In our November 2002 issue, the article "Demystifying digital asset mangaement" detailed some key factors to consider when evaluating DAM options. In this online exclusive, we’ve asked Gary A. Stafford, senior vice president, Lazer Inc., (Rochester, NY), to present a real-world perspective. Lazer is among the printers profiled in the December 2002 feature: "Management plus secrets." More company information
MAN Roland, Inc. (Westmont, IL) has announced "Effective financing for printers," an educational program that will help printers secure stable and cost-effective financing for their capital equipment needs. The program will provide an overview of financing basics from a graphic-arts perspective, so printers can make more educated decisions on obtaining capital for new equipment. The program will warn
IPA, the Assn. of Graphic Solutions Providers (Edina, MN), is calling for entries in its 2nd annual IPA Excellence in Marketing awards program. The awards recognize IPA members’ marketing ingenuity in promoting their companies’ graphic product and services. It is designed to increase awareness of the importance of marketing in the future success of the graphic-communication industry. Entries are asked
The committee of creditors for Adamovské Strojírny, A.S. (Adast) (Adamov, Czech Republic) announced that a winning bid for insolvent debtor has gone to Boardbright Management (Prague, Czech Republic). The company was chosen as winner by all members of the committee, having offered the highest price for Adast’s assets, best business plan--which attempted to preserve existing jobs--and deposited an
Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) (Foster City, CA), a provider of imaging solutions for network printing, announced plans to acquire Best GmbH in a cash deal valued at $9 million. Headquartered in Kiel, Germany, Best is a supplier of software for the printing and publishing industries, and specializes in the production of high-quality inkjet proofs. The acquisition is said to complement EFI’s strength
Will Mies is returning to Paperloop, an information provider to the paper, pulp, forest, converting and allied industries, as editorial director of its worldwide news services. The new position, which overseas www.paperloop.com, Pulp & Paper Week, PPI This Week and PPI Asia News, was created to increase editorial value and expand Paperloop’s portfolio of information products. Mies previously held
Creo Americas, Inc., the headquarters of Creo Inc. for North, South and Central America, has moved from Bedford to Billerica, MA. The 90,000-sq.-ft. facility will house the company’s entire executive, sales/marketing, training and customer-service teams, as well as a 7,500-sq.-ft. demo center. The new headquarters is located at: 3 Federal St., Billerica, MA 01821; (978) 439-7000.
Superior Printing Ink Co., Inc. (New York City) has promoted Michael R. Brice to president. Brice was appointed COO in January 2000, and will also continue in this capacity. The exec assumes the position from his father, Harvey R. Brice, who has served as president since 1988, and who will now be managing director of the company.
Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) and Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) have signed an agreement whereby Xerox will purchase Spire color servers from Creo for five years, for sale with current and future Xerox high-end digital printers. The agreement expands the two companies’ relationship, in which Xerox considers Creo a "strategic vendor" that has devoted resources to the development of advanced color-server
Flint Ink (Ann Arbor, MI) has announced several organization changes within its North American operations. Bill Miller has been named president of Flint Ink North America. A veteran of the printing and ink industries Miller was previously vice president and general manager of the company’s North American Publication division. He replaces Paul Schroeder who stepped down in November. Susan Kuchta has
Pantone, Inc. (Carlstadt, NJ) has appointed Michael Jahn as evangelist for Pantone Hexachrome, the company's patented high-quality, six-color printing process. Jahn will serve as the project manager for the Authorized Pantone Hexachrome Printer program, including but not limited to Pantone's marketing alliance with Sun Chemical Inks (GPI) for the North American narrow web flexographic label printing
Moore Corp. Ltd. (Stamford, CT) has announced that Robert G. Burton will resign as chairman, president and CEO at the end of the year, but will maintain a relationship with the company as a senior advisor. Mark A. Angelson, non-executive chairman and lead independent director, will be the new CEO. Angelson previously served as deputy chairman of Big Flower Press Holdings, now known as Vertis. Moore
David Knoff, vice president of manufacturing for Arandell Corp. (Menomonee Falls, WI), has received the inaugural Pressroom Operations Manager of the Year Award from the R&E Council of NAPL (Paramus, NJ). The award, to be bestowed annually, was created to recognize a pressroom manager with a proven record of providing outstanding service for customers and creating value for his or her company. David
Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Lake Success, NY) has expanded its long-term relationship with eCopy, Inc. (Nashua, NH) through a $15.8 million minority equity investment in the latter company. eCopy is a provider of products that transform paper documents into digital information. eCopy has had a development and marketing relationship with Canon U.S.A. since 1996. The expansion of the relationship will impact
Roland DGA Corp. (Irvine, CA) will move its offices on January 2, to a new location less than a mile away. The new facility features an improved showroom, a bigger warehouse, a 4,500-sq.-ft. training center and upgraded telecommunications equipment. The new street address is 15363 Barranca Pkwy. in Irvine.
