International Sign Expo ‘wraps up’ latest printing and graphics technology

Apr 10, 2013

More than 19,700 people attended the ISA 2013 International Sign Expo April 3-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to check out the more than 1,900 booths representing 550 companies. Attendance was up 3-4 percent from the last time the expo was held in Las Vegas in 2011, and the “diversification of business” was very noticeable, according to Sandy Smith, an International Sign Association (ISA) representative.

In addition to featuring the latest in visual imaging and signage technology, imaging companies also showcased the latest vehicle graphics and wrap trends. Restyling was present at the expo to soak up the latest developments; here are some highlights we captured.

Vinyl film and related adhesive manufacturer Oracal USA was one of many companies that provided live wrap demonstrations at the 2013 International Sign Expo.

Mimaki USA, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, showed off a vehicle wrap on a convertible.

Roland DGA Corp. displayed examples of its vehicle graphic capabilities.

Roland DGA Corp. also showed off its wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics market.

A vehicle wrap demo from Arlon gave attendees a taste of the vinyl film company’s automotive restyling films. Arlon manufactures vehicle wraps that have textured and color-transforming features.

Justin Pate offered wrap demonstrations in the Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions booth.

The Ford Escape in the Avery Dennison booth was wrapped with Supreme Wrapping Film Emerald Pearl Metallic and Black Carbon Fiber.

Helmets wrapped with Avery Dennison MPI 1005 Supercast also were on display.

Universal Products was one of more than 550 companies exhibiting its products and services at the 2013 International Sign Expo.

The intricate process of applying a wrap on a front bumper was demonstrated by skilled installation technicians in 3M’s booth (top), while another vehicle featuring 3M’s graphics in the booth captured the attention of expo attendees.

A Hexis full-vehicle wrap demonstration allowed attendees to experience the process from start to finish.

The flexibility and durability of Hexis paint protection film was highlighted during the application process.

The almost completely wrapped vehicle in the Hexis booth.

Mutoh displayed its ValueJet printers for packaging, vehicle wraps, signage and textiles.