Sign & Digital Graphics

January '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2017 • 13 Arlon Graphics Set to Exit the Restyling Market Placentia, California-based pressure-sensitive vinyl films manufacturer Arlon Graphics has made the strategic decision to exit the automotive restyling market and focus its resources toward cast digital films and iden- tity signage. With this change, Arlon will discontinue the production of automotive restyling films, which will affect the Ultimate PremiumPlus and PerformancePlus product lines. The company will continue to sell Ultimate PremiumPlus and PerformancePlus while supplies last. During this transition, Arlon will work closely with its dis- tributors to support this process and help communicate this change to customers, according to the company. "As we progress forward in the cast digital and cut graphic markets, we want to thank the automotive restyling wrap com- munity and our industry partners for their incredible support," says Taylor Froelich, product manager of automotive for Arlon Graphics. "Arlon has consistently been the innovative leader in the automotive restyling industry and we are prepared to take this same stance and lead the way in our other core markets." INX International Acquires Brazilian Ink Manufacturer Schaumburg, Illinois-based inkjet ink manufacturer INX Inter- national announces its acquisition of Brazilian ink manufac- turer Creative Industria e Comercio Ltda. Based in Sau Paulo, Creative has risen to become one of the top manu- facturers of flexographic and gravure packaging inks in South America, according to INX. Rick Clendenning, president and CEO of INX International, believes the buyout will strengthen his company's position in Brazil and South America in a couple of ways. "Creative is a highly respected premier ink supplier and well known throughout South America," Clendenning says. "Finance Director, Guilherme Ribeiro and the management team have devoted a significant amount of time and effort to establish the business. They built it by using their considerable market experi- ence and technical know-how. Going forward, binding their exper- tise with our global reach, product development and raw material sourcing capabilities will help us provide the best ink technolo- gies and extend our packaging ink portfolio in South America." Creative was founded in 1996. The company today employs 64 people who work out of a 107,000 square-foot manufactur- ing facility. Gatorfoam Plays Key Role in Hawaiian Stained-Glass Project Gatorfoam graphic display board, made by Statesville, North Carolina- based 3A Composites has played a key role in a large art project done at an elementary school in Pukalani, Hawaii. Created by local conserva- tion artist Calley O'Neill and her longtime glass partner, Lamar Yoakum, the project is a stained glass, forest-inspired mural that was installed at Maui's Pukalani Elementary School. The 52-foot long stained-glass mosaic mural, entitled "Na Wao A'O Pi'ilani" (The Life Giving Forests of Maui), was commis- sioned by the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Installed on an exterior wall at the school, the mural features an interior mosaic comprised of 3,350 pieces of stained glass and measures 14 feet tall at its peak. The mural's border was created with 25,000 small glass tiles was worked on by nearly 260 community members and approximately 185 students. O'Neill, who spent about two years on the project, used Gatorfoam to create the detailed temporary mosaic pattern that was temporarily installed on site to aide in the final glass installation. Additionally, Gatorfoam was used to protect the stained glass pieces during shipment from her studio on the Big Island of Hawaii to the school. Each temporary Gatorfoam piece installed on the school's exterior wall was removed as its matching stained-glass segment was adhered to cement-based building panels and set into place with thin-set mortar.

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