Sign & Digital Graphics

August '16

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2016 • 17 EFI Acquires Optitex Fremont, California- based EFI, a wide- format printer manufacturer and workflow soft- ware developer, announces its acqui- sition of Optitex, a developer of 3D virtual prototyping and 2D CAD/CAM pattern and fashion design software. Privately held Optitex, which has North American headquar- ters in New York City, will be integrated into EFI's productivity software business unit. "We are very excited to join the EFI family," says Asaf Landau, CEO of Optitex. "EFI's global presence, holistic solution approach and growing portfolio of textile-specific products will be of great benefit." Optitex's 3D digital apparel simulation, combined with its 2D pattern making software, provides a robust solution that accelerates the fashion industry's high-volume product development, according to the company. Landau will serve as EFI Optitex's general manager. Optitex has offices in the U.S., Italy, India, Hong Kong and Israel. S2K Awarded Patent on New Dimensional Displays Chatsworth, California-based S2K Graphics, which designs, manufactures and distributes a variety of signs, banners, graphic elements and point-of- purchase displays, announces that it has received a patent for its new dimensional offset system. The patent, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was issued for the company's fabrication technique, which transforms standard, flat graphics into 3-D designs by providing layered dimensionality to promotional displays. The offset system was developed by S2K Graphics, and consists of nylon-based plas- tic rods affixed to studs with adhesive backs for adjoining the graphics. During assembly, these rods fasten to stainless steel plates within the display. Inca Digital Forms New Sales Division Cambridge, UK-based Inca Digital, a wide-format printer manufacturer, announces the formation of a new sales divi- sion to commercialize the new Inca SpyderX dual flatbed/roll- to-roll printer through a global network of specialist resellers. Inca Digital launched the dedicated sales operation, headed up by Laura Bannister, as part of its growth strategy. Schneidler Grafiska, Sweden; and Digital HiRes, Spain; are the first companies to be appointed to sell the Inca SpyderX. It is the first model to be sold through Inca's reseller network and the company plans to add new models to the portfolio in the future. SDG High performance, 54-inch transfer sublimation ideal for small production, on-demand work. Entry Level Dye Sublimation Mimaki_TS30_H_SDG0816.indd 1 7/1/16 8:54 AM

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