The seventh annual Positively Print award program is now open for nominations. Co-sponsored by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) and Two Sides North America, the program “is intended to encourage companies involved in print to devote part of their ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns to a generic advocacy of print as a communications media,” according to its website.
EFI has acquired Rialco (Bradford, UK), a European supplier of dye powders and color products for the digital print and industrial manufacturing industries. The company looks to grow its understanding and support of the industrial inkjet market, including that of dye-sublimation printing, which Smithers Pira forecasts will grow as much as 18.4 percent annually through 2021.
Coveris Advanced Coatings has added WrapIt, a digitally printable paper for creating personalized gift wrap. Featuring a luster finish, the 5.8-mil paper is printable with solvent, UV, and latex printers. Available in 54-in. widths.
WBC Graphics, based outside of Orlando, Florida, recently worked on a project with emergency services training company Training Division to design, produce, and install three vehicles for the nonprofit Give Kids the World, an organization that helps children with life-threatening diseases. The wrapped vehicles – a 2014 Chevy Camaro, a 1967 Chevy Camaro, and a Chevy Silverado 2500 – are used to transport children to medical appointments.
Monadnock Paper Mills has added Envi Ultraform Backlit Poster, a weather-resistant printable paper for indoor and outdoor applications including bus shelters, backlit signage, and retail and entertainment displays. Envi Ultraform contains 10% post-consumer waste recycled fiber, according to the company. The paper is UV- and latex-printable and available in 50-in. widths.
ISA has announced its 2016 Steering Committee, a panel of representatives from the association’s three main divisions: suppliers and distributors, affiliated associations, and direct members.
ST Media Group International Inc. announces the appointment of Robin Donovan to editor-in-chief of Signs of the Times, the leading information source for sign professionals for more than 110 years. Robin will rejoin the company’s flagship brand, taking the helm from Wade Swormstedt, who has led Signs of the Times since 1991 and is leaving to become the executive director of the new Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI).
Drupa has announced in its third Global Trends report that, out of 14 print processes studied, digital imaging technologies are growing the fastest at an average annual rate of 28 percent. The report is based on a survey of approximately 750 printers across the globe; drupa says the aura of its findings is cautiously optimistic.
Held November 12-19 at the Rho Fiera Milano, Italy, ITMA 2015 welcomed 123,000 attendees and featured a record 1691 exhibitors from 46 countries whose displays spanned 11 halls and more than one million square feet.
Fujifilm has released the Acuity Select 20 series of UV flatbed inkjet printers for mid-volume productions of graphic display, fine art, and photographic applications. Engineered to replace the Acuity Advance Select line of printers, the 20 series images up to 362 sq ft/hr on materials up to 2 in. thick and 98 in. wide. Users can choose from four, six, or eight ink channels, including the option for LcLm.