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Sign Istanbul 2014 first day reveals a large printer expo

Updated Sept. 10, 2014
Posted August 20, 2014

Sign Istanbul 2014-preview-based-on-2013 FLAAR Reports
Ceramics China 2013 FLAAR Reports wide format printers
Istanbul City as a Destination for Sign Istanbul 2014

There are many reasons to attend Sign Istanbul, first, it is the longest-running sign and printer expo for wide-format inkjet printing in this part of the world.

Second: Istanbul is a great place to visit, so you can bring your entire family or at least a travel partner.

FLAAR attends Sign Istanbul every year. There are lots of ink companies, media (especially rigid ACM (also called ACP), printers, cutters: and all the rest of the workflow.

The web site is; click on UK flag to get English.

We look forward to seeing you in cosmopolitan Istanbul this week. Two of us from FLAAR have been here for two days already, so we have already spent lots of time during these two set-up days for everyone's booth.



New printer & signage trade show in Panamá, 15-18 July

Posted July 14, 2014

panama-expo-graficaTwo people of our FLAAR staff flew to experience the second year event of Panamá Expo Gráfica, in Centro de Convenciones Atlapa.

If your trade show, or conference program, or your local university would like Dr Hellmuth and his team to visit, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are especially interested in attending trade shows in Canada, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Philippines, and throughout Asia and the Middle East. Cost is round-trip airfare, hotel, means for two (Dr Hellmuth and an assistant to handle writing a report on the expo for the FLAAR network) and a standard speaker's fee.

There are two large hotels across the street from the expo center: Sheraton and Aloft Panama Hotel, so the expo center was very convenient to hotels (also, hotel prices do not gouge you as at most expos in some other countries).

Dr. Nicholas was a guest speaker at the opening ceremony to inaugurate this year's event.

He presented two different lectures during that week. This was arranged by Arq. Brenda Morales (Nicholas's Hellmuth family background is architecture; so we also study printing on architectural materials). This expo was a generic printing and graphic arts expo.

In one week Dr Hellmuth will be hosted to present lectures in the Middle East.

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Sign Istanbul is definitely worth visiting

Updated June 6, 2014
Previously updated December 2013, posted Oct 10, 2013

We have enjoyed visiting Istanbul, exploring this remarkable city, and attending Sign Istanbul for many years. So two of us from FLAAR flew to Sign Istanbul in late November again last year (2013). We appreciate the expo organizers for providing the tickets and hotel so that we could study this expo.

Because there are so many expos around the world it is not realistic to attend all. But we find Sign Istanbul worth attending since it is international, relatively large, and thus offers a full range of signage and wide-format inkjet printer products.

Most expos have entertainting PR releases, promising everything and claiming the world's best. This kind of constant blast of PR releases vary from embarrassing to misleading.

We do not make any profit from any expo; yes, of course expos select our team to inspect their expo, but they cover only round trip airfare, hotel, and meals. And most important, we say what we feel is appropriate about an expo; never do we accept the PR releases of the expo organizer (not even of expos for which we are consultant).

If you wish to see the most diverse range of products in Turkey, in the signage and wide-format world, with brands from many areas of the world, be sure to come to beautiful friendly Istanbul for Sign Istanbul 2014, at new dates in early autumn.

Our free report is now available; just click on the front cover and it will download.

The web site is


Worth Attending, indeed FIVE of us at FLAAR will be there

Updated May 27, 2014; first posted April, 2014

Every year we send our team of evaluators to the major trade shows around the world. After 15 years experience attending printer and signage trade shows, we know which expos are worth the effort (and which expos are no longer worth visiting: we really enjoyed VISCOM Madrid, but stopped going already six years ago).

I went to VISCOM Milano every single year: but stopped going in 2012 (because most Italian colleagues said it was no longer worth attending (FESPA Digital in Europe had a wider range of products)).

APPPEXPO in Shanghai we have attended every year. First I went by myself. It was so large that next year I returned with an assistant. Every year I added more staff since the expo kept growing (now we send at least five of us to APPPPEXPO, this July 3-6, 2014.

There are plenty of nice hotels across the street. There are hundreds of restaurants all around. Shanghai is a remarkable city (and definitely less crime than Atlanta expo area!).

People in China are friendly and the staff in the booths speak better English than in any expo in two other countries (to be polite I will not name the other countries, but in both there was no interest in speaking English or even Spanish or German or any other major international language).

So Shanghai is a great place to visit. We hope to see you here this July. To get an attendee pass, sign up and register here:

Below are the new FLAAR Reports related with "what to expect" at APPPEXPO 2014

FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich

Updated May 27, First posted May 9, 2014

Four of us from FLAAR Reports attended FESPA 2014 to experience all the new launches, to communicate with many colleagues, and to let our over half million readers around the world learn more about this main FESPA printer event in Europe.

