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Graphix Supply World got 2012 off to a flying start; exhibiting in numerous shows in South Africa and Africa, opening the new Durban office and new product offerings. The TS34-1800A was well received at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Durban. Visitors from all around Kwa-Zulu Natal visited the GSW stand. On display was Mimaki’s best-selling CJV30 print and cut machine, together with the new TS34-1800 dye sublimation printer from Mimaki. Many people came to inquire about the new Mimaki machines, in particular the new Mimaki Latex printer JV400-130/160LX which will be available in South Africa in a couple of month’s time. 

In the print and signage industry, GSW has noted a significant shift from conventional printing to textile printing, in attempt to broaden their offerings. Customers can produce a range of items from clothing to POS/display solutions such as banners with dye sublimation printing. Printing to polyester with aqueous dyes can be achieved by printing direct to coated, stable variants of the fabric, or via the dye-sublimation transfer method, which is best suited to uncoated and ‘stretchy’ forms of the material.

Sales have already been concluded for the Mimaki JV400-130/160LX printer, before customers have even seen the machine. This is testament to the good reputation and quality of the Mimaki brand, that customers purchase Mimaki machines before they have seen them in operation. One customer remarked, ‘I know with Mimaki that what you see is what you get. The machines look sturdy and their reliability is proven time and time again. My Mimaki machines pay for themselves within three months. They are true quality production printers.’ 

On Monday 12th March, GSW celebrated the opening of its new Durban office. The event included guests like Mr. Horiguchi from Mimaki HQ in Japan and Managing Director, Robert Franco. Visitors were welcomed into the new 1000 meter square premises with refreshments, and Mr Ryutaro Horiguchi of Mimaki explained some of the new Mimaki technology launched at FESPA last month.

Among the machines on display was Mimaki’s new dye sublimation printer, the TS34-1800A. This new state-of-the art wide-format production dye-sublimation inkjet printer prints with disperse dyes to transfer paper, which is then pressed onto polyester fabric with a heat press, releasing the ink from the paper and imprinting the material.

Aimed at the sportswear, fashion and soft signage, exhibition graphics and retail point-of-sale (POS) markets, the TS34 is Mimaki’s new production-level printer. The TS34-1800A can print on a variety of materials at up to 32sqm/hr at a resolution of 540x720dpi. ??  



Matan Digital Printers will display its Digital Traffic Sign Printer, DTS-36, at Avery Dennison’s booth at Intertraffic Amsterdam on March 27-30. The DTS, following successful penetration into the Australian and Brazilian markets earlier this year, further expands European and US installations.

The DTS-36 and the DTS-40, which is one metro wide, are the fastest and most cost effective digital traffic signs solutions available in the market. They are the only TRUE GREEN technology and capable of printing on all types of Avery Dennison reflective sheeting, with warranty up to 12 years. ‘Printing at the impressive production speed of up to 100m/hr, the DTS can handle any fast-turnaround job and provide an efficient solution at peak demands,’ said Hanan Yosefi, Matan President and CEO.

The only traffic sign solution that successfully meets demanding traffic signs requirements, the DTS solution was developed by Matan Digital Printers in collaboration with Avery Dennison. This printer features production speed of up to 100m/hr for exceptional fast turnaround for the seasonal high demand peaks that characterize this industry. The DTS perfectly meets the requirements for one-of-a-kind signs or sign series with variable data, such as names and numbers.

The DTS high durability inks have up to 12 year warranty. These translucent inks enable reflectivity from the background substrate, to comply with the strictest retro-reflectivity standards. These inks are available in 6 specialized traffic colors, including red, green, blue, black, yellow and brown.

Low cost of ownership and fast ROI

With the market’s fastest printing and low labor cost per square meter, the DTS-36 is the most cost effective solution. The printer requires minimal site setup, media switching is exceptionally quick and it is easy to install, maintain and operate. ‘The DTS series is the most economic solution for any size traffic print shop, from the one that is doing only couple of thousands of square meter a year to those that are doing few tens of thousands,’ added Yosefi.

