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MGI Acquires Majority Ownership in KÖRA-Packmat

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The acquisition will form the MGI Group.

MGI Digital Graphic Technology, a French manufacturer of digital printing and finishing solutions, has announced its acquisition of majority ownership in German industrial manufacturer KÖRA-Packmat GmbH.

MGI and KÖRA-Packmat have had a strategic industrial collaboration since 2005. The acquisition will form the “MGI Group.” The MGI Group will be an independent manufacturer of digital inkjet presses.

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Signs By Tomorrow Announces Wrap Contest Finalists

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Voting for the top-five finalists ends March 22.

Signs By Tomorrow has announced the top finalists for its “Imagine It… We Can Wrap It!” contest being held in conjunction with 3M and United Application Standards Group (UASG).

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Océ Introduces Arizona 318 GL UV Printer

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New UV flatbed is positioned for low-volume production environments.

Océ has announced the new Océ Arizona 318 GL printer, a UV flatbed designed “to offer smaller print producers entrance to the world of high-quality UV flatbed printing,” the company reports. The Arizona 318 GL printer made its world debut at FESPA Digital 2012 exhibition in Barcelona and its US debut at the ISA Expo in Orlando.

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Aurora Adds New Textiles to Northern Lights Collection

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New fabrics include: VC Poly Banner Light and VC Poly Banner Plus.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has added White Black White FR to its Northern Lights Printable Textiles collection. The bright white triple-layered, 100% polyester fabric contains a black blockout layer for full opacity. The 7.4-oz textile is ideal for window, kiosk, banner, front-lit, P-O-P, theatrical, retail, and tradeshow displays. Either side of the material can be printed using latex, dye-sublimation transfer, or UV-curable technology. The textile meets NFPA-701 small-scale flammability standards. Available in widths up to 116 in.

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Ultraflex Releases Pole Banner Pro

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An 18-oz blockout banner material.

Ultraflex has announced its new Pole Banner Pro 18-oz blockout banner material. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications, its 1000 x 1000 scrim provides strength and stability under harsh weather conditions, the company reports. Pole Banner is designed for two-sided applications such as pole banners, aisle and event signage, and hanging banners. Both sides feature a matte finish and are compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV inks as well as screenprinting processes. Pole Banner is fire-rated and available in widths ranging from 38 to 196 in.

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Three New Media Options from Sihl

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Including: 3579 Décor Brilliant Canvas, 3184 Irradia Canvas, and ClearStick 3166.

Sihl Digital Imaging has launched new media options including: 3579 Décor Brilliant Canvas, 3184 Irradia Canvas, and ClearStick 3166.

Décor Brilliant Canvas, a 15-mil matte, bright-white canvas with instant-dry coating for use with aqueous printers. Intended for framed art or photo reproduction, Décor Brilliant offers opacity, resistance to edge cracking, and water resistance. Available in 24-, 36-, 42-, 50-, and 60-in. roll widths.

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‘One Piece at a Time’

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Jonathan Brand outputs a replacement Mustang – in paper and ink.

For artist Jonathan Brand, cars have always been an important part of life.

“Cars played a pivotal part of my upbringing and the forming of my personal relationships, as well as who I am as an artist,” he says. “My grandfather built auto-assembly lines, my uncle and cousins are mechanics, and my father and I restored three antique vehicles.”

One of those restored vehicles – a 1969 Ford Mustang Coupe – would become the focus of Brand’s artistic eye, unexpectedly so.

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Tradeshows: They’re Back, Baby

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Insight gained from attending the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.

I recently spent four days walking the 15 football fields or so that comprised the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, aka CES. Of course, I wasn’t alone. A record number of attendees –153,000 registrants – were poking around the 3100 company exhibits.

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Rescuing Vincent

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BetterWall resells musuem exhibit banners.

Don’t have the money to buy an original work of art by Monet, van Gogh, or Rembrandt? Purchase the next best thing from BetterWall. The company has established a nice niche by making arrangements with museums around the world to exclusively sell their exhibit banners. In doing so, it’s also made quite the environmental impact: Through its sale and recycling of museum banners, the company has kept more than 100 tons of vinyl out of landfills since 2004, reports BetterWall’s Nicolas Weiser.

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Diving into Something New

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Ampco Graphix creates wall mural for aquatic complex.

Since the 1970s, the City Centre Aquatic Complex in Coquitlam, British Columbia, had sported the same interior décor. To finally bring the aquatic recreation center into the new millennium, the city of Coquitlam contacted Ampco Graphix to create a wall mural to fancy up the swimming-pool area. Ampco designed an athletic-swimming themed mural based on a concept presented by the aquatic center. For output, the shop took to its EFI Vutek 150 with EFI Fiery RIP, onto 3M Controltac IF 180Cv3-10 self-adhesive vinyl. A 3M matte laminate was added and the graphic was hand trimmed.

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