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Mimaki Bompan Textile Brings a Total Solutions Approach to Digital Textile Printing

The joint venture caps two decades of collaboration in delivering industry-leading digital solutions

Mimaki is focused on promoting the analog-to-digital transformation of printing processes in the textile and apparel market. This includes developing a total solutions approach, from pre-processing through printing and post-processing of digitally printed textiles. To that end, Mimaki Europe has established a joint venture with BOMPAN S.r.l., a leading distributor in Italy that has longstanding experience in the textile industry and has had a trusted business relationship with Mimaki Europe for more than two decades. Mimaki Europe retains a 51% ownership of the joint venture, known as Mimaki Bompan Textile S.r.l., and the majority of directors, including the CEO, Hirokazu Hayashi. Massimo Bompan is serving as Chairman of the joint venture company.

“This joint venture is a critical element of our strategic approach to the textiles and apparel market,” Hayashi said. “Mimaki Bompan will be responsible for marketing the entire Mimaki portfolio for textile printing in Italy. In addition to this joint venture, Mimaki Europe has also pursued partnerships and acquisitions that will help round out our textiles portfolio, including most recently Rimslow, a manufacturer of post-treatment solutions for textiles. This expansion will help us provide our clients with a complete solution for high volume textile production.”

The establishment of Mimaki Bompan Textile followed the launch of Tiger-1800B, the brand’s production-class textile printer, which is available in direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer models. With a maximum printing speed of 385m2/h, the Tiger-1800B fits high-volume production environments that have traditionally printed using analog printing methods, bringing the benefits of digital printing to these higher volume applications and making it more efficient and cost-effective to produce short runs, customized fabrics and garments, and samples.

“Mimaki Bompan Textile aspires to be an international one-stop center for the textile market,” said Massimo Bompan, Chairman. “Our priorities are client satisfaction with an all-encompassing vision, and a range of solutions that include entry level systems and industrial machines. The company is operating as a Total Solutions Provider, offering a complete solution that includes inks, software, pre- and post-treatment systems, as well as technical services. This makes it easier for textile producers to add digital to their production platform, and it provides a single-source entry path for new businesses who wish to take advantage of the significant opportunities the digital textile transformation offers.”

Mimaki Introduces New Development in the Internet of Things

Mimaki today announces a new development in the Internet of Things (IoT) with its Digital Printing Connection, which aims to help users incorporate Mimaki printers to production lines for unattended on-demand production and mass customisation through communication with robots, conveyor belts, inspection devices, sensors and other peripheral equipment.

The first two solutions to be introduced within this new development are MDL commands and Mimaki Job Controller.

MDL commands are used to control Mimaki printers from customer production systems and through peripheral devices. They manage printer operation including commencing print production and adjusting the position and height of the print substrate table. They also provide information on remaining ink amounts and errors from the printer side.

Mimaki Job Controller is a software that communicates with the printer for transmission of optimal printing data and printing conditions. It also automatically starts production, connects a printer and a robot in a production line to feed print jobs using a conveyor and collects the printed items after printing.

Bert Benckhuysen, Product Manager at Mimaki Europe, explains: “The Digital Printing Connection enables unmanned operation. It helps simplify and streamline processes by allowing printers that mostly act as stand-alone systems to be connected to peripheral equipment. The approach supports on-demand production and mass customization.”

For customers using MDL commands, an optimum system can be built using Mimaki’s Software Development Kit, which is available for download from the Mimaki Global website.

Mimaki brings inspiration for creatives to Pure Digital 2018

“Build Your Imagination” by understanding how digital printing opens new possibilities

Mimaki today announced it will be bringing inspirational samples and the printers that created them to Pure Digital, scheduled for 17 to 19 April in Amsterdam. Mimaki will be located on Stand 12.107, occupying 48 square meters. Mimaki is a Gold Partner at this important event, designed to help the creative community better understand the possibilities digital printing opens for them. This first edition of Pure Digital is co-located with Building Holland.

“It is always enlightening and rewarding to interact with the creative community,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “They always take what we imagine much farther than we ever could. All we need to do is show them some possibilities, and they are off and running! Not only will we have the printing equipment available at Pure Digital, but we will also have some stunning examples for retail and home décor that are sure to inspire. This will be a must-visit stand for creatives attending Pure Digital.”

