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March '18

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14 • March 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S FUJIFILM Holdings and Xerox Announce Merger Plans Tokyo-based FUJIFILM Holdings and Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine Xerox and their longstanding Fuji Xerox joint venture. The two companies say the combined company will be a global leader in innovative print technologies and intelligent work solutions, with annual revenues of $18 billion and leadership positions in key global regions. The com- bined company will be named "Fuji Xerox" and trade on the NYSE under the ticker XRX. Under terms of the agreement, Xerox sharehold- ers will receive a $2.5 billion special cash dividend, or approximately $9.80 per share, and they will own 49.9 percent of the combined company. Fujifilm will own 50.1 percent of the combined company and provide operational support and "transformational leadership." The new company will have dual headquarters in Tokyo and Connecticut, and operate in 180 countries. The combined company will deliver at least $1.7 bil- lion in total cost savings, the companies say, with $1.2 billion to be achieved by 2020. The companies say the merger makes sense because the combined company will have a global reach, industry-leading scale and enhanced innovation capabilities. This will help expand its reach into grow- ing areas such as high-speed inkjet, industrial print and workplace solutions, they say. Behind the scenes, the companies will retain their "Xerox" and "Fuji Xerox" brands within their respective operating regions. Avery Dennison's 2018 Wrap Training Will Hit 35-Plus Cities Mentor, Ohio-based Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announces its 2018 wrap training schedule, and registration is open. The total number of workshops available has expanded to 44 at more than 35 locations throughout North America. The Basic/Intermediate and Advanced classes will be taught by expert installers Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute and John Duever of Vinyl Images. The Basic/Intermediate Classes, sponsored by Mutoh, focus on Avery Dennison digital films used in a wide variety of applications, such as walls, floors, windows and full-print vehicle wraps. Installers learn hands-on techniques for many films during the workshop, rang- ing from calendered wall and floor films to cast Avery Dennison MPI 1105 Easy Apply RS film for vehicle wraps. Advanced Classes focus on vehicle color change wraps with Supreme Wrapping Film, featuring a wide array of finishes and textures, including Conform Chrome, Colorflow, metallics and more. Installers will learn cutting-edge techniques and how to lower instal- lation times by 20 percent to 50 percent while improving quality. Visit learning/certification-classes.html for class details, cities/locations and to register for Basic/Intermediate Classes, Advanced Classes and Certification Exams. 3M Announces 2018 Training Dates Around the Country St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M announces its 2018 schedule of training dates. Aside from its Minnesota 3M headquarters, train- ing sessions will also be held at Lowen Certified in Hutchinson, Kansas; Geek Wraps University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; J3 Industries in Addison, Texas; and Wrapix Academy in Burbank, California. Each class will be geared to one of the follow- ing topic areas: Endorsed Architectural Installer; Advanced Training; Preferred Testing; Certified Training; Knifeless T&T and a Global Workshop. Please visit for the complete list of all the classes being held around the country, training dates, and to register. Students at the recent Blue Ridge/ University of Arizona 4-H Fab Lab Grand Opening check out one of the advanced digital devices— a Roland VersaUV LEF series printer—at the new, state-of-the- art facility. Roland DGA is serving as a key equipment sponsor of the nation's first 4-H Fab Lab, provid- ing the LEF flatbed as well as an MDX series mill and other cutting- edge digital fabrication machines. Roland Announces Nation's First '4-H Fab Lab' Event Irvine, California-based Roland DGA, a manufacturer of wide-for- mat printers, cutters and engrav- ing devices, announces the grand opening of the nation's first "4-H Fab Lab," located at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside, Arizona. The Blue Ridge/University of Arizona 4-H Fab Lab—the first public school Fab Lab estab- lished in Arizona and the first 4-H Foundation Fab Lab in the U.S.—held a grand opening cer- emony in mid-January. The cutting-edge facility, located at the high school, is funded by the University of Arizona and is designed to train the next generation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) profession- als through the use of real-world digital fabrication hardware and software. Roland DGA made the announcement because, for its printing, cutting and milling needs, Blue Ridge chose equipment from Roland, and along with that, Roland's Project Based Learning (PBL) modules, which make it easy for students to learn through hands-on, step-by- step projects. The Blue Ridge 4-H facility will serve as Arizona's main 4-H Fab Lab, with smaller "mini-labs" planned in other locations throughout the state. Each Fab Lab will utilize the existing 4-H youth develop- ment network and programs. Within Arizona alone, 4-H programs record more than 185,000 student contacts per year.

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