SHELTON, CT—Karl Puehringer has added the CEO title to his responsibilities with Baldwin Technology. Puehringer took the helm as president and COO back in 2005. Current CEO Gerald Nathe will continue to serve as chairman of Baldwin Technology.
Same High-Tech Press, Same Super Success, Very Different Printers LOS ANGELES—The Komori Lithrone LS40SP Super Perfector with double coater technology—so new, there are only a few operating in the United States—inspired Komori to sponsor a media junket to California in April to see two of the presses in action. The Super Perfector, based on Komori’s successful Lith-rone S40 series, is a tangible example of the company’s commitment to create presses from the user’s perspective, employing their input in the development of its products. Zarik Megerdichian, president and CEO of Glendale-based 4Over Inc., who runs an all-Komori shop, claims he’s one of those end
MAN Roland Hosts Printers for Press Premier OFFENBACH, GERMANY—The world premier of a “next generation” sheetfed printing platform isn’t an everyday occurrence, so MAN Roland extended its recent festivities to more than a week to allow for bringing in several groups of select printers, journalists and its own employees from around the globe. The stars of the show were HiPrint and DirectDrive versions of the new Roland 700 sheetfed printing platform. To make the most of the trip, the contingent from North America was additionally treated to tours of a local DirectDrive beta site, MAN Roland’s foundry and its manufacturing/assembly facilities for sheetfed presses.
SHELTON, CT—Press accessories and controls technology provider Baldwin Technology has acquired Hildebrand Systeme in Switzerland, which specializes in web cleaning systems.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies had been partners since 2005.
Ryobi Plans Third Press Manufacturing Facility HIROSHIMA, JAPAN—Driven by strong U.S. and worldwide demand for mid-size offset printing presses, Ryobi Graphic Systems began construction on a new press manufacturing facility this month. The new facility will be the third at Ryobi’s Hiroshima East central production center. Ryobi officials said the newest facility, Hiroshima East Plant 3, will be at full-scale operations in September 2007. It will add another 99,000 square feet of manufacturing space and represents a total expected investment of $27 million. When the third facility is completed, Ryobi will have 314,000 square feet at its Hiroshima East operations, more than double
RESTON, VA—November 13, 2006—NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies is pleased to present the winners of the 2006 Harold W. Gegenheimer individual and corporate Awards for Industry Service to Gerald Clark of Graphics Microsystems and Baldwin Technology Company. Winners were acknowledged at an awards banquet at the NPES Annual Conference November 6 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The awards, named for a former NPES President and Chairman Emeritus of Baldwin Technology Company, recognize qualities which Harold Gegenheimer stood for – a lifelong commitment to technical innovation, sound management, support for education and research and working for the good of
Ginsberg Joins Graphic Press LOS ANGELES—Graphic Press has restructured its executive group, naming Randolph Ginsberg its president and Michael Hecht to the post of executive vice president, sales. Ginsberg formerly served as vice president of sales at Hawthorne, CA-based Lithographix. Hecht also spent time at Lithographix as executive vice president of sales. Xerox to Obtain XMPie STAMFORD, CT—With an eye towards growth in personalized printing and multimedia direct marketing, Xerox Corp. has agreed to acquire XMPie for $54 million. New York-based XMPie specializes in variable information software. XMPie will maintain its brand name and function as a standalone software unit. Innovator Gegenheimer Passes SHELTON, CT—Harold Gegenheimer, 95, chairman
The commercial printing industry lost a pair of pioneers this week with the passing of Harold Gegenheimer and Irving Schaffer. Mr. Gegenheimer, 95, whose sheet reversing innovation made a major impact on sheetfed printing, was the chairman emeritus of Baldwin Technology Co. Mr. Schaffer, 96, an accomplished craftsman and master woodworker, was a founder of Case Paper. Mr. Schaffer died of natural causes at his home in Scarsdale, NY, according to Case Paper’s Keith Goldberg. “The man was strong. He willed himself to do what he wanted,” Goldberg noted of Mr. Schaffer. Mr. Gegenheimer enjoyed a long career in the printing industry and was active in
SHELTON, CT—Baldwin Technology, a provider of accessories and controls technology for the printing industry, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oxy-Dry Corp., which also make press accessories. Terms of the deal, expected to close within 30 days subject to customary closing conditions, were not revealed.Oxy-Dry, with annual sales of $38 million, has manufacturing operations…
Stora Enso has announced the opening of its new Southern California regional distribution center in Montebello, just south of Los Angeles. Len Cammalleri is MAN Roland’s new district sales manager in New York and New Jersey. He has held senior sales and management posts with Hell Graphic Systems, Linotype, Polaroid and Hewlett-Packard. Meanwhile, Gerald Whitlow takes over as district sales manager in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Diamond Holding Corp. has appointed Matt Greene to the position of technical sales representative. Greene will join the telemarketing department and will be responsible for nationwide sales of the Diamond Express product line. KBA North America has named