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October 2009 Issue

Printing Impressions October 2009
ACROSS the Nation
Commercial printer and bindery installations and other news briefs from Printing Impressions' October 2009 edition....
Wide Format Wraps Up An Ugly ‘Kiss’ —Cagle
How do you turn a rusty, 20-year-old delivery truck into the talk of the town? If you have wide-format printing equipment on hand, you wrap it in colorful promotional images and send it back onto the streets....
Concord Litho : Sweet Smell Of Success
Concord Litho, the pride of the New Hampshire town that bears its name, has captured more than 50 awards in the past three years from entries in various worldwide printing contests. Augmenting the powerful designs and superior printing jobs from...
BINDERY matters
Binding and Finishing news from Printing Impressions' October 2009 edition....
Creel Printing : Betting on Growth
The growth of multi-faceted Creel, a reputable Las Vegas-based sheetfed and heatset and coldset web printer since 1953, flies in the face of the difficulty being experienced by the casinos. The publication, catalog, direct mail and commercial printer has cruised...
DIGITAL digest
Digital printing and workflow news in the commercial printing industry from Printing Impressions' October 2009 edition....
Some Love, Some Hate PIA, NAPL Merger Idea —Michelson
DEPENDING ON who you talk to, the recent consolidation discussion proposal extended by the Printing Industries of America (PIA) to the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) was either an "olive branch" representing a goodwill gesture to explore the feasibility...
Do You Have What It Takes? —DeWese
The survivors will have the best salespeople, not necessarily the best equipment. Oh, they will have good machinery, good software, good management and good (low) costs but, above all, they will have dynamite salespeople working within and propelled by a...
Fineline Printing Group : Living the American Dream
Indianapolis-based Fineline Printing Group has grown each and every year since its founding in 1981, in spite of various challenges, including the current financial markets crash that has spiralled the nation (if not the world) into an economic tailspin....
Franchise Insurance : New Sources of Value
From an internal costs perspective, volatile insurance rates have caused massive headaches for businesses and their employees, with both usually sharing in the pain. Small businesses in particular—without the protection of better terms for companies that enjoy mass participation—often experience...
Angelson Takes Helm at Worldcolor
Mark Angelson, 58, has been named chairman and CEO of the newly rebranded Worldcolor, formerly World Color Press and Quebecor World, as it attempts to re-establish itself after emerging from bankruptcy protection....
NAPL to PIA: No Thanks
PIA President and CEO Michael Makin recently sent out a short letter to PIA members, informing them that NAPL has rejected an offer of consolidation discussions with PIA....
U.S. Paper Companies Target Asia
Several U.S.-based coated paper manufacturers, led by NewPage Corp., are asking the federal government to level the playing field by imposing duties on China and Indonesia for subsidizing and dumping certain coated paper....
Waste Paper Handling : Chuck the Gaylord
When considering installing a scrap paper removal/recycling system, outside of the paper volume that is generated, what other factors come into play? An argument can be made that even a moderately inelegant scrap paper recycling setup is preferred over the...
PRINTER news
Commercial printer news from Printing Impressions' October 2009 edition....
What Print Buyers Want : No Surprises, No Excuses
Joe Stoeckle, senior buyer at R.L. Polk & Co., will go out of his way to maintain good working relationships with his print providers. The products and services that he purchases are important to his employer's business—and the job he...
Binding and Finishing : Shifting Gears
For postpress, there was cause for optimism. While binding and finishing gear, in general, has a long life span, there was some speculation that printers looking to buy may opt for these types of upgrades/additions, which constitutes a far cheaper...
Digital Printing & Workflow : Exhibitors Cop an App-itude
In the digital arena, putting greater emphasis on applica- tions and business development tools has been a growing trend among trade show exhibitors for some time. PRINT 09 kicked it up more than a notch, as the current business climate...
Sheetfed/Web Litho Printing : Offsetting a Weak Economy
PRINT 09 sheetfed and web offset press exhibitors were all singing the same tune that the "holy grail" to achieving profitability in these tough times lies in a print shop's efficiency—quick makereadies, waste reduction, higher productivity with less people, as...
Wide-format Digital Printing : Wide Open to the Opportunities
PRINT 09 offered an array of wide-format printing systems and highlighted a number of industry trends that could present opportunities for commercial printers, including sustainability and high-volume POP production. ...
Promotional Products : A Winning Margin
Many commercial printers sell promotional products to supplement their other product and service offerings. Relative to the balance of a printer's capabilities menu, promo products are uncomplicated....
The Top 10 “Must Do” List —Sherburne
As we skate into the fourth quarter of what has been a  very difficult year, it is none too soon to be thinking about strategies for 2010. With that in mind, I have put together a Top 10 "must do"...
SUPPLIER news
Printing industry supplier news from Printing Impressions' October 2009 edition....
UPFRONT
Commercial printing industry news briefs from Printing Impressions' October 2009 edition....
Reference Tool : Why Print Is Truly Green
AT PRINT 09, The Print Council released a new position paper that lists 10 strong reasons why print is a sustainable and environmentally responsible communications medium. Titled "Why Print Is Green," the new report describes specific ways in which...