21 Feb 2024


  • Stickers and decals: stay on message without the mess Another key feature of ReTac's innovative adhesive is that it makes ReTac graphics repositionable too, so if you've applied your sticker in the wrong place or slightly askew you can move and reinstall it without losing adhesion.

    We've all seen or placed stickers on things like laptop computers, refrigerators or the ubiquitous car bumper. Vibrant, punchy sticker art on items like skateboards - often called slaps - are everywhere. Stickers and decals are a great way to convey a message, to show loyalty to a brand or band, to promote your own business and much more.

  • Zünd UK Ltd sees flurry of users in furniture design market

    Zund Girsberger

    Zünd UK Ltd is experiencing a wave of new furniture designs created with its digital cutting tables.

  • Canon launches imagePROGRAF TX Series in high-end CAD and entry-level LED plotter markets

    Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series

    Canon has launched a completely new line-up of large format inkjet printers: the imagePROGRAF TX-2000, TX-3000 and TX-4000, available in 24-inch, 36-inch and 44-inch sizes.

  • WAE Group invests in second Longier after two hard-working years

    WAE Longier FR 3750

    Quality Print Services (QPS) is set to install a second Longier grand format printer at WAE Group, two years after the sign specialist purchased its first Longier Hunter FP-3750 LED flatbed from QPS.

  • Zünd introduces PCD diamond polishing bits for acrylics

    ZUND P201

    Zünd has brought to market a PCD polishing bit for finishing acrylics. Because of its geometry, the P201 bit is very efficient and distinguishes itself with unbeatable price and performance. The new P201 polishing bit is available immediately.

  • Hybrid returns to The Print Show with Mimaki’s latest innovations

    Mimamki UJV55 320

    Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services returns to The Print Show once again with a raft of innovations as it supports a substantial quota of its resellers who are also exhibiting at the event.

  • Labmak announced as first beta site customer for new Durst Tau 330 RSC

    D Webster

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies, has announced that The Label Makers in the UK will be its first beta site customer for its new digital, high speed, eight-colour label press Tau 330 RSC Label Press.

  • AJS to launch new compact embroidery machine at Newtech Durham workshop


    AJS Embroidery Services Ltd are pleased to announce the first public showing of the new Tajima “SAI” Super compact embroidery machine at the Coactive – Newtech show Durham.

  • InPrint USA to host inaugural industrial inkjet conference


    InPrint USA, the Industrial Print Show, will host the first Industrial Inkjet Conference May 1-2, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

  • Lake Image Systems demonstrates how challenging label inspections can be met


    Lake Image Systems Ltd., a leader in variable data integrity and print quality inspection for the packaging, labels, and commercial print industries, is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at the Label Expo 17 show (Stand #9B22) held on September 25th – 28th, 2017 at the Brussels Expo.

  • ASLAN complements its range of metal effect films with trendy rosegold

    Metaeffect ASLAN CA23 Rosegold

    ASLAN, the family-owned German specialist in developing and manufacturing self-adhesive films, is further extending its broad portfolio of metal effect films. To complement the MetalEffect ASLAN CA 23 series, consisting of a variety of polished and brushed metal effect films, the metallic colour rosegold is now also available.

  • Nimlok Chicago expands team of exhibit & display professionals

    NimlokChicago WesGreen

    Nimlok Chicago, an exclusive and expert Nimlok exhibit and display solutions provider based in the Chicago-land area, is proud to announce it has added Wes Green, project coordinator, to its growing team of exhibit and display professionals.

  • Your Print Specialists expands wide format print with Roland Dealer status

    RolandDG YPS Team

    Roland DG has appointed Your Print Specialists (YPS) to its network of approved dealers. Effective from 1st September 2017, YPS is an official Roland DG dealer for the North of England with a focus on sales of the TrueVIS VG Series and TrueVIS SG Series.

  • Zünd launches Laser Module LM 100W – cut & seal in one efficient process

    LM 100W Zund

    With the LM 100W, Zünd is introducing a laser module for sign & display applications. The purpose of this new laser-cutting system is to cut polyester fabrics and seal the edges at the same time. This addition further amplifies the versatility of Zünd's modular, wide-format cutting systems.

  • ArtSystems “keeping it real” for resellers and customers

    Artsystems haveaniceday

    ArtSystems’ Digital Application Specialist, Charlotte Crampton, was given the remit of refreshing the company’s demo suite and reception area to better reflect the Nottingham-based specialist distributor’s portfolio. She chose the theme of “real world signage”. The result provides a state-of-the-art workflow masterclass.

  • Mole Valley Farmers and the Epson SureColor SC-P9000

    Holsworthy FHS

    The Design Studio of Mole Valley Farmers had a requirement for a large format printer to give them total control of their product artwork presentation boards. They chose the Epson SureColor SC-P 9000.

  • Eye-catching fluorescent inks enhance appeal of new Mimaki TS30-1300

    Mimaki TS30 1300

    Mimaki’s UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services has announced that the company's latest dye-sublimation offering, the TS30-1300 1.3m printer, has arrived at its Cheshire showroom and is available for demonstrations.

