Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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14 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S EBSCO Signs & Displays Teams with Formetco EBSCO Signs & Displays, a Clanton, Alabama-based provider of whole- sale LED displays and outdoor signs, announces a partnership with Duluth, Georgia-based Formetco Inc., a maker of LED billboards, elec- tronic screens, billboards and video displays. Under the agreement, EBSCO will begin managing Formetco's dealer network for electronic message centers. The deal means Formetco can focus on its FTX digital product line for billboard clients and customers, a venture that has helped it to become the fastest growing digital billboard manufacturer in the U.S., according to industry reports. EFI and Esko Partner in Packaging Segment Fremont, California-based wide- format printer manufacturer and workflow software developer EFI announces a collaboration with Gent, Belgium-based finishing equip- ment maker Esko that will bring a combined workflow solution to market that will enable companies to produce packaging with a single seamless and integrated workflow. This collaboration will connect EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs), Esko workflows, and EFI ERP/MIS solutions to provide a unified production eco-system for packaging companies. In addi- tion, customers using the Esko workflow will be able to prepare jobs once for output and use EFI's optimization tools to route them to their Fiery-driven digital production devices with a single seamless experience. The first of the new offerings, integration between Esko Automation Engine, EFI Packaging Productivity Suite and Fiery, is planned for release at the end of 2016. Avery Dennison Films Front and Center at the Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky-based USA Image was hired again this year to wrap several groundskeeping vehicles at Churchill Downs for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at the beginning of May. USA Image wrapped a Dodge Ram pickup truck—the official truck of the Kentucky Derby—and four John Deere tractors that were used to groom the track all day in between races. USA Image used, as it did last year, Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply vinyl and Avery Dennison High Performance 700 Calendered film. The designs were printed on an EFI VUTEk printer and finished on a GBC Falcon F60 laminator. Report: Digital Signage Market to Hit $23B by 2023 A new report from Delaware-based Global Market Insights, a market research and consulting firm, finds that the global digital signage market is projected to be a $23 billion industry by 2023. The growth is being driven, the report says, primarily by the integra- tion of LED lighting, which has led to significant energy savings. The report also finds that the emergence of the "Internet of Things" has the potential to transform the technology from mere content display to a hub capable of collecting operation data via cloud computing. Dynamic digital signs engage the audience with real-time audio-visual multimedia content. It is also a suitable platform for creating and distributing content, since it is faster and less expensive than print media, the report notes. In addition the report notes that while the overall digital signage market is predicted to hit $23 billion by 2023, the global digital signage display market size was $6 billion in 2015 and revenue is expected to hit $9 billion by 2023. The display market is forecast to have 5.5 percent year-over-year growth from 2016 to 2023.

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