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Apr 1, 1997 12:00 AM

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A CALL FOR ENTRIES The Pittsburgh-based Graphics Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) is seeking nominations for the InterTech Technology Awards. Since 1978, these awards have honored outstanding innovations in the graphic communication industries. To be considered, the technology must be recently developed and proven in industrial applications. Entries are judged by an independent panel of industry experts and users. Submissions are due June 2, 1997; winners will be notified on August 1.

The InterTech Awards will be presented at the GATF/ NTFS/PIA Joint Fall Conference in Boca Raton, FL, November 1-4. The entry fee for each nomination is $1,000. For nomination forms, contact Richard Warner, vice president and director of research, GATF InterTech Technology Awards, 4615 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; phone: (412) 621-3790, ext. 206.

INDIGO NAMES NEW MANAGEMENT Citing lackluster sales, Indigo N.V. has appointed a new senior management team. The Netherlands-based company named George Carlisle president of Indigo America to replace Frank Steenburgh. Wayland Hicks, the president and CEO of Indigo, N.V., also has stepped down.

The company has created a new reporting structure for Carlisle and Rafi Maor, president of Indigo Israel and general manager of operations, Roger Mattalon, president of Indigo Europe; and Shlomo Nimrodi, chief financial officer and chief staff officer. These senior executives will now report directly to chairman Benny Landa.

Carlisle, whose industry experience includes nine years at the helm of Scitex America, says that "the situation here is very strong. Our products are working well and our customers are making money."

Carlisle's goals include publicizing user success stories and expanding the company's distribution network.

SHEET-FED PRINTERS COMING TO CHICAGO Chicago is a city saddled with several nicknames that are either cliched: the Windy City; obscure: the City of Big Shoulders; or entirely obsolete: the Second City, Hog Butcher to the World, and so on. Fortunately, there's a good chance that in some circles Chicago will soon be known as the City That Prints. Because from May 18-20, the fifth annual Sheet-fed Pressroom Conference will convene at the Marriott O'Hare in Chicago.

Hosted by the National Assn. of Printers and Lithographers (NAPL) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), the conference showcases the latest technical, managerial and training ideas. Many industry notables will be speaking. John Campanelli, vice president of technology at R.R. Donnelley & Sons, will offer a sheet-fed perspective on computer-to-plate (CTP), digital printing, waterless printing and press automation technology issues. Buzz Webber of Cohber Printing will lead a panel of DRUPA 95 attendees in analyzing equipment performance as well as previewing Print '97.

For more information, contact GATF, Sheet-fed Pressroom Conference, 4615 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; phone: (800) 910-4283; FAX: (412) 621-3049.

WEB OFFSET GROUP TO MEET IN MAY The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN is the site of this year's Web Offset Assn. Meeting (WOA) to be held May 5-7. WOA, an affiliate of the Printing Industry of America (PIA), expects to attract more than 1,000 attendees with an agenda that includes tutorials on Digital SWOP, the Internet, On Press Personalization and Total Productivity Maintenance.

Retired General Norman Schwartzkopf will give the keynote address--other speakers include Charles G. Cavell, president and CEO of Quebecor Printing, Inc., nationally syndicated columnist Mark Shields and economist Dr. Gene Stanaland. For information, contact the PIA at (703) 519-8142.

"ENCOURAGING" LHUG MEETING The theme of the recent Linotype-Hell Users Group (LHUG) annual meeting was "Directions," and it lived up to its billing. Almost 200 users were on hand as Linotype-Hell Chairman Bernhard Schreir and Heidelberg USA President Niels Winther outlined post-acquisition strategies. (Heidelberg USA's parent company is completing its previously announced acquisition of Linotype-Hell.) Both executives emphasized Heidelberg's intention of becoming a systems solution vendor for the entire printing industry.

Predicting that film won't be disappearing soon, Schreir said that the firm will continue to provide scanners and imagesetters. On the CTP front, he urged attendees to make their platesetting purchases this year: "Don't wait for the thermal plates--they'll come." Heidelberg has not selected a plate manufacturer, but expects to support 1064 nanometer plates.

MAN ROLAND EXPANDS SUGANO PACT MAN Roland is now the exclusive North American distributor of Sugano diecutters and folder-gluers and has formed a converting products business unit.

"For the past five years, Sugano products have established a reliable track record of quality and service for MAN Roland," notes Donald Bence, MAN Roland's general manager, converting equipment. "This new arrangement gives us more direct input into product development and manufacture." Bence, as the head of the new business unit, will coordinate the marketing of Sugano's diecutters and folder-gluers with MAN Roland presses.

The diecutters are primarily used by the folding carton industry, but commercial printers represent a growing market. The Sugano equipment is available in four model sizes for MAN Roland's 300, 700 and 900 sheet-fed presses. It can be configured with diecutting, stripping and delivery station for printers and trade binderies, or with an additional blanking station for folding carton and tag applications.

PIA CALLS FOR BENNY ENTRIES The Printing Industries Assn. of America (PIA), Alexandria, VA, is seeking entries for the 1997 Premier Print Awards. Materials are due May 1, 1997, for these awards honoring outstanding achievements in print media.

Any individual, business or organization involved in the creation or production of print communication may enter. The 1997 competition is sponsored by Gerber Systems, Heidelberg, Kodak Professional, Sun Chemical, Utica National Insurance Group and Westvaco.

Last year's contest drew 5,400 entries--75 won the Benny, the highest honor--while more than 1,460 companies were given awards of recognition and certificates of merit. For more information, call the Premier Print Awards hotline: (800) 315-9149.

POLAROID EXEC PURSUES PROOFING Polaroid Corp., (Cambridge, MA) has named Richard C. Close divisional vice president and general manager of its graphics imaging business. Close succeeds Fred Tuffile who has been appointed vice president for technology of the company's new business group.

"I'm delighted to have Richard joining our team," comments Robert M. Delahunt, senior vice president. Delahunt adds that Close's industry experience will serve him well in his new post.

Close comes to Polaroid from Computer Identics Corp., a maker of industrial scanning and control systems. Before joining Computer Identics in 1993, he served as divisional vice president of Kodak Co.'s printing and publishing unit. From 1987 to 1993, Close was responsible for digital graphics arts products, including Kodak's Approval direct digital color system.

In a recent telephone interview, Close said that Polaroid is preparing to launch a family of proofers. "The proofing market is experiencing double-digit growth--the margins are better compared to some of the more commodity-oriented segments of the market. This is a great opportunity for us."

Polaroid's new proofers will offer total page proofing of color and black-and-white images as well as text. "On the high end, our DDCP model can do multiple colors, spot varnish, spot colors and metal colors up to seven layers," explains Close. "Our Dry Jet addresses midmarket needs. Both models are similar in terms of colormetrics--the key difference is that the high-end model is halftone and the mid-market is contone." The Dry Jet will be launched this spring, while the DDCP will debut in the third quarter.