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NEWS

SIGN AFRICA DURBAN 2008
On Thursday 28 February, Sign Africa Durban opened to a steady stream of visitors, making their way through registration and onto the 27 exhibitor stands in the hall of the ICC. This year the event was spread over two days opposed to the single product day in 2007, giving exhibitors more opportunity to manage the volume of people on their stands and making sure each person was fully attended to.

WRAP TO THE MAX AT DESIGN INDABA IN CAPE TOWN
The Wrap to the Max 2008 Creative Design Competition was part of the spectacular showcase at Design Indaba, displaying some of the competitions fantastic prizes while Avery representatives took part in a live vehicle wrap on the stand. Designers from Cape Town were extremely excited about the competition and prizes that are up for grabs this year. Wrap to the Max is sponsored by Roland, Avery Graphics, Sign Africa, Falcon and Hatfield Volkswagen.

2008 ISA INTERNATIONAL SIGN EXPO WILL BE THE BIGGEST SIGN SHOW EVER
The International Sign Association’s (ISA) International Sign Expo is the premier trade show serving the sign industry. Sign suppliers and distributors exhibit sign industry products, services and technologies to a vast audience of sign manufacturers.

FESPA DIGITAL TRAILS HIGHLIGHT EXHIBITOR INNOVATION AND PLANET-FRIENDLINESS
With FESPA Digital Printing Europe 2008 fast approaching, FESPA has introduced a new initiative that will help visitors to identify innovative and environmentally friendly exhibitors, thus optimising visitors’ available time at the show.

FESPA DIGITAL PRINT AWARDS 2008 JURY REVIEWS IN EXCESS OF 300 ENTRIES
The independent jury of the FESPA Digital Print Awards 2008, supported by HP, met in London at the end of February to review more than 300 entries from printers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

 

FESPA WIDE SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE
The results of FESPA’s Wide Survey, the proprietary pan-European research into the digital wide-format printing marketplace, conducted in association with InfoTrends, have now been published in full and are commercially available now. 

KIOSK EUROPE EXPO 2008 AND DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO 2008 TO EXPAND EXHIBIT SPACE
KIOSK EUROPE EXPO 2008 and DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO 2008 have announced a stellar list of new exhibitors for both shows, including Epson, friendlyway, Hantarex, Hughes, JVC, Mitsubishi, Publicis, Sagem, Scala, Sharp, Sony, T-Systems and Verifone.

BROADSIGN AND SEESAW PARTNER FOR REAL-TIME REPORTING OF DIGITAL SIGNAGE
BroadSign International Inc. and SeeSaw Networks have announced a collaboration of technologies integrating SeeSaw’s online media planning services with BroadSign’s ad server platform for managing global digital signage networks.

PROJECTS

VISTA SYSTEM’S MCFT SIGNAGE WAS CHOSEN FOR THE EXPO ZARAGOZA OFFICES COMPLEX IN SPAIN
Vista System International recently supplied its signage system to IDS ROTULACIONES, for installation at the international convention centre Expo Zaragoza, located at Zaragoza, Spain.

WIDEOPEN PLATFORM DOMINATES 110 METERS FOR SONY
With music and games, the Sony Ericsson slim-slider W910i Walkman® phone is your playful companion to the world of mobile entertainment. It's no wonder then that the company launched its national one-year 'Shake It' advertising campaign, using Wideopen Platform as its media owner of choice.

DGB RENEWS WITH TLC
Leaders in the category of alcoholic shooters, Douglas Green Bellingham (DGB) have once again taken ownership of a vast majority of the TLC Nightlife washrooms for most of 2008. The contract renewal will make use of TLC's indoor billboards, Talking Frames and newly launched Mirror Media for popular brands, Tang Apple Sours and Jagermeister.

SMART'S ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN IS WIDEOPEN
The launch of the new Smart fortwo sees Wideopen Platform taking a leading role in its fully integrated advertising campaign.

WIDEOPEN PLATFORM ENSURES AVIS IS IN MIND ON TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
Avis Southern Africa has no problem when it comes to defining its brand and hooking its consumer, thanks to Wideopen Platform's massive 520sq.m hoarding situated at Cape Town International Airport.

NEW PRODUCTS

NEW FLOATING DISPLAY EXCLUSIVE TO IDEAL DISPLAYS
Ideal Displays has launched unique and exclusive new portable display system called the Floating Display. The launch was held at The Italian Club in Bedfordview on Friday 22 February and featured the largest of the impressive new displays, suspended from a crane.

DIGITAL VIEW LAUNCH BATTERY-POWERED DIGITAL SIGNAGE
Digital View has announced the launch of its battery-powered VideoFlyer-SP range, an exciting development in digital signage display systems.

 

 

A LITTLE IMAGINATION GOES A LONG WAY
The Linear Stand from Right Stuff, which was on display at the recent Sign Africa Durban event, is a dynamic display system that can be set up in a variety of configurations to achieve the desired effect. It is the next generation of showroom stands, which doubles as a banner display as well as a product holder.

AVERY DENNISON™ SPF 1000 SURFACE PROTECTION FILM
Avery Dennison has introduced a high performance ultra clear protection film. This highly conformable, high gloss, non-yellow urethane film features permanent adhesive with long-term removability.

ESKOARTWORK EXPANDS PRODUCT OFFERINGS FOR SIGN AND DISPLAY PRODUCTION AT FESPA DIGITAL
EskoArtwork will demonstrate its expanded offering of applications for signs and displays at Fespa Digital 2008, from April 1-3 in Geneva. In particular, Fespa Digital 2008 marks the launch of SignUp, a new integrated nesting application for sign and display, as well as the European introduction of new, wider Kongsberg i-XE32 and i-XE54 tables.

SOLIMAR INTRODUCING SOLFUSION AT ON DEMAND
Solimar Systems, Inc. announced plans to unveil its latest process automation product offering, SOLfusion™, at the On Demand Expo in Boston (USA) on March 4 – 6, 2008.

ENFOCUS ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT PRODUCT UPDATES
Enfocus announces important updates to some of its key products. PitStop Server, a tool for high-volume PDF preflighting and automatic corrections, Instant Barcode, an easy-to-use barcode application within Adobe® Illustrator® and Instant PDF, which makes producing press-ready PDF files easy.

SYMON INTRODUCES DIGITAL SIGNAGE SOLUTION IN A BOX
Symon Communications (USA) has announced the availability of a new media player called the Symon Integrated Appliance (SIA). The SIA is designed as an entry-level digital signage solution. It is a multimedia device that is pre-loaded with all required Symon software for easy deployment and direct playback as a complete system. It delivers rich media to any size flat panel display.

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!
ANIMATION DISCOVERED ON 5,200-YEAR-OLD-POTTERY
A 5,200 year old piece of pottery from Iran has been discovered to embody the oldest known animation in the world -- a wild goat eating vegetation:

ELECTROPLANKTON INVENTOR'S NEW MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
Nintendo's DS title is Electroplankton, a music synthesizer that lets anyone create pleasant music.

FUN MAC-RELATED PROJECTS
Ben Fino-Radin made life size replica of the Macintosh 128k with plastic needlepoint canvas and yarn.
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...

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