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Be a Winner with Mimaki at Fespa Africa 2018

Share your Mimaki experience at @FESPAAfrica with the hashtag #onboardwithMimaki to win a Seatzac chill bag. We’ll pick a winner daily so make sure you visit Mimaki and GSW in Hall 3, Stand D20/D21 at the Gallagher Convention Centre and start posting!
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The SeatZac is a bag for chilling that you can fill with 400 litres of air within a few seconds, with one zigzagging move. The SeatZac is made of very strong polyester (also called parachute silk) and weighs no more than 750 grams. That is why it is easy to take with you in the accompanying carrier bag. Ideal for in the park, at a festival, on your roof terrace, in the swimming pool or during winter sports. And if it gets dark you won’t have to go home yet! With a Light Kit you will literally let your SeatZac shine. The SeatZac is available in various funky colours. Chill wherever you like!

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Mimaki CJV150-130 is an Excellent Machine! 

When we reached out to Mosala at All 4 One Sports, he was more than excited to tell us about his recent purchase from GSW.

 

“It is an excellent machine. We have had it for three weeks and we are all so happy. I think it is going to do big things for our business.”

 

All 4 One Sports is based in Lesotho, and has been in operation for ten years. Starting small, the business focused on providing the local community with quality printed T-shirts before gradually branching out to supply the wider market with branded sportswear and printed medals and trophies.

 

“We began printing sportswear as our business got bigger and more people came to hear about us. However, we were outsourcing most of the printing work – for example the numbers on the back of football jerseys were done externally, but now that we have our new printer we can bring that in-house and expand our services. We supply many big clients, including Nedbank, FNB, Metropolitan and various government sectors, to name a few, with their printing needs and so it makes sense that we continue to look for ways to grow and learn here at All 4 One Sports.”

All 4 One Sport’s new printer is the Mimaki CJV150- 130 model. The machine provides high performance, creativity and versatility with vibrant ink types, including new silver, orange and light black, in a cost-effective package. Offering a range of incredible features, including fast printing speeds, high quality print resolution of up to 1, 440dpi and four different printing widths, the Mimaki CJV150 – 130 is perfect for businesses like All 4 One Sports who are looking to get more comfortable with print technology and use it to expand their product range.

When asked about his experience purchasing the printer and having it set up, Mosala couldn’t sing GSW’s praises loud enough. “Their service is great – I would give it ten out of ten. We have never had a printer like this before so we were nervous to get going but the technician that came in was very helpful and now, in less than a month, we are confident using our printer and enjoying it a lot.”

For more information about All 4 One Sports and what they can do to bring your vision to life, contact them on +266 5890 6922.

 

To find out more about the CJV150 -130 printer from Mimaki that Mosala and his team at All 4 One Sports are so excited about, go to GSW’s website, www.gsw.co.za, or email marketing@gsw.co.za. Alternatively, you can call one of the various branches across South Africa and speak to an agent.

Cape Town: +27(0)21 511 5340

Johannesburg: (011) 444 9288

Durban: 031 502 6128

GSW thanks All 4 One Sports for their business and we look forward to seeing how their new Mimaki machine helps take them to new heights.

 

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Make Textile Production More Efficient 

An analogue-to-digital transformation is currently taking place in the textiles and clothing market. Alongside conventional textile printing processes, digital printing is growing fast. Digital offers enormous potential to make production more efficient. And yet textile manufacturers cannot make use of all the opportunities, partly because the systems for the pre-treatment and post-treatment of textiles often come from different manufacturers. This is why Mimaki now offers one complete solution for the textile print workflow.

By Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki EMEA

It is getting increasingly challenging for big textile brands to manage their production and distribution costs. Everything has to be as efficient and as cost-effective as possible in order to be more competitive and compensate for unsold stock. H&M, for example, recently announced that it has over 4.3 billion dollars’ worth of unsold stock. Digital textile printing is seen as a more cost-efficient alternative to conventional techniques, where smaller volumes can be custom-made. This means that less stock is required, and products can be placed on the market much more quickly. In addition, within the foreseeable future, you’ll be able to adjust a collection or even completely replace it, based on online and in-store sales.

It is no coincidence that traditional textile manufacturers are currently making big investments in their transition to the digital world. According to the latest trends, thanks to this digital revolution, printed textile manufacturing is coming back to Europe, mostly from Asia, because this allows a lot of savings on distribution. Time-to-market in particular plays an important role here. Digital textile production also helps to reduce environmental pollution. The fact is that conventional technology for textile printing is one of the biggest water consumers of all industries. With regard to water pollution, this industry scores the highest, with around 20 per cent. It is estimated that digital textile printing offers savings of over 60 per cent!

