By Jill Roth, Special projects director 

Jul 17, 2001

Out-of-the-box thinking is what it will take to weather the storm as the industry moves from an era dominated by paper to an era dominated by communications diversity. Strategic planning cannot be based on ink-on-paper alone. History will no longer be the touchstone for the future. Customers will drive changes that printers may find difficult to accommodate. For the unprepared, there will be no future

Mills Davis, vice president, Interprise Strategy printCafe 

Jul 17, 2001

Every printer wants to better understand the trends facing the industry in the coming two to three years. How will these trends affect the print process? What challenges will they present, and what steps can printers take today to seize control of the future? Printers succeed when they identify a need in the market, understand their customers, organize their processes and operate their businesses

PRINT 01: PODi to demonstrate PPML 

Jul 16, 2001

The widespread adoption of PPML will be demonstrated by a self-guided tour at Print '01, organized by PODi (Rochester, NY), the Digital Printing initiative. The tour will provide a full perspective of the many products and technologies supporting variable data printing using PPML, the Personalized Print Markup Language.    PPML is the industry's first open, interoperable, multi-format print language

By William J. Ray, PH.D, Group Info Tech, Inc. 

Jul 16, 2001

Getting ready for tomorrow 

Jul 13, 2001

FACT: Printing industry sales and employment rose in 2000, but the number of printing plants continued to decline. Industry shipments reached $163 billion last year, and employment topped 1.2 million. The number of U.S. printing plants, according to Printing Industries of America (PIA), declined from 49,400 in 1999 to 47,667 in 2000. These figures reflect an ongoing trend in the printing industry.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Vendor plate portfolios 

Jul 13, 2001

What plate vendors could be introducing tomorrow is fascinating, but what are they doing today? Here’s a snapshot of the plate manufacturers and their products: AGFA Lest concerns continue regarding Agfa’s plate supply, David Furman, senior marketing manager, CTP systems, notes that Agfa has made "significant" improvements in the past 12 months to expand its CTP plate manufacturing capacity (of the

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Polyester’s checkered past gives way to bright future 

Jul 13, 2001

Accepted by smaller printers but originally rejected by other commercial printers, polyester plates, observes Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) prepress marketing director Ray Cassino, "have a checkered past." Polyester plates are ideal for run lengths of about 20,000 to 25,000 impressions, and according to Cassino, are good for short-run color work at about 150 to 175 line screens. Dean Meyer, product manager,

By Jill Roth, special projects director 

Jul 13, 2001

FACT: Printing industry sales and employment rose in 2000, but the number of printing plants continued to decline. Industry shipments reached $163 billion last year, and employment topped 1.2 million. The number of U.S. printing plants, according to Printing Industries of America (PIA), declined from 49,400 in 1999 to 47,667 in 2000. These figures reflect an ongoing trend in the printing industry.

PRINT 01: General show information 

Jul 12, 2001

Print 01, this year’s largest printing, publishing and converting industry trade show, will take place Sept. 6-13 at McCormick Place, Chicago. Organized by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC), Print shares a four-year rotation with major international exhibitions in other parts of the world, including Drupa in Germany and Ipex in the UK. In the years it is scheduled, Print takes the place of the leading

POLAROID TO EXPLORE SALE OR MERGER 

Jul 12, 2001

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PRINT 01: Serving a global audience 

Jul 12, 2001

As the year’s largest printing, publishing and converting industry trade show, Print 01 is expected to attract visitors from more than 100 countries. Some 30 travel organizers in 20 nations are organizing group tours to the show, and information is being disseminated through U.S. Commercial Service offices in more than 100 nations. Formal delegations at Print are expected to range from the European

PRINT 01: To register or to get more information 

Jul 12, 2001

Print 01, the world’s largest printing, publishing and converting industry trade show this year, will take place Sept. 6-13 at McCormick Place (Chicago). It is being organized by the Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) (Reston, VA). GASC is owned by NAPL, NPES The Assn. for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and PIA. To register or for more information about Print, go to www.print01.com.

PRINT 01: General trends 

Jul 12, 2001

Print 01 arrives at a particularly promising time in terms of major technological trends. Coming about 16 months after Drupa 2000, Print will present market-ready products that have evolved from technological demonstrations and prototypes seen at the German show. Print also comes at a time when more of the industry is adopting digital workflows. Among the major themes of PRINT’s exhibits will be:

PRINT 01: Educational programs 

Jul 12, 2001

Print 01, Sept. 6-13 in Chicago, features its largest show educational program ever. This year’s program of more than 90 sessions is being organized by Professor Frank Romano of RIT (Rochester, NY). Highlights include: 81 seminars in five tracks: Business (finance, sales and marketing), Production, Packaging/Converting, Tools (desktop tools for creative and professional applications) and Prepublishing

