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November 2010
Komori Draws Nearly 300 for Open House

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—To showcase its commitment to sustainability through press efficiency and reduced waste, Komori America hosted an open house on Oct. 2 for nearly 300 guests and print vendor partners.  Attendees were greeted with a live performance by Japanese drummers, followed by a welcome message from Kosh Miyao, president and COO of Komori America. Yoshiharu Komori, president and CEO of Tokyo-based Komori Corp., also highlighted the company’s continued commitment to the global printing market, as well as its dedication to new product development.

Guests viewed a demonstration of Komori’s new KH-UV (Komori High Performance UV) drying system, which was showcased on an LS 840P perfector. Additionally, printers were shown how the Lithrone S series presses reduce makeready and waste with the ability to achieve stable color in just 20 sheets.
At Wikoff Color, Geoff Peters, president, has also has been tapped as CEO. He succeeds Phil Lambert, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

Heidelberg USA’s Saphira Bio process ink has been certified for Color-Logic’s process metallic color system—becoming Color-Logic’s first national certified supplier partner. The certification ensures that Heidelberg’s Saphira Bio ink can print on top of Color-Logic’s new process metallic color system’s non-leafing silver ink. In other company news, Susan Nofi, senior vice president of human resources and legal, has assumed leadership of Heidelberg’s Print Media Academy and Business Consulting unit for North America, in addition to her current duties.

Essex Products Group (EPG) customers purchasing a new KeyColor ink control system can now expand the EPG labor warranty beyond the standard period. The new annual service contract option is also available to current owners of previously manufactured EPG systems. In other company news, Peter Baldwin has been selected as Essex’s new Northeastern U.S. representative.

Three new appointments have been announced at GMC Software Technology. Hansruedi Jörg has been promoted to vice president of worldwide business development. Peter Müller has been tapped as president of European operations. Scott Baker, GMC’s vice president, has assumed worldwide responsibility for developing and managing the company’s strategic distribution channels. 

SoftPrint is now a holding company with two wholly-owned subsidiaries, ColorCentric Corp. and prInternet Inc. John Lacagnina, founder, president and CEO of ColorCentric, will serve in the same capacity at SoftPrint.

Kevin Burden has joined the marketing team at Gill Studios. He previously held positions at Norwood Promotional Products, Bic Graphic Canada and Bic Graphic USA.

The Print Council announced that Neenah Paper has joined the print advocacy organization.

The AccessGroup has entered into an exclusive partnership with Brausse to become a distributor in the United States. AccessGroup will promote Brausse’s line of diecutting, foil stamping and folder/gluer equipment for packaging applications to commercial printers.

Steven Leibin is the new sales manager at Gallus Printing Machinery. He is now responsible for folding carton and packaging press sales on the East Coast, in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces of Canada, as well as other designated accounts throughout North America. PI



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