04 Apr 2020

Gyorgy Kovacs Assumes Presidency of FESPA To 2013

Gyorgy Kovacs

Outgoing president Anders Nilsson recognised for significant progress against ambitious corporate objectives

Gyorgy Kovacs will be inaugurated as FESPA President at FESPA 2010, with an official ceremony at the Gala Dinner on Friday 25 June at Munich’s Nockherberg.  Gyorgy takes over from outgoing President Anders Nilsson, who has held the position since FESPA 2007 in Berlin.

During his three-year tenure, Anders Nilsson has worked with the FESPA executive team to meet an ambitious set of strategic objectives.  Since 2007, the FESPA Digital event concept has gone from strength to strength, with events in Geneva (2008), Amsterdam (2009) and India (2009) attracting significant new visitor audiences.  In the Americas, FESPA acquired the established imageWORLD event, rebranding the show as FESPA Mexico which is now in its third successful year.  FESPA has also embarked on an active event programme in Asia Pacific, launched a Digital Textile conference to address this rapid growth market, and staged a series of leadership events and Summits in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The success of these events has enabled FESPA to maintain an active reinvestment programme, ploughing more than Euros 1.5 million of surplus revenues into educational and best-practice initiatives to directly benefit members of the global FESPA community.

FESPA CEO Nigel Steffens comments:  “We’re grateful to Anders for the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the Presidency during this challenging and exciting period for the FESPA community.  In the last three years our industry has been substantially reshaped by rapid technological revolution and market consolidation, culminating in a deep global recession.

“Against this backdrop, Anders has worked with the FESPA board and executive team to drive a series of extremely successful global events in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.  The FESPA brand is now globally recognised and FESPA events are considered a benchmark for quality in our industry.  We have set a clear path to be the leading global connected community for wide format imaging professionals, uniting printers and suppliers on every continent.”

During Gyorgy’s Presidency, FESPA will host FESPA Digital events in Hamburg, Germany (2011) and Barcelona, Spain (2012), and take its flagship event to London, UK, in 2013.  Singapore will be the host country for FESPA Asia 2011, and the first FESPA Americas show will take place in Florida, USA, in the same year, reinforcing FESPA’s presence in the Americas.

Gyorgy Kovacs states:  “I look forward to building on the work done by Anders and the team since 2007. I’m immensely proud of our achievements, and passionate about the benefits that print service providers can access through FESPA.  The growth opportunities for our members have never been more exciting, and FESPA is committed to helping printers meet and profit from the changing demands of brand owners and print buyers.  I’m thrilled to be given this chance to steer us through the next stage of FESPA’s development.”

EFI sells 80th VUTek GS printer; 35 percent YOY increase in UV ink volumes

Efi Vutek Gs3200

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, announced today, just ahead of the opening of the FESPA 2010 in Munich, Germany, the sale of its 80th VUTEk GS Series UV superwide printer to commercial printer Segnobit in Creazzo Vicanza, Italy. Owner Nicola Cracco purchased a VUTEk GS3200 for its photorealistic quality, superwide production speeds and the wide range of applications that it is capable of producing. The VUTEk GS Series printers, which include the 3.2-meter GS3200 hybrid flatbed and roll-to-roll printer and the 5-meter GS5000r roll-to-roll printer, were unveiled by EFI just one year ago.

"We're currently running two VUTEk superwide printers and have been very happy with the level of service from EFI – we have a very strong relationship with the company," said Cracco, owner of Segnobit. "Our company is growing and we decided to step up to a 3.2-meter roll-to-roll and rigid hybrid printer to enter new markets. The quality of the GS3200's output is unbelievable. Digital superwide printers have incredible advantages, and the VUTEk GS3200 is the top of the line. As these printers are becoming faster, more versatile and more economical, the gap between high-volume and digital printing continues to close. Our new ability to economically produce shorter runs with expanded regionalization to a range of non-standard materials – all while carrying lower inventory – makes the GS3200 a sound investment with a brilliant ROI."

By adding the VUTEk GS3200 to their shop, Segnobit will be able to perform shorter runs, more regionalization, as well as print on a wide array of non-standard rigid and flexible materials, all while carrying lower inventory. Because the company is heavily involved in visual communications and advertising, they purchased their GS3200 with EFI's Fiery XF RIP solution to achieve accurate color and reduce lengthy production times. "EFI's innovation and technological advancements provide the tools that businesses like ours need. We're obviously moving in the same direction," added Cracco.

