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Fespa World Editor’s letter According to a recent survey carried out by the SGIA, more than 90 percent of digital print companies in the US believe their digitally-derived revenue will increase during the coming year, with a third anticipating a significant increase. Most respondents also said that their customers were local businesses, advertising and design consultancies, and retailers and also reported that they use a variety of solvent, eco solvent, water based and UV curable machines to produce POP materials, signs, billboards and interior signage. I am sure that if a similar survey were carried out in Europe, the responses would be very similar, which is why FESPA’s first ever Digital Printing Europe exhibition is so timely. This unique show, which will be held at the RAI in Amsterdam from 16-18 May, is designed not only to highlight current areas of digital printing activity, but also to provide a foretaste of applications to come in the textile printing, packaging, coding and marking sectors. Further, it will have all of the razzmatazz that is commonly associated with FESPA events and provide visitors with an unparalleled networking opportunity. You can learn everything you need to know about the show in our comprehensive preview section. This begins on page 24 and includes a floor plan, a run down on some of the exhibitors who are participating, together with news on the special two-day Digital Conference that runs simultaneously with the exhibition. Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find our revamped news pages, which begin on page 4, together with two thought provoking articles. On pages 38/39 Nicholas Hellmuth highlights the advantages of UV inks, whilst on pages 46/47, Mark Godden speculates how new machines from HP, Mimaki and Roland will affect the current digital landscape. And last but not least, the And Finally slot, on page 78, sees Dupont’s Gary Turner providing some insights into his company and revealing its plans for the show. So all that remains is for me to remind you to pre-register to ensure your FREE entry to the exhibition and, on behalf of the FESPA team, to issue an invitation to visit our stand, when I’ll be happy to greet you and to hear all of your comments about the magazine!

NEWS ROUND-UP

4 SUPPLIER NEWS

SPECIAL FEATURES

24 INTRODUCTION TO FESPA DIGITAL 2006

The latest supplier news.

FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – INTRODUCTION

8 PRODUCT NEWS The Final Countdown

18 PERSONAL CHOICE

FESPA Digital Printing Europe 16th-18th May 2006, at the RAI in Amsterdam. In 1994 the result of the FESPA Secretaries meeting in Lyon was the following recommendation to the FESPA board: "FESPA must take a lead in Europe on the important subject of digital printing by including this new technology for graphic imaging in all its activities, for example exhibitions and seminars. This new technology should be presented as a positive opportunity to screenprinters and not as a threat." In the three FESPA exhibitions that have followed, one in Madrid and two in Munich, the amount of floor space given over to digital imaging technology has increased as it becomes ever more ubiquitous. Now, rather than regarding it as a threat, screenprinters have, for the most part, recognised that the screen and digital process can be successfully combined to provide customers with the best possible levels of output and service. But although FESPA has, in all possible ways, already achieved the aim it first outlined over a decade ago, it continues to spearhead the proliferation of digital printing into new territories, both geographical and application based. It was inevitable that once it had become a completely acceptable and widely used technology in both the sign and display graphic sectors, that digital technology would spread into new areas. Indeed, it is already changing the pace of production in the textile sector and with the introduction of flat bed printers that use UV curable ink to print on to a wide range of rigid substrates, such as glass

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ceramics, metal and wood, it is beginning to make inroads into some of the major industrial applications too. Of course, digital printing has also opened new areas of application, which could never have been accomplished previously and possibly the latest of these relates to RFID labelling, a topic which we will all be hearing a lot more about during the coming year. It seems entirely sensible then, that digital printing should be the subject of an exhibition, which has all of the hallmarks of a traditional FESPA show, in terms of style, content and ambience, but one which also has a more defined focus. Whereas FESPA in Munich last May celebrated every aspect of visual communication in its broadest sense, FESPA Digital Printing Europe will highlight both the established graphic applications and all of the emerging areas where digital printing is, or soon will be, making its presence keenly felt. This time around the transition will be smoother, since screenprinters have already learned to embrace any process that makes the

finished project quicker, easier and more cost effective and delivers happy customers into the bargain. Whatever area of the industry you are currently operating within, you will find something to interest and entertain you during the three days of the show. As well as being able to see all of the major manufacturers and suppliers, many of who are using the show as a launch pad for their latest products and innovations, you will have the opportunity to attend a high quality, educational two–day Digital Conference. This features highly respected speakers drawn from all over the world, each of who is an expert in his or her own particular field. You can find full details of this on pages 30 and 31, together with a brief resumé of each of the speaker’s credentials on the following pages. On page 40, you’ll find the beginning of a comprehensive show preview and, because we appreciate that you time at the RAI might be limited and therefore precious, we’ve broken all of the individual exhibitors down into different product categories, so that you can see at a

The ZSO, the Dutch Screen Printing & Sign Association will host a symposium entitled, "Standardisation within Full Colour Screen and Digital Printing’. The symposium will focus on the latest developments in standardisation in the production process, from creation to output and is designed to interest screen and digital printers and signmakers and also print buyers who are responsible for ensuring consistency. The symposium, which will be conducted in Dutch, will take place on 16th May, from 10.00 a.m. until 12.45 p.m., in Room R, Hall 8, RAI. For more information on both of these features visit www.fespadigital.com

glance w ho is showing what, where. Printers, Inks and Coatings, Materials, Ancillary Products, UV Products, Software, Textiles, Publications and Displays all have their own sections, whilst products that don’t fit into any specific category can be found in the Miscellaneous section. Finally, there is a special Stop Press area for breaking news. However, none of this is any substitute for the real FESPA experience – the only way you can sample that is by visiting us at the RAI in Amsterdam from 16th to 18th May yourself! We look forward to seeing you there!

The Exhibition in Brief

minutes by tram from Central Station. There will be a shuttle bus operating between the airport and the RAI on the days of the exhibition and the RAI also offers full car parking facilities. The RAI Hotel and Travel Services is the official agent for FESPA Digital Printing Europe. As well as providing discounted room rates, it can arrange flights to and from Amsterdam, as well as airport transfers, a car rental service and excursions in and around the city. Visit www.fespadigital.com(General Information Page) for further information.

Registration

Ancillary Events

Out and About

The Digital City is a new innovation, which offers visitors the opportunity to attend a special workshop on the exhibition floor, where they will be able to try their hand at digitally printing on to a range of different substrates. The final works will be displayed in the form of a ‘city’ to show the real future potential of digital printing.

Amsterdam is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that offers offers a wide range of hotels and restaurants, quaint streets to explore and scenic canal trips. It is easily be reached by air or rail and there are inexpensive direct flights from most European airports. The RAI exhibition centre is only 10 minutes by train from Schiphol International airport and 12

FESPA Digital Printing Europe promises to be a truly brilliant event. Entrance is FREE to those who pre-register prior to the event, whilst those who register on-site will pay a 10 entry fee. Make your registration without delay! Visit www.fespadigital.com now to register and a free entry badge will be despatched one month prior to the exhibition.

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26 SPONSOR SPEAK 28 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 FLOORPLANS

30 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

32 WHO’S WHO Peaker Biographies.

INFORMATION

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UV, OR NOT TO UV? FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – UV, OR NOT TO UV?

To UV, or not to UV? a

That is indeed one of the most challenging questions facing many companies operating in the pay for print sector, who are trying to decide whether to purchase a solvent inkjet printer or to buy into UV-curable inkjet technology.

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Durst Rho offers a view of the future of UV curable inkjet printing: roll-to-roll UV both for traditional signage materials and textiles too. Furthermore, Durst offers innovative training at its manufacturing plant and demo center in Lienz, Austria.

Either way, it’s a decision that will affect the long-term future of their businesses. Dr. Nicholas M Hellmuth, President and Founder of FLAAR, an organisation that evaluates and reviews digital imaging hardware and systems, provides information that will assist in the decision making process.

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Solvent ink printers are still a good addition to a print shop, especially with all the completely new models such as the Mutoh Phoenix, Mutoh Spitfire, and

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Mutoh Osprey.

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Gandinnovations is setting records for sales of both

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The top-seller, worldwide, for the entry-level UV-curable

grand format solvent and UV-curable flatbed printers.

Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth undertakes research, writes, and lectures in the field of photography, scanning and digital printing equipment, in particular wide format inkjet printers. The FLAAR evaluations of inkjet printers, RIP software, colour management tools, laminators, trimmers, and inkjet media reach more than 500,000 readers in over 62 countries each year, whilst another half-million people read Dr Hellmuth’s comments on digital cameras and scanners. FLAAR offers over 60 reports on UV printers, all of which are available on-line from www.wide-format-printers.net whilst all FLAAR websites can be reached via www.FLAAR.org. FLAAR personnel will be available in-person to answer your basic questions at the FESPA Digital Conference on Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 15:00-15:45 hours, where Dr Nicholas Hellmuth will be delivering a presentation entitled ‘Printing on to Wood & Stone: The Opportunities and Options’.

"Firstly, let’s look at the trends. It was at DRUPA 2000 that three or four UV-curable inkjet printers were first shown to a curious public. Although the concept aroused much interest, these machines were just prototypes and indeed, some were not even functioning. However at DRUPA 2004, no less than 17 manufacturers exhibited UV-curable inkjet printers, most of which were flatbed designs, although NUR introduced a roll-to-roll version. Currently, there are more than 50 models of UV printers, produced by over 30 different manufacturers on the market and at least half of these will be exhibited at either the up and coming ISA show in the United States, or at the IPEX exhibition in the UK. But at the same time, the popularity of solvent inkjet printers is growing at a comparable rate. Currently these machines are being produced by five Korean manufacturers, perhaps four Japanese manufacturers, several major manufacturers in the Americas, two in Israel, and more companies in China than anyone has yet been able to count! In fact, the solvent market is growing at such a rate that even HP has bought into this technology, through its purchase of Scitex Vision and its agreement with Seiko to take over the distribution of the popular mild-solvent ColorPainter 64S. Unsurprisingly, these new alliances have resulted in both Roland and Mimaki launching new models in order to compete effectively against a company with the market clout of HP. However, these trends vary very considerably from country to country. For example, the recent Middle East Sign & Banner tradeshow, which took place in Dubai during early February, had very few UV printers, with not a single Chinese, Japanese or Korean UV-curable inkjet flatbed on display. HP made a similar decision, concentrating instead on its solvent machines. Chinese solvent printers were also much in evidence, with three times the usual number of manufacturers and distributors taking part. It

was a similar story at the Graphics of the Americas trade show in Miami, Florida, the week before Middle East Sign & Banner, when only a few companies featured their UV printers. The reason for this is that in countries where neither law nor tradition calls for strict health or environmental protection, solvent inkjet printers are used without a qualm - it is primarily healthconscious businesses in the US and Western Europe who are leading the switch to UV printers. So apart from health and environmental benefits, what other issues should we be considering? Solvent inkjet printers do well on uncoated vinyl and a variety of traditional signage material, including the textiles used to produce soft-signage. However, solvent inks work much less well on most thick or rigid substrates, since the ink does not dry properly on many surfaces. For example, when a mild-solvent flatbed inkjet printer was presented at SGIA 2005, it turned out that it could print successfully on a grand total of two, or at most, three, materials! And it is hard to name a flatbed solvent inkjet printer that has enjoyed real market success. On the other hand, UV-curable inks will solidify on almost any material you can run through a printer, although in reality, there are a few materials that have limited adhesion, need a primer before printing and/or lamination after, if they are to last satisfactorily for more than a year. I first became interested in UV-curable inkjet printers because of FLAAR"S background in architecture and museum displays. Architects and interior designers are learning that you can print on to wall sections, doors, ceiling and floor tiles, and table tops. You can also use UV-curable inks to print on to fabric, especially when using a roll-to-roll printer such as the new Durst Rho 350R. Gandinnovations will also be showing a roll-to-roll UV printer at ISA and IPEX, whilst Zünd is promoting a printer that can decorate kitchen cabinets and even the doors of a

refrigerator and oven! However, we should be aware of the differences in surface, texture and image quality. The Seiko ColorPainter (now succeeded by the HP Designjet 9000s) offers just about the highest colour gamut and quality of any solvent inkjet printer. The ColorSpan 72SI can reproduce fine art onto canvas for giclee-like display. The Gandinnovation’s solvent inkjet printer even has a back-lit accessory that facilitates printing on both the back and front of the material, to produce awesome quality for backlit displays. So the output on solvent ink printers can be outstanding. Just remember that cheaper solvent printers can produce splotchy output with horizontal banding defects, so the image quality varies enormously, based on what brand you select, and which printheads you use. Seiko and HP use the Konica printhead whilst ColorSpan favours the Ricoh-Hitachi printhead and Gandinnovation’s machines feature the Spectra printhead. With UV-cured inks, you do not yet get continuous tone. The output has a grainy appearance, since each droplet of ink is solidified instantly, and it shows. Some inkjet printers have not yet been able to overcome horizontal banding effects, caused by poor feeding speed or by bidirectional angling of the ink. Nonetheless, for displays viewed from a distance of two metres or more, the output from the better UV printers looks great. So for printing on an architectural unit that will end up on a ceiling or wall, UV printers are a viable technology. A good example would be the kind of graphics used in hotels, casinos, or in any building where the fire laws state that doors to fire exits must be made from materials other than wood. But if the

décor of that hotel is walnut, or mahogany, you can scan mahogany wood on a Cruse scanner, and then use the scanned image of the wood surface to print onto a fire-proof steel door. So if your company is the only one in town that can handle material as thick as a door, you have the perfect opportunity to distinguish your unique capabilities. With my involvement in museum displays, I am interested in any printer that can handle thick material, even if it isn’t using UV curable technology. For example, the Scitex Vision CORjet can print on to thick corrugated material, which can then be cut by an Esko flatbed cutter, into any shape. You could therefore exhibit Mayan pyramids and temples in a museum; you could cut out life-sized portraits of the Mayan deities, kings, and other characters that are well known to archaeologists, attempting anything from murals to paintings on funerary pottery in the process. The CORjet, which is now of course part of the HP printer family, uses the Aprion printhead, which does not need UV-cured ink. A Gandinnovation printer could use UV-cured ink on an even thicker and more rigid material to produce outdoor exhibits at an archaeological park. UV printers offer many advantages inside the print shop, besides the lack of carcinogenic chemicals. Printheads do not need to be flushed constantly and UV printers don’t need to spit ink just to prevent them from clogging as is the case with solvent machines. In many ways, maintenance and cleaning for UV curable printers is a breeze when compared with the mess and expense of the cleaning routines required by solvent printers. Ink costs also tend to be less, since you are not wasting ink

inkjet market has been ColorSpan since 2005.

all day and night due to the automatic purging cycles. During a recent inspection of an Ohio print shop that was using a Durst Rho 160, I discovered that the company had enjoyed a significant increase in business since acquiring the machine, by taking on jobs that no competitor could handle. The Rho 160, could be used to print on to materials that no solvent inkjet printer could undertake and the print shop had even invested in a second UV printer to keep up with its increased workload. I have also inspected print shops using ColorSpan and Gandinnovations UV printers, who have found themselves in a similar situation and who also find that they are soon acquiring a second machine in order to service the increase in demand So despite the initial purchase price of a UV printer, which is higher than that of a solvent printer, it can enable you to print on to materials that your competitors can’t handle, with the result that you can also command premium prices. You can also considerably widen your printing repertoire and thus you can service customers that previously, you could never have reached. Of course, I can’t promise you instant wealth, and you also need to be properly business savvy, but UV printers do offer tremendous opportunities, especially for printers, photo labs, digital print shops and signmakers who want to be innovative and to enter exciting new market sectors.

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40 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – PRINTERS

50 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 Val Hirst e-mail: val@valhirst.demon.co.uk

Fespa World The membership magazine of the Federation of European Screenprinting Associations Vol.14 / No.42 December 2005 Published by FESPA Ltd Editorial office FESPA Association House 7a West Street Reigate, Surrey RH2 9BL Tel: +44 1737 24 07 88 Fax: +44 1737 24 07 70 E-mail: info@fespa.com www.fespa.com Publisher Frazer Chesterman – Director Tel: +44 1737 24 07 88

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– INKS & COATINGS

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62 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – SOFTWARE/ UV TECHNOLOGY

64 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – TEXTILES

66 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – MISCELLANEOUS

68 FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – PUBLICATIONS

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NEWS ROUND-UP – SUPPLIER NEWS

Nazdar acquires Lyson

Harlands achieve a new accreditation

Nazdar, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of screen inks, digital inks, and chemicals, has acquired Lyson Ltd, and its subsidiary, Lyson Inc, the manufacturer of inkjet inks for digital printers. The Lyson brand and product line are now part of Nazdar’s Inks and Coatings Division, based in Shawnee, Kansas.

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the two companies together will help both Lyson and Nazdar reach their goals for the future. We’re extremely pleased to welcome Lyson to the Nazdar organisation." Fox continues: "We intend to maintain and build the Lyson brand, which has an outstanding reputation for innovation, service and support. Our emphasis will be on developing and improving third-party digital ink products, whilst expanding our relationships in the OEM markets. Joining the resources of the two companies increases our already considerable R&D expertise and will allow us to broaden our development efforts in aqueous, solvent, and UV ink technologies." Jeff Ball, Lyson’s founder, comments: "The acquisition is a great fit for both companies. It gives the Lyson brand the resources necessary to further our penetration into the marketplace and to continue to research and develop Lyson products and gives Nazdar a larger product portfolio and an established base in Europe, which accelerates its international expansion objectives. We’re excited about the possibilities and look forward to being part of the Nazdar organization."

Harlands Labels, the UK based producer of self-adhesive labelling solutions, has upgraded it’s existing BRC IoP Category A accreditation to the more stringent and controlled Category B, which means that it is now able to produce labels for

direct application to food products. The new standard will apply to both the company’s Hull factory and also its Polish facility, so that both now hold ISO 9000:2000 and BRC IoP Category B accreditations.

Royal visitor for Inca Left to right, Bill Baxter, Managing Director, the Duke of Kent, Paul Anson, chief operations officer.

Based in Stockport, UK, with a US subsidiary in Chicago, Illinois, Lyson supplies major OEM digital printer manufacturers and endusers through an international network of distributors. The Lyson product line includes digital inks for all major inkjet print technologies, including piezo, thermal, and CIJ. Lyson manufactures both solvent and water based inks in pigment and dye formulations for markets such as industrial coding and marking, office printing, wide format graphics, fine art, photography, proofing and grand format billboard printing. "Nazdar is committed to the digital ink market," states Mike Fox, President of Nazdar. "It’s an increasingly important part of our core business. We’ve been manufacturing and marketing the NDI brand of digital inks since 2000, and we know what it takes to deliver a top quality product. Lyson and Jeff Ball have done an excellent job of establishing Lyson as one of the world’s premier providers of digital ink products. They have an innovative history and have developed an excellent product line that will enable Nazdar to achieve its strategic initiative to expand outside of its traditional channels and presents new customer opportunities. Bringing

Inca Digital played host to His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, when he visited the company’s Cambridge, UK headquarters, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. The Duke of Kent was visiting Inca following the company’s recent success in achieving two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The two awards - Innovation and International Trade acknowledge Inca’s innovation in digital flatbed printer technology and its success in selling printers around the world. Inca was one of only a handful of companies to receive two Queen’s Awards last year, out of the 133 businesses given the honour during 2005.


SUPPLIER NEWS

New website combines fun with functionality

navigate resource that will enable customers to ensure that their Jeti printers operates at optimum efficiency. Visit www.gandinnovations.com,

Colourful pages from the revamped Gandinnovations website.

Gandinnovations has celebrated 2006 in style with the re-launch of its website, which now features videos of its printers in action, an online help desk and a document centre that offers the latest software releases for the company’s growing line of Jeti Printers. Created by Graphic designer David Jones and award-winning web developer Lee Young, with input from company founders James and Hary Gandy, the site provides a colourful and easy-to-

Xaar’s scope extended Tetenal AG & Co KG. is the latest European ink manufacturer to become an Approved Ink Partner of Xaar. The agreement relates specifically to Tetenal's range of UV curable inks for high performance, digital inkjet printing, thus expanding Xaar’s offering for customers who require specialist, focused ink expertise for niche applications, particularly within the industrial sector. Focusing specifically on Tetenal's range of Tjet-UV curable and Tjet-F inks, this new

development complements Xaar's existing ink offering and, combined with its printhead innovations, opens up new opportunities for printing onto more unusual substrates. At the same time, Xaar has also strengthened its partnership with leading ink producer, SunJet, with its approval of four of the company's Crystal range of UV-curable inks, which, it claims, will enable customers to enjoy the flexibility, durability and high-quality benefits UV-inks can offer.

New owners for Solvitol Solvitol Limited, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aerosols and chemicals for the industrial and manufacturing sectors, has been acquired for £3.25million, by a consortium including existing managing director Rod Godwin. The company, which is based in County Durham, UK, began life as a private label manufacturing company, but in recent

years has also concentrated on its brands including; Nilco, Add-It, Add-It Extra, Planet Earth, Buddy, Quickline, Eagle and Tygris. Teamed with Godwin is entrepreneur John Batchelor, who has been involved with many of the companies operating in the markets that Solvitol services and now takes up the position of company Chairman.

HP reports record quarter New HQ for SEAL HP has announced that its Indigo Division has enjoyed a record quarter in driving the transformation from analogue to digital printing in the graphic arts community. HP had a record high of over 100 HP Indigo press installations in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) in the quarter ending January 31, 2006. According to Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager, Indigo

division, HP, digital printing has grown in the last decade from 5 percent of the total printing industry to well over 10 percent, a growth trend that is expected to continue at an even faster pace. He says: "By offering bestin-class digital printing technologies we’re enabling our customers to realise new business opportunities and improve communications in the global market."

SEAL Graphics, a world leader in image and print finishing solutions, has relocated a to a new European headquarters building in Raalte, the Netherlands, in order to expand its showroom and demonstration area, which plays a key part in the "SEAL Academy’. For the first time, some 400m2 (3600 square feet) of floor space now houses the complete range of SEAL Graphics laminators which are

available for both distributor and end-user training. Also on show is the company's full range of films and adhesives as well as its inkjet media. Marketing Manager, Veronique Rossieau, says: "We are extremely proud of this new facility where our customers can learn how to produce applications which will enhance all types of graphic displays."

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SUPPLIER NEWS

Esko takes Scope 3 on the road Esko, a market leader in packaging pre-production solutions, has announced a series of seminars to introduce Scope 3, a major new release of the company’s integrated software suite, which is designed to help transform the entire supply chain into a straightforward collaborative process. The upgrade seminars, which are exclusively for Esko customers, are free of charge, and will be

held in major cities throughout Europe. Customers will receive installation instructions and indepth information about the new capabilities. The seminar programme is as follows: April Spain: 4th – 6th Madrid Germany: 4th – 6th Stuttgart Benelux: 11th – 13th Ghent (Dutch session)

Spain: 18th – 20th Barcelona Benelux: 18th – 20th Ghent (French session) France: 25th – 27th Paris May UK: 2nd – 4th Redditch Italy: 2nd – 4th Milano Switzerland: 9th – 11th Aarau France: 16th – 18th Lyon Sweden: 23rd – 25th Helsingborg

Germany: 25th – 27th Düsseldorf For further information and registration details visit: http://www.esko.com/files/eflyers/Scope3_seminars_06/Sc ope3_seminars_UK_online.htm or, alternatively contact Catherine Pauwels on Tel: +32 (0)9 216 91 02 or cpau@esko.com

Appointments

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Imaging Technology International (iTi), has announced the first stage of its international expansion, with the opening of an office in Cambridge, and the appointment of Debbie Thorp as Vice President, EMEA Operations. Thorpe previously worked for Xaar plc, where she was Head of Group Marketing and has also held senior positions at digital printing consultancies such as Pivotal Resources, CAP Ventures and IT Strategies.

Gandinnovations has appointed three sales representatives to service customers in North America. Steve Vandenberg, who gained many years of experience in screenprinting, prior to entering the digital sector, will handle sales on the East Coast, Troy Lesher, who has worked in the industry for 16 years, will operate the Southern territories. Jeff Burgener, who similarly, has spent 16 years in the graphics sector, will be in charge of managing sales in the Western States for Gandinnovations.

