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April 2009 Issue

Printing Impressions April 2009
UPFRONT
Printing Impressions' Upfront Commercial Printing News for April 2009...
Good News: New Plants Being Opened
Quebecor World ushered in the opening of its new co-mailing facility in Somerset, NJ, with the addition of two new 30-pocket machines. The new capacity allows more publishers and catalogers to take advantage of the benefits of co-mailing. Quebecor chose...
Printers Scale Back Employee Rolls
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) plans to close its regional printing plant here this month and contract the printing of its newspaper, along with the weekly Barron’s , to The Des Moines Register , that paper reported. The current WSJ...
Roller Coaster Ride for RR Donnelley
RR Donnelley absorbed another loss in its quarterly results, recording a net loss of $686.9 million in the fourth quarter. Impairment and restructuring charges, which totaled nearly $1.4 billion, were the primary culprits....
Brown Lays Off 200, Signs Contract
Brown Printing will eliminate about 200 jobs across its network of plants, accounting for roughly 8 percent of its workforce, according to the Business Journal of McHenry County (IL). A representative of the printer told the newspaper that the move...
Print UV Event Shows Upward Trend
Several presenters at the sold-out Print UV 2009 technology conference, held March 8-10 at the Wynn Encore resort, declared that UV and hybrid UV technology might well represent the future of the offset printing industry. Based on the impressive turnout...
2009 Presidents Conference Shines
There’s nothing like Florida in early March to remind you that the doldrums of winter will soon be in the rearview mirror. Thus, the 2009 Presidents Conference, sponsored by the Printing Industries of America (PIA), allowed attendees to take a...
ACROSS the nation
Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printing News for April 2009...
'Bling-Bling' Definitely a Printing No-No --Cagle
SINCE WE do not cover international printing events, the following item did not appear on our news pages this month. But we seem to have hit another patch of fatal, machinery-related incidents. The most recent accident happened in Australia, where...
Bright Rays of Hope Amid Negative News --Michelson
BLAME IT on the around-the-clock cable news channels, the endless talking heads appearing on financial talk shows, and negative articles in daily newspapers and on popular Websites, which seem to post one doom-and-gloom story after another. Industry publications, including Printing...
Solo Printing -- Vision Leads to Success
THE WORLD is full of people who grouse about the company they work for, bemoaning the manner in which operations are conducted, and placated by the notion that if they were in charge, things would be done differently. Manny and...
Digital and Offset Convergence -- Going Long on Shorter Runs
IT’S HARD not to automatically view everything through the frame of the current economic climate. In most cases, however, the business challenges companies are struggling with were preexisting conditions that have now been greatly amplified. The trend toward print buyers,...
Industry Consolidation -- A Quiet Buyer's Market
THE ECONOMY is acting as a clog in the plumbing of printing industry M&A. The system is feeling more and more pressure from companies prolonging their desire to sell a business that perhaps needs an infusion of new blood or...
Process Improvement — Work Smarter, Not Harder
OF THE MANY insights that stand out in Eli Goldratt’s book, “The Goal,” one of the most memorable is the plant manager’s frustration with a machine operator reading a newspaper while on the clock. Like most of us, the plant...
DIGITAL digest
Dscoop4 wasn’t exactly fun in the Florida sun, but the tone of the conference was surprisingly upbeat despite the economic forecast and less than stellar weather. Both attendance and participation in the vendor solutions showcase increased from 2008....
GREEN scene
Printing Impressions' Sustainability in Commercial Printing News for April 2009...
FINISHING matters
Printing Impressions' Bindery and Finishing News for April 2009...
Special Report: Offset and Beyond -- Adding Value for Customers
BIG PICTURE perspective is the ultimate goal of the Web Offset Association’s (WOA) Offset and Beyond Printer-to-Printer Business & Technology Conference. After all, attendees of the printer-driven conference, which takes place May 4-6, 2009, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas,...
Offset and Beyond — Great Technologies, But Tough Times
When it comes to forecasting the current sheetfed and web offset markets, the biggest threat isn’t just digital technology, it’s the state of the economy. There are some pretty exciting developments going on in the lithographic printing market this year,...
Special Report: Offset and Beyond -- Today's Model: Distribute-Then-Print
INDUSTRY POWERHOUSE Susan Kelly, CEO of San Ramon, CA-based K/P Corp., has been tapped as one of the keynote speakers at Offset and Beyond 2009. Kelly’s name is recognized throughout the printing industry as a veteran printing exec who formerly...
For All You Time Wasters --DeWese
MANY, MANY years ago, when we had no chores, when we weren’t in church, or when we weren’t building barrels or making wagon wheels, we would play tic tac toe or connect the dots by the light of the one...
Add One-to-One Services -- Sherburne
HAVE YOU added one-to-one communications or variable data printing to your portfolio of offerings yet? Although we have been talking about variable data printing as a value-added service for a decade now, adoption rates have been slower than the pundits...
Ways to Fight Economic BS --Morgan
AS YOU are probably aware, more than 3.6 million Americans have lost their jobs since the onslaught of the recession, nearly half of those in the last three months alone. In January, the U.S. unemployment rate reached 7.6 percent, which...
SUPPLIER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printing Supplier News for April 2009...
PRINTER news
Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for April 2009...