Roland DG leads the way with innovation, diversity and application at Sign & Digital

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 11 April 2017.

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Roland DG is celebrating customer reactions at Sign & Digital UK 2017 where the company received an overwhelmingly positive response to the latest technology, software solutions and services on display. The Roland DG stand boasted the latest hardware, with the TrueVIS VG-640 and SG-300 printer/cutters, the CAMM-1 GR-640 cutter and the VersaUV LEF Series of flatbed UV printers on display. Roland also highlighted the services provided to their customers through the Roland DG Academy and RolandCare, and innovative software solutions - providing added-value, training and technical support to help customers get the most out of their investment.

Heralding the new dawn of cloud-based design services to support the sign and graphics industries, on display for the first time in Europe was Creative Media Maker from InClix, a subsidiary of Roland DG. The easy-to-use system provides easy to use design software, high-quality imagery via image banks, an integrated soft-proofing management system, and output which can easily be sent directly through the cloud to Roland DG technology to go straight into production. Visitors to the stand were impressed by the simplicity and effectiveness of the tool, and were invited to participate in the BETA pilot programme; with 90 days free of charge access in exchange for feedback to assist with further development. To enroll for the BETA pilot programme visit and use enrollment code INCLIXDGB.

Roland also used Sign & Digital UK to announce a partnership with Custom Gateway to deliver a fully featured online system that enables retailers, sports and leisure businesses and existing sign and display businesses to easily deliver instantly personalised and customised products across all their on- and off-line channels. Custom Gateway is an easy to use cloud based software platform, digital content database and fulfilment network designed to enable the manufacturing and sales of customised, personalised or print-on-demand products. Thus far Roland has begun the process of integrating a range of its most popular hardware and software solutions.  The first wave of development will incorporate the VersaUV LEF series of printers (LEF-300, LEF-200, LEF-12i) followed quickly by the VersaStudio (BN-20) desktop inkjet printer & cutter and the Metaza (MPX-95) metal printer.  The first integrated systems are expected to be installed in the early Summer of 2017.

Continuing the theme of differentiating itself from its competitors, the company is the only manufacturer to have its own RIP technology designed and built by Roland DG; and as such demonstrations on the advanced Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software were provided throughout the show. Included with print or print and cut purchases, saving customers thousands of pounds, VersaWorks Dual is also now available as a free of charge upgrade for owners of Roland DG’s current product line up. Also on display was the latest version of Roland PrintStudio, the RIP for Mac OS. With inbuilt ICC profiling tools, and advanced options for automation and template driven tiling, the RIP is ideal for businesses with demanding requirements.

Roland DG UK’s Brett Newman (pictured top left along with Roland DG EMEA managing director Jerry Davies) says: “It is well known that Roland DG offers more than just high-quality print solutions, and this was clearly reinforced at Sign & Digital UK 2017 – from packaged RIP technology, Roland DG Academy training, RolandCare technical support and warranty services, and now Creative Media Maker from InClix, the cloud-based design and workflow solution.”

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our customers who visited the Roland DG stand. There is nothing better or more credible than loyal customers returning time and time-again, or meeting new customers who learn of Roland DG through reputation, all wanting to invest in the latest Roland DG products. We are hugely proud of these relationships and the Roland DG products that inspire them.”

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Sign & Digital UK turned 30 in grand style

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 11 April 2017.

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Celebrating its 30th year, Sign & Digital UK closed its doors after three busy days last month. More than 5,300 unique visitors attended the show with 80% of visitors involved in their company’s buying decision, and 81% holding a senior director or managerial position. 

The exhibition attracted a high quality of visitor across all three days of the show, and this year’s exhibition - showcasing the theme ‘Applications, Ideas and Advice’ - saw exhibitors responded with some of their most innovative and creative stands to date.

Blog Sign2 54f3b27ed2 resizedI was particularly impressed by the creativity of the Antalis American diner themed stand which was constructed entirely from materials in Antalis’ range of visual communications media. 

The visitor list was quite impressive too. Among the visitors were representatives from well-known companies such as Buxton Press, Carphone Warehouse, Debenhams, Delta Group, Fenwick, Gardners, Graham & Brown, Hollywood Monster, Image Co., JD Sports, Kall Kwik, Macro Art, Manchester Airport, Media Co., Next, Royal Bank of Scotland, Screwfix, Signarama, and Travis Perkins. 

