xpedx is expanding its commitment to U.S. printers with continued investment in its capital equipment strategy. The company has named two national sales managers who will grow Ryobi® press sales and help customers develop new opportunities via prepress equipment and workflow technologies, as well as bindery, finishing and mailing equipment.
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WEST CHESTER, OH—October 22, 2008—Ryobi® has chosen MetalFX Technology to showcase the special effects capabilities of the RYOBI 7510 press—a 23x31-inch, six-up, ten-color, UV-capable, long perfector. Ryobi will print and coat MetalFX® images in xpedx® booth 654 to produce a poster available to show attendees. xpedx is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Ryobi-branded offset printing presses
CHICAGO—October 14, 2008—xpedx and Ryobi will demonstrate and discuss new print technology and custom services for print professionals at Graph Expo 2008 in Chicago. Visitors will see new prepress, pressroom and post-press equipment in a live print production environment.
“WE KNOW our competition. And, it wasn’t who we thought it was!” reveals Bo Forbes, owner of Ironside Press in Vero Beach, FL. “We realized that we’re no longer in the business of simply providing printed ink on paper. At the end of the day, our tangible product is printing, but what exactly are we providing? “Ironside Press isn’t merely a printing company. It’s a marketing services group,” Forbes contends. “We provide a solution for customers who need to communicate something to a target audience: design ideas, production estimates, mailing lists, response management strategies and, ultimately, the tools clients will use to communicate and
Kevin Joyce—Eastman Kodak’s managing director of the Graphic Communications Group (GCG) for the United States and Canada (US&C)—has been named a company vice president and chief marketing officer of the GCG. David Wigfield, who was the managing director of GCG’s business in the United Kingdom, has been tapped to fill Joyce’s former position. Elinor Midlik, president of Prime UV Systems, received the 2007 Harold W. Gegenheimer Award for industry service by an individual. Midlik was honored because of her active involvement on the association’s Show Policy, Strategic Planning, and Programs and Meetings committees. The new vice president and general manager of xpedx Printing
WITH THE massive Drupa exhibition in Germany just seven months away, Graph Expo 2007 held in Chicago last month won’t go down in graphic arts history as a watershed event from a jaw-dropping new product standpoint. But that didn’t stop more than 20,000 upbeat attendees from filling the aisles at what was the largest Graph Expo event since 2000, and the second largest ever. Despite the Drupa effect, from a traditional offset printing standpoint there were a few new presses introduced, several automation and makeready advancements on display and, of course, a sprinkling of press sale announcements. An emphasis on environmental sustainability and improved
LOVELAND, OH—Sept. 6—xpedx Printing Technologies and Ryobi showcase the U.S. debut of the new full-format, RYOBI 920 Series of four-and five-color presses at Graph Expo 2007 in Chicago, September 9-12. The 8-up press is the largest ever introduced by Ryobi in the U.S. and underscores the commitment of xpedx and Ryobi to provide a full-line offering of highly advanced multi-color offset presses to U.S. printers. xpedx is North America’s largest distributor of printing papers and graphics supplies and equipment. xpedx Printing Technologies, the exclusive U.S. marketer and distributor of Ryobi-branded presses, will be demonstrating the RYOBI 924, a 24” x 36” four-color press at
Group Visits KBA’s German Headquarters RADEBEUL, GERMANY—KBA North America invited a select number of U.S. and Canadian printers, as well as industry journalists, to visit its headquarters and sheetfed press manufacturing facility here recently. The group was treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the factory assembly hall; the R&D facility; product demonstrations on the new-generation, 41˝ Rapida 105 five-over-five perfector press and the large-format, 56˝ Rapida 142 four-over-four perfector; and visits to several area printers that are utilizing KBA presses in sophisticated markets. Time was also spent sightseeing in Dresden and Leipzig. “Our open house in Germany provided printers with an in-depth education on
CHICAGO—xpedx and RYOBI exhibit together at Graph Expo 2007 in Booth 3808. Highlights include U.S. debut and demo of the new 24x36-inch RYOBI 924 offset press as well as RYOBI5’s state-of-the-art half- and quarter-size presses. xpedx, exclusive U.S. distributor of RYOBI-branded presses, this October opens a new 20,000 square foot center for printers in metro Kansas City. Also in the booth, xpedx demos its newly-developed, easy-to-use and affordable 3D/special effects printing system for color copiers, new bindery/finishing equipment, new proofing technologies and a spotlights a new program to help printers profitably enter variable data short-run markets. Services to printers from the xpedx network of