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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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,
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,