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Sign & Digital UK

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Vinyl Impression gives Sign & Digital offices a Digimura latex makeover

Vinyl Impression gives Sign & Digital offices a Digimura latex makeover

Faversham House, the organisers of Sign & Digital UK, has revamped its East Grinstead offices using latex printed wall graphics. The company which works across many industries including water, energy,...

First 3.2m Mimaki printer into Ireland is at W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print

First 3.2m Mimaki printer into Ireland is at W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print

Dublin-based W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print Ltd placed an order for the first Mimaki UJV55-320 to go into Ireland, during the recent Sign & Digital UK exhibition.“We flew in specifically...

Sign & Digital 2016 “our most successful show to date” says Roland DG UK

Sign & Digital 2016 “our most successful show to date” says Roland DG UK

Roland DG UK has announced that a record number of visitors took the time to visit the company’s central stand at Sign & Digital UK 2016.Darren Penny, head of Sales...

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new Digital Signage Theatre ahead of the show

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new Digital Signage Theatre ahead of the show

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new seminar ahead of next week’s show where visitors can hear from speakers exploring the impact that digital signage is having on the...

Hybrid Services announce sports themed competition for Sign & Digital UK

Hybrid Services announce sports themed competition for Sign & Digital UK

As Hybrid turns 20 years old, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Irish distributor has announced a free competition for the forthcoming Sign & Digital UK exhibition. Visitors who partake in a...

Hardware

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Roland DG adds white ink configuration for TrueVIS

Roland DG adds white ink configuration for TrueVIS

Roland DG says all new TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540 machines can be shipped with configuration for White ink, alongside updated versions of machine and VersaWorks Dual firmware.Access to white ink...

Oakdene branches out with Roland VersaUV LEF-300 UV printer

Oakdene branches out with Roland VersaUV LEF-300 UV printer

Surrey based Oakdene Designs has invested in a Roland VersaUV LEF-300 UV Printer to offer the flexibility of digital customisation and personalisation, a growing market trend that company founder Ben...

Go well #WithRoland

Go well #WithRoland

Roland DG has has launched a new, cross-EMEA initiative designed to connect with its customers; the #WithRoland blog series focusses on providing users with informative and insightful content.Designed as an...

Epson SureColor SC-S40600 proves perfect for Slam Signs

Epson SureColor SC-S40600 proves perfect for Slam Signs

St Albans based signage and printing company Slam Signs has invested in a four-colour SureColor SC-S40600 wide format printer. It is the company’s third SureColor - it has owned a SC-S30600...

Why investing in a new Roland printer was a no-brainer for Ainsley Signs

Why investing in a new Roland printer was a no-brainer for Ainsley Signs

With a base of consistent and loyal customers, along with new business and contracts, Manchester based Ainsley Signs faced the production bottleneck that is seen so often in the print...

Wideformat

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Mimaki JV300 opens the door to new business providing print for canvas awnings

Mimaki JV300 opens the door to new business providing print for canvas awnings

When Dublin-based COVERUP looked to upgrade its Mimaki CJV30-130, the company went straight to Mimaki reseller Reprocentre and invested in the latest generation JV300 solvent printer. Now, as well as producing high-end graphics and print jobs, the the JV300 has...

Mimaki wins big at prestigious EDP Awards during Drupa

Mimaki wins big at prestigious EDP Awards during Drupa

The EDP Association counts 20 member printing industry trade press magazines across Europe, and at a special ceremony held during Drupa Mimaki picked up three awards that were accepted by Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA.The Mimaki UJV55-320...

Mimaki to showcase full product portfolio at Drupa

Mimaki to showcase full product portfolio at Drupa

Mimaki will be descending on Drupa 2016 with its full product portfolio of solvent and UV printers and cutting tables. The company will be exhibiting solutions that serve a wide range of market needs, from indoor and outdoor signage to...

Go Cre8 has installed the UK’s first HP PageWide XL5000 printer

Go Cre8 has installed the UK’s first HP PageWide XL5000 printer

Liverpool-based Go Cre8 has invested in an HP PageWide XL5000 printer to create fast, cost-effective posters and increase productivity. The move – the first UK installation for HP – also allows for the firm’s Océ Arizona flatbed printer to be...

