Printcafe Software, Inc. (Pittsburgh) today announced its initial public offering of 3,750,000 shares of its common stock at an offering price of $10 per share. Printcafe has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 462,000 shares to cover over-allotments, if any. All shares will be sold by Printcafe Software. UBS Warburg LLC is acting as the managing underwriter for the
Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) and MAN Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL) have entered into an agreement to combine the capabilities of Presstek’s Dimension400 CTP systems and chemistry-free Anthem plates with MAN Roland’s six-up press lines: the Roland 300 and the new Roland 500. A Presstek Dimension400 CTP system is now installed at MAN Roland’s Westmont, IL Graphic/Training Center, and will digitally image
IPA / The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers (Edina, MN) has posted the presentations given at its annual spring conference at http://www.ipa.org/conferences/tech2002 Topics include: process control color management standards (PDF & PDF/X, XML, JDF, etc.) digital asset management remote technologies digital printing computer integrated manufacturing final file exchange digital photography
D&K (Elk Grove Village, IL) announced that the Xerox Finishing Lab (Rochester, NY) has validated its new thermal film, SuperStick, for use on the DocuColor 2060 and 2040. Additional printers are in the process of being tested. The patent-pending SuperStick thermal film for digital, on-demand and other challenging substrates was introduced earlier this year. SuperStick can be used for prints produced
Xeikon International (Lier, Belgium) has appointed Joost Verbrugge the new CEO of Xeikon International. Verbrugge was CEO of Barconet until the end of last year, when the U.S.-based Scientific Atlanta acquired the company. Prior to that, he held the position of president for Barco Asia. Jan Van Daele, the former president of Xeikon R&D who served as interim CEO when Punch International acquired the
Goss International Corp. (Westmont, IL) has appointed Robert A. Brown as chief executive officer. Brown also will serve on the company's board of directors. Brown joins Goss with over 20 years of experience in the printing press systems industry, including a number of engineering, manufacturing, sales and management positions. Most recently, Brown served as president and CEO of Heidelberg Web Systems,
At its recent Connect 2002 user conference, PrintCafe (Pittsburgh)introduced PrintSmith Composer, an optional add-on module that enables printers to publish variable-data documents on their PrintSmith Site. PrintSmith is Web-based print management software suitable for commercial-print operations. PrintSmith Composer features two unique components: Design Composer and Document Composer. Design Composer
Konica Business Technologies, Inc. (Windsor, CT), has formed Konica Professional Services and Support (KPSS) group to deliver the engineering and service support for its document processing systems. KPSS unites a diversity of skill sets and experience under one organization. As a result, Konica will now have over 80 engineers with a broad range of support capabilities and certifications from the mainframe
Royse Manufacturing Co. (Dallas) has completed its previously announced acquisition of TriService’s sheet-fed and narrow web business. Both companies are known in the lithographic industry in the area of ancillary support equipment. Royse will assume control of the Tri-Service brand name, product line, Chicago-based manufacturing, service, and installation functions related to its business operations.
Presstek, Inc.'s (Hudson, NH) announced that its new senior management team has completed its business review and has begun the implementation of its strategic repositioning plans. Presstek's Lasertel subsidiary is largely unaffected by these changes and will continue to supply Presstek with its laser diodes for its imaging systems. "The refocusing of our business on the marketing and commercialization
Pantone, Inc. (Calstadt, NJ), has formed a new division: Pantone Custom Color Services. It will provide custom color standards for corporate managers and art directors in fashion, home, contract design, paint, beauty, automotive, sports, pharmaceutical--any industry requiring color accuracy. Pantone vice president Michael Garin will direct the division. "For many companies, color is synonymous with
Digital graphics firms (digital printers) are becoming more focused and more specialized, according to the new Digital Printing & Imaging Assn. (DPI) (Fairfax, VA) "2002 Markets Survey Report." The survey, conducted among 3,200 U.S. digital printers, offers relevant information on the digital-printing market. Report highlights include: More than 18 percent of respondents have been in business for
PIA (Alexandria, VA) has launched a campaign to expand its 13-year-old peer-networking group program. Premier PEN will be a managed peer network that will offer customized group programs, services and knowledge to printing executives who want to take their business to the next level. Each member of Premier PEN will be grouped with 10 to 15 non-competing peers from across the U.S. and Canada. PEN groups
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Rochester, NY), announced that its industry education programs are now incorporated within the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The programs are a key component of RIT Printing Industry Center, a forum for printing companies and associations to build partnerships. Education seminars are available at RIT or can be customized for delivery onsite. Topics
X-Rite (Grandville, MI) announced the 939 portable 0°/45° spectrodensitometer for multi-site and multi-unit users. It features a new, high-resolution, 31-point spectral engine that reportedly yields an average agreement of .15 delta-E and a maximum of .30 delta-E. The spectrodensitometer can store more than 3,000 color references and samples and is said to be easy to calibrate for either black-and-white
Bestcolor (USA) (West Chester, OH) the North American subsidiary of Best GmbH, has named David Bowden director of research. Bowden holds several patents relating to color management and has more than 25 years experience in the application of color theory to printing and publishing with companies that incude X-Rite, Color Savvy Systems and Minolta.
