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Embrace technology

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

Graph Expo 2011 ( is billed as, The most comprehensive trade show for prepress, printing, finishing, converting, mailing, wide format and digital technologies in the Americas in 2011. Themed Embrace Technology, the big show will take place September 11-14 in Chicago's McCormick Place South. More than 500 exhibitors are expected to show their wares. Twenty or more co-located industry

A press manufacturer's worst nightmare?

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

The answer is not you, but bad power, power outages and power surges to the pressroom sheetfed or web. With older presses, there are some issues; with newer, more complex presses, these become severe. The cure varies depending on the consistency of power in your area. The first protection you will need for delicate computer equipment is commonly called a buck booster to increase voltage in case of

It's not about the press

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

Yes, most presses look alike to the general public. Should we educate them on the differences? Don't bother.

5 tips for print business survival

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Andre Palko

Management fads come and go, even in our printing and bindery businesses: Six Sigma Sensitivity training Management by Objective (MBO) Core Competency Management by Consensus is one of the current fads. Twitter, which prides itself on wackiness, has a team of people whose job is to make people happy. Seriously. Fads are not without value they do, indeed, provide useful business practices to many companies.

A Father's Day salute

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

Don Burdge is president of LA-based BurdgeCooper. He's also an Eagle Scout, as is his son. But in Don's eight years of serving as counselor for the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges, only one scout contacted him. He never showed up for the appointment, recalls Burdge. Mark Barbour, curator at the Printing Museum (Carson, CA), and I discussed hosting a Merit

Wright Business Graphics wins PEAK Awards

May 31, 2011 12:00 AM,

The Print Services & Distribution Assn. (PSDA) selected Portland, OR-based Wright Business Graphics as the Grand Award recipient of two of its most prestigious 2011 PEAK Awards.

GASC announces Graph Expo 2011 educational program

May 26, 2011 12:00 AM,

Graph Expo 2011’s educational opportunities will kick off with the pre-show Executive Outlook conference on Saturday, September 10, and continue in seminar sessions through Tuesday, September 13.

ACCGC conducting accreditation review of Harper College

May 25, 2011 12:00 AM,

The Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc. (ACCGC) is conducting an accreditation review of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Graphic Arts Technology at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

GOA calls for speakers

May 24, 2011 12:00 AM,

The 37th Graphics of the Americas (GOA) trade show and conference, produced annually by the Printing Association of Florida (PAF), announces the call for speakers for its 2012 show.

WI printers merge

May 20, 2011 12:00 AM,

Hartland, WI-based CCI/CoakleyTech, a leader in print, eBusiness and marketing solutions, has acquired certain assets of Winnebago Color Press, headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin.

Customized Stickers cuts prices, launches website

May 18, 2011 12:00 AM,

NJ-based Customized Stickers, a leading producer of custom, high quality stickers and decals, has unveiled a new website that offers the company’s 12,000+ worldwide customers a quicker, improved user experience through integrated e-commerce software.

Braintree Printing hosts open house

May 18, 2011 12:00 AM,

Braintree Printing hosted approximately 300 printing and graphic communications professionals at its March 31st open house.

Publishers Press wins FTA awards

May 13, 2011 12:00 AM,

Publishers Press / Publishers Printing Co.’s Label-Pak division won the Flexographic Technical Assn.’s “Gold” and “Best of Show” awards for narrow web publications with the “Alpinist Autumn 2010” magazine cover.

Survey Advantage joins NAPL member discount program

May 10, 2011 12:00 AM,

Survey Advantage has joined the Member Advantage Discount Program of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), enabling NAPL members to access special discounted pricing on customer loyalty measurement services designed to preserve revenues, drive referrals and generate sales leads.

PRIMIR appoints 2011 executive committee

May 10, 2011 12:00 AM,

The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) has appointed its 2011 Executive Committee officers and members.

interlinkONE CEO releases book on marketing strategies

May 3, 2011 12:00 AM,

InterlinkONE, a provider of web-based marketing software solutions, announces its chief executive officer, John Foley Jr., has released his new book, “Business Transformation: A New Path to Profit for the Printing Industry.” The book aims to help print, mail and fulfillment service providers that are looking to transform their business through marketing services.

PRIMIR releases direct marketing study

May 3, 2011 12:00 AM,

In early 2010, PRIMIR commissioned J Zarwan Partners with Interquest to investigate direct marketing and where opportunities exist for the graphic communications industry.

Japs-Olson chairman Robert Murphy to receive Vision Award

May 3, 2011 12:00 AM,

The Web Offset Assn. (WOA) and Printing Industries of America announce Robert Murphy, chairman, Japs-Olson Co. has been named the 2011 recipient of the Harry V. Quadracci Vision Award. He will be honored and recognized during the Offset & Beyond Conference, May 23–25 at the Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando.

Hit the mark

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Chris Lehan

Do you remember wanting the shiny new toy, as a kid, because everyone else had one? The 2-D code is that new toy. This has led to the creation of QR (quick response) Codes and other 2-D codes because it's the hip thing to do. Often, the focus is on the code itself, with little or no thought given to the functionality or the action that occurs after it is scanned. The evidence is out there. 2-D codes

Ink prices rising (again)

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

With raw material costs continuing to escalate and crude oil prices climbing, ink companies have been raising prices. Flint Group ( recently initiated a 5% increase in its sheetfed offset ink prices. In April, Flint announced further price hikes for all packaging and narrow-web inks in North America effective May 1, 2011. Water and solvent-based products will increase 8% with the