FESPA has announced the details of its 2017 show, to be held May 8-12 in Hamburg, Germany, the eighth largest city in Europe. Co-located shows will include FESPA Textile, European Sign Expo, and Printeriors. The venue, Hamburg Messe, is a short distance from the center of the city.
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has added Marilyn Monoprint wallpaper, designed and screen printed by Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper, to its permanent collection. Created in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the print is part of a collection celebrating Andy Warhol’s series of prints of Marilyn Monroe based on a photograph of the actress from the 1953 film “Niagara.”
The Decorated Apparel Expo (DAX) is heading to Welch, Minnesota (April 1-2) and Tinley Park, Illinois (April 22-23) next month. Serving the screen-printing, embroidery, and digital garment decoration industries, the shows will feature exhibitors and educational events on everything from screen-printing basics to breaking into the signage industry to “How to Fail at Social Media.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking shape, and the specialty printing industry is very much a part of the evolution. The IoT’s ambitious goal is to connect systems, people, and entities to enable us to capture, analyze, and act on information to improve the quality of our lives and make businesses more efficient. It’s transforming all sorts of things – factory equipment, home appliances, thermostats, retail stores, and security systems – and in our industry, it’s already at work in automating our workflows.
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.