Printing Impressions’ Commercial Printing Supplier News for December, 2008.
MORTSEL, BELGIUM—Belgian imaging technology group Agfa-Gevaert plans to reduce its operational costs by 120 million euros ($163.4 million) over the coming two years, in addition to cost cuts already planned for 2008. Agfa said that the savings mainly concerned sales and general administration (SG&A) costs.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ—October 14, 2008—Agfa Graphics announced today that it has strengthened its sales management team across the United States. Dennis Ouellette is Agfa's new regional director of Corporate Accounts leading a team of sales executives who focus on the large, national graphic communications firms. Dennis, a long-time Agfa employee, was promoted from his digital solutions regional sales position. Tony Petchar has been named regional director for the Western U.S. region. The Midwest is now managed by regional director Dan Maffeo, formerly with Fuji. Jack Baraczek continues as regional director for the Eastern Region. Peter Wilkens continues to head the sales and marketing organization for Agfa.
HANOVER PARK, IL—With employees, local officials, dealers, partnering vendors and guests in attendance, and the Fujifilm blimp flying overhead, Fuji Photo Film USA officially opened its new national headquarters for the Graphic Systems division on July 31. The site also serves as the Midwest regional office and distribution center for all of its imaging products. Located in this northwestern suburb of Chicago, the three-story, 320,000-square-foot building houses approximately 250 people. "This is the headquarters facility that we have dreamed about for many years," exclaimed Dan Maffeo, vice president and general manager of the Graphic Systems division. "As the national headquarters, this new facility provides expanded office