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A Preview of the upcoming VI Sydney show.
Prepared and written for Wide Format Online by Colleen Bate

The Sydney Showground has reached capacity for the coming Visual Impact expo and industry suppliers are putting the final touches to their plans for the September show which is geared up to be one of the most comprehensive and diverse yet seen.

Doors to the visual graphics industry’s popular expo will open on Wednesday, 12 September in Halls 5 & 6 of the vast Sydney Showground complex at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay. Visual Impact Sydney will run on 12 September (10am – 8pm), 13 September (10am - 6pm) and 14 September (10am till 4pm).

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Thousands of industry professionals are expected to visit the show to see a comprehensive range of the very latest technology, services, materials and media for signage and display, digital and wide-format printing, engraving and routing, vinyl applications, design, airbrushing and screen printing, and to benefit from business networking, education and professional development opportunities.

This not-to-be-missed expo combines innovation and information to help businesses improve their performance, increase competitiveness, create new revenue streams and plan for their future success.

Peter Harper, General Manager – Trade Shows & Publications for show organisers Visual Connections, expects the Sydney show to be one of the best ever. The organisers are hoping that the expanded focus and several new initiatives will extend the reach and relevance of the show, and increase its value to visitors.

As in previous years, exhibitors at the Sydney Show will include those from the industry’s largest and most comprehensive names, to smaller specialist and niche suppliers.

This year, however, there will be a significant focus on the latest innovations in screen printing, alongside more familiar offerings like wide-format, design and MIS, POP, display and expo systems, laser cutting and engraving, and structural and illuminated signage technologies.

Peter confirms that, although this is something of a departure from recent shows, textile printing is clearly a very relevant area for those in the print, sign and display sector. "It makes perfect sense to expand our reach into this area," he says.

A program of seminars, workshops and breakfast information sessions will run alongside the expo, giving enormous value to the show experience.

For ease of access to the Sydney Showgrounds, visitors can climb aboard the morning and afternoon shuttle bus between Homebush and Darling Harbour, with extended hours on the Wednesday evening until 8pm.

Registrations for the show are open, and visitors are encouraged to pre-register to avoid the queues and enjoy more time at the show.

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Wide Format Online brings you this Exhibitor List Synopsis of those companies exhibiting wide format related products and services. (Disclaimer: not all companies exhibiting at Visual Impact Sydney are included in this synopsis. To get a visual of all exhibitors, please go to the Visual Impact Sydney floor plan.) http://www.visualimpact.org.au/_literature_238735/VI_SYD_18_-_Floor_Plan

AGFA - Stand C20
No information available at the time of press.

CELMAC - Stand B6
celmac latex solutions hpAt Visual Impact Sydney 2018, Celmac will be showcasing a complete range of printing and finishing equipment including HP Latex printers, EPSON Eco-Solvent printers, the ARISTO digital cutting table, the KALA laminator as well exclusive media brands such as Drytac and John's synthetic medias.
Visitors to the stand will see how Celmac can benefit their businesses and/or solve production issues by meeting with the company's highly trained specialists and brand owner from ARISTO (Germany) and KALA (France).


Taking the show’s largest stand is Currie Group, which will showcase its range of HP DesignJet large format printers (where its now-familiar Mobile Showroom will also be on display) packed with a wide range of solutions for digital print production.
The DesignJets will, of course, be of particular interest to the sign, display and wide-format businesses at the show, with web connectivity and a range of automated options making it easy to deliver high quality printing across a range of products from banners and graphics, to mono drawings and plans.
Inside the showroom, an ‘end-to-end’ booklet production line will print sheets on an HP Indigo 7900 digital press then stitch, fold and 3-way trim on an Horizon 200 series bookletmaker in one operation, without a single touch point.
This workflow will be complemented by more options for those keen to value-add, including a RD-4055 rotary die cutting system, SmartSlitter sheet cutter and creaser, CRF-362 creaser and folder, all from Horizon, and a Foliant Vega 400A laminator.