100% Environmentally Friendly Solution

In line with Matan’s total environment friendly philosophy, the DTS is a TRUE GREEN solution with no fumes or liquid waste and very low power consumption can be installed in office environment. All the consumables are recyclable, including the package, core and the polyester films.

The DTS product line includes printers of three widths: DTS-36, with effective printing width up to 90cm, DTS-40 with printing width up to 101.6 cm and DTS-12 printing up to 30.7 cm. Matan DTS printers can print on a wide range of media types including the challenging Avery Dennison reflective sheeting types 1, 2 and 3. Supported media include T-1500D,   T-5900, T-6500, T-7500 and the T-9500 OmniView series sheeting.

At Intertraffic Amsterdam 2012 Matan and Avery Dennison will offer 4 days of live DTS-36 printing demonstrations at Hall 1, booth number 330. 



The TRIAC AT is an intelligent yet robust hot air tool for welding and shrinking plastic. It is the first device of its class in which all important parameters can be precisely monitored in a design created for the toughest applications. The rubberised parts not only ensure secure handling but also give the tool the stability it needs when taking a break. In contrast to tools with a gun handle, the rod-shaped design offers professional users a very broad spectrum of use and greater flexibility during handling.

Motors developed and produced by Leister along with heating elements provided with silicon-cast electronics and high-quality specially cooled protective tubes plus a high-performance fan ensure the very best results. All this is combined in a fibre-reinforced, ergonomic 2K handle. 

The operation specially developed for the TRIAC AT via the intuitive ‘e-Drive’ multifunction button lets users adjust the temperature infinitely and precisely from 50° to 700°. The process is monitored and controlled by a probe (closed-loop). The fan is also controlled via the E-Drive. This has five stages and provides efficient and environmentally-friendly cooling when switching off. In this way, the tool is not only suitable for welding thermoplastics, but also for removing paint, shrink-wrapping or repairing plastic parts on vehicles. The tool also has numerous, practical extra features such as diagnostics and troubleshooting, an automatic cooling function and an energy saving mode.

Over 250 different nozzles can be mounted on the front of the TRIAC AT. The tool is the ideal choice for virtually any application. The voltage measuring function as well as maintenance display for the motor and heating element are unique in tools of this class. These also helps users during work, while ensuring the reliability that only comes from such an outstanding unit. The tool is modular in design. The interface between the electronics and motor has been standardised along with the interface to the heating tube. That makes this tool truly outstanding.




OSRAM has introduced a selected range of new products at this year’s Light+Building Preview, giving a glimpse of what it will showcase at the Light+Building expo, the largest and most important trade fair of the lighting industry. The company has introduced the first LED substitute for the 75W-light bulb in Europe; its first LED-module in accordance with Zhaga standards; the sure course to the world of LED-street lighting as well as the latest generation of lighting management systems.

‘In the course of the past year, OSRAM has succeeded in establishing itself as a full-range supplier and is now in a position to offer products and solutions for the entire scale of customer needs,’ said Klaus-Günter Vennemann, CEO of the OSRAM Business Unit General Lighting.

The economic answer: Parathom Classic A75
The Parathom Classic A75 LED lamp offers customers energy savings of approximately R4 000(400 Euros) per lamp, when considering the entire service life. This lamp is the first LED-substitute for the 75W-light bulb available on the European market and can be used in standard E27-sockets. LED-retrofits – the name of which refers to the new source of light for the old socket – such as the Parathom Classic A75, offer simple access to LED technology for numerous customers. According to a study conducted by the management consulting firm McKinsey, the number of sold retrofits is expected to treble within the next five years and is anticipated to exceed the number of energy-saving lamps by the beginning of the next decade.

The flexible answer: Prevaled
The rapid pace of the LED age implies a great challenge for manufacturers of luminaires: the large leaps in performance made in the field of light diodes, as well as the concomitant technical changes have led to the current situation in which virtually every new generation of LED products calls for an entirely new luminaire design. A solution to this situation is offered by standardized LED-modules. LED-modules are units of numerous jointly connected LED’s.

