Manugraph DGM will now represent its products and services through a “factory direct” sales and marketing approach for the United States, thereby eliminating conventional regionalized sales territories. The company has established a new U.S. sales and marketing group at the Elizabethville, PA, factory headquarters.

Two new officers have been elected to the PrintCity Alliance’s Packaging, Commercial and Sheetfed Activity Group. They are chairman, Han Haan, manager of technical marketing and sales at Sappi Fine Paper Europe; and vice chairman, Dr. Gerald Schobesberger, executive vice president of business development, sheetfed printing systems sector, at manroland.

Competitive and flexible financing options are now available from Videojet Technologies, which has selected Direct Capital as its preferred equipment leasing provider.

Printing Industries of America has named Dan Gelbart as its 2008 Robert F. Reed Technology Medal recipient. Gelbart, the co-founder of Creo Products, has often been credited as being the father of modern computer-to-plate technology for the printing industry. The award was presented during the recent 2009 Technical Association for the Graphic Arts (TAGA) annual conference in New Orleans.

INX International Ink’s Charlotte, NC, facility is now certified ISO 14001 compliant. The Charlotte location is the second INX International plant to receive the environmental stewardship designation, in addition to its ISO 9001 certification.

In a collaboration between Muller Martini, SoftSolutions and HIFLEX, printers and binderies now have the ability to integrate their MIS functions and their postpress machines in an open architecture environment utilizing a JDF/JMF digital file workflow.

Heidelberg has donated a Prosetter 102 platesetter to Cincinnati State Community and Technical College’s Graphic Imaging Technology program.

At BCC Software, a BÖWE BELL + HOWELL company, Bob Schimek has been tapped as the new director of commercial mail solutions. He most recently served as director of commercial mail development for SAP Business Objects.

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