Eco-Signage Supplies Announces Textile Framing System And More

The textile framing system is like a textile box, and is put together with connectors. No welding or sewing is required, just hemming tape. It is backlit and features easy portability.

Also new is the vehicle wrapping toolkit. It contains specialised tools for the application and removal of vinyl and features over a dozen instruments in different colours.

Hemming tape
Vehicle wrapping toolkit

With the new interior one-way vision substrate/film, users can print on the face of the film, then apply the film on the inside of a window. It is weather-resistant, vandal-proof and ensures safety and security for buildings due to its one-way vision properties.

One-way vision substrate/film
+27 11 791 0386

Exion Corporation Launches Blue LED Module For Signage

Exion Corporation has announced a new line of blue LED modules, called Tanzanite Blue. The quality of blue LED’s (specifically in signage) in South Africa has been a growing concern for Exion.

‘The colour is often dark and lacks appeal, especially when seen next to other colours,’ said Jay Kim, Managing Director at Exion Corporation. ‘Seeing as blue is my favourite colour, I needed to do something about it. This is why we have introduced these new LED modules.’

Tel: (+27 11) 464 5053
Contact Person: Jay Kim

Graphix Supply World Announces Wide Format Solutions On Sample It Online Showcase


Graphix Supply World has announced wide format Mimaki solutions on the new Sample It online showcase. Without expo’s taking place this year, Sign Africa has a great opportunity for readers to receive a physical sample, brochure or more information on new machines or products they are interested in.


The JV100-160 adopts the recently developed, fast drying eco solvent ink ‘AAS’, which reduces graininess and allows for fine details even when printing images with high volumes of ink. Additionally, this new eco-solvent ink has superior scratch resistance and outdoor durability that allows printers to create a multitude of applications, whether they are for indoor or outdoor use. The new AS5 ink will be available in both a Dual CMYK 4 colour mode and 8 colour mode, which includes Light Cyan (Lc), Light Magenta (Lm), Orange (Or) and Light Black (Lk). The inkjet printer strives to achieve high quality printing with high productivity, all at minimal cost to the user.

In line with its tagline ‘Expert Printing Made Easy’, the series is also fully equipped with features that will improve its usability for operators. The printer uses Mimaki’s new Dot Adjustment System (DAS) feature, developed to support a streamlined and efficient printing process. Dot adjustments are normally done manually every time the user changes the media type, however, this new function performs drop position adjustment for bi-directional printing and media feed compensation automatically to ensure perfect alignments and print quality.

CJV150-75/107/130/160 series

These are affordable, high-specification, high performance, integrated printer/cutters. The series features high print speeds and low running costs. The CJV150 series provides versatility with vibrant ink types, including new Silver, Orange and Light Black, in a cost effective package for sign makers, display graphics professionals and print shops.

Users can create metallic stickers, decals, die-cut labels, signage, vehicle graphics, banners, posters, POS, backlit and exhibition graphics, garment marking, canvas prints and much more.

To request a sample, brochure, demonstration or chat live on WhatsApp, visit:

Graphix Supply World
Tel: (+27) (0) 21 511 5340

Eco-Signage Supplies Launches Display Solutions And Eyelet Presses

The new A-Frame is foldable, double-sided and allows the user to slide panels on both sides. The display solution is ideally suited for indoor applications such as shopping centres.

Eyelet press and machine

The semi-automatic press is self-feeding – a user can feed eyelets into the box that is attached to the device, ensuring automatic feeding of eyelets. It is ideal for PVC or Correx. The handheld eyelet machine is easy to use and reduces downtime due to its size and portability.

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Semi-automatic eyelet press
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Hand-held eyelet machine
+27 11 791 0386

Sytech Supplies Announces New Self-Adhesive Printable Vinyl For Signage

Sytech Supplies has announced new ProMedia Gorilla Tack self-adhesive, printable, vinyl opaque finished PVC release paper.

The product has a double-sided PE coating. It is best used for indoor and outdoor signage, vehicle advertising and product labels. Gorilla Tack is available in white gloss or matte.

+27 87 056 3231

Free Webinar: Be Inspired To Thrive, Disrupt And Elevate Digital Print

There are a few boxes to tick when it comes to digital printing, and Printing SA’s free webinar will help you focus on growing your digital print business.

Be inspired by the panel of experts to thrive, disrupt and elevate digital print with this free webinar hosted on 26 November. Printers need to focus on marketing to be more customer-centric. Focusing on the experience and information customers have about their digital print services and solutions is key to increasing the bottom line.

Attend the webinar and get a one hour free consultation (virtual or face-to-face) with any one of our panellists, valid until 31 January 2021.

The webinar will be chaired by Abisha Katerere, Head of Marketing and B-BEE Specialist at Printing SA. Katerere brings with him nearly 15 years of experience in marketing and branding spanning across the hospitality, fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG), public sector and entertainment industries, having worked as Brand Manager and Marketing Manager for companies such as SAB&T BEE Services, Nexia SAB&T Auditors and Accountants and Plan B Marketing and Advertising. A natural-born communicator, public speaker and presenter, Katerere has considerable experience with a never-ending passion for new media and networking.

