15 Jul 2020

Visit the Printers Profit Zone at IPEX 2010

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For the first time ever, visitors to Ipex will be able to take advantage of a series of free seminars that tackle head on the main issues, threats and opportunities facing the printing industry.  Each day of the exhibition, the Printers' Profit Zone in hall 9 (Stand 9F333) will cover a wide range of topics based upon the findings of the comprehensive Ipex Global Print Survey.

Up to 60 people at a time can attend any of the master class sessions, which promise to be both dynamic and interactive in the way they provide practical business advice on areas such as growing sales, increasing profit margins and improving cash flow.  The sessions, four every day, will be run by Nick Devine, founder of theprintcoach.com, and will include headings such as 'Lead Generation for Printers', 'Compensating your Sales Team', 'Value Based Selling', 'Wealth Protection', 'Raising Finance', 'Profitable Marketing' and 'Attracting Ideal Clients'.

The seminars are all free, but spaces are limited and demand is expected to be high, so visitors are advised to reserve their place by registering in advance.  Simply visit www.ipex.org/ppz.  The master class sessions are joined in the Printers' Profit Zone by several other innovative and educational events, such as The Great Print Debates, run in association with Pira International. These free to attend debates will be chaired by some of the industry's leading figures and will seek to answers questions such as what will the printer of the future look like.

"Whether or not visitors are ready to invest in new technologies, a visit to Ipex 2010 can provide them with valuable tips to boost their businesses," says Nick Craig Waller, Ipex 2010 Marketing Director.  "Every company faces different challenges so we've tried to cater for as many printers as possible by teaming up with some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the industry.IPEX 230120

"Never before have visitors to Ipex had so much ready access to free, impartial information from leading experts that could result in a major change of direction for their business.  The challenges facing printers today are great, but so are the opportunities.  Concentrating so much knowledge within the Printers' Profit Zone will help printers to browse, learn and identify these opportunities."

GMG partners with Roland DG for high-quality mockup production and proofing applications in the packaging sector

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GMG, the world's leading color management solutions provider, and Roland DG, a leading worldwide provider of large format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional large format graphics, are excited to announce their global partnership, enabling special high quality packaging applications such as the production of color-accurate mockups on original substrates as well as proofing applications.

The strategic partnership comprises the development of a printer driver by GMG for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer, which is supported by the GMG ColorProof proofing solution. GMG ColorProof and GMG FlexoProof/DotProof will be available shortly for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer for high quality contone and halftone proofing applications. The GMG printer driver brings perfect color accuracy and repeatability on a wide range of substrates to the packaging market. Therefore, GMG customers can easily integrate the LEC-330 in their existing proofing workflows with GMG ColorProof. In the same way, Roland customers can maximize the performance of their large format printer.

The combination of the comprehensive capabilities of the LEC-330 with GMG's award winning proofing technology and high level of automation provides an unrivalled platform to produce cost-effective packaging proofing at a finished-product standard.

GMG ColorServer, the color management solution for color conversions, and SmartProfiler for the creation of color profiles as well as large format printer calibrations, are available for all Roland large format printers. This common solution allows users to achieve highest color accuracy, repeatability and color consistency for packaging mockups on original substrates. It is possible to print spot varnish, white ink, cut, crease and more on the actual output stock.

Tigerprint, the Hallmark UK subsidiary which produces greetings cards products exclusively for Marks & Spencer, produces color accurate prototypes on its LEC-330 using GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler before they are printed in its Far East facilities. GMG set up profiles in advance in SmartProfiler for all the different substrates that Tigerprint uses, such as coated and uncoated stock. These profiles give the highest possible color accuracy and guaranteed repeatability. "This gives us the confidence that everything will match," says Senior Artwork Manager Chris Broadbent. "It is even feasible to produce the finished product on the LEC-330 and we are considering using it for short runs of 5-10 copies. Its ability to print on to the correct stock and on to die cut material makes this perfectly possible."