This calibre of visitor goes to show that Sign & Digital UK is a buying show where the market comes together to trade. The Sign Trade Services Pavilion - a one stop shop for essential sign making tools and equipment - proved to be immensely popular with visitors and showcased suppliers offering smaller every day sign making items that could be bought over the counter. This harked back to the ‘good-old-days’ of the sign trade and I’d very much like to see more of this type of exhibitor at the show in future. 

The 2017 seminar lineup was another popular show attraction, with more than 35 daily seminars and workshops taking place across six theatres. It was fun to be a part of the show this year where I was hosting a panel discussion in the Business Theatre with the title ‘More Money, More Focus, More Customers’ which went over pretty well considering we were opening the show on day one. I actually met a chap in the car park on the way in to the show and when I asked him what he was there to see, he replied “You!” which was kind of cool. 

Another highlight for me was on the Epson stand where a car and a wallpaper was designed by 17-mel at exhibition 2 399 x 250 resizedyear-old student from Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, whose design was selected in a pre-exhibition competition. It really was an inspirational design and I loved it. The good people at Epson were also pretty chuffed following the announcement made during the show that the company’s SureColor SC-S series printers are now the top selling eco-solvent technology in their class in Western Europe. This is well deserved because the new SC-S series - launched last year - are built to deliver everything you could ask for from a wide format roll-to-roll wide format printer. Epson seemed to just about get everything right from the build quality to the printed output with this range.

Rudi Blackett, event director for Sign & Digital UK says: “Despite the challenging and uncertain business environment we are faced with, it’s been another fantastic year at Sign & Digital UK. Once again we saw the industry coming together to do business and celebrate the innovation and creativity that fuels our sector. 

“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the exhibitors, visitors, partners and media supporters who attended in our 30th anniversary year. With re-bookings for 2018 getting off to such a strong start, it demonstrates the huge amount of creativity, innovation and confidence in our sector going forwards and planning is already well underway to bring you an even bigger and better show next year.”

It was a good show and with one third of the floorspace already booked for next year, I think 2018 is already starting to be something to be looked forward to.

Sign & Digital UK returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 24 to 26 April 2018.


The visitors pocket guide to Sign & Digital UK 2017

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 20 March 2017.

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Sign & Digital UK, the country’s #1 trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry is back again, this time celebrating 30 years as a national exhibition. 

Running from 28 to 30 March 2017 at the NEC Birmingham, this year’s show is set to explore the new theme Applications, Ideas and Advice. 

With more than 180 industry suppliers, hundreds of brands and a range of inspiring show features, live demonstrations, product launches and seminars, the 2017 exhibition is set to be better than ever.

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Sign & Digital UK has a well-earned reputation as the show to research, discover and purchase your first or next wide format print and finishing solution. The show always attracts the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers, and this year‘s exhibitor list includes HP Inc UK, Roland DG, Epson, Canon, Hybrid Services/Mimaki, Colourgen/Mutoh, Fujifilm, Grafityp, Spandex, Jetrix, Esko, Perfect Colours, Colourbyte, Papergraphics, Granthams, Ultima Displays, CMYUK, Signmaster Systems, printMAX, Antalis, Atlantic Tech Services and many more.  

New product launches

On stand (H20), InkTec will host the worldwide launch of the JETRIX LXi8 LED-UV Flatbed Printer. The LXi8 will be running at top speeds of over 200sqm per hour and has a host of new features, including InkTec’s latest generation LED-UV ink.

World leaders in imaging technology, Canon (H10) will be demonstrating the Arizona 2280GT - its first showing at a UK print show. Attendees will be able to experience live demonstrations of the Arizona 318 GLW system, in addition to Canon’s wide format printers, including the ColorWave 700 and the imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 models.

On stand (E10), Hybrid Services will be hosting the first showing of the new Mimaki UJF MkII small format flatbed LED UV printers at a sign and graphics exhibition in the UK. Also seeing its first outing at Sign & Digital UK is the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 direct to textile printer. As capable at producing fashion or furnishings as it is soft signage, the brand new 1.8m printer can run multiple inksets, opening up a vast array of applications on manmade or natural fabrics.

Returning to Sign & Digital UK for the 17th year running, Colourgen (E40) will be presenting the new Mutoh large format sign and display printers and solutions. New at the show will be the Mutoh ValueJet 1638UH (64”). This is Mutoh’s first ever dual head LED UV printer delivering increased print, cure performance and versatility. 

Textile printing specialist reseller R A Smart (B16) is launching a full range of soft signage textile materials at the show under the umbrella of The Textile Hut. 