Allprint Display steps up with EFI VUTEk hybrid printer

Allprint Display steps up with EFI VUTEk hybrid printer

Since installing a new EFI VUTEk H2000 hybrid printer last year, Northamptonshire based Allprint Display have completed a raft of large orders that it would never have produced before.According to director James Daldy, the firm needed a new printer to...

Textile Printing

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Roland DG announce fluorescent inks for its Texart dye-sublimation transfer printing solution

Roland DG announce fluorescent inks for its Texart dye-sublimation transfer printing solution

Roland DG is to release a series of fluorescent inks specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers. The new inks, Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Yellow (Fy), can be combined with Roland DG’s Texart process ink colours to...

Soyang brings digital textile printing in-house for sampling

Soyang brings digital textile printing in-house for sampling

A recent investment in a new MTEX Blue dye sublimation printer by Soyang Europe has enabled the company to significantly increase its sample production and testing, benefiting its customer base with an improved service.The ‘all in one’ direct to polyester...

EFI moves further into digital textile territory with Optitex acquisition

EFI moves further into digital textile territory with Optitex acquisition

EFI has acquired Optitex, an emerging, fast growing global player in integrated 3D design software that enables the textile industry's digital transformation and accelerates the adoption of fast fashion. With offices in the U.S., Italy, India, Hong Kong and Israel,...

Epson Italia to drive digital textile printing forward with Robustelli

Epson Italia to drive digital textile printing forward with Robustelli

Epson Italia S.p.A. is to acquire 100% of the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. (Robustelli), a leader in the textile printing industry.  Located in Como, the heart of the Italian and European high-quality printing textile industry, Robustelli specialises in the...

Understanding the basic pros and cons of dye sub printing

Understanding the basic pros and cons of dye sub printing

Dye sublimation is the most versatile textile digital printing process and while it is not suitable for every textile substrate, it is certainly the best route for signage professionals to dip their toe in the world of printed textiles, and...

Materials

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CMA Imaging’s water-based media lets Xerox’s IJP 2000 high-speed printer fly

CMA Imaging’s water-based media lets Xerox’s IJP 2000 high-speed printer fly

Thanks to CMA imaging’s Gal’Art water-based media portfolio, Xerox Europe is now able to achieve photographic quality digital prints on its IJP 2000 high-speed wide format printer that claims speeds of up to 420sqm per hour. CMA says that by...

Papergraphics launch digitally printable table coverings for creative branding

Papergraphics launch digitally printable table coverings for creative branding

Papergraphics has come up with a great way to enhance branded events with its digidécor range of digitally printable table covers.These digidécor table covers feature a versatile surface finish which can be used both inside and outdoors, and are suitable...

Spandex expands into interior décor with new additions to its ImagePerfect range

Spandex expands into interior décor with new additions to its ImagePerfect range

Spandex has expanded its family of ImagePerfect materials with the launch of two new products aimed at the interior décor marketplace. The company says both enhance the existing range of ImagePerfect products and offer time and cost savings to end...

New Digital Wall Film portfolio from Avery Dennison

New Digital Wall Film portfolio from Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison has launched a new Digital Wall Film portfolio, including three new textured permanent wall vinyls: Canvas, Stone and Stucco. Non-textured films include a permanent adhesive, an Easy Apply option and a removable adhesive.“The new Avery Dennison Digital Wall...

Teasley selects FLEXcon’s SEETHRU-SIGN for 80th Cotton Bowl Classic wrap

Teasley selects FLEXcon’s SEETHRU-SIGN for 80th Cotton Bowl Classic wrap

The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is not just the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, but also the venue for one of college football’s most historic events, the Cotton Bowl Classic. Last year the 80th Annual Goodyear Cotton...

Finishing World

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Dönitz Displays & Verpackungen adds Kongsberg for prototype displays

Dönitz Displays & Verpackungen adds Kongsberg for prototype displays

Dönitz Displays & Verpackunge, based in Scheeßel, Germany, has invested in a Kongsberg XN22 cutting system from Esko in order to be more responsive to customer requirements for fast turnaround display prototypes and small series production. The machine replaces a 15-year-old cutting system from another manufacturer that had passed its...

Canon and Zünd showcased flatbed print & cut prototype workflow at Drupa

Canon and Zünd showcased flatbed print & cut prototype workflow at Drupa

Canon Europe demonstrated an interesting new prototype workflow automation solution – provisionally named ‘View & Cut' – at Drupa 2016 in conjunction with Zünd to further automate the finishing of printed output from Canon wide format printers on the Océ ProCut G3 and Zünd S3 flatbed devices.The solution incorporates Canon's...

