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November 2002

A saddle stitching system with automated makeready capabilities will be producing books at GATF's technical center before the year is out. Muller Martini is installing a Prima AMRYS stitcher in the foundation's production center to enhance the group's research and training capabilities. The system will be configured with six pockets and a cover feeder. A commissioning event will be conducted after the system begins its research and training tasks at the foundation.

Presstek Inc. announced that John Ellis has joined the company as eastern region DI business manager. Ellis is now responsible for supporting the xpedx Import Group and the Ryobi 3404DI press in the east. Most recently, he was responsible for sales of electronic imaging equipment to printers at Northeastern Graphic Supply.

Brackett Inc. was recently purchased by its president and CEO, J.M. "Mike" Murray, and his wife Shirley. Brackett creates, builds and distributes a wide variety of bindery equipment for padding, chipboard inserting, stripping, as well as paper jogging.

CPS, the INX International Ink branch in Dunkirk, NY, says it's the first ink company to hold the 9001:2000 and 14001 ISO certification simultaneously.

Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) has broken ground for a new office building at its operations in Radebeul, Germany. The four-story building is scheduled to be completed in mid-2003.

QTI Asia-Pacific has sold its 50th Register Guidance System in China, adding to the more than 2,000 systems sold worldwide. The register control equipment was installed in September on the first of two Heidelberg M-600 presses at the new R.R. Donnelley printing plant in Shanghai.

Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) announced the appointment of William DeMarco to the newly created position of worldwide director, consulting and solutions business.

Day International has expanded the technical services leadership team for its Image Transfer Group in North America. The team members include: Frank Burkiewicz, manager, technical services; Ron Conti, director, R&D—chemical products; and John Tonkin, vice president and executive manager—web technology center.

Celartem Technology USA has agreed to acquire Extensis Inc. from ImageX Inc. for $9 million in cash proceeds, with up to an additional $2 million due over the next two years if certain revenue targets are met. It will acquire all of Extensis' common stock.

Benny Landa, founder of Indigo and now strategic advisor to Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina, has been awarded the Edwin H. Land Medal. The Land Medal, jointly awarded by the Optical Society of America and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, honors pioneering and entrepreneurial creativity that has had a major public impact. The award recognizes Landa's invention, development and commercialization of ink-based electro-photography.

Larry Murray has been named vice president in charge of MAN Roland's new Rapid Response Team. The unit is composed of technicians who utilize advancements like Remote Service Diagnostics and TeleTech to support the company's customers. For the past 12 years, Murray has headed his own company, Interface Network.

SEWICKLEY, PA—Representatives from MAN Roland and several web auxiliary suppliers pose during the recent "Webtoberfest" at the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. MAN Roland and the auxiliary manufacturers donated a new four-color, shaftless Rotoman heatset web press with various auxiliaries for use as a training and R&D tool.
 

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