Graphic arts industry mourns Harry Quadracci 

Jul 30, 2002

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 report estimates size and state of U.S. print market 

Jul 29, 2002

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,

GATF announces InterTech Technology Award winners 

Jul 26, 2002

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,

WAM!NET names Mellon U.S. president, general manager 

Jul 26, 2002

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

International paper, wood trade association established 

Jul 26, 2002

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, Print Tec partner for sales training 

Jul 26, 2002

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, Creo announce CTP bundling agreement 

Jul 26, 2002

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,

Creo, Realtimepublishers release free e-book on desktop productivity 

Jul 19, 2002

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 ships 150 Palladios in six months 

Jul 18, 2002

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.

New report on ‘direct-to’ technologies 

Jul 18, 2002

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

IntegraColor acquired by W.P. Carey 

Jul 16, 2002

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

Supply-chain software helps Newsweek control paper costs 

Jul 15, 2002

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

Fujifilm, Chromaticity offer color-management support 

Jul 15, 2002

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 to sell Flint Ink products 

Jul 15, 2002

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.

Survey: Major trade shows overshadowing regional events 

Jul 11, 2002

Has the impact of the Internet, e-mail and multimedia disks reduced the viability of graphic-arts trade shows? The results of a new industry survey conducted by MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) indicate that printers continue to rate major expositions, like Graph Expo and Print, as prime sources of information. But they are less enamoured with regional trade shows. Asked to rank their preferences in live

LDR International restructures, creates Fusion Systems 

Jul 11, 2002

LDR International Inc. (Portland, OR) has transferred all of its prepress technology assets, customers and reseller agreements to a newly formed division, Fusion Systems International. This planned move began in March in an effort to allow Fusion Systems to become a global service provider in prepress systems integration and workflow automation on the UNIX and Linux platforms. Fusion Systems will

IPA offers Webinars on PDF/X 

Jul 10, 2002

The International Prepress Assn. (IPA) (Edina, MN) offers Web-based seminars this summer on PDF/X. The first of the three programs is "PDF/X-1a:2001 Revealed," conducted by Michael Jahn, PDFevangelist, which teaches how to make and share PDF/X1a:2001 files. This course will be webcast at 1 p.m. (all times are EDT), July 16. The free webinar is sponsored by Enfocus and IPA. "PDF/X Plus - Expanding

Presstek appoints Donald C. Waite III to Board of Directors 

Jul 10, 2002

Presstek (Hudson, NH) has appointed Donald C. Waite III its board of directors. Waite is currently the director of the Executives-in-Residence Program at the Columbia Graduate School of Business, where he is an adjunct professor. He retired from McKinsey & Co., the international management consulting firm, in February after 36 years. He remains a member of the McKinsey Investment Committee and the

Bowne opens new Chicago facility 

Jul 09, 2002

Bowne & Co., Inc. (Parsippany, NJ) opened a new facility in Chicago at 500 W. Madison St. Three of Bowne's primary business units will work from the new location: Bowne Financial Print, which provides financial printing services; Bowne Business Solutions, which provides business-process outsourcing services; and Bowne Enterprise Solutions, a provider of digital printing and electronic communications.

Barr, Brinkman receive WOA Vision Award 

Jul 09, 2002

The Web Offset Assn. (WOA) (Alexandria, VA) has named Edward E. Barr and Tom Brinkman the 2002 recipients of the Vision Award, which is given to heatset-web- offset industry executives who "reach an unsurpassed level of excellence and achievement in the industry." Barr is chairman of Sun Chemical Group B.V. (Fort Lee, NJ). Brinkman is the founder of Metro Web Corp. WOA's directors elect the winner.

Agfa’s Sherpa proofer secures SWOP certification 

Jul 05, 2002

Agfa (Ridgefield Park, NJ) announced that its Sherpa Proofer has achieved recognition from Specifications Web Offset Publications, Inc. (SWOP). Agfa successfully demonstrated that the Sherpa can produce contract proofs that conform to SWOP industry specifications. SWOP recommends specifications for the use of all those involved in the production of publications, including advertisers, publishers,

Enovation Graphic Systems acquires Seattle dealer 

Jul 03, 2002

Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc. (Elmsford, NY) has acquired Image Control Systems, Inc., a dealer to the graphic-arts industry headquartered in Seattle. Image Control Systems was established in 1965 and today consists of four branch locations in the Pacific Northwest. As part of Enovation, the branch locations will continue offering traditional graphic-arts film, plates and proofing products, support

Estimating, scheduling, production workshop 

Jul 03, 2002

GATF (Sewickley, PA) has developed a new workshop to teach the essentials of estimating, scheduling and production planning. Being held Aug. 14-16, this introductory course combines hands-on exercises with estimating theory, techniques and tools. The use of management-information systems in today's workflow is covered, as well as development of budgeted hourly rates. Demonstrations will be held in

X-Rite opens China headquarters in Shanghai 

Jul 02, 2002

X-Rite, Inc.,(Grandville, MI) has opened its China headquarters in Shanghai. It is said to be the first full-service center of its kind in Asia. X-Rite serves more than 70 countries with products and solutions to industries including digital imaging, printing, ink and coating, textile, plastic, foods, biodiagnostics, advanced lighting, telecommunications and electronics.

Flint Ink offers UV/EB curable ink systems 

Jul 02, 2002

Flint Ink’s North American packaging division (Ann Arbor, MI.) has introduces a series of UV and EB curable ink systems for label converters and printers. The Flint Ink systems include Matrixcure, Gemini, and Arrowbeam for litho printing, and Cureflex and Arcure for flexo application. The Matrixcure UV inks are said to cure quickly and produce impenetrable bonds. Matrixcure systems also reportedly