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Wide-Format & Signage

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in wide-format printing. It identifies new business opportunities and provides strategic analysis of new applications, technology, and events.

The Display Graphics Evolution: Epson

This is the first in a series of articles that looks at the evolution of equipment manufacturers and their portfolios in the display graphics space. First up: Epson. Read More

Colorchrome Atlanta Is 41—and Still Growing

WhatTheyThink Films recently completed its documentary on Atlanta’s Colorchrome. Read more about what can be considered the quintessential family printing business. Read More

Survey Says! Signage and Display Graphics in 2024

It’s that time again, time to sift through the data from our annual Business Outlook Survey for the forthcoming Printing Outlook report. As has become an annual tradition, we break out some display graphics-specific data to see what trends we can quantitatively gauge. Read More

Wide Format 2023: Looking Back to Look Forward

As the end of the year draws near, it’s time to look back and take stock of 2023 in the world of wide-format printing, display graphics, and signage—with an eye to what 2024 may bring. Read More

Sights for Sore Feet: Display Graphics and Textile & Apparel at PRINTING United

In this article, we round up some of the major press announcements made at last week’s PRINTING United Expo show, as well as some of the other wide-format technologies on display. Read More

2023 FESPA Print Census Highlights Global Wide-Format Trends

The FESPA print census is an industry barometer that helps vendors and print service providers (PSPs) understand market dynamics in key industry segments, including signage and display, graphics, textile, and industrial. With nearly 1,800 respondents from 120 countries, this year’s survey continues a research partnership between FESPA and Keypoint Intelligence that began back in 2007. This article provides a top-level overview of the findings from our most recent survey. Read More

New HP Latex Printer Line Targets Small and Mid-Size Print Businesses

This week, HP launched the “entry-level” Latex 630 series, aimed squarely at small and midsize print service providers. We take a look at some of the new features and capabilities. Read More

October 6 Is ISA’s Sign Manufacturing Day, Offering Sign Businesses a Great Employee Recruitment Opportunity

On October 6, sign companies will have an excellent opportunity to potentially attract new and young talent to their businesses. Every year, on the International Sign Association’s (ISA) Sign Manufacturing Day (SMD), participating sign shops host open houses, facility tours, and hands-on demonstrations for students to show them the opportunities that exist in the sign business—or even that the sign business exists. Read More

Poster Project Brings Art and Poetry to Downtown Syracuse

The Syracuse Poster Project is a civic arts initiative that launched in 2001, which merges poetry, art, and display graphics to help revitalize downtown Syracuse, N.Y. Richard Romano looks at the program’s inspiration and origin, and how it has evolved over the years. Read More

Off the Wall Cases: ISA Webinar Highlights New Issues in Sign Regulation

Last month, the International Sign Association hosted a webinar presented by the Sign Research Foundation that looked at the current legal lay of the land pertaining to sign codes. Some of the cases looked at were old favorites (Reed v. Town of Gilbert, et al.), but some new recent cases have raised entirely new issues—specifically concerning murals, and whether they are considered art or signage. Read More

Meeting Ever-Shorter Turnaround Demands in the Wide Format Market

The ever-increasing demand for immediate delivery is creating some unique challenges for today’s print service providers (PSPs). Wide-format print jobs have become especially challenging because they often require a great deal of customization, personalization, and design modifications. This article discusses some top strategies that can help PSPs to manage the turnaround expectations of today’s print buyers. Read More

ICYMI: Wrapper’s Delight: High School Senior Wins Bus Wrap Design Contest

For the last three years, Laketran in Lake County, Ohio, has held a student Design-a-Bus Wrap contest, sponsored by Avery Dennison. This year’s winner was Mentor High School senior Kaitlin Barninger. Richard Romano looks at how this year’s winning design came about. Read More

News

Fiery Pro Vehicle Outline for Automotive Wraps Adds Popular 2024 American and European Vehicle Models

FASTSIGNS 2024 International Convention Celebrates Franchisee Growth

European Sign Expo 2024 set to be Largest Event to Date, Illuminating Countless Opportunities in Signage and Visual Communications

Rocket Graphics Invests in a Canon Colorado M5W UVgel Roll-to-Roll Printer from CMYUK

Print Three Calgary Aces Tennis Court Floor Graphics Project with Drytac SpotOn Floor 200

Image360 Middle River is Under New Ownership

17 Years on The Cutting Edge: Astek Inc. Continues to Invest in Durst

New Dates Announced: FESPA Middle East Set to Return to Dubai Exhibition Centre in 2025