EFI's VUTEk GS3200 complements higher-volume commercial production printers, and is the perfect replacement for multiple wide- and grand-format printers in a single shop. Its versatility expands the reach of superwide printing into new industries and applications with breakthrough speed (up to 2400 square feet/233 square meters per hour) and incredible photorealistic image quality (up to true 1000 dpi) in the same printer. The VUTEk GS3200 exemplifies flexible, versatile production with its ability to transition from rigid to roll-to-roll in less than one minute, its capacity to print on an increasing range of traditional and specialty substrates, and its in-line, three-layer white-printing capability.

In addition to the successful GS3200, the other product in the GS family, EFI's VUTEk GS5000r 5-meter roll-to-roll printer enables digital print providers to efficiently produce applications ranging from exhibition graphics and fine art reproductions to billboards and building wraps with its dual resolution capability. The GS5000r can print in eight colors at true 1000 dpi, or can switch to Fast-4 and print in four colors at speeds up to 3100 square feet (288 square meters) per hour. The flexibility and versatility of this printer makes it ideal for digital print providers who are focused on growing their business by offering more applications and capabilities.

"In addition to the increasing success of the GS Series, so far this year our VUTEk UV ink volume is up 35 percent from last year – a clear sign that VUTEk users are handling more work, winning more market share from their competitors and expanding their businesses," said EFI President Fred Rosenzweig. "Our mission has always been to help printers move from analog to digital workflows, and this percentage increase is evidence of the success of that strategy for our customers and partners."

Positive signs for sign and display at IPEX say HP

Hp At Ipex

HP today announced its best-ever Ipex results, surpassing company expectations for customer sales and prospects, at the exhibition in Birmingham, UK, in May.

"In addition to the international scope of the business conducted at Ipex, it was significant that more than 50 percent of the sales and leads were from companies newly embracing digital systems," said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. "Ipex affirms the fact that digital printing is now mainstream and no longer the newcomer."

Positive signs for sign and display activity

HP's Sign and Display operation also did brisk business at the show, both with its core customer base and with businesses in the production printing space considering entry into the large format market.

For the latter, the new HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript® Printer making its debut at Ipex proved popular. Suited for a broad range of applications, the 1.12m (44in) printer includes new HP Instant Printing Pro software that offers fast, easy file preparation and automates production tasks.

For sign and display print service providers (PSPs), the first HP Scitex large format printers using HP Latex Inks the 3.2m (126in) HP Scitex LX800 and 2.6m (104in) HP Scitex LX600 - were top sellers. As the largest, most productive HP Latex Ink device to date, the HP Scitex LX800 Printer launched at the show sets a new image-quality standard for the industrial large format market.

During Ipex HP also announced that it is working with Quad/Graphics, one of the world's leading printers of magazines, catalogues, direct mail and other commercial products, on a plan to host the first commercial beta test of the HP Color Print Module imager. The advanced imager, which uses HP Scalable Printing Technology thermal inkjet imaging, helps print service providers integrate cost-effective four-colour process digital printing into traditional web offset press lines.

With the largest stand at Ipex, HP not only demonstrated its new digital printing systems, but also showcased the breadth of its digital solutions and services. These included HP SmartStream workflow and finishing capabilities, expansion of the Capture Business Success Program to help PSPs grow their digital print businesses a new Graphic Solutions Services organisation to increase efficiency and lower cost, together with comprehensive financing services and environmental advances.

During the course of the exhibition, HP printed more than 750,000 A4 pages for the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.


Legueu joins IGS UK to augment European market presence


As part of its continuing growth strategy, wide-format distribution specialist IGS UK has appointed seasoned industry professional Christian Legueu to augment the company’s technical and marketing support within mainland Europe and further afield. Specialising in business development consultancy as well benefiting from a deep level of expertise in hardware and software, Legueu’s experience will play an important role in the distribution of the Maidenhead based company’s expanding portfolio of ink-jet related products and services.

Formerly sales and marketing director at Seiko Instruments Europe, Legueu’s work involved establishing sales, administration and technical support channels. Earlier, he was sales manager for Encad and was in charge of Italy, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he was involved in the distribution of a range of related digital products, including those from Xerox.