POS specialist Wilmot-Budgen takes UK’s first Zünd D3 cutter

POS specialist Wilmot-Budgen takes UK’s first Zünd D3 cutter

Point-of-sale specialist Wilmot-Budgen has upgraded to the latest Zünd D3 digital cutting table following its launch at Drupa. The Surrey-based firm invested in a Zünd G3 XL3200 with Board Handling System earlier this year, making it the first business in the UK to have the complete system. However, the company was...

Bristol based Insight Print Media steps up to a Zünd G3 and Roland XR-640

Bristol based Insight Print Media steps up to a Zünd G3 and Roland XR-640

Insight Print Media Limited has expanded into new premises along with a raft of new wide format printing and finishing equipment including a new Zünd G3 L2500 digital cutting table.In addition to the Zünd G3, the Bristol based firm has also installed a Roland SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640 wide-format printer,...

Mutoh to distribute Summa cutters in EMEA

Mutoh to distribute Summa cutters in EMEA

Mutoh has announced that it has just entered into a distribution agreement with Summa Europe, a Belgian manufacturer of vinyl and contour cutting plotters and flatbed cutters.Under the terms of the agreement Mutoh has been appointed as non-exclusive EMEA distributor for a selected number of Summa vinyl cutters. The SummaCut...

Wrapping World

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Prepare for the ultimate digital vehicle wrapping solution

Prepare for the ultimate digital vehicle wrapping solution

Avery Dennison says it is giving its high performance car wrapping films a solid boost with the introduction of MPI 1105 Wrapping Series cast film. The company says this new material brings more vibrant colour reproduction and easy, fast application...

Spandex adds four new vehicle wrapping films to an already extensive portfolio

Spandex adds four new vehicle wrapping films to an already extensive portfolio

Spandex says it has added to its product portfolio with four new vehicle wrap films from Avery Dennison, 3M and Orafol.The next generation of 3M wrap film, the 1380 series, is a range of ultra-conformable, long-term cast films designed for...

Iconic Signs retro wraps classic VW campervans using Arlon vinyl

Iconic Signs retro wraps classic VW campervans using Arlon vinyl

Cambridge-based Iconic Signs has teamed up with classic Volkswagen restoration company Type 2 Detectives - who is working with funky VW campervan holiday rental company WeDubYou - to design and wrap some 60 bespoke themed classic VW campervans for rental...

Add colour to chrome wraps with transparent coloured overlaminates

Add colour to chrome wraps with transparent coloured overlaminates

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of new Transparent Coloured Overlaminates for Conform Chrome films. Transparent Coloured Overlaminates for Conform Chrome Series are available in three distinct colours, orange, green and purple, to combine with the five existing...

Pimp a mobile crib with ORAFOL Caravan Film

Pimp a mobile crib with ORAFOL Caravan Film

ORAFOL says it has found a solution to the challenge posed by decorating the heavily contoured sides of caravans and motorhomes – especially those with photographic images as above.This is because caravans typically have sides made from textured plastic, which...

Business

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Spandex acquires the sign and display operations of Schneidler Grafiska in Sweden and Norway

Spandex acquires the sign and display operations of Schneidler Grafiska in Sweden and Norway

Headquartered in Stockholm, Schneidler Grafiska is a distributor of equipment, print media, inks and related services to sign and display companies and screen printers representing industry brands such as HP, Fujifilm, M&R, Inca, 3M, Avery Dennison, 3A, Arlon, PONGS and...

Sign franchise company FASTSIGNS looks to double UK market presence

Sign franchise company FASTSIGNS looks to double UK market presence

FASTSIGNS has unveiled more details on its UK growth strategy as it aims to double its number of franchises by 2018. As part of the growth strategy, the company is looking to target more high-visibility locations, including major arterial roads, rather...

Spandex expands into Italy with Bibiemme

Spandex expands into Italy with Bibiemme

Spandex has acquired ‘value added’ Italian graphic arts distributor Bibiemme. Based in Padova in North Eastern Italy, and with over 20 years’ experience, Bibiemme is one of the principal distributors in the Triveneto region for the graphics market.A key distributor...

