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Two New Printers from Canon

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44-inch imageProGraf iPF8300S and 24-inch imageProGraf iPF6300S.

Canon USA has introduced two new printers: the 44-in. imageProGraf iPF8300S and 24-in. imageProGraf iPF6300S.

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In Memoriam: Thomas D. Reid, 1953-2011

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Executive vice president of Catalina Graphic Films and president of Coated Solutions passes away.

Tom Reid, executive vice president of Catalina Graphic Films and president of Coated Solutions, passed away on March 10, 2011, after a sudden, brief bout with pancreatic cancer. Born October 15, 1953 in Gainesville, Georgia, he leaves behind his beloved wife Becky, his Mom, Ms. Mamie Reid, his son Patrick, his younger brother Darrell, step-daughters Melissa and Christy, and step-son Scott.

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Upcycling Billboard Vinyl

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Paper-Feet from MMT.

Made from recycled billboard vinyl, Paper-Feet are the latest eco-conscious products from the folks at MMT (mmt.com). The minimalist-art barefoot sandals are, like their vinyl progenitors, paper-thin, waterproof, and UV-resistant; they’re also foldable and rollable for pocketable portability. Handmade in Michigan, each pair of Paper-Feet is signed and numbered by the designer. No two pair are alike, reports MMT, “in fact, sometimes each shoe is different!”

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GraphicEdge Conference Scheduled for April 8

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Event for graphics educators will feature presentations on printing technologies and more.

The GraphicEdge Conference for graphics educators will take place April 8, at North Central State College in Shelby, Ohio.

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SGIA Honors 2011 Sustainability Recognition Award Winners

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SGIA also creates a Sustainability Peer-to-Peer Network.

SGIA has honored 17 specialty-imaging companies for completing the 2011 Sustainability Recognition Program.

To be considered, companies submitted a copy of their sustainability policy. Judges looked at waste reduction, recycling programs, and the formation of “green committees” in the workplace.

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Japan Update

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Industry companies with ties to Japan work to respond to earthquake crisis.

Various companies in our industry have corporate ties to Japan, and the publishers of The Big Picture extend our concern and best wishes for the businesses, employees, and all others affected by Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami.

As those companies are able to provide updates to their situation to their US counterparts, to us directly or to the world at large via their corporate websites, we’ll update that information here. We welcome any information to post.

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Mutoh Holds Open House at New Chicago-Area Showroom

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April 14 event will feature demonstrations of printers, inks, and cutters.

Mutoh America will be holding an open house on April 14 at its new central regional showroom location in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The open house, which will exhibit printing demonstrations on Mutoh’s ValueJet printers and Kona cutters,.will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the event, Mutoh also will be showcasing its new MP Ink on the ValueJet 1608HS-Hyrbid printer. Mutoh reports that its new MP ink is composed of 60-percent bio-based materials and "offers a wide color gamut with increased adhesion and abrasive characteristics."

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Mutoh Renovates Website

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Also updates Mutoh Business Builder.

Mutoh America has launched its renovated website to offer simpler navigation to users. Along with a new layout, the site now provides updated product information, including features and downloadable spec sheets.

“Our goal was to not just create a great site, but build a tool that can help empower large-format print professionals in a positive way,” says Mutoh marketing manager Kimber Johnson.

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Mutoh Renovates Website

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User-friendly updates made to Mutoh.com.

Mutoh America has launched its renovated website to offer simpler navigation to users. Along with a new layout, the site now provides updated product information, including features and downloadable spec sheets.

“Our goal was to not just create a great site, but build a tool that can help empower large-format print professionals in a positive way,” says Mutoh marketing manager Kimber Johnson.

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Conference Set for College-based Print Providers

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Event will take place April 17-21 in Dallas.

The Association of College & University Printers (ACUP) is actively seeking new membership registration for the first time in its history. The 46-year-old institution, which became an official non-profit organization in 2010, represents print providers in US higher-education institutions as well as those in international colleges and universities. Executive director Tom Tozier says the group anticipates 300 to 500 new active members in the first year.

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