05 Dec 2019

The winners of the Sign & Digital UK 2010 visitor competition are…

Signuk Winners

At this year’s Sign & Digital UK, in conjunction with the competition sponsor; Hybrid Services Ltd, the visitor prize of two VIP tickets to Old Trafford to watch a top flight game was won by two visitors who were drawn at random from those that registered online and attended the show.

The Sign & Digital UK team felt that following the interest shown in the 2009 visitor competition, where the winners won VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix, it was important to do something of high value for the 2010 show – the prizes provided by Hybrid were just the ticket.

Each winner has won two tickets to see a football game at Old Trafford during the 2010/2011 season, including all the added extras of VIP hospitality, food & drink, parking and over night accommodation. So congratulations go to the two winners; David Austin from Hobs Reprographics, London and Justin Tidmarsh from Fast Signs, Coventry.

David Austin said “The show was really good this year with lots on offer. I came this year specifically to look at new kit with the intent on making a purchasing decision. This objective has been met and I will certainly be returning next year. On top of that to win two tickets to Old Trafford to see a top flight game on the back of the show is just fantastic.”

Justin comments “I found the Sign and Digital UK show to be really useful this year where my questions regarding my ink supply were answered. On top of that when doing a general tour of the show I found some new product lines that were really interesting and that we will certainly be looking to actively market. Of course winning tickets for Old Trafford has just rounded it all off.”

Alan Caddick, marketing manager for Sign & Digital UK adds, “The show is a massive opportunity and there are many reasons as to why visitors should make the trip. A visitor incentive like this just gives one more reason for people to attend and support their industry event.”

For information about the success of the 2010 show and further information about Sign & Digital UK 2011 please visit the website, www.signanddigitaluk.com or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates for your diary: Sign & Digital UK, 12-14 April 2011, halls 17-18, NEC, Birmingham

Xaar delivers guidance and guides at FESPA 2010

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Whether you are new to inkjet or highly experienced Xaar guides you through the jargon, technology and potential of inkjet in a series of educational initiatives

As Global Technology Partner of the event, Xaar teams up with FESPA Munich to spread the word about the power of innovation and potential of inkjet for print businesses today.

In two sessions in the Digital Innovation Theatre, Xaar's Director of Marketing Mark Alexander will look closely at how Xaar's leading edge technology is enabling companies to become more flexible and adapt quickly to new markets.

The sessions include:

  • Inkjet for Innovation (2-3pm on 22nd & 24th June): from bleeding edge to cutting edge, how inkjet innovation is transforming the industry
  • Inkjet for Business (11-12pm on 23rd June): Xaar joins with some of its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners, including large format specialists MTL and Neolt, to look at how companies have applied flexible Xaar inkjet technology to meet specific market needs.

For those who are new to inkjet and who may still be totally confused, Xaar is publishing the world's first 'Industrial Inkjet for Dummies' guide.  Whether you are an OEM who is interested in exploring inkjet technology, or you need to improve the flexibility of an existing printing process by going digital, or you are simply curious about how it works, this guide will be of interest to you. Available shortly, visitors to Fespa Munich can reserve their copy by visiting the Xaar booth (Hall B2 Stand 475) or registering online at www.xaar.com/dummies.aspx

GMG to present solutions for large-format printing at FESPA 2010

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GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, will be presenting software solutions for large-format printing at the exhibition booths of its technology partners HP (Hall B2, 120), Mimaki (Hall B2, 270) and Roland (Hall B2, 340) during FESPA 2010.

The latest software solutions from GMG enable businesses involved in large-format printing to simply and efficiently meet the growing quality demands of their customers. GMG will present the extensive functions of the new GMG SmartProfiler software application, which printers can use to create their own color profiles and printer calibrations for large-format printing systems. This significantly improves not only a company's production reliability and productivity, but also the color quality of the products.

GMG SmartProfiler is an additional option for GMG ColorServer, the central color management solution. Thanks to perfect execution of all necessary color conversions, GMG ColorServer ensures maximum color accuracy, repeatability, and consistent color results on any printing system. The result is colors that match those of print media produced by conventional methods, such as offset printing, as well as an identical color impression on multiple large-format printers of the same or a similar type.

At the HP booth, visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler color management solutions in action for creating profiles and calibrating HP Scitex large-format printers, for example.

