Earlier this week, printing shipments data for May were released, and came in at $6.77 billion for the month, up +3.1% from April. However, on an inflation-adjusted basis, May 2018 came in below the $6.92 billion reported in May 2017 and is well below the recent high of $7.46 billion back in May 2016. Still, 2018 started out rough but appears to be closing in on last year. As we have started seeing in recent years, traditional seasonality is in disarray and March and May have become the biggest months for the industry in the first half of the year. Recent patterns indicate that August and October are the two biggest months in the back half of the year—and we’ll see if that pattern continues. And June and July will be a white-knuckle ride...
As it prepares to enter its fourth decade in business, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based Conlin’s Print is extending its superwide-format graphics printing capabilities with a new, high-end production solution, an EFI™ VUTEk® h3 hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll superwide-format LED inkjet printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The recently installed, 126-inch wide printer bolsters longstanding capabilities at Conlin’s Print as a one-stop print provider with even more options for fast-turnaround, premium-quality graphics.
The company is a full-service commercial print business serving the Philadelphia metro area with a broad range of print, finishing and binding solutions, and was an early adopter of wide-format digital inkjet printing. With its latest investment, Conlin’s Print is meeting demand for different types of high-end graphics production applications.
The new printer replaces an 80-inch wide EFI VUTEk QS2 UV inkjet printer that the company selected to first address growing demand for higher-volume graphics production.
“For years, our wide-format graphics work was in traditional signs and banners,” said Bill Conlin, Sr., the second-generation president of the family-owned business. “The QS2 and now the new h3 printer have brought us into different applications including window, wall and floor graphics.”
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