Staff Writer

Staff Writer
FESPA Print Census Reveals Global Feeling of Industry Optimism and Growth

FESPA's Print Census reveals six overarching trends driving the global wide-format and speciality print community. The survey is part of an ongoing collaboration between InfoTrends and FESPA. The key trend is one of optimism from business owners. 80 percent of respondents are very optimistic or fairly optimistic for their businesses.

Dalim Software Concludes Another Successful US DUO User Event in New Orleans

Users with varying production needs, from printers, publishers, retailers and brand owners shared common experiences and production challenges at Dalim Software's 2015 US DUO Conference. The event marked the appointment of Chad Gray, senior developer and workflow specialist at Carey Color as president of DUO, and Steve Daniel, senior manager, Graphic Services at Valassis as vice president.

Central National-Gottesman's Spicers Paper Div. Buys West Coast-Based Performance Paper

The U.S. Spicers Paper division of Central National-Gottesman will bolster its West Coast sales force by acquiring Performance Paper. The transaction is expected to close June 1, 2015. A division of CellMark, Performance Paper is well known locally for its deep market knowledge and expertise in the coated, uncoated and board products used by commercial printers.

The Boston Globe Completes $20.3M Purchase of New, 328,000-Square-Foot Printing Plant

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that it has completed the purchase of a new printing facility in Taunton, Massachusetts, for $20.3 million. The new 328,000-square-foot facility, in the Miles Standish Industrial Park, will be used to print other leading U.S.-based newspapers, such as The New York Times, the Boston Herald, and other newspapers that hire The Boston Globe to do their production work.

A Screen Truepress Jet520S Inkjet Web Press Helps Direct Mailer MSP Transition from Toner to Inkjet

Direct mail marketer MSP in Freedom, Pennsylvania, chose a Screen Truepress Jet520S to maximize the response rates of targeted messages. The press's top printing speed of 420 ft./min. enables fast throughput and efficient production of high print volumes. "The Screen inkjet printing system was found to be the best application for us in terms of overall cost and maintenance," said Douglas Wright, COO.

Precision Graphics and MGI Host Two-Day Educational Digital Printing Open House in Wisconsin

This week, Precision Graphics and MGI are hosting a public Digital Printing Open House at Precision Graphics’ Jackson, Wisconsin, showroom. The MGI Meteor 8700XL will be running live production demos with a variety of image files and substrate materials. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about developments in graphic arts technology and new digital production techniques.

Gilman Brothers Installs G3 Zund Digital Cutter at Its Customer Experience Center

With the installation of the G3 Zünd digital cutter at its new Customer Experience Center, Gilman Brothers and Zünd have formed a new relationship. Gilman achieves the 24/7 use of a Zünd high-scale cutter for testing of products on a variety of materials, and in return, Gilman Brothers offers Zünd a sound manufacturing infrastructure where they will have an East Coast demonstration location.

Robert Koehler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heidelberg, Passes Away

Chairman of Heidelberg's Supervisory Board Robert Koehler has passed away at age 66. Appointed to the Board in 2003, he served as chairman from 2011 until his passing on May 17, 2015. With his international experience and his focus on the big picture, Koehler played a key role in Heidelberg’s development.