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Mar 1, 1998 12:00 AM

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Everybody loves the French Impressionists-especially in Chicago, which is home to one of the world's finest collections of Monet, Degas, Renoir, et al. The delicate brushstroke of their dazzling work, however, features difficult-to-print colorations. So when the Art Institute of Chicago wanted posters for its Renoir exhibit, they sought a high-quality printer that could meet its exacting quality demands.

Great Lakes Graphics (Skokie, IL) was up to the challenge. First the Art Institute supplied Quark Xpress files to Great Lake's sister company, Color-Imetry, which provided prepress and publishing services. Then Great Lakes went into action with its 40-inch, six-color MAN Roland. Press operator Willie Page says it was smooth sailing all the way. "We got the color up and the client signed right off."

HEIDELBERG MAKES IT OFFICIAL Kiel, Germany is abuzz with the latest Heidelberg news. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen celebrated its merger with Linotype-Hell by unveiling the Heidelberg logo on the new prepress business unit's headquarters. The ceremony, held at the firm's newest facility, was attended by Kiel's mayor, Norbert Gansel, the economics minister of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, Peer Stinbruck, and Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman of Heidelberg's management board.

Shortly after the ceremony concluded, Heidelberg's agreement with Creo (Canada) was brought to fruition, as the first Creo Trendsetter CTP platesetter rolled off a new assembly line in the Kiel facility.

Finally, it was announced that a Heidelberg Prepress R&D team at Kiel has begun development of a digital printing press in collaboration with Kodak, as part of a previously announced joint venture.

A.B. DICK INKS PACT PrePress Solutions (Billerica, MA) and A.B. Dick Co. (Niles, IL) announced an imagesetter marketing agreement. A.B. Dick will market several models of the Panther family of imagesetters in selected North American markets. The move will expand A.B. Dick's imaging solutions for quick printers and small commercial printers.

A.B. Dick will initially carry the Panther, PantherPlus and PantherPlate 34/P systems in Canada and eight major North American cities: Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit and Washington, DC.

WEB PROGRAM NEW AT SEYBOLD NY Want to see the latest Web and print products and technologies? Don't miss Seybold Seminars New York/Publishing 98. The event will be held at New York City's Javits Convention Center March 16-20, and is expected to attract over 25,000 attendees. The 12-year-old show relocated from Boston in 1997.

"We're delighted to be back in New York," reports Bruce Gray, Seybold Seminars' vice president and general manager. "There is so much publishing in every form of media here, from print to the Web and Internet, and so many superb publishing organizations."

This year, the show features two distinct conferences: The Seybold/Wired Web Publisher 98 Conference (March 16-17) and Seybold Publishing Systems 98 Conference (March 19-20). The week includes a full schedule of special interest seminars, tutorials, technology demonstrations and exhibits.

For more information, call Marcia Trask, ZD Comdex & Forums Public Relations, at (650) 578-6897; or e-mail:

IMPERIAL INTRODUCES 300-LINE WEB PROCESS A new heatset web process promises to challenge 200-line sheet-fed printing for high-quality applications. So says Imperial Litho & Dryography (Phoenix), which has introduced Web Elite, a 300-line heatset web product. "Our larger clients were looking for a high-volume alternative to conventional web printing that could match the quality of our 300- and 600-line dryography products," explains Brian R. Fabiano, executive vice president.

"Dryography" is a hybrid form of waterless printing that uses a combination of proprietary techniques, hardware and software to achieve higher ink densities. Fabiano says that the company applied its five years of experience with this process to develop Web Elite's ink, chemistry, blanket and roller configurations. The company then modified a gear-driven heatset Heidelberg Web 8.

"We can now transfer twice the ink to the sheet versus conventional heatset web printing and 150 percent more resolution," claims Fabiano. "We are targeting the annual report market as well as automotive collateral and any type of corporate identity campaign requiring superior detail and color fidelity."

BLANK BUYS A BURKLE Arthur Blank & Co., a plastic card printer, has installed a Burkle CHK dual stack laminating press at its Boston headquarters. Stuart Blank, president, says the hot-transfer press will give the company a competitive edge.

Arthur Blank's products include private label credit, debit, membership, prepaid, loyalty and access entry cards as well as complete card personalization, fulfillment and mailing.

