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The Fespa Trio of Associations will host their first German conference, the Fespa Mitteleuropäischer Konferenz, which promises global insight to local industry leaders. This collaborative one day event is organized by its German, Swiss and Austrian Associations and will take place on 24 October 2012 in Frankfurt.

FESPA’s three German speaking associations BVDM, VWP and VD&M have joined forces to provide industry leaders from their respective countries insightful market analysis on the latest innovations in sustainability and standardisation. The sessions will be presented by industry specialists and will provide delegates with invaluable hints and practical business tips.

The outline programme focuses on wide format print standardisation and implementation of sustainable policies within this diverse market. Environmentally friendly processes are pivotal to successful PSPs to help them remain viable in this competitive market. All visitors will be given the opportunity to learn from real-life case studies and printers will be inspired to create their own innovative strategies to help steer their business in new directions and stay ahead of the competition.

Green issues will be high on the agenda and developments in the area of sustainability will be discussed throughout the conference. A new CO2 calculator which assesses the environmental footprint of businesses will be introduced. This innovative product is for print service providers who are keen to make their business ‘greener’.  There will be thought-provoking presentations encouraging debate and also opportunities to network with European leaders within the print industry.

FESPA first published the Planet Friendly Printing Guide in 2004. This informative document outlines environmental best practice and legislation for printers and offers detailed advice on environmental management. It is updated quarterly to provide the very latest information. An abridged version is available on 

Nigel Steffens, FESPA CEO, said, ‘We are proud to organise the first truly collaborative FESPA event addressed to the German-speaking market and delivered in their language. This will be an exciting opportunity to combine our global expertise with local knowledge. The environment and green issues have always been a part of FESPA events, however printers now realise that this issue has risen higher on the business agenda and this event will help printers in the region to future-proof their business.’

Sponsored by leading manufacturers including Mimaki, HP and GMG, the FESPA Mitteleuropäischer Konferenz is a one day event that will be held at the conveniently located Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and Conference Centre.

Forthcoming FESPA events include:
FESPA Mexico 2012, 20-22 September 2012, Mexico City, Mexico

FESPA 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK

FESPA Digital 2014, 20-23 May 2014, Munich, Germany



Mimaki has appointed Hisayuki Kobayashi as its new president, following Mikio Noguchi’s retirement. At the Board of Directors’ meeting held on April 11, 2012, the company decided upon a staff reassignment.

Reason for staff reassignment

Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. has advanced globalisation in recent years, including the improvement of the sales promotion system in the emerging countries. In order to ensure instant offering of the products to these strong growth markets and the expected settlement of a strong yen, the company aims at strengthening its marketing, cost competitiveness and production systems in the emerging countries. It will also continue to focus on the further reinforcement of the management base by delegating authority to the top of its development and production section.

Kobayashi will officially take up his new position during June 2012, when the Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held.



The VersaArt RS wide-format printer integrates the latest technologies from Roland’s award-winning inkjet line. Offered in a 163cm (64”) 4-colour (CMYK) model, the VersaArt can be equipped with either ECO-SOL MAX inks for durable indoor and outdoor graphics or HeatWave SBL2 sublimation inks for soft signage, apparel and interior décor.

VersaArt prints reflect the highest image quality thanks to Roland Intelligent Pass Control™ technology which precisely controls droplet size and placement for exceptionally smooth gradations and outstanding image quality in every print mode. Designed for productivity, the VersaArt prints up to 21sqm/hr (230sqft/hr) for the 163cm (64”) eco-solvent model and 32sqm/rh (342.6sqft/hr) for the 163cm (64”) sublimation model.

Built to be energy efficient and low maintenance, the VersaArt is Energy Star certified and carries Roland’s Eco-Label, an ISO 14021 Type II label certifying compliance with a company’s internal environmental standards.



The CEO of Vista System International, Erez Halivni visited Red Hand Sign Supplies in February this year for their 10th Birthday and to encourage, uplift and strengthen the brand’s strong name in Southern Africa.

Halivni was pleased to witness first-hand the increased presence of Vista System as the topnotch way-finding solution in the country, as well as its expansion into Africa. He expressed his excitement at the fact that he was in Africa visiting a company that sells a product that once was a dream: the Modular Curved Frame Technology signage that is Vista System today.



Vista System’s X-Large single sided information pylon was provided to ‘Agencja Reklamowa ZU-AN’, for installation at the centre of Rawa Mazowiecka town, Poland.

The client, ‘Rawik’ (Rawska Water Supply), required a big, flexible, easy to install and update information pylon to display information about the company’s services to the town. The unique request was delivered to Vista System’s development team. The final product was designed, delivered and installed swiftly at the desired location. This was made easy thanks to Vista System’s MCFT solutions; MCFT provides the ability to easily customise any of the system’s pre-designed catalog units to create unlimited designs and configurations.



CADlink’s Digital Factory Software RIP provides enhanced, high fidelity colour reproduction for a variety of media types and manufacturers supported by the SC-30610.

Epson markets the eco-friendly printer as providing the lowest total cost of ownership for a variety of output options including; posters, signs, backlit panels, POS, exhibition displays and vehicle graphics. Integrated native support of print and cut workflows position Digital Factory as the ideal RIP solution for this printer. 

‘Many of the output applications that may be produced by printing on the printer, would also require post-print contour cutting on a separate device,’ said Michael Chramtchenko, CADlink Director of Marketing. ‘Aside from using industry-leading color management technology, Digital Factory is unique in that it bundles native cutting support directly within the RIP software as well.’

As a result of the highest quality colour reproduction and print/cut workflow support, CADlink has been invited to display Digital Factory RIP software on the Epson stand at the upcoming drupa print media fair.



