This year we used the award-winning Matrix to laminate and foil our Christmas Cards & Gift Tags.
A big thank you to Hobs Deansgate for printing and finishing these.
We’re really happy with the finished cards, so much so we wanted to let you all know how they were produced...
Step 1: The background was printed on a HP Indigo.
Step 2: The card was then laminated on the Matrix Pneumatic with Boss Soft Touch laminate film.
Step 3: Black toner was then overprinted with the HP Indigo.
Step 4: This was then run through the Matrix once more, this time using Gold Foil.
Step 5: The card was trimmed down to size and creased.
Step 6: Card posted to customers.
Our new Boss Special Effect Films and Foils are available in Spot UV-style Gloss film and in Gold, Silver, Red, Copper, Blue & Red foil finishes.
Take a look at our YouTube channel to see how you can foil and create Spot UV-style effects on the Matrix.
An incredible 16 new Matrix Systems were built, inspected, tested and dispatched to our customers during a 7 day period in November!
Well done to our hardworking service and warehouse teams for this tremendous achievement!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
From the entire team at Vivid Laminating Technologies, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!