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January 2007

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Dscoop Expands Benefits, Seats New Board of Directors

CHICAGO—The Digital Solutions Cooperative (Dscoop) has launched a new Web-to-print solution offered exclusively to members of the user-driven community of HP Indigo press owners and their sales, marketing and production teams. Created by Saepio Technologies, the system enables members to customize templates with their company logos and contact information.

Overseeing the continued development of this group and its offerings is a new slate of officers and board of directors for the 2006-2007 term. Serving as Dscoop chairman for a second year is Jack Glacken, Today’s Graphics (Philadelphia). Supporting Glacken are Chairman-elect Todd Kalagher, Finlay (Bloomfield, CT); Vice President of Finance Larry Vaughn, Ideal Printers (Houston); and Treasurer Art Manzo, Global Soft Digital Solutions (Mahwah, NJ).

Board members include Christopher Wells, Lavigne Inc. (Worchester, MA); Terie Syme, Prestige Label (Burgaw, NC); Doyle Mortimer, Alexander’s Print Advantage (Lindon, UT); Eric Hawkinson, SmithBucklin (Chicago); David Leshem, Hewlett-Packard (Rehovit, Israel); and Francis McMahon, Hewlett-Packard (Boise, ID).

Dscoop has scheduled its 2007 annual conference to run February 1-3 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, FL.

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MAITLAND, FL—Abbott Printing has purchased a Kodak NexPress 2500 digital production press with a fifth imaging unit and NexGlosser glossing unit.

MCFARLAND, WI—Brandboxx has installed a Spyder 320+ (white) wide-format, flatbed ink-jet printer from Inca Digital, which it purchased from Fujifilm Sericol. After specializing in prepress services for 15 years, the 20-employee company switched to being a dedicated large-format printing provider.

PALO ALTO, CA—HP announced that has elected to install multiple HP Indigo press 5000 machines to provide digital color printing for the online retailer’s expanding books-on-demand business. These color presses will operate in conjunction with existing black-and-white digital printing capabilities at several Amazon fulfillment centers, producing one-off to short-run color books and color covers for black-and-white book blocks.

ROCHESTER, NY—Eastman Kodak worked in concert with renowned photographer Neal Preston to promote his exhibition of photos of great rock-and-roll performers on display at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Hollywood, CA. They collaborated on the design and production of a 116 page, soft-cover catalog and commemorative book for the show, which was printed using a Nexpress 2500 digital color press. All profits from the exhibition’s opening night print sales benefited a new recovery program for wounded U.S. military personnel.

PALO ALTO, CA—In support of its “Capture Business Success” program, HP has kicked off a national, 12-city traveling seminar tour. Each one-day stop will feature discussions of how digital technologies are generating more sales and greater rates of return for printers and their customers. Remaining tour dates and locations can be found at digitaltour.

ANN ARBOR, MI—Under a recently signed agreement, Xitron will incorporate a custom LED print engine from Oki Data Americas into its Prism digital color press. This single-pass color technology supports 36 ppm printing using individually replaceable toner cartridges and imaging drums.



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