Hirsch has increased its Solution Studio space in Huntersville, North Carolina, by 200 percent. The company hosted an open house last month to showcase new equipment and decorating techniques. New equipment on display includes the Kornit Storm Hexa DTG printer, the MHM iQ-Oval modular automatic screen-printing machine, the Synchroprint 5000 carousel printer, the Kornit Paradigm II running with the MHM S-Type Xtreme press, and the Adelco Duplex dryer.
The Organic and Printed Electronics Association has released its semi-annual Business Climate Survey, forecasting a 17-percent increase in sales revenue for 2017. In addition, about one third of OE-A members reported in a survey that they plan to increase their investments in expanding production, while 31 percent said they plan to hire additional staff in the next six months.
SGIA’s Scholarship Program is open for applications for students attending a post-secondary educational program in the fall of 2017. The program awards $2000 each to 10 applicants who are students of active SGIA Educational Institution members. The SGIA Education Committee will consider academic achievement, work experience, extracurricular activities, financial need, a one-page essay, and academic and professional recommendations.
Many of my “old guy” garment decorator friends shy away from polyester in a big way. When I was primarily involved with screen printing and DTG, I was among them, a huge proponent of 100-percent cotton T-shirts. I really didn’t think I could ever come to love polyester shirts. But thanks to companies like Under Armour and others, the demand for polyester has changed in a dramatic way.
Nigel Steffens has announced his retirement from FESPA after 23 years with the organization. Steffens joined FESPA in 1993 as assistant general secretary, rising to general secretary in 2000 and CEO in 2003. In 2013 he stepped down from both positions and took on an advisory role.
Steffens’ legacies at FESPA include the introduction of “mini FESPAs” in the mid-1990s, the acquisition of what became FESPA Mexico, and the expansion of FESPA relationships in Asia.
To most printers, the idea of blending colors means the process of using two colors to make an additional one. Let’s say a job includes a yellow screen and a blue one, and the design also has areas that are green. The printer can use the yellow and blue to create the green areas and save an additional screen. But this only works when the colors are the right hues to begin with. If you tried to attempt such a blend with a yellow gold and a deep royal blue, then you would likely end up with a brownish, olive green that wouldn’t be appealing.
It began, as frustrating experiences often do, on a driving range. Karen Beck couldn’t understand what her husband, Chip, a touring pro and four-time winner on the PGA Tour, was asking her to do when she gripped the golf club. Realizing that she couldn’t have him place her hands in the correct position before every shot, she told him she needed a visual aid that would show her when she had done it correctly on her own.
The hosts of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast are seeking nominations for the fourth annual Reggie Awards.
“What we are most proud of is the fact that this is entirely decided, from start to finish, by our listeners and the industry as a whole,” says Co-Host Aaron Montgomery. “Nominations are made by the industry, and the winners are selected by the industry.”
ISA and InfoTrends have collaborated on a new white paper exploring the trends, opportunities, and challenges in wide-format print. The report suggests that print volumes for wide-format production graphics in North America will expand at a CAGR of 13 percent, totaling more than 9 billion square feet by 2020.
I’ll bet that finding skilled production staff is a constant headache for your business. You’re not alone, and unfortunately, things aren’t likely to improve soon. Over the past few years, a number of colleges that offer coursework and degrees in printing – schools that have traditionally provided solid candidates for these positions – have cut back or discontinued their print-related curriculum.