Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver, BC) has invested US $23.6 million in printCafe, Inc. as part of a US $39.6 million private placement of equity and debt. printCafe is the leading provider of print management software for both printers and buyers in the printing and publishing industry. Other investors in this financing include Mellon Ventures, Inc., HarbourVest Partners, LLC, J & W Seligman and Weiss,
Gämmerler, (Hanover Park, IL) a manufacturer of inline finishing equipment and systems, announced record orders for the second quarter of fiscal year 2000--reporting a 34 percent increase in orders over the same period last year. The high order volume is attributed to a number of new orders placed by R.R. Donnelley & Sons and multiple purchases received at the Print 01 tradeshow held this past September.
GATF and NAPL are seeking nominations for the eighth annual Sheetfed Executive of the Year Award. Submissions are due March 1. The award honors a sheetfed industry leader who has demonstrated exceptional service, initiative and committment to his or her communnity, company and the printing industry. Nominations will be judged by the Sheetfed Pressroom Conference Advisory Committee, a group of industry
Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has completed its acquisition of Imation's worldwide color proofing and color software businesses. KPG's portfolio of film, plate and digital proofing products will expand to include offerings in analog, inkjet and virtual proofing, a color front-end for digital printing and color management tools. Said Jeff Jacobson, chief executive officer: "We're beginning
RIT's (Rochester, NY) Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science has graduate scholarships and assistantships available for qualified students. RIT reportedly has the only graduate program in the U.S. devoted to color science. Funding opportunities may include full tuition assistance and 12-month stipend, totalling $30,000 a year. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, contact
The Authentication and Counterfeiting Protection (ACP) conference will be held in Atlanta Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Topics addressed include: "Organizing against diversion"; "Fighting terrorism through secured document"; and "Track and trace and smart labels for authentication, anti-counterfeiting, tracking and other purposes." To view the conference program or register online see www.piranet.com or www.reconnaissance-intl.com.
Rosemary Raley, vice president and COO, Royse Manufacturing Co. (Dallas), a manufacturer of temperature management equipment for lithographic offset presses, has been elected to serve a one-year term as a director for NPES, the Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (Reston, VA). Raley is the daughter of Royse's founder, Edwin Royse, and has been active in the printing
Pacesetter Graphic Service (Acworth, GA), a provider of lithographic blankets and rollers to the printing industry, has released a multimedia CD covering the importance of concentricity, reducing running waste and downtime. Also on the CD is the independent test result of compound shrinkage and swelling of Pacesetter’s new NS 12000 compound vs. the industry norms. For the free CD, call (800) 241-7970.
Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., newly formed distributor to the graphic communications industry, has named Michael E. Borne director of business development; Phil Kane director of business development, electronic imaging; and Robert J. Kurelic director of national account sales. Borne will work with manufacturers and Enovation management to develop programs and strategies to meet sales goals for
International Paper’s (IP) Coated and SC Papers Div. (Memphis, TN) has launched its Web-based paper management system on ipcoated.com to facilitate customers’ ability to do business with the division. Targeted specifically to the printing, catalog and magazine publishing industry, the system allows IP Coated and SC Papers Div. customers to place, view and change purchase orders; view manifest and
Dan Freedland, director of professional services for RealTimeImage Inc. (San Bruno, CA) has been appointed to the board of directors for the International Printing Museum Foundation (Carson, CA). Established in 1988 to house the Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Artifacts, the International Printing Museum has emerged as a living exploration of the printed word. The museum's exhibits and displays
Océ N.V. (Poing, Germany), a supplier of professional document systems, has entered into a worldwide agreement to license ColorTune OEM color and screening technology from Agfa Monotype (Wilmington, MA), a worldwide developer of color and font technologies. The technology will allow Océ to effectively expand its color offerings in high-volume printing products. "At Océ, future high-volume printing
The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) (Zürich, Switzerland) announced the public release of a beta version of an XML Schema and a software development kit (SDK) for CIP4’s Job Definition Format (JDF) and related Job Messaging Format (JMF). The Schema will allow developers to test the JDF they produce using standard XML tools. It can
A 20-page booklet, "Bar Codes Made Easy," is available free from Weber Marking Systems, Inc. (Arlington Heights, IL). The full-color booklet examines the growing trends and technologies associated with the use of bar codes, and explains common bar code terminology, the benefits of bar coding, and the advantage of in-house bar code label printing. It also provides detailed information on the latest
Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver, BC) has been named one of the nation's top employers in the 2002 edition of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Creo was selected from 42,000 companies and organizations considered. Companies were evaluated based on growth, stimulating physical workplace, open communication, providing feedback on performance, employment benefits, and the ability to attract and retain people.
