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Inx Acquires Brazilian Ink Manufacturer

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Purchase of Creative Industria e Comercio brings South American presence.

Inx International has announced its forthcoming purchase of Brazilian printing ink manufacturer Creative Industria e Comercio. The Sao Paulo-based company has produced flexographic and gravure packaging inks since 1996.

Rick Clendenning, president and CEO of Inx International, says in a release that the acquisition will enable the company to expand its packaging ink portfolio in South America.

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Shop Talk: A 15-Color Masterpiece

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This award-winning poster print leaves us in awe and wondering if the fine art revolution is on its way.

If you took a walk through the Golden Image Awards at the recent SGIA show, you may have noticed the poster for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – the one with the gold ribbon and voted Best in Show for graphic screen printing.

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Printing Tips for Today’s Fabrics

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Popular, profitable, and often a pain in the neck to print, the latest fashion fabrics can present quite a challenge to shops accustomed to printing standard plastisols on all-cotton garments.

For the most part, today’s ready-for-use plastisol inks haven’t changed all that much over the years, other than the introduction of non-phthalate formulations. (There are, of course, newer non-PVC inks such as silicone, high-solids water based, and acrylic-based plastisol inks, though in this article I’ll be focusing on non-phthalate plastisols.) What has changed, though, are the types and styles of fabrics that printers are asked to decorate.

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Sensor Films Receives NextFlex Grant for Flexible Hybrid Electronics

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Aims to develop additive manufacturing system.

Sensor Films has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute. Sensor Films, a manufacturer of large-format, multi-material inkjet deposition systems, solicited the grant in order to develop an inline prototype and production-scale system for delivering drop-on-demand deposition of functional inks with seamless integration of surface-mounted semiconductor components on flexible substrates, according to a release.

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ASDPT Adds Three New Members

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Balfour, Stencel, Kitson join the ranks.

The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) has inducted three new members. New members, according to SGIA, are chosen for industry expertise, demonstrated ability in their field, and willingness to better the imaging community. The inductees are:

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New Conference for Growing Industrial Print Sector

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March event co-hosted by FESPA and ESMA.

The inaugural Industrial Print in Production conference has been announced by FESPA and ESMA. The associations will collaborate to host the March 7-9 event, held at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.

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Clausius Named Winner of Kornit Fashion Contest

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Fashion Institute of Technology students compete.

Kornit and the Fashion Institute of Technology have announced the winners of the second stage of their annual printed textiles competition. Fashion design students used printed textiles designed by their classmates in the textile/surface design school to create ready-to-wear garments. The materials were printed on a Kornit Allegro textile printer.

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2 Regular Guys Teaches Digital Decorating

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Montgomery, Combs travel to Indiana for hands-on workshop.

The hosts of the 2 Regular Guys podcast, Aaron Montgomery and Terry Combs, have announced a hands-on digital decorating workshop for February 24-25, 2017. The event will take place at Mind’s Eye Graphics in Decatur, Indiana, and will focus on DTG and sublimation decoration. The hosts will also share advice on pricing and marketing, while Mind’s Eye’s Greg Kitson will speak on business management.

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‘The Southern’ Gallery Features Printed Artwork

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A holiday promotion of original pieces.

The Southern, a Charleston, South Carolina, art gallery, has announced its holiday exhibition: “99 Problems (but a print ain’t one).” From November 25 to December 31, the exhibit will run through the holiday season in an effort to promote art collecting. Pieces from more than 100 artists working in woodcut, linocut, etching, engraving, monotype, monoprint, lithography, screen printing, digital printing, and transfer printing will be available in editions of five to ten across a range of prices.

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Expert Apparel: Integrating Your Production Systems

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Going back to the basics can do wonders for your shop’s efficiency.

Let’s stop for a minute and think about all the moments our presses have come to a halt in production. I’ve been in the T-shirt business some 30 years, and the list of reasons hasn’t changed much. You’ve got pinholes, ghost images, ink buildup, ink hangup, mis-registration, uneven ink coverage, poor color balance, and dot gain – to name a few. Now take it a step further and estimate the amount of downtime these disruptions cost you. Better yet, ask your staff to start recording this information, because real data is far more revealing than a casual estimate.

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