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A Look in the Rearview Mirror

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Screen printing was born, then it exploded, and now it is being displaced. Or is it?

It seems a bit crazy, writing these words before the New Year, to think that by the time you read them you’ll be well into 2015. But columnists have editors, and editors have deadlines, so I’m playing along and pretending it’s the future now even though it’s the past. A good start for this month’s topic, because I want to revisit the past and look to the future. (Confused? I know I am.)

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High-End UV Flatbeds and the Changing Dynamics of In-Store Marketing

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The use of screen-printing for P-O-P and retail graphics declines as orders for short runs of customized materials continue to rise.

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been about 15 years since the first flatbed inkjet printers to use UV-curable inks hit the market. So much has changed since 2000, both for firms that started out as screen printers and their clients in retailing and brand marketing.

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Durst Partners with Ceradecor in India

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Joint venture to produce inorganic ink for digital glass decoration.

Durst (www.durstus.com) has announced the creation of VetroCer, a joint venture in New Delhi, India, with local sales partner Ceradecor (www.ceradecor.in). Working together for the past three years, Durst and Ceradecor have installed more than 40 Gamma ceramic printers, along with an 18-man service team, across the Indian market.

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ClipArtBoom.com Releases Charity and Fundraiser Pack

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Includes clip-art images and design templates.

ClipArtBoom.com has launched a new pack of 50 design templates and 50 clipart images geared toward charities and fundraisers. Templates cover events from book drives and bake sales to music festivals, and causes such as leukemia, pet adoption, bullying, and school pride. Clip-art images range from symbolic ribbons to baked goods and sports graphics. The pack also includes six flyer templates.

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PIA Announces 2015 Print Leadership Summit

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May 18-19 in Minneapolis.

Printing Industries of America (PIA, www.printing.org) has announced the second annual 2015 Print Leadership Summit, to be held May 18-19 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. The agenda will highlight topics from sales growth and marketing strategy to digital media integration.

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SGIA Announces 2014 Safety Recognition Program Award Recipients

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More than 30 companies acknowledged.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has announced the recipients of the 2014 Safety Recognition Award. Companies must complete and submit bimonthly safety checklists in order to be considered.

“SGIA strives to create awareness about the need to maintain a safe working environment,” says Marci Kinter, VP of government and business information at SGIA.

The recipients are:

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OE-A Demonstrator Competition Shows Possibilities for Organic and Printed Electronics

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Prizes will be awarded at LOPEC tradeshow in Munich.

The Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A, www.oe-a.org) has announced that it will display 19 notable submissions from its fifth annual Demonstrator Competition at its booth at the LOPEC tradeshow (www.lopec.com) next month in Munich.

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Drupa Switches to Three-Year Cycle

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Events scheduled for May 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.

Messe Düsseldorf (www.mdna.com) has announced that, after drupa 2016 (www.drupa.com), the international print and cross-media tradeshow will switch from a four- to a three-year cycle. Future events will take place in May of 2019, 2022, and 2025 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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OE-A Expands International Network

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Meetings in Tokyo build partnerships and address key issues.

More than 70 participants flocked to Tokyo in late January for a working meeting between the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A, www.oe-a.org) and the Japan Advanced Printed Electronics Technology Research Association (JAPERA, www.japera.or.jp).

Key issues discussed included driving market growth and industry-wide standardization. Attendees were also able to visit Japanese companies and research facilities that rely on the use of printed electronics.

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High-Precision Press for Electronics From RH Solutions

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The ATMAOE 97.

ATMA Equipment’s latest model in its line of ATMAOE high-precision screen-printing presses for producing EL films and panels, light guide panels (LGPs), BEF films, touch panels, solar panels, membrane switches, flexible circuits, and other high-tech applications. Distributed in the US and Canada by RH Solutions (www.atmaequipment.com), the updated G7 machine is available in three models: the 56 (19 x 23-in. print area), 67 (19 x 23 in.), and 710 (30 x 41 in.).

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