BORDEAUX TO EXHIBIT PRINTING APPLICATIONS AND INNOVATIONS AT REKLAMA POLYGRAF 2013

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Bordeaux Digital Printink will showcase a wide range of wide format ink and coating solutions with its official distributors in Czech Republic and Slovakia, AWC Morava (booth 476) and Spandex, at Reklama Polygraf 2013 taking place in the Czech Republic from 14-16 May.

Spandex and AWC Morava will provide live demonstrations of Bordeaux’s wide spectrum of ink solutions including eco solvent, UV and UV LED and water-based dye-sublimation ink on Mimaki and Roland printers. Bordeaux’s range of Mix & Match inks, 100% colour and chemically compatible with OEM inks, are ideal for printers looking for efficient and easy switchover from the original ink without flushing or spending costly time creating new colour profiles. These environmentally friendly inks, free of VOC’s, are formulated to achieve optimum adhesion; high quality colour and performance as well as long-term outdoor durability with multiple rigid, flexible and super-flexible substrates.

‘We are excited to showcase our comprehensive range of  products with our dedicated partners,’ said Matthew Reijnders, Bordeaux’s business development manager. ‘Bordeaux inks and coatings are popular throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia due to the cost savings of up to 30% compared to OEM inks.’

CALDERA VOTED 2013’S TOP PRODUCT BY WIDE FORMAT IMAGING READERS

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Caldera’s RIP and workflow solutions have been voted 2013’s Top Products by the readers of Wide Format Imaging magazine. Caldera Version 9.10 was the poll winner in the Prepress: RIP Software category, while Flow+ 1.6 made the top spot in the Prepress: Workflow Software category.

The latest update to Caldera’s award-winning series of RIPs, version 9.10, was released last year to a great reception from industry experts and this award is testament to the extensive improvements Caldera has made for its users. Version 9.10 includes full integration with Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 2.6, Raster2PDF, multi-page collation and Japanese language support, as well as new options and extensions such as Textile Step and Repeat and enhancements to the VisualCUT+ and EasyMedia modules.

‘We are delighted to have Caldera v9.10 voted one of WFI readers’ Top Products for 2013,’ said Sebastien Hanssens, Vice President Marketing, Caldera. ‘With the new release, we worked very hard to ensure that we did more than simply meet the demands of our customers, but that we exceeded them too. This recognition serves as confirmation that we did that – but we won’t stop there. We’ll keep improving Caldera products as the markets change, so that our users will always be one step ahead.’

Caldera’s workflow solution, Flow+, also underwent a major upgrade in 2012 as the company refocused its workflow team with the addition of Workflow Sales Manager Serge Clauss. Improvements made based on customer feedback included a major overhaul of the quotation system, CRM and GUI and a new, faster processing engine. New features such as an Installation Planning tool and more reporting options were also added to simplify resource forecasting and production monitoring.

EFI COMPANY FOUNDER PASSES AWAY

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EFI™ mourns the passing of its founder and first CEO, Efraim ‘Efi’ Arazi, who died on his 76th birthday, Sunday, April 14. Arazi created his namesake company in 1988 after a pioneering, 20-year career as the founder, president and CEO of the first Israeli high-tech firm, Scitex Corporation.

Arazi served as chairman, president and CEO of Electronics for Imaging (EFI) from 1988 until 1994, guiding the business from modest beginnings, with 18 employees in North Beach, San Francisco. Under his leadership and technical guidance, EFI launched Fiery®, the printing industry’s first colour server, in 1991. The product was an immediate success, leading to significant OEM partner contracts with the world’s leading colour printer manufacturers. Arazi completed an initial public offering for EFI in 1992. In 1994, Fortune magazine named EFI the nation’s fastest-growing public company.

‘We are all deeply saddened by the passing of our founder and one of the most influential leaders in the history of our industry, and we send our sympathies and condolences to Efi’s family,’ said Guy Gecht, the current CEO of EFI. ‘Though no longer with us, Efi’s spirit of entrepreneurship, brilliant creativity and love of innovation will always remain at EFI.’

