23 Apr 2019

Sign & Digital UK 2010 – Something for Everyone

Sign & Digital UK

Sign & Digital UK will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on the 13th, 14th and 15th April 2010. This unrivalled opportunity is a ‘must attend’ event for anyone who is already in, or wants to be in, the sign & digital industry.


Show Update

Following the success of the 2009 show, exhibitors and visitors are already looking to Sign & Digital UK 2010. Coming at the start of the show season, Sign & Digital UK 2010 offers the unique opportunity to get ahead of the game by seeing the latest products, services, innovations and launches in the market, not to mention benefiting from the wealth of other show features onsite.

With high demand for floor space, exhibitors are being encouraged to book their stand now to ensure that they don’t miss out on the best stand positions.
Exhibitors already booked include: Alcan Composities, Axyz Automation, Doro Tape, Expand International, Fujifilm Sericol, Graphtec, Harman Technology, Hexis UK, Hybrid Services / Mimaki, InkTec Europe, Plex Display, Robert Horne Group, Signwaves, Touch Systems, Triangle Wide Format Inks, Ultima Displays, William Smith, Xpres … to name a few.

With over 70 exhibitors already booked, Sign & Digital UK 2010 is set to be a big hit!

The show is already attracting a high number of NEW exhibitors such as; AgripaFlex, Elements Trade, Eurobond Adhesives, Isik Plastik, Keramikos, Print United, The Allsigns Group, Trade Sign Supplies and Vistech Technical Services.

Also exhibitors that are looking to build on their success at the 2009 show by taking bigger stands than previously include: Crown Norge AS, Harman Technology, Innova Solutions, Fujifilm Sericol, Laserite, Lion Picture Framing Supplies, Print One, Rose Plastics UK, Sign Up Systems, Signmaster Systems, Signwaves Trade, Silver Screen UK, Triangle Wide Format Inks UK and William Smith.

New Website

Sign & Digital UK are delighted to announce the launch of the new show website…

With the re-structure of the website, this new and improved service is geared towards bringing the introduction of new show features, such as the NEW Demo / Software theatre to your attention. The site will continue to bring the latest exhibitor news / launches, and information on the FREE seminar programme - including the return of the popular ADOBE and Corel sessions along with other important show information at your fingertips. 
ADOBE will again be loaded with new innovations for print design and publishing, web authoring and mobile delivery – the Adobe workshops promise to save you money, simplify tired workflow's, improve efficiency, deliver high-end results and prevent costly and unnecessary production errors. The question is... Are you ready to take advantage of its true potential? Make sure you’re there early to get a seat! Terry Steeley from Iridius comments “Adobe CS4 allows designers to explore new creative disciplines with ease, saving money and more importantly saving time”

In addition the new website features that have been added will help you make the most of your visit to the show – see the NEW ‘Special Offers’ page, where visitors can come to the show to get the best deals, a link so you can follow us on the social networking site Twitter and an improved ‘plan your day’ section that offers the visitor more in depth search criteria to allow them to personalize and plan their visit.

Visitor Pre-registration is now open

Alan Caddick, Marketing Manager, Sign & Digital UK comments on the need to pre-register now:
‘Sign & Digital UK 2010 is the ONLY place in the UK where you will see a wide-reaching range of products on display for the sign and digital industry. Visitor Pre-Registration for free entry to the show has just gone live on our website and already we have seen some high level visitors registered from: Waitrose, Ikea, Derbyshire County Council, Signs Express, Hampshire County Council, Crown Paints, NHS Trust, Hawes Signs, Halbro Sportswear, McCann Erickson, Victoria and Albert Museum, C3 imaging, Fast Signs, Alphagraphics, Apollo Screenprint … with many more signing up each day.’

Registration is FREE and only takes a minute to complete at www.signanddigitaluk.com

All pre-registered visitors will benefit from regular updates on show news and features, special offers, exhibitor launches and promotions.

About Megaprint Inc - Large Format Printing Specialists


Megaprint Hq

MegaPrint operates out of Plymouth, NH., a small college town of 4000 in the Lakes Region, close by the skiing and hiking of the White Mountains. Lots of rock climbers, skiers, and hikers work here! It's a really happy place, too. We've been in business for 15 years.

The movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed just a few miles from our shop. We think we're very fortunate to live in such beautiful surroundings. Our company employs 16 people, four have been here for 10 years or more. We have a 17,500 square foot facility designed specifically for wide format printing. It's all we do, and we are really good at it.

This is our third building, and we've added on three times since we built it in 1998. Having a specific purpose, climate controlled facility allows us to produce your job beautifully, quickly, and efficiently.

What makes us really special is our people. Our output team of eight graphic designers has a combined 58 years in the business. The four people in our finishing department have 32 years! We have the experience to do your work on time, affordable, and beautifully.

Try us once - we'll make you happy! We guarantee your satisfaction, and our promise is to tear up the bill if we don't.


