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Ultimaker adds Ultimaker² Go and Ultimaker² Extended

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The 3D printers will begin shipping in April.

Ultimaker has added to its collection of new desktop 3D printers, Ultimaker² Go and Ultimaker² Extended.

Ultimaker² Go has a compact design with special, reusable, travel case, designed for makers on the go, or those just getting started in the 3D world. The Ultimaker² Go’s printhead is cooled by dual fans and prints with an accuracy of 20 microns.

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Avery Dennison Launches Three New Vehicle Wrap Colors

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In partnership with WTW Corporation.

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced three new colors that have been added to the Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio: Satin Pearl Nero, Satin Pearl Cielo Blu, and Matte Metallic Grigio. The colors were created via a collaboration with international wheel designer Diko Sulahian of WTW Corporation, manufacturer of Giovanna Luxury Wheels.

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Epson Adds GS Canvas Production Satin

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Features expanded color gamut for photographic and fine art reproductions.

Epson America has expanded its portfolio of solvent media with the new Epson GS Canvas Production Satin, an acid-free, lignin-free, heavyweight, cotton-polyester blend.

Epson GS Canvas Production Satin is a 16-mil (360 gsm), two-over-one weave, cotton/polyester blend base. It features a durable satin finish and can be stretched for display applications such as gallery wraps and framed prints without the need for additional varnish or top coat applications, according to Epson. Designed for photographic and fine art reproductions.

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Mactac Announces New President

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The new leadership for North and South America stems from Mactac’s divestiture from Bemis to Platinum Equity.

Mactac (www.mactc.com) has announced Ed T. LaForge as the company's new president for Mactac North and South America. LaForge has been in the position since November 10, 2014, previously serving as the Americas VP of sales and marketing. He succeeds Jim Peruzzi.

LaForge brings 23 years of pressure-sensitive industry experience and more than 15 years of senior leadership to the role, according to the company. As president, he will report to Guido Alvino, president of Mactac Global.

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Preserving Customer Loyalty

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How you can keep current clients coming back for more.

Building a successful client base is one of the most critical challenges we face in business. And while landing new customers is always going to be an important part of your business, retaining your current customers is even more crucial to your ongoing success. Unfortunately, sometimes we focus so much on earning new business that we forget to take care of our existing business. How can you ensure that you are providing the necessary service to your existing clients so they remain your customers for a very long time?

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Why You Need a Phablet

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The electronic device that can make work – and life – easier.

In 2011, with the release of the Galaxy Note, Samsung was widely credited with inventing the phablet. What’s a phablet? Let’s say you plugged your iPhone 5 and your iPad Air into the same charger at night. You wake up in the morning and find a newborn iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5-inch screen lovingly looking you in the eye. A phablet looks like it could be the offspring of mischief between these two electronic devices. It’s a cross between a smartphone and a tablet.

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Graph Expo 16 Finds New Home in Orlando

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Print 17 will return to Chicago.

The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has announced that Graph Expo 16 (www.graphexpo.com) will take place September 25-28, 2016, in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.

“We see Orlando as an ideal destination to maintain and expand our current US audience, and also build our international contingent of attendees, particularly from Latin America,” says Ralph Nappi, GASC president.

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Out and About: DscoopX Recap

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Packaging market front and center at 10th annual conference.

DscoopX welcomed members of the HP user group to a sold-out, if snowy, show outside Washington, D.C. March 5-7. The 10th annual conference brought packaging front and center with the Packaging Brand Event and subsequent Packaging Renaissance, two sets of sessions focused on this emerging market.

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Forging Ahead

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RR Donnelly acquires Courier Corp, and what it means for the printing industry.

“Printing’s death has been greatly exaggerated,” Thomas Quinlan said at EFI’s Connect user conference in January. The RR Donnelley executive had plenty on his mind that day. Even as he was being peppered by questions about the behemoth’s mergers and acquisitions for 2015, Donnelley was brokering a deal, finalized in early February, to acquire Courier Corp., a publicly held book printer.

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Bordeaux Releases White Paper on UV Technology

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Offers advice and ideas for business expansion.

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk has released a white paper entitled “What’s so great about my UV printer?” on the advantages and potential of UV ink technology. The report addresses new digital print capabilities that UV ink technology enables, such as the ability to print on a variety of substrates.

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