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OKI Data Establishes New Wide Format Printer Company Through Acquisition of Seiko Instruments

OKI Data has completed the acquisition of the wide-format printer business of Seiko I Infotech Inc. ("SIIT" hereinafter), a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments Inc. ("SII" hereinafter), from SII. OKI Data established OKI Data Infotech ("OKI Data Infotech" hereinafter) by acquiring all SIIT shares held by SII. The new company began operating as a member of the OKI Group on Oct. 1, 2015.

2015 Ratios Show Printing Industry Profits Increased Last Year

Findings from Printing Industries of America's 2015 Ratios Survey indicate a modest rise in industry profitability. On average, the typical printing firm’s profit as a percent of sales increased from 2.6 percent last year to 3.0 percent this year.

HP Donates Indigo 5000 Press to Clemson University for Graphics Program

As part of a new academic collaboration to support the next generation of talent in the digital printing field, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has donated an HP Indigo 5000 digital press to Clemson University’s graphic communications program. Having hands-on experience using the HP Indigo 5000 digital press will give Clemson students invaluable access to that growing market segment through internship and career opportunities.

Landa Corp. Appoints Yishai Amir CEO; Benny Landa to Remain Chairman

Yishai Amir has been appointed CEO of Landa Corp. and a member of the company's board of directors. Benny Landa will continue as active chairman. “By joining Landa I feel as if I am returning home. I started my career with Benny Landa 21 years ago at Indigo," commented Amir.

DOME Acquires Manufacturing Assets of Bel Aire Displays

Print and marketing solutions provider DOME has announced the acquisition of manufacturing assets of Bel Aire Displays, a leading screen and digital graphic display company located in Richmond, California.

Konica Minolta to Launch KM-1 Digital Inkjet Press at drupa 2016; Announces Beta Testing in Europe

Konica Minolta has announced the anticipated Beta installation of the KM-1 digital inkjet press in Europe. KM-1 is a B2+ UV inkjet four-color sheetfed press, which will help commercial printers produce high-quality print jobs, capturing new market opportunities for brand owners looking to develop highly personalized short-run applications. The first KM-1 Beta was installed in the U.S. three months ago.

Quad Streamlines Organizational Structure to Serve Needs of Marketers, Publishers

In an effort to better serve the evolving needs of marketers and publishers in today’s multimedia world, Quad/Graphics has streamlined its organizational structure and has announced new company leadership roles, effective immediately. "Our goal is to make it easier for our clients to take advantage of our full continuum of integrated solutions to help them generate increased engagement, response and revenues while reducing their total cost of production and distribution," commented Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman, president and CEO.

Trend Offset Printing to Install First Océ ImageStream 2400 Inkjet Press in U.S.

With the ability to run print jobs at 525 feet per minute at 1,200 dpi, the Océ ImageStream 2400 inkjet press will provide Trend Offset Printing (Trend) with the speed it needs for its evolving customer output. "The Océ ImageStream 2400 will give Trend Offset Printing the productivity to bring four-color personalized printing to the mainstream client. We are very excited at Trend to see where our clients will go with this new technology," said Aaron Day, CEO of Trend Offset Printing.

Jared Smith, President of Wide-Format Printer bluemedia, to Speak at PIA Color 2015 Conference

bluemedia President Jared Smith will kick off day two of the Color 2015 event in Phoenix. Smith will discuss building a business case for selling projects of one piece, as well as advice on how to work with major brands. "Brand accuracy for us starts by taking steps to ensure we understand the brand first. This means we ask for style guides, branding guidelines, messaging rules, and Pantone colors very early in the process," said Smith.

Grow Socially's Foley on Best Practices for Developing a Social Media Strategy

Creating a strategy around social media has proven challenging, not just for publishers, but for businesses across a wide spectrum. John Foley of Grow Socially and facilitator of the Social Media & Inbound Marketing Master Class on October 16th, shares how publishers can craft and execute an effective social media strategy.

Kluge to Participate in the Digital Packaging Summit 2015 Being Held Nov. 9-11

Brandtjen & Kluge will be participating in the Digital Packaging Summit 2015 that will take place November 9-11, 2015, at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The Digital Packaging Summit is an invitation-only, hosted summit designed for senior managers and business executives who want to understand how current and future digital production printing, finishing technology, software and solutions will impact their business and investment decisions.

Domtar's 'Paper Trail' Tool Wins 2015 Environmental Strategy of the Year Award

The Paper Trail, Domtar's digital transparency tool, has been recognized by RISI as an innovative tool for supply chain transparency in the pulp and paper industry. Earlier this year, Domtar re-launched The Paper Trail, broadening its sustainability focus to also include the social and economic impacts associated with paper.