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Rena Systems has announced the appointment of Brian Porter as Northeast regional manager. Porter is based out of Albany, NY.

Brandtjen & Kluge has become the exclusive representative of BLOCKMASTER hot-foil stamping machines in the United States.

Kompac reveals its new Website, www.kompac.net, offers information on all Kompac models and accessories, as well as an interactive map directing customers to dealers in each market.

Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses recently held a golf-themed open house in Los Angeles. Guests included clients and prospective customers representing commercial printers, trade shops and publishers from California, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Billed as “Diamond in the Rough,” the event coincided with the recent launch of Mitsubishi’s new 40˝ convertible perfector, the Diamond 3000R Double Diamond press. Also, Ken Kodama has been appointed corporate secretary and director of sales for sheetfed presses, succeeding Henry Sagesaka, who returned to company headquarters in Tokyo.

Colter & Peterson further expanded its range of services by purchasing all microcut related assets from Graphic Machinery and Systems (GMS). These assets have been organized in a new C&P division, C&P Microsystems LLC.

Enovation Graphic Systems announced the acquisition of the Enfield, CT, business (formerly known as Blooms Inc.) of Northeastern Graphic Supply based in Portland, ME. In other news, Enovation has gone live with its Astea Alliance software solution for nationwide customer service management.

Sun Chemical has created Vivitek, a services and and distribution company that offers a range of services and non-ink consumable products (fountain solutions, blankets, washes, densitometers, pH meters, etc.) for prepress, pressroom and finishing operations. The Vivitek sales and technical service is being headed by industry veterans Mike Stone and Nick Federico.

MAN Roland’s 41˝ sheetfed system, the ROLAND 700, has reached a new production milestone, with the 15,000th printing unit of the press recently installed at a packaging/POP printer in Japan. The record-breaking 15,000th unit is part of a five-color press with coater that is now producing for the Toyouke packaging printing company in Kawasaki City. In other company news, Eric Belcher has moved up from his post as CFO to become COO of sheetfed operations. Steve Gilland takes over the role of CFO, joining MAN Roland from Nordstrom. Also, Timothy Mandich has been assigned as a sheetfed press sales representative in Wisconsin, and Susan Klutnick is the new Western regional sales manager for commercial web products.

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