Chris Wells

Bankrupt digital printer LaVigne Inc. (LVI) has been purchased by DS Graphics (DSG) of Lowell, MA. Terms of the deal were not revealed, and plans for the combined entity are still in development. The LVI facility will continue to operate at its present location, with CEO Chris Wells remaining on board to lead the integration of client relationships, as well as LVI's sales and service teams.

WORCESTER, MA—The assets of bankrupt digital printer LVI Print Optimization, formerly known as LaVigne Inc. (LVI), have been purchased by DS Graphics of Lowell, MA. Terms of the deal were not revealed, and plans for the combined entity are still in development.

HAVING A print engine isn’t an absolute prerequisite for offering digital printing services, but it definitely helps. Shops that install a press do, however, find that having some level of in-house digital finishing capabilities—in-, near- or off-line—is required to be competitive in meeting the short run, quick-turnaround demands of this market. As a result, digital printing operations are faced with figuring out where to draw the line between the efficiency of in-line finishing options versus the flexibility of off-line systems. Trends in digital finishing was one part of a comprehensive market study—titled “Digital Printing Outlook in a Production Environment”—released by PRIMIR late last year.

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