Extensive exhibitor line-up announced for 30 year Sign & Digital UK celebration
Next year’s show is looking to welcome a growing number of new exhibitors from the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry, including A.P.A. UK Ltd, BODO Industrial, Color Master Digital Materials, Universal Laser Systems, UK MetalCraft Ltd, Marqetspace, printing.com, DTP Supplies and Unisign Flex.
Exhibitors returning to Sign & Digital UK 2017 after a very successful show earlier this year include: AG/CAD, Antalis, Award Crafters, Biesse, Blackman & White, Epson, Grafityp, Granthams, Graphic Printing Technologies, Graphtec GB, Hewlett Packard, Hexis UK, Hybrid Services/Mimaki, Innotech, Perfect Colours, printMAX, Resolute DTG, Roland DG, Route 1 Print, Signmaster Systems, Signwaves, Soyang Europe, The Magic Touch, Ultima Displays, Vivid Laminating Technologies and Your Print Specialists.
Sign & Digital UK 2017 also includes the return of companies who didn’t exhibit at the 2016 exhibition. These are Digiprint Supplies, Atlantic Tech Services, Eurobond Adhesives, Russell & Chapple, CR Clarke & Co (UK) Ltd, Caldera, Photocast Products, Innova Solutions and Spandex.
Event director, Rudi Blackett, says: “We’re celebrating 30 years as a national exhibition in 2017, so it’s really pleasing to see such an innovative and diverse line-up of exhibitors, especially with 4 months still to go until the show opens.
“Sign & Digital UK is an established and trusted part of the trade calendar – a place to do business. The focus for 2017 is on Applications, Ideas and Advice, so visitors can be sure of discovering the latest products and services from hundreds of leading suppliers. Not only that, but there’s great advice on offer from experts on stands and in the free seminar theatres, plus the chance to see live demonstrations of equipment and skills.”
Sign & Digital UK 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 28 to 30 March 2017 and is free to attend for visitors.
Sign & Digital UK launch Autumn Product Promotions website
Sign & Digital UK has launched a new online promotion ahead of the 2017 show. The time-limited website will bring together a range of special offers from industry suppliers and manufacturers, allowing visitors to select products they are interested in and submit their contact details directly to the host company.
For industry suppliers and manufacturers this new initiative offers them a unique opportunity outside of the normal show marketing campaign to put their brand and products in front of a relevant and engaged audience of thousands of industry professionals. For visitors, it offers the opportunity to see some of the latest promotions on one easy to navigate website and request further information about these products.
Rudi Blackett, event director for Sign & Digital UK, says: “The idea for this new promotion came about from discussions on how to offer our visitors access to the best products and services from leading suppliers outside of the three-day exhibition each year.
“We think this new website is pretty unique in our industry. The new site will be live until 22 November and will be promoted extensively to our audience of show visitors and prospects. We see this autumn launch as just the beginning of something that we will build upon over time - giving buyers access to the huge range of innovative products and services that the industry has to offer and suppliers the opportunity to keep their brand at the front of the customer’s mind throughout the year.”
Sign & Digital UK visit helped Bobcat Digital automate finishing with Zünd G3
Bobcat Digital has installed a Zünd G3 L2500 from CMYUK following a visit to Sign & Digital UK 2016 earlier this year. The investment will enable the company to keep pace with print production from a recently installed EFI VUTEk wide-format printer by automating the finishing process.
The Newport Pagnell-based print company was founded around three years ago by Robert Blackburn and Louise Owen, who spotted the growth of digital print and signage production while working at a litho printing business. Until recently Bobcat Digital, which is now a team of nine, was relying on a 1.3m-wide Mimaki printer, a small Xerox production printer and hand tools for cutting.
The company has a customer base spanning retail, exhibitions and, increasingly, construction – hoardings and health and safety signs are now regular work for Bobcat Digital. To meet demand the company decided to invest in a new EFI VUTEk wide-format printer from CMYUK, but this presented the problem of keeping up with additional output using hand-finishing techniques.
"We wouldn't have been able to handle the additional work by hand-cutting," explains Robert Blackburn, "so we went to Sign and Digital UK 2016 and looked at several cutting machines on show there. We saw the Zünd and then spoke to a number of local companies who use Zünd equipment – there's obviously a reason why so many people buy them!"
The Bobcat team visited Zünd's demonstration centre in St Albans to see the Zünd G3 in more detail.
