Following is a special report from Day 2 of the 2009 Offset and Beyond Conference. Printing Industries of America's Executive Team is reporting from Caesars Palace, where the Conference continues today. What do you do? If your answer is "I am just a printer", you are not likely to be in business much longer in these turbulent times. Tuesday's general session opened with Making the Transformation from Printer to Marketing Communications Provider.
Web Offset Association and Flint Group are pleased to announce the recipient of the H. Howard Flint II Pressroom Manager of the Year Award. The recipient is Steve Buechel of The Segerdahl Group. Buechel has been a dedicated employee of The Segerdahl Group for 30 years where he began his career as a packer and has worked his way up to his current role of pressroom manager.
An explosion occurred at Flint Group’s manufacturing site in Slough, UK followed by a fire. The site was evacuated and the fire was quickly brought under control by local fire brigades. The cause of the explosion is not known yet.
Kevin Joyce, chief marketing officer of Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, is now a member of The Print Council’s Executive Committee. The Print Council is a business development alliance dedicated to promoting the greater use of print media. manroland Canada has named Michael Mugavero as its new vice president of sales. Based out of manroland Canada headquarters in Vaughn, Ontario, Mugavero is now responsible for managing direct sales for sheetfed presses and assisting with sales on the web end of the business, in addition to maintaining his responsibilities for Eastern U.S. sales. At G.F. Puhl, Greg Bumb has been tapped as the new
PLYMOUTH, MI—July 8, 2008—The printing ink industry continues to experience unprecedented increases in all of our raw materials – pigments, chemicals, freight and packaging. These increases are directly and indirectly related to crude oil increases as well as large swings in the manufacturing capacity of some of the primary raw material manufacturers. As a result of the surcharges and price increases imposed on our business, Flint Group is forced to pass these increases on to their customers. Today, Flint Group announced price increases and surcharges on all packaging and commercial inks sold in North America, effective on all products billed on or after July
PLYMOUTH, MI/WEST CHICAGO, IL—Rising crude oil prices continue to put pressure on ink makers to find ways to recoup cost increases. Imposing a surcharge of $0.10/lb. on all heatset, coldset and news inks, is the approach being taken by the Flint Group North America Publication and News Inks divisions. Central Ink is implementing a range of price increases, including $0.12/lb. on all non-heatset black inks and 8 percent on colors, as well as a flat 6 percent for all heatset inks. Additionally, Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments division is raising pigment prices by 10 to 30 percent. All of these increases are effective July
PLYMOUTH, MI—June, 23 2008—Today, Flint Group North America Publication and News Inks Divisions announced a crude oil surcharge on all heatset, coldset and news inks, effective July 1, 2008. This surcharge is necessary to offset the impact of rapidly escalating raw material, energy and freight costs. “The current economic situation requires that we take measured, responsible actions. The surcharges are an important part of that process,” says Mike Green, vice president - general manager of both the North American Publication and News Ink business units. “We appreciate our customers’ loyalty and understanding of this situation. We will continue to provide our customers with
Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group has made a contribution of $85,000 to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH). The contribution provides funding to build a house in an area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Kodak employees and customers were invited to volunteer to help build the new home. Wausau Paper has opened a new East Coast distribution center in Allentown, PA, enabling it to offer overnight and same day delivery service to a geographically broader group of customers across the region. As a result of its acquisition of Stora Enso North America, NewPage Corp. has taken steps to restructure and streamline
LUXEMBOURG—04/16/08—Flint Group, a young and exciting company, dedicated to serving the printing and packaging industry, is preparing for its debut at drupa. “Having been brought together from four major well respected businesses, each leading companies in their own right, and having leveraged our strengths and capabilities, we now as Flint Group have more to offer than ever before” says Charles Knott, Chief Executive Officer Flint Group. Around the theme “Always imPRESSive!” Flint Group is presenting their product offerings on its two stands: The Printing Inks Divisions as well as the Flint Group Flexographic Products, Flint Group Narrow Web and Flint Group Pigments Divisions will