The display print market is going through a fundamental change, and to thrive and survive in this changing market, many successful sign and display print businesses are making the move towards higher productivity to meet ever-increasing customer demands.

With volume steadily increasing for printed glass manifestation, wallpaper, vinyl and CAD cut graphics, Surrey-based architectural sign specialist Signbox has invested in a Zünd S3 L1200 precision cutting system to replace hand-finishing with digital cutting to increase precision, speed of turnaround and consistency in production.

CMYUK, the leading independent supplier of digital print technology and materials, has signed a significant UK agreement with Esko, the manufacturer of the highly-regarded Kongsberg digital cutting systems, and developer of an extensive suite of workflow, automation and production-efficiency software.

Curtis Packaging has installed a Zünd S3 M1200 digital cutting table at its new Redhill premises. The company has invested some £1.3m in the move, along with other capital equipment purchases.

Hull-based packaging and POS specialist Garthwest has invested in a Zünd G3 L2500 automated cutting system with camera recognition that reads registration dots printed outside the main printing area and cuts accordingly.

The UK's largest Minuteman Press franchise, based in Bath, has invested in a Valiani Optima V 250 flat-bed cutting table from Morgana Systems to provide a quality short-run in-house cutting facility.

Point-of-sale specialist Wilmot-Budgen has doubled production speeds on two-sheet cutting processes following the installation of a brand new Zünd D3 XL3200 digital cutting table, combined with its existing Zünd Board Handling System.

If you didn’t make it to Drupa you would have missed Esko launching its new CorruSpeed tool, a brand-new tool for its Kongsberg family of cutting tables designed for high-speed cutting of corrugated board without oscillating. The result is cleaner, more accurate cuts comparable to conventional die cutting, bringing the highest quality of digital finishing to the corrugated market. Tools are available for Kongsberg C Series, X Series, XP and XE cutting tables.

Swanline Paper & Board, the recently launched materials division of Swanline Print Ltd, has installed a Kongsberg C24 cutting table from Esko, featuring multi-zone operation and robotic loading and unloading.

Dönitz Displays & Verpackunge, based in Scheeßel, Germany, has invested in a Kongsberg XN22 cutting system from Esko in order to be more responsive to customer requirements for fast turnaround display prototypes and small series production. The machine replaces a 15-year-old cutting system from another manufacturer that had passed its technical peak.

Canon Europe demonstrated an interesting new prototype workflow automation solution – provisionally named ‘View & Cut' – at Drupa 2016 in conjunction with Zünd to further automate the finishing of printed output from Canon wide format printers on the Océ ProCut G3 and Zünd S3 flatbed devices.

Point-of-sale specialist Wilmot-Budgen has upgraded to the latest Zünd D3 digital cutting table following its launch at Drupa.

Insight Print Media Limited has expanded into new premises along with a raft of new wide format printing and finishing equipment including a new Zünd G3 L2500 digital cutting table.

Nottingham-based display company Practical Minds has invested in a Versa Tech flatbed cutter from UK manufacturer Blackman & White. The move brings wide format print finishing in-house that was previously handled by outside suppliers.

Esko is heading to Drupa with a brace of new launches designed to give print, display and packaging companies the tools to get the absolute most out of their equipment, their workflows and their staff.

NorthPoint Studios, one of the Baltimore/Washington area’s most prominent sign and display printers, has installed a VersaTech 1.6m X 3.2m (5’ X 10’) laser/cutter/router supplied by Milwaukee-based MCT Digital Inc. The U.S. partner of Blackman & White.

UK based Blackman & White designs and builds specialist digital cutting machines for businesses across the world, and its U.S. partner, Milwaukee based MCT Digital, has supplied Atlanta based The Color Spot with an MCT VersaTech 3.2 M X 3.2 M laser/router/cutter to offer digital finishing services across the region, in addition to its print capabilities.

CMYUK has installed a Zünd S3 digital cutting table and an EFI VUTEk GS 2000 LX Pro printer at the Northampton factory of Nene Packaging, enabling it to produce packaging and display samples for customers of all sizes.

The first UK installation of the recently launched hybrid AXYZ Trident integrated digital print finishing system has taken place at Hampshire based Key2 Group.

Large format display print specialist John E Wright has invested in its second Zünd G3 digital cutting system, this time for its Hull operation. The firm installed a G3 system into its Nottingham operation in 2014.

Zünd UK's recent open days with Canon were attended by a special guest – the company's international CEO, Oliver Zünd – who officially opened the digital cutting specialist's St Albans demonstration centre.

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