Morningside, Shanghai Electric purchase business rights of Akiyama 

Mar 07, 2002

Shanghai Electric Group (SEC), a heavy electronic and industrial equipment manufacturing group, and Morningside Group (MS), a global investment firm, have purchased the business rights including properties, buildings, facilities and patents of Akiyama Printing Machinery Manufacturing Corp. (Tokyo). The companies have jointly established a new company named Akiyama International Co., Ltd. (AIC) and

Worldwide inkjet-printer shipments grow 

Mar 06, 2002

A new report from Lyra Research, Inc. (Newtonville, MA), an imaging industry research firm, states that worldwide unit volumes of workgroup inkjet printers will rise to 1.2 million in 2005 from about 680,000 units in 2000. The report, "Ink Jet Printer Market Forecast," acknowledges that while this represents a sizeable growth rate, shipments of workgroup inkjet printers are still relatively small,

Electronic job submission drives print volume 

Mar 06, 2002

According to document-industry research group Blackstone Research Associates (Uxbridge, MA), electronic job submission is a key driver of print volume increases for corporate computer centers and in-plant printers in large businesses. Nearly 19 percent of survey respondents who reported a print-volume increase attributed it to electronic submission of print jobs. The demand for color, particularly

MeadWestvaco to shut down four paper machines, cut 425 jobs 

Mar 05, 2002

MeadWestvaco Corp. (Stamford, CT) announced its plans to permanently shut down four coated paper machines and related equipment, effective May 31, 2002. Three coated paper machines and associated equipment will be permanently closed at MeadWestvaco's Chillicothe, OH, mill and one coated paper machine at the Luke, MD, mill will be permanently shut down. The restructuring will result in the elimination

MAN Roland to demonstrate DICOpress, networking options at CeBIT 

Mar 04, 2002

MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) is making its first appearance at CeBIT (to be held in Hanover, Germany, March 13-20), networking its DICOpress to various content-management and Internet-connectivity solutions. DICOpress provides high-performance direct-to-press (DTP) capabilities, enabling printers to produce on-demand, variable data and short-run color projects. The system runs at the rate of 138 letter-size

Dynagram acquires DK&A INposition product suite 

Mar 01, 2002

Dynagram (Quebec City, QB), manufacturer of DynaStrip imposition software, has purchased DK&A's (San Diego) INposition product line. The transaction is effective immediately. DynaStrip is a stand-alone product that can reportedly handle the most complex impositions. INposition can impose native QuarkXPress files as well as EPS files from any applications. Noted David King, founder of DK&A, "We were

NDI to purchase Graphic Technologies 

Feb 25, 2002

Network Distribution International (NDI) (Rockland, MA), a converter and wholesaler of blankets and pressroom consumables, has purchased the assets of Graphic Technologies, Inc. (GTI) (Chicago). The transaction includes GTI's inventories, equipment and trademarks, such as Digi-Tek and Graph-Tek. NDI was founded in 2000 as a result of the merger of National Offset Blanket Supply and Morway Corp. The

Xpedx to distribute PGI offerings 

Feb 25, 2002

Polaroid Graphics Imaging (PGI) (Bedford, MA) has signed a dealer distribution agreement with xpedx (Covington, KY). Xpedx will distribute PGI's lineup of digital halftone proofing systems, including the Prediction and PolaProof Imager Gold systems, as well as all consumables for PGI's proofing and other systems. PGI products will be available through the 120 North American xpedx distribution centers

Enter the 50 Fastest Growing Printers competition 

Feb 25, 2002

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Ringman joins PGSF's Gutenberg Society 

Feb 25, 2002

Ted C. Ringman, vice president of development for the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) (Sewickley, PA), has become a member of PGSF's Gutenberg Society. The society honors companies, groups and individuals that have donated $100,000 or more. Ringman's gift will enable PGSF to establish its 100th endowed scholarship for an individual pursuing a career in the graphics communications

Lantana shipping Crackerjack 4 

Feb 24, 2002

Lantana (Pleasanton, CA) is now shipping Crackerjack 4. This new version employs a visually-intuitive user interface to fine-tune all aspects of color print production. The "built-in" Crackerjack Pilot feature provides "hot folder" automation with customized settings by device, client, or application. New features include separations preview, spot color mapping, a font embedding "fixer", expanded

NAPL announces leadership transition 

Feb 24, 2002

National Assn. for Printing Leadership (NAPL) (Paramus, NJ) announced I. Gregg Van Wert will step down as president and CEO of the 69-year-old association, effective December 31, 2002. His decision to vacate the top NAPL post follows a career with the Association that spans nearly 30 years of NAPL and industry contributions. He has served as NAPL’s president and  CEO since January, 1992. In making

Free PDF/X-3 creation/verification plug-in 

Feb 24, 2002

Berlin-based software developer callas software, German Printing and Media Industries Federation (bvdm), Swiss Federal laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA), Association for the Promotion of Research in the Graphic Arts Industry (Ugra) and the international association of newspapers (Ifra) have announced the availability of PDF/X-3 Inspector freeware. The PDF/X-3 plug-in is a free

