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Author: Val Hirst

The Sign Show 2020 to celebrate evolution of signs

Link Exhibitions, the organiser of the hugely successful The Print Show, has announced the launch of The Sign Show, a brand new event entirely dedicated to the UK sign industry. The Sign Show will take place for the first time in 2020, on September 27th-29th at the NEC in Birmingham, where it will be co-located with its sister event, The Print Show, the only exhibition focused exclusively on the UK print sector. For its debut event, The Sign Show will operate under the theme of ‘A Sign of Evolution’, and will provide a key platform for companies from all...

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Another step on the path to sustainability

Signs Express first opened its centre in Chester in 2012 in order to service the sign and graphic requirements of companies operating in the areas surrounding the roman built city, including Deeside, Frodsham and Ellesmere Port. Its clients include the world-famous Chester Zoo, which is not only the most visited zoo in the UK; it’s also a conservation and education charity that is committed to preventing extinction. The zoo, which is home to 27,000 animals, covers 125 acres of zoological gardens and, as it also attracts a whopping 1.9 million visitors each year, its wayfinding signs play a vital...

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Xtreme Signs and Graphics embraces PONGS

In the last eighteen months, everything has come together for Pierre Pheiffer, the owner and Managing Director of Xtreme Signs and Graphics. The Dublin-based digital wide format print specialist has installed two new digital 3.2m production quality printers, and swapped its previous material choice for PONGS Direct-Tex SoftImage Contrast Black Back textile. Pierre explained: “I tested a roll and I’ve never looked back. With our previous material, we had a success rate of about 60 percent a roll, but with PONGS contrast we pretty much use over 95 percent of the material.” PONGS Direct-Tex Softimage Contrast is a best...

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A Triumph of Trophies

The 2019 British Sign Awards proved an outstanding success, with more entrants than ever before, more sponsors , a host of outstanding winners and a brilliant gala presentation event attended by the biggest audience in the award’s seven-year history. The winners also received the best trophies ever, thanks to the efforts of Corby-based Trade Etching Direct (TED). “TED has been the sponsor of the Craftsman Award for a number of years and as part of its sponsorship deal has produced the trophies for all the winners,” explained Ray Hirst, who created the Awards and has been responsible, with a...

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Mimaki builds Minecraft’s sustainable city

Mimaki Europe has partnered with video game giant Minecraft together with a French government administration to deliver a nationwide competition that aims to raise awareness of social and environmental issues amongst young people. With over 1,200 entrants, aged from 13 upwards, vying to create the ultimate sustainable town using Minecraft’s video game platform, Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer was used to bring the winning design to life in vivid detail, resulting in an intricate 3D printed model that was gifted to the victor in October, a year after the competition began. The competition, entitled ‘Villes et Territoires de demain’,...

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