“Moving to a lively, pro-active company which has deep-rooted and unrivalled knowledge of the wide-format digital print market is exactly the right solution for me,” states Legueu. “This is a exciting challenge for me; to join a thriving distributor with an impressive product range means that my industry experience will be put to the best possible use.”

Nick Wintle, managing director of IGS UK adds: “Christian’s competencies in all areas of sales, marketing and business development, plus his hardware and software technical expertise, will bring huge value to us. The timing of this appointment couldn’t be better as we are currently under heavy demand from potential distributors and resellers throughout the world who want to be associated with IGS UK’s expanding portfolio of wide-format ink-jet products.”

IGS UK is exhibiting at FESPA for the first time this year where it will be concentrating on its innovative Elements product family. This includes environmentally-friendly and sensibly priced printers, matched media and RIP solutions.

Hampshire Flag on top of world with arctic adventurer for kids’ charity


Hampshire Flag Sheppard

Flags manufactured by a south coast firm have made their way across the North Pole thanks to Kevin Sheppard’s successful completion of a challenging race to raise money and awareness for a children’s bereavement charity.

Hampshire Flag supported the 39 year old from Gloucestershire’s ambitious 350 mile race across the High Arctic to the Magnetic North, which took him 15 days, by donating three flags to help raise money and awareness of the charity Winston’s Wish and for Kevin to take on the expedition.

As one of only 42 who took part in last month’s race, Kevin had to pull his sledge across frozen wastelands battling against severe storms and High winds reaching and at times 35mph. Also having to navigate with the visibility as low as 20-30ft whilst in a operating in a complete whiteout.

The leading flag manufacturer has supported Kevin’s mission from the outset by providing three bespoke 68 x 38cm flags; two featuring the Team Sheppard/ Winston’s Wish logos and one for another of Kevin’s sponsors, R&H Interiors.

Kevin said, “I am ecstatic to have completed what was the most challenging 15 days of my life. The conditions were far harsher than I had ever imagined and I lost eight kilos in weight, trekking for up to 23 hours a day to ensure I reached the finish line on time.

“Knowing I was raising money and awareness for Winston’s Wish however was all the motivation and encouragement I needed to press on. Flying the flags at the North Pole was emotional and much dreamed about and I really appreciate Hampshire Flag for making this a reality,” added Kevin.

Kevin lost his brother 27 years ago due to a motorbike accident when he was just 13 so Winston’s Wish, a leading authority in childhood bereavement, is a charity close to his heart. He aims to inspire young children from all backgrounds to achieve their own aspirations, goals and ambitions through Team Sheppard.

Hampshire Flag’s Managing Director Graham Wilkinson said, “We are delighted that Kevin has successfully and safely accomplished his incredible mission. The entire Hampshire Flag team congratulates him and it is wonderful to think that our flags have travelled so far, and for such a worthwhile caused.”

The multi-award winning firm has a team of 21 and produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners. The Waterlooville company also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.

Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. Hampshire Flag supports various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans, Gumboots and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.



Limited Edition FESPA T-Shirts Are Print Fashionistas’ 2010 ‘Must-Have’

Fespa T Shirt

Fashionistas among FESPA visitors have a chance to own one of 1,500 exclusive, limited edition printed T-shirts with all proceeds going to charity, this summer.

On sale from the surf shack in the central atrium of the Messe Munich (accessed via the west entrance), during FESPA 2010 (22-26TH June), the T-shirts are priced at just 5 Euros, the proceeds of which will go entirely to a charity supporting research into pancreatic cancer.

The T-shirts are available in three unique designs, created and printed by SERIMARK, ETF and Shockwaves Apparel. The shirts themselves are being donated by ETF, B&C and Gildan.

Marcus Timson, FESPA Sales & Marketing Director, who recently walked 100 miles for the cause comments, “The FESPA team has supported the cause of pancreatic cancer research throughout 2010 and we think that the selling of these T-shirts is a fun, print-related way to raise money for charity, while giving FESPA-goers a covetable keepsake from a great show. This type of cancer has a high mortality rate and suffers from a serious lack of financial support. Every T-shirt sold at FESPA will go some way to funding the positive treatment of this disease.”