The company will exhibiting its cutting plotters on various stands at the expo, including the Summa S Class S160T and SummaCut D60.

The Summa S Class S160T tangential cutting plotter will be exhibited at the HP stand (hall 5 – D60-1-9) and at the Epson stand (hall 5 – A01-1+2). By combining the world’s most advanced cutting technology with legendary Summa tracking, the Summa S Class T Series family of cutters are truly in a league of their own. They are also remarkably easy-to-use. All Summa S Class cutters are adorned with a touch-sensitive LCD control panel that makes navigating context-sensitive menus a breeze.

The SummaCut D60 will be showcased at the EFI stand (hall 5 – C01). The cutting plotter can handle media widths from 70 mm up to 775 mm (2.7” to 30.5”). Summa’s show team will also be present to give live demonstrations and provide information on Summa’s equipment.

Summa’s product range includes the remarkably productive S Class and SummaCut cutting plotters, the DC4 thermal transfer printer-plotter and the new Summa F Series cutting table. 

The F1612 flatbed cutter is capable of milling most used solid boards in the graphic and sign industry, such as hard foam PVC, acrylic and aluminium covered foam boards.

The module has a 1 kW motor. The router also includes a vacuum cleaning kit to take away the chips and dust. The router module can be easily mounted and dismounted, making changeovers between knife-cutting and routing quick and easy.

All Summa cutters come bundled with a wide range of accessories, consumables and software options for both Mac and PC systems.

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As part of the company’s ongoing investment to offer a complete range of branding solutions, November 1 now offers super-wide format printing using the new VUTEk QS3200 UV-curing printer from EFI™ purchased from Antalis South Africa.

The QS3200 is a new breed of printer from the leader in super wide format printing. By combining High-Definition Print (HDP) capability with high production speeds, the VUTEk QS3200 is the super wide printer of choice for print shops with tight deadlines and customers who demand the highest image quality.

EFI HDP combines print resolutions up to 1080 dpi, six-colour imaging, while EFI Fiery® XF image processing and unique image smoothing technologies enable the VUTEk QS3200 to print dazzling images and sharp text. And, unlike other print engines, the VUTEk QS3200 delivers this quality at new levels of speed. With it, you can commit to, and deliver the highest quality signs, Point-of-Purchase displays, banners and other super wide print applications faster than ever before.

The results are increased customer satisfaction, repeat business and an improved reputation for excellence and responsiveness. The VUTEk QS3200 also delivers new levels of revenue and profit growth because you can produce higher quality prints faster than ever before.

The printer also provides brilliant six-colour imaging and a special seventh channel with white ink for new revenue streams. Sell new and creative applications by printing white ink in six variations including overprint, underprint, spot, underspot, fill, and overspot. In addition, it prints on a wide variety of flexible and rigid substrates at speeds up to 84sqm (900 square feet).



BARBIERI electronic will showcase its Spectropad, the new portable measurement device for all professionals within digital printing including large and wide format printing, at drupa. Due to its large measurement aperture of 6mm it is able to accurately measure a wide range of different, reflective media. Banner, cardboard, textiles, canvas, PVC, Fine Art Paper, vinyl and paper are just a few of them.

The company will also showcase its range of professional spectrophotometers for digital large and wide format and industrial printing. The Spectro Swing is able to measure flexible, thin media and the Spectro LFP is for rigid and thick media. These intelligent colour measuring devices are thought to measure most different transmissive and reflective media (including textile, glass, backlit film, etc).

The Spectropad is the first measurement device with Barbieri ‘qb-technology’ inside. This new technology is based on D50 illumination and contains the next generation of highest precision spectral core. The D50 illumination used is based on LED technology by Just Normlicht. It fully matches the new measurement condition M1 introduced with the ISO standard 13655-2009 (and additionally M0 and M2). Thanks to the Barbieri ‘qb-technology’ most precision measurement results will be reached.

The touch display makes the operation and job selection a breeze – no matter whether measuring a control bar, a linearization or profiling chart or just a simple spot colour. The measurement results will immediately be displayed or sent to the computer for further processing.

With this portable measurement device, the company targets all professionals in digital printing, colour management consultants as well as technicians for printer installation. It finally allows using the well-known BARBIERI measurement quality away from the desk or at the customer site.



Delphi Display Systems has launched its Digital Sidewalk Signboard, combines the digital flexibility of a 56cm (22-inch) sunlight readable LCD with a traditional chalkboard. Developed for indoor or sheltered outdoor use, the Digital Sidewalk SignBoard is perfect for sidewalk cafés, sandwich shops, coffeehouses, boutiques, clubs, and other businesses that desire to entice customers with crisp, impactful digital images or videos along with messages that can be written and changed at any time – with a personal touch.

Digital images or videos are easily customised and updated through a standard USB thumb drive. The digital screen rotates images and videos to spotlight key menu items or promotions. The SignBoard also supports high-resolution video. The chalkboard can be used to present daily specials, prices, promotions or daily activities and start times.

The Digital Sidewalk Signboard’s LCD is protected with an all-glass front window with black glass bezel. The LCD and 61cm (24″) black chalkboard are integrated into a foldable A-frame easel on wheels for mobility within and outside a restaurant or business.

‘We believe there are a tremendous number of applications for the Digital Sidewalk SignBoard and are excited to assist our customers in implementing it to benefit their businesses,’ said Ken Neeld, President and CEO of Delphi Display Systems. ‘Delphi is known for driving the industry with unique outdoor digital display technology and we are proud to add the Digital Sidewalk SignBoard to our product line.’

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