LED flat-bed.
NEWS: Epson has announced its new SurePress ink-jet digital label press will be shown for the first time at drupa next month.
NEWS: USA-based Signs By Tomorrow has opened a new franchise in Texas, owned by Kevin and Cheryl Engle.
NEWS: Roland DG (UK) says its informal, café-style stand at Sign and Digital UK 'paid dividends' with record numbers of new members signing up to the Roland Forum online community.
NEWS: Roland DG (UK) has added a new white ink configuration to its VersaStudio BN-20 and VersaCamm VS Series machines.
NEWS: Mimaki has described its presence at FESPA Digital as 'a massive success', with the launch of its printers with white latex ink causing 'a stir'.
NEWS: HP has announced a new white ink for its Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 wide-format machines, plus operations software and automated loading.
NEWS: Robert Horne has sold an HP Scitex FB500 direct-to-substrate wide-format printer to Reading-based Glendining Signs.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at latex ink technologies and alternatives likely to come on-stream.
NEWS: Mimaki has unveiled new latex inks, including the first white latex ink on the market.
NEWS: Mimaki has announced a new desktop LED UV printer, the UJF-3042HG, will make its debut at FESPA Digital.
NEWS: Mimaki will show how its UJF-3042FX UV flat-bed printer can be used for value-added printing at the PSI Trade Show 2012.
NEWS: Hybrid Services will be exhibiting with authorised reseller Lineker Machines at Trophex 2012, taking place in Birmingham, UK in January.
FEATURE: Nick Smith looks at some of the UK institutions supporting wide-format print and sign-making educational schemes.
NEWS: Label manufacturer and print solutions provider Anglia Labels has installed a new HP Indigo ws4500 press at its facilities in Suffolk, UK.
NEWS: Whitchurch, Hampshire-based printing company John Dollin has replaced an old digital printer with a new HP Indigo 5500 press.
NEWS: Brothers Darren and Lance Britnell have begun a new print enterprise together in High Wycombe, UK.
FEATURE: How much thought is put into the ink usage during the branding and design process?
NEWS: Roland DG and Screen UK have announced a partnership which sees the Roland VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-curable wide-format printer incorporated into Screen's product range.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at how digital processes have brought value to the promotional goods sector.
NEWS: Probo/Sign has invested in a Durst Rho 1000L wide-format printer, a year after its purchase of a Durst Rho 500R.
NEWS: Atech has been appointed by Gandy Digital as its exclusive distributor for the UV-curable flat-bed Pred8tor machine in the UK and Ireland.
NEWS: Sepiax Ink Technology says its newly released resin-based white ink, part of the Aquares range, is suitable for a number of applications.
NEWS: Roland has released a compact UV-curable printer suitable for promotional items as well as labels, photographs, logos and industrial marking applications.
NEWS: EFI has announced a new addition to its superwide-format VUTEk digital ink-jet printer range, which incorporates 'cool cure' LED technology.
NEWS: Potters Bar-based digital print supplier Millharbour Digital has reduced its production times by 50 percent following the purchase of an Acuity Advance HD 2545W.
NEWS: Agfa Graphics will demonstrate its latest industrial wide-format :Anapurna machine at Sign and Digital UK, which it says includes 'all the best features' of its predecessor, the M2050.
NEWS: A total of five Mimaki product launches will take place on the stand of distributor Hybrid Services at next month's Sign and Digital UK.
NEWS: Winchester-based HolloGraphics has commented on its recent purchase of a Roland VersaCamm VS-640 and its ability to print with white ink.
FEATURE: Sometimes I find it a little hard to believe that white ink has only been with us for a few years.