Koenig & Bauer AG's (KBA) supervisory board has appointed a new CFO, Axel Kaufmann, effective October 1, 2010. While the creation of the new post was prompted by the growing complexity of financial processes and regulations, KBA reports, it will also allow president and CEO Helge Hansen to focus more intensely on the group's strategic realignment. Kaufmann's experience includes playing an instrumental
While early 2010 data showed a pickup vs. 2009, the latest Printing Business Conditions data indicates U.S. printers are not yet seeing steady growth.
Visit Graph Expo now AMERICAN PRINTER is sponsoring Graph Expo 2010: A Virtual Preview. It's a free interactive tour of new equipment and products as well as a convenient way to network with industry experts and to plan your show agenda. The Virtual Preview also features presentations from industry experts including Frank Romano, Jim Hamilton, Mary Redmond and Jeff Hayzlett. Vistors can view their
Thanks to Stephen Sondheim and Elaine Stritch, I was familiar with Ladies Who Lunch. But I only just learned about Girls Who Print, a LinkedIn group founded about a year ago. (Thanks to Concord Litho for sharing the news on its Twitter feed.) First things first. Men are welcome to join Girls Who Print. We have fun teasing them, says Mary Beth Smith, the group's founder. If they can stand the heat,
There are dozens of professional associations for people in the graphic communications industry, but there is only one professional association for print-oriented graphic communications education: the Intl. Graphic Arts Education Assn., or IGAEA (www.igaea.org). While the focus is education, the IGAEA encourages membership from industry. Many companies including Heidelberg USA, Hurst Chemical Co.,
I have been asked many times, “What is the proper way to control ink color during the press run? Should solid ink density or gray balance be used?” To properly answer the question, a series of press runs under very controlled conditions recently was conducted using three different types of paper and two variables, to ascertain the benefits of two control points.
Presstek (Greenwich, CT) has hired former Pitman Co. president Joe Demharter as vice president of sales. Merced, CA printer BrightDart (www.brightdart.com) has hired John Cordero as production manager. Chicago-based Affinity Express Inc. (www.affinityexpress.com) has hired David Kang as executive vice president and chief digital officer. Niles, IL-based JohnsByrne Co. (www.johnsbyrne.com) has appointed
Response rates always are on the minds of business executives when thinking of gathering feedback from customers. You don't want to annoy your customers or tick them off by surveying them. How many of us have received that dreaded phone call? We try to be polite, but it can be an annoyance. How many of us got those census calls over the past year? I had to block the 877 number that just kept coming
Edison Lithographing & Printing Corp. (North Bergen, NJ), founded over 50 years ago, has built its reputation on doing more than paying lip service to quality and customer service. We act on it, says CEO George Gross. Edison is not afraid of change, and we understand the need to be constantly moving forward. G7 has enabled us to provide our customers with the highest possible quality while not impeding
Graph Expo is just around the corner Did you catch the Graph Expo 2010 Virtual Preview? View the presentations and more at www.graphexpo.com/virtualpreview. Graph Expo convenes October 3, 2010, at Chicago's McCormick Place. Highlights include the preshow Executive Outlook Conference; numerous colocated user group meetings; educational seminars on a wide range of industry topics; and nearly 500 exhibitors
Los Angeles printer Lithographix Inc. (www.lithographix.com) has expanded and updated with a new Mitsubishi 40-inch, 8-color sheetfed press with UV capability and retrofitting its other 40-inch press for UV. Lithographix recently installed two new 6-color, 8-ft.-wide Durst Rho 800 UV flatbed high-speed printers; and two new Durst Rho 500R Superwide (16 ft.) digital UV printers. Seattle printer Olympus
G7 can be very valuable to printers beyond simply being able to use the G7 logo to attract customers. Most successful G7 printers benefit from faster makereadies, improved ability to do reprints and color match between presses, as well as reduced waste and labor costs. Getting all these benefits requires more than simply becoming G7 Qualified. One of the fundamental concepts behind G7 is having a
I've been around more than the majority of AMERICAN PRINTER readers. That leads me to feel trepidation about writing this column, so let me provide a word of warning: It isn't intended as a discourse about the good old days. The good old days weren't all that good At least, they weren't better than the present. There always have been recessions, employees who won't work overtime, customers that don't
The G7 name represents its grayscale calibration technique and the seven ISO ink colors it requires.
Norcross, GA-based paper, packaging and supplies distributor Unisource Worldwide Inc. (www.unisourcelink.com) has committed a $100,000 grant to The Print Council if other members match that amount through pledges by September 30, 2010. With this additional funding, The Print Council will strengthen its ongoing efforts to support paper-based communication in an increasingly digital world, says Unisource
Taylor Corp. is known within the world of printing as the parent of trade thermographer Carlson Craft. It is better known to its neighbors and the general public through the common ownership it shares with the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team.
The U.S. Postal Service Governors have recommended postage price increases that fall between 4% and 6% for the majority of products and services.
In any company, neglecting to carry out a business plan throughout its entire life cycle can negatively impact its value when ownership decides to sell. Six critical elements must be in place before executing a successful sale of your print and graphic communications operation
InfoTrends' (Weymouth, MA) U.S. Production Printing & Copying Market Forecast for 2009-2014 predicts color printing will increasingly erode the black-and-white market in terms of placements and impressions, rising from 65% share of revenue in 2009 to 77% in 2014. According to the forecast, In terms of impressions, it is important to note that a significant number of monochrome pages are being printed
The National Assn. for Printing Leadership (NAPL) (www.napl.org), announced its 2009 Management Plus Award recipients at the 2010 Top Management Conference in February. This year, 18 companies were recognized with Gold, Silver and Merit awards, along with this year's William K. Marrinan Hall of Fame recipient Classic Graphics (Charlotte, NC). Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and CEO, says, They
Sussex, WI-based Quad/Graphics (www.qg.com) is closing five plants as part of its ongoing integration following the acquisition of World Color Press Inc. (Worldcolor). The company expects operations to cease at the following plants by the end of 2010: Clarksville, Tenn.; Corinth, Miss.; Lebanon, Ohio; Reno, Nev.; and Dyersburg, Tenn. Worldcolor had announced plans to close the Dyersburg plant in the
NAPL chief economist Andy Paparozzi and industry consultant Steven Schnoll will host this year's Executive Outlook conference, themed, “The challenge of change in the new era of print.” The conference will be held Saturday, October 2, the day before Graph Expo opens.
InterACT take-aways for in-plant printers