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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 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,, or email 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.

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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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Mimaki Unveils High-End Tiger-1800B MKII

The successor to the Tiger-1800B, which was launched in late 2016, the 385sqm/hr machine has a high-quality 1,200dpi mode along with a number of other quality improvements.

It will be available by July and will have a price similar to its predecessor.

Mimaki Europe product manager for EMEA Bert Benckhuysen said textile producers are increasingly moving over from conventional production to digital printing.

“The market is in need of high-volume textile printers, such as our new Tiger MkII. The speed allows those companies to print what is necessary, meaning less stock and faster time to market.”

New features include Mimaki’s Advanced Pass System, which is said to minimise banding and colour shifting by spreading the edge of the pass, making the boundary area a gradation and resulting in a smoother printed image.

Mimaki’s Nozzle Checking Unit and Nozzle Recovery System are also incorporated.

Furthermore, a raft of optional devices are available, including a feeding unit for roll media equipped with a centring device and tension bar, a jumbo roll unit to enable printing of long-length roll fabric or heat transfer paper, and drying and winding or pleating options for printed fabrics.

Mimaki is also launching its newly expanded UCJV range of LED-UV print-and-cut machines on its booth this week at Messe Berlin (1.2-D20/D30).

Joining the existing 1.6m-wide UCJV300-160 model, which was launched last September, are the UCJV300-75 (width: 0.8m), UCJV300-107 (1.09m), and UCJV300-130 (1.36m).

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Mimaki Receives Two EDP Awards for 3D and Roll-to-Roll Printers

Mimaki has announced that the European Digital Press Association (EDP) has given the company two prestigious EDP awards for its printers.

The best technological advancements 

Europe’s 21 leading trade magazines with an editorial focus on digital print processes come together each year to honour the best technological developments among products and other developments announced or presented within the previous 12 months.

UCJV300-160 and 3DUJ-553 

‘We are honoured to again be a recipient of these prestigious awards, receiving best-in-class awards for our UCJV300-160 roll-to-roll printer and our unique 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer,’ said Danna Drion, marketing manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. ‘We appreciate the time and effort the editors put in to reviewing more than 120 entries, and we are pleased to be included in the final award process with these two outstanding products.’

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Sakae Sagne, Chairman of Mimaki Europe Retires

Sagane grew Mimaki Europe from a small Mimaki subsidiary to the business unit contributing the most revenue compared to other Mimaki subsidiaries. Under his leadership, Mimaki Europe grew its network of dealers and distributors across the region, completed the acquisition of Mimaki-nbn GmbH in 2008 (now Mimaki Deutschland), and established Mimaki Eurasia in Turkey to more specifically address the needs within that region.

In addition, Mimaki Europe positioned itself as a major industry player under his leadership, strengthening its position in signs and display graphics and textiles, while also beginning to establish a foothold in 3D printing. Annual turnover for Mimaki Europe was €46 million in 2006, growing to €125 million by the end of Mimaki’s fiscal year in March 2018, contributing more than 31% of total Mimaki turnover.

“Mimaki Europe has truly prospered under Sagane’s leadership, as have our customers,” said Yuji Ikeda, managing director at Mimaki Europe. “His vision took us from a small regional player to a force to be reckoned with in the markets we serve. This includes several acquisitions and our joint venture with Bompan in Italy that have enabled Mimaki to become a total solutions provider with an end-to-end ecosystem of solutions for the growing digital textile printing market. He also helped us successfully navigate through and overcome the difficulties of the European debt crisis. Mimaki Europe started out with only five employees back in 2005 and this number has grown to more than 100 today. We sincerely thank him for his many years of service. He will be missed.”

“The time I spent developing Mimaki Europe has been extremely rewarding,” Sagane said. “We have an outstanding team that has been a delight to work with, and a cadre of loyal and innovative customers that both pushed us to higher performance levels and rewarded us with their business. It is with mixed emotions that I leave this vibrant and growing business to take on the next phase of my life.”

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Mimaki Expands its UCJV300 Series of Wide-Format Inkjet Printers

Mimaki has announced the availability of its newly developed UCJV300-75, UCJV300-107 and UCJV300-130 wide-format inkjet printers – smaller footprint models with the same operational features of the OEM’s larger UCJV300-160. The new UCJV300 printers deliver a huge range of applications and versatility with four-layer and five-layer printing capabilities. Their integrated cut functionality enables volume production of labels, decals, window clings, vehicle markings and more in each unit. The printers also utilize flexible UV inks that cure instantly, allowing customers to quickly print and immediately move to the finished product without waiting for drying. With multi-layer printing, each printer can deliver exceptional backlit graphics that are transformed with different light sources and “are certain to command high margins.” Mimaki added that UV-curable inks offer greater opacity with less ink consumption than other ink formulations. Mimaki’s high-opacity white ink enables block-out printing with a single layer, so users can efficiently tackle specialized applications such as “push/pull” door signs.


All of these models reduce environmental impact and ensure healthier printing with odourless UV inks. As Greenguard-certified products, each model has met some of the world’s most comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs into the air. The printers also facilitate low heat output and low power consumption. Each print-and-cut device includes the newest version of RasterLink6 Plus software, featuring a four-layer print preview and an ID Cut function that generates registration marks, barcodes with cutting and rotation information, and more. Additional features include Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4, Variable Dot Printing, Waveform Control, Mimaki Circulation Technology, Nozzle Check Unit and Nozzle Recovery System.

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Mimaki Growing with Africa’s Consumers for 25 Years

Mimaki is a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign graphics, textile / apparel and industrial markets as well as providing a comprehensive range of supporting products such as hardware, software and associated consumable items like inks, cutting blades and more. Along with GSW, Mimaki have become pioneers in Africa over the last twenty-five years, within the digital print realm.

Always innovative and ahead of the game, Mimaki develop high-quality products to execute on-demand production and emerging trends. Working with confidence, the engineering and manufacturing of the Mimaki line of equipment offers consumers a total workflow solution while catering for the warmer climates of Africa. Offering game-changing technologies and one of the broadest arrays of industrial printing applications. It is no wonder why Mimaki is the top leading digital brand in Africa.

If you want to know more about the Mimaki printing and cutting machines in your area, feel free to contact us at