30 Mar 2020

Samsung grows Large Format Digital Signage by 200% across the Middle East for 2009

Samsung Large Format Digital Signage

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a world-leading innovator and manufacturer of professional display products, announced at the launch of its latest Large Format Displays (LFD) that it has seen a 200 percent growth in LFD's in the Middle East for 2009. Samsung unveiled its latest innovative Professional Solutions for Digital Signage yesterday at The Address Hotel in Dubai in front of Samsung customers and partners, including its 65 inch interactive education board.

"With dwindling attention spans and declining sensitivity toward mass advertisements, the effectiveness of traditional mass media as an advertising medium has been steadily on the wane over the years," said Madhav Narayan, General Manager, IT Division, Samsung Gulf Electronics. "Customers today look for increased interactivity and personalised communication channels. Recognising this, marketers are increasingly directing their advertising dollars toward mediums such as the Internet, e-mail, and digital signage, wherein groups are more easily targeted."

"In 2009 we have seen exceptional growth in the professional display segment, with over 200 percent growth for the Middle East region," said Narayan. "We completed a number of installations of professional solutions for digital sigange for various businesses and organisations in the region, including Sharjah Airport, Reel Cinemas and many other outlets across the UAE. Keeping in line with Samsung's vision of "Leading the Digital Convergence Revolution", we are constantly striving to deliver reliable, high performance solutions that serve the growing outdoor signage market, and continue to push the envelope in delivering reliable, high-performing solutions that serve the rigorous requirements of the digital signage media."

New products launched included the Samsung E-board, a 65 inch optical type touch screen display that can be used for interactive learning and classroom management, and 2010 line up will include a 52 inch non glasses type 3D display and the first professional display using LED technology.

Sign & Digital UK Announce New Features - Register Now!

Software Theatre at Sign & Digital UK

NEW show features announced - now even more reason to register now!

With the festive season well and truly upon us, preparations are well underway for Sign & Digital UK 2010.

Along with the new-look website, online registration has also gone live with a number of important names already set to attend – why not join the likes of 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 and many more for the UK’s premier sign making and digital printing event - Register for FREE admission now by clicking here, it only takes a minute!

Why register? Apart from the number of unique opportunities that the show provides such as FREE admission, queue jumping, regular updates, meeting the industries top suppliers, seeing the hottest new products & services, expert advice, getting inspiration to get more value from your equipment, ideas for creating new revenue streams and a number of FREE seminars, including the recently announced Software Theatre, Apple and Corel seminars - you will also automatically be entered into our FREE visitor competition. The details will be announced in the New Year but rest assured it will be well worth the wait. In 2009 the 3 winners and their guests were whisked off to the British Grand Prix where they were treated to a weekend of VIP motor racing. Looking for a deal? Then the NEW ‘Special Offers’ page on the website will be of particular interest where you can print out all the  hot show deals that exhibitors will be offering onsite. Register now for FREE admission.

Show Features! With Adobe already confirmed, the team are pleased to announce that Apple will be returning along with Corel who will be presenting their popular seminars in 2010. With a number of new ideas and initiatives planned for 2010 we can reveal one of the new show features will be the Software Theatre. Here you will be able to ‘ask the experts’ about the latest wide range of software available to the industry! Keep your eyes peeled for the next newsletter that will contain more information on the latest new features and further details on the Software Theatre. 

Latest Exhibitor News! With the demand for stand space high and the exhibitor list filling up: Alcan Composities, Axyz Automation, Carmo, Caldera Graphics,Doro Tape, Delcam, Expand International, Fujifilm Sericol, Graphtec, Grafityp,  Granthams Harman Technology, Hexis UK, Hybrid Services / Mimaki, InkTec, Innova Soloutions,  Europe, Mouse, Omnijet, Plex Display, Printmax, Robert Horne Group, Roland DG (UK, ) Signwaves, Spirit Displays, Touch Systems, Triangle Wide Format Inks, Ultima Displays, William Smith and Xpres are just a sample of those exhibiting. In addition the team would like to welcome the following new exhibitors to the show: AgripaFlex, Elements Trade, Eurobond Adhesives, Isik Plastik, Keramikos, Print United, Space Displays, The Allsigns Group, Trade Sign Supplies and Vistech Technical Services.

ColorPixel Scoop Award for ISO 12647-7 Proofing

ColorPixel Scoop Award for ISO 12647-7 Proofing

GMG Americas, the US office of Germany-based GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, is pleased to announce that the winners of the Fernando Pini Award in Brazil for the two categories of ISO compliance were both GMG customers. Winning an award for compliance with ISO Standard 12647-7 (proof/print match) was ColorPixel, demonstrating the proof that best matches a standard press condition. Receiving an award for compliance with the ISO Standard 12647-2, demonstrating the best compliance with the offset print parameters defined by this norm from its press sheet, was Log& Print Gráfica e Logística S.A. (Log&Print) for Publisher Rick Dan Ltda. In fact, from among the many entries, all but one of the ten award finalists were GMG customers, including Log&Print and ColorPixel, as well as Rona Editora Ltda, Stilgraf Artes Gráficas e Editora Ltda, Image Networks, and Arizona.

