Posts tagged: Wide Format

Suppliers Up the Ante at FESPA

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 Jun 27, 2013

Yesterday we went through some of the highlights from the first day of the FESPA event at the Excel Center here in London. Over the past couple of days we’ve gotten a flurry of other announcements and other new printer information that we’ll be adding to our new Ultimate Guide to Wide Format. Some of the major announcements are highlighted quickly below:

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FESPA 2013 Serves up Innovation

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 Jun 25, 2013

The big tennis tournament Wimbledon is on here in London this week, and it is also FESPA (Federation of European Screen Printing Associations), which every year is one of the biggest events on the global wide format signage and graphics industry calendars. This year FESPA is being held at the London EXCEL center and I’m particularly excited about FESPA because InfoTrends is a research partner of the FESPA organization and we have, once again, developed a very strong body of new industry research called The Worldwide Survey 4. This study takes the temperature of the signage and graphics markets in a number of ways including issues such as buying expectations and technology investment plans. Read more »

Discipline and Vision, Thoughts on the Wide Format Digital Supply Chain

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 May 22, 2013


One of the key findings from our new “Wide Format in the Communications Mix” study is that over 60% of wide format graphics need to be fulfilled within 2 days. This dynamic has vital implications for vendors up-and-down the wide format digital print supply chain. It means that equipment and supplies distributors with the best warehousing and logistics capabilities, and the best vision into product and technology portfolio, will have a huge advantage.

Many of the conversations I have with wide format digital print supplies manufacturers indicate that finding and maintaining great distribution partners is one of their biggest challenges. Read more »

The Evolution of Digitally Printed Textiles

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 Feb 27, 2013


In January 2012, at Rochester Institute of Technology, I defended my Master’s Thesis, “Consumer Perception of Inkjet Printed Textiles.” My thesis work focused on how observers perceived various samples of wide format inkjet printed textiles when applied to different applications. The goal of my research was to find what types of textiles consumers want and need.

At the time of my thesis, it was just an idea to have the ability to see wide format printers printing textiles in a production environment. Flash forward to 2013–as I read InfoTrends’ new multi-client study Transforming Textile Printing, I see that the market that I had profiled two years ago (as I began my work) has totally changed with new hardware, a wider substrate selection, and more acceptance from the fashion community.

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Kosign 2012 – The Korean Market Shifts to UV and Textile

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 Dec 20, 2012

The Kosign (Korea International Sign and Design Show, November 22-15 in Seoul) show is the main sign and design related exhibition in Korea. Sponsored by DGI, the biggest Korean wide format printer manufacturer, Kosign is a large event with around 12,000 attendees and 190 international exhibitors covering 14,000 square meters of show floor space. The first time I attended Kosign was in Seoul in 2002 and ever since then I have tried to attend it every year. One of my most distinct memories of that first show was the low temperature in Seoul (-10 centigrade) and the strong smell of solvent. At Kosign 2012, there was hardly any solvent in the air. Instead, new UV-based products were all over the show floor. Read more »

Uh-oh Moment for Wide Format Repro?

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 Sep 24, 2012

Once I got to hear a presentation from the great Frank Maguire, who was one of the first employees Federal Express (now FedEx) ever had. As Maguire’s story goes, he was sitting across the breakfast table from Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express 40 or so years ago at a time when the company’s primary business was transporting paper documents across a long distance in a short time. Maguire described Smith’s reaction to an advertisement for an inexpensive fax machine as an ultimate “Uh-oh moment”, a point in time where something occurs where you just know there will be big challenges ahead for your business.

Today Hewlett-Packard added to its line of Designjet T-series printers with two new models that may represent that similar “Uh-oh” moment for the wide format reprographics business.

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Ricoh Convergence 2012: New Services-Led Business Model, Technology Platform, and Hardware Products

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 Jun 14, 2012

Services-led. Technology-enabled. People-drive. Those were the themes at this year’s Ricoh Convergence event in Las Vegas, where over 600 participants gathered at the Wynn hotel to take part in educational seminars, networking, and panel discussions covering topics ranging from Ricoh’s new services-led dealership program to how to increase dealer growth via Ricoh’s resources to gaining better insight into Ricoh’s new technology platform. The technology expo showcased demos and tutorials on Ricoh’s new and existing hardware and solutions and services offerings. 


One of the biggest announcements made during this event was Ricoh’s move to a new services-led business model. Recognizing the emerging MPS opportunities in the market, this is a turning point for dealers to capitalize on implementing a services-led environment for their customers.   Read more »

Wow factor wide-format inks at drupa

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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 »

12 Pieces of Wide-Format News from drupa 2012

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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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Fuji-Xerox shows Memjet-powered wide format inkjet printer @ drupa

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 May 4, 2012

One of the most interesting things that we saw at drupa yesterday was a preview of a wide format printing system seen at the Caldera booth A14 in Hall 4. This 42-inch wide technology printer represents a collaboration between Xerox partner Fuji Xerox and Caldera. We are hearing that this product should launch in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the year. It is a 4-color aqueous inkjet printer using dye-based inks.

A short video of the printer in action here:

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