PaperlinX Canada Limited has reached an agreement with Océ-Canada to become a Full Service Dealer for Océ Digital Graphics Systems products effective immediately, further strengthening the company's commitment to the growing Sign & Display Graphics Industry across the country.
"PaperlinX Canada has built a strong foundation of business diversification as a key component to our strategic plan," said Gord Saray, director of business development for Eastern Canada. "The sign & display graphics segment is a critical pillar in this foundation. Our team remains focused on providing value to our customers through viable equipment, media and consumable solutions. PaperlinX Canada also strives to attract suppliers who are industry innovators and leaders. We are proud to represent Océ Canada; a company which will be a valuable resource supporting our customers and employees across Canada."
PaperlinX Canada will market and sell Océ Digital Graphics products through Coast Paper and SPICERS. The important element of servicing of Océ Digital Graphics equipment will be managed by TSG, Technical Services Group of PaperlinX Canada.
Inca Digital has announced sales of the Inca Onset S20, its high-volume wide format inkjet flatbed printer, have exceeded expectations in North America. "Sales in North America reflect the positive results we are experiencing throughout the world. Globally, Inca Onset S20 business is going very well," said Dr. Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital.
Sold exclusively by Fujifilm, the Inca Onset S20 delivers high levels of productivity and versatility for production of superior quality retail graphics. Recent speed upgrades have boosted the Onset S20's throughput to 3330 sqft (62 full beds per hour), an increase of 24 percent over the original model. The Onset S20 offers a choice of white or light cyan and light magenta in addition to the standard CMYK configuration, and a variety of finishing effects, including matte, satin, and high gloss, on materials up to 123 inches x 63 inches, and two inches thick. Customers throughout North America have been very pleased with its performance.
Quantum Graphics Inc. in Shelby Township, MI, a specialty graphics shop that produces retail graphics for indoor and outdoor use, was one of the first facilities to install the Onset S20 in the U.S. "We needed the productivity," said Gerard Buczek, COO and Vice-President, "We had an Inca Columbia Turbo, and an Inca Eagle H, which are both very reliable machines. We chose the Onset S20 for the same reason we chose the others—we were primarily screen printers and are used to a flatbed register system. We run mostly indoor graphics—on styrene, 24-point board, lightweight board, and vinyl decals. We do more line colours than four-colour process. The Onset S20 has already brought in new business. With the light magenta/light cyan we can print a wider colour gamut to match Pantone and brand colours. We play around with the RIP for colour enhancement and can print a variety of gloss levels, which gets new clients in the door who are used to a litho or screen-printed gloss. We can run larger quantities--in the 500-600 range--without thinking twice. It's a natural fit for us."
Matrix Imaging, a large-format digital printer located in downtown Indianapolis, was familiar with Inca, owning an Inca Spyder 320 with CMYK before it installed its Inca Onset S20—a CMYK printer with white— in March. "We liked the Inca Onset S20's full bed array printing, which eliminates banding and adds speed," said Brian Freije, president of Matrix Imaging. "We produce POP displays in medium runs from 1,000 or less -- and unique specialty products, such as acrylics with white, and lenticular displays. The applications on the Inca Onset S20 are really endless; we have printed on styrene, gator foam, plywood and even ceiling tiles. We use the gloss effect often -- particularly spot gloss, which gives the look of varnish. The quality is great -- much better than screen printing and it allows us to compete with offset. It's an excellent machine, and delivers all-around savings."
DuraColor, Racine, WI, a high-quality graphics producer of OEM, retail, and fleet materials in the midwest, purchased an Inca Onset S20 CMYK plus white for faster throughput of wide-format products. DuraColor also operates a six-colour Inca Spyder 320 and Inca Eagle 44. "We produce high-end POP materials, and recent demand required us to produce more than the volume an hour that came off the Spyder," said Ralph Rhein, VP Operations. "We're already running two shifts nonstop with the Inca Onset S20, producing high-quality POP, foam, styrene, PVC chloroplast and vinyls. We create interior signs, mall graphics, aisle graphics and monthly promotions. Graphics include photos, four-colour process work, double sided materials, and lots of odd things--basically anything that ink sticks to and gets through the machine. If we didn't have the Inca Onset S20, we would have lost a good portion of a product rollout for a major company and split the work with other printers. It has been proven to be an excellent addition to all our company's G7 calibrated digital presses and it has delivered a large amount of revenue for us."
Miller Zell's Graphic Center in Atlanta bought an Inca Onset S20 Gloss CMYK plus white, looking to capitalise on the digital wide format machine's reduced make-ready and set-up time and costs. The Graphic Center, a leading-edge facility for wide and super-wide format printing of POP and other in-store signage, also has an Inca Spyder 320 (CMYK/ lc/lm/white) and rigid and roll-to-roll printers. "We have had a good track record with the Spyder 320 and wanted something that was capable of more press sheets per hour," says Ford Bowers, General Manager. "We are consistently getting up to 50 boards or more an hour with the Onset S20 with their automation, and with their new 12 pass mode are exceeding 60 boards per hour. We are primarily a screen printer, but the Inca Onset S20's capabilities put digital in the ballpark for us. With screen printing, the set-up and make-readies are expensive and the average number of sheets per job has decreased. A six-colour screen press requires crews of three-to-four people. Running the Onset S20 requires just one person. The savings in make-ready, labour and waste are phenomenal. We are running interior store graphics, printing anything from white text on coloured substrates to matching Pantones. Now that we have the Inca S20, we anticipate a tremendous competitive advantage and boost to bottom-line profit."
