Posts Tagged ‘Visual Impact’

  • Visual Impact gears up for sold-out show

    Sold out: Visual Impact Sydney

    Visual Impact’s Sydney 2018 show has sold out, and organisers are hoping for a packed event at its original home in Sydney Olympic Park.

    Peter Harper, Visual Connections.

    The graphic arts industry trade show has switched back to Olympic Park from last year’s location at the International Convention Centre after a vote in which members overwhelmingly backed the return, according to Peter Harper, general manager of events and publication at Visual Connections. “Last year wasn’t a good result, which was understandable given it was a PacPrint year, so we had to make our decision on whether to go back or stay – we needed to book the space for Visual Impact 2018 and PrintEx 2019. Our members voted 75 per cent to go back to Olympic Park, so that is where we are,” he said.

    Harper encourages printers to come along and see the show next month. “We have done our bit on selling all the space, now we just have to get the people there. We are spending a lot of time and money on marketing, and so far so good,” he said. “Preregistrations are up, so we are heading in the right direction. All the major suppliers are exhibiting, so hopefully the industry will come out and support those suppliers as well.”

    The show will be a valuable experience for any who attend, says Harper. “Like any trade show, it is a great opportunity to keep up with the latest technology. We have a great seminar program which we hope will benefit guests in their businesses,” he said. “We have a number of business breakfasts being run on each day before the show opens as well, so it is good to be a part of those – TSA, AIG, and Dscoop are each hosting one.”

    Visual Impact Sydney 2018 runs from September 12-14 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Preregistration is open now.

  • Industry trends at VI workshops

    Visual Impact Sydney 2017.

    The organisers of next month’s Visual Impact 2018 in Sydney have put together a strong program of workshops to complement the leading sign, display and wide-format print expo.

    The popular VI Workshop program will once again run on all three days of the show and is free of charge for registered visitors. It will feature a host of industry experts bringing a variety of perspectives and information to help visitors navigate latest industry trends and exploit new opportunities.

    Day 1

    On Wednesday 12 September, the program will kick off at 11am with a presentation by Adrian Albanese from Trotec on the benefits of laser camera systems for print and cut applications. A lunchtime presentation from Brett Mendes and Greg Stone from Roland DG will explore how print service providers can tap into the growing demand for personalisation.

    The afternoon will see three more presentations. The first promises to demystify small business finance with Marian Taggart-Holland and David Louie from Ecolease, another mid-afternoon session from HP’s Jeremy Brew will delve into the magic of large-format print, and a final must-see presentation from John Hadfield of Control Zone will give businesses some vital tools and strategies to help minimise costly mistakes.

    Day 2

    On Thursday morning, well-known industry expert Kellie Northwood from Two Sides Australia will show visitors how to grow value with a ‘Would you like fries with that?’ approach.

    Ben Carroll from Velflex takes to the stage for the 12.30 session on Day 2, posing another question, this time to those in the printed apparel business: ‘Why should I care about Heat Transfer?’

    In the afternoon, PIAA CEO Andrew McCauley will look at how to adapt, survive and take advantage of the global, domestic and technology trends which offer both opportunity and adversity to industry businesses.

    He will be followed by Mark Goodsell from AiGroup, who will explore trends in digitisation technology across manufacturing sectors and the skills that businesses will need to be profitable in what he calls ‘Industry 4.0’.

    Day 3

    Two final workshop sessions will wrap up the program on the morning of Friday 14 September. The first, from PIAA’s Paul Mitchell, promises to be a lively discussion about how membership of your industry organisation can help business owners and directors protect themselves from risk and liability.

    Prior to the show closing, Kellie Northwood returns for an encore presentation of ‘Would you like fries with that?’, exploring how businesses can sell themselves more effectively.

    The free workshop sessions will be complemented by a series of daily Breakfast Seminars and, of course, one of the most comprehensive displays of new technology, equipment, services and resources for businesses in the sign, display, wide-format, screen and textile printing industries.

    Visual Impact Sydney will run from 12–14 September at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush.

    For more information, go to or click here to register for the show and skip the queues in September. You can also register online for the workshops of your choice by going to VI’s easy online workshop registration portal.

