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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Mutoh wins 4 SGIA 2017 product of the year awards!

AUGUST 2017 - NEW ORLEANS - Mutoh America, Inc., an industry leader in wide-format printers, was recently honored with the 2017 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) Product of the Year award for the ValueJet 1638X - 64 inch printer in the Solvent or Latex Ink Under 80" category, the ValueJet 626UF UV-LED printer in the Small Flatbed category and the ValueJet 1638UH - 64" UV-LED hybrid printer in both the Flatbed/Hybrid Under $100k and Roll-to-Roll UV Under 80"categories. The competition recognizes the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
HP Announces it will no longer offer service support for their Latex 25500 Printer

Effective January 2018 HP has designated the L25500 with end of life status. What this means for owners of this technology is that HP will no longer manufacturer replacement parts and so once the current inventory runs out you will not be able to get parts to repair your printer! HP will continue to supply inks and print heads but you should expect that the cost of these items will increase.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mutoh launches ValueJet 626UF UV-LED Flatbed Printer

Mutoh America, a leader in wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has unveiled its new ValueJet 626UF. The new VJ626UF 19” x 23” UV-LED Flatbed Printer has an expanded print width and depth “and is even more versatile” with an optional rotary attachment for printing on cylindrical items. The VJ626UF provides “outstanding performance and versatility at a competitive price,” said the OEM. It offers users the ability to print with CMYK or CMYK plus white and varnish ink for added textures and the ability to print on non-white colours. The printer also comes standard with a vacuum table and stand for easier handling. “The ValueJet 626UF will further expand our UV-LED printer line,” said Brian Phipps, President of Mutoh America. “From promotional items, directional signage, awards, specialty, labels and packaging prototypes, the ValueJet 626UF will expand a print shop’s production capabilities and product offerings.” Additional features of the printer include 1,440 dpi resolution, maximum material size of 19” x 23.3” x 5.9”D and a maximum print size of 18.6” x 23” x 5.9”D. Ink capabilities include 4-colour or 6-colour (CMYK or CMYK white and varnish), using 220ml UV-LED ink, Mutoh Edition FlexiSign & Print Software, and Smart Printing technology that includes Intelligent Interweave printing that virtually eliminates banding, as well as the ValueJet Status Monitor app for mobile printer monitoring.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Mutoh America, Inc. Launches the New ValueJet 1948WX 75 inch four-head dye-sublimation printer

May, 2017 - PHOENIX - Mutoh America, Inc., a leader in wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the new ValueJet 1948WX printer. The new VJ1948WX 75" four-head printer is made for high-production dye-sublimation printing. "The ValueJet 1948WX will further expand our soft signage printer line," shares Brian Phipps, president of Mutoh America, Inc. "From custom apparel, to blankets, trade show graphics, soft signage, promotional items and more, the ValueJet 1948WX is the obvious choice for print shops looking to enter the world of dye-sublimation." The VJ1948WX provides outstanding performance at a competitive price with a four staggered print head design and blazing fast print speeds up to 2,199 sqft/hr on a variety of dye-sublimation papers. The printer also includes large dual heaters for quick dry times and adjustable pressure rollers for better paper handling. More about the ValueJet 1948WX Additional features of the ValueJet 1948WX dye-sublimation printer include: - High-quality printing: 1440 dpi for amazing clarity and details. - Four heads: four staggered print heads with print speeds up to 2,199 sqft/hr. - Dual heaters: fast dry times and accelerated production speeds. - Size: the 75" media size makes it perfect for a variety of applications. - Pressure Rollers: can be raised up and down depending on material type to remove wrinkles. - Ink: 4 or 8 color capability. - Automatic Sheet Off: cuts your material off once your print is done so you don't have to. - Warranty: limited one year on-site. - Software: open. - Take-Up System: heavy duty system included. - Smart Printing: includes Intelligent Interweave printing technique virtually eliminating banding, DropMaster ink Techhnology and ValueJet Status Monitor app for mobile printer monitoring. For pricing or sample output please contact Al Whittaker at 800-416-3996

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Japan’s LINTEC to Buy Mactac Americas

