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Xeikon, Chromapress User Groups Unite

LAS VEGAS—Xeikon digital press users came together recently to hold the first annual meeting of the Xeikon Digital Printing Association (XDPA). Activities included the election of a board of directors for the new group, which was formed through the consolidation of the former Chromapress Printing Association (CPA) and the Xeikon Users Association (XUA).

The primary reason for the merger was Xeikon N.V.’s acquisition of Agfa’s Digital Printing Systems business unit. As a result, Xeikon America and Canopy LLC, Xeikon’s North American distributor, took over responsibility for supporting Chromapress users.

“XDPA brings together two groups that share common goals,” notes Charles Martin, chairman of XDPA Vegas 2000. “Exchanging variable color printing and e-commerce strategies as one group benefits members with an expanded base of ideas and resources. The combined Xeikon and Chromapress user base is a powerful resource for XDPA members and for the entire digital printing industry.”

More than 100 Xeikon and Chromapress users attended the inaugural conference.

The new officers and members of the XDPA Board of Directors include: President John Matyasik, Media Graphics, Chicago; Vice President Lori Pool, Watchdog Print Media, Cypress, CA; Secretary/Treasurer Paul Hudrick, New Dimension, Bristol, PA; Val DiGiacinto (CPA Past President), The Ace Group, New York City; Susan Kinney (XUA Past President), Castle Press, Pasadena, CA; Ray Baggarley, Digital Quickcolor, Irvine, CA; Maria Elliott, Knight Press, North Charleston, SC; Ken Heba, Quality Images, Jacksonville, FL; Barry Levine, Concept Printing, Miami; Charles M. Martin, Harper House, Dallas; Nicole Olszewski, K/P Graphics, San Ramon, CA; Ken Seaman, G.S.D.L., Asheville, NC; Doug Smith, Merlin International, Rochester, NY; David Tobman, Automation Printing, Los Angeles; and Steve Trerotola, Alfa Color Lab, Gardena, CA.

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