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2018 Dscoop Dates Announced

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Event for digital service providers scheduled for March 25-28.

The 2018 Dscoop conference will be held March 25-28 at the Gaylord Texan Resort near Dallas. HP Graphics Solutions’ annual event for digital service providers in North America will be chaired by David Bennett, president of Bennett Graphics, with support from Kathy Wise, Dscoop board co-chair, and Amanda Bass, Dscoop board member and head of creative services for Aflac. Registration for the conference begins September 10 during Print 17 in Chicago.

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SGIA Introduces Digital Color Professional Certification

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to announce SGIA Digital Color Professional certification — and the first class of credentialed imagers.

“Color is important to a successful job and customer satisfaction. You need to get it right consistently, especially when branding is involved. We created the SGIA Digital Color Professional certification as a way to prove what you can do,” said Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist, SGIA.

From the Editor: Outside the (Cereal) Box

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Our industry is filled with intriguing tales of how one stepped into the digital print business. What’s your story?

You may not know this, but print led to the creation of Airbnb, an online hospitality service, connecting travelers with locals leasing or renting out their extra space – and my favorite way to crash when traveling.

OK, “print led to the creation of Airbnb” might be a stretch, but print is definitely a large part of the founders’ story:

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Food Truck Wraps: Souped Up

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An award-winning vinyl wrap inspired by old-school comics.

In "A Healthy Wrappetite," Associate Editor Kiersten Feuchter dives into five food truck wraps created by Buffalo, New York-based Streamline Designs. All featured truck graphics were printed on a Roland Soljet Pro 4 XR-640, wrapped with 3M Controltac IJ180Cv3, and laminated with 3M Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8518.

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Nazdar Announces New President

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Mike Fox retires after 26 years.

Mike Fox, Nazdar’s company president since 1991, has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. Fox has worked for Thrall Enterprises, Nazdar’s parent company, for over 40 years. As of January 1, 2018, Richard Bowles will serve as Nazdar’s president. Bowles joined Nazdar as VP of marketing in 2002 and was promoted to president of the company’s manufacturing division, Nazdar Ink Technologies, in 2013.

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Ink Monstr Named ‘Company to Watch’

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ColoradoBiz magazine includes print shop in top 50 businesses.

Ink Monstr, a Colorado-based shop, has been selected as a Company to Watch by ColoradoBiz magazine. Colorado Companies to Watch (CCTW) awardees are privately held, second-stage businesses that have surpassed the startup stage, with 6 to 99 employees and $750,000 to $50 million in sales. CCTW businesses boost the economy, produce jobs, invent new products or innovate previous businesses, and enhance communities, according to a release.

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NPES and VDMA Sign Joint Agreement to Collaborate

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the Printing and Paper Technology Association within VDMA/PrintPromotion Gmbh (PP), signed a joint agreement outlining a 2017-2018 framework for cooperation between the organizations in the areas of industry market data and international conferences.

The collaborative efforts between the two organizations will produce a variety of new initiatives and events that will include:

Nimlok Dealers Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries in 2017

Nimlok®, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group®, is proud to announce that five of its expert Nimlok dealers celebrate major anniversaries in 2017.

“Nimlok authorized distributors have been the lifeblood of the Nimlok brand for over 45 years.” said Simon Perutz, Chairman of P3 Group, which owns the Nimlok brand. “We are so fortunate to have such a committed, talented network of exhibit and display partners and it is no surprise that they have achieved such remarkable longevity milestones.”

Celebrating Moms with Outdoor Graphics

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Agio Imaging adorns Notre Dame's campus with a Mother's Day display.

University of Notre Dame students honored moms, as well as alumnus and Mother’s Day advocate Frank Hering, with a Mother’s Honors and Remembrance Wall on campus. Agio Imaging installed the freestanding, CVC-routed, 18 x 8-foot outdoor display with double-sided UV printed graphics, using white Dibond and acrylic materials.

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SGIA’s Wrap Like a Pro Workshops

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Next stop: New Orleans.

SGIA Expo 2017 will once again feature the Wrap Like a Pro workshop, this year led by Rob Ivers (Rob Ivers, Inc.) and Shane Courtney (Core Graphics & Signs). The workshops are designed for wrap installers of all skill levels; Dan Marx, SGIA director of content development, says in a release that the trainers will meet attendees “where their skills are.”

Ivers has been working with vinyl graphics since 1978 and has been teaching installation since 1993. Courtney brings more than 20 years of wrapping experience, as well.

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