Arazi is widely considered to be the father of Israel’s high-tech industry for his role with Scitex. In the late 1960s, Arazi also worked with NASA while studying at MIT, developing the camera used to broadcast the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

Today, Arazi’s original EFI Fiery product line is the world’s leading digital colour workflow technology, with more than 20 million Fiery users worldwide. 

HP TO SHOWCASE SCITEX AND DESIGNJET PRODUCTS AT SIGN & DIGITAL UK

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Visitors to Sign & Digital UK 2013 (30th April – 2nd May, Birmingham, UK) will experience HP’s enhanced by on-stand demonstrations and at-show promotions. The company will showcase an extensive range of HP Scitex and Designjet products.

HP’s product line up (stand J10) will include the HP Designjet L26500 Printer which uses water-based HP Latex Inks that produce odourless (1) prints, enabling users to offer a comprehensive range of creative applications. The printer is ideal for applications such as POP displays, vehicle graphics and soft signage.

Exclusive at-show promotions

Visitors to Sign & Digital can make the most of their day by taking advantage of the great promotions HP will be running during the show. 

Live demonstrations and the latest HP large-format solutions

HP will also host live on-stand demonstrations of latex applications being printed and applied to furniture, demonstrating the ease with which this can be done as well as the high quality end result. HP will also hold daily presentations which will discuss the business enhancing opportunities of latex printing technology, and include tips on how to produce and market other applications created with HP Latex printers. 

HP will hold a seminar demonstrating its digital printing solution for wall coverings. The solution consists of a modular range of design software, including the HP WallArt Solutions, media, printing and finishing options to help customers expand their wall covering business.

Also on display will be the 3.2m (126in) HP Scitex LX850 Industrial Printer and the HP Scitex FB500 Printer. The HP Scitex LX850 delivers increased versatility and productivity with multiple workflow enhancing features. These include dual-roll, roll-to-free fall and roll-to-collector handling, and an ink collector that enables printing on porous substrates and textiles, further extending application possibilities.

The HP Scitex FB500 Printer provides PSPs with the versatility to produce indoor and outdoor applications on both rigid and flexible substrates. The HP Scitex FB500 has a print speed of up to 37m2/hr, and offers the optional white ink capability (3), enabling PSPs to break into new markets with the ability to print undercoats and overcoats, and print on coloured substrates.

Throughout the event, HP’s experienced product managers will be on hand to demonstrate the key features of the HP products on show, and discuss revenue enhancing opportunities they offer. 

(1) Some substrates may have inherent odour.

(2) Marketing vouchers valid from 1st May 2013.

(3) Use of white ink requires a separate purchase of the HP Scitex FB500 White Ink Upgrade Kit.

THE PAPERPLOT LAUNCHES SIHL TRUECOLOR 180GSM POSTER PAPER FOR HP LATEX PRINTERS

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The Paper Plot has launched SIHL TrueColor Matt 180gsm poster paper, a premium matte coated paper, with very high density and large colour gamut designed to work on all makes of HP Latex inkjet printers.  

It is especially designed to give vivid colours to your presentations, posters. The paper has a very high white point, smooth surface and is water and weather resistant. TrueColor is also FSC certified and 100% recyclable.

SUMMA LAUNCHES PNEUMATIC OSCILLATING TOOL

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Summa will launch its Pneumatic Oscillating Tool (POT) at Sign & Digital UK (30th April – 2nd May, Birmingham, UK). The robust construction of the tool makes it suitable to cut thick and tough boards like inverted corrugated board, corrugated cardboard and foam boards. It can also cut some soft foams and rubbers. 

The POT, powered by compressed air, moves the knife up and down over a stroke of 8mm with a frequency of maximum 150Hz. Material up to 25mm thick can be cut. 

Thanks to this new tool, the functionalities of Summa’s flatbed, the F1612, are even more extensive. It makes processing lighter board and inverted corrugated board much easier. Together with the V-cut tools, the pneumatic oscillating tool brings these applications to a successful end product. 

