Spandex, the one-stop supplier of complete offerings to the digital printing and signmaking industries, has launched Interactive Product Guides that deliver up-to-date information on its wide range of products in an easy-to-use format. These guides are an attractive and user-friendly version of the existing printed and standard PDF versions that make product finding easy for customers.
As a one-stop supplier of many leading materials brands, Spandex’s portfolio of hundreds of thousands of products evolves and increases constantly making electronic versions of the Guides a faster way to communicate new products. The new Interactive Product Guides are a step forward as they offer a range of user-friendly features, adding more value for customers.
“Offering customers a high level of service is key for Spandex and the ability to bring the latest version of our Product Guides to all sign makers in a user friendly format is invaluable. With so many product launches, printed versions are not always up to date and some electronic versions are difficult to use, but the feature-rich Interactive Product Guides we now offer remove this problem” says Phil McMullin, UK Country Manager.
In addition to the realistic page turning effect, which is ideal for browsing the guide as you would do with a printed publication, the new Interactive Product Guide offers three easy ways to navigate: interactive tables of contents, a product index, and a search facility; all of which will take users to the right page within seconds.
Interactive Table of Contents
This feature allows any page of the book to be reached in a moment just by clicking on the desired product on the standard table of contents within the publication.
All products are listed on the index on the left navigation, therefore if users are not looking at the Table of Contents they can still get to the right place simply by clicking on the desired item from the index list.
Powerful Text Search
The Interactive Product guides also offer a search facility where customers can type in words related to the desired product or application and a relevant list will appear instantly.
There are many other attractive features in the Interactive Guides including:
Users can zoom in on the desired product for an easier view and scroll the page using the mouse wheel. It takes one click to zoom in for better reading and another to zoom out again.
Users can bookmark specific pages and at the end of their selection process can review or print the selected pages. This is particularly useful for building a shortlist of possible products for an application or if customers are looking for many items to complete an entire project.
“These Interactive Product Guides are a great tool for finding the right products easily but in addition, Spandex customers know that they can always call 0800 77 26 33 and a specialist will be able to advise them on the right product” concludes Phil McMullin.
Josero will be featuring a range of new products at Sign UK this year. This includes a number of new Triangle inks, which are renowned for their reliability and performance and are a fraction of the cost of OEM inks. The inks which will be available on the stand are:
Triangle Inks for HP5000/5500 cartridges
Triangle inks for HP8000 cartridges
Triangle inks Eco Bulk system for the Mimaki JV33 and JV5
These will be complimented by Josero’s new printer, which will also be featured on the stand.
The new Redjet super wide 3.2m solvent or bio printer
This 3.2m solvent printer for banner, flex and paper is capable of 720 dpi and up to 75 square metres per hour. The printer is easily maintainable with low ink costs, plus a full parts and labour manufacturer’s warranty.
The above inks and printer will strengthen Josero’s product offering to the UK inkjet industry. Over the past six years Josero has positioned itself as a serious player in the inkjet market, and is now firmly established as a leader within the market. The team is made up of experts who have been in the industry for decades and pride themselves on offering excellent customer service and technical advice to all their customers. Over the years, Josero has built up a team of dealers across the UK and Ireland, so customers can deal with local suppliers who offer friendly and expert advice on the full range of Josero products.
Come and see these new products and meet the Josero team plus many of their dealers at Sign UK on Stand D2 and F2 from 12th – 14th April at the NEC.
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.
Colourgen’s influence will be found right across Hall 18 at the Sign and Digital UK show this year with representatives and products on Mutoh’s stand (G40), City and West End Solutions (C46) and Digital Print Innovations (E46).
Mutoh and Colourgen will be working together to demonstrate a broad range of new innovations on their stand. These will include Mutoh’s MS Ultra inks, which increase productivity through more efficient printing, Mutoh’s Bio-Lactite inks for environmentally conscious print providers and a their new 3D UV inkset. Immediately dry and ready for lamination and application, these new stretchable 3D UV inks offer 200% ‘stretchability’, making them ideal for 3D vehicle wrapping. Visitors will be able to see thesedemonstrated on the Mutoh Zephyr 65 with live wrapping demonstrations. As Master Reseller for the Zephyr 65 roll-to-roll flatbed UV printer, the dye-sublimation range and the direct to textile printer range, Colourgen will also be on hand to show and talk about these products.
Mutoh has also created a handy mobile website designed for smartphones specifically for Sign UK. Visitors can navigate their way round the Mutoh stand to see what’s on display by visiting m.mutoh.be while walking round the show!
On the City and West End Solutions stand, Colourgen will be showing the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 mild solvent-based inkjet printer and the Kala Mistral 1650 laminator. Also on the CWE stand, Colourgen and Seiko will be previewing a brand new ColorPainter, Sign UK being the first public preview of this exciting new printer.
Digital Print Innovations will be showing the Seiko ColorPainter H-74S, a printer that is achieving high acclaim from users across the country for its speed, reliability and image quality.
