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New E-435ZC Overlaminate from Lintec

10-mil optically clear polyester overlaminate.

Lintec of America has introduced Lintec E-435ZC, a 10-mil optically clear polyester overlaminate. The new product features a permanent acrylic adhesive and polyester release liner designed to maintain the highest clarity, Lintec reports, and “was developed for use as an alternative to rigid sheets such as polycarbonate or acrylic [and] designed to prevent color shifting of the protected image to maintain the original color and appearance of the image.”


People-Powered Marketing

London Rickshaws takes outdoor for a ride.

London Rickshaws ( provides high-profile, people-powered pedicabs for events, advertising, and tours – a fleet of 40 modern rickshaws in all that can serve as a mobile and eco-friendly canvas for marketing messages for companies such as Nokia, Pizza Hut, Oxfam, Air Asia, and others.


Pop Goes the Billboard

Metro Media Technologies uses its PosterProps offering to help 7Up go 3D.

With the simplicity of the standard billboard canvas, marketers constantly run the risk of becoming stale when it comes to these out-of-home alternatives. To combat the danger of billboard boredom, print provider Metro Media Technologies (MMT, continues to try to find ways to make ordinary billboards pop.

Enter PosterProps. MMT’s latest offering is a lightweight prop that’s designed to give posters a three-dimensional impact. To test its latest innovation, MMT enlisted long-time client Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) for a trial run.


Giants from Gondwana

Beyond Digital Imaging uses its HP Designjet L65500 to help the Royal Ontario Museum produce the ultimate dinosaur exhibit.

With six million objects in its collections of art, archaeology, and natural science, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has been Canada’s preeminent museum since its opening in 1914. Its latest prized exhibit, “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana,” is not only the largest dinosaur exhibition in the museum’s history but the most technologically advanced, featuring augmented reality and reactive walls that use body-scanning technology.


Remote Output

In Yellowknife, Signed delivers digital printing to Canada’s far north.

Wherever you travel in the world, digital graphics are part of the landscape – even in outposts as isolated and remote as Yellowknife, the northernmost city in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT).


Drupa Will Continue Four-Year Cycle

But the event’s length is shortened to 11 days for 2016.

Drupa will maintain its four-year cycle, the drupa Committee has announced. Although the committee had been considering going to a three-year cycle beginning in 2015, it finally decided that the time was not right to change its frequency.

The length of the event, however, has been shortened to 11 days – meaning the next drupa will take place May 31 to June 10, 2016.


Inca Digital Honors Best 'IDEAs'

Winners of 2012 Inca Digital Excellence Awards range from display graphics and point-of-sale to décor, furniture, and product decoration.

Inca Digital announced the winners of its second Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) at a dinner event during the recent SGIA Expo.

Created to “celebrate the creative and remarkable effects and products produced by innovative companies throughout the world using Inca printers,” the company’s IDEAs Awards comprised six categories: Display Graphics, 3D P-O-S, Retail Interiors, Interactive Display, Décor & Furniture and Product Decoration.


Winners of 2012 Golden Image Awards Announced

SGIA competition recognizes industry-leading excellence across various applications and categories.

SGIA has announced the winners of its 2012 Golden Image Award competition. This year’s entries were evaluated and judged at the 2012 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18-20.

The Golden Image competition recognizes industry-leading excellence and covers various categories created by specialty imaging. Each submission was eligible to earn one of four awards:
• Award of Excellence (Gold), recognizing the highest achievement possible in a given category;
• Award of Distinction (Silver), awarded for exemplary quality;


More than 22,000 Attend SGIA Expo

Initial numbers are in from the three-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Some early numbers are in from the 2012 SGIA Expo held in Las Vegas, October 18-20:

• Total registrants: More than 22,000

• Total number of exhibitors: 529

• Percentage of first-time attendees: 38 percent

• Total size of the 2012 SGIA Expo floor: Approximately 230,500 square feet.

• Registrants from top five US states:
1. California
2. Nevada
3. Texas
4. Illinois
5. Arizona

• Top country for registrants (excluding the US): Canada


Innova Art Introduces Printable Version of JetMaster Framing System

For signage, décor art, displays, and more.

Innova Art’s new JetMaster Direct Print is an alternative to traditional stretched canvas-type art.

Compatible with UV inks, JetMaster Direct Print features a 2.2-mm, die-cut board (double-walled corrugated with PSA back layer) that has a printable surface on the face and a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back. The face-side printing surface is a special-coated white paper that does not crack when the frame is folded. After printing, the release liner is removed and the product is folded into the finished frame.