14 Dec 2019

Consumables are Key to Innovation says FESPA’s Largest Ever Contingent of Materials Exhibitors

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FESPA 2010 (22-26 June 2010, Messe Munich, Germany) will bring together the wide format industry’s foremost materials suppliers, underscoring the significant role of substrates in enabling print service providers to embrace the innovative applications that are driving the marketplace.

Almost a third of exhibitors at the show are exhibiting substrates and/or inks, with many consumables manufacturers and suppliers present in their own right, including major players such as 3M, Avery Dennison, MACtac and Orafol. As a result, the range of creative applications achievable with increasingly diverse and inventive consumables will be much in evidence throughout the show halls.

According to Andreas Giglberger, Sales Manager at 3P InkJet Textiles AG, the part played by substrates in helping printers to enhance their print capability is huge. “Now more than ever before, it’s vital for printers to broaden their substrate offering to effectively fulfil their customers’ needs”, he says. “This is particularly the case when it comes to providing greener options to meet specific requirements and is one of the drivers behind the continued move towards more environmentally-friendly substrates that are biodegradable and/or recyclable.”

This is a sentiment shared by Frank Seemann, Head of Marketing and Communications at Neschen AG, whose innovative portfolio includes such products as digitally printable wallpaper. “For printers, adding new materials to their range is one way of staying ahead of the competition, but it’s important that printers are given the guidance to ensure they are aware of the application possibilities presented by such products”, he says. “We work closely with customers to provide training and workshops to ensure they receive the adequate assistance, and FESPA 2010 will be a prime opportunity for us to communicate the revenue-enhancing potential of our new products to printers.”

Frank Jonker, Product Manager, Cast and Polymeric Films, Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products, concurs, “FESPA 2010 will be the key arena in which to meet users from major wide format sectors and like any committed supplier or distributor, we constantly work with printers to identify the best possible solution to fulfil their customers’ signage, outdoor advertising, and decorative graphics requirements”, he says. “Right now, vehicle wrapping films, optimised for conforming to the compound curves of vehicles are real innovations that are driving market growth in self-adhesive films, particularly in the digital print arena.”

“FESPA 2010 stands apart from most other industry exhibitions, where consumables companies often have only token representation on the stands of hardware manufacturers or distributors”, adds Marcus Timson, Sales and Marketing Director at FESPA. “With the FESPA 2010 exhibitor line-up comprising 60% materials and inks companies, visitors to Munich will certainly be the first to discover new products as they are launched, as well as having direct access to the invaluable consultative expertise of the industry’s leading suppliers.”

For information on FESPA’s flagship global 2010 event, please visit www.fespa2010.com

Mimaki showcases UJF-8366; a new UV LED curing CTP and Film Setter at IPEX 2010

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Mimaki at IPEX 2010

In addition to UJF-8366, Mimaki Europe B.V.; Mimaki’s European sales group, will be showcasing the following UV and UV LED curing flatbed and roll-to-roll inkjet printers at IPEX:

• Mimaki UJF-3042, a flatbed UV LED curing printer for printing on various substrates and items, including 3D objects with a maximum print size of 300 x 420mm and 50mm thickness.

• Mimaki UJF-706, a flatbed UV curing printer that allows printing on substrates and items that include 3D objects with a maximum print size of 700 x 600mm and a thickness of up to 150mm.

• Mimaki JFX-1631, a flatbed wide format printer that accommodates substrates up to 50mm thick and enables printing to a maximum size of 1600 x 3100mm

• Mimaki UJV-160, a versatile flatbed and roll-to-roll large format printer utilising UV LED curing for printing on heat-sensitive substrates up to a width of 1600 mm.

In addition to these machines, Mimaki will also present its CF2 and CG series of wide format cutting plotters that in conjunction with the large format printers combine to powerful print & cut solutions for print service providers.

