Avery Dennison signs agreement to sell Gauzy’s
retrofit solution for switchable films worldwide
Avery Dennison Corporation has made an investment in Gauzy, an Israeli-based developer and manufacturer of liquid-crystal-based materials, films, applications and solutions for a variety of end markets including construction, automotive, consumer electronics, home appliances, the solar industry and more. Based in Tel Aviv (Israel), Gauzy has successfully commercialised several initial ‘smart glass’ products, including an embedded switchable window film that can alternate from clear and frosted with the touch of a button. Gauzy is the lead provider that offers a fully warranted, integrated solution that includes window films, hardware controllers for film operation and preservation, and complete certification and training with verification tools for worldwide partners. The film is currently used in architectural applications and is under evaluation for automotive applications.
Avery Dennison’s Hanita business division, which manufactures specialty films for a number of industrial and commercial applications, has established an agreement with Gauzy to collaborate on the development and marketing of a retrofit version of Gauzy’s switchable window film, which would add to Avery Dennison’s window film product portfolio. Avery Dennison Hanita has identified opportunities in the architecture and retail segments for these solutions. The two companies anticipate further product opportunities will emerge from their collaborative efforts in the automotive industry. Georges Gravanis, president, Avery Dennison’s Label and Graphic Materials said they are delighted to be working with the innovators at Gauzy on the continuing development and expansion of their exciting switchable film technology. He added, “We also look forward to leveraging both our organizations’ expertise to drive innovation in specialty films and develop new applications and sales channels for these versatile materials.” Eyal Peso, CEO and co-founder of Gauzy mentioned the collaboration a important and outstanding milestone for Gauzy. “We look forward to working with Avery Dennison as we advance our R&D capabilities to create innovative new products. As a strategic investor, Avery Dennison will significantly elevate our distribution network with their extensive reach in the retrofit market,” he remarked.
Rising tide of textile applications
Textile is now surging to gain a whole new ground in the signage industry, as this highly eco-friendly material is replacing the conventional media like flex and others. In this movement, Sun Printable Fabric in New Delhi is playing a pivotal role with constant introduction of its quality Sun Fabric textile materials—latest being the BL-200 for backlit applications.
The universal fact is that textile has tremendous advantages over the conventional printing materials, such as flex. When it comes to texture, eco-friendliness, life-span and many other such characteristics of printing media, textile rules everywhere, lifting the industry to a new high. In this respect, New Delhi-based Sun Printable Fabrics is now taking a vital role in the vanguard ‘green’ movement, with the introduction of a premium range of its widely popular Sun Fabric materials.
“Concerning various issues, the SC has announced ban on the use of flex prints in three states—Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Kerala. Such move is a nod to eco-friendly materials, such as textile. After the announcement of the ban, we have started receiving a good number of orders for our Sun Fabric materials from Chhattisgarh,” says Deepak Girotra, director, Sun Printable Fabric Pvt Ltd. He adds that the company’s fabric materials are known not only for their eco-friendliness, but also for their quality at par with best of materials in its class, giving tough competition to international brands. He also mentions that the increase in demands for Sun Fabric materials in the Indian signage market is a testimony showing ‘Make in India’ viable and moving.
Sun Printable Fabric with its manufacturing plant in Bhopal boasts its widely popular gloss and matt range of Sun Fabric materials. The range has recently been expanded with the addition of new BL-200 for backlit applications, designed to compatibly print using technologies like UV, latex and eco-solvent. Unique characteristics of the material include: lightweight, foldable and totally PVC-free. Unlike other conventional materials, BL-200 can also be seamed. So far, big corporate biggies like Mark & Spencer, Apple, Mercedes Benz have opted Sun Fabric materials for their projects.
Zünd now uses ‘knife’ and ‘laser’ to cut both ways
In a move that is sure to bring a swift change into digital textile area, Zünd has introduced the LM 100W Laser Module, to cut and seal polyester fabrics in one efficient process. Because of the modular head system employed on Swiss-made Zünd cutting tables, users can switch between many cutting modes plus routing, and now laser cutting and sealing. As sign and display players are increasingly moving toward textile applications, this new move of Zund will be an added business advantage for theme as well.
