23 Jun 2021

Zünd UK to demo new SonicZ ultrasonic cutting module at Sign & Digital UK

Zund G3

Zünd UK will be demonstrating its new SonicZ ultrasonic cutting module on the award-winning G3 cutter at Sign & Digital UK 2013.

Utilising the unique characteristics of ultrasonic cutting and high frequency oscillation, Zünd's SonicZ module offers 'massively improved' cutting speeds to the corrugated packaging and point of sale display manufacturer on corrugated and thicker fluted core boards. For larger sample quantities and short run production volumes the SonicZ tool offers the perfect solution.

Zünd will also be showing the S3 flatbed cutting machine with the new V-cut tool.

New look for Abeln GmbH courtesy of Vista System's Expand signage solution

Vista Abein Pic

Vista System International recently supplied its Vista Expand signage solutions to Stolze Design for installation at the office building of Abeln GmbH, a leading construction product manufacturer located in Lorup, Germany.

The client required an eye catching and durable sign in which he could present his brand name and logo. The signage had to be very large, yet elegant to complement the design of the building.  Vista System's modernly designed and easy to install Vista Expand series was chosen by the customer over the alternative offered. The entire project was installed within a day to the full satisfaction of the client.

For more information, please visit www.vistasystem.co.uk

Spandex appointed as an authorised UK reseller of Zünd S3 and G3 cutters


Zund Cutter

Zünd UK has appointed Spandex as an authorised UK reseller of the Zünd S3 and G3 ranges of wide-format flatbed cutters. The appointment is said to recognise 'the world-class service that Spandex offers its customers in the sign and display industry' in the UK.

The Zünd name is synonymous with performance, reliability and quality. Established in 1993 in Hertfordshire, Zünd UK has rapidly become one of the industry leaders in the supply and service of precision cutting systems. Twenty years on, Zünd UK is renowned for its excellent customer service and superior engineering skills.

Peter Giddings, sales director of Zünd UK, comments, “We’re delighted to be working closely with Spandex as an authorised UK reseller to bring their customers our award winning series of cutters.  The appointment of Spandex in the UK is in no small way down to their success with the SwissQprint printer range. SwissQprint was founded by former employees of Zünd AG’s printer division and we feel that the two companies, and products themselves, share a similar pedigree and policy.”

Steve Pridham, Spandex's UV specialist, adds, “The addition of Zünd to our portfolio will enable us to sell full turnkey solutions to any digital print business looking to streamline its production and increase its productivity in the digital print market. The range of options offered by the Zünd product perfectly complements the SwissQprint brand of UV flatbed printers we already exclusively offer in the UK.”



Josero secures exclusive UK dealership of Bubble Free Applicator

Bubble Free

Josero has been confirmed as the exclusive UK dealer of the Bubble Free Applicator.  The applicator allows a single operator to mount and laminate a wide range of materials in super fast time whilst eliminating the danger of bubbles or creases. Mounting and laminating can be onto any flat surface up to 60mm thick.

The Applicator is available in three widths, 1500mm, 1700mm and 2200mm giving a maximum working width of 7 metres. Custom sizing is available on request. Rollers have 15mm of soft rubber ensuring bubble free application. All the adjustments on the machine are easy to reach and as the Applicator can be operated from either side it gives much more flexibility on installation. With adjustable wheels the table can be moved easily or fixed in one place.

Gergely Mike, sales manager for the Bubble Free Applicator, comments,  “We have over 70 installations of the Bubble Free Applicator across Europe with exclusive dealerships in France, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Austria & Slovenia. We are delighted to add the UK to our list, and know Josero is the right partner for us. They have a great reputation in the industry and are extremely knowledgeable and technically astute.”

The Bubble Free Applicator is 100% designed and manufactured in Europe. Pneumatic components are high quality German made HAFNER and FESTO parts. There are very few electronic parts giving an extremely high degree of reliability.

Loic Delor, managing director of Josero adds, “This is a great addition to our portfolio. The Bubble Free Applicator is fast, reliable and very comparable to other systems currently available on the market. With the range starting at £6,695 the Applicator is more than competitively priced. We know it will be well received in the UK. Josero will also provide a one-year onsite warranty.”

Bladen Box installs Zund G3 cutter and streamlines processes

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James Bladen founded Bladen Box in 2004.  Working alongside some big brands - including Next and Jaguar - the company grew from strength to strength and now manufactures all its box and display products in-house. 

The company creates bespoke displays and packaging solutions.  It has developed a strong portfolio of free-standing displays, dump bins, cardboard standees, counter display units and displays with shelves to help promote and maximise product impact instore.  It also produces Free Standing Display Units (FSDU’s) also known as Floor Standing Display Units and counter display units (CDU’s), book displays and DVD displays.

