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September 2009

Garbrecht Leaving KBA

DALLAS—Holger Garbrecht, KBA North America's president and CEO, has stepped down effective August 31 and has returned to Germany for what the press manufacturer termed family reasons. The company was expected to name a new North American chief executive shortly. Garbrecht joined KBA in October of 2007, replacing Ralf Sammeck. Earlier this year, he oversaw the North American division's move to Dallas, bringing the web and sheetfed units together in a single facility.

Suppliers Discount Rumors

NEW YORK—Press manufacturers Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and manroland AG are reportedly in merger talks. Bloomberg News quoted finance newsletter "Platow Brief," which said that German insurer Allianz SE—holder of a 12 percent share in Heidelberg and a 65 percent stake in manroland—is pressuring them to merge in order to protect its investments. Spokesmen for both companies would not comment on the report.

Creel Transfers Operations

LAS VEGAS—Creel Printing is streamlining operations by transferring Creel Printing of California's production and equipment to its 250,000-square-foot facility here. The move centralizes manufacturing and enhances its capabilities while reducing Creel's cost structure. Customers will reportedly realize postal savings, as well.

GPO Seeks Digital Input

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking opinions on advanced print technology used to produce Congressional and Federal agency publications. The RFI is looking for the types of new technology that will reduce paper waste and provide cost-effective solutions for short- and medium-run jobs, such as the Congressional Record and Federal Register.

Jetline Moving Operations

MOUNT VERNON, NY—Jetline LLC is shuttering its commercial printing plant here by around October 1, and will relocate to another larger East Coast facility. Its current building is 100,000 square feet, and the firm is seeking to obtain a plant with roughly 150,000 square feet. Workers were given the opportunity to relocate with the company. Jetline prints brochures, magazines, catalogs and promotional items.

Webcrafters Orders Prosper

MADISON, WI—National book printer Webcrafters Inc. signed a letter of intent to purchase a Kodak Prosper press. Webcrafters will use the press, which incorporates Stream ink-jet technology, in its manufacturing of book products ranging from educational and college to trade books, catalogs and atlases. Its clients include publishers The McGraw-Hill Cos., Pearson plc and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

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