Printing Impressions March 2011


ACROSS the nation

Commercial printing industry national news, featuring items on Clermont Printing & Office Supplies and Olympus Group.

BINDERY matters

Binding and finishing news from Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition, featuring items on Odcombe Press, Cal Poly, Ocean State Bindery, C&C Trade Bindery and Binding 
Industries Association.

DIGITAL digest

Digital printing news from the PODi AppForum, Xerox, Kodak and Konica Minolta in Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition.

EFI Exec’s Daughter Eyes Oscar –Cagle

Udi Arieli, a director with EFI, was bursting with pride at the news that his daughter, Karni, and her husband, Saul, were nominated for an Oscar in the Short Film category. Karni and Saul directed and wrote "Turning." The short was produced as part of BBC Film Network's BBC Drama Shorts 2009 commission.

Ex-Controller Faces Long Prison Term

Brian Steele, a former controller of Dataflow Inc., pleaded guilty to grand larceny and forgery in a Broome Country courtroom in mid-February, the Central New York Business Journal reported. Steele admitted to stealing roughly $950,000 from the family owned printing company, which has offices in eight upstate New York communities.

Getting a Head in the Game

Differences in the inkjet imaging systems now being employed can have an impact—to varying 
degrees and relative to each other—on head cost, failure rate and cleaning/maintenance requirements; substrate flexibility; print resolution; color saturation; print width; and more. It doesn't quite rise to the level of an apples to 
oranges comparison, but the technology has very distinct flavors.

Heidelberg to Sell Ricoh Digital Presses

Ricoh Co. and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) announced a global strategic cooperation, starting with a global distribution contract for Ricoh's Production Printing Product portfolio. This agreement enables Heidelberg to sell Ricoh's latest color digital press, the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition, as well as appropriate future production printing offerings in Ricoh's pipeline.

Marketing Services by Vectra : Printing Signs of the Times

The business-to-business world still reaps great benefits from relationships. Case in point is Marketing Services by Vectra, a multifaceted digital, screen, sheetfed and web offset printer based in Columbus, OH. President Craig Taylor has found great value in industry peer groups.

Now Leading, Not Bleeding

MSP's digital division meets the needs of its customer base with direct mail production, Web-to-print programs, print-on-demand applications and general commercial work, including brochures, sales sheets, training materials and manuals.

Obama Throws the USPS a Lifeline

In an effort to cut costs and help offset dwindling mail volume, the United States Postal Service (USPS) could close as many as 2,000 facilities in addition to the nearly 500 previously targeted for closure, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). While the news organization termed the facilities as "post offices," a majority of the locations ticketed for closure are actually stations and branches, typically smaller places without retail capabilities.

Offset, Digital Vendors Select Dance Partners –Michelson

There's been a flurry of announcements recently regarding sales, distribution and pooled R&D resource agreements between several 
of the leading lithographic and digital press manufacturers. And, as the dance partners pair up, the mammoth Drupa 2012 exhibition in Germany will likely serve as the "dress-up ball" where these technology collaborations between traditional offset and digital press manufacturers culminate in a rousing crescendo of new developments.

Photo Books : Never Too Late for Profits

Consumer demand for photo books has been gaining in popularity for several years, and there is a bevy of “social expression” products built upon that foundation—personalized calendars, key chains, mugs, posters, buttons, cards, calendars, mouse pads and countless other goods.

Printer Killed While on Vacation

A holiday turned to tragedy for the co-owner of a printing facility who sacrificed his life for the safety of his girlfriend. Roy Stout, 57, was struck and killed by an automobile in Negril, Jamaica, on Feb. 4 after pushing Cheryl Gillenwater out of the vehicle's path, WLEX-TV in Lexington, KY, reported.


Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition.

Raise ‘Share-of-Customer’ –Farquharson/Tedesco

Print salespeople that implement intelligent "Share-of-Customer" (SOC) grab strategies will position their businesses for a happy and healthy 2011. Read on for a discussion of how to increase your average SOC, and how the results can be stunning.

RR Donnelley Closing Colorado Facility

An RR Donnelley plant here has given 60 days' closure notice to its employees, a move that will leave 177 workers without jobs, according to the Greeley Tribune. The workers were told of the decision during a Feb. 9 meeting, and the plant is expected to permanently close its doors on April 11.

Scavenger Hunt for New Biz –DeWese

This column will provide you and your company with an opportunity to participate in a first-ever National Scavenger Hunt for Graphic Arts Company Growth. That's an easy acronym: NSHGACG. The object of the Scavenger Hunt is to develop new accounts for your company.

Sheridan Group Consolidates Plants

The Sheridan Group plans to consolidate the printing operations of two of its subsidiary publications businesses into a single facility. The printing operations of United Litho, located in Ashburn, VA, will be consolidated into Dartmouth Printing's facility in Hanover, NH. According to the Washington Business Journal, 80 jobs will be eliminated as a result.


Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ March 2011 edition.

The Paper Chase for Inkjet

Paper manufacturers 
have adopted several strategies to optimize coated and uncoated stocks for running on the emerging array of high-speed, 
continuous-feed, color inkjet presses. While some papers may need to be fine-tuned to run on individual brands of presses, an additional surface treatment may also be required with certain paper/press combinations, especially coated stocks.

Today on PIworld

The most viewed stories from Printing Impressions’ daily e-newsletter—Today on PIworld—for the past month.


Commercial printing industry news briefs, including items on Edwards Brothers, Vertis, Quad/Graphics, EarthDigital, Ken Rizzo, Indoff and Geographics.