Ricoh South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 May 2018– From custom wall boards, banners and cut outs to T-shirts, hats and bags, Print Service Providers (PSPs) will experience the breadth of possibilities Ricoh’s creative portfolio delivers at FESPA 2018, May 15 to 18, Messe Berlin, Hall 3.1 stand A50. Ricoh will showcase the breadth of possibilities its creative portfolio delivers Inspiring real-life applications will demonstrate new worlds of business building opportunities that the Sign & Display and décor sectors can offer with Ricoh’s cost efficient and easy to operate systems. A visitor must-see is Bianchi Corner, a simulation of a typical Bianchi shop where high-end bicycles from the famous Italian performance bicycle company are displayed together with dedicated in-store branding materials. Everything is produced using Ricoh technology including: • Rigid totems, cut out bike shapes and 2m x 1m and 3m x 2m wall boards, all on 5mm Forex, and bike details on 500mm x 350mm 4mm thick clear Plexiglass, created on a Ricoh Pro™ T7210 UV flatbed printer. • Roll up and PVC banners, textile flags and vinyl stickers produced on a Ricoh Pro™ L4160 latex wide format printer. • Hats, T-shirts and bags on Ricoh Ri 100 and Ricoh Ri 6000 direct to garment printers. The rest of the stand will be transformed with a brightly-coloured jungle theme showcasing the eye-catching and creative results Ricoh technology can deliver. Among the highlights are multiple styles of display unit, all printed on a Pro T7210 using 10mm Falcon Board. The system’s industrial application versatility will also be underlined by all the stand’s graphic wall displays, printed on melamine-covered chipboard. Printed glass, wood, tile and aluminium will be shown alongside carton board packaging samples too. The creative mix will be enhanced further with Forex guitars from the Pro T7210 and PVC banners produced by the Ricoh Pro L4160 plus jungle themed T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, . . .
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 25 – Kodak Alaris announced today that its Information Management division will now operate under the name “Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business.” Starting today, partners and customers will see an updated website, logo, and social media presence. The parent company remains Kodak Alaris. For decades, the global technology provider has delivered information capture solutions for businesses. “Our new name is not about reinvention. It’s about reinterpretation,” said Don Lofstrom, President and General Manager, Alaris. “The division’s shift to Alaris puts greater emphasis on the image science expertise that helps clients make sense of data and information in their work. Rebranding will also help us target new markets, build new partnerships, and reach new customers.” Kodak Alaris has three other business units – AI Foundry; Kodak Moments; and Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. Each will continue to use its current name. Alaris Portfolio Alaris-branded offerings were introduced last year with the launch of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. The new brand marked the shift towards integrated offerings that combined scanners, software and services. “The name is new but our Alaris line of scanners are built with the same unwavering commitment to productivity, reliability, and quality that our customers and partners have come to depend on for years,” said Lofstrom. “The Kodak-branded products that customers know and rely on will continue to be available and are an important part of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. Consistent with our ‘future proof’ promise, all Alaris-branded software is backward compatible to work with our current scanners. The product portfolio includes both ‘Kodak’ and ‘Alaris’ branded scanners.” Industry Recognition As winner of Buyers Lab’s prestigious Scanner Line of the Year Award for an unprecedented third consecutive year, “Alaris continues to set the standard for what a scanner needs to be in the age of digital transformation,” . . .
Johannesburg, May, 02, 2018 Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages: Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral role for portion packages that must be consumed on-the-go but they are also a part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages. “It sounds simple enough,” says Charles Brand, Executive VP, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.” “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.” Tetra Pak packages are, on average, 75% paperboard. Paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio. ABOUT TETRA PAK Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With over 24,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak www.tetrapak.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tetra Pak to . . .
The perfect complement to prime cuts and juicy meats, Jack Daniel’s will be lighting up this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National, with its world-famous whiskey at the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant and the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave. This celebration of meat, drink, braais and music will be taking place at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June 2018. The smooth-tasting, charcoal-mellowed whiskey can be enjoyed alongside a well-seared steak or burger, alternatively it can be added to the cooking process, infusing its rich flavour into the meat and sauce. This year, visitors to Fire & Feast Meat Festival will be doused in this fine Jack Daniel’s flavour when they enter the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant. Take some time out at the bar to enjoy a tasty Whiskey Sling or zesty Gentleman & Ginger prepared by a professional. Or tantalise your taste buds with the Jack Daniel’s inspired food at the inhouse restaurant. After the dining experience, meat-lovers can continue to sample Jack Daniel’s range of whiskeys while working through fully-stocked Jack Daniel’s Man Cave. This ultra-sophisticated masculine retreat has every product and service the modern man could want. It’s also the perfect place to find something suited to the ultimate dad for Father’s Day, which just happens to be the following weekend! Check out some of these appetising options… • Tattoos by artists from Awhe Tattoo & Lifestyle Studio • Cuts by Barnet Fair barber’s shop • Petrol-head accessories from Knap Sak • Grooming equipment from The Bearded Man • Suits and accessories from Frank Bespoke • Casualwear from May Bru clothing and apparel • Bespoke bicycles from Ubuntu Bike Boutique “The established Jack Daniel’s brand pairs so well with the Fire & Feast flavour,” said Sandra Jardim, General Manager: Fire & Feast Meat Festival. “They’re really bringing such a level of sophistication to the festival that visitors are . . .
