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Nominations Open for 2017 Women in Print Awards

Second annual event honors female leaders.

Big Picture magazine is now accepting nominations for the second annual Women in Print Awards. After the success of the inaugural program in 2016, Big Picture is looking for six accomplished industry women who, through their careers, industry involvement, and philanthropic roles, have sparked innovation, spurred business growth, bettered their communities, and enhanced the digital printing industry. Nominations will be accepted through August 7.


Fastsigns Recruiting Franchisees to Drive Aggressive Growth During International Franchise Expo in New York City June 15-17

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it is attending and sponsoring the International Franchise Expo from June 15-17 at The Javits Center in New York City. The company is recruiting franchisees for expansion throughout the U.S. and Canada, particularly in the Northeast, including in the New York City metro area and Long Island. The brand also is seeking international partners worldwide to be master franchisees.

Full Commercialization, Testing, and Profiling Complete for Aurora’s New Expressions Canvas Line

Today, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) announced that the roll-out of their entire Expressions Canvas product line is complete and fully commercialized.

Ample inventories are now in stock and in addition to finalizing extensive field testing, profiling for HP Latex (300 and 3000 Series) printers and Epson SureColor printers is complete. Free, downloadable online profiles for HP Latex (300 and 3000 Series) printers and Epson SureColor printers are available for Expressions through the Aurora website.

Nimlok St. Louis Exclusively Serves Local St. Louis Market

Nimlok St. Louis, owned and operated by Xtreme Exhibits, Inc., is proud to serve the Midwest now as the only locally-owned, nationally branded distributorship with a physical presence in the St. Louis marketplace.

Opened in March of 2001 and later approached by Nimlok – a leading manufacturer of portable, modular and custom exhibits – to become a branded Nimlok distributor, Nimlok St. Louis / Xtreme Exhibits was built on the premise of being a business partner rather than a service provider.

NPES, VDMA Release Global Packaging Study

Expects further print revenue growth.

NPES and VDMA, the Mechanical Industry Association of Germany, have released the “Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging” study. The two companies partnered with The Economist Intelligence Unit to research and analyze the global print packaging market within 26 countries, which account for 80 percent of global GDP and 70 percent of the world population.

Key takeaways include:


Job Log: A Colossal Mall Wrap

Action-packed wall vinyl announces a new 5 Wits opening.

The Client 5 Wits

The Player B3 Marketing

Tools & Supplies 3M Controltac Graphic Film IJ180C-10, 3M Scotchcal Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 8915, HP Designjet L28500


Summa America to Appoint Barry Budwit as VP and General Manager

In April of this year, Summa nv announced it would set up a subsidiary organization, Summa America, to develop its business in the Americas. Summa America is proud to announce that Barry Budwit will be taking on a leading role in developing the organization and business in the America’s, as Vice President and General Manager. 

FESPA Crowns World Wrap Masters Series Winners

Jonas Sjöström takes top prize.

FESPA has named Swedish freelance wrapper Jonas Sjöström the 2017 FESPA World Wrap Master Series winner. Martynas Bertulis of Ireland was awarded second prize, and South Africa’s Ruan Greef received third place. Finalists were chosen by a panel of judges, including Justin Pate, Ole Solskin, and Kiss Lajos.


ErgoSoft Updates RIP Software

Version 15 includes dynamic previews, dithering, and more.

ErgoSoft has released the latest version of its ErgoSoft RIP software. Version 15, designed for environments with multiple printers and computers, includes 64-bit integration, an RGB profile converter, network licensing, and a True Shape Nesting feature for reducing media waste.

Additional features include:


3 Textile Printers from MTex

Modular machines for producing signage, fashion, and more.

MTex has launched three direct-to-textile printers. Each modular system offers variable droplets ranging from 3 to 24 pL and a max. resolution of 1440 dpi.

The Dragon roll-to-roll printer is designed for producing signage, display graphics, and interior décor. It spans 74.8 in. and features eight printheads for a 4- or 8-color configuration. Images up to 1475 sq ft/hr in 4-color mode at 720 dpi.