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3A Composites' Omni-Flute Trim & Square

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A fully recyclable polypropylene sheet.

3A Composites USA has introduced Omni-Flute Trim & Square, a fluted polypropylene sheet that is precision-cut on the manufacturing line in popular size and color specifications for sign blanks and yard signs. The Trim & Square version of Omni-Flute replicates the features of original Omni-Flute: Geometrically square and color-consistent, it features a smooth, treated surface that accepts direct digital printing and screen-printing applications as well as paint; it can be die-cut and knife-cut and accepts repositionable vinyl graphics. It’s fully recyclable.

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Océ Expands Première Collection for ColorWave

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Three new substrates introduced.

Océ has made available three new substrates in its Premiere Collection, all for use with the Océ ColorWave 600 printer.

Océ 6008 Outdoor Polypropylene Film is designed for indoor or short-term outdoor use. The 8-mil film is weather resistant, waterproof, and can be used outdoors with no lamination. Available in 24- and 36-in. widths.

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Taking it to the Beach

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Photo Sails outfits three Hunters Yachts with sails emblazoned with the Malibu Rum logo.

Beach-goers would seem a captive audience for an advertising pitch, languishing in the sun and surf for hours at a stretch. The trouble for marketers, though, is that few seaside resorts allow billboards, or any form of advertising, past the boardwalk.

Enter Photo Sails and the vision of Aaron Kiss. For more than a decade, he’s been a pioneering advocate for transforming ships into floating billboards, cruising the coasts, their sails emblazoned with a sponsor’s message.

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MetroMedia Technologies: Bringing Music to the Forefront

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“Billboards can be used amazingly if you have the mind and sense of perspective to do something more than just advertising.”

The Hollywood Walk of Fame immortalizes achievement in the entertainment industry. And with more than 10 million visitors annually, this high-traffic site can also serve as a prime location to promote a client’s artistic wares.

Wanting to bring music back to the forefront of the entertainment scene, Eruption Music Group (EMG), an entertainment branding company, staked its own plot on the Walk of Fame with a dramatic wallscape at the intersection of Selma and Vine streets to market recording artist Marco Bosco’s latest iTunes record.

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Day 6: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: This spring’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan affected many companies in our marketplace with Japanese ties – have you seen these companies bounce back all the way?

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Day 5: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Photo Printer Market

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Another interesting development: Durst US is no longer selling the Lambda photo printer. Coupled with the Lightjet’s demise a couple of years ago, that leaves just ZBE, I believe, in the wide-format photo printer market.

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Day 4: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Acquisitions on the Manufacturer and Supplier Side

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: If we were titling a movie that recounted the acquisitions on the manufacturer and supplier side in the past 12 months, it probably wouldn’t be called The Fast and the Furious. Yes, EFI recently acquired Prism and also acquired PrintSteam in early 2011; Flexcon purchased the graphics division of Arlon; Danaher acquired EskoArtwork and Transilwrap acquired Interfilm as the year opened. Otherwise, however, it was pretty quiet on the M&A front wasn’t it?

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Day Three: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course - Companies Exiting the Marketplace

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: We’ve seen at least a couple of companies exit or all but exit the wide-format digital marketplace in 2011: Gerber stopped production of its flatbed units earlier this year. This past spring, Xerox announced it had stopped taking orders for its wide-format machines in the US and Canada. Any thoughts on these companies’ announcements, or maybe others I’ve neglected to mention here?

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Day Two: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course -- the Most Intriguing Technologies and Products

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: What have been some of the most intriguing technologies and products introduced to the marketplace in the past 12 months?

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Day One: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

The Big Picture has assembled five of the marketplace’s most informed analysts and consultants and asked them to help you evaluate the wide-format industry. Each day over the next two weeks, we’ll post a new, critical question from The Big Picture with invaluable answers from our panel – all designed to help you ensure that your company charts its best course for a prosperous year ahead.

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