GRAPH EXPO WRAP-UP — Postpress Alliances Abound

This announcement was just one of several between traditional finishing equipment suppliers and those known more for their place in the digital realm.

For example, Océ Printing Systems USA and Bell & Howell signed a joint alliance. The companies now have the ability to integrate high-speed printers with many finishing options and receive service on all pre- and post-processing equipment.

Under the agreement, Océ and Bell & Howell will join forces to address the market’s need for complete, high-speed print production, binding and bookletmaking solutions—all with single-source support. Customers reportedly gain more flexibility in post-processing options and have improved service for all digital equipment with one source of service management.

As an extension of the new alliance, Océ will now sell, with Bell & Howell, the newly available DemandWorks binding and bookletmaking solutions. The saddle stitch and perfect binding solutions accept single- or dual-stream input. Both products offer full integrity tracking, cover matching and co-mingled color and black-and-white documents.

Marketing Agreement

In another development, GBC Films Group announced a co-marketing agreement with Hewlett-Packard to develop and promote complementary media and laminating solutions.

The cooperative program combines resources and products from both companies to expand the printing and finishing opportunities and capabilities of users. The agreement is designed to offer GBC customers better solutions through focused laminate and media compatibility testing, in-depth technical support, extensive application knowledge via printed and on-line marketing materials, and shared trade-show activities.

GBC Films Group will test HP media with GBC films to make recommendations on compatibility, usage and applications. GBC will share its expertise of coatings and lamination with HP for the development of new products and applications to reduce users’ overall job costs. In addition, GBC will have access to ink and media expertise from HP.

Also at the show, Muller Martini pointed out that its saddle stitching system that automates and accelerates the makeready process has received a technological honor. The Prima AMRYS recently received a 2002 InterTech Award from the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF).

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