Industry Vendors Dominate Headlines

While Heidelberg Prepress will no longer market the Herkules plate, it is further casting its line into the imagesetter market with the introduction of a new imagesetter product, the Signasetter Pro.

* Meanwhile, claiming that the digital printing industry has finally evolved from the early adopter stage to mainstream usage, Indigo N.V. Chairman and Founder Benny Landa recently unveiled the TurboStream digital press before a group of trade press editors at Indigo America’s headquarters in Woburn, MA.

Featuring front-end processing improvements over the E-Print 1000+, the new TurboStream is said to provide faster proofing and the ability to deal with larger job files. Already shipping to customers in the United States and Europe, the TurboStream carries a list price of $399,000. Current E-Print 1000+ users can upgrade their machines to TurboStream capabilities for $79,000.

* Following the abrupt resignation of President and CEO Kenneth D. Newton, Screen (USA) is scaling down its U.S. effort, with a restructuring of sales and marketing initiatives, according to insiders at the company. Look for more departures from Screen (USA)’s executive personnel. Toshihiko Kusaba replaces Newton as president of Screen.

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