Tales from Adventures on Print Island. By a storyteller…

Richard Askam has become a bell weather speaker in the global print industry and a 'go-to' person for insight and independent expertise for print innovation. Richard has become known through his innovative work with Coke, but added to this he took a traditional family business in the wine trade and successfully evolved it to become an innovative leader in its field. At last year’s LiT he was voted joint top speaker with Simon Biltcliffe and in advance of his session this year in Cambridge we asked him a few questions about his presentation, his business experience, his love of performing, and storytelling.

How do we tell a good story? We asked LiT Keynote Simon Burton to reveal some secrets ahead of his talk...

Simon Burton is CEO of Exposure Communications and a serial entrepreneur. Simon is delivering the Keynote at this year’s LiT (Leaders in Technology) Summit in Cambridge on 28th June. Ahead of this, we ask him some questions about his talk and the art, and science, of storytelling.


Meteor Inkjet’s parent company, Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG), has appeared in the 2018 London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 companies to inspire Britain, an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Global Graphics is a developer of platforms for digital inkjet printing and type design, supplying technology globally to leading manufacturing brands such as HP, Canon, Ricoh, Mercedes Benz and Siemens. Together with its sister companies, Global Graphics Software and URW Type Foundry, Meteor Inkjet contributed significantly to this accolade.


So just how important is storytelling for business? Very, and it is all about 'pathos' 'logos' and 'ethos'

For new business, for motivation, and for any form of communication, storytelling is extremely important. Particularly for a business or product that is pushing boundaries, challenging tradition, or disrupting markets. This blog takes a closer look, in advance of the LiT Summit in Cambridge on 28th June.

Simon Biltcliffe: Leading a Marxist/Capitalist Business

Simon Biltcliffe will again be a part of the content programme for LiT (Leaders in Technology) which takes place on 28th June in Cambridge - this time he will be having a fireside chat with Frazer Chesterman. Simon describes his philosophy as being that of a Marxist/Capitalist. You may think this a contradiction in terms, but the results speak for themselves, and having an approach where people are first, and get to share in the success of the business speaks volumes. We listened to Simon….

Digital Sublimation - new possibilities for short runs

This blog is submitted by Global Knowledge Partner, Sihl and focuses on new innovation for dye sublimation. Strong competition in Point of Sales makes it more important to win new customers through seasonal promotions and events. For such short-term actions inkjet printed POS and signage are the perfect solution. Dye sublimated fabrics, such as banners and flags, are also recommendable for on-demand production of small to medium runs. 

LiT (Leaders in Technology) Summit Programme Announced - 28th June, Cambridge.

LiT (Leaders in Technology) Summit Programme Announced - 28th June, Cambridge.

The InPrint LiT Summit (Leaders in Technology) will take place on 28th June in Cambridge, UK. The event is open to professionals from companies in the industrial Inkjet printing community and from anyone in related technology sectors.

Working within the box: The Digital Wallcovering Revolution

Rachel Nunziata will be speaking at next week's InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference. Rachel has been involved in the development of digital decor from the start of the revolution for using digital print technology as a method for interior and in-store design and now she is part of the innovative team at 4Walls (more on your role here). In this blog, I ask her views on the development of this fast moving and visually expressive sector, and what she thinks is shaping the future of digital decor.

Rob Lawrence, CGS Publishing - Scanning the industrial inkjet horizon

Rob Lawrence and CGS Publishing will be participating and presenting at the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference 1-2 May 2018 in Chicago. In this interview Rob explains more about CGS, the focus on scanning with their Metis partnership and the development of industrial inkjet in the US.

Shedding light onto the development of industrial inkjet – a discussion with David Johnson, Integration Technology Ltd

David Johnson from Integration Technology will be speaking at the forthcoming InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference in Chicago 1-2 May. With a career in engineering focused on drying and curing, David has seen and been part of the development of Inkjet starting from wide format and more recently industrial inkjet. In this interview we look at the past, the present and the future as David helps to shed some light on the matter.

GIS Wins Second Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade

GIS, the leading technology provider to OEMs and system builders in the inkjet industry worldwide, has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018 for International Trade, in recognition of the company’s outstanding growth in overseas markets from 2015 to 2017.

