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Sign & Digital UK

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Creating Business Connections as Sign & Digital 2015 expands

Creating Business Connections as Sign & Digital 2015 expands

With bookings up and the exhibition already 11% larger than the 2014 show, Sign & Digital UK 2015 is expanding its floor plan by one fifth and will return with the new theme “Creating Business Connections” which will be explored...

What’s the buzz with Sign & Digital 2015

What’s the buzz with Sign & Digital 2015

Mark the dates because the UK’s number one trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry is all set for a bumper return to the NEC, Birmingham on 24 to 26 March 2015.Following independent visitor research...

Graphic Station puts new Mimaki flatbed on the slate

Graphic Station puts new Mimaki flatbed on the slate

Essex based Graphic Station has been busy breaking in its new Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV wide-format printer after its installation by i-Sub Digital this month, following its lightning-speed purchase of the first JFX200-2513 in Europe at Sign and Digital UK...

i-Sub supplies Dale Studios with a duo from Mimaki following Sign & Digital

 i-Sub supplies Dale Studios with a duo from Mimaki following Sign & Digital

Dale Studios hasn't taken its new investment lightly: to accommodate its new Mimaki JFX500-2131 grand-format flatbed UV printer from i-Sub Digital, the Leicester design house needed a new unit to house it and a flatbed printing expert to run it....

Logoshack invests in Zünd S3 system after seeing it in action at Sign & Digital

Logoshack invests in Zünd S3 system after seeing it in action at Sign & Digital

Digital graphics specialist Logoshack has installed a new Zünd S3 L-1200 cutting system, tailor-made to meet its present and future needs after seeing the S3 in action at Sign and Digital UK 2014 and recognised its ability to speed up...

Hardware

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Prints mean prizes

Prints mean prizes

Three cheers for Stanford Marsh Group (SMG) who received three prestigious awards – two from HP and one from Canon – in recognition of its success as a re seller...

Ricoh’s latex printer takes centre stage at new Josero demo facility

Ricoh’s latex printer takes centre stage at new Josero demo facility

Josero has completed building a new 2,500 sq ft demonstration facility at its head office in Cambridge and plans to hold regular open house events to demonstrate to customers the...

Pop along to Corby and p…p…p…p…p…pick up a printer

Pop along to Corby and p…p…p…p…p…pick up a printer

With Roland’s recently announced campaign to enable existing and prospective customers to trade in their current printer, (any roll-to-roll printer or print and cut device between 54” and 74” wide...

Money back offers on Canon wide format printers

Money back offers on Canon wide format printers

Canon UK is currently incentivising potential customers with a cashback offer available on some 13 wide format printers including those from its Graphic Arts range, for customers who want to...

HP Latex 360 printer is child’s play for Parkins Interiors

HP Latex 360 printer is child’s play for Parkins Interiors

Somerset based Parkins Interiors has upgraded its wide format capability with the addition of an HP Latex 360 printer from Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG).The company was founded in 2010...

Wideformat

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Mimaki continues to gather awards for its printers

Mimaki continues to gather awards for its printers

Mimaki’s portfolio of inkjet printing solutions continues to gather industry accolades with Viscom the latest to present the company with a “Best of 2014 Award” in the Large Format Printing category for both the Mimaki JFX200-2513 and the UJV500-160 LED...

A feast of festive Mimaki treats for you

A feast of festive Mimaki treats for you

With just 41 shopping days to go until Christmas, Hybrid Services has announced a succulent line-up of festive treats for your Christmas stocking with seasonal discounts on selected Mimaki printers, integrated printer/cutters and print and cut packages.Stocks at these promotional...

printMAX set to show the world of Mimaki to UK PSPs

printMAX set to show the world of Mimaki to UK PSPs

After adding the full range of Mimaki printer products to its sales portfolio, printMAX is set to hold a two day open house event on December 2nd and 3rd hosted by Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor Hybrid Services at...

Perfect Colours adds Jetrix flatbed range

Perfect Colours adds Jetrix flatbed range

Perfect Colours has further bolstered its printer product portfolio with the addition of InkTec’s fine-art quality range of Jetrix flatbed printers which feature a variety of production-orientated innovations, from edge-to-edge and intelligent layer printing to roll options and anti-crash head...