A.B. Dick Co. (Niles, IL) will relocate its press manufacturing operation to Rochester, NY, in early 2002. The Rochester facility currently manufactures A.B. Dick’s DPM digital CTP line, which has reportedly experienced strong sales growth in the past two years. The move, part of a three-year strategy to sustain A.B. Dick as a leading supplier to the small commercial and in-plant printer market, is
Through an affiliation with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, RIT (Rochester, NY) will launch the Sloan Printing Industry Center. The Sloan Foundation chooses an academic community for an industry center based on its expertise in a particular discipline, and fosters a sharing of data and observations between researchers and industry representatives. Under the direction of Frank Cost, associate dean
A free CD-ROM that provides a basic overview of UV/electron-beam technology is now available from RadTech International (Bethesda, MD), an non-profit trade association dedicated to the technical, educational an dmarket advancement of UV and EB processes. "Introduction to UV/EB Curing" addresses a range of topics including the history of UV/EB curing, economic benefits, health and safety, as well as
Océ N.V. (Venlo, Netherlands) is preparing to restructure its organization to align better with its corporate strategy, which focuses on the ongoing digitalization of its markets. To realize its goals with regard to income and revenue growth, Océ intends to invest in growth markets and withdraw from underperforming markets. A provision amounting to euro 125 million will be made to cover both redundancy
R.R. Donnelley Financial (New York City), a worldwide financial printer and customized communications solutions company, has added three new online products to its suite of client services: FactNET, a seamless way of creating mutual fund fact sheets using the Internet E.Source, a Web-based system for electronic document delivery that also collects and maintains a customer consent database for compliance
The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) (Zurich, Switzerland) has reached a total of 100 members with the joining of Cerm nv (Oostkam, Belgium), a developer of printer management software. CIP4 membership has more than doubled in the past year, signifying the strategic importance of CIP4's Job Definition Format (JDF). "The growth of CIP4
The North American Printing Systems Group of BASF (Mount Olive, NJ) has formed a strategic alliance with xpedx, a division of International Paper Co., to nationally distribute BASF’s line of K+E printing inks, photopolymer printing plates and plate-making equipment in the U.S. "The core competencies of BASF and xpedx are a natural fit," says Pat Janssen, general manager, performance chemicals for
Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has announced its intention to acquire the business assets of Tech Services International L.P. (TSI), a provider of technical service and support for print industry technologies. The new company, a wholly owned subsidiary of KPG, will be headquartered in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. KPG will maintain TSI as a separate company but will combine the technical
Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) will begin to resell NowDocs (Aliso Viejo, CA) NowPrint enterprise print software through its North American Xerox Business Services sales channels. The agreement combines NowDocs' print technology with Xerox's industry experience and penetration in the digital printing market, offering enterprise customers wt the vendors say is a fully integrated print-on-demand solution.
Indigo (Woburn, MA) has installed an Indigo Platinum digital offset color press at IC Creative Inc. (Arlington, TX), a printer that also offers full binding and multimedia services. The Platinum made its U.S. debut at Print 01. "We went with the Indigo Platinum because it will produce full-color products in a short amount of time while extending our ability to offer variable-data capabilities," says