Call Megaprint on Tel: 800-590-7850, (603) 536-2900, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at www.megaprint.com - Megaprint also maintain an excellent Blog which you can read at blog.megaprint.com

Megaprint Team


Obama picks Xerox CEO Burns for education role

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama today named Ursula Burns , chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, to help lead a national program aimed at honing students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The education initiative is expected to help the country sharpen its competitive edge in innovation and regain dominance in the technological revolution sweeping the globe.

The project will be led by Burns; Craig Barrett, former chief executive officer and chairman of Intel Corporation; Glenn Britt, chief executive officer of Time Warner Cable and Sally Ride, former astronaut and president and chief operating officer of Sally Ride Science, in conjunction with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Companies like Xerox succeed through innovation, collaboration and the fresh ideas of our people. If we inspire young people today, we secure our ability to innovate tomorrow. Innovation is central to our nation's overall growth, to our quality of life and to our success in the global marketplace," said Burns, whose own personal journey from the classroom to the C-suite reflects the benefits and opportunities of a STEM education. Burns is a mechanical engineer who joined Xerox as student intern nearly 30 years ago and progressed through the company in a variety of engineering, product development and management roles. She was named president of Xerox in 2007 and became chief executive officer of the company on July 1.

An important first national step to improve math and science achievement, the initiative plans to broaden job opportunities and quality of life for more Americans. The team is expected to work at a rapid pace similar to the space race 50 years ago and focus on mobilizing the resources needed to raise the level of math and science learning for all students. The program will explore how new technologies, social networks and other resources can be used to connect teachers with professionals and companies and improve student performance in science, technology, engineering and math education.

Burns serves on the board and works with a number of institutions and organizations that are advancing STEM initiatives. Among them are the National Academy Foundation, MIT, and the University of Rochester. Burns is also a member of the advisory board for FIRST - (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization that, through robotic competitions, fosters student interest in innovation and engineering. Xerox was a founding member of FIRST and continues to support the organization today.

In addition to FIRST, Xerox traces a 50-year commitment to the power of education, investing in a number of programs. The Xerox Science Consultant Program is one of the longest running industry-education partnerships in the country. For the past 40 years, Xerox scientists and engineers have worked in the class room to make science fun for hundreds of thousands of elementary students.

Xerox has also invested several hundred million dollars in educational grants to fund programs and scholarships at universities and science centers throughout North America. Thousands of students have received educational assistance through Xerox's Technical Minority Scholarship Program.

HP Profit Increases, Decline in Imaging and Printing Group Revenues

HP logo

HP today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, 2009, with net revenue of $30.8 billion, down 8% from a year earlier and down 5% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

In the fourth quarter, GAAP diluted net earnings per share (EPS) were $0.99, compared with $0.84 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP EPS were $1.14, compared with $1.03 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax costs related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges of approximately $0.15 per share and $0.19 per share in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009 and 2008, respectively.

"HP's solid performance in Services drove record profit, and the accelerated pace in signings creates strong momentum going into 2010," said Mark Hurd, chairman and chief executive officer, HP. "Our operational execution and improving cost structure generated strong quarterly and year-end results. We expect to outperform the market due to our significant scale, broad portfolio and market-leading position."

Information about HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Use of non-GAAP financial information" below.

Full Year Fiscal 2009

Net revenue for the full fiscal year 2009 was $114.6 billion, down 3% compared with the prior-year period or up 1% when adjusted for the effects of currency. GAAP operating profit was $10.1 billion and GAAP diluted EPS was $3.14, down from $3.25 in the prior year. Non-GAAP operating profit was $12.6 billion, and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $3.85, up from $3.62 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes $1.7 billion of adjustments on an after-tax basis, or $0.71 per diluted share, related to the amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring charges, acquisition-related charges and in-process research and development charges.

"Relentless focus on driving efficiencies across the business has given HP a significant competitive advantage," said Cathie Lesjak, executive vice president and chief financial officer, HP. "Our skill in executing strong acquisitions and integrating them seamlessly improves the value of our portfolio, strengthens the business and contributes to our ability to expand in key growth markets in the future."

Fourth quarter revenue declined 3% in the Americas to $13.6 billion. Revenue was down 17% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 1% in Asia Pacific to $11.7 billion and $5.4 billion, respectively. When adjusted for the effects of currency, revenue was down 1% in the Americas while declining 10% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 1% in Asia Pacific versus the prior-year period. Revenue from outside of the United States in the fourth quarter accounted for 64% of total revenue, with revenue in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) declining 4% over the prior-year period while accounting for 10% of total HP revenue. China revenue increased more than 20% from the prior year.


Services revenue increased 8% to $8.9 billion. Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing reported revenue of $4.1 billion while Technology Services, Application Services and Business Process Outsourcing posted revenue of $2.5 billion, $1.5 billion and $778 million, respectively. Operating profit was $1.4 billion, or 16.2% of revenue, up from $945 million, or 11.4% of revenue, in the prior-year period. With the EDS integration tracking ahead of plan, services ended the fiscal year with strong momentum in signings and a significant number of new logo wins.

