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SAi demonstrated new opportunities at FESPA 2018

SA International (SAi) has used FESPA 2018 held recently at Bangkok to showcase how signage professionals could increase revenue streams, and enjoy new levels of flexibility and cost management with its industry-acclaimed software solutions and services. SAi is making premium solutions accessible to businesses of all sizes. Visitors to SAiís stand would discover how a growing number of Flexi customers around the world are choosing their purchasing model to access efficiency-enhancing features, including tools to simplify print and contour cut. For visitors seeking to extend their applications offering, SAiís DisplayGenie offered an efficiency-enhancing point-of-purchase (POP) display and box design software, powered by the companyís renowned Flexi software. Compatible with all existing wide-format RIP software that drives flatbed printers and cutters, DisplayGenie eliminates multiple steps to improve job creation efficiencies and simplify the structural design of folding carton, corrugated cardboard and sandwich material POP and free-standing display units, as well as packaging.

HP invites architects & structural
engineers in India to join design
competition Skyline 2050

HP Inc has announced Skyline 2050 Ė a competition by Designjet large-format printers for practicing architects & structural engineers based in India. In this competition, HP invites entries from industry-wide architects based in India to design skyline of any city of their choice for the year 2050. For this contest, participants can submit their designs on www. Talking about the competition, Devang Karia, Country Manager-Large Format Design, PPS-GSB, HP Inc.

India, says, ďWith Skyline 2050, we aim to empower the visionary architects to help them unleash their potential and showcase their creativity by redesigning for a better future of India.Ē ďArchitects are instrumental in bringing technological innovation to the construction industry, transforming not only how the buildings are made, but also how they are being designed,Ē asserts Puneet Chadha, Director Marketing, Graphics Solutions Business Asia Pacific Japan at HP Inc. The entries at HP Skyline 2050 will be reviewed by eminent jury comprising internationally renowned architects and design experts. Top three winners of this competition will get state-of-the-art Ar. Office solution of LFD Printer with HP workstation and Autodesk AEC software. The winners will also get an opportunity to present their designs and interact with industry stalwarts in an award ceremony scheduled to be organised in May 2018.

SPIA in Kerala plays vital
role in protection of flex
printers and environment

Kerala boasts a big sign manufacturing industry, which provides jobs to over five lakh people through direct and indirect employments. The state has more than 2,500 small, medium and large signage printers and manufacturers. It is a fact that some cities/states, like Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Mangalore and Mumbai have imposed ban on flex. In this, Kerala was the first to impose the ban on flex printing and use of flex for displays in 2005. As a result, hundreds of small and medium printers in the state went bankrupt and many thousands lost jobs. In the same year, few of the veterans in the industry decided to work on the issue and they formed Digital Printers Association of Kerala (DIPAK), demanding the government for recycle units of flex prints.

In 2009 another organisation from Thrichur under the name of Flex Printing Owners Association was formed. In the following year, before the assembly election the ban on flex printing was imposed again. Then both the organisations jointly filed a petition in the high court of Kerala and got the ban vacated. They celebrated the victory and decided to merge under the name of Sign Printing Industries Association of Kerala (SPIA) for the good of the trade and unity. Now the association has all the sign manufacturers and digital printers from all over Kerala under a united umbrella body. On May 7-9, 2018, SPIA is organising a convention and exhibition in Thiruvananthapuram. For derail, contact at: 9847061077/9895398053

27th edition of Sign India to be held in New Delhi

It has been scheduled that 27th edition of Sign India will be held from July 20-22, 2018 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The expo is one of the fastest growing signage expos in the country. Every edition of the expo pulls crowds to arrays of exhibitions of innovative products and technologies related to wide-format printing, LEDs, CNC routing, laser engraving and many other allied items for indoor and outdoor advertising applications. The last edition (26th Sign India in Mumbai) drew more than 9,500 trade visitors from all across India. The exhibitors were unanimous in expressing their satisfaction about the quality of visitors and the volume of business/enquiries they generated during the expo. Around 96 percent of exhibitors gave the show a positive rating and shown interest to participate in the New Delhi edition.

Canon imagePROGRAF
now compatible with ColorByte
ImagePrint Software to enhance prints

Canonís imagePROGRAF large-format printers are now compatible with ColorByteís two ImagePrint software products: ImagePrint BLACK and ImagePrint R.E.D. While ImagePrint BLACK is exclusive to the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, the cost-effective ImagePrint R.E.D. software can be used be with all devices in Canonís imagePROGRAF lineup, including the new imagePROGRAF TX Series devices. When used together, Canonís imagePROGRAF devices and ImagePrint software enables end-users to maximize the efficiency of their colour management process and achieve exceptional output, a critical feature for those who print fine-art, photography, graphic arts, signage, and technical document displays with their large-format printer.

ONYX Graphics previewed
next major software release at ISA 2018

At the International Sign Expo (ISA) 2018 in Orlando, Florida, ONYX Graphics revealed a first glimpse of the next major release of ONYX software, available for the full range of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive and ONYX RIP products. Additionally, the software company was showcasing the latest features in ONYX Hub software including new job costing. The latest release builds upon industry leading ONYX software version 12.2, a five-time award winner for business solutions, colour management, RIP and print workflow in 2017. It offers users a new colour experience with next-level power and reliability, making print production easy. Onyx Graphics understands the pain of not knowing where money is being spent in a print environment. ONYX Hub software, a business intelligence tool that provides easy-to-understand data across a print service providerís entire site, now features job costing with ink, media, printer and labour rate costs all rolled into one intuitive dashboard.