23 Jun 2021

European TransPromo Summit a Major Success for Attendees and Sponsors

European TransPromo Summit

The European TransPromo Summit proved to be a major success, bringing together 315 attendees and 22 sponsoring companies. The truly international audience was made up of attendees from The U.K., France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia, United States, Italy and others. The inaugural event, held at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre in Belgium last week, was organized by 4IT Group and InfoTrends. The summit was information-packed and provided attendees with valuable business insights, information on industry and technology trends, detailed case studies, and innovative business opportunities. The event also provided attendees and sponsors with several opportunities to network with industry peers.

“There is no question about the interest in the TransPromo Market in Europe. The conference was over-subscribed and participants were not disappointed,” commented Barb Pellow, Group Director at InfoTrends. “In a struggling economy this event was strong and created very positive energy levels throughout the 2 days.”

Day one of the conference kicked off with a state of the industry address focused on the TransPromo value proposition, its current state in Europe, and a view into future opportunities. The program continued with keynote presentations on “Powering TransPromo - Hardware a Critical Enabler” and “Planning for TransPromo Success.” Keynote speakers included industry leaders from Belgian Post, DST Output, GMC, HP, InfoPrint Solutions, Kodak, Océ, and Xeikon.

“It is evident that TransPromo’s time has come,” commented Enrico Barboglio, President, 4IT Group. “There was a tremendous industry buzz from companies that are leveraging the power of bold design, vibrant color and variable data to transform bills and statements into highly individualized customer marketing communications.”

“Conference content was superb, and I believe the sessions were well received by everyone,” commented Roberta McKee-Jackson, Director of Operations, Xplor UK & Ireland. “There was a lot to be learned and presenting the marketing as well as the technology tracks was beneficial to all.”

“I enjoyed the event tremendously with high quality content and a very well managed conference. The insights gained will translate into improved business decisions and help to shape our strategic direction,” stated Bill Parker, CMO, GMC Software AG. “The time I spent was well worth the investment.”

Plans for the 2010 European TransPromo Summit are underway and will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Due to the success of the event many sponsors have already signed up for next year. Sponsorship opportunities are now being accepted for 2010. For more information, please contact Jason Russell at +44 1582 400120 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Valentina Carnevali at +39 02 26927081 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

1st European Wrap Star: Europe’s car wrappers to compete for the title at Viscom

European Wrapstar Hummer Wrap

Medium-sized car or luxury limousine, old-timers or conventional passenger car - the car wrappers transform every vehicle into a unique gem. In this process, they confront even the greatest challenge. Nowadays films adorn motorbikes, aircrafts and even rockets. Often, the wrapping even consists of a single piece. As a result, even motorbikes can be wrapped without seams that might spoil their appearance. The range of possible patterns and colours is endless. For advertisers, this offers unlimited design possibilities.

At viscom 2009, practitioners will show how it's done. Highly qualified car wrappers will compete for the title of first "European Wrap Star". At the international trade fair for visual communication, four identical Hummer vehicles will be wrapped live at a special area in Hall 8a. The contest will be presented by MR Clipart, the SEW Wrap Akademie and the viscom organisers, Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.

Prizes with a total value of more than 200,000 euros to be won

The competition will begin on Thursday, 1 October, with the task of wrapping one door and one wing. In each of the eight 45-minute first-round matches, eight participants will start out. From each match, four of these will go on to the next round to be held in the morning of Friday, 2 October, when again eight participants will compete in four 45-minute matches. In the third round on Friday afternoon consisting of two matches, the car wrappers still remaining in the competition will then have to do an almost full wrap of one vehicle side within 60 minutes. Four from each match will reach the semi-finals to be held in the morning of Saturday, 3 October, when a complete vehicle side is to be wrapped. In the grand finale on Saturday afternoon, the four best participants will finally face each other over 90 minutes.

The happy winner will then hold the title of "European Wrap Star". Even merely reaching the finals is a very interesting prospect for all participants, however, as each of the four finalists will receive one of the four main prizes: ain Royal Sovereign Laminator worth more than € 7,000.00, a Rollsroller Flatbed Laminator 340/145 worth 13,900 euros, a Summa T140 Cutting Plotter & Opus-Cam & software worth 15,990 euros, or a Mimaki CJV 30-160 cut and print system plus software worth 22,800 euros.

In all, prizes with a total value of more than 200,000 euros can be won. But even those eliminated in the first round will not go away empty-handed: a "consolation package" with product vouchers from the major film manufacturers, a car wrapping seminar, software and a range of "wrapping tools" with a value of more than 2,000 euros is waiting for them. And the value of the prizes increases with each round.

"Catch the Hummer": Big tombola for spectators

Not just for the pros but also for spectators, there will be a large number of prizes to be won at viscom. Tickets will be available at the Systeam and Mutoh Europe N.V. stands. The first prize is a Mutoh ValueJet 1204 Eco Solvent printer worth 10,500 euros. Winners of the second prize can look forward to driving a Hummer H2 for one month, winners of the third to driving a Hummer H3 for a weekend. There will also be a large number of Ed Hardy products to be won. The tombola will take place on the viscom Saturday at the European Wrap Star stand C51 in Hall 8a.

