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hotel 128th February – 4th March 2010, ExCel, London

2010’s Hotelympia will be launching on Sunday 28th February, and will run until Thursday 4th March. Taking place at ExCel London, the event aims to bring together a huge range of key players from the hospitality industry, and will act as host to suppliers from areas ranging from food and drink to interiors, tableware and technology.

Exhibitors are set to include an enormously diverse variety of companies, such as Catering Equipment Ltd, Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances, Heinz Foodservices – and even Purbeck Ice Cream – though with almost 1,000 exhibitors taking up stands, there is bound to be something for everyone, no matter which area of the catering and hospitality industry they are involved in.

A large portion of the event this year will focus on sustainability as well as hosting sustainability seminars on the Main Stage, there will be an entire area of the exhibition solely dedicated to offering sustainability solutions, ideas and tips. This area aims to provide visitors with a chance to learn ways in which to make their business greener, in particular by improving their operation in areas such as waste management and recycling, and water conservation, recovery and management. There will also be an ‘Innovation Pod’, which will offer additional inspiration regarding eco-friendly furniture and energy-efficient products. Professional speakers will be on hand to further expound on the topic, and exhibitors with a particularly environmentally friendly bent will be demonstrating their products and serving up their knowledge within the seminar section of the sustainability area.

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend Hotelympia over the five-day period, and tickets can be obtained free of charge when registered for in advance (otherwise there is a £30 entrance fee, payable on the door). Visit to register for your ticket.

Board Printing – Aluminium Composite

hoardingHaving already looked at Foamex and Correx (see 5th December and December 11th December blog posts respectively), it’s now time to move on to the hardier, more long-term-solution member of the direct to board family – namely, aluminium composite board.

Aluminium composite board is also known as Dibond, Dilite, Dibond Digital, Raybond and Raynobond, and consists of an aluminium faced board with a polyethylene core. Despite the fact that it is very rigid and robust, it is extremely lightweight and has a flat surface and consistent thickness.

As with Foamex and Correx , we use 8 colour UV inks on our aluminium composite board displays, which ensures that the graphics and logos printed on the surface of the board look striking and clear, whilst also being durable, fade resistant and waterproof.

Because the aluminium composite board itself is weather resistant and won’t rust or crack, it is ideal for creating long-term – even permanent – outdoor signage. It comes in thicknesses of 2, 3 or 4mm, and can be easily drilled or riveted, and fixed to posts or walls. In addition, aluminium composite board can be printed on one or both sides, so it is ideal for uses such as traffic signs, corporate signage, construction hoardings, real estate signage and other long-term displays.

Of course, aluminium composite board can also be used for indoor displays – though alternatives such as Foamex or Correx may be more economical for this, depending on your individual needs.

If you would like further guidance on any of our direct to board materials with respect to your specific requirements, please feel free to get in touch with us by dropping an email to, or by calling us on 020 8507 1612.

The Baby Show

beautiful-baby-with-innocent-attitude19th-21st February, ExCel, London; 21st-23rd May, NEC, Birmingham; 22nd-24th October, Earl’s Court, London.

Boasting ‘unbeatable shopping, expert advice and great entertainment’, The Baby Show has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2002, with visitor numbers topping out at over 76,000 last year.

The first Baby Show will be held at London’s ExCel arena, and will run from the 19th-21st February, with subsequent events held at the Birmingham NEC from 21st-23rd May, and London’s Earl’s Court on 22nd-24th October. With big names such as Pampers, Tommee Tippee, Maclaren and Fisher Price prominent among the more than 600 companies that take part in the event, product launches and demonstrations are a focal point. But the event is also a great forum for smaller baby-related start-ups, with plenty of floor space given to new companies and ‘mumpreneurs’.

For the baby who has everything, the Boutique Baby area, which will be incorporated into the ExCel and Earl’s Court shows, is a must-visit part of the event. Housing niche products and high-end accessories, it is ideal for the particularly discerning baby and the mum with money.