Platinum Equity, the parent company of Stow, Ohio-based Mactac Americas, a maker of pressure sensitive graphic films, announces that it has entered into an agreement to sell the film company to Japan-based LINTEC Corp. in a deal worth approximately $375 million. LINTEC, headquartered in Tokyo, is a manufacturer of adhesive-related films and papers with operations in 15 countries around the world. Mactac Americas operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Platinum Equity had acquired Mactac from Bemis Co. Inc. in November 2014. Just two months ago, in August, Platinum Equity sold off Mactac’s European business to Avery Dennison. Platinum Equity partner Louis Samson says Mactac has experienced a significant turnaround in recent years and will join LINTEC with strong momentum. “We partnered with (Mactac president) Ed LaForge and the company’s management team to transform Mactac by identifying and capitalizing on sustainable operational improvements while driving innovative new products and technologies,” Samson says. “As a result, the company’s financial performance has been superb and the business is well positioned for continued growth and success.” Samson said Mactac has achieved steady top-line growth, healthy margins and dramatically improved earnings over the past two years and noted that adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization grew more than 40 percent from 2014 to 2015. LaForge credits operational support from Platinum Equity and the strong commitment of Mactac’s employees for driving the turnaround. “We have achieved remarkable success thanks to a lot of hard work from our employees and a strong partnership with Platinum Equity,” LaForge says. “Working together, we implemented operational improvements throughout all areas of our business, invested in world-class manufacturing technologies, and just last year alone launched more than 40 new products.” LaForge adds that Mactac and LINTEC will be a great fit going forward. “Our extensive North American presence and unique technologies compliment Lintec’s international footprint and current product portfolio,” says LaForge. “We are excited to join a leading global pressure sensitive manufacturer with an outstanding reputation for innovation, employee and customer focus. This transaction opens substantial opportunities for growth and expansion across many regions and provides both sides with access to proprietary manufacturing capabilities.” The sale is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Mactac® Creates Entirely New Graphic Application Space for Digitally Printed Pressure-Sensitive Media with Launch of New REBEL® X-treme

Offering unprecedented adhesion for permanent applications, REBEL® X-treme provides an untapped realm of opportunity A leading industry innovator, Mactac® Distributor Products is paving the way for an entirely new graphic application space with the launch of its new REBEL® X-treme permanent application print media. Offering customers the first solution of its kind, the new 4.0-mil REBEL X-treme (RB528X) media features a specially blended, clear pressure-sensitive adhesive designed to permanently bond to tough-to-adhere-to applications, such as low-surface energy plastics, smooth to slightly rough indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces or cinder block walls, and in critical permanent applications that may require tamper resistance. It touts ultimate high-tack adhesion with 7-pound quick tacks and reaches up to 10-pounds peel in bond strength on typical surfaces. The extreme adhesive is protected with Mactac’s 90# polycoated two-sided SuperFlat™ release liner and the media’s facestock features a 99 percent opaque, blue-white PVC film – delivering incredibly high levels of color and brightness when printed. Examples of product uses within this new application space, include: • Concrete support pillars or cinder block walls • Low-surface energy plastics like polypropylene, polyethylene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) • Pebbled surfaces such as trash cans and storage bins • Powder-coated paint • Stainless steel • Nameplates Following suit with Mactac’s other REBEL products, REBEL X-treme has superior print capabilities for many printing platforms, including latex, UV inkjet, solvent, eco-solvent, solvent and UV screen printing, UV flexographic and UV offset, as well as thermal transfer. REBEL X-treme features an outdoor durability of five to seven years with a two-year shelf life. Additionally, all REBEL products, including X-treme, are backed by Mactac’s trusted Open Image Warranty™, which includes any combination of approved printer, ink and laminate or clear coat used with Mactac graphic media. For more information of a printable test sample please contact your IMAC sales rep 800-416-3996

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Mactac Enhances Legacy IMAGin B-free GRUV Bubble-Free Digital Media

