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The wide-format digital print sector is not particularly well represented by print industry trade bodies. Is that because more from the sector need to join up and make their voices A - Bettine Pellant CEO Piconheard? Bettine Pellant, new CEO of Picon, argues the case for membership to trade associations.

Say what you like about trade associations, but the UK has a lot of them. A quick Google search led me to one list containing well over 300 organisations, from the Adhesive Tape Manufacturers Association to the Zinc Development Association. Such volume and variety point to the perennial need businesses of all sizes have to seek strength in numbers, to build a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

A soft option?

The digitally printed textiles market is growing, but is if for you? Nessan Cleary reports on the latest technological developments for textile print.C - Epson SureColor-SC-F2000-T-shirt-printer-front-view

The basic concept of using dye-sublimation to transfer digital inkjet prints to textiles has been around for ages, but we’ve seen considerable growth in this area in the last couple of years, as evidenced by the growing number of dye-sub printers and emergence of several niche trade shows.

Heads in the Cloud

Can the Cloud be used to centralise colour management for wide-format printers? Nessan Cleary investigates what vendors are doing to make it viable.F - Primaries and Dens DeltaE

With an increasing number of services being offered through the Cloud, from file storage through to MIS, so it’s no surprise to find that some vendors in the print space are also offering colour management services from the Cloud.

ON TEST: Epson SC-T5200D

Epson’s T-series aqueous ink printers are aimed at the crossover point between technical drawings and graphics. Nessan Cleary tests the printer to see how well it performs.G DC15014 EpsonT5200D 05 PQ

So far in this test series we've tried a number of solvent and UV-curable printers, and even a couple of latex machines, but this is the first time that we've looked at an aqueous ink printer. The T-series is Epson's latest wide-format offering and aims to bridge the crossover point between CAD and graphics. As such the emphasis is on value for money rather than image quality, though it's got some nice features.

Hands On: Roland VersaUV LEC-540

This Roland roll-fed UV printer promises the freedom to print to a wide range of media, but does it live up to this? Nessan Cleary asked user Jason Pavlou, managing director of Giraffe Press.A - JasonG

It’s easy to think of UV machines as being for rigid materials and solvents for flexibles but there is a class of UV roll-fed printers that can cope with a wide range of different substrates. These printers are more expensive than their solvent counterparts but their prints cure to a tough finish without the need for lamination and the freedom to use less standard media can lead to a wider range of applications. This is the thinking that led Roland to develop its VersaUV LEC printers. And it's also the reason that Jason Pavlou, managing director of Giraffe Press, bought one back in the summer of 2013.

Thinking Bigger: Contra Vision

Jo Bentley of Contra Vision explains why it is seeking further collaboration with printers as it targets new creative markets.B - Jo Photo June 14

Contra Vision transforms glass into opportunities for advertising, branding, architectural expression, one-way privacy and solar control; with 30 years of pioneering inventions, it has developed see through graphic products suitable for all locations. Reaching out to creatives - including designers, advertising agencies, architects and interior designers - is a key component in its strategy to help grow the market for see-through graphics and extend their knowledge of what is possible through print.

Let the show begin

As Sign and Digital UK 2015 prepares to open its doors, we take a peak at launches and introductions impacting the wide-format sector.

At a glance
Where: Halls 17 and 18, NEC, Birmingham.
When: 24 - 26 March, 2015
Times: 10am – 5pm, 24/25 March
10am – 4.30pm, 26 March
Cost: Free, but pre-register at http://www.signuk

Designs on retail?

You most likely deliver jobs for the retail sector. In which case, shouldn’t you be going to - if not exhibiting at - the new Retail Design Expo.A 60018656 M
Where: Olympia, London.
When: 10 - 11 March, 2015
Times: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: Free, but pre-register at http://retaildesignexpo.com

Over to you...Darren James, MD, Screentec

Darren James,  
MD, Screentec
http://www.screentec.co.uk

What’s having the greatest impact on your business at the moment? A - Darren James Pic
Right now, the greatest impact on our business are the massive changes in our sales process. After 17 years of ‘selling’ we're changing our culture and focusing on marketing processes, taking advantage of of internet based solutions such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Beating the drum

… for environmental action. A look at what makes Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems a ‘Sustainable Innovation’ award winner.DSCF0728

When it comes to environmental credentials and programmes, the wide-format sector can hardly claim to be at the forefront, despite all the pro-green arguments.

Simon Tabelin, Founder and MD, ithastobebrilliant.com

You’ll probably think of ithastobebrilliant.com as Brilliant Media, or just plain Brilliant, or maybe you won’t even know it at all, which is understandable as its founder Simon Tabelin has “wanted it to be the industry’s best kept secret to lend it that air of exclusivity”. That was an idea that formed with the company back in 2001 but has been superseded by Tabelin’s new plan “to put our head above the parapet and be highly visible and recognised for all we can do”.

IR talks to… Gary Peeling, CEO, Precision Printing

Towards the end of 2014 Barking-based Precision Printing took a controlling stake in Sunderland-based large-format PSP First2Print and became a partner in YourWalls.co.uk, a bespoke A - Gary Peelingprinted wallcoverings operation that that officially launched this January.

So what’s the thinking behind the move into large-format by the still privately owned, £15m turnover company led by high profile CEO Gary Peeling. I asked him!
By Lesley Simpson

All set for Shared Parental Leave?

A new system of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) means parents with babies due on or after 5 April 2015, will be able to take time off together or independently, to care for their child. The concept is simple but the regulations governing the new system are complex and likely to be challenging for employers to administer. Here Emma Capper,?associate at legal firm?HillHofstetter, talks you through preparations for that first request.

First global findings from Fespa

Neil Felton, Fespa CEO, provides a heads-up on the early data collected as part of its Print Census launched last May. Any surprises so far?C 59332473 M

What’s the shape of the global wide-format printing community - its size, business performance, growth prospects and key areas of development and investment? That’s something Fespa hopes to answer at the Fespa 2015 show in Cologne this May, when it will release the top line findings of its Print Census launched last May, and when a full analysis will be available to members of its associations.

Bags of scope

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Etailers are wanting to make human connection, and opening bricks and mortar stores. Walter Hale explores the phenomenon, which could well impact upon large-format print demand.

The high street is dead. We've heard predictions of the demise of bricks and mortar retail so often, most of us have come to assume it must be true. Yet if you look at the latest trends in American retail, it might be more accurate to say: the high street is dead! Long live the high street!

LED-ing the way

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A growing number of UV-curable printers are using LEDs but is this trend set to continue? Nessan Cleary reports.

An enormous amount of technology goes into keeping inks wet enough to be able to lay them down onto a substrate without blocking the nozzles. But almost as much thought also goes into drying those inks without damaging the media. The way that the ink dries has a direct affect on the look of the image in terms of its colour saturation and overall glossiness so that the ability to control the drying system is a vital part of designing a printer.