Well-oiled machine

But all these advantages can only be used to their full potential if the digital textile production process works like a well-oiled machine. In order to achieve this, to start with, the machines used have to deal with high production volumes, which means that they do not need maintenance during production. The promised efficiency improvements to digital inkjet technology cannot always be fulfilled, because companies use machinery from different suppliers. These machines are not always geared to each other and are not always capable of achieving the same production volume within the same maintenance cycle. Consequently, a machine in the print queue can come to a standstill due to a failure, which means that the entire production stagnates. Next, as a textile print company you are reliant on the technical support of different suppliers in order to get production back on track. As with many things, the efficiency of digital textile production depends on the weakest link. So support for your entire workflow is crucial.

One-stop solution

Due to the recent takeover of Rimslow, Mimaki can offer a complete workflow solution for digital textile printing. This is how it looks:

  • Step 1: Pre-treatment of fabrics.This is carried out with a special coating, before printing, which is necessary in order to achieve the optimum interaction between the ink and the fabric, and in order to prevent the ink from running. This is now possible with the Mimaki TR300-1850C Pre-Treatment Unit or with the Mimaki TR600-1850W hybrid Coater/Washing Unit.
  • Step 2: Printing directly on textiles.This is possible with a digital textile inkjet printer, such as the Tiger-1800B MkII or the TX300P series (TX300P-1800 & TX300P-1800B).
  • Step 3: Steaming the printed fabric.This step is required in order to fix the ink on the fabric. In order to do this, a machine like the Mimaki TR300-1850S Steamer or the Mimaki TR600-1850S Steamer can be used.
  • Step 4: Washing the printed fabric.With this last step, unfixed residual ink and treatment agent are removed from the fabric. This can be done with the Mimaki TR600-1850W Washer, for example. The textile is then prepared for the next steps in the production and distribution process.

With this one-stop solution for coating, printing, steaming and washing machines, companies in the textile industry now have complete control over their production process. And thanks to our service network in 150 countries, customers have a single point of contact for all support for their textile production process, allowing them to save a lot of time, effort and money. This is how you really make use of all the advantages of digital textile printing.

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Mimaki 3DUJ-553 Printer Shortlisted for Prestigious TCT Awards

Innovative full-colour 3D printer voted as a finalist for the Hardware Award – Polymers by TCT Expert Advisory Board

Mimaki today reported that its 3DUJ-553 3D printer has been shortlisted for the prestigious TCT Awards. The TCT Awards celebrate the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the leading examples of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering across the globe. The awards ceremony will take place at the TCT Awards 2018 on the evening of Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

“We are honoured to be considered for this prestigious award for our unique 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer,” says Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “This innovative system was also nominated for the Innovation of the Year for the 3DPI Awards 2018 and was granted a prestigious EDP Award 2018 for the Best 3D Additive Full Colour Printer. The breadth of these awards and award nominations reflects how unique this printer truly is, and we are pleased with the industry recognition it is garnering.”

About the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 Full-Colour 3D Printer

The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 19 microns. Its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off when the object has been produced, saving time and reducing the possibility of damaging the object when support material is removed. The availability of clear ink adds an extra dimension to printed pieces for an enhanced appearance.

About the TCT Awards

The TCT Awards, presented by TCT Magazine, exist at the intersection of technology and applications with leading examples of innovative additive manufacturing solutions. These awards recognize all partners in a project from designers and engineers to technology providers. The September 2018 awards will celebrate design-to-manufacturing innovation across a range of industries including medical, aerospace, automotive, and consumer projects. The awards ceremony will also feature three inductees to the prestigious and coveted TCT Hall of Fame.

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GSW Brings Mimaki Experience to Fespa Africa 2018

Mimaki’s flagship solvent, UV and textile solutions to show how print business can really take off

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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Think Green. Think Different

Innovation

Think Green and Think Different.


Decal sets a new standard in environmentally friendly medias – products 100% PVC Free, including our SAV range, meaning they are completely solvent free and even food safe.

Environmental standards are extremely important to us here at DECAL. That is why we have developed our own innovative way of manufacturing wide format medias and self adhesive vinyls that don’t include ANY solvents whatsoever.

Innovation is what drives us to improve and invent new medias, for every ink type, to enhance our visual world. An example of this is our new over lamination process for UV LED printing which eliminates the “silvery” effect often seen on other medias. We also have a full range of  Latex medias for the emerging Decor and Interiors market.

Quality

When only the best will do.


Our media factory is the most modern in Europe. The 12,000 sq ft facility houses state-of-the-art equipment and uses the finest of European raw materials to manufacture high quality wide format media, self-adhesive vinyls, self-adhesive labels, overlaminates and wallcoverings.

To ensure we maintain the highest quality standards, each roll of media has a QR code printed the backliner, so should an issue occur in the field, this enables us to quickly trace batches, investigate chemistry and solve the issue, simply by scanning the QR code and raising a customer service ticket immediately.

This system of traceability is totally unique in the industry and reinforces our commitment to innovation and maintaining high quality standards.

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Our Third Mimaki and it’s Fantastic!