GMG expands its presence at Ipex with strategic partnerships

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GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, is teaming up with a number of specialist partners around the Ipex arena, as well as demonstrating its products on its own stand (Hall 9-E322).

Under the banner of ‘There’s a little bit of GMG everywhere’, these partnerships will show how the GMG portfolio has a wide range of solutions that can be incorporated in many applications and enhance third-party proofing, printing and packaging production systems.

“GMG will be demonstrating a range of tools to standardize quality and reduce costs,” says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. “Visitors have the added advantage of seeing those products deployed in a variety of applications around Ipex, showcasing the quality, versatility and flexibility of GMG solutions.”

What to see and where

GMG – Hall 9-E322

GMG will demonstrate color management solutions for digital and large format printing, packaging printing and offset/commercial printing. Mockup production, packaging contone and halftone proofing as well as GMG color management workflow integration.

Canon – Hall 10-CDEF270

Contone and halftone proofing will be demonstrated on the Canon iPF 8300 using GMG ColorProof and FlexoProof/DotProof.

Enfocus – Hall 12-C150

The combination of GMG FlowConnect and Enfocus Switch will show GMG color management workflow integration.

Epson – Hall 10-C260

Visitors can see packaging proofing on the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 using GMG ColorProof and FlexoProof/DotProof as well as mockup production and contone and halftone proofing on the Epson Stylus Pro 7900.

HP – Hall 12-AB150

GMG color management solutions GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler for digital printing, enabling the calibration and profiling of different output devices.

Mimaki Europe BV – Hall 12-C120

Mimaki UJF 706 UV printer and GMG color management solutions ColorServer/SmartProfiler demonstrate mockup production and packaging proofing.

Roland DG (UK) – Hall 12-C140

Roland will demonstrate how GMG ColorProof and GMG FlexoProof/DotProof for the LEC-330 can improve mockup production and packaging proofing.

BAPC Announces 2 for 1 Conference Promotion at Ipex 2010

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All visitors to the BAPC stand 09-F315 at Ipex 2010 will be able to take advantage of a special 2 for 1 offer to attend the prestigious annual BAPC Conference.

The conference will take place at The Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey over the weekend of November 5th.

Sidney Bobb, Chairman of the BAPC comments “Knowledge is King! Our conference provides everyone working in our industry with an unrivalled opportunity to gain an insight into industry and business developments whilst networking with fellow providers and suppliers in an informal setting. In the 30 years we have been running the conference, we have never met an attendee who hasn’t taken away at least one valuable idea.”

The normal delegate rate is £120 plus VAT which covers: Evening Entertainment on the weekend of 5th November, followed by the Conference with a line up of international speakers plus a Gala / Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 6th.

Sidney adds “We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand at Ipex and discussing our exciting conference plans with them”

Revolutionary FESPA Mexico 2010 is the Region’s Biggest Event Ever

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This year’s FESPA Mexico 2010, taking place from 26 – 28 August 2010 (Centro Banamex, Mexico City) is set to be the biggest FESPA Mexico show to date, with a 40% increase in exhibitor floor space, and significant commitment from international exhibitors.

The region’s market-leading show, FESPA Mexico 2010, will showcase the very latest technologies in wide format printing, the sign and graphics sector and textile decoration. It will motivate and inspire optimistic Mexican printers to take their businesses to the next level as the economy steadily recovers.

The event’s growing popularity, illustrated by the 40% increase in floor space to 5,400m2, is further evidenced by the significant increase in international exhibitor interest, particularly from Asia, Canada and the United States. So far, international exhibitors account for approximately 30%, compared to last year’s 5%.

Xaar has confirmed its sponsorship as the event’s Global Technology Partner, and, for the first time, 3M will be FESPA’s Technical Partner. Other key exhibitors at the show include Canon, Durst, Gildan, HP and first-time exhibitor AGFA. There is also excellent support from key domestic resellers, such as Celupal, Swisstec and Plastimundo.

The theme for FESPA Mexico 2010 will be ‘Revolution’, as the country celebrates both the 200th anniversary of its Independence and the 100th anniversary of its Revolution this year.

FESPA Mexico Event Manager Michael Ryan comments: “As we start to see economic improvement, the key to sustainability and future growth lies in our ability to revolutionise our thinking and business practices. To help pave the road to recovery, printers need to adopt a revolutionary approach to business.”

Ryan continues: “The Mexican market is known to compete on price – a practice that is not sustainable. Mexican printers must equip themselves with the latest industry information and developments, motivating them to think creatively about applications and how they can offer customers unique solutions, to better differentiate themselves. Our show will provide them with the content and inspiration to do just that.”

Xaar has been FESPA’s Global Technology Partner for the past three years and South America is a particularly important region for the company. "Mexico is recovering very quickly from the global downturn and its large format printing industry is growing rapidly", says Edsel Lonza, Sales Director for Xaar Latin America. "FESPA Mexico has developed into a vibrant event. It is not only attracting the leading manufacturers and providing a great showcase for the latest products, but it’s also delivering a lot of technical and commercial information for end users through seminars and presentations. We will be showing our latest printhead technology at the show and supporting our OEMs, channel partners and their customers."

Once again, according to FESPA’s third World Wide Survey, Mexican respondents demonstrate higher optimism. On a scale of 1 to 10 - 10 being ‘very optimistic’ – Mexican respondents averaged 8.4 when asked how optimistic they were about the future of their businesses, compared with 7.6 for the rest of the world. Mexicans were also more optimistic about the future of the wide format industry in general, averaging 7.6 compared to 6.9 of all other respondents.

The results also showed that 48.4% of Mexican printers are looking to invest in wide format printers over the next 12 months - 11% higher than the overall findings. In addition, 77% of Mexican print solution providers are seeking new opportunities to diversify and counteract the negative effects of the crisis. FESPA Mexico will play a valuable role in helping local printers tap into new opportunities by giving them the chance to see the latest equipment and market solutions.

Event Highlights and Features

This year’s FESPA Mexico has a number of exciting show features and highlights to inspire visitors to become modern revolutionary printers, providing valuable insight on the latest industry information, technological advancements, and innovative solutions.

To celebrate the country’s historical anniversaries, the exhibition will have a Mexico Celebration Corner. The area will feature a display of revolutionary print applications supplied by key exhibitors celebrating Mexican Independence and the Mexican Revolution.

The FESPA Mexico paid-for conference programme will feature an impressive line-up of industry experts, comprising a number of technical sessions. Each day’s programme will be themed: the first day’s sessions will focus on signage and graphics; revolutionary print solutions will be the subject at hand on the second day; and the last day will feature sessions on garment decoration and screen printing.

Sessions will include Charlie Taublieb’s Screen Print Effects, publication Signs of the Times & Screen Printing en Español’s seminar on green issues, and Mexican media company IBOPE AGB Mexico’s session on outdoor advertising. Plus exhibitors including 3M, Nazdar and Xaar will also run workshops throughout the event.

The FESPA Mexico Awards, running for a second year, recognise print excellence and innovation in the Mexican imaging industry. Printers will have the opportunity to enter their best work across six categories, which include screen printing, digital printing, garment decoration, vehicle wrapping, outdoor media, and, new to this year’s awards, the ecological printing category.

All entries will be reviewed by an independent expert jury and will be displayed in a dedicated showcase at FESPA Mexico 2010. Award winners will gain VIP entry to the exhibition and free access to the conference programme. The first-place ‘Gold’ winners for each category will receive a trophy, and Silver and Bronze runners-up will be given certificates. All winners and runners-up will also receive editorial coverage in key industry publications.

Printers must complete the online registration form before 30th July in order to enter.

For the latest information on FESPA Mexico and your chance to enter the FESPA Mexico Awards, visit www.fespamexico.com

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).