19 May 2019

EFI's full product portfolio captured center stage at Connect users' conference

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EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, wrapped up another information-packed Connect users' conference last week, welcoming more than 500 customers to the Wynn Las Vegas. The 11th Connect conference enabled leaders from around the world to attend more than 120 educational sessions, test drive the latest EFI products, voice their opinions at user group meetings, hear thought-provoking speakers, and network with peers.

"This year's event saw a 50 percent increase in registrations over last year, and the mood was very upbeat," said Frank Mallozzi, senior VP of worldwide sales and marketing, EFI. "It was great to talk to and mingle with industry leaders who are focused on strengthening their companies to ensure they are in a position to lead the economic turn-around. We are pleased to have closed many deals at the event across our product portfolio."

"EFI Connect is probably the most informative industry conference I attend," said Glenn Huish, CTO at BelAire Displays, which uses Pace, VUTEk and Colorproof XF solutions. "The amount of personal interaction I get with key members of the EFI team, as well as the other conference attendees, is beyond any other event I've been to. This year I was literally in conversation every moment I wasn't listening to a speaker, from the moment I sat down for breakfast every day, to the time I collapsed every night, only to do it all over again the next day."

The full portfolio of EFI solutions was on display in the Connect lab. The latest versions of EFI's print MIS, web-to-print, proofing, and workflow offerings were showcased, along with Fiery controller and software solutions. For the first time, a special Fiery "basics" training track was among the educational sessions. The Jetrion 4830, Rastek T660, VUTEk GS3200 and VUTEk GS5000r printers were running throughout the conference, and drew large crowds of onlookers and interested customers. The conference also featured exhibits of the latest printing technologies from 18 industry leaders.

Along with longer educational sessions and additional user group meetings, for the first time this Connect included a live auction with over 20 items up for bid, ranging from software add-ons and packages to consulting and training opportunities. A portion of the auction proceeds went to The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF).

Exhibitors reported brisk trade at Sign & Digital UK 2010

 

Signuk 2010 Crowd

The NEC’s halls were once again alive to the sound of deal-making, where visitors came to take in the latest product launches and the many show features and opportunities. The show was a resounding success giving weight to the renewed optimism in the market. Building on the success of last year, Sign & Digital UK affirmed its place as the premier visual communications show in the UK. With the show aisles active with movers and shakers from the industry, the volume of business done at the show was testament to the optimism and opportunities this market offers.

Rudi Blackett, event director comments: “This year’s show played a vital role in helping to generate business and move the industry forwards and we were delighted to play host to many new products and showcase demonstrations of a wide range of products and services. I would like to give a big thank you to all of our exhibitors and visitors alike, who contributed to the success of Sign & Digital UK 2010.”

Many exhibitors were delighted with the show’s attendance and the flow of visitors interested in learning more about their products and actually placing orders at the event.

Mimaki’s exclusive distributor, Hybrid Services, enjoyed unprecedented sales in the week of the show, with orders placed across all market sectors and key products selling out. John de la Roche, Hybrid’s national sales manager, said “we’re in the fortunate position of having our April and May order books absolutely full. Our resellers had an excellent show and we’re working hard to fulfill the machine orders as quickly as we can.”

John Clements of Boldscan had this to say about the show “we were delighted once again with very good attendance numbers at this year’s Sign & Digital UK show, where we introduced several new products and handed out over 750 of our new Product Guides. The Show remains our flagship event for launching new products and introducing our new product guide each year and has once again delivered for us as promised.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by James Carpenter, managing director at Doro Tape UK Ltd, “We have been coming to Sign & Digital UK, or Sign UK in its former life, for the best part of 20 years now. I have always found the show to be of paramount importance in serving as a shop window on the industry, a job that it does better than anything else out there. As usual the show has been very well organised, and we have seen fantastic levels of footfall to the stand.”

Ivaylo Vladimirov, project manager at Mouse PS comments, “Having exhibited at Sign & Digital UK 2010 for the first time, we found it to be a fantastic show that provided a great many opportunities for making new business contacts. We have come here specifically to build our brand and reputation with sign making companies in the UK, and have taken considerable steps to achieving this aim.”

Dean Carpenter from Laserite summed up the success of the show “We had an excellent show this year. For each of the three show days we had a steady stream of good quality enquiries, some of which have already resulted in sales of our Lotus laser systems. Bookings for our on-site demo vehicle are the highest that they have ever been.  We’ve already re-booked for 2011’’

Visitors to the show were also impressed. Mark Gordon, owner of Flash Signs commented, “This is my third time visiting the show, and this year I am here specifically to source a digital printer. One of the standout things for me at the 2010 show has been the significantly increased number of new products at the show, and as a result of my visit, I will definitely be buying in the coming months.”