EPSON - Stand C12

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(Note: information supplied by Epson for this preview is subject to possible change ahead of the show opening)
Epson Australia’s theme at this year’s Visual Impact Sydney show is a real-world copy shop and the output it produces to sell to customers. The entire stand’s focus will be on a variety of tangible, saleable applications demonstrated as examples of ways signage and display businesses can quickly strengthen their existing revenue streams or add new ones.
To underscore this point Epson are showcasing a plethora of their latest and best equipment including many printers and solutions shown and demonstrated for the first time in Australia.In the fabric demo area there will be the new high-speed SureColor F9360 64” dye sub printer, the SureColor F2160 DTG printer raising the productivity bar while enhancing output quality and reducing running costs and the SureColor F6200 44” dye-sub printer designed to operate in conjunction with a small to medium sized heat press.
For signage in the eco-solvent space Epson will bring their SureColor S80600 64”, high colour machine boasting 9 or 10-colour configurations and the 64” SureColor S60600 high speed, dual head, dual ink supply printer that completes billboard prints at up to 52.3m2/hr.Poster, graphics & POS solutions are also very well represented with Epson’s SureColor P20070 64”, 10-colour, high speed, cost effective printer used for printing saleable photography, fine art, poster artwork or commercial POS, the SureColor T7200D 44” printer compatible with a wide range of media for printing economically and at high speed, and two all new SureColor T-Series models, the 24” T3160 and the 36” T5460.
The SureColor T3160 and T5460 are from Epson’s new range of four high-speed, easy-to-use large-format wireless printers, which also includes the 24”SureColor T3460 and the 36” SureColor T5160.
In the digital signage area Epson will be demonstrating their new LightScene EV-100, a new type of projector that is ideal for curated visual environments. It can be used to provide information, show video or moving patterns, and even projection map imagery onto small objects.
Finally Epson will announce the introduction of some powerful and cost effective new software, such as Epson Edge Print, an application designed to enable prints to be output without the need of a traditional RIP.
Customers who visit the Epson stand will be able to see the new products in action.

At Visual Impact Sydney, the Graphic Art Mart team will be showcasing new products from Avery Dennison, Roland, Arlon, Mimaki, Mactac and CWT, helping visitors to explore new opportunites that will take their businesses/projects to the next level. The 'best in the industry' will be conducting free vehicle wrapping workshops, demonstrating the latest techniques, tips and tricks. There will also be live vehicle wrapping demonstrations, product demonstrations, exciting show only pricing, lucky door prizes and more for visitors to enjoy!

HEXIS - Stand B8 & B10
FullSizeRenderHexis will host the second round and the Australian finals of its 'World Battle Wrap' in a competitive show-down at VI Sydney. Stickittome Australia & Hexis Australia will combine together at the show to manage the 'Battle' and will also showcase the wide range of media and vinyls in the Hexis range. Scott, Ian and their teams look forward to welcoming their customers from the south and the north to the stand and meeting the Sydney visitors at the show.
On each day of the show, highly skilled wrap competitors will complete 15-minute qualifying rounds with four entrants wrapping the Hexis “Battle Shield” panel. The winner on each day will take away $1000 in vouchers. Performances will be scored by a panel which includes Sylvene Poncet, Head of International Sales from Hexis, France, who is flying in for the show and three local Hexis trainers. The 'Battle' winners from the earlier Brisbane VI show will be in attendance on Friday for the final showdown where someone will win a trip to France. This has created a good deal of excitement with something new and different to see at the show and attracted large spectator crowds in Brisbane!
Hexis will be also be showcasing their Transport, Vehicle, Decoration, Hex’perience textured and Flex ranges along with Cast wrap films, Bodyfence and coloured vinyls.
It will be easy to find the Hexis stand - simply follow the noise of the 'Battle'!

HP - Stand C8
For 10 years, HP’s Latex printing technology has been reinventing what is possible in large format printing, and enabling Print Service Providers to say “yes”. At Visual Impact 2018, HP will continue this by showcasing its new HP Latex R-Series – the first hybrid latex technology which brings the best of HP’s renowned flexible printing capabilities, coupled with rigid printing – for the first time in Australia.
The HP Latex R-Series brings impressive speed and quality to a wide range of rigid materials, and unlike other ink technologies, HP’s water based Latex Inks preserve the look and feel of the media, while delivering odourless prints that are both safe for the environment and the printer operator. The R-Series brings HP’s first white Latex ink, which delivers glossy, high-quality 'true white' prints that don’t yellow over time like traditional UV-curable white ink often does.
Both the 2.5m-wide HP Latex R2000, and the 1.64m-wide HP Latex R1000 will be on display, along with a full application gallery at the HP Stand, C8. The HP team of technical and application experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer live demonstrations of this breakthrough new technology. You can also book a demo of the new HP Latex R-Series by emailing: hplatex@hp.com.

