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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Dene Taylor

Dene Taylor started in wide format digital printing in 1987, when he was recruited by James River Graphics to lead the development of high image quality papers and films for electrostatic and inkjet. Key customers were Bowers Imaging, Andre's Photolab, Versatec (Xerox ColorGraphics), Calcomp, Hewlett-Packard, 3M ScotchPrint, Tektronix and LaserMaster (Colorspan). In 1997 he joined Dunmore Corp., a maker of specialty protective, printing and decorative films, as VP Product Development. in 2000 he formed SPF-Inc., a provider of technical services to the printing and packaging industries. Activities include major problem resoltuion, sourcing of equipment, supplies and sub-contractors, production line design and start up, and product development. 2001 Saw the founding of DECSTEC, an early digital printer of wide format rigid substrates. Novel product introductions included counter faces, replaceable arena and stair signage, and cash register wraps. He has spoken at SGIA conference periodically for 20 years. His formal education was in colloid chemistry (PhD from the University of Waikato), but that has not replaced the lessons from growing up on a New Zealand sheep and dairy farm.