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Insider Insight: Analyzing Industry Trends

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Experts discuss what's next for latex, textiles, packaging, and more.

We asked seven of Big Picture's Editorial Advisory Board members to respond to the current state of the wide-format industry and reveal what we should expect in 2018.

Big Picture: What is the future of latex?

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Esko Launches 189-Inch Digital Cutting Table

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Designed for heavy-duty corrugated production.

Esko’s new Kongsberg C66 digital cutting table is designed for heavy-duty corrugated production and spans 98 x 189 in. The table can run up to 328 ft/min and can handle manual multi-zone production of 87 x 126-in. sheets. Operators can set up one zone while the other is running.

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Kinetix Inkjet-Receptive Magnetic Media

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Designed for retail applications and more.

Innotech has added the Kinetix Magnetic Sheet family of media. Kinetix Magnetic Sheet White Matt is available in thicknesses of 11.8-, 23.6-, and 33.5-mil. The white matte-finished vinyl media is engineered for inkjet printing with solvent and eco-solvent inks. Innotech reports the media is flexible and can be folded and twisted without damaging any of the magnetic properties.

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Outguard Digital Print Fabric from Swela

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PVC-free textile for long-term outdoor signage.

Swela, a German manufacturer of digitally printable fabric, has added Outguard, a PVC-free, 100% polyester material compatible with dye sublimation, solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks. Swela reports the fabric is recyclable; crack-, weather-, UV-, tear-, and abrasion-resistant; and offers long-term outdoor durability.

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The Women in Print Awards: Mary Smith

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ImageSmith's CEO discusses good corporate citizenship, the digital revolution, and more.

Mary Smith
CEO, Operations Manager
ImageSmith Communications, Arden, North Carolina

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Wrap Sheet: 6 Vinyl Masterpieces

Kelsey Johnson
Kelsey Johnson
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These shops prove today’s vehicle wraps are more than fleets and logos.

As startups and established ventures alike realize the boost in business a mobile advertisement can provide, it comes as no surprise that PSPs offering some sort of vehicle wrapping capability are a dime a dozen these days. As more and more shops move into the vehicle graphics market, high quality installs and designs with “wow” factors set the wrap experts apart from the wrap dabblers.

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Mactac Revamps DecoMural Wall Media

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Adds more durable facestock and more.

Mactac has announced a number of product developments in the Imagin DecoMural wall media line. The adhesive-backed, digitally printable media now features a scratch-resistant PVC textured film designed to resemble canvas. Additional new features include Mactac SuperFlat lay-flat liner and Roodle adhesive technology for edge-to-edge printing, easier installation, and removability. The media is durable outdoors for up to three years and five years for indoor graphics.

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Tekra Reveals Chalkboard Film

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Offers writable surface with chalk and chalk pens.

Tekra has released JetView UV Writable Chalkboard Material, a nonvinyl, inkjet printable substrate that is writable with chalk or chalk pens. The material can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Designed for applications such as menu boards, retail signage, promotional graphics, and children’s craft areas, the material is UV and latex printable and features a repositionable, removable adhesive backing.

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PremEx Launches Fabric Media Line

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Textiles for interior décor applications.

PremEx Solutions, a new joint venture between Expand Systems and Premier Textiles, is now offering a variety of fabric media lines. Products include:

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Insider Insight: Wide-Format Surprises in 2017

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What the experts didn't see coming this year.

We asked seven of Big Picture's Editorial Advisory Board members to respond to the current state of the wide-format industry and reveal what we should expect in 2018.

Big Picture: What was the biggest surprise of 2017? If it was a challenge, how did you overcome it? If it was beneficial to your shop, explain.

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