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3M Launches “Wrap Battle: 1080”

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Facebook users can vote to choose the next 1080 color.

3M Commercial Graphics has launched “Wrap Battle: 1080” powering its Facebook fans to choose the next color and finish of its Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080. Fans can choose their preferred color/finish combination, and can then share their choice with their Facebook friends. US Voters can also fill out an entry form to be entered into a contest to receive a free roll of the winning film.

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Roland Expands US Creative Center Gallery

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"Roland at the Movies" and "Roland at Work" are now featured exhibits.

Roland DGA has recently expanded its US Creative Center located at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California. New exhibits feature movie sets, NASCAR vehicle graphics, printed upholstery, metallic interior décor items, and a wrapped Roland drum set.

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OKI proColor Financing Debuts

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A financial services program.

OKI Data Americas has established OKI proColor Financing, a financial-services program to support OKI’s proColor dealer network. Through this program, OKI proColor Financing provides financing solutions to facilitate more convenient access to the company’s OKI proColor Series of printers.

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www.okidata.com

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Wrapping the Rental

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Wrap Media Group partners with Budget for new branding campaign.

Wrap Media Group of Boca Raton, Florida, has partnered with Budget Rent a Car of Atlanta, to wrap 25 rental vehicles with eye-catching advertisements for Sheets Brand Energy Strips. Consumers renting these sponsored cars then receive a significant discount on their rental fees from Budget.

"Like many other entrepreneurial ventures, this was conceived on a cocktail napkin in a restaurant. We've developed a new and unique way for brands to interact with their consumer audiences," says David Berke, COO of Wrap Media Group.

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Gatorfoam Exterior from 3A Composites

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Consists of polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer laminate.

Gatorfoam Exterior, a new offering in the Gatorboard product line for exterior graphic displays and signage designed to stand up to the elements, has been introduced by 3A Composites USA.

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Mactac Adds Ultra-Wide PermaGard

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Now offering extra-wide rolls.

Mactac Graphic Products has announced the addition of PermaGard PG7285XL, a 79-in. extra-wide laminate, to its PermaColor line of pressure-sensitive overlaminates. Along with a roll-width increase, the 2.5-mil laminate offers a variety of upgrades including a solvent-based permanent acrylic adhesive, a change in the liner color from yellow, and a matte finish to reduce glare and improve readability.

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Art for the Masses

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Austin hosts fine-art billboard competition.

Digital printing has certainly broadened fine art’s reach in the past decades, enabling the so-called “common man” to more easily acquire an artist’s creation. But, most would agree, stumbling across that artwork still requires some legwork, particularly for those consumers who don’t frequent art galleries or museums.

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Competitive Motivation

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Graphic Innovations creates graphics for fitness center.

The Client Perfectly Fit

The Players Graphic Innovations (www.graphicin.com), Catalyst Inc. (www.catalystb2b.com)

Tools & Supplies Seiko Instruments ColorPainter W-64S; Flexcon SeeThru-Sign perf window film, WallDeco fabric film, and BusArt overlam, Seal 600 MD laminator

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Pelican Graphics: All the World’s a Stage

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Combining event and print production to create a niche market.

Launched in 2001, New Orleans’ own Pelican Graphics served as a typical print provider producing banners and signs, t-shirts and embroidery, and vehicle wraps and lettering. Meanwhile, owner Dolph Federico worked on the side organizing festivals, constantly struggling with how to better brand the events. After an “ah-ha” moment in 2006, Federico created sister company Pelican Events, a brand-management and outdoor event producer, which combined forces with the graphics shop to more effectively market its resources.

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IDEAlliance Certifies First G7 PCC Experts

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Certification allows professionals to lead the newest extension of the G7 Master Qualification Program.

IDEAlliance has completed its first G7 Process Control and Conformance (G7 PCC) expert training program, certifying professionals to lead the newest extension of its G7 Master Qualification Program.

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