Pantone forms custom-color division 

Jun 11, 2002

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 Printing & Imaging Assn. survey now available 

Jun 05, 2002

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 expands peer-group effort 

Jun 05, 2002

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

RIT realignment expands print education opportunities 

Jun 04, 2002

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 debuts multi-site spectrodensitometer 

Jun 04, 2002

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 names David Bowden director of research 

Jun 04, 2002

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 conducts Midwest digital proofing seminars 

Jun 04, 2002

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 to acquire S&S Graphics 

Jun 04, 2002

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 expands sign-, banner-printing capabilities 

May 30, 2002

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 sells label division 

May 29, 2002

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,

PDF shootout planned 

May 29, 2002

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 open house June 18, 19 

May 29, 2002

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

GATF begins Rotoman installation 

May 24, 2002

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


May 24, 2002

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

Omaha pressroom boss wins web-press skills competition 

May 24, 2002

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

CAP Ventures acquires InfoTrends Research Group 

May 21, 2002

CAP Ventures, Inc. (Norwell, MA), a consulting and research firm serving the digital business and visual communications industry, has acquired InfoTrends Research Group, Inc., a consulting firm that tracks the digital photography, Internet imaging, image processing and scanning markets.. InfoTrends will retain the InfoTrends brand as a subsidiary of CAP Ventures, Inc. Founder Kristy Holch will remain

Nipson America, Nipson SAS established 

May 20, 2002

Nipson America has been formed, and will assume marketing, sales and support for the line of digital presses throughout North America. Alain Flament, former director of business development for Xeikon America's black-and-white products, will assume the position of president of this new U.S. subsidiary. Nipson America will be headquartered in Chicago, IL, and will maintain a nationwide staff of sales,

Heidelberg announces ‘Summer University’ 

May 20, 2002

Heidelberg's Print Media Academy (Heidelberg, Germany) will be launching its first ever "Summer University" program in August, aimed at owners and managers of printing companies and media businesses. Fees for the international six-day training course are $2,500, and do not cover travel and accommodation costs. The Summer University will focus on topics such as innovation management, marketing and

MAY ONLINE ARTICLE: Developing training programs 

May 20, 2002

One of the greatest challenges for graphic-arts companies is hiring and training employees. According to Jim Clark, process improvement manager at McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. (Saline, MI), and president of the Assn. for Graphic Arts Training (AGAT), employers must establish a training program that not only assesses current skills and requirements, but also maps out ongoing employee development. He notes

QTI, Penn Graphics sign stacker bundler licensing agreement 

May 17, 2002

QTI (Sussex, WI), manufacturer of auxiliary controls for web-offset printing, has signed a licensing agreement with Penn Graphics (Hamburg, PA), conferring exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights for the SMC Horizontal stacker and bundler product line to Penn Graphics. Under terms of the agreement, Penn Graphics will offer the following models: 650 horizontal brick stacker, 700ILF stacker,

RIT's School of Print Media announces enhancements; Pellow to replace Romano as chair 

May 17, 2002

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Rochester, NY) has unveiled expanded programs and other enhancements at its newly named School of Print Media (SPM). Formerly known as the School of Printing Management and Sciences, SPM was developed in response to advances in digital technology. Enhancements include new-media publishing and graphic-media curricula at undergraduate and graduate levels.

INX International reorganizes 

May 16, 2002

Ink manufacturer INX International Ink Co. (Elk Grove Village, IL) has reorganized into three divisions--Offset Ink, Liquid Ink and Metal Deco Ink. Each division consists of sales and marketing, R&D, technical service and production resources. The divisional approach will reportedly enable INX to concentrate expertise on a specific product-line level, while field operations will allow for delivering

Enfocus launches PDF/X initiative 

May 16, 2002

Enfocus Software (San Mateo, CA), publisher of Adobe PDF tools, has launched a multilevel PDF/X initiative designed to offer comprehensive training and support to PDF users (creators and receivers) working toward PDF/X compliance. Detailed information on the initiative will be available at, which is currently being built. The initiative includes co-sponsorship of "The PDF/X Guide"

Apple introduces OS X server hardware 

May 15, 2002

Apple (Cupertino, CA) has introduced Xserve, server hardware for its UNIX-based OS X server software. It can hold nearly half a terabyte of data per machine, and more than 20 terabytes per 42U rack. The server’s 1U rack-optimized design enables users to stack up to 42 units--or up 84 PowerPC G4 processors--in an eight-ft.-tall rack, with up to 630 gigaflops of processing. Xserve also features Server

IPA bestows Fuji’s Warter with Leonard Holzinger Award, unveils new logo 

May 15, 2002

Larry Warter, director of new business development at Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. (Hanover Park, IL), has been awarded the International Prepress Assn.’s (IPA) (Edina, MN) Leonard Holzinger Award in recognition of his contributions to the IPA and the graphic communication industry. Warter received the award at IPA’s Premedia 2002 technical seminar taking place May 14-16 in Chicago. He is a member of the