Although we’re now officially out of the recession, the market for signage and graphics remains very challenging and we all continue to face some difficult times as we battle to sustain success in our businesses. To stay viable, you should be constantly examining and evaluating not only the present state of your business, but also its future.
EnChroma, Inc., a California-based company that studies the feasibility of enhancing color vision in humans, has announced the release of a free Color Blindness Test for smartphones and tablets. Adults and children can take this test online at enchroma.com/test or by downloading the free app by searching for “enchroma” in their mobile device app store.
German private-equity firm Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG) has announced that it will acquire Heytex Bramsche, the manufacturer of print media and technical textiles, in a management buyout. DBAG will hold an interest of up to 19 percent in Heytex; co-investing DBAG Fund V and Heytex management will acquire the remaining shares. The transaction is expected to be completed this calendar year.
Canon USA has announced the launch of Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, effective January 1, 2013. The new subsidiary integrates the business operations of Canon Business Solutions, Inc., Océ North America, Inc., and Océ Imagistics, Inc., and will provide sales and support for Canon and Océ hardware, software and services targeting general office, production print, and large-format markets in the United States.
The Atlanta City Council is establishing new legislative measures that will “usher in an era of huge advertising wraps on downtown buildings” in Georgia’s capital, according to SaportaReport (saportareport.com), the online information resource for Atlanta business. The measures are being put in place to coincide with the city’s hosting of the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament in April – which is expected to draw 80,000 hoops fans and have an economic impact of $61 million.
Mimaki USA has introduced two new sublimation printers: the TS500-1800 for transfer sublimation, and the TX500-1800DS for direct sublimation (onto pre-treated polyester fabrics). Both are 6-color printers (CMYKcm) that can accommodate media up to 75-in. wide; max resolution is 600 x 1200 dpi and top speed is 1615 sq ft/hr (at 300 x 600 dpi).
G-Floor Graphic (www.gfloorgraphic.com), the print media division of Better Life Technology, has launched Absolute White Print Media, a first-surface print product for shops without white-ink capabilities. Suitable for solvent and UV inks, it is a 75-mil base product with 100% through color. Suitable for all display applications, including being submerged in wet environments such as fountains and pools, the company reports. Available in roll sizes of 5 x 10 and 10 x 61 ft.
As even the casual follower of unexplained mysteries and flying saucers knows, New Mexico has a reputation for alien sightings and other strange goings-on – most notably the infamous “Roswell Incident,” which sparked the UFO craze back in 1947.
EFI has unveiled the newest edition to its UV hybrid line of printers, the 3.2-meter EFI Vutek QS3 Pro. Based on its smaller sibling, the QS2 Pro (see our July 2012 Drupa report), the QS3 Pro features: variable-drop grayscale technology (0-36 pL drop sizes); 6 colors plus white; three-layer print capability; multi-queue functionality; advanced ICC color management; and native JDF connectivity.
The International Sign Association (ISA) has released the first of its online training courses designed to help sign companies and print providers implement relevant training at convenient times.
The first two courses in the online ISA Sign Academy are available now: “The Sign Installer’s Guide: Wall Signs” and “The Sign Installer’s Guide: Safety Course.” “Wall Signs” teaches the basics of wall sign installation while “Safety Course” addresses general safety skills.