HP’s newest batch of latex printers includes the HP Latex 560 and 570, designed for medium- to large-sized PSPs, and the superwide HP Latex 1500.
Sihl has released the design2wall line of nonwoven, PVC-free wallcovering media, featuring three options for any ink type. Each matte-finished material is Class A flame retardant.
2500 design2wall UV 150 offers a natural, structured surface for latex and UV printing. It features high lightfastness and is available in 54-in. widths. It is HP Latex certified and measures 12.5 mil thick.
3M has widened its Opaque Graphic Film offerings with 22 new colors, including Atomic Red, Khaki Green, and Petroleum Blue Metallic, and a new Controltac Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive Series 180mC. The 180mC series features micro comply air release technology for simplified installation and improved adhesion to liners for cut letters and graphics.
Colex’s new Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter 3232 processes boards, vinyl, and textiles measuring up to 10 x 10 ft via automatic board and roll feeders. The Sharpcut 3232 also features an automatic conveyor table with a triple interchangeable tool head station (fixed knife, oscillating knife, and router), a six-zone vacuum system, and vision registration system. The Optiscout registration system features a high-resolution color camera; plugin to export data from CorelDraw, Illustrator, and AutoCAD; and a material library.
Black Box Creative is a one-size-fits-all creative studio in Miami, offering everything from graphic and web design to small- and wide-format printing and installation. A self-described friend to small businesses, the shop has found that wallcoverings are a great way to decorate and advertise simultaneously; removables are even better. “For most small businesses, their spaces are leased,” says Marcos Albernas, creative director.
Tucanna has partnered with axaio to develop an add-on for Tucanna’s tFlow workflow software that will enable native file processing. While previously, users had to convert Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop files to PDF in order to process them in tFlow, the optional MadeToPrint add-on performs this conversion automatically.
Presto Tape and Athens Paper have announced their distribution agreement. Athens Paper will offer Presto’s CanvasTac, WallFab, and PrestoTex wallcovering products from its Nashville, Tennessee, headquarters and 14 distribution hubs.
Avery Dennison has announced an agreement to acquire Mactac Europe from Platinum Equity. Expected to close in three months’ time, according to a release, the deal includes the company’s manufacturing facility in Belgium, sales offices and warehouses in Europe and Asia, and approximately 470 employees; it does not include Mactac’s North American operations. Avery Dennison reports that the Mactac brand will be preserved.
MCT Digital has added two new Value Added Resellers to its dealer network: Applied Cutting Solutions, which will serve the Pacific Northwest and northern California, and TyrrellTech, with headquarters in Maryland, New Jersey, and Florida. The pair will add MCT digital finishing products, including the VersaTech cutting system, to their digital imaging portfolios.
ISA’s Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report for the first quarter of 2016 has found the majority of industry patterns to be on par with previous forecasts . “In general,” states a release, “it shows a relatively strong US economy and a sluggish global outlook.”