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IMPROVING NEVER ENDS

JETCOL® HTR3100 REPLACES JETCOL® HTR3000

The Jetcol® Original dye sublimation paper assortment of Neenah Coldenhove can be characterised by its diversity. In paper thickness, roll widths, its ability to handle ink quantities without cockling. Still, one characteristic remains a constant: high quality. Jetcol® HTR3100 and Jetcol® HTR3000 are no exception. They are both designed to be an all-round sublimation transfer paper, easy to handle and with an excellent performance.

Because of the popularity of Jetcol®, Neenah Coldenhove anticipates a continued sales increase in the future. For this reason the Jetcol® production is expanded to a second paper machine with additional capacity, made suitable for sublimation transfer paper. Jetcol® HTR3100 is produced on this modernised machine and will more and more replace Jetcol® HTR3000 with a maximum width of 240cm.

All widths under 240cm of Jetcol® HTR3000 will be phased out gradually and is planned to stop the 1st of September. Jetcol® HTR3000 will still be available in width 240cm up to 320cm.

The production of Jetcol® HTR3100 has started in 2017. Testresults have shown a better runnability and a higher drying speed. Customers have confirmed the conclusions of Neenah Coldenhove that Jetcol® HTR3100 at least equals the characteristics and quality of the Jetcol® HTR3000 product at matching costs.

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Felxibility, Timeliness & Cost Savings

CEO Mattia Brunazzi decided to invest in a digital solution of colour label printers that could allow him to print professional labels on demand. He knew the brand Primera from a fair four years ago, but only in recently he is convinced of the need to introduce this solution into the company.

We are a family company of cosmetic products for face and body, producing a few hundred pieces at time. Until today we have been turning to a printing press, with very long delivery times, minimum order quantities and consequent high warehouse costs and waste of unused labels,“ says Mr. Brunazzi. „Today, however, thanks to Primera’s LX1000e Colour Label Printer we can print only the labels we need in that time. Just this morning we prepared a customised supply for a pharmacy, printing 12 labels for a single product, quickly and economically,” he continues.

Finally, these days we have received a request for products from a customer from China and we are preparing custom labels in Chinese. Before we could never have satisfied this request!

The printer has been placed in the office and is used daily for the production of labels. It has been defined as an intuitive machine, easy to use, but like all technological tools, it needs practice to be able to make the most of its potential.

Asked what the advantages in these first months of use are Mr. Brunazzi directly answered: “Flexibility, timeliness and above all a huge costs saving, in terms of inventory and waste. We bought the printer with the intention of using it only for customisation, but we immediately understood that it was cheaper to produce internally the labels of all our products, because the print quality is excellent and the costs contained. The only drawback: it is a bit ‚boring’ to change the roll every time, unfortunately we have many different formats, but it would be with any printer!

When talking about prices and investments there is always a little fear of the answer, but it was very positive instead: “Honestly I didn’t give much importance to the price of the printer, but I paid attention to the quality of printing and the countless advantages practical and economic that would have led to the company,” Mr. Brunazzi answers with serenity.

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Thank you from GSW

To all our new and loyal customers, everyone at GSW would like to extend our gratitude for supporting the Winning Team during FESPA Africa 2018. We hope that you found the trade show informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to increase your understanding of the digital print industry and the quality of affordable applications we have to offer as well as provide you with resources that will support you throughout your journey in the digital print production world.

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GSW are Winners at FESPA Africa 2018

Visitors from a number of African countries attended the event. The top 10 countries with visitors from outside of South Africa included: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Representation from other countries also included: Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Uganda.

Visitors could take part in a range of educational features, including the Textile experience, a hands-on workshop where printers could learn different techniques all taught by Charlie Taublieb, who has been in the screen printing industry since 1976; T-shirt and bag printing workshops, CorelDRAW workshops, the Speed Wrap Challenge and business opportunities in print and signage, which were held on various exhibitors’ stands.

Judges visited each stand at the expo and judged the stands according to criteria based on design, staff friendliness and professionalism.  GSW took home first place in Mega 300 Floor Space!

Well done to the GSW “Winning Team” we couldn’t have done it without you!

 

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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!
#Mimaki #FESPAAfrica2018 #FESPA

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!”