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2018 Continuous Improvement Conference Call for Speakers

What makes the Continuous Improvement (CI) Conference a hit year after year is the truth telling! Figuring out how to engage employees to reach performance goals, choosing the right improvement tools, and recovering from setbacks are the reality of being a CI-driven printing company. Presenters share their experiences—good and bad—and learn from other attendees. As we prepare for our 2018 event, we are searching for printing companies willing to discuss their CI achievements.

GAERF Supports Top Graphic Arts Competitors at SkillsUSA

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) recently recognized talented Graphic Communications contestants from across the country who participated in the SkillsUSA 53rd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Championships, held June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky. The largest skills competition in the world, the annual SkillsUSA event showcases over 6,000 of the best career and technical education students in the nation, with each a first-place state medalist in their category among the 100 competition areas for career and technical students.

Signworx: Dreaming of DTG

How one sign shop owner transformed his business with determination, a thorough plan, and creative commerce.

Michael Wright has never been afraid to dream up an idea and act on it. He got hooked on the sign business right out of high school working at a shop in northern Virginia. A few years in, he followed his love for graphic design to the School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. And after graduating, he wanted independence, so he founded MEWStar Designs in 2003, supporting himself with design work from logos to websites for the next 10 years.


Further Expansion at GIS

Following a decade of industrial inkjet innovation, ongoing expansion and continued growth, GIS has moved to new headquarters within St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge, UK.
Staying in the heart of the Cambridge inkjet cluster, GIS has moved to larger premises at Edinburgh House within St John’s Innovation Park, doubling capacity to 10,000 sq. ft.

Virus Inks Adds New US Dealer

We are very pleased to announce our Partnership with Graphic Solutions Group (GSG).
GSG has a half century of knowledge and experience in Screen Printing providing the best products supported by an expert technical assistance. GSG HQ is located in Dallas TX with branches in Austin, Baton Rouge, Cincinnati, Houston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Their professional approach and industry experience combined with easy access across a large territory will assure full Virus product range availability and useful technical support.

Single-Pass Inkjet and the Wide World of Décor

High-speed industrial inkjet technology is expanding into décor applications including laminate flooring, furniture, doors, and more.

Many digital graphics companies have profitably diversified into décor, showing architects and interior designers what’s possible with short-run inkjet printing of wallcoverings, upholstery fabrics, tabletops, artwork, and flooring. Yet inkjet printing has barely scratched the surface of its potential in the massive décor market.


Print Packaging to Grow by 17 Percent

NPES, VDMA release global opportunities report.

NPES and VDMA have teamed with The Economist Intelligence Unit to produce “Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging.” The study predicts global revenue for print packaging will climb from $245 billion in 2016 to $286 billion in 2020, a jump of 17 percent. Seventy-nine percent of this revenue will be concentrated in five markets – the US, China, Japan, Germany, and the UK – but the authors expect emerging nations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, to exhibit the fastest growth in coming years.


Top Value Fabrics Acquires Pacific Coast Fabrics

Aims to expand textile product offerings.

Top Value Fabrics has announced its acquisition of Pacific Coast Fabrics, a California-based textile provider. Effective November 1, both entities will operate under the Top Value Fabrics name with all current products continuing distribution. The merger aims to expand Top Value’s product offerings, strengthen distribution networks, and grow its global reach.

The 100-percent employee-owned company reports the Pacific Coast team will join its ownership plan, according to a release.


Long-Time Hirsch Sales Rep Edgar Morales Passes

Edgar Morales, a sales rep with Hirsch Solutions since 2004, passed away on June 9th, 2017. Morales served the Los Angeles area and made many friends during his 13 years with the company. He also was a familiar figure at industry trade shows.

Dynamesh Rebrands as NBC Meshtec Americas

Announces new president and more.

Dynamesh, the US subsidiary of Japanese NBC Meshtec, has rebranded its company name as NBC Meshtec Americas to better reflect the relationship between the two organizations, establish a unified corporate identity, and increase NBC Meshtec’s brand awareness in America.

NBC Meshtec Americas has also announced the appointment of Mitsuhiro “Mitch” Shinoda as the US company’s new president.