Litho plate supplier Lastra America has acquired Western Lithotech, a supplier of litho plates, associated chemicals and prepress platemaking equipment.

Presstek Inc. has installed a Ryobi 3404DI direct imaging press at its demonstration center in Hudson, NH, and has recently completed a comprehensive DI training session for Ryobi dealers. Sales demonstrations are ongoing and plans are under way for several open houses, which will feature the Ryobi 3404DI. Also, the company has appointed Edward J. Marino president and CEO, succeeding Robert W. Hallman. Marino is the former president and CEO of Lightning Source.

Kodak Polychrome Graphics recently appointed Pat Duckworth as dealer relations manager, Eastern zone, and Mike Huff as dealer relations manager, Western zone. Both are long-time KPG employees.

Coleman Kane, president of online software provider Printable Technologies, has been appointed CEO of the company. He adds expanded management responsibilities held previously by James Sullivan, who continues as company chairman. Printable has also announced that Joseph Manos has joined the company as vice president of sales. He previously served as vice president of sales for

Buskro, a manufacturer of ink-jet imaging equipment, has appointed Michael Sproul to the role of president of its U.S. sales operation, Buskro USA.

Formac Electronic, ColorVision, a division of Datacolor, and Pantone Inc. have announced a special promotion that bundles the Spyder monitor calibrator from the Pantone ColorVision product line with the Formac Gallery 1740, a 17.4˝ flat-panel display.

Heidelberg and Day International have entered into an exclusive relationship. The manufacturer of gapless Sunday web presses and the supplier of blankets for those presses will work together to develop technology and programs that will reduce the cost of the gapless blankets while also improving performance. As an immediate result of the partnership, Day reduced the prices for cylindrical blankets for all Heidelberg gapless presses. Day and Heidelberg have also launched a cooperative research and development effort to pursue new gapless technology concepts.

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