Supplier NewsMarch 2014
Konica Minolta has acquired a 10 percent minority stake in MGI. This strategic alliance leverages co-development and co-marketing of the two companies' existing and future products. Paris-based MGI remains independent and autonomous.
Mark Andy has appointed Kevin Wilken as president and CEO. Wilken joined the company in 2008 and has served as COO for the past two years.
Kim Williams has joined the customer support service team at KBA North America, serving customers in the Southeast region. He is based in the Raleigh-Durham area.
Hartmut Sohn, who served as both a sales and product manager at MBO America, has retired after 18 years at the company.
Rick Oelkers has been hired by Finch Paper as business development manager to develop partnerships within new segments. Oelkers most recently held the position of regional sales manager at Lincoln Paper & Tissue.
Tony Wiley has been appointed president of Esko North America. Wiley joined Esko in 1999 and, for the past five years, has served as vice president of U.S. central region sales. Replacing Wiley in his former position is Steve Bennett, who most recently had been vice president of Esko's digital finishing business.
EFI has acquired shipping software developer SmartLinc Inc. EFI will continue to develop and sell SmartLinc software, which will become EFI's core shipping technology offering.
Canon Solutions America has opened a new media lab in Boca Raton, FL, designed for live testing across inkjet- and toner-based products. Product teams can now simultaneously test several different types of ink and media. It is the first of its kind in North America, and complements the company's existing labs in Poing, Germany, and Venlo, the Netherlands.
At Scodix, Lance Shumaker has been appointed vice president to head up North American operations. He is now responsible for sales, customer support, marketing and operations throughout the American and Canadian markets.
Jens Maul has left Koenig & Bauer (KBA). Thomas Potzkai, a 27-year KBA veteran, has taken over his duties for web press after-sales services. In addition, Walter Hartmann has been tapped as head of marketing for sheetfed offset presses at KBA's plant in Radebeul, Germany.
Mohawk has hired seven new staff members. Charles Kilpatrick is national sales and marketing manager, envelopes; Michael Santillo is envelope sales manager, East region; Thomas Fenton is envelope merchandiser; Sheldon Spicer and Hope Sowders are district sales managers/digital specialists for the Midwest region; Patrick Sheridan is senior financial analyst; and Kathleen Doherty is environmental program manager.
Baldwin Technology has acquired Web Printing Controls (WPC), a manufacturer of real-time closed loop automation equipment, primarily for the web offset printing industry. The acquisition will expand Baldwin's product offerings and enable it to provide aftermarket service to a large installed base of WPC equipment users.
Christina Hernandez has been promoted to customer service manager for Printing Research Inc. (Super Blue Technologies).