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Shimmerdisc Introduces Printable Sequin Display

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Users reverse print via UV flatbed.

Shimmerdisc has revealed a UV-printable sequin display media for creating décor, retail displays, exhibit graphics, and more.

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Exploring Acquires GCI Graphics

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Adds in-house large-format printing capabilities.

Exploring has acquired GCI Graphics, a large-format print provider in Atlanta. Exploring, whose daughter companies span industries such as retail, hospitality, and exhibits, pursued GCI in order to bring printing and graphics capabilities in-house, according to David Walens, president, in a release.

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Avery Dennison Announces ‘Wrap Like a King’ Challenge

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Competing countries now include Australia and New Zealand.

Avery Dennison has opened its fourth annual “Wrap Like a King” vehicle wrapping competition. This year’s contestants will now hail from 44 countries with the addition of New Zealand and Australia to the competition. Entrants can submit commercial or color change wrap projects using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film, Conform Chrome series, or MPI 1105 Supercast Digital film.

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Barberán Reveals Jetmaster Single-Pass Printer Series

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UV printing for most rigid media.

Barberán has released the Jetmaster series of single-pass UV printers. The system prints up to 6000 pieces/hr and is offered in models up to 6.2 ft wide. It prints on rigid media such as PVC and Coroplast, leveraging three droplet sizes and four gray levels for up to 360-dpi resolution. CMYK is standard; LcLmOV optional. The system also includes ColorGate Production Server.

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Color Management Webinars with Roland

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Two July sessions address the basics of profiling.

Roland is offering two webinars this month on color profiling.

The first, titled “Linearization – The Beginning of Color Profiles,” takes place July 12 from 1-1:45 EST. Roland says the session is geared toward intermediate-level users and will cover the basics of linearization, step-by-step RIP software, and establishing total ink limit.

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Bus Graphics Parade Ohio University Scenery

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A tricky wrap for Pro Sign and Graphics.

Pro Sign and Graphics (Columbus) wasn’t thwarted by severe venting insets or undercarriage compartments when wrapping this bus for Ohio University in Athens. The shop created custom panels for each tricky spot; the full 650-square-foot wrap was printed with an HP Designjet L25500 onto 3M IJ180cv3 and 3M 8519 luster laminate.

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Mutoh America Appoints New President

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Brian Phipps assumes new role.

Mutoh America has promoted Brian Phipps from VP and general manager to president. The company reports in a release that Phipps will begin working more closely with Mutoh Japan “on new products and the future direction of the company.” He has been with Mutoh since 2004.

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From the Editor: Postcards from Drupa

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Innovations in Düsseldorf surprised even the most stoic of industry experts.

At press time, I had just returned from drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany. This 11-day printapolooza is without question the most significant event in our industry, where leading vendors trial balloon technologies they’re planning to bring to market over the next several years. I jotted down several themes I took away from the exhibition on the flight home, including a few that seem unlikely, even to me:

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ISA: Signage Markets Exceed Historical Trends

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Q2 report sees strong numbers.

ISA’s second quarterly report of 2016 suggests that all four market segments – printing, digital signage, electric signage, and architectural signage – will grow at rates above the historical trend through 2018. The authors at IHS Vandiver and Associates attribute market stability to larger US economic factors like increased consumer spending, employment, and housing construction.

The report states that, while a weak Q1 prompted lower expectations for 2016, each market index has held above zero.

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3M’s Wrap2Wrap Competition Reopens

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Three-month contest culminates at 2016 SEMA Show.

3M is now accepting entries to its third annual Wrap2Wrap competition. The first two rounds will take place online, with contestants submitting before and after shots of their best vehicle wrap work. Round 1, judged by Phil Aquin (Adhere Graphics), Marcio Oliveira (3M), and Todd Straub (3M), will take place July 11 through September 2; Round 2, September 14 through October 3, will be judged by the 2015 winners Casey Folk (PDX Wraps) and Jamie Mullican (WrapArtist.com), and Joe Walton (3M).

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