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Eco options

August 1, 2014

With all the legal requirements and environmental standards today, end users are looking for eco-friendly options. That’s a catalyst for printer manufacturers like Roland to meet those demands, says Lily Hunter at Roland DGA Corp. “We’re noticing a shift to greener, more sustainable materials and inks. Roland’s specially formulated Eco-Sol MAX® and Eco-Sol MAX® 2 …

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Fabric is king in digital printing

Advancements in printing methods and equipment are giving end users a wider choice of options designed to meet their specific needs and requirements. By Barb Ernster The rapid growth in printers and the variety of substrates available today have captivated the fabric graphics industry. New models of smaller, faster and more affordable printers have improved …

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“Boss” poster breaks Guinness world record

May 1, 2014

Akshay Kumar, film actor, producer and martial artist, is big news in India, where he’s starred in more than 100 Hindi films, some of them blockbusters. Kumar (also called the King of Bollywood) has a big fan club, and “Team Akshay” wanted to celebrate release of his new movie, “Boss,” in a big way. They …

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“Well, look at that … “

April 1, 2014

New graphics technologies offer marine fabricators practical and eye-catching options. Customized graphics broadcast personality. “For many boat owners, boats become their babies,” says Rich Thompson, president of AdGraphics in Pompano Beach, Fla. Thompson also made a presentation at the annual Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) national convention in Charleston, S.C., in January. “They have an emotional …

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An Italian streetscape in The Netherlands

Overarching blue skies, overhanging brick balconies and oversized windows filled with colorful backlit ads made the Van Straaten Group’s exhibit an overwhelming favorite at the ExpoShow 2013 in The Netherlands. The 30-by-40-foot booth featured an Italian street scene, complete with faux brick pavement and stone-fronted shops, made with printed tensioned fabrics by Van Straaten Group …

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Vehicle wraps define NASCAR car stars

NASCAR racing boasts 75 million fans worldwide and more Fortune 500 sponsors than any other motor sport. Vehicles with exciting graphics and logos keep fans watching and sponsors recognized for their ongoing support. That’s why Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a group with more than 200 victories and 15 championships in NASCAR events, partnered with Roland …

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Another fine mesh

March 1, 2014

Durable, versatile, printable fabric makes a big impact outdoors. The merging of advanced printing technologies and the broad spectrum of mesh products on the market is allowing fabricators to do more than was possible in previous years, especially with splashy, attention-getting outdoor graphics. Mesh, in an increasing variety of styles and materials, is an ideal …

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with canvas

February 1, 2014

Rural turn-of-the-century Australia and Hollywood in the 1960s are bound together by a book, P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, in a new Disney movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks.” Re-creating the two distinctive locations through ads, signs and décor elements fell to Martin T. Charles of SagaBoy Productions, Santa Monica, Calif., …

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Façade wrap suits to a ‘T’

January 1, 2014

As a purveyor of high-end travel goods, Duty Free Shoppers (DFS) Group Ltd. of Hong Kong kept its revised branding strategy for a worldwide network of shopping centers under wraps—literally. The DFS shopping center in Honolulu, Hawaii, cloaked its new identity beneath an 8,752-square-foot temporary building façade that built anticipation for the gala brand unveiling …

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Primer for printing

Digital printing on textiles expands client lists and adds new dimensions to product innovation. For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning Co. of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. The shop printed the imagery directly …