Posts Tagged ‘Roland DG’

  • Front and centre delivers Roland a winning Visual Impact

    Retailers know that when it comes to having a successful outlet there are only three things that matter… position, position, position. Roland DG found the formula worked a treat at last week’s show in Homebush.

    It may not have been the largest exhibition of the year, and numbers may have been down slightly from previous shows, but for Roland DG the final trade show of the year delivered a bonanza. Celebrating 25 years, Roland DG was hard to miss at this show, being front and centre at the entrance of the new Homebush facilities. The leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers and engraving and personalisation solutions not only had its own high-profile presence it was also represented by several authorised dealers throughout the show floor. 

    As befitting a platinum sponsor of the show Roland DG reported strong sales through its dealer channel including six sales of the popular VS Series, over 12 orders for the PRO4 range, four LEJ-640 sales, and several strong leads through dealers for the XF-640 into the dye sublimation market. In addition, as with any good trade show the sales team has many other prospects to follow up.

    According to Anthony McCausland, marketing communications manager, Roland DG the show proved a success not only for Roland DG but also for the industry as a whole. “Many like to talk about sales, leads and numbers, and we certainly made sales and have plenty of leads to follow up through our dealer channel, but I think the great thing we see from these shows is that people are still looking to grow their business with new and innovative technology. We spoke to many people looking to upgrade, bring work in-house or just enter a new market.”

    Anthony McCausland with Roland DG Pro4

    Catching the eye of many visitors passing the Roland DG stand were the impressive special effects created by the LEJ-640 on fine art prints on display. Internationally acclaimed photographer, Bob Armstrong, has had extraordinary success with the Roland VersaUV technology. Bob received nine 2013 PIA (Printing Industries of America) Benny Awards at the annual Premier Print Awards Gala held on Sept. 8 in Chicago.

    Roland DG also continued to stand out by making good use of the many demos and sample prints run off at the show. Following on from its highly successful programme earlier this year, it continued the printing with purpose project, centred on a range of collateral for AIME (Aboriginal and Indigineous Mentoring Experience). All the prints were sent to AIME after the show to help further their current campaigns.

    Other highlights were Roland DG’s display of the internationally recognised UL GREENGUARD certification. This program gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors for all venues, including hospitals and childcare centers.

  • Roland DG names Body of Work competition winner

    Roland DG Australia has named the winner of its prestigious Body of Work competition, which it ran at its stand during its successful showing at the PacPrint trade show in Melbourne. 

    The competition for the Body Of Work Portrait of Pavarti print was one of two big prize competitions running at the Roland DG stand during PacPrint, with the company also running the tail end of its Ford XR6 competition for its PRO4 XR-640 customers.

    Roland DG’s panel of judges including top executives from Roland DG Japan, chose the winner on the last day of the show, with the company naming Suzi Kerr of Belladonna Digital Imaging as the winner of its Body of Work Portrait of Pavarti print – the product of an award-winning partnership between Roland DG and Body of Work, a division of corporate design and communications company, ArmstrongQ.

    Marc Margetts, Roland DG managing director (left) and John Wall, sales director were pleased to accept the HotPick from Nick Pond (centre), Print21 deputy publisher.

    Roland DG says that Belladonna is a worthy winner as the company seeks to push the creative boundaries of print in its custom interior print business.

    Roland DG, which celebrates its 25th anniversary during this PacPrint year, confirmed at least two big sales at the trade show, including one of its brand new superfast PRO4 XF-640 wide format printers, which went to Dean Wright from ADS Australia via dealer, AVS, and a SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter, which was snapped up by Vital Signs – with the buyer going into the running the to win a Ford XR6.

    According to Roland DG, the new PRO4 XF-640 certainly made a splash at its PacPrint stand, drawing more interest from visitors than any other display on the stand during the show. The new printer so impressed PacPrint punters that it also claimed a Print21 PacPrint HotPick award during the show.

    The Roland team is now busy sorting over 1000 square meters of print as part of a unique project that saw the company put its demonstration print from the new PRO4 XF-640 to good use. Roland says it would like to thank Sihl and Avery for supplying the media to complete this mission, including the Sihl Quadrosorb 3526 matte poster paper and Avery 4130 for banners.

    Hundreds of posters, banners and other collateral was printed on the high-speed PRO4 XF-640 at 30, 63 and 102m2/hour, and will be delivered to Oxfam Australia, World Vision Australia, and SurfAid over the next few weeks for various campaigns these organisations are running, with some prints even being delivered overseas to their international offices.

    For John Wall, Roland DG Australia sales director, the company’s showing at PacPrint shaped up to be a huge success, with sales galore both from its own stand and its partner dealers.

    “PacPrint 2013 was definitely a success for Roland DG and we believe we had a positive impact on the market with the innovative technology on display and the unique campaigns running throughout the stand,” says Wall. “It is a big commitment to exhibit at a trade show like PacPrint. However, it was definitely worthwhile for Roland DG this year as we made plenty of sales through our Authorised Dealers with hundreds more leads to follow up.”

