Nearly five years have passed since Screen Printing first covered direct-to-garment inkjet printers, and while the technology has remained essentially the same at its core, the market has experienced somewhat of a shake-up since this publication’s last treatment of the subject (“Direct-to-Garment Deluge,” Apr. 2009, p. 20). A handful of manufacturers have left the market, a couple of new names have joined the game, and some of the remaining players have developed new systems. Let’s take a look at what’s available.
The Olympics are upon us here in the land of ice and snow, and it’s not just athletes who compete and win when these games come to town. Squeegees race across mesh like speed skaters, silicon pads and embroidery needles pound out logos faster than a mogul skier, and the inkjet heads of thousands of printers zigzag like hockey players over anything that will hold an image.
Japan-based Canon plans to acquire Netherlands-based Océ using a self-funded, public cash offer of € 8.60 per share of Océ. The cash consideration of the offer is € 730 million, based on a 100% acceptance of Océ’s ordinary shareholders.
Loveland, OH-based Sustainable Green Printing Partnership recently certified three new partners: Minuteman Press of Lawrence, KS; Consolidated Printing of Chicago, IL; and Alcom of Harleysville, PA. SGP reports a steady flow of applications for certification since its inception from facilities wanting formal recognition for their sustainability efforts. According to SGP, more than 50 applications are working through the certification process.
Writing an article is an adventure. You start out with a defined plan with predictable results and always end up finding a morass of unexpected gems of common sense along the way. Writing “Ink Mixing and Matching: Tools of the Trade for Screen Printers” for this issue of Screen Printing was a great example of this type of adventure.
Properly separating a complex graphic for T-shirts will make or break the final product. It is the difference between a soft and subtle printed shirt that makes customers take notice rather than just shrugging and asking what else you have. The key is to be able to split the design into multiple colors that work together to reproduce the original design as accurately as possible in the least amount of time. An additional concern is always how often the separations do not work on the press and need to be adjusted, which can be very costly to correct.
Print technology has completely changed the way ink appears on paper and has put the way we prepare graphics on its ear. Color separation is the only area in the workflow that seems to use the same basic methodology across various printing techniques.
Hirsch Int’l Corp. completed its acquisition by its CEO, Paul Gallagher, the company’s president, CEO, and COO, as well as other related parties, in a going-private transition. Hirsch’s stockholders approved the merger agreement for that transaction on October 20, 2009.
Stockholders are entitled to receive $0.31 in cash without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes for each share of common stock they owned immediately prior to the effective date of the merger. It is expected that Class A Common Stock will cease trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) welcomed C&H Packaging into the fold of certified SGP printers. The Merrill, WI-based company handles printing, laminating, pouching, and branding for food and non-food products.
Steve Kahane, president of International Coatings Company, was recently named the new chairman of NASMA, the North American Specialty Printing Manufacturers’ Association. He succeeds Parnell Thill, vice president of marketing at Ikonics, whose three-year term as NASMA chairman expires at the end of December, 2009.