  • DYSS bottles success for Print Leeds

    DYSS X7

    In the last four years, the West Yorkshire business has undertaken a factory refurbishment and extension and also acquired a Heidelberg Speedmaster CX102 UV seven colour printer, and just recently a DYSS X7-1630C digital cutter from AG/CAD. In the next 6 months, the company will skyrocket its investment plans with a move from the current 20,000sq/ft factory to a 32,000sq/ft facility and also install another Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 seven colour printer.

  • Konica Minolta driving growth at Labelexpo

    Konica Minolta LabelExpo

    Konica Minolta will showcase the full label production cycle at Labelexpo in Brussels, Belgium, from 25-29 September with a stand offering that will underpin its commitment to customers and growing importance within industrial printing. Visitors will be in for some surprises.

  • ONYX Hub software wins SGIA ‘17 Product of the Year Award

    SGIA Award

    Onyx Graphics, Inc. is proud to announce that ONYX Hub has received the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) Product of the Year Award in the Software:

  • Flint Group products improve productivity and safety at Rommelag Flex

    Flint Group

    Flint Group’s innovative adapter with air flow system and sleeve with newly developed easy-mount technology improve productivity and safety at ROMMELAG FLEX

  • Imaginators turns up festival volumes with super fast Durst technology

    Matt Tydeman Imaginators

    Multi award winning large format digital print production company Imaginators is predicting at least a 20% turnover jump in a year with the purchase of Durst’s largest and most advanced digital printing machine, following funding from HSBC.

  • SGIA - Keep clients coming back with vehicle wraps

    SGIA 2017

    SGIA’s Wrap Like a Pro training builds a bridge between graphics printing and installation.

  • The Vinyl Guys transform hobby into profitable business, thanks to Roland DG technology

    Roland DG The Vinyl guys LFR

    Ever wanted to turn a sideline into your main, profit-driving day job? The Vinyl Guys did just that, putting their faith in Roland DG print & cut technology to launch their business into high quality, high reliability production that never fails to impress their customers.

    The Vinyl Guys started their route to business success with just a PC and a small 60cm plotter cutter to produce graphics for friends as and when required. Anything larger than the size of the plotter, or that required print, had to be outsourced on demand.

    Alex Liggett, Owner of The Vinyl Guys, explains: “I started The Vinyl Guys business as a hobby three years ago, to meet the growing needs of friends in the motorsports sector. Initially, I outsourced all my printing whilst doing as much as I could with the plotter and cut vinyl at home.”

    The West Midlands-based company opted to purchase the TrueVIS SG-540 print & cut machine in 2016 after falling in love with the latest of Roland DG’s eco-solvent printers at The Print Show earlier in the year. They purchased their first in-house machine from Grafityp, opting for the SG-540 as a fantastic way to save time and increase profits.

    Alex says: “The printer has been pivotal in transforming my sideline enterprise into a profitable business. The difference now is unbelievable. I can print samples, test my artwork and turn work around faster, at a higher quality and at a lower cost. As soon as we installed our Roland, our profit margins grew by a significant amount overnight. Customers also noticed the difference in terms of quality, which meant I could be more creative and offer additional print services.”

    In addition to increasing the quality of output and consistency of print, the SG Series printer also enabled Alex to expand what he could offer his customers, meeting tight deadlines, offering exciting custom work and even expanding the types of product he can offer beyond the high-quality vinyl and vehicle wraps which the company is known for. After seeing how successful bringing their business in-house can be, The Vinyl Guys also purchased a laminating system, allowing every stage of the vehicle wrap process to be completed in-house to their high standards.

    Alex continues: “As my customer-base grew, outsourcing printing proved to be time-consuming, expensive, and I had no control over the quality of the end-product. It became clear that I needed to invest in a printer and bring all the work in-house. I have used [the SG-540] for banners and posters, but as our main areas of business are vehicle graphics and signage, 90% of the time we are printing vinyl of some sort.”

    With a new, exciting job always on the horizon, and every successful application posted across The Vinyl Guy’s social media channels for all to see, it’s easy to see how much the addition of an in-house printer has benefited Alex’s business; and will continue to increase profits and impress customers for years to come.

    For more information on The Vinyl Guys, please visit: @TheVinylGuysUK

    [Picture caption: The Vinyl Guys use their Roland DG TrueVIS SG-540 printer/cutter to create stunning vehicle wraps]

  • Mimaki brings photo-realistic colour to 3D printing with 3DUJ-553 UV LED solution

    Mimaki 3DUJ 553

    Mimaki has announced the launch of a brand new approach to 3D printing with the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 UV LED printing solution. This is the world’s first 3D printer with over 10 million colours, enabling the production of colour-realistic signs, prototypes, parts, products and other 3D printed applications that eliminate the need for time-consuming hand painting of 3D printed objects.

  • Zünd UK evolves with new name, new technology and new faces

    Zund demo centre LFR

    Following its acquisition by Swiss family business Zünd Systemtechnik AG earlier this year, St Albans-based Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd has announced an official name change to Zünd UK Ltd. The new, simpler name reflects a continued progression for the company, a leader in digital cutting technology.

