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An Industry Convergence: SGIA Expo 2011

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New Orleans plays host to the industry’s latest innovative ideas, education, and market developments.

With its assortment of educational seminars, array of strategic networking opportunities, and expanded roster of sales-free Expert Zones on the show floor, SGIA Expo is marketing its 2011 event as “a convergence of innovative ideas, education, and market development.”

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Vision International and Color Graphics Join Forces

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The newly branded Vision Graphics will remain based in Salt Lake City.

Vision International has joined forces with Color Graphics, a visual-merchandising graphics print shop, and re-branded itself as Vision Graphics. Vision is moving its operations to the Color Graphics facility in Salt Lake City, and all of the former Color Graphics employees are now Vision employees.

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SGP Releases Educational Video Series on Sustainability in Print

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Ten-part series highlights key elements of the SGP-certification process.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has produced a 10-part educational video series about the benefits of sustainability in print facilities. The series addresses the importance of environmental and sustainability management systems, pathways to reduce waste, and the benefits of sustainability to the printer and the customer base. The videos have been produced in partnership with HP, and will be posted on SGP's website.

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Creating a Modular Masterpiece

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Netherlands-based ixxi uses Agfa Synaps media.

The ixxi modular image system includes 8 x 8-inch cards, as well as a connecting system comprising plastic X’s and I’s. Ixxi based in The Netherlands outputs a section of the overall image onto each card made of 300-gram Agfa Synaps media, and ships the system to the customer complete with a manual and hanging materials. The customer then assembles and installs the image (the cards are numbered) using the ixxi system. Each image comprises between 12 and 64 cards, depending on desired final graphic size (custom sizes up to 500 cards are possible).

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Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro 4

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New features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters, and more.

Nik Software has introduced Color Efex Pro 4, the company’s latest version of its digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements.

 

Key new features include:

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Bradner Central Company Announces Acquisition of conVerd LLC

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Bradner and conVerd will expand production of their portfolio of green products.

Bradner Central Company, an Elk Grove Village, Illinois-based wholesale distributor of printing and office papers, has announced the acquisition of conVerd LLC, a paper distributor and converter of environmentally sustainable products specifically engineered for the wide-format digital printing market.

All of conVerd’s current distribution deals will remain the same and it will continue with the brand name conVerd.

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Out With the Old: Ampco Graphix

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Previously installed banners at Vancouver's Centre for Digital Media become 392 handbags.

The Client Centre for Digital Media

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The Benefits of Customer Profiling

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Catering to specific clients.

Not all buyers are the same. Our own shop’s clients vary greatly. So greatly, in fact, that it’s worth taking a look to see just where these differences come into play – in order to see how they should be sold to, what they should be sold, what they should be charged, and how their expectations should be handled.

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New Ultraflex SuperPrint Economy Banner

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Designed for short- and long-term applications.

Ultraflex has launched SuperPrint Economy, a frontlit banner material for UV, latex, and solvent printing. Its lightweight 8-oz structure is fire-retardant and designed for indoor and short-term outdoor applications as well as P-O-P posters, exhibition graphics, and short-term banners.

Available in matte and gloss finishes. Standard widths are: 38, 54, 63, and 126 in.; it’s also available in various widths on cores specific for the HP Turbojet. And for billboard applications, Ultraflex offers Billboard 420, a 192 in. x 420-ft version of SuperPrint Economy.

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Creating a Training Edge

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Coloredge New York • Los Angeles offers training program for future print providers.

Training and education are critical to the successful print provider (see this month’s feature article, which begins on p. 22). For Coloredge New York • Los Angeles (coloredge.com), training can begin as soon as someone is hired. In March 2010 the company, part of Merisel Inc., developed its Visual Communications Management Training (VCMT) Program, and it has become a way to ensure Coloredge continues to garner some of the best and brightest.

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