Offering an impressive range of formats, a host of different gluing and binding methods, simple operation and a compact design, the Pantera perfect binder from Muller Martini has quickly established itself as a best-selling product. The 100th line was recently installed in the USA.
Twenty-five years ago, Apple Inc. introduced the original Macintosh computer, Terms of Endearment took home the Oscar for Best Picture and the Colts departed Baltimore in the dead of night. It also was 25 years ago that Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses’ present identity was forged. Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses (MLP U.S.A., Inc.), the North American sales unit for printing presses manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., is celebrating a quarter of a century of innovations in 2009.
Folding Carton Plant Buys Jogger-Aerator MEXICO—Offset Imprenta S.A. de C.V., a folding carton plant in Mexico City, has installed a new Woodward Model 4200 jogger-aerator. The printer decided on the machine to increase efficiency and productivity, while reducing manpower, according to Virgilio Botella, company vice president. Pile Turner Speeds Job Turnarounds CANADA—Gandalf Printing, based in Toronto, is now operating a new R1500 AJ Rachner pile turner with aeration and jogging, sold by Colter & Peterson. The unit helps to prepare sheets both prior to printing and afterwards in the bindery operation. Speedmaster 74 Reaches Milestone CZECH REPUBLIC—Heidelberg has delivered the 5,000th Speedmaster 74
MENASHA, WI-Banta Corp. has formed a joint venture with Grupo Imagen, a sheetfed printer based in Queretaro, Mexico. The agreement is a cash transaction that gives Banta a 50 percent interest in the joint venture Banta G. Imagen S. de R.L. de C.V. Other terms of the agreement were not released. Grupo Imagen provides a variety of products and services in the commercial print category, specializing in the production of direct marketing materials, brochures, personalized print products, promotional items and point-of-purchase materials. Banta Chairman Donald D. Belcher says the company gives Banta important strategic advantages and expands its presence in the growing Latin American