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HEIDELBERG COMPLETES U.S. EXPANSION

Nov 1, 1997 12:00 AM


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You can change without growing, but you can't grow without changing. So when Heidelberg decided to grow its prepress presence by bringing Linotype-Hell under its corporate umbrella, some changes were in order at the firm's U.S. headquarters in Kennesaw, GA.

Cutting the ribbon on the 28,000 sq. ft. of the new home of Heidelberg Prepress was Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Heidelberg Druckmaschinen. The ceremony also marked the creation of a new network of Heidelberg Prepress sales, training, service and support centers throughout the U.S. All of Heidelberg USA's 11 technology centers and offices acrossthe country have been equipped with a prepress division that includes service, training, support and sales specialists.

NEW LOOK FOR PITMAN Pitman (Totowa, NJ) recently introduced a new logo. The new look is one element of the "Pitman 2000" initiative that began more than a year ago. Other steps taken under this banner include expansion of distribution facilities to 22 branches, implementation of a centralized computer system to interconnect these branches and the development of teams dedicated to digital, computer-to-plate, newspaper, packaging and national accounts markets.

The new logo illustrates the following: "the inward flow of products and technology into the company and outward flow" of same, "paper or information passing over a press roller," "a stylized eye, symbolizing our vision into the future," and "a stylized representation of the letters 'PC' for Pitman Company."

KODAK, POLYCHROME ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE In a move that caught some industry observers by surprise, Kodak and Sun Chemical announced an agreement in principle to form a new joint venture company: Kodak Polychrome Graphics. The joint venture will supply film, conventional and computer-to-plate (CTP) solutions, processing chemistry and digital color proofing products to the global graphics arts market.

The new company will be owned equally by Eastman Kodak and Sun Chemical. The transaction combines Kodak's Graphics Systems Markets business, currently part of the Kodak Professional Div., with Sun Chemical's Polychrome Div. to form Kodak Polychrome Graphics. Approximately 800 employees from Kodak's Graphics Systems Markets unit will join approximately 1,800 employees from Polychrome to form the new company.

In addition to its premium line of graphics arts films, other Kodak products that will soon be under the joint venture's umbrella are the Approval PS digital color proofing system, the Digital Science desktop color proofer 9000 and the Kodak Professional direct image thermal printing plate. Polychrome currently manufactures graphic arts films, conventional and thermal printing plates and plate and film imaging equipment.

Speaking at a teleconference, execs from both companies indicated that the joint venture will sell film "in a yellow Kodak box," while plates will be branded with the Kodak Polychrome Graphics name.

NEW PAPER MACHINE AT CONSOLIDATED Consolidated Papers (Stevens Point, WI) recently dedicated its new $166 million paper machine. The coated specialty paper made by the No. 35 machine, as well as by three other machines at this location, is used for consumer packaging and labeling, gift wrap, bar code labels and pressure-sensitive release papers.

At a maximum speed of 3,000 fpm, the new machine manufactures paper up to 162 inches wide in basis weights ranging from 25 lb. to 65 lb. It increases production capacity by almost 56 percent, from 64,000 tons to approximately 180,000 tons.

STORA EXPANDS PAPER LINE Swedish-based Stora Kapparbergs Berglags Aktiebolag is expanding its North American operations. The Stamford, CT headquarters will offer a premium supercalendered paper line to be manufactured on a paper machine now under contruction in Nova Scotia.

According to Leif Smedman, president of Stora North America, construction of the $750 million (Canadian) facility in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, is on schedule. The new machine, scheduled to start production in 1998, will produce papers for use in catalogs, inserts, flyers and magazines.

IPEX 98 LOOKS GREAT Write me a letter, send it by mail-send it in care of Birmingham jail-oops! Right town, wrong country. Birmingham, UK will host IPEX 98, the International Printing and Visual Communications Exhibition, from September 22-30, 1998.

The event, which is billed as the "World's Largest English-Language Trade Show for the Printing and Graphic Arts Industries," expects to build on the success of the 1993 show. That show drew 78,000 visitors, 25 percent from outside the UK. Organizers are planning to top the previous number of exhibitors, 1,500.

"We are delighted with the response to date," says Sue Rothwell, Ipex sales manager. "The interest has come from all over the world. . .the list of companies that have applied for space reflects this diversity and the truly international nature of the event." For more information, contact Sarah Chandler at AD Communications: e-mail: sarah@adcommunications.co.uk; telephone: 44(0) 1372464470.

GRAPHIC INDUSTRIES TAPS KOMORI Announced as a "record-breaking purchasing agreement," Graphic Industries (GII) and Komori (Rolling Meadows, IL) recently announced that GII will acquire a total of $55 million in new Lithrone sheet-fed equipment from Komori.

