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May 2011

Western States Envelope & Label was recently presented with the Envelope Supplier Excellence Award at the Staples Print Solutions national sales meeting in Orlando, FL. The award is given to one company annually that demonstrates excellence in the envelope category.

Hewlett-Packard has announced two promotions within its Graphic Solutions Business (GSB). Sumeer Chandra is now GSB vice president of worldwide marketing and strategy. Francois Martin has been tapped as GSB director of worldwide marketing and now reports to Chandra.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen has acquired Belgian MIS software specialist CERM, with plans to launch and sell CERM's existing portfolio worldwide and integrate it into the Prinect production workflow system.

At Fujifilm's Graphic Systems Div., Matt Sisson is the new marketing manager for the commercial printing market. He previously served in the same division for 11 years as a digital sales specialist in the Chicago area.

Jack Iacovelli died Feb. 21 at the age of 70. During his 30+-year career, Mr. Iacovelli served as the regional vice president of ATF Davidson for more than 20 years. He then assumed a sales position at Omni-Adast in 1986; became national sales manager in 1989; and was named executive vice president of Omnitrade Industrial in 1994. A staunch dealer advocate, he also earned a reputation among printers for candor and the integrity of his handshake.

Kocher+Beck USA and W+D North America have entered into a long-term distribution, manufacturing and technology agreement. W+D is now the exclusive distributor of K+B flexible dies and magnetic cylinders for the United States and Canada, assuming all sales and technical support responsibility. K+B will manufacture flexible dies exclusively for W+D in the North American envelope segment.

Finn Graphics, a third-generation, family owned business, recently celebrated its 71-year anniversary. The Cincinnati-based company manufactures FINN-Line and Kwik-Stik promotional advertising products that are sold through distributors.

WRH Marketing Americas is now representing vR Handling (formerly known as Von Roll Handling) in North America. Under the terms of the exclusive agreement, WRH Marketing will market, sell and service vR Handling's roll materials handling products.

xpedx and Bulkley Dunton have entered into an agreement, wherein both companies are now the exclusive U.S. distributors of Appleton Coated Utopia Inkjet web papers.

Michael Madura has been appointed Mohawk Fine Papers' vice president of digital media. Madura now reports to Paul Biesiadecki, Mohawk's executive vice president of sales and marketing. He most recently was employed at Xerox's Graphic Communications Business Group.

International Paper has consolidated its xpedx, Western Paper and Zellerbach operations in Salt Lake City under the xpedx brand. The move will provide a single point of contact for sales and customer service, as well as an enhanced product portfolio and a streamlined supply chain.

Two announcements have been made by technotrans AG. The company has purchased a majority interest in Termotek AG, a supplier of laser cooling systems. Sales and services will also be available via technotrans america. technotrans AG also signed a cooperation contract with Merlin Technology GmbH, which will combine its technologies for water preparation and compact cooling and temperature control units, with Merlin's humidification systems.

New officers have been selected at The Print Suppliers Group (PSG). They are: president, Keith Voigt, Great Western Ink; vice president/secretary, Dennis Brunner, Brunner Consultants; and treasurer, Fiona Cummings, Farbotech Color.

RISO Inc. and Solimar Systems have formed an alliance. RISO high-speed cutsheet inkjet printers are now certified to work with Solimar's transactional document conversion, re-engineering and electronic delivery solutions to provide customers with single-pass, full-color for mid-volume production and reprint workflows.

At Baldwin Technology, Ivan Habibe has been hired as vice president, CFO and treasurer. Habibe previously served as CFO of Russell Hobbs, a global consumer products company.

Larry Feuling has joined Harris & Bruno International as a product development engineer.

Screen (USA) has merged with S. Ten Nines California (STCA), a sister company that engineers software used to drive Screen printing and prepress equipment. As part of the merger, STCA is now a department of Screen (USA), but its staff and offices will remain at their current location in Irvine, CA.

Kodak Co. has been named an authorized reseller of Online Print Solutions' full range of Web-to-print and cross-media marketing tools. The new offerings allow Kodak to deliver customers personalized solutions via a hosted storefront.

Muller Martini USA and its sister company, Muller Martini Mailroom Systems, have merged operations to provide a more streamlined and complete service offering to customers in both the commercial and mailroom sectors. PI



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