Antalis to showcase now and the future at FESPA

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Antalis) is set to inspire visitors to its stand at FESPA Africa with products that give a competitive advantage through cutting-edge and environmentally friendly technologies. ‘We are very excited to be part of the first ever FESPA Africa (Sign Africa has joined forces with FESPA this year) and we wanted to translate this into a display of products that can create meaningful benefits for businesses,’ said Antalis Director Marketing and Purchasing, David James. As a leading paper merchant and supplier to the printing industry Antalis recognises its responsibilities to identify and, as far as possible, reduce the adverse impacts on the environment resulting from its activities, products and services. It also has a responsibility to its customers to provide them with the most cost-effective products. ‘Winning the best large stand in 2013 at Sign Africa and Africa Print has inspired Antalis to once again showcase the benefits of our product offering through smart design that will promote our range of environmentally friendly products,’ said Caroline Coughlan Marketing Manager Antalis. The Antalis stand is in Hall 2 F1 and Coughlan encourages businesses to visit the stand and experience the latest LED technologies. ‘Our stand has been designed to be interactive and tactile so visitors will not just see the products but experience them through touch, feel and even smell.’ She added that we live in a world of rapid change and so we know how important it is to invest in equipment now that will also meet your changing needs in the future. ‘This will be our focus at FESPA AFRICA. We will be showcasing EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro featuring the latest LED technology from EFI, and the Kongsberg XN 24 Cutting table as well as the EPSON SureColor SC-S30610 large format printer for the signage industry and the Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press.’ EFI EFI’s growing popularity in the Global and South African wide-format sector is proof of the versatility and efficiencies it offers all businesses. The EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro boasts the ‘cool cure’ technology and speed which reduces costs because of its ability to produce jobs quicker and more efficiently. The LED technology gives businesses a competitive advantage, but it is also environmentally friendly as there is less energy consumption and less waste. The printer’s multi-layer technology allows the applications to be completed in one pass therefore using less energy and producing less waste. Less waste is also produced by the printer because the LED technology uses less heat while no waste is produced due to the degradation of the bulbs. Traditional heat sensitive substrates are no problem for the printer, as the technology caters for printing on these substrates. ‘The EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro showcases the benefits of cool curing through its LED technology. By reducing waste and saving power the GS 3250 lx Pro will cut down on printing costs,’ said Herbert Uren, Product Manager: Visual Communication, Antalis. Kongsberg XN 24 table Easily the most versatile digital finishing device ever introduced, the Kongsberg XN 24 is perfect for any job or application and just what you need now, but also allows you to add to, or customise, as your needs change in the future. The Series can be used for 2D or 3D, packaging, signs or displays and caters for most materials from vinyl to boards to wood. It can be configured for different application needs – it can even be used to cut flexographic plates as part of the Esko Digital Flexo Suite. The tables are supported by graphics and finishing workflow software that are efficient and productive. Esko offers all the tools for both packaging and sign and display workflows and the ArtiosCAD I-Cut Suite comes in three different sizes. Therefore you can start with what you need now and then build on this as you to increase your capabilities. Ronnie Louw, National Sales Manager Equipment, Antalis, said the beauty of the Kongsberg XN 24 table is that tooling and functional add-ons can simply be retrofitted in the field to meet future needs. ‘We had a choice of various Kongsberg tables to bring to the show. We chose the XN 24 table because it meets the needs of so many industries – such as sampling, packaging, visual communications, and stand and display finishes – and it can be fitted with different tools, software and heads to meet a business’ ongoing needs. At the show we will have a Kongsberg XN 24 table with all the capabilities and changes to it so it can be configured to suit the needs of any business.’ EPSON SureColor SC-S30610 Producing everything from signs, posters, banners, backlit panels and Point of Sale (POS) material the EPSON SureColor SC-S30610 prints on a wide variety of substrates such as vinyl, canvas, photographic paper, clear film and other substrates used for banners. It can also produce vehicle wraps and interior and/or exhibition decorations and displays. The printer easily handles high workloads, printing at speeds from 7.3sqm/hour up to 29.4sqm/hour. It only needs one person to load a new roll, thanks to a jack at the rear. It gives the owner reliable and ergonomic printing that is power efficient, thereby saving not only on costs for the owner, but ensuring your business has less of an impact on the environment. According to Uren, the versatility of this printer makes it a winner. ‘The Epson SureColor SC- S30610 offers an affordable, high quality entry into signage printing. The indoor and outdoor applications of this printer cover a wide variety of printable materials, from wall paper to vehicle graphics.’ Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press Print panoramic posters, dust jackets, 6- and 8-page brochures and more with the long sheet pile feeder are no problem for the Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press, which enables new applications with increased productivity and maximum flexibility. The press allows you to print sheets up to 356 x 914mm with the long sheet pile feeder from Baumfolder and the larger sheet size means you can produce even more applications to meet diverse market needs. The long sheet pile feeder also supports the same range of sheet sizes as the Kodak NexPress press. Louw explained how the press gives maximum flexibility. ‘It allows sheets from the press drawers to be inserted in the job stream along with sheets fed from the pile feeder. This brings the total number of substrate types that can be fed into a single job up to five and printing is likely on most litho offset stocks.’ He pointed out that the market differentiator for the press is the fifth imaging unit. ‘This allows for the utilisation of colours such as RGB to increase the colour gamut. The same unit also lets you add enhanced printing features such as clear coating, spot varnish, dimensional ink metallic gold, red fluorescent, pearlescent, and mica inks for security check printing.’ The Kodak NexPress Digital Press is the ideal fit for all commercial printers looking to enter into the digital Print market, explained Louw. ‘It was initially manufactured by Heidelberg, with Side lay registering systems. It easily fits into any print environment, with its own internal ICS, or climate control system, which does not require external humidity or climate control systems.’