Print, display and cross media provider Minprint opts for EFI hybrid LED printer

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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Belfast based commercial printer Minprint has invested in a 3.2-metre hybrid roll/flatbed printer from EFI to keep up with the growing demand for large-format applications. The new VUTEk printer will allow Minprint to develop the point of sale and printed interior decor markets.

According to managing director Jamie McMinnis the company has seen an increase in customer demand for large format products, such as signage, vehicle wraps, customised wall art and exhibition materials.

“The EFI VUTEk GS3250LX printer enables us to print a wider range of substrates like acrylic, wood, mirrors, building wraps, ceramic tiles and textiles. This allows us to be more creative and push the boundaries of traditional print,” he says.

In business for 40 years with 50 employees, Minprint provides bespoke design, and print and display solutions to small and medium-sized businesses throughout Ireland and the UK. The company serves a wide variety of markets, including construction, hospitality, retail, insurance, medical, manufacturing and defence.

As part of its comprehensive services offering, Minprint also produces multimedia campaigns and promotional products, using EFI DirectSmile Cross Media software to provide clients a full end-to-end solution. "We integrate it with print campaigns, use it to drive variable data to digital presses, and even to develop backend systems to allow our clients to generate revenue from personalised portals with integrated publications,” says McMinnis.

Epson shows the power of its SureColor printers for display graphics, wallpaper, textile, soft signage & vehicle wraps at Sign & Digital UK 2017

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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Epson is back with a bang at this year’s Sign & Digital UK exhibition and says it plans to demonstrate the power of its SureColor range of wide-format printers, used to produce a wide variety of high-quality value-added applications. Visitors will see selected models from the SureColor SC-S (eco-solvent), SC-T (aqueous) and SC-F (dye-sublimation) ranges printing quality display graphics, POS, wallpaper, textiles, soft signage, and vehicle wraps.

As part of its educational and local community initiatives, Epson has been working with young B-TEC students at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead to explore the potential of wide-format printing to develop a vibrant car wrap design. The winning artwork will be printed on a SureColor SC-S80600 and applied to a Toyota Aygo which will appear to be bursting through a wall on the exhibition stand.  The graphics, which will be unveiled at Sign & Digital, were printed and applied by graphics specialists Slam Signs.

Phil McMullin, sales manager, Professional Graphics, Epson UK, says: “We are experiencing considerable interest in our SureColor printers as companies are investing in equipment that ticks all the boxes in terms of quality, price, flexibility, performance, ease of use and ability to maximise profits. Sign & Digital comes at just the right time as many PSPs look to upgrade, expand and add new products to their portfolios and, at the show, we will enjoy showing them the considerable potential of Epson technology.”

The hugely successful 10-colour 64-inch SureColor SC-S80600 uses the UltraChrome GS3 inkset which includes red, white and metallic for accurate and consistent corporate colour match signage and produces exceptional print quality, even on the cheapest monomeric vinyl.  This affordable and highly-flexible printer is the perfect tool for busy print service providers. With a low total cost of ownership and superb reliability it is ideal for producing a variety of display graphics, backlit panels, POS materials, vehicle wraps, wallpaper and canvases as well as a plethora of other specialist applications.

For durable soft signage and fabric with exceptional quality and very low cost per square metre, Epson demonstrates the SureColor SC-F9200 dye sublimation printer at the show.  This printer features two high-capacity ink supply systems for longer, uninterrupted print runs at resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi and speeds just over 100 sqm/hr. A large after heater and optional air dryer means products are in optimal condition for winding on to the highly-accurate take-up system featuring automatic tension control.

From the Epson aqueous range is the 36-inch SureColor SC-T5200MFP 4-colour, large-format printer, with colour scanner and copy facility. This printer is ideal for the high-speed production of POS and high-quality, quick-print applications such as photo quality posters, prints and graphics - outputting an A1 print for example takes just 28 seconds.

Visitors can see Epson on Booth C30.

InkTek opens Newcastle based Jetrix service centre

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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Jetrix printer sales are on the increase in the UK and as such the need to offer customers rapid technical support, InkTec has established an additional service centre to cover the North of England.

The North is an important region for InkTec, particularly as the number of installations of Jetrix printers has been steadily increasing over the last two years.  The new centre near Newcastle will continue to provide support delivered by the current operation out of Witney, but with the ability to be much more rapid with response times. The two engineers based there will be completely involved in any installation in the area, while giving full training and in-depth technical consulting. In addition through the Witney office, advice will continued to be offered over the phone with machines being reviewed online, when required.

Joey Kim, MD of InkTec Europe, says: “The opening of our Northern service centre builds on our commitment to the region and the ever-expanding number of Jetrix installations there. All our Jetrix engineers undertake extensive training and are taken through the complete printer build process from start to finish. We have no doubt that this will probably be the start of several regional service centres being established.”

i-Sub to showcase promotional personalised printed products at Sign & Digital UK

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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On-demand, direct-to-object printing provides outstanding business building potential in the rapidly expanding field of personalised printed products, and Kettering based i-Sub will use Sign & Digital UK to showcase the power of personalisation with Mimaki’s new UJF 6042 MKII UV object printer.