Jeff Burgener

Meanwhile, Stewart Partridge, has joined Nazdar as Business Unit Director for Digital Ink. In this new position, he is responsible for Nazdar’s digital inks product and sales strategy on a global basis, setting direction for research and development, and managing digital ink channel development and execution.

Stewart Patridge

Web Consulting, the global strategic consultancy for the digital printing industry, has announced a number of significant changes. Following the departure of Stewart Partridge, the company’s founder and Managing Director, and Consultancy Services Manager, Heather Maynard, Michael Flippin, formerly Vice President of Web Consulting Inc, has been promoted to President of Web Consulting Inc. Flippin will assume full global responsibility for all of the business activities of Web Consulting and will manage the global business from his Boston, MA offices. Ellen Wu at Web Consulting’s Shanghai office, has been promoted from Supervisor to Manager, Asia-Pacific Region, and will report directly to Michael Flippin. Web Consulting’s UK office will move to new premises, and will be managed by Chris Byrne.

Inca Digital Printers has promoted Des Ablitt to Customer Support Director, following positions in both the technical and customer service sectors. Ablitt, who joined the company five years ago, is a qualified engineer and was originally involved in the development of Inca flatbed

technology. He has also spent time in the USA, introducing Inca’s products and assisting with technical training for its third party service providers. In his new role, Des will report to Operations Director Paul Anson and will oversee the installation, servicing and repair of Inca machines. NUR Macroprinters has appointed Yossy Zylberberg as its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining NUR, Zylberberg served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of several private and public companies, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Kodak Versamark, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company (formerly Scitex Digital Printing). Prior to that Zylberberg served in various other senior positions in Scitex Corporation, including Chief Operating Officer of Scitex Digital Printing, Inc., an independently managed subsidiary of Scitex Corporation and as corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scitex Corporation Ltd. He holds a B.A. Accounting & Economics and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University.


NEWS ROUND-UP – PRODUCT NEWS

The new Spyder 320-e

Further enhancements for the Spyder In its biggest ever expansion of a single product range, Inca Digital Printers is launching several new models in the Spyder 320 series, including a new four-colour model, a six-colour printer and a Spyder with a white ink option. At the same time, Inca is introducing a new version of its Spyder Run software, which enables an exceptional top speed of 80 sq. metres an hour, with a production speed of 65 sq. metres an hour. The new software results in an instant upgrade in speed and can be retrofitted to existing Spyder 320 printers in the field.

The new Spyder 320-e is designed to appeal to a wider range of companies, whilst also offering the features that have made the original Spyder 320 so popular. These include a 3.2 x 1.6 metre bed, small footprint, highly accurate pin registration plus sharp image resolution and crisp text. It is also more competitively priced due to a

reduction in the speed specification. However, customers can easily upgrade their machines when budget and workload permit. The Spyder 320+ model offers a modular IncaPrint carriage with either white or six-colours (light magenta and light cyan) in addition to the CMYK set. This new six-colour printer is

designed for closer viewing output where there is a requirement to reproduce flesh tones with a flawless appearance, and smoother light colours and graduations. The white ink capability can be used either before or after printing the CMYK set. For further information visit: www.incadigital.com

High quality, strong and economical The Hurtz Corner Lock System (HCL) offers an easy and economical way of screenprinting on to glass. The system enables the frame to be built on site, by simply connecting the individual parts to the corners and fixing them with two pegs, which are designed to provide optimum leverage. The frames are thus made even more stable without adding extra weight. Whilst large

welded frames come close to the limits of profile construction as regards stability, the stronger profiles which are required by large format screenprinting are no longer portable. But when using the Hurtz corner connection, the frame can withstand tremendous force, which makes it more stable and shows less deflection, without causing profile torsion. The Hurtz Corner Lock System is

neither heavier nor thicker than traditional frames and textile tension is maintained, which particularly when using large frames of up to 4 x 8 metres, not only helps to provide high quality output, but also saves on cost.

Hurtz offers professional profiles up to widths of 185 mm for frame lengths up to ca. 8 m. For further information visit: www.hurtz.de

Proofing support for packaging printers EFI and GretagMacbeth have announced a significant breakthrough in the proofing and production of complex, multi-channel colour files used in the packaging industry. EFI Colorproof XF directly handles N-color ICC profiles (containing up to six channels) generated by GretagMacbeth’s Multicolor and

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Generic Output Profiler (GOP) technology from the recently released ProfileMaker 5 Packaging. GOP-generated profiles enable the printer to replace spot colours in an existing profile without generating new test charts to reprofile the press. These new multicolour profiles can now be

used with EFI technology to consistently optimise all aspects of packaging production, including display-based soft proofing, contract-quality inkjet proofing and high-resolution output. For further information visit: www.gretag-macbeth.com


PRODUCT NEWS

ITi launches new inkjet drive engine Imaging Technology International (iTi), a global designer and manufacturer of industrial ink jet systems, has announced the release of the Delta XO/760, the first model in its new Inkjet Drive Engine (IDE) product line. IDE products are a turnkey package of electronics, ink systems and interfaces that enable developers to simplify the integration of a specific inkjet printhead or printhead family into development, test, and production environments for industrial inkjet applications. The Delta XO/760, which is designed to support new OmniDot 760 printheads from Xaar, is an integrated system of electronic and fluid delivery

components necessary to support OmniDot 760 printhead functions and communicate images to be printed to a variety of output devices. It is a cost effective, production ready, turnkey solution, never before available to Xaar printhead users. Set in a rack mount enclosure, the Delta XO/760 incorporates Xaar's XUSB printhead support module, the OmniDot 760 ES-ISS ink supply system, a powerful

server with inbuilt display and keyboard, temperature control system, and quick connect ports for ink, heating, electrical, motion control and communication interfaces. It provides access to a broad range of printhead, temperature, print clock timing and motion control functions through an extensible graphical software package. For further information visit: www.iticorp.com.

Good, fast and cheap! Epson has introduced two premium flatbed scanners, the Perfection V750 Pro, which is ideal for the professional photographer and the Epson Perfection V700 Photo, which is suitable for the photo enthusiast or advanced amateur photographer. They are the world’s first competitively priced flatbed scanners to offer a resolution of up to 6400dpi x 9600dpi, the innovative Dual Lens System, Digital ICE

Technologies and 4.0 DMax optical density. The Dual Lens System features a super resolution lens offering up to 6400dpi film scanning (up to 5.9" width) and a high resolution lens offering up to 4800dpi reflective scanning and film scanning (over 5.9" width.) By providing two lenses instead of one single lens, Epson is able to offer the high

resolution of 6400dpi in a cost-effective scanner, without increasing the A4 footprint or compromising on quality. Both scanners are priced at under E800. For further information visit: www.epson.co.uk

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The enhanced PressVu UV 320/400 UV.

PRODUCT NEWS

New, speedier Ultra-Vu VUTEk has introduced a new 600 dpi mode for the PressVu UV 320/400 UV-curing flatbed printer featuring improved text quality – especially for applications that require close viewing. Existing VUTEk PressVu UV 320/400 UV-curing flatbed printer customers can upgrade to include this capability in the field, with no additional cost. With this upgrade, PressVu UV 320 UV-curing flatbed printer customers will have the option

of printing in either 400 dpi or 600-dpi mode. When available, all new printers will include the upgrade. Starting at around E250,000 the PressVu 320/400 is the most productive in its class and is designed to help digital print

providers increase profitability. It accommodates rigid substrates up to 126 inches (3.2 metres) wide, and offers productivity up to 1,000 square feet (93 square metres) per hour, equal to 20 - 4’ x 8’ (14 - 2 metre x 3 metre) sheets per hour. It also features a

roll-to-roll capability, giving customers the flexibility to offer a full range of services. For further information visit: www.vutek.com

Servo drives with a feel for glass ISIMAT has shipped and commissioned the first RS 6460 TP, a six-colour screen printing machine that, when printing on a bottle, can measure the shape of a cross section within a printing area and use the data to automatically preset the printing stations for a new print job. Every machine in the RS 6460 series features a rotary indexing table and individual servo motors for each screen and each fixture; and with the data of the item’s shape it can synchronise the rotations of 30+ servo motors during printing on round, square, and oval glass or plastic hollowware. The RS 6460 can print wrap arounds onto slightly tapered oval bottles, at a production speed of up to 60 items/min. Says Peter Detzner, Managing Director of ISIMAT, "We know from our customers that the range of shapes of glass bottles is increasing as companies are aiming to achieve maximum shelf impact for their products; and a bottle with an interesting shape is one way of achieving this goal." "He continues: "Our 10 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

comprehensive job storage and recall system, which features automatic format changeover and machine presetting, is ideal for repeat jobs, but now the RS 6460 can use dimensional data from a CAD file for automatic machine presetting for new print jobs. This enables screen printers to keep set-up times short". An operator can input the polar coordinates of points of a printing area cross section, or – when the data is not available – the machine can measure the shape of a cross section by rotating a bottle under an optical sensor. In both cases, the shape of the cross section can be displayed on the touch screen. Dimensional data is used by the RS 6460 during printing to synchronise the movements of fixtures, screens and squeegees; for example, a fixture rotates an oval bottle in a printing station while the screen simultaneously moves horizontally and vertically to print a wrap around. Each printing station can print onto a different cross section of a bottle during one machine pass, thus it isn’t necessary to have more than one machine pass

when printing onto the body of a square bottle and onto its round neck, or onto the body of a cylindrical bottle and onto its oval shoulder. The RS 6460 TP is configured for printing with ceramic enamels onto glass bottles and tableware (ACL), whilst the RS 6460 UV is fitted with a UV drying system for printing with UV inks, and can have either an ISIMAT UVitro surface treatment station for printing onto glass and plastic, or a flaming / corona pre-treatment station for printing onto plastic only. For further information visit: www.isimat.de


PRODUCT NEWS

Harlacher brings prepress in line In-line processing is presently one of the latest developments in the prepress sector of the screenprinting Industry. Key words such as automation, standardisation, improved efficiency and quality control are just some of the issues associated with this trend and are radically changing the way we think about screens. Common sense dictates that good prints can only come from good screens and print rejects are often the result of cutting corners in prepress. Qualtiy is especially important today, whether producing large scale graphics or technical applications, Up until now, prepress lines have been pieced together with existing equipment but now screen equipment manufacturer Harlacher has designed the H414 Coating Machine, which was

first introduced last year and has already enjoyed great success. The H41-4, which has a modular design enabling a perfect fit into any prepress process, eliminates unnecessary handling and is currently the only coating machine that can be equipped with automatic frame recognition and the facility to coat the frame using the suitable coating trough. The H41-4 coating machine is just one of many products that Harlacher is introducing to

DecoMirrors can be opaque! As everybody knows, mirror ink is a relatively expensive product, compared to standard screen printing inks, due to the very high value of the raw materials. Thus, the only way to reduce printing costs is to reduce the quantity of ink used in specific jobs. This was one of VFP’s targets when developing the new SM330 Mirror ink. SM330 is very opaque and can be printed with 120.035 mesh. Moreover, it is possible to increase the opacity result by overprinting with VFP VG103 opaque white or VFP VG905 opaque black inks, which will not adversely affect the mirror effect at all.

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By using 120.035 mesh, 1 litre of SM330 will print on about 60m2. Considering its high value, it is also important to expand the possible applications for the mirror ink. This was also one of VFP’s goals and SM330 can be printed on various transparent plastic substrates, such as PC, PMMA, A PET, PETG, and PVC, as well as on glass, where it offers particularly good adhesion properties. SM330 is a one component ink that is ready to use without the need for dilution. For further information visit: www.vfp-sa.com

provide equipment designed specifically for in-line processing. Its large size H28-6 tensioning machine, with built in H18 PreStretch unit, is another example of the company’s innovation when it comes to facilitating the production of high quality screens. The goal posts are continuously being moved and Harlacher’s next goal is to incorporate the wet-line into the modular in-line design. For further information visit: www.harlacher.ch

New for textiles Autobahn Inline SPE has introduced a new line of automatic textile screen printing presses featuring a maximum image area of 18 x 22 in. (46x56cm). Designed with the printer in mind, the presses feature electric printheads, multiple print stroke capability, and a drastically smaller footprint. On average taking up 50% less space than its competitors, the presses measure a mere 4’6" in (138cm) wide, with length determined by the amount of colours. Available from six to 56 colours, Autobahn

Inline SPE offers a printing solution for companies of all sizes, boasting print speeds up to 85dozen per hour (1020 hour). For further information visit: www.InlineSpe.com


PRODUCT NEWS

NUR Tempo adds upgrades for optimum performance In response to customer demand, NUR Macroprinters has announced three important upgrades for its versatile Tempo UV-curable flatbed printer, all of which are designed to optimise productivity and simplify operation. Currently in late beta, and ready for launch in Q2, extra speed options have been introduced, along with shorter start-up times and software refinements for ease of use. The NUR Tempo is a modular wide-format machine, which can be purchased in four- or eightcolour versions, with white ink and roll-to-roll options available. The new speed upgrades include both hardware and software modifications and are complemented by additional print modes for optimal performance. The first refinement to the Tempo relates to the shutters,

which form part of the UVcuring system used to provide instant-dry results on all materials. Now featuring linear shutters for additional reliability, start-up times have also been reduced to just ten seconds and the life expectancy of the UV lamps has also been extended. There is now also a choice of three new print options. In Xpress mode the machine utilises four colours and can output at speeds of up to 110 square m/hour. This type of output is used typically for hoardings and billboards. The second mode, designated Press II, also uses four colours but outputs in higher quality at speeds of up to 60 square m/hour. Press II is suitable for the production of point-of-sale applications and general displays. Finepress II uses all eight colours in the Tempo and has a

throughput speed of up to 42 square m/hour. Typical applications include displays that are designed for close viewing and, thus, require attention to detail, as well as fine art and photographic output. The final enhancement to the Tempo is within its Printop II software suite, which now features enhanced queue management, step-and-repeat, a new management module and fully automatic calibration and print mode change. The interface has been modified for ease of use and navigation, with powerful options for organising print queues and status windows. The refined calibration feature enables automatic analysing of

files, print-head position and size and this information is saved, thus saving time when repeat settings are required. Printop II also has its own management module which covers all commonly needed functions required for individual jobs. Its reporting capability includes details of work which has been printed, plus the time taken, full information about the substrate type, ink consumption and print mode, along with the calibration set and the job's file size and dimensions. All data within the management module can be exported to a Microsoft Excel file. For further information visit: www.nur.com

Textiles with real appeal

J-Teck is launching a new directto-fabric disperse ink for use in conjunction with digital inkjet textile printers. J-Eco Print, is particularly suitable for use with the new wave of piezo-head printers now available. The ink, which is free from alkylphenolethoxylate, has been specifically developed to fulfil customer demand for a product with high light fastness, absolute reliability in fast production runs

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and, above all, no sublimation effects during the final processes of steaming and fabric fixation. The disperse dyes in J-Eco Print are different from dyes used in sublimation, which are sometimes also used in direct printing applications when high light fastness isn’t a priority. Dyes for direct printing do not sublime and are particularly suited to the demands of the industrial textile market whose main areas of production are textiles for use in fashion and home decoration and items where fine and sharp detail is required such as ties, scarves, and high fashion shirts. J-Eco Print is available in six colours: Cyan, Yellow, Magenta,

Black, Red and Blue, which offer a wide colour palette to suit even the most demanding designs. The fabric needs pretreatment and also requires fixing using

warm air or steam after printing, and need to be finally washed to achieve high quality results. For further information visit www.j-teck3.com


ADVIRTISEMENT FEATURE

Durst expands the large format digital print market During the last twelve months Durst has introduced several new inkjet products onto the market. At the heart of all of them is the Durst developed Quadro® Array printhead technology. This revolutionary printhead configuration allows for a greater number of printhead nozzles in the same area, which results in the finest quality print whilst maintaining the highest output speed. The first two products to benefit from this new technology are the Rho 600 flatbed inkjet printer and the Rhopac Packaging printer, the world’s first UV inkjet specifically designed for the packaging industry. Later in the year Durst announced the arrival of the new Rho 350R ultra-wide (3.5m) rollto-roll inkjet printer. In addition to the packaging industry, Durst has been exploring other avenues for its inkjet technology and recently announced the world’s first direct digital ceramic decoration system, called the Gamma 60. This brand new system is designed to decorate ceramic wall and floor tiles and is based on pigmented ink technology. Rho 350R The 350R is a roll-to-roll printer with the exceptional print speed of up to 120m2 per hour. It features a user selectable resolution of 400 to 600 dpi (visually 720 dpi) and there is also the option of additional spot colours and white. It has been specifically designed to meet the ever increasing environmental regulations and the large and diverse range of materials used in UV printing. The special roll loading system makes it possible for a single person to set-up and run the machine. The reliability of the machine coupled with the ability to handle extra large rolls of material means that unattended printing is feasible. 16 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

The inks used have also been optimised for the Rho 350R. zTwo types are available; Rho Roll Ink, ideally suitable for flexible material and a new cationic ink, Rho Cat Ink which, due to its odourless characteristic, satisfies stringent health and safety regulations required in the food industry, for example. The Rho 350R is the perfect machine for printing a whole range of different materials and applications including; banners, vinyl, textiles, truck curtain sides and protective sheeting used with scaffolding. Rho 600 Utilising variable drop sizes at a selectable 400/600dpi, the Rho 600 produces the finest print quality with extremely smooth solids and very fine text. The solid colours are rich and clean, image areas do not appear "grainy", whilst the text quality is unrivalled in the UV inkjet market. The machine can easily print 6pt reversed out type. With output speeds of up to 160m2 per hour, the Rho 600 is the fastest UV flatbed available. This is maximised by the best production workflow with one directional loading and unloading and can be fully automated with the optional Durst Feeder/Stacker system for enabling unattended print production.


The Rho 600 is also exceptionally reliable, the print head features an osmotic filter for degassing the ink prior to jetting and the ink channels have a straight feed system. These features produce extremely reliable jetting, with very few dropouts, and reduce the need for purging. Quality, speed and reliability with less maintenance are all benefits of the innovative Quadro print head. Like all Durst Rho inkjets, the Rho 600 is designed to be upgradeable with both speed and ink options. The ink options include: white, varnish and spot colours. The three models in the series are based on output speed. Rho 600 Basic, Rho 600 Presto and the Rho 600 Rapid with a maximum print output of 160m2 per hour. The different ink options, and speed increases can be selected when purchased or as an upgrade at a later date. Thus it allows the machine to "grow" with a customer’s business and helps to keep them at the leading edge of technology. In addition to the standard board configuration, all machines are available with a roll to roll option and will accept the Durst feeder/stacker option for fully automated print production.

Durst Rhopac Created specially for the packaging market, the Rhopac will provide corrugated packaging companies with the ability to supply print on demand and print low volume projects, profitably. The Rhopac is equally suited to packaging companies intending to focus on market niches, for example personalisation of display material, event promotion and POP material. Its wide range of applications include: highly finished concepts or printed mockups; short run print for consumer and test marketing promotions, also in-store sales and marketing research; low volume product packaging used for special promotions; and regionalisation or personalisation of in-store display material and free standing merchandisers. The modular design, like the Rho 600, offers ultimate flexibility. It is available in two versions, which are based on output speed: the Rhopac Presto and the Rhopac Rapid, with a maximum output speed of 160m2 per hour. Both versions are available with different ink options and these include white, varnish and spot colours. The printer

is also designed to be upgradeable with both speed and ink options. In addition to the Rhopac’s exceptional print quality and output speed, there are several features designed specifically for the corrugated packaging market, these include; special features for reliable transport of corrugated sheets, a strong vacuum table, board cleaning unit plus features specifically tailored to suit the packaging print environment. Durst was present at the outset of flatbed inkjet printing and since then has been consistently at the forefront of the new technology. The specially formulated Rho inks provide the best adhesion and flexibility whilst our engineering excellence is second to none. The introduction of the new generation of Rho printers is further evidence of our ability to provide the world’s most innovative technological solutions for direct to media printing. See the Durst Rho inkjets in action on stand D800 at FESPA Digital.

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NEWS ROUND UP – PERSONAL CHOICE

Soaraway growth at B Print & Display In the first of a new regular series, which highlights why companies select the equipment they do, we discover why B Print & Display chose a Thieme screenprinting line. A Thieme 5060 two-colour UV screen-printing line is playing a key role in the soaraway success of B Print & Display, one of the UK’s fastest-growing point-of-sale design and production houses. The three-quarter automatic large-format machine has taken over the work of two smaller lines and provided the extra capacity needed to fuel the ongoing exponential growth of the award-winning firm. Sleepily pottering along for its first 15 years as a small jobbing display printer, B Print & Display, who are based in Northumberland, powered into the consciousness of mainstream PoS buyers following its 1998 buyout by Will Skelchy, an ambitious, sales-focused businessman with two decades’ experience in the retail screen-printing sector. With colleagues, Robbie Rutherford and John Hedley, Will transformed the company, quadrupling its turnover within three years and winning an Inner City 100 award for its dynamic growth by concentrating solely on display print. Then, with a second Inner City 100 award under their belt — and their central Newcastle premises bursting at the seams — they moved the firm out to Cramlington to provide the capacity to secure its position in the premier league of PoS providers. "When I bought the company, which I renamed B Print & Display, we had just 4,500 sq ft to work in," says Will. "Today, seven years later, we have over 10 times the production space, which is a pretty good indicator that our business model is the right one for our market. "We chime with customers because we go way beyond just providing a printing service, or even a printing service with the usual bolt-on design and distribution options so familiar in our trade. Our service package is not only comprehensive but completely integrated — design, print, logistics, all seamlessly working

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together as a proper 21st century outsourcing facility should. "Our aim is to take all the pain out of PoS buying, so we have devised and implemented state-of-the art systems for every stage of the creative, production and distribution process that are the envy of the industry. As a result, young as we are, we can boast an average compliance rate of 99% in audits by household name retailers with from 60 up to 2,500 stores." Will Skelchy’s determination to be at the cutting edge of PoS provision is the prime reason for his decision to re-equip B Print & Display’s screen-printing armoury with the Thieme 5060. With its well-documented automated registration and squeegee control systems, memory-rich PLC and extensive timeand labour-saving facilities, the quick-change, large-format machine is tailor-made for the frenetic PoS production environment. "The Thieme 5060 is a superb machine — undoubtedly the best product available today — and has been a significant help in increasing our capacity," says Will. "It is very fast to set up, very simple to operate, quiet and efficient — everything I ask for in a printing machine. Moreover, thanks to its unique modular construction, we can safely plan to convert it to a four-colour line as soon as pressure of work demands — which is likely to be later this year." Like all major players on the PoS sector, B Print & Display works around the clock to meet the demands of retailers’ time-critical promotional campaigns, so a key consideration when choosing new production equipment is what happens if things go wrong. "The technical service back-up provided by Thieme KPX is second to none, so we have no worries on that score," says Will. "In fact, I can say that it was their reputation for after-sales service, above all else, that decided me to buy Thieme."


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Chris’ Column Following his recent appointment as FESPA’s Special Projects Co-ordinator, Chris Smith will use this new regular slot to provide updates on Association activities and initiatives. FESPA Special Projects

New Technical Q & A Service

The FESPA Projects Committee has been designed to support a number of new initiatives, which will be driven centrally by FESPA, rather than by the individual associations, for the benefit of all FESPA members. There are currently three FESPA projects underway.

This guide, which was originally produced by Michel Caza, has been updated to include the latest environmental legislation and will be distributed to all Associations as the FESPA ‘Planet Friendly’ Guide. Though written in English, FESPA Associations will be able to translate the guide into their own languages. It will be available this Spring.

About to be launched through the members area of the FESPA website (www.fespa.com), is the Technical Question and Answer Service, which will provide workable solutions for all of those difficult screen, tampo and digital printing issues that arise from time to time. Any company who belongs to a national FESPA affiliated association will be invited to pose a question, by simply logging on, using a special password and registering their details. The responses, which will generally be answered within 24 hours, will be e-mailed to the questioner and also pasted on to the site, where all visitors who are prepared to register and provide an e-mail address can view them. Michel Caza, a member of the FESPA Board, will be just one of the many experts who will be on hand to provide the replies.

