Some early numbers are in from the 2012 SGIA Expo held in Las Vegas, October 18-20:
• Total registrants: More than 22,000
• Total number of exhibitors: 529
• Percentage of first-time attendees: 38 percent
• Total size of the 2012 SGIA Expo floor: Approximately 230,500 square feet.
• Registrants from top five US states:
• Top country for registrants (excluding the US): Canada
Innova Art’s new JetMaster Direct Print is an alternative to traditional stretched canvas-type art.
Compatible with UV inks, JetMaster Direct Print features a 2.2-mm, die-cut board (double-walled corrugated with PSA back layer) that has a printable surface on the face and a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back. The face-side printing surface is a special-coated white paper that does not crack when the frame is folded. After printing, the release liner is removed and the product is folded into the finished frame.
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced the winners of its Product of the Year Award competition during the recent SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The annual competition recognizes the latest specialty imaging equipment and supplies currently on the market that advance the industry.
Libraries often get tainted with a connotation of antiquated, dusty books sitting atop uninviting bookshelves, especially with the increasing takeover by tablet computers and eReaders. To debunk such misconceptions, the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL), the largest public library system in British Columbia, Canada, launched a trailblazing mobile-library service initiative known as Library Live and On Tour.
Hexacomb has announced its new Falconboard Print All White display board. An “all white” version of the company’s original Falconboard Print, the new rigid media features a bleached white core and liner designed to help support visual appeal and graphic presentation, the company reports (the original version has a kraft clay-coated liner and kraft paper core).
More often than not, construction sites can be temporarily detrimental to a city’s aesthetic. When real-estate investment and development firm DDG Partners began a new 10-story condominium project in the heart of New York’s Meatpacking District, however, the developers decided against the typical blah black-mesh draping and opted instead for a much more artistic approach.
More than one third of respondents to a recent study by research firm BrandSpark indicated they had been drawn into a store because of attractive signage. In its American Grocery Shopper Study, which comprised various age groups in all 50 states, BrandSpark also found that:
BPIC: As our readers are set to wrap up 2012 and make plans for 2013 -- and we now wrap up our 2012 Industry Roundtable Q&A -- do you have any parting parting observations on the market or advice in general for print providers?
Peter Mayhew, LightWords Ltd:: The wide-format market is well positioned to enjoy some modest growth over the next few years – in spite of whatever the economy throws at it. Stay focused and enjoy.
BPIC: One of the most discussed topics on our social-media sites this year was FedEx Office reporting its deployment of new grand-format inkjet printing devices to its centralized productions centers across the country for producing rigid signs, banners, posters, P-O-P materials, and more. And the company was awarded a 4-year contract from Boeing (FedEx Office now serves as Boeing’s primary print provider).
BPIC: The 2012 edition of Drupa, which took place this spring in Dusseldorf, seemed to really energize the marketplace. What were some of the Drupa highlights? And which of the technology introductions made at the show will have an effect on the wide-format side of things in 2013 (and beyond)?