On Display

In addition to stunning samples sure to generate new ideas for attendees at Pure Digital, Mimaki will showcase its UV printing technology to demonstrate how it can be used to print directly on a wide range of materials for interior decoration and architectural purposes. This includes:

  • UCJV300-160, an integrated printing and cutting solution ideal for printing on window graphics, wallpaper and more.
  • UJF-3042MkII, with the ability to use multiple different types of inks to support a very wide range of applications and materials, including printing directly on wood, metal and glass.

Mimaki will also bring samples produced on its new and innovative 3DUJ-553 3D printer, which can be used for creating detailed architectural models and other 3D projects. The printer has a number of unique capabilities, including its ability to produce objects in more than 10 million different colours, eliminating the need to paint or otherwise decorate them post-production.

Mimaki pulls out all the stops at FESPA 2018

3D solutions, three new sizes of the UCJV300 UV-curable print-and-cut machine, special exhibits

Mimaki today announced its participation in FESPA 2018, Europe’s largest exhibition for the wide format print industry. The brand’s full line of products will be showcased from 15 – 18 May at the Berlin event, including innovative solutions for the Sign Graphics, Industrial, Textile, and the rapidly developing 3D markets. Mimaki will also be a key participant in several of FESPA’s special exhibits, such as the World Wrap Masters competition, Printeriors, and the new textile feature Print Make Wear.

“FESPA is always an exciting show, but this year is shaping up to be the best ever,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “It provides a platform for Mimaki to show its wide range of capabilities in a variety of industry segments and we promise to give a real spectacle. In line with FESPA’s theme ‘Where Print Takes Off’, we want to inspire visitors in ways that we have never done before, get them on board with Mimaki, and take their businesses to the next level.”

Sign Graphics

Mimaki’s flagship solvent and UV LED roll-to-roll machines will be on display. The spotlight, however, will fall on the UCJV300 series. First introduced in September last year, the UCJV300-160 is a technologically superior printer/cutter featuring ultra-low running costs and instantly dry ink, which allows printing to a wide range of materials, including PET film, fabric and heat sensitive media. Following the success of the product, Mimaki has announced three new smaller models: UCJV300-75, UCJV300-107, and UCJV300-130, with print widths of up to 80cm, 109cm, and 136cm respectively.

All three additional models will feature Greenguard Gold certified LUS-170 inks, new ID Cut function for trouble-free automatic cutting of consecutive jobs via barcode, and unique 4-layer day and night printing, which allows designers to build layered, transformative graphics for backlit applications.

Industrial Products

For industrial markets, Mimaki will display its full range of UV LED flatbed printers, from the award-winning A3- and A2-format machines all the way up to the grand format JFX200-2531, which boasts a print area of 2.5 x 3.1m. Various possibilities will be demonstrated, including direct printing on 360-degree surfaces and print-and-cut workflow in combination with cutting machines. For the latter, Mimaki will bring its latest flatbed cutting machine, the CF22-1225, and will feature a laser cutting machine in collaboration with Trotec.

Textile & Apparel

Visitors to the Mimaki stand will be able to watch both sublimation transfer and direct-to-textile printing in person, as well as get inspired by an extensive collection of textile samples. One of the highlights would be the Tiger-1800B, Mimaki’s robust textile printer for industrial level high volume production. Specifically engineered for the production of soft furnishing fabrics and fashion and apparel, the Tiger-1800B delivers high print speeds of up to 385m2/h, strong build quality, and stunning print output.

Another highlight would be Mimaki’s presence at FESPA’s new Print Make Wear feature, at which a complete workflow of digital textile production will be showcased. Mimaki will demonstrate the printing process with the Tx300P-1800. Using its unique dual ink capability, this direct-to-textile printer can load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks at the same time, enabling the machine to print on a wide range of fabrics without the need to change out ink systems.

3D

Mimaki’s well-received first foray into 3D market, the 3DUJ-553, can be seen in action at FESPA. Dubbed as the world’s first 3D printer capable of producing more than 10 million colours, the machine jets and instantly UV-cures successive fine layers of liquid photopolymer to create one or several models or parts. It also features water-soluble support material to deal with overhangs or complex shapes.

“FESPA is definitely a show not to be missed in 2018 and we are proud to be playing such a significant role,” van den Broek concluded. “It will be a terrific opportunity to introduce visitors to all of the latest technologies and exciting applications Mimaki is enabling. Stay tuned for more exciting information from Mimaki as the show date gets closer.”

Mimaki defines the Future of 3D in Full Colour

New 3DUJ-553 printer produces more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns

Mimaki today introduced the official campaign of its innovative 3DUJ-553 3D printer. Commercially available since January 2018, the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns. Its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off, saving time and reducing the possibility of damaging the object when removing support material. Furthermore, the availability of clear ink adds the possibility to create translucent printed pieces.

