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In a comprehensive laboratory evaluation, Roland DG’s TrueVIS™ VG series wide-format printer/cutters won two prestigious Buyers Lab awards, including Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco Solvent/Latex 54″/64″ Printer (7-Color) and Outstanding High Production CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54”/64” Printer (Dual CMYK). Keypoint Intelligence’s Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent provider of testing and analysis for the document imaging industry, selected only the TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540, from all contenders globally, for recognition in its two categories.

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 Golden Image Competition is known around the world as the most prestigious competition to recognize printing excellence and innovation,” said Johnny Shell, Vice President, Print Technology & Training, SGIA. “Winning gold, silver or bronze is an amazing feat, and winning Best of Show or People’s Choice exemplifies printing excellence, placing your work in an elite group.”

The Golden Image Competition honors industry-leading printing in over 50 categories, as determined by expert judges. In this year’s competition, judges evaluated 279 entries from 60 companies, then chose Best of Show winners from the gold ribbon winners. Expo attendees visiting the Golden Image Gallery voted on entries to award People’s Choice.

SGIA would like to congratulate all winners, especially:

Best of Show (Graphic): “Mountain” by Atelier fur Siebdruck (Muentschemier, CH, Switzerland)

Best of Show (Garment): “Lion” by Manga Colours Ltd. (Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

Best of Show (Digital): “Houston Dash Train” by Mountain Commercial Graphics (Houston, Texas, United States)

Best in Show (Creativity): “Reproduction of ‘Luck Beads’ in a Style of the Ancient Fayum Portraits” by Striving Artists Framing and Art Services (Chatsworth, California, United States)

People’s Choice: “Saw Militar” by Max Art Productions LLC (Las Vegas, Nevada, United States)

“The SGIA Expo gives the best in printing the chance to shine and the Golden Image Competition showcases the great art our industry can produce. I am honored to present these winners with their awards and appreciate their contribution to our competition,” said Shell.

The full list of winners can be found on www.sgia.org.

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.

This year’s FlexoTech Awards again placed the spotlight on the huge volumes of high quality, creative flexographic packaging produced by Esko customers using the company’s prepress, workflow, color management, and flexo platemaking solutions.

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.

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