GMG Americas has opened a new location in Irvine, California. Eric Dalton, GMG Americas west region director of sales, heads the new West Coast office. GMG reports it aims to expand the company’s presence in the region, better serve its customers through quicker response times in the same time zone, and become more involved in the local print community.
Colex has expanded its family of digital flatbed cutters with the Sharpcut SX1616, a 60 x 60-in. table with a four-zone vacuum system and optional conveyor. The line is designed as an entry-level version of the Sharpcut 3232 model, with integrated hardware and software for growing businesses.
Color Ink faced a unique challenge from Masterpieces Puzzle Company: create a 20 x 40-foot vintage toy store for their International Toy Fair booth using only Falconboard. Color Ink imaged 6210 square feet of material on their Inca Onset Q40, shipping all pieces in three crates to New York for a tool-free, one-day assembly.
3D printing is currently in a very interesting phase. Some of the industry leaders, the companies that have made the market what it is today, are being challenged by new players, and distributors are trying to figure out what key technologies they should stake. The types of companies buying the systems are changing as well, making it important for traditional PSPs to understand the new service providers that are emerging to offer 3D printing services.
Walki Group has introduced the WalkiPrint Media XXL line of “green” printing and imaging media for front- and backlit applications. The company reports the media is made with recyclable raw materials and features a non-reflective, inkjet-receptive top layer. The lightweight, tear-resistant line is engineered for UV-curable and latex inks. All products are available in widths up to 126 in.
Mactac has released Permacolor EasyTouch TL7000 thermal laminates for graphic image protection. The line is said to protect graphics from moisture, dirt, and oils, as well as color fading from UV exposure. Mactac reports the family of haze-free, matte-finished products is hard-coated for scuff resistance and has up to five years of durability. The line is engineered for compatibility with thermal hot-roll laminators. Available in 3-, 5-, and 10-mil variations and 38- or 51-in. widths.
Sun Chemical has formed a partnership with Veritiv in which the latter will distribute Streamline solvent inkjet inks for wide-format and superwide printers. Products include eco-solvent inks for Mutoh and Roland printers, as well as solvent inks for 118- and 197-inch machines. Goals of the agreement include reaching Sun Chemical’s North American customers more efficiently and providing technical and product support.
MGM opened the National Harbor casino and hotel outside of Washington, D.C., with a bang, hosting A-list celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bruno Mars, Boyz II Men, and more.
Paradigm Imaging Group has launched the Pixis series of wide-format printers, including the Pixis ES Eco-Solvent, offered in 71- and 126-in. widths, and the Pixis UV Flatbed, offered in 48 x 96- and 72 x 120-in. sizes.
After years of mismatched interior décor, The Home Depot needed to unify its corporate offices. Parallax designed and installed more than 250,000 square feet of graphics at offices nationwide, printing onto HP PVC-Free Durable Smooth Wall Paper, Avery Dennison repositionable vinyl, and Mactac Rebel RB428P using their HP Latex 3100 and 3500 printers.