Xeikon Announces Wall Decoration Solution

The wall decoration business has huge potential, however online ordering, stricter environmental controls and consumer demand for unique products is presenting a number of challenges for conventional wallpaper companies.

Xeikon has announced an eco-friendly, cost-effective digital answer to current wallpaper production challenges. As a key part of Xeikon’s Wall Deco Suite and with Xeikon’s bespoke and environmentally friendly dry toner technology with extended colour gamut, the new Xeikon CX50 has been introduced.

The Xeikon Wall Deco Suite is an all-in-one streamlined solution including inline finishing – all developed to cost effectively produce creative wall decorations including custom illustrations and photomurals in short runs. Meeting today’s consumer demand for individualised home interiors, the Xeikon CX50 digital press offers unlimited creative freedom across a wide range of substrates where every printed product can be unique.

Dimitri Van Gaever, Market Segment Director for Graphic Arts, stated, ‘Xeikon has once again led the way in bringing to market a complete end-to-end solution for wall decoration production. What we have put together is a complete automated Wall Deco factory coming together to produce a quality finished coreless roll. The Xeikon CX50 digital press fits perfectly into our portfolio for wallcovering applications, midway between the Xeikon 3050 REX entry level option and our high-end Xeikon CX500 digital press. For higher speeds the Xeikon CX50 can be upgraded from 20mpm (65 feet/min) to 30mpm (98 feet/min). With Xeikon’s dry toner technology and advanced colour management capability with new generation interfaces and cloud connection, the Xeikon CX50 simplex digital press is designed to offer maximum OEE and TCO.’

Xeikon is dedicated to helping customers improve business profitability and drive growth through its creative solutions. The company has designed and developed its Wall Deco Suite to give businesses an all-in-one cost-effective solution which can give them every advantage in the marketplace.

Like all of its presses, the Xeikon CX50 is driven by Xeikon’s powerful and intelligent X-800 digital front end for full automation and integration. Xeikon’s Digital Front End (DFE) workflow is a true differentiator and enabler and can be integrated with common ERP and MIS systems. The X-800 workflow, which is the same across all Xeikon dry toner solutions, features a ‘poster layout’ function for murals and wallcoverings to ensure spot-on registration for seamless installation.

Accuracy of colour reproduction is guaranteed by an integrated on-press inline spectrometer and an optional registration camera. The Xeikon CX50 press provides superior colour consistency and an extended colour gamut. Xeikon’s developed dry toner is available in CMYK, Red, Blue, Green, Orange and Magenta plus additional colours such as one-pass opaque white and colours produced on customer request. Inline finishing equipment has been specifically designed to work within Xeikon’s Wall Deco Production Suite and includes inline water-based varnishing, slitting, waste removal and coreless rewinding, providing a fully finished wallpaper roll, ready-to ship, in one operation.

Van Gaever concluded, ‘Part of Xeikon’s ongoing value proposition is to offer the market choices to help customers drive business growth. We believe a successful and cost-effective investment in a digital production solution works best when it is based on expected and realistic print volumes. The Xeikon CX50 press is ideal for those working in wall decoration production with flexible orders and shorter runs. With its capability to upgrade to higher speeds, an investment in this press ensures and secures future business growth. With Xeikon’s long standing expertise, we can help our customers make relevant and appropriate choices. We are recognised as a ‘go to’ trusted advisor and solutions provider. With the introduction of our Xeikon CX50 digital press for Wall Decoration, we strengthen our comprehensive portfolio so that our customers can find everything they need from Xeikon.’

+27 11 493 7816

Nashua Direct To Garment Printer Ensures Vibrant Quality

Built according to world class standards of engineering and design, the Nashua Ri 2000 Direct-To-Garment printer delivers uncompromisingly high performance and innovative features.

High-performance print heads

The printer is equipped with genuine printheads designed for speed, precision and durability. The result is high resolution print quality and minimised maintenance.

Dual carriages

Achieve top speeds with single-pass printing. One set of printheads lays down your white underbase followed immediately by the second set that deposits your colour layer.

