Posts Tagged ‘Spandex’

  • Spandex and Epson host Open Days

    Spandex and Epson have teamed up to present a series of Open Days in NSW, Queensland and WA, with a focus on Epson’s Surecolor SC range of 64” (1625mm) safe solvent printers and new ‘F’ series of dye sublimation printers.

    Alex McClelland, managing director, Spandex said, “These Open Days are a great way for sign and display businesses to maximize their knowledge base and opportunities one-on-one with experts from both Epson and Spandex. 

    “It’s also a great use of time as visitors can pick what time they come in and know that they can get straight onto the learning curve and demonstrations.”

    The first Open Day with Spandex is at Epson’s North Ryde, Sydney, showroom on September 26, followed by open days in Queensland and WA during October. The Open Days will show how wide format printers can add profitable services such as dye sublimated gifts, clothing, sports apparel and corporate items.

    For Epson’s ‘F’ series dye-sub printers for transferring to fabrics, sport apparel and soft signage; Spandex also supplies digital heat presses and Teflon protection sheets.

    The dates and locations are:

    NSW Open Day: September 26, at Epson, 3 Talavera Rd, North Ryde

    QLD Open Day: October 15, at Spandex, 33 Gassman Dr, Yatala

    WA Open Day: October 23, at Spandex, 26 Milrose Dr, Malaga

    The Open Days are free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

    To register click here


  • Spandex makes impact with HP partnership

    Spandex Asia Pacific is partnering with HP to showcase the latest range of flatbed UV, latex and finishing technologies at the Visual Impact Image Expo in Sydney’s Olympic Park from September 12-14.

    Spandex was appointed HP Latex wide format distributor in late 2012. The agreement was extended to include the HP Scitex printers from June this year. “The distribution deal with HP is proving very successful. We are building on this with the joint stand at Visual Impact. There will be working demonstrations of both HP printing and Spandex finishing equipment and the booth will be jointly staffed with our two companies’ personnel,” said Alex McClelland, managing director and vice president of Spandex.

    Impact: HP Scitex FB500

    Set to make an impact at the show is the HP Latex 260 and 260 printers, and a HP Scitex FB500. Spandex will also bring a Keencut cutting machine, a Summa cutting plotter and both hot and cold laminators. Spandex-supplied materials will be used for working demonstrations.

    “More than ever, business is about close partnerships between suppliers and customers. We are delighted with the progress of the HP relationship in under a year and this translates to benefits for end user customers, who have two large international companies supplying the signage and display sectors at their disposal, with experts ready and willing to help Visual Impact visitors on any industry issues,” said McClelland.

    Spandex’s extended agreement with HP also includes the wider (2500mm) HP Scitex FB700 printer and the Industrial Latex printers, HP Latex 600 and Latex 850. A new 3200m wide Latex printer, the HP Latex 3000 was showcased at Fespa.

  • Spandex hosts Victorian open house

    The Victorian branch of Spandex Asia-Pacific is holding an Open House this Friday, August 30th at its Sunshine showrooms. Running from 10am to 3pm, Victorian customers are invited to ‘drop in’ and speak with experts from both Spandex and its key suppliers.

    Victorian branch manager Wayne Hood (pictured) said: “Open Houses are the best way to learn new things and keep up to date with technologies. It also helps to be face-to-face with customers and build relationships.

    “Our team together with selected suppliers will be on hand to answer any questions at all on substrates, inks, processes, software and hardware. It’s a friendly relaxed event that anyone in the industry can attend, with refreshments and bites throughout the day, with ho hard selling; it’s all about sharing information,” he said.

    Spandex has recently added HP Latex and industrial flatbed UV printers to its hardware range and these are expected to be a leading topic of discussion. Spandex is also sharing a stand with HP at next month’s Visual Impact Image Expo in Sydney.

    Victorian customers are encouraged to drop in to: 76, Technology Drive, Sunshine, Victoria (Phone 03 9681 9433) anytime between 10am and 3pm this Friday 30th August.

    For more information or to find out about other upcoming events, click here to visit the Print21 Calendar.

  • Spandex wrap workshop at Brad Jones Racing

    Spandex Asia-Pacific, in partnership with Avery Dennison,  is hosting an advanced vehicle wrapping workshop at the Albury, NSW headquarters of V8 Supercar specialists Brad Jones Racing (BJR).

