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Issue 70 - August 2010
 
Welcome to our Seventieth Issue of Viscom Africa (formerly Signal Online News)-
the e-mail publication for signage, design, and media news. We will bring you news from all around SA and the world, biweekly.
 Viscom Africa
HOT NEW PRODUCTS

CLIP-TITE LAUNCHES THE BANNERFRAME
BannerFrame is a framed banner tension system that boasts superior quality. It is made right here in South Africa and is manufactured by Clip-Tite Display Systems.  

AMFICRAFT TO LAUNCH FULL COMPOSITE LARGE FORMAT BILLBOARD STRUCTURES AT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS AFRICA
The patented 6 metre by 3 metre freestanding billboard structure is double sided and internally illuminated. It has been designed and developed without the use of any metal reinforcing or uprights. 

PORTAMEX TO REVEAL ALL IN SEPTEMBER
Portamex will reveal some exciting Carwrap Vinyl as well as Photo Professional Glossy Paper at this years Visual Communications Africa show in Sandton in September. 

LED LIGHTING SA RELEASES LATEST PRODUCT
LED Lighting SA has recently announced their latest product for 70W metal halide replacement. Consisting of eight high powered P4 LEDs from Seoul Semi Conductor, one of the top five LED producers in the world; the down light emits a total luminous flux of 1400 lumen when driven at 700mA in cool white.  

JUNKERS & MÜLLERS FIRED UP
Textile manufacturer Junkers & Müllers launched a material that is flame-retardant when printed with UV-curable and solvent inks.  

CREATIVITY AND POWER COME TOGETHER IN CORELDRAW GRAPHICS SUITE X5
With increased speed, more accurate colour control, enhanced vector illustration tools and new Web capabilities, CorelDraw Suite X5 is a must-have for any designer. Get going quickly with new professionally designed templates and learning materials. Find graphics, fonts and images on your computer faster than ever with new Corel® Connect. Re-purpose and share your creations anywhere with expanded file compatibility. Then output everywhere, from Web banners and animations, to logos, custom signs and more.  

EMBLEM EASYDRYER TO MAKE SHOW APPEARANCE
EasyDryer allows inkjet prints to be dried quickly and effortlessly. You simply place your print loosely winded into the EMBLEM EasyDryer and it does the rest. This eliminates the need to attach prints on a clothesline or somewhere where it blocks the work table with completely outspread prints. 

ARTSAFE 200 RESISTS DEGRADATION
Artsafe 200 is a high quality, buffered, acid free, non-yellowing, stable and safe adhesive for mounting giclee prints, posters, photo, fine art, prints and clippings. It was first developed in conjunction with the British Library for use in restoration and archive work at the library, the Bibliotech Nationale and the Dutch National archive.  

RIGHT STUFF REVEALS VERTICAL ACCESS ADVERTISING WIND TURBINES
Vertical Access Advertising Wind Turbines pay for themselves through the automatic production of energy, as well as uniquely combining advertising with renewable energy.  

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PROJECTS

XANITA X-BOARD USED IN WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY
Xanita, a Cape Town based manufacturer and global exporter of lightweight panels manufactured from up cycled post-consumer paper waste, is proud to have played a role in the prestigious opening ceremony of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

TRILINE WAYFINDING SIGNAGE SYSTEM USED IN KZN MALL
In March 2010 Sytech Supplies launched the Triline Wayfinding Signage System in South Africa by hosting the creator/designer of the system - Erik Broos Godts - at the official product launch at the Durban premises of Sytech Supplies.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE

VISCOM FRANKFURT FOR THE DIGITAL SIGNAGE WORLD
The Digital Signage World at viscom Frankfurt 2010 is just around the corner, and has many offerings to exhibitors and guests this year.

BANFF CENTRE GETS X20 XPRESENTER DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLATFORM
The Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation (KCCI) at the Banff Centre in Canada, has recently installed an Xpresenter digital signage platform from X20 Media, which will serve as a platform to provide event and room booking information to guests.

UNIQLO FLAGSHIP STORES ILLUMINATED BY PANASONIC LED
The European flagship store that is going to open in the opera district of Paris, and plans to mark the opening with a gala party and will feature Panasonic LEDs and signage.

ELO TOUCHSYSTEMS GETS TOUGH
Elo Touchsystems has added the B-Series touch computer to its line of displays. The computer mounts on counters, poles and walls for POS applications.

NEXCOM LAUNCHES QUAD HEAD DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLAYER
The NDiS 542 is a powerful quad head media player, which can support four independent DVI/Audio outputs. Powered by Intel Core2 Duo/Core2 Quad series processors and S3 4500E GPU, NDiS 542 can smoothly playback even the most graphic intensive media - including full HD video.

DISPLAYS2GO MONITORS DOUBLE EXPOSURE
A dual-monitor stand from Displays2Go holds two digital screens on a 3m (10-foot) display. The stand features a black anodised finish and knocks down for storage.

 Viscom Africa
SHOWS & HAPPENINGS

CLARION TO EXCLUSIVELY SELL MATRIX FRAME IN AFRICA
Clarion Printed Products has been named sole agent in Africa for the European aluminium fabric framing system, Matrix Frame. Furthermore, the South African printing and branding company is proud to be the first supplier on the continent to sell LED lighting solutions for back illuminated fabric prints as part of the Matrix Frame branding solution.

