05 Apr 2020

HP Iberia Strengthens sign and display sales and service team

Hp Cristobal Macedo

As brand managers develop new ways to increase sales and gain market share in the tough economic market, they are turning to large format digital printing to create impact and deliver timely, targeted campaigns.

With this in mind, HP has strengthened its Iberian team in order to meet PSPs' requirements for printers that deliver the innovative applications demanded by their customers. New HP printers, such as those using HP Latex Inks or the HP Scitex FB7500, which targets traditional screen-printing applications, are helping both PSPs and their customers develop new business opportunities.

The new sign and display team comprises:

Cristobal Macedo, who joins as HP Scitex regional manager for Iberia, as well as Encarna Luque, who will supply PSPs with all their after sales support. Victor Ortiz  Rafael Godino, Esteban Mogas and Carlos Coelho (Portugal) continue in a sales capacity with Eduard Simo as channel manager, while Luis Christophe continues in his marketing role. Additionally, four new field engineers under the guidance of Mariano Monjas have joined the team in order to provide an on-demand service to PSPs. They are; Cristobal Aragon Francisco Lopez, Andrea Benvenuto and Frank Maus (Portugal) and will offer PSPs a faster and more efficient service in SPain and Portugal.

SA International Appoints Lloyd Cundiff to Senior Software Engineer

Sai Logo

SA International (SAi), the leading provider of Solutions for the Professional Sign Making, Digital Printing and CAD/CAM for CNC Machining Industries, appoints Lloyd Cundiff to Senior Software Engineer.

As the economy turns a corner, SAi meets a mounting demand for new development of our software products. Lloyd will work on development for Flexi and PhotoPRINT, as well as some of our custom OEM products.

Lloyd joins SAi with more than 10 years experience in developing software solutions for digital signage and large-format digital printing. He spent a number of years managing software engineering and new product development at Onyx Graphics. More recently, Lloyd founded ArtSoft solutions where he developed software for digital display networks and Web 2.0 solutions for digital print. In these capacities, Lloyd has contributed to numerous software releases and innovations within the industry.

“We’re thrilled to add Lloyd to our engineering team,” states Don Feagan, President and COO, SAi. “His extensive experience in software development for the signmaking industry is an invaluable asset for us, especially in this time of growth.”

GPT is preferred supplier of Mimaki JV33 solvent printers for FASTSIGNS


Gpt Fastsigns

With more than 500 franchises worldwide offering a complete range of custom signs and graphics products, the choice of printer and supplier is of paramount importance to the sign industry’s leading franchise, FASTSIGNS®. The company regularly reviews and tests the latest technology to make sure it offers the best possible solutions to its customers and for its franchisees.

Recently, FASTSIGNS International selected the Mimaki JV33 as its chosen solvent printer and in the UK, FASTSIGNS® has selected Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT) to supply and support them.

An international company based in the US, FASTSIGNS has 21 centres in the UK, and while each one operates as a standalone business, they are all capable of delivering a complete range of graphics and display printing services. “We insist that large format printing is in place as part of each franchise’s initial setup,” says Garth Allison, Managing Director for FASTSIGNS® UK. He adds, “This means we can fulfil our core objective from each franchise, which is to provide a complete one-stop-shop for local and national businesses.”

Solvent printing is a key component of this delivery and the selection of the Mimaki JV33 as the solvent printer of choice was made after exhaustive testing in the US. “We are happy to take on the recommendations of the US as they are looking to fulfil all the criteria we need for delivering comprehensive printing solutions. The Mimaki JV33, together with the Mimaki cutting plotter provides a hugely versatile, reliable and cost-effective system, which is proving hugely successful at franchises across the UK and the world,” says Garth Allison.

As well as selecting the printing solutions for its franchisees, FASTSIGNS® wants to ensure reliable and consistent delivery, installation, training and support. To provide this, the company has turned to Slough-based GPT. Allison explains, “I have worked with Stuart Cole [GPT’s Managing Director] for more than five years and have always had an excellent relationship based on mutual trust. When he started GPT it was a very easy decision for us to make to work with the new organisation on the basis that they continued to provide high levels of support and after-sales care. I am delighted to say this has been the case.”


