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Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM


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Key Executive Appointments, Acquisitions and Product Developments

PEOPLE:

GOSS:
Richard Nichols replaced Jochen Meissner as CEO in June 2012. Nichols, a former president of Terex Cranes (Westport, CT) has spent most of his career in the mining and construction industries.

HEIDELBERG:
Chief executive Bernhard Schreier will step down at the end of 2012, after 13 years in the top job, almost 40 years with the company. Dr Gerold Linzbach, a former chief executive of D+S Europe, assumed the CEO duties as of September 1, 2012. Linzbach, who holds degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering, has served in various roles with the DECHEMA Institute, McKinsey, Hoechst, Aventis, Symrise and D+S over the course of his career.

MANRO LAND WEB SYSTEMS:
Eckhard Horner-Marass was recently appointed to the press vendor’s vacant managing director position. Horner-Marass has a strong background in manufacturing, having spent more than a decade on the management boards of various large German companies.

OPERATIONS:

PRESSTEK: Subject to shareholder approval, MAI Holdings is expected to close its acquisition of Presstek during Q4 2012. MAI Holdings also owns Mark Andy—it acquired the flexo press vendor in 2008.

“This transaction is a positive one for Presstek, its employees and customers,” said Brian Wolfenden, Presstek’s director of marketing communications. “It assures that Presstek will be here for the long haul and that we will have the resources available to invest and grow the company.”

MANRO LAND SHEETFED: The press vendor has generated a positive cash flow in the first five months since its sale to Langley Holdings, according to a statement issued at the end of July 2012. Chairman Tony Langley said Manroland Sheetfed is “standing on its own feet financially, which I expect it will continue to do so, albeit at a much reduced level to that enjoyed just a few years ago.”

MITSUBISHI: As announced in 2011, M.L.P USA left its former

Lincolnshire, IL, headquarters to join the company’s Corrugating Machinery Division facility in Hunt Valley, MD. The two units have now merged. “The Corrugating and Printing Machinery Division” will handle business activities associated with Mitsubishi sheetfed, commercial web and newspaper presses, as well as corrugators, box making machines and corrugating rolls.

‘DIGITAL ON DEMAND’
At drupa, Komori teamed with Konica Minolta to unveil two prototypes: a 29-inch sheetfed machine and a 20-inch webfed machine (Impremia IS29 and IW20, respectively). Go here to see demo B2MeMag.com/3S99

INSTALLATIONS/ NEW PRODUCTS

TKS: Newsweb Corp. (Chicago) signed a letter of intent for the JETLEADER 1500 digital inkjet press. At drupa, the press printed the Wall Street Journal USA daily edition as well as other products, including tabloid and book formats.

Newsweb prints community, college, and ethnic newspapers and also works closely with clients in public relations, event planning and the fine arts. TKS (USA), Inc. will be attending Graph Expo 2012, October 7–10, 2012.

KOMORI: An offset gravure press line for producing printed electronics (PE) was unveiled at the Touch Taiwan exhibition held August 29–31, 2012. The PEPIO F20 flatbed gravure offset press can print touchpanels on glass and film. The PEPIO R20 is a continuous roll-to-roll gravure offset press for printing fine lines on film. “Komori is an expert in precision manufacturing,” says Kosh Miyao, President and COO of Komori America. “[This announcement] reinforces Komori’s drupa 2012 message that we are expanding into new markets.”

RYOBI: Ferrostaal North America is marketing the new Ryobi 760E 6-up series. Like Ryobi’s 750, the 760E series has a double-diameter impression and transfer cylinders. Rated at a maximum of 13,000 sph, it features a large delivery pile capacity and a compact footprint. Its maximum paper size is 30.12 x 23.62 inches.

KBA: Announced in March 2011, the KBA/Donnelley digital press collaboration was unveiled at drupa 2012. The RotaJET 76 is a high-volume web-fed inkjet press that prints with water-based pigment inks. Applications include on-demand four-color books, brochures, direct mail and magazines. Rated at 493 fpm, it has a web width of 30.7 inches, corresponding to approximately 3,000 A4 pages/min or 85 million pages per month. In personnel news, Oliver Baar, formerly with HP as an Indigo marketing manager, joined KBA earlier this year as project manager for digital web presses.