American Printer, in conjunction with primary support from Printcafe, has published FuturePrint, a landmark report that focuses on the printing operations of the future. With the emphasis on trends for the next three to five years, FuturePrint also "crystal balls" predictions 10 years out. FuturePrint helps printers understand the forces behind the drive to automated manufacturing. It explores workflows
Heidelberg's Print Media Academy will host 15 free industry seminars led by highly respected industry leaders at tGraph EXPO, Oct. 6-9. The seminars will provide practical advice and information that printers can immediately use to help bolster their business operations. Topics range from business development and profitability strategies to step-by-step workshops on processes such as creating PDF
he International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) (San Francisco) plans to host two seminars on JDF at Graph Expo, on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The seminars, which are open to all GraphExpo exhibition attendees at no additional charge, will all be held in Room N229, located in the North Building, Level 2, McCormick Place. The first seminar, “What is CIP4's
Growing Midwest foodservice packaging converter seeks experienced technical leader to serve internal and external customers. Knowledge of regulatory requirements and certifications, materials (paper, foil, film), and converting processes (flexographic printing, laminating, bag-making) required. Responsibilities include product development, process and quality improvement, specification and test method
Agfa Graphic Systems (Mortsel, Belgium) will host a series of technology presentations at its booth (#3823) during Graph Expo, Oct. 6-9. Seminars will cover such issues as proofing, screening, prepress workflow and new web-based project management software. Following each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Agfa prepress experts. Agfa’s "Theater" presentations, which run
Marc L. Reisch, president and CEO of Quebecor World North America, is resigning his position to pursue other opportunities. Quebecor World’s North American Product Groups will continue to be run by their respective presidents, who will report directly to Charles G. Cavell, president and CEO of Quebecor World Inc. (Montreal). "After completing the successful merger of Quebecor Printing and World Color
To address the increased demand for information on the latest one-to-one marketing technology, the Direct Marketing Assn. (DMA) has added a new Digital Print Pavilion to its 85th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 20-23 in San Francisco. The Pavilion, hosted by Hewlett-Packard, NexPress and Xerox, was created in partnership with the Digital Printing Council of PIA (Alexandria, VA). The Pavilion
Xanté has launched two newsletters, "Dye-Hard News," focusing on the growing dye-sublimation industry, and "net Xchange," which will offer tips on Web layout and design. To receive either newsletter, visit xante.com/newsletters.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) (Palo Alto, CA) introduces the Designjet 5500, a new large-format printer a followup to the Designjet 5000. The Designjet 5500 offers direct file-submission capability via the Web. Using Designjet WebAccess, users can submit up to seven file formats, including Adobe PDF, TIFF and JPEG, without the need for a driver or the application. A 40-GB hard disk drive allows files to be
Httprint (San Francisco), an online print procurement service provider, has secured an additional $4 million in financing from a group led by Cornerstone Ventures (Broomfield, CO). The new capital, which is in addition to the $12 million investment announced by httprint in June, will be used to continue the company’s expansion and fund technology and services enhancements. Cornerstone Ventures is
Transcontinental has named Clif McDougall vice president of sales for its U.S. direct-marketing operations. McDougall will lead the company’s direct-marketing products sales team in the U.S. He comes to Transcontinental with more than 13 years of direct-marketing industry experience, most recently serving as national sales manager for the InteliMail division of Corporate Express Document and Print
NAPL’s (Paramus, NJ) Board of Directors and the members of the R&E Council of the Graphic Arts Industry, Inc. (White Stone, VA) have approved a merger of the two associations. The combination is expected to enhance the value of membership in both organizations, as it preserves the identity and mission of the R&E Council, which is being renamed the R&E Council of NAPL. Under the agreement, all members
Torque Systems (San Francisco) has become a national reseller for Japan-based Totoku for the graphic-arts market. Totoku manufactures a line of high-end calibrated monitors.
Enfocus Software (San Mateo, CA) has unveiled its free Certified PDF Reader, available for download at enfocus.com. The Certified PDF Reader is a plug-in for both Adobe Acrobat Reader and the full version of Adobe Acrobat, and enables anyone to check the Certified PDF status of a file. It comes pre-installed with PDF standard profiles, such as PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-Plus, and national PDF standards,
Pantone, Inc. (Carlstadt, NJ) and Sun Chemical Inks (GPI) (Fort Lee, NJ) announces the Authorized Pantone Hexachrome Printer program for the North American narrow-web flexographic label-printing market. The program aims to provide printers with technical training and promotional support for Pantone's Hexachrome printing process with Sun Chemical inks and coatings. Developed by Pantone, Hexachrome
ImageX, Inc. (Kirkland, WA), has signed a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary, Extensis, Inc., to Celartem Technology USA Inc., a developer of storage and distribution technologies for digital images. The sale will be for $11 million, with $9 million in cash proceeds and an additional $2 million due over the next two years if certain revenue targets are met. Celartem will acquire
The Xeikon Digital Printing Assn. (XDPA) will host its third annual users meeting just prior to Graph Expo, from Oct. 3-5 in Itasca, IL. The conference consists of a management track for the business owners and managers and a technical track for the operators and engineers. The management track will include presentations from Xeikon America executives, and keynote speakers from RIT (Rochester, NY)
IPA will host a three-part series of live Webcasts on ICC-based color management. The Webcasts will feature color-management consultant Don Hutcheson. The sessions: Profiting with Color Management, Sept. 19, 1-2:15 p.m. (ET). Will cover why an RGB over CMYK workflow may mean increased profits. Color Management Profiles in Action, October 3, 1-2:5 p.m. (ET). Will discuss the hottest tips and techniques
KBA North America’s (Williston, VT) 74 Karat with coater will be shown for the first time in the U.S. market at Graph Expo. The digital offset press will be running live demonstrations in the KBA booth throughout the show, reportedly taking less than 17 minutes to run a full production cycle from the last saleable sheet of one job to color approval of the next. Visitors will be able to select any
MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) is now offering a computer-based press operating profitability (POP) analysis to help printers select the most economical press that fulfills their production requirements. The analysis, which is provided as a free service, is based on a study conducted by Bridge Strategy Group, an independent market-research firm, which collected real-world performance data on the most popular
DALim Software GmbH (Kehl, Germany) has partnered with printer and publisher Gruner & Jahr (Hamburg, Germany) on a new strategic development initiative, based on DALim’s automatic production workflow software. The initiative aims to develop the DruckDaten Management System (DDMS), an Internet-based, automatic prepress production system for Gruner & Jahr printers that offers production management,
General Binding Corp. (GBC) (Northbrook, IL) has combined its Document Finishing and Office Products businesses into a new group named the Commercial and Consumer Group. Dave Hewitt, current president of the Office Products group, will be named president of the merged unit. The two businesses were combined to simplify the company’s organizational structure and eliminate inefficiencies in its market
Publishing information-technology organization IDEAlliance, Inc. (Alexandria, VA) and industry consultancy Raine Consulting Inc. (Glen Ellyn, IL) have founded Women in Graphic Media and Technology (WGMT). The professional association is dedicated to supporting women in the graphic-communications, digital-technology, pulp and paper, printing, publishing, packaging, content-management and related industries.