Durst US launches two new advanced digital print platforms at SGIA

Durst US launches two new advanced digital print platforms at SGIA

Durst Image Technology US has introduced two advanced production digital printers at SGIA Expo with the fully automated Rho 1312 (above) that the company says has ‘unprecedented media handling’, and the Rhotex HS (below left) for high productivity soft signage...

Textile Printing

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Wide format manufacturers to show the world of digitally printed textiles at Heimtextil

Wide format manufacturers to show the world of digitally printed textiles at Heimtextil

Digital textile printing has three advantages: in the first place, the technology uses fewer resources, is cheaper and makes it possible to have faster production cycles. Secondly, textile designers can be much more creative and flexible when experimenting with high-quality...

FESPA announces its fifth Digital Textile Conference for Eurasia show

FESPA announces its fifth Digital Textile Conference for Eurasia show

As digital textile continues to push the boundaries of innovation within wide format print production, the need for information is in greater demand, that's why on the 5th December 2014, FESPA will be delivering another of its successful Digital Textile...

London display printer first with 3.2m textile print capability inside the M25 corridor

London display printer first with 3.2m textile print capability inside the M25 corridor

London based Genix is a multidisciplinary agency providing print, creative and project management solutions, primarily in textile based display graphics. The company has recently invested in the first MTEX 5032Pro direct-to-textile digital printer to be installed in the UK –...

Printed Interior Decoration conference to explore new frontiers for retail

Printed Interior Decoration conference to explore new frontiers for retail

Printing for interior décor is fast becoming what ESMA calls ‘a new frontier of design for custom-made on-demand products’ with an endless choice of materials such as glass, textile, ceramics, wood, laminated floors, wallpapers, and carpets.Therefore if you are in...

Roland announce 64” Texart dye sub textile printer

Roland announce 64” Texart dye sub textile printer

Roland DG has announced a 64-inch dye sublimation transfer printer in a choice of either four- or eight-colour ink configurations featuring innovative print control technology and a choice of powerful RIP software. The news is not surprising given the vast...

Materials

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Premier Paper extends wide format materials range

Premier Paper extends wide format materials range

The Premier Paper Group has launched an additional spread of new products for its Essential Wide Format range suitable for a range of applications such as roll-up banners, pop up banners, point of sale displays, posters and many more printing...

Drytac launch ReTac 75 for interior wall décor applications

Drytac launch ReTac 75 for interior wall décor applications

Drytac Europe has announced the immediate availability of ReTac 75 in 1370mmx 50m rolls for internal wall décor applications and is compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent and UV inkjet printers.The polymeric glossy PVC film is coated on one side with...

New Mimaki clear ink for JFX200 LED UV flatbed

New Mimaki clear ink for JFX200 LED UV flatbed

Hybrid Services has announced the release of a clear ink for the Mimaki JFX200-2513 flatbed LED UV printer to complement existing LUS -150 and LH-100 LED UV curable inksets.The company says this new clear ink delivers an effect close to...

Understanding the true potential for self-adhesive vinyl applications

Understanding the true potential for self-adhesive vinyl applications

It’s probably fair to say that with the advent of exciting new innovations in wide format media, good old ‘sticky-backed plastic’ is hardly considered to be the sexiest product out there. One person who certainly doesn’t hold that belief is...

Guandong launch digital textile materials collection

Guandong launch digital textile materials collection

Italian digital materials specialist Guandong has launched a new range of textile materials – the Guandong Textile Collection - designed to work in conjunction with HP’s latest 300 series latex printers.The company is currently launching a wide range of products...

Wrapping World

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Brilliant transporter transformed with Orajet wrapping film supplied by Antalis

Brilliant transporter transformed with Orajet wrapping film supplied by Antalis

Brand and design experts Brilliant Media have wrapped the trailer and cars for the motor-sport division of construction and refurbishment specialists Barley McNaughton. The company used some 1,350 sq ft of Orajet, which was supplied by Antalis, to transform a...

Inside Out at the Paris Panthéon

Inside Out at the Paris Panthéon

Earlier this year, French artist JR called for the creation of a global participatory art project – Inside Out - with the potential to change the world. Inspired by JR’s large format street "pastings", Inside Out gives everyone the opportunity...