    New technical innovations will also be on show at Zünd UK Ltd's dedicated demonstration centre following a forthcoming refurbishment. New Zünd machines fitted with over-cutter cameras and laser modules – both of which were unveiled at FESPA this year – will be on display for customers seeking in-depth looks at Zünd technology away from busy trade show floors. Zünd UK is also planning to hold a number of open house events next year, introducing more people to the cutting-edge range.

    Furthermore, Zünd UK Ltd has announced the appointment of new sales personnel. James Newnham, Paul Whitford and Steve Rowbotham have all been appointed Sales Account Managers, while Thomas Scott is a new Sales Technician.

    As part of the changes at Zünd UK, the email addresses for sales and support teams have also been altered to salesuk@zund.com and supportuk@zund.com respectively. The phone and fax numbers remain the same.

    "Becoming a subsidiary of Zünd Systemtechnik AG this year has enabled us to make big changes here at Zünd UK Ltd, including streamlining our name," comments Stuart Cole, Managing Director, Zünd UK Ltd.

    "Our demo centre is getting a revamp with our very latest innovations that make digital cutting processes even faster, more automated and more efficient, while our customers will see new faces in our sales team.

    "We're looking forward to meeting new and existing Zünd users both at our demonstration centre in St Albans and at forthcoming trade shows – with plenty more events planned for 2018."

    Zünd UK Ltd will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations in London on September 13th and 14th 2017 (Stand D2) and at Advanced Engineering in Birmingham on November 1st and 2nd 2017 (Stand D43).

    To book a meeting with Zünd UK Ltd at these shows or at the demonstration centre, or for further information on Zünd cutting systems, please email salesuk@zund.com or call 01727 833003.

    [Picture caption: The renamed Zünd UK Ltd is making changes to its demonstration suite]

  • Create a Wall is winning at interior decor printing with HP technology

    Wallart HP

    Create a Wall is a digital décor printing and design company servicing the Melbourne, Australia area. The company started 12 years ago, as an owner-operator business in the window film industry.

  • DYSS hits all the right notes for music festival printer

    247 Print Operator

    As a print and signage business that specialises in working with festival and concert promotion companies, Twenty Four Seven Design and Print Ltd. delivers a complete publicity package for musicians and music events.

  • Roland DGA and Drytac announce partnership for print media profiles and product promotions

    Drytac media roll LFR

    Drytac, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products and laminators, has partnered with leading printer manufacturer, Roland DGA Corporation, to create a portfolio of print media colour profiles and cross-promote products. The two companies have also shared resources to improve overall work process efficiencies and productivity for customers who utilise their products. A Roland printer has been installed in Drytac’s Richmond, Virginia showroom, and in turn, Drytac’s JetMounter laminator has been supplied for use at Roland’s demo center in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Additionally, the two companies recently conducted a wrap workshop at NBM’s WrapsCon in Long Beach, featuring how Roland printers and Drytac laminators work together in a vehicle wrap workflow.

    Print media from Drytac are listed in the Roland Profile Center, where users can select the Roland printer, ink configuration, and RIP manufacturer to be used. Once these have been specified, users can download the necessary colour profiles for their media of choice.

    “Our partnership with Roland DGA brings immense value, and we are thrilled to be working together, said Darren Speizer, Drytac Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “This new relationship gives us the opportunity to share industry knowledge across organisational teams while simultaneously promoting Drytac print media to multiple wide-format graphic audiences.”

    To access Drytac print media profiles, visit the Roland Profile Center at http://rolandprofilecenter.us/media-library.php.

    For a schedule of upcoming workshops featuring Roland printers and Drytac laminators, visit www.rolanddga.com/rolandacademy.

  • Fujifilm Uvijet UV inks obtain UL GREENGUARD Certification

    Fujifilm UL Greenguard

    Fujifilm’s commitment to environmental responsibility has been recognised as fourteen inks in its Uvijet UV range have achieved UL GREENGUARD certification.

  • Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series of digital monochrome production presses from Canon

    Canon Varioprint 6000 Titan

    Canon has launched the new Océ VarioPrint 6000 TITAN series of cut-sheet monochrome production presses, introducing a range of technology innovations to further enhance productivity, quality and media versatility, while maintaining the VarioPrint 6000 series’ best-in-class environmental performance.

  • Major step up for Source Graphics with investment in new printing equipment

    Anapurna M2500i

    Milton Keynes-based Source Graphics have invested nearly £200,000 in some major equipment purchased from printing equipment specialist Josero.

  • QPS to demonstrate power of diversification at The Print Show

    QPS show stand LFR

    Quality Print Services (QPS) has confirmed it will exhibit at The Print Show, taking place at in Telford from October 11th to 13th 2017 (Stand I07).

    The third outing for The Print Show will include demonstrations of new hardware and products, educational content and an opportunity to network with delegates from across the print industry. Furthermore, it offers a chance to meet experts in the field – such as leading wide-format supplier QPS.

    Specifically, the Lancashire business intends to introduce traditional print providers, such as litho printers, to the wide-format print technology and support that could help them open new and lucrative revenue streams.

