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New Vinyl Series from Ritrama

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3 monomeric materials for medium- and long-term applications.

Ritrama has announced the launch of Easy Applications Solutions, a series of monomeric vinyl films in the company’s Large-Format Digital Range family. The three films are designed for frequent change. All are available in 54-in. widths and in glossy clear or matte white.

RI-Dot monomeric vinyl film features drop coat technology, engineered to prevent air bubbles. Ritrama reports the film is designed for short-term indoor graphics and decals; easy application and removal; and eco-solvent or latex printing.

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SGIA Explores Packaging Market

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Aims to bridge gap for digital printers and suppliers.

SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers met with representatives from Durst, EFI, Fujifilm, HP, and Inca Digital in February to address the need for an industry resource as the packaging market embraces digital printing technology. SGIA, currently involved in the wide-format graphic, textile, and industrial printing markets, looks to expand to this rapidly growing sector.

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Tharstern Becomes Sole MIS Supplier for Graphic Village

Graphic Village has chosen Tharstern, the worldwide specialist in management information systems for print, packaging, wide format and label industries, to pull together all its MIS software under one roof as it continues to expand into new markets.

As a fast-growing full service market services provider, Graphic Village has brought in Tharstern to provide a comprehensive MIS solution to bring increased efficiencies across multi-site operations in America’s mid-west region.

Mohawk Incorporates Printable Textile Line

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Teams with Aurora for canvas, wallcovering media, and more.

Mohawk has announced a new line of digitally printable textiles, engineered by Aurora Specialty Textiles Group. The companies are launching an exclusive distribution partnership this week.

Mohawk will add 12 Aurora products to its Wide Format Inkjet portfolio. Newly engineered materials include Printable Canvas Expressions and Printable Textiles Sticky Stuff 8 oz.

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Mohawk, Aurora Reach Partnership

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Companies aim to bring printable textiles to a broader market.

Mohawk and Aurora Specialty Textiles Group have reached an agreement wherein Mohawk will add Aurora’s line of printable textiles to its portfolio as exclusive distributor. Mark Shaneyfelt, director of sales and marketing for Aurora, says in an interview with Big Picture that the partnership was a “natural fit” for the two companies as Aurora sought access to the paper merchant distribution channel and Mohawk sought to broaden its textile offerings.

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Aslan Adds to UltraTack Line

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Four new versions of self-adhesive film.

Aslan has announced the release of four new versions of UltraTack film. The line now features adhesive films in gloss and matte finishes with either gray or transparent adhesive. Aslan reports the line is designed for long-term applications on hard-to-stick substrates, including rough, uneven, or cold surfaces, tradeshow stands, raw interior walls, and low surface energy materials such as plastic dustbins. The gray adhesive option is designed to block show-through from brightly colored surfaces.

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SAi Flexi Software Awarded Global Certification for Color-Logic’s Process Metallic Color System

SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional sign making, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced that its industry-leading Flexi software has been fully certified by leading color communication systems manufacturer, Color-Logic, for use with its Process Metallic Color System™ for the wide format and sign markets.

GPA Announces Plans for Dscoop Phoenix

GPA, the market leader in substrate solutions for digital, offset, and wide format printing, announces their plans for Dscoop Phoenix, taking place from March 1-4 in Phoenix, Ariz. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with GPA’s passionate experts to learn more about their innovative substrates and resources that are redefining the boundaries of print at their booth, #611.

FESPA Seeks Census Participation

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Annual research survey opens.

FESPA has opened the second edition of its Print Census, aiming to gain insight into industry trends, challenges and opportunities for printers, and more. FESPA reports it will explore six trends that emerged from the 2014/2015 survey, including optimism, customer demands, changing product mix, digital technology as a change enabler, textile print growth, and the future of sign and display. The survey will also draw research on the topic of sustainability.

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Global Inkjet Systems Co-Founder Passes Away

Jim Brotton, Global Inkjet Systems Co-Founder and Director, has passed away aged 69. Jim died on Saturday, 4th February 2017.

Jim co-founded Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) as Technical Director with Nick Geddes, Managing Director, in November 2006. His expertise in electronics, alongside his Cambridge-based network of contacts and dedication to his work and colleagues, were instrumental in helping GIS achieve its 10 years of innovation and continued success in the industrial inkjet market today.