Digital Guide

On-line Training in Screen Printing

Production of a FESPA Digital Guide is scheduled to commence shortly. Once again, this will be produced in English but Associations will be able to translate it into their own languages.

Another new FESPA initiative is an online screenprinting training course which has been developed with the co-operation of the Digital and Screenprinting Association in the UK (DSPA). Initially, the five national Associations which represent Finland, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain, have been given the opportunity to make the e-learning course available to their members in their own languages. A sixth language is still to be determined and the FESPA Projects Committee will consider funding further translations in future, subject to demand and costs. The programme is designed by experts who have more than 30 years practical experience in production and training and provides students with all of the key skills that are vital to ensure the efficient operation of the screen process. Designed specifically for Internet use, the learning management system includes many features that make the learning process an enjoyable and stimulating experience.

Guide for Good Environmental Practice (Water, Air, Waste, Environmental Management)

Be EFFECTive – Effects Printing Book FESPA is investigating the possibility of printing a new Effects book (based on the successful Effects Printing Book originally produced by the German Association) by producing French and Spanish versions in addition to German and English. Further languages can be added by printing text on to transparent acetate inserts. A small committee has been set up to progress this project, the aim being to produce the book, complete with some additional effects, in time for FESPA Berlin in 2007. For further information on any of these projects please contact chris.smith@fespa.com

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An initial demo lesson on the ‘The Squeegee" provides prospective students with the opportunity to see how the course skillfully incorporates graphics, animations and videos to disseminate thousands of facts, hints and tips. Questions at the end of each section enable students to constantly monitor and assess their progress, whilst a final examination confirms the extent of the knowledge gained. In addition, a course tutor provides on-line support, whilst other features include a message board, digital library, FAQ’s and chat pages. Students can access the site via their Association web sites or the FESPA Website via a portal set up by the course managers, PDS International. Alternatively, the course can be accessed directly from the PDS International Website. So far, the response to the course has been very enthusiastic with one former student, Anthony Wyatt of Lighthouse Display International Ltd. saying: "I have thoroughly enjoyed doing the course and found it both informative and challenging. The format is very user friendly and I fully intend to enroll all staff so that they can also benefit from all of the information provided." For further information and to download the FREE demo, visit www.worldofprint.co.uk

(*Please note that at the time of going to press only the English version is available, but other languages will follow shortly.)

FESPA Certified pdf profiles Thanks to the persistent efforts of FESPA General Secretary, Nigel Steffens, FESPA has now reached an agreement with Enfocus, which will be of considerable benefit to the members of FESPA Associations. Enfocus Software is internationally recognised as a leading pioneer in PDF technology and is solely dedicated to the development of PDF


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Students sign their winning entries in the Swedish Poster Project competition.

solutions for inter-company file exchange in the graphic arts sector. Widely regarded as an essential tool by most designers and printers, who want to operate a reliable workflow system, all Enfocus software is now available to all members of FESPA Associations at a 20% discount. They are also entitled to access www.CertifiedPDF.net, the website where all FESPA technical specifications and profiles will be published and stored. Discounts can be claimed by using a special coupon code that will be distributed by FESPA/Enfocus to the Associations, for onward distribution to their members. Enfocus Products can either be purchased "on-line" via the Enfocus website, via a link on the FESPA website or through one of the Enfocus local resellers. These discounts will be offered till the end of 2006. For further information visit: www.fespa.com

CSGIA Show moves to INTEX Ningbo Everyone knows that Screen Printing & Signs China by CSGIA should return to Shanghai in 2006. However, because so many exhibitions are crowded into Shanghai annually, there is insufficient space available at the appropriate time this

year. After careful consideration, CSGIA has decided to move the Exhibition to Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, close to Shanghai. Although Ningbo is not as well known as Shanghai, it does have excellent facilities, which are suitable for a large international show. In fact, the INTEX Exhibition Centre in Ningbo provides better accommodation than similar venues in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, offering a wide range of meeting rooms for seminars and facilities for electricity, air pressure air and water supply on site. Each exhibition hall covers a floor area of some 8000 m2, without pillars, with six halls being located on the ground floor. There is also an adjacent conference centre. An economically developed city, Ningbo has a good selection of four and five star hotels, including the Portman Ritz-Carlton, all of which are conveniently situated for the exhibition centre. A top tourist city, rich in ancient Chinese cultural heritage, and the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road, Ningbo also lies at the heart of the screen printing industry in China, with Zhejiang being one of the regions where screenprinting originated. Adjacent to Ningbo there are a number of cities and towns which are well known for the

manufacture of garments, shoes, gift, toys and leather products, all of which have offered a variety of applications and opportunities for screen printing development. For further information on the show visit: www.csgia.org

Around the Associations Poland The Polish Association of the Screen and Digital Printing (formerly the Association of Polish Screenprinters) is organising a conference in Poznan on 25th and 26th April during the ‘Euro-the Advertising 2006’ trade fair. Entitled, ‘Screenprinting and Digitalprinting – together or separately?’ the conference will feature contributions from a number of internationally renowned suppliers, including FujiFilm, Sericol, Avery Denison, Thieme, Rutland, Jet Media and Luescher. In addition, Michel Caza will be explaining how screen and digital technologies can successfully be combined, whilst Peter Kidell will give a demonstration of the FESPA endorsed Elearning course for screenprinting. All in all, delegates are assured of a thoroughly

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worthwhile and enjoyable two days. The conference will be translated simultaneously into Polish and English. For further information contact Robert Kochaniak, Secretary of Polish Association on +48 (12) 296 03 85 or mobile +48 502 37 51 75 or e-mail to biuro@ssp.com.pl

specifically at the Dutch market during FESPA Digital Europe 2006 in Amsterdam. For further information please contact Marius Gort at Zso on + 31 20 543 5678 or e-mail at zso@kvgo.nl

Slovenia

The Croatian Screenprinting Association’s recent seminar in Zagreb attracted over 50 delegates, mainly from Croatia, but also including visitors from the surrounding countries. Everyone enjoyed presentations on topics including UV technology, stencil preparation, environmental legislation, understanding and controlling moirÈ and e-learning.

Organised by the Slovenian Association along similar lines to the recent Slovenian/Italian Print Forum, the 3D print forum, is a one-day conference that will take place during FESPA Digital Europe 2006 in Amsterdam. It will feature the latest digital printers, as well as highlighting applications using 3D printing technologies, together with presentations from companies who create and use 3D models.

For a full report please visit the projects area of the FESPA website at www.fespa.com

For further information contact Edvard Sternard at IB-Procadd +386 1 565 72 50 or e-mail edo@ib-procadd.s

Netherlands

Sweden

The Netherlands Association is hosting a digital printing symposium targeted

The Swedish Screenprinting Association (SSTF) has just concluded its hugely

Croatia

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popular annual poster project. Run in association with Beckmans Academy of Design, Forsbergs, Stockholm School of Art and the Highschool for Design and Handicraft in Gˆteborg, the project is designed to provide students with an understanding of the unique characteristics and possibilities of screenprinting. Each year, students attending the participating schools’ graphic arts and design departments are invited to create a poster based on a given subject, which this time around was "Year 2005". A total of 60 entries were received and a panel of judges, well known in the art and screenprinting sectors selected the best 10. These 10 winning entries were then screenprinted, free of charge, by members of the SSTF and signed by their creators, before being exhibited at the Stockholm Academic Forum, in the House of Culture in Stockholm, for seven days during March For further information on the Poster Project visit www.screentryck.org.


Diary dates for 2006/7 DSPA GALA Dinner & Dance

FESPA Digital Printing Europe

25th March 2006 Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK Organiser: DSPA Tel: +44 (0)1737 240 792 Contact: Ms Debbie Franklin Debbie.franklin@dspa.co.uk www.dspa.co.uk

16th – 18th May 2006 RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Organiser: FESPA Tel: +44 1737 229 727 Fax +44 1737 240 770 e-mail: info@fespa.com www.fespadigital.com

ISA 5th-8th April, 2006 Orange Convention Centre Orlando Organiser: ISA Tel: 001-703 836-4012 Fax: 001-703 836-8353 e-mail info@signexpo.org www.isaexpo.org

IPEX 4th-11th April, 2006 NEC, Birmingham, UK Organiser:: IIR Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7915 5614/5681 Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7915 5021/5096 www.ipex.org

Screenprint 2006 9th-11th May 2006 NEC, Birmingham, UK Orangiser: Faversham House Group www.screenprintexpo.com

FESPA General Assembly 15th-17th September 2006, Bratislava Venue to be advised

AD Visual and Viscom Russia 26th- 29th September 2006 Expocentre Krasnaja Presnja, Moscow, Hall 7/ 1-2 Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH Tel: +49 (0)211 – 90 191 218 Fax: +49 (0)211 – 90 191 121 e-mail: DSchmeisser@reedexpo.de www.reedexpo.ru

SGIA 2006 26th –29th September, 2006 Las Vegas convention Centre Las Vegas Organiser: SGIA Tel: 001 220 313 489 Fax: 001 703 369 1328 e-mail: sylvia@sgia.ord www.sgia.org

Visual Communication Graphic Arts & Packaging" Balkan trade expo. October 2006 – Date to be confirmed Salonica, North Greece, Organiser: Materia Grigia Tel.: +30-210-3640197 (2 lines) Fax: +30-210-3608903

PRO Sign 2006 19th-21st October 2006 Exhibition Centre Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Tel: +49 (0) 211 90191-128 Fax: +49 (0)211 90 191-138 e-mail: egeef@reedexpo.de www.prosign-messe.com

Screen Printing & Signs China Digital Printing China 2006 16-19 November, 2006 INTEX Exhibition Centre, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China Organisers: CSGIA Tel: 86 10 84043402 Fax: 86 10 64034996 e-mail: shenchunyan@csgia.org www.csgia.org

Sign Istanbul, International Digital & Outdoor Advertising Fair, 7-10th,December 2006. Tuyap Beylikduzu,Turkey Organiser: IFO Istanbul Fair Organization Tel: 90 212 2757579 Fax: 90 212 2883611 e-mail: ifo@ifo.com.tr web: www.ifo.com.tr

FESPA 2007 5th – 9th June 2007 Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany Organiser: FESPA Tel: +44 1737 240 788 Fax +44 1737 240 770 e-mail: info@fespa.com www.fespa.com

If you would like your event to feature on this page, please send full information via e-mail to Val Hirst at: val@valhirst.demon.co.uk

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – INTRODUCTION

www.fespadigital.com

The Final Countdown FESPA Digital Printing Europe 16th-18th May 2006, at the RAI in Amsterdam. In 1994 the result of the FESPA Secretaries meeting in Lyon was the following recommendation to the FESPA board: "FESPA must take a lead in Europe on the important subject of digital printing by including this new technology for graphic imaging in all its activities, for example exhibitions and seminars. This new technology should be presented as a positive opportunity to screenprinters and not as a threat." In the three FESPA exhibitions that have followed, one in Madrid and two in Munich, the amount of floor space given over to digital imaging technology has increased as it becomes ever more ubiquitous. Now, rather than regarding it as a threat, screenprinters have, for the most part, recognised that the screen and digital process can be successfully combined to provide customers with the best possible levels of output and service. But although FESPA has, in all possible ways, already achieved the aim it first outlined over a decade ago, it continues to spearhead the proliferation of digital printing into new territories, both geographical and application based. It was inevitable that once it had become a completely acceptable and widely used technology in both the sign and display graphic sectors, that digital technology would spread into new areas. Indeed, it is already changing the pace of production in the textile sector and with the introduction of flat bed printers that use UV curable ink to print on to a wide range of rigid substrates, such as glass 24 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

ceramics, metal and wood, it is beginning to make inroads into some of the major industrial applications too. Of course, digital printing has also opened new areas of application, which could never have been accomplished previously and possibly the latest of these relates to RFID labelling, a topic which we will all be hearing a lot more about during the coming year. It seems entirely sensible then, that digital printing should be the subject of an exhibition, which has all of the hallmarks of a traditional FESPA show, in terms of style, content and ambience, but one which also has a more defined focus. Whereas FESPA in Munich last May celebrated every aspect of visual communication in its broadest sense, FESPA Digital Printing Europe will highlight both the established graphic applications and all of the emerging areas where digital printing is, or soon will be, making its presence keenly felt. This time around the transition will be smoother, since screenprinters have already learned to embrace any process that makes the

finished project quicker, easier and more cost effective and delivers happy customers into the bargain. Whatever area of the industry you are currently operating within, you will find something to interest and entertain you during the three days of the show. As well as being able to see all of the major manufacturers and suppliers, many of who are using the show as a launch pad for their latest products and innovations, you will have the opportunity to attend a high quality, educational two–day Digital Conference. This features highly respected speakers drawn from all over the world, each of who is an expert in his or her own particular field. You can find full details of this on pages 30 and 31, together with a brief resumé of each of the speaker’s credentials on the following pages. On page 40, you’ll find the beginning of a comprehensive show preview and, because we appreciate that your time at the RAI might be limited and therefore precious, we’ve broken all of the individual exhibitors down into different product categories, so that you can see at a


glance who is showing what, where. Printers, Inks and Coatings, Materials, Ancillary Products, UV Products, Software, Textiles, Publications and Displays all have their own sections, whilst products that don’t fit into any specific category can be found in the Miscellaneous section. Finally, there is a special Stop Press area for breaking news. However, none of this is any substitute for the real FESPA experience – the only way you can sample that is by visiting us at the RAI in Amsterdam from 16th to 18th May yourself! We look forward to seeing you there!

The Exhibition in Brief

The ZSO, the Dutch Screen Printing & Sign Association will host a symposium entitled, "Standardisation within Full Colour Screen and Digital Printing’. The symposium will focus on the latest developments in standardisation in the production process, from creation to output and is designed to interest screen and digital printers and signmakers and also print buyers who are responsible for ensuring consistency. The symposium, which will be conducted in Dutch, will take place on 16th May, from 10.00 a.m. until 12.45 p.m., in Room R, Hall 8, RAI. For more information on both of these features visit www.fespadigital.com

minutes by tram from Central Station. There will be a shuttle bus operating between the airport and the RAI on the days of the exhibition and the RAI also offers full car parking facilities. The RAI Hotel and Travel Services is the official agent for FESPA Digital Printing Europe. As well as providing discounted room rates, it can arrange flights to and from Amsterdam, as well as airport transfers, a car rental service and excursions in and around the city. Visit www.fespadigital.com(General Information Page) for further information.

Registration

Ancillary Events

Out and About

The Digital City is a new innovation, which offers visitors the opportunity to attend a special workshop on the exhibition floor, where they will be able to try their hand at digitally printing on to a range of different substrates. The final works will be displayed in the form of a ‘city’ to show the real future potential of digital printing.

Amsterdam is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that offers offers a wide range of hotels and restaurants, quaint streets to explore and scenic canal trips. It is easily be reached by air or rail and there are inexpensive direct flights from most European airports. The RAI exhibition centre is only 10 minutes by train from Schiphol International airport and 12

FESPA Digital Printing Europe promises to be a truly brilliant event. Entrance is FREE to those who pre-register prior to the event, whilst those who register on-site will pay a €10 entry fee. Make your registration without delay! Visit www.fespadigital.com now to register and a free entry badge will be despatched one month prior to the exhibition. FESPA WORLD SPRING/06 25


FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – SPONSOR SPEAK

Sponsor Speak NUR, the Exhibition’s Platinum Sponsor believes FESPA Digital Printing Europe is set to become an influential show and a perfect showcase for NUR printers. Endorsing not only FESPA Digital Printing Europe but the wide-format ink-jet sector in general, NUR’s decision to be a Platinum Sponsor for the forthcoming show represents its belief that the future is digital. And this not only applies to the graphics arena but, also, to many other industries. In common with many others in the superwide-format market, NUR Macroprinters has witnessed many changes which have taken place during the past few years and these are beginning to extend beyond the kind of applications which are now wellestablished for being produced digitally. In addition, as environmental concerns have become more important, NUR has been in pole position when it has come to addressing alternative ways of producing durable output. As a result, it was NUR who was first to the market with a dedicated wide-format roll-fed UV-curable printer. Designated the Expedio 5000, and able to print at widths of up to 5m, this machine was quickly adopted by bureaux, screenprinters and display producers who wanted to output durable graphics onto flexible materials for use in environments where solvent-based output isn’t suitable. This machine was developed as a workhorse to give users both speed and productivity, and its UV-curable ink technology is well suited to working effectively with all roll-fed media, including low-cost uncoated materials. Throughput is fast, with speeds achievable of up to 150 square m/hour, and there’s the choice between four- and eight-colour printing, which is easy to change, plus multi-roll printing, as the machine is capable of handling up to three reels of material simultaneously. Following hot on the heels of the Expedio 5000, has been a narrower width version. Launched at Viscom 2005 in Dusseldorf, this 3.2 m printer offers the 26 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

same advantages as its wider counterpart but is ideal for users who want to benefit from using UV-curable ink technology but don’t have the need for a superwide machine. NUR’s been very successful with its Tempo flat-bed machine, which comes with an optional roll-fed option and was amongst the first such group of printers to incorporate a white ink option – an element sought by screen-printers and other users wanting to output onto different colours and types of substrate. However, realising that not every business needs the same kind of facility within its equipment capacity, NUR decided to opt for a truly versatile machine which could be upgraded to give additional capability as and when production requirements demanded it. Recent important upgrades have now resulted in this machine being renamed the Tempo II, although existing machines can be modified quickly and easily. Now featuring linear shutters for faster start-up times and additional reliability, the life expectancy of the UV lamps has also been extended. Print options have been augmented, too, with Xpress, Press II and Finepress II modes all enabling optimum output for the type of job being produced. The final enhancement is within the Printop II software suite, and this has been refined to provide an easier to use interface, along with a host of powerful user options including job and printer status reporting. The Tempo II has a maximum print area of 3.2 x 2 m and can also produce roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet output at widths of up to 2.2 m, making it a versatile addition to anyone wanting to benefit from UV-curable output. There’s a choice of four-, six- and eight-colour versions, and its on-the-fly curing means that prints are instantly dry the moment they come off the machine. A real triumph for NUR has been its

established Fresco roll-fed printer which, again, has been designed to incorporate industrial strength build with high productivity and excellent results. A continuous piezo drop-on-demand solvent-based machine, the Fresco II is a roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet printer and comes in four- and eight-colour versions with a maximum media width of 3.2 m. It has a maximum throughput speed of 120 square m/hour and it’s proved to be the ideal system. Unlike some manufacturers whose armoury of equipment often presents a confusing range of printers, widths and ink types, NUR has concentrated on producing three machines which the company feels best covers the needs of all today’s wide-format print specialists. The company is also more than aware of the changes which are continually taking place within the digital printing industry and the fact that its technologies are now spreading beyond conventional graphics and encompassing new areas, with packaging representing an obvious example. It’s the development of new sectors for wide-format ink-jet which led NUR not only to exhibit at FESPA Digital Printing Europe but, also, to become a Platinum Sponsor for the new show. The company’s faith in FESPA’s ability to provide the right platform for its printers is obviously reflected in the sheer numbers of exhibitors who’ve opted to participate in this first-time event, thus giving it an advantage over some of the more established shows which are also taking place in the next few weeks. NUR Macroprinters sees the opportunity to present its products to new markets as an exciting challenge, which has come at exactly the right time. Being a company which listens to what users want, the May event provides the perfect environment to demonstrate its machines to a wider audience from around the world.


FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – FLOORPLAN

B600 B650

B700

C600

C650

D600

E625

E650

E675

A060 A050 A045

C500

B500

C550

F600

C525

F500

B550

A040

D400

E500

C400 C450 E400

F400

E300

F300

D200

E200

F200

D100

E100

B450 C350

D400

D450

A035

Hall 9

D300 A030

C300

B300

B275

A010

B250

B200

C200

A005 Toilets

B150

C100

W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12

W6

W5

W4

W3

Toilets Meeting Room 1 Meeting Room 2

B300

B200

B100 FESPA

Showcase theatre

A500

A300

A200

Hall 10 Company

Stand No.

Country

Company

3D Print Forum 3P InkJet Textiles A ABC Display Aellora Digital AGFA Aisin Europe Alcan Composites - Alcan Singen GmbH Algotex All Round NV Alphachem Europe GmbH AM Engineering America Digital Druk Arlon** Artwork Systems Asbru** ATP Color Aurelon** Autoprint** Avery Dennison B Bakker Magnetics Beaver Paper Bedigital by Llumicolor Benes Int BVBA Blackjet Bordeaux Digital Print Ink Ltd C CADlink Technologies Caldera Graphics CGATE Solutions Ltd

B100 / B200 - Hall 10 C40

Slovenia Germany

Cosign Graphic Systems D D.Gen Dataplot DB Fashion BVBA Delko Dijireks Uluslararasi Reklam Urunleri A. Doal Concept Dong-A Media Drucktech Drytac Du Pont Artistri Du Pont de Nemours GmbH Duo Display Durafos Durst Dystar E Eastech Digital EasySIGN Endutex-Revestimentos Enfocus Software** Ergosoft Esko-Graphics Eurodrop Euromedia** Eurotech Expand International Expolinc Extra Large Inks F Fabtec Corporation FESPA + Associations Fillink Technologies Flora Digital / RTZ Forever Digital Forsstrom High Frequency Fujifilm Sericol G Gandi Innovations GBC Europe

D1400 C1250 B900 F200 / Hall 9 C450 / Hall 9 C450 C12 C14 C550 / Hall 9 W6 D1300 C1300 C100 / Hall 9 A150 B1300 A005 / Hall 9 C300 / Hall 9

Netherlands USA Belgium Netherlands Germany Italy Belgium Germany Italy Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Denmark Italy Belgium Italy Netherlands

F600 / Hall 9 F600 D700 A450 D600 / Hall 9 C800

Netherlands USA Spain Belgium Hong Kong Israel

C1375 C1350 C650 / Hall 9 Changzhou Hawk Displays c/o Condor Displays C550 Chinese Pavillion A500 / Hall 10 & E672 / Hall 9 Ciba Speciality Chemicals E650 / Hall 9 Clearstar Coatings Corp A400 Coldenhove Papier C1100 Color Wings E400 / Hall 9 Color-Dec Italy A050 / Hall 9 Comhan Holland F700 Contra Vision Ltd B600 / Hall 9

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UK France Israel Netherlands China Germany USA Netherlands Netherlands Italy Netherlands UK

Stand No.

Country

B275 / Hall 9

Netherlands

D500 / Hall 9 C200 / Hall 9 W12 C35 E800 D300 / Hall 9 C300 / Hall 9 C10 A350 E500 / Hall 9 B800 C16 A1150 D800 C500 / Hall 9

Italy Germany Belgium Korea Turkey France Korea Hungary UK USA Germany France Korea Austria Germany

D400 / Hall 9 B1325 E900 C1300 A1350 C500 A1250 D1300 E1300 F500 / Hall 9 D300 B100

Taiwan Netherlands Portugal Netherlands Switzerland Belgium Italy Netherlands Turkey Sweden Sweden Netherlands

E010 A100 / Hall 10 A1300 E1200 A035 / Hall 9 A300 D400

South Korea UK Belgium China Germany Sweden UK

D500 E250

USA Netherlands

Company

Stand No.

