The winners of the 2015 FESPA Awards were announced May 19 at the tradeshow’s Gala Celebration Dinner in Cologne, Germany. Honorees were presented with gold, silver, and bronze awards in categories ranging from P-O-P products to garments to vehicle wraps. Our favorite winners include:
PressOn Limited’s Dazzle Ship
People’s Choice of the Year
Gold, OOH and Vehicle Decals
Adhesive supplier Mactac has launched a new logo to better reflect its company values and more than 50 years of history.
“Our new logo is more modern, yet still [stays] true to our past,” says Mactac President Ed LaForge.
Jessup Manufacturing Company has announced a distribution partnership with San Diego-based 360 Digital Imaging Solutions. The wide-format printing supplier will distribute Jessup’s specialty media for floors and walls, including Asphalt Art, SportWalk, TexWalk, CatWalk, ClearWalk, and SoftWalk, from its locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County, California.
Kodak has upgraded its prepress software, Insite Prepress Portal 7. Now built on HTML5, Insite no longer requires a Java platform, allowing customers secure access with reduced need for technical support, the company reports. The platform’s new Smart Review interface automatically tracks job submissions, change requests, and approvals or rejections, alerting customers and prepress staff of potential problems.
In order to revamp the men’s basketball locker room and player area at the University of Kansas, Dimensional Innovations (DI, www.dimin.com) was called in just before the 2015 season.
The graphics DI produced feature former KU greats, inspirational messages, and depictions of memorable moments in the organization’s history.
Inca Digital has expanded its North American customer support staff, spearheaded by Ron Shepard, VP of customer support. With new hires Dimitar Hristev, response center lead, and Steve Sluzas and Daniel Lewis, who will offer customers remote access to engineer resources, Shepard aims to match the UK’s remote machine fix rate of 60 percent.
“I strongly believe that sales effort sells the first machine, but service sells the second,” he says.
FESPA has released the findings of its 2014-15 census of the global print industry; participants reported feeling optimistic about the state of print, and pointed towards textile printing, UV curing, and dynamic signage as technologies to look out for. Keep reading on our sister site.
DaVinci Technologies has released DaVinci Vinyl, a line of permanent adhesive-backed white vinyl, for creating outdoor signage, P-O-P displays, tradeshow graphics, and more. The 3-mil vinyl features an 88# LayFlat liner and lasts up to 5 years outdoors, according to the company. Available in matte or gloss finishes in 54-in. widths.
Clear Focus Imaging has introduced two new perforated window films for P-O-P and retail window applications.
24-Vue is a 5.5-mil 70/30 vinyl film for use on glass, acrylic, and other clear substrates. It features Do-Alliner, a liner compatible with UV, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent printing, and a clear, removable, pressure-sensitive adhesive for interior or exterior mounting. Permits two-way visibility in varying lighting conditions and in short-term applications, the company reports.
The Gilman Brothers Company, a foamboard manufacturer, has recently partnered with cutting system supplier Zünd. The Gilman Brothers will now house a Zünd G3-2500 Cutter at its Connecticut headquarters. The company will be able to test the cutter on a variety of materials and products, while Zünd will use their facility for demonstrations for existing and potential clients.