Hear what a panel of book manufacturers including Kevin McVea of SCI, Rick Lindemann of Total Printing Systems and Nick Lewis of Publishers' Graphics, had to say at the 2015 Digital Book Printing Conference about publishers' hesitation to adopt a print-on-demand model and the possibility of getting to a zero inventory model.
Currently working at HP Indigo, RIT graduate Nick Gawreluk is a rising star in the industry. In his interview with Printing Impressions' Mark Michelson, Nick explains how the scholarship he received from the Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF) while attending college helped launch him into a successful industry career. Help create the next generation of printing industry evangelists by learning more about EDSF's Youth in Print Scholarship campaign and be sure to visit edsf.org/youthinprint to support our dire need to attract tomorrow's industry leaders.
Mark Michelson discusses environmental sustainability in printing and how it affects costs and profits. A study found that printing facilities that have instituted plant-wide sustainable practices didn't see an increase in operating costs or negative impacts on profitability.
Printing Impressions Editorial Director Mark Michelson caught up with Len Lauer, chairman and CEO of Memjet, during GRAPH EXPO 2015, to discuss why Memjet remains a market leader in high-speed, high-quality production inkjet printing. Although the company may not be a household industry name, Memjet's single-pass, pagewide-array inkjet printing technology was being demonstrated by 10 different partner OEMs during GRAPH EXPO 15, including label, mailing, commercial and wide-format digital printing applications.
Aiming to become Canada's largest commercial printing conglomerate in five years, Jay Mandarino oversees the daily operations of 24 companies (and currently still growing!). His founding company, C.J. Graphics, was the first company ever to be honored with six 2015 PIA Benny awards for six individual pieces. Most recently, Mandarino acquired the first Scodix Ultra Pro system with in-line foil station in North America and the first Highcon Euclid II+ diecutter in Canada. After experiencing an admittedly troubled childhood, he also gives back to those less fortunate through several non-profit causes. For example, the C.J. Skateboard Park and School, the fourth largest not-for-profit indoor skate park in the world, was founded by Mandarino and supports children of all ages and abilities, including at-risk youth and those with special needs.
There are various industry scholarship efforts to help attract young people to pursue careers in the printing, document management and allied graphic arts industries. But one of the most prolific is the Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation (EDSF), which has been awarding annual scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 to deserving students since 1996.
If you have ever had any questions about the printing industry, now is the time to ask them. Printing Impressions presents, "You Asked For It," a monthly question and answer session based on questions submitted by readers. Log on to Twitter and send questions to us with the hashtag #PIYouAskedForIt.
It's necessary to start planning for the next generation of printing industry experts. Editorial Director, Mark Michelson, discusses the "Give Back @ GRAPH" EDSF scholarship fundraiser, which was held September 15, during GRAPH EXPO 15. Money was raised through table sponsorships, individual pledges and an auction of donated items.
After a bad experience buying print, Lawrence Chou decided he could build a better printing experience. Chou launched MGX Copy in San Diego, an online-only digital print shop that promotes itself nationwide by going above and beyond to earn positive online customer reviews. Primarily employing young, talented workers with no printing industry backgrounds, MGX Copy also served as the U.S. beta site for Ricoh's new Pro C9110 production color digital printer.
Colleen Molkenbur, Senior Product Marketing Specialist at Canon USA, discusses the new Canon Océ VarioPrint i300 cutsheet inkjet press that was shown operating at Canon Expo 2015. Held concurrently with the inaugural meeting of Canon Solutions America’s thINK 2015 production inkjet users group in New York, Canon Expo marked the first public showing of the long-awaited Canon Océ VarioPrint i300 printer, which drew large crowds.
Jennifer Kolloczek, Manager, Product Planning and Marketing at Canon USA, previews the new Canon imagePRESS C10000VP Series live from the floor of Canon Expo 2015. Capable of 100-page-per-minute speeds, the press is engineered to run a wide range of media types and weights up to 350 gsm and boasts monthly duty cycle of up to 1.5 million letter images.
One of the biggest newsmakers at GRAPH EXPO was Komori America, which made several announcements. Komori America and Screen Americas are merging their sales forces, with Komori becoming the sole distributor of the Screen Truepress Jet520HD continuous-feed inkjet press, with the intent to eventually partner for all Screen and Komori products. Also, Wheeling, Illinois-based direct marketing solutions provider SG360° will serve as the beta site for Komori's new 23x29˝ Impremia IS29 cutsheet UV inkjet press. Finally, Ontario-based The Ellis Group has installed the first GLX40 package printing press in North America—an eight-color Lithrone GX40 with full UV and logistics capabilities.