Celebrities and big-name baby industry experts will also be in abundance at the events: ExCel will see Dr Miriam Stoppard imparting valuable advice on such topics as bedtime routines and peaceful nights, and Tess Daly will be stopping by on 19th February. Annabel Karmel will also be in attendance at the ExCel event on all three days, and will be speaking about nutrition during pregnancy, as well as dispelling some of the myths surrounding feeding of babies and toddlers.

The specifics of the NEC and Earls Court events have yet to be announced, so you may want to visit closer to these shows for further information.

2010 Events Round-Up

events_2010Here is a sneak peak at just some of the UK events that 2010 will have to offer…
Getting the year off to a flying start is the rather testosterone-laden PistonHeads, which will feature performance cars from Alphas to Vipers, as well as plenty of other attractions including a dedicated Stuff Zone, showcasing gadgets, gizmos and gear by the gallon.
Veering off in a completely different direction, the first leg of The Baby Show ( will begin in February at ExCel London, with subsequent events at Birmingham NEC in May and Earl’s Court, London, in October.

March will be a busy month on the events circuit, with such UK staples as Foodex – previously known as ‘Foodex Meatex’, the Hotel and Catering Show and The Ideal Home Show ( – not to mention the infamous CRUFTS ( dog show – to name but a few.

The April slot of the 2010 events calendar will contain some shows of a more serious bent, including the Counter Terror Expo 2010 ( and Defence IT, whilst the London International Wine Fair in May and the International Fine Art Fair in June will see out the Spring in style.

Maintaining the air of sophistication, the Harrogate Home and Gift Show runs during July, and is a favourite summer event (particularly since it comes complete with Pimm’s tent!). Harrogate will also play host to August’s Lingerie and Swimwear Exhibition, as well as the Great Northern Quilt and Needlecraft Show, which is due to take place in September.

The Restaurant Show 2010 (, to be held at Earl’s Court, London, in October, will be a big one for the UK’s restaurateurs, whilst Cake International ( and Toy Collectors Fair will brighten up Birmingham’s NEC in November and December.

London International Boat Show

boat 28th-17th January 2010, ExCel, London

Now in its 56th year, the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show is rapidly reaching veteran status in the show world, and in fact is currently one of the top five consumer events in the UK. Kicking off with a preview day on the 8th January, the event will run for ten days, and is set to be packed bow to stern with events, exhibitors, experts and enthusiasts.

Of course, boats of all proportions will be on display at the show (with a dedicated area, outside in the marina, exhibiting those vessels too large to fit through the doors), as will accessories, clothing and equipment. The show will also host a photographic exhibition showcasing work by renowned sailing photographer Robert Wilson, and in addition there will be opportunities to speak to multitudes of professionals about all things boat.

For the kids, there will be a Design a Sail competition; plus, the Try a Dive tank allows youngsters to sample diving in a safe and instructive environment (whilst the of-age crowd sample a Guinness or two at the Black and White Bar!).

The North Hall’s Show Stage promises ‘non-stop entertainment’, with expert speakers, safety presentations and a unique preview of the 2012 Olympic sailing venues. And if you feel the need to take a short respite from boats and sailing advice, the Show Stage will also feature a high energy ‘dance explosion’ (called Rock the Boat, so presumably boating remains a prominent theme), which will take place three times each day.

Advance tickets for the London International Boat Show start from £13 (with two day tickets for just £21), and kids can get in free with a paying adult. Visit for more information.

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.

Board Printing Materials – Foamex

direct_to_board_1It’s time to get technical! Over the coming months the Exantia blog will be bringing you the lowdown on the various materials we use to create our range of direct to board displays, in order to give you a better idea of what to use and when.

But first, a note on printing…

We thought it would also be useful to explain a little about the printing method we use for direct to board. It is known as UV curing inkjet printing, and allows for printing large, borderless panels using 8 colour UV inks printing at resolutions of 1270 x 800 dpi. The resulting print is weather resistant, vivid and highly durable – plus, the method doesn’t use harsh solvents like some other printing methods, so we earn some environmental brownie points too!


