A year after officially announcing the intention to consolidate production of water-based inks, INX International Ink Co. recently opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Homewood, a southern suburb of Chicago. A larger facility than the ones INX closed in Kalamazoo, MI, and in nearby Elk Grove earlier this year, Homewood offers 80,000 square-feet of space and an interesting slice of history to go with its address at 1000 Maple Drive in the Prairie Landing Business Park.
How important are process automation and e-commerce capabilities to a printer’s success in working with today’s emerging “demand specifiers?” Doug Traxler is executive vice president of Webb/Mason, based in Hunt Valley, MD. Webb/ Mason is an $85 million company specializing in online brand management, creative and print services. The company works with nearly 200 “preferred partners” nationwide, matching their services to the needs of more than 400 active customers. Traxler was part of a “Demand Specifiers Panel” at the recent NPES Industry Summit in Chicago. We followed up with him afterward. At first glance, the Webb/Mason model is reminiscent of the e-commerce “bid and
Humility prevents us from saying that the Web Offset Association (WOA) is saving the best for last, but it is closing out the 52nd Annual Conference with a big finishing act. The final day's general session promises to give attendees "The Inside Scoop on Drupa" from industry experts who are in the know and under the direction of Printing Impressions Editor-in-Chief Mark Michelson. The session will explore major themes expected to be in evidence at the trade fair, along with previews of specific products and technologies to be unveiled. To give a taste of what's to come, here is a short Q&A with some
When sheetfed printer Spectrum Press expanded into web printing, business management tools helped ease the company's growing pains. BY DENNIS E. MASON Printers looking for a growth formula could do worse than take a page from the book of Roseland, NJ-based Spectrum Press, located just west of New York City. When President and CEO Matthew J. "Matt" Scott started Spectrum Press, he adopted a credo that he says accounts for the company's phenomenal growth: "Never say no to a customer!" According to Matt, "Price is important, but Spectrum Press is not a price leader. We offer higher quality and service than most other printers, but we win