English Albanian Bulgarian Croatian Czech Danish Estonian French German Greek Irish Italian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Turkish Ukrainian


Armenian Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Filipino Hebrew Hindi Japanese Korean Persian Thai Urdu


Afrikaans Arabic Swahili
Follow me in twitter. FLAAR reports Add a Nicholas Hellmunth to yor network. FLAAR reports.
| Share
News Feeds:
Consultant wide-format inkjet substrates, media, and ink Print E-mail

FLAAR Reports offers expertise and consulting services on wide-format inkjet materials, inks, and of course printer hardware, software and related products (XY flatbed cutters, coaters, laminators).

  • UV-cured inks
  • Textile inks of all kinds
  • Resin and “latex” inks
  • Eco-solvent, mild-solvent, and full-solvent inks
  • Bio-solvent inks
Innovative inks (even inkless technology!)

Consulting on substrates for signage

  • PVC, especially technical textiles
  • PE, PP, PET and alternatives to PVC
  • Alternative eco-friendly green substrates and media
    • Bamboo
    • Jute
    • Maize
    • Sugar cane
    • Grain plants
    • Any and all other green environmentally friendly natural products
  • Media for water-based printers

Industry Trends

One of the consulting topics that comes to us frequently is “what are the chances my new product will succeed in the marketplace.” Here it is crucial to know what else is being developed. Plus you need to know, and understand, the trends.

FLAAR specializes precisely in significant reports on wide-format inkjet trends worldwide.

We discuss technology, chemistry, marketing, partnering, what to avoid, with whom should you partner (and whom you might consider avoiding), OEM potential, distributorships, and other topics you may need assistance with.

Our reach (and our experience) is worldwide

Dr Hellmuth is equally at home in Dubai, Shanghai, Istanbul, Frankfurt, North America or Latin America.

Nicholas has lived 6 months in Japan, in Switzerland (3 years), in Austria (8 years) and in Germany (9 years) as well as lived and worked in Latin America most of his life. For the last four years he has spent considerable time as consultant in Asia: Korea, Taiwan, and mainland China especially. Recently four of the staff from FLAAR Reports (including Dr Nicholas) lived and worked six weeks in Beijing, as consultant for a Chinese worldwide distributor for inks, media, and printers. .

FLAAR Reports has clout worldwide

Alone in 2009 more than a million people read the FLAAR web pages. This means that since the FLAAR Reports started many years ago, that many millions of printshop owners, managers, printer operators, distributors, and manufacturers have read FLAAR.

There are many other capable consultants, with excellent experience. But no other consultant has the international reach, nor frankly the clout, as does FLAAR. For example, Dr Nicholas Hellmuth has over 2000 people linked to him on LinkedIn (by the end of 2017, we expect the number to rise close to three thousand linked to him). One reason for the larger than average number of people linked to FLAAR and print shop owners and managers reading FLAAR web sites is because they realize we are multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and that we work with people in diverse countries around the world.


We do not accept a consulting assignment if we do not feel it is within our area of focus and expertise. Business is good, and growing, so we don’t need to accept every consulting request. We prefer to undertake consulting assignments for projects that are interesting, exciting, and show significant promise.

More and more corporations are asking FLAAR for tips on how to improve their web sites and how to improve their trade show booth. So we now provide services on these aspects too. But you are never required to ask for a service your company does not wish to have.

Most companies seek help in marketing, in learning how FLAAR thinks their product might succeed (or not succeed, so they can save tons of money by pulling the product before it fizzles).

The requests we get the most frequently is assistance in networking: using FLAAR contacts to find partners and distributors (and obviously to find end-users too).

Yes, we consult on a lot more subjects than just inks, substrates, and media. FLAAR handles printers, coaters, flatbed cutters and CNC routers, scanners, textiles, glass printing, ceramic tiles, stone, wood, décor, giclee, signage, and all aspects of the digital imaging workflow.

We also have been asked for assistance for totally unique products.

The PDF on consulting shows all the subjects that we tackle. The self-downloading PDF is for end-users; the PDF for manufacturers you get by contacting us directly.

Contact information for consulting on inks, substrates, and media

The following contact information is only for obtaining an appointment for consulting. This contact info is not for general questions.

