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NEWS
85% SOLD - SIGN AFRICA & AFRICA IN STORE
Already, 85% of all the stands have been sold over the two halls at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Sign Africa 2007 is this year’s number one destination for anyone planning to invest in signage on the African continent. With two months remaining until the doors of Sign Africa open on the 5 September, bookings for shows are well on track and set to be a sell-out event! Organised by Practical Publishing, this event is their biggest show yet, building on the success of the previous shows. With South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup, the continent is bursting with potential and the booming sign industry is set to benefit directly from this.

DIGITAL TEXTILE PRINTER REVENUES TO REACH $6 BILLION BY 2010, SAYS I.T. STRATEGIES
I.T. Strategies, the consulting firm based in Hanover, MA, projects that manufacturers’ revenues for digital textile printers - comprising sales of hardware, media, and ink - will grow to nearly $6 billion by 2010. In 2005, I.T.
estimates, manufacturers' revenues in this market category came to $1.9billion.

CLEAN GAS BURNERS FOR ENERGY-SAVING LAMPS
In normal everyday use, energy-saving lamps from OSRAM consume 80 percent less electricity than ordinary light bulbs. But OSRAM’s contribution to environmental protection starts much earlier – with the processes for manufacturing energy-saving lamps. For the first time in the world, a flameless oxidation process is being used at the Augsburg plant for producing glass. This process reduces the emission of harmful substances by almost 50%.
SUN CHEMICAL DEVELOPS ALTERNATIVES TO SOLVENT FLEXO PRINTING
Sun Chemical announced a significant breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film. The company’s new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based
inks, and allows printers to comply with pending European legislation that will affect the industry while printing up to 600 metres per minute.
VISCOM 2007: THERE WAS LIGHT THANKS TO FVL AND CO.

Viscom 2007 is taking place in Düsseldorf from the 20th to the 22nd of September. Reed Exhibitions Germany, the organizer of the international trade fair for visual communication, expects around 9,000 visitors from the trade. Almost 250 exhibitors have already reserved their stand area. Viscom 2007 presents classical sign making and light advertising technology, as well as fabric printing and something that we cannot even imagine doing without, namely digital graphics for large format printing. New markets, such as those for digital signage, supplement the range. By comparison to the previous events, there is an increased presence of the neon and LED industry, not least due to the efforts of FVL Fachverband Lichtwerbung e.V.

THE 20TH VISCOM/SIGN ESPAÑA 2007 EVENT TAKES PLACE 18 – 20 OCTOBER
The most important trade show gathering on the Iberian Peninsula for the digital printing and graphic design market, over three days Viscom/Sign España 2007 will bring together an extremely varied selection of offerings. In addition to its traditional features – including the Meeting and Select programme and the Letra Awards – with four months to go before the event, the organisers have already put together an extensive programme of seminars, conferences and graphic exhibitions of great interest to professionals from the sector. In addition, the show is launching Área Design, an exhibition space that will welcome companies from the graphic design and digital pre-press sectors.
PROJECTS

VISTA SYSTEM'S ELEGANT, FLEXIBLE SIGN SYSTEM WAS CHOSEN FOR A MCDONALD’S BRANCH IN OSLO NORWAY
Vista System International, recently supplied a system for a Norwegian Sign manufacturer, Euro Sign AS, for installation at a McDonald’s branch at Jernbanestasjonen train station located in Oslo. This project demonstrates the flexibility and stylistic design of Vista System’s Modular Curved Frame Technology.

TACTILE TECHNOLOGIES TEAMS UP WITH VODACOM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Tactile Technologies, The MediaTile Company’s African Partner, today announced that they have secured an agreement with Vodacom Business Solutions, a division of Vodacom South Africa, to accelerate the market
adoption of networked digital signage deployments and direct broadcast networks.

CNBC AFRICA NABS TRAFFIC HOTSPOTS
The billboard is powerful communication channel to reach higher LSM commuters on busy national roads. CNBC Africa has contracted Primedia Outdoor to reach this market segment. South Africa's leading outdoor advertising company is raising awareness of the new business channel with strategically placed billboards.
A FERRARI IN FRANCE
By Clare Baker
24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans) is arguably the world's most famous motorsport endurance race. With its famous location, storied history, huge spectator turnout, and, not to mention, the 24 hours of racing, it has a certain je ne sais quoi that is hard to find elsewhere. For such a one-of-a-kind race, Krohn Racing turned to Coronado, CA-based APE Wraps to create a one-of-a-kind wrap for a Ferrari F430 that would be taking to the track in Le Mans this June. But it would not be the first time APE Wraps tackled this Ferrari job for Krohn racing—the actual car has been wrapped three times since February.
NEW PRODUCTS
NEW EASY APPLY RS™ TECHNOLOGY FROM AVERY
Avery Graphics has announced their new Easy Apply RS ™ technology for Digital products, engineered for applications like fleet and vehicle wraps where speed and performance are critical. The air egress technology eliminates wrinkles and bubbles while the RS slides smoothly for exact positioning, creating a smooth, high-gloss face. It is easy to reposition, offers clean long-term removability and year-round performance. In short, Easy Apply RS is the fastest (based on recent performance testing), best performing product in the industry.
Contact Avery Graphics 08000 AVERY, www.averygraphics.com

