The company has launched its router module for the F1612 flatbed cutter at the Sign & DIGITAL UK expo. The module 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.

Summa’s S Class and SummaCut roll cutters were also exhibited, as well as the DC4sx environmentally friendly thermal transfer printer-cutter.



Mutoh Belgium introduced its new ValueJet 1638 line, the two four-colour 165cm (64”) wide high speed printers, at Sign & Digital UK 2012. The models are the first ValueJet printers to feature a staggered dual head setup, offering improved productivity.
The new ValueJet 1638 model, offering sellable production quality speeds up to 36sqm/h at 720 x 720 dpi, is targeted at the sign and display market. The printer utilises Mutoh Eco Ultra CMYK inks and will address the needs of print service providers (PSPs) and commercial printers looking for a high volume printing solution. 

The ValueJet 1638W model was designed specifically for the sublimation transfer market. The printer uses Mutoh’s water-based direct disperse inks and will deliver production speeds up to 65sqm/h.
The new dual head printers incorporate the company’s award-winning Intelligent Interweaving print technology which guarantees predictable and repeatable output quality.  The VJ-1638 and VJ-1638W printers also feature a high level of operator comfort and print production efficiency, thanks to a newly-designed keyboard, an automatic sheet off system and a tiltable ink cassette holder which saves space and enables loading of different ink volumes.
Staggered Dual Head Setup for Increased performance
The new 1638 dual head printers offer a unique blend of high speed and high quality printing. The new staggered head setup is a good example of how ‘1+1’ can be more than ‘2’.  Three elements are brought together. Firstly, two latest generation 1440 nozzle heads in a staggered setup. Secondly, higher carriage speeds and ink firing frequencies thanks to new machine electronics. Last but not least, adapted weaving algorithms tuned to the new print heads. Altogether, this technology mix gives an impressive increase in production speed in combination with an optimized ink spread and improved drying behaviour.
‘The ValueJet 1638 line will enable us to perfectly address the needs of volume-oriented users requiring high print speeds and who at the same time put impeccable print quality on top of their wish list,’ said Arthur Vanhoutte, Mutoh Belgium’s General Manager.
‘The ValueJet 1638 is the fastest 165cm (64”) Eco printer on the market today. It will replace our Blizzard 166cm (65”) model and is an addition to the recently launched ValueJet 1324 – 138cm (54”) and ValueJet 1624 models. The ValueJet 1638W has been purpose-built for high-speed digital transfer printing. The ‘W’ stands for water-based. This model will replace our Viper Extreme 166cm (65”) printer and will complement our existing ValueJet 1304W 138cm (54”) and 1604W 165cm dye sub printers.  With sellable production speeds up to 65sqm/h, the 1638W will set a new performance benchmark for wide-format dye sub printers in the growing market of soft signage applications,’ Vanhoutte concluded.
 Common Features VJ-1638 /VJ-1638W

  • Max. media width : 1625mm (63.97”) / Max. print width : 1615mm (63.58”).
  • Two drop-on-demand micro piezo inkjet heads with dynamic variable dot imaging technology.
  • Staggered head setup – latest generation 1440 nozzle piezo heads (360 nozzles / head – two nozzle rows per colour), drop mass range 3.6 – 35 pl/37.4 pl.
  • Print Resolutions (dpi) : 360 x 360, 360 x 720, 540 x 720, 720 x 720, 720 x 1080, 1440 x 720 and 1440 x 1440.
  • Mutoh Intelligent Interweaving technology (i²) incorporated.
  • Media thickness : heads low : 0.3mm / heads middle : 1.3mm / heads high : 2.8mm.
  • Standard non-motorized scroller supports at the back of the machine for non-motorized roll-off of media up to 30 kg roll media diametre max. 150mm.
  • Different motorised winding/unwinding systems (30, 80 & 100 kg) available.

Key Features VJ-1638 

  • Targeted at the sign and display market : high volume and high quality production of long-term outdoor posters, signs and banners, backlit signage, POS displays, vehicle graphics as well as high quality durable prints for indoor use.
  • Prints directly onto a wide range of uncoated and coated substrates.
  • Three individually controlled heating elements below the print platen for media pre-heating, ink fixation and drying.
  • Mutoh Eco Ultra inks, CMYK – 220 & 440 ml cassettes. Inks do not spread any harmful VOCs in working environment. No need for forced ventilation. Inks are UV and water-resistant for up to three years outdoors.
  • Production speed range: High quality speed up to 20sqm/h (720 x 1080 dpi), Typical production speed up to 36 sqm/h (720 x 720 dpi), Top speed up to 48sqm/h (360 x 720 dpi).

