At Finch Paper, Peter Veverka has been appointed as the company’s new senior product development engineer. Veverka now reports to Tom Ruch, director of technology and development. He comes to Finch after a 15-year tenure with International Paper, where he most recently served as pulp mill technical leader.

At KBA North America, George Drew has been named project manager for North America, with responsibility for managing a team to oversee sheetfed press installations at KBA customer sites. He most recently served in the same capacity at another press manufacturer.

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.

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