25 Nov 2020

HP displays latest large format digital inkjet hardware at Sign and Graphic Imaging

Hp Scitex Lx800

HP is lining up a broad array of products from its range of large format digital inkjet printing solutions at this year's Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East exhibition.

Exhibiting on stand number D2, HP's products on display include HP Scitex Industrial printers, geared towards print service providers who want to produce high-volume, durable outdoor and indoor applications utilising a host of different media types. Also part of the showcase in Dubai are advanced large format printing solutions from the HP Designjet portfolio, introduced to meet the changing needs of architecture, engineering, construction, mapping (GIS), MCAD and repro-house professionals.

HP Latex Printing Technologies

HP Latex Printing Technologies on show comprise the versatile HP Scitex LX800 Printer which, as the largest, most productive HP Latex Ink device to date, sets a new image-quality standard for the industrial large format market. It features roll-to-free fall, roll-to-collector and dual-roll (up to two 1.52-m/60-inch rolls) capabilities. The LX800 also produces high-quality output with 1,200 dpi resolution at production speeds up to 88m²/hr. (947ft²/hr.) for outdoor billboards and 45m²/hr. (484ft²/hr.) for indoor applications. Alongside the LX800, the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, which is available in 42 and 60 inch models, offers easy, low-maintenance printing of a wider range of applications. Both printers run water-based HP Latex Inks, whose ability to produce prints for indoor applications where odour(1) is a concern, continues to attract environmentally-conscious customers.

Emphasising applications that help reduce the impact on the environment, a highlight area of HP's 300m2 stand is a special, Latex Application Zone. This dedicated area demonstrates the immense creative projects achievable with latex technology and comprises eye-catching wall coverings, soft-signage, backlits and indoor POS/POP applications.

HP Scitex FB500 Printer speeds up turnaround on a wide range of media

Also on display in Dubai, is the HP Scitex FB500 Printer, a robust UV flatbed solution which enables digital and screen printers, sign shops, converters and large repro houses to bring rigid-printing capabilities in-house. Featuring a 163-cm (64-inch) print width and optional white ink capabilities, the HP Scitex FB500 Printer extends the applications offering available to users by printing onto a host of rigid and flexible substrates. Additionally, it allows remote monitoring via the HP Embedded Web Server and an onboard camera.

HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer sets new standard with high-quality output, high speeds

Launched only four months ago, the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series with HP Vivid Photo Inks delivers high-quality output and the highest speeds of large format printers in its price class.(2) Designed for photo labs, digital print shops, advertising agencies, design firms and commercial printers, the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series delivers photo-quality prints with a resolution of 2,400 dots per image (dpi) and versatility for indoor applications from line drawings to photographic output to signage. It is also 50 percent faster than its predecessor with speeds up to 140m2/hr (1,500 ft2/hr).

New HP Designjet T2300 eMFP and T7100 printers help improve design processes and realise business efficiencies

Completing HP's impressive print showcase in Dubai are Designjet solutions that enable technical teams in the architecture, engineering and construction industries to collaborate across multiple locations, streamline processes and reduce costs.

The recently introduced HP Designjet T2300 eMultifunction Printer (eMFP) is the industry's first web-ready large format printer with scan, print and copy functionality.(3) Designed to match today's collaborative and mobile work styles, the new system makes it easy to share and manage content with project members around the world.

Alongside the T2300, the HP Designjet T7100 Printer is a high-speed colour printing system designed for central reprographic departments in enterprises and reproduction houses. The T7100 streamlines print production - from simple CAD drawings to high-quality presentations and boasts a competitively low total cost of ownership compared to competing technologies.(4)

(1) Printers using HP Latex Inks use internal heaters to dry and cure the latex polymer film. Some substrates may have an inherent odour.
(2) Based on published manufacturer specifications as of June 2010.
(3) Internet connection is needed.
(4) The HP Designjet T7100 Printer offers up to 66 percent lower total cost of ownership over three years against competitive colour devices and up to 50 percent against competitive monochrome solutions, based on HP internal testing.

First FESPA Nordic Congress offers valuable business advice and networking opportunities

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Following the success of the inaugural European Congress in Brussels in November 2010, FESPA will host its first FESPA Nordic Congress from 7th – 8th April 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden with the support of FESPA’s member associations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The event is sponsored by HP (Corporate Sponsor), Mimaki and Signcom (Digital Textile Sponsors) and EskoArtwork (Global Software Solutions Partner).

Delegates from across the Nordic region will have the opportunity to attend a series of in-depth, industry-focussed sessions designed to inspire and promote innovation within business. Encouraging participants to build networking links across the Nordic region, the event will specifically target digital and screen printers, production managers, as well as suppliers focused towards the large format community. 

Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss crucial print-related topics, with the overall aim of promoting best practice in business and highlighting methods of reducing costs while increasing sales.

In response to feedback received from the Brussels event, the FESPA Nordic Congress has been structured to provide delegates with increased opportunities to network with peers and sponsors, as well as enhancing their overall experience. The event will therefore be held over two half-days.

Matti Laajarinne, CEO of PixMill Group Ltd, one of Finland’s leading printers attended the FESPA European Congress in Brussels, and having been impressed by the speakers and innovative content, registered to attend the Nordic event. “Our customers expect us to have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of wider market issues and trends. Being informed about new environmental regulations, legislations regarding approved inks and making use of innovative printing materials is becoming increasingly important.

“Our customers span the entire Nordic region and that´s why we have to be flexible and constantly improve our customer-focused programmes. FESPA’s Nordic Congress will deliver the information we need, tailored to the specific requirements that our customers expect today. It’s great that FESPA is regionalising events and making them more accessible for everyone, and I look forward to the additional networking opportunities on offer in Sweden.”

Offering delegates exceptional value for money, the Nordic Congress will feature an enhanced event programme incorporating print buyer/ brand owner representation. Each day’s agenda has been structured to present delegates with insights from leading industry spokespeople, encouraging active participation to shape each individual delegate’s experience of the event.

Confirmed speakers for the Gothenburg event include Andreas Skantze of Big Image in Sweden who will provide insight on affordable innovation in practice, and Neil Falconer, Senior Consultant at PIRA, who will discuss the latest technologies in print. In addition Steve Lister, the Business Development Director at the Robert Horne Group will give an in-depth report on sustainable business, while Nick Devine, founder of The Print Coach, is set to provide insight on methods to employ when attempting to grow your sales and build a profitable print business.

Engaging delegates and maximising their opportunity for participation throughout the Congress, the programme includes a restructured panel session, incorporating strategic industry SWOT analysis.

Nigel Steffens, Managing Director, FESPA, comments, “As those who have attended a previous FESPA Congress are aware, our programmes are committed to helping printers drive their businesses forward and providing them with ways to stand out from the competition. At the FESPA Nordic Congress we will do this by presenting delegates with critical information and feedback from the print buyer’s perspective. We want to help delegates stay ahead of the rapidly changing ideas, methods and technology in their industry, so they should be prepared for a real education.

“Following our FESPA European Congress last November 97% of our delegates said they would attend another event and 95% found it great value for money, we aim to provide the same, if not greater satisfaction, in Sweden.”

The full delegate package includes attendance and participation in the Congress, access to Congress presentations after the event, lunch and formal dinner with drinks reception on day one, overnight accommodation and breakfast at the Gothia Towers Hotel, and lunch on day two.

Delegate fees for members of FESPA national member associations is €325 for the full package, or €225 excluding the hotel room.  For non-members the price is €475 including accommodation, and €375 excluding accommodation.

Places are limited so for more details, and to register to attend the FESPA Nordic Congress visit http://www.fespa.com/nordic-congress

Northprint 2011 attracts impressive finishing line-up

Northprint 2011

Northprint 2011 [www.northprintexpo.com], which takes place in Harrogate from 10th to 12th May, has remained a popular platform for finishing system suppliers to showcase their latest innovations for long-or short-run offset and digital print.

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS), the exclusive distributor of Horizon and other finishing equipment, has already committed to booking two stands at Northprint, totalling an impressive 120 square metres. Other post-press suppliers confirmed on the floor plan include Addressing & Mailing Solutions, Clinical Print Finishers, D & K Europe, Perfect Bindery Solutions, Tech-Ni-Fold, Terry Cooper Services, Vivid Laminating Technologies.

