Paper manufacturer Stora Enso (Helsinki, Finland) has launched an asset restructuring plan designed to improve the group’s asset quality in the Magazine and Fine Paper businesses. The plan is part of an on-going program to increase overall competitiveness of its assets while meeting growing quality and volume demands. It includes targeted investments, machine specialization measures and elimination
John T. Heald, Jr. has resigned as president, CEO and Director of Baldwin Technology Co. Inc. (Shelton, CT), a manufacturer of printing accessories and controls. Heald was named CEO in November 2001, replacing Gerald A. Nathe, who continued as chairman of the board. In response to the resignation, Baldwin’s board of directors has elected Nathe as president and CEO. Nathe had served as CEO from 1995
Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) has completed its previously announced acquisition of ScenicSoft, Inc. (Seattle), a developer and marketer of software for the publishing and printing industries. Creo has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of ScenicSoft for approximately $9.5 million. ScenicSoft will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Creo Inc.
Printcafe Software, Inc. (Pittsburgh) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and intellectual property of printChannel, Inc. (San Francisco), a provider of Web-based procurement solutions for commercial printers. Printcafe stated that it will not assume any printChannel obligations or liabilities, other than in connection with certain customer contracts. In related news, Printcafe
Neenah Paper (Roswell, GA), producer of premium business and communications papers and a division of Kimberly-Clark Corp., has launched its newly expanded website, http://www.neenahpaper.com. The site has been redesigned to assist visitors in quickly choosing the right paper for their needs, from 100 percent recycled papers to premium cotton stock. A "fast track" feature customizes browsing and shopping
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) will offer demonstrations on its Printmaster QM 46-2 and Quickmaster DI 46-4 Pro at four upcoming roadshows around the U.S. The QM 46-2 prints sheet sizes up to 13 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches at up to 10,000 iph. It features programmable controls, laser-slit ink keys and automated blanket washup. The WM DI 46-4 Pro is a direct-imaging press for short-run color in the 13 3/8 x 18
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg, Germany) has approved an extensive program of efficiency-enhancing measures. "The new measures will help us improve the productivity of the Heidelberg Group," stated Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg. "Our objective is to ensure a sustained increase in the company's earning power, even when times are difficult." At the beginning of September, Heidelberg
Quebecor World Inc. (Greenwich, CT) has been awarded a multiyear contract by L.L. Bean to print all of its catalog program. Total sales under the new contract’s duration are expected to exceed $100 million. L.L. Bean mails more than 200 million catalogs per year, printed both offset and gravure in a variety of sizes and formats. "Our decision to move all of our work to Quebecor World was made after
Referring to just-released results of a new InfoTrends study, Stanley E. Freimuth, executive vice president and COO of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. (Hanover Park, IL), called on a gathering of imaging and information executives and analysts to look beyond selling only digital cameras and home printers to the larger profit opportunities and consumer benefits that digital printing at retail offers.
Komori America (Rolling Meadows, IL) announced that orders for 35 new Komori presses were taken at Graph Expo. "We are very pleased with this result. We think this is a definite sign of upturn in the printing industry," says Stephan Carter, president and COO. The new Komori Lithrone S40, making its US debut at Graph Expo, received favorable response on the show floor. "Our demonstrations were packed
PRODUCTION MANAGER WANTED National Converter and Flexographic Printing Company is seeking a talented individual to fill a Production/Press Room Manager position in a southwestern plant. Qualifications: 5+ years of experience in films, wide-web flexo printing (line and process), and laminations. 3+ years of experience in a supervisory or management role. Basic knowledge and familiarity of general quality
SALES PERSON WANTED National Converter and Flexographic Printing Company is seeking a talented individual to fill a Los Angeles-area based sales position. Qualifications: BA/BS degree 5+ years of sales experience in the fast-paced job-shop manufacturing arena. Knowledge of films, flexo printing, and laminations a big plus, though not necessary. High motivation / good work ethic Compensation and Benefits:
