Celebrating International Print Day #IPD18

We could not think of a better time to celebrate International Print Day! In the midst of trade show season, we’ve definitely embraced this year’s #IPD18 theme: Collaboration.

HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP

You’ll find plenty of collaboration in our SGIA Expo booth #1185 in Las Vegas. We partnered with HP, Epson and Canon to bring you the latest printer technology, as well as new media options like the new line of HP Adhesive Vinyl and Laminates, award-winning HP Recycled Satin Canvas, LexJet Flex Tek, ChromaLuxe EXT, EnduraFab and more. Plus, we collaborated with Big Picture magazine to create an augmented reality ad in their latest issue. We’re also creating some awesome AR experiences in the booth. Don’t miss it!

We also just launched a super cool social media contest with our partners at Fredrix, the world-renowned canvas maker, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Fredrix is giving away $4,000 in canvas rolls, so be sure you get in on the action, too. Contest is open until Oct. 31, 2018. Read more here.

When you get back from SGIA, sign up for the HP Latex Academy webinar, during which we partner with HP printer expert, John Stevens. It’s a one-hour session on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. EST that will be sure to help you decide on your next printer purchase. Sign up here.

Package printing displayed at Labelexpo

We couldn’t let a blog about collaboration go by without mentioning our sister company, S-OneLP, which just had an awesome time at Labelexpo. The team collaborated with some artisan food brands as well as some label/packaging print service providers to create a marketplace theme in their booth, showcasing all new, enhanced packaging printing. Check out the show wrap-up here.

What have been some of your best collaborations this year? Tell us in the comments below or on social media using the hashtag #IPD18!

Shift Your Focus on Wide-Format with LexJet at SGIA 2018

As a print service provider and business owner, you know it’s critical to keep your eye on what you do best, while also smartly diversifying your business with new offerings for your customers. Gone are the days that we can get by on banner prints alone! Thanks to ever-evolving print technology and media offerings, new opportunities exists in décor, textile printing and even outdoor graphics.

When you start to shift your focus on what you’ve always done in wide-format printing to what you can do in the future, you’re sure to see a boost in your bottom line and discover new and exciting markets that will delight your customers. Check out these three key ways to grow your business and if you’re headed to SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20, be sure to stop by booth 1185 to learn more from our print specialists:

LexJet Flex Tek

Increasing your profits: As a customer-focused supplier of printers and media, we’re always on the lookout for the best products at the most advantageous prices for print service providers. We’re seeing some exciting offerings in outdoor signage, and we’ve brought those to market this year. We partnered with Avery Dennison to provide a full line of exciting vinyl products for a huge variety of applications. We’ve also launched LexJet Flex Tek, a PVC-free, recyclable, non-woven technical fabric that can be used as either a banner or a non-cracking canvas for gallery wraps. Print service providers should be excited about dual-action products like this, and we expect to bring more environmentally friendly, versatile products to market in the coming months.

Mastering new markets: If you’re a print service provider and you’re not at least sticking your big toe into the décor market, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. We’ve seen a wide array of exciting finishes and designs introduced into our wallcovering lines that are compatible with latex and solvent. But even if you operate an aqueous printer, you can also get in on the action. Décor doesn’t stop on the walls – it includes canvas prints, fine art reproductions, photo enlargements, textile printing and so much more. Dye-sub printers have more options than ever, thanks to advances in outdoor metal panels, like those from the ChromaLuxe EXT line.

EnduraFab Textiles

Answering customer demand: If there’s one thing we’ve been hearing from end users it’s that they want more printed fabric! This started in the soft signage arena but has quickly expanded into trade show graphics as well as décor. PSP’s customers love fabric because it drapes elegantly in retail environments and can be easily swapped out by any employee. Fabrics used for trade show exhibits also quickly pack up and ship for less than films or vinyl. Screen printers cornered the market on printed fabrics for decades, but with the advances in latex-compatible textiles, we’re seeing gorgeous results in specially formulated fabrics for elegant, lightweight, easy-to-handle modern signage.

To discover products in each of these areas and to learn how to shift your focus on wide format and expand you’re offering, visit LexJet’s SGIA Expo booth 1185. We’ll be featuring the latest print technology and helping you to tie it to your customers’ applications.

If you still need a free SGIA Expo pass, we’ve got you covered! To register for your free pass from LexJet, click HERE and follow the instructions.

USA-Made Fredrix Canvas Celebrating 150th Anniversary

Art becomes interesting when it’s timeless — and fine art is only as timeless as the canvas it is created on. Fredrix Canvas celebrates 150 years of producing the world’s premium artist and printable, archival canvases. Manufactured in the USA, Fredrix uses the finest textile woven to stringent specifications, employing both high-tech, state-of-the-art machine coating techniques along with hand priming.

Fredrix has decades of experience producing superior artist canvas and this knowledge has translated into the production of superior printable canvas. Fredrix high-quality canvas produces stunning digital prints with a wide-color gamut that’s color-accurate and consistent from print-to-print.

The Fredrix portfolio of digitally printable canvas continues to grow with the addition of Fredrix 558 Raw Canvas Natural — a 100% natural cotton product with no OBAs that’s an alternative to the typical polyester fabrics and blends.

Fredrix plans to launch its 150th-year celebration this October at SGIA in Las Vegas. Check out the festivities on October 18–20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more information on Fredrix Canvas offerings, call 800-453-9538 to speak with a LexJet sales representative or visit LexJet.com to purchase Fredrix Canvas today — available exclusively in the U.S. through LexJet.

Going to SGIA in October? Register for Free Passes with LexJet

It’s not too early for planning to attend SGIA in Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20 and LexJet can help you with your first step: free expo passes. To register for your free pass from LexJet, click HERE and follow the instructions. LexJet will have an exciting booth focused on the latest trends and newest products in wide-format digital printing, so be sure to stop by and visit us at booth #1185.

If you’ve never attended an SGIA Expo, there is a tremendous amount of ground to cover, and it’s always a good idea to plan your booth visits ahead of time. If you are an SGIA Expo veteran, then you know there is always something new and exciting unveiled at the show.

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

Scorch Fitness Focuses on Goals in a Big Way

When faced with a giant, blank wall, many business owners would simply choose a wall paper pattern, install it and call it a day. But Scorch Fitness, located in Sarasota, Fla., had a better idea: Why not create a customized wall mural to inspire their members to achieve their goals?

“The purpose of this mural was to … use it as a reminder to our members of why they’re here,” says Liz Lowe, Scorch co-owner and head coach. Paired with the break-through design of the mural, goals are printed in big, bold letters … “I want to be healthy,” “I want to sweat my butt off” are just two of the shared objectives that are reinforced every day.

“This wall behind us has totally changed the dynamic of the energy within here,” says fellow co-owner and founder, Ryan McDonald.

The team at Now That’s a Wrap printed the mural on LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, and finished it with a UV coating for extra durability.

Watch the video above to see how it was done and how it’s impacted the Scorch Fitness team and their clients.