Country

GCC Europe GCS Belgium GE Polymershapes Gencia GMS Print & Sign Grafityp Self-Adhesive Product Grafko-Caspar H Hansa-Papier Hewlett Packard Hexis Hilord Chemical Hoenle (Dr) AG UV Technology Hollanders Printing Systems I Impression Technology Infiniti Europ Integration Technology Intelicoat Technologies International Sign Magazine IVM Sign Tex Gmbh J Jet Media JetBest JHF J-Teck3 S.r.l. Julius Heywinkel GmbH K Keencut Kiian Kirshenbaum Konica Minolta L Laser Tools & Technics LMT Gruppen LĂźscher AG M M Print Morlock GmbH MacDermid Colorspan Mactac Europe Madico Graphic Films

E650 E450 / E500 F1200 B005 A010 / Hall 9 B1100 W13

Netherlands Belgium Netherlands UK Netherlands Belgium Croatia

C400 D200 D1100 C200 E525 E1400

Germany Netherlands France USA Germany Netherlands

E1250 B300 / Hall 9 A1025 C1075 W17 B450

Australia Belgium UK Netherlands UK Germany

A045 / Hall 9 C225 E625 / Hall 9 C850 C50

Poland Taiwan China Italy Germany

F800 D200 B010 E200 / Hall 9

UK Italy Israel Italy

D015 C100 / Hall 9 B300

Taiwan Denmark Switzerland

A850 B700 B200 D350

Germany Netherlands Belgium UK


FLOORPLAN

Hall 8 F100

F200

F300 F325

F250

F350

Toilets

F450

F400

F500

E010

E100

D015

E550

E250 E200

E300

E400

E450

E500 E525

F600

F700

F650

F750

F850

F800

E650

E600 E625

F1200

F1000

E975

E700

E800

E900

E950

E1075

E1150

E1200

E1100

E1100

E1250

E1300

D010 D1400

D350 D200

D300

D400

D500

D600

C225

D750

D700

D1000

D800

C750

D1200

D1100

C1075

C850

C1250

D1300

D1450

C1350 C1450

C000 C550

C100

C250

C100

C300

C500

C600

C400 C450

C700

C725

C900

C800 C825

C1000

C1200

C1100

C1300 C1375

C1400

C005 B1325

B010

B150

B000

B850

B100

B200

B300

A150

A200

A300

B400

B500

B450

B600

B875

B1450

B800

B700

B1000

B900

B1000

B1200

Software Zone

D100

D1400

B1300 B1325

B1400

A100

A350

A400

A450

A500

A800

A1000

A900

A1025

A1100

Main Entrance C40 Press office

Org

Info

A1150

A1200 A1250

A1300

C45

C30 C35 C50 C20 Registration

Company

Stand No.

Man Print & Sign Marabuwerke Mark Bric Display Matan Digital Printers Matbaa & Teknik Materia Grigia MDV GmbH Mega Ink Mehler Texnologies Membrana Metamark UK Miller Weldmaster Corp Mimaki Europe Monti Antonio MS Italy Multifi Multiplot** Multisum** Mutoh N NAC Digital** Nauta Sign Nazdar Neena Paper Neschen AG Neschen Vinywin** Next Generation Label Nordson UV Ltd NUR Europe O Obeikan Technical Fabrics Océ

D350 / Hall 9 C1150 F500 C725 W3 A300 / Hall 10 B1350 E300 / Hall 9 B850 W14 E400 F850 E700 B1400 F300 / Hall 9 C1400 C1100 D400 / Hall 9 B1000/C1000

Netherlands Germany Sweden Israel Turkey Greece Germany Czech Rep Germany USA UK USA Netherlands Italy Italy Netherlands Germany Netherlands Belgium

E1300 B1200 E1000 C45 C250 / C300 E400 D010 F750 B500

Turkey Netherlands USA / UK Netherlands Germany Netherlands France UK Belgium

A040 / Hall 9 E1075 / E1150 / F1000 C1450 A030 / Hall 9

Saudi Arabia

W5 B1300 D1200 E550 B300 / Hall 10

UK Belgium Netherlands Greece Belgium

Onyx Graphics Optimum Digital Planet P PDS Consulting Perfect Proof Plot Design Polyprint Print & Display

Country

Netherlands USA Turkey

C25

Park Restaurant

C10 C12 C14 C16

Company

Stand No.

Country

Printable Printcolor Screen Ltd Printos / Videojet R R Tape Europe Reflecti Regulus Reklamidé Rimslow Robart International Roland Roularta Media Group S Sawgrass Technologies Scitex Vision Screen Products Benelux Seal Graphics** Sensient Imaging Technologies SETeMa Shanghai Teckwin Development Co, Ltd Shima Seiki Shockline Sign Top Sign+Silkscreen SignPro Europe Signseen** Sihl Direct Sinclair Equipment SIP Sirpi Soft Direkt Spandex Spühl AG Staedtler Mars Stark Solution Europe Stork Digital Imaging Studio FX Sublitec Summa Sun Chemical Screen T

C250 / C300 A800 B700 / Hall 9

Netherlands Switzerland UK

A1000 C825 D100 / Hall 9 C1200 B550 / Hall 9 F650 C100 F250

Belgium France Germany Sweden Australia Netherlands Belgium Belgium

B400 D100 F400 / Hall 9 F1200 C600 / Hall 9 E100 / Hall 9 B250 / Hall 9 C350 / Hall 9 D1450 D1300 A100 W1 E650 B500 & B650 / Hall 9 E600 W2 C400 / Hall 9 C010 D1000 D750 B150 C700 B200 / Hall 9 E300 A005 / Hall 9 F450 C600

USA Belgium Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Netherlands China Japan Italy Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands USA Germany Italy Netherlands Belgium Switzerland Germany Belgium Netherlands France Italy Belgium UK

Company

Stand No.

T.O.P. Tapematic TCG Tech View Technigraf Tepede Tetenal Texo Trade Services TMT Marketing Services Trend Srl Triangle Digital Tripa BV** Trotec Laser U Ultima Displays Ultraflex Europ Universal Laser Systems V Verga IT** Versamount Verseidag Indutex VFP Ink Technologies Vink Vista Visual Systems VUTEk W Wasatch Computer Technology X Xaar X-Media Z ZSO Zünd Systemtechnik

C20 B150 / Hall 9 D450 / Hall 9 E975 A200 C900 W15 F200 F100 A900 B600 C1400 A060 / Hall 9 A1200 A500 A1100 E200 / Hall 9 C005 E625 E200 E1100 D600 B450 / Hall 9

Country Italy Italy Switzerland Denmark Germany Germany Germany Netherlands Netherlands Italy USA Netherlands Netherlands UK UK Austria Italy UK Germany France Netherlands Turkey USA

B1450 E950 W4 A200 / Hall 10 C750

USA UK Austria Netherlands Switzerland

** Co-exhibitor

Correct at time of print

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Conference Programme FESPA Digital Printing Europe 16th-18th May 2006, at the RAI in Amsterdam. The FESPA Digital Printing Europe 2006 conference programme is a high level two day event, which is designed to showcase and discuss the latest technologies and markets for digital printing. A host of international speakers will share their knowledge and give informative presentations, with a special focus on existing and emerging applications for digital printing. The morning sessions will cover general topics, whilst the afternoon sessions will be split into two streams – Homeware and Retail & Outdoor Advertising. Delegates therefore have a choice of 26 different topics and are free to attend whichever sessions they choose. Please note this is an English speaking conference, and all sessions will be given in English.

Wednesday, 17th May, 2006 10.30–10.50

Welcome/Setting the agenda

10.50–11.30

The Flexibility of Industrial Inkjet Printing

11.30–12.10

12.50–13.10

Bringing Together Printers and Graphic Designers Industrial Inkjet Printing – A Vision of the Future Q&A (all morning speakers)

13.10–14.10

Lunch

12.10–12.50

Michel Caza FESPA Mark Alexander Xaar Tom Peire Enfocus Software Stewart Partridge Nazdar Chairman: Michel Caza FESPA

Michel Caza FESPA

Mark Alexander Xaar

Tom Peire Enfocus Software

Afternoon – Homeware

15.00–15.45

Digitally Printed Interior Textiles: Opening the Doors to New Products, Markets and Customers Flatbed Printing: Markets and Applications

15.45–16.00 16.00–16.40

Coffee Break High Speed Textile Printing Systems

16.40–17.20

Innovations in Digital Printing: It’s Our Job!

14.10–15.00

Patti Williams IT Strategies Jane Cedrone Vutek Marco Fontana Reggiani Macchine Prof. Van Parys Technical University,Gent

Or: Retail & Outdoor Advertising – 14.10–15.00 15.00–15.45 15.45–16.00 16.00–16.40 16.40–17.20

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Digital Printing onto Corrugated Cardboard The Challenges of Inkjet Ink Formulation for Packaging Coffee Break What Part Can Digital Print Play In Retail POP? The Market Requires Fully Versatile Large Format Printing Systems

Stewart Partridge Nazdar

Patti Williams IT Strategies

Jane Cedrone Vutek

Michael Lackner Durst Peter Walshe Sunchem Mark Simpson Simpson Group Eyal Ami MATAN

Marco Fontana Reggiani Macchine


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Michael Lackner Durst

Thursday, 18th May, 2006 10.30–10.50

Welcome/Setting the agenda

10.50–11.30

12.10–12.50

Speciality Inks in Digital Textile Printing Integration of Digital Technology Colour Concepts Digital Technology in a 3D World

12.50–13.10

Q&A (all morning speakers)

13.10–14.10

Lunch

11.30–12.10

Michel Caza FESPA Martial Blanc Sensient Imaging Technologies Marco Roos Peter Kiddell PDS Consulting Chairman: Michel Caza

Peter Walshe Sunchem

Mark Williams Simpson Group

Afternoon Sessions Homeware 14.10–15.00 15.00–15.45 15.45–16.00 16.00–16.40 16.40–17.20

Requirements of RIP and Colour Profiles for Multi Colour Digital Printing Printing on Wood and Stone: Opportunities & Options Coffee Break Digital Decoration of Ceramic Tiles Is Inkjet Printing on Glass Ready For Prime Time?

Ann Noonan Colour Interlink Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth FLAAR at BGSU Nobert von Aufschnaiter Durst Bernard Girma DigiTech Strategy

15.00–15.45

15.45–16.00 16.00–16.40 16.40–17.20

How To Make Digital Print Special: Case Studies in Retail Digital Print In The Retail and Outdoor Communications Markets – Commercial Considerations Coffee Break Digital Printing and the Packaging Market: Drivers, Barriers and Opportunities Multifunctional Uses of Digital Print, POS, Outdoor and Retail Communication

Martial Blanc Sensient Imaging Technologies

Peter Kiddell PDS Consulting

Or: Retail & Outdoor Advertising 14.10–15.00

Eyal Ami MATAN

Andre America Studio America Keith Ramsey Nazdar

Patti Williams IT Strategies Christian Duyckaerts Print & Display

Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth FLAAR at BGSU

Norbert von Aufschnaiter Durst

Bernard Girma DigiTech Strategy

For a full synopsis of all sessions please visit www.fespadigital.com

Delegates can choose which sessions they attend in the afternoon Costs: 1 day €584 + VAT (19%) = €695 2 days €754 + VAT (19%) = €897 20% discount for members of FESPA National Associations. The conference fee includes entry to the conference sessions and the exhibition, a delegate pack, lunch and refreshments. The fee does not include delegate travel and accommodation. To book your accommodation and for further information visit please contact www.fespadigital.com

Keith Ramsey Nazdar

Christian Duyckaerts Print & Display

*Please note FESPA reserves the right to change any of the sessions listed in the conference timetable

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Who’s Who A brief run-down on the speakers who will be appearing during the two day Digital Conference that will be running concurrently with Fespa Digital Printing Europe.

Stewart Partridge, Business Unit Director – Digital Inks, Nazdar, has spent 17 years in the graphics, textile and industrial printing sectors where he has carried out technical, marketing and strategic management roles followed by 12 years as Managing Director of Web Consulting, a global consultancy for the screen and digital printing sectors, which he also founded. For the past four years Stuart has directed Web Consulting’s market research and client programmes within China and Europe. Earlier this year he joined Nazdar as Business Unit Director – Digital Inks, with global responsibility for sales and marketing of these products. He has published numerous reports and articles on digital printing and its interaction with the analogue industry, as well as speaking at or organising over 140 digital seminars throughout the world.

Patricia Williams

Tom Peire, Director of Corporate Marketing, Enfocus Software, took up his Directorship with the company in April 2003, after three years as its Marketing Manager. Mark now has worldwide responsibility for managing Enfocus’s entire range of marketing activities and has been a key player in the promotion and success of the Enfocus suite of

Stewart Partridge

Mark Alexander, Group Marketing Manager, Xaar, joined the company in April 2005, having spent the previous five years working in the Cisco internetworking environment in both programming and operational management roles. Prior to that, Mark gained over ten years experience in the pre-press, printing and publishing sector, where he undertook a variety of roles, including product management, channel management and operational positions within Crosfield, FujiFilm (FFEI) and Purup-Eskofot. Tom Peire

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Mark Alexander

Michel Caza

Michel Caza first started work in the screen printing sector in 1956 and established his own company in 1969. He started two new companies in 1979 and 1984, the first, Atelierd’Art was devoted to art screen printing, whilst the second, Graficaza, focused on industrial graphic screen printing and POP/POS. Graficaza merged with Atelier d’Art in 1994 to concentrate on the production of Point of Purchase material and was sold in June 2004. As an ‘Art Master screen printer’, Michel Caza has printed more than 2.800 Fine Art original serigraphs and reproductions and worked with the world’s most famous artists. He is also a prolific author, producing several books and a CD on screenprinting techniques as well as writing literally hundreds of technical articles for magazines in several different languages. A well-known and highly respected speaker on the international conference circuit, Michel was also one of the founders of FESPA, first becoming the organisation’s President from 1996 to1999 and again from 2000 to 2002. He has been a member of the Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT) since 1982, and its President since October 2004 and President of the French Screen & Digital Printers Association (GPSF) since October 2000.

software tools. Prior to joining Enfocus, Tom worked for Scitex Europe, where he held a variety of positions in the sales and marketing departments.

Patricia Williams, Consulting Partner, I.T. Strategies, is a recognised authority on the impact of digital printing on a variety of markets, technologies and applications. She has more than 20 years of experience in the electronic printing industry, with particular expertise in current and developing markets for digital colour printing, including wide format, textile, and packaging applications. One of her particular interests is the use of digital printing for wallcoverings, decorative laminates and ceramic tiles. Patricia William’s in-depth knowledge is highly regarded in the electronic printing industry and she is a frequent speaker at notable industry forums.


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Mark Simpson

Eyal Amit, Marketing Product Manager, MATAN Digital Printers, is a Graduate of Printing Technology Studies at the Hadassah College of Technology in Jerusalem. He worked for Scitex Corporation for six years, first as an Application Engineer in the company’s Wide Format Printing Division and then as an Application Specialist for Scitex Vision Europe, based in Belgium. Eyal has been with Matan since 2004.

Dr Martial Blanc, Sales & Marketing Manager, Sensient Imaging Technologies, gained a PhD in Physics at the EPF Lausanne, Switzerland, before taking up the role of Development and Application Manager at ECS Inks & Dyes in 1998, which subsequently became Sensient Imaging Technologies – Specialty Inks and Colors, in 2002.

Marco Roos

Eyal Amit

Marco Fontana, Digital Project Manager, Reggiani Macchine, graduated in mechanical engineering, with a special interest in the textile industries, at the Politecnico of Milan, following which he spent more than 20 years managing the Technical Department of one of Italy’s most important textile printers in Como. Since 2002, he has been in charge of the digital printing project DReAM for Reggiani Macchine S.p.A.

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Prof Dr. Marc Van Parys, a graduate of the Technical University, Gent, holds a doctorate in Chemistry, and is also the Head of the Textile Division of Hogeschool Gent – Association of University Gent; the Head of the Textile Research Group TO2C; a senior consultant at Centexbel – National Research Centre for Textiles in Belgium and a member of the Board of Centexbel. In addition, he is the President of UNITEX – National Association of the Textile Industry Belgium. In addition, he has filed four patents, authored four books, produced 178 publications and delivered 189 lectures.

Dr Martial Blanc

Peter Walshe, Business Development Manager, SunJet, England, is responsible for the company’s development of its commercial ink jet business. Peter holds a B.A. Mod. in Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin and has worked for Sun Chemical Coates since 1982, not only in inkjet inks, but also with screen inks, circuit board resists and toners.

Marco Fontana

Jane Cedrone

Jane Cedrone,Marketing Communications & Public Relations Manager, VUTEk Inc. joined the company in 1995 and is a member of the SGIA Board of Directors. She regularly participates on industry-related committees including the SGIA Graphic Imaging and DPI Steering committees, the FESPA Steering Committee, and the ESMA Digital Committee. Jane also participates in international conference panels and seminars.

Peter Walshe

Michael Lackner

Michael Lackner, Sales & Marketing Manager, Durst, has been involved in the development and marketing of the Durst Rho flatbed printer series, which features a modular design and white printing capabilities. He is also responsible for the Rhopac, the world’s first dedicated UV inkjet printer for the packaging industry. Michael Lackner holds a degree in Industrial Management.

one which is constantly investing in pioneering technology. The business will shortly be moving to a new purpose-built facility which will provide the very latest technology in digital, screen and litho printing.

Marco Roos, Managing Director/Owner Color Concepts, has 12 years of experience in the large format printing sector. Before starting Color Concepts he had various jobs, ranging from technical support to sales and marketing management, at leading suppliers in the large format industry. Color Concepts is a Dutch based company with branches in Germany and the UK and its customers are leading manufacturers of printers, RIP software and print media. Services include: support, a profiling service, training and workshops and strategic product development consultancy.


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Peter Kiddell

Bernard F. Girma, President, DigiTech Strategy, is the President of DigiTech Strategy, a digital imaging management consulting firm. His experience covers a wide range of digital imaging technologies including electrostatic, inkjet, laser, thermal transfer, dye sublimation and imaging on to exotic material. He is an expert in the market and

technology of inkjetheads, imaging controllers and digital displays. He also has an in-depth experience developing in-store point of purchase imaging systems, including the distribution of images over networks. He has been instrumental in the formation of the business strategy and subsequent strategic alliances between large digital equipment manufacturers in Japan and the US. Bernard Girma was the co-founder and past chairman of the Digital Printing and Imaging Association and is also a Board member of the Professional Digital Imaging Association (PDIA). He is currently serving on the board of two US companies, one European company and one Japanese company. He is a frequent speaker at many digital imaging technology conferences worldwide.

Christian Duyckaerts

Norbert von Aufschnaiter, Large Format & High Speed Printing Division, Durst, joined Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen, Italy in 1977 and has been actively involved in the product development and marketing of the Durst commercial line of products. Since 2004 he has been responsible for the strategic business unit industrial printing which has developed the world’s first direct digital ceramic printing system for use with ceramic wall and floor tiles and uses pigmented ink technology. Norbert von Aufschnaiter has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Bernard F. Girma

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Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth, Director, Large Format Digital Imaging Division, FLAAR at BGSU, undertakes research, writes, and lectures in the field of photography, scanning and digital printing equipment, in particular wide format inkjet printers. He is President and Founder of FLAAR, an organisation that evaluates and reviews digital imaging hardware

and systems. The FLAAR evaluations of inkjet printers, RIP software, colour management tools, laminators, trimmers, and inkjet media reach more than 500,000 readers in over 62 countries each year. Dr. Hellmuth received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1967, and an MA from Brown University in 1969. In addition he holds a doctorate in art history from the Karl-Franzens Universitaet in Graz, Austria. Norbert von Aufschnaiter

Andre America, Managing Director, Studio America is President of Studio America, one of the leading wide format print production companies in Europe. Based in Leiden, the Netherlands, Studio America specialises in large and special format communications. The company prints on both common and

Keith Ramsey, Area Manager – Europe, Middle East and Africa NAZDAR, a graduate of the University of Greenwich with a Masters in Marketing, has been responsible for building, managing and supporting Nazdar’s distribution channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2005. Keith Ramsay has extensive experience in the technology, market development and sales and marketing of products and services to the printing industry across a wide range of market sectors on an international basis. He has been involved in the printing industry throughout his career. Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth

Ann Noonan, CEO Colour Interlink NV, was educated in New Zealand and worked as a teacher for 10 years. Her husband specialised in industrial practices and statistics at Massey University and in the late 1970’s they moved to Europe. By 1980 they had decided to develop software for textile design with output for production firstly in weaving and then, when PCs became the industry standard, into textile printing. To simulate samples for production, they worked steadily on colour reproducibility, whilst also considering production parameters. Digital printing was the next logical next step and in 2003 they started Colour Interlink NV to focus on digital printing for textile substrates for both soft signage and the traditional textile markets.

Keith Ramsey

Peter Kiddell, Partner, PDS Consulting, is a leading expert in product decoration. Having spent more than thirty years in the industry, he has been at the forefront in the development and application of digital and analogue technologies. His books, articles and training programs have been distributed and used throughout the industry in dozens of languages. A mechanical engineer by training and a printer by choice, his clear presentation style makes even the most complex applications and concepts totally comprehensible.

unusual materials and produces applications for both indoor/outdoor use. In 1999 Andre America established GIGA (Global Imaging and Graphics Association), a global organisation of wide format print production companies with a common interest in the use of large format digital imaging technology. The organisation has grown considerably over the last few years, and now has members on five continents.

Christian Duyckaerts, Technical Director, Print & Display, is a Managing Partner and Technical Director of Print & Display, which is based in Kontich, Belgium and specialises in large format printing for outdoor publicity and in-store promotions. He is also a Director of GSI Holding, which is concerned with digital printing for POS, posters, building wraps and outdoor publicity. A FESPA Board member, Christian Duyckaerts is also President of the Screen and Digital Printing section of FEBELGRA, the Belgian screen and digital workgroup.


FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – TO UV, OR NOT TO UV?

To UV, or not to UV? That is indeed one of the most challenging questions facing many companies operating in the pay for print sector, who are trying to decide whether to purchase a solvent inkjet printer or to buy into UV-curable inkjet technology. Either way, it’s a decision that will affect the long-term future of their businesses. Dr. Nicholas M Hellmuth, President and Founder of FLAAR, an organisation that evaluates and reviews digital imaging hardware and systems, provides information that will assist in the decision making process.

Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth undertakes research, writes, and lectures in the field of photography, scanning and digital printing equipment, in particular wide format inkjet printers. The FLAAR evaluations of inkjet printers, RIP software, colour management tools, laminators, trimmers, and inkjet media reach more than 500,000 readers in over 62 countries each year, whilst another half-million people read Dr Hellmuth’s comments on digital cameras and scanners. FLAAR offers over 60 reports on UV printers, all of which are available on-line from www.wide-format-printers.net whilst all FLAAR websites can be reached via www.FLAAR.org. FLAAR personnel will be available in-person to answer your basic questions at the FESPA Digital Conference on Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 15:00-15:45 hours, where Dr Nicholas Hellmuth will be delivering a presentation entitled ‘Printing on to Wood & Stone: The Opportunities and Options’.

