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GSW Launch a NEW Belgian Window Dress Product


SQUID was featured & launched at ArtLab’s astonishing event that was held on the 27 July 2017.

ArtLab showcased the Mimaki CJV150-160 Award winning Digital printer that was purchased from GSW.


Squid Captured the crowds’ attention with its sophistication & Unique properties.

100% Belgian

Squid is 100% Belgian. Our unique window decoration is developed and woven by Lampe_textiles in Tielt, Belgium. We’re driven by our passion for textiles and love of all things beautiful, with quality as a priority.


Squid is the only window covering that can be used with any type and shape of window. The fabric is both moisture and heat resistant, and very easy to tailor to your exact specifications.

Moisture and heat resistant

Squid works fine at temperatures up to 60°C and is fire retardant (M1/B1), so you can use it in areas with strict fire safety requirements. Moisture is no problem for the window fabric’s adhesive strength either; you can install Squid in your bathroom, garage, kitchen or laundry room with complete peace of mind. And Squid’s woven structure means it can be used on HR++(+) glass / high-performance glass too.

Custom made

Have you got round, triangular or diamond-shaped windows? Do you want to use Squid on a skylight, glass dome or conservatory? As long as your window is made of glass, Squid fits. You simply cut the window fabric to the right size. Ideal for small windows next to your front door, but also for large windows, which you can cover with Squid with the necessary precision without any visible seams.

Transparency and privacy

Squid is a transparent fabric which enables you to see out during the day, but largely restricts people outside from being able to look in. So Squid helps you keep your privacy while still enjoying your view.

Undisturbed enjoyment

You can compare the effect of Squid on your window to that of frosted glass or a net curtain. Passers-by can’t glare inside even though you’re still letting lots of natural light in and can enjoy looking out. This is unlike plastic window-covering film, which blocks your natural light and you can’t see through at all.

Lights on in the evening

Squid also ensures you can enjoy being in a cosy cocoon in the evening. But it gets easier for people outside to see in as it gets darker outside, so it’s best to close your curtains or blinds.


Squid is a fabric with a beautiful, natural feel. Its unique texture makes it easy to care for and suitable for any interior or type of architecture. We have carefully selected five colours to perfectly complement your existing décor.

Beautiful and practical

Squid’s unique texture is a result of its production technique. The fabric is woven with polyester threads to give it a soft, warm feel. And it’s easy to clean! You can remove stains from yoghurt, jam, chocolate, mayonnaise and others without any problems. Squid is also moisture and heat resistant, and suitable for HR++(+) glass / high-performance glass.

For any interior

Squid’s minimalist style means this window decoration suits any interior and type of architecture. The five colours have been carefully selected to match any décor. Be inspired by the Squid effect in Chalk, Bone, Oak, Ash and Rock on. 


Squid keeps a lot of the sun’s heat out, so it’s an ideal solution on windows that are exposed to strong sunshine, and it can withstand extreme humidity too. It’s also breathable, unlike plastic window-covering film, so it’s even suitable for HR++(+) glass / high-performance glass.

Moisture and heat resistant

We think it’s important our product is thoroughly tested, so we exposed Squid to strong solar radiation in a laboratory environment. We also tested it up to 99% humidity in this environment. It passed both tests perfectly, and the adhesive strength of the glue wasn’t affected at all.

36% less heat from the sun

Heat from the sun is blocked twice when you use Squid: firstly because there’s no air gap between your sun-resistant material and the glass, and secondly because the fabric reflects some of the sunlight. So you can stay cool inside. Depending on which colour you choose, 25%–36% of the sun’s energy is reflected. Tests have shown that it reduces the temperature by at least 3°C.


You can use Squid on roof windows such as Velux skylights, south-facing sliding windows, glass roofs, domes, conservatories, etc. And unlike plastic window-covering film, you can use Squid on HR++(+) glass / high-performance glass, too. Neither the glue nor the fabric suffer any adverse effects from strong UV rays.


Squid is quick and easy to install. You can do it yourself or get one of our installers to do it for you. You don’t need any professional equipment, and the installation won’t damage your walls or interior.


You install the window fabric in four stages: clean, stick, cut and press firmly. Simple, but it’s important to do things in the right order. Are you not happy with it first time? No problem: unlike plastic window-covering film, you can reposition Squid several times. This is useful if you’re moving house; you can simply take your Squid with you!

