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DigitalEdge News: September 6-12

Updates from J.S. McCarthy Printers, ISA, Sun Chemical, Dscoop, Inx, SGP, Midwest Sign, and Mimaki.

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J.S. McCarthy Printers Announces New President
September 6, 2017
J.S. McCarthy Printers, a family-owned print provider based in Augusta, Maine, has announced the appointment of Jonathon Tardiff as company president. Tardiff brings 25 years of experience in various positions within the company, which also holds offices in Portland, Maine; Canton, Massachusetts; Newington, Connecticut; and Stamford, Connecticut. Tardiff holds a degree in business administration from Babson College.


ISA Examines Emerging Markets for Wide-Format
September 6, 2017

ISA has a released a white paper analyzing emerging areas of opportunity in the wide-format printing market. “Capturing the Next Evolution of Wide Format Print Opportunities,” sponsored by EFI and prepared by Keypoint Intelligence, aims to help printers explore ways to capitalize on the latest opportunities in the industry by examining niche markets and emerging market segments. The white paper specifically narrows in on high-end P-O-P, short-run packaging and prototyping, soft signage and fabrics, digital labels, thermoforming, interior décor and home furnishings, and architectural elements.

Key takeaways and conclusions include:

• Globally, digital wide-format graphics print volume is forecasted to rise from 24.2 billion square feet to 35.5 billion in 2020 with a CAGR of 8 percent.
• Aqueous and dye sub technologies are the two ink types driving the most growth, though all ink types, except solvent, are contributing to the market expansion.
• Emerging techniques such as backlit displays, window graphics, white ink, and floor graphics can drive traffic and increase sales in a retail/P-O-P setting.
• Demand is increasing for prototypes, versioning, specialization, short-run packaging, and customized printing/cutting.
• While vinyl, plastic, and paper have historically served as popular signage substrates, textiles and fabrics are seeing an increase in demand, which is expected to continue in the future.
• Technological advancements, growing popularity of inkjet printing, and new inks and substrates are reducing the barriers to entry in the wide-format industry. Because of this, printers are broadening service offerings, increasing revenues, and improving customer satisfaction, though the increasingly crowded marketplace is driving competition.

The full report can be purchased through ISA.


Sun Chemical to Assess Market Impact of Hurricane Harvey
September 7, 2017

Sun Chemical has announced plans to assess the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the inks and pigments markets. Several of Sun Chemical’s feedstock suppliers have announced a force majeure while other raw materials suppliers are currently reviewing allocations. The company plans to work with suppliers to “assess global ramifications, develop needed contingency plans, and notify customers of potential delays or issues,” according to a release.


Dscoop Forms Emergency Response Team
September 7, 2017

Dscoop has formed the Dscoop Emergency Response Team, engaging members and partners to help each other during times of crisis. In the wake and anticipation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose, the team’s first concern is ensuring the safety of members in affected areas. Dscoop also aims for the team to offer assistance after members return to their businesses by connecting them with possible resources.

Dscoop is continually accepting new members and partners interested in offering assistance during these times of need. Members in search of support should contact Community Manager Mary Walinder to be connected with fellow members.


Inx, CannedWater4Kids Deliver Water to Hurricane Victims
September 7, 2017

Inx International has teamed up with CannedWater4Kids, a charity working to ensure access to safe, clean water worldwide, to deliver drinking water to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A truck with 52,800 cans of purified water was sent to a Red Cross distribution center near Houston. The two organizations plan to send more water in the future as recovery continues.


SGP Reveals Sustainability Community Day Speakers
September 7, 2017

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced the speaker lineup for its upcoming Community Day in Portland, Oregon, on November 14. The conference will focus on procurement, circular economy, and sustainability practices from leading companies. Speakers include:

• Jeremy Carroll, co-founder of Latitude brand and experience design firm, discussing organizational impact on customers, the supply chain, and the world
• Pam Johnson, state procurement analyst for the state of Oregon, will speak about green procurement on the state and federal levels
• Nicole Bassett, co-founder of The Renewal Workshop, presenting a case study on how the textile industry can become circular
• Kim Holmes, VP of The Plastics Industry, speaking about the “second life” of plastics and a new initiative focusing on recovering plastics from different industry sectors.


Midwest Sign, Mimaki Host Fall Open House
September 7, 2017

Midwest Sign-St. Paul will host an open house sponsored by Mimaki on September 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives from both companies will be available to demonstrate various printers, including the JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed, JV150-130 eco-solvent, UJV55-320 UV LED superwide, and the TS300P-1800 dye sublimation transfer printers. The open house will feature free seminars on RasterLink6 software and flatbed printing tips, as well as a drawing to win a CG-130FXII cutter.

Those interested in attending can RSVP through Midwest Sign online, via email, or by calling 800-328-6592.

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