30 Mar 2020

Dublin City Council save 40% using 'REACH” Certified Triangle Inks


Dublin City Council Spire

As with many Councils around the UK and Ireland, Dublin City Council has faced major challenges in recent months trying to make cost savings whilst maintaining quality.  After some consideration it has installed Triangle Inks’ Digital Mild Solvent inks in its Roland Versacamm.

Dublin City Council realised that there were big savings to be made on ink cartridges by switching to Triangle Inks but its main priority was to ensure the quality it was getting from its original Roland cartridges was met. Josero, the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland of Triangle inks and its local dealer in Ireland, Trimwel Ltd, worked with the City Council to carry out rigorous tests to make sure the quality was up to standard.

Nick Little, Sales Director for Trimwel said, “We knew the quality would not be an issue as we have installed Triangle inks in many Rolands, Mimakis and Mutohs over the past year and we know our customer base is very happy. What we were really impressed with was the support from Josero. They sent their Director of Sales to Ireland to work with the Council to ensure everything ran smoothly and to manage the changeover. Triangle Inks has a simple approach to the way it sells its inks all over the world, which is quality at a competitive price. Trimwel has taken this approach and Dublin City Council is now making savings of 40%."

Triangle Inks became a REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals) pre-registered Green Business in April 2008. REACH Certification will become compulsory for all ink manufacturers in 2012 and this certification will ensure that all certified comply with strict rules to make sure their inks are environmentally friendly.

Director of Sales at Josero, Gareth McDonald, commented, “We’re delighted that Triangle inks has helped Dublin City Council to save money and hope that others will see the benefit of switching to a quality alternative ink supplier who will match the reliability and service provided by OEMs, whilst offering significant cost savings.”


ASLAN’s New Products at Viscom 2010 in Frankfurt

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ASLAN, a worldwide operating innovator in self-adhesive films, presents its portfolio of specialties at Viscom Frankfurt in November together with its retail partners.

At a joint booth with Siebdruckservice Welle GmbH the ASLAN team presents products from the ASLAN portfolio of films for specific applications. One focus is on glass decoration where ASLAN successfully markets a wide product range.

One highlight is the glass decoration film with special air channels, ASLAN EL 300. It allows a particularly easy, fast and clean decoration of window panes. ASLAN furthermore presents innovative self-adhesive films for digital printing and sign making and demonstrates specific applications like vinyl ads on asphalt.

There will also be new ecological products like ASLAN’s new PVC-free glass decoration film with a sandblasted effect.

You find ASLAN and Welle from 4th to 6th November 2010 at booth C81 in hall 3.0.

Roland's Metallic Ink ups the Application Ante


Roland Vs Range

The introduction by Roland of its metallic ink into dedicated print-and-cut systems has been welcomed by companies wanting to extend their product offerings within the sign, display and specialist digital sectors. Both the original SolJet Pro III XC-540MT and the more recent VersaCAMM VS-640 have been designed and manufactured specifically to incorporate this important new addition, as well as white, making them integral and reliable elements within these wide-format systems.

Roland recognised that in order to remain competitive, its customers from all sectors needed to offer fresh and innovative ideas to their end users. The addition of wide-format print-and-cut solutions designed to handle metallic and white ink formulations has resulted in a new breed of applications which benefits from the broad palette of more than 500 vivid, glittering colours as well as a highly opaque white.

The first company to invest in the Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 was Reddhart Graphics, who signed the order immediately after this machine was launched in the spring. Purchased from Roland specialist reseller PrintMAX, this solution's metallic option was instantly acknowledged as being vital to the Essex-based print service provider's growth plans.

Reddhart Graphics supplies a broad range of print-related services, including offset litho, including a vast array of wide-format output ranging from point-of-sale materials, through displays and posters, to more unusual jobs such as guitar wraps. Managing Partner, Steve Hart, believes firmly that the compact and versatile print-and-cut VersaCAMM VS-640 was the right machine to drive his company forward into more innovative applications, with the addition of metallic and white inks adding to the high quality of its CMYKLcLm eco-solvent inks.

"The quality is pretty amazing," explains Hart. "And it's all the more so when you consider that it's coming from a 1.6 m wide-format printer. Some of our clients are especially sensitive to colour accuracy but the VS-640 satisfies them. We produce posters and point-of-sale graphics for make-up brands where skin tones and colour have to be spot on."

Unattended production has proved to be another bonus for Reddhart Graphics. The company can leave a job running with the knowledge that, when it is complete, Roland's integrated OnSupport system will send out an e-mail notification to a remote computer or mobile phone. This feature also reports status updates, such as ink-low warnings, as Hart confirms. "This is a remarkable development in my opinion," he says. "Overnight production is routine now; it really works wonders for us when we have delivery deadlines looming."

