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FESPA global print census


FESPA is launching its second global print census, with the first surveys completed at FESPA Asia in Bangkok in February. Through this survey of the global speciality printing community, FESPA aims to update its insight into key trends in the market; support its understanding of the challenges and opportunities; and help to shape FESPA’s own product offering for the future.


The second edition of the research will look further into the six main trends to emerge from the analysis of the 2014/2015 Census, namely: Optimism; Customer demands; Changing product mix, Digital technology as change enabler; Textile print growth; and the Future of sign and display. They will also incorporate additional questions on the topic of sustainability. Continuity of key topics will enable FESPA to track longer-term trends, while also identify new “drivers of change” and opportunity for the community.


FESPA Print Census 2 aims to expand their source of data, working with 37 FESPA na- tional associations to maximise responses from their local membership bases. Visitors to FESPA exhibitions throughout 2017 in Europe, Africa, Eurasia and Latin-America will be able to complete the print census at these events. It will also be available to complete online: www.fespa.com/complete- mycensus.


The first FESPA Print Census 2014/2015 represented the full spectrum of print busi- nesses: screen and digital printers (34 per cent); commercial, quick printers and repro- graphic shops (15 per cent); sign makers (13 per cent); graphic designers (7 per cent); and advertising agencies (5 per cent). Industrial manufacturers made up 8 per cent of respondents, representing an emerging community of digital print users.


The results will announced at the FESPA 2018 global print expo in Berlin in May 2018.


New beginnings at Sagetech


From 1 January 2017, Sagetech and their range of vertical panel saws came under new ownership. Craig Williams is the new owner and managing director of Sagetech Machinery Limited. With over ten years ex- perience working within the sign and print, woodworking and education sectors, Craig has built a strong reputation, extensive net- works and a vast knowledge of sheet cut- ting requirements for these industries, says the company.


Craig said: “With a fantastic product range, a great team in place, new developments in the pipeline and a superb new unit, I am ex- tremely excited for the future of Sagetech Machinery!”


As the business expands under the new ownership, Sagetech Machinery are be- coming more customer focused, offering a tailored service to support their clients on finding the best machine for their require- ments. To make it more efficient for sign makers, Sagetech Machinery have made improvements to their ZAPKUT ZM model.


This unique machine can cut sheet material such as DIBOND, Foamex, Correx, ply- wood, acrylic and perspex. This product de- velopment is focused on the vertical column of the machine, by replacing the old bungee style system and being upgraded to the heavy duty metal pulley system. This is also used on the industrial KOOLKUT range.


This upgrade provides a “significant bene- fit” to sign makers when cutting their 8x4 or 10x5 sheet material. The much improved system allows for a stronger, more consis- tent smoother cutting process across all ma- terial especially, DIBOND. Adding on the router head to the ZM machine enables the manufacture of folded DIBOND panel’s and trays on the vertical panel saw. By using the V Groove aluminium saw blade in the router head, it allows DIBOND panels to be preci- sion cut creating a perfect fold in the tray. “Sign makers then can apply their print or acrylic letters to the panel or tray and cre- ate a beautiful new sign, with little expense!”


www.verticalpanlesaw.co.uk


ISSUE 170 APRIL 2017 Sign Update 75


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