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The growth of Agfa’s range of wide-format printing solutions now covers all types of user and production requirement, from entry-level up to high-end industrial applications.

Agfa’s growing presence in the wide-format digital inkjet market is now making a significant impact within all sectors of the display industry, with families of systems that cover all budgetary and production needs. There’s now a machine available designed to suit every size of company and its requirements, starting with modestly priced Anapurna series, moving through the comprehensive Jeti flatbed and roll-fed options, up to high end M-Press Tiger and Dotrix for specialist and industrial applications.

Each year the editorial team of image reports acknowledges product innovation with its angel awards. The selection is based on products introduced to the UK during the course of the year and considered most likely to have an impact in the wide-format sector. Find who were the winners from 2010...

NES did it, you can too. Director Jon Baker tells how the company developed its 3D print operation and why it makes sense to consider following suit.

Its wednesday afternoon, an email arrives, ping, it’s an enquiry from your ‘favourite’ retailer; he’s got the budget and just needs to place this one with you to get it off his desk. You read on. 700 panels, 5mm Foamex - great, it looks straightforward enough. UV print, one artwork, external use, no lamination - you’re thinking “put it on the old Inca, no problem”.  Delivery seven days – tight, but if you get on to your production manager straight away he should be able to squeeze it through and it will certainly make the month look a lot better than it did this time yesterday.

Neschen increases opportunities for latex print

As every reader will almost certainly know, one of the biggest stories in the industry in the past two years or so has been the success of latex printers.

New Opportunities for see-through graphics

in a series of three articles, Contra Vision, the inventor of see-through window graphics, explains how to design, sell and produce see-through graphics. In this last article, how to produce backlit see-through graphics, choosing and using lamination films and utilising non-perforated, non-pvc materials to produce see-through graphics.

Engineering more margin

Should you be looking at cardboard engineering as an adjunct to your business now that technology makes it a feasible option? Sophie-Matthews Paul investigates.

Kongsberg XP Auto

Sophie Matthews-Paul goes to Norway to see how the new automated EskoArtwork cutting line handles a range of packaging materials.


What are printer manufacturers doing to present the wide-format inkjet market with environmentally responsible technologies and working structures?

Making better margin

Why Superior Creative is shifting its emphasis from litho to digital, and how significant a part wide-format is playing in the transition.
“Many litho printers find it difficult to make the transition into digital wide-format print because they don’t have the knowledge-base. But with margins the way they are in litho it’s important to find other avenues and opportunities. For us that means moving to digital in general as that’s what will drive our business forward, and wide-format in particular will be a major area of investment.” So says Ian O’Connor, managing director at Superior Creative in Wiltshire, a company founded in 1976 as a design and litho print operation. Today litho still accounts for the biggest slice of its print business, but that’s changing.

All change 

The majority of large-scale change business plans fail, so if you are at the end of the line and need to realign how do you do it effectively? Walter Hale highlights some key points.

Mix and match

How Screenprint Productions is benefitting from employing digital inkjet as part of its traditional screen print operation.

Competition time

As wide-format continues to attract more players we asked kit manufacturers/suppliers where they now see their largest target markets and how that’s impacting on the way they develop product and do business.

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