Hybrid Services Ashley Kauer awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year 2013’
Congratulations to Hybrid Services Accounts Assistant Ashley Kauer who has been awarded Apprentice of the Year 2013 by South Cheshire College.
Ashley started his apprenticeship with Mimaki’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland in September 2012 and has successfully achieved Level 2 and 3 AAT Accounting Diplomas, and is currently working towards his Level 4 Diploma, which he is due to complete in July. He works four days a week at Hybrid as well as attending college on day release to conduct his studies.
South Cheshire College awards an 'Apprentice of the Year' prize on an annual basis, which recognises highly motivated and top performing apprentices who have excelled at college and in employment. Ashley also received a prize of £50 for his efforts and plans to join the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to continue his studies after the summer.
That makes Ashley an official industry Mover & Shaker in our book.
London’s Oxford Circus tube station gets The Great Gatsby wrap
A 360° station domination advertisement promoting Warner Brother’s UK release of the new Great Gatsby movie impressed commuters and travellers as they entered the passenger walkway of London’s Oxford Circus tube station last week.
Tropicana brings sunshine to London rail commuters
It might be overcast and gloomy here in London, but thanks to Tropicana London commuters have been enjoying a splash of sunshine across rail environments at Euston and Paddington Stations.
The London-wide rail campaign promoting Tropicana Single Serve includes giant orange full-brand wraps, digital escalator panels and digital 6-sheets. Passengers on the concourse at Euston are surrounded on all sides by the brand, with creative running across the nine Euston Motion screens. At Paddington Station, media space includes imposing hanging banners and digital 6-sheets.
The campaign continues with large-format locations and digital media across London stations, all in close proximity to retail outlets offering Tropicana Single Serve.
Using digital to its full potential, digital 6-sheets will enable Tropicana to target London’s morning commuters between 6 and 10am, extending the campaign’s reach when most relevant.
The campaign greets commuters with images of Tropicana’s ‘Sunshine Slice’ of juicy oranges and bottles of Tropicana Single Serve with strap lines such as, ‘Good days come from good mornings’, ‘Your first of five a day’ and ‘Pocketful of sunshine’, highlighting the portability and key product benefits to London commuters.
The campaign with JCDecaux was planned and booked through OMD UK. The creative agency was Juniper Park with digital production by GrandVisual.
Digital production sales specialist Mike Ryan joins Apex Digital
Following its move into the digital production equipment arena with Konica Minolta, earlier this year, Apex Digital Graphics has appointed digital production sales specialist Mike Ryan as its new digital sales manager.
Ryan brings 32 years of graphic arts and digital equipment sales experience to the role, having worked with both Litho Supplies and, more recently, Danwood, where he worked closely with the products of Konica Minolta.
Bob Usher, managing director of Apex, said: “Mike was the ideal candidate for this new sales position. The job offers him the chance to combine his knowledge of the digital market, his appreciation and understanding of Konica Minolta equipment, and his experience of the printing industry. This combination of skills is hard to find, but it is exactly what we need at this point in time.”
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First UK Mimaki JFX500 goes to Victory Signs
Authorised Mimaki reseller Your Print Specialists (YPS) has sold the first Mimaki JFX500-2131 in the UK to Victory Signs, a diverse sign and display producer with an industrial edge.
Based in Cramlington, Northumberland, Victory Signs has built a core of end users interested in its engraving, fascia, retail and specialist output, but sought to make its production more efficient – hence its decision to invest in the 2.1 x 3.1m grand-format UV-curable industrial flat-bed printer from Mimaki.
"We've been a Mimaki house for some time, and already own a 1.6m CJV30-160 and a UJF-3042," says Neil Wood, manager of the family-run company. "Investing in the JFX500 means we can keep production of larger display boards in house, and the ability to print direct to the media avoids transfer and other multiple-stage processes that can introduce liabilities. It's a real step up for our business, and for what we'll be able to do for our customers."
Influential in Victory Signs's purchasing decision, the JFX500 improves throughput by some 2.5 times compared with previous models and features both LED curing and specially formulated LUS-150 flexible ink to allow high-speed production onto a range of sensitive substrates. A maximum 60sq m/hour print speed when printing in four colours makes it a viable alternative production process to screen, while the imminent addition of white ink will give the functionality of over- and under-printing for high-value display applications and onto transparent media.
Service is an aspect of business appreciated particularly by Victory Signs. The 13-strong company, based in Cramlington, has built a large engraving footprint over the last 30 years since its incorporation, servicing sizeable military contracts for machinery parts and other, confidential industrial applications. It will use the Mimaki JFX500 to expand in two key business areas – shop fascias and confidential display work for local representatives of major multi-nationals – freeing up its CJV30 for the company's fully unattended outdoor durable graphics work.
"As we transfer existing work to the JFX500-2131 and put it through its paces, we're also assessing all the new revenue areas it can take us into," Wood says. "We're certain that we'll be able to provide a high-quality trade service for other local companies, but beyond that the possibilities are very exciting. Whichever road we take, we know YPS will be there to help us make the most of the machine and its capabilities."