BPIC: If we were titling a movie that recounted the acquisitions on the manufacturer and supplier side in the past 12 months, it probably wouldn’t be called The Fast and the Furious. Yes, EFI recently acquired Prism and also acquired PrintSteam in early 2011; Flexcon purchased the graphics division of Arlon; Danaher acquired EskoArtwork and Transilwrap acquired Interfilm as the year opened. Otherwise, however, it was pretty quiet on the M&A front wasn’t it?
BPIC: We’ve seen at least a couple of companies exit or all but exit the wide-format digital marketplace in 2011: Gerber stopped production of its flatbed units earlier this year. This past spring, Xerox announced it had stopped taking orders for its wide-format machines in the US and Canada. Any thoughts on these companies’ announcements, or maybe others I’ve neglected to mention here?
BPIC: What have been some of the most intriguing technologies and products introduced to the marketplace in the past 12 months?
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Durst has announced two new options for its Rho 1000 printer. Its Smart Speed Option accelerates the printing speed by more than 20% when using the unit’s Quality printing speeds. And it adds a Spot Gloss Option, which enables the Rho 1000 to print both gloss and matte areas within one image. The two options are also available on other Durst machines as well.
Oracal USA has announced two new paint protection products: OraGuard Series 270 and Series 280 Stone Guard Laminating Films. Both are designed for paint protection on flat to moderately curved surfaces for more rugged protection from bugs, stones, and other road debris, Oracal reports; both are transparent gloss only.
Series 270 is a 6-mil, 5-year PVC laminate film for paint protection of automotive fenders, rear bumpers, and deck or side skirts and other outdoor applications; it’s available in 50-in. widths.
Markzware has announced an upgrade to Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), its Adobe Plugin. The latest version runs under InDesign CS5.5 to convert Quark up through QuarkXPress 9 files. Q2ID is also available with Quark 9 support for InDesign CS4 and InDesign CS5.5 and is available on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Q2ID converts Quark documents and instantly re-creates them to an InDesign CS4, CS5 and now CS5.5.
As part of the rollout of this summer’s Captain America blockbuster – or, in this case, the rollout of the toy tie-ins – Toys R Us wanted to cover its Times Square store’s windows in Manhattan with a giant graphic advertising the movie. For the job, the toy retailer turned to out-of-home marketing expert Clear Channel Spectacolor, which, in turn, engaged Big Mountain Imaging to do the print work.