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December '17

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12 • December 2017 • 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 7 2017 'King of the Wrap World' Winner Announced For the second year in a row, Nick Caminiti of Australia's Exotic Graphix was named the winner of Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions' Wrap Like A King Challenge. Caminiti's entry was "Lei'd Low," a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that beat out 159 other entries from 19 countries and earned him the title of "King of the Wrap World" for 2017. "Winning a second Wrap Like a King title twice in a row is an incredible feeling, and we're truly honored to accept the title of King of the Wrap World from Avery Dennison," says Caminiti. "We knew the field would be gunning for the Exotic Graphix team after our success last year, but we put in the work and came out on top against a really accomplished field." Caminiti used Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film Diamond Silver and MPI 1105 with DOL 6460 overlaminate to give the Beetle a Hawaiian surf theme. The contest winner was announced at the Avery Dennison booth at the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas. The fifth annual Wrap Like A King challenge this year featured a different wrinkle, with four 'Continent Wrap Kings' making up the four finalists. Exotic Graphix represented Australia and New Zealand. The other three finalists were PG NOLA, representing North America; Wrapstyle Denmark, representing Europe; and Type B Custom Decal, representing North Asia. All of the 2017 Wrap Like a King entries can be found at In the News Mimaki USA Appoints New President Suwanee, Georgia-based Mimaki USA, the American division of the Japan-based maker of wide- format inkjet printers and cutters, announces the appointment of Naoya Kawagoshi as the firm's new president. Previously, Kawagoshi was vice president of sales for Mimaki USA and was in charge of the company's sales efforts in the United States and Canada. Kawagoshi remains a member of the Mimaki USA Business Planning Division and retains his office in the company's Western region facility just outside of Los Angeles. Yasuhiro Haba who previously served as president of Mimaki USA returns to Japan to lead new sales initiatives for the Americas, Asia/Oceana, and China, according to the company. EFI Acquires Escada, Expands into Packaging Market Fremont, California-based large-format printer manufacturer EFI announces its expansion into the corrugated packaging market with its purchase of UK-based Escada Systems. Escada Systems, which also has operations in the U.S., makes technology geared toward the manufacturing of corrugated packaging materials. EFI already targets the corrugated production market with its Nozomi C18000 press and its EFI Corrugated Packaging Productivity Suite. It says the addition of Escada's technology and expertise will enable the company to expand the productivity suite's value to sheet feeders and full corrugated box plants. MBE Worldwide Acquires AlphaGraphics Inc. Salt Lake City-based franchisor AlphaGraphics an- nounces its purchase by San Diego-based MBE Worldwide, a global third-party logistics, printing and communications services network. Following the ac- quisition, MBE now has approximately 2,600 locations in 39 countries, including nearly 500 in the U.S. Both companies currently operate in the busi- ness services industry and serve primarily small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as consumers. AlphaGraphics is focused on graphic design, printing, marketing and communication services, while MBE specializes in third-party logistics, concentrating on shipping and micro-related retail logistics services. Mail Boxes Etc., as the consumer knows MBE, ac- quired the PostNet franchise system in April 2017. According to MBE, AlphaGraphics will continue to operate as an independent company and will retain its current management team. Its headquarters will remain in Salt Lake City, and each of the companies will retain their individual names, business concepts and brands.

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