Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) has appointed William DeMarco to the newly created position of worldwide director, consulting and solutions business. He currently services as KPG’s worldwide product manager, digital halftone proofing hardware and systems. KPG also announced that it has reached a basic agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) to acquire the plate business in Japan of MCC Group (MCC and Mitsubishi Chemical Media, a subsidiary of MCC).

After 40 years in the printing industry and the last 11 years as president and CEO of KBA North America, Sheetfed Div., Allan Malachuk has handed over the reins of the company to Ralf Sammeck. Malachuk will continue as a member of the board of directors.

Esko-Graphics, of Gent, Belgium, announced the appointment of Carsten Knudsen as CFO/COO and a member of the executive management board. Most recently he held the position of CFO for Maersk in North America.

Printcafe Software has been named one of America’s entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc magazine, which released its 2002 Inc 500 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Printcafe, which became a public company in June of 2002, was eligible for the ranking because it was private during the period measured, 1997-2001. Printcafe was ranked 243 with 927 percent growth in the past five years.

Pace Systems, a Jacksonville, FL-based developer of business management software for the printing industry, has appointed Ed Schneider as COO.

Printable Technologies and Prism USA jointly announced the first PrintTalk-based integration to be used in production between a Web-based print ordering system and a print management information system.

A.B.Dick has changed to direct sales and service in several states. Changes in the distribution channels for sales, service and support have already taken place in Florida and Texas. Other markets in the process of change include Des Moines, Indianapolis, Youngstown, OH, central Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, DC. Company officials report it has increased the direct sales staff by 20 percent to accommodate the changes.

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