18 Jul 2019

Sign & Digital UK 2010 will be held on 13 - 15 April at the NEC

Sign & Digital 2010


Sign & Digital UK 2010 will be held on 13 - 15 April at the NEC, Birmingham

Sign & Digital UK, co-located with Screenprint and The Digital Signage Showcase is the leading event for today''s vibrant UK visual communication industry. Spanning 3 days at the NEC, Birmingham, the exhibition attracts unprecedented levels of quality visitors from across the industry. The event offers a unique and unrivalled opportunity to keep pace with a huge range of the latest products and services, as well as the prospect of networking and meeting a broad mix of key industry buyers and decision makers.

With over 21 years experience, this exhibition has continually evolved to give visitors a true insight into the industry today and in the future, which is why it can boast to be the biggest, most visited and longest established  visual communications event in the UK.



The '09 show was again a great success - here are some of the things that have been said about Sign & Digital UK 09:

Mike Lewis, sales and marketing coordinator – Hybrid Services/Mimaki:
“So far the show has been absolutely fantastic. We have been busy from day one, have taken lots of orders already. We shall definitely be booking again!

Allan Ashman, Managing Director - Atech:
“We were delighted when our first client walked on the stand and signed the order form for two products straight away.”

Brett Newman, Head of Product Development - Roland DG ( UK ):
“We took orders from the very first day and I think within a couple of hours of the show opening, which is great! That’s obviously what we are here to do and because of the class of people coming through the door, they’re purposefully coming to make a purchasing decision here at the show. Will we be rebooking? Of course! We’ve done this show forever; it is as simple as that.”

Dean Carpenter, Director, Laserite:
Sign & Digital UK has delivered to us a significant number of high quality leads, several of which have already turned into sales.”

Janice Fairfield - Fairfield Displays & Lighting Ltd:
“The 2009 Sign & Digital show was well planned and has been a great success for us.We will definitely be back next year.”

Mark Dale, Director - PFS:
“The interest we have had was on a more serious level than at any other show.”

Phil Kneale, Sales and Marketing Director - Graphtec (GB):
Graphtec (GB)’s stand was kept busy all three days at Sign & Digital UK. It was our best Sign & Digital UK show in 10 years, despite the recession. Customers came with money in their pockets.

Amy Le Corney, marketing manager - Robert Horne Group:
“We’ve so far sold a couple of laminators, and a couple of printers, and we’ve got some really good leads for some more hardware later on that we hope to close in the next couple of weeks. Sign & Digital UK is a key exhibition for Robert Horne, so we will definitely re-book for next year.”

Sarah Janes of Neschen:
“The show has been lively, informative and above all busy.


Exhibitors: To get involved in the 2010 show please contact the show team

Visitors: To be informed when registration opens click here




Record Number of Chinese Manufacturers to Exhibit at Ipex 2010

IPEX 2010 logo

More than 35 Chinese manufacturers and suppliers have already confirmed their stand bookings at Ipex 2010, adding more than 1,600 sqm of floor space to the international event which will take place from 18th – 25th May 2010 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

Comments Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Events Director, “For many Chinese manufacturers, Ipex 2010 will mark their second or third show which demonstrates the overall growth of their international graphic arts offerings and highlights the importance of Ipex as the number one global graphic arts exhibition in 2010. Equally, a number of Chinese suppliers less well known internationally will use Ipex as a global launch pad. We’ve already exceeded the number of exhibitors from China that participated in 2006, having currently 30 companies contracted compared to 27 in 2006. Demand remains high and we expect the overall numbers of exhibitors from this region to significantly rocket in 2010.”

Of all Chinese manufacturers confirmed so far, joint venture companies Shanghai Electric (Group) Corporation (SEC) & Goss International Corporation have secured the biggest footprint with 1,000 square metres of floor space. They will use Ipex’s international role to promote the merged business.

