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.
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.
In this special PI XChange installment, thINK 2015 Conference board members Mark DeBoer of Darwill and Bob Radzis of SG360°, reveal highlights, attendee benefits and some key takeaways from the first-ever user meeting organized for and by Canon Solutions America production inkjet users held in New York this week.
How ironic that the largest conglomerate in the printing industry, which has been on an acquisition tear the past several years, announced it is breaking up into three separate, publicly held companies. RR Donnelley CEO Thomas Quinlan referenced each entity’s enhanced ability to pursue growth opportunities and focus on their individual strategies, but his comment that "we see a significant opportunity to unlock value" is perhaps the most telling reason.
Mike Jacoutot, founder of Butler Street, and Mark Subers, president of Printing, Packaging and Publishing at NAPCO Media, discuss a new partnership program that enables individual printing companies to measure their performance through their customers' eyes via the Best of Print & Digital Client Survey. Based on their high Net Promoter Score results, winners of Best of Print & Digital awards will be able to promote their distinction and will garner further publicity in Printing Impressions, Target Marketing and Print & Promo magazines.
Following a two-day educational and networking event, nearly 100 visitors were introduced to Xerox’s new iGen 5 digital production color press platform. They were treated to a panel discussion, executive presentations and equipment demonstrations.
As we approach GRAPH EXPO 15 and CPP EXPO in Chicago next month, digital production printing will take center stage. This year’s GRAPH EXPO event will showcase several new show floor attractions, making the trip to Chicago well worth your time.
Marketing services production company Tukaiz has shaken up the typical creative process by recently adding a boutique creative agency to its 250,000-square-foot production campus in suburban Chicago. This move comes on the heels of the 120,000-square-foot fulfillment center it opened last year. In the interview, Dan Defino discusses Tukaiz' trailblazing work with Scodix for creating special effects, its long-time relationship with digital printing pioneer Benny Landa and a myriad of innovations the company is known for in the areas of digital printing and cross-media communications.