To ensure that these are universally applicable, 170 companies in the lighting branch have already joined forces in the so-called ‘Zhaga Consortium’. The consortium defines certain interface specifications for LED-modules as well as the corresponding electronics required (the control gear). Together these form what is called the ‘LED-Light-Engine’. In the course of this, mechanical, thermal, photometric and electrical interfaces are taken into account. With these defined parameters, the Zhaga-certified Light-Engines form the counterpart to the standardized lamps of the traditional world of light, such as light bulbs or fluorescent lamps.

Specified basic data facilitates planning certainty for the manufacturers of luminaries, providing them with more flexibility, as they are now able to focus on their core business: the actual development of luminaries. OSRAM will be presenting the first Zhaga-certified light engine at Light+Building 2012: the round LEDmodule Prevaled Core Z2 for spot- and downlights, which is approximately ten times more efficient than an incandescent lamp and provides performance levels of up to 108 lm/W. What is more, the rod-like LED-modules Prevaled Linear and Prevaled Linear Slim will also be introduced for use in offices, in addition to application in industrial buildings. Their LED-points of light are positioned so close together that the source of light radiated is particularly uniform and evenly distributed.

A major technological change is presently occurring in the lighting market. Semiconductor-based technologies like LED and OLED are opening up a world of new opportunities in fields such as efficiency and light quality. Since the last Light+Building, OSRAM has directly approached and communicated with customers and to date has already spent more than 50 000 days of consulting in retail, in addition to launching a roadshow that reached approximately 7 000 lighting designers, architects and electricians. The appearance at Light+Building 2012 will present the answers found by the company in reply to the insights gained during this time.



Chemica has added various new media to their wide product range. The company has been producing innovative and high quality products since 1983 and has developed a wide range of heat transfer products that are designed for visuals communication, screen printing and the textile markets. 

Hotmarkprint 1792 is a printable white matte polyurethane media for use on eco and true solvent printers, for heat transfer applications. Used for transfer onto white and dark garments with a nominal 50 micron, the product can be used for applying colourful designs with minimal deposit, thanks to it’s incredible thinness.

Also new in the Hotmark range is Hotmarkprint Nylon 1992, a white matte polyurethane media for use on eco and true solvent printers for heat transfer applications on Nylon, cotton, polyester, acrylic and similar fibres.

With the new Easyprint Nylon and Glossyprint Nylon, heat pressing onto Nylon will no longer be a problem as the special glue on the back of this media adheres to most textiles.

The new Clearprint Matt 1690 and Clearprint Glossy 1700 can be used for white garments, have a transparent carrier, and can be used for mirror printing.

Subli-Tex 1603 is a white polyester textile for sublimated printers for heat transfer applications.?Suitable for cotton, polyester, acrylic and similar fibres, it has a thickness of 210 microns.
To assist customers in creating vibrant designs and images, see the CHEMICA website for free downloads:,cr,2,7.

Graphix Supply World, Africa’s leading one-stop supplier to the digital print, signage and textile industry, is the exclusive distributor of Chemica to Sub-Saharan Africa. GSW welcomes this news of the new products in the printable range, as this is one of the best-selling ranges. 

Chemica’s success as a heat transfer media manufacturer can be attributed to good technology used to develop products which are very thin and easy to cut and weed, thereby allowing for greater flexibility. Attractive patterns and finishes are possible as the product quality enables easy overlapping, with a wide variety of colours and printable options.

GSW is looking forward to demonstrating the Chemica quality at the upcoming trade shows.

See GSW next at:
– Label Summit Africa in Cape Town, South Africa: 19-20 March 2012.
– GSW Road Show in Maputo, Mozambique: 3 April 2012.
– Sign Africa RoadShow in Bloemfontein 30 May 2012.



The company announced new options for HP Scitex wide-format presses, at the pre-drupa event in Israel this week. It also announced a range of new solutions, all of which will be exhibited at drupa, held from 3-16 May in Dusseldorf, Germany.

New options for HP Scitex wide-format presses

The company has introduced new options to improve the versatility and productivity of HP Scitex wide format presses, including a white ink kit and an automatic loader for the FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Presses, and a new version of HP SmartStream Production Analyzer for automatic monitoring of HP Scitex industrial wide-format presses.

The FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit and Hostert Automatic Loader expand HP’s solutions for its highest-volume flatbed printers with the option to add high-opacity white inks or stack-to-stack operation. HP SmartStream Production Analyzer is the only complete data analysis and operations monitoring software available for large-format PSPs.

Expanded PSP Services organisation

The company has also has expanded its global PSP Services organisation, providing a wide portfolio of service and support programmes to address mission-critical needs and help PSPs operate more efficiently.

‘With the extraordinary scope and scale of these announcements, we are fueling an unstoppable industry transformation from analogue to digital printing,’ said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. ‘Our new digital solutions strike at the core of the printing market and are able to meet the toughest requirements of world-class brands, publishers and print service providers.’

Event attendees were also invited to HP Indigo’s Ness Ziona facility where they got an in-depth look at the new presses in Indigo’s laboratories.

The expanded HP Indigo digital press portfolio offers new levels of performance, image quality and application-driven opportunity to accelerate the analogue-to-digital print transformation and deliver profitable growth for customers. HP representatives showcased the new Indigo 10000 at its Indigo Customer and Solutions Testing Centre.

A customer panel was also held, with three of HP’s customers, Jay Dollries (USA), Yukinori Okamoto (Japan) and Marco Perlman (Brazil), explaining how digital presses offer significant improvements in turnaround time, efficiency and marketing response. They also commented that the three new wider-format presses will allow print service providers (PSPs) to take advantage of applications not previously addressable by digital. ‘The new platforms allow for penetration into the folding carton and flexible packaging markets. The Indigo technology gives printers all the versatility they need to help brands grow their business and to produce products in a wide array of markets,’ said Dollries.



This Polypropylene, 3D laminate has been developed to create 3D visual effects whilst at the same time protecting digital prints.  Suitable for indoor use, Maizey’s new 3D laminate can be applied to a variety of substrates. (Because of the relative stiffness of the material, application to PVC Banner is not recommended)

 Product composition:
– Front material: 75+/-10µm mm thick polypropylene film with a 3D-lenticular surface
– Backing paper: White PE craft paper of 105+/-5g/sq.m
– Glue: Special pressure-sensitive and permanent acrylic solvent based adhesive.



The International Geneva Motor Show is one of the most important car exhibitions worldwide. ?At this year’s show, the EDAG Light Car – Sharing concept car, an e-mobility concept for the booming car-sharing industry, was presented for the first time. The concept car from EDAG features visually striking PLEXIGLAS® LED backlighting in the “pads” on its bumpers and sides.

The backlighting for the pads is the result of cooperation between EDAG, Illmenau Technical University and Evonik. Whether the vehicle is charged, reserved or ready to lease: the LEDs and PLEXIGLAS® LED built into the pads show the vehicle’s status and are visible at a great distance. Sporting the engraved PLEXIGLAS® logo, the pads will glow at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show — and spark the interest of visitors.

PLEXIGLAS® LED (formerly TruLED) WH14, the superior choice for bright, energy-efficient backlighting, is widely used in illuminated signage and exhibition stand construction.

In the concept car showcased at the Motor Show, PLEXIGLAS® LED displays its advantages as a sheet material. But the new PLEXIGLAS® LED light-scattering molding compounds in the specialty shades of 0V200 and 0V606 are also perfect for LED illumination and, therefore, ideally suited to serial production in the injection-molding process. PLEXIGLAS® LED always creates a uniformly illuminated surface without the hot spots of LEDs and without sacrificing light yield.

In this project, Evonik assisted Illmenau Technical University and EDAG in the material selection and lighting technology. EDAG, the world’s largest independent engineering partner, develops production-ready solutions for the mobility industry, which frequently find their way into the production vehicles of the major automakers.



A simple answer to your edge sealing problems with vinyl application that require edge protection from washing, polishing and excessive physical contact. SealiTpen works like a magic marker, just draw around the edges of your graphic to seal the edges.

Each SealiTpen is filled with a 1 shot brand, 4005UV blocker, clear acrylic, for a fast drying (15 minutes), long lasting edge seal. Simply clean the surface with mineral spirits to remove any remaining sealer when graphics need to be removed.

Compatible with all vinyls, thermal and digital prints, each pen will seal approximately 10 sets of truck doors.



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.

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