The board of directors of the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) (Fort Mill, SC) and the board of trustees of the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) (Springfield, NJ) have voted to merge the two organizations under AIMCAL. If approved by the memberships of both groups, the merger will create an AIMCAL organization of more than 200 member companies,
Key printing business indicators continued to decline in May, June and July, according to NAPL's July Printing Business Conditions Special Update. Despite the decline, NAPL expects the recovery to continue and activity to accelerate this fall, although the anticipated recovery will be too little too late: Total print sales for 2002 are expected to decline, marking the second year of shrinking sales.
Punch International (St-Marten-Latem, Belgium) has appointed Ivan Verheye president and CEO of its subsidiary Xeikon America, Inc.(Wood Dale, IL). Verheye will combine this role with that of President of Strobbe, Inc., already part of the Punch Group, a position he has held since 1984. Paul Peyrebrune, who has served as Xeikon America’s president and CEO since July 1997, has agreed to remain with
Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) today signed a definitive agreement to acquire software producer ScenicSoft, Inc. (Lynwood, WA). Under the terms of the agreement, Creo will acquire ScenicSoft for approximately $9.5 million in a combination of cash, equity and an assumption of liabilities. "After working in partnership with ScenicSoft for the last eight years, Creo welcomes ScenicSoft's market-leading software
Tom Quadracci has taken on the role of president and CEO at Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI). He replaces his brother and company co-founder, Harry, who passed away just a few weeks ago. In a public statement released to the public on Aug. 12, the company said, "Tom is a familiar leader to Quad/Graphics employees and to those among the company's clientele and the greater graphic-arts industry... [he]
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Large international company headquartered in Southern California seeking Product Development Manager: BS Chemical or Mechanical Engineer Strong leadership skills 5+ years of Process experience in web handling, laminating & coating paper and film Experience with UV and E-beam process Knowledge of SPC & other related quality control methods Experience in adhesives, coatings,
PRODUCT MANAGER Tidland Corporation, a Maxcess International Company, is looking for a Product Manager for the Winding Business (Air Shafts, Chucks, Brakes and other accessory products). Position is based in our Camas, Washington location. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in managing a technical/engineered product as well as a proven track-record in: New product development
GASC has announced the program topics for the Executive Outlook conference, which will take place Oct. 5 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, just prior to the opening of Graph Expo. The topics and speakers are as follows: Emerging technologies and shifting opportunities: William C. Lamparter, president, PrintCom Consulting Group and conference chair Economics, critical trends and competition redefine
NAPL (Paramus, NJ) has awarded Fujifilm's Lawrence C. Warter with its Technical Leadership Award. The annual award is given to an invidual "who in all respects, personifies the principles of craftsmanship." The award recognizes definable achievement in technical leadership for the graphic arts industry and can be demonstrated through work in associations or practical technological achievement or intervention.
Bobst Group (Roseland, NJ) has announced a new executive management team. Philippe Michel, president of Bobst Group for 10 years, has transferred back to Switzerland, taking a position in the overall group management of the company. The company also announced that Michael Fiaux has been named CEO; Christopher Raney has been named vice president, folding carton products; and Alain Jendly has been named
The Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) (Alexandria, VA) mourn the death of Harry V. Quadracci, 66, president and founder of Quad/Graphics, the largest privately held printing company in the industry. Quadracci is survived by his wife, Betty, and four children. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quadracci family," said Michael Makin, CEO of PIA
PIA (Alexandria, VA) has released the latest edition of its "Print Market Atlas." Presenting data on national, regional, state and local print markets for 2001, the Atlas supplies an estimate of the size of the U.S. printing industry and breaks down data by print market segments and employee size of establishments. The report is organized into four main sections: print product and service markets,
WAM!NET, Inc. (Eagan, MN), a provider of content distribution and management services, has named Paul Mellon president and general manager for U.S. commercial business. Mellon will oversee WAM!NET’s U.S. marketing, sales and operations, and will be focused on growing revenue, maintaining cost efficiencies and building long-term strategies for increasing market share. The exec has 21 years of experience
The International Council of Forest and Paper Assn.s (ICFPA) (Washington) has been established to represent trade associations for the paper and wood production industries. The ICFPA commits itself to the principles of sustainable development and working with other stakeholders to ensure that environmental, social and economic benefits of natural resources are preserved. Its main goal is to serve
PIA (Alexandria, VA) and Print Tec Network, Inc. have formed an alliance to build and deliver a series of programs to help printing companies develop high-performance sales teams. The courses incorporate online learning, small group conference calls and one-on-one mentoring. PIA and Print Tec completed two pilot courses in June aimed at selling digital print profitably and increasing sales management
Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) and Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) have formed an agreement whereby Presstek’s Anthem chemistry-free thermal plate can be bundled with new sales of Creo four- and eight-page Trendsetter Quantum CTP systems in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Presstek had announced in April that Creo had successfully qualified the processless Anthem plate for use on the thermal Trendsetter Quantum,
The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) (Sewickley, PA) has announced the winners of the 2002 InterTech Technology Awards. The awards will be presented Saturday, November 16, 2002 during the GATF/PIA Administrative Meetings at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans. The winning companies are Adobe Systems Inc., Arpeco Engineering Ltd., Enfocus Software, Inc., Gerber Scientific, Inc., Graphics Microsystems,
Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) has teamed with corporate-sponsored e-publishing company Realtimepublishers.com to produce "The Tips and Tricks Guide to Desktop Productivity." Authored by computing-industry expert Don Jones, this e-book offers pointers on how to manage the desktop more efficiently. It helps users maximize their most-used applications, such as Microsoft Office, e-mail and the Web. It is
Agfa (Ridgefield Park, NJ) says it has delivered more than 150 of its new Palladio violet platesetter, six months after the first unit was shipped. Introduced at Print 01, the Palladio is a fully automated, four-up flatbed platesetter designed for small- to medium-sized printers. It began shipping this January.
Although some volume will be lost to digital and other processes, offset lithographic printing will remain the dominant process for general commercial printing in the next few years, according to a new report by Vantage Strategic Marketing (VSM). The UK-based graphic-arts analyst firm recently published "‘Direct-to’ Technologies 2001-2006," a followup on the pre-Ipex review published this April. Among
Investment banking firm W.P. Carey & Co. LLC (New York City) has acquired and leased-backed the corporate headquarters and two additional facilities from sheetfed and web printer IntegraColor, Ltd. (Mesquite, TX), for approximately $12.3 million. Under the terms of the sale-leaseback transaction, the three properties will be leased under a 20-year bond-type net lease. The facilities were purchased
Compared with the events of Sept. 11, 2001, supply-chain efficiency may seem insignificant. But for Angelo Rivello, senior vice president of manufacturing and distribution for Newsweek magazine, and his production and distribution team, even the slightest performance advantage is important--especially when under fire. "After Sept. 11, literally, millions of shocked and concerned readers around the
The Graphic Systems Div. of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. (Hanover Park, IL) and Chromaticity, Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI) have formed a strategic alliance to offer professional support services for color management. The two companies’ services in this area will include ICC-workflow installation and implementation, evaluation, and traning and distribution of color-management products.
Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc. (Elmsford, NY) has signed an agreement with Flint Ink (Ann Arbor, MI) to sell Flint Ink’s sheetfed commercial inks and coatings. The product line includes process colors, hexachrome colors, Pantone colors, specialty colors, specialty inks, UV/EB curable inks, and aqueous and UV coatable inks.