Finishing Supplier Changes Structure
HANOVER PARK, IL—Gämmerler, a supplier of materials handling and in-line finishing equipment, is implementing a new global organizational structure designed to unify the company's resources to improve customer support on a global basis. This includes the formation of a senior level, global management team with collective responsibility for worldwide service, sales, marketing, finance, engineering and order management functions.
Open House has Post-Drupa Flavor
ROSELAND, NJ—In November, Bobst Group USA held its "Direction '04" open house, the North American launch and domestic premier of the 12 new products announced earlier this year at Drupa in Germany. During the three-day open house, U.S. converters had the opportunity to get first-hand experience with Bobst's latest releases, including nine machines running live production. Five new diecutters and foil stampers, as well as four new folder/gluers, were shown, among other equipment. Attendees were also treated to a "Night at the Races" dinner and entertainment.
Bindery Leaders Show Newest Technologies
WESTAMPTON, NJ—MBO America, Muller Martini and Colter & Peterson teamed up last month to display their latest technologies and workflow connectivity at an open house held here at MBO America. Displaying the latest offerings shown at Drupa and Graph Expo, highlights included the East Coast premier of MBO's fully automated Perfection folder, as well as Muller Martini's Valore saddlestitcher with a Palamides alpha500 stacking delivery.
Also shown were an Ehret UW-52/520 unwinder and VC520 C sheeter with variable chip-out and the MBO B26-S Perfection eight-page unit producing two-up letter folds from the web at a rate of 80,000/hr. (40,000/hr. one-up) and paperbanded by a Palamides BA-700.
European Finishing Event Scheduled
LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND—Hunkeler will host its InnovationDays from February 14-17, where international experts and professionals from the areas of print-on-demand, data centers, mailroom, web finishing and paper waste disposal will gather to see live demonstrations of the latest paper processing solutions and applications. InnovationDays will take place at the Lucerne trade fair complex on the shores of Lake Lucerne.
Hunkeler has organized this sixth bi-annual showcase in partnership with other digital printing and inserting companies, with more than 60 companies represented. The event promises significant technology premiers, with a broad range of live applications that span the full spectrum of digital printing and paper handling. Standard Finishing Systems is the North American distributor for Hunkeler paper processing equipment.
More than 1,500 visitors from around the world attended the last InnovationDays. Guests can pre-register at www.hunkeler.ch/innovationdays.
Inserting Equipment Comes to the Desert
CARSON CITY, NV—Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers will add a new Goss NP632 inserting system in early 2005 to meet increasing insert volume and complexity requirements. The affiliate of Swift Newspapers publishes seven newspaper titles.
The new Goss NP632 inserter system will include 22 hoppers and be equipped for single- or dual-delivery. Goss will supply a NP200 press gripper, NP404 online inserting system and its Omnizone supervisory controls.
The Goss NP632 system will address evolving inserting requirements for the seven titles. In addition to increasing advertising supplement volumes and demands for targeted zoning, the publisher regularly inserts several common sections into multiple papers.
Brooklyn Park, MN-based Competitive Folding, a division of International Packaging and a specialist in the production of coupons, inserts and outserts for major consumer products manufacturers, recently upgraded its miniature folding capabilities with the acquisition of a Vijuk-G&K V-14 SAF 6/6 folder.
Palmarozzo Bindery, of Union, NJ, has added a Heidelberg VFZ 52 knife folder to complement a remarketed ST-90 Stahl saddlestitcher and B-30 Stahlfolder, both of which were installed in August 2004. The new postpress equipment is being used to finish mailers and stitch booklets and has streamlined the stitching and folding process within the shop. Palmarozzo Bindery has been family owned and operated since 1884.
Pacifico Bindery has completed the acquisition of Jack's Bindery. Both companies are located in Orange, CA. Jack Robinson and all of the employees of Jack's Bindery have been retained by Pacifico Bindery. The combined company now houses Muller Martini and Heidelberg saddlestitchers, six folders, three cutters, a perfect binder, various punches and collators, as well as plastic spiral and wire inserting equipment.
Allison Rohner has been named director of marketing and public relations for the Weidhaas Group, a manufacturer of diecutting, foil stamping and embossing presses.
Muller Martini recently produced its 2,000th three-knife trimmer for book production. The milestone-setting unit is a Merit S that is being installed at a facility in Germany.
Bobst Group USA has entered into a distributor agreement with Advanced Die Supplies, which will now serve as a primary supplier for diecutting and diemaking components for Bobst equipment.
Smyth Machinery has installed a Smyth F150 large book sewing machine at Acme Bookbinding in Charlestown, MA.