Created in 1991, the Fernando Pini Brazilian Award for Graphic Excellence, the Brazilian printing industry’s oldest and largest graphic arts competition, promotes excellence in print communications and recognizes companies and individuals who produce the best in print media. It is considered the most noteworthy award in the graphic arts industry throughout Latin America. This year, 2,500 guests attended the ceremonies, which featured 1,331 works submitted in 60 categories.  The award is sponsored by Abigraf (the Brazilian Graphic Industries Association) and ABTG (the Brazilian Graphic Technology Association).

This year was the first time the ‘ISO 12647-7 Proof Systems’ category was established. ColorPixel produced its winning proof with GMG ColorProof, GMG paper, and an Epson 4880 printer. Based in Rio de Janeiro, ColorPixel (http://www.colorpixel.com.br) offers color management and image processing, ranging from scanning, to calibration of equipment, to the printing of pictures on high quality papers. With experience in art reproduction printers and color management, ColorPixel consulting offers high quality printing using inkjet technology.

ColorPixel’s proof recorded the smallest average variation measured from the Fogra test chart on a digital proofing system. “Our customers have always been very pleased with the proofs we deliver for them, as well as our GMG ColorProof solutions,” remarks Lorenzo Ridolfi, ColorPixel director. “We are grateful that we received tremendous assistance from the GMG Americas team and Technical Services group, including Chris Schowalter, Victor Asseiceiro and Paulo Monteiro.”

The ISO 12647-2 Proof Systems’ award was presented to Log&Print (http://www.logprint.com.br). Founded in 1992 and located in Vinhedo, near São Paulo’s interior, Log&Print—formerly known as Globo Cochrane, and printers for one of the biggest magazine publishers in Brazil, Globo Editora—operates a printing complex that is one of Latin America’s largest and most modern structures. The company is very active as a member of the ABTG committees studying Color  Management.

The challenge of this award was that entries had to demonstrate consistency between a proof and a test swatch printed on a press sheet. There are many variables that can limit the minimum average ∆E. “Looking for constant improvement in print quality, in 2008 we installed a reliable color management system and implemented a standards-based print condition project. The primary objective of these projects was to deliver a unified, reliable and stable print standard in all Log&Print print facilities. These projects implemented ISO norms 12647-2, 12647-7 and 3664. The implementation followed ECI specifications and PSO graphic control system specifications,“ explains Alan Alves, Log&Print Manager of technology and new product development. “To help with the project, we installed GMG ProofControl to check proofs submitted by external customers. This was followed by GMG PrintControl and GMG RapidCheck, to help with our ISO 12647-2 implementation and with print verification. Finally, we installed GMG Colorserver and GMG InkOptimizer to manage RGB to CMYK conversions and to save ink and help reduce print color fluctuations. The consolidation of all this work culminated in the company’s Fernando Pini award in the ISO 12647-2 best match category. We thank GMG Americas for all their support.”

“We are extremely thrilled that, once again, GMG entries performed exceptionally well in an independent event. We are proud of the achievements of all our customers—award winners and finalists,” comments Paulo Monteiro, Latin American Manager, GMG Americas. “GMG solutions are installed at some of the more successful printers in Brazil. We know that they need to rely on an accurate color management and proofing system, and GMG ColorProof is their system of choice.”

JCDecaux Airport wins a 7-year contract to operate advertising media in Nice Côte d'Azur airport

Nice Cote dAzur airport

JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC), the No.1 outdoor advertising company in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region, No.2 worldwide in this industry, and No.1 in transport advertising, announces that its subsidiary JCDecaux Airport, the leading company in the airport advertising segment, recently won the advertising concession contract for Nice Côte d’Azur airport.

This new contract, awarded after a competitive tender process, covers all advertising space both within and outside the airport buildings for a period of 7 years.Handling an annual total of 10.4 million passengers in 2008, Nice Côte d’Azur airport is the second largest airport in France on the 36 French airports where JCDecaux operates.This contract allows JCDecaux Airport to reinforce the scope of its advertising solutions within the airport and to offer a new range of displays specially designed for this facility in the south of France.

These new displays, due to replace all the existing units, embody the principles of ecologically sustainable, energy-efficient design and fully comply with Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) standards.Digital displays and interactive projections will further boost the appeal of the advertising solutions available to advertisers.Didier Monges, Chief Operating Officer of Nice Côte d’Azur airport made the following statement: “We were impressed by the quality of the offer made by JCDecaux Airport.