No information available at the time of press.

KISSEL & WOLF - Stand B12
No information available at the time of press.

MIMAKI - Stands E10 & G80
Mimaki Australia will be demonstrating the best of its tried and proven technology matched with Mimaki’s latest innovations. Mimaki will be showcasing a fleet of equipment over two stands. Stand G80 will have a new product on display and is a must-visit for dye sublimation enthusiasts. Stand E10 will have a mix of sign and display and industrial products highlighting Mimaki’s new ID Cut features which includes the New UCJV LED Print & Cut series, which is now available in four sizes. Mimaki Australia is on target to sell 100 units of the UCJV 1.6m wide models within a 12 month period.
Also on display will be the new CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter. With the ability to handle materials as large as 1,220 x 2,440mm, this device is the ideal complement to the Mimaki JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed printer for users to produce seasonal point-of-purchase displays of exhibition components. RasterLink6 plus software, the latest version of the product, has an ID Cut function to help speed up printing and cutting, with the additional ability to include an ID reference (barcode) on the print. A crop mark sensor on the CF22-1225 can read this identification code, enabling the device to identify cutting and rotation information, which in turn allows for automation of the cutting process.
The UJF MkII Series printers (including the UJF-3042MKII EX small format UV flatbed printer) will also be available for viewing on the stand.
As part of Mimaki’s dedication to delivering environmentally sustainable solutions, the company renews its GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certifications. Mimaki has GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certifications for the UV-curable inks used in its UJF-3042MkII, UJF-6042MkII and UJF-3042MkII EX printers, including LH-100, LUS-120, LUS-150 UV curable inks. The certification also applies to Mimaki’s the UCJV series LUS-170, LUS-200 UV-curable ink; LX-101 Latex ink; and SS21, Mimaki’s most popular solvent ink.

MUTOH - Stand E40
Mutoh will be showcasing its range of UV printers including the Australian release of the new high speed, cost-effective ValueJet 1638UR 1.6M wide roll-to-roll UV printer, which offers either ‘Dual CMYK’ or ‘CMYK, White + Varnish’ options.
Also on display will be the recently released (and very popular) ValueJet 626UF, designed for the fast printing of promotional items and packaging proofing.
The stand is a must-see for Trade Shops and signwriters.

NEOPOST - Stand C2
No information available at the time of press

OCÉ - Stand D17
Colorado 1640The Océ Colorado is 'Popping Up', for the first time in Sydney at Visual Impact. Featuring the Océ Colorado 1640 and the Océ Arizona 2260GT UV Flatbed Printer, the 'Pop UpShowroom' gives visitors the opportunity to produce a range of applications so they can experience the quality and versatility of the Océ products on display.
The Océ Australia team will demonstrate a number of cost-effective solutions as well as provide special deals for orders received at the Sydney show.
To find out more or book a session visit www.oce.com.au/v

OKI DATA - Stand F40
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OKI Data Australia will be exhibiting the latest ColorPainter range of wide format inkjet printers which offer Smart Nozzle Mapping and Smart Pass Technology for enhanced speed and accuracy, as well as Eco Solvent SX inks for impressive outdoor durability. There will also be live print demonstrations from the 7-colour M-64s and 8-colour H3-104s ColorPainter models, print sample displays, as well as the Australian exclusive preview of OKI’s new label printer. Product and technical experts from OKI Australia and Japan will be on hand to answer any questions as well as help with custom, on-demand demonstrations. Visitors are encouraged to ask OKI DATA staff on the stand about their 'Visual Impact 2018 Show Specials'.

ORAFOL - Stand C11
ORAFOL Australia are showcasing an exciting mix of new products at VI Sydney. Visitors to the stand can pick up free samples of ORACAL 970RA boat and car restyling films, plus HP Latex and UV inkjet-printed ORAJET media for marine, caravan and automotive applications. ORALITE reflective film specialists will be on hand to discuss vehicle conspicuity, traffic control and short-term safety sign solutions. A free copy of the latest ORAFOL Graphic Innovations and Reflective Solutions catalogue will also be available to visitors. Visitors to the stand may also discover ORAFOL's status for producing "Reach” compliant products (emphasising the company's commitment to a greener environment) and learn more about its world-renowned sophisticated production plant in Germany which spans over 40 football fields!

