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This years’ exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham from the 12-14 April, will see the launch of some important new product ranges for the graphic display and signage industry. Utilising the very latest technology and advances in R&D, visitors will be able to see the first ever showings of products from EFI, Durst, AGFA, Mutoh, Hybrid & Summa amongst others.

Registration is FREE, so if these leading manufacturers are choosing to launch their products in the UK, surely its worth a visit? Here’s a snippit of what to expect:

Hybrid Services will be launching 5 new products at the show. The Mimaki JFX-1615plus LED UV ink-jet printer will make its debut in addion to Mimaki's new white and metallic eco-solvent inks, suitable for graphics, decals and labels and can be retro-fitted to the Mimaki CJV30 and JV33 ranges. There will be a new clear UV ink for the creation of Braille, highlighting effects and glossy spot finishes and two more new printers; the JV34-260, dye-sub or outdoor durable banner printer and the new TS3-1600 entry-level dye-sub printer for soft signage production.

EFI will use Sign & Digital show to give a WORLD debut to its latest dye sublimation printer, the EFI Vutek TX3250r. The new TX3250r model can print in eight colours and in various output modes from 42sqm up to 84sqm an hour. EFI also confirmed that the machine could output up to 100sqm an hour on certain materials such as polyester-coated rigid or flexible substrates. Guy Gecht, chief executive of EFI, said the introduction of the TX3250r would help "eliminate the soft signage cost barrier" for its customers; using dye sublimation technology, the printer dyes fibre directly and is claimed to offer brighter colours than other textile printing methods. Their new dye-sublimation textile printer will share the stage with Klieverik's GTC81/3400, Georg+Otto Friedrich Textiles, Solent Sewing Machines and Hilord Inks.

Durst will be launching the Omega 1 printer also at Sign & Digital UK. The Omega 1 is an entry-level machine, aimed at sign makers, graphic display companies, screen printers, photolabs and studios. It is a continuation of the Rho line, but the production level and price have been set for entry-level customers. The machine is capable of handling fine art printing, with a resolution of 1,728dpi and features greyscale printing technology and a large colour gamut.

Summa will also be launching a new electronic oscillating knife for its new F1612 cutting table. The new knife can cut substrates up to 20mm thick and can cut a wide variety of medias including textiles, foamboard and corrugated card. It fits into the existing knife module and will be available early May. Other modules being released later in the year include creasing tools and wheels for the packaging market.

Mutoh will be launching their new  3D Flexible UV Inks suited for 3D Wrapping applications on curved, riveted or corrugated surfaces. Printing on rigid substrates is also possible.  Immediately dry and ready for lamination & application, the new stretchable 3D UV ink offers 200 % elongation capabilities.  This new ink set from Mutoh is ideally suited for existing solvent printer users or industrial users with focus on 3D wrapping, looking for a productive machine offering best print quality, rigid media compatibility and last but not least offering the flexibility to immediately laminate and apply prints. The zero VOC 3D UV ink has been tuned to Mutoh’s Zephyr UV 65” (1651 mm) wide digital UV inkjet printer.

Agfa Graphics has chosen Sign & Digital UK as the launch platform for 2 new models in its increasingly successful range of wide format printers.  This will be the first showing of the :Anapurna M1600, the latest in the popular range of :Anapurna UV printers.  The :Anapurna M1600 incorporates the latest print head technology to allow high quality printing of 4 colours with white in one print run. A maximum speed of 23sq/m per hour is achievable on both rigid boards and roll to roll substrates.  The Anapurna M1600 supports one of the largest print areas in its class at 1.6 x 3 metres allowing for all the standard sheet sizes.  The new :Jeti 1224 HDC FTR (High Definition Colour/Flat to Roll), high-productivity UV inkjet printer will also make its European debut.

With only one week to go don’t miss out - register for Sign & Digital UK free now at www.signanddigitaluk.com.