Trevor Crawford, director of the IIR Print Group, says: "We're delighted with the number of post-press companies that have committed to exhibiting at Northprint. The exhibition is the first national mainstream graphic arts event since Ipex last year and is the best place to see the very latest developments in finishing under one roof.

"Visitors will benefit from live demonstration on exhibitors' stands and we've been told there will be plenty of new kit on display with a strong focus on automation, productivity and added value options to help printers stay competitive and create new business opportunities in this tough market. Interest in this area has never been higher. According to our latest poll on the Northprint website, 90% of respondents are viewing the event as an important investment opportunity."

D & K Europe plans to use Northprint as a platform to launch its new, fully automated entry level Europa laminator in its final B2 format. At Ipex 2010, the company showed a prototype of the machine at B3 size. John Hancock, UK Sales Manager, D & K Europe says: "Historically Northprint has always been a good show for D&K both in terms of contact with customers and prospects and indeed the return on investment. Visitors seem to enjoy Northprint more than the international shows; being more compact it allows them to focus on one or two important investment decisions that they are looking to make and discuss their needs in an environment where there is less pressure on their time."

According to Tony Hards, joint managing director, IFS, "It is easy to underestimate the importance of trade shows such as Northprint and the overall effect it has on long-term relationships with customers. For IFS this major national event gives us the opportunity to showcase the very latest developments that can put our customers ahead of their competition and this event will be no different with the integrated workflow solution pXnet featured on all Horizon equipment. Historically we have always achieved a significant uplift in sales following the event when printers have considered the benefits of the highly-automated, computerised, touch screen set up and make-ready solutions and calculated the benefits to their bottom line.

"But Northprint is not just about sales, it is educational too. As well as learning about the latest easy-to-use, push button equipment innovations that enhance productivity and profit, printers can discover more about the latest business and environmental initiatives. They can also use the event as a way of educating new team members or trainees."

Graham Harris, managing director of Tech-ni-Fold says that the company will use Northprint to launch a new range of CreaseStream products to the UK market. The CreaseStream range of machines bring to the fore a faster way to produce letterpress creasing that eliminate cracking. "We are geared up to show many exciting solutions that start with our basic hand fed desk top creaser  to our automatic crease and fold system that reaches speeds of over 15,000 copies per hour.  Our special micro-perforating and cutting devices compliment our machines as they add extra value above and beyond what else is available in the market. We are an evolving company and are quickly developing unique and innovative solutions to the problems that litho and digital companies face every day," says Graham Harris.

Addressing & Mailing Solutions (AMS) will be returning to Northprint for the sixth time. Kevin McPheat, managing director, explains: "AMS has been exhibiting at Northprint since 2001 and has found it to be a very useful event in introducing printers to our mailing products, especially where the printers are considering improving their margins by offering a one stop solution to their clients and picking up the extra mailing work which may presently be outsourced. It's also a great venue for printers to understand what our company AMS is about and what our products can do for printers, from hi-speed addressing systems or coding systems to automatic envelope inserting machines, from full colour label printing to poly-wrapping magazines."

Dean Stayne, sales manager at Terry Cooper Services comments: "We've been exhibiting at Northprint for over 20 years and it has always been a great show and a worthwhile return on our investment.  Harrogate is a great location for the show and we have found Northprint an invaluable platform from which we can connect with new and existing customers. The show attracts good quality visitors and enables us to showcase our latest range of print finishing equipment to the right audience. Growth is vital in the printing industry today and Northprint recognises and supports this which is why it is so successful for us."

Steve Giddins, partner at Perfect Bindery Solutions LLP, says that the company will be introducing exciting new solutions for digital book printers and photo album manufacturers. He explains: "We like the intimate atmosphere of the show which enables visitors to see all the exhibits at a relaxed pace.  The resulting quality discussions and demonstrations lead to a better understanding between customers and suppliers building relationships and trust which is particularly important in the current economic climate."

