In addition, the Denver Newspaper Agency, a joint venture between The E.W. Scripps Co. and MediaNews, purchased five Kodak Trendsetter News 200 platesetters and Kodak ThermalNews digital plates. Separately, the Abilene Reporter-News, an E.W. Scripps Co. paper, purchased a Kodak Trendsetter News 50, its second Kodak platesetter.
RAMSEY, NJ—Konica Minolta Business Solutions is expanding into a new distribution channel with the introduction of two new brands: OnDemand SMB and OnDemand Publisher. Focused on the mid-range color and production printing segments, the product lines offer a comprehensive selection of color, monochrome and production printing systems.
PALO ALTO, CA—The capabilities of the Copy & Printer Centers in more 1,250 Staples office superstores
are being expanded to include large-
format output. HP Designjet 130 digital printers are being installed to provide consumers with photo enlargements, posters, signs and banners.
CINCINNATI—To expand beyond sheetfed commercial printing, Lohr Printing teamed up with Enovation Graphic Systems to install a Xerox DocuColor 8000 digital color press. Management says two-sided registration capability was a key factor in its buying decision.
NEW YORK CITY—Astoria Graphics has added two Xerox iGen3 110 digital production presses to expand its short-run, on-demand digital print business. Astoria reports it is already producing more than 750,000 pages a month, but expects to reach 1 million pages a month per machine by the end of the year.
BALTIMORE—Vertis Inc. has launched Vertis OnDemand, an online solution designed to streamline development and production of marketing communications, including versioned and variable data campaigns. It enables clients to order, personalize, proof and fulfill marketing materials.
COTATI, CA—Barlow Printing researched both violet and thermal platesetters before making the jump to CTP production with an ECRM Mako 8 platesetter. It is using the one device to produce a range of plate formats from one-up for its Didde Apollo press to eight-up for a Heidelberg SOR 104 and 36˝ web press.