New website for Creo Users Assn. 

Feb 01, 2002

The Creo Users Assn. (CUA) (Vancouver, BC), an independent network of users of Creo systems worldwide, has launched a new website at www.creousers.org. The new website marks several changes to the CUA, including the group's name, which matches the vendor’s recent name change from CreoScitex and Creo Products Inc. to Creo. Members may register to receive new product information, as well as access forums

GATF accepting nominations for Kagy, Berber, Reed Awards 

Feb 01, 2002

The Society of Fellows (SOF) at GATF (Sewickley, PA) is now accepting nominations for the Frederick D. Kagy Education Award of Excellence, the Naomi Berber Memorial Award and the Robert F. Reed Technology Medal. The application deadline for all three awards is May 31. The Kagy Award recognizes a superior graphic communications program at the junior high, high school or community college level. Nominated

New PODi membership for software developers 

Jan 31, 2002

Digital printing initiative PODi (Rochester, NY) has created a new membership category for software developers. Companies whose primary business is the development of page composition software, and either have or are currently developing software that generates variable-data output for printed pages, may now join PODi under its new Page Producers category. Seven companies have already joined PODi

Heidelberg to relocate U.S. web postpress manufacturing facility 

Jan 30, 2002

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg, Germany) will move all operations from its Dayton, OH, site to recently expanded facilities in Durham, NH, during 2002. The Dayton plant was responsible for the manufacture of postpress products for the commercial web and newspaper market (including Pacesetter saddlestitchers, Universal Binder adhesive binders and newspaper inserters), while engineering

Xerox announces iGen3 strategy 

Jan 30, 2002

Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY) has announced it will begin order taking for its new DocuColor iGen3 100-ppm digital production press on April 9, also the opening day of IPEX 2002 (April 9-17, Birmingham, UK). Pricing and associated services will also be announced on that date. Initial customer testing is currently under way, and iGen3 shipments are slated to begin in the second half of 2002. Frank Steenburgh,

NPC, Inc. named local employer of the year 

Jan 30, 2002

The local chapter of the Business and Professional Woman’s (BPW) Club has named NPC, Inc. (Claysburg, PA), a full-service digital and print services provider, as 2001’s Employer of the Year. Of the approximate 400 employees at NPC, 177 are women. The company has hired 56 women during the past year, and another 124 have earned more responsibility through position moves or promotions during the same

Agfa announces first Palladio user 

Jan 30, 2002

National Graphics, Inc., a $5 million printer based in Stoughton, MA, has become the first user of Agfa’s (Ridgefield Park, NJ) Palladio CTP system. Introduced at Print 01, Palladio is a fully automated, four-up flatbed platesetter designed for small- to midsize printers. National Graphics is a small, high-end four-color-plus printer that does everything from brochures and posters to advertising pieces

ImageX receives patent notifications 

Jan 29, 2002

ImageX, Inc. (Kirkland, WA), a provider of online systems for distributing, managing and producing sales and marketing materials, has received notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that two patents will be issued. These patent filings apply to the ImageX online technology, which allows users to customize sales and marketing materials, such as product specification sheets and marketing

KPG names Copley president, Americas, and senior corporate vp 

Jan 29, 2002

Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has promoted Andrew Copley to president, Americas, and senior corporate vice president. In his expanded role, Copley will assume responsibility for the company's Latin America region and will continue to manage the KPG organization in the U.S. and Canada (US&C). Copley joined KPG in 1998 following the acquisition of Horsell Anitec as vice president, marketing

McQuiddy Printing hires new president 

Jan 29, 2002

McQuiddy Printing (Nashville, TN) has hired a new president and realigned responsibilities among its management team. Under the new structure, David L. McQuiddy III assumed the role of company chairman, relinquishing the title of president. The new president is Jim Cartwright, a 25-year printing industry veteran. The company’operations director, Webb McQuiddy, will now be executive vice president

ITC announces seven new fonts 

Jan 28, 2002

International Typeface Corp. (ITC) (Mortsel, Belgium), a provider of fonts and custom typefaces, has added seven new fonts to its ITC collection. The new typefaces include ITC Tickle, ITC Tickle Too, ITC Hedera, ITC Scram Gravy, ITC Jeepers, ITC Cinderella and the ITC Batak family. These original typefaces are available immediately from ITC and www.itcfonts.com. The fonts will soon be added to the

Printing paper market forecast scheduled at Paper Week 

Jan 28, 2002

Resource Information Systems, Inc. (RISI) (San Francisco), independent economic analysts for the international forest products industry, will present its viewpoint on the likely path for the U.S. printing and writing market in 2002-2003, at the American Forest & Paper Assn.’s (AF&PA) 125th Annual Paper Week, March 10-12, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel & Towers in New York City. For more information

Nasdaq delists Xeikon 

Jan 28, 2002

Reuters news service reports Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium) stock will be delisted from the U.S. Nasdaq market on Jan. 29. Xeikon first filed for creditor protection in late November. Having been unable to secure new capital for the company within the timeframe of the provisional creditor protection, Xeikon last week announced its intention to liquidate.