    Roland DG says it would like to thank the Roland users who attended the stand to share their experiences with others. “The Roland Users were well received on the stand and had many useful conversations with customers and prospects,” says Wall. “We are always humbled by our users who are willing to support us in this way. I would like to thank all our users on behalf of Roland DG for your support and loyalty over the last 25 years.”

    Visit the Roland DG Blog to view the photo highlights and hear from Roland Users about their PacPrint experience in the feature video. See the New PRO4 series printer lineup at a Roland Authorised Dealer near you, and for more information on the hot new technology on the Roland DG stand, visit  www.rolanddg.com.au.

  • Roland DG scraps PacPrint waste with charity partners

    Roland DG Australia is running a unique program at PacPrint and Visual Impact that will see the company deliver large format prints for several non-profit organisations as part of its printer demonstrations at the show.

    Roland DG is one of the hundreds of exhibitors at PacPrint this week that will be showcasing the latest in print technology. A big part of showcasing these devices is of course printing samples in order to demonstrate the printing speeds, print quality and range of applications possible.

    “Typically, we produce lots of print over the five days of the exhibition, running sample prints to demonstrate our wide format devices,” said John Wall, sales director at Roland DG Australia. “In fact, our new PRO4 XF-640 in particular runs so fast that it can literally go through a 50-metre roll of media with commercial grade print, in under an hour.

    “Too often, this print just goes to waste, with much of it simply thrown out by visitors or exhibitors. You can only imagine the total amount of ‘demonstration’ print that will be printed at this show by all the exhibitors. So at Roland DG, we plan to give this print purpose,” he says.

    Roland DG Australia is partnering with Oxfam Australia, World Vision Australia, SurfAid and industry organisation, VISA, to deliver over 1000 square meters of usable print for various campaigns these organisations are running. Thanks to media partners, Shil and Avery, Roland DG will be using Sihl Quadrosorb 3526 matte poster paper and Avery 4130 for banners.

    SurfAid’s Director, Marketing and Communications, Kirk Willcox, said it was a great initiative from Roland DG Australia and much appreciated.

    “Being a small, non-profit organisation we have little budget for printing new marketing collateral,” Willcox said. “This is of great benefit for our organization in helping to promote awareness of our work and we applaud Roland DG Australia for their creative thinking to benefit non-profits.”

    Zane Kuramoto, Creative Director at World Vision Australia was also grateful for the support – “These generously donated large scale prints will offer our staff and supporters the opportunity to see a selection of our beautiful photographs like never before and reconnect with the people we serve from communities all around the world. For this, we’re truly thankful.”

    “We are excited to be able to support these great causes,” said Marc Margetts, Managing Director at Roland DG Australia. “What better way to use our printing at the show than to offer it to organisations that do such good work in the community and around the world. We hope these prints help to make a great impact for these organisations.”

    Roland DG also announced this week it was embarking on a partnership with creative organisation Body Of Work, a division of ArmstrongQ – the results of which is being shown this week at PacPrint.

    An award-winning collaboration, the Best Of Show work: ‘Pas De Chasse’.

    The combined effort between the two companies produced the first Australian entry to win the prestigious Best of Show at the Printing Industries of America awards in late 2012. To celebrate the success, Body of Work and Roland DG are giving away one of the unique Body of Work pieces valued at $25,000 at PacPrint & Visual Impact 2013.

    “Body of Work has a simple philosophy,” said Bob Armstrong, principal of Body of Work. “True progress is made by not following in the footsteps of others. Based on this, in 2006 we set out with the goal to produce the best printed product in the world.”

    The application of this philosophy has made Body of Work the benchmark in establishing and applying original creative directions primarily in communication strategy, design, photography and the establishment of new frontiers in print.

    Roland DG Australia has been working closely with Body of Work team to achieve these new frontiers in print. Marc Margetts, managing director at Roland DG Australia was proud that Roland could play an integral part in this unique project.

    “Roland VersaUV technology has allowed Body of Work to push creative print boundaries,” said Margetts. “We are very excited to partner with Bob and the team at Body of Work. The quality and breadth of their work is simply amazing and was ultimately recognised by receiving the most prestigious print award in the world.”

    The Best Of Show ‘Pas De Chasse’ will be on display on the Roland DG stand at PacPrint and Visual Impact 2013, along with other award winning Body of Work pieces. Further to this, Body of Work and Roland DG will also be giving away a limited edition Body of Work piece valued at $25,000 at the show.

    Visit Roland DG at stand #4318 at PacPrint and Visual Impact to see how Roland DG is giving purpose to print.

  • Go West – Roland DG takes the show to Perth

    Roland DG is heading west, with the announcement it will host a special Road Show event in Perth, Western Australia, after successful Road Show events last year throughout Australia.

    Roland DG will be showcasing its new wide format technology during the Perth Road Show, including the recently released PRO4 XF-640 wide format printer, new PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter and a range of other innovative solutions.

