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Superwide Dye-Sublimation Fabrics from Van Straaten

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Decotex, Blockout, and Flag.

Van Straaten and Heytex have teamed to develop three 16-foot dye-sublimation fabrics. Read more on our sister site.

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InPrint Show Comes to the US

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Industrial printing expo to hit Florida in 2017.

InPrint: The Industrial Print Show has announced a North American edition of its fledgling expo, to take place April 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Currently in its third year, the European show draws exhibitors, educators, and attendees from the industrial, specialty, digital, inkjet, and 3D-printing fields.

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From the Editor: Through a Print Buyer's Eyes

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A quick glance from the outside in reveals an industry identity crisis.

I was walking the aisles of the Globalshop retail design expo in Las Vegas last month when I decided to shoot a colleague a quick birthday greeting – in Spanish, because she happens to be bilingual. Not an easy task for my sausage-shaped fingers on the 4-inch screen of my smartphone, and virtually an impossible one with Apple’s wondrously unpredictable spell checker factored into the equation.

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The Top 5 Art Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Many times, mistakes that show up on press can be traced back to the very first stage of the process: the artwork.

A lot of shop owners get down on themselves when errors happen in production, forgetting that a certain amount of variability comes with the territory. Especially when you do a lot of custom screen printing, the art, job setup, and printing parameters can be different on every order you do. When no two jobs are the same, it’s not really a surprise if the artwork doesn’t come out well a certain percentage of the time and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem in your art department.

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Drupa and ESMA Team to Showcase Functional Printing

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Two pavilions demo screen- and inkjet printing potential.

The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) will host two pavilions dedicated to functional and industrial printing at the upcoming drupa tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Hit Promotional Products Mourns CEO

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Bill Schmidt passed away April 9.

Bill Schmidt, the CEO of Hit Promotional Products (Largo, Florida), passed away on April 9 at the age of 73. Born in New York on August 3, 1942, Schmidt is survived by his wife, Liz, and his sons, Bill Jr. and CJ.

He purchased the company from his father in 2001, changing its name and mission to focus on promotional products exclusively. They have since claimed the fifth-largest supplier spot in the industry, according to the Advertising Specialty Institute.

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Resources Across the Wearable Electronics Industry

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Interested in learning more about wearable tech? Find education, startups, and more.

Conferences/Symposiums/Training

IDTechEx
This organization conducts research, offers consulting services, and organizations conferences and trade shows that can help companies profit from emerging technologies. IDTechEx conducted the Printed Electronics USA show and the Wearables Technology USA conference.

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OE-A Predicts 11-Percent Sales Increase for Printed Electronics

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Survey respondents expect growth into 2017.

OE-A released its semiannual Business Climate Survey for the organic and printed electronics industry at LOPEC 2016. The survey projects an 11-percent increase in sales revenue for 2016 – roughly 7 percentage points lower than what was forecasted in December of last year.

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ASI Show Returns to Chicago

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Keynote from Matalin, Carville focuses on politics and entrepreneurship.

The ASI Show Chicago will set up shop in McCormick Place, July 12-14, with a trade floor comprised of 4000 distributors and 700 suppliers from across the promotional product and garment decoration industries. Visitors can also attend a variety of networking and educational events, with topics such as:

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InPrint: Collaboration Key for Advancement of Industrial Printing

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The industrial print show reveals a white paper in advance of its third iteration.

The InPrint industrial print show’s newest white paper “What is the Future of Industrial Print” explores the pace of and factors behind development in this rapidly growing market. Authored by Mark Hanley of IT Strategies and Marcus Timson of InPrint, the paper is based on survey results collected from 150 respondents around the world in January 2016.

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