Screen appoints MCA PRO as its Austrian reseller

Screen appoints MCA PRO as its Austrian reseller

Screen has appointed MCA PRO as its reseller for the Truepress Jet 520 continuous inkjet presses, W3200UV wide-format UV printer, and L-350UV digital label press in Austria.Based in Wolkersdorf, the MCA PRO team is headed up by Martin Strobel. “Screen...

Relocation is next stage in Nth Degree’s strategic growth plan

Relocation is next stage in Nth Degree’s strategic growth plan

Nth Degree Imaging has relocated to a new UK central location as part of a major new strategic expansion plan. The new offices in Peterborough will be better sized and positioned to house and demonstrate a vast array of the...

UV/LED Printing

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Microsculpture exhibition is a showcase of wide format printing at its best

Microsculpture exhibition is a showcase of wide format printing at its best

Little can be seen of an insect’s fine detail when viewed by the human eye, but this new exhibition by British photographer Levon Biss at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford, takes this micro detail to a stunning new...

Agfa to launch new UV LED printer at Drupa

Agfa to launch new UV LED printer at Drupa

Agfa Graphics is set to boost its UV LED range at Drupa with the launch of the Anapurna H2500i LED system, a 2.5m hybrid solution for printing rigid and flexible media.“In addition to widening the media range, UV LED curing...

Middle East display giant NDigitec invests in 5m VUTEk GS5500LX

Middle East display giant NDigitec invests in 5m VUTEk GS5500LX

NDigitec, one of the Middle East's fastest-growing creative production companies, has invested in an EFI VUTEk GS5500LX roll-to-roll LED inkjet printer. Quality, reliability and "green" LED technology were the primary reasons cited for the purchase.Dubai-based NDigitecis a principal provider in...

Gandy Digital to showcase new Fascin8tor 5m roll-to-roll UV printer at drupa

Gandy Digital to showcase new Fascin8tor 5m roll-to-roll UV printer at drupa

Gandy Digital will use Drupa as the platform to provide the first live public demonstration of its new Fascin8tor grand format five metre UV roll-to-roll printer.Fully operational on Gandy Digital’s stand (Hall 6, Stand D69), the company says its newest...

Italian wide format manufacturer NoeCha to unveil new production press at Drupa

Italian wide format manufacturer NoeCha to unveil new production press at Drupa

NoeCha is a high-tech company formed in 2013 that designs, manufactures and sells wide format industrial flatbed inkjet printers. Based in Bergamo, North Italy, its core product is the NoeCha1, an ultra-fast wide format UV-LED digital press delivering high quality...

Technology

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Markzware releases a free Mac utility - ID Util – via the Mac App Store

Markzware releases a free Mac utility - ID Util – via the Mac App Store

ID Util allows users to preview InDesign, InCopy and IDML files, without needing to open the Adobe InDesign application. Users who have InDesign CS5 through InDesign CC 2015 can create high resolution previews for all pages in the InDesign file.With...

Dawn of a new era for PDF rendering

Dawn of a new era for PDF rendering

Online workflow software publishing developer CHILI publish has launched what it calls “today’s best PDF viewing and approval inspection experience” following collaboration with Enfocus. The firm has integrated its new CHILI rendro technology for viewing PDFs on the web with...

Epson make wide format printing easy with new control dashboard

Epson make wide format printing easy with new control dashboard

Epson has introduced the Epson Control Dashboard, a useful and innovative browser-based management and productivity application dedicated to its recently launched SureColor SC-S Series wide format printers that the company says helps operators’ set-up and optimise print output parameters faster...

Throw the Switch! Onyx develops Switch Configurator to further automate wide format workflow

Throw the Switch! Onyx develops Switch Configurator to further automate wide format workflow

Onyx Graphics has, as a Crossroads Partner, developed a Switch Configurator that supports the specific demands of large format printers. Based on Switch automation software from Enfocus, this new solution – called the Onyx Switch Configurator – will expand benefits...

Global Graphics Software raises the bar in output quality with Harlequin 11 RIP

Global Graphics Software raises the bar in output quality with Harlequin 11 RIP

Global Graphics Software has announced a major new release of its Harlequin RIP software engine. The company says its new version, Harlequin 11, raises the bar in output quality by introducing features to improve inkjet output quality, offers more controls...

