Quick-print franchise AlphaGraphics, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT) has selected Printcafe’s (Pittsburgh) PrintSmith Report Writer custom report generator as a system standard for more than 300 of its locations worldwide. AlphaGraphics has also agreed to support and promote the integrated PrintSmith Site Web storefront for all franchisees. Report Writer and PrintSmite Site are integrated add-on modules
Converting Management magazine is a business-management supplement to American Printer and PFFC. Sponsored by Paperloop.com, the series was authored by Dick Gorelick, contributing editor to American Printer and president of graphic-arts consulting firm Gorelick and Associates, and the Graphic Arts Sales Foundation (GASF). The three supplements were sent out with the April, June and September, 2002
iPrint Technologies, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA), a provider of online and offline marketing and customized branding products, has come to an agreement in principle to sell most of its assets and subsidiary Wood Associates to MadeToOrder.com, Inc. (MTO) (Palo Alto, CA), a privately held provider of business-to-business procurement of logo merchandise. The latter expects to continue to operate the acquired
Printcafe Software, Inc. (Pittsburgh) has undergone an organizational realignment to make the company more responsive to customers and more competitive in the marketplace. Management of its entire product portfolio has been consolidated under Bob Bierwagen, senior vice president of product management. All customer-service and support functions have been consolidated into a single global support group
In April, the Technical Assn. of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) (Rochester, NY) set out on a long-term initiative to bring together innovators from the graphic arts and those from nanotechnology and microelectronic technology. The organization’s first effort was to create a microtechnology forum, TAGAMicroTech@printplanet.com. And now, TAGA is hosting its first MicroTech Forum, Oct. 7 and 8, at the Univ.
IKON Office Solutions (Valley Forge, PA) has named Matthew J. Espe president and CEO. The exec was formerly president and CEO of $3 billion GE Lighting. He is said to bring more than 20 years’ experience in distribution, sales and marketing, and a proven track record for building and leading businesses on a global scale, while increasing revenue and profitability. James J. Forese will remain as chairman
Banta Corp. (Menasha, WI) has named Stephanie A. Streeter president and CEO, effective Oct. 1. Current Banta chairman and CEO Donald D. Belcher will continue as chairman until his retirement in April 2004. Streeter has served as president and COO since January 2001, and was elected to the Banta board of directors in July 2001. Prior to joining Banta, she was COO of idealab!, a Pasadena, CA-based Internet
Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI) has launched QuadColor (www.quadcolor.com), an online resource that reportedly offers high-quality RGB to CMYK conversions and alterations of digital images. The service, for publishers, catalogers, ad agencies, image stock houses, photo studios and other businesses, boasts one-day-or-less turnaround, aiming to reduce the workflow process of converting digital images to
Polly USA (Jacksonville, FL), formerly the independent distributor and exclusive marketer of Polly sheetfed offset presses in the U.S. and Canada, has been acquired by Polly press manufacturer Grafitec, s.r.o., headquartered in the Czech Republic. Polly USA will operate and be managed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Grafitec and continue its North American operations from its Jacksonville location.
NPES The Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (Reston, VA) and the Assn. for Information and Image Management, International (AIIM) (Silver Spring, MD) have initiated a joint project to develop an international standard that defines PDF for archiving and preserving documents. The project, currently referred to as PDF/A, will reportedly address the need to electronically
The Printing Industries Assn. of San Diego (PIA/SD) will hold six seminars for supervisors this fall. The sessions will be led by Doug Moore, vice president of human relations for PIA Southern California, and will cover supervisory topics and best practices for the printing industry. According to Moore, the classes will discuss everyday problems, questions and requirements faced by line supervisors
Ivan Verheye has been appointed president and CEO of Punch International subsidiary Xeikon America, Inc. (Wood Dale, IL). Verheye will also continue as president of Punch’s Strobbe, Inc., a manufacturer of CTP and prepress system for the business-forms and direct-mail industries, a position he has held since 1984. Paul Peyrebrune, who has served as Xeikon American president and CEO since July 1997,
Narrow-web-press manufacturers RDP Marathon Inc. (Montreal, QC) and Drent Goebel (Eerbeek, Holland) have signed a strategic marketing alliance. Under terms of the agreement, RDP Marathon will market and support Drent Goebel narrow-web products in the U.S. and Canada, including the Novaprint series and Vision/VSOP (variable-sleeve offset printing) shaftless web presses. Drent Goebel will market RDP’s
Bobst Group Inc. is planning to host "Direction 'O2," an open house for the corrugated and folding carton industries, at its Roseland, NJ, facility Sept. 19-25. Scheduled equipment demonstrations include: For folding carton production--the Sprintera 106-PER Autoplaten diecutter; the SP Evoline 102-E Plus diecutter; the SP 104-ER diecutter; the Alpina 130 A3 folder-gluer with Cartonpack II and Easyfeeder
The Digital Printing & Imaging Assn. (DPI) (Fairfax, VA) will release its 2002-2003 membership directory, with listings of all members as of May. The directory includes both active (graphics producer) and associate (manufacturer and supplier) members, with complete contact information and a brief company description for each. Publication and distribution will occur in the months prior to the DPI Conference,
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,
American Litho Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI) has opened a new plate manufacturing facility which will reportedly take the company from a capacity of 25 million sq. ft. to more than 75 million sq. ft. The new building will house EC-grained and multi-grained plate manufacturing capabilities, allowing the company to produce plates up to 54 inches in width. American Litho offers a full range of analog plates
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
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.
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
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
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]
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