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SGIA Honors 2011 Sustainability Recognition Award Winners

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SGIA also creates a Sustainability Peer-to-Peer Network.

SGIA has honored 17 specialty-imaging companies for completing the 2011 Sustainability Recognition Program.

To be considered, companies submitted a copy of their sustainability policy. Judges looked at waste reduction, recycling programs, and the formation of “green committees” in the workplace.

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Japan Update

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Industry companies with ties to Japan work to respond to earthquake crisis.

Various companies in our industry have corporate ties to Japan, and the publishers of The Big Picture extend our concern and best wishes for the businesses, employees, and all others affected by Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami.

As those companies are able to provide updates to their situation to their US counterparts, to us directly or to the world at large via their corporate websites, we’ll update that information here. We welcome any information to post.

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Mutoh Holds Open House at New Chicago-Area Showroom

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April 14 event will feature demonstrations of printers, inks, and cutters.

Mutoh America will be holding an open house on April 14 at its new central regional showroom location in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The open house, which will exhibit printing demonstrations on Mutoh’s ValueJet printers and Kona cutters,.will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the event, Mutoh also will be showcasing its new MP Ink on the ValueJet 1608HS-Hyrbid printer. Mutoh reports that its new MP ink is composed of 60-percent bio-based materials and "offers a wide color gamut with increased adhesion and abrasive characteristics."

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Mutoh Renovates Website

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Also updates Mutoh Business Builder.

Mutoh America has launched its renovated website to offer simpler navigation to users. Along with a new layout, the site now provides updated product information, including features and downloadable spec sheets.

“Our goal was to not just create a great site, but build a tool that can help empower large-format print professionals in a positive way,” says Mutoh marketing manager Kimber Johnson.

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Mutoh Renovates Website

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User-friendly updates made to Mutoh.com.

Mutoh America has launched its renovated website to offer simpler navigation to users. Along with a new layout, the site now provides updated product information, including features and downloadable spec sheets.

“Our goal was to not just create a great site, but build a tool that can help empower large-format print professionals in a positive way,” says Mutoh marketing manager Kimber Johnson.

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Conference Set for College-based Print Providers

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Event will take place April 17-21 in Dallas.

The Association of College & University Printers (ACUP) is actively seeking new membership registration for the first time in its history. The 46-year-old institution, which became an official non-profit organization in 2010, represents print providers in US higher-education institutions as well as those in international colleges and universities. Executive director Tom Tozier says the group anticipates 300 to 500 new active members in the first year.

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Turning Fine Art into Printed Gold

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How to transfer and print images to a variety of surfaces.

Digital Alchemy is the title of printmaker Bonny Pierce Lhotka’s new book. Her latest volume takes the reader step-by-step through more than a dozen projects, providing detailed information on how to transfer and print images to a variety of surfaces using techniques Lhotka has spent years developing. Just a few of the book’s topics and projects include:
• Transfer images to metal, wood, plastic, and other materials that will not feed through an inkjet printer;
• Print directly on metal;

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Laramie Rosenfeld Wins World Sign Spinning Championships

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Ray Rivera places second, Mike Wright places third in 2011 competition.

The 2011 World Sign Spinning Championships were held February 18-19 in Hollywood, California, where more than 60 of the fastest and most talented sign spinners vied for the “World’s Best” title. Laramie Rosenfeld spun away with the title of 2011 World Sign Spinning Champion, followed by last year’s winner, Ray Rivera, who placed second, and Mike Wright, who placed third.

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LexJet Enhances, Simplifies PSA Laminate Line

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Three product categories include Performance, Elite, and Specialty lines.

LexJet has enhanced and simplified its line of PSA laminates and backers, arranging them into three basic products categories: Performance, Elite, and Specialty.
• Performance: an economically priced line of laminates and backers; most products in this category feature the same adhesives and base materials as the Elite line.
• Specialty: this product line features warranted, durable laminates “that meet all the demands of specialty applications, including floor, carpet, vehicle wrap, optically clear, and dry-erase,” LexJet reports.

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On the Green

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Titleist PGA trailer wrap using Epson and Avery technologies, by Image Options.

Image Options in Foothill Ranch, California, utilized its Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer with UltraChrome GS solvent inks to produce the output for this 32 x 12-foot trailer for Titleist golf balls in preparation for the 2011 PGA Tour. It took the company nine hours to output the job onto 869 feet of Avery MPI 1005 Supercast vinyl, followed by an Avery 1360 gloss overlam. Decal Technologies wrapped the trailer in a day.

IMAGE OPTIONS
www.imageoptions.net 
 

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