Smithsonian Exhibit at Print 05 to Feature Book Artists
August 1, 2005

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

Printing Sales Jump 3.6% in September
June 24, 2005

Printing professionals have waited a long time for a jump in sales to come along, and any increase however slight is a welcome one. According to the National Association for Printing Leadership's (NAPL) 2002-2003 State of the Industry Report, printing sales rose 3.6% in September, the first increase in 16 months signaling a gradual improvement in economic fundamentals. Despite the increase, an all-out industry celebration should be placed on hold as the industry saw little lessening of the pressure on prices or profitability that reached a peak during the recent recession. "The report shows that underneath all the bad economic news, economic fundamentals are gradually improving,

New COO at MAN Roland
August 1, 2003

The world's second-largest printing press manufacturer has a new COO. Eric D. Belcher has been promoted from his post as CFO of MAN Roland Inc. to become the company's COO of sheetfed operations. He reports to CEO Yves Rogivue. Belcher took on the CFO post in 2001, and championed long-term financial planning and capital equipment purchasing strategies through a value-added, consultative approach with printing companies. Last year he began directing sheetfed operations for the company's Midwest region. In his new role as COO, Belcher will oversee all of MAN Roland's North American sheetfed operations. "By utilizing independent tools such as the press operating profitability data or NAPL's

Brain Drain
June 20, 2003

"Whatever you're doing now to keep great employees is not enough," says author and executive consultant James Harris. "Fifty-three percent of U.S. workers plan to voluntarily leave their jobs within five years, and 98% of human resources executives admit their companies need to do a better job of employee retention." Harris spoke at the annual GATF/PIA, NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference in Chicago earlier this month, and presented a six-step process designed to help companies keep their best employees and grow their organizations. Among the steps he lined out included understanding your organization's core culture, and aligning that culture with people, services, and processes. "When you

Slow Ride
June 20, 2003

"If the economy recovers as expected, print sales will grow 1.0% to 2.5% this year and as much as 4.1% next year," said Andrew Paparozzi, vice president and chief economist of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL). "[But] sales volumes robust enough to restore pricing power and profits—the hallmarks of real recovery—may have to wait until 2005." Before a general session at the GATF/PIA, NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference in Chicago earlier this month, Paparozzi highlighted several economic indicators that show the economy is healing slowly. Paparozzi said the war in Iraq had little effect on the recovery as "the gross domestic product has now grown

Negative Gain
April 18, 2003

The National Association for Printing Leadership's (NAPL) survey of its Printing Business Panel reports a continuing decline in sales in February. Sales for the members of the business panel fell 2.6% in February, after a 4.1% sales drop in January, which was the steepest decrease since last June. The drop in percentage more than offset the gains recorded between September and December when sales rose 1.1%. In March, prices for nearly half of the Printing Business Panel fell 48.5%, while only 9.7% reported a rise in prices. "Concern [for] what's ahead is growing," says Andrew Paparozzi, VP and chief economist for NAPL. "It's another setback

Heidelberg Cited for Industry Contributions
February 21, 2003

The National Association for Printing Leadership, Paramus, N.J., awarded Heidelberg USA, Kennesaw, Ga., its 2003 Industry Award. Niels M. Winther, president and CEO of Heidelberg USA, received the award at the NAPL's 2003 Top Management Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The NAPL selected the manufacturer for developing a broad spectrum of advanced products, including sheetfed and web offset presses, digital printing presses, prepress units, machines for cutting, folding, and binding publications, and high-performance copiers. "Heidelberg's contribution to the printing and graphic arts industry is ongoing and immeasurable," says Joseph P. Truncale, NAPL president and CEO. Truncale also recognized Heidelberg for integrating prepress, press and postpress operations, and

Group of Seven
October 25, 2002

Since 1986 the National Association for Printing Leadership has compiled statistics and pointed to trends that analyze the business conditions of the commercial printing industry. Over the years, the NAPL has created a broad, representative panel of printers that are surveyed regularly. Long-term relationships were established to lend credence to the surveys. To ensure these relationships will continue, the NAPL has appointed the following seven new members to its board of directors. Gregory S. D'Amico (New York University); Louis Finger (Omega Printing); Laura Gale (priNexus); David Pitts (Classic Graphics); Dick Westfall (Patented Printing); Jeffrey White (PrintCafe Software); and Nigel Worme (COT Caribbean Graphics) were named

The Print Economy 2002
February 8, 2002

"This recession has been broad as well as deep," says Andrew Papparozi, The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) vice president and chief economist. "I see weakness continuing through the first half of 2002 with a meaningful upturn beginning after midyear and accelerating rapidly in 2003." Papparozi's insights are part of a report recently released by NAPL analyzing the effects of September 11 on the printing industry. It shows that while printers' confidence has improved, companies continue to report slow growth. Available on CD-ROM, "Economic Update: The Printing Industry Since September 11" also includes critical information on productivity, corporate profits and print advertising prognostications,

Print Starts Here
October 5, 2001

"In the current era of consolidation and Web-based publishing and e-commerce, it is easy to see that staying healthy depends on maintaining a business that is efficient and effective," explains Tim Dalton, author of The Printer's Guide to Waste Reduction: Managing Waste As A Key to Continuing Competitive Advantage. Dalton is just one of several authors who have contributed technical prowess to the National Association for Printing Leadership's (NAPL) long line of industry publications. Most recently, Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Frank Romano conceptualized and produced the organization's latest publication, a Pocket University Book Series featuring 34 digest-sized reference books that explain the