Melanie Enser, Colourgen’s Product Marketing Manager, comments, “Even though we decided not to have our own stand, we are really excited by the new products we are showing with our partners this year. It is important for us to show the market the value we put on our relationships with both suppliers and resellers. By working with Mutoh, CWE and DPI, we can reach out to many more visitors than ever before and we can utilise the additional knowledge and expertise that will be on hand.”
She concludes, “Sign UK has always been a great opportunity to form, strengthen and consolidate new and exciting relationships with everyone in the industry. It is also gives us the opportunity to talk directly to end users and develop a better understanding of market requirements. Many visitors don’t know exactly what they want and relish the opportunity to discuss their business needs and the solutions that are available.”
Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city and its definitive media capital, provides the perfect urban backdrop for FESPA Digital 2011 (Messe Hamburg, 24th – 27th May 2011), with a commercial and industrial cityscape that chimes with the show’s parkour-themed marketing campaign.
Frazer Chesterman, Managing Director at FESPA, comments: “Hamburg is a contemporary city, open to the world and with a certain attitude to life which chimes with FESPA’s focus on the importance of constant evolution. Hamburg embodies the dynamism, culture of positive change, and global worldview which are fundamental to our community’s growth.”
As well as being a major trade and industrial centre, Hamburg is one of the most important media business locations in Germany. It is the original home of the famous publications ‘Stern’, ‘Die Zeit’ and ‘Bild’, and is home to the headquarters of many creative and advertising agencies. Hamburg's publishing and printing industry, communication, multimedia and broadcasting companies generate significant revenue streams for the local economy. This thriving community makes Hamburg the ideal host city for FESPA, underlining the blossoming role of wide-format print as a creative ingredient in today’s complex media and marketing mix.
The Messe Hamburg exhibition centre has a distinctive city centre setting, between the Alster Lake and the River Elbe, easily accessible from the centre and from the main transport hubs. Hosting about 45 exhibitions each year, with a total exhibition space of 107000 m², it is only 25 minutes by car or train from Hamburg’s international airport. It is easy to take advantage of all the city has to offer, with Hamburg’s comprehensive public transport system. The Hamburg S-Bahn (overground railway) system comprises six lines and the U-Bahn (underground) three lines. The Hamburg Tourismus company (www.hamburg-tourism.de) provides visitors with the Hamburg Card, a convenient discovery ticket to enjoy travel and discounts on entrance fees at many tourist attractions.
In among the action-packed schedule of FESPA Digital 2011, show-goers may find time to soak up the sights and take in Hamburg culture. For those wanting to discover some unique sides to the city, here are some jumping-off points:
Attracting locals, tourists, early-birds and late-night party goers alike, market vendors use the Sunday open-air fish market to promote wares of every type - not just fish. The city’s oldest, most traditional open air market, dating back more than 310 years, the stall owners are renowned for the unique, humorous patter they use to draw custom. When the market closes, it’s common to see streams of people pouring towards the historic fish auction hall for breakfast with a side order of jazz, skiffle or country and western music. But don’t make it a late night on Saturday; to see the market, you have to be up early as the action starts at a sleep-depriving 05:00 am.
A hard day’s night
The remarkable Beatles Tour is a must for fans of the Beatles, as well as anyone fascinated by the origins of 60s music. Telling the story of how rock'n'roll came to Hamburg, you’ll learn how The Beatles - still a five-piece at the time and still without Ringo Starr - arrived in Hamburg and took on their first gig at the Indra club. You’ll discover how three members of the band came to be arrested and deported from the city at the end of 1961. And for an alternative Beatles tour of the city, the Beatles Bus delivers a ‘rolling concert hall’ with a singing bus conductor.
Exploring the seamier side
Hamburg’s most famous street, the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, is probably the world’s most notorious legal red-light district outside of Amsterdam. The history of this area is fascinating, and there are a host of groups, including the Historische Hurentour, happy to escort you and offer a captivating look at the past and present of the ‘oldest profession’ in Hamburg. The female tour conductors stand out from the crowd wearing the red and yellow wing caps that marked out 16th Century German ‘ladies of the night’.
The darker days of Hamburg’s history
Some visitors may be more interested in the harder hitting history of the city. For those, the Neuengamme camp memorial is worth the short trip to the outskirts of Hamburg. Commemorating those imprisoned in what was the largest concentration camp in northwest Germany during World War II, visitors to the area can also tour one of the many permanent exhibitions on site.
Life’s a beach
If Hamburg in May is sunny and dry, FESPA-goers can rest their show-weary bones on the sandy beaches lining the river Elbe. Lounge on a deckchair on the StrandPauli, or sip cocktails by the Landungsbrücken pier (where boat hire is also possible). With palm trees and sandy shores, Hamburg’s beaches could be confused with a Caribbean resort, though if you want reminding that you’re in Europe’s second largest port city, head to the Strandperle beach where you have a great view of the port and its massive ships.