MAIZEY ‘VILLAGE’ TO MAKE VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS AFRICA SHOW RETURN
The innovative Maizey village that created such a stir during the 2009 Sign Africa Exhibition will once again promise to be dynamic and packed with innovative products.

MEET THE LED LIGHTING SA PERSONNEL AT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS AFRICA SHOW
LED Lighting South Africa recently opened its second office in Edenvale, Johannesburg. Three new salesmen, Patrick Canny, Bradley Wittstock and Thomas Edwards, have been well trained in LED technology and lighting applications and look forward to collaborating with clients to meet their specific requirements. 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR DEMONSTRATES TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES
Multifarious techniques, examples of use and their range of applications will be on display from 4-6 November at the International Trade Fair for Visual Communication in Frankfurt. Over 10 000 visitors from 70 countries and around 300 international exhibitors are expected to attend.

ERIK BROOS-GODTS TO ATTEND VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS AFRICA 2010
Erik Broos-Godts, a Belgium national currently residing in Italy, is the brilliant mind that conceptualised the modular signage product known as Triline, distributed in South Africa by Durban-headquartered signs supplies company Sytech Supplies.

FESPA SUCCESS INCREASES NESCHEN DEMAND
Following the success seen at Fespa 2010, Neschen has doubled production of digital wallpaper production, which is a digitally printed specialist substrate.

DRYTAC TOASTS FESPA SUCCESS
Drytac Europe Ltd, manufacturer and supplier of products for the graphics finishing and display industry, savored its fourth consecutive year of success at FESPA 2010.

VISCOM ITALY PRE-REGISTRATION OPENS
Viscom Italy, to be held from 21 - 23 October 2010, promises to be the biggest single event dedicated to visual communication. The event allows attendees to meet suppliers, discover new market trends and witness real innovations. More than 500 international suppliers, 3 000 innovative products and 20 000 visitors are expected in the 40 000 sqm exhibitor space.

 WONSA
OUT OF HOME

RESULTS OF COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH CAMPAIGN RELEASED BY PRIMEDIA
The results of a comprehensive research survey has been released by Primedia in conjunction with TNS Research Surveys and GSM Quadrant, regarding the response insights of consumers and proof of effectiveness of the Out of Home advertising industry.

CLEARASIL EXTENDS TLC CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER YEAR
Reckitt Benckiser’s Clearasil has announced their plans to renew their advertising contract with washroom specialist TLC. Since it introduced the revolutionary concept of washroom advertising in South Africa fourteen years ago, Primedia Unlimited subsidiary TLC has seen top FMCG brands latch on to its clever, focused and cost-effective use of unconventional washroom advertising space.

DSTV RETURNS TO TLC’S EXPERTISE
DStv has returned to TLC and their washroom advertising platform in order to secure maximum exposure for the Compact offerings from the Multichoice provider. The DStv campaign goes to market in shopping malls across the country until the end of December 2010.

VOLTBET.COM PARTNERS WITH TLC
Voltbet.com, a new betting website, has partnered with TLC to maximise exposure through the use of washroom frames and digital Mirror Media in nightlife venues across South Africa. This will aim to attract the attention of the niche target market of sport-betting men over 18 years old.

SCENT-SATIONAL AQUA MIST GETS SOME TLC
TLC, a division of Primedia Unlimited, has recently embarked on a campaign to assist Aqua Fresh of appealing to the noses of their high LSM female target market.

BEACHTAG SELECTS TLC TO PROMOTE MAURITIUS
Beachtag, an online travel business and exclusive reseller of Beachcombers properties in Mauritius and the Seychelles has selected Primedia Unlimited’s washroom advertising specialist, TLC, to create awareness of the Beachtag brand as well as Beachcomber’s resorts on the island of Mauritius.

SOFTWARE HINT

HANDY TIP: HOW TO DRAW & TRACE PEOPLE FROM A PHOTO

Full detailed tutorial on how to draw and trace people from a photo. Learn how to create realistic illustration with just simple gradient fill. No massive Gradient Mesh!

SOME MOERSE COOL STUFF!

MAC. TO THE POWER OF 12.
The new Mac Pro. With up to 12 cores of processing power, it's the fastest Mac ever.

REMOTE CONTROLLED LIGHTSABER LIGHTS
A lightsaber just isn’t a lightsaber unless it lets off that strange glow.  Well now you can put some use to that glow by making it double as mood lighting in your bedroom.

PORTABLE OFFICE FOR THE EASILY MOVABLE WORKSPACE
As a professional blogger, I don’t really have an office per se. In fact, all I really need to do my job are three things: a laptop, an electrical outlet, and a stable Wi-Fi hotspot.

ERASER USB STICK ATTEMPTS TO RAISE AWARENESS
This Eraser USB Stick has a quirky design, but a serious message.  It was made to help people to remember how hard it is for those going through Alzheimer’s, while also reminding you of the importance of your own precious memories.  With such a serious message, it might be enough to remind you to back up those picture files you’ve been meaning to deal with.


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