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Graphic Systems Canada has restructured its organization, eliminating 24 positions, primarily
among upper management and administration. The new leaner, customer-focused,
organization is designed to be more responsive to the market.
Canada has become the sole distributor of the Japan-based RYOBI
presses throughout the country. The agreement includes installation, parts
supply and technical support.
& Bauer AG (KBA) has agreed to purchase Czech press manufacturer
Grafitec, maker of the Polly Prestige and Polly Performer presses, 29-
and 26-inch sheetfed machines.
Roland is consolidating its German sheetfed press manufacturing operations,
integrating tasks from its smaller Geisenheim facility into its primary
Offenbach location. A yet-to-be-determined portion of Geisenheim’s labor force
of 314 will be transferred. Its Mainhausen factory is also undergoing labor
negotiations aimed at reducing production costs and improving
Heidelberg‘s first nine months of fiscal 2004/2005
(April-December) reported net sales of Euro 2.23 billion up from the previous
year of Euro 2.07 billion, press sales are up around 10%. “The growth in the
global economy also increased capacity utilization in printshops”, said Bernhard
Schreier, Heidelberg CEO.
“To strengthen the competitiveness … we plan to
further reduce manufacturing costs, with particular emphasis on personnel
costs,” said Heidelberg’s CFO, Dr. Herbert Meyer. As of December 31, 2004, the
Heidelberg Group had a workforce of some 18,800 worldwide (previous year was
23,400-taking into account the digital and web systems divisions).
Graphic Systems reported a year-end revenue increase of 3.1 percent compared to
2003, positively affected by the 2004 acquisitions of Lastra, Dotrix, and
has taken further steps towards being acquired by Eastman Kodak Company.
The company has obtained an Interim Order allowing it to hold its annual and
special meeting of shareholders Tuesday, March 29 where it will have the
authority to pass the transaction.
Resources has been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for
Scitex Vision America‘s line of digital printing equipment and
consumables for industrial applications including wide format graphic arts and
March 1, Heidelberg Canada became the exclusive distributor of Sun
Chemical sheetfed ink and coating products for British Colombia, expanding
upon an existing distributorship agreement announced in July
Corp. officially opened the Gil Hatch Center for Customer Innovation, a
multimillion-dollar, 100,000-square-foot facility in Webster, N.Y (next to
Rochester) a showcase for current and prospective customers to view the
company’s entire portfolio of production printing equipment and solutions.
the opening Xerox announced a faster iGen3 capable of 110 colour ppm and new
Nuvera black-and-white printers with MICR
celebrating the opening of a $100 million digital computer-to-plate (CTP) plate
manufacturing facility at its North American manufacturing and research complex
in Greenwood, South Carolina.
is launching commercial production in April of the Speedmaster XL 105
sheetfed press (18,000 shp, 29.53 x 41.34-inch), first unveiled at drupa
Esko-Graphics reportly exceeded its business targets for 2004, as
packaging sales increased by more than 6 percent year-over-year, with growth
Roland has partnered with the Maxson Automatic Machinery Co. to
become the exclusive worldwide distributor of Maxson’s in-line sheeters for wide
format sheetfed presses.
Canada has announced the Xerox 4110 Digital Copier/Printer, a 110
page-per-minute black-and-white system, designed for small-to-medium-sized print
shops, It prints at 2400 dpi using Xerox EA (emulsion aggregation) toner, and it
handles paper formats up to 13 x 19.2 inches and 140 pound index. Pricing starts
at $75,500 for the copier.
Canada has merged its direct sales divisions nationwide under the name
Business Solutions Division, providing customers with a choice of working
directly with Canon sales and service or through its dealer
MeadWestvaco Corp. has purchased the All Purpose Litho (APL)
product line from SMART Papers, adding to its coated one side (C1S)
International Paper has agreed to sell its Industrial Papers
Business, including lightweight packaging and pressure sensitive papers, to
Kohlberg and Company, LLC for approximately US$180
has become a distributor of SpeedyDry Ink Dryer Additive, a product proven
to dry offset and duplicator inks up to 75 percent faster, increasing turnaround
time of print jobs.
is integrating its ExaStore data storage and access system with the
Xinet family of workflow solutions.
released MicroPress ProSeries 7.0 software for multi-printer (cluster) digital
environments providing higher speed, added document composition, colour
management, and printer and job management capabilities of up to 12 black and
white and/or color engines
Software Inc. is releasing the latest version of Rasterize-it 6.4, its
version of Harlequin RIP, now offering “Try Before You Buy”, the ability to try
any RIP option free for a limited period.
Esko-Graphics released BackStage 2.0, an upgrade for Scope, its
workflow automation server integrating design and production
& Bruno International has acquired ESS, Electro Spray Systems, Inc.,
developer of powder sprayer systems, infrared dryers, and ink agitators. Harris
& Bruno is a supplier of printing and coating solutions for the offset and
Training Solution, a division of StaffingTools, Inc., in now offering
an interactive online training course for users of Markzware’s FlightCheck
Inc. has successfully demonstrated its new stainless steel PJ-N256
drop-on-demand inkjet printhead. The all-metal ink channel allows for a range of
ink chemistries including UV-curable, oil, water, solvent, hot melt (wax),
conductive inks and other difficult to jet fluids. Apparently the printhead is
not susceptible to nozzle clogging. PicoJet’s proprietary manufacturing process
is designed for automated assembly providing cost-effective manufacturing and
low unit pricing.
“We are confident that after years of research and
development we can overcome the barriers that have kept inkjet printing from
migrating into broad industrial printing applications,” says Hue Le, President
of PicoJet, Inc.