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Mimaki UCJV300-160 produces nice images

Posted Nov. 14, 2019

Yesterday we received lots of images test-printed courtesy of Mimaki EU. These were printed on the 1.6m wide Mimaki UCJV300-160.

Mimaki delivery to FLAAR Mesoamerica

As soon as today’s monsoon rain ceases we can open the package and check the color quality and print quality. But as a starter we wish to show the package arriving. The Q’eqchi’ and Pokomchi Mayan team are present to receive the package in front of the FLAAR REPORTS office (in Guatemala City).

Here is the printer in the Mimaki EU demo room in The Netherlands.

Mimaki UCJV300-160

 
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APPPEXPO Thailand co-located with SIGN ASIA EXPO

Posted Nov. 6, 2019

We recommend APPPEXPO Thailand co-located with SIGN ASIA EXPO, November 14-17, 2019, in friendly Bangkok, Thailand.

Hotels are within comfortable walking distance. local food is great; Bangkok is friendly safe city. We of FLAAR-REPORTS attended about two or so years ago and enjoyed the experience.

APPPEXPO Thailand 2019

Visit the APPPEXPO Thailand web site (and visit the expo itself).

 
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Konica Minolta printheads for UV-curing printers

Posted October 22, 2019

At SGIA 2019 Konica Minolta had a nice booth with two UV-curing printers. They each had transport belts so could handle both roll-to-roll and also rigid boards. They did test prints of our educational material for schools in rural areas of Latin America that fly down to Guatemala to donate to the teachers and students.

This year Konica Minolta, MGI, is in booth 9536, PRINTING United 2019. PRINTING United is the new name for SGIA 2019. This year (this week) in Dallas Texas. I will be there second and third days and look forward to see the KM printheads and printers and hopefully their short-run digital presses also.

 
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Autumn 2019: its wide-format inkjet printer trade show time

Posted August 30, 2019

Sign Africa Expo 2019 is 11-13 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sign Africa Expo 2019 is co-located with FESPA Africa, Africa Print, and Africa LED.

We at FLAAR-REPORTS recommend this expo and Maria Renee Ayau will be there every day. In some countries there are too many different expo brands, so no one brand is the #1. Mexico has expos in so many cities that some expos just don’t attract the leading brands. Mexico is a country I know for over half a century (first visited there at age 16, in 1961, to learn Spanish; then spent about 30 years doing research on archaeology and especially Mayan architectural history in the southern half of the country). Sign Africa Expo is the leading brand of expos for their part of the world, and of course FESPA is a popular brand in EU especially. The cooperation is nice. The result is an event with pleasant and knowledgeable exhibitors, organizers, and attendees. I especially like the T-shirt area. It is also helpful that the expo and the leading international signage magazine are led by the same team: Practical Publishing.

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Sign Istanbul is the week after, Sept 19-22. What I also like about Sign Istanbul is the hospitality and friendly nature of both the organizers, exhibitors, and attendees. Plus they cover a wide spectrum of applications related to visual communications, LED, and digital print, capably organized by the local team of TARSUS TURKEY; I have seen their team visiting at other expos around the world as well.

So September is a busy month for the team of FLAAR-REPORTS. Maria Renee Ayau and Pablo M. Lee will be attending Sign Istanbul.

Dr Nicholas will be at Printing United, an experiment that people are curious to know how it works out. Dallas is an atypical location for a printer expo, since most attendees and exhibitors say clearly and openly that they prefer Las Vegas. And families of course enjoy Orlando as a trade show destination.

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Then for 2020, we will cover this in a separate report, but Dr Nicholas and FLAAR-REPORTS team managers will be at SGI, Sign Middle East, in friendly and comfortable Dubai, UAE. Capably organized by the experienced team of IEC, International Expo Consults LLC www.signmiddleeast.com.

Next for 2020, APPPEXPO 2020, in beautiful and impressive Shanghai, www.APPPEXPO.com. The exhibitor list for APPPEXPO 2020 will be impressive. It’s a huge expo, with more brands of printers, of printable material, and of inks, than any other expo in the world (tons more brands of everything than drupa).

FESPA 2020 in magnificent Madrid then awaits us, and then ISA 2020 in Orlando. I was a visiting research professor at Rollins College for several years, so know Winter Park nearby.

The FLAAR-REPORTS team look forward to seeing you this autumn and in 2020.

 
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FLAAR-REPORTS at ISA 2019

Posted February 25, 2019

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FLAAR-REPORTS has been attending ISA for over sixteen years, since ISA is one of the major expos in wide-format digital printing. The main focus of this expo is wide-format printers, specifically UV-curing, textile, solvent, waterbased, latex, etc. Hence, lots of Inkjet inks, media and substrates and finishing equipment manufacturers and distributors will also be present at the show.

For 2019, four members of the FLAAR-REPORTS staff will be covering the expo.

