1. England – For the 55th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Group XG (xtremegraphics.co.uk), a large-format print service provider in the UK, was commissioned by the Manchester United fan group, Stretford End Flags, to create a surf banner for the football team’s match against Everton in the Old Trafford stadium. Hundreds of Man U fans held the 66 x 98-foot banner reading, “We’ll never die,” with an image of the final lineup from a game against Belgrade in 1958.
Midland Paper, Packaging and Supplies, the Illinois-based paper and packaging distributor, has announced that it has introduced a new portfolio of wide-format inkjet media and products.
The new portfolio includes its own Midland private label inkjet products, including inkjet media, laminates, and mounting films. The new products are compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV ink systems; applications include P-O-P displays, decals, and window, wall and floor applications, and more.
Magnum Magnetics Corporation has introduced DigiMag Plus 2 printable magnet sheeting for HP Indigo as well as offset presses.
DigiMag Plus 2 features a waterproof printable surface, designed for improved UV stability and weatherability performance; its printable surface is bleed-through, scuff-resistant, and tear-resistant, the company reports. Finishing options include guillotine and die-cutting processes, and a post-press magnetizer.
Applications include indoor signage, outdoor signage, business cards, save-the-dates, refrigerator magnets, calendars, and more.
Bell and Howell, the provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging, has signed a service agreement with Royal Sovereign International to become the authorized service provider in the US for wide-format laminators and trimmers made by Royal Sovereign. Royal Sovereign has an installed base of more than 4000, the company reports.
The new Herculite Excel M Series is a high-performance PVC textile that’s top-coated with a PVDF formulation that will accept graphics. Fire-resistant, heat-sealable, and waterproof, the new fabric is designed to protect people and furnishings from harsh UV rays and inclement weather while providing a long-lasting architectural fabric design, reports Herculite. Matte finish; available in 13 colors and 62-in.. widths (x 50 yd). Distributed in the US by TriVantage (trivantage.com).
FDC Graphic Films has launched its Series 7123 Print Media, a new 2.0-mil cast vinyl film designed for graphics wraps. The new film features a gloss finish and the company’s Air Advantage adhesive system, and is suitable for flat surfaces and compound curves.
Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks. For use with FDC Series 7006 or 7000 laminate. Available in 54-in. x 50 yd rolls.
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Heytex has expanded its PVC-free Heytex digitex range with Decoflex, an indoor textile. The polyester fabric is compatible with dye-sub inks and can be tailored with silicone welt, reports Heytex. The acrylate-coated fabric is elastic, tear-resistant, and flame retardant. Available in widths up to 10 ft.
Avery Dennison Graphics has announced two additions to its Supreme Wrapping Film Line: Black and White Carbon Fiber. As with the rest of the Avery Wrapping Film Line, these new cast films feature extreme textures and Easy Apply RS technology and require no overlaminate. Applications include interior and exterior accents for vehicles, P-O-P signage, and architectural installations. Available in 60-in. widths (10- and 25-yd rolls).
InteliCoat has announced the latest in its POS Pro+ product family of films: Magic POS Pro+LX and Magic Eco Block-2S.
Magic POS Pro+ LX is an 8-mil, anti-curl block-out film designed for the HP Latex printing platform. Its scratch-resistant design eliminates the need for lamination, and its 100-percent polyester construction can withstand a latex printer’s high temperatures without warping, reports InteliCoat. Available in 36- and 50-in. widths.
SGIA is now accepting entries for its 2013 Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, sponsored by the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies. Entry deadline is July 31.
Honoring excellent student work in the specialty-imaging field, the competition is titled in memory of Tom Frecska, the late editor of Screen Printing magazine. Tom, who passed away suddenly in 2009, recognized the importance of and supported the education of students in the screen printing process.