Staff Writer

Staff Writer
Lotus F1 Team Creates 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Inspired Car Using Printed Wraps

The Lotus F1 Team Mad Max Hybrid vehicle was created to coincide with the May 15th launch of the film "Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller’s keenly anticipated return to the post-apocalyptic world he created more than 30 years ago. The car was fitted with a skin printed on a Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 using a 3M Wrap Film 1080-M230 Matte Grey Aluminum.

Gold Ink Awards Entry: 3-D Lenticular Effects Makes This Direct Mailer Pop

This 2015 Gold Ink Awards entry, titled "Universe," was entered into the Direct Mail category, by lenticular specialty printer Virtual Images, headquartered in Redland, California. According to Maile Kaulukukui, sales and marketing program manager at Virtual Images, a lenticular lens was applied (21.5 mil/100 lip), which she says, creates lots of depth that can be viewed at a hand-held distance.

Tukaiz Receives Second Outerwall-Redbox Continuous Improvement Award

Outerwall Inc. has recognized Tukaiz with its Continuous Improvement Award for being innovative and proactive when addressing the needs of Redbox. Tukaiz is the first supplier to receive this best-in-class recognition twice. For Redbox, Tukaiz creates eye-catching marketing components designed to weather various climate conditions.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Cuts 178 Jobs in Printing, Delivery

Just five days after Tribune Publishing completed its purchase of The San Diego Union-Tribune, the newspaper announced that it would be laying off 178 employees. According to the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing paid $85 million in cash and stock to buy the newspaper, along with eight community weeklies and related Websites from real estate developer Doug Manchester.

IDC: Worldwide Wide-Format Printer Shipments Show Slight Decline in Q1 of 2015

The International Data Corp. (IDC) reports that large-format printer shipments declined by less than -1 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2015, while revenue declined by almost -3 percent. "The first quarter got the year off to a strong start with key wide-format printing technologies like Latex, UV and Eco-solvent inkjet showing nice growth overall," said Phuong Hang, program director for IDC's Worldwide Large-format Printer Tracker.

DATAMATX Accepts Mail Technology Award at the 2015 National Postal Forum

Postmaster General Megan Brennan recognized DATAMATX at the National Postal Forum event in Anaheim, California, for its work in implementing best practices in postal optimization. The USPS annually awards companies for implementing best practices in two categories: Mail Innovation and Mail Technology.

4over’s Zarik Megerdichian Creates New Media Sharing Service, ArtArena

Announcing a brand new media sharing service called ArtArena where anyone can buy, sell and share media with fellow ArtArena members and guests. More than just a stock photography site, the new Website and app gives contributors 70 percent commission on everything they sell—the highest in the industry.

Colonial Printing Retires Two Presses, with New Komori Lithrone GL640 with H-UV

Colonial Printing, a commercial sheetfed printer and a division of Integrity Graphics, has installed a six-color Lithrone G40 (GL640) with H-UV at its Warwick, Rhode Island, facility. With the GL640's advanced automation and fast job cycle time, the company was able to retire two older presses after its installation.

Manroland Sheetfed Transplants Lower Energy Curing Into Roland Offset Presses

Providing less energy consumption along with a better profit margin, Manroland Sheetfed has introduced its Low Energy Curing (LEC) UV technology for Roland offset presses. LEC technology is built on a combination of special LEC UV lamps and highly reactive UV ink. It is designed for faster curing results and premium curing quality.