MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) has launched the North American chapter of PowerPrinters, a user group for MAN Roland operators. As part of the launch, MAN Roland offered a week-long advanced printing course at its Graphic/Training Center. The PowerPrinters course concentrates on a different operational area on each of its five days. Classroom presentations are limited to an hour each day to maximize prepping
Industry commentator and analyst Dr. Joe Webb (Harrisville, RI) has built a new website, www.drjoewebb.com, for printing and publishing executives. The site offers exclusive reports, personalized feedback via a special question-and-answer section and a new program for sales lead development.
Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) has installed a Ryobi 3404DI direct-imaging (DI) press at its demonstration center, and has also completed a comprehensive DI training session for Ryobi dealers. The Ryobi 3404DI is an A3 (two-page), four-color offset DI press that uses Presstek’s ProFire imaging and PEARLdry thermal plate technology. The primary markets for this press are commercial, quick and in-plant
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) is teaming up with the International Publishing Management Association (IPMA) (Liberty, MO) to present a series of digital road shows aimed at educating existing in-plant and corporate customers and prospects. The road show seminars focus on strategies for marketing the in-plant's digital printing capabilities. Seminar topics include ideas on how to match current needs and
Time Inc., a division of AOL Time Warner, has renewed an agreement to use WAM!NET's (Eagan, MN) managed networking and data-storage services as part of its production workflow. WAM!NET is used to connect Time’s New York headquarters with 10 U.S. printers and provide secure, remote access to almost one terabyte of digital content. Time, which produces multiple publication versions to more than 268
ScenicSoft, Inc. (Lynnwood, WA), a print and prepress software provider, and Müller Martini (Hauppauge, NY) have announced a working CIP3 link based on the PPF format. This link connects ScenicSoft's print-production planning tool, UpFront, and Müller Martini's saddlestitching systems. The two companies will demonstrate the CIP3 link at Ipex. The introduction of CIP3 integration reportedly cuts the
Agfa Graphic Systems (Ridgefield Park, NJ) and the Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) are co-sponsoring a series of PDF and digital proofing seminars. The workshops, being held April 8-11 in various locations in North and South Carolina, will focus on issues related to PDF and digital proofing. Topics for the seminar include "Distiller vs. Normalizer," "Digital Proofing: Your Options Kept Simple"
Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Lake Success, NY) has placed first in overall market share for copiers in the U.S. in 2001, according to Gartner Dataquest. This marks Canon’s fourth consecutive year in this position. The Dataquest studies focused on market share for color, and for black-and-white copiers of both digital and analog technology, combined. These also included PC copiers and copiers in Segements 1-6,
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) (Palo Alto, CA) has completed its acquisition of Indigo N.V. under a previously announced offer agreement between the two companies. Indigo will extend HP’s printing systems portfolio beyond inkjet and laser jet technology intoa third, high-speed color print technology. In related news, Tokyo-based Toppan Forms Co. Ltd., an information-manager service and business-form company,
Exhibitors in the Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Assn.’s (SGIA) Virtual Trade Show (VTS) are now offering free samples, two-for-ones, zero interest lease/purchases, trial packs, closeouts and discounts. To visit the virtual trade show, click on the VTS icon at www.sgia.org.
Printable Technologies (Solana Beach, CA) has launched PrintPlanet’s MetaDelta Forum with Lucid Dream Software, Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL), a developer of enhancements for the Heidelberg Delta ROOM workflow. The forum will focus on the implementation, use and support of Heidelberg’s prepress and automation technologies. David Lewis, president of Lucid Dream Software, is the moderator. Membership in
Shareholders at Check Technology Corp. (Minneapolis), a manufacturer of printing systems for financial, security, forms and commercial printers, have approved the company’s name change to Delphax Technologies Inc. "The change in name reflects the substantially greater breadth of our current product offering and market opportunities," says Jay Herman, chairman and CEO. He notes that the company has
Royse Manufacturing Co. (Dallas) and Tri-Service, Inc. (Chicago) have announced the two companies have signed letter of intent for Royse to acquire the sheet-fed business of Tri-Service. Royse will assume control of the Tri-Service brand name and Chicago-based manufacturing, service, and installation functions related to the sheetfed and narrow-web lithographic business operations. With last year’s
Wisconsin Color Press, a commercial printer based in Milwaukee, has filed for bankruptcy and may be up for sale, according to the company’s attorney. In an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, bankruptcy attorney Dan Zazove is quoted as saying, "They are just not printing as much." Wisconsin Color is owned by a group of businesses and individuals, including company CEO Fred Cappetta. The 250-employee
Wallace (Lisle, IL) has acquired Thomas Packaging Corp. (Avon Lake, OH), a manufacturer of regulatory labels and inserts, and prime labels. Thomas Packaging is cGMP compliant, making it an attractive acquisition that will expand Wallace’s products and services for pharmaceutical, medical-device, animal-health, agrochemical and specialty-chemical producers and distributors.