Alan Caddick, marketing manager for the show adds, “There were numerous features that received great feedback from visitors, such as the Manchester United competition sponsored by Hybrid Services, the Grafityp F1 wrapping competition, the incredible wealth of new product launches, the Adobe and Corel seminars, the new Signmakers Workshop, as well as the Ibiza Angels at the massage zone. We are already planning our features programme for 2011 and would welcome any suggestions as to what visitors would like to see at the event.’’

Sign & Digital UK 2010 overall attendance, subject to audit, was 6,114 with over 5,500 of these being unique visitors.

Visitors came from a wide range of companies including: Adidas Group, Arcadia UK, Augustus Martin, Balfour Beatty, Bezier, Birmingham City Council, British Airways, Butterfield Signs, C3 Imaging, Cadbury, Carillion, Cornwall Signs, Ebbsfleet Screenprinters, Fastsigns, Fenwick, Hampshire County Council, Harrisons Signs, Harrods, Hawes Signs, IKEA, JC Decaux, Legoland, Linney Group, Manchester Airport, McKenzie Clark, Network Rail, Ringway Signs, Service Graphics, Sign A Rama, Signs Express, St Ives, TTC Signs and West Midland Fire Service.

Over 30 stands have already been booked, with many more to follow in the coming weeks, for next year’s show which is being held on 12-14 April 2011, in Halls 17&18 at the NEC, Birmingham…Already booked include the likes of William Smith, Graphtec, IGS, Plex Display, Ultima Displays, Signwaves, Inktec Europe, Expand International, Mouse PS, Global Erecting Sign Services, Fairfield Displays & Lighting, Laserite, and ITC who took the opportunity to get in early and secure prime stand positions for this very popular annual event.

For further information on exhibiting at Sign & Digital UK 2011, visit the show website www.signanddigitaluk.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Ipex 2010 – All Set To Be A ‘Sell Out’

Ipex Crowd

Ipex 2010 has reached almost full capacity with more than 75 new international suppliers signing up to exhibit in the last couple of months, adding a total of 1,300 square metres to the overall floorplan. The latest companies to confirm their attendance include Adobe, Brandtjen & Kluge, Grafitek International, Timsons, Impression Technology, XMPIE, Tarrant Machines, ROI Distribution, Rotatek and Rotometrics and Technique MIS. For the first time, there will also be a Taiwanese Pavilion, including the following companies: Chens Asia, Chenchin Ironworks, Li Sheng, Yii-Lee, TAMI, Unisuntop.

Located in Hall 9, the Ipex 2010 organisers have also reignited the successful Springboard feature, following enquiries from smaller firms. The Springboard feature offers a low-cost option for small innovative companies who want to exhibit for the first time and who previously found the cost of exhibiting to be prohibitive. Launched in 2006, the spur to attract small firms had come from visitors.

Says Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Event Director: “This last minute influx of international additions to the floorplan suggests a new tide of industry optimism and demonstrates the importance that these exhibitors place on Ipex as the major global ideas and buying event in 2010.

“We’re delighted with the event’s progress and development. Ipex is a truly international show, featuring over 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 40 countries, providing visitors with an unrivalled opportunity to see the current and future shape of our industry and plan their investment decisions accordingly. Visitors can expect to see major technology advances with exhibiting companies committed to demonstrating working machinery on the showfloor.”

This year’s show will once again set the scene for the launch of a number of innovative new hardware, software and consumables. The industry’s leading suppliers are set to inspire crowds with the latest developments spanning the whole pre-press, printing and finishing spectrum. A comprehensive list of new product launches at Ipex can be found on the Ipex website www.ipex.org/new

“Historically, Ipex is the arena in which printing industry suppliers unveil new products and technologies to the marketplace, reinforcing both the ever-increasing pace of technological advances and Ipex’s important standing within the global exhibition calendar”, continues Trevor Crawford.

The wave of pre-registrations to date also signposts towards a successful Ipex 2010. Visitors from over 150 countries have pre-registered to date, with 21% from Europe, 9% from Asia, and 10% from Middle East and Africa.

Pre-registration for all those wishing to attend Ipex 2010 is now available via www.ipex.org/register and will result in free entry and a £30 saving off the entrance fee, access to exclusive pre-show news and highlights as well as free fast-track entry to the show.

GPT Appointed Master Reseller for AGFA Anapurna M Product Range

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AGFA Anapurna Mw UV-cure flatbed shown on GPT stand at Sign and Digital UK

13-15 April 2010 - Hall 8, Stand B10

 

Graphic Printing Technologies Ltd (GPT) has announced its appointment as a UK reseller to offer the AGFA Anapurna M UV-cure product range. An AGFA Anapurna Mw hybrid type UV printer with white ink function, is available with an AGFA representative on GPT’s stand B10 at Sign and Digital UK.

