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. ??