Printing Impressions April 2009


'Bling-Bling' Definitely a Printing No-No --Cagle

SINCE WE do not cover international printing events, the following item did not appear on our news pages this month. But we seem to have hit another patch of fatal, machinery-related incidents. The most recent accident happened in Australia, where an 18-year-old man was dragged head-first into a box printing machine in mid-February. It took 45 minutes to extricate the worker, who died later that day at a hospital.

2009 Presidents Conference Shines

There’s nothing like Florida in early March to remind you that the doldrums of winter will soon be in the rearview mirror. Thus, the 2009 Presidents Conference, sponsored by the Printing Industries of America (PIA), allowed attendees to take a spring-like view of things to come as the year progresses.

ACROSS the nation

Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printing News for April 2009

Add One-to-One Services -- Sherburne

HAVE YOU added one-to-one communications or variable data printing to your portfolio of offerings yet? Although we have been talking about variable data printing as a value-added service for a decade now, adoption rates have been slower than the pundits projected. But that all seems poised to change.

Bright Rays of Hope Amid Negative News --Michelson

BLAME IT on the around-the-clock cable news channels, the endless talking heads appearing on financial talk shows, and negative articles in daily newspapers and on popular Websites, which seem to post one doom-and-gloom story after another. Industry publications, including Printing Impressions, can also be taken to task for playing up news of plant closures and head count reductions—even though PI’s printing company profiles (check out this month’s cover story) and columns highlight successful companies and provide sound business advice.

Brown Lays Off 200, Signs Contract

Brown Printing will eliminate about 200 jobs across its network of plants, accounting for roughly 8 percent of its workforce, according to the Business Journal of McHenry County (IL). A representative of the printer told the newspaper that the move was prompted by dwindling orders from its customers.

Carlson Print Gains Market Edge with manroland Foiler

Carlson Print Group (CPG) is letting everyone know what it thinks of its new Roland 706 Hi-Print UV press with In-line Foiler Prindor. The digital and offset printer, a division of American Spirit Graphics Corp. (ASGC), was quick to pick up business soon after promoting its new addition on its web site. Installed in December 2008, the 40-inch, 6-color press presents an extra shot of competitive marketplace thinking to CPG’s overall strategy.

Digital and Offset Convergence -- Going Long on Shorter Runs

IT’S HARD not to automatically view everything through the frame of the current economic climate. In most cases, however, the business challenges companies are struggling with were preexisting conditions that have now been greatly amplified. The trend toward print buyers, at every level, cutting back their order quantities is a case in point.

DIGITAL digest

Dscoop4 wasn’t exactly fun in the Florida sun, but the tone of the conference was surprisingly upbeat despite the economic forecast and less than stellar weather. Both attendance and participation in the vendor solutions showcase increased from 2008.


Printing Impressions' Bindery and Finishing News for April 2009

For All You Time Wasters --DeWese

MANY, MANY years ago, when we had no chores, when we weren’t in church, or when we weren’t building barrels or making wagon wheels, we would play tic tac toe or connect the dots by the light of the one bulb in our ceiling.

Ford Named New President at The Argus Press

The Argus Press, one of the nation's top commercial printers and communication resource companies; and a division of Nationwide Graphics/ Premier Print Organization (NG/PPO), is proud to announce that Mike Ford has become President of The Argus Press in Niles, IL.

GAERF Supports U.S. Participation in Worldskills Offset Printing Competition

For the first time ever a student from the U.S. will compete in the WorldSkills offset printing competition to be held September 1-7, 2009, in Calgary, Canada. Amela Mujkic, a senior at Ferris State University, was recently selected from among three competitors at the qualifying competition held at Heidelberg USA's Print Media Academy, Buffalo Grove, IL.

Good News: New Plants Being Opened

Quebecor World ushered in the opening of its new co-mailing facility in Somerset, NJ, with the addition of two new 30-pocket machines. The new capacity allows more publishers and catalogers to take advantage of the benefits of co-mailing. Quebecor chose the Somerset mail consolidation site due to its strategic proximity to the densely populated Northeast.

GREEN scene

Printing Impressions' Sustainability in Commercial Printing News for April 2009

Industry Consolidation -- A Quiet Buyer's Market

THE ECONOMY is acting as a clog in the plumbing of printing industry M&A. The system is feeling more and more pressure from companies prolonging their desire to sell a business that perhaps needs an infusion of new blood or new equipment. Then there is the buyer...his hands locked by tight credit markets or unrealistic seller expectations.

Kodak's Creo Color Server Now Available for Canon Digital Presses

Kodak’s Print On-Demand Solutions Group is proud to announce a new agreement with Canon to develop a new Creo Color Server for the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP, C6000VP and C6000 Digital Presses.

NAPL Announces RAVE Customer Satisfaction Award Winners

NAPL, the association for business management excellence, announced this year’s winners of the third annual RAVE Customer Satisfaction Awards.

Océ Wins On Demand Digital Color Cut Sheet Best of Show Award

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, has been recognized at this year’s ON DEMAND Conference & Exposition with a Best of Show award in the Color Digital Printing Equipment category for its new Océ CS Tandem family of scalable production cutsheet color printers. The Océ CS Tandem color cutsheet platform won for its unique flexibility, consistent color quality and production productivity.

Offset and Beyond — Great Technologies, But Tough Times

When it comes to forecasting the current sheetfed and web offset markets, the biggest threat isn’t just digital technology, it’s the state of the economy. There are some pretty exciting developments going on in the lithographic printing market this year, but that’s the problem. It’s 2009.

Print UV Event Shows Upward Trend

Several presenters at the sold-out Print UV 2009 technology conference, held March 8-10 at the Wynn Encore resort, declared that UV and hybrid UV technology might well represent the future of the offset printing industry. Based on the impressive turnout for the event, it would seem that many printers agree and are eager to capitalize on the opportunity.

Printed Electronics in Supermarkets

IDTechEx sees a huge potential for printed electronics in supermarkets, from printed RFID reducing stockouts and permitting 100% product recalls and printed electronics giving us electronically programmable posters that have a cost of ownership less than paper.


Printing Impressions' Commercial Printer News for April 2009

Printers Scale Back Employee Rolls

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) plans to close its regional printing plant here this month and contract the printing of its newspaper, along with the weekly Barron’s, to The Des Moines Register, that paper reported. The current WSJ plant, which employs 25 people, produced editions for a four-state area.

Process Improvement — Work Smarter, Not Harder

OF THE MANY insights that stand out in Eli Goldratt’s book, “The Goal,” one of the most memorable is the plant manager’s frustration with a machine operator reading a newspaper while on the clock. Like most of us, the plant manager thought that working harder or faster would naturally generate more money for the business. That’s pretty straight forward, right?