WAM!NET to offer Extensis preflighting technologies 

Feb 24, 2002

Extensis (Portland, OR) has entered into a partnership with WAM!NET (Eagan,MN) to sell integrated preflight and file-transfer solutions to customers in the print and publishing industries. Under the agreement, WAM!NET will now offer Extensis preflighting technology in its secure, fully managed file transport and content storage services. Preflighting services will be provided through Extensis Preflight

Aussie company offers PDF creation tool with security features 

Feb 24, 2002

BroadGun Software (Melbourne, Australia) recently released a new version of its pdfMachine software which lets users create PDF files with security features. pdfMachine is a Windows print driver that produces great quality PDF files. The product provides a simple to use interface allowing you to produce PDF files from virtually any Windows application. Cost is U.S. $49 per user. The PDF format is

Mail-Well sells Curtis 1000 

Feb 24, 2002

Mail-Well, Inc. (Englewood, CO) announced it has consummated the sale of all of the capital stock of its Curtis 1000, Inc. subsidiary in exchange for $40 million, including assumption of Curtis's debt. In connection with the sale, Mail-Well's envelope and printed office products divisions entered into supply agreements with Curtis 1000 through which those divisions will continue their supply relationships

Consolidated Graphics buys Carqueville 

Feb 18, 2002

Dresner Investments (Chicago) announced the sale of Carqueville Printing Co. (Streamwood, IL) to Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (Dallas). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dresner Investments initiated and acted as financial advisor in the transaction. Founded in 1864 and based in Streamwood, Illinois, Carqueville Printing Company is one of the Chicago area’s oldest and largest sheet-fed commercial

Lucid licenses Agfa Monotype color screening technologies 

Feb 18, 2002

Agfa Monotype Corp. (Wilmington, MA) and Lucid Dream Software, Inc., (Hoffman Estates, IL), have announced that Lucid Dream has licensed Agfa Monotype's color screening technologies. Lucid Dream will integrate the screening capabilities as part of a software upgrade that provides customers with 1-bit TIFF connectivity options. "To allow our Delta RIP customers the ability to connect to a variety of

Berlin Industries to install Radius MIS 

Feb 18, 2002

Berlin Industries, Inc., (Carol Stream, IL) has selected the PECAS Vision management information system from Radius Solutions (Chicago) for its printing plants in Las Vegas and Carol Stream, IL. The PECAS selection was a result of Berlin's search for a single system to standardize its business processes within and across the two plants. The company evaluated the suitability of two different kinds

Goss International aquires Goss Graphic System assets 

Feb 18, 2002

Goss International Corp. (Westmont, IL) announced it has acquired the assets of Goss Graphic Systems, Inc., together with the shareholdings in its international operations. CSFB Global Opportunities Partners, L.P., the majority shareholder of Goss International, is associated with Credit Suisse First Boston. Additional investors include JPMorgan Chase Bank, LBI Group, Inc., an affiliate of Lehman

New U.S. operation for UK printing equipment moving company 

Feb 18, 2002

Beck & Pollitzer Engineering Ltd., a UK company that specializes in moving heavy printing equipment and newspaper presses, has opened a new US office in Wheaton, IL. The move enables Beck & Pollitzer to directly market its expertise and services in installing and moving production machinery and entire factories around the world to U.S.-based manufacturers looking to relocate and install equipment

WAM!NET names Williams CEO 

Feb 18, 2002

WAM!NET (Eagan, MN), has named Michael Williams to the position of chief executive officer. Williams joins WAM!NET from Lockheed Martin, where he most recently served as president and general manager of the Systems and Technology Business of Lockheed Martin's Global Telecommunications Organization (LMGT), a $200 million, 600-person business focused on delivering hybrid satellite-terrestrial network

PrintShop 101 CD offers basic training 

Feb 18, 2002

PrintShop 101 is an interactive training program on CD-ROM that covers a multitude of topics for print shop and graphic arts employees. Its fourteen chapters cover topics from printing presses to proper telephone manners. Diagrams, photos, video clips and animations join with simple text to explain the basics of each topic. With the click of the mouse, all text can be converted to Spanish and back

IBM adds new color workgroup printers to Infoprint 1000 family 

Feb 18, 2002

IBM (Boulder, CO) announced the addition of two new color workgroup printers to its Infoprint 1000 family of Internet-ready solutions: the Infoprint Color 1220 and 1228. Both printers reportedly offer competitive performance features such as color toner saving functions to reduce cost of ownership, innovative paper handling, finishing options such as automatic stapling, offset stacking, hole punching

PIA campaigns to boost print awareness 

Feb 18, 2002

"Print: The Original Information Technology" has been adopted as the theme of a print awareness campaign launched by Printing Industries of America (PIA) (Arlington, VA), the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) (Sewickley, PA) and the Printing Assn. of Florida (PAF). "Repositioning print media as an integral part of the information technology--or IT--sector of the U.S. economy will be a main