ISA celebrates its 75th Anniversary

As World War II raged on, a group of sign company professionals gathered to discuss ways that they could help grow their industry. Out of that meeting, and under the direction of Executive Secretary Maury Ely, the National Electric Sign Association (NESA) was born on January 11, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois. Reflecting the growth in … Read more →

Summa launches new large-format finishing flatbeds for the textile market

Summa, a leading Belgium-based manufacturer of high-end cutting plotters (with offices in Beverly, Massachusetts), has unveiled two new sizes of flatbed finishing systems. The new F3232 and F3220 are based on the proven technology of the OEM’s Summa F Series. “Through the expansion of our flatbed series, Summa strives to improve the synergy with the … Read more →

Latest ISA report projects a strong 2018/2019 for sign, graphics and visual communications industry

The sign, graphics and visual communications industry is enjoying a strong 2018, thanks to an easing of uncertainty surrounding commodity prices and a stronger U.S. economy, according to the International Sign Association (ISA, Alexandria, Virginia). Plus, the stronger economy will continue to push the industry forward in 2019, according to the ISA’s Sign Industry Quarterly … Read more →

New ISA survey identifies opportunities in graphic communications and specialty printing

An executive summary of recent Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends research identifies opportunities for printers to expand into adjacent markets. Looking for BIG Opportunity in Graphic Communications & Specialty Printing, was produced by the International Sign Association and sponsored by EFI. Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends recently surveyed more than 300 companies, including commercial printers, sign shops, … Read more →

HP debuts its Latex R2000 Printer

HP’s latest wide-format device is the HP Latex R2000 Printer that the OEM has characterized as “the first hybrid solution for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device.” HP announced its new Rigid Technology at the ISA Sign Expo in March, highlighting how customers “will now be able to expand their services … Read more →

LexJet introduces new media for canvas, banners, posters and other wide-format applications

LexJet (Sarasota, Florida) has launched two new products for printers in the wide-format market. Its PVC-free LexJet FlexTek is a versatile, easy-to-handle option available in solvent and aqueous versions. FlexTek is a new, multi-functional material that performs for a variety of uses, from canvas to banners and beyond. The PVC-free, non-woven “technical fabric” is ideal … Read more →

Canon releases new whitepaper: How to align your wide-format printing investment with new applications and client demands

The ability to produce specialty applications presents tremendous growth opportunities for commercial printers. But in order to capitalize on these, it’s essential said Canon, to have the right large-format printing solutions and technologies in place to meet customers’ requirements quickly and economically. A new whitepaper from Canon Solutions America examines the common large-format printing technologies … Read more →

Raymond and Bilodeau of Fastsigns Windsor recognized once again for giving back to their community

Fastsigns International, a leading sign and graphics franchisor with more than 675 locations worldwide, recently recognized five Fastsigns franchisees for their local charitable works and community involvement as part of the company’s Fastsigns Cares initiative. Franchisees across Canada and the U.S. participated in local philanthropic efforts throughout 2017 – including providing free or discounted signs … Read more →