Staff Writer

Staff Writer
The Charlotte Hornets Enter Multi-Year Agreement with ImageMark for Signage Needs

A multi-year agreement has been signed between The Charlotte Hornets and ImageMark Business Services, which will serve as the basketball team's official signage partner. ImageMark will be responsible for the print production and installation of all signs, banners and branding graphics—both inside and outside—of Time Warner Cable Arena for Hornets’ games and arena events.

Brewery Uses World's First Direct Print Powered by KHS System with Xaar Printheads

An innovative brewery now prints directly onto 12,000 PET beer bottles/hr. to deliver 'on-the-fly' customization. The Direct Print equipment at Martens uses Xaar 1002 GS6 printheads to jet high-resolution (360 dpi physical and 1,080 dpi optical) text and images in five colors (CMYK+W) using low-migration LED-cured inks directly onto PET bottles.

Duplo to Showcase the Latest in Automated Digital Print Finishing at GRAPH EXPO

At GRAPH EXPO 15, Duplo USA will be showcasing its growing range of booklet systems along with its popular slitting/cutting/creasing, diecutting, UV coating and perfect binding solutions. For example, attendees will be able to see the new DBM-600 bookletmaker running live with the new, high-speed DSF-6000 sheet feeder, as well as the DSC-10/60i collators.

Great Big Color Keeps Up with Productivity Using an Esko Finishing Solution

Founded in 1998, Great Big Color recently invested in an Esko integrated digital finishing solution, including software and a Kongsberg cutting table, to keep up with its fast flatbed digital printing system. Great Big Color has owned Kongsberg tables for a while. "We first purchased a Kongsberg table when we started creating POP materials," explained Tina McLaughlin, president and owner.

4 Color Press on Track to Triple Business with 29" Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, 4 Color Press (4CP) has been an early adopter of Heidelberg’s Anicolor technology. Most recently, the company added its second Anicolor machine, a Speedmaster XL 75 -5+L. 4CP is on track to triple its business in the next two years. According to 4CP’s owners Andrew and Lisa Fuld, the company had outgrown the Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor it acquired in 2007, logging more than 103 million impressions on the machine in seven years.

Spectrum Resources Moves to New 60,000-Square-Foot Plant in Muskego, Wisconsin

A new corporate headquarters for Spectrum Resources supports explosive growth at the company. The 60,000-square-foot multi-tenant industrial building was built by Spectrum Resources, which will initially take up 29,000-square-feet of space. Spectrum has been in business since 1998 and has averaged a 15 percent growth rate year over year.

Agfa Reports a Revenue Increase of 6.1 Percent for Its Q2 2015 Results

Agfa-Gevaert today announced its second quarter 2015 results. "I am very pleased to see that the positive signs we saw in the first three months of the year were confirmed in the second quarter. This strengthens our belief that we are on the right track to reach the targets we expressed when we published our full year 2014 results," stated Christian Reinaudo, president and CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.

Baldwin Ends U.S. Distributorship Pact with Prisco, Expands Direct Sales for Consumables

As a result of Baldwin Technology ending its exclusive U.S. distributorship with Prisco, all Baldwin Consumables, Prepac and Drypac cloth rolls and Oxy-Dry anti-offset powders are now available exclusively from Baldwin. "We have found over the years, that serving our customers directly, enables Baldwin to provide the highest level of expertise to the cleaning process and related consumables," commented Rich Bennett, vice president, U.S. aftermarket sales and operations.

Sony, Nike Promotions Use Laminates from LuxeFilms to Create Stunning Effects

World-renowned guitar soloist Joe Satriani's new album cover from Sony features LuxeFilms Karess laminate as the finish. Nike also selected laminate from LuxeFilms for its promotional binder. To create sleek understated elegance, the binder was first laminated with LuxeFilms Ebony Karess Laminate for a tactile soft feel.

2015 SGIA Expo to Offer Sustainability, Digital Textile, Garment Decoration Sessions

Taking place in Atlanta Nov. 4-6, the 2015 SGIA Expo includes three dedicated educational areas that showcase top-notch industry knowledge, the Sustainability Zone, the Digital Textile Printing Zone and the Garment Zone. Attendees have the chance to hear new perspectives from top names in the industry, all without leaving the show floor. Registration is free through Oct. 13.

Midland Paper Partners with Canon Solutions America for Inaugural thINK Customer Conference

Bringing its extensive inkjet print media expertise, Midland Paper is partnering with Canon Solutions America to host the thINK 2015 Customer Conference. Taking place in New York, Sept. 8-10, thINK 2015 is one of the largest invitation-only, hosted summits designed for senior managers and business executives who want to understand how Canon Solutions America’s production inkjet printing technology, software and solutions will help them grow their business now and in the future.

Highroad Press VP Killane-Sims Named 2015 Zenger Community Service Medal Recipient

Angelina Killane-Sims, vice president of operations at Highroad Press, will be presented with the 2015 Zenger Community Service Medal at the Franklin Luminaire Awards event in New York City on Oct. 1. The Zenger Medal is awarded to an individual employed in the graphic communications industry who has exemplified, outside of his/her professional role, exemplary character in the form of selfless courage, charity, activism or service.