ON DEMAND TAKES MANHATTAN Forget about April in Paris. New York in May is the place to be. The fifth annual On Demand Digital Printing & Publishing Strategy conference and exposition will be held May 5-7 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The event is expected to draw 16,000 attendees from 53 countries.

The digital printing forum will feature exhibits from Agfa, Colorspan, Danka Office Imaging, Encad, EFI, GBC Automated Finishing, Heidelberg USA, OCE Printing Systems, Moore, Standard Finishing and Xerox.

On the educational side, highlights include presentations on corporate document production, building a successful print-on-demand business, on demand applications, digital software and hardware and wide format markets. Jill Roth, editorial director of american printer, will also be speaking on the future of print media.

For more information, please contact Jim Forberg at (203) 256-4700; FAX: (203) 256-4730.

FUJI, CYMBOLIC INK PLATESETTER PACT Fujifilm Electronic Imaging (FFEI) has signed an agreement with Cymbolic Sciences to distribute Cymbolic's PlateJet platesetters. The agreement supersedes Fujifilm's original deal with Cymbolic Sciences through the jointly owned company, DuPont and Fujifilm Imaging Co. (DFEI).

FFEI (Itasca, IL) has combined Cymbolic's Platejet with its own RIP, the CelebraNT. "We now have a comprehensive range of computer-to-plate products from the medium-sized printer considering the CTP market for the first time, to the large sized companies that already have achieved fully digital workflows," submits Nick Maunder, product marketing manager, FFEI.

KONICA EXPANDS IMAGING EFFORT Konica Corp. has created a new worldwide organization to service the graphic imaging market. The new subsidiary, Konica Graphic Imaging International (KGI) will have worldwide (excluding Japan) responsibility for manufacturing, marketing and service for the graphic arts market. Three new companies have been created to handle the marketing, sales and distribution of Konica products with regional responsibility. Konica Graphic Imaging USA (Glen Cove, NY) will provide service to the North and South American markets under the direction of Stephen C. Schuster, president.

Konica Graphic Imaging Europe will cover the European market from its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Misuhiro Hasagawa will serve as president. Finally, the manufacturing division (Glen Cove, NJ) will be headed by Toshio Nagatani, senior vice president.

SPIRAL RELOCATES The need for more space has prompted Spiral Binding of Illinois to move from its Chicago plant to new quarters in Elk Grove Village, IL. At its new address (801 Chase St.), the firm will occupy 50,000 sq. ft. of a 90,000-sq.-ft. building. Eventually, Spiral will occupy the entire building.

GATF PUBLISHES ENCYCLOPEDIA Ten years of hard work by Frank and Richard Romano have paid off. The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) has published the GATF Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications, written by the father and son team.

It's a hefty book-1,000 pages-offering over 10,000 entries, 670 illustrations, a 16-page color signature and 22 tables on a wide array of communications topics. You'll find a wealth of information on printing, typography, graphic design, color, paper and ink binding, finishing, photography, publishing, computers, telecommunications, new media and the world wide web.

The casebound book costs $100 (a limited edition leather-bound version is $350). For more information, contact GATF at (412) 741-6860; FAX: (412) 749-9891.

SCHULTZ IS NEW NAPL CHAIR James R. Schultz, president of Great Lakes Lithograph (Cleveland), will be wielding the National Assn. of Printers & Lithographers (NAPL) gavel for the next two years. Schultz succeeds immediate past chairman Donald M. Duncanson, president of Dynacolor Graphics (Miami).

Schultz steps into the chairman's role from his position as vice chairman of NAPL. He has served previously as vice chairman and board member of Printing Industries of Northern Ohio, director of the Graphic Arts Council of Cleveland and past president of the Council for Young Executive Printers.

GRAPH EXPO ADDS CONVERTING How about rubbing elbows with more than 50,000 buyers and 500 exhibitors at GRAPH EXPO (Oct. 25-28, 1998) in the Windy City? This year the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) has launched a new converting show, Converting EXPO, that will be held concurrently with Graph EXPO.

The new converting showcase will feature a variety of flexible packaging, folding carton, and tag and label technologies. Regis J. Delmontagne, GASC president, indicates that industry demand inspired the creation of a converting show. "An annual converting show to run with nation's largest annual graphic communications show at long last provides both manufacturers and buyers an opportunity to present and peruse the total range of products from design to delivery."

For more information, contact GASC at (703) 620-9187.