Key Features VJ-1638W

  • Targeted at the sublimation transfer market : soft signage & graphics for events, home decoration, flags and pennants, sportswear, in-store banners.
  • Prints on all typical dye sub transfer papers from 66g/sqm to 150g/sqm.
  • Mutoh high speed quick dry water-based disperse dye inks, CMYK, 1 and 5 l bottles. Rich and vibrant colours; top scores for wash fastness, rubbing and perspiration. Do not spread any harmful VOCs in the working environment.
  • Ready for connection to Mutoh’s optional bulk ink system.
  • For heat transfer of dye sub prints from paper to fabric, Mutoh’s Unifixer calender can be used.
  • Production speed range: 10sqm/h – 65sqm/h.
  • Typical production speeds up to 42sqm/h (360 x 720 dpi) / up to 65sqm/h (360 x 360 dpi).

Engineered and manufactured in Japan, the new ValueJet 1638 line will be showcased at all major sign and print industry events throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa during the next coming weeks and months. The product will become available during the month of May 2012.



The company’s Ezee Applicator Mini, the first South African manufactured flatbed application table, drew crowds at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Durban.

With the introduction of the Ezee Applicator Mini, dry application onto a rigid substrate just got more affordable. The machine is ideal for desktop vinyl and print applications and no compressor is required. The machine cuts out valuable time in applying printed media to any rigid substrate in minutes instead of hours and all this is done with no need for a squeegee or water.



The company showcased various products which generated a good response at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Durban.

It showcased the Hexis Cast Vario & Carbon range. The Vario Chrome (colour shifter) range is available in seven different colours:  

– CAST LAPIS BLUE 1370MM      

The multi-layered cast vinyl films carry the same solvent-based adhesive and structured PE liner with HexPress technology that make the film repositionable during application. Because of its high flexibility and extreme conformability, fast and risk free transfers are practically guaranteed. It is particularly suitable for vehicle full wraps and for all long-term applications on complex and compound curved surfaces. With the shade shift feature, highly effective colour effects can be achieved.

Part of the HX30000 Series, the ‘Carbon Cast’ is a multi-layered 135µm cast vinyl film with a carbon fibre embossed pattern. It carries the proven solvent-based adhesive and a structured PE liner with HexPress technology that allows convenient air egress during application.  

With its flexibility and high conformability, it is principally destined for vehicle full wraps and other longterm outdoor applications. It is the ideal high-tech solution for heavily curved surfaces such as full vehicle wraps, furniture, laptops, cell phones and many more.  

The company also showcased NUtec digital printing Ink, which generated a good response and had a great deal of companies indicating that they wanted to convert to the ink. This revolutionary printer ink has been designed using the highest quality raw materials and process methods, setting a new standard in printing ink manufacturing.

The product features:
– World First, 520ml cartridge (18% more ink)
– Enhanced colour vibrancy and image quality
– Faster Drying, especially in humid coastal areas
– Up to four times safer human exposure limits for personal health and safety
– Contains no hazardous substances detrimental to the environment
– Superior scuff resistance
– Increased nozzle stability
– Improved jetting accuracy
– Lower maintenance
– Ink on ink compatibility with original Eco/HS inks
Falcon also informed visitors of its numerous specials for a range of products, which you can still contact the company about for more information.



The company will demonstrate unique Research and Development capabilities for a wider range of inkjet technologies and applications such as packaging, textile and electronics.

Bordeaux is an independent inkjet ink and fluids developer and manufacturer whose developments are solely based on its in-house Research and Development team. The company is responsible for high standard products based on extensive know-how in the field of inkjet. The company’s achievement in the field has gained the cooperation of OEMs in joint venture projects benefiting from the continued deployment of the company’s exceptional expertise.

During Drupa, Bordeaux will demonstrate its wide-spread commercial products and among them the company’s latest UV LED inks with substantial elongation properties. The UV LED ink with improved properties will further complement the Bordeaux UV and UV LED product lines suitable now for a wider variety of printers and especially suitable for a wider variety of UV applications that is expanding continuously.

Bordeaux will also emphasize its ability to provide total solutions for printers by exhibiting its new line of laminates based on water for the wide format digital printing market and UV based laminates for more diverse applications such as document finishing and pre-press applications. Both coatings are intended to increase the prints durability to abrasion and prevent fading and are manufactured in the company’s new production facility in the USA East Coast.

‘We will reveal new products at Drupa for emerging technologies for the wide-format inkjet market, including inks formulated for the latest ink technologies and solutions to help printers grow their business,’ said Moshe Zach, CEO of Bordeaux. ‘The new solutions launched at Drupa are part of Bordeaux’s ‘For Better Printing’ slogan reflecting the company’s intention to deliver products and services that help printing companies achieve new business benefits reflected in better precision, value, performance, variety and environmental concerns.’



Graficomp experienced another very successful Sign Africa RoadShow in Durban. Visitors were as excited about the HP Latex Printer range as the company is. HP and Graficomp are already showcasing their second generation of enhanced Latex printers, the LX850, L28500 and L26500. 

Coupled with the latest edition of the Onyx Rip Software range, Onyx Thrive, Graficomp was proud to demonstrate a complete and affordable signage solution at their stand. Graficomp have all their Latex printers in stock and invite you all to come and visit their Demo Centre to see the Latex printers in action. Whether you are starting up in the signage industry or already established, the company help you find the right printing solution best suited for your environment.



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.

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