KPG enters CTP partnership with ECRM 

Jul 01, 2002

Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) and ECRM Imaging Systems (Tewskbury, MA) announced that KPG's United States and Canada Region will act as a primary sales and marketing channel for ECRM's line of DesertCat CTP systems. ECRM's DesertCat CTP system is a versatile eight-page digital halftone proofer/ thermal platesetter. It come in two different models: DesertCat 88, a digital halftone proofer

GATF, PIA name Makin CEO 

Jun 27, 2002

GATF (Sewickley, PA) and PIA (Alexandria, VA) have appointed Michael Makin as CEO for both organizations, effective August 1, 2002. "Michael was selected from a field of over 350 candidates and brings 16 years of trade association management experience to the job, seven of which are in the printing industry," notes Chuck Stay, chairman of the board of PIA. "His stellar leadership as president of the

CIP4 creates new working groups 

Jun 24, 2002

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) has formed several new technical development groups as work begins to further expand the Job Definition Format (JDF). The Origination and Prepress group will work to resolve issues arising in the stages of a print workflow before the jobs reach the press. The group will be chaired by Koen van de

Flint Ink enters joint venture in China 

Jun 20, 2002

Flint Ink (Ann Arbor, MI) has signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture printing ink in Beijing. The two-part agreement was completed on June 18, and will now be submitted for government approval. The first part of the agreement creates a joint venture with Graphic-Tech, Flint Ink's product distributor in Hong Kong and China. In the second level of the agreement, Flint Ink-Graphic Tech Holding

Xerox to sponsor Executive Outlook conference 

Jun 19, 2002

Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) has signed on as the official sponsor of the Executive Outlook conference, which will be held Oct. 5 in conjunction with Graph Expo at McCormick Place South in Chicago. Executive Outlook is the traditional "day-before-the-show" conference for printing and converting managers and senior executives. This year's conference theme is "Emerging technologies and shifting markets--turning

Rexam Image Products sale completed; new identity announced 

Jun 19, 2002

Sun Captial Partners (Boca Raton, FL) has completed the acquisition of Rexam Image Products (South Hadley, MA), which has changed its name to InteliCoat Technologies, LLC. Under the new name and new ownership, InteliCoat will target digital imaging substrates and specialized materials such as dry film resist, battery elements and medical components. "Our goal as InteliCoat is to develop and provide

Industy veterans make a case for activity-based costing 

Jun 18, 2002

Veteran graphic arts industry advisors, G. David Dodd, William K. Lavelle, and Stuart W. Margolis are launching an activity-based costing initiative. As the first step of their initiative, they have released a white paper: "Driving Improved Profitability With Activity-Based Costing." In this study, the authors describe the profitability gap that separates "profit leading" printing companies from the

httprint receives $12 million in new financing; acquires Publishers Market 

Jun 18, 2002

httprint (San Francisco) has secured $12 million in new financing. The financing is led by Investcorp SA, a leading venture capital investor, and Bertelsmann Capital Ventures, the exclusive corporate venture unit of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's largest media companies and purchasers of print and related services. In a related move, httprint has acquired Publishers Market AG (Munich, Germany),

PrintCafe announces IPO 

Jun 18, 2002

Printcafe Software, Inc. (Pittsburgh) today announced its initial public offering of 3,750,000 shares of its common stock at an offering price of $10 per share. Printcafe has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 462,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any. All shares will be sold by Printcafe Software. UBS Warburg LLC is acting as the managing underwriter for the

Creo offers free Six Degrees trial 

Jun 18, 2002

Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) is offering a free 30-day evaluation version of Six Degrees software at Link www.creo.com. This download trial of Six Degrees will give consumers the opportunity to test this new technology before it becomes commercially available at the Macworld show in New York City next month. Six Degrees software is an email-driven productivity tool. It automatically connects and displays

Httprint and Ariba announce agreement 

Jun 18, 2002

Httprint (San Francisco), a technology and solutions provider focused on the printing sector, announced that it is working with Ariba, Inc. to extend the benefits of the latter company's Enterprise Spend Management to joint customers. Through participation in the Ariba Solution Development Alliance Program, httprint and Ariba are working together to create complementary extensions and interoperability

New corporate identity planned for Polaroid Graphics Imaging 

Jun 18, 2002

Polaroid Graphics Imaging LLC (PGI) (Bedford, MA) has commissioned Broadford and Maloney Inc. (Greenwich, CT) to develop a new corporate identity program. PGI has been a fully independent company since 1999 when the Graphics Imaging division operations of Polaroid Corp. were acquired by PGI's present ownership. Although no longer connected with the former owner, PGI, has until now, continued to use

Presstek and MAN Roland announce six-up CTP agreement 

Jun 13, 2002

Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) and MAN Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL) have entered into an agreement to combine the capabilities of Presstek’s Dimension400 CTP systems and chemistry-free Anthem plates with MAN Roland’s six-up press lines: the Roland 300 and the new Roland 500. A Presstek Dimension400 CTP system is now installed at MAN Roland’s Westmont, IL Graphic/Training Center, and will digitally image

