SUPPLIER newsMay 2010
Christian Reinaudo has been named the new CEO of Agfa-Gevaert. He succeeds Jo Cornu, who will serve as a member of the board of directors. In other company news, Agfa Graphics has been appointed an Adobe Gold Solution Partner and member of the Adobe Partner Connection.
Kodak and Ricoh Americas have signed a multiyear renewal of an expanded reseller agreement for Kodak NexPress digital production color presses and Kodak Digimaster digital production systems. Both Ricoh and IKON may also sell Kodak document imaging and unified workflow solutions, including Creo color servers. In other news, Eric Owen has been appointed Kodak's worldwide vice president of customer development for digital printing solutions.
Zarik Megerdichian, founder and CEO of 4over Inc., recently held a "town hall" meeting for more than 250 customers at the trade printer's Miami facility. He discussed the new direct-to-consumer Website, Project Red Tag, which can help print resellers acquire new online print buyer customers. A tiered Loyalty Program has been created in conjunction with the program.
Several announcements have been made at Heidelberg. Heidelberg USA has renamed its 40,000-square-foot demo center in Kennesaw, GA, the North American Print and Packaging Technology Center. In February, the company marked the 10,000th customer visit to the center. In other company news, Howard Hutchings has been tapped as the new chief information officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. He succeeds Michael Neff.
As part of Bobst Group North America's reorganization into three business units—sheetfed, webfed and services—Michael D'Angelo has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president and business director for the new webfed business unit in North America, while maintaining his current sales position for corrugated equipment in the sheetfed business unit. Bobst Group SA has also named Alain Jendly, the former North American vice president of flexible materials, to the newly created position of worldwide head of service centers.
Jamie Sutphin has rejoined Braden Sutphin Ink as a technical sales representative after 25 years of experience in the printing ink industry.
To assist victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January, Fujifilm provided $400,000 in financial assistance and Fujifilm medical products and equipment to the nonprofit group Hope for Haiti. In other company news, Fujifilm North America announced that Fujifilm Sericol U.S.A. has joined its Graphic Systems Div. The integration adds screen printing, wide-format digital and narrow web printing expertise to Fujifilm's presence in the commercial printing market.