Clinical Print Finishers see Northprint as a great medium for showcasing their range of small-format print finishing services. "Northprint is a good opportunity for us to meet new and existing customers face-to-face," explains Alan Pickles, operations director. "We have a lot of innovative solutions that we can offer our customers and we will have a diverse range of finished product samples on display at Northprint. Exhibiting there allows us to have an influence on our customers' decision making for their future projects. They are able to see the added value that specialised miniature finishing can offer with far greater clarity then they would with a brochure or a phone call."

Says Siân Wileman, marketing coordinator at Vivid Laminating Technologies: "As regular exhibitors, we are sure Northprint 2011 will be the perfect exhibition to showcase our upcoming new laminating products to the UK print industry."

"We are in final discussions with a number of other post-press suppliers and are confident that we'll announce further additions to the already impressive line up over the coming weeks," concludes Trevor Crawford.


Digi:media 2011 on successful course


Three months before the premiere staging of digi:media 2011, trade fair for commercial publishing & digital printing, the event is on course to success: an expected 130 exhibitors will present their expertise and competence, supported by a specialist ancillary program consisting of congresses, seminars, workshops and theme parks. Together, they will offer a unique spectrum across the publishing and communication sector and thus address the different visitor target groups involved in the workflow – from advertising and design agencies, marketers, printing services providers and production agencies to publishing houses and address marketers. On the exhibitor side, global players from the entire publishing industry will be just as strongly represented as small, innovative companies. Consistent with the trade fair triad Content-Technology-Business, the complete process chain from creation to finishing will be covered at digi:media 2011. The trade fair will be held from April 7 - 9, 2011 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The digi:media organiser Messe Düsseldorf is very pleased with the show’s development. “This positive feedback from the sector confirms our strategy. Apparently, with the new trade fair concept we have exactly captured the spirit of the times”, stated Manuel Mataré, Project Director of digi:media. “And more than that: we have succeeded in motivating the most diverse sector players such as associations, publishing houses and initiatives to pull along with us in the same direction.”
In order to provide better transparency, the product range at the trade fair is structured in nine segmnnts based on the production chain: content, IT-solutions, workflow, electronic media, consumables/expendable materials, digital printing, further processing, packaging and services.
Based on the current level of registrations (mid-January), the exhibitors at digi:media 2011 will include among others the global players in the digital printing field (Hewlett Packard, Hunkeler Deutschland GmbH, Ricoh, Xeikon, Xerox) as well as Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, manroland AG, the big players in finishing (FKS, Horizon GmbH, Koerber PaperLink GmbH, Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG, Müller-Martini AG, Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH, Polar Mohr) and the entire spectrum of software suppliers for the publishing industry (Censhare AG, CGS Publishing Technologies, Dalim Software AG, Diron GmbH & Co. KG, Direct Smile GmbH, Esko Graphics, infowerk ag, Kinetik GmbH, Neo 7Even GmbH, One Vision Software AG, Xanté Europe). The constantly updated list of exhibitors, the hall layout plan and the complete ancillary program are online at  www.digimedia-tradefair.com
digi:media is designed as an annual event and in 2012 will be an integral part of the drupa trade fair (3 - 16) before being held in 2013 (April 11 – 13) as an independent event again.


Sign & Digital UK Awards – call for Entries!

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Sign & Digital UK has today called for signmakers and graphic display companies, manufacturers and suppliers to enter the 2011 Sign & Digital UK Awards. There are 10 categories in all and the focus is on rewarding both the creative and business aspects of the industry.

Rudi Blackett, the show’s event director comments; “We are very excited to launch the Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event this year. Exhibitors and visitors attending the show will now also have the perfect opportunity to network and socialise with business contacts & colleagues and entertain customers as well as coming together to celebrate the high level of skill, innovation and creative flair apparent in our industry today.”

