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November 2004
Colter & Peterson and MBO America are now co-distributors of Wohlenberg paper cutters and cutting systems for the U.S. market. Specifically, the cooperative agreement will allow technical experts and sales personnel from both companies to confer with each other on how Wohlenberg cutters can best enhance the efficiency and productivity for printers and trade finishers looking to upgrade their operations.

Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media presented the Cary Award to Frank Steenburgh, senior vice president for business growth, Production Systems Group at Xerox Corp. during a breakfast at Graph Expo 2004. The Cary Award is presented annually to those who have distinguished themselves in the development or application of digital technology in graphic communications.

Hitachi Printing Solutions America (HPRSA) announced the formal launch of a re-branding campaign. HPRSA has officially changed its corporate name to Ricoh Printing Systems America (RPSA) as a result of Ricoh's recent acquisition of Hitachi Printing Solutions of Tokyo. As RPSA assumes its new corporate identity it will continue to offer the same product line including production printer systems, ink-jet technology, desktop color laser printers and printer supplies. Osamu Namikawa will remain president and CEO of RPSA, headquartered in Simi Valley, CA.

Agfa-Gevaert and ProImage have signed an agreement by which Agfa will acquire all the assets and staff of ProImage, a developer of browser-based digital workflow solutions for the newspaper and printing industries. ProImage employs 29 people worldwide and its revenue in 2003 totalled $6.7 million. Agfa will continue to use the ProImage brand with the same products and customer support. In other company news, Bill Lavelle has joined Agfa's Graphic Systems North America Group in the role of enterprise consultant.

Citiplate has named Gary Dolgins to the position of CEO, and promoted Frank Patello to the position of COO. The two will share the top two chief executive management positions within the privately held CTP plate manufacturing concern.

Sappi Fine Paper North America reports Veronica "Ronee" Hagen, formerly chief customer officer of Alcoa Inc., has been appointed president and CEO. The company also has appointed Jeffrey Pina director of corporate communications. Pina has more than 20 years of executive-level communications experience with organizations including NOVA Chemicals, Cabot Corp., Fidelity Investments and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Dr. Mark Wössner has assumed responsibility from Dr. Klaus Sturany as chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heidelberg). Wössner, currently chairman of the Advisory Board and chairman at Citigroup Global Markets Deutschland, served as chairman of the Management Board of Bertelsmann AG from 1982 to 1998 and from then until 2000 as chairman of the company's Supervisory Board. Sturany will remain a member of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board.
 

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