Mutoh America Inc. will be holding an open house on April 14th, 2011 at its new central regional showroom location in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Free to attend, the open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The open house will exhibit printing demonstrations on Mutoh’s ValueJet printers including the 1608HS-Hybrid 64”, 1628TD Textile printer, 1614-64” and Kona 1400-55” Cutter.
Mutoh will be showcasing its new MP Ink on the ValueJet 1608HS-Hyrbid printer. The Hybrid is one of Mutoh’s most versatile printers, which prints on both rigid and roll to roll substrates. Composed of 60 percent bio-based materials, Mutoh’s eco-friendly MP Ink offers a wide color gamut with increased adhesion and abrasive characteristics.
Mike Gorczak, Central Regional Sales Manager, and Johnny Kuwahara, Central Regional Sales Engineer, will be printing on different types of media, so visitors can get new ideas to present to their customers. The sales team will also print on specialty media that truly shows off Mutoh’s leadership in this category.
There’s been lots of interest circulating around the first ever Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking event, to be held on the 13th of April at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. The entries are in and the shortlist has been chosen by the industry-led judging panel.
Awards entries judging panel
The entries to this year's inaugural Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event have been of the highest quality – with over 60 entries submitted across the 10 categories the judges had some tough decisions to make. The panel met on the 15th March 2011 to draw up a shortlist and pick their winners.
The shortlist nominations for this years Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event 2011 are:
Best Individual Sign Project Sign Express (Crawley), IS Group, Vision Visual Solutions, Sign Express (Reading), Sign Box and Merlyn Electronics
Best Multiple Sign Project Photocast Products, VCG Colourlink, Blumilk, NES and Graffiti Design
Best Vehicle Wrapping Project Coastline Graphics, Guido Design Solutions, Pyramid Visuals, Allen Signs, Signs Express (Exeter) and Raccoon Digital
Best Wide Format Print Project Service Graphics, Pyramid Visuals and Icon
Best Textile Printing Project The Wild Group, The Jericho Foundation and Ink Media Solutions
Best New Use of Wide Format Print VCG Colourlink, Boyall Graphics and Icon
Rising Star Award Your Sign Company, Sign Vision and Aggregate Industries
The Green Award Aggregate Industries, Aggregate Industries and Sign 2000
Best Wide Format Printing Company Carrick Signs and Hollywood Monster
Best Sign Company Sign Box and Sign 2000
[Photo below of members of the Awards judging panel]
EFI will be showcasing a selection of its product portfolio at the upcoming ON DEMAND 2011 (March 22-24) and ITEX 2011 (March 22-23) conferences taking place at the Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington, D.C.
ON DEMAND 2011:
EFI, booth 3007: highlighting EFI Pace, EFI PrintSmith and EFI Digital StoreFront
Canon USA, booth 1901: Fiery-driven A3200 and GX-300, as well as EFI MicroPress and Digital StoreFront
Konica Minolta Business Solutions, booth 2400: Fiery-driven bizhub PRESS C7000 and C5501 and MicroPress
Ricoh, booth 2601: Fiery-driven Ricoh Pro C901 along with Fiery Central
EFI, booth 601: showcasing Fiery office solutions including Fiery VUE, PrintMe and SendMe
In addition, EFI product line manager Mark McCuen will present "Driving MPS Success Through Visual Print Workflows & Green Printing Solutions" on Wed., March 23 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
FESPA will return to the Asian print event circuit later this year with FESPA Asia 2011, taking place at Suntec, Singapore, from 26-28 October 2011.
With eight months to go, and nearly two thirds of the available floor space already sold, FESPA expects 7500 of Asia's top printers, alongside business owners and agencies, to attend the latest of its events in the pan Asian region.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see 180 of the world’s principal manufacturers and suppliers, including first-time corporate sponsor of the event EFI, and platinum sponsor J-Teck3. Xaar will support the event in its role as FESPA’s Global Technology Partner, with d.gen acting as Digital Textile Sponsor, while EskoArtwork will be present as Global Software & Finishing Partner.
The FESPA Asia show is a high quality, pan-regional event designed to provide visitors from across Asia with a clear route to the most innovative products, technology, applications and software solutions in the digital, screen and textile print industries.
Asian printers are encouraged to pre-register free of charge to attend FESPA Asia 2011 at http://www.fespaasia.com. Visitors will benefit from a schedule of on-floor show features including the FESPA Digital Textile Conference, a forum in which textile printers or those interested in entering the digital textile market can gather strategic ideas.
FESPA Asia will also play host to the Asian round of the FESPA Wrap Cup Series, winners of which will be offered the chance to progress into a grand finale to be held at FESPA 2013 in London. Charlie Taublieb, a master of screen garment printing who supports t-shirt printers around the world to harness their technology to create outstanding prints, will be on hand in Charlie’s Corner, offering live demonstrations and hands-on printing workshops.