Outdoor Display

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Jaguar unveils Heathrow experiential campaign in support of F-Pace launch

Jaguar unveils Heathrow experiential campaign in support of F-Pace launch

Jaguar is revving up the promotional activity surrounding the launch of its first high performance SUV - the F-Pace - with a 4 week experiential campaign in the heart of Terminal 5, Heathrow’s busiest terminal welcoming over 16 million departing...

Midlands based display print specialist named as ‘preferred supplier’ to the NEC

Midlands based display print specialist named as ‘preferred supplier’ to the NEC

Hollywood Monster has been named as a ‘preferred supplier’ to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, cementing the relationship between the two Midlands-based companies, and for the next two years, the firm will be providing printing and signage services...

Pixartprinting’s 'Pleasure Will Steal Your Soul' art installation unveiled during Milan Design Week

Pixartprinting’s 'Pleasure Will Steal Your Soul' art installation unveiled during Milan Design Week

Pixartprinting, the European W2P company, has created an enormous printed mechanical flower installation at Base Milano that comprises colourful and animated smaller flowers, whose petals open and close with a mechanical rhythm caused by the 'breathing' of rubber balls that,...

Hollywood Monster works with HSBC to keep new HQ site construction under wraps

Hollywood Monster works with HSBC to keep new HQ site construction under wraps

As HSBC’s relocation to Birmingham is now well underway, Hollywood Monster has manufactured and installed giant hoardings to keep the building works under wraps. The company provided technical and creative expertise for over 150 metres of hoardings and large steel...

Pixartprinting teams up with No Curves for Marie Claire #LIKES outdoor campaign

Pixartprinting teams up with No Curves for Marie Claire #LIKES outdoor campaign

Italian visual artist No Curves is known for his unique and geometric style. His work is characterised by the total absence of curves and round edges because he realises his artworks exclusively with adhesive tape.Working with Venice based wide format...

Labels & Packaging

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SEIC is first in France with Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press

SEIC is first in France with Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press

Label print specialist SEIC is the first company in France to invest in a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press, with inline ABG converter system, to update and expand its existing flexo and digital print service. The new press...

CPI led SCOPE project aims to take grocery shopping to the next level with NFC technology

CPI led SCOPE project aims to take grocery shopping to the next level with NFC technology

The day when you can pop into your local supermarket armed with your near field communications (NFC) enabled smart phone to make purchases based on your own personal data is coming one step closer to reality. The Centre for Process Innovation...

Nene Packaging boosts packaging productivity with Zünd and VUTEk double

Nene Packaging boosts packaging productivity with Zünd and VUTEk double

CMYUK has installed a Zünd S3 digital cutting table and an EFI VUTEk GS 2000 LX Pro printer at the Northampton factory of Nene Packaging, enabling it to produce packaging and display samples for customers of all sizes.As an approved...

Landa says Nanographic printing presses will start shipping in early 2017

Landa says Nanographic printing presses will start shipping in early 2017

According to Landa Group chairman Benny Landa, the company’s Nanographic Printing presses will start shipping in early 2017. However, not before you put your hand deep in your pocket to pre-order following all the hype at Drupa – again.Landa says...

Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press takes Charapak into new markets

Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press takes Charapak into new markets

Derbyshire based Charapak is one of the UK’s market leaders in the design and manufacture of specialist corrugated packaging. The company has recently diversified into the labelling sector following an investment in Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press. This...

Industrial Printing

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Watford based Stylo takes UK’s first Massivit 1800 super-sized 3D printer

Watford based Stylo takes UK’s first Massivit 1800 super-sized 3D printer

Papergraphics has sold the UK’s first Massivit 1800 3D printer to graphic production company Stylo, a Watford based display business providing bespoke tailored solutions for retail, interiors, exhibitions, museums and 3D displays.With the ability to create ultra-large scale objects in...

InPrint USA exhibition announced for April 2017

InPrint USA exhibition announced for April 2017

FM Brooks, part of the Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group and organisers of InPrint: The Industrial Print Show, has announced the launch of InPrint USA which will take place April 25-27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida.The...

New report reveals industrial printing growing across a wide range of markets

New report reveals industrial printing growing across a wide range of markets

InPrint Show, in partnership with I.T. Strategies, has launched an industry survey completed by 150 respondents to highlight key trends and insight for the continued development of industrial print production.The survey and report features analysis on growth opportunities for new...