In response to industry demand for a true cast vehicle wrapping film, Mactac Distributor Products has enhanced its legacy IMAGin B-free GRUV bubble-free digital media with the launch of IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast. Designed with today’s installer in mind, the new and improved IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast (GVC929BFD) replaces Mactac’s long-time customer favorite IMAGin B-free GRUV (GV929BFD). It features an upgraded cast facestock and adhesive platform – delivering the conformability and repositionability installers need for faster, more confident full or partial vehicle, fleet and marine wrapping applications. “IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast was developed with today’s graphics installers in mind,” said Jason Yard, marketing director, Mactac Distributor Products. “The advanced features and characteristics offered by this cast film – such as its superior repositionability – give installers the confidence to wrap vehicles and other contoured surfaces faster than traditional calendered film options.” IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast features Mactac’s proprietary omni-directional air-egress invisible adhesive pattern, which eliminates visible texture in the facestock for easier installation. The facestock is a 2.0-mil high-gloss, soft white polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film that offers exceptional color reproduction. It is coated with an opaque gray acrylic permanent adhesive that bonds strongly – yet remains repositionable – and is protected by a 98# polycoated layflat liner for superior printability. While ideal for vehicle, fleet and marine applications, IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast offers the perfect solution for numerous long-term or conformable applications, such as: Bus decals Floors High-performance outdoor signage Walls and windows IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast is compatible with all digital ink types and is solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV-printable. Mactac recommends pairing IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast with its PERMACOLOR RAYZor matte or gloss overlaminate. When paired with an overlaminate, IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast offers outdoor durability of up to seven years. Unprinted durability is nine years. Additionally, IMAGin B-free GRUV Cast is backed by Mactac’s trusted Open-Image Warranty.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mutoh ValueJet 1628X, 1938TX and 1638UH take home the awards SEPTEMBER 2016 - LAS VEGAS - Mutoh America, Inc., an industry leader in wide-format printers, was recently honored with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) Product of the Year award for the ValueJet 1628X - 64 inch printer in the Solvent or Latex Ink Under 80" category, the ValueJet 1938TX - 75" direct to textile printer in the Roll-to-Roll Disperse Ink on Textilecategory and the ValueJet 1638UH - 64" UV-LED hybrid printer in both the Flatbed/Hybrid Under $100k and Roll-to-Roll UV Under 80"categories. The competition recognizes the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry. "I am extremely proud of our products and the Mutoh team," said Brian Phipps, president of Mutoh America, Inc. "The SGIA Product of the Year Award receives entries from the best companies in the industry, so winning Product of the Year consecutively for the past six years is quite an achievement. I believe the award is a testimonial to the quality and state-of-the-art engineering of our ValueJet printers." The competition judged submissions across 19 categories for output devices and 29 categories for non-output devices. Conducted during the 2016 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, September 14-16, 2016), this year's event was one of the most challenging in recent history. "We are really thrilled with the participation from exhibiting companies, and we even doubled the product categories to correctly acknowledge all of the possible technical accomplishments honored in this competition," said Ray Weiss, SGIA's Digital Specialist. "The award winners have been extremely enthusiastic about their wins, understanding just how competitive the field was this year." A recap of the 2016 SGIA Expo - including the complete list of Product of the Year winners - will be available online at after the show ends.

Monday, July 25, 2016
EFI Reports Record Second Quarter Revenue of $246M, Up 21%

FREMONT, Calif., July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced its results for the second quarter of 2016. For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported record second quarter revenue of $245.7 million, up 21% compared to second quarter 2015 revenue of $202.7 million. GAAP net income was $5.2 million or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to $7.7 million or $0.16 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. Non-GAAP net income was $26.7 million or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $22.9 million or $0.48 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported revenue of $479.8 million, up 21% year-over-year compared to $397.3 million for the same period in 2015. GAAP net income was $7.3 million or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $13.0 million or $0.27 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. Non-GAAP net income was $52.9 million or $1.11 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $44.4 million or $0.92 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. "The EFI team delivered a solid quarter despite the disruption caused by global events during the last week of the quarter," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "At the same time, EFI's market position at the drupa tradeshow validated both our strategy and product roadmap, and we're particularly encouraged by the exceptional reception to our new Nozomi platform. The drupa momentum is feeding into the strength we are seeing in the Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software segments which keep us on track to deliver our stated goal of $1 billion in revenues for the year."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
EFI, SpeedPro Partnership Moves Ahead

Several of its franchisees are benefitting from installing the EFI H1625 LED printer, according to Denver-based large-format franchise company SpeedPro Imaging. SpeedPro had signed a partnership agreement with Fremont, California-based EFI in 2015 to help its franchisees grow with the 65-inch printer. That was after an extensive testing and validation process conducted at SpeedPro headquarters. The hybrid roll/flatbed, mid-level production inkjet printer is designed to maximize image quality at an affordable price, with four-color grayscale imaging at resolutions up to 1200x600 dpi and EFI’s white ink as a standard feature. According to the company, users benefit from extended media versatility on a wide range of flexible and rigid substrates up 2 inches thick with energy-saving, “cool cure” LED technology that gives users the ability to print on substrates that cannot withstand the heat of other drying or curing methods SpeedPro Imaging’s franchise network of more than 120 studios currently operates in 31 states, with a Canadian affiliate that has locations in eight provinces. The SpeedPro-certified EFI LED printer has been available to the network since mid-2015, with six units installed to date and two more coming on line this quarter. “We saw an opportunity in the marketplace because this hybrid printer is really attainable to our franchise partners at a good price point, and it opens a lot of doors with the types of applications we can deliver,” says Boris Katsnelson, CEO of SpeedPro Imaging. “We like the white ink on board, which is a strong feature, and the printer itself also is a really efficient machine. EFI has been a great partner for us as well.”

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