“We are very excited to be formally bringing this breakthrough product to market in Europe,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Making the leap from UV-curable 2D inkjet printing devices to 3D printing was a logical step for Mimaki, and we have dedicated significant R&D resources to our 3D development efforts. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is our first foray into the 3D market and it uses a unique technique based on its advanced UV inkjet printing technology. Since we first unveiled the technology at drupa 2016, we have received excellent feedback from the marketplace, and we look forward to bringing a new level of innovation once again to an emerging market.”

About Mimaki’s 3D Print Technology

Of the many different approaches to 3D printing, Mimaki chose to adopt one where the printer jets and instantly UV-cures tiny droplets of liquid photopolymer. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create one or several precise 3D models or parts. Where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the 3D printer jets a removable support material. Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 is differentiated from other 3D printers in a number of aspects, including:

  • The ability to print objects with more than 10 million colours, the only 3D printer in the market with this capability. Colour profiles can be used to ensure accurate and consistent colour. This means no overpainting is required, saving time and labour.
  • It offers white ink, as well as a clear ink that can be mixed with colours to add transparency to the printed product.
  • Its water-soluble support material eliminates the need for manual work to cut tags or other support structures, and allows even the most intricate designs to be realised.
  • It features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30 cm, larger than comparable 3D printers.

To kick off the campaign, Mimaki has launched a dedicated page for the 3DUJ-553 where visitors can find more details about the product, accessible through www.mimakieurope.com/3d.

In addition, Mimaki invites everyone to see the printer live at FESPA 2018 from 15 to 18 May in Berlin. Located on Stand 1.2-D20/D30, Mimaki promises a real spectacle at the show. “Our 3D experts will be there to explain the technology in details to visitors and how it can open new business opportunities for them,” van den Broek continued. “But most importantly, we want them to get inspired and feel confident that they can take their businesses to the next level, with a little help from Mimaki.”

The Rise of Full Colour 3D Printing

The range of applications for 3D printers is becoming even wider. This is why we hear so much about innovative projects in aerospace, the manufacturing sector and medical science. Just as interesting is the emergence of full colour 3D inkjet technology, which can be used to print 3D objects in no less than 10 million colours. This allows the ability to substantially shorten production times and time to market, as well as to immediately deliver a ready-to-use product.

Written by: Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe

Much has changed since the first electronic printer was developed in 1968. Within a few decades, we have moved from single colour dot matrix printers to full colour inkjet and laser printers. A similar evolution is currently taking place in the 3D printer market–and it seems to be developing many times faster. Most 3D print volumes still come from the fields of prototyping and print-on-demand. Until recently, the process of turning a 3D printed object into a ready-to-use product was still laborious: think, for example, of manually cutting tags or other support structures, or sanding, polishing and overpainting. With Mimaki’s 3D printer, which is based on inkjet technology, all these steps can be significantly reduced, or even rendered unnecessary. Objects can be printed directly in 10 million colours with UV-curable ink. In addition, the support material can be easily dissolved by submerging the object in lukewarm water. This results in a much quicker and less labour-intensive process, where products can actually come out of the printer in full colour and almost ready-to-use.

Printing objects in full colour

The Mimaki full colour 3D printer (3DUJ-553) is a revolutionary product thanks to the UV LED inkjet print technology. The material is just as hard as ABS, making it suitable for various applications, and just like traditional inkjet printers, it can also produce more than 10 million colours. This may seem obvious for someone unfamiliar to 3D printing, but it definitely isn’t. There are indeed many 3D printers on the market, but they mostly differ in aspects like the print resolution and types of material they support. Full colour 3D printing technology only came onto the market about 10 years ago, partly thanks to Mimaki’s efforts in this field. For the 3D market, this was an important step towards making the technology much more accessible and allowing it to be used for a wider range of purposes. After all, now you can model an object entirely in 3D and colour it, and then physically reproduce it one-to-one in a full colour 3D printer. With this development, at one fell swoop, 3D printing has almost reached the same status as 2D printing, but for printing physical objects. You create a design on your computer, which you can then print out effortlessly without the need of extensive finishings, such as overpainting or manually removing support material.