Shanghai Electric Printing and Packaging Equipment Manufacturing (SPPM) Group's Chairman Mr. Chen Da Xiong says, "As an important business unit of Shanghai Electric Group, SPPM has become an international leading supplier to the sheetfed, web offset and packaging printing sectors. We’ve attended several Ipex shows in previous years and are extremely pleased with the ROI achieved. Ipex 2010 is the ideal platform for us to showcase our strong capabilities and demonstrate our growing product portfolio and differentiating technologies to the international graphic arts community.”

Ipex Organisers are working in close partnership with PEIAC, the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China, to help exhibitors maximise their participation at the show. Comments Wang Demao, Vice Chariman Executive of PEIAC: “As organisers of two international exhibitions, China Print and Print China, we understand the tremendous contribution to the development of global printing industries made by Ipex over the years. That’s why we are lending our support once again to Ipex 2010 by organising for Chinese companies to exhibit their products at the show. We estimate that the total Chinese exhibition area will reach 2000 square metres.”

Other leading Chinese major players already confirmed and allocated on the floorplan include post-press manufacturer JMD Machinery Corporation Ltd with almost 170 square metres, as well as printing, packaging and consumables suppliers UP Group with 135 square metres. Others include Shanghai Eureka Machinery, Shanghai Hongjing Printing and Packaging Machinery, The Second Film Factory of Lucky Group, Shanghai PrintYoung, Chengdu Xingraphics, Zhejing Zhengrun Machinery and Zhejiang Konita New Materials to name but a few.

Hou Kang, the marketing manager of Longma Aluminium Group of China, which has secured over 40 square metres of floor space at Ipex says that, “Ipex 2010 plays an important part in the company’s export strategy because of its international reach.”

Zhejiang Zhengrun Machinery Co. Ltd will be exhibiting at Ipex 2010 for the first time. Deputy general manager, Wu Yingyi has booked a 60 square metre stand at Ipex. He comments: “Ipex has a wide influence in the global graphic arts world. As a prosperous Chinese company we’ve stepped outside our home borders and today successfully export to 30 other countries. Ipex offers the ideal opportunity to expand our business and relationships even further.”

Pre-registration for all those wishing to attend Ipex 2010 is now officially available via www.ipex.org/register and will result in a £30 saving off the entrance fee. The immediate wave of registrations has been very encouraging and is tracking ahead of the 2006 cycle. So far, registrations have been received from over 80 countries, reinforcing the importance of Ipex on a global scale. The show organisers have confirmed that there will be free fast-track entry for all pre-registered visitors.

FESPA Welcomes Mexican Association Amerografics

FESPA logo

As it continues to build its international community, FESPA announces the addition of the Mexican association Amerografics to its member base, only weeks after the Sri Lanka Association of Printers and the Nepal Printers Association join as FESPA associate members.

As an associate member, the members of Amerografics will benefit from a variety of FESPA educational resources and training initiatives, as well as participating in a growing number of international projects and events, including research studies, conferences, industry summits and exhibitions.  FESPA will benefit by forging stronger links with Mexican, and wider Latin American, printing professionals.

FESPA’s firm commitment to Mexican printers is clear from the events that it runs in the country. The organisation held its first successful sign, screenprinting and digital imaging exhibition in the country last August, which was followed by a second FESPA Mexico 2009 event. Attracting over 8,500 visitors to both exhibitions, FESPA Mexico has been established as the region’s leading trade show. In July 2009, FESPA also held its inaugural FESPA Summit in Mexico.  With over 70 delegates, which included printers and suppliers, the one-day summit in Mexico City comprised presentations and workshops on topics including the economic outlook in Mexico, environmental considerations with the introduction of a new law about printing on recyclable materials, and current and future technological developments. 