Cipher Graphics Fuchs vehicle wrap job for UK leg of Tour de France

Cipher Graphics Fuchs vehicle wrap job for UK leg of Tour de France

Fuchs Lubricants’ new van, featuring Silkolene cycling branding, was seen by an audience of some 2.5million people when the vehicle took part in the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France. The vehicle wrap, fitted by Cipher Graphics of Stoke,...

‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ winner is Joyce Design

‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ winner is Joyce Design

Kate and Russell Joyce, partners in Chelmsford, Essex-based Joyce Design were this year’s lucky winners of the 3M Commercial Graphics ‘Wrap and Win with NASCAR’ promotion. The main prize, in what has now become a major feature of the UK...

Kiss Lajos is FESPA World Wrap Master 2014

Kiss Lajos is FESPA World Wrap Master 2014

After a four-day wrapping Battle Royale, Kiss Lajos from Hungary triumphed to claim the title of World Wrap Master at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich. The first of the losers was Colin Sciberras from Malta, and Robert Davidson of Ireland...

Finishing World

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QPS adds Nazkote UV-curable liquid lamination solution

QPS adds Nazkote UV-curable liquid lamination solution

Quality Print Services (QPS) has added Nazdar's Nazkote RA2000 UV-curable liquid laminating protective coating to its range of solutions for wide format print providers.Liquid lamination vastly improves the outdoor durability of UV digitally printed graphics by physically protecting prints from abrasion and the effects of UV degradation and colour fading.For...

Esko launches i-cut Production Console front end for digital Kongsberg tables

Esko launches i-cut Production Console front end for digital Kongsberg tables

Esko has launched its latest front end system – the i-cut Production Console (iPC) - for Kongsberg digital cutting tables. The company says this newly developed front-end operating system is set to become the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems in the future.Esko says iPC drives all functionality...

Zünd announce G3 with increased beam height for packaging and converting

Zünd announce G3 with increased beam height for packaging and converting

Zünd has re-engineered a version of its G3 digital cutting system to double the beam height to 120 mm to enable greater flexibility and productivity when accommodating thicker materials up to 110 mm, enabling packaging printers to achieve new levels of productivity and performance.Corrugated cardboard, solid cardboard, foam, sandwich material...

Shop online for Zünd consumables

Shop online for Zünd consumables

Good news if you’re a Zünd user. The company has opened a new web shop offering customers the option to order consumables directly from Zünd, 24 hours a day, for 48-hour delivery anywhere in the EU.The Zünd web shop is the result of close cooperation with end users, who emphasise...

CWE seals a laminator deal with Quadrant2Design

CWE seals a laminator deal with Quadrant2Design

Dorset-based Quadrant2Design has just invested in a new Seal 62 Pro D laminator from City and West End Solutions to support its ongoing growth in the exhibition marketplace.Quadrant2Design designs and builds exhibition stands using the Prestige Events System, with panoramic graphics that extend from one end of the stand to...

Business

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Callprint announces ambitious two year plan to double turnover to £25m

Callprint announces ambitious two year plan to double turnover to £25m

Reprographics and Large format print specialist Callprint has ambitious plans to grow its business through a process of organic acquisitions and recruitment, with the intention to grow sales up to £25m in the next two years through the addition of...

Visual Print and Design wins prestigious Customer Service Award

Visual Print and Design wins prestigious Customer Service Award

Lincolnshire based print, design and display company, Visual Print and Design was awarded the prestigious Customer Service Award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards, held at the Showground in Lincoln.Visual Print is a full service PSP based in the heart of...

LumeJet seeks investors

LumeJet seeks investors

LumeJet, the British print technology innovator, aims to be the first crowd funded digital printing machine and print head manufacturer. The company has launched on the Crowdbnk platform and is looking for an investment of £2m which will give the...

EFI acquires thermoforming inkjet technology from Polymeric

EFI acquires thermoforming inkjet technology from Polymeric

EFI has snapped up the key intellectual property assets for digital inkjet printing of thermoformed products from Polymeric Imaging, a specialist provider of UV and LED inks for industrial and graphic arts applications based in North Kansas City, Mo.In addition...

