1. Sydney │ Internet provider iiNet invited commuters at Sydney’s Wynyard station to play Twister (as well as snap selfies and partake in social media) as part of a station domination. The campaign, produced by Western Australian advertising agency Meerkats (www.meerkats.com.au), consisted of 77 posters – including bulkheads, floor graphics, pillar graphics, and wall graphics.
EFI’s Connect 2014 users’ conference, held this past January at the Wynn Las Vegas, drew an event-record attendance of approximately 1500 customers, channel partners, and other industry professionals, a reported increase of 33 percent from the previous year. The conference featured more than 150 educational sessions, including a new business-development track aimed at C-level executives to complement extensive feature-specific training on EFI products.
Bemis Company, Inc., the parent company of Mactac, has reached an agreement to sell its Paper Packaging Division to Hood Packaging Corporation. The sale includes offices and manufacturing facilities located in Omaha, Nebraska; Crossett, Arkansas; Vancouver, Washington; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2014.
In the Oscar-nominated film Saving Mr. Banks – which chronicles the making of the movie, Mary Poppins – viewers are taken back and forth in time to 1960s Los Angeles and early 20th-century Australia. To ensure the scenes were authentic to the portrayed eras, production designer Michael Corenblith called on Martin T.
Ztac from Clingz is a line of adhesive graphic films featuring a low-tack coating that allows the film to adhere to glass and other smooth surfaces. Available in white, clear, or ultra clear versions, the media is designed for UV-curable printing; applications include window graphics and P-O-P displays. Using wet application, Ztac is repositionable with a soft peel, and will not leave an adhesive residue when removed, says Clingz. In 54-in. widths.
IJ Technologies has introduced DG Hybrid Satin Canvas, a rapid-drying, water-resistant satin canvas, designed for use with photo black inks. The DG Hybrid Satin canvas has a textured satin finish and remains flexible during stretching and gallery-wrapping processes. Hybrid Satin works well alone or with other aqueous top coat solutions, reports the company. Available in various roll sizes.
Adams Magnetic Products has announced MegaMag, its new wide-format magnetic flexible sheeting. MegaMag can be used for most print media applications and is designed for P-O-P displays, retail signage, billboards, and magnetic walls. Available in plain, with adhesive, or with a printable laminate; in 40- and 48- widths and in 20- or 30-mil thicknesses.
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FiberMark has added a 10-mil, latex-saturated, wet-strength paper for eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable inkjet printers: Endura Matte 225.
Designed for indoor P-O-P displays, indoor banners, and temporary outdoor displays, the paper features a lay-flat no curl, bright-white matte print surface, is quick dry when printed with eco-solvent ink, and has no buckling when printed with HP Latex inkjet printers, says FiberMark.
Seal has added two new films: UltraClear PET and CityLight Superior.
UltraClear PET is an optically clear polyester film with a removable adhesive (also optically clear) for window graphics. Designed for use in architectural design, retail/P-O-P signage, and custom décor, the 4.9-mil film features a silicone adhesive that allows graphics to be easily removed or repositioned without leaving a residue, reports Seal. Compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks. Available in 50-in. widths.
Alien Skin Software has introduced Snap Art 4, the latest version of its software that transforms photographs into images that appear to be handcrafted, artistic works of art. Capable of rendering hundreds of styles and media – from oil paint and pencil sketch to watercolor and crayon – Snap Art 4 can mimic the techniques of human artists, such as layered brushstrokes and enhancement of important edges.