25 Jan 2020

Ipex 2010 – All Set To Be A ‘Sell Out’

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Ipex 2010 has reached almost full capacity with more than 75 new international suppliers signing up to exhibit in the last couple of months, adding a total of 1,300 square metres to the overall floorplan. The latest companies to confirm their attendance include Adobe, Brandtjen & Kluge, Grafitek International, Timsons, Impression Technology, XMPIE, Tarrant Machines, ROI Distribution, Rotatek and Rotometrics and Technique MIS. For the first time, there will also be a Taiwanese Pavilion, including the following companies: Chens Asia, Chenchin Ironworks, Li Sheng, Yii-Lee, TAMI, Unisuntop.

Located in Hall 9, the Ipex 2010 organisers have also reignited the successful Springboard feature, following enquiries from smaller firms. The Springboard feature offers a low-cost option for small innovative companies who want to exhibit for the first time and who previously found the cost of exhibiting to be prohibitive. Launched in 2006, the spur to attract small firms had come from visitors.

Says Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Event Director: “This last minute influx of international additions to the floorplan suggests a new tide of industry optimism and demonstrates the importance that these exhibitors place on Ipex as the major global ideas and buying event in 2010.

“We’re delighted with the event’s progress and development. Ipex is a truly international show, featuring over 1,000 exhibiting companies from more than 40 countries, providing visitors with an unrivalled opportunity to see the current and future shape of our industry and plan their investment decisions accordingly. Visitors can expect to see major technology advances with exhibiting companies committed to demonstrating working machinery on the showfloor.”

This year’s show will once again set the scene for the launch of a number of innovative new hardware, software and consumables. The industry’s leading suppliers are set to inspire crowds with the latest developments spanning the whole pre-press, printing and finishing spectrum. A comprehensive list of new product launches at Ipex can be found on the Ipex website www.ipex.org/new

“Historically, Ipex is the arena in which printing industry suppliers unveil new products and technologies to the marketplace, reinforcing both the ever-increasing pace of technological advances and Ipex’s important standing within the global exhibition calendar”, continues Trevor Crawford.

The wave of pre-registrations to date also signposts towards a successful Ipex 2010. Visitors from over 150 countries have pre-registered to date, with 21% from Europe, 9% from Asia, and 10% from Middle East and Africa.

Pre-registration for all those wishing to attend Ipex 2010 is now available via www.ipex.org/register and will result in free entry and a £30 saving off the entrance fee, access to exclusive pre-show news and highlights as well as free fast-track entry to the show.

GPT Appointed Master Reseller for AGFA Anapurna M Product Range

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AGFA Anapurna Mw UV-cure flatbed shown on GPT stand at Sign and Digital UK

13-15 April 2010 - Hall 8, Stand B10


Graphic Printing Technologies Ltd (GPT) has announced its appointment as a UK reseller to offer the AGFA Anapurna M UV-cure product range. An AGFA Anapurna Mw hybrid type UV printer with white ink function, is available with an AGFA representative on GPT’s stand B10 at Sign and Digital UK.

The AGFA Anapurna M range offers wide format industrial inkjet printers for indoor and outdoor sign displays. The UV-curable print engines deliver quality output on both uncoated rigid substrates and roll-fed media. The printers provide 720 x 1440dpi print resolution with widths up to 1600mm and thickness up to 45mm.

Stuart Cole, Managing Director of GPT, comments, “AGFA has an excellent reputation for building high quality, robust and very well engineered printers. We have taken our time looking for an industrial strength UV-curable printer to add to our portfolio, and are really delighted to be able to offer the AGFA range. We have complete confidence that they will provide our customers with the levels of production, quality and reliability their businesses demand. They are an excellent fit with our existing range of products and we expect a very positive reaction from the market, starting at Sign and Digital UK.”

Steve Collins, Wide Format Inkjet Account Manager for AGFA UK, comments, “GPT is an excellent addition to our UK channel for the Anapurna M range. We are sure the relationship will be a success and we are looking forward to working together. It is very important for our channel to add value to the AGFA product range, ensuring they meet the high standards our customers expect. GPT has the track record and reputation to deliver and support our solutions with very high levels of knowledge, experience and reliability.”

To arrange an appointment to meet on the GPT stand, please contact Stuart Cole on 01753 727128.

