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Quarterly Sign Industry Report Shows Improvement

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Covering large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding.

The ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, covering the first quarter of 2015 and including forecasts through 2016, anticipates above-average growth for 2015 and 2016. The report also shows that the outlook for all segments – large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding – has improved since the last quarter of 2014.

The report, compiled by IHS and Vandiver Associates, analyzes each segment of the market upstream and downstream to allow users to stay current with evolving business conditions, according to ISA.

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Avery Dennison Launches Custom Car Wrap Colors

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Inspired by graphics installer Justin Pate.

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the addition of four new colors to the Supreme Wrapping Film line. Professional graphics installer Justin Pate teamed with Avery Dennison to create “The Limited Edition Justin Pate Supreme Wrapping Film Series.”

The limited edition series includes: Gloss Metallic Milky Way, Gloss Metallic Meteorite, Pearl Black, and Pearl Bahama Blue. All four colors feature multidimensional finishes, with metallic flakes that reflect different colors, according to Avery Dennison.

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Fringe Benefits

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Explore topics on the periphery of print, find sources of creative inspiration among your interests, and lead by example.

A couple years ago, I attended a conference session led by a group of futuristic researchers – people who study how the future might be, and predict how we’ll react to it. One of the things they noted was that the rate of change in our world is increasing. In other words, our universe is both constantly changing and changing at an accelerating rate.

This leads to information overload, feelings of insecurity, a desire for solitude, and some wacky reactions, like the guy you know who still doesn’t have a cell phone.

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Mimaki Adds CFL-605RT Cutting Plotter

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Multifunctional cutter for creating samples and package prototypes.

Mimaki USA has introduced the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter. The 20 x 24-in. multifunction, compact flatbed cutting plotter supports on-demand production with multiple functions including reciprocating, tangential, and eccentric cutting, plus creasing for immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes, according to Mimaki. Designed for the production of items such as short-run or custom original goods, samples, and package prototyping.

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Arlon Expands Partnership with EM Plastics

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Distribution is available throughout Canada.

Arlon Graphics (www.arlon.com) has announced the expansion of its distribution partnership with EM Plastics (www.emplastics.com/en). EM Plastics will now offer Arlon's full range of automotive films, including both Ultimate PremiumPlus and PerformancePlus brands across multiple locations throughout Canada. EM Plastics has already been in partnership with the company, distributing Arlon Graphic's traditional product lines.

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Jerry Swormstedt (1934-2015)

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ST Media Group Chairman served industry for a half century.

Jerry Swormstedt, the former third-generation chairman of the board and president of ST Media Group Intl., the parent company of Signs of the Times magazine, died April 4, the day before Easter, after having suffered a massive heart attack on Good Friday, April 3. The 1994 recipient of the sign industry's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (now known as the Kirk Brimley Distinguished Service award), presented by the National Electric Sign Assn. (now the Intl. Sign Assn.), Jerry was 80.

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Drytac Introduces Polar Vinyl

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Permanent adhesive version can last more than three years outdoors.

Drytac has added Polar, a 3.2-mil, polymeric self-adhesive print vinyl with a gray crosslinking acrylic adhesive. Available in a matte and gloss finish with both permanent and removable adhesive versions, the media is designed for both indoor and outdoor settings, including advertising graphics, P-O-P displays, signage, and more. Polar is compatible with most eco-solvent, UV, and latex wide-format inkjet printers.

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New Media from Fisher Textiles

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Five new styles for direct dye-sublimation printing.

Fisher Textiles has added five new styles: DD 1664 Mesh, DD 1764 Dazzle, DD 3268 Table Cloth, DD 7375 Feather Flag, and DD 7777 Casino Suede.

DD 1664 Mesh is 3.4 oz, available in 64-in. widths, and designed for apparel applications, like athletic shorts.

DD 1764 Dazzle is 4.5 oz, available in 64-in. widths, and designed for applications such as apparel, indoor banners, exhibit graphics, retail displays, and table covers.

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Mimaki Adds Next Wave Media Solutions as Distributor

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Mimaki digital textile printers and inks now available from Next Wave.

Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) has announced that Next Wave Media Solutions (nextwavems.com), a provider of printers, media, and ink for digital textile printing including software, media, transfer equipment, and accessories in Buford, Georgia, has signed an agreement to distribute Mimaki JV Series, TS Series, and TX Series printers with Mimaki Sb Series inks exclusively.

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ISA Releases White Paper on Curing Technologies

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Two print shops share the benefits of wide-format, UV-cure printing.

The International Sign Association (ISA, www.signs.org), with InfoTrends, has released its latest white paper on the benefits of innovative curing technologies, reviewing both UVcured and latex inkjet methods.

The white paper also includes case studies of two sign and print shops that have implemented these technologies, AlphaGraphics and Portland Vital Signs.

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