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April '19

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10 • April 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S AXYZ International Announces Rebrand to AXYZ Automation Group Burlington, Ontario, Canada-based engraving and cutting systems maker AXYZ International announces the launch of its new brand and identity. AXYZ Automation Group is now the official name that represents all three of its brand identities—AXYZ, WARDJet and CNCshop.com. The company says that after its acquisition of WARDJet in April 2018, a rebrand was deemed necessary to more accurately reflect AXYZ's combined impact on the CNC router and waterjet cutting industry. It says a key component to the rebrand is AXYZ's renewed focus in automation, backed by a broad and deep product line of waterjets and CNC routers. A customer-focused approach to producing automation solutions, as well as providing continued product support, realigns the company with the demand that the next generation of manufacturing will usher in. And, it says, the new logo was redesigned to reflect the inte- gration of both CNC router and waterjet industries, and a forward march into the world of automation. AXYZ invites customers and potential customers to help it celebrate its evolution by attending one of the many CNC Expos it will be holding across North America throughout the upcoming months. The company says to keep an eye out for those to be announced. Formetco To Double Size of Its Digital Production Facility Duluth, Georgia-based Formetco Inc., a maker of LED billboards, electronic screens, billboards and video displays, announces that it is doubling the size of its Atlanta-area digital production facility. The company refers to its facility as the "Digital Campus"—the place where it assembles, tests and packages its LED video displays before shipping and installing. Currently, the company is operating out of a 40,000-square-foot digital pro- duction space, but by March 1 its facility will be increased to 88,000-square- feet. The company says that because a neighboring warehouse became avail- able, it was able to simply remove some walls to create its new space. "Our continued investment in our staff and product development enabled us to achieve 30 percent growth in 2018, and we are projecting record-breaking growth for 2019," says Matt Xander, CEO of Formetco. "The current facility expansion will allow us to streamline our manufacturing and quality-control processes while providing the necessary square footage for our continued expansion." Adds Jeff Partlow, the company's operations manager, "This expansion will allow our team to complete jobs at a faster pace. We originally had six build sites where each individual billboard had the space to be built. After the expansion of Digital Campus, we will have 11 build sites. With this space, we can almost dou- ble the number of billboards assembled and tested in a given week." Formetco celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2018. Condé Systems Continues Client Gallery Contests in 2019 Mobile, Alabama-based Condé Systems, a supplier of dye sublimation and transfer products, announces that its Client Gallery contests will continue in 2019. Every week, Condé Systems hosts a Client Gallery con- test that consists of selecting the best sublimation product submitted to an online gallery during the previ- ous week. In addition to the weekly series, there is a themed monthly gallery contest. It consists of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners earning $200, $100 and $50 in Condé credit. "The client gallery serves as a place of inspiration and a platform for sublimation businesses to show- case their work," says David Gross, president of Condé Systems. He adds that the contests were estab- lished to encourage businesses to upload their work and display their creativity. Any client with an account on conde.com has the opportunity to enter at any time, by uploading a photo of their work onto the gallery. Every upload is up for consideration for the contest based on the artwork. Winners are chosen by Condé's graphic design artist, Sprite Wood, and marketing coordinator, Bobbi McMullen. The creations are judged based on uniqueness and creativity while staying in theme. The contests are held throughout the year, and the prize value amounts are set to increase. "Condé continues to hold these contests because we love seeing the amazing work that our clients produce, and hope that the prizes will allow participants to continue to grow their business line and test new products," Gross says.

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