Founded in December 2008, Amerografics currently consists of screen, signage, digital and textile printers. With an office located in the District Federal of Mexico and another in Guadalajara, the association undertakes a wide range of activities on behalf of its members. Its aim is to strategically manage activities to improve the relationship between manufacturers and suppliers with the print community, as well as promote the exchange of knowledge and information amongst industry peers. Amerografics organises various events in Latin America to strengthen links in the community and offer educational training on topics, such as innovative printing.  It is active in encouraging social responsibility and planet-friendly practices. It seeks to support and develop the printing industry by engaging in open dialogue with relevant political authorities, in addition to representing the rights and interests of members, both nationally and internationally, before governmental bodies. It has already established relations with The Secretary of Economy and the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) that presented at the Mexico Summit in July.

Mr. Francesco Brocchi, President of Amerografics says: “We are thrilled to be part of FESPA’s global community. FESPA played an integral part in founding Amerografics, recognising the strong need to bring together Mexican printers to support them, as well as developing the industry at both a national and global level. Being a member of FESPA enables us to offer our members additional support with a wider range of educational and training resources, and access to a number of services that FESPA provides, including its world-class summits and exhibitions.”

Nigel Steffens, CEO of FESPA, comments: “We are delighted that Amerografics has become a member of FESPA.  The Mexican printers that we meet are highly engaged, motivated and ready to proactively pursue market opportunities. We see FESPA playing a key role in the positive development of the printing industry in Mexico and more widely in Latin America. We’re confident that our partnership with Amerografics will be mutually beneficial and look forward to collaborating with these new members in the coming months.”

For further information, please visit the Amerografics website at www.amerografics.org

European TransPromo Summit a Major Success for Attendees and Sponsors

European TransPromo Summit

The European TransPromo Summit proved to be a major success, bringing together 315 attendees and 22 sponsoring companies. The truly international audience was made up of attendees from The U.K., France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia, United States, Italy and others. The inaugural event, held at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre in Belgium last week, was organized by 4IT Group and InfoTrends. The summit was information-packed and provided attendees with valuable business insights, information on industry and technology trends, detailed case studies, and innovative business opportunities. The event also provided attendees and sponsors with several opportunities to network with industry peers.

“There is no question about the interest in the TransPromo Market in Europe. The conference was over-subscribed and participants were not disappointed,” commented Barb Pellow, Group Director at InfoTrends. “In a struggling economy this event was strong and created very positive energy levels throughout the 2 days.”

Day one of the conference kicked off with a state of the industry address focused on the TransPromo value proposition, its current state in Europe, and a view into future opportunities. The program continued with keynote presentations on “Powering TransPromo - Hardware a Critical Enabler” and “Planning for TransPromo Success.” Keynote speakers included industry leaders from Belgian Post, DST Output, GMC, HP, InfoPrint Solutions, Kodak, Océ, and Xeikon.

“It is evident that TransPromo’s time has come,” commented Enrico Barboglio, President, 4IT Group. “There was a tremendous industry buzz from companies that are leveraging the power of bold design, vibrant color and variable data to transform bills and statements into highly individualized customer marketing communications.”

“Conference content was superb, and I believe the sessions were well received by everyone,” commented Roberta McKee-Jackson, Director of Operations, Xplor UK & Ireland. “There was a lot to be learned and presenting the marketing as well as the technology tracks was beneficial to all.”

“I enjoyed the event tremendously with high quality content and a very well managed conference. The insights gained will translate into improved business decisions and help to shape our strategic direction,” stated Bill Parker, CMO, GMC Software AG. “The time I spent was well worth the investment.”

Plans for the 2010 European TransPromo Summit are underway and will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Due to the success of the event many sponsors have already signed up for next year. Sponsorship opportunities are now being accepted for 2010. For more information, please contact Jason Russell at +44 1582 400120 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Valentina Carnevali at +39 02 26927081 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

1st European Wrap Star: Europe’s car wrappers to compete for the title at Viscom

European Wrapstar Hummer Wrap

Medium-sized car or luxury limousine, old-timers or conventional passenger car - the car wrappers transform every vehicle into a unique gem. In this process, they confront even the greatest challenge. Nowadays films adorn motorbikes, aircrafts and even rockets. Often, the wrapping even consists of a single piece. As a result, even motorbikes can be wrapped without seams that might spoil their appearance. The range of possible patterns and colours is endless. For advertisers, this offers unlimited design possibilities.

