Esko has announced the details of its EskoWorld 2015 (www.eskoworld.com) user conference, June 14-16 in Scottsdale, Arizona, under the tagline “Improve Today. Dream for Tomorrow.”
Branded as a learning experience for users and an opportunity for feedback for the print supplier, EskoWorld will feature more than 70 sessions covering digital finishing, packaging, 3D design, brand management, and more. Motivational speaker Brad Montgomery, whose clients include Microsoft and Verizon, will offer a keynote on using happiness to boost productivity.
Alongside the rise of LED UV-cure and latex inks, print speeds are increasing even as print performance improves. According to an International Data Corporation report released in February, worldwide large-format printer shipments grew by 3.5 percent in 2014 as compared with 2013, but revenue declined by almost 1 percent, reportedly due to “very aggressive price promotions.” In other words, as printers try new applications and bring their work to new industries, rock-bottom prices on wide format continue to drive competition.
Ritrama has added Cyberkrome Silver to its line of self-adhesive, printable cast vinyl films. Part of Ritrama’s Ri-Wrap Range, the adhesive features micro-channel AirFlow technology for fast application without air bubbles or wrinkles; there is also no need to perforate the film, according to the company. Scratch-resistant and available in 60-in. widths, the Cyberkrome line also includes red, gold, green, and blue.
ReTac Duo, a clear, double-sided wall adhesive, is now available from Drytac. Designed for temporary wall and window graphics, ReTac Duo features permanent adhesive on one side and removable adhesive on the other; the removable adhesive, according to the company, will not damage surfaces or leave behind residue. Features a 1-mil clear polyester carrier; available in 54-in. widths.
The winners of the 2015 FESPA Awards were announced May 19 at the tradeshow’s Gala Celebration Dinner in Cologne, Germany. Honorees were presented with gold, silver, and bronze awards in categories ranging from P-O-P products to garments to vehicle wraps. Our favorite winners include:
PressOn Limited’s Dazzle Ship
People’s Choice of the Year
Gold, OOH and Vehicle Decals
Adhesive supplier Mactac has launched a new logo to better reflect its company values and more than 50 years of history.
“Our new logo is more modern, yet still [stays] true to our past,” says Mactac President Ed LaForge.
Jessup Manufacturing Company has announced a distribution partnership with San Diego-based 360 Digital Imaging Solutions. The wide-format printing supplier will distribute Jessup’s specialty media for floors and walls, including Asphalt Art, SportWalk, TexWalk, CatWalk, ClearWalk, and SoftWalk, from its locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County, California.
Kodak has upgraded its prepress software, Insite Prepress Portal 7. Now built on HTML5, Insite no longer requires a Java platform, allowing customers secure access with reduced need for technical support, the company reports. The platform’s new Smart Review interface automatically tracks job submissions, change requests, and approvals or rejections, alerting customers and prepress staff of potential problems.
In order to revamp the men’s basketball locker room and player area at the University of Kansas, Dimensional Innovations (DI, www.dimin.com) was called in just before the 2015 season.
The graphics DI produced feature former KU greats, inspirational messages, and depictions of memorable moments in the organization’s history.
Inca Digital has expanded its North American customer support staff, spearheaded by Ron Shepard, VP of customer support. With new hires Dimitar Hristev, response center lead, and Steve Sluzas and Daniel Lewis, who will offer customers remote access to engineer resources, Shepard aims to match the UK’s remote machine fix rate of 60 percent.
“I strongly believe that sales effort sells the first machine, but service sells the second,” he says.