"The ability of the Inca Onset S20 to print a multitude of projects at a very competitive speed has made it an extremely attractive printer for sign and display shops," said Heather Kendle, Inca Digital Director of Marketing. "The Onset S20 has been an extremely competitive alternative to screen and offset printing. In fact, some of our customers have already invested in a second Onset."
Graphtec America has announced its expansion into a new larger facility in Irvine, CA, strategically located near the Orange County/John Wayne airport. Even in the current challenging business environment, Graphtec America continues to grow and needed a larger facility to handle those growth demands.
The new 44,000 square foot facility provides a larger warehouse and additional shipping docks, enlarged customer service area, and enlarged training area. The new facility will also bring together the existing executive staff and marketing teams with the customer service, technical support, and logistics teams in one building. This consolidation into one larger facility will enable better customer service, streamlined technical support, and expanded shipping capabilities.
As of February 21, 2011 the Graphtec America corporate headquarters will be located at17462 Armstrong Avenue, Irvine CA 92614. Graphtec America telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.
FLEXcon has entered an agreement to acquire the business assets of the Graphics Division of Arlon, Inc. of Santa Ana, CA, to form a company to be named Arlon Graphics, LLC, a new wholly owned subsidiary of FLEXcon. This strategic move will strengthen FLEXcon's market leadership position by expanding its product portfolio in advertising and promotional products, as well as extending its sales channel and global market presence. The new Arlon Graphics, LLC will extend offers of employment to the executives and employees. When the acquisition is complete, FLEXcon will have the option to purchase Arlon Engineered Coated Products and Arlon SignTech Ltd. of San Antonio, Texas, following necessary due diligence.
Founded in 1958, the Graphics Division of Arlon, Inc. has been a proven leader and manufacturer of a full line of high quality pressure sensitive cast vinyl, flexible substrates, and print media films for the digital imaging, signage, vehicle graphic and screen printing. The new Arlon Graphics, LLC will continue its dedication to delivering high quality broad product offerings, specifically its cast product range. FLEXcon will also benefit from the company's strategically positioned distribution centers across six continents, with sales in over 50 countries servicing customers worldwide.
"FLEXcon is excited to announce the formation of Arlon Graphics, LLC. FLEXcon is attracted to the Graphics Division of Arlon, Inc. for its complementary product lines and its skilled, dedicated workforce," said Neil McDonough, president and CEO, FLEXcon. "The synergies between the two companies are ideal. Both manufacturers are dedicated to delivering quality products and unbeatable customer service. This move will further strengthen FLEXcon's product range and secures our status as a market leader."
"The combination of the Graphics Division of Arlon, Inc. with our prospective new owner, FLEXcon, makes this a win-win. FLEXcon benefits from Arlon Graphic's brand-reputation and extensive distribution capabilities, while Arlon benefits from FLEXcon's R&D and innovation capabilities," said Ron Hopkins, president, Arlon. "Employees and customers will benefit from a combined one hundred plus years of experience, each sharing a long term vision for growth through quality products while maintaining lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with employees, customers and the community."
greatBIGcolor, a Colorado-based FSC certified and G7 Master qualified print production company, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise, by WBEC-West, a regional certified partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
This certification denotes those businesses owned and operated by a woman. Company President Tina McLaughlin states, “I’m really excited and honored to earn the Women’s Business Enterprise certification. Not only does it highlight the positive influences a woman can bring to business, but it also benefits our clients who have minority vendor programs in place.”
greatBIGcolor was founded in 1998 by Tina’s husband, Sean McLaughlin. Several year’s later, Tina joined the team and her sales expertise helped rapidly grow the business. In 2010, Tina took the reins as President of greatBIGcolor. Under Tina’s lead, she brought many positive changes to the company including earning the G-7 Master Printer designation from IDEAlliance, creating an online customer-based website and acquiring several new top-of-the-line UV photorealistic quality printers.
HP has announced that the HP Designjet L25500 Printer and HP Latex Inks received three top honours from Business Equipment Research & Test Laboratories (BERTL).
These honours include:
A Fall BERTL's Best Award for Best Eco-Friendly Wide Format Inkjet Printer awarded to the HP Designjet L25500 Printer for its potential to help wide-format specialists succeed in a rapidly developing marketplace
A Fall BERTL's Best Award for Best Innovation in Environmentally Friendly Ink awarded to HP Latex Inks, signifying BERTL's belief that HP Latex Inks will help shape the future market
An Exceptional Certified Five Star rating for the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, citing its high versatility to deliver indoor and outdoor applications on a wide range of media with outstanding print quality, while meeting the needs of environmentally conscious customers
"BERTL's Best Awards look not only at the speeds and feeds of devices, but also at end-user and market dynamics to identify the best products in the digital marketing industry," said Art Wynne, president, BERTL. "Offering a combination of versatility, ease-of-use and a lower impact on the environment, the HP Designjet L25500 Printer and HP Latex Inks stood out for their potential to make a major impact on the market."
The HP Designjet L25500 Printer offers print service providers unrivaled versatility with quality and durability comparable to eco-solvent inks, while reducing the impact of printing on the environment. Available in 42- and 60-inch models, the printer is ideal for small and medium-size digital print and sign shops, as well as copy shops and photo labs, interested in offering an enhanced range of applications. To generate new business opportunities with eco-conscious customers, HP Latex Ink prints on HP PVC-free Wall Paper meet the GREENGUARD Children & Schools standard for low emitting products and AgBB criteria for health-related evaluation of volatile organic compound emissions of indoor building products.
"HP is honoured to be recognised by BERTL for our innovative sign and display technologies and dedication to reducing the impact of printing on the environment," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Designjet Large-Format Solutions, HP. "These awards and the five star rating from BERTL highlight the benefits that HP Latex Printing Technologies are bringing to our customers as a preferred alternative to solvent solutions."
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