The Ghent PDF Workgroup (Ghent, Belgium) has granted full membership in its organization to the Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications Assn. (DDAP). DDAP originally participated in the workgroup as an observer. The Ghent PDF Workgroup is an international assembly of industry associations whose goal is to develop and maintain best-practice guidelines for PDF quality assurance in the publishing
Despite the clouds and threat of thunderstorms, Nov. 21 was a "colorful" day at the Graphic Catalog and Insert Conference (GCIC) here. In a four-hour session entitled "Color Sells," panelists discussed the impact of ink, prepress, and paper on the color presentation of printed pieces. When discussing the impact that prepress has on color, Target Corp. color quality manager Lon Weis emphasized that
Quebecor World Inc.'s (Montreal) senior management and board of directors are reviewing the company's succession plan in the wake of the news that president and chief executive Charles Cavell as well as CFO Chrisitian Paupe are leaving the company. Cavell announced his decision to retire at the Quebecor's annual shareholders' s meeting in April, 2003. In the interim, he will concentrate on the company's
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) and Adobe (San Jose) kicked off the first in a series of initiatives recently to educate printers about the advantages of JDF (Job Definition Format). The companies jointly hosted seminars and demonstrations of JDF tools for print shop owners and managers at the Heidelberg Tech Center in Mount Prospect, IL More than 100 people from approximately 65 companies attended the
Within a year, the record low paper prices that catalogers have recently enjoyed will be but a memory. In a session at the recent Graphic Catalog and Insert Conference (GCIC), John Maine of paper and economic forecasting firm RISI said that the paper industry, which for the best two years has suffered from declining demand, is starting to recover. "In 2003 the paper market will begin tightening,"
Creo (Burnaby, BC), MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) and printCafe (Pittsburgh) are showcasing the advantages of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) through "CIM in Print," a free seminar being held at a variety of venues across North America.
Metso Corp. of Finland has signed a memorandum of understanding of its intention to sell its Valmet Converting operations to Bobst Group SA of Prilly, Switzerland. Bobst Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of packaging machinery, particularly in the fields of folding carton, corrugated board and flexible packaging. The transaction including the due diligence is intended to be completed during
One of the pioneers of Sun Chemical Corp. (Ft. Lee, NJ), Massie Odiotti, recently passed away after a lengthy illness. Mike Murphy, senior vice president and general manager Sun Chemical Ink (GPI), noted, "He was a great leader and friend to many in our industry. He will be deeply missed." Odiotti last served as executive vice president and general manager, Sun Chemical Ink (GPI). He officially retired
Xerox Corp. (Stamford, CT) announced it will take a Q4 pre-tax charge in the range of $350 million to $400 million related to worldwide restructuring actions. The charge includes severance costs for worldwide workforce reductions, implemented through a combination of voluntary programs and layoffs, as well as about $50 million associated with facility consolidations and closings. In the past two weeks,
President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Don Evans announced three winners of the 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's premier award for performance excellence and quality achievement. The 2002 Baldrige Award recipients are: Motorola Inc. Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector, Schaumburg, IL (manufacturing category); Branch-Smith Printing Division, Fort