A group of LIA NSW (Lithographic Institute of Australia NSW) members got together in Sydney last night to learn more about wide format print with a technical tour of Mimaki’s showroom.
The evening included a product overview of Mimaki’s range of wide format presses, cutting equipment and 3D print technologies.
NSW channel manager John Bryson told the gathering Mimaki has seen huge growth and market share gain in the wide format sector with the Japanese manufacturer now occupying 30 per cent of this market.
Bryson gave a product talk on Mimaki’s range which includes eco-solvent wide format presses, through to UV LED systems, ‘Print’n’Cut’ technology, flat-bed printing and the relatively new 10 million plus colour 3D printing technology which has the ability to print ‘hyper-personal’ life-like human replicas.
Mimaki’s range of cutting tables were also on show with the discussion also covering the role robotics and automation will continue to increasingly play in wide format print rooms.
“Automation and robotics are needed to take the industry to the next level. We understand the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 is a big part of what people want. People say all the time that they want to turn their lights out and that is where we are going,” Bryson said.
Bryson said Mimaki’s market share growth has been driven by having innovative and versatile products that offer high levels of print quality but also by the increasing value commercial printers see they can derive from wide format.
“There is no longer an offset guy or a label guy. You can print on anything and you will struggle to make ends meet if you just do one type of print,” he said.
“There was huge growth for us in our Print’n’Cut range in COVID. The majority of those buying these machines were females as their craft or hobby business became a serious proposition during COVID and turned viable.”
After the presentation the group, which included LIA NSW president, Angus Scott, headed to the local Carnarvon Golf Club for dinner and further discussion including guest speaker, Andy McCourt, publisher of Wide Format Online.
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