Soyang Europe (C60) will launch a new materials collection to the sign and graphics market, as the company continues to target the wide format sector. The new consolidated collections include Print, Self-Adhesive, Décor and Textile.

The Roland DG (H30) stand will again be a must-attend show attraction, showing the latest Roland DG technology, including the TrueVIS series of printer/cutters. One lucky visitor to the stand will have the chance to win the latest TrueVIS SG-540 with full installation, 1 year RolandCare warranty and onsite training - worth over £12,000.

printMAX (K10) a dual Mimaki and Roland reseller, will be presenting a selection of award winning and best-selling wide format print equipment. These include Roland’s SG-540 and VG-640, the latest in Roland’s print and cut machines, along with VersaUV LEF-300 and Roland’s newly realised LEF-200.They will also be showcasing Mimaki’s new UJF Mk2 UV-LED printer, designed to print on almost any substrate, the latest addition to the UJF Family. 

With a 40 year history in the sign and graphics market Spandex (K60) is a leading supplier of materials and equipment from prominent industry brands. As the exclusive distributor of swissQprint in the UK, Spandex will showcase swissQprint’s Impala 2 - the market leading, Swiss-made UV flatbed printer. 

Graphics Printing Technologies (E20) returns for its 9th consecutive year at exhibition and will once again feature four key ‘Zones’, including Mimaki, HP, Finishing and Media Applications. In the Mimaki Zone, GPT will be presenting the latest Mimaki solvent and UV-Cure printers, including the JFX, JV150/300 and CJV150/300 ranges. The HP Zone will have the very latest HP Latex 365 Printer and HP Scitex Flatbed as well as other new products. 

Vivid Laminating (F42) will be launching its new brand of luxury foil consumables ‘Aqua Aura’ at the show. Vivid will also feature its Easymount Air wide format laminating system, winner of Wide-Format & Signage magazine’s Top Product award for 2016 and recently nominated for their Readers’ Choice award for 2017.

This year’s show also features no shortage of show giveaways, promotions, competitions and interactive stands. Visitors to the Antalis stand (C20) can experience their new American diner theme, with almost everything, from the walls through to the floor and even light shades, constructed from materials that feature within Antalis’ range of visual communications media. 

Cadlink (R20) will give visitors the chance to win a copy of their top software package, Signlab v10 Print & Cut, with a RRP of £1950.  Signwaves (J60) will invite visitors to take a turn on their indoor putting mat, for the chance to win a Canon EOS 1300D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm lens. 

Corel (D44) will give visitors the opportunity to win a copy of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 Small Business Edition – 3 licenses in 1 box worth over £750. While HPC Laser Ltd (F24) will be giving customers 3% product orders over a 60 day period after the show

A full list of exhibitors is available on the Sign & Digital UK website.

Practical applications

Another popular feature of Sign & Digital UK is the programme of free seminars, case studies and workshops taking place daily. Featuring six free to attend education theatres and workshops, withSeminar session at Sign Digital UK 2013 resized more than 35 daily seminars, sessions will cover practical applications and real world tips, as well as new business ideas and revenue streams. 

The popular Business Theatre will have a full lineup of seminars and case studies to help visitors grow their operations and increase revenue. Seminars, workshops and case studies, will illustrate where key revenue opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses lie, as well as how to improve services for the year ahead, with plenty of practical applications and real-world tips.

The opening session at 11.00am on 28 March ‘More money, more customers, more focus’ will be chaired by Colin Gilman, GDW’s editor. Visitors can join our panel of experts from It Has To Be Brilliant, Transeo Media, Vpress, Assured Systems and EFI DirectSmile to learn how your business can differentiate itself, add value to customers, work in new and innovative ways and understand how to demonstrate a clear ROI to customers. 

Visitors can master the art of becoming a franchisee in ‘Franchise opportunities: benefits and practicalities’, where they will hear first-hand from the experts at Signs Express. This session will look at the many pros of starting a franchise including national buying power and better brand visibility. 

Industry visitors looking to invest in new kit can attend the ‘Accessing equipment to build your businesses – what are options?’ presented by Paragon Bank. In addition, RolandCare are hosting a seminar on ‘Cover maintenance & service contract agreements’, to help ensure any new purchases are properly protected.

While for anyone wanting to expand their operation, the session ‘A toolkit for growing your business’ will showcase the experience and learnings of two industry experts, Ed Currer, Founder of Vinyl Impression and Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder of InPrint and FM Brooks.