Large surfaces

You can easily cover small windows on your own, but it’s better to work as a pair for larger windows. You can install Squid on large windows with almost no visible joins – as long as you work with enough patience and precision!

To find out more email


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GSW Holds a Successful JHB Open House


Graphix Supply World hosted an open house day at its Johannesburg branch, providing clients the opportunity to see the latest innovations on offer.

The solutions showcased included the Formech 508 FS vacuum former, supplied by Maritime Marketing, of which Graphix Supply World have recently partnered with. The machine is ideal for signage applications that include the fabrication of lettering and lighting boxes, and works well with acrylic sheets.

Additionally, a wide range of Mimaki products were showcased, including:

  • Mimaki CJV150-130 print and cut on one machine.
  • Mimaki SWJ-320S4 3.2m wide printer.
  • Mimaki UJF3042 UV LED flatbed promotional printer.
  • Mimaki TS300P-1800 1.8m wide dye sublimation printer.
  • Mimaki TX300-1800 1.8m wide direct to textile printer.

Darryl Braithwaite, sales director at Graphix Supply World commented, ‘GSW wanted to showcase everything from solvent based print and cut, to UV LED rigid printing, finishing and cutting to textile printing. The aim was to display from print to finished article.

‘The EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro UltraDrop was the machine everybody was interested in. The sheer size of the machine, the speed at which it prints, the various applications that it allows for, and the pristine quality it offers made it the star attraction of the open house.

‘Clients were also equally impressed by the Kongsberg flatbed cutter, the Mimaki SWJ-320 3,2m wide printer and the Mimaki CJV150 print and cut on one machine. Extra wide format printing is on the increase, and clients are looking for an all in one supplier, from the printer, through to the finishing equipment. Textile is growing massively, and the applications it allows for make it an attractive segment of the market to enter.’

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Primera Highlights LX1000e Colour Printer


LX1000e is designed for applications that need extremely durable labels and it is Primera’s entry-level unit using pigment ink, offering a number of features, including:

Pigment ink – the pigments included in the ink formulation offer high durability and a greater reistance against UV-light and water combined with an excellent print quality.

Low cost per label – large, separate ink tanks for cyan, magenta, yellow and black keep cost per label low. LX1000e’s cost per label is among the lowest of all desktop color inkjet printers currently available near its price.

Fast print speeds of up to 101mm/s – LX1000e’s print speed of up to 101mm/s produces professional-looking labels without sacrificing print quality.

Typical applications include product labels for coffee, wine, bakery, confectionary, meat, cheese and hundreds of other specialty and gourmet foods. Industrial applications include full-color box-end labels, safety and warning labels, Kanban and inventory labels and tags and much more. LX1000e can also be used for private labeling, test marketing, pre-press proofing and retail shelf labeling.

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GSW Promotions

Fespa-Africa-PromotionGraphix Supply World have a number of exciting promotions in the mix.

Here is an overview of what to expect:

Promotion 1: CJV150-75 + a heat press A3 or Multi press for no more than R129 000*

Promotion 2: Trade-in & Trade-up with a Mimaki JV5-160 trade-up to JV300-160 for R309 000 less R29 000*

Promotion 3: Print with BS4 at R799 per litre, normal price at R899 per litre.**

Promotion 4: Trade-in & Trade-up with the JFX200-2513 with ioniser bar*

*Terms & Conditions apply

**Subject to 100 litres per month

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Catch a Flight to FESPA Africa with GSW

Flights-to-FespaGraphix Supply World are offering you an exclusive package deal to get you to and from FESPA Africa on Thursday 14 September 2017. For R2 500 you receive same day flights including lunch and a backpack goodie bag.

To book your seats email

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FESPA Africa – What to Look Forward to

Fespa-HypeThe best show of the year in Africa is creeping up quickly and Graphix Supply World along with Mimaki are excited to announce the equipment that will be showcased at FESPA Africa this year. So if you haven’t had the chance to see one of these Mimaki’s in action, now is your time!

