Whether you agree with the decision or not, the US Supreme Court has ruled and the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is now the law of the land – and the Tax Code. Soon, every individual must have health insurance or face a tax penalty. Print service providers and other businesses must offer their employees health insurance or face penalties.
Lowen Corporation has agreed to purchase the assets of Image Transform Ltd in Grimes, Iowa. Image Transform specializes in dye-sublimation fabric printing, retail and point-of-purchase graphics, fine-art reproduction, banners, backlit graphics, museum exhibits, and interior signage.
Avery Dennison has expanded the range of colors offered in its Supreme Wrapping Film line, adding 13 new matte and brushed metallic colors. The new films can be used for a full car wrap, as accent films, or combined with the company’s existing 33-color spectrum to create two-tone color schemes.
The new colors include:
• Brilliant Blue Matte Metallic
• Charcoal Matte Metallic
• Frosty Blue Matte Metallic
• Garnet Matte Metallic
• Green Apple Matte Metallic
• Gunmetal Matte Metallic
Epson America has added three new canvases to its Signature Worthy collection of media. The new Exhibition Canvas Natural is available in three finishes: Gloss, Satin, and Matte. All three new media feature a new OBA (optical brightening agents)-free coating designed to maintain a bright white point for saturated colors, rich blacks and excellent shadow detail.
The 19-mil Exhibition Canvas Natural is constructed on a flexible base of blended cotton and polyester. Durable and flexible, the new media can be coated and stretched for easy finishing and framing, Epson reports.
Lintec of America has introduced Lintec E-435ZC, a 10-mil optically clear polyester overlaminate. The new product features a permanent acrylic adhesive and polyester release liner designed to maintain the highest clarity, Lintec reports, and “was developed for use as an alternative to rigid sheets such as polycarbonate or acrylic [and] designed to prevent color shifting of the protected image to maintain the original color and appearance of the image.”
London Rickshaws (londonrickshaws.co.uk) provides high-profile, people-powered pedicabs for events, advertising, and tours – a fleet of 40 modern rickshaws in all that can serve as a mobile and eco-friendly canvas for marketing messages for companies such as Nokia, Pizza Hut, Oxfam, Air Asia, and others.
With the simplicity of the standard billboard canvas, marketers constantly run the risk of becoming stale when it comes to these out-of-home alternatives. To combat the danger of billboard boredom, print provider Metro Media Technologies (MMT, www.mmt.com) continues to try to find ways to make ordinary billboards pop.
Enter PosterProps. MMT’s latest offering is a lightweight prop that’s designed to give posters a three-dimensional impact. To test its latest innovation, MMT enlisted long-time client Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) for a trial run.
With six million objects in its collections of art, archaeology, and natural science, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has been Canada’s preeminent museum since its opening in 1914. Its latest prized exhibit, “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana,” is not only the largest dinosaur exhibition in the museum’s history but the most technologically advanced, featuring augmented reality and reactive walls that use body-scanning technology.
Wherever you travel in the world, digital graphics are part of the landscape – even in outposts as isolated and remote as Yellowknife, the northernmost city in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT).
Drupa will maintain its four-year cycle, the drupa Committee has announced. Although the committee had been considering going to a three-year cycle beginning in 2015, it finally decided that the time was not right to change its frequency.
The length of the event, however, has been shortened to 11 days – meaning the next drupa will take place May 31 to June 10, 2016.