12 Jul 2020

SGIA announces 2010 Product of the Year winners


Arizona 550 Gt

SGIA today announced the winners of the esteemed 2010 Product of the Year awards:


  • Digital Inks: Mimaki USA Inc, LF200 UV Flexible Inks for Backlit/Display
  • Media-Paper: Xcel Products Inc, TerraSkin XP
  • Media-Vinyl: Ultraflex Systems Inc, Glow Mesh
  • Media-Films: Continental Grafx, HydroSol Satin Textured LightBlock 230STL
  • Media-Textile: Vapor Apparel/SourceSubstrates, 100% Post Consumer/Industrial Materials
  • Media-Rigid: Panel Processing Inc, Eco-Finish Rigid Print Media
  • Business or Other Workflow Software: Caldera Graphics, Costview 2.0 (optimized for ipad)
  • Finishing-Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings: Neschen Americas - SEAL & Neschen Brand Products, Print Shield Anti-Graffiti Laminating Film
  • Finishing-Equipment: FOTOBA INTERNATIONAL, Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170D
  • Poster Size-Solvent/Latex printers < 96: Mimaki USA Inc, JV33-160
  • Rigid Substrate UV <$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 550 GT
  • Rigid Substrate UV >$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 550 XT
  • Rigid White Ink UV <$200K MSRP: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1615
  • Flat Bed-Rigid White Ink UV >$200K MSRP: Océ Display Graphics Systems, Arizona 550 XT
  • Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-Solvent & Latex inks: Mimaki USA Inc, JV33-260
  • Grand Format Roll-to-Roll-UV cure ink: Mimaki USA Inc, JFX-1631R
  • Direct to Garment Inkjet Printers: Equipment Zone Inc, Veloci-Jet XL
  • Media-Non-PVC (Non-woven): Dreamscape, Terralon


All of the entries were showcased and evaluated by a team of digital imaging professionals during the 2010 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15) in the Golden Image Gallery.


Open for Business at William Smith - free event will open new opportunities for signmakers


William Smith Logo

On Wednesday 17th November William Smith is inviting signmakers to take part in a special Open for Business event at its Barnard Castle site – a day designed to help them identify new opportunities and new business directions.

“There’s nothing like getting first hand experience of a product or piece of equipment, so we’re throwing open our doors to enable signmakers to do just that,” says William Smith’s Marketing Manager, Chris Bradley. “They will have the opportunity to learn more about new materials and a whole range of hardware products, as well as gaining a more in-depth understanding of the product ranges and services that William Smith can supply.”

The event, which runs from 10am to 4pm, will include –

Interactive demonstration areas – a chance to get up close and personal, including:


  • new vehicle wrapping products
  • textured wall surface film
  • new clear view graphic window films
  • Latex Printer demo
  • RollsRoller Applicator demo
  • weeding demonstrations of new opaque films
  • Di-Noc laminates natural effect demos
  • Tensioning displays of back-lit box systems


Special Discounts – exclusive discounts on selected materials and hardware products.  All those attending this event will receive a book of vouchers.

‘Hot Tips & Tactics’ Workshops – to help generate more sales, keep customers coming back, and develop new business

“With all that’s on offer throughout the day, attendees are certain to come away with some great new ideas for their businesses,” adds Chris Bradley.

To register for the FREE Open for Business – Opening New Opportunities event or for more information call Amanda Armstrong or Lindsay Gamble.  Tel. 01833 690305, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.williamsmith.co.uk/events



HP introduces new solutions and partnerships at SGIA



Las Vegas Sign

In the city unrivaled for its eye-catching signs and displays, HP today announced new solutions and services for improving large-format printing workflows and helping customers grow market share, including a new 3M and HP-branded latex ink backed by the 3MT MCST Warranty for finished graphics.

At SGIA 2010, a leading industry conference for the sign and display industry, HP also announced new partner solutions certified by HP for JDF interoperability and the HP Edition of gold partner Mediawide's Brandmark, a web-to-print offering designed exclusively for HP large-format customers.

"With more than 20 high-quality, productive large-format printer models, HP is driving the transformation from solvent-ink printing to latex and UV," said Jan Riecher, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business - Americas, HP. "Our customers, in turn, can transform their businesses by using our top-quality print solutions and taking advantage of HP's aggressive steps to take time and cost out of the production workflow."

New solutions in the HP booth No. 2339 include the HP Scitex LX800 and LX600 printers - part of a complete selection of HP Latex Printing Technologies at the show - plus the high-volume HP Scitex TJ8600 Printer, the HP Scitex FB700 and FB500 UV-curable flatbed printers and the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer. Also on display at SGIA, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer now offers HP Print Care services to help customers maintain uptime and smooth operations with enhanced diagnostics and guidance tools, remote assistance and production information.