Building the Industrial Inkjet DFE

Meteor Inkjet are among the sponsors for the InPrint USA conference and a Global Knowledge Partner for InPrint. In this article, Sales director at Meteor Inkjet Ltd, Jonathan (JW) Wilson, explains the complexities of building a digital front end (DFE) for your target market.

Ken Stack: The World of M&A for Industrial Inkjet: It's not all about the money

Ken Stack is speaking at the forthcoming InPrint USA Industrial Inkjet Conference in Chicago 1-2 May with James Hirchak (Dover Group) and Liz Logue (EFI) with a focus on M&A within the industrial inkjet sector. Ken is President of Proximus LLC, a boutique M&A consultancy that is focused on helping others come together and do deals to the betterment of both sides. Ken's background is steeped in inkjet innovation and despite M&A seeming to be about deals, and finance - I discovered in my conversation with Ken, that it is not all about the money!!

Focus on Plasmatreat: Interview with Bas Buser - Treating Surfaces for Industrial Inkjet Printing

In the run-up to the InPrint USA Industrial Inkjet Conference, we talked to Bas Buser from  Plasmatreat who is sponsoring and presenting at InPrint. In our discussion, I discovered more about the importance of pre-treatment for surfaces and how Plasmatreat is rewriting the rules for this element of the process and adding tremendous value as a result.

Interview with Joe Ryan - Ricoh USA Enabling Technology Innovation

We talked to Joe Ryan at Ricoh USA ahead of the InPrint USA Conference in Chicago on 1-2 May. Ricoh is one of our sponsors at the event and we wanted to profile Joe’s view on the development and the future of industrial inkjet, and what it is Ricoh will be showing, and saying, in Chicago next month.

Ritzi Automotive: Driving a digital future in Automotive decor

One of the keynotes at our forthcoming InPrint USA Conference in Chicago on 1-2 May is a focus on the innovative work done by Ritzi Automotive with the Heidelberg Omnifire and the presentation will be given by Steven Calov, Omnifire 4D Product Manager, Heidelberg USA. Ahead of InPrint 2017 I spoke with Thomas Wittman and Markus Ritzi at Ritzi Automotive about the new Omnifire 1000 that they are putting to use within the automotive sector. The automotive brands that are now using Omnifire are one of the largest names in the automotive industry including BMW, and the possibilities the technology is enabling is exciting. Ahead of the conference, we talked with them about the deployment of the technology, what kind of things the giant car maker is using it for and why this trend is set for exciting growth in the future.

GIS Appoints new Head of Customer Experience

GIS is pleased to confirm the appointment of Laura Able in the new position of Head of Customer Experience. This role strengthens the company’s continued commitment to excellent account management and technical support for its customers in the industrial inkjet sector. 
Laura brings a wealth of experience and discipline to the role, most recently following 11 years as Global Customer Experience Manager at Domino Printing Sciences.  

Metis: From the moon to leading the digital wood decor revolution

Metis is an Italian company that specialises in designing and manufacturing high quality scanners for the reproduction industry.

Massimo Colagrande and his brother Lorenzo and sister Silvia are Metis owners and at the Decorative Surfaces Conference Massimo presented their revolutionary scanning technology for industrial digital decoration. The company was started by their father Claudio which still supervise it while Massimo, Silvia and Lorenzo are respectively in charge of design, management and production along with highly skilled and experienced team of people. 

Heidelberg Omnifire Presents at Allestire DecorLab in Milan

Allestire Decor Lab is a place where you can learn about the potential of digital interior decoration and understand how decoration can be individualized, organized by the Italian magazine Allestire which covers the world of exhibit design. From product and store designers to event managers and booth builders up unto creative directors, architects, franchisers and end customers- they all came together to see innovative products and decoration solutions and to learn about new techniques, technologies, materials and even how to develop creative projects.


Meteor Inkjet Ltd further expands its product portfolio with the addition of the HDC-GMA99 Head Driver for use with FUJIFILM Dimatix Si‐MEMS Samba™ GMA 99 printheads