Muller Martini Teams with Marines In Annual Toys for Tots Drive
LONG ISLAND, NY—For the fourth straight year, Muller Martini of Hauppauge joined forces with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to help make the holidays special for disadvantaged local children. There is nothing more heartwarming than the smile on a child’s face after receiving a new toy for the holidays, and Muller Martini employees collected hundreds of them. The company also makes a financial contribution to the program.
“It is truly an honor to be able to do what we can both as a company and as individuals to help make the holidays a little brighter for less fortunate children here on Long Island,” says Dan Denue, vice president of operations at Muller Martini. “I’m extremely proud of our employees who, as they have every year for the past four years, again demonstrated their kindness and generosity toward this very worthy cause.”
Daily News Invests in New Ferag Inserting Technology
NEW YORK—The (NY) Daily News announced that it is expanding its mailroom capabilities with the purchase of inserting equipment from Ferag. The equipment being installed includes DiscPool buffering systems for the continuous winding and unwinding of newspaper copies, and MultiSert inserting drums to enable a variety of inserts and preprints to be inserted into the newspaper. Inserted newspapers will be conveyed by UTR gripper conveyors to existing bundle packaging lines. The system will be controlled by a Ferag integrated process control system.
“The Daily News worked with Ferag and Goss, its North American sales partner, to develop a system that would specifically meet the needs of our readers and advertisers. By adding the inserting technology, we are making a very significant investment in the future of the Daily News,” says Marc Kramer, CEO of the newspaper. “Our readers and advertisers will now enjoy the benefits of daily insertions.”
“Our new Ferag equipment will provide advertisers with greater flexibility to be creative with their advertising inserts, as well as the ability to better target consumers in various parts of the New York market any day of the week,” adds John Polizano, senior vice president of advertising.
The new equipment will come into production in the fourth quarter of 2008. The Daily News will continue to deliver prepackaged inserts in the market’s Sunday newspaper under existing arrangements with a third-party inserting vendor.
Perfect Binder Boosts Equipment Arsenal at Trade Bindery Operation
DOWNERS GROVE, IL—With an extensive collection of binding and finishing offerings, Access Binding and Finishing Services added still more. It recently installed an AmigoPlus perfect binding system from Muller Martini.
“We purchased the AmigoPlus to allow us to enter into the market, producing quality product at an affordable price for the short- and medium-run requirements,” reports Doug McCarrell, president of the 26-employee trade bindery.
Access offers perfect binding, Wire-O, spiral, plastic coil, GBC binding, folding, automatic collating, punching and padding, shrink wrapping, cutting, drilling, handwork and fulfillment.
BIA Announces Return of Its Mid-Management Conference
PITTSBURGH—The Binding Industries Association (BIA) announced the return of the BIA Mid-Management Conference, April 28-29, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Conference Center in Schaumburg, IL.
This annual meeting brings together mid-managers from graphic finishing, information packaging, custom loose-leaf manufacturing, trade binderies and the suppliers to those industries. Event planners say the conference will be a two-day blitz of information, new products and ideas, as well as a chance to network with peers from around the world.
“This conference has a powerful effect, providing a much needed opportunity to network. It’s the perfect forum to take in the big picture,” says Jeff Hunter, owner and president, Federal Looseleaf. “You see what others in the industry are doing successfully, and that sparks some creative ideas of your own.”
Attendees will be able to examine the latest materials, services and products for the loose-leaf and trade binding industries, with the suppliers on hand to answer questions. They will also have the ability to network with peers, both upward and downward in company size and management position.
A Rollem TR Die- Score System is now in operation at Ultragraphics in Lancaster, PA.
North Jersey Media Group, of Rockaway, NJ, has placed an order for the new LineMaster II control system with all-new graphic interface for two of its Ferag MSD inserting lines.
Macon, GA-based publication printer Panaprint Inc. has installed a Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 450 six-pocket saddlestitcher with cover feeder, as well as a 36˝ Polar 66 cutter.
Folding carton manufacturer Colonial Carton, of Clayton, NC, purchased a new Bobst Alpina II 75-A2 folder-gluer.
Imperial Bindery, Monterrey Park, CA, invested in a new PB-04 Durselen paper drilling system from Rollem International.
A new Heidelberg Stitchmaster ST 350 has been purchased by Castlereagh Press of Freeport, NY. The ST 350, which features saddle chain synchronization, is running across two shifts at its full speed of 12,000 cycles per hour.
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