Enterprise Storage and Servers

Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported total revenue of $4.2 billion, down 17%. Storage revenue declined 20% with the midrange EVA product line down 23%. Industry Standard Server revenue declined 10% and Business Critical Systems revenue declined 33%, while ESS blade revenue was down 8%. Operating profit was $481 million, or 11.4% of revenue, down from $705 million, or 13.9% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

HP Software

HP Software revenue declined 16% to $967 million. Business Technology Optimization revenue declined 16% and Other Software revenue declined 15% over the prior-year period. Operating profit was $234 million, or 24.2% of revenue, up from $211 million, or 18.4% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

Personal Systems Group

Personal Systems Group (PSG) posted an increase of unit shipments of 8% and maintained the leading market share position in PCs worldwide. PSG revenue declined 12% to $9.9 billion. Notebook revenue for the quarter was down 8%, while Desktop revenue declined 16%. Commercial client revenue was down 15%, while Consumer client revenue decreased 8%. Operating profit was $460 million, or 4.7% of revenue, down from $616 million, or 5.5% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

Imaging and Printing Group

Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) revenue declined 15% to $6.5 billion. Supplies revenue was down 8% while Commercial hardware revenue and Consumer hardware revenue declined 32% and 17%, respectively. Printer unit shipments decreased 20%, with Commercial printer hardware units down 38% and Consumer printer hardware units down 14%. Operating profit was $1.2 billion, or 18.1% of revenue, versus $1.2 billion, or 15.3% of revenue, in the prior-year period.

HP Financial Services

HP Financial Services (HPFS) reported revenue of $726 million, up 5% from the prior-year period. Financing volume increased 6%, and net portfolio assets increased 21%. Operating margin was 9.1% of revenue, up from 7.4% in the prior-year period.

Asset management

HP generated $3.4 billion in cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.1 billion, down 4 days. Accounts receivable of $16.5 billion was up 3 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.8 billion, up 5 days. HP's dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the fourth quarter resulted in cash usage of $190 million. HP utilized $2.1 billion of cash during the fourth quarter to repurchase approximately 46 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $13.4 billion in gross cash.


For the first fiscal quarter of 2010, HP estimates revenue of approximately $29.6 billion to $29.9 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.90 to $0.92, and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.03 to $1.05. First fiscal quarter 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.13 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

HP estimates full fiscal year 2010 revenue will be approximately $118.0 billion to $119.0 billion, up from its previous estimate of $117.0 billion to $118.0 billion. Full fiscal year 2010 GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.65 to $3.75, up from its previous estimate of $3.60 to $3.70, and non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $4.25 to $4.35, up from its previous estimate of $4.20 to $4.30. Full fiscal year 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.60 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges. These estimates for both the first fiscal quarter and full fiscal year of 2010 do not reflect the potential impact of the acquisition of 3Com Corporation that HP announced on Nov. 11, 2009.

HP wins Construction Computing Large Format Printer of the Year

HP Designjet T1120

The winners of this year's Construction Computing Awards were announced at a gala dinner on the 19th November, to an audience of leading companies in the industry.

Over 7500 votes were received from the readers of Construction Computing Magazine and the HP Designjet T1120 Printer was honoured with the majority vote for Large Format Printer of the Year.

GTMS’ strip branding strikes a chord at music marathon event

GTMS Strip Branding

Branding from a leading event production company was in the spotlight during the recent Run to the Beat half marathon in London.

GTMS produced lengths of eye-catching strip branding printed on Jettex canvas which was displayed around the track’s perimeter fencing and featured sponsors’ logos.

The half marathon event in London, which took place at the O2 Arena, was a great success attracting thousands of runners and footage was shown on Channel 4.

The project was undertaken for IMG, global marketing and media solutions company. Caroline Selvon, Sponsorship Executive at IMG said: “We are delighted with the strip branding. GTMS consistently delivers a reliable and high quality service and we would certainly call upon their expertise in the future.”

The Sony Ericsson Run to the Beat half marathon was the third prestigious project GTMS has completed for IMG this year following the Hampshire firm’s production of strip branding for the London Triathlon and the London Duathlon.

GTMS Director Dominik Short said: “This was an excellent project to be involved with as it is high profile and in the public eye. Our team has extensive experience of print projects of all sizes and specifications and we are extremely pleased with the finished products.

“It’s great to be brought on board by IMG for the third time this year and serves as a firm foundation for further projects. The GTMS team and IMG have established a good relationship and we look forward to working together in the future,” he added.

GTMS Strip Branding

In addition to offering branding and event production, GTMS provides exceptional print services for large scale and complex projects. With 25 years’ experience under its belt and a wealth of prestigious clients – including the BBC, e-on, Bacardi, Marks & Spencer and Fat Face, GTMS takes care of every aspect from the initial design through to the production and installation by its expert team.

The forward-thinking team of 22 employees operates from under one roof – a 38,000 sq. ft purpose-built site complete with offices, workshops and warehouse.