At viscom 2009, practitioners will show how it's done. Highly qualified car wrappers will compete for the title of first "European Wrap Star". At the international trade fair for visual communication, four identical Hummer vehicles will be wrapped live at a special area in Hall 8a. The contest will be presented by MR Clipart, the SEW Wrap Akademie and the viscom organisers, Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.

Prizes with a total value of more than 200,000 euros to be won

The competition will begin on Thursday, 1 October, with the task of wrapping one door and one wing. In each of the eight 45-minute first-round matches, eight participants will start out. From each match, four of these will go on to the next round to be held in the morning of Friday, 2 October, when again eight participants will compete in four 45-minute matches. In the third round on Friday afternoon consisting of two matches, the car wrappers still remaining in the competition will then have to do an almost full wrap of one vehicle side within 60 minutes. Four from each match will reach the semi-finals to be held in the morning of Saturday, 3 October, when a complete vehicle side is to be wrapped. In the grand finale on Saturday afternoon, the four best participants will finally face each other over 90 minutes.

The happy winner will then hold the title of "European Wrap Star". Even merely reaching the finals is a very interesting prospect for all participants, however, as each of the four finalists will receive one of the four main prizes: ain Royal Sovereign Laminator worth more than € 7,000.00, a Rollsroller Flatbed Laminator 340/145 worth 13,900 euros, a Summa T140 Cutting Plotter & Opus-Cam & software worth 15,990 euros, or a Mimaki CJV 30-160 cut and print system plus software worth 22,800 euros.

In all, prizes with a total value of more than 200,000 euros can be won. But even those eliminated in the first round will not go away empty-handed: a "consolation package" with product vouchers from the major film manufacturers, a car wrapping seminar, software and a range of "wrapping tools" with a value of more than 2,000 euros is waiting for them. And the value of the prizes increases with each round.

"Catch the Hummer": Big tombola for spectators

Not just for the pros but also for spectators, there will be a large number of prizes to be won at viscom. Tickets will be available at the Systeam and Mutoh Europe N.V. stands. The first prize is a Mutoh ValueJet 1204 Eco Solvent printer worth 10,500 euros. Winners of the second prize can look forward to driving a Hummer H2 for one month, winners of the third to driving a Hummer H3 for a weekend. There will also be a large number of Ed Hardy products to be won. The tombola will take place on the viscom Saturday at the European Wrap Star stand C51 in Hall 8a.

Gandinnovations at Viscom Dusseldorf 2009

Gandi 2030 Continental

Gandinnovations will be exhibiting at Viscom Dusseldorf, Messe Dusseldorf in Hall 8B stand E22 October 01 – 03rd. The company will exhibit several models in the popular Jeti line of grand-format digital printers and is expecting anxious crowds for the duration of the show. Gandinnovations manufactures several 3 and 5 meter models of solvent and UV roll to roll digital printers as well as a large variety of flatbed models, including the 2030 Continental, a true flatbed designed specifically for the European market.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada since 2004, Gandinnovations has branch offices around the world for efficient sales and service, including the European headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium.

“After the success we had at the Amsterdam exhibit earlier this year, we are really looking forward to another successful show in Dusseldorf,” says Cory Brock, Director of Marketing for Gandinnovations. “Viscom has always been a great place for us to show our latest technology and we plan to deliver to the attendees again this year.”

In addition to the Jeti line of grand-format digital printers, Gandinnovations manufactures the ink for the entire printer line, has created a RIP, called GandiSoft, specially designed for the Jeti printers and has recently made news with the invention of HAL- the High-speed Automatic Loader built to load and unload rigid substrates from any Jeti flatbed printer with amazing accuracy.

The newest addition to the Jeti line is the Aquajet, a 3 meter wide, direct to fabric digital printer which prints on a number of polyester-based materials. Graphics manufacturers have found the Aquajet to be an exceptional tool for breaking into new markets and creating new means of advertising.