News straight from the print community

Please log in or sign up to submit a press release

Smithers Pira

The introduction of new business models and greater vertical integration will help transform the packaging market according to the latest exclusive strategic research from Smithers Pira.

Smithers Pira latest market report The Future of Business Models in Packaging to 2022 estimates the value for packaging services in 2017 is worth $33.7 billion, and by 2022 will be worth $50 billion, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 9.5%.

Digital Textile Printing US

Ahead of the much anticipated Digital Textile Printing conference, Smithers Pira, alongside the advisory board, are excited to announce an exclusive preview of the 2018 agenda.

Focusing on theme Applications and Market Drivers Within Digital Textile Printing, this year's program will feature separate tracks on fashion, home decor, and soft signage, along with presentations from end user fashion and retailing brands; as well as an update on operations of digital textile printing, and the perspectives of digital textile printing shops that are operating successfully. 


The sign, graphics and visual communications industry is poised for continued above-average growth in 2018, according to the ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report.

The report assesses four segments of the industry: two supplier markets (printing and electrical/digital signage) and two end markets (electric/digital signage and architectural signage). It also forecasts commodities. The Sign Industry Economic Report, prepared in December, is sponsored by the National Association of Sign Supply Distributors (NASSD).


The dawning of the new year is a perfect time to set professional goals and career resolutions. With that, 3M has released the 2018 training program schedule, for graphics installers looking to fine-tune their skills and elevate their talents.

In addition to St. Paul, 3M testing and training programs are offered throughout the country at the following locations:

· Lowen Certified; Hutchinson, KS
· Geek Wraps University; Fort Lauderdale, FL
· J3 Industries; Addison, TX
· Wrapix Academy; Burbank, CA

CET Color

Operator's Training Class
March 6-9

If you weren't able to take advantage of our previous class in January, you're in luck! We are conducting our 2nd Operator's Training class of 2018! Our class will focus on the main topics of: Maintenance, Operation, and Break/Fix for the Q5-Series and K2-series. This will be a great opportunity to ensure that you're skills and knowledge of these award winning printers is on-point and ready to deliver!


The International Sign Association’s 2018 Board of Directors reflects the breadth of the sign, graphics and visual communications industry, including representatives from local and national sign companies, international suppliers/distributors and end user groups.

The ISA Board of Directors is responsible for setting direction for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry’s leading association and providing insight into issues affecting members.


X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced a significant presence at the Color Conference 2018, hosted by Printing Industries of America, January 13 – 16, 2018 in San Diego. During the event, X-Rite thought leaders, including Adrian Fernandez, General Manager at Pantone, will share valuable insights on such topics as how to ensure specified colors can actually be achieved in production, the impact of the latest industry standards on printing outcomes, and going beyond color to managing appearance.


Building Value
Tuesday, January 16 - 2–3 p.m. EST

Participants will learn how value is computed today and what leaders can do to increase value. Participants will learn the importance to timing and what actions can increase value and what actions can decrease value. (Flexible length – 45 – 90 minutes).

The program will focus on:
• What are the valuation methodologies used today?
• What actions increase value?
• What actions decrease value?

Felix Schoeller

Two companies - the Felix Schoeller Group and DATAPLOT GmbH - have agreed a strategic partnership that combines the strengths of the two partners. With immediate effect, Felix Schoeller Digital Media’s STYLine® brand - digitally printable non-woven wallpaper - will be marketed in 40 countries throughout Europe by DATAPLOT and its sales network. Conversely, the Felix Schoeller Group will take care of the development and production side of things, and manufacture both partners’ non-woven wallpapers that have been specially developed for digital printing.


ColorCasters has added more dates for Color Management Boot Camps to the 2018 map!

We have been working with SGIA to bring the Color Management Boot Camp workshops to different locations around the country. We're excited to announce that we've added three more locations - Chicago, Boston and Phoenix - to our 2018 schedule!

We are also still offering our special pricing for all of our 2018 Color Management Boot Camps until the end of the year. You can save $150 in registration and certification costs if you register before Jan. 1, 2018!