How well — and how fast — can you wrap the side of a 2018 Ford Mustang GT? That’s the challenge nine two-person teams faced in the Wrap Team Challenge, hosted by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) PDAA Committee over the three days of last week’s 2018 SGIA Expo. Three teams took home cash prizes and bragging rights:

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) 2018 SGIA Expo — the last before launching its PRINTING United trade show with NAPCO Media in 2019 — brought more than 24,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18–20. With 612 suppliers on the sold-out exhibit floor, 72 expert-led education sessions and a host of networking events, attendees were inspired by the latest innovations and “what’s on the horizon” for the printing industry.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) honored excellence in student printing at the 2018 SGIA Expo, awarding winners of the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition. This year’s Best of Show winners are Gabi Huben from Careerline Tech (secondary) and Jose Revueltas from Pasadena City College (post-secondary).

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) recognized the best printing in the industry at the 2018 SGIA Expo today, presenting winners of this year’s Golden Image Competition. From hundreds of entries in over 50 categories, a select few received gold, silver and bronze ribbons, and from them came the Best of Show winners.

The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) inducted its newest members — Alan Howe of SAATI Americas and Graeme Richardson–Locke of FESPA — on October 19 at the 2018 SGIA Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to announce its 2018–2019 Board of Directors, led by Chairman Thomas Cooper of WestRock Merchandising Displays. Cooper was appointed along with First Vice Chairman Scott Crosby of Holland & Crosby Limited and Second Vice Chairman Christopher Bernat of Vapor Apparel/Source Substrates LLC.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division announces ‘Product of the Year’ honors for the OnsetM, a high quality B1 format, 27.8” x 39.4” (707 mm x 1000 mm) inkjet printer, designed for the evolving needs of the commercial, display graphics, packaging and industrial print markets. The OnsetM will be showcased in Fujifilm booth #1119 at the upcoming SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18 – 20, 2018.

Absolute Impressions (Lewis Center, Ohio), a leading provider of printed, embroidered and promotional products, will receive the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Continuous Membership Award for 50 years of membership.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has chosen two Durst large-format digital printers as “2018 Product of the Year” in their respective categories. The Durst Rhotex 325 dual-purpose fabric & soft-signage printer received the honor in the Roll-to-Roll Direct Disperse Ink on Textile category and the Delta WT 250 was awarded best RTR/Hybrid/Flatbed New Technology or Inkset category.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced Libra Balian, Brand Leaders Chair, Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP); Brian Hite, President, Image Options; and Yalmaz Siddiqui, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts, as featured speakers for the Brands Talking Sustainability Luncheon at the 2018 SGIA Expo.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has purchased the printing trade show Graphics of the Americas (GOA) from the Florida Graphics Alliance (FGA) (formerly the Printing Association of Florida). Following a transition period, GOA will relaunch in February 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. SGIA acquired the show in August 2018.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to welcome environmental, health and safety (EHS) expert Gary A. Jones as the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs.

Roland DGA Corporation, a leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers and other advanced digital devices, has announced that two of its products – the Roland VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter and ECO-UV ink – have won coveted 2018 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) “Product of the Year” Awards. Roland’s VersaUV® LEC-540 received top honors within the “Roll-to-Roll UV Printer” category, while the company’s ECO-UV ink was recognized as the best product in the “Digital Inks – UV” category. This year’s competition featured a record-setting 255 submissions, with winners selected in 68 different product categories.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) continues to strengthen its agenda for SPIRE 2019 (San Diego, February 24–26) with the addition of featured speaker John P. (Jack) Stack, President and CEO, SRC Holdings Corporation.

Printing professionals who want to attend the 2018 SGIA Expo at the lowest rates have one week remaining to take advantage of early-bird discounts on passes to the show floor, Expo + Education passes and pre-show workshops. The 2018 SGIA Expo is bringing more than 550 exhibitors and over 25,000 registrants to Las Vegas to explore the latest innovations in printing.

We’re excited to announce that PrintFactory Cloud has won the coveted SGIA 2018 Product of the Year Award in the Software - Workflow/CIM/MRS category.

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) announced the winners of its annual Product of the Year competition. Sixty-eight, state-of-the-art products were selected from a huge pool of 255 submissions.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) unveiled the design of its 2018 SGIA Expo T-shirt, designed for the second straight year by Graphic Elephants. Shirts will sell for $5 at the Expo (Las Vegas, October 18–20), and proceeds will support the Nevada SPCA.

SGIA has recognized Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) technologies with two prestigious SGIA Product of the Year Awards. The awards honor outstanding digital imaging products, and both the EFI™ Nozomi C18000 single-pass inkjet corrugated packaging press and the new EFI™ VUTEk® h3 LED superwide-format printer were award winners.

The 2018 SGIA Expo will end its first day on a high note with an Opening Night Party at the award-winning restaurant, beach club and nightclub, TAO Las Vegas at The Venetian.

In a record-setting competition, Agfa Graphics has won four Product of the Year awards from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA).

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