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"Firstly, let’s look at the trends. It was at DRUPA 2000 that three or four UV-curable inkjet printers were first shown to a curious public. Although the concept aroused much interest, these machines were just prototypes and indeed, some were not even functioning. However at DRUPA 2004, no less than 17 manufacturers exhibited UV-curable inkjet printers, most of which were flatbed designs, although NUR introduced a roll-to-roll version. Currently, there are more than 50 models of UV printers, produced by over 30 different manufacturers on the market and at least half of these will be exhibited at either the up and coming ISA show in the United States, or at the IPEX exhibition in the UK. But at the same time, the popularity of solvent inkjet printers is growing at a comparable rate. Currently these machines are being produced by five Korean manufacturers, perhaps four Japanese manufacturers, several major manufacturers in the Americas, two in Israel, and more companies in China than anyone has yet been able to count! In fact, the solvent market is growing at such a rate that even HP has bought into this technology, through its purchase of Scitex Vision and its agreement with Seiko to take over the distribution of the popular mild-solvent ColorPainter 64S. Unsurprisingly, these new alliances have resulted in both Roland and Mimaki launching new models in order to compete effectively against a company with the market clout of HP. However, these trends vary very considerably from country to country. For example, the recent Middle East Sign & Banner tradeshow, which took place in Dubai during early February, had very few UV printers, with not a single Chinese, Japanese or Korean UV-curable inkjet flatbed on display. HP made a similar decision, concentrating instead on its solvent machines. Chinese solvent printers were also much in evidence, with three times the usual number of manufacturers and distributors taking part. It

was a similar story at the Graphics of the Americas trade show in Miami, Florida, the week before Middle East Sign & Banner, when only a few companies featured their UV printers. The reason for this is that in countries where neither law nor tradition calls for strict health or environmental protection, solvent inkjet printers are used without a qualm - it is primarily healthconscious businesses in the US and Western Europe who are leading the switch to UV printers. So apart from health and environmental benefits, what other issues should we be considering? Solvent inkjet printers do well on uncoated vinyl and a variety of traditional signage material, including the textiles used to produce soft-signage. However, solvent inks work much less well on most thick or rigid substrates, since the ink does not dry properly on many surfaces. For example, when a mild-solvent flatbed inkjet printer was presented at SGIA 2005, it turned out that it could print successfully on a grand total of two, or at most, three, materials! And it is hard to name a flatbed solvent inkjet printer that has enjoyed real market success. On the other hand, UV-curable inks will solidify on almost any material you can run through a printer, although in reality, there are a few materials that have limited adhesion, need a primer before printing and/or lamination after, if they are to last satisfactorily for more than a year. I first became interested in UV-curable inkjet printers because of FLAAR"S background in architecture and museum displays. Architects and interior designers are learning that you can print on to wall sections, doors, ceiling and floor tiles, and table tops. You can also use UV-curable inks to print on to fabric, especially when using a roll-to-roll printer such as the new Durst Rho 350R. Gandinnovations will also be showing a roll-to-roll UV printer at ISA and IPEX, whilst Zünd is promoting a printer that can decorate kitchen cabinets and even the doors of a


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refrigerator and oven! However, we should be aware of the differences in surface, texture and image quality. The Seiko ColorPainter (now succeeded by the HP Designjet 9000s) offers just about the highest colour gamut and quality of any solvent inkjet printer. The ColorSpan 72SI can reproduce fine art onto canvas for giclee-like display. The Gandinnovation’s solvent inkjet printer even has a back-lit accessory that facilitates printing on both the back and front of the material, to produce awesome quality for backlit displays. So the output on solvent ink printers can be outstanding. Just remember that cheaper solvent printers can produce splotchy output with horizontal banding defects, so the image quality varies enormously, based on what brand you select, and which printheads you use. Seiko and HP use the Konica printhead whilst ColorSpan favours the Ricoh-Hitachi printhead and Gandinnovation’s machines feature the Spectra printhead. With UV-cured inks, you do not yet get continuous tone. The output has a grainy appearance, since each droplet of ink is solidified instantly, and it shows. Some inkjet printers have not yet been able to overcome horizontal banding effects, caused by poor feeding speed or by bidirectional angling of the ink. Nonetheless, for displays viewed from a distance of two metres or more, the output from the better UV printers looks great. So for printing on an architectural unit that will end up on a ceiling or wall, UV printers are a viable technology. A good example would be the kind of graphics used in hotels, casinos, or in any building where the fire laws state that doors to fire exits must be made from materials other than wood. But if the

décor of that hotel is walnut, or mahogany, you can scan mahogany wood on a Cruse scanner, and then use the scanned image of the wood surface to print onto a fire-proof steel door. So if your company is the only one in town that can handle material as thick as a door, you have the perfect opportunity to distinguish your unique capabilities. With my involvement in museum displays, I am interested in any printer that can handle thick material, even if it isn’t using UV curable technology. For example, the Scitex Vision CORjet can print on to thick corrugated material, which can then be cut by an Esko flatbed cutter, into any shape. You could therefore exhibit Mayan pyramids and temples in a museum; you could cut out life-sized portraits of the Mayan deities, kings, and other characters that are well known to archaeologists, attempting anything from murals to paintings on funerary pottery in the process. The CORjet, which is now of course part of the HP printer family, uses the Aprion printhead, which does not need UV-cured ink. A Gandinnovation printer could use UV-cured ink on an even thicker and more rigid material to produce outdoor exhibits at an archaeological park. UV printers offer many advantages inside the print shop, besides the lack of carcinogenic chemicals. Printheads do not need to be flushed constantly and UV printers don’t need to spit ink just to prevent them from clogging as is the case with solvent machines. In many ways, maintenance and cleaning for UV curable printers is a breeze when compared with the mess and expense of the cleaning routines required by solvent printers. Ink costs also tend to be less, since you are not wasting ink all day and night due to the

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automatic purging cycles. During a recent inspection of an Ohio print shop that was using a Durst Rho 160, I discovered that the company had enjoyed a significant increase in business since acquiring the machine, by taking on jobs that no competitor could handle. The Rho 160, could be used to print on to materials that no solvent inkjet printer could undertake and the print shop had even invested in a second UV printer to keep up with its increased workload. I have also inspected print shops using ColorSpan and Gandinnovations UV printers, who have found themselves in a similar situation and who also find that they are soon acquiring a second machine in order to service the increase in demand So despite the initial purchase price of a UV printer, which is higher than that of a solvent printer, it can enable you to print on to materials that your competitors can’t handle, with the result that you can also command premium prices. You can also considerably widen your printing repertoire and thus you can service customers that previously, you could never have reached. Of course, I can’t promise you instant wealth, and you also need to be properly business savvy, but UV printers do offer tremendous opportunities, especially for printers, photo labs, digital print shops and signmakers who want to be innovative and to enter exciting new market sectors.

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – PRINTERS

Many visitors will be attending the show specifically to see the latest crop of digital printers

Most companies prefer to wait until nearer the event to reveal the full extent of their offerings but all the signs are that this year will herald the introduction of many new and improved machines! Danish company ASBRU will be demonstrating both its own brand and Roland solvent printers on Stand C100, Hall 9, as well as highlighting its new refill-cartridge and exhaust unit. Also on display will be the company’s electronic continuous ink supply system (CISS), and its material take-up system. For further information visit: www.asbru.com Located just outside Milan, ATPColor SRL is an industry supplier who services customers throughout Europe and even as far away as Australia! The company has established OEM agreements with manufacturers such as Roland, Mutoh and Colorspan and can thus provide machines which can be tailored to meet the precise requirements of individual customers. See it on Stand A150, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.atpcolor.com

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Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH will be showing the complete family of Rho inkjet printers. Visitors to Stand D800, Hall 8 will be able to see the versatile Rho 600, which offers both flatbed and roll capabilities; the Rhopac, the only UV printer purpose built for the corrugated printing sector and the Rho 350R, the new UV rollto-roll machine for the graphics sector. The company will also be taking the opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of its machines, which can offer a number of different variations such as white ink printing, spot colours, and special effect varnish – the Rho family of printers are designed to grow along with your business. For further information visit: www.durst-online.com

Flora RTZ Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of wide-format solvent and UV digital printers, will be using the show to launch its new USB flatbed printer. Other printers on Stand E1200, Hall 8 will include the Flora Light jet series, the Flora Heavy jet series of solvent printers and UV Flatbed Printers. For further information visit: www.floradigital.com Visitors to the stand of Fujifilm Sericol UK Ltd, will be able to see the Columbia Turbo, reputedly the world’s fastest wide format digital flatbed press, together with the new Spyder 320 6-colour press, which will be making its first appearance at a Fespa exhibition. Both printers use the award winning Uvijet UV curing inks, which will also be on show, together with the Color+, range of inks, which are said to be the fastest growing solventbased digital inks for use on all wide and super-wide roll fed machines. Find Fujifilm Sericol

on Stand D400, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.fujifilmsericol.com At the show, Gandinnovation’s product line-up will include the Jeti 3312; a 10.5 foot, roll-to-roll solvent printer as well as the latest addition to its range, the Jeti 3318, an 18 Spectra print head, roll-to-roll solvent printer, which features an automated head wiping system. Both printers are available in dye-sub versions, which facilitate the printing of images straight on to woven and non-woven fabrics using a heat transfer press, or directly on to flag material with heat activation. Also on display will be the Jeti 5000, a 5m superwide, roll-to-roll solvent printer and the Jeti UV 5m by 3m highspeed flatbed printer that uses 24 Spectra print heads to print on to rigid substrates. Find Gandinnovations on Stand D500, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.gandinnovations.com


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GCC Europe B.V. will be introducing the StellarJet 250UV UV-curable inkjet printer, a new 160UV UV-curable inkjet printer and the Jaguar JA-183S cutting plotter at the show. The StellarJet 250UV inkjet printer uses UV-curable inks to print across a wide range of flexible and rigid substrates and features an automatic inkrefilling system and a media thickness auto calibration function. It also offers a maximum print speed of 48m2/hr. See it on Stand Hall 8, E650. For further information visit: www.gccworld.com

GCS BV will be demonstrating several of its printing systems on Stand E450/500, Hall 8. On show for the first time will be the Mimaki JV5 eco solvent printer which is the successor to the legendary Mimaki JV3. GCS will also be introducing the Grapo Octopus, a UV printer with Xaar technology, the Mimaki JV22 multi purpose, large format inkjet printer and the Mimaki CG-160FX, a specialised cutting plotter. An Aristo digital pre flatbed cutter system will complete the GSC line-up. The company will also be taking the opportunity to promote its recent collaboration with Igepa Belux, an alliance that, it believes, will further strengthen its overall operating strategy. For further information visit: www.gcsweb.nl

On Stand D100, Hall 9, HP Scitex will be presenting the HP Scitex 1500 5 metre super-wide format printer, (formerly the Scitex Vision XLjet Premium) as well as the wide format, HP Scitex TJ8300 (formerly the Scitex Vision TURBOjet.) During the show, these presses will be carrying out live demonstrations, thus enabling visitors to see them in action and to find out how HP Scitex can help them to expand their businesses. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the HP Scitex FB6700, (formerly the Scitex Vision CORjet Premium) flatbed printer, which is currently gaining popularity in the sign and display market, a 3x3m walled section of the stand will be printed entirely on corrugated board by the machine. Additionally, the stand will feature comprehensive information and printed samples from its entire range of industrial digital inkjet solutions for wide,

super wide-format and rigid substrate printing, as well as information about the HP Scitex DReAM textile printer. For further information visit:www.hp.com On Stand B300, Hall 9, InfinitiEurope will be demonstrating the full breadth of its range. The company’s newest wide-formathigh resolution solution, the Xtream23s, is certainly worth a look. This six colour, high resolution printer is suitable for use with flexible materials for outdoor large-format applications. It features six Konica printheads with 512 nozzles per head and offers 720 dpi resolution and speeds of up to 36m2. For further information visit: www.infiniti-europe.com

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PRINTERS

Visitors to MacDermid ColorSpan’s stand, B700, Hall 8, will be able to see the company’s full line-up of UV-curable flatbed inkjet printers, including the DisplayMaker 72uvr, 72uvx and 98uvx, which, since their launch just over a year ago, have become bestsellers, with over 500 now in operation globally. These 185cm and 250cm wide printers each include productivity features such as AutoJet mapping and AutoSet calibration. Made in the USA, they feature low cost ink, 600-dpi quality and print speeds over 40m2 per hour. For further information visit: www.colorspan.com First established in 1994, Man Print & Sign BV supplies a wide range of large format printers, which include those manufactured by Roland as well as its own label machines. In addition, the company also offers a range of complementary media for use with both eco-solvent and solvent inks. It will be showing its latest flatbed printers, which are available in widths of 1.8 m, 2.5 m and 3.0 m together with the latest super wide format printers in three sizes from 2.5m up to 3.5m. See the company on Stand D300, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.manprint-sign.nl

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Matan Digital Printers will be using the show as the launch pad for the Matan Spot36. This machine, which has been designed specifically to meet the specialised requirements of companies operating in the wayfinding and traffic signage sectors, can also be used for window graphics and other industrial applications, which require short-run, high-durability two-colour printing. The Matan stand will also feature the Matan SpringPro professional label and decal printer, for specialised applications and the Matan JetSet industrial wide format solvent inkjet printer. Find them all on Stand C725, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.matanprinters.com Mimaki Europe B.V. a subsidiary of Mimaki Engineering Company Ltd., headquartered in Nagano, Japan, will be launching a number of exciting products at the show, one of which, the DSseries (DS-1800), is a direct dyesublimation plotter, which offers direct sublimation printing onto fabric and is more environmentally friendly and efficient than traditional transfer sublimation systems. Find Mimaki on Stand E700, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.mimakieurope.com

As Europe’s only grand format printer manufacturer, Eurotech, part of the Turkish NAC Digital Group will be exhibiting its newest digital printers on Stand E1300/1350, Hall 8. Making their world-wide debut will be the HQ and ECO HQ models, which print 1440DPI resolution to a size of 2.5m. The Eurotech range also includes grand format printers, the XR500 and XR126, and a variety of other machines that use Spectra head technology and are available in sizes between 3.2 and 5m. For further information visit: www.eurotechprinters.com One of the leading suppliers in the Netherlands, Nauta Sign BV, offers a complete portfolio of machines and consumables from leading brands such as 3M, Grafitack, Ferrari Stamoid, 3P Textiles, Mutoh, HP, Seiko, Fotoba, Summa, Zünd and Signalize. Find the company on Stand B1200, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.nautasign.com NUR Europe SA, a leading supplier of wide format inkjet production printing systems, will be focusing on UV technology at the show. The company plans to use both its flatbed and roll-toroll wide format printers to demonstrate how UV-curable inks ensure a faster return-oninvestment, whilst delivering

outstanding quality output at the best speed. See NUR on Stand B500, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.nur.com Océ Display Graphics will be showing its newest, large format full-colour solutions on Stand E1075/E1150/F1000, Hall 8. There will be three main themes the first of which will be high quality outdoor printing, an area which is represented by the new Océ CS9090 (eco)-solvent printer, the HP DesignJet 8000/9000 and the Océ CS6100 printer and also incorporates print and cut workflow solutions. The second theme focuses on special print applications, which are achieved on the new Océ CS70xx UVflatbed printer, which is used in combination with vacuum forming, and dye-sub printing, whilst the third theme highlights photo quality indoor printing and finishing. This is achieved by using a combination of Epson printers, Océ's LightJet high-end laser printer and several laminating and cutting devices. All three solutions are combined with Océ's Onyx workflow software, together with the company’s on-going expertise, which enables customers to select the equipment that is most suitable for their application. For further information visit: www.oce.com and www.displaygraphics.oce.nl


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Spandex, will be welcoming all visitors to Stand D1000, Hall 8 , where the main spotlight will be on the Gerber Solara UV2, Spandex’s first hybrid UV printer. Offering both flatbed and roll-toroll capabilities, the UV2 prints onto various rigid and flexible materials up to 13mm thick and 152cm wide. Its unique sixcolour violet and green UV-inks produce instant-dry, ready-toapply prints, which open up a whole new range of applications. The UV2 can also be used in conjunction with Gerber routers to provide a complete print and cut facility. Visitors will also be able to see the Jetster XL Ultra65/90 featuring new EcoUltra inks, the 2.6m Jetster Solvent 65/90/100 range and the Gerber EDGE FX and P2C S-Series of integrated print-to-cut solutions. Additionally, Spandex will be showing a comprehensive range of rigid and flexible materials from ImagePerfect, 3M, Avery, MACtac, and more. For further information visit: www.spandex.com SPÜHL AG will, for the first time, be showing its combined flatbed and roll-to-roll UV-Printer SPÜHLvirtu RS35 - a large format printer with an impressive printing width of 3.5m. It is available in either four or six colours, or four colours plus white. Visitors to Stand D750 , Hall 8 will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and a nice piece of Swiss

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chocolate, whilst they watch the machine being put through its paces! For further information visit: www.spuhl.ch Belgian manufacturer Summa will be introducing its new thermal transfer print and cut system, the DC4, a large format, thermal transfer printer which combines a full 127.5cm print width with integrated contour cutting. Its resin ribbons can be applied on a wider range of print media and it also offers a new maximum resolution of up to 600 dpi. Also on Stand F450, Hall 8 will be a selection of Summa’s vinyl cutters, including its two market-leading drum fed machines, The S Class Series and the SummaCut. For further information visit: www.summa.be A distributor of hardware and software solutions, TEPEDE, who is based in Belgium, but exports to more than 50 countries throughout the world, will be concentrating on the outdoor signage sector at the show and will be showing both printers and media suitable for this marketplace on Stand C900, Hall 8. It will be featuring the first HP solvent based printers, the new HP DesignJets 9000s and 8000s, together with the Mutoh Rockhopper 3, in combination with Mutoh’s new eco-solvent ultra inks, and the Mutoh Spitfire

100. The Mutoh Ultima cutter will complement the printer offerings and in addition, TEPEDE will be introducing two new films, a new photo paper and two, low-cost display systems. For further information visit: www.tepede.com

features roll-to-roll capability, giving customers the flexibility to offer more services. It is ideal for applications ranging from billboard to high quality P-O-P and everything in between. See it in action on Stand B450, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.vutek.com

Trend Srl - The LFDP Group was originally established to unite several Italian companies specialising in the distribution of wide format printing solutions. It now offers systems from the most recognised brands, such as Mimaki, Digital Color, Colorspan and Infiniti and is also the European Distributor of “Bestinks” inks and “PrintJet” media. The Group will be using the show to recruit new partners to distribute its products across Europe. Visit The LFDP Group on Stand A900, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.trendsrl.net

As a leading supplier of flatbed cutting equipment, Zünd Systemtechnik AG will be demonstrating a range of digital finishing solutions. These will include automated digital production of displays, posters, banners, labels and decals which includes trimming as well as contour cutting of all printed materials. Regardless of printer type and technology, common benefits which Zünd can offer are increased printer productivity, less material waste, and better overall quality. Check out these advantages on Stand C750, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.zund.com

Amongst the printers on exhibit on VUTEk’s stand will be the PressVu UV 320/400 UV-curing flatbed printer, the ideal machine for digital image providers who want to increase productivity and profitability, which is now available with a new 600 dpi mode. This 3.2-metre, 400 dpi or 600 dpi UV-curing flatbed printer accommodates rigid substrates up to 3.2 metres wide, and offers excellent productivity up to 93 square metres per hour and also

Based in Turkey, Digirex Digital offers a wide selection of digital printing solutions, which fulfil all customer requirements and areas of application. Find Digirex on Stand Hall 8, E800. For further information visit: www.digirex-tr.com


INKJET EVOLUTION

Inkjet evolution Many industry experts are predicting that this year will be a bumper one for new printers, with the introduction of a true print and play machine moving one step nearer. Since Fespa Digital Printing Europe is the chosen launch pad for some of these new machines, Mark Godden traces the evolution of the technology so far and speculates on what Roland, Mimaki and HP will be revealing. Make no bones about it, the inkjet printer is evolving. From the technology’s origins in obscure, industrial applications, via its rather more conspicuous debut on the desktop, to its eventual use in the wide-format forefathers of all the devices in common use today, inkjet’s rise, having overcome its own inertia, has been stellar. Inkjet exhibits pull the crowds into today’s industry exhibitions. It’s not so long ago though, that audiences would have been stacked ten deep just to get a glimpse of one. The novelty was then a compelling factor, as was the way an inkjet overturned commonly ingrained preconceptions of what was needed to produce big colour prints. There, for everyone to see, stood a device, for all the world a pen plotter, and it was chugging out drop-dead-gorgeous prints, in daylight, with no drama, smell, smoke or mirrors. Some left the demonstrations shaking their heads, others rubbing their hands. A machine that makes big colour prints, costs so little, and is so painless to own and operate? It all added up to big potential. Printed output’s applications are many. Hardly surprising then that the manufacturers of the earliest inkjets were courted from all quarters. Clearly, the technology had huge possibilities in the photographic arena. Printers of all other persuasions had their heads turned too. It even woke up the sign industry that, up until that point, had been happy cutting letters and logos from self-adhesive vinyl. At whatever level you care to analyse it, the earliest inkjet printers in a number of wide format configurations, demanded and got attention. Lots of individuals and companies make a living thanks to inkjets. There are those who manufacture the hardware and there are those who feed the hardware with the consumables it needs. There are those who 46 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

configure and sell the hardware and there are those who fix it when it goes wrong. Still others make a living writing about inkjets or by making space to exhibit them to interested parties. Inkjet technology is not out of ideas yet so there are individuals developing the next generation of hardware that will keep the ball rolling by defining the next must have printer – they make a living too. Caught up in the slipstream all this activity generates are those that supply peripherals like laminators. And who are we to deny them their share? Oh, and I almost forgot, another group that makes a living with inkjet printers, is the group that actually uses them and sells the output! Conventional wisdom would have it that products are nothing more than a reflection of market need and successful products are, by implication, a reflection of a market voting for its preference. The sentiment holds true to an extent, but is not quite that black and white when the subject is wide format colour. The market, the individuals that make a living using these printers, has tolerated a lot of pain in order to assume a position in the ranks of the digerati. Many of the solutions that have been presented through inkjets’ rise to its position of most-favoured-technology, have been "almost-there" solutions. Perfect but for "this." Ideal if only "that." Things are changing though. Manufacturers are producing products that are pressed-for-purpose. A flatbed for printing on flat things, a hybrid for those with needs less well defined. There are really wide devices for those that need to print really big outdoor output but are forced to limbo under the price bar the traditional technology sets. "It’s absolutely spot-on for what we need to do," is

something you’re likely to hear more as time passes and specialisation helps drive powerful and popular differentiation across the sweep of markets that will converge or maybe collide. It’s going to be interesting for us to watch, because it is competition in its very purest sense and there are some big and very capable players sizing each other up and plotting to exert an advantage. A price point here, a performance claim there.

Who will emerge the winner? Roland has clearly had its thinking cap on. It’s a big player with a big reputation. It has an inventive legacy and a dedicated following in wide format print. Roland’s systems number among those most popular within the fraternity that takes an inkjet printer and makes it do something its designers and manufacturers never anticipated. It’s routinely operated on and receives a blood transfusion in the shape of a non specified ink. Roland’s printers evidently have broad shoulders and carry the imposed load well. Literally thousands of printers from Roland’s production are converted to run a solvent ink. Its users sell output into a range of exterior applications and exist in such numbers that it’s self evident that a market exists for such a system. Rumour and conjecture have worked overtime and an expectation was set that at some point in its future, Roland would produce an out-of-the-box product to satisfy the needs of the market specialisation its modified systems address. Rumours were true and conjecture was right. Roland is going to introduce a product that will grace its portfolio beside its eco printers and take it to a new area of the market. What will Mimaki make of that? Mimaki is one of a very few manufacturers that


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can claim to have held a position as producers of the "inkjet de jour." The JV3 is one of the biggest single model successes the industry has ever seen. It sold in a matter of months what a pioneering solvent printer took a decade to accomplish. It’s not the sort of company that’s going to stand still and see what it defines as its market fall prey to others. There will be a JV5. Legions of JV3 users who have built businesses with the help of a Mimaki product will be wondering what the upgrade buys them. By the same token, having planted the seed that it’s time to get a new printer, will the Mimaki faithful remain so? Not if Hewlett Packard has its way. HP’s ambitions don’t have to be guessed at. Print in its widest sense is a big, big business and HP is a big, big company that’s coming to get its share. From the biggest building wrap to the smallest label and practically everything in between, HP has designs on you using its hardware to get the job done. HP needs no introduction – so here it is anyway. HP knows a thing or two about making printers and it is no stranger to driving innovation. It has proven ability demonstrated across many industries and applications. It knows how to make products that reflect a need, and it has

also proved it can pull things out of the hat that a given market doesn’t even know it needs yet. We live in interesting times – and it looks as though the gloves come off at FESPA Digital Printing Europe. It represents the manufacturers’ opportunity to show you their versions of your future. The hardware you’ll buy, the materials you’ll feed it with and the applications you’ll pursue are all going to be on public view. When FESPA is over you get your chance to speak. Roland, Mimaki, HP and countless other very worthy contenders for your business will be listening. Someone’s version of the future will prevail and define a leadership position in whichever category they pursue. As for a clear winner, that can only be you. There’s probably never been a time when you have had such a wide choice of technologies and materials from so many respected companies. The time has perhaps arrived to elevate your expectations. Better quality and performance, fewer limitations and an easier day-to-day experience are all features of a modern pressed for purpose system. If any of the above are on your shopping list, you’re suddenly spoiled for choice.