3D art and scale models on demand

Full colour 3D printing is now conquering the market at a great pace. Not only does it shorten time to market, it also delivers better looking and higher quality products than a standard 3D printer. For many companies, the technology has now become more accessible, for example, for making full colour prototypes of new products. This allows them to rapidly deliver a visually attractive prototype without additional treatments. In practice, we are also seeing the technology being used to print scale models where a lot of detail is required, such as the cabins of a cruise ship, yachts or offshore constructions. It used to be a big job for model building experts to produce these types of objects. Now it can be done more quickly, and at a much lower cost.
Full colour 3D printing is also increasingly interesting for consumers. More and more 3D scans or data are being shared and sold online, and can easily be ordered as a 3D print. Artists can thus sell their virtual creations online and print them on demand, ranging from 3D paintings to all kinds of complex sculptures and figurines. Collectors and model builders are also relying on 3D printing in their search for an alternative way to obtain unique or unusual objects.

Objects like spare parts, enclosures or electronics covers, are now also available on demand, in all shapes and sizes. With full colour 3D printing, the 3D models used can also be fully adapted and personalised, without the limitations of mass production. This opens a huge market for companies that want to give consumers access to their small 3D print factory in a user-friendly way.

It is clear that full colour printing is an important breakthrough for the 3D industry, which will provide the market with huge momentum over the coming years.

3D Printing: How real is it?

A Byline article

3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has been around for many years. Like many emerging technologies, it went through a period of what some would describe as excessive hype and was perceived more as a novelty than as a disruptive technology that could significantly impact traditional manufacturing strategies. But over the past few years, we have begun to see hype meet reality as the market is beginning to see exponential growth. According to a market forecast produced by Wohlers Associates, Inc. in 2015, the 3D printing market may finally be entering a hockey stick growth phase. It’s projected to grow from about $7 billion in 2016 to $21 billion in 2020.

Yet with all the growth and projected growth, it is still a largely untapped market. Today, the market share of 3D printed materials is miniscule. Wohlers Associates, Inc. believes 3D printing will eventually capture 5% of the global manufacturing capacity, which would make 3D printing a $640 billion industry.

It is for this reason that the manufacturing of 3D printing engines is an attractive opportunity being pursued by a number of companies, including Mimaki.

Who is Mimaki?

Founded in Japan in 1975, Mimaki has steadily grown by reputation and influence into a global printer manufacturing company, establishing itself as a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines. These can produce a variety of applications, such as indoor and outdoor signage, packaging, promotional gifts and soft furnishings, to name a few. With 1.580 employees worldwide, the company generates revenues of approximately $375 million euro annually. Europe is its biggest market at this point.
Making the leap from UV-curable 2D inkjet printing devices to 3D printing was a logical step for Mimaki, and the company has dedicated significant R&D resources to its 3D development efforts. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is the company’s first foray into 3D market, using a unique technique based on its advanced UV inkjet printing technology.

About UV-curable inkjet printing

The inkjet printing that most people are familiar with uses water-based inks, such as the inkjet printers used in homes and offices around the world. These printers create a digital image on paper or other substrates by propelling droplets of ink with extremely accurate placement. Water-based inks require specialised substrates to minimise the amount of ink absorption, and for higher volume, more professional applications, inkjet printing systems include elaborate drying systems to remove water from the paper, leaving the ink pigments behind.
Systems using UV-curable inks deliver a more durable product. With UV curing, ultraviolet light and visible light are used to initiate a photochemical reaction that generates a cross-linked network of polymers. It is instantly dry and typically bonds well to a wide range of substrates. It is a low-temperature, high-speed, solvents process that can be used in printing, coatings, decorating, and – yes – 3D printing.
3D printers come in a variety of flavours. Input materials can be various types of powders, filaments and liquids, but what they all have in common is the ability to deposit material in layers to create the desired object. This is referred to as additive manufacturing, as opposed to more traditional manufacturing models where material is subtracted to create the object – such as drilling, milling, lathes, etc. Because it is a digital process, it can be used to create one-of-a-kind objects or longer runs of the same object at a relatively consistent cost per part, with the quantity and type of deposition material – plastic resins, metals, ceramic and more – being the driver for total cost.

The Mimaki approach to 3D printing

Of the many different approaches to 3D printing, Mimaki chose to adopt an approach where the 3D printer jets successive layers of ink, which are instantly cured by UV light until the object is fully formed. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create one or several precise 3D models or parts. Where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the 3D printer jets a removable support material. It uses LED curing for reduced energy usage and is differentiated from other 3D printers in a number of aspects, including:

  • The ability to print full-colour objects with more than 10 million colours. Colour profiles can be used to ensure accurate and consistent colour. This means no overpainting is required, saving time and labour.
  • It offers white ink, as well as a clear ink overcoat that adds vibrancy to the printed product.
  • Its support materials can be removed with a simple water wash, eliminating the need to manually cut tags or other support structures, which used to be a very time-consuming activity.
  • It features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30 cm, larger than comparable 3D printers.

