A.B. Dick to move press manufacturing to Rochester 

Dec 18, 2001

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

Océ prepares to restructure 

Dec 17, 2001

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

Sloan Printing Center to be established at RIT 

Dec 17, 2001

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

CD-ROM on UV/EB technology available 

Dec 17, 2001

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

CIP4 welcomes 100th member 

Dec 13, 2001

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

BASF, xpedx alliance 

Dec 13, 2001

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

KPG acquires Tech Services International 

Dec 13, 2001

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

Donnelley Financial launches 3 online services 

Dec 13, 2001

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

PINC print buyers conference 

Dec 12, 2001

The Printing Industries of Northern California (PINC) (San Francisco) and the California Design and Media Assn. have scheduled their 2nd Annual Print Buyers Conference, Mardi Gras Madness, for Feb. 26, at the San Francisco Marriott. The 2001 event was so successful that the program has been expanded with additional seminars and more tabletop exhibitors. Invitations will be mailed to the local graphic

Capturing the power of digital printing 

Dec 12, 2001

Focusing exclusively on non-digital reprographics will no longer suffice, according to Elaine Wilde, senior vice president and general manager, worldwide graphic arts business, Xerox Corp. (Rochester, NY). She contends that the most compelling new direction in the graphic arts continues to be digital. "Technology has had a dramatic impact, transforming the focus of the printing business from make-then-sell

Xerox to resell NowDocs software 

Dec 12, 2001

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 Platinum installed 

Dec 12, 2001

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

Enovation names regional VPs 

Dec 11, 2001

Enovation Graphic Systems, Inc., distributor of equipment, consumables and technical services to the graphic communications industry, has appointed several new vice presidents: Steve Gryder has been named regional vice president - Central; Jim Purcell has been appointed regional vice president - Midwest; John Solwold has been appointed regional vice president - West; and Jon D. Wright has been named

TechSage ships 500th SpinJet 

Dec 11, 2001

Purup-Eskofot subsidiary TechSage (Lystrup, Denmark) has successfully installed its 500th SpinJet 1000 double-sided Imposition Proofing System. The proofer was installed in October at Arnold Printing (Cincinnati), a commercial printer focusing on business collateral, direct mail and stationery, and with an expertise in floral stamping and embossing. The SpinJet 1000 enables users to produce double-sided,

Quebecor World wins Time Inc. contract extension 

Dec 11, 2001

Quebecor World Inc. has been awarded a contract extension by Time Inc. to print more than 20 of its Time Inc., Southern Progress and Oxmoor House titles. Additionally, Quebecor World will begin printing This Old House in the spring of 2002. Quebecor World will produce this work in its Dallas, TX; Merced, CA; Clarksville, TN; and Effingham, IL, plants. During the contract period, sales are estimated

KPG-Japan acquires Presstek technology rights 

Dec 10, 2001

Presstek (Hudson, NH) has signed an agreement with Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) - Japan under which KPG will acquire exclusive rights to sell products using Presstek’s chemical-free thermal plate technology in Japan. KPG-Japan will sell the products through its own dealer network and under its own brand name. The program is expected to begin in Q1 2002. "We believe our Dimension platesetter and

Agfa to offer ExtremeZ-IP worldwide 

Dec 10, 2001

Group Logic (Arlington, VA), a vendor of Macintosh-to-Windows interoperability software, and Agfa Corp. (Ridgefield Park, NJ) have signed an agreement that allows Agfa to resell Group Logic’s ExtremeZ-IP software through Agfa’s worldwide distribution channel. The agreement follows Agfa’s decision to migrate many of its products, including Apogee PDF RIP and Apogee PrintDrive, to the Windows 2000 Server

ICC spec revision available for review 

Dec 07, 2001

The International Color Consortium (ICC) (Reston, VA) announces that a major revision to its specification is available for review and comment. Version 4 of the ICC specification contains more than 15 significant changes. Color-management software implementers will be required to upgrade their software in order to use the new version. The proposed specification can be downloaded from the ICC website,

CreoScitex, DuPont form strategic alliance for thermal halftone proofing 

Dec 07, 2001

CreoScitex (Bedford, MA) and DuPont Imaging Technologies (Wilmington, DE) have established a worldwide strategic alliance to promote and enhance thermal halftone proofing systems based on DuPont WaterProof thermal halftone proofing media for CreoScitex’s computer-to-plate (CTP) proofing systems. Under the agreement, CreoScitex will promote DuPont’s thermal halftone proofing media, but still offer

Xaar, Hilord announce ink partnership 

Dec 05, 2001

Inkjet-development company Xaar plc (Cambridge, England) and Hilord Chemical Corp. (Hauppauge, NY), an OEM of solvent-based electrostatic and piezo inkjet inks, have formed an ink partnership agreement. Hilord has been working with Xaar to develop and manufacture inks for XaarJet printheads, which are used in industrial applications that often require special inks. Hilord’s expertise in dye-sublimation

Drent, Goebel Graphic Machines restructure 

Dec 05, 2001

Drent Graphic Machines (Eerbeek, Netherlands), a manufacturer of narrow-web, offset, rotary presses, and collaborator Goebel Graphic Machines (Darmstadt, Germany), specialist in security printing, plan to centralize and coordinate their sales and marketing activities in Eerbeek. This move has been accelerated in response to the worsening economic situation in the graphic arts industry. Goebel’s Darmstadt

Studies on workflows, proofing and plates to be presented at GATF Tech Alert 

Dec 04, 2001

Results of several original research studies on both press and prepress issues will premiere at this year's Tech Alert conference, scheduled to take place Jan. 27-29. For the first time in the conference's nine years, GATF has organized a prepress and press track so that attendees can learn about changing technologies in their particular area of interest. For prepress managers, GATF will unveil results

Heald named Baldwin CEO 

Dec 04, 2001

The board of directors of Baldwin Technology Co., Inc. (Shelton, CT), a manufacturer of accessories and control equipment for the printing industry, has elected John T. Heald as CEO. Heald served as Baldwin’s director since 1996. In March 2001 he was elected president and COO. Before joining Baldwin, Heald was executive vice president of Sappi Fine Paper Co. Former Baldwin CEO Gerald A. Nathe will

Creo to move Iris manufacturing to Canada 

Dec 03, 2001

Creo Products Inc. (Vancouver) will move production of its Iris proofing products from Billerica, MA, to Vancouver next year. Customer support and engineering for Iris products will also move to the Vancouver area. The company states that there will be no interruption in manufacturing, product supply or levels of customer service as a result of the move of its Iris Graphics, Inc. subsidiary. The relocation

printCafe, SMARTworks collaborate on print-procurement tool for top print buyers 

Nov 30, 2001

SMARTworks.com, Inc. (Dayton, OH) and printCafe (Pittsburgh) have formed an alliance to create a print-procurement solution that will help Fortune 1000 print buyers manage multiple print and fulfillment suppliers. The companies plan to integrate printCafe’s Web-based services for custom print procurement with SMARTworks.com’s technology for inventory management, fulfillment and catalog-based procurement,