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  • Review of the Year 2015

    21 December 2015

    by David Smith

    Welcome to Vivid’s review of the year!

    11 shows, 2 new products, 1 award-winning laminator, 8 special birthdays, 2 marriages, 1 engagement and 1 baby...

    January – We announce that the Easymount EM-1600SH has been nominated in Wide-Format Imaging's Reader's Choice Top Product Awards.

    March - Print finishing specialists Duplo hold their inaugural Northern Lights show in Manchester, with headline partners including Balreed/ApogeeInfigo SoftwareRenz, and Vivid.

    We also return to the Sign & Digital UK exhibition at Birmingham's NEC after a 7-year hiatus. The show is a massive success and our new Easymount Flow Finishing Table makes it's worldwide debut.

    Apogee, the UK’s leading independent providers of document and print technology and services invite Vivid to attend their Print Production Demo Days in Bristol.

    Finally, Premier Paper announce a joint venture with Vivid to distribute our Boss range of Premium Brand Laminating Films.

    April - Print Monthly magazine reviews the latest binding kit on the market, including the new Flatbook device, a new cutting and perforating accessory exclusively designed for the Matrix & Matrix Duo range of Laminating Systems.

    We announce a new distribution partnership with M.Y.A. Engineering in Israel and attend The ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas, in support of American reseller, Rock Hill Distribution.

    The Easymount range of Wide Format Laminating Systems are also featured in reviews by both Sign Update and Sign Link magazines. 

    May - We attend FESPA in Cologne, where we launch the new Easymount Air Pneumatic Wide Format Laminator. The new system is described as a "breakthrough product in wide format lamination, due to the air pressure controlling the rollers, allowing you to mount and laminate with incredible accuracy".

    We are also invited by Apogee to attend their second Exclusive Print Production Open Days at the Duplo headquarters in Addlestone, Surrey.

    June - Leading wide format print manufacturers, Roland DG, run their first Print Finishing course in partnership with Vivid. The half day specialist training takes place at the Roland DG Academy in Clevedon.

    We also announce our new range of Boss printable vinyls, receiving a glowing recommendation from 'Big Pete' Colman of Classic Print.

    Channel Info magazine publish their 'Back to School' article, featuring interviews with key companies within the sector, including Helix, Stabilo, Pentel and Vivid.

    July - We are proud to announce 3 new Authorised Resellers spanning the globe. Vexa in Portugal will be distributing the Easymount Wide Format Laminator range; South African office equipment dealer Maynards is a reseller of our Peak range of pouch laminators and finally DataBind of Connecticut in the U.S. will be distributing a number of our best-selling Laminating Systems, including the Matrix Duo for double-sided laminating, the Linea Encapsulation Systems and our Matrix range of Laminators.

    August - PrintWeek, Quick Print Pro and Print Solutions magazines all report on Yorkshire-based John Brailsford Printers new installation of a Matrix Duplex Pneumatic double-sided B2 laminator.

    "Pneumatic roller pressure allows us to use standard OPP film, even with heavy coverage digital print so the savings are enormous, at around 70% less than using our previous digital film laminator."

    Digital Printer features our new Foiling and Spot UV-style print effects for the Matrix Pneumatic and Duplex Laminating Systems in the August issue of the magazine.

    We also raise £500 at our Summer BBQ for Proskills’ PrintIT! Schools Programme, a nationwide charitable campaign that has been teaching students about the print and paper industries since 2005.

    September - We again partner with Roland DG. Their first Better Business Experience Day takes place on the 16th of September, an event held at their HQ in Clevedon to inspire, teach and motivate veteran, new and potential Roland DG users, with a focus on print and print-and-cut technology.

    We also attend Graph Expo in Chicago, where the new Easymount Air and new Matrix finishing effects make their U.S. debut. The Matrix Duplex wins the Top Product Award, as voted for by readers of U.S. Magazine Quick Printing. Vivid's Export Manager Bruce Cozens, accepts the award at the Graph Expo show from Quick Printing's Mark Vruno in this video.

    October - 1 month, 4 exhibitions! We attend the Druck+Form show in Sinsheim, Germany, showcasing our Easymount and Matrix Laminating Systems. We exhibit at The Print Show at Birmingham's NEC where we debut 3 new technologies in the UK. The Matrix Systems are shown with both the new Feeder, which uses patented underfed technology and new Foiling & Spot UV-style finishing effects. The show also marks the UK debut of the Easymount Air Wide Format Laminating System. Export Manager Bruce Cozens attends IsPrint Expo in Tel Aviv, Israel, supporting our reseller M.Y.A Engineering and our Technical Manager Gavin Ward flies to Milan to support our Italian Reseller Forgraf Srl at Viscom Italia.

    Print Monthly magazine also reviews the latest technologies in the laminating and encapsulation sector, including an exclusive interview with Vivid's Marketing Communications Manager, David Smith. "Offering an in-house service to laminate, encapsulate, finish with foil, holographic films, and spot UV effects not only saves time, it also saves revenue".

    November - We attend Duplo's London Calling event at the iconic Sunbeam Studios. Together with other key partners including Antalis, Apogee, Infigo, Duplo and Renz, we create personalised notebooks for all attendees, as part of our start to finish workflow demonstration. Output magazine describes the workflow as "an incredibly effective way of showcasing the abilities of the event partners' products when used in tandem".

    December - PrintWeek publish their report on wide format laminating & mounting which features the new Easymount Air System. "Use of pneumatics allows you to mount as well as laminate due to the precise control of material thickness and pressure. That’s important if you want to bond onto Foamex or Correx without crushing the mount."

