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November 2005
Milestone Printing Unit Celebrated

Radebeul, Germany—KBA North America reports that the 100th Rapida printing unit of the super large-format series was put through its final print testing at the KBA plant here recently. The unit is part of the five-color Rapida 205 purchased by Integra-Color in Mesquite, TX. The 80˝ sheetfed press has been configured with a special board-handling package and is also to be equipped with UV facilities for printing on plastics. It also incorporates an ICS slitter system and non-stop pile changing for the feeder and delivery.

Reseller Agreement Inked at Trade Show

CHICAGO—During PRINT 05, Muller Martini and Kodak signed a reseller agreement, under which Kodak Versamark will provide its continuous ink-jet printing systems to Muller Martini for mounting on the Muller Martini Concepta variable size web offset press. The result is a hybrid printing system that is fully integrated into the workflow of the Concepta press. Shown announcing the agreement are, from left: Homi Shamir, CEO Kodak Versamark; Dr. Juergen Dillman, managing director, Muller Martini; Antonio Perez, CEO, Eastman Kodak; and Rudolf Muller, CEO, Muller Martini.

Sun Chemical announced the alignment of its North American inks businesses to better serve its customers in different market segments. The organization has organized around three distinct markets: Publication, Packaging and Commercial. To support this alignment, the following personnel changes were announced: Chris Parrilli was named president, North American publication inks; Richard Pettifor was named president, North American packaging inks; and Mark Levin was named president, North American commercial group. In connection to this reorganization, Brad Bergey has elected to resign from Sun Chemical. Most recently he served as president of Kohl & Madden.

Jetrion, the wholly owned industrial ink-jet products and services subsidiary of Flint Ink, will begin moving its operations in early 2006 to a facility with more than three times the space of its current building. Located in Ypsilanti, MI, the new facility will provide Jetrion with 35,000 square feet of floor area to accommodate an expansion of Jetrion's ink-jet ink manufacturing capacity.

Heidelberg has added a six-color Speedmaster CD 102 press with UV capabilities to its 33,000-square-foot Print Media Demonstration Center (PMDC) in Kennesaw, GA. Equipped with UV, conventional and hybrid capabilities, the Speedmaster CD 102 shown in the PMDC currently is being used for weekly demonstrations, as well as pre-training for customers who have purchased the press. In other company news, Karl Saueressig became head of worldwide product line management. He succeeds Bent Mortensen, who now heads the Asia-Pacific region.
 

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