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Nothing But Excellence at ATS! From their Services – to their Suppliers!

African Tarpaulins & Supplies (ATS) takes pride in its elite reputation for being one of the most qualified and diverse companies in the African logistics industry since 2007. Today, they help hundreds of clients with manufacturing and supplying of truck tarpaulins and other equipment. More specifically, they do everything from digital printed or specialized truck curtain tarpaulins, general tarpaulins, machinery and furniture covers to cricket pitch covers, dam liners, blinds, pool and cargo nets. “Excellence In All We Do” is the core focus of everything ATS does – allowing it perform at superior standards time and time again.

Paul Ras, CEO of ATS, expressed that the company’s success would not have been attainable without utilizing top-of-the-range printers and machinery. For over 6 years, the company has developed a strong relationship with Graphix Supply World. With GSW’s state-of-the-art printers, as well as regular technical support, ATS has been able to provide the highest quality offerings at the lowest prices. They understand the importance of investing in the best printers to get the jobs done reliably, quickly and at the highest quality. 

To date, ATS has purchased over four machines from GSW, one being the profitable and competitively advantageous EFI Pro 32R that they use daily. Additionally, they have a one of a kind Mimaki UJV55-320 Super wide format Inkjet printer, a revolutionary Mimaki SWJ-320 Grand Format Inkjet printer for both outdoor and indoor signage and a Mimaki CG 130SR cutting plotter which are all used in their weekly operations.  

ATS consists of a tremendously hardworking and thriving team, always open to new ideas and opportunities to grow not only their dynamic, their capabilities but also their larger community. ATS gives thanks to Graphix Supply World, expressing that, owing to them they have managed to achieve much of their success in manufacturing the highest quality products for their customers. ATS further explained that GSW has been a trusted and dependable supplier to them and are proud to have dealt with their experienced operators throughout the years and look forward to a prosperous future.

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Mimaki New ‘100 Series’ Achieves High Quality with High Productivity, all at Minimal Cost!

Mimaki announced the release of the new “100 Series”, two entry level roll-to-roll inkjet printers – the UJV100-160 (UV model) and the JV100-160 (solvent model). The two inkjet printers strive to achieve high quality printing with high productivity, all at minimal cost to the user. The UJV100-160 is set to be commercially available in December 2020, while the JV100-160 is expected to follow in January 2021.

The JV100-160 adopts the recently developed, fast drying eco solvent ink “AS5”, which reduces graininess and allows for fine details even when printing images with high volumes of ink. Additionally, this new eco solvent ink has superior scratch resistance and outdoor durability which allows for printers to create a multitude of applications, whether they are for indoor or outdoor use. The new AS5 ink will be available in both a Dual CMYK 4 colour mode and 8 colour mode, which includes Light Cyan (Lc), Light Magenta (Lm), Orange (Or) and Light Black (Lk).

Mimaki’s UJV100-160 uses a low-cost UV ink “LUS-190” which cures immediately after being exposed to UV light, allowing a faster turnaround without the need for a degassing period after printing. The LUS-190 ink can be printed onto not only PVC, but also uncoated substrates such as PET film, paper, etc. This system is the ideal solution for print businesses introducing UV printing technology to their production line.

In line with its tagline “Expert Printing Made Easy”, the series is also fully equipped with features that will improve its usability for operators. Both printers in the “100 series” utilise Mimaki’s new DAS (Dot Adjustment System) feature, developed to support a streamlined, efficient printing process. Dot adjustments are normally done manually every time the user changes the media type, however, this new function performs drop position adjustment for bi-directional printing and media feed compensation automatically to ensure perfect alignments and print quality.

Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager, from Mimaki Europe commented, “Mimaki always prides itself in introducing printing technology that excels when it comes to efficiency and high-quality and these two models fulfill both. The ‘100 Series’ are also versatile printers and users benefit from the flexibility to produce an array of applications, from vibrant wallpapers to high-quality signboards.”

In addition, Mimaki’s core technologies such as NCU (Nozzle Check Unit), NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) and MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System4), will all be available as standard features to help achieve continuous and reliable production. Moreover, Mimaki has included its new RIP software “RasterLink7” to the series, which incorporates Harlequin RIP® developed by Global Graphics Software Ltd. as a core engine. With this new engine, the RIP time can be reduced by up to 25%. For even more ease of use, variable data printing and favorite settings have been added to this new free of charge RIP.

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The World Imagines – Mimaki Delivers!

