Over the last few years, Sign India expo has been changing gear to spread its footprints with the introduction of new editions in new venues. Recently the expo marked its debut edition in New Delhi, showing a gamut of new machines, materials and technologies for the north Indian market in the three-day exhibition held from June 24-26, 2017 at Pragati Maidan. The crowd of around 9500 trade visitors, who thronged the expo were of mixed profiles comprising many who even rushed from South India to witness what all new showing at the first north Indian edition of the expo. JYANESWAR LAISHRAM brings here a brief account of it.
Organised by Business Live, the New Delhi edition of Sign India 2017 had entered the expo’s 24th edition, in which a host of exhibitors comprising the leading machine manufacturers, material suppliers, technology providers and others from the country and abroad showcased arrays of large-format machines, materials and technologies. Mention of the crowd-pulling exhibitors at the three days of indoor and outdoor signage and advertising expo would include: Negi Sign Systems & Supplies Co, Caldron Graphics, ColorJet/Apsom Infotex, Mono Sign Systems, Mehta Cad Cam Systems, Sun Sign & Technologies, JX Enterprise, Newclear Technologies, JN Arora Group, EPSON, City Advertising, Arrow Digital, Vee Kay Enterprises, Angel India Cad Cam, Monotech, HP Inc, Britomatics, Polyfix, Macart, AstroJet among others. The exhibitors were unanimous in expressing their satisfaction about the quality of visitors and volume of business/enquiries generated during the expo, and 96 percent of them gave the show a ‘positive rating’ showing their interest to participate in the next edition, as well.
Big crowd pullers
Showcasing a complete range of its machines of diverse configurations and models, NEGI Sign Systems & Supplies Co at the expo demonstrated NegiJet Starfire 3300 Plus, Ultra Star Premium (with Starfire SG-1024 printhead), NegiJet UVH-3200, Negijet K3300 and Mutoh ValueJet VJ-1638X. Reffering the advanced features and competencies of the machines, Vijay Kandari, sales head, NEGI Sign Systems & Supplies Co, pointed out NegiJet Starfire 3300 Plus with four Starfire printheads, which is a stable and heavy-duty printer, capable to run at 2200 sqft/hr. “And the NegiJet UVH-3200 is with printhead option of RICOH Gen5 7pl UV; and in addition, we also present high-quality inks from KIIAN Digital, Sawgrass and Nazdar,” he added.
Among the other league of crowd pullers on the show floor was JX Enterprise, which announced the launch of a high-speed production printer—GZH 3206 with six Dimatix Starfire printheads. “We say this printer is ‘Born for Speed’ for it can run at the speed of 4000 sq ft/hr (in two pass), capable to handle varieties of medias including banner, vinyl, film in maximum printing width of 3200 mm,” explained Varun S, manager, JX Enterprise. Next to JX Enterprise was Newclear Technologies, which is known for its portfolio of high-end textile sublimation printers, vinyl cutting plotters, flatbed cutters, LED UV printers, laminators, among others. The company is an authorised distributor of Allwin inkjet printers all over south India and Mumbai. Ajeshkumar AK, MD, Newclear Technologies, said the products they showcased exceedingly pulled crowd during the expo, as some had been sold.
Arrow Digital, authorised distributor of Efi VUTEk, OKI and many other leading brands of high-end printers, presented two crowd-pulling OKI systems at its stall.
The printers were OKI M-64s eco-solvent printer and OKI Pro9542 with white and clear tone, which is designed for creative jobs, such as gift items. Prakash Chopra, business manager, Arrow Digital Pvt Ltd said Sign India is the right platform to showcase their products for right customers. Another crowd-pulling stall in the expo was that of EPSON where the company showcased its SC Series, among which SC-P20070 pulled visitors’ attention and the series is designed for solutions for vehicle wrap, floor graphics and others. Ashutosh Kumar Tripathy, assistant manager-prographic products, EPSON India appreciated the expo for pulling good crowd.
Among the other crowd puling stalls at the expo was ColorJet/Apsom Infotex as the company demonstrated its highly versatile range of production machines and technologies, which included Roland ColorJet SG TrueVIS SG-540 and others including ColorJet Verve MINI and IRIS Pro. “One thing so impressive about this debut edition of the expo is the mixed profiles of trade visitors,” said Smarth Bansal from ColorJet. Britomatic showcased a new BritJet model with 1024i/30 pl printhead. Arjun Dev, MD, Britomatic said the printer was showing for the first time to the public and happy with the response from the crowd.
As always in every single expo they attended, Mehta Cad Cam Systems revealed its complete range of printing, routing and engraving systems at the expo. In the portfolio were the company’s, versatile and popular machines like ERICA-43 Laser Cutter, GLORIA Fibre Laser Metal Cutter and others including EVA Series laser engraver, EX Series CNC routers as well as a line of GZM solvent printers. “Ours is always a complete solution we provide trade visitors who keen to get everything from one stall,” said Shailesh Mehta, director, Mehta Cad Cam Systems. Crowd that jammed around the company’s stall was smitten by the GLORIA metal cutter and GALAXY wielding machine.
Caldron Graphics, an infinite solutions provider in the league, was a big show-stopper during the all three days of the expo.
The machines that pulled crowd to the company’s stall consisted of Crystal 4000 Series and others including HP Designjet D5800, Z5600, which were physically showcased at the expo. Afazal Khan, business development manager, Caldron Graphics, said the expo gave them right opportunity to meet right trade visitors. In the similar tone, Suarabh Aggrawal from Mono Sign Systems articulated that the expo pulled the potential and focused crowd.