Interactive touchscreen with smart alerts

The touch screen boasts a vibrant, full-colour display with intuitive controls and a built-in interactive operation guide that provides smart alerts and maintenance reminders.

Head cleaning jig

This eliminates manual head cleans. Instead of using swabs and wipes, simply attach the cleaning jig, add the cleaning solution and let the printer do the rest of the work.

Quick-change platens

Easily swap among different textile products by changing magnetic platens. What is more, print up to an extra large with a maximum print size of 406 x 498mm. Enjoy maximum versatility with virtually no downtime between set-ups.

Fully automatic table height adjustment

Easily switch between substrates of varying thickness up to 30mm. Automatic table height adjustment speeds up the workflow and sets the right table height for optimum image quality.

Productive, versatile and delivers reliable results every time

With incredibly fast print speeds, easy operation, simplified maintenance and advanced software solutions, the Nashua Ri 2000 saves time and money, so users can ramp up production and spend more time growing their bottom line.

Blazing fast print speeds

The printer delivers exceptionally fast print speeds. It has a dual-carriage system, each containing four printheads. One carriage is allocated to print white, the second carriage prints CMYK colours. This enables enhanced print speeds and gets jobs done quickly.

Grow your business

Nashua’s cutting-edge ColorGATE solution empowers users to take their print room to the next level. ColorGATE RIP software allows them to automate their workflow and deliver superior products with automated quality control and consistent colours across their network of printers. This modular solution enables them to meet the high standards of corporate clients.

Walk-up ready

Thanks to automated maintenance systems and advanced system monitoring, the printer stays in an active state where it is walk-up ready. Produce a perfect print whenever the machine is ready to be used.

Impeccable print quality

From the subtle glow of flesh tones to bold and dramatic hues, the Nashua Ri 2000 prints in virtually unlimited colour and handles even the most complex colour gradations with ease. Capture fine photographic details and achieve crisp, high-resolution prints up to 1200 x 1200dpi.

T-shirts and beyond

Expand product offerings and print virtually any digital image on T-shirts, face masks, hoodies, tote bags and more.

+27 83 625 6745

CNC PME Showcasing Laser Cutting Solutions At Sign Africa Gauteng Expo

CNC Professional Machine and Engineering is showcasing its 1390N Laser Cutter and Engraver, as well as its C24 and C48 Foison Vinyl Cutter at the upcoming Sign Africa Gauteng Expo, taking place from 21-23 April at Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Centre Court.

The event will comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

1390N laser cutter and engraver

Features include a sealed CO2 laser tube, laser power of 100W or 130W, cutting area of 1300mm x 900mm and cutting speed of 0 – 24,000mm/min.

Additional features:

– Resetting positioning accuracy: ±0.05m.
– Working Voltage: AC 110 -220V±10%, 50-60Hz.
– Gross Power: <1500W.
– Operating temperature: 0-45℃.
– Operating humidity: 5-95%.
– Minimum shaping character: English 1 x 1mm.
– Driving system: stepper.
– Cooling mode: water-cooling and protection system.
– Auxiliary equipment: exhaust-fans and air-exhaust pipe.
– Controlling software: DSP control system.

C48 and C24 Foison vinyl cutters

The cutting plotters are compatible with various models of design software such as Wentai, CAD and CorelDRAW and they feature direct output with a database of icons, images, graphics and patterns.

Additional features:

– Internal stabilising power supply, ensuring steady performance.
– Precise rollers ensure smooth paper feeding and running.
– Stable main board that works even under the circumstance of 180 to 250V.
– Fully adjustable: cutting speed, blade pressure, cutting point can be adjusted during work.
– Large memory capacity with rapid data copy.
– Adjustable blade pressure and blade soft landing.
– Unique electric circuit design, working without interference by voltage fluctuation.
– Emergency switch, which makes this cutting plotter safer to use.
– Low noise, smooth cutting of straight and curve line.
– Extra large LCD display screen, fully adjustable.
– USB interface.

Register here for the Sign Africa Gauteng expo at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.

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Win Cash Prizes In The 2021 Roland Speed Wrap Challenge

Wrap a car door in under 10 minutes and stand a chance to win cash prizes every two hours in the Speed Wrap challenge, brought to you by platinum sponsor Roland, vinyl sponsor GrafiWrap (distributed by Maizey Plastics) and expo organiser Sign Africa.

The challenge will be held at the upcoming Sign Africa Gauteng expo, taking place from 21-23 April at Emperor’s Palace Convention Centre. The event comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

Compete in 3 easy steps:

1. Register to visit the expo for free here.
2. Visit the Roland stand and register up to three of your best wrappers. Your registration will be confirmed with your time slot.
3. Be present at your time slot and wrap a door in 10 minutes to the best standards.

Cash prizes

First place: R500, second place: R300 and third place: R200.


Wrap Lord – score more than 45 points and double your money.


The Wrap King – the highest points of the day will be invited to compete at the Sign Africa Sub-Saharan Expo 2021.

Register here for the Sign Africa Gauteng expo at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.

+27 11 568 1894

Magenta-Vision Announces Eco-Solvent Ink For Wide And Super Wide Format Digital Printers

Magenta-Vision has developed the ECO-TOPAZ eco-solvent ink in response to demand for options that support eco-friendly production.

This new solution joins a growing portfolio that is being continually updated following Magenta-Vision’s strategic decision to join forces with major Polish printing ink manufacturer CHESPA Sp. z o.o.

In line with traditional eco-solvent ink benefits, the new ECO-TOPAZ inks are made from ether extracts obtained from mineral oils and produce less VOCs. They are therefore low in odour and irritancy, which make them much safer in usage than general solvent inks. They also offer a very large CMYK colour gamut with vibrant colours and rich blacks, higher scratch resistance and fast drying times, resulting in higher print speeds, smoother functioning printers and overall increased production. Finally, the printheads do not require constant cleaning as the chemicals are less aggressive to the inkjet nozzles and components.

The ink can be used to produce jobs on a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications including banners, mesh, self adhesive and paper. It is compatible with Mimaki, Roland and Mutoh printers, as well as with Ricoh and Epson printheads. The new ink is available now in one litre and cartridge options.

Charles Poot-Baudier, General Manager at Magenta-Vision, commented, ‘Our new ECO-TOPAZ eco-solvent ink delivers affordable high quality performance with fast drying times. It allows our customers to have a wider choice when looking to meet demanding production objectives and end user criteria.’


Sharp NEC Upgrades Large Format Displays

Designed for straightforward, standalone operation, the E Series features LAN connectivity to give users the ability to control, monitor and manage the display remotely through Sharp/NEC’s NaViSet Administrator 2.

The E Series also features two USB connections – a USB media player for audio, video or image files to be displayed for signage purposes and a USB-C external power supply. The E Series features an integrated ATSC/NTSC tuner and dual 10W speakers for the larger displays. The E328 features FHD resolution, along with integrated 5W speakers.

Designed with corporate, education and indoor digital signage applications in mind, the improved E Series delivers 4K UHD resolution with a slim bezel design, giving users the opportunity to quickly and effectively share content, whether in small information installations or built-in solutions. The E Series is the perfect introduction to the world of professional digital signage.

Featuring industry standard digital and analogue signal inputs, the E Series allows for flexible integration into AV infrastructures. Its slim, lightweight design and integrated speakers enable simple, low-cost installation, while its energy-efficient backlit LED display, backed by Energy Star 8.0 certification, ensures lower carbon footprint, low power consumption and longer backlight lifetime.

The sleek new design of the displays with a flat rear cover make for easy mounting, and new simple controls for on-screen configuration through the addition of a new joystick. The
139.7 and 165.1cm (55 and 65 inch) options also include handles for easy transportation and installation. The E Series comes outfitted with a temperature sensor and ambient light sensor, 24-hour on/off scheduling feature and sleep timer to ensure efficient use. For your security, the E Series supports infrared lock to disable the infrared remote control to block unauthorised persons from accessing the display.

