The world of wide format.
1. China - FESPA has announced that it is expanding its event portfolio in Asia, launching FESPA China (www.fespa.com/china) in 2013, in partnership with the China Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association (CSGIA), FESPA’s associate member in China. The new event is geared around digital wide-format and screen printing, and will take place November 18-20, 2013, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.
2. England – After a fire destroyed the 17th Century Cupola House in Bury St. Edmunds, England, a decorative hoarding was created to cover the building and make the construction scene a little more appealing. The wrap is made up of old photographs printed onto fabric to look like the old restaurant, Strada, which was housed in the building.
3. Florida – Polaroid is launching the first ever Fotobar store (www.polaroidfotobar.com) in Delray Beach, Florida, at the end of February where customers bring in their smart phones or tablets, wirelessly transmit their saved photos to a work station, edit to taste, and then print onto a myriad of media options. The largest poster Polaroid prints is 24 x 35 inches, but custom orders may be made, for example, a 4- x 7-foot piece of acrylic art.
4. Siberia – The Japanese automaker Nissan has asked the Moscow Commercial Court to ban Sun-Innovations from using the CLR Infinity brand. Sun Innovations (www.sunrussia.com), an ink and printing equipment manufacturer based in Siberia, has refused to stop using the Infiniti brand for its products. The company has been using the brand since 2008 for its wide-format printing products after buying the rights from its Chinese partners. Sun Innovations will defend its right in court late February.
5. Barcelona – Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2013, under IMI Europe (www.imieurope.com), will be held June 5-6 in the Hesperia Hotel Tower in Barcelona, Spain. For its 12th year, there will be keynote presentations, displays, Tech Talk tutorials, and supplier presentations covering inks, printheads, chemicals and materials, and more. Registration for the event is $775, which includes lunch and two receptions.