Print finishing solutions provider Duplo USA Corporation, Santa Ana, California, has announced the recipients of the 2020 Shima Awards, its second annual print embellishment competition. The award recognizes innovative companies that are leveraging the power of spot coating, texture and tactile effects to produce high impact applications using the DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater.
Si Nguyen, vice president of sales at Duplo USA, interviewed the recipients and showcased their entries in a dedicated video. The Shima Award winners are Citywide Printing, Des Plaines, Illinois – Gold Award; Printing Specialist, Glen Burnie, Maryland – Silver Award; and the Printing Services Center at the University of Pittsburgh – Bronze Award.
Citywide Printing in Des Plaines, Illinois, has been using its print embellishment capabilities to acquire new customers, especially from graphic designers. “In commodity printing, you need a way to differentiate yourself from others and the DDC-810 helps me get in the door,” said Jim Hess, president of Citywide Printing. “I’m seeing repeat business from designers and other printers and even print brokers. Designers are definitely the right market for this.”
Printing Specialist in Glen Burnie, Maryland, was the second print service provider in the world to invest in Duplo’s solution. With the ability to apply raised spot UV to anything from business cards to packaging, the company often collaborates with advertising agencies to create print marketing campaigns that stand out.
Of more than 60 units installed across the country, the Printing Services Center at the University of Pittsburgh was the first higher education print shop to add the DDC-810. They serve the academic, administrative and student organizations on campus using an array of print and finishing equipment. With its new added-value capability, the Printing Services Center has been producing more engaging recruitment and other marketing pieces with tactile effects.