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Pure point of sales flies high with Dyss X7 Digital Cutter

Some 75 years after the father and founder of the Jet Engine, Sir Frank Whittle, formed his Power JetsDyss1 Ltd. company in Lutterworth - another company is taking-off with its business. Working out of the same building where the foundation block of the jet aviation industry was born, Pure Point of Sale Ltd. has seen its sales and growth soar in its first five years.

Vivid Laminating: Exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with Sign & Digital UK’s Rudi Blackett, Vivid Laminating’s sales director Richard Marlow and export manager Bruce Cozens talk about why they believe the Easymount wide format systems are so popular, trade shows in Europe, America & Brazil, and why they’ve decided to return to Sign & Digital UK in 2015 after a six-year hiatus.

Vivid’s long-serving Export Manager Sharon Marvin retired earlier this year and Cozens’ role has recently changed with it, as he now heads up the Export Team.

I asked them what impact this has had after both working with UK customers for so long. 

IR talks to...Kate Stone, founder, Novalia

Dr Kate StoneNovalia’s mission is “to bring print to life” by integrating conductive inks and electronics technology to make it interactive.

I went to meet with its founder, Dr Kate Stone, to find out how that mission is going, and what part the large-format inkjet print sector can play in that. 
By Lesley Simpson

Let’s get personal

Wetherby showMartin Morrissey, MD at Co-op Events, which runs Newtech: The Wide-Format Printing, Displays and Finishing Show, argues that new style trade events such as this are the way of the future.

Having experienced Sign and Digital, Ipex, Drupa et al, both as an exhibitor and as a visitor over a period of many years, like many others I felt strongly that there must be a better way to get new products in front of the print and graphics market. 

Over to you...Martin Shipp, group operations and production director, The Delta Group

Martin ShippMartin Shipp,
Group Operations and Production Director, The Delta Group

What’s having the greatest impact on your business at the moment?

The need to meet narrow lead-times. In this fast-paced market we’re in, efficiency matters. We have to ensure workflows and processes are watertight. This will have significant impact on a clients’ bottom line, so it’s vital get right. We know that time is important to our clients it’s a challenge that we’re always happy to step up to. Having the flexibility and capability within our workforce and technology enables us to adapt with the client as the market evolves. 

Paying for employees to play

Abigail HalcarzRecent employment tribunals have held that overtime should be included in the calculation of an employee’s holiday pay. Abigail Halcarz, an employment solicitor in the commercial group at SGH Martineau LLP, considers the ramifications for employers.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics confirm the UK economy grew by 3.2% in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year; the best economic performance for six years - but there may be a dark cloud on the horizon for many UK businesses as employment lawyer Abigail Halcarz explains.

Protecting your business

Do you have the right legal cover in place? Beverley East from Abbey Legal Services, on behalf of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), provides advice.

Despite the promises to decrease red tape for employers, employment legislation is constantly being introduced and up-dated. In terms of a claim, three in five employers have had an unfair dismissal brought against them with many ‘tagging’ on a discrimination claim. Adding to this is of course the increasing financial (not to mention time!) costs of tribunals, as well as SME targeted investigations by HM Revenue and Customs. 

Putting a smile on your face?

DirectSmileWith DirectSmile now in EFI’s domain, should it become part of yours too? Sophie Matthews-Paul considers its place in the wide-format arena.

With DirectSmile becoming a significant element within EFI’s business software portfolio, it’s logical that this cross media resource will be a major area of interest at the next EFI Connect user conference this coming January. But what’s its relevance to wide-format PSPs? 

On Test: Mutoh ValueJet 1638X

Mutoh ValueJet 1638XNessan Cleary conducts a test to check whether this printer lives up to its promise to deliver good quality results at a relatively low cost.

The Japanese manufacturer Mutoh has been around since 1953, having started off making drafting machines before moving into wide-format inkjet printers. The mainstay of the Mutoh printer range currently is its solvent series, including the ValueJet 1638X that was launched earlier this year and the focus of this test. 

Hands On: Mtex 5032

Mtex 5032Nessan Cleary asked users for their take on this all-in-one textile printer aimed squarely at the graphics market.

