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March 2011 Issue

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Marketing Services by Vectra : Printing Signs of the Times
The business-to-business world still reaps great benefits from relationships. Case in point is Marketing Services by Vectra, a multifaceted digital, screen, sheetfed and web offset printer based in Columbus, OH. President Craig Taylor has found great value in industry peer...
Continuous-Feed Inkjet Grades : The Paper Chase for Inkjet
Paper manufacturers have adopted several strategies to optimize coated and uncoated stocks for running on the emerging array of high-speed, continuous-feed, color inkjet presses. While some papers may need to be fine-tuned to run on individual brands of presses, an...
Inkjet Printing Technology : Getting a Head in the Game
Differences in the inkjet imaging systems now being employed can have an impact—to varying degrees and relative to each other—on head cost, failure rate and cleaning/maintenance requirements; substrate flexibility; print resolution; color saturation; print width; and more. It doesn't quite...
Photo Books : Never Too Late for Profits
Consumer demand for photo books has been gaining in popularity for several years, and there is a bevy of “social expression” products built upon that foundation—personalized calendars, key chains, mugs, posters, buttons, cards, calendars, mouse pads and countless other goods....
DIGITAL digest
Digital printing news from the PODi AppForum, Xerox, Kodak and Konica Minolta in Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition....
MSP : Now Leading, Not Bleeding
MSP's digital division meets the needs of its customer base with direct mail production, Web-to-print programs, print-on-demand applications and general commercial work, including brochures, sales sheets, training materials and manuals....
Heidelberg to Sell Ricoh Digital Presses
Ricoh Co. and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) announced a global strategic cooperation, starting with a global distribution contract for Ricoh's Production Printing Product portfolio. This agreement enables Heidelberg to sell Ricoh's latest color digital press, the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic...
UPFRONT
Commercial printing industry news briefs, including items on Edwards Brothers, Vertis, Quad/Graphics, EarthDigital, Ken Rizzo, Indoff and Geographics....
Sheridan Group Consolidates Plants
The Sheridan Group plans to consolidate the printing operations of two of its subsidiary publications businesses into a single facility. The printing operations of United Litho, located in Ashburn, VA, will be consolidated into Dartmouth Printing's facility in Hanover, NH....
RR Donnelley Closing Colorado Facility
An RR Donnelley plant here has given 60 days' closure notice to its employees, a move that will leave 177 workers without jobs, according to the Greeley Tribune . The workers were told of the decision during a Feb....
Ex-Controller Faces Long Prison Term
Brian Steele, a former controller of Dataflow Inc., pleaded guilty to grand larceny and forgery in a Broome Country courtroom in mid-February, the Central New York Business Journal reported. Steele admitted to stealing roughly $950,000 from the family owned printing...
Obama Throws the USPS a Lifeline
In an effort to cut costs and help offset dwindling mail volume, the United States Postal Service (USPS) could close as many as 2,000 facilities in addition to the nearly 500 previously targeted for closure, according to the Wall...
Printer Killed While on Vacation
A holiday turned to tragedy for the co-owner of a printing facility who sacrificed his life for the safety of his girlfriend. Roy Stout, 57, was struck and killed by an automobile in Negril, Jamaica, on Feb. 4 after pushing...
ACROSS the nation
Commercial printing industry national news, featuring items on Clermont Printing & Office Supplies and Olympus Group....
Today on PIworld
The most viewed stories from Printing Impressions’ daily e-newsletter—Today on PIworld—for the past month....
EFI Exec’s Daughter Eyes Oscar –Cagle
Udi Arieli, a director with EFI, was bursting with pride at the news that his daughter, Karni, and her husband, Saul, were nominated for an Oscar in the Short Film category. Karni and Saul directed and wrote "Turning." The short...
Offset, Digital Vendors Select Dance Partners –Michelson
There's been a flurry of announcements recently regarding sales, distribution and pooled R&D resource agreements between several of the leading lithographic and digital press manufacturers. And, as the dance partners pair up, the mammoth Drupa 2012 exhibition in Germany will...
BINDERY matters
Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition, featuring items on Odcombe Press, Cal Poly, Ocean State Bindery, C&C Trade Bindery and Binding Industries Association....
Scavenger Hunt for New Biz –DeWese
This column will provide you and your company with an opportunity to participate in a first-ever National Scavenger Hunt for Graphic Arts Company Growth. That's an easy acronym: NSHGACG. The object of the Scavenger Hunt is to develop new accounts...
Raise ‘Share-of-Customer’ –Farquharson/Tedesco
Print salespeople that implement intelligent "Share-of-Customer" (SOC) grab strategies will position their businesses for a happy and healthy 2011. Read on for a discussion of how to increase your average SOC, and how the results can be stunning....
PRINTER news
Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition....
SUPPLIER news
Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition....