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Exclusive UK and Irish Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services has confirmed that Sign & Digital UK will be one of the first opportunities to see the new, smaller Mimaki UCJV printer cutters, that will officially launch in May.

Fujifilm announces the European launch of a new super-wide format platform called the Acuity Ultra, with its first showcase being on Fujifilm stand D50, Hall 2.2 at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin in May. Representing the culmination of extensive market research to understand the needs of super-wide format producers today and the challenges they will face tomorrow, this latest addition to the Fujifilm Acuity range is unlike anything currently available on the market. It forms a key part of Fujifilm's industrial strategy, offering increased size and quality to make the production of high-end interior graphics much more profitable. Built around Fujifilm's UV cured inkjet technologies, it offers almost photographic levels of quality with tighter registration and higher production speeds, at a cost that is set to shake up the super-wide format marketplace.

For the first time at at UK Exhibition, Atech will feature the Platinum 3.2m UV printer with LED curing. Bringing high resolution and high speed even with 7 colours, you'll not want to miss it. CMYK or CMYK plus Lc, Lm and white at speed and quality there's a configuration to match your needs.

The Sussex Sign Company, based in Brighton, UK, provides a comprehensive range of professional graphic design facilities, signage and vehicle livery products. The company was formed in 1995 and has established an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and professionalism that extends throughout the south.

On Stand A50, Graphtec GB will demonstrate new, recently launched and existing plotter/cutters for a wide range of sign and graphics and digital printing applications. These will be shown running on the latest Graphtec Pro Studio dedicated software. This is based on the popular FlexiSign family of design and production software developed by SAi for which Graphtec GB is a preferred business partner and distributor in the UK and Ireland.

Mimaki is focused on promoting the analog-to-digital transformation of printing processes in the textile and apparel market. This includes developing a total solutions approach, from pre-processing through printing and post-processing of digitally printed textiles. To that end, Mimaki Europe has established a joint venture with BOMPAN S.r.l., a leading distributor in Italy that has longstanding experience in the textile industry and has had a trusted business relationship with Mimaki Europe for more than two decades. Mimaki Europe retains a 51% ownership of the joint venture, known as Mimaki Bompan Textile S.r.l., and the majority of directors, including the CEO, Hirokazu Hayashi. Massimo Bompan is serving as Chairman of the joint venture company.

Display and signage specialist Mid West Displays has unveiled their refurbished showroom at their Shrewsbury HQ.

Schawk Group, which is part of the Matthews International Corporation, is one of the biggest global brand deployment companies worldwide. With their many years of experience Schawk Manchester, one of the main plate making operations in the UK, support their customers with expertise in resourcing, workflow, imaging and color management and still finds their core strengths in the packaging market. At their annual print awards the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) titled Schawk Manchester as “Repro Company of the Year.”

18 presentations on the technical track and 10 more on the creative track provide for an intense learning and networking agenda during the 2nd edition of the Printed Interior Decoration (PID) conference which takes place on 5-6 June 2018 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia hotel in Düsseldorf. Participants will witness the latest printing technologies for home textiles, wallpapers, laminated floorings, wooden panels, carpets, building and mobile interiors.

Mimaki today announces a new development in the Internet of Things (IoT) with its Digital Printing Connection, which aims to help users incorporate Mimaki printers to production lines for unattended on-demand production and mass customisation through communication with robots, conveyor belts, inspection devices, sensors and other peripheral equipment.

On Stand F20, AXYZ International will demonstrate the Trident hybrid CNC combined routing and cutting print finishing system. This powerful production workhorse enables large-format sign and graphics and print finishing specialists to increase output by as much as 50 per cent by comparison with standard CNC routers, whilst obviating the need for investment in two separate machines to carry out these dual requirements.

The popular CE series of cutting plotters from Graphtec has now been expanded with the introduction of the CE Lite-50 machine. Described as a “new category” small-format entry-level professional cutting plotter, it claims design and production capabilities invariably not found in any similarly positioned and priced machine.

With its new conference, FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is taking an innovative approach to serving the growing fields of industrial printing and printed electronics.

A new collection of printed samples showcasing the extensive portfolio for label and packaging applications from Creas​et, Lecta's range of one-side coated.

Esko has announced a major new release of its packaging management solution, WebCenter. WebCenter 18 streamlines and speeds up the packaging development workflow by delivering extra features that give brand owners and converters more control and visibility over their packaging preproduction specification, approval and project life cycle.

The latest addition to the Anapurna LED series, the Anapurna H1650i LED is a smaller version of the popular and robust Anapurna H2050i LED press, with which it shares several features and benefits. Like its bigger brother, the new Anapurna H1650i LED prints on both rigid and flexible media and cures with air-cooled UV LED lamps, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership. It combines this with Agfa’s award-winning imaging quality, ink-saving Thin Ink Layer Technology and perfect white ink printing reliability, yet requires a smaller financial investment than other systems in this segment.

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