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March 2011

Canon Inc., Japanese parent company of Canon U.S.A., registered a company record of 2,543 new patents in 2010, ranking fourth overall based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This marks the 18th consecutive year that Canon has ranked among the top five patent holders. The patent portfolio has led to the introduction of several products, including the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP digital press.

At manroland AG, the Small Newspaper Presses business unit (Plauen, Germany) has merged with the Large Newspaper Presses business unit (Augsburg, Germany). The newly formed Newspaper Printing Systems business unit is now operated under a single management structure. Former executive vice president of the Small Newspaper Presses unit, Georg Riescher, has assumed the leadership role of the combined unit. Anton Hamm, former head of the Large Newspaper Presses unit, is now executive vice president of the Technology Center for Webfed Printing Systems.

John Salamone has joined Vits America as sales engineer. He has extensive industry experience in variable sheeting, batching/stacking, in-line finishing and specialty applications.

Drytac Corp. has moved its headquarters into a larger facility in Richmond, VA, to offer customers easier access to hands-on instruction in mounting and finishing skills. With a larger warehouse, the new facility allows increased inventory levels and faster shipping turnaround for the East Coast region. The new showroom also houses its complete line of liquid coating equipment.

George Smith has joined Gane Brothers & Lane as a sales rep. Based in Jupiter, FL, Smith now represents the company in the Southeast region.

To celebrate its 20-year anniversary, Graphic Art Systems is offering its Eagle Systems hot foil machine users a free software update package (for use with Windows, including Windows version 7). And, on the cold foil machine side, the Eagle Eco cold foil module now comes equipped as standard with FoilSave for foil saving capabilities. PI



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