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HP Announces 2013 Sign & Display Print Excellence Awards

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Winners to be announced at ISA Expo.

HP has issued a call for entries for its 2013 Sign & Display Print Excellence Awards. The new awards program is designed to formally recognize HP customers on a worldwide basis for best-in-class large-format graphics that have been produced on HP Scitex and Designjet systems. Winners will be selected in categories ranging from vehicle graphics to retail and point-of-purchase applications, as well as special recognition for environmentally responsible printing.

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Dare to Digitize

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Large-format, flatbed, film, and specialty-scanner solutions.

No, digitizing files hasn’t completely gone the way of the dodo. There are still those clients that will provide you with photographs, slides, and other types of artwork that need to be scanned. Plus, some jobs just lend themselves to utilizing new scans. Perhaps a history-focused project involving photos or slides that have resided in a shoe box for the better part of 20 years or more, or maybe it’s a case where a fine artist or photographer needs his work scanned for the first time (or was never happy with the scans he had produced a few years ago).

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Maxing Out Visibility

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Twelve display systems to help bring your client’s message to the fore.

Why be “vanilla” when it comes to display options when you can offer something exciting for your client? That seems to be the message this year in looking at the various display systems across the marketplace.

Yes, traditional displays – popup tradeshow units, banner stands, etc. – are still available and always in demand. But if you want your customer’s message to stand out in the crowd, you need to be able to provide some more intriguing possibilities.

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Beautifying the Park

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Color X uses a public-art installation to freshen New York's construction.

The Client City of New York’s Downtown Alliance

The Players Color X (color-x.com)

Tools & Supplies EFI Vutek 3360 EC, Ultraflex mesh, zip ties, grommets

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Ink Report 2012

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Demand drives new products and refinements, as ink producers court expanded opportunities.

As the market for wide-format digital graphics expands, print service providers look to ink producers for products that are more versatile and environmentally friendly without compromising color or durability. OEM suppliers, their partners and aftermarket ink makers are responding in kind, evident in refinements in eco-solvent inks and newer technologies like latex inks and LED-cured UV inks.

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Adding New Services and Products

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How do you go about determining which new product lines should be added to your business?

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.

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Free Color-Blindness Test from EnChroma

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Available online and via app.

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.

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Heytex Acquired by Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

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“Our capital will enable the company to identify even more applications for its textiles..."

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.

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Canon USA Announces Canon Solutions America

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New subsidiary integrates Canon Business Solutions and select Océ companies.

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.

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NCAA Final Four Tourney Spurs New Signage Code for Atlanta

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“Ushering in an era of huge advertising wraps on downtown buildings.”

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.

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