POZITIVE - Stand C10
As the largest Australian distributor of Ritrama self-adhesive media, Pozitive will show why so many of its customers are 'making the switch' to Ritrama, by demonstrating car wrapping and the versatility of the Ritrama range.
Economy, monomeric, polymeric and premium cast digital print films will be on offer at the show, along with matching laminates, coloured vinyls and window films.
Also on display will be versatile cutting system, the Summa F Series, used for innovative signage, displays, samples, packaging applications and more. The cutting system includes a multi-functional head, Powerful Tangential Module, Media Advance Clamps, Barcode Reader, Axis Control Software, Safety Pack, Automated Depth Control, Packaging Library and Summa Flex Pro software to read Illustrator and CAD drawings.

ROLAND DG Australia - Stand E4

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As platinum sponsors of Visual Impact Sydney, Roland DG Australia is excited to continue its celebration of 30 years in business with an interactive and engaging stand, showcasing inspiring samples and innovative applications across its extensive range.
In addition to showcasing its industry-leading technology, the Roland DG stand will focus on personalisation and the various technologies and products customers can use to tap into this growth area. From Laser Foil decoration and Heat Transfer, to benchtop UV printing, Engraving and Marking, there will be live and interactive application demonstrations, which will no doubt appeal to all visitors.

SPICERS - Stand B4

Visitors to the Spicers stand at VI Sydney won't be disappointed, with the variety of products and demonstrations on offer. The company will be showcasing the following brands from their extensive portfolio, with a focus on complete workflow:
The Mimaki JFX200-2513 (the cost effective production printer that demonstrates no loss of quality with extra speed), and at the same time, the Mimaki UCJV300-160 LED UV printer (which offers versatility of colour, including white).
Spicers will also be showcasing the Roland EJ640 Eco-Solvent printer which will demonstrate increased capacity with high speed quality printing. In the finishing arena the ever reliable ROLLSROLLER® will be perfecting mounting and laminating; and the Neolt X/Y Cutter has demonstrate its versatility and speed, increasing volume in every production area.
Spicers' vast array of consumable products on display will include: 3M Di-Noc & Fasara, and its new Widow Films Range (for Commercial, Residential and Automotive spaces).
Spicers will also be launching two new additions to their rigids range, namely Re-Board® and Palboard, for POS and Display applications. The Digitac Promotion, “An Evolution in Grip” will demonstrate easy apply applications to windows walls and floors.

STARLEATON - Stand B14 & B16
Starleaton prides itself on providing businesses with wholistic solutions, which is what it is excited to be showcasing at this year’s Visual Impact expo in Sydney. Visitors to the Starleaton stand can view a start to finish workflow, (from RIP software to printing equipment and media, and finally the all important finishing equipment) with an emphasis on textile production of all varieties - including soft signage.
There will also be a range of solutions from leading brands on display, including Epson, Zund, Roland, OKI, Graphtec, Neschen, Flexa, and more.

WILENCO – Stand F16
Rollover Flexi SmallWilenco will be displaying and demonstrating the Rollover flatbed applicators from Norway at VI Sydney. Both models, the Classic and the Flexi, will be on the stand and available for inspection, comparison and hands on evaluation by attendees. Svein Martinsen, VP, Sales and Marketing, Rollover will also be on the stand for the duration of the show to give further insight into the design and manufacture of the Rollovers as well as to answer any questions that visitors may have.
Made in Norway and proudly distributed by Wilenco, the Rollover (which has a 5 year warranty) directly addresses a major bottleneck in sign making workflow by dramatically reducing the time required for application and finishing. It’s faster, with better and more consistent quality and it’s easy to use. Visitors are invited to discover (and compare) this for themselves at the show.

VIVAD - Stand D40
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Visitors to Stand D40 will discover 'the 'easiest way to outsource large format digital print jobs' with the demonstration of VIVID's Web-2-Print portal - the Vivtrack 2.
Vivtrack 2 provides a complete, automated workflow solution which allows users to simply select a frame online, enter the size, select a graphic insert, upload their artwork and within days have their frame and graphic delivered to their door.
VIVID's SEG Backlit Pop-Up Wall, Palisade graphic wall system and SEG extrusions will also be on display at the stand.
Prizes (such as the Apple iMac i5, one of three UE Boom blue tooth speaker systems or one of three $1000 print vouchers) are on offer from VIVAD. To go into the draw, visitors must create a Vivtrack 2 a