Mimaki’s records its most successful presence ever at FESPA 2017

Mimaki at FESPA 2017

Mimaki stand at Fespa 2017

Leading manufacturer of wide format printers and cutting systems, Mimaki had its biggest and most successful presence ever at FESPA 2017 with two stands totalling 534 square meters. The company showcased its solutions for sign and display graphics, industrial print, 3D printing and digital textile printing under the theme “Dare to print different”. During the show Mimaki Europe won Best Object Printer award for the Mimaki UJF-MkII Series and Best Textile Printer under 100 sq./h award for the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 with its dual ink capability. Mimaki Europe also introduced Yuji Ikeda as its new managing director.

Visitors showed interest in new technology like the 3D printer, the Mimaki 3DUJ-P, which is based on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet technology. The 3DUJ-P offers high-definition modelling with a maximum size of 500 x 500 x 300 mm. It is the world’s first truly full-color modelling solution and supports up to 10 million different colors with the ability to achieve 84% of the FOGRA39L color gamut with high definition printing. The Mimaki 3DUJ-P, which also includes clear ink and a water-soluble support material that can be simply washed away, is expected to be commercially available later this year.

With the new high-speed directto-textile Tiger-1800B printer, it was the first time that Mimaki showcased the printer with sublimation ink after demonstrating the machine with reactive ink in previous shows. Textile firm Estampados Hermanos Perez located in Mataró, Spain, and supported by Mimaki distributor Digidelta, purchased the printer from the show floor.

Mimaki also had on display the award-winning Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers, updated to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks. This enables the use of a single printer to print directly on a wide range of textiles without the need to change out ink systems. 

Dare to print different Broek Ronald van den Broek, general manager – sales, says that many visitors to the stand were seeking solutions that would enable them to print on natural fibers with solutions like the Tx300P-1800 with textile pigment ink. In addition, visitors were interested in using sublimation printing for Fast Fashion and soft signage. “We also spoke with many companies wishing to repatriate processes they are currently outsourcing to different countries in order to gain more control by bringing them in house,” he comments. 

On its stand Mimaki also displayed applications such as printed notebooks, dresses, etc. “We are very pleased about the results we achieved at FESPA 2017. It was our most successful edition to date, and the show continues to exceed our expectations every year,” van den Broek concludes.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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