AVERY DENNISON SHOWCASES RANGE OF PRODUCTS AT ROADSHOW IN DURBAN

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The Sign Africa sponsor showcased various films for the graphics arts industry at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Durban, from 14-15 March at the Durban ICC.

The following products were showcased:

TATTOO FILM

This specialty cast vinyl film designed to create a tattoo effect on the application surface. The film is transparent, with some black pigment and some metal flakes showing a dark shade on light substrates and light shade on darker substrates. 

The product boasts excellent performance on flat surfaces and simply curved surfaces; excellent layflatness and stability during cutting and weeding and excellent dimensional stability during use and application.

SUPREME WRAPPING FILM 

This is premium quality cast vinyl film for use in the vehicle market where high quality film finish and cost effective wrapping is required. The adhesive with Easy Apply RSTM Technology features an easy application mechanism which allows faster positioning and air-bubble free film application, as well as long term removability after the intended period of use. 

INTERMEDIATE WRAPPING FILM 

This is a high quality calendered film designed for use in fleetmarking and corporate identification applications providing enhanced ease-of-use during application. Entrapped air can easily be removed without the need to punch the film face – this feature offers the benefits of faster wrapping of vehicles.

MPI 1900 

This product offers perfection for temporary applications. It is a versatile, conformable, durable self-adhesive film specially designed for digital print. It can be printed wide-and super-wide-format inkjet with solvent or eco-solvent inks, and delivers an extensive colour gamut at high print speeds.

ONE COMPANY, ONE LOOK, ONE COLOUR MATCH!

When ‘close’ isn’t close enough, Avery Dennison’s Colour Match Service guarantees you the best conformable film available, matched to that special colour your customers needs. The super-conformable Avery® 900SC film is available in a wide range of stand colours.  Additionally, the company can offer over 1000 Pantone® colours through our licence agreement with Pantone®.  And if none of these can give you the right colour to fit your customer’s needs, the company can offer an even greater choice through our Avery Dennison’s Colour Match service.

AVERY GRAPHICS WARRANTY PROGRAMME

This is written assurance that the company’s products perform how they should from product through application and for the life of the graphic.  That’s why Avery’s range of innovative, high performance products are backed with a warranty you can trust. The ICS Performance combines its films with other qualified components to form a system which is guaranteed to be compatible and provide superior performance. You choose the application, production method, qualified printer, ink and application tape, coupled with our films, and we provide the warranty. 

To register online and for more information on the Africa Print RoadShow in Durban, visit: www.africaprintexpo.com.

Forthcoming Africa Print RoadShows include:

-Bloemfontein: 30 May 2012 at Kiepersolrant

-Cape Town: 20-21 June 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 

INTAMARKET SHOWCASES 3M™ DI-NOC™ FILMS AT SIGN AFRICA ROADSHOW

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The company showcased 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes – Carbon Films at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Durban, from 14-15 March at the Durban ICC.
 
The films are durable, cleanable, flexible PVC films with 3M’s Comply™ Adhesive air release channels for fast, easy and virtually bubble?free application. Use DI-NOC film in place of or to enhance natural materials. These films have excellent adhesion and flexibility, allowing them to be used indoors or outdoors on flat or complex curved substrates, walls, furniture and fixtures.

To register online and for more information on the Africa Print RoadShow in Durban, visit: www.africaprintexpo.com.

Forthcoming Africa Print RoadShows include:

-Bloemfontein: 30 May 2012 at Kiepersolrant

-Cape Town: 20-21 June 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 

FESPA HALL OF FAME RECOGNISES LEADERS IN WIDE FORMAT COMMUNITY

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The Fespa Hall of Fame results are in. The Hall of Fame received 6 000 votes for more than 400 printers in 40 countries and the winner and Top 5 for have now been confirmed. The FESPA Hall of Fame is the international award which recognises the leading lights of the wide format print community.

Results are as follows:

WINNER: Rich Thompson, AdGraphics, (USA)

2nd Kishore Musale, Classic Stripes, (India)

3rd Birol Fedai, Sistem Printing, (Turkey)

4th Keith Ferrel, Cactus Imaging, (Australia)

5th Simon Pless, Erler & Pless, (Germany)

Duncan MacOwan, Head of Events and New Media for FESPA commented:

‘The FESPA Hall of Fame can be hailed as an unbelievable success. The number of nominations and votes far exceeded our expectations as printers voted in their droves from countries all over the world. It goes to prove once again the international audience that FESPA commands, and how valued these excellent printers are to our industry. The winner of this award must be very proud as this is an amazing accolade voted for by their peers.’

LATEST ISSUE OF PSDG IS NOW ONLINE

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In addition to the latest industry news, the latest issue of Practical Sign and Digital Graphics features two exciting new sections.

In our new ‘Homegrown Heros’ section, we look at the locally manufactured and designed Ezee Applicator MINI and get an outline of the advantages and challenges of manufacturing equipment locally. With our ‘Green Light’ section, we take a look at how Grosvenor Branding Solutions helped a client reduce their carbon footprint with eco-friendly Re-board.

We also have a Fespa review, which features all the highlights from Fespa Digital in Barcelona, which Sign Africa organisers Practical Publishing attended – bringing you the latest news firsthand.

