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Kornit Acquires SPSI’s Direct-to-Garment Assets

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Anticipates screen printers’ transition to digital processes.

Digital textile printer manufacturer Kornit Digital has acquired the direct-to-garment printing assets of its North American distribution partner, SPSI. The two companies have partnered since 2004 to distribute Kornit’s products throughout the western US.

According to a statement from Gabi Seligsohn, CEO of Kornit, the move “provides access to a large screen-printing customer base which is poised to switch to digital technology over the next several years.”

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What’s Next for Single-Pass Inkjets?

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High-speed inkjet systems – including brand new lines launched at drupa – are becoming more practical for a huge range of products and creative applications.

When HP worked with Coca-Cola to print different names and messages on millions of cans and bottles of Diet Coke, it was a brilliant demonstration of how far digital printing technology has come. The remarkable ability to custom decorate a mass-market product captured the attention of consumers, brands, marketing agencies, and manufacturers.

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SGIA Opens Golden Image Competition

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Entries due September 9.

SGIA is seeking entries for its annual Golden Image Competition, honoring specialty imaging projects from a host of categories. All entries submitted by September 9 will be displayed on the SGIA Expo floor in Las Vegas; winners will be chosen on September 13.

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InfoTrends to Examine Best Sales Practices for Print Industry

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‘Your salesforce is the face to the customer.’

InfoTrends has undertaken a new study on the “Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations,” aiming to discern how the print industry’s sales practices may need to rise to the level of today’s consumer values and behavior.

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Roland Opens East Coast Imagination Center

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A demonstration and training facility.

Roland has opened the Roland Imagination Center in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The 3500-square-foot facility will offer training, production demonstrations, and a Roland Creative Center gallery.

The company celebrated the June 16 opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tours, and product demonstrations.
 

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Epson Acquires Robustelli

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Digital textile printer manufacturing partnership is formalized.

Epson has acquired Robustelli, an Italian manufacturer of the Monna Lisa digital textile printer series. The two companies have partnered in the development of the Monna Lisa since 2003 and plan to continue joint research and development efforts with the goal of expanding textile printer offerings, according to a release.

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Signage Foundation Updates Best Practices for Temporary Signs

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Guidance reflects last year’s ‘Reed v. Town of Gilbert’ ruling.

In light of the one-year anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling in “Reed v. Town of Gilbert,” The Signage Foundation has released an updated version of its guide “Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs.” The court ruled, according to a release, “that communities must treat all types of temporary signs the same, regardless of the message contained on them.”

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Drupa Wraps up 2016 Show

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Attendees show support for specialty programming.

As its 2016 show came to a close earlier this month, drupa reported a preliminary attendance count of 260,000 hailing from 188 countries – down slightly from the 314,000 at the 2012 show, though with a higher number of attendees per day. (The 2016 show was 11 days, compared to 14 days four years ago.) More than 1837 exhibitors filled 19 halls at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition center.

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12-Color Automatic Press Now Available from Workhorse

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New Sabre model also features touch-screen control tablet.

Workhorse Products has added a 12-color model to its Sabre series of automatic garment screen presses. The new model features a touch-screen control tablet with free access to a job-management portal; microregistration; independent squeegee and flood bar pressure adjustments; and quick-release pallets. Standard print area measures 20 x 28 in.

The Sabre series is also offered in 6-, 8-, and 10-color configurations.
 

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Sawgrass Offers New Eight-Color Ink Set

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Featuring three shades of black.

Sawgrass’ new SubliJet-HD Pro Photo XF inks, designed for the Virtuoso Product Decorating System, feature 8 colors, including CMYK, LcLm, and two shades of gray. The XF inks have been reengineered for improved UV stability and image longevity as well as smoother gradients.

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