Further enhancing the educational aspects of the event, FESPA Asia will also host the FESPA Screen Conference, where the world’s leading screen printers will gather to discuss the technical aspects of print and special effects alongside current case studies, trends and market insights on Day One of the show, and the focus will shift to digital technologies for the FESPA Digital Conference on Day Three.
The marketing campaign for FESPA Asia 2011 employs a striking motor sport theme, reflecting the choice of Singapore as the host of the only night race of the 2011 Formula One World Championship, the 2011 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.
“Asia is a highly dynamic market for wide format print, and we’re using our campaign to call on printers in the region to come to the event to find the ideas and inspiration they need to take pole position with their businesses”, comments James Ford, FESPA Asia Event Manager. “FESPA has already run several ground-breaking shows in Asia, and our community’s expectations are high for this latest event in Singapore, which is a world-class event destination by any standards, and is readily accessible from across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.”
FESPA Digital 2011 is fully sold out, with all 18000 m2 (net) (36,000 m2 gross) of available exhibition space allocated to around 370 exhibitors, and a waiting list of would-be exhibitors. The size and scope of this year’s event make it an even more comprehensive showcase of wide format printing than the three dedicated digital halls at last year’s main FESPA exhibition in Munich, adding up to the largest focused digital wide-format printing event ever to take place in Europe.
Printers across Europe have been enthusiastically pre-registering for the event via the event website at www.fespadigital.com, with close to 5000 individuals registered so far, and 50 new registrations received every day since the beginning of March 2011.
This year’s show is the fourth in the Digital series which was hosted in Amsterdam in 2006 and 2009, and in Geneva in 2008. The move to Hamburg for 2011 will appeal to printers from all over Europe, but the location is proving particularly attractive to delegates from northern Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Baltic States and eastern Europe, in particular Poland.
Managing director of FESPA events Frazer Chesterman observes, “When we last staged FESPA Digital in 2009, our industry was in the throes of a deep recession, yet the show still attracted 9,682 digital print ‘Revolutionaries’. Times change, our community is forging ahead with increasing optimism, and the talk now is of ‘Evolution’, which we at FESPA define as ‘growth through adaptation’. At this year’s event, we’ll be concentrating on the characteristics that print service providers need to adopt in order to survive and thrive in this changed business landscape.”
He continues: “There are plentiful examples of that Evolution in the digital marketplace, of printers who are achieving continued and renewed success with new technologies, innovative materials, more efficient workflows, creative products, different business models or go-to-market plans. FESPA Digital 2011 will share their best-practice examples, and the combination of supplier exhibits and educational elements is designed to motivate other printers to follow their lead.”
Expanded show – extra day, more visitor content
FESPA Digital 2011 has been extended from the traditional three days to four, giving exhibitors additional scope to engage in meaningful discussions with serious buyers, and enabling FESPA to set aside time on the final day to offer The Big Idea, a programme of content specifically targeted towards creative decision-makers from agencies and corporate marketing departments who are looking at how they can integrate wide-format print into their marketing mix to maximise impact and boost response levels from target audiences.
For the first three days of the show, Digital 2011 visitors will also have access to FESPA Fabric, the campus-style satellite event concentrating on garment printing and promotional wear, with exhibits of hardware and materials for screen and digital printing, embroidery, embellishment and garment finishing. The event features the Fabric Live! Fashion Show, hands-on t-shirt printing workshops in Charlie’s Corner, an educational conference moderated by textile printing expert Scott Fresener, and the Apparel Store, a new, contemporary, retail-style showcase of quality pre-print garments from a line-up of industry-leading suppliers.
As in previous years, the make-up of FESPA Digital clearly reflects the prevailing industry trends. Alongside the many expected innovations in digital output, visitors can expect to see significant developments in software and workflow automation, meaningful advancements in finishing and mounting, and the widest ever selection of substrates optimised for digital print. The reviving interest in environmentally sustainable print will also be a dominant theme, with the majority of exhibitors sharing solutions that reflect this growing concern among buyers of wide format print products, following the clear price orientation of the recession years.
The current boom in textile printing, and the expanding use of digital processes for industrial applications like ceramics and glass, will also be reflected by exhibitors around the show. Textile will of course will be the focus of the third FESPA Digital Textile Conference, which takes place on 25th May (Day 2) alongside the show-floor, moderated by the editor of industry authority publication Digital Textile (see separate press release with programme details). Education continues beyond the conference, with a series of knowledge-sharing sessions taking place throughout FESPA Digital in the Showcase Theatre, and in the Fresener’s Fabric programme within FESPA Fabric.
Following closely on the contest at the recent FESPA Americas event, the world tour of the show-stopping FESPA Wrap Cup Masters continues in Hamburg, to be followed in Asia in October this year. The winner from Hamburg (and from next year’s FESPA Digital show in Barcelona, Spain) will join the winners from other regions at a grand finale at FESPA 2013 in London.
