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January 2007 Issue

ACROSS the nation
ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM—Telephone directory producer Stevens Graphics is expanding its press fleet with the addition of a double-circumference KBA Compacta 818 web press at its facility here. HUNTSVILLE—AdeptMedia Corp. has installed its first digital press, a Xerox iGen3 110 color digital...
BINDERY matters
Americans Tour German Facilities Ludwigsburg, GERMANY—Customers from the U.S. recently visited the Postpress Inforum and various manufacturing sites of Heidelberg Postpress, as well as the Polar Mohr manufacturing location. The trip started at the Polar facility in Hofheim, where a...
Old Friends, Days Treasured —Cagle
THERE IS something sad about the end of the year, a feeling of loss, even when it’s just night turning into day. Like chapters in a book, the year tells part of our entire life story, and I’m sure many...
DIGITAL digest
PODi Forum To Explore Success Variables ANAHEIM, CA—Strategies for success in variable data marketing and case studies of companies that have put them into practice will be featured at the 2007 Application Forum organized by PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative....
Bolger Vision Beyond Print — New Ways to Add Value
THE NAME pretty much says it all: Bolger Vision Beyond Print. Brothers dik and Charles “Charley” Bolger have situated their company to position printing as the centerpiece of a communications buffet—confident that customers will sample a little off of each...
Tuning-Up Performance — Fiorenza
CHANCES ARE, you have played out this scene before, in one of the roles. It’s time for the annual performance evaluation—an event despised by all, except possibly human resource managers, consultants and employment lawyers. The manager and her employee (or...
Electronic Paper — Paper Route
THERE WAS a time not long ago (2005) when scarcely a week would go by without there being news of some new development in the growing “electronic paper” market. Perhaps “market” is the wrong word to use, as almost all...
USPS: Victory A Long Time Coming
The Printing Industries of America (PIA) hailed passage of H.R. 6407, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, approved by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in the final hours before both chambers adjourned the...
’Tis the Season for Serious Dealmaking —Michelson
JUST WHEN you thought the landscape had stabilized following the 11th hour acquisition of Banta by RR Donnelley in October for $1.3 billion—thwarting a hostile takeover attempt by Cenveo kingpin Bob Burton to wrest control of Banta—a subsequent flurry of...
PRINTER news
Printers Weigh Straight Presses vs. Long Perfectors KENNESAW, GA—More than 50 printers from around the U.S. attended a Heidelberg VIP Event December 5-6 at its Print Media Demonstration Center to see live demos comparing high-speed straight printing vs. long perfecting...
LETTERS to the editor
Lifetime Memories For Hall Of Famer Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the photographs from my recent induction into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame. I really do appreciate the honor you bestowed on me. It is...
Paper Outlook — Declaring War on Dumping
BY ALL indications, the paper manufacturing sector is doing everything within its means to ensure that capacity walks hand-in-hand with demand. Whether these measures will have an impact on what is largely perceived as a weak North American paper market...
Printer Blamed for Breach of Data
CHICAGO—The city school system here and a suburban commercial printer are being sued by a former teacher over the inadvertent release of personal information through a mailing, which included names, addresses and social security numbers. Mark Cohen filed suit with...
MAN Execs Assess State of Industry
CHICAGO—With a fresh snowfall on the ground, the Windy City provided a fitting seasonal backdrop for MAN Roland’s annual Editor’s Dinner. This time, the educational event and end-of-year celebration also served as a toast to Yves Rogivue, the press manufacturer’s...
Stora Faces Price Fixing Charge
HARTFORD, CT—Stora Enso North America has been indicted by a federal grand jury here for allegedly participating in a price-fixing conspiracy to drive up the cost of paper used for magazines and catalogs. According to the Associated Press, the Wisconsin...
Postal Reform Pulled From Fire
WASHINGTON, DC—Faced with leaving the U.S. Postal Service in a “death spiral” of increasing rates and declining volume, Congress threw Mr. ZIP and the mailing community a lifeline with the passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. In the...
RR Donnelley Caps Transactional Trilogy
CHICAGO—While it may not have Boardwalk and Park Place, RR Donnelley certainly seems to be building upon its own printing monopoly. After reaching terms last Halloween to buy Banta, the largest printer in North America resumed its holiday shopping a...
Perelman Buying John Harland Co.
ATLANTA—Check printing specialist John H. Harland Co. has agreed to be acquired by M&F Worldwide, the holding company controlled by billionaire Ron Perelman, for $1.7 billion, or $52.75 per share. Harland will become a wholly owned subsidiary of M&F Worldwide...
Undaunted Cenveo Lands Cadmus
STAMFORD, CT—It was almost too easy. After a trio of proxy and near-proxy battles over the past two years, Bob Burton found himself peacefully negotiating around the holiday season. The result for the chairman and CEO of Cenveo was a...
And the Award Goes to. . .—Sherburne
LAST MONTH, I suggested some ways that you can put public relations to work and get the word out about your business. This month, the topic is self-promotion—a subset of PR in which you can showcase the skills, expertise and...
SUPPLIER news
Ryobi Plans Third Press Manufacturing Facility HIROSHIMA, JAPAN—Driven by strong U.S. and worldwide demand for mid-size offset printing presses, Ryobi Graphic Systems began construction on a new press manufacturing facility this month. The new facility will be the third at...
Postal Issues — Rate Case Pushes Forward
THE GOOD news, bad news scenario has struck the commercial printing industry, as well as the mailing community. The first bit of news should help serve as some consolation to the latter. Unless you’ve spent the last month on holiday...
UPFRONT
Valassis, ADVO Settle, Merge LIVONIA, MI—After several months of acrimony, Valassis and ADVO have decided to patch their differences and merge. The sides have dropped their chancery court case and will move under one roof via a renegotiated $1.2 billion...
Hot Markets for 2007 — Prepare for Growth
DON’T BELIEVE the pundits. The U.S. economy will expand, not contract, in 2007-2008, and to an annual growth rate of nearly 4 percent in GDP. This will reverse the downward adjusted 3.2 percent in 2006 and 2005. Our industry should...