20 Jul 2018

HP to Debut Wide Format Solutions at Sign & Digital UK

sign UKHP today announced that it will be presenting the first public UK showing of the HP Designjet L65500, HP Scitex FB950 and HP Scitex XP2750 Printers at Sign & Digital UK (Stand H20), 28 - 30 April, at the NEC, Birmingham.

VUTEk Print Prominent at Presidential Inaugural

BarackEFI, the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced that Hargrove, Inc., the official general contractor for the Presidential Inaugural, produced over 200,000 square feet of the 2009 inauguration graphics using an EFI VUTEk QS3200 3.2 meter superwide format printer.

Hargrove has been a major contractor for every Presidential Inaugural since the 1949 inauguration of Harry Truman. Earl C. Hargrove, company founder, says, "Preparations for every inaugural take place in a very short time frame, but the event takes place on the world stage. The products and services used at all levels must perform at 100%. This unyielding schedule, coupled with extensive and tight security plans, really tested our VUTEk QS3200 and we discovered it runs better the harder you push it."

EFI's VUTEk QS3200, first installed at Hargrove, Inc. in April 2008, was instrumental in producing this year's historic signage. "Our VUTEk was needed to produce presidential caliber graphics within a tight period of time," said Fred Strickland, Hargrove Director of Productions. "We supported a total of 44 events at 34 different venues. The 200,000 square feet of graphics were produced in order to create over 25,000 inaugural items," added Strickland. Various media was used including fabric, vinyl, pressure sensitive and rigid boards to produce stage backdrops, wall murals, carpet, parade float graphics and hundreds of presidential seals. In addition, Pitman, the EFI channel sales partner who sold the unit, provided last minute media delivery throughout weekends, further assisting in this huge effort.

"At the Neighborhood Ball, President and Mrs. Obama had their first dance on a custom-built circular stage with a faux finish applied by local artisans," said Hargrove CEO, Tim McGill. The company also produced its largest Presidential Inaugural Seal ever for the Neighborhood Ball. "Normally, we produce hundreds of inaugural seals ranging from 30 inches to 12 feet," he said. "For the Neighborhood Ball, we produced a wooden, three-dimensional, seal 16-feet in diameter," said McGill.

The VUTEk QS3200 produces exceptionally brilliant images and combines High-Definition Print (HDP) with high production speeds capable of producing 1080dpi images. Four- or six-color imaging and a special seventh channel with white ink offers unlimited applications and new revenue streams. EFI complements this printer with the EFI's Fiery  XF RIP image processing and unique smoothing technologies to create breathtaking imagery.

This demanding output was enabled by the VUTEk QS3200's ability to accommodate substrates up to 126" wide and 2" thick on rigid flatbed or roll-to-roll printing. Tight deadlines are achieved through the less-than a minute changeover time from rigid to roll substrates. This superior printer was awarded the prestigious European Digital Press (EDP) Association Award for Best Superwide Printer of the Year in 2007.

"EFI is proud that our powerful VUTEk UV printer played such a critical role in the inauguration events of President Obama. With EFI, our customers are achieving the highest quality, environmentally conscious print solutions and our robust portfolio of integrated products helps them streamline operations, reduce costs and increase profits," said Chuck Dourlet, vice president of marketing, EFI VUTEk.

RHG launch Revive display board

robert horne rhg revive 

The Robert Horne Group is delighted to announce the launch of revive display board made from 100% recovered fibre of which a minimum is 65% post consumer waste. revive display board has been developed exclusively by Robert Horne, answering the vital market need for an environmentally preferable alternative to traditional display boards.

Due to growing pressure driven by both corporate social responsibility and commercial needs, demand for environmental boards has been growing significantly. It is well publicised that the UK's leading retailers are looking to promote a more environmentally conscious image and are increasingly becoming more committed to responsible sourcing.

This philosophy is reflected in their choice of recovered fibre substrates, including display boards, which must be made from 100% recovered fibre content. At the same time there can be no sacrifice in terms of print quality - particularly for promotional display purposes. Robert Horne has been actively working with major retailers to develop a product that can meet these demanding requirements. The launch of revive display board represents the culmination of 12 months work and now means that these boards are available as a nationally stocked range.

The revive family was established in 2000 and has built a strong reputation for providing a choice of recovered fibre content levels for gloss, silk, matt and uncoated papers and boards.

revive display board has a smooth coated surface with a silk finish and a bright white appearance providing superb colour lift and reproduction. It is even sided making it very stable during printing and conversion. Suitable for litho (thinner calipers), screen-printing and flat bed digital printing, it is the perfect substrate for all quality POS, construction, hanging signs, show cards and other display applications.

The range will initially comprise of 1000mic - 2000 mic boards in range of sheet sizes with special makings also available

Steve Lister, Business Development Director for Robert Horne Sign & Display, explained the rationale behind this exciting launch "Research has shown a real demand for environmentally friendly display boards that are comparable with virgin fibre products in terms of both quality and price. We firmly believe that revive display board will be a major player in unlocking this niche and will really help bring environmental boards into the mainstream of the retail display sector. It will also assist our customer to differentiate their business offering to their clients, offering them a real choice of an environmentally conscious product for the first time with the quality reassurance associated with the revive range."

For more information on the NEW revive display board or for samples please contact your local Robert Horne branch.

HP to present new wide format solutions at Viscom Milan

altHP today announced that it will be showing its range of new wide format printers, on its stand Hall 1 Stand K21 at Visual Communication Italy, 13 - 15 November, Fieramilano.

Visitors to the stand will also be able to find out more about the new HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, which delivers industry-leading productivity along with high print speeds and standard three-quarter automation.

John E Wright & Co. Ltd Expands Flatbed Printing Capabilities with HP Scitex Technology

altHP today announced that John E Wright & Co. Ltd, Nottingham, has added an HP Scitex FB6100 UV Printer to its main print facility to increase production and grow its existing UV direct print-to-substrate business.

Bouyant Total Print! Expo reflects print industry confidence

alt Business was brisk at Total Print! Expo last week with several exhibiting companies recording record-breaking interest and sales conducted over the 3 day event. Attendance was very good despite the current financial climate with buyers and browsers from all over the UK and overseas (final figures will be available later this week).