At the Mimaki booth, GMG will be showing how color-accurate packaging proofs and packaging mockups can be produced in top quality. The combination of GMG ColorServer/GMG SmartProfiler color management software and the UJF-706 UV inkjet printers from Mimaki permits digital proofing on original substrates, as well as the production of absolutely color-accurate packaging mockups. White and varnish are supported in this context. The GMG/Mimaki solution is suitable for virtually any substrate.

The GMG solution for the UJF-3042 A3 flatbed printer from Mimaki with UV-curing inks will also be on display for the first time.

GMG ColorServer and SmartProfiler are likewise available for all large-format printers from Roland. In particular, the joint solution in conjunction with the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer will be presented at the Roland exhibition booth during this year's FESPA. Users can expect maximum color accuracy, reproducibility, and color consistency in such special packaging applications as the production of color-accurate mock-ups from original substrates, as well as proofing applications for the packaging market. Among other things, the output material can be printed with spot varnishing and white ink, as well as cut and scored.

"Following our resoundingly successful presentation at IPEX, we will now also be demonstrating at FESPA that the wide range of GMG solutions can readily be integrated in numerous applications," says Paul Willems, Managing Director of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "Particularly in large-format printing, color management with GMG ColorServer and SmartProfiler is a highly convincing solution, thanks to its versatility, flexibility and, on the bottom line, outstanding quality."


Océ hails Ipex a great success story

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Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, has hailed Ipex a resounding success with numerous new deals signed on the stand and more interest from customers and prospects than in the last two years.

As well as gathering to witness Océ’s technology in action in Hall 12 of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom, between May 18 - 25, crowds were entertained by a series ‘industry affairs’ discussions on Océ TV, hosted by broadcaster Katy Haswell. Interviews were held with key stakeholders ranging from industry leaders, customers, journalists and analysts, as well as experts from Océ. These can be viewed on http://global.oce.com/events/ipex/youtube-player.aspx

Other successes for Océ included winning a European Digital Press Award (best production cut-sheet monochrome printer) for the Oce VarioPrint 6320 Ultra and launching on its stand a Managers’ Toolkit 40-page book for the British Print Industries Federation. Océ also announced that it is looking to extend its unique offering to the market where customers enjoy benefits from the printing world’s first Carbon Positive Plus+ initiative. Making a positive step beyond carbon neutrality, through strategic partner Shining Earth, Océ offsets 200% of the operational CO2 for its flagship product, the Océ VarioPrint 6250.

The printing systems running on Océ’s stand throughout the show were

  • Canon imagePRESS C7000VP
  • Océ Arizona® 550 GT
  • Océ ColorStream® 10000 Flex
  • Océ ColorWave® 600
  • Océ JetStream® 1000
  • Océ VarioPrint® 6320 Ultra

Orders signed on the stand included The Woods Group (Océ VarioStream 7650), MPG Books group (two Océ VarioPrint 6320s), Business Continuity (two Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex) The Open University (Océ VarioPrint 6000), Mask Documents (Océ VarioPrint 6000), OTM (Océ ColorStream 10000 Flex) and TJ International (Automatic Book Factory – software solution). Tony Chard, Managing Director of UK-based MPG Books, said: “The reason we chose Océ is because it is the clear market leader, has the highest quality and most productive systems for digital book printing, as well as the best total cost of ownership. Added to that, we will have up to a 40% reduction in our total electricity costs due to the environmental benefits that include substantially lower temperature levels for the systems.”

Bron Curley, Océ UK Managing Director, said: “Ipex was a great success story for Océ. There has been more interest from customers and prospective customers than in the last two years. And significant new deals were actually signed at the show. The integration with Canon, which will create the strongest player in the industry, is also opening new doors to sales opportunities as we have very complementary products and technologies.”

FESPA ‘Blueprint’ Maps Out Factors for a Bright Future

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FESPA has published its FESPA Global Summit Blueprint, a white-paper style summary report of the outcomes of its recent Global Summit event in Miami, Florida.

The report is authored by FESPA sales and marketing director Marcus Timson, with inputs from Summit participants Tim Greene of InfoTrends, industry consultant and editor Sophie Matthews-Paul, and Wide Format Imaging editor Denise Gustavson.   Timson and his co-authors summarise the key themes and issues covered by the FESPA Global Summit.  The content is taken from the presentations and panel discussions, and from interactive breakout groups involving more than 100 delegates who participated in the event.

