Aided by the same USDA program that helped milk companies produce the "Got Milk?" ads, paper and packaging manufacturers have launched a multimillion dollar ad campaign to remind the digitally revolutionized how paper can, as the marketing verse puts it, "solve problems," provide "an outlet for our creativity" and "connect us in personal, meaningful ways."
Julie Shaffer, vice president, Digital Strategies, will present two sessions at GRAPH EXPO 15 in September. Titled Print FUTURE SHOCK: Interactive, Integrated—Even ELECTRIC! and 3D for Commercial Printers: Your NEXT Print Profit Pathway!, these seminars will be particularly beneficial to business owners, production managers, sales managers, technology specialists and designers.
Domtar Corp. has reported net earnings of $38 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to net earnings of $36 million for the first quarter of 2015 and net earnings of $40 million for the second quarter of 2014. Sales for the second quarter of 2015 were $1.3 billion. "Our pulp and paper business performed largely in-line with expectations. Our operations ran well despite the seasonally high level of scheduled maintenance at our mills," said John Williams, president and CEO.
After completing a 12-month Performance Plus program through Heidelberg, Think Patented was able to increase its average performance by 20 percent and reduce makeready waste by 50 percent. The program saved the business more than 620 production hours, resulting in a total savings of $237,720.
For its second quarter 2015 financial results, Pitney Bowes has reported a revenue of $881 million, a decline of 4 percent on a constant currency basis and a decline of 8 percent as reported. Revenue declined 3 percent versus the prior year when adjusted for the impacts of currency and the divestiture of certain European revenue streams in the prior year.
Two of the 10 overall 2015 InterTech Technology Awards went to Kodak for its Kodak Prosper 6000 presses and newly-launched NX advantage for the Kodak Flexcel NX system. These two 2015 InterTech Technology Awards mark Kodak’s 39th and 40th overall InterTech Technology Awards to date. “The quality, speed and agility at which both the Prosper 6000 presses and Flexcel NX system produced prints really captured the judges attention,” relayed Mark Bohan of Printing Industries of America.
An expanded partnership between EFI and Ricoh Americas has made the EFI Self-Serve M500 Copy and Print Station and EFI Self-Serve AdminCentral software available with select Ricoh devices. This allows universities, libraries and other organizations to offer efficient walk-up printing services.
At GRAPH EXPO 15 booth #435, showgoers will be able to see first-hand how light affects color and the value of viewing color under standard lighting conditions. GTI Graphic Technology will be showcasing its color viewing solutions, including Soft View SOFV-1xiQ, EVS Executive Viewing Station and more.
The C941e digital color printer and the pro900DP digital envelope press are just two devices that will be demonstrated by OKI Data Americas at the Minuteman Press World Expo from July 29-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. The C941e is a new, full-color device with an optional EFI XF server or Harlequin raster image processor. The pro900DP digital envelope press features an embedded EFI Fiery System 8e Controller with SmartRIP technology.
NEPA Carton and Carrier Company, a one-stop source for beverage carriers and cartons located in Moosic, Pennsylvania, has installed a new six-color, 57" KBA Rapida 145 large-format press to provide additional speed, color control, and turnaround to its nationwide customers.
A Xerox Color 800 press has been donated to Cal Poly's Graphic Communications Department. This high-capacity press includes the Xerox EX Print Server, Powered by Fiery, and prints at 80 pages/min. It is being used to produce output for student design projects, publishing endeavors, papers and displays in the Graphic Communication Department.
In an effort to ensure a quality future workforce, Education Main Street at GRAPH EXPO 15 will showcase The Hiring Hub: Closing the Skills Gap. This recreation of the annual SkillsUSA National Championships will allow showgoers to interact with representatives from companies who have discovered a key to reaching skilled potential hires.
The judges for Printing Industries of America's 2015 InterTech Technology Awards singled out the following technologies as meeting the award criteria of being truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry.
The newest member of the Agfa Graphics GreenWorks program, Commerce Printing Services, uses Azura TS to produce high-quality visual communications. The chemistry-free plates are easy to handle and provide reliable, consistent and high-quality results.
Semper International released its quarterly economic insight report today, the "Semper International Third Quarter 2015 Industry Insight Survey Report," which was created in partnership with Printing Impressions magazine. While some economic data remains strong, this quarter’s report reveals tempered optimism, as the winter’s slowdown extended a bit through the summer months.