FREE advice on how to Start Up a Sign and Print Business


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Budding entrepreneurs looking at setting up a new business would do no better than to make their way to Sign & Digital UK at the NEC on 13-15 April where there will be FREE advice, demonstrations and workshops on how to maximise returns from a sign and print business.

With a wide range of suppliers on hand to answer your questions and give you advice on their products and services, the event is a great way to find out what makes this lively industry tick.

As an example of what’s on offer, Roland DG will welcome you to their stand where there will be FREE training, creative ideas, advice and demonstrations, via three unique zones: inspire me, show me, teach me.

There will be a new Signmakers Workshop at the event where you can ask questions, get involved and chat to those already running sign businesses.

FastSigns will also be in attendance to give you information on how to run a successful sign franchise.

… and if that is not enough, Adobe and Corel will be running FREE tutorials and demonstrations where you can pick up advice on how to get the most from these leading design software packages.

Register on-line at www.signanddigitaluk.com for FREE fast track entry


Agfa's new inkjet solutions at Sign Expo 2010

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Agfa Graphics today announced that attendees at the International Sign Association's Sign Expo 2010 (April 8th - 10th, Orlando) will get the first look at its newly-expanded portfolio of inkjet systems. Today, Agfa has something for everyone from entry- to mid-level options as well as high-volume production systems.

Visitors to Agfa's booth (#972) will learn about Agfa's entry :Anapurna UV inkjet systems designed to produce photo-quality output on a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications, the newly-added :Jeti large-format inkjet systems and the :M-Press TIGER, the high-speed, flatbed industrial inkjet press (co-developed with Thieme) capable of producing large-format screen printing applications of almost any run-length with greater cost efficiency.

"Agfa has assembled the most dynamic and diverse portfolios of inkjet systems and presses on the market today," said Peter Wilkens, President, Agfa Graphics, North America. "Agfa's solutions are designed to make organizations of virtually any size more productive, more efficient, more reliable and most importantly more profitable."

Agfa will demonstrate the following inkjet offerings in booth 972 at the annual expo and conference:

  • The new :Jeti 1224 UV HDC (High Definition Color) is built on a solid steel platform and features a unique, linear motor driven vacuum bed for highly accurate dot placement in both flat bed mode or with the optional roll-to-roll (RTR) feature.The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC's flatbed architecture can print on anything up to two inches thick and with its industrial grade construction can support media rolls up to 250 lbs. The :Jeti 1224 UV HDC is the first :Jeti printer to use the Ricoh Gen 4 variable grayscale print head technology. Agfa has created advanced waveform designs and introduced the :Anuvia HD ink technology (as used on the Agfa :M-Press TIGER) to drive the Ricoh heads up to 30 KHz in binary and 13KHz in grayscale. With 4 color and white as standard the :Jeti 1224 UV HDC delivers equivalent speeds in both binary and grayscale modes at resolutions up to 1200 dpi
  • :Jeti 3324 Aquajet - the #1 fabric printer on the market, the :Jeti Aquajet prints up to 10.5 feet wide with production speeds of more than 400 ft²/hr. It's a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to solvent-based fabric technologies
  • :M-Press TIGER is a high-speed flatbed inkjet press co-developed by Thieme and Agfa, featuring new printhead technology, auto head positioning and tuning, :M-Press TIGER can print 17,000 ft an hour. The :M-Press TIGER is the perfect solution for high volume POP providers and other traditional screen printing applications.
  • :Anapurna M² - a heavy-duty industrial UV-inkjet printer designed to produce top-quality output (up to 720 x 1440 dpi) on a wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll media
  • :Anapurna Mw - adds single-pass pre-white and multi-pass post-white for printing on transparent material, backlit applications, or printing white as a spot colour.

Rope Access Demonstration – Stand E30 at Sign & Digital UK 2010



Global Erecting Sign Services/Graphic Installs are pleased to announce they will again be undertaking rope access demonstrations directly into their stand during Sign & Digital UK 2010, which is held at the NEC Birmingham from the 13th to 15th of April.

At various times throughout the 3 days of the Show, one of their supervisors will be ascending and descending on ropes to demonstrate how they utilise abseiling to reach high levels and difficult to reach areas.

If you would like to observe a demonstration, please come along and see GESS at Stand E30 and they will arrange one for you and answer any questions you may have.

