Staff Writer

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drupa Announces Innovative Conference Program at drupa 2016

An exciting new approach to innovation in print will be offered at the drupa cube during drupa 2016. This 11-day event program will feature a wide range of applications for printed products in numerous industries and areas of life. Unlike previous years, it is not organized by target group; instead, it will be based on six key drupa 2016 themes.

Glatfelter Refreshes Pixelle High-Speed Inkjet Papers

Pixelle, a line of high-speed inkjet papers from Glatfelter, has been refreshed with a new logo, Website and streamlined names of its more than 30 products. Changes to product names were made to make it easier to select the right paper for the right job, and the new site houses videos, product updates and sell sheets, along with ideas for creative applications.

USPS Mail Carriers Are Getting a "Panic Button"

In broad daylight in Washington, D.C., last year, two armed men attacked a U.S. letter carrier. He was beaten, bound and robbed. Now, the Postal Service is shipping all 230,000 carriers new mobile devices with a soon-to-be-activated "panic button." GPS transmits their location to their supervisors every minute.

EFI Enters Digital Textile Printing With Acquisition of Reggiani Macchine

EFI has entered the high-growth inkjet textile printing market with the acquisition of Reggiani Macchine. Based in Bergamo, Italy, Reggiani is a leading technology provider with an extensive lineup of industrial inkjet printers utilizing water-based inks in printing on fabric.

Neenah Paper Expands Its Design Collection with Four Lines, Unveils Companion Swatchbook

The line of colored, pearlized and textured papers in Neenah Paper's Design Collection have been expanded to include four new premium paper grades from Italian papermaker Gruppo Cordenons. With these additions, The Design Collection now offers 15 paper brands, blending six iconic paper lines from North America and nine on-trend Italian brands.

Prime Data is First Canadian Firm to Install the Delphax elan 500 Inkjet Printer

Prime Data in Ontario, Canada, is the first Canadian printer to install an elan 500 printing solution, which it will use for direct marketing work. According to the firm, the elan 500 is an ideal option for data-driven, time-sensitive or urgent print production. It offers a practical application for franchises, political campaigns, marketing automation and more.

Platinum Converting Increases Its Capacity with Two Bobst Visionfold 110 Machines

Two additional Bobst Visionfold 110 machines have been installed at Platinum Converting's 120,000-square-foot facility in Itasca, Illinois. These additions increase the firm's folding and gluing capacity by 40 percent. "We grew our folding and gluing capacity by adding functionality that our customers themselves specified," said Rich DeWulf, vice president at Platinum Converting.

Printing Impressions Wishes Our Readers a Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of Independence Day, the offices of Printing Impressions will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. The next edition of our "Today on PIworld" e-newsletter—your daily resource for the latest printing industry news, commentary, and video interviews and highlights—will return to your inbox on Monday, July 6th.

Complete Graphics Wins Best of Show by Int'l Engraved Graphics Association

Complete Graphics won the Best of Show at the International Engraved Graphics Association’s 76th Annual Conference in Vail, Colorado, on June 29. Other Taylor engraving companies to win awards that night include BurdgeCooper and The Ligature of Los Angeles and Berkeley, California.

Mohawk's CEO Presents Story of Ingenuity and Growth at Paper Cluster Meeting

Seventy paper industry executives came together for the New England Paper Cluster's Growth Strategies Reception and Dinner. Among the speakers was Thomas O’Connor Jr., chairman and CEO, of Mohawk Fine Papers, who discussed his firm’s inspiring entrance into the envelope market with its new plant in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Japan Pulp and Paper Acquires Remaining 49 Percent Share of Gould Paper

The remaining 49 percent of Gould Paper has been acquired by Japan Pulp and Paper. Gould is now a wholly-owned subsidiary within the JP Group. "JP is the largest paper merchant in Japan and is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange," explained David Berkowitz, president and CEO of Gould. "Their strong support will allow us to continue to grow and flourish in the United States and throughout the World."

Heidelberg's New Brand Identity Underscores Its Strategic Reorientation

Heidelberg is underlining its reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity. The new color-coded identity represents each of the firm's core areas—services, equipment and consumables. Its focus is no longer simply on equipment, but on the integrated overall process and all the requisite components.

Dreamworks Moves to New 45,000-Square-Foot Facility, Adds an HP Indigo 10000

Dreamworks Graphic Communications has purchased a new HP Indigo 10000 digital press and has moved into a new 45,000-square-foot facility in Glenview, Illinois. The new facility will now be one of HP’s Midwest showcases for the Indigo 10000 and other emerging technologies. According to Dreamworks CEO Dan Luka, the addition of the Indigo 10000 positions the company to produce high-quality collateral faster, better and more competitively than ever before.

What Happens When a 1960s Typewriter Is Transformed Into a Music-Playing Printer? 

Computer scientist Chris Gregg of Tufts University has turned his vintage 1960s Smith Corona electric typewriter into a printer that punches its keys along to music. Originally, he had planned on driving the keys with his computer, but when he discovered that they were not electric switches at all, but rather powered by a complex mechanical system, he decided to shelve the project.

Menasha Expands PrePrint Facility for New Flexographic Printing Press at Wisconsin Facility

A second Bobst Central Impression Flexographic 90SIX printing press will double Menasha Corp.'s capacity at its PrePrint facility. In addition, the facility is expanding by 45,500 square feet. "We are excited to be able to provide faster turnaround time for our current customers, while increasing capacity for future growth," said Roger Ver Voort, Menasha PrePrint general manager.