Brett Newman Earns Promotion to the Board of Roland DG UK


Brett Newman

Roland DG UK is pleased to announce that Brett Newman has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will hold the role of Technical Director. Brett assumes his new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for dealer and customer relations in the sign and graphics market, all technical services including RolandCare maintenance support, and product management and development.

Roland DG’s Managing Director, Jerry Davies said, “Brett has been instrumental in Roland DG's success and his knowledge, enthusiasm and ability is widely known and respected within the Company and the industry. This promotion not only recognises Brett’s past achievements, but that he outwardly represents Roland’s values, and has skills that the business requires to maintain its continued growth.”

Brett made his first impact on the industry almost fifteen years ago when a Roland Dealership relocated to the village where Brett lived at the time. He joined Roland in 2001 and progressed quickly from his role as an Engineer to Print Product Manager. More recently his role has been Head of Product Management.

Brett said, “I am absolutely delighted to be promoted to the Board. Roland has always been a reflection of its people, its products and its passion for the markets and customers it serves. I feel very proud and privileged to have been part of Roland’s growth, and I look forward to making my contribution to its future and its continuing success in my new Role."


FUJIFILM Europe GmbH appoints Ryuta Masui as senior vice-president, Graphic Systems Business Domain

Ryuta Masui

FUJIFILM Europe GmbH would today like to announce the following personnel changes to the management structure of the Graphic Systems Business Domain in Europe:

Ryuta Masui has been appointed as senior vice-president, Graphic Systems Business Domain, FUJIFILM Europe from 1st January 2010. He replaces the previous senior vice-president of the Graphic Systems Business Domain, Naohiro Fujitani, who has a new assignment as successor of Mr. Hiroaki Tada, who is the president of FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA at Stamford, CT.

This is the second assignment for Ryuta Masui within FUJIFILM Europe, having spent the last two years at FUJIFILM Sericol Ltd in Broadstairs, Kent. He has over 15 years experience within the Graphic Systems Business Domain, including a period spent at Fujifilm’s Headquarters in Tokyo as manager of international marketing.

Shigehiro Nakajima, president of FUJIFILM Europe GmbH, said: “I have very much appreciated Mr.Fujitani’s strong leadership, which has contributed to the enhancement of the Graphics Systems Business Domain and its current shape and organisation. I would therefore like to thank Mr. Fujitani for all his efforts and his kind cooperation, and wish him all the best for his new position in the USA. I believe that Mr.Masui and his staff will build on this platform and succeed in further reinforcing the European marketing organisation to meet the needs of a rapidly changing market place in spite of extremely difficult business conditions”.

Drytac Europe Ltd Appoint Additional Area Sales Manager to Cope with Expanding Sales in the North

Steve Broad at Drytac

Drytac Europe, leading global manufacturer of mounting adhesives, laminating films, finishing products and equipment is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Broad as a new member of the Area Sales Team for the North.

Steve Broad will join Drytac as Technical Area Sales Manager, and with his base in Wigan he will be covering all areas from North Wales through to Cleethorpes and all points North of this.  Paul Tomlinson who previously carried out the role of Area Sales Manager for the North will now cover the newly created Midlands Territory.

Following an educational and early professional background in Electronic Engineering, Steve first joined the Graphics industry in 1995 as a field engineer repairing print finishing and wide format laminating equipment. With his sound technical knowledge & expertise, Steve’s role quickly moved towards helping & supporting the sales representatives to overcome problems of applications and processes, which naturally progressed into a career in technical sales.

Amongst a list of many other achievements, Steve has also set up and managed his own company, Print Finishing Solutions, maintaining and supporting Borough Council print rooms across the Northwest as well supplying a range of finishing equipment to the graphics industry.

With his excellent technical awareness and deep understanding of the graphics and print markets, Steve is certainly well placed to give Drytac’s customers peace of mind, as well as sound advice on both products and applications.

Drytac are delighted to welcome Steve on board and look forward to benefitting from his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise.