In the current challenging market of UK print many print industry Managing Director's will need to plan for the future to either retain or regain decent margins in 2011. Vision in Print's 'Winning the War on Waste' conference will offer 10 Best Practice case studies from industry companies on a wide range of related topics that will give plenty of practical tips to meet this urgent need, making it a must attend event.
Take 'Material Waste' as an example. Most printers have tackled this before now, but how many have effective Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and processes in place to radically reduce wastage and more importantly hold the gains? Stuart Kellock of Label Apeel will demonstrate that you do not need to be a large scale operation to tackle this professionally.
Or consider the challenge of making the best use of your Management Information. Everyone has their Management Information Systems (MIS), but how many have established a few key KPIs and engineered their MIS to deliver these rapidly so that the shop floor can make effective use of the data to drive up performance there and then? Robin Welch of GI Solutions will tell of their experience in implementing such a simple but profound change in management habits.
What about managing your paper supply to improve performance and reduce net cost? Kingfisher Print and Design has rethought its paper supply so as to gain competitive advantage through the presentation of paper and ease of use as well as ensuring they purchase competitively. Ian Symons will explain how.
Finally, we all know we need to carry the hearts and minds of our team, even through difficult periods, if we are to succeed in any initiative. Two speakers, Vincent Gridley of Howitt and Steve Whitehead of Newsprinters Broxbourne, will tell of their experience. Neither will claim they have got it right, but both have made a good fist of it and can share the lessons learnt.
These are just half of the talks at the forthcoming Vision in Print 'Winning the War on Waste' conference. The keynote speaker is Lord Heseltine, who will address 'the future of UK Print'. This should be very relevant and topical, for as well as having a lifetime in Print & Publishing; Lord Heseltine remains an active player in politics with a role in the Coalition government in Regional Funding.
The 'Winning the War on Waste' conference will take place at The Lancaster Hotel London on 22nd November 2010.
SGIA made history this year by drawing almost 22,000 imaging professionals to the 2010 Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center (October 12-15). Catch up on everything you may have missed at the Expo with the full online recap.
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"The SGIA Expo is the rallying point for the specialty imaging community," said Joe Shondel, SGIA's Outgoing Board Chairman. "It is only at the 2010 SGIA Expo that you'll see the latest technologies to support new business opportunities, new markets and total solutions for your customers."
Attendees discovered new business strategies at SGIA's first-ever Pre-Expo Business Development Conference (October 12) and connected with industry peers at 20-plus educational sessions, Expert Advice Zones and industry networking events.
The 2011 SGIA Expo will be held in New Orleans, October 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Get wrapped up in Mutoh's car wrap installation demonstrations at the Mutoh America booth #11839, during the SEMA 2010 tradeshow. The SEMA tradeshow will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 2-5. Demonstrations will take place daily.
Viewers will be able to learn how to minimise mistakes and increase knowledge of properly applying car wraps to any vehicle. Avery Dennison's MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS, a new, highly conformable digitally printable cast vinyl film ideal for vehicle graphics, will be used to wrap the Chrysler 300. This media will be printed on "The Wrapper's Choice" ValueJet 1614- 64" printer.
The Avery Supercast vinyl will also be running their vinyl media through Mutoh's top printer the ValueJet 1304- 54" printer using SAi's RIP software.
Mutoh partner, Neschen Americas, will be demonstrating their SEAL 62 Base, a high quality, heat assist laminator designed to apply a protective laminate to vehicle graphics. Lamination provides additional longevity and finish to make your vehicle graphics vibrant.
Mutoh will also demonstrate how to print window tint and paint protection to any car, using their multipurpose Kona Cutting Plotters. Mutoh prides their Kona cutters to have the finest cutting quality with excellent tracking which can be used at home or the office.
With a booth full of digital products, INX Digital International Co. officials expected an enthusiastic response from wide format printers who historically support the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) Expo. What was surprising was the number of traditional and grand format printers that visited the booth during the October 13-15 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"It was a very good show in terms of printers who were looking to purchase and those who had the power to purchase," said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital International. "SGIA this year seemed much different than in the past. Besides the wide format print shop owners and operators who always have supported us, we had a good number of traditional and industrial printers in our booth. That was a pleasant surprise, especially since several people who had just attended Graph Expo specifically visited us to see our CP100 cylindrical printer again."
The CP100 UV digital cylindrical printer headlines the company's EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions line. INX Digital technicians ran UV LED inks on the CP100 in the booth and answered plenty of questions about the printer, which is designed for short-run cylindrical packaging. The UV LED inks not only contribute to energy savings, but represent the company's commitment to developing more sustainable products that proved very popular with the SGIA crowd.
The new EDX line of eco solvent inks and Eco Bulk ink delivery system were among the many highlights of the show. EDX marks the first time INX Digital's Triangle brand has offered a colour and chemically compatible ECO product for the alternative market. A fast drying ink with low odour and dual compatibility, users can perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink. Booth visitors voiced their approval that these inks were launched specifically for Roland series printers with Epson DX4 print head technology. EDX inks also provide a significant cost savings compared to OEM eco inks.
An important development of INX Digital's Green recycling program, Eco Bulk is a new type of ink delivery system for wide format inks that's easy to use. Show attendees liked the unique cardboard box design, which consists of 100 percent recycled material and replaces five, 440 ml cartridges. Eco Bulk also earned points for its sustainable approach. The ink is housed within a foil bag and, once emptied, is disposed of. The foil bag can contain up to two litres of ink, double the current industry standard of one litre packaging and with less waste, but 440 ml cartridges will be available for customers using less ink.
"We made it a point this year to consult traditional printers currently using gravure, offset and litho to evolve components of their business to digital. This effort continues to show new growth and allow these well established companies to differentiate and increase profitability," Kisner said. "INX Digital has always been known as an innovative company and we have now launched a new, aggressive approach to bring profits to our customers. Many print manufacturers, as well as owners of print shops who visited INX Digital at SGIA, are excited to use our new jettable fluid technologies to create new revenue streams for their shops or to make current revenue streams more efficient. It is obvious to us this year's show will translate to sales quickly."
Just launched today is the brand-new Sign & Digital UK website – packed full of information and resources for making the most of your visit to the show next year. The new website includes the latest booked exhibitor list and information on what to see and do while you are there.
The fresh new look to the website incorporates the new “Lines of Enquiry” branding throughout which is all about Sign & Digital UK connecting the industry through unique lines of communication - connecting people with the right solutions, partners, networks to do business in 2011.
The popular Sign Makers Workshop series is back for 2011 with industry specialists demonstrating new techniques and products available to help you adopt new skills and encourage you to further your interest in diverse applications. Presenting this feature is expert Paul Hughes of Western Signs & Printing and the popular Price It Guide. This area will be playing host to a live demo area on the basics of sign making, a must see for anyone already in the sign making industry or anyone considering it as a new business opportunity. The Workshop combines a question and answer forum called ‘the sign clinic’ with both live and hands-on demos.
Sign & Digital UK also hosts a three-day FREE seminar programme crammed with information and advice on the latest software and processes. The seminars are repeated daily to ensure that you don’t miss out on the talks you want to hear – all of this information will be updated on the website as seminars and speakers are confirmed and announced through the press and through our e-newsletters which you can register for on the new website.
Visitors will also be able to find out what new products are being launched and which stands are giving live demonstrations through the “New Product & Demo Launchpad” section of the website. Here you will find a comprehensive list that will help you plan your day at the show better.
You will also be able to find out the latest news and information about what there is to see and do as and when the information becomes available, find out more about the inaugural Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event, which promises to fast become the networking event of the year for Sign Makers and Digital Print Providers.
To register for regular news & updates on the show, visit www.signanddigitaluk.com.
EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has concluded a successful "trifecta" of industry trade shows - SGIA, GRAPH EXPO and Labelexpo Americas - with record visitor attendance, strong sales on the show floor and hundreds of qualified leads.
The three events enabled EFI to showcase its complete portfolio of end-to-end solutions that continue to lead the industry's progression from analog to digital technology.
"EFI had a large presence at each of these key industry conferences, and we're thrilled that our booths were overflowing with prospects and current customers in search of ways to bring growth to their businesses," said Frank Mallozzi, senior vice president of worldwide sales, EFI. "Now more than ever, companies are looking at how multiple EFI products can make a huge impact on their success. Many visitors at these events made a purchase decision on the spot, and many, many more will be engaging with our sales team over the next several weeks to learn how EFI can boost their productivity and profits."
EFI recently participated in SGIA with a large booth at the entrance to the hall. The company displayed its VUTEk GS3200, VUTEk GS5000r, Rastek T1000, Rastek T652, Jetrion 4830 and integrated workflow offerings including EFI Pace, EFI Digital StoreFront, EFI Web Control Center, Fiery XF and XFlow. In the Hilord booth, EFI also demonstrated a new dye-sublimation technology based on the QS platform.
With SGIA registrations at a record high, visitor traffic to EFI's booth was constant, and customers came to buy - resulting in a record number of sales in the booth.
"I was looking for an additional superwide printer to keep up with the high quality image demands of the New York theater industry," said Wayne Sapper, president of King Displays. "SGIA was the perfect venue to see what the industry has to offer and see live demos of each printer. I purchased the EFI VUTEk GS3200 because of its flatbed and roll-to-roll versatility, high image quality and three-layer white ink printing capability."
EFI recently announced that more than 100 VUTEk GS series printers have been sold, and that Q3 UV ink volume was up 43 percent year-over-year. The ability of GS customers to successfully win new, demanding print jobs is a key driver of this ink volume growth.
EFI had a front and centre position at this year's GRAPH EXPO conference. The expansive booth highlighted EFI's diverse portfolio and strong integration between solutions by displaying its products around vertical markets that match customers' business needs, divided into eight segments: On Demand/Print for Pay, Small Commercial/CRD, Commercial/Specialty Printers, Large Commercial/Publishing, Digital Sign and Screen, Packaging and Labels, Creative Agencies/Colour Professionals and Office Solutions. EFI ran 33 Fiery products at the show (combined between its booth and partner booths), demonstrating once again that Fiery is the industry's most popular digital print workflow.
EFI sold multiple VUTEk GS series printers at GRAPH EXPO, and made a number of significant announcements. The company launched the new Rastek T1000 and Rastek H652 printers and announced the availability of several Fiery servers driving new presses and MFPs from Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Xerox. EFI also touted two large print MIS wins at the show, with ANRO Inc. and The DATA Group of Companies, and revealed that DLA Document Services (part of the U.S. Department of Defense) selected EFI Digital StoreFront as the Web-to-Print platform for its more than 150 locations in the United States and abroad.
As part of the annual Must See 'ems award program sponsored by the Graphic Arts Show Company, EFI products earned five awards. The VUTEk GS3200 won a Must See 'em in the wide format printer category, along with Worth-a-Look awards for the Rastek H652 and Rastek T1000. On the software side, EFI Colorproof XF and EFI Monarch garnered Worth-a-Look recognition.
Labelexpo Americas 2010 proved to be the most successful label converting show to date for EFI, bringing a record number of visitors to the booth and record sales for EFI Radius and Jetrion. Of great interest was the debut of EFI Radius, whose management/ERP software products clearly show EFI's commitment to the packaging and converting markets. The new Jetrion 4830LED UV inkjet system was also spotlighted and drew lots of interest from show goers - the system allows direct printing on unsupported and heat sensitive materials, including shrink sleeve.
The Jetrion 4830 was the only UV inkjet printer selected to be in the inaugural, conference-hosted "Technology Workshop" booth, which showcased four leading label printing technologies with in-depth presentations and demos. This prominent placement led to increased traffic in the EFI booth from companies interested in learning more about how the 4830 can offer the lowest cost per label for short- and medium-run print jobs."
Several Jetrion 4830 printers were sold at the event. Central Decal, a large label manufacturer, purchased the 4830 that was running in the EFI booth. "Durable labels are a key strategy for Central Decal and critical to our growth into new markets, so it was a natural choice for us to team up with EFI Jetrion and its proven UL recognised systems," said Butch Kaplan, general manager.
Custom digital label printer Lofton Label decided to purchase EFI Radius software, with Michael Gaughan, executive vice president of manufacturing, commenting that "the Radius system will literally change our business."
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