12 Jul 2020

Hollywood Monster Play Key Role In Success Of Morgan Sindall Merger

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Tim Andrews, MD Hollywood Monster and Graham Shennan, MD Morgan Sindall

Hollywood Monster played an integral part in the merger between Morgan Ashurst, Morgan Est and Morgan Professional Services which now all operate under the name of Morgan Sindall, creating a larger division.

The Birmingham based signage and wide format printers faced a huge logistical challenge when they were called upon to deliver the newly branded signage and other materials to over 250 sites and 42 offices all in the space of one weekend.

The merger between Morgan Sindall’s Construction and Infrastructure businesses makes the firm one of the largest in its field, employing more than 4,800 people nationwide.

Hollywood Monster are under contract to supply their sites and offices with branded signage, health and safety signage, window manifestations and plant stickers amongst many other services. The contract is worth in the region of £500,000.

Over 300 addresses required re-branding over three days, which saw more than 1,000 parcels sent out around the UK. All materials were manufactured within a two week lead time - culminating in over 3,000 man hours from the team at Hollywood Monster, right the way from the production workers to the managing director, Tim Andrews.

“This was a sizeable challenge for us all here at Hollywood Monster, we were thrilled to be part of such a momentous merger yet we knew we would have to pull together as a team to fulfil a contract of this nature. With a lot of hard work and dedication from everyone within the company we achieved the deadlines and were delighted with the results. We are now looking forward to a long and rewarding working relationship with the newly merged Morgan Sindall.”

Graham Shennan, managing director for Morgan Sindall said “This was a major challenge, but through excellent planning and teamwork by employees of Morgan Sindall and by Hollywood Monster, the re-brand was accomplished to a very tight deadline. We now look forward to developing and driving the brand forward.”

Following the Merger of Hollywood Signs with Monster Digital, Hollywood Monster have been going from strength to strength with the final quarter in 2009 being the busiest on record, with the output and installation of over 10,000 square metres of new temporary and permanent signage, graphics and visual media. Hollywood Monster work with some of the biggest names across the UK, including HMV, Morgan Sindall, Redrow Homes, Virgin Media, Lovell Homes and Crosby Lend Lease.


Mimaki to Showcase Precision in Packaging Proofing and Label Printing at Fachpack 2010

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Mimaki, a world leader in manufacturing wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines, will be using its debut at the Fachpack exhibition in Germany to demonstrate its recently launched entry-level and high-end UJF Series UV inkjet printers and versatile print and cut solutions.  Visitors to the Printpack Hall – where Mimaki are in Hall 7, on Stand 608 – will be able to experience their on-demand printing solutions for proofing, sampling and mockup creation, with its label printing solutions on show in the Labeling and Marking Equipment Hall (where their stand is in Hall 4, Stand 561).

Proofing, Mockups and Sampling

In Hall 7, Mimaki will showcase its groundbreaking range of entry level and high end proofing and package prototype printing solutions for the flexo, gravure and metal printing markets, developed in partnership with GMG, the world’s leading colour management solutions provider. The printing solution consists of Mimaki’s UJF Series (UJF-706 and UJF-3042), GMG’s ColorServer colour management software for fully automatic colour conversions, and the GMG SmartProfiler for printer calibration and profiling. This solution allows printers to digitally produce consistent and accurate colour on virtually any material, including untreated plastic materials (e.g. PET), polycarbonates, metal, soft packaging film, shrink film, PLA, as well as coated and uncoated papers. Furthermore, this innovative solution offers the ability to produce high quality on-demand full colour contract proofing on the final materials intended for the job.

Label Inkjet Printing and Cutting

As run lengths shorten and turnaround times decrease; digital print with its short run, short lead time and variable data propositions is expected to make even more of an impact on the packaging industry. On stand in Hall 4 (Stand 561) Mimaki will show its integrated inkjet print and cut solution, the CJV30, and their compact UV printer, the UJF-3042. The CJV30, available in four sizes (with 60,100,130 &160cm print widths) and incorporating the award-winning printing technology used in the popular JV33-series, will print and cut labels in a single process. Also on display is the recently introduced UJF-3042, the world’s first A3 size UV LED printer. This printer offers direct printing onto all kinds of substrates up to 5 cm thick, such as labels made of plastics and more.

Gert Jan van Hilten, Manager Marketing Communication, at Mimaki Europe comments: ”Our show debut comes at a time when Mimaki is the only manufacturer to offer both entry level and high end UV inkjet printing solutions for proofing, producing mockups and package prototypes for the gravure, flexo, offset and digital print sectors. Together with software vendor GMG, Mimaki offers complete solutions to the market.”

