IWCO Direct in Chanhassen, Minn., is serving as an early adopter of two new production inkjet color press offerings just being introduced by Canon Solutions America: a continuous-feed Canon Océ ImageStream 3500 and a cut-sheet Océ VarioPrint i300 (formerly called project Niagara). Dave Johannes, senior VP of operations, describes the value proposition these two new output devices will provide IWCO Direct while attending the recent Inkjet Summit 2015.
In a PIXLive interview, John Sommers Jr. describes how his father prepared him well to take over the family-owned, Manchester, Conn., commercial printing operation following his dad's untimely passing in 2013. Only 27 years old at the time, the third-generation leader hasn't stood still since, making major capital investments in offset and digital equipment, a large solar panel installation on the plant's rooftop, expanding the company's sales force and building on a corporate culture that empowers Allied employees to be successful. Check out this interview with a true, rising young star in the printing industry.
Courtney Enser, marketing manager, Specialty Papers, describes how Glatfelter can provide customized solutions, grades for new product applications, inventory assurance, and technical and logistics expertise for its more than 20 high-speed inkjet paper grade offerings.
Mike Herold, director of global marketing for Ricoh Production Inkjet Technologies, used the Inkjet Summit 2015 to reinforce some of the industry trends he's seeing in high-speed inkjet printing. They range from a growing interest in monochrome platforms to help print shops enter the inkjet market, to press output capabilities that enable mixed applications environments to serve multiple vertical markets.
Speaking at the Inkjet Summit 2015, Cathy Cartolano, VP of sales and technical services at Mitsubishi Imaging, describes her parent company's strong background in inkjet coatings and coated offset papers to enable the development of a range of paper stocks specifically suited for the high-speed inkjet printing of direct mail, transactional and commercial product applications.
As part of the Keynote Sponsor panel discussion at the Inkjet Summit 2015, Francis A. McMahon, vice president of marketing for Canon Solutions America's Production Print Solutions, discusses why CSA is investing millions of dollars in R&D to enable high-speed inkjet printing on a wide range of media, including standard offset stocks, and to develop a range of Océ continuous-feed and, now, cut-sheet inkjet presses to address customers' different product application requirements.
At the 2015 Inkjet Summit, Mal Baboyian, executive VP of Canon Solutions America's LFS and PPS divisions, discusses game-changing benefits of the new continuous-feed ImageStream 3500 and cut-sheet VarioPrint i300 inkjet presses; the creation of CSA's new thINK inkjet users group; and some of the changes he's seen during a successful 39-year industry career.
Kevin McVea, senior VP at SCI, in Secaucus, N.J., describes how high-speed inkjet printing is changing traditional book publishing models and enabling new personalization capabilities. He also discusses his recent participation at the 2015 Inkjet Summit.
Several feature articles in the June issue illustrate ongoing hurdles—and discuss subsequent solutions—facing many printing companies today. Take our cover story on Kirkwood Printing, which has grown into a $72 million performer since being acquired a decade ago by three veteran salespeople who had worked at Acme Printing, a New England establishment once revered throughout the industry for its high-end reproduction capabilities.
In a PIXLive interview, Bob Poole, a partner at DOME in Sacramento, CA, discusses how he and his brother Tim have transformed their family business. Successful diversification initiatives include wide-format digital printing, fulfillment and e-commerce platforms. DOME has also restructured its sales and customer service structure, creating teams focused solely on serving specific vertical markets.
Broadcast live from Canon's Poing, Germany, facility, Canon Solutions America's Guy Broadhurst provides an update on the new VarioPrint i300 cut-sheet color inkjet press, formerly called Project Niagara. He describes its capabilities, product applications and suited monthly volumes, substrate and finishing options, as well the current status of Lead Customer Program installs and the time line for general commercial availability.
As reported live from Canon's Poing, Germany, facility, Canon U.S.A. recently hosted its CREATE Team advisory council at Canon's R&D, digital press manufacturing and customer experience center facilities in Venlo, Holland, and Poing, Germany. It gave Canon valuable customer feedback for future product development, and enabled attendees to better comprehend Canon's expansive product portfolio and to network with fellow peers.
In a PIXLive interview, Paul Gardner, director of innovation (and the self-proclaimed "Second Most Disruptive Person in Print") at Salt Lake City-based Hudson Printing, discusses how the 100-year-old commercial heatset web offset printer completely transformed its business following the installation of an HP inkjet web press and two HP Indigos. Gardner revealed ways to overcome roadblocks in reinventing a traditional printing company, what's required to train salespeople and educate customers, and why printers should not be afraid to call themselves what they really are.
Canon Solutions America hosted about 40 existing customers and prospects from around the country during its East Coast Inkjet Insider Summit held in Hartford, CT, last week. The highlight of the event was a tour of Data-Mail’s full-service direct mail printing and lettershop facility in nearby Newington, CT, and an optional visit to Data-Mail’s sister lettershop location in Windsor, CT.
Inkjet adoption has primarily centered around continuous-feed inkjet press installations for high-speed, high-volume applications—but the long-announced wave of cut-sheet inkjet printers starting to enter the marketplace will also become game-changers for more mainstream sheetfed offset and cut-sheet toner digital shops.
In a PI Xchange Live interview, Bruce Mandell, president of Data-Mail in Hartford, CT, explains why his direct mail printing and lettershop business transitioned to high-speed production inkjet printing, and how this added inkjet capacity fits with his existing web and sheetfed offset and cut-sheet digital capabilities. A new Océ ColorStream 3900 inkjet press from Canon Solutions America is enabling Data-Mail to shift to a more efficient, "white paper in" workflow, rather than digitally personalizing preprinted offset shells.
Pictorial Offset has closed its doors in Carlstadt, NJ, after a 78-year-run. Operated by brothers and managing partners Don, Gary and Lester Samuels, the closure ended their printing industry family legacy and eliminated 113 job positions.
To kick off the official launch of the PI Xchange Live video series, RR Donnelley (RRD) President and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III sat down with Printing Impressions Editorial Director Mark Michelson to discuss RRD's organic growth and M&A strategy, how to best integrate diverse corporate cultures following an acquisition, and his outlook regarding the future and evolution of the printing industry.