In recent years there have been quite a number of textile printer launches, mainly due to the growth in the garments and home furnishings markets. But there has also been movement in the soft signage market with textile printers producing flags and exhibition graphics as well as outdoor banners. But printing to fabrics is not quite as straightforward as with other substrates and many textile printers are designed to print to transfer paper first, necessitating a heat press for the actual sublimation - and the prints will also require fixation so they can be washed without the inks disappearing. 

Flexible friends

SummaCut D120An article earlier this year looked at finishing options for rigid substrates. Now, Nessan Cleary focuses on options for finishing flexible materials.

The most obvious place to start when considering finishing options for flexible substrates is with the various cutting tools available, with the most basic item being a straightforward trimmer. Most of you will have a manual trimmer but there are plenty of automated trimmers available too now and Andrew Hand, communications and design manager for Art Systems, says these are becoming more popular. 

A recruiter’s rallying call

dani novick stationersIt’s been said before, and it’s being said again: print needs to rebrand if it’s to attract top people from outside its own orbit. Mercury Search and Selection MD Dani Novick argues the point.

Dani Novick knows what she’s talking about when it comes to the issues surrounding recruitment in the print industry. As managing director of Mercury Search and Selection she’s well immersed in the arguments, and in finding solutions for getting the right people in the right jobs. The company, founded in 2000 and a partner to the BPIF and IOP The Packaging Society, has a divisional structure with specialists in various parts of print and packaging - including digital print - and handles recruitment across the whole print business landscape, from design, print production, finance, sales and marketing, through to director appointments. So Novick’s take on the how we ‘turn on the talent’ to a career within a print-based operation is worth having. Here’s what she has to say...

Charity starts at home

Stylographics KitAid.How Stylographics is turning its own waste into donation drop-boxes for KitAid.

Stylographics has always had a bit of a thing about environmentally friendly products and pushing them into the marketplace. In keeping with that mentality it introduced 100% recycled, recyclable and sustainable Re-board into its portfolio a while back, and now it’s taking its caring ethos a step further - Re-board cut-offs are used for a charitable project called KitAid. 

Thinking Bigger: Soyang

Mark MashiterWhy getting in front of thousands of creative at the 100% Design show is a strategic priority for this digitally printable media supplier. 

Soyang Europe’s presence at 100% Design at London’s Earl’s Court may have raised a few sign and graphics industry eyebrows but by the end of the four day show, which attracted over 25,000 visitors, the decision to exhibit was clearly vindicated. The event definitely helped raise the profile of the digitally printable media supplier who’s wide- and grand-format media portfolio comprises Asian manufactured substrates and handpicked printable media from the US and Europe. 

AXYZ aims to be top gun at two further open days

Building on the success of the previous single day event, AXYZ International will be holding two further open days on 5th and 19th November. These will take place at two Royal Air Force museum sites, the first of which is situated near Wolverhampton to accommodate customers from the North and Midlands, and the second in North London to facilitate customers located in the South-East.

Choice of the RAF sites proved extremely popular in the past, not only because of their regional accessibility but also because they provide the opportunity for visitors to view a galaxy of interesting RAF artefacts in addition to the routing technology on show.

At both venues, AXYZ International will showcase its latest products and accessories and conduct demonstrations to highlight the versatility and business enhancement capabilities of both. Key products to be featured will be a heavy duty Pacer 4008 and an AXYZ 4010 router that incorporates a routing spindle, 7G ATC (Automatic Tool Change) facility, a knife and compatible AVS (AXYZ Vision System) that greatly enhances the accuracy and versatility of the machine. 

Step inside, love

Forget Cilla Black. This is Astley’s messaging to the bright young things it wants to attract to its in-house Trainee Development Programme. Here’s how it’s managing to catch their attention.

Until a rebrand in 2012, the large-format print arm of the multi-sited and variously named Astley group of businesses was better known as Jigsaw. But then the pieces were carefully put together, so that the £10.5m turnover group became clearly recognisable as simply Astley. It’s a move that commercial director Gavin Redhead believes is helping the North East Business Awards 2014 finalist reach the new talent it is eager to engage.