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ChristChurch’s “Cardboard Cathedral”

Metro Performance Glass produces a 1700-square-foot glass facade in New Zealand.

The original ChristChurch cathedral in New Zealand was severely damaged by an earthquake in 2010. A second earthquake in 2011 destroyed its original stained-glass rose window. The Transitional Cathedral, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, was built nearby in 2013 and is nicknamed the “Cardboard Cathedral” due to the extensive use of cardboard tubes in its construction.


An Update on Architectural Glass Decoration

Over the past few years, inkjet has emerged as a viable option for decorating architectural glass, though screen printing is still used in this specialized market. See how both processes have been employed in innovative projects from around the world.

Just a couple years ago, screen printing was the only method used to decorate flat glass for architectural purposes. One reason screen printing monopolized this market is its versatility. It can be used for both printing (selectively imaging designs) and coating (complete solid coverage). It also allows for an almost limitless range of deposit thicknesses depending on the ink and requirements of the job.


Tim Dean becomes Agfa Pitman's Newest Packaging Specialist

Agfa Graphics announced today that Tim Dean has been appointed Packaging Specialist for the mid-west region of the United States.
Tim is a printing industry veteran, having started his career as an offset pressman for the Nielsen Lithograph Company. He worked as a technical sales representative for both Taussig Graphic Supply and xpedx before joining The Pitman Company.
Tim has worked at Agfa Pitman as an account manager helping customers navigate increasing business challenges and meet their business goals.

Esko to Acquire MediaBeacon

Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions (, today announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. MediaBeacon, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), brings an award-winning suite of DAM tools to market, primarily in the USA, through direct distribution and strategic OEM partnerships in various industries ranging from Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods to Media, Print and the public sector.

Visual Magnetics Announces Status as Authorized Reseller of We-Inspire's Digital Collaboration Solutions

We-Inspire, Inc. specializes in full digital collaboration environments. We-Inspire revolutionizes interactive collaboration processes and features a large surface work space of up to 24 feet in length. Up to seven (7) users can simultaneously create, collaborate and ideate using their preferred input device such as Anoto digital pen and paper, iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and PC.

SGIA Announces 2015 Sustainability Recognition Program Honorees

Companies commit to sustainable business practices.

SGIA ( has announced the recipients of the 2015 Sustainability Recognition Program Award. Recognized SGIA member companies have submitted sustainability policies as well as a description of a continuous improvement project from the past year. The honorees are:
• Big Ink Display Graphics, St. Paul, Minnesota;
• Empire Screen Printing, Onalaska, Wisconsin;
• GFX International, Grayslake, Illinois;
• Global Products, Saint Peters, Missouri;
• Image Options, Foothill Ranch, California;


European Sign Expo 2015 on Course to Be Largest Ever

The third edition of European Sign Expo 2015, taking place from 18 – 22 May 2015 at Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany, alongside FESPA 2015 Global Expo, is set to increase the floor space by 48% in comparison with the 2013 show.

FESPA Digital Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Returns to Amsterdam in 2016.

FESPA ( has announced that it will commemorate its 10-year anniversary by returning to the Amsterdam RAI for its 2016 event, March 8-11. The event will include the co-located FESPA Fabric, Printeriors, and European Sign Expo shows.

The Amsterdam RAI will be noticeably different to FESPA attendees who last visited in 2009, with a new congress center, eateries, and nearby hotels.


SGIA Hosts Totally T-Shirts Workshop

For garment printers of all levels.

SGIA ( will host a Totally T-Shirts Workshop at its Fairfax, Virginia, facility from March 30-April 3. Charlie Taublieb of Taublieb Consulting ( will lead presentations and interactive demonstrations on advanced screen-making techniques, artwork and separations, press setup and registration, high-end shirt treatments, and print troubleshooting.

Click here for registration and additional information.


Madeira Adds New Colors to Classic Rayon Line

Including 44 additions to 40-weight thread.

Madeira has added a wide range of colors to its Classic Rayon line of embroidery thread. A total of 44 new colors have been added to Madeira’s 40-weight thread; 23 to the 60-weight thread; and 12 to the 12-weight thread. (A few low-performing colors, including specialty ombre and multi-colored threads, have been discontinued.)

In addition, 30-weight thread will now be available in 1100-yard mini snap cones.