TAGA to host microelectronics event 

Aug 29, 2002

In April, the Technical Assn. of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) (Rochester, NY) set out on a long-term initiative to bring together innovators from the graphic arts and those from nanotechnology and microelectronic technology. The organization’s first effort was to create a microtechnology forum, TAGAMicroTech@printplanet.com. And now, TAGA is hosting its first MicroTech Forum, Oct. 7 and 8, at the Univ.

Banta names Streeter president, CEO 

Aug 28, 2002

Banta Corp. (Menasha, WI) has named Stephanie A. Streeter president and CEO, effective Oct. 1. Current Banta chairman and CEO Donald D. Belcher will continue as chairman until his retirement in April 2004. Streeter has served as president and COO since January 2001, and was elected to the Banta board of directors in July 2001. Prior to joining Banta, she was COO of idealab!, a Pasadena, CA-based Internet

Quad/Graphics unveils online conversion service 

Aug 28, 2002

Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI) has launched QuadColor (www.quadcolor.com), an online resource that reportedly offers high-quality RGB to CMYK conversions and alterations of digital images. The service, for publishers, catalogers, ad agencies, image stock houses, photo studios and other businesses, boasts one-day-or-less turnaround, aiming to reduce the workflow process of converting digital images to

Polly USA acquired by Grafitec 

Aug 27, 2002

Polly USA (Jacksonville, FL), formerly the independent distributor and exclusive marketer of Polly sheetfed offset presses in the U.S. and Canada, has been acquired by Polly press manufacturer Grafitec, s.r.o., headquartered in the Czech Republic. Polly USA will operate and be managed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Grafitec and continue its North American operations from its Jacksonville location.

NPES, AIIM launch PDF archiving project 

Aug 27, 2002

NPES The Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (Reston, VA) and the Assn. for Information and Image Management, International (AIIM) (Silver Spring, MD) have initiated a joint project to develop an international standard that defines PDF for archiving and preserving documents. The project, currently referred to as PDF/A, will reportedly address the need to electronically

PIA/SD offers supervisory seminars 

Aug 26, 2002

The Printing Industries Assn. of San Diego (PIA/SD) will hold six seminars for supervisors this fall. The sessions will be led by Doug Moore, vice president of human relations for PIA Southern California, and will cover supervisory topics and best practices for the printing industry. According to Moore, the classes will discuss everyday problems, questions and requirements faced by line supervisors

Xeikon America appoints Verheye president, CEO 

Aug 26, 2002

Ivan Verheye has been appointed president and CEO of Punch International subsidiary Xeikon America, Inc. (Wood Dale, IL). Verheye will also continue as president of Punch’s Strobbe, Inc., a manufacturer of CTP and prepress system for the business-forms and direct-mail industries, a position he has held since 1984. Paul Peyrebrune, who has served as Xeikon American president and CEO since July 1997,

RDP Marathon, Drent Goebel strategic alliance 

Aug 26, 2002

Narrow-web-press manufacturers RDP Marathon Inc. (Montreal, QC) and Drent Goebel (Eerbeek, Holland) have signed a strategic marketing alliance. Under terms of the agreement, RDP Marathon will market and support Drent Goebel narrow-web products in the U.S. and Canada, including the Novaprint series and Vision/VSOP (variable-sleeve offset printing) shaftless web presses. Drent Goebel will market RDP’s

New DPI member directory 

Aug 23, 2002

The Digital Printing & Imaging Assn. (DPI) (Fairfax, VA) will release its 2002-2003 membership directory, with listings of all members as of May. The directory includes both active (graphics producer) and associate (manufacturer and supplier) members, with complete contact information and a brief company description for each. Publication and distribution will occur in the months prior to the DPI Conference,

AIMCAL and CEMA boards vote to merge 

Aug 23, 2002

The board of directors of the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) (Fort Mill, SC) and the board of trustees of the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) (Springfield, NJ) have voted to merge the two organizations under AIMCAL. If approved by the memberships of both groups, the merger will create an AIMCAL organization of more than 200 member companies,

American Litho opens new plate facility 

Aug 23, 2002

American Litho Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI) has opened a new plate manufacturing facility which will reportedly take the company from a capacity of 25 million sq. ft. to more than 75 million sq. ft. The new building will house EC-grained and multi-grained plate manufacturing capabilities, allowing the company to produce plates up to 54 inches in width. American Litho offers a full range of analog plates

Bobst Group to host open house 

Aug 23, 2002

Bobst Group Inc. is planning to host "Direction 'O2," an open house for the corrugated and folding carton industries, at its Roseland, NJ, facility Sept. 19-25. Scheduled equipment demonstrations include: For folding carton production--the Sprintera 106-PER Autoplaten diecutter; the SP Evoline 102-E Plus diecutter; the SP 104-ER diecutter; the Alpina 130 A3 folder-gluer with Cartonpack II and Easyfeeder

