Printing Impressions November 2013 Edition


Across the Nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ November 2013 edition, featuring MedLit Graphics installation of a second G&K–Vijuk MV-11 triple knife outsert system,

Best Practices: Cross-Media Services Success

Successfully adding or expanding cross-media services requires careful consideration of factors on both the operational and business sides of an organization. It also requires developing a strategy supported by the right tactics. The five key considerations to follow offer a tangible starting point.

Bindery Matters

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ November 2013 edition, featuring MCM Technologies and Rollem International, Seidl's Bindery and Spiel Associates,

Dana on Marketing Messages: How to Host Client Events

Having spent roughly 10 years producing and emceeing print buyer conferences, boot camps, dinner events and networking sessions, I can tell you that hosting an occasional event for your customers will help you reap rewards that last a long time. And besides, print customers love a good party.

Digital Book Production: The Demands of On Demand

In "Crossing the Chasm," Geoffrey Moore described the stark difference in behavior and preferences among technology innovators and early adopters—about 16 percent of the population—contrasted with those of the remaining majority. Companies that don't account for these differences often fail, even when the technology itself thrives.

Donnelley Shells Out $620M For Consolidated Graphics

RR Donnelley and Houston-based Consolidated Graphics (CGX) jointly signed a definitive agreement on Oct. 24 by which RR Donnelley will acquire CGX, a provider of digital and commercial printing, fulfillment services, print management and proprietary Internet-based technology solutions.

Donnelley/CGX Deal Changes Landscape –Michelson

News of the definitive agreement on Oct. 24 whereby RR Donnelley (RRD) will acquire Consolidated Graphics (CGX) for more than $620 million rocked the commercial printing world. For CGX, the transaction provides an exit route for its 70-year-old chairman and CEO, Joe Davis. And, for RRD, Consolidated Graphics’ network of facilities in or near every major U.S. population center adds local sales and service touchpoints for Donnelley’s commercial printing group.

Ex-Owner Pierce Reacquires Dingley Press From Sheridan

The Dingley Press announced that it has been reacquired by former owner, Christopher Pierce. The catalog printer was purchased from The Sheridan Group, a Hunt Valley, MD-based printing, publishing services and technology provider.

Farquharson/Tedesco on Business Development: 2013 Deathbed Regrets, Oath

All in all, it was a good year. We will remember it fondly as there were challenges met, growth seen and targets hit. But 2013 was also full of regrets. So much opportunity missed. So many promises unfulfilled. Last year, as we gathered to bury 2012, we all told ourselves that we wouldn't let this happen to us again, that we'd learn from that year's mistakes and make changes.

Kodak, ImageMark Partner For New Digital Demo Center

Kodak has created a Southeastern digital demo center at ImageMark, based here, to showcase its equipment operating in a real-life print production environment. Aside from using Prinergy 6 workflow software, the 130,000-square-foot facility is equipped with NexPress SX3900 (14x36˝ max. sheet) and NexPress S3000 color digital presses, a Digimaster EX 125 and a Magnus 400 platesetter outputting Kodak Thermal Direct process-free plates.

Nanographic Printing: Tweaking Toward Perfection

Meeting Benny Landa for the first time may be as fascinating as learning about the latest technology he's promoting. That the father of digital printing is a genius nonpareil is unquestionable. As for the charges he is an unrepentant self-promoter and a truth, he brings more substance and less flash to the table.

Pictorial Offset: Putting the Sun to Work

Pictorial Offset of Carlstadt, NJ, turned to Solis Partners, of Manasquan, NJ, to install solar panels at its facility. Solis designed, engineered and constructed the 2,968-panel system that, so far, has reduced Pictorial's electric bill by 40 percent. Touted as the largest solar panel installation by any commercial printing company in the United States, the installation has (at press time) generated 1.15 million kWh since the installation, enough to power 1,255 houses for a month.

Printer News

Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ November 2013 edition, featuring Walton Press, PostMark, SG360º, Ennis and Folder Express, Vanguard Printing

Printing Company Executives Agree to Pay $75K in Fines

A pair of executives with ImageXpres Corp. have agreed to pay $75,000 in fines to settle financial fraud allegations brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. John and Kevin Zankowsi, the executives, were sued by the SEC late last month on allegations that the financial performance of the company had been "hugely overstated" to investors between 2009 and 2011, the newspaper said.

Supplier News

Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ November 2013 edition, featuring Pitney Bowes, Scodix, Nekoosa Coated Products and MagnetNotes LLC, Diversified Graphic Machinery

Trim Paper Recycling Systems: Waste Not, Want Not

Your company is unique with its own set of needs that probably don't match up all that well with other firms, even those that are roughly the same size as your shop. So grab a cup of Joe, have a seat and we'll help you get started on conducting a feasibility study…or at least give you something to think about as you ponder what a greenfield install or improvement over an existing system could mean to your printing business.


Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ November 2013 edition, including Arandell, The MATLET Group, Edwards Brothers Malloy, Eastman Kodak,