Drawing upon its many years of UV-curable inkjet printing in the 2D world, Mimaki has also equipped the 3DUJ-553 with its proprietary core technologies, including ink circulation system to prevent clogging and Nozzle Checking Unit (NCU). Printhead nozzles are automatically checked for any malfunction, with an effective nozzle substitution strategy that enables continuous printing, even if a nozzle is not operating correctly. In addition, the printer is equipped with an internal monitoring camera that enables operators to monitor the progress of the printing.
In addition to its uses in additive manufacturing applications, the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is also suitable for other uses, including:

  • Prototyping during the design process;
  • Full-colour prototyping for early market introduction;
  • Printing test parts for fitting;
  • Creating models for the architectural, shipbuilding, off-shore and other industries that previously had to create models manually.

3D Printing: The time is now

3D printing’s time has arrived. After many years of development and experimentation, a wide variety of industries are now adopting 3D printing for a number of different uses. As the technology continues to evolve, the economic cross-over point between 3D printing objects versus using traditional manufacturing processes will continue to rise.
Whether it is printing replacement parts in space for the International Space Station, creating unique home décor items, producing a realistic architectural model, or simply producing promotional items, the potential for 3D printing is limitless.
In addition, as the market increasingly demands more customisation, more versions and SKUs, and more manufacturing of parts and other items at the point of need, production run lengths are shortening, creating even more demand for 3D printing capabilities.
For more information about 3D printing, Mimaki’s 3D printing approach, or ideas about how 3D printing can enhance your business, Mimaki experts are available to share their expertise and ideas.

Mimaki presents Tiger-1800B to distributors and dealers at new facility in Italy


On Thursday, 22nd of February, distributors and dealers from Italy, Spain and other EMEA countries, assembled in the showroom of Mimaki Bompan Textile s.r.l. Mimaki Bompan Textile is Mimaki’s new joint venture company in Tradate, near Milan. All were invited to have a first look at the Tiger-1800B in the new facility. Representing the pinnacle of Mimaki’s comprehensive textile printer portfolio, the Tiger-1800B is intended for companies looking for cost-effective, high quality, industrial level textile print capability.

At the event, participants had the chance to see live demonstrations and experience Tiger-1800B in operation. Furthermore, they were also able to connect and share their experiences with Mimaki’s management team, including General Manager Sales, Mr Ronald van den Broek, and Senior Product Manager, Mr Bert Benckhuysen. After a case study presentation from Mr Armando Mota da Silva, General Director of Mimaki’s distributor in Spain, Digidelta International, the event concluded with a lively panel discussion on the growing demand for digital printing, the ever-changing textile market and Mimaki’s role within the industry.

All distributors and dealers agreed that this is the perfect moment for Mimaki to push the Tiger-1800B further. The textile and apparel market is transforming at a rapid pace, largely driven by brands and retailers looking to produce faster, change collections more often, and reduce stock as well as supply chain waste. High volume production environment requires stable performance, high speed printing process and stunning print quality—and that is exactly what Mimaki’s Tiger-1800B offers. With this machine, Mimaki makes it more efficient and cost-effective to produce short-runs, customize fabrics and create samples.

Dr Massimo Bompan, founder and owner of Bompan s.r.l., Mimaki’s long-established partner in Italy, showed his confidence in the Tiger-1800B during the panel discussion, “We’ve been working with Mimaki for more than 20 years now. Mimaki has always been the most innovative player in digital printing and they prove this once again with the Tiger-1800B. The textile market is highly competitive, especially in Italy, but we are confident that we will be very successful with this quality product.”

The Tiger-1800B is available through Mimaki’s textile dealers all around Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.mimakieurope.com/tigerstripes and get in touch with Mimaki to find your local dealer.

Be the First to Try Mimaki’s Full Colour 3D Printing!

Having been super excited about our first foray into the 3D market, we have recently collaborated with Materialise to try out the performance and quality of our very own full colour 3D printer, the 3DUJ-553. Materialise offers every maker, designer, consumer and entrepreneur access to a professional service and premium 3D printed consumer parts through their online 3D printing platform: i.materialise.com. Through this website, they are now offering Multicolor+ , a new 3D printing material made possible by Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553.

