SUPPLIER newsFebruary 2004
PANTONE Hexachrome users can now rely on the color proofing capabilities of the IR thermal digital halftone method. Pantone Inc. approved the Matchprint Digital Halftone Proofing System only weeks after Kodak Polychrome Graphics expanded the system's color gamut with a new HiFi Color Set, CMYKOG.
MaxRyan Enterprises has acquired the assets of PISCES-Print Imaging Sciences. Production will remain at the PISCES facilities in Nashua, NH.
In one of its first voting decisions since Networked Graphic Production (NGP) became an independent, industry-wide organization, the NGP Partners have approved four new partners that will join this strategic initiative. The new NGP Partners include prepress workflow vendors Global Graphics Software and Rampage Systems, digital content management and distribution provider WAM!Net, and management information system developer Tharstern Limited. Networked Graphic Production now includes 33 member companies. These NGP Partners are developing JDF-based, cross-vendor integrated solutions that are designed to automate production processes and enable NGP Partners' solutions to link efficiently with each other.
KBA has taken a majority stake in Metronic, a German manufacturer of ink-jet, hot stamping, laser and thermal transfer ID devices for industrial applications plus UV offset printing systems for CDs, DVDs and plastic cards. In personnel news, Michael Mugavero has been named Eastern region vice president. John Raithel also has been named regional vice president, overseeing the Canadian sales force and will have overall responsibility for used equipment in North America. Dan Quenzer will serve as regional vice president for Western and Southwestern states. Harold Leete is the new sales representative covering the Northwest United States and Southwest Canada.
The Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF), the non-profit organization dedicated to the document communication industry, announced additions to its 2004 board of directors and executive committee leadership. Joining EDSF's board of directors for 2004 are Gilbert Hatch, president, Production Systems Group, Xerox Corp.; Harold Henk, chair of Xplor International; Mike Jackson, vice president, Fine Papers, Weyerhaeuser Co.; and John Mancini, president, AIIM International.
Al Brunner, former president and COO of Autologic Information International, has been named director for Agfa's North American newspaper segment. Brunner has been with Agfa since the Autologic acquisition in 2001. In other news, Agfa has reached an agreement with Barco to acquire the assets and all staff of dotrix NV, a Belgian-based company that develops, manufactures and sells digital color printing solutions for industrial applications. The price of the transaction is around 6 million Euros.