President Cyril Ramaphosa has earmarked 2018 as the year to take decisive action to realise the economic potential of the agricultural sector. In the second and third quarters of 2017, agriculture made the biggest contribution to the growth of the economy and forecasting shows that agriculture presents one of the greatest opportunities to significantly grow the economy and create jobs. Currently, agriculture delivers more jobs per rand invested than any other sector and the NDP estimates that agriculture could potentially create 1 million jobs by 2030. In order for the agricultural sector to deliver on its growth potential, government recognises the role that Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) have to play in job creation and economic growth in that sector. To this effect, the NDP has set a target of 90% of new employment opportunities to be created by 2030 to come from SMMEs. Government has also set aside at least 30% of public procurement for SMMEs. At the 2018 edition of the Vision 2030 Summit, Land Bank is sponsoring a topical breakaway session entitled, "SMMEs, key to future growth, transformation and job creation”. Land Bank has prioritised the transformation of the agricultural sector as a main driver of its finance offerings. The facilitation of entry of black emerging farmers, women and youth into the mainstream agricultural value chain is of paramount importance in order to deracialise the sector. The session will look at the at the role that SMMEs play in being viable models to bring about positive growth in the agricultural sector to ensure that the agricultural sector reaches it maximum potential and in turn grow the economy, create sustainable jobs and bring the country closer to reaching its NDP goals. For TP Nchocho, CEO of Land Bank, this collaboration to facilitate greater support for SMMEs in the agricultural sector could not be timelier. ‘We at Land Bank have been working to ramp up the participation of emerging commercial . . .
Theatre Production: Three Sisters. This contemporary rework of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters places the focus on the regrets, choices and ambitions of the three sisters. Set in a world of economic uncertainty the sisters battle and support each other. It’s a classic family crisis in a mad modern world. Hosted by, and in collaboration with, the POPArt Production Company, www.popartcentre.co.za, this group of independent theatre makers are eager to present their interpretation of three strong, complex female characters lead by Karina Lemmer. The production originated as an academic study. Elements such as code-switching in Sestwana, Sesotho and Afrikaans is incorporated and the acting is aimed at truly conveying language as action to ensure a relatable experience for audiences and simultaneously to reflect the South African context. Creative Credits Concept and Design by Karina Lemmer Text Adaptation by Jénine Grové Directed by Karina Lemmer Cast: Mariska Denysschen, Jénine Grové, Lorraine Makara, Hendrien Martins, Bukeka Mbonyane and Gali Moabi. Performance Schedule Thursday 24, Friday 25, and Saturday 26 May 20:00 Sunday 27 May 15:30 Ticket Prices: R100 (R120 at the door). Enquire regarding student and artist discount. Tickets are available at www.popartcentre.co.za POPArt TheTRE, 286 Fox Str, Maboneng, Jhb. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Music lovers will enjoy dual EQ modes, exceptional comfort and hands-free convenience Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 May 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, recently announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point. To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between ‘Bass Boost’ and ‘Balanced’ EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics’ signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button – a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction. “Our core expertise in headphones, wireless and premium experiences make Plantronics uniquely qualified to give music lovers the best possible immersive stereo experience at an affordable price point,” said Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, Personal Solutions, Plantronics. “Plantronics’ baseline standard in all of our products is to provide superior audio, consistent with that found in our premium products.” Additional BackBeat GO 600 Series features and benefits include: • A rechargeable battery that delivers up to 18 hours of wireless listening time on a single charge. • Remaining connected at up to 33 ft/10 m from Bluetooth® compatible smartphones and tablets. • Ear cups that fold flat for easy storage and transport; ensuring comfort when worn around the neck. • A carrying pouch, a USB cable for charging and an audio cable . . .