The company currently operates 29 Komori presses, totaling 171 printing units within its network of companies. The majority of these are Lithrone 40-inch equipment of six or more printing units. Graphic Industries' network includes 19 commercial printers in its total of 25 operating companies.

A company spokesman notes that the agreement with Komori will help facilitate GII's "aggressive expansion." The company plans to enter every major U.S. commercial printing market where it currently does not have a presence.

ISDN PACT Imation Corp. (Oakdale, MN) announced it will incorporate AT&T's global ISDN services as part of Imation's remote proofing packages and distributed workflow solutions. Imation's remote proofing package will combine Imation Rainbow digital color proofing systems with its Luminous Virtual Network Pro digital communications software and hardware and AT&T ISDN services.

This allows Imation's customers to digitally transmit files, annotate jobs and output Rainbow proofs with clients in remote locations. Imation also will work with its customers to develop productive solutions for workflows distributed across multiple companies and networks. A typical application might include setting up image file transfer capability between a corporate graphics department, advertising agency and prepress shop.

The bandwidth-on-demand that AT&T provides through its global ISDN services will allow the graphic arts, printing and publishing industries to customize the movement of their multimedia information to the speeds required by their needs. For more information, contact Imation at (888) 466-3456.

WEB PRESS PURCHASE Houston-based Consolidated Graphics will purchase up to $200 million of Zirkon eight-page web presses over the next five years. The multi-year, multi-press agreement centers on the newly introduced Zirkon 6611. Consolidated's first press purchase is a six-color, eight-page press that will be installed at Western Lithographics (Houston).

PRINT SHOPS IN CYBERSPACE If you are considering putting your print shop online, you may want to learn more about Megaworks International. Based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, this Internet Service Provider recently launched Printshops.com. By registering your organization here, your customers can send you files and you also can offer them e-mail accounts, Web hosting services and more. To learn more, visit the web site at Printshops.com or call Megaworks International at (905) 764-7424, or FAX: (905) 764-0153.

QUEBECOR GETS KUDOS FROM HEIDELBERG WEB PRESS In ceremonies held in Boston, Montreal and France, Heidelberg Web Press recognized Quebecor for its commitment to gapless technology and overall printing excellence. The "Power of Innovation" scuptures were designed by Canadian artist May Marx to honor the innovative spirit of Heidelberg Web Press' gapless Sunday Technology presses and the printers who own them.

Quebecor is the largest user of gapless presses in the world, with a total of eight Sunday press systems running in U.S., Canadian and European operations.

CORTRON AND KRAUSE ARE ALLIES Cortron Corp. (Minneapolis) has entered an agreement with Krause-Biagosch. Under the terms of the agreement, Krause will market the Euripides workflow management system in conjunction with its LaserStar computer-to-plate (CTP) system.

Euripides provides a modular, open, single page workflow management system that is compatible with most industry standard formats such as PS, EPS, PDF, TIFF-IT and more. The LaserStar CTP system features open architecture and post-RIP imposition that will be integrated with the Euripides front-end software. For more information, contact Cortron's Eyal Dulin at (612) 572-1555.

BEYOND BASIC BLACK Pantone is keeping its corporate finger on the pulse of color developments -the "hottest and trendiest" of these have been collected in Color Trends and bundled with the company's color formula guide. Color Trends includes a fan guide, formula guide, CD-ROM and 1998 handbook. The guide provides ink formulas and the closest CMYK simulations for each of the colors.

Featured on the CD-ROM is a table of HTML values for trend colors that can be used to incorporate these colors in Internet applications. The 1998 handbook further offers insight into the events that inspired the adoption of these colors and their psychological and sociological effects.

"We are offering the design community the tool for incorporating new colors and color combinations into their projects," notes Richard Herbert, senior vice president. "This guide will be updated annually to include the most current color palette." For more information, contact Ellen Pinto at (201) 935-5500.

POLYFIBRON DONATES PLATEMAKING SYSTEM Students at Clemson University's (Clemson, SC) Graphic Communications program will get a state-of-the-art introduction to liquid photopolymer platemaking, courtesy of Polyfibron Technologies (Atlanta). Polyfibron recently donated a Letterflex 3048 system for use by the students.

The Letterflex is used for corrugated and thin-plate applications. The technology permits either dry or wet post-expose capabilities, which reportedly promotes tack-free liquid plates.

Dr. Page Crouch, alumni professor of graphic communications, applauds the addition of the system to the Clemson program. "We're excited to be working with such sophisticated technology. The system makes us the best-equipped university in flexographic printing," he says.

BALDWIN SELLS MISOMEX Baldwin Technology Co. (Norwalk, CT) has agreed to sell all outstanding shares of the Misomex group of companies to Kaber Imaging, a privately owned, high technology company located in Hudson, NH.

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Misomex manufactures image imposition, step-and-repeat, automatic mask cutting and other prepress equipment. The Misomex group of companies includes subsidiaries in England, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the U.S.