The visitors pocket guide to Sign & Digital UK 2017
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.
Covering the latest industry trends in digital printing, materials and display systems, soft signage and print finishing, this year’s event is a must-attend for anyone involved with the buying, supplying, printing and production of display graphics and signage.
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.
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, with 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.
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