TAGA announces conference agenda 

Jan 28, 2002

The Technical Assn. of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) (Rochester, NY) has announced the agenda for the TAGA 2002 Asheville conference, which will take place April 14-17, at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, NC. This year's conference is organized into six parts: general sessions, tutorials and four specialty track sessions, including How to Find the Sweet Spot on a Press, Advances and Alternatives

Heidelberg to distribute Steuer foil stamping, embossing presses 

Jan 25, 2002

Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, GA) has assumed distributorship of Steuer Printing Technology’s (Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany) Foil-Jet series of hot foil-stamping and embossing presses in Heidelberg's North and South America markets. Under the agreement, Heidelberg sales and service units will be responsible for all marketing and sales in their respective territories, as well as hardware and software

Sports Illustrated to produce Olympic daily via Xinet software 

Jan 24, 2002

Sport Illustrated will produce its 36-page Winter Olympics daily with the help of Xinet, Inc.’s (Berkeley, CA) FullPress server software and WebNative asset management system. Printed locally and distributed at even venues, hotels and the Salt Lake City International Airport, the magazine will contain between eight and ten ad pages and up-to-the-minute stories and photographs chronicling the 16-day

Willamette accepts Weyerhaeuser offer in principle 

Jan 24, 2002

Willamette Industries Inc. (Portland, OR) finally agreed in principle to sell the company to Weyerhaeuser Co. (Federal Way, WA) for $55.50 per share in cash, or $6.1 billion, subject to negotiation of a definitive merger agreement. Willamette has consequently ended negotiations to acquire Georgia-Pacific Corp.’s (Augusta, GA) building materials unit. Weyerhaeuser had launched a hostile takeover attempt

Xeikon to liquidate, Agfa writes off value 

Jan 23, 2002

The board of directors at digital press vendor Xeikon N.V. (Mortsel, Belgium) has concluded that it will not be able to secure new capital for the company within the timeframe of the provisional creditor protection. As such, the Xeikon board has decided that it is in the best interests of the company to sell its assets. Xeikon has reportedly received several non-binding offers, which it hopes to finalize

Creo, Artwork Systems settle patent dispute 

Jan 22, 2002

Creo Products Inc. (Burnaby, BC) and Artwork Systems Group N.V. (Gent, Belgium) have reached an out-of-court settlement over a patent dispute filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware over software technology. In October 2001, Artwork Systems sued Creo to invalidate four patents that it had been licensing for several years. The two companies were negotiating an amendment to the

Canon Canada partners with St. Joseph Corp. 

Jan 22, 2002

Canon Canada Inc. (Mississauga, ON) and St. Joseph Corp. (Concord, ON) have formed a strategic partnership that aims to deliver value-added services and products to customers of both organizations. The co-operative strategy is designed to capture new market share in the document-outsourcing industry, which research firm CAP Ventures Inc. forecasts to grow to more than $50 billion by 2005. As part

Agfa presents CTP "Webinars" 

Jan 17, 2002

Agfa (Mortsel, Belgium) announced the first in a series of educational, online "Webinars" for printers and prepress professionals around the world. Using innovative Web-based conferencing technology, Agfa will offer two seminars starting in January that will help participants prepare for the implementation of a computer-to-plate (CTP) workflow. The seminars, "Today’s CTP Technology--What’s the Right

KPG names Cederberg vice president of strategy and development 

Jan 16, 2002

Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) (Norwalk, CT) has appointed Barbara M. Cederberg as corporate vice president of strategy and development. Cederberg will be responsible for the long term corporate and stratic business development planning functions including business alliances and acquisitions. She will also direct KPG's global research and development function, including all plate, proofing, film,

Komori America appoints Carter president 

Jan 16, 2002

Komori Corp. announced today the appointment of Stephan Carter as president and COO of Komori America Corp. (Rolling Meadows, IL). Carter joined Komori in October of 2001, as Senior vice-president, sales and marketing. He will continue to report to Hirosuke Yanagida, who assumes the new position of chairman and CEO of Komori America. Prior to joining Komori, Carter had a long career with Chicago-based

Fujifilm launches five new plates at IPEX 2002 

Jan 16, 2002

Fuji Photo Film (Dusseldorf, Germany) will launch five enhanced plates at IPEX 2002. All of the new plates incorporate Fujifilm's patented multi-grain technology, ensuring consistent printability and high quality results on press. The Brillia LP-NV violet photopolymer plate is designed to provide optimum performance on platesetters using a 30-mW LD laser. It is sensitized for violet-laser exposure

NAPL and PIA present best business practices for printers 

Jan 16, 2002

NAPL (Paramus, NJ) and PIA (Alexandria, VA) set up a joint committee to review business practices for the printing industry. The result is "Best Business Practices for the Printing Industry," currently posted on the members-only areas of both the NAPL and PIA/GATF websites (www.napl.org; www.gain.net). "The new guidelines reflect the ongoing impact of digital technology on the industry as a whole,"