SUPPLIER newsFebruary 2009
WILLISTON, VT—KBA North America has announced a new Webcam demonstration, training and application testing program for current and prospective customers. The new program allows printers to view a KBA press demonstration—on either a 56? Rapida 142, 41? Rapida 106 or 20? Genius 52 UV press—in the KBA Customer Care Center in Vermont. Printers can ask questions in real-time and see up close, via portable Webcams, the special features of the press as it prints a job.
A printer can also view how a particular job, substrate, ink or other application can be tested on-press. Once the demonstration is complete, the printer will receive samples of the printed job the next day. The program can be viewed from any PC or Mac from anywhere in the world.
A new agreement has been made between GFI Innovations and xpedx. xpedx will now distribute GFI’s Mx6 ink formulation dispenser and ProProof automated proofing system.
Xingraphics held a technical workshop in its Chengdu, China-based facility. The workshop, which focused on FIT Xtra thermal technology, included interactive sessions on future thermal CTP plate technologies, as well as hands-on training on the FIT Xtra plate. Attendees had the opportunity to visit Xingraphics’ high-speed thermal production line and were also shown the company’s recycling facilities. Additionally, they had the opportunity to watch a live printing demonstration at a customer site with FIT eCO, a true processless CTP technology.
Mike Petzold is the new service engineer at Print Finishing Sales & Services (PFSS). Prior to joining PFSS, he served at Muller Martini as a perfect binder specialist.
Sun Chemical has announced the addition of four new product managers within its newly reorganized North American business unit. Brian Breidigan has been appointed vice president of product management for commercial inks; Anthony Renzi has joined as vice president of product management of liquid inks; Dennis Sweet has been named vice president of product management of publication inks; and Grant Shouldice has been tapped as director of product management of energy curable inks.
A distribution agreement has been made between Böwe Bell + Howell and Data-Pac that enables Böwe Bell + Howell to integrate, sell and service Data-Pac postage accounting software and postage metering equipment.
At INX International Ink, Jim Wegemer has been hired as the new director of national accounts for packaging.
Leo Wiltgen has been promoted to sales specialist for print-on-demand (POD) solutions at Screen (USA), where he is now responsible for sales activities on the Truepress 344, Truepress Jet520 and Truepress Jet2500UV.
Klaus Hofer is the new worldwide head of personnel at Heidelberg. The Heidelberg management board has appointed Hofer’s predecessor, Bernd Lang, to lead the team negotiating personnel changes that are linked to the cost-cutting measures announced in October 2008. Lang will retire, once the negotiations have been completed.
At SITMA U.S.A., Patrick McElhone has been named regional sales manager covering the Midwest and Western regions.
Presstek Inc. has appointed Jeff Jacobson, the company’s president and CEO, as its chairman. Jacobson replaces John Dreyer, who has been elected as the board’s lead director. PI<