The Total Event Company has been selected by i-Sub Digital to build its entire Sign and Digital UK stand after purchasing a new Agfa Anapurna M² wide-format printer from i-Sub Digital last year. The company will supply and construct a 12m x 9m structure featuring full-colour wall-to-wall graphics, a floor platform, power supply, storage, furniture and lighting.
Herefordshire-based Total Event, owned by Tracy Locke, bought the Agfa Anapurna M² to enable the business to bring its complete shell scheme stand and exhibition panel hire service in house. The company works with entire trade shows and exhibitions, building anywhere from 25 to 120 stands for each event.
While Total Event already provided banner stand printing – produced on a Mimaki JV33 solvent printer supplied by i-Sub Digital in May 2011 – its capacity for larger orders of graphics was limited.
"Previously we were physically unable to do the print work in time; our clients often demand a very quick turnaround and we were nervous about printing and mounting the quantity needed by the deadlines," says Tracy Locke, Owner, The Total Event Company. "We would have to sub out the work or suggest the client go to their own print supplier. But now we can offer the full package in house."
Locke explains that as the machine was required for the specific purpose of printing exhibition panels, i-Sub Digital was given the task of finding a printer that met strict criteria.
"We needed a flat-bed printer that was able to print graphics up to 2.4m high and around 1m wide, that could print directly onto Foamex, quickly and effectively," she says. "I'm not a print expert so after i-Sub Digital supplied our Mimaki in 2011 I trusted them to find us the right machine. They suggested the Anapurna and arranged a demonstration at the site of an existing user in Cheltenham, and we found it ticked all the right boxes."
The Agfa Anapurna M² is a heavy-duty, industrial UV-curable inkjet system that delivers accurate print onto a wide variety of rigid and roll-to-roll media thanks to its high-resolution print-heads and accurate media feed system. Offering borderless and dual-board printing it is ideal for exhibition graphics, posters, wall graphics and advertising panels up to 1.6m wide.
Total Event is currently working on i-Sub Digital's stand for Sign and Digital UK – the company's largest ever space at the show – having already created a 3D render of the design. Total Event rarely supplies a single quantity stand but it has made an exception for i-Sub Digital.
"We'll be exhibiting on our biggest ever stand at Sign UK so will need a structure capable of displaying our range of equipment effectively," comments Andy Spreag, Director, i-Sub Digital. "We're sure Tracy and her team at Total Event will exceed all of our expectations with the graphics from the Anapurna and the complete stand structure.
"We will have an Agfa Anapurna on our stand for the first time this year so it is ideal that our stand graphics are produced on the same machine to further demonstrate to visitors how good the print quality is from the Agfa range."
The 2014 Sign and Digital UK line-up from i-Sub Digital will feature its exclusive Digi-Foil digital hot-foiling system, the Mimaki UJF-3042 desktop printer, the Mimaki CJV130 print-and-cut solvent solution, the high-speed UV-curable Agfa Anapurna M2050, the Zünd M1200 cutting table and Agfa Asanti RIP, colour management and workflow software. Sharing the stand will be i-Sub Digital's sister company i-Sub Ltd, which will be showing textile printing equipment including Epson SureColor F6000, Mimaki JV33 and Dgen Teleios Black dye-sublimation printers, CadCam Technology's Contour Cut laser-cutting system and a Monti Antonio heat press.