IPIA’s meet the buyer/supplier event proves a success

IPIA’s meet the buyer/supplier event proves a success

Industry trade association, the Independent Print Industries Association (IPIA), recently held its ‘Meet the Trade Buyer’, ‘Meet the Trade Supplier’ event at the FA’s new prestigious headquarters at St. George’s Park in Burton on Trent.The event was held on 16th...

Technology

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Pixartprinting set to unleash a new era in web-to-print services

Pixartprinting set to unleash a new era in web-to-print services

Web-to-print specialist printer Pixartprinting says it is set to unleash a series of innovations that will herald a new era in web-to-print services leading to extraordinary standards never seen before in the printing industry.The company says it is striving to...

Prepress UK keeps Epson printer proofing package productive

Prepress UK keeps Epson printer proofing package productive

Gloucester-based print and digital media house, Severn, has turned to an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software in order to keep its Kodak Prinergy driven Epson large format printers producing ISO12647-2 certified proofs. The single StudioRIP Inkjet Edition software...

Corel launch Small Business Edition of Graphics Suite X7

Corel launch Small Business Edition of Graphics Suite X7

Corel has released CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition, a graphics solution for small business owners. The suite provides access to three full licences of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 with a single purchase.The Small Business Edition provides users...

GMG launch ColorProof 5.6 for optically brightened media

GMG launch ColorProof 5.6 for optically brightened media

GMG has announced the latest release of the company’s proofing software, GMG ColorProof 5.6 designed specifically to enable accurate colour matching of optically brightened media.Until recently, measuring devices and the light in viewing booths had not been subject to any...

SAi gives Flexi sign making software that finishing touch

SAi gives Flexi sign making software that finishing touch

SA International (SAi), has introduced a new range of performance enhancing finishing tools, an Integrated QR Code Creator, and new drivers and upgrades for its flagship SAi Flexi sign making software.With the new tools for SAi Flexi, sign and large...

Outdoor Display

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New Content division for JCDecaux

New Content division for JCDecaux

JCDecaux has appointed Janet Guest as Editorial director and Russell Gower as Creative Content director, setting up a new Content division that is set to deliver the first editorial schedules across digital screens nationwide.The Content team will liaise with the...

Portable backlit LED pavement sign by Display Wizard

Portable backlit LED pavement sign by Display Wizard

Here is an extremely cool bit of portable street advertising furniture that is exclusively owned in the UK by Display Wizard Ltd. The LED pavement sign is a backlit sign that houses changeable marketing messages and is secure enough to...

Big savings as Domino’s Pizza optimise 3M LED film technology

Big savings as Domino’s Pizza optimise 3M LED film technology

Pizza franchise giant Domino’s has made huge savings in the running costs at its U.S. franchisor outlets following the use of 3M Envision Translucent Films that optimise LED technology and allows sign and graphics producers to achieve maximum brightness while...

Print company’s high-profile promotional graphics campaign boosts business

Print company’s high-profile promotional graphics campaign boosts business

UK stockist and distributor of MACtac graphics materials, Amari Digital Supplies (ADS) and London-based large-format print specialist Onward Display collaborated in a high-profile exterior graphics promotion using the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil as its central theme.The design,...

Commonwealth Games stars feature in new JCDecaux OOH campaign

Commonwealth Games stars feature in new JCDecaux OOH campaign

Up-and-coming sports stars are set to be the face of a new Out-of-Home advertising campaign for SSE, the Official Energy Partner of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.With the strapline: “proud to support our athletes of today”, SSE’s nationwide campaign reaches audiences...

Labels & Packaging

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See the Digi-Foil packaging prototype application in action

See the Digi-Foil packaging prototype application in action

One of the things I was very impressed with at this year’s Sign & Digital UK show was something you could have easily walked past and paid little or no heed, which would have been a shame because the Digi-Foil...

Connect accelerates packaging design process with HP Scitex FB7600

Connect accelerates packaging design process with HP Scitex FB7600

Connect Packaging, of Benfleet, Essex, has installed an HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press for cost-effective short-runs and limited edition production, as well as to accelerate the packaging design process.Connect Packaging, part of the CBS Packaging Group, the printer to provide...

DS Smith moves with fully loaded Fujifilm corrugated solution

DS Smith moves with fully loaded Fujifilm corrugated solution

Packaging giant DS Smith has made a significant new investment in a flatbed digital printing system that will deliver further improvements in quality for its customers, as well as ensure greater production efficiency.The supply cycle specialist has chosen Fujifilm‘s corrugated...

