Mutoh America has promoted Brian Phipps from VP and general manager to president. The company reports in a release that Phipps will begin working more closely with Mutoh Japan “on new products and the future direction of the company.” He has been with Mutoh since 2004.
At press time, I had just returned from drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany. This 11-day printapolooza is without question the most significant event in our industry, where leading vendors trial balloon technologies they’re planning to bring to market over the next several years. I jotted down several themes I took away from the exhibition on the flight home, including a few that seem unlikely, even to me:
ISA’s second quarterly report of 2016 suggests that all four market segments – printing, digital signage, electric signage, and architectural signage – will grow at rates above the historical trend through 2018. The authors at IHS Vandiver and Associates attribute market stability to larger US economic factors like increased consumer spending, employment, and housing construction.
The report states that, while a weak Q1 prompted lower expectations for 2016, each market index has held above zero.
3M is now accepting entries to its third annual Wrap2Wrap competition. The first two rounds will take place online, with contestants submitting before and after shots of their best vehicle wrap work. Round 1, judged by Phil Aquin (Adhere Graphics), Marcio Oliveira (3M), and Todd Straub (3M), will take place July 11 through September 2; Round 2, September 14 through October 3, will be judged by the 2015 winners Casey Folk (PDX Wraps) and Jamie Mullican (WrapArtist.com), and Joe Walton (3M).
“Is this really for McDonald’s?” one passerby asked as two installers worked on a window graphic promoting the chain’s new fresh ingredients and customizable sandwiches. S2K Graphics provided the signage, printed on an HP Scitex FB7600 onto Contra Vision Backlite perforated film, for two locations in the city.
InfoTrends has announced plans for a new study, "Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations." Keep reading on our sister site.
SGIA is accepting entries for its 2016 Golden Image Competition, an annual challenge that seeks the year’s best print projects across a range of applications. From building and vehicle wraps to garments and promotional products, all entries will be displayed on the SGIA Expo floor in Las Vegas; winners will be chosen September 13.
Trinity Graphic was called in to update the Mote Marine Laboratory’s fish tank at the Sarasota, Florida airport. The shop’s Matthew Doniger says the wrap, printed on 3M Controltac 180-10 with an HP Latex 3000, was complex: “You can’t wrap a circular graphic the way you’d wrap the side of a truck.”
SA International (SAi) and Touch7 have collaborated to make SAi’s Flexi and PhotoPrint RIP software platforms compatible with Touch7’s extended color gamut files. Designed for photographers, designers, and printers, Touch7 applies color separations within Adobe Creative Cloud; then, the SAi RIP converts the final press profile.
Epson has acquired its longtime partner in digital textile printer development, Robustelli. Keep reading on our sister site.