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April '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • April 2019 • 41 New Developments Fisher's Roland notes that the com- pany's recent breakthrough product, GF 4019 Nirvana B.O.B., was developed spe- cifically for the soft signage market. "It is a printable soft-knit fabric with a coated black back, offering a two-in-one solu- tion for a printable fabric with a built- in liner. Key features are the soft hand, white point, ability to cold cut and 100 percent opaque back." Roland adds that backlit fabrics con- tinue to be one of the driving forces in the soft signage arena. Nothing competes with the pop of graphics when lit from behind. Fabric suppliers are always on the quest for new fabric offerings in this category. With the recent development of wider printers, we are also seeing a lot more demand for 5-meter-wide fabrics." Growing Markets Roland adds that there is a growing demand for digitally-printed acoustical panels used in gymnasiums, auditoriums and home theaters. "We carry two fab- rics for this, GF 1708 Heavy Knit and GF 9048 EZ Stretch Premium. Both fab- nalyze the options for each step of the process: the printing equipment, the media and the finishing equipment before diving in. (Image courtesy of Fisher Textiles Inc.) A rics absorb sound and meet the required flame standards for this use. Clients are also requesting products that can be fabricated with automatic cold cutting equipment to save pro- duction time and costs. Our GF 4019 Nirvana B.O.B. is an excellent option for this." She notes that Fisher's new products include, the F7 Certified Fabric line for direct print, GF1707 Soft Knit (white and black), GF 2240 Miami, GF 4608 Power Stretch (white and black), GF 9048 EZ Stretch (white and black), GF 8862 Single White Backlit and GF 8890 Firesafe 2. Trends at Top Value Fabrics Mike Compton, product marketing manager at Top Value Fabrics (TVF ) based in Carmel, Indiana, says TVF con- tinues to experience tremendous growth in the soft signage market. "Some current trends include the expanding use of back- lit and SEG fabrics in travel venues such as airports, retail spaces and trade shows where our customers are utilizing two of our newest fabrics including Microlux 240 8169 WGFS and Deko-Tex Blockout 7255KMFLBS. "We are also seeing an increas- ing demand for sustainably produced products such as our Deko-Green 7058RCFLBS, constructed entirely of recycled plastic bottles. All of these fabrics have an optic white finish and uniquely engineered print receptive and flame-resistant coating as well as being REACH compliant and OEKO-TEX 100 certified," he explains.

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