New website for Creo Users Assn. 

Feb 01, 2002

The Creo Users Assn. (CUA) (Vancouver, BC), an independent network of users of Creo systems worldwide, has launched a new website at www.creousers.org. The new website marks several changes to the CUA, including the group's name, which matches the vendor’s recent name change from CreoScitex and Creo Products Inc. to Creo. Members may register to receive new product information, as well as access forums

GATF accepting nominations for Kagy, Berber, Reed Awards 

Feb 01, 2002

The Society of Fellows (SOF) at GATF (Sewickley, PA) is now accepting nominations for the Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence, the Naomi Berber Memorial Award and the Robert F. Reed Technology Medal. The application deadline for all three awards is May 31. The Kagy Award recognizes a superior graphic communications program at the junior high, high school or community college level. Nominated

Execs purchase Harvey Press from Wallace 

Feb 01, 2002

Harvey Press (New Orleans), a commercial sheetfed and web printer, and formerly a Wallace company, is under new ownership. Three of Harvey’s top executives, Ken Allen, Jerry Hudgens and Paul Alker, purchased the company from Wallace Computer Services Inc. (Lisle, IL). Wallace bought the plant from Atlanta-based Graphic Industries in 1997 and had originally intended to close it, along with four other

DALiM launches new website 

Feb 01, 2002

DALiM Software (Kehl, Germany), developer of prepress workflow software, has launched a website, www.dalim.com, that presents information on its products, support, services and international sales network. The website also links directly to DaliM’s support website. Details are provided on systems installation, systems integration, training, project consultancy visits for specific integration, and

Xeikon considers bids 

Feb 01, 2002

The board of directors of Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium) have begun considering two equivalent bids that have been made on the company’s color activities Jan. 31. One was submitted by MAN Roland; the other, by Yam International/Alpha Capital AG. Negotiations with the parties are expected to begin soon. The board’s decision will reflect the advice given by the company’s staff and management. The complete

Moore completes acquisition of The Nielsen Co. 

Feb 01, 2002

Moore Corp. (Toronto) has completed the purchase of privately held The Nielsen Co. Nielsen had revenues of approximately $90 million in 2001. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings and terms were not disclosed. Nielsen operates from three facilities, located in Florence, KY; Raleigh-Durham, NC; and Cincinnati. The commercial printer employs 730 people.

New PODi membership for software developers 

Jan 31, 2002

Digital printing initiative PODi (Rochester, NY) has created a new membership category for software developers. Companies whose primary business is the development of page composition software, and either have or are currently developing software that generates variable-data output for printed pages, may now join PODi under its new Page Producers category. Seven companies have already joined PODi

NPC, Inc. named local employer of the year 

Jan 30, 2002

The local chapter of the Business and Professional Woman’s (BPW) Club has named NPC, Inc. (Claysburg, PA), a full-service digital and print services provider, as 2001’s Employer of the Year. Of the approximate 400 employees at NPC, 177 are women. The company has hired 56 women during the past year, and another 124 have earned more responsibility through position moves or promotions during the same

Agfa announces first Palladio user 

Jan 30, 2002

National Graphics, Inc., a $5 million printer based in Stoughton, MA, has become the first user of Agfa’s (Ridgefield Park, NJ) Palladio CTP system. Introduced at Print 01, Palladio is a fully automated, four-up flatbed platesetter designed for small- to midsize printers. National Graphics is a small, high-end four-color-plus printer that does everything from brochures and posters to advertising pieces

Heidelberg to relocate U.S. web postpress manufacturing facility 

Jan 30, 2002

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg, Germany) will move all operations from its Dayton, OH, site to recently expanded facilities in Durham, NH, during 2002. The Dayton plant was responsible for the manufacture of postpress products for the commercial web and newspaper market (including Pacesetter saddlestitchers, Universal Binder adhesive binders and newspaper inserters), while engineering

Xerox announces iGen3 strategy 

Jan 30, 2002

Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) has announced it will begin order taking for its new DocuColor iGen3 100-ppm digital production press on April 9, also the opening day of IPEX 2002 (April 9-17, Birmingham, UK). Pricing and associated services will also be announced on that date. Initial customer testing is currently under way, and iGen3 shipments are slated to begin in the second half of 2002. Frank Steenburgh,

McQuiddy Printing hires new president 

Jan 29, 2002

McQuiddy Printing (Nashville, TN) has hired a new president and realigned responsibilities among its management team. Under the new structure, David L. McQuiddy III assumed the role of company chairman, relinquishing the title of president. The new president is Jim Cartwright, a 25-year printing industry veteran. The company’operations director, Webb McQuiddy, will now be executive vice president