    “While Perth may not be considered ‘regional’, being on the other side of the country it is somewhat isolated in terms of major trade shows,” says John Wall (pictured), Roland DG Australia sales director. “So as with all our other Road Shows, we aim to make the latest technology and training much more accessible to all regions of Australia and this is why we have chosen Perth as our next stop.”

    Visitors from Perth and surrounding areas will have a unique opportunity to meet V8 Supercar driver Maro Engel from Erebus Motorsport (1st May from 4.30 – 6PM), and also the chance win two tickets to the Perth 360 V8 round on 3rd – 5th May, including VIP Pit tours of the Erebus Team.

    Roland DG will demonstrate the new PRO4 XF-640 plus a range of other leading Roland technology including the popular PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter.

    The 64-inch (1625mm) SOLJET PRO4 XF-640 is Roland’s fastest wide-format printer to date and is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. The PRO4 XF-640 incorporates next generation dual print heads and redesigned take-up and pinch roller systems, plus a host of other advanced features for high quality imaging at a maximum print speed of 102m2/hr, and production speeds of 20-63m2/hr.

    “We are excited to showcase this new technology to the market,” says Wall. “This is a unique opportunity for people to be some of the first to see the new XF-640 in action. Along with the new XR-640, I’m sure they will be impressed at the speed and quality that can be delivered and will immediately see the advantages they can achieve for their business.”

    Roland sales and technical staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about Roland products and solutions, give advice on any technical issues or suggest helpful tips on day to day workflows to help customers get more out of their Roland device as part of the RolandClinic

    The Perth Road show event will be held on 30th April – 1st May at Hotel Northbridge from 11am – 7:30pm each day, with a special Roland VersaWorks® Advanced Training course to be held on 2nd May.

    To RSVP for the Perth Road Show or register for VersaWorks® training, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/roadshows. To find out more about the new PRO4 XF-640 or other Roland technolgy, visit www.rolanddg.com.au or contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119.

  • Roland DG announces 2013 VersaWorks training dates

    Wide format manufacturer, Roland DG, is looking to top up its customers’ skill-set in the coming year, with the release of the dates for its 2013 VersaWorks Advanced training course schedule.

    Developed by experienced Roland print specialists, the VersaWorks Advanced training courses are designed to improve print quality, production processes, and overall commercial performance.

    Providing detailed lessons on how to use both the standard and advanced features of VersaWorks, the interactive courses will give users the tools and knowledge to take full advantage of the many capabilities of their Roland printer or printer/cutter.

    The full day course, run in seminar style with demonstrations will cover topics including:

    -Environment & calibration

     

    -Colour management

    -Managing and fine-tuning profiles

    -Advanced production techniques and tips

    -Workflow Automation

    It will also cover new features in the latest version of VersaWorks, including the built in PANTONE libraries and important maintenance that will help to extend the life of its customers’ Roland printers.

    The courses will run throughout Australia and will commence in Sydney and Melbourne, with dates for other areas to be confirmed and announced shortly.

    The dates are:

    -Tuesday 26 March – Sydney

    -Wednesday 1 May – Melbourne

    -Wednesday 26 June – Sydney

    -Thursday 8 August – Melbourne

    -Thursday 26 September – Sydney

    -Tuesday 19 November – Melbourne

    To register, or for more information on Roland DG Academy visit www.rolanddg.com.au/academy, click here, or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.

  • Roland DG hits the road for regional printers

    Roland DG will add extra times and locations to its regional road show campaign following an overwhelming response to this year’s launch of its Creative Centre & Clinic Road Show, set to kick off in August.

    The wide format company will embark on a series of road shows around Australia to demonstrate its latest wide format printing, cutting and engraving technology, with the company to hit the road in August with regional printers in mind.

    Roland DG’s Creative Centre and Clinic road show will run from 13 August to 6 September and take in locations around New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, including Port Macquarie, Tamworth and Mount Gambia. The company is also set to announce further dates and locations following an eager response from customers.

    “We are pleased with the excitement and response to our regional Road Show campaign, hence why we put this program together,” says John Wall, sales director at Roland DG Australia. “With dozens of registrations and many more enquiries following the news release last week, we were forced to bring plans to visit more areas forward to increase the coverage for our regional customers.”

    The series of shows will feature the company’s new VersaSTUDIO BN-20 desktop printer/cutter, and a recently released double white ink configuration for VS Series printer/cutters. There will also be a range of creative application samples and solutions on display.

    The company will also be taking its popular RolandClinic on the road, with the clinic usually located in metro NSW and Victoria, or large trade shows. For the first time, the clinic will be available to printers in regional centres, where it will provide free technical advice and workflow tips.

    During this year’s road show, guests will also have the chance to win a V-CUT 44 inch print trimmer at each stop.

    Dates & Locations:

    • 13 August – Port Macquarie
    • 14 August – Coffs Harbour
    • 15 August – Lismore
    • 16 August – Tamworth
    • 22 August – Albury
    • 23 August – Shepparton
    • 3 September – Warrnambool
    • 4 September – Mount Gambier
    • 6 September – Mildura

    For further information download the Road Show Flyer, or visit www.rolanddg.com.au/roadshows.