SGIA survey shows retail is a leading market for imagers

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SGIA released the 2010 Market Trends Survey Report for the specialty imaging community, offering valuable information about markets served, business concerns and steps made by companies to increase their competitive advantage.

"The survey shows strong evidence that specialty imagers - garment decorators and graphics producers alike - are exploring new markets and opportunities as a way to bolster their businesses," said Dan Marx, SGIA's Vice President of Markets and Technologies. "Further, the survey shows how specialty imaging companies are using sales, management and production initiatives to strengthen their competitive advantage."

The full report, available to all SGIA members and survey participants, includes data such as:

  • Technology distribution
  • Primary markets served
  • Top methods to attract new customers
  • Sales and promotion expenditures

According to the US report, about 71 percent of imagers agree that referrals are a very effective way to attract new customers, while only about 3 percent rely on online directory listings for new business. To increase their competitive advantage in production, 37.6 percent of all imagers are adding finishing capabilities to their businesses - up from 29.1 percent in 2009.

The survey also concludes that retail (direct and indirect through ad agencies) continues to be the leading market for graphic imagers (75.7 percent). For garment decorators, educational institutions (77 percent) and corporate branding (72 percent) are among the primary markets served.

Océ promotes two executives to Business Unit Directors

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Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, has promoted two executives to head up business units in the UK. Stephen Lynch has been appointed Océ UK Director of Document Printing and Craig Nethercott Océ UK Director of Production Printing.

Nethercott joined Océ in 2000. He progressed from various Account and Senior Account Manager roles in Document Printing, through to Sector Manager in Production Printing, before taking over as its Sales Director two years ago.

“The markets are improving. There’s renewed customer confidence and financial institutions are relaxing their previous stringent restrictions on lending money, which had stifled investment,” said Craig Nethercott. “Our market-leading print production and software systems, combined with service and after-sales support that is second to none, will put us in a strong position to benefit as the economy continues to recover. Colour is massively important going forward, and we are confident that our technologies, such as Océ ColorStream and Océ JetStream, will continue to increase our market-share.”

Lynch, who has been with the Océ organisation for more than 15 years, started as a Major Accounts Manager in 1995. Three years later he was promoted to  Northern Regional Manager, based Glasgow, covering Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and then to National Sales Director in 2002. He was working for Imagistics when it became part of Océ in 2005.

“Whilst we operate in a very challenging environment, this also brings opportunities that we, as a major international player, are well positioned to grasp.” said Stephen Lynch. “In the current climate every organisation must ensure it is as efficient as it can be, and we are ideally placed to assess how they manage and produce documentation. Every organisation needs to maximise efficiencies. Océ’s Document Printing division is a specialist in MFDs and Managed Print Services, and our customer-focused business approach and state-of-the-art systems are helping us make real inroads into the marketplace.”

Bron Curley, Managing Director of Océ UK, said: “Stephen Lynch and Craig Nethercott have demonstrated real leadership throughout their careers at Océ. I have every confidence they will continue to build successful teams that remain market focused and provide services that add real value to our customers.”

HP returns as a Platinum Sponsor to the 2011 SGIA Expo

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SGIA is pleased to announce that Hewlett Packard Company will once again participate as a platinum partner of the 2011 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 19-21). The SGIA Expo - a unique industry event showcasing the fastest, widest and highest-quality technology available today - is the North American gateway to the global imaging marketplace.

"SGIA has been an important HP partner for many years," said Claudia Barbiero, Sign & Display Marketing Manager, Americas Graphics Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard. "We look forward to the annual SGIA Expo as a key venue for engaging with our customers, demonstrating our leadership within the industry, and showcasing our comprehensive portfolio of digital large-format solutions that help print service providers enter new markets, grow their businesses and prosper."

The anticipation for the 2010 Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15) is already overflowing into 2011 with chart-topping booth interest and early sponsorship commitments from industry leaders. This year's Expo guarantees hard-hitting educational sessions and eye-opening demonstrations for all members of the specialty imaging community.

Experience the specialty imaging industry firsthand at the 2010 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 13-15)! Register for FREE by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Additionally, be sure to stop by the SGIA Expo Press Office, Room N115 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, for the latest Expo and exhibitor news, Internet access and coffee.

Canon Aids Rain-Disaster Relief Efforts in China

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Heavy rains in China beginning in May have triggered massive flooding and landslides across the country, causing widespread destruction and loss of life. In addition, on August 8, a devastating landslide struck Zhouqu county in northwest Gansu province and rescue and relief efforts remain ongoing.

We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by these disasters and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Although the road to recovery will be challenging and take time, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.

The Canon Group is aiding in the relief efforts for victims with a donation of RMB 2 million (approximately 25.4 million yen) to the Japanese Red Cross Society and other humanitarian aid organizations.