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Printing the Eco-Friendly Way

The environment is an increasingly hot topic, and one that is very close to our hearts here at Exantia. The past few years have seen enormous leaps in eco-friendly printing methods, however, so it’s no longer such an environmental pain to produce graphics that are vivid, clear and rich in detail and colour.

Take, for example, our direct to board products, which include Foamex, Correx and Dibond boards. Despite their large size (we can print up to 3m x 2m per single panel), printing direct to board now has minimal impact on the environment. Gone are the days when we had to use solvent printers in this process: now, UV printing eliminates the need for harsh solvents and thus does not give off any volatile organic compounds during printing. As an added bonus, products such as our Correx fluted display board are fully recyclable.

We have also recently invested in a brand new HP Designjet L25500 Printer. This machine produces both indoor and outdoor displays on a wide range of media including fabric and paper, and uses water-based latex inks that are odourless, non-flammable and do not contain any hazardous air pollutants. In addition, this is an extremely energy-efficient printer, and can print on a range of recycled materials. The resulting graphics are permanent up to five years, and are scratch-, smudge- and water-resistant.

Using recycled or recyclable materials, FSC-certified paper and high-quality banner stands and displays that will last (and thus not need to be replaced frequently) are also ways in which to minimize impact on the environment, and we are always keeping our eyes peeled for further ideas on how to be green. For advice or more information on eco-friendly display solutions, contact us on info@exantia.co.uk.


Because it is There

An update on Kevin Shannon’s progress
As you may already know, we at Exantia are always up for supporting a good cause, and so we have been sponsoring Kevin Shannon’s round-the-world, zero-emissions trip, which began in March 2010. The aim of the trip is threefold: to raise awareness of climate change, promote eco-friendly travel, and raise money for Combat Stress, a charity that helps veterans recover from the psychological wounds of war.

Kevin began his trip by setting off from his home in Cheshire and cycling down to Plymouth (which already sounds daunting enough to most of us!). From there he sailed to France, where he has been cycling south-east. He is currently in Saint-Yvone, and next he will loop across to Italy, up through Austria and the Czech Republic and into Poland, before picking up an eastern trajectory once more. Some of the rules of the expedition are that he must cross every line of longitude, cross the equator at least twice, and travel through at least two antipodal points. Of course, this being a ‘zero-emissions’ journey, the most important rule is that he can travel using only human and wind power.

So far he has suffered everything from run-of-the-mill punctures to slightly more bizarre setbacks such as dogs stealing his toothbrush – but he’s got a long way to go yet. The total journey will take him across five continents and two oceans, of which he will cycle over 40,000 miles and sail approximately 10,000 miles; he won’t get back to his own bed in Cheshire for close to three more years.

Kevin has been writing a blog and updating his website with interesting insights into his gruelling journey and photos he has taken along the way. Check out www.becauseitisthere.co.uk to read more about Kevin’s expedition.


Going Green

environmental printingIssues of sustainability and the environment have enjoyed increasing popularity over recent years, but can seem difficult to translate to the events arena. Here we have looked at three areas that may be cause for environmental concern, and have come up with some simple ways to earn yourself back some green points.

Promotional materials: it may not always be possible to produce marketing materials whose validity remains intact after the event, but creating your collateral with future events in mind can be beneficial. For example, if it’s not necessary to include the name or specific date of the exhibition on your brochures, then don’t; this will allow you to use any leftovers at future events and minimise waste. Of course, if you really have to throw your unused promotional materials away, it makes sense to recycle them.

Display solutions: try and opt for a display or exhibition stand that has been made with the environment in mind. For example, purchase a high-quality pop up stand that will last for years, rather than posters that will wear out quickly and require frequent replacement. Many displays – such as our direct to board options – use environmentally friendly UV printing, rather than traditional methods that give off volatile organic compounds, and options such as Correx fluted display boards can be fully recycled after use.

Exhibition staff: you could cut the carbon emissions from your staff’s travel by laying on transport to events from one central location, using staff that are local to the event, or, for longer events, allowing staff to stay in local hotels overnight, thereby reducing the number of trips to and from the venue.
If you would like to find out more about how to make your stand as environmentally friendly as possible, email the Exantia team now for advice on info@exantia.co.uk, or call us on 020 8507 1612.


Barking & Dagenham East London Expo

Barking and DagenhamSanofi-aventis, Dagenham, 19th October 2010

Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce are the brains behind this Expo, which is the first of what will become an annual occasion – so the perfect time to get in at ground level and be among the first to experience this brand new business-to-business event.

Trading opportunities, new business relationships and product showcases will be in abundance at the Expo. It is aimed at both buyers and suppliers, and leading figures and multi-millionaires from the business world will be in attendance, boosting their profiles by meeting fellow industry players and keeping their eyes peeled for networking and trading opportunities.

Sponsors of the inaugural event include the Barking & Dagenham Post, Thames Gateway London Partnership Travel Plans and Dagenham and Redbridge FC, and there will be over 75 exhibitors (including Exantia!) manning the stands and offering a multitude of goods and services; in fact, early reports stated that the stands initially on offer were sold out 5 weeks in advance of the event, so this show looks set to become a firm fixture in East London’s business calendar.

