Open Enrollment | Subscribe to Printing Impressions HERE
Connect
Follow us on
Advertisement
 

September 2006 Issue

picover0906.jpg
Promotional Products — Broadening Portfolios
LOOK AROUND your desk and you can see them everywhere. In your drawer, in your pencil holder, adorning your calendar. Promotional products and advertising specialties have become such a large part of our lives, we barely notice them. You go...
MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES — RISING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
THE CHALLENGES a printing company owner faces today can, at times, seem daunting, overwhelming and downright discouraging. I should know; as an owner I shared those same challenges. Advances in technology have had a significant impact on our industry on...
ACROSS the nation
ARKANSAS HOT SPRINGS—Wheeler Printing recently installed a two-color Heidelberg Printmaster PM 46 press. The shop uses the PM 46 to produce an assortment of materials, including business cards, four-color envelopes and letterhead. The new press complements its four-color Speedmaster SM...
BINDERY matters
Direct Mail House Adds Binding Gear ESSEX, VT—The Offset House, a growing direct mail printer that specializes in catalogs, reports making improvements in speed and operational efficiency since the installation of two new saddlestitching machines from Muller Martini: a Prima...
SUPPLIER news
Open House Event Deemed a Success LINCOLNSHIRE, IL—Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A.) hosted a technology open house recently at the company’s headquarters here. Billed as “Diamond Days,” the event focused on the theme “New Technology Opening New Worlds,” exemplified by...
Fiorenze on HR management
Reenergize Hiring Practices MOST MANAGERS have come to realize that their most troublesome personnel problems are almost always rooted in poor hiring decisions. Poor performance, employee conflict and countless other workplace problems too often confirm a manager’s “gut feeling” that...
GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO 2006 — Pre-show Preview
Gämmerler will launch the BL 408 bindery stacker for use behind saddlestitchers, perfect binders, folders and inserters. Features wide format range, two-stage stacking system and a low copy drop height. The infeed is equipped with four top belts and eight...
GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2006 — A FALL CLASSIC
JUST AS Major League Baseball fans look forward to October for the culmination of a long season with the World Series, printers move into autumn with thoughts of the industry’s largest trade show in the Americas for 2006, Graph Expo...
STRINE PRINTING — THE PRINTER’S CANDY STORE
AROUND EACH turn of every corner stood a reminder of the greatness that is Strine Printing. Dave Kornbau, the company’s vice president of operations, was a popular man while providing a walking tour in early August. His cell phone rang...
Consolidated Goes North Of the Border
HOUSTON—The Canadian province of Ontario can be added to the roster of 26 states that currently play home to Consolidated Graphics (CGX) facilities. CGX broke new ground with the announcement it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Annan...
DIGITAL PLATES — LESS IS MORE
THOSE DETRACTORS who claim that computer-to-plate (CTP) technology has not completely delivered on its promise might be lacking in big picture perspective. Like complaining that a cellular phone service provider doesn’t always generate “enough bars,” or the phone itself is...
Adding New Elements to Card Printing —Cagle
STRINE PRINTING had always been something of a mystery. For years, the company had avoided publicity, preferring to keep a low profile. So when the assignment to profile the pride of York, PA, came along, I fought to hide a...
Streeter, Banta Say No to Burton Offer
STAMFORD, CT—Bob Burton didn’t wait long to identify his next big project. Neither did he have to wait for a response to his overture. Reeling from a 52 percent decline in quarterly profits, its shares trading at a two-year low...
RR Donnelley Likely Exploring an LBO
CHICAGO—Several media outlets are reporting that RR Donnelley has held talks with various leveraged buyout (LBO) firms. The Wall Street Journal reported that one group consists of Carlyle Group, Madison Dearborn Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Blackstone Group and...
Lucas Unveils Transformation Plan
MONTREAL—Quebecor World posted a net loss of $6.5 million from continuing operations for the second quarter, compared to net income of $9.5 million for the second quarter last year, as President and CEO Wes Lucas announced a five point transformation...
Weyerhaeuser, Domtar Make Deal
FEDERAL WAY, WA—Two major players in the fine paper sector have decided to combine their businesses in a multi-billion dollar megadeal. Weyerhaeuser Co. and Domtar have come to terms on an agreement that sees the two companies marry their respective...
CSR’S CHANGING ROLE — GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
SHOW ME an organization with great customer service and I’ll show you an organization with better than average customer retention, and whose revenues and margins can be leveraged up. On the other hand, show me an organization with mediocre-to-poor customer...
UPFRONT
Valassis Nixes ADVO Deal LIVONIA, MI—Alleging fraud, Valassis Com­munications has sued ADVO in chancery court to rescind its $1.3 billion merger agreement. Valassis alleges ADVO intentionally provided false information and “withheld material information” regarding operating income. The suit also alleges...
Publicly Held Printers Caught in Stormy Seas —Michelson
CONVENTIONAL INDUSTRY wisdom seemed to favor large, publicly traded commercial printing enterprises. They operated with lower cost structures than their often smaller, privately held competitors, in part due to their ability to negotiate better prices for consumables like paper and...
DIGITAL digest
Next Set of M4D Reports Published SEWICKLEY, PA—PIA/GATF’s Digital Printing Council (DPC) has released the second set of eight reports from its Marketing 4 Digital (M4D) research project. The goal of the project is to provide digital and conventional printers...
Coping Strategies — Rising Cost Of Commodities
OVER THE last couple of years, there has been much media attention given to price increases in commodities, particularly oil and other energy- related expenses, even as the economy has continued to strengthen. These increases have had an impact on...
PRINTER news
Salt Lake City-based AlphaGraphics reports it is planning to reach 500 locations over the next five years. Ingrid Wilmet has joined Impressions Inc. of St. Paul, MN, as an account manager. Kim Hawley has joined Dallas-based Taylor Publishing as vice...
ANSTADT PRINTING — DRIVING TOWARDS DIGITAL
LIKE MANY commercial printers, Anstadt Printing of York, PA, has faced—and continues to encounter—new challenges. The fourth- and fifth- generation family owned and operated independent printer has been in business for 128 years. But, to keep pace with today’s customer...
WEB-TO-PRINT — THE NEW FACE OF THE WEB
IT USED to be that, when a printer had a “Web-facing customer interface,” it was primarily offering file upload and transfer. Maybe online estimating, ordering and job tracking. Perhaps some digital asset management but, beyond the basic interface, there was...
TRANS/PROMO & MARKETING SERVICES — PROPELLING DIGITAL PRINT
FASTER, BETTER, targeted, personalized, long run capable and continuously improving quality utilized by a new breed of information providers—transactional/promotional and marketing service providers—are prime drivers of digital printing growth. The idea that digital printing is limited to very short runs...
PERSONAL bests
Printers in the Driver’s Seat As digital printing technology has matured—becoming more reliable, easier to use and available at a range of price points—the advancements seem to have made it more practical for end users to bring the capability in-house....
INDUSTRY STANDARDS — FOR THE COMMON GOOD
STANDARDS ARE not the sexist topic. The need for exactness can make even their names a tough read. Take, for example, ISO 12647-2, the standard for “Graphic technology - Process control for the production of halftone color separations, proof and...
… IN-PLANTS: Tomorrow’s Knowledge Managers?
DESPITE HAVING made the change to digital printing technologies, in-plants may continue to be at risk of being outsourced. As organizations seeking to remain competitive in the new economy of the 21st century become increasingly knowledge based, in-plants must develop...