The company showcased a wide range of LED modules, components, SMPS and of course, its widely acclaimed ‘Monacryl’ range of materials.
Crowd that gathered at the VeeKay Enterprises/Infinity Digital Solutions was for the company’s newly launched T-Jet textile printer with KM printhead and others including T-DTG for disperse applications. “We receive tremendous enquiries on our newly unpacked textile printer,” said Deepak Kumar Wadhwa from Ininity Digital Solutions, adding that they hope to gain some new business post-show. Monotech Systems was just another show stopper among all as the company presented whole gamut of machines and technologies designed for diverse applications. Shown at the company’s stall were its ever popular PixelJet Series (Ultra Starfire 3302/3304 and ECO1800TS). They also showcased Mimaki and Canon printers for which they are authorised India distributor.
Those trade visitors looking for quality and popular media like Staflex kept rushing only to the stall of Sun Sign & Technologies where demonstrated a handful of printing materials for backlit and glow sign solutions.
Showcased at the company’s stall were SUNJET sparkle lamination media, SENFA Decoprint green materials, among others. Deepak Gupta, director, Sun Sign & Technologies said the expo pulled a good volume of potential visitors throughout the expo. City Advertising, which is known for a versatile range of LED solutions, showcased all new range available as choices for corporate biggies. Nitin Srivastava, director of City Advertising said what they offered in the expo were all new solutions for high-end glow sign solutions, which included the company’s NGLS Series.
HP Inc at the expo brought its Latex range of printers as well as the line of PageWide XL, which are designed for fastest large-format monochrome and colour printing with upto 50 percent saving in total production. Demonstrated live at the company’s stall were HP Latex 560 and 570, which are perfect for high-end graphic applications in both indoor and outdoor domains. Benson Polymers, known for its Polyfix brand of instant glue solution, showcased its existing adhesive range for signage frame fixing and finishing.
JN Arora Group was just another crowd puller on the show floor showing a line of MIMAKI UV systems as well as others in the portfolio, such as Smartjet flatbed printers.
Smartjet printers are true UV LED flatbeds with RICOH Gen-5 printheads. During the expo, the company sold one of its Smarjet (flatbed) systems to Delhi-based Woodcraft India, a popular modular sign system firm in Delhi. Aashish Arora from JN Arora Group appreciated Sign India for the expo’s capability to pull the right kind of trade visitors. Macart Equipment, an indigenous manufacturer of wide-format printers of diverse models and configurations, pulled crowd to its showcase of a series of widely popular PICOJET Pro and PICOMAX Pro Series (with KM 512i printheads). Also demonstrated at the company’s stall was UV Lamp system from FUJIFILM Dimatix, compatible with any third party wide-format system for UV curing.
Every exhibit at the New Delhi debut edition of Sign India 2017 was of among some of the leading manufacturers as well as suppliers from the north Indian signage market. Of them, Astro Jet India demonstrated its high-speed Helitia digital print & cut system, which is designed for cutting and printing a wide range of substrates for diverse applications. Visitors thronged to this newly introduced versatile machine from Astro Jet India. Ravinder Kumar, CEO, Astro Jet India, said they rightly chose Sign India to demonstrate the system.
On the other side of the show floor, Stratojet attractively demonstrated its Shark E72s, Shark EFB flatbed system, which can take any rigid materials flawlessly. Regular exhibitor in every single signage expo all over India, Fotolaminate at its stall revealed its range of high-end cold lamination systems, alongside a lot of other finishing solutions.
At the expo, some glow sign solution providers brought up some innovative solutions. Unique International, one of leading manufacturers and distributors of channel letter bending machines, showcased UI-L130 aluminium letter bending machine. “Alongside other products range, we also introduced UI-1326-S Stone Engraver during the expo,” said Lalit Kohli, director, Unique International.
Sidharth Machineries, one of the key exhibitors at Sign India’s New Delhi edition, introduced themselves at the show as a complete signage solutions provider by presenting solvent printers, CNC routers and many other allied equipments and materials every sign maker would require for corporate projects. Praveen Jain of Sidharth Machineries rated Sign India one of the fruitful expos among all. Tanya Enterprises was another show-stopper in the expo whose showcase of a range of inkjet systems attracted hordes of trade visitors looking for versatile printers.
Among those exhibitors who used the New Delhi edition of Sign India as launch pad to introduce their new products was True Colors Solutions & Technologies. Charanjeet Shah from the company said they are regular participant in Sign India, wherever it held, either in south or north.
He asserted that they used the New Delhi edition to introduce their i-Jet printer with 8xKM 521i printheads. Also among those who used the capital edition of Sign India as a prolific launch pad was Angel India Cad Cam, whose CNC systems were stood out among the conventional ones. The company launched its Angel 1810 laser cutting machine with auto roller feeder during the expo.
Pashupati Enterprises also introduced a range of leaf flags, flat roof tents, promo umbrellas, among many others newly unpacked line presnted attractively during the expo.
Well, the New Delhi debut edition of Sign India was concluded successfully, fulfilling both the exhibitors and visitors in terms of positive vibes they developed for future business. The next 25th edition of the expo will be organised in Chennai from November 3-5, 2017 at Chennai Trade Centre. For regular update, visit: www.businesslive.in