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Comings, goings and retirements

There have been one or two big beasts stepping down from their roles in the business and heading off into the sunset and retirement.

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Sakae Sagane, formerly of Mimaki Engineering Company, has been at the top of Mimaki Europe since 2005

Firstly, transfer news. There’s a new man at Sabur Ink Systems in the form of Dan Jeffries. The new UV business development manager has joined the team at their Barnsley headquarters from Hybrid Services where he’s been for the last 12 years. In the words of Sabur, Jeffries will be, ‘heading up both our industrial and UV product range and is tasked with increasing our representation in the UK in this ever-growing print sector’. He certainly should be the good fit as he has, ‘an industry-leading knowledge of Mimaki's industrial product range, Dan is well recognised in the industry as the go-to man for product information’.

Moving south to Bedford Signs Express in the town has a new owner. Rob Weall takes over at the sign-making franchise established back in 2006 and is joined by Steve Coleman as the centre’s manager and the firm says more staff will be recruited. Weall comments: “The signs and graphics market is a thriving industry as signage is such an important part of marketing a business. There are so many materials and finishes available, we’re able to supply solutions for every budget and need – from a sole trader wanting to advertise their business on the road with van graphics to multiple signs across a large production site. No two days are the same for us which makes it a very interesting business to be involved in.”

David Allan of the Ian Allan Group who has been elected Master of the Stationers’ Company or The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, to give its full name

Another new appointment is that of David Allan of the Ian Allan Group who has been elected Master of the Stationers’ Company or The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, to give its full name. It has an illustrious history dating back to 1403 before the printing industry existed but when paper was the new product on the market. The Stationers’ Company went on to have a monopoly on printing under a Royal Charter but today it’s a champion for the industry, a forum for members views and to lobby for all aspects of the business.
Two of the most familiar faces of the printing industry have hung up their pica type scales and called it a day after decades in business. Bob Usher and Terry Bratt of Apex Digital Graphics have decided to retire after a combination of 80 years of experience in an industry that has moved dramatically from the pre-internet glory days to today’s digital inkjet era. The Hemel Hempstead firm is to be split and transferred to two separate companies with the Ryobi press sector taken on by MPartners (MPL) based in Godstone while the CtP sector element will transfer to SOS in Laughton, Essex.

Also moving on to his autumn years is Mimaki’ s chairman, Sakae Sagane, formerly of Mimaki Engineering Company who has been at the top of Mimaki Europe since 2005. Under his stewardship Mimaki Europe grew from a small Mimaki subsidiary to the business unit that contributes the most revenue in comparison to Mimaki’s other subsidiaries.

Another industry stalwart who is retiring is John Marshall of Semaphore Signs in Cardiff. Marshall has sold the firm to the city’s Print Centre Group meaning his legacy will continue and the company will retain its name. In light of Sagane’s retirement it’s interesting to note Semaphore own a Mimaki wide-format printer.

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