Cal Poly Celebrates Gravure Day as Part of Printing Week 2010February 5, 2010
With more than 35 years in production management with R.R. Donnelly, Staab provided an in-depth lecture on the industry. He also spoke about his company’s commitment to training and education, including on-site experiences mentoring Cal Poly students at the company’s Reno facility. Staab presented a detailed perspective of gravure, exemplified through examples from the Donnelly Reno plant that included prepress, engraving and gravure print production, detailing various steps through the process.
Vail discussed St. Marys Paper Company’s three Fourdrinier machines, two of which date to the early 1900s. He addressed the profitability of these machines and the effect the economy is having on the paper industry. Vail outlined current economic data associated with the gravure industry and discussed trends in magazine ad pages, catalog production and distribution, paper industry trends and the impact of the recession on these industry segments. Vail also touched on career opportunities in the gravure industry as well as the important role that the Gravure Education Foundation plays by providing scholarships and other resources to students studying graphic communication.
About Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department
The Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department (www.grc.calpoly.edu) was founded in 1946 and is one of the largest and best-known programs of its kind in the nation. The department includes concentrations in graphic communication management, Web and digital media, design reproduction technology, graphics for packaging, and individualized study. The program is strongly supported by industry with equipment, supplies and software for the department’s more than 33,000 square feet of modern laboratories, and with grants and endowments. All major graphic communication processes are taught, including traditional printing and digital printing. The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (www.grci.calpoly.edu) focuses on services for industry, including research, testing, product evaluations, consulting, training, seminars, workshops, and conferences. The department is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC).