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2 - 4 April 2019

Sign & Digital UK offers the industry the chance to help shape 2019 show

Sign & Digital UK, the leading sign making, display solutions and digital printing show, will return to Birmingham’s NEC from 2 to 4 April with its most compelling Main Stage programme to date, designed in collaboration with its visitors.


Show organisers are welcoming attendees to use an online form ( to pose questions they’d like to see answered on the Main Stage and to suggest who they’d like to hear speak at the show.


Whether part of the industry panel debates, presenting a practical case-study led session, or even becoming a guest to chat with host Colin Gilman, Sign & Digital UK wants to accommodate the right experts, advice and insights into the 2019 event.


The Sign & Digital UK website hosts expert educational content to support innovation within the industry year-round, but the Main Stage aims to bring these and other industry topics to life at the show next year.


Jane Lewis, marketing manager for Sign & Digital UK, said: “In the current climate, where markets are constantly changing, business owners need to get smarter to retain and win business.


“We’re delighted to offer the industry the chance to get involved with this year’s show, to ensure we’re offering the most relevant and supportive advice to our visitors. We hope this will enable business owners to learn valuable lessons that will help them grow their business, diversify their offering and put them at the top of their game.” 


Sign & Digital UK is free to attend for visitors. To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team on 01342 33200 or email:



News from the 2018 Show:


Sign & Digital UK announces latest exhibitor news ahead of 2018 show

With one week to go until Sign & Digital UK 2018 (SDUK), the team at Faversham House has today announced the latest exhibitor news, product launches and competitions set to be showcased at this year’s event.

Returning to the NEC Birmingham from 24 to 26 April 2018, the industry leading trade show will once again bring a range of innovative technologies and equipment aimed at the visual communications sector.

The 2018 show theme, Creativity Brought to Life, will see the event’s legacy of innovation continue; presenting visitors with new interactive features, an enhanced free-to-attend seminar programme and practical live demonstrations showcasing the latest technologies, products and services.

Sign & Digital UK will give visitors the opportunity to gain industry insight from experts and inspirational speakers including celebrity retail consultant, Mary Portas.

Event director, Rudi Blackett, said: “If you are looking for ways to stand out from the competition, Sign & Digital UK 2018 is a business-critical event.”

Here is a preview of the many product launches and prize giveaways you can expect to see at this year’s event.

Product launches and showcases

Antalis (L10)

The Antalis stand will be modelled as a luxury retail store with a spring theme and will showcase Antalis’ full portfolio of visual communications solutions through a tasteful seasonal design. The ‘store’ will be split into three distinct collections - vehicle and wrapping, POS and signage and décor – designed to showcase Antalis’ full range of rigid and flexible media in application.

Bergman / Art Neon (G42)

Bergman / Art Neon will display the new LED Neon Flex on Stand G42. A high flexibility, professional solution for indoor and outdoor use with horizontal and vertical bending, high dust and waterproof protection (IP67) and high UV and salt resistance.
CADlink (E42)

CADlink will bring a newly updated version of the Digital Factory RIP printing software to the SDUK show, featuring direct to garment editions and release a newly updated version of the EngraveLab software for the engraving market.

CMYUK (J10) will be showcasing the Massivit 1800 3D printer – a 3D printer of unique size capability, and of commercial speed performance that the company says is “unrivalled”. The Massivit 3D printer will enable specialists within the format graphic display market place the opportunity to create huge high-impact models.

Colourgen (L40)

Colourgen (L40) will feature the Mutoh’s LED UV printers, the ValueJet 426UF (A3+) and ValueJet 1638UH (64” flatbed and roll to roll). Its printer demonstrations will show just how diverse and profitable the applications can be using this technology – from art to awards, industrial applications, consumer gadgets and more.

Corel Theatre (D44)

Corel will showcase CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite 2018, the latest version of Corel’s industry-leading design collection, packed with powerful features and highly anticipated updates to help graphics professionals transform their creative ideas into professional, visually stunning designs.

D&K Europe Ltd (A40)

D&K Europe Ltd is celebrating over 30 years in the European market, and is due to bring the new B3 Neptune laminator and the latest double-sided Neptune PB to the SDUK show this year.

D&K Europe Ltd will also launch a new range of digital foils for use with automated laminating machines. The initial range will include Gold, Silver, Blue and Magenta and will be available in a variety of widths. These will be demonstrated on laminators at the A40 stand.


Eptanova will showcase its Light Diffusing Ink, a product for screen printing on optically transparent glass, PC and PMMA panels that is visible only through a dedicated LED illumination. The potential of this product and its practical applications will be of particular interest to signage and décor industries.

Eurobond Adhesives Ltd (G66)

Eurobond Adhesives Ltd will launch the MagneTape® range of self-adhesive backed magnetic tapes for mounting printed media in retail, POS, warehousing and offices.

Grafityp UK Ltd (J30)

GRAFITYP UK Ltd will showcase the Océ Colorado 1640, which is a 64" roll-to-roll wide format printer built on the revolutionary new Canon UVgel technology. The Océ Colorado 1640 boasts excellent printing capabilities, with speeds up to 159m2/hr for applications such as billboards and outdoor banners.

Hybrid Services Ltd (E10)

For the first time ever, Hybrid will be showing the entire range of Mimaki’s UCJV Series LED UV printer/ cutters, with both the UCJV300 and UCJV150 on display together at the exhibition. Mimaki’s key solvent printers and printer / cutters will also play a starring role with a number of innovative and popular systems on display.

InkTec/Jetrix (G22 & H20)

InkTec, a leading international manufacturer of printers, inks and media, will showcase its ground breaking JETRIX LXi8 LED-UV flatbed printer and also the latest addition to the JETRIX portfolio – the KX6U-LED. These innovative printers will sit alongside some stunning new additions to its range of consumables.

I-Sub (J36) & Josero (C22)

I-Sub will showcase the new Agfa Anapurna H1650i LED. With the ability to print onto virtually any material at high speed, as well as photographic quality, this machine is guaranteed to benefit any production room.

ITC Ltd (E50)

ITC Ltd will debut 1001 Series - a single flute router manufactured from an ultra-wear resistant micro-grain carbide. The 1001 Series is a balanced tool for use on high frequency spindles that are commonplace on modern digital cutting tables.

Alongside the 1001 Series will be an innovative line of knife and blade tools, extended with new cutting geometries being added for the efficient cutting of vinyl, corrugated board, foam board and other materials.

Keencut Limited (L30)

UK manufacturer Keencut will launch its new sign cutter, the Excalubur 3S, at Sign & Digital UK. The new product is a junior version of the company’s market-leading Steel Trak. The Excalibur 3S is designed to cut PVC foamboard up to 13mm and Dibond up to 3mmm and can score Plexiglas up to 6mm.
Listawood Trade Supplies (G36)

Listawood Trade Supplies will launch a selection of new products and technology; all designed with sublimation decoration in mind. Showcasing an extended collection of Duraglaze sublimation mugs at the exhibition, sublimation decorators are invited to view 50 different styles featured in Listawood’s new collection.

Modular Grid (C14)

Modular Grid Signs will have a beautifully illuminated, light-focused stand where they will launch Modular Grid Signs; a new and innovative form of Business Signage.

Quality Print Services (K2)

Quality Print Services will run a live Nazdar Ink Answers event, joined by experts from Nazdar Ink Technologies, where visitors will be welcome to ask questions about inkjet inks, applications and machines. QPS will also be offering a free introductory ink cartridge to new customers who register at the show.
RA Smart (C11)

RA Smart is launching the brand new Impres digital printing solution which comprises of industry leading technologies from MS, JK Group and Caldera. The new solution is specifically aimed at the dye sublimation and soft signage sector, for customers looking to invest in a solution which provides impressive levels of productivity and reliability. RA Smart will also launch REXframe into the UK market – an innovative silicone edge graphic signage system.

Stadur (K50)

Stadur will showcase the VISCOM MAGNETIC, a lightweight foam board. This new product consists of VISCOM SIGN SF with a magnetic foil on one side. The magnetic side allows the adherence of ferrous paper/ foil and is therefore suitable for easily exchangeable advertisements and long-standing applications, especially for shop design.

Prize Draws

• CADlink (E42) will run a prize draw to win a free software license. Simply drop off a business card or fill in a form at the CADlink stand for the chance to win.

• CMYUK (J10) will give away 1,000 Material Sample Binders for free.

• Eurobond Adhesives Ltd (G66) will host a business card draw. One lucky winner will receive an iPad.
• Justprint Ltd (E72) plans to offer a special discount to anyone who makes an online registration at during Sign & Digital UK.

• Roland DG (H30) will run a prize draw to win three exclusive prizes:
First prize: Win an exclusive Renault Sport Formula OneTM Team experience for two during the 2018 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix (26th – 29th July). The package will include an additional insight with the team's head of paint and graphics on Thursday evening. Flights and hotel accommodation included.
Second prize: Win an exclusive Renault Sport Formula OneTM Team experience for two during the 2018 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix (8th July 2018). Parking and overnight stay at Whittlebury Hall included.
Third prize: Money can’t buy signed memorabilia plus a VIP factory tour and lunch for two.

Live Demonstration Sessions

Automatic Letter Bender (C52)

Automatic Letter Bender will hold a letter bending demonstration using the ALB- 02 Combo machine. Automatic Letter Bender will also showcase the accuracy and precision of the CNC Router Black Series MTC with hybrid servo machine with a metal cutting demonstration.

