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.

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