Their solutions correspond to our expectations regarding their integration in our airport environment while offering advertisers high-calibre, innovative advertising solutions whose environmental impact – notably regarding energy consumption – has been the focus of considerable attention.”Isabelle Fourmentin, Executive Vice-President of JCDecaux Airport, said: “We are delighted that Nice Côte d'Azur airport has again reasserted its trust in JCDecaux Airport. Our new, high-quality range of advertising displays will provide this airport with advertising media of a calibre enjoyed by the largest airport facilities worldwide and will allow us to reinforce our ability to serve the needs of the advertising market. Airports are becoming key venues for innovative, digital and interactive advertising solutions for the benefit of advertisers.”

Willis Reese joins INX Digital team

INX Digital logo

INX Digital International Co. announced the appointment of Willis Reese as global director of business development. A 25-year veteran of the printing and ink industry, he will report to INX Digital USA president Ken Kisner and work closely with the marketing group.

Mr. Reese joins INX Digital after spending the last three years with Hexion Specialty Chemical as the global business director for UV curable inks and coatings. His move to the digital inkjet industry at Hexion followed four years as global accounts manager at Noveon Inc. Mr. Reese began his ink experience with Sun Chemical in 1984, working in a variety of jobs that included technical sales and service, product development, global sales and marketing and global business management until joining Noveon, Inc.

“Willis will be managing various industrial opportunities, including relationships with OEMs and print head manufacturers,” said Mr. Kisner. “He also will be working on our new “EVOLVE project, helping INX and Sakata customers transition from traditional to digital printing. We have plenty of important developments ahead of us and we are confident Willis Reese will help us achieve our goals.”

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and joining the team at INX Digital. It is a unique company that is well supported and is moving forward in the right direction,” Mr. Reese said.

High Growth Forecast for Digital Print for Textiles, According to Pira and FESPA



The market for digital print for textiles is forecast to grow from €114.6m in 2009 to just under €1bn by 2014, according to a new study by Pira International published in association with FESPA.

Based on primary research and expert analysis The Future of Digital Print for Textiles: market forecasts to 2014 breaks down the global market by end-use sector, print process, region and country, with five-year forecasts to 2014.

The study also provides an up-to-date overview of the latest technology developments, analysis of the competitive landscape and identifies specific market opportunities for raw material and print technology suppliers. FESPA members can benefit from a special 15% discount.

The key findings from the study include:

  • The display/signage sector is driving the development of digital print for textiles as inkjet printers have had a longer experience in the market
  • Textiles production has moved to countries with low labour rates, but digital printing may change that. Short runs and agile manufacturing are set to force some production back to North America and Western Europe. More of the cotton that is shipped from the US to China will stay at home, to be made into fabric that will be digitally printed locally to satisfy design-savvy consumers locally, while digital print will allow more designers to create and test new designs more quickly.
  • Eco-solvent inks are replacing solvent-based inks as many of the older solvent machines are replaced, and environmental regulations in Europe and North America support the continued development and use of eco-solvent approaches.
  • The total installed base of digital printers for textiles is forecast to grow to 52,800 units globally by 2014, a CAGR of 23.1%

Digital printing of textiles has been in effect since the mid 1990s with electrostatic (e-stat) and early wide format inkjet printers, either by direct printing (in the case of inkjet) and via dye sublimation transfer (inkjet and e-stat). Direct to fabric printers, combined with growth in textile applications such as soft signage and garments are driving the market for digital textile printing.

Because display/signage has been one of the first markets for inkjet printing, it is naturally the largest today. It is only in the last few years that dedicated fabric printers evolved and began to affect the garment, household, and other markets.

Inkjet printing is distributed globally. According to the study, the fastest-growing regions are the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia, though it is important to remember that the pattern of growth is not the same for each country and region. Although there is a correlation between nations that are large textile exporters, it may not follow that digital printing will be dominant in those countries.

Marcus Timson, corporate communications director at FESPA explains FESPA’s support for the Pira study: “It was important for FESPA to gain a scientific view of the future direction of the digital textile market, and Pira was a credible partner to undertake such a comprehensive piece of analysis. FESPA’s screen printing heritage is such that printing onto textile has always been a very significant element of our events. More recently, our FESPA Digital shows have reflected the market’s migration towards digital textile printing for the short-run applications identified in the Pira study, and we have encouraged our community to explore the market’s potential through two Digital Textile conferences in parallel with these shows. The textile area of our flagship FESPA show has grown to the point where FESPA is now effectively the largest textile printing event in Europe, and the garment decoration segment will now have a dedicated zone at FESPA 2010, under the distinct FESPA Fabric banner. The Pira study, which is available at a discounted price of €3,555 for members of FESPA’s national associations, will help us to shape the events, products and services that FESPA creates to address the textile printing marketplace, and help our global community of print service providers to understand the opportunities that may exist for them in this segment.”