To view the latest edition, visit the link below:

SIGN-TRONIC SHOWCASES UV FLEXIBLE INK AT SIGN AFRICA DURBAN ROADSHOW

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Sign-Tronic demonstrated its UV flexible ink at the Sign Africa Durban Roadshow, taking place from 14-15 March at the ICC Durban. Printing and vacuum forming with solvent ink was developed and patented by Adrian Wolman of Sign-Tronic in 2002.

Sign-Tronic has now developed high resolution UV ink, that is manufactured in South Africa for high resolution printers that can print on any flat substrate without having to treat the substrate. ‘Normally the ink can not bend, it cracks. Our UV ink is flexible and can be applied to any substrate,’ said Adrian Wolman.

With this world-first you will now be able to print on self-adhesive vinyl which is flexible enough to be applied to vehicles. Other properties of the Sign-Tronic UV flexible ink include: adhesion to perspex, bendabilty without cracking, excellent colour gamut, vacuum formability and excellent outdoor durability (a minimum of three years).

Get to the Sign Africa Durban Roadshow to see this world-first technology in action and take home a sample.

To register online and for more information on the Sign Africa RoadShow in Nelspruit, visit: www.signafricaexpo.com.

Forthcoming Sign Africa RoadShows include:

-Bloemfontein: 30 May 2012 at Kiepersolrant

-Cape Town: 20-21 June 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

MIDCOMP HOSTS SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP ON "PRINT AND CUT BEYOND THE ORDINARY"

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Midcomp hosted a highly successful flatbed printing and finishing presentation at their Demonstration Facility in Randburg today. The meticulously planned event brought together all aspects of flatbed printing, digital cutting, software solutions and substrates with a healthy mix of great applications examples.

International and local guest speakers conducted short presentations, followed by equipment demonstrations  (Océ 550XT Flatbed Printer, the Zünd G3 L2500 Digital Cutter, PackZ 3D Design Software and Polytech Vacuum forming equipment)  outlining the production of a variety of finished items on show.

From  POP standees and displays using Xanita, fluted board packaging boxes, lenticular  and 3D film prints and eye-catching displays on substrates like Plexiglas Mirror and Gold Satinice, everything was produced from scratch before the live audience of over 65 delegates.

‘Why an event of this nature?’ we asked Rob Makinson from Midcomp.  ‘It’s simple, to showcase the endless opportunities a combination of printing and finishing offer. Businesses are often conservative about capital equipment purchases and unsure of the ROI. With this function we introduced them to applications from the basics to the more unique products where they can truly differentiate themselves and increase profits.’

Each company received a sample pack containing a selection of display samples, neatly packaged in a Xanita X-Board carry case that was produced on-site. Even the cocktail tables, brochure folders, desk display give-away’s and the pizza boxes that freshly baked pizzas where served in, were printed and finished by the Midcomp team. Very little used on the day was not produced internally.

‘Certainly seems like a winning recipe…  Take a flatbed printer, add a digital cutter and some brilliant design software, mix in a selection of versatile substrates and presto… profits in the making,’ added Makinson.
Midcomp wishes to extend a big thank you to the following suppliers for their support and for making this event possible.

•    Océ – Display Graphics
•    Zünd  UK – Swiss Digital Cutting Systems 
•    Evonik – Plexiglas
•    Maizey Plastics
•    Xanita
•    Polytech

You can make an appointment to visit the Midcomp Demo Centre.

HEYTEX SHOWCASES HEYBLUE FABRIC RANGE AT FESPA DIGITAL

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HEYblue includes PVC-free fabrics for indoor and outdoor applications, manufactured completely without softeners and bleachers, heavy metals or carcinogenic colorants and is therefore fully recyclable.  

Digiline is designed as PP (polypropylene) fabric for UV hardening inks and as PE (polyethylene) fabric for print with all commercial inks. Both are designed for indoor and medium to short-term out-door applications. Digitex products come in various designs for different applications, mainly indoors and are made of trademark polyester.

JUNKERS & MÜLLERS SHOWCASES NEWLY DEVELOPED TEXTILES AT FESPA

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Oeko-Tex certified canvas material is the first canvas material in the world that can be printed with all inks: with water-based inks, solvents, UV and latex inks. Both materials are flame-retardant according to B1. The materials are also PVC-free and certified according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. DIMOUT Roll Up is a self-adhesive wallpaper which is printable on both sides. It is idea for digital printing with aqueous, solvent, HP latex and UV curing inks. 

ANAJET SHOWCASES MPOWER DIGITAL APPAREL PRINTER AT FESPA

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The new mPower digital apparel printer is the fastest and most durable direct-to-garment printer in its class. Purpose-built for high-volume production, it uses a robust industrial print head and a new, innovative, patented ink delivery and recirculation system. For singles, short runs, or hundreds of prints per day, the printer enables imaging businesses of all kinds to realise more prints, more profits and more possibilities. 

The mPower is the fastest digital garment decoration printer in its class. Print a 31cm x 26cm(12×10 inches) graphic in as little as 16 seconds, and print digital quality graphics on black and dark garments in 60-90 seconds or less (one pass for a white base, the second pass for colour).

IMAGINGSOLUTIONS SHOWCASES EASYFRAME AT FESPA DIGITAL

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This system allows for the automation of photo canvas production. Small and medium enterprises can tap into the booming canvas market with this solution. This semiautomated version produces 40 frames per hour. The machine is very simple and can be operated by nearly any employee – no special skills necessary. It gives consistent production quality and an excellent price/performance ratio. 

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