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September 2003
Lastra America has merged its Western Lithotech and Lastra America operations into a single business unit, Lastra America, headquartered in Danbury, CT.

PagePath Technologies has, for a second time, received the Product of the Year award from the PrintImage International association, formerly the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). During the association's annual conference, PagePath was presented the award for its PDF2U Web-based orderflow system.

xpedx Import Group, the exclusive Ryobi distributor in the U.S., has named Graphco, of Solon, OH, as its dealer for Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

Muller Martini has appointed Thomas Duckett as its New England sales manager. He now heads sales activities for the finishing systems company in every New England state except Connecticut.

Tembec Paperboard Group has named Philip Glatfelter to the position of vice president of sales. Throughout his 23-year career in the paper industry, he has held various sales positions.

Autologic, an Agfa company, has become Tera Digital Publishing Software's exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada.

The NPTA Alliance (formerly the National Paper Trade Association) has named Thomas O'Connor Sr., chairman of Mohawk Paper Mills, as the winner of its annual Industry Excellence Award for 2003. The award will be presented at the association's 100th anniversary convention taking place in Chicago on October 24-27, 2003.

Printcafe Software has promoted Michael Schneider to national sales manager for the label and packaging market. For the last three years, Schneider has been the Southwest district sales manager for the commercial division of Printcafe. Ian Pulrang has been promoted to district sales manager for the South Central United States.

Homi Shamir has been appointed to the position of president and CEO of Scitex Corp., replacing Yeoshua Agassi. Shamir, current president and CEO of Scitex Digital Printing, will continue to serve in this capacity.

ECRM Imaging Systems announced the hiring of Norman Reedman as vice president of sales for North America.

Sappi Fine Paper North America has named John Donahue managing director of its Somerset pulp and paper mill in Skowhegan, ME. Donahue succeeds Doug Daniels, who will retire in September. John Martis will assume management of the Sappi mill in Westbrook, ME, taking over for Donahue.

Heidelberg is now offering GTO, Quickmaster 46 and Speedmaster SM52 users the Polysetter 46 or Polysetter 52 polyester platesetter in two-up format, a move that closes the gap for computer-to-plate (CTP) newcomers. This means that Heidelberg print service providers who specialize in runs of up to 20,000 in A3 format now have the means to move cost-effectively into the CTP workflow below the level of the Prosetter violet imagesetter range. For the sale of the Polysetter 46 and Polysetter 52, Heidelberg has signed an OEM contract with Esko-Graphics. Also, Frank Woods has been added to Heidelberg's consulting services for sheetfed, digital, prepress and finishing customers. Woods is the retired president and founder of Woods Lithographics in Phoenix.


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