Tuesday, 04 Jun 2019 11:31 GMT

Latest Trends

With print-service-providers looking to expand their businesses and gain new customers, Genevieve Lewis asks: “Have you noticed any new trends in wide-format print?”

Beautiful interiors

In wide-format print, interior décor is gaining popularity, whether it be bespoke wallpaper for hotels and restaurants, or glass décor for corporate offices, it lifts the environment with inspiring or creative print. Even our own offices here at Hybrid HQ have become more vibrant, with funky wall banners and bespoke wallpaper to make our own environment an uplifting place to be.


In wide-format print, interior décor is gaining popularity, whether it be bespoke wallpaper for hotels and restaurants, or glass décor for corporate offices

Mimaki’s UCJV300 LED UV printer/cutter is ideal for printing wallpaper, with no finishing requirements and instant curing. Add spot varnish into the mix, and the UCJV300 is capable of bringing some incredibly creative opportunities to bespoke interior décor.

Another trend that is set to continue is that of personalised print. Real value is placed on items that are bespoke and individual. Personalisation creates emotion; by creating something unique to the customer, whether that be a company/brand or an individual person, that item becomes emotive and people are willing to pay a premium for this.

Mass customisation is leading to standard products becoming increasingly visual.

The technology that Mimaki offers for personalised print makes it a fast and efficient area to move into. The range of hardware available from Mimaki allows entry into the personalisation market at various levels, from the latest generation UJF-3042FX A3 flatbed LED UV printer up to the UJF-7151Plus, which can now be commissioned with silver ink, adding a whole new creative dimension and the wow factor.

Textile versatility

Chris Green, head of channel for visual communications, Antalis



The trends in the market to create bespoke, personalised interiors within both commercial and residential markets continues to grow giving new opportunities for wide-format printers. As a result, Antalis has noted an increasing desire for textile media that provides both the scope and quality printers need to tap into the growing interior design market.

In response to this new opportunity, and end user demand, Antalis will be launching in June, new Coala Textiles, a range of polyester printable textiles for signage and decoration to complement its existing Coala Walldesign range. 


Textile products have great versatility and, as they are 100% polyester, are a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional PVC materials

Textile products have great versatility and, as they are 100% polyester, are a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional PVC materials. Textile ranges available include products for a large variety of applications, including frontlit and stretch displays, vibrant backlit displays, acoustic dampening, and indoor/outdoor blinds. They can be tactile, lightweight, compact, easy to install and to clean, and are fire rated. They give flawless high quality images for all sorts of applications providing real opportunities for wide-format printers to extend their offering to their existing customers and to provide them with new avenues to market.

The use of textiles is already enabling large-format printers, both specialists and commercial printers, to diversify their offering and to capitalise on the growing opportunities presented by the interior design market. Textiles are being used for a range of applications from traditional POS, wall coverings, exhibitions to new architectural and geometric applications, with sound absorbing semi-sheer fabric which are particularly interesting for use within public buildings and workplaces.