The American Wrap Star 2010 vehicle-wrap competition will take place April 8-10 at the ISA Expo in Orlando.
Presented and organized by Digital Designware and ISA, and sponsored by ST Media Group International (parent company of The Big Picture) as well as 3M, HP, and others, the event will feature 128 competitors and eight Chevrolet Aveo sedans. Over the course of three days, the contestants will match their wrap skills against each other in timed competitions that will factor in quality as well as speed.
Grimco has acquired Signs and Blanks (SABI), the Akron, Ohio-based traffic-sign company that manufactures aluminum blanks. SABI has been a major supplier to Grimco for aluminum products the company uses in manufacturing.
The Signs and Blanks facility has been transitioned into Grimco Akron, OH.
Fujifilm North America Corporation has announced that Fujifilm Sericol U.S.A. will join its Graphic Systems Division effective April 1, 2010. The integration of the Fujifilm Sericol business into the Graphic Systems Division will facilitate greater collaboration, enhance best practices, and further improve services to Fujifilm’s customers, the company reports.
Banners are a popular product for print providers. Unfortunately, a lot of the material used for banners isn’t eco-friendly, and the products that are “green” can’t just be dropped off at the local supermarket for recycling, like aluminum cans or plastic bottles. They have to be taken to certain recycling plants. Some print providers are taking a proactive approach to facilitate banner recycling.
You can implement sustainability initiatives until the cows come home, but if only upper-level management is involved, those initiatives are likely going to fall flat.
To get all its employees involved, Point Imaging initiated a program called, “Going
Green with Caffeine.”
Sustainability continues to be a hot buzz word not only in our marketplace, but in all aspects of consumer buying and corporate marketing, as well. And while the din of the economic downturn may have muted the push for “going green” to some degree, the push is still there. The question becomes: To what extent do you and your company approach sustainability internally as well as externally with clients—and in what specific ways?
They are to graphics as an offensive line is to a star quarterback, a pit crew is to a championship car driver, or even a caddy is to a golfer: Remove them from the equation, and you can be mired in mediocrity or—even worse—inadequacy. They are laminates and protective films, and while proper use to the casual observer can make a project’s graphics shine as the star, insiders know that what you don’t see might just be the project’s MVP.
KDM P.O.P Solutions Group (kdmpop.com), a Cincinnati-based p-o-p graphics solutions fabricator, was recently tapped to produce 567 quarterly banners for Fifth Third Bank. The project had a 10-day firm deadline and consisted of three banner versions that would vary by the demographics of the location in which they would be displayed. Versions were divided into 482 copies, 60 copies, and 25 copies.
Late last year, Sew What Inc. (sewwhatinc.com) was tapped to create a digitally printed concert backdrop for musician Brian Setzer’s “Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza” tour.
“We have worked with this client before and enjoy doing their projects. Our favorite time of year is Christmas. We always get excited about participating in Christmas shows,” says Sew What’s Megan Duckett.