Dec 12, 2016
We were in Japan last month and as luck would have it we were there at the same time that Komori held an open house to showcase its newest digital print solutions. This international event took place at Komori’s facility in Tsukuba, Japan and drew hundreds of attendees from all over the Asia Pacific region. It provided the opportunity to showcase Komori’s Impremia IS29, a B2-format, sheet-fed, UV inkjet printer capable of speeds up to 3,000 simplex sheets per hour. Also on display were a six-unit, 18,000 sheet per hour, B1-format Komori Lithrone GX40RP H-UV offset press running UV inks and a Komori Apressia DC105 die cutter. Komori’s recently announced sales partnership with Highcon was clear to see through the demonstration of the Euclid II+ during the open house. Horizon, also a Komori partner, showed a saddle stitcher.
The theme running across all of the products shown was a demonstration of a hybrid workflow for test marketing a national campaign for a cosmetic product. Read more »
Oct 18, 2016
How are some of the best known designer clothing brands in the world using digital textile printing? If you want to know, you need to go to Italy, where last month about a hundred attendees met at the nHow hotel in Milan to exchange ideas, network, and hear about the latest in technologies and techniques at a conference sponsored by FESPA. FESPA, the driving force behind this event, has been promoting digital printing of textiles across the globe from Italy to Turkey and China.
Milan is one of the world centers for fashion with many brands headquartered in the city, including Armani, Etro, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dolce & Gabbana, Iceberg, Marni, Missoni, Moschino, Prada Trussardi, Valentino, Versace, and Zegna. About 50 kilometers to the north in the Como region, a large community of suppliers and manufacturers have been serving the fashion and décor industries in Europe and beyond for many decades. These companies as well as local associations helped to sponsor the event. These included Platinum partners EFI Reggiani, EPSON, MS Printing Solutions, and Mimaki as well as FESPA ITALIA Association, Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), and Associazione Italiana Disegnatori Tessili. Read more »
Sep 8, 2016
A week passed since the successful conclusion of the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta on August 27, 2016. With over 25 product categories such as custom wood working, veneers, flooring, doors, and accessories spread over more than 500,000 square feet. The show drew over 26,000 participants and 1,080 exhibitors some attended educational sessions and most walked the show in search for new product, innovations, as well as sourcing materials for their projects.
IWF 2016 – Home for digitally produced decorative surfaces
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Jul 7, 2015
On July 1st EFI made two announcements: One was the acquisition of the Israeli Matan Digital Printer, a supplier of grand format printing solutions and the second was the acquisition of Reggiani Macchine a supplier of high end textile printing equipment.
Both acquisitions are part of EFI’s stated strategy to invest and grow its product portfolio in adjacent markets and technologies. Workflow and inkjet have been at the forefront of acquisitions by EFI in the past and is likely to continue in the future as this strategy evolves. This strategy enables EFI to leapfrog some graphic arts suppliers and enter into industrial segments that are emerging as adopters of digital technology as a means to dramatically change their respective industry segments’ supply chains and transition mass production markets into mass customization digitally enabled segments. Read more »
Sep 17, 2013
South Korea has grown with incredible speed since the 1970s, and now represents the tenth largest economy in the world. Currently, the country is one of the global leaders in the high-technology industry with leading technology suppliers, such as Samsung and LG, calling Korea home. South Korea also has a strong base of wide format manufacturers that are not only known in country, but throughout the world.
Image of South Korea's Captial Seoul, Source: PhotoBucket
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May 10, 2012
The following is a short list of wide format ink developments at drupa.
UPDATED 11 May 2012 with link to SIIT NEON demo video
SIIT NEON – fluorescent wide-format inkjet demo at drupa2012
I covered the other key wide-format themes to emerge from drupa 2012 around application flexibility, quality and productivity in a separate blog. There it was notable that most hardware launches incorporated technologies that enabled a single device to produce at both high quality and high speed, albeit not necessarily at the same time. Read more »
Wide-format developments were in evidence at drupa, but weren’t the centre of interest. The biggest noise at drupa was Benny Landa’s nanography and the other big noises were B2 sheetfed digital presses and the universal interest by vendors in applying their products to packaging and label printing. However, there were some launches and technology demonstrations of wide-format printing hardware that highlight developments in the sector.
Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV
The following is a list of some of the wide-format printer and press developments listed alphabetically.
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Feb 20, 2012
In this year’s wide format Road Map we made ten predictions for the wide format business.Â The number six prediction was “Other Vendors will Jump into Latex-like Solutions in 2012”. The idea was that HP is having such remarkable success with its wide format Latex printers having placed more than 10,000 Latex printers worldwide, that other manufacturers would enter the market, using large industry events such as ISA, FESPA, drupa, and SGIA as launch points in 2012. Last week Mimaki became the first to announce its own wide format Latex inkjet printers, the JV400-series.
The Mimaki JV400-series comes in 1.3M and 1.6M wide, Mimaki seems to be featuring a low power consumption feature but I think Mimaki should be leading with the fact that these printers have white ink, which is an emerging product characteristic on the wide format UV-curable inkjet side, but is somewhat unique outside of UV-curable inkjet.Â More details on the Mimaki JV400-series (such as pricing) will be available this week when the printers are formally launched during Fespa in Barcelona.
InfoTrends is projecting a 25% compound annual growth rate in what we have been referring to as the “durable aqueous” segment which until now has basically only included HP Latex printers. The projection of 25% growth assumes that other suppliers would enter the market and the addition of a notable wide format graphics supplier such as Mimaki to the segment certainly fortifies those kinds of growth assumptions. We’ll expect additional wide format equipment suppliers to enter the segment soon as well.