RESTON, Va. -- NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies elected a its chairman, director and board members for the coming year at its annual conference, held Oct. 9 in Key Biscayne, Fla. The NPES elected as its chairman Thomas Saggiomo, president of Agfa Corp.'s Graphic Systems Business in North America. He's been a board member of NPES since 1988 and is the 26th chief executive officer elected to the chairman's post in the Association's 72-year history. Saggiomo was elected to a one-year term to succeed Kathryn P. Marx, vice president and chief marketing officer of Flint Ink. The NPES also
Specifications for Web Offset Publications (SWOP)—an industry organization promoting consistency and quality of advertising material in publications—launched the sale of its 10th Edition Specifications, currently available by ordering online at www.PrintTools.org. PrintTools is a new industry portal for specifications and tools, and is a collaborative effort between IDEAlliance (www.IDEAlliance.org) and the International Prepress Association (IPA), the association of graphic solutions providers. To produce the 10th Edition, the Printing Applications Lab at Rochester Institute of Technology coordinated the print production of the 96-page booklet, with contributions from Flint Ink, Sun Chemical, Sappi Fine Paper, Tembec, Goss International, Böttcher America, Creo
An artistic highlight of the giant Print 05 & Converting 05 exhibition Sept. 9-15 at Chicago's McCormick Place will be an interactive panel exhibit on the history and importance of book illustration created by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the world's largest system of museum libraries. "Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration" in booth #7259 will be staffed by personnel from the Smithsonian Libraries along with exhibit curators and will present a schedule of local artists demonstrating different types of illustration. The exhibit features images from books in the Libraries' collection, including children's alphabet books, The Nuremberg Chronicle, works by William Morris, Redoute, Vesalius, and
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The European Commission and U.S. authorities approved the proposed acquisition of American-owned Flint Ink by European-based XSYS Print Solutions and the subsequent merger of the two companies. XSYS is majority-owned by funds that are managed and advised by the European private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. The investigation has shown that the proposed transaction will not impede effective competition in the European Union or in North America. The acquisition and merger will create a group that will rank among the largest ink companies in every region it serves, with an employee base of 8,000 and combined revenues of approximately U.S.
The exhibits filled a space larger than seven football fields inside McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 10-13. Tens of thousands of Graph Expo and Converting Expo attendees weaved in and out of aisles in search of products and technologies to help them streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and improve quality. While the show is geared primarily toward printers, a number of exhibitors unveiled products for the printers' customers as well, and some companies announced big news. Some Pluses for the Publishing and Agency Creative Department Quark Inc. announced the release of QuarkXPress 6.5 that will enable users to import native Adobe Photoshop documents (PSD
Nothing boosts the confidence of an industry more than a successful trade show, and judging by the attendance figures from this year's Graph Expo and Converting Expo, the graphic arts industry may be recovering from the two-year downturn in the marketplace. Nearly 38,000 print and graphic arts professionals made their way to the four-day event at McCormick Place South in Chicago, which featured full seminars and product demonstrations by over 570 exhibitors covering more than 380,000 square feet. Many vendors reported brisk sales with some having to add more staff to their booths. "From the time the hall opened until it closed each day