24 Jun 2018

'Unbeatable' summer price promotion on 1.6m Mimaki CJV300 printer/cutter

Hybrid Mimaki CJV300 160 LFR

Mimaki’s integrated production printer/cutter – the CJV300-160 – is to benefit from an attractive summer price promotion, resulting in the multi-award winner costing just £15,995. In addition, prospective purchasers can invest in a bulk ink system along with 16 litres of Mimaki ink for just an additional £1,000, which as a package will save £5,670 against the list price.

The 1.6m wide CJV300 is Mimaki’s top of the range printer/cutter and, available with either eco solvent, solvent or dye sublimation inks, offers volume production of stickers, decals, signage, garment decoration and vehicle graphics amongst many other profitable applications. With a top speed of over 105sq m / hour it utilises next generation print heads to deliver high quality print onto an unsurpassable range of substrates.

Exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services; the company’s national sales manager, John de le Roche states: “The sheer flexibility of the CJV300 sets it apart from alternative solutions at this price point, ensuring print professionals benefit from its high output quality, low running costs and ease of use.

"When utilising Mimaki’s popular SS21 solvent inks, the CJV300-160 has proven an ideal production workhorse for signmakers and graphics houses, producing vibrant, long lasting and abrasion resistant prints onto outdoor durable materials such as vinyl, banner and canvas.

“The CJV300 beats any latex printer’s output for colour yield and longevity of print.

“With GREENGUARD Gold certification, Hybrid’s unique, rebate linked “Let’s Do MORE!” cartridge recycling scheme and a power requirement that’s a fraction of some machines, the Mimaki also boasts superb environmental credentials.”

With its ultra-compact footprint and supplied as standard with a two year, fully inclusive Gold warranty, intuitive RIP software and powered take-up unit, the CJV300-160 easily fits into any print room.

In addition to its significant headline offer, Hybrid is offering prospective customers the opportunity to benefit from Mimaki’s bulk ink system, which when ordered alongside the machine, will be delivered with 16 litres of ink and is available at a substantially discounted price of only £1,000.

“Customers not only save upfront with this popular option, but long term as well,” says de la Roche. “Mimaki’s 2 litre ink sacks offer 25% savings over the cartridges and with this attractive promotion, the system pays for itself even sooner.”

Applicable to all new orders placed before 30th September 2017, the offer on Mimaki’s range-topping CJV300-160 is available through its network of authorised resellers, and can be viewed at demonstration facilities around the UK and Ireland. For further information, please visit: www.hybridservices.co.uk/cjv300.

Avery Dennison announces plans for fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge

Avery Dennison Wrap Like a King logo LFR

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced that the fifth annual “Wrap Like a King” Challenge will run July 1 through September 15, 2017. This year’s Challenge will feature a new Continent Wrap King title, to be awarded between the announcement of Regional Wrap Kings and the crowning of the “King of the Wrap World.” Due to increasing global interest in 2017, Avery Dennison is adding Mainland China, Japan and South Korea, while dividing Europe into four distinct regions.

Wrap installers from 53 countries across the globe can submit commercial, full print or colour change wrap projects to be judged to win thousands in prizes. This year’s prize packages are worth a combined total of $30,000, which will be spread out among Regional Wrap Kings, Continent Wrap Kings and the “King of the Wrap World.” Over 220 installers entered the Challenge last year, and more are expected to compete in 2017.

“We feel that our fifth annual Wrap Like a King Challenge will bring out the most creative and stunning vehicle wrap projects yet,” said Oliver Guenther, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe. “This year’s Challenge has more competing countries, more winners and greater worldwide recognition, and this combination should make for an event that is even more captivating than its past editions.”

Twelve geographic regions in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea have been established for the 2017 Wrap Like a King Challenge. Wrap installers from these regions will submit projects featuring Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film, the Conform Chrome series, the ColorFlow™ Series, MPI 1105 Supercast Digital film or a combination of car wrap films to be evaluated against their regional peers by a panel of judges.

New for 2017, the 12 Regional Wrap Kings will battle for the top spot on their continents, with four Continent Wrap Kings selected to move onto the next stage of competition. The continents for the Challenge are North America, Europe, North Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Winners of the North Asia and Australia/New Zealand regions will automatically be elevated to continent winner status.

