Staff Writer

Staff Writer
Inkjet Summit Wraps Up With Third Successful Year

The third annual Inkjet Summit wrapped up Wednesday night with an elegant awards dinner, a fitting celebration of another successful conference. The 100 printers in attendance spent three days at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, getting an in-depth education about high-speed production inkjet printing for book, direct mail, transactional and commercial printing applications.

Boehmer Box Positions for Increased Demand for Upscale Packaging with R908 HiPrint Press

With the addition of an eight-color, 56" R908 HiPrint press from manroland Sheetfed, Boehmer Box, a Canadian manufacturer of folding cartons, has set a new precedent for high-quality, innovative products. "It is imperative to have a press equipped with the most advanced color control technology," explained Karl Broderick, vice president of sales, Boehmer Box.

Canon Solutions America Announces First Océ VarioPrint i300 Shipments to Customers

Canon Solutions America recently held a second anniversary press and analyst meeting in Florida, marking two years that the former Océ has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. The event gave Canon Solutions America executives the opportunity to provide an update on its new midrange cutsheet color inkjet press—the Océ VarioPrint i300—which will be commercially available later this summer and is currently shipping to the first customer installation sites.

Execuprint Adds an EFI H1625 Hybrid UV LED Printer to Grow Its Business

Execuprint, Chatsworth, CA, has added a six-color EFI H1625 wide-format hybrid LED UV printer, supplied by Heidelberg, to expands its sheetfed offset, sheetfed digital and digital wide-format inkjet printing capabilities. "Sheetfed offset is still our bread-and-butter, but we’re now in a position to work toward an eventual 50-50 balance between offset and digital jobs," said Mike Farag.

Colbert Packaging Installs Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106

A new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 is now operational at Colbert Packaging's Elkhart, IN, manufacturing facility. Colbert started training its people on the new press in early February, when four employees spent a week at Heidelberg USA in Kennesaw, GA.

FASTSIGNS Offers IDEAlliance G7 Certification Training to Franchise Partners

Franchisees and team members of FASTSIGNS recently had the opportunity to train as G7 Experts at the company's headquarters in Carrolton, TX. Those with G7 Expert certification are qualified to perform the G7 Master Qualification, which is granted to print facilities proven capable of performing the G7 methodology on printers, presses or proofing systems.

Currency Impact Sends Pitney Bowes to Q1 2015 Decline of 1 Percent

In its latest financial report, Pitney Bowes announced its revenue declined 1 percent on a constant currency basis and 5 percent as reported to $891 million. Revenue was flat to the prior year when adjusted for the impacts of currency and the divestment of certain European revenue streams.

Chris Lyons Joins NAPCO Media as President/CRO of Marketing, Retail Brands

Digital pioneer Chris Lyons has joined NAPCO Media as President/Chief Revenue Officer of the Marketing and Retail sector, whose brands include Target Marketing, Retail Online Integration (ROI), Direct Marketing IQ, Who’s Mailing What!, and eMarketing + Commerce. "I am delighted to be returning to NAPCO Media—a company that has transformed itself from the legacy print publishing company I once knew to the dynamic media and multi-faceted company it is today," said Lyons.

SG360º Completes Wheeling and Broadview, IL, Office Renovations

All four of SG360º's Illinois facilities are now renovated, after the finishing touches were completed on its Wheeling Road corporate office in Wheeling, IL, and the Broadview web facility in Broadview, IL. Every inch of the renovation was meticulously designed to benefit employees and clients by motivating them with the core essence of the company’s brand.

Fenton to Keynote NAPCO Media's Digital Printing Government & Higher-Ed Conference

Howie Fenton, associate director of operations consulting, will offer the opening keynote and final wrap up presentation on new technology at the Digital Printing Government & Higher-Ed Conference, that is being organized by NAPCO Media and will be chaired by IPG Editor Bob Neubauer. The conference is taking place in the GPO office May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Xplor International: A Resounding Success with Rise in New, Global Attendence

Xploration 15, held in Orlando, FL, April 14-16, featured over 60 educational sessions in addition to the general sessions and vendor forum. The vendor forum featured 38 leading-edge providers of document technology products and services. The conference also included daily networking events, two keynote speakers, the second annual Customer Engagement Program and pre-conference programs provided by Madison Advisors and PrintMediaCentr.

New Kodak PRINERGY Workflow 7 Software Protects Print Service Provider Margins

The latest workflow software from Kodak, PRINERGY Workflow 7, pushes boundaries of automation to reduce costs and inefficiencies at every level of the printing process. New features limit human error, improve time to press and enable faster, more informed decisions that are critical for keeping margins healthy.

International Paper Reports 2015 Q1 Earnings, Results Driven by Key Business

International Paper today reported first quarter 2015 net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $313 million ($0.74 per share) compared with net earnings of $134 million ($0.32 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $95 million ($0.21 per share) in the first quarter of 2014. "International Paper delivered another strong quarter through good execution and cost management that resulted in increased margins," said Mark Sutton , chairman and CEO.

NY Digital Firm Influence Print Announces 2015 Print Design Scholarship

Influence Print in New York City, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students majoring or interested in design and applied arts or graphic design with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities. The deadline for the visual communication design scholarship competition is December 31, 2015.