RSK TECH LAUNCHES RSK NETSHIRT
The unique online T-shirt designer from RSK Tech allows your customer to enhance their creativity through the simple process of selection, customising, visualising and placing an order. A flexible package is offered to get you started.
Contact sales@rsktech.com or visit www.rsktech.com to book an online presentation.

ADOBE SHIPS CREATIVE SUITE 3 PRODUCTION PREMIUM AND MASTER COLLECTION
Adobe Systems Incorporated this week announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection software. Adobe Production Premium CS3 is the industry’s most comprehensive collection of integrated cross-platform postproduction software tools, helping video professionals deliver stunning results for film, broadcast, DVD, Web, and mobile devices. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection combines 12 of Adobe’s new design and development products in a single box – the most comprehensive creative environment ever delivered.

3M FILM AND SPECIALISED TOOL FOR TEXTURED SURFACES
Turn textured surfaces into prime real estate! 3M introduces the 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film for Textured Surfaces IJ8624 and the 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8524.  These unique products and tools can be used for solvent inkjet printed graphics applied to textured surfaces such as walls, columns and even brick.
Contact 3M South Africa [Pty] Ltd Rani Naidoo (+27 11) 806 2000 rnaidoo@mmm.com  www.3M.co.za

TETRA BT
The Tetra BT is the new LED BorderTubeSystem from GelCore with a modular system design. With proven Tetra LED system reliability, manufactured from impact-and UV-resistant material it provides uniform light output creating seamless lighting without dark spots. It has pre-manufactured corners, easy-to-cut 8-foot sections and fade resistance for colour stability. It is also weather resistant.
Contact NGS – JHB (+27 11) 472 0195 sales@ngs-jhb.co.za CT (+27 21) 510 5398/3 sales@ngs-ct.co.za
www.neonandgraphicsupplies.com

X-FILM EASY LINER
The proven quality of the D-MX series experiences yet another upgrade with an advanced “Easy Liner”. The process creates a smooth and bubble-free application as well as an improved surface with a shinier and smoother finish. The D-MX “Easy Liner” is available in gold (302), silver (300) and copper (303). Contact X-Film (+27 11) 466 1551

ALWAN COLOUR EXPERTISE LAUNCHES VERSION 3 OF CMYK OPTIMIZER
Alwan Color Expertise, world leader in standardisation and implementation of colour management, is releasing version 3 of CMYK Optimizer, the optimal solution for colour preflighting, standardisation and optimisation for CMYK separations and data.  Customers benefit from using CMYK Optimizer by achieving optimal print quality and proof matching while, at the same time, reducing print costs.

SIGNAL SIGN SYSTEMS LEADER DIRECTOR AND CLASSIC SIGN SYSTEM
Signal Sign Systems, an international supplier of sign systems to the sign professional has won international acclaim on its Leader director and classic sign system. These profiles share the same basic idea of all our profiles; very easy to work with and very simple to combine different profiles to create new sign possibilities.

HOMEGROWN DOMING RESINS LAUNCHED AT FESPA
It took Telpro about 18 months of testing many different formulations before they came up with the high performance doming products that they launched at Fespa in June. These being a “soft” cure and a “hard” cure doming resin. This newly developed doming resin is durable and crystal clear when cured and resistant to yellowing. It cures quickly after it has spread, to enable same day shipping and invoicing.

A FLUORESCENT LAMP THAT LASTS, AND LASTS, AND LASTS...


OSRAM LUMILUX XT fluorescent lamps offer an incredible service life of 42,000 hours when used with electronic control gear. These lamps are ideal for continuous operation and are extremely reliable with a low premature failure rate, 90% luminous flux throughout their life and are environmentally friendly, with mercury content well below the RoHS threshold.

VISTA SYSTEM INTRODUCES LASER CUT PICTOGRAMS THAT CAN BE ADDED TO ITS VAST COLLECTION OF EXTRUSIONS
Vista System International introduces a new concept for the sign industry: Laser cut pictograms that attach to the sign frame to create a unique and stylish design.

SEAL ANNOUNCES NEW BUBBLE-FREE VINYL FOR VEHICLE GRAPHICS AND RIGID DISPLAYS
SEAL Graphics, a world leader in image and print finishing solutions, has developed a new vinyl that makes it easier for even unskilled operators to create bubble-free vehicle graphics and rigid indoor and outdoor display panels.

