SUPPLIER newsMay 2010
Konica Minolta Business Solutions announced two changes to its senior management team. Jun Haraguchi, president and CEO, is now general manager of worldwide sales and marketing for Konica Minolta Business Technologies in Japan. Nobuo (Ned) Umehara, general manager of OEM sales for Konica Minolta Business Technologies, has been named president and CEO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Several announcements have been made at Manugraph DGM. Dave Moreland has been promoted to president. He succeeds Brian LaBine, who will remain active as a member of the company's board of directors. Ron Ehrhardt has been promoted to vice president of international sales and marketing; Rodney Fenstermacher to vice president of manufacturing; and Ed Heim to director of parts sales, managing all aftermarket parts sales activities.
Several organizational changes have been announced at Ricoh Americas: Kevin Togashi, chairman and CEO of Ricoh Americas Holdings; Matthew Espe, chairman and CEO of Ricoh Americas; Jeffrey Hickling has expanded his current role as president and COO of IKON Office Solutions to become president and CEO of Ricoh U.S.; and Martin Brodigan, executive vice president and CFO for Ricoh Americas.
HP and Appleton Coated have signed an agreement, wherein Appleton will develop customized coated papers—matte and dull finishes—for the HP T300 color inkjet web press. The papers are scheduled for mid-2010 availability in North America.
RISO Inc. has entered into an agreement with Sir Speedy, PIP Printing and Marketing Services, and Signal Graphics franchisees, wherein it will now offer its ComColor high-speed ink-jet printers under a special pricing structure.
The Bennett Group is now offering its Barcode to Bottom Line certification program. Developed for the direct mail/marketing industries, the certification program covers six mailing industry-related titles in a self-paced educational initiative through workbooks and CDs.
Océ and CGS Publishing Technologies have established a preferred solution partnership, wherein Océ will now extend its software/workflow solutions with several products out of CGS's ORIS portfolio. The partnership will also enable Océ to offer more comprehensive solutions, particularly in hybrid environments.
At Finch Paper, Robert McDonald has been named vice president of manufacturing. Prior to joining Finch, he worked at several paper companies during a 30-year industry career.
Gordon Grissom has joined manroland as district sales manager, sheetfed, for the Mountain region, covering Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.
Kompac Technologies recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since 1980, the company has expanded its product line to include retrofit dampening systems for more than 150 press models. In 2006, the Kompac Kwik Finishing coating and curing system debuted.
David Andrew Samide, marketing manager at Prime UV Systems, died on March 21st after a seven-year battle with brain cancer. Mr. Samide, 32, joined Prime UV in 2000 as an assistant and was promoted shortly thereafter. PI