Textile Printing Live in partnership with Hybrid Services (D11)

Textile Printing Live has been designed to respond to the design industry’s ever-increasing interest in printing textiles. SDUK visitors will be able to try their hand at creating printed textile products that they can personalise and take home.

Onyx Graphics (G30)

Onyx Graphics will run sessions to help printers increase profit margins, reduce waste and improve their understanding of print workflow techniques using the Onyx HUB as a solution.

Vehicle Wrapping Live in partnership with Spandex (E32)

Vehicle Wrapping Live Spandex will host wrapping demonstrations throughout the show. Visitors will be able to see and ‘have a go’ at wrapping with a wide range of colours and textures from 3M, Avery Dennison, ORAFOL, Arlon and ImagePerfect.

Décor Live in partnership with Antalis (L12)

Covering vinyl, wallcovering and magnetic substrates, these two live demonstrations are aimed at companies who have large format Inkjet technology and who are looking to get a complete overview of all aspects of use and application as well as practical hints and tips on installation from the experts.

Roland DG (H30)

Roland DG will be hosting demonstrations of its TrueVIS VG-640, TrueVIS SG-300, SOLJET PRO 4XR-640 and VersaSTUDIO BN-20 printer / cutters, each designed to accommodate the needs of different graphics professionals.

Entry to the show for visitors is free – pre-register at

Show Opening Times:
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 26 March: 10.00 to 17.00
Thursday 26 March: 10.00 to 16.30


Sign & Digital UK announces retail expert Mary Portas as guest speaker

Sign & Digital UK (SDUK) today announces that one of Britain’s biggest names in retail, Mary Portas, will be headlining at the sign and display show taking place on 24 to 26 April, at the NEC in Birmingham.


In keeping with SDUK’s theme for 2018 - Creativity Brought to Life - Mary Portas will deliver an inspiring keynote followed by a Q&A session during the show’s opening day.


Crowned “Mary Queen of Shops” by the UK media, retail and brand expert Mary Portas has long been a champion for SMEs. The celebrity guest speaker will use the Q&A session to share her expertise and industry knowledge with the show’s visitors.


Mary Portas will also take a tour of the show floor, to meet many of the leading suppliers exhibiting at the show.


Rudi Blackett, event director at SDUK, said: “Mary Portas’s continued advocacy for independent retailers and the manufacturing industry makes her a truly inspiring guest speaker for our show visitors and exhibitors alike.


“We’re greatly looking forward to welcoming Mary and hope visitors and exhibitors will bring their burning business questions to benefit from Mary’s expert retail knowledge.”


Mary Portas, retail consultant and broadcaster, commented: “I’m always excited to discover new emerging techniques from retail, sign and display industries which will be a big part of Sign and Digital UK. The merging of digital and traditional manufacturing techniques is now more important than ever before, and I hope to open a discussion about how these trends will impact SMEs in the modern retail landscape at April’s event.


“With my Sign & Digital UK audience, I will aim to cultivate a new confidence in diversification. I look forward to rallying with business leaders from these adapting sectors and offering advice among small business owners who are looking to explore ways of getting ahead of their competitors.”


Speaking alongside Mary Portas at SDUK this year will be a stellar line-up of industry experts who will deliver a series of keynote talks, interactive sessions and panel debates across the three-day event.

Sign & Digital UK gets interactive with new live demo areas and TV studio


Sign & Digital UK (SDUK) today announces that it will introduce a brand-new TV studio and three new demonstration areas to the 2018 show, taking place 24 to 26 April at the NEC in Birmingham.


For the first time in the show’s history, its three-day education programme will largely be available to view via the SDUK website. A series of new practical, interactive sessions, panel debates and keynote talks will take place in the show’s TV studio - Sign & Digital Live. The full schedule and stellar speaker line-up will soon be announced.

Jane Lewis, marketing manager at SDUK said: “Following in-depth visitor research, this year’s show will feature even more practical and interactive features in order help our visitors discover potential new revenue streams and access expert advice. The Sign & Digital Live TV studio will add both a fun element to the show and be a new hub for business ideas!”


Sign & Digital UK has also teamed up with industry specialists to bring visitors a series of live demonstration workshops. Led by experts from Antalis, Spandex and Hybrid services, the live demos will give visitors a practical insight into what can be achieved using newly developed technologies and products.


The Spandex team will show visitors how to apply the latest and greatest materials in an energetic Vehicle Wrapping Live demonstration.


Gabi Parish, marketing manager at Spandex, said: “Vehicle wrapping is flourishing with more and more manufacturers bringing out new and exciting colours, effects and textures on a regular basis.

