21 Aug 2018

ArtSystems provides London fun without the commute

ArtSystems Egg Hunt LFR

Easter is coming early this year and to celebrate, Nottingham-based graphics materials and hardware distributor, ArtSystems, will be running a fun, online promotional activity for its resellers. In March and during the run up to Easter Sunday, resellers simply register and then pick a station from the promotional site when they place their first order of the week to see if they have found a chocolate egg (or rabbit).

Paul Tarry, ArtSystems’ Consumables Sales Divisional Manager, explained, “Our resellers work hard all year round and we know they also have a lively sense of humour. We feel that giving them the chance to win a chocolate egg for doing what they will doing anyway will tickle their funny bones. And it’s not just about chocolate! We’ll also be giving away Red Letter Days on some stations, so some lucky people will get the chance to win a very special day out.”

Paul continued, “The hunt will be run each week in March until the Easter weekend. There will be no chance for duplications. Once resellers have picked their station we will ‘close’ them and then ‘reopen’ them the following week. We’ll keep registered resellers updated so they can see how everyone is performing, but they’ll only see the winning station names so everyone playing will remain anonymous. It’s just a bit of fun but it’s also our way of letting resellers know how much we value them.”

For more information, please visit www.artsystems.co.uk.

Screen accelerates expansion into Chinese digital press market with Truepress Jet520HD order

Screen Screen deal LFR

A deal that includes an order for eight digital printing systems and an ongoing partnership agreement has been signed by Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions Co., Ltd. (Screen) with the Chinese CNPIEC Digital Printing Co., Ltd (CNPIEC Digital Printing).

The two companies have also concluded a partnership agreement that will form the basis for a mutually beneficial strategic relationship. Under the terms of the agreement, Screen will initially provide CNPIEC Digital Printing with technical support as it expands its digital printing business. Screen will also use CNPIEC Digital Printing’s facilities to develop promotional campaigns to accelerate its sales strategies for China and the rest of Asia.

Commenting on the machinery order, Pod. Guo, President of CNPIEC Digital Printing Co., Ltd said; “CNPIEC handles a wide variety of publications that require high-quality printing, including many well-known foreign books. However, for many years, we have struggled to find a system that is capable of producing the appropriate number of copies in a timely fashion without compromising on quality.

“Following a recent evaluation of various cutting-edge digital systems, we have decided to install Screen’s Truepress Jet520HD. No other model comes close to matching its exceptional print quality. We were also impressed by the technical support provided and have every confidence Screen is an ideal partner for our planned expansion into on-demand publishing.”

He concluded: “Our new systems will certainly provide us with the ability to handle publications for both the domestic and international markets. They will also allow us to utilize applications that target individual consumers with variable and small lot printing, as we work to expand our overall printing business.”

In recent years, the rapid adoption of the Internet and digital devices has had a significant impact on the printing industry. These changes have caused a transition from high-volume runs of uniform materials to specialized production of small lot and personalized items.

The Chinese print market has also been experiencing the effects of the country's swift economic development and changing consumption patterns. Further diversification of print media and an increasing requirement for on-demand publishing are anticipated, and this expansion is expected to increase distribution of digitally printed materials by 10.4%* between 2014 to 2019.

Based on these trends, Screen has intensified its efforts to increase sales of digital presses in the Chinese market. This expansion is led by the Truepress Jet520HD, a high-speed inkjet web press that delivers colour quality approaching offset printing.

The strategic relationship with CNPIEC Digital Printing will also provide a springboard for Screen to pursue its planned business expansion into the Chinese and wider Asian markets. Screen will continue to focus on the development of solutions that meet the diverse needs of the printing and publishing industries and, through these efforts, contribute to their future growth.

In explaining the partnership agreement with CNPIEC, Katsuhiko Aoki, President of Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions said: “We intend to progressively strengthen the strategic partnership agreement signed with CNPIEC Digital Printing as we expand our print on demand business in the Chinese market. As always, our wider goal is to contribute to the development of the publishing industry and overall printing industry.

[Image caption: Signing ceremony to conclude the agreement between Screen and CNPIEC Digital Printing Co., Ltd]

SmartLF SG voted SGIA’s “Scanning Product of the year”

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Colortrac’s innovative SmartLF SG wide format scanner beats the field at SGIA awards in Atlanta USA

UK distributor, ArtSystems, has proudly announced that the Speciality Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) prestigious Product of the Year Competition for Scanning Product of the Year was awarded to Colortrac’s SmartLF SG.

A total of 141 entries were submitted for this exclusive competition which was conducted during the 2015 SGIA Expo in November. Judges said this year’s event was “one of the most challenging in recent history”.