IPA prepress conference presentations now online 

Jun 13, 2002

IPA / The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers (Edina, MN) has posted the presentations given at its annual spring conference at http://www.ipa.org/conferences/tech2002 Topics include: process control color management standards (PDF & PDF/X, XML, JDF, etc.) digital asset management remote technologies digital printing computer integrated manufacturing final file exchange digital photography

Goss names Bob Brown CEO 

Jun 11, 2002

Goss International Corp. (Westmont, IL) has appointed Robert A. Brown as chief executive officer. Brown also will serve on the company's board of directors. Brown joins Goss with over 20 years of experience in the printing press systems industry, including a number of engineering, manufacturing, sales and management positions. Most recently, Brown served as president and CEO of Heidelberg Web Systems,

PrintCafe announces PrintSmith Composer 

Jun 11, 2002

At its recent Connect 2002 user conference, PrintCafe (Pittsburgh)introduced PrintSmith Composer, an optional add-on module that enables printers to publish variable-data documents on their PrintSmith Site. PrintSmith is Web-based print management software suitable for commercial-print operations. PrintSmith Composer features two unique components: Design Composer and Document Composer. Design Composer

Konica forms professional services and support group 

Jun 11, 2002

Konica Business Technologies, Inc. (Windsor, CT), has formed Konica Professional Services and Support (KPSS) group to deliver the engineering and service support for its document processing systems. KPSS unites a diversity of skill sets and experience under one organization. As a result, Konica will now have over 80 engineers with a broad range of support capabilities and certifications from the mainframe

Royse completes TriService acquisition 

Jun 11, 2002

Royse Manufacturing Co. (Dallas) has completed its previously announced acquisition of TriService’s sheet-fed and narrow web business. Both companies are known in the lithographic industry in the area of ancillary support equipment. Royse will assume control of the Tri-Service brand name, product line, Chicago-based manufacturing, service, and installation functions related to its business operations.

Presstek details repositioning plan 

Jun 11, 2002

Presstek, Inc.'s (Hudson, NH) announced that its new senior management team has completed its business review and has begun the implementation of its strategic repositioning plans. Presstek's Lasertel subsidiary is largely unaffected by these changes and will continue to supply Presstek with its laser diodes for its imaging systems. "The refocusing of our business on the marketing and commercialization

Pantone forms custom-color division 

Jun 11, 2002

Pantone, Inc. (Calstadt, NJ), has formed a new division: Pantone Custom Color Services. It will provide custom color standards for corporate managers and art directors in fashion, home, contract design, paint, beauty, automotive, sports, pharmaceutical--any industry requiring color accuracy. Pantone vice president Michael Garin will direct the division. "For many companies, color is synonymous with

Xerox validates D&K thermal film for digital printing 

Jun 11, 2002

D&K (Elk Grove Village, IL) announced that the Xerox Finishing Lab (Rochester, NY) has validated its new thermal film, SuperStick, for use on the DocuColor 2060 and 2040. Additional printers are in the process of being tested. The patent-pending SuperStick thermal film for digital, on-demand and other challenging substrates was introduced earlier this year. SuperStick can be used for prints produced

Xeikon International names Verbrugge CEO 

Jun 11, 2002

Xeikon International (Lier, Belgium) has appointed Joost Verbrugge the new CEO of Xeikon International. Verbrugge was CEO of Barconet until the end of last year, when the U.S.-based Scientific Atlanta acquired the company. Prior to that, he held the position of president for Barco Asia. Jan Van Daele, the former president of Xeikon R&D who served as interim CEO when Punch International acquired the

PIA expands peer-group effort 

Jun 05, 2002

PIA (Alexandria, VA) has launched a campaign to expand its 13-year-old peer-networking group program. Premier PEN will be a managed peer network that will offer customized group programs, services and knowledge to printing executives who want to take their business to the next level. Each member of Premier PEN will be grouped with 10 to 15 non-competing peers from across the U.S. and Canada. PEN groups

Digital Printing & Imaging Assn. survey now available 

Jun 05, 2002

Digital graphics firms (digital printers) are becoming more focused and more specialized, according to the new Digital Printing & Imaging Assn. (DPI) (Fairfax, VA) "2002 Markets Survey Report." The survey, conducted among 3,200 U.S. digital printers, offers relevant information on the digital-printing market. Report highlights include: More than 18 percent of respondents have been in business for

RIT realignment expands print education opportunities 

Jun 04, 2002

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Rochester, NY), announced that its industry education programs are now incorporated within the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The programs are a key component of RIT Printing Industry Center, a forum for printing companies and associations to build partnerships. Education seminars are available at RIT or can be customized for delivery onsite. Topics