GREY JOHANNESBURG WINS WOODEN PENCIL AT D&AD 2018 Photo: GREY JOHANNESBURG WINS WOODEN PENCIL AT D&AD 2018 On Thursday night, Grey Johannesburg was awarded a Wooden Pencil at the D&AD Festival in London for its Duracell radio campaign “Times change. Power doesn’t.” Grey is especially proud of this accolade as D&AD is a notoriously difficult awards show and considered the most prestigious by many ad aficionados. Out of the thousands of submissions, only eight were awarded Pencils in the Radio Advertising Campaigns category. Jeff Harvey, who wrote the spots, describes the Duracell campaign as “a fun but nostalgic journey to 2007, highlighting the ten-year duration of Duracell Quantum batteries.” He explains how “Carefully chosen trends, events, politicians, celebrities and technology emphasize how much things change in ten years. But the one constant is a Duracell Quantum battery.” Lines such as ‘… before 140 characters could overthrow a government.’, ‘When Tiger was famous for playing the fairway. Not the field.’ and ‘It was the year Rihanna opened her umbrella, ella, ella.’ are typical of the ad’s tone. “We needed to show longevity of the brand as well as the product. What better way than to tie our concept into the ever-changing times we live in?” says Chief Creative Officer at Grey, Fran Luckin. For Grey, the campaign is the gift that keeps on giving: last year it earned a gold Cannes Lion, and a gold Loerie. Here are the award-winning spots: https://www.adforum.com/award-organization/6650183/showcase/2017/ad/34547104 https://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/34547109/harry/duracell https://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/34547108/britney/duracell Grey has already produced a sequel, so listen out for the new campaign coming soon. "Grey Global has done extremely well at the D&AD Awards. – As a network, we’ve picked up 12 Pencils this year and I’m extremely proud that our Johannesburg office has . . .
As two-time defending champions, the University of Johannesburg men's team know the pressure will be on them when they begin their campaign in the Varsity Hockey tournament next weekend. UJ hockey manager Elize le Roux said they would not be getting ahead of themselves and would focus on each game as it happened. After the women held centre stage in 2017, the men's version of the competition will take place this year, beginning with a round of four matches at Wits in Johannesburg from May 4 to 7. UJ have lost a number of experienced players, including Gareth Heyns, Brynn Cleak and Taylor Dart, from the winning team of 2016 and have entered a rebuilding phase. Le Roux said several players had graduated or were past the eligible age of 25, but that the youngsters available added a fresh element to the squad. "We are taking a new view into this tournament as we have a young team during this rebuilding period," she said. "Naturally, we would love to defend the title, but we are taking it game by game at this stage." As the title-holders, she added that there would always be pressure to perform, but they were trying keep the players focused on their plan rather than be influenced by any external expectations. Under coach Garreth Ewing, the squad have been training for over two months in their preparations. "Holidays and league fixtures have interrupted a couple of sessions, but we have also used league as part of our preparation," said Le Roux. "We have a mini camp planned this long weekend ahead of the competition next week." As usual in varsity events of this nature there are a number of innovations which will test the teams. "I think the men like the format. It gives running hockey a chance to be seen and the men play a faster-paced game in general. "The power play and the goals systems mean you face the challenge of managing each game in a different way, according to the opposition." The power-play rule can be taken by one . . .
New DesignSpark Toolbox app from RS Components available on iOS, Android and Windows Free app simplifies access to electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 April, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has unveiled a new app for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The DesignSpark Toolbox app is available to download free-of-charge, and provides a single point of access to common electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools in an easy-to-use format for electronics design engineers, makers and students. The app has been developed in conjunction with Marcus Roskosch, the creator of a range of highly successful apps for engineers, and replaces the RS Toolbox app, which was introduced in 2013 for iOS and achieved more than 65,000 downloads. DesignSpark Toolbox offers an extensive range of functions, which are grouped as icons on the main screen, including engineering calculators, converters and lookup tables. These functions include filter frequency calculators, a 555 timer configurator, calculators for a variety of voltage regulators and op-amps, and essential tools such as numbering systems converters, an Ohm’s Law calculator, and lookup tables for battery types and sizes. The app offers a high level of customisation and is available in 17 different languages. Users will also be able to access many DesignSpark community features within the app, placing thousands of member-contributed articles and projects at their disposal, covering everything from Arduino and Raspberry Pi to IoT and Blockchain. The ‘Make’ section provides the perfect place to keep track of projects on the go with sections to store website links, images, technical documents and more. There is even access to the new DesignSpark Marketplace, where makers and start-ups can buy and sell their creations. The app aims to support . . .