Summa has also released the new version of MacSign. MacSign V10.2, supports the S Class 2 and Ethernet connection. All new versions of MacSign V10.2 (Cut, Lite and Full) are compatible with MacOSX 10.5 through 10.8 (i.e. Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion). Current users of MacSign Cut can upgrade for free to Mac Sign V10.2 Cut. The new version is available in the download area (customer’s login) on www.softeamweb.com. Customers can use the same activation code as from their previous activation. A new version of the MacSign manual is now also available on Summa’s website: www.summa.eu.

FESPA CONFIRMS STAR LINE-UP FOR CREATIVE CORNER

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FESPA has attracted a leading line-up for its Creative Corner, an inaugural conference being held at FESPA 2013, London, 25-29 June 2013.

Among the line-up are some of the biggest names in advertising and design including keynote presentations from: Coca Cola, McCann NY, TBWA and Unilever. The conference programme will address key topics for the creative community, showcasing what print can do and opening up the relationship between PSPs and end-users. 

Located on the show floor on stand Q100N in the north hall, the five day conference is free to attend for all FESPA 2013 visitors. Seminars will look at providing tips on design for particular print applications including; retail packaging and instore POP, interior decoration, outdoor media and extra large print. On Thursday 27 June the Creative Corner will host a VIP day for advertising creatives and brand owners, where visitors can see examples of what print can offer when it’s used effectively – including a hosted tour of the Print Inspiration Runway. 

Kicking off the conference, the first day looks at retail packaging with Michelle Adams, Founder & President of Marketing Brainology. Michelle will discuss her shopper engagement study which looks at the part neuroscience plays in the instore customer decision making process. The afternoon on day one will see the first keynote seminar from Saskia Goeteyn, EU Design Innovator at Coca-Cola Services. She will discuss how businesses can increase brand loyalty and how as an organisation Coca-Cola creates value and drives competitive advantage for its global portfolio of brands. Coca-Cola’s 90-year iconic brand design will be showcased as a case study highlighting the value of good design.

Interiors is the focus of the Creative Corner on day two, where Felipe Araujo and Daniel Perez from Catalonian interior design agency Eque y Seta, will explore how they are using print in the interior realm and the relevance it has within their industry. They will also offer examples of how their clients are using print as well as a case study of a recent project they worked on called ‘Print Avenue’. Debbie McKeegan, Creative Director at Digetex Group will also take to the floor focusing on soft furnishings and the possibilities and capabilities of print in this industry. 

Day three is the VIP day dedicated to creatives and brand owners, with a packed programme of topics looking at the effectiveness of print within today’s marketing mix. The sessions will discuss the future integration of print with digital technologies such as QR codes, augmented reality and near field communication, as well as outline how PSPs can embrace these new opportunities to provide value to their customers to increase business performance.

Beginning the day Sam Tomlinson, Director at PwC will discuss why media metrics and data analytics are critical in demonstrating ROI to advertisers. Linking to PwC’s work, Sam will also explain how brands can better understand and integrate the behaviours of audiences across multiple platforms. Also stepping up to the platform is Brad Mintz, Director of Print Services at Craft NY. Using a selection of case studies from Craft, a McCann company, Brad will explore the power of printed media, how he has used print and its variety of possibilities within multiple campaigns.

Beginning the afternoon session is Till Schütte, European Head of Design & Graphics Production at Coca-Cola. Till will discuss the importance of personalisation in print and will illustrate how Coca-Cola has implemented VDP (Variable Data Printing) as part of its latest print offering. Advertising veteran and respected TV, radio and film writer, Peter Souter, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer at TBWA, will discuss his experience within the industry where he has worked on brands such as BT, Guinness, Sainsburys and Walkers in his seminar titled ‘Set up, expand, twist, resolve’.  

