by David Smith
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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube 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!