Stéphane Romano is Project Manager Packaging at Packpool, an agency for packaging design and printing with locations in Germany and Switzerland. He says: "For Packpool as a supplier of the packaging industry it is more and more crucial to provide customers with high-quality color accurate mock-ups or prototypes of the future product. The new Roland LEC-330 printing system and GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler color management software enable us to very quickly help our customers see highest quality results before they start their marketing meeting, TV-spot or attend an exhibition. It doesn't matter which material we use for a mock-up - be it foil, aluminium or paper - the profiling and calibration technology of GMG makes it extremely easy."

The solution will be demonstrated at Ipex 2010 on both the GMG stand (Hall 9-E322) and the Roland stand (Hall 12-C140). The software solution will be available through the usual selected GMG and selected Roland channels worldwide.

"We are very pleased to work with Roland in this venture," says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "The partnership is a natural fit and the benefit to the packaging sector in particular is enormous. GMG's proofing products are second to none and their use with a high-end printer such as the Versa-UV LEC-330 is a winning combination."

Takafumi Shigenoya, Executive Officer, Product Marketing Department at Roland DG says: "The combination of the GMGColorServer/Smart Profiler with our VersaUV machines gives our existing users and new clients full access to the UV printers/cutters' unique capabilities and helps integrate them in their own packaging or labeling workflow."

Consumables are Key to Innovation says FESPA’s Largest Ever Contingent of Materials Exhibitors

Fespa 2010 Wave

FESPA 2010 (22-26 June 2010, Messe Munich, Germany) will bring together the wide format industry’s foremost materials suppliers, underscoring the significant role of substrates in enabling print service providers to embrace the innovative applications that are driving the marketplace.

Almost a third of exhibitors at the show are exhibiting substrates and/or inks, with many consumables manufacturers and suppliers present in their own right, including major players such as 3M, Avery Dennison, MACtac and Orafol. As a result, the range of creative applications achievable with increasingly diverse and inventive consumables will be much in evidence throughout the show halls.

According to Andreas Giglberger, Sales Manager at 3P InkJet Textiles AG, the part played by substrates in helping printers to enhance their print capability is huge. “Now more than ever before, it’s vital for printers to broaden their substrate offering to effectively fulfil their customers’ needs”, he says. “This is particularly the case when it comes to providing greener options to meet specific requirements and is one of the drivers behind the continued move towards more environmentally-friendly substrates that are biodegradable and/or recyclable.”

This is a sentiment shared by Frank Seemann, Head of Marketing and Communications at Neschen AG, whose innovative portfolio includes such products as digitally printable wallpaper. “For printers, adding new materials to their range is one way of staying ahead of the competition, but it’s important that printers are given the guidance to ensure they are aware of the application possibilities presented by such products”, he says. “We work closely with customers to provide training and workshops to ensure they receive the adequate assistance, and FESPA 2010 will be a prime opportunity for us to communicate the revenue-enhancing potential of our new products to printers.”

Frank Jonker, Product Manager, Cast and Polymeric Films, Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products, concurs, “FESPA 2010 will be the key arena in which to meet users from major wide format sectors and like any committed supplier or distributor, we constantly work with printers to identify the best possible solution to fulfil their customers’ signage, outdoor advertising, and decorative graphics requirements”, he says. “Right now, vehicle wrapping films, optimised for conforming to the compound curves of vehicles are real innovations that are driving market growth in self-adhesive films, particularly in the digital print arena.”

“FESPA 2010 stands apart from most other industry exhibitions, where consumables companies often have only token representation on the stands of hardware manufacturers or distributors”, adds Marcus Timson, Sales and Marketing Director at FESPA. “With the FESPA 2010 exhibitor line-up comprising 60% materials and inks companies, visitors to Munich will certainly be the first to discover new products as they are launched, as well as having direct access to the invaluable consultative expertise of the industry’s leading suppliers.”

