Agfa (Mortsel, Belgium) announced the first in a series of educational, online "Webinars" for printers and prepress professionals around the world. Using innovative Web-based conferencing technology, Agfa will offer two seminars starting in January that will help participants prepare for the implementation of a computer-to-plate (CTP) workflow. The seminars, "Today’s CTP Technology--What’s the Right
Komori Corp. announced today the appointment of Stephan Carter as president and COO of Komori America Corp. (Rolling Meadows, IL). Carter joined Komori in October of 2001, as Senior vice-president, sales and marketing. He will continue to report to Hirosuke Yanagida, who assumes the new position of chairman and CEO of Komori America. Prior to joining Komori, Carter had a long career with Chicago-based
Fuji Photo Film (Dusseldorf, Germany) will launch five enhanced plates at IPEX 2002. All of the new plates incorporate Fujifilm's patented multi-grain technology, ensuring consistent printability and high quality results on press. The Brillia LP-NV violet photopolymer plate is designed to provide optimum performance on platesetters using a 30-mW LD laser. It is sensitized for violet-laser exposure
NAPL (Paramus, NJ) and PIA (Alexandria, VA) set up a joint committee to review business practices for the printing industry. The result is "Best Business Practices for the Printing Industry," currently posted on the members-only areas of both the NAPL and PIA/GATF websites (www.napl.org; www.gain.net). "The new guidelines reflect the ongoing impact of digital technology on the industry as a whole,"
Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has appointed Barbara M. Cederberg as corporate vice president of strategy and development. Cederberg will be responsible for the long term corporate and stratic business development planning functions including business alliances and acquisitions. She will also direct KPG's global research and development function, including all plate, proofing, film,
The final agreement for the amalgamation of Purup-Eskofot A/S (Ballerup, Denmark) and Barco Graphics (Gent, Belgium) having been signed, the merger process is proceeding as planned. Purup-Eskofot president and CEO William Schulin-Zeuthen has decided not to accept the offer to head the new company and will leave his post by June 30. Bent Pedersen, Purup-Eskofot chairman of the board, commented: "We
Danaher Corp. (Washimgton) has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), formerly Videojet Systems International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marconi plc (London), for $400 million USD. The acquisition, expected to close before the end of first quarter 2002, remains subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. "We are very
Interested in saving energy, but not sure where to start? Here are some helpful hints from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network of the U.S. Dept. of Energy: Gather and total all your energy costs. Pull together your past year’s bills and total these costs. Be sure you’re adding all the bills from different energy sources. Get a professional energy audit or do a self-audit. Contact your
While not specific to printers, the website for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.eren.doe.gov, offers general energy-saving tips and resources. The seventh annual National Environmental, Health and Safety Conference for the Graphic Communications Industries, March 17-19, in Raleigh, NC, will address reducing energy cost through pollution prevention
The Dingley Press (Lisbon, ME) has expanded an extensive lineup of Heidelberg web press and postpress equipment, installing two new Pacesetter 1000 saddlestitchers. The company specializes in catalog printing and now runs 10 high-volume stitchers. The new Pacesetters at The Dingley Press can stitch up to 20,000 books per hour and are equipped for advanced selective binding and ink jet personalization.
Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (Houston) announced that it is the first commercial printer in North America to treat products with AgION antimicrobial, a silver zeolite that, when mixed with varnish coatings and/or ink, inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus on the surface of printed matter. "We are pleased to offer this complementary product to our customers. This unique product was developed,
Printable Technologies (Solana Beach, CA) has upraded its PrintPlanet (www.printplanet.com) e-community website. The new enhancements include a re-designed user interface, a new membership control center, easier-to-read threaded discussion and message listings, and a new, faster, SQL-based databse. PrintPlanet also has several new sponsors, including Hewlett-Packard and Kodak Polychrome Graphics.
