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Huge Success for GSW and Mimaki at FESAP Africa 2019

The Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Expo took place earlier this month, 11-13 September at Gallagher Convention Centre. Where a number of educational features, new products launched and insightful tours took place.  

Visitors explored the latest technologies and trends in signage, wide format digital printing and T-shirt printing on the GSW and Mimaki Stands. Visitors had the opportunity to connect with GSW and Mimaki’s industry professionals on textile printing, vehicle graphics, point of sale branding, digital signage, banners, flags, printing on different media and more.

A hot new product tour was conducted over the three days where visitors got to see and hear from GSWs Director Robert Franco, the broad selection of Mimaki’s recently launched TS55-1800 textile printer, the JFX200-2513 EX flatbed printer, the new 3D printer and the first in Africa SWJ 320 EA.

GSW and Mimaki stands were extremely well attended, one could feel the buzz when walking through their stand with not one moment of silence. Every sales rep was involved in solid discussions with existing and prospective customers and smashing the sales. We had excellent feedback from all who attended the stand and many commended the staff on their knowledge of each product they were interest in.

GSW and Mimaki ended off the expo on the Friday with a bang, winning first prize, for the best Mega Stand in 2019.

GSW would like to thank each and everyone of their loyal customers, for choosing the #1 supplier in Africa! We couldn’t do this without you!

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Mimaki Flex Their Muscles with the Largest Presence & Product Launches at FESPA

Mimaki’s wide format inkjet portfolio and application showcase to drive business differentiation and profitability.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will host visitors to FESPA Global Print Expo 2019(Munich, Germany – 14-17 May, 2019) on its largest ever FESPA booth. The company’s increase in stand size reflects not only Mimaki’s broad portfolio offering, but also its international growth, market leading position and commitment to customer success. Mimaki will also use the show platform to launch new feature-rich products to drive customer differentiation and profitability.

The Mimaki booth (stand B6-A30) will encompass four key business areas – Sign Graphics; Industrial Products; Textiles and 3D. In a celebration of application diversity, the Mimaki stand will demonstrate how customers can leverage its cutting-edge inkjet technology to deliver increased revenue and address new markets with new application opportunities.

“By showing the smartest portfolio of cutting-edge technologies at our largest FESPA ever, we aim to demonstrate our clear commitment to the industry. In part, this is enabled by some of Mimaki’s key business strengths – our flexibility and R&D expertise. Unlike some of our competitors, we’re able to adapt quickly to market changes and customer opportunities to deliver constant system improvements or brand-new innovations,” comments Danna Drion, Marketing Manager, Mimaki EMEA.

“We head to FESPA 2019 with a product portfolio that epitomises this capability. In addition, we will use the show to educate the market – showing a wide range of successful and profitable applications enabled by our printing solutions, driving increased customer revenue,” says Drion.

Sign Graphics
Mimaki will showcase its flagship UV LED and eco-solvent roll-to-roll printing systems, providing versatile, reliable and high-quality print and cut capabilities for sign graphics applications. Ranging from entry level to high-productivity printers, these solutions are designed to enable print service providers to ‘print and profit’ using Mimaki technology.

  • Mimaki UCJV300-75: An award-winning UV integrated printer/cutter, featuring white ink capability. Uniquely enabling four-layer printing, this system is ideal for creating transformative graphics for backlit applications. Also exclusive to Mimaki – five-layer printing allows different designs to be printed on both sides of a substrate simultaneously, perfect for transparent film applications. The smallest model of Mimaki’s versatile UCJV300 series, it also features Greenguard Gold certified LUS-170 inks.
  • Mimaki CJV150-160: An entry-level eco-solvent integrated printer/cutter, offering high performance, versatility and richness in colour. Equipped with vibrant ink types including silver, orange and light black, it delivers a cost-effective solution for sign makers, display graphics professionals and print shops.
  • Mimaki JV300-160: A next-generation eco-solvent/sublimation printer, the JV300-160 sets a new benchmark for professional wide format printers. Offering the unrivalled versatility of multiple ink types (namely, orange and light black), it delivers photo-quality prints at outstanding speeds (up to 105.9m2 per hour in super-draft mode). Altogether making the JV300-160 the ideal solution for sign and graphics professionals, sportswear and fashion manufacturers, as well as print shops.
  • Mimaki UJV55-320: This 3.2m-wide LED UV inkjet printer uniquely combines high quality, super wide output and high-volume production (up to 110m2 per hour). White ink, transparent media capability, as well as twin-roll simultaneous printing, are among the features that make the UJV55-320 ideal for producing banners, retail, exhibition and window graphics and similar applications.