We prefer to have requests for consulting sent by e-mail, rather than by telephone. Naturally we can sign an NDA but equally obviously don’t want to waste your time or ours if your needs are not what we wish to handle. So your initial e-mail needs to explain what assistance you wish, your approximate time frame, whether you need Dr Hellmuth in-person, and whether you prefer at your headquarters or at a trade show somewhere in the world.

Our office phone is 1 419 823-9218, which is a VoIP Vonage phone. If you need a clearer line, call 001 502 2365-6406. This is a land-line and is not in the US.

e-mail is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : but only for requests for professional consulting. This is NOT an e-mail to use to ask incidental questions.

If you want to know what printer, ink, or media to buy for your sign shop, these contacts are not for that purpose whatsoever, unless you wish professional consulting. In this case Dr Nicholas Hellmuth will discuss with you by Skype, telephone, e-mail, or in-person which printer, ink, substrates are best for your specific applications.

Naturally the main advantage of asking for consultation from FLAAR is that we are often aware of what new is about to be shown at the next FESPA, the next ISA or SGIA, or the next VISCOM.

If you have not yet experienced a consulting session with FLAAR, you may be missing opportunities.

APPPEXPO 2016 FLAAR Reports rigid flexible media substrate honeycomb ACP giclee wallpaper part-I-IV REAL APPPEXPO
SGI Dubai 2016 media substrate FLAAR Reports Part I-2
FESPA Mexico
ISA 2015 media substrate wide format FLAAR REPORTS 1-2
SIGN Istanbul


Here are FLAAR Reports written in recent years on media and substrates.

If you hire Dr Nicholas and his team for a single session, or walking-the-aisles at a trade show (so FLAAR can point out which media is good and which to skip), any of these reports are available to you at 50% discount).

If you hire FLAAR on an annual basis, all of these are included at no extra cost.


Most recently updated February 2017
First posted May 18, 2010



After-market Ink

Factory Visits Demo Room Visits


Wide Format Printers

This link takes you to textile printers on our sister-site,

Color Management

Latest Articles on Printers

These are the most interesting aspects of the EFI VUTEk 3r, a UV-curing pri...
APPPEXPO 2015 Shanghai China, International Ad Print, Pack, Paper Expo, rev...
FLAAR reviews, which signage, advertising, textile printer expos are good t...
Much more than signage, ISA 2016 offers a full range of new inks, innovativ...
Graph Expo 2014 or SGIA 2014, which trade show has exhibitor list most appr...
GOA 2016 (Graphics of the Americas) offers two lectures by Dr Nicholas Hell...
Dubai is great place for Sign & Graphic Imaging Middle East trade show, SGI...
Oce Arizona 480 GT and Arizona 480 XT, UV-curable flatbed printers improved...
Seiko I Infotech launch solvent-based fluorescent neon inks. The printed im...


FESPA Africa 2016 FLAAR Reports Inkjet Printers, Signage, Cutters Laminators, Ink, Substrates
APPPEXPO 2016 Shanghai Coaters and Laminators List, Flaar tradeshow Report
APPPEXPO 2016 Shanghai Coaters and Laminators List, Flaar tradeshow Report
APPPEXPO 2016 UV-Cured Printers, Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR Reports
APPPEXPO 2016 Shanghai 3D printers FLAAR Reports
FESPA 2016 wide-format printers, inks and media
SGI Dubai 2016 general introduction FLAAR Reports
APPPEXPO 2016 LED 3D traditional signage FLAAR Reports
APPPEXPO 2016 ink media coater laminator CNC text FLAAR Reports
APPPEXPO 2016 UV textile solvent latex exhibitor list preview based on 2015 set UV Flaar Reports
Textile Printers at APPPEXPO 2015
Textile Printers at APPPEXPO 2015
T-Shirt Printers and Heat Presses at APPPEXPO 2015


linkedin logo facebook-logo twitter-logo facebook-logo twitter-logo

As of June 2019, Dr Nicholas and FLAAR had 3,662 contacts in LinkedIn (and over half a million readers worldwide on the FLAAR network).

Wide Format Inkjet printers, inks, trade shows, consulting.

Covers digital imaging, wide-format inkjet, inks, printable materials, digital photography, printer and/or signage trade shows around the world.

Maya archaeology, iconography, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, caves (Xibalba), ethnohistory (especially Popol Vuh).

Mayan studies
tweets (Iconography, Architectural History, Sports & Games, Ethnohistory, Ethnobotany, Ethnozoology, Geology of Guatemala)

Copyright © 2021. Powered by FLAAR