Another stellar show!
Sign & Digital UK Review
Sign & Digital UK delivered another stellar show experience with the 2016 edition of the event, which attracted 6,240 unique visitors from across the UK and Ireland as well as farther afield.
As well as the products displayed on over 200 stands, visitors were also able to enjoy a host of exclusive product launches and live demonstrations, together with more than 35 daily seminars and workshops, plus two new features, the Digital Signage Theatre and the ‘Become a Wrap Expert’ workshop.
With most exhibitors reporting brisk business, it’s not surprising that 42 percent of the floor space has already been booked for the 2017 exhibition, which the organisers, Faversham House Group, promise will be a real ringer-dinger of a show, as is befits an event that will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Companies already booked for 2017 include Blackman & White, Biesse, CMYUK, Complete CNC Solutions, Digital Blanks, Fairfield Displays, Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT), Inktec/Jetrix, Innotech, Perfect Colours, PrintMAX, Resolute DTG, Rollsroller, Signmaster Systems, Signwaves, Soyang Europe, Ultima Displays and Your Print Specialists (YPS).
Commenting on the 2016 show, Event Director Rudi Blackett, said: “We were overwhelmed by the fantastic response we had from exhibitors and visitors. Strong sales were reported across the board and the footfall was impressive, creating a real buzz across all three- days.
“Now we are already planning for next year and look forward to celebrating both 30 years of Sign & Digital UK plus all the exciting visual delights that our top lineup of exhibitors have to offer!”
Within hours of the show opening, Robin East, Director at CMYUK shook hands with industry expert Rob Harrison, the founder of The Handsome Prints Company to seal the sale of a Mimaki JFX200-2513 UV flatbed printer.
The Handsome Prints Company, which works with advertising and design agencies and also provides third party support to specialist large format printers, operates in East Anglia, London and the South East and will use its new acquisition to further expand its business.
Dublin-based W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print placed the first Irish order for the first UJV55-320 grand-format, roll-to-roll, UV printer, a new offering from Mimaki that certainly attracted plenty of attention.
The company’s Director, Andrew O’Brien explained: “We flew in specifically to have a demonstration, having previously seen the printer at FESPA Digital and, when Mimaki reseller, Reprocentre confirmed that it was priced at just £60k, weknew that we had to take a closer look!”
Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services, used W.C. O’Brien’s own print files to demonstrate the machine’s efficacy andAndrew O’Brien was convinced! He said: “ This purchase will enable us to bring our own grand-format print work in-house, which will speed up our workflow and give us greater control, but we’ll also be providing a trade service too, working with independent exhibition companies and sign and graphics installers throughout Ireland to deliver a high-quality printed output.”
Perspex Distribution enjoyed a very busy show, and subsequently reported that it had generated l0 percent more leads than at the previous year’s show.
Cementing its position as a leading supplier of UK produced substrates for the wide format print sector, the company combined the usual flurry of activity on the Perspex stand alongside live product demonstrations on the latest printers from Agfa Graphics and Canon.
Alupanel A-Lite Digital aluminium composite and Palfoam Anti-Static PVC foam were the ideal substrates to demonstrate the print capability of the new Agfa Jeti Mira 2716,which was making its UK debut at the show. Visitors to the Perspex stand were impressed by the precision print and accurate colour output from the Jeti Mira, while the Canon Océ Arizonawas used to output stunning images on both Perspex clear acrylic and Alupanel black aluminium composite.
With more and more sign and digital printing businesses now installing CNC digital cutting tables, as supplied by companies such as AGCAD, Zund and Esko, and thus requiring the precision balanced cutting tools that are the obvious accompaniment for machines that run at high spindle speeds, the Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) stand, with its eye-catching new design and attractive colour scheme,was an obvious first port of call. As well as being able to benefit from the technical expertise of the ITC team lead by Sally Hunt, visitors were also able to learn more about the latest additions to the 2016 edition of the company’s Folio catalogue, which includes an impressive range of flat drag knife blades, round shank drag knife blades, oscillating blades, toolholders and collets, drills, hand taps, bed skimming tools, coolant and even sacrificial sheets to protect machine beds.
William Smith used the show to introduce its Quick Stand signage display system that is available in three different formats and features a fully customisable LED-illuminated display to provide maximum impact. Made from a combination of aluminium and steel, the system is quick and easy to assemble and can be transported by a single person, using the specially designed case.
The Fairfield Displays stand, which was divided into three clear sections, featured the company’s popular and fast growing LED Light Pocket range that has been further expanded to include colour changing, free standing and LED options. A further attraction was Fairfield’s brand new take on digital signage in the form of a large tablet style screen with a built in operating system that offers plug and play operation, together with high brightness screens, which are fully legible even when viewed in bright sunlight and which are supplied with an inbuilt software package that can be used as a media player or as a complete network system.
Five new machines provided the main point of focus on theRoland DG stand, where visitors had the chance to experience the next generation of print technology in person, while this year’s ‘Scratch & Win’ prize draw competition offered them the chance to win a wide variety of exciting items, ranging from caps and mugs through to the latest ECO-SOL MAX 3 inks and their choice of a SOLJET EJ-640 printer or TrueVIS VG-640 printer/cutter.
The response was overwhelming, with an unprecedented number of entries, but the winner was Axyia Signs, which selected as its prizeRoland’s newlylaunched TrueVIS VG Series print and cut device.
Commenting on his prize, Lloyd Yates, Director at Axiya Signs,declared: “I was in complete shock when I found out that I had won! The addition of the TrueVIS VG-540 to our businesswill enable us to bring more production in-house and help to cut our overhead costs dramatically – it’s going to be so well used and looked after!”