05 Dec 2019

Drytac Europe Ltd Appoint Additional Area Sales Manager to Cope with Expanding Sales in the North

Steve Broad at Drytac

Drytac Europe, leading global manufacturer of mounting adhesives, laminating films, finishing products and equipment is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Broad as a new member of the Area Sales Team for the North.

Steve Broad will join Drytac as Technical Area Sales Manager, and with his base in Wigan he will be covering all areas from North Wales through to Cleethorpes and all points North of this.  Paul Tomlinson who previously carried out the role of Area Sales Manager for the North will now cover the newly created Midlands Territory.

Following an educational and early professional background in Electronic Engineering, Steve first joined the Graphics industry in 1995 as a field engineer repairing print finishing and wide format laminating equipment. With his sound technical knowledge & expertise, Steve’s role quickly moved towards helping & supporting the sales representatives to overcome problems of applications and processes, which naturally progressed into a career in technical sales.

Amongst a list of many other achievements, Steve has also set up and managed his own company, Print Finishing Solutions, maintaining and supporting Borough Council print rooms across the Northwest as well supplying a range of finishing equipment to the graphics industry.

With his excellent technical awareness and deep understanding of the graphics and print markets, Steve is certainly well placed to give Drytac’s customers peace of mind, as well as sound advice on both products and applications.

Drytac are delighted to welcome Steve on board and look forward to benefitting from his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise.

The Financial Big Hitters of the Large Format Print Industry aka The 2009 LFR Rich List

LFR 2009 Rich List

We put this list together following an informal discussion here at LFR HQ about who the real big players in the LFP market were, who might buy who (when we eventually pull out of recession, and our market continues to be shaped by acquisition and merger), this in turn led to us looking for stats on turnover, profit etc,.

We thought that the chart we ended up with was interesting and topical enough to make it worthy of publication here on LFR - we can only hope that you agree.

Listed below are the publicly traded companies involved directly (or through subsidiaries) in the large format digital print marketplace.

The uppermost list shows those listed in the Forbes Global 2000, with their current rank, whilst the list below shows some of the other big players, who are important through either financial size or their market presence. All figures are in $ USD Billions.

The Forbes Global 2000 is a comprehensive list of the world's biggest and most powerful companies, as measured by a composite ranking for sales, profits, assets, and market value.







Market Value


























Fujifilm Holdings


















Konica Minolta






DIC (Sun Chemical)






Seiko Epson






Eastman Kodak






Avery Dennison












Sequana (Antalis)






Paperlinx (RHG)






AGFA Gevaert












Bemis (MACtac)






Toyo Ink






Sakata (INX)












Gerber Scientific






Roland DG Corp


















All figures are in $ USD Billions.

Sources: Forbes Global 2000 list for 2009, Financial Times Market Data. E&OE.


Roland DG Launches New UK Website

Roland DG Website

Roland DG (UK) Ltd, worldwide leading manufacturer of wide format digital inkjet printers, engravers and 3D equipment today announces the launch of its brand new fully-functional website.

After consultation with a variety of both internal and external users, the new Roland website boasts a wide range of new features and benefits designed to help users and potential customers get the best possible information and support for Roland products.

‘We felt that our customers, both existing and new, deserve a better online presence from Roland’, says Jerry Davies, Managing Director at Roland DG (UK) Ltd, ‘Customers need clear and accessible information in order to make informed decisions. Our aim was to guide people through every experience with Roland online as simple as possible. We hope that the new Roland website and the subsequent ways in which we will evolve online will continue to make Roland the easiest company to deal with in the industry’.

One of the most noticeable improvements is the new online technical support centre. This latest feature allows users to access FAQs, help files and downloads for their Roland equipment as well as log support tickets for technical queries. Another new feature is the extensive applications pages, which provide new ideas to those already in business as well as those just starting out.

Davies continues, “This new Roland website not only enables users to find the information they need at the click of a button. Specific help files or media profiles can be made live within seconds, allowing us to respond quickly and efficiently to marketplace needs. It has been designed to grow and develop with the company, and we are extremely pleased with the results so far.”

The new Roland website can be accessed at www.rolanddg.co.uk

Andersons former National Sales Manager launches new Wide Format Operation


WP Digital Virtu RS25

Following on from, and perhaps as a direct result of, Litho Supplies' recent fall into administration, a new provider of printers, inks, consumables, software and service to wide-format producers has arrived in the UK and Ireland, with the launch of Digital Print Innovations (DPI).