At the time of writing both HP and Roland’s new offerings have enjoyed press previews and Mimaki’s launch is imminent. However, the full bells and whistles launches will take place at the Spring shows, with all three companies being represented at Fespa Digital Printing Europe. When Hewlett Packard and Seiko Infotech announced that they had signed an OEM agreement last Autumn, we all knew that it wouldn’t be long before HP launched a new printer that would fill the gap between its successful Designjet range and the HP Scitex Vision grand format machines. In the event we didn’t have to wait for very long. At a press conference held in Barcelona during January, HP unveiled the Designjet 8000s and 9000s, two piezo inkjet printers which use low solvent ink to produce outdoor durable colour. Targeted at signmakers and digital printer companies who specialise in producing outdoor durable graphics, HP is billing the Designjet 8000s as the machine which sets a new price/performance point, offering print speeds of up to l0 square metres of vivid, long-lasting colour output per hour. It is competitively priced at around E18,500 and will be available in May. The Designjet 9000s also occupies its own special niche; according to HP it will enable sign makers and digital print companies to drastically reduce response times and thus increase their all round capacity. The 9000s is the fastest printer in FESPA WORLD SPRING/06 47


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its class offering speeds of up to 20m2 per hour, coupled with low running costs which will provide users with a huge competitive advantage. The 9000s will cost around E28,000 and is available at the beginning of March. Both machines, use HP low solvent ink, which HP define as being less demanding than a true solvent ink, but more effective than the eco-solvent options. Users are advised to think about appropriate ventilation and extraction procedures and to help simplify things, HP offer an optional Air Purifier System to help ensure clean and safe operation. The company is also introducing a variety of new media specifically created to work with both the new printers and the low- solvent inks. These include premium self-adhesive vinyl, HP premium backlit film, universal and premium scrim banner

and HP Universal photo-realistic paper. Roland DG Corporation’s new launch, was unveiled to the World’s trade press in Japan during March. The new Advanced JET AJ-1000 104" grand format inkjet printer is designed for very high productivity with minimal maintenance. It uses new industrial-strength EcoXtreme eco-solvent ink, delivering enhanced durability and performance for durable outdoor and indoor graphics applications. The AJ-1000 combines the easy operation of a large format printer with the high-volume capabilities of a grand format printer. At 104" wide and with a precision print speed of 45m2/h (484 sqft./hr.), it is the perfect production printer for a wide range of outdoor graphics including banners, billboards, front- and backlits, fleet graphics, and more. Every AJ-1000 comes with

VersaWorks, Roland’s easy-to-use professional RIP, allowing users to easily set up the printer for immediate production and quick delivery of graphics to their customers. To further increase productivity, it features an easy-to-use automatic maintenance system which eliminates the need for wiper cleaning and other manual maintenance procedures that can interrupt daily production. Certainly these machines all go someway to fulfilling most users’ wish list of a machine which produces high quality output, fast and with the minimum amount of hassle. Compare their vital statistics below and see them in action at the show before delivering the most important verdict of all – yours!

Vital statistics

Roland AJ-1000 Features:

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104" eco-solvent inkjet printer for fast, high-volume production printing. Achieves a maximum print speed of 90m2/h (968 sqft./hr.)*. Delivers superior image quality at 45m2/h (484 sqft./hr.). Durable new EcoXtreme ink produces dense, rich colors in CMYK+LcLm for brilliant outdoor banners and vehicle graphics**. Featuring three heaters and 10 blower units, the integrated printdrying system dries graphics quickly to facilitate speedy collection by the take-up system. Heavy-duty take-up system supports rolls up to 100kg (220.5lb) for unattended printing on a wide variety of media. Auto maintenance system ensures reliable performance and easy, hassle-free operation. Easy-to-use Roland VersaWorks RIP software comes standard.

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The HP Designjet 8000s Printer Series 64 inch (1626 mm) wide, includes an in-the-box RIP2

HP Designjet 9000s Printer series, 64 inch (1626 mm) wide production device include:

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Six 500ml HP low-solvent ink cartridges and heavy-duty Piezo printheads with a total of 1,524 nozzles Low ink consumption1 and low cost of operation using Piezo technology Outstanding image quality at 720 x 720 dpi with vivid and dense colours when using HP’s low-solvent inks Unattended printing using the optional heavy duty Take Up Reel system which rolls up printouts automatically HP Smart printing technology which monitors ink levels, Optional high-speed dryer Optional HP Air Purifier System,

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Boosted productivity using six heavy duty Piezo printheads with a total of 3,072 nozzles Low running costs, especially when compared to screen printing Unattended printing with the Take Up Reel which rolls up printouts automatically Six large ink cartridges with a capacity of 1000ml each containing innovative HP low-solvent ink "On the fly" replacement of ink cartridges for printing without interruption HP Smart printing technology, Optional high-speed dryer for prints that are ready for immediate finishing An optional HP Air Purifier System for clean and safe everyday printer operation Fast data transmission rates and easy-to-use USB 2.0 connectivity


FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – INKS & COATINGS

This section highlights some of the manufacturers of inks and coatings who will be showing products to complement the growing range of digital printers now available

Clearstar Coatings Corp is the manufacturer of Liquid Laminates, which are especially designed to protect graphics from UV light and abrasion. Visitors to Stand A400, Hall 8, will be able to see the full Clearstar range, including ClearShield, a water-based coating for nonwater-sensitive ink/media combinations and ClearJet a solvent-based coating for dyebased inks and water-sensitive ink/media combinations. Clearstar also offer JetStar inks, as an alternative to OEM solvent based inks, which are suitable for use in conjunction with most large and super wide format printers. Also on display will be Clearstar’s range of ancillary products such as its Splash, ActionTac and WindowJuice Vinyl Application Fluids and its GrafixGone adhesive remover. Other highlights will include Clearstar’s new STARLAM 1.6 metre sheet-fed Liquid Laminator, which applies a smooth even coat of ClearShield Liquid Laminate on to a wide variety of substrates. For further information visit: www.clearstarcorp.com

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A manufacturer and distributor committed to providing premium digital imaging inks. Durafos Inc. offers quality inks and ink cartridges for use with almost all large format printers. Its extensive range includes water, dye and pigment based inks, dye-sublimation inks, eco solvent and solvent based inks, oil based bulk inks, flatbed printer inks and compatible cartridges. Visitors are invited to visit Durafos on Stand A1150, Hall 8 to see the efficacy of its products for themselves. For further information visit: www.durafos.com Hilord Chemical Corporation, who has a thirty-year history in the field of ink manufacture, will be using the exhibition to launch its new bulk system and solvent dye sublimation capabilities. The company’s catalogue of products includes a full portfolio of water, solvent, dye sub and UV inks, which can be used on a wide range of wide and super-wide format digital printers. See them on Stand C200, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.hilord.com

J-Teck 3 Srl is a manufacturer of high-quality digital inks with a special interest in the development of piezo digital inks for use with sublimation and direct printing, as well as the supply of accessories and auxiliary products used in the digital printing sector. All J-Teck inks work with a dedicated bulk feeding system, which offers major benefits including the capability for colour change during printing without machine stops. At the exhibition J-Teck3 will be introducing its environmentally improved J-Eco line of disperse dyes for graphic and textile applications. Free from Alkylphenolethoxylate (APE), JEco features vivid and bright colours, high stability and printability. In the future, J-Teck will be complementing its existing product portfolio with a range of digital pigments for use in conjunction with the production of graphics and printed textiles. Meet the company on Stand C850, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.j-teck3.com

Megaink will be taking the opportunity to launch new digital inks at the show and will be inviting visitors to test their efficacy by providing their own files for printing on Stand E300, Hall 9. The company’s new ink series has been developed to provide high UV resistance, colour gamut and print quality with optional special colours for spot colour printing. Megaink will also be using the show to highlight its unique customer care program and to introduce its global distribution chain. For further information visit: www.megaink.biz Nazdar will be showing its expanded and comprehensive range of digital printing inks, including UV-curable, solventbased, low-odour, aqueous and oil-based inks and will also be actively recruiting distributors in several key geographical markets to distribute its digital and /or screen product ranges. Visit Stand E1000, Hall 8 to find out what the company has to offer. For further information visit: www.nazdar.com


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One of the leading manufacturers of sublimation inks for digital printing and decorating, Sawgrass Europe offers the complete range of ArTainium UV+, SubliJet IQ, and Rotech inks, all of which will be on display on Stand B400, Hall 8 The company will be showing its systems for printing high quality, full-colour images on to a wide variety of substrates, for different applications including signs, promotional products and apparel. For further information visit: www.sawgrasseurope.com Stark Solution Europe styles itself as a one-stop digital shop. The company manufactures inks for use with all popular makes of superwide format digital printers and claims that it can help to promote low printer maintenance. It also offers service and parts for many superwide format printers. Visit Stark on Stand C700, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.starkeurope.com Sun Chemical Screen, a leading global ink technology development expert will be using Stand C600, Hall 8 to demon-strate its total commitment to the global digital printing market. It will be showing its full range of

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Streamline solvent/aqueous based inkjet inks for the digital aftermarket, together with the latest developments in digital printing equipment. Furthermore, Sun Chemical Screen personnel from throughout Europe will be on hand to ensure that wherever possible, communication with visitors will be in their own language. For further information visit: www.sunchemical.com Triangle Digital will be exhibiting its full line of digital products on Stand B600, Hall 8, specifically its wide format and superwide format digital inks. It will also be presenting new additions to its UV Curable and EasyFill PRO line and with the commercial launch of its SCP Mild Solvent Inks designed especially for the Seiko ColorPainter series set, Triangle will seek to demonstrate the advantages it can offer in relation to competing products. Also on show will be Triangle’s bulk ink delivery system, the EasyFill PRO SCP which has successfully completed over 15 months of testing prior to market release. Additionally, the company will be highlighting its wide format product line with the market’s only alcohol

resistant mild solvent ink designed specifically for the Roland SOLjet and VersaCAMM series printers. Triangle Digital USA will be playing host to personnel from its USA, European, and Asian offices, together with a host of distributors from its global network present. For further information visit: www.triangledigital.biz VFP Ink Technologies, a subsidiary of the French Tripette & Renaud group, will be exhibiting its comprehensive range of digital inks developed for the large format market on Stand E200, Hall 8 In particular, it will be highlighting its latest UV ink products for the Ardeje 1560Z UV flatbed printer, which is unique in its ability to print on to substrates up to 300mm thick. As well as providing quality ink alternatives for the high end wide format machines, VFP has created an industry development program, designed to assist technology companies to access techniques unique to their specific requirements, in UV or solvent based inks. For further information visit: www.vfp-sa.com

As a supplier of inks for wide format, super wide format and UV digital applications Marabu Digital Printing Inks will be showing its full range on Stand C1150, Hall 8. Visitors will be able to learn more about Marabu’s latest solvent-based printing ink, Marajet DI-E, which has been especially developed for use with the Mimaki JV3-75 SP II, JV3-160 SP and JV3-250 SP digital inkjet printers. Marajet Di-E offers an excellent colour gamut and can be used in conjunction with a wide range of different media. Other speciality inks are Marajet DI-V for use with the Vutek UltraVu, Marajet DI-S for use in conjunction with the Scitex Grandjet and Marajet DI-N, which partners the NUR Salsa Ultima. When printing on to rigid substrates, UV curable inks provide an interesting alternative for short to medium runs, and for printers who prefer to use this type of ink, Marabu offer Ultrajet DUV-X, which is the perfect partner for flat bed printing machines. For further information visit: www.marabu-inks.com


FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – MICROLIGHT ARTICLE

Partners in creativity

If ever there was a winning combination, it is that of ink manufacturer J-Teck3 and Microtek, an innovative company that was first established in Milan in 2002. Since then Microtek has proved that the advantages of digital printing, such as flexibility, high colour definition and low cost, can be used to good effect in a number of different market sectors such as furniture, textiles, fashion and interior design. However, the company has made the creation of special effects, for use in interior decoration, into something of a speciality. Don’t, however, imagine that we are talking about home interiors here; rather, Microtek has earned itself something of a reputation for producing large scale applications of the sort found in ships, aircraft and public buildings of all denominations. For these, the company uses the J-Teck 3 range of digital inks to create sumptuous looking effects that simulate marble, wood, ceramics and a host of other finishes, as well as finely detailed graphics that harness both its design skill and expertise in the area of production. Much of Microtek’s success to date is down to the fact that it meticulously controls every aspect of colour management, from the initial photographic preparation of every file, through to final production. It has also developed several special techniques which is uses to achieve the effects that it requires, which are patent protected. Microtek initially prints its design on to sublimation paper, using a large plotter in

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conjunction with J-Teck 3’s environmentally friendly ink, J-Eco Subly. In fact, Microteck is so in demand, that its current workload obliges it to run seven large printers, all of which are fitted with the J-Teck Feeder, simultaneously! Massimo Scarpato, Microtek’s Director and also the creative brain behind the company’s success, comments: "Our products can be divided into three categories; prints on to plastic materials, on to textiles, and on to decorative paper. In each of these different market segments, we are collaborating with clients who are as discerning as we are ourselves and who expect the highest possible standards. This is why the consistent reliability of J-Teck inks is so important; they enable us to produce high quality output with the exceptional image definition and colour reproduction that are fundamental, if we are to achieve the desired results. Furthermore, thanks to the optimal dispersion of J-Eco Subly, it is possible to print non-stop without having to worry about the printheads clogging up." When creating special effects, the printed graphics undergo a final heattransfer passage on treated aluminium, which facilitates the extremely accurate and realistic reproduction of marble and wood that is used to decorate walls, ceilings, floors and furniture as illustrated here.

Scarpato continues: "One of the other things that is very important to us, in addition to the quality of the output, is the fact that J-Teck inks are environmentally friendly. We pride ourselves on being a thoroughly modern company and that means ensuring that our staff work in the best conditions possible and that we cause as little damage to the environment as possible. In our daily working process we respect the norms of the Ethical Certification (SA8000 -Social Accountability System), and our textile printing is OEKO TEX Standard 100 certified at all levels (also Class I), so it would be impossible for us to use products that weren’t similarly ethical. " Despite the fact that Microtek is a company that is obsessed with the aesthetics of the printing process, it hasn’t forgotten about functionality. Indeed, it has industrialised its plotters in order to achieve maximum productivity. Scarpato reports: "We are able to produce orders of up to l0,000 metres as easily as we can produce volumes of less than l00 metres and in many cases are now achieving the same level of productivity as companies operating traditional printing processes, without sacrificing quality." Certainly, the combination of Microtek’s creativity and J-Teck’s digital inks offers both companies – and Microtek’s clients – the best of all possible worlds!


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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – MATERIALS

The range of materials now on offer for use with digital printers is vast Check out what these exhibitors have to offer

Avery Dennison Graphics Division Europe will be showing its extensive portfolio of sign and display materials on a visually impactful and highly-interactive stand, which is especially designed to help provide visitors with the practical knowledge and training they need in order to get the most out of self-adhesive graphics. They will also be able to see Avery’s wide choice of digital print substrates, which can be used with solvent, ecosolvent and water-based inkjet. Of particular interest are the Avery Easy Apply films and Avery Digital Overlaminates which ensure the production of perfect vehicle wraps and are now available in both cast and polymeric calendered qualities. Find Avery in Hall 9, Stand C300. For further information visit: www.europe.averygraphics.com Beaver Paper & Packaging is a manufacturer of digital dyesublimation paper, which can be used in conjunction with desktop, large format and grand format printers. At the exhibition, it will be showing its TexprintXP sublimation paper, suitable for both hard and soft

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substrate transfers, which is compatible with all brands of sublimation inks and piezo printers. Also on display will be TexprintGFO, which is designed for use on grand format sublimation printers and is offered in widths up to 3.14m. Visit Stand F600, Hall 8 to see samples of the output. For further information visit: www.beaverpaper.com Drytac Europe Ltd, which caters for all mounting, laminating and finishing needs, has extended its product range in order to offer customers a complete ‘one stop shop’ solution. On display on Stand A350, Hall 8, A350 will be Drytac’s wide range of heatset and pressure sensitive mounting adhesives and laminating films, inkjet media, backing films, substrates, tools and accessories. An exciting new addition to the product range is the new JetMounter series of laminators, which are available in 26", 43" and 53" sizes, and which will be demonstrated throughout the show using Drytac products. Visitors will also be able to pick up a FREE copy of the comprehensive Drytac product guide.

For further information www.drytac.com Grafityp Selfadhesive Products N.V. the Belgian manufacturer of Grafitack and Graficast self adhesive films and Grafiprint digital printing media and laminates, will use the show to focus on the GrafiWrap vehicle wrapping system On Stand B1100, Hall 8, GrafiWrap specialists will demonstrate the ease with which Grafiprint self adhesive film S34P, laminated with Grafiprint laminate LAM040, can be used to wrap complete vehicles, converting them into eyecatching mobile advertisements, whilst at the same time, protecting the vehicle against general wear and tear. Also making its debut, will be the new, environmentally friendly range of Grafitack cutting vinyls. For further information visit: www.grafityp.com Hansa Papier GmbH & Co KG, part of the Igepagroup, is one of Holland’s leading sign and screen suppliers. The company stocks materials from Oracal, Lentia and Kapa, together with a wide choice of flex materials and

flockfoils as well as a very wide range of films and laminates for use in conjunction with both water-based and solvent-based inkjet printers. See the company on Stand C400, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.igepagroup.com Hexis, who manufacture large format digital printing media, self-adhesive sign vinyl and solar protection films, will be showing its extensive range of self adhesive vinyls, which can be used in conjunction with all digital printing technologies, together with a complementary line of laminating films, on Stand D1100, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.hexisgroup.com InteliCoat Technologies' Magic brand offers a broad range of substrates for both water-based and solvent inkjet printers. On Stand C1075, Hall 8, the Company will be showing its full Magic portfolio, which includes outdoor banner and poster media; pressure-sensitive vinyl; fabric; photographic and presentation grade papers; clear, opaque, backlit and backprint polyester films; and a package


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transfer product, for the full gamut of both outdoor and indoor sign and display applications. In addition, visitors will also be able to see the Magiclée brand of Digital Fine Art and Photo Inkjet Media, which offers a range of paper and canvas products for use in fine art and photographic reproductions. For further information visit: www.magicinkjet. MACtac Europe, who offer 50 years expertise in the area of selfadhesive products will be using Stand B200, Hall 8 to demonstrate how visitors can effectively half decal application time, with its new IMAGin Bubble Free film. In addition, MACtac will be showing its full portfolio of products and services, all of which are designed to help digital printers to become more effective and efficient. For further information visit: www.MACtac-europe.com On Stand D350, Hall 8, Madico Graphic Films Ltd will be using the show to introduce an exiting new range of digitally printable materials, especially designed for window decoration and advertising applications. These will

include Contra Vision Digital XR eco-solvent ink-jet printable polyester film, which will be enjoying its worldwide launch. Another new introduction is a permanent and removable ultraclear eco-solvent ink-jet printable polyester window film, whilst a new range of ultra-clear printable window films, featuring either permanent or removable ultraclear adhesives, will be of immediate interest to all visitors who are considering a move to UV printing technology. For further information visit: www.madico.co.uk Mehler Texnologies GmbH, formerly Mehler Haku, will be presenting its complete range of high strength materials for both screen and digital printing, which offer the perfect solution for all printing applications and are offered in different qualities and weights and widths of up to 5m. Pride of place on Stand B850, Hall 8, will be reserved for the company’s latest product, a lightweight version of Frontlit: Frontlit I easy, Frontlit II easy and Frontlit II easy FR, all of which offer a highly effective and economical alternative to the original.

For further information visit: www.mehler-texnologies.com Metamark (UK) Ltd. one of the UK’s leading materials suppliers, manufactures a comprehensive range of self adhesive products in its factory in Lancaster in the North of England and offers a next day delivery service via its distribution centre in Guildford. To date, Metamark products are also sold in more than 50 countries worldwide, through a network of specialist national and regional dealers and the company is using the show to welcome more partners. The Metamark DigitalVinyl self adhesive media range has been specifically developed to achieve optimum print performance in terms of print definition, colour gamut and print consistency on all solvent and eco solvent printers. Equally, the Metamark SignVinyl range offers a comprehensive selection of coloured films for plotter cutting and display applications. Also on show on Stand E400, Hall 8 will be the Company’s range of special effect vinyls. For further information visit: www.metamark.co.uk

Neschen AG markets a wide range of products for printing and finishing, many of which will be on display on Stand C250/C300, Hall 8. They will include superwide format materials up to 5m in width, selfadhesive applicable and protective films, special protective varnishes and coating machines, self-adhesive films for labelling and decoration, portable presentation systems for large pictures and processing machines for protective and application films For further information visit: www.neschen.com Founded over 25 years ago in 1980, R Tape Corporation, an IGI Company, manufactures products for the sign, screen and digital printing markets. They include application tapes with Conform technology, DigiMask digital protection films, Claritex polycarbonate films, Vinyl EFX Decorative and outdoor durable metallised special effect films, overlaminating films and foam tapes. On Stand A1000, Hall 8 the focus will be on new and improved R Tape products for the digital printing sector, such as

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DigiMask, the best and cheapest way to effect a smooth transfer from printed vinyl onto the chosen surface. Madico will also be featuring some unusual value-added materials, including metallised films, long-term durable outdoor materials, security films and UV blocking overlaminating products. Other materials of interest are Vinyl Efx, a metalised (and holographic) PVC vinyl, which is ready to print and cut, using solvent and UV or thermal printing methods and available in widths of up to of 1220mm, and Vinyl EFx Edge Sealer, a marker filled with acrylic clear coat which edges, seals and protects any multi-layer self adhesive graphic. For further information visit: www.rtape.be A European leader in the area of window films, Réflectiv, who will be operating from Stand C825, Hall 8, produces a selection of transparent safety, solar and decorative films, which offer a lifespan of 15 years and are available worldwide. As well as showing its products, Réflectiv will be using the show to welcome companies interested in helping it to organise a distribution network. For further information visit: www.reflectiv.com Regulus GmbH is best known for its cutting-edge range of products for large format inkjet printers. It will be using the occasion of the show to introduce the new 'PowerSol' line, which includes media for all 'eco'-solvent and solvent-based inks. Also on display on Stand D1000, Hall 9, will be the company’s range of media for water-based inkjet printers, including a new artist

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canvas, which offers all the properties necessary to help redefine the accepted standard for fine art printing. For further information visit: www.regulus.de Sultan Aluminyum, one of the largest advertising companies in Turkey, will be introducing its aluminium composite panel, which is sold under the brand name, INTERBOND, together with its best selling prism boards. Meet representative from this rapidly expanding company on Stand B825, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.sultanreklam.com.tr /www.interbond.de / www.intertape.info Ultraflex Europe Ltd offers a wide range of flexible, semi-rigid and rigid substrates, ranging from 0.76m to 5m, all suitable for use in conjunction with solvent, UV and screenprinting technologies. Visitors to Stand A500, Hall 8 will be able to see the most recent additions to the range, including the newly reformulated Normandy Pro (frontlit) and Vulite Pro (backlit) anti-static materials, which help to assure compatibility with printers that have experienced static issues with substrates in the past. Also available for inspection will be Ultraflex’s Strip Mesh, a lightweight, porous mesh with a backing that is ideally suited to frontlit images, since it prevents ink from spraying into the machine during printing. In addition to the frontlit, backlit, blockout and mesh products, Ultraflex also offer printable wallpaper, printable carpet and Artex Canvas. For further information visit: www.ultraflexeurope.com

