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April 2008
Print UV Conference Deemed a Success

LAS VEGAS—Nearly 100 printers and suppliers attended the inaugural Print UV 2008 Conference, held here at the Wynn Resort in early March. Produced and sponsored by Air Motion Systems, the event also served as the launching pad for the Print UV Association and a platform for the expanding Print UV online community (

Discussion topics included how to market and sell UV; innovative UV printing and coating techniques; and the benefits of going 100 percent VOC-free in the UV pressroom.

A panel of experts from major press OEMs, as well as UV equipment, ink, coating and consumable suppliers, answered questions on UV safety guidelines, ink adhesion, proper care for UV blankets and rollers, as well as the best way to “sell” the UV learning curve to upper management. A special executive session focused on developing business, process and quality standards for UV printing.

With plans already underway for the 2009 edition, founding co-sponsors of Print UV 2008 included Absolute Graphic Technologies, Diamond Roller, KBA North America, Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses, MAN Roland, Pamarco Global Graphics, PRI Technologies and Printing Impressions.

Barbara Wardlow has joined Mohawk Fine Papers as a specification sales representative. Wardlow, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, is now responsible for sales in the Southcentral region, covering Texas and New Mexico.

Tamotsu “Ted” Nakamura has assumed the executive vice president and general manager roles at Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Systems Group, succeeding Ryoichi Bamba. Nakamura previously was president and CEO of Canon Canada. Bamba, who served 17 years at Canon U.S.A., has transferred to Canon Europe, where he is president and CEO.

The new director of sheetfed sales and business development at IST America is Bill Bonallo. Bonallo brings more than 34 years of experience to IST, including having served as president and CEO of the then technotrans America/IST sheetfed organization.

Two personnel additions have been made at Screen (USA). Thomas Leibrandt has joined as print-on-demand product manager, a newly created position. He is responsible for the Truepress family of direct imaging and digital printing devices. Mike Stone has been named regional sales manager for the company’s Northeast region, and is now responsible for overseeing sales in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

IMC America has been awarded a contract to supply Transcontinental Printing’s new Goss Sunday 3000 press with stacker/palletizing automation. The new press, to be installed later this year at Transcontinental’s Interweb plant in Boucherville, Quebec, will be equipped with Recmi automatic horizontal bundle stackers, overhead conveyors and fully automatic palletizers. This will be the third new press at Transcontinental equipped with Recmi automation.

WSI (We Simplify the Internet), an Internet consulting firm that provides solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses, has developed a franchise model to help graphic communication professionals extend their businesses into the Internet development and consulting arena. The company offers training and certification programs.

Pace Systems Group, developer of the ePace print management system, and LithoTechnics, which offers the Metrix automatic layout calculator, have entered into a partnership agreement to integrate their products.

Customers, developers, company representatives and industry leaders recently gathered in Boston for an ilinkONE user group meeting held by interlinkONE Inc. Barbara Pellow, of InfoTrends, was the keynote speaker.

At MBM Corp., Ned Ginsburg has been promoted to president and CFO, succeeding Thomas Gallagher, who retired. Michael Venittelli has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing.

William Carroll has been appointed president and CEO of Lasermax Roll Systems. Carroll previously served as president of Roll Systems prior to the merger with Stralfors’ Lasermax division. Jeff Kewin has been promoted to president, Americas and Asia/Pacific. Kewin formerly served as the company’s executive vice president, global marketing and business development.

Kocher and Beck has named H.S. Boyd Co. as the exclusive U.S. agent for its In-line Offset Cutting (IOC) diecutting system, which enables printers to diecut, perforate, cut or crease directly on an offset press.

Dennis McManus is the new Western regional sales manager at Tensor Group, responsible for 12 Western U.S. states, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the Northwest and Yukon Territories.

Sakurai USA has added three new staff members. Greg Friesser has been named operations manager with responsibility for logistics and administrative support. Phil Scardina and Anthony Voorhees have joined the Sakurai Service Support Group.

Presstek Inc. has entered into an alliance with Press-sense that sees it now offering Press-sense iWay Web-to-print and Business Flow management software. Presstek plans to offer both hosted and licensed software implementations.

Eugene Langlais II, president of Capricorn Research, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Robert F. Reed Technology Medal by the Ben Franklin Society of PIA/GATF. His career includes stints with Presstek Inc. and Polaroid Graphics Imaging. PI


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