With so many savvy business heads and entrepreneurial-types in attendance, it’s fitting that ‘free’ is a bit of a watchword for this bursting-at-the-seams event: entrance to the show, seminars and networking forums are all on offer at no charge – and, as an added bonus, complimentary tea and coffee will be available throughout the event (as well as a cash bar for those wishing to celebrate deals struck and partnerships made!). Also free will be the Expo’s ‘meet the buyer’ event, intended to help small- and medium-sized companies to secure business with large private and public sector contractors. The buyers will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how best to present your company to meet supplier selection criteria and win big contracts.

Exantia will be in attendance at stand 43, showcasing our range of pop up and banner stands and display accessories, and answering questions about your display needs. We can also advise you on direct to board display solutions such as Foamex and Dibond, and aspects such as how to design your exhibition graphics, and best practice for exhibitions and trade shows – so make sure you stop by stand 43 with your free tea or coffee and say hello!

The show will kick off at 10am and end at 6pm, and it will then be followed by a networking reception which will run from around 6pm-8pm. The venue is located at the Sanofi-Aventis Sports and Social Club, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, RM7 0XQ. It is located around 10 minutes from Romford, and local directions to Rainham Road South are available on the Expo’s website. The nearest tube stop is Dagenham East.

Although the event is free to attend, you do need to book your attendance via the website www.eastlondonexpo.co.uk (click the ‘Register’ link at the top of the page).


Exantia Sponsors Kevin Shannon

Kevin picBecause It Is There is a 50,000-mile, zero emissions circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle and boat, which will see Kevin Shannon cycling across five continents and sailing across two oceans, and arriving back on his doorstep around three years later. During this time he will be facing extreme, sub-zero temperatures, scorching heat, thirst, hunger and physical and mental exhaustion; but his journey will also enable him to meet, interact with and immerse himself in different cultures from every corner of the globe.

The route will take him from his starting point in the UK, across Europe from east to west, into Russia and across to Siberia. From there, Kevin will head south through Mongolia, crossing the Gobi Desert on his way to China, and continuing down to Southeast Asia. Next on the agenda will be Australia, and from there he will travel to South America, where he will follow the west coast heading north until he enters the USA. He will then head towards the east coast of Canada, crossing the US diagonally. At the Atlantic Ocean he will join the crew of a yacht for his final ocean crossing back to the UK.

Through the expedition, Kevin is attempting to raise £1 million for Combat Stress, a charity that helps combat veterans with mental health issues brought about by their time serving in the British Armed Forces. A percentage of the funds raised will also go towards setting up a new department within the charity, called Adventure Quest. Adventure Quest is to be a 9-month therapy programme which will include fortnightly expeditions to Britain’s National Parks, culminating in a 520-mile (840 km) walk across the Pyrenees Mountain Range.

Kevin recently exhibited at the Cycle Show in Earls Court, London; if you missed him you can still meet him before his departure at the following shows:
• Adventure Travel Live at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Victoria, London, from 29th–31st January 2010
• The Outdoors Show at the NEC, Birmingham, from 26th–28th March 2010.


The latest in printing technology

200_YEARS HP Vivera InksIn recent weeks we have decided to complement our existing large format digital printing set-up. In addition to our pool of existing ‘work horses’, the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 5500’s, we have added a brand new HP Designjet Z6100.

With print speeds of over 1,000 square feet per hour, the HP DesignJet Z6100 will allow us to increase the speed of production of banner stands and pop up stands. The printer achieves its impressive printing speeds by using a newly-developed Optical Media Advance Sensor, which for improves paper advance control along with a new development in printhead technology.

However as we know all too well, in this industry, speed isn’t everything, and this is where the DesignJet Z6100 has another ‘trick up the sleeve, the Vivera Pigment inks.
This ink printing system produces water-resistant and fade-resistant prints, and HP claim that interior graphics printed on the Z6100 will be fade resistant for up to 200 years!

We are not planning to extend our current warranty to 200 years, yet… but keep an eye on this blog!

Click the link for more information on the HP Designjet Z6100


Welcome to the Brand New Exantia Blog!

With so much going on on the exhibitions circuit and in the surrounding industries, we know how hard it is to keep up with the latest news and to get useful and relevant industry information. So we’ve decided, in true twenty-first century style, to start a blog. We hope to update the blog at least once a week, and intend to bring you the latest news from the exhibition and events sector, as well as information on pop up stands, banner adverts, displays and branding. In addition, the blog posts will let you know more about what we are up to here at Exantia, and will give you details and rundowns on a wide variety of key events, including trade shows, exhibitions and conferences.

We want the blog to be informative and engaging, and we hope that it will come to be an invaluable resource for industry professionals and event attendees alike. We are always keen to hear from those in the industry, as well as current or potential clients, so we welcome your input: if you have an especially newsworthy tidbit or interesting anecdote relating to the industry that you would like to see covered in the blog, don’t hesitate to let us know. If there is a particular event on the horizon that you feel people would benefit from industry-specific information on, or even if you just want to comment on our previous posts or suggest general topics for future entries, please feel free to get in touch with the Exantia team by dropping an email to us at info@exantia.co.uk.

We hope you enjoy our blog, and we look forward to hearing your ideas, comments and feedback!

The Exantia Team


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Exantia are situated in East London, on the borders of Essex, and offer delivery of our high quality banner stands, popup stands, exhibition display acessories, replacement graphic panels, direct to board prints, and pvc banners throughout the UK, to the following UK cities and surrounding areas:

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