In Brief News 4

Thursday 23 March 2006

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Troika Systems has launched AniCam, a quality control instrument for anilox cylinders. It has been developed to analyse the condition of the cylinders and measure the volume of cells. It works with cylinders produced with 200-800lpi. The AniCam costs 6,000 and full production will start during the second quarter of this year.

UHY Hacker Young has promoted Peter Petyt to head of corporate finance at its London office. Petyt, a regular PrintWeek columnist, joined from Pridie Brewster in December 2004 and since then has been responsible for increasing the firm's profile in the communications sector with focus on printing, packaging, publishing and new media.

West Ferry and Trafford Park printed the first copy of The Sportsman yesterday (Wednesday 22 March). The UK's first new daily national newspaper in 20 years is an 80-120pp tabloid with an initial print run of 200,000. The gambling- and horseracing-focused title is aimed at the sports and betting enthusiasts. West Ferry chief executive Bill Wenman said he looked forward to a long-term relationship with publisher Sports Betting Media and wished it every success.

Horner Brothers Print Group has gained ISO 14001 accreditation. The Rotherham-based company produces operational print and personalised stationery. "The new standard improves the effectiveness of our current environmental management system," said the firm's safety, environmental and quality manager Neil Wakefield.

Stewarts of Edinburgh has achieved FSC and PEFC certification. It makes the firm the first print company in Scotland to gain the accreditations. "This is an important step forward for us in a world which is becoming more and more conscious of the need to play a leading role in protecting the environment," said Stewarts managing director Terry O'Hare.

Qualitech Group, based in Stockport, has printed lenticular "talking" posters as part of a campaign to promote the Manchester Deaf Centre. The firm was appointed by agency True North to produce the posters, which use lenticular and switching imagery to communicate messages with sign language.

Punch Graphix has posted its full-year results for the year ended 31 December 2005. Sales were up by 46% to 106.2m (153.2) while operating profit increased by 65% to 14.9m. "We have worked hard on further streamlining the organisation, both operationally and financially," said Punch Graphix chairman Geoff White.

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