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Insider Insight: Streamlining Print Production

Adrienne Palmer
Adrienne Palmer
Industry experts talk bottlenecks on the shop floor.

We asked seven of Big Picture's Editorial Advisory Board members to respond to the current state of the wide-format industry and reveal what we should expect in 2018.

Big Picture: What is the largest bottleneck on your shop floor? And what are you doing to help streamline your print process?


Print Industry Veteran Sophie Matthews-Paul Dies Aged 68

Sophie Matthews-Paul, the veteran print technology and communications consultant, has died at her home in Herefordshire, UK. Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in January of this year and given a six-month prognosis, Sophie enjoyed a peaceful departure, in the presence of her son, James, and her three cats. She was 68 years old.

Fastsigns CEO Catherine Monson Receives 2017 Distinguished Women Award

On Nov. 4, Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., received the 2017 Distinguished Women Award presented by Northwood University. 

Smart, Fast, State-of-the-Art: Self-Adhesive Film Specialist Aslan Launches New Website

ASLAN, Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive films for specialist applications, is introducing its entirely redesigned website. Visitors and customers from a wide variety of industries will find a wholly updated and consistently user-oriented concept at From the very start, the focus was on making it even easier for visitors to find suitable self-adhesive products and alternative options ‘Made in Germany’.

Orafol Americas Announces Certification Course

ORAFOL Americas Inc. is proud to announce the much anticipated ORAFOL Vehicle Wrap Certification Course. Building on many successful years of ORAFOL Professional Wrapping Academies, this advanced training course is designed for those dedicated to becoming the most proficient wrap installer combined with certification testing.

This comprehensive program will feature training on the finer points of vehicle wrapping such as proper graphic alignment and finishing as well as more difficult-to-wrap components such as bumpers and side-view mirrors.

Metalized Styrene Media from GPA

Metallic sheets for retail and P-O-P displays.

GPA has released Metalized Styrene metallic-finish media. Sheets are engineered with a thin metalized polyester layer that is heat welded to a styrene base, providing a lightweight, durable, and rollable (without separation) metallic sheet.


Q&A with Vinyl Expert Justin Pate

The Wrap Institute founder shares a bit about himself.

 As part of Big Picture's Wrap Sheet vehicle graphics feature, Justin Pate shares his experience in the niche market.

Big Picture: How did you get into the world of vehicle wrapping?


Hop Industries Celebrates Good Times

Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper, celebrates its 40-year anniversary milestone with festivities. The entire company recently attended its celebration at the Manor in West Orange, NJ. 

Executives throughout the organization thanked the Hop team, community, and partners for their support through the years. One enthusiastic team member sang “Plastic Man,” his rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”

SPGPrints Experience Center Tour Gives WTIN Textile 4.0 Conference Delegates Close-up of Inkjet Technology

SPGPrints was the proud sponsor of the WTIN Textile 4.0 Conference, held by the World Textile Information Network, in Amsterdam, on October 25th and 26th 2017. The conference also included a complementary visit to SPGPrints’ Experience Center in Boxmeer, to view live demonstrations of the PIKE® and JAVELIN® inkjet printing systems with Archer® technology, and appreciate the quality, flexibility and simplicity they offered.

SGP Announces New Board of Directors

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has elected two new members to its Board of Directors and two reappointments. Joe Stapley and Nicole Papadakis are new board members while Lynn Krinsky and Brett Thompson had their terms extended three more years.

The elected board members are:
* Joe Stapley, Noble Environmental Technologies (ECOR)
* Nicole Papadakis, North American Plastics
* Lynn Krinsky, Stella Color
* Brett Thompson, Piedmont Plastics