London Litho (Lincolnwood, IL) has announced a series fo seminars demonstrating the newly SWOP-certified CGS Publishing Technologies International's (Minneapolis) ORIS digital proofing system. The seminars will be held at London Litho branches across the Midwest. Attendees can compare the output of their current contract proofer or press output to that produced using the ORIS Color Tuner workflow
Consolidated Graphics (Houston) has signed a definitive agreement for the acquistion of the business and assets of S&S Graphics Inc. (Laurel, MD), a half-web and sheetfed printing company serving the Baltimore/Washington DC metropolitan area. George Solan, founder and president of S&S Graphics, will remain with the company following the acquisition. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Kinko’s (Dallas) has launched the Kinko’s Sign and Banner Centers. The new centers extend Kinko’s existing nationwide sign, poster and banner capabilities with a growing network of dedicated departments within existing Kinko’s locations. Kinko’s Sign and Banner Centers are currently open in more than 20 markets around the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Los Angeles.
Mail-Well, Inc. (Englewood, CO) has completed the sale of its Mail-Well Label Div. for an undisclosed amount. The purchaser is Renaissance Mark, a privately held company owned by Greg Mosher and Arsenal Capital Partners (Denver). "The sales of our label division is a key step in the implementation of our strategic plan, narrowing our lines of business and reducing our debt load," says Paul Reilly,
Seybold Publications and Seybold Seminars will release results and analysis of a new competitive test on PDF workflow for print production, as well as results of a survey on PDF usage, Sept. 10 during Seybold San Francisco 2002. The test, or shootout, and survey are designed to measure the effectiveness of PDF in the printing and publishing industries. Phase one of the shootout will measure how different
Drent Goebel host an open house June 18 and 19 in Eerbeek, Holland. Visitors will see live print demonstrations of flexible packaging on a six-color variable-sleeve offset printing (VSOP) press. A fast, six-color print job change with 12 offset sleeves will be an integral part of the demo. The open house will include an English-spoken seminar on VSOP. The VSOP project is run in cooperation with a
Installation has begun of a four-unit Rotoman web offset press in the research and training facility of GATF (Sewickley, PA). The system arrived one year after MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) signed its pledge to donate the Rotoman to GATF. GATF’s Rotoman is a four-couple press integrated with a 1:2:3 combination folder. It is equipped with Power Plate Loading (PPL), AC shaftless drives, and MAN Roland’s
This is an exclusive online sidebar to May's "CTP moves forward" article. CTP used to be the sole domain of the big guys. While computer-to-polyester-plate has been a viable option for smaller printers (and polyester-plate and imagesetter manufacturers agree that quality on these plates has increased significantly since the first-generation products), metal-plate imaging has still been out of reach
Mark Tays, a pressroom manager for the Webco Printing Co. (Omaha, NE), took top honors in a Web Press Skills Contest at the Web Offset Assn.’s annual meeting earlier this month. The competition, sponsored by MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) and GATF (Sewickley, PA), was conducted on a pair of Web Offset Training Simulators provided by Sinapse Graphic International. The tournament put the contestants’ trouble-shooting