Gandinnovations at Viscom Dusseldorf 2009

Gandi 2030 Continental

Gandinnovations will be exhibiting at Viscom Dusseldorf, Messe Dusseldorf in Hall 8B stand E22 October 01 – 03rd. The company will exhibit several models in the popular Jeti line of grand-format digital printers and is expecting anxious crowds for the duration of the show. Gandinnovations manufactures several 3 and 5 meter models of solvent and UV roll to roll digital printers as well as a large variety of flatbed models, including the 2030 Continental, a true flatbed designed specifically for the European market.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada since 2004, Gandinnovations has branch offices around the world for efficient sales and service, including the European headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium.

“After the success we had at the Amsterdam exhibit earlier this year, we are really looking forward to another successful show in Dusseldorf,” says Cory Brock, Director of Marketing for Gandinnovations. “Viscom has always been a great place for us to show our latest technology and we plan to deliver to the attendees again this year.”

In addition to the Jeti line of grand-format digital printers, Gandinnovations manufactures the ink for the entire printer line, has created a RIP, called GandiSoft, specially designed for the Jeti printers and has recently made news with the invention of HAL- the High-speed Automatic Loader built to load and unload rigid substrates from any Jeti flatbed printer with amazing accuracy.

The newest addition to the Jeti line is the Aquajet, a 3 meter wide, direct to fabric digital printer which prints on a number of polyester-based materials. Graphics manufacturers have found the Aquajet to be an exceptional tool for breaking into new markets and creating new means of advertising.

FESPA Welcomes New Member Associations from Sri Lanka and Nepal

FESPA Logo

FESPA has extended its global reach with the addition of two more Asian associate members, as it welcomes the Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLAP) and the Nepal Printers’ Association (NPA).

As associate members of FESPA, members of SLAP and NPA will now benefit from a wide range of educational resources, training and best-practice development tools, as well as participating in a growing number of international projects and events. FESPA will benefit by forging even stronger links with the Asia-Pacific region, which as a whole is an increasingly significant player in the global screen, textile and digital printing markets.

FESPA’s firm commitment to the Asia-Pacific region is evidenced by the number of events it runs in the area. FESPA launched the first ever screen and digital print exhibition in India, FESPA India 2005, which has continued to run every two years since the inaugural show, with the third FESPA India taking place in December 2009. Further to the success of these exhibitions, FESPA launched FESPA Digital India in 2008, dedicated to the digital wide format printing industry.  Last year the association also launched FESPA Asia-Pacific, the region’s only international event dedicated to screen and digital printing which will return in 2010.

Sri Lanka Association of Printers
Founded in 1956, SLAP currently consists of 288 printers and 125 suppliers. Based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the association undertakes a wide range of activities on behalf of its members. It provides advice and an array of services to promote the welfare of its members, including researching the latest market developments and trends, as well as developing the industry through the introduction of modern technology. It is firmly committed to training the country’s youth in all aspects of printing work, and provides career guidance and employment opportunities.
The Sri Lanka Association of Printers communicates with public authorities and other associations on matters affecting the interest of its members and the wider printing industry, and enters into arrangements with the government or other authorities to obtain rights, concessions, licences and privileges to support the industry. Its links with the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, the South Asia Print Congress, the Forum of Asia Pacific Graphic Arts Technology, the Sri Lanka Institute of Printing and the INGRIN Institute of Printing and Graphic Arts provide additional support to the country’s print industry.

SLAP President, Mrs. Dharani Karunaratne went on to say: ''We are honored to be a part of FESPA's global member community. As an association, we are strongly committed to promoting and, overall, developing the printing Industry in Sri Lanka. Being a member of FESPA has great meaning and value that enables us to provide a wide range of educational and training resources, as well as access to a number of other services that FESPA has to offer that includes exhibitions to its members."

Nepal Printers’ Association
Established in 1978, the Nepal Printers’ Association, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, has 211 members consisting of digital, offset, and screen printers, print suppliers and, pre- and post-press-related businesses. The NPA provides its members with a number of services and support initiatives. It organises various training schemes to help members better understand, manage and use the latest printing technologies. It runs a range of interactive printing workshops and seminars and also runs broader business sessions on income tax, the VAT and tax registration to help members develop their commercial awareness. The association provides members with valuable business and economic information that it disseminates via the post, circulars and newsletters.

The NPA is also involved in lobbying and making recommendations to the government on relevant policy matters. It played an integral role in securing projects for the country’s domestic printers, such as the printing and distribution of school texts books with its Public-Private Partnership Approach. It also represents the business community in various governmental and wider organisations, such as the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI), the South Asia Print Congress (SAPC), the Federation of Small & Cottage Industries (FSCIs), and the Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC), creating strong networking opportunities for members.

Mr. Uday Narsingh Shrestha, President of NPA says: “At the NPA, we pride ourselves on providing members with a wealth of information, resources and support. We are delighted to become an associate member of FESPA, which will enable us to offer our members even greater value, thanks to FESPA’s international links and industry expertise.”

