Sign & Digital UK celebrates 30th anniversary

Visitors watch live demonstations

Sign & Digital UK, the country’s leading trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry will take place in Halls 17 and 18 at the NEC in Birmingham from March 28 to 30.

This year sees Sign & Digital UK celebrate 30 years as a national exhibition, with many new features planned to mark the occasion.

The continual innovation and development in technologies for wide format and textile print and finishing, as well as embroidery, dye sublimation and engraving have opened a whole new world of opportunities for printers, sign makers and graphic and textile output companies, providing an array of stunning applications.

From early vinyl cutting systems through to highly advanced large format flatbed printers and cutting tables, the show sees another step in innovation and development every year.

Exhibitor highlights

The leading wide-format manufacturers will have a significant presence at the event. Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Roland DG (UK), Hybrid Services/Mimaki, Epson and Colourgen/Mutoh are just some of the companies exhibiting. Brands not to be missed also include Digital Blanks, Dorotape, Grafityp, Listawood Trade Supplies, Nova Chrome, Photo USA Electronic Graphic and TheMagicTouch.

Other specialist brands showcasing their products and services include embroidery equipment experts, Amaya Sales UK, and Solent Sewing & Welding Machines. For anyone interested in soft signage, specialist exhibitors include Antalis, Innotech Digital & Displays, Marqetspace, Signwaves, and Ultima Displays. While for anyone interested in textile and direct to garment printing, brands not to be missed include Accura MIS, Antalis, and InkTec.

This year’s show will also welcome a range of new suppliers to the show, with first time exhibitors including Color Master Digital Image Materials, Ribbon Print, the UK’s largest wholesaler of ribbon printing machines and 3D machinery experts, Boxford.

In addition to sourcing the latest products and technology, visitors can also make the most of live product demonstrations from the experts and meet brand representatives to discuss the products and services on offer.

Seminar highlights

Incorporating this year’s show theme of applications, ideas and advice, 2017 will also see the launch of the brand new Creative Theatre. Bringing together case studies, content and learning developed specifically for professionals in the graphics, branding and display industries, topics will range from exploring interior décor, the benefits of variable data printing through to future materials and colour management.

Visitors can expect to see daily sessions focusing on creative processes that take place pre-production. The ‘Future Materials: Creative, Cool and Commercial’ session taking place on Tuesday, will provide examples of innovative applications/processes and products that can make the difference between you and the competition and will include demonstrations on how to achieve exciting and creative signage and visual communications products and finishes.

Live vehicle wrapping

Alongside the new Creative Theatre lineup, the Business Theatre returns this year, with a full showcase of seminars and case studies from industry experts, designed to help visitors grow their business and increase their revenue. Get involved with a panel of experts on March 29 for ‘Where physical meets digital’, which explores how physical and digital signage are interrelated.

While for any visitors looking to access new or used equipment for their business, the ‘Financing, funding and maintenance of equipment’ session on Tuesday 28 March is another not to be missed industry talk. The practical session explains the finance options for businesses looking to access expensive items, as well as equipment care and maintenance contracts.

Visitors can also make the most of the returning Adobe, Corel and SignLab theatres. All three theatres will provide daily workshops and drop-in surgeries for those in need of a helping hand from leading industry experts.

Highlights include Adobe’s ‘No Limits Ask Adobe’ seminar, designed to give visitors the chance to discover many of Photoshop’s useful new and creative features. In the Corel Theatre, visitors can learn about the advantages of Wilcom DecoSTUDIO with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Ideal for users in the apparel and promotional items industries this new suite makes it easy to visualise and design garment printing, embroidery and appliqué.

All seminars and workshops are free to attend at Sign & Digital UK – there is no need to book, just drop in. Visitors can get the full lineup on the website.

To register visit www.signanddigitaluk.com

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