KBA North America has introduced its KBA Service Select program, a complete line of customized service products designed to maximize the productivity and profitability of a customer’s KBA press. An array of programs are available. The company is also offering Service Select press upgrades.

A new cylinder replacement program for M-600 web presses has been established by Goss International. Designed to help printers maintain the print quality and extend the competitive lifespan of their systems, the program includes pricing incentives and the opportunity to update the plate lock-up system on older presses.

Several announcements have been made at xpedx. Steve Bowden has been named executive vice president of marketing and sales. He succeeds Tom Weisenbach, who retired last month after 35 years of service. In addition, a multi-year agreement has been made between UPM-Kymmene and xpedx. The agreement makes xpedx the exclusive merchant supplier of UPM coated freesheet sheetfed, coated freesheet web and other UPM coated papers to commercial printers in the United States and Canada. In other company news, an agreement has been made between EFI and xpedx, wherein xpedx is now a national reseller of EFI’s PrintSmith MIS system, Digital Storefront Web-to-print platform, and other workflow and proofing technologies, to small- and mid-size printers across the United States.

FASTechnology Group is now an authorized distributor of Kodak Versamark D-Series printing systems in the United States and Canada. Through the agreement, FASTechnology is now a distribution channel for the Versamark DS5120, DS5122, DS5222, DS5240, DS5340, DS5640 and DS5650.

Two appointments have been made at Pitney Bowes. Patrick Brand has been named president of the company’s U.S. Mailing business. Ramesh Lakshmi-Ratan is succeeding him as president of the Document Messaging Technologies (DMT) unit. Brand and Lakshmi-Ratan now report to Leslie Abi-Karam, executive vice president and president of mailstream solutions management.