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talks to... Derek Churchill...

In January we received news that the purchase of two Mimaki flatbeds from CMYUK had set SCG on a new path - that the new technical digital print capability had prompted the company to team up with photographic artist Richard Osbourne to provide bespoke glass installations for interiors. Can you remind us of the key points in that diversification?B Derek Churchill 2607

Widthwise 2016: an overview

The full Widthwise Report 2016 will be posted out with the next issue of Image Reports. But here’s a head’s up on the scope and main findings of this year’s poll of domestic large-format PSPs.

For nine consecutive years Image Reports had undertaken an independent annual survey of the UK and Ireland’s wide-format digital inkjet printing PSPs in a bid to provide a statistical-based report on the state of the domestic sector using grassroots information. This year 238 print companies involved in large-format print responded to the Widthwise poll, which went live online at the start of 2016 and closed at the end of February. Telephone interviews were conducted over the same time period.

As one door closes...

…another opens. Fast on the heels of Fespa Digital comes Sign and Digital UK 2016. Here’s what you’ll find beyond the exhibition stands.

Over to You... Carl Webster, Director, Impression

What’s having the greatest impact on your business at the moment?
Our recent purchase - the Dyss 7 cutter has increased our manufacturing capabilities.

At home with digital textile printing

Heimtextil is something of a pull for anyone involved in textiles. So can PSPs learn much from the trends and developments highlighted at the recent 2016 event? Duncan Ferguson, director of Professional Printings Solutions for exhibitor Epson Europe, gives his view.

The digital print technology hall at Heimtextil in Frankfurt in January was really inspiring this year in terms of the high level of interest from textile designers and all sizes of textile and decor product manufacturers and print service providers (PSPs) that we experienced on our booth.
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Preparing for a different reality

As we experience huge leaps forward in augmented and virtual reality technology, Walter Hale scopes out the possible impact on the digital print market.

“Mankind cannot bear too much reality”, TS Eliot once remarked. Yet we are set to get more reality than ever. On top of the original reality, we can experience an augmented version or a virtual alternative. How will we cope? Will they be of any use? And how will they impinge upon digital printing?
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ON TEST: Roland SolJet EJ640

The SolJet EJ640 is the latest in a long line of solvent printers from Roland but does it have anything new to offer? Nessan Cleary put it to the test.
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Making material gains?

Textile printing has inkjet printer manufacturers excited, but how’s the technology squaring up to the demands of sign and display printers? Nessan Cleary investigates.

A great deal has been written about the potential opportunities for profit from digitally printing images to textiles. Most of this is meaningless to anyone working in the display graphics business because the figures deliberately conflate the garments and home furnishings markets together with signage and confuse different geographic areas.

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Do you need a climate partner?

“Working with ClimatePartner can help you to foster a more positive corporate image, reduce costs, and help to increase revenue. We can support you in all this, as well as showing you how to measure your impacts and look at practical ways to minimise your carbon emission in an open and transparent way.”
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Going against the tide

As more PSPs move into the textile print, Northern Flags is looking to grow business by going the other way – by moving into the more ‘traditional’ large-format print spaces.

Bridging the skills gap

Tim Andrews, managing director of award winning, large scale signage company Hollywood Monster, explains what he considers the perfect formula for finding, hiring and maintaining new style ‘sales’ people.

What advertising spend tells us

Walter Hale takes a look at ad figures and works out what it adds up to for the print community.

Advertising is one of the great bellwethers of business confidence. So it’s reassuring to see that, despite the collective hysteria that has sparked a rollercoaster ride on the world’s stock markets at the start of this year, the world’s leading ad agency Dentsu Aegis is confident that, in 2016, advertising spend will grow globally by 4.7% - and 5.5% in the UK.

Steve Cheek ...

Towards the end of 2014 Callprint said it intended to double turnover to £25m in two years, and in particular was looking to acquire companies with large-format print and project management capabilityA - Steve Cheek

Back to its roots

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Fespa Digital is returning to Amsterdam, the city where it all began. Will you be joining the party?
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Finding used UV flatbeds

Is there now a secondhand market for UV flatbeds? Graham Thompson, MD supplier Matoria says there is.

Want a UV flatbed but can’t afford new? Then what about nabbing a used machine? Graham Thompson, managing director of Matoria says good machines with plenty of life still in them are now coming on the market, making the secondhand scene a viable option for those wanting to get in on the action at a lower price point, or just wanting a second machine as back-up/extra capacity.

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Over to you... Adam Carwardin, Director, Colour Studios

What’s having the greatest impact on your business at the moment?
Growth. It is great to be trading in a positive economy again and being able to provide the best solutions for clients and not necessarily being restricted by budgets. We often demonstrate that the best value for money solution is not always the cheapest in monetary terms.