FUJIFILM Uvijet UV inks obtain
‘UL GREENGUARD Certification’
FUJIFILM’s commitment to environmental responsibility has been recognised as fourteen inks in its Uvijet UV range have achieved UL GREENGUARD certification, which is a well established and scientifically proven ‘approval’ to meet rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, creating healthier indoor environments. FUJIFILM Uvijet UV inks for wide-format inkjet printers are low odour, low emission inks that produce vibrant, high quality imagery. The achievement of UL GREENGUARD Certification for the Uvijet UV inks reaffirms FUJIFILM’s commitment to its policy on chemicals.
Indian companies win multiple accolades
at SGIA Golden Image Competition 2017
At the recent SGIA Golden Image Competitions 2017 in New Orleans, some Indian companies bagged multiple accolades in different award categories. The graphic art/signage companies from the country that were honoured with the prestigious international awards included Spectrum Scan (Vasai, Navi Mumbai), which won seven accolades in diverse categories; Classic Stripes (Wasai, Navi Mumbai) that won eight awards; and PRS Permacel (Ambernath, Maharashtra) also bagged eight awards. In addition, Pune-based Engineering and Printing Technology Institute was also among the list of Indian winners at SGIA Golden Image Competition 2017.
The SIGIA Golden Image Competition recognises the highest standard of imaging, which includes almost every item in the specialty graphics industry. SGIA presented the winners of the international competition during the 2017 SGIA Expo, which was concluded on October 12. Judges evaluated 300 entries from over 60 companies in 53 categories, and the Best of Show recipients were honoured with the top awards in the competition. The awards were hosen based on the entry receiving the most votes from attendees visiting the Golden Image Gallery.
EPSON SureColor P5000 bags TIPA Award 2017
TIPA, a global organisation represented by photo and imaging worldwide magazines, has recognised EPSON SureColor P5000, conferring the ‘Best Photo Printer’ on the versatile printer. The recognition of the printer with the award was made on the basis of the basis of innovation, use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use and price-to-performance ratio. The awards were selected by representatives from 27 professionals from different parts of the globe.
ColorJet Vulcan introduced in
Australia at Visual Impact Sydney 2017
Jetmark, Australian channel partner of ColorJet India, introduced ColorJet Vulkan in the country, showing the printer for the first time at Visual Impact Sydney 2017, organised from October 11-13 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbor. ColorJet Vulcan is high speed 3.2 m roll-to-roll UV printer, empowered with V8 technology, combining print quality, smart memory utilisation, speedy communication with advance cabling system, and thermal design technology. The printer offers benefits of multitasking and multithreading to speed up printing operations, thus, maximising productivity. Moreover, the printer is equipped with an advanced industrial printhead with great expanding capability that enormously enhance productivity and profitability.
Capable to run at the speed of up to 120m/hr in 2400dpi in 5m form, ColorJet Vulcan offers ‘white’ printing, flexi layer technologies and an LED light box system. Additionally, the printer offers advanced motorised carriage height adjustment, automatic ink regulator, LED lamps, advance plasma anti-static device, high-tech vacuum system, pneumatic press rubber roller, reinforced beams, and carriage safety sensor features. The is also loaded with an eco-cooling system, in which the water cooling system is embedded and thereby maintaining printing temperature and removing media wrinkle to ensure high quality prints.
According to Jetmark, ColorJet Vulcan provides grand-format printing on an array of media types while being highly eco-friendly. The printer features new multi-layer technology that allows pre-white, post-white or sandwich white options, opening new production advantages for PSPs. ColorJet Vulcan harnesses productivity advantages by combining smart memory, thermal design and print quality technologies with advanced multi-tasking and multi-threading capabilities. A source from Jetmark said the newly introduced UV roll-to-roll printer received tremendous enquiries from trade visitors that would be converted into orders in the months to come.