Studies on workflows, proofing and plates to be presented at GATF Tech Alert 

Dec 04, 2001

Results of several original research studies on both press and prepress issues will premiere at this year's Tech Alert conference, scheduled to take place Jan. 27-29. For the first time in the conference's nine years, GATF has organized a prepress and press track so that attendees can learn about changing technologies in their particular area of interest. For prepress managers, GATF will unveil results

Heald named Baldwin CEO 

Dec 04, 2001

The board of directors of Baldwin Technology Co., Inc. (Shelton, CT), a manufacturer of accessories and control equipment for the printing industry, has elected John T. Heald as CEO. Heald served as Baldwin’s director since 1996. In March 2001 he was elected president and COO. Before joining Baldwin, Heald was executive vice president of Sappi Fine Paper Co. Former Baldwin CEO Gerald A. Nathe will

Creo to move Iris manufacturing to Canada 

Dec 03, 2001

Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver) will move production of its Iris proofing products from Billerica, MA, to Vancouver next year. Customer support and engineering for Iris products will also move to the Vancouver area. The company states that there will be no interruption in manufacturing, product supply or levels of customer service as a result of the move of its Iris Graphics, Inc. subsidiary. The relocation

printCafe, SMARTworks collaborate on print-procurement tool for top print buyers 

Nov 30, 2001

SMARTworks.com, Inc. (Dayton, OH) and printCafe (Pittsburgh) have formed an alliance to create a print-procurement solution that will help Fortune 1000 print buyers manage multiple print and fulfillment suppliers. The companies plan to integrate printCafe’s Web-based services for custom print procurement with SMARTworks.com’s technology for inventory management, fulfillment and catalog-based procurement,

MAN Roland redesigns Web site 

Nov 30, 2001

MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG has redesigned its Web site (www.man-roland.com) for increased user friendliness, more information on specific target groups, intuitive guidance and increased speed. The site is divided into Company, Segments, Applications, Products, Sales & Service, Secondhand Market and Career areas. Segments provides information about trends and developments in publication, commercial

Heidelberg joins PrintTalk consortium 

Nov 28, 2001

Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) has been accepted as a member of PrintTalk, Inc., a consortium of companies that provide business management and e-solutions for the graphic arts industry. PrintTalk was created to create, implement and gain endorsement for an open standard, using XML as a basis for business objects and JDF to define print-job specifications, and to communicate that information directly between

Xaar reinforces R&D, relocates manufacturing 

Nov 27, 2001

Inkjet development company Xaar plc (Cambridge, England) plans to upgrade its headquarters’ R&D capabilities with an enhanced R&D Innovation Center. The facility will develop Xaar’s core inkjet technology, with a focus on next-generation systems. It will also facilitate custom projects and low-volume pilot prototyping. Xaar is also relocating its UK manufacturing to the company’s high-production facilities

NAPL report addresses economy and growth outlook for printing industry 

Nov 21, 2001

NAPL's (Paramus, NJ) has issued its first ever "State of the Industry Report." More than 470 printers contributed to this report by Andrew D. Paparozzi, chief economist and director of NAPL's printing economic research center. The 43-page publication examines how the recession and Sept. 11 have affected the printing industry, when we can expect economic recovery and how vigorous that growth is likely

Heidelberg’s Peetz-Larsen and Bobst take home Gegenheimers 

Nov 20, 2001

The Bobst Group (Roseland, NJ) and Hans Peetz-Larsen, CEO of Heidelberg Americas (Kennesaw, GA) are the recipients of the NPES (Reston, VA) 2001 Harold W. Gegenheimer Awards for Industry Service. The awards are given in recognition of technical innovation, sound management, support for education and research and dedication to the industry. Winners receive plaques, the association also contributes

Green takes VICA honors for third-straight year 

Nov 20, 2001

Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA) recently honored VICA/Skills USA (Leesburg, VA) contest winners including Justin Green and Trevor Harwood. Harwood from Asheville High School (Asheville, NC) placed first in Graphic Communications, Secondary Schools. Green, a student at Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC), placed first in Graphic Communications, Post-Secondary. This is Green’s third consecutive

Pleasant telephone manner pays off 

Nov 20, 2001

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why the Printing Industries Assn. of Southern CA (PIASC) (Los Angeles) Self-Promotion & Marketing 2001 Competition includes a "First Contact" category. Receptionists and customer service reps (CSRs) are singled out for their friendly tone, patience and helpfulness, company knowledge, verbal skills and efficiency. Linda Hammel, a receptionist

Crowson Stone Printing acquires Kohn Print Group sales, assets 

Nov 20, 2001

Crowson Stone Printing Inc. (Columbia, SC) has executed an agreeement to purchase the sales and selected assets of the Kohn Print Group, LLC, also located in Columbia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The agreement is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Kohn filed for protection under Chapter 11 in New York as a New York Corporation.

CreoScitex to change its name to Creo Inc. 