    "The Print Show's features include the Printer's Bazaar and Business Seminar Theatre which will explore the huge variety of options open to printers in the UK today," comments Chris Bailey, Managing Director, QPS.

    "We expect to meet plenty of print firms who are looking to add wide-format technology to their existing equipment, either to investigate potential markets or to satisfy an existing requirement.
    We're also looking forward to meeting those with existing wide-format capacity and are investigating alternative solutions.

    "We travel the UK looking after our customers so we know exactly what advice to give, and are experts in the products we sell and the services we provide."

    The Print Show tweeted that it was 'delighted to confirm that @QPSWideFormat will be at #theprintshow this year', with the organiser's Sales Manager Adam Every adding that it was 'fantastic news'.

    QPS is a one-stop-shop for wide-format print providers, offering the full range of high-performance Nazdar digital inks, the Longier UV printer range, other new and refurbished wide-format printers, display materials and consumables, including specialist products.

    It is also a renowned name in service and support, retaining loyal customers across the UK who rely on QPS's expertise in installing new print hardware and inks, maintaining systems and undertaking repairs when needed.

    This reflects 'The Print Show is Great Britain' slogan; the QPS team travels across the country to care for its new and existing customers, delivering unrivalled support. In addition, QPS is a leading supplier of Nazdar ink – much of which is manufactured in the UK. For more information on Nazdar and its comprehensive range of ink solutions, please visit www.nazdar.com.

    QPS will exhibit at Stand I07 at The Print Show, taking place at The International Centre in Telford, UK from October 11th to 13th 2017. To book a meeting with QPS at the event, or for more information about QPS's print products and services, please email sales@qualityprintservices.com or call 01704 897575.

  • Find your way at the 2017 SGIA Expo

    SGIA 2017 Hall

    It’s the largest printing industry trade show in North America. Here’s how it applies to graphics and signage producers and installers.

  • Textile design students explore the power of Epson digital print

    BCU Epson Digital Print

    Epson collaborates closely with schools and universities to provide digital printing expertise and technology and, in turn, learn from a new generation of artists and designers.

  • Paradigm Imaging Group introduces the new PIXis UV flatbed printers

    PIXis UV Flatbed

    Paradigm Imaging Group, a leading distributor of large format scanning and printing solutions, has announced the release of a new line of UV flatbed printers from the new PIXis product line.

  • First year victories for Fastsigns franchises

    Fastsigns Oxford Northteam

    Two of FASTSIGNS’ franchise centres are ending their first year on a high note after joining the global signage specialist.

  • Fresh Graphics expands business offering with Roland DG

    Steve Laing Fresh Graphics

    Steve Laing, founder of Fresh Graphics, explains why he believes Roland DG is the supercar equivalent of the print industry and the key to commercial success.

  • Cardiff Met University’s PrintStudio sees commercial gains thanks to Roland DG

    Roland Printer1

    Inspired by a trip to Roland DG’s Creative Centre, Cardiff Met University’s PrintStudio soon purchased a Roland DG machine of its own to increase its offering and grow the commercial side of the business.

  • Your Print Partner Ltd. flying the flag for British manufacturing with multiple Mimaki printer investment

    Your Print Ltd Installation

    Your Print Partner Ltd is on a mission to bring wide-format print and display manufacture back to the UK, having today announced the arrival of four new digital print machines at its headquarters in Lincoln.

  • Leamore Signs produces stunning set of liveries with Metamark M7 MetaScape

    LeamoreSigns MetaMark

    Leamore Signs is based near Stafford but you’ll have seen its work everywhere in the UK thanks to the company being a supplier of livery services to Scania truck dealers whose customers operate fleets of all shapes and sizes - nationwide.

  • METROPOLE makes 'exceptional equipment' investment with two new EFi VUTEk printers

    efi vutek gs3lx pro

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced the installation of two new printers at Paris-based superwide graphics provider METROPOLE: a 5-metre EFI VUTEk FabriVU 520 soft signage printer and an EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid roll/flatbed LED inkjet printer.

  • DYSS bottles success for Print Leeds

    Rod Fisher Print Leeds

    As far as growth and investment goes, there are few print businesses currently spending at the level of Print Leeds. The rapidly evolving company has invested over £3.5m in the last four years with a projected spend of an additional £5m in the next 18 months.

  • New appointment to expand Roland DG’s market share in ASEAN region

    Daryl Leonard Rio RolandDG Australia

    Roland DG Australia has announced the appointment of Daryl Leonard Rio to Business Development Manager for the ASEAN region.

  • SGIA announces Product of the Year winners

    SGIA 2017

    SGIA has announced the winners of the 2017 Product of the Year Awards, and 49 products rose to the top of the 222 entries. (A list of category winners is below.)
    “Wherever we could, we used objective criteria,” said Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist, SGIA. “That means categories like Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Textile were objectively evaluated to include industry specifications.”