The first 25 submissions in the Challenge will receive a special entry prize. Regional and continent winners will be announced in October. The overall winner will be chosen by the panel of judges as the best in show and crowned the “King of the Wrap World” at the 2017 SEMA Show, October 31 - November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

The 2017 Judges Panel includes:
•    Justin Pate - The Wrap Institute, USA
Pate is an Avery Dennison certified installer/instructor in the US. He leads the Avery Dennison North America hands-on car wrap workshop and certification program and is co-owner of The Wrap Institute.
•    Myles Kovacs - DUB Magazine, USA
Kovacs is the president and co-founder of DUB® Magazine, a US based magazine that focuses on the urban custom car culture and celebrities and their vehicles.
•    Jun Kinoshita - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Japan
Kinoshita is the sales manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Japan. He introduced the Certified Wrap Installers training program to Japan and worked together with Justin Pate on the training course.
•    Stefan Ude - Ude FolierungsKonzepte, Germany
Ude is the owner of Ude FolierungsKonzepte in Germany. The company offers a wide range of services from car wrapping and signage to facade applications and trainings.
•    Anders Prates - WTP Dekor, Sweden
Prates is co owner of WTP Dekor on the west coast of Sweden. Its three founding partners, Anders Prates, Diego Castro and Claes Lindvall, are Avery Dennison certified installers.
•    Molly Waters - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, North America
Waters is a senior technical specialist in North America with over 18 years of industry experience. Waters often visits sign and wrap shops around the region, talking with customers about the car wrap industry. She also frequently contributes to the Avery Dennison blog.
•    Peter Wright - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Asia Pacific
Wright is a technical marketing manager and works with the industry's leading installers, teaching vehicle wrapping workshops and promoting the industry.
•    Jurriaan de Vries - Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Europe
De Vries is the technical services and support manager, responsible for the European technical support organization, trainings and workshops in different Graphic Centers across Europe.
The four continent winners will receive a three night stay in Las Vegas for the 2017 SEMA Show, where the 2017 “King of the Wrap World” will be announced. The $3,200 prize pack for continent winners also includes personalized Wrap Like a King swag, $500 in gift vouchers, a 67” Race Ramp and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop. The “King of the Wrap World” grand prize package is worth almost $5,000.

Car wrap installers are encouraged to enter a vehicle wrap project using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film or digital Supercast films at www.wraplikeaking.com/eu. Official rules, judge bios and prize information are also posted on the site.

For more information on Avery Dennison vinyl for car graphics and where to buy Supreme Wrapping Film, visit www.graphics.averydennison.eu.

REACT delivers new printer breakdown cover service

CSL REACT Engineer LFR

REACT - the new technical support service recently launched by CSL Digital - delivers printer breakdown cover for just £1.78 a day. According to CSL Digital, REACT is a direct response to the increasing number of requests from customers looking for a more affordable alternative to the traditional manufacturer extended warranties that provide technical support for wide format printers.

Justin Atkinson, Technical Director - CSL Digital, comments: “Although we will always offer manufacturer extended warranties to our customers, it’s often the case that, mainly for financial reasons, a significant number of our customers choose not to take up this offer.”

CSL Digital has always had its own team of technicians and field engineers to support customers that find themselves out of warranty when a problem occurs. Based on up to date product knowledge and training, this team is equipped to deliver support across a broad range of wide format printing and cutting technologies, Roland, Fujifilm, Mimaki and Mutoh. Using this in-house resource, the company has now decided to roll out a new technical support model that’s similar to the emergency breakdown cover you might take out for your car or van.

REACT offers wide format printer owners a range of technical support services, including preventative maintenance visits and breakdown cover that provides telephone support, call outs and onsite engineer time from as little as £1.78 a day. REACT membership also entitles customers to various discounts and CSL Digital customers will also receive a special rebate on the inks, materials and accessories that they purchase over the course of a year which can be used to offset or entirely pay for the cost of REACT membership.

Justin Atkinson concludes: “By launching REACT, we hope to offer all our customers, whether under warranty or covered by REACT membership, the peace of mind of knowing that professional technical support for their business-critical printing or cutting equipment is only ever a phone call away. ”  

Further information about the new REACT technical support service can be obtained by contacting CSL Digital on 01628 560 890 or sending a request by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hybrid announces 'attractive summer pricing' on Mimaki print & cut packages

Mimaki JV150 160 LFR

Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services, has announced very attractive pricing over the summer for its 1.6m JV150 and JV300 printers when purchased as part of a package with a CG-160FXII cutter, with prices starting from only £14,995.

“Mimaki’s versatile Sign and Graphics printer range is jam-packed with high performance features and makes use of the durable and vivid SS21 ink set that includes silver, white, orange and light black,” says Hybrid’s National Sales Manager, John de la Roche. “Couple this with the proven technology of a Mimaki cutter and it provides a professional solution at a very attractive price point. In addition to this there are also substantial savings on Mimaki’s range of cutting plotters."