    “Nothing compares to the look of a fully wrapped V8 Supercar,” said Spandex marketing manager Nathan Barclay, “so this is a great place to learn advanced skills in vehicle wrapping such as surface preparation, overlaminating, compound curves and deep recesses. We may not be wrapping actual V8 Supercars but the inspiration is there.”

    To qualify for attending the advanced Spandex-Avery Dennison course, delegates must have completed the introductory vehicle application techniques course; or have their wrapping skills otherwise verified.

    Brad Jones hit the racing spotlight in the 1990s with five successive Championship wins in the AUSCAR series, followed by another when AUSCAR joined the international NASCAR circuit.

    He capped of his championship wins with two Australian Super Touring gongs driving the legendary Audi Quattro. He retired from competitive driving in 2009 and now concentrates on managing his three Holden team cars, Team BOC, Lockwood Racing and Wilson Security Racing, with his brother Kim and other family members.

    The Spandex – Avery Dennison Advanced Vehicle wrapping course takes place in Albury, NSW on September 10th from 8:30am to 4pm. The cost is $225, reducing to $205 for each additional employee from the same company. Refreshments are provided.

    An Intermediate vehicle application techniques course also takes place this week on Thursday 15th August at Sandown Raceway, Melbourne and there are still a few places left for latecomers.

    Bookings for both courses can be made by calling Spandex Freecall number 1800 683 311 or email to

    For more information and other upcoming events, click here to visit the Print21 Calendar.

  • Spandex global chief picks local wrapped fridge winners

    Rodney W. Larson, the worldwide CEO of Spandex Group, was in Australia last week and the local team headed by Alex McClelland, persuaded Rod to draw the second five winners of Spandex-Avery Dennison limited-edition wrapped fridges.

    “It was great to have Rod here at Spandex Asia-Pacific HQ,” says McClelland; “and he got right into the fun spirit of this promotion, which runs until September. This month, the wrapped fridges are heading far and wide; from Broome in WA to Yatala in Queensland and in-between.”

    Spandex CEO Rod Larson (L) with local managing director Alex McClelland (R) and the barrel used for the draw.

    The July winners who will each receive a hand-wrapped 240-litre Westinghouse fridge are:

    Mcintosh Signs – Bendigo VIC

    Regal Displays – Edwardstown SA

    BK Sign – Broome WA

    Young Graphics – Redfern NSW

    FTD Graphics – Yatala QLD

    “I am delighted to perform this duty while here with our team in Australia,” said Larson. “It’s the kind of thing a CEO rarely gets to do, so I congratulate all of the winners and I hope the wrapped refrigerators give much pleasure to our customers!”

    There are still two months to go and ten more wrapped fridges to win; all that any Spandex customer has to do is buy an Avery Dennison product from Spandex.  If the order exceeds $300, two entries are automatically awarded – it’s that simple.

    Anyone wishing to enter should click here: 

  • Winds of change – July 2013

    There’s been plenty of movement for the local sign and display sector this month, with Gary Smith, former Starleaton director, joining Spicers’ Sign & Display division, Spandex Asia Pacific choosing Wayne Hood as its new Victorian and South Australia regional manager, and oOh! Media announcing a series of new appointments.

    Gary Smith takes new role at Spicers

    Gary Smith, former director of Starleaton and sales manager at Budde International, took on his new role at Spicers’ growing Sign & Display division within weeks of leaving fellow digital wide format supplier, Starleaton.

    For Smith, the new appointment represents an opportunity to help leverage Spicers’ emerging standing in the national wide format sector as it works to diversify its product offering.

    “They want to move into the sign and display business,” says Smith, who is based in Sydney with the new role. “They’ve got the paper background and they’re huge in certain areas, but as the digital revolution marches forward, wide format is a huge part of that.

    “When I left Starleaton, I had a  few offers, but Spicers was the logical step. They needed some expertise in the sign, screen and display market, particularly for the Sydney operation. They’ve got good a good product range and brand, and they can see they need to be player in this marketplace,” he says.

    New addition for Spandex

    Last month, Spandex Asia Pacific announced it had appointed Wayne Hood (pictured) as its new Victoria and South Australia regional manager.

