FESPA 2017 hailed as a thrilling success
Mimaki Europe was recognised with prestigious
awards and closed the first sale of its new Tiger -1800B at the
worldwide exhibition, which took place in Hamburg. Mimaki
organised a press conference on the first day of FESPA, 8th May
2017. Mr. Kazuaki Ikeda, President of Mimaki Engineering Co.
Ltd. during the opening speech said that 3DUJ-P is the world’s
first full colour high definition modelling with up to 10
million colours. It is based on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet
technology with maximum modelling size: 500 X 500 X 300 mm.
Mr. Yuji Ikeda, Managing Director of Mimaki Europe B.V.
Mimaki reported that it had its biggest and most
successful presence ever at FESPA 2017 with two stands totalling
534m². In addition to interest from visitors in Mimaki’s sign
and display graphics, industrial print, 3D printing and digital
textile printing, visitors also took FESPA’s theme for the show
The “Dare to print different” theme elicited many discussions
about different and interesting applications that are not common
in traditional business but for which Mimaki solutions are
ideal. This includes printing on innovative and unusual
FESPA 2017 exceeded our expectations as it has done time and
time again, and was our most successful FESPA ever. The theme
for FESPA 2017 was “Dare to print different,” and visitors from
around the world came to the Mimaki stand with lots of great
ideas for printing on innovative substrates and with different
technologies. Most were introduced to solutions that would help
them achieve their objectives. Whether they were looking to
print on natural fibres, use sublimation inks for fast fashion
or soft signage, find solutions that would allow them to
repatriate outsourced processes, or move from conventional to
digital printing, FESPA 2017 – and the Mimaki stand – had
FESPA 2017 was also an ideal venue for launching Mimaki’s
innovative 3D-printer, which drew a great deal of interest from
visitors to the show. FESPA will continue to be a very important
event on the Mimaki calendar.
Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA Mimaki
Europe also received two prestigious awards during the show.
- Best Object Printer for the Mimaki UJF-MkII Series.
- Best Textile Printer under 100 sq./h for the Mimaki
Tx300P-1800 with its dual ink capability.
At the show, Mimaki Europe also introduced Yuji Ikeda as its
new Managing Director. After spending seven years at Mimaki
Europe, Ikeda returned to Japan to take on the role of senior
general manager of Corporate Planning, where he served for
several years before returning to lead Mimaki Europe.
Mr. Yuji Ikeda, Managing Director of Mimaki Europe B.V.
briefing the company updates said that Mimaki Europe has noticed
more than 15% increase in EMEA operations in Fiscal Year 2016.
He added, “In the digital hall, Mimaki showcased machinery
for sign graphics and industrial markets, flagship solvent and
UV printers and Mimaki’s first ever 3D printer. In the textile
hall Mimaki presented machinery for textile and apparel markets
and latest range of digital textile printers from entry level
model to industrial volume production machines.”
Mr. Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA -
Mimaki Europe B.V., Mr. Akira Takeuchi, Senior General
Manager - R&D Division, Mr. Kazuaki Ikeda, President of
Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd and Mr. Yuji Ikeda, Managing
Director of Mimaki Europe B.V. at the Mimaki Press
Demonstrating new technologies
“We were especially pleased with attendee interest in the
technology demonstration of our 3D printer, the Mimaki 3DUJ-P,”
says Mimaki Europe general manager Ronald van den Broek. “Based
on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet technology, the 3DUJ-P offers
high definition modelling with a maximum size of 500 x 500 x 300
mm. It is the world’s first truly full-colour modelling solution
and supports up to 10 million different colours with the ability
to achieve 84% of the FOGRA39L colour gamut with high definition
The Mimaki 3DUJ-P, which also includes clear ink for stunning
effects and a water-soluble support material that can be simply
washed away, is expected to be commercially available later this
Van den Broek also reports that Mimaki’s new high-speed
direct-to-textile Tiger-1800B printer was also well received. It
was the first time that Mimaki showcased the printer with
sublimation ink after demonstrating the machine with reactive
ink in previous shows. “In fact,” Van den Broek adds, “textile
company Estampados Hermanos Perez located in Mataró, Spain, and
supported by Mimaki distributor Digidelta, purchased the printer
from the show floor.”
In the Textile Hall, where the high-speed direct-to-textile
Tiger-1800B with sublimation ink took centre stage, Mimaki also
had on display the award-winning Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B
direct-to-textile printers, updated to simultaneously load both
textile pigment and sublimation dye inks. This enables the use
of a single printer to print directly on a wide range of
textiles without the need to change out ink systems.
This new technology, not possible until now, is a
breakthrough that will improve productivity and increase
flexibility for these Mimaki textile printers. The digitally
printed textile examples ranged from apparel and accessories to
home décor were also on display.
“In the textile market,” van den Broek states, “there is
growing demand for a shorter run and customised textile
products. The Mimaki line of textile printers will enable
fashion designers and interior decorators to quickly and
cost-effectively meet these needs with very high quality. The
printers are also being used for sampling, speeding time to
market without breaking the bank.”
Mimaki Tiger at FESPA 2017.
Dare to print different
Van den Broek also reports that many visitors to the stand
were seeking solutions that would enable them to print on
natural fibres with solutions like the Tx300P-1800 with textile
pigment ink. In addition, visitors were interested in using
sublimation printing for Fast Fashion and soft signage.
“We also spoke with many companies wishing to repatriate
processes they are currently outsourcing to different countries
in order to gain more control by bringing them in house,” he
comments. “Mimaki’s highly versatile, flexible and affordable
solutions offer a pathway to accomplish that goal.”
Van den Broek concludes, “We are very pleased with the
results we achieved at FESPA 2017. It was our most successful
edition to date, and the show continues to exceed our
expectations every year. It is the perfect opportunity to get in
touch with visitors from all over the world and to discuss what
Mimaki can do to take their businesses to the next level.”