Mike Kyritsi is in line to be the new President of swissQprint America, Inc., the US subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of high-end UV inkjet printers. He is taking over in January 2018.
swissQprint large format printers are developed and produced in Switzerland. The Swiss company established its first subsidiary in fall 2015 with Carmen Eicher in charge. She is now returning to the headquarters in Switzerland where she will continue supporting the US team as a consultant. Mike Kyritsi, who has long-standing experience in the printing industry, is taking over as new President.
The Synergy + Firefly All-In-One Production System from Brother DTG is a start-to-finish modular unit for high volume DTG digital decorating. Combining an automatic pretreater (Synergy) and conveyor dryer (Firefly), it simplifies and streamlines digital garment printing for production-oriented shops.
DreamScape's Roy Ritchie takes us through the four major product categories the company produces for the printable wall graphics market: textured commercial vinyls, special-effect metallics, self-adhesive wall wraps, and a leading sustainable material called Terralon which is made from recycled water bottles. Also featured is Fusion, a metallic self adhesive that won the 2017 SGIA Product of the Year award.
The wallcoverings market continues to grow approximately five percent each year, and the digital wallcoverings sector is helping fuel that growth. Wallcoverings have the distinct ability not only to depict a visual, but also to harness imagery to create an experience and evoke an emotional response. This experiential capability makes it a powerful tool for designers of commercial and residential spaces.
When Ana Cunningham came on board at Creative Matters nearly two decades ago, every bit of the high-end floor-covering design firm’s work was hand-painted. The VP’s first order of business was to move the company into the digital space, teaching the artists to design in Illustrator and Photoshop, working with textile mills to nail down a process, learning how to match colors, and more. The transition was gradual, spanning a few years, but as the firm settled in, the improvement in turnaround time at every step of the process was dramatic.
Fisher Textiles has released GF 4019 Nirvana B.O.B. soft knit fabric for retail and tradeshow applications such as soft signage silicone edge graphics and roll up banner stands. Engineered for transfer dye sub and UV curable printing, the fabric features a white face and a coated black back that serves as a built-in liner for finished applications.
See the new Mimaki products making their debut at SGIA 2017: the CF22-1225 extra-large flatbed cutter offers improved workflow efficiency; the UCJV Series is the world’s only 64-inch UV printer/cutter series with a model featuring four-layer printing and white ink; and the LA-160W wide-format, heat-assist laminator for flawless finishing.
Kernow Coatings has added the KernowJet Interiors line of nonwoven, vinyl top-coated wallcoverings for tough environments. The eco-solvent-, solvent-, UV-, and latex-receptive media is engineered with Bio-Pruf technology to inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold. The company reports the line is easily removable without wall damage or residue, washable, and tear- and water-resistant.
Advanced Greig Laminators has released the AGL 54 film-to-glass laminator, engineered for applying optically clear films to a range of plate glass substrates. A redesigned aluminum in-feed table feeds the glass into a side registration with floating roller ball technology for scratch-free production, while an automated transducer tension control system prevents film distortion and necking, according to the company.
Color across the professional and organizational lines with the Color 2018 conference (January 13-16) from SGIA and the Printing Industries of America (PIA). Whether you’re a creative, brand professional, production specialist or color management expert, Color 2018 offers relevant sessions led by the best minds in color to provide practical, in-depth information for doing color right and strengthening your competitive edge. Register today at cmc.printing.org.