The supervisor will be wearing a full body harness and working PPE as would be required on any working site/installation.

If you require any further information in advance of the Show, please do not hesitate to contact Global Erecting Sign Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on Global Erecting Sign Services visit www.gess.uk.com

To register for FREE entry to Sign & Digital UK visit www.signanddigitaluk.com



FESPA Worldwide Survey 3: Digital Opportunity is Driving Entrepreneurial Optimism

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Opportunities arising from the shift to digital production are keeping printers optimistic for the future of their individual businesses despite the downturn, according to FESPA’s third Worldwide Survey, the results of which are published today.

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is ‘very optimistic’, the mean for respondents’ individual businesses was 7.6, compared with 6.9 for the wide format industry as a whole. This is consistent with the equivalent survey results in 2007 and 2009.

Worldwide Survey 3 underlines clearly how client demands for shorter turnaround, just-in-time delivery and shorter runs are driving wide format printers towards digital technology. Close to 70% of respondents are seeing these trends increasing. The greatest pressure appears to be on faster turnaround, with 81.5% stating that this is a growing requirement from clients.

Versioning and/or personalisation, online ordering and integration with other marketing collateral (such as direct mail) are also client priorities, with around half of printers reporting a trend in demand for these capabilities.

Conducted in partnership with InfoTrends, the latest FESPA Worldwide Survey involved the largest research sample to date, attracting online responses from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia and North and Latin-America in February and March 2010.

All of the 582 respondents affirmed that the percentage of their revenue coming from digital projects will increase in the next two years, rising to close to 50% of income for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

This expected revenue growth is stimulating robust demand for new equipment, with 37.4% of respondents planning to purchase a new wide format printer in the next 12 months, and a further 33.8% still undecided about such a purchase. More than half of respondents expect their spend on digital wide format media and consumables to increase in the next 12 months.

Print service providers are seizing positive opportunities to grow and diversify using digital, with 78% of survey respondents expanding the range of applications they produce. 68% of respondents have looked at new market opportunities or developed innovative processes or products to tackle the impact of the economic downturn. Nearly a quarter of respondents see the future success of wide format print service providers as being able to deliver marketing solutions for the client.

FESPA Sales & Marketing Director Marcus Timson comments: “With just three months to go until FESPA 2010 opens its doors in Munich, this latest FESPA survey profiles a global community of print service providers that has remained resilient and adaptable in the face of significant economic challenges. Our recent series of FESPA Economy Surveys has highlighted the dramatic commercial impact of the 2008/9 downturn on wide format printers. However, wide format printers remain optimistic, alert to opportunities and focused on pursuing new applications or niche markets to generate growth for their businesses. The dynamics between clients and print service providers are clearly changing, but the most successful printers are adapting resourcefully, embracing digital technology and blending it creatively with other processes and value-added services to deliver the right solutions to clients’ challenges.”

Banners, posters, signs and POS/POP continue to be the leading applications for most respondents, with demand remaining stable across these product categories despite the economic downturn. A notable decrease was in backlit displays, with the percentage of respondents regularly producing these falling from 46.2% in 2009 to 26.4% in 2010. Increased demand was reported for billboards, photographic applications, decals and presentation graphics. Growth is also evident in emerging application areas such as textile, interiors, flooring and fine art.

Thinking ahead to their next print engine, almost a quarter of respondents are most likely to purchase a UV-curable inkjet device, though interest in technologies such as eco-solvent and latex inkjet is beginning to overtake that for more established solutions such as aqueous and solvent inkjet. Technology choice still seems to be a source of confusion for many printers, with almost 16% of respondents undecided on their next purchase.

The survey shows a converging community of businesses servicing their clients with wide format printed products. 22% of respondents state that the term ‘digital printing specialist’ best describes their business, followed by 12% who define themselves as ‘screen printers’ and a further 12% preferring the more generic ‘commercial printer’. The remaining 54% of respondents also included graphic designers and advertising agencies, ‘quick printers’ and corporate reprographic departments, photo labs and reprographic businesses, exhibition builders and sign shops.

The full FESPA Worldwide Survey 3 is available free of charge to members of a FESPA member association, or at a charge of Euros 2000 to non members. Enquiries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An executive summary of the Survey is available at http://www.fespa.com/fespas-world-wide-survey-3.html