If you caught the 2013 Grammy Awards, you saw musician Jack White and the Peacocks rocking the stage, with Brooke Waggoner playing an electric-blue Baldwin Grand Piano. That piano was expertly wrapped by Sino Tour, co-owner of Icon Image Graphics (www.iconimagegraphics.com) and an associate, utilizing 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 and Knifeless Tech’s Knifeless Tape.
Nazdar has appointed Richard Bowles president of Nazdar Ink Technologies and named Peter Walsh president of Nazdar SourceOne.
In his new role as president of Nazdar Ink Technologies, Bowles will develop strategic sales, marketing, manufacturing, R&D, customer care, quality and continuous improvement plans to enable Nazdar Ink Technologies to achieve objectives for growth and profitability.
Ilford Group AG, the parent company of Ilford Imaging Switzerland, has acquired German-based Tecco GmbH. Tecco is a converter and supplier of coated and uncoated media for the proofing, photographic, production, and laser markets.
”Given today’s challenging market conditions, it was important to ensure that we put our business in a position of strength and create a customer oriented competitive edge,” says Paul Willems, CEO of Ilford Group.
LexJet has entered into a partnership with Tara Materials to become the exclusive distributor of the latter’s Fredrix Print Canvas line in the US and Canada.
In addition, the two companies will begin jointly developing new inkjet canvas products – compatible with aqueous, solvent, low-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks – to address potential applications and markets for their customers, ranging from fine-art reproduction to interior décor, the companies report.
xpedx has expanded its schedule of Wide Format Solutions Summits to 28 shows in 14 new cities in 2013 after having success with the summits in five locations last year. Each event is designed to help print shops learn how wide-format technology can increase sales, see live product demonstrations, and understand how to integrate wide-format printing into their current operations.
1. England – For the 55th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Group XG (xtremegraphics.co.uk), a large-format print service provider in the UK, was commissioned by the Manchester United fan group, Stretford End Flags, to create a surf banner for the football team’s match against Everton in the Old Trafford stadium. Hundreds of Man U fans held the 66 x 98-foot banner reading, “We’ll never die,” with an image of the final lineup from a game against Belgrade in 1958.
Midland Paper, Packaging and Supplies, the Illinois-based paper and packaging distributor, has announced that it has introduced a new portfolio of wide-format inkjet media and products.
The new portfolio includes its own Midland private label inkjet products, including inkjet media, laminates, and mounting films. The new products are compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV ink systems; applications include P-O-P displays, decals, and window, wall and floor applications, and more.
Magnum Magnetics Corporation has introduced DigiMag Plus 2 printable magnet sheeting for HP Indigo as well as offset presses.
DigiMag Plus 2 features a waterproof printable surface, designed for improved UV stability and weatherability performance; its printable surface is bleed-through, scuff-resistant, and tear-resistant, the company reports. Finishing options include guillotine and die-cutting processes, and a post-press magnetizer.
Applications include indoor signage, outdoor signage, business cards, save-the-dates, refrigerator magnets, calendars, and more.
Bell and Howell, the provider of solutions and services for paper-based and digital messaging, has signed a service agreement with Royal Sovereign International to become the authorized service provider in the US for wide-format laminators and trimmers made by Royal Sovereign. Royal Sovereign has an installed base of more than 4000, the company reports.
The new Herculite Excel M Series is a high-performance PVC textile that’s top-coated with a PVDF formulation that will accept graphics. Fire-resistant, heat-sealable, and waterproof, the new fabric is designed to protect people and furnishings from harsh UV rays and inclement weather while providing a long-lasting architectural fabric design, reports Herculite. Matte finish; available in 13 colors and 62-in.. widths (x 50 yd). Distributed in the US by TriVantage (trivantage.com).