‘The updated E Series displays give users a flexible and intuitive solution to get digital signage up and running quickly,’ said Horacio Alzate, product manager for Sharp/NEC. ‘Offering an 8000:1 contrast ratio, 72% colour gamut for crystal clear content, more vibrant colours and a clearer image, the E Series gives organisations the opportunity to grab and retain the attention of their audiences from corporate breakrooms to school hallways and beyond.’


Roland DG Showcasing Range Of Cutters, Printers And More At Sign Africa Gauteng Expo

Sign Africa Platinum expo sponsor Roland will exhibit a wide range of innovations at the upcoming Sign Africa Gauteng Expo, taking place from 21-23 April at Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Centre Court.

The event will comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

Roland stand 


The TrueVIS VF2-640 wide format inkjet printer features a new TR2 green ink, which, when combined with vibrant orange ink as process colours, enables unprecedented gamut expansion and richer visual expression. The VF2-640 also comes equipped with the advanced ‘True Rich Colour’ preset, which maximises the potential of both printer and ink.

STIKA desktop cutters

The ultimate hobby and small decal machines for offices, schools, restaurants and stores, STIKA desktop cutters produce colourful POP displays, labels, iron-ons and more. Creating custom vinyl graphics has never been faster or more affordable. The Roland stand will feature the SV-8, SV-12 and SV-15 models.


The Roland CAMM-1 GR-540 large format cutter is a powerful, easy-to-operate device. Packed with advanced and versatile new features, it is designed for a whole new level of sign, apparel, vehicle graphics and packaging production.

TrueVis SG2-300

The VG2/SG2 series achieves a high degree of mechanical precision for printing and cutting accuracy, designed to inspire creative expression with outstanding colour and to grow businesses by providing an unmatched level of convenience and productivity.


VG2 printer/cutters are equipped with Roland DG FlexFire printheads that produce neutral greys, vivid colours and smooth skin tones, even at high speeds. The VG2-540 also features improvements that increase both printing and cutting accuracy for unsurpassed reliability during unattended operation.

VersaUV LEC2-300

The VersaUV LEC2-300 delivers unmatched versatility on demand with the vibrant richness and lifelike quality of UV printing together with sharp, precision contour cutting. It is the ideal solution for one-off and short-run production of custom labels, decals, prototypes and one-of-a-kind personalised items with a premium-look on a wide variety of media.


The LEF2-300 benchtop printer uses Roland’s specially formulated ECO-UV inks in CMYK, as well as Gloss and White inks that allow users to incorporate specialty finishes, realistic textures or 3D effects for a whole new dimension of customisation.


Built with performance and stability in mind, the TEXART RT-640 dye-sublimation printer has a production quality print speed of 22sqm/h and a maximum speed of 32.6sqm/h.


Users can make amazing things at the touch of a button with these laser engraver machines. With laser-precise results, cut out wood, leather and acrylic and mark on metal, glass and many more items. Available in two sizes to fit homes, offices or shops, they offer a fully-enclosed operation with non-contact CO2 laser and Class 1 safety compliance. It is the perfect machine to pair with a VersaUV LEF printer to create giftware and prototypes for unique customisation.


Simply enter your personalised text, upload a graphic and with precision and ease, unique designs are transferred onto polycarbonate, acrylic and other plastics. The machine is easy-to-use and safe-to-operate, using a Class 1 laser to heat transfer metallised foils onto gifts, promotional giveaways, merchandise and so much more.


The DE-3 desktop rotary engraver is a new model that features laser-pointing technology, Ethernet connectivity, automatic depth regulation and other intelligent enhancements.

T-shirt stand 


The Roland VersaSTUDIO BT-12 desktop direct to garment printer prints directly onto cotton-based products and is built for on-demand personalisation. The company’s heat press will also be on the stand.