When we contacted Jonathon from Netflorist to discuss his latest purchase from GSW, he was more than excited to tell us how his new machine was already helping his business:

 

“This is the third Mimaki printer that we have installed here at Netflorist and it is fantastic. The quality that this printer generates is out of this world. We are one of the most established providers of flowers and gifts in South Africa and I just know that what we produce with this machine is going to make us even bigger and even better.”

 

Netflorist is South Africa’s leading online florist and flower delivery site. They deliver flowers to anywhere in South Africa, as well in the UK, Australia, the USA and beyond, with domestic offices all over the country. Netflorist has an unmatched range of flowers available for customers to choose from and pride themselves on exceptional quality and service.

 

“You won’t find a better place to get something beautiful for someone you love. We offer flowers, we offer jewellery and as we continue to grow, we will be able to offer more and more! Our quality will only get better.”

 

Netflorist is currently making use of two Mimaki machines and recently installed a third UJF3042MKII model. Offering speed improvements of up to 20 percent over previous generation and a high-quality print resolution of up to 1200 dpi, the UJF MkII series offers a technology that is unparalleled.

 

Jonathon has had a long-standing relationship with GSW and, when asked, said that the service he had received from them had been persistently excellent.

 

For more information about Netflorist and how they can bring beauty into your life, have a look at their website https://www.netflorist.co.za/ or contact them on 0861 300 600 or 087 135 0005.

 

To find out more about the UJF3042MKII printers from Mimaki that Jonathon and his team at Netflorist are so passionate about, go to GSW’s website, www.gsw.co.za, or email marketing@gsw.co.za. Alternatively, you can call one of the various branches across South Africa and speak to an agent.

Cape Town: +27(0)21 511 5340

Johannesburg: (011) 444 9288

Durban: 031 502 6128

 

 

 

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GSWs New E-Shop Launches Next Month

It is true, we are going to be launching our very first online store by September 2018!

All our valued customers will now be able to buy certain products online. The benefits are endless but we’ve added a few incase you weren’t completely sold on the idea.

  1. You will have global access – no matter where in Africa you are from, you can order straight from your phone, tablet or computer
  2. Cost savings – no unnecessary phone calls back and forth
  3. Faster delivery of products
  4.  Increased professionalism
  5.  Time saving – if you’ve run out of supplies, your order will be at the click of a button

We look forward to supplying you with affordable products, fast, efficiently and effectively.

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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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A History of Great Innovation

Interview with Brett Newman

Jo Golding speaks to Brett Newman, chief operations manager at Hybrid Services, about working in the print industry and how Mimaki’s reputation for innovation was behind his latest move.

What is your own professional background and what do you enjoy most about your current role?

I’m proud to have been a member of the printing community for more than 20 years. I’ve worked for resellers, distributors, and manufacturers at all levels and my current role sees me as the chief operations manager at Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services.

I joined Hybrid primarily for the opportunity to work with Mimaki’s product portfolio and its reputation for innovation. A broad and diverse product range allows us to work in many different markets and customer bases, which means no two days are the same and I’m as excited about printing technology today as I was when I started out as a service engineer.

What do you think are the key factors underpinning Hybrid’s success to date?

Hybrid’s success comes down to a combination of things. Firstly, the product from Mimaki never fails to deliver. A history of great innovation and exciting plans for the future allow us to supply relevant, well designed, and original technology into a diverse range of markets in the UK and Ireland.

Secondly, the people within Hybrid. There’s a passion and dedication across the team and its network of resellers that says a lot about the brand, which leads onto the third factor, a long history and pedigree. Hybrid is now in its 22nd year—consistently supplying and supporting its reseller channel and end users in many markets that stretch far beyond the sign and graphics industry.

What has the response been like for your ‘Let’s Do More’ scheme and how important is helping the environment in the print industry?

Don’t forget it’s now ten years since we started ‘Let’s Do More’. Different people are motivated by different reasons for participating in the scheme and for those that don’t know how it works, we support customers who use Mimaki’s solvent ink cartridges by offering a rebate for their spent cartridges, help manage their print waste, and at the same time, keep around 40 tonnes of ink cartridges out of landfill every year.

So, for some users, the environmental benefits are the big motivating factor, for others, the free ink we provide as a rebate is beneficial and equally, those that appreciate Hybrid helping to manage a part of their print waste is a bonus. Whatever the motivation, it’s undoubtably been a huge success and remains a quite unique scheme in the industry.

What growth markets should print-service-providers diversify into using Hybrid’s technology and why?

Hybrid and Mimaki have been central to discussions about market convergence in recent years and we can’t stress enough the need to consider diversification in order to both grow and protect revenue.

We can’t stress enough the need to consider diversification in order to both grow and protect revenue

As I’ve said many times, the buyers don’t distinguish between print, they just see a printed item, so whatever that may be—whether a PSP wants to diversify into soft signage and textile printing or producing direct-to-object prints—there’s a Mimaki product to suit. We want our customers to be profitable and to be able to offer a broad range of new applications to their customers, so educating and informing them of the opportunities that Mimaki’s range presents is a key communication focus for Hybrid.