From November 4-6, the wide-format and digital printing community will gather 20,000 strong at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center for SGIA Expo 2015. With focused zones and tracks, specialized training, and sessions by “dream team” experts, attendees will find a host of useful information and opportunities to increase their skills, not to mention the chance to meet with more than 500 vendors on the tradeshow floor. This year’s setting means an expo that promises “specialty imaging with Southern charm.”
Top Value Fabrics has launched eight new media for textile printing. The products meet NFPA 701 flame-retardant specifications, and are available in up to 126-in. widths.
Samba Fabric Elite, part of the company’s Premium Print Fabric line for upscale applications, is a 6-oz, wrinkle-resistant, polyester fabric that features an uncoated surface on one side for dye-sublimation transfer printing and a print-receptive coating on the other for direct dye-sublimation, UV, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent printing.
The 2015 OBIE awards, hosted by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, celebrated simple advertising strategies that stirred up genuine feelings in its audience. "These winning campaigns need no explanation," as the awards website put it.
STS Inks has released a line of Canon PFI-107 and PFI-207 replacement inks compatible with Canon’s imageProGraf printers, including the iPF680, iPF685, iPF780, and iPF785 models. Users can mix and match inks without the need to flush the lines or alter color profiles, according to the company.
FDC Graphic Films and Aurora, Colorado-based WooHoo Screenprint Supplies have reached a distribution agreement for FDC’s digitally printable media. The company’s offerings will include sign vinyl, banner media, and acrylic-coated textiles.
Neenah Paper and Packaging has acquired FiberMark, a manufacturer of specialty cellulose and synthetic fiber-based printing media. With the goal of providing an extended range of specialty coatings and finishings, including custom work, the company’s new product offerings include soft matte Touché Papers, for premium and luxury brands, and SuedeTex Papers featuring a leather-like texture.
Avery Dennison’s newly launched Diamond Supreme Wrapping Film features metallic flakes for a glittering effect in six colors: white, amber, red, purple, blue, and silver. Designed for wrapping cars and specialty custom items, the films employ a combination of cast vinyl and overlaminate for single material application. The company’s Easy Apply RS air egress technology is intended to allow for bubble-free installation with a repositionable and removable adhesive.
3A Composites has released Kapa tech, a hybrid graphic display board featuring a composition of a lightweight foamboard core and two sheets of aluminum composite material for durability. Reportedly half the weight of aluminum composite material, Kapa tech is designed for P-O-P displays, tradeshow graphics, and permanent indoor and outdoor décor and signage. The white display board is routable, screen and digitally printable, and can be laminated. Available in 3/16- and 3/8-in.
EFI has announced the acquisition of Corrugated Technologies (CTI), a provider of manufacturing execution software for the corrugated packaging industry. The San Diego-based company, which has added business and management capabilities to its products in recent years, will become part of EFI’s Productivity Software business unit. CTI President and CEO Gordon Hay will continue to head the enterprise.
X-Rite has launched Judge QC, a light booth for simulating colors under a range of conditions. Designed to assist quality control professionals in the paint, plastics, textiles, and package printing industries, the booth’s five light sources include D50 and D65 daylight simulators for print and industrial applications, as well as tungsten (A), UV, and fluorescent lamps.