Staffing firm Semper International (www.semperllc.com) has released its fourth quarterly survey on the state of the graphic arts and printing industry for 2014. Responses from more than 300 printing companies – clients and prospects of Semper – indicate a general feeling of optimism across the industry, including a report of sales growth from nearly 60 percent of companies.
Gear up for 2015’s ISA International Sign Expo, where you can discover a world beyond printed signage as educational sessions highlight customer-experience design and the digitization of everyday life.
To keep up with trends and technologies that will irrevocably alter the sign business, attend ISA International Sign Expo 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The expo runs Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11. Educational programs begin Wednesday, April 8, with Dynamic Digital Signage Day and continue Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10.
Mactac has added ColorGard adhesive to its line of PermaColor LUV intermediate laminates, designed for cold roll lamination without requiring the use of heat, drying, or coating. The blended laminate is intended to protect indoor and outdoor prints from abrasion, moisture, UV light, and other wear and tear. Available in 38-, 51-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS, www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us) recently announced at its National Dealer Meeting that the company would be expanding its partnership with EFI (www.efi.com). The two companies have a longstanding history together developing EFI Fiery products for Konica Minolta production systems; the new, non-exclusive agreement will also include the distribution of EFI’s wide-format LED and UV inkjet printers in North America.
The 65-inch EFI H1625 LED hybrid printer will be the first product available in KMBS sales channels this May.
If you want to differentiate your offerings from the next shop, think texture, texture, texture. Vinyl will always look like vinyl, and most designers understand the basics of what vinyl can accomplish.
To get rid of vinyl’s telltale sheen, consider media, such as fabrics, that have some surface texture to them, but on which you can still print crisp, readable images at high resolution.
Printing for interior décor is a double bind: Do it poorly, and you’ve proven to your detractors that print is never going to measure up. Do it well, and it vanishes into the environment. In other words, a great print, whether it yields a branded drum light, a funky wallcovering, or a one-of-a-kind wall graphic, works best when it blends into a branded environment. The, “Wow, that’s digitally printed?!” moment is largely a myth, unless you’re talking shop with designers or PSPs.
HP has announced that the mobile app for its HP Latex 300 series is now available for free download from Google Play and the Apple App store. Features include alerts, status updates, and job monitoring.
Users can check on printer activity, ink and media levels, job completion and history, and more. The app will also alert users to situations in which the printer is not ready for a job, such as supply shortages or substrate path issues.
Compatible with HP Latex 310, 330, and 360 printers. A tablet version of the app will be made available in mid-2015.
Mactac has re-developed its Rebel RB428P adhesive vinyl facestock with improvements in matte finish and controlled surface designed to improve print consistency. Intended for the creation of decals, P-O-P displays, indoor and outdoor signage, and more, the 4-mil, matte white Rebel RB428P bonds permanently for up to 4 years outdoors, according to the company. Mactac’s 90# SuperFlat polycoated liner is also included.
The Mosaica Group (www.printmosaica.com) and FiberMark (www.fibermark.com) have announced a partnership in which The Mosaica Group will distribute FiberMark’s line of conVerd wide-format media. The line of products will include:
• conVerd Board, an eco-friendly alternative to PVC and styrene;
• Endura photo and poster paper;
• EnviroScape Mural, a water-activated, adhesive material that is phthalate- and PVC-free;
• And Lustré Board, a stay-flat, recyclable replacement for polystyrene.
Messe Düsseldorf (www.mdna.com) has announced that, after drupa 2016 (www.drupa.com), the international print and cross-media tradeshow will switch from a four- to a three-year cycle. Future events will take place in May of 2019, 2022, and 2025 in Düsseldorf, Germany.