During the economic crisis, many executives have understandably shifted their focus from growth to survival. But certain innovative companies have engaged in what economists call "countercyclical behavior," hoping to gain a competitive edge by putting aggressive new initiatives in place at a time when others stood still.
In this dynamic discussion, you'll hear from four executives who have made significant changes to their organization during the downturn through:
capital investment mergers and acquisitions plant expansions
Roland DGA Corp. has expanded its U.S. cartridge recycling program into Canada for users of all of the company’s wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, including eco-solvent, solvent, sublimation, UV, and aqueous models. To take part in the program, Canadian inkjet customers can ship cartridges to state-of-the-art facilities in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, or choose from multiple drop-off points offered by some dealers.
Onyx Graphics has announced the availability of version X10 of its production RIP products: Onyx ProductionHouse, PosterShop, and RIPCenter.
New features on version X10 include an improved profiling process (ProductionHouse only) and automated print-and-cut workflow; an improved native PDF, PostScript, and raster image processing engine (for more reliable file handling and reproduction of images from Macintosh and PC-based creative applications); Smart 16-bit processing technology; and Pantone’s new Pantone Plus Series spot color matching system.
The Oldham Group has signed a master agreement with InkTec Corporation to market, install, and support the Jetrix product line of UV printers in the US, including the Jetrix 2513 and Jetrix 3015 UV flatbeds.
Auto racing, aficionados would say, isn’t just a sport—it’s an art. There may be no better proof of this than BMW’s 17th “Art Car,” a beautiful rolling masterpiece created by artist Jeff Koons for this year’s 24 Hours of LeMans, the famous endurance race held in France. Designed to evoke power and emotion, the vehicle wrap seems to be bursting with energy—even when standing still.
Expand Media has introduced an Expand Header Kit for its Expand PodiumCase. The new Header accessory easily attaches to the PodiumCase table top and is geared toward point-of-purchase, in-store sampling, or temporary information-desk applications. The telescopic poles enable an adjustable height up to 97-in. tall. The graphic is fastened to the top and bottom profiles with Velcro. The company notes that the graphic panel for the header should preferably be printed with a thin, non-curl print material.
Fisher Textiles has added GF 1480 Poplin (FR) to its Grand Format fabric line for dye-sublimation and UV printing. Previously only available in 60- and 72-in. widths, GF 1480 is a 120-in., 4.4-oz woven that is 100% polyester. GF 1480 is flame-retardant and passes the NFPA 701 test; applications include apparel, banners, table covers, and tradeshow exhibits.
Breathing Color has announced Timeless, a water-based, non-yellowing varnish that has been developed to enhance fine-art and photographic prints produced on digital inkjet printers. The varnish requires no mixing and can be applied by hand or HVLP sprayer. It features a high, clear gloss, is rapid drying, and is resistant to scuffing and image fading; prints using the varnish can be displayed without glass, the company reports.
Price: $19.95/pint; $89.95/gallon.
FDC Graphic Films has made available its new 7504 Series indoor/outdoor banner, a 13-oz printable promotional banner. Designed to accept eco-solvent and solvent-based inkjet inks, the 7504 banner is available in gloss and matte white in 38- and 54-in.-width rolls. It features high tear strength, minimal curl, and fire resistance, passing the NFPA 701 fire-resistant certification.
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Nazdar has introduced its new Lyson 133 Series digital inks for Mimaki JV33 and CJV printers, and Lyson 155 Series digital inks for Mimaki JV5 printers.
The solvent inks feature high-intensity, high-gloss colors with adhesion and flexibility to most media, plus improved resistance to UV degradation and color fading. The inks are available in 440-ml cartridges or 1-liter bottles.