Industrial Products
For the industrial market, Mimaki will showcase three of its flatbed direct-to-shape UV LED digital printers from the UJF Series – the Mimaki UJF-7151plus, the Mimaki UJF-3042 MkII and the Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII. Offering print sizes from 710mm x 510mm to A3 and A2, and substrates up to 153mm thick, Mimaki’s UJF portfolio is designed specifically for the promotional products market. Visitors at the booth will be inspired by a wide range of creative promotional products in various materials, demonstrating how advanced digital printing enables value-adding and profit-driving personalisation and versioning capabilities.

Central to Mimaki’s textile showcase at FESPA is the company’s latest dye sublimation printer – the Mimaki TS55-1800. Offering continuous operation and an unprecedented price-quality ratio, this business-enhancing printer addresses the entry and mid-level markets and is designed for users that demand high productivity and high-quality print with vibrant colours and vivid imagery. Equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies, such as MAPS, NCU and NRS, it prints with the new Sb610 inks, that hold the coveted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification, meeting specific sustainability requirements. The TS55-1800 is suitable for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel, flags and tapestries. A Gold Sponsor of FESPA Global Print Expo, Mimaki will also be a key participant in FESPA’s special textile feature ‘Print Make Wear’.

Mimaki will ‘shape the future in colour’ with its advanced colour additive manufacturing technology. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is recognised as the first ever polymer 3D printing system enabling more than 10 million different colours. Using CMYK with white and clear inks, it produces photo-realistic products, with rich colour expression including spot colour, shades and gradients, as well as special effects, such as full transparency and semi-transparent colour. Visitors to the Mimaki booth will see the 3DUJ-553 3D printer running live and delivering objects with super fine details and smooth surfaces. Mimaki’s 3D printer is ideal for such applications as scaled models, mock-ups and prototyping through to 3D art, figurines, as well as medical and educational tools and equipment.

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Mimaki to Showcase its Diverse Digital Textile Printing Range at Egy Stitch & Tex in Cairo

Dye sublimation textile digital printers suited for different market segments will be exhibited at Mimaki partner’s, Thebes International booth.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has today announced it will be represented by its established partner, Thebes International, at the Egy Stitch & Tex trade show in Cairo, Egypt (28 February-3 March 2019, Cairo International Convention and Exhibitions Center). Showcasing a range of market leading digital textile printers at the booth (Stand D1, Hall 4), Thebes International will demonstrate how textile companies and print service providers interested in taking their first steps into the digital textile world can use Mimaki’s high-end dye-sublimation digital textile solutions to support increased revenues, address new markets and drive new application possibilities in textiles.

As one of two specific highlights on the Thebes International booth, visitors to Egy Stitch & Tex 2019 will see Mimaki’s cutting-edge dye-sublimation solutions. Central to the showcase will be the brand’s latest dye sublimation printer – the TS55-1800. Offering continuous operation and an unprecedented price-quality ratio, this business-enhancing printer addresses the entry and mid-level markets and is designed for users that demand high productivity and high-quality print with vibrant colours and vivid imagery. Equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies, such as MAPS, NCU and NRS, it prints with the new Sb610 inks, that hold the coveted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification, meeting specific requirements with regard to sustainability. The TS55-1800 is suitable for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel, flags and tapestries. As part of the dye-sublimation technology range, the renowned Mimaki TS300P-1800 and JV5-160 will also be showcased.

The second highlight at Thebes International booth will be the Mimaki TX300P-1800B, a high-quality belt-fed direct-to-textile digital printer. Equipped with an innovative automated ‘sticky belt’ transport system, the TX300P-1800B enables direct printing on a broad range of natural and man-made fabrics, as it proves particularly effective on stretchable materials. The printer is equipped with Mimaki’s core technologies and is available with sublimation, disperse, reactive, acid dyes and pigment inks. Live demonstrations will be run at the booth, with the TX300P-1800B printing on cotton with textile pigment inks. The TX300P-1800B mainly addresses the production of fashion, clothing and soft furnishings.

