SBI Update: February 2012

Vol. 7, No. 3 | February 3, 2012

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

According to Semper International’s First Quarter Industry Insight Survey, what percentage of printing and graphics companies reported a profitable 4th Quarter in 2011?

Industry News

In an effort to keep its exhibits up-to-date, an aquarium installs a number of digital displays. Dive in to the details of the install here.

ISA has released the results of a three-year study it commissioned on single-pole sign structures. Read up on the results of the research.  

Signs By Tomorrow, in conjunction with 3M Commercial Graphics and United Appllcation Standards Group, introduces its nationwide “Imagine It…We Can WRAP It!” contest. Get the full details here

SGIA is now accepting entries for its annual competition honoring the most superior imaging work from students at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Get details on the changes to the contest and how to enter

An update to digital menu boards helps a café keep its “digital” feel. Find out who was behind the install.  

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments, promotions, and hires from MaxLite, Signs by Tomorrow, Ultraflex, and more.  
Meetings and Events



March 1-3: The thirty-seventh annual Graphics of the Americas (GOA) will be held in Miami Beach, Florida. GOA is one of the printing industry’s largest, annual combined exposition and education events in the US. To learn how to attend, visit


March 1-3: FESPA Americas 2012 will be taking place in Miami Beach, Florida. For more information, browse   


March 2-3: The Mid South Sign Association Great Ideas Conference will be held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and it will include Touring Canedy Signs & Graphics, McGill Marketing Group, and Spartech Plastics. To register, call 901-452-6444 or go to


March 6-9: Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2012 will be occurring in Las Vegas, Nevada. For additional details about this event, log on to     


March 21-24: ISA International Sign Expo 2012 returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit    




May 9-11: The 2012 LIGHTFAIR Tradeshow and Conference will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more, log on to

Digital Spotlight
Green Product Showcase

We cover the latest green-related products and materials now available to sign shops as part of our special supplement, “Open the Door to Greener Signs.

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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

According to Semper International’s survey, 73 percent of printing and graphics companies reported a profitable 4th quarter in 2011, an increase of 12 points over the 3rd quarter. This is a reversal of a trend — the first survey showing an increase in profitability since Semper’s Q4 2010 survey report.

For in-depth coverage of these topics and other sign industry topics, check out



Coming up in the March ISA Show 2012 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


ISA Product Guide 

Awning Cleaning & Maintenance

Channel Letter Illumination

Digital Printing Hardware

EMC Installation

Engravers ROI

Service Equipment Operation

Vehicle Graphics Design  





Coming up in the April 2012 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


Adhesives/Tapes Installation

CNC Router ROI

Dimensional Identity Signs

Channel Letters- LED Modules/Tubes

Video Displays Content

Vinyl Wall Coverings 



Contact your ad sales representative to reserve your space today.


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