15 Jul 2020

Viscom 2010 a success for Grapo Technologies

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Grapo Technologies a.s., reported its newly-launched Manta Slim was the star of the show at Viscom in Frankfurt, Germany.

"Printers were very interested to see how the Manta Slim can make a huge difference to their product offering. Not only were they amazed by the quality produced and how easily the entry-level system could be operated but they were also impressed by the attractive price of €51,900," said Branislav Oravec, sales director. "There is nothing else like it on the market that offers such a good quality/ price balance."

Developed to easily enable printers to provide UV print to their customers without major financial investment, the space-saving Manta Slim takes up just half the footprint of its predecessor yet has a printing size of 2 x 1.5 metres. Using inks curable with UV lamps it can print at 720 dpi on the widest range of rigid materials, including foam board, cardboard, plastic, wood, metal, glass etc.

The system was also featured on key distributor Igepa Group's stand and Hamburg branch manager Uwe Becker commented on the advantages of the small sister to the market proven Gemini: "The Manta Slim is the perfect entry-level solution for start-up companies or screen printers who want to get into digital printing with an attractive price/ratio performance. The Viscom special offer price generated a lot of interest from show-goers."

Oravec added: "The initial response to the Manta Slim was very encouraging. Viscom has provided it with an excellent springboard into the market place and we were very pleased to see how excited our customers were about the possibilities the new system offers them."

Also garnering much visitor interest was the Grapo printer and Aristo cutter bundle offer. It was created to help end users establish a profit-enhancing final product workflow solution.

"This cooperation offers synergies for both companies,” said Michael Hock, market manager at Aristo in Hamburg. "And for us especially it is a door opener to new customers for Aristo in this very important market field of large format printing. Presenting the workflow with e.g. Caldera on Grapo's printers to Aristo's cutters shows all clients how easy it is to reach best results for their end-customers."

"Also our close co-operation with other market leaders such as the Caldera RIP increases the potential and performance of Grapo Technologies' UV printing systems, making them much more affordable for the global market," Oravec said. "We were also delighted with the number of sales leads received at the show and the fantastic opportunity we had to further cement some long standing relationships. At the same time we also met a variety of potential customers we aim to work more closely with in the future."

Northprint 2011 is a vital UK platform, declare major industry suppliers


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Northprint 2011 [www.northprintexpo.com], which takes place in Harrogate from 10th to 12th May, has already attracted an impressive line up of major industry suppliers, with manroland, Konica Minolta and Ricoh confirming a considerable presence at the show early on in the pre-show cycle.

Industry suppliers have been particularly enthusiastic about the host of new innovations and attractions at the show, geared to providing real value to visitors by delivering a quality mix of technology and applications, interactive case study demonstrations and educational workshops and seminars.

Trevor Crawford, director of the IIR Print Group, says: “With many suppliers still finalising their marketing plans for 2011, we’re delighted about the early industry-wide support the show has already received to date. We’re engaged with a number of companies about their involvement in Northprint and are confident that the current exhibitors will act as a magnet for suppliers with similar or complementary products.”

Commenting on the decision to exhibit at Northprint, Norman Revill, managing director, manroland GB, says: “We’re very pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Northprint 2011. It’s a great exhibition with a proud heritage and deserves to be supported by the industry. manroland is the market leader in sheetfed presses in the north of the UK, so Northprint will provide us with a great platform to meet with our loyal northern customers and those nationwide printers considering investing in a manroland press.

“Representatives from all our commercial divisions – sheetfed, printcom and printserivces - will be on hand throughout the show to discuss how manroland can help printers add maximum value to print and continue to create greater efficiencies in their print operation. We will also be showing on the stand regular video presentations highlighting our broad portfolio of products and services as well as a smaller version of our VAP (value added print) tunnel, which was so successfully introduced at Ipex 2010.”

Ricoh has committed to printing the event’s Show Daily newspaper on its stand at Northprint. Chas Moloney, marketing director, Ricoh UK, also emphasises the importance of Northprint: “The economy is still in a difficult phase, with many printers finding business harder now than they did twelve months ago, despite the fact we are technically out of the recession. However, to support the print industry and its growth, it’s important the market, and Ricoh as a business, look to the future by committing to key industry events such as Northprint. Ricoh as an organisation is continually innovating and this is demonstrated through the evolution of our products, market solutions and additional support services, such as our Business Driver Programme. By signing up to Northprint early, we are demonstrating that print is still a strong sector and exhibitions such as Northprint continue to provide a key platform in which to communicate with customers and prospects.”