  • Representatives from Ann Inc., REI and Starbucks to speak on Sustainability at SGIA lunch

    SGIA EXPO Logo

    Print buyers from Ann Inc., REI and Starbucks will tell print suppliers where and why sustainability figures into print buying decisions during the Brands Talking Sustainability luncheon at the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10–12). Conversation will revolve around what brands expect from print providers.

  • Drytac's new SpotOn White M50 printable adhesive film offers greater opacity

    Drytac SpotOn

    Drytac Europe has expanded its SpotOn® range of printable, adhesive films with the introduction of SpotOn White M50. The product has been specifically developed to provide greater opacity than the standard version and is available throughout EMEA with immediate effect.

  • ArtSystems’ hiking team to march against cancer

    Artsystems HikeTeam

    Every four minutes someone in the UK dies from cancer. Smoking, alcohol abuse, genetic predisposition and obesity have been joined by other cancer triggers including air pollution, extended life spans, and human papilloma virus to tip cancer care into crisis. Nearly all research into the condition is funded through public donations, and “to do their bit” a team from Nottingham-based specialist distributer ArtSystems will step forward in September to “march against cancer”.

  • Epson to focus on profit ideas for PSPs at The Print Show

    Epson SureColour S

    A kaleidoscope of digital printing solutions for the commercial printer will be on show at Epson’s colourful stand (Stand G05) at the Print Show in Telford from 11-13 October. Visitors will be able to see a comprehensive range of digital printers for signage, textiles, décor, proofing, POS, photography, technical drawing and labels.

  • Roland DG named 'the most recommended digital printer brand' according to Signet Bradstudy

    Signet Brandstudy Logo

    In a recently released Signet BrandStudy that polled Signs of the Times subscribers, Roland DG received the highest “Net Promoter Score” (NPS) among all major wide-format printer manufacturers, indicating that respondents are most likely to recommend Roland products to others.

  • PressOn working with the Crossrail project

    PressOn Crossrail Project

    PressOn, one of the UK’s leading large format digital printers, has recently completed a major package of work for the Crossrail project – the printing and installing 450m of hoarding graphics to construction sites throughout London, UK.

  • Zünd UK to present advanced technology for design at Packaging Innovations

    Zund show stand LFR

    Zünd UK will showcase a Zünd S3 M1600 digital cutting system at Packaging Innovations this autumn, demonstrating its exceptional capabilities in sample-making and short-run packaging production.

    Returning to the Olympia in London on September 13th and 14th 2017, Packaging Innovations will feature an awards programme, seminars, advice, networking opportunities, new products and machinery demonstrations.

    Zünd UK has been a regular exhibitor at Packaging Innovations and can again be found at stand D2 over the two-day event, running demonstrations of the Zünd S3 M1600 and providing information on the entire Zünd range.

    In particular, the Zünd UK team will be showcasing the benefits of the Zünd S3 and its complementary software, modules and tools for packaging designers looking to increase the speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and overall quality of their samples and short-run work.

    The machine will be processing carton and corrugated materials typically used by businesses in this market, but can handle a wide range of substrates including plywood, plastics and foams – meaning packaging professionals can explore potential diversification channels.

    "Packaging Innovations is always a hotbed of ideas and talent so we're looking forward to returning to the show this September," comments Stuart Cole, Managing Director, Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd.

    "There has been a real surge in brilliant packaging design in recent years so we expect to encounter plenty of questions about how Zünd equipment can help make innovative design ideas a tangible reality, especially in terms of small-batch products and personalisation."

    Like all Zünd digital cutting systems, the Zünd S3 has a modular design to ensure each user has the perfect configuration to meet their needs – both upon installation and in the future, with upgrades, changes to modules and new tool installations possible at any time. At Packaging Innovations, visitors will be able to see demonstrations of the Zünd S3 M1600, a medium-sized option in the S3 range; cutting tables with smaller and larger bed sizes are available, all with an energy-efficient vacuum system to hold down material for accurate cutting.

    Zünd systems are manufactured in Switzerland under strict quality and safety principles, offering highly automated, powerful capabilities for a plethora of businesses.

    Packaging Innovations 2017, co-located with Luxury Packaging 2017, will take place at the Olympia in London on September 13th and 14th 2017. To book a meeting with Zünd UK at the show, or for further information on Zünd cutting systems, please email sales@zund.co.uk or call 01727 833003.

    [Picture caption: Zünd will exhibit a Zünd S3 M1600 at Packaging Innovations in September]

  • Drytac boosts custom converting capabilities with new investment at Canadian plant

    Drytac Canada Sheeter

    Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has boosted its converting capabilities with the addition of a new German-made high-quality sheeter at its Canadian manufacturing plant.

  • CMYUK partners with HP

    CMYUK HP Partnership

    CMYUK, the UK’s leading independent supplier of digital print technology and materials, has announced that it will be offering HP’s full range of latex and flatbed printers, effective August 1st, 2017.

  • ArtSystems exclusive reseller event: Introduction to Industry 4.0

    ArtSystems Industry 4.0 banner

    On 13th September specialist distributor ArtSystems will be partnering with its parent company, Westcoast, to host “Introduction to Industry 4.0”, an exclusive business development event for its resellers and channel members.

