With margins on some of out-of-home media shrinking, are billboards, transit-shelter graphics, and other outdoor applications still worth your while? With a growth in multi-platform jobs (think digital signage coordinated with taxi-top signage and even staircase wraps) there are growing opportunities to turn that slim-pickings gig into a healthier revenue driver.
HP has opened a new Graphics Solutions Centre of Excellence and expanded its HP Indigo ink plant in Singapore. The new 226,000-square-foot facility will provide customers with one-stop access to HP’s digital printing portfolio. It will also expand local ink manufacturing capabilities to include inks for the HP Indigo 10000, 20000, and 30000 Digital Presses.
The Gilman Brothers Company, specializing in foamboard manufacturing, and Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire Hathaway Company specializing in custom framing, have met to discuss product development and industry distribution. With the recent launch of The Gilman Brothers’ low-temperature, permanent adhesive, heat-activated MountCor family of foamboards, Larson-Juhl has signed with The Gilman Brothers Company to market the new foamboard line to the framing industry.
Big Picture magazine is preparing for change: a bright, bold redesign, launching with the October print and digital edition on October 1, 2014.
With a larger format for ease of navigation and improved readability, the magazine will showcase ideas from wide-format experts with an increase in analytical content that will help readers navigate our changing field.
Inx Digital has introduced H76 high performance UV curable inks, designed specifically for the HP 7500 and HP 7600 printers when using the FB225 ink series. The latest Triangle brand superwide format application is designed for outdoor P-O-P display, transit signage, and packaging applications. Available in six basic colors plus white, light black, and orange; and in 5-liter bottles that can be installed directly into the printer.
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Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has introduced two new window perforated films and three new overlaminates into its digital portfolio.
The MPI Perforated Window Series, including the addition of MPI 3529 and MPI 3729, allows window surfaces to display printed graphics, without completely restricting vision, according to Avery.
MPI 3529 has a matte finish, removable adhesive with opaque/block out capabilities, and a 50/50 ratio; designed for vehicle applications, like transit buses or fleet vehicles.
Paradigm Imaging Group has introduced Colortrac SmartLF SC Xpress Series scanners. The new Series features SingleSensor technology, a Colortrac invention that combines CIS elements and LEDs in a single line for maximum scan accuracy and illumination, according to Paradigm. The new SC Xpress series are capable of speeds up to 12 in./sec in color and 13 in./sec in black and white.
As the official signage and graphics provider of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) we get to be a part of some great events and some big meetings that take place in the race world throughout the year. The NHRA is the governing body of drag racing; with more than 40,000 drivers and millions of fans, it’s a $120 million dollar annual business, and we’ve been their exclusive large-format graphics partner since early 2013.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? We hope not! SGIA Expo 2014, hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, will take place this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center, October 22-24, and the products, technology, networking, education, and ideas should all go back home with you.
“Las Vegas and the SGIA Expo have this in common: Everything goes, and anything is possible,” says Michael Robertson, president and CEO of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA). “If it has to do with wide-format imaging, the SGIA is the place to see it.”
STS Inks has now added inks compatible with the Océ Arizona 200/250/350 GT. These RF chip replacement bags are filled with STS Inks’ Premium UV Ink. Available in yellow, white, black, magenta, and cyan; in 1- and 2-liter bags; and with a cartridge capacity of 2-mil.