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Ampco Graphix creates wall mural for aquatic complex.

Since the 1970s, the City Centre Aquatic Complex in Coquitlam, British Columbia, had sported the same interior décor. To finally bring the aquatic recreation center into the new millennium, the city of Coquitlam contacted Ampco Graphix to create a wall mural to fancy up the swimming-pool area. Ampco designed an athletic-swimming themed mural based on a concept presented by the aquatic center. For output, the shop took to its EFI Vutek 150 with EFI Fiery RIP, onto 3M Controltac IF 180Cv3-10 self-adhesive vinyl. A 3M matte laminate was added and the graphic was hand trimmed.

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Nominees Announced for OAAA OBIE Awards

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44 agencies vie for top awards in out-of-home advertising.

The Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) has revealed the 44 contenders for the 2012 70th annual OBIE Awards.

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IMI Digital Printing World 2012 Conferences Presentations Now Available

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Presentations from ‘21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference’ and ‘Digital Printing 2020 – Opportunities & Challenges Symposium.’

The Information Management Institute (IMI) is making available presentations from two programs held as part of its Digital Printing World 2012 Conferences, which took place earlier this year in Orlando. Comprising conference binders and CDs, the presentations are from IMI’s 21st Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference and its Digital Printing 2020: Opportunities & Challenges Symposium events.

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Screen Expands Chicagoland Demo Center

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Customers can see and test-print various printers in newly reconstructed 12,000-square-foot facility.

Screen (USA) has completed its newly reconstructed and redecorated Demonstration Center in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

Boasting more than 12,000 square feet of demonstration space as well as two visitor lounges, the new center features several high-speed Truepress inkjet printers that are used for various applications, including transactional, transpromotional, direct mail, signs, displays, industrial, textile and other general graphics printwork. The machines at the Center include:

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Unisource Canada Announces Unisource Wide Format

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And launches SelectSource brand of media and substrates.

Unisource Canada, Inc. has rebranded its Mondrian-Hall division under the name Unisource Wide Format.

“Capitalizing on the synergies achieved through the 2009 acquisition of Mondrian-Hall as a division of Unisource Canada, the new name better positions the expansion into wide format, commercial, sign, photo and digital printing markets,” the company states in a press release.

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Pantone and X-Rite Introduce PantoneLive

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New service allows brand owners as well as print providers to manage color in the Cloud.

X-Rite and Pantone have unveiled PantoneLive, a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards.

PantoneLive is the first service under the Pantone Digital Business Unit, a newly created division of X-Rite that combines Pantone’s color authority and expertise and X-Rite’s color science and technology leadership. Pantone became a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite in 2007.

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Sappi Fine Paper NA Launches 'The Standard Vol. 5, Special Effects'

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New guide showcases how designers can make printing on paper “a multi-sensory experience.”

Sappi Fine Paper North America has released The Standard Volume 5, a guide to designing for print. The latest volume focuses on how special effects can make the printed page offer a more dimensional, tactile, and interactive experience. Intended to be inspirational, The Standard “demonstrates how using printing techniques can serve as a creative tool to make images … more powerful and impactful,” says Sappi.

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Mimaki’s New Latex and UV Printers

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Both machines available in 53- and 63-inch models.

Mimaki has announced two new printers, including a latex machine that is the company’s first foray into environmentally friendly latex ink.

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10 ‘Must-Knows’: ISA Sign Expo Orlando

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Ensuring your tradeshow success in Florida this spring.

From March 22-24, the 66th annual Sign Expo hosted by the International Sign Association (ISA) will be back in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. The exhibit hall floor will showcase the breadth of the sign and graphics industry, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services.

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New Fabrics from Fisher Textiles

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The company also launches a new Colored Paper program.

Fisher Textiles has introduced a range of new fabrics to its product roster and launched a new Colored Paper program.

GF 7176 Supreme Knit is an 8.2-oz warp knit 2-bar fabric that’s 100% polyester and compatible with UV and dye-sub printing. Flame-retardant, it passes NFPA 701, has been tested for ASTM E84, and meets Class A, Flame Spread Index 25 or less and Smoke Developed Index 450 or less. Applications: photographic backdrops, geometric displays, tradeshow exhibits. 192-in. widths.

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