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Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

The old adage “you need to spend money to make money” has stood the test of time throughout the history of marketing. Price has always acted as the gatekeeper of exposure – if you didn’t have the big bucks to throw at advertising, the chances of your business succeeding were often slim to none.

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Imagine! Print Solutions to Acquire DigiGraphics

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"Our strategy is to develop a complementary set of companies to solve our customers' design, print, and distribution requirements.”

Imagine! Print Solutions, the Minneapolis-based large-format and commercial-printing company, has entered into a letter of intent to acquire DigiGraphics, Inc. also based in Minneapolis. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of January 2012.

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No Melting

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Ampco Grafix helps create 20 festive snowmen for the holiday Torontoland event.

Ampco Grafix worked with the SMAK agency to help create 20 festive snowmen for the holiday Torontoland event, sponsored by Tourism Toronto.

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Roland Extends Creative Awards Deadline

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The deadline is now January 29, 2012.

Roland has extended its Creative Awards contest deadline until January 29, 2012. To date, the contest has received more than 570 entries since its launch in September, 2011.

“This contest has truly been one of the highlights of the year for us,” said Rick Scrimger, Roland DGA vice president and general manager. “We are getting such a wide variety of entries, from wall murals to vehicle wraps and jewelry designs, and each entry is so imaginative. We invite everyone to visit the site and vote for their favorites.”

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Patrick Chapuis Appointed President and CEO of Océ North America

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He succeeds retiring Joseph Skrzypczak, effective in 2012.

Océ has announced that Patrick Chapuis has been appointed president and CEO of Océ North America effective January 1, 2012. Chapuis succeeds Joseph Skrzypczak, who has informed Océ of his intent to retire in 2012. Chapuis will also retain his current responsibilities as president of the Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America.

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Patrick Chapuis Appointed President and CEO of Océ North America

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He succeeds retiring Joseph Skrzypczak, effective in 2012.

Océ has announced that Patrick Chapuis has been appointed president and CEO of Océ North America effective January 1, 2012. Chapuis succeeds Joseph Skrzypczak, who has informed Océ of his intent to retire in 2012. Chapuis will also retain his current responsibilities as president of the Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America.

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Agfa’s Anapurna M2540 FB Flatbed

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The company has also introduced its new M-Press Leopard, co-developed by Agfa and Thieme.

The Anapurna M2540 FB UV flatbed from Agfa Graphics has made its North American debut. The 6-color (CMYKcm + white) printer features a quick-change vacuum-bed divided into two table zones of four different compartments, allowing the use of different-sized media without having to tape off the whole vacuum bed; this design also allows separate parts of the bed to be used for different jobs in the same print run while maintaining a perfect vacuum, Agfa reports (the vacuum can also be reversed in order to aid lifting of large substrates after printing).

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EFI Vutek GS3250r and TX3250r

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The Vutek GS3250r is a 6-color (CMYKcm) roll-to-roll UV machine.

Two EFI printers have made their North American debut: the EFI Vutek GS3250r and the Vutek TX3250r.

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Mactac’s New Media and Laminates

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Products include the PermaColor PermaFlex DecoLam line of six textured laminate films.

Mactac has introduced several new media and overlaminate options including:
• PermaColor PermaFlex DecoLam line of six textured laminate films. For indoor and outdoor use, the DecoLam line ranges in thickness from 4- to 4.7-mil and features a permanent adhesive. The overlam series is available in a variety of finishes including fine and coarse wood grain, brushed metal, carbon clear, and flock and leather.

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New Media and Laminates from Flexcon

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New offerings include three “greener” WallDeco non-vinyl products.

Flexcon has released several new media and overlaminate retail solutions.

• CounterDeco is a non-vinyl counter advertising system available with clear matte polyolefin or clear polyester overlaminates. Ideal for quick-serve restaurants that must use counter and table-top graphics that are FDA indirect food contact compliant;

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