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October '17

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16 • October 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Report: Digital Signage Market Growing 7 Percent Per Year According to a report from India-based research company ReportsnReports, the digital signage market is expected to be worth nearly $33 billion glob- ally by 2023, growing at a compound annual growth rate of almost 7 ½ percent between 2017 and 2023. The report says the growth is being driven by LED and LCD (liquid crystal displays) that are increasing in sales; as well as OLED (organic LED) displays, which are also increasing in demand. The report says that factors holding back the growth of electronic digital signage include an increase in online and broadcast advertising and a lack of standards for interoper- ability between devices. The report goes on to says that touch-screen displays and kiosks are increasingly in demand by consumers, and retailers are responding. Also, cloud-based digital signage software is increasingly in demand by companies that operate large digi- tal signage networks, given that the content can be controlled from a central location. Adtower Digital Chooses BroadSign Montreal-based BroadSign International, a maker of automated digital software for the digital signage industry, announces that it has been selected by Ireland-based Adtower Digital Media to provide its auto- mated digital signage software to power more than 300 out-of-home advertising locations throughout Ireland. BroadSign's software will power Adtower's digital ad-based network, which will be deployed in gas stations, convenience stores and other retail loca- tion across Ireland. The initial deployment will be of 150 retail locations and it will reach 300 by the end of this year. Adtower is set to further expand into the Northern Ireland and UK markets by the second quarter of 2018, Following a recent €1.5 million (approximately $1.8 million) capital investment. French Ad Company Prints Life-Sized 3D Display France-based digital out-of-home adver- tising company Metropole, recently used its MASSIVit 1800 3D printer to create a nearly-life-size statue of Corto Maltese, the star of a popular Italian adventure comic book series. The enigmatic sea captain's figure has been placed on a bench at a Paris Metro station with two blank seats next to him, encouraging commuters and others to take selfies with him. The display is in honor of the character's 50th anniversary. The 1.32-meter tall—or about 4½ feet—statue took just under three days to print. The installation will be in place until the end of October. Metropole purchased its two 3D printers from MASSIVit earlier this year. Laminators Inc. Releases New Guides Hatfield, Pennsylvania-based Laminators Inc., makers of sign panel products and architectural systems, announces the release of two new guides: its Sign Panel Production Guide and its Sign Panel Products brochure. The 19-page Sign Panel Production Guide has updated technical information, including additional illustrations and step-by-step instructions. The guide covers best practices from panel handling, storage, prep and set-up to cleaning, cutting, routing and installing/mounting the panel. It also out- lines how to apply vinyl, films and paints, as well as digital and screen printing applications. Laminators' updated Sign Panel Products brochure fea- tures an addition to its Omega-Bond product line, called Omega-Bond Economy, as well as Laminators' other popular sign panel products. The 20-page brochure also contains a variety of sign accessories, extrusions and a color chart. Digital copies of the Sign Panel Production Guide and Sign Panel Products brochure can be requested by call- ing Laminators Inc. at 877-OMEGA-77, by email request to info@laminatorsinc.com, or via download from the Laminators Inc. website at www.laminatorsinc.com/signs/ sign-panel-downloads. Avery Dennison Innovation Center Earns ISO Accreditation Mentor, Ohio-based Avery Dennison announces it has received ISO 17025 accreditation for its innovation center, called Mentor USA. The accreditation audit was conducted by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation, and its scope covers 55 labora- tory tests, conducted at the Mentor, Ohio facil- ity, for adhesives and pressure-sensitive films and label materials. According to the company, ISO 17025 accreditation pro- vides major advantages for Avery Dennison customers as it eliminates the need for additional testing by in-house or third- party providers. This is especially beneficial in the automotive and durable goods segments, where ISO 17025 is often a built- in original equipment manufacturer's requirement. "Avery Dennison's Ohio innovation center is one of seven global innovation centers where we focus on creating innova- tions that meet our customers' current needs and to antici- pate future desires," said Mark Alessandro, global R&D durabil- ity engineering manager, Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials. "Our effort to earn ISO 17025 was sparked by spe- cific feedback provided by customers during these activities." In addition to its ISO 17025 accreditation, the Innovation Center in Mentor is also ISO 9001 accredited and UL and BS 5609 certified.

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