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TheMagicTouch guitar picked

as EuroTrophex award winner

TheMagicTouch (TMT) rocked the award for Best Image Transfer

Product of 2016, based on an application using the latest in

white-toner technology, at the EuroTrophex show in Amster-


The award winning entry consisted of a personalised Fender

Telecaster Guitar, which had been decorated using the com-

pany’s new RST9.1 transfer paper and a TMT/OKi white toner

printer. The transfer was applied to the body of the guitar using

a traditional swing head heat press and then finished with six

layers of clear resin varnish to match the factory original finish.


The award-

winning guitar

from TMT

Snickers adds new waterproof

jacket to FlexiWork range

New from Snickers this month

is the Stretch Waterproof Shell

Jacket. Part of the FlexiWork

range of workwear clothes that

combines stretch fabrics and

advanced body-mapping designs,

the new jacket is a three-layer

waterproof with taped seams.

It comes with pre-bent sleeves,

three-layer Cordura reinforce-

ments at the elbows and YKK

AquaGuard Vision 2-way zippers.



The Stretch Waterproof Shell Jacket

from Snickers

Dave Roper announces first

Screen Printing Academy date for


The Screen Printing Academy at Dave Roper will be hosting its first

session of 2017 on Friday 13 January. The one-day course will cover

general screen printing techniques and promises to be a hands-on

experience. Also included in the course is a screen printing book that

includes sections on printing terminology, setting up a screen room,

and job prep and breakdown.


A tribute to Dave Renton

It's often said of someone that they were one of a kind, but in the

case of Dave Renton, who died suddenly from a heart attack on

Friday 14 October 2016, it was true, says his long-time friend and

industry colleague Phil Lewis, of Premier Screen. “He was a one-off

in the industry and definitely never a suits-and-boots man”, a point

that was emphasised at Dave's funeral when his family all wore AC/

DC T-shirts in honour of his love of rock (the six grandchildren, aged

between 12 weeks and 12 years, all wore specially made 'We rock to

AC/DC like Grandpa' T-shirts).

Dave was born in 1951 and worked in the screen print industry from

the moment he left school. He met his wife Jen at the second com-

pany he worked at, Thompson & Brown Brothers, when he was 16

1/2 and she was 15 – they celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary

this year.

Dave worked for American company Advance International until

it ceased trading in 1991, when he then set up on his own business

buying and selling screen printing equipment. He travelled all over

the world with his work. "You name it, he'd been there," said Jen.

"He'd been everywhere apart from Australia." Every time he left on

yet another trip, he would play Manfred Mann’s Davy's On The Road




He had many adventures, including one memorable occasion in

Ghana when he had to bribe his way out of the country after his

driver tipped someone off that Dave had just done a cash deal. Jen

didn't sleep that night while waiting to see if her husband made it

home, but it didn't stop Dave

continuing his overseas trips

to install machinery in India,

Europe or wherever else he

was needed, and coming

home each time with new

spices to try out – he was a

brilliant cook.

His knowledge of screen

printing was immense, and

it wasn't unusual for ink

companies to phone him up

for advice as to what was the

best ink to offer a customer.

He set people up with ma-

chines in their garages and

in the back rooms of their

houses, with most of them

in time going on to open

their own factories. He was

a workaholic who loved his

work, would help anyone

who needed it, and everywhere he went he made friends, said Jen.

He enjoyed his life – he was a pure rocker who listened to bands

such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Whitesnake – as well as being an

avid speedway fan, and he loved his family: he leaves behind his wife

Jen, his daughters Wendy and Emma, and his two son-in-laws and six


Dave Renton