Versamount Display Systems Ltd. will be displaying its unique "Roll Panel" printing substrate together with a number of products using this fluted polypropylene material, which can be used in a variety of display and exhibition applications and then be simply rolled up for ease of storage and transportation. There are different panels for different printing methods – direct print, screenprint and pre-print. Versamount is currently seeking European distributors for this innovative product and will be happy to welcome visitors interested in learning more about this opportunity to Stand C005, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.versamount.co.uk Vink Kunststoffen supplies a complete range of substrates to the sign and display industry, including both plastic sheet materials and self-adhesive films, foils and digital printing materials in a wide range of colours and grades. The company will be using the show to promote its new digital printing program, Vink Spectrum, a unique range of selfadhesive films and digital printing materials, which incorporates products from leading suppliers such as 3M and MACtac. The range includes translucent and transparent films, masking tapes, films for temporary or permanent application, matt or brilliant gloss films, digital media and laminates and special silkscreen printing films. In addition, Vink also offers a complete colour range. Visit Vink on Stand E1100, Hall 8. For further information visit: www. Vinkkunststoffen.nl

Texo Trade Services (TTS), who are based in Holland, supply a full range of transfer printing media. Visitors to Stand F200, Hall 8 will be able to find a TexoTrans SX sublimation transfer paper for any waterbased printing application, from letter-size desktop, up to grand format, which can be used in applications as diverse as soft signage and corporate identity fascias. Other products on show will include TexPrint SX40GFO for use with oil-based printers from Vutek and Gandinnovations, PPX Protection tissue paper in both 20 and 28 g/m2, in widths up to 320 cm and the new SolTrans transfer papers, developed specifically for eco solvent printers and printer-cutters. The assortment includes papers for white and dark fabrics and for various light-coloured substrates, such as wood, leather and cork. TTS also offers a SolTrans product for interior wall decoration, which is available in widths up to 127cm. For further information visit: www.texo-trade.com Fabtec Corporation has been supplying inkjet media for water and solvent-based printers for the last four years. Its range includes synthetic paper, photo paper, backlit film, clear film, self adhesive vinyl, fabric cloth, and tent cloth, all of which are sensibly priced. Find Fabtech on Stand E010, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.fbtcorp.com


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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT

Visitors will be able to find a wealth of ancillary equipment on show, which when used in conjunction with digital printing technology, helps to provide perfectly finished products Co Sign Graphic Systems BV will be using the show to acquaint visitors with its wide assortment of small, medium and large-scale routing machines for use with plastics, metals and wood. As one of the very few companies in the Netherlands to develop and manufacture routing systems, the company is also more than happy to share its knowledge and expertise with visitors. CoSign will be on Stand B275, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.cosign.nl Forsstrom High Frequency AB, a world leader in the manufacture of high frequency welding machines, will be exhibiting for the first time at a FESPA event. It will be showing two high frequency welding machines on Stand A300, Hall 8: the first is a fully optioned 10 kW TD Billboard hf-welding machine with 4m table and the other, a TX 650 stationary hf-welding machine. Both machines are suitable for the manufacture of products such as billboards, structures, sunshades and tents. For further information visit: www.forsstrom.com GE Polymershapes HiFi Snijunie specialises in slitting and distributing all types of films and filmic products. The company’s activities range from converting and processing for third parties, to delivering specialised products for advanced applications. At the show, it will be demonstrating its laminating machines and slitting machines, together with a selection of laminating and mounting films and direct printable films for inkjet and flatbed printing

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systems, including the Lexan range of polycarbonate films. Visit Stand F1200, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.snijunie.nl Keencut Ltd, who manufacture cutting machines, will be featuring its full range of products for the digital imaging market, including the Javelin, Practik, Sabre and Max cutter bars, the Technic and Classic rotary cutters and the Excalibur sheet material cutters. It is also planning to demonstrate, via a series of live demonstrations, how its products can be used to cut even the most demanding substrates. On show for the first time in Europe will be the Keencut range of Safety Straight Edges and Self Healing Cutting Mats, together with the Power Technic, an electrically operated version of its Technic rotary cutter. This tool is perfect for cutting paper, laminates and banner material and is available in five sizes from 1m to 3m. Find Keencut on Stand F800, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.keencut.co.uk Laser Tools and Technics Corp. specialises in laser cutting, laser engraving and laser marking machines. On Stand D015, Hall 8, it will be showing its LTT Laser Cutting and Engraving Machine, which can be used for signmaking, gift engraving and industrial applications and offers both half cutting and full cutting capabilities, as well as a facility for engraving. Also on show will be the company’s new laser marking machine, which can be used for labelling and marking on mass production lines.

For further information visit: www.lttcorp.com Miller Weldmaster, a world leader in thermoplastic welding equipment, manufactures a complete line of heat-sealing products for the sign screen and digital sectors. Visitors to Stand F850, Hall 8 will be able to see the 112 Cross Seamer, which is especially designed for use in conjunction with grand format printers and can produce high integrity overlap seams, butt seams, hems, rope-in hems, pole pockets and truck side advertising finishing. Also on display will be the CMIT 1000, a sign finishing machine, for use with large format solvent printers to produce signs and banners larger than the printing capabilities of the printer. The CMIT 1000 will also finish the edges of banners, thus providing them with the hems and pole pockets for hanging the finished sign, so that the entire graphic can be completed in-house. Additionally, Miller Weldmaster will be showing the T100 which can finish all screen and digitally printed hemming jobs. For further information visit: www.weldmaster.com ROBARTinternational bv will be demonstrating its newest RG3300 roll-slitter, which can also be used to slit heavy banner rolls up to 3.30m in width. The RG3300 rapidly and cleanly slits banners, paper, vinyl, reflective materials and more, in any width required by the customer. Visit Stand F650, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.robartinternational.nl Sinclair Equipment Company

will be showing its flagship product, the Triad Wedge Welder, a portable welder that is marketed globally. Also on show on Stand E600, Hall 8 will be the new Spec Wedge Welder line, which includes such features as overlap, hem cord/flat hem, and is available in either left or right hand feed. All of Sinclair’s wedge welders can weld PVC, PE, PP, urethane, and many other weldable flexible membranes and are ideal for welding tents, tarps, awnings, banners, liners, covers, tubes and more. Further, the company also offers a thermal bonding tape, which enables most acrylics, cottons, and other non-weldable materials to be welded satisfactorily. For further information visit: www.sineqco.com Universal Laser Systems is a leading manufacturer of affordable CO2 laser engraving, cutting and marking systems, which are computer-controlled, and can be used for a number of different applications. These include awards and engraving, signs, embroidery, rubber stamp production, industrial marking, plastic part fabrication and prototyping. ULS offers a wide range of platforms, with engraving areas ranging from 406 x 305mm to 1220 x 609mm and laser power up to 210 watts. It will also be showing its VersaLASER, a computer peripheral that transforms images or drawings into real items, using different materials such as wood, plastic, fabric, paper, glass, leather, stone, ceramics and rubber. Find ULS on Stand A1100, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.uls.at


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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – SOFTWARE/UV TECHNOLGY

Of course, having the right software to drive your digital printer is vital – see what these two companies have to offer Artwork Systems N.V. develops and distributes professional prepress software solutions for the graphic art industry to fulfil the requirements of the label, packaging and digital printing sectors. During the show, the company will focus on Odystar, a highly automated digital workflow which can easily be integrated with RIPs and workflows from other manufacturers, to transform existing output equipment into PDF 1.5

compliant devices. Odystar, which runs on a Macintosh OSX platform, is a native PDF 1.5 workflow and provides an extensive range of automatic prepress processes including preflighting, correcting, advanced trapping, step and repeat, proofing, screening and printing. For a demonstration as to its efficacy, visit Stand C1300, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.artwork-systems.com

Caldera Graphics will be showing the latest evolution of its successful production RIPs dedicated to large format printing, the VisualRIP+ and GrandRIP+. The company will also be introducing two unique features. The first is a new CostView system that is dedicated to price and margin management for large format printing activities. The second is a first for RIP solutions; the new ‘Nest-O-Ba’ module is an embedded feature that

automatically nests and adds cutting marks around every job in the printing spooler, in preparation for finishing tasks with Fotoba cutters. Visit Caldera on Stand C1350, Hall 8. For further information: www.caldera.fr

UV technology is of increasing interest to digital printers, particularly those interested in protecting the environment

Hönle AG, specialists in the area of UV technology. will be displaying its newly designed, electronic power supply EPS which offers 7, 12 and 20 kW for discharge lamps, an innovation that will further improve the high efficiency of the existing UVAPRINT HP, UVAPRINT ACM and UVAPRINT VL technology for the digital inkjet and screenprinting sectors. Also on show will be Honle’s high performance UV lamps, which include custom-made UV lamps for use with both Hönle equipment and that of other manufacturers. See Honle on Stand E525, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.hoenle.de 62 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

Integration Technology’s stand will be featuring a comprehensive range of UV curing solutions, which will underline the company’s position as a leading OEM supplier of UV curing technology for the digital printing sector. On show for the first time will be the latest generation of ultra high-speed exposure shutters, to complement Integration Technology’s range of lightweight SubZero UV lamp units for small to medium size inkjet platforms. Also on display will be examples of UV LED emitters, which offer the highest intensity of UV output available to date, but are packaged in a compact liquid cooled array, small enough to be fitted between printheads in high resolution inkjet print engines. These new technologies will be supported by a good cross section of VZero and other existing products. Representatives from Integration Technology’s global business development teams will

also be on hand on Stand A1025, Hall 8, to provide visitors with any further information they might need. For further information visit: www.uvintegration.com Nordson UV Limited, a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation, has brought together some of the UV industry's most trusted names, such as Spectral Technology, Wallace Knight, Colordry and ACT, to create a true technology leader in UV curing and drying systems. Using its broad experience of UV applications, Nordson UV has developed new UV curing systems specifically for the UV digital inkjet sector, which use both classic UV arc and microwave UV technology. The systems range from compact lightweight air-cooled shuttered systems, to compact cool running, ultra high powered water cooled systems operating at up to 270 watt/cm. See what Nordson has to offer on Stand F750, Hall 8.

For further information visit: www.nordsonuv.com TECHNIGRAF GmbH a manufacturer of UV curing units for use in a multitude of applications, will be showing a range of air-cooled modules and bridges, including the AKTIPRINT M Compact module, which offers models from 10cm up to 110cm in length and a spectrum ranging from 200400nm and the AKTIPRINT M Ink Jet Module, with models from 2, 5, to 30cm in length with a power range up to 300 w/cm. Also on show will be the AKTIPRINT M bridges, which can be installed over conveyor belts ranging from 60 – 200 cm in length. See Technigraf on Stand A200, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.technigraf.de


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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – TEXTILES

There are lots of new developments in the area of digital textile printing and the show will provide a wonderful launch pad for some of the newest machines and materials

A member of the TOYOTA group, Aisin Europe produces sewing and embroidery machines, but enigmatically promises that anyone who visits it on Stand F200, Hall 9, will be able to take advantage of its know-how to carve out exciting new business opportunities for themselves! For further information visit: www. embroidery-expert.com Color Wings b.v is the developer of the Texjet, a large format inkjet textile printer that prints directly onto polyester fabric and which requires no pre- or posttreatment. Printing with the Texjet is a cost-effective and ecologically sound way to produce sharp images onto various types of polyester textile and can open up all sorts of interesting new business opportunities for the enterprising entrepreneur. The Texjet, which uses water-based sublimation inks, works in the same way as a standard inkjet printer in that what you see on screen, is what you get on the fabric! Check it out in detail on Stand E400, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.colorwings.nl

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The creativity of Italian printing and design, together with ongoing research in digital textile printing combined to assist in the formation of d.gen Europe S.r.l a company which specialises in the production of machines specifically designed for digitally printing on to textiles. Meet the d.gen team on Stand D500, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.dgen.com DuPont Artistri will be using the exhibition for the world-wide launch of its new grand format DuPont Artistri 3320 Digital Textile Printing System which accepts textiles up to 3.4 metres wide and provides a maximum printable width of 3.3 metres. It includes an on-demand digital printer, brilliant textile inks and colour management software for both graphic and textile applications. Make sure you visit DuPont on Stand E500, Hall 9 to see the live demonstration of this new system. For further information visit: www.artistri.dupont.com

DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG, a leading supplier of textile solutions will be presenting Jettex D, the world’s first full eight-colour gamut of disperse dye inks for direct printing on to polyester. This new range distinguishes itself by offering outstanding light and weather fastness properties combined with a high level of colour brilliancy. Jettex D inks are ideal for printing on flags and banners, soft signage and POS material. Also on display at the show will be Jettex R reactive dye inks, which are designed for printing on to cotton and viscose and Jettex A acid dye inks, which are suitable for printing on to polyamide and silk. See them all on Stand C500, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.DyStar.com Hollanders Printing Systems supplies digital printers and accessories. And will be using the occasion of the show to exhibit two of its products - the ColorBooster and the Fixation Unit, as well as its latest software. The ColorBooster is a unique eight-colour digital textile production printer, especially designed for the production of indoor and outdoor applications,

such as flags, banners and high quality promotional prints, whilst the Fixation unit uses infrared rays to fixate the coloured image into the printed textile fibres. See both these products in action on Stand E1400, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.hollanders-ps.nl Kirshenbaum Warp Knitting & Dyeing supply fabrics for a variety of different uses including flags, banners, fashion, sportswear, technical fabrics and decoration. Visitors to Stand B 010, Hall 8 will be able to see examples of the company’s warp knitted fabric which ensure full dye penetration, wrinkle resistance, stability of dyestuff and fabric longevity. All fabrics can be finished with coating to facilitate direct digital printing and fire resistance.


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Konica Minolta IJ Technologies – Verga It srl is a world-leading provider of industrial inkjet solutions, including the powerful midrange textile printer, Nassenger V, which is already established in the Italian marketplace. New capabilities include Multi Drop-Control Technology and Acid Dye Ink for application to the highest quality fabrics. The company will also be introducing Nassenger V-SD (Sign and Display) to fulfil the increasing demand for a printer, which produces flags and banners. See both of these machines in action on Stand E200, Hall 9, where KonicaMinolta will also be showing other elements of its inkjet technology, including inkjet heads, inks and conceptual ideas for the inkjet world of tomorrow. For further information visit: www.nassenger.it POLYPRINT SA, a leading Greek company in the digital textile printing sector, will be presenting its new direct to garment digital printers and is inviting visitors to bring their designs and have them printed directly on to T-Shirts during the show. Visitors to Stand E550, Hall 8 will also be able to

see Polyprint’s range of small and large format printers, RIP software and textile inks and learn about the training and technical support opportunities that are available via the company’s worldwide dealer network. For further information visit: www.polyprint.gr Printos/Videojet UK, will be demonstrating several products on Stand B700, Hall 9. These will include carpet tile and floor mat printing on the Printos T8 Sample Maker, which is equipped with eight colours and high flow P16 print heads. Also its new Printware RIP. This innovative new software package features a bi-directional, interlacing feature and multi-pass printing which enables the heads to lay down an even coat of ink/fluid whilst scanning the substrate. The new ‘extended hold time’ feature allows the valve to stay open for an extended period, allowing for larger volumes of ink to be applied onto items such as carpets, mats, towels and rugs. It also offers resolution values up to 100 DPI and facilitates half tone printing with up to 0 levels of ‘grey scale’. For further information visit: www.printos.info

SETeMa B.V. will be exhibiting its versatile modular line for fixation, washing, padding and steam-drying for the flag and banner market. The Porta-Clean is designed specifically for removing coatings and non-fixated dyestuffs in a high performance rinsing process, whilst finishing chemicals can be easily be applied with the Porta-Pad. The line-up, which also includes a high capacity Steam-Dryer, offers a production capacity of between 68 (length)m/h and 135 (length)m/h on widths of up to 2.5m.This compact in-line system can also be used for colour fixation only, simply by omitting the washing and padding unit. The Portafix Steam-Dryer is suitable for hot air and high temperature steam fixation of water based disperse dyes on polyester. The systems are especially developed to meet the requirements of the flag and banner market, use a minimum of water and are highly energy efficient. See SSETeMa B.V on Stand E100, Hall 9. www.setema.com

Shima Seiki Mfg Ltd will be showing its SIP100-F and SIP160F on-demand inkjet printers on Stand No C350, Hall 9 of which facilitate colour printing onto a wide range of fabrics. Unlike conventional dyeing and printing systems, which are unsuitable for small volume production and bulky transfer prints, which alter the texture of the original fabrics, SIP uses advanced piezo inkjet technology to create exciting designs whilst maintaining the original softness and texture of the fabric. For further information visit: www.shimaseiki.com.jp

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – MISCELLANEOUS

This section includes companies who are showing products and materials that don’t quite fit into any of the other categories, but none-the-less, are offering some very interesting and unusual new products, many of which will be seen for the first time at a European show

Cgate Enterprise Ltd supplies flexible laminated media for solvent and dye/pigment printers as well as the best-selling, high quality One Way Vision and coated media for more demanding applications. Now, in response to the fast growing demand for rigid materials, Cgate also offers Composite Aluminum panels in a range of colours and finishes, together with polystyrene foam board and cast acrylic sheets. Display products include ultraslim light boxes, roll-ups and snap frames and in order to cater for the more specialised needs of the sign sector, Cgate offers bespoke LED panels, for both indoor and outdoor display. Visit Stand C650 Hall 9. For further information visit: www.cgate-enterprise.com Monti Antonio S.p.A. a world leader in the production of various types of machines, will demonstrate two printing machines representative of its digital and non-digital range. Visitors to Stand B1400, Hall 8, will be able to see both the company’s calendaring machine and, for the first time at an international show, its large format vacuum printing press. Vacuum printing is an innovative new technology, which facilitates greater ink penetration during

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the transfer process. It is particularly suited to applications such as flag printing (for 100% double-sided image), lycra/elastic textile printing and the printing of carpet /carpet tiles. For further information visit: www.montiantonio.com Impression Technology has been actively involved in the textile printing industry for over 15 years, specialising in machine development and manufacturing and the implementation of complete textile printing automation. Now, it has developed what it claims to be the world’s first water based ink machine that is able to print directly on to rigid substrates such as glass, wood, and steel, without coatings! Check out this new development on Stand Hall 8, E1250. For further information visit: www.dtgdigital.com Known as a plotter manufacturer, Algotex Srl first specialised in producing printing equipment for the garment industry, but has since expanded its know-how to the graphics sector. It will be using the show to introduce its new range of printing machines and accessories, which include the solvent and oil-based RAINBOW 325, POWER COLOR 4 and POWER COLOR 8. See

Algotex on Stand C450, Hall 8. For further information e-mail: sales@algotex.com Esko’s brand new dedicated workflow solution for the sign and display sector speeds up production, improves finishing quality and optimises the use of the printing substrates. At the show it will be presenting the large Kongsberg i-XL44 finishing table, which has a working space of 2210 by 3050 mm and, with its robust construction and virtually unlimited vacuum grip, is the ideal platform for handling the most demanding materials, whilst the MGI i-cut Vision system, integrated in all i-XL and i-XE tables, guarantees a cut contour that perfectly matches the printed graphics. The range of finishing tables is extended with the small Kongsberg XE10 (800 x 1100 mm), an automated digital finishing system for decals, labels and signs, which features an entirely new tooling system, designed for use on materials as diverse as vinyl, polycarbonate, and single flute corrugated. material. Esko is on Stand Hall 8, C500. For further information visit: www.esko.com GBC Films Group Europe will be exhibiting its wide format range, targeted at the sign,

photographic, copyshop and screenprint market. The company will be demonstrating the GBC Falcon 3064WF and the GBC 2080WF cold top-heated laminating system, which, at up to 2m wide, is perfect for double sided posters, signs and the print for pay market. On the consumables side, GBC will be showing new applications which illustrate the advantages of the newly revised cold laminating films for solvent printers. GBC will be on Stand E250, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.gbcfilm.com Tapematic SpA is double debuting at the show, combining its first appearance at a FESPA event with the unveiling of a new printer, which it claims, is the world’s first industrial automated digital direct printer for the optical media, 2Print. Now, for the first time, small quantities can be printed in colour, with high throughput and above all, at a competitive cost per disc. Furthermore, the company is planning to extend the machine’s capabilities so that it can be used for numerous other applications requiring a similar technique. Be amongst the first to see this new technology in action on Stand B 150, Hall 9. For further information visit: www.tapematic.it


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Wasatch Computer Technology, LLC will be running interactive demonstrations of its awardwinning RIP solutions for digital inkjet output on Stand B1450, Hall 8, For screenprinters the company offers SoftRIP SP for Separations Printing, a leading RIP for the production of moiréfree film output with inkjet devices. With tools for moiré-free rosettes, and innovative hybrid screening technologies to eliminate fourth screen or yellow moiré, SoftRIP SP is an integral part of any separation printing workflow. For users printing colour output, Wasatch will be showing its solutions for achieving large and small-format digital printing, as well as specialty solutions for variable data printing and contour cutting. Additionally, the company will be previewing the ‘Santiago’ flatbed/roll-to-roll printer, which offers a printing width of 160cm, uses solvent/mild solvent/ eco solvent/water based inks and prints on to media of up to 3cm in thickness. Also on show are ‘Bestinks’ inks for all types of printer, the new "Best fill" CFS systems that offer cost savings of over 60% and the new CFS for the Seiko Colorpainter 64S. For further information visit: www.wasatch.com The goal of Du Pont de

Nemours (Deutschland) GmbH is to advance the capabilities of colour management in order to help customers achieve the best possible result from their equipment. On Stand B800, Hall 8, it will be presenting the DuPont Cromaprint 22UV, a complete inkjet digital printing system comprising a 2.2m wide UV cure combination flatbed/roll-to-roll production print engine, next generation UV curable ink technology, complemented with a new DuPont Cromanet CS (colour server) providing RIP, spectral colour management, and production workflow tools. This combination delivers quality contract and imposition proofs at up to three times the speed of other inkjet printers. For further information visit: www.color-communication. Dupont.com Hewlett Packard Indigo BV will be showing the HP Indigo press s2000, a speciality 6-colour press designed to print on to a wide range of substrates up to 600 microns thick. Using an EskoGraphics prepress system, the s2000 uses standard artwork file formats to produce static and variable printing, enabling the production of personalised items including plastic cards, mouse mats, fridge magnets, and all manner of industrial printing

applications, such as membrane switches. In addition to personalisation, the s2000 can be used for numbering, bar code printing, and is also able to incorporate security features such as micro-text and invisible (UV) ink. Other highlights on Stand D200, Hall 9, will include the HP Indigo 3-D Application for lenticular printing and the digital cutting system from i-Cut, providing an end-to-end solution for cost-effective specialty printing and finishing. For further information visit: www.hp.com Euro Drop S.a.s.manufactures high quality polyurethane resins for the production of selfadhesive or thermo adhesive domed labels, together with a range of cost-effective doming machines which produce a crystal clear UV protective 3D effect on kiss-cut graphics of any shape and size. Visit Euro Drop on Stand, A1250, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.eurodrop.it STAEDTLER MARS GmbH & Co.KG a business unit of STAEDTLER, is one of the largest German manufacturers of inkjet inks and system solutions for wide format printers and also one of the world’s most prolific producers of water based inks. Among the highlights on Stand

B150, Hall 8, visitors will be able to find compatible and patent free solutions for HP Design Jet Printers 5X00 and 105X and the second generation of PILS, an intelligent bulk feed system for wide format piezo printers. The company will also be showing its Lumocolor Jet inks, a new water-based piezo ink for printing on to almost all surfaces. For further information visit: www.staedtler-inkjet.com Xaar will be welcoming visitors onto Stand E950, Hall 8 to review its latest innovations in inkjet technology, including printheads, inks and peripheral equipment, developed for a broad range of applications. Key Xaar personnel will be available to discuss how inkjet offers real technical and economic advantages to the challenges the market faces today and the company’s experts will show examples where digital inkjet is already being used to meet current trends towards shorter runs, print-on-demand and high-quality printing for wide format graphics and POP applications, as well as its potential for diverse substrates such as textiles, ceramics and electronics. For further information visit: www.xaar.co.uk

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – PUBLICATIONS

Exhibitions offer a wonderful opportunity for you to arrange for a regular subscription to all of the different publications that serve the sector. These are just some of the titles you’ll be able to find at the show.