  • 'Unbeatable' summer price promotion on 1.6m Mimaki CJV300 printer/cutter

    Hybrid Mimaki CJV300 160 LFR

    Mimaki’s integrated production printer/cutter – the CJV300-160 – is to benefit from an attractive summer price promotion, resulting in the multi-award winner costing just £15,995. In addition, prospective purchasers can invest in a bulk ink system along with 16 litres of Mimaki ink for just an additional £1,000, which as a package will save £5,670 against the list price.

    The 1.6m wide CJV300 is Mimaki’s top of the range printer/cutter and, available with either eco solvent, solvent or dye sublimation inks, offers volume production of stickers, decals, signage, garment decoration and vehicle graphics amongst many other profitable applications. With a top speed of over 105sq m / hour it utilises next generation print heads to deliver high quality print onto an unsurpassable range of substrates.

    Exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services; the company’s national sales manager, John de le Roche states: “The sheer flexibility of the CJV300 sets it apart from alternative solutions at this price point, ensuring print professionals benefit from its high output quality, low running costs and ease of use.

    "When utilising Mimaki’s popular SS21 solvent inks, the CJV300-160 has proven an ideal production workhorse for signmakers and graphics houses, producing vibrant, long lasting and abrasion resistant prints onto outdoor durable materials such as vinyl, banner and canvas.

    “The CJV300 beats any latex printer’s output for colour yield and longevity of print.

    “With GREENGUARD Gold certification, Hybrid’s unique, rebate linked “Let’s Do MORE!” cartridge recycling scheme and a power requirement that’s a fraction of some machines, the Mimaki also boasts superb environmental credentials.”

    With its ultra-compact footprint and supplied as standard with a two year, fully inclusive Gold warranty, intuitive RIP software and powered take-up unit, the CJV300-160 easily fits into any print room.

    In addition to its significant headline offer, Hybrid is offering prospective customers the opportunity to benefit from Mimaki’s bulk ink system, which when ordered alongside the machine, will be delivered with 16 litres of ink and is available at a substantially discounted price of only £1,000.

    “Customers not only save upfront with this popular option, but long term as well,” says de la Roche. “Mimaki’s 2 litre ink sacks offer 25% savings over the cartridges and with this attractive promotion, the system pays for itself even sooner.”

    Applicable to all new orders placed before 30th September 2017, the offer on Mimaki’s range-topping CJV300-160 is available through its network of authorised resellers, and can be viewed at demonstration facilities around the UK and Ireland. For further information, please visit: www.hybridservices.co.uk/cjv300.

  • Peak UK revolutionises kayaking apparel with help from Roland DG


    The kayaking apparel company spent four years designing its pioneering Racer ST garment, which contributed towards Team GB’s Joe Clarke’s gold medal winning performance at Rio 2016
    Roland DG has enabled Peak UK to offer its Racer ST garment to Olympic teams and professional athletes across the world, following an unprecedented surge in interest after the apparel helped Team GB athlete, Joe Clarke, win a gold medal in the K1 men’s individual event.

  • Millharbour Digital does the quickstep at Sushi Samba, with help from CMYUK

    CMYUK Millharbour Sushi Samba 5 LFR

    Hertfordshire-based Millharbour Digital has recently completed a branding project at Sushi Samba London to celebrate the UK STEM Awards 2017. Millharbour Digital printed and installed a wide array of temporary graphics on multiple surfaces at the venue using Arlon vinyl supplied by CMYUK, the UK’s leading independent supplier of digital print technology and materials.

    Sponsored by The Telegraph, the awards offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) undergraduates the chance to prove their talent to some of the biggest names in industry, and offer them a chance to win £25,000. This year’s winner, electronic and electrical engineering student at the University of Strathclyde, Joe Gibson, designed a futuristic aircraft carrier in the BAE Systems-sponsored Defence Technology Challenge.

    Based on the 38th and 39th floor of the Heron Tower in the City of London, Sushi Samba – which specialises in Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine – provided a stunning backdrop for the awards ceremony which took place on 16th June. The temporary graphics had to be installed just prior to the lunchtime event and removed cleanly as soon as the event concluded, allowing Sushi Samba to resume their day-today operations.

    A four-person installation team from Millharbour Digital arrived at the venue at 6am on the morning of the event and all printed graphics had to be in situ by 11am.

    CMYUK Millharbour Sushi Samba 4 LFR

    Simon Beattie, account manager at Millharbour Digital, explains: “We needed to print and install the graphics in a very short timeframe and – having spoken to the team at CMYUK – Arlon 4300 DFP matte removable vinyl seemed to be the ideal solution.”

    Arlon’s 90-micron DPF 4300 is an intermediate multi-purpose print media film featuring a removable adhesive. The Easy On, Easy Off features include a robust face film that is thick enough to be easily applied without an overlaminate, and the adhesive allows easy removal on a variety of standard surfaces including walls, windows and more. It offers flexibility and high opacity for covering previous graphics as well as providing good resistance to scuffing, tearing and abrasion to help protect graphics.