    As you can see, 2015 has been another busy and successful year for Vivid! We had 5 new team members join us; Sales Executive Duncan Cross, Oliver Wileman & Chae Poli in our Service team and Stacey Scale & Stacey Hughes in our Sales Admin team. Product Manager Lewis Evans married fiancée Jenna and Matt Milnes from our service team married partner Hayley. Dale from our warehouse proposed to girlfriend Amy and Lewis & Jenna also had baby Ollie in February!

    There were also loads of significant birthdays this year! Matt turned 30 in March, Julie & Roz from our Export team both turned 50, Martyn Culver from our warehouse team and Vivid's managing director Martin Evans both turned 60! Our Sales Administrator Jess celebrated her 21st birthday and Marketing Communications manager David turned 40!

    2016 will see us return to the NEC twice. Sign & Digital UK takes place from 19th-21st April and The Print Show runs from 11th-13th October. In between both shows, we will be attending the largest print show in the world, Drupa. With our biggest stand to date, a completely new look and a whole host of new product launches, Drupa begins on 31st May and runs until 10th June. We hope to see you in 2016!

    Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestYouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest news, product announcements and videos.

    From the entire team at Vivid Laminating Technologies, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Duplo

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  • 8 Great Ideas for Laminating Pouches!

    30 April 2015

    by David Smith

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    Using a laminating pouch to protect important documents is great, but how about using your lamination skills to produce all kinds of amazing stuff for your home or school?

    View our full range of Boss Laminating Pouches here.

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  • Review of the Year 2014

    15 December 2014

    by David Smith

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    Welcome to Vivid’s review of the year!

    A highly successful year once again for Vivid. A year in which we launched our Pneumatic & Duplex Matrix Systems, debuted 4 new Easymount Sign Wide Format Laminators and exhibited in London, São Paulo and Chicago!

    January – We kick off the year in which IPEX, the largest printing exhibition in 2014, takes place. We invite customers to 'Discover the Power of Print' at the London-based show, the first time IPEX has been held in England's capital city in over 30 years.

    February - As part of our IPEX world-premieres, we hint that the Matrix is going 'Red, White & Blue'. Not new colour options of the No.1 system, but a hint that production of the Pneumatic and Duplex systems will be based in the UK.

    March - IPEX takes place at London's ExCel on 24th – 29th March. The new Matrix Pneumatic and Duplex Systems debut, and a number of the respected UK Print Press announce the launch, including Graphic Display World, PrintMonthly, PrintWeek and Digital Printer. PrintWeek journalist Simon Creasey also writes that "in the post-press arena, manufacturers are feeling decidedly bullish" for his IPEX preview.

    April - Following their debut at IPEX, we officially launch the new Easymount Sign Wide Format Laminating Systems, available as hot and cold options in both 1.4m and 1.6m widths. We also bid a fond farewell to our Export Manager & Operations Director Sharon Marvin, who retired from Vivid after more than 25 years of service.

    May - More fantastic reviews within the UK print trade press of our IPEX offering, including Quick Print Pro and Print Solutions. Print Monthly editor Brendan Perring also interviewed Vivid's Sales Director Richard Marlow for his excellent Commercial Print Finishing feature.

    June - Print Business Editor Gareth Ward states that "The appeal of the Matrix laminators lies with their ease of use, one third the cost of some alternative machines" in his excellent 'Laminate to Accumulate' review for the magazine.

    July - ExpoPrint, Brazil takes place in São Paulo, which sees Vivid exhibit in South America for the very first time. The show is a great success for us, with discussions with potential distributors in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia taking place. Journalist Rob Fletcher also reviewed some of the latest kit available for his great article on the FESPA website, including the Easymount range of Wide Format Laminating Systems.

    August - Print Finishing Specialists Duplo announce Vivid as one of their Key Partners for their annual London Calling event. US Print Industry press Printing Impressions & WhatTheyThink and British magazine Print Monthly also feature Vivid in their Graph Expo Show previews.

    September - Sprint Direct, Scotland’s Premier suppliers of print accessories, hold 3 very successful Open Days, featuring the Easymount and Matrix Laminating Systems. We also annouce new Authorised Resellers Chile and New Zealand.

    October - Leicester-based Digital Wordcrafts tells PrintWeek magazine their new Matrix MX-530P "has been a more than worthwhile investment that I’d happily recommend to other digital printers. As it has given us a cost saving of around £1,000 a month, it should pay for itself within a few months”. We also return to Chicago's Graph Expo 2014 Print Show, marking the US debut of our Matrix Duplex & Pneumatic Systems and Easymount Sign Wide Format Laminators. The show is a huge triumph for Vivid and we also announce a new alliance with Rock Hill Distribution, as the Exclusive Distribution Partner for the US of the Easymount Laminating Systems. October also sees us announce our new patented Flatbook technology for the Matrix, which will revolutionise the way the PUR and Perfectly Bound book covers are created.

    November - As the end of the year draws closer, we are busier than ever, attending Duplo's London Calling as a key partner and Canon's Print & Imaging Show, as well as being featured in Sign Update's Vehicle Livery article, Digital Printer magazine's review of City Printing's Matrix Duplex upgrade and featured on the cover of Image Reports magazine! We announce our return to Sign & Digital UK in 2015 in an exclusive interview with the show's Rudi Blackett.

    December - We end the year with a report on our production line for the Matrix Duplex and Pneumatic Systems, proud that all new systems are now fully assembled in the UK.

    2014 has certainly been a very busy and highly successful year for Vivid! During 2015, we will return to Sign & Digital UK in Birmingham; exhibit at FESPA in Cologne; Graph Expo, Chicago and Druck+Form in Sinsheim, Germany.

    As ever, we continue to develop, enhance & add to our finishing systems and 2015 will see us launch more exciting new products! Follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestYouTube and LinkedIn for the latest news, product announcements and videos.

    From the entire team at Vivid Laminating Technologies, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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