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EFI Acquires SmartLinc

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EFI will continue to develop and sell SmartLinc’s shipping software and integrate it into their product lines.

EFI has announced that it has acquired SmartLinc Inc., the Milwaukee-based developer of shipping software. SmartLinc employees, including former SmartLinc co-owners Greg Billinghurst and Scott Kwiatkowski, have joined EFI

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Tony Wiley Appointed President of Esko North America

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Also: Esko creates an autonomous group to support efforts in Latin America.

Esko has announced the appointment of Tony Wiley to the role of president of its North America operations effective January 1, 2014. Wiley succeeds Mark Quinlan, who is leaving Esko to accept another opportunity.

Wiley joined Esko in 1999, assuming roles of increasing responsibility over the past 15 years. He led the North American Customer Service organization for 10 years and had been, most recently, vice president, US Central Region Sales, for the past five years.

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Infinity Images’ Retail Refresh for Columbia Sportswear

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How retail accounts can create long-term relationships and new directions for print providers.

Often, the companies that are most successful with wide-format printing become partners in their client’s business, addressing and anticipating their graphics needs, finding opportunity in every creative challenge.

“In many ways our clients look to us for more than just printing,” says George Gross, CEO and founder of Infinity Images (www.infinityimages.com) in Portland, Oregon.

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Exopack Introduces Magic Photo Art 230 Fine Art Paper

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Also: Magic Poly-Satin Ink Jet Stretch Canvas.

Exopack Advanced Coatings showcased its latest latex offering, Magic Photo Art 230 Fine Art Paper. The 230-gsm fine-art paper has a smooth surface designed to produce vibrant colors and black and gray tones utilizing latex printers, according to Exopack. Available in 24-, 36-, and 44-in. widths.

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Mactac Launches DesignScape3D, a Mobile-Tablet Application

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Also: Permacolor Horizon XL1000 Overlaminate, Permacolor Permagard IP7200 Ultimate Matte, and Wallchalker CB1088R.

Mactac launched DesignScape3D, a mobile-tablet application designed to help wide-format printing professionals and their customers specify the right Mactac pressure-sensitive print media for their graphics applications. The app provides visual details about where wide-format graphic products are used in the real world, allowing a user to choose one of six 3D environments with rotating icons highlighting different pressure-sensitive graphic applications.

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Mactac Launches DesignScape3D, a Mobile-Tablet Application

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Also: Permacolor Horizon XL1000 Overlaminate, Permacolor Permagard IP7200 Ultimate Matte, and Wallchalker CB1088R.

Mactac launched DesignScape3D, a mobile-tablet application designed to help wide-format printing professionals and their customers specify the right Mactac pressure-sensitive print media for their graphics applications. The app provides visual details about where wide-format graphic products are used in the real world, allowing a user to choose one of six 3D environments with rotating icons highlighting different pressure-sensitive graphic applications.

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Avery Dennison Adds to Supreme Wrapping Film Line

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The 22 new colors include Yellow, Soft Red, and more.

Avery Dennison launched 22 new colors in its Supreme Wrapping Film line, in gloss, pearlescent, satin, matte, brushed metallic, gloss metallic, and matte metallic finishes. The new colors include: Ambulance Yellow, Soft Red, Emerald Matte Metallic, Pink Matte Metallic, and others.

AVERY DENNISON
www.graphics.averydennison.com

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3M Graphics Adds Two New Overlaminates

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The 2-mil overlaminates are Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 3658G and Scotchcal Matte Overlaminate 3660M.

3M Graphics has introduced two new overlaminates: Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 3658G and Scotchcal Matte Overlaminate 3660M. The 2-mil overlaminates are engineered to provide added durability to flexible, rigid, flat, and thermoformed sign faces, according to 3M. They’re designed for use on digitally imaged and electronically cut backlit sign faces and are compatible with 3M Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrate, 3M Envision Translucent Film Series 3730, 3M Scotchcal Translucent Film Series 3630, and 3M Piezo Inkjet Inks.

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Ogden Blue Acquired by Vision Graphics

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“While our competitors are downsizing and focusing on cost cutting, Vision is growing and expanding.”

Vision Graphics has acquired Ogden Blue, the 65-year-old Utah company that supports architects, contractors, artists, and others with their printing and supply needs. Ogden Blue’s capabilities include small-format printing for business cards, brochures, envelopes etc., along with large-format printing for banners, canvas artists prints, and framing.

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Black Snake Vroom

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Identity Design wraps a 2014 SRT Viper with Ritrama’s Black Mamba.

In order to truly capture the attitude and speed of a 2014 SRT Viper, Jacksonville’s Identity Design (www.paintisdead.com) wrapped the 640-horsepower Chrysler sports car with Ritrama’s Black Mamba, a textured, black snakeskin cast vinyl film.

“The Dodge Viper is notorious for its logo – a snake,” says Scott Kepple, sales director at Identity Design. “The Black Mamba material was a true complement to the aura of the Viper itself.”

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