Day four focuses on outdoor media where visitors can hear from the largest outdoor advertiser space holders in Australasia, oOh!media. Brendan Cook, oOhmedia!’s Chief Executive Officer will help the audience define outdoor media and look at case studies of top class global brand campaigns. This is a two part seminar where Keith Ferrel, General Manager at Cactus Imaging will take the reins for the second part by exploring the logistics of working alongside oOh!media and discuss how their integrated campaign was implemented. Brett Haylock, Head of Digital Product at ClearChannel UK will also lead a seminar on mobile platforms and how they can harness the power of print and continue brand conversations online. 

‘FESPA is planning something very special for the final day of the Creative Corner, we’ve got something up our sleeves so keep your eyes peeled for more information!’ said Duncan MacOwan, Head of Events and New Media. 

‘At FESPA we are always looking to target new audiences to benefit our global print community. Brand owners recognise print is central to their marketing campaigns, the Creative Corner aims to engage those creatives and designers to illustrate how powerful print is across multiple platforms. To have case studies and seminars from some of the biggest brands in the world will hopefully inspire printers and provide them with the opportunity to discuss these creative possibilities with their customers,’ said MacOwan.

Forthcoming FESPA events include:

  • FESPA 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK
  • FESPA Fabric 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK
  • FESPA Mexico, 15-17 August 2013, Mexico City, Mexico
  • FESPA Eurasia 2013, 3-5 October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
  • FESPA China 2013, 18-20 November 2013, Shanghai, China
  • FESPA Digital 2014, 20-23 May 2014, Munich, Germany

MUTOH BELGIUM ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF ITS NEW UMS INKS

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Mutoh Belgium has launched its 4th generation mild solvent inks, called UMS (Universal Mild Solvent). The innovative ink formulation for long-term outdoor sign and display applications combines key benefits of resin-based, eco solvent and mild solvent ink chemistries.

Developed specifically for Mutoh’s roll-to-roll sign and display printer portfolio and available in bulk 1 litre bottles and 440ml cassettes, these new inks offer compatibility with both installed-base Mutoh mild solvent printers as well as Mutoh’s ValueJet series outdoor sign and display printers. Mutoh CMYK UMS inks will replace the Mutoh MS and MS+ first and second generation mild solvent inks.

The UMS inks offer an outdoor UV resistance of up to three years without lamination. They are virtually odour-free and do not require any forced ventilation. The inks cover 83% of the Pantone C® colour chart. They also hardly require any printer maintenance. The inks are fixed and dried at regular heating temperatures and are suited for both high quality and high speed printing.

Key Characteristics of Mutoh UMS inks:

  • Target Public and Application Features.
  • Suited for exterior and interior prints to be viewed at close distance.
  • Suited for high quality and high speed printing.
  • Specifically targeted at typical sign and display applications.
  • Posters, banners, backlit signage, fleet signage.
  • Wall coverings, fine art, POS displays.
  • Prints on a wide range of uncoated and coated substrates.
  • Outdoor UV resistance up to three years without lamination. (*)
  • Excellent application scuff : minimal superficial damage during application.
  • Excellent resistance against alcohol based cleaners.
  • Wide colour gamut, covering 83 % of the pantone C® (**) colour chart.
  • Low maintenance.

(*) For heavy-duty applications where mechanical stress is involved (floor and vehicle graphics), lamination is required.   

 Stabilisation is required prior to lamination.

(**) Calculations made by Caldera’s® Easy Media.

Unique and innovative ink chemistry:

  • Highest quality colour pigments ground to nano-size level.
  • High quality colour pigments determine not only the colour gamut, but also are the basis of long-term outdoor durability.
  • The UMS colour pigments are ground to nano-size level for optimum jettability and reduced maintenance.

New combination of milder and non-aggressive solvents.

Compared to ‘classic’ – more aggressive – solvent inks, the UMS inks will only partially diffuse into the media.  The solvent selection and the solvent quantities are fully adapted to the new REACH regulations with regards to PVC chemistries.

Multi-resin mix

Mutoh UMS inks use a combination of different and carefully selected resin types. The UMS resin mix will enable optimum adhesion of the pigments to the substrate and create a uniform and smooth ink layer.  Each individual colour pigment is moreover encapsulated (coated) by the resin mix, to optimally address the typical requirements for outdoor sign and display prints: gloss preservation, scuff, abrasion and chemical resistance and to safeguard long-term outdoor durability of the colour pigments.

