The National Print Owners Association (NPOA) has been created. Targeted at small independent print operations and those in the quick-print segment of the graphic-art market, the new association seeks to offer “a viable alternative to those printers who are currently members of other trade associations, but are dissatisfied with the return on their investment,” the new association “also seeks to attract many other printers who have chosen not to join any association because none have appeared, so far, to satisfy their needs.”
InteliCoat Technologies representatives will be hosting free online webinars every Thursday in January to review its current Product of the Month’s line – Magic Ink.
Magic Ink is the company’s alternative solution for accurate color reproduction and print longevity, according to InteliCoat. The water-resistant inks are compatible with various brands of inkjet media, enabling the user to print on a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates.
The Information Management Institute (IMI) has announced the programs for its Digital Printing World 2013 Conferences being held January 28-February 1, 2013, at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 2013 IMI Conferences include:
• 22nd Annual Inkjet Printing Conference (January 30 – February 1);
• Inkjet Deposition Course (January 28-29);
• Inkjet Printhead Selection & Evaluation Course (January 28-29);
• 3D Printing Symposium (January 28-29); and
The non-profit Fresh Artists organization (freshartists.org) has found a way to teach children to become philanthropists. Children (grades K-12) donate their artwork to corporations across the country and, in return, these organizations make a donation to Fresh Artists, which uses the contributions to purchase art supplies for inner-city art teachers.
Ahlstrom has added to its range of Silco Flat release papers for pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) graphics with the addition of newly developed products for large-format applications and for plotter-cut films.
The Helsinki, Finland-based company has introduced:
* Ahlstrom Silco Flat Premium, for demanding graphic applications. It boasts an increased top and backside smoothness to enhance the vinyl film glossiness as well as a backside moisture barrier.
Roland DGA has announced that, effective January 1, 2013, Rick Scrimger, formerly vice president of sales and marketing of Roland DGA, will replace current Roland DGA president Dave Goward, who has been appointed president of worldwide sales and an executive officer for Roland DG.
The new year brings a new location for Inkcups Now Corp. (ICN) corporate offices, main production, and main warehouse. As of January 1, 2013, ICN will be located at the 26,000 square foot building in Danvers, Massachusetts. The new location is only a mile from the previous building, and except for the street address, all contact information will be the same.
Plaskolite, Inc., the Columbus, Ohio-based manufacturer of acrylic sheet products, has acquired the extruded sheet business of Pexco LLC.
Part of Odyssey Investment Partners and based in Atlanta with 10 plants in the United States and Mexico, Pexco designs and fabricates custom extruded parts and components to manufacturers and end-users for a range of applications, including aerospace, retail, traffic safety, medical, lighting, fence industries, and more. Its extruded sheet business is based in Columbia, South Carolina.
Ariva, part of paper manufacturer Domtar Corporation, has introduced a new portfolio of branded wide-format print media.
Indianapolis-based Panther Graphics is looking to spice up the holiday season by giving away six free vinyl vehicle wraps through a promotion on the company’s Facebook page (facebook.com/panthergraphics).