Nov 19, 2001

Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver, BC) will consolidate all of the company's activities and businesses under one brand name and logo: Creo. Beginning in January 2002, the change will phase out the use of the name CreoScitex, which currently designates the operating division of the company that is focused on the graphic arts. In addition, the Creo logo will be updated and the company will seek shareholder

Allegra Networks to acquire Insty-Prints assets and franchise agreements 

Nov 19, 2001

Allegra Network LLC (formerly American Speedy Printing Centers, Inc.), (Troy, MI), has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the assets and franchise agreements of Insty-Prints, Inc. (Minneapolis). The transaction requires approval by shareholders of IPI, Inc. , parent company of Insty-Prints, which is expected later this year. The announcement was made by Allegra Network President and CEO William

Pitman to purchase LDR assets 

Nov 16, 2001

Pitman Co. (Totowa, NJ) announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Litho Development and Research (LDR) (Portland, OR). Assets to be acquired include LDR's sales and distribution facilities in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Denver. The transaction is expected to close by Dec. 1. Earlier this year, Pitman acquired PrintNation and Ad Vantage.

Presstek CFO to resign 

Nov 16, 2001

Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) announced that Neil Rossen, chief financial officer, will resign from the company effective December 31, 2001. The company is initiating a search for a new chief financial officer. "During his tenure, Neil has worked diligently to broaden Presstek's relationships with the financial community, both investment banks and commercial lenders. Neil was instrumental in securing

Kodak aquires Encad 

Nov 15, 2001

Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY) announced it will acquire ENCAD, Inc. (San Diego), a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, for approximately $25 million. The purchase price will be paid in Kodak stock or, under certain circumstances and at Kodak's option, in cash. ENCAD will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kodak. The acquisition makes Kodak one of the top three sellers of wide-format

Bush discusses economic recovery during Dixie Printing visit 

Nov 14, 2001

During a recent visit to Dixie Printing and Packaging Corp. (Glen Burnie, MD), President Bush rallied support for an economic stimulus package designed to keep the U.S. economy from faltering. The House of Representatives narrowly passed the bill that will help printers recoup depreciation costs more quickly. The House vote was 216-214 in favor of the $100 billion package. The Senate is expected to

ITEC acquires SourceOne Group 

Nov 14, 2001

Imaging Technologies Corporation (San Diego) has acquired SourceOne Group, Inc., a Virginia-based professional employer organization (PEO). SourceOne, a regional PEO, provides small to medium-sized businesses with payroll and human resource services. The company typically takes additional responsibility for providing health and workers’ compensation insurance and other benefits programs. For the six

PIA/GATF teleconferences address anthrax, economy 

Nov 13, 2001

GATF(Sewickley, PA) PIA (Alexandria, VA) announced they will conduct two educational teleconferences for their members. The first, to be held Nov. 27 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST), will discuss anthrax concerns. Participants will learn : The breadth of the anthrax contamination and the steps being taken by the USPS to protect the integrity of the mail Strategies your clients are implementing to

Xeikon files request for creditor protection in Belgium and France 

Nov 09, 2001

Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium), a supplier of production digital printing systems for a wide range of commercial and industrial printing applications, today announced that it filed a request for creditor protection under applicable Belgian legislation. The company's subsidiary in France, Xeikon France S.A., entered into a receivership proceeding under applicable French legislation. The company has

Oce acquires Gretag Professional Imaging division 

Nov 09, 2001

Océ N.V (Venlo, The Netherlands) and Gretag Imaging Group, Inc. (Bellingham, WA) announced Océ’s acquisition of Gretag’s Professional Imaging division. This division develops, produces and sells products for the wide-format display graphics market including color inkjet and photo laserprinters and RIPs for indoor as well as outdoor applications. The acquired division includes the following companies:

Mail-Well produces safety-oriented envelopes 

Nov 07, 2001

Mail-Well Inc. (Englewood, CO) has announced it will begin immediate production of two safety-oriented envelopes for its customers in response to "recent events affecting the U.S. postal system"--presumably, the spread of Anthrax through mail. The Visulope allows for visual detection of unusual substances prior to opening. It has an extra window at its bottom to show whether any foreign objects have

Xpanding document systems' horizons at Xplor 

Nov 06, 2001

Last week, I spent a few days at the Xplor International Global Conference & Exhibit in Orlando. Xplor International (Anaheim, CA) is a worldwide association representing more than 5,000 members in more than 2,500 companies that develop and use document systems technology. And what is a "document system?" Based on the exhibit, it consists of digital printing devices, software, mailing/distribution

Escher-Grad Technologies expands manufacturing operations 

Nov 05, 2001

Escher-Grad Technologies Inc. (Montreal) today announced a $1.5 million expansion of its manufacturing operations. These funds will be used to increase equipment, materials and manpower in response to the recent demand for the company's violet laser computer-to-plate imaging products, the Cobalt line of violet laser platesetters. Launched in 1999, the Cobalt-8 reportedly features the highest quality