“The introduction of adhesive systems that make it possible for beginners and individuals to complete full vehicle wraps is also helping to the grow the market. It’s an innovation that has further developed the ease of use and application, you really need to see it to believe it.”


Antalis’ Décor Live demo will offer visitors a complete overview of the uses of large format inkjet technology, and will illustrate practical ideas and applications for all types of digital décor.


Katie Farr, head of marketing at Antalis, added: “With large format media playing an important role in the visual communications mix, we have designed our new Décor Live demos to offer practical guidance on all types of interior décor. The sessions promise to be fun, informative and engaging, and we urge all attendees to pop by.”


With a focus on retail application, Hybrid Services’ Textile Printing Live demo, situated close to the entrance of Hall 18, will present an interactive digital production workshop where visitors can follow a printed textile product from design through to reality.


Brett Platt, textile product manager at Hybrid, commented: “The Textile Printing Live demo will be a great opportunity for visitors to take home not only a textile product they’ve produced themselves, but also some inspiring ideas for their business.


“Getting up close for even just a few minutes can help those new to the technology appreciate the ease with which textiles can be decorated and attractive products added to their portfolio.”


For more information about the free-to-attend event and its live demonstrations visit To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team on 01342 332 100, email


Sign & Digital UK launches online information initiative, ‘Sign & Digital Explains’

The Sign & Digital UK team at Faversham House have today announced the launch of Sign & Digital Explains, an area on the show website which hosts downloadable practical articles on topics of interest to visitors from across the sign and display sectors.

The first two articles to be made available cover “Dye Sublimation & Heat Transfer Printing: From start-up to specialisation” and “A guide to wide format digital textile printing” and set the standard for a series of scheduled reports and news throughout the year.

In the run up to the show Sign & Digital Explains will also look at ‘Getting into wide format’, ‘Wall Décor’ and ‘Vehicle Wrapping’.

Rudi Blackett, event director, said “As the leading event for the sign and display sectors, we have access to a wide range of experts and leading companies whose knowledge and expertise will help visitors grow their businesses.

The aim of this new initiative is to give our visitor audience a year-round opportunity to find out about potential new revenue streams and development areas for their businesses.”

The articles, both in-depth comment and some shorter blogs that we produce ahead of the show, will be translated into seminars, debates and panel sessions at the 2018 show. Live demonstration areas will also offer the chance to see these developing technologies in action.”

For our visitors from the creative industries there is also a series of inspiring blogs with some great tips and ideas to help them stay at the top of their game. Again, a visit to the show in April will allow them to see this creativity brought to life.”

View more by visiting the Sign & Digital UK website here.

Sign & Digital UK will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24 to 26 April 2018 and is free to attend for visitors. To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team on 01342 332 100, email


Sign & Digital UK announces increase in exhibitor presence for 2018

Hall 17 & 18, NEC, Birmingham

Sign & Digital UK (SDUK) today announces it will return to the NEC, Birmingham with an increased presence from a host of big-name brands. Roland DG, CMYUK, Spandex, Antalis, Epson, Ultima Displays, Your Print Partner and Very Displays are amongst those confirmed to be expanding at the 2018 show.

The exhibition, taking place 24 to 26 April 2018, will also welcome many first-time exhibitors. Companies include: Rimex Metals, ATAKSOFT Computer & Software, QCR Recycling Equipment, Ashby Trade Sign Supplies, Longier UK, U-Marq, Modular Grid, ATA Engineering Processes, Pureimage, Bakker Magnetics and Streetwise Digital.

Other exhibitors already confirmed to exhibit at SDUK include Amaya Sales UK, Granthams, D&K Europe, Graphtec, Signmaster Systems, Colourbyte, Maxicam, AG/CAD DYSS, ITC, GPT, AXYZ International, printMax, Trotec Laser and Your Print Specialists. Blackman & White, GDL, Leopold, Vivid Laminating, Novachrome, Jetrix, Complete CNC Solutions, Grafityp, QPS, Signgeer and Lion Picture Framing Supplies are also set to exhibit.

Rudi Blackett, Sign & Digital UK portfolio director said: ‘’We are thrilled that such a large number of exhibitors return to us annually, and to have many of those increase their presence at SDUK 2018 is testament to the show’s continued role in bringing the industry together to do business. We are also delighted to welcome the growing number of new exhibitors that have booked for the show from a wide spectrum of industry sectors.

“As the market’s leading annual national event, we feel great responsibility to always deliver outstanding shows. We have recently conducted an extensive research campaign to gain greater insight into our visitor profile and their needs and our plans for the 2018 event include the addition of some exciting new show features which will be announced in the coming weeks.’’

Sign & Digital UK will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24 to 26 April 2018 and is free to attend for visitors. To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team on 01342 332 100, email or visit



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