Window application stand 


The BN-20 packs everything into one powerful, profit-producing package. With award-winning eco-solvent inks including metallic and white options, a range of material compatibility and integrated contour cutting, the BN-20 is easily the most versatile print device in its class. It is perfect for creating T-shirt graphics, poster prints, stickers and decals all from the comfort of a desktop


The Roland CAMM-1 GS-24 desktop cutter is the next level of precision and efficiency. With a completely redesigned cutting carriage and blade holder, the GS-24 offers perfect stability, up to 10x overlap cutting and down force of up to 350 grams so that users can cut like never before even on thick, dense substrates.

LEF stand


The VersaUV LEF2-200 50.8cm (20 inch) benchtop UV flatbed printer builds upon the capabilities of Roland’s previous VersaUV benchtop flatbeds. The product inherits the VersaUV LEF series’ renowned ability to print amazing full-colour graphics and unique textures, including premium finishes such as simulated embossing, onto a vast array of materials and objects up to 100mm (3.94 inch) thick.


The fume extraction product is designed for the Roland LEF2-200 and 200 printers. It is recommended by Roland DG as the choice of print fume extraction for the LEF Series printers.

Doming stand 

Other solutions on display will include the company’s Rapidome and manual gun.

Roland DG
Tel: (+27 11) 875 9300
Website: http://www.rolanddg.co.za

Have You Registered For The Sign Africa Gauteng Expo?

Are you looking to grow your business with the latest solutions in wide format digital printing? Visit the Sign Africa Gauteng expo and discover a range of business opportunities, with professional consultation on hand.

The expo is designed to re-energise the industry and inspire business owners with fresh ideas and cutting-edge technology. The event will comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

Date: 21-23 April, 2021.
Time: 8am-5pm daily.
Venue: Emperors Palace.

Visitors can see the latest opportunities in wide format digital printing, garment decoration, textile printing, screen printing, signage, T-shirt printing, finishing, point of sale displays, laser engraving and more. Product experts from various leading companies will advise you on the latest and most relevant products to help you grow your business.

Register here for the Sign Africa Gauteng expo at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.

Sign Africa Expo
+27 11 568 1894

Planar Expands Portfolio Of LED Display Solutions

Planar MGP Series is available in 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 millimetre pixel pitches and features a 68.5cm (27 inch) diagonal, 16:9 cabinet that is designed to support full front-service, wall-mounted installation.

The new series also introduces Planar® MGP Complete™, a line of lightweight, pre-packaged LED video wall displays offered in 274.32m (108 inch), 345.44cm (136 inch) and 414.02cm (163 inch) diagonal Full HD video wall sizes that are designed to reduce time and complexity of video wall design and installation.

The new family of fine pitch LED video wall displays introduces affordable solutions that are suitable for replacing legacy display technology. Planar MGP Series makes fine pitch LED an accessible alternative to formerly projection or tiled LCD environments including retail settings, classrooms, lecture halls and houses of worship, as well as digital signage applications, replacing printed signage such as banner displays and ribbon boards.

‘Customers recognise the value of large-size, seamless LED video walls that can support next-level viewing experiences, but they’re also looking for ways to reduce the complexities that often come with deploying a video wall,’ said Steve Seminario, vice president of product development at Planar. ‘The products introduced allow us to offer more flexibility, simplify the buying process and make fine pitch LED the clear choice for an even broader set of customers and applications.’

Planar MGP Series and Planar MGP Complete are accessible options for customers who are new to seamless LED technology, further extending Planar’s customer reach. Planar MGP Complete is designed for customers who want to experience the many advantages of LED technology, including seamless images, vivid colours, long-life performance and low-cost maintenance, but who are also looking for a cost-effective solution.


Grafityp Announces New Vehicle Wrapping Films

Grafityp’s new wrap colours are very easy to process because of their slideable adhesive technology with air channels. The company has announced seven new wrapping films in its GrafiWrap AMD range.

Six exclusive films

With these six heavenly colours, cars will shine in every street scene:


One glossy cast film

Back in 2018, Porsche launched its 911 GT3 type in a ‘chalk grey’. This colour is now available as a wrapping film at Grafityp (product reference: GSCx03).


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