The 10 categories are:

  • Best individual sign project
  • Best multiple sign project
  • Best vehicle wrapping project
  • Best wide format print project
  • Best textile print project
  • Best new use of wide format print
  • Green award
  • Rising star award
  • Best wide format printing company
  • Best sign company

The accolades will be awarded at the Sign & Digital UK Awards and Networking event to be held on the evening of the second day of the exhibition (Weds 13th of April) at the National Motorcycle Museum, near the entrance to the NEC, Birmingham. All entries will be judged by a panel of experts and the judges will be looking in detail at the methods used and creativity demonstrated and how these were used to deliver the required results. All awards entries are specifically for work done during 2010. Please visit the show website www.signanddigitaluk.com where you can click on the awards logo down the left hand side – this will take you through to the awards page where you can find the awards entry form.

The Rising Star Award calls for nominations for an individual that has really made their mark in 2010. The individual must be working in the industry and be aged under 30.
Best Sign Company Award and Best Wide Format Printing Company Award recognise the very best company that has demonstrated a high level of success in customer service, business growth or development, business retention, innovation and creativity and should be backed up by solid results and testimonials. Our strict criteria will make these two awards the most sought after in the industry.

Even if you don’t enter, this event is set to be the biggest networking opportunity for the signmaking and graphics industry in the UK this year. You will need to be quick to book a table and single tickets are available also, if you prefer. The ticket price includes pre-dinner drinks, a three course meal and entertainment as well as the awards ceremony itself. Don’t be disappointed and book your place now on by visiting the website, www.signanddigitaluk.com, where you can click on the awards logo down the left hand side – this will take you through to the awards page where you can find the table / single seats booking form.

For further information on the awards, the latest show news and to register for FREE entry to the show please visit the show website www.signanddigitaluk.com.

Xaar is the platinum sponsor of Digital Image South America 2011

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Xaar, a manufacturer of printheads and a world leader in its segment, announced the sponsorship of Digital Image South America 2011, the largest exhibition of digital printing solutions in the Graphic Arts field. The event will be held from the 27th to 30th of April, at the blue pavilion of Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo.

"The 2011 edition will certainly repeat the success of 2007 and 2009, when Digital Image has established itself as a trade fair in the digital segment. The next year, we have more than 70% of sold exhibition area and the interest of our future exhibitors continues to grow. Now, with the sponsorship of Xaar, we reinforce to the market the importance and quality of our event, because we have on our side one of the major brands of the inkjet printing industry. Everyone who works with digital printing and sign business used or use the Xaar technology", said Ismael Guarnelli, Director of APS Feiras e Eventos, the company that organises Digital Image.

Digital Image South America 2011 includes markets for digital printing, customisation, direct marketing, promotional and transpromotional printing, technologies for visual communication, plotting, large format printing and, now also, silkscreen. The event will have 14,700 square meters of exhibition area to ensure comfort for all visitors. The growing digital market investment is needed and the numbers prove it. According to a recent research published in May this year by Abigraf (Brazilian Printing Industry Association), 26% of the graphic companies that are already working with digital technology have the intention to make new investments in the short term, and 1.6% of conventional graphic companies (which still doesn't work with digital, equivalent to 247 out of almost 21,000 graphic companies in activity in Brazil) plan to invest in this technology and broaden their work options from this year (2010). Add to this the fact that Brazil lives a splendid economic time, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world, and the national printing industry accounts for more than 1.6% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in Brazil.

"We are pleased to consolidate the partnership between APS Feiras and Xaar for the sponsorship of Digital Image 2011. Digital Image has the vision of bringing to visitors and exhibitors a clear opportunity for the demonstration, visualisation and experimentation of new digital technologies and its infinite possibilities. The event will sharpen the visitors creativity, providing leading and innovative printing solutions that are consistent with the needs and the reality of the growing market in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Digital Image is presented in unison with our philosophy of work, our technology, our products and our exhibition customers", said Edsel Lonsa, head of Xaar Latin America.

Also, according to Edsel, the fair is an excellent opportunity to be close to customers. "We want, with this action, to support our exhibition customers, to hear and interact with the various people interested in our technology, to be increasingly close to the market, exhibitors and trade visitors with our active, physical and supportive presence. Therefore, we get to know them better, hear them and serve them even more, always with innovative products. That's the unique characteristic of Xaar, which brings in its slogan 'Innovative Ink Jet Technology' the vocation and justification for being a world leader in our segment" he said.