EFI NAMES KHOURI-HADDAD VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 

Jul 11, 2001

EFI (Foster City, CA) has named Najib Khouri-Haddad vice president of business development. In this newly-created position, Khouri-Haddad will lead EFI's new business initiatives, including identifying and pursuing ventures, acquisitions and investments that will grow the company's existing businesses and diversification into related businesses. He reports to CEO Guy Gecht. Khouri-Haddad previously

MAN ROLAND PARTNERS WITH FLINT INK 

Jul 10, 2001

Man Roland Inc. (Westmont, IL) has entered into a cooperative agreement with Flint Ink North America (Ann Arbor, MI) intended to boost press performance. Leonard Walle, Flint Ink Director of New Business Development, says that the ink and press alliance will give customers a source of complementary expertise. "It will also give Flint Ink enhanced opportunities to explore new technology and test new

MAN ROLAND REORGANIZES 

Jul 06, 2001

MAN Roland (Offenbach, Germany) is decentralizing its North American operations, granting more autonomy to its regional centers. The initiative is designed to bring the press manufacturer closer to its customers. "Restructuring, streamlining and change always are challenging courses of action," says Yves Rogivue, CEO of MAN Roland Inc. "But in today's fast-paced times, continuous change and adaptation

KUSKIN NAMED KINKO’S PRESIDENT, CEO 

Jul 06, 2001

Kinko’s, Inc. (Ventura, CA) has appointed Gary Kuskin as president and CEO. Former president and CEO George Tamke, a principal of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. (CD&R), will become chairperson of Kinko’s board of directors. CD&R owns about 40 percent of Kinko’s. B. Charles Ames, also a CD&R principal, will serve as vice chairperson. Kuskin joins Kinko’s from HQ Global Workplaces, Inc., where he served

PRINT 01: Only two months away 

Jul 06, 2001

This September, Print 01 will open at the McCormick Place Complex in Chicago. This year's Print show is expected to attract visitors from more than 100 countries, including China, India, Japan and Korea, as well as the European community and several Latin American nations. Running Sept. 6-13, Print 01 will occupy the North and South Halls of McCormick Place. The South Hall will be devoted to presses,

NAGASA HONORS GOURLEY 

Jul 03, 2001

Robert J. Gourley, CEO of Heartland Imaging Companies (Kansas City, KS), has received the 2001 Innovator Award by the North American Graphic Arts Suppliers Assn. (NAGASA). The Innovator Award is presented to an individual or company that promotes and adopts "business practices with a potential for improved channel operations." Gourley was recognized for his recent work with VieNet, an Internet-based

CREOSCITEX INTRODUCES ECENTRAL 

Jul 03, 2001

CreoScitex’s (Vancouver, BC) Web-based business portal, eCentral, provides CreoScitex customers with a comprehensive suite of Web-based services, including business intelligence reports, online support, training and information sharing tools. The portal offers two levels of services: standard and premiere. Standard services are available to customers worldwide through the eCentral portal. Premiere

KBA, HTTPRINT LAUNCH E-COMMERCE SOLUTION 

Jul 02, 2001

Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) (Radebeul, Germany) and httprint (San Francisco) have forged an alliance to deliver an Internet-based e-commerce solution designed to minimize the time printers spend between print jobs and allows their customers to send digital files directly to their presses. Httprint, using its e-commerce front end and color management software tools tailored to KBA’s 74 Karat presses, will

PROLATUS RECEIVES $6.5 MILLION INVESTMENT 

Jul 02, 2001

Prolatus, Inc. (Minneapolis), vendor of Catalyst Technology digital-file handling software, has received $6.5 million in funding, led by a $3.5 million investment by Mellon Ventures, Inc., an affiliate of Mellon Financial Corp. Additional funding came from Minneapolis-based companies The Rahn Group, Brightstone Capital LTD., Imagine Capital Partners and individual investors. "This round of funding

GEORGE TO CLOSE ABBEY PRESS 

Jul 02, 2001

Sheetfed and web printer GEORGE (Brisbane, CA), a Printing Arts America (PAA) company, intends to close its Abbey Press facility in Oakland, CA, by the end of the summer. GEORGE will support all of PAA’s West Coast customers, while working to increase manufacturing efficiencies and an ERP systems integration. "During the last 12 months, we have spent $3 million at GEORGE in technologically advanced

PRINTABLE ACQUIRES COLLABRIA ASSETS 

Jun 29, 2001

Printable Technologies, Inc. (San Diego) has acquired core assets of Collabria, Inc. (San Mateo, CA), which in June announced it was shutting down operations. Part of the purchase includes PrintCommerce 3.0 software and Collabria’s installed customer base, which will be able to maintain their services through Printable. In an interview with industry website Printplanet.com, Printable executive vice