New EFI Fiery technology for Cretaprint ceramic inkjet printers

New EFI Fiery technology for Cretaprint ceramic inkjet printers

EFI has introduced an upgrade to its Fiery technology for Cretaprint ceramic inkjet printers. The new proServer for Cretaprint 2.0 is said to boost productivity with improved colour management and reduced ink costs.The new product includes a Smart Ink Saving...

Stratasys launch world’s first full colour multi-material 3D printer

Stratasys launch world’s first full colour multi-material 3D printer

Stratasys has seemingly thrown the 3D printing rule book out the window by launching another industry first with its market-disruptive full colour 3D printer - the J750 - that can mix-and-match full colour material gradients to produce product-matching colour prototypes...

Environment

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VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

Over the past 15 years, PVC has undergone a remarkable transformation from being a much-maligned plastic material to playing an important role in addressing climate change and establishing a circular economy.Today the vinyl industry is seen as a role model...

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

A large number of inks within the Fujifilm Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications have been awarded the Nordic Ecolabel certification. The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption...

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

Eurofins - an independent organisation for Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) product emission testing – has awarded Mutoh and Grafityp an Indoor Air Comfort Certificate (IAC) for the Grafityp Ecological non-PVC self-adhesive film (GEF-ES) printed with Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS)...

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Globus is helping companies in the UK and Ireland to protect and preserve the environment for World Environment Day  on 5 June 2015 with a free trial pair of biodegradable nitrile grip gloves.The United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day’ is promoted...

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki has been awarded the Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks thereby making the inks entirely suitable for a wide range of applications, including those in schools, healthcare or similarly sensitive environments.Greenguard Certification requires stringent emissions criteria to be met...

Peter Davidson

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People don't buy what you do

People don't buy what you do

During a rare quiet moment I sometimes remind myself about the motivation that lies behind what I do, and why, in both business and in my personal life.Working with customers can be a great experience; profitable for both parties given...

Nothing is guaranteed

Nothing is guaranteed

There is a welcomed trend for inkjet printer manufacturers to provide extended warranties as standard with their equipment.Back in the days when inkjet printers were guaranteed for a maximum of 12 months with several “however’s” thrown in to the Ts...

At the mercy of the wall

At the mercy of the wall

It is astonishing just how many suppliers, printers and end users have only just realised that the inkjet printed digital wall coverings market is now really worth considering. Perhaps it’s because the general sign market is so over populated and...

OKI wide format solutions impress Peter at Packaging Innovations

OKI wide format solutions impress Peter at Packaging Innovations

I recently visited the Packaging Innovations Exhibition at the NEC on a fact finding mission to find out why there is a lot of noise about what I perceived is still pretty much a traditional business.On arrival the show was...

It’s hard in hardware

It’s hard in hardware

Apart from their undying desire to be the biggest shifter of large format metal I have struggled to understand the strategy and direction of most of the manufacturers in our market. I fully appreciate that every manufacturer wants to be...

Printing World

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Ricoh announce strategic global wide format distribution partnership with EFI

Ricoh announce strategic global wide format distribution partnership with EFI

Ricoh has declared its intention to move further into the wide format sector by adding EFI VUTEk flatbed printers to its offering. The announcement made during Drupa 2016 means that Ricoh’s graphic arts offering is expanded further and is now...

Xerox iGen4 pushes CityDocs print production volume beyond 365m prints per year

Xerox iGen4 pushes CityDocs print production volume beyond 365m prints per year

CityDocs, a London-based managed print and document solutions company, has invested in one of Xerox’s flagship production print presses, the iGen4, to push the company’s print capabilities past 300 million mono and 65 million colour copies per annum.The combination of...

OKI Europe turns day into night at Drupa with revolutionary NeonColor toners

OKI Europe turns day into night at Drupa with revolutionary NeonColor toners

One of the more interesting practical applications to be found at Drupa can be found on the OKI Europe stand where the company is showcasing how its unique NeonColor toners allow creative businesses to bring their designs alive with dazzling,...

First UK Fujifilm Jet Press 720S now goes live at Emmerson Press

First UK Fujifilm Jet Press 720S now goes live at Emmerson Press

Founded in 1981, Emmerson Press has long been at the forefront of the digital print revolution. In 1997 it was among the earliest UK companies to install an Indigo digital press – and having carefully followed developments in the B2...