Canon printer to provide colour accurate proofs for Xeikon label presses

Canon printer to provide colour accurate proofs for Xeikon label presses

CS Labels, Willenhall, West Midlands has acquired a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 6450 large format printer to provide colour accurate proofs for the company’s suite of Xeikon label printing presses. The printer was purchased from and installed by Canon reseller M...

IC3D packaging simulation suite brings 3D into the packaging production lifecycle

IC3D packaging simulation suite brings 3D into the packaging production lifecycle

Hybrid Software have licensed the IC3D Suite of 3D packaging simulation and design applications from Creative Edge Software to bring 3D into the packaging production lifecycle.“3D modelling and visualisation have been important in the packaging design process for years, but...

Environment

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Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Paper merchant Antalis is set to prove its commitment to setting the standard in social and environmental responsibility with its Myrmex supplier platform. The platform aims to strengthen traceability of the entire Antalis supply chain by gathering together exhaustive information...

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The European Environment Agency (EEA) says Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.'Resource-efficient green economy and EU...

Earthinks offer “the most natural inks on the market” for flexo and screen print

Earthinks offer “the most natural inks on the market” for flexo and screen print

Solar Inks, specialist supplier of inks for flexographic and screen printing, has launched Earthinks, a range of environmentally friendly water-based flexographic and screen printing inks that it considers to be the most natural solution on the market today. Earthinks offer...

Sustainable printers need ‘sustainably minded’ customers

Sustainable printers need ‘sustainably minded’ customers

We are often reminded that for printers to be able to come out of the recession in good shape they will have needed to have incorporated cut sheet and wide format digital printing into their workflow, but now the final...

Big on bamboo

Big on bamboo

According to Mark Thompson, sales director at Printdesign, a specialist company dealing in wide format digital printing and portable presentation solutions, the trade show industry is the second largest producer of waste on the planet, falling only behind the construction...

Industrial Printing

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How the InPrint Show broke new ground with industrial printing

How the InPrint Show broke new ground with industrial printing

Following the recent InPrint Show the organisers conducted research to 350 visitor’s and exhibitors who were onsite in Hannover, revealing key insight into where demand is taking technology into the future. The show itself was seen as a glimpse into...

Stratasys set to wow the crowds at the London 3D Printing Show

 Stratasys set to wow the crowds at the London 3D Printing Show

3D printing technology within the world of motor racing will spearhead Stratasys’ extensive and diverse array of applications on display at this year's 3D Printing Show in London this week.The company says the event will feature a plethora of eye-catching...

Roland DG unveils its first 3D printer

Roland DG unveils its first 3D printer

Roland DG Corporation has today announced today the release of the monoFab series, including the company's first 3D additive rapid prototyping machine, the ARM-10, and a new 3D subtractive prototyping and manufacturing machine, the SRM-20.“The monoFab series desktop fabrication solutions...

French printer produces personalised light industrial applications with Fujifilm

French printer produces personalised light industrial applications with Fujifilm

Following a year's beta testing of Fuijfilm's thermo forming UV-cured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV, French sign and display printer BMA can now produce personalised light industrial applications with its Fujifilm Acuity Advance Select UV flatbed printer.The thermoforming process sees a...

Stratasys 3D technology goes to the movies

Stratasys 3D technology goes to the movies

Stratasys 3D printing technology has played a leading role in the production of the iconic RoboCop suit created by Legacy Effects for the main character in this year’s blockbuster movie. Tasked with realising the 3D designs from the Robocop production...

Printing World

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Double Ricoh investment bumps cost effective productivity

Double Ricoh investment bumps cost effective productivity

Sussex-based targeted marketing solutions provider, Kingsline, has invested in a Ricoh Pro C751 and Ricoh Pro 8120S, installed in April 2014. The installation has since enabled a new level of efficiency and improved workflow processes, ensuring Kingsline can deliver high...

Hendrix posters get 3d print effect makeover

Hendrix posters get 3d print effect makeover

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, a cultural touchstone that influenced generations, Tom Zotos - a pioneer in what has come to be known as the Interpretive Licensed Art Movement and the artist, publisher, and prolific creator of popular...