Held in Atlanta, USA, the award was announced to some of the leaders of the specialty imaging industry. ArtSystems’ Sales Divisional Manager, Ted Freer, was enthusiastic about the award, which he said was very well deserved.

“We believe the Colortrac SmartLF SG is the best wide format scanner in its field and this award proves that the SGIA agrees with us. The range offers superior graphics, crystal clear lines and the fastest thick media adjustment on the market, we have every reason to be very proud of this product.”

Ray Weiss, SGIA’s Digital Specialist, said, “We are really thrilled with the participation from exhibiting companies, and we even doubled the product categories to correctly acknowledge all of the possible technical accomplishments honoured in this competition. The award winners have been extremely enthusiastic about their wins, understanding just how competitive the field was this year.”

Fastest ever Colortrac CCD HD wide format scanner

The SmartLF SG series of large format scanners uses the same charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor technology found in professional quality cameras. It will scan thick media in HD up to 1200 DPI and up to 36 or even 44 inches wide.

Instant-on LED lights mean no warm up and no waiting around, and the SmartLF SG range scans all types of paper and mounted documents. It provides super-easy adjustment for different media thicknesses up to 15 mm, and is suitable for:
•             Hi-Fidelity colour reproduction for scanning and reprographics service professionals
•             High Speed Technical Imaging within AEC, CAD, Mapping and GIS
•             Electronic Document Capture (TWAIN)

There are three SmartLF SG high definition large format scanner models in each size (36in or 44in) with performance levels and features optimised for different applications.

If operator requirements change, the m (monochrome/greyscale) and c (colour) models can be easily remotely upgraded to a higher level using a simple emailed scanner upgrade tool. The e (enhanced) upgrade offers the highest colour scanning speed. Monochrome/greyscale scan speeds are identical across all upgrades.

Ted Freer concluded: “Colortrac has created an instant classic with the SmartLF SG series by providing these scanners with a range of specifications that set the benchmark in their marketplace. The SGIA judges reinforced everything we have been saying about these machines, they are simply world beating technology.”

Positive outlook for global prints says Smithers Pira

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A new report from Smithers Pira, The Future of Global Printing to 2020, examines the world markets for print and printed packaging to 2020.

CWE Solutions becomes part of the Papergraphics Group

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CWE Solutions has confirmed that it is now part of the Papergraphics Group, one of the UK’s leading wide format print and consumables specialists. The company says it is pleased to be joining Papergraphics, a business that has a great reputation in supplying wide format media and services.

The companies say that this strategic move will benefit customers of both businesses, offering a wide range market leading portfolio of hardware, software and media, as well as technical expertise and training.

For the foreseeable future, both companies will continue to conduct business as normal for their respective customers and suppliers.


IIJ celebrates 10th anniversary ahead of inkjet growth curve

IIJ John Corrall LFR

Industrial Inkjet Ltd (IIJ) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special dinner and party for its employees.

IIJ, which has had another record-breaking year with turnover 16% ahead of the 2014 total where sales had jumped 50% more than any previous year, is predicting another big business surge for its industrial inkjet business moving forward.

John Corrall, Managing Director of IIJ, said: “Our growth over the 10 years has been steadily upwards, but now we’re predicting that certain markets – including packaging and security – are going to climb extremely quickly in the near future.

“What we keep saying is that it’s ‘hockey stick’ time for inkjet in a lot of markets, which means a big upturn at the end. We’re ready to be surfing on that crest of a wave.”

Mr Corrall paid tribute to his staff – now totalling 42 – and other business colleagues, who have helped IIJ become a major force within industrial inkjet printing.

The company uses Konica Minolta inkjet print head technologies and provides bespoke systems for customers in numerous industries. Customers range from forward-thinking niche integrators and printers right up to global giants in sectors such as pharmaceutical, security printing, labels, packaging, confectionery, flooring and laminates.

IIJ was started in December 2005 when Akiyoshi Ohno, former President and now Senior Adviser, Konica Minolta Inkjet division, invited Mr Corrall to head up a European distribution business for its industrial inkjet heads.

“Five minutes into a conversation at dinner Ohno-san asked me to run industrial inkjet sales and technical support in Europe,” said Mr Corrall. “I said I was going to set up a company anyway, so we shook hands. And it has just grown from there.”

From providing expertise and parts for machines, in 2007 IIJ made a new label-making system that was launched by Konica Minolta at drupa in 2008. After that show, it began making its own complete industrial inkjet systems.

As a world renowned industrial inkjet specialist, IIJ is also the official sales and technical support centre for Konica Minolta Inc. products outside of Asia.

It offers advice on any aspect of the use of inkjet technology in industrial applications. IIJ provides complete solutions for the successful design and implementation of Konica Minolta’s industrial printheads which are renowned for high print quality and reliability.

[Photo shows John Corrall]