20 Jun 2018

Contex reaffirms TAA Compliance of its Wide Format Scanners

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Contex has reaffirmed that its award winning IQ Quattro scanner series and HD Ultra scanner series are compliant with the U.S. Trade Agreements Act (TAA). Scanners are assembled in Denmark, where the company is also headquartered. Contex wide format scanners are available through authorised resellers for commercial and federal, state and local government customers.

"The U.S. government and agencies are long-time Contex customers, and it is important to them and us that we supply TAA-compliant products. Contex is proud to provide TAA-compliant products to their government-based customers," comments Steve Blanken, General Manager, Contex Americas.

The U.S. government uses Contex wide format scanning solutions to digitise maps and large documents. The Contex scanners are available on the government’s online shopping system, GSA Advantage. Contex also supports partners and distributors that maintain their own GSA Schedules and government-contracting vehicles, including service disabled veterans and other disadvantage certifications recognised by federal buying guidelines.

For more information, visit www.contex.com

Nimlok dealers included in Event Marketers’ Fab 50 list of USA's top fabricators

Nimlok dealer LFR

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, is proud to announce that two of its expert Nimlok distributors – Group Delphi and The Rogers Company – were included in Event Marketers’ Fab 50 list, which recognises the industry’s top exhibit fabricators throughout the United States.

The Fab 50 is an annual editorial list produced by Event Marketer Magazine, which selects top fabricators through an intensive application and judging process. A full list of recognised exhibit builders can be found at www.eventmarketer.com/fab50-2017.

Combining award-winning expertise with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and backed by Nimlok’s global network of experienced exhibit partners, Nimlok distributors Group Delphi and The Rogers Company stood out among Fab 50 applicants.

Group Delphi, with offices in Alameda, CA, Roanoke, IN and Paris, is an expert Nimlok distributor with a wide range of experiential and display capabilities, from trade show displays to museum exhibits to corporate environments and more. The company has also appeared on past Fab 50 lists. Learn about Group Delphi at www.groupdelphi.com. Group Delphi, formerly ICON Exhibits of Indiana, has been a Nimlok distributor partner since 1983.

The Rogers Company is the exclusive Nimlok distributor serving the Cleveland area and, in addition to being named on the Fab 50 list, is the recipient of the Smart Business Cleveland 2016 and 2017 Business Longevity Awards. The company provides a wide range of expertly-crafted exhibit, display and branded environment solutions. Learn more at www.therogersco.com. The Rogers Company has been a Nimlok distributor partner since 1982.

“It was such an honour to be included on this list and named as one of the industry’s leading exhibit builders,” said Rick Busby, President of The Rogers Company. “Our incredible team works hard to deliver excellent solutions for our clients, and it’s wonderful to have that hard work recognised.”

Textile design students explore the power of Epson digital print

BCU Epson Digital Print

Epson collaborates closely with schools and universities to provide digital printing expertise and technology and, in turn, learn from a new generation of artists and designers.

Industry needs to 'light the fire and ignite inspiration in the young,' according to Creation

Creation Matt Francklow LFR

Creation, a specialist in packaging artwork, reprographics and plate production, is calling for change to encourage more young people to consider careers in the industry.

The company's managing director, Matt Francklow says: “We need to light the fire and ignite inspiration in our young people to explore the incredible world of reprographics.”

Established in 2004, Creation offers 24 hour reprographics and platemaking services to the UK and European print markets. The company has previously employed young graduates to adapt and bring fresh new ideas and people into the business.

Matt Francklow continues: “We need to set the right foundation for a positive flow of new talent into our industry. It is our belief that the right balance of diversity and inclusion drives better business performance. We see young talent as a great way to bring new and fresh ideas into this creative industry.”

The UK printing industry has a turnover of £13bn and employs 116,000 people, according to new data sourced by the BPIF. In addition, figures have revealed 8.4 percent of the industry’s workforce is under the age of 24.

17 year old Charlie Barge, who is currently a studio trainee at Creation, had previously carried out work experience at the Daventry headquartered company. He is now working alongside experts in designing creative artwork, maintaining digital systems, running equipment and controlling output and quality for specific projects. He says: “It’s the design aspect of the industry that I love. It never gets boring – there are always new creative jobs coming in to tackle. The freedom to express yourself through your designs is the most satisfying element of the job. I also enjoy learning about new technologies and software systems which help to bring designs to life.

“Young people have a different outlook and view. They bring a fresh insight to the reprographic industry with new concepts. They find it easier to adapt to change and are more technologically aware.”

Charlie believes the industry needs to open its doors to the younger generation and show them what it entails, something Francklow agrees with: “Part of the problem stems from a lack of awareness amongst young people of the job opportunities within our industry and what those jobs involve. Connecting schools and colleges with the industry will help to bridge this gap and highlight the opportunities in our sector.”

Charlie, who is still studying digital design at college and working at Creation during the school holidays, is hoping his enthusiasm, positivity and developing skill set will secure him a full time role once he has completed his course.

Organisations such as the BPIF, The Institute of Packaging and The Printing Charity have made efforts to encourage young people to consider print as a career – but more needs to be done.

Francklow concludes: “We need to invest in staff to futureproof our business. We need to inspire young people to become the next generation of designers and printers. Addressing the age and possible skills gap is a critical issue and giving young people access to career and training opportunities has never been more important for our industry.”

For more information on Creation Reprographics, please visit www.creation-repro.com.

[Image shows Matt Francklow]

Esko organises Flexible Packaging Honours Class for international young graduates

ESKO Flexible Packaging Honours

Esko is proud to have hosted the Flexible Packaging Honours Class, an initiative of the Graphical and Digital Media department of the Artevelde University College Ghent.

'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.

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