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October 2007 Issue

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Graph Expo Goes Green —Morgan
SUSTAINABILITY was the focus everywhere at Graph Expo last month. It was the one common theme that permeated throughout the largest national graphic communications trade show. For the first time, myriad companies expressed that sustain­ability issues are one of their...
Innovation Printing & Communications — Focused on Growth
A “WHATEVER it takes attitude” in the business world may sound cliché, but Philadelphia-based Innovation Printing & Communications has walked the walk—responding to customer needs by adding new equipment, consolidating into a single facility to optimize workflows and increasing its...
Dozen Enter Soderstrom Society
CHICAGO—The Paramus, NJ-based NAPL honored 12 printing industry leaders with induction into the Soderstrom Society during a pre-Graph Expo gala held September 8 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The event also celebrated NAPL’s 75th anniversary. The 2007 inductees are:...
PRINTER news
The Green Scene NEEDHAM, MA—Atlantic Printing is in its final stage of transition toward a “totally green” offset printing process. Atlantic employs a combination of chemical-free plate making technology (Agfa’s Accento thermal CTP system, which utilizes Agfa’s Azura chemical-free plates),...
DIGITAL digest
HP Empowers With Print 2.0 NEW YORK—On the 52nd floor of 7 World Trade Center, more than 700 guests and 100 Hewlett-Packard employees spent two days enjoying a room with a (magnificent!) view. The event was part of HP’s rollout...
GE07: Binding and Finishing — Quest for Automation
THE ROLLER coaster twisted from one side of the Muller Martini booth to the other, an improbably long snake piercing the air in an exhibition hall mostly filled with floor-dwelling equipment. This machine was certainly no bottom feeder—more specifically, it...
VDP Drives Cross-Media
CROSS-MEDIA services go hand-in-hand with digital printing and variable data. Two companies with lengthy digital printing experience, as well as two newer adopters, illustrate that point. To be a cross-media company means bringing in IT expertise or training internally. It...
VDP: Database Marketing Delivers
THE ADVENT of digital technology—in addition to forever altering the manner in which information is accumulated, stored, employed and disseminated—permanently altered the printing industry. Those printers wishing to respond to the consequent market demand for marketing communications that take advantage...
GE07: Digital Printing — Applications Being Taken
ONE OF the promotional pieces sent out by the sponsors of Graph Expo made the claim that this year’s event would be the largest digital printing show in the United States by a factor of two. That’s including solutions for...
UPFRONT
4Over Opening New Facility GLENDALE, CA—Trade printer 4Over will open a new production facility in Dayton, OH. The announcement came during Graph Expo in Chicago. It will be fully operational by year’s end and is expected to cut turnaround times...
Garbrecht Takes KBA North America Helm
WILLISTON, VT—KBA North America has named Holger Garbrecht as its new president and CEO. Garbrecht replaces Ralf Sammeck, who was promoted to executive vice president of worldwide sheetfed sales. Garbrecht previously served with Heidelberg, where he was responsible for business...
Olivier Set to Guide Transcontinental
MONTREAL—Francois Olivier, the son-in-law of Transcontinental founder Remi Marcoux, will be taking command of the Canadian printing giant in 2008. Transcontinental’s board of directors unanimously appointed Olivier as its next president and CEO, effective February 20, 2008. Olivier replaces Luc...
Hall of Fame Welcomes Inductees
CHICAGO—The 20th annual Gold Ink Awards and Hall of Fame Gala drew more than 300 attendees to the McCormick Place Grand Ballroom during Graph Expo last month, with the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame opening the doors to...
Wisconsin Printers — Printing Capital of the USA
LADIES AND gentlemen, your attention please. Printing Impressions magazine is about to announce it has anointed a state as the printing capital of the United States. This decision was not arrived at easily. In determining which of our 50 was...
Wisconsin Printers — Serious ’Bout Their Printing
THERE’S LITTLE doubt that a certain European country helped make Wisconsin the “Printing Capital of the USA.” Just ask John Berthelsen, president of Suttle-Straus in Waunakee. “There were lots of German immigrants who came to this area and many of...
Wisconsin Printers — Life in the Badger State
THOSE WHO have not had the opportunity to visit Wisconsin may have some misconceptions and preconceived notions that portray it in a one-dimensional light. Tim Burton, president of Burton & Mayer in Brookfield, notes there is more to his state...
ACROSS the nation
Citiprint Press Addition Makes Big Impact ALLENTOWN, PA—Citiprint purchased a four-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 with coater to complement a two-color Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46 installed in 2004, when the company first opened. Shabir Sumar, co-owner, says the added capability...
Sales Efficiency Is a Must —Sherburne
AT LAST month’s Graph Expo in Chicago, thousands of printers walked the show floor to learn what was new in technology and how it could impact their businesses moving forward. If you didn’t attend, hopefully you will read the post-show...
SUPPLIER news
Heidelberg Opens VLF Assembly Hall WIESLOCH-WALLDORF, GERMANY—Bernhard Schreier, CEO of press manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, officially opened assembly Hall 11 here on September 15. The hall measures 375,000 square feet (equivalent to almost five soccer fields) and will be used to...
BINDERY matters
Quad Taps Goss at Graph Expo SUSSEX, WI—Quad/Graphics will add six new high-productivity Goss finishing systems at various facilities in the United States over the next 12 months. The order, announced during Graph Expo in Chicago last month, includes Pace-setter...
LETTERS to the editor
Commentary Draws Fire Dear Editor: In Erik Cagle’s Bits and Pieces column (August 2007 issue), he states that he was floored when every printer at his table said if they found the sales rep to be reprehensible, they would not...
Swift Justice for Sicko Printer —Cagle
BITS AND PIECES EVERY NOW and then I’ll catch a reference to a printer while watching television, which sends me scurrying for pen and paper. But the most recent example of this caught me flat-footed. Fortunately, I was able to...
Vertis Communications — 21st Century Marketing
THE WORLD of direct marketing is volatile, always changing and always moving. By nature, marketing is a beast built for evolution, where trends are king and the next movement is just a consumer research study away. It stands to reason...
PERSONAL bests
Variable Data Works Magic for Disney BEING IN the printing industry, it’s hard not to have a skewed view of developments in the variable data marketing arena. The topic has received so much play, it’s easy to assume everyone has...
The Health Insurance Debate
Congress’ primary focus—and one of its biggest battles—on health care reform this year has been the reauthorization of SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which was passed on September 26 in the House (265-159) and Senate (67-29). While a...
VDP: Web-to-Print In the Real World
EARLIER THIS year, The Industry Measure, an industry research firm, sent uncomfortable ripples throughout the printing industry when it released a report stating that adoption of Web-to-print had stalled among print providers. While clearly, Web-to-print has not stalled among corporate...
VDP: Debunking Urban Legends
AS DIGITAL color printing reaches the tipping point, it’s time to set the record straight on popular misconceptions about today’s systems. Which of the following is a true statement? Tapping the side of a can of soda will prevent its...
GE07: Consumables and Substrates — Sustainability: Here to Stay
BUZZ WORDS come and go, especially at Graph Expo, where they’re here one year and gone the next. “Sustainability” is not a buzz word. It’s a commitment—and it’s here to stay. While printers and vendors alike were talking all things...
Variable Data Printing: From A to Z
THIS SPECIAL editorial section was produced to tie in with the upcoming sixth annual PIA/GATF Variable Data and Personalization Conference, to be held November 3 to 6 in Phoenix. The event will feature two dozen sessions to help companies leverage...
Transpromotional Printing — Printing that Fills the Bill
Transpromo, adding marketing messages to bills/statements, is a rarity in today’s business climate—a printing segment that promises strong growth. Unfortunately, that spending is likely to come out of a company’s traditional direct mail budget. It’s also not clear if commercial...
Oops! Another SSN List Gets Mailed
SACRAMENTO, CA—Pretty soon, the word “Security” will need to be removed from the phrase “Social Security number.” Another under-edited printing and mailing job has turned thousands of retirees into potential identity theft victims. About 445,000 retirees received an informational brochure...
Franklin Event Sets Record
NEW YORK—Ben Franklin himself would have jumped with joy over the large turnout at his namesake 2007 Franklin Event. Nearly 600 people filled the banquet hall at Pier Sixty on September 18, a record attendance, while marking the first time...
NewPage Adds Stora Enso NA
MIAMISBURG, OH—It’s been a good year for NewPage Corp. After using a complaint to knock several Asian coated free sheet sources down a peg via countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department this past summer, the former MeadWestvaco set...
Workflow and CTP Solutions — Getting Better Bit by Bit
PREPRESS USED to be a tightly defined process. Its evolution into “workflow” made the boundaries less clear cut, and they have been further blurred by the introduction of digital printing, variable data, Web-to-print and JDF into the production mix. Developments...
GE07: Sheetfed/Web Offset Presses — Windy City Wonders
WITH THE massive Drupa exhibition in Germany just seven months away, Graph Expo 2007 held in Chicago last month won’t go down in graphic arts history as a watershed event from a jaw-dropping new product standpoint. But that didn’t stop...
Graph Expo Delivers —Michelson
HYPE RARELY lives up to reality. But, in the case of Graph Expo in Chicago last month, the trade show met—and, in many cases, surpassed—the expectations of exhibitors and visitors alike. More than 650 exhibitors filling more than 460,000 square...