ImageX receives patent notifications 

Jan 29, 2002

ImageX, Inc. (Kirkland, WA), a provider of online systems for distributing, managing and producing sales and marketing materials, has received notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that two patents will be issued. These patent filings apply to the ImageX online technology, which allows users to customize sales and marketing materials, such as product specification sheets and marketing

KPG names Copley president, Americas, and senior corporate vp 

Jan 29, 2002

Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has promoted Andrew Copley to president, Americas, and senior corporate vice president. In his expanded role, Copley will assume responsibility for the company's Latin America region and will continue to manage the KPG organization in the U.S. and Canada (US&C). Copley joined KPG in 1998 following the acquisition of Horsell Anitec as vice president, marketing

TAGA announces conference agenda 

Jan 28, 2002

The Technical Assn. of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) (Rochester, NY) has announced the agenda for the TAGA 2002 Asheville conference, which will take place April 14-17, at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, NC. This year's conference is organized into six parts: general sessions, tutorials and four specialty track sessions, including How to Find the Sweet Spot on a Press, Advances and Alternatives

ITC announces seven new fonts 

Jan 28, 2002

International Typeface Corp. (ITC) (Mortsel, Belgium), a provider of fonts and custom typefaces, has added seven new fonts to its ITC collection. The new typefaces include ITC Tickle, ITC Tickle Too, ITC Hedera, ITC Scram Gravy, ITC Jeepers, ITC Cinderella and the ITC Batak family. These original typefaces are available immediately from ITC and www.itcfonts.com. The fonts will soon be added to the

Printing paper market forecast scheduled at Paper Week 

Jan 28, 2002

Resource Information Systems, Inc. (RISI) (San Francisco), independent economic analysts for the international forest products industry, will present its viewpoint on the likely path for the U.S. printing and writing market in 2002-2003, at the American Forest & Paper Assn.’s (AF&PA) 125th Annual Paper Week, March 10-12, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel & Towers in New York City. For more information

Nasdaq delists Xeikon 

Jan 28, 2002

Reuters news service reports Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium) stock will be delisted from the U.S. Nasdaq market on Jan. 29. Xeikon first filed for creditor protection in late November. Having been unable to secure new capital for the company within the timeframe of the provisional creditor protection, Xeikon last week announced its intention to liquidate.

Heidelberg to distribute Steuer foil stamping, embossing presses 

Jan 25, 2002

Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA) has assumed distributorship of Steuer Printing Technology’s (Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany) Foil-Jet series of hot foil-stamping and embossing presses in Heidelberg's North and South America markets. Under the agreement, Heidelberg sales and service units will be responsible for all marketing and sales in their respective territories, as well as hardware and software

Sports Illustrated to produce Olympic daily via Xinet software 

Jan 24, 2002

Sport Illustrated will produce its 36-page Winter Olympics daily with the help of Xinet, Inc.’s (Berkeley, CA) FullPress server software and WebNative asset management system. Printed locally and distributed at even venues, hotels and the Salt Lake City International Airport, the magazine will contain between eight and ten ad pages and up-to-the-minute stories and photographs chronicling the 16-day

Willamette accepts Weyerhaeuser offer in principle 

Jan 24, 2002

Willamette Industries Inc. (Portland, OR) finally agreed in principle to sell the company to Weyerhaeuser Co. (Federal Way, WA) for $55.50 per share in cash, or $6.1 billion, subject to negotiation of a definitive merger agreement. Willamette has consequently ended negotiations to acquire Georgia-Pacific Corp.’s (Augusta, GA) building materials unit. Weyerhaeuser had launched a hostile takeover attempt

Xeikon to liquidate, Agfa writes off value 

Jan 23, 2002

The board of directors at digital press vendor Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium) has concluded that it will not be able to secure new capital for the company within the timeframe of the provisional creditor protection. As such, the Xeikon board has decided that it is in the best interests of the company to sell its assets. Xeikon has reportedly received several non-binding offers, which it hopes to finalize

Canon Canada partners with St. Joseph Corp. 

Jan 22, 2002

Canon Canada Inc. (Mississauga, ON) and St. Joseph Corp. (Concord, ON) have formed a strategic partnership that aims to deliver value-added services and products to customers of both organizations. The co-operative strategy is designed to capture new market share in the document-outsourcing industry, which research firm CAP Ventures Inc. forecasts to grow to more than $50 billion by 2005. As part

Creo, Artwork Systems settle patent dispute 

Jan 22, 2002

Creo Products Inc. (Burnaby, BC) and Artwork Systems Group N.V. (Gent, Belgium) have reached an out-of-court settlement over a patent dispute filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware over software technology. In October 2001, Artwork Systems sued Creo to invalidate four patents that it had been licensing for several years. The two companies were negotiating an amendment to the

Agfa presents CTP "Webinars" 

Jan 17, 2002

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