PaperlinX opens its doors to printers in the South

PaperlinX opens its doors to printers in the South

International merchant group PaperlinX is promoting new opportunities to drive increased revenues for its southern based customers, during a two-day event at its Shoreham branch on September 3 and 4.The first event of its kind since the merchant moved to...

Acculith sees digital and wide format represent 40% of turnover in just two years

Acculith sees digital and wide format represent 40% of turnover in just two years

North London based Acculith Repro has invested in a new Ricoh Pro C901 digital press with the intention of providing a wider range of services, improving output quality and delivering faster turnaround times in line with customer demand.Some years ago...

Technique arrives late for the digital party but leaves with Konica Minolta

Technique arrives late for the digital party but leaves with Konica Minolta

Litho print company Technique Print Group, Banbury, Oxfordshire, has moved into digital print production with the addition of a new Konica Minolta C6000 digital printing solution supplied by Apex Digital Graphics.Technique Print is unusual in that has held off taking...

X-Rite inc PantoneLIVE logoX-Rite and Pantone have announced PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based colour service that provides instant access to essential brand colour standards.

In a recent survey conducted by the Pantone Color Institute, more than 70 percent of creatives noted that brand colour definitions, accuracy and consistency in creating products or packaging are important to their business, while 42 percent indicated that colour-related challenges have a negative impact on their company.

Globally consistent colour standards are essential to brand identity. With supply chains made up of hundreds of different facilities scattered around the world, corporations can often struggle to control and maintain colour consistency.

PantoneLIVE provides a dynamic ecosystem, open to all supply chain participants, which delivers consistent colour across the entire packaging workflow – from design concept to retail store shelves.

Brand colour standards are the principal component of PantoneLIVE and are derived from real ink on real substrates using real printing processes. This allows brand owners to predict how corporate spot colours will reproduce on a wide variety of substrates including brown corrugated, clear film and white polypropylene. A brand’s colour assets, analogous to a brand’s colour DNA, are managed and maintained in a secure cloud-based data repository to ensure accurate colour communication – to any supplier, around the world.

One of the first major food brands to recognise a significant difference was Heinz. “The benefits of using PantoneLIVE are clear,” says Nigel Dickie, director of corporate and government affairs for Heinz. “The digital tools gave us unprecedented control and consistency from different print processes and materials. Across all of our packaging formats we saw a reduction in colour variance of 50 percent and saved time by establishing one colour target that can be applied to all our Heinz Beanz designs. The results with our Beanz packaging have been so remarkable that we plan to extend PantoneLIVE to additional product lines, including Heinz soups and Spaghetti Hoops.”

While accurate colour is important to the brand identity of consumer packaged goods, protecting brand integrity in the pharmaceutical industry is crucial as counterfeit drugs put the health of consumers at risk. Chesapeake, a global producer of consumer packaging for many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, turned to PantoneLIVE to increase consistency in its customers’ packaging. When it comes to pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications, even the slightest variation in packaging colour can make a product suspect and the brand vulnerable to counterfeiting.

On one job, for example, Chesapeake was able to reduce colour variation by 84 percent and improve process controls, which led to zero rejections from the print run and 100 percent client approval. PantoneLIVE is creating another positive impact on Chesapeake’s business. The company previously stocked as many as 3,000 different inks in its Leicester, UK plant and now stores only 537 without reducing colour choices.

PantoneLIVE is connected to a large portfolio of software, containing real-world colour data for hundreds of thousands of colours, and is supported by the latest colour measurement technology. This is combined with professional services including workflow and colour rationalisation audits, and customised operating procedures from Pantone and X-Rite. Custom and bespoke spectral data, as well as metadata, are used to digitise brand colours. Digitised palettes are then expanded to create independent colour standards to allow for accurate colour reproduction on a variety of substrates.

Brand colour data, equivalent to a digital colour swatch, is stored in a secure, cloud-based portal that lets brand owners and other approved members of the supply chain manage digital rights and facilitate colour communication across all materials in the production process. This centralised colour communication process promotes consistency and helps achieve speed to market efficiencies from initial design to final production. The portal also provides direction to suppliers to meet brand requirements related to colour quality.

