Sign & Digital Graphics

December '14

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14 • December 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 In the News 3M Expands MCS Warranties St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Commercial Solutions announces the latest addition to its list of approved printer platforms eligible for the company's MCS Warranty coverage for finished graphics. 3M's MCS Warranty now covers jobs done with HP Latex 831 inks used with the HP Latex 360 Printer when created by a 3M-certified graphics provider using qualified 3M products. The ink will be labeled as "3M MCS Warranty Component for HP Latex 360." The MCS Warranty, which the company says is the industry's gold standard, covers fading, cracking, peeling and other aspects of graphic performance for the life of the graphic. 3M Commercial Solutions also announces it is extending the MCS Warranty up to a seven year period for EFI VUTEk GSLXr 3M SuperFlex UV Ink when used in either the EFI VUTEk GS3250LXr Pro or GS5500LXr Pro printers. 3M-certified graphics manufacturers can now provide up to a 7-year warranty period when protected with qualifying film overlaminates, and up to a 5- year warranty period when protected with 3M UV Gloss 9740i liquid clear coat. Johnson Plastics Acquires Zak Plastics Minneapolis, Minnesota- based Johnson Plastics announces that it has acquired Zak Plastics of Stoughton, Massachusetts, in a deal that closed Oct. 27. Terms of the deal were not announced. Johnson Plastics is a leading distributor of materials and supplies for the engraving and sublimation industries. Zak Plastics' customers, who have already been notified of the sale, will be served out of Johnson Plastics' distribution facility in Albany, New York. That site, located at 1 Selina Dr., opened Oct. 1 and is designed to serve the state of New York and most of the northeast with overnight UPS delivery. Contra Vision Announces Wrap Competition Winners UK-based see-through window films maker Contra Vision announced the winners of its 4th International Wrap Artists Competition at a recent industry trade show in Las Vegas. The competition was designed to find the best see-through window graphics across the company's international markets and to showcase how Contra Vision Perforated Window Film and other see-through technology can be used across a range of media. Overall winner, AAA Signs, UK, used Contra Vision's BACKLITE product to provide a screen for a digital projection on The Sage building of the opening ceremony for the BUPA Great North Run, a popular half- marathon that is one of the biggest road races in the UK. Other category winners include: AAA Signs, for Best Innovative Use; Australia based GSP Print Pty Ltd, for Best Vehicle Wrap; Belgium based IMEDIAS, for Best Creative Use; Craig Morrison, a designer at UK-based Media City Salford Quays UK, for Best Building Wrap; and UK-based VGL, for Best Transit Advertising Wrap.

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