In February, SGIA welcomed a new leader as Ford Bowers took the helm as president and CEO, succeeding Michael Robertson, who had served in that post since 2001. Bowers was named the successor at the SGIA Expo last November, following Robertson’s announcement that he would be retiring after 33 years with the association. Bowers brings a nontraditional perspective to association management, coming to SGIA from the leading retail graphics firm Miller Zell, where he was VP and general manager of the printing operation.
EFI has announced the acquisition of Bradford, UK-based Rialco, a supplier of dye powders and color products for digital printers and other industrial manufacturers.
Inkcups Now has introduced a new rotary inkjet printer, Helix, for cylindrical printing. Helix features a quick-change tooling fixture for printing to both straight-walled and tapered cylindricals across the beverage, cosmetic, and industrial markets. The printer reportedly adjusts automatically to cylinder height and diameter; it is compatible with cylinder diameters ranging from 2 to 4.5 in. and lengths from 3 to 12 in. (Max. print length is 4.25 in.) Helix prints up to 1200 x 1200 dpi with droplets as small as 7 pL.
ST Media Group International Inc. announces the appointment of Robin Donovan to editor-in-chief of Signs of the Times, the leading information source for sign professionals for more than 110 years. Robin will rejoin the company’s flagship brand, taking the helm from Wade Swormstedt, who has led Signs of the Times since 1991 and is leaving to become the executive director of the new Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI).
The Decorated Apparel Expo (DAX) is traveling to three locations throughout the central US this spring:
• March 4-5 at the Jack Reardon Center in Kansas City, Kansas;
• April 1-2 at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minnesota;
• And April 22-23 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Students in the Graphic Communications program at the C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia, had the chance to visit the SGIA headquarters in nearby Fairfax for a day of hands-on training. The 11th and 12th graders follow a curriculum focused on graphics software, print layout, and graphics theory, but their hands-on experience is limited.
Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. This web-to-print sidebar supplements the "Weaknesses" section with a sampling of web-based workflow options.
Screen Americas has expanded the capabilities of its Truepress Jet W3200UV series of flatbed printers. Users now have the option to purchase a Roll2Roll system for handling roll-fed media up to 126 in. wide. The system also features tension control and determines vacuum zones and strength according to the length and condition of the media.
Tekra has released two industrial films from SABIC. The first, Lexan 8A13E, is a high-clarity polycarbonate film for use in molding applications such as lighting and display, automotive dashboards and interiors, appliances, overlays, and consumer electronics. The film exhibits low ink consumption, improved print registration, uniform fine matte texture, and a low gloss appearance. It is available in rolls or sheets with thicknesses ranging from 5 to 20 mil.