Marcus Timson explains:   “For the first time, the Miami Global Summit connected innovative print entrepreneurs from several continents to share their ideas, challenges and visions.  It was a stimulating and thought-provoking event to be involved in, and we all felt that colleagues who could not be there in person would benefit from being able to absorb these distilled thoughts and observations.”

Under the headings ‘Change’, ‘Leadership’ and  ‘Innovation’, the report outlines some of the ideas, agreements, models and behaviours deemed necessary for a successful, innovative, print oriented business of the future.  The 11-page Blueprint is available for download from the FESPA web site at www.fespa.com or via FESPA’s Wide Network.

The Blueprint is the first such report to be produced following a FESPA Summit event, although FESPA intends to develop a Blueprint from all future Global Summits.

Timson concludes:  “Reinvestment is at the heart of FESPA’s organisational philosophy. In every region where FESPA has an active event programme, we’re committed to using a proportion of event revenues to create knowledge-sharing or educational initiatives that help members of the wide format community build successful and future-proof businesses. The development and distribution of this FESPA Blueprint is the first FESPA reinvestment project to directly benefit North American printers. We hope it’s the first of many positive initiatives as we develop FESPA’s event portfolio for the Americas.”


Ipex 2010 is a fair weather event for EskoArtwork


EskoArtwork reports a successful closing of Ipex 2010, held from May 18-25 in Birmingham (UK). Lead generation far exceeded expectations and a good amount of sales were closed on the stand. There were also significant investments closed with customers from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and India—for complete hardware and software configurations.

"Ipex gave us two surprises—the super weather and the super visitor numbers. We were very pleased with the show and the number of international visitors we met. Ipex has definitely regained strength and presented a great opportunity for EskoArtwork and Enfocus to reinforce our leading roles in innovating the commercial printing, packaging and sign and display markets,” states Armand Gougay, EskoArtwork Senior VP Emeala. "More and more, it’s becoming clear that workflow automation is a key element to a successful production business, and our customers and prospects continue to move in that direction with our solutions. Overall there was fantastic interest in the new Suite 10 software and Kongsberg hardware that we launched at Ipex, as well as an appreciation for the value our customers realized they can bring to the enterprises."

Healthy interest in a wide range of solutions

The EskoArtwork Digital Flexo Solutions attracted many visitors. A flexo press reseller in southern Europe exclaimed: “The flexo industry cannot thank EskoArtwork enough for the continuous progress you are bringing. And now with HD Flexo, this really is opening new possibilities."

On display was a CDI Advance Cantilever 1450, providing exceptional in the round flexo sleeves for the flexible packaging market and the HD Flexo technology for the production of plates and sleeves delivering printing quality comparable to offset or gravure, as well as the Inline UV Main Exposure and the Digital Flexo Suite for optimized and automated plate and sleeve production. New at Ipex was the revolutionary PreMount workflow, which streamlines and optimizes the handling of digital polymer carrier sheets.

"The new automation workflow they have is so cool, so sexy to look at and so powerful, you have to go over and have a look," was overheard from one visitor on his phone. Visitors could get a demo of new EskoArtwork software at one of the six software demo stations. Ipex was the platform to launch some of its innovations this year: Suite 10 with special focus on the Automation Engine and Studio—in fact anything related to 3D was demonstrated the most.

"This finishing on demand is probably the most interesting thing we have seen at this show," remarked two visitors as they concluded a demo on the Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto. There was a lot of interest for the new i-XE10 Automated at Ipex, a complete solution able to fully automate the entire finishing process. Equipped with a newly designed stacker and sheet feeding system, the Kongsberg i-XE10 Automated can meet the growing demand for finishing small-format, short-run digital printed materials. The redesigned sheet feeder system automatically loads and places the printed materials on the table. The automated stacker enables non-stop sorting and stacking of the finished parts. The system also automatically removes waste. As a result, the machine can run unattended, which saves significant man-hours.

Connecting More with partners

Ipex was also a platform for EskoArtwork to connect more with its many industry partners. Presentations at HP, Canon, Fuji, Xeikon and ten others important partners yielded good contacts, and helped to raise EskoArtwork’s profile in the industry even further.

“Ipex exceeded our expectations. Companies seem to be seriously interested in investing in solutions that continue to add productivity with a viable ROI,” concludes Gougay. “We left Birmingham with a good sense of optimism for EskoArtwork, our customers, and the industry in general.”