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Presto Tape Adds WallFab Thick Wallcovering Material

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15-mil repositionable fabric hides wall defects.

Presto Tape’s new WallFab wallcovering fabric is a 15-mil, repositionable material designed for long-term interior applications. The company reports that the opaque, thick material works to hide discoloration and other wall defects, reducing prep time for installation. WallFab is available in four smooth, digitally printable finishes: gold iridescent, pearlescent, silver metallic, and black. It is designed to be resistant to wrinkles, peeling, shrinking, and curling.

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EFI Connect 2016: What's Next

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Gecht, Hanulec hint at production plans, new opportunities at annual users' conference.

EFI hosted its annual Connect user conference at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel in January, welcoming billionaire business magnate Steve Wynn himself as a keynote speaker. Wynn’s speech touched on his off-the-cuff customer service and corporate culture mantras, emphasizing motivation through enhanced self-esteem. (When other chains were doing layoffs, Wynn was buying his managers luxury cars.) His tip for printers? Be self-critical without being paralyzed by the possibility of failure; be the first to call your ideas failures when you don’t succeed.

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From the Editor: Get in Shape for 2016

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Four business practices to consider as an alternative to fad-and-fade resolutions.

We think of winter as the coldest, darkest months of the year. But did you know that our days start getting longer before winter even begins? This is true for every city in the Northern Hemisphere. Halfway through one of the warmest winters on record, we had the least daylight on December 21 last year.

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Paradigm Announces Scanner and Software Bundles

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Available with all new Graphtec large-format scanners.

Paradigm Imaging Group has announced a scanning and MFP software bundle, now available with all new Graphtec large-format scanners. The bundle includes Scanning Master Pro Color Software and Scanning Arts 2.

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Agfa Graphics Reveals New Website

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Goals include improved mobile experience.

Agfa Graphics has announced its new corporate website serving the graphics communications industry. The site is organized by industry segment, spanning commercial, sign and display, packaging and label, newspaper, and industrial and security printing categories. It is also engineered to resize automatically to the user’s device, according to a release; Deborah Hutcheson, director of marketing, reports that the company’s mobile web traffic has nearly doubled in the past three years.

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National Paper Trade Association Announces 2016 Board of Directors

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Tynes of Strickland Companies named chairman.

The National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) has announced its 2016 board of directors.

The officers include:

• Bayard Tynes (Strickland Companies), chairman;
• Tom Wernoch (Glatfelter), first vice chair;
• Bill Meany (Central National Gottesman), second vice chair;
• Don Clampitt (Clampitt Paper), second vice chair;
• And Hilton Maze (Simon Miller Paper & Packaging), immediate past chairman.

The remaining directors include:

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OKI Data Offers Upgrade for ColorPainter M-64s

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For new and existing units.

OKI Data Americas has released a firmware upgrade for its ColorPainter M-64s wide-format printer. Complimentary for existing users and included in all new machines, the upgrade’s features include:

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Epicomm and Idealliance Plan Merger

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Vote moves to association members.

The respective boards of Idealliance and Epicomm have approved a proposed merger of the two associations. Each body of members, totaling more than 3000 companies in the graphic communications industry, now has the opportunity to vote in favor of the move; voting is expected to be completed by the end of February.

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Orbus Adds 175 Portable, Modular Displays

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From fabric banners to charging stations.

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group has released its 2016 Exhibitor’s Handbook with 175 new portable and modular displays, as well as a selection of new exhibit lines.

Highlighted additions include:

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Wallcoverings Association Honors Al Rothschild

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MDC president receives Justin Allman Award.

The Wallcoverings Association (WA) has chosen Al Rothschild, president of MDC Wallcoverings, for the Justin Allman Award. It’s “presented each year to a leader whose long-lasting contributions have helped to shape the future of the wallcoverings industry,” according to a release. The award was established in 1946 in honor of the founder of the Wallcoverings Wholesalers Association, an earlier adaptation of the WA.

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