Foamex, or foam PVC, has a fine cell structure and a flat surface. When coupled with the UV inks we use, this makes for a display board whose printed images are clear, crisp and vibrant.

Foamex also has a consistent thickness, and is available in thicknesses of 3mm, 5mm or 10mm . It is extremely easy to work with in terms of bending, gluing, drilling, nailing etc., and the finished board can be framed, although Foamex is rigid enough to be mounted on walls without framing if preferred. In addition, it won’t crumble away, which means that it doesn’t leave a trail of debris or lose its high-quality appearance.

The durability of Foamex makes it ideal for long-term indoor use, and it can also be used outdoors on a short-term basis (though if you are looking for a more long-term outdoor solution, you are better off with an Aluminium Composite Board, which will be covered in a future blog post).

All this combined with Foamex’s smooth, matt finish means that it is perfect for creating exhibition or advertising signage such as event graphics, point of purchase displays, trade show graphics or retail signage.

International Motorcycle Show

man-home26 November – 06 December, NEC, Birmingham

The UK certainly has its fair share of motorcycle shows, but this one is kitted out with its own arsenal of particularly unique features, not to mention the presence of some of the biggest names in the industry, so it’s no wonder the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show at the NEC gets the pulse of two-wheeling petrolheads everywhere racing.

Demonstrations are an integral part of this event, and this year the offerings will incorporate everything you’d expect from the UK’s most salient motorcycle show, including the fast, the furious and the downright dangerous. The Ken Fox Troupe’s Wall of Death showcases amazing riding skills and control; visitors can watch from the top of the eighteen-foot high cylindrical wall as the Troupe perform death-defying stunts and incredible feats of speed and agility.

Meanwhile, in the Off Road Zone, the British Supercross Championship team will put on a daily display; but the main attraction here will no doubt be the British Supercross Championship itself, rounds one and two of which will be held on Saturday 28th November and Saturday 5th December respectively.
Hundreds of exhibitors will also be in attendance, offering everything from accessories to components, not to mention bikes of all shapes and sizes, with industry giants including Husky, Spyder, Kawasaki and KTM all set to unveil new models at the event.

Of course, the eponymous motorcycles are the stars of this show, but for those who like to dabble in the four-wheeled alternative there will also be a Go-Karting track available, complete with a miniature version for the show’s younger attendees.

In addition to a cinema and a stage for live music performances, the event will be capped off by the Arai Entertainment Zone, which will host interviews and celebrity appearances, and offer games and competitions by the helmetful.

To book your tickets, visit

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

The Clothes Show Live

clothes show live4th-9th December 2009, NEC, Birmingham

The Clothes Show Live is a calendar highlight for fashionistas. Naturally, style and glamour are the watchwords for this six-day extravaganza, and the agenda for this year’s event surely won’t disappoint.

Along with such staples as designer boutiques, high-street brands and a raft of hair and beauty products for study and sample, this year’s show will be inundated with members of the Hollyoaks cast, which will no doubt be a huge draw for the event’s teen attendees. Not that the Hollyoaks crowd are the only celebrities set to attend; these days no fashion event is complete without an appearance from the ubiquitous Gok Wan, so it is only fitting that he should be on-hand throughout the Sunday to offer style advice to those within earshot.

The show’s 6,500-seat Fashion Theatre will feature a Christmas-themed fashion showcase, which boasts such trendy treats as goody give-aways, over 270 festive outfits and ‘hot male models’. In addition, make-up and hair demonstrations will be taking place throughout the event, and new boy band ViCE will be launching their debut single Bounce, offering Clothes Show attendees a chance to be among the first to hear it.

And if it all gets a bit much, you can take a quick break by immersing yourself in the rather less frantic atmosphere of the Wellbeing Zone, which will include exhibitors such as The International Federation of Aromatherapists. Pampering spa treatments ranging from manicures and facials to rieki and shiatsu will be on offer here, and if you wish to go beyond the skin-deep this is the place to do it, with experts available to provide advice on nutrition and fitness.

The Clothes Show Live will be held at the Birmingham NEC. Tickets are on sale now and start from £25, so visit to order yours.

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