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Industry Roundtable Day 1: Analyzing the Market - 2014

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14 days of critical information to prepare your shop for the year ahead.

Which technologies are on the upswing – and which are on the downswing? What markets and applications look to be hot next year? How much of a role will sustainability play in your company? Which profit centers should you invest in?

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HP Introduces Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter

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The ePrinter is 44 inches and multi-roll.

HP has announced the new HP Designjet Z5400 PostScript ePrinter, a multi-roll 44-in. ePrinter designed for applications such as posters, photos, canvases, backlit prints, indoor signs, point-of-sale posters, line drawings, and maps. The new machine utilizes a 6-color set of fast-drying pigment-based HP Photo Inks (CMY + light gray, matte black, and photo black).

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Metalfrio Solutions S.A.: Digitally Printed Refrigerator Wraps in Brazil

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Plus, more wide-format stories from around the globe.

1. Brazil│Metalfrio Solutions S.A., a Brazilian corporation that’s one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plug-in commercial refrigeration equipment, uses a Durst Rho 1000 to print onto the sides, doors, back-lights, and tops of its coolers. The graphics of the customer’s logo is directly printed onto the steel sheet and then finished with liquid lamination.

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LexJet’s New Print-N-Stick Fabric

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The fabric is compatible with aqueous and latex inks.

LexJet has launched its new Print-N-Stick Fabric, a combination of the company’s Water-Resistant Satin Cloth and a proprietary adhesive system that allows users to easily apply, reposition, remove, and re-use graphics on flat surfaces without leaving any residue behind. Compatible with aqueous and latex inks, Print-N-Stick has a 110 degree white point and is designed to allow higher ink saturation for deep, sharp colors.

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Hardcore Print

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More than 40 sources of rigid media for your wide-format needs.

Want to be more flexible as a print provider? Get rigid. Rigid media allows a shop to expand its offerings and the types of jobs it acquires. Plus, more rigid products continue to become available – from eco-friendly to easy-cutting options, to those compatible with UV and solvent printing, and many in various sizes, thicknesses, and colors.

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Previewing SGIA Expo 2013

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In Orlando, the width and breadth of specialty imaging will be on display.

The tag line for this year’s SGIA Expo is “More exhibitors, more answers, more face time.” Taking place October 23-25 in Orlando, the annual event hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association certainly appears to have established a show lineup that’s set to deliver on all those points and more.

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Concrete Details

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D&D Laser Screed calls upon Premiere Motorsports to wrap its fleet of pickup trucks.

When Josh Daniels, owner of D&D Laser Screed, needed some wraps for his fleet of pickup trucks, he turned to some friends from the world of auto racing.

“We’ve been buddies with him for a while,” says Scot Demmer, owner and general manager of the Premiere Motorsports Group (www.premieremotorsportsgroup.com). “One thing led to another, and he asked us to come down and start bidding on some of his trucks and equipment.”

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From A to B in Style

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Park 'n' Ride buses easier to identify thanks to AAA Sign Crafters.

One of Hank Cobb’s favorite things about the vehicle-wrap business is seeing his work on the street. “I love seeing my stuff driving around. It’s a great feeling,” he says.

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Tea Time

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JMR Graphics wraps a fleet of company cars for Honest Tea.

JMR Graphics (www.jmrgraphics.com) of Islip, New York, has been creating vehicle graphics for more than 30 years, says national account executive Chris D’Angelo. “We started by doing a lot of cut vinyl, because that’s what the business was. But as technology and digital printing evolved, we got into the vehicle-wrap business about 15 years ago, when wraps first were being developed.”

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Food on Wheels

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Original Mobile Graphics wraps Borinquen's food truck.

Michael Hufana, owner of Original Mobile Graphics (OMG, www.omgwraps.com) in Stockton, California, was a vehicle-wrap customer before he was a provider.

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