Kernow Coatings has opened a new branch to support the company’s growth in the European market. Kernow Coatings Europe is now operating out of a new distribution center in Gent, Belgium, with a dedicated sales office and customer service team. Kernow reports the new location will better serve the company’s customer base in Belgium, Holland, Northern Germany, Northern France, and more.
A. Berger has released the 100-percent polyester heavy knit media family, distributed through Media One. The 4489 Twilight media is compatible with UV-curable, water-based, and latex inks and is available in rolls up to 199 in. The 4450 Celtic fabric is designed for crease and fray resistance, with one matte side and one semi-gloss side. The media is compatible with UV, latex, and dye sublimation printers, and rolls are available in widths up to 126 in.
Artist Julia Gruner collaborated with KWOM graphix in Overath, Germany, to produce a 4300-square-foot installation as part of the “new talents – biennale cologne” arts festival in Cologne. The graphic was crafted as a protest against the bleakness of local postwar architecture, according to Gruner’s website; the design was created by photographing a mix of paints in an old french-fry tray. KWOM used Durst Rho 512R and HP Latex 260 printers to image WrapTheFloor Aslan DFP 47 material, and no laminate was required.
Roland DGA has launched the HeatSoft Satin inkjet printable media for heat transfer applications such as apparel. The glossy polyurethane material is designed for weeding and transfer without using a squeegee. The media is engineered for transfers to cotton, polyester, and poly-blend materials and is CPSIA-certified for use on children’s products. The company reports the media is durable up to 25 wash cycles. Available in widths up to 54 in.
Two hundred-plus print shops, manufacturers, brand owners and specialists, and converters in the packaging and textile industries attended the Digital Print for Packaging and Digital Textile Printing conferences in Decatur, Georgia, to talk digital print drivers, applications, and technologies in the growing market.
LexJet has announced the launch of its new website. The redesign features a library of educational material, personalized content, and compatibility with desktop, tablet, and handheld devices.
The International Franchise Expo has released the conference schedule for its event in New York, June 15-17. Fastsigns CEO and 2016 Women in Print Award winner Catherine Monson will share insight into her 30-plus years of success in franchising in sessions titled “Global Franchise Expansion: Strategies for Lucrative and Planned Growth,” “Why Franchising?
SGIA’s Women in Print Alliance has launched a survey designed to create a better understanding of the “experience, expectations, and priorities of women working in the printing industry,” according to its website. The survey aims to develop an understanding of the role women play in the print industry and how businesses can better recruit, retain, and promote female leaders. SGIA reports that all survey participants will receive a summary of the results.
Following a successful expansion of its metal decorating plant ln Charlotte, NC late last year, INX International Ink Co. recently doubled the size of its manufacturing facility in Edwardsville, KS. Completed in April, the now 75,000 square-foot building improves the company’s ability to support continued growth for its highly popular Energy Curable inks and coatings products.
Remember when the best thing about wide-format was that it was big? The task of slapping a logo on a banner or an ad on a poster will always fall to someone, but in 2017, those are no longer the jobs that showcase what digital can really do. The best thing about wide-format today is the ability to print something special, and there’s a whole new pool of end users who are beginning to pay attention.