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June 2006 Issue

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ACROSS the nation
Digital Printing Gear New to Boston Area LOWELL, MA—King Printing has added a Kodak NexPress 2100 digital production color press, Kodak NexTreme DL-1000 variable data client-server package and Kodak NexTreme DL-100 variable data software. Adi Chinai, joint managing director (pictured),...
PRINTER news
Pearl Pressman Liberty Celebrates Centennial PHILADELPHIA—Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group (PPLCG) appropriately chose The Franklin Institute as a backdrop to host its 100th anniversary celebration, which was attended by dozens of long-time employees and customers. The event featured a traditional...
Readers Weighing In — Dickeson
“WITH REVERSE auctions, printers are starving themselves based on hourly rates and production speeds. In order to keep up you must buy the newest equipment and pass the running speed savings on to the customer. Where does the money come...
BINDERY matters
Horizon Celebrates Factory Opening BIWAKO, SIGA, JAPAN—Standard Finishing Systems joined Horizon International for the ceremonial grand opening of Horizon’s newly expanded post-press equipment factory here. This state-of-the-art facility is now 25 percent larger and has been further modernized with more...
SUPPLIER news
Robert Prah, formerly national accounts manager for Screen (USA), has been appointed vice president of sales. Prah oversees the Screen sales force in the United States and Canada. Boise Paper’s board of directors has approved a $72 million capital project...
Service Plan Options — Are You Being Served?
TO STAND out from the rest of the herd, offset press manufacturers, both web and sheetfed, have ramped up their service offerings. This trend toward extended service plans, preventive maintenance programs and beefed up parts and labor options is allowing...
UPFRONT
S. Rosenthal Closes Doors CINCINNATI—S. Rosenthal & Co., a publication and catalog printer that dated back to 1868, perished in April with the demise of its Portland, TN, facility, Heritage Graphics. About 300 people lost their jobs. The company, ranked...
HOT MARKETS AT MID-YEAR — ECONOMIC DEFICIT DISORDER
THE ECONOMY is irration-ally exuberant. Consumers are borrowing and spending in advance of expected higher prices, and businesses are robustly investing in both productivity (read “down-sizing”) and market development. This year is on track for nominal GDP growth of 6.5...
DIGITAL digest
Expo Shows Demand for Digital Presses PHILADELPHIA—By all measures, save one, the recent 2006 On Demand Exposition (co-located with AIIM) has been widely judged a success. The exception being that the sponsors apparently found the Pennsylvania Convention Center wanting and...
TRIM WASTE RECYCLING — REPURPOSED DOLLARS
SOME PEOPLE look at paper trim and see scraps of refuse. Others see dollar signs. In an industry where chief execs need to keep track of every nickel coming in and going out, there is no scoffing at opportunities to...
Soft Proofing — Virtually a Lock
IT HAS taken almost a decade, but the adoption of soft—or virtual—proofing now seems to be on a trajectory similar to the one for computer-to-plate production. Critical color and press-side applications still could be considered in the early adopter stage,...
Coupling for KBA, MAN?
WURZBURG, GERMANY—It takes two to Tango and, despite a German newspaper report that cited Koenig & Bauer AG’s (KBA) desire to grow its platform by enlisting the help of a competitor, a major consolidation between competing press manufacturers does not...
CGX Decides to Stay the Course
HOUSTON—For the time being, the potential sale of the commercial printing industry’s leading consolidator will have to wait for another day. Consolidated Graphics (CGX) is not going to be sold. After kicking around options to enhance shareholder value during a...
Fire Strikes Vertis Plant
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Donnelley Opens Mail Facility
CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has expanded its North American print logistics operations with the opening of a mail consolidation facility, including distribution management services, in Dallas. The new facility allows Donnelley to better serve direct response marketers, magazine publishers, catalogers and other...
Someone’s Looking Out For Fakes — Cagle
BITS AND PIECES Someone’s Looking Out For Fakes A recent edition of Bits & Pieces chronicled the latest printing technologies that have made counterfeiting U.S. money nearly impossible for anyone but the most sophisticated of thieves. But even with the...
Q&A WITH JAMES DUNN — RIDING GROWTH WAVE
On the heels of Heidelberg’s announcement that it had enjoyed a successful 2006 fiscal year (ended March 31) worldwide, Heidelberg USA President James Dunn discusses the factors that enabled the venerable manufacturer to complete a successful campaign in the U.S....
Suit Challenges Outlook-Vista Deal
NEENAH, WI—A lawsuit has been filed that challenges the proposed acquisition of Outlook Group by Vista Group. The suit was filed by “an entity that claims it is a shareholder of Outlook Group and purports to act on behalf of...
Considerable Postal Increase Proposed
WASHINGTON, DC—Commercial printers who thrive on mailing must hope that the Senate and House of Representatives can quickly find common ground in order to send meaningful postal reform to President Bush. Other-wise, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has proposed...
GLOBAL COMPETITION — DANGER LURKS OFFSHORE
CHUCK NASON admits he wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of global competition as it accelerated in 2001. The president and CEO of Worzalla Publishing, a Stevens Point, WI-based book manufacturer, watched as a significant portion of the company’s four-color...
More Offset Operations Crossing Digital Chasm — Michelson
DIGITAL PRINTING isn’t going to supplant offset within commercial printing operations—at least not any time on the near horizon. In fact, many shops have discovered that the addition of digital printing complements their lithographic output. In many cases, it can...
Dignitaries Highlight WOA Conference
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DOME PRINTING — THE TALENT POOLE
THE POOLE brothers are not slaves to the latest trends in the commercial printing industry. Owners of Dome Printing in Sacramento, CA, Tim, Andy and Bob Poole march to their own beat, and that is usually the song that their...
KIRKWOOD PRINTING — BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
KIRKWOOD PRINTING is a prime example of the good things that can happen when a printing company with a tradition of high-quality work is purchased by printing industry sales professionals focused on providing superior customer service. The Wilmington, MA-based commercial...
PRINT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE — NEW LEADERS OF THE PAC
WRITING A check, unless it’s made out to ‘cash,’ your nephew (who just graduated from college) or the dealership that just sold you that speedboat, can be a difficult thing. All too often, check writing is an unpleasant experience, a...
Common Sales Ailments — DeWese
THIS IS column Number 239, which brings the total words I’ve written to 310,700 during nearly 22 years. If I’m not mistaken, that’s more words than “War and Peace.” According to my roster of readers (a sophisticated, digitized database), there...