Mimaki enjoys a ‘thrilling success’ at FESPA 2017
Mimaki has reported that it enjoyed its biggest and most successful presence ever at FESPA 2017, where it fielded two stands totalling 534 square metres.
In addition to the interest shown in Mimaki’s sign and display graphics, industrial print, 3D printing and digital textile printing solutions, visitors also took FESPA’s ‘Dare to print different’ theme to heart and participated in numerous discussions on the many unique applications for which Mimaki solutions are ideal, including printing on to unusual substrates.
Commenting on the highlights of the show, Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe, said:“We were especially pleased with attendee interest in the technology demonstration of our 3D printer, the Mimaki 3DUJ-P. Based on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet technology, the 3DUJ-P offers high definition modelling with a maximum size of 500 x 500 x 300mm. It is the world’s first truly full-colour modelling solution and supports up to 10 million different colours with the ability to achieve 84 percent of the FOGRA39L colour gamut with high definition printing.”
The Mimaki 3DUJ-P, which also includes clear ink for the creation of special effects and a water-soluble support material that can be simply washed away, is expected to be commercially available later this year.
Roanld Van den Broek also reported that Mimaki’s new high-speed direct-to-textile Tiger-1800B printer was equally well received. It was the first time that Mimaki had showcased the printer using sublimation ink after demonstrating it with reactive ink at previous shows. In fact, textile company Estampados Hermanos Perez, located in Mataró, Spain, was so impressed with its performance that it invested in a Tiger-1800B during the exhibition!
In the Textile Hall, Mimaki displayed the award-winning Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers, which have been updated to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks, thus facilitating the use of a single printer to print directly on a wide range of textiles without the need to change ink systems. This new technology improves productivity and increases flexibility and to demonstrate this, Mimaki showed digitally printed textile examples, ranging from apparel and accessories to home décor.
It seemed that many visitors to the Mimaki stand were also seeking solutions that would enable them to print on natural fibres with solutions such as the Tx300P-1800 with textile pigment ink. In addition, visitors were interested in using sublimation printing for fast fashion and soft signage.
As well as learning more about the Mimaki printers on display, visitors also discovered the wide range of applications that Mimaki printers can produce, with examples including printed notebooks, dresses, pillows, shoes and much more besides.
A further highlight for Mimaki Europe was the two EDP awards it received during the show, one for ‘The Best Object Printer’ in respect of the new Mimaki UJF-MkII Series and the second for ‘The Best Textile Printer under 100 sq m/h’for the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 with its dual ink capability.
In addition, the company used the opportunity the show provided to introduce Yuji Ikeda as its new Managing Director. After spending seven years at Mimaki Europe, Ikeda returned to Japan to take on the role of Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning, where he served for several years before returning to lead Mimaki Europe.
Full details on Mimaki’s significant product range, which encompasses the sign and graphics, industrial and textile sectors can be found by visiting:www.hybridservices.co.uk.