This year sees the launch of the new Creative Theatre, which combines case studies and learning for visitors from the graphics and display industries. With a core focus on the processes that take place during pre-production, the daily sessions will cover topics including the future of digital signage, colour management and understanding consumer retail trends. The ‘Future materials’ session, taking place on Tuesday, will provide an overview of the latest innovative materials, including demonstrations on how to achieve exciting and creative visual communications products and finishes.

For any visitors looking to get up to date with the latest software developments, the Adobe, SignLab and Corel Theatres will return in 2017, providing visitors with the chance to learn and engage with the latest products and services on offer. Not to be missed sessions include daily training seminars exploring the complete Adobe Creative Suite, updates on the latest Photoshop creative features, and a video production training session focused on getting the most out of Adobe Premier Pro CC.


Zünd UK will feature a G3 digital cutting machine on its own stand at Sign & Digital UK

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

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On Stand L10, Zünd UK is showcasing a new Zünd G3 3XL3200 fitted with the new 3.6kW Router, a powerful spindle featuring a pneumatic clamping system capable of routing materials at depths of up to 50mm and working with bits with shaft diameters of up to 10mm. 

The Zünd G3 digital cutting machine itself is an ideal addition to a modern sign-making workshop. Thanks to its modular tool and material-handling systems, it can be tailored to meet the exact requirements of each user, with the potential for retrofitted expansions or upgrades at any time. It offers an energy-efficient, adjustable vacuum table for precise cutting of a wide range of common sign-making materials while maintaining a robust build quality suitable for 24/7 operation at maximum automation levels. 

"Sign and Digital UK will feature a Zünd G3 3XL3200 with 3.6kW Router, a perfect set-up for many of the show's visitors, while offering flexibility for attendees considering diversification," says Peter Giddings, Sales director, Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd.


Meet the Tharstern MIS team at Sign & Digital UK

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

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If you do nothing else at Sign & Digital UK you should look into the benefits of what a management information system (MIS) can do for your print business. If you already have one, then you are already on the right track, but for those without (many in the wide format sector are yet to discover what a good MIS can do for them) a look at what Tharstern will be showing at Sign & Digital UK might prove useful. 

In addition to its MIS package, Tharstern is also showing two new MIS modules aimed at helping PSPs build better businesses through workflow integration. 

The new modules are: Business Intelligence – a smarter way for decision makers to view their MIS data, uncover hidden trends and identify new opportunities, and Advanced Imposition – demonstrating how inexperienced users have the power to create complex impositions at the click of a button.

Tharstern will be showing customers how they can integrate their hardware and software into one automated workflow. Tharstern says its MIS has been built to be friendly to other software systems, so a Tharstern customer knows that however their business develops in the future, their MIS can grow with them.

“We’ll continue to innovate with our market-leading Tharstern MIS, as well as continue to develop new modules that will help us further grow our customer base,” say Tharstern’s Keith McMurtrie. “The show will be a great platform to show printers that by investing in MIS technology, they are giving themselves more opportunities to be innovative in the products they produce and in the way they communicate with customers.”

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Sign & Digital UK is the only place in the UK where you will see such a broad range of sign making and digital printing applications and solutions.  As well as being the UK showcase for the latest technologies and many of the new product launches, the show offers numerous demos and opportunities for advice, to help keep your business ahead of the game!

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Welcome to Sign & Digital UK 2016


Sign & Digital UK has been a vital part of the industry calendar for nearly 30 years. It offers a unique market place for the industry - supporting and reflecting the dynamic and rapid changes taking place in the sign making, display solutions and digital printing sectors.

Why exhibit at Sign & Digital UK 2016?

Sign & Digital UK is the only exhibition in this sector to showcase such a wide range of products and services for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industries. Being part of the show offers your company the chance to increase its visibility and to get the latest products & services in front of thousands of interested visitors looking to keep up to date with, and buy the latest technologies on the market.

The 2015 show hosted over 200 exhibitors and attracted 6,807 relevant and engaged visitors to the show

87% of visitors were part of their company's buying decision

62% of visitors came looking for new suppliers

49% of visitors had not attended another event in this sector in the last two years

As an exhibitor at the show, you will have access to:

  • Thousands of relevant and active buyers who are looking for new products and services and to stay up to date with current industry trends and business opportunities.
  • Meet face-to-face with key decision makers and build long term relationships.
  • A comprehensive show marketing campaign which will give your business exposure before and beyond the three days of the event.
  • Our dedicated PR team who are available to help your company inform the media and industry of your presence at the show


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