Just five days after Tribune Publishing completed its purchase of The San Diego Union-Tribune, the newspaper announced that it would be laying off 178 employees. According to the Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing paid $85 million in cash and stock to buy the newspaper, along with eight community weeklies and related Websites from real estate developer Doug Manchester.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, specialty paper supplier Convertible Solutions has launched its new Website. The site provides a fresh look at the company and its products, testimonials, videos and an online introduction to the people of Convertible Solutions.
The International Data Corp. (IDC) reports that large-format printer shipments declined by less than -1 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2015, while revenue declined by almost -3 percent. "The first quarter got the year off to a strong start with key wide-format printing technologies like Latex, UV and Eco-solvent inkjet showing nice growth overall," said Phuong Hang, program director for IDC's Worldwide Large-format Printer Tracker.
Producing more than 750 million game pieces to date this year, SG360º promotional game production continues to grow. SG360º's web printing operations provide the power to bring promotional agency partners’ game concepts to life. These solutions are a powerful tool for reaching consumers in a fun and exciting way.
Postmaster General Megan Brennan recognized DATAMATX at the National Postal Forum event in Anaheim, California, for its work in implementing best practices in postal optimization. The USPS annually awards companies for implementing best practices in two categories: Mail Innovation and Mail Technology.
On the evening before GRAPH EXPO 15, Tom Duchene of TDMS Inc. will be honored as the 55th Walter E. Soderstrom Award recipient. This year’s gala event will be held in downtown Chicago. In addition to being president of TDMS Inc., Duchene is the current chairman of the Epicomm Board of Advisors.
To help it keep pace with growing EA toner product demand, Xerox will increase its emulsion aggregation (EA) toner capacity by 40 percent with the completion of a nearly $35 million expansion project at its Western New York manufacturing plant.
Announcing a brand new media sharing service called ArtArena where anyone can buy, sell and share media with fellow ArtArena members and guests. More than just a stock photography site, the new Website and app gives contributors 70 percent commission on everything they sell—the highest in the industry.
Midland Specialty Paper and Film has released its latest Specialty Paper & Film Catalog, providing a single source for printers' digital and offset specialty substrate needs. This edition also features the 53-page saddle-stitched Inkjet Media Product Guide 2015.
Like the character in a Monty Python skit, paper is "not dead yet." In fact, some industry niches are surprisingly robust. The Sonoco Paper Mill in Richmond, Virginia, is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and can still barely keep up with demand for its recycled cardboard.
Colonial Printing, a commercial sheetfed printer and a division of Integrity Graphics, has installed a six-color Lithrone G40 (GL640) with H-UV at its Warwick, Rhode Island, facility. With the GL640's advanced automation and fast job cycle time, the company was able to retire two older presses after its installation.
Providing less energy consumption along with a better profit margin, Manroland Sheetfed has introduced its Low Energy Curing (LEC) UV technology for Roland offset presses. LEC technology is built on a combination of special LEC UV lamps and highly reactive UV ink. It is designed for faster curing results and premium curing quality.
The attendees of this year's Inkjet Summit in Ponte Vedra, Florida, named Canon Solutions America a top "Company to Watch." This prestigious award is given to a single organization each year during the Awards Dinner on the final night of the event. "We take great pride in this honor as it once again comes at a critical point in the evolution of inkjet," said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Large-Format Solutions and Production Print Solutions.
By removing the requirement for the JAVA Platform, a third-party plugin, Kodak Insite Prepress Portal 7 now delivers new features including HTML5 system diagnostics and a redesigned HTML5-based Smart Review user interface.
As part of their senior project, five engineering students at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), made an aluminum hand-operated tabletop letterpress, weighing in at 25 pounds. Assembled using two Allen wrenches, the letterpress can produce high-quality and repeatable prints. It joins the esteemed collection of historic 19th century printing presses at RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection.
VITS International has introduced the new Sprint Saddle Line that collates variable data books, catalogs or direct mail and delivers them directly to an existing saddle stitcher. The Sprint Saddle Line is a double web, four-ribbon offline unit that can produce up to 16-page signatures at a time.
Air Motion Systems and KOMCAN, the agent for Komori in Ontario and Western Canada, have partnered to offer Air Motion Systems' LED UV and UV curing technologies to KOMCAN customers. "Canada has been a fantastic market for AMS for almost two decades. The adoption rate of LED UV in the sheetfed market has been key to the outstanding growth of our technology," said Steve Metcalf, president and CEO of Air Motion Systems.
Stephens & George just installed the 300th CutStar sheeter from Heidelberg. The CutStar was launched at drupa 2000 and further developments were introduced that adapted the sheeter to the new press design at drupa 2012.
VariDry LED-UV is an instant cure-to-print technology from KBA that is integrated into its press line. This allows for easy operation for infrared, hot air, traditional UV, HR UV or LED-UV. As the fastest-growing drying technology, VariDry LED-UV provides significant advancements, benefits and savings.
Lithographix, in Hawthorne, California, submitted the October/November 2014 edition of Hana Hou! in the Specialty Magazines, Web, category of the Gold Ink Awards. What makes this magazine stand out are its vibrant colors and intriguing photography on the cover. The issue was printed on a six-color, 38" Mistubishi gapless heatset full-web press, for a press run of 135 million.
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