Nicholas, MariaRenee, Pablo, FLAAR staff IMG 7164

FESPA 2015 will be in historical German city of Cologne, a great place to visit. We recommend FESPA in western Europe, and are considering possibly to visit FESPA Mexico 2014 (since Guatemala is very close).

Now that FESPA Digital is over, five of us are preparing to spend an entire week at APPPEXPO 2014 in Shanghai.

Although the July expo is four days, we arrive in Shanghai two days in advance since we are the international consultants for this growing printer, signage, and also traditional advertising expo.

There are roughly 200% to 300% more models of UV-cured and eco-solvent printers at APPPEXPO than any other expo in the world (about 400% more brands than at DRUPA!).

Media and Subtraces
Inkjet Ink 3rd-party, After-Market Inks
Inkjet Inks
Wide Format Textile Printers
UV Printers
Shanghai City as a destination
Honeycomb Sandwich Board Exhibitor List What to expect at APPPEXPO 2013
Media and Subtraces
APPPEXPO 2013 2012 Shanghai eco bio mild solvent printers
Aluminum Composite Material Potential for new applications for UV
Aluminum Composite Material Potential for new applications for UV

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ISA Sign Expo 2014, in Orlando, April 24-26

Updated April 2014, First posted December 13, 2014

Sign Expo 2014, also known as ISA, was in friendly Orlando, Florida, which is easy to reach from anywhere and everywhere in the world.

We attended to this great event, since ISA is a significant expo for learning the trends, and it is precisely the trends in inks, printers, printheads, media, cutters, laminators and coaters that FLAAR researches.

We also provided consulting for print shop owners, managers, printer operators; we provided consulting for distributors from other countries who come to ISA to figure out what products are reliable. Plus clients came to us to ask what printers, inks, or materials their companies should consider (especially for industrial products and especially for atypical materials).

We enjoyed ISA 2014, and we hope you saw us at our booth #3011.

Nicholas, MariaRenee, Pablo, FLAAR staff IMG 7164

ISA 2014 was in Orlando, a great place also to bring your family or your travel companion, since there is lots of family style entertainment here. is their web site, definitely worth visiting.


Trends in New Inks & Technologies for Wide-Format Inkjet BEYOND CONVENTIONAL PRINTING

Posted April 2, 2014

The Printing & Publishing Group (Dubai) has invited Dr Nicholas Hellmuth (FLAAR Reports) to present the Keynote speech for their seminar on Beyond Conventional Printing.

April 9 (Wednesday morning), 2014, Le Meridien (Wasl Ballroom) Airport Road.

Also you can learn about 3D Printing Serices from Mr Richard Sanders and get fresh information on Digital Printing (Mr Phil Walsh, Kodak, UK). Contact Ms Roxanne Tandoc, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Graphics of the Americas printer expo is back in Miami

Posted Feb. 11, 2014

Two of us from FLAAR where again at the GOA in Florida. We have attended almost every year for a decade.

Miami is a better city for bi-lingual, Spanish-English. We hope you saw us at Graphics of the Americas. We stayed all there all three days in late February (27 Feb through March 1st)




SGI, Sign & Graphic Imaging Middle East 2014, Dubai

Updated January 6, 2014. Originally posted Dec.4, 2013

SGI Dubai 2013: Wide Format Printers, Inks, media and substrates, laminators and coaters

SGI Dubai (Sign Middle East Dubai) opened Jan 7th and will run through January 9th. Nicholas Hellmuth and Pablo Martinez arrived in Dubai after two days of flights; over 11 hours delays in airports due to winter weather in USA, plus Ryan Crist, who has worked with FLAAR on international projects in the past.

In previous years we tried to cover this expo with just one person, but since SGI Dubai is the first major printer expo of the year, we really need three people.

Sign & Graphic Imaging Middle East 2014 is the largest printer trade show in this part of the world. SGI Middle East really covers the entire Middle East (in part because Dubai is such a popular travel destination for shopping).

Lots and lots of Chinese branded printers; more than any other expo outside of China, and many many brands of Chinese media, but almost no booths of Chinese ink manufacturers; whatever Chinese ink may be present is mostly rebranded with local names.

FLAAR will make a list of every UV-cured printer, every textile printer, each T-shirt printer, all solvent printer brands, any water-based, plus latex (which most ink chemists consider very different from true water-based).

SGI, Sign Middle East, Dubai, is capably organized by International Expo Consults, associated with Falak Holding.

Their web site is

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