    Prior to the appointment, Hood – originally from South Africa – had made a name for himself in the local market with various sales and management within the Australian printing industry over the past 23 years.

    Hood’s career has been shaped by a desire and passion to be prepared with the best industry knowledge to assist his employer and clients. He has successfully attended internal and external training sessions that benefited his career and held positions in management, sales, production and human resources.

    He has worked across various industries including manufacturing, service and consulting, and along with his experience across HR management, sales and sales management, costing, estimating, planning and production can communicate effectively across all levels within a business.

    oOh! Media on the move with new appointments and divisions

    Trans-Tasman outdoor media player, oOh! Media has named Peter Whitehead (pictured left) as its new national sales director while also appointing Phil Eastwood (pictured right), formerly of rival APN Outdoor, as its new national commercial director of sales.

    oOh! CEO, Brendon Cook said with the integration of EYE Corp now complete and the recent addition of exciting new products including some of the most advanced digital offerings, oOh! was now strongly placed to attack the market share of other mediums.

    “Peter and Phil will be joining John O’Neill to give oOh! one of the strongest sales leadership teams in media,” Cook says. “We are confident that through our market leadership, coupled with our great team of sales professionals and our unique capability to connect advertisers with growing audiences while they are away-from-home, we will continue to drive the overall growth of the industry.”

    Whitehead’s most recent position was the Commercial Director Sales – Fly, where he was responsible for the sales performance of oOh!’s airport media assets. Prior to working in the sector, he spent five years as Southern Cross Austereo’s Melbourne Sales Director.

    Eastwood moves across from APN Outdoor where he spent the past three three years as National Sales Director.  Mr Eastwood was also the Managing Director of Glue Media, an outdoor advertising company specialising in developing and building large and small format billboards in Australia and New Zealand.

    They will be supported by state sales teams which are headed up by Sean Rigby (NSW), Tim Murphy (Victoria), Peter Reynolds (Queensland), Nathan Robertson (South Australia) and Mark Treasure (Western Australia), and the direct sales team headed up by Kevin Price.

    Across the pond, oOh! Media sets up a new production team in New Zealand as part of expansion plans, with Natalie Patterson appointed as the company’s first production manager in New Zealand, executing and delivering innovative campaigns that extend beyond the advertising panel and supporting the entire production requirements across all Fly, Retail and Study campaigns.

  • A cool wrap for Spandex winners

    Spandex is lending a little bit of ‘cool’ to its Avery Dennison product range after shipping the first five custom-wrapped fridges to winners of a joint Spandex-Avery Dennison promotion.

    The designs reflect a diverse range of emotions from retro to patriotic, with every fridge unique. The first five winners were announced in June, with five more to be announced towards the end of July.

    “The odds of winning one of these custom-wrapped fridges must be very good, “ says Nathan Barclay, Spandex marketing manager. “ We are giving away five every month up until September and all that is required is a purchase of any Avery Dennison product. If the order is over $300 in value, two entries are awarded; it couldn’t be simpler and there is still time for July’s draw entrants!”

    In what must be the ‘coolest’ supplier promotion of 2013, winners receive a 240 litre Westinghouse refrigerator, hand-wrapped in stunning graphics using Avery Dennison materials.

    If you wan to enter the competition, click here.

  • HP and Spandex ramp up reseller deal

    Spandex Asia Pacific is ramping up its reseller agreement with HP to include the HP Scitex Industrial flatbed printers, and freshly re-branded HP Latex models following the successful 2012 introduction of the HP Designjet Latex wide-format printers to its range.

    In a bid to keep its product knowledge up to scratch along with its training support, Spandex has installed an HP Scitex FB500 at its Mt. Kuring-gai headquarters, technical centre and warehouse, in Sydney’s northern region.

    The FB500 is a high-resolution (max:1200 x 600dpi) UV-curing flatbed printer that can also print on flexible media with the roll option. The six-colour extended gamut inkset can be boosted by the addition of a white ink option. The maximum width for both rigid and roll media is 1630mm, with 3050mm the maximum length for rigid media and up to 64mm thickness.

    National Hardware & Software Specialist Ryan Warby sets up the HP Scitex FB500 at Spandex’s NSW technical centre.