HP Latex innovation with 3M comprehensive warranty

New HP 3M Specialty Latex Inks allow print service providers (PSPs) to produce finished graphics backed by the 3MT MCST Warranty, one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. When used with approved HP Latex Printing Technologies and 3M media, HP 3M Specialty Latex Inks offer high image quality and a wide colour gamut with prints that are covered with credit or replacement of 3M materials for the life of the warranted graphics installation. This warranty complements existing warranties for the HP Scitex LX Printer series from HP and from Avery Graphics.

HP Latex Printing Technologies deliver quality and durability comparable to solvent and eco-solvent technologies, while reducing the impact of printing on the environment. As a result, HP Latex inks have gained tremendous market acceptance. To date, HP has shipped more than 3,000 latex ink printing systems, which customers have used to produce more than 100 million square feet of materials. Additionally, HP's booth at SGIA includes the HP Scitex LX800 Printer, which received a Must See 'Ems award from the Graphic Arts Show Company on Oct. 2, recognising the 126-inch-wide printer's status as one of the most compelling large-format technologies shown at the recent Graph Expo show.

Leading industry workflow solutions 'HP Certified for JDF'

HP is also providing updates at the show since being selected to help define open JDF standards for the large-format market as chair of The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress (CIP4) Organisation's Wide Format Workgroup. The initiative is designed to resolve interoperability shortfalls between web-to-print tools, production devices, raster image processors (RIPs) and digital front ends so that they work together to streamline wide-format printing workflows for increased productivity.

In support of its activities with CIP4, HP has created a new "HP Certified for Wide Format Printing JDF Exchange" programme for third-party workflow solutions. HP certification assures that workflow solutions exchanging JDF will interoperate properly with each other. This enables PSPs to easily build an e-storefront to market their services, take advantage of production automation tools to reduce costs and differentiate their service offerings through automated customer relationship management tools.

HP is announcing the first alliance partners and solutions to achieve certification through the programme, including:


  • Caldera CopyRIP, an easy-to-use RIP featuring fast preflight and preview features and advanced spooling control; Caldera VisualRIP+, a RIP solution for large-format print and cut, which includes unique features for higher productivity and options for cost and price management, contour or XY cutting and colour calibration; and Caldera GrandRIP+, a flexible and powerful production workflow software dedicated to wide and extra-wide format print and print-to-cut professionals
  • ColorGATE Productionserver 6, the universal production RIP for digital large-format printing with easy, stable, fast and cost-effective production in high-end quality; and ColorGATE Web To Print, a powerful e-commerce system designed to operate professional online shops for digital large-format printing
  • Cyrious Software, an estimation and business management software designed to dramatically improve productivity and profitability with tools for pricing and costing, order entry, credit card processing, invoicing, production management and order tracking, shipping, inventory, accounting, customer relationship management and scheduling, marketing and sales management
  • Four Pees PrintFactory software, version 4, a complete production suite for banner, sign and super wide format printing that provides all professional job preparation and file correction tools needed to produce customer jobs faster, with minimum waste and with guaranteed results
  • GMG ColorServer, which reduces the time needed to normalise PDF files by providing automated colour conversions from various colour spaces; and GMG SmartProfiler to reduce the complexity of calibrating and profiling different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems
  • ONYX ProductionHouse, version X10, which provides automated, print-only and print-and-cut workflows, 32-bit integrated colour management, job preparation and archiving
  • Printable Marcom Central, a vendor-hosted (SaaS) web-to-print system that provides an automated solution for creating, printing and managing the delivery of static, versioned and variable data pieces using predefined, press-ready PDF templates


Customised collateral in an innovative web-to-print workflow The custom version of MediaWide's Brandmark is a web-based collaborative workflow that allows PSPs to customise marketing collateral according to a client's brand identity. PSPs can use Brandmark to localise brand content and adapt it to different collateral types, sizes and languages across a wide range of outlets. Brandmark's comprehensive campaign-scheduling and process management workflows simplify approvals, ordering and delivery, allowing PSPs to reduce time to market.

In addition to developing this version of its Brandmark solution, available only to HP customers, Mediawide is one of the newest members of the HP Graphics Solutions Partner Program.



IIR aiming to transform Northprint 2011 event


Northprint 2011

Northprint 2011 [www.northprintexpo.com], which takes place in Harrogate from 10th to 12th May next year, will see a significant change in its agenda which will transform the show into one of the UK’s premier industry events. Following on from the success of Ipex 2010, the IIR Print Group has committed considerable investment to create new innovations and attractions that go beyond the traditional trade show format. Visitors and exhibitors alike will have an opportunity to explore new areas of the show geared to delivering an industry-wide experience to network, view new technologies, explore innovative applications, participate in customer case study demonstrations, as well as benefit from a range of informative workshops and seminars offering advice to boost business and maximise the potential of print.

The event will also be backed by a proactive integrated marketing campaign to drive visitor registration using IIR’s valuable Ipex 2010 visitor database. IIR will also host a special VIP visitor programme to attract printers who are in a position to invest in new technology. This database of UK printers with an intent to invest, is qualified by post-Ipex 2010 visitor analysis statistics, which indentified 38% were looking to invest in digital, wide format and inkjet, 19% in post press and finishing equipment, and 16% in offset technology.

Commenting on the show, Trevor Crawford, Director of the IIR Print Group says, “There is without doubt a fresh sense of optimism in the market, and now is the time to move forward and embrace this change. With this in mind, the IIR Print Group has invested heavily in developing the long respected Northprint brand and transform it to new heights in terms of its position in the UK events calendar. With the backing of the IIR Print Group, and all these exciting new attractions geared to increasing the visitor’s experience, Northprint 2011 is set to be the best ever and re-establish itself once again as one of the highlights in the UK print industry calendar.”

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 Zone will replicate the format that proved to be such a huge success amongst visitors at Ipex 2010. Master class sessions tackling the critical sales, profit and marketing issues facing print service providers today will be delivered by industry expert Nick Devine, who will offer practical advice on how to win new business and maximise profitability.

The BPIF’s Financial Alliance team of experts will also be hosting a Finance Clinic where printers can ‘drop in’ for impartial advice on finance and funding, tax issues, M&A (mergers & acquisitions), debt recovery as well as other related issues, and benefit from a range of short informative presentations. Other trade associations such as the BAPC will also be on hand to offer advice and support to members.

The event will also feature a theatre-style ‘Litho Technology Centre’ where offset manufacturers and distributors, accompanied by their customers will run videos, demonstrations and case study-style presentations. In addition, in recognition of the growth in the digital wide format market, Northprint 2011 will present a dedicated Wide Format Applications Lounge, which will showcase the capabilities of this technology and demonstrate the range of innovative applications to printers that are thinking of diversifying and investing into wide format technology.

Adding to the attraction of the event, Northprint will also witness an influx of potential young talent on the last day of the show, as the finalists of PrintIT! gather to attend the initiative’s sixth Annual Awards Ceremony. Proskills award-winning ‘Schools into Industry’ programme, PrintIT! celebrates the best of Britain’s young talent, honours all the finalist students and their teachers, and presents category winners with individual awards as well as prizes for their schools in the form of print-related equipment. Prior to the ceremony, the students, teachers and their twinning printers will all have the opportunity to visit the exhibits and industry attractions, providing them with an insight into the various career opportunities that the UK print industry offers.

Throughout the three days, the event’s highlights will be captured in the Northprint Show Daily, which will be printed onsite on the Ricoh stand.

"The diversity of Northprint 2011 is going to be a real win-win for everyone,” adds Crawford. “Exhibitors will be guaranteed exposure amongst the largest audience of UK commercial printers and print buyers while visitors have a host of additional value-added attractions to boost their experience, with a quality mix of technology, interactive demonstrations and educational workshops and seminars."


FESPA Americas 2011 – one facet of a three-way festival of print


Fespa Americas

FESPA Americas (February 24-26 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando) is shaping up to offer printers a multi-dimensional visitor program to set them up for success in 2011 and beyond.

FESPA Americas will run alongside the established regional print show Graphics of the Americas, as well as ISS Orlando, the recognised event for decorative apparel printing, covering embroidery, screen printing, sublimation and direct-to-garment. Visitors to any one show will automatically gain access to the other two events free of charge.

Suppliers are enthusiastically backing this innovative event format, with exhibitors including Arlon, Color Dec, EFI, Esko Graphics, HP, Inx Digital and Mutoh lining up to demonstrate their wide format innovations to the FESPA Americas visitor audience. EFI, a regular star attraction at FESPA events in Europe, has also confirmed its role as FESPA Americas Platinum Sponsor.

FESPA Exhibitions Director Frazer Chesterman comments: “This unique three-way combination of events adds up to a fascinating festival of print, offering one-stop access to more than 500 exhibitors. By coming together side by side on one site, in an appealing and accessible location such as Orlando, we can promise printers from North America, central and south America and the Caribbean the most interesting, rewarding and enjoyable experience.”

A brand new FESPA event feature launching at FESPA Americas is Screen Masters, a hands-on screen print ‘boot camp’, run by FESPA regulars Michel Caza, Bhargav Mistry, Charlie Taublieb, Scott Fresener and Ad Versteeg. These screen gurus will offer expert close-up tutorials on all aspects of the process, with an individual focus on sign and graphics, garment printing and fine art, appealing to everyone from apprentices to screen print pros and all stages in between.

Production personnel will want to set aside plenty of time for Print Shop Live, a multi-vendor touch-and-try zone with a live end-to-end workflow. For the first time at a FESPA event, Print Shop Live sets out to allow printers to get their hands on an array of print output engines using different technologies and inks, working with real job files to see for themselves the different qualities of output that can be achieved on a range of substrates.

Print Shop Live will be moderated by independent wide format industry consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul, who works with print businesses the world over to optimise production efficiency and quality, and to devise workflows to handle innovative substrates and applications.

A Global Business Forum on site at FESPA Americas will help visiting print shop owners and general managers to explore the trends affecting their business and devise strategies to build their businesses in the wake of the global financial crisis which continues to impact many PSPs. The forum will be chaired by print entrepreneur JR Kraft, CEO of BuildASign.com, with input from FESPA research partner InfoTrends.

Printers with a specific interest in digital textile applications will make a beeline for the FESPA Digital Textile Conference running alongside FESPA Americas, organised by John Scrimshaw, textile expert and editor of Digital Textile (inkjet printing), International Dyer and IMPACT (environmental and ethical concerns in textiles). The conference has been a sell-out in Europe over two consecutive FESPA Digital events, and as the trend to textile gains traction, American wide-format printers will find this the ideal place to learn more about the technologies, tips and tricks that can make them a success in textile print, whether for flags and banners and soft signage or decor and home textiles.

Some of the event features that wowed the crowds at the flagship FESPA 2010 in Munich will also be brought to life for printers visiting FESPA Americas, including the pulse-racing FESPA Wrap Cup, a competitive high-speed vehicle wrapping event organised with the support of a range of media vendors.

Frazer Chesterman concludes, “2011 looks set to be an important year for printers worldwide, who recognise the need to invest in their businesses again after the challenging trading conditions that dominated the last three years. Technological innovation is racing ahead, and with no other wide-format events on the east coast of the US until Spring 2012, FESPA Americas will be a springboard event for digital wide format and screen-plus-digital printers, as well as offset or small-format digital printers looking to broaden their horizons, and anyone looking to boost their capabilities in textile and apparel printing.”


INX Digital has all the right solutions for SGIA


Inx Logo

As a Gold sponsor at this year’s Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Expo, INX Digital International Co. will use the occasion for the North American debut of its new Triangle ECO inks and Eco Bulk ink delivery system. Joining both products in the booth (#3249) during the October 13-15 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be the EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions line.

"We are very proud of our association with SGIA and we are looking forward to another outstanding show," said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital International. "It’s been a demanding but good year, and our products have been well received at every event we have attended globally. There is a lot of enthusiasm for what we have to offer printers who are interested in transitioning to digital printing. Our customers who have done so are experiencing a new revenue source and have set a course for the future. I invite those attending SGIA to visit our booth and learn how digital printing can help them."

EDX is a new line of eco solvent inks and represents the first time INX Digital’s Triangle brand has offered a colour and chemically compatible ECO product for the alternative market. With dual compatibility, users can perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink. New colour profiles are not required in order to obtain the same colour as OEM inks when printing. Designed for Roland printers with Epson DX4 print head technology, EDX is a fast drying ink with low odour and is HAPS- and TAPS-free. EDX also provides a significant cost savings compared to OEM eco inks.

INX Digital will be running UV LED inks in the booth on its CP100 series EVOLVE printer, which is designed for short-run cylindrical packaging. The CP100 is an important part of integrated systems technology platforms developed by INX Digital to provide customer-driven solutions for inkjet printing, production workflows and material handling. This is another example of how INX Digital can pull from its large resource base to provide engineered print systems and have the ink optimised for use in the system.

“EVOLVE is unique and remains a work in progress, so we can adapt to the ever-changing needs of the customer,” said Willis Reese, Director of New Business Development for INX Digital.

"The EVOLVE business strategy is enabling those companies who want to go digital, but don’t know where to start the process. INX Digital is leading the digital market when it comes to providing a total solution. EVOLVE allows the print customer to explore our chemistry and equipment capabilities to determine what’s best for their business. The bottom line strategy is that we are helping customers to see how their current business can go digital without huge expenses involved.”

INX Digital formulates the UV LED inks, which not only contributes to energy savings but is in line with the company’s corporate commitment to developing more sustainable products.

A perfect example of that commitment is Eco Bulk. As an integral part of INX Digital’s Green recycling programme, it’s a new type of ink delivery system that’s easy to use and features a unique cardboard box design consisting of 100 percent recycled material.

Eco Bulk is comprised of one box instead of five, 440 ml cartridges, and the ink is housed within a foil bag. Once emptied, the bag is disposed of and replaced, a more sustainable approach compared to plastic. The foil bag can contain up to two litres of ink, double the current industry standard of one litre packaging and resulting in less waste, but 440 ml cartridges will remain available for customers using less ink. An extensive test programme revealed that more volume allows for greater consistency of the product being delivered through the network.