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Piper named president of finishing systems provider ILF Technologies

Aug 16, 2011 12:00 AM

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ILF Technologies, a supplier of web finishing solutions for the printing and converting industries, announces the promotion of  Frank Piper to president. Piper is charged with leading all aspects of ILF’s continued business growth. The IL-based company selected Piper to succeed the retiring Bob Allison based on his experience, vision and expertise at driving positive change internally.

Piper has overseen the introduction of new ILF products and the redevelopment of well-known Baldwin, Versa Tech and Evtec brand product lines.

A 35-year finishing veteran, Piper got his start in the industry as a jogger at Segerdahl Corp. while he was in high school. He assumed increasing responsibilities at every stage in his career, moving up the ladder in the pressrooms at Tech Web, Suncraft and World Color Press. Later in his career, he became customer service manager for Western Printing Machinery Co., where he handled accounts, system startups and training. Piper served as vice president of the Modern Graphic Arts division of Sandy Alexander, Inc. before joining ILF as vice president in 2006.

The M3 rotary cutter, portable mini-die cutters, portable flex gluers and servo-driven imprinters are among several innovative systems launched under Piper’s supervision to enthusiastic response from end users. In addition, he worked with ILF engineers to design a double-sided ultraviolet coater and a double-sided wet-trap aqueous coater.

“I believe ILF is well positioned to accomplish great things as an organization,” says Piper. “We continue to embrace opportunities to enhance the value-added contribution to the print production segments of the graphic arts industry, while supplying our customers with quality equipment and superior technical and engineering support. We will continue to add new solutions to our product portfolio that help our customers gain efficiencies and increase productivity.”