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SGIA Launches Women in Print Alliance Survey

Researching the role of females in the industry.

SGIA’s Women in Print Alliance has launched a survey designed to create a better understanding of the “experience, expectations, and priorities of women working in the printing industry,” according to its website. The survey aims to develop an understanding of the role women play in the print industry and how businesses can better recruit, retain, and promote female leaders. SGIA reports that all survey participants will receive a summary of the results.


Inx Expands Edwardsville Manufacturing Facility

Following a successful expansion of its metal decorating plant ln Charlotte, NC late last year, INX International Ink Co. recently doubled the size of its manufacturing facility in Edwardsville, KS. Completed in April, the now 75,000 square-foot building improves the company’s ability to support continued growth for its highly popular Energy Curable inks and coatings products.

Environmental Graphics: Selling a Story

Environmental graphics are all about turning a space into an experience. Five shops show us how it’s done.

Remember when the best thing about wide-format was that it was big? The task of slapping a logo on a banner or an ad on a poster will always fall to someone, but in 2017, those are no longer the jobs that showcase what digital can really do. The best thing about wide-format today is the ability to print something special, and there’s a whole new pool of end users who are beginning to pay attention.


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.