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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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Make It POP

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Large format’s advances have led to a growing impact at points of purchase.

There’s more “pop” to P-O-P (point-of-purchase) marketing these days, thanks in part to advances in large-format digital printing.
Print services providers who specialize in point-of-sale collateral report clients are embracing digital’s easy set up and quick turnarounds, short runs, and variable print capabilities for fresh approaches to in-store marketing.

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Ultimaker adds Ultimaker² Go and Ultimaker² Extended

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The 3D printers will begin shipping in April.

Ultimaker has added to its collection of new desktop 3D printers, Ultimaker² Go and Ultimaker² Extended.

Ultimaker² Go has a compact design with special, reusable, travel case, designed for makers on the go, or those just getting started in the 3D world. The Ultimaker² Go’s printhead is cooled by dual fans and prints with an accuracy of 20 microns.

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Avery Dennison Launches Three New Vehicle Wrap Colors

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In partnership with WTW Corporation.

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced three new colors that have been added to the Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio: Satin Pearl Nero, Satin Pearl Cielo Blu, and Matte Metallic Grigio. The colors were created via a collaboration with international wheel designer Diko Sulahian of WTW Corporation, manufacturer of Giovanna Luxury Wheels.

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Epson Adds GS Canvas Production Satin

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Features expanded color gamut for photographic and fine art reproductions.

Epson America has expanded its portfolio of solvent media with the new Epson GS Canvas Production Satin, an acid-free, lignin-free, heavyweight, cotton-polyester blend.

Epson GS Canvas Production Satin is a 16-mil (360 gsm), two-over-one weave, cotton/polyester blend base. It features a durable satin finish and can be stretched for display applications such as gallery wraps and framed prints without the need for additional varnish or top coat applications, according to Epson. Designed for photographic and fine art reproductions.

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Mactac Announces New President

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The new leadership for North and South America stems from Mactac’s divestiture from Bemis to Platinum Equity.

Mactac (www.mactc.com) has announced Ed T. LaForge as the company's new president for Mactac North and South America. LaForge has been in the position since November 10, 2014, previously serving as the Americas VP of sales and marketing. He succeeds Jim Peruzzi.

LaForge brings 23 years of pressure-sensitive industry experience and more than 15 years of senior leadership to the role, according to the company. As president, he will report to Guido Alvino, president of Mactac Global.

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Preserving Customer Loyalty

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How you can keep current clients coming back for more.

Building a successful client base is one of the most critical challenges we face in business. And while landing new customers is always going to be an important part of your business, retaining your current customers is even more crucial to your ongoing success. Unfortunately, sometimes we focus so much on earning new business that we forget to take care of our existing business. How can you ensure that you are providing the necessary service to your existing clients so they remain your customers for a very long time?

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