“Materialise is currently trialing Mimaki’s full-colour 3D printing technology. The material, Multicolor+, allows us to create smooth surfaces with vibrant colours that enhance the value of a finished object”, says Miranda Bastijns, Director Manufacturing Online. “Multicolor+ offers more vivid and intense colours and enables stronger, sturdier materials with a minimum wall thickness of 1mm. It also allows for printing interlocking parts. As a result, Multicolor+ is ideal for printing decorative parts such as figurines, avatars and architectural models.”

More than colourful 3D printing

So what does the “+” from Multicolor+ stand for?

  • Brighter colours: Multicolor+ will make colourful 3D prints more vivid and intense
  • Stronger material: Using plastic instead of plaster, the material is sturdier than before
  • Better surface quality: The building layers of 3D prints are less visible with Multicolor+
  • Detailed designs: Higher precision than ever, allowing for rich colour reproduction
  • Thinner walls: Up to 1 mm walls, enabling the most intricate design
  • Interlocking parts: With Multicolor+ it is possible to print interlocking parts
  • High water resistance: The Multicolor+ material is splash proof plastic

Interested in printing your own figurines, avatars, memes, or architectural models? Materialise has published a couple of very helpful blog posts on their website about the possibilities Multicolor+ can offer and how to get the perfect Multicolor+ 3D print. So check them out, and be the first to get your own Multicolor+ 3D print, powered by Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 UV inkjet printer—the world’s first 3D printer capable of producing over 10 million colours!

The Promocompany invests in two new Mimaki production printers for promotional items


The Promocompany, based in Ede, The Netherlands is a wholesale business that sports a 25-year reputation as a key player in promotional items. The business recently decided to insource printing and selected two Mimaki printers.

Internet sales

Founder of the Promocompany, Edwin Steinmeier, bet on the internet big time by selling over no less than fifteen specialised websites. usbcompany.nl and snoeppotten.nl are the frontrunners. “Relevance is key on these sites. People who visit a particular site, need to have access to everything there is to know about the specific product,” according to Edwin. To meet demand, Promocompany imported directly from China. Printed articles took up to 8 to 9 working days for delivery. They had to speed that up to be market competitive, Edwin concluded. “We now keep a larger supply on stock and print it ourselves, to meet the three-day delivery deadline.”

In-house print

In 2017, the company invested in two Mimaki printers to be able to print in-house: the CJV 150-7; an integrated printer/cutter and an UJF-6042 MkII; an A2 size UV LED flatbed printer, provided by Igepa.

Edwin Steinmeier: “It’s all about the speed. People are so used to fast deliveries of online orders. Printing things ourselves enables us to both compete in price and speed. We’re not overly familiar with sign or screen print. But we are entrepreneurs that respond to a market demand by producing in-house. Our graphics department supports customers and delivers proofs. We just didn’t have the required graphic production knowledge. And now there’s no need to – these machines are so operationally idiot-proof, that production ran flawlessly after just a few training sessions.”

Candy jars

What started with printing on USB sticks with the flatbed machine, turned into candy jar throughput runs. Candy jars turn out to be one of the Netherlands’ most favourite promotional items. Edwin explains: “We fill them and we print them. It’s all done in-house. We even have a packing and wrapping unit that focuses solely on this  task. On the site snoeppotten.nl you can order these with print on glass or any other substrate and a candy mixture of choice. Candy jars really have a way of grabbing the attention on a desk or in a showroom. These are promotional gifts with an extended expiration date. They just keep very well for a very long time.”

“We turned to Mimaki for a sticker machine, originally. But when we visited the showroom, we realised we might as well just opt for the machine that prints directly onto the jars. The result looks amazing and it’s dishwasher proof. So that’s what we started to with glass and fiber on the flatbed UV printer. We’re unique in that perspective.”

Round surfaces

Or how quickly the production at the Promocompany rolled from one project into the next. Just by choosing the Kebab option that accompanies the Mimaki UJF-6042, new opportunities arose, like printing on Dopper water bottles, as seen in the accompanying video.

Endless possibilities

The Mimaki printers never stop at the Promocompany. USB sticks, Powerbanks and AR-glasses keep the machines busy. Edwin Steinmeier is content. Disturbances have yet to occur: “It truly is a flawless operation.”
He turned to Google when looking for machines suitable for his business. One of his colleagues, IGO Post, was pleased about the Mimaki cooperation, so he decided to invite several dealers over. There was an immediate connection with Igepa that made them the preferred partner of choice. “Once you start operating these machines, opportunities seem endless.” Edwin Steinmeier concludes.