International Sign Magazine (ISM) is the only multi-lingual publication for the visual communication, sign technology and digital printing industry, offering editorial in English, French and German. Each issue features in-depth articles, business news, product innovations, technical reports and market analysis. Visit Stand W17, Walkway. For further information visit: www.intersignmag.com M&C Magazine (Roularta Professional Information) is the professional journal of the print, sign and communication sector in Belgium. Published four times a year, M&C reports on digital large format printing and plotting, whilst every issue

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features applications which have taken place in both Belgium and internationally. The magazine also covers all the latest industry news and product developments. Visit Stand F250, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.roularta.be Matbaa & Teknik Magazine is a Turkish magazine which specialises in the printing and publishing industry. Published monthly, it is circulated to an audience of 7000 readers. Visit Stand W3, Walkway. For further information visit: www.matbaateknik.com.tr

Sign+Silkscreen Magazine is the Dutch trade journal for visual communication, and is circulated to signmakers and screen and digital printers in the Netherlands and Belgium and aims to help them assess the opportunities and threats posed by new technologies. Visit Stand A100, Hall 8 and create your own front page! For further information visit: www.sign.nl Publimore Media publishes two leading sign magazines, SignPro Benelux and SignPro Europe, the former of which, is, it is claimed, the most widely read and highly rated magazine in Benelux, whilst SignPro Europe covers the European sign and screenprinting sector. Visit Stand

W1, Walkway. For further information visit: www.signpro.nl www.signproeurope.com Published eight times a year, SIP (Verlagshaus Gruber GmbH) is a German magazine that specialises in the screen and digital printing, signmaking and advertising sectors. It provides up-to-date reports on new products and innovations. covers trade exhibitions and generally provides much interesting information for printers and signmakers. Visit Stand W2, Walkway. For further information visit: www.sip-online.de


X-media magazine is Austria’s leading trade magazine for cross media publishing, digital printing, screenprinting and signmaking. Visit Stand W4, Walkway. For further information visit: www.x-media.at Shockline SAS is a Dutch magazine, which is published eight times a year. To arrange a subscription contact Vanessa Olde Agterhuis via +31 (0)58 2954870 or vanessa@eisma.nl Alternatively, visit Stand D1450, Hall 8 For further information visit: www.shockline.it

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FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – DISPLAYS

Displays

Mark Bric Display AB will be showing a number of its innovative display products including its PopUp system, the SwingUp literature rack and the MultiMaster banner stand. However, the highlight of Stand F500, Hall 8 will be the company’s newest product, the BannerUp program of retractable banner systems, the Big Plus and the double-sided, Double Plus. The Big Plus offers a 4.5m2 graphic area, which guarantees maximum attention. Sold in widths of 120cm and 150cm, it has an impressive height of three metres and offers exciting new possibilities for the display of photos and text messages in a roller blind banner cassette. For further information visit: www.markbric.com Tech View A/S will be exhibiting its modular FLEX-display banner display system, which has been created especially for digitally printed banners in a variety of materials. Designed and manufactured in Denmark, this

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anodised aluminium display system is constantly being enhanced to offer customers new options and is suitable for use as an exhibition display or for instore POP purposes. It can be adapted to hold banners in all sizes. For maximum versatility, customers can choose from three different options: base mounted, wall or ceiling hung. The displays are quick and easy to erect, are lightweight and come complete with a neat bag for easy transportation. See them on Stand E975, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.tech-view.com Vista Görsel Çözümler Ltd. S¸ti. which is based in Turkey, supplies aluminium display systems and exports to a number of countries. Visit Stand D600, Hall 8 to view the company’s full product range. For further information visit: www.vistaglobal.net Expolinc AB develops and markets portable displays and

exhibition systems for distribution via a worldwide network of dealers. Its product range includes banner systems, pop-up displays and other display solutions, complete with accessories. Two new products will be launched at the show. The Banner Pole comes in one piece and is extremely lightweight and easy to set up, whilst a new version of a pop-up display features the same user friendly and high quality design as its predecessor, combined with a new, fully magnetic method of fixing the frame and attaching magnetic bars. See Expolinc on Stand D300, Hall 8. For further information visit: www.expolinc.com


FESPA DIGITAL 2006 – STOP PRESS

Stay in style! If you haven’t yet booked your accommodation for FESPA Digital Printing Europe, why not consider the Hotel Okura Amsterdam where you’ll find five star elegance and stylish luxury. The hotel is situated at the Amstel canal and is a mere ten minutes walk away from the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre. Schiphol Airport is 15 minutes away.

With 335 comfortable rooms, Hotel Okura Amsterdam offers unrivalled high-class accommodation facilities. Most of the rooms have a panoramic view over the city and are equipped with fast wireless broadband Internet access (Wi-Fi). For leisure there is a state-of-the-art Health Club, a shopping arcade, four superb restaurants and two charming bars to suit every taste and occasion.

The hotel’s entire first floor consists of 2.800m2 (30,000 sq.ft.) of multifunctional areas. With no fewer than 15 luxurious banquet rooms and four foyers, Hotel Okura is able to provide space for meetings of up to 2.500 people. On the 23rd floor, there are two sophisticated Starlight Rooms, which offer a stunning view of Amsterdam. Enjoy the exquisite quality of Hotel Okura Amsterdam and sample the exclusive

Japanese and Western buffets which represent the unique identity of the hotel. Thanks to a large service lift there are even facilities for major product launches and the presentation of large objects, such as a car. The hotel has its own canal pier and own parking facilities for 140 cars. For further information please visit: www.okura.nl

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STOP PRESS

Stop Press A final round-up of some of the delights which await you at FESPA Digital Printing Europe in Amsterdam

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Expand International AB will be showing several of its marketing displays on Stand Hall 9, F500 and sales representatives will be on hand to demonstrate the products, discuss the Expand concept and answer visitors’ questions. The company will be showing a wide range of roll-ups, including the Expand QuicScreen 3, which is available in seven different colours and a number of sizes. Another roll-up that will be on display is the Expand MediaScreen XL, an extra wide and extra tall (up to three metres high) roll-up, with a magnetic connector, which facilitates quick and easy assembly of several displays, to create an even larger image. In addition, Expand’s latest roll-up, Expand

MediaScreen 1, will also be on show. There will also be an opportunity to see a completely new roll-up, which offers a unique and exciting solution for many different applications. Finally, Expand will be introducing Expand IronPaper, a completely new and patented paper which when used in conjunction with a magnetic board can be posted anywhere, for example on walls, pillars and in corners. Expand IronPaper is applied without adhesives and can therefore be used over and over again. For further information visit: www.expand.se

Bordeaux Digital Print Ink, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium digital inks, with more than 10 years of experience in the large and grand format digital graphics sector. In addition to a full range of known products which includes solvent, light-solvent, UV and waterbased inks, Bordeaux will be using the occasion of the show to introduce a host of new products. These will include: alternative

eco solvent inks sold in both bulk and cartridges; full solvent inks for use with the Seiko Colorpainter S64 and similar printers, specially developed dye sublimation oil based ink and chipped cartridges of dye and UV and water based ink for use with the HP DesignJet series. See Bordeaux on Stand Hall 8, C800. For further information visit: www.c-m-y-k.com


STOP PRESS

GMS Print & Sign, who is based in the Netherlands, is a distributor of the Flora LJ1800/UVS-Pro printer, a superwide format machine that offers a printing width of 180 cm, together with an automatic media take-up system. The printer accepts media up to 2,5 cm in thickness and offers a maximum printing speed of 60m2/hour. It is a roll-to-roll machine, which uses Spectra

printheads and offers 600 x 600-dpi resolution when producing out put at a speed of 12m2/hour. It uses UV curable ink and comes complete with its own built-in RIP software. Visit Stand A010, Hall 9, for a full demonstration of the machine in action. For further information visit: www.gmsprintensign.nl

A screen ink manufacturer of more than 30 years standing, Sirpi srl first developed solvent inks for use in conjunction with digital inkjet printers such as those produced by Mimaki and Roland just over two years ago. Aware of the increasing popularity of UV inks, Sirpi have already

introduced some UV products to its range which are designed to be used with wide format flatbed inkjet printers. Visit the company on Stand C400, Hall 9 to see the full scope of its ink portfolio. For further information visit www.sirpi.it

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STOP PRESS

Océ has reveled a little more about its innovative new method for producing 3D Signs, which visitors to the show will be able to see for themselves on Stands E1075/ E1150/ F1000, Hall 8 The Océ 3D Sign Solution is a unique new way of creating three dimensional (3D) signage that significantly streamlines the process when compared to more traditional methods. The Océ Arizona T220 can print directly onto a number of substrates used in the vacuum forming process and once imaged, the panel is vacuum formed and ready for immediate installation. The Océ 3D Sign Solution uses the following components: the Océ Arizona T220 solvent based, flatbed inkjet printer; Océ T220 Industrial Application Ink, which is specially formulated to retain colour density in the vacuum forming process and a workflow software, in this instance, the Onyx Graphics Workflow Software, Océ Edition. In addition, Océ also offers installation, training, application support and custom software to create the 3D wireframe for the vacuum mold, which is provided by SignTronic. A number of substrates can be used including: foamed PVC (polyvinyl chloride) sheets, acrylic, PETC (polyethylene terephthalate glycol copolymer) and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), all of which are available from various manufacturers. Finally, customers can choose from a range of vacuum forming equipment, which again, is available from a range of suppliers. There are two traditional methods of creating vacuumformed graphics. The first involves forming the sign blank then applying the colour. The

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second uses screenprinted sheets. Whilst both create the desired 3D signage, each has drawbacks that can negatively affect both throughput and costs. The traditional method of creating vacuum-formed graphics starts with a sign blank that is first put through the vacuum forming system. Colour is applied after the sign blank is formed, in one of two ways, either with cut vinyl or handpainting. The most widely used method for applying colour is using cut vinyl, which is applied – one colour at a time – to the formed substrate. This labourintensive process requires skilled application specialists who know how to apply vinyl around corners and how to align colours precisely. Since the colour application is all done by hand, it can take several hours to complete. This process is also limited to blocks of color; no images can be produced using the cut vinyl process. A company using this method must also maintain a good supply of vinyl in various colours, which often results in excess inventory that cannot be immediately used. Hand painting is used when vinyl is not practical, for example, to create an image that requires intricate detail, or when a required colour is not available in vinyl. This is also a labourintensive process and it is not cost-effective for large quantity runs. Some companies adopt a screenprinting method, where a flat panel is imaged using solvent

inks in a screen press and then vacuum formed. This method results in lower labour costs due to the elimination of the hand colouring process, and there are also no vinyl material costs. However, set-up costs associated with the creation of screens can be prohibitively expensive for one-off or low-volume jobs. Additionally, while the quality of images produced by this method is acceptable, digital printing quality often surpasses screenprinting quality, particularly when reproducing complex images. The Océ Arizona T220 Streamlines Process on the other hand, delivers superior quality graphics, whilst the Océ Arizona T220 / Sign-Tronic application also increases throughput and reduces costs. By first printing directly on to the flat, unformed sign blank, using specially formulated inks and then vacuum forming after the printing is complete, a threedimensional sign can be finished in less than one hour. There are no vinyl materials or screen setup costs. The colours in the finished product retain their density and consistency even after the stresses placed on the substrate during vacuum forming, which includes an astonishing 24-inch draw. Consistent print quality, of 600 apparent dpi, using Océ ColorBlend six-colour technology is maintained throughout the image. For further information visit www.oce.com and www.displaygraphics.oce.nl


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INFORMATION

FESPA ‘contact list’ The following list of Telephone, Fax and E-mail numbers will help you when you need to contact a colleague in FESPA.

FESPA board

Telephone

Fax

E-mail

Hellmuth Frey – President

49 408 50 40 21

49 408 537 18 12

hfrey@frey-siebdruck.de

Anders Nilsson – Vice President

46 493 130 40

46 493 121 20

anders@gamlebyscreen.se

Ricardo Rodriguez Delgado – Past President 34 914 85 28 70

34 916 71 02 73

rrd@panorama-sa.com

Michel Caza

33 1 34 67 16 79

33 1 34 67 28 89

michelcaza@aol.com

Lascelle Barrow

44 207 537 42 00

44 207 531 12 77

las.barrow@amartin.co.uk

Gyorgy Kovacs

36 28 51 66 15

36 28 51 66 16

imago@vnet.hu

Enrico Steijn

31 79 343 5353

31 79 343 5354

enrico@imaba.nl

Christian Duyckaerts

32 34 57 90 20

32 34 57 03 81

Christian@pnd.be

Daniele De Rosa ESMA Chairman

39 03 19 711

39 03 19 33 392

DDerosa@saatiprint.com

Ralph Roschlau Treasurer

49 71 41 69 11 26

49 71 41 69 11 03

ros@marabu.de

Pedro Rodriguez Deputy Chairman

34 944 02 27 47

34 944 71 11 82

rodriguezpj@sunchem.com

Sam Seaborne HSEP Ctee. Chairman

44 12 35 77 11 11

44 12 35 77 11 96

sseaborne@autotype.com

Jon Bultemeyer IA Ctee. Chairman

49 71 41 691 249

49 71 41 691 242

bu@marabu.de

Bryan Collings General Secretary

44 12 27 28 25 73

44 12 27 28 25 74

bryan@brycol.demon.co.uk

ESMA board

Manuel Zuckerman EPP Ctee. Chairman

0033 24 34 06 600

0033 2 43 40 00 95

mzk@fimor.fr

Cyril Bousquet TDS Cttee Chairman

33 474 373 333

33 474 373 321

cyril.bousquet@tiflex.fr

FESPA secretariat Kurt Sperisen – International Ambassador 41 44 910 5150

41 44 910 3866

kurt.sperisen@bluewin.ch

Nigel Steffens – General Secretary

44 1737 22 53 21

44 1737 24 07 70

info@fespa.com

Frazer Chesterman – Exhibition Director 44 1737 22 97 26

44 1737 24 07 70

frazer.chesterman@fespa.com

Val Hirst – FESPA Magazine Editor

44 1159 81 81 99

val@valhirst.demon.co.uk

44 1737 24 07 70

chris.smith@fespa.com

44 1623 88 23 98

Chris Smith – New Projects & Member Services Manager 44 1737 22 97 20 Mandy Goldfinch – PA to Nigel Steffens

44 1737 22 97 23

44 1737 24 07 70

mandy.goldfinch@fespa.com

Michael Ryan – Sales Manager

44 1737 22 97 27

44 1737 24 07 70

michael.ryan@fespa.com

James Ford – Sales Manager

44 1737 24 07 88

44 1737 24 07 70

james.ford@fespa.com

Karen Pooley – Group Marketing Manager 44 1737 22 97 25

44 1737 24 07 70

karen.pooley@fespa.com

Samantha Yardley – Operations Manager

44 1737 24 07 70

samantha.yardley@fespa.com

44 1737 22 83 52

Lorraine Harrow – Sales and Marketing Assistant 44 1737 22 83 50

44 1737 24 07 70

lorraine.harrow@fespa.com

Ruth Fahie – Sales and Marketing Assistant 44 1737 22 83 53

44 1737 24 07 70

ruth.fahie@fespa.com

Sarah Willcox – Accounts Manager

44 1737 24 07 70

sarah.willcox@fespa.com

44 1737 22 97 24

Secretaries of FESPA national associations

Telephone

Fax

E-mail / Website

Christian Handler

Austria

43 15 12 66 09

43 15 13 28 26 19

verb.druck.u.medientechnik@aon.at

Kristine Zakalovska

Baltic States

371 750 11 41

371 750 11 42

kristine@sesoma.lv

Isabelle Lefebvre

Belgium

32 25 12 36 38

32 25 13 56 76

isabelle.lefebvre@febelgra.be / www.febelgra.be

Eugeny Ivanov

Bulgaria

35 96 082 39 48

35 96 082 39 48

ett@popovo.net

Mirjana Bjelan

Croatia

38 51 45 52 327

38 51 45 52 327

mirjana.bjelan@zg.htnet.hr

Vladimir Havel

Czech Republic

420 487 71 27 12

420 487 72 63 55

vladimir.havel@sca.com

www.druckundmedientechnik.or.at

www.sitotisk-serigrafie.cz Finn Obbekaer

Denmark

45 63 12 70 00

45 63 12 70 80

fo@ga.dk / www.ga.dk

Regina Aas

Finland

35 89 71 72 99

35 89 73 84 52

regina.aas@suomeseripainoliitto.fi /

Julie Chide

France

www.seripainoliitto.fi Torben Thorn

Germany

49 611 80 31 15

49 611 80 31 17

tt@bvdm-online.de / www.bvdm-online.de

Kimon Papas

Greece

30 210 52 39 41 6

30 210 52 48 23 7

papath@ath.forthnet.gr

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INFORMATION

Janos Buranyi

Hungary

36 28 51 66 15

36 28 51 66 16

mszsz@vnet.hu

Massimo Poli

Italy

39 02 71 04 05 98

39 02 71 09 24 46

segretario@siotec.it / www.siotec.it

Marius Gort

Netherlands

31 20 5 43 55 56

31 20 5 43 55 35

zso@kvgo.nl / www.zso.nl

Jon Halvorsen

Norway

47 33 07 15 30

47 33 07 15 31

halvorsen@hortensadvokatene.no /

Robert Kochaniak

Poland

48 12 296 03 85

48 12 656 01 32

biuro@ssp.com.pl / www.ssp.com.pl

José Carragosela

Portugal

35 12 18 49 10 20

35 12 18 43 87 39

geral@apigraf.pt / www.apigraf.pt

Marius Codirla

Romania

40 722 28 21 22

40 264 59 71 39

viking@mail.dntcj.ro / www.arsitd.homestead.com

Artem Nadirashvili

Russia

74 95 232 99 65

74 95 365 38 96

info@midiprint.com / www.rspa.ru

Dusan Golubovic

Serbia and Montenegro 38 11 63 21 23 49

38 11 13 61 50 23

tehnologika@beotel.yu

Ludovit Bartos

Slovakia

42 132 74 30 434

bartos@bartos.sk / www.sietotlacovyzvaz.sk

Edo Sternad

Slovenia

386 1 565 72 50

386 1 568 45 78

edo@ib-procadd

Pablo Serrano

Spain

34 91 307 74 44

34 91 307 76 08

pserrano@aspack.es / www.asibnet.org

Else-Britt Lindeborg

Sweden

46 87 62 68 17

46 86 11 08 28

www.serigrafer.org

42 1 32 74 43 589

else-britt.lindeborg@grafiska.se www.screentryck.org

Hans Peter Weiss

Switzerland

41 18 37 10 40

41 18 37 10 42

hp.weiss@wemedia.ch / www.vss-apss.ch

Ibrahim Demirseren

Turkey

90 212 212 41 16

90 212 212 41 07

ared@ared.org.tr / www.ared.org.tr

Michael Turner

United Kingdom

44 1737 24 07 92

44 1737 24 07 70

info@spauk.co.uk / www.spauk.co.uk

91 250 248 0786

bhargav@graficaindia.com / www.s-p-a-i.org

FESPA Associate Members Mr Bhargav Mistry

The Screenprinters Association of India 91 250 248 0998

Mr Clem Johnson

The Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association of Australia

Mrs Pei Guifan

The China Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association

0061 02 8789 7362 006 02 8789 7387

clem@reidindustrial.com.au / www.sqiad.asn.au

+ 86 10 6401 5007 + 86 10 6403 4996 peiguifan@csgia.org Mr K Chaiyaboon

The Thai Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association + 66 2509 66 53

+ 66 2509 66 54

contact@thaiscreenprinting.or.th / www.thaiscreenprinting.or.th

Other associations Mike Robertson

SGIA

1 70 33 8513 35

1 70 32 73 04 56

miker@sgia.org

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AND FINALLY…

Fespa World quizzes Gary Turner, Business Development Manager with Dupont Artistri. Q. How long have you worked for DuPont and what is your area of responsibility? A. I’ve been with DuPont for 28 years, currently as Business Development Manager for DuPont Artistri, which includes the marketing of the DuPont Artistri product line, the launch of new technologies and active participation in developing new marketplaces for textile printing using our technology. Q. What did you do, prior to joining the company? A. I joined DuPont after graduating from college. Before and during college I had a variety of work experiences which included working as a photographer’s assistant and a spell as a cryogenic mechanic. I also spent some time in retail sales and managing bars. Q. Digital printing is already widely used within the sign and graphics sector; what new areas do you think it will affect in the future? A. It has already impacted on many traditional printing processes and in the future I believe it will be commonly used in the production of electronics, apparel, home decorating accessories, custom automotive interiors and for the mass customisation of a wide range of industrial and consumer goods. The benefits of a digital workflow are very appealing, when compared with conventional manufacturing processes. Q. What plans does DuPont have to capitalise on the spread of the technology during the next five years? A. We constantly listen to the marketplace to help guide our path for growth and new product development. At FESPA this year we are introducing a new wider 78 FESPA WORLD SPRING/06

printer, to address the need for textile, graphic, tension fabric and other printing applications where, according to our customers, a wider format printer is needed. Our aim is to provide innovative solutions for the direct inkjet printing of fabrics across a broad range of textile and graphic markets.

Q. Does DuPont work closely with its customers in terms of trying to develop equipment that will fulfill both their current and future requirements? A. DuPont has always worked closely with its customers since it was first established in 1802. In my role I interact with our installed base regularly and spend a significant amount of time looking for ways in which we can help them grow. This activity represents one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Q. Have you ever been

printing system, a 3.4 metre wide textile printer which is based upon our successful DuPont Artistri 2020 system. It provides a wider format for the printing of beautiful textiles and FESPA 2006 provides an excellent launch pad for it. Visitors should definitely take the opportunity to stop by and acquaint themselves with the direct ink jet printing of textiles.

Q. What, in your opinion, is the most exciting area of opportunity for screen and digital printers both now and in the future?

A. Leveraging the benefits of a digital workflow tops my list as a key opportunity. Our system not only delivers brilliant, eye catching colour on textiles; Artistri printers are fast, produce little waste and print only what is needed. Printing on textiles provides a luxurious look and feel that makes a real statement of quality when compared to other media.

surprised by the way your customers use your equipment - for example by producing applications that you had never previously envisaged?

Q. Do you anticipate spending the rest of your working life in this industry and if not, what other areas inspire your interest?

A. I am continually impressed by the creative spirit resident within our customers globally. DuPont Artistri printed textiles are used for flags, banners, point of purchase displays, tension fabric structures, apparel, shoes, interior décor, museum and fine art displays, silk accessories, billiard and casino cloth, window and other applications. Our customers continue to expand the variety of textile applications through the use of our technology.

A. I have spent most of my working life with DuPont and this has included working with conventional sheet fed and web offset printing, electrophotography and now ink jet printing. Visual communications is a fascinating field and one that embraces new ideas and technologies. I really love what I do and I firmly believe that ink jet printing is still in its infancy as to applications, technology and impact. This is an industry where I could easily spend the remainder of my career.

Q. What will you be showing at FESPA Digital Printing Europe and what should visitors make a point of seeing on your stand? A. We will be launching the DuPont Artistri 3320 textile

Q. In a business sense is there any thing that you regret doing, or conversely, anything that you wish you had done? A. I wish I had purchased any number of very good stocks when

they were first introduced and undervalued! Having a large family (four children, and no regrets!) precluded the cash flow needed for such investments. I get my interest in the form of happy, successful children, but I have enjoyed a very interesting and rewarding career with DuPont and would not change a thing.

Q. What do you do to relax? A. Apart from all the school and sports activities with my children; I collect antiques and ephemera, enjoy tending my garden and I have a very nice digital darkroom that supports my interest in digital photography. Q. Give our readers a hot tip for the future. A. Look out for textiles derived from non-petroleum, renewable sources and a continued focus on "green" manufacturing processes. Gary Turner, thank you.

Gary Turner, who is based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, has spent 28 years in various marketing and sales roles in DuPont. Prior to joining the DuPont Artistri team, he worked for both DuPont, Printing and Publishing and DuPont Flooring Systems, during which time he launched 10 new products, services and technologies. He also worked in two DuPont Joint Ventures and sold DuPont Flooring Systems franchises.



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