Sappi Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa), a major producer of coated fine paper, has reached an agreement to acquire Potlatch Corp.’s (Spokane, WA) coated fine paper business and its Cloquet, MN, pulp and paper mill for $480 million. As part of the transaction, Potlatch will cease production of coated paper at the 140,000 short-ton-per-year Brainerd, MN, coated paper mill and bear the related costs.
Weyerhaeuser Co. (Federal Way, WA) has completed its acquisition of Willamette Industries (Portland, OR) following the filing of articles of merger with the Secretaries of the States of Oregon and Washington. Willamette Industries is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser; shares of Willamette common stock not held by Weyerhaeuser were converted into the right to receive $55.50 in cash without
Standard Register Document Systems (Dayton, OH) announces i3100, a browser-based data-management application that helps clients perform secure document transactions from anywhere within the organization. The software provides clients with core functionality for preparing and distributing security-sensitive and transaction-based documents, such as bank counter checks, retail gift certificates and healthcare
Heidelberg U.S.A. (Kennesaw, GA) and Sir Speedy, Inc. (Mission Viejo, CA) have initiated a collaborative R&D effort that aims to make on-demand, custom printing fast and economical. Heidelberg’ NexPress 2100 digital color press will be installed at select Sir Speedy centers nationwide for on-the-job trials and qualification. The Sir Speedy Center in Tucker, GA, is the first to receive the machine.
ForestExpress (Atlanta), a transaction processing network for the forest products industry, now offers expanded support for the XML-based papiNet standard. PapiNet is a global initiative to develop, maintain and promote the implementation of electronic transaction standards that facilitate the flow of data among parties buying, selling and distributing paper and forest products. The standard involves
R.R. Donnelley Logistics (Willowbrook, IL) is now offering its Operation Showcase mail reporting system online. The Operation Showcase suite of services reportedly enables customers to monitor mailings from point of entry into the USPS to delivery to the consumer. The Operation Showcase application monitors USPS’s Destination Delivery Units to determine projected in-home delivery dates for mailings.
Presstek, Inc. (Hudson, NH) announced that its Czech Republic-based manufacturing partner, Adamovski strojirny, also know as Adast of the Czech Republic, has joined in a bankruptcy petition filed by its creditors. Presstek sells a B3-format, direct-imaging sheetfed press manufactured by Adast on Presstek’s behalf. Adast manufactures a B3-format 507C DI model press which is resold by Xerox Corp. (Rochester,
Attendees at the recent Paper Summit 2002 expo and conference in Atlanta were reportedly upbeat about what they saw and heard at the paper-industry show. More than 5,000 participants from such paper producers as Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Inland Paperboard, Gulf States Paper and Visy Paper perused displays from more than 325 machinery and materials suppliers. Several hundred also attended
Tech Services International LLC (TSI), (Kennett Square, PA) has entered into an agreement with Sericol Imaging (Kansas City, KS) to provide presite, installation, spare parts distribution and ongoing support for the Inca Digital Eagle 44 ink jet flatbed press. The terms of the agreement designate TSI as a service and support provider for Sericol’s installations in North America. TSI will be implementing
Punch International NV (St-Martens-Latem, Belgium), a producer and distributor of components, subsystems and finished products for original equipment manufacturers, has received approval to acquire the assets of digital printing system producer Xeikon NV (Mortsel, Belgium). Punch reportedly has been interested in taking over the company for a while; it had previously submitted several bids. The commercial