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Pre s s i n g i s s u e s An Interview with New SGIA President Ford Bowers In February, SGIA welcomed a new leader as Ford Bowers took the helm as president and CEO, succeeding Michael Robertson, who had served in that post since 2001. Bowers was named the successor at the SGIA Expo last November, following Robertson's announcement that he would be retiring after 33 years with the association. Bowers brings a nontraditional perspective to association management, coming to SGIA from the leading retail graphics firm Miller Zell, where he was VP and general manager of the printing operation. A native of Augusta, Georgia, who paradoxically prefers tennis to golf, Bowers has been a member of the SGIA board of directors since 2012. We caught up with him in early February, just a few weeks after he started his new role. SP: Looking over your Linkedin profile, it appears that you have gotten into this industry by accident, just like most of us. FB: Actually, my brother-in-law was working at Miller Zell as a project manager (and now leads the graphics division). i had a lot of operational expertise and a project management background as well. i had been in about Ricoh Looks to Industrial Inkjet Market with Acquisition of AnaJet ricoh has announced the acquisition of direct-to-garment printer manufacturer AnaJet. Among the first mass-produced Dtg offerings on the market, most of AnaJet's products already employ ricoh printheads. "With the addition of AnaJet, our collective customers benefit from a larger support team, added innovation, and access to a services-led portfolio of solutions to ultimately help them grow their business," says Junichi Matsuno, ricoh inkjet Business Division general manager, in a release. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, AnaJet's operations will continue under current management, with the exception of AnaJet's former national Sales Manager Karl tipre's promotion to CEO. "We are still defining how we will integrate," says paul Crocker, AnaJet marketing director, in a separate release. "As a wholly-owned subsidiary, it does appear we will be working somewhat independently. Even before the deal, we began working on localized onsite support and training." 6 screenprinting a half dozen different industries, so at that time, i was kind of industry agnostic. it just turned out to be a really good fit. i was a project manager there for about two years, and when the head of the print division moved on, the COO asked if i would be interested in running the graphics division and managing the print process. i was shocked. i said, "You know that i've never worked in a printing company before, let alone run one." [Laughs.] She said, "i understand that, but i have a feeling you're going to be really good at it." SP: through the 2000s, we tended to see a production split of about 70/30 between screen and digital in highvolume p-O-p printing companies. that ratio seems to be flipped today. FB: the majority of the revenue on the print side does come from digital now [at Miller Zell]. One of the last things i did there was an analysis of what the future will look like. We weren't able to predict a time when [screen] would go away. it's too far out into the future and 4D Printing to Hit Markets by 2019 Research and Markets ( has released a study on the global 4D printing market outlook through 2027. Most simply defined as objects that transform over time, 4D-printed materials are engineered to react to external conditions, such as temperature and pressure, to change their properties and behavior. Possible applications range from "smart" garments that react to humidity to biomedical implants to solar panels launched compactly into space, taking their true shape only upon reaching a satellite. Research and Markets' report predicts that 4D-printing technology will be commercialized by 2019 and that a CAGR of 40 percent will follow through 2027. The study examines the market from a variety of angles, including materials (carbon fiber, wood grain, fabric), region, and application (aerospace, military, automotive, clothing, construction, healthcare). The authors expect the military and defense sector to be at the forefront of the technology's development.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Screen Printing - February/March 2016

Screen Printing - February/March 2016
Editorial Insights
Pressing Issues
New Products
Are You Confused about CPSIA Regulations?
Clothing Becomes Electric
The Power of Pigment
Understanding the Garment: Selection, Testing, and Prep
Distributor/Dealer Directory
Ad Index
Who’s in Charge here?

Screen Printing - February/March 2016