The PrintWeek FespaDaily team’s round up of some of the stories from Day five of the show at the Hamburg Messe.
Sakurai celebrates launch of latest screen press
Sakurai bought something unique to Fespa alongside the launch of its new MS110-DDS screen printing press. The firm’s president, Ryuta Sakurai, hosted a traditional Japanese sake ceremony on the manufacturer’s booth (A4-D20) to mark the formal unveiling of the new press. UK and Europe sales managing Claudio Moffa said the response from customer to the new press had been “tremendous” and it had put screen printing innovation back on the map.
Aeoon launches Titan flatbeds
Aeoon Technologies (B6-A70) has launched its new Titan flatbed series. These machines can be used to print on materials including leathers, woods, plastics, glass or metals. The system is available in four versions – Titan Multi, Titan Multi Duo, Titan Maxi and Titan Maxi Duo – with vacuum tables ranging from 3x1.5m up to 4.2x3.75m. The Titan machines can be used with pigment, UV and hybrid inks and, depending on the ink used, can be equipped with infrared, near-infrared or UV curing devices. A 3D laser scanner automatically detects the exact placement, shape and height of the printable object on the vacuum palllets.
Durst first for Australian sign printer
Australian signage company Insane Signs & Print (IS&P) has become the world’s first printer to invest in two Fespa 2017-launched Rho 512R Plus print systems from Durst (B7-A20). IS&P is now looking to double its turnover within two years after the €1.2m investment. The machines will replace two solvent printers. The firm’s managing director Rodney James said: “We’ve spent a long time evaluating different printers and were most impressed by the visit to the Durst factory and their extensive testing. “When I first went to the Durst factory and R&D facility it seemed like it was something from a James Bond movie.” IS&P had previously had to turn down jobs, but James believes turnaround times will now dramatically decrease, with the possibility even of offering a same-day service.
Folex shows nanoporous tech
Digital coating specialist Folex has launched two new nanoporous coated inkjet films for the display and signage markets. SIVN, is a high-end photo vinyl, 130microns thick, the second, SI 161, is a PET roll-up film, 151 microns thick, with a silver back for light-blocking purposes. The products are compatible with aqueous based inks. SIVN is available in roll widths from 610mm to 1.5m and SI 161 in widths ranging from 914mm to 1.3m.
Printplus adds to product line-up
Printplus Fabrics (B6-B100) has launched a range of new substrates, including flag and backlit fabrics that are certified for HP Latex inks. Including the new additions, the company’s portfolio now consists of 26 substrates, in weights ranging from 80gsm to 310gsm and widths from 1m to 3.2m. Costs range from €0.55 to €1.65/m2, depending on the product. Vice-president Mahmoud Elkotb said: “All of our products are optimised for dye-sub inks, both direct and indirect, latex inks and UV curable inks. “We know our market and we want to provide customers with good quality, good service and
Artist gets fired up by Canon
French multidisciplinary artist Cédric Bouteiller is showing off one of his creations on Canon’s Fespa stand (A1-B55). Boutellier uses a Canon Océ Arizona 318 GL to add a different touch to his paintings, for which he uses a variety of techniques. This €20,000 artwork on display at Fespa is on an aluminium plate and uses a mixture of traditional paintwork, graffiti and images printed on the Arizona. Around 30% of the canvas is made up of digitally printed images. dependability.”