Automotive dealer Lexus of Dublin collaborated with visual-communications firm Chute Gerdeman Retail One (CGR1, chutegerdeman.com) in Columbus, Ohio, to launch a revamped showroom highlighting the features and benefits of the hybrid Lexus HS250h. “A major design challenge was how to best illustrate the intricate interplay of gas and electric systems within the car’s engine,” says CGR1’s Allison Short. The solution: a series of acrylic panels placed in front of the HS250h, with gas components shown in blue and electric shown in green – creating an X-ray effect.
Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd, the Israeli-based developer and provider of inkjet inks, has announced that subsidiary Bordeaux Digital Inc. has opened its first R&D and manufacturing facility in the US (exact city and state not yet identified).
Pittsburgh-based digital printing, document management, and architectural graphics firm Printscape Imaging & Graphics, has announced that it has acquired Visual Impact Graphics, a sign maker and vehicle graphics company formerly located in Robinson, Pennsylvania.
Gerber Scientific Products will exit its flatbed-printer business to focus on its range of thermal printing products, the company reports. Gerber will stop manufacturing its UV flatbed printers, including the Gerber Cat UV and Solara ion. It will, however, continue to provide its flatbed-printer customers with access to service, support, parts, and ink for a minimum of five years from the date of this announcement.
Pregis Hexacomb has introduced a slimmer version of its Falconboard Print graphic display boards. The new 3/16-in.-thick board uses 25% less material than previous versions.
Oracal USA has introduced Orajet Series 3105HT High-Tack cast PVC digital media, which is designed for hard-to-stick, flat substrates such as low-energy plastics (polyethylene, polypropylene), and rough or textured surfaces. The high-performance, 4-mil 3105HT is compatible with solvent and eco-solvent inkjet printers. Available in white with a gloss finish; 54-in. widths only x 50-yard length.
FDC Graphic Films has announced its new 4300 Series, a matte-finish, self-adhesive calendered vinyl film for the display, décor, and craft markets. Available in 25 colors (including metallic gold and silver), the film features a removable adhesive, for temporary usage. The low-glare finish allows for use in a wide range of lighting conditions; the film is compatible with most brands of vinyl cutters, FDC reports.
Available in 15 roll sizes and in 12 x 24-in. sheets. The 4300 Series film is produced for FDC by Aslan Schwarz in Europe.
Printing Industries of America has announced MicroLessons, condensed module lessons designed to tackle a variety of pertinent industry issues.
Mutoh America has launched Mutoh Financial Services. The service is designed to offer attractive rates and incentive programs to interested Mutoh-printer purchasers and leasers, and allows Mutoh customers to apply for Mutoh financing online.
HP has opened a 60,000-square-foot Graphic Arts Experience Center in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Georgia, to showcase its portfolio and educate customers about new opportunities. To create the center, HP consolidated two Georgia facilities – an HP Indigo demo center based in Dunwoody, and the Marietta US headquarters of Scitex Vision, which HP acquired in 2005.