“Egy Stitch & Tex represents a fantastic opportunity for our partner to demonstrate Mimaki’s diverse range of digital textile printers to the Middle-East and North Africa regions,” comments Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA, Mimaki. “Textile printers willing to diversify their product portfolio and print service providers searching for opportunities in the textile environment will be able to see and touch our profit-enhancing solutions at the show.”

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Fespa Africa 2018 is Around the Corner

Mimaki today announced its participation in FESPA Africa 2018, where the brand will be represented by their exclusive distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW). In line with FESPA’s theme ‘Where Print Takes Off’, the stand aims to inspire visitors and get them on board with Mimaki. FESPA Africa will take place between 12 -14 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mimaki’s flagship digital print solutions will be displayed on stand D20-D21 in hall 3.

“We created a one-of-a-kind Mimaki airport experience on our stand at FESPA Berlin back in May,” says Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Visitors found the theme very exciting and they were able to draw inspiration from every single element of our stand. This is why we want to bring the same theme to FESPA Africa. We are inviting all visitors to join the experience and let our innovative printers, unique application areas, and Mimaki experts help them grow their print business!”

On Display
In addition to stunning samples sure to generate new ideas for attendees at FESPA, Mimaki will showcase its full line of printing and cutting technologies, ideal for use in sign graphics, textile, and industrial markets. This includes:

  • Mimaki’s best-selling advanced LED UV flatbed printers, the UJF and JFX Series, which offer print areas as compact as A3 size all the way to 2.5m x 3.1m format. With multiple ink options, the series offer direct printing on various objects and substrates, including wood, metal, and glass. Furthermore, the UJF series also offers 360o direct printing on cylindrical objects.
  • Several flagship solvent printers for the sign graphics market, including the high performance JV150 series and the integrated print-and-cut CJV150 series.
  • A range of textile printers for both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer printing, including the Tx300P series, which offers the unique ability to simultaneously load textile pigment and sublimation inks on one printer.
  • Mimaki’s technologically advanced range of cutting plotters.

“FESPA Africa is a great opportunity for us to introduce visitors to our award-winning technologies and exclusive Mimaki experience,” van den Broek concludes. “In fact, we have something special for visitors who share their experience at our stand with the hashtag #onboardwithMimaki on their social media. This is definitely a show not to be missed!”

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Fespa Africa – Where Signage Takes Off

The regions largest dedicated print and signage exhibition – FESPA Africa – returns for the fourth year at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, between the 12-14 September 2018. Co-located with Sign Africa and Africa Print, you can connect with over 6,000 industry professionals all coming together to view the latest developments in technology, equipment, solutions and softwares.

Dare to discover and grow your business and register here for your entry badge.

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GSW Travel the Continent

GSW Travel the continent to showcase a selection of profitable print, cut & finishing solutions.

On 6-7 June some of GSWs top team members made their way to the Africa Print Expo held in Zambia at the Mulungushi International Convention Centre (MICC). The event offered industry professionals the opportunity to see solutions in their own city. The aim was to educate and inspire all local visitors on the powerful capabilities as well as commercial benefits of digital print.

Darryl Braithwaite is seen discussing opportunities for business growth within the printing industry with Felix Mutati, The Minister of Works. It is said Zambian’s believe in “developing a business through innovation, creativity, progressive thinking and regression”, that person is called an entrepreneur. And what better way of inspiring the local entrepreneurs with one of Africa’s largest expo’s and with Africa’s leader in digital technology from Graphix Supply World.

Further south of Africa, was Markex, Africa’s premier promotional products expo, held on 11 June 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Around 200 exhibitors showcased their products, one of which was GSW, creating a vibe on the floor showcasing exclusive, affordable and cutting edge technology with their marketing solutions.

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7.5% Off Same Day Sales

An open house with a traditional South African twist turned out to be a great success held on 16 May.

GSWs guests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, where welcomed with boerie rolls, refreshments and discussed the industries latest trends while benefiting from a 7.5% discount on any item purchased on the day.

If you did not receive an invite and would like be included in other events such as these, please email