Graph Expo 2012 (graphexpo.com), branded as a one-stop shop for all things print, is set to blow into the Windy City October 7-10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The event will showcase more than 450 exhibitors throughout the show’s specialty pavilions – including innovations in wide-format and package printing demonstrated across the show floor.
Xara has announced the availability of its new version 8 Designer products: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX v8 and Xara Designer Pro X v8. Both products provide tools for a range of graphic-design tasks: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout, Web graphics, and animations – and in the case of Designer Pro building complete websites and online presentations.
New features include:
• Powerful Color Erase/Selection to enhance (change color, adjust brightness, blur, etc) or make parts of photos transparent based on the selected color.
Brand Management Group (BMG), which signed a trademark licensing agreement with Kodak in Q4 2011, has introduced four new wide-format inkjet products for aqueous printers:
Kodak Rapid-Dry Glossy Poly Poster: Features an instant-dry coating and a tear-resistant polypropylene base for applications like photographic-quality posters, long-term indoor and short-term outdoor banners, and photographic enlargements and reproductions.
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is accepting entries for its Product of the Year Competition, which recognizes the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry.
The Printing Industries of America (PIA) reports that Toshiba has agreed to cancel its previously announced National No Print Day.
Esko has launched its new Kongsberg XN Series of finishing tables. Capable of handling a broad variety of materials, and geared toward the mid-range market, the XN tables feature a modular tabletop industrial design and are available in seven sizes, from 50 x 66-in. to 87 x 258-in. The tables offer a choice of four tool heads: PowerHead (for heavy-duty material), FlexiHead (for flexible and thin materials), FoamHead (for foam materials), and a MultiCut milling spindle or MultiCut-HP (the latter offers three times the speed of the standard MultiCut).
Mimaki Engineering has unveiled a “technology demonstration” of its new JFX500-2131, a high-speed UV-LED flatbed that’s equipped with newly developed printheads and UV-LED curing unit. Still in development, the 83 x 122-in. flatbed offers output up to 646 sq ft/hr in 4-color mode, and up to 538 sq ft/hr with white ink. It can accommodate materials up to 4-in. thick. Inksets available include CMYKcm + white, or CMYK + white + clear.
SGIA is now accepting entries for its Golden Image Awards Competition to be held at the 2012 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18–20. The competition annually recognizes innovative work in the digital and screen printing marketplace.
“This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s vice president of technical services.
As always, the post-Drupa numbers are simply intimidating. The massive two-week exposition, which took place in May in Dusseldorf, Germany, boasted 19 separate halls and other buildings totaling 1.8 million square feet of space, drew in nearly 315,000 attendees from 130 countries, and featured more than 1800 exhibitors. Saying the show is like a small city unto itself is not much of an exaggeration.