Xaar has announced the appointment of Dr. Doug Edwards as CEO, effective January 5, 2015. As announced in March 2014, Ian Dinwoodie will retire later this year after serving as CEO since 2003.
“Doug brings the right combination of industry expertise and management skills to head the company, and I look forward to handing over the reins to him in the coming months,” Dinwoodie says.
Edwards served most recently as a member of the executive board and president of Digital Printing and Enterprise at Kodak.
Print UV, an all-in-one conference for the global UV printing industry, will be held March 1-3 at Encore by Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, engage with printer providers and leading suppliers, dive into core UV processes with experts from multiple fields, and hear case studies from UV print initiatives around the world, according to the event’s website.
Other highlights for packaging or specialty print providers attending the show include:
HP has released a 100% knitted polyester fabric for HP lLatex pPrinters. Designed for production of lightweight banners and displays, HP Light Fabric is a wrinkle- and scratch-resistant alternative to PVC.
The fabric is available in 42-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Roland DGA has introduced its latest desktop cutter, Camm-1 GS-24.
Graph Expo 15 (www.graphexpo.com) has announced a partnership with CPP Expo (www.cppexpo.com) for its event this September 13-16. The co-located shows will take place in the South Hall at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event will also overlap for two days with the neighboring Process Expo (www.myprocessexpo.com), allowing attendees at either event all-access admission to the exhibit halls. Process Expo and its partners, the International Dairy and InterBev Process shows, will take place in the North and East Halls on September 15-18.
Paradigm Imaging Group, the North American distributor for SID Signs International, has introduced the latest addition to the SID Triton printer line, the 126-in. Triton S 320 eco-solvent printer.
The 126-in. Triton S 320 features a dual Epson 4-color print head, which is adjustable up to 0.25 in. to accommodate thicker media such as foamboard or polystyrene. The Triton S 320 prints up to 437 sq. ft/hr (max. resolution 720 dpi, four pass) or, for projects requiring higher resolution, 236 sq. ft/hr (max. resolution 1440 dpi, eight pass).
“Wrapping an airplane is nothing like anything else people are used to wrapping,” says Dan Black, director of operations, Plane Vinyl (www.planevinyl.com), Woodstock, Georgia.
“The liability is huge,” points out sales and marketing director Bud Newton. “If vinyl starts peeling off a boat crossing the water, no one gets hurt. If it comes off an airplane cruising at 30,000 feet, it could get somebody killed.”
Sun Chemical has launched its Streamline range of OEM-compatible digital aftermarket inks to the North American market, designed specifically for use in wide-format printers using solvent-based inks.
Streamline inkjet inks are created for large-format display advertising, including billboards, vinyl banners, and vehicle/building wraps. Matched to the original products for both color and strength, as well as physical properties, Streamline inks allow print providers to use their existing printer settings when converting from OEM inks, according to the company.
SGIA has announced the 2015 Sustainability Recognition Program in order to recognize and applaud the efforts of SGIA members who have committed to a sustainable business ethic. Those who qualify will receive the Sustainability Recognition Award.
The program does not include an element of third-party certification and therefore is not meant to be construed as a certification program, according to SGIA.
Members can apply here through February 28, 2015.
EFI has announced that its annual Connect Users’ Conference will feature a keynote discussion with Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of global integrated communication services provider RR Donnelley & Sons Company.
The keynote will take the form of a discussion with Guy Gecht, EFI CEO, covering Quinlan’s perspective on the printing industry, consolidation, the future of print, and RR Donnelley’s strategy for short- and long-term success.