SUPPLIER newsMay 2005
The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, PRIMIR, the new research body formed by the merger of the NPES Market Research Committee with the Graphic Arts Market Information Service (GAMIS), elected its first set of officers. The newly elected chair is Steve Skal, market manager/paper chemicals for RohmNova; vice chair is Christina Echevarria, manager of marketing information at Goss International Americas. These industry executives join the permanent officers of PRIMIR: president William K. (Kip) Smythe, vice president of NPES; and Jackie Bland, managing director of PRIMIR, who also serves as secretary. At the meeting, the executive committee also adopted a new logo and reviewed plans for up to 10 major studies pending in 2005.
Agfa Corp. has appointed Jack Baraczek to the position of director of graphic systems, Canada. Baraczek has more than 25 years of experience in the graphic arts industry. For the past six years, he has been Agfa's Midwest regional manager for graphic systems in the United States.
In a move aimed to enhance its position in the automatic cleaning systems market, Baldwin Jimek, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baldwin Technology, has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with German manufacturer Hildebrand Systeme. The agreement gives Baldwin the exclusive global marketing rights for the web offset market for Hildebrand Systeme's Jetstream and Jetvac web cleaning systems.
American Baler has promoted Michael Guzek to regional sales manager, with responsibilities for all phases of sales and customer service with American Baler dealers and customers in Michigan and Western Pennsylvania, as well as in-house sales of vertical balers.
Screen (USA) reports that Eiji (A.J.) Kakiuchi has been promoted to corporate officer/president of the Media Technology Co. of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Screen (USA) also strengthened its senior executive management team, announcing the promotions of Mike Fox and Kunihisa Hashimoto the position of senior vice president. Both positions report directly to Kakiuchi, who retains his title and responsibilities as president of Screen (USA).
Jetrion, the wholly owned industrial ink-jet products and services subsidiary of Flint Ink, announced that Progressive Color Media is joining Jetrion's operations. Progressive Color Media provides a full range of color management workflow solutions, including hardware, software and services, and is also a subsidiary of Flint Ink.