While users of any manufacturer’s ink will be able to take advantage of PantoneLIVE, Sun Chemical is the preferred ink partner. Esko is also a preferred partner supporting PantoneLIVE. Both companies worked closely with Pantone and X-Rite to develop PantoneLIVE. Sun Chemical’s technology and colour data are the foundations for PantoneLIVE, and this technology is integrated into Esko’s solutions.

Access to the PantoneLIVE database starts at $99 USD (£63 GBP, €76 EUR) annually for a designer, $1,150 USD (£730 GBP, €885 EUR) annually for preproduction and from $2,000 USD (£1,275 GBP, €1,540 EUR) to $2,650 USD (£1,690 GBP, €2,040 EUR) annually for production. A colour audit for a brand owner starts at $4,500 USD (£2,870 GBP, €3,460 EUR). Additional fees apply depending on services and scope required.

PantoneLIVE solutions will be available June 15.

www.pantone.com/live

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Movers & Shakers

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New sales role for Bob Stevenson

New sales role for Bob Stevenson

SMGG has appointed Bob Stevenson to boost the sales of graphics consumables, inks, and media within London and the South East of England.Stevenson joins the company from Spandex where he was focused on selling wide format media and signage products....

Key role for Lake at PressOn

Key role for Lake at PressOn

PressOn, the large format digital printing company based in Rochester in Kent, has appointed Nick Lake as Key project manager to help meet the demands of a rapidly growing customer base and to explore new business opportunities.Lake will be responsible...

Big Pete celebrates 30 years as a Roland user

Big Pete celebrates 30 years as a Roland user

This month, Mansfield-based ‘Big Pete’ Colman (top right) is celebrating 30 successful years in the sign and graphics industry.Big Pete, founder and managing director of Classic Lines Plus Signs which recently rebranded to Classic Print, has been a loyal Roland...

Akio Kotake takes the helm at Mutoh Belgium

Akio Kotake takes the helm at Mutoh Belgium

Mutoh Belgium has a new managing director in Akio Kotake who takes over the responsibilities of industry veteran Arthur Vanhoutte who has led Mutoh’s Belgian operation for the past 24 years. Vanhoutte makes way to become a senior consultant for...

Remembering Maurice Hoare

Remembering Maurice Hoare

We were saddened here at GDW by the recent passing of Maurice Hoare, who up until his retirement in 2010 was the advertising manager at Sign Directions magazine and known to many throughout our industry. Although he was already well...

The Thompson Report

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Invest in leadership success

Invest in leadership success

Most of the companies I work with dedicate some percentage of their revenue toward developing the leaders in their business. One of the discussions we often have up front is the difference between spending money to train leaders and investing...

Global training crisis in the printing industry

Global training crisis in the printing industry

The printing industry turns its back on training people because of costs they say they cannot afford, but they can invest in their people if they plan for their future with the right strategy?`A skills time bomb is what the...

50 Signs of an unhealthy organisation

50 Signs of an unhealthy organisation

These are the tell-tale signs that your organisation may be in need of a health check. Any organisation will have its own specific indicators of ill-health. Future organisational success, in my view, will depend as much on the efforts made...

Strategies for successful negotiation

Strategies for successful negotiation

When doing business we do not have a choice as to whether or not we negotiate. The only choice we have is how well we negotiate. We all go through some sort of negotiation each day. We promote products, services,...

Start thinking about the New Year now

Start thinking about the New Year now

With the New Year fast approaching let’s take a look at how you can easily set a series of personal goals that will help move you closer to attaining any goal that you can imagine for yourself.The starting point of...

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When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

We have look to have lost some exhibitions recently, and I am also hearing noises of new shows to come, but for what it’s worth I think that both organisers and exhibitors should spend a little more time considering as...

Think before you ink

Think before you ink

When it comes to holidays I love to go to Gran Canaria, and it always amazes me when I go to the tourist eating areas just how green the burgers look on the signage at the entrance to the restaurants....

The small world of print

The small world of print

One thing I have learnt during the many years I have been in the print and graphics market is that it is a small world; a very small world.My print ‘career’ started as an apprentice at a large print company...

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When I was a young lad I learned a lot about the world, mostly through the bottom of a glass, from an old mucker I used to work with called Peter Davidson. Peter is well known to many throughout the UK print and graphics industry, and I am pleased to...

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