Printwear & Promotion LIVE! is set to take place next week – starting on Sunday, January 20 running through to Tuesday, January 22 in Halls 17 & 18 at the NEC, Birmingham.


What makes Printwear & Promotion LIVE! interesting, and well worth a visit, is it is the only exhibition dedicated to the UK garment decoration and promotional goods industry, and the show aims to inspire its visitors, providing a vibrant, dynamic and interactive event with workshops, seminars, advice from industry experts and on stand demonstrations.


This year, Roland DG UK (stand G60) will showcase its all new Texart RT-640M dual-function sublimation printer and its ability to print both onto transfer paper and direct to textile. For providers looking to offer their customers a more complete package, this is something of a game-changer because with the same machine, you can create a line of promotional clothing, branded mugs and even flags.


For visitors who are newly familiar with Roland DG, there’ll all be a chance to see some of the company’s time-honoured favourites from the portfolio. Compact solutions like the BN-20 printer/cutter and the GS-24 vinyl cutter have been instrumental in getting hundreds of successful promotional clothing businesses off the ground. Aside from their versatility and reliability, these handy devices also come with a very attractive price tag, not to mention the full support of a RolandCare warranty. 


If you need a more high-volume solution, you’ll also get to see the TrueVIS SG-300 wide format printer/cutter. With a 736mm maximum printing width, this is the smallest printer/cutter in the  Roland TrueVIS range.


Roland’s Academy manager, Joe Wigzell says: “We want to help out as many people as we can, regardless of the hardware they use or where they are in their print journey. If they want to know where to start with dye sublimation, we can give them the basics. Or, if they want to revitalise their business with a brand-new product, we can help them work out where they should invest to get the quickest return. It’s all about the visitors, really.”


If it is personalisation you are looking for, look no further the LD-80 laser foil decorator for example, another brand-new product for adding personalised touches to small items and finishing them with foil from mobile phone cases to gift boxes, and the results are really impressive.


The personalisation solutions don’t stop there – you can also see the MPX-95 engraving machine in action. In a few minutes, you can take a metal item, like a keyring, and engrave your company logo, a serial number or even a photo of your pet.


If that’s not enough personalisation for you then you’ll probably be excited by the possibilities of UV printing. If you find yourself on stand G60, have a look at the VersaUV LEF-12i and see how you can print directly onto pens, bottle openers, notebooks – you name it. You can even print textures and embossed effects using a gloss ink.


Roland is also hosting a Print Clinic from 11am each day. The company says that wherever you are on your print odyssey, you can come along to these hour-long sessions and ask any questions you have about all aspects of print. Members of the Roland team will be on hand to share their wisdom and they’ll be joined by Alex Liggett of The Vinyl Guys who will be on hand to share his advice for anyone looking to take their business further. 


With registration now open, head to the Printwear & Promotion LIVE! website to secure a place at the 30th anniversary show. Registering for a free fast-track entry badge in advance couldn’t be easier and allows you to get straight into the action on the day of your visit.