  • Visual Impact Sydney almost booked out

    The industry’s leading sign and display expo, Visual Impact, is coming to the Harbour City from 12-14 September in Halls 5 & 6 of the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, and the show is shaping up as a pivotal one for sign, display, screen and wide-format printers.

     According to organisers Visual Connections, VI Sydney is already 95% subscribed, guaranteeing a comprehensive display of the very latest innovations in technology, equipment, materials and media for the thousands of business owners and key decision makers who are expected to attend.

    Peter Harper, general manager – Trade Shows & Publications for show organisers Visual Connections, said he expects the show to be one of the best ever, with an expanded focus and several new initiatives which organisers hope will extend the reach and relevance of the show, and increase its value to visitors.

    “As in previous years, the list of exhibitors for the Sydney show includes everyone from the industry’s largest and most comprehensive names, to smaller specialist and niche suppliers, all under the one roof,” Harper said.

    “This year, however, we’ll also have 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.

    “This is something of a departure from recent shows but textile printing is clearly a very relevant area for those in the print, sign and display sector, and it makes perfect sense to expand our reach into this area.”

    As well as the exhibition, visitors can of course expect to benefit from a program of seminars and workshops, which add enormous value to the show experience.

    “This year, we’re introducing daily breakfast information sessions, giving visitors a head-start on the day by enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal while taking advantage of high-quality education,” Harper says adding that he expects to confirm topics and open registrations for these sessions within the next few weeks.

    “The result is a genuinely comprehensive show combining innovation and information, to help businesses improve their performance, increase competitiveness, creates new revenue streams and plan for their future success.”

    Visual Impact Sydney will run from 10am – 8pm on Wednesday 12, from 10am until 6pm on Thursday 13, and from 10am till 4pm on Friday 14 September.

    “We’re also making it even easier for visitors to get to the Sydney Showground, with a morning and afternoon shuttle bus between Homebush and Darling Harbour, and extended hours on the Wednesday evening until 8pm,” Harper said.

    Registrations for the show are now open, with visitors encouraged to pre-register to skip the queues and make the most of their time at the show.

    For more information and the latest news on VI Sydney, go to


  • Epson launches new digital label press for single-pass printing

    Epson has expanded its range of digital label presses with the launch of the SurePress L-6034VW at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels. It’s the first press to use Epson’s new PrecisionCore linehead technology for single pass printing and the first to feature its new LED-cured UV ink with in-line varnish technology.

    The SurePress L-6034VW was first shown as a prototype at drupa 2012 and is now available in two models; one with CMYK with digital varnish and one without white ink. The SurePress L-6034VW and L-6034V models will be available in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

    “The launch of the SurePress L-6034VW puts us in the position of offering two very different presses with two different inksets,” said Craig Heckenburg, General Manager Australia.

    The press is designed for durable print quality, short to mid-run labels on standard film and paper label substrates between 80mm and 340mm wide.

    The LED lamps used for the curing process lowers the energy consumption. It also enables printing onto heat-sensitive substrates, such as polyethylene (PE).

    According to the Epson the new press has incorporated sophisticated automatic monitor

    ing, maintenance and cleaning features within the SurePress L-6034VW.

    Nozzle State Analysis technology, will automatically sense if a nozzle is not firing and rapidly cleaning and recovering it, in return it minimises downtime, minimises ink waste and ensures continuous printing.

    Each of the six lineheads in the press comprises 11 PrecisionCore printhead modules (totalling 52,800 nozzles) that Epson says delivers precise quality with multi-size dot control and high native resolution.

    The linehead is tuned to work with Epson’s new low-energy LED-cured UV ink and in-line digital varnish technology to deliver a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi at 15m per minute.

    The SurePress L-6034VW gives users the flexibility to print high-opacity white ink first or last to boost image impact on clear and metallic substrates and to expand the variety of labels that can be produced.

    It features a time saving digital varnish feature which it enables the user to apply matte, gloss and even a combination of both in patterned or selective spot varnish effects during printing to achieve a range of finishes. This can be done on the same label or vary from label to label in the same print run.