We have the following to look forward to:

  • UJF6042MKII / UJF3042 FX /UJF30042MKII – High performance LED UV Printers
  • UJF7151 Plus – Next generation direct-to-object production flatbed LED UV Printer
  • SIJ320 – Grand-format LED UV inkjet printer
  • JFX200-2531 – UV LED flatbed printer
  • CJV150-130/160 – High Specification, entry model printer and cutter system
  • JV150-160 – Affordable high performance printer
  • TS300p-1800 – New generation high-speed dye sublimation textile printer
  • TX300P-1800 – High quality, versatile, direct-to-textile inkjet printer
  • NEW TS30- with Fluorescent ink – A sublimation transfer printer to start your business with
  • CG60 SRII – High quality & multifunction cutting plotter
  • CG130 SRII- High quality & multifunction cutting plotter


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FREE Training for the Month of August!

Free-trainingFor the month of August 2017, Graphix Supply World are offering all valued customers (operators) in Johannesburg the opportunity to learn how to maintain their machines and save costs. The training will be held at GSW Johannesburg offices: No. 2 Olympia Gardens, Olympia Road, Marlboro Johannesburg 2090. The value of this training is estimated at R1000 but is absolutely FREE for August.

To book your seat, email

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Talking Wide Format Digital Printing with Yuji Ikeda


Images met up with Yuji Ikeda, Mimaki Europe’s new managing director, at Fespa to talk about current trends in wide format digital printing

What are the trends in wide format printing at the moment?
At this moment we see a big split between the high production companies and those companies who’d like to try this type of printing: on one side the customers are demanding high production machines, like the Tiger-1800B [Mimaki’s new – and first – high production direct-to-textile printer], which costs more than R4 700 000. On the other hand, in a country like the UK, we’ve seen an increase in demand for entry level products, such as for educational purposes or for customers who’d like to expand their business into the textile segment.

We’ve seen a big increase of enquiries from this segment, not only in the dye sublimation segment, but also we get a lot of requests for textile pigment inks because the customers have to choose the right ink to print on a variety of textiles. For example, in order to print on polyester, customers have to go to dye sublimation ink. If they’d like to print on cotton, reactive ink is recommended. In the case of silk or wool, acid ink is required. This Fespa we have introduced a hybrid machine, the Tx300P-1800, which can print both textile pigment ink and dye sublimation ink and it has generated a lot of interest.

How has the wide format printing sector changed over the past few years?
We’re seeing a lot of demand from faster fashion. People used to do rotary screen printing, but because the trends change rapidly now, the dyeing houses and printing companies are seeing the benefit of digital printing. Especially in the fast fashion segment, the ratio between screen printing and digital has moved a lot toward digital.

Do you see that trend continuing?
Yes, because with wide format inkjet technology, we’re now able to achieve speeds close to screen printing technologies, so it’s entering the production segment.

Is the sports market still increasing?
In the sports segment, our first product was introduced in 2002, 2003. We don’t really see a big increase in this segment, although we do have very big business in it – I would say the current increase is coming more from the fashion industry and the interior decoration markets.

What are the main things to consider when buying a wide format digital printer?
First of all, we would recommend that customers choose the textile they’ll be working with. Like I said, customers have to choose the right technology, depending on the type of textile they like to print. They need to consider what type of ink to use, if pre-treatment is required, what sort of post processes are required. Unfortunately, there is no technology that can print on all kinds of textiles.

Next, they need to look at production: what the customer would like to achieve is also key, because there is such a wide range of textile printing machinery.

What kind of production speed the customer needs and what kind of textile the customer would like to print, those are the important areas.

What do you think is the main mistake people make when they’re using wide format digital printers, and how can they avoid it? 
Often people from a traditional printing segment do not know a lot about the digital printing technologies. Digital printing requires a complete workflow – it’s not only printing but may also include post process and pre-process – and the printers are a bit more sensitive compared to rotary screen printers. Good education from Mimaki and our partners is needed. We try to provide a solution for customers complete with technical support.

What ‘s the one piece of advice you’d give Images readers on how to get the best out of their machines?
The important point is the variance between the quality and production speed. On paper, everybody says we can do this speed, but it does not mean that at this top speed we can print fine quality. Depending on the print data or the end results that the customer would like to achieve, we carefully advise customers which print modes to use. A Ferrari cannot run at 300 km/hour in the desert.