    “We had to quickly install the printed graphics onto multiple – and sometimes challenging – surfaces, including mosaic walls, wooden facades, glass windows and painted walls. The Arlon material provided by CMYUK allowed us to do exactly that. Thanks to the flexibility of the film and its ultra low-tack formulation, we were able to stretch it around corners, cut it around plug sockets, and move it into position with ease.”

    Simon Beattie continues: “Following the event, the customer was able to cleanly remove the printed materials without any damage to the surfaces onto which it had been applied. The feedback from our client was very positive. They said that the graphics looked fantastic – and professional – and helped to make the awards a real success.”  

    Robin East, Group Director at CMYUK, adds: “The team at Millharbour are always looking for innovative materials to add value for their clients. It’s great to see applications achieved from our materials – especially in one of my very favourite restaurants!”

    A video of the graphics can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/df51JYJcI5M

    For more information on Millharbour Digital, please visit www.millharbour.co.uk   

    For more information about CMYUK, please visit www.cmyuk.com 

    Photo Caption: Millharbour Digital installs temporary graphics at Sushi Samba to celebrate The Telegraph’s STEM awards 2017.

    CMYUK Millharbour Sushi Samba 2 LFR

  • Michael Fox to retire; Richard Bowles to become Nazdar President

    Mike Fox Richard Knowles

    Nazdar, comprised of Nazdar Ink Technologies, Nazdar SourceOne and Nazdar Consulting, announces the retirement of its President, Michael Fox, effective the end of 2017.

  • New Onyx Graphics 12.2 software is 'everything the print professional could ask for'

    ONYX 12.2

    Nottingham-based specialist distributor ArtSystems has announced the release of the eagerly awaited 12.2 version of the Onyx Graphics software, the latest version of the company’s wide format print workflow and RIP products.

  • CMYUK expands EFI VUTEk sales team with appointment of Wesley Small as Senior Digital Sales Consultant

    Wesley Small CMYUK

    CMYUK, the UK’s leading independent supplier of digital print technology and materials, has announced the appointment of Wesley Small as Senior Digital Sales Consultant. In this role, which he assumes on 31st July 2017, Wesley will be responsible for boosting and supporting sales of CMYUK’s full portfolio of digital printing equipment, with a particular focus on EFI VUTEk solutions.

  • CADlink software provides outstanding results on the HP Latex printer series

    HP Latex Printer

    CADlink Technology is pleased to announce that two of its family of software products, SignLab and Digital Factory, provide complete colour management and production workflow tools for the HP Latex printer series, including;

  • RMC Digital Print chooses reliability and preciseness of Zünd to remove bottleneck

    Zund RMC LFR

    A second Zünd digital cutting table has been installed at RMC Digital Print, after the signage and exhibitions graphics specialist encountered a bottleneck in its workflow.

    The Hull business installed a Durst printer in January 2017, doubling its flatbed printing capacity, and immediately found it required additional cutting capabilities to honour contracts and keep the print-room running 24/7. Its finishing department already ran a Zünd G3 3XL1600 and decided to invest in a second Zünd machine, a Zünd G3 XL3200.

    "We needed to act fast to deal with the bottleneck created by the new flatbed printer," explains Nicole Spencer, Operations Director at RMC Digital Print. "Zünd provided a really quick turnaround – about six weeks from ordering the G3 to its installation."

    In addition to the potential of a faster installation and an easier pre-press workflow offered by choosing a second Zünd, RMC Digital wanted to replicate the reliability and precision demonstrated by its first Zünd machine.

    "Our existing Zünd runs day and night so we knew reliability wouldn't be an issue if we bought another Zünd," says Nicole Spencer. "It also cuts very precisely: when cutting hoarding or back walls for interiors, for example, being half a millimetre out can make a big difference."

    The Zünd G3 XL3200 can handle Dibond and ACM hoarding quickly thanks to its 1Kw Router module, while RMC Digital Print also upgraded its creasing tool to fold foam board or card material in on itself – a niche job for one of the company's customers.

    "Our customers want fast turnarounds and often change deadlines so we have to move work around on our production schedule," says Nicole Spencer. "We have to react quickly to changes in demand so having the second Zünd allows us to pre-press the job just once and we know it will be finished accurately."

    RMC Digital Print chose the Zünd G3 XL3200, a narrower but longer model than its first cutting table, which also has a conveyor to feed roll materials. The G3 can be tailored to specific cutting needs easily thanks to its modular construction and material handling options, making it a future-proofed cutting system ideal for a wide range of businesses across numerous industries. Its Swiss design exceeds safety standards and offers the highest automation capabilities, increasing output and minimising human error.

    "The combination of Swiss manufacturing and a UK-based engineering team enabled Zünd UK to very quickly respond to RMC Digital Print's requirement for a reliable machine capable of the most accurate work," comments Stuart Cole, Managing Director, Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd.

    "The Zünd G3 is simply designed and built for 24/7, precise operation for demanding customers, so we expect the business to significantly increase its output."

    In May 2017, Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd became a subsidiary of Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a family business based in Switzerland, making the St Albans-based company an integral part of the manufacturer offering a full and complete service to its customers in the UK and Ireland.