Elephant Print and Display adds HP Indigo 5000 cut-sheet digital press

Elephant Print and Display adds HP Indigo 5000 cut-sheet digital press

East Sussex-based digital print company Elephant Print and Display has invested in an HP Indigo 5000 digital press with white ink. The new machine replaces an older HP Indigo 350 press and as such will provide the firm with a...

Latex Printing

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HP pushes forward with HP Latex 300 series by adding Spandex to the mix

HP pushes forward with HP Latex 300 series by adding Spandex to the mix

HP has continued it aggressive targeting of the graphics market with its 300 series Latex printers with Spandex announcing the addition of the 300 series of printers to its product portfolio, closing the circle on a full range of ink...

HP Latex 370 lives up to the spec that’s listed for Access360’s Dave Pimlott

HP Latex 370 lives up to the spec that’s listed for Access360’s Dave Pimlott

Essex-based, a specialist exhibition, experiential marketing and interiors company, has invested in an HP Latex 370 from City and West End Solutions. Access360’s main focus is on interior decoration for large corporates, supplying individual companies and chains across the UK...

GOM2012Conversations with customers and suppliers in the last quarter of 2011 lead me to believe that 2012 could be a year of seismic change in the Industry. The last time this happened was when the internet changed the knowledge model from manufacture and distribution to distribute and then produce locally.

Before the internet, knowledge was manufactured in bulk and then distributed to consumers. The internet reversed the process, distributing information to millions of consumers who then each printed out what they wanted. There is no doubt that this increased the volume of print, but it was at the expense of traditional printers. Many products of traditional printing methods are disappearing or have already gone. Airline tickets and boarding cards, headed notepaper and business stationary, even dare I say books are disappearing as mass produced items.

The advent of digital printing has meant that high quality, personalised and very targeted print is now being produced and then distributed to consumers, but increasingly this targeted approach is involving other communications media. Suddenly the people who in my opinion are innovating and leading the changes in the industry are no longer regarding themselves or even calling themselves printers. They are communications specialists and are starting to use other mediums to communicate for their clients.

The common factor when talking to anyone leading this change is data. Every single one of them spoke about it as being the key to being able to change their business. The data they are talking about is that held by their own customers that relates to people who transact with them. This is information about existing customers and prospective customers. The obvious data is their name, address, purchase history and customer contacts, but increasingly they are helping their customers gather other data from sources such as social media which helps build a bigger and much more personalised picture of their customers activity.

I will give you some examples. One of the fastest growing areas of business for Xerox Global Services is its Communications and Marketing Services Division. They are dealing with some very big corporate clients and running their whole marketing campaigns for them. The data that they gather enables them to create multiple touch points for the corporate client with their customers, finding the best way to communicate their marketing message. Sometimes that will involve print, but increasingly Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google are amongst the ways they communicate.

I was talking to a customer recently who had installed a large digital press. I was impressed with the work they were producing, but he was more excited about the fact that he had designed a customer’s web site for them and created some avatars for them to use on Twitter. There was more profit coming from those services than from the digital print they had produced for the customer. Another large client had come to them for a quote for a large number of brochures. The conversation had turned to what the customer wanted to achieve as a result. Once this was understood, the quote for the brochure was abandoned and an event created for the client, involving a casino evening with a large print order for personalised invitations, pull-ups and poker chips as well as a Twitter and Facebook campaign around the event. The client’s data has been acquired for the event, but will now be the basis for more cross media marketing campaigns. The profit margin for my customer will be four to five times that which would have been there if he had won the original job and printed it on his Heidelberg.

Another digital customer has persuaded his local college to Tupe across the members of its marketing department, together with their marketing budget and marketing database. He has guaranteed savings as well as transforming the way they communicate with their prospective customer’s – students. This young client base respond much more readily to social media messaging than traditional prospectuses, so my customer is using the database to interact with them on behalf of the college and creating a much more personal and responsive campaign and reducing the amount spent on print.

Each of these examples shows how print volumes are being further eroded as other methods of communication expand. If you look around now the signs are there. Man Roland didn’t go into administration because they made bad presses. It was because the market for presses had fallen dramatically in the last few years, as print volumes fell. The market for mobile phones, tablets and e-readers is growing at a phenomenal rate and the smart people in the industry are turning their attention to taking control of their customer’s data and creating digital marketing messages.

So as the internet turned print turned from analogue to digital in the 90's, I believe that in 2012 it is now turning it from digital to electronic.

Gerry Mulvaney
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