We are pleased to announce that our products have been recognized with a total of 20 awards at the 2022 Florida Print Awards. Hosted annually by the Florida Graphics Alliance, this year's awards event was held on August 26, 2022, at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Printing professionals from all over Florida assembled to honor their industry's finest work.
SunDance received 17 "Best Of Category" awards, two Awards of Excellence, and Florida's Best Poster award.
When conceptualizing your print job, it’s helpful to imagine you are following a recipe. Skipping a step or leaving out an element is a surefire way to mess up your cake – er, print job. Today, we’re going to discuss one of the absolutely critical “ingredients” to your print job recipe – good file preparation and the prepress department.
As summer starts to wane, we’re greeted with big yellow school buses and the back-to-school aisles torn asunder. The start of a new school year brings many opportunities for the children in our communities, but it also draws attention to the problems teachers and students face when it comes to supplies. 29% of parents say they can’t afford back to school supplies for their children, and 94% of public school teachers pay out of pocket to supply their classrooms with essential items.
Our SunDance employees try to give back to the local community whenever possible. We kicked off a donation drive for A Gift for Teaching in early July. A Gift for Teaching is a local nonprofit aimed at helping Orange and Osceola County teachers stock their classrooms through their free teacher supply stores, supplied partially by donations. This store allows teachers to get necessary supplies once a month they need for their classrooms, with the average ‘shopping trip’ giving over $600 in classroom materials.
SunDance is pleased to announce to announce the purchase of our new wide format flatbed printer – the HP R2000 latex flatbed printer. In addition to upgrading all the capabilities of our previous flatbed the R2000 is HP’s newest shining star in their latex print division, and with good reason. The R2000 excels at printing on both rigid and flexible media, allowing for complete color control across a variety of mediums. It delivers knockout color and high-resolution graphics on corrugated cardboard and folding carton material as well as acrylic and aluminum signage and panels. Flexible media applications allow for banners, vinyl, window clings, wallpaper printings, wall applications, and some fine art applications. In addition to printing with precise color dot placement and rich saturation across different media applications, the R2000 also boasts the glossiest, most opaque white ink in the business today.
At SunDance, not only do we produce print and packaging for established brands and products, but also upcoming innovators and spec projects. In fact, sometimes our print projects are designed and conceived entirely as a building block to something else. SunDance sales executive Steve Kirchof was contacted to work with a production company and design a series of production prop boxes for the Ben Stiller/AppleTV production of Severance. Working hand in hand with a production company, we designed a series of Lumon Industries vending machine food boxes prominently featured throughout the series first season.
New in Flexible Packaging: Our 100% Recyclable Paper Pouch is Biodegradable, Compostable, and Oh So Lovable
Flexible packaging is universally popular among manufacturers, consumer goods packagers, product marketers, and end-users alike because it offers so many benefits. And just as the stand-up pouch was a milestone in the evolution of flexible packaging, a unique new 100% recyclable paper pouch is leading the transformation to super-green flexible packaging.
SunDance sparkled at the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) 29th Annual Gold Leaf Awards, taking home a silver and a bronze for demonstrating excellence in foil embossing and diecutting. The Gold Leaf Awards is an international competition celebrating the best in print embellishments, finishing and binding.
SunDance recently completed an SGP recertification audit, a rigorous process we go through every 2 years. SGP stands for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership and is the only print-production specific certification program focused on all aspects of sustainability within a print manufacturing organization. SunDance was the first offset printer in the state of Florida to achieve SGP certification, one of only 62 SGP certified companies in the USA and Canada.
In the post-COVID era, all of us are familiar with supply chain issues and what they can mean for everything from lettuce and soap to cat food and paper goods. The availability of a particular product may come and go without pattern or warning. Unfamiliar substitutes may be offered which fail to meet the standards of the original. We may be able to order the original, provided we are willing to wait months to receive it. Or, when/if the original finally returns to the shelf, it may be priced substantially higher than before.
The fact is, these and other supply chain disruptions have become so commonplace we now accept them with hardly an eye-roll, more or less. Still, we remain eternally optimistic this condition is only temporary and that things will return to normal someday soon.
SunDance works with many print publications around the country, but when New Bridge Polo Magazine came to us in the summer of 2021, we knew it was going to be something special. The magazine needed to be bold, beautiful, eye-catching, impeccably printed and with great attention to color and detail. After all, this was a two time national print media award winner knocking at our door!