Investment Tops Agenda for Senior Decision-Makers at FESPA Middle East 2024

FESPA Confirms Feature Programme for FESPA Global Print Expo 2024 and Co-located Events

CoverUp Invests in an EFI Matan 5m UV LED Dedicated Roll-To Roll Printer from CMYUK

Legacy of Firsts: Vanguard Digital’s First Customer Invests in First VK3220T-HS

Drytac Announces Global Availability of ReTac Duo Double-Sided Mounting Adhesive

Mimaki to Celebrate 20 Years of Innovation at FESPA with Latest Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Advance Lifts Highlights its MSL Multi Stage Scissors Lift Tables for the Large Scale Printing Industry

Propelled Brands Announces Speakers at International Franchise Association’s 64th Annual Convention

EFI Announces New VUTEk h+ Series Hybrid Printers with Future-proofing Enhancements for Sign and Display Producers

swissQprint Moves Ahead with Solar Power

Durst Group Launches Art Project "Inside-Out" with Renowned South Tyrolean Artist Klaus Pobitzer

Kernow Coatings Unveils Innovative Adhesive Free Window Film Solution: KernowJet Kling

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Video

Thought Leadership: Colorchrome’s John Rhodes on Display Graphics with swissQprint
Thought Leadership: Colorchrome’s John Rhodes on Display Graphics with swissQprint

Published: February 5, 2024

In this video, sponsored by swissQprint, Colorchrome president and co-founder John Rhodes talks about printing display graphics with the company’s swissQprint Nyala and the newly acquired Kudu wide-format printers. Watch Video

EFI and Agfa Partner to Bolster Both Product Portfolios:  Exclusive Interview with EFI's Scott Schinlever and Agfa's Arnaud Calleja
EFI and Agfa Partner to Bolster Both Product Portfolios: Exclusive Interview with EFI's Scott Schinlever and Agfa's Arnaud Calleja

Published: February 1, 2024

Agfa and EFI recently announced a strategic partnership that will bolster each company's portfolio of wide-format inkjet devices. WhatTheyThink was invited to an exclusive media day at EFI's headquarters in Londonderry, N.H., to learn more about this partnership. In this video, EFI's Scott Schinlever and Agfa's Arnaud Calleja talk about the partnership and what it will do for each company and their customers. Watch Video

Booth Tour: The Durst P5 350/HS at PRINTING United
Booth Tour: The Durst P5 350/HS at PRINTING United

Published: December 6, 2023

In this video sponsored by Durst, Larry D’Amico spotlights the Durst P5 350/HS hybrid wide-format printer, shown for the first time in North America at PRINTING United. Watch Video

Booth Tour: Graphco’s New CNC Routing and Cutting Plotter at PRINTING United
Booth Tour: Graphco’s New CNC Routing and Cutting Plotter at PRINTING United

Published: December 6, 2023

In this video sponsored by Graphco, Chris Manley spotlights the North American launch of the SD-Italy Augusta F150R Pro hybrid CNC routing and cutting machine. Watch Video

Product Spotlight: Monadnock’s Sustainable Wide-Format Papers
Product Spotlight: Monadnock’s Sustainable Wide-Format Papers

Published: November 30, 2023

In this video sponsored by Monadnock Paper Mills, Senior Sales Representative Vince Queau talks to Richard Romano about the company’s new line of sustainable wide-format substrates. Watch Video

Customer Profile: Parallax Digital Studios Tackles a Broad Range of Wide-Format Applications
Customer Profile: Parallax Digital Studios Tackles a Broad Range of Wide-Format Applications

Published: November 29, 2023

In this video sponsored by EFI, Lee Clevenger, VP of Operations for Parallax Digital Studios, talks about how EFI’s wide-format equipment allows them to tackle a diverse array of customer projects. Watch Video

Booth Tour: Nekoosa Glass Finishes at PRINTING United
Booth Tour: Nekoosa Glass Finishes at PRINTING United

Published: November 29, 2023

In this video sponsored by Nekoosa, Product Marketing Specialist Jordan Jossie spotlights Nekoosa Glass Finishes, a recently launched line of decorative and privacy window films. Watch Video

Business Update: Agfa’s Hardware, Software, and Consumables on Display
Business Update: Agfa’s Hardware, Software, and Consumables on Display

Published: November 28, 2023

In this video sponsored by Agfa, Dieter Jancart showcases the Agfa Jeti Tauro hybrid wide-format printer, Agfa’s “Thin Ink” technology, and Asanti software. Watch Video

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Richard has written about graphic communication hardware and software trends for the past 25 years.

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