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October 2008
Goss, manroland Resolve Case

BOLINGBROOK, IL--Goss International and manroland have resolved their U.S. patent infringement litigation involving web offset press sleeve blanket technology. The terms of the agreement are confidential. Both parties acknowledged that the resolution was in the best interest of their companies and customers, allowing them to offer their full press portfolios to the worldwide marketplace.

VistaPrint Expands Facility

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--Online printing specialist VistaPrint is expanding its production facility in Windsor, Ontario, for the second time since 2005. The expansion plans include nearly 140,000 square feet of additional space for both manufacturing and office use. The growth includes 39,000 square feet of office space and more than 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space, bringing the facility's total area to just under 300,000 square feet. VistaPrint's Windsor plant is responsible for the printing and distribution of orders throughout North America, and manufactures customer orders on-site.

Quebecor World Extends Pact

MONTREAL--Quebecor World has reached a contract extension with PARADE Publications to print 100 percent of PARADE magazine in the United States. PARADE is distributed weekly in more than 400 Sunday newspapers. It boasts more than 71 million weekly readers.

Merger Forms ArborOakland

ROYAL OAK, MI--Think Arbor, a marketing communications provider based here, and Oakland: A Communications Partner, based in Troy, MI, have merged to form ArborOakland Group. The newly formed company will be based in the current Think Arbor facility. Its services include web and sheetfed printing, variable data printing, direct mail services, database management and acquisition, warehousing and fulfillment, and Web-based storefront ordering systems.

RPI Doubles Production Space

SEATTLE--RPI, which specializes in automated, mass-customized manufacturing and fulfillment for the consumer print-on-emand market, has doubled its manufacturing floor space to meet increased demand for personalized products, such as greeting cards, photo books and calendars. By adding 30,000 square feet and reconfiguring the physical workflow in the factory to incorporate lean manufacturing principles, RPI has increased its ability for quick turnaround and to meet deadlines, yet can also reportedly achieve a 99 percent accuracy rate.

New CTP Systems for Paper

CHICAGO--The Chicago Sun-Times has obtained nine Agfa Advantage CLS digital platemaking systems, as well as Arkitex workflow components that include Autoplan and Afirma for increased monitoring and automation. The Advantage CLS is a cassette-loading system with a throughput of up to 220 plates per hour.

 

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