From development of business strategies to relationship building and client engagement, Katerere has a deep understanding of traditional and emerging media landscapes as well as what it takes for brands to succeed. Big picture thinking, strong networking skills, enthusiasm and sense of humour are combined with dedication, a keen entrepreneurial spirit and a solid understanding of online and live activations. The former student of Griffith University holds a business and marketing degree.


Jean Lloyd, Owner, Jean Lloyd Consulting

A digital technology specialist with decades of experience, Lloyd is a results-driven international business leader that has lived and worked abroad, holding positions on various boards of well-known global technology brands. She is instrumental in introducing new digital technologies into many countries and markets, contributing to its year-on-year growth and success. Lloyd advises on end-to-end digital solutions, specialising in industrial inkjet technology.

A trusted independent advisor for equipment suppliers, Lloyd has also successfully assisted hundreds of printers and brand owners across the globe in their business transformation and offers a range of specialist consulting services focused on industrial inkjet presses, printhead technology and production print toner equipment. She is a digital print evangelist that is very passionate about the industry and the opportunities it creates.

Tertius Van Eeden, Managing Director of Print On Demand

Van Eeden has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 16. He has 20 years of experience in the print industry and has pioneered the path for digital across the country for many of print’s big names. Van Eeden acquired Print on Demand five years ago and has turned it into the gold standard for inkjet printing in South Africa, once again being the visionary behind the shift from stockholding to Print on Demand and Book of 1. He is a trusted advisor to publishers on what the future of print will look like and how to leverage the tech stack of Print on Demand to thrive in the new world.

Vanessa Wilson, Owner and Publishing Director of Quickfox Publishing & Owner of, an independent online bookstore

Wilson has worked as a production specialist for SA’s largest educational and academic publishers, and for the past 13 years has been helping authors and companies publish their books independently – locally and internationally. A trained graphic designer-turned-publisher, she has also worked in design agencies, pre-press companies, and owned her own digital press. She co-authored two bestselling titles, and is principal author of ‘Publish Like A Pro: The Complete Guide to Successful and Profitable Self-Publishing’. She has extensive experience with global POD platforms, and straddles the fence as both a print consumer and a reseller via print management services. She runs publishing workshops and regularly consults with businesses and authors to help solve their publishing, POD, ebook and distribution needs.

Kylie Lloyd, Cross Media Marketing & Web2Print Business Development Manager at Remata Print & Communication

Lloyd is an experienced marketing resource with a demonstrated history of working in the Retail and Fast Food industry. She passionately tackles the Graphic Arts field with an active interest in variable data and omnichannel integration. She is skilled in tactical approaches, brand awareness development, data-driven solutions, analytical thinking and creative engagement. Strong networking professional with a focus on streamlined print and digital strategies, while always keeping the bigger picture in mind.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Time: 11am-12pm (SAST)

Register here for the webinar.

Tel: +27112871160

Midcomp’s Latex Digital Printing Machine Increases Business’s Output

The addition of an HP Latex 335 digital printing machine – installed by Midcomp – to Design Guys’ print stable has been pivotal in increasing general print output, as there is no need to wait for prints to de-gas, and as a result, the company can print and send directly to any of its national clients.

The HP Latex 335 is a 1.6m wide print and cut system, designed for printing indoor and outdoor materials. It delivers print jobs fast, using healthier Latex water-based inks and produces durable, scratch-resistant prints comparable to hard-solvent inks. Water-based HP Latex Technology is unique – delivering a combination of true application versatility, high image quality, high productivity, and a sustainable approach that is better for operators, businesses and the environment.

‘Colours are accurate and sampling is a breeze. In fact, this printer has taken a lot of work away from some of the other machines,’ said Design Guys’ national manager Andre Bernard, who was also impressed by Midcomp’s service. ‘The service is in a class of its own, especially when comparing it to the service we have received from other print suppliers. They have been absolute professionals from the start and even after the sale was completed – this is where other companies generally disappear. They still check in and make sure that everything is going smoothly. From machine sales to consumables and technical support, they have been faultless.’

Design Guys’ service offering is extensive. More than two decades ago, it comprised mostly of safety and warehousing signs, but as the industry grew, its offering had to keep pace. The company now fabricates intricate signs using all manner of raw materials from plastics, woods, metals and even on occasion concrete and other non-traditional raw materials.

The company generally does not deal with the public, keeping its production pool clean to provide its long standing clients and targeted industries the service that they enjoy and have grown accustomed to. ‘We pride ourselves on these tight-knit relationships as they have been pivotal to our success, and have enabled us to reach new markets outside of South Africa and insulate us during these tumultuous times,’ added Bernard.

Tel: (+27 11) 789 1222

+27 (0) 82 560 1239

Stahls’ Heat Transfer T-Shirt Vinyl Wins Category Award

Stahls’ recently-launched CAD-CUT® Soft Foam heat transfer T-shirt vinyl has won the Printing United Alliance 2020 Product of the Year in the Media – Special Effect Heat Transfer Material, Cuttable category.