The AGFA Anapurna M range offers wide format industrial inkjet printers for indoor and outdoor sign displays. The UV-curable print engines deliver quality output on both uncoated rigid substrates and roll-fed media. The printers provide 720 x 1440dpi print resolution with widths up to 1600mm and thickness up to 45mm.

Stuart Cole, Managing Director of GPT, comments, “AGFA has an excellent reputation for building high quality, robust and very well engineered printers. We have taken our time looking for an industrial strength UV-curable printer to add to our portfolio, and are really delighted to be able to offer the AGFA range. We have complete confidence that they will provide our customers with the levels of production, quality and reliability their businesses demand. They are an excellent fit with our existing range of products and we expect a very positive reaction from the market, starting at Sign and Digital UK.”

Steve Collins, Wide Format Inkjet Account Manager for AGFA UK, comments, “GPT is an excellent addition to our UK channel for the Anapurna M range. We are sure the relationship will be a success and we are looking forward to working together. It is very important for our channel to add value to the AGFA product range, ensuring they meet the high standards our customers expect. GPT has the track record and reputation to deliver and support our solutions with very high levels of knowledge, experience and reliability.”

To arrange an appointment to meet on the GPT stand, please contact Stuart Cole on 01753 727128.

FREE advice on how to Start Up a Sign and Print Business

 

Sign And Digital 2010 Brand

Budding entrepreneurs looking at setting up a new business would do no better than to make their way to Sign & Digital UK at the NEC on 13-15 April where there will be FREE advice, demonstrations and workshops on how to maximise returns from a sign and print business.

With a wide range of suppliers on hand to answer your questions and give you advice on their products and services, the event is a great way to find out what makes this lively industry tick.

As an example of what’s on offer, Roland DG will welcome you to their stand where there will be FREE training, creative ideas, advice and demonstrations, via three unique zones: inspire me, show me, teach me.

There will be a new Signmakers Workshop at the event where you can ask questions, get involved and chat to those already running sign businesses.

FastSigns will also be in attendance to give you information on how to run a successful sign franchise.

… and if that is not enough, Adobe and Corel will be running FREE tutorials and demonstrations where you can pick up advice on how to get the most from these leading design software packages.

Register on-line at www.signanddigitaluk.com for FREE fast track entry

 

Agfa's new inkjet solutions at Sign Expo 2010

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Agfa Graphics today announced that attendees at the International Sign Association's Sign Expo 2010 (April 8th - 10th, Orlando) will get the first look at its newly-expanded portfolio of inkjet systems. Today, Agfa has something for everyone from entry- to mid-level options as well as high-volume production systems.

Visitors to Agfa's booth (#972) will learn about Agfa's entry :Anapurna UV inkjet systems designed to produce photo-quality output on a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications, the newly-added :Jeti large-format inkjet systems and the :M-Press TIGER, the high-speed, flatbed industrial inkjet press (co-developed with Thieme) capable of producing large-format screen printing applications of almost any run-length with greater cost efficiency.

"Agfa has assembled the most dynamic and diverse portfolios of inkjet systems and presses on the market today," said Peter Wilkens, President, Agfa Graphics, North America. "Agfa's solutions are designed to make organizations of virtually any size more productive, more efficient, more reliable and most importantly more profitable."

Agfa will demonstrate the following inkjet offerings in booth 972 at the annual expo and conference:

  • The new :Jeti 1224 UV HDC (High Definition Color) is built on a solid steel platform and features a unique, linear motor driven vacuum bed for highly accurate dot placement in both flat bed mode or with the optional roll-to-roll (RTR) feature.The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC's flatbed architecture can print on anything up to two inches thick and with its industrial grade construction can support media rolls up to 250 lbs. The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC is the first :Jeti printer to use the Ricoh Gen 4 variable grayscale print head technology. Agfa has created advanced waveform designs and introduced the :Anuvia HD ink technology (as used on the Agfa :M-Press TIGER) to drive the Ricoh heads up to 30 KHz in binary and 13KHz in grayscale. With 4 color and white as standard the :Jeti 1224 UV HDC delivers equivalent speeds in both binary and grayscale modes at resolutions up to 1200 dpi
  • :Jeti 3324 Aquajet - the #1 fabric printer on the market, the :Jeti Aquajet prints up to 10.5 feet wide with production speeds of more than 400 ft²/hr. It's a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to solvent-based fabric technologies
  • :M-Press TIGER is a high-speed flatbed inkjet press co-developed by Thieme and Agfa, featuring new printhead technology, auto head positioning and tuning, :M-Press TIGER can print 17,000 ft an hour. The :M-Press TIGER is the perfect solution for high volume POP providers and other traditional screen printing applications.
  • :Anapurna M² - a heavy-duty industrial UV-inkjet printer designed to produce top-quality output (up to 720 x 1440 dpi) on a wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll media
  • :Anapurna Mw - adds single-pass pre-white and multi-pass post-white for printing on transparent material, backlit applications, or printing white as a spot colour.