Vijuk Equipment Founder Dies
ELMHURST, IL—Michael Vijuk, founder of Vijuk Equipment, passed away August 26, less than three months before his 90th birthday. As an entrepreneur, bookbinder and inventor for the pharmaceutical folding industry, he invented the outsert folding machine, an in-line web press folder for repetitive letters and clamps for three-knife trimmers, among others. Michael Vijuk was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Printing Impressions in 1991.
Collins Lithographing Acquired
BALTIMORE—Uptown Press has acquired Collins Lithographing. Instead of being limited to the smaller, quick turnaround market, Uptown will now be able to meet the demands of many more customers. Uptown will expand its services to include: a complete mailing operation, full bindery and fulfillment capabilities, and on-demand and variable data printing. It will also add several new pieces of equipment including a six-color, 20x29˝ Heidelberg SM-74 DI with coater. Longer-range plans include digital asset management and storage, Web hosting and design services.
Jostens Invests in New Presses
MINNEAPOLIS—Jostens Inc.'s new equity partner, DLJ Merchant Banking, has approved a $6.7 million capital investment in color printing technology to meet the increasing customer demand for more color pages in elementary, high school and college yearbooks. New 10-color Komori perfecting presses, along with associated software, hardware and data storage systems, will be located in Jostens' Visalia, CA, and Topeka, KS, printing plants.
Muller Martini Added to PrintCity
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY—PrintCity, the strategic alliance of more than 40 printing industry suppliers, has announced that Muller Martini will play a major part in PrintCity's "Print Factory" project at Drupa 2004. Muller Martini will contribute saddle stitching systems and finishing skills to the Web Factory, which will be run by PrintCity's Web Systems Activity Group.
CA Printer Purchases Web Press
GARDENA, CA—Southwest Offset Printing will install a Heidelberg Mercury web press with 96 printing couples and two JF-35 folders in early 2004. The company will use the new press to print a regional edition of The New York Times, as well as other newspapers and semi-commercial products. The new Mercury press will include 12 four-high towers and 18 pasters.
Graphic Arts Magazine Launched
PHILADELPHIA—North American Publishing Co. has announced the fall 2003 launch of its new magazine, Graphic & Design Business. The premier issue of Graphic & Design Business will debut this month. It will be published as a quarterly in 2004. It's the first and only magazine written for owners of design firms and large creative department managers featuring coverage of the firms, people, products, technologies, services and business methods that comprise the graphic design industry.