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Canopies provide shade for apartment complex roof

November 25, 2009

Retrofitted shade structures screen rooftop views of autos at this Hawaiian luxury condominium tower—the shade itself is extra. Keola La’i condominiums has the quiet good fortune of fullfilling the prime directive of real estate: location, location, location. Occupying an entire block in the Waikiki district of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 43-story apartment complex is tucked away …

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Agfa Graphics to acquire assets of Gandi Innovations

Agfa Graphics has reached an agreement to acquire most of the assets of Gandi Innovations Holdings LLC’s North American operations and the shares of its principal foreign subsidiaries. Since May 2009, Gandi Innovations has been operating under CCAA protection in Canada and Chapter 15 in the United States. The acquisition is subject to regulatory and …

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Making mass customization personal

November 24, 2009

Mass customization helps companies meet customers’ real needs—efficiently. By Janice Kleinschmidt There was a time when a fast-food burger always came with mustard and pickles, whether you liked it or not. A special order flew in the face of the whole fast-food concept. When Burger King said “Have it your way,” the burger business got …

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Strategies for backyard bashes

Customers are still throwing parties in their backyards, but tent renters may need strategies to do more with less. By Jamie Swedberg Everyone’s working a little harder for their money these days, and that includes tent renters who do backyard parties. It’s not that customers aren’t throwing parties, for they certainly are. It’s just that …

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Good media relations can grow your business

November 23, 2009

Free publicity is available when you develop relationships with the press. by Pam Lontos As a business owner, you’ve probably heard media exposure can greatly help your company, especially during tough economic times when marketing budgets are low and competition is high. Learning to leverage the power of the media can help you stand out …

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Auto interior materials offer options for your customers

November 20, 2009

New options abound to offer customers the trendiest—or most traditional—auto interiors. By Shelby Gonzalez The interior of a car, you could argue, is more important to the overall experience of the car than the exterior. After all, the interior is where the driver and passengers spend their time. The customer’s choices in interior materials, colors …

Solar fish dryer helps Nigerian fishermen

November 19, 2009

Nigeria loses 30–50 percent of its domestic fish to spoilage from poor processing, and the National Institute of Freshwater Fisheries introduced a new method to fishermen around Kainji Lake. The solar energy tent fish dryer is a simple but effective method of dehydrating, smoking and drying fish to increase its shelf life. The method can …

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Graphics One launches new website

November 17, 2009

Graphics One LLC, an international distributor of products for digital imaging professionals, launched for screen printers worldwide who need information regarding how to image color separations using inkjet printers. Making film positives using an inkjet printer is one area where screen printers can immediately make their operations more efficient and streamlined. The website aims …

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Car coats: Tyvek Transcovers

Dealers ordering new cars may receive them gift-wrapped right off the assembly line. DuPont™, makers of lightweight, versatile and recyclable Tyvek®, recently developed the Tyvek Transcover, a two- or three-piece “car coat” that protects painted surfaces during storage and transportation. Transcovers reduce defects and damage to new vehicles, reducing time-consuming and costly repairs or paint …

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Dual-purpose printer

November 16, 2009

GO Salsa TX 64-inch printer handles both direct-to-fabric and dye sublimation printing for unmatched versatility. With a variety of applications in soft signage, flags, banners, wall murals and trade show exhibits, it prints with the densities needed for direct-to-fabric use, but can also image dye sub paper for apparel, carpets, rigid materials, POP products and …