Small-Format Sheetfed Presses Shown 
At ‘Invitation to Innovation’ Open House

DALLAS—KBA North America recently hosted an “Invitation to Innovation” open house, held in conjunction with the Printing and Imaging Association of MidAmerica. More than 85 Texas-area printers and suppliers gathered in KBA’s new 6,000-square-foot customer center.

Guests viewed a live demonstration of KBA’s 14×20˝ Genius 52UV press. They also had the opportunity to see a 23×29˝ Rapida 75 six-up sheetfed press running at maximum speed while producing a four-color job, which was then diecut in-line using 
a converted fifth printing unit based on H.S. Boyd technology.

Visitors at the open house were also shown a wide range of applications—from printing high-quality offset jobs, to printing on specialty substrates such as static cling and an environmentally-friendly plastic from MicroGreen.

Chris Raney, who most recently served as vice president of sales for the folding carton business at Bobst Group, is the new vice president of postpress packaging at Heidelberg USA. Dan Maurer, vice president of postpress product management, is now totally responsible for all commercial postpress.

Peter Johnson has joined the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) as managing director of the Office of Sustainability. Johnson will combine his forestry, auditing and sustainability consulting experience to help SFI build awareness of its contributions to responsible forestry amongst foundations, consumer-facing brands, customers and the financial services sector.

Dave Kennedy has joined Recognition Systems (RSI) as sales manager, pressroom products, to expand RSI’s existing Dotworks brand of prepress and inkjet offerings into the pressroom, including inks, chemicals, ECS brand aqueous and UV coatings, and expanded blanket offerings. Kennedy most recently worked for Heidelberg USA and, before that, was vice president and general manager at DYC Blankets.

Unisource Worldwide has awarded a Matching Challenge Grant to the The Print Council—resulting in $100,000 of new financial support from the industry, as well as 15 new supporters to the council ranks. The additional support will fund new initiatives, as well as support the ongoing programs of The Print Council.

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