    “We chose the FB500 as our demonstration machine because it is such a versatile industrial UV printer,” says Alex McClelland, Spandex managing director and vice president, Asia-Pacific . “It prints on virtually any media with excellent ink adhesion, with full bleeds and at resolutions suited to outdoor, indoor or even fine art and photographic applications.”

    Spandex’s extended agreement with HP also includes the wider (2500mm) HP Scitex FB700 printer and the Industrial Latex printers, HP Latex 600 and Latex 850. A new 3200m wide Latex printer, the HP Latex 3000 will be launched worldwide at FESPA, UK on 25 June and will also be included in the extended agreement when available in the fourth quarter of 2013.

    “Since its introduction in 2008, HP Latex technology has taken the sign and display world by storm,” says McClelland, “because it offers an ecologically-safe waterbased alternative to solvent printing.

    “More than 15,000 HP Latex printers have been shipped worldwide and more than 100 million square metres have been printed with HP Latex Inks. HP expects these numbers to triple by 2016, with the amount of latex-printed pages growing rapidly while the area of solvent-printed images simultaneously declines, perhaps by as much as 33 per cent. We are delighted to extend our agreement with HP to cover all Latex models and now flatbed UV,” he says.

  • Spandex teams up with Avery Dennison for free vehicle wrapping courses

    Spandex Asia Pacific is running ‘bolt-on’ training courses at selected TAFE Institutes, in conjunction with Avery Dennison, to teach signwriting and graphic arts students the art of vehicle wrapping.

    The first 2013 course takes place this week at Orange College of TAFE and draws students from Dubbo, Parkes, Cowra, Canberra and Bathurst. It forms part of the students’ Certificate III in Signcraft and also touched on large wall and window graphics.

    It’s a wrap: Wayne Stewart (L) and Alex Osbourne (R) at Orange TAFE.

    Wayne Stewart (pictured), signage teacher at Orange College said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work alongside professionals in the art of vehicle wrapping using a vinyl film, which is a growing trend in signage.”

    The next course scheduled is at Hunter Institute of TAFE, Newcastle in October, with further free TAFE courses planned.

    “Vehicle wrapping, whether total or partial, is a booming industry but there is a shortage of sufficiently skilled applicators,” says Alex McClelland, Spandex managing director and vice-president for Asia-Pacific. “In supporting TAFE training, Spandex and our material supply partner Avery Dennison, would like to demonstrate our commitment to increasing the pool of skilled labour and also give the students an extra skill to use in the job market. There is no cost to either the TAFE College or the students; we are doing this to support the industry’s future.”

    Spandex Asia-Pacific has branches in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

  • Spandex HP Latex Canberra open house

    Spandex is showing off its newest wide format offering by hosting an open house event in Canberra to showcase its new HP Latex large format printer range, on 20 and 21 February.

    Spandex Asia Pacific signed a local distribution deal with HP Latex Technology South Pacific in November last year, with the supplier appointed as the local reseller of the HP DesignJet Latex wide format printer range, including the DesignJet L26500 and the Superwide DesignJet L28500.

    Now, in a bid to drum up some local interest in its new wide format machines, Spandex is throwing open the doors of its temporary site in Canberra. The open house will feature a demonstration of the HP DesignJet 26500 Latex Printer and a technical presentation of the press range.

    For Nathan Barclay, Spandex marketing manager, Canberra was a market that was ripe for the introduction of the HP Latex range.

    “The business in Canberra for wide format is always good,” says Barclay.  “Our rep goes down there once every few weeks and he’s always had a busy time. We think it’s an open market in Canberra.”

    Certainly, since Spandex took on the HP Latex DesignJet range, the company has seen a positive initial response from the local market.

    “They’re definitely starting to roll off the floor,” says Barclay. “I think we’ve got at least one in each state, which is not bad considering that we were at the end of one year and at the beginning of another when we signed the distribution deal.”

    Once the Canberra open house is done and dusted, Barclay says Spandex will follow it up with more open houses in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. “Hopefully, that will happen before Easter. We want to strike while iron’s hot,” he says.

    The Spandex HP DesignJet Latex Printer Open House will be held at Canberra
Mantra On Northbourne,
84 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra, ACT, on
20 February 2013
4pm to 8pm
and 21 February 2013
9am to 5pm.

    Click here to register.