Sign & Digital Graphics

January '17

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16 • January 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Digital Signage Market Projected to Nearly Double by 2024 The global digital signage market size is expected to nearly double in size, to approximately $30 million annually, by 2024, according to a report released by San Francisco-based research firm Grand View Research. The industry is currently about a $15 million annual market. Growth in the corporate and hospitality sectors are expected to drive the overall growth in digital signage. Retail already makes up a substantial percentage of digital signage, accounting for more than 40 percent of the market in 2015. Also helping drive the growth is the growing adoption of advanced products that allow for digital information programming from a remote location. According to the study, factors that could inhibit growth in the digi- tal signage industry include compatibility, networking, electrical inter- ference and connectivity. Don Cherrie, president of Nimlok Kentucky, presents the donation to Bobbie Cain of the Parkinson Support Center. Nimlok Kentucky Event Benefits Parkinson's Charity Nimlok Kentucky, an exclusive Nimlok exhibit and display distributor based in Louisville, announces that a recent open house event raised $1,000 for the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana. The event, held in mid-October, brought together Nimlok Kentucky staff and clients as well as friends of the Parkinson Support Center for networking and fundraising. For each guest that attended, Nimlok Kentucky donated $10 to the Support Center. Nimlok Kentucky holds open house networking events semi-annually to connect with partners and valued customers, and has raised more than $7,000 for various local charities since 2013. Bobbi Cain, development coordinator of Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, says her organization is 100 percent dependent on donations, so she and her team are extremely appreciative of Nimlok Kentucky's support. The Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana is a non-profit organization serving people living with Parkinson's dis- ease—as well as caretakers—in more than 45 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Alliance Franchise Brands Adds to Network Plymouth, Michigan-based Alliance Franchise Brands—the umbrella company for retail brand names such as Image360, Signs by Tomorrow and Signs Now—announces the purchase of the Canadian fran- chise organization, KKP Canada, which is now part of Alliance's network. KKP Canada is headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and adds 50 franchise loca- tions to Alliance Franchise Brands. According to Alliance Franchise Brands CEO Mike Marcantonio, "This represents a sound investment in the continued growth of our network. Our organiza- tion began in the graphics communications industry with the quick print concepts of Speedy Printing in Canada and American Speedy Printing in the U.S. Over the past 40 years, we have aggressively invested in the areas with the most potential for long-term gains, including technology, signage, digital and print communications. With the acquisition of KKP Canada, our network of businesses is 630 strong with annual revenues approaching a half billion dollars." KKP Canada CEO and vice-chair Gigi Harding will remain active in KKP Canada through the transition as a key advisor. The move triples the Canadian presence of Alliance Franchise Brands, the company says. KKP Canada's Richmond Hill location will remain open. HP Holds 25th Design- Jet Anniversary Party Hewlett-Packard recently held a 25th anniversary party for HP's DesignJet family of large-format print- ers, which are still in production today. The company chose to have the party at the HP Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, Spain. Matias del Campo, archi- tect and co-founder of SPAN Architects, was a guest of honor. At the party del Campo took some time to reflect on some his career milestones he and his company achieved using HP DesignJet technology. When he and fellow architect Sandra Manninger first launched SPAN Architects in 2003, HP DesignJet had recently introduced a family of affordable multi-function print- ers, allowing SPAN to compete with established design studios. Today SPAN Architects has offices in Detroit and Shanghai, and prints and shares projects using its 36-inch, web-connected HP DesignJet T920 Printer.

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