Both Mimaki’s JV150-160 and JV300-160 printers deliver superior print quality and productivity and the latter boasts a top speed of over 105m²/h utilising its staggered dual print-head system which, coupled with variable ink dots and large ink drops means excellent quality is maintained at high speed.

“The Mimaki packages represent the ultimate solution when investing in a print and cut system," continues de la Roche. "They offer an unparalleled price/performance ratio and the very highest build quality - both key reasons why graphics professionals worldwide choose Mimaki.”

The JV300 & JV150 Series printers are not only compatible with solvent inks, but make an ideal solution for companies looking at bringing production dye sublimation printing to their business when running with the appropriate ink sets. Mimaki’s latest Sb54 dye sublimation inks offers market-leading value thanks to a price of only £52.50 / litre and is suitable for sublimation printing onto textile and rigid substrates. The vibrant and long lasting result makes it ideal for sportswear, fast fashion, promotional products, event signage and textile point of sale.

“This summer, signmakers, display graphics professionals and printshops can make the investment in a 1.6m wide Mimaki print & cut package from just £14,995 to include a two year gold warranty, RIP and cutting software, 3.5 litres of ink and a powered take-up unit up until the end of September, so there’s never been a better time to buy a Mimaki printer,” concludes de la Roche.

Full details on Mimaki’s product range can be found by visiting www.hybridservices.co.uk.

Investment in factory move gives DPI space to grow

DPI premises LFR

East Midlands manufacturer DPI (UK) Limited has moved its factory to Castle Donington, investing in larger premises to accommodate its growing business.

DPI (UK) Limited manufactures aluminium frames and light boxes used with tensioned fabric graphics for the large format printing trade in the UK and Ireland. Widely used by major retailers, in airports and for conferences and exhibitions with fabric graphics printed via dye sublimation, latex or UV devices, the fabrics then push fit on to DPI (UK)’s frames and can be folded or rolled enabling them to be cost effectively shipped.

Director Paul Tomlinson explains, “We started the business in 2014 but by 2016, we were literally bursting at the seams at our Pride Park factory. We use long lengths of aluminium to build huge suspended structures so having plenty of room to manoeuvre materials and frames around is an absolute must. We also needed more space for the pre-build stage, which is when the team here makes sure everything fits and works perfectly before being dispatched to our customers.

The significant investment we’ve made in our business over the past few months is already having a very positive impact. As well as taking new factory space at Trent Lane Industrial Estate giving us dedicated offices for meetings, we’re building a showroom to display frames and showcase much more of what we offer. We’ve also recruited a CAD designer to join our team which will help us turn round projects more quickly.”

Paul adds: "The impact of the move on staff morale is really noticeable; working in a less than ideal space undoubtedly had an effect on all of us, limiting us physically and mentally. Even in the few weeks we’ve been here, there’s a change in mood - we’re thinking bigger and better.”

Photo caption: Members of the team outside DPI (UK)’s new premises in Castle Donington

Roland TrueVIS SG printer/cutter series wins high-profile EDP Award

Roland EDP Award LFR

Roland DG is delighted to announce that the latest addition to its advanced and versatile TrueVIS printer/cutter range, the TrueVIS SG Series, has won ‘Best Print & Cut Solution’ at the prestigious EDP (European Digital Press) awards. The success of the SG-540 and SG-300 integrated print & cut devices follows that of the TrueVIS VG Series, which won in the same category in 2016.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, which took place at FESPA, Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing EMEA for Roland DG commented: ‘Roland DG is very proud to have won this award. It’s an exciting time for the industry with manufacturers striving to innovate and bring the very best solutions to market. This EDP recognition demonstrates that as a pioneer of digital wide format technology, Roland DG continues to lead the way with an unmatched product portfolio offering an award-winning combination of reliability, precision engineering, quality and return-on-investment.’

The EDP Association (European Digital Press Association) annually evaluates and celebrates the best new developments in print production, presenting awards to the very best solutions in the industry. The Technical Committee’s comments on the TrueVIS SG Series: ‘Based on the new print engine with FlexFire printheads it speeds up the production a lot compared to the older models in the market. These SG models are delivered as a good price and value combination.’

Gillian Montanaro explains: ‘The TrueVIS range takes integrated print & cut to the next level in terms of innovative features and performance-enhancing functions which deliver true benefits to the user in terms of efficiency, ease and stunning quality of output. The SG series delivers advanced TrueVIS technology at an unbeatable price and is the ideal versatile solution for print service providers who are starting out, or for those looking to boost their production capabilities.’

Photo shows Roland's Gillian Montanaro and EDP's Rudolf Messer.

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