LATEST PSDG MAGAZINE IS NOW ONLINE

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The cover feature of the May/June issue is about the partnership between Graphix Supply World and Fujifilm Graphic Systems. Read more about the UV equipment available and how customers can benefit from Fujifilms’ technology.

PSDG got input from a few industry leaders to find out what questions you should be asking before buying new equipment.

You can also read about the Samsung Signage that was installed on the iconic Atterbury House in Cape Town. 

Colour Management is a critical part of any workflow and has come a long way. Jeff Burton, Digital Printing Analyst from the SGIA, has written about Colour Management for non-traditional substrates.

GSW ANNOUNCES THE MAGIC TOUCH AS NEW AGENCY

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Graphix Supply World will launch its range of products from The Magic Touch at the Indutec show, taking place from 14-16 May 2013 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.

GSW is proud to announce its new distributorship with The Magic Touch, one of the world’s leading Transfer Printing Systems, responding to the market’s needs for smaller printing and branding solutions, for a smaller outlay.

The Magic Touch full colour image transfer paper and heat presses, together with laser colour copiers and printers open up new and exciting opportunities for full colour, high quality image transfer printing onto a limitless range of application products. The Magic Touch not only provides transfer printing paper, meeting all the required safety standards, but also all the needs to run a successful business built on personalised or short run full colour printing onto virtually any substrate imaginable.

The Magic Touch is the internationally best-selling Image Transfer System for Colour Laser Printing devices, allowing you to print full colour on almost any substrate or product you can think of. Depending on the colour laser device, you use image resolution can be up to 2400 dpi and will be transferred without any dilution. The process is fast, safe and simple. Products will be printed in a matter of seconds without calling for a trained professional printer. The beauty of the system is that it does not require minimum quantities to cover the set-up cost: the minimum order is one. 

GSW  will also display the following products: 

Mimaki CJV30-130BS 

With a fully integrated print, cut and die cut system, compatible with a variety of different ink options, the Mimaki CJV30 Print+Cut machine is the only solution for all your needs. Together with Mimaki Bulk Ink System, users can benefit from huge ink savings, using original Mimaki BS ink–which means you do not risk damaging your printer with unreliable third party ink or lose your machine warranty.

Mimaki UJF-3042HG Desktop UV LED A3 Inkjet Printer 

Now with 15cm head  clearance, this entry level flatbed UV printer sold very well internationally. It is popular for printing onto promotional items, and small rigid items and is used to print direct onto pens, mobile phone covers, laptops, promotional items, USB sticks, ID cards, badges and more.

Mug Press + Cap Press 

For a small outlay, you can add on these extras to your Mimaki CJV30 Print+Cut machine and maximise your product offerings and profits, start corporate branding, manufacture for sports teams and more. 

CHEMICA Heat Transfer Media

With the widest range of colours and products on the heat transfer market, CHEMICA heat transfer media is a superior quality product, with innovative products for signage, screen-printing and textile.

Mimaki CH60SR desktop vinyl cutter

Mimaki’s entry-level desktop cutter, at 60cm wide is the perfect solution to start a T-shirt branding business, or signage shop. With a kiss cut and die cut capability and automatic eye, this cutter can read crop marks to cut after item has been printed. Renowned for speed and cutting capabilities, Mimaki’s CG60 Series of vinyl cutters are perfect when used together with Chemica heat transfer media and a heat press and enables creation and customisation of beautiful T-shirts, and sport garment branding.

Primera LX900e Desktop Label Printer 

The LX900e is one of the fastest desktop label printers in the world. Short runs are printed fast and efficiently, helping you to increase the production of your products. It uses the latest in high-resolution inkjet technology to print brilliant, colourful labels for your products, boxes and packaging. Individual ink cartridges for each colour let you replace only the colours that need replacing, so this reduces wastage costs dramatically. 

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