    For further information on Zünd cutting systems, or to book a visit to Zünd UK's dedicated demonstration suite, please email sales@zund.co.uk or call +44 (0)1727 833003.

    Picture caption: RMC Digital Print now runs two Zünd digital cutting systems

  • Vanguard Packaging makes first investment in HP digital with corrugated press

    HP Scitex 15500

    Vanguard Packaging, a leading converter of point-of-purchase displays, signage, retail packaging, and corrugated boxes, has expanded its digital printing capacity with an HP Scitex 15500 Corrugated Press.

  • New Zünd Design Center 3.1 – intuitive, versatile, fully featured


    With the Zünd Design Center ZDC Illustrator Plug-in, Zünd takes another huge leap forward. ZDC Vers.3.1 offers even greater convenience, a brand-new category of materials, and added functionality.

  • printMAX returns to the Print Show for third year running

    Print Show printMAX

    Returning to The Print Show for a third consecutive year, wide format reseller, printMAX will once more be concentrating on showcasing the extensive Mimaki product range, with an exciting array of technology set to be on display. Following a successful experience both at the inaugural show in 2015, and last year’s show, the company is set to feature a range of solutions geared to enhancing commercial printers’ potential for creating new revenue streams.

  • London’s Roundhouse transformed with help from Drytac ReTac film

    Drytac Retac Roundhouse

    The stairwell of London’s Roundhouse venue was recently transformed with eye-catching temporary printed wall graphics for a charity event held in aid of the Ubuntu Education Fund. The stunning graphics were printed by Oasis Graphic Co. onto Drytac ReTac 75 Matte film, and formed part of a full event-branding package created and delivered by Fisher Productions.

  • New 203 Series inkjet ink from Nazdar designed for longevity

    Nazdar 203 Series inks LFR

    Nazdar Ink Technologies has released a new set of solvent inkjet inks, developed for long-lasting, high-quality output from Roland wide-format printers.

    Promoted at this year's FESPA show, Nazdar 203 Series inks are formulated as direct replacements for Roland Eco Max 3 original inks, but at a lower price point. They are accurately colour-matched to OEM inks in CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black, and can be used in conjunction with Roland Eco Max 3 white and metallic inks.

    In addition to the colour vibrancy provided as standard with Nazdar inks – which are manufactured in the UK and USA – the new low-odour Series 203 inks offer superior performance on outdoor graphics and are resistant to UV degradation and colour fade. The range is ideal for commonly used graphics substrates including banner material, flexible and pressure-sensitive vinyl, blue back paper and backed mesh, delivering consistent and reliable print performance even on high-speed printers.

    "We promoted the new inks at FESPA in Hamburg this spring and we're delighted to now roll them out to wide-format print businesses across the UK," says Stephen Woodall, Global Market Segment Manager for Aqueous & Solvent Digital. "The high impact, high intensity colours offered by the new Nazdar 203 Series inks are equivalent to the OEM ink set but without the high price tag.

    "Nazdar inks are formulated to match specific OEM inks, so print businesses can be assured that a quick ink changeover is all that's required to save them money without losing quality. The only difference their customers will see is lower prices."

    Thanks to compatibility with both the ink shades and with all Roland printers engineered to Roland Eco Max 3 inks, the new Nazdar 203 Series cartridges can be installed simply when the old OEM inks run out, either singly or as a full set, without the need for custom profiles in most situations.

    The new inks – available in 500ml cartridges and 1 litre bottles – are manufactured to ISO9001 standards and meet all the regulatory targets achieved by Eco Max 3 OEM inks.

    Learn more about Nazdar 203 Series eco-solvent inkjet ink in the new Nazdar Meet the Inks video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie3Z-o8gwPE).

    For more information on Nazdar and its comprehensive range of ink solutions, please visit www.nazdar.com.

    Picture caption: The new Nazdar 203 Series inks provide outdoor endurance

  • Mimaki to revolutionise label and packaging workflow at Labelexpo Europe 2017

    Mimaki UJV 7151

    Mimaki has announced that it will be bringing a variety of innovative digital print-and-cut solutions for short-run and customised labels and packaging to Labelexpo Europe 2017.

  • Hybrid Services marshals Mimaki armada for The Print Show


    Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, has signed up to exhibit at The Print Show 2017 along with a raft of its resellers.

  • Delta Rubber finds that the 'only limitations are the humans' working with upgraded Zünd

    Zund Delta Rubber

    Delta Rubber has part-exchanged its Zünd S3 M800, bought in late 2015, for a new Zünd G3 L2500 following 18 months of significantly increased output.

  • Antalis' Digital Academy advises on training to sustain business

    Antalis Digital Academy

    Amid our fast-paced modern environment, which is awash with constant technological advancements and new innovation, it can be all too difficult for both traditional signmakers and commercial printers to keep up. As such, regular training is vital to not only ensure best practice but to unlock new opportunities and grow. Here, Giles Bristow at Antalis’ Digital Academy advises on the importance of training resources for today’s busy sign-makers, commercial printers and design specialists.