Frazer Chesterman concludes; “Ours is a dynamic industry, with print service providers constantly reshaping their offering to respond to shifts in customer demand, and developing new niche applications and specialisations. Great digital wide format print never ceases to be exciting and inspirational. With FESPA Digital 2011, our aim, once again, is to give our community an event to match.”
Organisers of Sign & Digital UK have noticed a trend developing from amongst their many exhibitors that indicates a growing demand for digital textile printers and finishing equipment in the UK. Many of the key players in this market have spoken to them about their intentions to show wide format digital textile printers, dye-sub calendars and a range of sewing, welding and eyeleting products to finish the print workflow. Entry is free to the show if you pre-register on line and here are just some of the ones you will see at the show:
Fujifilm’s Euromedia range includes a wide choice of digital textile products, some of which will be on show as part of the innovative, purpose-built Fujifilm ‘shop’ at Sign & Digital UK on stand H10. Experts will be on hand to demonstrate the latest innovations and visitors will get the chance to apply some of the media products themselves. One such product is StickyTex Heavy FR, a self-adhesive B1 textile that is suitable for wallpaper and other indoor applications. Used for wall tattoos, photos, borders and any large surface wall decorations, it’s a polyester textile with a high quality, non-reflective surface for printing by solvent or UV. It’s extremely easy to apply and can be re-used many times without residue or damage to the application surface.
Spandex on Stand D40 will divide their stand into zones, one of which is dedicated to digital textiles The Textile & Soft Signage Application Zone is where the trend towards textile substrates for sign and graphics applications will be in clear evidence and where visitors will get ideas of how to take advantage of the growing textile and soft signage market. Spandex will also show you how to make the most of your existing inkjet printer by using innovative textile materials combined with stylish display solutions. They will have Epson's new high-resolution, large format printer GS6000 (64") featuring an 8-colour solvent ink set on the stand, printing on ImagePerfect 2314 textile material.
Printers and cutters from Mimaki's three product ranges - Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial Products - will be on show on the Hybrid Services stand C10 and highlights include the UK launch of the Mimaki JFX-1615plus flatbed LED UV printer. Also available to view are Mimaki's integrated printer / cutter range - the CJV30 Series, featuring long lasting outdoor durable inks, with white and metallic options. From the textile range, the TPC-1000 printer / cutter will be shown, paired with a heat press for producing feather flags and other dye sub output to polyester fabric.
Experts in digital textile printing and finishing, Atech will be presenting a “workflow” demonstration for digital textiles every hour on their stand E24, and will also have a “Signmakers Corner” area on stand B34 where you can buy the latest time-saving finishing gadgets for vinyl sign, banners and textiles. Handy finishing tools for the graphics and textiles market including Pneumatic Eyelet machines, Banner Welders and Sewing machines, will be demonstrated alongside two solutions for digital textile printing to suit differing budgets and needs; the first a twinned and proven solution from Roland paired up with a Kala Calendar and the second the ATP Color all–in-one direct to textile printer. AVP Limited on Stand B48 will be showing products targeted at the banner finishing market – namely, their range of Sinclair hot wedge welders. This is the first time they will be exhibiting their products at Sign & Digital UK and as a show special will be offering an additional 12 month return to base manufacturers warranty on all welders ordered at the show.
Solent Sewing on Stand H20, will also have their vast range of industrial sewing solutions, welders and finishing equipment on display. Solent Sewing & Welding's range of Miller Weldmaster and industrial sewing machines supplies a solution for 100% of the fabrics used in the sign industry; digital textiles, mesh, PVC, PU, PE etc. They will be showing two new machines - the 112 Extreme and Impulse Extreme with automatic folding device. During the show they will be taking orders for a special FREE SAMPLE offer where sign and banner makers can send them their samples and they will finish them to their test specification after the show.
Sign & Digital UK visitors will also be able to witness the strong extension of Mutoh’s product portfolio in the field of sublimation & direct textile printers. Mutoh offers sublimation & textile printers up to 2.6 m, such as the Viper TX 100 incorporating a built-in, switchable and rotable print bed. Mutoh offers a separate calander unit and integrated solutions such as the Viper TX SoftSign integrating an inline fixation unit. The latest model, Viper TX Professional is a direct-to-fabric production printer with a moving adhesive belt system and an integral dryer, capable of printing both knitted and woven fabrics. All printers are manufactured & developed in Belgium.
There are many, many more stands showing products and services from manufacturers and suppliers of digital textile print and finishing equipment and a huge range of textiles and fabrics– this year more than ever – and all on your doorstep! Don’t miss this opportunity to research this emerging market in one place, register now for Sign & Digital UK on www.signanddigitaluk.com.
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