"That was a real eye-opener," says Blackburn. "The flexibility of the machine's modular construction means that we can see what it can do then add to it and change it at a later date, without a big initial layout."
Like all Zünd digital cutting tables, the Zünd G3 is designed with robust components and tools that can be combined to create the perfect system for each individual customer, while allowing changes, expansions and upgrades in the future. Its adjustable, energy-efficient vacuum generators help materials up to 50mm thick stay where they are during processing to produce the perfect finish, and intelligent safety features protect operators from its powerful cutting tools.
The Zünd G3 L2500 was installed at Bobcat Digital around two months ago and has proven its reliability, quality and production speed. "It's going really well – brilliant, really," says Blackburn. "It does the work of about four people."
Currently the Zünd cutting table is used mainly for X-Y cutting on standard Foamex board and routing and engraving on acrylic, wood and thick Foamex to produce commercial signage. The business hopes to expand in 2017 after further exploring the Zünd's present capabilities – and how additional and alternative tools can better serve Bobcat's customers.
"We're open to whatever people want, so we will see what the Zünd can do and look to building up the machine next year. The modularity really was the winning point for us," concludes Blackburn.
Stan gets more than he bargained for following visit to Sign & Digital UK
Winner of Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services’ Sign & Digital UK competition, Martin Cherry (otherwise known as Stan to one and all) of Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions, got more than he bargained for when he visited this year’s show. Not only did he place an order for a new Mimaki JFX200-2513 flatbed printer with specialist reseller Granthams, but his demo at the show secured him a place in Hybrid’s prize draw to win a luxury holiday at Spanish resort, La Manga Club.
“We were delighted to not only receive Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions’ order for the new Mimaki, but to pick Stan’s name out of the hat as well,” said Hybrid’s National Sales Manager – Industrial Products, Stuart Cole. “The prize draw was open to everyone who demoed a Mimaki during the show with one of our resellers, providing an opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal with the latest technology.”
Stan wins flights, transfers and accommodation for four people in a luxury villa at La Manga Club – a fabulous 1,400-acre sporting paradise nestled between the Murcian Hills and the Mediterranean Sea, famous for its superb golf courses and world leading sports facilities.
“Sign & Digital UK was a great opportunity for us to audition new kit and we were quickly convinced the Mimaki flatbed was the right machine for us,” proclaimed Stan. “Since the installation, the JFX200 has being running virtually non-stop, delivering stunning quality print at quite remarkable speeds. Being able to print direct to rigid substrates makes our whole operation much more productive and profitable. Even operators not particularly familiar with Mimaki kit have found it easy to use. To be honest, our only regret is that we didn’t invest in one sooner!”
Stan was also very complimentary about the support he received from Hybrid & Mimaki reseller, Granthams of Preston. “From our initial enquiry and demonstration we were skilfully guided through the whole process by Sue Hayward and her colleagues, who showed great expertise and professionalism – right through to the very efficient install.”
“Sign & Digital UK 2016 was an excellent exhibition for Hybrid and its partners,” concludes Cole. “The uptake of Mimaki technology across all product ranges was significant and we were extremely pleased to present the prize to Stan. We’re sure he will have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to a great future of working with Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions to ensure they get the very best from their new printer.”
Sign & Digital UK to celebrate 30 years of applications, ideas and advice
The UK’s #1 trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry, has announced the focus for its 2017 anniversary event – a celebration of 30 years of applications, ideas and advice. The new look website is now live and visitors wishing to attend can register their interest online here.
With almost half (42%) of exhibition stands rebooked on site at the 2016 event, organisers are expecting next year’s show to be even bigger in terms of metres booked. Suppliers who have already confirmed they will be exhibiting at the 2017 event, including Blackman & White, Epson (UK) Ltd, Grafityp, Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT), Perfect Colours Ltd, printMAX, Ultima Displays, Your Print Specialists and Vivid Laminating. New exhibitors confirmed for the 2017 show include A.P.A. UK Ltd and Ribbon Print Ltd.
Rudi Blackett, event director for Sign & Digital UK, says: “We’re looking forward to celebrating 30 years of the show. The industry has seen lots of ups and downs in that time, but Sign & Digital UK has been consistent throughout – it has always offered customers the stability, advice and support they need in an ever-changing marketplace.
“We’ll be announcing some exciting new show features in the coming weeks and 2017 is set to be a big celebration – watch this space!”
Sign & Digital UK 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 28 - 30 March 2017 and is free to attend for visitors.
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