Bladen Box has totally embraced digital technology - from design to production and finishing.  The business recently purchased a Zünd G3 L-3200CVE16 machine with the capability of cutting, creasing, folding and more courtesy of the system's universal tool module. Bladen Box is also looking at additional Zund modules that will allow them to incorporate plastics and polypropylene into their product portfolio.

The Zünd flatbed cutter was installed mid-January 2013 by Zünd UK.  James Bladen comments, “The machine was up and running in a very short space of time and it hasn’t stopped since. We had confidence that we were in safe hands with the Zünd engineers, we trust them and we know that Zünd UK has a reputation for looking after customers for years down the line. We wanted that personal touch from a family-oriented business, like ourselves, and we feel we’ve had that and more already.”

Bladen opted for the integrated software Zünd CutCentre which allows it to create a complete streamlined workflow from printing on its Oce Arizona 360GT through to finishing and cutting on the Zünd G3L.  The whole system is digitised and prints can be tiled to make use of the full sheet and then cut to size. Bladen Box has noticed a 20% saving on materials so far based on this new process. In addition, they’ve noticed a much quicker turnaround in job times as previously the printing and cutting would be done separately. As the prints are coming off the printer, they are being processed by the cutter immediately so the job is done in real time and on demand.

“The process has totally revolutionised the way Bladen Box works and we are have changed our processes as a result – saving time, energy and money – which in turn will have a positive knock on result for our clients.”

Peter Giddings, Sales Director at Zünd UK comments, “Bladen Box is a great example of how a well-established packaging company, whose success is founded on printing and finishing packaging solutions to a high standard can, by embracing digital technology, open new markets and find cost savings in a very short space of time. We’re delighted they chose the Zünd G3 following an extensive period researching other models, and as always with our customers, we will work with them to ensure they achieve success with their new workflow.”

For more information on the Zünd G3, please visit www.zund.co.uk.

Fresco's Curvorama display system to be shown at Hybrid's Wide Format Wave event


Halifax (UK)-based Fresco has 'turned the popup display on its head' with the recent introduction of its Curvorama modular display system.  The company will be demoing the product at Hybrid Services' upcoming 'Wide Format Wave' event.

Since the early 1990s, Fresco's managing director Miles Harris has sought to create a modular display system that offered a vast expanse of image, with no intrusive frames. “A seamless picture was always my goal” he says, “and we’ve always tried to design products for customers that ‘do more’”.

The Curvorama concept makes use of material manufacturer Soyang’s anti-curl SoFlat pull up banner media coupled to flexible header and base units with magnetic ends. This allows what looks on the face of it to be a standard roller banner display, to morph into a multi-drop, curvy and gapless graphics backdrop. With reusable graphics elements, the system benefits print companies, end users and the environment. “Recycling is good,” says Harris, “but reusing is far, far better.”

Fresco strives to make products that deliver more than just the sum of the parts to its customers. “We create products that are useful, reusable and ‘repurposeable’ – products where we get to work long term with our clients,” confirms Harris.

The Curvorama product evolved from evaluating traditional popup displays and seeing how to make them better. With a carriage weight and packed size a fraction of that of a usual popup, it’s easier to manoeuvre and can even be shipped as hand baggage on some aircraft.

“We tried many ways to join multiple drops – low tack adhesives, electrostatics, Velcro and others, but they just didn’t do the job. We firmly believe that if you can get customers to bring you problems, we can turn them into products,” recalls Harris. A key element to the system’s success is its utilisation of the Soyang SoFlat material that Fresco prints on its Mimaki JV33, thus ensuring perfect registration and panel matching tolerance.

Fresco is not just about its Curvorama product – but its innovative thread runs through the business with products such as a highly successful educational role play Street Feet road safety training kit, developed in conjunction with Road Safety GB and endorsed by road safety charity, Brake. Making full use of the company’s broad range of print capability and instilling the concept of ‘learning by doing’, the well thought out kits feature non-slip solvent printed heavyweight textile roads and pavements, vibrant dye sub printed hi-vis tabards and felt/rubber waffle floor prints to denote destinations for the school children to travel between. These feature alongside rigid signage & street furniture and it’s all packed in a very neat carry case.

Sold into primary schools, the product has received numerous plaudits and recommendations from users and organisations and delivers a valuable revenue stream for Fresco, alongside its traditional digitally printed range of products for the indoor, outdoor, exhibition, display and signage markets.

Fresco will be demonstrating its Curvorama product alongside other industry suppliers at the inaugural Wide Format Wave event, to be held at Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd’s showroom in early February 2013. For more information on the event, visit www.wideformatwave.co.uk

For more information on Curvorama, please visit www.curvorama.com