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LifeArt: Personalizing Caskets in Australia

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Plus, more wide-format stories from around the globe.

1. Sydney – LifeArt (www.lifeart.com.au), an Australian company manufacturing environmentally friendly coffins, makes it possible to personalize your own casket. Using its HP Scitex FB500 printer, LifeArt prints a design onto 10-mm Xanita board, a recycled and formaldehyde-free substrate. Custom images have ranged from family photos to Australian landscapes.

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Sustainability: The Print Buyer’s Perspective

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Sophizio: Five steps a print shop can take toward earning a sustainability-driven partnership.

“Many times, big brands don’t recognize the opportunities for their sustainability goals to be achieved through their printing partners,” says Martine Padilla, president of Sophizio (sophizio.com), the Lawrence, Kansas-based consultancy that educates Fortune 500 companies on smart print procurement.

“They simply don’t realize what they don’t know about printing. When companies and organizations don’t understand print, they’re not able to identify or implement relevant or successful sustainability initiatives.”

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Seiko Announces ColorPainter M-64s Printer

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New printer offers low odor and high speed for indoor and outdoor applications.

Seiko Instruments has announced the ColorPainter M-64s, the company’s new low-odor mild-solvent, high-speed inkjet printer.

The M-64s offers 64-inch-wide printing in 6 or 7 colors, with speeds up to 716 sq ft/hr (535 sq ft/hr in Fast Production mode). Seiko reports that the machine’s high-speed printing capability was developed specifically to address the growing demand for high productivity from the signage and indoor-graphics markets.

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Domtar Sells Ariva Business in the US to Central National-Gottesman

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Millcraft Paper Company acquires Ariva’s Midwest locations.

Domtar Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell its Ariva business in the US to Central National-Gottesman Inc. The business will be integrated into Central National-Gottesman’s Lindenmeyr Munroe division. Ariva's Canadian operations are not affected by the transaction; the Canadian operations will be consolidated into Domtar's Pulp and Paper Division. The transaction is expected to close at the end of July 2013.

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When Life Gives You a Lime

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Kubin-Nicholson and Cramer-Krasselt team up to create a billboard for Corona using an out-of-this-world prop.

The Client: Crown Imports – distributor of Corona Extra

The Players: Kubin-Nicholson (www.kubin.com), Cramer-Krasselt (www.c-k.com), Van Wagner Sign Erectors (www.vanwagner.com)

Tools & Supplies: EFI Vutek 5330 printer, Cooley 7-oz black back vinyl, Inx Triangle solvent inks

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The Best of Nature

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Prestige Graphics produces the prints for the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition.

Prestige Graphics (www.pgigx.com) in Silver Spring, Maryland, worked with Nature’s Best Photography magazine to produce the prints for the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition.

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InteliCoat Introduces Magic Eco-Satin Indoor Paper

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Designed for the creation of posters, backlit, banners, and P-O-S applications

InteliCoat Technologies has added Eco-Satin Indoor Paper to its Magic Ink brand of digital imaging media. Engineered for latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-cure printing systems, the 200-gsm, 8.5-mil Eco-Satin paper is designed for the creation of posters, backlit, banners, and P-O-S applications. One-side printable and recyclable; available in widths from 54 to 63 in.

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Ilford’s New Omnijet Canvas Media

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All three are compatible with latex ink and geared toward displays, banners, and signs.

Ilford has announced new solvent and aqueous canvas offerings from its Omnijet family: Omnijet Bright White Solvent Canvas 335gsm, Omnijet Natural White Solvent Canvas 380gsm, and Omnijet Production Canvas 345gsm. All three are compatible with latex ink and geared toward displays, banners, and signs.

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Bordeaux Launches High-Performance Adhesion Promoters

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Also: new Vivid Magenta Ink.

Bordeaux Digital Printink has expanded its UV and LED product range to include high-performance adhesion promoters for plastic and glass: Clear GL, adhesive promoter for glass substrates, and Clear PL, adhesive promoter for plastic substrates. Its transparent adhesion promoters are specially formulated with specific chemical bonding properties to be used as a printable coat to increase adhesion and improve scratch-resistance of UV and UV LED inks, reports Bordeaux. Available in 500-ml and 1-L bottles.

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Fujifilm Announces New Acuity Advance Select HS

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Four HS models are available.

Fujifilm North America has added to its lineup of Acuity Advance Select Series printers with the new Acuity Advance Select HS flatbed. The new printer is based on the company’s recently announced Acuity Advance Select, but adds higher speeds: It can hit a top speed of 535 sq ft/hr in Production Squared mode.

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