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Digital Textile Printing Conference Set for December

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AATCC, SGIA partner for ‘The Future Is Now’ event.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and SGIA are partnering to host an educational conference on digital textile printing. Set for December 6-7 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, “Digital Textile Printing: The Future Is Now” will present manufacturer’s panels, color management advice, design education, and more. Presentations include:

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Success in Printing P-O-P

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California-based PSP is unfazed as shopping norms shift.

Historians have a knack for coining phrases that neatly define significant periods of time: the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the Space Age. It’s amazing how one rather singular descriptor can tie together decades, or even centuries. Perhaps, in a hundred years, they’ll call the 2000s the Age of the Smartphone; it seems accurate. One handheld device infiltrates most of our daily existence; we work, play, pay bills, and store memories. Many 2-year-olds are adept enough with a smartphone to play games and call Grandma.

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Tekra Adds Backlit Latex Inkjet Film

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A thicker material for sturdier applications.

Tekra has released JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate inkjet film in a 15-mil option for applications requiring more rigidity such as P-O-P displays and other signage. The film features a gloss finish on one side and a matte finish on the other; both are printable. Tekra says the material’s 32.5% light transmission helps reduce hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.

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CET Color Reveals Andes Cutter

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A 5 x 10-foot machine with a multifunctional head.

CET Color’s new 5 x 10-ft Andes flatbed cutter features a multifunctional head for quick tool changing. Available functions include oscillating, creasing, cutting, drawing, kiss cutting, routing, V-cutting, rotary cutting for fabric, and foam oscillating. The machine is compatible with materials such as Dibond, corrugated, foam, vinyl, fabrics, styrene, decals, honeycomb board, and more, beyond 2 in. thick. The Andes also features an automated conveyor system.

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Succession Planning for Your Business

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When it comes time for retirement, should you sell your company or pass it along to your family?

A well-known business from our area experienced significant growth and a high level of prosperity for many years. The founder had a number of children involved. Then came time for his retirement. He left the business to be divided up between his kids, and a short time later, passed away. Since then, the business has been a disaster. Due to the lack of a specific succession plan, the children have fought over control, leadership, daily management, etc. Today, they’re on the verge of collapse and are no longer experiencing the success their father built over so many years.

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Avery Dennison Names ‘Wrap Like a King’ Semi-Finalists

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8 regional winners move on to compete at SEMA Show.

Avery Dennison has announced the eight regional winners of its “Wrap Like a King” vehicle wrapping challenge. The finalists, who will go on to compete at the 2016 SEMA Show, November 1-4 in Las Vegas, are as follows:

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Mimaki USA Opens Doors of Toronto Facility

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Offering product demonstrations and more.

Mimaki USA has celebrated the opening of its new Toronto branch. The company’s first Canadian extension features 11,000 square feet of space dedicated to customer support, product demonstrations, training, and more.

The grand opening centered around a traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony in which the lid of a sake barrel is broken open with a wooden mallet and the sake is served, representing an opening to harmony and good fortune, according to Mimaki.

Canada Area Sales Manager Lucas Crossley will head the Toronto team.
 

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Epson Supports Nature’s Best Photography at Smithsonian

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Exhibition opens October 19.

Epson has announced its annual sponsorship of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Attendees of the exhibition can browse large-format prints of winning submissions chosen from more than 25,000 entries beginning October 19.

Photos range in size from 2 x 3 feet to nearly 4 x 6 feet imaged on the SureColor P9000 onto Signature Worthy and Legacy Papers materials.
 

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'Tomorrowland' Wall Mural Spices up Denver Alleyway

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Ink Monstr's eye-popping art is impossible to miss.

In a joint effort to promote Denver’s Paramount Café and Breckenridge Brewery, while also beautifying one of 16th Street Mall’s alleyways, local print shop Ink Monstr went to work on a 900-square-foot wall mural. To convey a sense of hope for the future, designer Josh Kitt took inspiration from the movie “Tomorrowland.” He also designed around a number of drain pipes and vents, planning strategically so the wall’s elements wouldn’t interrupt the artwork.

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ISA, InfoTrends Explore New Potential for Wide-Format

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Data projects a CAGR of 13 percent.

ISA has released a white paper prepared in conjunction with InfoTrends: “Wide-Format Print Trends, Opportunities & Challenges: Identifying Areas of Untapped Potential in the Wide-Format Market.” With almost 73 percent of ISA Expo survey respondents saying their wide-format volumes had increased in the past year, InfoTrends projects a CAGR of 13 percent for print volumes of wide-format production graphics in North America.

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