The Midlands-based firm has been formed by Stewart Bell, the former National Sales Manager of Litho Supplies' wide-format division Andersons, who was made redundant on December 22nd.

Stewart brings some 20 years’ experience in the sector, and takes over existing supply contracts as DPI becomes the exclusive distributor for MTL and WP Digital UV-curable printing solutions.

“What’s been missing for out-of-home advertising and other display producers is the reliability and security provided by a focused, one-to-one service,” explains Bell, whose experience includes sales management for NUR and GBC Pro-tech. “In the days of corporate giants who can only offer impersonal technical support, we recognise that people buy from people. As a result, we are best placed to offer our customers continuity with complete, reliable and innovative solutions they need in the current era.”

DPI’s focus is on high-speed and versatile production machines for wide-format output of applications requiring speed, quality and reliability. Supplying both the successful Meital 300-series of UV-curable flatbeds, which feature the ability to create innovative applications for a low cost of ownership, and the WP Digital (formerly Spühl) flat-bed and roll-fed Virtu RS25, RS35 and RR50, which claim to print on virtually any material, the company’s support package includes RIPs such as Onyx and Caldera, as well as colour profiling requirements, full technical support and service.

Additionally, DPI is appointed as UK reseller for EskoArtwork’s Kongsberg cutting systems and software for the sign and graphics market and also offers the Seiko II series of solvent-based printers. “These technologies were hand-picked to make sure that our service combines the most creative equipment with an innovative support approach,” continues Bell. “Our team is dynamic and unfailingly full of good ideas and, thanks to our experience, we realise not only how these solutions have developed but also how to put them to the best use possible.”

Situated in Castle Donington, Digital Print Innovations’s central location enables easy access to the UK and Ireland courtesy of the M1 and East Midlands Airport.


Flag firm manager makes a stand for African charity

Hampshire Flag Company

An employee from Hampshire Flag Company has played an important role in raising money and awareness for a dynamic South African charity at a special Christmas event.

Mark Allibone, Print Room Manager at the leading flag manufacturing firm, designed eye-catching graphics for a pop-up stand donated by Hampshire Flag to be on display during the Gumboots fundraising event.

The charity, which Mark’s extended family helps to run, is relatively small and works with grass roots projects in the heart of impoverished communities in South Africa providing food, shelter and education. Since Gumboots was founded by Anthony Prangley in 2002, it has raised £180,000.

The 2.2x4m pop-up stand, on display at the event held at Village Underground in Shoreditch, London was designed to encourage the evening’s guests to ask questions about the charity and to provide a clearer picture of its aims. £9,000 was raised during the evening from ticket purchases and donations.

“It’s a privilege to both be involved with Gumboots on a personal level and to use my professional skills to help raise awareness too,” said Mark, who has been part of the Hampshire Flag team of 21 since 2005. “The turnout at the annual event was incredible and the pop-up stand attracted lots of interest and attention.”

As an annual fundraising event, this year’s Gumboots Christmas Celebration featured the world-renowned African Children’s Choir and Ghana drumming group Kakatsitsi.

Chrissy Dransfield, A member of Gumboots’ fundraising team said, “We are delighted with the pop-up stand. It was brilliantly designed and a very contemporary and effective way of communicating what Gumboots does. We are extremely grateful to Mark and to Hampshire Flag for their time, creativity and generosity.”

Hampshire Flag’s team of 21 produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners. The Waterlooville firm 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. The multi-award winning firm provides on-going support for various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.

Digital Plus makes magic local Playhouse

Digital Plus

The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds knows a thing or two about creating magical family entertainment on stage and the Leeds printer Digital Plus is helping out by providing an eye catching ‘Clever Cube’ to promote the current musical, The Secret Garden.

Using the theme of the classic children’s novel, Digital Plus designed the 7ft high cube with a clear acrylic section at the front and top to allow curious children to peep inside – as if they are looking into the secret garden of the story.  family entertainment on stage and the Leeds printer Digital Plus is helping out by providing an eye catching ‘Clever Cube’ to promote the current musical, The Secret Garden.

The cube is one of the many new applications Digital Plus is finding for the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer which it has recently installed and dubbed 'Liberty'. Owen Russell, director of Digital Plus said: “The investment we have made in our new print equipment means we can deliver just what our clients want, using our creativity to the full.  The Secret Garden project has been a delight to work on and we hope many families will enjoy the giant cube and the show.”

Nick Boaden, head of marketing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse said: “When Digital Plus approached us about creating a massive design based on The Secret Garden we understood straightaway how this could work for our business but the result has far exceeded my expectations.