Another enterprising business to have gained instant rewards from the addition of metallic and white ink is Leeds-based Awesome Merchandise. Formed five years ago in a student bedroom, this company concentrates on the creation and production of badges, stickers, promotional items and displays and has grown to become one of Europe's largest producers of bespoke products.

Specialising in print runs from one-offs to hundreds of thousands, Awesome Merchandise uses a variety of creative techniques according to the type of job being produced. Whilst higher volumes are catered for using offset litho or screen-printing, the demand for smaller and personalised applications has driven the growing requirement for digital options. However, the installation of a Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540MT has also helped Awesome Merchandise by expanding the opportunities which can be turned into print.

"This new print-and-cut solution has helped us almost double our product range," claims managing director, Luke Hodson. "Its versatility and quality means we have been able to add many new products to our catalogue, including wide-format posters and billboards, custom-cut stickers and garment transfers."

Hodson opted for the 1.37 m Roland SolJet III XC-540MT not only for its metallic and white ink capabilities but, also, because it is an integrated print-and-cut machine. "This was our first wide-format purchase and, although there were cheaper options on the market, the Roland system was the only which really stood out," he says. "This investment means that we can be ever more creative in our offerings to customers and, in the future, we plan to open up new revenue streams, including vehicle wraps and graphics as well as point-of-sale applications."

Roland DG's technical director, Brett Newman, emphasises: "The use of metallics is here to stay and, with Roland technology, users are assured of absolute compatibility between printer and special ink formulations. These print-and-cut solutions are engineered specifically to accommodate both metallic and white inks to ensure that absolute consistency and quality are assured from the very first print onwards."


InkTec’s Backlit Film approved by HP for their Latex Printers


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Leading ink & media manufacturer InkTec have had their best-selling Backlit Film approved by HP for use on their range of Latex Printers.

As a result, InkTec Europe will now be stocking the Back-Lit on a 3” Core to ensure compatibility over the full range of Latex Printers which includes the HP Scitex LX600 and LX800. The Backlit film is available in all widths up to 1524mm.

UK Sales Manager, Ben Woodruff commented, “It’s exciting that HP have officially recognised the quality of our Back-Lit Film and approved it for use on their entire Latex range. We have seen the printed results and they are simply stunning”

ICC Colour profiles for the Backlit Media (ITP-BG) are available to download from HP on their media finder website.





Avery Dennison sponsored racing driver makes impressive start in Dutch GT4 Championship

Danny Van Dongen Corvette In The Wet

Danny van Dongen, one of Europe’s top-rated GT4 sports car racing drivers – who is being sponsored by Avery Dennison – has made an excellent start to the second season in the Dutch GT4 Championship.

Seven races form the 2010 season,  with six events on the circuits in Assen and Zandvoort, and the last in the autumn on the famous Nürburgring Grand Prix track in Germany.

In the first race during the second weekend event of the season in May, on the Zandvoort circuit, Danny van Dongen’s GT4 Corvette – wrapped in Avery Graphics® 900 and 800 series films and carrying the Avery Dennison logo – swept in second just 0.054 seconds behind the winning car driven by Jan Joris Verheul.

‘Before the race, I would have been thrilled with this outcome’, commented the Netherlands-based driver Danny van Dongen immediately after the race. ‘But I was ahead of the field during the last lap and should have won,’ he said.

Danny van Dongen is now focusing his sights on the next races in the Championship.   He says: ‘I will be going full out for victory. And that's a realistic ambition, as I have proved.’

Avery Dennison’s sponsorship theme, appropriately, is “driven to excel” – and that’s what sports car racing is all about.  Nobody competes to be second best – especially, it seems, not Avery Dennison or Danny van Dongen.

Aluminium frame fabric signage and display systems the way you want them – Ultima provides the complete trade service


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As part of its already popular Linear aluminium frame display system, Ultima has recently launched Linear Vector, a lightweight modular frame system suitable for fabric and rigid substrate graphics. Ultima has also just launched a Vector wall-mounted range of graphic frames. The Vector system allows you to create seamless graphic displays that are ideal for retail environments; for branding, freestanding promotional displays and wayfinding.

Vector frame graphics are front-loading, so that even if the display or wall frame is in-situ, graphics can be changed very easily; making them perfect for environments where the message changes regularly.

Their experience shows that, customers find the kits are great for a lot of off-the-shelf applications, but often they are required to fit them to a particular environment and demand custom sizes. Ultima’s UK-based design and manufacturing facility means they can deliver made-to-order sizes at the same cost as a standard modular solution using their dedicated in-house CAD design team, which is offered as a free service to Ultima distributors. Ultima has recently invested in the latest Pro-E design software to improve the speed and quality of their design service.

Ultima also has in-house printing and finishing, so once hardware solution is specified, they can also print and fit high quality graphics from your artwork, on latest d-gen specialist dye-sub fabric printer.

With all these trade services under one roof, Ultima’s aim is to offer a value for money ‘one-stop-shop’ – which can save time and money.