httprint (San Francisco) has formed a strategic alliance with Emmperative, a provider of enterprise marketing management (EMM) software and services. The companies will jointly market their print production and enterprise marketing management solutions to global 1000 companies. Founded in collaboration with Procter & Gamble, Emmperative lets multi-functional teams deliver better products and initiatives
Komori America Corp. (Rolling Meadows, IL) has enhanced its website: www.komori.com. The upgraded site provides a revamped design in addition to a wealth of new information. "The new website design is very easy to navigate and provides visitors with valuable information about Komori and its product offerings,’" says Mark Kilgore, vice president of marketing at Komori America. The site offers a comprehensive
Océ Venlo, (The Netherlands) has purchased GE Access Printing Solutions S.A. de C.V. of Mexico City from GE Capital Information Technology Solutions, Inc. A purchase price was not disclosed. The company, renamed Océ-Mexico, S.A. de C.V., has been a distribution partner of Océ for several years, selling and supporting Océ production printing and wide-format printing solutions. In Mexico, Océ will offer
Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver, BC) has invested US $23.6 million in printCafe, Inc. as part of a US $39.6 million private placement of equity and debt. printCafe is the leading provider of print management software for both printers and buyers in the printing and publishing industry. Other investors in this financing include Mellon Ventures, Inc., HarbourVest Partners, LLC, J & W Seligman and Weiss,
Gämmerler, (Hanover Park, IL) a manufacturer of inline finishing equipment and systems, announced record orders for the second quarter of fiscal year 2000--reporting a 34 percent increase in orders over the same period last year. The high order volume is attributed to a number of new orders placed by R.R. Donnelley & Sons and multiple purchases received at the Print 01 tradeshow held this past September.
GATF and NAPL are seeking nominations for the eighth annual Sheetfed Executive of the Year Award. Submissions are due March 1. The award honors a sheetfed industry leader who has demonstrated exceptional service, initiative and committment to his or her communnity, company and the printing industry. Nominations will be judged by the Sheetfed Pressroom Conference Advisory Committee, a group of industry
Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has completed its acquisition of Imation's worldwide color proofing and color software businesses. KPG's portfolio of film, plate and digital proofing products will expand to include offerings in analog, inkjet and virtual proofing, a color front-end for digital printing and color management tools. Said Jeff Jacobson, chief executive officer: "We're beginning
The Authentication and Counterfeiting Protection (ACP) conference will be held in Atlanta Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Topics addressed include: "Organizing against diversion"; "Fighting terrorism through secured document"; and "Track and trace and smart labels for authentication, anti-counterfeiting, tracking and other purposes." To view the conference program or register online see www.piranet.com or www.reconnaissance-intl.com.
RIT's (Rochester, NY) Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science has graduate scholarships and assistantships available for qualified students. RIT reportedly has the only graduate program in the U.S. devoted to color science. Funding opportunities may include full tuition assistance and 12-month stipend, totalling $30,000 a year. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, contact
Rosemary Raley, vice president and COO, Royse Manufacturing Co. (Dallas), a manufacturer of temperature management equipment for lithographic offset presses, has been elected to serve a one-year term as a director for NPES, the Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (Reston, VA). Raley is the daughter of Royse's founder, Edwin Royse, and has been active in the printing
Pacesetter Graphic Service (Acworth, GA), a provider of lithographic blankets and rollers to the printing industry, has released a multimedia CD covering the importance of concentricity, reducing running waste and downtime. Also on the CD is the independent test result of compound shrinkage and swelling of Pacesetter’s new NS 12000 compound vs. the industry norms. For the free CD, call (800) 241-7970.
Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., newly formed distributor to the graphic communications industry, has named Michael E. Borne director of business development; Phil Kane director of business development, electronic imaging; and Robert J. Kurelic director of national account sales. Borne will work with manufacturers and Enovation management to develop programs and strategies to meet sales goals for
International Paper’s (IP) Coated and SC Papers Div. (Memphis, TN) has launched its Web-based paper management system on ipcoated.com to facilitate customers’ ability to do business with the division. Targeted specifically to the printing, catalog and magazine publishing industry, the system allows IP Coated and SC Papers Div. customers to place, view and change purchase orders; view manifest and