Mimaki USA has celebrated the opening of its new Toronto branch. The company’s first Canadian extension features 11,000 square feet of space dedicated to customer support, product demonstrations, training, and more.
The grand opening centered around a traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony in which the lid of a sake barrel is broken open with a wooden mallet and the sake is served, representing an opening to harmony and good fortune, according to Mimaki.
Canada Area Sales Manager Lucas Crossley will head the Toronto team.
Epson has announced its annual sponsorship of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Attendees of the exhibition can browse large-format prints of winning submissions chosen from more than 25,000 entries beginning October 19.
Photos range in size from 2 x 3 feet to nearly 4 x 6 feet imaged on the SureColor P9000 onto Signature Worthy and Legacy Papers materials.
In a joint effort to promote Denver’s Paramount Café and Breckenridge Brewery, while also beautifying one of 16th Street Mall’s alleyways, local print shop Ink Monstr went to work on a 900-square-foot wall mural. To convey a sense of hope for the future, designer Josh Kitt took inspiration from the movie “Tomorrowland.” He also designed around a number of drain pipes and vents, planning strategically so the wall’s elements wouldn’t interrupt the artwork.
ISA has released a white paper prepared in conjunction with InfoTrends: “Wide-Format Print Trends, Opportunities & Challenges: Identifying Areas of Untapped Potential in the Wide-Format Market.” With almost 73 percent of ISA Expo survey respondents saying their wide-format volumes had increased in the past year, InfoTrends projects a CAGR of 13 percent for print volumes of wide-format production graphics in North America.
Mimaki has doubled the bed size of its JFX200-2513 UV-LED printer to create the new JFX200-2531 model. With dual origin points and a user-controllable, twin independent vacuum pump system, the design allows operators to position multiple pieces as large as two 4 x 8-ft boards on the bed, and unload and load on one side while production is continued on the other. Users can also print oversized materials up to 98.4 x 122 x 2 in.
Ritrama has developed a line of graffiti-resistant laminates designed to protect graphics and signage from tampering and marking. Each of the four options features a permanent adhesive.
4-1685 is a 1-mil gloss clear polyester film designed with high optical clarity. Available in 54-in. widths.
4-1692 and 4-1693 are gloss clear topcoated polyester at 2 and 4 mil, respectively. Each offers chemical, stain, and scratch resistance and is available in 54-in. widths.
Recently, at SGIA Expo 2016, an attendee approached me to congratulate me on my recent promotion to editor-in-chief. Although we had never met in person, Jim White, president of Go Graphix, and I go “way back.” One of my first assignments at Big Picture was to cover a basketball wall mural completed by his shop.
As part of the 2016 Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium, Roland DGA will hold two days of “Design with Technology” workshops for local Girl Scouts at its headquarters in Irvine, California. Junior and Cadette troop members will have the opportunity to use Camm-1 GS vinyl cutters to decorate backpacks with personalized graphics, MDX series milling machines to build circuit boards, and MPX-90 printers to imprint photos onto metal dog tags.
In a brand-laden and consumer-driven culture, it's not enough for food and beverage labels to simply provide delicious product anymore. These 2016 OBIE Award winners brought another dimension to their brands with a touch of sentiment in the sky.
Silver OBIE: Wake Up
Creative agency: Moroch
Catherine Monson, CEO of Fastsigns, has been elected secretary of the International Franchise Association (IFA). Monson, who was chosen as one of Big Picture’s six Women in Print Award winners earlier this fall, has been active with the IFA as a member of the board and executive committee, chair of the Franchisor Forum, frequent keynoter, and 2009 recipient of the Bonny LeVine award honoring women in franchising. She has helmed Fastsigns since 2009, overseeing more than 630 visual communications franchises worldwide.