For information on FESPA’s flagship global 2010 event, please visit www.fespa2010.com

Mimaki showcases UJF-8366; a new UV LED curing CTP and Film Setter at IPEX 2010

Mimaki Ujf 8366 Prototype

Mimaki at IPEX 2010

In addition to UJF-8366, Mimaki Europe B.V.; Mimaki’s European sales group, will be showcasing the following UV and UV LED curing flatbed and roll-to-roll inkjet printers at IPEX:

• Mimaki UJF-3042, a flatbed UV LED curing printer for printing on various substrates and items, including 3D objects with a maximum print size of 300 x 420mm and 50mm thickness.

• Mimaki UJF-706, a flatbed UV curing printer that allows printing on substrates and items that include 3D objects with a maximum print size of 700 x 600mm and a thickness of up to 150mm.

• Mimaki JFX-1631, a flatbed wide format printer that accommodates substrates up to 50mm thick and enables printing to a maximum size of 1600 x 3100mm

• Mimaki UJV-160, a versatile flatbed and roll-to-roll large format printer utilising UV LED curing for printing on heat-sensitive substrates up to a width of 1600 mm.

In addition to these machines, Mimaki will also present its CF2 and CG series of wide format cutting plotters that in conjunction with the large format printers combine to powerful print & cut solutions for print service providers.

GMG expands its presence at Ipex with strategic partnerships

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GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, is teaming up with a number of specialist partners around the Ipex arena, as well as demonstrating its products on its own stand (Hall 9-E322).

Under the banner of ‘There’s a little bit of GMG everywhere’, these partnerships will show how the GMG portfolio has a wide range of solutions that can be incorporated in many applications and enhance third-party proofing, printing and packaging production systems.

“GMG will be demonstrating a range of tools to standardize quality and reduce costs,” says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. “Visitors have the added advantage of seeing those products deployed in a variety of applications around Ipex, showcasing the quality, versatility and flexibility of GMG solutions.”

What to see and where

GMG – Hall 9-E322

GMG will demonstrate color management solutions for digital and large format printing, packaging printing and offset/commercial printing. Mockup production, packaging contone and halftone proofing as well as GMG color management workflow integration.

Canon – Hall 10-CDEF270

Contone and halftone proofing will be demonstrated on the Canon iPF 8300 using GMG ColorProof and FlexoProof/DotProof.

Enfocus – Hall 12-C150

The combination of GMG FlowConnect and Enfocus Switch will show GMG color management workflow integration.

Epson – Hall 10-C260

Visitors can see packaging proofing on the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 using GMG ColorProof and FlexoProof/DotProof as well as mockup production and contone and halftone proofing on the Epson Stylus Pro 7900.

HP – Hall 12-AB150

GMG color management solutions GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler for digital printing, enabling the calibration and profiling of different output devices.

Mimaki Europe BV – Hall 12-C120

Mimaki UJF 706 UV printer and GMG color management solutions ColorServer/SmartProfiler demonstrate mockup production and packaging proofing.

Roland DG (UK) – Hall 12-C140

Roland will demonstrate how GMG ColorProof and GMG FlexoProof/DotProof for the LEC-330 can improve mockup production and packaging proofing.

BAPC Announces 2 for 1 Conference Promotion at Ipex 2010

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All visitors to the BAPC stand 09-F315 at Ipex 2010 will be able to take advantage of a special 2 for 1 offer to attend the prestigious annual BAPC Conference.

The conference will take place at The Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey over the weekend of November 5th.

Sidney Bobb, Chairman of the BAPC comments “Knowledge is King! Our conference provides everyone working in our industry with an unrivalled opportunity to gain an insight into industry and business developments whilst networking with fellow providers and suppliers in an informal setting. In the 30 years we have been running the conference, we have never met an attendee who hasn’t taken away at least one valuable idea.”

The normal delegate rate is £120 plus VAT which covers: Evening Entertainment on the weekend of 5th November, followed by the Conference with a line up of international speakers plus a Gala / Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 6th.

Sidney adds “We look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand at Ipex and discussing our exciting conference plans with them”