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Ready steady show!

Ready steady show!

Focusing on the theme ‘Creativity, Innovation and Choice’, Sign & Digital UK 2016 returns to Halls 17 and 18 at Birmingham’s NEC on 19th-21st April with a raft of exciting new features that are designed to ensure that visitors gain maximum benefits from their attendance.

Ten per cent bigger than last year’s show, this year’s exhibition will field more than 200 of the industry’s biggest name suppliers, together with an extensive free-to-attend seminar programme, live product demonstrations, exhibitor trails and practical workshops.

Visitors are also encouraged to use the online meeting booking facility, which will help them to schedule appointments with exhibitors throughout the duration of the show.

To help visitors make the most of their time at Sign & Digital UK, a series of show trails will help to guide them around the show floor, highlighting products and services of particular interest.

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Exhibition Trails

Returning for the third year, the Textile Trail will highlight everything that companies aiming to capitalise on the increasing popularity of textile-based printingwill need to take advantage of the new revenue streams that come with the production of items such as printed homeware, soft furnishings, soft signage, garment décor, interior décor and more.

The Retail Route highlights the exhibitors and show features that will interest those serving the retail sector, including exhibitors showing the latest display innovations, plus new solutions for the production of POP and POS materials,pop up retail units and interior décor.

The Materials World trail will offer visitors the chance to catch-up on all of the most recent development that have taken place in the world of substrates and learn more about the wide range of application and output opportunities now available.

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New product launches

Sign & Digital UK has long served as a launch pad for new products and this year is no exception.  The new hardware on offer will include Agfa Graphics’new Jeti Mira, and a host of new Mutoh printers, including the company’s first ever direct to garment printer, which will take pride of place on the Colourgen stand. Other new UK printer launches will include Epson’s latest range of professional SureColour printers and, on the Hybrid Services stand, visitors will be able to see the latest generation of Mimaki hardware, includingtwo new LED UV printers, whileRoland will be using the show to debut the latest additions to its VersaUV series and its new TrueVis VG range.

New cutting equipment on display will include Biesse’s new Rover J router, and Protek’s latest Unico CNC and Unico TT routers on the Complete CNC Solutions stand, while AXYZ will be introducing its latest AXYZ Trident 6010.

The full exhibitor list can be found online at, while our own 18-page round-up begins overleaf

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The Seminar and Workshop Programmes

This year visitors will be able to enjoy no fewer than five educational theatres and workshops featuring 35 daily seminars.

sign-UK-SeminarThe Business Theatre will feature sessions detailing how sign and print companies can develop and grow their businesses, as well as practical tips from expert speakers. A new feature for this year’s line-up will be a series of in-depth case studies that draw on the presenters’ practical industry experience in the fields of interior wall décor, wayfinding and directional signage.

Other highlights of the programme will include ‘Sign Maintenance & Planning Regulations’, presented by David Catanach of the BSGA, which will cover a summary of planning changes, developments on sign maintenance and codes of practice, the ‘Do and Don’ts of Colour Management, presented by Jan Edgecombe and Giles Bristow of Antalis, ‘Capitalsing on a changing digital market’ by Nick Kirby of Swanline Print, ‘Looking after your wide format eco-solvent machine’ by Mike Kryvoblocki from Roland and ‘HP Wall Art Suite’ by Rayna Raychoudhury of Hewlett-Packard.

For full details of the Business Theatre sessions visit:

Hosted by Terry Steeley, the Adobe Theatre is back with daily sessions using the latest editions of the Adobe software.  They will include ‘Knowledge is power — Adobe InDesign CC’, essential for those looking to create sophisticated page layouts for print or digital distribution, while for anyone wishing to learn more about colour setting tips, the ‘Stop wasting time and take control of colour with Adobe Creative Suite’ session is a must-attend.

For full details of the Adobe Theatre sessions visit:

The show will also see the return of that other evergreen favourite, the Corel Theatre. The daily sessions are especially designed for those operating within the sign and sign garment personalisation sectors, and will provide updates and advice on all of the Corel software’s latest attributes, as epitomised in the‘CorelDRAWGraphics Suite – An overview of new features’opening session.

For full details of the Corel Theatre visit:

CADlink will present a series of seminars in the SignLab Theatre, focusing on the best practice print and cut, sign and display design and production workflows. Sessions will include the self-explanatory‘Introduction to SignLab’and ‘SignLab v10: Faster. Easier. More Powerful’session, which will provide a useful review of the key features in the long awaited, upcoming release of SignLab v10.

For full details on the SignLab Theatre visit:

FM8R3834The Signmakers’ Workshop will be presented by expert sign maker Paul Hughes and offer visitors the opportunity to learn how to master some of the most in-demand signmaking skills and techniques. Sessions will include vinyl application, vehicle livery, the production of a signboard and, new for 2016, ‘Wall and Floor Graphics’. There will also be daily Q&A sessions, providing visitors with anopportunity to ask questions and gain some hands-on experience at the techniques covered within the presentations.

For full details of the Signmakers’ Workshop visit:

A new innovation for 2016 is Wrapping Workshop presented by Sign and Digital Materials. Throughout the day, visitors =will be able to experience the artistry of two of the world’s best vehicle wrappers,Ole ‘Sunshine’ Solskin and Justin Pate, who will be providing exclusive wrap training workshops. Visitors will be invited to learn the fundamentals of wrapping a vehicle bonnet, tinting the rear window, wrapping bumpers and wing mirrors, while also having an opportunity to get hands on and to discuss the technical aspects of vehicle wrapping.

For full details of the demonstrations visit:

Another new innovation this year is the Digital Signage SeminarTheatre, where visitors can learn what digital signage means for the industry and how it can be used to successfully complement traditional signage and become an integral part of mainstream signage projects.

Speakers will include Richard Westhead of One Digital Solutions whose session is entitled  ‘Increasing sales through successful digital signage’, Pedro Lindsey of technology company Beabloo who will be presenting ‘Digital Signage 3.0 and Big Data Analytics’, and Janice Fairfield of Fairfield Displays who will advise ‘How to specify the right screen for your client’

For full details on the Digital Signage Seminar Theatre visit:

The show will open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20thApril and from 10.00am to 4.30pm on Thursday 21st April

Sign & Digital UK is free to attend and registration is now open. Visit:

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