Oracal USA has announced its Oralite Series 5650RA Fleet Engineering Grade Reflective Film with RapidAir Technology. A 5-mil printable reflective film with an air-release liner, Series 5650RA is designed to make fleet applications easier by reducing the incidence of bubbles common with large reflective graphic applications, the company reports. For latex, solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and screen printing; recommended for use with Oraguard Series 290 or 293 laminating films. Available in 30-, 48-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Arlon has announced its Series 2300X specialty textured automotive restyling wrap film. The conformable-textured film features the company’s X-Scape Technology for ease of application and is engineered for full wraps as well as partial/accent wraps. In brushed metal (Silver Metallic, Army Gold, Red) and carbon fiber (Matte Black, Matte White, Army Gold, Red Aluminum) finishes. Available in 60-in. widths. Series 2300X can also be used for decorative accents for interior substrates.
PVC-Free Window Cling Media from Plastiprint Sales Company is constructed with clear polyester and white polypropylene, and is compatible with UV-curable, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent digital inks. Designed for advertising graphics, P-O-P window signage, decal signage, seasonal window graphics, labels, and protective film purposes, the film is available in 2- and 4-mil Clear Polyester versions (3-mil Clear Matte Plastic Liner; 2-mil Clear available on 1.5-mil clear liner) and 3.5-mil White Polypropylene available on 90# Paper Liner. All on 54-in.-wide roll stock.
Roland’s new SolJet XF-640 printer is built for busy production environments, the company reports. The 64-in. printer, which sports a vibrant red cowl, can hit a top speed of 1098 sq ft/hr. It incorporates two mirrored printheads with a dual CMYK inkset, Roland’s wide-gamut Eco-Sol Max 2 inks (440-cc ink cartridges), newly designed takeup and pinch roller systems for long, unattended production runs, and a new Tri-Heater system comprising a pre-heater, print heater, and dryer. Top resolution is 1440 dpi.
If you caught the 2013 Grammy Awards, you saw musician Jack White and the Peacocks rocking the stage, with Brooke Waggoner playing an electric-blue Baldwin Grand Piano. That piano was expertly wrapped by Sino Tour, co-owner of Icon Image Graphics (www.iconimagegraphics.com) and an associate, utilizing 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 and Knifeless Tech’s Knifeless Tape.
Nazdar has appointed Richard Bowles president of Nazdar Ink Technologies and named Peter Walsh president of Nazdar SourceOne.
In his new role as president of Nazdar Ink Technologies, Bowles will develop strategic sales, marketing, manufacturing, R&D, customer care, quality and continuous improvement plans to enable Nazdar Ink Technologies to achieve objectives for growth and profitability.
Ilford Group AG, the parent company of Ilford Imaging Switzerland, has acquired German-based Tecco GmbH. Tecco is a converter and supplier of coated and uncoated media for the proofing, photographic, production, and laser markets.
”Given today’s challenging market conditions, it was important to ensure that we put our business in a position of strength and create a customer oriented competitive edge,” says Paul Willems, CEO of Ilford Group.
LexJet has entered into a partnership with Tara Materials to become the exclusive distributor of the latter’s Fredrix Print Canvas line in the US and Canada.
In addition, the two companies will begin jointly developing new inkjet canvas products – compatible with aqueous, solvent, low-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks – to address potential applications and markets for their customers, ranging from fine-art reproduction to interior décor, the companies report.
xpedx has expanded its schedule of Wide Format Solutions Summits to 28 shows in 14 new cities in 2013 after having success with the summits in five locations last year. Each event is designed to help print shops learn how wide-format technology can increase sales, see live product demonstrations, and understand how to integrate wide-format printing into their current operations.
1. England – For the 55th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Group XG (xtremegraphics.co.uk), a large-format print service provider in the UK, was commissioned by the Manchester United fan group, Stretford End Flags, to create a surf banner for the football team’s match against Everton in the Old Trafford stadium. Hundreds of Man U fans held the 66 x 98-foot banner reading, “We’ll never die,” with an image of the final lineup from a game against Belgrade in 1958.