April 24-26, 2018
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

To get more info: signexpo.org/FLAAR

After ISA 2019, we will be producing a series of reports on UV-curing and textile printers, inkjet inks, media and substrates, and finishing equipment. FLAAR-REPORTS will have a booth #3547, be sure to look for us there. We hope to see you at the show!

 
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FLAAR-REPORTS team is preparing to APPPEXPO 2020

Most recently updated August 30, 2019
Posted February 20, 2019

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Only a few months away from APPPEXPO 2020 in Shanghai, China (March 4 –7). We have been preparing for this trade show for a while, it is the largest exhibition in the Asian region.

FLAAR-REPORTS has been attending APPPEXPO for over a decade and we are the appointed media partner for this trade show. The expo has constantly grown and each year more members of the FLAAR-REPORTS team are flown to cover APPPEXPO.

For APPPEXPO 2020, six of us will be at the show covering many wide-format printing subjects:

  • UV-printing, desktop, mid-sized and wide-format printers
  • Textile printing, both transfer paper and direct to fabric
  • Solvent, eco, bio and mild solvent printing
  • Inkjet inks for UV, solvent, textile, waterbased and latex
  • Media and substrates, rigid and flexible
  • 3D printing, applications and printers
  • CNC routers, CO2, laser, engravers
  • Coaters and laminators

In order for you prepare for APPPEXPO before the show we have prepared a series of reports to help you understand what you can expect here based on recent years.

 
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Join us at SIGN Istanbul 2018!

Posted September 04, 2018

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It’s been over a decade since we first visited the beautiful city of Istanbul for SIGN Istanbul expo and been constantly attending this exhibition.

For 2018, two members of FLAAR REPORTS will attend SIGN Istanbul to cover the trade show. We will be reviewing wide-format printers, inkjet inks and media, finishing equipment, 3D printing, etc.

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FLAAR-REPORTS staff, Nicholas and Maria Renée (at the center) will be attending SIGN Istanbul 2018.

SIGN Istanbul is great place to see wide-format printing equipment, many applications and visual communication samples. You will find many digitally printed objects other then signage, plus many 3D printers and applications; which are now trending on the market.

SIGN Istanbul will be held at the TÜYAP Beylikdüzü Fair & Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey from September 20-23.

For more information visit: www.signistanbul.com

 
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Visit FLAAR-REPORTS at FESPA Mexico 2018 in booth #F60!

Posted September 03, 2018

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Last May, FLAAR REPORTS exhibited at FESPA Hamburg trade show; next month you can find two members of the FLAAR REPORTS staff at FESPA Mexico 2018 from September 20-22.

Pablo-Marcelo FESPA Mexico 2018

Pablo M. Lee and Marcelo Girón will be at FESPA Mexico 2018.

We will also be exhibiting at this expo in stand #F60, in the Centro Citibanamex Convention Center in Ciudad de Mexico.

Mexico city is a beautiful and very convenient location not only for people from allover Mexico but also for people from other Latin American countries, especially Central America.

FESPA Mexico is the largest printing expo in Central America and Mexico. There you will find many distributors for wide-format printers, inkjet inks, media and substrates, finishing equipment, 3D, software, etc. There will also be conferences, textile workshops and wrap masters contest.

Be sure to visit our FLAAR REPORTS booth (#F60)!
www.mexico.fespa.com

 
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Test prints from four brands of T-shirt printers

Posted January 22, 2018

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Courtesy of the booth personnel of four different distributors, it was possible to make nice colorful test prints of four different brands of T-shirt printers:

  • OKI (plus their FOREVER partners), in the OKI booth plus FOREVER booth
  • MAGIC TOUCH (the totally new Ricoh R1 100 T-shirt printer); MAGIC TOUCH booth
  • Polyprint TexJet echo in the booth of Copatra Graphics
  • Brother GTX, in the booth of Signtrade

We will have full FLAAR Reports on all these shortly, but in the meantime, here is the initial summary. I apologize for the wrong spelling of GTX; on my computer keyboard the Z is too close and so I often hit Z instead of X: the proper name is GTX.

 
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FLAAR Reports will be featured at SGI Dubai 2018
(Sign Middle East)

Posted January, 2018

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Dr Nicholas Hellmuth will be on the Knowledge Series panel presentation, Jan 15, 2018 (Day 2 of SGI), Hall 4, DWTC, together with

  • Ayman Aly, Canon ME
  • Stephen Jomartz, Dynagraph
  • M Karthik, Emirates Computers
  • Philippe Husni, Heliozid Oce

Moderated by Prem Ramachandran, White Water PR.

The topics of discussion will be:

    1. Future of the printing and signage industry in the MENA (Middle East Northern Africa) region
    2. Impact of upcoming technologies such as artificial intelligence on the signage industry
    3. Challenges within the printing and signage industry and solutions to overcome it.
    4. 4 Impact of Expo 2020 on the printing and signage industry. Expo 2020 is a world class event that is a perfect fit for the energy and enthusiasm of the people and corporations of Dubai and the UAE.
 
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