The i-Sub team will also be exhibiting the Epson dye sublimation system, plus the stand will feature numerous examples of finished dye sublimation applications created on Mimaki, Epson, Dgen and EFI machines. Visitors will be able to experience the striking effects possible using dye sublimation technology and the array of textiles and materials that can be printed. Alongside these will be a whole catalogue of application samples to demonstrate what can be achieved with the Agfa and Mimaki industrial UV systems, and Mimaki solvent printers.

i-Sub and its key representatives will be found on stand B12 throughout Sign & Digital UK 2017. 

Showcase your wrap design skills on this powerboat

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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FESPA has launched the Wrap Masters Design Competition, inviting contestants to create a striking design for a Formula 4S speed boat that will be used by the Haugaard Racing Team in the 2017 World Formula 4 UIM Powerboat Championship. The design will be used by Haugaard Racing Team and will adorn the powerboat until the final of the World Formula 4 UIM Powerboat Championship.

In order to qualify, participants will need to produce an attention-grabbing design that puts their creative skills to the test and includes the boat number (22), as well as the racing team's logo and World Wrap Masters sponsor, Hexis' logo. All entries must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10th March 2017. 

Entries will be judged by Formula 4 race boat driver, Sebastian Haugaard, and World Wrap Masters Head Judge, Ole Solskin Ravn. The winning design, which will be announced on Friday 17th March 2017, will be used in the World Wrap Masters Final during FESPA 2017 (8-12 May 2017) in Hamburg, Germany. 

The winner will also receive a free trip to Hamburg, where they will have the opportunity to meet driver Sebastian Haugaard in person and see the racing boat being wrapped with their design during FESPA 2017.

For more information on the Wrap Masters Design Competition and the World Wrap Masters Final, visit: www.fespa2017.com/whats-on/wrap-masters-competition  

Flagship European FESPA event to become annual global print expo

Written by Mat Thompson on Friday, 24 February 2017.

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FESPA’s global print expo - the flagship biennial international exhibition for digital wide format, screen and textile print - will become an annual event from 2017 onwards.

The decision has been made by FESPA, in consultation with exhibitors and visitors, to provide the global speciality print community with one comprehensive yearly destination event, covering all technologies, processes and applications.

FESPA Digital, the event focussed specifically on digital wide format technologies, will be replaced by this all-encompassing event.

Neil Felton, FESPA CEO, explains: “With this change, we aim to bring clarity and consistency to the global print community. Since 2006, our flagship FESPA event has alternated with FESPA Digital, reflecting the digital revolution that has so dramatically reshaped and revitalised our sector over the last decade. In fact, FESPA Digital has succeeded to the point where it is virtually as significant a landmark in the print event calendar as the original FESPA. Today, feedback from both visitors and exhibitors is that - as digital becomes a mature technology - they would prefer to see FESPA present one annual event, embracing both digital and analogue products and applications to reflect the diversity of their businesses.”

FESPA’s next global print expo – FESPA 2017 – takes place in Hamburg, Germany, from 8th to 12th May 2017, and will feature the full spectrum of screen, digital and textile print. The visitor campaign for this edition launched in January 2017 under the strapline ‘Dare to Print Different’. Beyond 2017, FESPA has now confirmed Berlin and Munich as the host cities for the 2018 and 2019 editions respectively, with both editions to take place in May.

FESPA Divisional Director Roz McGuinness adds: “By unifying our European events and removing the ‘Digital’ distinction, we can focus all our energies on delivering the same great event experience for all participants, every year. For our visitors, it ensures that whatever the year, wherever they are in their investment cycle, they can attend a trusted FESPA event in Europe that meets all their needs as a source of information and inspiration.”

She continue: “Suppliers of technology and consumables for screen print now have the opportunity to exhibit at FESPA every year, giving them a regular platform to share their ideas and innovations, rather than being constrained by a cyclical event calendar. It also ensures that we can present a consistent offering for our growing community of visitors from textile and other industrial sectors, and enables us to give greater continuity to more recently launched events and initiatives such as European Sign Expo and Printeriors.”

By notifying exhibitors of the locations and timeframe of later editions of the FESPA exhibition well in advance, FESPA aims to support exhibiting companies with their long-term planning, while ensuring that visitors are aware of the show locations and can make advance travel plans accordingly.

All European FESPA venues are chosen for the quality of their exhibition facilities, and ease of accessibility for international visitors. Hamburg, Berlin and Munich are all major international business hubs, with good air, rail and road transport links, and a wide range of accommodation and hospitality options.

Berlin was the host city for FESPA 2007, one of the most memorable editions in the event’s 50-year history, while Munich has welcomed FESPA on four previous occasions, in 1999, 2005, 2010 and 2014 and is a favourite host city with both exhibitors and visitors.

Peripatetic movement of FESPA exhibitions between host cities improves accessibility for visitors from across Europe and ensures that the geographical make-up of the audience changes annually, helping exhibitors to engage with the widest possible audience of customers and prospects. Based on data from FESPA Digital 2011, the location of the 2017 event in Hamburg is expected to appeal particularly to visitors from northern and central Germany, while also attracting substantial delegations from the Benelux and Nordic regions. Berlin 2007 expanded FESPA’s audience from northern Germany and north-eastern Europe, while FESPA events in Munich typically draw enlarged delegate groups from central Europe and Italy.

FESPA’s global print expo in Europe is complemented by a programme of tailored regional exhibitions in Asia, Eurasia, central and south America and Africa, facilitating access to FESPA events for print service providers in these developing markets.

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