Company Attains Customers Across the Continent with the UJV100-160

Wall Design is a Johannesburg based wallpaper distributor covering the entire Sub-Saharan Africa. Since its inception in 2004, they have quickly become the largest distributor in the area with the widest selection of wallpapers and exclusive brands. They have a wide range of customers from different industries; mainly distributing to traders and retailers as well as offer installation across the continent.

With Wall Design’s expansion, they have had to produce at high speeds in order to keep-up with growing demands. For this reason, founder Jacques Lombard expressed his appreciation for Mimaki Technology and reliance on their printers efficient qualities. Since buying their very first Mimaki printer from Graphix Supply World (GSW), a South African authorized Mimaki supplier, they have been satisfied ever since. He further said that they heard about GSW through Mimaki Europe and have been using their equipment and efficient services for some time now. 

To date, Wall Designs owns a UJV100-160 and has the printer running 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. It runs smoothly and effectively; making all their day-to-day operations possible. The main usage for the UJV100-160 is to do in-house printing on their own wallpaper base. The UV-LED technology and addition of white inks allows them to use any of their standard wallpapers as digital base, opening up endless creative possibilities. This not only allows Wall Designs to do anything their customers need and want but also ensures only the highest quality and most beautiful prints are created. With this being said, Wall Designs has also been able to add vinyl window graphics to their vast rage of offerings at a later stage. 

The opportunities are truly unlimited with Mimaki Solutions and Graphix Supply World ensures they have constant support to achieve whatever is desired. Jacques reiterated this by saying that GSW service has been fantastic, specifically from one of the leading GSW technicians Andrew Harding, his incredible wealth of experience and customer-first attitude is a breath of fresh air. Furthermore, stating that because GSW is a customer-focused company and not a corporate behemoth – you always get personalized service, you’re not just another number but a priority. 

Overall, the UJV has been the most suitable and relevant to Wall Designs industry. They feel it has all the features they need and more. Having a massive bump in speed which has been highly beneficial – all at a great, solvent-based-machine-beating-price! The company could not be more proud of their printer and haven’t regretted their purchase for a second. 

Wall Designs believes that “at the end of the day, when ordering food at a restaurant, you would never order something you know you wouldn’t eat. Then why should buying a digital printer be any different? That’s why we chose the UJV100-160 – it has exactly the features we need – UV-LED technology, blazing fast print speeds and low investment cost, all without increasing the purchase price by adding features we know we’ll never use. Our printer has been running nearly 24/7 from day one and we’ve not regretted our purchase for a second!

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GSW at Sign Africa Cape Town.

Upon entering hall one at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, one is immediately struck with excitement and awe by the low hum of high-tech printing machines that surround you, and one was welcomed at the sight of Graphix Supply Worlds large stand offering high quality solutions at affordable prices.

Graphix Supply World (GSW) was the largest exhibitor at Sign Africa Cape Town, taking an impressive 90m2 of space. The expo was busier this year compared to last, despite the current economic conditions. Every corporation within the printing industry was looking for cost effective solutions to keep their current market share whilst still expanding into other market segments. Fortunately they were able to find everything they were searching for at the GSW stand.

GSW launched the versatile, grand format Mimaki UJV55-320 that prints up to 3,2m wide and also displayed the Mimaki CJV150 series, which was voted the most cost effective printer & cutter in its class.

GSW presented the MTEX 500C, which has received great interest, as it is the first time a direct to textile printer has been brought and displayed in South Africa. And the first installation of this machine commenced during the week of Sign Africa CT.

The show was a great success for Graphix Supply World as they sold a number of big-ticket items including the new Mimaki UJV55-320. Over the two-day event, Graphix Supply World sold in excess of R20 million worth of equipment. These successful sales were from new clients whom have chosen GSW over its competitors because of the large range of equipment that GSW has to offer along with the quality service they provide to all of their customers.

And last but not least, with remarkable growth, GSW have and will be focusing on their High Performance inks and media solutions that is affordable and compatible with just about all machines. Another outstanding success at the expo.

GSW is your one-stop-shop, supplying you with only the best, leading digital solutions at affordable prices!

Speak to Graphix Supply World to find out more about their High Performance inks and media solutions.

Graphix Supply World –

Cape Town: Tel +27 (0) 21 511 5340

Johannesburg: Tel +27 (0) 11 444 9288

Durban: Tel +27 (0) 31 502 6128

24 Hours: Tel +27 (0) 82 455 6333

Date: 17 May 2016

Source: Angela Hattingh of Shall B Studio. Edited by Michelle Visagie of Shall B Studio.