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NEWS

FESPA WORLD EXPO ASIA-PACIFIC 2008: THE ULTIMATE FUSION OF SCREEN, DIGITAL AND TEXTILE PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES
FESPA World Expo Asia-Pacific 2008 (Bangkok, 28th – 30th November) is shaping up to be a true fusion of printing technologies and knowledge, spanning screen, digital and textile across the Asia-Pacific region, as exhibitors, sponsors and international industry experts from all sectors continue to register their interest in the event.

NEW GUIDE ANSWERS THE 'HOW,' 'WHY' OF DIGITAL SIGNAGE TODAY
Digital Signage Today, a sister site of ATM Marketplace, has published a new guide entitled ‘Digital Signage: Frequently Asked Questions,’ which explores and answers the most commonly asked questions of digital-signage deployers.

ISA WRAPS UP ITS BIGGEST SIGN EXPO EVER
The International Sign Association (ISA) has called its 2008 International Sign Expo ‘the biggest sign show ever.’ Held March 26-29, 2008, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the event drew large crowds and – for the fourth consecutive year in a row – boasted more exhibit booths than any previous Expo. In addition, this year’s event hosted thousands of international visitors in Orlando, with a total of 3,723 individuals representing 111 countries outside the U.S.

JG ELECTRONICS EXPANDS TO CAPE TOWN
True to their vision of making sublimation printing equipment and accessories accessible to as wide an audience as possible, JG Electronics announces the opening of their new Cape Town Store in Maitland.

EPSON EXPANDS INTO WESTERN CAPE
Epson South Africa is continuing its expansion throughout South Africa with the appointment of Hugh Davies as the Western Cape sales representative. Hugh Davies has moved to Cape Town from Epson’s Johannesburg office.  

PROJECTS

HP HELPS AFRICAN FOOTPRINT STEP INTO U.S. MARKET
HP has announced that its digital graphic arts portfolio is creating a show-stopping array of printed materials in support of the first U.S. tour of South Africa's longest-running musical show, Richard Loring's African Footprint. 

WIDEOPEN’S CAMPAIGN FOR SAMSUNG'S MUSIC HANDSETS
Samsung's latest music handsets, the i450 and F210, are prominently featured on the glass sliding doors of Cape Town International Airport's domestic departure terminals three and four.

PRIMEDIA OUTDOOR SHEDS LIGHT ON ITS ENERGY SAVING INITIATIVES
Strong advocates of sustainable and responsible corporate citizenship, Primedia Outdoor views the national energy crisis seriously and has put mechanisms in place to ensure significant power savings.

VISTA SYSTEM CHOSEN FOR SPORT CLUBS IN MEXICO CITY
Vista System International has recently supplied its signage system to Publicidad Total, for installation at two sport clubs in Mexico City, Coyoacan and San Ángel.

NEW PRODUCTS

LED NEON-FLEX PLUS
Neo-Neon™ International introduces the next generation of their patented LED Neon-Flex™ product line. Now LED Neon-Flex™ is offered in three levels of high performance-economical, standard, and the new LED Neon-Flex™ Plus. LED Neon-Flex™ Plus has been engineered to achieve a lumens efficacy of 36.1Lm/w and 63Lm/Ft.

ActivPrint™
Digital View has announced the launch of ActivPrint™, a new technology solution that turns static advertising into eye-catching animated displays. ActivPrint uses programmable e-paper technology and animation combined with the latest design techniques to bring advertising materials to life.  

 

BANNERAD™ FINE TUNING A NEW ADDITION TO THE WINDFLAG FAMILY
In the next few months, BANNERAD™, from the Australian ADI Displays, will be fine tuning a new addition to the WindFlag family as well as a much anticipated upgrade, the ‘Feather’ shaped WindFlag and the long awaited ‘Double-Sided’ graphics WindFlag.

COLORMUNKI
X-Rite, along with recently acquired Pantone, has introduced ColorMunki™, a breakthrough in both price and performance. Based on X-Rite and Pantone’s deep understanding of the photo and design communities, ColorMunki solutions are the industry’s first easy-to-use, convergent technologies developed specifically to feed the artistic imagination of creative professionals – at an affordable price.

NEW IDEAS FROM SIGNAL SIGN SYSTEMS
Along with the Radius profile, Signal has launched its new Trio profile which can be used as a curved or flat faced totem. This can also be internally illuminated and offers a different look. It is sturdy and has been designed for external use, using a floor-mounted base. Free-standing bases are also available but mainly for internal usage.

ALUMINIUM PARASOL
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.

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!

JAPANESE CREATIVE PACKAGING DESIGN SOLUTIONS TO UGLY BARCODES
Creative Japanese packaging designers at D-Barcode have come up with delightful ways of incorporating the UPC bar-codes into their products.

LOGO CARVED ONTO HUMAN HAIR
At McMaster University a researcher uses a focus ion beam microsocope to carve his school's logo on a human hair.

NEW EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURAL BEASTIES
The amazing Jessica Joslin has an exhibition of her curious creatures at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. On the right, see, "Cosimo" (antique hardware, brass, bone, antique glove leather, glass eyes).

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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