Nigel Steffens, CEO of FESPA, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome both SLAP and the NPA to FESPA’s international community. We are committed to expanding our global reach and influence, particularly in emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region. We’re confident that our partnership with the SLAP and the NPA will be mutually beneficial and look forward to collaborating with these new members in the coming months.”

Both associations will support FESPA at FESPA India running from 7 – 9 December 2009 at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. For more information please visit the FESPA India website at http://www.fespaindia.com

Mutoh Europe to launch new products at Viscom Germany

Mutoh Valuejet VJ-1608 Hybrid

Viscom Germany (1st-3rd October) will be Mutoh Europe’s launch platform for several new printers.

Visitors will be able to discover a brand-new high-performance Mutoh sign cutting plotter family for home, office and professional users. Mutoh will also introduce several additions to its existing portfolio of large format printers for sublimation printing and direct textile printing.

Complementary to the Mutoh booth, Mutoh Deutschland GmbH – Mutoh Europe’s sales office for the German speaking market – will join forces with its authorised distributor Systeam GmbH and the Germany MCP partners (Mutoh Certified Partners). They will present the latest Mutoh inkjet technology, such as ValueJet, Blizzard and ValueJet Hybrid.

The ValueJet Hybrid combi printer is Mutoh's “green” printer. The printer uses non-petrochemical based inks, originating from corn and can print on recyclable media.

The Mutoh MCP booth (Hall 8B – D20) will also feature live wrap demonstrations on special objects and information sessions on Mutoh’s award winning Intelligent Interweaving print technology.

International Media Summit Marks Milestone in the Run Up to Ipex 2010

IPEX 2010

Organised by IIR Exhibitions (an Informa business), the official Ipex 2010 Media Summit will take place in the modern South Gallery conference facilities at the ExCel Centre in London from 7th – 11th February 2010. Providing an impressive group of 100 international media and influencers with an exclusive preview on what will be on offer at Ipex 2010, a selection of key exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their product news, marketing strategy and future vision throughout the conference programme.

Leading industry players such as Canon Europe, Domino Printing Sciences, Fujifilm Europe and Red Tie have already confirmed their participation at the at the International Ipex 2010 Media Summit with many other suppliers set to sign up over the next few weeks.

Complementing 12 manufacturers/service providers, technology previews, new launches and presentations will be some Ipex related sessions as well as the popular evening social functions which will offer an excellent opportunity for vendors to interact with the global media and continue discussions from earlier in the day.

Comments Trevor Crawford, Ipex 2010 Events Director: “Known as the Ipex Inward Mission in the past, the event has always been an integral milestone for all participants in the run up to Ipex. Not only will the Summit provide an excellent platform to promote the global reach of Ipex to the printing industry and its far-reaching innovations. At the same time, we will also update participants on the multi layered visitor marketing campaign and the planned Ipex 2010 visitor initiatives and features.

“Previous Summits have resulted in a substantial return on investment and significant global press coverage for the participating suppliers within the leading global graphic arts publications. The International Ipex 2010 Media Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity to present to the world’s media some 14 weeks out from what we believe will be the most important Ipex event in its history. We’re pleased to have secured the modern facilities at the ExCel London for the event. Its stunning location in the heart of London’s Royal Docks and its close proximity to London City Airport make it the ideal location.”

David Preskett, Director of Professional Print, Canon Europe, comments on the event: “For Canon, attendance at the last pre-Ipex media event was a key element of our communications strategy in the run-up to Ipex 2006. The event offered a rare opportunity to present Canon’s news and vision to such a large audience of international industry media, was a great networking opportunity, and produced a significant amount of quality coverage for us. We’re therefore looking forward to achieving a similar level of success through the Official Ipex 2010 International Media Summit.”

Sheila Richardson, Group Marketing Manager, Domino Printing Sciences comments: “Domino is delighted to be participating again in 2010. Having successfully attended this event previously, we did not hesitate to participate in this unique opportunity to engage members of the press from around the world.”

Says Graham Leeson, marketing communications manager, Graphic Systems Division – FUJIFILM Europe: “The media summit will form a key part of Fujifilm's Ipex communications strategy. It provides the perfect platform from which to update the international media community on some of Fujifilm's ground breaking new print technologies.”

Natalie Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Manager, Red Tie says: ““Our web to print solutions originated in the UK and over the last 2 years our company has expanded on a global level. The International Ipex 2010 Media Summit represents the ideal forum to deliver our message worldwide. We firmly believe that the Summit will represent an invaluable opportunity to communicate with world class journalists. The networking opportunities will be unrivalled and the event forms an important part of our 2010 PR strategy.”

Pre-registration for all those wishing to attend Ipex 2010 is now officially available via www.ipex.org/register and will result in a £30 saving off the entrance fee. The immediate wave of registrations has been very encouraging and is tracking ahead of the 2006 cycle. So far, registrations have been received from over 80 countries, reinforcing the importance of Ipex on a global scale. The show organisers have confirmed that there will be free fast-track entry for all pre-registered visitors to the international event which will take place from 18th – 25th May 2010 at the NEC in Birmingham UK.