Supplier NewsApril 2012
Pitney Bowes reports it has signed strategic alliance agreements with 40 service bureaus and large-volume mailers to offer its Volly secure digital delivery service. The agreements provide access to more than 5,000 companies and consumer brands. Christopher Johnson has also been appointed the new vice president, product management, of Volly.
Edward "Ned" Evans, 81, died in March. A retired teacher and department head at the Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Business School, Mr. Evans is credited with reviving the Printing Management Program at the university. He also worked for the former Miller Printing Machinery Co. for 25 years.
MGI Digital Graphic Technology, the French manufacturer of digital printing and finishing solutions, has acquired majority ownership in German industrial manufacturer KÖRA-PACKMAT GmbH to form The MGI Group.
Heidelberg's Saphira Bio Ink Series has achieved ISO 2846-1 conformance from Printing Industries of America. The inks are now certified to help printers achieve G7 Master Printer status, which requires the use of inks defined by ISO 2846-1.
In an effort to meet the growing demand for CTP products by offset printers, Fujifilm has opened a 200,000-square-foot digital plate manufacturing line in Tilburg, Netherlands—its fourth major production facility on three continents, including Japan, China and the United States.
At Agfa Graphics North America, Jim Sause, formerly executive vice president of business development and marketing, has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Kevin Crawford has been chosen as the new national sales manager at Buhrs Americas. He previously held sales positions with Canon USA, TR Systems, IKON and Colorbus.
Alfred Rothlaender has been named the new head of manroland sheetfed systems GmbH. Prior to joining the company, he held positions at Claudius Peters and the Piller Group, both in Germany.
Ferrostaal AG in Essen, Germany, has been acquired by MPC Industries GmbH and renamed MPC Ferrostaal GmbH. John Benjamin Schroeder is now responsible for the Americas.
The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) has named Larry Kroll vice president of development. He previously served as a director on the board since 1999 and was its chair from 2004 to 2005. Kroll formerly worked at Heidelberg USA.
The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) has selected its 2012 Executive Committee officers. They are: chairman, Eric Frank, vice president of marketing, KBA North America; and vice chairperson, Frances Cicogna, manager of product marketing for Canon U.S.A.