SEAL GRAPHICS EXPANDS ENTRY-LEVEL LAMINATING OPTIONS
SEAL Graphics, a world leader in image and print finishing solutions, launched the !62 Base" laminator - a wider version of the very successful predecessor, the SEAL 54 Base - thus expanding the options for many more signmakers, printers, finishing houses and in-plant departments to handle a wider variety of lamination tasks. Replacing the earlier model, the is ideal for mounting and laminating pressure sensitive solutions up to 1575 mm wide and offers all the performance, flexibility and functionality of the 54 Base at speeds of up to 5m/sec at a very affordable price.
SIGNAL SIGN SYSTEMS TABLE STANDS
Signal Sign systems, a multi-national sign company with distributors across the world has added to its award winning Leader Prestige range of way finding signs. They have added a simple substrate and created elegant table
stands. These give the sign professional more opportunities to offer their customers.

CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES TWO PHOTO ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER MODELS WITH MODERN DESIGN AND ENHANCED PERFORMANCE LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., JULY 2, 2007
Scrapbookers and digital photographers have a new reason to celebrate: Canon U.S.A., Inc. has just announced an addition to their compact photo printer line-up that prints superb digital images that can last for years to come.

HEXIS INKJET GLOSSARY
Hexis S.A. announced the release of the 2007 edition of their popular Digital Printing Glossary. The booklet explains the technical jargon relating to inkjet printing, colour management, inkjet media and printer technology targeting non-specialists and those who want to familiarise themselves with the specialist vocabulary of digital printing.
TIPS AND TRICKS

SUCCESSFUL VEHICLE WRAPPING WITH DIGITAL PRINTS
It is extremely important that the correct procedures are followed. Taking short cuts and avoiding the following steps will increase the chances of failure. Vehicle wraps may not be for everyone, but it is definitely a skill worth learning. It requires a lot of patience, time & practise to perfect this skill.

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!
KILLER ELECTRONS IN SPACE
Scientists have discovered the force that creates "killer electrons," particles that pose a significant hazard to spacecraft and astronauts. The supercharged particles are also a menace to satellites, which are increasingly vital to phones, television, and other communication systems
PAGANS DISPLEASED WITH PAINTING OF DONUT-WIELDING HOMER SIMPSON
Pagans are not happy about an enormous Homer Simpson painted near an ancient image. PAGANS have pledged to perform “rain magic” to wash away cartoon character Homer Simpson who was painted next to their famous fertility symbol - the Cerne Abbas giant.
The 17th century chalk outline of the naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant is believed by many to be a symbol of ancient spirituality.

Ann Bryn-Evans, joint Wessex district manager for The Pagan Federation, said: “It’s very disrespectful and not at all aesthetically pleasing."
APPLE PHONE FROM 1983
"Look! I'm writing a check on my 1983 Apple telephone!" In late June, the iPod iPhone hit the US market. Apple aficionados queued for days to be first in line to get their greedy little paws on the long awaited gadget.
HISTORIC LANDMARK: FELIX CHEVROLET SIGN This beautiful sign, erected in 1957 at Felix Chevrolet in Los Angeles, was declared a historic-cultural monument on Thursday. (Photo from Tejana's Flickr stream.) Antonio Villaraigosa and downtown-area City Councilwoman Jan Perry were against the monument status for the Felix sign and the car showroom, at the corner of Figueroa and Jefferson Boulevard, because they fear the designation will cause problems for area development efforts.
SLEEK NEW SPACESUIT DESIGN
MIT aeronatuics professor Dava Newman designed this new spacesuit that's far sleeker and lightweight than today's bulky gas-pressurized outfits work by today's astronauts. Instead of gas pressurization, the new prototype BioSuit employs "mechanical counter-pressure" in the form of skin-tight layers wrapped around the body. The BioSuit looks very 60s mod to me, probably because it was influenced by ideas of that era for a "space activity suit." From the MIT News Office:.
MYSTERY CREATURE PHOTOGRAPHED IN SEATTLE -- A KANGAHIPPOMOUSE?
We need your readers' help in identifying this incredibly strange creature. My friend Zack has posted a photo of it on his site Arr-the-Kraken.com.
Just outside of Seattle, WA my roommate Ed recently took a photo of this . . . thing. We have no idea what animal this is but it was seemingly deaf and/or dumb as Ed got extremely close to it before it slunk away. There are two tufts of hair on it but, otherwise, it was completely bald. Any thoughts? Your help is appreciated!
FUNNY SIGNS
They lurk everywhere - just waiting to catch us unsuspecting. On street corners, on the sides of buildings, on cars and even in the middle of veld - watch out, they will leave you laughing helplessly...