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‘Midnight Blockout’ Fabric for Tradeshow Displays

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Top Value Fabrics’ new material compatible with numerous inks.

Top Value Fabrics has introduced Midnight Blockout, a fabric designed specifically for tradeshow displays. Featuring an acrylic black back for increased opacity and durability, the media is slightly stretchable for use in exhibit and retail frames. It is printable with direct and transfer dye-sub, UV, and latex inks. Width is 126 in.

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Magic Adds Backlit and Window Films

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Two new inkjet materials.

Magic has added Adhere6.0, a removable window film that offers an alternative to vinyl, and Hilite8.0, a translucent satin backlit film.

Adhere6.0 is an optically clear polyester material with a high gloss surface designed for window advertisements and décor. It is latex- and UV-printable. Available in 50- and 54-in. widths.

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Building Wrap Mesh from Agfa Graphics

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Designed for heavy-duty environments.

Agfa Graphics’ Duratex Supreme Mesh is designed for outdoor applications facing extreme wear and tear such as building wraps and pole banners. The tear-resistant mesh features a 90/10 air flow and blockout characteristics for double-sided applications. Agfa reports the material is printable with most solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks with the help of a mesh kit. Available in 126- and 196-in. widths.

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Tekra Adds 15-Mil Backlit Film

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Latex-printable material designed for greater durability.

Tekra has added 15-mil JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate film. The material is a sturdier alternative to the company’s 8- and 10-mil options. Tekra reports that the film offers high ink adhesion and a light transmission of 32.5%, reducing hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.

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Double-Wide Screen Cleaning Sink from Workhorse

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Fits a single large-format or two standard screens.

Workhorse Products’ new double-wide screen reclaiming sink measures 24 in. deep by 52 in. wide, offering room to wash two standard 23 x 31-in. screens or a single large-format screen. The Wash-It sink is made of steel, offers a translucent back window for inspection, and includes two screen racks. Workhorse reports that a light can be mounted on or behind the sink for enhanced visibility. A rack for up to eight squeegees is optional.

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Mimaki Develops Thermoforming Ink

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Capable of up to 350 percent elongation.

Mimaki has introduced LUS-350 UV-LED ink for thermoforming applications. Designed for both high durability and flexibility, the ink can elongate up to 350% when heated, according to Mimaki. When cooled, it returns to a hard, scratch-resistant state in the shape of the thermoformed mold. Applications include automotive components, molded signs, and prototypes. The ink is compatible with a wide range of substrates including PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene, and PVC.

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Gildan to Acquire American Apparel

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Transaction expected during Q1 of 2017.

Gildan Activewear has reached an asset purchase agreement with American Apparel. The $66-million deal, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017, comprises American Apparel’s intellectual property rights as well as certain assets. Gildan says it will also separately purchase inventory to streamline the transition.

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Hirsch Doubles Showroom Space

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Hosts North Carolina open house.

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.

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OE-A Forecasts 17-Percent Sales Bump

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Semi-annual survey reveals positive outlook.

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.

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SGIA Seeks Scholarship Applicants

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Welcoming ‘the next generation of imagers.’

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.

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