ECRM has acquired the polyester CTP business of Esko Production A/S, including the manufacture and sale of the DPX platesetter family (DPX 4, DPX System and DPX Lite), WorkMates workflow solution and all associated software products, consumables, spare parts and related products.

Dutch German company Drent Goebel will demonstrate a seven-color, 33.5˝ VSOP web press during an open house at its newly acquired North American facility in Montreal from June 22-27. The variable sleeve offset press is equipped with a downstream coater and an EB curing unit. Visitors can attend workshops on quality, cost savings and environmental issues.

EFI has acquired a prepress workflow intelligence platform called OpForma. This toolset, developed by Prolatus Inc., provides detailed, Web-based analysis of prepress production activities for strategic planning, costing and real-time decision making.

Secap named Progressive Office Systems of Orlando, FL, as “U.S. Dealer of the Year” for 2005. Eugene Prestera and John Prestera are the two principals of Progressive Office Systems, which has been a Secap dealer since 1997.

Bob Barton has been named commercial operations director for Sitma U.S.A. He replaces Pete Butikis who recently resigned.

KBA Holds Open House in Germany

RADEBEUL, GERMANY—In what has become an annual rite of spring, KBA hosted more than 60 guests from North American printing firms to a tour of its manufacturing facility here as well as visits to key German customers during its open house event in May.

While touring the manufacturing facility, which produces sheetfed presses, KBA officials reported $2 billion in worldwide sales in 2005 including 817 sheetfed presses. Visitors were able to watch as 10 presses slated to be shipped to American customers were custom built, along with numerous other machines headed for international destinations.

Some of the American companies that were having KBA presses built included Ivy Hill, Jostins, Bolger Concept to Print and RR Donnelley. KBA also ran test jobs on a Rapida 105 5/5 and Rapida 142 6+L in the company’s demo center.

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