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SDC London Region & TI London Section – The Printed Spectrum

Date: April 25, 2014 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: LCF, John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

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  • The SDC London Region and the London Section of the Textile Institute warmly invite you to join them at this prestigious joint seminar – The Printed Spectrum – that will be held in the Rootstein Hopkins (RHS) tiered space.

    Chaired by Dr Graham Clayton – Chief Executive of SDC.

    Speakers include:

    • Barry Forrestor, MD at Standfast & Barracks and Anstey Wallpaper Company  – Dyeing and printing on textiles using several techniques

    • Eric Nunn, Poem Colour Consultancy

    • Laura Green, freelance print designer – Print Design

    • Stuart Jackson, Regional Manager UK & Ireland, EOS Electro Optical Systems Ltd – A short history and state of the art on additive manufacturing and industrial 3D Printing

    • Andre Wilkins, The Wilkins Group – The application of colour controls in the Lithographic Printing process specifically related to solid board packaging for the retail sector and the “Roll Out” Globally by ‘The Wilkins Group’.

    For details of their presentations go to the Speakers tab

    If you want to pay on the door – you still must register online to comply with venue security procedures and gain entry to the event.


  • Eric Nunn

    I have worked all my life in the printing industry and I have a huge amount of experience to share. During my career I have worked with and through, just about every change in working practice. And as the MD of a successful Reprohouse have thrown quite a lot of money at the technology that has dominated the evolution of our industry!

    What we are trying to achieve: the successful mass production of an idea, message or concept, hasn’t changed at all, but how we share the idea and how we achieve it in the modern environment most certainly has.

    Our modern working environment is a complex web of interconnecting devices, each of which has its own unique definition of colour reproduction. One of the most significant developments brought to an industry that has been totally transformed by technological change, all in the course of one working lifetime, is the concept of colour management.

    Colour management does redefine some of the accepted, traditional working practices, but if you understand and apply the rules of engagement, you will achieve greater predictability, consistency and accuracy than ever before.

    Presentation Outline

    The quest for consistency, accuracy and predictability of colour reproduction from initial concept to mass production has long been the holy grail for anyone selling off the page.

    Nowadays our page could just as easily be digital on the web as well as printed onto a web!

    This is a short presentation of what can and cannot be achieved on screen and in print and why colour management is absolutely vital in ensuring that all decisions made throughout the production chain are informed and not guesses.

    “You just can’t get that colour mate” put into context…

    Barry Forrestor

    Barry has been MD of the two manufacturing businesses owned by Walker Greenbank plc – namely fabric printer Standfast & Barracks based in Lancaster and Anstey Wallpaper Company based in Loughborough – for the past 10 years. Originally from a sales and marketing background Barry’s previous general management experience includes spells in footwear and bicycle manufacturing as well as wallpaper.

    An assessment of the design capabilities and possibilities for digital fabric printing as well as the technical limitations, issues and risks inherent in the digital process compared to conventional screen printing. The presentation will also consider the commercial implications for the industry, both the opportunities and risks, as prices for digitally printed fabrics are driven down by economies of scale and new entrants to the industry. The recent developments and future prospects for digitally printed wall coverings will also be covered.

    Andre Wilkins

    Andre is the Chairman & Managing Director of ‘The Wilkins Group’ which has packaging manufacturing businesses in ‘key’ strategic geographic regions related to textile and general packaging.

    The Group Headquarters are based in Nottingham UK and this plant produces predominantly although not exclusively packaging for the food and textile retail markets. The business celebrated it’s 50th year in 2013 and was started from humble beginnings by graphic designer Ken Wilkins who was mainly designing commercial print products leaflets and brochures etc. André (Ken’s son) joined the business after 3 years of it’s inception and the business moved into the packaging sector where eventually they worked together as joint MD’s building the business from one room into a fully fledged printed packaging manufacturing business until Ken’s death in 1993.

    Subsequently the business has expanded internationally into specific geographic regions and is now a major supplier to many large retailers and brand owners. It is still a wholly owned Family business with André & his wife Ann with their two sons Aron & Justin holding ‘key’ Management roles.


    A description of the current thinking on colour controls in a printing environment on cartonboard, including the printing processes, inks and substrate variables encountered both for local production in the UK and different geographic regions.

    What has been achieved so far in the control of colour and the influence on Brand Identity for both retailers and brand owners. How standardised systems of control have revolutionised colour consistency on shelf with packaging products produced in different parts of the world for the retail environment, establishing a clear point of difference for those successful in implementing the technology.

    The presentation will also consider the commercial benefits of the prevention of reprints and the reduction in waste in the printing process.

    Stuart Jackson

    As apprentice trained Mechanical / Production engineer I spent my early years in the world of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine tools. Initially as a CNC programmer making parts for the famous Westland SeaKing Helicopter. Moving into Application engineering brought me into projects with Triumph Motorcycles and SU Carburettors where I project managed multi million pound FMS (Flexible Manufacturing Systems). During this period (1994) I came in contact and brought into the UK one of the early RP (Rapid Prototype) systems that laminated paper into a 3D shape. In 2002 I joined EOS as Regional Manager with full responsibility for all UK and Irish business. EOS Group is now a 500 person, €135M business specialising in Additive Manufacturing Technology.

    Laura Green

    I studied for my BA in Printed Textile design, specialising in digital print and went on to study for a masters degree at Nottingham Trent University. During this time I was awarded the Paul Smith Scholarship and was sponsored to study and live in Japan for three months. Since graduating in 2010 I have worked mainly in design studios, first interning and designing for Westcott and more recently as a print designer at Tom Cody. After almost two years, I have just left the studio to pursue other projects and to continue my design work on a freelance basis.

    The role of textiles in fashion, art and craft in contemporary society is what drives my design work, drawing inspiration from catwalk, trends, travel and historical sources and digital printing allows me to combine hand and computer aided methods with the most vibrant, seductive and authentic result. The meaning of print and the influence it can have on our everyday lives defines my print philosophy: print should be fun, bright and playful and enhance whatever fabric, garment or object it adorns.


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