Printing Impressions June 2013 Edition


Across the Nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ June 2013 edition, featuring Anderson/LA, a Consolidated Graphics company; and Excell Color Graphics.

Bits and Pieces: Viewers Get to Marvel at Firm

In an age when we are endlessly fascinated by all things electronic, it is refreshing to see appreciation for the timeless art of heavy iron manufacturing. A two-minute piece highlighting the capabilities of package printer Huston Patterson shot at its 110,000-square-foot plant in Decatur, IL, did just that when it appeared on the "Manufacturing Marvels" segment on FOX Business Network. The segment aired March 21 during "The Willis Report."

Digital Digest: GUA Conference 'Toasts' Feedback from Kodak Users

A hotel and winery resembling a chateau in the French countryside surrounded by vineyards, but actually situated north of Atlanta, served as the perfect backdrop for Kodak to toast its appreciation for feedback from nearly 200 customers at its 2013 Graphic Users' Association (GUA) North American conference on April 22-26. Chris Payne, director and VP of marketing, Commercial Imaging Business, provided an overview of Kodak's growth strategy.

Donnelley Withdraws from Exchange; Extends Contract

RR Donnelley has decided to withdraw its listing from the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) to streamline operations and eliminate duplicative administrative requirements and costs inherent with dual listings. The company does not believe that removing its listing from the Chicago Stock Exchange will have any impact on the liquidity of its common stock.

Ex-Vertis Workers End Picket, Vow Fight for 'Owed' Money

The former Vertis workers who were let go after their Fort Erie plant was not included in the sale to Quad/Graphics may have ended their picketing, but they're still battling to secure at least part of the C$2.7 million they say is owed to them, the Niagara Bullet News reported.

Farquharson/Tedesco on Business Development: Mimic How the Octopus Adapts

Since 2006, the number of U.S. printing facilities has declined about 40 percent. And total printing industry output has declined from the mid-$170 billion range to around $140 billion. You don't have to be the Freakonomics guys to figure out this has been a TOUGH situation for us.

Hess Print Solutions Assets Acquired by Bang Printing

Hess Print Solutions and its subsidiaries (HPS), a print provider of catalogs, books, publications and educational products, announced that HPS has entered into an agreement to sell substantially all of its assets to an affiliate of Bang Printing.

Inkjet Set to Rock The Printing World –Michelson

The inaugural Inkjet Summit 2013, held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, in April, was a first-of-its-kind conference model for the printing industry. One of my biggest takeaways after attending the Summit was the consensus among printer attendees, leading consultants and participating industry suppliers alike that inkjet production printing will be a disruptive technology.

Inkjet Summit 2013: Production Inkjet, the True Game Changer

The Inkjet Summit 2013, held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, near Jacksonville, FL, drew more than 65 print professionals, comprising CEOs, general managers, and senior vice presidents in charge of plant operations, technology and digital print operations at leading companies.

Inkjet Summit 2013: Sponsor Vision for Success

Sponsors of the Inkjet Summit 2013, Canon Solutions America, Finch Paper, Ricoh and Xerox Corp., share their thoughts on the inaugural event that was held in April at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, near Jacksonville, FL.

Merger of xpedx, Unisource Would Create Mega-Merchant

International Paper is in talks with Norcross, GA-based Unisource regarding a proposed business combination of xpedx, International Paper's distribution business, and Unisource. The discussions were initiated when Unisource approached International Paper about a possible merger and, on April 19, the parties entered into a non-binding letter of intent to explore a possible transaction.

Special Coatings/Enhancements: Value-Added Touch of Class

The beauty of UV and other coatings is that they allow the customers to sell the sizzle instead of the steak which, from a marketing point of view, is much easier to accomplish. Greg Iannuccillo, vice president of sales and packaging for Packaging Graphics—a member of The MATLET Group family based in Pawtucket, RI—points out that much of the UV work his firm produces is geared toward the home and personal care spaces.

Supplier News

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ June 2013 edition, featuring INX International Ink, manroland web systems, Bell and Howell and Royal Sovereign International, EFI and printLEADER, Whittier Mailing Products, Mohawk, and Q.I. Press Controls.


Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ June 2013 edition, including Quad/Graphics Inc., StaplesEquity Partners CRB LLC and Jacob North Printing, Carl Didde, Brown Printing, SG360°, Courier Corp. and James Bender.

Wilen Group: Big Data, Bigger Profits

Though the Wilen Group may have one eye constantly peeled on the future, the other (from a printing point of view) is focused on the world of direct mail. The overall organization acts as a full-scale marketing services provider, from concept to delivery, and cringes at being pigeon-holed as a printer, mailer or ad agency.