Hamburg has a special maritime charm, and the harbour, second only to Rotterdam in Europe, is one of the city’s main attractions. Each year about 12,000 ships deliver and take on millions of tons of goods here. One vessel that is not going anywhere is the 1896 Rickmer Rickmers, a three-masted sailing ship which now serves as a museum and restaurant. For more water-based exploration, visitors can hire a wide variety of boats or board a steamboat to explore one of the many canals that branch off the Alster Lake, hopping off for a snack at one of the lovely lakeside cafés.
Hamburg's baroque Rathaus (town hall) is one of the most opulent in Europe, with its spectacular coffered ceiling and more than 640 rooms. But for some visitors, the city's most remarkable building is the Chilehaus (www.chilehaus.de), located in the oldest quarter of Hamburg. This brown-brick building is shaped like an ocean liner, with curved walls meeting in the shape of a ship's bow and staggered balconies to look like decks. Designed for a merchant who derived his wealth from trading with Chile, the 1924 construction is a leading example of German Expressionist architecture. If you are keen on churches, the main attraction is St. Michael; Hamburg's most famous baroque landmark, its 453 steps are worth climbing to experience a stunning view.
Shop ‘till you drop
Shopaholics should head to Jungfernstiegstrasse, which provides plenty of quality department stores and boutiques. When hunger strikes, Hamburg offers diverse cuisine, from local fresh fish to foreign specialities. The city started brewing in medieval times, so beer dominates its social life and it’s difficult to choose between the huge variety of bars and pubs.
A run for your money
Finally, if you plan to go to Hamburg a couple of days before FESPA Digital’s kick-off and would like to warm up for the show’s free-running theme, you could join the 26th Hamburg marathon, taking place on the 22nd May (www.marathon-hamburg.de). The race goes through one of the most beautiful areas of the city, including a long stretch along the River Elbe and another around the Alster Lake. You might even encounter FESPA’s own marathon man, sales and marketing director Marcus Timson, on a training circuit of the lake.
Hamburg fast facts:
Hamburg takes its name from a fortress ordered to be built by Emperor Charles the Great in 808AD against Slavic incursion and called Hammaburg, where “burg” means fortress
Hamburg's official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
In total there are more than 120,000 enterprises in Hamburg, with over 70,000 people working for the city’s vibrant media landscape
Hamburg was destroyed and occupied several times: as well as several great fires, it was ransacked by the Vikings in 845, burned down by King Mieszko II of Poland in 1030, and in 1350 at least 60% of Hamburg’s population were killed by the plague
The famous St. Nicholas's church was the world's tallest building in the 19th century
There are more than 40 theatres, 60 museums and 100 music venues and clubs in Hamburg. In 2005, more than 18 million people visited concerts, exhibitions, theatres, cinemas, museums, and cultural events.
The beef patties in a bun were named after this city but you won't find any "traditional hamburgers" in Hamburg. The original ‘hamburgers’ were sold on stands in the New York City harbour, and, to attract German sailors, were offered as "steak cooked in the Hamburg style."
The Sign & Digital UK Awards evening is set to be the networking event of the sign making and digital printing calendar. Ticket sales are going very well with some major industry players attending.
Just a few of the confirmed attendees at the awards already include Sign 2000, Sign Box, Icon, Hollywood Monster, Agfa, Signs Express, EFI, VGC Colourlink, Pyramid Visuals, Trade Signs UK, Eurobond Adhesives, Carrick Signs, Coastline Graphics, Blumilk, The Wild Group, Boyall Graphics, Sign Vision, Photocast, Service Graphics and many more.
To be held on the middle day of the Sign & Digital UK exhibition, the evening will start at 7.30pm on the 13th of April for pre-dinner drinks at the National Motorbike Museum. Alan Caddick, marketing manager of Sign & Digital UK comments; “ticket sales are going very well and we are looking forward to welcoming the industry to this fantastic venue for a evening of good company, good entertainment and good food & drink”. This is a must-attend networking event of the year for signmakers, display graphics professionals, suppliers and manufacturers to the industry.
Shortlists for the Awards categories were announced a couple of weeks ago and are as follows:
Best Individual Sign Project
Sign Express (Crawley), IS Group, Vision Visual Solutions, Sign Express (Reading), Sign Box, Merlyn Electronics Best Multiple Sign Project
Best Wide Format Printing Company - sponsored by AGFA
Carrick Signs, Hollywood Monster
Best Sign Company - sponsored by AGFA
Sign Box, Sign 2000
Rising Star Award
Your Sign Company, Sign Vision, Aggregate Industries
Entertainment for the evening has also been announced. A ‘rising star’ in his own right and one of the country’s top comedians, Ian Moore will hosting the awards and networking evening on the 13th as well as delivering one of his hilarious sets. Ian is a popular comedian and has been on the circuit for some years. He has worked with the likes of Catherine Tate, Jonathan Ross and Jimmy Carr and the Guardian describes him as “one of the country’s top comedians.”
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