In order to maintain contact with users and grow market share in North America, Rohan Holt, founder of LithoTechnics Inc. and inventor of the Metrix automated job planning and imposition system, has relocated from the company’s Sydney, Australia, location to its U.S. office in the Seattle area.

NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies named David Reny as its 2010 Gegenheimer Award recipient. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the industry through participation in NPES and industry activities, civic leadership, technical innovation and sound management practices. Reny is currently executive vice president at Standard Finishing Systems, where he has served since 1977.

Donald Troxel, co-founder of ECRM, died Jan. 18 at the age of 76. Dr. Troxel, along with some fellow MIT professors, developed the first commercially successful optical character recognition (OCR) machine for use by newspapers. He was also instrumental in the development of several ECRM products, including the Autokon laser-based camera, scanners, filmsetters and platesetters.

Fujifilm North America‘s Graphic Systems Div. and Van Son Holland Ink have introduced a program for Fujifilm customers who purchase Van Son inks for the first time. The Van Son Fujifilm Tech Advantage Program allows customers to use their Van Son ink purchases from Fujifilm to help finance a series of professional services. These include G7 education and implementation, Taskero Universe ColorPath Verified and ColorPath Sync, stochastic screening implementation, custom compensation curve development, color management education and implementation, pressroom densitometry education, and SWOP education and implementation.

Transilwrap Co., a manufacturer, coater and converter of plastics, has purchased Interfilm Holdings, a distributor and converter of flexible films. The acquisition supports Transilwrap’s growth strategy to provide a strengthened service platform, new solutions through added converting capabilities and expanded product lines to reach new markets.

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