David Watson, Industry Visionary and Founder of Ultimate Technographics, Passes Away at Drupa
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY/MONTREAL, CANADA—June 2, 2008—With great regret Ultimate announces the loss of its president and founder, David Watson. David passed away after having a serious heart attack. Respected by the entire industry, David had already conducted a compass session at what was his 5th drupa. He was delighted to celebrate his company’s 20th anniversary there. Ultimate would like to thank the people that have given support and shown their sympathy. While their thoughts are with David’s family the Ultimate team expresses its determination to continue to revolutionize digital imposition based on the vision David had set out.
With the mission to computerize the tedious and complicated task of imposition, David Watson invented digital imposition 20 years ago, launching the first version of Impostrip at drupa 1990. Through his company Ultimate Technographics, David has played an extremely important role in the industry’s move from analog to digital, eliminating the need of knives and tape in pre-press. Through partnerships with various pre-press equipment vendors David has made his vision come true, allowing the industry to practically implement digital CTF and CTP workflows as we know them today.
Thanks to David’s ability to spot industry trends, Ultimate is now set to revolutionize the printing industry a second time by fully automating imposition for digital print environments. While most of his ideas and insights live within the different layers of the company, David’s passing away represents a great loss to the company and the industry.
Ultimate’s executive management, under the direction of David’s wife Joanne David, will be taking over the leadership of the company, ensuring continuity and growth for the vision and company David created.
Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Ultimate invented digital imposition 20 years ago with the first release of Impostrip, and has continued to play a leading role in the market ever since in providing the most innovative and progressive imposition products. Over 30,000 imposition engines have been sold to date to OEMs, prepress professionals and digital printers around the world, and the company has a rich history of providing imposition technology into hardware and software workflow solutions for print industry leaders. www.imposition.com