Konica Minolta’s product manager for production print, Pauline Brooks, says: “Konica Minolta is exhibiting at Northprint 2011 as part of our ongoing policy of supporting the print industry. We believe that it is crucial to demonstrate to the industry the latest hardware and software solutions that can stimulate business for all areas of the commercial print market. Northprint has always been an significant event in the UK’s print industry calendar. There are a number of new and innovative initiatives to stimulate interest and attendance at the show. For example, the new ‘Printers’ Profit Zone’ will focus on a range of profit-making ideas, including cost-effective solutions customers can invest in for variable data and PoD.

“At the show, we will be demonstrating the new bizhub PRESS colour digital press series, our mono digital production press range and our Solutions Portfolio. With the high level of confidence and the exciting new ideas being poured into the show we are looking forward to welcoming visitors onto the Konica Minolta stand next May.”

Alongside the exhibitors and their technologies, some new innovations and attractions are planned for Northprint 2011 that go beyond the traditional trade show format. New to the event will be a theatre-style ‘Litho Technology Centre’ where offset manufacturers and distributors, accompanied by their customers will run videos, demonstrations and case study-style presentations. A dedicated Wide Format Applications Showcase will highlight a range of innovative applications to printers that are thinking of diversifying and investing into Wide Format technology.

Following its success at Ipex 2010, new to Northprint 2011 will be the Printers’ Profit Zone, which will provide a series of free business growth seminars throughout the three days of the show. The BPIF’s Financial Alliance team of experts will also be hosting a Finance Clinic where printers can ‘drop in’ for impartial advice on a range of subjects to provide ideas for funding.

“Beyond Northprint acting as the largest and most successful national print show in 2011, the show’s attractive features will provide an unmissable ideas forum for the UK print community. We’re really excited about the positive industry reaction and commitment from suppliers and are working closely with exhibitors, visitor groups and print experts to ensure that Northprint will extend its reach even further, appealing to commercial printers, finishers, print buyers, publishers, marketing agencies and designers nationwide,” concludes Trevor Crawford.


Mutoh "Wraps Up" SEMA Las Vegas 2010


Visitors raced to Mutoh's booth at the SEMA Las Vegas 2010 Tradeshow. LIVE vehicle wrap demonstrations were presented by Sign-A-Rama.  The daily demonstrations helped draw in crowds of spectators as they surrounded Mutoh's booth to learn vehicle wrapping techniques.

Mutoh showcased the ValueJet 1614- 64", "The Wrapper's Choice," and the ValueJet 1304-54" printer that contains Patented Intelligent Interweave Printing: impeccable print quality that virtually eliminates banding, using Eco-Ultra Inks for richer, bolder colours that last up to three years outdoors without lamination.

"Mutoh had one of the busiest booths at the show.  Performing car wrap demonstrations drew in the crowds and helped us gain new clientele," shares Ashley Robbins, owner of Sign-A-Rama in Redding, California.

The wraps were printed using SAi Rip software on Avery Dennison's MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS. Material was then run through a Neschen Americas SEAL laminator to give the product a sharp, clear look on the vehicle.

Mutoh also demonstrated their new Kona Cutters. The cutters allow easy vinyl handling and ensure the finest cutting quality with excellent tracking. Kona can handle multiple applications ranging from vinyl letter cutting to window film, paint protection and decal creation.

Trophex 2011 to take place in Birmingham NEC, 16th to 17th January



Trophex is the exhibition for the trophy, awards and personalisation industry whether you are an exhibitor or a visitor. The show attracts many companies who exhibit every year as well as many new ones. The quality of people who attend the show is always high, Trophex is an essential show for the industry and the perfect exhibition for exhibitors to unveil new technologies and launch new catalogues.

New exhibitors to Trophex 2011 include HPC Laser Ltd. The company is the UK and European distributor of LaserScript C02 laser cutting and laser engraving machines. They supply laser cutting and engraving systems with an impressive range of lenses, sheet products and spares all from their UK stock.

We also welcome back Liquid Lens; they previously exhibited at Trophex back in 2008. The company has been in business for almost 10 years and has manufactured their own range of promotional products for the past 4 years, during which time they have enjoyed rapid growth. Their product range includes an array of items such as confectionery, key chains, coasters, promotional packaging and leather – to name but a few!

Sales Print and Display Ireland (Mullingar Crystal) are also new exhibitors to Trophex 2011. The company produces an impressive range of products including crystal art, trophies and cups, as well as golf style prizes, plaques and corporate awards.

Visitors to the show can gain a valuable insight into exactly what is available on the market, allowing them to make a much more informed decision about which companies and people they should deal with.  Visitors can discuss queries face-to-face allowing them to take home valuable information and use it in their business.

The industry is so vast and Trophex represents every aspect of it including trophies, engraving - machines and materials, glass and crystal, sublimation, photo imaging, badges, pins, giftware, signage, lasers, decals, embroidery, gifts, promotional merchandise and many more profit making lines.

Visitors to Trophex 2011 will be greeted by the sounds of engraving machines, digital printers and embroidery machines all whirring into action and making this two-day exhibition really come alive. The event takes place on Sunday 16th January and Monday 17th January 2011 – the Sunday opening is a great opportunity for business owners to visit.


PrintIT! 2010 winner sees the future of print at Canon Expo

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As PrintIT! Scotland gears up for its inaugural awards ceremony which will take place on 12th November 2010 at South Lanarkshire Council, Daniel Smith, PrintIT! 2010 winner from St Ives School in Cornwall was given a unique trip to see the next generation of print and imaging technologies at Canon Expo in Paris. In addition to other prizes awarded during the PrintIT! Awards Ceremony at Ipex 2010 in May, Daniel and his teacher were treated to the all expenses paid trip courtesy of Canon UK.

Wayne Barlow, Chairman of PrintIT!, and Director Professional Print at Canon Business Imaging Group comments, “Daniel’s entry in the PrintIT! Awards was exceptional, and he has shown real enthusiasm for the print industry. His trip to Canon Expo was the perfect way to reward the skill he has shown, while further revealing to him the ground-breaking industry which he may one day enter himself.”

With a huge range of current and future technologies on show, Daniel had the opportunity to experience the important role print plays in multiple vertical sectors, including the photographic and medical industries.

“Visiting Canon Expo 2010, as part of my PrintIT! prize, was a once in a lifetime experience,” says Daniel. “It has given me a real insight in to the print industry of the future, especially the amazing technologies that are being developed. It has shown me how the invention of products like augmented reality glasses, for example, will affect the role of designers which will in turn have a knock-on effect for the print industry. The whole experience has been an eye-opener and I have learnt so much.”

Daniel’s Design and Technology teacher at St Ives School, Cornwall, Gizela Daemi-Rashidi adds, “All of my students have benefitted enormously from the PrintIT! initiative and it has certainly been an amazing experience- especially for Daniel. Speaking as a teacher, it is heartening to be involved in an initiative which not only grabs, but holds the attention of the students, and I would encourage as many schools as possible to get involved in this fantastic competition. As for our trip to Canon Expo, I think I learnt almost as much as Daniel did. What a fantastic insight into an interesting and complex industry.”

Gerber to demonstrate new GerberCAT UV cationic printer at Viscom Frankfurt 2010

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Gerber Scientific Products will demonstrate the new high resolution GerberCAT UV wide-format cationic printer November 4-6 at Viscom 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany on Hall 3, Booth D85.

"Visitors to Gerber's booth will have the opportunity to see the GerberCAT UV's ability to print on the widest array of substrates in the industry including recycled and heat sensitive materials," said Clint Green, Gerber's Sales Director EMEA. "They will also see the vibrant colours the GerberCAT UV produces using the GerberCAT cationic UV inks and how durable and resistant they are to abrasion."

The GerberCAT UV, the only economically priced "true flatbed" printer in the market today:

  • Prints at a higher resolution for sharper and more vibrant output.
  • Uses GerberCAT inks that provide superior adhesion and scratch resistance with a vibrant colour gamut.
  • Uses patent pending Cold Fire Cure technology that supports printing on the widest array of substrates in the industry.
  • Prints on heat sensitive and recycled materials, supporting its environmentally friendly platform.
  • Uses less energy and produces no ozone or VOC's.
  • Offers unparalleled print accuracy and registration to support double strike and two-sided printing.