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Goss International and Ferag AG report the conclusion of an exclusive distributor agreement for Goss to represent and sell Ferag products in the United States and Canada. Goss will offer the full range of Ferag newspaper and commercial web postpress and mailroom equipment, alongside its own Goss postpress and web press products in the North American market. Ferag will maintain its U.S. offices and will continue to provide aftermarket sales, service and training support to all customers.

Graphics of the Americas announced the addition of Ben Neji, director of operations, to its trade show staff. Neji brings more than 15 years of international event experience to the Miami-based organization, including sales, marketing and operational expertise. Previously, Neji held the position of vice president of the World Trade Center Miami.

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.

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