Verheye named president, CEO of Xeikon America 

Aug 22, 2002

Punch International (St-Marten-Latem, Belgium) has appointed Ivan Verheye president and CEO of its subsidiary Xeikon America, Inc.(Wood Dale, IL). Verheye will combine this role with that of President of Strobbe, Inc., already part of the Punch Group, a position he has held since 1984. Paul Peyrebrune, who has served as Xeikon America’s president and CEO since July 1997, has agreed to remain with

Printing business indicators continue to decline 

Aug 22, 2002

Key printing business indicators continued to decline in May, June and July, according to NAPL's July Printing Business Conditions Special Update. Despite the decline, NAPL expects the recovery to continue and activity to accelerate this fall, although the anticipated recovery will be too little too late: Total print sales for 2002 are expected to decline, marking the second year of shrinking sales.

Creo to acquire ScenicSoft 

Aug 16, 2002

Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) today signed a definitive agreement to acquire software producer ScenicSoft, Inc. (Lynwood, WA). Under the terms of the agreement, Creo will acquire ScenicSoft for approximately $9.5 million in a combination of cash, equity and an assumption of liabilities. "After working in partnership with ScenicSoft for the last eight years, Creo welcomes ScenicSoft's market-leading software

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - Southern CA 

Aug 14, 2002

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Large international company headquartered in Southern California seeking Product Development Manager: BS Chemical or Mechanical Engineer Strong leadership skills 5+ years of Process experience in web handling, laminating & coating paper and film Experience with UV and E-beam process Knowledge of SPC & other related quality control methods Experience in adhesives, coatings,

PRODUCT MANAGER - Camas, WA 

Aug 14, 2002

PRODUCT MANAGER Tidland Corporation, a Maxcess International Company, is looking for a Product Manager for the Winding Business (Air Shafts, Chucks, Brakes and other accessory products). Position is based in our Camas, Washington location. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in managing a technical/engineered product as well as a proven track-record in: New product development

Tom Quadracci takes helm at Quad/Graphics 

Aug 14, 2002

Tom Quadracci has taken on the role of president and CEO at Quad/Graphics (Pewaukee, WI). He replaces his brother and company co-founder, Harry, who passed away just a few weeks ago. In a public statement released to the public on Aug. 12, the company said, "Tom is a familiar leader to Quad/Graphics employees and to those among the company's clientele and the greater graphic-arts industry... [he]

Chicago to host Graph Expo 

Aug 13, 2002

GRAPH EXPO: Executive Outlook session/presenter list announced 

Aug 12, 2002

GASC has announced the program topics for the Executive Outlook conference, which will take place Oct. 5 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, just prior to the opening of Graph Expo. The topics and speakers are as follows: Emerging technologies and shifting opportunities: William C. Lamparter, president, PrintCom Consulting Group and conference chair Economics, critical trends and competition redefine

NAPL honors Fujifilm's Larry Warter 

Aug 07, 2002

NAPL (Paramus, NJ) has awarded Fujifilm's Lawrence C. Warter with its Technical Leadership Award. The annual award is given to an invidual "who in all respects, personifies the principles of craftsmanship." The award recognizes definable achievement in technical leadership for the graphic arts industry and can be demonstrated through work in associations or practical technological achievement or intervention.

New U.S. management team for Bobst 

Aug 07, 2002

Bobst Group (Roseland, NJ) has announced a new executive management team. Philippe Michel, president of Bobst Group for 10 years, has transferred back to Switzerland, taking a position in the overall group management of the company. The company also announced that Michael Fiaux has been named CEO; Christopher Raney has been named vice president, folding carton products; and Alain Jendly has been named

Graphic arts industry mourns Harry Quadracci 

Jul 30, 2002

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) (Alexandria, VA) mourn the death of Harry V. Quadracci, 66, president and founder of Quad/Graphics, the largest privately held printing company in the industry. Quadracci is survived by his wife, Betty, and four children. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quadracci family," said Michael Makin, CEO of PIA

PIA report estimates size and state of U.S. print market 

Jul 29, 2002

PIA (Alexandria, VA) has released the latest edition of its "Print Market Atlas." Presenting data on national, regional, state and local print markets for 2001, the Atlas supplies an estimate of the size of the U.S. printing industry and breaks down data by print market segments and employee size of establishments. The report is organized into four main sections: print product and service markets,

Presstek, Creo announce CTP bundling agreement 

Jul 26, 2002

Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) and Creo Inc. (Vancouver, BC) have formed an agreement whereby Presstek’s Anthem chemistry-free thermal plate can be bundled with new sales of Creo four- and eight-page Trendsetter Quantum CTP systems in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Presstek had announced in April that Creo had successfully qualified the processless Anthem plate for use on the thermal Trendsetter Quantum,