At Graph Expo, MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) offered visitors VIP excursions to the company’s Graphic/Training Center, enabling them to experience personal demonstrations of additional technology. More than 50 show attendees took advantage of the special tours, which included transportation from his or her hotel by a limo to MAN Roland’s North American headquarters in suburban Chicago, where a continental
The CIP4 consortium, Creo, Printcafe and MAN Roland have joined forces to develop a travelling seminar series that will explore the productivity benefits provided by computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Titled "CIM in Print: It’s Here. It’s Working. It’s Ready for You," the free, half-day seminars are designed to provide practical recommendations on how printers can employ CIM in their facilities
Agfa Graphic Systems will be demonstrating many of its new and prepress technologies at its booth (#3823) during Graph Expo, at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL, October 6-9, 2002. Among the new products being shown in a U.S. expo for the first time are the Xcalibur 45, Agfa’s newest thermal platesetter and the recently introduced ApogeeX workflow solution, which will be publicly demonstrated
Montreal-based Escher-Grad Technologies Inc.'s Graph Expo highlights can be found in three venues: Lastra America/Western Lithotech will be running live demonstrations of the Escher-Grad 30mW Cobalt-8 with the former's DiamondPlate LV-1 photopolymer metal plate, (Booth # 3848). The Cobalt-4 will be also be featured on the Xpedx booth with Very Large news from Escher-Grad on the jumbo screen, (Booth
Muller Martini and ScenicSoft announced the release of new and upgraded systems from the two companies, which are being demonstrated at Graph Expo (Muller Martini, booth 1065. ScenicSoft, booth 4248.) This summer, ScenicSoft began shipping UpFront 1.6, the latest major update of its groundbreaking print production-planning tool. With this release, UpFront can export Preps job files and Preps templates.
Nordson’s (Amherest, OH) QuadCure‘ UV lamphead is said to provide high UV output with reduced heat-generating infrared energy for effective UV drying across a wide range of printing applications and substrates. Nordson UV will exhibit the QuadCure system at Graph Expo, October 6-9, 2002, in Chicago. The four-segment reflector design of the QuadCure lamphead directs UV light around the lamp body, which
Digital-print vendors EFI, Hewlett-Packard, NexPress and Xerox will lead an array of companies at Graph Expo demonstrating a wide range of digital print applications using PPML. A self-guided tour will allow show visitors to see PPML, the Personalized Print Markup Language, being used in key applications including direct marketing, collateral on-demand and transactional printing. PPML is the industry's
HELIOS Software GmbH, a developer of network and prepress server software, will show the new HELIOS 4th generation products at Graph Expo. A key component of HELIOS' 4th generation products is a new server foundation called HELIOS Base, which includes Server Fail Safety, Unicode support, networking and imaging libraries, and more. Benefits include: Server Fail Safety monitors all HELIOS services via
KBA (Williston, VT) has announced that after 40 years in the printing industry and the last 11 years as president and CEO of KBA North America Inc., Sheetfed Division, Allan F. Malachuk has handed over the reins of the company to Ralf Sammeck effective Oct. 1. Malachuk will continue to maintain his widespread contacts within the packaging industry of North America as a member of the Board of Directors.
Enter the Graphic Enterprise The graphic arts industry is beginning to see the biggest change since the introduction of the phototypesetter. A look at the current model shows a process in which work is passed over the wall from one department to another. It’s these divided processes that create the disparity and inefficiency throughout a printer’s operation. All too often we look at our business operations
After more than seven years of failed efforts in Congress to reform the U.S. Postal Service, a group of catalogers and other postal clients have formed an organization to push through postal reform, reports Catalog Age magazine. The new organization, named the Mailing Industry CEO Council, includes Lands' End president/CEO David Dyer and Michael Sherman, former president/CEO of Fingerhut Cos. The
GATF (Sewickley, PA) recently held “Webtoberfest” to celebrate its new four-unit MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) 38-inch Rotoman heatset web offset press. Rated at 60,000 iph (50,000 iph for folded products), the Rotoman press replaces a Harris M110 halfweb press installed in 1980. “This is the launch of a new era for web-offset lithography,” said Jerry Williamson, chairman of GATF, and chairman and CEO
At Graph Expo, Scheffer Inc. (Merrillville, IN) will debut a cross-folding solution. “It’s been tried before,” says John Nader, sales manager. “People have put a bucklefolder from the bindery up to the end of the rotary cutter and hoped to keep up with the output. We’re offering cross-folding on the end of a high-speed, variable-cutoff, inline finishing system. After the product is cut off, we will