Konica Eyes American Litho
GLEN COVE, NY—Konica Minolta Graphic Imaging USA has signed a letter of intent to acquire American Litho, based in Grand Rapids, MI. American Litho manufactures analog and digital offset printing plates for the newspaper and commercial printing markets. American Litho recently opened a new plate manufacturing facility that tripled the plant capacity. American Litho will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Graphic Imaging USA.
Quebecor World Nets Extension
MONTREAL—Quebecor World has reached a $900 million deal with Yellow Book USA to produce said publisher's yellow pages directories through the year 2017. It will encompass the printing of more than a trillion pages on paper containing recycled content. The contract extends an existing pact, but Quebecor World will go from producing one-third of Yellow Book's volume to 100 percent of it by 2007.
Scrap Upgrade for Publishers
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY—Publishers Printing is tapping the G.F. Puhl Co. to lead its paper recycling system upgrade and expansion at its Lebanon Junction, KY, facility. Puhl will build two dual paper handling cyclones and install them in a new baler room penthouse that is under construction.
SWOP, IDEAlliance Merge
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Specifications for Web Offset Publications (SWOP) has merged with fellow association International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance). Working within the IDEAlliance infrastructure, SWOP plans to enhance its offerings for the publication printing industry through its training initiatives, technical specifications and SWOP certification programs.
Garvey Group Adds Presses
NILES, IL—The Garvey Group has purchased a trio of KBA presses slated to be installed at three facilities by year's end. A six-color, 56˝ Rapida 142 sheetfed press with tower coater is bound for the Niles, IL, facility. A 10-color, 40˝ Rapida 105 convertible perfector with roll-to-sheet feeder and hybrid UV capabilities is ticketed for the Sturtevant, WI, plant. The Milwaukee branch will be getting a six-color, 40˝ Rapida 105 sheetfed press.