This new vinyl is smooth, pliable and adds a unique dimension to any item. It adds a unique and raised look to any item it is applied to, like popular lightweight and softer hoodies and T-shirts. It also has a smooth and matte finish.

The HTV is a smooth, pliable and dimensional material with a soft feel. This 3D HTV is a little bit of a thicker product that requires more attention when cutting, but will make users’ weeding process a breeze.

‘I love the Soft Foam vinyl, which is ideal if you use flock for a textured or raised look. We added numbers on Adidas jackets and they look amazing and very high-end for expensive jackets,’ said user Bethany Little, Star Sports Keller.


Panasonic Commercialises Transparent OLED Display Module For Digital Signage

The transparent OLED display module is suitable as digital signage (electronic signboard) and also for displaying images in a large space such as a show window. The display section measures less than 1cm (55ZT100: 3.8mm, 55ZT110: 7.6mm) in thickness.

The ultra-thin display panel blends in and harmonises with the surroundings just like a sheet of glass. All parts and members inside the display module are bonded precisely in a vacuum to minimise the reflection loss and improve the transparency.

Panasonic Corporation announced the commercialisation of the 139.7cm (55 inch) transparent OLED display module that boasts high image visibility, with plans to release it globally. As the display panel is see-through, objects behind it are still visible allowing a variety of image presentations such as display of images over actual objects in the background. With such a unique feature, the transparent OLED display is attracting a great deal of attention as a next-generation visual display device capable of enhancing the value of spaces.

The new product uses a self-illuminating transparent OLED display panel that does not require a backlight. Measuring less than 1cm in thickness at the display section, the ultra-thin display panel offers high transparency and renders high-quality pictures with vivid colours. The dimming unit originally developed by Panasonic adjusts the amount of light passing through the panel in order to maintain high contrast and clearly display images even in an environment brightly lit by outside lights (TP-55ZT110).

The product is provided in a highly versatile modular specification. (The product is not delivered as an assembled unit. It is recommended to request a specialised company to install and set up the product) to enable flexible installation not only in homes but also in various other places including commercial complexes, transit advertisements and public facilities. Multiple panels can be adjoined to display images on a larger screen (two display panels can be adjoined in the short-side direction, and theoretically there is no limit to the number of display panels that can be connected in the long-side direction).

From 2016, Panasonic showcased prototype transparent displays at trade shows and exhibitions held in various countries around the world, such as IFA (Germany), CES (U.S.A.), Milano Salone (Italy), China International Import Expo (China) and CEATEC (Japan). During those years, the company continuously evolved the technology while also exploring marketability. Panasonic has decided to commercialise this transparent display module in response to positive feedback and expectations that such a transparent display would bring breakthroughs to image expressions and presentations against the backdrop of advanced communication infrastructure, such as 5G and accelerated diversification of content.

The transparent OLED display panel renders high-quality pictures with vivid colours. The organic light emitting diodes arranged to configure each pixel on the transparent OLED display panel emit light on their own, so the display panel renders vivid, high-quality images without using a backlight. Furthermore, its wide viewing angle enables clear viewing of the displayed image even from an oblique angle.

The originally developed dimming unit ensures sharp and clear image display even in a bright environment. The TP-55ZT110 is equipped with an originally developed dimming unit on the back side. This unit electrically controls the light transmittance and can change the mode between ‘Transparence Mode’ and ‘Black Mode’.

In the Black Mode, the dimming unit reduces the light transmittance to decrease the amount of light passing through the panel from the rear side, thus making the displayed image highly visible even in an environment brightly lit by outside lights. The background is not transparet, so the displayed image is highly visible, with high contrast and deep black levels and without disturbing reflections or glares. The TP-55ZT110 is a multifunctional display unit with the outstanding features of both transparent display and ordinary display.


LulzBot Announces Addition To 3D Printer Line

The TAZ Pro S 3D printer enables 1.75mm material printing for optimal part characteristics. The dual nickel coated hardened steel drive gears in the single extruder M175 tool head provide exceptional pushing power, lightning fast retraction and uninterrupted material flow without fear of grinding or slipping.

This machine produces large functional prototypes, manufacturing aids and print-on-demand parts with professional results. The M175 tool head prints a broad variety of 1.75mm filament – from TPU and nylon to PLA, ABS and rigid carbon-filled high-strength materials that are too abrasive for typical out-of-the-box desktop 3D printers. LulzBot 3D printers support the industry’s most diverse array of thermoplastics from leading premium filament manufacturers including flexible, rigid, composite, conductive, high strength and chemically resistant materials.

The Z-axis belt drive delivers fast cycle times for quicker throughput. The reduction of Z wobble through the belt drive and X/Y/Z backlash compensation improves 3D printed part quality and accuracy. A large print volume of 280 x 280 x 285mm (11.02” x 11.02” x 11.22”) allows for large industrial printing. The filament run-out sensor will alarm before coming to the end of a filament spool, saving users from print failures due to running out of filament. Cura LulzBot Edition Software continues to include pre-configured print profiles, tested for over 35 filament types.


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